Russian and Chinese Bombers Conduct Joint Patrol Near Alaska

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 12:21pm on 25 Jul 2024,Thursday International

Russian and Chinese bomber jets, including Russia's Tu-95MS and China's Xian H-6, carried out a joint patrol over the Chukchi and Bering Seas and the North Pacific Ocean. This exercise, part of a 2024 military cooperation plan, adhered to international law and did not breach foreign airspace, as confirmed by Russia's defense ministry. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) intercepted the bombers in international airspace near Alaska, noting no threat. This patrol underscores the strengthening military ties between Russia and China amid ongoing global tensions.

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India Urges Canada to Take Strong Action Against Anti-India Elements After Pannun's Threat Video

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 12:00pm on 25 Jul 2024,Thursday India Global

India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has called on Canada to act decisively against anti-India elements following a video by Khalistani separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun threatening Indian-origin MP Chandra Arya and Indians in Canada. MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal emphasized that Canada should respond to these threats with the same seriousness as it did with recent threats against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Relations between India and Canada remain tense, exacerbated by recent acts of vandalism at a Hindu temple in Edmonton by Khalistani supporters.

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Maharashtra Floods: Pune, Mumbai Severely Affected, Four Dead in Rain-Related Incidents

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 10:48am on 25 Jul 2024,Thursday Weather & Environment

Incessant rains have brought Maharashtra to a standstill, with Pune and Mumbai facing severe waterlogging. Pune's Pimpri-Chinchwad area has been flooded, resulting in four rain-related deaths. Mumbai, experiencing its second-wettest July on record, is also critically affected. Normal life has been disrupted, with schools shut and key services down. Air India has diverted and delayed some flights to Mumbai due to the heavy downpour. Authorities are working to restore normalcy, but residents are advised to exercise caution and stay indoors until the situation improves.

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Delhi Tap Water Mysteriously Turns Bright Blue, Leaving Residents Concerned

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 10:30am on 25 Jul 2024,Thursday India

In Delhi's Peeragarhi neighborhood, at least 50 homes experienced tap water turning bright blue last weekend. The discolored water, which has persisted for four days, causes staining and skin discoloration. Residents are seeking answers and solutions, citing health and safety concerns. Authorities have yet to provide an explanation for the phenomenon. The incident has sparked an outcry, with residents demanding an investigation into the cause. Water samples are expected to be collected for testing to determine the source of the contamination. Residents are advised to use alternative water sources until the issue is resolved.

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US Revises Travel Advisory for Its Citizens Regarding Travel to India

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 10:16am on 25 Jul 2024,Thursday India Global

The US State Department has updated its travel advisory for India, placing the country at Level 2, advising their citizens to exercise increased caution. Certain areas have been designated as Level 4, including Jammu and Kashmir, the India-Pakistan border, Manipur, and parts of Central and East India, due to terrorism, violence, and armed conflict. Americans are advised not to travel to these areas. The northeastern states have been placed under Level 3, recommending reconsideration of travel plans. The advisory provides specific guidance for US citizens traveling to or residing in India.

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India Archers Shine in Paris: Women's Team in Quarters, Deepika Kumari Leads Charge

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 09:58am on 25 Jul 2024,Thursday Sports

India's archery team has made a promising start at the Paris Games, securing a top-four spot in the women's team event and direct entry into the quarter-finals. Ankita Bhakat, Bhajan Kaur, and Deepika Kumari finished in the top 32, with Deepika leading the charge in her fourth Olympics. The individual ranking rounds will determine seeding for both individual and team events. India's men's team, comprising Tarundeep Rai, Dhiraj Bommadevara, and Pravin Ramesh Jadhav, will also compete. A strong start for India's Olympics campaign, with hopes high for medal success.

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Heavy Rain Causes Flight Delays and Cancellations in Mumbai

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 09:43am on 25 Jul 2024,Thursday Weather & Environment

Heavy rain in Mumbai has caused flight delays and cancellations, with IndiGo and Air India affected. Two of the city's seven water supply lakes are overflowing, causing flooding in areas like Sion, Chembur, and Andheri. A red alert is in place until tomorrow morning, predicting extremely heavy rainfall. Passengers are advised to check flight status before heading to the airport. Air India is offering full refunds or free rescheduling for today's bookings. Commuters are urged to exercise caution and stay updated on weather and flight information.

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Supreme Court Upholds States' Right to Levy Mining Royalty

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 08:50am on 25 Jul 2024,Thursday India

The Supreme Court has upheld the rights of states to impose royalty on mining and mineral-use activities. In an 8:1 verdict, the court ruled that royalty is distinct from tax and within the states' competence to levy. This decision reverses the court's earlier order and benefits mineral-rich states like Odisha, Bengal, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh. The court clarified that payments to the government for mineral extraction cannot be considered a tax. The verdict is a significant development in the mining sector, allowing states to charge for mineral resources. 

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IMD Warns of Intense Rainfall in Mumbai, Disruptions Reported

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 08:24am on 25 Jul 2024,Thursday Weather & Environment

Mumbai is experiencing severe rain-related disruptions, with lakes overflowing, trees uprooted, and the Andheri subway closed. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) warns of more intense showers ahead, predicting moderate to heavy rain with gusty winds of 50-60 kmph in isolated areas over the next 3-4 hours. Residents are advised to stay indoors and avoid travel unless necessary. The heavy downpour has already caused significant disruptions, and the city's infrastructure is struggling to cope. Commuters are advised to check for updates before venturing out.

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UPSC Adopts Digital Technologies to Prevent Exam Malpractices

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 07:58am on 25 Jul 2024,Thursday India

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is introducing advanced digital technologies to prevent cheating and fraud in exams. The new measures include Aadhaar-based biometric authentication, facial recognition, and AI-powered CCTV surveillance. Additionally, QR code scanning of e-admit cards will be used to verify candidates' identities. These technologies aim to prevent impersonation and ensure the integrity of the examination process. The move follows recent instances of exam malpractices. The implementation of these digital solutions will enhance the security and transparency of UPSC exams, ensuring a fair selection process for candidates.

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