Elon Musk and Indian Politicians Clash Over EVM Reliability on Twitter

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:13pm on 16 Jun 2024,Sunday India Global

A debate erupted on Twitter between Elon Musk and Indian political figures over the security of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Musk expressed doubts about EVM reliability, citing hacking risks, leading to responses from former Indian minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar, who defended India's EVMs as secure. Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav joined Musk in questioning EVMs, advocating for a return to paper ballots. Chandrasekhar countered, emphasizing the secure, network-isolated design of Indian EVMs. This exchange highlights ongoing concerns about the integrity of electronic voting systems.

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India Calls for Direct Russia-Ukraine Talks at Swiss Peace Summit

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 04:50pm on 16 Jun 2024,Sunday India Global

India has called for direct talks between Russia and Ukraine for lasting peace. At a Swiss peace summit, India chose not to back any joint statement, stressing that solutions must be acceptable to both Russia and Ukraine. India’s Secretary (West) Pavan Kapoor emphasized the importance of dialogue and diplomacy. Although 80 countries supported a final communique, India, along with a few others, abstained. The summit aimed to start a peace process and gather ideas for a just and lasting resolution to the conflict. Russia and China did not participate.

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PM Modi Sends Eid Greetings to Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu, Emphasizes Values of Peace and Inclusivity

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 04:27pm on 16 Jun 2024,Sunday India Global

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended Eid Al-Adha greetings to Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu, underscoring the festival's values of sacrifice, compassion, and brotherhood crucial for global peace. Modi highlighted India's vibrant multicultural celebrations of Eid and reaffirmed commitment to bilateral ties. The gesture follows Muizzu's recent visit to India, where discussions centered on enhancing cooperation. Unlike predecessors, Muizzu visited Turkey and China before New Delhi, marking strategic diplomacy shifts. The High Commission of India shared photos of the leaders' exchange, emphasizing mutual goodwill.

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Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav Raise Concerns Over EVM Security After Elon Musk's Tweet

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 10:45am on 16 Jun 2024,Sunday India Global

Elon Musk's tweet on the potential hackability of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) has revived concerns about their security in India. Musk's remark, in response to a post by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on election irregularities, has been shared by Indian opposition leaders. Rahul Gandhi called EVMs a "black box," and Akhilesh Yadav demanded a return to paper ballots, citing global concerns and expert warnings. The issue has intensified following reports that a relative of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Waikar allegedly used a phone linked to an EVM. Opposition leaders are pressing the Election Commission for clarity and action on EVM security.

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Former Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar Counters Elon Musk’s Claims on EVM Security in India

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 08:43am on 16 Jun 2024,Sunday India Global

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, former Indian minister and tech entrepreneur, rebuked Elon Musk's recent criticism of electronic voting machines (EVMs). Musk expressed concerns over the vulnerability of EVMs to hacking, suggesting they should be eliminated. Chandrasekhar countered Musk's statement, clarifying that Indian EVMs are specially designed to be secure and are not connected to any networks or media. He pointed out that unlike in the US and other countries where internet-connected voting machines are used, Indian EVMs operate on a different, secure model. Chandrasekhar highlighted the stringent security measures in place, such as factory-programmed controllers that cannot be altered, ensuring the integrity and reliability of India's electoral process.

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India-US iCET Talks Resume Amidst Strong Bilateral Ties Post G-7 Summit

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:16am on 16 Jun 2024,Sunday India Global

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will meet India's NSA Ajit Doval on June 17-18 for the second Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET) initiative, following PM Modi's third term. They will review projects from January 2023, including technology transfer for Tejas Mark II jets. Despite media speculation about strained ties over a proscribed terrorist, PM Modi and President Biden affirmed strong India-US relations at the G-7 summit. Earlier concerns were dispelled as both leaders met cordially, reaffirming deep bilateral engagement.

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London Celebrates International Day of Yoga with Mass Yoga Session in Trafalgar Square

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 04:59am on 16 Jun 2024,Sunday India Global

On June 15, London's Trafalgar Square hosted a lively International Day of Yoga celebration, defying the rainy weather. The High Commission of India organized the event, which drew a large crowd of people from all backgrounds. Participants practiced yoga in synchrony, enjoying a peaceful experience in the iconic square. The event showcased the growing popularity of yoga in promoting well-being and unity. Despite the rain, the collective enthusiasm for yoga shone through, highlighting its ability to bring people together. The celebration was a testament to yoga's universal appeal and its power to transcend cultural boundaries.

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Kuwait Fire Tragedy: NBTC MD Promises Compensation

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 03:40am on 16 Jun 2024,Sunday India Global

NBTC Managing Director K G Abraham has rejected claims of overcrowding at the Kuwait apartment building where a devastating fire killed 49 people, mostly Indian nationals. Abraham attributed the tragedy to a short circuit and announced a comprehensive compensation package for the victims' families. Each family will receive Rs 8 lakh, four years' salary, and additional benefits. The company will also provide support for education and employment to the affected families. The fire gutted an apartment in the Al-Mangaf area, claiming 23 lives from Kerala alone. Abraham's children will personally meet the families to offer condolences and assistance.

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Yoga Enthusiasts Gather at Trafalgar Square, London for International Day of Yoga 2024

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 07:45pm on 15 Jun 2024,Saturday India Global

On 15th June Thursday, Trafalgar Square in London saw a vibrant celebration of the International Day of Yoga, despite a rainy evening. Participants from all walks of life engaged in synchronized yoga sessions under favorable skies, hosted by the High Commission of India in London. The event attracted a large crowd, showcasing a collective enthusiasm for yoga and wellness. The diverse group enjoyed a tranquil experience in the historic square, reflecting the growing popularity of yoga in promoting health and unity.

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G7 Commits to Boost India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 12:56pm on 15 Jun 2024,Saturday India Global

Leaders at the G7 Summit in Italy have pledged to enhance the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC), focusing on connectivity and economic integration across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated, emphasizing collaborative infrastructure projects under the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII). The IMEC initiative aims to counter China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with transparent investments. The summit also reiterated support for a free Indo-Pacific and announced USD 50 billion in loans for Ukraine amid ongoing tensions with Russia.

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