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Rahul Gandhi blames demonetisation for negative GDP growth

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday blamed the 2016 demonetisation for the slump in the Indian economy which recently hit a steep minus 23.9 per cent drop in GDP in the April-June quarter.

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Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday blamed the 2016 demonetisation for the slump in the Indian economy which recently hit a steep minus 23.9 per cent drop in GDP growth in the April-June quarter. In a video put out earlier today, the Congress leader said the November 8, 2016 decision to demonetise the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes had led to the negative GDP shock and said the country must unite and fight. He called demonetisation an attempt to exterminate the poor, farmers and the unorganised sector.

Continuing with his series of video salvos at the Narendra Modi government, the former Congress president said the prime minister’s dream of realising a cashless India had turned into a project to rid the country of its farmers, labourers and small traders. Gandhi said the impact of the decision of November 8, 2016 had led to the disastrous GDP drop, said to be the sharpest decline in 40 years.

 The Congress leader asked the point of demonetization was to unearth black money but ended up unduly hurting the poor and benefiting industrialists. He also alleged that industrialists also had their loans waived.

The Indian economy shrank by a record minus 23.9 per cent GDP in the first quarter of the current fiscal. It is for the first time in 40 years when the GDP registered negative growth. During the coronavirus lockdown put in place in March and then extended as required, construction activity halved in the first 3 months and the manufacturing sector output fell through the floor at 39.3 per cent. Similarly, the gross value addition in mining dropped 23.3 per cent.

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The state of the economy has been of concern ever since the lockdown came into the picture. Opposition leaders had warned of the precariousness of the economy before the coronavirus outbreak. The Centre and state governments are in a stand-off over GST dues with the Union government asking states to borrow money from the market, while the states have pointed to the GST statute where the Centre is to compensate states for shortfall.

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Gujarat: Bajrang Dal activists beat up Muslim youths for entering Garba event in Ahmedabad

Reports say the incident took place in the Sindhu Bhavan area on Tuesday night.

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A video is doing rounds on social media wherein Bajrang Dal activists can be seen thrashing Muslim youths for entering a Garba event in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad. Reports say the incident took place in the Sindhu Bhavan area on Tuesday night.

In the now-viral video, Bajarang Dal members can be seen beating up two Muslim youths. One of the youths is stripped, punched, and kicked by the activists donning saffron scarves.

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Reports also stated that Bajrang Dal activists are taking rounds around all Garba venues to prevent the entry of Muslim men. According to them, Muslim men only enter Garba events to lure Hindu women leading to love jihad.

A VHP Bajrang Dal spokesperson informed that as many as forty activists visited two Garba venues on Tuesday and distributed pamphlets among women and girls to create awareness against Love Jihad. They asked the girls and women to be careful while speaking to men from other religions or communities, reports said.

Soon after the video of Bajrang Dal activists went viral, social media users reacted to it. While a section of users condemned the act and slammed the outfit for unnecessary moral policing, others showed their support.

One user wrote RSS, VHP, and Bajrang Dal are involved in violent activities against religions other than Hindus. The user further wrote that it’s a form of provoked extremism and such organisations should be banned.

Another user questioned the law and order and slammed Bajrang Dal. Yet another user called the incident humiliating and merciless.

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Meanwhile, Navratri started on September 26 this year. The 9-day-long festival will end on October 5 with Vijaya Dashmi. Multiple Garba events have been organised in different cities across India which makes the festival exuberant.

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Andhra Pradesh woman allows husband to marry his ex, all three to live in the same house

Tweeple got reminded of Sridevi-Anil Kapoor starrer Judaai after learning about this Andhra Pradesh incident.

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People recreating a movie scene in real life can be fun but this time a similar incident took place in the city if real essence of India. An Andhra Pradesh woman woman got her husband married to his ex-lover with all her consent.

Merely a TV scene came to live when a wife made his husband marry his former liver. Moreover, the three of them are planning to live together under the same roof. Reportedly, the incident took place at Ambedkar Nagar of Dakkili in Tirupati.

The man recognized as Kalyan is a video content creator who married his first wife Vimala from Kadapa district two years ago. Apparently, the two met on social media. However, before this marriage, Kalyan was in a long-distance relationship with another woman named Nithya Sree. She is an influencer from Visakhapatnam and the two parted ways owing to circumstances.

The duo became popular on social media, amassing a large following on sites like YouTube and Share Chat. Later, Nitya Sree even moved into their neighborhood.

When Vimala came to know about her husband’s old relationship, she somehow agreed for their marriage, despite the fact that there is no legal authorization to the union. In the presence of his first wife, Kalyan married Nithya Sree on Wednesday at a local temple.

Following the ceremony, the trio posed for photographs as well. The photographs gained attention on social media. While tweeple were confused over the legal authorization of the union, others got reminded of Sridevi-Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matonkar starrer Judaai.

In the movie also, Sridevi gets her husband (Anil Kapoor) married to Urmila for the sake of money. However, things turn ugly when crucial moments tests their dynamics. Hence, in this Andhra incident also, it will be interesting if another follow up comes over.

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3rd standard Bihar boy teaches 10th class students, is popularly known as Chote Khan Sir | Watch

The third standard Bihar boy named Bobby revealed that he takes tuition from the famous Khan sir.

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A hilarious video has taken over the internet where a third standard Bihar boy can be seen teaching 10th class students in a coaching center. The video was shared by a local journalist from Patna’s Masaudhi shows little Bobby teaching students up to class X.

The boy is now famously called Chote Khan sir in Patna’s Masaudhi. The video shows the boy teaching in a higher grade, where a journalist can be seen talking to him and the boy speaks more than his age.

Starting off with a monologue, the boy says, being poor is not a crime but dying poorly is a crime. One should always strive to become a better version of themselves. The reporter later goes to other kids in the class and they say that Bobby sir teaches them.

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In the video, the journalist asks the boy about one of the maths equations and the boy is also seen writing something on the board. However, what turns out to be unfavorable is that the answer given by Bobby was not only wrong but the kids there were unaware enough to point out the mistake.

Tweeple in the comment section wrote about the equation being wrong and even pointed out the level of education in Bihar. A user also wrote that when a third standard student can be seen teaching in 8-10th standard what else can we expect from such a youth rather than wasting opportunities and times.

The 3rd standard kid, Bobby even reveals that he goes to study from Khan sir. For the unversed, Khan Sir is a famous coaching teacher in Patna, who also gives classes on YouTube. He runs Khan GS Research Centers and is known for his unique teaching skills.

However, 8 months back an popular Patna’s Khan sir who is famous for his YouTube channel and giving lessons in a witty way was booked for inciting violence.

An FIR was filed against Khan sir, others for inciting violence during a protest in Patna. During that time, several protestors burned effigies and even burned trains in protest against the result of RRB-NTPC.

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