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Latest News Live: US Congressman asks India to provide security to agitating farmers

Economic Times | 24 Dec, 2020 | 12.06AM IST

Swaraj India’s Yogendra Yadav said, “We’re waiting for govt to take the discussion forward with an open mind & neat intention.”

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Wrap Up: News highlights of today

  • Tamil Nadu government grants permission to hold Jallikattu
  • Karnataka government imposes night curfew from 11 pm-5 am
  • United Farmers Front writes a letter to govt, says ready for talk if Govt has neat intention
  • Working out new dates for the India-Russia Annual Summit, says Russian Ambassador
  • Govt of India implements Coal import Monitoring System

Kerala to screen passengers who travelled from Europe, UK, Italy

In scare of new coronavirus strain in the United Kingdom (UK), Kerala on Wednesday decided to monitor passengers who travelled from Europe, Italy, and the UK at all airports in the state.

Christmas ready

Delhi's Sacred Heart Cathedral illuminated ahead of #Christmas https://t.co/Y4U1JPP4bn

— ANI (@ANI) 1608738489000

Night curfew can be imposed by district collectors, says Maha government

Maharashtra government on Wednesday allowed the district collectors to impose night curfew in their respective jurisdictions after taking prior permission from the chief secretary of the state.

No cold day conditions were observed over the country today: IMD

24 Hours tendency shows a slightly negative trend (decrease by 0.1-1.1°C) over Northwest India except rising trend over UP & Bihar by 1-3°C: IMD

Govt of India implements Coal import Monitoring System (CIMS)

According to the new import policy, an importer will have to submit online information for import. CIMS will be effective from Feb 2, 2021. Imports will be governed by CIMS.

Recovery of an illegal consignment of smuggled goods worth Rs 2 cr

Assam Rifles troops in Manipur today intercepted & recovered an illegal consignment of smuggled goods worth Rs 2 crores (approx) in Tengnoupal district. Carriers and recovered goods handed over to Customs: Assam Rifles

Controlling pollution

Hot mix plants & stone crushers shall remain closed all the time till Jan 2, 2021 in Delhi-NCR. Frequency of mechanised cleaning of roads & water sprinkling to be increased particularly on road stretches with high dust generation potential: Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)

Compliance to ban of sale & use of firecrackers

Considering the likely increase in air pollution activities during Christmas & New Year celebrations, agencies must ensure compliance of Courts’ & NGT’s orders regarding banning of sale & use of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR: Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)

For the convenience of passengers & with a view to meet the travel demand, Railways have decided to further extend the running of 7 pairs of festival special trains with 80 additional services: Chief Public Relations Officer, Western Railway

2 pairs of special trains will be extended by Western Railway between Ahmedabad-Yasvantpur & Gandhidham-KSR Bengaluru. 5 pairs between Jodhpur-KSR Bengaluru, Ajmer–Mysore, Yasvantpur-Jaipur, KSR Bengaluru –Ajmer & KSR –Jodhpur will pass over Western Railway: CPRO, Western Railway

Toy Train Joy Ride resumes

Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) to resume ‘Toy Train Joy Ride’ services w.e.f 25th December between Darjeeling to Ghum station. It was suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic in last week of March this year: Northeast Frontier Railway

Maharashtra: Pune City Police denies permission to hold Elgar Parishad event on 31st December.

Several activists had applied for permission to hold the Elgar Parishad event, where several known activists were scheduled to participate in a closed-door program.

‘Working out new dates for the India-Russia Annual Summit’, says Russian Ambassador

In touch with India to work out new dates for the India-Russia Annual Summit, postponed due to epidemiological reasons. We’re confident that it will be held in the near future, while the Russian-Indian relations will continue its further development: Russia’s Ambassador to India

ED searches premises of former MLA Anjum Fazili

Enforcement Directorate today conducted searches at the premises of former MLA Anjum Fazili in Srinagar and Delhi, in connection with J&K hawala terror funding case. A total of Rs 28,00,700 seized during the searches.

486 gms of gold seized from a Dubai passenger

486 gms of gold valued at Rs 25 lakhs seized from a passenger who arrived from Dubai & from an unattended baggage trolley in a remote corner of the arrival hall of Chennai Airport. Gold paste concealed in rectum & gold bits hidden in the hollow pipe of trolley: Chennai Customs

Today’s Cabinet decision on post-matric scholarship will ensure greater educational access to youngsters belonging to SC communities. Ensuring top quality & affordable education to our youth is an important focus area for our Government.

– Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

EAM Dr S Jaishankar held a meeting via video conference with the Foreign Minister of Spain, Arancha González

  • EAM Dr S Jaishankar & Foreign Minister of Spain discussed India-EU relations & agreed to work closely in the context of the forthcoming India-EU Leaders Summit proposed to be held in Portugal in 2021: MEA
  • EAM Dr S Jaishankar & Foreign Minister of Spain reaffirmed their commitment to reformed multilateralism and agreed to maintain close contact & coordination on regional & global issues with particular reference to India’s presence in United Nations Security Council from 2021: MEA

Clearing the air regarding India-Russia Annual Summit

India-Russia Annual Summit didn’t take place in 2020 due to COVID pandemic. This was a mutually agreed decision between the two govts. Any imputation otherwise is false and misleading. Spreading false stories in important relationships is particularly irresponsible: MEA Spox

EAM Dr S Jaishankar held a meeting via video conference with the Foreign Minister of Spain, Arancha González

“Exchanged notes on the pandemic situation. Also held a detailed review of bilateral relations incl cooperation in energy, climate change and infrastructure,” said EAM

DRDO today successfully carried out the trials of the Medium Range Surface to Air missile systems developed for the Indian Army.

In the trials, the missile secured a direct hit on the target.

Chargesheet against Principal, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla

CBI has filed chargesheet against Principal, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, before a court in Pune. A case was registered in 2018 against him & others on the allegations of fraudulent appointments to various posts of civilian faculties at NDA.

Karnataka: Night curfew from 11 pm-5 am from 24th Dec to Jan 1, 2021

Night curfew in Karnataka, which was intended to be enforced from today, will go into effect tomorrow. Night curfew will be imposed from 11 pm-5 am starting 24th Dec until Jan 1, 2021 (5 am on Jan 2). Except for essential activities, movement of individuals is prohibited: CMO

‘Govt taking farmers’ issues lightly’

The way Centre is carrying this process of talks, it’s clear that govt wants to delay this issue & break the morale of protesting farmers’. Govt is taking our issues lightly, I’m warning them to take cognizance of this matter & find a solution soon: Yudhvir Singh, Bhartiya Kisan Union

Farmers ready for a discussion, says Yadav

We want to assure Centre that protesting farmers & unions are ready for a discussion with govt. We’re waiting for govt to take the discussion forward with an open mind & neat intention: Swaraj India’s Yogendra Yadav reading United Farmers’ Front’s new letter addressed to Centre

J&K EC congratulates candidates who won DDC elections

I congratulate all the candidates who have won the DDC elections. With the active participation of people, the voting percentage was higher, and polling was peaceful. Results were declared for 278 seats and deferred for 2 seats: J&K State Election Commissioner KK Sharma

J&K Election Commissioner KK Sharma declares the result for DDC Elections 2020 :

  • BJP: 75
  • J&K NC: 67
  • Independent: 50
  • J&K PDP: 27
  • INC: 26
  • JKAP: 12
  • JKPC: 8
  • CPI(M): 5
  • JKNPP: 2
  • PDF: 2
  • BSP: 1

‘Create a conducive atmosphere for a fruitful dialogue’

We urge the government to create a conducive atmosphere for a fruitful dialogue. Even the Supreme Court has said that suspend implementation of farm laws. This will lead to a better environment to hold talks: Shiv Kumar Kakka, National President, Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh

Govt holding talks with orgs which are not associated with our movement, says Yadav

Govt is constantly holding talks with so-called Farmers’ leaders & organisations, who’re not associated with our movement at all. This is an attempt to break our movement. Govt is dealing with protesting farmers, the way it deals with its opposition: Yogendra Yadav, Swaraj India

Dialogue is the way forward to resolve farmers’ issues, says VP

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today emphasised that dialogue is the way forward to resolve the issues raised by farmers, during his interaction with a group of farmers on the occasion of ‘Kisan Diwas’ at his residence in Hyderabad: Vice President’s Secretariat

Khalistani terrorist arrested

NIA has arrested absconding Khalistani terrorist Gurjeet Singh Nijjar at Delhi airport, Pune Khalistan case. He was hiding in Cyprus: National Investigation Agency

‘Come up with a concrete proposal in writing’, Yadav urges Govt

We urge the govt not to repeat those meaningless amendments which we have rejected but come up with a concrete proposal in writing so that it can be made an agenda, and the process of negotiation can start as soon as possible: Yogendra Yadav at Singhu border

United Farmers Front writes a letter to govt

United Farmers Front today has written a letter to govt. It states that govt shouldn’t question the letter written by United Farmers’ Front previously as it was a unanimous decision. Govt’s new letter is a fresh attempt to defame farmers’ association: Yogendra Yadav, Swaraj India

Pre-Budget meetings concluded

Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman concluded pre-Budget meetings for the forthcoming Union Budget 2021-22. More than 170 invitees representing 9 stakeholder groups participated in 15 meetings scheduled during this period.

RaGa asks Modi about the vaccine

23 lakh people in the world have already received Covid vaccinations. China, US, UK, Russia have started… India… https://t.co/GkstP0QGdU

— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1608697043000

Chhattisgarh: 9,020 people died in road accidents in two years

In a written reply to a question by JCC (J) leader Dharamjeet Singh, state Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu said 9,020 persons died and 3,615 sustained serious injuries in 24,168 cases of road accidents between January 1, 2019 to November 30, 2020.

Jammu and Kashmir: Three injured in grenade attack

Three security personnel injured in a grenade attack by terrorists at Duderhama in Ganderbal

Testing successful

India successfully test-fires new medium range surface-to air missile off Odisha coast, say Defence sources

West Bengal boards in June ’21

West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education & the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education have informed us that they want to hold final exams in June 2021. We’ve asked them to decide the exam schedule & announce accordingly, says West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee.

Film divisions merged by Cabinet

Union Cabinet has approved the merger of Films Division, Directorate of Film Festivals, National Film Archives of India, and Children’s Film Society, India with National Film Development Corporation, says Prakash Javadekar.

ISRO to open Regional Academic Centre for Space at IIT Varanasi

ISRO and the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday and the move can help propel the culture of research and development among students

216 Naxals killed in encounters in Chhattisgarh over three years

In a written reply to a question by Congress MLA Dhanendra Sahu, state Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu said, “216 naxals were killed and 966 surrendered from 2018-19 till November 30 this year.”

I congratulate them [BJP] for their three seats [in Kashmir] but what about our 35 seats in Jammu? Admit that we have a pan J&K presence. BJP keeps calling us a Kashmir based party. If we are Kashmir-based and have 35 seats in Jammu, then they are not even fully Jammu based.

– Omar Abdullah, National Conference

Next instalment of PM-KISAN benefits on December 25

Prime Minister Modi set to release next instalment of financial benefit under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) on December 25, via video conference. He will enable the transfer of more than Rs 18,000 crores to nine crore beneficiary farmer families.

Telegram to launch pay-for services in 2021

Encrypted messaging app Telegram will launch pay-for services in 2021, its Russian-born founder Pavel Durov said Wednesday, as the growing company needed “at least a few hundred million dollars per year”. “Telegram will begin to generate revenue, starting next year,” Durov said in a statement.

I could not understand what is ‘black’ in these farm laws. This ‘tukde-tukde gang’ is the one instigating and misleading the farmers. So far, no one could explain the ‘black laws’

– Narottam Mishra, Home Minister, Madhya Pradesh

J-e-M network busted in J&K

Awantipora Police along with the Indian Army and CRPF busted a terror associate network of proscribed outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad involved in grenade lobbing incidents in Tral area and Sangam area of Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir, say local police.

Mamata assures farmers they have her support

The ruling party in West Bengal had recently sent a five-member delegation to interact with the farmers who were on a day-long ‘relay’ hunger strike on Monday at all sites of protest on Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. TMC sources say the Chief Minister has spoken to the farmers over the phone and proffered her support.

Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over ‘ceasefire violations’

The Foreign Office alleged that a 50-year old civilian was killed and two teenagers aged 16 and 18, and a four-year-old child sustained injuries due to the firing in Hotspring and Jandrot sectors on Tuesday.

The combined vote share [in the DDC polls] of the Independent candidates and the BJP amounts to a little over 52%. This is a clear indication that the Gupkar Gang has lost its credibility and the trust of the people

– Anurag Thakur, Union Minister

CBDT issues refunds of over Rs 1,50,863 crore

The refunds went to over 1.18 crore taxpayers between April 1 to December 20. Income tax refunds of Rs 47,608 crores have been issued in 1,16,07,299 cases and corporate tax refunds of Rs 1,03,255 crores have been issued in 2,01,796 cases.

CPG India Performance Report: Categories defy expectations

Demand across categories has begun to stabilise. Beverages continue to be a consumer favourite while Personal Care sees the highest growth in the Q3. Q2 2020 saw a major downward trend in demand across all categories except in commodities. The exception was Home Care which showed a V-shaped recovery. In Q3 2020, demand is stabilising and getting back to normal. The exceptions are the categories of Packaged Food and Personal Care. Demand for the former dropped by 15 per cent in September driven by a drop in consumption in the Northern and Eastern regions. The latter showed the biggest improvement in Q3.

China set to lower import tariffs

China will lower import tariffs on 883 products from January 1, 2021, including some aviation equipment, logs and paper products, said the country’s finance ministry

Between December 23 and January 2, no function or festive celebration is allowed to take place after 10 pm. It applies to every kind of functions

– Dr K Sudhakar, Health Minister, Karnataka

Karnataka government imposes night curfew

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has announced a curfew starting today, from 10PM to 6AM; set to remain in place till January 2.

Russia not expecting ‘anything good’ from Biden administration

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday Moscow was not expecting “anything good” from US President-elect Joe Biden, accusing members of his future administration of “Russophobia”.

1992 Abhaya case concludes

A special CBI court in Thiruvananthapuram has sentenced accused Father Thomas Kottoor and Sister Sephy to life imprisonment in the case pertaining to the murder of 19-year-old sister Abhaya in 1992.

Tamil Nadu government grants permission to hold Jallikattu

As per the directive, the number of players can not be more than 150 at an event and COVID-19 negative certificates have been made mandatory for players. The number of spectators has also been restricted to 50 per cent of the gathering.

Rahul Gandhi will lead demonstration tomorrow at 10:45am from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhavan with Congress MPs. After that he and other senior leaders will meet the President to submit a memorandum containing two crore signatures for his intervention

– K Suresh, Congress MP

J&K DDC polls: PAGD bags 112 seats, BJP 75

The PAGD comprises of seven parties- Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen Shah’s Jammu and Kashmir People Democratic Front (PDF), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Javid Mustafa’s Jammu and Kashmir People Movement (JKPM), Sajjad Lone’s Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference (JKPC) and Muzaffar Shah’s Awami National Conference.

It is the responsibility of those in power to aptly honour farmer who forms an important part of economy. But unfortunately the farmer of the country is now forced to stage protest for his rights and demands

– Sharad Pawar, NCP Chief

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