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Microsoft tech glitch impacts systems in Indian Airports July 19, 2024 13:33

A major cloud outage at Microsoft caused widespread air travel disruptions around the world, including in India. Several airlines were affected, with flights grounded and operations disrupted at the Delhi and Mumbai airports. Akasa Airlines announced that some of its online services, like booking, check-in, and flight management, would be temporarily unavailable at these airports due to "infrastructure issues" with their service provider. The airline advised passengers with immediate travel plans to arrive early at the airports to check in manually at their counters, apologizing for the inconvenience and assuring that their teams were working to resolve the problem as soon as possible. Similarly, Spicejet acknowledged a technical issue that prevented them from providing updates on flight disruptions, but stated that their team was actively working to fix the problem. The airline expressed regret for the inconvenience caused and promised to update passengers once the issue was resolved, asking for their patience and cooperation. Due to problems with Microsoft's services, the airline was forced to ground flights for over two hours. Frontier eventually resumed operations, lifting the nationwide pause on departures. The disruption also affected reservations and bookings. Allegiant Air, another US airline, also experienced similar issues with reservations and bookings, and is working to resolve them. Sun Country Airlines Holdings Inc also reported a "global outage". Microsoft stated that the outage started around 6 pm ET, affecting a subset of its customers who were experiencing problems with multiple Azure services in the Central US region. Globally, Windows 10 users are facing a major outage due to a new Crowdstrike update, leading to PCs getting stuck on the recovery screen. Many users on social media have shared images of their screens displaying the message "It looks like Windows didn't load correctly. If you'd like to restart and try again, choose Restart my PC below." Furthermore, the Blue Screen of Death error messages have been reported across various industries, including banking institutions, supermarkets, and media companies in the United States. This has resulted in disruptions to TV studios, and some radio studios are offline, as reported by the Guardian. Cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike has reported that numerous major corporations in India are experiencing a technical issue resulting in their Windows-based computers displaying blue screens. The cause of this problem is currently being looked into, according to the company. One senior executive at a prominent firm has informed the Hindustan Times that their employees across different locations are encountering this same concerning computer malfunction. The situation remains unverified at this time, but the investigation into the source of the problem is ongoing.

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BRS MLC Kavitha rushed to hospital July 16, 2024 20:55

BRS MLC K Kavitha was arrested in connection with the Delhi liquor scam and shifted to Deendayal Upadhyay Hospital in New Delhi after experiencing health issues in Tihar Jail. After Kavita collapsed in Tihar Jail, prison authorities took her to a hospital in Delhi for proper medical attention. He was arrested on March 15, 2024 in connection with liquor scam and lodged in Tihar Jail where he has been remanded ever since. It was the CBI that first registered the Delhi liquor scam case and initiated the investigation. Subsequently, the ED initiated a detailed investigation based on the First Information Report (FIR) issued by the CBI. ED arrested Kavita from her residence in Banjara Hills on March 15, 2024 and lodged her in Tihar Jail. The CBI arrested him on April 11, 2024. A few days ago, Kavitha's brother KT Rama Rao and brother-in-law T Harish Rao, both MLAs, visited her in jail. After taking permission from the prison authorities, they met Ms. Kavitha during a 'Muraka' session. A few weeks ago, two former BRS ministers, P Savita Indra Reddy and Satyavathi Rathod, also met Kavitha in jail. The court adjourned the bail hearing of Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS) leader K. Kavitha in the Delhi Excise Policy case. Kavita was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for her alleged involvement in the incident. The court is expected to hear the matter later. K Kavitha was arrested on March 15 this year. Six days later, the law enforcement agency arrested Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as part of a money laundering investigation related to the tax policy case. Arvind Kejriwal was granted bail in one of the cases, but he was not deported.

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18 killed in a Tragic Accident on Lucknow-Agra Expressway July 10, 2024 15:36

At least 18 lives were tragically lost, and 19 individuals sustained injuries, when the bus they were travelling in collided with another vehicle in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao region today. The tragic accident claimed the lives of three women and one child, according to the authorities. The double-decker bus, journeying from Bihar's Sitamarhi to Delhi, crashed into the back of a milk tanker on the Lucknow-Agra expressway this morning, with the impact hurling passengers out of the vehicle. Heartbreaking visuals from the scene depicted bodies on the ground, twisted metal, shattered glass, and destroyed belongings. "Around 5:15 am, a private bus from Motihari, Bihar, collided with a milk tanker, resulting in the death of 18 people and injuring 19 others," stated Gaurang Rathi, the District Magistrate of Unnao. The injured have been promptly hospitalized and are receiving medical care, officials confirmed. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed deep sorrow over the devastating incident and directed authorities to ensure proper treatment for the victims. #WATCH | Uttar Pradesh: Visuals from the Lucknow-Agra Expressway in Unnao where a bus collided with a milk container in which 18 people lost their lives and 19 others were injured. pic.twitter.com/cf06cM6ehf — ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2024 The tragic incident on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, has deeply saddened the nation. President Droupadi Murmu has expressed her heartfelt condolences to the grieving families who have lost loved ones in this devastating road accident. She has also conveyed her wishes for a swift recovery to those who were injured. This devastating event has left a deep impact on the community, and the nation mourns the loss of life.

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Massive rains disturbs normal life in Mumbai July 08, 2024 12:43

Downpours have struck Mumbai and its surrounding regions in the past day, leading to widespread waterlogging and disruption of suburban train services. Some parts of the city have experienced over 300 millimeters of rainfall in just six hours, from 1 am to 7 am on Monday. As a result, the India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, and the Konkan belt. The areas of Vikhroli's Veer Savarkar Marg Municipal School and MCMCR Powai recorded the highest rainfall, exceeding 315 millimeters in the last 24 hours. The heavy rains have also led to the cancellation of over 50 flights, prompting airlines to use social media to warn passengers and advise them to check their flight status before heading to the airport. Visuals from across the city show people navigating through waist-deep waters and traffic jams on Mumbai's roads. In response, all government, private, and municipal schools and colleges in the city have been closed for the day. At Dombivli station, people were seen waiting for trains on submerged tracks, while waterlogging was reported in various areas, including Worli, Buntara Bhavan, Kurla East, King's Circle, Dadar, and Vidyavihar Railway Station. #WATCH | Severely waterlogged streets and railway track in Chunabhatti area of Mumbai, as the city is marred by heavy rains pic.twitter.com/qdxk6yi8Hb — ANI (@ANI) July 8, 2024 Heavy rainfall has disrupted train services in the Thane district, causing a suspension of operations between Kasara and Titwala stations. The tracks between Atgaon and Thansit stations were covered in soil, deemed unsafe for rail traffic on the busy Kalyan-Kasara route. Officials have stated that the waterlogging will subside if the rain stops for over two hours, but the weather forecast predicts heavy rain throughout the day. The India Meteorological Department has issued a warning for heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai. High tide is expected to bring waves up to 4.4 meters around 2 pm, leading to the diversion, rescheduling, or termination of several trains between Kalyan and Kasara stations due to waterlogging. The track embankment on the Vasind-Khardi section was damaged due to heavy rainfall and flash floods between 3 am and 6 am. In response, the National Disaster Response Force has deployed teams in various affected areas, including Thane, Vasai, Mahad, Chiplun, Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Ghatkopar, Kurla, and Sindhudurg, and has already rescued 49 people from a water-logged resort in Thane and 16 villagers in Palghar. #WATCH | Commuters wade through waterlogged streets at King's Circle in rain-hit Mumbai pic.twitter.com/BKdj5BFvwJ — ANI (@ANI) July 8, 2024 Excessive rainfall can swiftly cause water levels to rise, leading to widespread inundation of homes, businesses, and infrastructure. This influx of water can pose significant risks, potentially causing severe damage and disrupting the normal functioning of a community. Residents may be forced to evacuate, while essential services and transportation routes can become inaccessible. The cleanup and recovery process can be both lengthy and expensive, as the floodwaters recede and the task of repairing or rebuilding affected structures begins. Proactive measures, such as investing in effective flood mitigation strategies and emergency preparedness, can help communities become more resilient in the face of these unpredictable and potentially devastating natural events.

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Amaravati gets ORR approval from Centre July 06, 2024 12:39

The Vijayawada Eastern bypass along the Chennai-Kolkata highway has received preliminary approval following discussions between the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, and the Union Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari, in Delhi on Thursday. This bypass will allow traffic heading towards Kolkata and Chennai to bypass the city of Vijayawada, reducing congestion within the city, especially at key intersections like Ramavarapadu and Benz Circle. Vijayawada MP Kesineni Sivanath (Chinni) stated that Gadkari not only approved the Vijayawada Eastern bypass but also sanctioned the construction of an Outer Ring Road (ORR) surrounding Amaravati, the new capital city, as well as a flyover from NTR Health University to Nidamanuru. However, a senior National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) official, who wished to remain anonymous, clarified that while they are aware of the meeting and the approval of the Vijayawada Eastern bypass and Amaravati ORR projects, they have not received any official communication from the NHAI headquarters regarding the sanctioning of the flyover from NTR Health University to Nidamanuru. రాష్ట్రంలో నిర్మాణంలో ఉన్న జాతీయ రహదారుల ప్రాజెక్టులపై కేంద్ర రోడ్డు రవాణా, జాతీయ రహదారుల శాఖ మంత్రి శ్రీ నితిన్ గడ్కరీ తో నేడు ఢిల్లీలో చర్చలు జరిపిన ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ ముఖ్యమంత్రి శ్రీ నారా చంద్రబాబునాయుడు గారు. pic.twitter.com/57mbIAhqdx — CMO Andhra Pradesh (@AndhraPradeshCM) July 4, 2024 The Krishna district region in Andhra Pradesh will see the construction of a crucial Eastern bypass and flyover, providing much-needed relief to the residents of Vijayawada. The project, which will start from the NTR Health University and extend up to Chinakakani in Guntur district, has been approved by the central government. The office of Vijayawada's Member of Parliament, Kesineni Chinni, has confirmed that more information about these two infrastructure initiatives will be made available in the near future.

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NEET-PG Exam to be Conducted this Month July 02, 2024 15:53

The NEET-PG exam for admission to postgraduate medical courses will be held this month, officials said this afternoon after the home ministry met officials of the state cybercrime agency. This official added: The questions are prepared two hours in advance. The NEET-PG exam scheduled for June 23 was postponed hours before it was scheduled to begin due to allegations of paper leaks and other irregularities in the UG exam. The government had said then that it would “conduct a thorough assessment of the robustness of the NEET-PG process to be conducted by the National Board of Examinations for Medical Students”. The government said the decision was taken in the best interest of students. The cancellation of the exam, which was attended by hundreds of thousands of aspiring medics, sparked an outcry, particularly among those who had traveled miles to take the exam. Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan ordered a committee to examine the complaint. The cancellation came amid public backlash against the NEET-UG and UGC-NET exams, which confirm university appointments and award research fellowships. Possible malpractices in NEET-UG and UGC-NET exams - Pradhan confirmed last month that students had raised red flags and questions were being sold on the dark web - conducted both exams, the in-charge, SK Singh, who looked at the results, and The Attention the National Testing Agency was rejected. The NET re-exam (the exam was canceled two days after it was held) will be held from July 25 to 27. The NTA was criticized not only by students and parents but also by opposition parties, so much so that its office in Delhi's Okhla district was briefly occupied by a group from the National Union of Indian Students, the student wing of the Indian Parliament. He accused the BJP of “ruining” the education system. The NTA also faces a notice from the Supreme Court (which will be responded to on July 8). Meanwhile, the CBI probe into the NEET-UG case led to numerous arrests and raids at coaching centers, school campuses and other places across the country. Last week, federal authorities raided seven locations in Gujarat and arrested a school principal and a reporter from a local Hindi newspaper in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. In total, the CBI has filed six FIRs or first information reports, including the report filed when the case was handed over to it by the government. The remaining five cases include three in Bihar, one each in Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Officials had previously told NDTV that a nationwide corruption ring may be involved. The NEET riots have turned into a major political mess between the Congress-led India bloc and non-aligned opposition parties, including Naveen Patnaik's BJD, which is targeting the ruling BJP. In Parliament, non-Congress Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun led the call for a debate while both houses debated a motion to thank President Draupadi Murmu for her speech. The controversy over the NEET exam (almost 2.4 million students took the exam on May 5) erupted last month after the results were announced. The first red flag was an unusually high score. 67 students, including six from a coaching center, achieved the highest score to date with a maximum score of 720. According to the report from the state's tax office, 1,563 students were also surveyed about awarding "credit points" instead of the examination method.

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Delhi Airport Terminal 1 Collapses: Operations Halted June 28, 2024 16:24

At least one person was killed and six injured when the roof of Delhi Airport's Terminal 1 (T1) collapsed on cars amid heavy rain this morning. After inspecting the airport, Civil Aviation Minister Ram Mohan Naidu Kinjarapu said all scheduled flights from the terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, have been canceled until 2pm today. According to officials, roof panels and support beams collapsed, damaging four cars parked in the terminal area. The incident was reported to the Delhi Fire Department (DFS) around 5:30 am. During the rescue operation, a man was seen thrown out of the taxi with a fallen iron rod. Newly elected Civil Aviation Minister Kinjarapu said in a statement that flights scheduled to depart after 2 p.m. will be operated from the airport's other two terminals, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. After the collapse of the T1 terminal this morning, I personally evacuated the scene of the accident. There will be a full refund or the option to rebook to another flight or route from T3. He added: We confirm that a full review of the terminal structure will be carried out by experts to ensure safety. He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "closely monitoring" the situation and assured us of his full support. After visiting Delhi airport with reporters, he described the incident as "very serious" and announced payment of compensation of Rs 2 million to the victim's family and Rs 3 million to the injured. T1 only handles domestic flights through IndiGo and SpiceJet and the airport handles around 1,400 flights daily. IndiGo has announced that flight operations have been affected due to structural damage at Delhi Airport's Terminal 1. The low-cost airline said in a statement that flights to Delhi were canceled due to the incident as "passengers were unable to enter the terminal". "Passengers already at the terminal can board their scheduled flights, but those departing later will be provided with alternative routes," an IndiGo spokesperson said. “This unplanned situation led to disruptions throughout the network. Customers are advised to track and confirm their flight status before heading to the airport,” it said. SpiceJet has canceled its flights until further notice. "Please check our social media channels for further updates," the airline told passengers. It is raining heavily in Delhi today for the second day. The rain, softened by the scorching sun, led to floods in several areas of the state capital. Footage published by news agency ANI X showed flooded roads and long traffic jams in parts of Delhi. The car submerged on Minto Road. According to the meteorological department, Delhi recorded 228 mm of rain between 8:30 am yesterday and 8:30 am today.

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NEET PG 2024 Exam Date to be announced Next Week June 25, 2024 20:20

The National Board of Medical Examinations (NBEMS) will announce the date of the National Entrance Eligibility Test, Post Graduate Examination (NEET PG) 2024 next week, its chairman Abhijat Sheth told ANI. The announcement came after the NBE canceled the exam 12 hours before its scheduled date on June 23 following reports of the paper leak incident at NEET UG. The President also added that the SOPs and protocols will be reviewed as soon as possible. The NEET PG exam date has changed several times this year. The exam was initially scheduled to take place on March 3 but was eventually postponed to July 7. However, due to the Rath Yatra event, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has postponed the exam date to June 23 and the same has also been cancelled. . The 3 hour and 30 minute test consists of 200 multiple choice questions (MCQs) with four possible answers for each question. This exam is divided into several time-limited sections according to the structure of the updated article. NBEMS introduces a compulsory timed section on computer based platforms in all MCQ based exams like NEET-PG, NEET-MDS, NEET-SS, FMGE, DNB-PDCET, GPAT, DPEE, FDST, FET etc. A measure to strengthen security and the sanctity of the investigation in view of the threats emerging during the investigation has already been outlined. According to NBEMS, there are several timed sections in the exam question paper. If the NEET-PG 2024 question paper has five timed sections (A, B, C, D and E), there are a total of 40 questions and the time allotted for each section is 42 minutes. Candidates will not be able to proceed to the next section until they have completed the allotted time for the previous section. After the end of the section and the prescribed deadline, applicants will no longer be able to review or edit their questions. After the time allotted for the previous section has expired, the next section of questions begins automatically. NBEMS states that applicants have the opportunity to mark a question for review whether they attempt it or not. Before the time allotted for a section has expired, applicants may review the questions listed in that section. The marking scheme is used to grade questions marked for review. Students should note that the actual number of timed sections in the exam may vary depending on the total number of questions on the questionnaire. NBEMS also mentioned that this method will also be used in GPAT 2024, NEET PG 2024 and future computer based exams under NBEMS.

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Former Isro chief to head the panel for National Testing Agency June 22, 2024 19:15

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said on Saturday that it has formed a high-level expert panel to ensure the transparency, smoothness and fairness of examinations conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The seven-member committee will be chaired by former Isro boss Dr. K. Radhakrishnan. The move comes days after the NTA canceled the UGC-NET after the question paper was leaked on the dark web. Separately, there were also allegations of cheating in the NEET exam, which led to controversy over the exam process. This high-level committee is tasked with making recommendations to reform the review process, improve data security protocols, and strengthen the structure and operations of the Internal Revenue Service. The committee was asked to submit a report within two months. Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, former chairman of ISRO and chairman of Kanpur Institute of Technology, has been appointed chairman of the committee. Other members are Dr. Randeep Guleria, former director of AIIMS Delhi. Professor BJ Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Hyderabad. Professor Ramamurthy K, Emeritus Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Madras Institute of Technology. Pankaj Bansal, co-founder of People Strong and board member of Karmayogi Bharat; Prof. Aditya Mittal, Dean of Studies, Delhi Institute of Technology. and Mr. Govind Jaiswal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Education, will act as Member Secretary. The committee's main focus is to improve the review process. This includes analyzing the entire verification process and recommending measures to improve system efficiency and prevent possible violations. In addition, the committee will conduct a thorough review of NTA's standard operating procedures (SOPs) and protocols, recommend measures to strengthen these procedures and ensure compliance at all levels through robust monitoring mechanisms. The panel will also consider ways to strengthen data security protocols. The Committee will assess the Internal Revenue Service's existing data security processes and recommend measures to strengthen them. This includes reviewing current security protocols related to paper regulation and other inspection processes, as well as recommending ways to make the system stronger and more secure. In addition, the Committee will examine the organizational structure and performance of the Internal Revenue Service.

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IMD predicts heavy rainfall for five days June 07, 2024 14:53

The northeast states of India are currently experiencing the influence of a cyclonic circulation combined with strong winds from the Bay of Bengal. This weather pattern is expected to bring light to moderate rainfall, accompanied by thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds, to the region over the next five days. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim are all anticipated to receive these weather conditions, with the possibility of isolated heavy rainfall in some areas. Additionally, the southern states of India, including Konkan & Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Saurashtra & Kutch, Coastal Andhra Pradesh & Yanam, Rayalaseema, Telangana, and Karnataka, are expected to experience similar weather patterns over the next five days, with the possibility of isolated heavy rainfall in certain regions. Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal, and Kerala & Mahe are also expected to experience these weather conditions from June 6 to 8. The coastal regions of Karnataka are anticipated to experience heavy rainfall from June 8 to 10, while Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal may see similar conditions on June 6 and 7. Coastal Andhra Pradesh is expected to receive rainfall on June 6, 9, and 10, with Telangana and Rayalaseema likely to be affected on June 6 and 7. Konkan and Goa are predicted to witness very heavy rainfall during the same period, and Madhya Maharashtra and Coastal Karnataka may face similar weather patterns on June 9 and 10. A cyclonic circulation over northwest Madhya Pradesh, connected to a trough reaching West Bengal, will bring scattered light to moderate rainfall with thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds (30-40 kmph) to Bihar, Jharkhand, and Gangetic West Bengal over the next few days. Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, and Chhattisgarh are anticipated to experience these conditions for the next four to five days. Isolated hailstorms and squally winds (50-60 kmph) are likely over West Madhya Pradesh from June 6 to 8. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are forecasted to experience strong winds (25-35 kmph) over the next five days, and Odisha and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands may see heavy rainfall at isolated places from June 6 to 8 and on June 9 and 10, respectively. A westerly disturbance in the northwestern plains characterized by a cyclonic circulation over northern Pakistan and a decline in mid-tropical westerlies. The IMD has forecast heavy, light rain, thunder, lightning and gusty winds (40-50 kmph) over Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on June 6 and 7. June 6 is likely to take place in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Light rain, thundershower, lightning and gusty winds (40-50 kmph) may occur over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on June 6 and 7. Dust storms are expected over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh on June 6 and over Rajasthan on June 6 and 7. Isolated hailstorm is expected to pass over western Rajasthan on June 7.

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Arvind Kejriwal's Plea referred to Chief Justice of India May 28, 2024 16:31

Arvind Kejriwal's request for an extension of his interim bail on medical grounds has been denied by the Supreme Court, which refused to hold an urgent hearing on the matter. The Delhi Chief Minister was granted interim bail earlier in May to campaign for his party, the AAP, leading up to elections for Delhi's seven Lok Sabha seats. He was released until June 1 and instructed to return to Tihar Jail by June 2. Mr Kejriwal had hoped for an immediate hearing, but a vacation bench stated that his plea would only be forwarded to Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, who would decide when it would be heard. The bench of Justice JK Maheshwari and KV Vishwanathan noted that the verdict in the original case - Mr Kejriwal challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate - had been reserved after the last hearing on May 17, and that the CJI would make an appropriate decision on when to schedule a hearing. Mr Kejriwal had requested an urgent hearing for Wednesday. The court asked why Mr Kejriwal did not mention that he was hearing cases during his plea for interim bail. He must return to jail by June 2 or face the consequences. Earlier, his lawyer argued for an immediate hearing, citing the need for medical tests. Mr Kejriwal plans to surrender on June 9, following the election results. His lawyer stressed the importance of a medical examination to protect him during his prison term. Mr Kejriwal will remain visible and available in public while out on bail, and there is no risk of him fleeing the legal process. The doctor from a private hospital in the national capital ordered several medical tests, including a PET-CT scan of his whole body, which will require five to seven days to complete. The AAP raised concerns that Mr Kejriwal, who suffers from diabetes, was being denied insulin while in jail. This sparked controversy over the availability of the "life-saving" medication. The controversy surrounding Arvind Kejriwal's well-being has made its way to the courts once again. Kejriwal had previously criticized Tihar jail and ED officials for "petty" and "politicising" his health. In response, the probe agency claimed that Kejriwal had intentionally consumed sugary foods, such as mangoes and toffees, in violation of his diet chart, putting his health at risk to justify medical bail. During today's hearing, Kejriwal cited the prison authorities' "insensitive behaviour" and his "unexplained weight loss" as symptoms of a life-threatening disease. He argued that an additional week of bail would allow him to assess any potential health complications. Kejriwal also shared that he had lost seven kilograms in a month without any reason, which the doctors found alarming and prescribed several tests. The probe agency has accused the Delhi Chief Minister of involvement in drafting a now-defunct policy and seeking kickbacks for liquor licenses. The AAP and its leader, Mr. Kejriwal, have been accused of using illegal funds to finance their election campaigns in Goa and Punjab. However, both have denied any wrongdoing and claim that the arrest and case are politically motivated, particularly as they occurred just weeks before the election. This incident has sparked a political conflict between the ruling BJP and the INDIA opposition bloc, which includes the Congress and the AAP.

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Low voting turnout recorded in New Delhi Lok Sabha Polls May 25, 2024 21:10

The capital recorded a voter turnout of around 54.48 per cent in seven Lok Sabha constituencies in the sixth phase of polling till 7pm on Saturday. The Northeast Delhi Lok Sabha constituency recorded the highest voter turnout at 57.97 percent and the New Delhi seat recorded the lowest at 50.44 percent. It is important to note that in the 2019 general elections, the BJP won all seven Lok Sabha constituencies in the national capital with a voter turnout of 60.52% in Delhi. According to the pollster's data, North East Delhi constituency had the highest voter turnout at 57.97 per cent till 5pm, while New Delhi constituency had the lowest voter turnout at 50.44 per cent, followed by Chandi Chowk at 53.27 per cent and East -Delhi with 53.27 percent 53.27 percent and 53.69 percent. In the sixth phase of voting in the national capital, West Delhi voted 53.17%, West Delhi 54.15% and South Delhi 51.84%. Those who exercised their franchise in the capital included President Draupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dankhar, Chief Justice of India DA Chandrachud and Supreme Election Commission of India Rajiv Kumar. Union Minister S Voters in the capital included Jaishankar and Delhi Chief Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Arvind Kejriwal, Congress MPs Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Delhi Election Commission officials claimed that there were no reports of any technical glitches or delays in the start of polling at any of the polling stations in the national capital. However, CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat said she had to wait for around 50 minutes to cast her vote at St Columba School in her constituency in New Delhi. The CPI(M) chief claimed that the battery in the EVM control unit at the polling center was "discharged". “We came to vote, but they say the batteries in the voting machines are dead. “Imagine what the Election Commission would have done if the batteries in the voting machines had run out early in the morning,” Karat news agency said. Quote from Karat: Try it. New Delhi's district returning officer refuted his claims on the microblogging platform. Delhi ministers Atishi and Saurabh Bharadwaj also complained about irregularities. Atishi said in a post, "Disturbing news is coming from different parts of Delhi... At Captain Anuj Nayar's school in Janakpuri, the election official tried to sign Form 17 (C) on the morning of X. At Government School No. 3.” Kalkaji, the official The election had just come and it was ordered that election officials were not allowed to record the data. Is there a plan by @ECISVEEP to manipulate the vote count?” In a post in Hindi, Kejriwal said: "...every vote you cast in this great celebration of democracy is against authoritarianism and will strengthen India's democracy and constitution." According to the European Commission, a total of 1.52 billion Voters - 82 million men, 69 million women and 1,228 from the third category - vote at more than 13,000 polling stations in seven Lok Sabha constituencies in the capital. Today is the sixth phase of voting.

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