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19.01.2021
THE HEADLINES:-

  • India creates history Briz at Brisbane, defeat Australia by 3 wickets and clinch series 2-1.

  • Country's COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 96.66 per cent.

  • Government to hold next round of talks with farmers' unions tomorrow.

  • Birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to be celebrated as  'Parakram Diwas' on 23rd of January every year.

  • Final Electoral Roll-2021 published in Assam; An increase of 2.46 per cent voters registered.

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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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In Cricket, India today ed history in cricket by defeating Australia by three wickets in the fourth and final Test at The Gabba in Brisbane and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.  India chased down the target of 328 runs and claimed the series 2-1.


This was the first defeat for Australia at their fortress Gabba in 32 years as Rishabh Pant's brilliant unbeaten 89, Shubman Gill's 91, and Cheteshwar Pujara played incredible half century knock in the second innings to guide India to a memorable Test series win.


Earlier, the visitors resumed their second innings this morning with all wickets intact. Chasing 328 runs for victory, India had scored four for no loss after bowling Australia out for 294 after tea on day four yesterday. Steve Smith with 55 runs was the top scorer for Australia in their second innings.


For India, right-arm fast bowler Mohammed Siraj picked up his maiden five-wicket haul. Shardul Thakur also picked four wickets while debutant off-spinner Washington Sundar scalped the remaining one.


India had posted 336 in reply to Australia's first inning score of 369, conceding a 33-run lead.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed joy at the success of the Indian Cricket Team in Australia. In a tweet, Mr Modi congratulated the team and said their remarkable energy and passion, stellar intent and remarkable grit and determination was visible throughout.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has also congratulated the Indian cricket team for winning the Test Match and the series against Australia. He said it is one of the most memorable victories in the recent years.


Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar also praised the team for the display of grit, determination and resilience in a test match. He said, this win will go down in history as one of the best successful chases overseas by India.

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The tenth round of talks between the Central government and the representatives of farmer unions, which was earlier scheduled for today, will now be held tomorrow in New Delhi.


In a statement issued late last evening, the Agriculture Ministry confirmed the new schedule and reiterated the Centre's commitment to resolve issues of the farmers.


Earlier, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said on Sunday that farmers can tell government what they want other than the withdrawal of the farm laws. Talking to a news agency, the Minister urged the protesting farmers to hold a clause-by-clause discussion on the agricultural reform in the next round of meeting.


Meanwhile, the Supreme Court-appointed panel to listen to the grievances of the protesting farmers will hold its first meeting today.  The apex court had on 11th of this month stayed the implementation of the three farm laws, against which the farmer unions are protesting at the borders of the National Capital. It had also appointed a four-member panel to resolve the impasse. Anil Ghanawat of Shetkari Sangathan, Agri economists Pramod Kumar Joshi and Ashok Gulati, and Bhartiya Kisan Union President Bhupinder Singh Mann are the four members of the committee appointed by the Supreme Court. Bhupinder Singh Mann of Bhartiya Kisan Union has already recused himself from the committee and will not be attending today's meeting.

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BJP National President Jagat Prakash Nadda today questioned the intension of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over various issues. In a series of tweets, Mr. Nadda said, Rahul Gandhi is spreading lies that all the APMC Mandis will be closed down. He questioned, was action against the APMC Act, not a part of Congress manifesto. He also said, Mr. Gandhi enjoyed Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, but why did his party ban and insult the Tamil culture and ethos when Congress was in power.

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India continues to leap ahead in its fight against COVID-19 with over one crore two lakh 28 thousand cumulative recoveries so far. With this, the national recovery rate has further improved to stand at 96.66 per cent. The rate of new daily infection has further slipped to 10 thousand 64 cases being reported in the past 24 hours. This is the lowest single day spike since second week of June. During the same interval, over 17 thousand 400 people have successfully recovered from the viral contagion. The gap between the recovered patients and active cases in the country has further widened and the number of recovered patients stands at nearly 50 times the number of current active cases.


The active caseload in the country comprises of merely around two lakh people and continues to witness further reduction to stand at 1.90 per cent. Out of these, nearly 60 per cent are under home isolations and have mild to very mild symptoms.


The Health Ministry informed that enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the Centre’s Standard Treatment Protocol by the States and Union Territories and total dedication and commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries in the country.


The Health Ministry further said that this has also led to a commensurate dip in the fatality rate which stands at 1.44 per cent. The number of countrywide fatalities recorded in 24 hours has slipped below the 150 mark with 137 deaths being reported since yesterday.

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In Mizoram, the number of active cases has dropped down to 79. In the last 24 hours, six new positive cases of COVID-19 were recorded with recovery of five patients. With this declining trend, the recovery rate of COVID-19 has reached 98.08 per cent.  According to the State Medical Bulletin, COVID-19 tally has reached 4,329, of which 4,241 patients recovered from the infections. 

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In Bihar, the COVID-19 recovery rate has reached 98.08 per cent. Two lakh 53 thousand 913 people have so far recovered from the infection in the state. The number of active cases is continuously declining. Currently, three thousand 509 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals.

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In Maharashtra, the downward trend in COVID-19 cases is continuing with each passing day giving a huge sigh of relief to the health authorities. As many as 1,924 cases were reported yesterday.


The 395 cases of COVID-19 logged yesterday in Mumbai was the lowest daily addition since April last year, to reach 3,03,148 caseload.  A civic body official said, the case doubling time in the metropolis was now 409 days, while the daily growth rate was 0.21 per cent. The recovery count reached 2,84,331 or 93 per cent of the caseload, after 481 people were discharged on Monday, leaving the country's financial capital with 6,676 active cases.  There are 133 containment zones and 2,248 sealed buildings in the city currently, as per Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation data.<>Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai.

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Telangana reported 256 fresh COVID cases during the past 24 hours. With this, the total COVID cases reported in the state has gone up to two lakh 92 thousand 128. The state conducted over 31 thousand tests yesterday. The recovery rate improved to 98.08 per cent with 298 more people recovering yesterday. This took the number of recovered people so far in the state to two lakh 86 thousand 542.

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The Health Ministry has said that a total of seven thousand 704 sessions of COVID-19 vaccination was conducted in 25 States and Union Territories in which one lakh 48  thousand and 266 beneficiaries were vaccinated on the third day of the launch of the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination drive on 16th of this month. Addressing media in New Delhi yesterday, Additional Health Secretary Dr Manohar Agnani said, with this, taking all the three days, a total of three lakh 81 thousand and 305 beneficiaries have been vaccinated so far. 


Dr. Agnani informed that out of total 580 Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFIs) cases three hospitalizations were reported in Delhi out of which two persons were discharged while the other one is under observation at a private hospital. In Uttarakhand, one person was hospitalized who is stable and under observation at AIIMS, Rishikesh. In Karnataka, two cases of hospitalizations have been reported and are under observations and in Chhatisgarh one case is under observation.

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In Gujarat, about 13,000 health workers will get COVID-19 Vaccine today. According to sources, 12,320 health workers and front line warriors got the vaccine on Saturday, the first day of nationwide vaccination drive.


According to the State Immunization Officer Dr. Nayan Jani, about 13,000 registered health workers will get the vaccine today at 161 vaccination sites. All the beneficiaries have been informed through the Co-Win application yesterday. As per the national guidelines, the state will carry out COVID-19 vaccination for four days a week. Thus, the vaccination will not take place on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday every week. According to the State Health Department, these three days are reserved for regular vaccination for other diseases. <>Yogesh Pandya/ AIR News/ Ahmedabad.

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COVID vaccination work is going smoothly at 167 places in Rajasthan. Today, more than 16 thousand health workers are to be vaccinated in the state.


Eleven thousand 288 health workers were vaccinated yesterday in the state. Maximum one thousand 57 health workers were vaccinated in Capital Jaipur.  Project Director- Immunization Dr. Raghuraj Singh told that the vaccination campaign is gaining momentum. He told that no adverse effect on the health of any person has been observed so far. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also reviewed the COVID vaccination programme in the state. He said that more than 73 per cent of health workers got the vaccine on the first day. Chief Minister said that vaccines are completely safe and people should get vaccinated without hesitation. <>Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur.

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The Puducherry Health Department informed that 280 persons took their first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine in the Union Territory till last evening.


The COVID-19 vaccination mission rolled out on 16th  of January in Puducherry. On the first day, 274 volunteers vaccinated. The second day, that is yesterday 117 volunteers from Puducherry, 116 persons from Mahe, took the vaccine while Yanam recorded 40 persons and Karaikal seven persons. Overall 267 persons from Puducherry region, 195 in Mahe, 70 in Yanam and 22 persons in Karaikal region had taken the first dose of vaccine. The Health Director Dr. Mohan Kumar advised that those volunteers who are taking the vaccine would have to get another dose after 28 days to boost the immunization power. As far as the new cases are concerned 37 cases tested positive today, while 26 persons cured and discharged. No death was reported from any region of the UT. Now, the recovery rate stands at 97.57 per cent and the fatality rate stable at 1.66 per cent. <>Chandra Mohan, AIR News, Puducherry.

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In Jharkhand, COVID-19 recovery rate has reached 98.09 per cent. One lakh 15 thousand 550 people have recovered so far and been discharged from hospitals. Presently, only one thousand 190 patients with active COVID-19 infection are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the state.

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Education Ministry today said the syllabus of JEE and NEET will remain unchanged for the year 2021. However, unlike previous years, this year the candidates will have options to answer the questions in JEE and NEET Examinations.


The syllabus for JEE (Main 2021) will remain the same as the previous year. But students will be given choice to answer 75 questions out of 90 questions. In JEE (Main)-2020, there were 75 questions, all of which had to be answered by the candidates.The exact pattern for NEET (UG)-2021 is yet to be announced. However, in view of reduction of syllabus by some boards across the country, the NEET (UG)-2021 question paper will also have options on the lines of JEE (Main).

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The Union Government has decided to celebrate the birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as 'Parakram Diwas' on 23rd of January every year.


The Ministry of Culture said in a notification that the decision has been taken to honour and remember Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation. It said, people fondly remember Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's unparalleled contribution to the nation on his 125th Birth Anniversary. The Government has decided to celebrate the 125th Birth Anniversary Year of Netaji beginning from this month in a befitting manner at national and international level.


It may be recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat on the 23rd of January, 2019 promised to celebrate the birth anniversary of Netaji in a special manner. 


भारत की इस महान धरती पर कई सारे महापुरूषों को जन् दिया है और उन महापुरूषों ने मानवता के लिए कुछ अद्भुत, अविस्मरणीय कार्य किए हैं। हमारा देश बहुरथा वसुन्धरा है ऐसे महापुरूषों में से एक थे नेता जी सुभाषचंद्र बोस। हमारे स्वाधीनता संग्राम के वीरों की गाथाओं को बया करने वाली बातें हमें इतिहास के भीतर जाने के लिए प्रेरित करती है। सुभाष बाबू को हमेशा एक वीर सैनिक और कुशल संगठनकर्ता के रूप में याद किया जाएगा। एक ऐसा वीर सैनिक जिसने आजादी की लडा़ई में अहम भूमिका निभाई। दिल्ली चलो, तुम मुझे खून दो, मैं तुम्हें आजादी दूंगा। जैसे ओजस्वी नारों से नेता जी ने हर भारतीय के दिल में जगह बनाई। 

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In Assam, the ECI team held meetings with the representatives of various political parties in Guwahati. The leaders of BJP, Congress, Asom Gana Parishad, Bodoland People's Front, and AIUDF among others held discussion with ECI and put their views. The ECI team has also met government agencies who have a role to play in the upcoming assembly polls. Later, ECI will hold meetings with District Election Officers, DEO and SPs.


The political parties have expressed their views and concerns to ensure a free and fair assembly polls . Most of the political parties have emphasised to increase the number of polling booths as per COVID protocol. Political parties have also stressed to hold the polls in 2 to 3 phases. Among other issues- raids against illegal arms and safety of EVM were highlighted during the meeting. The ECI team has also held meetings with election related regulatory agencies including Income tax officials. In a short while from now, they will start discussion with District Election Officers and SPs where micro election plan is likely to be discussed. <>Manas Pratim Sarma/AIR News/ Guwahati.


Meanwhile, the final Electoral Roll-2021 was published yesterday. As per the roll, the state has two crore 29 lakh 92 thousand 505 electors. While one crore 16 lakh 56 thousand 926 are male voters, the number of female voters starts at one crore 13 lakh 35 thousand 579. Compared to the Final Photo Electoral Roll-2020, the state has registered an increase of 2.46 per cent voters.

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In Gujarat, 15 migrant labourers sleeping on the roadside were crushed to death when they were run over by a truck in Kosamba village near Surat late last night. According to Police, all the deceased belong to Banswara district in Rajasthan. A speeding truck collided with a tractor loaded with sugarcane after which the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle and drove it over the pavement. Twelve persons were killed on the spot, while three more succumbed to the injuries in the hospital.


Our correspondent reports that the deceased include eight women and one child. Six injured including truck driver and cleaner have been admitted to the SMIMER Hospital in Surat.


President and Prime Minister has expressed sadness at the road accident in Surat, Gujarat. In a tweet, Mr Kovind offered his condolences to the families of the dead and wished the injured quick recovery.


In a tweet, Mr. Modi said, the loss of lives due to a truck accident in Surat is tragic and his thoughts are with the bereaved families. He said, ex-gratia of two lakh each would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives and 50 thousand rupees each would be given to the injured from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund. Mr. Modi prayed for the early recovery of the injured.


Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has also expressed grief and sorrow over the death of labourers. He has also announced financial assistance of two lakh rupees to the next of kin of the deceased in the accident.

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Home Minister Amit Shah said that India has successfully launched the world largest COVID-19 vaccination drive.


विश् का सबसे बड़ा टीकाकरण वैक्सीनेशन का कार्यक्रम प्रधानमंत्री के नेतृत् में हमने चालू किया है। चुनौती तो हमारी तब समाप् होती है जब कोरोना पर संपूर्ण विजय मानव जाति प्राप् कर लें और ये संपूर्ण विजय का प्रमुख रास्ता है ये वैक्सीनेशन को ये टीकाकरण को सफलतापूर्वक हमें पार करना है और जब तक जिसको जरूर है ऐसे एक-एक व्यक्ति का टीका नहीं लग जाता। हम चैन से नहीं बैठ सकते।


Addressing police personnel in Delhi Police Headquarter in Delhi, he said, 2020 was the challenging year and Delhi Police has performed well in every adverse situations like riots in North East Delhi, lockdown and protest of farmers. He said, it is important to understand the challenges and bring changes accordingly. He said, police is the backbone of the administration and without efficient law and order, nothing is possible.


Appreciating the role of the police personnel, Mr. Shah said, Delhi police should set the targets to improve the existing law and order mechanism and strengthen the weak areas. He said, MoU has been signed with the National Forensic Science University and Delhi Police which will help in creating a robust system for collecting the scientific evidence against the criminals and provide justice to the needy people.

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Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that a total of one thousand Mandis have been added to the e-NAM portal across the country. In a tweet today, Mr. Javadekar said, the government is committed to provide remunerative price to the farmers for their crops. He added that e-NAM portal was announced by the government under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fulfill the target of One Nation, One Market. 

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Dr. V. Shanta, the world renowned oncologist passed away due to brief illness in Chennai today. She was 94. Dr. Shanta is the Chairperson of Adyar Cancer Centre. She joined the hospital in 1955 as a trainee and went on to become the Head of the Institution which expanded far and wide to deal with the deadly disease in a more precise manner. Heading the institute, she was also instrumental in opting for international joint ventures to improve the quality of affordable treatment for patients.


Dr. Shanta's contribution to the field of oncology, had earned her the Magsaysay, Padma Shri,  Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibushan awards. The Tamil Nadu Government will render state honour to Dr. Shanta. Leaders across political parties and celebrities mouring her demise in the fild of onclosy said that her death has created a void.


Today is a sad day for the Cancer patients who are under treatment at the Adayar Cancer Hospital and also for those who have bravely conquered the disease. Tamil Nadu has lost one of its dear daughter who inspired scores of patients to fight the disease.Dr. Shanta told once that it was her Uncle Noble laureate Sir.C.V. Raman, was instrumental in giving her a vision to achieve in the field of science. Though women had not ventured into the medical field those years, Dr.Shanta had dedicated her life for serving and achieving in the field of medicine. She was an icon of simplicity and braveness in the field of Cancer research and treatment. Cancer patients of different ages in various stages of treatment  at the Adyar Cancer Hospital looked forward to this octogenarian eagerly for her visit everyday as she was a lion at heart in making them to fight the disease to the maximum. She devoted a lot of time with patients counselling them and also encouraged young doctors to work with dedication and sincerity.<><>Joy, AIR News, Chennai.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the demise will be remembered for her outstanding efforts to ensure top quality cancer care.

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Despite the restrictions due to pandemic, the grit, zest and energy sustains at the ongoing Iternational film festival of India, IFFI at Panaji. IFFI will continue till 24th of January.

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NITI Aayog will release the second edition of the India Innovation Index in a virtual event tomorrow. The index will be released by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar in the presence of NITI Aayog Member Dr V.K. Saraswat and Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant.NITI Aayog said in a statement that the release of the second edition of the index demonstrates government’s continued commitment towards transforming the country into an innovation-driven economy.

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Weather Update for Today :-

In the National capital experienced moderate fog in the morning. The minimum temperature was seven degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 20 degrees.  Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 19 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 31 degrees.


Chennai will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 30 degrees. Kolkata will have mainly clear sky in the day. The minimum temperature was 14 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 25 degrees.Srinagar also witnessed fog in the morning and will have mainly clear sky later in the day. The minimum temperature was minus seven degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 10 degrees.


In Jammu, the minimum temperature was nine degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 22 degrees. The city witnessed fog in the morning and will have mainly clear sky later. Leh will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was minus 12 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around zero degree.Gilgit will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was minus six degrees celsius and the maximum will be around 11 degrees. Muzaffarabad will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was three degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 19 degrees. Dehradun will also have mainly clear sky later. The minimum temperature was six degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 22 degrees. Chandigarh will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was seven degrees Celsius and the maximum will be 23 degrees.

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