- Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls upon youth to come forward and make vocal for local a success; Confers digital certificates to Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awardees using blockchain technology.
- Nominations for Third Phase of Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Single-Phase Elections in Punjab to begin from tomorrow.
- BJP, Punjab Lok Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) announce seat sharing formula for upcoming Punjab Assembly elections; BJP to fight on 65 seats, PLC on 37 and SAD (Sanyukt) on 15 Assembly constituencies.
- 12th National Voters’ Day to be celebrated tomorrow.
- Over 162 Crore 26 lakh vaccine doses administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.
- Centre launches revamped Central Government Health Scheme website and mobile app.
- Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in association with ICEA releases five-year roadmap and Vision Document for Electronics sector.
- And in Australian Open Tennis, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas advance to Men’s Singles quarterfinals; Simona Halep crashes out in Women’s Singles.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, programmes and initiatives like Startup India, StandUp India, Digital India and Make in India are all led by young people and will take the country to newer heights. He said, everyone feels proud when the youth of the country innovate and take the nation forward. Interacting with the recipients of the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, Mr Modi said, this award also comes with a huge responsibility .
The Prime Minister urged all young people to come forward and make vocal for local a success.
“जैसे आप स्वच्छता अभियान के लिए आगे आए, वैसे ही आप वोकल फॉर लोकल अभियान के लिए भी आगे आइए। एक लिस्ट बनाइए, आप जो चीजों का उपयोग करते हैं, घर में जो सामान है, ऐसे कितने प्रोडक्ट्स हैं, जो भारत में नहीं बने हैं। घर के लोगों से आग्रह करें कि भविष्य में जब भी वैसा ही कोई प्रोडक्ट खरीदा जाए तो वो भारत में बना हो। जब आप भारत में बनी चीजें खरीदेंगे तो एकदम से हमारा उत्पादन बढ़ने लग जाएगा। रोजगार के लिए नए अवसर बनेंगे। तो आपका जीवन भी आत्मनिर्भर बनेगा।“
Mr Modi gave a lot of credit for the success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to the children of the country. He said, by becoming Bal Sainik, they have inspired their families towards Cleanliness.
The Prime Minister said, the country is currently celebrating 75 years of its Independence and all those who have received this award in this important period for their extraordinary achievements in various fields, are adorned with greater responsibility.
“देश इस समय अपनी आजादी के 75 साल का पर्व मना रहा है। आप जीवन भर गर्व से कहेंगे कि जब मेरा देश आजादी का अमृत महोत्सव मना रहा था तब मुझे ये अवार्ड मिला था। इस अवार्ड के साथ आपको बहुत बड़ी जिम्मेदारी भी मिली है। हर किसी की आपसे अपेक्षाएं भी बढ़ गई हैं। इन अपेक्षाओं का आपको दबाव नहीं लेना है। इनसे प्रेरणा लेनी हैं।“
Mr Modi said, we feel proud to see that CEOs of all the big companies of the world are young Indians.
“हमें गर्व होता है जब देखते हैं कि दुनिया की तमाम बड़ी कंपनियों के सी ई ओ हमारे ही देश की संतान हैं। इसी देश की युवा पीढ़ी है जो आज विश्व में छाई हुई है। हमें गर्व होता है जब देखते हैं कि भारत के युवा स्टार्ट अप की दुनिया में अपना परचम फहरा रहे हैं। भारत के युवा नए–नए इनोवेशन कर रहे हैं, देश को आगे बढ़ा रहे हैं।“
The Prime Minister also conferred digital certificates to Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awardees for the years 2021 and 2022 using blockchain technology, via video conferencing.
The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar is given to children above the age of five and not exceeding the age of 15 with exceptional abilities and outstanding achievement in fields of innovation, sports, arts and culture, social service, scholastic achievements and bravery.
Such children are handed over a cash prize of one lakh rupees, a medal and a certificate. The awardees will also take part in the Republic Day parade on Wednesday.
The process of filing nominations for the Third Phase of Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and the Single-Phase Elections in Punjab will begin with the issuance of notification tomorrow. Uttar Pradesh is going to polls in seven phases from the 10th of February to the 7th of March.
In addition, the Single-Phase polling in Punjab will be held simultaneously. All the 117 Assembly Constituencies in the State will go to polls together in this phase.
During UP’s Third Phase and the Single-Phase polling in Punjab, the nominations can be filed till the 1st of February and scrutiny will be undertaken on the 2nd of February. The last date for withdrawal of candidature will be the 4th of February.
In Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party has released a list of 159 candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections. Some of the prominent names in the list include Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav, who will contest from Karhal Assembly constituency in Mainpuri district, Azam Khan from Rampur, Abdullah Azam Khan from Suar and Shivpal Singh Yadav from Jaswantnagar in Etawah district.
The Congress has announced its 30 star campaigners for the first phase of polling in the State. The names include Party Chief Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Party leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot and Bhupesh Baghel among others.
Meanwhile, the BJP has fielded Ajay Pratap Singh from Thakurdwara Assembly constituency of Moradabad district in the upcoming elections.
Scrutiny of nomination papers for the first phase of polling on the 10th of February was completed today. A total of 658 candidates have been finalised. Nomination of 152 candidates was rejected by the Election Commission on various grounds. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is the 27th of January.
Fifty eight Assembly constituencies of eleven districts are going to polls in the first phase. These districts include Shamli, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Hapur, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Bulandshahr, Mathura, Agra and Aligarh.
Nominations for the second phase of elections on the 14th of February are also going on in the State. A total of 58 candidates have filed their nomination papers till date. Forty eight candidates filed their papers today.
Samajwaadi Party MLA, Subhash Rai today joined the BJP. He was inducted in the Party in the presence of UP Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and State BJP President, Swatantra Dev Singh at BJP headquarters in New Delhi.
BJP, Punjab Lok Congress (PLC) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) today announced their seat sharing formula for the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections. Under the alliance, BJP will fight on 65 assembly seats, PLC on 37 and the SAD (Sanyukt) on 15 Assembly constituencies. This was jointly announced during a press conference in New Delhi, by BJP Chief J P Nadda, PLC Chief Captain Amarinder Singh and SAD (Sanyukt) leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Nadda said, this election is for stability and safety in Punjab and our motto is to bring the State back on track.
“हमारे लिए पंजाब स्टेट एक बॉर्डर स्टेट है और बॉर्डर स्टेट के साथ–साथ यहां देश की सुरक्षा से जुड़ा हुआ और देश के महत्वपूर्ण सुरक्षा के विषय के लिए पंजाब का स्टेबल रहना और मजबूत सरकार बनना, यह देश की आवश्यकता है, यह प्रदेश की आवश्यकता है।“
The 12th National Voters’ Day will be celebrated tomorrow. The theme for this year is ‘Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible and Participative’. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will be the Chief Guest for the event. However, due to his inability to attend the function in person, his message will be delivered virtually during the function. Minister for Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju will be the Guest of Honour. On the occasion, National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices for the year 2021-22 will be conferred on the State and District level officers. National Awards will also be given to important stakeholders like government departments, ECI icons and media groups for their valuable contribution towards voters’ awareness. During the function, the newly enrolled voters would also be felicitated and handed over their Elector Photo Identity Card The Election Commission’s Publication ‘Leap of Faith: Journey of Indian Elections’ will be released on the occasion. Another Publication ‘Pledging to Vote – A Decadal Journey of The National Voters Day in India’ will also be launched. On the eve of National Voters’Day, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra addressed the Voters.
The Government has said that over 162 crore 26 lakh COVID vaccine doses were administered in the country so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The Health Ministry said, more than 27 lakh 56 thousand doses were administered in the last 24 hours. The Ministry added, a total of three lakh six thousand 64 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. India’s Active caseload stands at 22 lakh 49 thousand 335 and it is currently at 5.69 per cent. The recovery rate is currently at 93.07 percent.
Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai today revealed the results of the eighth batch of genome sequencing on COVID patients. Our correspondent reports:
“The most noteworthy point of the report is that from just two samples testing positive for Omicron in December 2021, the variant has increased exponentially to infect 89 percent of the patients in Mumbai. It may be recalled that Delta was the most dominant variant with almost 75 percent samples testing positive for the same in November last year; however the Omicron variant has become the most dominant variant in just two months. According to the recent report, 62 percent of the infected patients were in the age group of 21-60 years while eight percent were from the 1-20 years age group. NISHA RANEY, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI.”
Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya today launched the revamped Central Government Health Scheme CGHS website and mobile app. The website is www.cghs.gov.in and the mobile app is called “MyCGHS”. Mr Mandaviya said, the website has several d features which shall hugely benefit more than 40 lakh beneficiaries with real-time information from the convenience of their homes.
COVID-19 protocol will be in place at the Parliament House during the Budget Session. Rajya Sabha proceedings will begin from 10 AM to 3 PM and Lok Sabha from 4 PM to 9 PM. During sittings of Lok Sabha from 31st January to 11th February, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Chambers and their galleries will be used for sitting of Members in the wake of the pandemic. During the President’s address on the 31st of this month, seating arrangements for members have been made in the Central Hall, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Chambers and their Galleries.
President Ram Nath Kovind will address both Houses of Parliament on the 31st of this month and the Union Budget will be presented on 1st February.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in association with ICEA today released a five-year roadmap and Vision Document for the Electronics sector. It is titled “300 billion dollar Sustainable Electronics Manufacturing & Exports by 2026”. This roadmap is the second volume of a two-part Vision Document – the first of which was released in November last year.
Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw lauded the entire team for their efforts in bringing out the documents and policy framework items at this remarkable speed. During the event, Mr. Vaishnaw also addressed some points raised by industry leaders during the recent interaction with him. Addressing the industry’s apprehensions over the issue of dual regulations in mobile manufacturing, the Minister clarified that Telecom Department is not going to enter into mobile manufacturing and the mobile manufacturing regulatory regime will remain the same.
This report provides a year-wise break-up and production projections for the various products that will lead India’s transformation into a 300 billion US dollar electronics manufacturing powerhouse, from the current 75 billion US dollars.
Around 606.19 Lakh Metric Tonnes of paddy have been procured in Kharif Marketing Season 2021-22 so far. So far, the highest procurement has been reported in Punjab with over one crore 86 lakh Metric Tonnes. Around 77 lakh farmers were benefitted with an MSP value of over 1 lakh 18 thousand crore rupees.
In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, security has been tightened ahead of the Republic Day. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that high alert has been issued from the International Border to the Line of Control. In all the districts, the police have put up nakas for checking of vehicles at many places. On the other hand, BSF jawans posted on the India-Pakistan border were put on high alert after being threatened by anti-social elements. Inspector General BSF, DK Bura said, strict vigil is already being maintained on the border for two weeks. Apart from this, the soldiers have started an anti-tunnel operation along the International Border in Jammu. He said, the BSF is ready to face all challenges and thwart every nefarious plan. There are inputs that anti-national elements can create disturbances on the occasion of Republic Day. The main function of Republic Day will be held at Maulana Azad Stadium, Jammu where Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha will take the salute of the march past.
In Manipur, the State Police Department has ramped up its security measures in connection with the forthcoming Republic Day Celebrations.
Speaking exclusively to AIR News in Imphal, Manipur Director General of Police P. Doungel said:
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India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 162 crore 77 lakh today.
The Health Ministry said, more than 49 lakh 52 thousand Vaccine Doses were administered today.
Today is National Girl Child Day. The day is celebrated every year on the 24th of January. The objective behind celebrating the National Girl Child Day is to provide all support and opportunities to the girls of the country.
The National Commission for Women organised a webinar on ‘Save The Girl Child’ on the National Girl Child Day today. This was aimed at promoting rights of the girl child and to increase awareness on various topics concerning girls including their education, health and nutrition. The discussion aimed at promoting a new perspective towards the girl child by changing the society’s attitude towards girls and creating awareness on reducing the discrimination faced by them.
India is a close friend in the process of building digital Bangladesh, said the ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak in Dhaka on Monday. Speaking on the occasion of the award of tender to set up six Bangladesh Bharat digital service employment and training centres in six districts of Bangladesh, the Minister outlined several areas of cooperation between the two countries.
In Australian open Tennis, Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece have advanced to Men’s Singles quarter-finals. Medvedev will now face Canadian ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime. Tsitsipas progressed to the quarter-finals after beating American Taylor Fritz .
And in Women’s singles, two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep is out of the Australian Open, losing in three sets to Alize Cornet. French player Cornet won to reach the quarter-finals of a major for the first time. She will face American 27th seed Danielle Collins for a place in the semi-finals.
In Mixed Doubles, Indian-American pair of Sania Mirza and Rajeev Ram has entered the quarter-finals.
Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.
The National Capital Delhi will have moderate fog. The minimum temperature will be 7 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 17 degrees.
In Mumbai, the minimum temperature will be 14 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 26 degrees. The city is expected to have a mainly clear sky.
Chennai will have a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 24 and 32 degree Celsius.
Kolkata will have fog in the morning and mainly clear sky later. The city will observe a minimum temperature of 15 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 23 degrees.
Srinagar will have a partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. Temperature will hover between minus one and eight degree Celsius.
Jammu will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 6 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 18 degrees.
Leh is likely to have a partly cloudy sky. The minimum and maximum temperature will hover between minus 13 and minus 2 degree Celsius.
Gilgit will have generally cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between minus 3 and 9 degree Celsius.
Muzaffarabad will have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. The minimum temperature will be four degree celsius and maximum will be around 14 degrees.
Visakhapatnam will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain.
Hyderabad will have fog in the morning and mainly clear sky later.
Guwahati will have a partly cloudy sky.
Imphal will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.