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India has cleared the air regarding the resumption of trade with Pakistan in the wake of the devastating floods in the neighbouring country. In a weekly press briefing, Ministry of External spokesperson Arindam Bagchi clearly stated that he has nothing to add to statements on the possibility of India-Pakistan trade reopening.

Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his condolences caused by the floods in Pakistan, the spokesperson said that if there is any further announcement regarding aid, he will make an announcement.

“PM Narendra Modi has shared his sadness at the devastation caused by floods in Pakistan and extended his condolences to the families of victims. If there is anything further, I have to say on this, I would be happy to share at that time. For the moment this is all that I have to say on the issue of assistance”, said Arindam Bagchi.

On Wednesday, Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for his condolences over the human and material losses by the devastating floods.

“I thank Indian PM Narendra Modi for condolences over the human and material losses caused by floods. With their characteristic resilience the people of Pakistan shall, Inshallah, overcome the adverse effects of this natural calamity & rebuild their lives and communities,” Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif said in a tweet.

The tweet came in response to Prime Minister Modi’s tweet, where he said that he was saddened to see the devastation caused by the floods in Pakistan and hoped for an early restoration of normalcy.

On Wednesday, Pakistan Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said that international agencies have approached the country’s government to allow imports from India through the land border, however, the Pakistan government can consider it only after assessing the supply shortage position after consulting with its coalition partners and key stakeholders.

“More than one international agency has approached the government to allow them to bring food items from India through the land border. The government will take the decision to allow imports or not based on supply shortage position, after consulting its coalition partners & key stakeholders”, tweeted the minister.

Heavy rains across Pakistan have triggered flash floods, landslides and glacial lake outbursts. In July, the country received more than 60 per cent of the average annual rainfall with over 33 million people estimated to have been affected by the floods with more than 1000 deaths reported and about 1,500 injured.

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Kejriwal attacked in Gujrat, man hurled bottle

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Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, was assaulted during a visit to Gujarat, which is nearing election time. At a Rajkot public protest, a bottle was thrown at the leader of the AAP.

When Kejriwal arrived in Rajkot to attend a Garba festival, an unidentified man threw a water bottle at him. He did not, however, receive a bottle strike.

While Kejriwal was in Rajkot visiting a temple, a bottle was thrown at him.

The AAP hasn’t yet complained about this, though. Additionally, as of right now, neither the AAP nor the officials have made any statements. Arvind Kejriwal is in Gujarat for two days.

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Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav hospitalized in Gurugram

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Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav’s health deteriorated and has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Medanta hospital in Gurugram.

Meanwhile, for several days Mulayam Singh Yadav has been admitted to the hospital but on Sunday his health deteriorated, and has been shifted to ICU.

Moreover, as soon as Akhilesh Yadav get the news of his father’s health he left for Delhi from Lucknow.

Earlier in July Samajwadi Party patriarch’s wife, Sadhna Gupta passed away in a private hospital in Gurugram.

However, Mulayam Singh Yadav founded the Samajwadi Party and he is referred to as Netaji. Currently, the 82-year-old leader represents the Manipuri constituency in the Lok Sabha.

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Rajashthan CM Gehlot sides with Mallikarjun amid Congress President poll

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On October 2, 2022, Rajasthan’s Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, stated that veteran party leader Mallikarjun Kharge has the expertise to improve the Congress and will win the party’s presidential election handily, while opponent Shashi Tharoor is an “elite class” member.

“Kharge has a long political experience. He has a clean heart, he comsdses from the Dalit community and (Kharge contesting the election) is being welcomed everywhere,” he told reporters after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the secretariat in Jaipur.

Gehlot, one of the proposers for Kharge, claimed that although Tharoor is a good man and has good ideas, he belongs to the elite class.

“Tharoor is a class apart; he is from the elite class but the kind of experience that is needed to strengthen the party at booth, block, and district levels, that is with Kharge and cannot be compared to Shashi Tharoor. Therefore, it will naturally be a one-sided contest for Kharge,” he said.

For the position of Congress president, Mr. Kharge and Mr. Tharoor are squarely in opposition.

Mr. Kharge, a Karnataka-born Dalit leader, is now the overwhelming favourite to become Congress’ president.

According to sources, Mr. Kharge has resigned as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

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Pune bridge demolished by controlled explosion

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A controlled implosion was used to destroy an ancient bridge built in the early 1990s in the Chandani Chowk neighbourhood of Pune, according to officials.

In the Chandani Chowk neighbourhood of the city, the bridge across the Mumbai-Bengaluru Highway (NH4) was destroyed at about 1 in the morning on Sunday.

After the demolition, a number of trucks and earthmover machines were put to use to bring down the hanging structures and lift the material away.

The planned demolition of the bridge generated a great deal of curiosity among the local people.

The bridge was demolished as part of a large-scale development project at Chandni Chowk that aims to improve the flow of traffic at the crucial intersection. The crossroads will eventually get a multi-level flyover, and work is already being done to that end.

The locals were extremely curious about the proposed removal of the bridge.

“The bridge was demolished at 1 am on Sunday through a controlled blast and everything was executed as per the plan. Now, we have pressed earthmover machines, forknails, and trucks to clear the debris from the spot,” said Chirag Chheda, co-owner of Edifice Engineering.

The bridge was demolished by a team from Edifice Engineering and NHAI officials. According to officials, this is the same business that destroyed the Supertech Twin Towers in Noida during the latter week of August of this year.

Due to the incident, all vehicular traffic in the region was stopped and rerouted.

When asked why some of the bridge’s support columns did not entirely collapse, one of Edifice’s chief engineers replied that the bomb had destroyed the concrete, leaving just the steel bars.

“Once the steel bars are removed using the machines, the remaining structure will also come down,” he said.

He continued by saying that more steel was used in building the bridge than they had anticipated.

Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, inspected the ongoing bridge construction at Chandani Chowk from the air on Friday.

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Ajay Bhadoo appointed as Deputy Election Commissioner of ECI

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Ajay Bhadoo has been appointed as Deputy Election Commissioner of the Election Commission of India on Sunday by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. 

The Secretariat of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet released the press release and said, “Appointment of Ajay Bhadoo, IAS (GJ:1999), as Deputy Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for an overall tenure of five years up to 24/07/2024 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.” 

Earlier in July 2020, Bhadoo was appointed as Joint Secretary to former President Ram Nath Kovind. 

Meanwhile, Bhadoo is a Gujarat batch IAS officer. He has also served as the Vadodara Municipal Commissioner. 

Moreover, in July 2018 he took charge of the Municipal Commissioner’s post. 

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Suella Braverman, the country’s new interior minister who is of Indian descent, stated in an interview with The Sun on Sunday that the Liz Truss government in the UK hopes to keep its promise made during the 2019 election campaign to reduce net migration.

Braverman stated that Britain has a high number of low-skilled migrants and a large number of international students adding that the students more often brought dependents with them to UK thereby affecting the country’s growth.

“What we’ve got is too many low skilled workers coming into this country. We’ve also got a very high number of students coming into this country and we’ve got a really high number of dependents,” the interior minister said.

Suella Braverman continued, saying that the UK government will limit migration and reassess immigration policy because “those individuals are coming here, they’re not necessarily working or they’re working in low-skilled positions, and they’re not contributing to building our economy.”

In the year ending June 2021, net migration to the UK was 239,000, according to the UK’s office for national statistics. There have been more non-EU workers, particularly those from India, while there are fewer European Union workers in the UK as a result of Brexit. Therefore, a decrease in net migration to the UK may have an impact on Indian immigrants and students who want to study there.

In line with Suella Braverman’s remarks, the Guardian reported earlier this week that Liz Truss would alter immigration laws to address the serious labour shortage in the nation.

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