Headlines: Proposal To Raise Women’s Marriage Age From 18 To 21 Cleared
Proposal To Raise Women’s Marriage Age From 18 To 21 Cleared
On Wednesday, the union cabinet cleared the proposal to increase women’s marriage from 18 to 21 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned about the initiative in his Independence Day speech last year. PM Modi had said: “This government is constantly concerned about the health of daughters and sisters. To save the daughters from malnutrition, it is necessary that they’re married at the right age,” Currently, the legal minimum marriage age for women is 18 years; however, for men, it is 21 years. To bring the plan to action, the central government is also planning to make changes in the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, The Hindu Marriage Act and the Special Marriage Act.
Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 7,974 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.38%
According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 7,974 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 87,245. Meanwhile, the country has recorded 7,948 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, taking the cumulative total to 3,41,54,879. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 0.57% and 0.64%, respectively. As per the Indian Council Of Medical Research, the country has conducted 66.02 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 135.25 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.
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West Bengal: 7-Year-Old Tests Positive For The Omicron Variant; Totally Tally Of Omicron Cases At 73
On Wednesday, West Bengal reported its first Omicron case. Along with West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Telangana reported their first Omicron case yesterday, taking the total tally in India to 73. In West Bengal, a 7-year-old returnee from Abu Dhabi tested positive for the Omicron variant and currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital in the Murshidabad district. While Maharashtra’s Omicron tally has risen to 32, the total Omicron cases in Kerala currently stands at 5. No deaths from the Omicron variant in India has been reported so far.
Bank Strike: UFBU Calls A Two-Day Strike Against Govt’s Decision To Privatise Public Sector Banks
After the central government decided to privatise all public sector banks, the Union Forum of Bank (UFBU), an umbrella body of 9 bank unions has announced a two-day strike from 16th December to 17th December to protest against the government’s decision. In the wake of the bank strike, Punjab National Bank, Central Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and State Bank of India and several other bank services are likely to get affected. In the Union Budget 2021, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced that the government is likely to privatise two public sector banks to reach the 1.75 lakh crore disinvestment target. The central government had decided to bring the Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021, at the ongoing winter session of Parliament. However, bank unions are not happy with the decision and are urging the government to withdraw the bill. Speaking about the bank strike, CH Venkatachalam, general secretary of AIBEA, said: “We reiterated our stand that if the government would assure that the Bank Privatisation Bill (Banking Laws Amendment Bill,2021) would not be tabled during this session of the Parliament, we would be inclined to reconsider the strike but the government could not give any such assurance to us,” The bank strike is likely to affect banking services and ATM services across India.
Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: MoS Ajay Kumar Mishra Abuses Journalist When Asked About Son Ashish Mishra
Recently, MoS Ajay Kumar Mishra lashed out at a journalist and started abusing him after he was asked about his jailed son, Ashish Mishra. Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son is in jail in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri Violence incident that took place on 3rd October 2021. On Tuesday, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) termed the Lakhimpur Kheri incident as a pre-planned conspiracy. The incident claimed the lives of four farmers, and locals have hinted at the involvement of Ajay Kumar Mishra and his son Ashish Mishra for the violence. Allegedly, a video showed a Mahindra Thar knocking down the protestors, and the vehicle was a part of the convoy of the Ajay Kumar Mishra in Lakhimpur Kheri. However, both MoS and his son Ashish has denied all allegations. Meanwhile, farmers and opposition leaders have demanded the removal of Ajay Kumar Mishra as Minister of State for Home Affairs.
Brahmastra Poster Launch: Did Ranbir Kapoor Just Revealed His Wedding Date With Alia Bhatt?
Recently, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Ayan Mukerji revealed the magnum opus motion poster of Brahmastra at Thyagraj Stadium Complex in New Delhi. During the launch, when a reporter asked Ranbir about his wedding date, Ranbir Kapoor had the wittiest reply. The actor said: “Haven’t we seen a lot of people getting married in the last one year? I think we should be happy with that,” After dodging the question, Ranbir turned to a blushing Alia Bhatt and asked her: “Humari kab hogi?” to which a shy Alia replied: “Why are you asking me?”. After the fun banter, Ayan Mukerji said: “Aaj ke liye ek hi date kaafi hai, Brahmastra ki release date,” Brahmastra is directed by Ayan Mukerji and features Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan in pivotal roles. The film will hit the screens on 9th September 2021.
Watch the Brahmastra motion poster here:
Power Couple Deepika Padukone And Ranveer Singh Promotes 83 At The Red Sea Film Festival
Promoting their upcoming film 83, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh looked drop-dead gorgeous as they walked the red carpet at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. While Ranveer looked quirky in a brown velvet suit from Gucci, Deepika Padukone looked flamboyant in a pink stylish frill gown with dramatic shoulders. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh were joined by Kabir Khan, Mini Mathur, Kapil Dev and Romi Bhatia.