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Nitish Kumar Clarifies Stance on Media Boycott Controversy Bihar’s Chief Minister and leader of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), Nitish Kumar, provided clarification on Saturday regarding his position on the alleged media boycott plans by the INDIA bloc. Kumar asserted that he does not endorse the banning of journalists. He expressed his unwavering support for press freedom and emphasized that journalists should have complete freedom to express their views. While acknowledging the perception of central government influence over certain journalists, he reiterated that he is not against any specific group.

Nipah Outbreak Impacts Local Fruit Sales Small and large-scale fruit farmers in Kozhikode, particularly those from the eastern hilly regions of the district, are facing concerns as the public is increasingly avoiding the purchase of locally grown fruits like rambutan, dragon fruit, and guava. This decline in sales of locally grown fruits is attributed to the Nipah outbreak in the Kerala district and echoes a similar trend observed during the initial outbreak of the disease in 2018. Although Kerala reported no new cases on Saturday, the state has confirmed six cases of Nipah infection, with two fatalities, leaving four active cases.

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