Summary of The Hindu 29th FEBRUARY 2024



Himachal govt fights for survival amid crisis

·         Congress is undergoing  internal crisis in Himachal Pradesh .

·         Recently Congress govt passed state budget via voice vote after 15 BJP members including Leader of Opposition were expelled .

·         Congress has moved disqaulfication procedure against six MLAs who were absent during voting during Budget session .

·         Signalling crisis , Minister Vikramaditya Singh announced resignation but withdraws it within hours .There is tussle among key candidates of Congress to be Chief Minister .

·         In 68 Memeber Assembly , Congress has 40 MLAs while BJP has 25 .  Minimum number required to form government is 35 .

Manipur police lay down arms to protest abductors and officers

·         Police Personnal across Meitie dominated valley districts of Manipur laid down their arms in protest against  abduction of a police officer by members of Aramabai Tenggol ( AT ) , a tad cal Meitie outfit .

·         A police official said that the morale of Police was down .At a relatively new outfit enjoys cast popularity among Meitie community .

PM Modi inaugurates country’s first hydrogen fuel cell ferry

·         PM Modi flagged off the country’s first indigenously built hydrogen fuel cell ferry in virtual mode here in Kochi .

·         The vessel has been made at Cochin Shipyard Ltd  ( CSL ) , the pilot vessel is of 24 meter length and can carry 50 persons maximum , this will make urban mobility easiers .

·         part from this Thoothukudi PM launched projects worth ₹17500 crore .

·         It includes AIIMS at Madurai , Outer harbor container terminal at VO Chidambaram port .

·         Dedicates tourist facilities at 75 lighthouses at 10 states/UTs .He also dedicated various rail and road projects .

First hydrogen powered boat

Modi hits out at Congress,  Pawar ; says package for farmers used to be looted

·         PM Modi on Thursday inaugurated projects worth ₹4900 crore in Yevatamal ,Mahrashtra.

·         He released 16 th installment amount of ₹21,000 crore under PM KISAN.He also announced PM Awas Gharkul Yojna , the scheme is housing scheme for OBC People .

India asks US to probe pro Khalistani groups

·         India and US officials met for India US homeland security dialogues in New Delhi .India raised its demand that pro Khalistani group  in the US be investigated for instigatog violence against India .Both sides reviewed security cooperation and talked about illegal migration. , human trafficking , money laundering , cyber crime etc ..


Nagaland govt’s efforts to regulate coal mining hit 371 A  wall

·         Nagaland govt is facing hurdle in its effort to regulate illegal coal mining due to Article 371A of constitution .

·         Article 371 A has special provision for Nagaland govt that guarantees protection of its land and resources  apart from Naga Customary law and procedures .

·         Rat hole minining of coal is widespread in five district of states namely Longelang, Mokokchung, Mon , Tuensang and Wokha .On January 25 , six person had died in Wokha while doing illegal coal mining .

RS poll outcome puts NDA just four out of majority mark in the Upper House

·         After election of Rajya Sabha , the strength of BJP led NDA in Rajya Sabha has become 117 now , it is just four less than the majority of 121 . .The total seats in Rajya Sabha 240 . 

·         The BJP gained this time got two extra seats than expected , this was due to cross voting in Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh by Congress and SP MLAs .

·         Till now neutral parties like Biju Janta Dal ( BJD ) and YSRCP has helped BJP cross the bill system .

3300 kg of drugs seized off Gujarat coast ; 5 held

·         A joint operation by Narcotics Control Bureau ( NCB ) , the Navy , the Gujrat Anti Terrorism squad from Tuesday resulted in seizure of 3300 kg of drugs from Dhow ,60 nautical miles from the coast . Five  foreign nationals with suspected Pakistan links were also arrested .

·         This is  largest ever offshore drug seizure in the country .The estimated cost of the drugs is ₹1200 crore .

RIL Disney to merge India media business

·         Viacom 18 ( owned by Reliance Industries Ltd ( RIL ) ) will be merged with Star India ( owned  by Walt Disney ) .

·         The joint venture ( JV ) will be owned by 70,352 crore on a post money basis .

·         After completion of above steps , JV will be controlled by RIL.Star India is owned by Walt Disney Company . Star currently owns around 70 TV channels , many under Brand name Star .


Gaza death toll nears 30,000 , while truce could be just a matter of days

·         Death toll in Gaza has crossed 30,000 after 91 died in overnight Israeli bombardment .

·         Mediators from Egypt , US and Qatar has been trying to find path  , that can lead to six weeks of ceasefire .

·         Hamas has been demanding  complete withdrawal of Israeli forces during ceasefire , the damand had been outrightly rejected by Israel .

·          However there is chances that a truce can be achieved in which Israel will have to withdraw it’s forces from  populated areas and key cities .

·         Currently the focus of conflict is shifting towards Rafah where around 1.4 million Palestinians are currently  residing .

Navalany:s funeral to be held tomorrow , widow fears arrest

·         The funeral of Russian Opposition leader Alexie Navalny will take place in Moscow , after several locations declined to host the service .

·         Shortly after the announcement of funeral ,Navalany’s wife Yulia Navlanya addressed the European parliament. 

·         Speaking at the European Parlaimanent she said to be “ innovative “ in its approach to Russian President and those close to him .

·         “ You can not hurt Putin with another resolution or another set of sanctions ““ Apply the methods of organized crime,  not political competition “

Google CEO dismayed by errors from Gemini App

·         Google’s AI based chatbot and image generator Gemini is showing pictures that are inaccurate . Social media users mocked users over such mistake by Google .

·         Google CEO Sundar Pichai slammed the errors as “ completely unacceptable “.

·         In a letter to the staff Mr. pichai said Google’s team was working “around the clock  “ to fix these issues .

Images created by Gemini

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