Top news of the day: SKM calls farmers to gather at protest sites on November 26 to mark first anniversary of agitation; HC didn’t notice any positive evidence against Aryan Khan, and more

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November 20, 2021 07:16 pm | Updated 07:16 pm IST

Farmers seen celebrating at Singhu border in New Delhi on November 19, 2021

Farmers seen celebrating at Singhu border in New Delhi on November 19, 2021

SKM calls farmers to gather at protest sites on November 26

“SKM appeals to farmers in various North Indian states to reach the different morcha sites on November 26, 2021, which marks the completion of a full one year of continuous peaceful protests at Delhi’s borders,” the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of farmer unions, said in a statement. The SKM is meeting on November 21 to decide on the next course of action, including on the MSP issue and the proposed daily tractor march to Parliament during the upcoming Winter Session, SKM core committee member Darshan Pal said.

Prima facie no positive evidence against Aryan Khan, two others, says High Court bail order

Mr. Khan and two others were granted bail on October 28. The detailed bail order was made available on November 20.

Rain claims 13 lives in Andhra Pradesh

Rescue teams found eight bodies after 50 persons went missing after they were washed away in the gushing waters when the Annamayya dam breached near Rajampeta in Kadapa district on November 19. Most of the victims were passengers of two RTC buses caught in the floodwaters on the road down the reservoir zone. Unconfirmed reports said that another four bodies were found.

Varun Gandhi seeks ‘strict action’ against Union Minister Ajay Mishra

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP MP asked for “strict action”taken against Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra, whose son, Ashish Mishra, remains incarcerated for the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. Mr. Gandhi has also sought statutory guarantee of Minimum Support Price.

Analysis | Repeal of farm laws gives impetus to BJP in Punjab ahead of Assembly poll

Opposition has lost key issue to corner party, say observers.

Indore ranked cleanest city for fifth year in row

Chhattishgarh cleanest State in Swachh Survekshan Awards 2021.

Maoists blow up railway tracks in Jharkhand, train services disrupted

A blast took place on the railway tracks between Richughuta and Demu stations around 12.30 a.m. on November 20.

Service providers can now check COVID-19 vaccination status of an individual on CoWIN portal with consent

Employers can use this service to verify vaccination status of employees and resume the functions in offices and workplaces.

Nepal not to allow third country nationals to travel to India via Kurtha-Jayanagar railroad

Nepal will not allow nationals from a third country to travel to India by rail via the recently launched Kurtha-Jayanagar railroad after Indian officials raised a red flag, citing security concerns, a media report said in Kathmandu.

Thousands expected to protest upcoming lockdown in Vienna

Demonstrations against virus measures are also expected in other European countries including Switzerland, Croatia and Italy.

Pro- and anti-vaccination protesters take to Australia streets

Nearly 85% of Australians aged 16 and above have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of November 19.

China fines tech giants over anti-monopoly violations

The companies, including Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings, failed to report 43 acquisitions that occurred up to eight years ago under rules on “operating concentration,” according to the State Administration for Market Regulation. Each violation carried a penalty of 5,00,000 yuan ($80,000).

Customer data of two more banks at risk

It was not just the confidence of RBL Bank customers that certainly took a hit following the breach of the ‘classified’ data of credit cardholders, but the data of State Bank of India and Axis Bank is also at risk.

China tennis player Peng will reappear in public ‘soon’: Global Times editor

Peng Shuai has not been seen or heard in public since she said on Chinese social media that former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli coerced her into sex, and they later had an on-off consensual relationship.

Sindhu exits Indonesia Masters with defeat in semifinal

She lost to Japanese top seed Akane Yamaguchi 13-21 9-21 in a one-sided duel that lasted just 32 minutes.

India vs New Zealand 3rd T20 | Ready for clean sweep, Rohit’s India may try new combinations

Captain Rohit Sharma will not waver from his ruthless approach but might try out a few of his reserve players as India aim for a clean sweep against New Zealand in the third and final T20 International, in Kolkata on November 21.

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