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News of the day: The Kashmir Files controversy at IFFI, UK delivering on FTA with India and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 29.11.22, 05:53 PM
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The strong criticism of the film, The Kashmir Files, by the Israeli chairman of the jury of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has led to furious reactions from several quarters with Israel's ambassador to India issuing an open letter describing the adverse comments it as "abuse of hospitality" extended by the hosts.

Israeli ambassador to India Naor Gilon wrote on Twitter: An open letter to #NadavLapid following his criticism of #KashmirFiles. It’s not in Hebrew because I wanted our Indian brothers and sisters to be able to understand. It is also relatively long so I’ll give you the bottom line first. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED

Anupam Kher, who played a pivotal role in the film, called Lapid’s comments on The Kashmir Files “pre-planned” and hinted that the “toolkit gang” may have something to do with it.

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has reiterated the UK's commitment to a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India as part of his country's wider focus on enhancing ties with the strategic Indo-Pacific region that he says will deliver over half of global growth by 2050.

In his first major foreign policy speech since taking charge at 10 Downing Street last month, the British-Indian leader reflected upon his heritage and committed to promoting British values of "freedom and openness" around the world.

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Diplomatic foes the United States and Iran face off on the pitch at the World Cup on Tuesday in a match that some Iranians fear may see further run-ins with stadium security or clashes with pro-government fans over raging protests back home.

The contest between the two nations that severed ties over 40 years ago will be held with increased security to prevent a flare up of tensions over the unrest that has gripped Iran since the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 16.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday stalled a programme in North 24 Parganas and pulled up the district magistrate over his failure to bring to the venue the blankets and winter garments she has bought for distribution among locals.

Banerjee, in the presence of locals, asked District Magistrate Sharad Dwivedi to make arrangements to bring the garments to the venue at the earliest.

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A court here on Tuesday allowed Delhi Police to conduct a narco test on Aaftab Amin Poonawala at the forensic science laboratory in Rohini, Poonawala's counsel said.

Abinash Kumar, Poonawala's counsel, said that the police had filed an application for taking Poonawala to FSL, Rohini, on December 1 and December 5, which was allowed by the court.


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In a major consolidation in the Indian aviation space, Tata group on Tuesday announced the merger of Vistara with Air India, and pursuant to the deal, Singapore Airlines will have a 25.1 per cent stake in Air India.

The proposed deal is expected to be complete by March 2024, subject to regulatory approvals. Tata group owns a 51 per cent stake in Vistara and the rest is with Singapore Airlines (SIA).

In a release, SIA said Vistara and Air India would be merged, and it would also be investing Rs 2,058.5 crore in Air India as part of the transaction.

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The Meghalaya Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to set up police outposts at seven locations, including the violence-hit Mukroh village, along the state's boundary with Assam.

The Cabinet nod was given following the killing of six people in the violence that had on November 22 broken out along the interstate border after a truck allegedly laden with illegally felled timber was intercepted by forest guards from Assam.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday took a dig at the BJP, saying if the saffron party had "worked" during its rule in the city's civic body, then it wouldn't have required so many CMs and union ministers to campaign for them for the MCD election.

He said this while interacting with local residents during a door-to-door campaign in the Chirag Delhi area to seek support for the AAP ahead of the December 4 polls.

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The Delhi Police is yet to recover the weapons used by a woman and her son for killing and chopping the body of her husband in east Delhi's Pandav Nagar area, officials said on Tuesday.

Anjan Das (45) was killed on May 30 by his wife Poonam (48) and stepson Deepak (25), residents of Kalyanpuri, who were arrested from east Delhi's Pandav Nagar area on Monday.

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President Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday stressed imbibing the teachings of 'Bhagavad Gita', saying it is a book whose messages spread hope in despair and also give solutions to all doubts of practical life.

President Murmu, who is on a two-day visit to Haryana to attend various programmes, on Tuesday inaugurated the International Gita Festival -2022 organised on the banks of Brahma Sarovar here.

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