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  • India successfully launches high power communication satellite GSAT-30.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Indian way of conflict avoidance is power of dialogue and not brute force.

  • Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale says protecting data is essential for economic well-being and national security.

  • Widespread rain lashes north India; Indian Air Force rescues 107 stranded trekkers in Ladakh.

  • In cricket, second ODI between India and Australia to be played at Rajkot in Gujarat this afternoon.


India's high power communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched onboard Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana early this morning. The Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO said the 3,357-kg GSAT-30 will provide high-quality television, telecommunications and broadcasting services. It will serve as replacement to the aging INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage.

ISRO said, the satellite will provide the Indian mainland and islands coverage in Ku-band and extended coverage in C-band covering the Gulf countries, a large number of Asian countries and Australia. With a mission life of 15 years, GSAT-30 is an operational communication satellite for DTH, television uplink and VSAT services.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that openness, respect for different opinions and innovation are a natural process of thought for Indians. The Prime Minister said that at a juncture when the world is seeking to break free from mindless hate, violence, conflict and terrorism, the Indian way of life offers hope. He also maintained that the Indian way of conflict avoidance is not by brute force but by the power of dialogue.

Addressing students of IIM, Kozhikode through video conferencing, Prime Minister Modi said that even while most of the western countries took decades to give voting rights to women, the makers of our Constitution ensured that women had voting rights from the very first day.

The Prime Minister also said that Indian thought has given a lot to the world and has the potential to contribute even more. He also said that Mahatma Gandhi championed these ideals of peace and this contributed to India’s freedom.

"Ours is a land that has given the world vibrant faiths such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. In this land the Sufi tradition has flourished. Non-Violence is at the core of all these. In the 20th century, Mahatma Gandhi championed these ideals and this contributed to India’s freedom."

The Prime Minister also enunciated and lauded the measures through which the country is making a great mark in cutting down on carbon emissions. He also made a special mention regarding the postive signs seen in the forest cover in the country and how measures to save tigers have started showing positive results.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed the agreement to permanently settle the Bru-Reang refugees in Tripura saying it will greatly help them. In a tweet, Mr Modi said the Bru-Reang refugees will benefit from numerous welfare schemes of the government. He described it is a special day indeed.

The Union Government yesterday signed an agreement with stakeholders from the State of Tripura, Mizoram and members of the Bru community bringing an end to the 22-year old Bru refugee crisis. As per the agreement, over 30 thousand Bru refugees will be settled in Tripura.  Addressing the media, Home Minister Amit Shah said, it was a long-pending issue which has been resolved. The Centre has  sanctioned  a 600-crore rupee package for the rehabilitation of the people from this community. He said, Bru refugees will get a 40 x 30 feet plot along with a fixed deposit of four lakh rupees, cash assistance of  five thousand  rupees per month for two years and free ration.

"उनको 40 बाई 30 फिट का एक आवासीय प्लॉट दिया जाएगा और चार लाख रुपये की फिक् डिपॉजि़ट उनके परिवार के नाम पर की जाएगी। पांच हजार रुपया प्रतिमाह नकद सहायता दी जाएगी। दो साल तक पूरा राशन भारत सरकार की ओर से दिया जाएगा और मकान बनाने के लिए डेढ़ लाख रुपये दिए जाएंगे।"

Tripura Chief Minister Bipalb kumar Dev expressed happiness over the agreement:

"मैं बहुत-बहुत बधाई देता हूं देश के प्रधानमंत्री और गृह मंत्री जी को, जो आपने ये ऐतिहासिक कदम उठाया। भारत में पहली बार हुआ जो दो प्रदेश एकसाथ मिलजुल कर अपने लोगों को बसा लिया।"

Chief Minister of Mizoram Zoramthanga said this agreement will solve the crisis which has gone on for over twenty years.

"We have signed an important agreement in understanding with the BRU leaders and the government of Tripura and the government of Mizoram under the guidance of the Union Home Ministry. We are really grateful for this and I believe that this will permanently solve the burning issue. "


Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale has said that protecting data is essential for economic wellbeing and national security. Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, he said, in an increasingly digital world, information is power and the countries need to protect it. Mr Gokhale said, if information is the new gold, then India is sitting on 1/7th of the world's proven reserves, because one out of every seven in the world is an Indian. Asked about 5G techology, Mr Gokhale said simply going with a technology will not be the wise course of action. He said, the wise course of action will be to develop our own capacity and capability. His remarks come as Telecom operators in the country have submitted their applications for 5G trials.


The BJP Central Election Committee met in New Delhi yesterday to finalize the list of party candidates for the Delhi Assembly elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Party Working President JP Nadda and other senior leaders were present at the meeting.


The Delhi BJP has received 11.65 lakh suggestions over a range of issues during the fortnight-long drive seeking people's inputs to prepare the party's manifesto for the Delhi Assembly polls. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari said, most of the suggestions are related to water-logging, potholes, damaged roads, dirty water supply, pollution and unemployment. The feedback campaign 'Meri Dilli, Mera Sujhavo' was launched by the BJP earlier this month. 


Widespread rain has lashed several parts of North India. Higher reaches of Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand recorded snowfall, while the plains experienced moderate rains yesterday. Widespread rains in the national capital brought the maximum temperature down. The MeT department said, the city recorded a high of 16.4 degrees Celsius, which was three notches below normal yesterday.

In Punjab, Amritsar was the coldest place with a minimum temperature of 3.4 degrees Celsius. In Haryana, Ambala recorded a minimum of 6.9 degrees Celsius. Chandigarh registered a night temperature of 7.6 degrees Celsius.

Incessant rain accompanied by hailstorm lashed several places in Uttar Pradesh, intensifying the winter chill. Schools in many district have been closed today due to the cold wave.  More from our correspondent:

"It has been raining continuously from last 24 hours in state capital Lucknow throwing normal life out of gear. Same is the condition of many areas of state where incessant rains have not only intensified the winter chill but also forced people to remain indoors. Heavy Rain and Hailstorm at some places have damaged the crops and potato farmers are the worst hit. According to met department rain and thundershowers are likely to occur at many parts of state during next 24 hours and dense fog is also very likely in western parts. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


Indian Air Force helicopters have rescued 107 people, including foreign nationals, who got stranded during the Chadar Trek in the Union Territory of Ladakh. The rescue operation was carried out with Ladakh's civil administration, nearby army units and local disaster relief teams during the past two days. The trekkers, including foreign nationals and almost an equal number of local guides and porters, were part of the ongoing 'Chadar Trek. They got stranded when some portions of the frozen Zanskar River melted.


The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was reopened for vehicular traffic yesterday evening after remaining closed for four days. The highway was closed on Monday after snowfall across the Jawahar Tunnel and multiple landslides in Banihal-Ramban sector.

The Banihal Deputy Superintendent of Police Shamsher Singh said 200 stranded trucks on way to Jammu and about 100 LMVs stranded at Ramban were allowed to move.


Students, teachers and parents across India are eagerly awaiting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction programme 'Pariksha Pe Charcha-2020'. The event will be held at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on the 20th of this month. Over two thousand students, parents and teachers will be participating from all over the country. Mr. Modi will answer questions and interact with selected students about how they can beat examination stress.

Talking to AIR News, Anjali, a student of the Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Suratgarh in Rajasthan, said 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' is a wonderful initiative and she is excited to share her experience with the Prime Minister.

"मेरा नाम अंजलि पंवार है, में कक्षा १० की छात्रा हूँ में राजकीय उच्च माध्यमिक विद्यायलय में पड़ती हूँ सूरत अकादमी में और मैं मोदी जी से मिलने जा रही हूं। मुझे बहुत proud feel हो रहा है। मैं मोदी जी से प्रश् करूंगी कि हम study के मामले में कैसे आगे बढ़ें और कैसे success प्राप् करें। मैं वहां जा कर अपने मन की बात कहूंगी और अपने doubts clear करूंगी।"

Talking to AIR News, the Principal of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Longleng, Nagaland, Pratap Singh, said, students will feel confident after discussions with the Prime Minister. 

"I am very happy, this time one student selected from our school on Pariksha Pe Charcha . Our student interact with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi  in this program. More confidence will be increased in this program."


Swimming and Tennis competitions will start today at the 3rd khelo India youth games in Guwahati.  On day seven yesterday, Maharashtra maintained their grip on the top spot with a total of 128 medals, followed by Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala.

"The Khelo India youth games successfully fulfilling the motto of promoting grass root talent of the country. A farmer's son from Maharashtra Mukud won his first gold in weightlifting event. His father Santosh told AIR that after getting Khelo India scholarship he was able to win medal this time. 

पिछले साल में खेलो इंडिया में चौथा आया था। तो खेलो इंडिया का स्कॉलरशिप भी चालू हुई। उसका भी इसको अच्छा ही हुआ खाने-पीने में। उसके बाद परफॉर्मेंस अच्छा करने लगा। इस बार गोल्ड लेकर आया।"

Maharashtra weightlifting coach Praveen said due to the proper implementation of the Khelo India scholarship youth from rural areas are also performing very well.

इनको स्कॉलरशिप मिल रही है, उसकी वजह से काफी उनको डायट के लिए सपोर्ट हो रहा है और इसीलिए ग्रामीण लड़के वो काफी अच्छी तैयारी कर रहे हैं।

Khelo India youth games is a big platform for budding players of the country and they are exploring it very well.


In Cricket, the second One-Day International between India and Australia will be played at Rajkot in Gujarat today. The match will start at 1:30 PM. All India Radio will broadcast a live commentary alternately in Hindi and English. It can be heard from 1 PM on FM Rainbow and additional frequencies.



  • India's decision to invite Pakistan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO summit to be held later this year gets top billing in most papers. The Indian Express writes "With summit invite plan, India opens window to bilateral space with Pakistan".

  • Taking note of the busting of an alleged Jaish-e-Muhammad or JEM module in Kashmir, the Asian Age reports "Cops claim 5 JeM men held, January 26 hit averted".

  • The Hindu quotes, on its front page, the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat as saying "Children being radicalised in Kashmir ; We have deradicalisation camps going on in our country".

  • On online giant Amazon's announcement that it would invest 1 billion dollars in India, the Times of India quotes Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal as saying "Amazon investing to cover losses, not doing a favour".


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