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
- 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.
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
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
Party 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."
will have seven-phase polling between 11th of next month and 8th March.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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
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
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.
wave conditions continue to affect normal life in several parts of North India.
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.
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.
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.
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
And at the
forex market, the rupee had appreciated 6 paise, to 68.04 against the dollar 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
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.
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
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.