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PM Modi lauds Union budget for linking education with employability & entrepreneurial capability            PM urges people to ensure protection of country's forests & safe habitats for animals            EAM S. Jaishankar to arrive in Bangladesh on Thursday            UK to receive 10 Million AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine doses from India            India to commemorate Chabahar Day tomorrow           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address World Economic Forum’s Davos Dialogue this evening.

  • Prime Minister to also address NCC rally in New Delhi today.

  • Three more Rafale fighter jets join Indian Air Force.

  • India provides medical supplies to more than 150 counties during Corona virus pandemic.

  • Five lakh doses of India made Covishield vaccine to be delivered to Sri Lanka today.

  • WHO experts set to begin investigations into the origin of Covid-19 from Chinese city of Wuhan.


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. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the World Economic Forum’s Davos Dialogue this evening through video conferencing. More than 400 top industry leaders from across the globe will attend the session, wherein the Prime Minister will be speaking on the Fourth Industrial Revolution - using technology for the good of humanity.

Mr Modi will also interact with the CEOs during the event. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he is looking forward to speaking on a wide range of subjects related to India’s reform trajectory, increased usage of technology and other issues.

The Davos Dialogues agenda marks the launch of the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset Initiative in the post COVID world.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the rally of the National Cadet Corps at Cariappa Ground in Delhi today. Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Staff and the three armed services Chiefs will also be present on the occasion. The Prime Minister will inspect the Guard of Honour, review the March Past by NCC contingents and witness cultural performance during the event.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday chaired the meeting of 35th edition of PRAGATI, the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving Central and State governments. In the meeting, ten agenda items were taken for review including nine projects and one program. Among the nine projects, three projects were from the Ministry of Railways, three from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and one project each from Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Power Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs. These nine projects have a cumulative cost of 54 thousand 675 crore rupees concerning the 15 States. The States are Odisha, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Jharkhand, Bihar, Telangana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.

During the interaction, the Prime Minister also reviewed the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana. Mr Modi directed all the officials to ensure expeditious resolution of issues hindering infrastructure projects. Up to the 34th edition of PRAGATI meetings, 283 projects having a total cost of 13.14 lakh crore rupees have been reviewed.


Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved Minimum Support Price (MSP) of copra at 10,335 rupees per quintal for 2021 season which is an increase of 375 rupees over 2020 rates. Briefing media in Delhi, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said this will benefit millions of farmers engaged in copra farming and impact the farmers of 12 coastal states. He said this is one of the many decisions taken by the Centre for the benefit of the farmers.


Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has accused Congress of instigating violence during the Tractor Rally in Delhi. Briefing the media in New Delhi, Mr Javadekar said, Congress has continuously fuelled these farmers' protests and alleged that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi continuously instigated them.

He alleged that Congress wants to create a situation of unrest in the country and this is what is left of Congress' politics. The BJP leader said, Congress is trying to fire up every situation of violence. He said, during protests against CAA they did the same thing. Mr Javadekar said, everyone who instigated and indulged in the violence on Tuesday should be punished. He said, India will not forget the insult of theTricolour.


The Delhi Police has said that violence erupted during the Tractor Rally on Tuesday as the protesting farmers did not follow the laid down terms and conditions accepted earlier by them during the meetings. Addressing the media last evening, Commissioner of Police S N Srivastava said, the Police excercised  maximum restraint during the tractor rally despite the violent behavior by the protestors.

"जब हमारी किसी से एग्रीमेंट हुई है, हम एग्रीमेंट को अपने इंतजाम करके उस एग्रीमेंट से हम अमल लेना चाहते थे, क्‍योंकि वहीं एक तरीका था जो कि हम सभी के हित में था। दिल्‍ली पुलिस ने जो इंतजाम किया है वो उसकी का नतीजा था कि इस सबके बावजूद जिस प्रकार की वायलेंस हुई एक भी व्‍यक्ति का मौत पुलिस के एक्‍शन से नहीं हुआ और पुलिस ने संयम बरतके इन सारे जो लॉ एण्‍ड आर्डन सिचुएशन उत्‍पन्‍न हुआ था बखूबी ठीक से उसको निकाला।"

 Mr Srivastava said, more than 25 criminal cases have been registered in connection with the Violence. He said, 394 Delhi police personnel were injured and some of them are in ICUs at hospitals. He said that 30 police vehicles were also damaged by the protestors along with other public properties.

"जिन फार्मर लिडर और जिस किसी का भी इन केसिज में सम्मिलत पाया गया उनके खिलाफ कठोर कार्रवाई की जाएगी। अभी तक 19 एक्‍यूज का एरेस्‍ट हुआ है और पचास अभी इसमें डिटेन किए गए हैं और पूछताछ की जा रही है। हर एक कोई वे जिन्‍होंने इस जघन्‍य अपराध में हिस्‍सा लिया है उसके खिलाफ कानूनी कार्रवाई की जाएगी। और केसिज अभी जरिस्‍टर हुए हैं। केस के इन्‍वेस्टिगेशन में कई नाम आएंगे और जिनका भी नाम आएगा, उनके खिलाफ कानून कार्रवाई की जाएगी।"


The Haryana Police has registered a case under various sections of  Indian Penal Code against around 2200 demonstrators for indulging in violence during farmer's protest near Softa village in Palwal district on National Highway 19. The police spokesman said, the demonstrators tried to break the barricades on the National Highway during farmers protest and  indulged in violence. The police has initiated action against them after registering a case against them.


The Department of Expenditure of Ministry of Finance has released an amount of over 12 thousand 351 crore rupees to 18 States for providing grants to the Rural Local Bodies. This amount is the 2nd instalment of basic grants released in this financial year. The grant has been released to 18 States which have provided the Utilisation Certificate for the first instalment and on the recommendation of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj. The grants to Rural Local Bodies are released as per the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission to create community assets and improve financial viability of the Rural Local Bodies.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to US Defence Secretary Lloyd J  Austin. Mr Singh conveyed wishes to his US counterpart on his appointment. Both leaders reiterated their firm commitment to deepen India-US defence cooperation. Mr Singh said, they also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest to strengthen the strategic partnership.


National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had a telephone call with his US counterpart, Jake Sullivan yesterday. The External Affairs Ministry said NSA Doval conveyed his best wishes to NSA Sullivan on his appointment as National Security Advisor. Mr Doval underscored that as leading democracies, with an abiding faith in an open and inclusive world order, India and the US were uniquely positioned to work closely on regional and international issues. These issues include combating the scourge of terrorism, maritime security, cyber security and peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. Mr Sullivan stated that the US was looking forward to working together on the bilateral agenda and the common global challenges. The two NSAs agreed to work closely to further advance India-US relations, which are built on shared values and common strategic and security interests.


Country’s Rafale squadron added third batch of three fighter jets which arrived last night after flying non-stop from France. Indian Air Force said the third batch of three Rafale aircraft landed at an IAF base a short while ago. They flew over 7,000 Km with in-flight refuelling. The aircraft got airborne earlier in the day from France. The new jets will bolster the strength of the Indian Air Force’s only Rafale squadron which is based in Ambala. This is the third set of deliveries of the aircraft to the IAF. India had ordered 36 warplanes from France in September 2016 for 59,000 crore rupees under a government-to-government deal. With the new jets, the number of Rafales in the IAF’s inventory has increased to 11.


Electronics, Information Technology and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will launch a virtual intelligence tool Tejas today. This system will help in improving policy decisions and efficiency of the government's services along with ensuring delivery of citizen centric services.


BCCI President Sourav Ganguly will have a stenting procedure done today. Hospital administration in Kolkata has issued a statement in this regard. BCCI president was admitted to hospital yesterday following chest pain. He has undergone cardiac check up and other tests. He had suffered a mild heart attack earlier this month.


Union Minister for Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi has said that the brownfield expansion projects of the National Aluminium Company, NALCO, is high on government's priority. Responding to a letter written by Minister of Petroleum and  Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan, Mr Joshi said that his ministry is taking all steps for the implementation of the projects in the Angul district of Odisha.

"In his letter to Mr Pradhan, Mr Joshi has said that the proposed capacity expansion projects of the company are in line with Prime Minister's vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat. Earlier, Union Minister Mr Pradhan had proposed to increase the capacity of NALCO's aluminium smelter plant at Angul from 0.46 million tonnes per annum to 1 million tonnes per annum, in view of the abundance of alumina availability. He had also proposed the commissioning of the 1400 megawatt feeder captive power plant to ensure bulk generation of power for the project. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar."


External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar has said that India provided medical supplies and equipment to more than 150 nations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing the 14th Annual Conference of Institute for National Security Studies, Israel, he said, even as India began mass vaccination at home, supply of Indian vaccine to our immediate neighbours started. Dr Jaishankar said, this is expected to cover other partner countries in the coming days.

On the issue of climate change, External Affairs Minister said, India reflects both its own beliefs and world opinion today as it ramps up its renewable energy targets, expands its forest cover, enhances its bio-diversity and focuses on effective water utilisation.


India-Sri Lanka bilateral relations will witness a momentous occasion today when a consignment containing 5 lakh doses of COVISHIELD vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute of India will reach Colombo. This gift of Covid-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka is part of India’s “Vaccine Maitri” initiative under which India has gifted vaccines to seven other countries in the region.

This humanitarian gesture amid the pandemic showcases India’s commitment to its “Neighbourhood First” Policy and SAGAR doctrine in which Sri Lanka has a prominent place. The delivery of the Covid-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka is a fulfillment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment made to his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa during the virtual bilateral summit held in September last year. Sri Lanka approved emergency use of the vaccine on 23rd of January this year.


Union Health Ministry has said that around 2 lakh 99 thousand 299 beneficiaries were vaccinated yesterday in 28 States and Union Territories. Addressing media in New Delhi, Additional Health Secretary Dr Manohar Agnani said, with this, a total of 23 lakh 28 thousand and 779 beneficiaries have been vaccinated so far through 41 thousand 599 vaccine sessions. He said, there have been no case of serious or severe Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFIs) attributable to vaccination till date.

Meanwhile, the country's COVID-19 recovery rate reached 96.91 per cent with the total recovery of more than 13 thousand patients in the last 24 hours. The Ministry said that more than one crore three lakh 59 thousand patients have already recovered from this disease. Covid-19 active cases are on a continuously declining trajectory in the country. The Health Ministry said, 137 deaths have been reported during the last 24 hour taking the toll to one lakh 53 thousand 724 across the country.


Covid from different states,

In Bihar, COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 98.80 per cent.  The number of active cases in the state is continuously declining. Currently, one thousand 613 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. Only 86 positive cases were reported across the state during the past 24 hours. No positive case was reported from 19 districts.


The next phase of covid vaccination will start today in Uttar Pradesh. The State government has fixed two days in a week for covid vaccination.

"The health workers of State will get covid vaccine today and tomorrow and also in the next phase on 4th and 5th February. After that the vaccine will be given to frontline workers in next phase. State government has fixed two days Thursday and Friday in the week for the covid vaccination. Additional chief secretary information Navneet Sehgal said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has given clear instructions to complete the first phase of vaccination timely and according to the guidelines of Central Government. He informed that in last 24 hours only 168 new covid patients have been found and there are currently 6368 active covid patients in the state. Till date state has conducted 2.74 crore covid tests and more than 15 crore people have been contacted regarding the coronavirus infection. More than 75 per cent of the state population has been contacted by health workers under the unique surveillance campaign. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


The Gujarat government has decided to resume offline classes for 9th and 11th standard from the 1st of February. The State government has also decided to allow private coaching classes for classes 9 to 12 from the 1st February. These decisions were taken at a cabinet meeting yesterday.

"Giving details of the cabinet meeting, the State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said that Standard Operating Protocols SOP declared earlier for class 10 and 12 will also be effective for class 9 and 11. Off-line permission for Tuition classes will be applicable to class 9 to 12 only. The State government had earlier allowed offline reopening of class 10 and 12. Meanwhile, 353 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in Gujarat during the last 24 hours. 462 patients discharged from the hospitals after recovery. The recovery rate has further improved to 96.79 per cent. According to the state health department, 3787 persons were vaccinated yesterday. Total 95909 persons have received Covid-19 vaccine in the state till now. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


In Maharashtra, over 1.5 lakh health workers have been vaccinated so far. Six vaccination centers in the state are administering Covaxin.

"As many as 41,470 health workers were vaccinated at 528 centers in Maharashtra yesterday. Gadchiroli district has the highest number of 126 percent vaccinations. Satara, Dhule, Wardha, Jalna and Buldana districts followed with 100 per cent vaccination. Dr. Pradeep Vyas, Principal Secretary of Health Department said that a total of 1 lakh 78 thousand 371 health workers have been vaccinated in the state so far. Meantime, the state reported 2171 new Covid-19 cases, taking the cumulative total to 20,15,524. 32 patients succumbed to the infection during the day taking the tally of the deceased to 50,894. On the other hand, 2556 patients were discharged yesterday taking the total number of the recoveries to 19,20,006. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai."


The Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday issued new Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution of COvid-19. The guidelines will be effective from the 1st of February and will remain in force upto 28th of February.

The main focus of the Guidelines is to consolidate the substantial gains that have been achieved against COVID-19 over the last four months. The Home Ministry said, Containment Zones, if required, shall be carefully demarcated by the district authorities at the micro level, taking into consideration guidelines prescribed by the Health Ministry  in this regard. 

State and Union Territory Governments will take all necessary measures to ensure wearing of face masks, hand hygiene and social distancing.


A team of 13 World Health Organization experts is set to start its field visits and conduct investigations into the origin of Coronavirus pandemic from Chinese city of Wuhan. The investigators will technically complete their 14-day quarantine today and begin a long-awaited investigation into the origin of the pandemic. Wuhan was the epicenter of the global COVID-19 outbreak last year. Whole world will be looking at the team's work as they try to unravel how the virus first emerged in late 2019 especially after the investigation was delayed several times. Over the past two weeks, the team has been interacting with each other and Chinese scientists through video calls.

A WHO team first visited China in February 2020 and said that the COVID-19 virus appeared to have zoonotic origin, with the likely first outbreak at a seafood market in Wuhan. Last week, the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response said that both WHO and China could have acted faster and more forcefully to contain the start of the Covid-19 outbreak.


Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that the New India envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one that preserves and cherishes our rich history and tradition, while placing an impetus on development and progressive change. He said, the Central Vista project is one such endeavour that aims to address the vital lag in infrastructure needs of today while protecting and honouring the memory of our freedom fighters, vibrant history, architectural diversity and culture. Mr Puri said this while presiding over the Garlanding ceremony of the statue of Bharat Ratna Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant at Pandit Pant Marg, New Delhi. The statue has been relocated to its new location at rotary number 48 at the intersection of Church Road, Lok Sabha Marg, Rajya Sabha Marg and Pandit Pant Marg and is encircled by eminent landmarks.


Take a look at the weather forecast for today.

The National Capital is likely to have moderate fog. The temperature will hover between five and 20 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was around 12 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 26 degrees.

Chennai witnessed fog in the morning and will have a partly cloudy sky later. The temperature will vary between 21 and 31 degree Celsius.

In Kolkata, there was fog in the morning and will have mainly clear sky later. The city observed a minimum of around 13 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 24 degrees.

In Srinagar, there was fog in the morning and will have partly cloudy sky later. The temperature will hover between minus two and six degree Celsius.

In Jammu,  the minimum temperature was around six degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 20 degrees. The city will witness mainly clear sky today.

Leh had a minimum temperature of minus 15 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around one degree.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between minus six and 12 degree Celsius.

In Muzaffarabad the temperature will hover between three and 19 degree Celsius.

Dehradun observed a minimum temperature of around seven degree Celsius and a maximum of around 23 degrees. The city witnessed fog in the morning and will have mainly clear sky later.

Chandigarh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between six and 21 degree Celsius.



  • All newspapers have widely covered the FIRs booked against the farm leaders.  The Times of India headlines "Day after capital raid, authorities and protesters take stock and plan next moves," "Farmers put off  1st February parliament march; No rioter will be spared, says top cop." The Pioneer reports, "2 farm unions end protest, condemn R-day violence."

  • In some more relaxations of restrictions in view of Covid, The Hindu writes, "Cinemas allowed to seat more people." "50 per cent cap for movie halls lifted, pools open to all," says The Times of India adding that International travel may be eased further.

  • Papers have also noticed V K Sasikala's release from prison. The Statesman reports, "Ex-Jayalalitha aide Sasikala released after 4 years in prison."

  • And Finally, in some good news Hindustan Times writes, "Biden administration to let H-1B spouses work."


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