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PM leaves for Portugal, US and Netherlands trip

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Will spend five hours with President Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning left on a three-nation tour of Portugal, US and Netherlands to hold meetings with the top leadership and strengthen bilateral ties. He will arrive in Lisbon, Portugal, later in the day on his way and hold meetings with his counterpart. From there he will embark upon two-day US trip. The third leg of his visit will take him to Amsterdam, Netherlands, before he returns home.

Prime Minister’s US visit is considered to be the most important part of his tour. He will meet President Donald Trump on June 26 for the first time which will be a nearly five hour meeting of getting to know each other, forging strong personal bond and carrying forward bilateral relationship. The two leaders have earlier exchanged views on telephone twice.

Before leaving for the trip, the PM tweeted: “My USA visit is aimed at deepening ties between our nations. Strong India-USA ties benefit our nations & the world.” Earlier he said he looked forward to the opportunity of having an in-depth exchange of views.  Modi said his two-day visit to Washington from June 25 was at the invitation of Trump.

Prime Minister is scheduled to meet Donald Trump for one-on-one talks at around 3.30 pm on Monday, which will be followed by photo-op with media, delegation level talks and cocktail reception. The day will conclude with a White House dinner, the first by Trump administration for a visiting leader.

According to statement issued by PM office, the two leaders had telephonic conversations touching upon their “common intent to take forward our productive all round engagement for the mutual benefit of our people”.

The statement further said, “India’s partnership with US is multi-layered and diverse, supported by not just governments but all the stakeholders on both sides. I look forward to building a forward looking vision for our partnership with the new Administration in the US under President Trump.”

According to a report from Washington, a senior Trump Administration official, while briefing media on Prime Minister’s visit, called the gesture “significant” and added that the White House is “seeking to roll out the red carpet”.

The official further said, “The visit provides an opportunity to strengthen the US-India strategic partnership, which the President views as being critical in Asia-Pacific and globally.” A strong India is good for the Unites States. President Trump wants to build on that momentum, the official was quoted as saying.

During his first leg of the visit in Portugal, PM will meet with his counterpart Antonia Costa. “Building on our recent discussions, we will review the progress of various joint initiatives and discussions. We will also discuss ways to further enhance the bilateral engagement, especially in the areas of economic cooperation, science & technology, space collaboration and people to people ties,” the PM tweeted.  PM Costa visited India in January this year.

On his return journey from US, Prime Minister will travel to Netherlands on June 27 and meet his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte and call on King Williem Alexander and meet Queen Maxima.

The PM spoke of his engagement in Netherlands in one of his tweets to say, “I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Rutte and reviewing our bilateral relations. I would be exchanging views with PM Rutte on important global issues including counter terrorism and climate change.”

Netherlands is India’s 6th largest trading partner in the European Union and fifth largest investment partner globally.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Instagram could soon charge for blue verification mark, check deets here

Reports said reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi discovered a code that revealed that Instagram and Facebook are working on a paid verification feature.

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After Twitter, Instagram can soon charge for its blue verification badge that allows stars and public figures to get their accounts recognised by their followers.

Reports said reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi discovered a code that revealed that Instagram and Facebook are working on a paid verification feature.

The code reads, IG_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV and FB_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV. It is speculated that it stands for identity verification. However, nothing as such has been confirmed by the Meta platforms.

Have a look at the tweet by Alessandro Paluzzi:

In November 2022, Twitter started to roll out its Blue service which included verification tags in India. This service is expensive in India as compared to the US and cost Rs 719 per month.

Elon Musk owned Twitter and also launched a modified version of its verification system that includes gold checkmarks for businesses and grey labels for official accounts.

Reports said the new system aims to correct problems that occurred during the initial rollout of the verified program on the platform that allowed anyone to purchase a blue tick mark for $8 a month.

Last year, Twitter also laid off more than 200 of its employees in India as part of mass layoffs across the globe directed by Elon Musk.

The micro-blogging platform also has ruled to get the blue tick. The user applying for one should have an active Twitter account and needs to be older than 90 days. The user also needs to verify their phone numbers. Further, Twitter will also check if your account has ever engaged in misleading or deceptive manipulation and spam.

The new terms and conditions also warn users to take away their blue ticks if they fail to follow the rules. Also, if the user changes its display name or username, the blue tick will be removed. These rules have been implemented to reduce confusion and promote integrity on the platform.

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IndiGo flies Patna-bound passenger to Udaipur, DGCA orders probe

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In yet another blooper by an airline operator, budget airliner IndiGo reportedly flew a passenger bound for Bihar’s Patna to around 1,400 kilometers from his intended destination- Udaipur in Rajasthan.

According to reports, the passenger was supposed to board an IndiGo flight to Patna, instead he boarded another flight of the same airline bound for Rajasthan’s Udaipur. The incident came to light on January 30 and the passenger was sent to his original destination the next day.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a probe into the incident. In a statement, the regulatory body said that the passenger, Afsar Hussain, had booked a ticket to Patna for Indigo flight 6E-214 and reached Delhi airport on January 30 to board the scheduled flight. But he mistakenly boarded Udaipur-bound flight 6E-319 of Indigo.

The passenger only realised the mistake after landing at Udaipur Airport and informed the airport officials who then alerted IndiGo about the incident.

The passenger was then flown back to Delhi by IndiGo on the same day and then to Patna on January 31.

A DGCA official said that the airline has been asked to submit a report explaining why the boarding pass of the passenger was not scanned thoroughly and how he boarded the wrong flight when as per the rule boarding passes are checked at two points before the boarding.

The official added that appropriate action will be taken against the airline.

IndiGo in a statement on Friday acknowledged the incident and issued an official apology to the aggrieved passenger, adding that the airline is engaged with the authorities on this matter

This is the second such incident reported in an Indigo flight in the last 20 days. On January 13, a passenger who had the airline’s ticket and boarding pass for an Indore-bound flight boarded a wrong flight and was taken to Nagpur airport.

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Rajasthan: NEET aspirant dies after accidentally falling from 6th floor balcony in Kota, video captured on CCTV | Watch

It was reported that 22-year-old along with his friends had been playing mobile games together while they were spending time together on the balcony.

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A harrowing story has come to light from Rajasthan’s Kota where a student accidentally fell from the balcony while wearing his slippers. The student was accompanied by his friends and was sitting on the balcony.

The student has been identified as Ishanshu Bhattacharya who hailed from West Bengal’s Dhupguri region.

It was reported that the unfortunate accident unfolded late at night around 11:15 when the 4 students were getting up and retiring to their rooms. However, when the three friends got up and started to return to their rooms, things took an awry turn after that.

In the video, the 20-year-old student can be seen fetching his slippers in order to make way to his room, however, while fetching his slippers, Ishanshu slipped and fell out of the fully fenced window of the residency hotel.

The video also shows his friend realising what just happened and then rushing to see what happened, however, by that time it was too late for anything to be done as his friends can be seen in a state of panic and fear.

It was reported that the friends had been playing mobile games together while they were spending time together on the balcony.

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Police’s statement

The DSP, while talking about the incident, told the media that as soon as every student in the building learnt about the accident. Everyone rushed to the spot and called the hospital to take the boy to hospital.

Ishanshu was reportedly rushed to a private hospital in Talwandi, however, the doctors pronounced the 20-year-old dead upon his arrival. The police also told the media that they have informed the family about the unfortunate news and will send the body for post mortem after the family arrives.

Another incident

Another incident came to light recently from Kota where a student hung himself to death after being in a bad mental health state. The 22-year-old NEET aspirant had come to Kota to study at the coaching institute. The police found a 4-page long letter at his residence where the man’s body was recovered.

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