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News of the day: Rishi Sunak says UK stands with Israel, Hardik Pandya leaves field after twisting ankle and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 19.10.23, 05:35 PM
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A US analysis indicates that Israel was not responsible for the deadly blast at a Gaza hospital that killed hundreds of civilians on, the White House has said, basing its assessment on intelligence overhead imagery, intercepts and open source information. US President Joe Biden, a day after his return from Israel, would deliver a prime time address to the nation to state the country's stand on the Hamas' attacks against Israel and Russia-Ukraine war, the White House said. Biden said he was 'very blunt' with Israeli leaders that they would be 'held accountable' if they didn’t allow humanitarian assistance to relieve the suffering of people in Gaza displaced by its raging conflict with Hamas.

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told Israeli President Isaac Herzog that the UK stood in solidarity with Israel as the two met, with Sunak adding that it was also important to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. "Palestinians are victims of what Hamas has done. It's important that we continue to provide humanitarian access," he said.

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Supreme Court sought response of the Delhi Police on pleas of NewsClick founder Prabir Purkayastha and its HR head Amit Chakravarty against their arrest under anti-terror law UAPA. On October 16, the top court agreed to list the matter urgently after Kapil Sibal mentioned it before the bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud.

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AICC leader Rahul Gandhi said that he could feel that the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao-led BRS party is losing the upcoming Assembly polls in Telangana. "I feel that KCR is going to lose the elections. This is a fight between Dorala Telangana and Prajala Telangana...a fight between Raja and Praja," he said.

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Madras High Court dismissed the bail petition of DMK Minister V Senthil Balaji, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case, saying he was likely to influence witnesses if enlarged on bail. The judge said the health report of the petitioner does not appear to be a medical condition which could be taken care only if he was released on bail.

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India suffered an early setback in their World Cup contest against Bangladesh when all-rounder Hardik Pandya left the field after twisting his ankle while bowling his first over. The incident took place during the third delivery of the ninth over when Pandya attempted to stop a straight drive from Bangladesh opener Litton Das with his right foot on his follow through.

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The government tweaked the cumbersome licensing norms to import IT hardware products like laptops and computers and put in place an online authorisation system for importers of these goods. The system, Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) Santosh Kumar Saranagi said, will ensure that it will be faceless and contactless, and there will be no hassles for importers to fill in their details.

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Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman who died in police custody in Iran last year, sparking worldwide protests against the country's conservative Islamic theocracy, was awarded the European Union's top human rights prize. Other finalists this year included Vilma Nunez de Escorcia and Roman Catholic Bishop Rolando Álvarez — two emblematic figures in the fight for the defence of human rights in Nicaragua — and a trio of women from Poland, El Salvador and the United States leading a fight for 'free, safe and legal abortion.'

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Internet major Google will make the Pixel series of smartphones in India and they will become available from 2024 onwards, a senior company official said. "We will start manufacturing Google Pixel series smartphones in India," Osterloh said at the Google for India event.

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Telecom gear maker Nokia said that it is planning to cut up to 14,000 jobs worldwide, or 16 per cent of its workforce, as part of a push to reduce costs following a plunge in third-quarter sales and profit. The company said it is aiming to lower its cost base by between 800 million euros ($843 billion) and 1.2 billion euros by the end of 2026.

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