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  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to substitute foreign-made products they use with items produced in India, and said they should make this resolution for the country in the new year.
  2. The Indian Railways has suffered losses of around Rs. 2,400 crore due to the ongoing farmers’ protests against the farm laws at various places in Punjab, said Northern Railway General Manager Ashutosh Gangal.
  3. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday appealed to the Centre to repeal the new farm laws and said farmers are protesting for their survival.
  4. The Central government has once again extended the validity of all vehicle-related documents in order to avoid crowding and the possible spread of COVID-19. All those driving licences, registration certificates, and permits which were set to expire may now be used till March 31, 2021,
  5. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s appeal to protesting farmers to not damage telecom infrastructure seems to have failed to deter new attacks, with more than 150 signal transmitting sites being vandalised overnight, sources said on Sunday.
  6. As per a National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) study, Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households, in 2013, the average monthly income of farmers stood at Rs 6,426. In 2016-17, it reached Rs 8,931, showed a survey conducted by NABARD, marking an increase of only Rs 2,505 between 2012-13 and 2016-17. The NSSO has not conducted any survey on income per agricultural household after 2013.
  7. The winter session of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, which was scheduled to begin on December 28, has been postponed in view of the “COVID-19 situation”, an official said on Sunday, hours after protem speaker disclosed that 61 employees and officials of the Assembly secretariat and five MLAs have tested coronavirus positive.
  8. IRDAI, in October had directed all the life insurance companies to mandatorily come out with a standard, individual term life insurance policy called ‘Saral Jeevan Bima’ from January 1, 2021.
  9. After remaining closed for almost nine months due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Shri Lingaraj Temple here reopened on Sunday.
  10. Speaking for the first time about the Pari rape and murder case in Odisha’s Nayagarh, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today demanded a CBI probe into the matter.
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