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News Dabba for 08 November 2023: 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 Bihar CM's apology over remarks on family planning, the massive network outage in Australia to NIA raids in 10 states.


Indian Express on Bihar CM's apology over remarks on family planning

A day after his remarks on educated women and family planning sparked controversy and led to a reprimand from the National Commission for Women (NCW) and criticism from the Opposition, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday apologised for his statement with folded hands. Indian Express reports that on Tuesday, while speaking on the caste survey report in the Bihar Legislative Assembly, Kumar spoke about how educated women could prevent pregnancy. Read the full report here.


National Investigation Agency raids 10 States in human-trafficking cases, The Hindu


The Hindu reports the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on November 8 carried out searches across 10 States in human-trafficking cases. Tripura, Assam, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Haryana, Puducherry, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir are among the States being searched by the NIA in the cases. The raids are under way on the residential premises and other locations of suspects linked to these cases in close coordination with State police forces, the report says. Read the full report here.


Ohio votes to enshrine abortion rights in state constitution, BBC

Ohio voted to enshrine abortion rights in its constitution on Tuesday. BBC reports this marks a major victory for pro-choice campaigners in the state. Early returns showed almost 56 percent of voters in the conservative-leaning state had backed it. Its success is likely to bolster Democrats' hopes that abortion rights remain a winning issue ahead of elections in 2024, the report says. Read the full report here.


Early winter break in Delhi schools due to air pollution, NDTV reports

Delhi schools will close for a winter break from November 9 to 18 in view of the toxic smog that has blanketed the city for six straight days, ADTV reports as per the city's Directorate of Education said Wednesda. It noted "no respite from adverse weather conditions" has been predicted over the next few days. The decision to bring forward the vacation - normally in December-January - was made to protect children's health. The Delhi government is scrambling to contain the poisonous air hanging over residents' heads, the report adds, but with little success. Read the full report here.


Optus CEO apologises for mass network outage in Australia: Sydney Morning Herald


A nationwide network outage at telecom firm Optus left millions of Australians unable to make calls or use the internet for much of Wednesday. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the outage began at 4 am local time and lasted until around 6pm on Wednesday. It impacted about 10 million Optus customers and around 4,00,000 businesses and crippled transport systems, hospitals and government departments across the country. Meanwhile, Optus chief executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin apologised and implored customers to stick with the company. Read the full report here.