SAHUKAARS BAHI KHATA MAKES A COMEBACK
It is a Monday, and as Monday’s go, we bring you the wrap of the weekend and the latest in happening from India and abroad. Yes, the budget came and went and honestly the only thing that was worth talking about the budget was that it reclaimed Indian ness by getting rid of the briefcase by wrapping it in red cloth and calling it Bahi Khata, literally translating into accounts rather than budget.
But hey, let us not get trapped into things western. Bahi Khata, that ledger that has been the quintessential symbol of the baniya’s and sahukars books used for money lending is back being the symbol of India again.
THIS MORNING: AT LEAST 29 DEAD AS BUS FALLS INTO GORGE ON YAMUNA EXPRESSWAY IN AGRA
It is 8th July 2019 and not a good start to the week, with news coming in from Uttar Pradesh, where at least 29 people were killed after a bus fell into a gorge on Yamuna Expressway in Agra. The bus was carrying 40 passengers and according to ANI rescue work in underway.
MUMBAI AUTORICKSHAWS MAYBE ON STRIKE FROM MONDAY MIDNIGHT
As an aside, before I go ahead with news political, if you are in Mumbai and autorickshaw is a part of your life, well then Commuters across Maharashtra may be dealt a serious blow with auto drivers threatening to go on an indefinite strike starting Monday midnight. The drivers’ demands include a shutdown of Ola and Uber services, hikes in fares, and a crackdown on illegal autos. Government officials have said auto union leaders could be booked under the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA), if need be.
HDK RETURNS TO BENGALURU TO SAVE GOVERNMENT FROM FALLING AS THEIR TEN DISSIDENT LAWMAKERS ARE FLOWN TO MUMBAI ON BJP’s RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR’s PLANE
And now we return to the political news and since we are on returns, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy returned to Bengaluru on Sunday, 7 July, after a 10-day US trip and began holding a series of meetings from the airport itself with leaders of his party JD(S) and its ally Congress in a bid to rescue the coalition government. Sources close to him said at least some of the rebel lawmakers of the ruling coalition, who resigned over the last week, bringing the government to the verge of collapse, may return to the fold. Four to be exact.
Now is this part of BJP conspiracy or is it just the coalition? Well both to be precise. Internal issues within Congress, the coalition stress and it would be naïve for one to think that BJP now won’t take advantage, something that it has been trying and failing repeatedly. According to NDTV this morning, The chartered plane in which ten dissident lawmakers of the Congress and the Janata Dal Secular (JDS) flew from Bengaluru to Mumbai belongs to a company associated with Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a Rajya Sabha member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, company sources said in Bengaluru.
JYOTIRADITYA AND MILIND DEORA RESIGN PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE OLD GUARD, WILL KAMAL BE THE NEXT CONGRESS PRESIDENT?
Speaking of the Congress, why the sudden spate of resignations by the relatively younger members of the party. Now, will this week see some clarity emerging from the ranks of Congress after Jyotiraditya Scindia and Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora also resigned on Sunday? Both had an important role to play as the Assembly elections are due in Maharashtra after three months and UP also ain’t so far away. Both Scindia and Deora are close to Rahul and their resignations might be a signal that other office-bearers too should follow suit. Although many have resigned, some have surprisingly chosen to ignore the trend despite clear hints in Rahul’s statement. Read Gehlot and Kamal Nath, amongst other old blood of the party. Will they resign? I seriously doubt it.
But what does seem like a possibility is that Kamal Nath may be the next Congress President and that would mean the Akalis going nuts on Captain Amarinder’s ass. And that would also mean Scindia becoming CM. but let’s wait and watch.
AFTER PRO KASHMIR AND ANTI- MOB LYNCHING BANNERS SPOTTED OVER INDIA-SL MATCH, ICC ASSURES NO REPEAT HAPPENS
And before we head to International news, a bit of cricket and politics mixing up.
After the episodes in Leeds during the India-Sri Lanka game, World Cup managing director Steve Elworthy has promised the Indian board that every step is being taken to avoid a repeat of the incident. A plane carrying the slogan ‘Justice for Kashmir’ was first seen flying over the Headingley Cricket Ground on 6 July, which was followed by another plane with the slogan ‘India Stop Genocide & Free Kashmir’.
It was further followed by another plane which asked people to stop mob lynching in India.
HARDLINE SRI LANKA MONK CALLS FOR BUDDHIST SINHALESE GOVERNMENT
And now off to International news and let us start with our neighbourhood, Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s most powerful Buddhist nationalist group rallied its hardline base on Sunday, saying they must aim to take democratic control of parliament to protect the community, amid heightened sectarian strains after the Easter attacks by Islamist bombers. The influential chief of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara said the politicians should leave the fight against Islamist extremism to the monks.
CENTRE RIGHT STORMS GREECE WITH ELECTION LANDSLIDE
In other news, Greece’s centre-right opposition party New Democracy has won the nation’s snap general election.
With most districts counted, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras admitted defeat to his rival, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
WIFE OF CHINA’S MENG, FORMER INTERPOL CHIEF, SUES AGENCY
Meanwhile, The wife of the former head of Interpol, who was detained in his native China, said on Sunday she had sued the global police cooperation agency for failing to protect his family and complicity in what she called China’s “wrongful acts”.
DJ “AFRONAUT”, WHO WAS SET TO BE FIRST BLACK AFRICAN IN SPACE, DIES IN MOTORBIKE CRASH
And before we wrap up for the day, A South African man who won the chance to be the first black African in space has died in a motorbike crash before turning his dream into reality, his family announced on Sunday.
Mandla Maseko, a part-time DJ and candidate officer with the South African Air Force, was nicknamed “Afronaut” after landing a coveted seat to fly 103km (64 miles) into space in 2013 in a competition organised by a US-based space academy.
CHEERS FOR RAPINOE AND JEERS FOR FIFA CHIEF AND MACRON AS USA BEAT NETHERLAND 2-0 TO WIN FIFA WORLD CUP TITLE FOURTH TIME
That is pretty much all I have for you except a huge round of congratulations goes out to the Megan Rapinoe, the player of the FIFA Women’s World Cup final.
Golden Boot, Golden Ball and the World Cup. Megan Rapinoe made her mark in style.
With boos for Gianni Infantino, the Fifa president, and French president Emmanuel Macron as United States fans demanded equal pay for the players after their team claimed a fourth global title by beating the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday.
Unlike some other sportsmen, who would rather wear an insignia than courage on their sleeves, Rapinoe obviously has also taken issues with Trump, earlier in the tournament she said, she would not visit the White House if the team won the title and were invited.
So let your week be more inspired by Rapinoe than anyone else in the news today. Have a fantastic week ahead and stay warm, hydrated and safe. Until tomorrow, good day from takeapart.in