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  • 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 hospital.
  • 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.

"Voting started 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 correspondent:

 "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 of September.



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 Singh.



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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 end-consumers.

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:-

 "The topic 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 impeachment proceedings.

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.


Lebanon's Prime 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 kilogram.



  • 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.


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