Breaking News LIVE Updates: Mumbai attack mastermind and Lakshar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was on Saturday arrested in Pakistan on terror financing charges, an official said. Lakhvi, who was on bail since 2015 in the Mumbai attack case, was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD).
However, the CTD did not mention his place of arrest. “Following an intelligence-based operation conducted by the CTD Punjab, proscribed organisation LeT leader Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was arrested on charges of terrorism financing, it said.
Flights from India to UK To Restart on Jan 6 | Flights from India to UK to restart from Jan 6 while flight operations from UK to India will resume on Jan 8. 30 flights will operate every week -- 15 each by Indian & UK carriers and this schedule is valid till Jan 23, stated the Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has been admitted to Woodlands Hospital in Kolkata after complaining of chest pain on Saturday.
In 1st phase of Covid-19 vaccination, free vaccine shall be provided across the nation to most prioritised beneficiaries that incl 1 cr healthcare & 2 cr frontline workers, tweets Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan
'If Govt Does Not Agree, We Will Take Out Tractor March in Delhi', Farmers Issue Ultimatum | "If by January 26, the govt does not agree to our demands, we will take out a tractor march in Delhi... all those camping on Delhi's borders will march onto Delhi's roads with their tractors," farmers issue ultimatum to the government.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha also announced their plan of action till the 26th of January 2021 to intensify and deepen the movement. A fortnight of nation wide campaign to counter the government's propaganda called “Desh Jagriti Abhiyan” during 6th to 20th of January will include rallies, conferences and dharnas all over the country.
Ahead of January 26 Tractor Rally, Farmers to Hold Marches Towards Governor's House in Every State
On 23rd January, we will hold marches towards Governors' Houses in different States, and 'tractor Kisan Parade' will be held on 26th January in Delhi: Krantikari Kisan Union President Darshan Pal#FarmLaws pic.twitter.com/y9h3oPmL0Z— ANI (@ANI) January 2, 2021
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People around the world will be glad to see the back of 2020.
COVID-19 Vaccine Dry Run to Continue in Assam Till Actual Dose Arrives: Official | In order to prepare the medical staff and infrastructure, the dry run for the COVID-19 vaccine will continue regularly across Assam till actual vaccination takes place, a senior official said on Saturday. Talking to PTI, National Health Mission (NHM) Mission Director Lakshmanan S said the Health Department does not want to leave any stone unturned to find out any lacuna in the system before administering the vaccine to the people of the state.
Light Rains Lash Many Parts of Punjab, Haryana, Hisar Records 2 Deg C | The ongoing cold weather conditions continued to sweep Punjab and Haryana on Saturday, with Hisar in Haryana recording a low of 2 degrees Celsius. Many parts of both the states also witnessed overnight rains. The areas that witnessed rainfall included Chandigarh (0.6 mm), Ambala (2 mm), Karnal (2.8 mm), Sirsa (0.6 mm), Ludhiana (0.4 mm), Patiala (2.2 mm) and Halwara (5 mm). Hisar's low of 2 degrees Celsius was five notches below normal, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said here.
Today's Start-ups are Tomorrow's Multi-nationals: PM Modi | " Your startups today are tomorrow's MNCs ..and most of these are coming up from what we call Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities. We need best managers to manage these startups, start new ones, and lead those. Your career has to be connected to India's aspirations," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the foundation stone laying ceremony for IIM Sambalpur’s permanent campus.
Exports Slip 0.8 pc in Dec 2020, Trade Deficit Widens to $15.71 Billion | The country's exports declined marginally by 0.8 per cent to USD 26.89 billion in December 2020, due to contraction in sectors like petroleum, leather and marine products, according to preliminary data released by the commerce ministry on Saturday. The trade deficit in December widened to USD 15.71 billion, as imports grew by 7.6 per cent to USD 42.6 billion, the data showed. Exports in December 2019 was USD 27.11 billion, while imports stood at USD 39.5 billion. In November 2020, the exports were down by 8.74 per cent.
READ | Buta Singh, Former Union Minister and Congress Leader, Passes Away at 86; PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi Lead Tributes
Former Union home minister and Congress leader Buta Singh passed away aged 86 on Saturday.
Prime Minister Condoles Congress Leader Buta Singh's Demise
Shri Buta Singh Ji was an experienced administrator and effective voice for the welfare of the poor as well as downtrodden. Saddened by his passing away. My condolences to his family and supporters.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 2, 2021
India Records Less Than 20,000 Fresh Covid-19 Cases, Recoveries Go Past 99 lakh | The number of fresh COVID-19 cases was recorded below 20,000 in India on Saturday, taking the country's caseload to 1,03,05,788, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 99 lakh, according to the health ministry. A total of 19,079 people tested positive for the coronavirus infection in a day, while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 1,49,218 in the country with 224 new fatalities, the ministry's data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 99,06,387, pushing the national recovery rate to 96.12 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stood at 1.45 per cent.
Delhi's Temp Likely to Dip Further | Minimum 7.0°C temperature was recorded in Delhi's Safdarjung at 8:30 am today, which is likely to rise by 5.9°C during next 24 hours. Minimum temperatures have increased by around 5℃ over Delhi, these temperatures are likely to maintain during the next 2-3 days, says IMD.
READ | Reforms Needed But Govt Must Offer High MSPs for Crops Other Than Just Paddy: Nobel Winner Abhijit Banerjee
As farmers continue a long protest against the government's agricultural reforms in the national capital, Nobel laureate and economist Abhijit Banerjee says the sector needs reforms but adds that the…
Farmers' Union to Decide on Line of Action on Saturday | Farmers' organisations under the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), after a meeting at Singhu border, on Friday said that if the talks with the government on January 4 fail then they will intensify the protest and hold a tractor rally on January 6 on KundliManesar Palwal (KMP) expressway. The farmers' union will also hold a joint press conference on Saturday.
Facebook's Advertising Integrity Chief Leaves Company | Facebook Inc's chief of advertising integrity, who handled the company's ad products around sensitive subjects such as politics and coronavirus misinformation, departed this week, according to an internal company post viewed by Reuters on Friday. Rob Leathern, director of product management, said earlier this month on Facebook's internal network that he would be leaving the company on Dec. 30. His exit had not been previously reported.
READ | Punjabi Jeweller Who Got J&K Domicile Murdered as Terrorists Try to Scare Off Outsiders from Buying Land
Satpal Nischal, a 65-year-old Punjabi jeweller, has become the first casualty of the controversial land laws that allows outsiders to formally purchase land in Kashmir.
Cong Announces Farm Loan Waiver, Free Power, Nyay Scheme in Poll-bound Assam | The Congress on Friday sounded the poll bugle in Assam by announcing waiver of farm debts and microfinance loans for women, implementation of minimum income guarantee scheme 'Nyay', free electricity up to 120 units for the poor and middle class and ensure at least one job for each family. The sops for Assam where the assembly election is due in March-April this year were announced by state Congress president Ripun Bora.
Trade Union Activists Stage Protests in Solidarity With Farmers | Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) activists protested in Siliguri in solidarity with farmers against new agri laws. They will keep protesting for farmers, a protestor told news agency ANI.
West Bengal: Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) activists protest in Siliguri in solidarity with farmers against farm laws (1.1.21)— ANI (@ANI) January 1, 2021
"We're opposing policies of BJP govt. How the bills were passed has set a dangerous precedent. We'll keep fighting for farmers," says a protester pic.twitter.com/eJotAku96s