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News Dabba for 30 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 revocation of Opposition MPs suspension, Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh, to Imran Khan's conviction and sentencing.


All suspensions of Opposition MPs to be revoked, The Hindu

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Tuesday said that the government has requested the presiding officers of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha to revoke the suspension of MPs who had been suspended during the winter session of Parliament. The Hindu reports that the Minister made the remarks after an all-party meeting ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament which begins on January 31. Asked if the suspended MPs will come to the House from tomorrow, Joshi said "Yes", the report adds. An unprecedented 146 Opposition MPs were suspended from the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha during the winter session of Parliament. Read the full report here.


Hindustan Times: Soren took 1,200km road trip to Ranchi, as ED waited at Delhi airport


As the Enforcement Directorate (ED) continued to keep a close watch on Delhi airport to trace Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, the 48-year-old Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader decided to make the 1,200km return trip to state capital Ranchi by road. A report by Hindustan Times on the same said that Soren reached Ranchi in the early hours of Tuesday and later, held a meeting of the ruling alliance lawmakers at the CM House. Soren wasn’t at his south Delhi house when a team of ED officials reached at 7 am on Monday. It adds that the federal agency searched the south Delhi house in Shanti Niketan on Monday and camped at the site for nearly 13 hours waiting for him. Read the full report here.


Imran Khan jailed in state secrets case as election looms, BBC reports

Former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan has been sentenced to 10 years in jail, BBC reports, in a case in which he was charged with leaking state secrets. Khan, who was ousted by his opponents as PM in 2022, is already serving a three-year jail term after being convicted of corruption. He has called all the charges against him politically motivated. The report mentions that the conviction under the secrets act comes the week before general elections in which he is barred from standing. Read the full report here.


3 security personnel killed, 14 injured in Chhattisgarh Naxal attack: Indian Express

Indian Express reported that at least three security personnel were killed and 14 others injured in a Naxal attack at Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur-Sukma border on Tuesday.  According to officials, the personnel were patrolling in Sukma district when they came under fire. A new security camp was established today in Tekalgudem, a village on Bijapur-Sukma border, the report adds. After the establishment of the camp, Maoists opened fire on the CoBRA/STF/DRG force while they were conducting anti-naxal operations in Jonaguda-Aliguda area. Read the full report here.


The Straits Times on Vietnam, Philippines sealing deal on South China Sea security


The Straits Times reports that Vietnam and the Philippines agreed on Tuesday to boost cooperation among their coast guards and to prevent untoward incidents in the South China Sea. The two South-east Asian countries have competing claims over some parts of the South China Sea, a conduit for US$3 trillion of annual ship-borne trade that China claims almost in its entirety. The report says that the two memorandums of understanding on security covered “incident prevention in the South China Sea” and “maritime cooperation” among coast guards, according to a Vietnamese official who announced the deals during a formal ceremony in the country’s presidential palace. The agreement in Hanoi, details of which were not disclosed, could risk angering Beijing, it adds. Read the full report here.