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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 uproar in the Parliament Budget session over the Hindernberg report, the US black history syllabus changed, to Siddique Kappan walking out of UP jail after 28 months.


The Hindu's updates on Parliament's Budget Session: LS, RS adjourned for the day amid uproar

Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day amid sloganeering by Opposition members seeking discussions over allegations of fraud against the Adani Group. The Hindu's report on the same stated that a united Opposition, led by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, demanded a probe into the Adani group, either by a Joint Parliament Committee or a CJI-appointed panel. Earlier during the pre-lunch session, proceedings in both the Houses were adjourned till 2 pm after the Opposition demanded a discussion over the diminishing shares of the Adani Group, following accusations by the Hindenburg Research firm. Read the full report here.


US black history syllabus changed after Florida 'woke' claims, BBC reports


A US high school curriculum on African-American history has been revised after conservative critics complained it amounted to "woke indoctrination". BBC reports that Florida Republicans argued that a draft version of the new advanced-level course lacked educational value. The report further says the US College Board released the official syllabus on Wednesday removing some of the disputed subject matter. The National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organisation, called the revisions "disturbing". Read the full report here.


India Today: RBI asks Indian banks for details of exposure to Adani Group

India Today reports that the Reserve Bank of India has sought details from local banks about their exposure to Adani Group companies. The move comes following a $100 billion wipeout in the cumulative market valuation of the conglomerate since last week. The central bank has not given an official statement on the matter yet, the report adds. Shares of Adani Group companies continued their downward spiral on the stock market on Thursday, even as the conglomerate’s billionaire owner, Gautam Adani released a video statement to calm investors. Read the full report here.


Philippines agrees to allow US wider access to military bases, Al Jazeera

The Philippines and the United States have agreed to expand their defence pact, with US troops allowed access to four more military bases in the Southeast Asian nation, Al Jazeera reports. The agreement was unveiled during a visit to Manila by US Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin. He held talks with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr, who took office last year. The report says the agreement allows US troops to rotate through five Philippine bases, including those near disputed waters. Read the full report here.


NDTV reports Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan leaves UP jail after 28 months


Siddique Kappan, a journalist from Kerala held in custody for more than two years without trial after his arrest in Uttar Pradesh, was released today, NDTV reports. He had been in jail for over a month after he got bail in the two cases against him. The cases were filed while he was reporting on the alleged rape of a young woman whose death sparked nationwide protests. As per the report, Kappan was expected to walk out last evening, but he could not be released since the judge of a special court that hears money laundering cases was busy with a bar council election. Read the full report here.