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News Dabba 04 July: 5 stories across the web for a balanced news diet

Here are the daily updates that the internet is talking about through various news websites.

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Anushka Vani brings you the daily updates that the internet is talking about through various news websites. Here's a glance through some of the National and International news updates, from Sri Lanka coming to a halt as it faces scarcity of fuel and cash, global markets panicking over India possibly restricting rice export, Copenhagen mall shooting suspect's appearance before a judge for questioning, Eknath Shinde’s government winning the floor test by 164 in a house of 288, to California becoming the first state to provide free health care to low-income immigrants.


Sri Lanka crushes to a halt with no fuel and cash to survive, reports Al Jazeera


As Sri Lanka’s economic crisis deepens, the Sri Lankan Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said that only less than a day’s worth of fuel remains in the country, reports Al Jazeera. This has caused public transportation to come to a halt. According to the Minister, the petrol reserves were about 4,000 tons which would be sufficient just for a day’s worth of consumption. Additionally, the report also mentions that Sri Lanka extended school closures as there is not enough fuel for the teachers and children to reach classrooms. Sri Lankan Prime Minister (PM) Ranil Wickremesinghe has stated that the fuel shortage will last until July 22, as it expects the next oil shipment to arrive after that. Read the full report on Al Jazeera.


The Print’s report suggests that the world is now worried that India might restrict rice exports

After India banned exports of wheat in May as a means of keeping a check on the domestic food prices, the global markets have started to panic, with due to reports that the country might restrict the export movements of rice too. The Print reports that global markets are worried that this might as well push the prices of rice higher, worsening global food security. The report has provided an insight into India’s rice contribution to the world. India is considered to be a bigger player in the global rice trade. According to the estimates from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), India’s contribution to the global wheat trade stood at 3.5 percent in 2021-22. Read the full report on The Print.


BBC reported that the gunman involved in Copenhagen mall shooting to face the judge for questioning

Three people were killed in a shooting at a shopping mall in Denmark's capital Copenhagen on July 3. A 22-year-old man who has been suspected to be behind this act is due to appear before a judge for questioning, reports BBC. According to this report, the suspect has mental issues and there is no indication of a terror motive, the Danish Police have stated. In addition to this, it also mentions that the suspect had a rifle and a knife and his shooting was random and not targeted towards any specific reason such as gender or anything. In total, there about 30 individuals were injured during the attack. Read the full report on BBC.


Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde’s government wins the floor test, Indian Express

The Indian Express in today’s report covered that the Eknath Shinde-led Government comfortably won the floor test, ending the two weeks of political chaos in the state. The party won by 164 MLA votes in a 288-member house, with 99 voted against it. The report has also mentioned that after the death of a Shiv Sena MLA, the current strength of the legislative assembly is reduced to 287 from 288, so 144 is the majority mark. Read the full report on IE.  


CBS news cover story: California became the first state to provide free health care to all low-income immigrants


According to a report by CBS news, California will become the first state to guarantee free health care for all low-income immigrants living in the country illegally. This movement will provide coverage for an additional 7,64,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year. The report says that through this the state pledges to make low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid programme by the year 2024, regardless of their immigration status. Read the full report on CBS news.