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Rs 10 lakh relief for families of hooch victims

Chennai: Families of those killed in the hooch tragedy were presented cheques for Rs 10 lakh each, which was announced as relief by the State government, by Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Development Udhayanidhi Stalin who visited Karunapuram in Kallakurichi district to console the families and oversee the relief operations on Thursday while the police arrested four bootleggers responsible for selling the spurious liquor. The Opposition parties came down on the government like a ton of bricks though the State government transferred the case to CB-CID, held a review meeting with top officials and appointed a single man commission, headed by retired High Court judge B Gokuldas, for a detailed probe into the tragedy that had already taken the lives of at least 35 persons and sent about 40 persons to hospital , Besides issuing statements, making scathing comments to the media and putting posts in social media blaming the government for the deaths and alleging that there was a nexus between the bootleggers and the Ministers, MLAs and police officials, many top political leaders landed at Karunapuram to meet the families of the dead and those fighting for their lives in the Government hospital at Kallakurichi. The State Assembly that met at Fort St George briefly passed a resolution condoling the death of hooch victims, along with other obituary references before adjourning for the day, while BJP MLA Vanathi Srinivasan told media persons that her party had given notice for a attention motion to discuss the matter in the House on Friday. The Chief Minister said that a thorough investigation would be done into the supply of Methanol to identify the culprits and also the procurement sources and posted a message in his X page saying that he was terribly distressed by the incident and was closely monitoring the actions taken on all fronts. While he had already despatched Ministerial colleagues, A V Velu and M Subramanian, to meet the affected people in Karunapuram on Thursday, he had advised the State Home Secretary and Director General of Police to visit the victims and expedite relief operations, besides sending Udhayanidhi Stalin. The health condition of those admitted to hospitals in Kallakurichi, JIPMER in Puducherry, Salem and Villupuram was closely observed and a relief of Rs 50,000 had been announced for those admitted to hospitals, he said, adding that retired judge Gokuldas had been given 3 months to submit a report after probing the incident threadbare. Even as social media users went to town accusing the police of not doing anything to curb the sales of illicit liquor from the particular vend in Karunapuram, run by Kannukutty alias Govindarajan (now in police custody) for at least two decades, television channels spoke to the families of the dead persons for their reactions. Poignant stories of children losing their fathers suddenly, young women becoming windows and families rendered helpless due to the death of the sole breadwinners were featured in the channels that also had narrations on how victims lost their vision and hearing ability and writhed in pain without knowing what had hit them before being taken to hospital. PMK president Anbumani Ramadoss alleged that illicit arrack distillation was going on unabated in the Kalvarayan Hills with the connivance of local political leaders and also the police. He cited instances of police officials who cracked down on bootlegging getting transferred to other places at the behest of local political leaders of the ruling party. Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Edappadi K Palaniswami wanted the Chief Minister to step down and called for a State-wide protest on June 24 against the government failure to prevent the tragedy. BJP State President K Annamalai, who wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah requesting a CBI enquiry into the deaths, said in a message on X said that the Chief Minister had lost his moral right to continue in the post after 60 lives had been lost to hooch and demanded the dropping of Prohibition Minister Muthusamy from the Cabinet. At a press conference he said that the Chief Minister should have come down to Kallakurichi to console the people who had lost their loved ones instead of deputing Udhayanidhi Stalin. He demanded the announcement on the closing down of 100 TASMAC shops and assured to extend all help to the victims of the tragedy through the schemes of the Union Government once the mourning was over. He also announced a protest by the BJP on Saturday all over the State. Founder of the Tamilar Vetri Kazhagam, Vijay, too blamed the government for failing to take appropriate steps to prevent the tragedy though a similar one had happened just a year ago in a post in his X page and then drove down to Kallakurichi to console the families of the dead and those admitted to hospital. BJPs national co-incharge of Tamil Nadu affairs, P Sudhakar Reddy, wanted the government to appoint a sitting High Court Judge for the probe instead of a retired judge and demanded that the Chief Minister take responsibility for the catastrophe.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Jun 2024 8:41 pm

Over 3300-year-old cargo ship uncovered off Israels coast

Jerusalem, June 20 (IANS) An over 3,300-year-old ships cargo of hundreds of intact Canaanite storage amphorae was revealed at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, 90 km off Israels coast, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the London-based gas and oil company Energean said in a joint statement on Thursday. The IAA said that under []

bhaskarlive 20 Jun 2024 8:30 pm

Biblical reference to siege of Israel 2,700 years ago: Does archeological site prove it? What happened actually? Details here

Archaeologist Stephen C. Compton discovered these ruins first in 2021 and aerial photographs were taken of a site known as Ammunition Hill, about one mile from Jerusalems borders.

The Economic Times 20 Jun 2024 8:15 pm

Amidst Kallakurichi Hooch Tragedy, Door-to-Door Delivery Of Spurious Liquor Found In Salem

Due to the escalating death toll from illicit liquor consumption in Kallakurichi district, DIG of Salem Uma has initiated a rigorous crackdown on spurious liquor sales along the Salem district The post Amidst Kallakurichi Hooch Tragedy, Door-to-Door Delivery Of Spurious Liquor Found In Salem appeared first on The Commune .

The Commune Mag 20 Jun 2024 1:46 pm

Death toll hits 29 in TN hooch tragedy, AIADMK calls for CM's resignation

The death toll in Tamil Nadu's Kallakurichi district of people who had consumed illicit liquor has risen to 29, officials said on Thursday.Twenty nine are confirmed dead, Kallkurichi District Collector, MS Prashanth said today.Over 60 people have been hospitalized in the incident.As per sources, a total of 107 people have been admitted in the Kallakurichi government Medical college Hospital out of which 59 people were referred to hospital in other places such as Salem, Villupuram and Puducherry.Out of the 29 deaths 18 people were reported dead from the Kalllakurichi Government Medical Hospital while 11 were reported dead from other hospitals.Fifteen people were admitted to the JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research) last night.Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday evening transferred the District Collector Sravan Kumar Jatavath and placed under suspension the Superintendent of Police Samay Singh Meena.According to the State government, MS ...

Business Standard 20 Jun 2024 9:29 am

Heavy rain forecast in Tamil Nadu till June 23

CHENNAI: Several parts of the state will continue to receive heavy rain till June 23 and the maximum temperature is likely to be near normal. The southwest monsoon will be vigorous over Nilgiris and ghat areas of Coimbatore district, where heavy to very heavy rain has been forecast for June 22 and 23. Tiruppur, Dindigul, Theni, Erode, Salem and Dharmapuri districts may receive heavy rain. Chennai will receive light to moderate rain for the next two days, according to the regional meteorological centre here. The city has been witnessing thunderstorms, lighting and heavy showers for the past two days during late evenings and night. In the last 24 hours ending 8.30am on Wednesday, Devala in Nilgiris received the highest rainfall of 13cm followed by 11cm at Arcot in Ranipet. Several other weather stations in Pudukkottai, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Ranipet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur have also received good rains in the range of 6-10 cm. In Chennai, Tiruvottiyur received 9cm. Anna Nagar, Nungambakkam, Teynampet, TVK Nagar, Manali received 7cm of rainfall. Corporation officials said that most parts of the city, including Thiruvottiyur and parts of Manali did not have prolonged waterlogging after the rain on Tuesday night and briefly on Wednesday afternoon. Of the 2,624km of storm water drains, 1,242 km have been taken up for desilting now after completing 755 kilometres. Only very few low lying areas experienced some amount of waterlogging but even those were drained out before morning. There is only one isolated spot in Perambur that is left and we will complete draining water from there by Wednesday afternoon, a senior official said.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 9:06 am

Tamil Nadu: Death toll in Kallakurichi hooch tragedy rises to 29; AIADMK demands CM Stalin's resignation

Tamil Nadu: Death toll in Kallakurichi hooch tragedy rises to 29; AIADMK demands CM Stalin's resignation The death toll in Tamil Nadu's Kallakurichi district of people who had consumed illicit liquor has risen to 29, officials said on Thursday. Twenty nine are confirmed dead, Kallkurichi District Collector, MS Prashanth said today. Over 60 people have been hospitalized in the incident. As per sources, a total of 107 people have been admitted in the Kallakurichi government Medical college Hospital out of which 59 people were referred to hospital in other places such as Salem, Villupuram and Puducherry. Out of the 29 deaths 18 people were reported dead from the Kalllakurichi Government Medical Hospital while 11 were reported dead from other hospitals. Fifteen people were admitted to the JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research) last night. Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday evening transferred the District Collector Sravan Kumar Jatavath and placed under suspension the Superintendent of Police Samay Singh Meena. According to the State government, MS Prasanth was been appointed as new district collector and Rajat Chaturvedi as the new Superintendent of Police. The AIADMK general secretary, Edappadi K Palaniswami has slammed the ruling DMK government in the state Palaniswami also demanded the resignation of DMK chief and state Chief Minister MK Stalin over the incident. In a post on X, the AIADMK chief said, Hearing the news that the death toll has risen to 29 due to the consumption of illicit liquor in Kallakurichi has shocked me. In the context of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly convening today, traditionally, condolence resolutions will be read and passed for several individuals, including former members who have passed away. On behalf of AIADMK, I record my condolences for the deceased. However, in this situation, it is paramount to personally meet the families of those who tragically lost their lives due to the overall administrative failure and lethargic approach of the DMK government. The ongoing deaths emphasize the need for direct involvement and empathy. I express my deepest condolences and regrets to the families of the deceased and pray for the speedy recovery of those receiving treatment in hospitals, Palaniswami added. He further mentioned that he would head towards the Kallakurichi district to meet the kin of those who died after consuming illicit liquor. I am now heading to Kallakurichi to meet the families of those who died due to the consumption of illicit liquor and those receiving treatment in hospitals. #Resign_Stalin, the AIADMK chief said. Meanwhile, the officials have expressed concern that the death toll may go up. Chief Minister MK Stalin expressed shock over the deaths and said that action had been taken against officials who failed to prevent it. I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of the deaths of people who had consumed adulterated liquor in Kallakurichi. Those involved in the crime have been arrested in this matter. Action has also been taken against the officials who failed to prevent it, Stalin said in a post on X. Immediate action will be taken if the public informs about those involved in such crimes. Such crimes that ruin the society will be suppressed with an iron fist, he added. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Jun 2024 8:54 am

Israel eases security restrictions near Gaza

Jerusalem: Israels Home Front Command has announced the lifting of security restrictions in numerous communities near the Gaza Strip, marking a significant easing of measures since Hamas attack on October 7, 2023. The new guidelines, applicable to the Gaza Envelope area extending up to 7 km from the Gaza border, exclude 25 communities, such as Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 Jun 2024 7:53 am

Kauvery Group Hospitals co-founder Aravindan Selvaraj appointed ASSOCHAM TN Chairman

Kauvery Group Hospitals co-founder Aravindan Selvaraj appointed ASSOCHAM TN Chairman The co-founder of city-based health care provider Kauvery Group of Hospitals, Dr Aravindan Selvaraj has been appointed as the Chairman of Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, Tamil Nadu council. Hinduja Group flagship company Ashok Leyland's Director-Strategic Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Gopal Mahadeven has been appointed as the Co-Chairman, a press release from ASSOCHAM Tamil Nadu State Development Council said on Wednesday. The services director of Siemens Digital Industries Software, Aiyappan Ramamurthi and Managing Director of Steel Cluster Services Salem Pvt Ltd, K Mariappan were also appointed as Co-Chairs with immediate effect. ''ASSOCHAM Tamil Nadu Development Council can play a crucial role in bridging the skill gap in Tamil Nadu's industries, empowering youth with job-ready skills and supporting the success of 'Naan Mudhalvan' scheme, the flagship initiative of the Tamil Nadu government,'' said Selvaraj. ''This council will be a bridge to progress, unlocking immense growth potential for Tamil Nadu's industries. We will actively engage with the government to create a business environment that fosters industrial growth and attracts investments,'' he added.

devdiscourse 19 Jun 2024 10:32 pm

Hooch kills at least 3, sends 23 to hospital

Chennai : At least three persons were killed and 23 others admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital in Kallakurichi on Wednesday after they reportedly consumed illicit arrack mixed with methanol and supplied in sachets at Karunapuram in the district, an official press release said. Several people from the locality were getting admitted to the hospital complaining of stomach pain and other symptoms and 18 of them had been shifted to JIPMER hospital in Puducherry for emergency treatment and six others transferred to Salem government hospital, the release said, adding that 26 persons were admitted to the Kallakurichi hospital and three of them died. The bootlegger Govindaraj alias Kannukutty, who sold the arrack, was arrested and 200 litres of illicit arrack was seized from him. The liquor was sent to the regional forensic lab in Villupuram, where it was found that the arrack had been laced with methanol, which is a poisonous substance. Earlier in the day, the incident triggered a controversy following a denial from the district collector Sravan Kumar Jataveth, who was later transferred out, that it was not a hooch tragedy but a case of some persons afflicted with diarrhea and fits and the police saying that nothing could be said about the cause unless the post mortem report was received. A report was also circulated that the deaths were caused because the victims consumed methanol despite Leaders of Opposition Parties coming out with statements condoling those who died in the hooch tragedy at Karunapuram in Kallakurichi district and accusing the State government of ineptitude. Special teams of doctors from the Villupuram Government hospital, Salem and Tiruvannamalai had been deputed to Kallakurichi to deal with the emergency situation there, the press release said. While Shravan Kumar Jataveth had been shifted out of the district and M S Prasanth appointed in his place, the superintendent of Police Samay Singh Meena was suspended and Rajath Chatruvedi appointed in his place. Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Edappadi K Palaniswami, claimed that 5 persons were killed, while PMK founder S Ramadoss and BJP State leader K Annamalai flayed the government for the incident. Referring to the official version that it was a case of methanol poisoning and not hooch, Palaniswami, in message on X, said that such polemics should not be employed in a tragedy that involved the lives of people and whatever term was used for illicit liquor it should be eliminated. Ramadoss, who put the death toll at three, named the victims as Suresh, Praveen and Sekar and condemned the State government for failing to curb illicit liquor in the State. He said that the Kalvarayan Hills had become a hub for round the clock hooch trade. Urging the Chief Minister M K Stalin to take responsibility for the tragedy by compensating the victims families for their loss and taking care of the medical expenses of those in hospital, Ramadoss, in a statement, said that there were three types of liquor that needed to be done away with. One was the government approved liquor sold through TASMAC outlets, two was the liquor sold by evading excise duty through many bars and in nook and crannies and three was the illicit liquor. Annamalai, in a press conference, wondered what the Chief Minister M Karunanidhi would say about the incident as he had tried to justify the earlier hooch tragedy a year ago in Marakkanam and Madurantakam localities by saying that it was happening after a gap of 18 years. He demanded the resignation of the State Minister for Prohibition charging him with only looking after TASMAC sales. He alleged that illicit liquor was flowing freely all over the incident and said that the government had not learnt any lessons after 22 persons were killed last year. Accusing another State Minister to be in cahoots with the bootlegging mafia, he wanted the removal of the Ministers who were responsible for the illicit trade continuing unabated in the State. Annamalai also posted on his X page a video showing a woman weeping inconsolably saying that a woman narrating how her husband died due to hooch and also saying that no other person should die in that fashion.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Jun 2024 9:46 pm

Over 550 Haj pilgrims die of heatstroke in Makkah

Jerusalem: Over 550 Hajj pilgrims died due to heatstroke, as temperatures soared in recent days, officials said on Tuesday, June 18. According to officials who are coordinating, at least 323 Egyptians perished, the majority of whom died from heat-related ailments. One of the diplomats stated that all of them (the Egyptians) died because of heat, Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 19 Jun 2024 3:36 pm

Israel-Gaza war live: US says weapon transfers continuing as normal after Netanyahu claims some being withheld

The PM claimed weapons would allow Israel to finish the job, but US secretary of state Antony Blinken said only one shipment was under review See all our Israel-Gaza coverage It has gone 10.30am in Gaza and Tel Aviv . This is our latest live blog on the Israel-Gaza war and the wider Middle East crisis. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that the US is withholding weapons and implied that it is slowing Israels offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah . The Israeli foreign minister, Israel Katz, has said a decision on an all-out war with Hezbollah was coming soon , as Israel generals announced late on Tuesday that they had signed off planning for an offensive into Lebanon . The escalating rhetoric came after the release of video footage from a Hezbollah surveillance drones overflight of the northern city of Haifa, which included images of sensitive sites and civilian neighbourhoods. US envoy Amos Hochstein said on Tuesday that Washington was seeking to avoid a greater war following an escalation in fire between Hezbollah and the Israeli military along Lebanons southern frontier in recent weeks. Hochstein described the situation along the border as serious Lebanons prime minister Najib Mikati said his nation did not seek escalation, but cautioned that there should be an end to the ongoing violations of Lebanese sovereignty and the acts of systematic killing and destruction committed by Israel. On Monday an Israeli spokesperson said they would secure the return of displaced Israelis to their homes militarily or diplomatically. The UN says it has been unable to distribute aid entering Gaza from the Israel-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing because of lawlessness and panic among hungry people in the area , despite Israels daytime pause in military activity. Fighting is not the only reason for being unable to pick up aid The lack of any police or rule of law in the area makes it very dangerous to move goods there, spokesperson Farhan Haq said. A series of Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday resulted in the deaths of at least 17 Palestinians in two of the Gaza Strips historic refugee camps , as tanks advanced further into the southern city of Rafah, according to reports from residents and medics. The UN human rights chief on Tuesday warned that the rights situation in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, was drastically deteriorating , while there had been unconscionable death and suffering in Gaza. Volker Trk, UN high commissioner for human rights, said as of 15 June, 528 Palestinians, 133 of them children, had been killed by Israeli security forces or settlers since October, in some cases raising serious concerns of unlawful killings The conflict in Gaza has created unprecedented soil, water and air pollution in the region , a UN report said on Tuesday. Israels official social media account accused the UN, under the leadership of secretary-general Antnio Guterres, of becoming a tool for Hamas propaganda. Continue reading...

The Guardian 19 Jun 2024 1:04 pm

Gaza Conflict: Hundreds of Families Wiped Out by Airstrikes

BEIRUT: He is among the very last survivors of his Gaza family, a clan so close they knew without thinking how blood and marriage bound them across generations and city blocks. Then, branch by branch, 173 of Youssef Salems relatives were killed in Israeli airstrikes in a matter of days in December. By spring that [] The post Gaza Conflict: Hundreds of Families Wiped Out by Airstrikes appeared first on Kashmir Life .

KashmirLife 19 Jun 2024 11:59 am

Thunderstorm strikes Chennai for the 2nd day

CHENNAI: Chennai and several other parts of Tamil Nadu received heavy rain late on Tuesday night, for the second consecutive day. Heavy rain and gust the previous night in Chennai and across the state had left several low-lying areas waterlogged. Thunderstorm and heavy wind on Monday night uprooted trees in places like Kodambakkam and corporation staff were busy clearing the roads on Tuesday. Several international and domestic flights were also delayed, airport officials said. Weather blogger Pradeep John said rainfall bands were slow moving and brought good rain. Interestingly, most of the rain occurred between 1 am and 4 am on Tuesday. Massive thunderstorms and strong wind coupled with heavy downpour woke up several Chennaiites early on Tuesday. Many people also took to social media to share videos of the intense rain. Some of them compared the wind and rain with cyclonic storm. The rain, however, brought a much-needed respite to residents of the city who were greatly inconvenienced by the sweltering heat. Apart from Chennai, parts of Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Ranipet and Krishnagiri also received heavy rain on Monday night. According to Regional Meteorological Centre, Sholinganallur received the highest rainfall of 12 cm followed by Poonamallee at 11 cm. Chembarambakkam, Pallikaranai, Meenambakkam, Alandur, Avadi and a few other weather stations recorded 7 cm rainfall. On Tuesday night, John tweeted that KTCC region might receive strong gust and intense rain for the second consecutive day. Thunderstorms and rains picked up its intensity by 10 pm on Tuesday. Several areas have reported heavy downpour with rainfall rate of 15 cm per hour, he said. John also forecast good rain in Pudukkottai, Ariyalur, Cuddalore, Vellore, Sivagangai, Salem and Tirupattur. He also said monsoon will get active in Kerala, Karnataka, Cauvery catchment areas, Valparai, Nilgiris and Kanniyakumari. According to Skymet, light to moderate rain is likely over Konkan and Goa, Maharashtra, coastal Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. Light rain is likely over Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rayalaseema, interior Karnataka, Skymet said.

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 10:04 am

Paati s wisdom for the win

CHENNAI: During the festival of crackers and lights, Akash Muralidharan recalls his grandmother, mother, and aunt carefully kneading and frying up batches of crispy murukku and adirasam. As one with a sweet tooth, the youngsters first tryst with cooking was learning to make the festive soft, golden Mysore pak with his grandmother. The kitchen was his safe space and he spent generous amounts of time here, mastering recipes. Growing up in a joint family, his routine was punctuated by meal times and the entire family congregating in the kitchen for breakfast and dinner. Many memories are attached to that space and my grandmother would always encourage us to step inside the kitchen and cook. After all the men in the house would go off to work, it would just be my cousin, brother, and the women. We used to do activities together in the garden, kitchen and I enjoyed being around food and in the kitchen itself, he says. Akash watched his grandmother pluck spinach, manathakkali, or coconut and transform them into comforting dishes. These are things I look up to her for. She would make so many things quickly. When she made sweets, she would put Boost or Milo and bring out a new flavour. I would think about how she did it then only, the 29-year-old explains, adding his interest in cooking existed since he was conscious. His paatis experimental bone and love for cooking followed him ever since. From a degree in architecture to pursuing food design in Milan, Akashs journey was intertwined with art, cooking, and food.My effort has been to showcase my food, our South Indian food on an international platform. In Europe, I felt that everybody was celebrating their food and culture and they had such a strong bond they shared with it. Why are we not celebrating our food so much? This is the thought that pushed me to start working with food intensely, explains the chef, who recently bagged the title of MasterChef India Tamil 2024. Akash also runs Vizhamedai, along with his partners, Sanjana, and Darshini. Celebrating the local is at the heart of this platform. Their projects include crafting cards based on the Tamil calendar and they have also whipped up a feast at actors Ashok Selvan and Keerthi Pandians wedding. Plating forgotten ingredients Have you heard of vetrilai valli kizhangu? Or mudavattukal kilzhangu? Have you eaten banana blossoms? These elements rarely enter our daily poriyals or kuzhambus, and despite being grown in south India, only a few residents have chanced upon these ingredients. The urge to tell stories about these lesser-known ingredients pushed Akash to begin cooking amid the lights, camera, and pressure of the MasterChef kitchen. Each ingredient is unique in its way; if we are going to lose them forever, it also means our identity will be lost with them. We need to be conscious about including them in our food, he underlines. From making mashed banana and egg yolk ravioli and blueberry rasam, to competing in various challenges, the MasterChef kitchen proved to be a fruitful platform. Once, amid a heated week in the show, the chef opened up about dealing with ADHD. I was struggling to focus on getting through the challenges; it was a difficult week and (opening up about it) helped me be nicer to myself. When I said it on the show, it made it more real and easier for me to handle. I learned to deal with it in a better way; I am more than just a neurobehavioural condition, he says, advising those with ADHD to get enough rest and sleep. In the finale, Akashs creation was influenced by a Salem-based dish made during Aadi Perukku, bringing a modern twist to a classic comfort dish. With urad dal, rice and jaggery, this signature pongal dish was served in a coconut shell and was a homage to Meenakshi Ammal and her cookbook Samaithu Par, he said on social media. As for his sakkarai pongal, he says, the kamala orange meringue was a tribute to his paati Kamala; the jasmine spheres were a tribute to his amma and chiththi and paasi paruppu laddoos were for his athai-paatis.While clinching the title, Akash said it was an emotional moment and it had given me a lot more confidence about creating food. As for the future, Akash hopes to travel and learn more about the food, ingredients, and culture of different regions inside Tamil Nadu. When asked about advice for future cooks, he urges them to be more experimental and not restrict their cooking methods. It is okay to make mistakes and for the dish to taste horrible in the beginning. only if you experiment, can you come up with something new, he signs off.

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 10:02 am

Fifth suspect arrested in Salem-Kochi highway carjacking attempt

COIMBATORE: Another suspect, who was part of a gang that waylaid a Kerala-bound car on the Salem-Kochi national highway and attempted to rob the occupants early on Friday, was arrested by the Coimbatore district police on Tuesday. The accused, K Vishnu (28) of Karekkattu Parambu of Keralas Palakkad district, was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the robbery bid. He was the fifth person to be arrested in connection with the case. Police sources said that four others K Sivadas (29) Ramesh Babu (27), M Vishnu (28) from Chittur and M Ajay (24) from Nallepilly were arrested on Sunday. Vishnu was serving in the Army and had come on vacation on April 4. However, he did not return to his posting after the vacation, the police said. Nine people in three vehicles chased the car of one Aslam Siddique (27) of Ernakulam and launched an attack, 200 metres before the L&T toll plaza on the highway near Madukkarai early on Friday. However, Siddique and two of his friends knocked down the doors of the miscreants car and fled. Videos of the assailants chasing and attacking Siddiques car were captured on the dash cameras and were doing rounds on social media. Due to the public mobility at the toll plaza, the gang stopped chasing them and fled. Following the incident, Siddique complained to the Madukkarai police on Friday. Based on the video evidence and footage collected from toll plazas, police traced the gang and arrested four of them on Sunday. The investigation revealed that the gang had received information that Siddique was carrying unaccounted cash in the car, which later turned out to be false. Siddique, who works in advertising, was returning from Bengaluru along with his two friends after purchasing computers and accessories, the police said. Three special teams are working towards arresting four other suspects, police sources said. Kovai cops to set up check post on NH following Fridays attempted robbery

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 9:27 am

Kovai cops to set up check post on NH following Fridays attempted robbery

COIMBATORE: In the wake of a highway robbery attempt on the Salem - Kochi National Highway in the Coimbatore district on Friday, Coimbatore (Rural) police are planning to set up a check post along the 26-kilometre stretch and increase patrolling. According to sources the stretch between Neelambur and Walayar usually witnesses highway robberies. The number of such crimes is high between Neelambur and Madukkarai, where the road has just two lanes and a large area is vacant on both sides. Other than the vehicular movement, there are no establishments in most of the areas. Taking advantage of this, gangs attempt robbery on the moving vehicles. We had one patrol team on the stretch and now it has been increased to four. Each team attached to the stations Madukkarai, Chettipalayam and Sulur police stations would have at least three policemen and they would work continuously for two shifts, said police superintendent V Badrinarayanan. The police superintendent also added that the CCTV monitoring system installed on the stretch played a significant role in tracing the gang engaged in a robbery attempt on Friday morning. We have been discussing opening a check post or outpost on the Salem- Kochi national highway in the view of strengthening the monitoring and vehicle checking. Also, we are working to increase the CCTV surveillance system to monitor the vehicle movements, he added. According to police sources the Kerala-based gang on Friday targeted the car belonging to a Kerala businessman based on information about transporting money (Hawala). But no cash was transported in the car and we suspect that the gang attacked the wrong vehicle. However, it was confirmed that illegal money transportation is being held on the route. Intensifying the vehicle check through check posts would prevent such activities and police outposts will help the public by regular monitoring.

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 8:29 am

Israels Netanyahu urges US to lift restrictions on weapons shipments

Jerusalem, June 19 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the White House to lift all restrictions on weapons shipments to Israel, imposed by US President Joe Bidens administration over the Israeli ground offensive in Gazas Rafah. In a video statement released by his office, Netanyahu said on Tuesday that its inconceivable that in []

bhaskarlive 19 Jun 2024 3:34 am

More protests against Netanyahus govt in Israel

Tel Aviv, June 19 (IANS/DPA) Thousands of people again protested in Israel against the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and in favour of the release of hostages still being held in the Gaza Strip. Demonstrators near the Knesset, the Parliament, in Jerusalem called for new elections, according to Israeli media reports on Tuesday. Tuesday []

bhaskarlive 19 Jun 2024 2:28 am

Israeli Woman Knocked, Dragged By Hair, Arrested By Israeli Police Outside Netanyahus Residence

Thousands of protesters converged on Jerusalem, rallying outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence to demand new elections and his resignation. Clashes between protesters and plainclothes police officers were reported, with videos showing officers using force against demonstrators. Watch

The Times of India 18 Jun 2024 11:26 pm

Murder case suspect nabbed after nine months in Salem - The Hindu

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Google News 18 Jun 2024 6:11 pm

Netanyahu Dissolves War Cabinet, Consolidates Control Over Israel-Hamas Conflict

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disbanded his war Cabinet on Monday, a move that consolidates his influence over the Israel-Hamas conflict and likely reduces the prospects of a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip anytime soon. The step was announced by Netanyahu after his chief political rival, Benny Gantz, withdrew from the three-member war Cabinet. Gantz, a retired general and member of parliament, was widely seen as a more moderate voice in the decision-making process. Moving forward, major war policies will now be solely approved by Netanyahu's security Cabinet, a larger body dominated by hard-liners opposed to the U.S.-backed cease-fire proposal and in favor of continuing the conflict. An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, noted that Netanyahu may consult with close allies in ad-hoc meetings to discuss some decisions. These meetings could potentially mitigate the influence of the hard-liners. However, Netanyahu himself has shown little enthusiasm for the cease-fire plan, and his reliance on the full security Cabinet could allow him to prolong decision-making. Background and Implications The war Cabinet was formed after an October 7 Hamas attack on Israel, with Gantz joining Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in a display of unity. Gantz insisted that a small decision-making body guide the war strategy to sideline far-right members of Netanyahu's government. Gantz left the Cabinet earlier this month after tensions escalated over Israel's strategy in Gaza. He criticized the lack of progress in bringing home Israeli hostages held by Hamas and accused Netanyahu of prolonging the conflict to avoid new elections and a corruption trial. Gantz called on Netanyahu to endorse a plan that would rescue the captives and end Hamas rule in Gaza. When Netanyahu did not express support for the plan, Gantz announced his departure, citing fateful strategic decisions being met with hesitancy and procrastination due to political considerations. Impact on Israel's Wartime Policies The disbanding of the war Cabinet further distances Netanyahu from centrist politicians more open to a cease-fire deal with Hamas. Months of cease-fire talks have failed to find common ground between Hamas and Israeli leaders. Both sides have been reluctant to fully endorse a U.S.-backed plan that would return hostages, pave the way for an end to the conflict, and begin the rebuilding of Gaza. Netanyahu will now rely on his security Cabinet members, some of whom oppose cease-fire deals and support reoccupying Gaza. After Gantz's departure, Israel's ultranationalist national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, demanded inclusion in a renewed war Cabinet. Monday's move could help keep Ben-Gvir at a distance, but it cannot sideline him altogether. The move also allows Netanyahu leeway to extend the conflict to maintain power. Critics accuse him of delaying resolution, which could lead to an investigation into the government's handling of the October 7 incident and potentially new elections at a time when his popularity is low. Gideon Rahat, chairman of the political science department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, commented, It means that he will make all the decisions himself, or with people that he trusts who don't challenge him. And his interest is in having a slow-attrition war. Hamas Requests Complete Halt to Gaza Conflict in Response to US Plan UN Security Council Supports US-Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Plan, Here's Why Netanyahu to Deliver Key Speech to US Congress on Amid Gaza Crisis, Check Date Here

News Track 18 Jun 2024 5:59 pm

Man ends life in Salem

The Hindu 18 Jun 2024 5:35 pm

Escalating Crisis in West Bank & Gaza: UN Highlights Human Rights Violations

Escalating Crisis in West Bank & Gaza: UN Highlights Human Rights Violations (Adds Israeli comment) GENEVA, June 18 (Reuters) - Palestinians in the Israeli occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are suffering a drastically worsening human rights environment, alongside unconscionable death and suffering in the Gaza Strip, the U.N. human rights chief said on Tuesday. The situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is dramatically deteriorating, Volker Turk, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the opening session of the U.N. Human Rights Council. The West Bank, where the internationally recognised Palestinian Authority exercises limited self-rule under Israeli occupation, has seen the worst unrest for decades, in parallel with the war in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas. Turk said that from the start of the Gaza war in October through mid-June, 528 Palestinians, 133 of them children, had been killed by Israeli security forces or settlers in the West Bank, in some cases raising serious concerns of unlawful killings. Twenty-three Israelis have been killed in the West Bank and Israel in clashes with or attacks by Palestinians, he said. In Gaza, Turk said he was appalled by the disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law by parties to the war. Israel's relentless strikes in Gaza are causing immense suffering and widespread destruction, and the arbitrary denial and obstruction of humanitarian aid have continued, Turk said. Israel continues to detain arbitrarily thousands of Palestinians. This must not continue. He added that Palestinian armed groups were continuing to hold hostages, including in populated areas, which put both the hostages and civilians at risk. Israel's permanent mission to the U.N. in Geneva accused Turk of completely omitting the cruelty and barbarity of terrorism in his address to the U.N. Human Rights Council. Hostilities in Gaza are the direct result of Hamas terrorism, decades of rocket-fire and incitement against the Jewish people and the State of Israel, culminating in its brutal attacks against Israel on October 7, the diplomatic mission said in a statement. Israel's ground and air campaign was triggered when Hamas-led militants stormed into southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies. Israel's offensive has killed more than 37,400 people in Gaza, according to its health authorities, and left much of the enclave's population homeless.

devdiscourse 18 Jun 2024 4:31 pm

Jerusalem official takes on French consulate after Israel arms show ban

Jerusalem's deputy mayor, an ultranationalist Israeli politician, has requested that rubbish not be collected from the French consulate. This move comes after Paris barred Israeli firms from an arms show. Organisers of the Eurosatory trade show, located just outside Paris, announced last month that French authorities had banned Israeli firms. The French defence ministry explained the decision, citing Israel's military operations in Gaza's Rafah city.

The Times of India 18 Jun 2024 4:31 pm

UN Warns of Escalating Human Rights Crisis in West Bank and Gaza

UN Warns of Escalating Human Rights Crisis in West Bank and Gaza The United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday warned that the rights situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, was rapidly deteriorating, while there had been unconscionable death and suffering in Gaza. The situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is dramatically deteriorating, Volker Turk, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the opening session of the U.N. Human Rights Council. He said that as of June 15, 528 Palestinians, 133 of them children, had been killed by Israeli security forces or settlers since October, in some cases raising serious concerns of unlawful killings. He said that 23 Israelis have been killed in the West Bank and Israel in clashes with or attacks by Palestinians. Turk said he was appalled by the disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law by parties of the conflict in Gaza. Israel's relentless strikes in Gaza are causing immense suffering and widespread destruction, and the arbitrary denial and obstruction of humanitarian aid have continued, Turk said. Israel continues to detain arbitrarily thousands of Palestinians. This must not continue. He added that Palestinian armed groups were continuing to hold hostages, including in populated areas, which put both the hostages and civilians at risk. Israel's ground and air campaign was triggered when Hamas-led militants stormed into southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies. Israel's offensive has killed more than 37,400 people in Gaza, according to its health authorities, and left much of the enclave's population homeless.

devdiscourse 18 Jun 2024 3:31 pm

Israel Hamas war: Gaza rescuers report deadly strikes although clashes slow for Eid

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Israeli strikes on Tuesday killed at least 13 people in central Gaza, the civil defence agency in the Hamas-run territory said, although fighting has largely subsided as Muslims mark Eid al-Adha. An Israeli announcement at the weekend of a daily pause of military activity to facilitate aid flows coincided with the Muslim holiday and has brought relative calm to parts of the besieged Gaza Strip after more than eight months of war. In Jerusalem on Monday, thousands of Israelis protested against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government over its failure to negotiate the release of scores of hostages still held in the Palestinian territory since Hamas's October 7 attack. Demonstrators rallied outside the parliament and near Netanyahu's residence, demanding early elections and chanting All of them! Now! calling for the hostages' release, as US, Qatari and Egyptian mediation efforts towards a truce deal have stalled for months. We need to shut down the country in order to make the government fall, said Yaacov Godo, whose son Tom was killed during the Hamas attack, at the start of what activists describe as a week of anti-government action across the country. The war should have stopped a long time ago, and the return of the captives would end this story, Godo said. Thousands of Israelis turn out for anti-government protest Israeli media said another rally was planned in front of the parliament building late Tuesday. In central Gaza, witnesses reported gunfire and artillery shelling near Nuseirat refugee camp, where the civil defence agency said at least 13 people died in two separate strikes on a family home and on a commercial building. Witnesses and the Hamas government media office said there were some strikes and fighting elsewhere in northern and central Gaza. An AFP correspondent reported Israeli strikes near Gaza City, though the violence appears to have decreased in intensity in recent days. In Rafah, where the Israeli military has said it would pause fighting along a key route in the city's east, witnesses saw Israeli military vehicles and reported shelling in other areas. 'Tactical pause' The unprecedented October 7 attack by Palestinian militants on southern Israel that triggered the war resulted in the deaths of 1,194 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli official figures. The militants also seized 251 hostages. Of these, 116 remain in Gaza, although the army says 41 are dead. Israel's retaliatory offensive aimed at eliminating Hamas has killed at least 37,347 people in Gaza, also mostly civilians, according to the territory's health ministry. The United Nations says aid access to Gaza has been severely hindered by factors including insecurity, the closing of crossing points to the territory, and Israeli procedural delays. The war in Gaza is wiping out entire Palestinian families, one branch at a time. This is how The vital Rafah crossing with Egypt has been shut since Israeli forces seized its Palestinian side in early May. The idea behind the tactical pause in general is to allow for the UN to collect and distribute more aid, said Shimon Freedman, spokesman for COGAT, the Israeli defence ministry body overseeing Palestinian civilian affairs, at Kerem Shalom crossing near Rafah. Displaced Palestinian Ali Hassan, sheltering in a tent in central Gaza's Deir al-Balah, told AFP that Eid al-Adha this year is not like previous holidays. There is no meat or sacrificial animals, we don't even have clothes for the children, he said. Hostages 'alive' In a message for Eid al-Adha, US President Joe Biden has called for the implementation of a ceasefire plan he outlined last month, saying it was he best way to end the violence. Biden's proposal, which he has described as Israeli, would bring an initial six-week pause to fighting and Hamas would free hostages in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. An Israeli negotiator told AFP that tens of hostages are alive with certainty, stressing that Israel could not commit to ending the war until all the captives were released. The Israeli official, requesting anonymity to discuss the negotiations, said Israel had approved Biden's plan though Netanyahu has not endorsed in publicly. Hamas has insisted on the complete withdrawal of Israeli forces and a permanent ceasefire. Netanyahu's far-right coalition partners strongly oppose a ceasefire. Meanwhile, US envoy Amos Hochstein was in the region for talks with top Israeli and Lebanese official to press for de-escalation in border clashes involving Hamas ally Hezbollah.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 2:31 pm

Intense Clashes in Rafah: Lives Lost Amidst Ongoing Bombardments

Intense Clashes in Rafah: Lives Lost Amidst Ongoing Bombardments Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday killed at least 17 Palestinians in two of the Gaza Strip's historic refugee camps and Israeli tanks pushed deeper into the enclave's southern city of Rafah, residents and medics said. Residents reported heavy bombardments from tanks and planes in several areas of Rafah, where more than a million people had taken refuge before May. Most of the population has fled northwards since then as Israeli forces invaded the city. Rafah is being bombed without any intervention from the world, the occupation (Israel) is acting freely here, a Rafah resident and father of six told Reuters via a chat app. Israeli tanks were operating inside Tel Al-Sultan, Al-Izba, and Zurub areas in Rafah's west, as well as Shaboura at the heart of the city. They also continued to occupy the eastern neighborhoods and outskirts as well as the border with Egypt and the vital Rafah border crossing. There are Israeli forces in most areas, there is heavy resistance too and they are making them pay dearly but the occupation is not ethical and they are destroying the city and the refugee camp, the resident said. Palestinian health officials said one man was killed in the morning by Israeli fire on the eastern side of Rafah. Medics said they believed many others had been killed in the past days and weeks but rescue teams could not reach them. The Israeli military said it was continuing precise, intelligence-based activity in Rafah, killing many Palestinian gunmen over the past day in close-range combat and seized weapons. The air force struck dozens of targets across the Gaza Strip in the past day, it added. In the central Gaza Strip, two separate Israeli air strikes on two houses killed 17 Palestinians in Al-Nuseirat and Al-Bureij, two designated refugee camps that are home to families and descendants of people who fled to Gaza in the 1948 war around the creation of Israel, medics said. Every more hour of delay, Israel kills more people, we want a ceasefire now, said Khalil, 45, a teacher from Gaza, now displaced with his family in Deir Al-Balah city in the central Gaza Strip. Enough of our blood, I say it to Israel, America, and our leaders too. The war must stop, he told Reuters via a chat app. The Israeli military statement did not comment directly on the 17 deaths but said forces continued to operate against militant factions in central Gaza areas. The commander of an Islamic Jihad sniper cell was killed by an Israeli warplane, and troops also eliminated a militnt cell, it said. The armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad said fighters confronted Israeli forces in combat zones with anti-tank rockets and mortar bombs, and have in some areas detonated pre-planted explosive devices against army units. Israel's ground and air campaign was triggered when Hamas-led militants stormed into southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies. The offensive has left Gaza in ruins, killing more than 37,400 people, according to its health authorities, and left much of the population homeless and destitute. Since a week-long truce in November, repeated attempts to arrange a ceasefire have failed, with Hamas insisting on a permanent end to the war and full Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. Netanyahu refuses to end the war before Hamas is eradicated and the hostages are freed. (Reporting and writing by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Cairo, Additional reporting by Ari Rabinovitch in Jerusalem, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

devdiscourse 18 Jun 2024 2:27 pm

Students practice skating in Salem national highway, coach booked

A video of the children skating on the highway, alongside motor vehicles, went viral on social media platforms, following which the police took action

The Hindu 18 Jun 2024 1:06 pm

Skating coach in Salem booked for taking students to practice on national highway

A video of the children skating on the highway, alongside motor vehicles, went viral on social media platforms, following which the police took action

The Hindu 18 Jun 2024 1:06 pm

Israels army says defeats half of Hamas forces in Rafah

Jerusalem, June 18 : Israels military said that its troops have defeated about half of the Hamas forces in Gazas Rafah. According to a military statement, soldiers from the 162nd Division, which has been fighting in Rafah for more than 40 days, have killed about 550 militants in the city, while 22 Israeli soldiers lost their lives during the battles on Monday. Two of the four Hamas battalions in Rafah are on the verge of being defeated, the army said, [] The post Israels army says defeats half of Hamas forces in Rafah appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 18 Jun 2024 12:48 pm

Israels army defeats half of Hamas forces in Rafah: IDF

Jerusalem, June 18 (IANS) Israels military has said that its troops have defeated about half of the Hamas forces in Gazas Rafah. According to a statement issued on Monday by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), soldiers from the 162nd Division, which has been fighting in Rafah for more than 40 days, have killed about 550 []

bhaskarlive 18 Jun 2024 6:11 am

World Events Update: A Surge in Global Tensions and Realignments

World Events Update: A Surge in Global Tensions and Realignments Following is a summary of current world news briefs. Exclusive-UK approval of arms exports to Israel plunged at start of Gaza war Britain's approval of arms export licences to Israel dropped sharply after the start of the war in Gaza, with the value of permits granted for the sale of military equipment to its ally falling by more than 95% to a 13-year low. The figures, which have not previously been reported, are based on information provided by government officials to Reuters and data from the Department for Business and Trade's Export Control unit. Netanyahu disbands war cabinet as pressure grows on Israel's northern border Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved the six-member war cabinet, an Israeli official said on Monday, in a widely expected move following the departure from government of centrist former general Benny Gantz. Netanyahu is now expected to hold consultations about the Gaza war with a small group of ministers, including Defence Minister Yoav Gallant and Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer who had been in the war cabinet. Taking aim at UK's Sunak, Nigel Farage pledges border control, tax cuts British Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage pledged on Monday to get migration under control and cut taxes for smaller businesses, using the unveiling of his Reform UK's policy plans to try to poach support from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's Conservatives. Farage, whose entry into the campaign before a July 4 election dealt a further blow to the Conservatives, who are badly trailing the Labour Party in the polls, said only his right-wing party could offer the kind of robust opposition to a government likely to be led by Labour's Keir Starmer. Putin vows trade, security agreements with North Korea ahead of visit Vladimir Putin promised to build trade and security systems with North Korea that are not controlled by the West and pledged his unwavering support in a letter published by North Korean state media on Tuesday ahead of his planned visit to the country. In a letter published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun, a ruling Workers' Party mouthpiece, the Russian president said the two countries have developed good relations and partnerships over the past 70 years based on equality, mutual respect and trust. Indian suspect in plot to kill Sikh separatist pleads not guilty in US court An Indian man suspected by the U.S. of involvement in an unsuccessful Indian government-backed plot to kill a Sikh separatist on American soil pleaded not guilty on Monday to murder-for-hire conspiracy charges in federal court in Manhattan. Nikhil Gupta has been accused by U.S. federal prosecutors of plotting with an Indian government official to kill Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a U.S. resident who advocated for a sovereign Sikh state in northern India. Israeli anti-government protesters rally in Jerusalem Anti-government protesters took to the streets of Jerusalem on Monday, clashing with police near the house of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and calling for new elections. Netanyahu once again sits atop one of the most right-wing coalitions in Israel's history after a wartime unity government fell apart a week ago when two centrist former generals, Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot, quit. Russia sets closed espionage trial for US reporter Gershkovich Russia's espionage trial of detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who denies charges of collecting secrets for the U.S. CIA, will be held behind closed doors, the trial court said on Monday. Gershkovich, 32, was detained by the Federal Security Service on March 29, 2023, in a steak house in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, 1,400 km (900 miles) east of Moscow, on charges of espionage that carry up to 20 years in prison. Russian official says Ukraine pouring troops into contested Kharkiv region A Russian official said on Monday that fighting was gripping parts of Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv region which Moscow has been trying to seize and added that Ukraine's military was pouring men and equipment into the contested area. Ukrainian President Voldodymyr Zelenskiy said Kyiv's forces were gradually pushing Russian troops out of the contested area. His top commander predicted that Moscow would try to press forward pending the arrival in Ukraine of sophisticated Western equipment, including U.S-made F-16 fighter jets. Over 20 NATO allies to spend at least 2% of GDP on defense in 2024, says Stoltenberg More than 20 NATO members will meet the alliance's target of allocating at least 2% of GDP to defense this year, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, highlighting how allies have raised military spending since Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Stoltenberg told U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House that the number of NATO allies now meeting that spending target compares to less than 10 members five years ago. Campaigning takes off in France for snap election in two weeks Campaigning kicked off on Monday for France's snap parliamentary election, which opinion polls suggest the far-right National Rally will win ahead of a left-wing alliance, with President Emmanuel Macron's centrist group trailing in third. Political uncertainty has triggered heavy selling of French bonds and stocks since Macron unexpectedly called the election after Marine Le Pen's National Rally (RN) trounced his ruling centrist party in European Parliament elections.

devdiscourse 18 Jun 2024 5:21 am

Israeli anti-government protesters rally in Jerusalem

The often weekly demonstrations have yet to change the political landscape, and Netanyahu still controls a stable majority in parliament

The Hindu 18 Jun 2024 4:34 am

Israeli Protesters Mass in Jerusalem to Call for Elections

The protesters demanded an end to the war and the release of hostages from Gaza, and also called for elections that many hoped would oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The New York Times 18 Jun 2024 3:32 am

Netanyahu Dissolves War Cabinet Amid Rising Gaza and Lebanon Tensions

Netanyahu Dissolves War Cabinet Amid Rising Gaza and Lebanon Tensions Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved the six-member war cabinet, an Israeli official said on Monday, in a widely expected move following the departure from government of centrist former general Benny Gantz. Netanyahu is now expected to hold consultations about the Gaza war with a small group of ministers, including Defence Minister Yoav Gallant and Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer who had been in the war cabinet. The move was announced as U.S. special envoy Amos Hochstein visited Jerusalem, seeking to calm the situation on the disputed border with Lebanon, where Israel said tensions with the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia were bringing the region close to a wider conflict. The Israeli military said on Monday it had killed a senior operative in one of Hezbollah's rocket and missile sections in the area of Selaa in southern Lebanon. The military also said its operations were continuing in the southern parts of the Gaza Strip, where its forces have been battling Hamas fighters in the Tel Sultan area of western Rafah, as well as in central areas of the enclave. Hochstein's visit follows weeks of increasing exchanges of fire across the line between Israel and Lebanon, where Israeli forces have for months been engaged in a simmering conflict with Hezbollah that has continued alongside the war in Gaza. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes on both sides of the so-called Blue Line that divides the two countries, leaving eerily deserted areas of abandoned villages and farms hit by near-daily bombardment. The current state of affairs is not a sustainable reality, government spokesperson David Mencer told a briefing. Netanyahu had faced demands from the nationalist-religious partners in his coalition, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, to be included in the war cabinet. Such a move would have intensified strains with international partners including the United States. The forum was formed after Gantz joined Netanyahu in a national unity government at the start of the Gaza war in October. It also included Gantz's political partner Gadi Eisenkot and Aryeh Deri, head of the religious party Shas, as observers. Gantz and Eisenkot both left the government last week, over what they said was Netanyahu's failure to form a strategy for the Gaza war. PROTESTS An agreement to halt the fighting in Gaza still appears distant, more than eight months since the Oct. 7 attack on Israel led by Hamas fighters that triggered Israel's military offensive in the Palestinian enclave. The Oct. 7 attack killed some 1,200 people and about 250 were taken hostage, according to Israeli tallies. Israel's offensive has killed more than 37,000 Palestinians, according to Palestinian health ministry figures, and destroyed much of Gaza. Although opinion polls suggest most Israelis support the government's aim of destroying Hamas, there have been widespread protests attacking the government for not doing more to bring home around 120 hostages still being held in Gaza and against Netanyahu's handling of the war. Protesters calling for new elections clashed with police in Jerusalem on Monday. By sundown, a crowd of thousands had gathered outside the Knesset, Israel's parliament, before marching to Netanyahu's private home. Some protesters tried to break through barriers set up by the police, who pushed them back. At one point a bonfire was lit in the street, and police used a water cannon to disperse the demonstration. The northern border was relatively quiet on Monday, the second day of the Muslim Eid celebration, compared with previous days, when rocket fire set off widespread brush fires in heatwave conditions. A survey for the Jewish People Policy Institute, a Jerusalem-based think tank, found 36% of respondents favouring an immediate strike against Hezbollah, up from 26% a month earlier. Israeli aircraft and artillery have pounded southern Lebanon and last week killed a senior Hezbollah commander in a strike against a command and control centre that drew a further intensification of attacks. In addition to attacks by missiles and anti-tank rockets, there has been a marked increase in drone attacks that have underlined the strength of the arsenal Hezbollah has built up since the last major conflict between the two sides in 2006.

devdiscourse 18 Jun 2024 3:23 am

Protestors Clash with Police in Jerusalem Urging New Elections

Protestors Clash with Police in Jerusalem Urging New Elections Anti-government protesters took to the streets of Jerusalem on Monday, clashing with police near the house of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and calling for new elections. Netanyahu once again sits atop one of the most right-wing coalitions in Israel's history after a wartime unity government fell apart a week ago when two centrist former generals, Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot, quit. Netanyahu is now dependent on ultra-Orthodox and far-right partners, whose hardline agenda caused a major rift in Israeli society even before Hamas' Oct. 7 assault sparked the war in Gaza. The often weekly demonstrations have yet to change the political landscape, and Netanyahu still controls a stable majority in parliament. Following the departures of Gantz and Eisenkot, opposition groups declared a week of street protests that include blocking highways and mass demonstrations. By sundown, a crowd of thousands had gathered outside the Knesset, Israel's parliament, before marching to Netanyahu's private home in the city. The demonstration grew rowdy. After reaching Netanyahu's house, some of the protesters broke off and tried to break through barriers set up by the police, who pushed them back. At one point a bonfire was lit in the street. Police used a water canon to disperse the demonstration. Many waved Israeli flags. Others carried signs criticizing Netanyahu's handling of pivotal issues, like promoting a divisive military draft bill that exempts ultra-Orthodox Jews from otherwise mandatory service, as well as his handling of the war with Hamas in Gaza and fighting with Lebanon's Hezbollah. The healing process for the country of Israel, it starts here. After last week when Benny Gantz and Eisenkot left the coalition, we are continuing this process and hopefully this government will resign soon, said protestor Oren Shvill.

devdiscourse 18 Jun 2024 2:23 am

MBS Calls For Palestinian Independence As Biden Pushes Saudi-Israel Bonding

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called upon the international community to recognize Palestine as an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, urging this recognition as a step towards achieving comprehensive and lasting peace. Watch

The Times of India 18 Jun 2024 12:26 am

Not Just Lawrence Bishnoi Against Salman Khan: List Of Bollywood Celebrities Threatened By The Underworld

Shots were fired outside Salman Khan's Mumbai home recently, sending shockwaves through the industry. Known for his tough guy roles, Bhai Jaan isn't the only one facing threats from notorious gangsters like Lawrence Bishnoi or Abu Salem. Fame comes with unexpected dangers, and our favorite stars are no exception. In this video, we delve into the chilling reality of underworld threats faced by Bollywood celebrities.

The Times of India 17 Jun 2024 11:47 pm

Residents urge Salem Corporation to renovate park at Ranga Nagar - The Hindu

Residents urge Salem Corporation to renovate park at Ranga Nagar The Hindu

Google News 17 Jun 2024 7:45 pm

Salem district receives 61.6 mm rainfall

The Hindu 17 Jun 2024 7:17 pm

Youth dies in road accident in Salem

The Hindu 17 Jun 2024 6:36 pm

The Tragedy of Gaza: Families Destroyed in the Conflict

The Tragedy of Gaza: Families Destroyed in the Conflict In a devastating wave of violence, Youssef Salem stands among the last survivors of a once-large Gaza family. An Israeli airstrike in December killed 173 relatives within days, swelling to 270 by spring. The fate of the Salems is mirrored in dozens of Palestinian families torn apart by the conflict. An investigation by The Associated Press identified at least 60 families losing at least 25 members each during the bloodiest stretch of the war, from October to December. Israels military actions have increasingly targeted entire family units, culminating in profound human and societal costs that go beyond immediate destruction. Salem's digital archive of photos, videos, and a meticulously maintained spreadsheet of the deceased are poignant reminders of family ties severed. The AP's comprehensive review paints a tragic picture of Gaza's families, mirroring the Salems' plight, caught in the crossfire of escalating hostilities and systematic devastation.

devdiscourse 17 Jun 2024 4:33 pm

Israel announces ambitious plan to phase out fossil fuels by 2050

Jerusalem : The Israeli Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has announced a strategic plan for...

absoluteindianews 17 Jun 2024 2:48 pm

Middle East crisis live: Biden adviser flies in amid warnings Israel-Hezbollah clashes could escalate

US adviser Amos Hochstein heading to Israel to help defuse tensions along Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon, says White House official Anti-government protesters in Israel have again blocked highways as part of a demonstration. Israeli media reports that two roads have been disrupted. The demonstrations are part of a week of planned action with the aim of calling for elections to be held before the first anniversary of the 7 October attacks. A rally is expected tonight at 7pm local time in front of the Knesset in Jerusalem. Continue reading...

The Guardian 17 Jun 2024 12:04 pm

PMKs Salem MLA Arul Slams State Ministers For Ignoring Grievances, Alleges Ministers Ask 12-18% Commission Indicating Rampant Corruption In TN Govt

The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) Salem urban and district secretary and Salem West MLA, R. Arul, has accused state Ministers of ignoring grievances and rampant corruption. In a letter addressed The post PMKs Salem MLA Arul Slams State Ministers For Ignoring Grievances, Alleges Ministers Ask 12-18% Commission Indicating Rampant Corruption In TN Govt appeared first on The Commune .

The Commune Mag 17 Jun 2024 11:29 am

Israeli Strikes on Gaza Kill Hundreds of Family Members, Sparking International Outcry

FASANO, Italy:Israel's extensive air and ground campaign in Gaza has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of family members belonging to the same bloodline, marking an unprecedented toll on this small community, largely comprised of refugees and their descendants. An investigation conducted by the Associated Press analyzed 10 strikes across the Gaza Strip between October and December, resulting in over 500 fatalities. Nearly every Palestinian family has endured severe, multiple losses, with many families completely devastated, particularly in the early stages of the conflict. The AP utilized geolocation and analysis of the strikes, consulted with weapons investigators, open data analysts, and legal experts, and drew on data from Airwars, a London-based conflict monitor. The strikes targeted residential buildings and shelters where families were present. In no instance was there an apparent military target or a direct warning to those inside. In one case, the family claimed they had raised a white flag on their building in a combat zone. Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian-American historian at Columbia University, described the current conflict as deadlier than the displacement of 1948, known as the Nakbah or Catastrophe, when 20,000 people were killed. I dont think anything like this has happened in modern Palestinian history, Khalidi remarked. On October 11, an airstrike destroyed the home of Amin al-Agha in western Khan Younis. The 61-year-old and his family were asleep on the ground floor of the two-story building. The strike killed 11 members of the family, including two cousins in an adjacent building. It was no longer a house. It was a pile of sand, said Jaser al-Agha, a cousin who arrived shortly after the strike. Early on October 14, an Israeli bomb struck the house of Khamis al-Agha, an employee of a Hamas-linked charity. The three-story building in central Khan Younis was reduced to rubble, killing Khamis al-Agha, his wife, their four children aged between 6 and 13, his younger brother and his 9-year-old son, a cousin and her son. Only the brothers wife survived. On November 14, the house of Awni al-Agha, a second cousin to Khamis, was hit, destroying the three-story building in western Khan Younis. Brian Castner, a weapons investigator with Amnesty International, concluded that it was an airstrike as well. The strike killed Awni al-Agha's wife, his four sons, his daughter, her husband, and two sons, aged 18 and 16. Awni al-Agha, a government education official, survived because he had woken up for dawn prayers. Three months later, in February, Awni al-Agha passed away at the age of 69, most likely due to heartbreak, said Jaser al-Agha. Emily Tripp, director of Airwars, noted that her investigators struggled to deal with the deaths of entire families, spanning multiple generations. At times, we had to create family trees to understand the civilian harm, she said. Israeli aircraft struck the homes of the Abu Naja and Madi families in southern Rafah on October 17. Twenty members of the Abu Naja family were immediately killed, including two pregnant women and eight children. The airstrikes also killed the 78-year-old grandmother, her granddaughter, and her children. Airwars reported that one of the men killed was identified on Facebook as a Mujahid or warrior. His wife, pregnant sister, and her 2-year-old daughter also died. Killing a fighter who is not participating in hostilities and is in a place crowded with civilians is considered a violation of the laws of war. An Israeli airstrike destroyed a church building in Gaza City where hundreds of displaced people were taking shelter. The October 19 strike killed 20 members of the intermarried Tarzai and Souri families, including at least seven children. Ramez al-Souri lost all three of his children and his wife. Israels military said it targeted a Hamas command-and-control center, claiming that the group was embedding among civilians. The military acknowledged that a church wall was damaged. Amnesty International visited the site and analyzed videos, including one posted and since deleted by the Israeli army. It concluded that it was an airstrike. Even if a military target was identified, Amnesty said, it was reckless and therefore amounts to a war crime. The October 31 Israeli bombing was one of the deadliest of the war. Jabalia refugee camp, one of Gazas most densely populated areas, had been struck multiple times since October 7. The true toll remains unknown because many people remain under the rubble. Airwars identified 112 civilians killed from 11 families, including 69 children and 22 women. They included at least 47 members of the Okasha and Abou al-Qoumsan families. AP identified an additional 17 from the al-Qoumsan family, where uncles, fathers, and children perished. The bombs left several craters in an area stretching over 100 meters. Several buildings collapsed. This is consistent with the biggest craters we've seen in the last 20 years, said Cobb-Smith. Israel said it targeted a Hamas command-and-control center and a Hamas battalion commander inside, who would be the most senior member of the group killed so far. A strike on a mosque in Gaza Citys Sabra neighborhood hit in the early evening of November 15, killing at least 44 people from the Doghmush family, including the head of the family, a 9-year-old, community leaders, and two women relatives in an adjacent building. The damage appeared limited to the mosques top floors. In a video taken afterward, there was no crater, and the mosque appeared to have been cleaned up. There was no sign of significant damage nearby, indicating the mosque may have been targeted directly with small aerial ammunition, said Chris Cobb-Smith, a former U.N. weapons inspector and British army officer who has investigated in Gaza after past wars. The mosque was built and owned by the Doghmush family. Ragab Doghmush, whose 21-year-old brother was killed, said the mosque has no militant affiliation and that the family does not permit any militant activity in its neighborhood. A feud between the Doghmush family and Hamas, which dates to Hamas power grab in 2007, has largely kept the area off-limits to Hamas militants. Israeli airstrikes destroyed two separate shelters for the Salem family on December 11 and December 19. At least 173 family members were killed, including children, at least one pregnant woman, and many elderly, including the 87-year-old head of the family. The December 11 airstrike ripped through a block of family buildings. One was destroyed, while others lost their facades. Experts said the limited damage indicated it was a large bomb programmed to delay an explosion until after impact. At least eighty people were killed, including multiple generations from the same bloodline. Relatives said there were no obvious combat activities nearby. On December 19, an Israeli airstrike hit another group of displaced members from the Salem family, sheltering in a villa in Rimal. The attack left a deep crater, but surrounding buildings were undamaged. Survivors said tanks rolled over the rubble. At least 90 Salems were killed. I saw the bodies of my uncles and cousins strewn over the floor, said Mohamed Salem, who survived the December 19 strike. We only could identify the bodies from their IDs. They were just a pile of flesh. Witnesses said at least four homes, hosting many displaced Palestinians, were hit directly on December 24. Body parts were strewn across the surrounding areas. Videos showed damage consistent with airstrikes. Images showed several destroyed homes in narrow alleys lined with small, mostly one-story buildings, and a large crater at the camps entrance. The AP had access to post-strike hospital records that registered 106 people killed. From public death notices and partial health ministry data, AP was able to identify 36 from the Nawasreh, Abu Hamdah, and Qandil families. Israel said it was targeting Hamas militants and mistakenly struck two adjacent structures. In the first and rare statement to admit an errant strike, Israel said it regretted the injury to those not involved. It said it had taken necessary measures to avoid harm to civilians. A military official told Kan, the Israeli public broadcaster, that the wrong weapon was used in the strike, without elaborating. 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News Track 17 Jun 2024 11:25 am

Rs 2 cr goats sold in just 2 hrs at Nangavalli market in Tamil Nadu

SALEM: Livestock traders and farmers from Salem, Namakkal, Erode and Dharmapuri districts, who flocked to the Nangavalli market reaped rich returns on Sunday ahead of Bakrid. Around 2,000 goats and sheep were brought to the market as early as 6 am. A goat was sold between Rs 12,000 and Rs 18,000, while sheep was sold anywhere between Rs 10,000 and Rs 14,000 on the day. V Selvaraj, a trader from Nangavalli, told TNIE, Last year, the price of a goat ranged from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000, while sheep fetched between Rs 9,000 and Rs 12,000. This year, there is a surge in demand which has pushed up prices by Rs 3,000-Rs 4,000. Traders and farmers expressed happiness over the returns, with Rs 2 crore worth of animals sold within two hours of the markets opening. M Vairamuthu, a trader from Vazhapadi, said, I bought around 40 goats, all of which were sold at good prices, earning me around `6 lakh.

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 8:45 am

Probe ordered into cops indifference to Coimbatore highway attack complaint

KOCHI: Ernakulam Rural Police Chief Vaibhav Saxena has directed the Special Branch DySP to investigate and submit a report on the allegation of laxity on the part of Kunnathunadu police in hearing the complaint of two youths who had a narrow escape from a highway robbery bid near Madukkarai on the outskirts of Coimbatore in the early hours of Friday. When Pattimattom residents M Aslam Siddiq and Charles Reji reached the police station to report the incident after they returned home on Saturday, the SI simply asked them to give their address and go home without even hearing their woes. According to the victims, the Kunnathunadu police did not show the vigilance and care shown by the Madukkarai police to listen to their complaints and take action. We escaped from more than ten assailants. They came in three cars. Except for the driver of the vehicle that intercepted our car, all were masked. Though we panicked following the attack, we managed to drive off quickly, Aslam told reporters on Sunday. The approach of the local police only added to their pain, he said. The Special Branch DySP will soon file a report, said an officer with the rural police. According to the complainants, an armed gang waylaid the car in which Aslam, Charles, and two employees of their firm were travelling on the Salem-Kochi national highway from Bengaluru to Kochi. The gangsters started breaking the windshield of the car with steel rods but Aslam rushed his car to a nearby toll plaza. As the place has CCTV surveillance and public movement, the gang withdrew from its attempt and fled. Aslam and Charles, who run a designing firm in Kochi, were accompanied by their employees Nithin and Ajeesh. They had gone to Bengaluru on Wednesday to purchase computers. On Friday, around 2.30 am, while they were heading towards Walayar, the gang blocked their path half a kilometre before the L&T toll plaza. Four masked men with weapons got out of the cars, surrounded Aslams vehicle, and started to break its windshield. Meanwhile, Aslam started to drive the car towards Walayar but the gang chased it. Soon after the car reached the L&T toll plaza, the gang withdrew, sensing public presence and surveillance. After parking the car, Aslam lodged a complaint with the Madukkarai police in the morning. Reportedly, the Kerala-bound travellers had a large amount of cash with them and somebody who knew it attempted to rob them on the highway. Meanwhile, the Madukkarai police have arrested four persons belonging to Chittoor in Palakkad district, including a soldier with the Indian Army. All the accused have been remanded to judicial custody.

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 8:26 am

Four from Kerala arrested for robbery bid on Salem Kochi Highway near Coimbatore - The Hindu

Four from Kerala arrested for robbery bid on Salem Kochi Highway near Coimbatore The Hindu

Google News 17 Jun 2024 12:13 am

Daily military pause to increase Gaza aid: Israel

Jerusalem, June 16 (UNI) The Israeli military will hold a daily tactical pause of military activity along a road in southern Gaza to enable more humanitarian aid to enter, media reports said Sunday. In a X post, the IDF clarified there is no ceasefire in southern Gaza Strip, and combat will continue in Rafah. The... The post Daily military pause to increase Gaza aid: Israel first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 16 Jun 2024 2:52 pm

Periyar University Declares April 2024 Results: Check UG, PG Programme Results Here

Periyar University in Salem, Tamil Nadu, has announced the results of its Undergraduate and Postgraduate (PG) exams for the April 2024 session. The exams were conducted in April, and after a two-month wait, the results have been made available for download on the university's official website at periyaruniversity.ac.in. Candidates can access their scores by logging in with their registration number and date of birth.

Naukrinama 16 Jun 2024 1:20 pm

Six tonnes of sandalwood seized in Puducherry

PUDUCHERRY: Forest Department officials from Salem seized six tonnes of sandalwood and sawdust from an essential oil factory in Puducherry. The factory operates on land allegedly owned by the daughter of Puducherry Agriculture Minister Theni C Djeacoumar. According to sources, during a vehicle check in Salem, forest officials seized 1.5 tonnes of sandalwood transported from Kerala in a container lorry without proper permission. A total of Six persons were arrested in the case. Upon inquiry, it was discovered that the sandalwood was destined for Indore Afro Essential Oil Private Limited in Ulavaikal near Villianur, Puducherry. A team led by Assistant Conservator of Forests R Selvakumar conducted an inspection at the factory on Thursday, following which they found a total of six tonnes of sandalwood, sawdust, and 24 kilograms of oil in search. The inspection and inquiry continued until Friday evening and the officials seized the items and informed the Puducherry district administration, but no arrests were made. The factory is allegedly owned by a man from Kerala and the land in which it is located allegedly belongs to a Puducherry ministers daughter, sources added. A senior official from the Salem district forest department said, We have not yet identified the owner, as those named as owners deny ownership. Further investigation is underway and the oil has been sent for testing to determine if it is sandalwood oil or another type. He added that action would be taken based on the investigation findings.

The New Indian Express 16 Jun 2024 10:56 am

Israeli military announces tactical pause in attempt to increase aid flow into Gaza

Jerusalem: The Israeli military Sunday announced a tactical pause in its offensive in the southern Gaza Strip to allow the deliveries of increased quantities of humanitarian aid. The army said the pause would begin in the Rafah area at 8am (0500 GMT, 1am eastern) and remain in effect until 7pm (1600 GMT, noon eastern). It []

orissapost 16 Jun 2024 10:06 am

Israeli army says 8 soldiers killed in blast in Gazas Rafah

Jerusalem, June 16 (IANS) The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has announced that its eight soldiers were killed in a blast in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah. The soldiers were all killed inside a Namer combat engineering vehicle (CEV) on Saturday morning, Xinhua news agency reported, citing an initial investigation by the IDF. The []

bhaskarlive 16 Jun 2024 2:59 am

One in three elders report zero earnings in the past year, only 29% access pensions

The survey included 5,169 elderly people and 1,333 caregivers across 20 Tier I and Tier II cities in 10 states. The study captured the experiences of elderly people from cities such as Jaipur, Bikaner, Faridabad, Panipat, Kanpur, Bareilly, Indore, Ujjain, Kolkata, Siliguri, Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Greater Mumbai, Solapur, Chennai, Salem, Bengaluru, and Hubli-Dharwad.

The Economic Times 15 Jun 2024 2:37 pm

Candidates make a splash in colorful attire as Vikravandi bypoll nominations begin

VILLUPURAM: Five candidates filed their nomination papers for the Vikravandi bypoll on Friday. Dressed in colourful attire, the candidates arrival captured the attention of the public. According to official sources, independent candidates N Agni Alwar (43), A Noor Muhamand (60), K Padmarajan (63), S Rajendran and member of Ahimsa Socialist Katchi T Ramesh (44) filed their nomination. Padmarajan, a native of Salem, is apparently contesting for the 242nd time in election. Alwar came with a garland of cash amounting to Rs 50,000 and coins worth Rs 10,000 in a bag to depict that election had become a business. He paid the deposit amount of Rs 10,000 in coins of Rs 2, Rs 5, and Rs 10. The garland of notes is to inform the public that elections should not be run based on corruption. Today elections are held with a price tagged for votes. This has to change, said Alwar. Rajendran wore a garland of ATM and ration cards. He also insisted that the deposit amount be paid through UPI online transaction, but the option was rejected. His nomination, official sources said, has been put on hold.

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 9:52 am

Leopard enters school, attacks man in TN's Tirupattur; Steps on to tranquilise it

TIRUPATTUR: A man painting a government aided school building in the district had the worst of his nightmares come true when he was attacked by a leopard on Friday. The painter, A Gopal (70), from Tirupattur Puthagaram village who sustained injuries on his head is admitted at Tirupathur government hospital. Sources said the leopard was initially spotted near Mary Immaculate Convent Girls Higher Secondary School in the afternoon. Gopal was attacked when the forest officials, who reached the spot were trying to capture it. Dr KT Sivakumar, chief medical officer at Tirupattur GH, told TNIE the painter is stable now. After attacking the man, the leopard moved to the car parking shed behind the Tirupattur collectorate office. Collector K Tharpagaraj, SP Albert John, and the District Forest Officer Mahendran reached the spot and secured the entire area. Tharpagaraj said, The situation is under control, and the rescue team is working on capturing the leopard. Once it is captured, we will investigate how the big cat reached the town. injured painter, Gopal Meanwhile, sources said five persons had locked themselves inside two cars in the parking shed. They had gone to take their cars, and upon seeing the leopard, took refuge inside the vehicles, sources said. Imran, one of the individuals trapped inside a car, who came to pick his brother from the school told TNIE, Once we saw the leopard, four of us got into a car, and the other took shelter in another car. The leopard is still roaming in the parking shed. We were stuck inside the car since 4 pm. The five were rescued by night. Terming the incident as rare, Vellore Circle Conservator of Forest Officer CH Padma said, We are planning to relocate the leopard after tranquilising it. Schools to remain closed for two days Tirupathur collector said schools in the district would be closed for the next two days. The district forest team, along with logistics, monitoring, public control, and veterinary teams from Hosur and Salem, are actively working on capturing the leopard, he added.

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 7:48 am

Farm-gate egg cost up Rs 1 in TN's Namakkal, retail rate Rs 7

NAMAKKAL: The retail price of an egg has risen to Rs 7 as the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) on Friday revised the farm-gate price in Namakkal to Rs 5.60 from Rs 4.60. Namakkal, often referred to as Egg City, is home to over 1,300 poultry farms employing thousands of workers and producing 5.5 crore eggs daily. These eggs are distributed across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka, and exported to the Middle East. Additionally, more than 40 lakh eggs from Namakkal are supplied to the Noon-Meal Scheme. The National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) sets the wholesale prices based on supply and demand. M Selvam, a poultry farmer, shared his concerns with TNIE, stating, We faced losses following the closure of schools for summer holidays in March as egg deliveries to schools halted and high temperatures reduced consumption. It was difficult to manage the labour costs. In April, the wholesale price dropped to Rs 4.20. However, with the onset of rain in May, the price went up to Rs 4.60 on June 7 and rose sharply to Rs 5.60 on Friday. Consequently, retail prices range from Rs 6.50 to Rs 7. The Namakkal Poultry Farmers Marketing Society President, V Subramaniyam, told TNIE, Labour problems were significant when prices were low, and it was tough to follow the low costs set by the NECC. With schools reopening on June 10 and the upcoming Eid al-Adah festival, the demand is expected to grow further. The wholesale price may touch Rs 6 this month. Officials from the Salem and Namakkal Social Welfare Departments told TNIE, Egg is provided to government school students under the Noon-Meal Scheme on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We need 90,000 eggs for Salem and 85,950 eggs for Namakkal each day. There has been no disruption in procuring them so far.

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 7:28 am

Gang waylays car on Salem-Kochi NH, tries to rob Kerala businessman

COIMBATORE: A daring highway robbery bid near Madukkarai on the outskirts of Coimbatore city early morning on Friday fizzled out due to the courage and presence of mind of a Kerala-based businessman whose car was intercepted by an armed masked gang. The four-member gang came in three cars and waylaid the car in which the businessman, M Aslam Siddiq (28), and his three employees were travelling on the Salem-Kochi national highway from Bengaluru to Ernakulam in Kerala. The gangsters started breaking the windshield of the car with steel rods but Siddiq rushed his car to a nearby toll plaza. As the place has CCTV surveillance and public movement, the gang withdrew from its attempt and fled, said police. Sources said Siddiq, son of Moideen of Ernakulam, runs an advertising firm in Kochi. Siddiq and his employees Charles, Nithin and Ajeesh had gone to Bengaluru two days ago to purchase computers. Around 2.30 am, when their car was heading to Walayar on the Salem-Kochi national highway, the gang blocked their way half a kilometre before the L&T toll plaza. Four masked men with weapons got out of the cars, surrounded Siddiqs vehicle and started to break its windshield. Meanwhile, one of the passengers started to drive the car towards Walayar but the gang gave chase. Soon after the businessmans car reached the L& T toll plaza on the highway, the gang withdrew, sensing the publics presence and surveillance. After parking the car, Siddiq complained to Madukkarai Police in the morning. It is said the Kerala-bound travellers had a large amount of cash with them and somebody who knew it attempted to rob them on the highway. A team has been formed to investigate the case. Meanwhile, the Madukkarai police interrogated the complainant as to whether he had rivalry with any gangs.

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 7:19 am

Punjab man, sole breadwinner of family, killed in Kuwait fire

CHANDIGARH: Himat Rai (62) from Salempur village in Punjabs Hoshiarpur district, who was the sole breadwinner of his family, was among those killed in a fire at Al-Mangaf building in Kuwait. Hoshiarpur Deputy Commissioner Komal Mittal said, Officials and two relatives went to Delhi to receive Rais body from the airport on Friday evening. Every assistance will be provided to Rais family as directed by the government. His cremation would take place on Saturday. Rai was working as a foreman in a firm in Kuwait for last 30 years and last spoke to his family on Tuesday. He is survived by his wife Sarbjit Kaur, two married daughters Amandeep Kaur (35) and Sumandeep Kaur (32), and 16-year-old son Arshdeep Singh. Arshdeep on Thursday received a call from one of Rais colleagues informing him of his fathers death. We could not believe the news and immediately contacted a relative working in the same company. The relative informed us that my father had been admitted to a hospital, but he later confirmed his death, he said. Rai had come home last year and stayed for around two months before returning to Kuwait. My husband was the sole breadwinner of the family. He left India about 30 years ago and joined NBTC firm in Kuwait. He never discussed his earnings with us but always provided whatever money we needed, Sarbjit Kaur said. Sarabjit said they had no information about any assistance being provided to the victims families. We remain hopeful that the government and the company in Kuwait will provide help, she said. Rais younger daughter Sumandeep Kaur said the area where her father lived was cramped. My father said that the living conditions in the building in Kuwait were fine, but recently, rooms in the building had been partitioned, making it cramped. Some 195 people lived in the building, she said.

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 6:59 am

Nigers highest court lifts immunity of ousted President Mohamed Bazoum

Niamey, June 14 (IANS) The highest court in Niger has ordered the lifting of the immunity of the countrys deposed President Mohamed Bazoum, his lawyer said Friday, allowing the authorities to prosecute the former leader who was overthrown last year in a military coup, the media reported. Master Ould Salem Said, a member of Bazoums []

bhaskarlive 14 Jun 2024 9:31 pm

UAE: EAD signs pledge to join UAE Alliance for Climate Action Advisory Committee

UAE: EAD signs pledge to join UAE Alliance for Climate Action Advisory Committee Abu Dhabi [UAE], June 14 (ANI/WAM): The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has signed a pledge to join the Advisory Committee of the UAE Alliance for Climate Action (UACA) in support of the country's net zero ambitions. UACA was launched at COP27 by environmental charity Emirates Nature-WWF to create a multi-stakeholder alliance for climate action. Its vision is to increase momentum for near-and long-term net-zero targets and foster greater collaboration to create a policy environment that supports entities' decarbonisation efforts. UACA engages sub-national and non-state actors including the private sector, and is endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. UACA is part of the global Alliances for Climate Action, an accelerator of the Race to Zero global campaign led by the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions that rallies leadership and support from non-state actors to build momentum around decarbonisation and halve emissions by 2030 in line with the Paris Agreement. Signing the pledge on behalf of EAD was Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General of the Agency, in the presence of Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chair of the UACA Advisory Committee, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, along with Laila Mostafa Abdullatif, Director-General of Emirates Nature-WWF. EAD has signed the commitment to join UACA and the UACA Advisory Committee. As part of the UACA Advisory Committee, EAD will work alongside other members to provide high-level strategic and technical guidance that draws on the sectoral expertise of its diverse leaders and supports UACA's objective of increasing momentum towards a net zero future. The Agency will also work to ensure UACA is a key driver for enhanced domestic sub-national non-state actor commitments, while supporting UACA's outreach by supporting synergies between non-state actor decarbonisation learnings and engaging policymakers on findings and recommendations to accelerate the transition to net-zero. Moreover, EAD will raise awareness around UACA and its benefits to the UAE, identify strategic opportunities for UACA to contribute to national projects, such as the Climate Responsible Sustainable Companies pledge, and assign a focal point to achieve the UAE's Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative by sharing information on upcoming policies and relevant information as necessary. Speaking on the occasion, Razan Al Mubarak said, EAD is the primary custodian of climate action in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and it is fitting that the Agency would be a key member of the UAE Alliance for Climate Action Advisory Committee due to its vast years of experience in addressing climate change. Just last year, EAD launched the Abu Dhabi Climate Change Strategy, designed with ambitious targets to reduce emissions in Abu Dhabi as a means of combatting climate change. Therefore, EAD will be a prominent member providing experienced and significant guidance - all with the goal of supporting the UAE's strategic initiative to reach Net Zero by 2050. Dr. Shaikha emphasised Abu Dhabi's commitment to reaching Net Zero by 2050 in alignment with the UAE Government's vision. (ANI/WAM)

devdiscourse 14 Jun 2024 3:08 pm

Tragedy Strikes a Punjab Family: Sole Breadwinner Perishes in Kuwait Fire

The residents of Salempur village in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district are mourning the tragic loss of one of their own 62-year-old Himat Rai who perished in last week's deadly fire in Kuwait. Rai was the lone supporter of his family, which now finds itself in a difficult position after losing their primary source of [] The post Tragedy Strikes a Punjab Family: Sole Breadwinner Perishes in Kuwait Fire appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 14 Jun 2024 2:31 pm

Trial run of six natural gas-powered buses begins in Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI: A trial run of four buses fuelled by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in Chennai and two buses powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in Ramanathapuram was launched by the state transport department on Thursday. Transport Minister S S Sivasankar flagged off the trial operation at the MTC Central depot in Chennai. The operational costs of CNG and LNG buses are estimated to be 5% to 20% lower than those of diesel-powered buses. Officials highlight that vehicles running on these natural gases offer greater mileage and are environmentally friendly as they dont emit smoke. Currently, diesel costs `92.34 per litre, while CNG is priced at `86 per kg and LNG at `61 per kg. Among the six buses now powered by natural gas, two belong to the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) and they will ply on the West Saidapet-Sriperumbudur (553W) routes. Two mofussil buses of the Villupuram division of TNSTC will ply on the Kancheepuram-Poonamallee (76 CB) and Kancheepuram-Vadamangalam (76 VA) routes. Similarly, two mofussil buses from Kumbakonam division of TNSTC on Ramanathapuram-Periyapattinam (4A) and Ramanathapuram-Sayalkudi (228) routes, have been converted to CNG vehicles. Plans are also in place to convert two buses each from TNSTC corporations, including Madurai, Salem and Tirunelveli, to run on CNG or LNG soon. A senior official said, A comprehensive study will be conducted to assess factors such as mileage, maintenance, passenger comfort, fuel expense, and environmental impact before further decisions are made regarding the conversion of more buses. The initiative was launched to cut the operational costs of eight transport undertakings that had been facing a huge fund crunch for several years. According to official records, the combined annual expenditure of eight undertakings for 2022-23 (up to February 2023) amounted to `16,985 crore, with fuel costs alone making up 28.35% at `5,194.68 crore. The daily loss was estimated at `15 crore in the 2022-23 fiscal. A source said that the transport undertakings spent `6-`11 lakh for the conversion of each vehicle from diesel to LNG/CNG, and that the Indian Oil Corporation facilitated the conversion in collaboration with the private company. There is an LNG filling station in Sriperumbudur. Consequently, MTC and mofussil buses equipped with LNG tanks have been deployed on this route. Depending on the trial results, additional LNG filling stations will be launched at MTC depots, added the official.

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 7:57 am

Three held for assaulting SI near Salem

The Times of India 14 Jun 2024 4:47 am

Rising Support for Armed Struggle Among Palestinians Amidst Ongoing Conflict

Rising Support for Armed Struggle Among Palestinians Amidst Ongoing Conflict Support for armed struggle as the best means to end Israeli occupation and achieve statehood rose among Palestinians while backing for the militant group Hamas also increased slightly in the last three months, according to an opinion poll. The poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) showed support for armed struggle climbed by 8 percentage points to 54% of those surveyed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Support for Hamas rose by 6 percentage points to 40%. Fatah, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, had 20% backing. The polling was carried out some eight months since the start of the Gaza war, which began when Hamas fighters stormed communities in Israel, killing some 1,200 people and abducting another 250, according to Israeli tallies, prompting the Gaza war. More than 37,000 Palestinians have been killed as a result of the devastating offensive Israel has waged in Hamas-ruled Gaza since then, Gaza health authorities say. The poll found that two-thirds thought the Oct. 7 attack was a correct decision - a 4 percentage point drop from the previous poll. The decrease came from Gaza, where 57% of respondents said the decision was correct, down from 71% in March. It showed that about 80% of Palestinians in Gaza had lost a relative or had a relative that had been injured in the war. Walid Ladadweh, head of the Survey Research Unit at PSR, said that the increase in support for Hamas and armed action, while not significant compared to the previous poll, was a reaction to Israel's destruction and killing in Gaza. He also said the poll reflected dissatisfaction with the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority led by Abbas, who has long sought to negotiate the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel and rejects armed struggle. The peace process which Palestinians hoped would yield a state in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank with East Jerusalem as its capital - territories seized by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war - has been moribund for years, while Israel has expanded settlements in the West Bank and opposes Palestinian statehood. Abbas and the Islamist Hamas have long been at odds over strategy, with Hamas viewing as a failure his approach of trying to negotiate a Palestinian state alongside Israel and advocating armed struggle. This war, like previous ones, has radicalization effects on both sides, said Ghassan Khatib, a lecturer at Birzeit University in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. More than 60% supported the PA's dissolution, the poll found, and 89% want Abbas to resign, up from 84% three months ago. Hamas - which has long been shunned by many Western governments as a terrorist organisation and whose charter calls for Israel's destruction - seized control of the Gaza Strip from the Abbas-led PA in 2007 after defeating Fatah the previous year in a legislative election. While the polls show Hamas has more support than Fatah, jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti is the most popular preference as Abbas' successor, with 39% supporting him, followed by Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh with 23%. Israeli government spokesperson David Mencer, asked about the Palestinian poll, said: I've got no way of knowing whether that's correct or not. Unfortunately it does sound as if it's correct. What sort of leadership does the Palestinian people have that lead them to this perpetual war? Once Hamas is defeated, afterwards, we want Gaza to be run by Gazans - but not Gazans that are intent on killing Jews. (Additional reporting by Tom Perry in Beirut and Dan Williams in Jerusalem; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

devdiscourse 13 Jun 2024 11:31 pm

5 killed after being trapped between bus-truck collision in Tamil Nadu's Salem - MSN

5 killed after being trapped between bus-truck collision in Tamil Nadu's Salem MSN

Google News 13 Jun 2024 9:33 pm

Przewalski's Horses Gallop Back to Kazakhstan's Steppes

Przewalski's Horses Gallop Back to Kazakhstan's Steppes Przewalski's horses have returned to the steppes of Kazakhstan after nearly 200 years, part of an ambitious scheme to reintroduce the world's last wild horses to their original habitats. The endangered sandy brown horses once roamed across Central Asia. They were named after Russian geographer Nikolai Przewalski who discovered them in the late 19th century, by which time their range had been reduced to only one part of western Mongolia. Now, the Prague Zoo in the Czech Republic, which manages the studbook for the species, wants to begin returning them to the Altyn Dala, or Golden Steppe, region of central Kazakhstan, a vast area of grassland and wetlands covering some 7,000 square kilometres (2,700 square miles). In early June, the first group of seven arrived. Around another 40 are planned for the next five years. These are the first wild horses which have touched soil in the steppes of central Kazakhstan in hundreds of years, said Prague Zoo director Miroslav Bobek. We still have a long way to go, but this was a historic moment. Czech army planes transported the horses - a stallion and six mares - on flights from Prague and Berlin to the Kazakh city of Arkalyk, from where they travelled seven hours by truck, accompanied by zoo keepers. The horses will stay in an acclimatisation enclosure for a year to learn to find water and food during the steppe's harsh winters. Przewalski's horses had disappeared from the wild by the end of the 1960s, but remained in captivity. They have already been reintroduced in China and western Mongolia, where the population now numbers 850. In Kazakhstan, the reintroduction is part of conservation efforts - the horses eat a wide variety of grasses, in turn spreading seeds. It is quite important to have these wild horses, said Albert Salemgareyev, lead specialist for the Association for the Conversation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan.

devdiscourse 13 Jun 2024 1:31 pm

Two babies among 5 killed as bus hits bikes in Salem

COIMBATORE: Five people, including two children, were killed when a private bus hit two bikes on which they were travelling at Sukkampatti village in Salem on Wednesday morning. Veeranam police said R Murugan (30), a land surveyor in Krishnagiri district, his wife Nandhini (25), their one-year-old son Kavin were travelling on one of the two-wheelers. Lakshman (35) a resident of Poovanur, was travelling on the other two-wheeler to attend the marriage function of a relative, with wife Vedhavalli (28) and children Chinna Durai (6) and Dileep (4). Vedhavalli was also holding her sisters 11-month-old daughter Rituvika. The two families were travelling behind a slow-moving truck near the government higher secondary school at Sukkampatti village when a private bus heading to Salem from Achankuttapatty hit both bikes from behind. Murugan, Nandhini and Vedhavalli were killed on the spot and Kavin died on the way to the hospital. Rituvika died without responding to treatment. Stalin announces Rs 2 lakh solatium for deceaseds kin The victims were taken to Salem Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital. The accident was caused by rash driving of bus driver, who fled from the spot. We have been probing with bus owner. Driver told the owner that he had applied brakes but it failed and the bus rammed the bikes, Veeranam police said. CM MK Stalin announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh for those injured in the accident. I was deeply saddened on hearing the deaths and I extend my deep condolences to the bereaved families, said the Chief Minister.

The New Indian Express 13 Jun 2024 11:01 am

Five on two bikes crushed between vehicles near Salem

The Times of India 13 Jun 2024 5:11 am

Israel confirms killing of senior Hezbollah commander in Lebanon

Jerusalem, June 13 (IANS) The Israeli military has confirmed that it killed a senior Hezbollah commander, Sami Taleb Abdullah, in southern Lebanon in an airstrike two days ago. As part of the strike, Sami Taleb Abdullah, the commander of the Nasr Unit in Hezbollah, was eliminated, the military said on Wednesday in a statement, adding []

bhaskarlive 13 Jun 2024 3:48 am

No drinking water supply in Salem city today

The Hindu 12 Jun 2024 9:20 pm

Global Political Events: Upcoming Key Political Visits and Summits

Global Political Events: Upcoming Key Political Visits and Summits For other diaries, please see: Political and General News Top Economic Events Emerging Markets Economic Events Government Debt Auctions U.S. Federal Reserve Today in Washington -------------------------------------------------------------------- This diary is filed daily. ** Indicates new events -------------------------------------------------------------------- WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 ** WASHINGTON DC - U.S. President Joe Biden flies to Italy for meetings with Group of Seven leaders aimed at increasing pressure on Russia over its war against Ukraine and on China for its support of Moscow and excess industrial capacity. - 0900 GMT BERN/BERLIN President of Nepal Ram Chandra Paudel is on a visit to Switzerland and Germany. (To June 19) STOCKHOLM/HELSINKI - Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Igli Hasani, starts official visits to Sweden and Finland. (June 13) ANKARA - Defense Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin makes his five-day working visit in Turkiye. (final day) AMMAN/CAIRO/JERUSALEM/DOHA - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will start his tour of Jordan, Egypt, Israel, and Qatar. (final day) GENEVA - ILO, International Labour Conference, 112th session. (to June 14) SYDNEY - Sydney Film Festival 2024 (to June 16) NEW YORK, U.S - His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Mxima of the Netherlands to travel to the United States for a working visit to the states of Georgia and New York. (To June 13) BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN/KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister and Minister for Finance of Singapore Lawrence Wong will begin his series of introductory visits to Southeast Asian capitals with visits to Brunei and Malaysia. (final day) ULAANBAATAR - At the invitation of President of Mongolia Khurelsukh Ukhnaa, President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic Thongloun Sisoulith will pay a state visit to Mongolia. (final day) DILI - New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters visits East Timor, meeting President Jos Ramos-Horta and other members of the leadership. (final day) ASTANA - At the invitation of Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the Republic of Korea Yoon Suk Yeol will pay state visit to Kazakhstan. (June 13) ANKARA - Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan hosts his Brazilian counterpart Mauro Vieira in Ankara for talks that are expected to cover bilateral issues and other topics including the conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza. KUALA LUMPUR - Singapore Prime Minister Lawrence Wong visits Malaysia as part of his first overseas trip since taking office last month. Wong will meet his Malaysian counterpart Anwar Ibrahim during his visit. MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds talks with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla in Moscow. - 0600 GMT BUDAPEST - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is visiting Budapest to meet with Prime Minister Viktor Orban. - 1000 GMT GENEVA - WHO director-general and experts hold news conference on global health issue with focus expected on Gaza. - 1400 GMT BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to hold a news conference ahead of a meeting of the alliance's defence ministers Brussels. - 1600 GMT MADRID - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will visit Spain to hold talks with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (to June 13). GLOBAL - World Day against Child Labour. - - - - - - - - - THURSDAY, JUNE 13 ** TASHKENT - President of the Republic of Korea Yoon Suk-yeol will pay a state visit to Uzbekistan at the invitation of the country's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. (To June 15) ** BORGO EGNAZIA, Italy - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrives at G7 meeting venue and will attend outreach countries meeting with G7 leaders. - 1200 GMT ** BORGO EGNAZIA, Italy - Italian President Sergio Mattarella hosts dinner for G7 leaders. - 1900 GMT WELLINGTON/CANBERRA/KUALA LUMPUR - Premier of the People's Republic of China, Li Qiang will visit New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia. (To June 20) HELSINKI - Finland's president Alexander Stubb will host annual two-day foreign policy talks to discuss with top official's topical matters such as aid to Ukraine and the implications of Finland's NATO membership. (To June 14) BRUSSELS - NATO-Ukraine Council meets at the level of defense ministers. LUXEMBOURG EU Justice and Home Affairs Council. (To June 14) NAIROBI - Kenya's Finance Minister Njuguna Ndung'u is due to present the 2024/25 budget to parliament. - 1200 GMT MANILA - Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto visits Manila. 0330 GMT DODOMA - Tanzania's Finance Minister Mwigulu Nchemba is due to present the 2024/25 budget to parliament. 1300 GMT KAMPALA - Ugandan Finance Minister Matia Kasaija is due to present the 2024/25 budget at the parliament. BORGO EGNAZIA, Italy - Italy hosts G7 summit of world leaders. (To June 15) - - - - - - - - - FRIDAY, JUNE 14 ** BORGO EGNAZIA, Italy - G7 leaders and Pope Francis arrive at meeting venue, and are to be welcomed by Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, where they will hold sessions on AI, energy and Africa/Mediterranean - 1100 GMT BORGO EGNAZIA, Italy - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will attend the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy by the invitation of the Rome government. BRUSSELS - NATO defence ministers meet in Brussels. SHANGHAI - Shanghai International Film Festival 2024 (To June 23) GLOBAL - World Blood Donor Day. GAZA - 9th anniversary of Hamas takeover of the Gaza strip from Fatah. GLOBAL - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). - - - - - - - - - MONDAY, JUNE 17 BERLIN - German President Frank Walter Steinmeier receives Nepalese President Ram Chandra Paudel - 1200 GMT GLOBAL - United Nation's World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. - - - - - - - - - TUESDAY, JUNE 18 CZECH REPUBLIC - Argentina's President Javier Milei visits Prague. LUXEMBOURG EU General Affairs Council (Cohesion). - - - - - - - - - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 PARIS - Argentine President Javier Milei will make his first official visit to France and meet with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. - - - - - - - - - THURSDAY, JUNE 20 GLOBAL - World Refugee Day. LUXEMBOURG Eurogroup meeting - - - - - - - - - FRIDAY, JUNE 21 MADRID - Argentina's President Javier Milei to receive Juan de Mariana Institute award for an exemplary defence of the ideas of freedom. GLOBAL - International Yoga Day. LUXEMBOURG EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council. - - - - - - - - - SATURDAY, JUNE 22 ** CHAD - Chad holds second round of presidential election - - - - - - - - - MONDAY, JUNE 24 BERLIN - 76th anniversary of beginning of The Berlin Blockade. Communist forces cut off all land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the United States to organise a massive airlift. LUXEMBOURG EU Foreign Affairs Council. - - - - - - - - - TUESDAY, JUNE 25 LOS ANGELES - 15th death anniversary of pop star Michael Jackson. LUXEMBOURG EU General Affairs Council - - - - - - - - - THURSDAY, JUNE 26 LONDON - Emperor of Japan Naruhito visits United Kingdom (to June 28) GLOBAL - International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. - - - - - - - - - THURSDAY, JUNE 27 Brussels - European Council meeting (to June 28). - - - - - - - - - FRIDAY, JUNE 28 IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF - Iranian President election. Mongolia - Mongolian State Great Hural election. - - - - - - - - - SATURDAY, JUNE 29 MAURITANIA - Mauritanian Presidency Election. PYEONGTAEK - South Korea observes the 22nd anniversary of an inter-Korean sea clash. BEJING/TAIPEI - 14th Anniversary of signing of a landmark trade deal between China and Taiwan. - - - - - - - - - SUNDAY, JUNE 30 FRANCE - French National Assembly Election (First round) - - - - - - - - - MONDAY, JULY 1 CHINA 103rd founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China. - - - - - - - - - TUESDAY, JULY 2 GLOBAL - World UFO Day on the anniversary of the Roswell incident. SIENA - July annual horse race, Palio di Siena. - - - - - - - - - WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 ASTANA - Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in SCO summit in Astana (to July 4) - - - - - - - - - THURSDAY, JULY 4 UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND - British House of Commons Election. UNITED STATES - Independence Day. - - - - - - - - - FRIDAY, JULY 5 SONKAJARVI - Wife-Carrying World Championship 2016 (to July 6) - - - - - - - - - SATURDAY, JULY 6 GLOBAL - International Day of Cooperatives. - - - - - - - - - SUNDAY, JULY 7 FRANCE - French National Assembly Election (Second round) KATHMANDU - 77th birthday of Nepal's deposed King Gyanendra. LONDON - 19th anniversary of the attacks on London's transport network, in which more than 50 people where killed and 700 injured. - - - - - - - - - TUESDAY, JULY 9 TEHRAN - 24th anniversary of attack on Tehran University dormitory in 1999. JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH - Palestine marks 19th anniversary of a World Court ruling that Israel's walls and fences in the West Bank were illegal. SOUTH SUDAN 13th Anniversary of South Sudan becoming an Independent State. - - - - - - - - - THURSDAY, JULY 11 GLOBAL - United Nations World Population Day. MUMBAI - 17th anniversary of the deadly bomb attacks on Mumbai's commuter rail network. - - - - - - - - - SUNDAY, JULY 14 PARIS - Bastille Day. - - - - - - - - - MONDAY, JULY 15 BRUSSELS Eurogroup Meeting. SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC - Syrian People's Council Election. RWANDA - Rwanda will hold parliamentary elections. RWANDA - Rwanda will hold a presidential election. - - - - - - - - - TUESDAY, JULY 16 BRUSSELS - EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council Meeting. - - - - - - - - - WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 GLOBAL - World Day for International Justice, which commemorates the adoption of the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court, the Rome Statute, on July 17, - - - - - - - - - THURSDAY, JULY 18 GLOBAL - Nelson Mandela International Day. - - - - - - - - - SATURDAY, JULY 20 CYPRUS - Cyprus marks the anniversary of the Turkish invasion in 1974. - - - - - - - - - SUNDAY, JULY 21 VIENTIANE - 25th ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers Meeting (APT FMM). (To July 27) VIENTIANE - 14th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting (EAS FMM). (To July 27) VIENTIANE - 57th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting. (To July 27) KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fl 24th anniversary of conclusion of NASA's space shuttle program after successful completion of mission STS-135. - - - - - - - - - MONDAY, JULY 22 BRUSSELS EU Foreign Affairs Council Meeting. HAMPSHIRE - Farnborough Air show 2024 (to Jul 26). OSLO 13th Anniversary of Norway bombing and mass shooting at youth summer camp on the nearby Utoya Island, where 77 people were killed. - - - - - - - - - SUNDAY, JULY 28 GLOBAL - World Hepatitis Day. GLOBAL 110th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1. PERU - 203rd Anniversary of Independence. VENEZUELA - Venezuela will hold a presidential election. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - NOTE: The inclusion of diary items does not necessarily mean that Reuters will file a story based on the event. For Technical Issues Please Contact Thomson Reuters Customer Support (TRCS) at https://customers.reuters.com/kccontactus/telephone.aspx

devdiscourse 12 Jun 2024 6:33 pm

Four killed, 10 injured in accident in Salem district

Police said a private bus hit two two-wheelers, which in turn hit a lorry that was in front of them

The Hindu 12 Jun 2024 4:04 pm

Five killed, 10 injured in an accident near Salem - The Hindu

Five killed, 10 injured in an accident near Salem The Hindu

Google News 12 Jun 2024 4:04 pm

UN Chief puts Israeli military, Hamas on blacklist for harming children

The United Nations secretary-general has included Israels military and Hamas on the annual blacklist of perpetrators who harm children. I am appalled by the dramatic increase and unprecedented scale and intensity of grave violations against children in the Gaza Strip, Israel and the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Antonio...

newdelhitimes 12 Jun 2024 4:00 pm

160 rockets fired at northern Israel: Israeli Army

Jerusalem, June 12 (IANS) About 160 rockets were fired from Lebanon at northern Israel on Wednesday morning, said the Israeli army, after Israeli airstrikes killed four Hezbollah officials, including a senior commander. In the early morning, the military said approximately 90 projectiles were identified launched from Lebanon. The National Fire and Rescue Authority said that []

bhaskarlive 12 Jun 2024 3:25 pm