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  • The Vice President of India,Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today expressed concern over the disturbing instances of atrocities against women and said that it was time for society as a whole to introspect and ponder over the erosion of values.

  • The MoS (PP) Dr Jitendra Singh urged the states to follow DoPT guidelines for postings &transfers. Hesaid that timely cadre-review should be done by the states. He was addressing the IASofficers of the State Civil Servicesform different statesundergoing the InductionTraining Programme, here today.

  • The Central GST and State GST authorities have organized a nationwide GST Stakeholder Feedback Diwas on New GST Returns on 7th December 2019 for getting an on-the-spot response to the new GST Returns to be introduced from 1st April 2020.

  •  Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister of Steel, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan chaired the first meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Members of Parliament (MPs) of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas on 5 December 2019.

  • The Constitution Day was celebrated across the country on November 26, 2019 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly. The main event was held in the Central Hall of the Parliament in which the President of India, the Vice President of India, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of Lok Sabha and several Ministers and Members of Parliament have participated.

  • Smt. Renuka Singh, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs will be the Chief Guest at a function tomorrow to announce the 100 days achievements of ‘Prime Minister Van Dhan Yojana’ and will also launch the international fashion designer Ms. Ritu Beri as Chief Design Consultant for TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs to promote tribal arts & culture.

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  • Indian Railways has planned to source about 1000 Mega Watt (MW) Solar Power and about 200 MW of wind power progressively by 2021-22. 201 MW (98 MW solar and 103 MW wind power) has already been set up till 31.10.

  • Ministry of Railways through various agencies is undertaking techno-economic feasibility studies of Railway stations.  Based on the outcome of these feasibility studies, stations are planned to be taken up for redevelopment in phases, especially the stations located in major cities, pilgrimage centres and important tourist destinations.

  • The number of passenger traffic during the last three years is given below:

    Year

    No. of Passengers (In Crore)

    2016-17

    812

    2017-18

    829

    2018-19

    844

     

    Zone wise Passenger Earnings for the last three years is as under:-

     

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  • The details of the demand (requirement) and production of major fertilizers (Urea, DAP, MOP, Complex and SSP) during last three years in the country and at present are given below:-

    <figures in LMT>

    Year

    Requirement (Demand)

    Actual Production

    2016-17

    614.

  • As far as market-linking of urea prices is concerned, the MRP of urea is statutorily fixed by the Government. The MRP of 45 kg bag of urea is Rs.242 per bag (exclusive of charges towards neem coating and taxes as applicable) and the MRP of 50 kg bag of urea is Rs.268 per bag (exclusive of charges towards neem coating and taxes as applicable).

  • The gap between demand (requirement) and indigenous production of fertilizers is met through imports. The import for the season is also finalized well in advance to ensure timely availability.

    The import during the last three years is as under:

    Import of Fertilizers

    Qty in LMT

    Year

    Urea

    DAP*

    MOP*

    NPK*

    2016-17

    54.

  •  The Government has not authorized any private entity to import fertilizers from foreign countries.

    Import of fertilizers (other than Urea) is free and on private account under OGL, commonly known as Open General Licence (OGL).

  • Railway Protection Force (RPF) is pledged to render all the help/assistance to Divyangjans and women passengers for safer journey through Indian Railways. In a bid to crackdown against the illegal occupant of  Coaches/seats reserved for Differently abled persons and women passengers, Special drives on the occasion of the “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” on 03.12.

  • Department of Fertilizers has sought Rs. 48051  Crore in the 1st batch of supplementary Demand for Grants during 2019-20 to wipe out the carry over liabilities of Rs. 32488.54 Crore of fertilizer subsidies as on 31.03.

  • Union Minister of State Road Transport and Highways Gen (Retd) Dr V K Singh has said that the government is focussed on aligning national standards for design, construction, maintenance and operation of roads, bridges and flyovers with global standards.

  • The National Aadi Mahotsav held at Dilli Haat, INA in New Delhi from 16th to 30th November, 2019 has registered record footfall and sales. The Mahotsav was a roaring success and in the course of 15 days, the participating 500 plus tribal artisans transacted business of worth Rs.20 Crore.

  • Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways & MSME Shri Nitin Gadkari has called upon the automobile manufacturers to produce eco-friendly vehicles which can utilize the agro-based fuels produced from bio-mark agricultural based like paddy straw (parali) etc. He said, air pollution is one of the major challenges that our country is facing at the moment and hence automakers should focus on alternative fuel vehicles, towards achieving a greener and safer mobility ecosystem in the country.

  • TRIFED, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India, organized its much awaited annual National Tribal Festival ‘Aadi Mahotsav’ for a fortnight from 16th – 30th November 2019 at DilliHaat.

  • All arrangements are in place for the second phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections to be held tomorrow.

  • Indian athletes clinched 49 medals comprising 23 golds, 20 silvers and 6 bronzes today in 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu, Nepal.

  • Nationwide GST Stakeholder Feedback Diwas for new GST returns will be observed on Saturday. The aim of organizing this event is to get an on-the-spot response to the new GST Returns to be introduced from 1st of April next year.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has said that there should be no provision for mercy petition for the persons convicted under the POCSO Act.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that Indian banking sector has become stronger than it was in the past after several reforms undertaken by his government.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind led the nation in paying tribute to Bharat Ratna awardee Dr BR Ambedkar on his 64th Mahaparinirvan Diwas today.

  • The government has said that river Ganga has become one of the 10 cleanest rivers in the world among the major rivers category.

  • The condition of Unnao rape survivor who is undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital is very critical.

  • Union Home Ministry has sanctioned a sum 100 crore rupees from Nirbhaya Fund for setting up and strengthening of Women Help Desks in Police Stations.

  • The Rajya Sabha has returned the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, after approving it as passed by the Lok Sabha.

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its fifth bi-monthly Monetary Policy has kept the policy repo rate unchanged at 5.15 per cent.

  • Rajya Sabha has condemned the incident of setting on fire the rape survivor in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh and called for stringent actions against the culprits.

  • In swimming India won 5 gold and 5 silver. Indian shuttlers grabbed 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze on the final day of badminton events.
     
    In weightlifting India clinched 3 gold and one silver. In Fencing India won 3 gold and equal number of silver.
     
    Indian shooters begged 2 gold by winning both events of the day.  In Table Tennis India got 2 gold and 2 silver. Indian cyclist won 2 gold and one silver.
     
    In athletics, India clinched 12 medals including 2 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze in athletics .
     

  • In men's shot put Tajinder Pal Singh grabbed gold and Om Prakash Singh won silver. In women's section Abha Khatua clinched gold and Kachnar Chauba bagged bronze. In 4x100 meter relay Indian men and women won silver each. In men's 400 meter hurdle Jabir Madari won silver and Santosh Kumar bronze.

    In women's category Veerpal Kaur begged bronze. In women's 5000 meter sprint Parul Chaudhary won silver  medal and Priti Lamba got bronze. In men's category Sunil Dawar clinch silver. On the 6th day of games, India is on top with 136 medals comprising 64 gold, 47 silver and 25 bronze.

  • Addressing the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi on Friday, the Prime Minister said, the government is working towards addressing the challenges that have been lingering for decades. Prime Minister Modi said, the people of the country voted the BJP to power and the vision of sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwaas led to our victory.

    Referring to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Indian citizenship for those facing persecution in their home countries will ensure that they get a better tomorrow. Speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit,Prime Minister Modi also said although a lot of apprehensions were expressed ahead of the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict, after it was pronounced, the people of the country proved all such apprehensions wrong.

    Referring to the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, the prime minister said the decision might seem a politically difficult one, but it had raised a new hope of development for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

    He said, the decision taken to regularise Delhi’s unauthorised colonies also paved the way for a better future of 40 lakh people. He said, Ram Janmabhoomi verdict is also a step towards a better future which proved that we can have a better tomorrow and we cannot be chained by the past.

    Prime Minister said, the government is working towards the development of 112 districts as Aspirational Districts. He said, the special attention is being given in these districts on every parameter of development, and on every parameter of governance.

  • He paid floral tributes at his Statue at Parliament House Complex on Friday morning. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Members of Parliament paid floral tribute at Dr Ambedkar's statue. Besides, hundreds of people from all walks of life also paid tributes to him.

    In a tweet, Vice President said, people must draw inspiration from the vision and wisdom of Dr Ambedkar. He said, the tributes paid to him today will be meaningful only if people follow his ideals and uphold the values and ethics he propounded, in public life. In his tweet, Prime Minister Modi said Baba Saheb dedicated his life for social justice and gave a unique gift to the country in the form of constitution, which is the cornerstone of the Indian democracy. He said, a grateful nation will always be indebted to him.

    Maharashtra Chief Minister has said that the proposed memorial of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar at Indu Mills compound will serve as an inspiration for people seeking justice and equality. In his statement on the eve of Mahaparinirvan Diwas, Uddhav Thackeray said his government will work on the principles of social justice and brotherhood as prescribed by Babasaheb.

    Mumbai Police has made elaborate security arrangement in view of huge congregations, expected at Chityabhoom today. Around 40,000 police personnel have been deployed for maintaining a strict vigil. While Western and Central Railway announced special trains to clear the extra rush apart from setting up additional facilities like helpdesks, drinking water facility, medical aid, etc. Mumbai’s civic body tools ready to provide needful assistance.

  • Cyberabad Police Commissioner Sajjanar confirmed the encounter and death of the four accused. All four accused in the rape-and-murder case of a 25-year-old woman veterinarian last month were killed in an exchange of fire with police on Friday morning, police said.

    The incident took place when the accused were taken to the site of the offence for reconstruction of the scene of the crime as part of the investigation, a senior police official said. According to initial reports, the police were trying to reconstruct the crime scene when the accused tried to escape.

    Police opened fire after due warnings and all four died on the spot.

  • Democrats are charging toward a Christmas time vote on removing the 45th President, a situation Ms Pelosi hoped to avoid but which now seems inevitable. She is also to make a public statement on the impeachment.

    Three leading legal scholars testified yesterday to the House Judiciary Committee that Trump's attempts to have Ukraine investigate Democratic rivals are grounds for impeachment, bolstering the Democrats' case.

    President Trump is alleged to have abused the power of his office by putting personal political gain over national security interests. He alleged that engaging in bribery by withholding USD 400 million in military aid Congress had approved for Ukraine.

    Delivering the historic announcement, Ms Nancy Pelosi said, our democracy is what is at stake. She said that the President has left them with no choice but to act.

    The Speaker said that she was authorizing the drafting of articles of impeachment sadly but with confidence and humility.

    The President's actions have seriously violated the Constitution, Ms Pelosi added.

    In her announcement Ms Pelosi said, The President has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections.

  • Replying to the discussion in the Upper House, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, slashing the Corporate Tax remains an effective reform measure to attract more investments.

    She said, the amendments in the taxation laws as envisaged in the Bill have more provisions and clarifications than the Ordinance that was promulgated earlier.

    The Minister rebutted allegations that the amendments are aimed at helping big corporate and said the Corporate Tax rebates as provided for are applicable to all the companies registered under the Companies Act including the MSMEs.

    Ms Sitharaman clarified that the new tax rebate is extended to only new companies so as to attract fresh investments to the country.

  • In the post-lunch session, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said, he has talked to the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh to get the details of the incident.

    He said, there is a need to send out a signal that such heinous crime against women will not be accepted and there should be swift actions against the perpetrators.

    Earlier, Prof. Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party expressed anguish over the incident. He said, this is the responsibility of the government to provide adequate security to the rape victims. He also talked about recent similar incidents in the state and demanded strong action.

    Ms Viplove Thakur of Congress said, this incident is a stigma on the society and there is a need to think where society is heading. She said, law and order situation has deteriorated in UP.

    Ms Vandana Chavan of NCP said, there is a need to safeguard women in the country. She said, it is not the VIPs but the women who need security. Ms Kanta Kardam of BJP condemned the incident saying her party is with the victim family.

    The house witnessed two adjournments over the Unnao incident. In the morning session, when the House met for the day, Congress and other Opposition parties’ members raised the issue leading to adjournment of the house till noon.

     

  • Twenty Assembly constituencies spread over seven districts will go to the polls in this phase on Saturday. The polling would take place in Assembly constituencies of East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum, Saraikela-Kharsawan, Ranchi, Khunti, Gumla and Simdega districts.

    On the last day of campaigning, star campaigners and senior leaders of all political parties made last-ditch efforts to woo voters. After the conclusion of the campaign, nominees are busy in door-to-door campaign.

    Senior BJP leader and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Working President Hemant Soren, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha President Babulal Marandi, All Jharkhand Students Union Chief Sudesh Kumar Mahto and RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav addressed public meetings and rallies in support of their party candidates.

    In all, 260 candidates including 29 women are in the fray in the second phase. In this phase except Jamshedpur East, Jamshedpur West and Baharagora, sixteen constituencies are reserved for Scheduled Tribes while Jugsalai seat is reserved for Scheduled Caste community.

    The poll-bound 18 out of total 20 Assembly seats are Naxal- affected. Out of 5,784 polling booths of this phase, 1,844 are critical.

  • Indian women displayed their power and clinched 16 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze for the country. India dominated in Wushu, Weightlifting, Swimming, Shooting and Taekwondo.
     
    In Wushu India clinched 9 gold, one silver and two bronze. On opening day of swimming India won 4 gold, 6 silver and one bronze. Similarly on day one of Weightlifting India clinched 4 gold.
     
    Indian shooters won 4 gold, 2 silver and one bronze. In women's 50 meter Rifle 3 Positions event Indian shooters brought triple delight by winning gold, silver and bronze.
     
    On the final day of Taekwondo India clinched 3 gold, 2 silver and one bronze. In athletics India begged one gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze. On the fifth day of games, India further consolidated its top position in medal tally with a total 124 medals comprising 62 gold, 41 silver and 21 bronze.

  • India's Karthik Unnikri clinched gold and Mohammed Salahu won silver in men's triple jump. In women's section Bhairabi Roy won bronze. In 400 meters race Priya Habbathan won silver in women's, while Jeevan Priyanth begged bronze in men's category. In hurdles Surendhar Jayak and Aparna Roy won silver each in men and women sections.

    In Table Tennis, India grabbed gold in mixed doubles and silver each in men's doubles and women's doubles. In Wushsu India clinched gold. In women's football India crushed Sri Lanka by 6-0. India is on a top position with 85 medals comprising 38 gold, 32 silver and 15 bronze followed by host Nepal and Sri Lanka.

  • Kammuri's fierce winds toppled trees and flattened flimsy homes across a swathe of the nation's north on Tuesday, and forced a rare 12-hour shutdown of Manila's international airport. Authorities said on Wednesday one person had drowned while three died after being hit by trees and flying objects. Disaster officials did not offer details on how the other victims died, but local police reports indicated some may have drowned or been crushed by trees.

    Mark Timbal, spokesman for the national disaster agency, said no new bodies have been found but the death toll could rise as reports on the ground are verified. "There is the possibility of an increase in the number, but we are hoping against it," Timbal said. Hundreds of thousands of people living in exposed or low-lying areas were evacuated from their homes before Kammuri made landfall late Monday, which authorities said had saved lives. Still the storm damaged 135 schools and destroyed nearly 1,200 homes, with crop damage in the hardest hit areas estimated to reach nearly USD 16 million.

    The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 storms and typhoons each year, killing hundreds and putting people in disaster-prone areas in a state of constant poverty. President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to visit on Thursday the Bicol region, a peninsula south of Manila which was hit hard by the typhoon. Ninoy Aquino International Airport was closed half of Tuesday as a precaution, affecting over 500 flights, while roughly half the day's programme at the Southeast Asian Games, hosted by Manila and nearby cities, had to be postponed.

  • A spokesman for the US base would only say that security forces had responded to reports of a shooting at around 2.30 pm local time on Wednesday and that the base was on lockdown for several hours. One witness told local media he was sitting at his computer when he heard shots fired and saw three victims on the ground.

    The witness, who did not want to be identified, said he then saw the gunman who was wearing what appeared to be a navy or sailor's uniform shoot himself in the head. Hawaii News Now said several civilians were among the gunshot victims. The shooting reportedly took place near the south entrance to the sprawling base.

  • The central bank also revised GDP growth downwards to 5 per cent for 2019-20 from 6.1 per cent projected in its October policy. "The Monetary Policy Committee recognises that there is monetary policy space for future action. However, given the evolving growth-inflation dynamics, the MPC felt it appropriate to take a pause at this juncture," the RBI said in its fifth bi-monthly monetary policy for this fiscal.

    The panel decided to continue with the accommodative stance as long as it is necessary to revive growth, while ensuring that inflation remains within the target. All the six members of the MPC voted in favour of a rate pause. The CPI inflation projection is revised upwards to 5.1-4.7 per cent for H2 FY20 and 4-3.8 per cent for H1 FY21. Between February and October 2019, the RBI has reduced repo rate by 135 basis points.

  • The by-elections were necessitated due to the disqualification of 14 Congress and three JD(S) party rebel legislators, leading to the fall of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state. BJP has fielded 13 of the 15 disqualified MLAs after the Supreme Court allowed them to contest the by-elections. R Shankar from Ranebennur and Roshan Baig from Shivajinagar are two of the disqualified MLAs who are not contesting. 

    Out of 224 seats in the Karnataka assembly, 17 are vacant and the by-election is now being held for 15 seats. Maski in Raichur district and R R Nagar in Bengaluru south-west are two assembly segments where elections were not announced as there is a litigation against the candidates who had won the May 2018 Assembly election.

    Hence in the House strength of 222, the magic number is 112. BJP has the strength of 105 members including the Speaker and a lone Independent MLA support it. So it has to win at least six more seats to gain a simple majority. There are 165 candidates in fray seeking a mandate from 37 lakh 82 thousand 681 registered voters in 4185 polling booths. The counting of votes will be on December 9th

  • Nine others who were injured in the incident have been admitted to the hospital for treatment.

    Indian Ambassador to Sudan Ravindra Prasad Jaiswal told that the Indian Embassy officials have visited the Hospital and met the injured Indians.

    He said, the Embassy has assured all possible assistance and best treatment to them.

    16 Indians were missing after the incident that occurred in Khartoum. Some of the missing may be in the list of dead as identification is not possible because of the bodies being burnt.

    The embassy today issued a detailed list of Indians who were hospitalised, went missing or survived the tragedy. Thirty-four Indians who survived have been accommodated at the Saloomi Ceramics Factory residence.

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that the embassy representative has rushed to the site. A 24-hour emergency hotline 249-921917471 has been set up at embassy of India in Khartoum. 

    Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has expressed his anguish over the blast.

    In a tweet, Mr Modi said, his thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured. He said, Indian embassy is providing all possible assistance to those affected.

  • The legislation has already been cleared by the Lok Sabha.The bill provides for a legal framework to grant ownership rights of land to more than 40 lakh people living in unauthorised colonies in Delhi.

    It envisages offering them the rights of transferring or mortgage rights also. They would be able to claim the rights on the basis of holding documents like Power of Attorney, Agreement of Sale, Will or Possession letters. It will provide relief to the residents of 1731 unauthorised colonies in the National Capital Region.

    Replying to the discussions on the bill, Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, a 2008-notification has identified 1797 unauthorized colonies in the national capital, of which 66 have been excluded from the purview of the bill for now.

    He cited reasons for the exclusion as the colonies falling under forest lands, ‘O’ zone or under the high tension power lines and those land parcels identified in the master plan for roads.

    He said, the title of the land after regularization will be made either in the name of the women in the beneficiary-family or jointly with women. He said, a mechanism will be established for looking into the case of those 66 excluded colonies.

    Mr Puri said, the scheme is much more than a regularization as it confers the rights of the land and is not just regularizing unapproved structures. He added, the stamp duty and registration charges would be very minimal and the task of conferring land title would be over in a short span of time to all beneficiaries.

    He said, the DDA will launch a portal for applying for the regularization after uploading the maps of the delineated colonies which will be completed in a few days.

    He said fifty or more help centres will also be established by the DDA to help the beneficiaries to complete the process of applying for the conferment of titles in their names. He assured that all the beneficiaries would be conferred with the land title without leaving anyone.

    He said, the Delhi Government kept on seeking more time to provide the survey details of the unauthorized colonies despite reminders from the Union Government, causing a delay.

  • Athletics contributed maximum 10 honours, comprising 5 Gold, 3 silver and two bronze. In shooting, Annu Raj, Gauri Sheoran and Neeraj Kaur won gold in 25 meter sports pistol team event. In individual competition of same event, Annu won gold while Gauri claimed silver.
     
    In Tennis, India clinched men's and women's team title. Indian men defeated Pakistan while women beat Sri Lanka in the finals. In Kho Kho, Indian men's and women's teams won gold each.  In Triathlon, India won gold in 4 by 4 mixed relay.

    In Taekwondo events, India clinched six medals, including 3 Gold. In Table Tennis, Indian paddlers bagged gold and silver in both the men's and women's doubles events.

    In Badminton, 8 Indian shuttlers entered the semi-finals in singles and doubles events assuring themselves of as many medals. All the semi-final matches in badminton will be played tomorrow.

     

  • Indian players dominated in track and field and shooting events. India clinched 10 medals including 5 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze in track and field events. 

    Indian shooters brought double delight by winning gold in 25 meter sports pistol. While Annu Raj Singh, Gauri Sheron and Neeraj Kaur clinched gold in team event, Annu and Gauri also grabbed gold and silver in individual category. 

    In Kho Kho Indian women and men teams won gold. Women's team defeated host Nepal by 17-5 and men beat Bangladesh by 16-9 in the finals. 

    On the final day of Triathlon India won gold medal in the 4 by 4 mixed relay.  In men's Wushu events Sajan Lama and Gyandash Singh won silver medals. 

    India has so far won a total 61 medals including 27 gold, 22 silver and 12 bronze.

     

  • Addressing a ceremony this afternoon to launch several projects in Maldives being implemented through Indian assistance, PM Modi underscored that the convergence of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ and Maldives’s ‘India First’ policies have strengthened bilateral cooperation in all sectors.

    He spoke through a digital video conference while Maldives President Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih participated from Male and launched some of the important initiatives that were announced during last one year. These include the gifting of a ‘Made in India’ Patrol Vessel named "KAAMIYAAB” to the Maldives National Defence Forces, exchange of MoUs for setting up neighbourhood fish plants in Addu,  MoU to launch the RuPay Card in Maldives and installation of LED streetlights in Male.

    Maldives President expressed his deep appreciation to India for its support to the development aspirations and security of Maldives and  also conveyed his commitment to deepen cooperation and partnership with India. Both leaders agreed to work closely together to enhance cooperation for peace, prosperity and mutual security of India and Maldives and for the wider Indian Ocean region.

    India has extended a line of credit worth 1.4 billion US dcollars to Maldives after President Solih was sworn in last November.

  • India won gold and silver medals in men's and women's discus throw events. Kirpal Singh won gold in men's category with new meet record of 57.88 meters. Gagandeep Singh grabbed silver. In women's section Navjeet Kaur clinch gold and Suravi Biswas got silver.

    In men's long jump Lokesh Sathyana won gold and Swaminnathan Rav silver. In women's long jump Sandra Babu begged bronze. In women's 200 meter Archana Susneent clinched gold and Chandralekha got bronze. In men's 10000 meters Suresh Kumar clinched gold. In men's Sajan Lama and Gyandash Singh won silver medals.

  • It approved an MoU between Election Commission of India and Election Commission of Maldives on cooperation in the field of Electoral Management and Administration.

    This includes the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of organizational and technical development of the electoral process, support in exchanging information, institutional strengthening and capacity building and training of personnel.

    In other significant decisions today the cabinet cleared the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

    Briefing media in New Delhi after the meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, the bill takes care of India's interest and it will be introduced in Parliament as soon as possible.

    The Union Cabinet approved the launch of Bharat Bond Exchange Traded Fund to provide additional money for CPSUs, CPSEs and other Government organizations.

    The government also approved the Central Sanskrit Universities Bill to be introduced in the Parliament. The bill has provision for conversion of three Sanskrit Deemed to be Universities into Central Universities.  

    The Cabinet also approved the withdrawal of Jammu And Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019. 
     

  • Last day for withdrawal of candidatures is Friday.  A total of 289 candidates have filed nominations for this phase. 119 candidates filed their nominations on the last day yesterday. Polling for this phase will be held on the 20th of this month in 16 constituencies spread over six districts of Santhal Paragana region.

    Meanwhile, campaigning is in full swing in poll-bound constituencies for the second phase. Twenty constituencies spread over seven districts will go to polls in this phase on Saturday. Campaigning for the second phase of elections in 20 constituencies will conclude tomorrow. Leaders of all major political parties including BJP, Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU), Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) have intensified canvassing in support of their candidates. RJD, LJP, JD(U), BSP and leaders of Left parties also holding public meetings to garner support of voters.

    Senior leaders like JP Nadda, Raghubar Das, Shibu Soren, Hemant Soren, Babu Lal Marandi and Sudesh Mahto will hold political rallies in support of their party candidates.

  • The top court said, Chidambaram could not leave the country without prior permission of the court and neither try to influence the witnesses nor tamper with evidence.

    The apex court set aside the Delhi High Court's November 15 verdict denying bail to the former Union Finance Minister, who has been in custody for 105 days since 21st of August when he was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the INX Media corruption case.

    A three-judge bench, headed by Justice R Banumathi, granted the relief to the Congress leader on a personal bond of  two lakh rupees with two sureties of the like amount. The bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, restrained Chidambaram from giving any press interview or making any statements with regard to the case.

    The ED had arrested Chidambaram on 16th of October in the money-laundering case. The top court had on 22nd of October granted bail to him in the INX Media corruption case lodged by the CBI.

  • Page and Brin are stepping down as CEO and president, respectively, of Alphabet, the company announced on Tuesday. Pichai, 47, the current CEO of Google and a longtime executive at the company, will take over as CEO of Alphabet in addition to his current role. Considered as a significant shakeup in the Silicon Valley company, the shuffle comes at a time when Google is facing mounting scrutiny over its size, data privacy practices and potential impact on society.

    With Alphabet now well-established, and Google and 'Other Bets' operating effectively as independent companies, it's the natural time to simplify our management structure, the two Google co-founders wrote in a public letter. "We've never been ones to hold on to management roles when we think there's a better way to run the company," they said. "And Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President. Going forward, Sundar will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet. He will be the executive responsible and accountable for leading Google, and managing Alphabet's investment in our portfolio of Other Bets," said Page and Brin.

    The co-founders will continue to serve on Alphabet's board of directors. "We are deeply committed to Google and Alphabet for the long term, and will remain actively involved as Board members, shareholders and co-founders. In addition, we plan to continue talking with Sundar regularly, especially on topics we're passionate about!" they wrote. Page and Brin, who founded the internet giant over two decades ago, took lesser roles in day-to-day operations in the company in 2015 when they turned Google into Alphabet.

    In his statement, Pichai made it clear that the transition will not affect the Alphabet structure or the work they do day to day. "I will continue to be very focused on Google and the deep work we're doing to push the boundaries of computing and build a more helpful Google for everyone," he wrote. "At the same time, I'm excited about Alphabet and its long term focus on tackling big challenges through technology," he said in his email. Pichai took over as CEO of Google in 2015 as part of the company's broader corporate restructuring to create Alphabet.

    Prior that, Pichai had held a variety of roles at the company, including overseeing Chrome, product chief of Google and head of the Android operating system. Endorsing the leadership role played by Pichai ever since he was made Google CEO, Page and Sergey said the Indian-American brings humility and a deep passion for technology to their users, partners, and employees every day. "He's worked closely with us for 15 years, through the formation of Alphabet, as CEO of Google, and a member of the Alphabet Board of Directors.

    He shares our confidence in the value of the Alphabet structure, and the ability it provides us to tackle big challenges through technology," they wrote. "There is no one that we have relied on more since Alphabet was founded, and no better person to lead Google and Alphabet into the future," they said. Pichai was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He is an alumnus of Wharton business school, Stanford University and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

  • The Day is also celebrated to highlight the achievements and role the Navy plays in securing the country's marine borders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted Navy personnel on Navy Day, saying their service and sacrifice has made India safer. "On Navy Day, we salute our courageous Navy personnel. Their valuable service and sacrifice have made our nation stronger and safer," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

    He also posted a short video on Indian Naval history. 

  • Continuing the efforts to curb rising onion prices, the government has reduced the stock holding limit for retailers and wholesalers to 5 tonnes and 25 tonnes, respectively.

    Earlier, retailers were allowed to hold onion stock up to 10 tonnes and wholesalers up to 50 tonnes. Now, they can hold half of it, as per an order issued by the Consumer Affairs Ministry.

    The revised stock holding limit would not be applicable for imported onions.

    Retailers and wholesalers have also been directed to provide details of onion stock procured and sold on a daily basis to the Ministry

  • Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh has assured the nation that the Navy is fully prepared to deal with national security challenges.

    Speaking at the annual Navy Day press conference in Delhi, Admiral Singh answered queries on the challenges in the neighbourhood and said that no action of any other player in the region should impact us.

    Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh  said that Navy is procuring 41 ships and its long-term plan is to have three aircraft carriers to turn into a true blue water force.

    The first indigenous aircraft carrier IAC-1 should be fully operational by 2022 and it will operate with the MiG-29K.
    He further said that Letter of Acceptance from the US for 24 MH-60R multi-role helicopters is here and the deal is expected to be signed soon. 

    He added that Indian Navy has thwarted 44 piracy attempts and apprehended 120 pirates during its anti-piracy operations.

    Navy day is observed on December 4 every year to mark the achievements and role of the naval force to the country. 

    On December 4 in 1971, during Operation Trident, the Indian Navy sank Pakistani vessels including PNS Khaibar, killing hundreds of Pakistani Navy personnel. On the day, those killed in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 are also remembered.
     

  • The Colombo Chief Magistrate delivered the order today imposing the travel ban until the staffer records a statement with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

    Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara said the Ambassador of the Swiss Embassy, through the Foreign Ministry, has lodged a complaint with the police regarding the incident, alleging that the said local staffer was abducted by a group of unidentified persons last Monday. He said the CID officers have reportedly visited the Swiss Embassy to record a statement from the said victim but its employees have refused to divulge information on her.

    The issue has gained controversy as Swiss government has termed the incident serious while Sri Lankan government said the details of incident don’t match with circumstantial evidence found through their investigation. The latter has requested access to the victim to record her statement.

    A Swiss government statement said that Switzerland supports measures to investigate and settle this matter by due process of law but the employee concerned still cannot be questioned on health grounds.

  • In a nail biting competition Indian girl made good start and won first set by 25-17. But in next two sets amid huge support from the home crowd Nepali team played better. In close contests Nepal won second and third set by 25-23 and 25-21. In next two sets Indian team took early lead and grabbed the title winning fourth and fifth sets by 25-20 and 15-6.

    Thousands of volleyball lovers cheered their team through out the game.

    Vice President of Nepal Nanda Bahadur Pun also witnessed one of the most thrilling contests of the games. Pun gave away medals to the wining Indian team.

  • The powerful storm, which blew in windows and sheared off roofs, roared ashore and was due to pass south of Manila - home to some 13 million people. 

    Forecasters said Kammuri remained strong, with sustained winds of up to 155 kilometres per hour, and maximum gusts of 235 kmph as it tracked northwest. 

    Over 3 lakh people had been evacuated from their homes in the central Bicol region. 

    The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 storms and typhoons each year, killing hundreds and putting people in disaster-prone areas in a state of constant poverty.
     

  • The tragedy claimed several innocent lives and left lakhs with serious health complications. 

    The poisonous gas 'methyl isocyanate' started to leak from one of the tank in the Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh around midnight and spread to the rest of the Bhopal city, killing people both awake and asleep. 

    The severity of the situation intensified because the alarm system the UCIL did not work for several hours. Next day, people complained of breathing disorder, rashes and sudden blindness. The gas also caused internal hemorrhages, pneumonia and death.  

    Activists on Monday flagged the neglect of the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre set up especially for the survivors. 
     

  • India became the last major cricket nation to embrace Day-Night Tests when they hosted neighbours Bangladesh in front of a sellout crowd at Kolkata's Eden Gardens last month. 

    Virat Kohli has welcomed the innovation but said pink-ball Tests should be an exception and not the rule.
     

  • Upper House on Tuesday passed the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

    The Bill has already been approved by the Lok Ssabha. With this amendment the S{G cover is officially only for the Prime Minister.

    Union Minister Amit Shah replied to the debate and allayed all concerns about the decision being against a particular family and a part of vendetta politics.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed a BJP rally in Jharkhand. He said that an atmosphere of development has been created by the BJP by eradicating naxalism in Jharkhand. 

    Addressing a public meeting at Birsa College Stadium in Khunti, he said it is essential to bring the BJP back to power in the State for further development. 

    PM said the people are getting the benefits of both the schemes of the Centre and the State due to presence of a double-engine government. He added that the voter turnout in the first phase of Assembly polls in Jharkhand was remarkable. 

    He said the people exhibited that they are aware about their duty towards strengthening democracy. This shows their enormous faith in democracy.

    PM further added that JMM-Congress alliance's politics is that of deception, while BJP's is of service. He said that People of Jharkhand have faith in BJP and it alone can ensure state's development.

  • On the occasion, the Vice President said that he believed that ROTAVAC is an example of a true social innovation that was realized through a partnership between scientists from India and the USA. 

    He added that India is committed to the goal of protecting the health of each and every  one of its children. Vicepresident added that India is firmly committed to ending morbidity and mortality in children caused due to diarrhoea by 2022.

    The first generation, Rotavirus vaccine, ROTAVAC developed under a Public-Private Partnership with the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, has put India on the global map for setting new standards in pharmaceutical Research and Development.
     

  • Vice President M. Venkiah Naidu on Tuesday conferred the National Awards on Individuals, Institutions, Organizations, State & District for their outstanding achievements and work done towards empowerment of Divyangs. The National Awards for the empowerment of Persons with Disabilities were given on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Speaking on the ocassion vice president said that the nation needs to study and analyse various dimensions of disability comprehensively. He added that we need to identify the causes of disability and find ways to deal with them so that each individual is empowered to live a life of dignity. He said that it is this feeling of respect that is reflected in the nomenclature given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he called the disabled as Divyangs.

    Vice President further said that education is the key to empowerment of every person, including Persons with Disabilities. He said that there should be a special focus on inclusive schools and special schools so that each differently abled child gets good quality education. He stressed on the need to harmonize the immunization and disease prevention programmes with appropriate rehabilitation. He said eradication of polio is an excellent example of  coordinated efforts. He also presented the role model 2019 awards to the winners.

    Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot  presided over the function. Ministers of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar, Ramdas Athawale and Rattan Lal Kataria were also present on the occasion. Gehlot also lauded divyangs who have contributed to bring larels to the country on international platforms.

    On International Day of People with Disabilities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government is committed to keep working towards an inclusive future of differently-abled people. He said that their fortitude and accomplishments in various fields inspire all. PM Modi tweeted and i quote,
    "We reaffirm our commitment to keep working towards an inclusive, accessible and equitable future for our Divyang sisters and brothers. Their fortitude and accomplishments in various fields inspire all of us."

  • India lost first set to Pakistan by 20-25. But Indian players bounced back and won second and third set by 25-15 and 25-17.There was neck to neck fight in fourth set till the end. Both teams were moving one by one point. Finally India won by 29-27 and lifted the title.

    In women's section India will clash with host Nepal in a short while from now. India had defeated Nepal in group stage but Nepali girls had given them tough fight.

    Keeping in view the popularity of volleyball in Nepal and a huge numbers of supporters cheering up home team during past matches the women's final is also expected to be an exciting one.

  • Despite Barcelona's collapse at the end of last season and Argentina losing to Brazil in the semi-finals of the Copa America, Messi's genius was ever-present in 2019, for which he now stands alone in the history of the game's most prestigious individual prize. Four years after his last Ballon d'Or, Messi pulled clear of the five next to the name of Cristiano Ronaldo, and now owns twice as many as Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten. In 54 appearances this year, Messi has managed an astonishing 46 goals and 17 assists while for Barca alone he hit 41 goals and 15 assists in 44 matches, which included seven doubles and three hat-tricks. "It's like he is extra-terrestrial," said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde in March.

    "Every time he gets the ball something extraordinary seems to happen." Messi's first season as club captain brought a third consecutive La Liga title and he scored the winner in the game that clinched it, a 1-0 victory over Levante. He also claimed his sixth Pichichi Trophy as the division's top scorer, with 36 goals in 34 matches. But Barcelona unravelled as their 3-0 advantage over Liverpool to which Messi contributed a brace went up in smoke at Anfield and the club crashed out in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

    They were then beaten by Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey, when Messi's tap-in proved a consolation, but it was his voice that spoke loudest in defence of coach Valverde, whose survival owed much to the support of his captain. Messi had led the way on the pitch too, particularly during the run-in when he scored 16 goals in 12 games as Barcelona put together a relentless winning streak. "This league has one person's name on it," wrote Diario Sport. - 50th career hat-trick. He scored his 50th career hat-trick in a 4-2 win at Sevilla and in April, another hat-trick began with a free-kick into the top corner and ended with a sweeping chip from the edge of the area that was so good even the Real Betis fans felt compelled to applaud.

    When asked about their reaction, Messi said: "To be honest I don't remember anything like that." His goal was nominated in the FIFA Puskas Award's 10-long shortlist. "I have not seen any player like Messi in the history of football," said Betis coach Quique Setien. "His goal was something you do playing Playstation." After finishing the Champions League as top scorer with 12 goals and collecting his sixth Golden Shoe for a record third consecutive year, Messi joined up with Argentina for the Copa America, a tournament that kickstarted a frustrating three months for the 32-year-old. Messi was sent off against Chile in the third-place play-off and his comments about the refereeing drew him a three-month suspension from international football.

    A return to Barcelona should have offered some respite but Messi suffered a calf injury on the first day of pre-season before a thigh strain meant he would not begin playing regularly again until October. Yet he made up for lost time by scoring six goals in five games and then a hat-trick against Celta Vigo, this time a treble made up of set-pieces, two from free-kicks and one a penalty. It was his 34th hat-trick in La Liga, equalling Ronaldo's record in the Spanish top flight. Free-kicks have become an increasingly potent weapon for Messi and his improvement is more evidence of a player still adding to his skill-set in what can be assumed will be his twilight years. "It's clear that when games are close we have the advantage of having the best player in the world and the best free-kick taker in the world," said Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets.

    Another milestone came at the end of November when his goal and two assists in a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund coincided with his 700th appearance for Barcelona. On Sunday, he scored the winner in a 1-0 victory at Atletico Madrid. Barcelona insist they have plans for coping with Messi's dreaded retirement but the truth is their number 10 will be irreplaceable. He has unfulfilled ambitions too, including another Champions League crown, not to mention an elusive major trophy with Argentina. Despite it all, Messi is not finished yet.

  • On September 7, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) attempted a soft landing of Vikram on the Moon. However, ISRO lost contact with Vikram shortly before the scheduled touchdown. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Camera team released the first mosaic, acquired on September 17, of the site on September 26.

    Indian Engineer Shanmuga Subramanian contacted NASA's project after which, the US space agency confirmed the identification of debris by comparing before and after images. "After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images. When the images for the first mosaic were acquired the impact point was poorly illuminated and thus not easily identifiable," NASA said in a statement. The two subsequent image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11, NASA said.

    The LROC team scoured the surrounding area in these new mosaics and found the impact site (70.8810 degrees South, 22.7840 degrees East) and associated debris field. According to NASA, the November mosaic had the best pixel scale (0.7 metre) and lighting conditions (72 degrees incidence angle). "The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 meters northwest of the main crash site and was a single bright pixel identification in that first mosaic," NASA said in a statement.

    The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field, NASA said, adding that the three largest pieces of debris are each about 2x2 pixels and cast a one-pixel shadow. Ever since ISRO lost contact with Vikram, NASA has made several attempts to locate the Chandrayaan-2 lander with the help of its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The LRO flew over Vikram's landing site once on September 17 and next on October 14. The ambitious Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon was launched in July. If the spacecraft had reached the surface in one piece on September 7, India would have been only the fourth country to successfully put a lander on the Moon.

  • Senior leaders of all parties are holding public meetings to woo voters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold rallies in Khunti and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. Twenty constituencies will go to polls in second phase on the 7th of December while polling in seventeen constituencies spread over eight districts, will be held in third phase on 12th of this month.

    Monday was the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers for fourth phase of assembly elections to be held on 16th of December.  230 candidates are left in the fray after scrutiny of papers. Filing of nomination papers continue for the fifth and final phase.

    Voting for the first phase of assembly elections was held on Saturday during which an estimated 64.44 per cent polling was recorded. Counting votes will be taken up together on 23rd of December.

  • The much awaited encounter of the games will be played at Dasaratha Rangshala in Kathmandu in the afternoon. Expressing confidence Indian captain Jerome Vinith said team is fully geared up and India will continue its winning streak. Coach G E Sridharan said India has outstanding record in South Asian Games and his team will beat Pakistan in the finals. In women's section India will clash with host Nepal in the evening.

    Though India had defeated Nepal at group stage but Nepali girls had given them tough fight. Keeping in view the popularity of volleyball in Nepal and a huge numbers of supporters cheering up home team during past matches the India-Nepal finals is also expected to be a thrilling one.
     
    In badminton Indian men's and women's teams clinched gold medals in the team event. India defeated Sri in the finals of both the sections at Pokhara last evening. Indian men's team beat Sri Lankan by 3-1 while women defeated their Sri Lankan opponents by 3-0. On the first day of the games India was at second place in medals tally winning 16 medals including 5 gold, 8 silver and 3 bronze. Host Nepal was at number one winning 15 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze and Sri Lanka was third with 3 gold, 7 silver and 14 bronze.

  • King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia are  on  five-day state visit to India. Trade and investment, renewable energy, environment and climate change figured prominently in bilateral talks between PM Modi and Carl XVI Gustaf. The bigger take away of day  was exchange of dialogue on  innovation policy between India and Sweden.  

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia at Hyderabad House on a five-day state visit to India. 

    The Prime Minister warmly received the Royal couple and then held delegation-level talks with them. The two leaders discussed in detail all issues of mutual interest and importance, including trade and investment, renewable energy, environment and climate change. 

    PM Modi and Carl XVI Gustaf agreed to increase cooperation on issues of bilateral, regional and global importance. There was also a high-level dialogue on innovation policy between the two countries. PM Modi shared India's progress in the field of innovation, having gained worldwide acclaim in the last few years.

    The PM said that the start up India initative has become a powerful engine for creating Unicorns in the country.

    The two countries had signed a joint innovation partnership during PM Modi's visit to Sweden on 17 April last year. The India-Sweden High Level Innovation Policy Dialogue, a high level platform for exchange of ideas, began on Monday. 

    The Royal Couple met President Ram Nath Kovind in the evening. Three agreements in the fields of polar research, science and technology, and sea faring were exchanged in the presence of the President and the King of Sweden.  

    Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind received the royal couple at Rashtrapati Bhavan. They were given a ceremonial Guard of Honor. 

    First thing in the morning, the royal couple went to Rajghat to pay homage to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi. The King of Sweden shared his thoughts in the visitor's book. 

    External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar also called on King Gustaf and Queen Silvia and discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. 

    The Royal Couple also visited Jama Masjid and Gandhi Smriti. 

    This is King Gustaf's third visit to India. Relations between the two countries have strengthened over the years.

  • Soon after the first phase of Jharkhand elections got over, political parties have started campaigning for the rest of the phases of elections.

    Leaders of various political parties are holding rallies and seeking votes for their candidates.

    BJP National President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah held two rallies in the state and appealed to voters to vote for the incumbent Raghubar Das government.

    He addressed a public meeting at Chakradharpur and said..previous govts failed to provide stability because they lacked a clear mandate. He also said people have to choose between option of Naxalism or development adding that the Raghubar Das-led Government has eradicated Naxalism in the state.

    Amit Shah took a dig at the opposition camp. He said parties that exploit tribals, indulge in graft worth crores, and buy and sell poll tickets could never work for Jharkhand's development.

    Addessing his second rally in Jamshedpur, Amit Shah challenged Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asking for an account of his party's work in 10 years and what the Cong has done for Jharkhand. He said Modi govt is giving houses and electricity to people.

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi held a rally in Simdega. He attacked the Jharkhand government and appealed to voters to vote for Congress. He also promised to waive farm loans if voted to power in the state.

    Campaigning by JMM and JVM has also gained momentum. The first phase of the five-phased elections in Jharkhand took place on 30th Nov. The second phase will be on 7th Dec and counting will take place on 23rd December.
     

  • In a moving message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Moshe, the Israeli boy who survived the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, on his coming of age ceremony. 

    Prime Minister wrote “As you make this important transition and cross a significant landmark in the journey of your life, the courage of Sandra and prayers of the people of India will continue to bless you for a long, healthy and successful life.” 

    Bar Mitzvah is a ceremony performed for Jewish boys at the age of 13. The youngster turned 13 on November 28. Prime Minister's message was read out by Sanjeev Singla, India's Ambassador to Israel.  The PM said that the perpetrators of the "cowardly terrorist attack" in Mumbai "clearly failed" in their intent.

    Moshe was a two-year-old toddler when his parents were killed in the terror attacks at Nariman House by Pakistani terrorists.  The boy, standing and crying between his dead parents' bodies, was saved in a daring move by his nanny, Sandra Samuels. The PM said 'Your story continues to inspire everyone. It is one of miracle and hope overcoming tragedy and immeasurable loss' 

    The Prime Minister recalled his meeting with Moshe during his trip to Israel in July 2017. He expressed hope that his wish to return to Mumbai as the director of the Chabad House "comes true".

    Moshe had said in July, 2017 in Jerusalem while hugging the Prime Minister, "I hope I will be able to visit Mumbai, and when I get older, live there. I will be the director of our Chabad House...I love you and your people in India" 

    The Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists who carried out Mumbai 26/11 attacks in 2008 also targeted the Chabad House where six Jews, including Moshe's parents Rabbi Gabriel and Rivka Holtzberg, were killed. 

  • Several parts of Tamil Nadu battled heavy rains for the third day on Monday, leading to flood like situation. Chennai, Coimbatore, neighbouring Pudducherry as  well as Bengaluru are badly affected. 

    So far at least 25 rain related deaths have been reported in Tamil Nadu. Out of this, 17 people, including ten women, were killed when a wall collapsed on a row of houses in Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy has announced an ex gratia of four lakh rupees to the family of those deceased in the incident.

    Several places in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Thoothukkudi districts have been waterlogged due to the heavy rain. In Cuddalore, around 5000 houses in low lying areas of the coastal town have been inundated. About 500 people have been forced to leave their home due to the situations. The heavy rain have also left  several suburban areas of Chennai water logged including Sholinganallur, Pallavaram, Tambaram, Selaiyur and Koratur. 

    Chief Minister took a review of the heavy rain situation in the state with senior Ministers of the Cabinet earlier and he has asked the District Administrations of the rain affected districts to immediately release the insurance amount for the farmers whose agricultural lands are flooded. 

    The Regional Met Department has predicted moderate to heavy rains for another two days. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea at Cape Comorin, Gulf of Mannar and Lakshadweep areas. 

    Meanwhile, a flood alert have been issued to people living on the banks of river Bhavani in  western  Tamil Nadu as a dam built across it has surplussed in the wake of  rains in catchment areas. The water level in the Lower Bhavani Project reservoir reached its maximum of 105 feet and the storage crossed 32 tmc feet against maximum of 32.8 tmc ft.
     

  • The short films and documentaries shown during the festival were selected through a global competition for which 600 entries were received. The jury selected 30 best films out of which 15 were screened in Dhaka. 

    Speaking on the occasion of the festival inauguration, the Ambassador of the European Union to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink praised the German chancellor Angela Merkel for allowing more than one million migrants from Syria into Germany. She said European countries wish to promote migration through aspiration and not based on desperation. 

    The Chief of International Organisation of Migrants (IOM) in Bangladesh Giorgi Gigouri said that the Global Migration Film Festival is a global initiative simultaneously being run in many countries of the world to draw attention to the issues of internal migration, forced migration and climate change related migration to engage people in a conversation on the issue of migration. 

    The festival was organised by the International Organisation of Migrants (IOM) and Dhaka University Film Society with the support of European Union.  

    IOM is the UN migration agency established in 1951. It works to ensure orderly and humane management of the migration issue. 

    ‘Gifts from Babylon’, ‘Just another memory’, ‘Dying for Europe’ and ‘ The power of passport’ among the other films of the festival powerfully depicted the suffering and dilemma of the migrants in various parts of the world. 

  • Adarsha M N Sinimol gave India the first gold medal by winning the men's individual triathlon event at Pokhara in Nepal on Monday. Sinimol compatriot Bishworjit Srikhom took the silver in a 1-2 finish. Thoudam Sorojini Devi and Mohan Pragnya added a silver and a bronze in the women's individual event.

    In Taekwondo India clinched two gold, six silver and two bronze medals.

    At the conclusion of day one host Nepal was on top winning 15 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze, India remained at number two while Sri Lanka was third with 3 gold, 7 silver and 14 bronze.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman moved the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for consideration and passage in Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to replace the Ordinance which was promulgated by the President in September. The government through the ordinance reduced the corporate tax rate from 30 per cent to 22 per cent, and for new manufacturing companies to 15 per cent. Sitharaman said the government's decision to reduce corporate tax rate was aimed at attracting investment and creating jobs. The companies opting for lower tax rates, however, will not be entitled to claim any rebate or deductions.

    The government said there is no proposal to reduce taxes on petrol and diesel. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told the Lok Sabha that no where in the world do the prices of petrol and diesel remain steady for a particular period of time She said there is an increase of 5 per cent in the gross direct tax collection till November this fiscal, adding that the govt has maintained tight fiscal discipline.

    In the Lok Sabha, BJP demanded Cong leader Adhir Rajnan Chaudhary take back his controversial remarks on PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

    BJP also sought unconditional apology from him. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the remarks hurt the soul of the constitution. The Minister said, Congress leader termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah as infiltrators and this was an insult to voters as PM Modi is not just the leader of a party but he is the Prime Minister of the country.

    Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill, 2019 was passed in the Rajya Sabha. It has already been passed by the Lok Sabha. The members supported the bill but also expressed concern at the rising cases of deaths due to consumption of tobacco and deemanded more measures to be taken by the government.

    Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said there is a need to take steps to prohibit tobacco altogether.

    Leaders of various parties raised many issues in the Rajya Sabha including expensive treatment in private hospitals, adverse impact of chemicals and fertilisers on manure and other issues of public importance.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Rajya Sabha that the strike by trade unions of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd was in the process of being called off following meetings between the management and labour unions and a pact in this regard is likely to be signed on December 5. The minister informed the workers had gone on a strike from October 14 to October 22 to press for their demand of 15 per cent fitment benefit and 35 per cent perks with effect from January 1, 2017 on par with executives and that they had resumed work on the direction of the High Court.

  • In a video conference held with the Chief Secretaries of the 11 major onion producing states, the Cabinet Secretary was briefed about the various steps being taken by the States to tackle the rising prices of Onions.

    Chief Secretaries from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana participated in the video conference.

    The Cabinet Secretary directed the States that the overall availability of the Onions has to be beefed up, considering the temporary shortage, to stabilise the prices.The Centre has already taken a decision on not allowing the export of Onions during the current season.

    The States were further directed to maintain considerable buffer stocks, impose stock limits on traders and to ensure strict action against hoarding.

    Rajiv Gauba said that the Union Government has approved the import of 11000 Metric Tonnes of onions from the 29th November to tide over the situation. The deliveries are expected from the last week of December, 2019.

    This is in addition to the decision of the Government to import 6090 Metric Tonnes of Onions from Egypt on the 22nd November 2019. The deliveries are expected from 2nd Week of December.

    Cabinet Secretary directed the States to utilise their Food and Civil Supply Departments to procure and distribute Onions at reasonable prices.

    Secretary Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Secretary Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Secretary Food & Public Distribution along with other senior officials of Government of India also attended the meeting.