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Global Roundup: Costa Rica's Pension Rights Victory, Maine's Court Vulnerability, India's Hinduization, and L.A. County's 2023-24 Budget

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Rafia Tasleem
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Global Roundup: Costa Rica's Pension Rights Victory, Maine's Court Vulnerability, India's Hinduization, and L.A. County's 2023-24 Budget

In a landmark decision in Costa Rica, a proposed bill seeks to grant pension rights to those who have contributed to the country's National Insurance Scheme (NIS). This is a substantial victory for the working-class victims of lapses in the NIS administration, as well as a direct challenge to the Ministry of Finance and the NIS Board. The decision validates President Ali's instruction to the NIS to clear all pending cases by the end of the year. This ruling underscores the NIS and employers' responsibility to maintain accurate and complete records.

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Probate Courts in Maine Vulnerable to Fraud

In the United States, probate courts in Maine are grappling with a lack of mechanisms to detect fraudulent activities. This vulnerability puts residents, especially older Mainers, at risk of financial exploitation, leading to an estimated annual loss of $4 million. Despite the significant impact, the state's probate courts have yet to establish adequate safeguards. Currently, there are no investigators or accountants assigned to monitor the finances of susceptible adults.

State Elections Reflect Unwavering Support for Modi

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In India, recent state elections suggest that support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains robust, heralding a future that seems increasingly hardline Hindu. The government has pursued three major ambitions, each deeply contentious and seen as attempts to Hinduize India's diverse populace. This article explores the implications and potential consequences of these policies.

Wide Range of Topics Reported

On a broader scale, reports have emerged on a diverse range of topics. These include U.S. states enacting legislation to limit gender-affirming care, the use of 'Gorilla Snot' in the cleanup of a hangar fire in Tustin, and the sad news of the passing of radio journalist Maria Emilia Martin, the creator of the popular radio show Latino USA.

L.A. County Budget for 2023-24 Fiscal Year Approved

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has ratified an amended budget for the 2023-24 fiscal year. This includes the addition of hundreds of positions and an increase in spending by over $3.4 billion. The new budget allocates $870.5 million of Measure H funding, the highest amount ever designated in a single budget year. However, the county may face future budgetary hurdles, including the need to settle childhood sexual assault claims filed under AB 218.

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