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Daily Briefing: Rescue ops on after Uttarakhand tunnel collapse; Adani advisor on Centre’s panel; and more

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In today’s edition: Rescue ops on after Uttarakhand tunnel collapse; the besieged Gaza hospital; Adani advisor on Centre’s panel; run-up to India vs New Zealand; and more

🚨 Big Story

Forty workers have been trapped inside an under-construction tunnel to join the Gangotri and Yamunotri that collapsed on Sunday. The Indian Express’s man on the ground, Avaneesh Mishra, takes a look at the ongoing rescue and relief operations — and two options on the table to evacuate the men.

Meanwhile, Rajeev Das, a construction worker from Bengal, talks about his narrow escape from the nightmare.

In Gaza, with Israeli tanks almost at the gates of Al-Shifa Hospital and besieging the complex, Ambassador of Palestine to India, Adnan Abu Alhaijaa, tells The Indian Express about the worsening situation.

⚡ Only in Express

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On September 27, the Union Environment Ministry named Janardan Choudhary as one of the seven non-institutional members when it reconstituted the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for hydroelectricity and river valley projects, The Indian Express has learnt. Choudhary also happens to be a key advisor to Adani Green Energy Limited.

The Indian Armed Forces are looking at possible employment opportunities for transgenders and the roles they could perform, while examining the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019, and its implications, The Indian Express has learnt.

📰 From the Front page

As the firecracker ban was flouted, a day after Diwali, Delhi’s air quality deteriorated to 358, triggering a blame game between the AAP and BJP. Delhi, however, wasn’t the only city where air quality dipped post Diwali.

Amid the cash-for-query controversy in Parliament that has seen the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee recommend her expulsion, the Trinamool Congress on Monday tasked its Krishnanagar MP Mahua Moitra with strengthening its organisation in the Nadia (Krishnanagar) district unit. Here’s why this development is significant.

👩‍💻 Must read

Decision 2023: Even as the BJP hopes that the Ram Temple in Ayodhya will become a major electoral issue in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls next year, it does not seem to be a matter big enough to sway voters in Bansi Pahadpur, a village in Rajasthan which has been supplying pink sandstone for the temple for over three decades. Check out our ground report for more. 

For the first time in India, a prisoner in Jammu & Kashmir has been given bail on condition that his movements are monitored constantly via a GPS tracker. Where else does this happen, and are questions of human rights involved? We explain

In the latest edition of Idea Exchange, Ramesh Chand, Member, Niti Aayog, discusses the reasons for stubble burning and ways to address the problem, creating a circular economy for paddy straw and why agriculture should remain a state subject.

⌛ And finally

🏏 “To be recognised as a future player is an honour rather than a burden in my opinion. You could perceive it either as pressure or opportunity. We’d rather take it as an opportunity.” 

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🎧 In the latest episode of the 3 Things podcast, we discuss why the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee recommended the expulsion of Mahua Moitra, a new variant of paddy that can reduce stubble burning, and what a WHO report says about the state of tuberculosis in India.

Until next time,

Sonal Gupta and Arushi Bhaskar

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