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‘Shocking’ overcrowding: SC orders states, UTs to plan new jails for next 50 yrs



Delhi has 16 central jails with over 20,000 prisoners as against a sanctioned capacity of 10,026 inmates. (HT file)

Court was informed that while overcrowding was observed across all categories of jails in most states, there were some which had “super overcrowding”

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed states and union territories to accord “top priority” to the problem of overcrowding in jails, finding the actual occupancy of jails across the country to be “shocking” and “quite worrying” and directed committees to be set up in each district within a week to prepare a roadmap on the number of jails needed to cater to prison population for the next 50 years.


2024 Bihar Lok Sabha Election Schedule: Dates, Seats, and Parties



The results of the Lok Sabha elections 2024 will be declared on June 4.

In 2024, Bihar Lok Sabha Election Dates are as follows: Here is the detailed schedule of the Lok Sabha across the state of Bihar.


The Lok Sabha Elections for 2024 will happen in seven stages, spanning from April 19 to June 1. Apart from West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, Bihar will conduct voting across all seven phases. The first phase of voting is scheduled for April 19, while the final phase will occur on June 1. The election results will be announced on June 4.

Bihar’s Lok Sabha polls follow Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s recent departure from the Rashtriya Janata Dal alliance to rejoin the NDA.

Here’s the detailed schedule for Bihar’s Lok Sabha elections:

Phase 1: April 19 Voters in Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada, and Jamui will cast their ballots to choose their Lok Sabha representatives.

Phase 2: April 26 Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia, Bhagalpur, and Banka constituencies will vote in the second phase.

Phase 3: May 7 Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Araria, Madhepura, and Khagaria will vote in the third phase.

Phase 4: May 13 Darbhanga, Ujiarpur, Samastipur, Begusarai, and Munger constituencies will vote in phase four.

Phase 5: May 20 Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Saran, and Hajipur will vote in the fifth phase.

Phase 6: May 25 Valmiki Nagar, Paschim Champaran, Purvi Champaran, Sheohar, Vaishali, Gopalganj, Siwan, and Maharajganj constituencies will vote in phase six.

Phase 7: June 1 The final phase will decide the fate of Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Pataliputra, Arrah, Buxar, Sasaram, Karakat, and Jahanabad constituencies.

The election results will be disclosed on June 4.

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Dark Parle-G? We don’t know but memes are viral



‘Dark Parle-G’ memes are going viral on social media. (Photo: Adarsh Gupta/X)

‘Dark Parle-G’ memes are going viral on social media. However, there is no information regarding ‘Dark Parle-G’ on the social media accounts of Parle Products and neither has the company reacted to the viral picture of the biscuit packet.

Amid the grand Ambani bash over the weekend, and Instagram and Facebook facing a global outage on March 5, social media users kept themselves busy over a picture of Parle-G biscuits. Make no mistake, because this isn’t the original packet that has sent the internet into overdrive, but a viral picture of ‘Dark Parle-G’ biscuits.

To begin with, this packet of ‘Dark Parle-G’, in all probability, could be AI-generated because Parle has not confirmed the authenticity of the product. There is no information regarding ‘Dark Parle-G’ on the social media accounts of Parle Products and neither has the company reacted to the viral picture.

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‘SRK disrespected Ram Charan, I walked out,’ alleges makeup artist



Did Shah Rukh Khan disrespect Ram Charan?

Upasana Konidela’s makeup artist has claimed that Shah Rukh Khan disrespected Ram Charan while calling him on stage during Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s pre-wedding bash. However, many on the internet seemed to disagree while another section found it racist.

In Short

  • Shah Rukh Khan and Ram Charan recently did the ‘Naatu Naatu’ hookstep at Anant Ambani’s pre-wedding bash
  • Ram Charan’s wife Upasana’s makeup artist has claimed that SRK disrespected Charan by how he addressed him
  • However, several people on X felt that it was just camaraderie

Actor Shah Rukh Khan disrespected top Telugu star Ram Charan with his ‘idli vada’ remark at the Ambanis’ bash in Jamnagar, the latter’s makeup artist has alleged. Zeba Hassan added that she walked out of the event after, sharing a video from the evening on Instagram to support her charge. Several users on social media, though, said that Shah Rukh’s remarks on stage were similar to his dialogues from one of his earlier films, ‘One 2 Ka 4’, adding that it was all in jest.

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