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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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12:33 AM
BJP MP Sushil Modi says govt should come up with legislation to fix same marriage age for women of all religions
12:26 AM
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

12:10 AM
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.
11:53 PM
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.
11:34 PM
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.
11:19 PM
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.
11:02 PM
BSF deploys women guards in Sundarbans on India-Bangladesh border

10:42 PM
Steps being taken to decongest Delhi airport
– Union minister V K Singh

10:30 PM
French striker Karim Benzema announces retirement from international football following WC final loss
10:20 PM
People hold candlelight march over Sahibganj murder case in J’khand

09:46 PM
Rs 11,440 crore spent on ambitious Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor project till November 30, says Govt
09:40 PM
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.

09:34 PM
Uttar Pradesh: Allahabad University to remain closed tomorrow

09:20 PM
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
09:17 PM
Chhapra hooch tragedy
So far, SIT has arrested 9 people and 17 people are being questioned in the case
09:04 PM
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.
08:41 PM
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.

08:34 PM
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.
08:31 PM
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.
08:19 PM
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)
08:17 PM
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.
08:00 PM
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte offers formal government apology for the Netherlands’ historical role in slavery, reports AP
07:54 PM
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.
07:52 PM
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.
07:40 PM
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.
07:36 PM
Union Home Minister Amit Shah expresses condolences on the demise of Bhairon Singh Rathore, hero of 1971 India-Pak war
07:26 PM
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
07:23 PM
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.
06:48 PM
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

06:34 PM
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.
06:28 PM
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.
06:14 PM
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
06:12 PM
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.
05:52 PM
Passengers carried by domestic airlines register annual growth
Passengers carried by domestic airlines register annual growth
05:48 PM
25 AAI airports earmarked for leasing over between 2022-2025: Govt to Rajya Sabha
05:44 PM
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.
05:41 PM
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

05:18 PM
Ukraine issues air raid alert across capital Kyiv, large parts of war-torn country, reports Reuters
05:18 PM

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

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
04:46 PM
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.
04:31 PM
Union minister G Kishan Reddy says there is peace and political stability in northeast since Narendra Modi government came to power at Centre
04:24 PM
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.
04:12 PM
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.
04:03 PM

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

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

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

Pakistan is sending drugs to harm youth in India. Police have seized a large quantity of drugs coming from across the border. Illegal smuggling of drugs will be dealt with strictly. A big drug de-addiction centre is being established by J&K Police.

Pakistan is sending drugs to harm youth in India. Police have seized a large quantity of drugs coming from across the border. Illegal smuggling of drugs will be dealt with strictly. A big drug de-addiction centre is being
Leading telecom company Bharti Airtel on Monday announced the launch of its 5G services in Shimla. The telco said its Airtel 5G Plus services would be available to customers in a phased manner as the company continues to construct its network and complete the roll-out. Customers with fifth-generation mobile system (5G)-enabled devices will enjoy high-speed Airtel 5G Plus network at no extra cost until the roll-out is more widespread, according to the company statement. Currently operational at Mall Road, Sanjoli, Dhalli, BhattaKufar, Ridge and Sanjoli Helipad area and a few other select locations, the service provider said it would augment its network making its services available across the city in due course of time.
02:09 PM
Historic biodiversity agreement reached at UN conference to protect nearly a third of the planet by 2030, reports
Google to focus on investing in women-led early-stage startups
Google will focus on investing in women-led early-stage startups through its Rs 75,000 crore India Digitisation Fund, a senior company official said on Monday. The company had launched USD 10 billion — about Rs 75,000 crore as per the prevailing exchange rate at the end of 2020 — to make access to the internet affordable. Through Google IDF, the company bought a 7.73 per cent stake in Jio for USD 4.5 billion and a 1.2 per cent stake in Bharti Airtel for USD 700 million. “Moving forward, as part of our IDF investments, we will be targeting support for early-stage companies with a particular focus on women-led startups,” Sanjay Gupta, Country Manager & VP, Google India said at Google for India event.

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