On Friday, the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) released its first list of six candidates from Kushinagar and Maharajganj districts, which come under the sway of BJP's Gorakhpur MP, Yogi Adityanath. The HYV—founded in 2002 by Adityanath—will contest from 64 seats in eastern UP, alleging that the BJP has “insulted” its founder, reports The Indian Express.
The Reserve Bank of India is said to have turned down the Election Commission’s plea to relax weekly cash withdrawal limits for poll expenses, which means candidates in upcoming contests in five states will have to increase their reliance on digital payments systems or cheques, says The Economic Times.
Having dealt with the issue of farmers' suicide raised in many PILs earlier, the Supreme Court on Friday found it strange that there was no national policy to compensate tillers for crop failure or indebtedness—two major reasons for them to take their lives. A Times of India report.
US President Donald Trump’s plan for a 1,000-mile wall across Mexico border would require an estimated 275 million cubic feet of concrete, and would release as much as 1.9 million metric tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, warn scientists. A Bloomberg report in Mint.
Experts say that an artificial intelligence watchdog should be set up to make sure people are not discriminated against by the automated computer systems making important decisions about their lives, reports The Guardian.