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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to flag off eight trains connecting different regions of the country to Statue of Unity in Kevadiya at 11 AM today.

  • World largest Covid-19 vaccination drive kicks off in the country; Over 1.91 lakh people inoculated on day one.

  • Prime Minister says Startups are playing crucial role in making India self reliant.

  • Veteran actor and director Biswajit Chatterjee chosen for Indian Personality of the Year Award at IFFI Goa.

  • And in Cricket, India were 174  for 5 against Australia in their first innings of fourth and final Test at Brisbane, a shortwhile ago.


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. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off eight trains connecting different regions of the country to Kevadiya today 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.


"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the newly built railway stations of Kevadiya, Dabhoi and Chandod in Gujarat through video conferencing. He will also inaugurate the Dabhoi - Chandod Gauge converted Broad Gauge railway line, Chandod - Kevadiya new Broad Gauge railway line and newly electrified Pratapnagar - Kevadiya section. According to official sources, the new buildings of Kevadiya, Dabhoi and Chandod Railway stations have been designed aesthetically incorporating local features and modern passenger amenities. Kevadiya station is India's first railway station with a Green Building Certification with solar energy and water conservation technology. All these projects will also boost the development activities in the nearby tribal regions. Apart from overall social - economic development of the region, these projects will also help to generate new employment and business opportunities. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Chennai to Kevadiya New Broad gauge rail line through video conference today.

Chennai will stay connected to the monumental statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the iron man of India, through the introduction of the superfast weekly trains. According to the Divisional Railway Manager of the Southern Railway P Mahesh, this project is a historic venture.

The train is a superfast weekly express from Chennai to Kevadiya. A report from our Chennai correspondent:


"The train will cover 1731 kms and will reach Kevadiya in Gujarat at 2:52 on Monday evening. It will stop at Renigunta, Cuddapah, Guntakal, Raichur, Solapur, Pune, Kalyan, Vasai Road, Surat and Vadodara. The super fast train starting from Kevadiya at 9:15 every wednesday morning will reach Chennai at 4 o clock on Thursday evening. In the return direction Kevadiya superfast weekly trains will leave Chennai at 10:30  on Sunday night  starting on 24th of this month and reach Kevadiya at three o clock on Tuesday morning. JOY, AIR NEWS, CHENNAI".


Rewa in Madhya Pradesh is also ready for flagging off ceremony of direct train to Kevadia. The new train will Connect people of the state with Kevadia in Gujarat.

"Rewa district of state is among one of the locations which will get direct connectivity to Kewadia with the flagging off ceremony of weekly direct train to Kewadia by PM Narendra Modi via Video conferencing today. Member of Parliament from Rewa Mr Janardan Mishra has said that PM Modi has taken care of vindhya region and people of Rewa are enthusiastic and thankful to PM Modi. He said that the new train will give opportunity not only to visit kewadia but will also connect Rewa and vindhya region to industrial areas of Gujrat. This connectivity will help in overall socio-economic development of the Rewa and vindhya region while helping generate new employment and business opportunities. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News, Bhopal".


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform Bhoomi Poojan of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-2 and Surat Metro Rail Project at 10:30 AM tomorrow through video conferencing. The Metro Projects will provide an environment friendly Mass Rapid Transit System to these cities.

Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-2 is 28.25 Kilometre long with two corridors. The total completion cost of this project is five thousand 384 crore rupees. Surat Metro Rail Project is 40.35 kilometres long and comprises two corridors. The total completion cost of the project over 12 thousand crore rupees.


India successfully rolled out the world's largest Covid-19 vaccination drive yesterday. It was launched by Prime M inister Narendra Modi through video conferencing. More than 1.91 lakh people across the country were inoculated on the first day. Health Ministry said not a single case of post-vaccination hospitalisation has been reported so far. SII-produced Covidshield was supplied to all States and UTs, while Bharat Biotech's Covaxin was sent to 12 States. Government said, vaccination drive is probably the beginning of the end of coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister said India's COVID-19 vaccination campaign is based on very humane principles and those exposed to maximum risk get priority.


"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 और 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 stressed that this type of large-scale vaccination campaign has never before been run in history.

Mr Modi praised those scientists who had been involved in making the vaccine against Corona for the past several months. He exuded pride how two Made in India vaccines were readied in such a short period. Mr Modi said Indian vaccines are much cheaper than foreign vaccines but are equally good. He said there are some vaccines abroad whose single dose cost up to 5,000 rupees and have to be kept in freeze at minus 70 degree temperature.

Mr Modi highlighted the need to have two doses of corona vaccine.

"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।"


Health Minister Harsh Vardhan interacted with the Health Ministers of States and Union Territories to review the first Day of World’s largest Vaccination Programme. He urged all State Health Ministers to keep a check on rumours and disinformation regarding the Vaccines and make efforts to disseminate the right information. Dr Harsh Vardhan said, the vaccination drive, for which preparations were being done for the last five months under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally started.


In Bihar 18,122 health workers were vaccinated on the first day of vaccination drive yesterday. No side effect has been reported from any parts of the state. Vaccination was undertaken at 301 health centres in 38 districts of the state.


In Uttar Pradesh, vaccination drive was carried out successfully yesterday. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inspected vaccination work at Balrampur hospital in Lucknow and expressed satisfaction on the arrangements. Chief Minister said, media should work to prevent rumour mongering regarding the vaccine. He also called upon people not to lower their guards against Corona and continue to take all precautionery measures. 

"The vaccination work was conducted at 317 Covid centers in state and no unpleasant incident was reported from anywhere. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath instructed that  at least 1.5 lakh tests should be done every day in state and testing work of Covid-19 be continued with full capacity. Chief Minister also gave Instructions to keep the contact tracing and surveillance system fully active to brake the chain of Corona. He asked to keep the arrangements of Covid hospitals well arranged and said that the Integrated Command and Control Center should be kept fully functional in districts. He said that in spite of vaccination work the people should constantly be made aware about the prevention from Covid-19, and they should be asked to follow social distancing and wear mask. MS Yadav,  AIR news, Lucknow".


Public Health Department of Maharashtra has made it clear that the vaccination drive has not been suspended anywhere in the state and the drive will continue according to the guidelines in the next week for four days. The clarification is given in the backdrop of the reports in some section of media that the drive is suspended in the state till January 18. The deparment has said that the vaccination drive was not planned on January 17 and 18. So question of cancellation does not arise.


In Telangana, total 3962 front line health and sanitation workers have received the first dose of vaccine against coronavirus yesterday at 140 vaccination centres across the state. So far there is no post-vaccine hospitalization reported in the state. State health Minister E. Rajender urged the centre for simplify the procedures relating to the COWIN portal following technical snags reported at many places. He also urged for issuing more vaccines as the state is expanding the vaccination drive to cover more sections of people.


In Odisha, more than 85 per cent of the targeted beneficiaries received the covid-19 vaccine shots till 8 pm on the inaugural day of the nation-wide vaccination program yesterday. The state had targeted to vaccinate about 16 thousand health care workers in 161 session sites across 30 districts on day one. More from our Odisha correspondent:


"Capital Bhubaneswar, which targets to immunize about 9 thousand health care workers in the first round of vaccination, saw one sanitation worker being delivered the Covaxin shot as the first recipient in Capital Hospital yesterday. The state has identified about 1.92 lakh health care workers to be vaccinated against the virus in about a week's time in the first phase. A couple of hours from the country-wide roll out of the vaccination program, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik virtually interacted with some vaccinated healthcare workers to take their feedback and was happy to note their positive reactions on being vaccinated. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar".


In Gujarat, 11,800 Corona warriors were vaccinated across 33 districts and 8 municipal areas on the first day yesterday. 80 to 100 per cent coverage has been achieved across all the centres. Adverse side impact of vaccines has not been witnessed in even a single case. Gujarat government has planned to vaccinate around 4 lakh 40 thousand health workers and front line corona warriors in the first phase.


In Karnataka 13,408 people have been successfully vaccinated yesterday in 243 Centers in the State. This is 62 percent of the designated 21,658 people targeted to be vaccinated yesterday. On the first day the first jab was administered to Nagaratna, a front line staff at Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru.

"Karnataka Health Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar has said that  there is no side effect or serious threats reported from anywhere in the State. Speaking to media he further said that vaccination will resume in government hospitals from tomorrow, private hospitals will continue the vaccination today also. Kodagu district has recorded the highest number of vaccination with 84 per cent and Dakshina Kannada records the lowest with 34 per cent. Bengaluru city reported 53 per cent of vaccination on day one. Karnataka received 8 lakh doses of vaccination and 7.43 lakh  people have been identified for the first phase of vaccination. State government has requested the Central government to provide additional 8 lakh doses of vaccine. Meanwhile the State reported 584 new Covid-19 positive cases, 676 recoveries and four deaths during the last 24 hours. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU".


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.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Startups are playing crucial role in making India self-reliant.

Prime Minister was addressing ‘Prarambh: Startup India International Summit’ via video conferencing yesterday. He appreciated the startup spirit of finding opportunity in adversity and the way they infused confidence during calamity.

Prime Minister pointed out that 45 per cent startups are in tier 2 and tier 3 cities, working as the brand ambassadors of the local products.

Mr Modi announced Startup India Seed Fund Scheme of about one thousand crore rupees for startups to spur entrepreneurship across the Nation.

"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।"

Mr Modi said, more than 41 thousand start-ups are engaged in some campaign in the country. Of these, more than five thousand 700 are in the IT sector and over three thousand 600 are in the health sector.


Government has said that around 563 lakh tonnes of Paddy have been procured during the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season. This is an increase of 26.28 per cent against the last year corresponding purchase of around 445 lakh tonnes. Agriculture Ministry said, government continues to procure Kharif crops at its Minimum Support Price from farmers as per its existing MSP Schemes. The Ministry said, more than 78 lakh paddy farmers have been benefited from current Kharif Marketing Season Procurement Operations with MSP value of over one lakh six thousand crore rupees. The Paddy procurement is continuing smoothly in the procuring States and Union Territories of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Karnataka and West Bengal. 


The cases of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in poultry in Latur, Parbhani, Nanded, Pune, Solapur, Yavatmal, Ahmednagar, Beed and Raigad districts of Maharashtra. Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said, Avian Influenza has also been confirmed in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, Surat, Navsari and Narmada districts of Gujarat, Dehradun district of Uttarakhand and Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.


51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has announced Indian Personality of the Year Award for veteran actor and director Biswajit Chatterjee. The Award was announced at the opening ceremony of the festival by Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar in Goa yesterday.


The award will be conferred on him when National Film Awards are presented in March this year.

Apart from acting and direction, Biswajit Chatterjee has also been a producer and singer of Bengali and Hindi cinema. Biswajit Chatterjee is known for his roles of Kumar Vijay Singh in Bees Saal Baad, Raja Amit Kumar Singh in Kohra, Ashok in April Fool, Ramesh Kumar in Mere Sanam, Jeevan in Night In London, Shekhar in Do Kaliyaan and Vicky in Kismat. He was usually paired with notable actresses such as Asha Parekh, Waheeda Rehman, Mumtaz, Mala Sinha and Rajshree. Some of his Bengali films include Chowringhee, Srimaan Prithviraj,  Jai Baba Taraknath and Amar Geeti.


The 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) got off with enthralling cultural performances in Goa yesterday. Around 200 screenings will take place in physical format. The IFFI opened with the screening of Danish film-maker Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Another Round’ at Kala Academy. Festival will conclude on the 24th January.

"Due to pandemic, there are restrictions on the events and IFFI this time is held on hybrid mode that is physical and virtual. Master classes and In-conversation sessions, will also be held virtually. Renowned film personalities like Shekhar Kapur, Priyadarshan, Pablo Cesar and Prasanna Vithanage  will be sharing their valuable experience for these sessions. A retrospective section will showcase legendary film-maker Satyajit Ray’s popular classics like Pather Panchali, Shatranj Ke Khilari and others. Health protocol and sanitizing at the theatre premises is strictly followed. With Mukesh Thali, Tushar Jadhav, for Air News, from Panaji Goa".


India were 201 for 6 against Australia in their first innings on the third day of the fourth and final cricket Test at Brisbane, a shortwhile ago.

India started the day at 62 for two, having lost their openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill yesterday before the day's play ended.

Earlier, Australia were bowled out for 369 in their first innings before lunch on Day 2. The hosts lost their last five wickets for just 58 runs.

Pace bowlers T Natarajan and Shardul Thakur, and off-spinner Washington Sundar took three wickets each.


Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for today.

The National Capital  witnessed very dense fog  this morning. The minimum temperature was seven degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 18 degrees.

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

Chennai will have partly cloudy sky today. The temperature will vary between 21 and 29 degree Celsius.

Kolkata  witnessed fog in the morning and will have  clear sky later. The minimum temperature was 15 degree Celsius and the maximum will be 25 degrees.

Srinagar experienced mist in the morning and is likely to have partly cloudy sky later. The temperature will hover between minus eight and seven degree Celsius.

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

Leh will have partly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 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 and 11 degree Celsius.

Muzaffarabad, will have mainly clear sky, which may become partly cloudy towards evening or night. The temperature will hover between five and 20 degree Celsius.

Dehradun observed a minimum temperature of around eight degree Celsius and will have a maximum of around 22 degrees. The city will have clear sky.

Chandigarh had fog in the morning.  The city will have mainly clear sky later. The temperature is likely to hover between five and 17 degree Celsius.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was around 17 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 30 degrees. The city witnessed fog in the morning. It will have  partly cloudy sky later.

Ahmedabad will have clear sky. The minimum temperature was 18 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 30 degrees.

In Patna, it was a foggy morning. The city will have mainly clear sky later. The  temperature will move between ten and 18 degree Celsius.

And, Guwahati had fog in the morning. The minimum temperature was around 12 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 23 degrees. 



  • The process to immunise India against Covid begins as first doses of Covishield and Covaxin administered is the story that dominates headlines in almost all the dailies. "India begins world's biggest fight against covid" leads  The Asian Age." 2 lakh get 1st dose of anti-covid protection" informs The Pioneer. "Prime Minister hails scientists for ''hope in despair', says must stay vigilant" reports The Sunday Express.
  • "Prime Minister announces 1,000 crore rupees Startup India Seed Fund" reports The Sunday Statesman.
  • "Angela Merkel's party picks her ally Laschet as next leader" states Hindustan Times.
  • "Owl found dead in Delhi zoo, test at Bhopal lab confirms bird flu" reports The Pioneer.
  • And finally, "WhatsApp puts off privacy policy but concerns remain" reports The Hindu Business Line. "No policy changes till May, WhatsApp says will clear the doubts" informs The Sunday Express.


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