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17th January,2017


  • Poll process for Uttar Pradesh Assembly begins with issuance  of Notification  for 1st phase of elections.
  • Delhi High Court seeks response from the Centre on a plea seeking its status report on poor quality food served along the LoC, as claimed by a BSF soldier on social media.
  • In Bihar, Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of Buxar central jail suspended for dereliction of duty on jail break incident on 30th December.
  • Twenty five children, including 13 girls selected for the National Bravery Awards.
  • At least eight policemen killed in a terror attack on a security check point in southwest Egypt.
  • Severe cold wave conditions continue to affect normal life in Northern parts of the country.
  • And in Australian Open Tennis, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic and Karolina Pliskova advance to the Singles second round.


The poll process for the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh has ​begun, with the issuance of notification for the first phase. With this, the filing ​of nominations has commenced for 73 constituencies in western part of the state going to polls in this phase on the 11th of next month. The last date of filing of nominations is the 24th of this month, while the withdrawal of candidature can be done till the 27th.
Our Correspondent reports that the districts going to polls in the first phase include Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Agra and Kasganj​.

"​The first phase is very crucial for Samajwadi Party, Congress, Bhartiya Janta Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, who are staking claim to form the next government in ​the state. The Samajwadi Party is all set to form an alliance with the Congress Part​y​ now that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has been granted the Cycle symbol by the Election Commission.​ Meanwhile, the district authorities which are now under direct control of Election Commission have made all the arrangements to make these elections as most fair and flawless. Merajuddin,AIR NEWS,Lucknow​."

The state will have seven-phase polling between 11th of next month and 8th March.


In Uttarakhand, the political activities are gaining momentum with BJP announcing its first list of 64 candidates yesterday for state assembly elections to be held on February 15th. The ruling congress party is scheduled to announce its candidate tomorrow, the 18th of January. The notification for elections would be issued on January 20th.


Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and his fellow Commissioners will be in Dehradun tomorrow to review the poll preparedness in Uttarakhand. A spokesman said, the team will meet the administrative and security officials during the two-day visit. It will also meet the representatives of various political parties.


The Delhi High Court has sought a response of the Union Home Ministry on a plea seeking its status report on alleged poor quality food being served along the LoC, as claimed by a BSF soldier on social media. The court also issued notice to Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Sashastra Seema Bal and Assam Rifles seeking their stand on the issue. It directed BSF to produce before it the investigation report and the steps it has taken with regard to allegations levelled by the BSF jawan in the video.
The bench, however, refused to issue any direction with regard to not taking any action against the jawan, as sought by the petitioner, saying it will not go into it.

The petition was filed by a former central government employee in the wake of the video posted by the jawan on Facebook claiming corruption among officers and poor working conditions.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the 2nd Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi today. Strategic issues, including new challenges and cyber security, will be deliberated during the three day conclave.

Our correspondent reports that the Dialogue, is India’s flagship geo-political conference organized by the External Affairs Ministry in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation.

 "In a short span of time, Raisina Dialogue has emerged as a much awaited global conference in the International calendar. The Theme of the Dialogue this year, is 'The New Normal: Multilateralism with Multi-Polarity'. This edition is expected to feature participation from about 65 countries and more than 250 foreign participants. Former Heads of States, Foreign Ministers and senior Ministers from a number of countries and prominent foreign policy thinkers from around the world will attend the event. Many of these will participate in a number of panels organized across a range of sub-themes. ANUJA KUMAR, AIR News, Delhi.


Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Venkaiah Naidu said, government is progressing well towards achieving its target of housing for all by 2022. Saying  government's top priority is housing sector, Mr Naidu said the government has already notified the Real Estate Act .

"There is a great opportunity awaiting for the Real Estate Sector  and the Prime Minister has set a target of Housing for All by 2022.  This government has so far sanctioned 14 lakh 87 thousand houses.  I have called upon the states to please see to it that these housing projects are taken up with all the speed that is required. I call upon the states to follow transparency and also fixed up accountability and also digitalized  their land records and finally go for digital transfer of the money transaction also."


Congress and Samajwadi party-Akhilesh have agreed to forge an alliance for the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said details about it will be decided in the coming days.


Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has reiterated government's commitment to empower minorities socially, economically and educationally. Inaugurating the Annual Conference of State Minorities Commission in New Delhi today Mr Naqvi said, communal harmony is essential for development of country. He said, NDA government's new scheme's Nai Manzil, Nai Roshni and Seekho aur Kamao had given great benefit to minorities.


A day after China came out strongly against US on India's Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) bid, outgoing US envoy Richard Verma has exuded confidence that the new Donald Trump government will be able to overcome the hurdle. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi, Mr Verma said, US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and a lot of other people had worked in pushing India's membership to the elite group. He said, Washington will continue to work in this direction.


In Bihar, the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of Buxar central jail have been suspended, for dereliction of duty during jail break on 30th December last. The action has been taken on the recommendation of two member inquiry team which submitted its report to Inspector Genral jail. Earlier, three jail warden were suspended.

Five hardened criminals had escaped from Buxar Central Jail. One of them was facing death sentence while three were under life imprisonment.


Twenty five children have been selected for the national bravery awards 2016. These include 13 girls. Four of the awards have been given posthumously. The coveted Bharat award has been conferred on 8 year old Late Kumari Tarh Peju of Arunachal Pradesh, who sacrificed her life while saving two of her friends from drowning. More details from our correspondent-

"The prestigious Geeta Chopra award has been conferred on 18 year old Tejasweeta Pradhan and 17 year old Shivani Gond of West Bengal who showed immense courage fearlessly helping police and NGO in uncovering an international sex racket leading to the arrest of the mastermind in Delhi. The Sanjya Chopra award has been given to 15 year old Sumit Mamgain of Uttarakhand. The children will receive their awards from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23rd of this month. They will participate in the Republic Day parade. President Pranab Mukherjee will host reception in their honour. With Suparna Saikia, Anupam Mishra, AIR News Delhi."


The sale of tickets for Republic Day Parade at Rajpath and Beating Retreat Ceremony at Vijay Chowk has begun. The price of the tickets for the Republic Day Parade are 500 rupees for reserved seats and 100 and 20 rupees for unreserved seats. The tickets for the Beating Retreat Ceremony on 28 January are 50 and 20 rupees  for unreserved seats.

Tickets will be available at seven Departmental Sale Counters on all days from 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2pm to 4.30 pm till 25 January. These counters are located at North Block round about, Pragati Maidan Gate No. 1, Jantar Mantar Main Gate, Shastri Bhawan Gate No. 3, Jamnagar House India Gate, Red Fort police picket and Sena Bhavan Gate No. 2.

The tickets are sold on the basis of production of Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card or Identity Card issued by the government.


Severe cold wave conditions continue to affect normal life in several parts of North India.

Fresh snowfall in higher hills, and rain in lower hills of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have disrupted normal life.
In Jammu and Kashmir, fresh snowfall led to the closure of Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Air traffic at Srinagar International Airport was also affected. The Met Office has forecast widespread snowfall or rain during the next two days.
In Himachal Pradesh, the entire tribal belt of Lahaul and Spitti, Kinnaur, Pangi and Bharmaur and upper areas of Shimla, Kullu and Sirmaur remained cut-off from rest of the state due to snowfall. Vehicular traffic to upper Shimla region has been suspended and efforts are on to open the Hindustan-Tibet highway upto Theog.

In Uttarakhand, temperatures have touched freezing point in far-flung and remote areas of Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts. The MeT Office has predicted more snowfall in higher reaches and rain in other areas.
Delhiites woke up to a cold and windy morning today. The MeT department said, the minimum temperature in the national capital settled at 6 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season's average. Although train traffic remained affected, flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport were normal as there was no dense fog.
The weatherman has predicted clear skies throughout the day, with the maximum temperature expected to hover around 18 degrees.

In Punjab and Haryana, a thick blanket of fog disrupted normal life at most places today.


At least eight policemen have been killed and three others injured in a brazen attack by terrorists on a security check point in southwest Egypt. The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the attack at Al-Naqb in Egypt's El-Wadi el-Gedeed governorate, 70 km from Kharga city, took place last night in which two of the attackers were killed during the gun-battle that ensued.

It said, the security forces launched a hunt for the remaining attackers who managed to escape after the assault. No terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.


The deep sea hunt for missing flight MH370 has been suspended. A statement from Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments today said, the plane has not been located in the 120,000 square kilometre search area of the southern Indian Ocean. The Malaysia Airlines aircraft disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8th March 2014, carrying 239 passengers and crew.


After a positive opening, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange gave up all its initial gains, and had declined 71 points, or 0.3 percent, to 27,217 a short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange had dropped 19 points, to 8,394.

And at the forex market, the rupee had appreciated 6 paise, to 68.04 against the dollar in afternoon deals.


In Australian Open Tennis, the first Grand Slam of the season, top-shot players like world number two Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic and Karolina Pliskova today advanced to the Singles second round. While Serena got the better of Swiss Belinda Bencic, 6-4, 6-3, Plisbova saw off Spain's Sara Tormo, 6-2, 6-0. Dominika Cibulkova and Caroline Wozniacki also made it to the second round.
In Men's Singles, ninth seed Nadal defeated Florian Mayer, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, while third placed Raonic beat Dustin Brown, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
World number one Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber, Roger Federer, Garbine Muguruza and Stanislas Wawrinka have already progressed to Round-2.


A Digi Dhan Mela has been organised in Jammu today to promote cashless transactions.

"A large number of people have reached here to get their Aadhar card related  problem solved. Apart from this, small business and traders who are curious to shift to E-transactions are getting information and training  to use POS machine for their business transactions. Volunteers have also been deployed to help people learn and make use of digital transactions in their day to day life. Jagmohan Sharma from Jammu for AIR News."  


Scientists have developed the world's lightest high-performance mechanical watch made using the 'wonder material' graphene and weighing just 40 grammes. The RM 50-03 watch was made using a unique composite incorporating graphene to manufacture a strong but lightweight new case to house the delicate watch mechanism.


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