LIVE: India, Uzbekistan ink 9 pacts; vow to effectively deal with terrorism

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Latest live news: India and Uzbekistan on Friday signed nine agreements to further broadbase cooperation in an array of areas even as they vowed to combat the threat of terrorism by "destroying" terrorist safe-havens, networks and funding channels. At a virtual summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev extensively deliberated on expanding overall bilateral ties, and agreed to step up efforts for an early conclusion of a bilateral investment treaty.

In another news, many doctors at several hospitals in the national capital, including AIIMS, on Friday sported black ribbons in support of the protest call of the IMA against the Centre's move allowing post graduate practitioners of Ayurveda to be trained in performing surgical procedures.

Meanwhile, the Union home ministry summoned West Bengal’s DGP and chief secretary on December 14 regarding the law and order situation in the state. This comes a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) chief JP Nadda’s convoy was attacked.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the International Bharati Festival, 2020, today via video conferencing. The festival was organised by Vanavil Cultural Centre to celebrate the 138th birth anniversary of Tamil poet and writer Mahakavi Subramanya Bharati.

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Amit Shah likely to visit Bengal later this month

Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah is likely to visit West Bengal for two days later this month to take stock of the party organisation ahead of the 2021 assembly polls, a senior party functionary of the state said on Friday.

Shah's possible visit will take place in the backdrop of the ongoing tussle between the Trinamool Congress government and the Ministry of Home Affairs over the mob attack on BJP president J P Nadda's convoy on Thursday.

The Mamata Banerjee dispensation decided not to send the chief secretary and the director general of police to New Delhi on December 14 disregarding the MHA's summons in the wake of the attack.

"Most likely Amit Shah Ji will be in West Bengal on a two-day visit from December 19. He will attend a programme of refugees in North 24 Parganas and another function at Santiniketan. However, nothing has been finalized as of now," BJP state general secretary Sayantan Basu said.

According to state BJP sources, the Union home ministers visit is of immense political significance with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar criticising the "worsening" law and order situation in the state.

India, Uzbekistan ink nine pacts; vow to effectively deal with threat of terrorism

India and Uzbekistan on Friday signed nine agreements to further broadbase cooperation in an array of areas even as they vowed to combat the threat of terrorism by "destroying" terrorist safe-havens, networks and funding channels. At a virtual summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev extensively deliberated on expanding overall bilateral ties, and agreed to step up efforts for an early conclusion of a bilateral investment treaty.
 
In his opening remarks, Modi said the peace process in Afghanistan must preserve the achievements of the past two decades.
 
"We also have a similar approach on regional security issues. We agree that the restoration of peace in Afghanistan requires a process that itself is led, owned and controlled by Afghanistan. It is also necessary to preserve the achievements of the last two decades," he said.
 
In the wide-ranging talks, Modi and Mirziyoyev strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reaffirmed the determination of their countries to combat the menace by "destroying" terrorist safe-havens, networks, infrastructure and funding channels, according to a joint statement.

Civilian shot at, injured by militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama

Militants shot at and injured a civilian in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said. Mushtaq Ahmad was attacked near his house at Wasura in the evening, a police official said.
 
He was taken to a hospital for treatment. It was not immediately known why the Ahmad was targeted, police said.

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Indian youth can learn a lot from Bharathiar's works: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the Indian youth can learn a lot from the works and life of Tamil poet, freedom fighter, journalist Subramania Bharathi, popularly known as Bharathiar. Speaking at the International Bharati Festival 2020 organised by the city based Vanavil Cultural Centre via video conference Modi said the Indian youth can learn to be courageous from Bharathiar.
 
"Achamillai, Achamillai (there is no fear). Even if every human in this world is against me, I have no fear," Modi quoted Bharathiar.
 
Stating that he sees such a spirit in young India today, Modi said such a 'can do' spirit can do wonders for the country.
 
Modi termed it difficult to describe the multifaceted Bharathiar who cannot be linked to any single profession or dimension as he was a poet, writer, editor, journalist, social reformer, freedom fighter, humanist and much more. One can marvel at Bharathiar's works, poems, philosophy and also had a close link with Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency that he represents, Modi said. According to Modi in a shot span of 39 years, Bharathiar had achieved a lot and his works have been published in 16 volumens.

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TMC hits out MHA for summoning chief secretary, DGP

The ruling TMC in West Bengal Friday hit out at the union home ministry for summoning the state chief secretary and director general of police for the attack on BJP national president J P Nadda's convoy and accused the saffron party of trying to create a situation where the central government can interfere in matters related to the states.
 
Senior TMC MPs Saugata Roy and Kalyan Banerjee alleged that Nadda's convoy had "convicted criminals" and goons who carried weapons with the malafide intention to instigate violence.
 
"What is the central government is doing by sending a letter (seeking report) from the state government is unconstitutional. The MHA summoning the chief secretary and DGP is unacceptable. The BJP and the central government is trying to create a situation where they can interfere with the federal structure," Bandopadhyay said at a press conference here.

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Permitting Ayurveda doctors to conduct surgery a compromise with health: IMA

Indian Medical Association (IMA) observed a nationwide no-demonstration strike on Friday to oppose the central government's move to allow Ayurveda doctors to perform surgery. Demanding withdrawal of the notification allowing Ayurveda postgraduates to perform modern medicine surgery, the IMA called for the withdrawal of all non-essential non-COVID services between 6 am and 6 pm today.
 
Dr Rajan Sharma, national president of IMA, said that allowing Ayurveda postgraduates to perform surgery is a "blatant attempt" to "corrupt" the healthcare system of the country.
 
"It takes years and years to become a doctor. With mixopaths what are we heading for? It's a failure when nations compromise with health," said Dr Sharma. He stated that the IMA is not against "any sort of pathy", but the mixing up of disciplines. "We are not against any sort of pathy be it Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy. We are proud of our national heritage and richness but let it coexist with modern medicine. All we demand is not to mix the disciplines. It will also mean the end of pure Ayurveda," he added.
 

Doctors of AIIMS, other hospitals join IMA call for protest with black ribbons

Many doctors at several hospitals in the national capital, including AIIMS, on Friday sported black ribbons in support of the protest call of the IMA against the Centre's move allowing post graduate practitioners of Ayurveda to be trained in performing surgical procedures. The Indian Medical Association (IMA), which had given the nation-wide call on December 1, has demandedwithdrawalof the notification.
 
Doctors at AIIMS, and various Delhi government-run facilities, including LNJP Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, DDU Hospital, GTB Hospital, BSA Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi MemorialHospital, and civic-run Hindu Rao Hospital performed duties while wearing black armbands and ribbons.
 
The Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS-Delhi, in a statement said, "Thisstep will not only encourage already rampant quackery, but also undermine the safety of public. We request the government of India to retract this notification immediately".
 
"We stand with our medical fraternity in this regard and support the strike called by Indian Medical Association," it said.

West Bengal Governor sends report to Centre on law and order, asks Mamata not to play with fire

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar Friday said he has sent a report to the Centre in the backdrop of the violent attack on the convoy of BJP chief J P Nadda, and castigated Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the deteriorating law and order situation. Pulling her up for her repeated remarks calling the BJP a party of outsiders, Dhankhar asked her to desist from such politics as would weaken the national fabric. He said it is shameful that the attack on Nadda occurred on International Human Rights Day.
 
"I have sent my report to the central government whose contents cannot be shared on account of propriety," he told a press conference at Raj Bhawan. He alleged the violators of law in Bengal have the protection of police and administration and any resistance by the opposition is quelled.
 
"The governor is not a post office...he will not fidddle around in Raj Bhawan when human rights are being violated," he said, and asserted "the governor will vindicate his oath, come what may."
 
It is the duty of the governor to protect the Constitution, he said.

Obama reunion? Biden fills Cabinet with former WH leaders

President-elect Joe Biden is getting the old gang back together. Increasingly deep into the process of selecting Cabinet members and other senior staff, the incoming Biden administration has a distinctly Obama feel.
 
There's Denis McDonough, former President Barack Obama's chief of staff who Biden announced on Thursday would be nominated as the secretary of veterans affairs.
 
Susan Rice, Obama's former national security adviser, was named the director of Biden's White House Domestic Policy Council.
 
That's on top of Biden already tapping Obama's agriculture secretary, Tom Vilsack, to head the department once again, former Secretary of State John Kerry to serve as special envoy on climate and Kerry's Obama-era deputy Antony Blinken to lead the State Department.

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US to impose sanctions against Turkey for buying Russian S-400 missiles

The U.S. plans to impose sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of S-400 missiles after years of drama that began with the NATO ally’s decision to buy the air-defense system from Russia in 2017.
 
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EU to hit Turkey with more sanctions over its Mediterranean gas exploration

European Union leaders early Friday gave the green light for the expansion of sanctions against Turkey over its exploration of gas reserves in Mediterranean waters claimed by EU members Greece and Cyprus.
 
Regrettably, Turkey has engaged in unilateral actions and provocations and escalated its rhetoric against the EU, EU member states and European leaders, they said in a statement from their summit in Brussels.
 
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Grenade attack on CRPF camp in Srinagar's Noorbagh, no casualties reported

Militants on Friday lobbed a grenade on a CRPF camp in Noorbagh area of the city, police said.
 
No loss of human life or injury has been reported in the incident.
 
The ultras lobbed the grenade on the camp at 6:40 am. The grenade exploded outside the camp, killing a stray dog, a police official said.

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Women's rights activist Trupti Desai stopped from going to Shirdi

Women's' rights activist Trupti Desai was detained in Amednagar in Maharashtra on Thursday while she was on her way to Shirdi to protest against the boards put up outside the famous Saibaba temple asking devotees to dress properly.
 
Over a dozen members of her organization were also detained alongside.
 
As per a report in PTI, Desai stated later that if the boards were not removed by December 31, they will again head for the temple town. The activist had been barred from entering Shirdi in Ahmednagar district till December 11 after she announced the protest.

US military sends B-52 bombers to Middle East as show of force against Iran

The US on Thursday flew a pair of B-52 strategic bombers from a base in Louisiana to the Middle East, as a show of force against Iran, as tensions continue to escalate between Tehran and Washington during President Donald Trump's outgoing administration.
 
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