- Assam to reopen elementary schools from January 1
In November, formal classes started for the students of class 6 and above. Classes 6, 7,9 and 12 had classroom teachings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of every week while classes 8, 10 and 11 will had classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
- India and Saudi Arabia: Ties deepening, expanding, says Saudi envoy
The Saudi envoy, who has played a key role in pushing bilateral ties over the past decade, recalled that both countries have displayed the significance of the partnership on multiple occasions.
- Tokyo Stock Exchange CEO resigns over October system failure
TSE president Koichiro Miyahara “has taken seriously his responsibility for the failure in the... trading system,” the Japan Exchange Group (JPX), which operates TSE, said in a statement.
- Rahul Gandhi to PM: Why are farmers angry if ‘laws are good’?
Participating in Congress’ ‘Speak Up For Farmers’ online campaign on Monday, Gandhi said: “Modi ji says these three laws are in the interest of farmers. If so, why are these farmers so angry and not happy?"
- Phase 2 of DDC elections in J&K: All Kashmir booths sensitive as 43 seats go to polls today
The administration has put in place multi-tier security around each polling booth to ensure that the voters are able to come out without any hassle.
- Centre plans to hold early talks with protesting farmers
After his return from Hyderabad, Shah held a series of discussions, first with defence minister Rajnath Singh, agriculture minister NS Tomar and BJP president JP Nadda at the latter’s residence late Sunday night.
- 5-member panel formed to oversee construction of new Parliament building
The committee was formed after a request from Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla who was given a presentation of the project by the Central Public Works Department, the nodal agency for construction.
- Swarm drone system work fast-tracked to take on China’s air defence
The project would take India into a select league of nations with such technology, the others being France and the US. Sources said the initial projections make it a highly cost-effective system, with the developmental and prototype cost pegged at under Rs 1,000 crore.
- View: Reaching its economic goal should be India’s biggest strategic objective
But can India convert this convergence of opportunities into gains, like Japan did after World War 2 and China did after the Cold War? And, for that, the challenges remain internal, not that much external. New Delhi has responded with a policy of self-reliance: ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. But that would remain incomplete without a clearly articulated trade and economic strategy to engage with the world.
- Provisions of UPA-era bill may see light of the day through a new window
The PMO has taken steps to revive some key elements of the bill, ET has learnt.
- Italy fines Apple ₹10 million for water damage claims
It cited promotional claims relating to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11pro and iPhone 11 pro Max models.
- Trinamool, BJP try to outdo each other in show of love for state icons
The BJP has made a list of over 140 nationalist icons, many of whom it claims have been forgotten by the TMC government. Largely among those who come from a strong nationalist background.
- Tamil Nadu Congress stresses on identifying seats early in meeting with Rahul Gandhi
After the Bihar Congress’ ‘coalition-sinking’ show in Bihar, the TN Congress is under pressure to show its organisational and electoral vigour ahead of the seat-sharing talks with ally DMK.
- Rajinikanth says decision soon on polls
Speculation is rife that he may launch his political foray on his birthday - December 12.
- Airlines face ‘Mission of the Century’ in shipping vaccines
Laid low by a Covid-19 outbreak that’s decimated passenger demand, airlines will be the workhorses of the attempt to eradicate it, hauling billions of vials to every corner of the globe. It’s an unprecedented task, made more difficult by the carriers’ diminished state after culling jobs, routes and aircraft to survive a crisis that’s reduced air traffic globally by an estimated 61% this year.
- All SCO member nations barring India reaffirm support to China's OBOR project
India has been severely critical of the mega project as the USD 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is part of the OBOR, passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
- First phase of JICA assisted water supply project starts in Guwahati
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the first phase of commissioning of South West Guwahati water supply project under JnNURM implemented by Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) at Sadilapur, Jalukbari in the city.
- Cred raises $80 million in Series B funding as valuation almost doubles
This marks a significant bump up from the $450 million valuation at which Cred conducted its previous funding exercise of $120 million in August last year.
- Facebook to buy customer service startup Kustomer
Kustomer allows businesses to aggregate customer conversations from various channels into a single-screen, and also to automate some of the responses to buyers. The firm already offers its services on Facebook Messenger and Instagram.
- Supreme Court seems skeptical of Trump's census plan
The census already is facing novel questions over deadlines, data quality and politics, including whether the incoming Biden administration would do anything to try to reverse decisions made under Trump.
- Babar Azam appointed captain for all three formats and for a long time: PCB chief executive
A top official of the Pakistan Cricket Board has made it clear that Babar Azam has been appointed captain for all three formats on a long-term basis.
- Kumaraswamy asks Centre to hold talks with agitating farmers
The Centre, which has stated that such laws have been brought in to help farmers, should immediately hold talks with protesters and make efforts to remove their suspicions," the JD(S) leader tweeted.
- Punjab CM Amarinder Singh asks Centre to listen to farmers, terms their fight 'just'
On Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stand that the new laws were beneficial to farmers, the chief minister said Modi had been maintaining this since the beginning and it was the reason why Punjab came out with its own bills.
- Chinese Premier calls for strengthening counter-terrorism cooperation among SCO members
In his address at the virtual meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) hosted by India, Li said members of the SCO grouping should actively foster a secure and stable environment for development.
- Hardeep Singh Puri among 10 newly elected, re-elected members administered Rajya Sabha oath
The 10 members who took oath were Narayana Koragappa from Karnataka, Brijlal, Geeta alias Chandraprabha, Ramji, Hardwar Dubey, Hardeep Singh Puri, Neeraj Shekhar, B L Verma and Ram Gopal Yadav (all from Uttar Pradesh) and Naresh Bansal from Uttarakhand.
- View: PLI signals the recognition that laissez-faire won’t work in a fiercely competitive global market
India liberalised its economy in 1991, and reduced its applied trade-weighted real tariffs from 56.4% in 1990 to 7.33% in 2015 and to 4.88% in 2018 — well below India’s WTO threshold levels, through several waves of tariff reduction.
- GoI is clear that there shall be only one National Flag and Constitution in India: Nagaland Governor
Ravi said that the right decision taken today will determine our future and the destiny of our coming generations. With common understanding having been reached on all the issues on the table and conclusion of talks on October 31, 2019, the people of Nagaland are anxiously waiting for the new dawn.
- Mercury falls below freezing point in Kashmir, heavy rains forecast for southern TN, Kerala
The national weather forecasting agency said the month of November was the coldest in Delhi in 71 years, with the mean minimum temperature dropping to 10.2 degrees Celsius.
- Swiggy gives Twitterati much to chew on
The food delivery app was caught in a crossfire for its response to a satirical post on the ongoing farmer protests
- No direct correlation between health expenditure and COVID outcomes: Report
Citing data from across states, India Ratings and Research said state governments need to galvanise the local bureaucracy and leverage both the soft and hard infrastructure, along with the healthcare spends, for favourable outcomes on this front.
- UK PM Johnson says hopes vaccines will be approved before Christmas
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will get approved in the course of the next few days and weeks, asserted the British PM.
- Basin Trials of Indigenous Aircraft Carrier successfully conducted at CSL
With focused and committed efforts of Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard Limited, it is only a matter of time that IAC the Nations Dream would be sailing the high seas bearing the National Tricolour," the statement said.
- Biden to receive first intelligence briefing Monday
The PDB, as it is known, is just one component of the intelligence briefings presented to an incoming administration.
- European Union aims to 'renew and reinvigorate' US ties after Donald Trump
Ambassadors from the 27 EU countries considered five broad policy areas on which they see greater opportunities for cooperation when Joe Biden takes over as president after four years of strained ties since Trump introduced his "America First" policy.
- Reliance Capital defaults on interest payments on HDFC and Axis term loans
The company informed the exchanges that it failed to pay interest of Rs 4.77 crore to HDFC and Rs 0.71 crore to Axis Bank on October 31 as it was unable to proceed with asset monetisation due to various legal barriers, it said in a regulatory filing on November 27.
- Hopes for December vaccines get a boost despite 'surge on surge' warning
After top US scientists warned Americans to brace for a "surge upon a surge", Moderna reported full results had confirmed a high vaccine efficacy estimated at 94.1 percent.
- Brexit no-deal would set bad example: Angela Merkel
The U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31, but remained part of the 27-nation bloc's economic embrace during an 11-month transition as the two sides tried to negotiate a new free-trade deal to take effect Jan. 1. Talks have already slipped past the mid-November date long set as a deadline for an agreement to be reached if it is to be approved by lawmakers in Britain and the EU before the end of the year.
- UK launches new telecom strategy to tackle Huawei dominance
The GBP 250-million '5G Diversification Strategy' aims at 'zero' use of such material by 2027. It is timed with the new Telecommunications (Security) Bill coming up for its second reading in Parliament this week and follows an announcement that operators should stop procuring new Huawei equipment from the end of this year in the wake of US sanctions against the Chinese telecom giant earlier in the year.
- Protesting farmers say got MSP this kharif season; worry if they will get after 4-5 years
While most of the protesting farmers are demanding for repeal of all three new farm laws enacted by the central government, but their concerns are largely related to only one law -- The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act (FPTC Act).
- Mankind Pharma signs Anushka Sharma as brand ambassador of Prega News
The two-month-long ad campaign will run across television channels, digital platforms, and outdoors including hoardings and branding at prominent airports.