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  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, strongly defending laws that have triggered massive farmer protests near Delhi, said  to discuss every issue and assuage concerns.
  2. The Supreme Court rejected the challenge to the election of Dhiraj Prasad Sahu as a Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand in 2018.
  3. The University Grants Commission (UGC) invited applications from eligible candidates for National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities (NFPwD) for 2020-21. The fellowship will be available to students with disabilities who are covered under ‘The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.
  4. The Supreme Court on Friday directed all the states to carry out fire safety audit of dedicated COVID-19 hospitals across the country to prevent fire incidents in medical institutions.
  5. An eight-member committee, appointed by the government for suggesting measures for effective implementation of reservation in students admissions and faculty recruitment in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), has come out with its recommendations.The Union Minister of Jal Shakti has reviewed the progress made under the National Hydrology Project (NHP) in its mid-term. It was started in 2016 as a Center Sector Scheme with 100% grant to implementing agencies on pan India basis.It is an initiative of the Ministry of Jal Shakti and is supported by theWorld Bank. It has a budget outlay of Rs. 3680 crore to be spent over a period of 8 years.
  6. The Trump administration celebrated the first birthday of the US Space Force on Friday by announcing that its members will be known as “guardians”.
  7. The Dalit woman was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras on September 14 who was died on September 29 at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital during treatment.
  8. 18th Dec,celebrates  Minorities Rights Day 2020. The Constitution of India gives equal rights to all citizens of the country irrespective of their linguistic, ethnic, cultural, and religious background.
  9. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar has decided to run all Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) and Indoor Patient Departments (IPDs) as per full capacity from January.
  10. A group comprising 20 Indian doctors from the USA has delayed its return to provide medical services at Tikri border, where thousands of farmers have been protesting against the new farm laws for over three weeks now.
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