1. India, Vietnam virtual summit today: India and Vietnam, during a virtual summit today, are expected to sign agreements in defence, energy and development projects, and take forward an arrangement to supply high-speed patrol vessels to the Southeast Asia.
2. India to start vaccination in Jan: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhansaid India is likely to begin Covid-19 vaccination in January, adding that the government’s priority has been the vaccine’s safety and efficacy.
3. Centre invites farmers for talk: The Centre has yet again sent out an invite to farmers’ unions for a joint discussion, and asked them to schedule the meeting at Vigyan Bhavan as per their convenience. The protesting farmers have threatened to block all toll plazas on the national highways in Haryana from December 25-27.
4. Amit Shah slams Mamata Banerjee: Taking a jibe at the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, Union Minister Amit Shah on Sunday alleged that political violence has reached its peak in the state, and around 300 BJP workers have been killed under her tenure. In a firm response to the outsider debate fueled by the TMC, Shah said the BJP has enough local faces to take on the ruling party and nobody has to come from Delhi.
5. India rejects Pak’s claims: India on Sunday dismissed Pakistan’s allegations about a UN vehicle being deliberately targeted by Indian troops on the Line of Control. Dubbing the charges “false”, India said they were part of Pakistan’s efforts to cover up its failure to protect UN personnel.
6. UK warns new Covid-19 virus strain: European countries have banned flights from the UK on Sunday, and the WHO called for “stronger containment measures” as the British government warned that a potent new strain of the virus was “out of control”.
7. China picks new military commander: Amid the ongoing border tensions along the LAC, Chinese President Xi Jinping has appointed a new General as the Commander of the People’s Liberation Army’s Western Theatre Command which oversees the China-India border. However, the Indian Army termed the appointment as “routine”.
8. Nepal parliament dissolves: Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Sunday dissolved the country’s parliament on the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, two years short of its five-year tenure, following months of bickering among factions within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).
9. K’taka schools to reopen from Jan 1: Schools in Karnataka for classes 6th onwards will reopen from January 1, 2021, but the students of classes 6th to 9th will need to provide written consent of their parents to the schools if they want to attend classes. The decision was taken in a meeting, chaired by chief minister BS Yediyurappa, in presence of health minister K Sudhakar.
10. Wistron violence: Nearly a week after violence erupted at Wistron’s iPhone plant in Karnataka, Apple on Sunday removed its top executive who oversaw India operations. “Safety and wellbeing of our team members is always our top priority,” Wistron said, admitting that “some workers were not paid correctly, or on time”.