Latest LIVE: BSF officer killed in firing by Pak troops along LoC in J&K

BSF officer killed in firing by Pakistani troops along LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir
Latest news LIVE updates: A Border Security Force (BSF) officer was killed on Tuesday as Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by resorting to firing on forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. The firing from across the border in Tarkundi area of Mendhar sector was "unprovoked". Indian troops retaliated effectively to silence the Pakistani guns.

In a major setback for Chanda Kochhar, the Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected plea against her termination as ICICI Bank CEO and MD.

 
In view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation, Rajasthan government has imposed a night curfew from 8 pm to 6 am within urban limits of 13 district headquarter towns of Kota, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Nagore, Pali, Tonk, Sikar and Ganganagar from today to December 31.

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2:12 AM IST Red Alert issued in Thiruvananthapuram district on December 3. Orange alert issued for 2nd and 4th December in the wake of cyclonic storm Burevi warning.

2:11 AM IST Rainfall warning for south-north TN, Puducherry, Karaikal, south-north Kerala, Mahe, south coastal Andhra & Lakshadweep till Dec 4. Cyclonic Storm Burevi to cross SL coast close to Trincomalee on Dec 2 evening/night & cross south TN b/w Kanyakumari & Pamban on 4th early morning pic.twitter.com/CVF6LHkTIu — ANI (@ANI) &7

11:39 PM IST Department of Posts has decided to deliver Sabarimala ‘Swamy Prasadam' to devotees across the country at their doorstep. Devotees can now book Swami Prasadam from any post office in India by paying only Rs 450 for each packet of prasadam. A devotee can book upto 10 packets at a time. As soon as Prasadam is booked under speed post, a message will be generated and intimated to the devotee via SMS. The devotee can track the movement of the Prasadam by logging in to India Post website. This service was launched all over India with effect from 6th of November 2020. There has been tremendous response from public for this service. Around 9000 orders have already been booked all over India till date and the same is increasing day by day: Ministry of Communications

10:54 PM IST Suvendu Adhikari is not going to BJP. It was a foolish assumption. I'd a fruitful meeting with him today along with Prashant Kishore, Sudip Banerjee & Abhishek Banerjee & things are sorted out. He is with TMC & we will work together to make Mamata win again: TMC MP Saugata Roy

10:52 PM IST Lok Sabha Secretary General Utpal Kumar Singh on Tuesday said construction of a new parliament building was being done adhering to all environmental norms and hoped the 2022 winter session would be held in the new building. Singh, who took over as the new Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, said many tress coming in way of constructing the new parliament building have been uprooted and will be replanted at new places. "The construction of new building is being done while adhering to environmental norms. We will ensure that there is no pollution and all those trees which were coming in the way of construction will be planted at new places. All agencies involved in construction activity have taken this into consideration," Singh said. The construction of the ambitious new Parliament building will be completed in about two years, and "hopefully, the winter session of parliament in 2022 will be held in the new building," he said. Singh said all health safety-related precautions will be taken amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the secretariat is in constant touch with various ministries.

10:26 PM IST Fishermen are advised not to venture into southeast Bay of Bengal during 1st Dec, southwest Bay of Bengal & along & off east Sri Lanka coast from 1st to 3rd Dec; Comorin Area, Gulf of Mannar & south Tamilnadu-Kerala & West Sri Lanka coasts from 2nd to 4th Dec. Cyclonic Storm ‘Burevi’ over southwest Bay of Bengal very likely to intensify further during next 12 hours. Total suspension of fishing operation during 1st Dec to 4th Dec is advised. Fishermen out at Sea are advised to return to the coast: IMD

9:17 PM IST Senior TMC leader Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar demands immediate removal of Jagdeep Dhankhar from the post of governor, alleging that he is trying to disturb peace in West Bengal

8:41 PM IST Unknown terrorists lobbed a grenade towards Battalion 179 CRPF location in Baramulla's Sopore, which exploded outside the main gate at 7:00 pm. No injury/loss reported: Central Reserve Police Force#JammuAndKashmir — ANI (@ANI) &7

8:40 PM IST The government on Tuesday said it has procured 19 per cent more paddy during the current kharif marketing season so far at 318 lakh tonnes for over Rs 60,000 crore. In the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21, the government continues to procure kharif crops at minimum support price (MSP) from farmers as per its existing schemes, it said.   Paddy procurement is continuing smoothly in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra. The government has procured 318 lakh tonnes of paddy till November 30, against last year's corresponding purchase of 268.15 lakh tonnes, showing an increase of 18.58 per cent.   "About 29.70 lakh farmers have already been benefitted from the ongoing KMS procurement Operations with MSP value of Rs 60,038.68 crore," an official statement said.   Out of the total purchase of 318 lakh tonnes, Punjab alone has contributed 202.77 lakh tonnes, which is 63.76 per cent of total procurement.

8:17 PM IST Yes Bank aims to disburse retail and small business loans worth Rs 10,000 crore in the current quarter of the financial year and plans to expand the portfolio to over 60 per cent of its loan book by 2023, a top official said on Tuesday.   "By 2023, we aim to double the retail and MSME assets as well as liability book. Following the road map to become a truly digital retail bank, we are innovating constantly to meet these evolving needs of our retail customers and MSME clients across the spectrum," Rajan Pental, global head (retail banking) at Yes Bank, said during a virtual conference.   He added that guided by the aim to grow its retail and MSME business, the bank disbursed loans worth Rs 6,800 crore to retail and MSME segments in the second quarter ended September 30. "We are targeting a fresh disbursal of around Rs 10,000 crore in the current quarter." READ ON...

8:09 PM IST Mumbai: UP CM Yogi Adityanath to launch Rs 200 crores Lucknow Municipal bond at Bombay Stock Exchange tomorrow. UP Cabinet Ministers Siddarth Nath Singh, Ashutosh Tandon & ACH (Information Dept) Navneet Sehgal visited BSE today to oversee the preparation for the listing cermony pic.twitter.com/lreJ1g6S9n — ANI (@ANI) &7

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Cyclone Burevi: Red Alert issued in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala

Red Alert issued in Thiruvananthapuram district on December 3. Orange alert issued for 2nd and 4th December in the wake of cyclonic storm Burevi warning.

Doorstep delivery of Sabarimala ‘Swamy Prasadam' initiated: Ministry of Communications

Department of Posts has decided to deliver Sabarimala ‘Swamy Prasadam' to devotees across the country at their doorstep. Devotees can now book Swami Prasadam from any post office in India by paying only Rs 450 for each packet of prasadam. A devotee can book upto 10 packets at a time. As soon as Prasadam is booked under speed post, a message will be generated and intimated to the devotee via SMS. The devotee can track the movement of the Prasadam by logging in to India Post website. This service was launched all over India with effect from 6th of November 2020. There has been tremendous response from public for this service. Around 9000 orders have already been booked all over India till date and the same is increasing day by day: Ministry of Communications

Suvendu Adhikari with TMC, will make Mamata win again: Saugata Roy after meet

Suvendu Adhikari is not going to BJP. It was a foolish assumption. I'd a fruitful meeting with him today along with Prashant Kishore, Sudip Banerjee & Abhishek Banerjee & things are sorted out. He is with TMC & we will work together to make Mamata win again: TMC MP Saugata Roy

Adhering to environmental norms in construction of new parliament building: LS Secy General

Lok Sabha Secretary General Utpal Kumar Singh on Tuesday said construction of a new parliament building was being done adhering to all environmental norms and hoped the 2022 winter session would be held in the new building. Singh, who took over as the new Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, said many tress coming in way of constructing the new parliament building have been uprooted and will be replanted at new places.


"The construction of new building is being done while adhering to environmental norms. We will ensure that there is no pollution and all those trees which were coming in the way of construction will be planted at new places. All agencies involved in construction activity have taken this into consideration," Singh said. The construction of the ambitious new Parliament building will be completed in about two years, and "hopefully, the winter session of parliament in 2022 will be held in the new building," he said.


Singh said all health safety-related precautions will be taken amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the secretariat is in constant touch with various ministries.

Cyclone Burevi to intensify over next 12 hours, IMD issues warning

Fishermen are advised not to venture into southeast Bay of Bengal during 1st Dec, southwest Bay of Bengal & along & off east Sri Lanka coast from 1st to 3rd Dec; Comorin Area, Gulf of Mannar & south Tamilnadu-Kerala & West Sri Lanka coasts from 2nd to 4th Dec. Cyclonic Storm ‘Burevi’ over southwest Bay of Bengal very likely to intensify further during next 12 hours. Total suspension of fishing operation during 1st Dec to 4th Dec is advised. Fishermen out at Sea are advised to return to the coast: IMD

TMC leader demands removal of Bengal Guv Dhankhar, alleges effort to disturb harmony

Senior TMC leader Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar demands immediate removal of Jagdeep Dhankhar from the post of governor, alleging that he is trying to disturb peace in West Bengal

Terrorists lobbed a grenade towards Battalion 179 CRPF location in Baramulla's Sopore

Govt procures 318 lakh tonnes of kharif paddy so far at MSP for over Rs 60,000 crore

The government on Tuesday said it has procured 19 per cent more paddy during the current kharif marketing season so far at 318 lakh tonnes for over Rs 60,000 crore. In the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21, the government continues to procure kharif crops at minimum support price (MSP) from farmers as per its existing schemes, it said.
 
Paddy procurement is continuing smoothly in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra. The government has procured 318 lakh tonnes of paddy till November 30, against last year's corresponding purchase of 268.15 lakh tonnes, showing an increase of 18.58 per cent.
 
"About 29.70 lakh farmers have already been benefitted from the ongoing KMS procurement Operations with MSP value of Rs 60,038.68 crore," an official statement said.
 
Out of the total purchase of 318 lakh tonnes, Punjab alone has contributed 202.77 lakh tonnes, which is 63.76 per cent of total procurement.

Yes Bank aims to disburse Rs 10,000 cr retail, MSME loans in Dec quarter

Yes Bank aims to disburse retail and small business loans worth Rs 10,000 crore in the current quarter of the financial year and plans to expand the portfolio to over 60 per cent of its loan book by 2023, a top official said on Tuesday.
 
"By 2023, we aim to double the retail and MSME assets as well as liability book. Following the road map to become a truly digital retail bank, we are innovating constantly to meet these evolving needs of our retail customers and MSME clients across the spectrum," Rajan Pental, global head (retail banking) at Yes Bank, said during a virtual conference.
 
He added that guided by the aim to grow its retail and MSME business, the bank disbursed loans worth Rs 6,800 crore to retail and MSME segments in the second quarter ended September 30. "We are targeting a fresh disbursal of around Rs 10,000 crore in the current quarter." READ ON...

UP CM Yogi Adityanath to launch Rs 200-crore Lucknow Municipal bond at BSE tomorrow

Train operations normalised in Punjab with few exceptions: Railways

Train services in Punjab, which were suspended for almost two months due to the agitation against the three farm bills, have normalised except for a 32-km stretch, Chairman Railway Board VK Yadav said Tuesday.
 
Train operations in Punjab were severely affected for almost two months after farmers protesting against the three new farm laws sat on railway tracks and on station premises, refusing to let trains ply.
 
We have had no issues in running trains in Punjab since November 23 except between Beas and Amritsar where some protestors are still there. But an alternative route is available and the trains to Amritsar are being diverted through that. However, we had to cancel some trains on that route as the earlier route was double line while the diverted route is single line, Yadav said at a press conference.
 
He also said between November 23 and November 30, 94 passenger trains have entered Punjab while 78 have exited the state. While 384 loaded and 273 empty freight trains entered the state, 373 loaded and 221 empty freight trains exited the state.

BSF team walked 200 metres inside Pak territory to unearth cross-border tunnel

A BSF team, probing the intrusion of four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists killed recently at Nagrota in Jammu, had gone 200 metres inside Pakistani territory to find the mouth of a cross-border underground tunnel used by extremists to enter into India.
 
Immediately after the four Jaish terrorists were shot dead in an gunfight on November 19, the BSF, which mans the International Border in Jammu region, formed the crack team to explore the possible route taken by them. The team followed its structure to unearth the opening of the tunnel on the Indian side and during the search operation, electronic and geographical data found on a mobile device recovered from the terrorists was also used.
 
After detecting the mouth of the tunnel, the BSF team found itself 200 metres inside the Pakistani territory, they said, adding it entered through the tunnel and recorded the visuals inside it on the Pakistani side as part of collecting evidence, before they returned to the Indian side.

LIVE: IOC launches India's first 100 Octane petrol

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) on Tuesday launched the nation's first 100 Octane petrol, helping India join a select league of nations globally that have such superior quality fuel. Launching the fuel, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said XP100 premium petrol will initially be available at select outlet of IOC in 10 cities -- Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Agra, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad.
 
The fuel is manufactured at IOC's Mathura refinery in Uttar Pradesh and supplied at select petrol pumps. Octane ratings are measures of fuel stability. It is a measure of a fuel's ability to avoid knock. Knock occurs when fuel is prematurely ignited in the engine's cylinder, which degrades efficiency and can be damaging to the engine. The higher the octane number, the more resistant the petrol mixture is to knock.
 
Worldwide, 100 Octane petrol has a niche market for luxury vehicles that demand high performance and is available only in six countries of USA, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia and Israel. 

LIVE: Chilla border (Delhi-Noida Link Road) closed in wake of protesting farmers

'Indian security forces went 200 meters inside Pakistan to unearth tunnel used by terrorists to infiltrate'

Indian security forces in a recent operation went almost 200 metres inside Pakistan's side to unearth a tunnel which was used by terrorists to infiltrate inside Indian territory, a top government official said on Tuesday.
 
"Security forces went inside Pakistan for almost 200 meters which was the starting point of the tunnel, used by the terrorists eliminated last week by Indian forces," a top official said.
 
A 150-metre long underground tunnel suspected to be used by terrorists for infiltration was detected near International Border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba sector on November 22. In the third week of November, security forces recovered mobile phones from the possession of terrorists killed by them which helped the forces to unearth a tunnel.
 
Border Security Force (BSF) DG Rakesh Asthana on Tuesday talked about the operation during Raising Day and said, "On the basis of the analysis of mobile phones recovered from terrorists eliminated by security forces, on November 22, BSF unearthed a tunnel used by terrorists to infiltrate in Samba sector."
 

Nitish Kumar likely to expand cabinet in December

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to expand his cabinet in December as the winter session of the assembly concluded in November after the formation of the new state government. During this time the opposition parties, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress hurled political barbs at the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.
 
There is wide speculation across the political spectrum especially with the opposition RJD claiming that not a single Muslim would be given a cabinet berth in the Nitish government.
 
Not a single Muslim candidate from the ruling NDA has reached the Bihar assembly so it is certain that if the Bihar CM wants to have a Muslim face in the cabinet, he would likely be a Legislative Council member. During the recent Bihar elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not field a single Muslim candidate while the JD-U fielded 11.

Latest LIVE: BSF officer killed in firing by Pak troops along LoC in J&K

A sub-inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) was killed on Tuesday in a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. In November, 15 people, including nine security personnel, were killed in multiple ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in various sectors in the Union Territory. The latest casualty took place on a day when the BSF is celebrating its Raising Day.
 
"The Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Rajouri sector on the LoC again, in which BSF Sub-Inspector Paotinsat Guite who was deployed at Forward Defence Location attained martyrdom while displaying conspicuous act of bravery in not only retaliating to the enemy fire but also saved many of his colleagues' lives," a statement issued by the BSF said.
 
It said the border man had displayed highest degree of dedication and devotion, and laid down his life in the line of duty. The incident took place at Tarkundi area of Mendhar in Poonch district. Inspector General of BSF, Jammu frontier, N S Jamwal paid rich tributes to the sub-inspector and said he was a gallant and sincere border man.

Centre should accept all demands proposed by farmers: Kailash Gehlot

Malegaon blast: All accused asked to appear in court on Dec 3

A special NIA court here conducting trial in the 2008 Malegaon blast case on Tuesday directed all the seven accused, including BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit, to appear before it on December 3. The court's direction came on a plea of one of the victim's family, seeking day-to-day trial in the case, which is being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
 
Judge P R Sitre asked all the accused to remain present in the court on Thursday. Responding to the plea of one of the victim's family for day-to-day trial,Special Public Prosecutor Avinash Rasal said they are ready to conduct a speedy trial, but they need to locate the witnesses, which is also a tedious task. "Most of the time advocates of the accused persons have requested for adjournment of the trial for one reason or the other," he said.
 
The court had framed terror charges against Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Pragya Singh Thakur and five other accused in October 2018. The NIA said after framing of the charges, it was making all efforts to expedite the case.

Union ministers to meet representatives of over 30 protesting farmer organisations

Will discuss how to resolve their issues; Govt will reach solution after hearing them: Agriculture Minister

LIVE: Farmer leaders reach Vigyan Bhawan to meet Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

Delhi air quality in 'very poor' category again

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research recorded an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of 340 in Delhi, under "very poor" category, on Tuesday. Several parts of the national capital, including Sonia Vihar (with an AQI of 383), Anand Vihar (392), Okhla (357) and ITO (356) reported dangerous AQI numbers, all in the "very poor" category, data from the Central Pollution Control Board revealed.
 
The Delhi government claims that stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan have significantly contributed to the hazardous levels of air pollution.
 
In the wake of this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday shared the story of a farmer from Haryana who is making money by selling stubble to an agro-energy plant and a paper mill. Last week, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai urged the Commission for Air Quality Management to make the bio-decomposer technology mandatory for all states, stating pollution levels in the national capital rise with an increase in stubble burning in the neighbouring states.

SC pulls up Gujarat over attempts to suppress facts on hospital fires

The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up the Gujarat government over "attempts to suppress facts" in connection with fire tragedies in private Covid hospitals in the state. The top court in the last hearing took cognizance of the fire tragedy in a private Covid hospital in Rajkot which led to the death of five persons. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and comprising Justices R. Subhash Reddy and M.R. Shah told the Gujarat government counsel, "We have seen your counter. According to you everything is good. So far state hospital is concerned all is well."
 
Justice Shah pulling up the Gujarat government said, "So far the commission is concerned (to probe the fire tragedy), it has also expired, and also the state government stand is contrary to your own chief electrical engineering officer in connection with the status of wiring in the hospital."
 
The bench cited the Ahemdabad fire tragedy in a Covid-19 hospital in August, where eight people died. Justice said no attempt should be made to suppress the facts.

Farmers' strike LIVE: Union Ministers meet to discuss protests, demands

Ahead of the meeting with the farmer leaders at 3 pm today, amid protests against the recent farm laws, several Union Cabinet Ministers are meeting at the residence of BJP President JP Nadda on Tuesday. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar arrived at the residence of Nadda to hold a meeting to discuss the ongoing farmers' protest ahead of a key meeting later today.
 
Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways, is also expected to join the meeting. Tomar, speaking to the reporters here, said that all the farmers' organisations have been called for a meeting at 3 pm and reiterated that the Central government is ready for discussions.
 
"Farmer leaders have been invited for talks today at 3 pm. The government is always ready for talks. We can't hold discussions on road. Let them come and sit across the table," Tomar said.
 
Earlier, several meetings were held between Cabinet Ministers and BJP President JP Nadda over the farmers' protest. According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been taking feedback from senior ministers including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Narendra Singh Tomar.

Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar joins Shiv Sena

Setback for Chanda Kochhar, SC rejects plea against her termination by ICICI Bank

 SC observes that Bank terminated Kochhar only after she resigned, says RBI gave approval as per its wisdom.
 

Karnataka: 6 fishermen missing, 16 rescued after a deep-sea fishing boat capsized in the Arabian Sea, off Mangaluru coast, today morning

Total 22 fishermen were on board the boat at the time of the incident. Search and rescue operation underway.

Earthquake of magnitude 3.9 on the Richter scale occurred at 9:41 am near Haridwar, Uttarakhand: National Centre for Seismology


Delhi: Border Security Force (BSF) celebrates its 56th Raising Day

TRS MLA from Nagarjunasagar Nomula Narsimhaiah passes away at 64

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) legislator from Nagarjunasagar in Nalgonda district Nomula Narsimhaiah passed away at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Tuesday. The 64-year-old leader has been ill for some time.
 
He hailed from Palem village of Marxist-hotbed Nakrekal mandal, where he was its mandal parishad president for more than a decade.
 
A student leader in the Osmania University, Mr. Narsimhaiah later went on to practise at the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

Biden, UN chief discuss strengthening partnership on Covid, climate change

US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday spoke with United Nations Secretary-General Antnio Guterresas as the two discussed the need to strengthen their partnership on urgent global issues including combatting COVID-19, the transition said.
 
They also talked about building resilience to future public health challenges, confronting the threat of climate change, addressing humanitarian issues, advancing sustainable development, upholding peace and security, resolving conflicts, and promoting democracy and human rights, it said. Read on...

Joe Biden chooses all-women White House senior communications team

President-elect Joe Biden has built a senior communications team composed entirely of women, including Jen Psaki to be the face of the administration as White House press secretary, his transition said Sunday.
 
Psaki, a former Obama White House communications director and State Department spokeswoman, has been an on-camera spokeswoman for Biden’s transition office. Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager and communications director during the 2020 campaign, will be Biden’s White House communications director. Read on...

Charge sheet in Anvay Naik case to be filed soon: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Saturday said a charge sheet will soon be filed in the architect-interior designer Anvay Naik suicide case, in which journalist Arnab Goswami is an accused.

Besides Goswami, two others are also accused of abetting the suicide of Naik and his mother in 2018.

"It is only after getting permission from the court, investigation into the Anvay Naik suicide case, in which Arnab Goswami is an accused, is currently going on. Very soon a charge sheet will be filed in this case," Deshmukh told reporters here.

His statement comes a day after the Supreme Court extended the interim bail of Goswami and two others till four weeks, stating that the judiciary should ensure that criminal law does not become a weapon for selective harassment. It also said that prima facie evaluation of the FIR against Goswami and two others did not establish the ingredients of the offence of abetment to suicide.

US election result 2020 : Arizona, Wisconsin certify Biden's victory over Trump after vote recount

Two battleground states of Arizona and Wisconsin on Monday formally certified Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as the winner.
 
Incumbent Donald Trump had won both the states in 2016.
 
In Wisconsin, Biden won by 20,700 votes against Trump, who has refused to concede the election results so far. He alleges that there were massive voters' fraud and electoral malpractice.
 
Certifying the result, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said, Today, I carried out my duty to certify the November 3rd election, and as required by state and federal law, I've signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Telangana: Voting for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to take place today

Visuals from St Faiz High School, in Hyderabad, that has been designated as a polling booth. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi will cast his vote at this booth. 

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