Top news of the day: December 18, 2022


Congress leaders hold a protest against a portrait of Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar during the winter session of the Karnataka Assembly at the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi on December 19, 2022.

Congress leaders hold a protest against a portrait of Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar during the winter session of the Karnataka Assembly at the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi on December 19, 2022. | Photo: PTI

Twitter poll | About 57.5% vote to remove Elon Musk as CEO

More than half of the 17.5 million users who responded to a poll asking whether billionaire Elon Musk should step down as head of Twitter voted yes when the poll closed on Monday. There was no immediate word from Twitter or Elon Musk on whether that would happen, though he said he would comply with the results.

The bill to repeal more than 60 old laws, correcting the error introduced in the LS

A bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday to repeal more than 60 outdated laws, including one passed 137 years ago. The Repeal and Amendment Bill, 2022 aims to correct a “patent defect” in another law by substituting certain words.

Indian Army will not allow China to change LAC status ‘unilaterally’: Jaishankar

The Indian Army will not allow China to “unilaterally” change the status of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and its current deployment along the border was unprecedented, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Monday, dismissing criticism from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. about the government’s management of the border row. Mr. Jaishankar said the Army deployment was done on the orders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that the Army did not go to the border region because Mr. Gandhi asked them to.

Live Updates of the Winter Session of Parliament | December 19, 2022

The third working week of the Winter Session of the Parliament started this morning. The Rajya Sabha witnessed chaotic scenes following an uproar by the Opposition over the President’s decision to reject the suspension of business notes on the India-China border situation. The united opposition then marched. After lunch, the Rajya Sabha took up two Appropriation Bills seeking permission to pay and appropriate sums from the Consolidated Funds of India.

Historic biodiversity agreement reached at the United Nations Conference

Negotiators reached a historic deal early Monday at a UN biodiversity conference that will represent the most significant effort yet to provide critical funding to protect the world’s lands and oceans and save biodiversity in the developing world. The global framework comes as the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity, or COP15, concludes in Montreal. China, which is chairing the conference, released a new draft on Sunday, giving the sometimes controversial topic a much-needed boost.

Congress fumes as BJP unveils Savarkar’s portrait at Suvarna Vidhana Soudha Belagavi

The winter session of the Karnataka legislature started a storm on December 19 when the BJP government unveiled the portrait of Hindutva ideologue VD Savarkar and six others in the Assembly hall of the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha (SVS) in Belagavi. KPCC President DK Shivakumar argued that there is no link between Savarkar and Karnataka. He accused the BJP government of promoting Savarkar’s portrait at this time, drawing people’s attention away from the problems plaguing the state, including corruption and maladministration.

China has reported its first COVID-19 deaths since December 3, casting doubt on the official count

China reported its first COVID-related deaths in weeks on Dec. 19, questioning whether official counts were capturing the full toll of a disease sweeping through cities after the government relaxed strict virus controls. Monday’s two deaths were the first reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) since December 3, days before Beijing announced it was lifting restrictions that have kept the virus under control for three years but sparked widespread protests last month.

‘Pathaan’ debate: Colors cannot decide one’s caste and religion, says Chhattisgarh CM Baghel

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday hit out at Hindu organizations boycotting the Shah Rukh Khan starrer. Pathan on his controversial song ‘Besharam Rang’ saying that colors cannot decide one’s caste and religion. “The color saffron is only used by a person who has left home, family and society. But Bajrangi goons wearing saffron colored scarves have not sacrificed anything, they wear saffron color for extortion. Colors cannot decide one’s caste and religion”, emphasized Chief Minister Baghel.

Messi has finally won the World Cup; what’s next for argentina?

Lionel Messi ended his long wait for a World Cup title in one of the most memorable finals in history. Messi was the most inspirational, scoring twice to take his tournament tally to seven and his country’s third victory as Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw in extra time.

Dhankhar says disruptions in Parliament do not send a good signal

Indian Rajya Sabha Chairman and Indian Deputy Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar said on December 19 that disruptions in the proceedings of the House were not sending good signals and asked some MPs to look into his chamber for last week’s disruptions. Mr. Dhankhar rejected the memos calling for a debate on China’s incursion on India’s borders, saying they were not drafted according to rules, leading to the walkout of almost the entire opposition from the House.

The Maharashtra leaders stopped at the Karnataka border

The Karnataka Police stopped a delegation from Maharashtra from crossing the border into Belagavi district on December 19. Officers set up barricades across the road at the bridge over the Doodha Ganga river at Kuganoli village on the Karnataka-Maharashtra border.

Saroj Ahire Wagh arrives with her newborn son to attend the Winter Session of the Maharashtra Assembly

National Congress Party (NCP) MLA Saroj Ahire Wagh grabbed everyone’s attention when she arrived at the Maharashtra legislature, carrying her two-and-a-half-month-old son, to attend the Winter Session that began in Nagpur on December 19. She was accompanied by two members of her family from Nashik and her son Prashansa who was born on September 30.

2022 FIFA World Cup Final: Google search hits highest traffic in 25 years

On December 18, 2022, as the world tuned in to watch the final match of this year’s FIFA World Cup between Argentina and France, Google’s search engine recorded its “highest traffic ever in 25 years,” according to Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. In a tweet, without disclosing the exact figures, Mr Pichai said: “Search recorded the highest traffic ever in 25 years at the #FIFAWorldCup final, it was like the whole world was searching for one thing!”

Himachal CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has tested positive for the coronavirus

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has tested positive for the coronavirus, a state government spokesperson said in Shimla on December 19. The chief minister said he planned to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on December 19, but the meeting has now been postponed.

FIFA World Cup | With Mbappé and Deschamps, France’s future looks bright

France played their part in one of the most memorable finishes in World Cup history, although the champions did not retain the title. Kylian Mbappé’s hat-trick came late – first in regulation, then in extra time – and gave France a 3-3 draw with Argentina in the final.

Messi says he will continue his career in Argentina after winning the World Cup

Argentina star Lionel Messi vowed to continue playing for his country on Sunday despite finally realizing his lifelong ambition to win the World Cup. “I want to continue living a few more games as world champion,” Messi, 35, told Argentine television during the country’s penalty shootout win over France in the World Cup final in Doha.

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