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16.01.2021
THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolls out world’s largest vaccination drive for COVID-19; says, nation is expressing its gratitude to frontline Corona warriors by giving them priority in vaccination.

  • More than one lakh ninety one thousand people vaccinated on day one.

  • Prime Minister announces Startup India Seed Fund Scheme of one thousand crore rupees for startups.

  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar says, India and Bangladesh will jointly make a movie, 'Bangabandhu' on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

  • In Cricket, India were 62 for two at stumps on the second day of the fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane.

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As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps --


  •  Wear a face mask.

  •  Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.
  • Focus on hand and face hygiene.

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India today launched the much awaited, world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination programme. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the programme through video conferencing. He said the largest vaccination campaign of the world is based on very humane principles and those exposed to maximum risk get priority. He said, India is expressing its gratitude to frontline Corona warriors by giving them priority in vaccination. The Prime Minister said India's fight against COVID 19 has been one of self-confidence and self-reliance.


"ऐसी ही उपलब्धियों के लिए राष्ट्र कवि रामधारी सिंह दिनकर ने कहा था- मानव जब ज़ोर लगाता है, पत्थर पानी बन जाता है, भारत का टीकाकरण अभियान बहुत ही मानवीय महत्वपूर्ण सिद्धांतों पर आधारित है। जिसे सबसे ज्यादा जरूरी है, उसे सबसे पहले कोरोना का टीका लगेगा। जिसे कोरोना संक्रमण का रिस्क सबसे ज्यादा है, उसे पहले टीका लगेगा। जो हमारे डॉक्टर्स हैं, नर्सेंस हैं, अस्पताल में सफाईकर्मी हैं, मेडिकल-पैरामेडिकल स्टाफ हैं, वो कोरोना की वैक्सीन के सबसे पहले हकदार हैं। चाहे वो सरकारी अस्पताल में हों या फिर प्राइवेट में, सभी को ये वैक्सीन प्राथमिकता पर लगेगी।"


Mr Modi said, in the year gone by, Indians learnt and endured a great deal as individuals, family and as a nation. Quoting the great Telugu poet, Gurajada Venkata Apparao, Mr Modi said a nation is not just soil, water and stones, but a nation stands for ‘We the People.’ He said corona has been fought with this spirit in India.


The Prime Minister stressed that this type of large-scale vaccination campaign has never been run before in history. He said all details will be taken care of by the Cowin App.


"साथियों, इस टीकाकरण अभियान की पुख्ता तैयारियों के लिए राज्य सरकारों के सहयोग से देश के कोने-कोने में Trials किए गए हैं, Dry Runs हुए हैं। विशेषतौर पर बनाए गए Co-Win डिजिटल प्लेटफॉर्म में टीकाकरण के लिए रजिस्ट्रेशन से लेकर ट्रैकिंग तक की व्यवस्था है। आपको पहला टीका लगने के बाद दूसरी डोज कब लगेगी, इसकी जानकारी भी आपके फोन पर दी जाएगी। और मैं सभी देशवासियों को ये बात फिर याद दिलाना चाहता हूं कि कोरोना वैक्सीन की 2 डोज लगनी बहुत जरूरी है।"


Mr Modi pointed out that India is vaccinating three crore people in the first phase. He praised the scientists who had been involved in making the vaccine against Corona for the past several months. Mr Modi got emotional while talking about the hardships faced by healthcare and frontline workers during the pandemic. The Prime Minister said scientists gave a nod to the two made-in-India vaccines after being sure of their effects, and asked people not to heed rumours and propaganda.


"भारत के वैक्सीन वैज्ञानिक, हमारा मेडिकल सिस्टम, भारत की प्रक्रिया की पूरे विश्व में बहुत विश्वसनीयता है और पहले से है। हमने ये विश्वास अपने ट्रैक रिकॉर्ड से हासिल किया है। मेरे प्यारे देशवासियों, हर हिन्दुस्तानी इस बात पर गर्व करेगा कि दुनियाभर के करीब 60 प्रतिशत बच्चों को जो जीवनरक्षक टीके लगते हैं, वो भारत में ही बनते हैं, भारत की सख्त वैज्ञानिक प्रक्रियाओं से ही होकर गुज़रते है। भारत के वैज्ञानिकों और वैक्सीन से जुड़ी हमारी विशेषज्ञता पर दुनिया का ये विश्वास मेड इन इंडिया कोरोना वैक्सीन में और मज़बूत होने वाला है।"


More than one lakh 91 thousand beneficiaries were vaccinated across the country today. Addressing media on Covid Vaccine, Additional Health Secretary, Dr Manohar Agnani said, a total of 16 thousand 755 personnel were involved in organizing the immunization session sites. He said, the Covid Vaccination drive was successfully conducted today across the country.


Home Minister Amit Shah has congratulated all scientists on the launch of the vaccination drive. In a series of tweets, Mr Shah said, the world's largest vaccination campaign showcases the immense potential of India's scientists and the power of our leadership.


BJP President J P Nadda said this is a momentous day in the history of the nation. He said, the Prime Minister is leading the country from the front, ensuring health services to all when they need it the most.


Our correspondent reports Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan joined doctors and potential vaccine beneficiaries at AIIMS, Delhi this morning to participate in launch of the vaccine drive. A sanitation worker became the first person to receive COVID-19 vaccine jab at AIIMS. AIIMS Director, Randeep Guleria and Dr VK Paul NITI Aayog member health, were among those who received the vaccine jab.


Speaking to media on the occasion, Dr Harsh Vardhan said India's fight against COVID 19 will be succesful with people's participation.


" साल से प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी जी के नेतृत् में हम सब कोविड के खिलाफ लड रहे हैं और लड़ते-लडते जंग सफलता की ओर बढ रही है। भारत के लोगों की मदद से जिन्होंने  ट्रायल् में भी कॉन्ट्रिब्यूट कियाडॉक्टरों की मदद सेइंडस्ट्री की मदद से भारतीय वैक्सीन देश के अंदर उपलब् हुई है 
 और ये वैक्सीन हमारी कोविड के खिलाफ जंग में एक संजीवनी का काम करेगी।"

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Dr Manoj chaudhary, Executive Director NHM AND Additional Director of Medical Education, Assam, who received the jab today said he is proud that he has taken the first vaccine today.

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In Madhya Pradesh, Covid-19 Vaccination mega drive was carried out at 150 centres across state today. Vaccination centres all over state were decorated with flowers and balloons.


"The vaccination drive carried out at 150 centres in Madhya Pradesh. The first dose of vaccine was given to security guard Haridev Yadav at JP Hospital in Bhopal. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan participated from the vaccination centre at Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal. He also spoke with some beneficiaries who received the vaccine shots. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan thanked "corona warriors" on the occasion. He said all the precautions have been taken and persons receiving the vaccine are being kept under observation for half-an-hour. In Jabalpur, Union minister Prahlad Patel attended the vaccination drive. He was present when the vaccine was administered to first person. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News, Bhopal."


In Telangana, over four thousand front line health and sanitation workers received the first dose of vaccine. State Governor Dr Tamilisai Sounderarajan formally launched the vaccination drive at NIMS in Hyderabad. Our correspondent reports that so far, there is no incident reported about serious complaints as the vaccination drive rolled out.


"The vaccination drive against COVID has begun in festive atmosphere across Telangana state as the top personalities including the state Governor, ministers and public representatives stand by the grassroots level health and sanitation workers on the historic occasion. The doctors, health workers and public representatives welcomed the vaccines in a traditional way at many places. Some of the recipients became emotional when the leaders recalled the selfless services rendered by them during the past 10 months when the country struggled to fight against COVID. The leaders dispelled the myths around vaccines and urged people not to be hesitant to take vaccine and wait patiently for their turn of vaccination. Lakshmi, AIR NEWS, Hyderabad."


In Punjab, the Covid vaccination drive was started by Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh in a function organised at Kisan Vikas chamber in Mohali near Chandigarh.


Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray today termed the launch of the Covid-19 vaccination drive as a revolutionary step. He recalled efforts of health and frontline workers during the pandemic period. The CM while saluting the frontline workers in the Covid Care Centre took a sigh of relief to see the facility being left vacant.


"Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that coronavirus has to be eradicated and for that to happen every one should adhere to the Covid-19 protocol. BMC commissioner, Iqbal Singh Chahal said that Mumbai has a capacity to store one crore two lakh vaccine vials at a time. He said, there are 500 teams which can administer vaccine to 50 thousand people in a day. On the other hand, State Health Minister, Rajesh Tope said that each and every individual in the state will be vaccinated in Maharashtra. Meanwhile, 100 healthcare workers including medical officers, nursing officers and other paramedical staff were vaccinated on day one at INHS Asvini. The session concluded without any adverse reports. Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai."


In Sikkim, Chief Minister PS Tamang and Health Minister Dr MK Sharma were present at STNM hospital near Gangtok during the launch. The vaccination drive also began simultaneously at District hospital, Gyalsingh, West Sikkim.


"On the first day, 140 health care workers have been registered for inoculation at the two COVID19 vaccination centres in Sikkim. Speaking after the launch, chief minister PS Tamang said that the vaccination programme is a great example of Aatmanirbhar Bharat envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as both the vaccines are manufactured in India. He highlighted that the cost of Indian vaccines is significantly lower than those manufactured outside. Speaking to AIR News, Sikkim health minister Dr MK Sharma hoped that the vaccines bring an end to the hardships faced by all due to the pandemic.


Sikkim has received 12,500 doses of Covishield vaccine in the first consignment for Phase I. With Saikat Sarkar, Parijat Sharma from Gangtok for AIR."


Mizoram joined the nation in launching the COVID-19 vaccination drive with a medical staff in Aizawl district becoming the first person to receive the jab. State health minister Dr. R Lalthangliana launched the vaccination drive at the Aizawl Civil Hospital.


Ladakh Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur launched the first phase of Covid-19 vaccination in UT Ladakh, at Heart Foundation Hospital in Leh. Mr. Mathur witnessed the first vaccine jab on a safai karamchari of SNM Hospital.

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Foreign Minister of Nepal Pradeep Kumar Gyawali today congratulated India on success in developing the Covid vaccine and expressed confidence that the pandemic will be overcome soon. Mr Gyawali is in India for the 6th India-Nepal Joint Commission Meeting. He called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi today.

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The country's COVID-19 recovery rate has reached 96.56 per cent. A total of 16 thousand 977 COVID patients recovered during the last 24 hours. The total number of recoveries has gone up to over one crore one lakh 79 thousand 715. The Health Ministry said, the actual caseload currently comprises only 2 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is two lakh 11 thousand 33. During the past 24 hours, 15 thousand 158 new cases were reported taking the total number of positive cases in the country to one crore five lakh 42 thousand 841. The Ministry said, currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.44 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally.

During the last 24 hours, 175 deaths were reported taking the toll to one lakh 52 thousand 93.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced Startup India Seed Fund Scheme of about one thousand crore rupees for startups to spur entrepreneurship across the Nation. Speaking after interacting with Startups during Prarambh: Start Up India International Summit through video conferencing, Mr Modi said, easy availability of capital is essential for entrepreneurs at the early stages of growth of an enterprise. More than 41 thousand start-ups are engaged in various campaigns across the country. Startup India Seed Fund can be availed by startups through selected incubators across India.


"स्टार्ट-अप् को शुरुआती पूंजी उपलब् कराने के लिए देश एक हजार करोड़ रुपये का स्टार्ट-अप इंडिया सीड फंड लॉन् कर रहा है। इससे नए स्टार्ट-अप शुरू करने और ग्रो करने में मदद मिलेगी। स्टार्ट-अप् को गारंटी के जरिए डेड कैपिटल रेज़ करने में मदद मिलेगी। भारत एक ऐसा कैपिटल ईको सिस्टम बनाने का प्रयास कर रहा है, जिसका आधार स्तंभ ऑफ यूथ, बाय यूथ फॉर यूथ का मंत्र हो। अब हमें अगले पांच सालों का लक्ष् तय करना है और ये लक्ष् होना चाहिए कि हमारे स्टार्ट-अप् हमारे यूनीकॉन् अब ग्लोबल जाइंट के तौर पर उभरें। फ्यूचरिस्टिक टैक्नोलॉजी के तौर पर हमारे स्टार्ट-अप् लीड करें।"


The Prime Minister said, Startups have the potential to change the future of India. He said, the confidence that all Startups have should never fade away and should always remain. Mr Modi said, the energy of our youth and their passion to write their own future invents new possibilities for the whole world.


The Prime Minister said, this century is the century of digital revolution and new age innovation. He said, this century is also called the century of Asia. Mr Modi said, it is the need of the hour that the technologies of the future come out of the lab of Asia.


"ये समय की मांग है कि भविष् की टेक्नोलॉजी एशिया की लैब से निकले। भविष् के एन्टरपैन्योर्स हमारे यहां से तैयार हों, इसके लिए एशिया के उन देशों को आगे आकर जिम्मेदारी लेनी होगी, जो एक साथ मिलकर काम कर सकते हैं। एक-दूसरे के लिए काम कर सकते हैं। जिनके पास संसाधन भी हों और सहयोग की भावना भी हो। इसलिए ये जिम्मेदारी स्वाभाविक रूप से हम सब बिम्सटैक देशों के पास ही आती है।"


The Prime Minister said, every state is supporting startups and the StartUp India wave has spread to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. He said, agriculture has many opportunites for StartUpIndia.


The Prime Minister stressed on the need to set the goal for the future that the startups and unicorns become global giants.


On the occasion, Prime Minister released a book named 'Evolution of #StartUpIndia'  to celebrate 5 years of StartUp India and share experiences in the Startup field. He also launched Doordarshan’s special series of programs "Startup Champions" showcasing determination and resolve of startups in the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off eight trains connecting different regions of the country to Kevadiya tomorrow through video conferencing. These trains will facilitate seamless connectivity to the Statue of Unity. The Prime Minister will also inaugurate several other projects related to the Railways sector in Gujarat during the event. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal will be present on the occasion.


The Prime Minister will inaugurate the Dabhoi - Chandod Gauge converted Broad Gauge railway line, Chandod - Kevadiya new Broad Gauge railway line, newly electrified Pratapnagar - Kevadiya section and the new station buildings of Dabhoi, Chandod and Kevadiya.

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Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry today launched month-long mass awareness campaign SAKSHAM to spread awareness about green and clean energy. The pan-India campaign will focus on adoption of cleaner fuels. The Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Tarun Kapoor launched the campaign in New Delhi.


The campaign will spread awareness about seven key drivers that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently mentioned. They include moving towards a gas-based economy, cleaner use of fossil fuels, greater reliance on domestic sources to drive bio-fuels and increased use of electric vehicles.

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Home Minister Amit Shah laid the foundation stone for the 97th battalion of Rapid Action Force in Bullapur near Bhadravathi in Shimoga district of Karnataka today. To be built on 50 acres land, the campus will have training centre, administrative block, stadium and a Kendriya Vidyalaya. Speaking on the occasion, the Home minister recalled the crucial role of Rapid Action Force in controlling riots, countering insurgents and managing the crowd during religious gatherings. Mr. Shah informed that the Central Government has allocated 800 crore rupees for police reforms, built 13000 houses and 113 barracks at a cost of 3000 crore rupees for Central police forces and increased the compensation up to 50 lakh rupees for the martyrs.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today laid the foundation stone of New Ultra Modern Building of Command Hospital of Central Command in Lucknow.


He said on the occasion that this new year is starting with new construction and it gives us the message that if last year was that of obstacles, this year will be that of solutions.


The New building of the Command Hospital in Lucknow will be constructed at an estimated cost of 425 Crore rupees and is spread over 40 acres of land. It will house state of the art facilities with all specialities.


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BJP has named its national spokesperson Shahnawaz Husain as its MLC candidate from Bihar. The party today released the name of six candidates for Uttar Pradesh and one for Bihar Legislative Councils elections. BJP has fielded Manvendra Singh, Ashwini Tyagi and others from UP. Yesterday, the party had released the name of four candidates including Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma and State BJP President Swatantra Dev Singh for Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council elections.

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The Election Commission of India, ECI has said that State and Union Territory governments will need its prior approval, if any disciplinary action is initiated against the Chief Electoral Officers and other officers up to Joint Chief Electoral Officer during their tenure and also up to one year from the expiry of last election conducted by them.

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The 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was inaugurated at a glittering ceremony in Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium near Panaji in Goa today. Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javdekar, Chief Minister of Goa Dr Pramod Sawant and Chief Guest renowned Kannada actor Sudeep were present on the occasion.


While speaking on the occasion, Mr Javadekar said that everybody needs entertainment which is the driving force of life. He added that India and Bangladesh are  working together to make a film Banga-Bandhu on Sheikh Mujibur Rehman. The High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India, Mr Mohammad Imran was also present on the occasion.


"Despite the pandemic, 51st IFFI has not lost its charm.This year IFFI received more than 200 film entries. Minister Javadekar inaugurated 14th edition of film bazaar India. He announced the award of Indian personality of the year to Biswajit Chatterjee. He also announced that lifetime achievement award will be given to Vittorio Storaro of Italy. Chief Guest, actor Sudeep remarked that  through Cinema we get both, knowledge as well as the feeling of roaming across the world. Chief Minister of Goa Dr Pramod Sawant called upon the film makers and other members of the fraternity to come to Goa and guide the youth about various facets of film making. IFFI  will continue till 24th January. This year it is held on hybrid mode that is physical as well as virtual mode. Health and safety protocol is strictly followed at screening and other venues.Tushar Jadhav for AIR News, Panaji Goa."

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In cricket, in the Brisbane Test, India were 62 for two against Australia when  stumps were drawn on the second day. Australia were bowled out for 369 in their first innings. The entire third session of today's play was lost as a wet outfield did not allow the play. Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane at two and Cheteshwar Pujara at 8 were at the crease.

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Weather forecast-


The National Capital is likely to have very dense fog in the morning. The city temperature will hover between seven degree Celsius and 21 degrees.


Mumbai will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature will be around 16 degree Celsius while mamimum is expected around 29 degrees.


Chennai will have Fog in the morning and partly cloudy sky later. The temperature will vary between 24 and 31 degree Celsius.


In Kolkata, there will be fog in the morning and clear sky later. The city will observe minimum temperature of around 15 degree Celsius and a maximum of 25 degrees.


Srinagar will have Fog in the morning and partly cloudy sky later. Temperature will hover between minus eight degree celsius and seven degrees.


Jammu will have fog in the morning and mainly clear sky later. The minimum temperature will be around six degree Celsius while maximum will be 19 degrees.


Leh will have partly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be around minus 13 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around one degree.


Gilgit will have mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between minus five degree to 11 degree celsius.


In Muzaffarabad, sky will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night. The temperature will hover between five to 20 degree Celsius.


Dehradun will observe minimum temperature of around six degree Celsius and a maximum of 19 degrees. The city will have clear sky.


Chandigarh will have fog in the morning and mainly clear sky later. The temperature is likely to hover between six to 20 degree Celsius.



In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature will be around 17 degree Celsius while the maximum 30 degree. The city will witness fog or mist in the morning and partly cloudy sky later.

 

Ahmedabad will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be around 17 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 31 degree.


In Patna, it  will be a foggy morning and clear sky later. The minimum temperature will move between 10 degree celsius to 18 degrees.

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