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Saudi Extends Passenger Flights Ban By Another Week Over New Virus Strain

December 28, 2020
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Saudi Arabia has extended its suspension of commercial passenger flights by at least one week and possibly two amid concerns over a new variant of the coronavirus. Saudi Arabia will however allow flights in "exceptional cases", an interior ministry official said according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Sun | Read more|

Protesting Farmers Clang Thalis As PM Addresses "Mann Ki Baat"

December 27, 2020
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Farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm sector laws clanged thalis and raised slogans as Prime Minister's monthly radio address Mann ki Baat was broadcast this morning. The protest took place at three spots -- Singhu border, Faridkot in Punjab and Rohtak in BJP-ruled Haryana. | Read more|

"We Do Nothing To Prevent Next One": WHO Chief's Warning On Pandemics

December 27, 2020
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The coronavirus crisis will not be the last pandemic, and attempts to improve human health are "doomed" without tackling climate change and animal welfare, the World Health Organization's chief said. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also condemned the "dangerously short-sighted" cycle of throwing cash at outbreaks but doing | Read more|

UK Mutant Variant Continues Global Spread Despite Containment Efforts

December 27, 2020
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The highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus first detected in England had by Saturday been documented in several European countries, as well as Canada, Japan, Australia and Lebanon, despite efforts to curb its spread through massive global disruptions in travel and movement. Fears over the fast-spreading form o | Read more|

BJP To Hold 25 Webinars To Push "One Nation, One Election" Plan: Report

December 27, 2020
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The BJP will organise nearly 25 webinars over the next few days on the issue of "one nation, one election", as it seeks to build popular support for what has been a strong plank of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Party sources said its senior leaders, besides members of academia and legal fraternity, will be attending th | Read more|

Farmers To Hold Meet Day After PM Modi's Fresh Appeal

December 26, 2020
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Forty farm unions will hold a meeting today at 2 PM to chalk out their future course of action and take a decision on holding talks with the centre as the deadlock continues over the new agricultural laws. The agitation near Delhi borders, which began late November, has entered its 31st day. The fresh discussions betwe | Read more|

Trinamool Supporters Surround Rebel MP's Car Outside BJP Office

December 26, 2020
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Trinamool Congress workers showed black flags, shouted slogans and surrounded the vehicle of rebel party MP Sunil Mondal in Kolkata this morning, just as he was arriving at the BJP office in Hastings for a felicitation programme. Mr Mondal had joined the BJP in the presence of Amit Shah on December 19, along with sever | Read more|

PM Modi Launches Ayushman Bharat Scheme For J&K Residents

December 26, 2020
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the Ayushman Bharat scheme via video-conferencing to extend health insurance coverage to all residents of Jammu and Kashmir. The Prime Minister's Office said the scheme will ensure universal health coverage, and focus on providing financial risk protection and ensuring | Read more|

"Bomb Is In This Vehicle": Blast In US' Nashville After Chilling Warning

December 26, 2020
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A huge blast tore through a section of downtown Nashville early Friday, after police responding to reports of gunfire discovered a parked motorhome reportedly blaring a warning that it carried a bomb. The explosion shattered windows and ripped apart trees but appeared calculated to spare lives, injuring just three peop | Read more|

PM Attacks Mamata Banerjee: "Bengal Blocking Central Benefits To Farmers"

December 25, 2020
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released ₹ 18,000 crore to over nine crore farmer families under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) programme. With the push of a button, PM Modi enabled the transfer of money at an event that the ruling BJP has made into a big exercise amid the protest by farmers agai | Read more|

Nitish Kumar Loses 6 Arunachal MLAs To BJP In Fresh Embarrassment

December 25, 2020
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Nitish Kumar, still smarting from the Bihar election that demoted him as junior partner to BJP, has been served fresh humiliation by his long-time ally in a state where his party had recently registered its presence. Six of seven legislators of Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal United (JDU) in Arunachal Pradesh have defected t | Read more|

Dry Run For Covid Vaccine On December 28, 29 In 2 Punjab Districts

December 25, 2020
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The Government of India has chosen Punjab to conduct the dry run of COVID-19 vaccine on December 28 and 29, said Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Thursday. The districts Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar have been selected as the two districts where the dry run for COVID-19 vaccine will be carried out | Read more|

AAP Leaders Shout Slogans at PM Modi In Parliament's Central Hall

December 25, 2020
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Two Aam Aadmi Party MPs today shouted slogans inside the Central Hall of Parliament against the farm laws. The commotion broke out when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was offering his tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 96th birth anniversary. | Read more|

China Backing Away From Promises To Pak Under Economic Corridor: Report

December 25, 2020
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China appears to be backing away from its initial financial promises to Pakistan under Beijing-financed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a US$60 billion infrastructure building plan, amid rising corruption and terrorist attacks on Chinese engineers. According to Asia Times, Pakistan Army is set to take near-tot | Read more|

Congress March To President Stopped, Priyanka Gandhi Taken Into Custody

December 24, 2020
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Congress leaders led by Rahul Gandhi, marching to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, were stopped by the police before a small delegation was allowed to enter the presidential palace to submit to President Ram Nath Kovind a memorandum seeking his intervention for the withdrawal of the farm laws against which thousands of farmers | Read more|

Watch: Mamata Banerjee Breaks Into Dance, Then A Dig At BJP

December 24, 2020
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee opened a music festival and even broke into a dance, in an interlude from the heavy-duty campaign for the state election in four months. Taking a time-out in her intense sparring with the BJP, Mamata Banerjee honoured several folk artistes in the event, including musicians, si | Read more|

Delhi Woman Alleges Forced Conversion To Islam, Harassment By In-Laws

December 24, 2020
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A 20-year-old Muslim man in Delhi has been charged by the police over his wife's allegations that she was forced to convert after their wedding in May and harassed by her in-laws. "His family forced me to change my religion to Islam. I was forced to wear a burqa and offer namaz. His father tried to sexually harass me," | Read more|

Efforts On To Locate 602 People Who Came To Goa From UK, UAE

December 24, 2020
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In the wake of detection of a new COVID-19 variant in the UK, Goa health authorities are trying to track down 602 people who arrived in the state from Britain and the UAE since December 9, an official said on Thursday. The maximum number of people who have arrived from these two places are expected to be in Cansualim a | Read more|

How China Lost Patience With Jack Ma, Its Loudest Billionaire

December 23, 2020
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When Jack Ma took to a Shanghai conference stage in October, China's most famous entrepreneur was on the brink of pulling off an unprecedented $35 billion initial public offering for the finance juggernaut he co-founded two decades earlier. Ant Group Co.'s listing would value the company at more than $300 billion and s | Read more|

"PM Would Never Let Any Harm Come To Farmers": Rajnath Singh's Appeal

December 23, 2020
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The government is holding talks with farmers "with full sensitivity", Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said today as he wished farmers on Kisan Diwas or Farmers' Day, that marks the birth anniversary of Chaudhary Charan Singh, the fifth Prime Minister of India. The day coincides with the 28th straight day of protests by | Read more|

Congress Set To Lose Ahmed Patel's Hard-Won Rajya Sabha Seat To BJP

December 23, 2020
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The Congress is set to lose its senior leader Ahmed Patel's Rajya Sabha seat in Gujarat -- which it fought hard to win in 2017 -- to the BJP. Ahmed Patel, a five-time Rajya Sabha member, died at 71 last month. The Congress veteran's seat was declared vacant on November 25, the day he died. His term was up to August 18, | Read more|

In J&K Local Polls, Gupkar Alliance Wins Big In Kashmir, BJP In Jammu

December 23, 2020
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The Farooq Abdullah-led Gupkar alliance has won big in the first local polls in Jammu and Kashmir since it lost special status last year and was turned into a Union Territory. In the first-ever polls for the District Development Council (DDC) across 20 districts in J&K, the seven-party alliance, along with the Congress | Read more|

Karnataka Night Curfew From 10 PM-6 AM Until January 2 Over Mutant Strain

December 23, 2020
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Amid global fears over the new mutant strain of coronavirus, a night curfew has been announced in Karnataka - between 10 PM to 6 AM - till January 2. Karnataka has become the second state after Maharashtra to announce new restrictions this week as concern grows over the new strain, which is believed to be 70 per cent | Read more|

New SOPs For UK Arrivals, Separate Isolation For Those With Mutant Strain

December 22, 2020
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RT-PCR testing on arrival, separate isolation of those testing positive for the new variant of coronavirus, institutional quarantine for co-passengers of those testing positive: These are some of the salient requirements mentioned in the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the government of India today for tra | Read more|

Big Lead For Farooq Abdullah-Led Gupkar Alliance In J&K Local Polls

December 22, 2020
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The Farooq Abdullah-led People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration took a big lead over the BJP on Tuesday as votes were counted in the first District Development Council (DDC) election in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the first election in Jammu and Kashmir since its special status was scrapped last year and it was downgra | Read more|

"Government Alert, No Need To Panic": Health Minister On UK Virus Strain

December 21, 2020
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The government is fully alert about the new strain of coronavirus reported in the United Kingdom, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said today, stressing that "there's no need to panic". Canada, Saudi Arabia, and several European countries have temporarily banned flights from the UK over the new virus strain, believed to b | Read more|

Farmers Start Relay Hunger Strike; Centre Says Choose Next Date For Talks

December 21, 2020
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An indefinite relay hunger strike starts today against the government's new agricultural laws as farmers harden stand amid protests that began late November around Delhi borders. After five rounds of negotiations failed, the government on Sunday asked the protesting farmers to choose a date for the next round of talks. | Read more|

"Will Consider CAA As Soon As Covid Vaccination Starts": Amit Shah

December 21, 2020
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Slamming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the recent attack on BJP chief JP Nadda's convoy, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday asserted the centre has the right to summon state IPS officers responsible for providing him security for central deputation, and asked the TMC to go through the rules befor | Read more|