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Morning Digest: Health Ministry team to meet on mutant variant of coronavirus, India and U.S. mull unfinished business as Trump tenure winds down, and more

A paramedic takes a nasal swab sample to conduct Rapid Antigen Test in Srinagar on December 20, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad

Govt. invites farmers for more talks

The government on Sunday asked protesting farmer unions to specify their concerns over its earlier proposal of amendments in the new agri laws and choose a convenient date for the next round of talks so that the ongoing agitation could end at the earliest.

Farmers to step up stir, meet NDA allies

The leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), a joint front of farmer unions, on Sunday announced a further intensification of their agitation demanding repeal of three agricultural marketing laws, including relay hunger strikes at protest sites and reaching out to constituents of the ruling-National Democratic Alliance.

Agents to shut Punjab mandis in protest against I-T raids

Following raids by the Income Tax department on several commission agents (arhtiya) in Punjab, they have decided to close the mandis in the State for an indefinite period as a mark of protest.

Health Ministry team to meet on mutant variant of coronavirus

The Health Ministry has called a meeting of its joint monitoring group (JMG) on COVID-19 on Monday to discuss the emergence of a mutant variant of the coronavirus in the UK, which has reportedly led to a surge in infection rates there.

Protesting farmers Facebook page taken down

Swaraj India national president Yogendra Yadav has alleged that the Facebook account ‘Kisan Ekta Morcha page’ belonging to the farmers protesting against the Centre’s farm laws was blocked on Sunday during a live broadcast.

In Odisha, Biju Janata Dal steers away from controversy over farm laws

The Biju Janata Dal on Sunday steered away from controversy over the three new farm laws and demanded implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee recommendations for improvement of the agriculture sector.

Why can’t PM Modi go to Singhu border, asks Congress

The Congress, while appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unscheduled visit to Delhi’s gurudwara Rakabganj, on Sunday asked why can’t he visit the Singhu border to listen to agitating farmers.

Naya Kashmir rendering locals homeless: Mehbooba

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday visited the families allegedly evicted by the forest department in central Kashmir's Budgam and said "Naya Kashmir has rendered locals homeless".

11 FIRs under U.P. ordinance so far

With fresh cases in Shahjahanpur and Kannauj, the number of FIRs lodged under the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 has reached 11.

India looks at integrating more countries into coastal radar network

As part of efforts to further expand the coastal radar chain network meant to enable real time monitoring of the high seas for threats as also expand India’s assistance for capacity building to Indian Ocean littoral states, efforts are in advanced stages to set up coastal radar stations in Maldives, Myanmar and Bangladesh, according to defence

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