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Gurugram: A man splashes water on his face on a hot summer day amid heatwave, in Gurugram, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (Photo: PTI)

The national capital recorded a maximum temperature on Thursday at 45.6 degrees Celsius, 5.2 notches above normal, according to the weather department. Delhi has been in a heatwave condition for the last four days, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.Delhi's primary weather station, the Safdarjung Observatory, recorded its second-highest maximum temperature of this summer season so far on Thursday.This came a day after recording a 79-year high of 46.8 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, according to the IMD data.On June 17, 1945, a temperature of 46.7 degrees Celsius was recorded.

"I have received news of the ill health of former Chief Minister of Rajasthan Shri Ashok Gehlot ji. I pray to God for your speedy recovery," Sachin Pilot said in a tweet.

India on Thursday said it has not made any proposal to the Maldives for a bilateral free trade agreement (DTA) and that it was ready to consider if the island nation expresses interest for such a pact. "No specific proposal for a bilateral FTA with the Maldives has been made by the Government of India," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said. "If the Government of Maldives expresses interest in having an FTA with India, we will give it due consideration," he said. Jaiswal's comments came in response to a question at his weekly media briefing. Last week, Maldivian Minister for Economic Development and Trade Mohamed Saeed indicated that India has initiated efforts to have an FTA between the two countries. "They (India) want there to be a Free Trade Agreement with Maldives, in addition to SAFTA (South Asian Free Trade Agreement)," Saeed told a press conference in Male. The Maldives President has offered this opportunity to all countries, Saeed said, adding that the government aims to enter into such agreements with as many countries as possible to offer ease in trade activities.

Seven people were killed and 25 injured after a bus carrying pilgrims skidded off the road and rolled down into a gorge in Jammu district on Thursday, officials said. The accident took place at the Tangli morh in the Choki Chora belt of the district, they said, adding that the bus rolled around 50 feet down into the gorge. Seven people were killed and 25 injured, the officials said.
The vehicle was carrying pilgrims from the Kurukshetra area of Haryana to the Shiv Khori area in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district, they added. Earlier, the officials had said the accident had taken place in Rajouri district. A rescue operation involving police and locals has been launched and the injured have been shifted to the Akhnoor hospital and Government Medical College (GMC) hospital in Jammu, the officials said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has moved a trial court in Delhi in connection with a regular bail plea. This comes after the apex court rejected his plea seeking extension of interim bail. Delhi CM was given interim bail by the Supreme Court in order to continue with his election campaign amid the ongoing elections. Kejriwal was arrested on March 21 in connection with Delhi excise policy case. 

Delhi Minister Atishi visits the water treatment plant in Wazirabad amid the ongoing crisis in the national capital. Following her inspection at the plant, she spoke to media and stated that Delhi should be getting its fair share of water. She further stated "Delhi is dependent on the Yamuna River for its entire water supply. The water that comes to Delhi through the Yamuna River is released from Haryana. Today we are at Wazirabad pond, the water level here should be 674 feet. The water meter shows that the water level is 3.5 feet less than that. Today, the water level of Yamuna is 370.3 feet. Last year on this day, the water level was 374. 5 feet. The water that comes from Yamuna is supplied to Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla water treatment plants. When the water supply is reduced and when the water coming from Haryana is reduced, then how will the water treatment plant produce water? We have written a letter to the Haryana govt and today we will also reach out to the Central Government that Delhi should get its share of water and because Haryana is not releasing water there is water scarcity in different parts of Delhi..."

Amid the ongoing heatwave across several parts of North India, Delhi Fire Department's Director Atul Garg said that the department has received over 220 calls in a day. He added that this is the highest number of calls the fire department has received, except Diwali. This comes at a time when the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a clarification regarding the maximum temperature of over 52.9 degrees Celsius in Delhi's Mungeshpur. According to the latest information provided by IMD, there was an "error in the sensor or local factor."



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Delhi records maximum temperature at 45.6 degrees Celsius

The national capital recorded a maximum temperature on Thursday at 45.6 degrees Celsius, 5.2 notches above normal, according to the weather department. Delhi has been in a heatwave condition for the last four days, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.Delhi's primary weather station, the Safdarjung Observatory, recorded its second-highest maximum temperature of this summer season so far on Thursday.This came a day after recording a 79-year high of 46.8 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, according to the IMD data.On June 17, 1945, a temperature of 46.7 degrees Celsius was recorded.
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Very focused on achieving job, inflation goals, says US Fed

US Federal Reserve today said that it will watch all of data to make decisions on monetary policy. It said that risks to achieve Fed mandates are moving into better balance and said that its policy are well positioned to get inflation back to 2% target but it said that the wage gains are still too high relative to 2% inflation goal. The Federal Reserve said it expects unemployment at 4% by year end and added that the inflation expectations data have been stable. Accding to the Fed, the US economy is moving into better balance.
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Highest temp will drop 1-2 degree Celsius in next two days: IMD

“Today, the highest temperature was recorded from Ganganagar at 48.3 degree Celsius. Severe heatwave was reported in Northwest Rajasthan. In the coming 48 hours, the highest temperature will see a drop of 1-2 degree Celsius,” Jaipur IMD Director Radheshyam Sharma told PTI.
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Israel war cabinet member's party submits bill seeking early election

The centrist party of Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz said Thursday it had submitted a bill to dissolve parliament and hold an early election."The head of the National Union Party, Pnina Tamano-Shata, has put forward a bill to dissolve the 25th Knesset. This follows the request of party leader Minister Benny Gantz to move forward in broad agreement to an election before October, a year since the massacre," the party said in a statement.
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Former CM of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot not well, Sachin Pilot tweets

"I have received news of the ill health of former Chief Minister of Rajasthan Shri Ashok Gehlot ji. I pray to God for your speedy recovery," Sachin Pilot said in a tweet.
6:56 PM

Ukraine army head says Russia augmenting its troops in critical Kharkiv region

Russia conducted an array of aerial attacks on Ukraine with cruise missiles, drones and ballistic missiles, Ukraine's air force said Thursday, while the chief of the army said Russia is increasing its troop concentration in the Kharkiv region where Moscow's forces have made significant advances in a spring offensive.
 
Ukraine's GUR military intelligence operation claimed that sea drones destroyed two Russian KS-701 patrol boats in the Black Sea off the Russia-annexed Crimean peninsula. Russian officials did not immediately comment on the claim.
 
The air force said the overnight attacks included eight S-300 ballistic missiles, 11 cruise missiles and 32 Shahed drones. All the drones and seven of the cruise missiles were shot down, the air force said but did not give other details.
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Forecast for heavy rain, thunderstorms in Meghalaya for 5 days

The IMD on Thursday issued a red alert' for heavy rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning in Meghalaya over the next five days, officials said.
 
Spurred by Cyclone Remal, the southwest monsoon set in over the Kerala coast and parts of the northeast on Thursday, a day earlier than forecast by the weather office.
 
"The southwest monsoon advanced into most parts of the northeast, including Meghalaya, today," a senior IMD official told PTI.
 
 
6:49 PM

Fight between railway employees disrupt train services in Varanasi

A recent fight between a station master of Varanasi railway junction and an electrical signal maintainer led to disruption of train services, including Vande Bharat, for more than an hour, a joint probe report by the Railways said on Thursday.
 
The probe, held by the three senior officers of the Lucknow Division of the Northern Railway under which the Varanasi Railway Station comes, said that the clash, which took place around 7.30 pm on May 28, disrupted train operations by 40 minutes to one and a half hours at Varanasi as well as other nearby stations.
 
While trains, such as Patna Vande Bharat Express and Banaras-Buxar Memu Passenger Special were held up at Vyasnagar Railway Station; Ernakulam Superfast Express, Varanasi MEMU Express and Patna Kashi Jan Shatabdi Express were halted at Deen Dayal Upadhyay station, the report said.
 
All these trains cross the Varanasi station during their journey.
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Prime Minister's Office has announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for the next of kin of deceased in J&K bus mishap

Prime Minister's Office has announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for the next of kin of deceased in J&K bus mishap. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000, announced the PMO.
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Israel says some 300 Palestinian gunmen killed in Rafah operation

Israeli forces have killed around 300 Palestinian gunmen during an operation in the southern Gazan city of Rafah launched on May 6, Israeli government spokesperson David Mencer said on Thursday.
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3 killed, 33 injured as heap of firecrackers explodes in Puri, inquiry ordered by CM

At least three persons, including a minor, died and 33 others were injured after a stockpile of firecrackers exploded during Lord Jagannath's Chandan Jatra festival in Odisha's Puri, police said on Thursday.
 
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered an administrative-level inquiry into the firecracker explosion that occurred on Wednesday night and announced ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased.
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Mallikarjun Kharge tweets on J&K bus accident

Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge tweets, "Extremely pained by the terrible bus tragedy in Jammu and Kashmir's Akhnoor where at least 21 people have lost their lives and several people have been injured. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. We urge the administration to provide urgent and immediate medical relief to the injured and provide adequate compensation to the victims. Congress workers must do everything possible to assist. In this hour of grief, we stand with the affected families."
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No proposal made to Maldives for FTA, says External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Jaiswal

India on Thursday said it has not made any proposal to the Maldives for a bilateral free trade agreement (DTA) and that it was ready to consider if the island nation expresses interest for such a pact. "No specific proposal for a bilateral FTA with the Maldives has been made by the Government of India," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said. "If the Government of Maldives expresses interest in having an FTA with India, we will give it due consideration," he said. Jaiswal's comments came in response to a question at his weekly media briefing. Last week, Maldivian Minister for Economic Development and Trade Mohamed Saeed indicated that India has initiated efforts to have an FTA between the two countries. "They (India) want there to be a Free Trade Agreement with Maldives, in addition to SAFTA (South Asian Free Trade Agreement)," Saeed told a press conference in Male. The Maldives President has offered this opportunity to all countries, Saeed said, adding that the government aims to enter into such agreements with as many countries as possible to offer ease in trade activities.
4:37 PM

15 passengers killed, 30 injured after bus falls into gorge in Jammu

Seven people were killed and 25 injured after a bus carrying pilgrims skidded off the road and rolled down into a gorge in Jammu district on Thursday, officials said.
The accident took place at the Tangli morh in the Choki Chora belt of the district, they said, adding that the bus rolled around 150 feet down into the gorge.
Seven people were killed and 25 injured, the officials said.
The vehicle was carrying pilgrims from the Kurukshetra area of Haryana to the Shiv Khori area in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district, they added.
Earlier, the officials had said the accident had taken place in Rajouri district.
A rescue operation involving police and locals has been launched and the injured have been shifted to the Akhnoor hospital and Government Medical College (GMC) hospital in Jammu, the officials said.
4:26 PM

An objective view emerging in Pakistan: MEA on Nawaz Sharif's comments about Lahore pact

"We note that there is an objective view emerging in Pakistan," says MEA on former PM Nawaz Sharif's comments that Pakistan violated Lahore pact.

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First Published: May 30 2024 | 9:00 AM IST

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