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Latest live news: After Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, India's largest mobile operator Reliance Jio on Sunday announced up to 21 per cent hike in its prepaid tariffs from next month.

In politics, Opposition parties demanded Parliament discuss the Pegasus snooping scandal, price rise and unemployment, PTI reported on Sunday about a customary meeting held before Winter Session begins tomorrow. 

Opposition leaders at the all-party meeting also raised the issue of extended jurisdiction of the Border Security Force in some states, including West Bengal. The Trinamool Congress raised the issue of bringing giving legal support to minimum support price for crops and disinvestment of profitable state-owned firms.

Indians seeking to be job creators and not job seekers marks a turning point in the country’s economic history, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his Mann Ki Baat radio show on Sunday.

 
India recorded 8,774 new cases of Covid-19 and 621 deaths in 24 hours, said the health ministry on Sunday as the country steps up testing for a new variant of the virus that causes the disease. Active cases fell to their lowest in 543 days.

 

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MSRTC stir continues; 93 staffers suspended, 1,525 daily wage workers dismissed

The stir-hit Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) on Sunday suspended 93 staffers, taking the total number of employees who have faced this action so far to 6,497, while the services of 1,525 daily wage workers were terminated.

An MSRTC spokesperson said operations resumed at 50 out of 250 bus depots in the state, comprising 20 depots in Mumbai, 22 in Pune, three each in Aurangabad and Nashik and two in Nagpur.

Cumulative Covid-19 vaccine coverage crosses 1.2 billion: Govt

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 1.22 billion on Sunday, the Union Health Ministry said.

Of these, more than 36.5 lakh (36,58,756) doses were administered on Sunday till 7 pm, the ministry said, adding this tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2.

Centre to review flight resumption, states begin to reimpose curbs as new variant sparks alert

As concerns mounted over the spread of potentially more contagious coronavirus variant Omicron to many countries, the Centre on Sunday decided to review the resumption of international flights and issued a slew of directions to the states for ramping up testing-surveillance measures and health facilities.

Alert to the looming threat, states began to re-tighten curbs and urgently trace people who arrived from abroad especially 'at risk' nations in the last one month while a demand to not allow flights from the countries affected by the new variant was made by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

No cases of the variant, which was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 24, have been recorded in India.

Two South African returnees to Bengaluru, who tested positive for COVID-19, were found to be infected with the delta variant, a Karnataka official said on Sunday.

Tripura results testimony to people's unwavering trust in BJP's politics of development: Shah

The BJP on Sunday asserted that its massive win in the Tripura local body polls shows people's trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies and welfare programmes and is also a reflection of their trust in the "double engine" government's commitment to the state's development.

The BJP uses the expression "double engine government" to denote it being in power at the Centre and in a state and claims that this helps in the state's progress.

Reliance Jio to increase mobile services rates from December 1

Reliance Jio on Sunday announced new unlimited plans which will go live on December 1, 2021.
 
Jio continues to provide the lowest tariffs and the best quality service in the industry, the company said in a statement.

Congress demands revelation of 'true' figures of Covid deaths, Rs 4 lakh for victims' kin

The Congress on Sunday said credible and true figures of COVID-19 deaths in the country should come out and it will strive to get a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of those who died of the viral disease, the PTI reported.

As part of the party's campaign for exerting pressure on the Centre to grant compensation to the victims of the coronavirus, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi put out a video of the families that suffered during the second wave of the pandemic.

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the Congress would raise the issue in both houses of Parliament and seek the grant of a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to all such families from the government.

Sec 144 imposed in Mathura after Mahasabha threat to install Lord Krishna idol in mosque

The Mathura district administration has imposed prohibitory orders under CrPC section 144 following an announcement by the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha that it will install a Lord Krishna idol at the deity's "actual birthplace", which it claims is in a mosque close to a prominent temple here.

"Nobody will be allowed to disturb the peace and tranquillity in Mathura," District Magistrate Navneet Singh Chahal said.

The clampdown comes even as another right wing organisation, the Narayani Sena, has said it will take out a march from Vishram Ghat to Sri Krishna Janmasthan, demanding the "removal" of the mosque.

Punjab to set up research centre on Hindu epics: Channi; says will do PhD on Mahabharata

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Sunday said he will learn Sanskrit and do a doctorate on the Mahabharata as he announced to set up a research centre on the Hindu texts Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagvad Gita.
 
Addressing after laying the foundation stone of a Bhagwan Parshuram Taposthal here, he also compared SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal to Mahabharata's Dhritarashtra, saying the "putra moh" (blind love) for his son has led to the "ruin" of his party.
 
The CM said the research centre will showcase the message of the three Hindu texts.

Tripura has proved that they prefer politics of good governance: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked the people of Tripura and said the state prefers politics of good governance.
 
These blessings give us greater strength to work for the welfare of each and every person in Tripura, added PM Modi, ANI reported.

BJP dividing people like British rulers, alleges Baghel

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday accused the BJP of dividing the people of the country on religious lines like the British rulers.

He also slammed the BJP-led central government for "ignoring" Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's warnings on the coronavirus pandemic and said that had it acted on his suggestions, the lives of many people could have been saved.

"Congress has always fought for people's issues. Unlike this (BJP-led) government, Congress gave many rights to people. It gave freedom, Constitution, Panchayat Raj, Right To Information and also gave rights to farmers, labourersThe party also provided 30 per cent reservation to women. Yet, they keep asking what did the Congress do in the last 70 years," he said while addressing the party workers at Congress Bhavan here.

Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury urges LS Speaker to bring resolution condoling farmers' death during stir

Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has urged Speaker Om Birla to bring a resolution in Parliament condoling the death of farmers during the agitation against the agri laws. He has also written to the Speaker for appointing a Deputy Speaker for the smooth conduct of proceedings in Lok Sabha.

Chowdhury, in another letter, urged Birla to ease the restrictions imposed on media to ensure free and fair coverage of proceedings of parliament during the Winter Session commencing Monday.

"On the eve of the coming parliament session, I would sincerely request you that as a mark of respect towards our 'Annadata', the House may unanimously pass a condolence resolution for the farmers who lost their lives during the farmer agitation. The passing of the resolution in the House will convey our gratitude for the sacrifice that our farmer brethren have given to the nation," he said in his letter to the Speaker.

Ruling BJP sweeps Tripura civic polls

The ruling BJP on Sunday swept the civic body elections in Tripura, having won all the seats of the 51-member Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and clinching several other urban local bodies.

The opposition TMC and CPI(M) failed to open their account in the AMC.

The saffron party secured all the wards in the 15-member Khowai Municipal Council, 17-seat Belonia Municipal Council, 15-member Kumarghat Municipal Council and nine-member Sabroom Nagar Panchayat, state election commission officials said.

The party made a clean sweep in the 25-ward Dharmanagar Municipal Council, 15-seat Teliamura Municipal Council and 13-member Amarpur Nagar Panchayat, they said.

Sonamura Nagar Panchayat and Melaghar Nagar Panchayat became opposition less with the BJP having won all the 13 seats each. It also bagged the 11-member Jirania Nagar Panchayat.

China's mobile phone shipments reach 282 mn units in Jan-Oct

China's mobile phone shipments stood at 282 million units in the first ten months of the year, up 12 per cent year on year, according to data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT).

In October, the country's mobile phone shipments surged 28.4 percent year on year to nearly 33.58 million units, said the CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

A total of 26 new models were released last month, up 4 per cent from a year earlier, the data showed.

The country's domestic brands continued to dominate mobile phone shipments last month. Their shipments topped 22.81 million units, making up 67.9 per cent of the total shipments, reports Xinhua news agency.

Punjab polls: SAD announces 4 more candidates

The Shiromani Akali Dal on Sunday announced four more candidates for the 2022 Punjab Assembly polls.

So far, the party has declared 88 candidates for the polls, which it is contesting in alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) after breaking ties with the BJP over the issue of farm laws.

Nusrat Ali Khan has been given ticket from Malerkotla seat while Rohit Vohra will be fielded from Ferozepur.

Gur Iqbal Singh Mahal will contest from Qadian and Rajanbir Singh is the SAD candidate from Sri Hargobindpur seat.

Lahore HC calls 'serious legal blunder' as Pak land allotted to Indian nationals

In a baffling case of what the Lahore High Court (LHC) has described as "a serious legal blunder" a civil judge in Lahore allotted Pakistani land to some Indian nationals. And it was not a mistake: The allottees produced their Indian identity documents before him, Samaa TV reported.

The authorities quickly annulled the allotment, and the decree issued by the said civil judge and the Lahore High Court in a recent verdict has upheld their decision. But the case is likely to go down in legal history as one of the rare examples of a court showing kindness to people from an "enemy state", the report said.

There was an evacuee land in Mauza Malku in Lahore left by people who migrated to India in 1947. Mauza Malki is now part of the Lahore Cantonment area.

Corruption in recruitment has become identity of BJP govt: Priyanka on UPTET paper leak

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday attacked the Yogi Adityanath dispensation over the cancellation of the Uttar Pradesh Teachers Eligibility Test following leakage of its question paper, alleging that corruption in recruitment has become the identity of the BJP government.

The UPTET examination scheduled to be held on Sunday has been cancelled following the leakage of its question paper, Additional Director General Law and Order Prashant Kumar announced shortly before the exam was to begin.

Nearly two million candidates were to appear for the Uttar Pradesh Teachers Eligibility Test (UPTET).

IT Ministry to celebrate 'Azadi Ka Digital Mahotsav' event from Nov 29

The IT ministry will celebrate 'Azadi Ka Digital Mahotsav' from November 29 to December 5, marking a week-long series of events and activities to showcase India's achievements in the digital space and outline road map for future, an official release said on Sunday.

The event would highlight how digital technologies are transforming all sectors of the economy, impacting the socio-cultural, political and economic landscape, and underline the spirit of self-reliance in the digital sector.

The event will be attended by Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister for Electronics and IT, Railways and Communications, and Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and IT and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

It will also be attended by senior officials from the Central Ministries and Departments, States and UTs and industry representatives.

Rakesh Tikait demands law to guarantee MSP to farmers

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday demanded that the Centre bring a law to guarantee Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops to protect the interest of farmers in the country.

In Mumbai to participate in the 'kisan mahapanchayat' (farmers' mega conclave) at the Azad Maidan under the Samyukta Shetkari Kamgar Morcha (SSKM) banner, Tikait said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a supporter of the MSP when he was the chief minister of Gujarat and wanted a nationwide law to ensure farmers' interests were guaranteed.

He accused the Modi-led central government of running away from a debate over the issue.

Goan tourism sector on 'wait and watch' amid Omicron scare ahead of Christmas-New Year

Ahead of the world-renowned Christmas-New Year celebrations in Goa, the tourism sector in the state is keenly watching the likely impact of a new coronavirus variant that was detected in southern Africa recently and one which the World Health Organisation has christened 'Omicron' and labeled a 'Variant of Concern', stakeholders said on Sunday.

They said chartered flights and international services bringing in foreign tourists start arriving by the middle of December, heralding what the sector is expecting to be another fruitful season post a robust one during Diwali as the coastal state became the preferred destination for domestic travelers after the COVID-19 pandemic ebbed.

"We are waiting and watching. Till now, at least, there is no impact (of Omicron) but we will have to wait and watch all the developments over the next 15 days. If cases go up, then protocols will have to be adhered to even more strictly," Travel and Tourism Association of Goa president Nilesh Shah told PTI.

Cooperative sector has potential to speed up country's economy: Amit Shah

Union Cooperation Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that the cooperative sector has the potential to give a pace to the nation's economy and will bring prosperity to the people in the country.

Shah was speaking at the inauguration of a milk powder plant and automated storage and retrieval system among other projects of Amul Dairy at Gujarat's Gandhinagar.

"When Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the Ministry of Cooperation, many people slammed the government calling it a hoax. I feel proud to be the first Cooperation Minister of the country," the Minister said. "The cooperative sector has not only the potential to give a pace to the nation's economy but also will bring prosperity to the people in the country. And Amul is the biggest example of this."

Cooperative sector has potential to speed up country's economy: Amit Shah

Union Cooperation Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that the cooperative sector has the potential to give a pace to the nation's economy and will bring prosperity to the people in the country.

Shah was speaking at the inauguration of a milk powder plant and automated storage and retrieval system among other projects of Amul Dairy at Gujarat's Gandhinagar.

"When Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the Ministry of Cooperation, many people slammed the government calling it a hoax. I feel proud to be the first Cooperation Minister of the country," the Minister said. "The cooperative sector has not only the potential to give a pace to the nation's economy but also will bring prosperity to the people in the country. And Amul is the biggest example of this."

Farmers should be guaranteed MSP, says AAP's Raghav Chaddha

Delhi Legislative Assembly's Committee on Peace and Harmony chairman Raghav Chadha on Sunday said that farmers should be guaranteed Minimum Support Price (MSP).

While speaking to ANI, Chadha said, "Our demand is that farmers should be guaranteed Minimum Support Price (MSP). Legal rights of MSP should be given to every farmer."

"The Working Group on Consumer Affairs was formed in 2011 and was headed by Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat. That committee had said that farmers should get MSP guarantee but today's Prime Minister does not agree with the views of the then Gujarat Chief Minister," added Chaddha.

Star Health, Tega Industries IPOs this week

Star Health and Allied Insurance Company and Tega Industries will sell their initial public offerings (IPOs) next week to raise Rs 7,868 crore in total. The three-day initial share-sale of Star Health will open on November 30 and conclude on December 2, while that of Tega Industries will be open for public subscription during December 1-3. More here

BJP, Congress issue whip for first day of Winter Session

Parliament’s Winter Session begins on Monday, with the government ready to bring in a bill repealing three contentious farm laws. The Farm Laws Repeal Bill is slated to be introduced in the Lok Sabha. The ruling BJP and Congress, India's main opposition party have, issued whips to their MPs to be present on the day, PTI reported.
 

Coronavirus has not gone away: Modi

Indians turning job creators and not job seekers turning point in history, says Modi as he wraps up Mann Ki Baat show. "Coronavirus has not gone away, we should remain careful."

India has more than 70 unicorns: PM Modi

India has more than 70 unicorns, or startups that are valued at more than $ 1 billion: PM Modi.

Modi speaks about Ayushman Bharat programme

My desire is not to remain in power but to serve people: Modi tells visitor on his Mann Ki Baat show, referring to his government’s Ayushman Bharat healthcare programme.

Natural disasters linked to environmental harm: Modi

Natural disasters arise when we harm the environment or disrespect its sanctity, says Modi

PM Modi speaks on Mann Ki Baat

India celebrates Navy Day and Armed Forces Flag Day in December. On these occassions, I remember our security forces: PM Modi on Mann Ki Baat.
 

Visa complains to US govt about India promoting RuPay

Visa Inc has complained to the US government that India's "informal and formal" promotion of domestic payments rival RuPay hurts the U.S. giant in a key market, Reuters reported citing memos. More here

Indonesia bans arrivals from 8 African countries

Indonesia will ban the arrival of travellers who have been in eight African countries, to curb the spread of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, Reuters reported quoting an official document. Indonesia, home to popular tourist island Bali, will not allow people who have been in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini or Nigeria in the past 14 days.

Singapore says Omicron could lead to return of some curbs

Singapore is watching the impact of the new omicron variant “very closely” and may be forced to roll back some easing measures it had taken to open up the economy, according to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

India logs 8,774 new cases of Covid-19

India recorded 8,774 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours, said the health ministry on Sunday as the country steps up testing for a new variant of the virus that causes the disease.

Tripura counting votes after municipality elections

Tripura is counting votes cast in elections to civic bodies, including Agartala Municipal Corporation. The elections were held a political fight between the state's ruling BJP and the Trinamool Congress. A three-tier security is in place for the counting, a senior police officer told PTI on Saturday.
 

Six injured in Puducherry in explosion

Six people were injured when an explosion hit a building in Puducherry on Saturday, police said. The cause of the blast could not be known immediately, PTI reported.

Australia proposes laws to force media platforms to unmask online trolls

 Australia will introduce legislation to make social media giants provide details of users who post defamatory comments, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday. The government has been looking at the extent of the responsibility of platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, for defamatory material published on their sites and comes after the country's highest court ruled that publishers can be held liable for public comments on online forums, Reuters reported.

South Africa says it is being punished for detecting omicron early

South Africa on Saturday said it was being "punished" for detecting new variants of Covid-19 variants, reacting as several countries imposed travel ban on it due after it reported finding the omicron strain. South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in a statement urged world leaders not to implement “knee-jerk” policy decisions, PTI reported.

Paytm’s Q2 loss widens

One 97 Communications Ltd, the parent of digital payments firm Paytm, said on Saturday its net loss for the three months through September  widened by 8.4 per cent as expenses rose. Paytm, reported its earnings publicly for the first time since this month's stock market debut, has a consolidated net loss of Rs 4.74 billion compared with Rs 4.37 billion in the same period a year earlier.
 

Paytm’s Q2 loss widens

One 97 Communications Ltd, the parent of digital payments firm Paytm, said on Saturday its net loss for the three months through September  widened by 8.4 per cent as expenses rose. Paytm, reported its earnings publicly for the first time since this month's stock market debut, has a consolidated net loss of Rs 4.74 billion compared with Rs 4.37 billion in the same period a year earlier.
 

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