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A day after UP Teachers’ Eligibility Test (UPTET) -2021 paper leak, the Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday suspended secretary of Prayagraj-headquartered Exam Regulatory Authority (ERA), Uttar Pradesh, Sanjay Kumar Upadhyay with immediate effect.

Japan confirms its first case of Omicron despite having in place one of the best precautionary measures

Japan confirmed its first case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus on Tuesday, a day after closing its borders to all foreigners. The first case of Omicron has been detected amid one of the world’s toughest precautionary measures.

Arvind Kejriwal says need to be prepared amid Omicron variant scare

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday held a meeting with officials over the omicron variant that has sparked widepsread concerns. Addressing the officials, he said we need to be prepared. He also informed that Delhi government have prepared 30,000 oxygen beds and 6,000 oxygen cylinders to tackle the situation.

Karnataka govt says sample of South Africa returnee different from Delta variant

As the cases of a new variant of coronavirus, Omicron has been reported in 14 countries, there is a fear in India. Amidst this, two South African returnees in India tested positive for coronavirus. However, the Karnataka government said that the sample of one of the two recent South Africa returnees appears different from the Delta variant. The sample has been sent to ICMR, and by the evening ICMR will report to the government about the sample.

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am, December 1

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 11 am, December 1. The house was adjourned after there were sloganeering by the opposition leaders. Union Minister Piyush Goyal also slammed the opposition and said that everyone saw that the opposition didn’t even let PM introduce ministers in the last session. They had no regard for the large number of women who were being inducted.

MHA extends containment guidelines till December 31

The Ministry of Home Affairs extended the containment guidelines till December 31. In the guidelines, it was mentioned that there will be rigorous screening and testing of all international arrivals. Apart from this, the contacts of international travellers will also be closely tracked and tested according to MoHFW guidelines and the samples of travellers turning positive will be sent to the Genome sequencing laboratories.

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami announces to repeal Char Dham bill

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami announced that the state government has decided to repeal the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Bill. This has come after the priests of the Chardham — Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri came together to oppose the bill and demanded its dissolution.

VP Venkaiah Naidu says MPs have all right to protest, walking out but do not offend the Parliament

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu commented on the MPs walking out of Parliament in a form to protest against Rajya Sabha’s decision to suspend 12 MPs for causing a ruckus in the monsoon session. Naidu said that MPs have all the right to protest, walking out but they should not offend the Parliament.

Opposition leaders including MP Derek O’Brien walk out of Parliament in protest against suspension of 12 MPs

In a move to protest against Rajya Sabh’s decision to suspend 12 MPS from the rest of the Winter session of the Parliament, several MPs from the opposition walked out of Parliament, including MP Derek O’Brien. O’Brien said that treasury members should have been suspended and not the opposition members.

PM Modi holds meeting with top ministers in Parliament to discuss strategy for the ongoing winter session

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting with senior cabinet members including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. Opposition parties are also present at the Parliament to discuss future strategy after the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs for the remaining part of the Winter session. Congress MP Rahul Gandhi is also a part of the meeting.

India reports 6,990 new Covid cases, 15.9% lower than yesterday; active cases decline to 1,00,543

In the last 24 hours, India recorded 6,990 new Covid cases, the lowest in 551 days, bringing the country’s total number of coronavirus cases to 3,45,87,822. According to the health ministry, the number of Covid cases has decreased by 15.9% since yesterday. Kerala leads the way with 3,382 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu (730 cases), Maharashtra (536 cases), West Bengal (511 cases), and Mizoram (437 cases).

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New Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar receives guard of honour

New Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar has taken over as the new Chief of Indian Navy today. He succeeded Admiral Karambir Singh, who is the incumbent Indian Navy chief. Prior to this, Admiral R Hari Kumar was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Western Naval Command. He was the first flag officer to be appointed as commandant of the Naval War College in Goa, as well as the head of the INS Vikramaditya’s overseas committee.

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Kamal Nath ends switch speculations as he calls Rahul Gandhi our leader, urges Congress workers to join his Yatra

He insisted on togetherness, which will bring this great campaign against injustice to an end.

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Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday ended the speculations of his switching allegiance to BJP as he called Rahul Gandhi “our leader” and urged Congress workers to join the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in the State.

Taking to X, Nath said that the Congress workers were excited to welcome the Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra. He said our leader Rahul Gandhi has taken to the streets across the country and announced a decisive fight against injustice, oppression and exploitation.

He also urged the people of Madhya Pradesh and the State Congress workers to become the strength and courage of Gandhi by joining the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in large numbers. He insisted on togetherness, which will bring this great campaign against injustice to an end.

Earlier, Nath increased more suspense to the rumours as he neither denied nor accepted what has been the hot rumour doing the buzz in the capital.

Speaking to reporters, Nath asked the media to lower their excitement over speculation of him and his son Nakul Kamal Nath joining the BJP and said he is not denying it and will inform them of the news if there is something in the coming days.

Also, he and his son Nakul Kamal Nath arrived in Delhi today reportedly to meet the top leaders of the BJP. However, Congress rejected the rumours of him joining the BJP and recalled what former PM Indira Gandhi said about Nath.

Earlier in Jharkhand, Gandhi said Congress stands for Jal, Jungle, and Jamin of the tribal people, for education and employment of youths. He said economic imbalance, demonetization, GST and unemployment have ruined the future of the youths in the country.  On the way to Bokaro, he interacted with coal miners and their children at Godhar Kali Basti in Dhanbad district. 

On January 14, Congress kicked off the Bharat Jodo Nyaya Yatra from Manipur’s Thoubal. The yatra aims to cover over 6,700 kilometres over 67 days, going through 110 districts.

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I am not Malala, I am safe and free in my country: Kashmiri activist Yana Mir’s speech in UK Parliament shared widely

Kashmiri journalist Mir said she is not Malala Yusufzai who will run away and seek refuge in the UK.

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Kashmiri activist and journalist Yana Mir, addressing a Sankalp Divas event in the British Parliament building, said she is not Malala Yusufzai who will run away and seek refuge in the UK. Asserting that, Mir said she is safe and free in her homeland, Kashmir, which is part of India.

The video of her speech has been shared widely on the internet, in which, she strongly denounced the propaganda mechanism by Pakistan to dent India’s image on the international stage and objected to Malala for defaming her country and homeland by calling it oppressed.

Mir was addressing the Sankalp Divas event hosted by the Jammu and Kashmir Study Centre UK (JKSC) in the British Parliament building. She has been associated with the Jammu and Kashmir Youth Society too.

Addressing the event, she further objected to all such toolkit members on social media and foreign media who never cared to visit Indian Kashmir, instead, they fabricated stories of oppression from their country.  

Mir urged everyone to stop polarising Indians on grounds of religion, Indians won’t allow you to break up us, adding that, Mir said our perpetrators living in the UK in Pakistan will stop maligning my country.

During the event, Mir also received the Diversity Ambassador Award for championing diversity in the J&K region.

The event was attended by over 100 attendees, the gathering included UK Parliament members, community leaders, and representatives from various organisations and prominent members of the diaspora.

The event reaffirmed India’s stance on the region’s integral part of India. It highlighted the need to reclaim areas like Mirpur-Muzaffarabad and Gilgit and Baltistan, which fell victim to Pakistani aggression.

The program was organised to provide a comprehensive overview of the socio-cultural and political landscape of the region. The event emphasised the diverse nature of Jammu and Kashmir, highlighting its multicultural, multireligious, and multilingual characteristics.

The words of the Kashmiri activist deeply resonated with the attendees, displaying her unwavering commitment to her country and her people. Mir’s stance against terrorism and propaganda serves as a reminder of the resilience and unity of the Indian nation.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils statue of Sant Ravidas in Varanasi, says caste bias is destroying humanity

PM Modi said he is taking this opportunity to take forward Sant Ravidas’s resolutions and the opportunity to serve lakhs of his followers. He said on Guru’s Janmteerth, serving all his followers is nothing short of a fortune for him. The Prime Minister said as an MP of Varanasi it is his special responsibility to welcome everyone to fulfill his duty on this holy day.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at Sant Ravidas temple and unveiled a statue of Sant Ravidas on Friday in Varanasi. The Prime Minister along with chief minister Yogi Adityanath paid a floral tribute to Sant Guru Ravidas. Addressing the gathering, PM Modi said caste bias is destroying humanity.

PM Modi said he is taking this opportunity to take forward Sant Ravidas’s resolutions and the opportunity to serve lakhs of his followers. He said on Guru’s Janmteerth, serving all his followers is nothing short of a fortune for him. The Prime Minister said as an MP of Varanasi it is his special responsibility to welcome everyone to fulfill his duty on this holy day.

He said he is going to launch development projects worth hundreds of crores of rupees. In his speech PM Modi said India’s history is witness to the birth of many saints, sages and remarkable individuals who became the guiding force when the nation faced challenges. He said Sant Ravidas emerged as an important figure during the Bhakti movement and revitalised a fragmented and feeble India.

The Prime Minister praised Sant Ravidas for emphasising the significance of freedom to society and for his efforts to unite the community across all social lines. He added Sant Ravidas spoke on issues like discrimination, untouchability and high caste. PM Modi said his administration is advancing Sant Ravidas’s principles and said the BJP government serves everyone and its schemes are inclusive.

He added the ethos of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, and Sabka effort has become the guiding principle to engage the people of India. The Prime Minister emphasised that equality necessitates prioritising the marginalised communities. He said over the past 10 years, efforts have been made towards addressing the needs of those who were earlier excluded from mainstream development.

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