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Commander-level talks between India, China begin at Chushul Border post in Eastern Ladakh            Political crisis continues in Rajasthan; Congress calls another legislative party meet in Jaipur today            Govt aims to increase public health expenditure to 2.5% of GDP by 2025            COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 63.02% in country            WHO calls upon countries for comprehensive strategies to deal with Covid pandemic           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold bilateral talks today with Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf.

  • Today is the last date for withdrawal of nominations for the fourth phase of polls in Jharkhand.

  • Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0  aiming at immunizing children and women to be launched across the country.

  • Heavy rain disrupts normal life in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

  • In wrestling, Gurpreet Singh and Sunil Kumar clinch gold medals in the senior national championships at Jalandhar.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks with King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in New Delhi today. The two leaders are likely to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual interest. 

The Swedish King and Queen Silvia arrived in New Delhi this morning on a five-day visit to India. The King will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will also call on the Swedish King. Several agreements on furthering bilateral engagement are likely to be signed between the two countries.

The Swedish King is leading a high-level business delegation for engagements with Indian counterparts. The delegation will hold meetings with Indian industry leaders in Delhi and Mumbai. The ties between India and Sweden have been on an upward trend in the last few years. Bilateral trade volume was 3.37 billion US Dollars in 2018.

 "India is Sweden's third largest trade partner in Asia, after China and Japan. Mutual economic interests in areas including manufacturing, cleantech, and healthcare, among others, are driving trade relations between both the countries. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Stockholm in 2018, a Joint Action Plan as well as a Joint Declaration on Sweden-India Innovation Partnership for a sustainable future were signed. Apart from Delhi, the royal couple is scheduled to visit Mumbai and Uttarakhand. This is the King Gustaf's third visit to India. AJAY, DESK REPORT."


In Jharkhand, today is the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers for the fourth phase of polls which would be held on the 16th of this month. A total of 230 candidates have filed their nominations in 15 constituencies.

Campaigning for the second and third phase has intensified. Twenty constituencies will go to the polls in the second phase on the 7th of this month. Polling for seventeen constituencies spread over eight districts, will be held in the third phase on the 12th of this month.

Star campaigners from different political parties are holding election rallies and public meetings in support of their candidates.

BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address two election rallies at Chakradharpur and Baharagora today in Singhbhum region. Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will hold a public meeting in Simdega. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha working president Hemant Soren, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha chief Babulal Marandi and the All Jharkhand Students Union President Sudesh Kumar Mahto will also canvass in support of their party candidates. Our Correspondent has filed a report on the ongoing election campaign.

"Addressing election rally in Adityapur senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh said National Citizenship Register NRC would be implemented in the entire country. Senior leader of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Hemant Soren said his party will provide 75 percent reservations for local residents in the private companies. State in charge of Congress RPN Singh criticised BJP for rising unemployment in the state. Jharkhand Vikas Morcha president Babu Lal Marandi raised the issue of exodus of youths of the state for employment. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Ranchi."


The Centre will launch the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 across the country today. The government's flagship scheme is aimed at immunizing children under the age of 2 years and pregnant women against eight vaccine preventable diseases. The IMI covers  vaccines for diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles, meningitis and Hepatitis B. Vaccines for Japanese encephalitis and hemophilus influenza are also being provided in selected areas. IMI 2.0 aims to achieve the targets of full immunization coverage in 272 districts spread over 27 States. IMI 2.0 will be carried out between December 2019 and March 2020. Union Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan appealed to people to get their children immunized.

"जो भी समाज में, देश के बारे में, सोसायटी के बारे में, गहराई और गंभीरता से सोचता है। उन सबसे मैं कहना चाहता हूं कि अपने-अपने तरीके से आप कृपया इस संदेश को भारी पैमाने पर, बड़े पैमाने पर इसको फैलाए और एक भी बच्चा इस बार हमारे देश में यूँ वैक्सीन, टीके के अभाव में वंचित रहें।"

In October 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the IMI.

The Intensified Mission Indradhanush will be rolled out in 35 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

"Under the program the immunization activity will be in four rounds over seven working days excluding the Regular immunisation days, Sundays and holidays. First round starts today while next rounds will be in January, February and March months and will cover 425 blocks of 73 districts of states. Health Minister of state Jai Pratap Singh said that under the program around 66 thousand sessions will be organized for vaccination of more than 5.5 lakh children and around 1.3 lakh pregnant women of state. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


In Jammu and Kashmir, security forces have busted a terror hideout in Dalri forests of Rafiabad in Baramullah district. In a joint search operation, the 32 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group Rafiabad & the 92 battalion of the CRPF busted the hideout on specific information. They recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition including two AK 47 rifles, 2 thousand rounds of ammunition, wireless sets and some clothing.


Recruitment of Special Police Officers’ (SPOs) by the Jammu and Kashmir Police has evoked a good response from aspiring youths across the Union Territory. 77,641 youths applied for the 5,200 posts of SPOs. The physical tests for these posts have been conducted across the Kashmir valley and the final process of recruitment is in progress. In Kashmir zone, 26,594 aspiring youths came forward and applied for recruitment.


Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh made it clear that devotees applying online to visit Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan are not being charged facilitation fee by 'sewa kendras' set up by the state government. In a statement he said, anyone asked to pay any fee should inform his office directly. He asserted that the application process was totally free of cost.


The seventh edition of exercise MITRA SHAKTI amongst the armies of India and Sri Lanka commenced  at the Aundh Military Station, Pune yesterday. The exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability and operational efficiency amongst both armies. The Defence Ministry said, the objective of the exercise is to build and promote positive relations between the armies of both countries. The focus of the exercise will be on sub unit level training on counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations in urban and rural environments. Joint training exercise also signifies the strength of India-Sri Lanka relations in the field of military cooperation and engagement.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 24 hours. Authorities have closed schools and colleges in Tiruvallur, Thoothukudi and Ramanathapuram districts today. A holiday has also been declared for schools in Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore and Chennai.

All schools in Puducherry will remain closed today due to heavy rains in the region. Many parts of Chennai received heavy rain yesterday due to the North East monsoon. The  Met Office has advised fishermen not to venture into the sea at Cape Comorin and Lakshadweep areas as gusty winds are likely to occur due to the presence of a depression in the Arabian Sea.


"Widespread rainfall has increased water levels in reservoirs in many districts especially those which supply water to the dry capital. State disaster management authority are in constant vigil to maintain water levels and to take precautionary steps to avert sudden flooding. Educational institutions in more than eight districts have been closed for the day and University exams have been postponed as rains are bound to continue. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami will take a meeting today to discuss the situation arising out of the heavy downpour prevalent in the State. JOY, AIR NEWS, CHENNAI."

People can contact the Fire and Rescue services at telephone number 101 at all the district headquarters, including the Greater Chennai corporation areas.


For the first time in the history of the Hornbill festival, the Bureau of Outreach & Communication, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is organising a Multi Media Exhibition commemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio officially inaugurated the Multi Media Exhibition yesterday at the World War II museum.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” will bring you a discussion tonight on “Initiatives taken to empower differently abled persons.”

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In wrestling, Asian Championships silver medallists, Gurpreet Singh and Sunil Kumar clinched gold medals on the final day of the senior national championships at  Jalandhar yesterday. Gurpreet defeated two-times world junior championships medallist Sajan Bhanwal, who was representing the Railways, by a 3-1 margin, in the 77 kilogram category. This was the Punjab grappler's fourth senior national title. Sunil also managed an easy win over Punjab's Prabhal. Enjoying the home support, Punjab's Harpreet Singh, Asian Games silver medallist, defeated Rajbir Chhikara of the Railways 4-1 in the 82 kg category final. Railways finished on the top with 210 points ahead of the Services and Jharkhand .


Defending champions Indian Men's Volleyball team will clash with Pakistan in the final of the 13th South Asian Games tomorrow. Yesterday, India defeated Sri Lanka by 3-1 in a thrilling first semifinal in Kathmandu. There was neck to neck competition between the two teams. In the second semifinal Pakistan beat Bangladesh. The Indian women's team has already reached the final defeating to Maldives on Saturday. Indian girls will clash with host Nepal in the final tomorrow. Nepal defeated Sri Lanka in the semifinals.

"13th South Asian Games started with a glittering opening ceremony at historic Dasaratha Rangshala in Kathmandu last evening. The games had started from this stadium in 1984. A fireworks and spectacular laser show depicting participating countries and competitions were one of the main attractions of the inaugural ceremony. Though volleyball started from Wednesday but competitions in other 25 games will begin from today. Besides Kathmandu events will also be held at Pokhara and Janakpur. Over 2700 athletes will have tough competition for 1119 medals including 319 Gold during the biggest sporting extravaganza of South Asia. Raj Kumar, AIR News, Kathmandu."



  • "GST collections rebound in November, exceed Rs 1 lakh crore'' - three month cycle of slump broken, as demand seen reviving, headlines the
  • Hindustan Times. According to experts, in order to have a comfortable fiscal position, the government needs an average monthly collection of  at least 1 lakh crore rupees by way of GST.
  • "Private telecom players hike rates, Prepaid users to be hit" is the top Hindu headline. The era of low tariffs for India's consumer seem to have ended as major tele companies - Vodaforne, Bharti Airtel Limited and Reliance Jio have increased tariffs by up to 40 percent for pre paid customers.
  • The Indian Express writes that the  "The report of the Justice V K Agarwal enquiry commission, which found no evidence to support claims by security forces - that the 17 people killed in an alleged encounter in Bijapur in 2012 were Maoists - will be tabled in the Chattisgarh Assembly.

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