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MCD polls: 45 per cent cast vote in the MCD as of 4 pm

The BJP and the AAP have both professed confidence that they will win the elections, while the Congress is attempting to reclaim lost ground.

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MCD polls: 45 per cent cast vote in the MCD as of 4 pm

The State Election Commission announced on Sunday that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) overall voting percentage for all 250 wards was approximately 45 per cent as of 4 pm.

The overall voter turnout for the Delhi civic elections on Sunday was just approximately 30 per cent, which may be considered a lukewarm response to the AAP and BJP’s high-pitched campaign. This is an increase from an even worse turnout of 18 per cent up until noon and 9 per cent up until 10.30 am.

Following a dip in temperature, the voting percentage in national capital civic bodies reached 18 per cent till 12 noon.

Just about 9 per cent of eligible voters had cast ballots as of Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, said the State Election Commission. This low voter participation was a result of Delhi’s chilly winter.

Elections for civic bodies are currently taking place in the national capital under heavy security.

According to the State Election Commission, a large team of election officials and security organisations made enormous efforts to make the essential preparations for holding elections at 13,638 polling stations dispersed around Delhi.

68 model polling places have been set up with amenities including a waiting space or lounge, candy or toffee delivery to voters, a selfie station, and Civil Defence Volunteers to assist those with disabilities and senior residents.

A feeding room for nursing mothers, a creche for young children accompanying voters, swings for children, and a selfie booth are among the amenities set up in the 68 pink booths.

A feeding room for nursing mothers, a creche for young children accompanying voters, swings for children, and a selfie booth are among the amenities set up in the 68 pink booths.A feeding room for nursing mothers, a creche for young children accompanying voters, swings for children, and a selfie booth are among the amenities set up in the 68 pink booths. These steps are necessary to maintain electoral integrity and guarantee that all political parties and candidates have an equal opportunity to compete.

The BJP and the AAP have both professed confidence that they will win the elections, while the Congress is attempting to reclaim lost ground.

In the first municipal election held in the capital following the ward delineation, the BJP, which has controlled the civic body in Delhi since 2007, is hoping to continue its winning ways while the Aam Aadmi Party, which holds a majority in the Assembly, is hoping to gain ground.

After the new delimitation procedure, this is the first civic election. From 2012 until 2022, Delhi had 272 wards and three corporations—NDMC, SDMC, and EDMC—which were later reunified into an MCD, which had officially been established on May 22.

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63 passengers placed on No Fly List in last one year, says Ministry of Civil Aviation

The majority of passengers who have been placed on the No Fly List were either not wearing masks or not cooperating with crew members onboard.

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The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Monday said a total of 63 passengers have been placed on the No Fly List on the last one year.

The decision was taken by the airline’s Internal Committee, constituted in accordance with Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR), Section 3-Air Transport, Series M, and Part VI titled Handling of unruly/disruptive passengers.

In a written reply by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation Gen Dr VK Singh to a question in Rajya Sabha today, the ministry also informed that these include two incidents of urinating that came to the notice of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in the last one year.

The reply also mentioned that the majority of passengers who have been placed on the No Fly List were either not wearing masks or not cooperating with crew members onboard. The Ministry also informed that necessary action was taken by the DGCA for non-compliance to applicable regulations against specific incidents related to urination.

The DGCA imposed a Financial Penalty of Rs 30,00,000 on Air India for the urinating incident that took place on flight AI-102, flying from New York to New Delhi in business class in November last year.

Moreover, a Financial Penalty of Rs 3,00,000 was also imposed on the Director Flight services of Air India and the license of the pilot in command has also been suspended for three months.

In another urinating incident on Air India AI-142 flight from Paris to New Delhi, a Financial Penalty of Rs 10,00,000 has been imposed on the airlines by DGCA.

In November last year, Shankar Mishra, the man who peed on his co-passenger in the business class of an Air India flight, was arrested by Delhi Police in Bengaluru. Mishra was recently granted bail by a Delhi Court in a surety bond of Rs 1 lakh.

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Pathaan row: Yogi Adityanath says films should not have scenes that hurt people’s sentiments

Pathaan left behind SS Rajamouli’s RRR and KGF Chapter 2 to become the highest-grossing Indian film this year and is running successfully in cinemas now.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in a recent interview, commented on the Pathaan and Besharam Rang rows and said films should not have scenes that hurt the public’s sentiments.

Adityanath further said filmmakers should be careful while making a film and avoid such scenes that could trigger controversy. He continued that any artist, litterateur, or anyone with accomplishments should be respected.

He also said Uttar Pradesh has made a policy for films as multiple films are being shot in the state.

Earlier, Yogi Adityanath visited Mumbai and carried out a two days roadshow to attract investors for Uttar Pradesh. During his visit, the CM interacted with film actors, makers, and producers which hit headlines after Suniel Shetty asked him to protect Bollywood from the boycott and cancel culture.

Meanwhile, Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s starrer Pathaan broke Aamir Khan’s Dangal record on Sunday and became the highest-grossing Hindi film. Siddharth Anand’s directorial, which is a part of Yash Raj Spy Universe, earned more than Rs 400 crore worldwide till date.

Ahead of its release, Pathaan became a topic of discussion on social media after the makers released its song, Besharam Rang. The song triggered a massive outrage on the internet and a section of users accused it of vulgarity leading to the #BoycottPathaan trend on Twitter.

Some of the users also slammed Padukone for wearing an orange bikini in Besharam Rang.

Further, Pathaan went for the Censor Board scrutiny following which the Board advised makers to make changes in its dialogue and its songs. The Board also suggested changing buttock steps from Besharam Rang which sparked a controversy on social media.

Cut to January 25, Pathaan left behind SS Rajamouli’s RRR and KGF Chapter 2 to become the highest-grossing Indian film this year and is running successfully in cinemas now.

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Indian Navy: Successful landing of Light Combat Aircraft on INS Vikrant | See Photos

With the delivery of Vikrant, India has joined a select group of countries that have the capability to design and build an indigenous aircraft carrier.

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Indian Navy: Successful landing of Light Combat Aircraft on INS Vikrant | See Photos

The Indian Navy achieved a historic milestone on Monday in the direction of self-reliant India. Navy pilots successfully landed Light Combat Aircraft LCA (Navy) on INS Vikrant. This also Demonstrates India’s capability to design, develop, build and operate an indigenous aircraft carrier with indigenous fighter aircraft.

India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh shared the photos of Light Combat Aircrafts landing on INS Vikrant and said that after INS Vikrant, work on second indigenous aircraft carrier has started. Make in India in the field of defense products, defense exports from the country has also increased by 334 percent in the last five years, as told by Rajnath Singh.

For the unversed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inducted the country’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier (IAAC) into the Navy on September 2. The aircraft carrier was received by the Indian Navy from CSL on July 28 after successfully completing the fourth and final phase of sea trials.

Fighter jets have been brought to the aircraft carrier. It is ready to operate MiG-29K fighter aircraft, Kamov-31 helicopters and MH-60R multi-role helicopters. Moreover, with the delivery of Vikrant, India has joined a select group of countries that have the capability to design and build an indigenous aircraft carrier.

Designed by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND), a branch of the Indian Navy, this aircraft carrier was built by the public sector company CSL.

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