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“Let us begin with the top news of the hour: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has sacked health minister Dr. Vijay Singla from his Cabinet on charges of corruption for seeking “1 per cent cut in tenders allotment and purchase of goods related to the department.” Following this, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of the Punjab police arrested Singla.
In the video message, Mann had said he directed the police to register a case against Singla. He said that Dr Singla had confessed to the crime to Mann himself. Mann also said that he wanted to convey the message of zero tolerance for corruption through this sacking. Mann went on to say that the AAP government would have zero tolerance for Singla’s corruption.
“Moving on: In yet another signal of rapprochement, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has included G-23 leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma in an eight-member political affairs group she constituted on the day to advise her. Sonia also announced a task force for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections which, interestingly, has election strategist Sunil Kanugolu as a member.
Sonia had announced the setting up of the two bodies in her concluding address at the Udaipur chintan shivir. Now that Azad and Sharma have been included in the political affairs group headed by her, it remains to be seen whether the two would be considered for Rajya Sabha seats.”
“In other news: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has told a Delhi court on that even though it is a fact that architectural images of Hindu and Jain deities were used in the construction of the Qutub Minar complex, revival of worship cannot be allowed there as it was “not practiced at the time of protection of the monument” and a “fundamental right cannot be availed in violation of any status of the land”.
. The ASI also submitted that it was a fact that architectural images of Hindu and Jain deities are used in the construction of the Qutub complex
“Moving on: At the bilateral talks between the United States and India on the sidelines of the Quad meeting in Tokyo, US President Joe Biden on has said that he is committed to making the US-India partnership “among the closest we have on earth”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his part called it a “partnership of trust”, while both the leaders expressed confidence over the US Investment Incentive Agreement signed on Monday.
Biden added that the two countries will continue to consult closely on how to mitigate the negative effects of the Russia-Ukraine war on the world order. PM Modi, lauding the strategic partnership with the US, saod, “Our common interests and values have strengthened this bond of trust between our two countries.”
“Let us now look at some international news: Sri Lanka has received a first consignment of a $16 million humanitarian aid package from neighboring India to help mitigate severe shortages caused by the country’s worst economic crisis in recent memory.
Gopal Baglay, the Indian envoy to Sri Lanka, delivered the donation from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Gamini Peiris late Sunday. The goods, worth $5.6 million, include rice, milk powder and essential medicines.
The Indian Embassy said in a statement that they will be distributed among vulnerable families in different parts of the country. Sri Lanka is near bankruptcy and has severe shortages of essentials from food, fuel, medicines and cooking gas to toilet paper and matchsticks.
“In other news: The World Health Organization does not believe the monkeypox outbreak outside of Africa requires mass vaccinations as measures like good hygiene and safe sexual behaviour will help control its spread, according to a senior official.
Richard Pebody, who leads the high-threat pathogen team at WHO Europe, also told Reuters in an interview that immediate supplies of vaccines and antivirals are relatively limited. His comments came as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was in the process of releasing some Jynneos vaccine doses for use in monkeypox cases. Germany’s government said on Monday that it was assessing options for vaccinations, while Britain has offered them to some healthcare workers.
“Moving on: Yemen’s Houthi rebels have said that three people were killed in the country’s capital when a drone aircraft crashed in a neighborhood after being shot down.
In a statement, the Houthis said that their air defense system downed the surveillance drone and that it belonged to the Saudi-led coalition with which they are at war. The Houthi claims could not be immediately verified.
A spokesman for the coalition did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Video from the scene showed what appeared to be a damaged pilotless aircraft in a street surrounded by security forces and onlookers.There is a truce in place in the war-torn country that is set to expire at the beginning of June.
“And finally, the US and Japan have agreed to work to put the first Japanese astronaut on the moon, accompanied by an American astronaut, as the longtime allies develop a partnership aimed at countering China.
The two countries said in a joint statement they’d collaborate on human and robotic moon missions “including a shared ambition to see a future Japanese astronaut on the lunar surface,” with a goal of signing an implementation agreement this year. Following a meeting Monday in Tokyo between President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the countries also said they “are committed to a Japanese astronaut opportunity on the Gateway, a human outpost in the lunar vicinity, as part of expanding Artemis collaboration.”
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