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22.01.2021

THE HEADLINES,

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address 18th Convocation of Tezpur University in Assam this morning.

  • Prime Minister to also interact with beneficiaries of Covid-19 vaccination drive in Varanasi.

  • India crosses a significant milestone of vaccinating over 1 million healthcare workers.

  • Myanmar, Mauritius and Seychelles to receive India made COVISHIELD vaccine.

  • Next round of talks between Centre and Farmer Unions to be held today in New Delhi.

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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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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the 18th Convocation of Tezpur University, Assam at 10:30 AM today through video-conferencing. Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will also be present on the occasion.


The event will witness the conferring of degrees and diplomas upon students who passed out in 2020.


"Tezpur University was established, by an Act of Parliament in the year  1994. The establishment of Tezpur University one of the outcomes of the Assam Accord. Today's convocation will witness the conferring of degrees and diplomas upon 1 thousand 218 students who passed out in 2020. Among the degree recipients, 48 toppers of various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes will be awarded Gold Medals. The Convocation will be held in blended mode observing the Covid-19 protocols. Only the Ph.D. scholars and Gold Medalists will receive their degrees and Gold Medals in person and the rest of the recipients will be awarded degrees and diplomas virtually. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR News, Guwahati."


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with beneficiaries and vaccinators of the Covid vaccination drive in Varanasi today through video conferencing. The participants will share their first hand experience of vaccination with the Prime Minister. 


The interaction follows continuous dialogue and discussion by the Prime Minister with scientists, political leaders, officials and other stakeholders to proactively ensure smooth conduct of the world’s largest vaccination drive.


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India has crossed a significant milestone of vaccinating more than one million healthcare worker, with over two lakh 33 thousand getting their first doses yesterday itself. In a tweet, the Health Ministry said 10 lakh 40 thousand and 14 healthcare workers have been vaccinated so far in the country. On the 16th of this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the world's largest Covid vaccination drive. The number of vaccination reported yesterday is the highest in a single day. Data compiled by Oxford University shows that India is now the fastest country to breach the million mark, taking only six days compared to nine by the United States.


Officials have credited the improvement in pace to changes in the Co-WIN application that now allows vaccinators to administer shots to walk-in health care workers if those scheduled do not turn up. The app has been modified to allow creation of more session sites, more sessions per site, and change in site location as per the local requirement. Additional Secretary in Health Ministry, Manohar Agnani said instead of daily plan, officials concerned can now plan and schedule the sessions for the entire week.


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Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said the COVID-19 vaccines are completely safe and effective and these vaccines will prove to be the last nail in the coffin of COVID-19 disease.


While releasing the communication creative prepared by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry to address issues related to vaccine hesitancy, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, adverse events or side effects are common and they surface after any vaccination. He stressed that two indigenous vaccines have been authorized after sufficient scientific scruitiny, human trials and after identifying the efficacy. He said, several countries are approaching India to export these vaccines to their country.


Urging the need to counter the misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines, the Minister said, vaccines have played a critical role in the past in controlling various diseases like chicken pox and polio. He said, it is unfortunate that some people are spreading misinformation about the vaccines which has developed vaccine hesitancy in a few people.


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In Uttar Pradesh, Covid vaccination is being carried out as per the guidelines of the Centre. Remaining healthcare workers will be vaccinated today. Government has fixed two days Thursday and Friday for vaccination in the state.


Preparations for administering the second dose of vaccine to the healthcare workers on 15th February is in full swing.


"One thousand five hundred booths have been prepared for vaccination to the left out health workers in state today. According to health department more than 10 lakh 50 thousand vaccine doses are available by which health personnel will be vaccinated. Official spokes person told that union government is going to provide additional supply of 18 lakh more vaccines to state within next 3 days. Meanwhile the infection rate of Covid 19 is sharply declining in state. During the last 24 hours only 195 new corona cases were found and 345 Corona infected people got recovered. As of now more than 5 lakh 8 1 thousand 509 people have got cured and discharged. The number of active cases of Corona has reduced to 7 thousand 7 hundred 17 in state. MS Yadav, AIR News  Lucknow".


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In Bihar, 63 thousand 32 health workers have been vaccinated for Covid-19. Health Minister Mangal Pandey said to further enhance the turnout, changes in the Co-WIN software have been made to allow the health department to take new beneficiaries against the absentees. The state government has started registering frontline workers on Co-WIN digital portal for the second phase of the vaccination drive.


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In Madhya Pradesh, over 38 thousand 600 people were vaccinated so far.


"Covid vaccination is being done smoothly in the state. Around 10 thousand, 500 people were vaccinated on Thursday at 140 centres across the state.  State health department officials have informed that adequate doses of covid vaccine is available in Vaccination centres. Earlier state received 5 lakh ,6 000 doses , now in addition to this 4 lakh 31,000 more doses have been received in the state. Meanwhile, the covid positivity rate is consistently declining in the state. yesterday it was 1.2 percent. 301 new positive cases were reported on Thursday, while 704 patients recovered from covid infection. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News, Bhopal."


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In Gujarat, the fresh cases of Covid-19 are constantly declining. The recovery rate has further improved to 96.17 percent. Our Ahmedabad correspondent reports that the vaccination drive is running smoothly in the state.


"In Gujarat, 12487 persons have been given Covid19 vaccine yesterday. With this the total persons received the Covid19 vaccine have reached up to 35951 till now. Meanwhile, Gujarat has recorded 471 new cases of Covid19 infection. The total number of Covid19 cases detected so far in Gujarat has reached up to 2 lakh 57 thousand 513. Out of these, 2 lakh 47 thousand 950 patients recovered. 727 patients discharged from the hospitals after recovery during the past 24 hours. Maximum 95 new cases reported from Ahmedabad, while Surat recorded 91 new cases. At present total active cases in the state are 5491, out of which 52 patients are on ventilator. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


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In Karnataka 17,190 healthcare workers were vaccinated in 352 sessions held on the sixth day yesterday. It is 52 percent of the targeted beneficiaries of 32,773. 


"In Karnataka 1,34,597 health care workers are vaccinated in 2844 sessions held till date against the targeted beneficiaries of 2,36,812. This is 57 percent of the  total coverage. Bengaluru Urban recorded the highest number of  vaccination with 5,656 beneficiaries followed by Belagavi with 2,901 and Dakshina Kannada with 1,505. Meanwhile the State reported 674 new Covid-19 positive cases, 815 recoveries and two deaths during the last 24 hours. The State positivity rate is 0.75 percent and the recovery rate is 97.8 percent and fertility rate is 0.29 percent. R.Murthy, AIR News, Bengaluru."


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In Tamil Nadu, 7762 healthcare workers were vaccinated on Wednesday. With this the State has vaccinated 40 percent of the 85 thousand beneficiaries in the past five days. 


"Southern Railway has also launched a Covid 19 vaccination campaign and will administer the vaccine to around 1240 frontline workers at the Perambur Railway Hospital, ICF Hospital and Chennai Division Hospitals. Dr. C.V.N.Murthy medical director of the Perambur Railway Hospital was the first to receive the dose of Covid 19 vaccine. The hospital has the facilty of walk in cooler which will help in storing the vaccine in the recommended temperature range of 2 to 8 degree Centigrade. JOY, AIR NEWS, CHENNAI."


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The Covid-19 vaccination drive started in North and Middle Andaman district yesterday. The drive commenced at three block centres at Mayabunder, Rangat and Diglipur. On the first day, a total of 202 health workers were vaccinated in the district. This will continue to go on to complete phase one. The vaccination drive is running smoothly at two centres in South Andaman district.


The drive is going to begin in Nicobar district tomorrow. Till now 12,500 dozes of Covishield vaccine were received by the administration.


A total of 1033 health workers have been vaccinated till now in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Additionally 91 defence health workers also got the vaccine.


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Myanmar, Mauritius and Seychelles will receive India made COVISHIELD vaccine today. A consignment containing 1.5 million doses of COVISHEILD vaccines from India will reach Myanmar today. Sources said Myanmar is one of the first countries to receive Indian government's gift of the “Make in India” COVISHIELD vaccines, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. Myanmar is an important land and maritime neighbour of India with which India shares close historical, civilisational, cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic ties. Myanmar is a vital component of India’s “Neighbourhood First” and “Act East” policies.


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A consignment of 50 thousand doses of COVISHIELD vaccine is scheduled to reach Seychelles today as part of India’s vaccine donation program. Sources said Seychelles is only among the four Indian Ocean countries to receive Covishield vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, as New Delhi grant assistance.


The donation of the vaccines under the VaccineMaitri demonstrates India’s role as a reliable partner of Seychelles and net security provider in the Indian Ocean Region. This is also reflective of India’s special relations with Seychelles and the central place enjoyed by Seychelles in Prime Minister Modi’s vision of SAGAR: “Security and Growth for All in the Region”


Meanwhile, COVISHIELD consignment of one lakh doses is slated to arrive in Mauritius today.


Mauritius has a population of less than 1.3 million inhabitants. The country is highly dependent on external trade and tourism and hospitality industry which has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The request for supply of Indian vaccines has been made from the highest level in the Mauritius Government. The donation of one lakh doses of Covishield vaccines to Mauritius will cover vaccination requirement of a considerable percentage of its frontline medical workers and will play a vital role in complementing its ongoing recovery plans from the effects of the pandemic.


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India also sent 1 million doses of a Covid vaccine to Nepal as gift under Vaccine Maitri Initiative. Nepal health minister Hridayesh Tripathi said the vaccine gifted by India will be given to health workers and other front-line personnel within a week to 10 days.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India remains committed to assist the people of Nepal in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. 

He was replying to Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Twitter who thanked Mr Modi and people of India for one million doses of vaccines. Mr Modi said, the vaccines being made in India will also contribute to the global efforts to contain the pandemic.


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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the gift of 2 million doses of COVID 19 vaccine to Bangladesh. Addressing a conference, Prime Minister Hasina expressed the hope that the vaccines purchased from India will also arrive by January 25-26.


Referring to the measures taken by the government in purchasing COVID 19 vaccine, Prime Minister Hasina said that the government is taking all the required measures to fight the corona virus.


Earlier, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami handed over 2 million doses of COVID 19 vaccine gift to Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Maleque in a function held in Dhaka yesterday.


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Training in administering covid vaccine was provided to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Bahrain, Brazil, Mauritius, Morocco, Oman, Seychelles and Sri Lanka by Indian Health Ministry on 19th and 20th of this month. Sources said national and provincial-level Government officials, cold chain officials and partners from WHO and UNICEF participated. The duration of training was for 5 hours and 30 minutes. The key topics covered were COVID-19 disease and vaccines, setting up sites and conducting COVID vaccination. Safe injection practices and waste management, training of health staff, monitoring and supervision were some of the topics covered.


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The country's COVID-19 recovery rate has reached 96.75 per cent. More than 19 thousand COVID patients recovered during the last 24 hours. According to the Health Ministry, the total number of recoveries has gone up to over one crore two lakh 65 thousand. The actual caseload currently comprises only 1.81 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is one lakh 92 thousand.


During the past 24 hours, 15 thousand 223 new cases were reported taking the total number of positive cases to over one crore and six lakh.


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In Jharkhand, the recovery rate among infected from COVID-19 has reached 98.22 percent. One lakh 15 thousand 989 people have recovered so far and have been discharged from hospitals. Presently, 1032 patients with active COVID-19 infection are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the state.


"Recovery rate from COVID 19 in Jharkhand is increasing everyday. State Education Minister Jagarnath Mahto who underwent a bilateral lung transplant after severe lung infection caused by COVID19 is also recovering. Experts who treated him at MGM Hospital Chennai at a media briefing in Ranchi have stated that Lung transplant is an option to many COVID survivors whose lungs suffered severe fibrosis, making them chronic respiratory patients. In last 24 hours, 136 people have recovered while 67 new cases have been reported. The fifth day of Covid vaccination drive is being conducted today at 52 COVID vaccination centres across the state. Shilpi, AIR News, Ranchi."


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The next round of talks between the Central Government and the farmers' Unions is scheduled to be held today in New Delhi.


In the earlier 10th round of talks between the Union Government and 41 farmers' Unions, the government has proposed to the farmer Unions that the implementation of farm laws should be kept on hold for a period of one to one and half years. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said that representatives of farmers Union’ and the government can discuss all the issues related to the farmers' agitation so that an appropriate solution can be found. However, after the Samyukta Kisan Morcha meeting held yesterday, farmers Unions’ had said that farmers are stick to their demands and no proposal of the government will be considered until they abolish the farms laws.


Earlier, The Agriculture Minister reiterated that the farm laws are going to bring about revolutionary change in the life of farmers and in the agriculture sector. He said, the Government is committed to protecting the welfare of farmers and no one can take the farmers’ land away from them.


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In West Bengal, opposition parties have urged the Election Commission of India to deploy central forces well in advance in the state to impart confidence among voters and to correct the erroneous voter list. Representatives of ten recognized political parties met the full bench of the ECI who are on a visit to the state. After the meeting, West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh told reporters that, they have asked the commission to take necessary steps to make the poll process free, fair and peaceful. He alleged that names of at least 5 lakh Rohingyas have been included in the voter list, which needs to be dropped.


Left and Congress leaders have expressed their concern regarding the voter list and asked the Chief Election Commissioner to instruct the officials to rectify it.


Meanwhile, the ECI is said to have expressed dissatisfaction regarding the law and order situation in the state. Sources said, in the meeting with the ADG law and order this morning, the CEC has clearly instructed to take all necessary measures to ensure free, fair and peaceful election in Bengal.


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India has expressed shock at the unfortunate loss of lives of three Indian fishermen and one Sri Lankan national following a collision between their vessel and a Sri Lankan naval craft. External Affairs Ministry said India's strong protest in regard to this incident was conveyed by Indian High Commissioner to the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister yesterday. A strong demarche was also made to the Sri Lankan Acting High Commissioner in New Delhi.


India emphasized the need to deal with issues pertaining to fishermen in a humanitarian manner. New Delhi said existing understandings between the two Governments in that regard must be strictly observed and utmost efforts should be made to ensure that there is no recurrence.


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India has been among the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with the Federal Republic of Germany after the Second World War. Bilateral relations between the two countries are founded on common democratic principles marked by a high degree of trust and mutual respect. In an exclusive interview with AIR News, Walter J. Linder, the German ambassador to India shared his insights on India Germany relations. 


He expressed strong support for India in its bid for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council.


The complete interview can be heard in World News tonight on FM Gold channel and additional frequencies from 10:30 PM.


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In the ongoing IFFI at Panaji, many points about the finer components of movies are discussed in virtual sessions. One such aspect was cinema and music.


"Music maestro Hariharan expressed his views on music and movies in poetic manner. He opined that when there is a marriage of cinema and music, all senses are appealed to. Cinema in India is highly influenced by theatre filled with music and dance. He added that music in contemporary films has changed, so has society. Commenting on the evolution of music in Indian cinema, percussion expert Bickram Ghosh said that when we gained independence, there was an accentuation on being Indian in the films of that era. Hence, audience was given a trajectory of Indianness by means of Indian classical music. He added that region-based cinema gives music directors a chance to portray a slice of that land. With Mukesh Thali, Tushar Jadhav, for Air News from Panaji Goa."


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Shooting for film Bangabandhu - a biographical movie on Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, jointly produced by India and Bangladesh, began in Mumbai yesterday. The Muhurat shoot was held at the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari, amidst all Covid-19 protocols. Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal is directing the biopic, being produced as part of the birth centenary celebration of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh.


Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had mentioned about this film during the inauguration of the 51st International Film Festival of India, as an example of close cooperation in the field of art and culture between India and Bangladesh.

Incidentally, Bangladesh is also the Country of Focus at the IFFI this year. The film is being produced under the Audio-Visual Co-Production Agreement between India and Bangladesh. The MoU for production of this film was signed on January 14 last year between the National Film Development Corporation and the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation.


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Take a look at the weather forecast for today.


Srinagar witnessed light snow. Temperature will hover between minus four and eight degree Celsius.


Jammu had mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature was around seven degree Celsius while maximum will be around 18 degrees.


Leh will have an overcast sky. The minimum temperature was around minus 10 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around one degree.


Gilgit will have a generally cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between minus six and 11 degree Celsius.


In Muzaffarabad, there will be thunderstorms with rain. The temperature will hover between four and 16 degree Celsius.


Dehradun observed a minimum temperature of around six degree Celsius and a maximum of around 21 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.


Chandigarh had moderate fog. The temperature is likely to hover between seven and 18 degree Celsius.


The National Capital is likely to have dense fog. The city temperature will hover between seven and 23 degree Celsius.


In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was around 17 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.


Ahmedabad will have a clear sky. The minimum temperature was around 13 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 31 degrees.


And, in Guwahati fog/mist would occur in the early morning. The minimum temperature was around 11 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 25 degrees.


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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • Most newspapers today carry varied news item on the vaccination front.

  • "Elected representatives above 50 years to get covid jabs in next round" writes The Statesman.

  • "PM, CMs, MPs, MLAs to get Covid jab in 2nd phase" writes the Pioneer.

  • Hiccups to be fixed, "Vaccine recipients may get time, place options" writes the Times of India.

  • "Five killed in Serum Institute fire, Covishield production unaffected" informs The Indian Express.

  • On Day 1 "Biden plans Covid strategy, masks a must for travel" writes the Asian Age.

  • In Cricket Newspapers also take note of the return of the triumphant 'Team India' the Pioneer headline leads, "Red carpet welcome for Rahane"

  • And finally, with the sensex making a stunning comeback and investor wealth doubling up.. "Sensex kisses 50K" is the headline in The Business Standard.


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