1. Farmers reopen Chilla border: Barricades on the Delhi-Noida Chilla border were removed on Saturday after a group of farmers’ leaders met defence minister Rajnath Singh. The border is now open for traffic. In a statement, the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha said the decision was taken by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) which is not part of the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha.
2. ‘Free vaccine’ in Kerala: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has announced Covid-19 vaccine will be provided free of cost in the state. This makes Kerala the third state to announce the free rollout of coronavirus vaccine after Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh.
3. Delhi CM to fast for farmers: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will hold a one-day fast in Monday in support of the farmers protesting against the farm laws in the national capital. He also urged the members and supporters of his Aam Aadmi Party to join him.
4. Rajasthan boost for Cong: Following a setback in panchayat polls, the Congress in Rajasthan is ahead of the Opposition BJP in the elections to 50 urban local bodies in 12 districts of the state whose results were declared on Sunday.
5. Indian economy ‘recovering’: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the Indian economy is recovering at a swift pace and economic indicators are encouraging. Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran said the Indian economy could rise by over 11 per cent in the financial year of 2022 and that new India can be a global leader in R&D, science and technology and most importantly in artificial intelligence.
6. Pat for India ‘solar power’: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hailed the “incredible things” being done by India in the solar energy sector as he warned that the emergency facing the world from climate change was far more destructive than even the coronavirus pandemic. He said this in his address to the Climate Ambition Summit.
7. Trump support rallies turn violent: Four people were stabbed and one shot as rallies backing President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud led to clashes in major US cities on Saturday. More than 20 people were detained in Washington DC.
8. Nigeria school attack: More than 300 schoolboys are missing after gunmen attacked a secondary school in Nigeria’s Kankara. The army had exchanged fire with a gang that took the students from the all-boys Government Science School.
9. Violence at K’taka iPhone plant: Violence broke out at Wistron Corporation’s Narsapura plant in Karnataka’s Kolar district where workers looted thousands of iPhones thereby causing losses of approximately Rs 437cr. The employees who alleged salary deductions and untimely payments damaged factory property including vehicles of officials parked at the premises.
10. K’taka transport strike continues: Karnataka road transport employees after hours of negotiations have decided to continue their strike which will enter its fourth day on Monday. The decision follows the government’s reluctance to fulfill the employees’ primary demand of being brought under the state government payroll.