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Big Stories Today: Lok Sabha adjourned till Monday over Lakhimpur Kheri, PM Modi gets highest Bhutan honour, India crosses 100 Omicron cases

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Omicron variant

India crossed the 100 mark of confirmed cases of new variant Omicron after Delhi and Telangana reported more fresh cases on Friday. Only Delhi reported 10 confirmed cases on December 17. Now the total tally of confirmed cases of Omicron in India are 101.

Kerala contributes 40 % to total number of Covid cases, says Health Ministry

Out of all active Covid cases in India, only Kerala contributes 40 per cent to the total case, said Health Ministry on Friday. As per the health ministry, new daily cases have been below 10,000 on a per day basis for the past 20 days. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of Health Ministry said that currently, India is administering Covid vaccine doses at the highest rate in the world.

PV Sindhu crashes out of World Badminton Championships 2021 after losing to Tai Tzu Ying in quarter-finals

Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu crashed out of the BWF World Badminton Championships 2021, after losing to Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Tai Tzu defeated Sindhu in straight sets by 21-17 and 21 13 to qualify for the next round of the tournaments.

Lok Sabha adjourned till Monday amid uproar by opposition MPs over Lakhimpur Kheri incident

Lok Sabha has been adjourned till Monday, December 20, amid the uproar caused by the opposition MPs over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and the suspension of MoS Ajay Mishra Teni. The opposition members demanded that MoS Home Ajay Mishra Teni should resign from his post.

Rajnath Singh welcomes French Defence Minister Florence Parly for guard of honour in Delhi

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday welcomed French Defence Minister Florence Parly for a guard of honour in New Delhi. Defence Minister of France Florence Parly, who is on her visit to India, paid offered flowers at the National War Memorial and paid tributes to the soldiers.

Delhi reports 10 new confirmed cases of Omicron variant, total tally reaches 20 in national capital

Amid the scare of new covid variant Omicron, Delhi reported 10 more confirmed cases of Omicron. Now total tally of Omicron cases in the national capital reaches 20.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan pays last respects to Group Captain Varun Singh

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid last respects to Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of Tamil Nadu chopper crash, at Bairagarh crematorium in Bhopal. He was under treatment at Command Hospital in Bengaluru, Karnataka where he passed away on December 15.

Bhutan confers PM Modi with Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo, country’s highest civilian award

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be conferred with ‘Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo’, the highest civilian award of Bhutan. The announcement came through the official Facebook account of the PMO Bhutan Office.

Read Also: Parliament proceeding disrupted second day in a row over Opposition demands sacking Ajay Mishra Teni, Rahul Gandhi again calls him criminal

India reports 7,447 new Covid cases, 391 deaths and 7,886 recoveries in last 24 hours

India on December 17 reported 7,447 new Covid cases, 391 deaths and 7,886 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The active cases are now 86,415 while total recoveries are 3,41,62,765 and the total number of deaths to the virus are 4,76,869. Total 1,35,99,96,267 vaccination have been completed by the government.

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Hyderabad police foil terror attack, three persons arrested

Hyderabad Police Commissioner said that Zahed received a consignment of four hand grenades and was going to carry out sensational terror attacks in Hyderabad.

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The Hyderabad police on Sunday arrested three persons for allegedly plotting terror attacks in the city. Four hand grenades, net cash of Rs 5,41,800, five cell phones and a motorcycle have also been seized from the accused.

The accused have been identified as Abdul Zahed (39) of Malakpet, Sameeruddin (39) of Akber Bagh and Maaz Hasan Farooq (29) of Humayun Nagar, Mehidipatanam. Police said that Abdul Zahed was involved in several terror cases in the past and revived his contacts with Pakistan’s ISI. He received a consignment of four hand grenades and terror attacks in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad Commissioner of Police, CV Anand, said that Zahed received a consignment of four hand grenades and was going to carry out sensational terror attacks in Hyderabad. On specific information, the raids were conducted and three persons were arrested at Malakpet.

The Police Commissioner said that three absconding persons Farhatullah Ghouri alias FG, Siddique Bin Osman alias Rafique alias Abu Hamzala and Abdul Majeed alias Chotu all natives of Hyderabad and wanted in several cases were now settled in Pakistan and working under the aegis of ISI. In past, they recruited local youth and radicalized them and got executed terror attacks such as a blast near Sai Baba Temple, Dilsukhnagar in 2002, a bus blast at Ghatkopar in Mumbai and Task Force office blast at Begumpet in 2005. They also attempted to cause blasts near Ganesh Temple Secunderabad in 2004.

According to the Hyderabad police, Zahed has revealed that Farhatullah Ghori, Abu Hamzala and Mazeed revived their contacts with him and they motivated and given financial support to carry out the attacks.

Police said that at the behest of Pakistan-based handlers Zahed recruited Samuddin and Maaz Hasan. During search operations, four grenades were recovered from the trio. He was planning to hurl a grenade targeting public gatherings through his group members.

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Viral: Karnataka man attempts to kiss Cobra, gets bitten on lips | WATCH

Doctors said the youth’s life was saved only because he received treatment timely.

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In an odd act of affection, a man got bitten by a Cobra on the lips when he tried to kiss the snake in the Shivamogga district of Karnataka.

After the incident, the health of the youth deteriorated and was immediately rushed to the hospital, from where he was discharged after treatment. The video of this incident has gone viral on social media and took the users by storm.

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Post-rescue, Alex tried to Kiss the Cobra

Two youths named Alex and Ronnie are reptile rescuers by profession. A few days ago, they received information about two cobra snakes getting spotted at a wedding house. Both of them reached the spot and rescued the snakes, reports said.

After rescuing the snake, Alex started playing with the Cobra and tried to plant a kiss on it but was left in shock when the snake bit him on his lips. Injured Alex was immediately rushed to the nearby McGann Hospital, from where he was discharged after treatment. Doctors said the youth’s life was saved only because he received treatment timely.

Youth dies after a snake bite in Korba

In a recent incident from Korba, Chhattisgarh, instead of receiving treatment after getting bitten by a snake, a man risked his life by believing in exorcism.

Reports said the incident took place in the Ringnia village of Podi block. A man named Dhansay had gone to his farm and was bitten by a poisonous snake.

Instead of taking the injured to the hospital, the family took him to a person from the Baiga community, who performed exorcism upon the injured. In absence of not receiving treatment timely, the poison spread in the body of the young man. He was admitted to a hospital where he was declared dead upon arrival.

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Lucknow cop caught taking bribe on camera, video viral | WATCH

Section 8 of the PC Act which deals with the offence of bribing a public servant, provides for a punishment of up to seven years imprisonment or a fine or both.

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A video of Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow cop taking a bribe from a youth caught the internet’s attention on Sunday.

The video was shared by a Twitter user who informed that the incident took place near the Charak Police Station in Lucknow’s chowk area. The cop, in the video, could be seen accepting the bribe by the roadside.

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In June, a Sub-Inspector was arrested by the Anti-corruption wing in Lucknow for accepting a bribe in the city. The Sub-Inspector was identified as Pradeep Yadav who was undertraining and was posted at Chinhar police station in Lucknow, reports said.

Yadav had sought a Rs 30,000 bribe from a person who was an accused in a case of assault and breach of peace that took place on May 2 in Kalamunda village in the Jarcha area, the reports said.

A trap was led by the Anti-Corruption team to catch the Sub-Inspector red-handed.

In another bribe incident in Lucknow, a junior engineer was suspended for accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 to cover up electricity theft.

In August, another incident came to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Noida wherein a constable posted at the Sector 57 police chowki was arrested for accepting a bribe of a whopping Rs 20,000 for releasing a suspected drug smuggler.

The video of the incident took the internet by storm following which the accused cop was arrested and went through departmental inquiry. The Noida police commission said the department won’t tolerate such an attitude and act strictly against officials who try to malign the department’s image.

Corruption punishment in India

The PC Act was amended in 2018 to criminalise the giving and accepting of bribes. Section 8 of the PC Act which deals with the offence of bribing a public servant, provides for a punishment of up to seven years imprisonment or a fine or both.

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