Top news of the day: January 25, 2024

Supreme Court wants a “mechanism” to detect whether ED and states are playing vindictive games of staying ahead

The Supreme Court on January 25 called for a “pan-India mechanism” to ascertain whether political vendetta or vindictiveness is a motive behind the Union government using the ED against officials and ministers in opposition-ruled states and the states retaliating in response by arresting the central state practice The agency's local officials. Justices Surya Kant and KV Viswanathan said that Tamil Nadu should be the testing ground for implementing such a mechanism. The bank expressed concern about the fate of the country if states and central authorities play a vengeful game of one-upmanship by filing cases and arresting each other's officials.

Prime Minister Modi and French President Macron meet at Jantar Mantar in Jaipur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron met at Jantar Mantar in Jaipur on January 25 ahead of their roadshow. Mr Modi reached the observatory from Jaipur airport while Mr Macron arrived at the site after a visit to Amber Fort. There the two leaders met and hugged. Later they visited the observatory. Jantar Mantar is one of the oldest astronomical observatories and has the largest stone sundial in the world.

Former Karnataka CM Jagadish Shettar quits Congress and returns to BJP

Former Karnataka chief minister Jagadish Shettar rejoined the BJP in New Delhi on January 25, about a year after he quit the saffron party and joined the Congress. Mr. Shettar had switched to the Congress after the BJP denied him a ticket ahead of the May 2023 Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections.

INDIA bloc will fight together against injustice across the country: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed confidence in the unity of the INDIA opposition bloc in fighting injustice across the country, a day after TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee's decision to contest the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal on her own. The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, led by Mr Gandhi, entered West Bengal from Assam via Bakshirhat in Cooch Behar district. State Congress President Adhir Chowdhury warmly welcomed Mr. Gandhi on his arrival.

Hopeful to resolve seat-sharing standoff in Bengal with TMC: Jairam Ramesh

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on January 25 said the party hoped to find a solution to the seat-sharing stalemate with the Trinamool Congress, a day after its leader Mamata Banerjee made a surprise announcement in the Lok elections Sabha in West Bengal to go alone. While speaking to reporters at Bagdogra Airport here, Mr. Ramesh claimed that the Congress cannot imagine an INDIA bloc without Ms. Banerjee as she is indispensable in the fight against the BJP in the country.

Sworn-in Justice Prasanna Bhalachandra Varale increases Dalit representation in the Supreme Court to three

Justice Prasanna Bhalachandra Varale took the oath of office as a Supreme Court judge on Thursday, increasing the Dalit representation on the bench to three. The other two are Supreme Court judges, Justices BR Gavai and CT Ravikumar. Justice Gavai is on track to become the Chief Justice of India as per the seniority norm.

Lok Sabha elections | “The people are sounding the election horn for me,” says Prime Minister Modi in Bulandshahr

Launching a series of projects in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on January 25 that he was only sounding the bugle of development and it was the people who were sounding the bugle for him. Addressing a gathering in Bulandshahr after inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of development projects worth more than 19,100 crore, he said if the government reaches out to all the beneficiaries of its schemes, there will be no scope for discrimination and corruption. “This is true secularism, this is true social justice,” Mr. Modi added.

Tiruppur-based TV journalist Nesaprabhu was hacked after police failed to respond to calls for help

Late on January 24, gunmen attacked and seriously injured 30-year-old Nesaprabhu, a journalist with Tamil television channel News 7, near his residence in Tiruppur district. The attackers, who came in several cars, surrounded and attacked Mr. Nesaprabhu while he was on the phone with police and desperately pleading for help. The police had previously not responded to several of his calls for protection.

India rejects cuts in subsidies for poor fishermen at WTO meeting

India will fight any cuts in its subsidies to poor fishermen at the World Trade Organization and demand a moratorium on fishing subsidies from developed countries such as the United States and the European Union, three government officials said. New Delhi plans to press its call for expanding subsidies for its approximately nine million poor fishermen, who live up to 200 nautical miles from its borders, at the WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13) to be held in Abu Dhabi from February 26-29 Coastal work to move forward, senior government officials told reporters.

Opposition parties in the Maldives have expressed concern over their government's “anti-India stance”.

The two main opposition parties in the Maldives on January 24 called India the “long-standing ally” and expressed concern over the government's “anti-India stance”. The open support from the two parties – the Maldivian Democratic Party and the Democrats – came a day after the Maldives government said a Chinese ship equipped for research and survey purposes would dock at a Maldivian port The government of Male has given permission to make a port call to collect supplies.

Possible Indian interference in Canadian elections is being investigated

An independent commission investigating alleged foreign interference in Canada asked the Justin Trudeau government on Wednesday to share information about possible Indian interference in elections, a development that could exacerbate already tense relations between Ottawa and New Delhi. The commission was set up in September by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to conduct a public inquiry into foreign interference in Canadian affairs following reports of alleged attempts by China to influence elections and increasing pressure for an investigation. Beijing has repeatedly denied any interference.

Virat Kohli wins the ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year Award for the fourth time

Indian batting champion Virat Kohli was named the 2023 ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year on January 25 for his outstanding run in the format last year, led by a phenomenal performance in the home World Cup. This is the fourth such award for Kohli, who was the second-highest run-scorer in ODIs last year behind his compatriot Shubman Gill. The former India captain ended the year with 1,377 runs, including six centuries and eight half-centuries.

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