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President Ram Nath Kovid asserts government remains singularly devoted to farmers' welfare            A self-reliant India manufactured its own COVID vaccine and added a glorious chapter to well being of humanity says the President            72nd Republic Day will be celebrated tomorrow with grandeur and enthusiasm            Prime Minister on occasion of Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awards ceremony asks children to commit to three pledges of consistency, country and humility            National Voters' Day observed across the country           

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  • Preparations for  world's largest Covid vaccination drive gain momentum; Vaccines being transported across the country.

  • Cabinet clears purchase of 83 Tejas fighter jets for Indian Air Force.

  • Festival of harvest Makar Sankranti being celebrated across the country today.

  • United States bans cotton and tomato products from China's Xinjiang region over use of forced labour.

  • WHO expert team to arrive in Chinese city of Wuhan today to probe the orgin of Coronavirus pandemic. 

  • Donald Trump becomes first US President to be impeached twice. 


As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps --

  • Wear a face mask.

  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

  • Focus on hand and face hygiene. 


Preparations for the world's largest Covid vaccination drive has gained momentum with planes carrying vaccines flying into airports across the country. From various airports, the vaccines are being dispatched to small cities and towns in readiness for the inoculation exercise beginning Saturday. From Assam to Goa and from Jammu and Kashmir to Kerala, the vaccines were carefully and swiftly transported to far corners of the country.

According to sources, 95 per cent of the 1.1 crore doses of Covishield vaccine purchased by the government have been delivered and shipped to nearly 60 consignee points across India in the past two days. Of the 55 lakh doses of indigenously developed Covaxin of Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech ordered by the Centre, the first tranche of 2.4 lakh doses have been dispatched to 12 states. The Health Ministry said, vaccines have been allocated to all states and UTs in proportion to their healthcare workers database.

In accordance with the national priority list, the vaccine will be first given to healthcare and frontline workers. Each vaccination session will cater to a maximum of 100 beneficiaries per day.


Talking to AIR News, Dr. Rupali Malik of Safdarjung hospital, Delhi answered many important questions related to the Covid 19 vaccine. She explained about its doses and at what interval it should be taken and also explained how much time it will take to develop anti- bodies after vaccination.

Dr. Rupali Malik, said  that we have strong setup for effective transportation and storage of the vaccine.

Dr. Rupali Malik, made it clear that registration for vaccination is open only for front line workers right now and the general public will have to wait for their turn. She assured the people that the vaccine is safe and we must maintain a positive approach regarding the vaccination programme. 


Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said that vaccination will be conducted through 358 centers. Of these, the highest 50 centers are in Mumbai followed by 39 in Pune and 29 in Thane.

"About 8 lakh health workers have been registered in Maharashtra for Covid vaccination and they will be vaccinated in the first phase through 358 centers. The Covid-19 vaccines supplied by the centre are being distributed to all districts as per their instructions. According to the Health Minister, 9,63,000 vaccines have been distributed in all the districts of the state. Meantime, in Maharashtra, 3,556 new Covid-19 cases were reported yesterday, taking the cumulative total to 19,78,044. On the other hand, 3,009 patients were discharged yesterday taking the tally of recovered patients to 18,74,279. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai."


In Odisha, the first round of district wise allocation of Covishield vaccines have been made. According to sources, more than 50% of the vaccine doses received are being supplied to the districts in this round.


The first batch of Covid-vaccine arrived in Chhattisgarh yesterday. According to our Raipur correspondent, the process of transporting this vaccine to various districts of the state has started.

"About three lakh 23 thousand doses of Covid-Vaccine Covishield have arrived in Chhattisgarh as first shipment yesterday. Raipur Mayor Ezaz Dhebar and officials of Health department welcomed the vaccines in a traditional way with garlands and puja at the airport. These vaccines were taken from the airport to the state level cold storage facility. In the first phase in Chhattisgarh, about 2 lakh 67 thousand health workers will be vaccinated. For this, 99 vaccination centers have been set up across the state. Meanwhile, Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences - AIIMS , Raipur Dr. Nitin M. Nagerkar said that no one has to worry about the Covid-vaccine, since this vaccine has been developed by the best scientists in the country and It is completely safe. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur."


 The country's COVID-19 recovery rate has now improved to 96.51 per cent. A total of 17 thousand 817 COVID patients recovered during the last 24 hours. The total number of recoveries has gone up to over one crore one  lakh and 29 thousand. The Health Ministry said, the actual caseload currently comprises only 2.04 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is  two lakh 14 thousand 507.

In the past 24 hours, 15 thousand 968 new cases were reported taking the total number of positive cases in the country to over one crore four lakh and 95 thousand. The Ministry said, currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.44 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. During the last 24 hours, 202 deaths were reported taking the toll to one lakh 51 thousand 529.


Karnataka reported 746 new Covid-19 positive cases , 765 recoveries and three deaths during the last 24 hours.  At present 8,887 active  Covid patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the State. Meanwhile the process for the distribution of Covid vaccine  to all the districts  has started in the State.  Belagavi in North Karnataka received 1.47 lakh doses of covid vaccine yesterday.


"Karnataka  is fully prepared to inaugurate the vaccination drive on January 16th.  Speaking to media  in Bengaluru yesterday, The State Health Minister Dr. K.Sudhakar  has said that apart from Covi-Shield Vaccine received till yesterday, another 20,000 doses of Covaxin will be arriving in  the State very soon.  The only difference between Covaxin vial and Covi-shield vial is Covi-shield has 5 ml of vaccine in a vial and Covaxin has 10 ml of vaccine in a vial. Both the vaccines are same and used for vaccination in the State.  The Minister further said that Central government has issued clear guidelines on distribution protocol to be followed in the districts and deputing trained staff for carrying out the vaccination.  The vaccination drive will be launched in all the districts on January 16th. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS BENGALURU."


 The recovery rate of COVID patients in Delhi stands at 97.83 per cent. The city recorded recovery of 534 patients in the last 24 hours taking the total number of recovered patients to date to six lakh seventeen thousand 540. A total of 357 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus were reported in the National Capital during the last twenty four hours. With this the total number of COVID cases reported in the Capital city so far, has reached six lakh 31 thousand 249.


In Bihar, COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 97.87 per cent. This is 1.36 per cent more than the national average. The number of active cases in the state is continuously declining. Currently, four thousand 33 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals.  Two lakh 51 thousand 858 patients have so far recovered from the infection in the state.

Over 95 thousand corona tests were carried out during the past 24 hours. Over one crore 94 lakh corona tests have been conducted in the state so far.


A World Health Organization team of experts probing the origins of the pandemic is set to arrive in Wuhan today amid a spike in new COVID cases in China. The team will undergo quarantine when they reach Wuhan, in central Hubei Province, a National Health Commission (NHC) official said at the press conference yesterday.

 "WHO team is visiting at a time when China is facing a rising virus outbreak in multiple cities ahead of its biggest annual festival. WHO experts will communicate with Chinese medical experts by video during their quarantine period in wuhan. China has been sensitive about accusations of a cover-up that delayed its initial response and allowed the virus to spread. Also, China actively pursued to shift the narrative that COVID originated else where, amid allegations on the World Health Organisation’s role, especially in the beginning of the pandemic. Since then, many theories came about the origins of the coronavirus and much remains to be known. It will be a joint investigation by WHO and Chinese scientists and not much details have been published about the action plan. Meanwhile, to guard the capital Beijing against the recent outbreaks in neighboring Hebei, Beijing city authorities have stepped up screening and prevention measures to prevent another cluster from developing there. Anshuman Mishra, All India Radio, Beijing."


The government has approved procurement of 83 Light Combat Aircraft, LCA, Tejas worth about 48 thousand crore rupees from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for Indian Air Force. The Cabinet Committee on Security, CCS chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday met in New Delhi.

In a series of tweets, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said this deal will be a game changer for self reliance in the Indian defence manufacturing sector. He said the LCA-Tejas is going to be the backbone of the Indian Air Forces fighter fleet in the years to come. He added that LCA-Tejas incorporates a large number of new technologies many of which were hitherto unattempted in India. The Defence Minister said the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, HAL has already set-up second line manufacturing facilities at its Nasik and Bengaluru Divisions.

The Defence Minister said the LCA-Tejas programme would act as a catalyst for transforming the Indian aerospace manufacturing ecosystem into a vibrant Atmanirbhar-self-sustaining ecosystem. Under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, India is continuously growing its power to indigenously design, develop and manufacture advanced cutting edge technologies and systems in the Defence Sector. About 500 Indian companies including MSMEs in the design and manufacturing sectors will be working with HAL in this procurement.


The Indian space programme spearheaded by ISRO has brought laurels to the country. Taking a giant leap in the area of satellite programme, it has created a place for itself in the global arena. Be it Chandrayaan I lunar probe that discovered water on the moon or its maiden success of sending satellite around Mars through Mangalyan or setting a record of launching 104 satellites on a single rocket, its remarkable journey has amazed the world. We have a report on this memorable journey of ISRO by our Bengaluru Correspondent:

"ISRO has many feathers in its cap since its inception in 1969. Making an entry into a very complicated world of launch vehicles and satellites, the organisation has today mastered the technology to successfully launch and place satellites for remote sensing, communication and navigation.  Apart from Indian satellites, ISRO offers launch services to the international customers through PSLV. It entered the commercial launch services market by launching KITSAT-3 of Republic of Korea and DLR-TUBSAT of Germany along with IRS-P4 OCEANSAT onboard PSLV-C2 in 1999 for the first time.

Till now the Space Research Organisation of India has launched 328 satellites of foreign customers. USA, UK, Japan, Canada, Germany, France among many other countries have used Indian satellite launch pads for launching their satellites. This has brought it revenue of over 25 million US dollars. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle has proved its robustness by successfully launching many satellites including Mangalyaan and Chandrayaan. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru."


23 Indian sailors stuck in China onboard a cargo ship will return home today. This was stated by Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Mansukh Mandaviya. He said, this could only happen due to strong leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Indian seafarers were stuck onboard cargo ship MV Jag Anand since June 13 last year. The cargo vessel with Indian sailors onboard have been on anchorage in Chinese waters as they were not allowed to unload their cargo.


Donald Trump has became the first US president to be impeached twice. The House of Representatives voted last night to charge him with inciting last week's mob attack on US Congress. Trump was impeached by 232 - 197 vote by the US House on a single charge of incitement of insurrection that left five dead and the Capitol ransacked. It was supported by all Democrats and 10 Republicans. The Senate will not hold a trial before January 20, when Democrat Joe Biden assumes the presidency, meaning Mr Trump will escape the risk of being forced to leave early.


United States has banned entry of cotton and tomato products from China's Xinjiang region amid allegations that detainee or prison labour from Uyghurs went into making them. According to US Customs and Border Protection (CPB), it will detain cotton and tomato products produced in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region at all US ports of entry. The ban, also known as a Withhold Release Order (WRO), was imposed following the emergence of reports indicating that the products were manufactured using forced labour from detained Uyghurs. The products banned include apparel, textiles, tomato seeds, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and other goods made with cotton and tomatoes. CBP Acting Commissioner Mark A. Morgan said, CBP will not tolerate the Chinese government's exploitation of modern slavery to import goods into the United States below fair market value. He said the import of products using forced labour hurt American businesses that respect human rights and also expose unsuspecting consumers to unethical purchases.

China has been rebuked globally for cracking down on Uyghur Muslims by sending them to mass detention camps, interfering in their religious activities and sending members of the community to undergo some form of forcible re-education or indoctrination.


The Festival of harvest, Makar Sankranti is being celebrated today. The festival is seen as a celebration of the end of the winter solstice and also marks the end of the winter harvest. The festival is known with different names in different parts of the country. It is celebrated as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Bihu in Assam and Poush Sangkranti in West Bengal.


President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have extended their greetings and wishes to the citizens on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bihu, Uttarayan and Paush Parva. In a tweet message, President Kovind wished that these festivals may strengthen the bond of love, affection and harmony in our society and increase prosperity and happiness in the country.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said that these festivals are known for their colourfulness and symbolise a good harvest and bountifulness of nature.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi prayed for universal happiness and good health for all on the occassion.


In Uttar Pradesh, despite biting cold, thousands of devotees have started taking dip at holy rivers from the early morning on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Our Lucknow  correspondent reports that the famous Magh Mela of Prayagraj also started from today.

"Devotees along with saints have flocked to the Ghats of holy rivers across the state since early morning and taking bath on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. This is also the First important bathing festival of about one and a half month long Magh Mela, being held on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati in Prayagraj. Magh mela is the first big congregation being organised after state of Covid pandemic. First time Administration has prepared a list of all devotees who are coming to magh mela and no one is allowed without negative covid test report. Magh Mela Authority is making all efforts to inform devotees to not to feed the birds who arrive at Sangam from other countries amid the scare of bird flu.  Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath will do special pooja and offer Khichri Prasad at Gorakhnath Math at Gorakhpur, after which the famous Khichri mela here will start. He will also release a stamp on Gorakhpur city. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


In Uttarakhand, devotees are talking holy dip in the river Ganga in Haridwar on the occassion of Makar Sankranti, braving chilli weather conditions. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, District administration has asked senior citizens to carry corona negative report if they plan to visit Haridwar.


Makar Sankranti is being celebrated as the festival of kite flying in Gujarat. Due to Covid19 related restrictions and cases of bird flu in some parts of the state, the festivity is a low key affair. 

"Gujarat government has already announced a series of restrictions on kite flying at public places and in groups. The people have been asked to enjoy the festival from their home with their close family members. They have been asked to follow all Covid related protocols even during the festival. On the other hand, the state government has launched Karuna Abhiyan- to save and treat the birds being injured due to string of kites. Gujarat government has already banned the sale and use of chinese string which causes maximum injuries to the birds. Health workers of the Animal Husbandry department and volunteers of Karuna Abhiyan have been asked to take maximum care during the treatment of injured birds due to bird flu cases in some districts. Official sources said that more than 50 thousand birds and animals have been saved in Karuna Abhiyan till now.

Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


In Tamil calendar, today is the birth of the spring season. Thai The first few days are celebrated with everything related to a farmer's life and agriculture. Tamils across the world celebrate the festivity. This time rather significantly political party leaders have joined in celebrating the festival.

"The song signifies the birth of Thai means a new way is born. It is the celebration of farmers on their bountiful harvest. Hence the use of sakkarai pongal and sugarcane. Every household has a sumptuous meal which has six different tastes in it. Beginning today the following three days mark a festive mood. Though Covid seems to steal the great feeling of celebration, it doesnt stop there. Today's dawn, the sun saw colourful rangolis mango leaves festoons and  boiling over of pongal in mudpots. Adding to the little happiness is the launching of box office hits and block busters in the television. As the Government has banned visitors entry in tourist places, celebrations are at home. Realising the situation after Covid, the State Government announced a bonanza through PDS for ration card holders. They were given 2500 rupees alongwith ingredients to make pongal at home. Another important event is the jallikattu, a tradional and heroic sport to control the bulls. The event begins from today to the 31st of this month. Joy, AIR News, Chennai."


The Government has said that over 545 lakh tonnes of Paddy have been procured during the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season. This is an increase of 26.48 per cent against last year; corresponding purchase of around 431 lakh tonnes. The Agriculture Ministry said, government continues to procure Kharif crops at its Minimum Support Price from farmers as per its existing MSP Schemes. The Ministry said, more than 73 lakh paddy farmers have been benefited from current Kharif Marketing Season Procurement Operations with MSP value of over one lakh three thousand crore rupees. The Paddy procurement is continuing smoothly in the procuring States and Union Territories of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Karnataka and West Bengal.

The government through its nodal agencies has also procured over two lakh 89 thousand tonnes of Moong, Urad, Groundnut Pods and Soyabean benefitting more than one lakh 54 thousand farmers.


Defence Ministry has said that 321 School Children and 80 Folk Artists will feature in the Cultural Programme of Republic Day Parade this year on 26th January. School children from four Delhi schools and folk artists from East Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata will take part in the cultural programme.

The Ministry said, Atma Nirbhar Bharat: Vision for a Self Reliant India is the theme of Mount Abu Public School, Delhi and Vidya Bharti School, Delhi. The students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Delhi will present a programme on the theme - Hum Fit toh India Fit. Besides, the students from DTEA Senior Secondary Schools, Delhi will show case folk dances of Tamil Nadu in their traditional attires.

80 folk artists of Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata will present  folk dance Bajasal from Kalahandi, Odisha. The number of participating children and folk artists have been cut down to 400 this year in view of the Covid-19 restrictions.


Take a look at the weather forecast for today.

The National Capital witnessed very dense fog. The city observed a minimum temperature of three degree Celsius and a maximum will be nearly 19 degrees.

Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between 21 and 33 degree Celsius.

Chennai will also have a generally cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 24 and 30 degree Celsius.

Kolkata, had fog/mist in the morning and mainly clear sky later. The city had a minimum temperature of 15 degree Celsius and maximum will be nearly 24 degrees.

Srinagar, Jammu and Gilgit had fog or mist in the morning. However, the day is expected to be sunny in these places. In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between minus Seven degree Celsius and Six degrees. In Jammu, the minimum temperature was Seven degree Celsius and maximum will be around 15 degrees. In Gilgit, the lower limit of temperature was minus Four degrees and maximum of Eleven degree Celsius.

Leh and Muzaffarabad have mainly clear skies. In Leh, the minimum temperature was minus 14 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around minus One degree. In Muzaffarabad, the temperature will fluctuate between Three and 17 degree Celsius.

Dehradun will have fog/mist in the morning and mainly clear sky later. It had a minimum temperature of Seven degree Celsius and maximum will be of nearly 18 degrees.



  • Papers have covered different stories today. From the latest on the Covid vaccine to Centre okaying the Tejas LCA deal are some of the prominent stories.

  • The Tribune writes, "All-clear for 83 Tejas, biggest Make-in-India deal." The Pioneer headlines, "In desi push & IAF boost, Rs 48 thousand crore okayed for 83 Tejas."

  • "It's back to school in Delhi for class 10 and 12" reports Hindustan Times. The Pioneer informs, "Delhi schools to reopen for classes 10, 12 from Jan 18." The Tribune writes, "2 days to go, Biotech begins vax shipment."

  • The Indian Express reports, "Citing bird flu, Delhi civic bodies ban sale of chicken."

  • And Finally, with an intense cold wave gripping North India, temperatures in the capital continue to plummet. The Times of India carries a picture of a still Shikara on the Dal Lake that was frozen on Wednesday when Srinagar recorded -7.8 degrees Celsius.


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