Morning Digest: Three months on, wounds remain raw in Hathras; Repeal of agriculture laws tops farmers agenda for fresh talks on December 29; and more

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Three months on, wounds remain raw in Hathras

The CBI investigation is not the only ray of hope for the traumatised family. Despite the tense and polarised atmosphere in the village, the neighbouring Brahmin family has agreed to share crop on their fields.

Dilli Chalo | Repeal of agriculture laws tops farmers agenda for fresh talks on December 29

A joint front of farmer unions, on Saturday accepted the Union government’s offer for talks, putting forth a four-point agenda that includes modalities to be adopted for the revocation of the three farm laws and mechanism for legal guarantee for minimum support price (MSP).

Dilli Chalo | Number of protesters swell at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border

The row of tractors behind the stage on the Delhi-Meerut expressway has suddenly become longer in the last two days. Among those who have joined in the last couple of days are peasants from Punjab.

19 crore rural households to get tap water by 2024

Since its launch in August 2019, the Centre’s ambitious flagship scheme Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has achieved 32.3% coverage of tap connections in rural India, emerging as a key scheme in the Narendra Modi administration’s second term.

Coronavirus | 5% of COVID-19 cases to be tested for genome sequence

The NTF also recommended the setting up of a ‘Genomic Surveillance Consortium’ (INSACOG) to map the various strains circulating in India and said that it is critical to conduct enhanced genomic surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 specially in incoming passengers from the U.K.

Peaceful DDC polls a new chapter in democracy: PM

The Prime Minister described the polls as steps towards “strengthening the roots of democracy” in J&K. He said “the only reason” his party pulled out of the PDP-BJP alliance in 2018 was “that we wanted panchayat elections to be held in J&K”.

Madhya Pradesh Cabinet approves anti-conversion bill

The Bill is similar to the Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, notified by the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh last month, which too provides for a maximum punishment of 10 years’ imprisonment for “fraudulent conversions”, even for the sake of marriage.

EU, UK unveil vast trade pact set to enter force on Jan 1

Most importantly, the deal as it stands ensures that Britain can continue to trade in goods with the world’s biggest trading bloc without tariffs or quotas after the U.K. breaks fully free of the EU.

Millions in U.S. lose benefits as Trump refuses to sign aid Bill

Mr. Trump stunned Republicans and Democrats alike when he said this week he was unhappy with the Bill, which provides $892 billion in coronavirus relief, including extending special unemployment benefits expiring on December 26, and $1.4 trillion for normal government spending.

Hundreds of migrants freezing in heavy snow in Bosnia camp

Migrants at the Lipa camp in northwest Bosnia wrapped themselves in blankets and sleeping bags to protect against the biting winds in the region, which borders European Union member Croatia.

Australia vs India, 2nd Test | India 90/3 at lunch after Cummins’ twin strikes

India lost two wickets in as many overs to the relentless Pat Cummins as Australia grabbed early honours on the second day of the second Test on Sunday.

Centurion Test | Adventurous Sri Lanka post 340-6 on opening day

De Silva made a dashing 79 before he had to retire hurt with what appeared to be a left hip injury. Chandimal surpassed that with his 85 and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella chipped in with 49.

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