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1. Amit Shah in Amethi: What Has the Congress Done in 3 Generations?

Three days after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's visit, the Amethi constituency witnessed another high-profile event on 10 October, as BJP chief Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani, and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed a BJP rally in the Congress bastion.

Addressing a crowd at the rally, Amit Shah tore into Rahul Gandhi, and accused the Congress of neglecting its traditional bastion. "I want to ask Rahul Gandhi: You have been an MP for so long. Why hasn't Amethi got a collector's office or Akashvani FM radio till now," he asked.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Amit Shah's son Jay in Gujarat, saying he is the "icon of start-up India".

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2. Is the Delhi Metro Fare Hike Justified? A Price Parity Comparison

The Delhi Metro is one of the fastest modes of transport within the Delhi-NCR region. Don’t believe me? You should watch our 3-way race between a BMW, a cycle and the metro! But that’s not the point. The Metro is raising fares for the second time this year and everyone is crying foul. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation says the hike is needed as its costs have gone up by about 213 percent for repair and maintenance.

Is this fare hike justified? Well, there are two ways of looking at it.

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3. Trans Sailor Sacked from Indian Navy After Sex Change Surgery

The Indian Navy on Monday sacked a sailor who had undergone a sex-change surgery in 2016, holding him guilty of breaching service rules.

Manish Giri, a naval sailor, had undergone the sex change surgery in August at a hospital in Mumbai when he was on leave. "The Indian Navy has discharged Manish Giri, a naval sailor, evoking the clause of 'Service No Longer Required' under the Navy regulations," the Navy said in a statement.

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4. The World’s Quietest Killer: Are You Misunderstanding Depression?

A student jumps to his death. Your favourite singer takes his life. That friend who isolated themselves was feeling more than just “low”.

Depression is silently growing, slithering into our lives, taking lives, while we continue to take it lightly. The stigma attached to it is no secret.

Even in the “modern age” we live in, many don’t understand that mental health issues are as real and pervasive as meeting with an accident or getting cancer.

Depression is plaguing our country and affecting people around us more often than we realise. It is a medical condition, it won’t just go away.

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5. Cracker Ban Yay or Nay? Tharoor & Bhagat Battle it Out on Twitter

Author Chetan Bhagat took to Twitter on 9 October to criticise the Supreme Court’s move to uphold a ban on fireworks in Delhi-NCR till 1 November.

He said that bursting firecrackers was a traditional part of Diwali and compared it to decorating Christmas trees, or sacrificing goats during Eid.

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