Hindu Morning Digest: Nov 28, 2023



Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Union Minister of State V.K. Singh joined rescue officials in celebrating the successful evacuation of 41 workers from the collapsed Silkyara Tunnel in Uttarkashi on November 28, 2023. This marked the end of a 17-day ordeal for the workers, who had been trapped in the dark under-construction passage since November 12. The operation was hailed as a success and one of the most challenging and dangerous rescue efforts in India.

Supreme Court panel submits report on Manipur victims

A report submitted by a Supreme Court-appointed committee revealed that of the 166 civilians killed in the Manipur violence, 98 were members of the Kuki-Zo community, 67 were from the Meitei community, and one woman was from the Naga community. The report also highlighted that nineteen women from both the Kuki-Zo and Meitei communities were killed in the ethnic violence till October 7.

Silkyara tunnel rescue brings relief to relatives

After going through a rollercoaster of emotions, the relatives of the workers trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel finally breathed a sigh of relief as all 41 workers were successfully rescued. Romen Narajari, the brother of one of the trapped workers, expressed his relief and vowed to never send his brother back to that location, no matter what.

More Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners exchanged

In a continuing temporary cease-fire agreement between warring sides, Hamas militants exchanged Israeli-held hostages for Palestinians imprisoned by Israel. Ten Israeli hostages, including nine women and a 17-year-old girl, were handed over to the Red Cross in Gaza and returned to Israeli territory. In exchange, Israel released 30 Palestinian prisoners.

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Rajya Sabha privileges committee to call Opposition MPs

The Privileges Committee of Rajya Sabha deliberated on pending complaints against Opposition MPs, including AAP’s Sanjay Singh and Raghav Chadha, Trinamool’s Derek O’ Brien, and Congress’s Jairam Ramesh. The committee has decided to call these MPs to present their defense in person.

Rat-hole miners’ role in rescue of trapped workers

Rat-hole miners, despite being involved in illegal mining activities, played a crucial role in the rescue operation to save the 41 workers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel. Lt. Gen. (retd) Syed Ata Hasnain of the National Disaster Management Authority praised the talent and experience of the rat-hole miners, highlighting their contribution to the rescue effort.

Congress delegation meets Election Commission

A Congress delegation met with the Election Commission to raise several issues, including reiterating a previous complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for an alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Silkyara rescue operation is a multi-agency effort

The successful Silkyara rescue operation was a multi-agency effort coordinated by the Prime Minister’s Office, according to a member of the National Disaster Management Authority. Multiple ministries, public-sector undertakings, and defense agencies collaborated to pool expertise, personnel, and equipment for the operation.

No activity in INDIA bloc, despite sub-group gatherings

The INDIA bloc, an anti-BJP pre-poll coalition, has remained inactive for nearly three months. However, this period of inactivity saw Congress’s M.K. Stalin standing alongside Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, signaling a shift from the traditional hub-spoke model with the Congress as the central pivot.

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New protocol for Anganwadi workers to track children with disabilities

The Union Women and Child Development Ministry introduced a special protocol for Anganwadi workers to track and support children with disabilities aged 0-6 years. This new protocol includes training for Anganwadi workers, aimed at raising awareness about disabilities and related support services.

Gujarat court acquits Jignesh Mevani and six others

A local court in Gujarat acquitted Congress legislator and social activist Jignesh Mevani and six others in a 2016 case that charged them with unlawful assembly and rioting.

Delhi HC seeks Centre and Delhi govt. stand on nursing courses for women

The Delhi High Court asked the Centre and Delhi government to respond to a plea challenging a rule allowing only female candidates to apply for admission to B.Sc (Honours) Nursing courses offered by various institutions.

Centre wants to extend Delhi Chief Secretary’s tenure for a ‘limited time’

The Supreme Court questioned the Centre’s decision to unilaterally extend the tenure of Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar for a “limited time.” The Delhi government, however, expressed its desire for a fresh face in the role, highlighting the strained relationship between the Chief Secretary and the Delhi government.

IFFI: Michael Douglas awarded Satyajit Ray lifetime achievement award

Hollywood star Michael Douglas was honored with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at the closing ceremony of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Douglas emphasized the power of cinema to unite people in his acceptance speech.

IND vs AUS third T20I | Maxwell’s big show eclipses Gaikwad’s ton

In the third T20I match, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell played a match-winning innings to secure a last-ball victory for his team. The win ensured that Australia remained in contention in the series, which India was leading 2-1 with two matches remaining.

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