Top Stories of the Month: A Sneak Peak (Mid-October)
Like every month, we have also come up with the top stories of the month. Check them out now.
Bhutan and China sign a Memorandum of Understanding to expedite border negotiations, and India takes note
Bhutan, as well as China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday to establish a “three-step pathway” for accelerating the border talks, which, according to Thimpu, may bring the talks to a successful end that is acceptable to both parties. The wording of the Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed via video conference, has still not been made public.
The son of a minister was brought to the crime site in Lakhimpur Kheri
As part of its investigation into the Lakhimpur Kheri killings, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) brought the prime accused Ashish Mishra, the son of Union minister Ajay Mishra and 3 others from the crime scene in order to reconstruct the sequence of events, which included three SUVs and dummies. The defendants are accused of running over 4 farmers while on the run.
The wholesale inflation has slowed, but it continues to hover around double digits
Based on the wholesale pricing index (WPI), Inflation stayed in double digits in India for the sixth straight month in September, albeit it was somewhat lower at 10.66 percent than the previous month’s rate of 11.39 percent. When compared to a 1.29 percent drop in August, food inflation dropped 4.69 percent in September, while inflation for manufactured goods increased to 11.41 percent from 11.39 percent in August.
According to the Consumer Price Index, inflation in the gasoline and electricity basket was 24.91 percent in September, down from 26.09 percent the previous month. The increase in the price of crude oil and natural gas in September was 43.92 percent, compared to a decrease of 40.03 percent the previous month.
India has fallen behind Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal in the World Hunger Index
According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021, India has fallen to 101st place out of 116 nations, placing it below neighboring countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. India was rated 94th out of 107 nations in the world in 2020. Eighteen nations, including China, Brazil, and Kuwait, were tied for first place with a GHI score from less than five, according to the World Bank. According to the study, the degree of hunger in India, which was produced jointly by the Irish relief agency Concern Worldwide and the German foundation Welt Hunger Hilfe, is “alarming.”
According to the High Court, Varavara Rao is not required to surrender until October 28
After hearing arguments, the Bombay High Court ruled on Thursday that poet-activist Varavara Rao, who is charged in the Elgar Parishad case, does not have to report to Taloja jail officials until October 28. According to the court calendar, his motion for an extension of bail will be heard by the court on October 26.
Rao, 82, was given medically necessary interim bail for a period of six months on February 22 of this year. He was due to be returned to custody on September 5, according to court records. Rao, on the other hand, submitted a request for an extension of his release last month, which was granted. In addition, he requested permission to remain in his hometown of Hyderabad whilst on bail.
LinkedIn is no longer available in China
In a statement, Microsoft, the company which owns the professional social networking portal, said that the move was necessitated by a “significantly more challenging environment and greater ensuring compliance in China,” which is a euphemism for Beijing’s tightening control over the internet. LinkedIn was the last major US-based social network to operate in China before it was shut down.
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