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News Dabba for 08 January 2024: Five stories 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 Supreme Court quashing remission of Bilkis Bano case convicts, Maldives envoy meeting India's MEA officials, to Sheikh Hasina on winning Bangladesh polls.


Maldives envoy meets MEA officials amid row over remarks against PM Modi: Indian Express

The High Commissioner of Maldives to India Ibrahim Shaheeb met officials of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Monday amid a row over remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by a number of Maldivian ministers on social media. Indian Express reported as per PTI that the MEA officials conveyed concern over the remarks. On Sunday, the Maldives government of President Mohamed Muizzu suspended three ministers for making derogatory remarks about PM Modi and the people of India. Read the full report here.


Supreme Court quashes Gujarat’s premature release of Bilkis Bano case convicts, The Hindu


The Supreme Court on Monday quashed the order of premature release granted by the State of Gujarat in August 2022 to 11 men sentenced to life imprisonment for the gang rape of Bilkis Bano and murder of her family during the 2002 riots. The Hindu reports that the court ordered them to report back to jail in two weeks. “Courts have to dispense justice and not see that justice is dispensed with,” Justice B.V. Nagarathna, heading a Bench also comprising Justice Ujjal Bhuyan, distinguished. The court held that the convicts were tried and sentenced in Maharashtra. It was Maharashtra, and not Gujarat, which had to consider and remit their sentence, the report adds. Read the full report here.


Sheikh Hasina on winning Bangladesh polls, Hindustan Times reports

Hindustan Times reports that Bangladesh's prime minister Sheikh Hasina secured a fifth term in power on Monday as her party took three-quarters of seats in parliament. The polls were boycotted by the country's opposition who described the process as "illegitimate". While Sheikh Hasina's government has been accused of human rights abuses and crackdown on dissent, the report states that her economic model has been praised. Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which participated in the 2018 vote but kept away in 2014, boycotted the polls claiming that Sheikh Hasina did not want to resign and allow a neutral authority to run the election. Read the full report here.


NDTV on fierce gunfight between security forces and insurgents in Manipur's Moreh

NDTV reports that a fierce gunfight between insurgents and security forces broke out today in Manipur's border town Moreh. Intermittent firing has been going on since last night, sources said. Reinforcements have been sent to the area, they said. There are no reports of injuries or casualties. Read the full report here.


Blinken says Palestinians must be able to stay in Gaza, BBC reports


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Palestinians must not be pressured into leaving Gaza, BBC reported. He added that they must be allowed to return to their homes once conditions allow. Blinken condemned statements by some Israeli ministers, who called for the resettlement of Palestinians elsewhere. The US official was in Qatar on his latest Middle East tour, the report mentions. His comments followed reports that up to 70 people were killed at Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza. Read the full report here.