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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 no immediate relief to the Muslim side in the Gyanvapi case, Jharkhand MLAs landing in Hyderabad, to the India-Maldives second meeting.


HC refuses to grant any immediate relief to Muslim side in Gyanvapi case, Indian Express

Hearing an application filed by the Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Committee in the Gyanvapi mosque case, the Allahabad High Court on Friday refused to provide any immediate relief to the Muslim side. Indian Express reports that a “preliminary objection” was raised by lawyers representing the plaintiff Shailendra Pathak on “the maintainability of appeal on the ground that the basic order dated 17.01.2024 has not been challenged”. The January 17 order passed by the district court of Varanasi had appointed the district magistrate of Varanasi as the receiver of the southern cellar of the Gyanvapi mosque in a case filed by Pathak, the head priest of the Acharya Ved Vyas Peeth temple. The high court also directed the Uttar Pradesh advocate general to ensure that law and order is maintained in Varanasi by the district magistrate, the report says. Read the full report here.


The Hindu: 44 Jharkhand MLAs land in Hyderabad amid political drama


Two chartered aircrafts carrying Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-led alliance MLAs from Jharkhand touched down at Hyderabad’s Begumpet airport this afternoon, The Hindu reports. The report says that that a total of 44 MLAs, representing Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have arrived in Hyderabad. The MLAs are said to be en route to the Leonia resort in Shamirpet. The unfolding drama began on Thursday when reports emerged that Jharkhand MLAs were being transported to Hyderabad from Ranchi. Read the full report here.


Gas blast in Kenyan capital kills three and injures nearly 300, BBC reports

BBC reports that a huge gas blast in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has killed at least three people and injured nearly 300. A lorry carrying gas exploded in Embakasi district at about 23:30 local time, "igniting a huge ball of fire", a government spokesperson said. Housing, businesses and cars were damaged, with the video showing a huge blaze raging close to blocks of flats. The report says the area has been cordoned off and an investigation is underway into the cause of the explosion. Read the full report here.


India, Maldives hold 2nd meeting on Male’s demand to withdraw military personnel: Hindustan Times

India and the Maldives on Friday held the second round of talks on Male’s demand for the withdrawal of all Indian military personnel from the Indian Ocean archipelago against the backdrop of strained relations between the two sides. Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu asked India to withdraw the military personnel by March 15, Hindustan Times reports, when the high-level core group set up by the two countries held its first meeting in Male on January 14. There was no word from either side on Wednesday’s meeting of the core group that was held at the external affairs ministry in New Delhi. Read the full report here.


NDTV: Law panel says criminal defamation should be retained as offence

The Law Commission has recommended that criminal defamation should be retained within the scheme of criminal laws in India, NDTV reported. In its report on the criminal defamation law, the panel asserted that it is important to keep in mind that the right to reputation flows from Article 21 of the Constitution and being a facet of right to life and personal liberty, it needs to be "adequately protected" against defamatory speech and imputations. Read the full report here.


The Guardian on indigenous reporter who was arrested for covering police action on Canada camp


The Guardian reports that a journalist in Canada who was arrested and charged while reporting on a police operation to clear an encampment for unhoused Indigenous people says she fears the charges will chill further reporting of marginalized groups. Brandi Morin, an Indigenous journalist, was arrested on January 10 while documenting police efforts to dismantle the camp in the city of Edmonton. Morin is due to appear in court on February 16. Read the full report here.