Digest for domestic stories for week Dec 19 - Dec 25, 2020

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Saturday New Delhi: Seeking to quell recent dissension in the party, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday met a section of leaders including some who wrote to her this August demanding a complete organisational overhaul. New Delhi: The ED on Saturday attached residential and commercial properties worth nearly Rs 12 crore of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah in an ongoing case of alleged money laundering, drawing strong reaction from his party National Conference (NC) which said these properties were 'largely ancestral' and he would challenge the action in a court of law.

New Delhi: India has crossed the grim milestone of one crore COVID-19 cases even as the spread of the virus slows down with almost a month being taken for the 10 lakh new infections unlike in the period from August till mid-November when they rose at a faster rate.

Sunday New Delhi: 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.

New Delhi: Cold wave conditions persisted across north India on Sunday, with most places in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh experiencing sub-zero temperatures and Delhi recording the season's lowest temperature so far.

New Delhi: Intensifying their agitation against the Centre's new agri laws, farmers on Sunday announced that they will observe a day-long relay hunger strike on Monday at all sites of protest here and halt toll collection on highways in Haryana from December 25 to 27.

Monday New Delhi: Veteran Congress leader Motilal Vora, a staunch Gandhi family loyalist who was a chief minister, union minister and Governor in a political career spanning almost five decades, died at a hospital here on Monday following post-COVID-19 complications, his family said.

New Delhi: Agitating farmers on Monday claimed that there is nothing new in the Centre's latest letter to them seeking a date for the next round of talks, as they held a day-long 'relay' hunger strike at all protest sites on Delhi's borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to press their demand for the repeal of the contentious agri laws.

New Delhi: All flights connecting the UK and India will remain suspended from Wednesday till December 31, the Civil Aviation Ministry said on Monday in view of the emergence of a mutated variant of the coronavirus there.

Tuesday Jammu: The People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an amalgam of seven political parties, won 96 seats while the BJP emerged as the single largest party after winning 70 seats in the district development council (DDC) polls, as results for 244 of the 280 seats had been announced by late Tuesday night.

New Delhi: There is no need to panic over the mutated variant of SARS-CoV-2 detected in the UK, the government said on Tuesday, asserting that no such variant or any significant mutation in the coronavirus strain has been seen in India yet.

New Delhi: At least 20 passengers from the UK tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday as the government issued a stringent set of SOPs mandating RT-PCR tests at airports for each traveller from the country and isolation in a separate unit of an institutional facility for positive cases in view of the new coronavirus strain.

Wednesday New Delhi: Asserting that the ball is in the Centre's court, protesting farmer unions on Wednesday asked it to come up with a new concrete proposal for resumption of talks, even as Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar underscored that dialogue was the only way for a solution and the government was committed to reforms in the farm sector.

New Delhi: India has been ordered to return up to USD 1.4 billion to Cairn Energy plc of UK after an international arbitration overturned tax demanded retrospectively - an award the government indicated it may challenge.

New Delhi: Properties worth Rs 255 crore have been attached in connection with a money laundering probe linked to a case of alleged agriculture loan fraud and duping of farmers in Maharashtra, the Enforcement Directorate said on Wednesday.

Thursday New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday invited protesting farmer unions again for resumption of the stalled talks and asked them to choose a date of their convenience to end the impasse over the three new Agri laws even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to interact with farmers on Friday during a money transfer event.

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday invited protesting farmer unions again for resumption of the stalled talks and asked them to choose a date of their convenience to end the impasse over the three new Agri laws even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to interact with farmers on Friday during a money transfer event.

Hyderabad: Seven people who returned here recently from the UK tested positive for COVID-19 and their swab samples have been sent for screening to ascertain if they carry the new variant of the coronavirus detected there, a senior Telangana Health official said on Thursday.

Friday New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the opposition of misusing the protests by farmers against the new agri laws to push their political agenda, and asserted his government is willing to hold talks with all, including its staunch critics, as long as they are based on farm issues, facts and logic.

Hyderabad: Superstar Rajinikanth was on Friday admitted to Apollo Hospitals here for severe blood pressure fluctuations and he was 'stable', the hospital said.

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday appealed to farmers to try the three new farm laws as an 'experiment' for a year or two and in case they are found not beneficial for the farming community, the government will do all necessary amendments. PTI MAH MAH