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India news update – 14 December 2020

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India news update – 14 December 2020

Farmer protests against farm laws

Multiple border points in Delhi such as Ghazipur, Singhu, Auchandi and others have been closed for traffic movement due to protests.

The farmers observed a one-day hunger strike which went on till 5 pm on Monday. There are also other sit-in protests across the country.

Farmer leaders have also threatened to block trains in the coming days if the government doesn’t listen to their demands.

RTGS payment facility to be available round the clock

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed the transfer of funds through Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) to be available 24 hours a day from 14 December. This will make digital payments easier for people to use.

One can send and receive a minimum amount of ₹2 lakh and a maximum of ₹10 lakh per day under RTGS.

India news update: Weather 

Parts of northern India experienced snowfall on Sunday. It led to temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius in Jammu and Kashmir. The temperature is expected to slightly drop over the next few days.

75% of the districts in India are prone to extreme weather events

A new report says that about 75% of the districts in India are now prone to extreme weather events such as cyclones, floods and droughts, heat and cold waves.

The report is called ‘Preparing India for Extreme Climate Events: Mapping Hotspots and Response Mechanisms’. It was published by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).

India news update: COVID-19 pandemic

India’s COVID-19 case count rose to 9.84 million while out of them, about 9.38 million have recovered.

IIT Madras has been temporarily shut down as 104 people were found COVID-19 positive.


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