Govt invites farmers for talks: The Centre on Monday invited 40 protesting farmer unions for the next round of talks on December 30 on all relevant issues to find a “logical solution” with “open mind” to the prolonged impasse over the three new agri laws. This will be the sixth time a way out of the deadlock is being attempted.
Assam tables bill to shut down madrassas: The Assam government has tabled a bill in the Assembly to convert all state-run madrassas into regular schools amid objections by a united Opposition. The bill proposes to abolish Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation) Act, 1995, and Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation of Services of Employees and Re-Organisation of Madrassa Educational Institutions) Act, 2018.
Drop in Covid cases: For the first time since March, all states and Union Territories registered a week-on-week decline in fresh Covid-19 cases last week, indicating the pandemic is receding, at least for now. 16,143 fresh cases were reported in the country on Monday, the lowest single-day count since June 23.
Punjab starts Covid vaccine dry run: The two-day dry run of the Covid-19 vaccination rollout began in Punjab’s Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar districts on Monday with the successful registration of 300 beneficiaries on the central government’s Co-WIN application.
Pandemic will not be last: WHO: The novel coronavirus has had a devastating impact around the globe but the World Health Organization said worse pandemics could lie ahead, urging the world to get “serious” about preparedness. “This is a wakeup call,” WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan said.
Trump nod for Tibet policy: US President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill which calls for establishing a US consulate in Tibet and building an international coalition to ensure that the next Dalai Lama is appointed solely by the Tibetan Buddhist community without China’s interference.
Kerala plans to bypass farm laws: The CPI(M)-led Kerala government is planning to bring in its own legislation to bypass the three contentious farm laws introduced by the Union government in September.
Ties with AIADMK strong: TN BJP chief: The BJP’s Tamil Nadu chief L Murugan has asserted his party’s alliance with the AIADMK continues and that ties are “strong”. The statement comes a day after the ruling party told its saffron ally that it was the big brother in the state.
K’tata clears anti-cow slaughter ordinance: The Karnataka cabinet has cleared the ordinance on contentious anti-cow slaughter bill that is yet to be approved by the Legislative Council. The bill will soon be sent to the governor for approval.
Sec. 144 in Bengaluru on Dec. 31: The Bengaluru City Police has imposed Section 144 (prohibitory orders) on December 31 that will kick in at 6pm and last till 6am on January 1 to prevent revelry in public places on New Year’s Eve due to the pandemic.