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News Dabba 9 September: 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 journalist Siddique Kappan getting bail, UK mourning for Queen Elizabeth, to Smrti Irani's ties to controversial Goa cafe revealed in RTI.


Journalist Siddique Kappan granted bail by Supreme Court, Indian Express


The Supreme Court Friday granted bail to Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan, Indian Express report. He was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh government while on his way to Hathras to cover the gangrape and murder of a Dalit girl in October 2020 and was subsequently booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The report adds that SC would allow Kappan to remain in Delhi and mark his presence in a local police station for six weeks, before relocating to his native place in Kerala, where he would have to report to the police. Read the full report on IE.


BBC's live updates: The UK mourns for the Queen

Queen Elizabeth II, UK's longest reigning monarch, passed away on Thursday at the age of 96. BBC's live updates have been covering how the country has been mourning for the Queen and condolences coming in from the world. The update adds that King Charles III, who became the new monarch immediately, is expected to address the nation today. The Queen was head of state of the UK and 14 other countries, including Australia, Canada and Jamaica. Read the full report on BBC.



The Quint's coverage on the plight of Bengaluru's sanitation workers during floods

The Quint, through its video and written report, brought to light the plight of sanitation workers in Bengaluru's Munnekollala, whose homes were inundated in the recent floods. The report says that while the people living in luxurious villas in the western region of the silicon valley sought refuse elsewhere, just a few kilometres away from the IT corridor, a settlement area of Pourakarmikas (sanitation workers) was also entirely flooded, damaging over 200 shanties. Most people who lived at this settlement area are now living inside makeshift tents with no help from the government or the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The report added that heaps of trash and a river of fecal matter started flowing inside these low-lying houses two days ago. Read/Watch the full report on The Quint.


Reuters: New N Korea law outlines nuclear weapons use

North Korea has officially enshrined the right to use preemptive nuclear strikes to protect itself in a new law that leader Kim Jong Un said makes its nuclear status "irreversible", reuters report said. It also bars denuclearisation talks, state media reported on Friday. The move comes as observers say North Korea appears to be preparing to resume nuclear testing for the first time since 2017. The North's rubber-stamp parliament, the Supreme People's Assembly, passed the legislation on Thursday as a replacement to a 2013 law that first outlined the country's nuclear status. Read the full report on Reuters.


RTI reveals controversial Goa Cafe Food Licence was issued to company controlled by Smriti Irani's Husband, the Wire


A Right to Information request has revealed that Silly Souls, the controversial Goa restaurant and bar located at a private home in Assagao, Goa has a food license issued by the state Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration to a company controlled by Union minister Smriti Irani’s husband and their children. The Wire's report on the same adds that Irani had told the Delhi high court in a sworn statement last month that she and her daughter had no connection to the restaurant. The Union woman and child development minister has been battling criticism ever since the Goa excise commissioner issued a notice in July alleging the liquor license of Silly Souls Cafe and Bar had been renewed illegally. An RTI response from the Goa government to advocate Aires Rodrigues has revealed that the FDA’s license was issued in the name of Eightall Food and Beverages Limited Liability Partnership, the very company in which two firms controlled by Smriti Irani’s husband and family, own a 75 percent stake. Read the full report on The Wire.