Summary of The Hindu 5th DECEMBER 2023

Cyclone triggered rain brigade Chennai to a halt , claims 6 lives

Compounded by relentless rain and under the impact of Cyclone Michaung , Chennai and its neighboring districts were marooned on Monday , reviving haunting memories of 2015. .

Chennai airport was closed at 9 AM , with 300 flights canceled and more than 1500 stranded . Southern railways canceled many long haul trains coming to City .Over 9600 people from coastal regions were moved to 234 relief camps . Army and NDRF personnel are helping authorities to restore cities infrastructure .

Home Minister Amit Shah called CM M k Stalin and offered help from center.  Mr Stalin called for deployment of additional NSRF personals .

Michaung landfall in A.P . expected today

The cyclonic storm Michaung over Bay of Bengal off South Andhra Pradesh intensified into a ‘ severe cyclonic storm ‘ on Monday afternoon . It is going to make its landfall between Nellore and Machhalipattnam on Tuesday afternoon . International Metrological department said on Monday .

ZPM comfortably wins Mizoram in a single party show

Zoram People’s Movement ( ZPM ) won Mizoram’s assembly polls by bagging 27 seats in the 40 member house .

Results : Total seats = 40 , Zoram’s People Movement –  27 , Mizo National Front – 10 , BJP – 2 , INC – 1

Vote percentage

ZPM – 37 % ,   MNF – 35 %, BJP – 5 % , INC – 20.8 %


Previous assembly election. results

ZPM – 8; MNF- 26. ; INC – 5



ZPM is led by Lalduhoma , former CM from MNF Zoramthanga lost from Aizawl east .

Mr Laldohunga told that Election results are expected .  BJP opened its account in Mizoram by winning 2 seats .

One third of all 2022 suicides were if Daily wage earners , farmers , says NCRB report

National Crime Record Bureau has released its report . Some major findings are :

     India reported a total suicides if 1.7 lakh crore suicides in 2022 , nearly one third of them were daily wage earners , agriculture labourers a d farmers .

     Amonf suicide by farmers major staes are Maharashtra ( 22,746 ) , TamilNadu ( 19, 834 ) , Madhya Pradesh ( 15,386 ) , and Kerala ( 10, 162 ) , Telangana ( 9980 ) .   

     Certain states mainly ,West Bengal , Bihar , Odisha , Delhi , Mizoram etc haven’t reported any farmer suicide .

     Overall increase in crime committed against Scheduled Caste ( SC ) and Scheduled Tribe ( ST ) , with overall increase in cases in Rajsthan , Chhatisharh , Madhya Pradesh and Telangana .

     In 2022 there was 25 % increase in cases registered under Unlawful Action Prevention Act ( UAPA ) .

     Government authorities seized ₹342 crore of fake currency notes were seized , mostly of ₹2000 .

Center committed to increasing the women in defense forces  says , Modi

PM Modi along with Navy personnel celebrated Navy day on December 4 , at Sindhudurg district in. Konkan Coast in Maharashtra .

Earlier PM Modi unveiled a statue of Chhatrapit Shivaji at Rajkot fort . He said that India was shaking the “ slave mentality “ by moving forward inspired by Shivaji .

“ The Sindhudurg Fort instills a pride in every citizen of India “

PM Modi made announcement that the ranks in Indian Navy will be renamed in Indian culture . He also told that government was looking to increase women power in India’s defense forces .He congratulated NAvy for appointing country’s first Naval commanding officer on women ship .

The Sindhudurg fort was constructed between 1664 and 1667 by Shivaji .

Navy day is celebrated on 4 th December every year . On 4 th December , 1971 during India – Pakistan war,   Indian Navy under “ operation Trident “ had destroyed the Karanchi port .


Sindhudurg fort and Sindhudurg sist of Maharashtra

Ladakh leaders want reservation , people ‘s empowerment

Civil society groups in Ladakh raised the issue of disempowerment of local people , trust deficit  in the name of development , reservation for local people in job , electoral representation , a d tribal  status for Ladakh at first structured meeting with Minister of state  Home ministry .

A 14 memeber civil society group held its first structured meeting with govt . Govt has told them to give their demands in written and frequent meeting will be held on their demands .


Israel orders evacuation as it orders as it widens offensive on Gaza

Israel military on Monday renewed calls for mass evacuation from southern town of Khan Younis , where tens of thousands of displaced Palestinians have sought refugees in recent weeks as it widens the ground offensive a s

Venezuela claims Guyana region in vote

Venezuelan electoral authorities on Sunday claimed that 95% of voters in a non binding referendum approved of the nation’s territorial claims on a huge chunk of oil rich Guyana .

President  Nicholas Maduro said “ An overwhelming victory for * yes “ throughout Venezuela ..” “ We have taken first stage to a new historic stage in the struggle to what belongs to us “ . He said .

The referendum raised fears in Guyana , and around the region . Guyana’s president Irafaan Ali said that his country was working to protect county’s borders and keep people safe .”

Guyana asserts the border was set in British Colonial era in 1899 .

Ukraine aid to run out soon : White house

The white house Budget Chief has warned that failure to agree on fresh funds for Ukriane by the end of this year would “ kneecap “ kyiv on battlefield .

President Joe Biden in October had asked Congress in October for 106 billion dollar of National Security Fund , including support for Ukriane and for War’s on Israel”s war against Hamas .

The agreement over fund has been stalled by opposition by Republicans .

11 bodies recovered after volcanic eruption in Indonesia , 12 missing

US navy ships illegally intruded in South China Sea , says  China

The Chinese military said that US military ship , UsS Gabrielle Gifford “ illegally intruded “ on Monday in the water near the second Thomas Shoal , the site of territorial dispute between the China and Philippines in South China sea .

80 Spanish media houses file 600 mn dollar lawsuit against Meta

A group of 80 Spanish media houses on Monday filed 600 million dollar lawsuit against Instagram owner Meta for violating EU’s regulation of extracting personal informatics n from users and selling it to advertisers .


Needless diversion

Venezuela should not escalate territorial dispute with Guyana

The editorial is about recent referendum in Venezuela on whether it should exercise sovereignty over Essequibo . Essequibo is a vast oil rich region of Guyana . 95% of voters voted in “ yes “ . In Venezuela president  Nicholas Madura is going to be for election next year  and he wants to  keep this issue alive .

Guyana the only English speaking nation of South America maintains that 1899 border agreement between International arbitrators ( from Britain , Russia and US ) as final , and approached the International Court of Jutcie ( ICJ ) over the dispute in 2018 . ICJ refused to stay on any referendum . Venezuela always says that it was not part of 1899 agreement and it tells it null and void .

Venezuela currently is facing economic crisis within country and such move is just a distraction from real issues . Venezuela even for its own wellbeing should refrain from going in these , otherwise this can result in wide range instability in the region .


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