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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 Jamia students detained over BBC film screening, SC granting Ashish Mishra interim bail, to US and Germany ready to send tanks to Ukraine.


NDTV reports students detained at Delhi's Jamia over BBC film screening

Three members of a left-wing students' union at Delhi's prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia university were detained by the police on Wednesday over their plan to screen the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the mass communication department this evening. NDTV reports that police in blue riot gear and vans with tear-gas cannons reached the gates of the college in southeast Delhi. In an order issued on Tuesday, authorities at Jamia had said they will not allow any unauthorised gatherings on campus after the Students Federation of India announced the screening on Facebook. The documentary, based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat during the 2002 riots, has kicked up a storm. The government banned the film and asked social media companies to take down links to it. Read the full report here.


BBC report says US and Germany ready to send tanks to Ukraine


A BBC story says that the US and Germany reportedly plan to send tanks to Ukraine, in what Kyiv hopes will be a game-changer on the battlefield, after months of reluctance. US President Joe Biden's administration is expected to announce plans to send at least 30 M1 Abrams tanks. The report adds that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has also reportedly decided to send at least 14 Leopard 2 tanks. Russia's ambassador to the US said the news was "another blatant provocation". Read the full report here.


SC grants Ashish Mishra interim bail ‘initially’ for eight weeks, The Hindu

The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted interim bail for eight weeks to Ashish Mishra, the prime accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri killings and son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra, The Hindu reports. The court described the crime as "ghastly" and "unfortunate". The report adds that the court used its suo motu powers to similarly grant interim bail to four under-trial prisoners accused of lynching three men during the violence that broke out immediately after. An SUV allegedly belonging to Mr. Mishra's convoy had mowed down farmers protesting controversial agricultural laws in a rally at Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh on October 3, 2021. The report says Bench of Justices Surya Kant and JK Maheswari took suo motu cognisance of the "state" of the four under-trials, calling them "poor farmers". Read the full report here.


The Wire on BBC documentary's new episode: It claims Modi ‘hugely divisive’

The second (and final) episode of the BBC documentary series India: The Modi Question was aired in the UK on BBC Two last night. The Wire reports that it says that it inspects “the troubled relationship” between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s Muslim minority, after Modi was re-elected in 2019 with an increased majority over his government’s mandate in 2014. The report looks at the sudden reading down of Article 370 and the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. The documentary claims that despite Modi promising a “new age of prosperity” and a “New India”, the country, under his rule, has been “marred by religious turmoil”, the report adds. Read the full report here.


Al Jazeera report: As deadly protests continue, Peru’s government faces crisis


Al Jazeera report on the situation in Peru says that deadly protests in continuethe country nearly seven weeks after Dina Boluarte ascended to Peru’s presidency. The demonstrators, many of whom are Castillo supporters, have called for Boluarte’s resignation, as well as for new elections and a revised constitution. The report also adds that an estimated 50 civilians have been killed since the protests began. Al Jazeera spoke to protesters, political analysts and workaday Peruvians about possible solutions to a crisis. Read the full report here.