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Madhya Pradesh education minister Vishvas Sarang and a clip from the trailer of 'Thank God'.

Afternoon brief: Citing ‘half naked women’ MP minister seeks ban on ‘Thank God’ and all the latest news

Here are today's top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times. MP minister seeks ban on film 'Thank God': 'half-naked women' hurting Hindus Madhya Pradesh education minister Vishvas Sarang has urged Union minister of information and broadcasting Anurag Thakur to ban Ajay Devgn and Sidharth Malhotra's upcoming film 'Thank God'. Read more 'That was the turning point.

An average of 135,130 people have annually renounced their Indian citizenship since 2011 (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

1.6 million Indians renounced citizenship since 2011; 183,000 this year: Govt

NEW DELHI: A total of 183,741 people renounced their Indian citizenship between January and October this year, minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan told the Lok Sabha on Friday. Muraleedharan provided the figure in a written reply to a question from Congress lawmaker Abdul Khaleque, who sought details of the number of people who renounced their Indian citizenship since January 2015.

Supreme Court of India. (ANI File Photo)

Supreme Court junks plea on regulating religious processions: ‘All not source of riots’

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a PIL filed by NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace seeking directions to regulate religious processions across the country, asking the petitioner not to portray "as if all religious processions are a source of riots". Senior advocate CU Singh on behalf of the NGO said only the Supreme Court can do something. Singh added that today processions are held brandishing weapons like swords etc. and happen during religious festivals.

Congress' Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has emerged as one of the frontrunners for the post of chief minister of the hill state.

Evening brief: Himachal Pradesh CM frontrunner's reply on ‘Congress mukt Bharat’ jibe’; all the latest news

Here are today's top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times. Himachal Pradesh CM frontrunner on 'Congress mukt Bharat' jibe, party's former Himachal Pradesh Congress president, revival Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, on Friday said the MLA selected by the party's high command would become the new chief minister of Himachal Pradesh…read more. Captain Rohit Sharma, pacers…read more.

The analysis by Punjab police further showed that 45% of the radicalized persons had studied up to 10th standard, 36% up to 12th standard

3,988 individuals in Punjab identified for radical activities; 220 received money from SFJ

The Punjab police identified 3,988 individuals till 2021, for their radical activities on social media as part of its strategy to counter growing radicalization of people by Khalistani groups as well as a Pakistan backed terror-smugglers-gangsters nexus in the state, according to details shared by counterterrorism officials. Of these 3,988 , 993 were directly taken under Punjab police's deradicalisation scheme for counselling and 207 have been brought back into the mainstream, the data shows.

Sabu M Jacob, executive chairman and managing director of Kitex Garments, founded Twenty20, in Kizhakkambalam Panchayat, Ernakulam district of Kerala (HT File Photo)

FIR against Kerala’s Twenty20 chief Sabu Jacob on CPM MLA’s complaint

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala police on Friday registered a case under the Dalit atrocity law against Twenty20 chairman Sabu M Jacob on a complaint by Communist Party of India (Marxist) legislator PV Sreenijan who alleged that Jacob and his party socially boycotted him and did not share a dais with him in August because he was a Dalit. He added, that Jacob frequently made personal attacks on him because he was born into a Dalit family.

Minister of state for defence Ajay Bhatt in the Parliament. (ANI Photo)

There are 135,891 vacancies in all 3 services: Defence ministry to Parliament

The defence ministry on Friday informed the Parliament that there are 135,891 posts lying vacant in all three services of the armed force ? Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy. The army accounted for the highest number of vacancies (118,485), followed by the navy (11,587) and the air force (5,819), minister of state for defence Ajay Bhatt said in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing winter session of the Parliament.

According to eyewitnesses, the couple, both college students belonging to Kerala and studying in KVG institutions, came to watch the film at Santhosh theatre.

Muslim couple threatened, prevented from watching ‘Kantara’ in Karnataka

Mysuru: A Muslim couple was threatened and prevented from watching the film, Kantara, at Sullia in Dakshina Kannada district on Wednesday afternoon, police said. According to eyewitnesses, the couple, both college students belonging to Kerala and studying in KVG institutions, came to watch like Kantara movie at Santhosh theatre. Seeing the girl's hijab, a nearby shopkeeper alerted Muslim youth who came and questioned the couple for watching the movie.

Union home minister Amit Shah. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT photo)

After meeting Shah, NCP leader says HM to meet Shinde, Bommai on Dec 14 amid Maha-Karnataka border row

The Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute though is decades old, a fresh one began last month after Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai claimed some villages of Maharashtra's Sangli district have passed a resolution to merge with his state owing to water crisis. This led to a war of words between him and his fellow BJP colleague Devendra Fadnavis, deputy CM of Maharashtra.

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Uproar in Rajya Sabha after private member's bill on Uniform Civil Code introduced

A controversial private member's Bill that seeks to provide for a panel to prepare a Uniform Civil Code was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. 'The Uniform Civil Code in India Bill, 2020' was introduced in the Upper House amid protests from opposition parties. In the past, although the Bill was listed for introduction, it was not moved in the Upper House.

Global Hunger Index is a peer-reviewed annual report jointly published by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe. (File image)

Global Hunger Index rank does not reflect India’s true picture: Smriti Irani

Minister of women and child development Smriti Irani dismissed India's ranking in the Global Hunger Index, terming it as a ?flawed measure of hunger,? in a reply to Lok Sabha on Friday. The GHI has assigned India a score of 29.1 and considers the level of hunger in India ?serious? on a scale where a score of 50 is considered ?extremely serious? hunger.

Tewari said the comments by the Centre and Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankar to the judiciary over the Supreme Court collegium row are unfortunate.

Executive, judiciary should have peaceful relations, says Congress MP Tewari

Congress MP Manish Tewari on Friday said the comments by the Centre and Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankar to the judiciary over the Supreme Court collegium row are “unfortunate”. The Union law minister Kiren Rijiju said the Bharatiya Janata Party doesn't capture institutions like Congress. "We aren't like the Congress party that overturns everything and captures institutions. BJP respects all institutions of the country," news agency ANI quoted Rijiju saying.

US acting coordinator for counterterrorism Timothy Betts. (US State Dept.)

Top US counter-terror official to visit India to review regional security

The security situation in the region, including counter-terrorism efforts in the context of Afghanistan and Pakistan, is expected to figure in an upcoming meeting between the US acting coordinator for counterterrorism Timothy Betts and Betts' Indian interlocutors. Betts will lead the American delegation at the annual meeting of the India-US counter-terrorism joint working group in New Delhi from December 12-13, the US state department said on Friday.

People hold their umbrella as they walk on an embankment against gusty winds and high waves in Chennai.

Watch: Heavy rain, strong winds in Chennai amid cyclone Mandous warning

Chennai woke up to torrential rain on Friday under the influence of a severe cyclonic storm 'Mandous'. At least four flights from the tamil Nadu capital have been cancelled and several others have been delayed as the storm moves west-northwestwards towards Puducherry and Sriharikota. Videos on the internet showed people traversing through strong winds and heavy rainfall in Chennai. As of this morning, Mandous lay centred around 270 km off Chennai coast.

BJP doesn't capture institutions like Congress, says Rijiju

Judicial appointment row: We respect all instructions, says Rijiju

Union law minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday took a swipe at Congress over its leader and MP Manish Tewari's adjournment notice in Parliament to discuss Centre's confrontation with judiciary on matters related to judicial appointments. The Union minister said the Bharatiya Janata Party doesn't capture institutions like Congress. "We aren't like the Congress party that overturns everything and captures institutions. BJP respects all institutions of the country," news agency ANI quoted Rijiju saying.

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