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News Dabba for 09 April 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 MVA seat-sharing pact, Israel's ultimatum for Rafah, to EC's probe against Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar.


MVA seat pact final, Team Thackeray To Contest 21 Seats, NDTV reports

The Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance in Maharashtra has reached a deal for the state's 48 Lok Sabha seats, NDTV reports. The Shiv Sena faction led by former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray gets the lion's share - 21 seats - with the Congress allotted 17 and 10 reserved for Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) group. Thackeray's Sena will also contest four of Mumbai's six seats - North West, South Central, South, and South East seats. The Congress will contest the other two - North and North Central. The report adds that Bhiwandi and Sangli seats - which all three claimed - have been given to Sharad Pawar's NCP and Thackeray's Sena. The MVA's seat-share deal comes as the MVA and Prakash Ambedkar's Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi have failed to agree on a deal. Read the full report here.


Hindustan Times: EC orders probe into Congress claims against Rajeev Chandrasekhar 


The Election Commission on Tuesday directed the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to verify any mismatch in the affidavit details submitted by Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar, who is contesting as a BJP candidate from Thiruvananthapuram. Hindustan Times reports that the  Congress had, on Monday, lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging that Chandrasekhar had given false information regarding his financial status in his election affidavit. According to rule any mismatch and falsification of affidavit is dealt with under Section 125 A of the Representation of People's Act 1951. Read the full report here.


March marks yet another record in global heat: The Straits Times

The world just experienced its warmest March on record, capping a 10-month streak in which every month set a new temperature record, the European Union's climate change monitoring service said, as per a report by the Straits Times. Each of the last 10 months ranked as the world's hottest on record, compared with the corresponding month in previous years, the EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said in a monthly bulletin. The 12 months ending with March also ranked as the planet's hottest ever recorded 12-month period, C3S said. The report said that from April 2023 to March 2024, the global average temperature was 1.58 deg C above the average in the 1850-1900 pre-industrial period. Read the full report here.


Centre directs YouTube to take down ‘National Dastak’ from its platform, Scroll.in

Scroll.in reports that digital news portal National Dastak, which has about 9,410,000 subscribers on YouTube, said on Monday that the Union government has asked the Google-owned platform to remove its channel. “The government wants to shut down National Dastak,” the news portal said in a post on X. “YouTube sent a notice on April 3. Article 19 [another YouTube channel] has also received a notice. All this is happening while the model code of conduct is in effect.”  As of Tuesday afternoon, the news portal’s YouTube channel was running, the report adds. Read the full report here.


Israel says ‘date set’ for Rafah invasion amid ceasefire talks, Al Jazeera


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a date has been set to invade Rafah in southern Gaza, Al Jazeera reports, as truce talks with Hamas in Cairo are ongoing but do not appear close to the finish line. In a video statement in Hebrew, Netanyahu reiterated his position that a ground military operation in Rafah, bordering Egypt, where more than 1.5 million Palestinians are sheltering, is essential for victory in the war. The report says that this comes as Hamas was presented with a new proposal in ceasefire talks at the end of the weekend, but one that does not appear to be able to secure a deal. Read the full report here.