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Episode 685 June 24, 2022

Headlines at 8.30 PM on 24th June 2022

You are listening to the Expresso News Update. Here is the latest news from The Indian Express.

Beginning today’s evening bulletin with the top national news: Shiv Sena president and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday reached out to the functionaries of his party, which is currently battling a rebellion, and sought to allay fears surrounding the survival of his political outfit and the MVA government. The Sena has been witnessing the rebellion within the party after Eknath Shinde broke away and formed a rebel group with the support of several legislators. Shinde is currently camping with at least 38 rebel MLAs of the Sena and 10 independents in Guwahati. He has claimed that the faction led by him is the “real Shiv Sena”. In his virtual address to the party’s district unit chiefs and ‘sampark pramukhs’ assembled at the Shiv Sena Bhavan at Dadar in central Mumbai, CM Thackeray said he may have vacated the chief minister’s official residence, but his determination is intact. Shiv Sena leader and minister Aaditya Thackeray was present at the Shiv Sena Bhavan during the chief minister’s address.
Meanwhile, many in Maharashtra’s political circles are upset about the “intelligence failure” that left the government in the dark about minister Eknath Shinde’s coup. Top police officers, however, said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray used to sparingly take intelligence briefings, a charge denied by the CM’s office. Two surgeries in November 2021 and the delayed postoperative recovery cut him off from the administrative machinery, the officers said. For many years, the commissioner of the State Intelligence Department and the additional commissioner of Special Branch-1 of Mumbai Police brief the chief minister every morning on the happenings and developments in the state. When Uddhav began his tenure as the CM, senior officers used to visit him at Matoshree and brief him every day. However, after some time, his interest in briefings reduced, a top police officer said, adding that when Covid struck in March 2020, Uddhav started avoiding contact as he was comorbid with eight stents in his heart.
Next up: Droupadi Murmu filed her nomination for the presidential election as a candidate for the ruling NDA coalition. She filed her papers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president J P Nadda and a several other BJP leaders. PM Modi handed over Murmu’s nomination papers to Returning Officer P C Mody. After filing her nomination papers, Murmu called Opposition leaders Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, and Mamata Banerjee, seeking support for her candidature, according to news agency PTI. A day before filing her nomination, Murmu had met PM Modi, Shah, Singh and Nadda in the national capital. The 64-year-old was named the presidential nominee of the BJP-led NDA on Tuesday night, hours after former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha was declared the joint nominee of major Opposition parties including the Congress, TMC and NCP.
Moving on: The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea filed by Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, challenging a clean chit given by the Special Investigation Team to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and several others in the 2002 Gujarat riots. Ehsan Jafri, a former MP, was among 68 killed at Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002, a day after a coach of the Sabarmati Express was burnt at Godhra, killing 59 people and triggering riots in the state. Upholding the SIT’s clean chit to Modi and several others, the court said that the inaction or failure of some officials of one section of the administration cannot be the basis to infer a pre-planned criminal conspiracy by the authorities or to term it as a state-sponsored crime against the minority community.
In other news: Union minister Nitin Gadkari said the new car assessment program — Bharat NCAP, proposes a mechanism wherein automobiles in India shall be accorded ‘Star Ratings’ based upon their performance in crash tests. In a series of tweets, Gadkari said the Bharat New Car Assessment Programme will serve as a consumer-centric platform, allowing customers to opt for safer cars based upon their Star-Ratings, while promoting a healthy competition among original equipment manufacturers in India to manufacture safer vehicles. The Road Transport and Highways minister stressed that Star Ratings of Indian cars based on crash tests is extremely crucial not only to ensure structural and passenger safety in cars, but to also increase the export-worthiness of Indian automobiles.
In business news: As surging inflation and the end of global easy-money policies send Indian stocks spiraling down from all-time highs, three charts show the pain is unlikely to end anytime soon. The S&P BSE Sensex Index has fallen more than 15% from its October high, nearing the 20% loss that denotes a bear market. The selloff comes as climbing costs and a record plunge in the rupee have forced the nation’s central bank to join global peers in raising interest rates. The Indian stock market’s value is already down nearly 20% from its January peak of about $3.7 trillion dollars. The unsupportive economic backdrop combined with an unprecedented exodus of foreign investors and earnings estimates that appear poised to tumble cloud the outlook for a rebound.
Shifting focus to international news: Afghanistan does not have enough medical supplies to treat the injured from an earthquake that killed 1,000 people this week, a senior official said, as an aftershock on Friday killed five more people. Authorities earlier ended the search in remote south-eastern mountains for survivors from the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck early on Wednesday, about 160 km southeast of Kabul, near the Pakistani border. The US Geological Survey said the Friday earthquake, in almost exactly the same place, was magnitude 4.3. About 2,000 people were injured and 10,000 houses were partially or completely destroyed in the Wednesday earthquake, Mohammad Nassim Haqqani, a spokesperson for the disaster ministry, told Reuters.
And finally: Authorities in Bangladesh are bracing for the spread of waterborne diseases and racing to get drinking water to people stranded in their homes by flooding across a quarter of the country. More than 4,000 people have contracted waterborne illnesses, including diarrhea, in flood-hit districts, with more than half the cases in the Sylhet region, the Directorate General of Health Services said. More than 4.5 million people have been stranded and 68 people killed in Bangladesh, 46 in the worst flooding in the Sylhet region in the northeast for more than 100 years. The floods have damaged 75,000 hectares of paddy and 300,000 hectares of other crops, including maize, jute and vegetables, agriculture ministry official Humayun Kabir said.

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Headlines at 8.30 PM on 24th June 2022You are listening to the Expresso News Update. Here is the latest news from The Indian Express. Beginning today's evening bulletin with the top national news: Shiv Sena president and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday reached out to the functionaries of his party, which is currently battling a rebellion, and sought to allay fears surrounding the survival of his political outfit and the MVA government. The Sena has been witnessing the rebellion within the party after Eknath Shinde broke away and formed a rebel group with the support of several legislators. Shinde is currently camping with at least 38 rebel MLAs of the Sena and 10 independents in Guwahati. He has claimed that the faction led by him is the "real Shiv Sena". In his virtual address to the party's district unit chiefs and 'sampark pramukhs' assembled at the Shiv Sena Bhavan at Dadar in central Mumbai, CM Thackeray said he may have vacated the chief minister's official residence, but his determination is intact. Shiv Sena leader and minister Aaditya Thackeray was present at the Shiv Sena Bhavan during the chief minister's address. Meanwhile, many in Maharashtra’s political circles are upset about the “intelligence failure” that left the government in the dark about minister Eknath Shinde’s coup. Top police officers, however, said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray used to sparingly take intelligence briefings, a charge denied by the CM’s office. Two surgeries in November 2021 and the delayed postoperative recovery cut him off from the administrative machinery, the officers said. For many years, the commissioner of the State Intelligence Department and the additional commissioner of Special Branch-1 of Mumbai Police brief the chief minister every morning on the happenings and developments in the state. When Uddhav began his tenure as the CM, senior officers used to visit him at Matoshree and brief him every day. However, after some time, his interest in briefings reduced, a top police officer said, adding that when Covid struck in March 2020, Uddhav started avoiding contact as he was comorbid with eight stents in his heart. Next up: Droupadi Murmu filed her nomination for the presidential election as a candidate for the ruling NDA coalition. She filed her papers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president J P Nadda and a several other BJP leaders. PM Modi handed over Murmu’s nomination papers to Returning Officer P C Mody. After filing her nomination papers, Murmu called Opposition leaders Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, and Mamata Banerjee, seeking support for her candidature, according to news agency PTI. A day before filing her nomination, Murmu had met PM Modi, Shah, Singh and Nadda in the national capital. The 64-year-old was named the presidential nominee of the BJP-led NDA on Tuesday night, hours after former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha was declared the joint nominee of major Opposition parties including the Congress, TMC and NCP. Moving on: The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea filed by Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, challenging a clean chit given by the Special Investigation Team to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and several others in the 2002 Gujarat riots. Ehsan Jafri, a former MP, was among 68 killed at Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002, a day after a coach of the Sabarmati Express was burnt at Godhra, killing 59 people and triggering riots in the state. Upholding the SIT's clean chit to Modi and several others, the court said that the inaction or failure of some officials of one section of the administration cannot be the basis to infer a pre-planned criminal conspiracy by the authorities or to term it as a state-sponsored crime against the minority community. In other news: Union minister Nitin Gadkari said the new car assessment program — Bharat NCAP, proposes a mechanism wherein automobiles in India shall be accorded ‘Star Ratings’ based upon their performance in crash tests. In a series of tweets, Gadkari said the Bharat New Car Assessment Programme will serve as a consumer-centric platform, allowing customers to opt for safer cars based upon their Star-Ratings, while promoting a healthy competition among original equipment manufacturers in India to manufacture safer vehicles. The Road Transport and Highways minister stressed that Star Ratings of Indian cars based on crash tests is extremely crucial not only to ensure structural and passenger safety in cars, but to also increase the export-worthiness of Indian automobiles. In business news: As surging inflation and the end of global easy-money policies send Indian stocks spiraling down from all-time highs, three charts show the pain is unlikely to end anytime soon. The S&P BSE Sensex Index has fallen more than 15% from its October high, nearing the 20% loss that denotes a bear market. The selloff comes as climbing costs and a record plunge in the rupee have forced the nation’s central bank to join global peers in raising interest rates. The Indian stock market’s value is already down nearly 20% from its January peak of about $3.7 trillion dollars. The unsupportive economic backdrop combined with an unprecedented exodus of foreign investors and earnings estimates that appear poised to tumble cloud the outlook for a rebound. Shifting focus to international news: Afghanistan does not have enough medical supplies to treat the injured from an earthquake that killed 1,000 people this week, a senior official said, as an aftershock on Friday killed five more people. Authorities earlier ended the search in remote south-eastern mountains for survivors from the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck early on Wednesday, about 160 km southeast of Kabul, near the Pakistani border. The US Geological Survey said the Friday earthquake, in almost exactly the same place, was magnitude 4.3. About 2,000 people were injured and 10,000 houses were partially or completely destroyed in the Wednesday earthquake, Mohammad Nassim Haqqani, a spokesperson for the disaster ministry, told Reuters. And finally: Authorities in Bangladesh are bracing for the spread of waterborne diseases and racing to get drinking water to people stranded in their homes by flooding across a quarter of the country. More than 4,000 people have contracted waterborne illnesses, including diarrhea, in flood-hit districts, with more than half the cases in the Sylhet region, the Directorate General of Health Services said. More than 4.5 million people have been stranded and 68 people killed in Bangladesh, 46 in the worst flooding in the Sylhet region in the northeast for more than 100 years. The floods have damaged 75,000 hectares of paddy and 300,000 hectares of other crops, including maize, jute and vegetables, agriculture ministry official Humayun Kabir said. "You were listening to the Expresso News Update by The Indian Express. Ask your digital assistant device to play the latest news from the Indian Express to stay up to date with the most accurate and reliable updates."
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