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Supreme Court Queries Election Commission on VVPAT Operations

New Delhi: Today, the Supreme Court is set to deliver its verdict on a series of petitions requesting instructions to match Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) records with votes cast via Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during elections.

A panel comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta has summoned an Election Commission of India (ECI) representative to appear in court at 2 pm for clarification on certain matters.

The court expressed the need for factual clarity, particularly regarding the installation of the microcontroller in either the controlling unit or the VVPAT. It urged the presence of the officer at 2 pm for elucidation.

The bench will reconvene at the specified time. In the previous hearing, the bench extensively engaged with a poll panel official to comprehend EVM functionality.

Senior advocate Maninder Singh, representing the poll panel, informed the court that EVMs are autonomous devices, immune to tampering, although human error cannot be entirely discounted.

Emphasizing the sanctity of the electoral process, Justice Datta urged Singh to address apprehensions both within and outside the court, ensuring transparency and confidence in the process.

In response to the Election Commission’s arguments, the Supreme Court cautioned the petitioners against excessive suspicion, advocating appreciation for commendable initiatives rather than blanket criticism.

During an earlier hearing on April 16, the bench expressed reservations about manual counting processes, highlighting the complexity of India’s electoral system and the need to preserve its integrity.

The VVPAT system allows voters to verify if their votes were correctly registered and attributed to their chosen candidate. Each VVPAT generates a paper slip stored in a sealed envelope, accessible in case of disputes.

Currently, VVPAT slips from five randomly selected EVMs per Assembly segment undergo verification.

Amidst concerns and queries from the opposition regarding the integrity of the EVM system, the petitions call for comprehensive cross-verification of all votes.

These petitions have been lodged by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and activist Arun Kumar Agarwal. Agarwal seeks the counting of all VVPAT slips, while the ADR petition demands court intervention to ensure voters can verify via VVPATs that their votes were accurately recorded.

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Techno Cultural Fest TIARA 2024 Successfully Concludes at SJEC

Content: Tiara 2024, the three-day Techno Cultural Fest organized by St Joseph Engineering College (SJEC), Mangaluru was successfully concluded on 11 May 2024 at the College Basketball Court with colourful award ceremony followed by DJ Night by popular DJ Aerreo. 

Rev. Fr Wilfred Prakash D’Souza, Director of SJEC, Rev. Fr Kenneth R Crasta, Assistant Director, Dr Rio D’Souza, Principal of SJEC, Dr Purushothama Chippar, Vice Principal and Rakesh Lobo, HR Manager of the college were present during the valedictory programme on 11 May 2024 along with the Staff Conveners of the Fest, Roopesh and Chaitra U R.

The Student Conveners of the event, Vinol A D’Souza and Alva Shwetha Shivaprasad  were also present on the occasion.  

The three-day fest witnessed participation of students from across the region in a series of technical, non-technical as well as cultural events displaying their skills and competencies.

Apart from the techno-cultural events, the major attractions of the fest included the Battle of Bands & Battle of DJs on the first day, the cultural program and the award ceremony on the third day.

The prizes and trophies for all the events held over the 3 days of the fest were given away during the award ceremony.

AJIET, Mangalore bagged the overall championship in the Engineering category while NMAMIT, Nitte was awarded as the overall runners-up.

Under the Non-Engineering category, SDM college of Business Management, Mangalore won the overall championship and St. Agnes College, Mangalore bagged the overall runners-up trophy.

The Management of SJEC congratulated the prize winners of the event Tiara 2024 and appreciated the efforts of the organising committee of Tiara 2024 for the grand success of the event. Sweedel & Aveen Compered the Programme. 

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UAE Throwball Group Presents Third Edition of Premier League

Dubai:“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”

UAE Throwball Group showcased the Third Edition with a beautiful tapestry of great moments, all thanks to their vision and effort.

A massive crowd from different emirates of UAE witnessed the most awaited Premier League of the year.

Bright Winders lifted their Hatirk Championship Cup in the women’s category and SP Dynamites marked their Debut clinching their first Championship Cup in the Men’s Category.

The tournament kicked-off at 8 am on 28 April with breakfast served for all. The teams lined up with their respective team flags.

This was then followed by a welcome speech by Reshma Alva and Oath Taking led by Anvi Shetty.

The organisers welcomed all the main sponsors and the team owners.

The prestigious TPL tournament was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by the Team Owners.

Prayers were offered by Sannidhi Shetty.

This was followed by the National Anthems of the UAE and India.

Chitra Shetty and her team did a marvellous job with their welcome dance. All the teams then had a photo session.

Following teams participated:

Concept Warriors:Pradeep Shetty,Uday Shetty,Pk Rahul,Avina Pinto.

Ivory Tuskers:Michael D’Souza,Vivek Serrao,Ison Monteiro,Sandya Vas.

Bright Winders: Sebastian Pais,Noel Fernandes,Hassain Ali,Jane Monise.

Acme Powerhouse:Harish Sherigar,Daniel Pinto,Roydon Pereira,Doreen Alvares.

Sp Dynamites:Saurabh Poddar,Melwyn Dsouza,Shawn Rebero,Annet Fernandes.

Twigs Super Strikers:Ravin Rodrigues,Nelson Pinto,Vimal Dsouza,Sumangala.

Following is the result of the tournament :

Category Men Women
Winner Sp Dynamites Bright Winders
1st Runner Up: Acme Powerhouse Ivory Tuskers
2nd Runner Up: Bright Winders Acme Powerhouse

The following players received individual trophies:

Men: Alan Mendonca (Sp Dynamites), Vivian Monteiro (Sp Dynamites), Ashlin Lobo (Acme Powerhouse, Hassain Ali (Bright Winders),

Women: Dhanashree Shetty (Bright Winders), Jain D’souza (Ivory Tuskers), Saleekha Shama (Bright Winders), Tina D’souza (Ivory Tuskers)

In the afternoon, the esteemed chief guest arrived at the venue. Sukesh Hegde of the Kabadi Premier League fame graced the tournament with his presence. He was welcomed by a spectacular dance by the young dancers guided by Jasmitha.

Sukesh Hegde shared his love for sports and how sports need to be a integral part of our society and our children’s lives. He also shared his journey and passion towards sports.

Cheerleaders added to the colour and mood at the venue. Their energy throughout was contagious.

Hegde was felicitated by the Team Owners and Sponsors. He was sincerely thanked by the organizers.

Prasanna Kumar and team gave a thrilling dance performance during the closing ceremony. The audience was on their feet, and all eyes saw a world-class dance on the stage with many participants doing acrobatic stunts.

Santosh Shetty and Anvi Shetty proposed a vote of thanks to all the dignitaries, sponsors, referees, organizing committee, media personnel and all the teams who participated in the tournament.

All the managers, volunteers, referees, and media were gifted with hampers as a token of appreciation for their contribution towards TPL 3rd season.

The winning teams were awarded trophies, hampers & cash prizes in a glittering Prize Distribution Ceremony.

The entire tournament was enjoyed by every sportsperson and spectator who attended the Third Edition of TPL Tournament 2024. The organizers and the volunteers did a wonderful job. The matches were played with sportsman spirit and the day was full of fun and competition.
It was the day which helped create memories for all the participants and the spectators.



Teenager Commits Crime of Raping Five Year Old

According to police, a five-year-old child living in the Agar Malwa area of Madhya Pradesh was raped by a seventeen-year-old guy who lived in his neighborhood.

According to a Monday official, the incident happened on Sunday night in a community that is under the jurisdiction of the Soyat Kala police station.

According to Yashwant Rao Gaekwad, the in-charge of the Soyat Kala police station, the kid lured the girl, who was playing outside her house, to his residence, where he sexually assaulted her.

The child told her family about the incident later that night after feeling pain in her belly, and they subsequently filed a police report, he said.

According to the official, the accused has been evading capture since the incident. According to him, the girl’s medical check verified the crime.

According to the official, a case has been filed against the little child in accordance with the applicable provisions of the POCSO Act and the Indian Penal Code.

He indicated that the issue was being looked into.


Mount Carmel Students Prevail in CBSE Grade X Board Results

Mount Carmel Students Prevail in CBSE Grade X Board Results

Mangaluru:  In the CBSE Board results 2024, the Students of Grade X of Mount Carmel Central School, extended their lead with 100 per cent quality results.

This resonates with the motivation and dreams of 152 students of which 8 secured above 95 per cent, 39 between 90 to 95 per cent, 54 between 80 to 89 per cent, 30 between 60 to 79 per cent and the rest secured between 50 to 59 per cent.

Several students scored 99 per cent and 98 per cent in different subjects. 

Ashni Tia DMello topped the batch 2023-24 with 98 per cent (490/500), Princilla Cardoza with 97.6 per cent (488/500) became the 2nd topper and Dheeksha N with 96.6 per cent (483/500) was the 3rd topper.

Mount Carmel CBSE Grade X
The Mount Carmel family appreciates and congratulates the students of Grade X for their outstanding achievement as learners, and wishes them all sustainability and success in their future dreams.

Mount Carmel Students Excel in CBSE Grade XII Board Exams

Mangaluru: The 10th batch of Grade XII of Mount Carmel Central School, excelled in the CBSE Board Exams held in March 2024.

Thaneesha topped the school with 97 per cent, P Saanvi, Mohammed Ahsan Bagsaria with 94.8 per cent came 2nd and Jayden Ethan Tauro with 94 per cent stood 3rd.

The Management, Principal, Staff, Students and Parents of Mount Carmel Central School are proud of the excellent results in grade XII. They have wished the toppers and all the students of grade XII all success in their future endeavours.

Modi Targets Congress, JMM, and Terrorism in Jharkhand Rally

Giridih, Jharkhand: Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Congress leaders of making “disgraceful remarks” about the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. 

Speaking in Giridih, Jharkhand, he criticized Congress for allegedly trying to undermine the Supreme Court’s verdict on the temple. 

Modi also attacked the JMM and Congress coalition in Jharkhand, labeling them as symbols of corruption, appeasement, and dynastic politics.

He pledged to eradicate these “three vices” from the country. Modi stressed his commitment to eliminating Maoism and terrorism, asserting that his government had successfully tackled Naxalism across the nation. 

He accused the JMM-led Jharkhand government of supporting infiltrators. Additionally, Modi reiterated the BJP’s goal of securing 400 Lok Sabha seats to prevent Congress from hindering the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

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Pune Authorities Raise Action Against All Illegal Hoardings

In response to the hoarding collapse incident in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar district that resulted in the deaths of fourteen people, the civic body announced on Tuesday that over 1,500 illegal hoardings in Pune city have already been subject to action.

The commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation, Rajendra Bhosale, reported that there were 1,564 unauthorized temporary hoardings and posters in the city.

“We have responded to them with action. He informed reporters, “We had also given the order to perform a structural examination of all legal hoardings in the city.

The commissioner stated that out of the 2,598 legal hoardings in PMC bounds, the audit of 2,300 had been completed, and none of them had been found to be structurally unsound.

Bhosale stated that no illegally constructed business hoardings were discovered.

He said that the civic council was also updating the policy standards on hoardings in crowded areas.

In the midst of rain and gusty winds on Monday evening, a massive hoarding toppled on a gas pump in the Ghatkopar neighborhood of Mumbai, killing at least fourteen people.

A similar terrible incident occurred in Pune in October 2018, when four people lost their lives after a hoarding on the railway station premises crashed on cars on the nearby road.

Yenepoya SAHS Holds Intercollegiate Sports Fest ASTRA ’24

Mangaluru: ASTRA ’24, the South India Intercollegiate Allied Sports Fest, transpired from May 13-16, 2024, at the venues of Yendurance Zone and Yendurance Soccer Ground, under the auspices of the Yenepoya School of Allied Health Sciences in conjunction with the Physical Education Department.

This event served as a prominent platform for the exhibition of athletic prowess, the promotion of camaraderie, and the cultivation of a comprehensive approach to health and wellness.

The inauguration ceremony commenced on May 13 at the Yendurance Soccer Ground, graced by the distinguished presence of the dignitaries.

Dr Vijayakumar M, Vice Chancellor of Yenepoya (Deemed to be University), presided.

Dr Kishor Kumar C K, Physical Education Director of Mangalore University, was honoured as the Chief Guest. Bijoy Varghese, a notable ISL player for Kerala Blasters, and Dizianlung Gonmei, renowned for his performance in Inter Escaldes, Spain, were Guests of Honor.

Dr B H Sripathi Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor of Yenepoya (Deemed to be University), and Dr Gangadhara Somayaji K S, Registrar of Yenepoya (Deemed to be University), graced the occasion with their gracious presence.

Dr Sunita Saldhana – Dean – Yenepoya School of Allied Health Science, Yenepoya (Deemed to be University)  was present.

Blood Transfusion Fails: Woman Delivers Stillborn and Dies

Following the death of a pregnant woman and the worsening health of two other women following blood transfusions, Rajasthani health officials confiscated the blood bank’s records in the Neem Ka Thana district, the state stated on Monday.

Three expectant women were brought to the district hospital in Neem Ka Thana on Sunday, according to officials, and shortly after receiving blood transfusions, their illnesses quickly became worse.

Subsequently, two of the women were referred to a private hospital in the state capital, and one of the women was directed to the Janana Hospital in Jaipur.

One of the women at Janana Hospital gave birth to a stillborn on Sunday, while the other woman also gave birth to a stillborn there.

The district hospital at Neem Ka Thana admitted Maina Devi (25), Madhu (20), and Geeta Devi (25), reportedly, for delivery.

After checking them, the physicians discovered that all three of the women had blood deficiencies and urged their relatives to get blood for them.

The family brought blood from a private blood bank because the district hospital did not have the specific blood groups they needed.

After receiving a blood transfusion at the district hospital, the three women’s illnesses began to worsen, and Jaipur was recommended for additional care.

As a result, Maina was sent to the Janana Hospital, where she gave birth to a stillborn child and passed away soon after. Geeta, one of the two other pregnant women, also gave birth to a stillborn child.

The two ladies are currently receiving care at the Jaipur private hospital.

Following the woman’s demise in Janana Hospital, her relatives transported her body to Neem Ka Thana late on Sunday night. There, they conducted her final rituals on Monday morning and subsequently notified the hospital’s management.’

The blood group positivity of Maina, Madhu, and Geeta was ‘A’, while ‘B’ was reported by the family members.

As requested by the doctors, the relatives had brought blood from the same groups, according to district hospital officials. The women’s situations worsened in spite of this, which might be the consequence of a blood infection.Acting Chief Medical Officer Bhupendra Singh stated: “There might have been a problem with the blood that the blood bank supplied. The issue is being looked into.”

Picnic Ruined at River Narmada, Seven Feared Drowned

Following their Tuesday afternoon being carried away by the river’s current, seven people from a picnic group from Surat, including six children, were believed to have drowned in the Narmada river at Poicha in the Narmada district of Gujarat.

After the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) joined the search efforts at the request of the Narmada district police, the local divers saved one of the eight people who had into the river for a swim. In Poicha, on the boundary between the districts of Vadodara and Narmada, a group of seventeen people from Surat came, according to the police.

When the victims were swept away at around 11 am, Rajpipla Town police officers and Narmada Superintendent of Police Prashant Sumbe hurried to the scene. In the afternoon, a unit of the 6BN NDRF from Jarod in the Vadodara district came in Poicha to start the hunt for the seven individuals who have gone missing.

They have been named as Arnav Badaliya, Mitraksha Badaliya, 15, Vraj Badaliya, 11, Aryan Jinjala, 7, Bhargav Hadiya, 15, and Bhavesh Hadiya, 15. Bharat Badaliya, 45, has been recognized. They were from Amreli and lived in Surat at the Krishna Park Society.

Poicha is a well-liked location for summertime picnics and Narmada River swimming. Local boat operators were recently forbidden from using their vessels on the river without a licence by the Narmada district administration. On the Vadodara district side of the river, boatmen are still in operation at the same hour. Police officials stated that the first responders to save a life were boatmen from Chandod in the Vadodara district.


Who is Abhinav Prakash? Selected by BJYM to Debate Rahul Gandhi

Abhinav Prakash, the Vice-President of BJP’s youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), has been nominated to debate Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Prakash, an alumnus of JNU and assistant professor of economics at Ramjas College, DU, is also known for his popular YouTube channel.

Expressing his anticipation for the debate, Abhinav Prakash stated, “I hope he [Rahul Gandhi] doesn’t run away from the debate the way he ran away from Amethi…”

An invitation for a public debate was extended to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi by two prominent jurists and a senior journalist last week.

Responding to the invitation, Nehru-Gandhi scion Rahul Gandhi accepted the proposal, initiating a response from the BJP.

BJYM President and Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya announced that Abhinav Prakash would represent BJP in the debate against Rahul Gandhi.

Describing the debate as an enriching exchange between a political scion and a common youngster, Tejasvi Surya highlighted Prakash’s background and struggles.

Abhinav Prakash, a dynamic leader of BJYM, hails from Raebareli, from where Rahul Gandhi’s contesting, and belongs to the Pasi caste.

Representing the “new India” under PM Modi, Prakash is a well-known academic, columnist, and educator.

An assistant professor of economics at Ramjas College, DU, Prakash is an alumnus of DU and JNU.

He is also recognized for his insightful discussions on social, economic, and political issues related to India on his YouTube channel, Urbanchatterati.

Tejasvi Surya, while nominating Abhinav Prakash, emphasized his leadership and eloquence, stating that Prakash would be an articulate spokesperson for the government’s policies and reforms.

Reacting to his nomination, Abhinav Prakash expressed his readiness for the debate, urging Rahul Gandhi not to evade it as he did in Amethi.

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