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25.01.2021

THE HEADLINES,

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Republic Day parade pays tribute to India's great social, cultural heritage and strategic strength; To interact with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awardees today.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind to address nation this evening on the eve of 72nd Republic Day.

  • National Voters’ Day being observed across the country today. 

  • Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expelled from the ruling Communist Party over dissolution of Parliament.

  • Elon Musk's SpaceX creates a new world record by launching 143 satellites on a single rocket.

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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 has said that the Republic Day parade pays tribute to India's great social and cultural heritage, as well as its strategic strength and bows to the Constitution that gives life to the world's largest democracy. Interacting with NCC and NSS cadets and Tableux artists at his residence who will participate at the Republic Day Parade, Mr Modi said, when they parade on the Rajpath with zeal, every countrymen is filled with enthusiasm and energy.


Mr Modi said, we did not get an opportunity to sacrifice our everything for the independence of the country, but the country has definitely given us the opportunity to give our best. He said, we should keep doing what we can to make the country stronger. The Prime Minister said, India means the collective power of blood, sweat, aspirations, expectations of the common people.


Prime Minister said, vocal for local is to respect and encourage the things that are being built around their locality.


वोकल फार लोकल, जो अपने घर के आसपास चीजें बन रही है, स्‍थानीय स्‍तर पर बन रही है। उसपर मान करना, उसपर गर्व करना, उसे प्रोत्‍साहित करना, यही है वोकल फार लोकल। लेकिन ये वोकल फार लोकल की भावना तब और मजबूत होगी जब इसे एक भारत श्रेष्‍ठ भारत की भावना से शक्ति मिलेगी। ये वोकल फार लोकल, ये आत्‍मनिर्भर भारत अभियान इनकी सफलता आप जैसे नौजवानों पर टिकी हुई है।


The Prime Minister said, the Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat campaign is helping a lot in taking it forward.


Mr Modi said, looking at the importance of skills, in 2014, a separate Ministry was formed for skill development and so far, about 5.5 crore youth have been trained in different arts and skills.


भारत आत्‍मनिर्भर किसी के कहने भर से ही नहीं होगा, बल्कि मैंने जैसे कहा, आप जैसे देश के युवा साथियों के करने से ही होगा और आप ये तब और ज्‍यादा बेहतर तरीके से कर पायेंगे जब आपके पास जरूरी स्किल सेट हो। साथियों स्किल के कौशल के इस महत्‍व को देखते हुए 2014 में सरकार बनते ही स्किल डेवलेपमेंट के लिए विशेष मंत्रालय बनाया गया। साढ़े पांच करोड़ से अधिक युवा साथियों को अलग-अलग कला और कौशल की ट्रेनिंग दी जाती है।


The Prime Minister said, the policy marks the first serious effort to bring  vocation education into the mainstream of education. He said, from class 6 onwards, student will have the option of selecting a course in line with their interests and local needs and business. Later, at middle level, integration of academic and vocational subjects is also proposed.


Mr Modi urged the youth to come forward to help the country in COVID-19 vaccination. The Prime Minister said, they have to provide the right information to the poor and the general public and defeat every system spreading misinformation and rumours.


Mr Modi pointed out that this year, India is entering 75th years of independence and this year we celebrate 400th Prakash Purab of Guru Teg Bahadur  ji. Also, this year marks the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose which has been declared as Parakram Diwas.


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The Prime Minister will also interact with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awardees through video conferencing today. Thirty two children have been awarded the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar this year. Our correspondent reports that Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani will also be present on the occasion.


"The Government has been conferring the Bal Shakti Puraskar under Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar to the children with exceptional abilities and outstanding achievement in the fields of innovation, sports, arts and culture, social service and bravery. The awardees are from 32 districts of 21 States and Union territories. Seven awards have been given in the field of Art and Culture, nine awards have been given for Innovation and five for scholastic achievements. Seven children have won in Sports category, three children have been felicitated for Bravery and one child has been honoured for her efforts in the field of Social Service. With Dipendra Kumar, Anupam Mishra, AIR News Delhi."


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President Ram Nath Kovind will address the nation today on the eve of the 72nd Republic Day. The address will be broadcast from 7 PM on the entire national network of All India Radio and telecast over all channels of Doordarshan in Hindi, followed by English version.


Broadcast of the address in Hindi and English on Doordarshan will be followed by broadcast in regional languages by regional channels of Doordarshan.


All India Radio will broadcast regional language versions from 9.30 PM onwards on its respective regional networks.


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The National Voters’ Day (NVD) will be celebrated today across the country to encourage, facilitate and maximize enrolment, especially for the new voters. The Day is celebrated on 25th of January every year since 2011, all across the country to mark the foundation day of the 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. The National Voters’ Day is utilized to spread awareness among voters and for promoting informed participation in the electoral process. New voters are felicitated and handed over their Elector Photo Identity Card in the functions.


During the event, the President will confer the National Awards for the year 2020-21 and launch ECI’s Web Radio:‘Hello Voters’. The National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices will be conferred on State and District level officers for their outstanding performance in the conduct of elections in different spheres. Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad 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.


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Union Home Minister addressed the opening ceremony of first BTR ( Bodoland Territorial Region) Accord Day celebration at Kokrajhar yesterday. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shah said, a slew of measures have been taken for the development of Bodoland Territorial Region as promised earlier. He said that 500 crore rupees have been sanctioned for the road development in BTR. The Home Minister assured that the Bodo language and culture and political rights of Bodo people will be preserved.


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


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio on 31st of this month. It will be the 73rd episode of the monthly radio programme. In a tweet, Mr Modi urged people to share inspiring anecdotes for the programme. Prime Minister said, he will be referring to some of them in the programme too.


People can share their views in the NaMo app or MyGov Open Forum. They can also dial the toll-free number 1800-11-7800 and record their message for the Prime Minister in either Hindi or English. People can also give a missed call on 1922 and follow the link received in SMS to directly give their suggestions to the Prime Minister till 28th of this month.


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The Government has said that more than 83 lakh paddy farmers have been benefited from the current Kharif Marketing Season Procurement Operations with Minimum Support Price, MSP value of over one lakh nine thousand crore rupees. The Agriculture Ministry said, the government continues to procure Kharif crops at its Minimum Support Price from farmers as per its existing MSP schemes. Around 582 lakh tonnes of paddy have been procured from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Karnataka and West Bengal.


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In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you a new segment on Fact Checking & Mythbusters.


The government has rejected a media report which claims that the RBI has decided to ban 5, 10 and 100 rupees notes after March this year. Press Information Bureau termed the report as fake. It clarified that the RBI has not made any such announcement.


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Odisha government have decided to provide free access to the state budget document 2021-22. It can be accessed through the national e-vidhansabha application.


"Stating the initiative as a first in the country, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that this will set an example by ushering in an era of transparency and responsible governance. However, the step follows the recent launching the union budget mobile application for hassle free access to the Union budget documents by member of Parliament and the general public. The Odisha assembly has been digitising itself under the National E Vidhansabha Sabha project to make its functioning paperless.

Girish Chandra Dash AIR News Bhubaneswar."


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Police have seized currency notes amounting to 4 lakh 40 thousand rupees of 500 rupee denomination from the forest in Gondia district of Maharashtra. All these currency notes were banned during demonetisation. Various other articles including material required for explosive manufacturing is also recovered from the forest.


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The Government has said that more than 16 lakh people have been administered Covid-19 vaccines in the country so far. Karnataka stands at top position with over one lakh 91 thousand jabs followed by Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana. Union Health Ministry said that more than 31 thousand healthcare workers have been vaccinated in five states on the ninth day yesterday.


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A total of 185 new confirmed cases of Corona virus infection were reported in Delhi during the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to over six lakh 33 thousand. The Delhi Government said that over six lakh 21 thousand people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, 315 people recovered and nine deaths were reported in the city taking the toll to ten thousand 808.


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Bihar is reporting more recoveries than fresh Corona cases. 267 patients recovered during the past 24 hours, while 131 new cases were reported. So far, two lakh 56 thousand eight patients have recovered from the Covid-19 infection in the state. No fresh case has been reported from 13 districts out of 38 districts of the state. Maximum 51 positive cases were reported from Patna followed by 12 in Nawada district. The number of active cases is continuously declining. Currently, two thousand 409 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals.


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In Gujarat, the fresh cases of Covid-19 are constantly declining. The recovery rate has further improved to 96.51 percent. The active cases in the state have also fallen below the 5 thousand mark.


"Gujarat has recorded 410 new cases of Covid19 during the last 24 hours. The total number of Covid19 cases detected so far in Gujarat has reached up to 2 lakh 59 thousand 97. Out of these, 2 lakh 50 thousand 56 patients recovered. 704 patients discharged from the hospitals after recovery during the past 24 hours. 92 new cases reported from Ahmedabad, while Surat recorded 85 new cases. At present total active cases in the state are 4665, out of which 48 patients are on ventilator.  1 patient died yesterday taking the total death due to Covid19 up to 4376.  Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


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The Centre has issued guidelines for Kumbh Mela to be held at Haridwar in Uttarakhand amidst COVID-19 pandemic. All devotees willing to attend the fair have to register with Uttarakhand government. They are also required to obtain a compulsory medical certificate from Community Health Centre or district hospital or medical college in their state.


This year's Kumbh Mela will be a 48-day-long event and the Uttarakhand government will issue the notification for the same by the end of this month. Duration of the Mela this year has been reduced to one and a half months instead of the usual three and a half months, due to the pandemic.


Haridwar railway station is being readied for devotees coming to attend the event. Several special trains will ply on various routes.

The Centre has also approved the deployment of 40 companies of paramilitary forces, including seven companies each of the SSB and the CISF, six of the ITBP and 10 each of the BSF and the CRPF, for the mela.


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In Chhattisgarh, a special campaign is being conducted for identification of TB patients under the National TB Eradication Program. In the first phase, intensive testing is being conducted among high risk groups.


"The special campaign to identify TB patients is being conducted in a phased manner by the Department of Health and Family Welfare of Chhattisgarh Government.  In the first phase,  tests are conducted among  jailed inmates, mine workers, urban slums, old age homes, migrant laborers and health workers. Director of Health and Family Welfare Department Dr. Priyanka Shukla said that about two lakh 24 thousand people have been tested so far under this campaign which was started from January this year.  Among them, 2029 suspected patients and 34 TB positive have been identified.  Immediate treatment and counseling have been started  for the patients found TB positive.  Besides, people are also being made aware about ways to prevent TB. In the second phase of the campaign, the entire population will be surveyed from home to home for one month. During the campaign, about seven lakh people will be tested.  The Chhattisgarh government is trying to make the state TB-free by the year 2023. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur."


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the National Voters Day is an occasion to appreciate the remarkable contribution of the Election Commission to strengthen the democratic fabric and ensure smooth conduct of elections. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, this is also a day to spread awareness on the need of ensuring voter registration, particularly among the youth.


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Himachal Pradesh is celebrating its golden jubilee statehood day with full zeal across the state today. It was on this day in 1971 Himachal Pradesh became the 18th state of India. The statehood golden jubilee function will be held at the historic Ridge ground in Shimla today where BJP National president JP Nadda and Minister of state for finance Anurag Thakur will be present. Home Minister Amit Shah will also address the function through video conferencing.


"Golden jubilee celebrations of statehood day will also be held at district as well as sub-divisional levels across the state today. The state-level event will be held at Ridge in Shimla at 11:00 am onwards in which Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address the event virtually. Special arrangements have been made for the live telecast of the program at various places in all districts. A special postal stamp would also be released to mark the occasion. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur stated that the ‘golden jubilee’ of the statehood of Himachal Pradesh would be celebrated round the year by organizing 51 programs in various parts of the state.  ‘Swarnim Rath Yatra’ will also be carried out to showcase the development journey of the hill state as a part of golden jubilee celebrations during the year. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News Shimla."


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Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party over his decision to dissolve the Parliament. The decision to expell Oli from the party was taken by the Central Committee at a meeting held yesterday. The move comes amid repeated threats by the rival faction leaders who had said that they would revoke Oli's membership over his decision to dissolve the Nepal Parliament. Spokesperson of the rival faction Narayan Kaji Shrestha said, the party leaders are planning further action against Oli after his ouster from the party.


Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 last year after the Prime Minister Oli, in a surprise move, recommended dissolution of Parliament amidst a tussle for power with former PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda. Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari accepted the recommendations and Parliamentary elections are scheduled for April 30 and May 10.


The Prachanda-led faction of the party came down heavily on this move saying, by dissolving the House, Oli has given a blow to the Constitution as well as the democratic republic system.


The Oli-led CPN-UML and Prachanda-led NCP (Maoist Centre) had merged in May 2018 to form a unified Nepal Communist Party.


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Elon Musk’s SpaceX created a new world record by launching 143 satellites on a single rocket last night. SpaceX has beaten the Indian space agency ISRO's record of deploying 104 satellites in a single launch in February 2017. The launch vehicle for the SpaceX record-breaking flight was the Falcon 9 rocket.


The 143 satellites launched last night include commercial and government CubeSats, microsats and 10 Starlink satellites. Onboard was also a spacecraft belonging to Nasa. With these satellites, SpaceX aims to provide near-global broadband internet coverage all over the world by 2021. According to sources, SpaceX offered a very low price of 15,000 dollars per kilogram for each satellite to be delivered to a polar sun-synchronous orbit.


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Take a look at the weather forecast for today.


The National Capital is likely to have dense fog. The city temperature will hover between five and 16 degree Celsius.


Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was around 15 degree Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 29 degrees.


Chennai witnessed fog in the morning and partly cloudy sky later. The temperature will vary between 21 and 30 degree Celsius.

In Kolkata, there was dense fog in the morning. The city observed a minimum temperature of around 14 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 26 degrees.


Srinagar had partly cloudy sky becoming cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Temperature will hover between minus three and six degree Celsius.


Jammu had mainly clear skies. The minimum temperature was around six degree Celsius while maximum will be around 17 degrees.


Leh will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was around minus 13 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around one degree.


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


In Muzaffarabad, there will be mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between three and 14 degree Celsius.


Dehradun observed a minimum temperature of around six degree Celsius and a maximum of around 23 degrees. The city had fog in the morning and mainly clear sky later.


Chandigarh had fog in the morning and mainly clear sky later. The temperature is likely to hover between 13 and 16 degree Celsius.


In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was around 18 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.


Ahmedabad will have a clear sky. The minimum temperature was around 11 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 27 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 26 degrees.


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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • Marching on its humanitarian course of facilitating vaccination, "India offers jabs to diplomates, families" inform the Asian Age.

  • As demand for Covid Jabs rises...."Tata in talks to launch Moderna Vaccine in India." informs the Economic Times.

  • Precautionary measures continue....."Certified health report must to attend Kumbh." people above 65, kids below 10 years, pregnant women not allowed to visit Haridwar, reports the Pioneer.

  • In an attempt to ease tensions in Ladakh, "India, China hold talks on LAC row" writes the Hindustan Times.

  • Amid a debate over the privacy policy offered by WhatsApp, "Pakistan-backed terror groups switch to new messaging apps," writes the Statesman.

  • Taking note of the far reaching effects of the victory at Brisbane, the Financial Express, under the caption writes, 'Rising stock' "Young guns from Gabba win on brands radar."

  • And finally, "After strides in social welfare, Lathur village hands over baton to all--woman Panchayat." states the Indian Express.

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