Weekly News Roundup – September 9, 2019


The Gates Foundation shouldn’t give an award to Narendra Modi 

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On Monday, an Indian minister announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is planning to give Prime Minister Narendra Modi an award this month for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), … such an honor would come as his Hindu nationalist party has incited violence against minorities, silenced dissent and curtailed freedom of expression. In light of Modi’s record, including promoting repressive policies in the past month in Kashmir and the northeastern state of Assam, he should not be given the award.… Modi’s sanitation campaign has no doubt benefited people, but how can access to a clean toilet outweigh the violence and persecution they may face in the rest of their lives?… The Gates Foundation claims on its homepage that “All lives have equal value.” Giving the award to Modi would betray that promise and everyone who has suffered under his rule.

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Partially blind young Imam and wife brutally slaughtered in Haryana

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A partially blind young Imam, 25, and his disabled wife have been brutally murdered in Gunwar village of District Sonipat in Haryana. Severely brutalised bodies of the couple were found in the Hujra [a residential room reserved for the imam] of the mosque in the morning. There are rumours that efforts are being made to cover up the deaths as accidental. According to reports few days ago intense arguments had arisen between Muslims and non-Muslims over the wall of the mosque during which youths belonging to Harijan community had allegedly threatened the Imam with dire consequences. This should be kept in mind that about a year ago an elderly Motakif [a person who spends the last ten days of Ramadan in the mosque] was also murdered inside the mosque.…

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Growth of eight core sectors at 2.1% in July, down from 7.3% last year: Govt data

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Growth of eight core industries slowed down to 2.1 per cent in July as against 7.3 per cent in the same month last year, according to a government data released Monday. According to the data, the output of coal, crude oil, natural gas and refinery products recorded negative growth in July. The eight core sector industries – coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement and electricity – had expanded by 7.3 per cent in July last year. During April-July, the eight sectors grew by 3 per cent compared to 5.9 per cent in the same period the previous year. These core industries comprise 40.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP). Growth rate in production of steel, cement and electricity declined to 6.6 per cent, 7.9 per cent and 4.2 per cent, respectively, as against 6.9 per cent, 11.2 per cent and 6.7 per cent.…

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