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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, supplies of Covid vaccines to several countries will commence tomorrow.

  • First meeting of committee on Farm laws appointed by Supreme Court held in New Delhi.

  • Budget Session of Parliament to begin on 29th of this month.

  • Government asks Whatsapp to withdraw recent changes in privacy policy, saying unilateral changes are unfair and unacceptable.

  • Year long celebrations to commemorate 125th birth anniversary year of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to commence on 23rd January.

  • In Cricket, India register historic win over Australia in Brisbane test to seal four-match series 2-1; Retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy.


 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. 
And now the news in detail :


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that supplies of Covid vaccines to several countries will commence from tomorrow and more will follow in the days ahead. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, India is deeply honoured to be a long-trusted partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community.

In a statement, Ministry of External Affairs said, the Government of India has received several requests for the supply of Indian manufactured vaccines from neighbouring and key partner countries. In response to these requests, and in keeping with India’s stated commitment to use India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity to help all of humanity fight the Covid pandemic, supplies under grant assistance to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles will begin from tomorrow. The Ministry said, in respect of Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius, India is awaiting their confirmation of necessary regulatory clearances.

The Ministry said, the immunization programme is being implemented in India, as in other countries, in a phased manner to cover the healthcare providers, frontline workers and the most vulnerable. Keeping in view the domestic requirements of the phased rollout, India will continue to supply COVID-19 vaccines to partner countries over the coming weeks and months in a phased manner. It will be ensured that domestic manufacturers will have adequate stocks to meet domestic requirements while supplying abroad.

The Ministry said, India had earlier supplied hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir and paracetamol tablets, as well as diagnostic kits, ventilators, masks, gloves and other medical supplies to a large number of countries during the COVID19 pandemic. 


Taking ahead its neighbourhood first policy, India will be sharing the COVID 19 vaccine with its neighbouring countries. While the vaccination programme against COVID 19 has already been started in India a few days back, it will be providing the vaccine to Bangladesh as a gift.

"India will provide 2 million doses of COVID 19 vaccines as gift to Bangladesh. The vaccine is expected to arrive in Bangladesh on Thursday. The officials of the health ministry of Bangladesh are making preparations for receiving the vaccines from India.

This will be in addition to 30 million doses of the vaccine for which a tripartite agreement has been done between Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Serum Institute of India and the Government of Bangladesh.Health Minister of Bangladesh Zahid Maleque told the media in Dhaka today that the vaccination program will begin with the doses gifted by India. He said about 2 lakh people will be vaccinated on a daily basis.The Health Ministry has made elaborate arrangements for the vaccination programme. The vaccination programme will be conducted in hospitals and diagnostic centres. The government has said that it will bear the cost of treatment in case any adverse effect of the vaccine is reported." Rajesh Jha/ AIR News/Dhaka



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 the 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  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 isolation and have mild to very mild symptoms.


The Government has said that more than six lakh 31 thousand beneficiaries have been vaccinated for Covid-19 till date across the country. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, only 0.18 per cent adverse events happened and 0.002 per cent of people were hospitalized following immunization. He said, these are fairly low and the lowest so far in the world in the first three days. The Health Secretary said, India vaccinated more than 2 lakh seven thousand the highest number of persons in the world on the first day of vaccination. Mr Bhushan said, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Punjab have less than 40 per cent  vaccination coverage.   

The first meeting of the Committee appointed by the Supreme Court to deliberate with concerned stakeholders on the  recently notified three Farm Laws, was held today. Former Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices Dr. Ashok Gulati, President of Shetkari Sanghatana Anil Ghanwat and Former Director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute Dr. Pramod Joshi participated in the meeting and discussed the roadmap of activities for the Committee for two months to prepare their recommendations after discussion with farmers, farmers’ bodies, farmers’ unions and other stakeholders. Addressing the media, Mr Ghanwat said, as per the direction of the Supreme Court, the Committee will hold discussion with farmers and farmers’ bodies in the country who are both pro and against the Farm Laws. The Committee will also hold discussions with State Governments, State Marketing Boards and other stakeholders such as Farmer Producer Organizationsand Cooperatives. The Committee will soon send invitations to the farmer unions and associations to discuss their views on Farm Laws. Even individual farmer can submit his or her views on the portal to be notified soon. The Committee is keen to understand the opinion of all concerned on the subject so that it can give suggestions which will definitely be in the interest of the farmers of India.


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 the 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.


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for measures to prevent agro brain drain and attract educated youth to take up farming as a profession. He opined that the future of Indian agriculture lies in the hands of technology-driven farming practices, powered by well- informed and modern-minded farmers. Inaugurating the National Dialogue on Indian Agriculture Towards 2030 through video conference, Mr Naidu said, agriculture is the pillar of India’s ecology, culture and civilisation. He also called for changing the focus from food security to nutrition security. The Vice President stressed on the need to reduce agri-input costs and called for promoting organic farming in a big way.


The Budget Session of  Parliament will begin on the 29th of this month. Briefing reporters in New Delhi today, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said, the first part of the session will conclude on 15th February, which will have 12 sittings.

यह सत्र दो चरण में चलेगा। पहले चरण के अंदर बारह बैठकें होंगी और दूसरा चरण आठ मार्च से आठ अप्रैल, जिसमें सदन की इक्कीस बैठकें होंगी। सदन के अंदर भी कोविड गाइडलाइन के अनुसार हमने बैठने की व्यवस्था की गयी है। राज्यसभा का सदन नौ बजे से दो बजे तक चलेगा। लोकसभा चार बजे से नौ बजे तक चलेगी। प्रश्नकाल, शून्यकाल जो सामान्य रूप से सदन की जितनी भी कार्यवाही हैं, वो सम्पूर्ण कार्यवाही इस बार सत्र में चलेगी।

 The Budget session will commence with President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of both the Houses. The Union Budget will be presented on 1st February.


Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has been assigned the additional charge of Ministry of AYUSH. In a Press Communique, President’s Secretariat said, during the hospitalization and treatment of AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik following a road accident, his portfolio related to Ministry of AYUSH has been temporarily assigned to Mr Rijiju in addition to his existing portfolios. The President has directed that this arrangement may continue till Mr Naik resumes his work related to Ministry of AYUSH.


The Government has asked Social Media Platfarm WhatsApp to withdraw the recent changes in its privacy policy saying the unilateral changes are unfair and unacceptable. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has written a strongly worded letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart saying the proposed changes to the WhatsApp Terms of Service and Privacy Policy without giving users an option to opt-out, raise grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens. It said, India is home to the largest user base of WhatsApp globally and is one of  the biggest markets for its services. The IT Ministry has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the proposed changes and reconsider its approach to information privacy, freedom of choice and data security. It said, with over 400 million users in India, the changes will have a disproportionate impact on the country's citizens. The Ministry has asked WhatsApp to provide details of the services provided by it in India, categories of data collected and permissions and consents sought. <><>


Welcome back to the Evening News.The year long celebrations to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary year of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will commence on 23rd January this year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over the inaugural event of the celebrations being held at Kolkata. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said, the government has decided to celebrate the birthday of Netaji as Parakram Diwas on 23rd of January every year. 

23 तारीख को तौर पर तीन स्थानों पर कार्यक्रम है। एक कलकत्ता में है जहां पर प्रधानमंत्री जी स्वयं एक प्रदर्शनी का उद्घाटन करेंगे, जो कल से कलकत्ता के नेशनल लाइब्रेरी ग्राउंड में प्रारम्भ हो गयी है। चार सौ मीटर के कैनवास पर दो सौ कलाकार उन्होंने अपनी पेंटिंग शुरू कर दी है जो 23 तारीख तक चलेगी। यह पूरी तरह से सुभाष जी की जीवनी पर आधारित होगी। दूसरा कार्यक्रम कटक में है, जन्मस्थान पर है, जहां पेट्रोलियम मंत्री आदरणीय धर्मेंद्र प्रधान जी उस कार्यक्रम में शामिल होंगे। तीसरा कार्यक्रम हरिपुरा में है, जहां पर मंत्रालय ने प्रदर्शनी लगाई है। पहली बार जब कांग्रेस के अध्यक्ष नामित हुए थे नेताजी, वो स्थान हरिपुरा था। इसलिए सांकेतिक रूप से हमने उस स्थान को चुना है। 

Mr Patel said, the birth Anniversary year of Netaji will be celebrated in a befitting manner at the  national and international level. He informed that a High Level Committee, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been constituted for deciding the programs, and to supervise and guide the commemoration throughout the year.

The Minister further informed that the Ministry of Culture has proposed a number of activities and projects for this year-long commemoration.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release financial assistance of around two thousand 691 crore rupees to six lakh 10 thousand beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana - Gramin, PMAY-G tomorrow through video conferencing. Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion. The assistance will include release of first installment to five lakh 30 thousand beneficiaries and second installment to 80 thousand beneficiaries who have already availed the first installment of assistance under the scheme. 


The Prime Minister gave the clarion call of Housing for All by 2022 for which a flagship programme of PMAY-G was launched on 20th November, 2016. So far, one crore 26 lakh houses have already been built across the country under the scheme. Under PMAY-G, each beneficiary is given 100 per cent grant of one lakh 20 thousand rupees in plain areas and one lakh 30 thousand rupees in Hilly States, North Eastern States, Difficult areas, Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and left wing extremism affected districts.


The BJP today launched a scathing attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his allegation that India is now owned by 4 to 5 people. The BJP said, there is no family rule in the country and 125 crore people rule the country now. Briefing media in New Delhi, senior party leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, when the  Congress ruled the country for 50 years it was a family rule. He alleged that Congress does not want the talks between the government and farmer unions to be successful. He also said that the  Congress kept the farmers poor and the opposition party is trying to disrupt talks.   

कांग्रेस नहीं चाहती कि किसानों की समस्या का समाधान हो, सरकार और किसान की वार्ता सफल हो और इसलिए वो विरोध अनुरोध यह नीति अपनाते हैं। मैं सीधे राहुल गांधी आपसे सवाल पूछ रहा हूं। आज अगर देश का किसान गरीब रहा तो किनके नीति के चलते गरीब रहा। पचास साल कांग्रेस ने जो विनाशकारी अर्थनीति चलाई, उसके कारण किसान गरीब हुआ। उसकी उपज का कभी मूल्य नहीं दिया। 


Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today inaugurated the LNG truck-loading unit of Shell India at Hazira, Gujarat. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Pradhan said that the unit will boost availability of natural gas in off-grid areas where there are no gas pipelines. It will also promote the use of LNG in long-haul trucking. Complimenting the team of Shell India on this significant initiative taken today, Mr Pradhan said that increasing competition in the LNG sector will help in emergence of new markets, creating new employment opportunities, ensure cleaner fuels for industries and facilitate environment conservation. He said, this is another big step towards a cleaner and greener future for India.

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Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has said that National Education Policy 2020 will equip India to hold a position in the global knowledge system while maintaining and developing its traditional knowledge system. Mr Pokhriyal said this while addressing a dialogue on the New Education Policy 2020, which was organized by the Nehru Centre, London with National Book Trust, India yesterday. He said  under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the NEP-2020 has been implemented with a futuristic mindset, thereby turning the challenges into opportunities. The Minister said, through the policy, India is hoping to transform education and putting a significant thrust on learning about how to think critically and solve problems.


In Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today announced the ‘Horticulture Development Mission’ (Bagayat Vikas Mission). Addressing the press conference in Gandhinagar this evening, Mr. Rupani said that the aim of this mission is to double the income of farmers involved in medicinal and horticulture farming. He said that under this mission, the waste land of the government will be given on 30-year lease for farming of horticulture and medicinal crops.


External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar today hosted a lunch-discussion with High Commissioners and Ambassadors of Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Botswana, Burundi, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. In a tweet, Dr Jaishankar said the conversation covered COVID recovery, vaccines, air travel and digital experiences. The Minister said, he also spoke about India’s current priorities and challenges and assured them of India’s interest in an early India Africa Forum Summit.


The Government today rejected a claim made on social media that passing marks for 10th and 12th board examinations, 2021 have been reduced from 33 to 23. The Press Information Bureau described the claim as fake. It clarified that the Union Education Ministry has not made any such announcement.


It is an opportunity for the film enthusiasts and amateur film makers to learn a lot from film makers at the International Film Festival of India, IFFI that is on at Panaji, Goa. Various sessions today threw light different aspects of the films. More from our Panaji correspondent:

V/C-Mukesh Thali-39 SECS

"Chandrashekhar Pusalkar, grandson of the father of Indian Cinema Dada Saheb Phalke said that Dada Saheb Phalke was the visionary who propagated ‘Make in India’ and brought Aatma Nirbharta’ to the Indian cinema sector. In his films, Dadasaheb always used local artists and propagated the inclusion of indigenous locations and technical support, he added. Pusalkar was speaking on the side-lines of IFFI in Panaji which pays homage to Dada Saheb on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary. "

With Tushar Jadhav, Mukesh Thali for Air News from Panaji ,Goa


Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today distributed financial aid to surrendered members of militant organisation National Democratic Front of Bodoland, NDFB in Guwahati. Out of  1615 members of all 4 NDFB surrendered factions, 1 thousand 279 were provided 4 lakh rupees of fixed term deposit certificates each. Addressing the event,  Chief Minister Sonowal urged the former militants to make a fresh start in life and assured that the Centre and Assam government as well as Bodoland Territorial Council administration and the people would always extend their support in this endeavour.



 Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has said that Inspection teams constituted to abate dust and related air pollution have levied environment compensation charges of nearly 76 lakh rupees on non-compliant entities. The Ministry said, the Commission for Air Quality Management for Delhi NCR and adjacent areas had directed the Central  and State Pollution Control Board of Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to launch inspection drives in the premises related to Construction and Demolition activities in the NCR.



Ladakh is a very unique and tough place for long distance races. Marathon is becoming a very famous sport in Ladakh since the last decade and becoming more popular after granting of  UT status to Ladakh.

"Jigmet Dolma from Igoo village represented India in the Bangabandu Sheik Mujib Dhakha Marathon held in Bangladesh on 10th of January this year and despite all the Challenges and temperature variations from -15 degree Celsius to 25 Degree Celsius, she managed to finish at 4th position.

  Highlighting her journey from School level to international level of competition, Marathon runner Jigmet Dolma appealed to the youngsters of the country to practice tirelessly and be passionate to achieve their goals.

  Byte Jigmet Dolma(Marathon Runner):

Jigmet Dolma also represented India at 13th South Asian-Games in 2019. This is Tsetan Tashi from AIR News Leh Ladakh."

Tsetan Tashi/AIR NEWS /Leh Ladakh



In Cricket, India today ed history by defeating Australia by three wickets in the fourth and final Test at the Gabba in Brisbane and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India successfully chased the 328-run target to seal the four-match 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's 56 run knock in the second innings guided India to the memorable Test series win. Man of the match Rishabh Pant said in the post-match presentation that this is one of the biggest moments of his life.

Earlier, the visitors resumed their second innings play 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.


The President, Prime Minister, Defence Minister and Information and Broadcasting Minister has congratulated the Indian Cricket team for winning the test series against Australia. In a tweet, President, Ram Nath Kovind said, a historic cricketing triumph was ed in Australia. He said, the team showed exceptional skills and resilience. President said, the nation is proud of their achievement.

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.


In southwest China, four miners are missing after an accident happened today due to excess levels of carbon monoxide in a coal mine in Bijie of Guizhou Province. The state Television reported, the accident took place in Ruifeng coal mine in Dafang county today. A total of 47 miners were working when the accident happened and 43 of them have been evacuated safely.


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

Srinagar will have fog in the morning and partly cloudy sky later. Temperature will hover between minus seven and 10 degrees Celsius.

Jammu will have fog in the morning mainly a clear sky later. The minimum temperature will be around nine degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 22 degrees.

Leh will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature will be around minus 12 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around one degree.

Gilgit will have partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between minus six and 12 degrees Celsius.

In Muzaffarabad, sky will be mainly clear. The temperature will hover between three and 19 degrees Celsius.

The National Capital is likely to have moderate fog. The city temperature will hover between nine and 19 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will have a clear sky. The minimum temperature will be around 19 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 31 degrees.




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