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Morning Digest: Foreign Minister hints that India-China talks could take years, CBSE yet to decide on alternatives for 2021 board exams practicals, and more

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar at South Block in New Delhi on Wednesday, December 02, 2020.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

LAC standoff | India approaches China bilaterally, with the challenge of global rebalancing, says External Affairs Minister

Negotiations with China are ongoing, says External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, and hints that they could even take years, in an exclusive interview to Suhasini Haidar.

First arrest under new ordinance against unlawful conversions made in U.P.

A 21-year-old man in Bareilly, who became the first person to be booked under the new ordinance against unlawful conversion in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested on Wednesday, police said.

2021 board exams will be in written mode: CBSE

Board examinations will be conducted in written mode and not online, the Central Board of Secondary Education said on Wednesday. Given that practical examinations may not be possible for many students due to the COVID-19 pandemic, alternatives are being considered for the 2020-21 examination cycle.

Boris Johnson invited as 2021 Republic Day chief guest

The invite was extended on November 27 during a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr. Johnson, a diplomatic source said on December 2.

Viruses could be used as bioweapons: Vice Chief of Army Staff

While countries are struggling to rein in the virus, “certain countries” have seized the opportunity to extend their influence militarily, economically and politically, which does not augur well for the world community, said Vice Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General S.K. Saini on Wednesday.

National Education Policy upholds quota norms, says Education Minister

The National Education Policy (NEP) upholds the reservation policy enshrined in the Constitution, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Tuesday, rebutting an allegation that the NEP 2020 seeks to end reservation for the disadvantaged groups.

There has never been a woman CJI, says Attorney-General

Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal on Wednesday took the Supreme Court’s invitation to suggest ways to gender-sensitise judges as an opportunity to tell the court it has never had a woman Chief Justice.

Siddique Kappan case | Kerala Union of Working Journalists to use Arnab Goswami case as precedent

The Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it will use the court’s intervention to protect Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami as a precedent in its case for the immediate release of its secretary and journalist Siddique Kappan.

Coronavirus | Putin orders 'large-scale' vaccinations to start next week

President Vladimir Putin told health officials on Wednesday to start widespread vaccinations next week, adding that Russia has produced close to 2 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine.

Biden sets new demands for Iran nuclear deal return

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will insist Iran agrees to new demands if it wants the U.S. to return to a nuclear deal and lift sanctions, The New York Times said on Wednesday.

Champions League | Neymar strikes twice as PSG beat Manchester United 3-1

Brazilian Neymar scored twice and his compatriot Fred was sent off as Paris St Germain beat 10-man Manchester United 3-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday to throw Champions League Group H wide open.

Natarajan’s rise — a triumph of the spirit

Natarajan, not showing any nerves on his debut, contributed to India’s 13-run ODI victory over Australia with two important wickets at vital stages

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