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The Catch Up: 18 April
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The Catch Up: 18 April
This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.It’s the 18th of April and here are today's headlines.The first phase of the Lok Sabha elections will kickstart tomorrow with voters in 102 parliamentary constituencies across 21 states slated to cast their ballot to elect the new government. The 18th Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases, between April 19th 19 and 4th June, involving close to 97 crore voters. The results will be declared on the 4th of June, twelve days before the term of the current House expires.The Election Commission of India informed the Supreme Court today that the manufacturer of the electronic voting machines does not know which button is going to be allotted to which political party or which machine is going to be allotted to which state or constituency. A senior official of the commission also informed the bench that the voting unit comprises a ballot unit, control unit and a VVPAT unit, which is basically a printer.Former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s judicial custody has been extended till 26th of April 26 in the money laundering case related to the now scrapped excise policy. Sisodia had moved an interim bail application before the Rouse Avenue Court earlier citing campaigning for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Enforcement Directorate had then told the apex court that it would conclude the trial in the next six to eight months. Almost six months have passed, but the charges have still not been framed against him in the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy case.A school run by a missionary congregation in Telangana was vandalised by a group of villagers of another community after some students wearing saffron-coloured religious attire were allegedly told that their parents had to seek prior permission if they wanted to come to school without wearing uniforms. The video of the subsequent vandalism by a mob of saffron-clad villagers shouting ‘Jai Sri Ram’ slogans is being widely shared on social media. According to the police, the students were observing ‘Hanuman deeksha’, a penance for 41 days.The Enforcement Directorate said today it has provisionally attached properties worth Rs 97.79 crore belonging to businessman and actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband, Raj Kundra, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in the Bitcoin investment fraud case. ED’s investigation revealed that Kundra received 285 Bitcoins from the mastermind and promoter of the Gain Bitcoin Ponzi Scam Amit Bhardwaj for setting up a Bitcoin mining farm in Ukraine.This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.
The Catch Up: 16 April
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The Catch Up: 16 April
This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.It’s the 16th of April and here are today's headlines.Stating that the court will not let them “off the hook” at this stage, the Supreme Court today gave one week’s time to Yoga guru Ramdev and Patanjali Ayurved Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna to tender a public apology in a case against the company for publishing “misleading adverstisements”, claiming cure for some diseases and criticising the allopathy branch of medicines. The bench said, quote, "You are doing good work but you can’t degrade allopathy." Unquote.At least six people, including two minors, have drowned while two others are under treatment after a boat they were taking to cross the river Jhelum this morning capsized. The children were on their way to school. Water levels in the Jhelum have risen post incessant rains over the last three days. While it is unclear how many children are still missing, two are admitted at Srinagar’s SMHS hospital.The two suspects, arrested from Gujarat in connection with the shooting outside actor Salman Khan’s Bandra residence on Sunday, have been remanded to police custody till 25th of April. Identified as Vicky Gupta and Sagar Pal, the two men were arrested from Bhuj in Gujarat where they had escaped after the incident. They belong to Champaran in Bihar.Cricketer Hardik Pandya’s comeback to the Indian team for the T20 world cup might well depend on how well and how often he bowls in the remainder of the IPL. In a meeting between India head coach Rahul Dravid, chairman of the selection committee Ajit Agarkar and captain Rohit Sharma at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai last week, it’s understood that a decision was taken that Hardik has to bowl regularly if he wants to make a comeback. The Indian Express understands that the major part of the discussion in the two-hour meeting was about the seam bowling all-rounder which the team is looking for in the USA and West Indies, which will host the world cup.US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has postponed his visit to India this week in view of the evolving situation in West Asia following escalating hostilities between Israel and Iran. The senior Biden administration official was scheduled to hold wide-ranging talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval on the progress in implementation of the US-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies besides other issues. It was the second time this year that Sullivan has postponed his trip to India.This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.
The Catch Up: 15 April
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The Catch Up: 15 April
This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.It’s the 15th of April and here are today's headlines.A Delhi Court today extended Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s judicial custody till 23rd of April in connection with the excise policy case. The Enforcement Directorate had sought a 14-day extension of the Delhi CM’s custody. He will now be produced in court with co-accused K Kavitha on the next date. In more news, the Supreme Court today sought the ED’s response in a plea filed by Kejriwal against his arrest in the same case. The court asked for the response to be filed on or before 24th of April and a rejoinder by 27th of April. The court will hear the matter on 29th of April 29.One of the suspects allegedly involved in shooting outside actor Salman Khan’s residence in Mumbai on Sunday was arrested in a case of motorbike theft for the first time in 2020 and sent to Tihar jail. Vishal alias Kalu, associated with the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, was one of the two suspects on a motorcycle who fired five rounds at Salman’s residence. He is allegedly working for gangster Rohit Godara and along with his two associates, reportedly killed a Gurgaon-based bookie on 2nd of March.Wholesale inflation in the country rose marginally to 0.53 per cent in March compared to 0.20 per cent in the preceding month due to increase in prices of vegetables, potato, onion and crude oil. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation was in the negative zone from April to October and had turned positive in November at 0.26 per cent. The inflation in March 2023 was 1.41 per cent.Iran will permit Indian authorities to meet with the 17 Indian crew members onboard the Portuguese-flagged cargo vessel MSC Aries, seized by the Iranian military near the Strait of Hormuz, Iran’s ministry of foreign affairs. This came during the telephonic call between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Sunday in the aftermath of Iran’s attack on Israel. During the call, Jaishankar urged for the release of the Indians aboard the ship. The seizure of the ‘MSC Aries’ by the Special Naval Forces of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps reportedly occurred due to the vessel’s alleged connections with Israel.The India Meteorological Department today said the rainfall is likely to be 106 per cent of normal this monsoon season. The cumulative rainfall is estimated at 106 per cent of the long-period average of 87 cm, according to IMD. IMD also said that above-normal rainfall is expected in most parts of India, except in some regions of northwest, east and northeastern states.This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.
The Catch Up: 12 April
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The Catch Up: 12 April
This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.It’s the 12th of April and here are the top stories of the week.The Delhi High Court dismissed a plea by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case linked to the Delhi excise policy scam on Tuesday. Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud the next day said he will look “immediately” into the request to take up Kejriwal’s plea challenging his ED arrest. Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday arrested Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader K Kavitha, who is accused of allegedly paying Rs 100 crore to Aam Aadmi Party leaders in return for liquor licences in the Capital.The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it will not accept the “unconditional and unqualified” apology tendered by Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Patanjali Ayurved Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna. The apology was tendered in response to the contempt of court notices issued by the court in a case in which they had been sued by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) for allegedly publishing misleading advertisements, claiming cure for some diseases and criticising the allopathy branch of medicines.A 25-year-old Indian student named Mohammed Abdul Arfath, who went missing last month, has been found dead in Cleveland, Ohio late on Monday, weeks after the Indian Consulate in the US said it was working with law enforcement authorities to find him. The Consulate General of India in New York expressed deepest condolences to Arfath’s family in a poston X. It added that it was in touch with local agencies to ensure a thorough investigation into the student’s death.A total solar eclipse, which is a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event for most people, swept across North America Monday night. The eclipse began at 9.13 PM IST on Monday, April 8 and continued till 2.22 AM IST on Tuesday, April 9. Although Indians were not able to watch the eclipse this time, they will be able to view the next one on March 20, 2034.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has raised the issue of the killing of a Khalistani Sikh separatist on the country’s soil last year and asserted that his government stood up to defend the rights and freedoms of all Canadians. Trudeau, who was testifying at a high-profile public inquiry looking into foreign interference in Canada’s electoral process on Wednesday, also alleged that the previous government was “cosy” with the Indian government.This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.
The Catch Up: 11 April
Apr 11 2024
The Catch Up: 11 April
This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.It’s the 11th of April and here are today's headlines.The Central Bureau of Investigation today arrested Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader K Kavitha, who is accused of allegedly paying Rs 100 crore to Aam Aadmi Party leaders in return for liquor licences in the Capital. She is currently under the Enforcement Directorate’s custody at Tihar jail over the matter. This comes days after a Delhi court had given permission to the central probe agency to interrogate her. She was arrested from her Banjara Hills residence in Hyderabad on 15th of March.Addressing an election rally in Uttarakhand, Prime Minister Narendra today sought to draw a contrast between his “strong government”, which he said brought safety and security to the country, and previous “weak and unstable” governments. Targeting the Congress, he said that for the party’s leaders, their families always came first. He also repeated his criticism of the Opposition party for declining the invitation for the consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.Apple has sent a fresh round of threat notifications to some of its users in India, along with 91 other countries. It has warned them that their iPhone could have been potentially attacked by “mercenary spyware,” including the Israeli NSO Group’s controversial Pegasus malware. Last October, it had sent a similar notification to Opposition leaders across parties warning of a “potential state-sponsored spyware attack” on their iPhones. After pressure from the government, the company had later clarified that it “does not attribute the threat notifications to any specific state-sponsored attacker”.More than 6,000 Indian workers will arrive in Israel during April and May to help the country’s construction sector meet a labour shortage post the Israel-Hamas conflict. They will be will be brought to Israel on “air shuttle” following a joint decision by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), finance ministry and the construction and housing ministry on subsidising charter flights. The construction industry of Israel employs workers in specific fields where there is a lack of Israeli workers.Eleven men and one woman, all said to be Indian nationals, have been arrested by the UK’s immigration authorities in a series of raids on suspicion of being in breach of their visa conditions and working illegally at a bedding and cake factory. Meanwhile, the two businesses could now face substantial fines if it is established they employed illegal workers at their factories and failed to conduct relevant pre-employment checks. In February this year, the Home Office tripled fines for employers who allow illegal migrants to work for them.This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.
The Catch Up: 10 April
Apr 10 2024
The Catch Up: 10 April
This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.It’s the 10th of April and here are today's headlines.The Calcutta High Court today ordered a court-monitored CBI probe into the sexual assault and land grabbing allegations made by villagers of West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali against Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders. The CBI was already probing the January 5 attack by supporters of TMC strongman Shahjahan Sheikh on Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials, who had gone to Sandeshkhali-I to raid his house in connection with the ongoing investigation into alleged irregularities in the state’s public distribution system.Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud today said he will look “immediately” into the request to take up Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the excise policy case. on Tuesday, the Delhi High Court rejected Kejriwal’s petition challenging the arrest. Appearing for Kejriwal, Senior Advocate A M Singhvi informed the bench presided by CJI Chandrachud that the High Court ruling was based on an “unrelied document which was suppressed” from him.The Supreme Court today said it will not accept the “unconditional and unqualified” apology tendered by Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Patanjali Ayurved Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna. The apology was tendered in response to the contempt of court notices issued by the court in a case in which they had been sued by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) for allegedly publishing misleading advertisements, claiming cure for some diseases and criticising the allopathy branch of medicines.With revamped airfields and jetties to additional logistics and storage facilities, habitat for troops to a robust surveillance infrastructure, the strategic Andaman and Nicobar Islands are in the middle of a major military infrastructure upgrade, revealed senior officials familiar with the developments. The enhanced infrastructure is aimed to facilitate deployment of additional military forces, and facilities for larger and more warships, aircraft, missile batteries and troops.The ongoing large-scale construction activities come amid growing Chinese attempts to expand its influence in the region.A prominent Indian diaspora body has urged various agencies of the US government, universities and student associations to work towards addressing the spike in the deaths of Indian-origin students in the US in recent months. An analysis of the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) found the causes of these incidents range from suspicious shootings/kidnapping, environmental deaths due to lack of safety knowledge (monoxide poisoning, hypothermia), mental issues triggering suicides, and even suspicious accidents to violent crimes.This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.
The Catch Up: 8 April
Apr 8 2024
The Catch Up: 8 April
This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Niharika Nanda.It’s the 8th of April and here are the top stories of the day.Senior Congress leaders raised several complaints today before the Election Commission, including one against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remark that the party’s manifesto reflects the ideology of the Muslim League and that every page reeks of an agenda to break India into pieces. A delegation consisting of former Union Minister Salman Khurshid, Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Wasnik, Pawan Khera, and Gurdeep Sappal met with officials of the poll body in the capital.The Supreme Court dismissed a plea filed today by Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh challenging an order of the Gujarat High Court, which refused to quash summons issued against him in a defamation case for alleged comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualification. Kejriwal and Singh had challenged the summons issued by a trial court in the case filed by the Gujarat University.The AAP launched its campaign for the Lok Sabha elections today, which the party describes as a movement, and issued "Jail Ka Jawab Vote Se" as its tagline, seeking support for its founder and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Aam Aadmi Party national general secretary Dr. Sandeep Pathak said the party workers would visit each house, meet every family in Delhi, sit with them, and explain how their Chief Minister had been arrested in a false case and how they would lose the benefits of the policies and revolutionary steps brought by him if the BJP comes to power.Former Maldives minister Mariyam Shiuna apologized today via a post on X after a controversy erupted over a social media post in which she had used an Ashoka Chakra-like symbol to replace the compass on a Maldivian Democratic Party poster, along with a plea to vote for her party in the upcoming Maldivian elections. This is not the first time she has been in the news over similar issues. Shiuna is among the three ministers who were suspended for making derogatory remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India.Today, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. This type of solar eclipse is a rare event for any particular spot. According to the Royal Museums Greenwich, once a place on Earth witnesses a total solar eclipse, it will be about 400 years before that part sees it again. A total eclipse occurs only about once every 18 months or so, and this time North America will get to experience it.This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.
The Catch Up: 5 April
Apr 5 2024
The Catch Up: 5 April
This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.It’s the 5th of April and here are the top stories of the week.A Delhi court on Monday sent Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to judicial custody till 15th of April in the excise policy case. Additional Solicitor General S V Raju, representing the Enforcement Directorate, sought the Aam Aadmi Party chief’s judicial custody for 15 days stating that Kejriwal had not been cooperative and had not shared his passwords with the agency. The court has reserved its verdict on it.AAP’s Sanjay Singh, was granted bail on Tuesday and walked out of Tihar Jail on Wednesday. He said that his jailed party colleagues in the excise policy case — Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and former minister Satyendar Jain — will also be released soon. He also commented on Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena remark that “government won’t be run from jail” in the aftermath of Kejriwal’s arrest.Katchatheevu has been a newsmaker all through this week, as the BJP attempted to reignite the decades-old issue ahead of the general elections. Former Sri Lankan envoy to India Austin Fernando told The Indian Express that if the Indian government crosses the Sri Lankan maritime international boundary line, it would be seen as a “violation of Sri Lankan sovereignty”. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan foreign minister said that his country does not see any need to re-open talks on a contentious island.World Central Kitchen demanded an independent investigation into the Israeli strikes that killed seven of its staff in Gaza, as Israel faced growing isolation Wednesday over the deaths of six foreign aid workers and a Palestinian driver helping deliver desperately needed food to isolated and starving residents. Wednesday night, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told his Israeli counterpart that the strikes, which Israel says targeted the aid workers in error, strengthened U.S. concerns about Israel’s plans to expand its ground offensive and said that Israel must do more to protect the lives of civilians and aid workers in Gaza.The number of people injured in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in eastern Taiwan climbed past 1,000 on Thursday though the death toll remained steady at nine, with 42 workers on their way to a hotel in a national park still missing. The temblor, the strongest in 25 years, hit on Wednesday morning just as people were readying to go to work and school, focused on the largely rural and sparsely populated eastern county of Hualien.This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.