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About a fortnight after the release of former Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, after the Supreme Court overturned his conviction in a money laundering case, the “India Out” campaign in the island nation intensified, the old strongman leading her now.

Lok Sabha on Monday passed a bill to link voter registration data to the Aadhaar ecosystem amid protests by opposition members over the issue of violence in Lakhimpur Kheri. The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2021, led by Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, was passed by voice vote after a brief discussion in which some members of the opposition demanded that it be referred to a parliamentary panel.

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The J&K Boundaries Commission on Monday proposed to increase six seats for the Jammu Division and one for the Kashmir Division, in addition to reserving 16 seats for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) communities in the Territory of the Union, arousing strong reactions from regional parties.

On December 20, the Bombay High Court extended the deadline for the surrender of 82-year-old Varavara Rao to January 7. A bench of judges from the Nitin Jamdar and SV Kotwal division heard a plea filed by Mr. Rao, an accused of Bhima Koregaon. caste violence.

The Scientific and Industrial Research Council – Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CSIR-CCMB) is working on specific primers to improve current Covid testing methods like RT-PCR where the emerging variant of Omicrân can be identified. “We are working on a few sets of primers, but we need to thoroughly test and validate them, before we can publish them so that a positive patient can know if this is the current dominant Delta variant or the new one. Omicron, ”said Director Dr Vinay Kumar Nandicoori.

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The benchmark Sensex stock index plunged 1190 points on December 20 as concerns about the impact of surging Omicron cases around the world frightened investors, triggering a sell-off in global stocks. The 30-stock index lost 1,189.73 points or 2.90% to end at 55,822.01. Likewise, the NSE Nifty collected 371 points or 2.18% at 16,614.20.

Union Minister of State for the Interior Ajay Kumar Mishra Teni was replaced as guest of honor at the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Lift Day Parade with colleague Nisith Pramanik on Monday at the eleventh hour. Mr Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra is the main accused in the October 3 incident where four farmers were killed and several others injured after being hit by a car part of the Union Minister’s convoy in Lakhimpur Kheri district, Uttar Pradesh. Kheri is the parliamentary constituency of Mr. Ajay Mishra. The son of one of the killed farmers, Nacchatar Singh, is assigned to the SSB which guards the borders of Nepal and Bhutan.

The wave of political killings that has taken place in Kerala in recent times is a real wake-up call for the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to mobilize to curb the organizations that have a free run in the state.

While the pandemic kept people connected to their devices for another year, cyberattacks and data breaches raged. According to a report by consulting firm Accenture, the average number of attacks per company has increased by 31% since 2020. In addition, successful breaches of organizations through the supply chain have increased from 44% to 61%.

Jos Buttler’s fierce resistance ended in a weird way as Australia beat England by 275 points in the second day-night test to lead 2-0 in the Ashes series of five games on Monday. England resumed the final day on a precarious 82-4, needing 386 more points for an unlikely win or to at least beat the last three sessions to force a draw.

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The first test between India and South Africa which will start at Centurion on December 26 will be played without spectators as the host country’s cricket field does not sell tickets due to the emergence of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, according to a report. Only certain suite-holders and delegates will be able to watch the match live although the current COVID-19 restrictions implemented by the government allow 2,000 fans, according to the Afrikaans-language weekly “Report” as quoted by the “news24” website. .

The Delhi cabinet approved the establishment of the Delhi Teachers’ University on December 20, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said. The University will offer a four-year integrated teacher education program after grade 12, in which BA and B.Ed., B.Sc. and B.Ed. and B.Com. and B.Ed. the courses will be integrated.