LIVE: Delhi Metro to regulate train services over farmers' protest today

A metro train arrives at a platform. Photo: PTI
According to Delhi Police, no protestors from farmers' organisations will be allowed to enter the national capital, and If any protestor tries to enter, they will have to face legal action. Delhi Police have warned all the protesting organisations well within the time in writing and through social media.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved equity infusion of Rs 6,000 crore in NIIF Debt Platform sponsored by National Investment and Infrastructure Fund. This was informed by Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar after the Cabinet meeting. The proposal to invest Rs 6,000 crore as equity into NIIF is part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 package announced earlier this month.

The Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust decided to launch a massive nationwide fund collection drive from today through December 25, according to Pejavara Mutt seer Vishwaprasanna Teertha.

Over 100,000 people have been evacuated from the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in order to "tide over the worst challenge" put up by Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make a landfall in the early hours of Thursday.

Stay tuned for the latest news of the day.



US grants ByteDance new seven-day extension of TikTok sale order

The Trump administration on Wednesday granted ByteDance a new seven-day extension of a divestiture order that had directed the Chinese company to sell its TikTok short video-sharing app, according to a court filing. The Trump administration previously had granted ByteDance a 15-day extension of the order issued in August, which was set to expire Friday. The new deadline is Dec. 4, TikTok said. Under pressure from the U.S. government, ByteDance has been in talks for months to finalize a deal with Walmart Inc and Oracle Corp to shift TikTok's U.S. assets into a new entity. 

Sports Ministry restores govt recognition of Archery Association of India

Sports Ministry restores govt recognition of Archery Association of India (AAI).  Govt recognition of AAI was withdrawn in 2012 on account of failure to conduct its elections in accordance with National Sports Development Code of India, 2011 despite Delhi High Court directions.

Heavy security deployed at Haryana-Delhi border ahead of farmers' protest

Mortal remains of Ahmed Patel brought to Sardar Patel Hospital in Gujarat

Goa govt to install statue of soccer great late Diego Maradona

The Goa government will install the life-size statue of late Argentine football legend Diego Maradona in the coastal belt of North district by early next year, a senior minister said on Wednesday. Maradona's statue is already under making with a Maharashtra-based artist working on the mould, Calangute MLA and state Ports Minister Michael Lobo told PTI.

Lobo had announced installation of the statue of Maradona in 2018. "The statue would be installed somewhere at Candolim or Calangute to inspire the football playing youth," he said. Lobo said the mould of the statue is ready. "It is an actual-size statue as tall as late Maradona," the minister said, adding that the 350-kg statue is part of the state government's initiative to encourage football culture.

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Sourav Ganguly condoles death of football legend Maradona

DMRC issues guidelines for Nov 26 in view of farmers' march protest

Football legend Diego Maradona suffers heart attack, passes away at 60

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona died on Wednesday after suffering cardiac arrest, said media reports quoting his attorney. He was 60. Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Maradona had earlier this month undergone a surgery to remove a clot from his brain.

WATCH: Army, IAF sucessfully test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in Andaman

Indian Army and Indian Air Force today conducted one test each of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory. Both the tests of DRDO-developed missile were successful: Sources

MP proposes jail term for 10 years if found guilty of forcing religion using marriage

Madhya Pradesh govt proposing jail term of 10 years for anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change religion: state Home Minister Narottam Mishra

Protesting farmers face water cannons in Hry, manage to move ahead (Ld)

Tens of thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday started their movement towards the national capital for their 'Delhi Chalo' agitation against the three Central farm laws. Enroute, they had major scuffles with the Haryana Police which failed to stop them from proceeding further despite heavy deployment of men and use of water cannons. However, there was no report of any violence or the use of teargas shells or batons.
As a preventive step, the BJP-ruled Haryana sealed all its major entry points along the Punjab border and also imposed Section 144 of the CrPC to prevent the assembly of protesters. The major scuffle between the farmers and the police broke out at the Shambhu border near Ambala city when the farmers broke the blockades and managed to proceed to Delhi for staging a demonstration.
Despite the use of water cannons, the protesting farmers, comprising men and women -- both young and old -- and school and college students riding tractor-trailers, cars and motorcycles, managed to enter Haryana from Punjab. They were later joined by thousands of their counterparts from Haryana, led by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) state chief Gurnam Singh Charuni.

No protestors will be allowed to enter Delhi, says Police

5,246 new coronavirus cases, 5,361 recoveries, and 99 deaths in last 24 hours in Delhi

Equity shares of Lakshmi Vilas Bank shall not be available for trading from Nov 26: BSE

UP power minister asks UPPCL to ensure 'correct, timely' billing to people

Blaming wrong and delayed billing to consumers for a whopping Rs 90,000 crore loss to the electricity department, Power Minister Shrikant Sharma has asked the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited to take corrective measures and asserted the state government was committed to providing electricity to people at an affordable rate.
Sharma told PTI on Wednesday that he has asked the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) to ensure "correct and timely" billing to consumers as he expressed his unhappiness over the fact that over 30 per cent of urban and 75 per cent of rural consumers were not paying their bills. The main reason for people not paying their bills is that they are getting inflated and delayed bills, he said.
Sharma has also urged Chief Minister Yogi Aadityanath to take punitive action against those responsible for not executing an agreement the UPPCL has with six billing agencies.

LIVE: Strong winds blow in Chennai ahead of Cyclone Nivar's expected landfall

Malayalam film 'Jallikattu' is India's entry for Oscars 2021

Malayalam film 'Jallikattu,' has been selected as India's official entry into the 93rd annual Oscar Awards. Film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Instagram to break the big news.
"INDIA'S OFFICIAL ENTRY TO #OSCARS... #Malayalam film #Jallikattu will be #India's official entry to the 93rd Academy Awards 2021 #Oscars," he wrote.
Directed by filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery, written by S Hareesh and R Jayakumar, the film stars actors Sabumon Abdusamad, Santhy Balachandran, Antony Varghese and Chemban Vinod Jose.
The film that was released in 2019, has been adapted from the short story 'Maoist,' by S Hareesh and will be taking part in Oscar's race for the 'Best International Feature Film,' category. Earlier last year, Zoya Akhtar directorial 'Gully Boy,' had been selected as India's official entry into the prestigious award ceremony.

All fixed to mobile calls will be dialed with prefix ‘0’ from 15th January 2021: Ministry of Communications

CBI recovers Rs 1 crore cash, jewellery in raids across four states in corruption cases

The CBI on Wednesday recovered Rs 1 crore in cash, besides jewellery and papers related to investments during its searches in four states in two separate cases of corruption, officials said.
The searches pertained to separate corruption cases registered against a Railway engineer and an India Tourism official, they said.
The operation was spread across multiple locations, including the premises of the accused officials and their respective conduits, in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, they said.

Won't allow 'Love-Jihad' on the soil of Madhya Pradesh at any cost: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Govt to infuse Rs 2,000 cr in NIIF debt fund in FY21 for infra development

The government will infuse Rs 2,000 crore as equity in a debt platform of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) in the current financial year. This is part of the Rs 6,000 crore announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman under a stimulus package earlier this month.
However, given a resource crunch facing the government, the amount approved by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday – which is a third of the total funds committed – could be infused this year only if there is an absorptive capacity to utilise that. The remaining funds will be released in 2021-22.
The total equity infusion of Rs 6,000 crore, along with other funds, will help the platform raise Rs 6-7 million of debt by 2025 to fund infra projects to the tune of Rs 1.1 trillion so that costlier bank finances could be replaced. This would also help the platform raise equity to the tune of Rs 7,000 crore from domestic and global pension, insurance and sovereign wealth funds. READ ON...

PM Modi attends celebration of Centennial Foundation Day of the University of Lucknow

Police use water cannon to disperse farmers who gathered in Kurukshetra to proceed to Delhi to protest

MHA guidelines: Local restrictions like night curfew allowed; Prior consultation with Centre needed for any lockdown outside containment zones

States and union territories can impose local restrictions like night curfew to check the spread of COVID-19, but they will have to consult the Centre before imposing any lockdown outside the containment zones, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Wednesday. While issuing guidelines for "Surveillance, Containment and Caution" for December, the MHA said the main focus of the directive is to consolidate the substantial gains that have been achieved against the spread of COVID-19 that are visible in the steady decline in the number of active cases in the country.
The guidelines said that keeping in view the recent spike in new cases in a few states and UTs, ongoing festival season and onset of winter, it is emphasised that to fully overcome the pandemic there is a need to maintain caution and to strictly follow the prescribed containment strategy. The containment strategy should be focussed on surveillance, containment and strict observance of the guidelines and SOPs issued by the MHA and Ministry of Health, they said.
"States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may impose local restrictions, with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19 such as night curfew. "However, state and UT governments shall not impose any local lockdown (state/ district/ sub-division/City level), outside the containment zones, without prior consultation with the central government," the guidelines said.
The guidelines will be effective from December 1 to December 31.

PM Modi attends celebration of Centennial Foundation Day of the University of Lucknow

Farmer groups going to Delhi to protest reach Ludhiana's Ladhowal Toll Plaza

Govt approves LVB merger with DBS, say will fix blame for lender's failure

The government on Wednesday approved the merger of Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) with the Indian subsidiary of Singapore's DBS, said a senior minister on Wednesday, adding that the blame for the lender's collapse has to be fixed.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) took over LVB on November 15 due to a "serious deterioration" in its finances and temporarily capped withdrawals from the Chennai-based lender, which has been scouting for a partner since last year amid mounting bad loan and governance issues.
The amalgamation of Lakshmi Vilas Bank with DBS India subsidiary is in the interest of Lakshmi Vilas "employees, customers and investors", said Prakash Javadekar at a media briefing in Delhi. "The government has asked the RBI to take action against the people in the management who drive banks to the brink of collapse—liability has to be fixed.” READ ON...

Night curfew to be reimposed in Punjab from December 1, says Punjab CM

The Punjab government on Wednesday decided to reimpose night curfew form December 1 in all cities and towns of the state, besides doubling the fine for not wearing masks. The fresh restrictions to fight COVID-19 were announced amid fears of a second wave of the infection in Punjab in the wake of the grim situation in Delhi-NCR. The night curfew will remain in force from 10 pm to 5 am, said Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh after a Covid review meeting here, according to a government statement.
The fine for not wearing masks and ignoring social distancing norms too shall be hiked from the present Rs 500 to Rs 1,000.
The curbs, which shall be reviewed on December 15, also curtail operation timings of hotels, restaurants and marriage places and they will have to be closed by 9.30 pm. The CM warned people against letting their guard down under any circumstances.

Cabinet approves merger of Lakshmi Vilas Bank with DBS Bank India

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave its approval to the amalgamation of Lakshmi Vilas Bank Limited (LVB) with the wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore based DBS Bank in India. With this, there will no further restrictions on the depositors regarding the withdrawal of their deposits, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
On November 17, the Reserve Bank of India had unveiled a draft scheme to amalgamate private sector lender LVB with DBS Bank India Ltd (DBIL). The decision followed soon after the RBI imposed a one-month moratorium on the private lender and capped deposit withdrawals at Rs 25,000. The step was taken on the advice of the RBI in view of the private sector bank's deteriorating financial health.
"The government has asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to take action against the people in the management who drive banks to the brink of collapse," Javadekar said.

Cabinet approves Rs 6,000-crore investment in NIIF debt platform

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved equity infusion of Rs 6,000 crore in NIIF Debt Platform sponsored by National Investment and Infrastructure Fund. This was informed by Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar after the Cabinet meeting. The proposal to invest Rs 6,000 crore as equity into NIIF is part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 package announced earlier this month.
To support the funding of the National Infrastructure Pipeline of Rs 111 lakh crore, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget speech this year had said that about Rs 22,000 crore has already been provided.
This would be towards equity support to infrastructure finance companies such as India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL) and a subsidiary of NIIF, the minister had said.

Govt asks RBI to take action against those in management who drives banks to brink of collapse: Prakash Javadekar

Union Cabinet approves amalgamation of Lakshmi Vilas Bank with DBS India: Prakash Javadekar

Union Cabinet approves amalgamation of Lakshmi Vilas Bank with DBS India. It’s for the interest of Lakshmi Vilas employees, customers and investors: Prakash Javadekar

Union Cabinet approved equity infusion by govt of Rs 6,000 crore in NIIF Debt Platform: Prakash Javadekar

Police deploy water cannon to disperse farmers gathered on Chandigarh-Delhi Highway

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh orders night curfew in all towns and cities from 10 pm to 5 am

Delhi police rejects requests for farmers' march to city on Nov 26-27

The Delhi Police on Wednesday asserted that it has rejected all requests received from various farmer organisations to protest in the national capital against the Centre's new farm laws. The police had on Tuesday said legal action would be taken against the protesting farmers if they come to the city for any gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
The farmers will reach Delhi on November 26 through five highways connecting the city as part of their 'Delhi Chalo' march call. Taking to Twitter, the city police said requests have been rejected for any such gathering in the national capital.

Steep rise in stubble burning incidents in Punjab this year

Punjab recorded the highest number of stubble burning incidents this year, registering an increase of 46.5 per cent as compared to last year, according to the Central Pollution Control Board. However, Haryana saw farm fire incidents reducing by 28.6 per cent this year. Every year at the onset of winters, crop residue burning or stubble burning begins in Punjab and Haryana leading to heavy air pollution in Delhi.
In its data released on Tuesday, pollution watchdog CPCB said the total count of active fire events reported in Punjab in 2020 is 76,537 while in 2019 it was 52,225 (between 21 September and 22 November).
Stubble burning has increased by 46.5 per cent (or 24312 number of incidents) during 2020 in comparison to 2019, the apex pollution control body said. In 2020, districts such as Sangrur, Bathinda and Firozpur continue to be highest contributor to active farm fire events in comparison to 2019.

Lt General Harpal Singh appointed as the new Engineer-in-Chief of the Indian Army

He is presently the Director-General of Border Roads Organisation and would take over his new appointment on December 1.

Major General Rajeev Chaudhary appointed as new Director-General of Border Roads Organisation (BRO)

Ahmed Patel's role in strengthening Congress will always be remembered: PM Modi

Condoling the death of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his role in strengthening the opposition party will always be remembered.
Patel spent years in public life, serving the society, Modi noted. Read on...

Cold weather as parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh receive fresh snowfall

Night temperatures rose marginally in parts of Rajasthan with the hill station, Mount Abu, recording a minimum of 1.4 degrees Celsius. Churu and Bhilwara recorded a minimum of 8.8 degrees Celsius.
Cold conditions would continue in the desert state with the possibility of light rains at isolated areas in western Rajasthan till Wednesday.
Several regions in the upper Himachal Pradesh received fresh snowfall with Kalpa recording 9.6 cm fall, followed by Khadrala (6 cm), Keylong 3 cm and Shillari 1 cm.
Also, several parts of the state including Manali, Nichar, Bharmaur, Jubbal, Wangtoo and Seobagh experienced light rains.
Many places in Kashmir received intermittent snowfall and rains for the second day on Tuesday as the weather office said the wet spell is likely to continue.
Most of the higher reaches of the valley received moderate to heavy snowfall over the past 36 hours, while many areas in the plains experienced light snowfall and rains.
The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded seven inches of fresh snowfall during the night, while Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir recorded six inches of snow, the official said.
There are reports of snowfall in other areas in the higher reaches, including the Sonamarg-Zojila axis on the Srinagar-Leh road which connects the valley with Ladakh, he said.

Trump hails Dow Jones Industrial Average crossing record 30,000 mark

In a brief speech, US President Donald Trump congratulated the public on the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting a historic record of 30,000 points.
I just want to congratulate everybody. The stock market Dow Jones Industrial Average just hit 30,000 which is the highest in history. We have never broken 30,000 and that is despite everything that has taken place with the pandemic, Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. Read on...

Ahmed Patel: The troubleshooter's departure leaves the Congress poorer

Ahmed Patel, Treasurer of the Indian National Congress, MP, a close aide to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, died today at 71. He leaves behind a void that no one can fill. This may sound like a cliché. But there are few in the party today who are capable of being a bridge over troubled waters that Patel proved to be, time and again. Read on...

At 5:30 PM this evening, will be addressing the Centennial Foundation Day of the University of Lucknow., tweets PM Modi

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