Japan asks for additional defense budget amid concerns over China, North Korea

Japan’s cabinet on Friday approved 770 billion yen (6.8 billion yen) for an additional defense budget by March to accelerate purchases of missiles, anti-submarine rockets and other weapons amid growing concerns over increased military activity by China, Russia and North Korea. dollars) request was approved. Korea. The request, still pending parliamentary approval, brings Japan’s military … Read more

HC to hear plea to declare PM Cares Fund as ‘state’, public authority under RTI Act on December 10

The Delhi High Court on Friday extended till December 10 hearing a plea seeking to declare the PM Cares Fund a ‘state’ under the Constitution and a ‘public authority’ under the RTI Act to ensure transparency in its functioning. A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh allowed the applications by petitioner … Read more

India calls for humanitarian aid to Afghan people without politicization

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said that Russia, India and China (RIC) need to work together to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches the Afghan people without any hindrance and politicization. In a virtual address at the foreign ministerial meeting of the trilateral, he said it is necessary for the RIC countries to coordinate … Read more

Delhi govt adds Kartarpur Sahib in Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojna

The Delhi government will send senior citizens of the city on a free pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan on January 5 next year, an official statement said on Friday. Kartarpur Sahib and Velankanni Church in Tamil Nadu have been included in the ‘Mukhyamantri Pilgrimage Scheme’ following the orders of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. It … Read more

Tomato prices to remain unchanged for two more months: Crisil Research

Inexplicable and excess rains have pushed up vegetable prices and tomato prices will remain elevated for two more months, research said on Friday. The situation in Karnataka, one of the major tomato growing regions, is so “serious” that the vegetable is being shipped from Nashik in Maharashtra, it said, pointing to talks on the ground. … Read more

Congress did not participate in the program of Constitution Day in protest against the autocratic functioning of the BJP government: Anand Sharma

The Congress on Friday said it did not participate in the Constitution Day event in the Central Hall of Parliament in protest and to remind the nation that the Constitution was not being respected and instead it was being weakened. Senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said the protest was against the “authoritarian” functioning of the … Read more

RBI accepts Ricoh of 21 out of 33 working group on private banks

The Reserve Bank of India has barred industrial houses from entering full-fledged commercial banking, even as it accepted 21 out of 33 recommendations of an internal working group, allowing the Tatas and Birlas to bank on their vast business empires. Hopes of joining have been dashed. While it did not explicitly say whether the bank’s … Read more

India, Russia to inaugurate ‘2+2’ dialogue on December 6: Russian Embassy

The Russian Embassy has said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will visit India on December 6 to inaugurate the ‘2+2’ ministerial talks between the two countries. Lavrov and Shoigu will hold talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. Russian President Vladimir Putin is also … Read more

AAP government supports farmers’ demands: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday congratulated farmers on the success of their agitation and said that their victory is a victory of democracy and the AAP government supports their demands. The Delhi Assembly on Friday passed a resolution demanding repeal of three agriculture laws, compensation to the families of over 700 farmers killed … Read more

Government proposes framework for cross-border insolvency; Wants comment by December 15

The government is preparing to come up with a cross-border insolvency resolution framework based on the UNCITRAL model law and proposes to make it applicable for both corporate debtors as well as personal guarantors for such debtors. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, which enforces the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), has sought comments on the … Read more