1. Keep farm laws on hold: SC: The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to consider putting on hold the implementation of the contentious farm laws as a step towards resumption of dialogues with the agri unions. The top court, however, also observed the farmers’ constitutional right to protest could not impede citizen’ right to free movement.
2. PM appeals to farmers: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has requested the farmers to read an eight page open letter written by agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar in an effort to engage them in a humble dialogue. He also stressed the new agri laws are aimed at benefiting small and marginal farmers.
3. Covid recovery ‘highest’: The ministry of health has tweeted that India’s Covid-19 recovery rate is among the highest in the world. At 95.31 per cent, India’s recovery rate is higher than the global recovery rate of 70.27 per cent and is also higher than that of countries like the US, Brazil, Russia and Italy.
4. IAF ‘Made in India’ boost: In a major boost for the surveillance capabilities of the Indian Air Force along the borders with China and Pakistan, the DRDO is making six new “Made in India” planes. These would be built on passenger aircraft flying with Air India. The new aircraft would be known as the Airborne Early Warning and Control Block 2 planes that would be better equipped than their predecessor NETRA plane.
5. Delhi earthquake: A medium-intensity earthquake of magnitude 4.2 struck near Delhi on Thursday, prompting people to rush out of their homes. The epicentre of the earthquake was 48km southwest of Gurgaon in Haryana and struck at 11:46pm at a depth of 7.5km.
6. India calls for LAC talks: India has called for further discussions with China to reach a “mutually acceptable solution” on complete disengagement at all friction points on the Line of Actual Control against the backdrop of the nearly eight-month border standoff. Urging Nepal to be wary of China, CDS Bipin Rawat warned: “India’s goodwill comes with no strings attached.”
7. Pakistan headed in ‘wrong direction’: According to the latest survey by research company IPSOS, four out of every five persons in PM Imran Khan-led Pakistan view the country is headed in the wrong direction. More than 1,000 people from all over the country participated in the survey which was conducted between December 1 and December 6.
8. India, UK dialogue: India and the UK on Thursday exchanged views relating to non-proliferation, conventional weapons, security of outer space and issues linked to export control regimes.The discussions took place at a virtual meeting held under the framework of India-UK bilateral dialogue on disarmament and non-proliferation, the ministry of external affairs said in a statement.
9. K’taka ties up with British Council: The Karnataka government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the British Council involving collaboration on leadership development in higher education institutions. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa said: “The UK has been a very important Global Innovation Alliance partner for Karnataka and 38 per cent of UK investment into India in 2017-18 came into Karnataka.”
10. K’taka bans New Year celebrations: The Karnataka government has issued an order prohibiting New Year programmes between December 30 and January 2 at clubs, pubs, restaurants and other places where people gather for such celebrations owing to the pandemic. The government also issued a set of guidelines, including barring public from shaking hands or hugging during the celebrations.