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  • The proud Nation celebrated Vijay Diwas on Sunday. The day marks the glorious victory over Pakistan in 1971 during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, in alliance with Bangladesh Mukti Bahini. The end of the war also resulted in the unilateral and unconditional surrender of the Pakistan Army and subsequent secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh. On this day in 1971, the chief of the Pakistani forces, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with 93,000 troops, surrendered to the allied forces consisting of Indian Army and Mukti Bahini after their defeat in the war. The anniversary of Vijay Divas is being observed across India by paying tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation. In the national capital New Delhi, Defence Minister and heads of all three wings of the Indian armed forces paid homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes on the occasion of Vijay Diwas. The President in a tweet said  .. we remember with gratitude our Armed Forces who defended our nation and upheld universal values of human liberty in 1971. In particular, we pay tribute to those who lost their lives in that valiant effort. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said, the overall internal security scenario in the country has vastly improved during the last four years. He said, there has been a significant improvement in the law and order situation, particularly in the North Eastern region. He was addressing a Vijay Diwas function in New Delhi. He stressed the need for igniting patriotism among the youth and said, they should know about the sacrifices and valour of the jawans of the armed forces. Stating that the Society has to stand up with the Veterans today, the Home Minister said, an action plan needs to be framed to preserve individual honour and nation's integrity among the citizens. Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman remembered the valour and sacrifice of the brave soldiers of the 1971 war. In a tweet, she said that the might, bravery, and resolve of the Indian Armed Forces compelled the Pakistani forces to put their weapons down in just 14 days, turning it into one of the biggest surrenders in modern history. Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also saluted to the unparalleled valor of India's armed forces. The I&B minister in a tweet said..  In 1971, on this day, our armed forces defeated Pakistan and Bangladesh was born. The legendary courage and sacrifice of our armed forces will continue to inspire India for generations to come."      

  • After selecting chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Congress party has announced Bhupesh Baghel as the new chief minister of Chhattisgarh in a Congress Legislature Party meeting of the party in Raipur. Party leaders, including, Mallikarjun Kharge, PL Punia, TS Singhdeo, were present for the meeting. The announcement comes a day after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi held several rounds of meetings with top party leaders in Chhattisgarh. Oath ceremony will be held in Raipur on Monday for the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister. Congress had won 68 seats in the assembly elections and had secured more than two third majority in the 90 member Vidhan sabha. Chhattisgarh CM Designate Bhupesh Baghel said that he will take along all sections of society while running his government.    

  • Naval aircraft have flown 11 sorties along the East coast over last two days to broadcast warnings to the fishermen at sea of the impending cyclone and advise them to return to nearest the harbour for shelter. Additionally, naval ships at sea have also been warning the fishermen to return to harbour. Indian Naval ships are standing by to render Humanitarian Assistance and Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid. Additional medical teams, divers, inflatable rubber boats and relief material that include food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets etc, in sufficient quantities have been kept standby. Diving teams with inflatable Gemini boats and associated diving equipment have been kept standby for immediate deployment for relief and rescue operations.  ENC is monitoring the developments closely and is in constant communication with the State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMA) to augment the rescue and relief operations. Aircraft are standing by at the Naval Air Stations INS Dega and INS Rajali to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded as required. Fishermen from Odissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu coasts have been advised not to venture into sea view deteriorating weather condition in the area with winds gusting over 100 kmph, very high swell conditions and widespread rainfall.

  • Virat Kohli has become the second fastest batsmen to scored 25 Test hundreds as he reached the milestone in 127 innings on Day 3 of the Perth Test between India and Australia at the brand new Optus Stadium. Don Bradman took just a mere 68 innings to score 25 Test hundreds but Kohli has left Sachin Tendulkar behind who took 130 innings to score as many hundreds in Tests. This is Virat Kohli's seventh Test hundred vs Australia while his 6th Down Under. In Oceania, Kohli has now scored 7th hundred while this is Indian captain's 14th hundred in away Tests. This is also Virat Kohli's 18th Test century as the captain of the team, which goes on to show exactly how much he has led his team from the front and has taken captaincy as a means to improve himself. On Sunday took India out of deep waters after he walked in to bat with Indian scoreboard reading 8 for 2. On a tough wicket that had quite a bit of bounce, Kohli reached his hundred in 214 deliveries. With his sixth Test century in Australia, Kohli also equalled Sachin Tendulkar's record of most Test centuries by an Indian Down Under. Ahead of this tour, Kohli had scored five hundreds -- one in Adelaide in 2012 and four centuries if the 2014-15 tour which includes the twin hundreds at Adelaide. Tendulkar and Kohli are the only two batsmen to slam six hundreds in Australia in the last 70 years. Kohli also takes the second place in the list of most runs by a Test captain in away Tests in a calendar year.  

  • Ranil Wickremsinghe was sworn in as Prime minister on Sunday morning by President Maithripala Sirisena thus bringing an end to weeks long political crisis in the country. Wickremesinghe after swearing in, expressed his gratitude to all citizens who demanded democracy in unison during Sri Lanka’s political crisis. He said that unfortunately the country’s journey forward and the development launched by his government came to a halt. He vowed that the first thing they will look to achieve is to restore of normalcy in the country and  kick start the development activities. President Sirisena said he has given Premiership to Ranil Wickremesinghe while honouring Parliamentary traditions and democracy. His office said in a statement that his previous statement on not appointing Ranil even if 225 MPs support him, was his personal political opinion. The statement also claimed Wickremsinghe side assured they would not bring impeachment motion against President and pledged to cooperate with him.  Wickremsinghe was removed as Prime Minister on October 26 and replaced by Mahinda Rajapaksa who resigned yesterday after failing to garner majority in Parliament.  This is the fifth time Wickremsinghe has been sworn in as Prime minister which is a record in Sri Lanka. The cabinet of ministers will be sworn in next week and a vote of account will be presented to meet expenditure for first two months of New Year. The culmination of weeks long crisis has come as a major political victory for Wickremsinghe who emerged winner among the three key players. Rajapaksa had to resign as prime minister on Saturday while President Sirisena is under criticism for this actions.

  • Prime Minister Narendara Modi inaugurated or laid the foundation stone of various develppment projects in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. The seven projects worth 355.90 crores related to Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation, six projects worth 21.41 crores for construction of Ghats under Namami Gange program; two more projects related to Namami Gange program; 111 projects related to Public Works Department; 16 proejects related to Railways and 157 other projects for development in the Uttar Pradesh. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister highlighted the key initiatives taken by the governnment for clean Gange. Prime MInister said that, 50 ghats out of 150 ghats so far have been renovated under Namami Gange program. Prime MInsiter also said that govt has sanctioned more than Rs 24,000 crore for Ganga cleaning under Namami Gange programme. Prime Minister also said that state govt and centrral govt are working together to make the Kumbh a successful event. Prime MInsiter also said that, whichever country he visited during last one and half year, he invited people to visit Prayagraj for Kumbh, so that world can see the real beauty of India.  Attacking Congress, Prime Minster said that one can expect no good from Congress. Prime Minister said that Congress has always regarded itself above law and above any democratic institution. On the occasion, Prime MIniter also released coffee table book ' Making of Kumbh' Earlier, Prime Minister Modi performed Ganga pooja at Sangam Ghat. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also accompanied him. Prime Minister Modi also visited Akshayvat, in Prayagraj. Prime Minister Modi also visited the Swachh Kumbh exhibition in Prayagraj.  

  • Both teams failed to score in the regulation time and the match went to penalty shoot-outs in which Belgium proved superior. This is Belgium's first ever World Cup title.

  • Earlier Prime Minister Modi  inspected the Modern Rail Coach Factory. He took a round of the factory and interacted with the workers there. PM Modi was apprised by the officials of  the works being carried out at the Factory. He also inspected Humsafar Rake at the Factory and collected information about the operation of the moder coach being produced for several high speed trains. Officials presented Prime Minister  a replica of the Rail coach factory. PM Modi also launched several development projects worth over one thousand crore rupees at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh. Addressing a gathering, the Prime Minister Modi said that Modern Rail Coach Factory was approved in 2007 and the aim was to make 1,000 new coaches. He said, only three per cent of the machines were working in 2014 but after coming to power NDA government changed this. He said, Raebareli coach factory will soon be a global hub. The Prime Minister  said that the factory will produce coach of high-speed trains, metro trains and aluminium coaches. He said, the expansion of coach factory would generate employment opportunities for people. Prime Minister said, earlier governments neglected the development of Rae Bareli but the Central government is committed to it. He said, development in Raebareli is also fast-growing. On Rafale deal, PM Modi accused Congress of spreading lies for personal gains and compromising national security. The Prime Minister said that  country will neither forget nor forgive the previous government’s attitude towards the defence forces. He said that  government is trying its best that those who are ready to sacrifice their lives for the country should not face any difficulty.       

  • Sindhu beat Intanon 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes in the semi-final to reach the final. Sindhu will now face Nozomi Okuhara in the final in a repeat of last year's BWF World Championships final. Sindhu is still unbeaten in the tournament as she won all three of her group games and came into the semi-final in a solid form and she showed her repertoire of strokes against the Thai player.

  • India were 172 for 3, trailing Australia by 154 runs with Kohli on 82 and Rahane on 51. Australia resumed at 277 for six, with overnight batsmen Paine and Pat Cummins building a useful lower order partnership. The pair put on 59 before Cummins was clean bowled by a sharp delivery from Umesh Yadav to end his 66-ball knock. That sparked the Australian collapse, and were all out for 326 in their first innings. Up 1-0 in the four-Test series, India made a terrible start to their first innings. India lost both the openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul for 8 runs on the board.  At 8 for 2, India needed either a counter-attack or a stubborn resistance.  They got a bit of both in the form of Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara fell in a rather soft manner post tea when he gloved Mitchell Starc down leg-side to wicketkeeper Tim Paine after a 103-ball 24. The 74-run partnership had been broken after 33 overs, but India were still in a spot of bother at 82 for 3.  The arrival of Rahane changed the momentum a little and gave the innings an impetus. He took on the bowling almost immediately, pulling and upper-cutting the pacers for boundaries. The vice-captain and captain stayed on till the end - just what India would have wanted given they have a long tail.

  • The two sides reviewed the broad gamut of the multi-faceted India-France bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. Both Ministers discussed strategic partnership between the two nations, through maritime cooperation in Indo Pacific, and cooperation in civil nuclear, defence, space, trade and economic sectors.

  • The CBI had earlier informed the court that they needed to confront Michel with some documents and witnesses, and take him to Mumbai too. Michel is one of the three middlemen being probed in the VVIP chopper case by the ED and the CBI. He was brought to India on the night of December 4, following his extradition by the UAE in connection with the case.

  • French FM also holds talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.  JY Le Drian said French companies are investing and innovating in India under Make in India programme.  

  • The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Sirnoo village in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Saturday morning after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area, an Army official said. The search operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists opened fire on the security personnel. Three terrorists and a soldier were killed in the gunfight, he said. The identity and group affiliation of the slain ultras was not known yet. Massive clashes broke out between youths and the security forces in the area following the encounter. 

  • The tragic incident occurred on Friday evening when a minitruck skidded off the road and plunged 500 meters at Ghyanphedi area of Dupcheshwor Rural Municipality-1 in Nuwakot district. According to police 19 people died on the spot while one person lost his life during treatment. Seventeen persons have also been injured in the accident and they have been brought to Kathmandu for treatment. More than 40 people were on board in the ill fated truck.  

  • He said the economy is now fairly large to display a certain degree of resilience. Speaking at the inauguration of the FICCI Annual General Meeting in New Delhi on Friday, Jaitley, said the government will stick to the 3.3 per cent fiscal deficit target in the current financial year. He said there is a need to focus on several unreformed sectors in the economy. He also cited the need to improve credit flow and tackle liquidity. The Minister said the government intends to overtake the UK in terms of GDP and come close to Japan in terms of GDP not per capita income in course of the next few years. On RBI, Jaitley said government respects its autonomy and indepence. He said that pointing out credit and liquidity issues is not infringing on autonomy.  

  • His son Namal Rajapksa said the resignation will follow an address to the nation. He added that Mr. Rajapksa party will work with others under a broad coalition.  Earlier, the Supreme Court had refused to vacate interim order of lower court restraining Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning. A Presidential advisor confirmed that Wickremsinghe will be appointed as the Prime Minister by Monday and President Maithripala Sirsiena has reportedly agreed to it. The political crisis began in the country on October 26 when the President appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister replacing Wickremsinghe. Later, Rajapaksa failed to prove his majority in Parliament and thereafter Parliament passed several motions against his government.

  • Newly elected Congress legislature party is scheduled to meet today. Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s decision regarding his choice for chief minister would be announced at the meeting. Earlier, AICC observer Mallikarjun Khadge had a meeting with Congress legislators on 12th December in Raipur and submitted his report to the party  President. Later, the Congress chief summoned senior state leaders Bhupesh Baghel, TS Singhdeo,Tamradwaj Sahu and Charandas Mahant to New Delhi to have a discussion with them. AICC General Secretary and party in charge for Chhattisgarh P L Punia was also present during the meeting.

  • Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Zoramthanga and his Council of Ministers at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl. Chief Ministers of other north eastern states have been invited to attend the ceremony. The new council of Ministers in Mizoram is going to swear in ceremonially after a few hours. Two days back, MNF President Zoramthanga has been nominated as the leader of the legislative party by its newly elected legislators. This will be for the third term that the MNF is forming government in Mizoram and after a gap of 10 years. 40-member Assembly, the MNF has bagged 26 seats. Earlier, it has run governments during 1998 to 2008 for two consecutive terms and was headed by Zoramthanga as Chief Minister.

  • The President will also visit various places like ‘Valley of Flowers’, ‘Wall of Unity’, ‘Museum and Exhibition Halls’ and others at the venue of Statue of Unity.  During the visit, the President Kovind will be accompanied by  Governor of Gujarat Om Prakash Kohli, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal among others. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today held a review meeting with Chief Secretary Dr. J. N. Singh and other senior officials of the State government in Gandhinagar in connection with the visit of President’s visit to Statue of Unity tomorrow.

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