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News Dabba for 21 March 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 Punjab and Haryana High Court slamming the state over Amritpal Singh, Mehul Choksi removed from Interpol's 'Red Notice' list, to the importance of Thai elections for Myanmar.


Court slams Punjab over Amritpal Singh, NDTV reports

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today slammed Punjab police and asked them to submit a status report in their operation against Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh, NDTV reported. "You have 80,000 cops. What were they doing? How did Amritpal Singh escape?," the High Court asked Punjab government as per the report. The court remarked that this is an intelligence failure of the state's police. The remarks come amid the Punjab Police action against the Khalistan leader and members of his outfit 'Waris Punjab De'. The Punjab police told the court that they launched a major crackdown against Amritpal Singh on Saturday. Read the full report here.


BBC reports court allows lawsuit in Indonesia cough syrup deaths


An Indonesian court allowed a class action lawsuit by parents whose children died or were injured by tainted cough syrup. BBC reported that  victims have brought the case against Indonesia's government and eight pharmaceutical companies. More than 200 Indonesian children have died of acute kidney injury since 2022. The report adds that apart from Indonesia, about 100 deaths have been reported in The Gambia and Uzbekistan. Read the full report here.


The Wire's report on Fugitive Mehul Choksi removed from Interpol's 'Red Notice' list

Fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi has been removed from Interpol’s Red Notice database, The Wire reports. He has been wanted in a Rs 13,000 crore bank fraud and had been on the list since December 2018. The report calls this a setback to the Indian probe agencies and says that the removal of the Red Notice means Choksi can travel around the world freely without any fear of being arrested by law enforcement agencies. Read the full report here.


Fate of Budget Session uncertain, Indian Express

On Tuesday, proceedings of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned abruptly until 2 pm within a few minutes of convening. Indian Express reports that clouds of uncertainty over Parliament’s Budget Session are getting darker. If the impasse is not broken, the government would have to find a way to complete the passage of the Budget. It also includes the passing of the Finance Bill, the report adds. However, amid the chaos, the Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation Bill, 2023, was passed in the Lok Sabha. Read the full report here.


Al Jazeera report: Myanmar’s democratic struggle at stake in Thailand’s election


Thailand’s elections are important for the more than 1.5 million Myanmar refugees and migrants who live in the Southeast Asian nation. Al Jazeera in its report says that they also present a hope a new government can put an end to Bangkok’s support for the military regime in Naypyidaw. Thailand itself was rocked by a military coup in 2014 when General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power from the elected government. The report adds that with the country heading to the polls within the next few weeks, support for Prayuth appears to be slipping. Read the full report here.