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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges Parliamentarians to maintain balance between national vision and regional interest.

  • Security forces arrest four Jaish-e- Muhammad terrorists in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Government is committed to achieve the target of 26 billion dollars in defence industry by 2025, says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

  • US abandons its four-decade stand; Backs Israel's right to build settlements in occupied West Bank territories.

  • Twenty four soldiers and seventeen jihadists killed in clashes in Mali.

  • In, 2020 Hockey Pro League, India's home matches to  be played at Bhubaneswar.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged Parliamentarians  to maintain balance between national vision and regional interest while speaking in the Upper house. Mr Modi said the members of house should prefer dialogue over obstruction to highlight people's issues. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha to mark the 250th session, Mr Modi said the upper house  is essential for checks and balances in a democracy but a distinction needs to be drawn between checking and clogging.

"राष्ट्रीय दृष्टिकोण को हमने हमेशा ही केन्द्रवर्ती रखना ही होगा लेकिन हमें राष्ट्रीय दृष्टिकोण के साथ क्षेत्रीय जो हित हैं इसका संतुलन भी बहुत सटीक तरीके से बनाना पड़ेगा तभी जाकर के हम उस भाव को, उस संतुलन के द्वारा आगे बढ़ा पाएंगे और ये काम सबसे अच्छे ढंग से कहीं हो सकता है तो इस सदन में हो सकता है यहां के माननीय सदस्यों के द्वारा हो सकता है और मुझे विश्वास है कि वो काम करने में हम निरन्तर प्रयासरत हैं।

Mr. Modi's said India’s unity in diversity very beautifully reflected in the Upper house. Speaking on the role of the house in the Indian Polity and need for reforms, the Prime Minister said the framers of the Constitution envisioned a bicameral legislative framework, and this vision has enriched the country's democracy. Mr. Modi said, the Rajya Sabha gives an opportunity to those who are away from electoral politics to contribute to the nation and its development.

He further said the Constitution inspires everyone to work for a welfare state and also motivates to work for the welfare of states. He added that the Rajya Sabha, as the Council of States, enables Parliamentarians to further the spirit of cooperative federalism. Mr. Modi added that for the development of India, Rajya Sabha must remain a supportive house. 

"हम, एनसीपी, बीजेडी दोनों ने जो ये बहुत उत्तम तरीके से इस चीज को डिसिपलिन फॉलो किया है ये कभी कभी इसकी चर्चा भी होनी चाहिए, उनका धन्यवाद करना चाहिए और मैं मानता हूं जब 250 सत्र कर रहे हैं तो ऐसी उत्तम जो घटनाएं हैं, उसका जिक्र होना चाहिए और लोगों के ध्यान में लानी चाहिए।  मुझे विश्वास है कि सदन की गरिमा की दिशा में जो भी आवश्यक है उसको करने में सभी सदस् अपनी भूमिका अदा करते रहते हैं।"

Participating in the discussion, former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh said the Rajya Sabha has a central role to provide checks and balances to a majority government, and protect the interests of the States.


The  Government has said that a total of 711 Letters of Intent, LoIs have been issued for setting up of Community Radio Stations in the country till the end of last month. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar informed this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. He said, 415 LoIs have been issued to Non-Governmental Organizations, 163 to educational institutions, 121 to government institutions and 12 to others.


In the Rajya Sabha, the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 has been listed for today's business. The Bill seeks to constitute a National Surrogacy Board, State Surrogacy Boards and appointment of appropriate authorities for regulation of the practice and process of surrogacy. Besides, the house will also take up the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for consideration and passage.

In the Lok Sabha, the house will resume discussion on the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019.


Security forces have arrested four Jaish-e- Muhammad terrorists in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. Security sources said, they were involved in various terrorist activities including triggering an IED blast in Arihal area in which two army personnel were martyred and several others sustained injuries. Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate attached immovable land assets of two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists in connection to terror funding case yesterday. The two terrorists were identified as Ghulam Nabi Khan alias Amir Khan and Barkatullah.  Both the terrorists were operating from Pakistan.


Four soldiers and two local porters were killed in a Snow Avalanche that hit a Kazi Army post in northern side of Siachen Glacier, the highest battle fields in Northern side of Siachen. One soldier is critically injured while another is still missing in the avalanche. The deceased were part of an eight-member patrol team which was operating in the Northern Sector of Siachen glacier at an altitude of 19,000 ft. Our correspondent has more: -

"The rescue teams managed to pull out the seven trapped personnel from the snow debris and were airlifted to the nearest military hospital at Hunder village in Nubra valley. They were caught up in the avalanche late afternoon yesterday . The Siachen Glacier is known as world' s highest battle field at the height of around 20,000 feet in the Karakoram range where the soldiers have to battle several inhospitable climatic conditions, including frostbite and high winds in daily routine. Yangchan Dolma for AIR News from Leh, Ladakh."

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today offered condolences to the families of soldiers killed in snow avalanche at the Siachen Glacier. In a tweet, Mr Singh said that he is deeply pained by the demise of soldiers and porters due to the avalanche in Siachen. While offering heartfelt condolences to the families of soldiers, the Defence Minister said that he salutes their courage and service to the nation.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has reiterated the government's commitment to achieve 26 billion dollar target in the defence industry by 2025. Mr Singh was speaking at a business seminar ‘India Rising’, organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday. Mr Singh said India’s defence exports have grown almost six-fold in the last two years. The Minister said a 10-billion dollar investment in aerospace and defence goods and services is expected by 2025, which could provide employment to 20 to 30 lakhs of people.

"India's defence export grew nearly six times over the past two years. Government of India is committed towards achieving a 26 billion US dollar defence industry by 2025."

Mr. Rajnath Singh also addressed the 6th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus.


The Nationalist Congress Party appointed its leader Shashikant Shinde as Vice President of the party's Maharashtra Unit. Former NCP MLA Shinde has also been appointed as the party's Navi Mumbai District-in-Charge ahead of next year's municipal corporation elections there. The NCP named Basavraj Patil Nagralkar as State Co-ordinator of the frontal organizations and cell of the party.


The ongoing 39th India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi will open for the general public from today. The event which began from 14th of November will continue till 27th of this month. The first five days of the event were reserved for business. This year the theme of the fair is  'Ease of Doing Business'. People can visit the fair from 9.30 A.M. to 7.30 P.M. For  visitors during week days, ticket charges will be 60 rupees for adults and 40 rupees for children.


The Golden Jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is all set to begin from tomorrow. It will showcase the best  films, filmmakers and honour legends like Amitabh Bachhan and Rajinikanth. French actress Isabelle Huppert will be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award. We have a report:

"IFFI has a tradition of conferring its highest honour to the best performers- The Lifetime Achievement Award. This time, the winner is one of the most famous and most popular French actresses of her generation, Isabelle Huppert. She is being honored for her outstanding journey and contribution to cinema. Born in 1952 in Paris, Isabelle Huppert has starred in more than a hundred films since her debut in 1971. She won the Cesar Award for Best Actress twice and has been nominated for it a whopping 16 times. Isabella Huppert bagged the best actress award at Cannes twice for Violette and The Piano Teacher. She was nominated for Golden Globe and Oscar for her role in Elle. She is a prolific stage artist. Her latest movie, Frankie is a tale of a beloved French actress, diagnosed with cancer who takes her family to Portugal to bid her farewell.Lifetime Achievement Award of IFFI is the most prestigious award of the festival. The award carries a cash prize of 10 lakh rupees. Huppert will also take a Master Class under The Actors Connect Project in Goa. Stay connected for the films, faces, festivities and fun with AIR News for IFFI s. WITH Ankita Dhanda's report from GOA, SARABJEET kaur, AIR News."


In International News,

Abandoning its four-decade old stand, the United States has backed Israel's right to build settlements on the occupied West Bank in the Palestinian territories. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday announced that the US no longer believes that Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories are illegal and inconsistent with international law. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the United States statement deeming Israeli settlement not to be illegal rights a historical wrong. But the Palestinian Authority decried the US policy shift as completely against international law.


In Mali, 24 Armed Forces soldiers and 17 Jihadists fighters were killed in clashes near the country's northeastern town of Tabankort yesterday. According to the military sources, 29 soldiers were also injured in the attack. He said that over a hundred suspects were captured as well.


Sri Lanka’s new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed all state institutions to display the national emblem in place of the traditional portrait of the incumbent President. Among his first orders after being sworn in as President yesterday, Mr Rajapaksa stated that he instructed for the removal of politicians' photographs from name boards of roads as well.


Bhubaneswar will host India's home matches during the 2020 Hockey Pro League. The sport's governing body announced this yesterday. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) said, the second edition of the Hockey Pro League will be played between the 11th of January and 28th of June. The Pro League will feature 144 matches in the coming season.


Newspapers Headlines

  • The Prime Minister's address commemorating the 250th session of Rajya Sabha gets front page attention across newspapers.

  • "Rajya Sabha soul of federalism, says PM" headlines the Hindustan Times. "PM Modi praises NCP and BJD in Rajya Sabha" reports the Statesman.

  • The Pioneer informs "Rajya Sabha marshals' uniform given total makeover" from the traditional Indian attire comprising a turban to a military style outfit with a cap.

  • Uproar in Lok Sabha over the detention of National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah gets major traction in the press. "Opposition insists on Farooq's release" writes The Tribune.

  • Several newspapers have front-paged the photographs of the JNU students' protest against the fee hike in New Delhi. "JNU students injured in face-off with police during 'march' headlines the Hindu.

  • The Indian Express says "From next year, massage centres  on Kedarnath route to rejuvenate pilgrims" who get tired during the 16-km trek up from Gauri Kund.



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