Midday News Nuggets


1.Finance Minister reviews implementation of three Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Packages

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday reviewed the implementation of the three Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Packages (ANBPs) with Secretaries of various Ministries and Departments.

2.Sikkim: First-ever virtual buyer-seller meet held for selling spices

The Spices Board organised a virtual buyer-seller meet (BSM) of spices in Sikkim and North Bengal on December 11 after considering the need to fully tap into the potential of spices grown in Sikkim and North Bengal.

3.Meghalaya: NGOs in Garo Hills demand repeal of CAA, implementation of ILP

A conglomeration of NGOs from Garo Hills, on Saturday, held a meeting to protest the delay concerning the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) and the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA)

4.Gen. Naravane holds talks with top Saudi generals; discusses ways to enhance defence cooperation

Indian Army chief General M.M Naravane on Sunday met top Saudi generals and discussed issues of common interest and ways to enhance bilateral defence cooperation during his historic visit to the Gulf Kingdom.

5.A study suggests that bacteria can travel from one continent to another in atmospheric dust

Some bacteria can travel from one continent to another 'hidden' in atmospheric dust, according to a new study which says these microbes may not only affect human and animal health but also impact climate and ecosystems.

6.Tripura CM visits families of Panisagar victims, provides financial assistance

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, on Sunday, visited the families of the victims who were affected by the Panisagar incident.

7.COVID-19: Daily new cases dip below 30,000 again this month

The daily new COVID-19 cases fell below 30,000 for the third time this month taking India's virus caseload to 98.84 lakh

8.Four NE states record rise in percentage of under-five children who are stunted: Survey

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday released the fifth National Family Health Survey (NFHS) which contains detailed information on population, health, and nutrition for India and its states and Union Territories.

9.Republic TV CEO arrested in TRP manipulation case

Mumbai police have arrested the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Republic TV, Vikas Kanchandani in connection with the Television Rating Point (TRP) manipulation case, becoming the 13th person to be arrested in this case.

10.B'wood actor Sonu Sood launches e-rickshaws mission to help the needy

Bollywood actor Sonu Sood on December 13, launched another relief measure for the needy amid COVID-19 pandemic by starting the e-rickshaws initiative.