Daily Briefing: Inflation hits 17-month high; University of Kashmir PhD student arrested under UAPA

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Inflation hit its highest level in 17 months. Clothing, milk, vegetables and personal care are among the products that have become expensive. But the price spike has not had a negative impact on political outcomes, given the results of the recent national elections. Analysts point out several factors at play.

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A doctoral student at the University of Kashmir was arrested for an article written by him 11 years ago for an online newsmagazine. The newly established State Investigation Agency of Jammu and Kashmir Police said the article was “highly provocative, seditious and intended to create trouble in Jammu and Kashmir”. Recipient of a government scholarship for five years, the student was to get married in two weeks.

First of all, the Khargone district administration demolished their house built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Now the same administration has reaching out to family with rationing and rehabilitation options. But the family, who took refuge in an abandoned mosque nearby, rejected the administration’s offer to move them to a multiplex.

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In the past two months, Kali Ghat near the Ganges in Patna has seen large crowds during weekends, which is unusual. Sitting on the steps of the sprawling ghat, thousands of students – from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra – doodle on mock tests for the Group D Railway Examination. Meet the original idea of these 90-minute simulated test sessions, which spends up to Rs 45,000 per session from its own pocket.

A cafe located inside police lines in harapur has slowly begun to create a buzz in the area as it attempts to bring residents and police closer together in an informal setting. Two signs at the entrance to the Bailout Cafe list directions. One of them is that the cafe does not provide wifi in order to encourage interaction and conversation between people and the police.

Make formal introductions yourself. Ground travel to meet people. Use government guesthouses rather than hotels. Do not appoint parents as secretaries. These are among a do’s and don’ts list issued by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to ministers in his council as he tries to restore his governance credentials ahead of urban local body polls later this year – and elections in 2024 in Lok Sabha.

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