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Protests erupted in Iran following the death of a woman arrested for not wearing a hijab

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UN experts demand accountability for Mahsa Amini’s death in Iran
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Protests erupted in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman. Amini died in hospital on Friday, three days after being arrested and beaten by morality officers, according to reports.

Protesters gathered outside the hospital where Amini was being treated at first. According to the Guardian, security forces used pepper spray on the protesters, and several of them were arrested.

Amini’s body was transported on Saturday to her native Kurdistan province for burial.

Hundreds of people attended Amini’s funeral in his hometown. Some yelled anti-government slogans like “death to the dictator!”

Protest videos have gone viral on social media.

Amini was visiting Tehran on Friday when she was arrested by morality police for violating the country’s hijab law. According to reports, she was beaten up in the detention van. The police, on the other hand, believe Amini died of a heart attack.

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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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Tamil Nadu: customs officers detain a man for carrying gold paste worth Rs 15 lakh in his underwear

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At the Trichy airport, customs officers detained a smuggler who was in possession of gold paste worth Rs 15 lakh. Tailored underwear was used to conceal the contraband. The interception revealed the defendant.

According to a report in India Today, officials intercepted a passenger on an Indigo flight from Singapore to Trichy after receiving a tip. When the officials investigated his undergarments, they discovered a packet that contained a paste after first being unable to uncover any gold.

A passenger flying on an Indigo from Singapore to Trichy was apprehended by authorities after they received a tip, according to reports. The officials first couldn’t find any gold, but when they searched his undergarments, they discovered a packet containing a paste.

Two layers of stitched-together fabric were used to cover the packet. Ripping off the underwear was followed by chemical treatment of the paste. The extraction produced 301 g of 24 carat gold weighing Rs 15.32 lakh. Further inquiries, according to officials, are underway.

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Sushil Modi takes a jibe at Akhilesh Yadav over the launch of 5G

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Former deputy chief minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi lashed out at Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav for slamming the launch of the fifth-generation (5G) telephony services.

“Akhilesh Yadav’s statement is no relation to 5G, at one time RJD chief Lalu Yadav said that what is IT (information technology). “Similarly, Akhilesh Yadav is an educated man, he should welcome 5G,” Sushil Kumar Modi said.

Meanwhile, Sushil Kumar Modi further added, “India is entering a club of few countries in the world in terms of 5G speed network. Yadav should first ask 40-50 crore youth of the country what is the importance of 5G.”

Sushil Kumar Modi further stated, “Does Akhilesh Yadav want to say that by closing 5G, that money (for launching 5G) should be spent on poverty? Today, the poor of the country also have internet connections and the internet is as much as important like roti, kapra, makaan, and fast-speed mobile internet is the need of the hour. That’s why the public is rejecting the leaders like Akhilesh Yadav and their parties.”

Earlier former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav criticized the 5G telephony services. 

Taking to Twitter CM Yadav slammed the BJP party and said that “People are already getting 5G under the BJP rule: G = garibi (poverty), G = ghotala (scam), G = ghapla (swindle), G = ghalmel (adulteration) and G = gorakhdhanda (unethical practices).”

Moreover, while addressing the Indian Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022 conference PM Modi announced the start of operations of 5G services in chosen locations.

However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the fifth-generation (5G) telephony services on 1 October 2022. 

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Sidhu Moose Wala murder case: Deepak Tinu, a close aide to Lawrence Bishnoi, eludes police

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Deepak Tinu, a key suspect in the murder of Punjabi musician and Congressman Sidhu Moosewala, escaped from custody in the Mansa district on Sunday, according to police. Tinu is an associate of jailed mobster Lawrence Bishnoi.

When Tinu was being transported in a private vehicle from Kapurthala Jail to Mansa on remand on Saturday night, they claimed he was able to elude Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) agents. “When Tinu escaped from detention, he was being transported to Mansa’s CIA staff headquarters from Kapurthala Jail. Investigations into the suspects were necessary in relation to the Moosewala murder case “Police in Mansa claimed.

The police have teams searching for Tinu, according to M S Chinna, IG of Bhatinda, and no police officers will be spared if they are discovered to have assisted in his escape.

Shehzad Poonawalla, a BJP lawmaker, criticised Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and his administration on Sunday for allegedly being too soft on crime.

“AAP’s VVIP netas were protected by a 42-car convoy for proxy CM Bhagwant Mann, but Deepak Tinu, a key figure in the Moosewala murder plot, escaped from Punjab police custody! AAP is assisting gangs rather than enforcing a crackdown on them! Do we require further evidence?” Tweeted Poonawalla.

Moosewala, 28, was shot dead on May 29 by unidentified assailants in Mansa, a day after the state government curtailed his security cover. The Punjabi singer was shot at point-blank range and was declared brought dead on arrival at the Mansa civil hospital.
The killers fired over 30 rounds at Moosewala, who was found slumped in the driver’s seat by locals.
The investigation suggested Lawrence Bishnoi was the mastermind of the daylight killing. His close aide Goldy Brar, who is said to be based in Canada, is also under investigation in this case. Police have issued a Red Corner Notice against Brar through Interpol.
Moosewala had fought an election from Mansa in the last assembly election on a Congress ticket but was defeated by AAP’s Vijay Singla.

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