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Yogi Adityanath government starts process to seize property of rioters

Yogi Adityanath government starts process to seize property of rioters

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Updates from :  DECCAN CHRONICLE Lucknow: Days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promised to take action against the violent protestors, the state administration sealed more than 60 shops in Muzaffarnagar. Following Thursday's mega protest across the country against the Centre's new citizenship law, the Lucknow district magistrate Abhishek Prakash set up a four-member panel that will asses the damage to public and private property during the violence. IANS reported that the identified protestors would be fined and if they fail to pay the amount, the authorities would seal their properties. A 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict empowers the government to recover the losses from those who caused it. The crackdown comes after CM Yogi Adityanath had promised
BJP-Shiv Sena alliance wins in Maharashtra; Uddhav Thackeray insists on 50:50 formula

BJP-Shiv Sena alliance wins in Maharashtra; Uddhav Thackeray insists on 50:50 formula

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Updates from :  the hindu Proving all exit polls wrong, the opposition Congress-NCP combine crossed the 100-seat mark riding an anti-incumbency wave in the rural belt of the State. The ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance on Thursday managed to retain control of the Maharashtra Assembly, but with a reduced mandate. The alliance suffered losses in Vidarbha and western Maharashtra, with nine Ministers losing in the election. With reduced numbers, the BJP will now be dependent on the Sena to form the government. Upping the ante, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, speaking at a press conference after the results, said it was time to implement the 50-50 formula for power-sharing, as decided earlier. The BJP also lost the Lok Sabha bypoll in Satara, where it had fielded the incumbent Nationalis
Why do Indians often cheer autocratic acts that could greatly destablise their lives?

Why do Indians often cheer autocratic acts that could greatly destablise their lives?

National
Updates from :  the scroll.in The imprint of the state in all aspects of life is massive, so the state’s idea of the national good often prevails. Politicians – the informal anthropologists of everyday life – understand social beliefs and behaviours far better than historians, political scientists and public commentators. This is because their existence as successful politicians depends on it. For the others, there are no serious personal or professional consequences. If “the people” fail to live up to their expectations, then that becomes a cause of bewilderment and sadness. It is assumed that “the people” have been misled or do not understand their own interests. There are two significant lacunae in both popular as well as scholarly writings on the relationship between belief
In charts: Water is more expensive for the poor than the rich – a new report calculates by how much

In charts: Water is more expensive for the poor than the rich – a new report calculates by how much

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Updates from :  the scroll.in The report looks at water affordability in 15 cities, two of them in India. How much does a tanker of water cost in Mumbai? About 52 times the price of piped water, a new study has found. The study, published in the form of a working paper by the World Resources Institute, maps water access and affordability in 15 cities around the world, including Mumbai and Bengaluru. In both cities, it found that piped water supply is erratic: just three hours for three days of the week in Bengaluru and seven hours a day in Mumbai. The worst off are people living in informal settlements who do not have access to piped water and are forced to buy tanker water at exorbitant prices. Since piped water is subsidised in India, this means “poor households which are n
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