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In a major embarrassment for Apple, some model of Macbook Pro has been banned across aircraft, which are flying in India.

Days after the US regulatory body FAA banned some MacBook Pro laptops from flights due to the risk of a battery fire, India’s DGCA has said that flyers should not carry these laptops in check-in or carry-on baggage.

Banned models include 15-inch MacBook Pros from 2015 sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

The issue started when Apple issued a recall on its website in June this year.

According to Apple:

In a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.

The recall does not affect any other 15-inch MacBook Pro units or other Mac notebooks

Affected Macbook Pro

Affected Macbook Pro Model

This order to ban Apple Macbook Pro on airplanes has been issued by The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), via a Tweet. This covers both domestic and international flights.

Apple has provided a tool on its website where a MacBook Pro user can find if their laptop has been affected or not. The company will replace batteries of affected Macbooks for free. Apple notes on its website:

Find an Apple Authorized Service Provider to have your battery replaced. Your MacBook Pro will be examined prior to any service to verify that it is eligible for this program. Service may take 1-2 weeks.

India is among the last countries to announce the Macbook Pro ban on airplanes. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the American Federal Aviation Administration have already banned these specific models from flying in the airlines. Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways already have also issued directives for the same.

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Deputy health minister of Iran tests positive for Coronavirus

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Deputy health minister of Iran tests positive for Coronavirus

IRAN: Iran’s deputy health minister has tested positive for the new coronavirus amid a major outbreak in the country which has seen 15 people die as a result.

Iraj Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during a news conference in Tehran on Monday with government spokesman Ali Rabiei.

The country is one of three hot-spots outside China causing concern that the virus could be becoming a pandemic.

Iran has reported 95 cases, but the actual number is thought to be higher.

The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said the sudden increase in cases in the country is “deeply concerning”.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that Washington was concerned that Iran may have concealed “vital details” about its outbreak and urged all nations to “tell the truth about the coronavirus”.

More people have died in Iran from the virus than anywhere else outside China. The two countries have strong trading links.

The other countries currently in the spotlight are South Korea and Italy, where cases have surged in recent days.

In a video broadcast on state television, the deputy minister put on a brave face as he admitted he was infected.

Iran's Deputy Health Minister

Iran’s Deputy Health Minister

“I too have been infected with coronavirus,” Harirchi said in the video apparently shot by himself. “I had a fever as of last night and my preliminary test was positive around midnight,” he said.

“I’ve isolated myself in a place since. A few minutes ago, I was told that my final test was final, and now I am starting the medication.”

An Iranian parliamentarian representing Tehran has also tested positive.

“My corona test is positive … I don’t have a lot of hope of continuing life in this world,” Mahmoud Sadeghi wrote on Twitter.

In the same message, he called on the head of Iran’s judiciary to release political prisoners to prevent them from getting infected and to allow them to spend the duration of the outbreak with their families.

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4 killed DCP injured as CAA protesters clash in Maujpur

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DELHI CAA Protests

NEW DELHI: Protests related to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) took a violent turn on Monday in Maujpur and Jaffrabad areas of Northeast Delhi as a pro and anti-CAA protesters clashed with each other for the second consecutive day. A Delhi Police head constable, Ratan Lal, was killed in the stone-pelting after suffering a head injury, while several police personnel, including Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Shahdra, Amit Sharma, were injured during the clashes. Three civilians are also reported to have died due to bullet injuries. The number of protesters injured in the clashes remains unknown.

CAA Delhi Protests

CAA Delhi Protests

Tension escalated in the area with protesters torching many houses and vehicles in Jaffrabad and Maujpur areas. Violence was also reported from the Chand Bagh and adjoining areas.

The man in red t-shirt who opened fire at police during violence in northeast Delhi on Monday has been identified as Shahrukh.

 

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Uddhav Thackeray meets PM Modi in Delhi

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Uddhav Thackeray Meets Pm Modi in Delhi

NEW DELHI: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, his first visit to the national capital after taking over the reins of the state.

The chief minister’s son Aditya Thackeray, who is a minister in his cabinet, also accompanied him.

The Shiv Sena chief will also meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi, veteran BJP leader L K Advani, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

The BJP and the Shiv Sena had a bitter fallout post assembly polls in Maharashtra last year over the chief minister’s post. The Sena later aligned with the arch-rivals Congress and the NCP to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

Uddhav Thackeray meets PM Modi

Uddhav Thackeray meets PM Modi

Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has played down Mr. Thackeray’s scheduled meeting with PM Modi. “Yes, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will meet PM Modi. This is only a meeting, nothing else should be read into it. Jai Maharashtra,” he tweeted in Marathi.

Barely months after the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP formed a government in Maharashtra, rifts among the three alliance partners have come on to the surface. Contrary to the NCP and Congress’s stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Population Register, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray earlier this week extended his support to the two exercises.

“The CAA and the NRC (National Register of Citizens) are different and NPR is different. No one has to worry if the CAA gets implemented,” he had said.

‘The NRC (National Register of Citizens) is not there and will not be implemented in the state… The center has not discussed NRC as of now,” he added.

Another point of disagreement in the Maharashtra alliance is the Elgar Parishad case, which has been handed over to the National Investigation Agency. Mr. Pawar has claimed the case was transferred the day state ministers met police officers.

Shortly after Mr. Pawar’s remarks, Mr. Thackeray tweeted that he will ensure a related probe into the Koregaon-Bhima violence is not taken over by the center.

Nationalist Congress chief Sharad Pawar, who had a crucial role in bringing together the Sena and the Congress, said on Tuesday they will discuss the matter with Uddhav Thackeray’s party and bring it on the same page. “We will convince the Sena,” he said.

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