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Indian Man Sets Himself and Family on Fire over Debt

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An Indian man, known only as  Esakimuthu set his family on fire because of a bad debt.

The man succeeded in killing hi wife and two daughters in the process.

He however is in Intensive Care at the hospital for burns from d fire on Monday.

The incident occurred in Tamil Nadu state in southern India.

Sandeep Nanduri, the top local official in Tirunelveli district, said the man took a loanof 142,000 rupees ( about 753,000 naira).

The victim who is a laborer is said to have paid more than double the amount, but the lender was pushing for a further $3,000 more.

Nanduri said the man was allegedly pressured by police to repay the extra interest, driving him to desperation.

We have started an investigation over allegations that the police and officials didn’t help the man,”

“A police officer has been transferred and his role is being investigated.”Nanduri told AFP.

The lender has been arrested on charges of assisting suicide and breaching laws on charging exorbitant interest, Nanduri said.

Commercial Money Lending has been criminalized in many states in India.

All lenders, both formal and informal, are banned from charging interest rates above 21 percent on loans.

Thousands of low-income Indians, mostly farmers, are often denied loans by banks and rely on unscrupulous lenders for quick cash.

Private lenders charge steep interest rates upwards of 50 percent, locking borrowers in a cycle of debt. Many use threats and force to reclaim unpaid loans.

The Indian Police too in several cases have been implicit in cases involving money lenders

Hundreds of farmers crippled by debt have committed suicide in recent years, especially in Tamil Nadu where a bad drought put enormous financial pressure on poor families.

Nearly 48 percent of farmers in India took loans from informal sources such as moneylenders and landlords, according to a 2012 report by All India Debt and Investment Survey.

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India Unveils World’s Tallest Statue, “Statue Of Unity”

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India unveils the world’s tallest statue named the “Statue of Unity.”

The statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who was one of the country’s independence leaders has been unveiled. The “Statue of Unity,” located in India is 182 meters tall, making it the tallest statue in the world. The Indian president, Narendra Modi officially unveils the statue at an event attended by more than 5,000 police officers.

The president describes the statue as ‘an answer to all those who question the existence of India,’ saying that “the height of the statue is to remind the youth that the future of the country will be as huge as this.”

According to reports, the bronze-clad statue cost $430 million to build. The statue also houses a memorial garden and a museum at its base.

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Kanye West Is Taking A Break From Politics

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American rapper Kanye West is now breaking from political talk, saying he was used as a pawn and that his “eyes are now wide open.”

The rapper who once referred to the President of the United States as his brother takes to his Twitter page with a series of tweets declaring that his eyes are now wide open. On Tuesday, 30th October, Kanye West wrote a series of tweets breaking himself from President Trump’s beliefs.

He writes:

“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” he wrote. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”

Kanye who had earlier said Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hat made him feel like a superhero, also declaring “I love this guy” has said he is done being a messenger of beliefs that doesn’t appeal to him personally.

He also writes:

“I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most, I support prison reform, I support common-sense gun laws that will make our world safer.

“I support those who risk their lives to serve and protect us and I support holding people who misuse their power accountable. I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war.

“I would like to thank my family, loved ones, and community for supporting my ACTUAL beliefs and my vision for a better world.

“I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it.”

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Abuja Violence: Wuse 2 Witness Senseless Killings

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Abuja Violence

Abuja suddenly becomes unsafe as senseless killings are becoming the order of the day.

Gunshots are reportedly been fired in the Federal Capital territory again. This time, Wuse 2, also in Abuja is the location as members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) clash with authorities. The shots are not being fired by the Nigerian Army this time around; the security agency behind the fired shots is the Nigeria Police Force.

Members of the Islamic Movement classified as the Shiites were fired at Zuba and on Monday, shots were fired at these same sects at Nyanya – by the Nigerian Army after claims that the movement aimed at stealing ammunitions and attacked the soldiers. Even though, the public claim that the movement was unarmed peaceful protesters.

Social media users, once again share videos from the scene of the shootings in Wuse 2 warning people to stay off the area.

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