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Evening brief: Cong demands ECI action against PM's 'infiltrator' remark; India's military budget fourth largest, more

Apr 22, 2024 06:40 PM IST

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The Congress lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his 'infiltrator' remark made during a rally in Rajasthan's Banswara. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi criticized Modi's statement, calling it objectionable and urging him to withdraw the comments. Modi had alleged that the Congress manifesto prioritized distributing the nation's assets to Muslims, implying it would benefit infiltrators. The Congress accused Modi and the BJP of using religion to incite division, citing repeated violations of election norms. Despite filing numerous complaints, the Congress claimed the poll panel had not taken action against Modi. The party emphasized the need for impartial enforcement of electoral laws. The controversy highlights escalating tensions between political parties ahead of the elections. Dig deeper

Congress Party leaders Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi, with Gurdeep Sappal Leave after meeting ECI at Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi, India, on Monday, April 22, 2024. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Congress Party leaders Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi, with Gurdeep Sappal Leave after meeting ECI at Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi, India, on Monday, April 22, 2024. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

Global military spending surged to $2,443 billion in 2023, marking a 6.8% increase from the previous year, the highest rise since 2009, as per the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The expenditure per person hit a record $306, the highest since 1990. The hike is attributed to conflicts like Ukraine and tensions in Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East. Notably, military spending accounted for 2.3% of the global GDP. The top five spenders were the US, China, Russia, India, and Saudi Arabia, comprising 61% of the total. Russia's spending rose by 24% to $109 billion, while Ukraine became the eighth-largest spender at $64.8 billion. India ranked fourth globally at $83.6 billion, with a focus on operational readiness amid tensions with China and Pakistan. Pakistan's spending dropped to $8.5 billion, while China's rose to retain its second position. Despite the surge, capital outlays for procurement remained stable, with 75% allocated to domestic production, the highest ever. Dig deeper

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