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News of the day: Israeli air strikes kill 32 in south Gaza; Congress sent Rajasthan to top in corruption, says Narendra Modi and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 18.11.23, 05:55 PM
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Israeli air strikes on residential blocks in south Gaza killed at least 32 Palestinians, medics said, after Israel again warned civilians to relocate as it turns to attacking Hamas in the enclave's south after subduing the north. Internet and phone service was partially restored to the Gaza Strip, ending a telecommunications blackout that forced the United Nations to shut down critical humanitarian aid deliveries because it was unable to coordinate its convoys.

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The operation to rescue 40 labourers stuck in the partially-collapsed Silkyara tunnel in this Uttarakhand district has been suspended since November 17, when a US-made auger machine deployed to drill and push in pipes developed a snag. Their voices are getting weaker, their strength seemingly dimming, those keeping vigil outside the Silkyara tunnel said after speaking to their relatives trapped inside for seven days – and counting. An official of the Odisha government's labour department has spoken to workers from the state trapped after the collapse of an the tunnel.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi lambasted the Congress government in Rajasthan, alleging the party sent the state to the top in number of crimes and riots by letting anti-social elements loose with its policy of appeasement. Assembly polls are due to take place in Rajasthan on November 25 and counting of votes will be done on December 3.

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A voter turnout of 76.22 per cent was recorded in the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, which is the highest in the state's history, officials said. The voter turnout this time is the highest in the history of Madhya Pradesh since it was founded in 1956.

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Delhi's air quality improved overnight due to an increase in the wind speed and a change in the wind direction, but it still stands in the 'very poor' category, according to monitoring agencies. The relatively better air quality last weekend was attributed to rain. Air pollution levels surged in the following days due to intense firecracker bursting on Diwali night and a resurgence in stubble burning in the neighbouring states.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sent Vigilance Minister Atishi's report accusing Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar of using his position to enable a 'lucrative collaboration' between a company in which his son is a partner and the ILBS to to the Lieutenant Governor, sources said. Sources close to the chief secretary have claimed that his son is not a signatory of any Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the company and the ILBS.

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Varanasi district court gave 10 more days to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to submit its scientific survey report of the Gyanvapi mosque complex. According to the counsel for the Hindu side Madan Mohan Yadav, the ASI sought more time due to non-availability of the technical report.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin moved a resolution in the state Assembly to take up for reconsideration, 10 bills passed earlier by the House and returned by State Governor R N Ravi. The Assembly re-adopted 10 Bills returned by the State Governor recently.

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India and Australia -- the two best teams of the 2023 ODI World Cup -- have duly made their way to the final, promising a series of fascinating individual battles between the fierce rivals. As a unit, India have performed better than Australia and are favourites to lift the coveted trophy at home after 12 long years.

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Amazon is cutting hundreds of jobs in the unit that handles its popular voice assistant Alexa as it plows more resources into artificial intelligence. 'As we continue to invent, we're shifting some of our efforts to better align with our business priorities, and what we know matters most to customers — which includes maximizing our resources and efforts focused on generative AI,' Daniel Rausch, Amazon's vice president of Alexa and Fire TV, wrote.

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