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PM Narendra Modi chaired a comprehensive meeting which lasted for almost 2 hours to review the public health preparedness & vaccination-related situation for Covid-19 today morning: PMO
PM Narendra Modi chaired a comprehensive meeting which lasted for almost 2 hours to review the public health preparedness & vaccination-related situation for Covid-19 today morning: PMO pic.twitter.com/inne5zdyka
Delhi Congress leader Mukesh Goel joins Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the presence of Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.
Delhi Congress leader Mukesh Goel joins Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the presence of Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. pic.twitter.com/7OOiNHaZrZ
 
Children are allowed to go to Sabarimala temple without RT-PCR test report, says Kerala Govt However, adults will require either the final vaccination certificate or an RTPCR negative certificate within 72 hours to enter temple premises 
 
15 fire fighters have rushed to the spot. No casualties are reported as yet. 
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar announced today that a committee will be formed to deliberate on the issues of crop diversification, zero-budget farming, and making the MSP system more transparent and effective. 
“This committee will have representatives from farmers’ organizations. With the constitution of this committee, farmers’ demand on MSP stands fulfilled,” said Tomar. 
“Farmer organizations had demanded to decriminalize stubble burning by farmers. The government of India has accepted this demand as well,” the Minister said. 
“As far as cases registered during the protest are concerned, it comes under the jurisdiction of state governments and they will take a decision. The state governments will decide on the issue of compensation too, as per their state policy,” he clarified.
While speaking to CNN, chief medical advisor to the US President and director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr Fauci, said, “Right now you’re talking about sort of like a red flag that this might be an issue- but we don’t know.” He clarified that once it is tested it would be clear whether the new COVID strain “does or does not evade the antibodies that we make- for example against the virus, through a vaccine.”  
“US scientists are in very active discussion with South African specialists to learn more about the molecular makeup of the variant so that researchers can examine for the variant in the United States. This kind of data also can help investigators better foretell how well current COVID-19 vaccines may work against the variant,” Fauci told CNN.
The administration of Andhra Pradesh said on Friday that 44 people have died as a result of floods triggered by the state’s unprecedented rain. According to a statement released by the state government, the floods devastated a total of 1990 villages in 119 mandals in four districts namely — Kadapa, Chittoor, Anantapur, and Nellore — with 211 villages entirely flooded, 44 persons killed, and 16 people still missing.
“The rains, which started after the first week of this month, continue to fall today. The Rains began on the 16-17th. As never seen before in history, heavy rains inundated Rayalaseema. On the streets of Tirumala and in the town of Tirupati, we have experienced heavy rains and vehicles being washed away,” the statement said. “Four buses were stuck in the flood, where an RTC bus had fallen from Nadaluru bridge, causing 10 people to succumb to death and the rest were rescued by SDRF teams. 10 others had died at Sivalayam which is on the banks of the river,” it said.
A collision took place between MVs Aviator & Atlantic Grace in the Gulf of Kutch on Nov 26 night. No casualties, oil slick reported. Indian Coast Guard ships in the area including pollution control vessel on stand-by in the vicinity & monitoring the situation: PRO Defence, Gujarat.
A collision took place between MVs Aviator & Atlantic Grace in Gulf of Kutch on Nov 26 night. No casualties, oil slick reported. Indian Coast Guard ships in area including pollution control vessel on stand-by in the vicinity & monitoring the situation: PRO Defence, Gujarat pic.twitter.com/S9wgsYaHrQ
 
Amid concerns over the new South Africa COVID strain, Mumbai announces genome sequencing for those arriving from South Africa. 
Bengaluru-Patna GoAir flight with 139 passengers & crew members on board makes an emergency land at Nagpur airport due to technical glitch, as per an official of Nagpur airport.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asserted that Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Akhilesh Yadav must repent and apologise for what entailed in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots. Further, CM Yogi claimed the state’s law and order, under the SP regime, was disrupted while girls and women were unsafe. 
“There were riots every second day. Who can forego the Muzaffarnagar riots? Who can forget the Kosi Kalan riots? Disturbance and commotion erupted on a daily basis. Day to day rioting in Bareilly cannot be forgotten either.  Who can let go of all that?” CM Yogi Adityanath asked. 
With the objective to motivate the youth of Jammu and Kashmir to join the armed forces, the Indian Army held an interactive program in the border district of Samba. The initiative has been taken to urge the youth to join Indian Armed forces and make them aware of the operational preparedness. 
As a part of this program, college students including children from border districts partook and they were educated about weapons used by the Army to combat enemies. Further, details regarding various weaponry including anti-tank guided missiles, Sig Sauer assault rifles (SiG 716), and their effectiveness were briefed to them.
State Revenue and Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachandran in Chennai stated, “Eight people have died in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu, out of which 3 people lost their lives yesterday. Two teams of NDRF have been deployed in Chinglepet and one in Kanchipuram.”
“Waterlogging has been reported at 220 places in Chennai, out of which water is cleared at 34 places. The process to pump out floodwater is ongoing at 127 places,” he added. 
Gujarat mandates RT-PCR testing for travellers landing at the airports in the state from Europe, UK, Brazil, South Africa, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong over the new variant concerns
“After the announcement of the repeal of the three farm laws, there is no point in continuing farmers’ agitation. I urge farmers to end their agitation and go home,” Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said.
#WATCH | After the announcement of the repeal of the three farm laws, there is no point in continuing farmers’ agitation. I urge farmers to end their agitation and go home: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar pic.twitter.com/2noFm5MZsF
 
The Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to introduce the all-important Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 on the opening day of the winter session on Monday, November 29. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar will move the bill for introduction and passage. The move comes as a show of the government’s quick response to its promise to the farmers. PM Modi had announced the decision to repeal the three contentious farm laws earlier last week.
An official bulletin on Friday confirmed that the repeal legislation will be listed at the Lok Sabha on the opening day of the winter session. Minister Narendra Tomar will push the bill for passage. Meanwhile, the opposition is adamant to discuss the bill in the House in order to attack the government. The opposition which had earlier spoken against the laws will bring up the issues faced by the farmers during the tenure of the protest.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, along with other state officials, at Gyan Bhawan, Patna, took an oath on November 26, to abstain from alcohol consumption for the rest of their life, pledging that the state’s liquor prohibition law will be enforced more effectively in the future. The CM urged people to help with the project since alcohol is detrimental to health and society. Media agency ANI posted a video of the event on Twitter with the caption, “Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and his cabinet and others present at Gyan Bhawan in Patna today took a pledge that they would neither consume liquor nor take part in any activity related to it.”
#WATCH | Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and his cabinet and others present at Gyan Bhawan in Patna today took a pledge that they would neither consume liquor nor take part in any activity related to it. pic.twitter.com/vAegajzxYa
The Nitish Kumar led government banned alcohol use in 2016. Kumar went on to say that since the legislation was implemented in 2016, the number of crimes and accidents has decreased across the state. The CM also recognised 31 officials, including police officers, for their efforts in enforcing the order. All law enforcement authorities must ensure that the ban is properly enforced across the state, he said, adding that all violators, including government employees, will face harsh penalties, according to several media reports. Patna police recently raided many hotels and wedding halls in the state capital, arresting several people on suspicion of consuming and distributing alcohol.
“Akhilesh had laid the foundation stone of Purvanchal Expressway, but after 2017 it was found that the work was zero per cent. Tenders were issued, but there was no land,” CM Adityanath said to Republic TV. 
#EXCLUSIVE | Akhilesh had laid the foundation stone of Purvanchal Expressway, but after 2017 it was found that the work was zero percent. Tenders were issued, but there was no land: @myogiadityanath to Republic

Watch here – https://t.co/rGQJsiKgt2 pic.twitter.com/mAAgW1Ze4l
 
Mumbai Police said, “A 20-year-old woman was raped and killed by an unidentified person in Kurla area of Mumbai, Maharashtra. The woman’s body, which had started decomposing, was found in a vacant building. A case has been registered under Sections 376 & 302 of IPC.”
The girl’s body was found in a lift room in the HDIL compound in Kurla. In the same building, an 18-year-old boy had gone to shoot a video along with his friends, when he witnessed the body of a girl. He then contacted the Mumbai Police Control room.
Girl found with serious injuries marks on her head and body and it has been sent for autopsy in Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. Also, police are trying to identify the girl.
Claiming that BJP does not have people’s trust anymore, Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath reached out to NSUI (National Students Union of India) State Secretary who was admitted to hospital after violent clashes broke on during Thursday protest. Speaking to the media persons, Kamal Nath said that police had beaten up his ‘partner’. On November 25, NSUI had launched an agitation near Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan’s residence in Bhopal against NEP, inflation, rising unemployment and other issues. 
“I had come to see my partner who was beaten up by the police yesterday. Now BJP is left with police, administration and money only. Public trust is not lost, every section is troubled,” added the former MP CM. 
मैं अपने साथी को देखने आया था जिसे कल पुलिस ने पीटा। अब भाजपा के पास पुलिस, प्रशासन और पैसा ही बचा है। जनता का विश्वास नहीं बचा, हर वर्ग परेशान है: मध्य प्रदेश के पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री कमलनाथ https://t.co/wWukwTjly1 pic.twitter.com/XjDDwla3VN
 
Paying his tribute to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, US State Secretary Antony Blinken on Friday, 26 November, asserted that even thirteen years after the terrorist attack on 26 November 2008 “it is long overdue for the perpetrators to face justice”. Hailing the “resilience of Mumbaikars”, Blinken also paid homage to the six Americans killed in the dastardly attack. The attack, as per ANI, killed 174 people, including 20 security force officials and 26 foreign nationals and injured 300 others.
Thirteen years have passed since the 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai. On today’s anniversary, we remember the victims, including six Americans, and the resiliency of Mumbaikars. It is long overdue for the perpetrators to face justice.
 
The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Saturday, 27 November postponed its conference of government ministers which was set to commence on Tuesday next week over the spread of the new highly concerning Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 with several mutations. The move was prompted after Switzerland instated new travel bans to curb an event of the variant outbreak within the country via air travel.
Read full story here:
WTO postpones key meet over new COVID variant Omicron: ‘Better to err on side of caution’ https://t.co/EPoRREXw57
 
Delhi’s Department of Environment & Forests has issued an order banning entry of trucks in the national capital except those carrying essential commodities from today till Nov 30.
Air pollution: Delhi’s Department of Environment & Forests has issued an order banning entry of trucks in the national capital except those carrying essential commodities from today till Nov 30

CNG/electric trucks carrying non-essential commodities allowed to enter Delhi pic.twitter.com/VGrzDFxFgJ
 
Dismissing the chances of any ‘Maha coalition’ working against BJP, Adityanath pointed out the Opposition’s poll loss in 2014, 2017 and 2019. The 403-seat UP assembly where Yogi rules with an iron-clad majority of 314 seats, is up for battle in February 2022. 
“In 2017, there was a coalition of two boys and in 2019 there was a Mahagathbandhan and we have seen the results. It is common that those who are of one thought – dynastic, corrupt, mafia, will come together. People know this and has decided what answer to give them. What happened in 2014, 2017, 2019 will repeat in 2022, voting for the facilities provided by Centre and Uttar Pradesh govt,” he said.
A top Maoist militia commander, who was said to be involved in 9 deadly attacks on our security forces was eliminated on Friday in a successful encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. The wanted Maoist, identified as Basta Bheema, was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head.     
He was killed in a gunfight that took place at 7 pm in the forest area of Tadmelta village when the joint team of the district reserve guard of the police and the CRPF’s elite cobra 201 battalion was out on an anti-Maoist operation. The patrolling team was cordoning off the forest area when the firing started.
One rifle and IED weighing about 5 kg, along with 2 BGL shells and 20 electric detonators were recovered by the CRPF
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In what would be a major boost to India’s health infrastructure, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed on Friday that the Centre plans to invest approximately Rs 64,000 crore in the next five years to improve the county’s health sector. 
The Union Minister, during a one day visit to Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district, interacted with healthcare workers at the Khandro Drowa Zangmo District Hospital and apprised them of numerous health welfare schemes launched by the Union government. 
“Never in the past was health considered as wealth. The present Union Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working on these lines to provide health security to all through its various health welfare schemes,” Mandaviya said in an official statement. 
Visuals from Valluvar Kottam & T Nagar area
#WATCH | Tamil Nadu: Various areas of Chennai witness waterlogging after continuous rainfall

Visuals from Valluvar Kottam & T Nagar area pic.twitter.com/m2Fsn3XljW
 
India reports 8,318 new COVID cases, 10,967 recoveries, and 465 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The European Union’s 27-nation bloc issued a temporary ban on air travel from South Africa, due to which stocks in Asia, Europe, and the US plummeted. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen by over 1,000 points and the price of oil has dropped by approximately 12%.
At noon on Friday, the United Kingdom barred flights from South Africa and five other countries from the African continent and said that everyone who had just arrived from those countries would be requested to take a coronavirus test. Germany, too, has imposed a flying ban. Flights returning from South Africa will only be able to take German nationals home, and all travellers, whether vaccinated or not, will be required to undergo quarantine for 14 days.
Anyone who has spent the previous 14 days in any of the seven southern African countries (South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, and Eswatini) would be denied admission to Italy, according to the Italian health ministry. Similar measures were envisaged in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
Japanese nationals going from Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, and Lesotho will be required to quarantine for ten days and take COVID-19 tests on the third, sixth, and tenth days, according to the Japanese government.
In India, states and UTs have been warned about this “really awful, heavily mutated” variant. In a letter to states and UTs, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan requested “rigorous screening and testing” of passengers travelling from the affected areas.

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