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News of the day: Snag set right, drilling to resume at Silkyara tunnel; Israel-Hamas start first truce in Gaza war and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

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Rescue workers were set to begin drilling at the collapsed Silkyara tunnel after putting it on hold for several hours, following a snag that delayed the operation to evacuate 41 men trapped inside for 12 days, officials said. The NDRF conducted a rehearsal of how it would take its wheeled stretchers through the chute being prepared to rescue the 41 workers trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel.

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Israel and Hamas started a four-day ceasefire with the militants set to release 13 Israeli women and child hostages later in the day and aid to flow into the besieged Gaza enclave, the first pause in the near seven-week-old war. There were no major reports of bombings, artillery strikes or rocket attacks as Israel and Hamas started the ceasefire in Gaza, the first pause in a 48-day-old war that has devastated the Palestinian enclave.

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Governors cannot be at liberty to keep bills pending indefinitely without any action, the Supreme Court has said while emphasising that the unelected Head of the State is entrusted with constitutional powers but that cannot be used to thwart the normal course of lawmaking by state legislatures. "The Governor, as an unelected Head of the State, is entrusted with certain constitutional powers. However, this power cannot be used to thwart the normal course of lawmaking by state legislatures."

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The government will assist citizens in filing FIR against social media platforms for violation of IT rules in case they are aggrieved from objectionable content like deep fakes. "Meity will assist users to very easily notify it about violation of IT rules and assist them in filing FIRs," Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said said.

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Afghanistan's embassy in New Delhi has closed as diplomats appointed by the Afghan government ousted by the Taliban two years ago failed to secure visa extensions from their Indian hosts, the outgoing ambassador said in a statement. In September, however, the ambassador and senior staff left for Europe and the US to seek asylum, and the embassy said it was suspending operations.

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Air quality in Delhi turned 'severe' again with a dip in temperatures and slow wind speed at night allowing accumulation of pollutants. Delhi has been witnessing a gradual increase in AQI levels after a marginal improvement on November 19.

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Observing that processions, rallies and meetings are a 'regular feature' in West Bengal, a division bench of the Calcutta High Court upheld a single bench order allowing a public meeting to be organised by BJP and addressed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on November 29 in Calcutta. The division bench, also comprising Justice Hiranmay Bhattacharyya, observed that there have been several instances which have come to the notice of the court where rallies, meetings and agitations have been held for which no permission has been obtained.

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Aviation watchdog DGCA has issued a circular to airlines and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on measures to deal with threats from jamming and spoofing of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) amid reports of such interference in the Middle East. AAI is the country's ANSP, and air traffic controllers also come under it.

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A court in Varanasi deferred to next week the hearing on a plea seeking handover of the keys of a basement in the Gyanvapi mosque to the Varanasi district magistrate. Madan Mohan Yadav said in his plea that authorities had barricaded and locked the basement known as 'Vyas Ji ka Tehkhana' in 1993.

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Police in Gujarat's Morbi city have registered a case against a businesswoman and at least six others for allegedly assaulting a 21-year-old Dalit man, who worked in her company for a fortnight, and forcing him to apologise by holding her footwear in his mouth for demanding salary, an official said. The victim, Nilesh Dalsaniya, lodged a complaint, based on which Morbi city's 'A' division police on Thursday registered a first information report (FIR) against the woman, identified as Vibhuti Patel aka Raniba, and others including her brother Om Patel and manager Parikshit, said Pratipalsinh Zala, Deputy Superintendent of Police (SC/ST Cell).

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