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News Dabba for 16 November 2023: Five stories for a balanced news diet

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

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Indie Journal 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 Uttarkashi tunnel rescue day 5 updates, Biden and Xi meet, to ED's fresh summons to Neville Roy Singham.


ED issues fresh summons to American millionaire Neville Roy Singham, The Hindu

The Enforcement Directorate has issued fresh summons to American millionaire Neville Roy Singham for questioning in connection with a money laundering investigation linked to the online news portal NewsClick. The Hindu reports that the businessman, who is accused of spreading Chinese propaganda in India, is stated to be currently based in Shanghai, China. The ED has issued a fresh summons to Roy under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The report adds that the summons have been sent to Roy on his email ID and through the Chinese government channels. Read the full report here.


NDTV on Uttarkashi tunnel rescue day 5: American drill gets to work


Rescue operations to evacuate 40 construction workers trapped under debris at a collapsed tunnel in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi district entered Day 5 today, NDTV reports. For over 96 hours, the workers have been confined within the tunnel. On November 12, the Silkyara Tunnel project suffered a collapse, trapping 40 construction workers within the rubble. The trapped workers are being provided with essential supplies of food and medicines, the report mentions. Elite rescue teams from Thailand and Norway, including the one that successfully rescued the trapped children from a cave in Thailand in 2018, have joined forces. Read the full report here.


26 dead in North China building fire, BBC reports

At least 26 people have died after a fire tore through an office building in northern China, BBC reports as per a state media report. The fire at the four-storey building in Luliang City, Shanxi province broke out at around 07:00 local time on Thursday. Of the dozens evacuated from the Yongju Coal Industry Joint Building, 63 people were taken to hospital, the report adds. Rescue operations are ongoing even as the fire is under control, according to state media. Read the full report here.


Russia emerges as India's second largest source of imports, The Wire

Russia has been India’s second largest source of imports for the last seven months in the current financial year due to increased oil purchases from Moscow. The Wire reports that this is a marked difference from the situation that had existed during the same period last year. Before Russia, it was the United Arab Emirates which was in second place. The UAE is now India’s third largest source of imports. Meanwhile, the report adds, China continues to be in the top spot. The five largest exporters to India currently are China, Russia, the United Emirates, the United States and Saudi Arabia. Read the full report here.


The Straits Times: Biden, Xi agree to open presidential hotline, resume military contacts


US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed on Wednesday to open a presidential hotline, The Straits Times reports. They also agreed to resume military-to-military communications and work to curb fentanyl production, showing tangible progress in their first face-to-face talks in a year.  Biden and Xi met for about four hours on the outskirts of San Francisco and covered issues that have strained US-Chinese relations. However, the report says that simmering differences, particularly over Taiwan remain. Biden also said he and Xi agreed to high-level communications. Read the full report here.