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Bollywood Deepfakes Raise AI Election Concerns — The Kashmir Monitor
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Bollywood Deepfakes Raise AI Election Concerns — The Kashmir Monitor

Mumbai: In fake videos that have gone viral online, two of India’s A-lister Bollywood actors are seen criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asking people to vote for the opposition Congress party in the country’s ongoing general election.  In a 30-second video that shows Aamir Khan and another 41-second clip of Ranveer Singh, the two Bollywood actors purportedly say PM Modi failed to keep campaign promises and failed to address critical economic issues during his two terms as prime minister. Both AI-generated videos end with the Congress election symbol and slogan: “Vote for Justice, Vote for Congress”.  The two videos have been viewed on social media more than half a million times since last week, a Reuters review shows. Their spread underlines the potential r...
On Earth Day, PM Modi Reaffirms Commitment to Nurturing Nature — The Kashmir Monitor
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On Earth Day, PM Modi Reaffirms Commitment to Nurturing Nature — The Kashmir Monitor

On Earth Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed the Country’s commitment to nurturing nature for a better future for the planet. “On Earth Day, we reaffirm our commitment to nurture nature so that our planet can have a better future,” the PM said in a post on X. Modi also posted a clip where he said that our culture teaches us to give back to nature as much as we have gained from it, because this earth is our mother. “This earth is our mother. Our culture teaches us that we should try to give back as much as we have gained from nature, therefore India has shown the world a new path. By following this path, we can greatly help the environment. This path is the Mission LiFE, i.e., lifestyle for the environment. This mission shows the way for pro-planet people,” he sa...
Rajnath Singh — The Kashmir Monitor
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Rajnath Singh — The Kashmir Monitor

Darjeeling: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that considering the development taking place in India, the people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) will themselves demand to be with India. “Don’t worry. PoK was, is, and will remain ours,” Singh said, addressing a rally at West Bengal’s Darjeeling on Sunday, where the BJP has nominated sitting MP Raju Bista. “India’s power is increasing…India’s prestige is increasing around the world, and our economy is fast progressing. Now our brothers and sisters in PoK will themselves demand to come with India,” Singh further said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also slammed the Trinamool Congress over the recent incidents in Sandeshkhali, saying that the government under which women are not safe should not stay in power. “Th...
BJP — The Kashmir Monitor
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BJP — The Kashmir Monitor

Jammu April 22: BJP today accused Congress of hatching the conspiracy to settle Rohingyas and Bangladeshi in Jammu. Senior BJP leader Chander Mohan Sharma was addressing a press conference at party headquarter, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu Chander Mohan Sharma said that settling lakhs of Bangladeshi and Rohingyas in Jammu, particularly in strategic points, is a big security risk. This was proved many times. “For example, there was a terrorist strike at army camp Sunjawan in 2018, wherein families including children and women were killed by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists, the attack at the same army camp was repeated in the year 2022. Terrorist attacks at the army quarter at Kaluchak etc. The inquiry reveals that Pakistani intruders were staying with illegal settlers of Bangladesh...
Son Hires Hitmen to Kill Parents and Brother; 3 Guests Killed Instead — The Kashmir Monitor
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Son Hires Hitmen to Kill Parents and Brother; 3 Guests Killed Instead — The Kashmir Monitor

GADAG/HUBBALLI: Police Monday claimed to have cracked the murder of four persons with the arrest of eight persons, including Vinayak Bakale, who had allegedly given a supari for Rs 65 lakh to kill his parents and stepbrother over a property dispute. But the plan went awry with the killers instead murdering three guests who they mistook for the Bakale family members. Kartik Bakale, son of Gadag-Betgeri City Municipal Council vice-president Sunanda Bakale and Prakash Bakale, and three members of the Hadimani family visiting the Bakales were hacked to death around 2.30am Friday after assailants gained entry by breaking open the first-floor windows of the room in which the Hadimanis were sleeping. Northern (Range) IGP Vikash Kumar said Vinayak, 31, Prakash’s elder son from the ...
Railways Minister — The Kashmir Monitor
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Railways Minister — The Kashmir Monitor

New Delhi: Significant progress has been made in the construction of various stations for India’s first bullet train and we are geared up to run the first train in one section in 2026, Union Railways and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Tuesday. In an interview with IANS, the Union Minister said the work on bullet trains is progressing very well on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route. “More than 290 kms of work has already been done. Bridges have been built over eight rivers. Work is going on at 12 stations. The stations have also come at the same level so that the work is nearing completion,” Ashwini Vaishnaw informed. “The work is going on at two depots. The work is going on at a very fast pace with the complete target of opening its first section in 2026,” the Union Minist...
Indian-Origin Chef Asma Khan Makes Time’s 100 Most Influential List — The Kashmir Monitor
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Indian-Origin Chef Asma Khan Makes Time’s 100 Most Influential List — The Kashmir Monitor

2024 TIME100 LIST: Time Magagine has revealed its 2024 list of the world’s 100 most influential people. There are eight Indians and Indian-origin people on the list, including Alia Bhatt, Dev Patel, Sakshi Malik, and Satya Nadella. Among them is also Indian-born British chef Asma Khan, who runs ‘Darjeeling Express’ in Soho, London. The restaurateur and cookbook writer is famous for her Bengali and Indian Rajput cuisine.  Writing a testimonial for Asma on Time, Emmy-nominated producer and TV Host Padma Lakshmi shared: “Asma’s food is surprising. It doesn’t taste like restaurant food—and that is the highest compliment.” Chef Khan’s restaurant has an all-woman kitchen, and most of them are South Asian immigrants over the age of 50 with no formal training.  “Asma is a ball o...
Army Chief Urges Forces to Prepare for ‘Black Swan’ Events
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Army Chief Urges Forces to Prepare for ‘Black Swan’ Events

New Delhi: Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande on Monday, April 8, called upon the force to be always prepared for ‘black swan’ events and “expect the unexpected” even as he identified technology as the new area for strategic competition among nations. In an address at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, Gen Pande highlighted the weaponisation of technology, especially its extension across various domains – from information to supply chains. The Army Chief emphasised the importance of cross-functional synergy among the three services to effectively assess threats, articulate strategies, identify capabilities, formulate policies, achieve preparedness, and respond appropriately within the national security framework. He further delved into the expansion of warfare int...
Army Chief Urges Forces to Prepare for ‘Black Swan’ Events
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Army Chief Urges Forces to Prepare for ‘Black Swan’ Events

New Delhi: Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande on Monday, April 8, called upon the force to be always prepared for ‘black swan’ events and “expect the unexpected” even as he identified technology as the new area for strategic competition among nations.In an address at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, Gen Pande highlighted the weaponisation of technology, especially its extension across various domains – from information to supply chains.The Army Chief emphasised the importance of cross-functional synergy among the three services to effectively assess threats, articulate strategies, identify capabilities, formulate policies, achieve preparedness, and respond appropriately within the national security framework.He further delved into the expansion of warfare into new domains, includi...
Qutub Minar Lights Up in Remembrance of 1994 Rwanda Genocide
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Qutub Minar Lights Up in Remembrance of 1994 Rwanda Genocide

New Delhi: The Qutub Minar was lit up with the colours of the Rwandan national flag on Sunday in solidarity with the people of the east-African nation in remembrance of the 100-day massacre that claimed the lives of 800,000 people in 1994.On the occasion, Secretary (Economic Relations) Dammu Ravi of the Ministry of External Affairs represented India at the 30th commemoration of the genocide in the Rwanda capital, Kigali.Sharing a post on X, the official spokesperson of MEA, Randhir Jaiswal, wrote, “In solidarity with the people of Rwanda, India lit up the Qutub Minar today, marking the UN International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.”“Secy (ER) Dammu Ravi represented India at the 30th commemoration of the genocide today in Kigali,” the post read.Rwanda m...