The Bharatiya Janata Party came under fresh pressure as protests by farmers continue. The BJP-led coalition government in Haryana lost an ally as independent MLA Sombir Sangwan withdrew support. He said he couldn't stand with the ML Khattar-led NDA government while farmers faced injustice. A day earlier, he had quit as chairman of the state Livestock Development Board. Farmers from many states have converged on the national capital, seeking revocation of 3 recent agri-reform laws. They also want a legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP). The Central government had called farmer leaders for talks on December 1. Watch the full video for more.
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Speaking to ANI in Bengaluru on December 01, the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Karnataka Legislative Assembly, Siddaramaiah spoke on anti-cow slaughter bill expected to be proposed by BJP government in Karnataka. He said, "Congress has to strongly oppose the anti cow slaughter bill here. All the people who depend on beef for their living will lose their jobs." "They will introduce whatever bill has been prepared by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)," Siddaramaiah added.
Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar joined Shiv Sena, in the presence of party president Uddhav Thackeray on December 01. Matondkar, who fought Lok Sabha elections from North Mumbai from Congress party lost to BJP's Gopal Shetty last year.
Speaking on the on-going farmers' protest against new farm laws, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on November 30 stated that the protests are happening on account of misconceptions and dialogue should take place in the matter. He said, "The central govt wants to talk to farmers to dispel the fear of issues in the procurement mechanism. So I believe that dialogue should take place. The protests are happening on account of misconceptions."
A woman was shot at by unidentified assailants in Bihar's Patna. She was shot during a robbery attempt on November 28. The victim has been admitted at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) for treatment. Speaking to media, a police official said, "The victim has been admitted to hospital and her condition is critical."
Boris Johnson has attempted to ease concerns from fellow Conservative MPs over the incoming Covid tier system. MPs are due to vote on new restrictions, but the Prime Minister is facing a possible revolt from Tory backbenchers who are displeased with regional lockdown plans.
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Boris Johnson has announced that all "wet pubs" are to receive further financial support, as he looks to ward off a Conservative rebellion over his post-lockdown plan. Opening the debate on the tiers system in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister said all "wet pubs" - establishments that do not serve food - will receive £1,000 to "recognise how hard they have been hit" by Covid controls during what would typically be their busiest time of year. MPs are due to vote on Tuesday on measures that would put 99% of England's population into the tough measures of Tier 2 and Tier 3 when the second national lockdown ends on Wednesday. Pubs will only be allowed to open in Tier 2 if they can act as a restaurant, while those in Tier 3 will only be permitted to serve takeaway. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Health and Family Welfare Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on December 1 said that India's average daily COVID-19 positivity rate last week was 3.72% and among all the big nations in world, cases per million in India (at 211 cases/mn) are the lowest. "Last 7 days trends shows that European nations are witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases," he said.
Border Security Force (BSF) celebrated its 56th Raising Day on Tuesday, December 1. Organised at Delhi's Chhawla Camp, event was attended by BSF DG Rakesh Asthana. Asthana paid tributes to BSF personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty. A parade by BSF personnel also took place during the event to mark the occasion. MoS Nityanand Rai, who was the chief guest of the event, felicitated the BSF personnel. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and wished all BSF personnel on the occasion. Home Minister Amit Shah also saluted brave personnel of the force for their national service. India's one of the paramilitary forces, BSF was constituted on December 1, 1965.
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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on December 1 met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. After the meeting he said, "I spoke to the PM about COVID-19 situation and particulars of vaccination. I also spoke about a possible sensitisation drive to encourage the youth to forego inoculation for those who are more in need, should a viable vaccination be released."
Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired first meeting of National Implementation Committee of India in Delhi on November 25. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Pate were also present.
Addressing a joint press conference in the national capital on November 12, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke on COVID Suraksha Mission.She said, "Rs 900 crore provided for COVID Suraksha Mission for research and development of the Indian COVID vaccine to the Department of Biotechnology."
Addressing a joint press conference in the national capital on November 12, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke on Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Rojgar Yojana (PMGKRY). She said, "An additional outlay of Rs 10,000 crores will be provided for Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Rojgar Yojana in the current financial year." "It will accelerate the rural economy," the FM added.
Addressing a joint press conference in the national capital on November 12, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, "10 new champion sectors will now be covered under the Production Linked Incentives (PLI) Scheme to boost the competitiveness of domestic manufacturing. It is expected to give a significant boost to economic growth and domestic employment." "Rs 18,000 crore will be provided over and above the budget estimate which was mentioned in the Budget 2020-21 under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana particularly for the urban areas. This extra budgetary resource being provided will help 12 lakh houses to be grounded and 18 lakh houses will get completed as a result," she added.
Ahead of the voting for the post of Speaker post, RJD MLAs created ruckus in Bihar Vidhan Sabha on November 25. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav showed rulebook to pro-tem Speaker Jitan Ram Manjhi. During the ruckus, pro-tem Speaker Manjhi said, "Those who are from other House aren't voting for Speaker election, but no problem in their presence." Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Education Minister Ashok Choudhary were present in the Assembly. The NDA has unanimously declared BJP MLA Vijay Kumar Sinha's name as the candidate while Mahagathbandhan has declared RJD MLA Awadh Bihari Choudhary as its candidate for the Speaker post. Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Vijay Sinha elected as the Speaker of Bihar Assembly. The winter session of the 243-member Bihar Assembly is underway until November 27.
RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari has lashed out at the Congress over the Bihar assembly election verdict. The senior RJD leader said that many believe the Congress bogged down the Mahagathbandhan in the state polls. Tiwari said that while the Congress had put up candidates in 70 seats the party did not even hold enough rallies in the state. He said that while Rahul Gandhi visited for 3 days, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra did not make an appearance for campaigning. Tiwari further alleged that this is not something that has happened in Bihar alone and said that while the Congress is always interested in fighting many seats, it is not interested in winning. Tiwari said that while the political battle was underway in Bihar, Rahul Gandhi was on a picnic at his sister’s house in Shimla. Congress had ended with 19 seats in the state severely denting the chances of the Mahagathbandhan, despite the RJD ending up as the single largest party in the state. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Minister of State (MoS) for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey hit at Congress and RJD and asked to be aware of 'Gappu, Pappu and Lappu'. He said, "One who couldn't even pass 10th standard is commenting on Nitish Kumar who had been an engineer. These Congress and RJD people wrote the story of corruption. So, be aware of these Gappu, Pappu and Lappu."
The mortal remains of Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) founder leader Ram Vilas Paswan was being taken to his residence from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on October 09. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan was present outside AIIMS along with other party workers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his last respects to Ram Vilas Paswan at his residence in Delhi. BJP national president JP Nadda, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan also paid their last respect to Ram Vilas Paswan. Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Giriraj Singh and MoS Ashwini Kumar Choubey came along with PM Modi to pay tribute. Paswan passed away at the age of 74 on October 08. He recently underwent heart surgery in Delhi. He has served as the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government. His son Chirag Paswan broke the news on his Twitter account.