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Kerala Braces Burevi

Burevi: Kerala declares holiday in 5 districts.India Meteorological Department (IMD) reports that Cyclone Burevi has been downgraded to a deep depression overnight and is expected to be downgraded further to a depression by Friday morning. Burevi is predicted to cross the Tamil Nadu coast with wind speeds of up to 50-60 kph. Heavy rainfall is expected over isolated places of Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands while widespread rains are likely over Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The storm slammed into Sri Lanka’s eastern coast on Wednesday night and prompted evacuation of more than 75,000 people.

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The Kerala government has declared a holiday in five districts for Friday as the state remains on high alert with heavy rains expected when cyclone Burevi makes landfall.   The India Meteorological Department, in its latest bulletin, has said Burevi may make landfall in Kerala on December 4 and has issued red alert and cyclone warning for south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala coasts. A statement issued by the state government said a public holiday has been declared for the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki in the state.  Over 2,000 relief camps have been opened in Kerala, it said. “A public holiday for all government offices including public sector undertakings has been declared for the five districts in the state,” the statement said. It, however, said the disaster management authority and concerned services, emergency services and election-related services will function normally. The international airport here will remain shut from 10 am to 6 pm on December 4. The IMD has predicted that the course of the storm will be through the border areas of Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts and the government, along with various departments and the Army, were ready to face the contingencies, the statement said. — PTI

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3rd Phase JK DDC Election

All arrangements in place for third phase of District Development Council, DDC elections and Panchayat by-polls in Jammu&Kashmir

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, all arrangements are in place for third phase of District Development Council, DDC elections and Panchayat by-polls tomorrow. State Election Commissioner, K K Sharma said that adequate security arrangements  have been made in all the poll going areas to ensure smooth and peacefull elections.

Radio Media Jammu Correspondent reports that out of 280 DDC constituencies in the Union Territory, voting to be conducted in 33 constituencies, including 16 from Kashmir and 17 from Jammu Division in this phase. Voting will be held from 7 AM to 2 PM Friday . Total 305 candidates are in the electoral fray including 166 from Kashmir and 139 from Jammu division in this phase. Out of 305 candidates, 252 are male whereas 53 are female.

As far as by-polls for Sarpanches are concerned, out of 126 constituencies, polling to take place in 66 constituencies and a total of 184 candidates are contesting in phase III Friday . 40 Sarpanch constituencies have been filled unopposed.

Similarly, in Panch by-elections, there are 1738 constituencies, and out of them 798 have been elected unopposed. Polling will take place in 327 constituencies and there are 749 candidates in fray. During the third phase of polling, 7,37,648 electors are eligible to cast their votes which includes 3,85,675 males and 3,51,973 females. Out of 7,37,648 voters 3,74,604 are from Jammu and 3,63,044 are from Kashmir division. 2046 polling stations including 792 in Jammu and 1254 in Kashmir division, have been setup for the Phase III elections.

Special Polling Stations at Women College Gandhinagar, Jammu and Girls Higher Secondary School Udhampur have been setup to facilitate physical voting by Kashmiri Migrants.

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Xi: China Eradicated Absolute Poverty

Chinese President Xi Jinping says the country has made remarkable achievements in eradicating absolute poverty.

State-run China Central Television said Xi made the comment at a meeting of Communist Party leaders on Thursday. His administration had been aiming to wipe out poverty by the end of this year.

Xi said China eliminated poverty by the deadline through an eight-year campaign. China reportedly had nearly 100 million rural residents in poverty at the end of 2012.

But Xi told the meeting that imbalances in the country’s economic development remain stark. He underscored the need to bolster assistance for employment and housing in poor areas.

Analysts say Xi is seeking to boost his support by claiming his administration attained the poverty alleviation goal despite the continuing ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.

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India China Explore LAC Solutions

New Delhi: India and China continue to maintain communication to ensure complete disengagement along the LAC. MEA: My sense is that India approaches China more bilaterally, but with the challenge of global rebalancing. Decades old undecided LAC Chinese way of dialogue unreliable not only with India but all its 14 neighbours countries. Our diplomacy since independence has surrender thousand of Km of India land.India map finds amendments each decade. India crown on top studied.

India and China continue to maintain communication through diplomatic and military channels with the objective of ensuring complete disengagement in all friction points along the LAC in the Western sector and full restoration of peace and tranquility.

China with largest number of neighbours (14) sharing 22,000 km land borders namely: North Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam and the country is embroiled in territorial disputes all the countries but no loss of land to our knowledge.

Replying to a media query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, both sides have agreed to have another round of Senior Commanders meeting at an appropriate time.

On another query, Mr Srivastava said the core issue remains that both India and China need to strictly follow the various bilateral agreements and protocols in their entirety including the 1993 and 1996 agreement on maintenance of peace and tranquility along the LAC in the border areas. This requires that there should not be amassing of troops, and each side should strictly abide by and respect the LAC and should not take any unilateral action to alter it.

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Aditya-Shweta Wed-Locked

Adity marriage a bollywood one, being son of legendary Singer Udit Narayan Son.

Love relation and marriage relation are two different earlier is emotions and later in intellect.

Bollywood wedding take amusing turn in one month. Aditya narayan tied knot with shweta aggarwal exactly after month of Neha kakkar’s wedding.

Never marry, one in love May be love is blind,many features need to be in consonannce.

Aditya Narayan and Shweta Agarwal’s wedded on Dec-01 in temple ceremony with gathering of 50 guest invitees was held at ISKCON in Juhu Mumbai.

Duo Aditya and Shewta wedding reception emerged on Instagram post online find, Bharti Singh, Haarsh Limbachiyaa, Punit Pathak, Sheetal Thakur, Ravi Dubey and Govinda were spotted at the celebration.

Both Adity, the Groom and legend Singer father Udit enjoyed ceremony celebrations with song and dance.

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Thailand PM Not Guilty

Protest continue in Bangkok. Protest organizers start setting up the area for rally at Lad Phrao intersection.The Ratsadon volunteer guards block traffic at the Lad Phrao intersection.

Thailand Court PM not Guilty
Constitutional Court’s verdict in favor of Thai PM.Constitutional Court has dismissed charges of ethics breaches and conflict of interests against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in connection with his continued stay at a property owned by the Royal Thai Army after his retirement as army chief


The court said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha was not guilty of abuse of power and conflict of interest by staying in army housing despite retiring from the armed forces.

Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a secretary to PM’s Office Minister, said that the opposition especially the Move Forward Party (MFP) and the student-led pro-democracy group, Ratsadon, should not try to create upheaval and respect the court’s decision.

He also thanked the court for its ruling.
After the verdict came out, student protest groups said that they would continue to protest. The groups held a rally in downtown Bangkok Wednesday evening after the ruling.

Coalition MPs and members of the government, on Thursday, warned opposition parties and pressure groups not to criticize the Constitutional Court’s verdict or face prosecution.
Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, a student-protest leader, said during the rally that the Constitutional Court’s decisions were expected and that the court had ruled against the opposition for years.

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Putin:Begin Mass Vaccination

Putin orders start of mass vaccination against Covid-19 in Russia, will begin NEXT WEEK with key workers given priority.

Medics and teachers will be the first to get the shots and participation will be voluntary.

Russia’s pharma industry is ready to meet the challenge, Putin said during a government teleconference, on Wednesday. He explained that the amount of doses of the pioneering ‘Sputnik V’ formula already produced will reach two million in the coming days, 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the start of mass-scale vaccination against #coronavirus in Russia by the end of next week.

‘I’d ask you to organize the work in a way that would allow the start of large-scale vaccination by the end of next week,’ the president told Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova. The deputy PM had promised to come back with a report once the government is ready to fulfill that task, but #Putinresponded that he hadn’t asked for a report, but for an actual start of the vaccination.

Medics and teachers are set to be among the first to get the shot. #Vaccination against #Covid-19 will be voluntary, and Russian citizens will be getting the shots at no cost.

Putin hailed Russian scientists, saying that “the production of Sputnik V, the world’s first registered vaccine against the coronavirus infection, is what allows us to begin the vaccination.” Sputnik V received state approval in August, with the Phase-Three clinical trials ongoing.

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China Imports Indian rice

China is importing Indian rice after a gap of two years and placed orders for the shipment of about 5,000 tonnes of non-basmati rice due to competitive prices offered by India compared to other nations, the All India Rice Exporters Association said.

India is the world’s major exporter of rice, while China is the biggest importer. In 2006, China was given market access for Indian rice but shipments took place only during the 2017-18 fiscal.

China buying rice from India comes at a time of heightened border tensions between the two nations.

“Although market access was given in 2006, China imported about 974 tonnes of non-basmati rice in the 2017-18 fiscal. Now after a gap of two years, we have started receiving enquiries,” AIREA executive director Vinod Kaul told PTI.

Less than 150 tonnes of basmati rice have been exported till October in the 2020-21 fiscal. In the last two months, China has placed orders for shipment of about 5,000 tonnes of non-basmati rice, called broken rice, from south India, he said.

Broken rice is used for making noodles as well as in the wine industry.

China has started showing an interest in buying rice from India, Kaul said, as it was facing a tight supply situation amid a likely fall in output and trade curbs in the wake of Covid-19 from its other importing destinations like Thailand and Vietnam.

That apart, India offers competitive prices when compared to other nations, he added

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Hongkong Trio Activist Jailed

Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow & Ivan Lam jailed over 2019 for inciting an unauthorised assembly outside the police headquarters in Wan Chai last June.

Activists Joshua Wong (C) and Ivan Lam (L) board a police van at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre in Hong Kong on December 2, 2020, before going to court to be sentenced over a protest.

The trio attended the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday after pleading guilty to their roles in the siege of the police base on Arsenal Street last June 21.

Wong was sentenced to 13.5 months in prison whilst Chow received 10 months, and Lam was handed seven months behind bars.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Magistrate Lily Wong said the trio had been “premediated” in inciting others to take part in, or continue to take part in, the assembly. She said their inciting acts posed a threat to personal safety to people at the scene and caused serious disruption to traffic: “They committed the offence in a joint enterprise of which they were active participants,” Wong wrote in her ruling.

Chow’s application for bail to await appeal was denied, as Magistrate Wong said her jail term was “not just a few weeks long.”

When delivering her sentencing, Magistrate Wong said the court had to consider factors including protecting the public, meting out penalties, and giving open condemnation and deterrence.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab urged the Hong Kong and Beijing authorities “to end their campaign to stifle opposition”.

“Prosecution decisions must be fair and impartial. Rights and freedoms in Hong Kong must be upheld.”

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Fourth round of Agri-Talks

Fourth round of talks between Central govt & farmers to be held in New Delhi today

Fourth round of talks between the government and farmers’ representative will be held in New Delhi today. The third round of talks between the Centre and farmers remained inconclusive on Tuesday.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Prakash represented the Centre at the meeting. During the meeting, Mr Tomar emphasized that the Government is fully committed to the welfare of farmers and agriculture development is always on the top priority for Modi government.

Talking to reporters, Agriculture Minister reiterated that the new Farm Reform Acts which have been brought in are the interest of farmers. He said, they have been brought after a long wait. Mr Tomar said, if farmers have any objection to these Acts then the government is fully ready to discuss with them to address their concerns. Mr Tomar said, they should not resort to protest as it affects the citizens.