LIVE UPDATES: Wednesday’s top stories presented in snippets

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Tributes have poured in for veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel and prominent Shia leader Maulana Kalbe Sadiq after their tragic passing away. While Sadiq died on Tuesday, Patel passed away in the early hours of Wednesday.

Maulana Kalbe Sadiq was a prominent Shia scholar and All India Muslim Personal Law Board vice president Maulana. He was 83. Reacting to his death, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi tweeted, “Demise of prominent religious leader Maulana Kalbe Sadiq Sahab is painful, unfortunate and an irreparable loss. Maulana Kalbe Sadiq Sahab was a strong voice of communal harmony, brotherhood, human values. RIP.”

Hours after Maulana Sadiq’s death, the news of Patel’s passing away was shared by his son Faisal. Reacting to the death of 71-year-old Ahmed Patel, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said, “In Sh. Ahmed Patel, I have lost a colleague, whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress Party. His faithfulness and dedication, his commitment to his duty, his always being there to help, his generosity were rare qualities that distinguished him from others.

“I have lost an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend. I mourn his passing and I feel deeply for his bereaved family to whom I offer my sincere feelings of empathy and support.”

LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:

21:07 PM: Persons found guilty of using marriages to force others to convert religion will face 10-year jail term: Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra

21:01 PM: No protestors will be allowed to enter Delhi. If any protestor tries to enter, they will have to face legal action as Delhi Police have warned all the protesting organizations well within the time in writing & through social media: Delhi Police (ANI)

19:39 PM: YouTube suspends the One America News Network (OANN) for sharing misinformation about a Covid-19 “cure”. The channel has been a favourite of President Trump, also notorious for sharing fake news.

18:21 PM: Launching a scathing attack on the #BJP, #WestBengal CM #MamataBanerjee threw a challenge at her arch-rival saying she will ensure TMC wins even if she is sent to jail. Speaking at a rally in Bankura district, she said that the BJP is not a political party but “garbage of lies”. (IANS)

17:38 PM: Delhi: A 48-year-old woman has been booked and arrested in Sarita Vihar area for allegedly cheating many people in the name of providing them govt jobs, say Delhi Police. (ANI)

15:38 PM: Two days after the agitating #farmers cleared most of the rail tracks in #Punjab, the #IndianRailways has been able to move a total of 25 passenger or mail or express trains and 181 goods trains from the state, officials said on Wednesday. (IANS)

15:09 PM: PDP Youth Wing President Waheed-ur-Rehman Para was arrested by NIA after two-day questioning at Delhi HQ, in connection with suspended J&K Police DSP Davinder Singh terror case. (ANI)

14:54 PM: Night curfew to be imposed in Punjab from Dec 1 to fight coronavirus: CM Amarinder Singh. (PTI)

14:21 PM: BJP garbage of lies, biggest curse of nation: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at Bankura rally. (PTI)

13:33 PM: Following the demise of party leader #AhmedPatel, Congress asks all state units to fly party flag at half-mast for the next three days and observe condolence meetings today at state and district headquarters. (ANI)

12:48 PM: SC stays HC order restraining media from publishing news regarding FIR lodged on alleged irregularities in land transactions in Amaravati. (PTI)

12:19 PM: Hundreds of #Farmers from Punjab started gathering on Wednesday morning on the interstate borders along Haryana that has restricted their movement towards national capital Delhi for their ‘#DelhiChalo‘ protest against the three central farm laws. (IANS)

11:21 AM: Former PM & senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh condoles demise of party colleague #AhmedPatel, terms it an ‘irreparable loss to the Congress’. “Ahmed Patel ji was one of the most trusted leaders of the party & a great friend of mine,” Singh writes in his condolence message. (ANI)

10:35 AM: With 44,376 new cases of #COVID19 infections, India’s total cases reached 92,22,216 on Wednesday. It is the 18th straight day when India reported less than 50,000 cases in a day. (IANS)

09:23 AM: A district court in Mathura rejected the bail pleas of the two people who had offered namaz at a temple. Police had arrested a man and booked three others after a video clip showing two of them offering namaz surfaced on social media. (PTI)

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