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Raj Thackeray Secret Meet with Dy CM Fadnavis triggers speculations of alliance

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The meeting between Raj Thackeray, the leader of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, and Devendra Fadnavis, the state’s deputy chief minister and a member of the BJP, led to rumours that the two parties would form an alliance before the BMC elections.

On Monday, Raj Thackeray left his home at about 6.45 am and arrived at Devendra Fadnavis’ home around 7.30 am. The two leaders spoke for roughly an hour during the private encounter.

However, neither party has provided a formal confirmation.

After visiting Raj Thackeray’s home to check on his health following hip replacement surgery in July, Fadnavis convened the meeting a month later.

Raj Thackeray has been active since his surgery, as seen by his recent trip to Pune for the party’s membership campaign.

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Sri Lanka cuts tax on female hygiene products amid economic crisis

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Sri Lanka cuts tax on female hygiene products amid economic crisis

Amid the ongoing economic crisis in the country, Sri Lanka has cut taxes on female sanitary products in a bid to help women unable to afford the hygiene product, according to reports.
Local media News First citing the presidential media division reported that the “government has taken measures to waive duties imposed on five imported raw materials for locally produced sanitary napkins.” “It (the government) has also been decided to provide tax concessions for imported finished sanitary napkins as well,” News First reported further.
According to the reports, a price of a pack of 10 sanitary napkins produced locally will be reduced by Rs 50 to Rs 60 with these tax concessions, and the maximum retail price of a pack will be Rs. 260-Rs 270. The consumer retail prices of imported finished products will be reduced by 18 per cent or 19 per cent.
Sri Lanka continues to reel under a severe economic crisis. Earlier, protesting the dire conditions, Sri Lankan protesters had broken into then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private residence and set it on fire. They were angered by the unprecedented economic crisis. During those protests, several journalists were also attacked by the security forces after which more protestors gathered in the area. Notably, Sri Lanka is suffering from its worst economic crisis since gaining independence in 1948, threatening to undo years of development progress.

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Court sends Waqf Board scam co-accused to 14 day judicial custody

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A Delhi court on Monday remanded Kausar Imran Siddiqui alias Laddan, co-accused in Delhi Waqf board scam case, to 14 days custody.  

AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan is the primary accused in the case and is out on bail. The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has stated that Laddan is a fund manager for Khan. The Duty Sessions Judge at Rouse Avenue Court also expressed its displeasure over the non-presence of ACB on the previous date.  

ACB had submitted to the court Ladan’s “handwriting sample” and sought 7 days of custody for him.

The court observed that the agency had not given any reasonable answer for its absence on previous occasion. Thereafter, he was sent to 14 day judicial custody.

AAP MLA was arrested for alleged irregularities in appointment in Delhi Waqf Board during his chairmanship.
Accused Kausar Imran Siddiqui alias Laddan was produced on a production warrant before the court on 27th September. He was interrogated and arrested with the permission of the court.

Laddan’s name came into the frame, when additional public prosecutor Anil Srivastava opposed Khan’s bail plea. He stated that a diary was recovered from Ladan’s house.  It was alleged that he was Khan’s fund manager.  Earlier, the (ACB) had said that money was sent to Dubai and other money transactions need to be investigated. It also stated that a large amount of money was transferred to a party via Dubai. There were 100 people who either received or paid money to Laddan. Out of these 37 people have transactions of crores of rupees.                                                                                                                                                                          

This diary also has an entry about one Zeeshan Haider, who received crores of rupees. He is also a close associate of the accused, ACB had argued. The ACB has also submitted that Laddan is a nominated functionary of a political party. He has photographs with the accused during an iftar party. Additionally, 14 crores sale deed is recovered, which is said to be a ‘Benami property’.

Previously, Ladan was in judicial custody in another case lodged at Jamia Nagar police station. He was arrested from Telangana.

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Prior the festival season, India’s unemployment rate falls to a 4-year low.

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India’s unemployment is the major issue the country is facing in today’s time. The govt, the opposition and the citizens often have clashed for the reason. The Indian unemployment rate dropped to the lowest in the past 4 years in September 2022.


The jobless rate sharply fell to 6.43%, data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt. showed. The reading is the lowest since August 2018 and compares with a one-year high of 8.3% in August.

The decline is seen even after 10 million new jobs were added; the workers who entered the market couldn’t find any work. In rural areas, the unemployment rate declined to 5.8% from 7.7% in August, while in urban areas it stood at 7.7%, lower than 9.6% in the previous month.
To a surprise, this data came just before the Indian festive season which typically aids employment growth and aids job growth. Strong demand in the services sector along with steady monsoon rains also likely boosted employment opportunities.

India’s economic expansion has been at one of the fastest rates in the world, but not enough to create jobs. That has led to some discontent among the country’s youth while giving ammunition to opposition parties to ratchet up the rhetoric against unemployment.

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Pakistan floods: 5.7 million victims to face food crisis, says UN

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The humanitarian agency of the United Nations has warned that about 5.7 victims of the Pakistan floods will face a serious food crisis in the next three months.
Pakistan recently faced heavy floods from the deluge that has killed and taken away the shelter of many people.

Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority reported that floods fueled by abnormally heavy monsoon rains have killed 1,695 people, affected 33 million, damaged more than 2 million homes and displaced hundreds of thousands now living in tents or makeshift homes.

The latest reports on Saturday by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that the current floods will worsen the food crisis between September and November.
According to the World Health Organisation, 16% of the country’s population was living in moderate or severe food insecurity.
However, the government has a different take on the issue. The govt is insisting that there is no immediate worry about food supplies as the grain stocks are enough to last through the next harvest and the govt is importing more.
The U.N. agency and other partners have scaled up their flood response and delivered help to 1.6 million people affected by the deluge.
The U.N. is due to issue a revised appeal seeking an additional $800 million from the international community to respond to the soaring life-saving needs of Pakistani flood survivors. The U.N. said last week that “food is being delivered to vulnerable families; however, it is still not enough to meet the nutrition needs of the people.”

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Sonia arrives in Mysuru to join ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’

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All India Congress Interim president Sonia Gandhi is set to be a part of the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ as she arrived in Mysuru on Monday.

Sources have said that Gandhi will stay at a resort in the Kodagu district for two days, before joining the Yatra on 6th October, which is currently in it’s Karnataka leg.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadhra will take part in the event, the next day, according to the Karnataka Congress.

This will be the first time that all the members of the Gandhi family will be present in the Yatra that began on 7th September from Kanyakumari  and has covered Tamil Nadu, Kerala and will finish up 511 kilometres of the area in 21 days.

The march was aimed at covering as many as 12 states in five months. It recently reached Karnataka on Friday (30th September) and will be here for the next 21 days before moving north. A distance of 25 km is covered every day in the Padyatra (march).

According to the Congress, the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ is being held to combat the divisive policies of the BJP-led central government and to make people aware of the dangers of economic inequality, social polarisation, and political centralisation. It includes marches, rallies, and public meetings.

The Congress suffered a debacle in the assembly polls held earlier this year, and the Yatra is seen as an attempt to increase the party’s outreach to the public and prepare it for the upcoming polls.

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Nobel Prizes 2022: The honours of the year set to be announced

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The Nobel Prizes 2022 are set to be announced through this week. Each day is dedicated to different categories. The medicine award set to be given on Monday followed by physics on Tuesday, chemistry on Wednesday and literature on Thursday. The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday and the Economics award on October 10.

The Prizes in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and peace were established by Alfred Nobel. According to Alfred Nobel’s will of 1895, Nobel prizes are awarded to “those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind.” Alfred was a Swedish chemist, engineer, and industrialist most famously known for the invention of dynamite. He died in 1896. In his will, he bequeathed all of his “remaining realisable assets” to be used to establish five prizes which became to be known as “Nobel Prizes”. These prizes were first awarded in 1901.

Here is everything you need to know about the Nobel Prizes:

1. The prizes in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and peace were established by Swedish industrialist and the inventor of dynamite Alfred Nobel.

2. The first Nobel awards were handed out in 1901.

3. The Nobel prize is worth 10 million kronor (nearly $900,000).

4. The economics award was created by Sweden’s central bank in 1968.

5. The coveted prizes have been awarded 609 times.

6. People are free to submit nominations for the Nobel Prizes.

7. The Nobel Peace Prize is given in Norway while the other awards are given in Sweden.

8. The Nobel committees are very secretive and they never hint as to who will win the prizes.

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