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News of the day: BJP candidate Madhavi Latha booked, India extends budgetary support to Maldives and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 13.05.24, 07:18 PM
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Prime Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi on 13 May said that he is servant of the people of India who is available round the clock 24/7. Hitting out at Congress, PM Modi said that the National Democratic Alliance government worked more for development in 10 years than what Congress did in 60 years. 

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Scattered incidents of violence marred the fourth phase of Lok Sabha polls in the eight parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal as TMC and BJP workers clashed in various parts of violence-hit Birbhum and Bardhaman-Durgapur seats. Clashes broke out between supporters of TMC and BJP in Monteswar's Susunia area of Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat around noon, as BJP candidate Dilip Ghosh was on his way to a polling booth following complaints of booth jamming.

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Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking removal of Arvind Kejriwal from the post of chief minister after his arrest in a money laundering case related to excise policy scam. The court said it is a matter of propriety but there is no legal right seeking removal of Kejriwal as chief minister following his arrest.

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BJP candidate for Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat K Madhavi Latha was booked by election authorities after a video clip in which she was purportedly asking burqa-clad women Muslim voters to show their faces to compare with the photo identity cards surfaced. She was also seen telling the policemen to allow voters into polling booths only after a thorough check.

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India has never received anything which is specific and worthy of being pursued by its probe agencies, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said over a fourth arrest made by Canada in the killing of Khalistan separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. "We have never received anything which is specific and worthy of being pursued by our investigative agencies and I am not aware that anything has changed in the last few days in that regard," the minister said in response to a question during a press conference here.

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The situation remained tense in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as the total strike against high prices of wheat flour and inflated electricity bills and taxes entered its fourth day, with the Pakistan government stepping up efforts to de-escalate the situation following deadly clashes between security forces and protesters. A complete strike has also been observed in the territory since May 10, bringing life to a halt.

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Popular Indian spice brand MDH, under scrutiny for alleged contamination in some products, has since 2021 seen an average 14.5% of its U.S. shipments rejected due to the presence of bacteria, a Reuters analysis of U.S. regulatory data found. The companies have said their products are safe and MDH added it does not use ethylene oxide at any stage of storing, processing, or packing of spices. Authorities in the United States, Australia and India are looking into the matter.

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In a goodwill gesture, India has decided to extend vital budgetary support to the Maldives government with the rollover of a USD 50 million Treasury Bill for another year on the Maldivian government's special request, it was announced. The Indian government took this decision despite the bilateral ties experiencing turbulence since Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu, a pro-China leader, assumed office six months back.

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Flight operations at Mumbai airport were suspended for an hour and local trains were delayed as Mumbai witnessed unseasonal rains, accompanied by a dust storm. As many as 15 flights were diverted to different airports and the runways operation resumed at 5.03 pm, the airport operator said.

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Six private hospitals here received a bomb threat via email which turned out to be a hoax, police said. "However, no suspicious object was found inside the premises of these hospitals", a senior police official said.

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