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President Kovind to address members of two Houses seated in three locations for first time

A Rajya Sabha press release said that 144 members of Parliament will be seated in the Central Hall including the council of ministers, chairpersons of various committees of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, leaders of different parties and groups in both the Houses, former Prime Ministers and national presidents of BJP and Congress.

Govt trying to put an end to movement against farm laws by blaming us for January 26 violence; this is not acceptable: Samyukta Kisan MorchaIntroductory phone call between Jaishankar and Blinken soon: MEA

An introductory phone call between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his American counterpart Antony Blinken will be scheduled soon and it will be an “important” opportunity to discuss the bilateral as well as regional and global issues of mutual interest, a senior Indian official said on Thursday.

‘Maharashtra’s New Renewable Energy Policy to attract Rs 75,000-cr investments’

“Nitin Raut, Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Government of Maharashtra, today while highlighting the Maharashtra’s New Renewable Energy Policy said that the policy aims to promote public and private sector participation and will attract an investment of Rs 75,000 crore in power and allied sectors,” FICCI said in a statement on Thursday.

PM Modi spoke on telephone with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi & Dy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces. They discussed impact of COVID in region & expressed satisfaction that cooperation b/w India & UAE had not halted even during health crisis: PMOGovt extends ban on international scheduled commercial flights to/from India till Feb 28; restrict shall not apply to international all-cargo operations & DGCA-approved flights

reports ANI

India invites investors to help develop manufacturing hub

India will need an investment of $ 4.5 trillion by 2040 to develop its vast infrastructure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told business and political leaders in a virtual talk organized by the World Economic Forum.

US economy shrank 3.5% in 2020 after growing 4% last quarter

For 2020 as a whole, a year when the coronavirus inflicted the worst economic freeze since the end of World War II, the economy contracted 3.5% and clouded the outlook for the coming year. The economic damage followed the eruption of the pandemic 10 months ago and the deep recession it triggered, with tens of millions of Americans left jobless.

Protesting farmers locked in stand-off with police

Hundreds of Indian farmers protesting against agricultural reforms and refusing to disperse were locked in a stand-off with riot police on Thursday on the outskirts of the capital, New Delhi.

India’s rank slips 6 places to 86 among 180 countries in corruption perceptions index 2020: Transparency InternationalRailway Board permits IRCTC to resume e-catering services at a selected number of stations, says IRCTCUP to withdraw Covid lockdown breach cases against traders, others

The decision, the government feels, will give relief to thousands of people against whom cases were lodged. Due to the FIRs, people might get harassed by the police also,” an official spokesman said.

During the telephone call between PM & President Biden on 17th November, the leaders had discussed their priorities which included tackling climate change. So we look forward to working with the US administration on this issue

– Anurag Srivastava, MEA official spokesperson

PM had congratulated then President-elect Biden on his election on 8th November. They had a telephone call on November 17th where both leaders exchanged views on working together on shared priorities & global challenges

– Anurag Srivastava, MEA official spokesperson

Delhi HC directs Centre to finalise by March 31 new national health policy for rare diseases, make operational digital platform envisaged under it for crowd funding of expensive medicines, treatmentUttar Pradesh government has ordered all DMs and SSPs to ensure the end of all the farmers’ agitations in the state: Government officialsWe believe in opening all the sectors for market participation. Take the example of UPI. Transactions at UPI platform have crossed 2 billion per month. A major portion of these transactions are taking place through the apps developed by private player

– PM Modi

Sourav Ganguly undergoes fresh angioplasty, two more stents implanted

The former India skipper had suffered a mild heart attack in January and was diagnosed with Triple Vessel Disease. He had undergone an angioplasty procedure during which a stent was inserted into one of the blocked arteries.

India launched ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ with the resolve of increasing the capacity of our economy. India made one reform after the other to provide a high growth trajectory to economy in this decade. These reforms were long awaited

– PM Modi

Our Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan is committed towards global good and global supply chain. India has the capacity, capability and reliability to strengthen the global supply chain

– PM Modi

PM Modi live at Davos Summit

Speaking at the @wef’s #DavosAgenda. https://t.co/p6Qc9P0QNL

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1611835610000India is saving the lives of people in many other countries of the world by sending COVID vaccines and developing the necessary infrastructure for the vaccination

– PM Modi

In these tough times, India has been undertaking its global responsibility from the beginning. When airspace was closed in many countries, India took more than 1 lakh citizens to their countries & delivered essential medicines to more than 150 countries

– PM Modi

Right now there are two made in India vaccines. World Economic Forum will be relieved to know that in the time to come many more vaccines will come from India

– PM Modi

In just 12 days, India has vaccinated more than 2.3 million healthcare workers. In next some months, we will achieve our target of vaccinating 300 million elderly people and people with comorbidities

– PM Modi

Amid apprehensions, I have come before you with a message of confidence, positivity, and hope for the world on the behalf on more than 1.3 billion Indians

– Prime Minister Narendra Modi at World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda

In just 12 days, India has vaccinated more than 2.3 million healthcare workers. In next some months, we will achieve our target of vaccinating 300 million elderly people and people with comorbidities

– PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi addresses World Economic Forum’s Davos AgendaFarmers’ protest in UP’s Baghpat district comes to an end, protesters allege use of force by police

Reports PTI

Delhi reports 199 new COVID-19 cases, 119 recoveries, and six deathsTotal cases: 6,34,524Total recoveries: 6,22,114Death toll: 10,835Active cases: 1,575Anna Hazare to begin protest in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra from January 30

Social activist Anna Hazare says he will begin a protest over various demands related to farmers in Ralegan Siddhi… https://t.co/6dwyUT9hc0

— ANI (@ANI) 1611834701000We had disassociated ourselves from Samyukt Kisan Morcha on January 21 but were supporting the protest. Now, we’ll support the movement after analysing every step. We’ve decided to vacate the protest site at Shahjahanpur (Rajasthan-Haryana border)

– Rampal Jat, Kisan Mahapanchayat (ANI)

Facebook, Google & Twitter tells Delhi HC they have blocked or taken down all links that incorrectly showed deceased woman’s photo as that of Hathras rape victim

Reports PTI

Include Punjabi in J&K official languages list

– Punjab CM Amarinder Singh to PM Narendra Modi

Draft rules to ban Goans’ entry in casinos under study: CM

Draft rules banning entry of Goa residents in casinos are under consideration of the state government, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told the assembly on Thursday.

We found that the neutralisation of UK strain was equivalent to Indian strains circulating in India: ICMR

It’s a very reassuring news that UK variant can be tackled by this vaccine & although we are seeing more variants in world, at present in India this is the only variant: DG ICMR

UP Police to clear Ghazipur protest site

Reports ET Bureau

West Bengal assembly passes resolution demanding the withdrawal of new farm lawsTamil Nadu, Delhi, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra have less than 21 pc vaccination coverage

Health Ministry

Apart from 16 opposition parties, AAP says it will also boycott President’s address in Parliament over farmers protest against Farm laws

Reports PTI

India’s cumulative COVID-19 positivity rate is 5.51%India fastest country to reach 1 million COVID-19 vaccinations in six days: Health Ministry

US did this in 10 days, Spain in 12 days, Israel in 14 days, UK in 18 days, Italy in 19 days, Germany in 20 days & UAE in 27 days: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan

Kerala and Maharashtra are the only 2 States/UTs with more than 40,000 cases contribute 67%: Health MinistryDaily COVID19 deaths in India have dropped below 125: Health MinistryOver 25 lakh vaccine doses administered so far, as per data available till 2 pm today

Number of active cases are declining, there are 1,75,000 active cases in the country as of now: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan

UP ADG’s statement on farmers protestOpposing the 26 Jan incident, few farmer orgs voluntarily ended their protest from Chilla Border & Dalit Prerna Sthal. As far as Baghpat is concerned, local officials told us that they explained to farmers the ongoing NHAI project & they ended protest last night: ADG (Law & Order)Some people are still present at UP Gate. Talks are going on, we’ve deployed spotters to look for rowdy & anti-national elements so that they don’t infiltrate peaceful protests in UP. We’ll talk to farmer orgs & ensure that protests are called off at the earliest: Prashant KumarIf Delhi Police asks for our help in connection with the violence (on 26th Jan) we’ll help them. We won’t allow any such element – who did this on a national festival – in our state. People have assured us that they will not provide shelter to any rowdy element: ADGRupee drops 13 paise to close at 73.05 (provisional) against US dollarSensex plunges 535.57 points to end at 46,874.36

Nifty tumbles 149.95 points to 13,817.55

Shiromani Akali Dal to boycott President’s address tomorrow

SAD will boycott the President’s address in the Parliament tomorrow in protest against the three farm laws, says party MP Balwinder Singh Bhunder

Swaminathan J and Ashwini Kumar Tewari take charge as SBI MDs

The country’s largest lender State Bank of India, on Thursday said Swaminathan J and Ashwini Kumar Tewari have taken charge as managing directors (MDs). They would be holding this position for up to three years, the lender said in a release.

Someone goes there & hoists a flag, why was no firing done? Where was Police? How did he go there? Police allowed him to leave & didn’t arrest him. Nothing has been done even now. Who was the person who maligned an entire community & org?

– BKU spox Rakesh Tikait on Deep Sidhu

R-Day: UP Govt Tableau featuring Ram Temple wins first Prize amongst statesRestricting protesters

Police barricading in place at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border), in order to restrict the protesters from comin… https://t.co/jLzV1Igqtp

— ANI (@ANI) 1611827227000Holding girl’s hand, unzipping pants doesn’t fall under purview of ‘sexual assault’ or ‘aggravated sexual assault’ of POCSO Act; at the most, it falls under ‘outraging modesty’, ‘sexual harassment’

– Bombay HC

CBSE to announce exam schedule for Class 10 and Class 12 on February 2

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’

At Singhu border people protesting against the Dharna at Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee tent

Sloganeering from both sides.

Congress to contest at 48 seats while Left will contest at 68 seats in the upcoming West Bengal elections

So far discussion has been done on 193 seats: State Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Centre must repeal the three farm laws or quit

– West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Maruti Suzuki consolidated net profit rises 26 per cent to Rs 1,996.7 crore in Q3

Total revenue up 13 per cent at Rs 2,3471.3 crore

Police responsible for situation going out of hand in Delhi during tractor parade

– Mamata Banerjee on Republic Day violence

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