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News Dabba 19 August: Five 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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Indie Journal 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 CBI raids on Manish Sisodia's residence, national drought in China, to a case filed in the Maharashtra boat scare.


Indian Express explains raids on Manish Sisodia, alleged scam in Delhi’s liquor policy

The CBI on Friday raided the residence of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in connection with alleged corruption in the Delhi government’s now-withdrawn Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22. The explainer piece by Indian Express gives updates in the news, along with explaining the alleged scam in Delhi’s (now withdrawn) liquor policy. The CBI action is the latest development in the ongoing controversy regarding Sisodia and erstwhile liquor policy, the report says. The chain of events was set in motion on July 8, when Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar submitted a report to Lt Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena, in which Sisodia was accused of providing undue benefits to liquor vend licensees in lieu of “kickbacks” and “commissions”. Following the report, L-G Saxena recommended an investigation by the CBI. Read the full report on IE.


China issues first national drought alert, reports the Straits Times


China has issued its first national drought alert of the year, the Straits Times has reported. The authorities battle forest fires and mobilise specialist teams to protect crops from scorching temperatures across the Yangtze river basin. The report adds that the national 'yellow alert', issued late on Thursday comes after regions from Sichuan in the south-west to Shanghai in the Yangtze delta have experienced weeks of extreme heat. The alert is two notches short of the most serious warning on Beijing's scale. State media also reported an increase in cases of heatstroke. Read the full report on the Straits Times.


San Francisco faces surging hate crimes against AAPI community: TeleSUR

TeleSUR reports that for two years between March 19, 2020, and March 31, 2022, about 11,500 anti-Asian hate incidents were reported across the country to Stop AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) Hate, a website that aims to fight hate against Asian, American, Pacific and Islander communities by collecting racist hate cases. At the meeting held at the Chinatown Community Centre on Tuesday, the report says that many women told their stories of being attacked on the streets. Officials and Asian communities in San Francisco, in the western US state of California, addressed the surging hate crimes against the AAPI in the city during a town hall meeting earlier this week. Read the full report on TeleSUR.


NDTV reports case Filed Under Arms Act in Maharashtra boat scare


The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has registered a case against unidentified persons in connection with the yacht that was found off the Raigad coast near Mumbai with AK-47 rifles and live rounds on board, an NDTV report states. A first information report (FIR) under sections 7 and 25 of the Arms Act has been registered against unidentified persons. As per the report, Navi Mumbai unit of the state ATS is investigating the case, he said. The 16-metre-long yacht with three AK-47 rifles on board was found off the coast of Harihareshwar-Shrivardhan in Raigad district Thursday morning, causing a scare, although officials had maintained that there was no terror angle in it. Read the full report on NDTV.


BBC: Children among dead due to storms in Europe

Powerful storms have battered areas of central and southern Europe, killing at least 12 people including three children. BBC reported that the deaths, most from falling trees, were reported in Italy and Austria, and on the French island of Corsica. Heavy rain and winds wrecked campsites on the island, while in Venice, Italy, masonry was blown off the belltower of St Mark's Basilica. The storms follow weeks of heatwave and drought across much of the continent, the report adds. Read the full report on BBC.