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News Dabba 12 July: 5 stories across the web for a balanced news diet

Here are the daily updates that the internet is talking about through various news websites.

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Anushka Vani brings you the daily updates that the internet is talking about through various news websites. Here's a glance through some of the National and International news updates, from foot and mouth disease outbreak in Indonesia, Gujrat ATS seizing consignment of drugs at Mundra port, SAS reports revealing suspicious deaths in Afghanistan, a continuation of Indian Express Uber Files investigative report, to Pernod Ricard putting new Indian investments on hold.


Al Jazeera reports on foot and mouth disease outbreak in Indonesia

Al Jazeera reports that Indonesia is currently in the grip of its major outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in nearly 40 years. Bagoes Cahyo, a dairy farmer says in the report that his herd of Friesian Holstein Milkers is the latest victim of the FMD. The virus was eradicated in 1986 and was declared FMD-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Animal Health in 1990, says the report. The report shares statistics that since May, more than 3,00,000 cases have been recorded across 21 provinces. The Indonesian government has rolled out a vaccine programme aiming at immunising healthy cattle against the virus. Read the full report on Al Jazeera.


Hindustan Times report on the big consignment of drugs seized by Gujrat ATS from the Mundra port


Hindustan Times has reported that the Border Security Force (BSF) apprehended four Pakistani fishermen and seized 10 fishing boats from the Indian waters off the Gujarat coast. In addition to this, the state Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) said that they have seized a large consignment of drugs from the Mundra port. The Consignment is said to have come from the Middle East. Read the full report on HT.


SAS reports reveal a troubling pattern of suspicious deaths in Afghanistan, BBC

A BBC investigation has revealed that SAS operatives in Afghanistan repeatedly killed detainees and unarmed men in suspicious circumstances. Newly obtained military reports suggest that one unit of the Special Air Service (SAS) operatives may have unlawfully killed 54 people in a one-six-month tour in Afghanistan. BBC has found evidence suggesting that the former head of special forces failed to pass on any evidence to a murder inquiry. Additionally, BBC Panorama has analysed hundreds of pages of SAS operational accounts, including reports covering more than a dozen “Kill or Capture” raids carried out by one SAS squadron in Helmand in 2010/11. Read the full report on BBC.


Uber Files Investigation: MoS IT says new laws will soon reduce scope for violation, Indian Express

The Uber Files investigation has confirmed the concerns of the Indian Government that Big Tech has been using technology to game the system and consumers, reports Indian Express. The Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MoS IT) Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that “it was disturbing that the big tech platforms have used technology and innovations to evade scrutiny and bypass laws”. The government is now determined to bring in new rules and laws that will reduce the opportunities for companies to violate Indian laws or involve in illegal activities. Read the full report on IE.


Reuters exclusive report states that Pernod puts the new India investment on hold, citing protracted tax fight


Reuters report says that the French spirits group ‘Pernod Ricard’ has put the new Indian Investments on hold due to the long-running tax disputes with authorities on valuing liquor imports. Pernod Ricard is the world’s second-biggest spirit group and the makers of Chivas Regal, Glenlivet Scotch, Absolute Vodka. The company said that the government is making it tough to do business in the country and raising prospect of a major financial hit. The company has been lobbying Indian authorities Including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office to resolve the matter, says the report. Read the full report on Reuters.