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News of the day: ISIS module leader among 15 operatives arrested, Israel presses on with Gaza bombardments and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 09.12.23, 05:34 PM
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The seizure of 'unaccounted' cash after Income Tax department raids against an Odisha-based distillery group and its linked entities is expected to reach Rs 290 crore, making it the 'highest-ever' black money haul by any agency in a single operation, official sources said. A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured people that 'money looted from the public will be returned', the Income Tax (I-T) Department intensified its crackdown on a liquor distillery group in Odisha.

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In a massive crackdown on the ISIS terrorist organisation, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested its 15 operatives during multiple raids across Maharashtra and Karnataka, an official said. Several NIA teams swooped down on as many as 44 locations in Padgha-Borivali, Thane, Mira Road and Pune in Maharashtra, and Bengaluru in Karnataka early morning, and apprehended the 15 accused for allegedly promoting terror and terror-related acts and activities of the proscribed organisation, the official said.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin announced Rs 6,000 cyclone relief to people affected by cyclone Michaung. The assistance to people, whose livelihoods were affected by the cyclone, would be paid in cash by the government at the ration shops, the government said in an official release.

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Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy launched two schemes - free bus travel for women and health insurance of Rs 10 lakh to the poor - which are part of the six poll 'guarantees' announced by the Congress. Reddy commenced the two schemes in the Legislative Assembly premises in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, several ministers, AIMIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi who is the Pro Tem Speaker in the new Assembly and other dignitaries.

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Top Congress leadership held separate meetings to review the party's performance in the assembly polls in Rajasthan and Mizoram. While the review meeting for Mizoram was held earlier, the leaders from Rajasthan including former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and other senior leaders attended the review meeting for Rajasthan.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she has sought an audience with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to press the demands for the financial dues which the Centre owes to the state. Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary, organisation, K C Venugopal were also present at the review meeting.

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Israeli warplanes struck parts of the Gaza Strip overnight in relentless bombardments, including some of the dwindling slivers of land Palestinians had been told to evacuate to in the territory's south. Israel said that the military was rounding up Palestinian men in northern Gaza for interrogation, searching for Hamas militants, while desperate Palestinians in the south crowded into an ever-shrinking area, and the UN warned that its aid operation is 'in tatters.'

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Former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was elected as the leader of the BRS Legislature Party in the new Assembly. The BRS won 39 out of the total 119 seats in the recent Assembly election.

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Microsoft denied that it had taken control of OpenAI after Britain's anti-trust regulator said it was reviewing the nature of their partnership. Microsoft said last month it would take a non-voting position on the board of OpenAI, following a dramatic boardroom battle that saw the sudden ouster and return of CEO and founder Sam Altman.

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The death toll in the wall collapse during a pre-wedding function in Ghosi in Uttar Pradesh rose to seven with three more persons succumbing to injuries, a senior official said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to all the injured while directing officials to ensure free medical facilities to all the injured.

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