• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today approved extension/renewal of Pharmaceuticals Purchase Policy (PPP) for pharmaceutical Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) till their closure/strategic disinvestment.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for adoption of Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme by the Indian Patent Office (IPO) under the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks, India (CGPDTM) with patent offices of various other interest countries or regions.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today approved the establishment of the National Institute for Sowa-Rigpa in Leh as an autonomous organization under the Ministry of AYUSH and to create the post of Director in Level -14 (Rs.1,44,200-2,18,200/-)(Pre-revised Rs.37,000-67000/- +Grade Pay of Rs.10000/-) to oversee implementation of the project from the construction stage itself.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.


              The main objectives of the Memorandum of understanding, inter alia, are:

    Establish the basis for a cooperative relationship to encourage and promote successful bilateral cooperation in the field of tourism
    Sharing data; knowledge, expertise etc. related to tourism
    Sharing experiences in making polices, regulation and standards in planning, implementation and development of tourism policy
    Facilitating the identification and expansion of joint projects, pilots and partnerships between companies and organizations through visits, meetings, workshops, co-creation sessions and site evaluations
    Exchanging best practices through workshops and study visits for experts of Finland and India on the field of cooperation
    Encouraging development of partnerships in the context of multilateral development programs and projects of international Financial Institutions, in which both Participants have common interests



  • On the recommendation of Parliament, the President issued a Declaration under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and gave assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019. Accordingly, the former state of Jammu & Kashmir has been reorganized as the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the new Union Territory of Ladakh on 31st, October 2019.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today approved the proposal ex-post-facto on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of the republic of India and the Government of the Union of Comoros on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine signed in Moroni, Comoros on 11th October, 2019 during the Hon’ble Vice President of India’s state visit to Comoros.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given ex-post facto approval for the Order issued by the President of India under section 103 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019 to remove the difficulties that have arisen in giving effect to the provisions of the Act as per Rule 12 of the Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for introducing the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in order to replace the Ordinance.

    Economic developments after the enactment of the Finance (No. 2) Act, 2019 (Finance Act) along with reduction of rate of corporate income tax by many countries world over necessitated the provision of additional fiscal stimulus to attract investment, generate employment and boost the economy.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today approved ex post facto the orders issued by the President of India under Section 73 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 along with order under Section 74 of the said Act.

    On the recommendation of Parliament, the President issued a Declaration under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and gave assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for enactment of Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019 and accession to the Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for Mitigating financial stress being faced by the Telecom Services Sector as per the following:

                   Department of Telecommunication will give an option to the Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) to defer payment of the spectrum auction instalments due for 2020-21 & 2021-22, either for one or both years.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today approved for withdrawing of the International Financial Services Centres Authority, 2019 Bill which was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on 12th February, 2019 and pending in the Rajya Sabha and introducing the International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha in the  ensuing session of the Parliament.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for introduction of the Industrial Relations Code, 2019 in the Parliament.


    Setting up of two-member tribunal (in place of one member) introducing a concept that some of the important cases will be adjudicated jointly and the rest by a single member resulting speedier disposal of cases.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today approved the proposal to introduce the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament.

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Hon'ble Prime Minister, today approved certain measures for the effective implementation of the CCEA's decision of 31 August 2016 on Initiatives to revive the Construction Sector'.

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the amendments proposed in the Toll Operate Transfer (TOT) Model by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has accorded 'In-principle' approval for strategic disinvestment in select CPSEs as per the details below:

    (i)        Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL)

    (a)   Strategic disinvestment of Government of India shareholding of 53.29% in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (except its equity shareholding of 61.65% in Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) and management control thereon) along with transfer of management control to a strategic buyer.

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has accorded 'in-principle' approval for enabling reductionof Government of India paid-up share capital below 51% in select CPSEs while retaining the management control on case to case basis,taking into account the Government shareholding, and the shareholding of Government-controlled institution.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met Mr Tony Abbott, Former Prime Minister of Australia today.

    The Prime Minister conveyed his condolences on the loss of life and property in the recent bushfires along the eastern coast of Australia.

  • Following the notification by the Central Government on 15th November, relating to proceedings of Personal Debtors to Corporate Debtors, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) today notified Regulations for Insolvency Resolution and Bankruptcy Proceedings of Personal Guarantors to Corporate Debtors.

  • The Cabinet has approved import of 1.2 lakh metric tonnes of onions to improve the domestic availability of the key kitchen staple and check prices.

  • The Golden Jubilee Edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) got off to a mesmeric start at Panaji in Goa last evening.

  • In Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa will be sworn in as new Prime minister today after Ranil Wickremsinghe decided to resign from his post to pave way for a caretaker government.

  • With all the three parties - Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena giving a categorical indication about joining hands to form government in Maharashtra, the stand-off in seems likely to be resolving soon.

  • The government has approved sale of its stake in five Central Public Sector Enterprises, CPSEs.

  • The Jammu and Kashmir administration is working on effective implementation of Himayat Mission.

  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India, SEBI, has approved stricter disclosure norms for listed companies.

  • The Golden Jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) began today in Panaji, Goa in the presence of a galaxy of stars from the Indian and world film industry.

  • The Goods and Services Tax Network, GSTN has dismissed the certain complaints made yesterday on the social media regarding its system's non-functioning.

  • Senior leaders of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are expected to meet today in New Delhi to discuss on the issues on forming the government in Maharashtra with the Shivsena.

  • The Jammu and Kashmir administration is all set to launch the second phase of ‘Back to Village programme’ from 25th to 30th November. The flagship programme is aimed at empowerment and development of Panchayats.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, PMAY, initiative has significantly contributed in furthering the Ease of Living.

  • Earlier, Wickremsinghe that while his government still has the majority in Parliament, it was decided to respect the mandate given to Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential election and step down.

    The decision follows defeat of his party's candidate Sajith Premadasa at the Presidential elections held on Saturday.

    Rajapaksa will function as Prime Minister of the caretaker cabinet until the general election, to be held next year.

    The former president was appointed the Prime Minister on October 26, 2018 by the then President Maithripala Sirisena, who sacked Wickremesinghe in a controversial move that plunged the country into an unprecedented constitutional crisis.

    He resigned in December as two crucial Supreme Court decisions made the former strongman's efforts to cling to premiership untenable.

    The apex court later unanimously declared that the dissolution of Parliament by Sirisena was "illegal".

    Meanwhile, a tussle has begun between supporters of Wickremsinghe and Sajith Premadasa over control of the United National Party (UNP).

  • After a marathon meeting of senior leaders of the two parties at NCP supremo Sharad Pawar's residence in New Delhi, former chief minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said the alliance is hopeful of ending the spell of political uncertainty in the state and working to provide a stable government.

    NCP Spokesperson Nawab Malik, who joined Chavan at a press conference after the meeting, was categorical in indicating that the two parties will join hands with the Shiv Sena saying it is clear that the three parties will have to come together.

    Meanwhile, Shiv Sean Leader Sanjay Raut said that people of Maharashtra wanted Chief Minister from Shiv Sena. 

    He said when three parties decide to form the government, the process is long, adding that in coming two-to-five days, when the process is complete, a new government will be formed in Maharashtra.

  • In one of the biggest privatisation drive , the Union Cabinet has approved the strategic disinvestment of five Central Public Sector Enterprises.

    The government will sell its 53.29 per cent stake in Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd. after taking out Numaligarh Refinery from its portfolio along with transfer of management control to a strategic buyer.

    Besides BPCL, the CCEA has also approved strategic disinvestment of government's shareholding in shipping corporation of India. Sale of an entire 63.75 per cent government holding in SCI and a 30.8 per cent stake in Container Corp of India has been approved.

    The government will sell its entire holding in THDC India and North Eastern Electric Power Corp Ltd to state power generator NTPC Ltd.

    In another major decision, the Union Cabinet has approved import of 1.2 lakh metric tonnes of onions to improve the domestic availability of the key kitchen staple and check prices.

    In a major relief to telecom companies, the cabinet has given nod to two-year moratorium on spectrum payments. The move to defer payments for 2020-21 and 2021-22, will give 42,000 crore rupees relief to Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio.

    Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told some representatives of welfare associations of unauthorised colonies that a bill would be brought to implement the decision.

    The government has also cleared the legal framework to grant ownership rights to people living in unauthorised colonies in Delhi.

    The proposal is applicable to 1,797 identified unauthorised colonies spread over 175 square-km of the national capital inhabited by people from lower income groups.

  • Services of buses and trucks are affected in many parts of Bangladesh including Khulna, Jessore, Kushtia, Tangail, Mymensingh and Pabna causing inconvenience to the passengers and affecting normal life. Movement of containers at the Chattogram port is also reported to be affected as truckers strike started today in the morning.

    Traffic on Dhaka-Chattogram, Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Tangail routes reported sparse movement of trucks and buses.

    While the strike by bus operators and workers started on Monday, the indefinite strike by truckers started this morning. They are demanding amendment to the Transport Act 2018. The transport owners and workers nine-point charter of demands includes making the traffic offences bailable and not holding the drivers alone responsible for accidents. They have also demanded that harassment in the name of checking of documents should stop.

  • Accordingly, in case of default in repayment of loans beyond 30 days, listed companies will have to disclose the fact of such default within 24 hours. SEBI Chairman Ajay Tyagi hoped that the move will help investors make informed choices.

    Secondly, SEBI has amended Portfolio Managers (PM) Regulations, 2019 following which net worth requirement of portfolio managers has been enhanced from two crore to five crore rupees.The regulator has informed that existing portfolio managers will have to meet the enhanced requirement within 36 months.

    After a board meeting in Mumbai today, SEBI announced that it has approved a proposal to reduce the overall time taken for a rights issue from 55 days to 31 days. Besides, SEBI has also extended the Business Responsibility Report requirement to top 1,000 companies, from 500 currently.

    Speaking to reporters, Mr. Tyagi said the regulator perhaps needs to be more muscular to build trust among whistle-blowers. This was after a whistle-blower approached the US watchdog, Securities and Exchange Commission with a complaint against IT major Infosys instead of SEBI.

  • On this day in 1949, the Constitution was adopted which came into force on 26th January, 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of India.

    The commission has requested universities and affiliated colleges to make dedicated efforts to promote and spread awareness about the constitution and fundamental duties among their students, teachers staff and officials.

    UGC said, it will also develop a dedicated portal for promotion and monitoring of the activities throughout the year.

  • The amendments have been made to facilitate the orderly growth of the chit fund sector to remove bottlenecks and enable greater financial access to people.Under the legislation, the prescribed ceiling of aggregate chit fund amount for individuals has been raised from one lakh rupees to three lakh rupees and in case of firms, the limit has been raised from 6 lakh to 18 lakh rupees.

    Besides, words chit amount, dividend and prize amount have been substituted with terms gross chit amount, the share of discount and net chit amount. The legislation also increases the maximum commission of a foreman from five per cent to seven per cent and also allows the foreman a right to lien against the credit balance from subscribers.

    Replying to a debate on the bill in the House, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said, the bill has been brought with an intention of protecting the interests of investors belonging to the poor and marginalized section of the society.

  • Speaking after inaugurating the mega event, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that India has been able to assert its soft power in the world through films.He said, Indian films are being liked world over and there has been an increase in the audience as well.

    Prakash Javadekar said that the Government has opened a single window through which all the permissions required to shoot a film in the country will be granted. He said that this initiative will benefit Goa, Leh-Ladakh and Andaman-Nicobar as well. The Minister urged the Indian film industry to make films for the Divyangs (visually-impaired).

    He said, the narrational aspect in the films made for Divyangs will give these people 360-degree happiness. He also expressed confidence that the film industry will be sensitive to the Divyangs.Renowned Superstar Rajinikanth was bestowed with the Icon of the Jubilee Award on the occasion at the hands of Mr Javadekar in the presence of Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Babul Supriyo, Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant, I &B Secretary Amit Khare and several other luminaries from the film world.

    Renowned French film actor Isabelle Huppert was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award on the occasion. A postal stamp commemorating 50th edition of IFFI was also released on the occasion by Mr. Javadekar. 

  • Services of buses and trucks are affected in many parts of Bangladesh including Khulna, Jessore, Kushtia, Tangail, Mymensingh and Pabna causing inconvenience to the passengers and affecting normal life. Movement of containers at the Chattogram port is also reported to be affected as truckers strike started on Wednesday morning.

    Traffic on Dhaka-Chattogram, Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Tangail routes reported sparse movement of trucks and buses. While the strike by bus operators and workers started on Monday, the indefinite strike by truckers started Wednesday morning.

    They are demanding amendment to the Transport Act 2018. The transport owners and workers nine point charter of demands includes making the traffic offenses bailable and not holding the drivers alone responsible for accidents. They have also demanded that harassment in the name of checking of documents should stop.

    In the meanwhile the Bangladesh Truck Covered-Van Owners Workers Oikya Parishad held one round of discussion with the government on Tuesday night but it could not resolve the crisis. Another meeting is likely to take place later today.

    The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said today that the Transport Act is unrealistic and it should have been formulated after discussion with the stakeholders.

  • Union Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar says centre has given instant relief based on initial report, assures of more assistance as detailed report is received.

    Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday in Parliament to discuss issues related to farmer’s distress in Maharashtra.

    The NCP leader Nawab Malik said that NCP Chief will meet PM Modi to discuss several issues related to the state, especially the agrarian crisis following unprecedented rainfall.

  • External affairs minister Dr. S. Jaishankar wrapped up his short visit to Sri Lanka where he called on new President  Gotabaya Rajapksa, Prime minister Ranil Wickremsinghe and leader of opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    The new Sri Lankan President will visit India on 29th of this month on his fist overseas visit after assuming the post. Dr. Jaishankar delivered a special congratulatory message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to new President which called for partnership for shared peace, progress, prosperity and security.

    The minister expressed confidence that India Sri Lanka relations will reach new heights under the leadership of new President. He had arrived in Colombo last evening and left this morning.

  • As per WHO, around 210 million people worldwide suffer from COPD. Life with COPD can be difficult. It's a progressive condition, which means there is currently no cure, and everyday tasks can become a challenge.

    It causes chronic obstruction of the flow of air through the airways and out of the lungs. It includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Inhalation of smoke for a long period gradually cause inflammation in the lungs leading to bronchitis. Smoke damages to the walls of the air sacs in the lungs and causes emphysema.

    Some symptoms of COPD are: Chronic cough that produce mucus, shortness of breath, especially during physical activities, wheezing, chest tightness, choked throat in the morning due to excess mucus in lungs, blueness of the lips or fingernail beds (cyanosis), frequent respiratory infections, lack of energy, unintended weight loss (in later stages).

    The ways to prevent it include of: Do not smoke, avoid exposure to second-hand smoke, avoid using biomass for cooking, avoid exposure dust, do not go to the polluted areas, practice Deep breathing exercises.

    With proper management, most people with COPD can achieve good symptom control and quality of life, reducing the risk of other associated conditions.

  • Duterte is notorious internationally for his deadly anti-narcotics crackdown, but he has also imposed a wide-ranging ban on smoking in public that is part of his pledge to get tough on public disorder.

    The president told a late-night press conference on Tuesday that the use and importation of electronic cigarettes would be banned, but did not provide a precise timeline.

    "I will ban it, the use and the importation. I hope everybody is listening. Please relay this to them. You know why? Because it is toxic," said Duterte, an ex-smoker.

    "Now this vaping, they say it is electronic. Don't give me that... Better stop it because in I will order your arrest if you do it in a room," he added at his first public speaking engagement in weeks.

    His comments come days after Philippine health authorities reported the nation's first vaping-related lung injury, which resulted in a 16-year-old girl being hospitalised.

    E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the United States is feeding caution about the product, already banned in some places.

    In September 2019 India became the latest country to ban the import, sale, production and advertising of e-cigarettes, citing in particular concerns about its youth.

    The devices are already banned in several places such as Brazil, Singapore, Thailand and the US state of Massachusetts.

    Before Duterte's presidency, the Philippines already had a ban on tobacco advertising, as well as a law that requires graphic images of smoking health hazards to be printed on cigarette packaging.

  • The vote by the senate came as investors were already growing nervous about the lack of solid news on negotiations for a mini tariffs pact to help resolve a debilitating and long-running standoff between the economic superpowers.

    China was already angered and expressed "strong indignation" last month when the US House of Representatives passed a similar measure.

    The bill, which must be signed off by Donald Trump, supports "human rights and democracy" in Hong Kong and threatens to revoke its special economic status as lawmakers grow concerned about an increasingly tough crackdown on the months-long protests.

    It would require the president to annually review the favourable trade status Washington grants to the city and allows for sanctions against Hong Kong and Chinese officials who commit human rights abuses including "extrajudicial rendition".

    While observers broadly expect the two sides to eventually hammer out some sort of agreement as part of a wider pact, there have been a number of bumps in the road, causing anxiety on equity markets.

    And Vice President Mike Pence warned Tuesday that the Hong Kong situation could complicate any deal. However, AxiTrader's Stephen Innes said Trump "has been conspicuous by his silence when it comes to the Hong Kong chaotic escalation.

    Perhaps Trump sees a trade deal with Beijing as a more significant priority as he makes his case for re-election and doesn't want the Hong Kong bill to act as a stumbling block".

    But he added that the passage of the bill would make it hard for him to "hold out against this bipartisan pressure, which could put another snag in the trade talk lines".

    Adding to the unease, Trump again raised the spectre of more levies on Chinese goods, warning Tuesday: "If we don't make a deal with China, I'll just raise the tariffs even higher."

    In early trade Hong Kong was down 0.8 per cent and Shanghai fell 0.2 per cent, while Tokyo finished the morning session down 0.7 per cent Singapore shed 0.5 per cent, Seoul sank 0.9 per cent and Taipei lost 0.3 per cent. Manila and Jakarta also fell.

  • Wednesday marks Abe's 2,887th day in office, topping the record previously set by Taro Katsura, a revered politician who served three times between 1901 and 1913.

    The 65-year-old is also the second-longest-serving leader of the Group of Seven major economies behind only German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been in office since 2005.

    Abe's grip on power remains firm as he passes the landmark, with his tenure likely to last until at least September 2021 and no clear successor yet on the horizon.

    But the premier has plenty of unfinished business, saying earlier this year after a cabinet reshuffle that he hoped to "take on the challenge to create a new country".

    He has reiterated his long-cherished ambition of revising Japan's post-war constitution to change the status of the country's Self Defense Forces.

    But opposition parties have refused to move forward with procedures for the revision, and Abe has seen his reputation tarnished by the resignation of two cabinet ministers and a cronyism scandal.

    He is currently mired in a row over inviting too many of his supporters to a costly cherry blossom viewing party, forcing the government to scrap the annual event next year.

    Speaking to reporters on Wednesday to mark the record, he was peppered with questions about the latest scandal, which shows little sign of going away.

    "I've made efforts every single day to carry out the policies I promised and these daily efforts have led me to this day," Abe said.


  • The regulator had previously detected a divergence in the assessment of bad loans in FY16 and FY17 but none in FY18.

    In FY19, according to the private lender's exchange notification, the RBI assessed the level of gross non-performing assets at Rs 11,159 crore.

    As per the RBI's rules, banks are required to disclose any divergence of more than 15 percent.

    The market regulator recently specified that this divergence should be disclosed to investors within a day of the receipt of RBI's report.

  • In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, FM said that State banks reported 5,743 cases of fraud in the period, most of which had taken place over the last several years, although 1,000 cases worth ₹2,500 crore had just taken place.

    Measures included the freezing of 338,000 bank accounts of inoperative companies in the last two financial years and the enactment of a law with a provision to confiscate the property of those found to have committed fraud and who have fled the country.

    State Bank of India reported fraud of ₹25,400 crore followed by Punjab National Bank of ₹10,800 crore and Bank of Baroda of ₹8,300 crore.

  • Iran continues to pose a threat the security of the region through various activities, including the attack on oil and natural gas facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on September 14, Trump told the Congressional leadership in a letter on Tuesday.

    Trump's letter was addressed to the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives. "To assure our partners, deter further Iranian provocative behavior, and bolster regional defensive capabilities, additional United States Armed Forces have been ordered to deploy to the Middle East," said the US President in his letter, a copy of which was released to the press by the White House.

    Additional forces ordered for deployment in Saudi Arabia include radar and missile systems to improve defences against air and missile threats in the region, an air expeditionary wing to support the operation of United States fighter aircraft from Saudi Arabia, and two fighter squadrons, Trump said.

    The first of these additional forces have arrived in Saudi Arabia, and the remaining forces will arrive in the coming weeks. "With these additional forces, the total number of United States Armed Forces personnel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be approximately 3,000. These personnel will remain deployed as long as their presence is required to fulfill the missions described above," Trump said.

    Trump said the action is consistent with his responsibility to protect United States citizens at home and abroad and in furtherance of the country's national security and foreign policy interests.

  • Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday met senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge, A K Antony and K C Venugopal to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra and the way forward for the party on government formation.

    Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thakery will address a meeting of all the MLAs and senior leaders on Wednesday. Earlier Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut claimed that a new government will be in place in the state by the first week of December.

  • The Indian football team virtually knocked out of the 2022 World Cup qualifying round after losing 0-1 to Oman at Muscat on Tuesday.

    Mohsin Al Ghassani scored the all-important goal for Oman in the 33rd minute while India had few raids at the opposition goal but could not pose any threat to the Omani goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi as Oman beat India for the second time in the campaign. Oman had defeated India 2-1 in the first leg in September in Guwahati.

    With just three points from five matches, India still remain at fourth spot in the Group E table, headed by Asian champions Qatar who have 13 points from five matches. Oman are at second spot with 12 points.

  • India will travel to Nur-Sultan to take on Pakistan in the upcoming Davis Cup tie as the International Tennis Federation has nominated the Kazakhstan capital to host the matches, ending days of uncertainty over the venue.

    The Independent Tribunal of the ITF endorsed the decision taken by the Davis Cup Committee on November 4 that the tie should be shifted to a neutral venue, keeping in mind safety and security of players and officials.

    Pakistan Tennis Federation had filed an appeal contesting the decision. It argued that if Indian pilgrims can visit Pakistan without any security threat, why the Indian team could not play matches in Islamabad.

  • On the third day of the parliament on Wednesday, The Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will be taken into for consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha.

    The National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will also be taken into consideration and passing in the lower house.

    In the upper house, The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 bill be taken into consideration and passage.

    Also the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 will be taken into consideration and passing in the Rajya Sabha.

  • The Lok Sabha on Tuesday held a discussion on air pollution in Delhi. Members cutting across party lines said pollution in the national capital is a serious issue, and it has to be tackled, leaving aside politics.

    The issue was raised under Rule No. 193. The discussion was initiated by Congress party's Manish Tewari. He sought the setting up of a separate Parliamentary Standing Committee on Pollution and Climate Change.

    BJP's Delhi MP Manoj Tewari spoke on behalf of his party and attacked the Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government over failing to combat air pollution. Members of others parties also sought the taking of effective steps to tackle the serious problem of air pollution.

    The MPs also felt that it was wrong to blame farmers and stubble burning for the air emergency when the blame lies at the door of vehicular and industrial emissions.

    MPs made a wide range of suggestions for tackling the problem such as economically empowering farmers in order to curtail stubble burning and contributing two crore rupees from each MP's MPLADs funds for erecting air purifying towers.

  • External affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar made the announcement after meeting the Sri Lankan President on his first day in office after being sworn in as President of Sri Lanka.

    The external affairs minister conveyed PM Modi's message of a partnership for shared peace, progress, prosperity and security. This will be the maiden overseas visit of Gotabaya after he assumed office.

    The visit signifies the importance attached to bilateral relations between the two neighbours. PM Modi was the first foreign leader to telephone Sri Lankan President on Sunday after his victory at the Presidential elections held on Saturday.


  • According to the police, the 25 people were taken off the ship and given the medical care they need. Police said that earlier the message came from the ship that no people died.  Police dogs were searching the ship, which was originally bound for the British port of Felixstowe, to check that no more migrants were on board.

    The boat was a cargo ferry run by the DFDS Seaways line, which said that the migrants had come on board on a lorry trailer. The discovery comes the month after 39 Vietnamese people were found dead in a refrigerated truck in Britain last week, again laying bare the risks of illegal migrant routes to Europe.

  • American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, both professors at the American University in Kabul, were kidnapped at gunpoint in August 2016. Both men were successfully recovered on Tuesday and are currently receiving medical care and other support from the United States Government.

    In a statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Taliban have indicated that the release of the two professors is intended as a goodwill gesture, which the United States welcomes. Both Pompeo and the White House commended Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan government for working to strengthen and reform Afghanistan's security forces. While President Ashraf Ghani said last week the decision was "a tough, but important" one and a "humanitarian gesture".

    The US on Tuesday welcomed the release of two hostages by the Taliban in Afghanistan, describing it a hopeful sign for efforts to end the decades-long conflict in the country. American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, both professors at the American University in Kabul, were kidnapped at gunpoint in August 2016. Both men were successfully recovered on Tuesday and are currently receiving medical care and other support from the United States Government.

    In a statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Taliban have indicated that the release of the two professors is intended as a goodwill gesture, which the United States welcomes. Both Pompeo and the White House commended Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan government for working to strengthen and reform Afghanistan's security forces.
    While President Ashraf Ghani said last week the decision was "a tough, but important" one and a "humanitarian gesture".

  • Rajya Sabha took up The Surrogacy Regulation Bill aiming to curb the illegal commercialization of surrogacy. The Bill enables couples married for 5 or more years, to opt for surrogacy. 

    It aims to ban commercial surrogacy and allow altruistic surrogacy for Indian citizens. Over the last few years, India has emerged as a surrogacy hub for couples from different countries.

    The business has been unregulated so far with unethical elements handling an estimated 2,000 cases every year, raking in crores of rupees. Once the Bill is enacted by the Parliament, the National Surrogacy Board will be constituted.

    States and Union Territories shall also set up similar Boards. This will lead to regulation of the surrogacy sector and will ensure protection of rights of both the surrogate mother and the child.

  • During the meeting in Singapore, Mr Singh expressed satisfaction at the increasing engagement of the armed forces of India and Singapore in conducting joint exercises.

    Both leaders also agreed to take the increasing bilateral defence cooperation to greater heights. Rajnath Singh also communicated India’s stand for not joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

  • Addressing the concluding session of the Conference of Directors of IITs, NITs and IIEST at Rashtrapati Bhavan today, Ram Nath Kovind expressed confidence that institutions like IITs, NITs can make the most crucial contribution to Ease of Living for the citizens, from the technology perspective.

    He said improving urban infrastructure, making water supply systems efficient and making healthcare delivery more effective are some of the countless ways technology can make a dramatic difference in the life of an average Indian.

  • Participating in the discussion, BJP MP Pravesh Verma from West Delhi constituency said pollution in the city is mostly due to dust and construction activities.

    He alleged that the Delhi government did not take any necessary steps to contain the pollution. Another BJP MP Gautam Gambhir from East Delhi constituency said the Ghazipur landfill is a big menace, and merely penalizing farmers will not solve the issue.

    TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar suggested that the government should initiate a movement, Swachch Hawa, on the lines of Swachch Bharat. He requested the members to rise above politics and come together to find a solution to the problem.

  • The Bill prohibits commercial surrogacy, but allows altruistic surrogacy. Its provisions include establishing National Surrogacy Board, State Surrogacy Board and appointment of appropriate authorities for the regulation of practice and process of surrogacy.

    Moving the Bill, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vadhan said India has emerged as a hub of surrogacy in recent years. He informed that there are around 3000 surrogacy clinics running illegally in the country.

    Dr Vardhan said the purpose of the Bill is to ensure effective regulation of surrogacy.

  • Europe's big guns qualify for Euro 2020 finals. Let's take a look in this Euro 2020 Qualifiers round-up.

    Spain 5-0 Romania

    Spain thrashed Romania 5-0 to secure top spot in group F of Euro 2020 Qualifiers. Fabain Ruiz scored the opening goal of the match after eight minutes. Villarreal forward Moreno doubled Spain's lead with a well-placed header in the 33rd minute before making it 3-0 before the half time. Towards the end of half time Adrian Rus turned the ball into his own net to make it 4-0. In the stoppage time of 2nd half Mikel Oyarzabal scored from outside the box and made it 5-0 in favor of Spain. The victory means unbeaten Group F winners Spain will be among six seeded nations when the finals draw is made on November 30.

    Germany 4-0 Belarus

    In group C, Germany booked their place at Euro 2020 with a 4-0 victory over Belarus. Matthias Ginter opened the scoring for the hosts in Monchengladbach before Leon Goretzka doubled their lead. Real Madrid's Kroos then scored two fine goals to seal a comfortable win for Germany.

    Italy 9-1 Armenia

    Italy finished their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 100 per cent record from 10 games and with one of the biggest wins in their history. In their 10th match of the qualifying campaign Italy demolished Armenia 9-1. Ciro Immoble, one of Europe's hottest strikers right now, started the rout. He scored two goals. Nicolo Zaniolo also scored two goals for the Azzurri side. In the 79th minute of the match, Edgar Babayan scored a consolation for Armenia.

    Luxembourg 0-2 Portugal

    Portugal booked their place at Euro 2020 on  after a 2-0 win over Luxembourg. Bruno Fernandes scored the opening goal of the match to put Portugal 1-0 up towards the end of the first half. Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 99th international goal in the 86th minute of the match. Now the Juventus star is eying to break the world record for men's international goals. He is 10 behind Iran legend Ali Daei's tally of 109, after scoring 14 goals for Portugal this year. Portugal are at second position in Group B after earning 17 points in 8 matches. Ukraine had already gone through as the group winner.

    Kosovo 0-4 England

    England ended their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 4-0 victory over Kosovo. Harry Winks and Mason Mount scored their first senior goals for Three Lions. Harry Winks scored the opening goal of the match in 32nd minute with the help of a pass from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Tottenaham striker Harry Kane had almost doubled the lead in the second half but his shot from eight yards came back off the post. In the 2nd half Kane doubled the lead with his 32nd goal for England from close range. Meanwhile substitute Marcus Rashford produced a cool finish with the help of assist by Raheem Sterling.  

  • As soon as House met for the day, Left MPs along with AAP and some Congress members tried to raise the issues. However, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu denied them permission. As the din continued, the Chairman adjourned the house till 2 PM. The JNU students are protesting against fee hike and draft hostel manual.

    Earlier, the House observed two minutes of silence over the passing away of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. The House also congratulated economist Abhijeet Banerjee for winning the Nobel prize for Economics. Chairman said it is a great pride for India.

  • Shreyasi, representing Bihar, got the better of Rajeshwari Kumari of Punjab in the top final, which also had the likes of seasoned shooters Shagun Chowdhary and Seema Tomar among others. The 28-year-old shot 42 out of 50 birds to claim the brightest medal on offer, while Rajeshwari managed 38 hits to settle for silver. "I am very happy, specially after having lost so many Trap finals. My new coach Daniel Di Spignio was behind me today and I felt that was the difference and I was feeling much stronger and confident today. Hope I can carry on this form in the days to come," said Shreyasi.

    This was Shreyasi's fourth individual career National title but her first in Women's Trap. Rajeshwari had earlier topped the qualification rounds with a score of 118 out of 125 while Shreyasi qualified fourth with a score of 112. Pragati Dubey of Madhya Pradesh (MP) who had shot 110 in qualification and had to come through a shoot-off to get through to the six-woman final, won bronze with a finals score of 31. Rajeshwari did win gold on the day though, claiming the team gold in Women's Trap along with Punjab teammates Inaya Vijay Singh and Prabsukhman Kaur.

    The Punjab trio totaled 319 to leave Rajasthan way behind with 311 and the silver medal. Madhya Pradesh won bronze. Varda Sharma of Delhi won the Junior Women's Trap competition getting the better of Manisha Keer of MP after a shoot-off took place to separate the gold and silver medal winners. Both Varda and Manisha had ended the final with 40 hits apiece. Manisha then missed her shoot-off shot while Varda connected. MP women were on fire at the range on the day with Preeti Rajak also winning the bronze in the junior women's Trap with a finals score of 29. The trio of Manisha, Preeti and Neeru had earlier combined to give MP the team gold in the event with a tally of 310. Haryana won silver, while Delhi won bronze.

  • In a tweet, Defence Minister said that he is deeply pained by the demise of soldiers and porters due to avalanche in Siachen. While offering heartfelt condolences to soldiers' families, the Defence Minister said that he salutes their courage and service to the nation.

    Four soldiers and two local porters were killed in a Snow Avalanche that hit a Kazi Army post in northern side of Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefields in Northern side of Siachen Glacier. One soldier is critically injured while another is still missing in the avalanche.

    The deceased were part of an eight-member patrol team which was operating in the Northern Sector of Siachen glacier at an altitude of 19,000 ft.   

  • One fisherman had been found unconscious and not breathing in waters 7.4 kilometers (4.6 miles) south of the boat, and rescue workers were airlifting him to a hospital on the nearby island of Jeju. The coast guard and navy were deploying boats, helicopters and a patrol plane to search the waters near Jeju island for survivors, said Lee Geun-han, an official from the coast guard in Jeju. Rescue efforts, which also involved civilian fishing vessels, were being slowed by strong winds and large waves in the area.

    Lee said the coast guard received a report about the fire at around 7 am. A court guard helicopter found it about an hour later, and the upper side of the boat had been burned completely. A photo released by the coast guard showed the 29-ton boat engulfed in black smoke. Six of the boat's crew were South Koreans and the other six were Vietnamese, Lee said. They departed from the mainland port of Tongyeong on November 8 to catch hairtail and had planned to return to the port on Monday. 

  • Among his first orders after being sworn in as President yesterday, Rajapaksa stated that he instructed for the removal of politicians photographs from name boards of roads as well. Accordingly, some state institutions have already replaced the President’s photograph with the national emblem.

    Gotabaya will formally join his office at Presidential secretariat in Colombo this morning. After swearing in at Anuradhapura, he assured a neutral foreign policy and refused to get involved in the battles between other countries. Mr. Gotabaya asked all nations to respect unitary status and sovereignty of Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa said that he will exercise his executive powers in the best interest of the nation. He also said that he will establish a new Government to take his policies forward.

    The new President said  that his Government will not leave room for any corrupt practices to be committed. While not commenting on the reconciliation process of the former Government, Rajapaksa sought the support of the minorities to rebuild the country.

  • The government introduced Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation under the Emergency Regulations Ordinance (ERO) amid an escalation in civil unrest and violence in the city, which banned residents from wearing face masks. It argued that the ordinance was necessary to help the police identify perpetrators of violence during protests.

    The High Court ruled that the ERO was incompatible with the city's mini-constitution, known as the Basic Law. The court said it would convene a subsequent hearing on the question of relief with regard to the regulation.

  • He was addressing a press conference after a high-level meeting with the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh over the air pollution in the northern states.

    He said, in the next 15 days, the government will intensify the crackdown on violators and illegal constructions, and action will be taken to reduce emissions.

    Mr Mishra said the Environment Ministry and the Central Pollution Control Board are monitoring pollution separately and efforts are on to bring down the level of pollutants and particulate matters in the air.

    He said during the meeting, the instructions of the Supreme Court, the National Green Tribunal and the Ministry of Environment were reviewed.

    Meanwhile, air quality in the national capital improved, entering the poor category. According to CPCB, the Air Quality Index was recorded at 217 this evening.

  • The healthcare system would exclude those covered under the newly-launched Ayushman Bharat scheme that mainly caters to the bottom 40 per cent population of the country.NITI Aayog today released the report on ‘Health Systems for a New India: Building Blocks-Potential Pathways to Reforms.

    The report was released by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar in the presence of Bill Gates, the co-chairman of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    NITI Aayog Advisor, Health Alok Kumar said the report intends to prepare the road-map to build a health system in the medium- to long-term for those belonging to the middle class. He said, nearly 50 per cent are still not covered under any public healthcare system and the idea is to pool their risk assets which will cater to the health care needs of the middle class.  

    Speaking on the occasion, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kamar said, the current health system reforms in Ayushman Bharat are critical and their success will be determined by several factors. He said, the vision for a Healthy India and quality Health For All requires to holistically transform the delivery of health care services in both the public and the private sectors and across all levels of care.

  • Rajnath Singh was speaking at a business seminar ‘India Rising’, organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, Thailand.

    He said, the defence sector has been given prominence under the Make in India initiative to reduce dependence on imports and make India a major defence manufacturing hub.

    Rajnath Singh said India’s defence exports have grown almost six-fold in the last two years. The Minister said a 10-billion dollar investment in aerospace and defence goods and services is expected by 2025, which could provide employment to 20 to 30 lakh people.

    Rajnath Singh also addressed the 6th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus). He called upon the international community to eliminate terrorist safe havens, disrupt their networks and financing and thwart their cross-border movement to ensure sustainable regional security.

    Describing terrorism as the most heinous of cross-border crimes, Mr Singh said some States use terror to pursue political goals making regional security vulnerable. Rajnath Singh said India’s Indo-Pacific vision is based on the idea of sustainable security as it focuses on a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific.

  • In the past two years, Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has displayed a different side of himself. In the 2nd innings of a Test match, the 29-year old is capatin Virat Kohli's most lethal weapon. If we take a look at his stats, Shami has taken 51 wickets in 20 innings at an average of 17.00 since 2018. Sahmi's strike rate of 32.2 is best among bowlers who have taken 25 or more wickets in the past two years in the second innings of a Test match.

    The other bolwers who feature in the list are- Pat Cummins (Australia, 48 wickets), Nathan Lyon (Australia 47 wickets), Kagiso Rabada (South Africa, 34 wickets), Ravindra Jadeja (India, 32 wickets), Jasprit Bumrah(India, 29 wickets) and Josh Hazlewood (Australia, 29 wickets). In the opening test match against Bangladesh in Indore, Shami took seven wickets and in which four scalps belong to 2nd innings. And this performance has lifted him eight places to seventh position in latest ICC Test Rankings for bowlers. In the Freedom Trophy against South Africa, Shami played crucial role in India's 3-0 win as he claimed 13 wickets in six innings at an average of 14.76. He has taken three five-wicket hauls in the second innings in the last two years and also became the first fast bowler in 23 years to take a fifer in fourth innings in India.

    Currently, the Indian pace attack is one of the best in world cricket. In the three match series against South Africa Indian pacers took 26 wickets at home contditions.  There was no Jasprit Bumrah in opening test match against Bangladesh in Indore but Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav were ruthless and unplayable as Bangladeshi batsmen danced to their tunes. . The trio of  Shami, Ishant and Umesh  took a total of 14 wickets in the match to demolish Bangladesh in both the innings. In past two years, Indian pacers have bagged 271 wickets at a strike rate of 44.2 in 23 matches and this is main reason behind behind Team India's transition into the No.1 ranked side in test cricket. 

  • Speaking after the ceremony, the new President said he knew that the response to his request to the Tamil and Muslim community to join in his victory was less than I expected. However, as new President, he invited  all to work together with him for the future prosperity of the country as true Sri Lankans. He also promised a technocratic and meritocratic system with no place for corruption.

    The new President  added that the government should always set an example for society saying professionalism and efficiency should be the cornerstone of government administration.   Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was among those who attended the swearing in ceremony.

    Meanwhile, government MPs of Sri Lanka's ruling party are meeting this afternoon to decide on the next step for the government led by Mr. Wickremesinghe. Minister Mano Ganesan said that the final decision on whether to quit the government or support a general election would be taken during the meeting. More than half a dozen ministers have already resigned following the results of Presidential elections and there are indications of change in government.

  • In the second phase, 20 Assembly seats will go for polls on December 7.

    Meanwhile, the Congress on Sunday released its fifth list of three candidates, taking the total number of nominees declared so far by the party to 29.

    Elections to the state's 81 Assembly seats will be held in five phases, beginning November 30, and the results will be announced on December 23.

    The Jarkhand Mukti Morcha, the Congress and RJD had recently announced a pre-poll tie-up for the state with former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren as the alliance's CM face.

    The Congress will contest 31 seats out of 81 seats in the Jharkhand assembly.

    The RJD will contest on seven seats, while the largest chunk of the alliance share has gone to the JMM, which will contest elections on 43 seats.

  • After appropriate action and assurance by Government Railway Police (GRP) on safe operation of trains in Kashmir Valley, Firozpur division has commenced a limited passenger service of running two pair of trains between Srinagar-Baramulla-Srinagar and will commence a limited passenger service of running three pair of trains between Banihal-Baramulla-Banihal from Monday.

    Last week, train services were resumed in Jammu and Kashmir after they were stopped after the scrapping of provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Justice Bobde succeeds CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

    Justice Bobde will have a tenure of over 17 months as the CJI and is due to retire on April 23, 2021.

    His Warrant of Appointment was signed by President Ram Nath Kovind following which the Law Ministry issued a notification naming the judge as the next head of the Indian judiciary.

  • NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik made the announcement Sunday evening after a meeting of the party's core committee at Pawar's residence in Pune.

    Malik said that the core committee was of the view that the current President's rule in Maharashtra should end, and an "alternative government" should be formed.

    The NCP is in talks with its ally Congress for a possible alliance with the Shiv Sena, after the Sena's alliance with the BJP fell apart over the chief minister's post.

    The Sena reached out to the Congress-NCP combine for support after its alliance with the BJP collapsed.

  • Protests have rocked the global financial hub since June, with many in the city of 7.5 million people venting fury at eroding freedoms under Chinese rule.

    China has repeatedly warned that it will not tolerate the dissent, and there have been concerns that Beijing could send in troops to put an end to the spiralling unrest.

    Several loud blasts were heard around dawn on Monday before a wall of fire lit up an entrance to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Police said they had fired three live rounds in the early hours of Monday at a protest site near the university but that no one appeared to have been hit.

    Intense clashes throughout Sunday, which saw a police officer struck in the leg by an arrow and protesters meet police tear gas with volleys of petrol bombs, rolled overnight across the Kowloon district, as a call went out to defend the besieged campus. There, protesters had hunkered down under umbrellas from occasional fire from police water cannon and hurled Molotov cocktails at an armoured vehicle, leaving it ablaze on a flyover near the campus.

    Police declared the campus a "riot" scene -- rioting is punishable by up to 10 years in jail -- and blocked exits as spokesman Louis Lau issued a stark warning in a Facebook live broadcast. "I hereby warn rioters not to use petrol bombs, arrows, cars or any deadly weapons to attack police officers," he said. "If they continue such dangerous actions, we would have no choice but to use the minimum force necessary, including live rounds, to fire back."

    Fear gripped protesters still trapped inside the campus -- whose occupation is a twist in tactics by a leaderless movement so far defined by its fluid, unpredictable nature.

    Throughout Sunday, activists parried attempts by police to break through into the campus, firing rocks using a homemade catapult from the university roof. 

    Violence has worsened in recent days, with two men killed in separate incidents linked to the protests this month. Chinese President Xi Jinping this week issued his most strident comments on the crisis, saying it threatened the "one country, two systems" model under which Hong Kong has been ruled since the 1997 handover from Britain. Demonstrators last week engineered a "Blossom Everywhere" campaign of blockades and vandalism, which forced the police to draft in prison officers as reinforcements, shut down large chunks of Hong Kong's transport network and closed schools and shopping malls.

    The protests started against a now-shelved bill to allow extradition to China but have billowed to encompass wider issues such as perceived police brutality and calls for fully free elections in the former British colony.

    The financial hub has been nudged into a recession by the unrelenting turmoil.

    A poster circulating on social media called for the "dawn action" to continue on Monday. 

  • It will end on the December 13. 

    Ahead of the Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, assured at all-party meeting that the government is ready to discuss all issues. During the meeting in New Delhi, PM Modi said the most important job of Parliament is to discuss and debate. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the Prime Minister urged the political parties to make Winter Session of Parliament productive, like the last one. He said PM Modi stated that constructive discussions in Parliament keep the bureaucracy .

    Joshi said the Prime Minister also talked about the Constitution Day to be observed on November 26. PM Modi said the Constitution and the democratic system of the country are unique and this should be branded. Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Opposition raised about the detention of Lok Sabha MP Farooq Abdullah and demanded that he be allowed to attend the Session.

    Another Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the Opposition demanded that the issues of economic slowdown, job losses and farm distress must be discussed during the Session.

    TMC leader Sudip Bandopadhyaya demanded a discussion on unemployment in the country. The meeting was attended by BJP Chief Amit Shah, Derek O'Brien of TMC, Chirag Paswan of the LJP, Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party, Jayadev Galla of Telugu Desam, Satish Chandra Mishra of Bahujan Samaj Party, T . R. Baalu of DMK and Navneetha Krishnan of AIADMK and others.

    Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu also held a meeting of the leaders of several parties in the Upper House on Sunday. A meeting of the ruling NDA allies was also held this afternoon in Parliament House. Earlier, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had appealed to all political parties for cooperation to ensure smooth functioning of the House.