A look at the major news events coming up today

• At 6pm this evening, PM Modi will interact with CEOs of leading oil, gas companies in the annual event organised by NITI Aayog & Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas

• US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper arrive for India-US 2+2 Ministerial dialogue with their counterparts External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar & Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

• Army commanders' conference kicks off in New Delhi. Top commanders will conduct a comprehensive assessment of India's combat readiness in eastern Ladakh as well as other sensitive areas along the Line of Actual Control with China during the four-day conference.

• Campaigning for first phase of Bihar assembly elections in 71 assembly constituencies spread over 16 districts will end today evening at 5PM

• Counting of votes for Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council-Leh polls will begin at 9AM.  Polling was completed on October 23 this month where 54,257 voters cast their votes. Besides this, 2538 postal ballots and 1635 EDC votes are also for counting, to decide the fate of 94 candidates

• SC to pass the final verdict on 50% OBC quota in medical intake in Tamil Nadu. Petition was moved by political parties from Tamil Nadu, including the ruling AIADMK and the DMK, challenging the Centre’s decision not to grant 50% reservation to OBCs in medical seats surrendered by the state in the All India Quota for undergraduate, postgraduate and dental courses in 2020-21. 

• Phase two of Oxford vaccine trial to start in Mumbai. The trial has been going on at BMC’s KEM Hospital, Parel, and Nair Hospital near Mumbai Central railway station. Each hospital had 100 volunteers who participated in the trial.

• Direct flights between India and Germany to resume from today. Air India is will operate flights between Delhi and Frankfurt every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; while the Bengaluru-Frankfurt service will operate every Thursday and Sunday till March 28 next year under the Air Transport Travel Bubble arrangements. 

• NASA will announce a mysterious moon discovery. A NASA statement promoting the event promises 'an exciting new discovery about the moon' and references the agency's ambitious Artemis program, which aims to land astronauts at the moon's south pole in the year 2024.