Major Fire Erupts at Pune's Phoenix Mall in Viman Nagar

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 11:55am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday India

A significant fire engulfed Phoenix Mall in Pune's Viman Nagar area on Friday afternoon, prompting the dispatch of six fire engines by the Pune Fire Department. The blaze, which started around 3:15 PM, drew immediate response from fire officials after receiving the distress call at 3:25 PM. Visuals from the scene depict a massive column of smoke rising from the mall premises. The cause of the fire and extent of damage are yet to be determined as authorities work to contain the situation.

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Blast in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar Claims CRPF Jawan on Lok Sabha Election Day; 49.78% Turnout Recorded

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 11:27am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

As Phase 1 of Lok Sabha elections commenced, tragedy struck in Chhattisgarh's Bastar constituency as a CRPF assistant commandant lost his life in an IED blast near a polling booth. The incident occurred under Bhairamgarh police station limits. Despite reports of irregularities and violence in Manipur and West Bengal, the Election Commission assures smooth polling across 21 states and Union territories. The day saw a 49.78% voter turnout by 3 pm, with Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and northeastern states witnessing elections alongside assemblies in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

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Violence and Intimidation Mar Lok Sabha Elections in Manipur; Tripura Leads in Voter Turnout

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 11:13am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

Incidents of intimidation and violence marred the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Manipur, with armed men firing shots near polling booths in Thamnapokpi, prompting voters to flee. Reports from Uripok and Iroishemba cited political party agents being ousted, leading to altercations and damage to election materials. Videos circulated on social media showed EVMs lying on the ground and furniture damaged. Tripura led in voter turnout at 53.04%, while Manipur saw high percentages despite the unrest. Notably, this election marks the first major battle post the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Air India Suspends All Tel Aviv Flights Till April 30 due to Middle East Tensions

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 10:39am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday India Global

Amid escalating tensions between Israel and Iran, Air India has halted all flights to and from Tel Aviv until April 30, 2024. The decision comes as part of a safety measure in response to the evolving situation in the Middle East. Passengers with confirmed bookings during this period will receive waivers on rescheduling and cancellation charges. This suspension follows similar actions by other international airlines, including Lufthansa and Etihad Airways, in response to recent regional developments. Air India had only recently resumed flights to Tel Aviv on March 3 after a five-month hiatus.

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Probe into Firing at Salman Khan's House Reveals Portugal Link

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 10:15am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday India Global

Mumbai police arrested Vicky Gupta (24) and Sagar Pal (21) for firing outside Salman Khan's house. The duo had surveyed Khan's Panvel farmhouse days before the incident. They rented a house near the property and admitted to receiving a pistol a month prior. Pal underwent shooting training in Bihar, while police detained Gupta's brother for questioning. An online claim by gangster Lawrence Bishnoi's brother, allegedly linked to the incident, traced back to Portugal via VPN. Maharashtra CM vowed to dismantle the Bishnoi gang after meeting Khan. Investigation continues into the attempted attack.

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Manipur Records 45% Voter Turnout Amid Violence; West Bengal, Tripura Lead in Phase 1 Till 1 PM

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 08:27am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

In the first phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, voter turnout varied across states till 1 PM. Violence-hit Manipur saw a turnout of 45.68%, while West Bengal and Tripura led with 50.96% and 53.06% respectively. Chhattisgarh's Bastar constituency, plagued by Naxalism, recorded over 28% turnout despite a grenade explosion injuring a CRPF jawan. The incident didn't deter voters. These figures reflect the diverse electoral landscape and resilience of voters in exercising their democratic rights amidst challenges.  

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Violence Erupts in Manipur During Phase 1 of Lok Sabha Elections: 3 Dead, EVMs Destroyed

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 08:07am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

Fresh violence erupted in Manipur's Imphal West district during Phase 1 of voting for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Miscreants destroyed EVMs in Iroishemba and Bhamon Kampu, demanding only BJP agents at polling stations. In Kangpokpi, low voter turnout was observed. A shooting incident in Thamanpokpi claimed three lives, prompting heightened security measures. Vandalism was also reported in Thongju. Despite security arrangements, violence marred the Inner Manipur constituency, highlighting challenges in ensuring peaceful elections.

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Iran Downs Three Drones Amid Speculation Israeli Missile Attack

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 07:58am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday International

Iran's air defenses intercepted three small drones over Isfahan, as reports surfaced of a possible Israeli missile strike, though Israel has not officially commented. Flights were suspended briefly, but airspace reopened without casualties. Iranian media downplayed the incident, emphasizing the military base targeted belonged to the army, not the Revolutionary Guards. Analysts speculate the drones were launched domestically. The incident underscores tensions between Iran and Israel, with the potential for escalation amidst ongoing geopolitical maneuvers.

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Kamal Haasan Casts Vote in Chennai, Gets Mobbed at Polling Booth; Video Goes Viral

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 07:22am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan exercised his franchise in Chennai for the Lok Sabha Elections 2024, garnering attention as he was mobbed at the polling booth. In a viral video, Haasan was seen casting his vote at a booth in Koyambedu, Chennai, while cameras captured the moment. Although his party, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), isn't contesting, Haasan's presence drew considerable interest. Tamil Nadu commenced voting in the first phase of elections, with the outcome pivotal in the state's political landscape. Haasan's voting gesture adds to the star-studded participation in the democratic process in Chennai.

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Firing Reported at Polling Booth in Manipur's Moirang; No Casualties, Panic Among Voters

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:51am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

In Manipur's Moirang Assembly segment, a group of miscreants fired multiple rounds near a polling station in Thamanpokpi, causing panic among voters. Despite the gunfire, no casualties were reported. A viral video captured the chaotic scene as people fled the polling booth amid the sound of gunfire. The incident underscores security concerns during the Lok Sabha elections in Manipur, highlighting the need for heightened vigilance to ensure the safety of voters and the integrity of the electoral process.            

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