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News18 Afternoon Digest: SC Hearing Today Even as Farmers Say Ready for Sit-in till 2024, FIR Against Tandav Director for Depicting Hindu Gods in Negative Light and Other Stories

Protesters ride a tractor during an ongoing agitation over the new farm laws, at Singhu border in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI)

Protesters ride a tractor during an ongoing agitation over the new farm laws, at Singhu border in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI)

Here are the top stories we are covering this afternoon: SC Hearing Today Even as Farmers Say Ready for Sit-in till 2024, 'Important for Cong to Revive Itself as Political Force in Country': Kapil Sibal, Tandav Controversy LIVE Updates: FIR Against Series Director Ali Abbas Zafar, Writer Gaurav Solanki, PM Modi Performs Bhoomi Poojan of Ahmedabad Metro Phase-II, Surat Metro, No Trump, Masked Crowd & Lady Gaga on Stage: Why Biden’s Inauguration Will Be Like No Other, Petrol Price in Delhi Reaches All-Time High of Rs 84.95 Per Litre; Diesel Priced at Rs 75.13, Natasa Stankovic Remembers Late Father-in-law Himanshu Pandya with Intimate Family Moments.

SC Hearing Today Even as Farmers Say Ready for Sit-in till 2024

Agitating farmer unions on Sunday remained firm on holding a tractor rally on the Republic Day and vowed to continue their stir till the agri laws are repealed, even as Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged them to discuss alternatives to scrapping the legislation at the next meeting scheduled for January 19. READ MORE

'Important for Cong to Revive Itself as Political Force in Country': Kapil Sibal

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal has said that while Congress president Sonia Gandhi held an “open discussion” and promised internal elections, there is still “no response” and “clarity” on how and when that will happen. The senior leader’s comments came with respect to the meeting that Sonia Gandhi had with top party leadership nearly a month ago with regards to introducing reforms within the party. READ MORE

Tandav Controversy LIVE Updates: FIR Against Series Director Ali Abbas Zafar, Writer Gaurav Solanki

Amazon Prime Video's new web series Tandav has come under fire for allegedly depicting Hindu gods in a negative light. An FIR has been lodged against series director Ali Abbas Zafar and writer Gaurav Solanki at Lucknow's Hazratganj police station late on Sunday night. Earlier, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had summoned Amazon Prime Video officials in India in connection with the controversy around the web series. READ MORE

PM Modi Performs Bhoomi Poojan of Ahmedabad Metro Phase-II, Surat Metro

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday performed the Bhoomi Poojan at the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II and Surat Metro Rail Project on Monday through video conferencing. Ahead of the ceremony, the prime minister took to Twitter calling it a 'landmark day'. READ MORE

No Trump, Masked Crowd & Lady Gaga on Stage: Why Biden’s Inauguration Will Be Like No Other

Washington and states across the United States are boosting security by shutting down access to iconic landmarks and erecting vehicle checkpoints at a security perimeter surrounding central Washington ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's January 20 inauguration. While presidential inaugurations in the US are always tightly secure events, this time security is being beefed up even more in a nation still rattled by the January 6 attack on the Capitol. READ MORE

Petrol Price in Delhi Reaches All-Time High of Rs 84.95 Per Litre; Diesel Priced at Rs 75.13

Petrol price in Delhi has touched its record high reaching Rs 84.95 per litre on the morning of January 18 after petrol and diesel prices were hiked by 25 paise/ litre by oil companies. The cost of petrol per litre in Mumbai is at Rs 91.56. Diesel prices in the two cities are now at Rs 75.13 per litre in Delhi and Rs 81.87 per litre in Mumbai. READ MORE

Natasa Stankovic Remembers Late Father-in-law Himanshu Pandya with Intimate Family Moments

Himanshu Pandya, father of Indian cricketers Hardik and Krunal, died last Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 71. Actress Natasa Stankovic, who is married to Hardik and is the mother of their five-month-old child, took to social media to mourn her father-in-law's passing. She shared several intimate family moments that show Himanshu with the couple's son Agastya. READ MORE

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