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Latest News LIVE Updates: The first case has been registered under the newly-promulgated Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, at Deorania Police station in the district, the police informed on Sunday.

In a bid to allay fears of farmers who have been protesting against the new farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the agricultural reforms have opened the doors of new opportunities for farmers and gave them more rights.

In another news, Five personnel of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) 206 battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were injured in an IED blast by Naxals near Tadmetla area of Sukma district. 


10:43 PM IST India on Sunday strongly hit out at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for making factually incorrect and unwarranted references to Jammu and Kashmir in resolutions adopted by the grouping at a meeting in Niger, and asserted that the union territory is an integral and inalienable part of the country.   In a strongly-worded statement, India advised the OIC to refrain from making such references in future and said it is regrettable that the grouping continues to allow itself to be used by a certain country "which has an abominable record on religious tolerance, radicalism and persecution of minorities", a clear reference to Pakistan.

9:58 PM IST External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on UAE's Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Sunday and discussed with him the prospects for economic cooperation between India and the Gulf country in the post-COVID-19 era.   Jaishankar thanked Sheikh Mohammed for taking care of the Indian community and underlined that India had been a reliable partner to the UAE in all respects during this difficult period.

9:31 PM IST A PIL seeking directions to the Election Commission to nullify the election results and hold fresh polls if maximum votes have been polled in favour of NOTA in a particular constituency has been filed in the Supreme Court.   The plea filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has also sought directions to restrict the contesting candidates from taking part in the fresh election, who have participated in the nullified election.

9:20 PM IST Search and rescue teams of the Indian Navy located the turbo charger, fuel tank and some other parts of the MiG-29K fighter aircraft that had crashed into the Arabian Sea, but one of the two pilots remained untraceable, officials said on Sunday.   The Indian Navy has deployed nine warships, 14 aircraft and a number of fast interceptor craft as part of the search and rescue mission to trade the missing pilot, they said.

8:29 PM IST Temperatures in several parts of north India, including Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan, were appreciably below the normal on Sunday, with the IMD forecasting a harsher winter for the region and the national capital likely to record its coldest November in at least 10 years.   In its all-India bulletin, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) also said that a "well marked low pressure area" lies over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of south Andaman Sea and equatorial Indian Ocean with associated cyclonic circulation.   This is very likely to concentrate into a depression during the next 36 hours and intensify further, it said as it warned fishermen not to venture into central parts of south Bay of Bengal on Monday.

8:13 PM IST The winter session of the Andhra Pradesh Legislature that begins here on Monday promises to be a stormy affair over a host of issues, particularly the state capital, Polavaram irrigation project and the hike in various taxes.   The session is expected to be conducted till December 5, but the exact dates will be decided by the Business Advisory Committees of the respective Houses, Legislature sources said.

8:10 PM IST Heavy rains and strong winds are expected to lash parts of Kerala in the coming days under the influence of a low pressure area off south Andaman Sea and adjoining Bay of Bengal, with IMD issuing a red alert for Idukki district on Wednesday and fishermen restrained from putting out to sea from the midnight of November 30.   The IMD on Sunday issued an Orange alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts on December 2 anda yellow alert for Alappuzha, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts on the same day.

7:41 PM IST China's Defence Minister Gen Wei Fenghe on Sunday met Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and held talks with Nepal Army chief Gen Purna Chandra Thapa on various issues of bilateral interest, aimed at bolstering military cooperation and take the existing friendly ties to a new height.   Gen Wei, who is also a State Councillor, held bilateral talks with Army chief Gen Thapa at the army headquarters here during his day-long "working visit" to Nepal, said a statement issued by the Nepal Army.   "The two held a cordial discussion on various issues of bilateral interest," it said.

7:11 PM IST Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said he was not in favour of having cells in a political party on the basis of castes, religions or communities, and added that talent was more important than these factors.   He was referring to the cells formed within political parties to represent different castes or communities, like the minority community and Scheduled Caste (SC).   The minister was addressing a rally for Sandip Joshi, BJP's graduates' constituency candidate from East Vidarbha.

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India slams OIC for making unwarranted references to J-K

India on Sunday strongly hit out at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for making factually incorrect and unwarranted references to Jammu and Kashmir in resolutions adopted by the grouping at a meeting in Niger, and asserted that the union territory is an integral and inalienable part of the country.
 

In a strongly-worded statement, India advised the OIC to refrain from making such references in future and said it is regrettable that the grouping continues to allow itself to be used by a certain country "which has an abominable record on religious tolerance, radicalism and persecution of minorities", a clear reference to Pakistan.

EAM Jaishankar calls on UAE's Prime Minister, discusses post-Covid economic cooperation

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on UAE's Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Sunday and discussed with him the prospects for economic cooperation between India and the Gulf country in the post-COVID-19 era.
 

Jaishankar thanked Sheikh Mohammed for taking care of the Indian community and underlined that India had been a reliable partner to the UAE in all respects during this difficult period.

Plea in SC to nullify election results if maximum votes in favour of NOTA

A PIL seeking directions to the Election Commission to nullify the election results and hold fresh polls if maximum votes have been polled in favour of NOTA in a particular constituency has been filed in the Supreme Court.
 

The plea filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has also sought directions to restrict the contesting candidates from taking part in the fresh election, who have participated in the nullified election.

MiG-29K crash: Parts of aircraft located; one pilot still untraceable

Search and rescue teams of the Indian Navy located the turbo charger, fuel tank and some other parts of the MiG-29K fighter aircraft that had crashed into the Arabian Sea, but one of the two pilots remained untraceable, officials said on Sunday.
 

The Indian Navy has deployed nine warships, 14 aircraft and a number of fast interceptor craft as part of the search and rescue mission to trade the missing pilot, they said.

Temperatures drop in several parts of North India

Temperatures in several parts of north India, including Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan, were appreciably below the normal on Sunday, with the IMD forecasting a harsher winter for the region and the national capital likely to record its coldest November in at least 10 years.
 
In its all-India bulletin, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) also said that a "well marked low pressure area" lies over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of south Andaman Sea and equatorial Indian Ocean with associated cyclonic circulation.
 
This is very likely to concentrate into a depression during the next 36 hours and intensify further, it said as it warned fishermen not to venture into central parts of south Bay of Bengal on Monday.

Winter session of legislature likely to be a stormy one

The winter session of the Andhra Pradesh Legislature that begins here on Monday promises to be a stormy affair over a host of issues, particularly the state capital, Polavaram irrigation project and the hike in various taxes.
 
The session is expected to be conducted till December 5, but the exact dates will be decided by the Business Advisory Committees of the respective Houses, Legislature sources said.

Heavy rains likely to lash Kerala over next few days; Red alert issued for Idukki

Heavy rains and strong winds are expected to lash parts of Kerala in the coming days under the influence of a low pressure area off south Andaman Sea and adjoining Bay of Bengal, with IMD issuing a red alert for Idukki district on Wednesday and fishermen restrained from putting out to sea from the midnight of November 30.
 
The IMD on Sunday issued an Orange alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts on December 2 anda yellow alert for Alappuzha, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts on the same day.

Chinese defence minister meets Nepal's top leadership to bolster military cooperation

China's Defence Minister Gen Wei Fenghe on Sunday met Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and held talks with Nepal Army chief Gen Purna Chandra Thapa on various issues of bilateral interest, aimed at bolstering military cooperation and take the existing friendly ties to a new height.
 
Gen Wei, who is also a State Councillor, held bilateral talks with Army chief Gen Thapa at the army headquarters here during his day-long "working visit" to Nepal, said a statement issued by the Nepal Army.
 
"The two held a cordial discussion on various issues of bilateral interest," it said.

Not in favour of having cells in party on caste basis: Gadkari

Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said he was not in favour of having cells in a political party on the basis of castes, religions or communities, and added that talent was more important than these factors.
 
He was referring to the cells formed within political parties to represent different castes or communities, like the minority community and Scheduled Caste (SC).
 
The minister was addressing a rally for Sandip Joshi, BJP's graduates' constituency candidate from East Vidarbha.

UK says Brexit trade talks with EU are in their 'last week'

Britain's foreign minister said on Sunday there is only about a week left for the UK and the European Union to strike a post-Brexit trade deal, with fishing rights the major obstacle to an agreement.
 
As talks continued between the two sides in London, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said "I think we are into the last week or so of substantive negotiations."
 
The UK left the EU early this year, but remained part of the 27-nation bloc's economic embrace during an 11-month transition as the two sides tried to negotiate a new free-trade deal to take effect January 1.

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Cost of Tokyo Olympic delay put at about $2 billion

The cost of the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics is estimated to be just under $2 billion, or about 200 billion yen.
 
Japan's Kyodo news agency and the Yomiuri newspaper both reported the figure on Sunday citing unnamed sources close to games organizers.
 
The reported cost of the delay because of the Covid-19 pandemic is in line with repeated estimates over the last several months. The organizers, the Tokyo metro government and the Japanese national government are expected to report next month how the costs will be shared.
 
The International Olympic Committee has said it would chip in about $650 million to cover some of the costs of the delay, but has offered few public details. Tokyo is becoming very expensive.

AirAsia India plans expansion

Budget carrier AirAsia India plans to add three more Airbus A320 neo planes by June next year as part of its fleet and network expansion.
 
The airline -- a joint venture between Tatas and Malaysia's AirAsia Investment Ltd -- currently has 32 aircraft, including two A320 neos inducted recently.
 
In a statement to PTI, an AirAsia India spokesperson said the airline had signed an agreement for inducting five A320 neo planes last year.

DLF sells nearly 90 independent floors in Gurugram for over Rs 300 crore

Realty majorDLF Ltd has sold nearly 90 independent floors worth over Rs 300 crore in Gurugram and plans to launch more such projects as demand for premium residential properties has revived in last few months.
 
The company plans to launch independent floors in DLF Phase I-IV at Gurugram, New Gurugram and Panchkula among others.
 
"Recently we launched 88 residences in form of premium independent floors (at a price point of Rs 3.75 - 4.25 crores each), spread across 22 plots, in the DLF City Phase 3...in Gurugram. These were sold out in a record time," said Aakash Ohri, Sr Executive Director Sales & Director, DLF.
 
The company plans to launch similar products in Panchkula, Tri-city, New Gurgaon and wherever there is an opportunity in DLF phase 1 to 4, he told PTI.

Bengal guv may soon ask TMC to prove majority in House: BJP MP

With voices of dissent in the TMC getting shriller, BJP MP Saumitra Khan on Sunday took a jibe at the ruling dispensation, claiming that the governor may soon ask West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to prove her majority in the Assembly.
 
The TMC, on its part, said the saffron camp leaders have no respect for the democracy.
 
Khan, who is also the state president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), said on the sidelines of a programme in Jalpaiguri that the current turmoil and the brewing discontentment in the ruling party have brought to the fore the question if the party still enjoys the support of adequate number of legislators in the House.

BJP releases manifesto in Urdu for DDC polls in Kashmir

The BJP on Sunday released its election manifesto in Urdu for the ongoing District Development Council (DDC) polls in Kashmir.
 
Former MLC Vibhod Gupta released the manifesto in presence of senior party leaders from the Valley such as Sofi Yosuf and Darakhshan Abdrabi.
 
The manifesto claims that while the BJP has unified the country by abrogating provisions of Article 370 and Article 35A that provided special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration an amalgam of several mainstream political parties, including NC and PDP was working against the national interest for vote bank politics.

Online coaching 'all-weather friend' of students, here to stay: Experts

The Covid-19 lockdown came as a "shock" for Sakshi Sharma as coaching classes and schools closed abruptly amid her preparations for the NEET medical exams, leaving her worried that she could have to wait for a year to take the test again.

However, after some days into the lockdown, Sharma and her friends had found an alternative in online classes, which experts say will remain "an all-weather friend" not only for students preparing for competitive exams like the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), but for also imparting education in general in the Covid-19-induced new normal.
 

"It (the lockdown) came as a shock I and many others like me had no idea what to do. We were in the midst of preparing for the exam and the thought of wasting a year was terrifying. But my friends and I immediately shifted our focus to online coaching and were well prepared by September," Sharma, who hails from Chandigarh told PTI over phone.

UK's Raab says next week will be very significant for Brexit deal

The next week will be very significant for Brexit, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday when asked how near the deadline was in trade talks with the European Union.
 
"This is a very significant week, the last real major week subject to any further postponement," Raab told the BBC. He said negotiations were down to their final two basic issues and a deal was possible if the EU showed some pragmatism

People angry with TRS, AIMIM 'alliance': Amit Shah

Asserting that the people of Telanganaare angry and upsetwith the ruling TRS in Telangana and Owaisi's "alliance", Union Home Minister and top BJP leader Amit Shah on Sunday predicted this time Hyderabad will elect a BJP Mayor in the city's civic polls.
 

Shah, who offered prayers at the Bhagyalakshmi Devi Temple in Old City here, saidthe people of Hyderabad want good governance and they have belief in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and the BJP.
 

"The way the people of Telangana have supported Modi ji during the Lok Sabha polls (BJP won four seats from Telangana in 2019 Parliament elections)...I feel the begining forchange has begun and Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is the next stop," Shah told TV news channels,participating in a roadshow in Secunderabad on the last day of campaigning for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections.
 

Exuding confidence that the BJP's candidate will become Mayor of the city, Shah alleged Hyderabad lacked even basic amenities for the past several years.

Minimum temperatures dip in parts of Rajasthan

Night temperatures dipped by a few degrees in parts of Rajasthan, where Mount Abu was recorded as the coldest place with a minimum temperature of 1 degree Celsius, the MeT Department said on Sunday.
 
In the plains, Churu registered a minimum temperature of 4.1 degrees Celsius.
 
Sikar, Bhilwara, Pilani, Dabok and Vanasthali recorded minimum temperatures of 5, 6.8, 6.9, 8.1 and 8.5 degrees Celsius, the weather office said.

Chinese Defence Minister in Nepal to bolster military cooperation

China's Defence Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe arrived here on Sunday to meet Nepal's top leadership and bolster military cooperation and take the existing friendly bilateral relations to a new height.
 
Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa welcomed him at the Tribhuvan International Airport, according to the state-run Nepal Television.
 
The Chinese Defence Minister, also a State Councillor, told reporters that his visit is aimed at implementing bilateral understandings reached between the two governments in the past.
 
Wei said that the visit will promote bilateral military cooperation between Nepal and China, and take the existing friendly relations between the two neighbours to a new height.

US, UK and Australia among top markets for Indian sellers exporting products on eBay

The US, the UK, mainland Europe and Australia are the top markets for Indian sellers that are exporting products through cross-border e-commerce on eBay's platform, a top official said.
 
Indian sellers have been witnessing strong demand across categories like apparel, fine jewellery, toys, auto parts and accessories and home decor, especially during the holiday season (Thanksgiving to New Year's), eBay India Country Manager Vidmay Naini told PTI.
 
"Evolving consumer demand and increase in the trust in purchases outside domestic e-commerce reflect a huge market potential that developing countries like India should tap into for e-commerce exports. The US, the UK, mainland Europe and Australia are the top markets Indian sellers are exporting products through cross-border e-commerce," he said.

PDP chief says Kashmir Article 370 must be reinstated on priority

Afghan officials say 34 killed in separate suicide bombings

Afghan officials said Sunday at least 34 people were killed in two separate suicide bombings that targeted a military base and a provincial chief.
 
In eastern Ghazni province, officials said 31 soldiers were killed and 24 others wounded when the attacker drove a military humvee full of explosives onto an army commando base before detonating the car bomb.

Road accident in Bharatpur leaves 4 dead

Four people were killed and seven others injured when a pick-up vehicle collided with a dumper in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan on Sunday, police said.
 
The accident occurred in Deegpolice station area when the victims were on their way to Haryana from Uttar Pradesh.
 
The deceased were identified as Ghanendra (33), Uma (30), Jamuna Prasad (56) and pick-up driver Kasim (26), police said.

Modi's Hyd visit: A testimony of Telangana achievement, KCR

Telangana Minister and TRS president K T Rama Rao on Sunday took exception to the state Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao not being invited to receive the Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visited the city on Saturday.
 
In this regard, Rama Rao said the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers were not individuals but institutions, and they need to be respected by each other, adding Chandrashekhar Rao should have been invited to receive Modi.
 
The Prime Minister on Saturday, as part of his three- city tour to take the stock of Covid-19 vaccine development, visited a facility of Bharat Biotech located at Genome valley here and reviewed the progress of Covaxin, a vaccine candidate for Covid-19 being developed by the company.
 
Rama Rao also said Modi's visit to the facility reaffirms and endorses the fact that Hyderabad is a vaccine capital of the world and thanked him as, according to KTR, it indirectlyindicates that the Telangana government has supported the expansion of life sciences ecosystem in the city.

Finmin asks PSU general insurers to cut flab; rationalise branches, other expenses: Report

The finance ministry has asked public sector general insurance firms, especially National Insurance, Oriental Insurance and United India Insurance, to rationalise branches and cut down avoidable expenses to improve their financial health, sources said.
 
Earlier this year, the Union Cabinet decided to halt the merger process of three state-owned general insurance companies due to weak financial positions of these three companies. Instead, the government approved fund infusion of Rs 12,450 crore to meet regulatory parameters.
 
The finance ministry has asked these companies to cut the flab by rationalising branches and rein in other avoidable expenses like guest houses, etc, sources said.
 
Besides, sources said, they have been asked to expand their business through digital medium.

US reports several explosions heard in Eritrea's capital

The US Embassy in Eritrea says six explosions were heard Saturday night in the capital, Asmara.
 
It follows an embassy report of another loud noise, possibly an explosion in the city on Friday, nearly two weeks after the government of neighbouring Ethiopia's defiant Tigray region confirmed firing missiles at the city during its war with Ethiopian federal forces.
 
The latest explosions came just hours after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in his government's fighting against forces of the Tigray People's Liberation Front, which runs the northern Tigray region bordering Eritrea.

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LIVE: First case registered under new anti-conversion law in UP's Bareilly

The first case has been registered under the newly-promulgated Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, at Deorania Police station in the district, the police informed on Sunday. The accused of pressuring a woman to convert her religion is absconding, the police added.
 
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel had on Saturday promulgated the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020.This came after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Cabinet on November 24 cleared the Ordinance, proposing a maximum punishment of 10 years for "love jihad" related offences.
 
On Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Siddharth Nath Singh had informed about the state cabinet's decision to introduce an ordinance against unlawful religious conversions. 
 
"There were more than 100 incidents reported in which forceful religious conversion was being done. Also, it was reported religious conversions were going on in the state using deceitful means. So to make a law on this becomes an important matter of policy now," Siddharth Nath Singh told ANI.

Farmers got new rights, opportunities with new farm laws: PM Modi

In a bid to allay fears of farmers who have been protesting against the new farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the agricultural reforms have opened the doors of new opportunities for farmers and gave them more rights.
 
"Recent agri-reforms have opened the doors of new opportunities for farmers. Decades-old demands of farmers which were promised by many political parties have now been met. Parliament has recently passed farm reform laws after rigorous brainstorming. These reforms have not only broken shackles of farmers but have also given new rights and opportunities to them," PM Modi said while addressing the nation in the 71st edition of his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat'.
 
"Under this law, it is mandatory to pay farmers within three days of purchasing the produce. If payment is not made, then the farmer can lodge a complaint. Another major provision is that the SDM of the area must address the complaint of the farmer within one month," he said.
 
Explaining the benefits of the new agriculture laws, the Prime Minister cited an example from Maharashtra's Dhule who got his dues after filing a complaint with the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM).

Culture of great use during crisis, plays important role in overcoming it: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday emphasised on the use of technology in conserving heritage and also said that culture is of great use in times of crisis and plays an important role in overcoming it. Addressing the nation in the 71st edition of his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', he said that people celebrated the heritage week in innovative ways during times of coronavirus.
 
"A few days back, we celebrated World Heritage Week... Despite coronavirus, we witnessed people celebrating the heritage week in innovative ways. Culture is of great use in times of crisis, it plays an important role in overcoming it. Through technology, culture acts as an emotional recharge. Today, a lot of museums and libraries in the country are working to make their collection fully digital," he said.
 
"New Delhi's National Museum is working to introduce 10 virtual galleries. Now you will be able to take a tour of these galleries from your home. While it is important to take our cultural heritage to people in a big way through technology, the role of technology is an important role in conserving the heritage," he said.

Delhi's air quality in 'poor' category today

Delhi witnessed a slight improvement in air quality as the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 201 on Sunday, according to SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research). Delhi's air improved drastically as air quality fell from the "severe" to "poor" category in the past few days. One of the behind this respite for Delhiites is strong winds and fewer stubble fires in Punjab and Haryana.
 
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data shows that Delhi's overall AQI on Saturday was 231, considered to be in the "poor" zone. An AQI between 0-50 is marked good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101- 200 is moderate, 201- 300 is poor, 301-400 is very poor and 401-500 is considered severe.
 
India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted a maximum temperature of 26 degree Celsius in the national capital and said that skies will remain clear. Meanwhile, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju flagged off Delhi Half Marathon at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium earlier this morning. The AQI around the stadium was recorded at 249 as per the CPCB data.

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Delhi set to record coldest November in at least a decade: IMD data

The national capital is all set to record coldest November in at least 10 years, with the mean minimum temperature for the month this year hovering around 10 degrees Celsius, according to India Meteorological Department data. In Delhi, the average minimum temperature for the month of November is 12.9 degrees Celsius.
 
From November 1 to November 29, the city has recorded a mean minimum temperature of 10.3 degrees Celsius, which is the lowest in at least a decade, according to IMD data.
 
The mean minimum temperature was 15 degrees Celsius last year, 13.4 degrees Celsius in 2018 and 12.8 degrees Celsius in 2017 and 2016. On Sunday, Delhi recorded a minimum of 7 degrees Celsius. This is the seventh day this month that the minimum temperature remained below 10 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature is likely to settle around 7 degrees Celsius on Monday as well, according to IMD.

PM Modi likely to speak on Covid-19 vaccine in 'Mann ki Baat' today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation through his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' later today. Earlier on November 17, PM Modi had invited suggestions from the people, for the 71st edition of the programme.
 
"Every #MannKiBaat we celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding people, working for societal good. But, for every one example shared, there are many I am unable to share due to paucity of time. But, I do read many of the inputs and they are truly valuable," the PM tweeted.
 
He further added, "This month's #MannKiBaat is on the 29th. I have already received many interesting inputs and anecdotes about inspiring life journeys. Keep sharing your thoughts on NaMo App, MyGov or record your message on 1800-11-7800."
 
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Rajnath Singh to arrive in Lucknow today to review development work

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday will arrive in his parliamentary constituency Lucknow to review the development work. He will reach Lucknow airport at around 5 pm and will later go to his residence in Dilkusha.
 
On Monday, he will review several development works and will fly back to Delhi in the evening. Singh has been elected from Lucknow parliamentary consecutively after winning the seat in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

CoBRA officer killed, 9 commandos injured in IED blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

An officer of the CRPF's jungle warfare unit, CoBRA, was killed while nine commandos were injured after Maoists triggered an IED blast in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, security officials said on Sunday. They said the improvised explosive device blast took place in the Chintalnar forest area of the district around 9 pm and the injured personnel were evacuated by a helicopter around midnight.
 
Assistant Commandant Nitin Bhalerao succumbed to the injuries suffered in the blast while nine other commandos, including a second-in-command rank officer, were injured and have been admitted to a local hospital here, they said.
 
The injured troops belong to the 206th battalion of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA). A joint team of CoBRA and local police was out in the area for a special operation when the blast took place, they said.

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Govt ready for talks with protesting farmers anytime: Agriculture Minister

Amid massive protests for the third consecutive day by farmers heading to the national capital, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Saturday said the Centre is ready for talks with them anytime as he appealed to farmers to call off their agitation and come for discussion. While a meeting with 32 protesting farmer unions has already been scheduled on December 3 to resolve their concerns, the government is ready to engage the farmer unions' leaders before that if they wish, he said.
 
While the government has maintained that the three new farm laws have been enacted for the benefit of farmers, protesting farmers fear that it might dismantle procurement at minimum support price (MSP) and corporatise farming.
 
Speaking to PTI, Tomar said, "The Government of India is in continuous discussion with farmers. Therefore, we invited the farmer union leaders for the second round of talks on December 3. If farmers wish, we are ready for discussion before that (December 3)."
 
Appealing to farmers to end the protest, the minister said farmer unions' leaders should come for talks because solutions can be found only after the discussion.

S Jaishankar calls on Seychelles Prez Ramkalawan, reiterates India's resolve to enhance ties

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who concluded his visit to Seychelles on Saturday, called on President Wavel Ramkalawan where he reiterated India's resolve to further enhance the India-Seychelles strategic partnership in the post-Covid era.
 
"During his (Jaishankar's) visit, he called on H.E. President Wavel Ramkalawan at State House on 27th November 2020. EAM also held talks with his counterpart H.E. Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism of Seychelles. He conveyed an invitation from the Indian leadership to President Ramkalawan to visit India in 2021, read a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs.
 
"EAM reiterated India's resolve to further enhance the India-Seychelles strategic partnership in the post-Covid era. He spoke of the centrality of Seychelles to India's vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region) that characterized India's policy towards the Indian Ocean Region," the ministry added.
 
The ministry further said that Ramkalwan appreciated the assistance provided by India during the pandemic in the form of medical supplies and critical drugs. It added that he "appreciated the assistance provided by India" during the pandemic in the form of medical supplies and critical drugs.

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Five personnel of the CRPF's CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) unit were injured in an IED blast triggered by naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on late Saturday evening. The Improvised Explosive Device went off in the forest near Tadmetla village when a team of security forces was out on an anti-naxal operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said.
 
"At least five personnel belonging to CoBRA's 206th battalion sustained injuries in the blast," he said. "The injured are being evacuated from the forest," he added.
 
A CRPF official said that one of the five personnel had suffered critical injuries.

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