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News Dabba for 13 October 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 Israel telling Palestinians to move to southern Gaza, PM Modi's remarks on the conflict, to the Supreme Court warning the Maharashtra Speaker.


Al Jazeera live updates: Israel tells 1.1m Palestinians to move to southern Gaza

Israeli army tells more than 1 million trapped Palestinians living in the north of the besieged enclave to move south within 24 hours ahead of the expected ground offensive, Al Jazeera reports. UN says mass relocation is “impossible” and could have devastating consequences. Hamas has called Israeli warning “fake propaganda” telling residents to ignore order. The report adds that in Beirut, Iran’s foreign minister says the war may open on “other fronts” if the bombing of Gaza continues. At least 1,537 Palestinians were killed and 6,612 wounded in Israeli air attacks on Gaza. The number of people killed in Israel has reached 1,300. Read the full report here.


Terrorism against humanity, PM Modi at P20 Summit: The Hindu reports


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurating the ninth P20 Summit, said that ‘terrorism, no matter where it happens or for what reason, it is against humanity’. The Hindu reports that Modi lamented that there isn’t unanimity on the definition of terrorism even in the United Nations. He cautioned that conflicts and confrontations being faced by the world today do not benefit anyone, saying the world has to move forward with a human-centric approach. The report adds that the war between Israel and Hamas has so far claimed more than 2,800 lives on both sides, with more than 423,000 people displaced from their homes in the Gaza strip, according to the United Nations. Read the full report here.


Hindustan Times: Delhi HC rejects petitions by Newsclick founder Prabir Purkayastha

The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed NewsClick founder Prabir Purkayastha and human resource head Amit Chakraborty’s plea challenging their arrest by the Delhi police, The Hindustan Times reports. He is under arrest in a case lodged under anti-terror law the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the court order remanding them in police custody for seven days. Purkayastha and Chakravarty argued that their arrest and remand could not be sustained as the grounds of arrest were not supplied to them at the time of arrest and the remand order was passed by the trial court in a mechanical manner, in the absence of their lawyers. As per the report, the Court did not find merit in both petitions. Read the full report here.


Seoul sets up crowd control alert system for Halloween, The Straits Times

The Straits Times reports that Seoul will use a crowd control alert system during the upcoming Halloween festivities in October. The authorities are taking measures to prevent massive crowding that led to the Itaewon tragedy in 2022. The system can count the number of people captured by surveillance cameras and will alert the authorities to overcrowded places, as per local reports. The city government has increased manpower for its emergency situation room and implemented a set-up for the authorities to monitor live footage and updates given by emergency respondents. More than 900 surveillance cameras will be installed in Seoul by this year, the report adds. In 2022, more than 150 people were killed and more than 190 injured in a crowd crush in the nightlife district of Itaewon. Read the full report here.


Supreme Court raps Maharashtra Speaker for disqualification decision delay, NDTV


The Supreme Court on Friday slammed the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker for the delay in deciding the 2022 disqualification petitions against MLAs. NDTV reports that the Court said "this can't go on forever" and sought a schedule by Tuesday. Disqualification petitions against 39 MLAs, issued during the 2022 Shiv Sena rebellion that toppled the Uddhav Thackeray government, are pending before Speaker Rahul Narwekar. Eknath Shinde, who led the rebellion, is now Chief Minister and has also taken control of Shiv Sena. Narwekar, is from the BJP, has been accused of the Opposition for delaying a decision on the disqualification pleas. The report adds that the Supreme Court today said a decision on the matter has to be taken well before the next elections. Read the full report here.