Govt invites farmers for talks: Late on Monday evening, the Centre announced that it had invited representatives of the protesting farmers for talks on Tuesday afternoon. This comes as farmers, protesting at the Delhi border, said they have come to the national capital for a “decisive battle” and asserted that they will continue their agitation until their demands are met.
Oppo misleading farmers: PM: As the farmers protest rages on in and around the national capital, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reiterated his stand on farm laws saying farmers were being empowered by giving them options for a bigger market and the “reforms have given them new options and legal protection”, even as he accused the opposition of misleading the farmers.
India’s Covid count lowest in 4 months: India recorded 12.8 lakh new Covid-19 cases in November, the lowest count in four months, while deaths from the virus were the least in five months since June.
Postal ballots for NRIs: Over a year after the Bill that proposed to extend proxy voting to overseas Indians lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha, the Election Commission (EC) has now approached the government to permit Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to cast their votes through postal ballots.
Moderna seeks US, EU nod for emergency authorisation: Moderna Inc will apply for US and European emergency authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine on Monday after full results from a late-stage study showed it was 94.1% effective with no serious safety concerns, the company said. Moderna also reported that the vaccine’s efficacy rate was consistent across age, race, ethnicity and gender demographics.
Australia demands apology from China: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was seeking an apology from China after a diplomat in Beijing tweeted an image purporting to show an Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child. “The Chinese government should be totally ashamed of this post,” Morrison said.
Hyderabad civic polls: Following a high- decibel campaign over the last 12 days, elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is set to get underway on Tuesday. The polling began at 7 am and will close at 6 pm. 1,122 candidates are in the fray for 150 seats.
TN braces for cyclone ‘Burevi‘: Less than a week after Cyclone Nivar battered Tamil Nadu, another storm is expected to affect the southern state, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. A depression has formed over the Bay of Bengal on Monday and it is likely to intensify further into a deep depression. A Red alert has been issued for four southern districts of Kerala.
No question of BJP fielding a Muslim: K’taka minister: Karnataka Minister and BJP leader KS Eshwarappa said that the party ticket might be given to Hindu candidates from any community but not to a Muslim. The seat fell vacant following the death of Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi due to COVID-19.
Protests planned in Bangalore as K’taka mulls ‘love-jihad’ law: With the BJP-led government in Karnataka mulling a strict law against “love jihad”, inter-religious marriages involving Hindu women, a group of organisations in Bengaluru have decided to stage a demonstration against the proposed move on Tuesday.