Latest LIVE: Gauhati HC stays OIL drilling at Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

Gauhati Court has stayed exploration and drilling of 7 hydrocarbon projects in the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
LIVE news updates: Easing curbs further, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said social, political and entertainment events would be allowed in auditoriums and announced opening of colleges for final year undergradute students from today. Undergraduate final-year classes for all colleges and universities, including arts, science, technology, engineering, agriculture, fisheries and veterinary, and hostels for them, are permitted to start from today. Classes for UG and postgraduate medical and para-medical courses shall also begin today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated via videoconferencing the construction of the Agra metro project. Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other dignitaries also attended the event.

More than 700,000 voters will decide the fate of 249 candidates contesting in the fourth phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir today. The polling will be held between 7 AM and 2 PM in 34 constituencies -- 17 each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will address a public rally today in East Midnapore district, the bastion of disgruntled TMC MLA Suvendu Adhikari. Banerjee had issued a stern warning against "anti- party activities" and asked TMC leaders in touch with the Opposition to quit the ruling party.

An inter-ministerial Central team will visit Puducherry today to assess the damage caused by cyclone and rains.

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Income Tax detects alleged unaccounted income of over Rs 150 cr of leading Assam coal traders

Income-Tax dept detects alleged unaccounted income of more than Rs 150 crore after raiding premises of "leading" coal traders of Assam: Officials

TMC failed to utlise central funds, says Gajendra Sekhawat

Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal failed to utilise funds given by Centre for development of state, deprived people of their benefits: Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Air India to waive no-show charges, allow free date change for passengers unable to reach airport due to Bharat Bandh

For passengers who are unable to reach the Airport due to possible disturbance on 8th Dec, no-show charges will be waived and one free date change allowed for those with confirmed tickets for travel on 8th Dec, 2020 from any Indian Airport: Air India statement

Himachal factory fire: One person dead, three persons rescued so far

Doctors to protest at 10,000 places against notification to let Ayurveda students perform surgeries

Modern medicine doctors across country will hold protest at over 10,000 public spots tomorrow against notification by Central Council of Indian Medicine enabling Post-Graduate Ayurveda Surgery students to study & practise modern medicine & surgical procedures. Public demonstrations tomorrow will be followed by withdrawal of non-essential non-COVID services on Dec 11 from 6 am to 6 pm. All emergency services will continue to function. OPD services will not be available & elective surgeries will not be posted: Indian Medical Association

Average air quality remains 'severe' in Ghaziabad and Noida for 4th straight day

Average air quality remains "severe" in Ghaziabad and Noida for fourth day in a row, while it stays "very poor" in Faridabad and Gurgaon: Govt agency

Mortal remains recovered around MiG 29K wreckage, sample sent for DNA testing: Indian Navy

Mortal remains of a human body have been recovered in the vicinity of the MiG 29K wreckage site off Goa coast. The samples are being sent for DNA testing for confirmation of identity. All sections of the aircraft wreckage including ejection seats have been accounted for using side-scan sonar and HD cameras. The FDR/CVR along with other important material have been recovered so far for investigation: Indian Navy spokesperson

TMC vs BJP clash in Bengal: BJP submit representation to Guv regarding police atrocities in Siliguri

LIVE: 50.08% votes polled in 4th phase of DDC polls in J&K, says SEC

Congress united in Rajasthan; new state unit by year-end: Maken

A new state unit of Congress in Rajasthan will be in place by the year-end and chairpersons for boards of corporations would be appointed by January 31 after holding wide-ranging consultations and ensuring equitable distribution to all sections, AICC general secretary in-charge for the state Ajay Maken said on Monday.

He also said the Congress party in Rajasthan is united and there is no threat to its government in the state led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, as he asserted that the BJP would miserably fail if they try to bring it down again. The Congress leader said Gehlot is an honest politician and an experienced warhorse, while he also described Sachin Pilot as an asset for the party. He said the deadline for seeking approval of the AICC President for appointing the heads of Boards and Corporations has also been fixed as January 31.

OCS 2019 Main exam scheduled tomorrow postponed to January 2, 2021

OCS-2019 Main Examination scheduled to be held tomorrow has been postponed to 2nd January 2021: Odisha Public Service Commission

Medium danger avalanche warning issued for higher reaches of J&K

Medium danger avalanche warning issued for higher reaches of Poonch, Kishtwar, Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts. Low-level avalanche warning for upper reaches of Ramban, Anantnag, Kulgam and Baramulla: Disaster Management authority, J&K government

ICAI postpones CA paper 1 exam scheduled to be held tomorrow

Odisha govt says UG, PG exams should be held only after syllabus completion via physical mode of teaching

Indian Navy recovers body of missing MiG-29K pilot 30 miles off Goa coast

Indian Navy has recovered the body of the missing MiG-29K pilot Commander Nishant Singh on the seabed 70 metres below water. It has been found 30 miles off Goa coast after extensive search. The aircraft had crashed on Nov 26 while operating over Arabian Sea: Indian Navy officials

Bengal cabinet approved deep seaport construction at Tajpur, 25,000 people to get jobs: Mamata

The state cabinet has approved the construction of a deep seaport in Tajpur. It will be built at a cost of Rs 15,000 crores, generating employment for 25,000 people. It will be the state's first deep sea port: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, at a rally in Pashchim Midnapore

BJP leader Sushil Modi elected unpposed to Rajya Sabha

Police tear gas BJP workers protesting against Bengal govt in Siliguri, Tejasvi says 'murder of democracy'

Modi to give inaugural speech at India Mobile Congress tomorrow

PM Modi will give the inaugural address at the virtual India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2020 tomorrow. The theme for IMC 2020 is "Inclusive Innovation - Smart, Secure, Sustainable”: Prime Minister's Office

LIVE: Fourth phase of J&K DDC polls record 41.94% voter turnout till 1 pm

The fourth phase of DDC elections recorded a voter turnout of 41.94 % across different constituencies spread over different districts of Jammu and Kashmir till 01 pm today: State Election Commissioner

Telugu actor-turned-politician Vijayashanti joins Bharatiya Janata Party

BJP govt must repeal farm laws or step down, says Mamata Banerjee

BJP govt at Centre must withdraw farm bills or step down. Will never allow outsiders to take control of Bengal, people will resist such attempts. Centre should release white paper on contributions received under PM CARES Fund so far: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee speaks during a meeting, in Kolkata.

LIVE: 26.02% votes polled in 4 hours in fourth phase of J&K DDC polls

The fourth phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded a voter percentage of 26.02 across the constituencies spread over several districts of Jammu and Kashmir till 11.00 a.m., officials said. Bandipur recorded the highest voter turnout while Shopian was seeing the lowest in the Kashmir division. In Jammu, the voters were showing an enthusiastic participation.

As per the figures given by the office of the State Election Commissioner, in Kashmir Division, Kupwara has recorded voting percentage of 14.80 per cent, Bandipora 27.49 per cent, Baramulla 21.12 per cent, Ganderbal 25.15 per cent, Budgam 21.14 per cent, Pulwama 3.79 per cent, Shopian 1.24 per cent, Kulgam 3.58 per cent and Anantnag 16.28 per cent till 11.00 a.m. Similarly, in Jammu division, Kishtwar has recorded voting percentage of 36.49 per cent, Doda 43.52 per cent, Udhampur 28.65 per cent, Ramban 36.39 per cent, Reasi 26.61 per cent, Kathua 35.37 per cent, Samba 38.58 per cent, Jammu 42.93 per cent, Rajouri 42.35 per cent and Poonch 37.09 per cent till 11.00 a.m.

Moreover, it was informed that the Kashmir Division recorded an overall polling percentage of 14.87 per cent while Jammu Division recorded 37.88 per cent in the first four hours of polling.

Let Rajinikanth launch his party first and say what is his political policy, then I'll comment, says DMK president MK Stalin

Anybody can join politics. Let Rajinikanth launch his party first and say what is his political policy, then I'll comment. I came to know that he is thinking that why has he chosen Tamilaruvi Manian as his political advisor: DMK president MK Stalin

CEA Subramanian asks NSC to make junked consumer spending report public

Chief economic advisor (CEA) Krishnamurthy Subramanian has asked the National Statistical Commission (NSC) to make public the 2017-18 consumer spending survey data.
“The government had decided to not release the consumer expenditure survey report. But, earlier this year, NSC Chairman Bimal Kumar Roy received a communiqué from the CEA’s office requesting the results be made public as it is used for analysis in the Economic Survey,” a top official aware of the development said, requesting not to be identified. Read on...

The faith of sisters, daughters, farmers, labourers & traders of India was seen in results of every election in recent past, says PM Modi

The faith of sisters, daughters, farmers, labourers & traders of India was seen in results of every election in recent past. In Hyderabad elections, the poor and the middle class blessed the efforts of the government. Your support is my inspiration: PM Narendra Modi

Delhi HC defers case on constitutional validity of NAA under GST system

The Delhi High Court on Monday deferred the hearing on a much-awaited case on the constitutional validity of National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) under the goods and services tax (GST) system.
The petitions (aound 50 in number), included those by major companies such as Hindustan Unilever, Patanjali, Jubilant Foodworks, Reckitt Benckiser, Johnson & Johnson, Phillips and Subway. Read on...

Agra metro project worth over Rs 8,000 crore, says PM Modi

This metro project, worth over Rs 8,000 crores, will strengthen the mission related to the establishment of smart facilities in Agra: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the construction work of Agra Metro Project

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the construction work of Agra Metro Project via video conferencing; UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also join the programme.

5 arrested in Delhi after encounter with police, some may have terror links

Five people were arrested after an encounter with police in East Delhi's Shakarpur area and it is suspected that some of them might have links to terror groups, officials said on Monday.
Two of them are from Punjab and three belong to Kashmir, they said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah said, "We have apprehended five persons after an exchange of fire. Weapons and other incriminating material have also been recovered from their possession." Read on...

Biden picks California AG Becerra to lead HHS, pandemic response

President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable Care Act in a leading role to oversee his administration's coronavirus response.
Separately, Biden picked a Harvard infectious disease expert, Dr Rochelle Walensky, to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If confirmed by the Senate, Becerra, 62, will be the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a USD 1-trillion-plus agency with 80,000 employees and a portfolio that includes drugs and vaccines, leading-edge medical research and health insurance programs covering more than 130 million Americans.

Armed Forces Flag Day: India is proud of their heroic service and selfless sacrifice, says PM Modi

No construction till order on opposing pleas: SC on Central Vista Project

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Centre to go ahead with the proposed foundation stone laying ceremony for the Central Vista project after the government assured it that no construction or demolition work would be done till the apex court decides the pending pleas on the issue.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar that there would be only foundation stone laying ceremony for the project and no construction would commence as of now. Read on...

'Very dense' fog lowers visibility to 'zero' in parts of Delhi: IMD

A thick blanket of fog shrouded the national capital on Monday morning, leading to "zero" visibility in some areas and affecting traffic movement.
This is the first time that visibility has dropped to "zero" in the city this winter season.
Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the regional forecasting centre of the India Meteorological Department, said the Palam weather station recorded zero visibility due to very dense fog at 6:30 am.
At the Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, moderate fog was recorded which lowered visibility to 300 metres, he said.
The visibility should be around 800 metres at the airport for flights to take off, the senior scientist said.

Gender gap to asset ownership: How data miss key details on 50% Indians

India ranked 112th of 153 countries on the Global Gender Gap Index 2020, a drop of four places since 2018. India was among the five worst-performing countries on the economic participation, opportunity, and health and survival sub-indices of the index. Gaps in data mean increased difficulty in identifying existing gender disparities and formulating policies to close the gap.
In India, the gaps in data exist due to three major reasons, our analysis found: (i) most surveys look at household-level data but do not assess women’s ownership of assets or their access to basic amenities in the household--asset ownership is an indicator of the power an individual holds within a household; (ii) many crucial data points are not sex-disaggregated and are not periodic; (iii) definitions are unclear and underreporting is routine, particularly in cases of crimes against women. Read on...

PM Modi to inaugurate India Mobile Congress scheduled to start from Dec 8

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the fourth India Mobile Congress which is scheduled to start from December 8, according to industry body COAI.
The 4th edition of the three-day telecom industry event will be held online for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) DG Lt Gen S P Kochhar confirmed the programme schedule. Read on...

DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir: Polling being held in 34 constituencies - 17 each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions

J&K: People queue up at Govt High School at Bajalta in Jammu -designated as a polling centre- to cast their vote for the fourth phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in the UT today.
Polling being held in 34 constituencies - 17 each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions.

Colleges in Tamil Nadu for Final Year students & UG, PG Medical to reopen from today

Tamil Nadu colleges for final year students for all courses as well as for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and para medical courses would reopen from today. 

Central team in Chennai to review post cyclone situation meets Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary

An eight inter-ministerial Central team deputed by the Home Ministry on Sunday met Tamil Nadu State Chief Secretary, K Shanmugam and discussed the areas affected by the recent Cyclone Nivar.
The team led by Union Home Ministry Joint Secretary Ashutosh Agnihotri is on a four day visit to Cyclone Nivar-affected areas in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to assess the damage caused by the calamity and hold meetings with State government officials.
The team split into two groups to tour the cyclone-affected areas and make an on the spot assessment of the damages caused by the cyclone.
The first team will visit areas in south Chennai, Chengalpattu, Puducherry and Cuddalore on Sunday and Monday. The second team will visit cyclone-affected areas in Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Vellore and Tirupattur districts, an official said.

The Thalaiva turbulence: How will Rajini's political entry impact Tamil Nadu polls

It’s a debate that has been on for nearly a decade: Whether Rajinikanth will enter politics. It came to a conclusive end on Friday after the 69-year-old actor-turned-politician announced to launch a political party in January and contest the 2021 Assembly elections. V K Sasikala, a close aide of late J Jayalalithaa, will also be released from jail in January, throwing two unpredictables in the volatile political mix of Tamil Nadu. Read on...

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