QWrap: RaGa Ends 3-Day Gujarat Tour; The Making of Ma Durga Idols

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1. Rahul Wraps His Gujarat Tour

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday completed his three-day visit to Gujarat ahead of the state elections scheduled later this year.

In Rajkot on Tuesday, the Gandhi scion said the Gujarat government was being remote controlled from New Delhi. Later addressing the traders and businessmen, he said the implementation of GST wasn’t well planned and that he would put pressure on the government to simplify the taxation process.

“The most difficult job in India is to be an honest politician. An honest politician suffers the most, I have experienced it,” added Gandhi yesterday.

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2. BHU Gets New Chief Proctor

Amid multiple probes ordered by the UP government, in the alleged sexual molestation and widespread protests that followed, BHU's Chief Proctor ON Singh resigned from his position late on 26 September. Singh said he was taking “moral responsibility” for the violence that erupted when students were protesting an alleged molestation on 23 September.

His resignation, submitted to Vice Chancellor GC Tripathi, was accepted.

Hours after BHU’s Chief Proctor ON Singh’s resignation was accepted by the VC, Mahendra Kumar Singh has been appointed for the post.

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3. GJM’s Bimal Gurung Weathers Backlash After Calling Off Gorkhaland Strikes

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Bimal Gurung on Tuesday announced the withdrawal of its indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling, 105 days after its complete shutdown.

The announcement came hours after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh appealed to them to call off the strike and invited them for talks to find an amicable solution to the issue.

In an audio clip from an undisclosed location, Gurung urged hill residents to resume transport services, reopen shops and schools and colleges. He also extended greetings for the festive season

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4. Yashwant Sinha Writes on the “Mess Jaitley Made of the Economy”

Criticism of Arun Jaitley’s performance as Union Minister of Finance came from an unusual quarter – senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.

In a column published in The Indian Express, Sinha wrote that he would be “failing his national duty” if he didn’t speak of the “mess” made of the economy by Jaitley.

Further, he pointed out the failing health of the Indian economy, which has been affected by a “badly implemented” GST. Acknowledging that demonetisation was not responsible for the deceleration of the economy, he said it “added fuel to fire.”

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5. Breathing Life Into the Goddess: The Anatomy of a Durga Idol

Lights, camera, festivity!

Durga Pujo is here and the celebrations are underway. Pandal-hoppers teem the streets and the smell of chicken rolls and biryani waft through the air as a thousand cameras click furiously everywhere you look.

Kodak cameras may have given way to mobile selfies, but there is so much about Pujo that stays the same. Year after year after year. Or as we say in Bengali, “Aashche bochor, abaar hobe!”

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Video producer: Hera Khan

Video Editor: Ashutosh Bhardwaj

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