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LIVE News Updates: India to host SCO Heads of Government meet today


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India to host SCO Heads of Government meet today

  • India is set to host the 19th meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government in a virtual format on Monday, which will be chaired by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, the Ministry of External Affairs has said.
  • This is the first time that a Summit-level Meeting will be held under India’s Chairmanship since it gained full membership of the organisation in 2017, MEA said in a statement.
  • The Prime Ministers from the SCO Member States of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will attend the SCO meeting.

PM Modi to visit Varanasi today

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Varanasi on Monday and dedicate to the nation the six-lane widening project of the Handia (Prayagraj) – Rajatalab (Varanasi) section of National Highway 19.
  • During the tour, the Prime Minister will attend Dev Deepawali, undertake a site visit of Kashi Vishwanath Temple corridor project and also visit the Sarnath archaeological site.

UP: Journalist burnt to death in Balrampur

  • A local journalist Rakesh Singh Nirbhik and his friend were burnt to death here on Sunday after his house caught fire.
  • The journalist’s wife and children were at a relative’s house at the time of the incident. Police said, “Four teams of police are questioning the suspects and working on evidence collected from the spot.”
  • The district administration gave the deceased journalist’s wife a cheque of Rs 5 lakhs as financial aid. She was assured of a job by Balrampur sugar mill management.

Biden-Harris announce all-women White House communications team

US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed an all-female White House communications team, choosing former Barack Obama administration’s State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki as his White House press secretary, Biden-Harris’s transition team made the announcement on Sunday.

Joe Biden twists ankle while playing with his dog

  • US President-elect Joe Biden has sustained a sprain to his right foot on Saturday when he slipped while playing with his dog Major, officials said Sunday.
  • “Initial X-rays are reassuring that there is no obvious fracture, and he will be getting an additional CT for more detailed imaging,” Dr Kevin O’Connor said.

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