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  • Lok Sabha unanimously passes Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Sixth Amendment) Bill, extending reservation for SCs and STs for Lok Sabha and State Assembly seats.
  • Parliament passes Arms (Amendment) Bill allowing only two guns for the license holders and stricter punishment for violations.
  • ISRO to launch earth observation satellite, RISAT-2BR1 from Sriharikota this afternoon.
  • India reduces emission intensity of its Gross Domestic Product by 21 percent, says Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.
  • In Badminton, P V Sindhu to begin her campaign in BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China today.


The Lok Sabha yesterday passed the Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill, 2019 with bipartisan support. All 355 members in the House voted in favour of the Bill when it was put to division.The amendment seeks to extend reservation of seats in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies for SCs and STs by another ten years. Originally the reservation was to expire by the 25th January next year, and the Bill is intended to extend it till 25th January 2030. Replying to the discussion in the house, Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said, a new generation of leadership is arising from among the deprived communities due to the political reservation being extended to them. Mr Prasad said, there is no need for initiating any discussion on the creamy layer among the SCs and STs.

"मैं बहुत विनम्रता से कहना चाहता हूं हमारी सरकार की सोच बहुत साफ है पूरा sc/st जो समाज है उसमें क्रीमी लेयर की आवश्यकता नहीं है क्योंकि वह पिछड़े हैं। वह जन्मजात तरीके से परेशान रहे हैं इसलिए वहां पर क्रीमी लेयर की बात करना गलत है "

On reservation in private sector, he said the private industries are being sensitized about it.


The Parliament passed the Arms (Amendment) Bill 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it yesterday. The Bill seeks to amend the Arms Act, 1959. It intends to decrease the number of license arms allowed per person and increase the quantum of penalties for violations of the law. The Bill also increases the duration of the validity of arms license from three years to five years.

Replying to the discussion, Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy said, manufacturing of illegal arms and its smuggling is cause of concern and effective regulations are needed for the safety of the people.

"ये कानून पहले था, उसको थोडा हम सुधार रहे हैं। यह कानून नया नहीं है। आज के दृष्टिकोण से इलीगल आर्मस बढ़ रहे हैं, टेरेरिस्टर है। मैं बताना चाहता हूं पुलिस स्टेशन के ऊपर अटैक करके आर्मस लेकर जा रहे हैं। इसलिए जो पुलिस के पास, सुरक्षा दल के पास, सिक्योरिटी फोर्ससिस के पास गन छीन के ले जाते हैं, उसको कड़ा से कड़ा सजा होना चाहिए।"

Earlier, moving the Bill, he said, strict punishment measures have been adopted in the Bill against those who are found to be involved in the manufacturing, transportation and use of the illegal arms. He said, the Bill provides facility to keep hereditary weapons for exhibition purpose after the deactivation and surrendering the license, however, the new Bill allows only two guns for the license holders.   


The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha today for consideration and passage. The bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha on Monday after a marathon discussion and division. In all, 311 members voted in favour of the bill and 80 members opposed it.

Replying to the discussion in Lok Sabha before the passage of the bill, Home Minister Amit Shah said, the bill does not violate any provisions of the Constitution including Article 14. Mr Shah reiterated that religious persecutions in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, who have expressly declared Islam as their State Religion, necessitated the bill. He pointed out to the declining minority population in the three neighbouring countries. He said, the bill is not discriminatory against Muslims.

The Bill, among other things, seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians who migrated to India till the end of 2014 from countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, due to reasons like persecutions. However, the bill exempts certain tribal areas included in the Sixth Schedule and those falling under the Inner Line Permit Regime in the North Eastern States. It amends the Citizenship Act 1955, the Passport Act 1920 and the Foreigners Act 1946 for implementation of its provisions.


The ISRO will launch today its earth observation satellite, RISAT-2BR1 on PSLV-C48 from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

The countdown for the launch began at 4.40 PM yesterday. ISRO said, the Launch is scheduled at 3.25 PM. today, subject to weather conditions.

RISAT-2BR1, a Radar imaging earth observation satellite weighing about 628 kg, will be placed into an orbit of 576 km at an inclination of 37 degree.

PSLV-C48, which is the 50th mission of PSLV, will also carry 9 customer satellites of Israel, Italy, Japan and USA as co-passengers.


In Jharkhand, all preparations are in place for polling of third phase of State Assembly elections tomorrow. 17 constituencies spread over eight districts will go to polls in this phase.

Polling would start at 7.00 AM. and due to security reasons it will end at 3 p.m. in 12 Assembly segments. In the remaining 5 seats of Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke, Ramgarh and Barkattha polling will continue till 5.00PM.

More than 56 Lakh voters will decide the electoral fortune of 309 candidates including 32 women candidates in the fray. A Report :

"All arrangements are in place for the third phase of the assembly elections. Central Armed Para Military Forces and jawans of district police have been deployed on all polling stations. In naxal affected areas patrolling and search operations has been intensified. Flag march being undertaken by security personnel to instill faith among electorates. In remote areas polling party and officials have arrived at polling stations two day ahead of polling. Chief Electoral Officer of Jharkhand Vinay Kumar Choubey took stock of security arrangement in Giridih district. Dharmednra Kumar Rai, AIR News Ranchi."


Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar has said India has reduced emission intensity of its GDP (gross domestic product) by 21 per cent and is on track to achieve the goal of 35 per cent emission reduction as promised in Paris. Addressing 25th session of Conference of Parties (COP) under the UN framework convention of Climate Change, in Madrid, Spain, Mr Javadekar presented India's stand and said India is keeping its promises on reducing the emissions.

He said, Climate change is real and the world recognised it and adopted a comprehensive agreement in Paris. He appealed to concentrate on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and not digress. He said India is providing a convenient action plan.

The 25th Conference of Parties (COP 25), which commenced on December 2 in the Spanish capital and is likely to go on till December 13. It is being attended by over 190 countries.


India, for the first time, ranks among the top 10 in this year's Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) released yesterday at the COP25 climate summit.

The current levels of per capita emissions and energy use in India, ranked 9th in the high category showing that emissions are still comparatively low. However, despite high rating for its Climate Policy performance, experts point out that India has yet to develop a roadmap to phase-out fossil fuel subsidies and reduce the country's high dependence on coal.


New Zealand police has defended delays in recovering bodies from the White Island volcano yesterday. They said it would be madness to rush into a landing on the still-smouldering disaster zone.

Police Minister Stuart Nash said, seismologists had predicted there was a 50 per cent chance of another eruption on the island, which sits semi-submerged 50 kilometres (30 miles) out to sea. He added, there were also poisonous gases pouring from the volcanic vent and the eruption had blanketed the island in a thick layer of acidic ash.


Wildfires engulfed the Australian city of Sydney yesterday, in thick haze. In some places, it was 11 times worse than the level considered hazardous, and was apt to trigger fire alarms.

 The city cancelled ferries and some offices in the downtown area were evacuated.Local health officials advised people to stay indoors as much as possible and those with heart and lung problems were told to avoid all outdoor activity.


The Mobile Number Portability (MNP) process is going to be fast and simple from December 16. Telecom regulator TRAI issued a public notice in this regard, yesterday. Under the new rules, it would take only 3 days to port from one network to another in the same circle while Porting for another circle will be executed within 5 working days. Earlier MNP used to take a week to be completed. As per TRAI, there is no change in the porting timelines for the corporate mobile connections.


In Uttar Pradesh, the Pilibhit district administration is helping farmers in converting their agriculture residues into compost manure. Farmers are also  financially benefiting under MGNREGA scheme. The capsules developed by ICAR play an important role in converting agricultural residue into compost. It will also stop stubble burning. More from our Lucknow correspondent.

"District Magistrate of Pilibhit Vaibhav Srivastava said that farmers are being given 2700 rupees per acre as wage under MG NREGA to dig out pit for decomposing their paddy stubble. In the same way for sugarcane stubble, farmers are being given 1600 rupees per acre. ICAR scientist Dr Loveleen Shukla, demonstrating in the district said that a set of 4 capsules named Pusa Decomposer play an important role in the composing the agricultural residuals and stopping stubble burning. Compost manure developed by this method is very rich and without chemicals ,She said. MS Yadav AIR NEWS, Lucknow.


In Badminton, P.V. Sindhu will begin her campaign in the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals which begins in Guangzhou, China today.

The ace Indian shuttler would be eager to turn her fortunes around when she begins her title defence against Akane Yamaguchi of Japan today. 

Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, P Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth are also participating in the tournament in the singles category. In Men's doubles, Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will represent India. Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will be seen in women's doubles and Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy in mixed doubles category.


13th South Asian Games concluded in Nepal last evening. Thousands of sports lovers witnessed gala closing ceremony held at historic Dasaratha Rangshala in Kathmandu. Our Correspondent reports that India finished on top with 312 medals comprising 174 gold, 93 silver and 45 bronze. 

"Indian athletes dominated in all the events. Swimmers clinched maximum 50 medals including 27 gold. In athletics India won 48 medals. Wrestlers brought 15 gold by winning all their competitions. Shooters bagged 29 medals including 18 gold. Indian boxers were also not far behind and won 16 medals including 12 gold. In Tennis and Table Tennis India made clean sweep. Besides individual categories, India also lifted women's football title third time in a row and won gold in men's and women's Volleyball, Kho Kho, Kabaddi, and Basketball. This is Raj Kumar for AIR News from  Kathmandu."



  • All the dailies have mentions the shutdown of  North East states against the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill. The Indian Express states "CAB in Rajya Sabha today: Government sure of members despite Sena U turn, dissent in JD(U).'' The Hindu writes, "Internet, SMS services suspended in Tripura for two days.''

  • "Council may re-do tax slabs to boost revenue from GST" writes the Hindustan Times.

  • Acting as a check on the Centre's use of "Pocket  veto" the Tribune quotes the Surpeme Court "Selected Judges should be appointed in 6 months".

  • "Anglo Indians' nomination to Lok Sabha, Assemblies done away with" reports the Pioneer.

  • And finally, Under the headline "Twitter topper of 2019" the Mail Today mentions ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 as the most discussed event on the micro blogging platform in 2019.


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