Breaking News LIVE, December 5:
6:15 PM| Times Group in a statement today announced the shutting down of its daily Mumbai Mirror, said it will now be relaunched as a weekly, and also said Pune Mirror has been shut down completely.
It is also mentioned in the statement that Mumbai Mirror will continue to have its digital presence.
Times Group releasing a statement said, “Not only has the newspaper industry been among the hardest-hit in terms of revenues, it has been weighed down by an import duty that has added to newsprint costs. With a stimulus not materialising and Indian economy now officially in recession….”
5:50 PM| The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has grounded two pilots who were operating a SpiceJet flight that undershot the runway in Guwahati on Friday. The incident on the Bengaluru-Guwahati flight happened while landing.
5:30 PM| As per ANI, during the fifth round of talks with the Central Government at Vigyan Bhavan, farmer leaders said that they need a solution and not commitment. The heads of the Kisan unions said that they don’t want further discussion and want to know what has the government decided on the demands of the protesting farmers.
‘The government should make a decision on our demands, otherwise, we are walking out of the meeting’, say farmer leaders participating in the fifth round of talks with the central government.
2:45 PM| Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Dy CM O Panneerselvam attend an event to mark the death anniversary of AIADMK leader & former State CM J Jayalalithaa.
11:30 AM| Haryana health minister Anil Vij tests Covid-19 positive. He was administered Covaxin last month as part of phase 3 trials.
11:15 AM| Lucknow: CM Yogi Adityanath and senior govt officers pay tributes to IAS officer Ajay Singh who died due to heart attack on election duty for state legislative council polls in Varanasi. (ANI)
Lucknow: CM Yogi Adityanath and senior govt officers pay tributes to IAS officer Ajay Singh who died due to heart attack on election duty for state legislative council polls in Varanasi. pic.twitter.com/GPdyabM1ff
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 5, 2020
10:15 AM| Singer Mika Singh is upset with Kangana Ranaut for misidentifying an elderly Sikh woman, who had joined the farmers’ protest, as Bilkis Bano of Shaheen Bagh.
“I used to have immense respect for @KanganaTeam, I even tweeted in support when her office was demolished. I now think I was wrong, Kangana being a woman you should show the old lady some respect. If you have any etiquette then apologise. Shame on you” tweeted Mika from his verified account.
Mika’s tweet on Thursday evening came in response to a tweet by Kangana alleging that the ‘Shaheen Bagh dadi’ had also joined the farmers’ agitation over the new farm laws at various border points of the National Capital Region.
10:00 AM| Farmers agitating against three farm laws on Friday announced a nationwide strike, or Bharat Bandh, on December 8 where they said they will block all toll plazas and roads leading to Delhi as they hardened their position ahead of the fifth round of talks with the central government scheduled for Saturday.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar are currently at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence to chalk out a plan ahead of the next round of talks with farm union leaders.
9:00 AM| On Friday, India reported 36,652 fresh Covid-19 cases. Its case tally now stands at 9,608,211. The country’s death toll has mounted to 139,714. With 1,842,587 cases, Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus cases, followed by Karnataka 890,360, Andhra Pradesh 870,675, Tamil Nadu 787,554, and Kerala 625,767. Delhi reported 4,067 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total count of cases in the national capital to 586,125.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India’s vaccination programme against Covid-19 would begin as soon as scientists have their go-ahead, and asserted that healthcare workers involved in treating coronavirus patients, frontline workers, and old people suffering from serious conditions would be inoculated on priority.