Parliament winter session unlikely: With Covid-19 cases rising at an alarming rate in Delhi, the Narendra Modi government may be forced to put off the winter session of Parliament to early next year or merge it with the Budget Session. CM Arvind Kejriwal is planning to impose lockdown in potential Covid-19 hotspot markets with the third wave of infections hitting the national capital.
WHO praises UP Covid management: The World Health Organization has asked other states to follow Uttar Pradesh’s strategy to curb the spread of Covid-19, even as it praised the state in its Coronavirus management. Roderico Ofrin, the WHO country representative, said: “The UP government’s strategic response to Covid-19 by stepping up contact tracing efforts is exemplary and can serve as a good example for other states.”
SC raps govt over Tablighi coverage: SC expresses displeasure over Centre’s affidavit: Expressing displeasure over the Centre’s affidavit in the case relating to media reporting of Tablighi Jamaat congregation during the initial stage of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court has directed the Centre to create a regulatory mechanism to deal with such content on television.
Lakshmi Vilas Bank under moratorium: The central government has decided to place cash-strapped Lakshmi Vilas Bank, a Chennai-based private sector bank, under a moratorium for a period of one month and restricted withdrawals at Rs 25,000 for depositors. The RBI has announced a draft scheme for merging the bank with DBS Bank India Ltd.
Modi, Biden talk: In his first telephonic conversation with US presidential-elect Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated him. The two leaders reiterated firm commitment to India-US strategic partnership, discussed priorities and concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region.
India may produce Sputnik V: President Vladmir Putin has suggested that Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 could be produced in China and India. Talking during the BRICS summit, the leader also called for a joint effort by the grouping on the development of coronavirus vaccines.
Shah to dedicate reservoir for Chennai: Union home minister Amit Shah will dedicate the Rs 380 crore Thervoy Kandigai reservoir in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvallur district and lay the foundation stones for a slew of infrastructure projects worth over Rs 67,000 crore during his visit to the state on Saturday.
Alagiri refutes BJP rumours: A day after speculations were rife that MK Alagiri might join the BJP ahead of the Tamil Nadu polls, the expelled DMK leader has refuted reports that he was planning to launch a new political party. He said no decision has been taken on the issue and termed as “joke” reports of his joining the BJP.
Corporation for K’taka Veerashaiva-Lingayat community: Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa has announced the formation of Karnataka Veerashaiva-Lingayat Development Corporation with immediate effect. The decision was taken for all-round development of the politically influential community in the state.
BSY to visit Delhi: Days after political activities riffed over cabinet reshuffle in Karnataka, chief minister BS Yediyurappa is scheduled to visit Delhi on Wednesday, during which he is expected to discuss with the BJP high command about possible cabinet reshuffle or expansion.