Summary of diverse stories from Outlook India, including assurance of citizenship for Matuas, a weather-related tragedy in Gujarat, a memorable speech by Sharad Pawar, and health ministry's preparations for a potential pneumonia outbreak.
Matuas' citizenship rights assured
In a significant declaration, Union Minister Ajay Mishra has given assurance that the citizenship rights of the Matuas, a major Bengali Hindu community in India, are unassailable. The final draft of the CAA, which aims to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, is planned for release by March 2024.
Tragic lightning strikes in Gujarat
In a tragic weather-related incident, lightning strikes across Gujarat claimed the lives of 20 individuals. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) anticipates the rain activity to lessen by Monday in the region. Amit Shah, the Home Minister of India, has expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of this unfortunate event.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar recently disregarded rain to address a gathering in Mumbai, invoking memories of a previous speech in 2019. This event took place three days before the Maharashtra assembly polls in 2019, where Pawar campaigned for an NCP candidate for the Lok Sabha in Satara.
Preparations for potential pneumonia outbreak
With a potential pneumonia outbreak looming in China, the Union Ministry of Health is taking action. The ministry has directed states and union territories to review public health measures and the availability of essential supplies such as drugs, hospital beds, and oxygen. Disease surveillance implementation is also part of the plan, to ensure the country's preparedness for any health crisis.