SC refuses to stay anti-conversion law; SC to hear pleas against farm laws and more

SC to hear pleas against farm laws on Jan. 11: The Supreme Court will on January 11 hear a batch of pleas challenging the new farm laws as well as the issues related to the ongoing farmers’ protest at Delhi borders.

SC refuses to stay anti-conversion law: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notices to the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on petitions challenging anti-conversion laws. The court, however, refused to stay the laws in the two states.

EC announces dates for Legislative Council bypolls: The Election Commission of India on Wednesday announced the dates for bypolls to three seats of the Legislative Councils in Andhra Pradesh and Bihar. The election body also issued notification for biennial polls for 12 seats of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council. 

‘Unorthodox’ weapons used along LAC: Defence ministry: China used “unorthodox weapons” and amassed a large number of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and escalated the situation, the defence ministry has said in its year-end review of 2020. 

Heritage panel to soon take up plan for new Parliament: The 14-member Heritage Conservation Committee, headed by a top housing and urban affairs ministry official, will soon take up the proposal for construction of the new Parliament Building and the Central Vista redevelopment project.

India, Sri Lanka look at post-Covid cooperation: Asserting that the coronavirus pandemic has not dented the bilateral relationship between India and Sri Lanka, external affairs minister S. Jaishankar said on Wednesday that the two countries are now looking at post-Covid cooperation.

US welcomes arrest of 26/11 mastermind: The US has welcomed the arrest of Mumbai attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in Pakistan. It termed the move as “important step” against terrorism and its financing. 

MK Stalin to hold gram sabha meet: DMK president M.K. Stalin will hold ‘People’s Gram Sabha’ meetings in Assembly constituencies currently held by chief minister E Palaniswami, his deputy O. Panneerselvam and five of their cabinet colleagues this week.

Bird flu:K’taka on high alert: Karnataka government has put four bordering districts on high alert after cases of bird flu were reported in Kerala. The animal husbandry department has issued a general alert to all district collectors. 

K’taka govt plans SOPs to contain UK strain: With flights set to resume between India and UK from January 8, the Karnataka government is mulling ramping up Covid testing at Kempegowda International Airport to contain the spread of the new virus variant. 

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