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News of the day: Israeli military jets strike Gaza camp, Mahua Moitra writes to LS speaker over Apple security alerts and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 01.11.23, 06:43 PM
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Dozens of foreign passport holders could be seen entering the Rafah crossing from Gaza to Egypt. The Palestinian death toll in the Israel-Hamas war has reached 8,525, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza.

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Israeli airstrikes hit a densely populated refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 50 Palestinians and a Hamas commander, and medics struggled to treat the casualties, even setting up operating rooms in hospital corridors. An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) statement said the strike by fighter jets on Jabalia, Gaza's largest refugee camp, had killed Ibrahim Biari.

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TMC MP Mahua Moitra wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla flagging alerts received by several opposition leaders about 'state-sponsored' attacks on their iPhones, and urged him to provide them protection to continue doing their duties. On October 31, several Opposition leaders including Moitra, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, AAP's Raghav Chadha, Congress' Shashi Tharoor and his party's media and publicity department head Pawan Khera, and CPI(M) general Sitaram Yechury claimed to have received alerts from Apple about 'state-sponsored attackers trying to remotely compromise'' their iPhones.

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Both mobile and broadband Internet services would be suspended for 48 hours in most parts of central Maharashtra's Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar district from November 1 evening to stop the spread of rumours amid the ongoing Maratha quota agitation. Maratha quota supporters observing an indefinite fast in Maharashtra's Thane city asked NCP leader Jitendra Awhad to step down from the stage where they were carrying out the protest when he went to meet them. Leaders at an all-party meeting on Maratha quota chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde passed a resolution asking activist Manoj Jarange to call off his indefinite fast. 

Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Vinayak Raut has written a letter to President Droupadi Murmu, seeking time to meet her and demand a special session of Parliament to discuss the issue of reservation for Maratha and Dhangar communities. Police have stepped up security at the residence of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Nagpur in view of the ongoing agitation in parts of the state over the Maratha reservation demand. Activist Manoj Jarange reiterated that he will stop drinking water from this evening if his demand for reservation to the Maratha community is not fulfilled by the Maharashtra government. 

The Beed administration lifted curfew imposed in parts of the district after violence during the Maratha quota agitation on October 30. A group of legislators from various parties staged a protest near the Maharashtra secretariat 'Mantralaya' in Mumbai in support of the demand for reservation to the Maratha community. Maharashtra's Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Sanjay Saxena has visited Beed district to take stock of the situation after large scale violence there during the Maratha quota agitation. 

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Jet fuel or ATF price was cut by almost 6 per cent after four rounds of monthly increases since July, while commercial cooking gas (LPG) rates were raised by a steep Rs 101.5 per 19-kg cylinder in line with international benchmarks. Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) price was cut by Rs 6,854.25, or 5.79 per cent, in the national capital to Rs 1,11,344.92 per kl from Rs 1,18,199.17, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.

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Pilots and crew members cannot use mouthwash, tooth gel or any such substance that has alcoholic content, as that could result in positive breath analyser test, according to revised norms issued by aviation regulator DGCA. In a release, DGCA said it has revised the Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) on procedure for medical examination of aircraft personnel for alcohol consumption with the objective of enhancing safety of aircraft operations coupled with streamlining provisions of the existing regulations in line with feedback from industry and stakeholders from time to time for more effective implementation.

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US President Joe Biden would meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC Leadership Summit in San Francisco later this month, the White House has confirmed. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also been invited for the APEC Leadership summit by President Biden.

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BCCI has banned the display of fireworks during the remaining World Cup games in Delhi and Mumbai due to worsening air quality in the two mega cities. “BCCI is sensitive to environmental concerns. I took up the matter formally with the ICC and there won’t be any fireworks display in Mumbai, which can add to the pollution level," said BCCI secretary Jay Shah in a statement.

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Manufacturing activities in India decelerated in October as new orders increased at the slowest pace in a year, triggering a softer rise in output and employment, a monthly survey said. The October PMI data pointed to an improvement in overall operating conditions for the 28th straight month.

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Star India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who is recovering from an ankle injury, is unlikely to return to action before the team's World Cup match against the Netherlands on November 12. He missed the games against New Zealand and England and is also set to miss the fixtures against Sri Lanka on November 2 and South Africa on November 5.

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