Top news of the day: EC rejects Opposition parties’ demand on VVPAT verification, break-in at IAF Rafale team office in France, and more

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Election Commission rejects Opposition parties’ demand on VVPAT verification

The Election Commission rejected the Opposition parties’ demand for the tallying of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips in five polling booths in each Assembly segment with the electronic voting machines (EVMs) prior to the counting of votes.

General election 2019 | Opposition maligning our democracy anticipating defeat: Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah slams the Opposition over its doubts on EVMs, saying the rival parties are rattled by their likely defeat and are “tarnishing” India and its democracy by raising questions on its electoral process.

Home Ministry asks States, UTs to stay alert as calls were given for inciting violence

A day before counting of votes for the Lok Sabha polls, the Union Home Ministry alerted all states and Union Territories on the possibility of violence in different parts of the country, saying calls were given in various quarters for inciting violence.

Break-in at IAF Rafale team office in France

A theft was reported in the Paris office of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Project Management Team (PMT) overseeing the Rafale fighter deal. “The incident occurred on Sunday and an investigation is underway. It is Dassault Aviation’s responsibility as it has been on their premises,” a defence source told The Hindu. The PMT consists of four IAF officers headed by a Group Captain.

Four judges elevated to Supreme Court

The Centre has cleared four names recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium for elevation as judges of the apex court. With their appointment, the Supreme Court will reach its full sanctioned judicial strength of 31 judges.

Opposition complaining about EVM manipulation in face of imminent defeat: Ram Vilas Paswan

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has hit out at the Opposition parties saying that in face of imminent defeat they start complaining about “manipulated EVMs."

One player’s brilliance is not going to help a team win the World Cup: Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar has played six World Cups from 1992 to 2011, 45 matches (44 innings), scored 2278 runs and six centuries. In an interview to The Hindu , Tendulkar shares his thoughts on the Indian team, high-scoring games and more. "It’s a fabulous experience playing the World Cup. I would just tell the team, enjoy the moments.’’

Coral bleaching observed near Mandapam, Keezhakkarai, Palk Bay

The National Centre for Coastal Research, an institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, in India, has a field research station in the Gulf of Mannar region, and researchers led by Dr. Shanmugaraj have found an alarming pattern of bleaching in the reefs in Mandapam, Keezhakkarai and Palk Bay. They have found that sea surface temperature ranged from 28.7°C to 31°C in the August 2018-February 2019 period and there was no bleaching seen then. However, when the temperatures rose to between 32°C and 36°C between March 2019 and May 2019, researchers observed a pattern of bleaching in corals, which was different at different layers within the sea.

Status of tenant not obviated by landlord’s death: Supreme Court

Protection offered to a statutory tenant by rent control law can only be overcome by following the procedure laid out in the statute. Owner cannot demand re-possession of property without following statutory procedure, the Supreme Court has held.

VVIP chopper scam: Enforcement Directorate files supplementary chargesheet against alleged middleman Sushen Mohan Gupta

The Enforcement Directorate filed a supplementary chargesheet before a Delhi court against Sushen Mohan Gupta, an alleged defence agent arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers scam, in a money laundering case.


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