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  • Nation celebrates Girl Child Day; Prime Minister Narendra Modi Says, Government undertakes many initiatives to empower girl child and sensitize gender equality.

  • India and China to hold 9th round of senior military level talks at Moldo near LAC to defuse border standoff

  • Over 15 lakh people vaccinated so far in the country; Active COVID-19 case load contracts  to 1.84 Lakhs.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah attends first Bodoland Territorial Region Accord Day celebration at Kokrajhar Assam.

  • Curtains fall on 51st International Film Festival of India this evening; The coveted Golden Peacock Award to be announced at closing ceremony in Panaji, Goa.

  • And, United Nations cautions its agency staff not to travel by any Pakistan registered airline over safety concerns.


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:

The National Girl Child Day is being observed today. The day is observed for focusing attention on ensuring equal opportunities to the girl child. Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted Desh Ki Beti and the accomplishments in various fields on National Girl Child Day. In a series of tweets today, Mr Modi said the Central Government has undertaken many initiatives that focus on empowering the girl child, including access to education, better healthcare and improving gender sensitivity. He said today is also a day to specially appreciate all those working towards empowering the girl child and ensuring she leads a life of dignity and opportunity.

Narendra Modi Government has given a lot of emphasis on the issue of girl child's education and declining Child Sex Ratio. In January 2015, Narendra Modi government had launched Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme with an objective to address the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio. Mr Modi had said that there is an urgent need to reduce the increasing imbalance in ratio amongst the girl and boy child for the betterment of the society.

आज भी हमारे देश में एक हजार बालक पैदा हो तो उसके सामने एक हजार बालिकाएं भी पैदा होनी चाहिए। वर्ना संसार चक्र नहीं चल सकता। आज पूरे देश में ये चिंता का विषय है। मैं जरा माताओं से पूछ रहा हूं, अगर बेटी पैदा नहीं होगी तो बहु कहां से लाओंगे और इसलिए जो हम चाहते हैं, वो समाज भी चाहता है हम ये तो कहते हैं कि बहु तो हमें बढ़ी-लिखी मिले, लेकिन बेटी को बढ़ाना है तो 50 बार सोचने के लिए मजबूर हो जाते हैं।

Our correspondent reports that seeing the good progress and improving trend of sex ratio at birth in 161 implementing districts, Mr Modi launched the all India expansion of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao covering all 640 districts in 2018.

"A promising trend of improvement in Sex Ratio at Birth have been observed at National level. Sex Ratio at Birth has improved by 16 points from 918 in 2014-15 to 934 in 2019-20. Out of 640 districts covered under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, 422 districts have shown improvement in Sex Ratio at Birth. Some districts which had very low Sex Ratio at Birth in 2014-15 have shown huge improvement after implementation of the scheme. These districts include Mau in Uttar Pradesh, Karnal, Mahendergarh, Rewari in Haryana and Patiala in Punjab. Gross Enrolment Ratio of girls in the schools at secondary level has improved from 77.45 in 2014-15 to 81.32 in 2018-19. Percentage of schools with functional separate toilets for girls has shown improvement from 92.1 percent in 2014-15 to 95.1 percent in 2018-19. Suparnasaikia, AIR NEWS DELHI"


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has urged parents to give every opportunity to nurture the talent of daughters, encourage them, empower them through education, and instill the tradition of ending discrimination against them at the family level itself. In his message on National Girl Child Day, Mr Naidu said right from childhood, boys should be taught to respect girls.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has extended his greetings to all daughters of the country on the occasion of National Girl Child Day. In a series of tweets, Mr Singh said daughters are the pride of family, society and country. He said that today, the girl child is playing an active role in every sphere of life, including defense of the country.

In his message, Home Minister Amit Shah said Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao has led to  increase in enrollment of girls in schools and unprecedented improvement in the sex ratio. He reiterated government's commitment to make the girl child self-reliant.


Centre is committed towards education and enhanced & active participation of the girl child under its flagship scheme Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. The Ministry of Education initiated the Samagra Siksha programme which is an Integrated Scheme for School Education under which various interventions have been targeted for Girls’ Education. In addition to this, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) have been sanctioned in Educationally Backward Blocks in the country to reduce gender gaps at all levels of school education and provide quality education to girls from disadvantaged groups. . Our Correspondent takes a look:

"Mahatma Gandhi said that, if you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate an entire family. Girls’ education goes beyond getting girls into school. It is also about ensuring that girls learn and feel safe while in school; have the opportunity to complete all levels of education acquiring the knowledge and skills to compete in the job market & society. The social campaign Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, actively persuaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he assumed office aims at bringing holistic changes, addressing the impediments in educating girl child. Under Samagra Shiksha, over 5 thousand 700 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas have been sanctioned in the country with enrollment of over 6 lakh girls. Various other interventions pushed by the Centre including opening of schools in the neighbourhood, provision of gender segregated toilets in schools, provision for self-defence training for the girls and free text-books to girls up to Class 8 have started bearing positive results. Even in the historic reforms brought about by the National Education Policy of 2020, a proposal to constitute a Gender Inclusion Fund targeting the development of girl child has been made.  The fund will focus on ensuring 100% enrollment of girls in schooling and will boost their participation rate in higher education. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi."


The National Girl Child Week is being observed today.

Shooter Manisha keer, sportswoman from Madhya Pradesh is example of determination who broke the glass ceiling in spite of  humble background. More from our Bhopal correspondent:-

"The daughter of a fisherman, Manisha Keer used to support her father from catching fishes to selling them in the local market of Bhopal. Although she was interested in shooting she couldn't pursue the sport as her family couldn't afford the required training and equipment.Today Manisha thanks PrimeMinister Narendra Modi for giving her and many others like her opportunity through Khelo India Scheme and other infrastructural support.

Manisha’s story is nothing short of inspiration for young girls to come forward inspite of challenges. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News Bhopal."


In Maharashtra's Beed district , strict implementation of PC-PNDT Act, the Government's efforts to 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' and various social campaigns have resulted in the district leading in female birth rate not just in the state but in the country. It is noted that Beed had earned the dubious distinction for incidents of female foeticide some years back. However, the positive change witnessed today is a welcome step in erasing the sordid tale of the past. More from our Mumbai correspondent:-

"A profound change is being witnessed in Beed district of Maharashtra where parents now take pride in having a girl child. Various machineries of the Government have worked in tandem to bring about this change. There was a time when incidents of female foeticide were registered on a large number in this particular district. But now, people are overjoyed when a girl child is born. As a mark of honour, a procession of newborn girl's mother is also taken out in different villages of the district. Sweets are distributed as birth of a girl child is considered as a good omen. The sex ratio of the district is a testament to it as now it has improved from 848 to 967. Besides, the government has permanently terminated the  licenses of all the sonography centres where illegal sex determination tests were conducted. With Shashi Kewadkar from Beed, this is Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai."


In Telangana, the quality of life of girl children in Kondayipally, a tiny village in Karimnagar district has completely changed after villagers drEw inspiration from the Central Government flagship programme, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. The villagers have set up a foundation called ‘Maa Oori Mahalakshmi’, meaning ‘Goddess of Wealth of Our Village’ after one of them took initiative for protecting girl children and ensuring their education in their village. More from our Hyderabad correspondent:-

"A few years ago, girl children in Konadayipally village of Karimnagar district in Telangana used to be treated as rejects. Even if they take birth, a pall of gloom used to engulf the family. Early marriages and sex determination was so common in the tiny village of about 300 families and nearly 1400 population. Enrolment of girls in schools was very low besides high dropouts. But setting up a Foundation called ‘Maa Oori Mahalakshmi’ means, ‘Goddess of Wealth of Our Village’ initiated by a youth R Srinivas has changed the mindset of the entire village. Srinivas migrated to gulf countries once and came back after a few years. He was moved by the plight of girls in his village as they faced rejection by their own parents, remained uneducated and not having social respect. Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s beloved programme, Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, Srinivas started the Foundation called ‘Maa Oori Mahalakshmi’ and soon his friends joined hands for the cause.  The trust soon became a boon for girl children of the village. It not only contributes 5 thousand rupees to each girl child born in the village but also partners her parents by way of contributing another 5 thousand rupees. This money will be kept in Pradhana Mantri Sukanya Samruddhi Yojana and the pass book will be handed over to her parents. The amount can be drawn only for the girl’s higher education or for her marriage. Now the villagers are literally considering the girl child being born as a boon for the family.

Srinivas and his friends through the foundation, so far could help 19 girl children in the village. Karimnagar District Collector K Shashank also joined hands with the Trust and helped four girls of the village. Now the villagers are making baby steps to make their girls empowered while others want to emulate the spirit of Konadayipally. With Sampath Kumar, Lakshmi, airnews, Hyderabad."


Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao'  andolan has improved gender ratio and reduced girl child infanticide in the country. In Karnataka the programme is being implemented in Vijayapura, Gadag, Haveri, Dakshina Kannada and Bagalkote where the gender ratio was below 935 female to 1000 male ratio.  More Karnataka Correspondent:-

"There are 4993 scanning centres registered in Karnataka, of which 4715 are private scanning centres and 278 are government scanning centres. Government of Karnataka is conducting Decoy operations to expose the suspects indulging in offence of determining sex and awarding remuneration of Rs.50000 on success of each sting operation. Till date a total of 84 cases have been registered for violating PC & PNDT act, of which 43 cases are penalized for violation and 41 cases are pending for judgement. The Government has introduced BALIKA software for effective reporting violations. To empower the Untrained Registered Medical Practitioners who conduct the scanning, they are given Competency Based Test and Education in collaboration with the Department of Medical Education. A total of 198 doctors have successfully cleared the exams and issued certificates. To create awareness among the public, effective IEC is publicised through radio and video jingles. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru." 


Indian and China are across the table for the 9th time today to focus and workout the disengagement  in the Eastern Ladakh region. Talks began at Moldo BPO, on the China side, between the  Military commanders of India and China, this morning.

Sources said that India would focus and insist China to implement the five-point agreement decided between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at a meeting in Moscow in September last year, on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) conclave. On the other hand, Indian army is  well prepared even in the freezing temperatures on the Line of Actual control in Eastern Ladakh region. With frequent and morale boosting visits of senior officials of Army like COAS Gen MM Naravane and Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat , the armed forces are highly motivated. Ladakh district authorities have also opened the World Famous tourist destination Pangong Lake for tourists early this month.


A total number of 15 lakh 82 thousand 201 people have been administered Covid-19 vaccines in the country so far. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that more than one lakh 91 thousand people have been inoculated with Covid-19 doses in the last 24 hours.

Briefing media on Covid Vaccine, Additional Health Secretary, Dr Manohar Agnani said,  the hospitalization against vaccination is only 0.0007 per cent. Mr Agnani said, six deaths have been reported till date and none of these deaths have been casually linked with covid-19 vaccination. 

Meanwhile, the country's COVID-19 recovery rate reached 96.83 per cent with the total recovery of more than 15 thousand patients in the last 24 hours. The Ministry said that more than one crore three lakh patients have already been recovered from this disease. Covid-19 active cases is on a declining trajectory in the country. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is one lakh 84 thousand 408 which comprises only 1.73 per cent of the total positive cases.


In Maharashtra, until now nearly one lakh health workers have been administered the first dose of Covid-19 preventive vaccine.  Our Mumbai correspondent reports about  24,282 health workers were inoculated with the first dose of the vaccine. 

"Eighty three percent health workers were inoculated at 290 vaccination centres yesterday in Maharashtra. So far, 99 thousand 242 beneficiaries have taken the jabs of Covid-19 preventive vaccine. Gondia, Gadchiroli, Wardha, Amravati, Jalna, Beed, Dhule, Hingoli, Nanded and Osmanabad districts reported over 100 per cent vaccination. Bharat Biotech's, Covaxin is being administered at six sites in Maharashtra with daily target of 600 immunisations across state. Principal secretary, state health department, Dr. Pradeep Vyas said the number of days to conduct the vaccination drive per week has been raised from four days to five days now. According to officials, around three lakh health workers will be vaccinated now as they need to take the second dose after a gap of four weeks. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


World Health Organisation has thanked India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for continued support in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In a tweet, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, we can stop this virus and save lives and livelihoods only if we act together, including sharing of knowledge.

India has been sending vaccines to countries in the South Asian region and others like Brazil and Morocco. South Africa will also get the vaccine soon.

India dispatched two million doses of Covishield vaccines to Brazil on Friday.


Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for assisting with vaccine exports from India to Brazil. In a tweet, Mr Bolsonaro said Brazil feels honoured to have a great partner to overcome a global obstacle by joining efforts.

In response to this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the honour is India's to be a trusted partner of Brazil in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic together.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that early evidence suggests the variant of coronavirus that emerged in the UK may be more deadly. The data comes from mathematicians comparing death rates in people infected with either the new or the old versions of the virus.

The new more infectious variant has already spread widely across the UK.  A Government data said, a total of 4,076 Covid patients were on hospital ventilators as of Friday. That is higher than during the first wave, when the peak was 3,301 on 12 April. It comes as another 1,348 deaths and 33,552 new infections were reported on Saturday.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah  has  said that due to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a new era of development and peace has  prevailed in  Bodoland Territorial Region.Addressing the the opening ceremony of the 1st  BTR ( Bodoland Territorial Region) Accord Day celebration at Kokrajhar in Assam,the Home minister said  ,  that once the region was known for terror and bloodshed, this area will now become the most developed  area of the state. Mr. Modi is committed for the development of North East and also did all measures to put an end the era of violence in the region.

Mr. Shah further said a slew of development measures have been taken for the development of the BTR as promised earlier. He said that 500 crore rupees have been sanctioned for the road development in BTR .

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that government will fulfill all the clauses of the BTR Accord. 


The National Voters’ Day (NVD) will be celebrated tomorrow across the country to encourage, facilitate and maximize enrolment, especially for the new voters. The Day is celebrated on 25th January every year since 2011, all across the country to mark the foundation day of Election Commission of India. President Ram Nath Kovind will be the Chief Guest at the national function being organized in New Delhi. The theme for this year’s NVD is Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed. It also focuses on the commission's commitment towards conducting elections safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the event, the  President of India will confer the National Awards for the year 2020-21 and launch ECI’s Web Radio:‘Hello Voters’. The National Voters’ Day is utilized to spread awareness among voters and for promoting informed participation in the electoral process.

Union Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad  who will also be present on the occasion  will launch the e-EPIC programme and distribute e-EPICs and Elector Photo Identity Cards to five new voters.  e-EPIC, a digital version of the Elector Photo Identity Card can be accessed through the Voter Helpline App and websites, voterportal.eci.gov.in and www.nvsp.in.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah has launched the Ayushman CAPF health scheme in Guwahati for about 28 lakh Central Armed Police Forces and their families in all the states where Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana is operational. Addressing the gathering, Mr. Shah paid triunites to Netaji Subhash Bose. He said, it was a great occasion coinciding with the Parakram Diwas to start Ayushman Bharat scheme for the Central Armed Police Forces.


Madhya Pradesh has become the first state to get additional funds for capital projects for successfully carrying out reforms in various citizen-centric areas. The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance has allocated additional 660 crore rupees to the state for capital expenditure for undertaking the One Nation, One Ration Card Reforms, Ease of Doing Business Reforms, and Urban Local Bodies Reforms.  The State has also completed a part of the fourth reform - the Power Sector reform. 50 percent of the approved amount has also been released to the state as 1st instalment for the approved projects.

The scheme of “Special Assistance to States for capital expenditure” was announced by the Finance Minister on 12th October last year under the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat package.  The Scheme is aimed at boosting capital expenditure by the State Governments who are facing difficult financial environment this year due to a shortfall in tax revenue arising from the COVID 19 pandemic.


A tableau from Union Territory of Ladakh will participate in Republic Day Parade on Rajpath for the first time this year. Ladakh's tableau depicts the iconic Thikse Monastery located on top of a hill in Thikse in Leh district, and is one of the most-visited tourist sites in the region. It also showcases the Indian Astronomical Observatory, located in Hanle near Leh, one of the world's highest sites for optical, infrared anD gamma-ray telescopes. Ladakh tableau also highlights the vision for Ladakh to be carbon-neutral.

A total of 17 states and UTs will be represented on the Rajpath in this year's parade through their vibrant tableaux, besides that of various ministries and the three armed forces.


Months after the story of dubious flying licence pilots case in Pakistan broke out, United Nations has cautioned its agency staff not to travel by any Pakistan registered airline over safety concerns. The advisory was issued by the UN Securit Management System (UNSMS). It said due to an ongoing investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan into dubious licenses, caution is advised about the use of Pakistan-registered air operators.

In December last year, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had extended a ban on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for three months.


As curtains fall on the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the coveted Golden Peacock Award will be announced at the closing ceremony of the festival, in Panaji, Goa after a  short while. Our correspondent adds , fifteen delectable line-up of movies including three from India  which entertained, inspired and moved film-lovers at IFFI  are competing for the prestigeous Golden Peacock and other awards. 

"Closing ceremony of 51st IFFI, will be held at Shyamaprasad Stadium near Panaji. Renowned actress Zeenat Aman will be the Chief Guest. Minister of State for Environment, Forest and climate change Babul Supriyo will also grace the occasion. Despite the challenges and restrictions due to pandemic, IFFI this time, though on hybrid mode turned out to be a great success. Delegates too expressed satisfaction regarding this aspect. IFFi had started on 16th January. The movies screened in various categories such Indian Panorama, kaleidoscope, world Panorama and others displayed thematic variety. Press conferences, in conversation sessions, masterclasses provided an opportunity for the students and amateur film makers to themselves with the latest technical and other components of the process. With Mukesh Thali, Tushar Jadhav for Air  News  from  Panaji Goa."


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

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was minus two degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperaure will be around five degrees.

Jammu is expected to have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening with temperature hovering between seven and 16 degrees Celsius.

Leh has partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was minus seven degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around zero point six (0.6) degree.

Gilgit is expected to have partly clear sky. The temperature will vary between minus six degrees and 11 degrees Celsius.

In Muzaffarabad, the minimum temperature was one degree Celsius while the maximum will be 12 degrees Celsius. The sky looks clear in the day. 

Dehradun has mainly clear.The minimum temperature was six degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 23 degrees Celsius.

National Capital experienced dense fog in the mornig. The  minimum temperature was eight degrees Celsius, while maximum will be around 18 degrees.

Mumbai has clear sky. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 16 degrees and the maximum will be likely to be around 30 degrees Celsius.

Chennai is likely to witness generally cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 23 and 31 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata observed a minimum temperature of 14 degrees Celsius and the maximum will likely to be around 23 degrees.



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