Morning Digest | PM Modi inaugurates new Parliament building, installs ‘Sengol‘ near LS Speaker’s chair; ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ wins the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2023, and more

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May 28, 2023 08:29 am | Updated 08:29 am IST

An aerial view of the new Parliament building that will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in New Delhi.

An aerial view of the new Parliament building that will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in New Delhi. | Photo Credit: ANI

New Parliament building inauguration live | PM Modi inaugurates building, installs ‘Sengol‘ near Lok Sabha Speaker’s chair

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (May 28) unveiled the plaque to mark the inauguration of the the much-awaited new Parliament building. The Prime Minister also installed the scared ‘Sengol’ in the Lok Sabha chamber, right next to the Speaker’s chair, after performing puja. Mr. Modi was handed over the historic ‘Sengol’ by Adheenams before its installed in the new Parliament building.

A new House, again in red sandstone

PM Modi will inaugurate the much-awaited new Parliament building today. The four-storey building has been constructed at an estimated cost of ₹970 crore. The building has been designed by Ahmedabad-based HCP Design, Planning and Management, and constructed by Tata Projects Limited.

The new Parliament is to have a seating capacity of 888 for the Lok Sabha, as against 543 in the old Parliament House, and 300 in the Rajya Sabha as compared with 250 earlier.

PM calls upon CMs to work as ‘Team India’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the eighth Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog on Saturday, said the Centre and the States would have to work as “Team India” to realise the objective of a “Viksit Bharat (Developed India)” in 2047, even as several Chief Ministers kept away from the event.

BJP fears caste census will disturb its Hindutva campaign: Bhupesh Baghel 

With his State’s Assembly election around the corner, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel spoke to The Hindu about the investigations in corruption cases against him, his government’s Ramayana festival, and the implications of the Karnataka Assembly election results. 

Flying too close to travel date? Be ready to pay up to five times more

If you are planning a last-minute air travel, either for business or due to a medical emergency, be prepared to spend up to five times more than last month. A multitude of factors, some old and persistent which have grounded nearly 100 aircraft with three airlines, and new ones such as the suspension of flights by Go First are responsible for sending airfares out of control.

Union Ministers highlight Modi-led government’s achievements in past nine years

After inaugurating a day-long conclave ‘9 Saal — Seva, Sushasan, Gareeb Kalyan’, which marked the completion of nine years of government under PM Modi, Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the previous governance efforts had become synonymous with scams, while the current government worked with the ethos of “pai pai se gareeb ki bhalai” (every penny for the benefit of the poor).

U.K.-India ties see thaw with Minister Tariq Ahmad’s visit

U.K. Minister of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Tariq Ahmad began his four-day visit to India on May 27, in the first such senior-level visit since tensions over violent pro-Khalistan protests outside the Indian High Commission in London in March. He will also visit Delhi and Hyderabad and is expected to focus on technology and innovation projects in India. 

Five years after Supreme Court judgment, only 9 out of 25 High Courts livestream proceedings

Five years after the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment underscored the significance of live streaming court proceedings and termed it an extension of the principle of ‘open justice’ and ‘open courts’, only nine out of the 25 High Courts in the country have opened their virtual doors to the public. In the Supreme Court itself, live streaming is limited to only Constitutional cases.

Ahead of monsoon, ICMR confirms infection geography of dengue has grown from eight States in 2001 to across the country

As the country gets ready to welcome the southwest monsoon, which is associated with the rise of certain diseases, including malaria, dengue and Zika, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) confirmed that dengue’s infection geography has grown. Earlier restricted to eight States in 2001, it currently covers all the States and Union Territories in India. Dengue has now breached the country’s last bastion, Ladakh (with two cases in 2022), senior health officials said.

Justine Triet wins Palme d’Or at Cannes for ‘Anatomy of a Fall’

French director Justine wins Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2023 for ‘Anatomy of a Fall’, a tense courtroom drama about a writer accused of her husband’s murder. Japan’s Koji Yakusho won best actor for “Perfect Days” by German director Wim Wenders while Turkey’s Merve Dizdar won best actress for “About Dry Grasses”.

At least 19 members of security forces injured in suicide blast in northwest Pakistan

As per an official, at least 19 members of Pakistan’s security forces were critically injured on May 27 when a suicide bomber with an explosive-laden motorcycle targeted their convoy in the restive tribal district in northwest Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. The security forces’ convoy were travelling to Asman Manza area of South Waziristan from DI Khan in Khyber Paktunkhwa province.

Russia tells United States: Don’t lecture Moscow on nuclear deployments

Russia dismissed criticism from U.S. President Joe Biden over Moscow’s plan to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, saying Washington had for decades deployed just such nuclear weapons in Europe.

Taiwan reports Chinese aircraft carrier sailed through strait

The Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong sailed through the Taiwan Strait on May 27 accompanied by two other ships, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said, in the latest uptick in military tensions over the island Beijing claims as its own territory. Taiwan’s military closely monitored the group using its own ships and aircraft and “responded appropriately”, the Ministry said in a short statement.

 World Cup schedule and venues to be announced during World Test Championship final

The schedule and venues for the upcoming 50-over World Cup in India is expected to be announced during the final of the World Test Championship in London, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said on May 27 after the board’s Special General Meeting (SGM) in Ahmedabad .A decision on the Asia Cup 2023, to be held before the World Cup, will also be taken in the coming days.

Djokovic eyes history at French Open as Swiatek launches title defence

Novak Djokovic will bid for a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title at a French Open without his old rival Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004, while Iga Swiatek attempts to become the first woman to defend the title in 16 years.

Bayern Munich win 11th straight Bundesliga title in dramatic fashion

Bayern Munich spectacularly snatched their 11th consecutive Bundesliga title with a last matchday 2-1 win at Cologne on Saturday courtesy of Jamal Musiala’s 89th minute winner, grabbing the trophy from the hands of rivals Borussia Dortmund.

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