Centre, farmer talks end inconclusively, next meet on Jan. 15: The eighth round of negotiations between the farmer unions and the Centre over the agriculture laws ended on an inconclusive note on Friday. While the farmers are sticking to their key demand of repealing the farm laws, the Centre is insisting to limit the talks to contentious clauses. The next round of talks is likely to be held on January 15.
Congress, Sena spar over Aurangzeb: Ruling allies Shiv Sena and Congress sparred on Friday over the name of Aurangabad, where civic polls are slated to be held this year, with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray continuing to refer to the city as Sambhaji Nagar. He said while the coalition’s agenda adheres to secularism, Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb “does not fit into it”.
PM Modi to meet CMs on Jan. 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual meeting with chief ministers of all states and Union Territories on January 11 to review the preparedness ahead of the rollout of coronavirus vaccines across the country.
Quarantine mandatory for UK returnees: Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has announced new rules for all passengers arriving from the United Kingdom, including mandatory RT-PCR Covid-19 testing and seven-day institutional quarantine.
China holds meet with South Asian nations: China has held its first meeting with Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to discuss Covid-19 and poverty relief cooperation besides resuming trade and economic ties disrupted by the pandemic.
Iran bans Covid vaccines from US, Britain: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Friday banned Iran from importing of American Pfizer-BioNTech and Britain’s Astrazeneca Covid-19 vaccines, a reflection of mistrust toward the West.
House preparing to impeach Trump: Nancy Pelosi: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said Friday that the House would move to impeach President Donald Trump over his role in inciting a violent mob attack on the Capitol if he did not resign “immediately”.
TN govt revokes 100% theatre occupancy permit: Hours after the Madras High Court stayed a state government order allowing 100 per cent occupancy in theatres and multiplexes reminding the prevailing pandemic situation, the government decided to revoke its own order “considering the safety of people”.
Kerala Guv reads out anti-Centre remarks in Assembly: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Friday flayed the contentious farm laws passed by the Centre, saying it would undermine regulated markets and help the corporates.
Jagan conducts bhumi pujan for 9 temples: In an apparent bid to silence his critics over the vandalization of Hindu temples and desecration of idols recently, Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Friday, performed a ceremony for the reconstruction of nine major temples in Vijayawada.