Ukraine-Russia War Latest News Updates: UN boss Antonio Guterres believes Ukraine-Russia war ‘will go on’

Ukraine-Russia War Latest News Updates: UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was pessimistic that Russia’s war in Ukraine would end soon but he hoped it would be over by the end of next year.

“I am not optimistic about the possibility of effective peace talks in the immediate future,” he told reporters during his annual end-of-year press conference in New York.

It is ten months since Russia invaded its neighbor in late February.

On Monday, Russia launched a swarm of attack drones at critical infrastructure in Kyiv as the war showed no signs of relenting.

“I do believe that the military confrontation will go on,” the United Nations secretary-general said at the world body’s headquarters.

“I think we will have still to wait (for) a moment in which serious negotiations for peace will be possible. I don’t see them in the immediate horizon,” he added.

After several rounds of peace talks between delegations early in the conflict, negotiations quickly stalled.

Ukraine has said Russia would need to completely remove its forces for talks to take place.

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  • Delhi’s AQI turns severe, CAQM says no curbs needed
  • Ukraine issues air raid alert in Kyiv, many regions
  • Putin arrives in Minsk for rare visit to Belarus
  • Twitter users vote to oust CEO Musk: Poll result
  • HDFC hikes home loan rates
  • Mondelez to sell gum biz in developed markets for $1.35 bn
  • Dengue tally crosses 4K-mark in Delhi; five fatalities this year
  • Beijing reports two more COVID-19 deaths

BJP MP Sushil Modi says govt should come up with legislation to fix same marriage age for women of all religions

Nine Sri Lankans arrested from special camp for Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu for their alleged involvement in illegal drugs and arms trade to revive LTTE terror group: NIA

Dozens hurt in turbulent Hawaii flight, 11 serious

  • A flight from Phoenix to Honolulu carrying many people travelling for the holidays encountered severe turbulence shortly before landing, sending some unrestrained people and objects flying about the cabin and seriously injuring 11, officials and passengers said.

  • In all, 36 people received medical treatment following Sunday’s turbulent Hawaiian Airlines flight for bumps, bruises, cuts and nausea, said Jim Ireland, director of Honolulu Emergency Medical Services.

  • Twenty people were taken to hospitals, including 11 in serious condition.

Russia does not want to absorb anyone after talks with Belarus: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at a joint press conference in Minsk with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, said that Russia does not want to ‘absorb’ anyone, and that unspecified ‘enemies’ wanted to stop Russia’s integration with Belarus.

UK reinstates freeze on alcohol duties in budget flip-flop

Britain said it would freeze taxes on alcohol until August, reversing a decision taken only two months ago by finance minister Jeremy Hunt and partially reinstating a tax cut put forward by his predecessor.

Revlon to exit bankruptcy in April

Bankrupt cosmetics giant Revlon Inc. reached a restructuring agreement which would turn over the company’s equity to its lenders and give the company a path to exiting bankruptcy in April 2023.

BSF deploys women guards in Sundarbans on India-Bangladesh border

Steps being taken to decongest Delhi airport

– Union minister V K Singh

French striker Karim Benzema announces retirement from international football following WC final loss

People hold candlelight march over Sahibganj murder case in J’khand

Rs 11,440 crore spent on ambitious Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor project till November 30, says Govt

EU countries agree gas price cap, Czech Republic says

European Union nations’ energy ministers have agreed a gas price cap, a spokesperson for the Czech Republic said on Twitter. The deal follows weeks of talks on the emergency measure that has split opinion across the bloc as it seeks to tame the energy crisis. The Czech Republic holds the EU’s rotating presidency and chaired the negotiations.

Uttar Pradesh: Allahabad University to remain closed tomorrow

India-China border issue

India-China border is not demarcated. As a result, some issues came up in past and some are surfacing now. Unless demarcation takes place, some issues will come: BJP MP from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal

Chhapra hooch tragedy

So far, SIT has arrested 9 people and 17 people are being questioned in the case

Dengue tally crosses 4K-mark in Delhi; five fatalities this year

More than 250 dengue cases have been reported in the national capital in December, taking the infection tally of the vector-borne disease past the 4,000 mark so far this year, according to a civic report issued.

Mondelez to sell gum biz in developed markets for $1.35 bn

Oreo maker Mondelez International Inc said it had agreed to sell its gum business in the United States, Canada and Europe to Perfetti Van Melle Group for a purchase price of $1.35 billion.

HDFC hikes home loan rates

Housing Development Finance Corp Ltd, India’s largest non bank mortgage lender has hiked its retail prime lending rate by 35 basis points effective December 20. The hike follows a similar 35 basis points hike by the RBI in its monetary policy review earlier this month. One basis point is 0.01 percentage point.

Twitter users vote to oust CEO Musk: Poll result

  • Twitter users voted in a poll for Elon Musk to step down as chief executive of the social media platform, in a backlash against the billionaire less than two months after he took over.

  • About 57.5% votes were for “Yes”, while 42.5% were against the idea of Musk stepping down as the head of Twitter, according to the poll the billionaire launched on Sunday evening. Over 17.5 million people voted.

  • Musk said on Sunday he would abide by the results of the poll, but did not give details on when he would step down if results said he should.

Centre’s air quality panel decides not to invoke curbs under Stage III of anti-air pollution action plan despite situation in national capital worsening to ‘severe’ (PTI)

Five killed in Toronto area apartment shooting

Five people were killed and another wounded in a shooting in the suburbs of the Canadian city of Toronto, police said. The suspect also died after an exchange of fire with law enforcement, local police chief Jim MacSween told reporters at the scene, saying the shooting took place in an apartment building.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte offers formal government apology for the Netherlands’ historical role in slavery, reports AP

US senator questions Tesla board chair over Musk purchase of Twitter

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren raised concerns Tesla’s board of directors has failed to meet its legal responsibility to protect Tesla in the aftermath of Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.

IOC, OCA validate IOA elections, congratulate PT Usha

The International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Committee of Asia have given their stamp of approval to the newly-elected body of the Indian Olympic Association following its recent elections. The two governing bodies also congratulated the IOA president PT Usha through a letter dated December 16.

3,291 foreign cos active in India till Sept 2022: Govt

As many as 3,291 foreign companies were active out of the 5,068 overseas companies that had registered their place of business in India till September this year, according to the government. Minister of State for Corporate Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh said that information about ‘ceasing of operations’ is not maintained by the corporate affairs ministry.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah expresses condolences on the demise of Bhairon Singh Rathore, hero of 1971 India-Pak war

Thousands of farmers hold rally in New Delhi under RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh banner to press for rollback of GST on agricultural goods and other demands; threaten to intensify protest if demands not met

Pakistan issues 96 visas to Indian pilgrims

The Pakistan high commission said it has issued 96 visas to a group of pilgrims from India to facilitate their travel to the Shree Katas Raj temples in the Punjab province’s Chakwal district.

Under the provision of a bilateral protocol on visits to religious shrines, Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India visit Pakistan every year. Pakistani pilgrims also visit India every year under the protocol.

Inspiring to see the rapid pace of technological change under your leadership. Look forward to continuing our strong partnership&supporting India’s G20 presidency to advance an open,connected internet that works for all

– Google CEO Sundar Pichai met PM Modi today

Delhi: Season’s first dense fog hits rail, road traffic

The season’s first dense fog blanketed Delhi and neighboring areas, lowering visibility to 150 metres and affecting road and rail traffic movement. The India Meteorological Department said the Indo-Gangetic plains are likely to see ‘dense to very dense’ fog over the next five days, which may result in cancellation and diversion of trains and flights. A railway official said around 20 trains were delayed by 15 minutes to 2 hours in the morning.

India will become a big export economy: Sundar Pichai

Google’s parent company Alpahbet’s CEO Sundar Pichai has predicted that India will become a big export economy. Speaking at Google for India event, Google CEO said India will gain from an open and connected internet ecosystem and getting that balance right will be important for India.

Rape cases in Himachal Pradesh

1,123 rape cases registered in the last three years up to 31st October 2022 in Himachal Pradesh, says the Office of the DGP

Russia’s Putin arrives in Belarus for talks with Lukashenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin landed in Minsk for talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, the Russian state-run TASS news agency reported.

Passengers carried by domestic airlines register annual growth

Passengers carried by domestic airlines register annual growth

25 AAI airports earmarked for leasing over between 2022-2025: Govt to Rajya Sabha

Russian ‘kamikaze’ drone flies over Ukrainian nuclear plant

Ukraine’s atomic agency saidthat a Russian ‘kamikaze’ drone had flown over a part of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant just after midnight. “This is an absolutely unacceptable violation of nuclear and radiation safety,” Energoatom said on the Telegram messaging app.

BCCI Apex Council meeting to be held on Wednesday; central contracts, selection committee on agenda: Sources

Delhi reported 257 cases of Dengue in the past week. So far, 4,114 dengue cases & 5 deaths have been reported, this year.

The issue of price rise is serious. We will give 12 gas cylinders in a year at Rs 500 each to BPL families after April 1 next year. No one should remain deprived of benefits of government welfare schemes

– Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot at Alwar

Bangladesh Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan visited Air Force Station Barrackpore today. He visited the technical type training school and a helicopter unit while also interacting with all personnel of the station

– Indian Air Force

Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar says CBI is conducting a raid at the Global Academy of Technology of which he is the chairman

Ukraine issues air raid alert across capital Kyiv, large parts of war-torn country, reports Reuters

I am opening a counter for love in market of hatred

– Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on why he is walking in ‘Unite India March’

I am not interested in the Savarkar issue. I am concerned about the depressed people who are facing a lot of problems in the state…Today we have released our first list of candidates for the 2023 Assembly elections

– JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy

BJP Parliamentary Party to meet tomorrow at 9.30am

Adani group to invest Rs 10,700 crore to expand Lucknow airport

Civil Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia tells Rajya Sabha industry has ‘crests and troughs’ and air ticket pricing depends on seasons, says passengers can benefit from booking in advance

Attack on Constitution, insult to Home Minister: Uddhav Sena condemns ban on MP’s entry into Belagavi

Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray faction member Arvind Sawant on Monday condemned the “ban” on the entry of party MP Dhairyasheel Mane into Karnataka’s Belagavi district and called it an attack on the Constitution. Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, the South Mumbai MP also called for Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s intervention in the matter and demanded protection to Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti’s leaders following Karnataka Police’s action against some of them during a protest in Belagavi.

Union minister G Kishan Reddy says there is peace and political stability in northeast since Narendra Modi government came to power at Centre

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said the bill regarding implementation of “Uniform Civil Code” (UCC) in the State will not be introduced during the ongoing winter session of the legislature here. “There are no chances of tabling it during this session,” Bommai told reporters in response to a question whether a bill on UCC will be tabled during this session.

Karnataka Govt not to introduce “Uniform Civil Code” bill in ongoing session

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said the bill regarding implementation of “Uniform Civil Code” (UCC) in the State will not be introduced during the ongoing winter session of the legislature here. “There are no chances of tabling it during this session,” Bommai told reporters in response to a question whether a bill on UCC will be tabled during this session.

Rupee rises 6 paise to close at 82.69 (provisional) against US dollar

Tytler’s presence at Cong’s Bharat Jodo Yatra meeting shows true face of party: BJP

The BJP on Monday slammed the Congress over the presence of Jagdish Tytler in a party meeting regarding the preparations for the Bharat Jodo Yatra. Tytler, once a formidable leader of the Congress in Delhi, had also served as a Union minister. He stepped down after his name was figured in a report of the Nanavati Commission which probed into the anti-Sikh riots.

Congress demoralising armed forces, Opposition being obstructionist in Parliament: BJP

The BJP Monday accused the opposition, especially the Congress, of having an obstructionist approach and called for not politicising a sensitive issue like national security after several parties walked out of Rajya Sabha when their demand for a debate on alleged Chinese incursion was not allowed by the chairman. Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha and senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal said there are several precedents of demands for a discussion or clarification on sensitive issues not allowed in Parliament when the Congress-led UPA was in power between 2004 and 2014.

A portion of a bridge built across Burhi Gandak River in Sahebpur Kamal, Begusarai collapsed & fell into the river y’day after it had developed cracks a few days ago

Airtel launches 5G services in Shimla

Bill to repeal over 60 old laws, rectify error in one introduced in LS

A bill which seeks to repeal over 60 obsolete laws, including one enacted 137 years ago, was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday. The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022 also aims to correct a “patent error” in another law by replacing certain words.Piloted by Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, the bill is one of the periodical measures by which enactments which have ceased to be in force, or have become obsolete or the retention as separate Act is unnecessary, are repealed.

PM’s vision is that a digitally empowered society must have a comprehensive legal framework. Work on Telecom Bill, Digital Data Protection Bill & Digital India Bill at advanced stage. 2 Bills put up for public consultation & 3rd one will be done soon

– Union IT Minister A Vaishnaw

This year infiltration has been lower than in past years. Our border security grid is working strongly. We will thwart any infiltration attempt

– J&K DGP Dilbag Singh at Kathua

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