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Breaking News: Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO, Parag Agarwal, IIT Bombay grad chosen as successor

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has made way for Indian Parag Agrawal as its CEO. Twitter India has been at some rough patches with the Government of India. After Microsoft and Google, this appointment is important for Indians in the tech world. Dorsey has been at the receiving end of Donald Trump “affections” following the former US President’s ban on Twitter.

Lucknow airport puts Omicron restriction in place

Amidst the fear of the new variant of coronavirus, Omicron, several states have been issuing guidelines and advisories for the travellers. Now, Lucknow DM issued protocols for passengers arriving at Lucknow airport. In the advisory, it was mentioned that passengers showing symptoms in the thermal scanning will be subjected to a free RT-PCR test. RT-PCR test of 10% passengers arriving on all domestic flights to be done on a random basis.

Tejashwi Yadav leads attack on Nitish govt, says Bihar is poorest state of India, what’s the point of ’15 saal bemisaal’

The opposition leader of Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav, lead an attack on the Nitish government. He said that in the NITI Aayog’s poverty index repor5t, Bihar has been found to be the poorest state of India. He further said that if the Chief Minister of Bihar was serious about it, then there would’ve been an improvement. He concluded by saying that what’s the point of ’15 saal bemisaal’ if the situation is this worse?

43 students, 1 teacher of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Backward Classes Welfare school in Telangana tests positive for COVID-19

Amidst the rising concerns over the new variant of coronavirus, Omicron, 43 students, 1 teacher of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Backward Classes Welfare school tested positive for coronavirus. Currently, Telangana has been reporting 100-150 cases every day.

Bill to cancel farm laws passed in Parliament

The Farm Laws Repeal bill was presented at 12:06 p.m. and passed at 12:10 p.m., despite opposition demands for a discussion. Congress MP Rahul Gandhi was disappointed as the farm laws were repealed without debate. He further added that the government was afraid of having a debate.

Lok Sabha adjourned till 2:38 PM

During the passing of the cancel bill of farm laws, the ruckus was created as the opposition was mentioning that there should be discussion over this too. The opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the three farm laws are being repealed because of upcoming elections in five states.

19 people including 7 police personnel, who were on duty during President’s visit test positive for COVID-19 in Haridwar

The government officials who were on duty during President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Haridwar has tested positive. According to reports, 19 people were found positive including 7 police personnel. Ashok Kumar, Uttarakhand DGP, said that they were all present when President visited Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Tom Latham hits 2nd consecutive half-century, New Zealand needs 170 for their big victory

New Zealand opening batsman Tom Latham on day 5 of the Kanpur test match, hit his second consecutive fifty after India gave the target of 284 runs to win the match. Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson And Ross Taylor are still on the crease and are on course for their big victory.

Live score: NZ- 118/3

Bitcoin won’t be considered as legal tender, says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Lok Sabha

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharamn on November 29 at the Winter session of Parliament said that Bitcoin will not be considered as a legal tender, as the government does not have any data of its transfers. Earlier this Indian government had announced that they will ban all private cryptocurrencies except a few ones.

Farm Laws bill repealed by Lok Sabha amid ruckus by opposition MPs, session adjourned till 2:00 pm

The Farm Laws repeal bill passed by Lok Sabha amid the ruckus by opposition MPs on the first day of the Winter session of Parliament. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar tabled the Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021. The session is again adjourned till 2:00 pm.

Chandiwal Commission cancels bailable warrant against Mumbai to cop Param Bir Singh in connection with money laundering case

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh has been denied a bailable warrant by the Chandiwal commission, in connection with corruption allegations against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Rajya Sabha speaker Venkaiah Naidu adjourns Rajya Sabha proceedings for 1 hr to mourn passing away of MP Oscar Fernandes

M. Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the Rajya Sabha proceedings for one hour to mourn the passing away of sitting MP Oscar Fernandes. The three farm laws bills are supposed to be repealed on the first day of the Winter session of Parliament.

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla adjourns session till 12 noon after sloganeering by Opposition MPs

Lok Sabha speaker om Birla adjourned the Winter session of Parliament till 12 noon after the opposition members started sloganeering in support of farmers and demanding the repealing of three farm laws bill.

Winter session of Parliament with national anthem in both houses, PM Modi and senior BJP leaders present in Lok Sabha

The Winter session of Parliament began with the national anthem in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. PM Modi along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and senior BJP leaders were present in parliament. The three farm laws are supposed to be repealed in the parliament today

67 people found Covid positive in Maharashtra’s Thane, 59 were fully vaccinated

In Maharashtra’s Thane, approx 67 people found Covid positive in an old age home, among 59 were fully vaccinated. They all have been admitted in a government hospital. The new covid variant Omicron is likely to be more dangerous than its previous variants.

Farm Laws bill to repeal in Lok Sabha as Winter Session of Parliament begins

On the first day of the Winter session of Parliament 2021, the BJP government will repeal the three farm laws bill on November 29. However, opposition parties are demanding compensation to each family of deceased farmers who died during a protest against the farm bills.

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Congress to hold meeting of its Rajya Sabha MPs at Congress Parliamentary Party Office

Amid three first day of the Winter session of Parliament where three farm laws bills are supposed to be repealed, Congress has called a meeting of its Rajya Sabha MPs at the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) office on November 29.

Japan bans international arrivals amid sudden spread of Omicron variant of Covid 19

Amid the sudden spread of ‘Omicron’ the new variant of Covid 19, Japan has banned international arrivals in their country. Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday that the measure will take effect from Tuesday i.e., November 30.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for redevelopment of 553 railway stations at a cost of Rs 19000 crore

These redevelopment projects are spread across 27 states and union territories which were inaugurated at a cost of Rs 19000 crore. The Prime Minister’s Office emphasised that these stations will serve as City Centres seamlessly integrating both sides of the cities. These train stations will have modern passenger amenities such as roof plazas, landscaping, intermodal connectivity, improved facades, kids’ play areas, kiosks and food courts.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a series of railway infrastructure projects valued at over Rs 41,000 crore on Monday under the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme. PM Modi also laid down foundation stones for redevelopment of 553 railway stations. These redevelopment projects are spread across 27 states and union territories which were inaugurated at a cost of Rs 19000 crore.

The Prime Minister’s Office emphasised that these stations will serve as City Centres seamlessly integrating both sides of the cities. These train stations will have modern passenger amenities such as roof plazas, landscaping, intermodal connectivity, improved facades, kids’ play areas, kiosks and food courts.

These city centres have been envisioned to be environment friendly and accessible to differently-abled individuals. Their design will draw inspiration from local culture, heritage and architecture, as stated in a press release. The Indian Railways is known as the world’s busiest and oldest railway systems which serves a staggering 3.52 billion passengers and transports 1512 MT of freight in 2023.

The Railway network is known as the lifeline of India and operates over 13,000 trains daily, connecting 7,325 stations across the nation. According to the Amrit Bharat scheme aims at redeveloping 1309 stations nationwide. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the redevelopment of 508 railway stations on Auguast 6 last year.

The primary objective of the scheme is to enhance station facilities with  modern infrastructure, including roof plazas and city centres, fostering a more convenient and comfortable experience for passengers. With a substantial allocation of over Rs 24,470 crore by the government, the initiative underscores a commitment to bolstering India’s transportation infrastructure.

 As part of the scheme, Indian railways is crafting comprehensive Master Plans, integrating urban development around railway stations. This integrated approach signifies a holistic vision aimed at fostering overall urban development which is centred on these pivotal transport hubs.

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Maratha quota protesters set state transport bus on fire in Tirthpuri city

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has filed a police complaint and all bus services have been suspended in Jalna. MSRTC’s Depot Manager of Ambad Taluka has also lodged a complaint at a local station demanding action against the accused who set the bus on fire.

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Maratha protesters set a state transport bus on fire at Chhatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj Chowk in Tirthpuri city, Ambad taluka while protesting against the state government over Maratha reservation row on Monday. After the incident a curfew has been imposed in the area to maintain law and order situation.

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has filed a police complaint and all bus services have been suspended in Jalna. MSRTC’s Depot Manager of Ambad Taluka has also lodged a complaint at a local station demanding action against the accused who set the bus on fire.  Jalna collector Srikrushna Panchal said there is a possibility that quota supporters may arrive at Antarwali Sarati village in Ambad Taluka of Jalna, where the activist has been staging a hunger strike and stop him from going to Mumbai.

The curfew order said there is a possibility that traffic on Dhule – Mumbai highway and Tehsils near Ambad may get affected. The collector said government offices, schools, movement on national highways, milk distribution, media and hospitals have been exempted from the order. Maharashtra Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar appealed to Maharashtra reservation activist Manoj Jarange Patil to protest peacefully and stated that he should ensure that nobody is harmed and law and order should be maintained in the area.

He further added everybody knows who has groomed Manoj Jarange, and whose people used to visit Manoj Patil. Maharashtra government ministers used to meet the activists. He said they are reaping what they had sown in the past.

The Maharshtra Legislative assembly (lower house) unanimously passed the Maratha reservation Bill tabled in February, which intended to extend 10% reservation to Marathas above the 50% cap. Maharashtra reservation activist Manoj Jarange Patil had demanded that the NDA government should implement the ‘Sage Soyare’ ordinance notification within 2 days, failing which the majority community in Maharashtra will launch a fresh round of agitation on February 24.

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Farmers take out tractor march near Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Budh Nagar

The Noida police had issued an advisory for daily commuters and warned them of traffic jams at many places which also included the Delhi-Noida border. The farmers are planning to carry out the tractor march along the Yamuna Expressway, Luharli Toll Plaza and Mahamaya Flyover and traffic diversions have been imposed by the police at these places.

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Farmers took out a tractor rally near the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Budh Nagar on Monday to protest against the central government for accepting their demands, which included a legal guarantee for minimum support price (MSP) for crops. Videos showed many tractors being driven on the road. The rally was stopped by the police at the Yamuna Expressway’s entry point.

They were not allowed to carry out their rally on the expressway. The development comes even as farmers have delayed their march to the national capital till February 29 after a decision is made and are staying at the Khanauri and Shambhu points on the Punjab-Haryana border.

The Noida police had issued an advisory for daily commuters and warned them of traffic jams at many places which also included the Delhi-Noida border. The farmers are planning to carry out the tractor march along the Yamuna Expressway, Luharli Toll Plaza and Mahamaya Flyover and traffic diversions have been imposed by the police at these places.

The police have barricaded the Delhi-Noida border and police will conduct checking of vehicles entering Delhi or Noida. Daily commuters have been advised not to use the Yamuna Expressway and to use alternative routes or the metro to avoid inconveniences.

Farmer leader Baldev Singh Sirsa said a farmer named Pritpal Singh was doing Langar seva at the Khannauri on the Punjab-Haryana border when he was allegedly dragged by the policemen from his tractor trolley and was badly beaten. He said Pritpal Singh was admitted to a hospital in Rohtak. But he got shifted to PGIMER at Chandigarh.

Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said Pritpal Singh has suffered multiple injuries and they strongly condemn the action of the police. He said the prime minister should take action against policemen who indulge in such barbaric acts. Former Punjab chief Minister and senior BJP Leader Captain Amarinder Singh condemned the barbaric act of violence against Pritpal Singh.

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