1 Actor Vijayashanthi quits Congress, to join BJP tomorrow.
Actor-turned-politician Vijayashanthi has resigned from the primary membership of the Congress. Vijayashanthi will join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday.
Vijayashanthi will also meet Home Minister Amit Shah after joining the BJP in New Delhi on Monday. Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar has left for Delhi from Hyderabad. Vijayashanthi had joined the Congress in 2014.
Vijayashanthi is known as Amitabh Bacchan of South Cinema who became active in politics and joined the BJP in 1997. During Telangana separate statehood movement, she was closely associated with TRS chief KCR.
2 South Africa VS England 1st ODI suspended after hotel staff test positive for coronavirus.
The first one-day international between South Africa and England has been suspended after two members of the hotel staff where the two teams are staying tested positive for coronavirus.
The news prompted a fresh new round of tests in the England camp, the results of which are awaited. The start was initially delayed while officials waited for the results of a new round of testing from the England camp before the decision was made to cancel the game altogether, SuperSport reported.
The match was abandoned for the first time on December 4 when two players from the South African squad had contracted coronavirus.
3 Vijender Singh Joins Farmers’ Protest, Swears To Return Khel Ratna If Laws Not Withdrawn.
Boxer Vijender Singh on Sunday expressed his solidarity with the farmers protesting against legislation enacted by the Centre earlier this year and said he will return his Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award if the government fails to repeal the “black laws”.
“If the government does not withdraw the black laws, I will return my Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award,” Singh, who had joined Congress and contested the Lok Sabha elections last year, said according to news agency ANI.
Five former sportspersons from Punjab also joined the protest at the Singhu border on Sunday. Arjuna awardees Rajbir Kaur and Gurmail Singh, who played hockey, former wrestler Kartar Singh, ex-boxer Jaipal Singh, and Dhyan Chand Award winner Ajit Singh were among them.
4 Violence erupts in new Paris protest against security law.
Violence erupted in Paris for the second consecutive weekend at a mass protest against a new security law and police brutality, as demonstrators clashed with police, set alight vehicles, and smashed shop windows.
The weekly nationwide protests are becoming a major crisis for President Emmanuel Macron’s government, with tensions intensified by the beating of a Black music producer by police last month.
France has been hit by a wave of street protests after the government introduced a security bill in parliament that set out to increase its surveillance tools and restrict rights on circulating images of police officers in the media and online.
The bill was part of Macron’s drive to get tougher on law and order ahead of elections in 2022. His government also said the police needed to be better protected from online hate.