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Nationwide 2nd phase COVID-19 vaccination drive to cover senior citizens & people above 45 years with co-morbidities begins today            PM Modi gets vaccinated at Delhi’s AIIMS; appeals people to come forward for vaccination to make country Corona free            India of 21st century needs post-harvest revolution & value addition amid increasing agriculture production, says PM            National COVID-19 recovery rate reaches to 97.07 per cent            Bidding for telecom spectrum auction to commence from today           

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  • Atmanirbhar Bharat has a connect with Housing for All, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • Financial Assistance worth 2000 crore rupees released by Prime Minister for over Six lakh beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna- Gramin.

  • Next round of talks between the Government and the farmers representatives to begin in New Delhi in a short while from now.

  • India starts shipments of Made in India COVID-19 Vaccines to the neighbouring countries.

  • And, Joe Biden to take oath as 46th US President and Kamala Harris as the Vice-President amid tight security today.


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. 

And now the news in details :


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Atmanirbhar Bharat has a direct connection with self-confidence of the countrymen and owning a house under PMAY-G amplifies this confidence and make them believe that they can overcome any problem in life. The Prime Minister was speaking after releasing the financial assistance of around 2,691 crore rupees to six lakh 10 thousand beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh today through video conferencing.

The financial assistance include release of first installment to 5.30 lakh beneficiaries and second installment to 80 thousand beneficiaries who have already availed first installment of assistance under PMAY-G.

The Prime Minister said that the PMAY-G was launched five years ago and in this short span of time, the scheme made the poor people of the country believe that they can have their own house. UP is among those states which are providing houses for the poor people in a speedy manner.

Mr Modi said, to end miseries of the poor people of country more than two crore houses were built in the country under the PMAY-G.

The Prime Minister said, when the scheme was launched in 2016 there was no support from the then government of state to the scheme and people have not forgotten that. He said that a total of 22 lakh houses to be made in UP under the scheme and most of the work is being done during the present government.

Terming the houses under PMAY-G a tool of women empowerment, Mr Modi said that they are empowering women in rural India since most of them are being given to the lady of the family. Many added facilities like gas cylinder and electricity connection is being provided along with the house.

The Prime Minister praised the UP government for fast implementation of the government schemes and also for the better law and order in the state. He said, in more than 8,500 villages of UP the work is complete and more than 51 thousand land proofs or Gharauni were provided to the beneficiaries.

Calling Pradhamantri Swamitwa Yojna as a game changer for the people living in rural areas, Mr Modi said that it will end many land issues in villages. He asked people to take maximum benefit of the scheme since it will also help them in getting loan from bank and will further increase the price of their land.

The Prime Minister also spoke about the recently launched optical fibre laying programme:

Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, first time two lakh crore rupees is being spend in this fiscal year by the Ministry and a major part of it goes to Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme which became pivotal during this COVID scenario.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that till date, 14 lakh 61 thousand beneficiaries have received houses under the scheme and seven lakh 10 thousand applications have been approved this year. Now in almost every village of state one can see the houses under the scheme.

Our correspondent reports that  the Prime Minister also spoke to beneficiaries of five districts Kheeri, Chitrakoot, Varanasi, Ayodhya and Saharanpur on the occasion.

Mr Modi also spoke to Kumkum Devi of Ayodhya and she told prime minister that she faced no problem in getting the benefit of the PMAY-G.

Prime Minister spoke to a woman named Rajkumari of Khoh village of Chitrakoot district of Bundelkhand area in state. She told PM that house will end lot of problems of her life.

Uttar Pradesh had bagged highest nine national awards last year in different categories for the excellent implementation of the scheme by Union rural development ministry last year.

So far 1.26 crore houses have already been built across the country under the scheme in the country under PMAY-G which was launched on 20th November, 2016 by Prime Minister. Along with the financial grant under the scheme, the beneficiaries of PMAY-G, are also provided support of unskilled labour wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and assistance of 12,000 ruppes for construction of toilets through Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin.


The tenth round of talks between the Centre and the farmers representatives will begin in a short while from now in New Delhi. The meeting was earlier scheduled for yesterday but had been postponed by a day.

The ninth round of talks held on the 15th of January had remained inconclusive. Speaking to media after the meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said the unions have been asked to form informal groups among themselves and submit a draft to the government regarding their demands.


NITI Aayog today released the second edition of the India Innovation Index-2020. The index demonstrates the government's continued commitment towards transforming the country into an innovation-driven economy. Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar released the index in New Delhi.

In the Index, the States and Union Territories have been divided into 17 Major States, 10 North-East and Hill States and nine Union Territories and Small States for effectively comparing their performance. In the 2020 ranking, Karnataka retained its first position in the Major States category. Maharashtra moved one position higher and stood at 2nd spot while Tamil Nadu slid to 3rd position. In the North East and Hill States category, Himachal Pradesh stands at first position followed by Uttarakhand and Manipur. Delhi stands at the first position while Chandigarh retained its second spot in the Union Territories and small States category.

While releasing the Index, Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said, the index illustrates that India is on the right path and the states are endeavouring to improve their innovative ecosystem. He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi always emphasises on innovation and technological frontiers as these can solve the challenges and fulfil the aspiration of people. He urged on the need to improve the coordination mechanism between the various Science and Technology institutions of government and the private sector. He also asked to bring the India Innovation Index in sync with Global innovation index’s parameters.

Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer of NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant said that innovation will play a key role in making the country self-reliant and heading towards the five trillion dollar economy. The CEO said, the index will increase the competitive federalism among the States and Union Territories.


The Union Cabinet was today apprised of the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Uzbekistan for cooperation in the field of Solar Energy. The main area of work under the MoU is to identify research, demonstration and initiation of pilot projects between the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, India and the International Solar Energy Institute, Uzbekistan.

The reserach and cooperation will primarily focus in the areas of Solar Photovoltaic, Storage Technologies and Transfer of Technologies. Based on mutual agreement, both parties would work for implementation and deployment of pilot project in International Solar Alliance member countries.


The Union Government has convened an all party meeting on 30th of this month in view of Budget Session of the Parliament. During the meeting, it will seek support of political parties to ensure smooth functioning of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Talking to a private TV channel, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said, the meeting will take place virtually. He added that the government is ready for discussion on any issue on the floor of the house.

The Budget Session will begin on 29th of this month with President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the Joint Sitting of both the Houses. The Union Budget will be presented on 1st of February. The first part of the session will conclude on 15th February while the second part of the session will begin on 8th of March and will conclude on 8th April. In view of COVID-19 pandemic, the Rajya Sabha will function from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. and Lok Sabha will function from 4 P.M. to 9 P.M.  


India has started supplying COVID-19 vaccines from today, paving the way for many mid- and lower-income countries to get supplies of the easy-to-store vaccine.

Prime Minister said in a tweet that India is deeply honoured to be a long-trusted partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community.

In a statement, Ministry of External Affairs said, the Government of India has received several requests for the supply of Indian manufactured vaccines from neighbouring and key partner countries. It said, supplies under grant assistance to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles will begin from today.

Keeping in view the domestic requirements of the phased rollout, it will be ensured that domestic manufacturers will have adequate stocks to meet domestic requirements while supplying abroad.

The Ministry said, India had earlier supplied hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir and paracetamol tablets, as well as diagnostic kits, ventilators, masks, gloves and other medical supplies to a large number of countries during the COVID19 pandemic. India has also provided training to several neighbouring countries to enhance and strengthen their clinical capabilities. In an ongoing effort, India will continue to supply countries all over the world with vaccines.


India continues to leap ahead in its fight against COVID-19 with over one crore two lakh 45 thousand cumulative recoveries so far. With this, the National recovery rate has further improved to stand at 96.70 per cent. The rate of new daily infections slipped to 13 thousand 283 cases in the past 24 hours. During the same interval, nearly 17 thousand people successfully recovered from the viral contagion. The gap between the recovered patients and active cases in the country has further widened and the number of recovered patients stands at nearly 52 times the number of current active cases.

The current active caseload comprises of one lakh 97 thousand people and stands at merely 1.86 per cent of the total cases reported so far.

The Health Ministry said that fatality rate stands at 1.44 per cent with 162 deaths being reported yesterday.


Over seven lakh 64 thousand COVID samples were tested in the country in the last 24 hours. India's testing capacity has touched 15 lakh per day ensuring easily accessible COVID-19 tests for all.


In Bihar, two crore Corona tests have been conducted so far. Two lakh 54 thousand 508 patients have recovered from the COVID-19 infection. The number of active cases is continuously declining. Currently, three thousand 102  patients are receiving treatment at various hospitals. COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 98.24 per cent in Bihar. This is 1.58 per cent more than the national average.

Meanwhile, 47 thousand 402 people have been given COVID-19 vaccine in the state during the ongoing vaccination drive.


In Maharashtra, the outbreak of COVID-19 and the consequent lockdown affected the employment of many street vendors. More from our Mumbai correspondent:

Latur Municipal Corporation was aimed to finance 4,600 street vendors under Prime Minister’s Swanidhi Scheme. In all, 4,397 proposals were sent to various banks by the Municipal Corporation to provide loans to the street vendors. Banks have approved 2,533 loan proposals till date. Latur Municipal Corporation ranks third in the state with more than 2,000 approved loan proposals. Municipal Corporation’s Project Officer Chandrakant Todkar said that more than 1.5 crore rupees have been disbursed through this scheme so far. While talking to All India Radio, Sangupapa Shahuraj Birajdar, a juice seller and Pathan Ahmed Khan Naseeb Khan, a tea vendor expressed gratitude and said that they are happy to become self-reliant once again.With Arun Samudre, Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai.


Telangana reported 267 fresh COVID cases during the past 24 hours. With this, the number of COVID cases reported in the state has gone up to two lakh 92 thousand 395. The state conducted over 27 thousand tests yesterday. The recovery rate improved to 98.11 per cent with 346 more people recovering yesterday. This took the number of recovered people so far in the state to two lakh 86 thousand 893. The Daily Bulletin issued by the State Medical and Health Department stated that total 1,583 deaths have been reported so far, following two more succumbing to COVID and comorbidities during the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, 55 COVID-19 cases were reported in Hyderabad during the past 24 hours while more than ten new cases each were reported in Karimnagar, Rangareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri district.


In Madhya Pradesh, Bird Flu virus has been found in 32 districts so far. District Administration of the affected district is sanitising and disinfecting the affected sites as per the Bird Flu Action Plan-2021. More from our Bhopal correspondent:

The number of Bird Flu-infected districts has gone up to 32 in Madhya Pradesh so far. Poultry birds were found infected in three districts - Jhabua, Harda and Mandsaur. Earlier, chicken samples collected from the poultry market were found infected in three districts - Neemuch, Indore and Agar. State Animal Husbandry Minister Prem Singh Patel has instructed district and forest officials to increase the caution and vigilance. So far, 3,890 crows and wild birds have been reported dead in the state. In all, 453 samples from various districts have been sent to the Veterinary Research Lab, Bhopal for examination.Pooja Vardhan , AIR News, Bhopal.


China’s capital Beijing will screen all those who have entered the city since 10th of December last year to find the origin of the recent outbreak in the city. The city authorities decided this in a late evening meeting yesterday in view of a sudden local cluster of COVID cases in Daxing district. Beijing has reported seven new local COVID-19 cases, six of which are from Daxing district where the city's international airport is situated. Daxing has strengthened prevention measures, including shutting down metro stations, schools and nursing homes in the affected areas, banning residents from leaving Beijing and the launch of sweeping district-wide nucleic acid testing. Local authorities said, at least five residential communities in Daxing have entered lock down, starting from today. Beijing has already increased the quarantine period to 28 days for incoming persons.

The National Health Commission said that a total of 161 new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday, including 58 asymptomatic.


In West Bengal, fourteen people lost their lives in a road accident in Dhupguri of Jalpaiguri district. It included eight women and four children. Police said, the mishap took place as a truck loaded with boulders overturned and fell over two cars, after hitting another car last night at Jaldhaka area. Seventeen more persons were admitted in three different hospitals. Three cars, transporting a wedding party, were on the way towards Dhupguri from Churabari. Due to dense fog and reduced visibility, the first car hit the truck head on and overturned. The truck driver lost control and collided with another two cars. The passengers were initially hit by the boulders that rolled off the truck.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed condolence over the tragic incident. She has asked State Ministers to visit the site and meet the family members of the victims.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the loss of lives due to accidents in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal and in Surat, Gujarat. He also announced an ex-gratia of two lakh rupees each from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in these incidents. Fifty thousand rupees each will be given to those injured.


In Karnataka, Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa launched Avolokana software today that will enable the government to access data on sanctions and expenditures incurred by 39 departments on 1,800 programmes implemented by them. Holding a meeting with District Deputy Commissioners and Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officers in Bengaluru today, the Chief Minister also unveiled Karnataka statistics on Development programmes for the year 2019-20. More from our Bengaluru correspondent:

The Avalokana software launched by the Chief Minister today is a transparent e-governance tool that will provide Assembly constituency-wise release of Government grants and allocations under different development programmes. Going by which the Government can decide on releasing funds depending on the expenditure incurred by the department. This will provide Government hold over resources. The software provides focused eye view on Sustainable Development goals, Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan, Tribal Sub-plan and Centrally Sponsored Schemes. The Chief Minister issued directions today to the Deputy Commissioners of each district to the data in the software at regular intervals.  Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru. 


In Bihar, 354th Birth Anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, Prakashotsava is being celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety. The main function is organised at Takhat Sri Harmandir Sahib Gurdwara, Patna Sahib, the birth place of Guru Gobind Singh, where thousands of pilgrims across the country are offering prayers. Special Langars are also being organised. Our correspondent reports that in view of the Corona pandemic less number of devotees from abroad and other parts of the country have come to Patna Sahib to offer prayer. 


The Prakash Utsav is being celebrated with full dedication and religious fervour in Punja,Haryana and Chandigarh. More from our Chandigarh correspondent:

In Punjab , Haryana and Chandigarh, 355th Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji is being celebrated with great religious fervor following COVID-19 protocol.  In various Gurudwaras of both States and Chandigarh, the devoteees took a holy dip in the sacred sarovars and offered prayers. After bowing their heads before Shri Guru Granth Sahib, devotees are listening to holy Bani. The belongings of ten Gurus have been showcased at Shri Harmandir Sahib, Shri Akal Takh Sahib and Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai Sahib at Amritsar. <><>Ashwani kumar Sharma, AIR News, Chandigarh.


President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi  have paid tributes on the auspicious occasion. Mr Kovind said in his message, Guru Gobind Singh's life has been inspiring for humanity, propagating equality and inclusiveness.

The Prime Minister said, Guru Gobind Singh's life was devoted to creating a just and inclusive society. He said, Guru Ji was unwavering when it came to upholding his principles.


Indian Air Force and French Air and Space Force are conducting a bilateral Air exercise, Ex Desert Knight-21 in Jodhpur from today till Sunday. The French side will participate with Rafale, Airbus A-330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport, A-400M Tactical Transport aircraft and approximately 175 personnel. The Indian Air Force aircraft participating in the exercise will include Rafale, Mirage 2000, Sukhoi-30 MKI among other aircraft.


US President-elect Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the 46th President and 49th Vice-President of the United States today. Ms Harris will make history as America's first woman, first Black and first person with south Asian roots to take the office of the Vice President.

78 year old Joe Biden, will take the oath on his 127-year-old family Bible, which will be held by his wife, Dr Jill Biden. The ceremony will be held at 10 p.m Indian time.

Meanwhile, the security has been beefed up at the US Capitol building in view of the recent clashes between Trump supporters and Police.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison for his greetings on the spectacular victory of the Indian Cricket team over Australian team. Mr. Modi said, the test series in Australia was a thrilling experience with the best from both the teams on full display.

Mr. Morrison extending his greetings on the grand Indian victory, had said that India and Australia make for formidable competitors on the field and solid partners off it.


Now, let us take a look at the weather for the day.

In the National Capital will experience strong surface winds during the day time. The minimum temperature was nine degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 18 degrees. 

Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 18 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Chennai will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 31 degrees.

Kolkata experienced fog in the morning and will have partly cloudy sky later. The minimum temperature was 15 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 26 degrees.

Srinagar also witnessed fog in the morning and will have mainly clear sky later in the day. The minimum temperature was minus six degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 10 degrees.

In Jammu, the minimum temperature was seven degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 22 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.

Leh will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was minus 13 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around one degree.

Gilgit will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was minus six degrees celsius and the maximum will be around 11 degrees.

Muzaffarabad will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was three degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 19 degrees.


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