Morning Digest | Ukraine dominates Modi-Biden talks; properties of suspected rioters demolished in Madhya Pradesh, and more

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Published - April 12, 2022 07:32 am IST

U.S. President Joe Biden meets virtually with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington on April 11, 2022. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (centre) and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is also seen

U.S. President Joe Biden meets virtually with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington on April 11, 2022. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (centre) and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is also seen | Photo Credit: AP

PM Modi, Biden meet virtually before U.S.-India 2+2

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden met virtually on Monday morning, as External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were in Washington for the fourth ‘2+ 2’ foreign and defence ministry dialogues with their U.S. counterparts. The war between Russia and Ukraine featured prominently in the opening remarks of both leaders and is expected to occupy a significant part of the day’s discussions.

Properties of suspected rioters demolished in Madhya Pradesh

A day after communal clashes singed Khargone in Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of Ram Navami, the police on Monday said they have arrested more than 80 persons. Less than 24 hours after the violence, the local administration demolished properties and houses of suspects allegedly involved in the violence. The city remained under curfew on Monday.

Court rejects Kirit Somaiya’s anticipatory bail plea

The City Civil and Sessions Court on Monday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of BJP’s vice-president of Maharashtra Kirit Somaiya in an alleged case of misappropriation of funds generated to save the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant from being scrapped.

Shifting mainstream narrative to real issues a task during elections: Sitaram Yechury

A major task before the Communist Party of India (Marxist) during elections will be to ensure that the main poll narrative shifts from a communally polarising one to the real issues of livelihood and social issues concerning the people, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has said.

Laws should be made after thorough debate and discussion: Lok Sabha Speaker

The primary responsibility of the legislature is to fulfil the aspirations of the people, and lawmakers should ensure that laws are enacted only after thorough debate and discussion, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Monday.

Gujarat, Kerala, Punjab top NITI Aayog’s State Energy and Climate Index list

Gujarat has topped the list for larger States in the Niti Aayog's State Energy and Climate Index–Round 1 that has ranked States and Union Territories (UTs) on six parameters including discoms' performance, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

SC to look into plea to simplify adoption process

The Supreme Court on Monday decided to examine a plea to simplify the legal process for adoption of children in the country. A Bench led by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud issued notice on the petition filed by an NGO 'The Temple of Healing', represented by a petitioner-in-person Piyush Saxena, which said there were only 4000 child adoptions annually though there were "three crore orphan children in the country".

Rape, death of student in Nadia district creates furore in West Bengal

The alleged rape and subsequent death of a Class XI student at Hanskhali in West Bengal’s Nadia district created a furore on Monday with the Opposition targeting the Trinamool Congress government. While the prime accused and son of a gram pradhan member, Brajagopal Gayali alias Sohail, was arrested on Sunday, it was a remark by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that triggered strong political reactions.

Plea to issue Aadhaar cards to those in final NRC list

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the government to respond to a petition seeking the issuance of Aadhaar cards to persons who have been included in the final supplementary list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. A Bench led by Justice U.U. Lalit issued notice to the Centre, Assam government and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on a plea filed by TMC leader Sushmita Dev.

Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa calls for patience, says government working to overcome economic crisis

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday assured the people suffering from the unprecedented economic difficulties that his government is working round-the-clock to address their woes and appealed to protesters to end their agitation and have patience, saying every minute spent on streets deprives the cash-strapped country of precious dollars.

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