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  • Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar says, Winter session of Parliament to be convened next month.
  • Government confers infrastructure status on logistics sector.
  • Filing of nominations for first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections ends.
  • Centre directs Haryana Government to enquire alleged overcharging by a Gurgaon-based private hospital from a Dengue patient's family.
  • Zimbabwe's Parliament begins impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe.
  • In Women's Youth World Boxing Championships in Guwahati, Ankushita Boro, Shashi Chopra, Jyoti Gulia and Neetu enter quarterfinals.   


Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has said the Winter session of Parliament will take place next month, asserting the BJP is committed to Parliamentary procedures. In a tweet, Mr Kumar attacked the Congress for questioning the government over delay in convening the session. He alleged the opposition party is suffering from selective amnesia as during the UPA rule, the Winter Sessions were held in December in 2008 and 2013.

"We are committed to hold the Winter Session. It will be a normal session. Congress is unnecessarily raising this bogey. In next couple of days, we are going to have the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs and decide the dates."


Congress today accused the government of delaying the winter session of Parliament. Briefing media in New Delhi, senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that government is trying to run away from the issues which the opposition wants to raise in Parliament. Mr Azad said it is unfortunate that even the Parliamentary Affairs Minister is not aware when the session would be convened. He claimed that due to elections in few state assemblies, government has delayed the winter session.


The government is considering bringing a legislation in the winter session of Parliament to put an end to instantaneous triple talaq, a Muslim way of divorce which is still in practice despite the Supreme Court striking it down. Quoting official sources, PTI reports that a ministerial committee has been set up to propose a suitable legislation or amend existing penal provisions, which would make instantaneous triple talaq an offence.


In Gujarat, filing of nominations for the first phase of Assembly elections ended today. Voting, in this phase, will be held in 89 constituencies on the 9th of December. BJP State President Jitu Vaghani filed his nomination papers for Bhavnagar West constituency on the last day. Senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil also filed his nomination for Mandvi constituency. Scrutiny will be held tomorrow.                                                                                            


The BJP has strongly denied the Congress' allegation that  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using Defence helicopters for electioneering. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said the allegation by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is baseless as Mr Modi is an SPG protectee and he can use Defence helicopters. Mr Prasad said, Congress Prime Ministers also used Defence helicopters for electioneering in various elections, but it had no issue on those occasions.


BJP has strongly objected to a tweet by an online magazine of Youth Congress related to the origin of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a series of tweets, senior party leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged such objectionable tweet has exposed the  arrogance and shameful anti-poor stand of Congress that a person born in poverty in the family of a tea vendor cannot become the Prime Minister.  He said, it is an insult of  popular mandate.

Meanwhile, Congress has  disapproved the tweet posted by its youth wing.  Party spokesperson Randip Singh Surjewala rejected it  saying  Congress culture imbibes respect for the Prime Minister and all political opponents keeping aside differences on policy and opinion.


In Jammu & Kashmir, an army man was martyred and three non local Lashkar-i-Toiba militants were killed in two separate encounters in north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district today. Official sources told AIR that the Army, Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and the CRPF launched a joint search operation in Khar Mohalla of Magam area of Handwara in the district early this morning. They said as the forces approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants opened fire, triggering a gunfight in which three militants were killed.

In another gunfight in the Gujjarpati Zirhama forest area of the, an army man lost his life. Defence sources said at least two army personnel were also injured. There was no report of any militant killing in the operation which was continuing till late.


The Government has conferred infrastructure status on logistics sector, which includes industrial parks, warehouses, cold storages and transportation. In a tweet, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhas Chandra Garg said, Government’s strong infrastructure push continues and the decision will help logistics sector access longer term finance and on better financing terms.

The status will help the sector get credit at competitive rates and on a long-term basis as rising logistics cost impacts the global competitiveness of exporters.

Our Correspondent reports, in 2017 country’s logistics performance improved from 54 to 35 under World Bank Logistics Performance Index.


The Centre has asked the Haryana Government to urgently initiate an enquiry into alleged overcharging by Gurgaon-based Fortis hospital from family members of a patient who reportedly died of dengue recently. In a letter to Principal Secretary, Health of Haryana, Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said, the report in this regard should be submitted to the Health Ministry within two weeks. She said, the details of treatment and the charges levied by the hospital needs to be ascertained. She said, in case of any overcharging, negligence or malfeasance is made out on the part of hospital, exemplary action needs to be taken immediately to reassure the general public and to lend credence to the healthcare system.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in Mann Ki Baat programme of All India Radio on Sunday. It will be the 38th edition of the monthly radio programme.

Mr Modi has asked people to share their ideas and suggestions on the Narendra Modi App and My Gov Open Forum.  People can dial the toll free number 1XXX-XX-7800 and record their message for the Prime Minister in either Hindi or English.

People can also give a missed call on 1922 and follow the link received in SMS to directly give their suggestions to the Prime Minister.


President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President Pranab Mukherjee and other prominent leaders have congratulated Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re-election to the International Court of Justice, ICJ.

In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said, Justice Bhandari's re-election is a diplomatic milestone for India. In a tweet, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said, it is a joyous moment for every Indian as this win is a reflection of India's growing stature internationally.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it is a proud moment for the country. He credited the efforts of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and MEA officials for it. Mr. Modi also expressed gratitude to members of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council for their support and trust in India.

In his message, the former President Mr Mukherjee said, this is truly a victorious moment for India. He said, the broad support Justice Bhandari received is a major diplomatic victory for the country.


Zimbabwe's Parliament has begun formal proceedings to impeach Robert Mugabe. The Speaker announced in the house that a motion to remove the President from office has been brought forward by the war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa and seconded by an opposition politician.

As politicians arrived at Parliament to begin the impeachment proceedings, thousands of Zimbabweans attended a rally in the capital Harare in support of the motion. It is not clear how long impeachment would take, though the ruling party has said it could vote Mr Mugabe out as early as tomorrow.

Earlier, in a bid to show he is still in control of the country, Mr Mugabe called a meeting of his Cabinet. But the last gasp attempt to stay in power backfired. According to the Reuters news agency, only five ministers and the Attorney General answered Mr Mugabe's call, with the 17 other members of Cabinet instead were attending a meeting to plan the 93-year-old leader's impeachment.


In Nigeria, at least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the north-eastern town of Mubi. Police say, the mosque was packed with worshippers during morning prayers when the bomber struck.


It was an action packed day today at the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. The day began with inauguration of Indian Panorama, the most sought after section of  IFFI. Veteran actor  Sridevi declared the Indian Panorama open before a packed hall of audience and a strong presence of media this morning in Panaji. In her inaugural speech, Sridevi termed the IFFI as one of the most exciting festivals of the world.

Vinod Kapri-directed Hindi film 'Pihu' was the opening movie in the feature film category, while 'Pushkar Puran' by Kamal Sawroop opened the non-feature film category. At the inaugural function, jury members of both - Feature film and Non-Feature film sections were felicitated by Sridevi. IFFI’s opening film Beyond the Clouds’ director and Iranian film maker Majid Majidi held a press conference at Kala Academy. He described Indian cast and crew of his film as exceptionally talented and thoroughly professional. Canada is the focus country at this year’s IFFI. Canadian film maker Johnny Ma told AIR that he always loved India and have been here as a traveller before. Masterclass with Subhash Ghai attracted huge audience today. Subhash Ghai also released Lensight, a magazine of the Film of Television Institute of India at IFFI. Actor Shraddha Kapoor inaugurated the Bioscope village, which offers an opportunity to Non-delegates to watch movies alongside IFFI. With Saikat Sarkar, Ashok Shukla, AIR News, Goa.


President Ram Nath Kovind has said today that Manipur is set to become a tourists’ destination when the India-Myanmar-Thailand Tri-lateral Highway and railway through the State are materialized and the upgradation of Imphal Airport to an international one is fully operationalised.

Addressing the inaugural function of the 10-day Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017 at Imphal; Mr. Kovind said that many Japanese tourists are coming to Manipur as the State was an important battlefield in the Second World War. He said that Manipur is all set to become a tourists’ destination in the near future.

"The potential for tourism is immense and prospects of international trade with Manipur linking the Indian economy to Myanmar and the rest of ASEAN is unamazingly big. India takes great pride in Manipur’s cultural identity, its social diversity and economic potential. Together all of us need to insure that Manipur realises this potential.


Four Indian pugilists Neetu, Ankushita Boro, Shashi Chopra and Jyoti Gulia entered the quarterfinals of the AIBA Women's Youth World Boxing Championships in Guwahati today.

Neetu out-witted Bulgaria's Emi-Mari Todorova in her pre- quarterfinal bout in the 48 Kg category.

Ankushita out-punched Turkey's Cagla Aluc in an aggressive performance to fetch a unanimous verdict in her favour in the 64 kg category.

Jyoti, who opened the proceedings for India this afternoon, defeated Ukraine's Anastasiia Lisinska to make the last-eight stage in 51kg.

Shashi, on the other hand, got the better of second seed

Taiwan's Lin Li Wei-Yi to be just one win away from ensuring a medal in 57 kg.


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