Farmers asked to submit issues related to farm laws: In a bid to pacify the agitating farmers and hours after holding talks, the Centre on Tuesday asked them to identify specific issues related to the three new farm laws and submit those by Wednesday for consideration and discussion in the next round of talks on Thursday.
No need to stop vaccine trial: Centre: Adverse event will not affect the timeline in any manner whatsoever, said Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Health Ministry on Tuesday when asked about the recent adverse event reported during the Serum Institute of India’s coronavirus vaccine trial. Initial assessment “did not necessitate stoppage”, he said.
TMC kicks off campaign: With an eye on the 2021 Assembly elections, the Mamata Banerjee government on Tuesday launched its massive ‘Duare Sarkar’ (government at doorsteps) outreach programme to ensure people receive the benefits of 11 state-run welfare schemes. The Opposition, however, including the BJP accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of starting its election campaign with public money.
Farm fire reaches global level: The farmers’ protests on Delhi’s borders against three new agri-marketing laws is finding support from Indians in Canada and Australia. Two car rallies in support of the protests have been planned in Brampton and Surrey in Canada. A small protest is also being organised in Australia’s Melbourne.
US gears up rolling out Covid vaccine: US officials on Tuesday unveiled plans to begin vaccinating millions of Americans against Covid-19 as early as mid-December, as coronavirus infections and hospitalizations in the United States soared once more to unprecedented heights. Some 60 million to 70 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine could be available per month beginning in January.
UN unlikely to act on Iranian scientist killing: Just hours after the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, Tehran demanded the United Nations Security Council condemn the killing and take action against those responsible, but diplomats say the call is likely to go unheeded.
Panel for caste-based survey in TN: Conceding to the long-pending demand of different political parties and community groups, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday announced that it has decided to set up a commission to examine and suggest methodologies to conduct a caste-based survey in the state. This will be the first such exercise after the 1950s.
AP bans online gaming: The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Tuesday passed by voice vote the AP Gaming (Amendment) Bill 2020 banning online gaming in the state after some youngsters committed suicide in recent days after they were pushed into debts by playing online games.
K’taka mulls anti-cow slaughter laws: Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chavan will be travelling to Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat to study and gather information on implementation of the anti-cow slaughter laws there. Anti-cow slaughter bill is likely to be introduced during the winter session of the state legislature starting from December 7.
K’taka gears up Covid facilities: The state government is set to begin ramping up Covid treatment facilities to October levels, when Karnataka saw over 10,000 cases a day, following the technical committee’s advisory that a second wave of the disease is expected in January-February.