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“Let us begin with the top headline: The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition in Maharashtra appeared to be on the verge of collapse Thursday after Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray lost the support of majority party MLAs who rallied behind rebel leader Eknath Shinde and his call for ending the alliance with the “ideologically opposed” NCP and Congress.
In a tacit admission that Uddhav was no longer in control of his legislators, Shiv Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut said the party was ready to walk out of the MVA government. He said: “”””Show the courage to come here and put forward your demands in front of Uddhav Saheb. Surely, it will be considered. We will sit with Uddhav Saheb and think on accepting your demands.”””
“In first public remarks after the revolt in the Shiv Sena threatened to bring down the ruling MVA coalition in Maharashtra, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said “whether this government is in a minority or not will be tested on the floor of the Assembly”. After he met NCP legislators, Pawar said he was hopeful that the Shiv Sena MLAs would return and that the MVA, under the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray, would prove its majority. He blamed the BJP for the rebellion. He said “”All the Shiv Sena rebels will have to come to Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai. Let us then see how BJP leaders from Gujarat and Assam will be able to guide them””.
“The government has decided to allot 12 Janpath — which was earlier occupied by Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan till his death in October 2020 — to President Ram Nath Kovind as his retirement house. Kovind’s tenure ended on July 24.
While the bungalow was allotted to Union Railways and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in August 2021, he could not move in as it was still occupied by Paswan’s family.
In March this year, the government got Paswan’s family to vacate the bungalow. While the family had sought more time, the Delhi High Court had dismissed their petition and refused to intervene in the eviction process initiated by the Directorate of Estate, under the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.”
“””In other news: With Covid-19 cases on the rise, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in a meeting with experts and key officials has said that there was a need to monitor hospitalisation due to the viral infection or other influenza-like illnesses or severe acute respiratory infections.
He said there was a need to focus on districts reporting high case positivity and undertake adequate testing and surveillance to assess the spread of the infection and control it in a timely manner.
In addition to testing, the minister also said that there was a need to focus on whole genome sequencing of the virus to detect any mutations.”””
“Let us now look at the top international headlines: European Union leaders on Thursday granted Ukraine the coveted status of an official candidate to join their 27-nation club, a bold geopolitical step hailed by Kyiv and the EU itself as a “historic moment”. Although it could take Ukraine more than a decade to eventually join the bloc, the decision to officially accept it as a candidate is a symbol of the EU’s intention to reach deep into the former Soviet Union.
Meanwhile, the United States will send another $450 million in military aid to Ukraine, including some additional medium-range rocket systems, to help push back Russian progress in the war. ”
“The US Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a restrictive New York gun law in a major ruling for gun rights.
The justices’ 6-3 decision is expected to ultimately allow more people to legally carry guns on the streets of the nation’s largest cities – including New York, Los Angeles and Boston – and elsewhere. About a quarter of the US population lives in states expected to be affected by the ruling, the high court’s first major gun decision in more than a decade.
The ruling comes as Congress is actively working on gun legislation following recent mass shootings in Texas,New York and California.T”
“In other news: As the World Health Organisation convenes its emergency committee to consider if the spiraling outbreak of monkeypox warrants being declared a global emergency, some experts say WHO’s decision to act only after the disease spilled into the West could entrench the grotesque inequities that arose between rich and poor countries during the coronavirus pandemic.
Declaring monkeypox to be a global emergency would mean the UN health agency considers the outbreak to be an “extraordinary event” and that the disease is at risk of spreading across even more borders. It would also give monkeypox the same distinction as the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing effort to eradicate polio.
“Lastly, Sri Lanka’s debt-laden economy has “collapsed” after months of shortages of food, fuel and electricity, the prime minister told lawmakers Wednesday in comments that underscored the country’s dire situation as it seeks help from international lenders.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament the South Asian nation faces “a far more serious situation” than the shortages alone, and he warned of “a possible fall to rock bottom.”
The crisis on the island of 22 million is considered its worst in recent memory, but Wickremesinghe did not cite any specific new developments. His comments appeared intended to emphasise to critics and opposition lawmakers that he has inherited a difficult task that cannot be fixed quickly.
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