Cyclone Nivar weakens: Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar has weakened into a severe cyclonic storm. It made landfall near Puducherry in the early hours of Thursday, bringing heavy rains to the Union Territory and neighbouring Tamil Nadu, India Meteorological Department officials said. Over 1 lakh people have been evacuated to safety from coastal areas. No loss of life has been reported so far.
Centre issues Covid guidelines: In view of rising Covid cases across the country, the ministry of home affairs has issued fresh containment guidelines. The Centre allowed states and Union Territories to impose local restrictions, such as night curfew, put any number of “local restrictions” and keep gatherings at social events to less than 100. They can also impose local lockdown with Centre’s approval.
Trade unions hold nationwide protest: Central trade unions will go on a nationwide strike on Thursday, a statement by a joint platform of 10 central unions said. Over 25 crore workers are expected to participate in the protest against various policies of the central government.
Nod for Lakshmi Vilas Bank merger with DBS bank: The Union cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the scheme for merging cash-strapped Lakshmi Vilas Bank with DBS Bank India Limited. With the development, Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd will start normal operations as DBS Bank India Ltd from Friday and the imposed moratorium will be lifted on the same day. Depositors will also be able to withdraw their funds without any limits.
Iran hopes for normalisation of ties with US: President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani during a press conference on Wednesday expressed hope for a normalisation of relations between Iran and the USA and a return to negotiations.
Xi congratulates Joe Biden: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday sent a congratulatory message to US President-elect Joe Biden. Xi also expressed hope for a “win-win cooperation” amid conflicts over trade, technology and security that has plunged relations between the two world economies to their lowest level in decades.
Kerala, Bengal accept GST borrowing option: Kerala and West Bengal are the latest members of the Goods and Services Tax Council to accept the Centre’s borrowing option of Rs1.1 lakh crore to meet the indirect tax revenue shortfall in 2020-21, reducing the number of dissenting states to three from 10 in September, the Union finance ministry has said.
KCR warns hatemongers: Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has directed police to initiate stern action against the anarchist forces that are conspiring to incite communal hatred and create unrest in the state, particularly in Hyderabad, ahead of the GHMC polls on December 1.
Yellow alert in K’taka: The IMD has sounded a yellow alert in Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Tumakuru, Mandya, and Ramanagara districts of Karnataka on November 26. “These districts are very likely to experience isolated heavy rainfall on November 26 and 27,” IMD Bangalore director CS Patil said.
K’taka unlikely to impose lockdowns: Karnataka is unlikely to impose lockdowns to control the spread of Covid-19 infections even though states can do so under guidelines released by the ministry of home affairs on Wednesday, state health commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey said.