1. At an all-party meeting called to discuss the coronavirus situation in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "India's vaccination programme against COVID-19 would begin as soon as a go-ahead from scientists is given, and asserted that frontline healthcare workers, elderly people and those suffering life-threatening symptoms and diseases will be among the first to get the Covid vaccine." He further says, "Our scientists are very confident of succeeding in their endeavour of making COVID-19 vaccine. The world is keeping a watch on the cheapest and safe vaccine. That is why the world is watching India." 2. Telangana's ruling TRS party takes an early lead in the counting of votes in the high-stakes Hyderabad municipal elections, which saw an exceptionally high-voltage and divisive contest. Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM is emerging as second, just ahead of the BJP which mounted an aggressive campaign. According to the leads, the TRS or Telangana Rashtra Samiti of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is ahead in 57 seats, the BJP in 28 and Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM in 30 seats. The BJP got off to a good start with postal ballots, which led to self-congratulatory posts from several BJP leaders. 3. The Reserve Bank of India leaves interest rates unchanged for a third straight meeting as inflation stays stubbornly high, and says the economy is recuperating fast and would return to positive growth in the current quarter itself. The benchmark repurchase rate will be maintained at 4 per cent: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das. The six-member Monetary Policy Committee retains its accommodative stance, signaling its intentions to cut interest rates whenever the situation eases. A spike in consumer prices forced RBI to pause after cutting rates by 115 basis points this year. The central bank, which had previously expected the economy to shrink 9.5 per cent in the year to March, has revised its forecast after a shallower-than-expected decline in the gross domestic product in the July-September quarter. 4. Forty farmer leaders are holding a meeting at one of the Delhi-Haryana borders to discuss follow-up actions after Thursday's meeting with the government failed to end the deadlock over the contentious new farm laws. The farmer representatives stuck to their demand for the repeal of the laws and even refused lunch, tea and water offered to them during almost seven-hour-long meeting in central Delhi. The third round of meeting with the centre will be held tomorrow. Farmer leaders have also given a call for a nation-wide protest tomorrow. The protest — the biggest by farmers in years — has entered the ninth day. 5. A week after a new ordinance by the Uttar Pradesh government to stop unlawful conversion became law, the police in state capital Lucknow stops a wedding ceremony between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man, citing the ordinance. The wedding was supposed to take place on Wednesday in Lucknow's Para area. But minutes before ceremonies were to begin, a police team reaches the venue and asks both parties to accompany them to the local police station. At the police station, both sides are asked to first seek clearance for the marriage from the Lucknow District Magistrate, according to the police. 6. Ranjitsinh Disale, a primary teacher from Maharashtra's Solapur, wins USD 1-million Global Teacher Prize 2020. He says teaching was all about giving, and adds that he would like to work for students "across the borders" as he believes that the world was his classroom.