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News of the day: PM Narendra Modi holds talks with Sheikh Hasina, Court extends Bibhav Kumar's judicial custody and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 22.06.24, 05:37 PM
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The Centre's decision now to implement a law to prevent the use of unfair means in competitive examinations after several "scams" have taken place, including in the NEET-UG and the UGC-NET tests, is "damage control", Congress leader Jairam Ramesh claimed. Several opposition political parties and student associations, including the Congress, have held protests across the country over alleged irregularities in medical entrance exam NEET-UG and the UGC-NET.

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The Ministry of Education said it has constituted a high-level committee of experts led by former ISRO chief K Radhakrishnan to ensure transparent, smooth and fair conduct of examinations through the National Testing Agency (NTA). It added that the committee will submit its report to the ministry within two months.

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Opposition leaders nominated to the panel of chairpersons to assist the pro tem Speaker are considering not accepting the positions, a source said. Mahtab, a BJP member from Cuttack, Odisha was appointed as pro tem Speaker by President Droupadi Murmu under Article 95(1) of the Constitution to perform the duties of the Lok Sabha presiding officer till the election of the Speaker on June 26.

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A JD(S) worker and his kin were booked for allegedly trying to extort money from party MLC Suraj Revanna by threatening to lodge a false case of sexual assault against him, police said. Chethan K S too lodged a police complaint, accusing Suraj Revanna of sexually assaulting him.

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Local people pelted stones at police personnel and set ablaze a vehicle in Firozabad after a 25-year-old jail inmate died in the district hospital where he was admitted after his condition deteriorated, police said. Yogendra Singh, SHO of Firozabad South police station, said Akash was arrested on a theft charge for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.

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A court in Bengaluru  remanded Kannada actor Darshan Thoogudeepa to judicial custody in the Renukaswamy murder case till July 4. The actor was in the police custody since June 11.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held extensive talks with his visiting Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina to further shore up cooperation in diverse areas including trade and connectivity. It is the first incoming bilateral state visit by a foreign leader after the formation of the new government in India following the Lok Sabha elections.

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A court in Delhi extended till July 6 the judicial custody of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar. Kumar was produced through video conferencing before Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Goyal who extended his judicial custody till July 6.

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Investigations into the bombing of the Air India Flight 182 remain "active and ongoing", the Canadian police have said, terming it the "longest" and one of the "most complex domestic terrorism" probe, ahead of the deadly bombing's 39th-anniversary memorial. The bombing was blamed on Sikh militants in retaliation to 'Operation Bluestar' to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984.

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Opener Shai Hope blasted an unbeaten 82 as West Indies came back roaring to crush the United States of America by nine wickets in the T20 World Cup Group 2 Super Eight match. The win improved West Indies’ standing in the Group 2 points table.

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