VAN BUREN COUNTY, MI — A fake document is reportedly making the rounds stating that mask requirements in private businesses are illegal, county officials say.

a sign on the side of a building: A masks required sign sets outside of a business on July 31, 2020.

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A masks required sign sets outside of a business on July 31, 2020.

Meant to resemble an official response to the Freedom of Information Act, and purporting to be authored by the Van Buren county clerk, the letter states that the state’s executive orders “mandating masks, social distancing guidelines and other pandemic requirements is now null and void.”

The letter cites a recent decision by the Michigan Supreme Court, which found that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer could not extend the state’s coronavirus state of emergency earlier this year, and further claims that businesses cannot deny a person entry if they do not wear a mask, and could face “fines and or imprisonment” for enforcing basic COVID-19 safety precautions.

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By Neha Arora and Aftab Ahmed

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India plans to offer $4.6 billion in incentives to companies setting up advanced battery manufacturing facilities as it seeks to promote the use of electric vehicles and cut down its dependence on oil, according to a government proposal seen by Reuters.

A proposal drafted by NITI Aayog, a federal think tank chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said India could slash its oil import bills by as much as $40 billion by 2030 if electric vehicles were widely adopted.

The proposal is likely to be reviewed by Modi’s cabinet in the coming weeks, said a senior government official, who was not authorised to comment on the matter and declined to be identified. NITI Aayog and the Indian government did not respond to requests for comment.

The think tank recommended incentives of $4.6 billion by 2030 for companies manufacturing advanced batteries,

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