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22nd January, 2021


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserts, country has attained self reliance in making its own Covid-19 vaccines.

  • India will continue to supply COVID-19 vaccines to partner countries in a phased manner.

  • National Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 96.78 percent.

  • 11th round of talks between Centre and Farmer Unions held in New Delhi.

  • Prime Minister to address Parakram Diwas celebrations in Kolkata tomorrow to commemorate 125th Birth Anniversary year of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.  


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 has asserted that the country has attained self reliance in making its own Covid-19 vaccines. Interacting with beneficiaries and vaccinators of the Covid-19 drive from Varanasi via video conferencing, the Prime Minister expressed pride at the development of two vaccines in the country to tackle coronavirus. He said, the world's largest vaccination drive is underway in the country and it is making India Atmanirbhar. The Prime Minister said, it shows our self-reliance and India is also helping many countries.

Prime Minister Modi thanked beneficiaries and vaccinators of Covid-19 for instilling confidence in people regarding India’s vaccination programme. He said, Covid warriors have played a major role against the pandemic. He also mentioned that the country was better prepared to face the pandemic due to steps taken in Swacchata Abhiyan that had created a culture of cleanliness.

The Prime Minister said that front-line warriors have taken a definitive step by inoculating themselves in the first phase of vaccination drive. He highlighted that it is important for the healthcare workers to vaccinate themselves as it will help them function without any fear.

Prime Minister Modi also reiterated that granting emergency use approval for vaccines is not a political decision but a decision that has been taken after several rounds of discussions with doctors and scientists. He asked people not to harbour any fear in their minds regarding the vaccination process and to fearlessly get themselves vaccinated once their turn arrives.

During the interaction many beneficiaries said they felt comfortable and did not have any problem at all.

The interaction was a first-hand opportunity to hear the experiences of beneficiaries as well as feedback.

According to the University of Oxford’s Our World in Data, India is now the fastest country to breach the million mark in vaccination, taking only six days compared to nine by the US.

Mr Modi launched the inoculation drive on the 16th of January with over 300 million front-line workers prioritised to get the jabs first.


External Affairs Ministry has said that India will continue to supply COVID-19 vaccines to partner countries over the coming weeks and months in a phased manner. Addressing media in New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Anurag Srivastava said, there is interest in many countries in accessing vaccines from India which is the global hub for vaccine production. Mr Srivastava said that Prime Minister has already stated that India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity would be used for the benefit of all humanity in fighting this crisis. Mr Srivastava informed that India's grant assistance of vaccines to the neighbouring countries commenced on 20th of this month and on the first day, 1.5 lakh doses of vaccines were supplied to Bhutan and one lakh doses to Maldives as grant assistance.


Myanmar received 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine as gift from India today. External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar tweeted that the vaccines have arrived in Myanmar to contribute to its effort at inoculating its population.

Ambassador of India to Myanmar Saurabh Kumar called on the Union Minister for Health and Sports in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss cooperation on COVID-19 vaccine and other issues of mutual concern.


A total number of 10 lakh 43 thousand 534 people have been administered Covid-19 vaccines in the country so far. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry informed that more than one million healthcare workers have been inoculated with Covid-19 doses within six days from the start of the vaccination drive in the country.

Meanwhile, the country's COVID-19 recovery rate reached  96.78 per cent with the total recovery of more than 18 thousand patients in the last 24 hours. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that more than one crore two lakh patients have already recovered in the country from the disease. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is one lakh 88 thousand 688 which comprises only 1.78 per cent of the total positive cases.

The Ministry informed that a total number of 14 thousand 545 new cases have been reported in the country during the last 24 hours taking the cumulative positive cases to over one crore six lakh 25 thousand. The Health Ministry said that 163 deaths have been reported in one day taking the toll to one lakh 53 thousand 32 across the country.The Indian Council of Medical Research said that various laboratories have conducted more than eight lakh tests of corona virus samples in the last 24 hours and more than 19 crore tests have been done in the country so far.


The Union Government is using Rapid Assessment System, RAS for taking feedback from those who get vaccinated for COVID-19. This initiative is aimed at improving the vaccination experience for citizens, while ensuring that all norms are being followed during the vaccination process at all Vaccination Centres. This feedback system will help the government to make the vaccination process more citizen-friendly. The Electronics and IT Ministry said, RAS platform has already sent out around six lakh 20 thousand SMSes to all those who have been vaccinated in a short span of four days.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, the Young generation of New India has the zeal to fight troubles with great enthusiasm and education would enhance the development of the country. Addressing the Convocation of the Tezpur University in Assam through video conferencing this morning, the Prime Minister said the New Education Policy focuses on new technology, multidisciplinary approach and skill development.

"नई नेशनल एजुकेशन पॉलिसी के माध्यम से लगातार इसकी कोशिश की जा रही है। इस पॉलिसी में Technology के ज्यादा से ज्यादा उपयोग, मल्टीडिसिप्लिनरी एजुकेशन और Flexibility को प्रोत्साहित किया जा रहा है। नई National Educational Policy, Data और Data Analytics के लिए हमारे एजुकेशन सिस्टम को तैयार करने पर बल देती है। Data Analysis की मदद से Admission से लेकर Teaching और Evaluation तक पूरी प्रक्रिया बहुत बेहतर हो जाएगी। मुझे विश्वास है कि तेज़पुर यूनिवर्सिटी, नेशनल एजुकेशन पॉलिसी के इन लक्ष्यों को सिद्ध करने में अहम भूमिका निभाएगी।" 

Mr Modi urged the youth  to work for the country with courage and determination and acknowledged the great role played by the youth in the Country's fight against Covid 19. Prime Minister Modi said as India is entering its 75th year of Independence this year, we can never forget the contribution of innumerable people from Assam in the nation's freedom struggle. He called upon the youth to live for New India, Aatmanirbhar India. He said the student's learning and knowledge will boost the nation's progress.

"तेज़पुर यूनिवर्सिटी की एक पहचान अपने Innovation Center के लिए भी है। आपके Grassroots Innovations, Vocal for Local को भी नई गति देते हैं, नई ताकत देते हैं। ये Innovations स्थानीय समस्याओं को सुलझाने में काम रहे हैं, जिससे विकास के नए द्वार खुल रहे हैं। आपके डिमार्टमेंट ऑफ केमिकल साइंस ने पीने के पानी को साफ करने के लिए एक कम कीमत वाली आसान टेक्नॉलॉजी पर काम किया है। इसका लाभ असम के अऩेक गांवों को हो रहा है। भारत में इस प्रकार की टेक्नोलॉजी के विकास से हर घर जल पहुंचाने का- जल जीवन मिशन का जो सपना है, उसका एक सशक्तिकरण होगा।"

The Prime Minister said, the Centre is fully committed to develop the North East region which keeps creating innumerable new opportunities for the youth.


In Mizoram, schools for Class 10th and 12th students have reopened today after nine months’ closure of schools ordered by the State Government to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Education has implemented all arrangements for the safety of each student. Hosteler students have also been allowed to enter into their hostel from today, with the provision of possessing a negative report of Rapid Antigen Test.

Director of School Education James Lalrinchhana said that the government decided to reopen the schools for the Class 10 and 12 students as they will appear in the board examinations.


The eleventh round of talks between the Central Government and the farmers unions was held in New Delhi today which remained inconclusive. Talking to media after the meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, there is no problem in the three laws but government had offered to the implementation of three farm laws on hold for a period of one to one and half years so that issues related to farmers' agitation can be discussed to find a solution. He said, the government always maintained that it is ready to consider alternatives rather than repealing the farm laws.

"11वें दौर की वार्ता के दौरान जब किसान यूनियन की तरफ से यह कहा गया कि हम तो पुराने प्रस्ताव पर विचार कर के उन पर सहमत नहीं हो सके और हम रिपीली चाहते हैं जबकि भारत सरकार ने हमेशा यह बात कही कि रिपिल के अतिरिक् कोई विकल् हो तो बताओ। लेकिन आज भी उन्होंने कहा कि हमारी यही मांग है, तो हमने कहा कि जो प्रस्ताव आपको दिया है एक से डेढ़ बरस तक कानून को स्थगित रख के कमेटी बनाकर आंदोलन में उठाये गये मुद्दों और पहलुओं पर विचार-विमर्श कर के, रिकमेन्डेशन करने के लिये वह प्रस्ताव हमारा बेहतर प्रस्ताव है। उस प्रस्ताव पर आप पुनर्विचार करें। वह प्रस्ताव किसानों के हित में भी है, देश के हित में भी है।"

Mr Tomar said, the Centre  gave many proposals to the protesting farmers to end the protest, but no resolution is possible when sanctity of agitation is lost. He said, the agitation is being done mainly by those from Punjab and some from few other states. Mr. Tomar alleged that some external forces are also trying to ensure that agitation continues and these forces are against the farmers' interests. He asserted that farm laws passed by Parliament are in the interest of farmers.

The Minister informed that farmer unions have been told to get back to the government by tomorrow with their decision on its proposal to suspend the implementation of three farm laws and find a solution. Mr. Tomar said, one should be hopeful and the government will wait till tomorrow to hear final decision of the farmers' unions.


Union Government has said that more than 82 lakh paddy farmers have been benefited from current Kharif Marketing Season Procurement Operations with Minimum Support Price, MSP value of over one lakh nine thousand crore rupees. Agriculture Ministry said, the government continues to procure Kharif crops at its Minimum Support Price from farmers as per its existing schemes. Around 577 lakh tonnes of paddy have been procured from 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. This is an increase of 22.16 per cent against the last year corresponding purchase of 472 lakh tonnes. 


The year long celebrations to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary year of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will commence tomorrow. The Central Government has decided to celebrate the birthday of Netaji as Parakram Diwas on the 23rd of January every year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit West Bengal tomorrow to address the inaugural function of the ‘Parakram Diwas’ celebrations at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.

In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Modi said that tomorrow, India will mark Parakram Diwas, the Jayanti of the great Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. He said, among the various programmes being organised across the nation, one special programme is being held at Haripura in Gujarat. He said, Haripura has a special relation with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It was at the historic Haripura Session of 1938 that Netaji Bose took up the Presidentship of the Congress Party. Prime Minister said, tomorrow’s programme at Haripura will be a tribute to Netaji contribution to the nation. He said, on the eve of Netaji Jayanti, his mind goes back to 23rd January 2009, the day, e-Gram Vishwagram Project was launched from Haripura. This initiative revolutionised Gujarat’s IT infrastructure and took the fruits of technology to the poor, in the remotest parts of the state. Mr Modi said, he can never forget the affection of the people of Haripura, who took him through an elaborate procession on the same road as Netaji Bose was taken, in 1938.

The Prime Minister also expressed the hope that the thoughts and ideals of Netaji keep inspiring people to work towards building a strong, confident and self-reliant India, whose human-centric approach contributes to a better planet in the years to come.

A High Level Committee, headed by Prime Minister Modi, has been constituted for deciding the programs, and to supervise and guide the commemoration throughout the year. The Committee will provide guidance for the commemoration activities in Delhi, Kolkata and other places associated with Netaji and Azad Hind Fauj, both in India as well as overseas.

The Ministry of Culture has proposed a number of activities and projects for the year-long commemoration. A permanent exhibition on Netaji and a Projection Mapping Show will be inaugurated on the occasion. A cultural program "Amra Nuton Jouboneri Doot" will also be held based on the theme of Netaji. A commemorative coin and postage stamp will also be released on this day. The Ministry of Culture will also be organising a programme at Netaji’s birthplace in Cuttack, Odisha.

The Ministry of Education has proposed to establish five chairs on Netaji in five Indian Universities, organize online Lectures and Webinars on teachings of Netaji. The National Film Development Corporation under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will organize a short-film competition on - How to fulfil  Netaji’s dreams for India. All India Radio and Doordarshan will host panel discussions, produce documentaries and other programs on the life and times of Netaji.


Ahead of the Republic Day-2021 celebrations in the National Capital, the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade will be held at Rajpath tomorrow.  The parade rehearsal will start at 9.50 A.M. from Vijay Chowk and will proceed to National Stadium. The parade will pass through Rajpath, Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, C-Hexagon to National Stadium. Delhi Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements for smooth conduct of the parade along the route.

Delhi Police has said that traffic movement on certain roads leading to the parade's route will be restricted and no traffic is being allowed on Vijay Chowk from 6 P.M. today till the rehearsal is over tomorrow. No cross traffic will be allowed on Rajpath intersections from 11 P.M. tonight at Rafi Marg, Janpath and Man Singh Road till the parade is over. The 'C'-Hexagon-India Gate will be closed for traffic from 9.15 A.M. tomorrow till the entire parade and tableaux enter the National Stadium.

Delhi Metro rail services will remain available for the commuters at all metro stations during the full dress rehearsal. However, boarding and de-boarding at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan will not be allowed till 12 noon.


The ongoing 51st International Film Festival of India at Panaji will conclude on 24th of January. Lot of programmes are being held other than screenings of the movies including press conferences and in conversation virtual events.

"IFFI  will pay tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary tomorrow. In Netaji’s honour the film ‘Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero’ by Shyam Benegal  will be screened during the festival. Netaji remains one of the most beloved national heroes and an icon of India’s freedom struggle. In the meanwhile, young film maker Pramati Anand spoke about her film Jhaat Aayi Basant.  She said that there is something that holds back the previous generation of women from supporting the next generation. The National School of Drama pass-out Director has concentrated the lens on how women internalise the dictums of society and come to terms with it. With Mukesh Thali, Tushar Jadhav, for Air News, Panaji Goa."


Popular Bhajan singer Narendra Chanchal today passed away  at a private hospital in New Delhi today. He was 80.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief at the demise of the well-known singer. They also expressed their condolences to the family and admirers of the singer.

In his condolence message, Mr Kovind said it is a huge loss to music, especially devotional music. He said, Narendra Chanchal's songs sung during  musical journey of nearly five decades will always make listeners happy.

In his condolence message, Prime Minister Modi said that Narendra Chanchal made a mark in the world of Bhajan singing with his vibrant voice.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar also condoled the demise of Narendra Chanchal.


Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has said the Election Commission will be taking every step to ensure free, fair, peaceful and ethical elections in West Bengal. On the concluding day of its three-day visit, the full team of the ECI told reporters today that green police and civic volunteers cannot be used for conducting elections. After declaring the poll schedule, no political parties will be allowed to hold motor-bike rallies. The CEC said, adequate Central forces will be deployed in the state at the proper time. He asked all the poll-related officials and workers to act without fear and mentioned that the Commission will be keeping an eye on whether any step is being taken against them.

Earlier in the day, the full bench met with the higher officials of the State Administration including Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Director General of Police and the Police Commissioner of Kolkata to review poll-preparedness.


In Bihar, lone BSP MLA Mohammad Zama Khan today joined Janata Dal (United). Mr Khan won the election from Chainpur Assembly Constituency. Acting State JD(U) President Ashok Kumar Chaudhary said, the party will be strengthened after joining of the BSP MLA.


The External Affairs Ministry today said that India is in touch with China to effect at the earliest a crew change for 16 Indian sailors stranded on a cargo ship in Chinese waters for nearly four months. The Ministry Spokesman Anurag Srivastava said, the Indian Embassy is continuously following up with both the shipping company as well as Chinese Authority to ensure the well-being of the crew and to facilitate this matter further.

In reply to a question on the Line of Actual Control, Mr Srivastava said that India and China have agreed to hold the next round of the Senior Commander-level meeting soon and the two sides are in close communication over diplomatic and military channels in this regard.

On India's relation with the US in view of the new regime in that country, the Spokesman said that India will continue to remain engaged at all levels and further consolidate the vibrant and multi-faceted bilateral relations with the US and work together on global challenges of common interest.


In yet another milestone, DRDO successfully conducted captive and release trial of indigenously developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon SAAW from Hawk-I of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) off the Odisha coast .

The smart weapon was successfully test fired yesterday from Indian Hawk-Mk132 of HAL. This was the ninth successful mission of SAAW conducted by DRDO till now. It was a text book launch, which met all mission objectives. The telemetry and tracking systems installed at Interim Test Range (ITR), Balasore captured all the mission events.

SAAW is indigenously designed and developed by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI) Hyderabad. This is 125 Kg class smart weapon, capable of engaging ground enemy airfield assets such as radars, bunkers, taxi tracks, and runways up to a range of 100 kilometres. The high precision guided bomb is light weight as compared to weapon system of the same class. The weapon was earlier successfully test fired from Jaguar aircraft.


Indian Railways has finalised the tender for Vande Bharat Type train sets for 44 rakes of 16 Cars each. The procurement includes five-year comprehensive annual maintenance contract with the supplier. The Ministry said, for the first time, the tender required minimum 75 per cent local content requirement of the total value of the tender. This is expected to give a boost to Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission.


In Uttar Pradesh, the 24th Hunar Haat with the theme of Vocal for Local  started today at Awadh Shilp Gram in Lucknow. It will continue till the 4th of February. Artisans and craftsmen from 31 States and Union Territories are participating in the Hunar Hatt. About 500 artisans and craftsmen and culinary experts from different States and UTs have come to the Hunar Haat for display and sale of their handmade products. 


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

The National Capital is likely to have clear sky. The temperature will hover between four and 18 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai will have a clear sky. The minimum temperature will be around 17 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 29 degrees.

Chennai will witness partly cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius.

In Kolkata, there will be fog in the morning and mainly clear sky later. The city will observe minimum temperature of 14 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 26 degrees .

Srinagar will have rain or snow. Temperature will hover between minus two and seven degrees Celsius.

Jammu will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature will be around seven degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 19 degrees.

Leh will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature will be around minus 11 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around six degrees.

Gilgit will have light snow. The temperature will hover between minus six and 11 degrees Celsius.

Muzaffarabad will experience thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will hover between two and 16 degrees Celsius.

Dehradun will observe minimum temperature of around five degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 22 degrees. The city will have shallow fog.

Chandigarh will have moderate fog. The temperature is likely to hover between nine and 19 degrees Celsius.


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