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  • Campaigning for fourth phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections ends this evening; Polling on Monday.

  • India and Indonesia resolve to strengthen co operation in several areas including defence, security, connectivity and trade.

  • US and China reach a trade agreement calling for structural reforms and tariff concessions.

  • In UK, 15 Indian-origin politicians elected to House of Commons. 

  • Several parts of north India receive heavy rain and snowfall.


In Jharkhand, campaigning for the fourth phase of Assembly elections will end this evening. In this phase, polling would be held on Monday in 15 constituencies spread over four districts of Dhanbad, Deoghar, Giridih and Bokaro.

In Naxal affected five assembly segments of Bagodar, Jamua, Giridih, Dumri and Tundi campaigning would end at 3.00 PM while in the rest of 10 seats it would continue till 5.00 PM.

Campaigning has been intensified as political leaders are making last ditch effort to woo the voters in their favour. Star campaigners and senior leaders of all political parties would be holding series of public meetings and rallies.

Today, BJP President and union Home Minister Amit Shah, working President of BJP Jagat Prakash Nadda and Union Minister Smriti Irani would hold several public meeting. More from our correspondent:

"Addressing election rally at Govindpur in Dhanbad Senior BJP leaders and Chief Minister Raghubar Das said this election will decide the fate of  Jharkhand State. Addressing election meeting at Bagodar in Giridih UP Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath alleged during Congress rule there was no development. On the other hand Senior Congress leader and Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and CPM leader Vrinda Karat claimed that this time there is a change of wave in Jharkhand. Several leader including  President of JMM Hemant Soren. Babulal Marandi of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha(JVM) and Sudesh Kumar Mahto of AJSU are also addressing election rallies  to woo the voters. WITH K K LaL'S REPORT FROM Ranchi, TANVI KHURANA FOR AIR NEWS".


India and Indonesia have resolved to strengthen cooperation in areas of defence and security, connectivity and trade during talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi in New Delhi yesterday.

The two sides reviewed the entire gamut of ties at the 6th India-Indonesia Joint Commission Meeting.

The External Affairs Ministry in a statement said that during the meeting, both sides reiterated their commitment to strengthen ties in the areas including people-to-people exchanges. 

As key partners in the Indo-Pacific, both sides called for greater synergy in the region, guided by the shared vision on maritime cooperation.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh today. He will chair a meeting of the National Council for Ganga and will review the progress of the Namami Gange project aimed at cleaning river Ganga. Later after the meeting PM Modi is also scheduled to cruise on the Ganga river to asses changes achieved under Namai Gange in the past few years. More from our correspondent:

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the first meeting of National Ganga Council at the Chandrashekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology. Apart from Chief Ministers of 3 states several Union Ministers, including Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, senior central and state officers will be attending the meeting. After the meeting Prime Minister accompanied with Union Ministers, and Chief Ministers of the three states will reach Atal Ghat near Ganga Barrage and review the work done to clean the river on a cruise. Under Namami Gange project 13 out of 16 major drains in Kanpur have been completely tapped. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, KANPUR".


Assam Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta has said that the situation in the state is under control. Talking to AIR Correspondent last night, he said that additional forces have been deployed to control the law and order situation. The DGP has appealed to the agitators to be careful so that bad elements do not hijack the situation. Mr. Mahanta said that police would not allow the situation to go out of hand.

"The situation is under control and we expect the things to be getting normal. Additional forces have been inducted very quickly and entire lot of miscreants, entire lot of the conspirators , perpetrators have been rounded up all over the state. More than one thousand people have been detained out of which 65 people have been arrested."

Curfew has been relaxed for six hours from 8 in the morning till 2 p.m. at Dibrugarh municipal town area. In Guwahati, 7 hour relaxation in curfew has been announced, from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. Deputy Commissioner of the district, Biswajit Pegu told AIR that necessary steps are being taken to provide essential food items in Guwahati and other parts of the district.

"As far as the scarcity of the essential commodities is concerned, we had a meeting with the wholesalers, retailers, and traders of the essential commodities. I don't think there should be any problem as far as the food grain is concerned or food commodities are concerned or essential commodities are concerned."


The people of Chhattisgarh, specially the potential beneficiaries, welcomed the Citizenship Amendment Act which came into force recently.

Dharmun and Diwan Bajaj, migrants from Pakistan, residing in Durg district of Chhatisgarh, expressed happiness over the Citizenship Amendment Act as this will help them to get Indian citizenship.

मेरा नाम दिवान बजाज है और मैं 1991 से भारत में हूँ और लांग टर्म वीजा पर रह रहा हूँ और यह बिल बहुत ही सराहनीय है। इससे हमको यह फायदा है कि हम यहां पर अभी वोट भी कर सकते हैं। भारत के नागरिक कहलाएंगे अभी हम। मेरा नाम धर्मून है, 2008 में नागरिकता के लिए अपलाई किया था। जिससे कि हमको नागरिकता जल्दी मिल जाएगी। इससे हमको बहुत सारे फायदे हैं। जिससे हम अपने आपको एक भारतीय कहला सकते हैं, लाइसेंस बना सकते हैं, प्रोपर्टी खरीद सकते हैं। 


The Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to bring new laws to protect women and children. The state Cabinet, headed by Chief Minister,Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy has approved to enact the new law, Andhra Pradesh Disha Act, Andhra Pradesh Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2019 and Andhra Pradesh Special Court for Specified Offences against Women and Children Act- 2019.  Our correspondent reports that draft DISHA ACT provides for harsher punishments, including death sentence, to those guilty of heinous crimes against women. The Act would cover sexual offences against women and children, acid attacks and harassment of women.

It also provides for completion of judgement process in 21 working days.


The US and China have announced the phase one trade agreement, bringing a big breakthrough after over 18-month-long bruising trade war between the world's two largest economies threatening to roil the global economy. The phase one of the deal requires structural reforms and other changes to China's economic and trade regime in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, financial services, and currency and foreign exchange.

The deal says if China breaks any part of the agreement, the Trump administration has the ability to re-implement tariffs. US negotiators are offering to significantly reduce existing tariffs on Chinese imports worth about 360 billion dollars. In return, China has promised to buy large quantities of US soybeans, poultry and other agricultural products.


In the United Kingdom, 15 Indian-origin politicians have entered the House of Commons in the historic general election held on Thursday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative party registered a thumping majority. Indian-origin candidates across both, the ruling Conservative and Opposition Labour parties registered equally strong results of seven wins each. Around a dozen MPs retained their seats alongside some new faces, making the number in the UK's lower house to 15. 

The former UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is likely to remain in Johnson's top team in the new Cabinet, after her comfortable win.

Gagan Mohindra and Claire Coutinho won for the Conservative Party, Navendru Mishra for Labour and Munira Wilson for the Liberal Democrats are among the first-timers.

Among other winners are former International Development Minister Alok Sharma, Shailesh Vara, Goan-origin Suella Braverman, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Preet Kaur Gill and Virendra Sharma.

The far-right Brexit Party, which had fielded a number of Indian-origin candidates, failed to make a dent in the election, which marked the biggest win for the Conservatives since the 1980s.


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The Coal Ministry has said that it is considering allotment of six coal mines that have been marked for end-uses like power, iron and steel and sale of coal. In a release, the ministry said that applications were received in the case of six out of 15 coal mines, for which it had initiated the auction process. It said, on the basis of evaluation of applications received in the allotment process, mines are under consideration for the allotment.

The mines will add over 5 million tonnes coal per annum to the country's coal output besides reducing dependence of industries on imported coal.


A special court in Mumbai has refused to cancel a non-bailable warrant issued against fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi, a key accused in the alleged Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. Choksi had moved the court in June last year seeking cancellation of the warrant, which the court issued for not responding to the summons and participate in the probe.

Last week, the court had rejected a similar plea by Choksi in the PNB scam case registered by the ED under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. 

Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi, in connivance with some bank officials, allegedly duped PNB of 14,000 crore rupees by obtaining Letters of Undertaking fraudulently. 


The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad has arrested another member of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) from Delhi in a 2006 case. Ijaz Akram Shaikh and Ilias Akram Shaikh, who are brothers, were wanted in the case which was registered following a raid in Mira Road area of Thane district thirteen years ago.

They were allegedly associated with Ethesham Siddiqui, a convict in the 2006 Mumbai train blasts case. Ijaz was arrested from Burhanpur in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. His questioning led to Ilias's arrest from Delhi. Both are being taken to Mumbai for further probe.

Siddiqui was the main accused in the July 11, 2006 serial train blasts in Mumbai, which killed 188 people. He was sentenced to death in the case.


Several parts of Northern India received heavy rain and snowfall. In Uttarakhand, fresh spell of heavy snowfall in the hilly areas and light to moderate rain in other parts has dipped the mercury levels. More from our correspondent:

"Following the  heavy snowfall in higher reaches and light to moderate rains,normal life in this hilly state has been disrupted especially in hilly areas. Schools up to class 12th have been closed today also. Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh told District administration through video conferencing to ensure bonfires at different locations and distribute blankets to the needy. RAghwesh pandey, air news, dehradun."

Fresh snowfall across Kashmir valley yesterday disrupted air traffic at the Srinagar airport while the Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for vehicular movement. Officials at Srinagar said due to poor visibility and continuing snowfall, flights to and from the airport were again cancelled yesterday.

Official said the Srinagar-Leh highway and Mughal road in South kashmir Shopian district connecting Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu province, also remained closed for vehicular traffic.

The National Capital yesterday recorded its highest 24-hour rainfall in December in the last 22 years which led to a dip in day temperature.



  • Unrest in some parts of the country over citizenship law is the top story in most dailies today. "Opposition grows. Protests in Delhi, Bengal, Aligarh" is the headline in The Tribune. The Indian Express sums it up in its headline as, "CAB's diplomatic echo: Washington and Dhaka flag worry, Japan PM visit called off".

  • "Rahul's remarks on rape cases stir heated exchange" headlines Hindustan Times, elaborating that the BJP members of Parliament have sought an apology from him on the last day of the current Winter Session.

  • Supreme Court's observations on Sabarimala find front page mention in many dailies.  "SC asks women seeking entry into Sabarimala to 'be patient'" is the headline in Hindustan Times, while The Hindu headline states, "Sabarimala temple issue explosive now, says Supreme Court" 

  • And finally, a front page reports in The Times of India reveals that Delhi recorded the wettest December day in 50 years, yesterday.



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