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  • In Assam, 72 per cent polling recorded in second phase of Panchayat elections; Counting on Wednesday.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, security forces kill three terrorists in an encounter in Srinagar.

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May says, Britain could move into uncharted waters, if her Brexit deal is rejected in Tuesday's vote.

  • In Sports; Khelo India Youth games to be held in Pune from 9th of next month.

  • In Men's Hockey World Cup, Germany enter the quarter finals beating Malaysia 5-3.


In Assam, 72 percent polling has been recorded in the second phase of the Panchayat polls. Dhubri district registered the highest turnout at 86 percent. Polling was held to elect 10 thousand 909 representatives in the second phase. A total of 35 thousand 56 candidates are in the fray in this phase.


State Election Commissioner Harendra Nath Bora said in Guwahati that the final polling percentage is likely to go up as reports from some areas are yet to come. 

"The provisional figure on percentage of polling upto 5 pm is 72 percent. But in most of the districts percentage will definitely  increase much above 72 percent. By and large today is peaceful except of few incidents of law and order problems happen in a number of polling stations."

Mr Bora said that re-poll will be required at a few booths in Cachar and Karimganj districts and one booth in Nalbari district. Re-polls will be held on Tuesday.

Counting of votes will be on Wednesday.


The News Services Division of All India Radio has made elaborate arrangement for the coverage of election results of five State Assembly elections to Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana on 11th of December. In view of this bulletins broadcast at 12 noon in English has been extended by 5 minutes and will be broadcast from 1200 to 1210 hrs in English, followed by Hindi bulletin from 1210 to 1220 hrs. The duration of the Midday bulletins in English and Hindi have been have been extended by 15 minutes. They will now be broadcast from 1400 to 1430 in English and from 1430 to 1500 hrs. in Hindi.

Also the evening bulletin broadcast at 1800 and 1805 in English and Hindi have been extended by 5 minutes. It will be broadcast from 1800-1810 hrs in English and 1810 to 1820 in Hindi.

Apart from this News Services Division of All India Radio has also planned news programmes to give latest of election results from 8.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. on the 11th of December. Radio Bridge programme will also be broadcast on that day from 2130 to 2230 hrs by linking Aizawl, Raipur, Bhopal, Jaipur and Hyderabad stations.


In Jammu and Kashmir, security forces killed three terrorists in an encounter in Mujgund on the outskirts of Srinagar. Quoting police sources, our correspondent reports that these terrorists belong to LeT outfit. Among them, two were locals and the third one is from Pakistan. Police said one Army jawan and three civilians also sustained injuries during the encounter. Huge quantity of arms and ammunition including rifles were recovered from the slain terrorists. The gunfight erupted late last evening and ended today after 18 hours.


Meanwhile, Police today arrested Reyaz Ahmad, a close associate of hardcore terrorist Mohammad Amin alias 'Jhangir' from Kishtwar. Senior Superintendent of Police of the district Rajender Gupta said that Ahmad was involved in terrorist activities in Parimpora locality of Srinagar.


The winter session of Parliament will begin from Tuesday. It will have 20 sittings. During themonth long session, eight important bills will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha and 15 in the Lok Sabha. This will be the last full-fledged Parliament session before the next Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, the government has called an all-party meeting tomorrow ahead of the session to seek cooperation from the political parties for the smooth functioning of the two Houses. Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu will also hold an all-party meeting on the same day.

On the eve of the session tomorrow, the News Services Division of All India Radio will bring you discussion programmes on “Issues Before Parliament” and “Sansad Ke Samaksh Mudde”.

“Issues Before Parliament”  can be heard on Rajdhani Channel from 9.30 p.m. “Sansad Ke Samaksh Mudde” can be heard on the Indraprastha and FM Gold channels from 9.30 p.m.


The BJP today said that the NDA government has been taking stern steps against the corrupt in the country while Congress leaders are busy threatening the investigating agencies. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Party leader Shahnawaz Hussain said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fulfilled his promise to fight corruption. Mr. Hussain said:

"राबर्ट वाड्रा और उनके कंपनी पर कार्रवाई हुई है। कांग्रेस के नेता एक नहीं अनेक प्रेस कांफ्रेंस करके जिस तरह से देश की उन एजेंसी पर जो देश में अच्छा काम कर रही है। उनको धमकी दे रहे हैं। ये धमकी चलने वाली नहीं। इस देश में भ्रष्ट्राचार के खिलाफ पक्का इरादा लेकर यह सरकार काम कर रही है।"

The BJP leader was commenting on the Congress allegation on raids by the Enforcement Directorate on Mr Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Mrs Sonia Gandhi. The Congress had alleged that the government has been misusing the investigating agencies.


British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned lawmakers that they could take Britain into uncharted waters and trigger a general election, if they reject her Brexit deal in a crucial parliamentary vote on Tuesday. She is fighting to save her Brexit plan and her job ahead of a showdown in Parliament, when lawmakers are widely expected to reject the Brexit deal she struck with the European Union.  Downing Street has insisted that the vote will go ahead amid speculation that the government may be forced to delay it.


Liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya is scheduled to return to Westminster Magistrates' Court in London tomorrow when his extradition trial is listed for a judgment hand-down. The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss is wanted in India on alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to an estimated 9,000 crore rupees. He has been on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April last year. If the ruling of Judge Emma Arbuthnot goes ahead as scheduled tomorrow, it would mark a significant point in this high-profile extradition trial that has lasted over a year.


The Kannur international Airport in Kerala has begun its operations from today. Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan jointly inaugurated the airport. Later, they flagged off the first flight from the Airport to Abu Dhabi. The airport, which is spread over two thousand acres, has been built with at a cost of 1,800 crore rupees. It is expected to serve more than 15 lakh passengers yearly.


President Ram Nath Kovind has arrived in Gorakhpur on a two-day visit to the city. Our correspondent reports that the President will attend the Maharana Pratap Education Council programme tomorrow morning.

"The town is richly decorated to welcome President Mr. Ramnath Kovind. The roads and streets alongside are illuminated with LED lights. The President will offer prayers at the Gorakhnath temple tomorrow morning. He will also participate in the weeklong foundation day programme of Maharana Pratap Education Council. The council founded in 1932 is run by Goraksh Peeth. It has played an important role in spreading education in the area. At present it runs 44 institutions including schools, colleges, medical and technical institutions. MS Yadav, AIR News, Gorakhapur."


In Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated the Shi Yomi district in the presence of Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and others at a function at Tato. The district has been carved out of West Siang District. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Khandu said that owing to its large geographical area, inaccessible terrains, the state assembly gave its assent to the creation of this new district.


The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE, conducted the largest ever Central Teacher Eligibility Test in 92 cities across the country today. A press release says, altogether nine lakh 78 thousand 818 female candidates appeared in the test. Male candidates numbered seven lakh 12 thousand 71. The number of differently abled candidates was over 33 thousand. There were 199 transgender candidates as well. 


The French government today urged US president Donald Trump not to interfere in French politics after Mr Trump posted tweets about the protests rocking the country and attacked the Paris climate agreement. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told LCI television that France does not take domestic American politics into account and wants that to be reciprocated.

Mr Trump had yesterday posted two tweets referring to the "yellow vest" protests that have swept France since mid-November and sparked rioting in Paris.


Khelo India Youth Games -2019 will be held in Pune, Maharashtra from the 9th to 20th of January. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi today, Sports Minister Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore said, nine thousand youth will participate in this year games. He said, in this edition of Khelo India Youth Games university players will also take part.

"अब यह दूसरा साल होने वाला है। खेलों इंडिया स्कूल गेम्स से  अब यह बढ़कर खेलों इंडिया यूथ गैम् हमने इसको बना दिया है। दो कैटेगिरी होगी मुकाबले की। एक अंडर-17 जैसे पिछले साल हुई थी खेलों इंडिया स्कूल गैम् में और दूसरी अंडर-21 तो इसको हमने यूथ गैम नाम दे दिया है। पिछले साल खेलों इंडिया स्कूल गैम् हुए थे उसमें तकरीबन साढ़े तीन हजार खिलाडि़यों ने पार्टीशिपेट करा था। और सभी  स्पोर्ट्स फेडरेशन इंडियन ओलिंपिक एसोसिएशन SGFI, AIU, सब इसमें शामिल होते है।"

Col. Rathore said, his Ministry is trying to develop a sports system that connects local talent to global podiums.


Olympic bronze medallist Germany defeated Malaysia 5-3 in a keenly-contested match to maintain their all-win record and seal a direct quarterfinal spot by topping Pool D in the men's Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneshwer today. Germany finished their pool engagements with a maximum of nine points from three games. By virtue of this win, the Germans joined two-time champions Australia, Olympic champions Argentina and hosts India in the quarterfinals. In the other Pool D match today, the Netherlands beat Pakistan 5-1. From tomorrow, Cross Over matches will be played. 


Chasing a target of 323, Australia were 104 for 4 at stumps in their second innings on the fourth day of the first Cricket Test against India at Adelaide today. Shaun Marsh was batting on 31 with Travis Head unbeaten on 11 when stumps were drawn. Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami bagged two wickets each. Earlier, India scored 307 in their second innings. Nathan Lyon took six wickets. Scores so far: India 250 and 307 Australia 235 and 104 for four wickets.


Around five thousand migratory birds have arrived at the Gharana Wetland Conservation Reserve in the outskirts of Jammu.

Gharana is surrounded by wetlands of Makwal, Kukdian, Abdullian and Pargwal where more than 170 resident and migratory bird species flock during the winter, making it a treat for bird watchers.


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