Catch all the latest news updates of the day here.A fire that broke out in forest area opposite Gokuldham near Goregaon has been doused, reports ANI.People queue up to vote in Reasi's Chassana area in Jammu and Kashmir in the seventh phase of polling for Panchayat polls.(Source: ANI)Satish Jarkiholi, Congress Karnataka MLA said not many but only 6-7 Congress MLAs are a little unhappy and our leadership is convincing them. The opposition party is trying from the beginning to form government through horse trading.(Source: ANI)Commencing her five-day official visit to the United States, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Monday, 3 December, asserted that New Delhi sees the US as an important partner in the field of defence.In her remarks at the start of her bilateral talks with the US Defence Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon, Sitharaman said mutual trust and confidence in defence partnership between the two countries were growing.(Source: PTI)Two people were shot at after dispute with a DJ and his associates in Delhi over playing of songs at a program in Palam village Monday, 3 December. Three people including the DJ have been arrested. The two injured admitted to hospital.(Source: PTI)The rupee depreciated by 9 paise to 70.55 against the US dollar in early trade Tuesday, 4 December, at the interbank foreign exchange, amid strengthening of the US dollar and rising crude oil prices.Forex dealers said fresh demand for the American currency from importers amid rise in crude prices weighed on the domestic unit. Besides, investors were treading the cautious path ahead of the RBI policy decision.The rupee opened lower at 70.50 a dollar and dropped further to quote at 70.55, 9 paise down over its previous close.(Source: PTI)Voting for seventh phase of the nine-phased panchayat polls began Tuesday, 4 December, at over 2,700 polling stations in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.The voting began at 8 am at 2,714 polling stations - 576 in Kashmir division and 2,138 in Jammu division, they said.The officials said 892 polling stations have been categorised as "hypersensitive" in this phase, including 428 in Kashmir division and 464 in Jammu division.(Source: PTI)Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel is slated to brief a small group of lawmakers Tuesday, 4 December, on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a congressional source.(Source: IANS)Six policemen in western Mexico were killed Monday, 3 December, when a gang of gunmen attacked them in an apparent bid to free a prisoner they were transporting, authorities said.The attack was the most serious by criminal gangs since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office Saturday, pledging to quell violence in Mexico.(Source: AP)Amicus Curiae (Friends of Court) Vijay Hansaria and Sneha Kalita submitted to Supreme Court Monday, 3 December, the data received from states and High Courts on pending criminal cases against ex and sitting MPs and MLAs.4122 criminal cases are pending against sitting & former MPs and MLAs.(Source: ANI)Delhi's Patiala House Court framed charges against TTV Dhinakaran. He is charged under sec 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of IPC.(Source: ANI)The entire district is in drought so we’ve to be cautious. I want the drought issue to be settled immediately to ensure drinking water. We don’t want to do it on a big scale as our priority is the people not only the festival, said Karnataka Minister D K Shivakumar on Hampi festival.(Source: ANI)Supreme Court modifies it’s January 11 order and accepted Centre’s suggestion that two members of the special investigation team (SIT), supervising investigation into 186 cases of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, will continue with the probe .The Israeli military says it has launched an operation meant to “expose and thwart” tunnels built by the Hezbollah militant group and stretching from Lebanon into northern Israel.The military says the tunnels are not operational and that its work to expose them, which began on Tuesday, 4 December, was taking place in Israeli territory.(Source: AP)Fire breaks out in a foam factory in Punjab’s Barnala. Fire tenders rushed to the spot.(Source: ANI)Four key bills got the nod of President Ram Nath Kovind, including two from Gujarat and one each from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.Bill from Gujarat deals with amendment to Prevention of Fragmentation and Consokidation of Holding Act, 1947. The second Bill approved is Gujarat Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes (Regulation of Issuance and Verification of Caste Certificates) Bill 2018.The Code of Civil Procedure (Maharashtra Amendment) Bill, 2018 which seeks to delete section 9 A of Code of Civil Procedure (Maharashtra Amendment) Act, 1977 was also approved.The fourth Bill cleared by President relates to Tamil Nadu Forest Act, 1882. The 2018 Bill, namely Tamil Nadu Forest (Amendment) Bill proposes to amend the definition of “tree” to say it includes stumps and brushwood.”(Source: Indian Express)Why did it not occur to Congress in 1947 that Kartarpur should be in India? Why did it not happen in last 70 years? If today, the corridor is being built, then the credit of it does not go to Modi, but that one vote of yours, said PM Narendra Modi in Rajasthan's Hanumangarh.(Source: ANI)Delhi's air quality deteriorated further with six areas in the city recording severe pollution as authorities predicted further rise in the next two days.The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded an overall air quality index (AQI) of 352, which falls in the "very poor" category.An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor" and 401 and 500 is considered to be "severe".(Source: PTI)A quake measuring 3 on the Richter scale was felt in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand early on Tuesday, 4 December, forcing residents to rush out of their houses, officials said.(Source: IANS)India and the US have agreed to accelerate defence and security ties as Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met her American counterpart James Mattis, who described India as a "stabilising force" across the Indo-Pacific and the globe.US Defence Secretary Mattis welcomed Sitharaman to the Pentagon on Monday, 3 December, for the fourth set of talks the two defense leaders have held this year.(Source: PTI)Successors at more than half of Indian business families have a role in the family office or wealth management, according to a report by Edelweiss and Private Wealth and Campden Family Connect.About 58 percent of the families are interested in setting up a family office and half of the 78 ultra-high net worth families—with average wealth of $645 million and an average family office assets under management of $318 million—are doing so, according to the report.They prefer to invest in fixed income and equities and have a keen interest in private equity or venture capital opportunities.(Source: BloombergQuint)French Prime Minister to announce suspension of fuel tax hikes, said government sources.(Source: AFP)Income tax return filing for assessment year 2018-19 has so far seen a 50 per cent rise since last year, a top finance ministry official said Tuesday, 4 December."This is the effect of demonetisation," Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman Sushil Chandra said on the sidelines a CII event.(Source: PTI)Supreme Court allows Income Tax department to continue with the tax re-assessment for the year 2011-12 of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Congress leader Oscar Fernandes and no final order will be passed. Next hearing on January 8, 2019.(Source : ANI)Supreme Court penalises Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Odisha, and Jammu & Kashmir with Rs 1 lakh each and Delhi Rs 2 lakh for failing to create an online link for monitoring implementation of mid-day meal schemes in government-run schools.(Source: ANI)French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is to announce a suspension of fuel tax hikes planned for 1 January, 2019, in a move to end violent "yellow vest" protest.(Source: AFP)Science will be one of the focal points at the upcoming Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) with a line-up of sessions on topics like artificial intelligence, genetics, post-human future, cli-fi (climate change fiction).As the curtains on the 12th edition of JLF went up Monday, 3 December, evening, co-director Namita Gokhale told PTI that this year the literary extravaganza would lay greater emphasis on "science", something they would "want to develop even further in future years".(Source: PTI)Bofors case: Matter adjourned to 8 May 2019. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Ashu Garg defers matter due to unavailability of documents. BJP leader & advocate Ajay Agarwal had challenged the May 31, 2005 verdict of the Delhi High Court which quashed charges against the accused.(Source: ANI)An Indian-origin man in Singapore was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 weeks in prison for molesting a woman on a bus, a media report said.Kajayendran Krishnan, a 50-year-old permanent resident from Malaysia, pleaded guilty to one charge of using criminal force intending to outrage the victim's modesty and another of insulting her modesty.A third charge was taken into consideration for sentencing, the Channel News Asia reported.(Source: PTI)The survivors of the MeToo movement that took Bollywood and the media industry by storm in the country were named "Personality of the Year 2018" by search engine major Yahoo India on Tuesday.In its "2018 Year in Review" for India (YIR) report, the company said Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again grabbed the top spot in the list of "Top Newsmakers of 2018", followed by former Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra who made it to the list with his landmark verdicts on Triple Talaq and Article 377.Every year Yahoo publishes the list of top newsmakers and happenings that catches the interest of Internet users in India in the "Year in Review for India" report.(Source: IANS)Police seized Rs 5,80,65,000 cash from a car at a check post in Jangaon, Warangal on Monday, 3 December.Three persons who were travelling in the car have been detained. A case has been registered and investigation is underway.(Source: ANI)Delhi's Patiala House Court is to consider the charge sheet filed against Satyendra Kumar Jain and others on 17 December.CBI had filed a chargesheet on Monday, 4 December, against Satyendra Kumar Jain, his wife Poonam Jain and his business associates in connection with disproportionate assets case.(Source: ANI)Delhi High Court has adjourned hearing in the matter to 9 January in Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial case. The interim order to continue till further hearing.(Source: ANI)French government to freeze electricity, gas price hikes after the protests over increased fuel taxes, confirmed Prime minister Edouard Philippe.(Source: AP)The Government has called for an all-party meeting on 10 December at 11 am ahead of Parliament Winter Session.PM Narendra Modi will also be present in the meeting.(Source: ANI)A fresh FIR has been registered at Shikrapur Police station, Pune against five more accused in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence that broke out on January 2018.This brings the total number of FIR's to 33 registered by different people including villagers affected due to violence.(Source: ANI)Pathanamthitta Chief Judicial Magistrate court rejected the bail plea of activist Rehana Fathima in connection with the case of hurting religious sentiments. on Tuesday, 4 December.75.3% voter turnout was recorded for the 7th phase of polling for the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat elections.30.3% voters cast vote in Kashmir division and 84.8% in Jammu division.(Source: ANI)Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, on Tuesday, 4 December, wrote to PM Narendra Modi regarding one-third reservation for women in Parliament and state legislatures.The letter further reads,"I assure full support of my Government in providing women their rightful place in the decision making process."(Source: ANI)The Government has decided not to accord sanction of prosecution in cases where prosecution has been sought for and also decided to take steps to withdraw other cases pending against Abhijit Iyer Mitra by following laid-down procedures, Special Secretary to Government of Odisha confirmed.(Source: ANI)Central Bureau of Investigation, on Tuesday, arrested an Income Tax officer in Pune for accepting a bribe of Rs.1 lakh.(Source: ANI)Two persons identified as Salman and Adnan have been arrested by police in connection with the death of BJP leader Pratyushmani Tripathi.The UP BJP leader was stabbed to death in Lucknow’s Badshahnagar on Monday, 3 December.(Source: ANI)External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan co-chaired 12th India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting on Tuesday, 4 December.Both discussed cooperation in energy, security, trade, investments, space, defence & consular, among others.(Source: ANI)Wanted fugitive criminal Christian Michel James who has been avoiding criminal proceedings in India in AgustaWestland Case is being led by UAE Authorities to India, confirmed CBI.CBI also confirmed that under the guidance of Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor (NSA), the entire operation is being coordinated by Incharge Director M. Nageswara Rao. A team led by A. Sai Manohar, Joint Director/CBI has been to Dubai for the purpose.(Source: ANI)Names of chief ministers of Punjab and Karnataka -- Captain Amarinder Singh and H D Kumraswamy -- along with a former chief minister found mention in the list of 4,122 criminal cases pending against serving and ex-legislators that was submitted before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, 4 December.Former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, also figured in the list along with serving Kerala minister M M Mani and sitting NCP MLA from Gujarat Kandhalbhai Sarmanbhai Jadeja.(Source: PTI)The Delhi Police has busted a gang of illegal arms suppliers operating in Delhi with the arrest of three people, a senior officer said Tuesday, 4 December.Aman Bhardwaj (25) and Vishal Gahlot (28), both residents of Najafgarh and Uttam Nagar respectively were arrested on Thursday, while their partner, Ankur Chaudhary, hailing from Aligarh was arrested from Ghaziabad, the police said.(Source: PTI)Section 144, which prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area, has been extended till midnight of 8 December in Kerala over Sabarimala. The decision has been taken based on the report by the Special Officer and Additional Magistrate in charge.(Source: ANI)A petition was filed Tuesday, 4 December, in the Uttarakhand High Court against "Kedarnath" movie, accusing it of hurting sentiments of Hindus.The PIL filed by Swami Darshan Bharti alleges the movie is an "ugly taint" on the Hindu shrine.(Source: PTI)A Jodhpur-bound SpiceJet plane, carrying 60 passengers, made an emergency landing at the Delhi airport on Tuesday, reportedly after smoke was detected in the baggage compartment, a source said.The airline was operating a Q-400 aircraft.(Source: PTI)NATO allies say they have concluded that Russia is in violation of a landmark Cold War-era nuclear treaty, paving the way for the United States to leave the pact unless Moscow complies with it.(Source: AP)Hundreds of employees of state-owned AAI Tuesday staged protests across the country against the government's decision to privatise six profit-making airports, according to a union representative.The protests were organised by the Airports Authority Employees Union.(Source: PTI)The Bombay High Court has upheld the conviction of two terrorists, Abdul Latif Abdul Rashid Shaikh and Riyaz Ali Abu Bakar Shaikh, who were sentenced in 2016 under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for planning to carry out terror attacks in the city.The two were arrested by the Mumbai Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) in 2010 and had been sentenced.(Source: PTI)House GOP campaign committee said that it was a victim of `cyber intrusion' during 2018 campaign and has notified FBI .(Source: AP)In a U.K. parliamentary first, British lawmakers have found the government in contempt of Parliament for refusing to publish advice from the country’s top law officer about Brexit.The House of Commons voted 311-293 in favor of a motion by opposition parties censuring the government for failing to reveal the full guidance from Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, despite an earlier vote by Parliament calling them to do so.(Source: AP)Chairperson of the National Gandhi Museum Aparna Basu has died following illness, officials said Tuesday. Basu was 87.Basu, who held the chairpersonship from 2013, was not well for a week and hospitalised for chest congestion and high blood pressure.(Source: PTI)Over 30 passengers were injured after a bus carrying them fell into a gorge on Gandachara Amarpur road in Tripura’s Dhalai district on 4 December. The passengers were rescued and then admitted to a nearby hospital.Among the rescued passengers, 22 are said to be in a critical condition. More details awaited.(ANI)A cow-smuggler carrying a reward of Rs 15,000 on his arrest was injured on Tuesday, 4 December, following an encounter with Uttar Pradesh Police. Another alleged smuggler fled the spot amidst the commotion, ANI reported.Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) heaviest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite, GSAT-11, was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana during the early hours on Wednesday, 5 December.(ANI)A fire broke out at a pen-making factory in Daman at around 11 pm on Tuesday, 4 December. The local fire department has since doused the flames. Around 12 fire tenders completed the firefighting operations.(ANI)Three Naxals, one of them carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, were arrested by the Bihar Police in Gaya on Tuesday, 4 December.Incriminating materials, one motorcycle, Rs 29,000 in cash, and two mobile phones were seized from them by the police as well.(ANI) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. 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