- In Uttar Pradesh, voting underway in 24 districts for first phase of
three phase Urban Local Bodies elections.
- Scrutiny of nomination papers for first phase of Gujarat Assembly
elections to take place today; Last date of withdrawal is Friday.
- Haryana government orders enquiry into the death of a child suffering
from dengue and alleged overcharging of treatment at a Gurugram-based private
- FMCG companies lower prices of various products to pass on benefits of
GST rate reduction to end-consumers.
- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe resigns after 37 years of rule.
- And in Hong Kong badminton super series, Indian Shuttlers to play eight
matches in different events at Kowlong today.
In Uttar Pradesh, voting for first phase of
three phase Urban Local Bodies elections is being held in 24 districts today.
The polling started at 7:30 this morning and it will come to end 5 in the
evening. Polling is being held in 230 local bodies including municipal
corporations of Meerut, Agra, Kanpur, Faizabad and Gorakhpur, 71 Nagar Palika
Parishad and 154 Nagar Panchayats in this phase. More than 26 thousand
candidates including 10317 women are in the fray. Our Lucknow correspondent
reports that elaborate security arrangements have been made for smooth conduct
of the poll.
with a slow note due to cold weather but it is expected to pick up in day
hours. inter state and inter district borders have been sealed. District
Election Officers have declared holiday in their poll bound districts. Drone
cameras are deployed at hyper sensitive polling stations and arrangements have
been made at about 10 percent polling booths for live webcast of voting.
Elaborate security arrangements are in place . In addition to state police 35
companies of central Para Military forces and 70 companies of PAC are deployed to insure free and fair voting.
Observers have also been deputed to keep eyes on poll process. Sunil Shukla, AIR news, Lucknow."
In Gujarat, scrutiny of nomination papers for the first phase of
Assembly elections will be taken up today. We have a report from our
"The filing of nominations ended last evening. A total 1703
candidates have filed their papers for this phase . The last date of withdrawal
is Friday. Polling will be held in 89 Assembly constituencies of Kutch,
Saurashtra and South Gujarat on 9th December in this first phase. Meanwhile,
campaigning for the elections is yet to pick up among political parties and is
expected that after finalisation of the candidates the campaign will take off. Nishith
Joshi, AIR News,
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij has ordered an enquiry into the death
of a child suffering from dengue and alleged overcharging during treatment at
the Fortis Hospital, Gurugram in Haryana. The hospital reportedly slapped a
bill of 18 lakh rupees for treatment of the child. In a statement in Chandigarh
yesterday, the Minister said, a senior officer will investigate the case and
directions have been given to submit the report at the earliest. Mr Vij said,
strict action will be taken against the guilty and no hospital will be allowed
to play with the health of patients.
Earlier in the day, the Centre asked the
Haryana Government to urgently initiate an enquiry into alleged overcharging by the hospital. Health Minister J P Nadda sought a detailed
report of alleged overcharging for the treatment by the
hospital. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function yesterday, Mr
Nadda said, it
was an unfortunate incident and action will be taken in this regard if anyone
is found guilty.
The Gurugram District
Court granted bail to Ashok Kumar, the bus conductor, who was initially
suspected of murdering Pradyuman Thakur, a class two student of the Ryan
International School. Ashok's counsel had filed the bail application for his
client after the CBI arrested a 16-year-old student of the school on charges of
killing his junior. He said, the CBI had claimed the juvenile had confessed to
his crime and the motive had also been established by the agency.
However, the CBI has
not given a clean chit to Ashok, who was arrested by the police.
Pradyuman was found
with his throat slit in the toilet of the school at Bhondsi in Gurugram on 8th
The Centre has advised Jammu and Kashmir Government to withdraw cases of
first time offenders involved in stone-pelting. Over 4,500 cases against youths
involved in stone pelting for the first time will be dropped in a bid to win
hearts in the Kashmir Valley, reports news agency PTI. The Centre may also
consider rehabilitating locals who have joined militant groups but have not
indulged in any heinous crime. The government will also enhance the
compensation to the policemen killed during encounters. At present, a local
policeman's kin gets 40 lakh rupees as compensation.
The decisions were considered to be part of discussions held by Centre's
Special Representative to J&K, Dineshwar Sharma during his visit to the
Valley for talking with all stakeholders. These issues were discussed in detail
recently at the core group on Kashmir, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath
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Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies, including ITC, Dabur,
Hindustan Unilever Limited and Marico, have said that they have cut prices of
various products to pass on the benefits of the GST rate reduction to
The companies said yesterday that they will extend the price reduction
to other categories, which have also seen tax rate cuts. The development comes
after the government asked the firms to pass on lower GST rates to consumers.
Central Board of Excise & Customs, Chairperson Vanaja Sarna on
Monday in a letter to all major FMCG companies, had pointed out the need to
immediately revise the MRP on all products for which tax reduction was
announced by the GST Council.
GST rate was reduced on 178 items, including detergents, shampoos and
beauty products, from 28 per cent to 18 per cent from 15th of November.
Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar has said
outer space is an expanding frontier of exploration and all space-faring
countries should protect it as heritage and must prevent its weaponization.
Addressing the valedictory session of International seminar on Indian space
programme in New Delhi last evening, Mr Jaishankar said, international
cooperation is critical in the space domain and Chandrayaan-I is a good example
of the cooperation. The Foreign Secretary said, South Asia Satellite reflects
India's neighbourhood first policy. He said, India has 200 programmes with over
40 countries on space programmes.
The Open Forum, an integral part of the
International Film Festival of India (IFFI) for the past 29 years, will begin
today at Panaji in Goa. The Forum is a platform where filmmakers, actors, jury
members, senior government officials, organisers of film festivals from India
and abroad exchange their views and ideas in a free and frank manner. Our
correspondent has the details:-
for today’s Open Forum is “New Challenges in Organising Film Festivals. The
Speakers are IFFI Director Sunit Tandon, Entertainment Society of Goa CEO Amey
Abhyankar and Kiran V Shantaram from Federation of Film Societies of India.
Other important events lined up for today include Press conference by cast and
crew of Hindi film Pihu and Pushkar Puran. Cast and crew of Marathi movie
Pimpal will present their film which is being screened today. Other important
movies scheduled for screening today include Bahubali 2: The Conclusion, Tamil
film Manusangada, Odia film Khyanika and
Bengali film Meghnadbod Rohosyo. With
Saikat Sarkar, Ashok Shukla, AIR News, Goa."
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has
resigned from his post after 37 years of rule, shortly after lawmakers began
impeachment proceedings against him. Mr Mugabe ruled the country since its
independence in 1980. The ninety-three old leader has been the world’s oldest
head of state and one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.
Mugabe's resignation comes in the backdrop of
overwhelming pressure from the military that put him under house arrest and
later lawmakers from the ruling ZANU-PF party and opposition taking up the
According to the constitution, the current
vice-president, Phelekezela Mphoko should be his successor. However, a ruling
party official, Lovemore Matuke said that recently fired Vice President
Emmerson Mnangagwa will take over as the country's leader within 48 hours.
In Iraq, a
suicide bomber detonated his pickup truck loaded with explosives, killing 32
people last evening at a marketplace in Tuz Khormato town. Iraqi officials
said, the powerful explosion also injured at least 80 people. They said, at
least six members of Iraq's security forces were among the dead.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack.
More than 100 al-Shabaab militants were
killed yesterday in a US air-strike on a camp in Somalia. According to a US
defense official, the strike on an al-Shabaab training camp was carried out by
a manned aircraft. Africa Command, which oversees US troops on the continent,
said it took place 125 miles northwest of the capital of Mogadishu.
Minister Saad Hariri has returned to his home country last night, on the eve of
its independence day after a nearly three-week absence following his surprise
resignation. He had announced to step down from his post in a televised address
on 4th of this month from Saudi Arabia.
Indian Shuttlers will play eight matches in different events at the Hong
Kong Super Series at Kowlong, today. In the Women's singles, Olympic silver
medallist P V Sindhu will clash with Leung Yuet Yee of Hong Kong while Saina
Nehwal opens her campaign against Denmark's Mette Poulsen.
In the Men's Singles, World No.10 H.S. Prannoy will face experienced
Hong Kong's Hu Yun in the opening round. Parupalli Kashyap will clash with Lee
Dong Keun of Korea whereas Sai Praneeth will meet Son Wan Ho of Korea.
In the Women's Doubles, India's duo of Ashwani and Reddy N. Sikki will
face Chinese pair of Huang Dongping and Li Wenmei.
In the Men's Doubles, the pair of
Manu Attri and Reddy B. Sumeeth will clash with the Malaysian-Korean pair of
Khim Wah Lim and Yoo Yeon Seong in their opening match.
Seven Indian boxers will play in quarter
final matches today in AIBA women youth boxing championship in Guwahati. In 51
kg category, Jyoti will take on an Italian opponent. Local favourite Ankushita
Boro to face Italy's Rebeca Nicole in 64 kg. Niharika to bout against England's
Georgia O'Connor in 75 kilogram category. Sashi Chopra will take on an opponent
from Kazakhstan in 57 kg category.
In 54 kilogram, another medal prospect Sakshi
will face China's Xia Lu. Nitu will play against a German boxer in 45-48
- The Narendra Modi government planning to bring in legislation to ban
instant triple talaq in parliament's winter session is one of the top stories
covered by newspapers on their front pages this morning. "Government set
to bring law to ban instant triple talaq" leads the Hindustan Times
adding "Legislation to provide framework to prosecute Muslim men resorting
to the form of divorce already outlawed by the Supreme Court".
- On a major diplomatic victory that cements India's growing clout on the
world stage the DNA writes "With the World's support, India get
re-elected to International Court of Justice(ICJ). Justice Dalveer Bhandari
wins, Britain is out of ICJ".
- Under fire from public and military, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe
resigned from the Country's top post after 37 years reports The Tribune.
- "200 and counting" is the Mail Today lead. The paper
writes that "Forces kill three Kashmir terrorists in Handwara to take this
year's tally to a recent high; 25 commanders among slain jihadis".
- Writing on the film S Durga the Hindu quotes the Kerala High
Court directing Ministry of Information and Broadcasting "screen S Durga
at IFFI". The paper adds that the court allows certified version of the
Sanal Sasidharan's film.
- Referring to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati DNA reports Union
Minister Birender Singh's statement "See it first and then demand cuts,
Minister tells 'Padmavati' critics".
- "Martyr's widows don't need to marry brother in law for
benefits" states The Pioneer. The paper reports that the Defence
Ministry has done away with the regressive rule. It has now decided that the
widow can marry anyone and will still get all the dues including allowance,
till her death.
- And finally, Oldest stars in our galaxy discovered. Well, the Hindu reports
that astronomers have discovered some of the oldest stars in our Milky Way
galaxy by determining their locations and velocities. Just like humans, stars
have a life span: birth, youth, adulthood, old age and death.