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2030 HRS
25.02.2021

2030 HRS.


25th February, 2021



THE HEADLINES:-


  • India crush England by 10 wickets in third Cricket Test in Ahmedabad, Wrap up Pink-ball Test within two-days to take 2-1 lead in four-match series.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, India is committed to port-led development; Unveils various development projects in Tamil Nadu.

  • Rural and coastal connectivity enhanced to ensure good markets for agricultural produce, says Prime Minister; Launches several development projects in Puducherry.

  • Centre issues guidelines and digital media ethics code for OTT, online streaming and social media platforms.

  • UK Court orders extradition of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi to India in PNB Scam case.

  • External Affairs Minister Jaishankar speaks to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi; Discusses implementation of Moscow Agreement and review status of disengagement.

  • FATF to take a call on Pakistan's efforts to counter terror financing.

  • Global rating agency Moody's ups India's growth projection for financial year 2021-22 to 13.7 per cent from 10.8 per cent estimated earlier.

  • Delhi Government to switch its fleet of cars to electric vehicles in six months, says Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

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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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India crushed England by 10 wickets on day two in the third Cricket Test at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. India are  now leading the four-match Test series 2-1.


India achieved the victory target of 49 runs with a huge six hit by Rohit Sharma. Without losing any wicket in their second innings on day two of the match this evening, Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill led India to this remarkable victory.


Earlier, England were bundled out  for 81 runs in their second innings . This is the lowest ever Test score of England  against India. Local Boy Axar Patel claimed five wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin bagged four and Washington Sundar got one. Ashwin has become the fastest Indian to pick 400 wickets.


India were all out for 145 runs in their first innings this afternoon. For the hosts, Rohit Sharma was the highest scorer with 66 runs. For the Visitors, Joe Root claimed five wickets while Jack Leach bagged four and Jofra Archer got one.


England were all out for 112 in their first innings yesterday.


India's chances of earning a World Test Championship final spot depends upon the outcome of the remaining test.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the Central government's commitment to port-led development can be seen through the Sagarmala scheme. He said, Tamil Nadu is making a major contribution to India's industrial growth. The Prime Minister was speaking in coimbatore after inaugurating a slew of infrastructure and housing projects for western and southern regions of Tamil Nadu worth over 12 thousand crore rupees.


"The Government of India’s commitment to port-led development can be seen through the Sagarmala Scheme. About 575 projects at a total cost of over six lakh crore rupees have been identified for implementation during 2015-2035 period."


Mr. Modi said one of the basic needs for the industry to grow is a continuous power supply and he was happy to dedicate to the nation two major power projects and lay the foundation for one more power project.


"Tamil Nadu is making a major contribution to India’s industrial growth. One of the basic needs for industry to grow is continuous power supply. Today, I am happy to dedicate to the nation two major power projects and lay the foundation for one more power project.  The 709 megawatt solar power project is developed by Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited in Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram and Virudhunagar Districts. The cost of this project is over three thousand crore Rupees. Another 1000 megawatt thermal power project of NLC, constructed at a total cost of almost Seven Thousand Eight hundred crore rupees will be of great benefit to Tamil Nadu. Over sixty-five percent of power generated in this project will be given to Tamil Nadu."


Mr. Modi called Coimbatore a city of industry and innovation and added that the development works that are being unveiled today will benefit Coimbatore and entire Tamil Nadu.


Speaking on the modernisation of the Bhavanisagar dam, the Prime Minister said this will irrigate over 2 lakh acres of land and would benefit farmers in the state.


During his speech, the Prime Minister recalled the words of Wisdom of Saint Thiruvalluvar which said farmers are the ones who truly live and all others live because of them, worshipping them.


The Prime Minister said Tamil Nadu has a glorious history of sea trade and port-led development and he was happy to launch various projects related to V. O. Chidambaranar (VOC) Port, in Tuticorin.


"Tamil Nadu has a glorious history of sea trade and port led development. I am happy to launch various projects related to V.O. Chidambaranar Port, Thoothukudi. We recall the efforts of the great freedom fighter V-O-C. His vision for a vibrant Indian shipping industry and maritime development inspires us greatly. The projects launched today will further strengthen the cargo handling ability of the port.


The Prime Minister said at the core of development is ensuring dignity to every individual and one of the ways to provide dignity is to provide shelter to every one.


"One of the ways of ensuring dignity is to provide shelter for everyone. To give wings to the dreams and aspirations of our people, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna was started. It is my privilege to inaugurate Four Thousand One Hundred and Forty Four tenements. They are built in Tiruppur, Madurai and Tiruchirappalli Districts. The cost of this project is 332 crores rupees. These houses will be handed over to those who never had a roof over their head after 70 long years of independence."


The Prime Minister also paid floral tributes at the portrait's of late Chief Ministers MG Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy, Deputy Chief Minister O. Pannerselvam and Union Minister of Coal and Mines, Pralhad Joshi also spoke on the occasion.

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Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various development projects worth 3,023 crore rupees in Puducherry.


Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Modi assured that the Central Government will provide all possible support for the development of the Union Territory.


The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for four- laning of NH 45-A covering Karaikal district at a cost of 2,426 crore rupees.


Mr Modi said the Government has made several efforts to improve rural and coastal connectivity to ensure that agriculture produce of farmers gets a good market. He said, the government aims to ensure health produce of farmers reaches good markets in a timely manner and good roads would aid in achieving that goal. He added that the four laning of the road will also add momentum to economic activity in this area and generate job opportunities for local youth.


The Prime Minisrer also laid the foundation stone for development of Minor Port at Puducherry at a cost of 44 crore rupees under Sagarmala Scheme. This project will give connectivity to Chennai and facilitate Cargo movement for industries in the Union Territory.


Mr Modi also inaugurated the Blood Centre at JIPMER in Puducherry. The Prime Minister said that healthcare would play a key role in the coming years.


Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan and Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal were also present at the event.

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The Government today issued guidelines and digital media ethics code for Over The Top (OTT), online streaming and social media platforms. As per the guidelines, social media platforms have to remove content involving nudity and morphed pictures of women within 24 hrs to ensure online safety and dignity of users, specially women users. A grievance redressal mechanism for receiving and resolving complaints from the users or victims will be put it place. Releasing the Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code Rules, 2021 in New Delhi, Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Social Media Intermediaries will have to appoint a Chief Compliance Officer who will be responsible for ensuring compliance of rules.


The Minister said the Social media platforms are welcome to do business in India but they need to follow the Constitution and laws of India.


The OTT platforms will self-classify the content into five age based categories and prominently display the classification rating specific to each content together with a content deor informing the user about the nature of the content. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, a  three-level grievance redressal mechanism has been established under the rules with different levels of self-regulation.


Our correspondent reports  that the rules are intended to  empower the ordinary users of digital platforms to seek redressal for their grievances and command accountability in case of infringement of their rights. The rules to regulate the content of digital media and OTT platforms have been brought amid the  growing outreach of platforms like Netflix and  Amazon Prime and widespread concerns about issues relating to digital contents.


"The Social Media platforms will appoint a Grievance Officer to deal with the complaints and the Officer will acknowledge the complaint within twenty four hours and resolve it within fifteen days. They will also publish a monthly compliance report mentioning the details of complaints received and action taken on the complaints as well as details of contents removed. On being asked by the court or government, they will be required to disclose the first originator of the mischief information. While talking about Self-Classification of Content, the rules to regulate the content of OTT and Digital media,  say that platforms will be required to implement parental locks for content classified as U/A 13 or higher, and reliable age verification mechanisms for content classified as A. With Diwaker, Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi."

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said that peace is prevailing in North East due to the tireless efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said, development in Assam is not possible without peace in the region. Mr Shah was addressing a rally in Karbi Anglong district on the occasion of arms laying down ceremony by five militant outfits.


The Home Minister assured that Assam will be made free of flood if the BJP led government is voted to power in the state again.  He said that the BJP led government implemented several welfare measures in the state during the last 5 years.

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Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov met External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar in New Delhi today. Mr Kamilov is on a two day visit to India.


Both Ministers discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan and noted the importance of a stable and peaceful Afghanistan for regional peace, stability and security.

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External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar spoke to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi this afternoon. In a tweet, Dr Jaishankar said they discussed the implementation of the  Moscow Agreement and reviewed the status of disengagement.

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The External Affairs Ministry today stated that India has not conceded any territory as a result of the disengagement agreement with China. Replying to a query on disengagement in Ladakh, Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India has enforced observance and respect for the LAC and has prevented any unilateral change in status quo. He urged that the mutual redeployment as a result of this agreement should not be misrepresented.

The spokesperson said both sides view the smooth and successful completion of disengagement in the North and South Bank of Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh as a significant first step.


"Both sides view the smooth and successful completion of disengagement in the North and South Bank of Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh as a significant first step as this forms a basis for resolution of remaining issues so as to achieve the eventual goal of complete disengagement in all friction areas. The two sides have agreed to work towards a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues."

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India has requested Canadian authorities to take steps to ensure the safety of Indian nationals who are reportedly being threatened and intimidated. Replying to media query this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said these threats have come from some fringe elements in Canada and this has been taken up with Canadian authorities both in Ottawa and Delhi. 

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A UK magistrates' court today ordered extradition of fugitive Jeweller Nirav Modi, who is wanted in India in the Punjab National Bank scam case. Judge Samuel Goozee said that a prima facie case of fraud and money laundering is established. The judge also stated that Nirav Modi had conspired to destroy evidence and has a case to answer for in India. The order will be sent back to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel for a sign-off.  The judge added that Nirav Modi has the right to appeal the order.

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India and Pakistan today reviewed the situation along the Line of Control and all other sectors in a free, frank and cordial atmosphere. The Defence Ministry said, the Directors General of Military Operations of both the countries held discussions over the established mechanism of hotline contact. In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two sides agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence. India and Pakistan have also agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors.

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The Financial Action Task Force, FATF is set to decide today whether or not Pakistan has made considerable efforts to counter terror financing and take a call on whether the country will continue to remain in the grey list. It is highly unlikely that Islamabad will get a breather as European nations believe the country has not fully implemented the points in the plan of action laid down by the watchdog. According to media reports, certain European nations, including FATF host France, have recommended that Pakistan continued to be kept in the grey list.

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More than one crore 26 lakh 71 thousand doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the beneficiaries in the country so far.Meanwhile, the country's COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.20 per cent. A total of 16 thousand 738 new cases were reported in the country in the past 24 hours.

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Seven states have witnessed an upsurge in daily new cases of COVID-19. These states are Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. The Centre has deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to ascertain reasons for the surge and coordinate with the State Health Departments in COVID-19 control and containment measures.

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Persons travelling to Rajasthan from Kerala and Maharashtra will have to carry a negative RT-PCR report of COVID 19. The decision was taken during a high level review meeting of COVID 19 chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held at his residence this afternoon. Our Jaipur Correspondent reports a public awareness campaign will be launched in the state in the first week of next month regarding Covid vaccination.


The number of covid cases reported daily in the state is limited to 100. The number of active cases is also just one thousand 200. But the government is worried about the increasing numbers of COVID cases in other states. The Chief Minister once again appealed to the people that all citizens should strictly follow the Covid protocol and avoid any kind of negligence. Mr. Gehlot said that there is nothing to fear about the Covid vaccine. Meanwhile, the first dose of COVID vaccine has been administered to 7 lakh 83 thousand people in the state, while more than 1 lakh 47 thousand health workers have been given the second dose of vaccine. – Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur

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Global rating agency Moody's today upped India's growth projection for the financial year 2021-22 to 13.7 per cent from 10.8 per cent estimated earlier. In its 'Global Macro Outlook 2021-22, Moody's said, India's Economy has rebounded quickly from one of the world's longest and most stringent lockdowns, which also came with the steepest fall in GDP in the second quarter of 2020. For the current fiscal year, the agency expects the Indian economy to contract by 7 per cent, lower than its previous estimate of 10.6 per cent contraction. The revised numbers came on the back of normalisation of activity and growing confidence in the market with the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.

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The Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs today signed a Memorandum of Understanding in New Delhi for data exchange between the two organisations. It is in line with the vision of both organisations to harness data capabilities to ensure effective enforcement. Both are going to benefit from access to each other’s databases which include details of import-export transactions and consolidated financial statements of companies registered in the country.

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In the Union Territory of Puducherry, President's rule was  imposed following the fall of the Congress-DMK alliance government led by Chief Minister Narayanasamy.


"In the notification it is said that based on the information received that the President is satisfied with the situation that has arisen in the Union Territory of Puducherry in which the administration of the UT can not be carried out accordance with the provisions of the government of Union Territories Act 1963, and suspend the operations until the Constitution of the 15th Legislative Assembly of Puducherry. It may be recalled that the Congress government led by chief minister Narayanasamy lost its majority on the floor test held on 22nd. Following which chief minister Narayanasamy tendered his resignation to the Lieutenant Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan and in turn it was forwarded to the Home Ministry for consideration. Meanwhile, the opposition parties were not shown any interest to stake a claim to form the government. The main Opposition N R Congress, ADMK, BJP leaders said that they will face the elections and form a government democratically. All parties would be in favour of testing their chances out with the electorate instead of trying to form a government, when the elections are due in two months time. It is expected that the dates for the Assembly elections are likely to be announced soon . Once the dates are announced, the model code of conduct comes into force. Chandra Mohan, AIR NEWS, Puducherry."

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The Delhi Government will switch its entire fleet of hired cars to electric vehicles within six months. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, over two thousand cars will be impacted by this decision and will transition to electric vehicles. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the decision will go a long way in curbing pollution in Delhi. He said Delhi is fast becoming a modern city. Last year, the City government had  launched an Electric Vehicle Policy to tackle the problem of air pollution.

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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 Sunday. It will be the 74th episode of the monthly radio programme. In a tweet, Mr Modi has urged people to share inspiring anecdotes for this program. 


People can share their views in the NaMo app or MyGov Open Forum.

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


National Capital Delhi is likely to have shallow fog. The temperature will hover between 16 and 32 degrees Celsius.


Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 20 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.


Chennai is expected to have partly cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 22 and 32 degrees Celsius.


In Kolkata, there will be mainly clear sky. The city will observe minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 34 degrees.


Srinagar will witness thunderstorm with rain. Temperature will hover between four and eight degrees Celsius.


Jammu will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature will be 14 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 25 degrees.


Leh will have light snow. The minimum temperature will be minus four degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around six degrees.


Gilgit will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between three and 17 degrees Celsius.


Muzaffarabad will witness thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will hover between eight and 16 degrees Celsius.

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