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Karnataka bandh live updates: The state wide bandh called by pro-Kannada groups in Karnataka on Saturday, opposing the government's decision to create a corporation for Maratha community here has had no major impact on normal life so far, other than sporadic protests and demonstrations by burning effigies.

Auto rickshaws, cabs, public transport buses and metro services are available as of now, also hotels and provision stores were open.

Though scarce, there is movement of vehicles on roads in various parts of the city and similar reports have come other parts of the state.

Activists of several Kannada organisations who are gathering near the city's Town Hall for staging demonstrations were detained and taken away by the police.

Protests have also been reported in Chamarajanagara, Bengaluru Rural, Gadag, Koppa, Hassan, Ramanagara, Chitradurga, Davangere, Bagalkote, Chikkamagaluru, Mandya among other districts so far.
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Central team visiting Pondy on December 7 to assess cyclone damage

An inter-ministerial Central team will be on a visit to Puducherry on December 7 to assess the damage caused by cyclone and rains.
Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, territorial Chief Minister V Narayansamy said the teamwould visit the cyclone-ravaged areas and that he would brief it on the loss faced.
He said he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant the Union Territory an interim relief of Rs 100 crores to restore normalcy.

Trade deficit might widen as Covid dents exports: Experts

The overall trade deficit is likely to widen as rising coronavirus cases and subsequent lockdowns in key export markets dent India's merchandise exports, experts said.
The recently released provisional data showed that India's merchandise exports dropped by 9.07 per cent in November to $23.43 billion from $25.77 billion in November 2019.
"The slippage in exports growth signifies the near term impact of fresh restrictions in trading partners. The average merchandise trade deficit is likely to reach substantially higher levels in H2FY21 as compared to Q2FY21," said Aditi Nayar, Principal Economist, ICRA.
Among commodities and products, iron ore, rice and pharmaceuticals continued to display healthy uptick in YoY shipments, whereas leather, textiles and engineering goods continued to show contraction.

Air quality 'severe' in Ghaziabad, Noida, 'very poor' in Gurgaon, Faridabad

The air quality remained "severe" in Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida for the second day, while it stayed in the "very poor" category in Faridabad and Gurgaon,according to a government agency data issued on Saturday.
Presence of pollutant PM 2.5 and PM 10 also remained high in the five immediate neighbours of Delhi, according to the air quality index (AQI) maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
According to the index, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.

Discoms supplied record 14,856 MW power in MP on Friday

A record 14,856 MW power was successfully supplied by electricity distribution companies in Madhya Pradesh on Friday, an official said.
The state faced a peak demand of 14,856 MW on Friday and the same was supplied by power companies operating in the state.
This was the highest-ever power supply in the history of the state, a Jabalpur-based public relations officer of MP Power Management Company said.

TRS may need support of others to retain GHMC mayor post

The ruling TRS in Telangana has emerged as the single largest party in the GHMC polls, but it may need the support of others to retain the Mayor's post, notwithstanding its strength of ex-officio members, who can participate in voting.
The results of 149 wards out of the total 150 were declared on Saturday (counting was stopped in one ward on Friday owing to a legal issue) and TRS is the single largest party after winning 55 seats.

Sony to shut a Malaysia factory, consolidate facilities

Sony Corp will close a factory in Malaysia next year to consolidate its operations in its other plant in the state for efficiency, the Japanese electronics giant said on Saturday.
The company told Reuters in an email to Reuters that it always takes into account market conditions, business growth potential and other factors, as part of a continuous review of its investments and business operations.
"As part of this review, Sony will consolidate its manufacturing operations by transferring its operations in Penang to Selangor, to further enhance operational efficiency," said Penang-based Human Resources Division head Ric Ong.

India has potential to export Rs 8 trillion worth motherboards between 2021-26: Report

India has potential to export motherboards, technically called printed circuit board assembly(PCBA), worth up to Rs 8 lakh crore between 2021-26, mobile devices industry body ICEA and EY said in a joint report.
However, in the absence of government incentives and subsidies the export potential will be around Rs 29,500 crore during the five year period, the report said.
India Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA) Chairman Pankaj Mohindroo said the government is required to realise the cumulative export potential of Rs 8 lakh crore by 2026.

US not extending TikTok deadline for sale of its US biz: Report

After granting multiple extensions of the deadline set for TikTok to sell its US assets, the Donald Trump administration is not making another extension of the December 4 deadline for the Chinese parent of the short video-sharing platform, CNN reported on Saturday.
This, however, does not mean that TikTok which has over 100 million users in the US will stop functioning in the county as the Trump administration is not enforcing the executive order requiring the sale, said the report citing unnamed source familiar with the matter.
The talks between TikTok and US officials on reaching a deal will continue.

BJP govt only understands language of street protests: Adhir on farmers stir

Ahead of the farmers scheduled meeting with the Union ministers on new farm laws, senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday said the BJP-led government at the centre only understands language of street protests.
He said the party had sought more consultation and scrutiny of the legislations through Parliament Standing Committee, but the plea was turned down and instead Congress MPs were suspended from Parliament when they opposed it.

Delhi's air quality turns 'severe'

Delhi's air quality turned "severe" on Saturday with slow wind speed allowing the accumulation of "locally generated" pollutants, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials.

However, it is expected to improve by Monday as the wind speed is likely to pick up.

At 10 am, the city's air quality index (AQI) was 401, which falls in the "severe" category.

The 24-hour average AQI was 382 on Friday, 341 on Thursday, 373 on Wednesday, 367 on Tuesday, 318 on Monday and 268 on Sunday.

Air pollution in the neighbouring cities of Ghaziabad (AQI 446), Greater Noida (401) and Noida (406) also entered the "severe" zone.

Karnataka bandh: Security beefed up around CM's official residence and home office

Security has been beefed up around Chief Minister's official residence and home office, where some activists have planned to lay siege.

Karnataka govt to bring bills against 'love jihad', cow slaughter

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwathnarayan has said that the state government is in process of bringing bills against "love jihad" and cow slaughter.
"Many states have already brought in the bills. We are also in the process of bringing bills against 'love jihad' and to impose a ban on cow slaughter," Ashwathnarayan told ANI.
The issue of "love jihad" has been on the boil for the past few weeks after the death of a 21-year-old college student, who was shot point-blank outside her college allegedly by a stalker and his friend in Ballabgarh in October.

Uttarakhand news: Bharatiya Janata Party President Jagat Prakash Nadda reaches Dehradun

He will take part in an event later today.

Karnataka bandh LIVE: Police detain Pro-Kannada activists in Bengaluru

Police detain pro-Kannada activists who were protesting against the formation of Maratha Development Authority at Bengaluru's Town Hall.

GHMC election result 2020: TRS emerges as largest party in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election

TRS wins 55 of 150 division-GHMC election, BJP got 48 wards, AIMIM led by Asaduddin Owaisi secured 44.

Karnataka bandh LIVE: Pro-Kannada groups have called for a bandh today against the formation of MDA

US Congress must pass economic relief for workers and businesses as soon as possible, says Kamala Harris

Congress must pass economic relief for workers and businesses as soon as possible. People across our country are hurting and Congress has not done enough for folks struggling to pay rent and put food on the table.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 5, 2020

Karnataka govt to not impose night curfew again: Minister

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said the state government has no intention of imposing night curfew again in view of the Covid-19 situation in the state.

US election result: Joe Biden clinches electoral college win as California certifies election

Joe Biden now officially has more than the 270 Electoral College votes he needs to claim the presidency after California certified its election results on Friday evening.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla approved the results of Biden’s victory, according to his office, which Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom will use to prepare the Certificate of Ascertainment appointing the state’s 55 electors for Biden.
The electors will meet in their states on Dec. 14 to cast their votes, which Congress will tally in a joint session on Jan. 6. Read on...

Yediyurappa appeals to pro-Kannada outfits to give up Karnataka bandh plans

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has made a fervent appeal to pro-Kannada organisations not to go for Karnataka bandh on Saturday against the formation of Maratha Development Authority (MDA).
"I appeal to everyone including Vatal Nagaraj, not to trouble people with Karnataka Bandh. It is not required," the Chief Minister told reporters in Bengaluru.
Yediyurappa said he is making every effort to take all the communities along.
He underlined that he is doing everything to give prominence to Kannada language.
"I have already given prominence to Kannada and I am ready to do whatever is required to be done to make Kannada prominent," the Chief Minister said.

Karnataka bandh LIVE: Metro stations wear a deserted look in Bengaluru

Picture from Balagangadharanatha Swamiji and Magadi Road metro stations.

New Covid cases outnumber recoveries in Karnataka

New cases at 1,247 outnumbered 877 recoveries on a day across Karnataka, taking its Covid tally to a whopping 8,90,360, including 25,046 active cases till Thursday, said the state health bulletin on Friday.
"With 877 discharged from the hospitals across the southern state in the last 24 hours, recoveries rose to 8,53,461, while 13 succumbed to the infection, taking the state's death toll to 11,834 so far," said the bulletin in a statement.
Accounting for about 50 per cent of the cases, Bengaluru registered 620 fresh cases, taking its Covid tally to 3,72,582, including 19,268 active cases, while recoveries rose to 3,49,143, with 282 discharged in the last 24 hours.

According to Sakala Maratha Samaj President Keshavanathrao Jadav, the Marathas have been living in Karnataka for centuries

"Though our forefathers were from Maharashtra, we migrated to the erstwhile Mysore state to wage a war in favour of Kannadigas against the British," he said.
The community has been urging the state government to include Marathas under the list of backward classes to benefit from reservation in jobs and seats in educational colleges.

Karnataka bandh LIVE updates: The Maratha Development Authority was set up on November 16

The Maratha Development Authority was set up on November 16 with Rs 50 crore corpus for the financial, social, educational and development of the Marathas living in the state over the decades, especially in the northwest and northern regions. Various Kannada organizations have objected to this. 

Karnataka braces for today's shutdown by pro-Kannada activists

Karnataka is bracing for a state-wide shutdown today, called by pro-Kannada activists in protest against the formation of the Maratha Development Authority by the government.
The organisations, led by Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha Vatal Nagaraj and Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, however, exempted essential supplies and services from the dawn-to-dusk shutdown.

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