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0830 HRS
26.01.2021

THE HEADLINES,

  • Nation celebrates 72nd Republic Day today; To showcase its military might and cultural diversity at Rajpath in national capital.

  • Padma Awards announced for 119 people; Playback Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam gets Padma Vibhushan and Former Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan Padma Bhushan posthumously; Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe selected for Padma Vibhushan.

  • Government announces 455 Gallantry Awards and Defence Decorations; Galwan valley hero Col Santosh Babu gets Maha Vir Chakra posthumously.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Climate Adaptation is more important today than ever before.

  • Bharat Parv, celebrating the spirit of India, opens this evening on a virtual platform.


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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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The Nation celebrates its 72nd Republic Day today. Main function will be held at Rajpath in the National Capital where President Ram Nath Kovind will take the salute of the parade. The Republic Day Parade ceremony will commence with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial. He will lead the nation in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath. The National Flag will be unfurled followed by the National Anthem with a booming 21-gun salute. The parade will commence with President Ram Nath Kovind taking the salute. This time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade route has been shortened. The parade will begin from Vijay Chowk, as usual, but will culminate at the National Stadium instead of ending at the Red Fort. Only around 25 thousand spectators will be allowed to witness the parade as compared to the average of 1.15 lakh people every year. Children below 15 years and the elderly with co-morbidities will not be permitted. This year, there will be no Chief Guest from Foreign country due to the pandemic. The event will be held following all necessary Covid -19 preventive protocols.


"India’s military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress will be on display during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath in New Delhi. Thirty-two tableaux, 17 from States and Union Territories, nine from various Ministries or Departments and Paramilitary Forces and six from Ministry of Defence will roll down the Rajpath. Some of the highlights of the tablaux are Vision’for Carbon neutral Ladakh, Sun Temple of Modhera, Gujarat, Tea-tribes of Assam, Splendorous Sounds of Chhattisgarh’s Folk Music, Coir of Kerala, Digital Bharat, Four Labour Codes, Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, New India: ‘Vocal for Local’, CRPF and BRO. School children will perform Bajasal Dance of Odisha, Tamil Nadu Folk Dance, and theme dances on Hum Fit Toh India Fit and Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Indigenously-developed Main Battle Tank of the Indian Army, T-90 Bhishma, Infantry Combat Vehicle BMP II, Brahmos Weapon System, Pinaka Bridge Laying tanks T-72, Samvijay Electronic Warfare System will be the main attraction in the mechanised columns. Naval Tableau titled Swarnim Vijay Varsh will showcase the Indian Navy’s attack on Karachi harbour in 1971. The Air Force tableau will showcase scaled down models of Light Combat Aircraft, Light Combat Helicopter, Su-30, MK-I aircraft and Rohini radar. The 122-member proud contingent of the Bangladesh Armed Forces comprising of soldiers of the Bangladesh Army, sailors of the Bangladesh Navy and Air Warriors of the Bangladesh Air Force will lead the contingent march on the Rajpath. The grand event will culminate with Rafale aircraft flying at a speed of 900- kilometre per hour carrying out a Vertical Charlie. With Anand Kumar, Anupam Mishra, from Rajpath AIR News, Delhi.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Republic Day.


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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah have also greeted the citizens on the occasion. Home Minister said, d that Republic Day is a symbol of India’s multicolored diversity and rich cultural heritage. In a tweet, Mr Shah remembered all the great personalities due to whose struggle the Constitution came into effect on this day in 1950. He saluted the brave men who have protected the Indian Republic with valor. 


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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has greeted people of India on the occasion of Republic Day. In video message, he said UK and India are working side by side to free humanity from the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Johnson was due to be in New Delhi as the chief guest at the republic day parade but had to call off the visit following the outbreak of a new deadlier variant of coronavirus in the UK. In his message, UK PM reiterated his plan to visit India in the coming months. Mr Johnson said, two countries are working side by side to develop, produce and distribute vaccines that will help to free humanity from the pandemic. He said, because of combined efforts of Britain, India and many other nations, we are on the road to success against COVID.


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All India Radio, Delhi will broadcast running comentry on the Republic Day Parade and Cultural Pageant in Hindi and English simultaneously.


It can be heard from 9:15 AM on all FM Rainbow and FM Gold channels and additional frequencies.


This broadcast will also be available on AIR Live News 24x7 and Akashvani AIR YouTube channels.


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 Delhi Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements and restrictions for smooth conduct of the Republic Day Parade. No traffic will be allowed on Vijay Chowk till parade is over. No cross traffic will be allowed on Rajpath intersections at Rafi Marg, Janpath, Man Singh Road till parade is over. ‘C’-Hexagon-India Gate will also be closed for traffic till Tableaux crosses Tilak Marg. Traffic on Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Subhash Marg will not be allowed in both carriageways. Road users have been advised to plan their journey in advance and avoid the route of Parade and Tableaux till 12.30 PM for their own convenience.


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Delhi Metro service will be partially regulated on select metro stations today as part of the security arrangements for the Republic Day celebrations. On HUDA City Centre to Samaypur Badli line, entry and exit at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan Metro stations will remain closed from till 12 Noon. Central Secretariat station will only be used for interchange of passengers between Line-2 and Line-6. Besides, entry and exit at Patel Chowk and Lok Kalyan Marg Metro stations will also remain closed from 8:45 AM to 12 noon. All Metro parking lots will also remain closed till 2 PM.


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Government has announced Padma Awards on the occasion of Republic Day. 


Seven persons will get Padma Vibhushan. They include former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, sculptor Sudarshan Sahoo and Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. Eminent Singer late S P Balasubramaniam will be awarded the 2nd highest civilian award posthumously. 


Ten persons will get Padma Bhushan. They include former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Singer K S Chithra, prominent poet Chandrashekhara Kambara and retired Civil Servant Nripendra Misra. Former Gujarat Chief Minister late Keshubhai Patel, Former Assam Chief Minister late Tarun Gogoi and Former Union Minister late Ram Vilas Paswan will be honoured with Padma Bhushan posthumously.


102 persons will get Padma Shri. They include Social Worker Sindutai Sapkal, Musician Bombay Jayashri, British film director Peter Brook and Greek Indologist Nicholas Kazanas. Former Governor of Goa late Mridula Sinha, Spanish-Indian Jesuit priest and author late Father Vallés will be given the award posthumously.


The list includes many unsung heros of the country.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the Padma Award winners. In a tweet, he said, we are proud of all those who have been selected for Padma Awards. Mr Modi said, India cherishes their contribution to the nation and humanity at large.


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Seven persons across different fields have been nominated for the Padma Awards from West Bengal.


"From Arjuna Awardee young table tennis player Mouma Das to nonagenarian comic artist, writer and illustrator Narayan Debnath, from educationalists Sujit Chattopadhyay, Jagadish Chandra Haldar and Dharma Narayan Barma to the traditional saree weaver of Fulia Biren Kumar Basak and the social worker Guru Maa Kamali Soren- Government of India have recognised their contribution and honoured them with the highest civilian award, the Padma puraskar. The awardees as well as the people of Bengal have welcomed the decision. Educationalist Sujit Chattopadhyay, got retired 17 years ago and since then, has been running Sadai Fakirer pathshala at Ausgram Uttar Ramnagar village of Purba Bardhaman district. He teaches more than 350 students against a fee of only two rupees per year. On the other hand, the reference of 98 year old artist Narayan Debnath turns Bengalis nostalgic as his immortal cartoon character like Handa-Voda, Batul the great, Nonte Fonte is associated with their childhood.


Mouma Das is the first table tennis player from Bengal to have received the Padma Shri award.


Mouma dedicated the award to her 1 year old baby girl Aditri. With Tanusree Bandyopadhyay and Arijit Dutta, this is Madhuparna Dhar Chowdhuri for AIR News, Kolkata."


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In Ladakh, Tsultrim Chonjor fondly known as  Meme Chonjor is selected for Padma Shri Award for his social work for this year.


"Memey Chonjor is known as Manjhi of Zanskar in Kargil District for his contribution in construction of a road from Zanskar Sumdo to Kargyak Lungnak with his own expenses and with little donations and contributions from volunteers has been recognised by the government. While talking to AIR News over phone from Padum Zanskar, the 75 year old Chonjor said that he will be even more happier than receiving the award if Lungnak is properly connected with road with the rest of the world as it will boost the economy of the people of Lungnak. He said that it was his pain and concern for the little children who used to cross the rivers and streams while walking to Padum and other places and it forced him to take the decision to  construct the road on his own. He thanked the Government for recognising the contribution of an individual like him who belongs to one of the farmost and remotest areas in Zanskar in Kargil District. For AIR News This is Anayat Ali From Kargil Union territory of Ladakh."


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Bangladesh Liberation War fighter Lt Col (Retd) Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir and well known musicologist, Rabindra Sangeet exponent and academic Sanjida Khatun from Bangladesh have been selected for Padma Shri award this year. Lt Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir has been awarded Padma Shri for his contribution in the field of Public Affairs. Lt Col Zahir is a veteran of the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh. Sanjida Khatun is a renowned cultural figure of Bangladesh. She is an eminent Rabindra Sangeet exponent and musicologist. She played a prominent role in organising artists of the then East Pakistan during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.


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President has approved awards of 455 Gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others.


These include one Mahavir Chakra, 5 Kirti Chakras, 5 Vir Chakras, 7 Shaurya Chakras, 4 Bar to Sena Medal, 130 Sena Medal, one Nao Sena Medal, 4 Vayu Sena Medal, 30 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 4 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 51 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and 11 Yudh Seva Medal. The awards also include Sena, Nau Sena, Vayu Sena and Vishisht Seva medals in Devotion to Duty category. Several COVID Warriors have also been awarded in Devotion to Duty category.


Colonel B Santosh Babu, the Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar Regiment, who lost his life during the Galwan Valley clash last year, will be posthumously awarded with Maha Vir Chakra.


Subedar Sanjiv Kumar of 4th Battalion Parachute Regiment, CRPF Inspector Pintu Kumar Singh, CRPF Head Constable Shyam Narayan Singh Yadav, CRPF Constable Vinod Kumar will be posthumously awarded with Kirti Chakra. Deputy Commandant CRPF Rahul Mathur will be awarded Kirti Chakra.


Naib Subedar Nuduram Soren, Havildar K Palani, Naik Deepak Singh and Sepoy Gurtej Singh will be awarded Vir Chakra posthumously. Havildar Tejinder Singh will be awarded Vir Chakra.


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Recognising the outstanding contribution in the service of nation, one NIA official has been awarded the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and five NIA officials have been awarded Police Medal for Meritorious Service. Vinod Kumar KS, Head Constable of NIA, has been awarded the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service. Sonia Narang, the then DIG of NIA, presently Additional Director, ED; Rajesh TV, DySP, NIA Hyderabad;  Tapan Kumar Ghosh, Assistant, NIA, Kolkata;  PK Uthaman, Assistant Sub-Inspector, NIA, Delhi; and Mahesh Kumar Yadav, Head Constable, NIA, Lucknow have been awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service.


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President Ram Nath Kovind, in his address to the nation on the eve of Republic day said, India is moving forward and taking its rightful place in the world. During the recent years, its arc of influence has been expanding and encompassing the larger part of the world. The President said, despite the serious calamity, India has succeeded in taking forward its activities in many spheres. He said, India has taken great strides in several sectors and economic reforms have continued apace. He said, it has been supplemented by long-pending reforms in areas of labour and agriculture through legislation.


Mr Kovind said, just as the hardworking farmers ensure food security for the country, the brave soldiers of the armed forces ensure security of the national boundaries amid severest conditions.


Hailing the scientist fraternity, the President said, they have strengthened the national endeavours by their contribution to food security, national security, protection against disease and disasters and to different areas of development.


The President said, for all of us, this is the day to pause and ponder over the core values that the Constitution propounds. These values - Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity - outlined in the Preamble of our Constitution are sacred to all of us. He said they are perennial principles of our philosophy of life.


The President called upon everyone to continue on the path of constitutional morality which Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar mentioned in his speech to the Constituent Assembly while presenting the draft of the Constitution. 


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The annual event Bharat Parv, celebrating the spirit of India, is being organised from today on a virtual platform www.bharatparv2021.com till 31st January. Themed pavilions of multiple States and Union Territories will showcase their tourism destinations, cuisine, handicraft and other features. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will inaugurate Bharat Parv-2021 in the presence of Union Minister for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel.


Ministry of Tourism organizes Bharat Parv every year since 2016 in front of the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of Republic Day Celebrations.


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Information and Broadcasting Ministry and its various media units have geared up for the Bharat Parv.


Prasar Bharati has set up its virtual stall which will showcase its efforts towards promoting Ek Bharat-Shrestha Bharat. Bureau of Outreach and Communication will focus on 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Climate Adaptation is more significant today than ever before and it is a key element of India’s developmental efforts. Addressing Climate Adaptation Summit through video conferencing, Mr Modi said we have promised ourselves that, we will not just meet our Paris Agreement targets, but exceed them.


The Prime Minister said, Government of India is providing clean cooking fuel to 80 million rural households and connecting 64 million households to piped water supply. He invited leaders to the Third International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure later this year in India. The Prime Minister said, India welcomes the Climate Adaptation Summit and applauds the leadership of Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte towards this cause.


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Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted the successful maiden launch of Akash-NG (New Generation) Missile from Integrated Test Range off the coast of Odisha yesterday. The Surface to Air Missile is meant for use by Indian Air Force with an aim of intercepting high maneuvering low RCS aerial threats. Ministry of Defence said that the missile intercepted the target with text book precision. The launch met all the test objectives by performing high maneuvers during the trajectory.


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In Gujarat, the fresh cases of Covid-19 are constantly declining. The recovery rate has further improved to 96.64 percent. Our Ahmedabad correspondent reports that vaccination drives in the state are running smoothly.


"13803 persons were vaccinated in Gujarat yesterday. With this, the total 92122 persons have received Covid19 vaccine till now. the state has recorded 390 new cases of Covid19 during the last 24 hours. 707 patients discharged from the hospitals after recovery during the past 24 hours. At present total active cases in the state are 4345, out of which 46 patients are on ventilator. 3 patients died yesterday. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


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In Odisha, about 25 thousand healthcare workers were given Covid-19 vaccine yesterday in 303 session sites across the state. With this, Odisha has emerged as one of the top three states in terms of vaccination coverage.


"While the state has targeted to innoculate more than one lakh ninety two thousand healthcare workers in the first phase, it has already achieved more than 100% vaccination target as revealed through an official release. The state is all set to roll out the second spell of the first phase from the 28th of this month till the 10th of February. A total of about three lakh fifty thousand healthcare workers of the state are queued up for covid-19 immunization in the initial phases of the nationwide vaccination drive. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar."


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In Bihar, 12 thousand 75 health workers were vaccinated for Covid-19 during the past 24 hours. With this, 88 thousand 207  people have been vaccinated in the state so far. No side effect has been reported from any part of the state.


Meanwhile, two lakh 56 thousand 230 patients have so far recovered from the Covid-19 infection in Bihar. The number of active cases of COVID-19 is continuously declining. Currently, two thousand 265 patients are receiving treatment at various hospitals.


In all, 222 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, while 82 new COVID-19 cases have been reported.


COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 98.56 per cent in Bihar. Over two crore 56 thousand corona tests have been conducted in the state so far.


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Kaushambi district of Uttar Pradesh has been declared Corona free. This is the first district of state where not a single person has the infection of coronavirus.


"The district reported its first patient on April 5th 2020 who came from Rajasthan. In last 10 months 27 people died from the disease and more than 2 lakh persons were tested from last few weeks the number of Corona patients were decreasing day by day and from 23rd January there was not a single patient in district. The recovery rate from covid infection in state has further increased to 97.42%. In last 24 hours only 220 new COVID cases has been surfaced and state has currently 6 313 active covid patients. 456 covid patients have been discharge yesterday. The vaccination drive will again start in state on 28th and 29th January and later on 4th and 5th February.  SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


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Take a look at the weather forecast for today.


The National Capital witnessed moderate fog. The city temperature will hover between seven and 18 degree Celsius.


Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. Minimum temperature was around 14 degree Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 28 degrees.


Chennai witnessed fog in the morning and will have partly cloudy sky later. The temperature will vary between 22 and 32 degree Celsius.


In Kolkata, there was fog in the morning and will have mainly clear sky later. The city experienced minimum temperature of around 15 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 26 degrees.


Srinagar will have mainly clear sky. Temperature will hover between minus six and nine degree Celsius.


Jammu will have mainly clear sky. Minimum temperature was around six degree Celsius while maximum will be around 22 degrees.


Leh will have partly cloudy sky. Minimum temperature was around minus six degree Celsius while the maximum will be around one degree.


Gilgit will experience 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 two and 18 degree Celsius.


Dehradun had minimum temperature of around five degree Celsius and will have a maximum of around 22 degrees. The city had fog in the morning and will have mainly clear sky later.


Chandigarh had fog in the morning and will have mainly clear sky later. The temperature is likely to hover between 10 and 19 degree Celsius.


Hyderabad will have partly cloudy sky with temperature hovering between 18 degree celsius and 32 degrees.


Ahmedabad will have a clear sky. Minimum temperature was around 13 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 26 degrees.


In Patna, there was fog in the morning and will have mainly clear sky later. The temperature will move between 12 and 21 degree Celsius.


And, in Guwahati fog occured in the early morning. Minimum temperature was around 11 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 26 degrees.


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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • "India to exhibit military might at Republic Day parade" leads The Statesman. The paper writes that "32 tableau to depict nation's cultural heritage.

  • "Shinzo Abe, SP Balasubramaniam, Paswan among Padma award winners" inform the Asian.

  • "Committed to farmers' welfare, says President" states The Tribune. "President reaches out to farmers on Republic Day" says The Indian Express.

  • The Pioneer quoting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi says "National Voters Day occasion to appreciate Election Commission's remarkable contribution".

  • "Indian, PLA soldiers clashed in North Sikkim on January 20: Army" leads The Times of India.

  • "Over half of Delhi likely exposed to Sars-CoV-2, suggests sero survey" reports Hindustan Times.

  • And finally, "Election Commission rolls out e-voter cards." Well, The Statesman reports that "the Election Commission on Monday rolled out the electronic version of the voters' photo identity card which can be stored on the mobile phones and downloaded on personal computers."

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