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    The Catch Up: 24 May
    This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.
    It’s the 24th of May and here are the top stories of the week.

    The voter turnout in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in 49 constituencies on Monday was higher than the polling in the same seats in 2019, as per provisional figures at 10.30 pm on Tuesday. Though the final turnout figure is expected to be released by the Election Commission today, the EC’s Voter Turnout app, showed Monday’s turnout at 62.15%, higher than the 2019 final polling figure of 61.82%.

    Six people were killed and 48 were injured in a boiler blast at a chemical company in Mahrashtra's Thane on Thursday afternoon. According to officials, the number of deceased and injured may go up as several workers and residents were feared trapped in the factory in Dombivli’s MIDC phase-2 region. Officials of the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation said a massive blast occurred in the Amudan Chemicals Pvt Ltd. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the families of the deceased.

    Days after a recent Porsche car accident in which a minor, driving under the influence of alcohol, killed two techies, the Regional Transport Office Pune has decided to cancel the car's temporary registration for 12 months and has also decided not to give a licence to the 17-year-old boy till he turns 25. Meanwhile, the JUvenile Justice Board remanded the minor to an observation home until 5th of June.

    Former PM H D Deve Gowda warned his grandson and Hassan JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna, who is facing several sexual abuse allegations, that he would be isolated from the family if he did not return and surrender before the police. In a letter, the JD(S) national presidentsaid, quote, "This is not an appeal that I am making, it is a warning that I am issuing. If he does not heed to this warning, he will have to face my anger and the anger of all his family members. The law will take care of the accusations against him, but not listening to the family will ensure his total isolation,” Unquote.

    Iran interred its late president Ebrahim Raisi at the holiest site for Shiite Muslims in the Islamic Republic today. Raisi's burial at the Imam Reza Shrine in Iranian holy city of Mashhad caps days of processionals through much of Iran after the crash that killed him, the country's foreign minister and six others earlier this week. Many thousands of mourners packed the streets of the Iranian holy city of Mashhad. World leaders paid their respects to Raisi and met Iran's supreme leader and interim president at University of Tehran, before the burial.

    This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.
    24 May 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 23 minutes
    Pune Porsche crash case, Calcutta HC on OBC certificates, and Thane blast
    First, Indian Express' Partha Sarathi Biswas joins us to talk about the the horrific case where a minor mowed down two people with his Porsche. Partha Sarathi talks about the verdict of the Juvenile Justice Board and everything that has been happening since the incident.

    Next, Indian Express’ Shantanu Chowdhury and Apurva Vishwanath talk to us about the Calcutta High Court's decision on the West Bengal government issuing OBC certificates to people from 77 Muslim communities since 2010. (13:08)

    And in the end, we talk about a massive blast that happened in a chemical company in Maharashtra's Thane that killed six people. (21:08)

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    24 May 2024, 12:30 am
  • 3 minutes 39 seconds
    The Catch Up: 23 May
    This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.
    It’s the 23rd of May and here are today's headlines.

    Tensions flared in Nandigram in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district today. Hours after a woman worker of the BJP was killed and seven others were injured after being attacked on Wednesday night, days before the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in the state. As the BJP took to the streets in protest today by torching shops and blocking roads using trees and setting them on fire, security was beefed up with Rapid Action Force and central forces being deployed, apart from the police.

    A senior Kolkata police officer said that the initial probe into the “murder” of Bangladesh MP Anwarul Azim Anar revealed that one of his friends had paid around Rs 5 crore to kill the neighbouring country’s parliamentarian. Anar, who went missing in Kolkata since 13th of May, was found murdered and three people have been arrested, Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan had said on Wednesday. The West Bengal Police had said investigation of the case has been taken up by the state CID.

    Recent heavy showers have caused significant destruction in Kerala, and resulted in at least four deaths. The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for Ernakulam, Thrissur, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Wayanad districts today. With heavy rainfall forecast, the weather department has also issued a yellow alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Kannur and Kasargod districts. An ‘orange’ alert is an indication to be prepared and warns of waterlogging and major traffic disruptions.

    Frontline equity index NSE Nifty 50 hit an all-time high of 22,880.55, going past the previous mark of 22,794.  30-share BSE Sensex, along similar lines, is trading 873.12 points, or 1.19 per cent higher, at 75,061.74 points.Among the Sensex firms, Asian Paints, Axis Bank, State Bank of India, Larsen & Toubro, Reliance Industries, Wipro, Titan and Bharti Airtel were the major gainers. On the other hand, Sun Pharma, JSW Steel, Power Grid, and Tata Steel were the laggards.

    Norway said it will further tighten its restrictions on the entry of people from Russia. It further stated that those with tourist visas issued by Norway before regulations were tightened in 2022 or issued by another European country will be barred from entering the Scandinavian country as of next week. Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl said the tightening was a response to “Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine.” Norway has a 198-kilometer (123-mile) -long border with Russia in the Arctic.

    This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.
    23 May 2024, 2:01 pm
  • 26 minutes 2 seconds
    Why Naveen Patnaik is not worried, India's wheat stocks, and EC warns again
    First, Indian Express’ Sujit Bisoyi discusses the biggest narratives dominating the Odisha polls and explains why Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, despite facing the toughest challenge in over 20 years, is still not worried.

    Next, Indian Express’ Rural Affairs Editor Harish Damodaran explains why India’s wheat production has hit a 16-year low and highlights the two states that helped avert a crisis (15:12).

    And in the end, we provide a brief update about the Election Commission issuing notices to the BJP and Congress Party (23:25).

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    23 May 2024, 12:30 am
  • 3 minutes 8 seconds
    The Catch Up: 22 May
    This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.
    It’s the 22nd of May and here are today's headlines.

    Almost a month after issuing notices to Bharatiya Janata Party president J P Nadda and Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge over alleged Model Code of Conduct violations by their star campaigners, the Election Commission of India today directed BJP star campaigners not to make communal speeches and those of the Opposition party to refrain from saying the Constitution may be abolished. While the EC did not name PM Modi or Rahul Gandhi, it asked Nadda and Kharge for their “comments” on the “star campaigners” alleged MCC violations.

    The Supreme Court today declined to entertain former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren’s plea seeking interim bail on money laundering charges in a land scam-related case to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. The court said his bail plea was pending before the trial court when he approached the apex court seeking the relief. The bench was upset that Soren had not disclosed to it that the trial court had taken cognisance of the complaint filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

    Three days after two young software engineers were killed after their motorcycle was hit by a speeding Porsche car, allegedly being driven by a 17-and-a-half-year-old boy, the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) today issued a notice to him to appear before it. According to sources, the JJB, which had earlier granted him bail, issued the notice to the boy, the son of a city-based realtor, through his lawyers and that he would appear before the Board.

    Questioning Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s silence in the case filed by Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal against Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav Kumar, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today claimed Kejriwal is putting pressure on Maliwal for a “compromise” in the matter. Sawant said, quote, “While campaigning, people have asked me only one question. Why is Kejriwal silent on the Maliwal case for the past nine days? He should give some clarification. His silence on this issue reveals everything. AAP has become an anti-Delhi and an anti-women party now.” Unquote.

    Bangladesh MP Anwar Ul Azim, who has been missing for the past eight days from Kolkata is feared to have been murdered, police said today. Though police sources said that blood stains were found at Azim’s flat, they are still searching for the MP’s body. They have collected CCTV footage from the flat. The police said the legislator of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League came to Kolkata on May 12 through the Gende border in West Bengal’s Nadia district and first went to the house of one of his friends.

    This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.
    22 May 2024, 12:39 pm
  • 26 minutes 19 seconds
    Deepfakes in elections, BSP's influence, and severe turbulence
    First, Nandagopal Rajan, COO, The Indian Express Online is joined by Anand Trivedi,  Director, CyberProof, a UST company, to talk about the menace of deepfakes that has surfaced in the process of the Lok Sabha elections. 

    Next, Indian Express’ Asad Rehman talks to us about the influence that Bahujan Samaj Party and Mayawati have in Uttar Pradesh as the state approaches the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections on 25th of May. (16:30)

    And in the end, we talk about Singapore Airlines aircraft that encountered turbulence so severe that it resulted in the death of a passenger. (23:31)

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    22 May 2024, 12:30 am
  • 3 minutes 36 seconds
    The Catch Up: 21 May
    This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.
    It’s the 21st of May and here are today's headlines.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing a rally in Bihar today asserted that the people of the country are his successors. He said, quote, “I don’t have any successor, the people of this country are my successors,” Unquote. Earlier in East Champaran, PM Modi alleged that the INDIA bloc stood for corruption, appeasement politics and a “perverted anti-Sanatan mindset”, all of which would receive a “big blow” when the Lok Sabha poll results are announced on 4th of June.

    Election Commission today barred former Calcutta High Court judge Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay, now the BJP’s Tamluk Lok Sabha candidate, for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The EC’s ban on campaigning will be in effect from 5 pm today and be in place for the  next 24 hours. The decision comes a day after Gangopadhyay sent his reply to a show-cause notice issued by the EC for his “undignified” remark against West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.

    An analysis of the 111 speeches delivered by Modi from March 17 to May 15 by The Indian Express – drawing from the text available on narendramodi.in – shows how the key themes and changes in emphasis powered the narrative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party and government as they bid for a third term. Attacking the Congress and its first family as the ancien régime, vikas and vishwaguru, and holding out the promise of Viksit Bharat by 2047: These themes have been a refrain in Modi’s speeches since the elections were notified. After the release of the Congress manifesto, the rhetoric swerved towards Hindu-Muslim issues and the idea of wealth redistribution and religion-based reservation at the expense of SC/STs and OBCs.

    The Indian national flag is being flown at half-mast at all public building across the country today, as a mark of respect for Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi who was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday. India announced the one-day state mourning on Monday. No official entertainment will take place during state mourning, an official had told PTI. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first global leaders to take to social media X, to offer his condolences to the family of Ebrahim Raisi and affirm his support for Iran.

    US President Joe Biden slammed the International Criminal Court prosecutor's application for arrest warrants for senior Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling the move "outrageous". Biden said, quote, "And let me be clear: whatever this prosecutor might imply, there is no equivalence - none - between Israel and Hamas. We will always stand with Israel against threats to its security." His top aide Secretary of State Antony Blinken also criticized the move, raising questions over the court's jurisdiction as well as its process in making this application.

    This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.
    21 May 2024, 1:15 pm
  • 28 minutes 47 seconds
    Swati Maliwal row, risks of advanced AI, and Iran President dies in crash
    First, Indian Express’ Mallica Joshi discusses the allegations made by AAP's Rajya Sabha member Swati Maliwal against Bibhav Kumar, a close aide of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and how these allegations have affected the party’s campaign leading up to the polls.

    Next, Indian Express’ Bijin Jose explains what Artificial General Intelligence is and why many in the global tech community are apprehensive about it (15:35).

    And in the end, we provide a brief update on the deaths of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in a helicopter crash (25:58).

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    21 May 2024, 12:30 am
  • 3 minutes 24 seconds
    The Catch Up: 20 May
    This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.
    It’s the 20th of May and here are today's headlines.

    Polling is underway for 49 Lok Sabha seats across six states and two Union Territories including Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla. As of this afternoon, the Election Commission received about 1036 complaints from various political parties in West Bengal related to malfunctioning EVMs, agents being stopped from entering polling booths, and voters being threatened or stopped from going to cast their votes in different constituencies.  Meanwhile, in addition to five Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, voters will also cast their ballot for the second phase of simultaneous state assembly elections in 35 seats today.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that he was hurt seeing the poverty in Odisha despite the state having “so many mineral resources”, and alleged that the Chief Minister’s Office and residence had been captured by “a handful of corrupt people”. In an indirect dig at V K Pandian, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s close aide and BJD’s key election strategist who is from Tamil Nadu, Modi also claimed that people were saying the keys of the Puri Jagannath Temple’s Ratna Bhandar (treasure trove) had been sent to the souther state. THis is his third visit to Odisha in a fortnight.

    Days after a Banaras Hindu University study reported long-term adverse events of “special interest” in a group of over 900 people a year after they were vaccinated with Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has called it a “poorly designed study” with critical flaws. The director-general of the apex medical research body has also written to the authors of the paper and the editor of the journal in which it was published, stating that it “incorrectly and misleadingly” acknowledges ICMR though the body did not offer any financial or technical support for the paper.

    The Enforcement Directorate has moved an application seeking an extension of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's judicial custody by 14 days in the money laundering case linked to the 'excise policy scam' after he surrenders on 2nd of June. Kejriwal is currently on interim bail till 1st of June after he was granted bail by the apex Court.

    Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has been killed in a helicopter crash in the mountains to the northwest of the country, close to its borders with Armenia and Azerbaijan.
    The helicopter, which was also carrying Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and the Governor of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province Malek Rahmati, disappeared in dense fog on Sunday. According to Iran’s Constitution, the First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber will take over as interim president.

    This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.
    20 May 2024, 7:14 pm
  • 22 minutes 27 seconds
    Mumbai hoarding collapse, Chabahar port deal, and Indo-Pak ties
    First, Indian Express’ Nayonika Bose joins us to talk about the massive hoarding that collapsed in Mumbai killing 16 people and injuring many more. She talks about why it collapsed and everything that has happened since.

    Next, Indian Express’ Shubhajit Roy talks to us about the recently signed 10 year contract between India and Iran regarding the strategically important Chabahar port. (12:07)

    And in the end, we talk about what Pakistan's foreign minister Ishaq Dar said about India and Pakistan's ties. (19:52)

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    20 May 2024, 12:30 am
  • 3 minutes 37 seconds
    The Catch Up: 17 May
    This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.
    It’s the 17th of May and here are the top stories of the week.

    The voter turnout in the 96 constituencies across 9 states and a Union territory that went to polls in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Monday reached 67.71% as of 10 am on Tuesday. The Election Commission had said the provisional turnout at 11.45 pm on Monday was 67.25%, however, the final turnout would be announced today. Significantly, the turnout in Srinagar, which was the one seat in Jammu and Kashmir that went to polls on Monday, recorded a turnout of 37.98%, which was the highest since 1996.

    Bhavesh Bhinde, owner of a hoarding in Ghatkopar that collapsed amid rains was arrested on Thursday by the crime branch from Rajasthan’s Udaipur. The director of Ego Media Private Limited, which had the contract for the hoarding on a 10-year lease, was absconding since the incident took place. The death toll from the giant hoarding collapse in Ghatkopar area of Mumbai touched 16, after the bodies of the two more victims were retrieved. The search and rescue operations at the site have been called off. The illegal 100-foot-tall hoarding collapsed Monday due to thunderstorms and gusty winds.

    Invalidating his arrest in a terror case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the release of Newsclick founder-editor Prabir Purkayastha. The reason the court gave:  Delhi Police failed to inform Purkayastha the grounds of his arrest before taking him into custody. The ruling emphasised that proper procedure and due process are the guardrails against arbitrary action, even in stringent terror cases. The apex court on Thursday said it had not carved out an exception for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal while granting him interim bail till June 1 to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections and added that “critical analysis or even criticism of the judgment” was “welcome”.

    On Monday, Delhi police said that AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal called the police control room lleging that she had been assaulted by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar at Kejriwal’s residence. While the police had said that Maliwal went to the Civil Lines police station, she had not filed an official complaint. While AAP MP Sanjay Singh said that strict action would be taken against Kumar, National Commission for Women (NCW) summoned him for a hearing in the matter.

    South Africa asked the top UN court on Thursday to order a halt to the Rafah offensive as part of its case in The Hague accusing Israel of genocide in the Gaza Strip, saying the Palestinian people faced "ongoing annihilation". The hearings at the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, come after South Africa last week asked for additional emergency measures to protect Rafah, a southern Gaza city where more than a million Palestinians have been sheltering.

    This was the Catch-Up on the 3 Things by The Indian Express.
    17 May 2024, 12:28 pm
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