Top news of the day: Punjab farmers agree to lift passenger train blockade November 23; India summons Pakistan mission head over Nagrota encounter, and more

Farmer union leaders attend a meeting called by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh on November 21, 2020. Photo: Twitter/@capt_amarinder  

Agriculture laws | Punjab farmers agree to allow passenger train movement from November 23

“Punjab farmers to completely lift their rail blockade from Monday [November 23] to allow all goods and passenger trains, in response to impassioned appeal by the Chief Minister at a meeting with Kisan Unions,” tweeted Raveen Thukral, media advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister.

Nagrota encounter | India summons senior Pakistan High Commission diplomat

India on November 21 summoned the Charge d’Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission and lodged a strong protest with him over attempts by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the local elections there.

J&K local polls | Farooq Abdullah flags issue of selective security measures for candidates

In a letter to the State Election Commission, Dr. Abdullah alleged that candidates of the Gupkar Alliance are immediately whisked away in the name of security and confined to ‘secure locations’ and hence not allowed to canvass.

Kerala Governor signs ordinance seeking to curb vilification of women and children via social media

The State Cabinet in October decided to give an edge to the Kerala Police Act by recommending the addition of a new provision, Section 118-A, to the law passed in 2011.

India has set target of cutting carbon footprint by 30-35%: Modi

“Efforts are on to increase the use of natural gas capacity four times during this decade, and work is also on to nearly double the oil refining capacity in the next five years,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the convocation ceremony of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University through video conference.

Coronavirus | Private hospitals charged exorbitant fees; spending on health abysmally low: Parliament panel on COVID-19

Chairperson of the parliamentary standing committee on health Ram Gopal Yadav submitted the report on ‘Outbreak of Pandemic Covid-19 and its Management’, to Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu. This is the first report by any parliamentary committee on the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus | 13 crore COVID-19 tests done so far, cumulative positivity rate falling steadily: Health Ministry

The last 1 crore COVID-19 tests were conducted in a span of just 10 days.

NCB searches comedian Bharti Singh’s house, recovers cannabis

A team led by NCB’s zonal director Sameer Wankhede carried out a search at Bharti Singh’s residence at Lokhandwala Complex in Andheri based on specific information.

India’s first moss garden comes up near Nainital

The main aim behind developing the garden was to conserve the various species of moss and other bryophytes.

Coronavirus | Joe Biden, Kamala Harris meet House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

“They agreed that Congress needed to pass a bipartisan emergency aid package in the lameduck session, and that package should include resources to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, relief for working families and small businesses, support for state and local governments trying to keep frontline workers on the payroll, expanded unemployment insurance, and affordable health care for millions of families,” the transition team said in a statement after the meeting held in Wilmington, Delaware.

Trump administration has done everything required in the event of transition: White House

Donald Trump has refused to concede the election to Joe Biden, and filed multiple lawsuits challenging the poll results in several States. Mr. Trump has made allegations of widespread electoral fraud, without providing any evidence.

Twitter to hand @POTUS account to Joe Biden on inauguration day

The handover will see all existing tweets on @POTUS, as well as @FLOTUS, @VP and other official accounts, archived.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to receive International Emmy for COVID-19 briefings

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, whose members include media and entertainment figures from over 60 countries and 500 companies, has announced it plans to present the award to the Democratic Governor in a live-streamed show on November 23.

Coronavirus | Unilever to introduce mouthwash formulation in India, claims to reduce 99.9% virus after rinsing

“Unilever has confirmed that preliminary lab test results show that mouthwash formulation containing CPC Technology reduces 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, after 30 seconds of rinsing,” the company said in a statement.

Pakistan ready to host top cricketing nations in 2021: PCB CEO

“We have a chock-a-block eight to 10 months coming up for us on the road playing at home,” says Wasim Khan.

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