1. *The doors of the Union Government are always open for dialogue with Farmers Unions: Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh Tomar said*
2. *Social activist Anna Hazare warns Centre of a Lokpal-like ‘Jan Andolan’ if farmers’ demands are not met*.
3. *PM Modi laid the foundation stone of the New Parliament Building on Thursday* . The new building is an intrinsic part of the vision of ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ and will be a landmark opportunity to build a peoples’ Parliament for the first time after independence, one which will match the needs and aspirations of ‘New India’ in the 75th anniversary of independence in 2022.
4. *Slamming the Centre, Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, on Thursday, alleged that its ex-ally BJP was communalising the protests,* by diverting the movement with violence. Condemning the BJP’s decision to not repeal the three Farm Laws, he said that ‘such laws are implemented in countries with dictatorship’. The Akali Dal had quit the NDA over the passage of the laws with Harsimrat Kaur Badal quitting from the Modi cabinet, terming the laws anti-farmer.
5. *The Indian Medical Association (IMA), the apex body of Indian doctors, has declared a nationwide shutdown on Friday* . The call for the strike comes after the IMA strongly opposed the government’s move to allow the Ayurveda doctors to perform surgery.
6. The IMA has called for a strike on December 11 at 10,000 locations across the country to protest against the government notification listing surgeries that Ayurveda practitioners can perform. It announced that it will “withdraw all non-essential non-COVID medical services on December 11”.
6. *CBSE Board Exam 2021 Latest Updates:* Answering questions from students over CBSE Board Exams, JEE Main and NEET 2021, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that there was no question of cancelling these exams. Clearing the air around CBSE board exams 2021, the HRD Minister said that exams for Class 10 and 12 will be held for sure. However, if the pandemic situation doesn’t improve, then students would be given more time.
7. *Public Wi-Fi networks called PM-WANI: the Union Cabinet approved the proposal to set up public Wi-Fi hotspots all over the country* .
8. Travelling on side lower berth to get comfortable: Indian Railways introduces innovative design.
9. National Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday rubbished media reports suggesting its party chief Sharad Pawar emerging as the frontrunner to replace Sonia Gandhi as the next UPA chairperson.
10. *Over 51% voter turnout was recorded in the fifth phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday,*
11. Crisis ended in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Tripura with Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb calling off his ‘public opinion test’ on whether he should continue in the office or not due to dissidence against him in the party. Deb cancelled the mandate event he had fixed on December 13 following intervention of BJP president J P Nadda, state observer Vinod Sonkar and the state ministers and BJP legislators reposing faith in him.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal last week wrote to the Maharashtra government demanding that night curfew be imposed in Mumbai. Chahal’s move came after the BMC, along with the police, raided some night clubs last week. The clubs were found operating at full capacity till late night violating social distancing norms.
Govt says decision after Christmas.
10. *The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested celebrity hairstylist Suraj Godambe with narcotics on Thursday* . Godambce is the HOD of the make-up department with a leading Bollywood production house and is known for his work in some of the blockbuster films in recent years. NCB officials have confirmed that 16 cocaine ampules (each ampule containing around 11 gram of Cocaine) were found in his possession, which fell neither under the category of consumption quantity nor commercial quantity.
11. Popular Tamil TV star VJ Chitra was on Wednesday found dead in a room at a hotel in Chennai’s Nazrathpet. She was 29.
12. *Schools in Haryana will reopen from December 14 for students of classes 10 and 12* , appearing for board examinations next year, according to an order issued on Thursday. In order to attend the classes, the pupils will require to submit a medical certificate stating that their general health is fine and they do not have any coronavirus-like symptoms
13. *The Ministry of Defence on Thursday announced that the Defence Research& Development Organisation (DRDO)- designed 5.56×30 mm Protective Carbine has successfully* undergone the final phase of user trials on December 7, meeting all the parameters.
14. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has directed all central armed police forces to compile three-year data and inform his ministry if their jawans and officers are utilising their stipulated leaves as part of his ambitious proposal that aims at allowing troops spend at least 100 days with their families in a year.
15. *A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Meteorological Department for heavy rain and snowfall in Himachal Pradesh* for Saturday, December 12.
16. Contemporary Indian dancer Astad Deboo, known for amalgamating Indian and western dance techniques, died in Mumbai on Thursday. He was 73. He was suffering from lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that develops when white blood cells called lymphocytes grow out of control.
17. *Coronavirus Cases:* 9,795,572
1. *Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, digitally addressed the Inter-Ministerial meeting on Vaccination of South Asia against COVID-19* by the World Bank, through Video Conference.
2. *High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Thursday;* During the meeting, he expressed India’s willingness to contribute in enhancing the service delivery capacity of Bangladeshi professionals for the COVID 19 vaccine.
3. *World Health Organisation (WHO) applauds India for Fitness Ka Dose Aadha Ghanta Roz campaign* : The campaign launched as part of the nation-wide Fit India Movement by Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju on December 1, has gained the support of celebrities from different fields – Bollywood, sportspersons, writers, doctors, fitness influencers, among others, who have enthusiastically urged Indians to follow the basic mantra of 30 minutes of fitness every day.
4. *Foreign missions visit covid-19 vaccine developing site*
A team of researchers visited Bharat Biotech International Limited that is developing covid-19 vaccine in Hyderabad.
5.’ *India’s COVID-19 vaccines will benefit all countries’, says Bhutan Ambassador to India:* The 64 foreign envoys on the COVID-19 vaccines facilities tour were also briefed by Bharat Biotech’s Chairman and Managing Director Dr Krishna Ella with regards to India’s vaccine manufacturing capabilities.
6. Two Pakistani soldiers Lance Naik Tariq & Sepoy Zaroof killed in retaliatory action by Indian Army to LoC ceasefire violation by Pakistani Army in Mankot sector of Poonch.
7. *NASA has named the 18 astronauts, including Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari, who will train for its Artemis moon-landing programme* . Half of the team comprises women and the first woman and the next man on the moon will come from this elite group.