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News Dabba for 12 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 Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra to begin from a changed venue, the Polar vortex about to unleash cold across the US, to the US, UK's strikes against Houthis in Yemen.


US, Britain carry out strikes against Houthis in Yemen: Reuters

The United States and Britain carried out strikes from the air and sea against Houthi military targets in Yemen overnight in response to the movement's attacks on ships in the Red Sea, Reuters reports. Witnesses in Yemen confirmed explosions throughout the country, saying raids targeted a military base adjacent to Sanaa airport, a military site near Taiz airport, a Houthi naval base in Hodeidah and military sites in Hajjah governorate. A Houthi military spokesperson said 73 strikes had killed five of the group's fighters and wounded six others. The attacks would not go without "punishment or retaliation" and the group will continue to target ships headed for Israel, he said, as per the report. Read the full report here.


Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra to begin from private ground in Manipur's Thoubal


The Congress on Friday, January 12, 2024 said that the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will be flagged off from a private ground in Manipur's Thoubal district on January 14, The Hindu reports, instead of the State capital Imphal. Congress's Manipur president Keisham Meghachandra said that permission was sought to begin the yatra from the Hapta Kangjeibung ground in Imphal but the State government gave the go-ahead with certain conditions, forcing to change the venue at the last moment. The report says Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge will flag off the yatra from there. Read the full report here.


Polar vortex about to unleash cold across the US, The Straits Times

The polar vortex is about to unleash an Arctic chill across much of the United States this weekend, The Straits Times reports. An area of cold air around the North Pole, known as the polar vortex because of its counter-clockwise flow, is set to expand and push a frigid blast south. The report says that temperature in Kansas City, Missouri, is expected to drop to minus 21 degree Celsius on January 13, while Iowa City is expected to fall to minus 12.7 degree Celsius. The freeze marks an abrupt shift from December 2023, when spring-like temperatures enveloped parts of the country. Read the full report here.


2 arrested in Bengal over mob attack on probe agency team

NDTV reported that residents of Fokir Tokia under Nazat Police station in North 24 Parganas, Mollah and Sardar were identified as part of the unruly mob that attacked the ED officers. Both Mollah and Sardar are believed to be involved in the violent attack that targeted the probe agency team during a raid on the residence of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Shajahan Sheikh.The attackers not only inflicted "grievous" injuries on three ED officers but also seized personal belongings, including mobile phones and wallets, the probe agency claimed as per the report. Read the full report here.


Indian Express: SC refuses to stay new law excluding CJI from panel picking CEC, ECs


The Supreme Court on Friday declined a request for an interim stay of the new law excluding the Chief Justice of India from the panel to select the chief election commissioner (CEC) and election commissioners (ECs). Indian Express reported that a two-judge bench presided by Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued notice on a plea by Congress leaders Jaya Thakur and Sanjay Narayanrao Meshram. “Please, we can’t stay a statute like this,” Justice Khanna said as Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the petitioners, pressed for a stay. The government recently enacted a new law — The Chief Election Commissioner and Other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Conditions of Service and Term of Office) Act, 2023 — excluding the CJI from the selection panel. Read the full report here.