Summary of The Hindu 18th MARCH 2024

Big recipients ‘unable’  to reveal bond donor data

·         Among major parties BJP , Congress  and Trinamool Congress  have not shared the details about their donors .

·         BJP has cited that the Electoral bond rules precluded parties from having to maintain donor details  . Some other parties like Congress and TMC have said that details are with SBI and they have not been provided with the details .

·         Three regional parties DMK , NCP and JD( S ) has shared the details of the bonds .

·         Regional players like the Telugu Desam Party , BRS , BJD , also didn’t reveal the details of donors .

·         Others such as AAP , NCP and JD( U ) have only revealed donors’ names .

DMK received over ₹500 crore of fund from firm ofn’ lottery magnate ‘

·         The DMK received ₹ 509 crore in electoral bonds from “ lottery king “ Santiago Martin’s Future gaming and Hotel services .

·         Martin is the highest donor of electoral bond worth ₹1368 crore .

·         37% of this which accounts to ₹509 crore goes to DMK.

Chhattisgarh EOW books ex CM Baghel in Mahadev app scam case

·         Former Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has been named in a First Information Report ( FIR ) registered by Economic Offences Wing ( EOW ) , in connection with Mahadec betting online scam case .

·         Mr. Baghel who is Congress candidate from Rajnandangaon Constituency in Lok Sabha polls has denied the allegations , saying they were intended to Tarnish his reputation .

Marathon operation by Navy , IAF led to pirates surrender

·         The Navy has shared the details of Operation on MV Ruen that saved the hijacked MV Ruen . The Air Forces M.V. Turn airdropped the Marine Commandos during the operation while INS Kolkata disabled the steering system to stop the vessel .

·         In a reckless hostile act , the pirates shot down a drone and fired at the India Naval Warship .

·         The entire operation took 40 hours in which 35 pirates surrendered and 17 crew members were rescued .

Sangita Kalanidhi Award for vocalist  T.M. Krishna

·         Carnatic Vocalist T.M. Krishna has been selected for the Sangita Kalanidhi Award of the music academy for  2024 .

World

Putin poised to rule Russia after an election with no other real choices

·         Elections in Russia were held for three days on Friday , Saturday and Sunday .

·         The early poll results show a convincing win by Putin .  With nearly 24 % of counting completed , Putin has got nearly 88% of the votes .

·         Those who are not happy with Putin and are supporters of Navalny  has urged  Putin to protest .

‘Ground operations in Kyiv are possible at some point ‘

·         In an interview to a TV channel French newsPaper French President Emanual Macron has said that Putting French Troops might be “ necessary “ at some point of time .

·         “Maybe at some point of time – I don’t want it , I won’t take the initiative . We will have to have operations on the ground  , whatever they may be , to counter the Russian forces .”  Macron told the newspaper  Le Parisien in an interview on Friday .

·         “ France’s strength is that we can do it “ .

·         On Friday Macron had met with his German and Polish counterparts in Berlin on this occasion. On this occasion the three countries “ never let Russia win “ .

Netanyahu  vows not to stop despite US criticism to of Gaza war

·         If we stop the war before all its goals are achieved ,this means that Israel will have lost its war and it will not be allowed “ , Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday .

·         He reiterated his plans to attack Rafah .

·         Pressure on Israel is mounting after heavy toll in Gaza . The US president recently in a statement accused Netanyahu of hurting Israel because of the huge toll .

·         The death toll in Israel has crossed 31,000 .

EU and Egypt agree to 7.4 billion euro deal on Energy , migration

·         The European Union and Egypt has signed  “ The Strategic and Comprehensive Partnership agreement “  .

·         The agreement has Provision of 7.4 billion euros of financial packages to Egypt. It also includes increased energy sales from Egypt to European Countries . This will help Europe “ move further away from Russian gas “ .

·         The package is focussed on  stemming irregular migrants flows to Europe .

·         .Head of. Five European countries were present in Cairo at this occasion.  This includes Austria , Belgium , Cyprus , Greece and Italy . EU president Ursula Von der Layen was also there .

Egypt is facing a financial crisis . It already hosts nine million refugees that includes 4 million Sudanese and 1.5 million Syrian . These migrants cross Mediterranean to reach q

Gemini’s racial images are warning of Tech Titans

·         Images created by Google’s AI platform Gemini created lots of furore recently .

·         For a request on Nazi Soldiers picture it showed Black and Asian’s among Nazi Soldiers.

·         For a request for an image of a US senator from 1800 , it showed an image of a female Black senator .

·         Google last month slammed the errors as “ completely unacceptable “ . Social media users mocked and criticized Google for historically inaccurate images.

Sports

Royal Challengers Bangalore ( RCB ) beat Delhi Capitals ( DC ) in the final of Women Premier League ( WPL ) .

     Orange Cap (For  Most Runs) — Ellyse Perry

     Purple Cap ( Most wkts ) – Shreyanka Patil

     Emerging Player of the season – Shreyanka Patil

     Most Valuable Player –  Deepti Sharma

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