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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 SC directing the Centre to clear all OROP dues, the Indian Tricolour adorning the Indian High Commission building in London, to the French government defiant on pensions.


Indian Express: SC directs Centre to clear all OROP dues by Feb 28, 2024

The Supreme Court Monday directed the government to clear the dues of 10-11 lakh pensioners by February 28, 2024 in three equal instalments in the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme. Indian Express reports that the Court said the Union government is duty-bound to comply with the judgement of this court in the terms of the OROP scheme, referring to its 2022 judgement. The SC also made it clear that the payment of the dues “will not affect further equalisation of pension of ex-servicemen to be done in 2024”. Read the full report here.


NDTV on India's Tricolour reply To Khalistani supporters in London


NDTV reports that a huge Tricolour now adorns the Indian High Commission building in London. This was shortly after Khalistani supporters pulled down the national flag outside the building to protest the crackdown against Amritpal Singh. The report adds that a photograph of the massive national flag stretched across India House in London's Aldwych has gone viral, with social media users applauding the move. Visuals of a Khalistani supporter pulling down the national flag had infuriated the nation and triggered strong reactions on social media. Read the full report here.


French government defiant on pensions ahead of crucial votes: The Straits Times

France’s government on Sunday held its ground over a bitterly contested pension reform rammed through Parliament without a vote. The Straits Times reports that this comes a day before it faces crucial no-confidence motions. Monday’s two no-confidence motions have been filed by a small group of centrist MPs and the far-right National Rally. Although President Emmanuel Macron’s camp has no absolute majority in the National Assembly, or Lower House, it is the largest group. Read the full report here.


As COVID cases rise, Task Force discourages use of Antibiotics, The Quint

India saw a single-day rise of more than 918 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The Quint reported the number of active cases has increased to 6,350. As per the data, the daily positivity was recorded at 2.08 percent. The COVID Task Force has released a revised set of guidelines for the treatment of the coronavirus in adult patients in India. The report says that the revised guidelines have discouraged the use of several antibiotics for Covid treatment. Read the full report here.


Al Jazeera's report on floods destroying shelters of quake survivors in northwestern Syria


Dozens of camps for displaced people in northwestern Syria have been damaged by flooding, Al Hazeera reports, after a heavy storm hit the region late on Saturday. Torrential rain overnight in the western countryside of Idlib province damaged hundreds of shelters. Many of these were recently set up to house the survivors of two February 6 earthquakes, the report adds. The Syria Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets said that roads were also impassable in some areas. Read the full report here.