- Prime Minister
Narendra Modi says, India has become the centre of attraction to the world and
International rating agencies acknowledge the progress; Pitches for holding
simultaneous Lok Sabha, Assembly and Local body polls.
- No plans of
bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani
counterpart at Davos, says Government.
- Pakistani troops
continue heavy mortar shelling and firing along International Border in Jammu;
Four persons including two civilians killed.
- Mrs. Anandiben Patel
to be next Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
announces names of nine more smart cities taking the total to ninety-nine.
- Surgical strike,
building toilets and DBT are examples of Rashtra-niti, says
Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani.
- And in Blind
Cricket World Cup finals, India to take
on Pakistan at Sharjah today.
Narendra Modi has said that India has become the center of attraction to the
world and International Ratings Agencies have acknowledged its progress. In an
interview to a TV Channel yesterday, Mr. Modi said massive Foreign Direct
Investment is coming into the country and India never witnessed such a jump in
FDI in the past.
"भारत एक बहुत बड़ा मार्केट तो है ही है, लेकिन भारत एक बहुत बड़ा डेमोग्राफिक डिविडेंट वाला स्ट्रैंथ है। तो विश्व का आकर्षण होना बहुत स्वाभाविक है। हम देख रहे हैं कि एफडीआई का इतना बड़ा इंतज़ाम पहले कभी नहीं हुआ है। जब विश्व का भारत के प्रति इतना बड़ा आकर्षण है तो स्वाभाविक है विश्व भारत से सीधा संवाद करना चाहता है।"
Minister said the country's democratic values are a great attraction to the
world. He said his government's performance should not be assessed only on GST
and Demonetisation as it has taken several steps for the development of the
country. Mr Modi also strongly pitched for holding simultaneous Lok Sabha,
assembly and local body polls.
"चुनाव उत्सव की तरह निश्चित समय काल में होने चाहिये। लोकसभा और विधानसभा के साथ होने चाहिये। उसके एक महीने के भीतर-भीतर स्थानीय निकायों के चुनाव हो जाएं। तीस, चालीस, पचास दिन के अंदर पांच साल में सारे चुनाव हो जाएं और फिर अगली डेट भी अभी से फिक्स होनी चाहिये।"
The IMF and World Bank have commended the Reserve Bank
of India for the remarkable progress in strengthening banking supervision
system. The multilateral agencies have released two Detailed Assessment Reports
relating to the 2017 India Financial Sector Assessment Programme. The Report
providing ‘Detailed Assessment of Observance-Basel Core Principles noted that
the supervision and regulation by the
Reserve Bank remain strong and have improved in recent years.
Affairs Ministry has said that there is no plan of a bilateral meeting between
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos next week.
Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry Vijay Gokhale was responding to
a query on whether Mr Modi would be meeting his Pakistani counterpart as Mr
Abbasi would also be at the WEF on the same day. Mr Modi will address the
plenary session of the World Economic Forum on the 23rd during his visit. Mr Gokhale
said the focus will be on the Prime Minister's vision about India's economy at
the domestic as well as global level.
"Our Finance Minister, Minister of
commerce and Industry also minister of
petroleum and Natural gas will be part of it. This interactive session is meant
to understand the current market developments and policy priorities for India,
provides views and perspectives
identifies opportunities for PPP."
India has urged the UN Security Council to focus on
eliminating terrorist safe havens in Pakistan and accused Islamabad of
differentiating between good and bad terrorists. Indian Ambassador to the UN,
Syed Akbaruddin said, support for voices of peace in Afghanistan alone is not
enough, the United Nations must focus on addressing the challenges posed by
cross border terrorism emanating from safe havens and sanctuaries to our region
and especially to Afghanistan. Mr Akbaruddin was addressing the UN Security
Council during a special ministerial meeting on Afghanistan.
In Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistani troops continued heavy
mortar shelling along International Border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts
and along Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts last night.
Four persons - an Army jawan, a BSF Head Constable and two civilians - have
been martyred in the incident during the past 24 hours. 35 people - two BSF
jawans and 33 civilians - have also been injured, some of them seriously. Army
and BSF troops are giving a befitting reply to Pak shelling.
More from Our Correspondent:
"Heavy mortar shelling and firing is still
continuing at most of the areas along the International border in Jammu, while
exchange of fire has stopped along the LoC. Panic has been triggered among the
people as entire IB and LoC in Jammu region is virtually facing the warlike
situation. Large number of people in RS Pura, Arnia, Ramgarh, Hiranagar,
Kanachak and Pargwal sectors left their houses for safer locations including
the relief camps set up for them by the administration while educational
institutions, falling within shelling and firing range, have been closed till
the next order. YOGESH SHARMA, AIR NEWS, JAMMU."
In Bihar, four bombs were recovered near Mahabodhi
temple in Bodhgaya late last night. Gaya SP, Garima Malik said, police are
trying to diffuse the bombs. She said, a high alert has been issued and
security has been intensified. Spiritual leader Dalai Lalma is in Bodhgaya for
a special prayer.
Former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel will be
the next Governor of Madhya Pradesh. Rashtrapati Bhavan announced her
appointment in a tweet yesterday evening. Currently, Gujarat Governor OP Kohli
is holding the additional charge of Madhya Pradesh Governor.
Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri
yesterday announced the name of nine more smart cities, taking the total to 99.
Silvassa in Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli has topped the list of
winning cities in this round of competition. The other cities include Erode in
Tamil Nadu, Diu in Union Territory of Daman and Diu, Biharsharif in Bihar,
Bareilly, Saharanpur and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, Itanagar in Arunachal
Pradesh and Kavaratti in Lakshadweep.
Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Mr Puri said, with
the selection of these nine cities, the total proposed investment in 99 Smart
Cities will be two lakh three thousand 979 crore rupees.
Giving details of the progress made in Smart Cities
scheme, Mr Puri said, 189 projects have been completed so far.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani has said that building
toilets for girls, transfer of subsidies into bank accounts of the poor through
DBT and the surgical strike across the LoC are examples of Rashtra-niti and not
Rajniti. Mrs Irani was addressing the 8th Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad organised by
MIT World Peace University in Pune yesterday. She was speaking on the topic
Indian Democracy - Black or White. Mrs
Irani said democracy in India is not
black or white or grey, but it has all the colours of rainbow.
"लोकतंत्र का तकाज़ा है, लोकतंत्र की ताकत है कि राजनीतिक पार्टी आपकी चाहे कोई भी हो, राजनीतिक दृष्टिकोण आपका चाहे कोई भी हो, लेकिन आपका धर्म संविधान है और संविधान कहता है कि बेटी को भी पढ़ने का उतना ही अधिकार है। इसलिये इस देश में, इस लोकतंत्र में यह साबित होता है कि जो साठ साल में न हो सका, एक साल में सरकारी स्कूल में बेटियों के लिये अलग से टॉयलेट की व्यवस्था की गयी थी।"
Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar encouraged youth
to join politics. He said, the beauty of Indian democracy is such that even a
tea seller could become the Prime Minister and likewise, a Dalit boy from a
middle class family could become the President.
In Kerala, an
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activist was hacked to death in
Kannur district yesterday. Police said, Shyam Prasad, an ITI student, was going
to his house on his motorcycle when 3 unidentified persons attacked him in the evening.
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident so far.
The ABVP has
alleged that Popular Front of India (PFI) is behind the killing and demanded
that the outfit be banned. BJP has called for a hartal in Kannur district today
to protest against the murder of the ABVP activist.
Nath Kovind will felicitate exceptional women achievers who are the first to
set a milestone in their respective fields at Rashtrapati Bhawan today. The
women being felicitated are those who have been the first in any field like the
first woman judge, first woman porter, first woman to head a missile project,
first para-trooper and first Olympian. More from our Correspondent:
up with the solemn spirit of Empowered Women, the Ministry conceptualized
'First Ladies' to honour the women who rose through barriers, standards and
oppressive notions to excel in the fields which were thought to be beyond them.
A list of 227 women was compiled through various sources, including Ministry of
Defence, Ministry of Sports, Limca Book of Records, press clippings and
internet. Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, along with an
esteemed panel of judges, finalized the names of these extraordinary women who
busted stereotypes and broke the glass ceiling to become the number one. ANUPAM
MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."
Nath Kovind inaugurated dynamic facade lighting system at Rashtrapati Bhavan
this evening. With this the whole of the Central Vista of the national capital
has famed with special lighting. Last October, North Block and South Block were
illuminated in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
presents an amazing 16 million colour combinations, displaying a wide range of
patterns and themes during the night time with colours changing every few
Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended allowing mobile and
Internet services for passengers during air travel in the country through both
satellite and terrestrial network. TRAI said, for mobile services, there should
frequencies inside the aircraft cabin that should be consistent with
Team India will face arch rival Pakistan in the 5th
edition of the Blind Cricket World Cup Final at Sharjah in UAE this morning.
Defending champions India beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets in the semi-final to
enter the final while Pakistan qualified for the final after defeating Sri
Lanka on Wednesday. India have remained unbeaten throughout this tournament and
are considered the favourites to retain their title.
- The AAP MLA's facing disqualification dominates front
pages in almost all newspapers today.
- "Office of profit: sack 20 AAP MLA's, says EC" is the
Hindustan Times headlines. If EC's recommendation to disqualify AAP MLA's sets
Presidents' nod, by elections to 20 constituents unit have to be hold in six
- "Hold Lok Sabha and state polls together" is the DNA headline.
Referring to PM Narendra Modi's interview with Zee TV. In his first interview
of 2018 the Prime Minister speaks on various issues ranging from GDP to DAVOS
to incessant election in democratic India.
- A step closer to NSG, India joins Australian group is a Pioneer headline.
- The Hindu Business Line says that
GST may be cut on handicrafts such as carpets, shawls and Bamboo furniture.
- The Asian Age reports that
now Scientists have developed a single blood test that can diagnose 8 types of
- And now good news for highway travellers- NHAI will soon have mini
highway nests at all 372 NH run toll plazas. They will have tea, water and
packaged food and toilet facilities - reports Financial Express.
- Some other stories covered by newspapers are
- Lance Naik SAM ABRAHAM, Martyred in Pakistan firing/
- 421st death anniversary of Maharaj Maharana Pratap in Udaipur marked by
a musical program writes the DNA.
- 2018 to be the year of millets or coarse cereals to promote
nutrient-rich Ragi and Foxtail- The Hindu Business Line.
- EVMs in Rajasthan to have photographs of candidates in the by-elections-
- Flowers offering at Vaishno Devi to be recycled into incense sticks-The
- A ten day laser show to begin on Friday at the magh mela in Allahabad
telling stories about Ram and Ganga- The Pioneer.
- All women Indian Navy crew circumnavigating crossed the notorious drake
passage- The Hindu.