Summary of The Hindu 16th MARCH 2024

Why has SBI not disclosed codes of bonds : SC

·         The Supreme Court ( SC ) on Friday asked SBI why it had not included alphanumeric numbers of individual electoral bonds to the Election Commission ( EC ) for publication onnits offical website .

·         The court issued a notice to the bank and listed the case for March 19 .

·         On March 14 EC had published the names of Donors of the electoral bonds .

·         EC told that it had submitted orginal copies of documents to SC . SC to return the original copies submitted and to keep only the digital copies .

Many top donors  were under ED , IT department scanner

·         An analysis of the companies which leave among top purchasers of electoral bond shows that a significant number of them were under ED’s or IT department scanner at some point of time in last five years .

New ECs take charge : Supreme Court refused to stay their appointments

·         Former bureaucrats Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu  assumed charges of Election Commissioners on Friday .

·         Supreme Court refused to intervene urgently on theirr appointment . The supreme Court refused to intervene urgently on a petition urging to stay their appointments on grounds that it will “ favour “ ruling party .

·         The court is hearing the petition in which petitioner has demanded that CJI be included in appointment committee that appoints CEC and EC .

Supreme Court will hear petition seeking stay on CAA and its rules on March 19

Many top electoral bond donors were under scanner of ED, IT department

·         Of the bonds worth  ₹1368 crore purchased by Future gaming and Hotels Service PR , 50 % were purchased before ED searches and 50% after searches .

·         There are many other firms that has been found by operating similar patterns .

Railways plan to develop multi Modal transport hubs

·         The Indian Railways will create a mega railway terminal with multi modal connectivity  in. ‘ aspirational cities ‘ with a population of more than 10 lakh in the country under ‘ Viksit Bharat ‘ initiative .

Army raises first unit to operate Apache attack helicopters in Jodhpur

·         The Indian Army Aviation Corps raised its first unti at Jodhpur on Friday  that will operate the Apache Helicoters .

·         Apache Helicopter  ( AH 64 E ) is a attack helicopter that India has bought from US . There are currently  22 AH 64 E with Indian Airforce many has to be inducted .

Court rejects Kejriwal’s plea challenging Delhi Excise Policy plea

·         A sessions court of Delhi has rejected Arvind Kejriwal’s plea to suspend ED hearing . Earlier Mr. Kejriwal skipped eighth summon by ED .

ED arrests BRS MLC Kavitha in Delhi Excise Policy case

·         In a dramatic development the Enforcement Directorate ( ED) officially arrested Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS ) member and MLC K Kavitha in Delhi Excise Policy Scam case .

·         She has been arrested under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA ) .

·         The ED is probing Ms Kavitha’s involvement under ‘South group’ , which played a key role in  Delhi Excise Policy scam .

Lok Sabha election schedule set to be announced today : EC

India woos Tesla by slashing import duty on EVs to 15% ,from 70-100 %

·         In a bid to woo firms like Tesla government has reduced import duty on Electric Vehicles  ( EVs) to 15 % ,earlier the duty was 70-100 % .

·         The reduced duty will be offered  on certain conditions  , EV makers investing minimum 500 million dollars , setting up India plant within three years as reaching at least 25% domestic value addition in that time .

·         The lower duty will be allowed on Compltely Built Unit ( CBU ) , of CIF value 35000 dollar and above .



Netanyahu speaks plan for Army’s operation in Gaza’s packed Rafah

·         Israel PM Benjamin office on Monday approved the military plan for operaton in Rafah .

·         Rafah is last major population center yet to come under Israel attack .

·         US President Joe Biden said that an Israeli Operation without civilian protection plans would be  a “red line ‘ . Blinken has also asked for a clear strategy to ensure  civilian safety .

Russian missiles kills at least 16 in latest strike on Odesa

·         At least 16 people were killed in Russian strike in Odessa . Russia hit the first missile and when rescuers arrived , a second nd missile was hit at same place.

·         In military terms it is known as double tap . This came as Russia went through Presidential polls .

Locals , experts raise concern over Adani wind power project in Sri Lanka

·         A wind power project by Adani Green Energy in Nothern Srilanka has become a part of controversy , with locals and environmentalost raising concerns of its impact on local population  , coastal region and livelihood .

·         The 442 million dollar project was cleared last week .

·         “ The project expects to add 250 MW in Mannar and 234 MW in Pooneryn to the national grid .”

Russians vote in Presidential election that holds little of suspense

·         Russia began three days of voting on Friday in a presidential elections , that is all but certain to extend President Vladimir Putin’s rule by six more years .

·         At least half a dozen of cases on Vandalism was reported , including a fire bombing .

·         Most of the opposition members of Putin are serving a jail term .

·         European Union mocked the election as not free and fair .

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