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Headlines: UP Govt To Set Up Probe Panel Over Lakhimpur Incident

UP Govt To Set Up Probe Panel Over Lakhimpur Incident

A Supreme Court notification dates 6th October said:In exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Commissions of Enquiry Act, 1952 (Act no. 60 of 1952), the governor is pleased to appoint Justice High Court, Allahabad (retd) Pradeep Kumar Srivastava as a single-member commission of enquiry with headquarters at Lakhimpur Kheri,” After the notification, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government announced that a probe panel would be set up to investigate Sunday’s violence in Lakhimpur Kheri district. The Top Court decided to set up a committee and take up the case after several criticized Uttar Pradesh police’s handling of the case and media reporting. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha has alleged that MoS for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was present in the car that ran over farmers. However, Mr Mishra has denied the presence of his son. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Records 22,431 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 97.95%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 22,431 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 2,44,198, constituting 0.27% of the total covid-19 cases reported in the country so far. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber new covid-19 cases, with recording 24,602 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries in the country stand at 3,32,00,258. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.57% and 1.68% respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 57.86 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 92.63 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: Congress Leaders Meet Victims’ Families

On Wednesday evening, Congress leaders, including Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, went to Lakhimpur Kheri and met family members of Lovepreet, a farmer who was killed during the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Along with Congress leaders, Chief Ministers of Chhattisgarh and Punjab also met the victim’s family. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi alleged that Uttar Pradesh police asked him to go in a police vehicle instead of a private vehicle. On Wednesday, during a press conference, Rahul Gandhi said: “Opposition’s job is to build pressure. When we build pressure, that leads to investigation and action. In Hathras (rape case), we built pressure, and that led to an investigation. If we hadn’t gone there, that wouldn’t have happened,” Farmers have said that if Ashish Mishra is not arrested, they will intensify the protest. However, the Uttar Pradesh government has set up a panel to probe the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. 

RBI To Release Monetary Policy Tomorrow: What To Expect?

The Monetary Policy Committee, led by RBI governor Shaktikanta Das will announce the new monetary policy tomorrow, i.e. on 8th October. In order to support growth, the new monetary policy is expected to maintain the status-quo on the repo rate. However, some experts have said that there is a slim chance of RBI increasing the reverse repo rate. Since May 2020, the Reserve Bank of India has maintained a repo rate at 4%, a record low rate, and it also took an off-policy route to let the economy recover from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das said that India has to promote medium-term investments and sound financial reforms to seek sustainable growth after the global pandemic is wiped out. 

Joe Biden Planning To Virtually Meet Xi Jinping Says White House

On Wednesday, a senior US official said that US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are planning to conduct a bilateral and virtual meet before the end of 2021. Speaking about the same, the US official said: “The president said how nice it would be to see Xi, which he has not done for some years. We would expect them to have the ability to see one another, even if only virtually,” Recently, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi met each other at Zurich and the meeting lasted for about 6 hours. The tension between the US and China is rising after China’s aggressive stance on Taiwan and serious human rights violations against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang. 

Mumbai Drug Bust Case: NCB Expected To Seek Extended Custody Of Aryan Khan 

Today, the son of Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan, will be produced before the court for his bail plea hearing in connection to the Mumbai drug bust case. A bail plea and an application to seek CCTV footage of the raid have been filed by the lawyer of Aryan’s friend, Arbaaz Merchant, who has also been arrested by the NCB. As per some sources, the NCB has recovered foreign national and commercial quantities of drugs from Arbaaz Merchant. The phones of Aryan Khan and others have also been sent for forensic analysis. After last night developments, the Narcotics Control Bureau is expected to seek extended custody of Aryan Khan. 

Anshu Malik Becomes 1st Indian Woman Wrestler To Reach The World Championship Final

On Wednesday, Indian wrestler Anshu Malik created history after she got qualified to play for the World Championship final. It’s a matter of pride for India, as Anshu Malik became the 1st Indian women wrestler to reach the World Championship final. The 19-year old won in the 59-kg category and registered her name into history books. While speaking about her achievement, Anshu said: “It’s extremely satisfying. I am so happy. It feels so good. What I could not do at the Tokyo Games I did that here. I fought each and every bout as my last bout. The month after the Tokyo Games was very tough. I could not perform as I had wanted at the games. I suffered an injury (elbow) and can’t explain how much pain I endured one month before the World Championship. I trained hard for this. I wanted to give my 100% and will fight in the final like my last bout,” Only 4 Indian women wrestlers, including Geeta Phogat, Babita Phogat, Pooja Dhanda and Vinesh Phogat, have won medals at the worlds. However, all of them have secured Bronze. 

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