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  • Nation pays homage to great freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary today.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address inaugural function of Parakram Diwas in Kolkata today.

  • Prime Minister to also hand over land patta to indigenous landless people of Assam at Sivsagar.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah to chair Plenary session of North Eastern Council Meeting in Shillong.

  • Full dress rehearsal for Republic Day Parade being held in the national capital this morning.

  • And, Myanmar, Mauritius, Morocco and Seychelles receive India made COVISHIELD vaccine.


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. 

Now, the news:


The nation pays homage to great freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary today. It was on this day in 1897, Neta Ji was born in Cuttack, Odisha. The day is being celebrated as Parakram Diwas. The year-long celebrations to commemorate 125th birth anniversary year of Netaji also started  today. The Government has decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Netaji as 'Parakram Diwas' on 23rd January every year.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over the inaugural event of the celebrations being held at Kolkata.

Union Culture Ministry has planned a number of activities and projects for this year-long commemoration. A High Level Committee, headed by the Prime Minister, has been constituted to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose in a befitting manner.

The Ministry of Education proposed to establish five chairs on Netaji in five Indian Universities, organize online Lectures and Webinars on teachings of Netaji. National Film Development Corporation under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will organize a short-film competition on - How to fulfil  Netaji’s dreams for India.

Doordarshan and All India Radio will host panel discussions, produce documentaries and other programs on the life and times of Netaji. Railway Ministry has also renamed Howrah-Kalka Mail as Netaji Express. It is one of the oldest trains of Indian Railways.

During the freedom struggle, the great freedom fighter Netaji at one occasion, highlighted the importance of  unity among the countrymen to end the British Rule. Netaji had also called upon the people to be ready for sacrifice for the sake of the motherland.


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

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister 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. The Prime Minister said, today’s programme at Haripura will be a tribute to Netaji's 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 the Prime Minister, 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.


President Ram Nath Kovind has paid tributes  to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as the nation commences his 125th birth anniversary celebrations. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, it is befitting to celebrate this day as “Parakram Diwas” to honour his boundless courage and valour. He said, Netaji instilled the fervour of nationalism among his countless followers.

He said, Netaji is one of our most beloved national heroes who made extraordinary contribution to India's freedom struggle. The President said, Netaji’s patriotism and sacrifice shall always inspire us. He said,  we are committed to strengthen the spirit of freedom so strongly espoused by him.


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has paid tributes to the iconic freedom fighter and visionary leader,Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary today. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said that Netaji personified valour, determination and sacrifice and  played an invaluable role in liberating our motherland from the yoke of British rule. He said, the nation will forever be grateful to Netaji for his enormous contribution in India's freedom struggle.


In Odisha, special arrangements have been made at the Birth Place Museum of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Cuttack to mark Netaji's 125th birth anniversary. A number of dignitaries including Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and state Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik are paying rich tributes to Netaji at his birthplace. The Union Ministry of Culture has organised a special cultural show at the venue under the 'Ek Bharat Sresth Bharat' programme. We have a report from our correspondent.

"Having been born and schooled in Cuttack, Netaji rose to become one of the top most heroes of the Indian freedom movement that the country has ever produced. Netaji's Birth Place Museum in Odia Bazar in the millennium city of Cuttack stands as an eloquent testimony to his nationalistic legacy that include vignettes on his valiant journey as a patriot par excellence, as a political leader of extraordinary spirit and over and above, as the founder-commander of the Azad Hind Fauj. Every year, his birthplace draws a large number of people who are eager to acquire an eyeful of the gallery number 9- the  room where one of the tallest and toughest fighter patriot of this nation had arrived to create history. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar".


In Madhya Pradesh, Parakram divas is being celebrated along with the rest of the nation. Sarvjit Singh Dhillon, son of Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon while speaking to AIR News remembers Netaji's indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation. More from our Correspondent:

"Sarvajit Singh Dhillon, son of the late Gurbakhsh Singh Dhillon, who was close associate of Netaji and Colonel in Azad Hind Fauz, has welcomed the decision to celebrate Netaji's birth anniversary as a day of valor.

 (Son of Colonel Gurubakhsh Singh Dhillon)

Gurbaksh singh dhillon was residing in the Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh during his last days of life.His samadhi stahal is also situated at village hatod in shivpuri known as azad hind park. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR news, Bhopal".


IFFI will pay tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary today. In Netaji’s honour, the film ‘Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero’ by Shyam Benegal  will be screened.  IFFI that  commenced on 16th January will conclude tomorrow. More from our Panaji correspondent.

"Davide David, Director of World Panorama film The Border / La Frontera, said that he tried to create such dynamics in the film, which shows the irony that though we are erecting barriers amongst each other, we are ending up alone. While addressing press he said that the film throws light into the political crisis between Colombia and Venezuela, through the story of an Andean woman. Meanwhile, Filmmaker, media consultant, cinema academic and writer Prof. Pankaj Saxena said that the past often shapes the present. Film history is a central part of film education. Mr Saxena was speaking at the virtual Masterclass on ‘The Beginning of Cinema’. With Mukesh Thali, Tushar Jadhav, for Air News from Panaji, Goa".


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hand over land patta to indigenous landless people of Assam at an event in Sivsagar today. Assam government will give land pattas to 1 lakh 3 thousand people this month. The Prime Minister will start the distribution process at Sivsagar. Assam government has already provided land pattas to over 1 lakh people recently and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took the decision to provide land pattas to another over 1 lakh people this month.


The Prime Minister paid tributes to Balasaheb Thackeray on his Jayanti. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he was unwavering when it came to upholding his ideals. The Prime Minister said, he worked tirelessly for the welfare of people.


Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Shillong today to chair the 69th Plenary Meeting of the North Eastern Council (NEC). The meeting will also be attended by Union Minister Dr Jitender Singh and members of the NEC comprising Governors and Chief Ministers of the eight north-eastern States. Senior officials from north-eastern States and Central Government are also expected to be present. There will be presentations from the Ministry of DoNER, NEC, the State Governments and selected Central Ministries on various developmental initiatives and plans for the North-East Region during the two-day session.


Mr. Shah will also launch the Ayushman Bharat programme for central armed police forces at Guwahati in Assam this evening. Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan will also attend the programme. Mr Shah will also attend the opening ceremony of the first anniversary of the BTR Accord at Kokrajhar tomorrow. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his ministerial colleagues will also attend the programme. Mr Shah will also address a BJP meeting at Nalbari tomorrow.


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 today. The parade rehearsal will start at 9:50 AM from Vijay Chowk and will proceed to the 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 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. We have more from our correspondent.

"This year on 26th January, the Republic Day Parade  will be held following all necessary Covid-19 preventive protocols. The Conduct of the Parade will be similar to last year and special emphasis has been laid on factoring in Social distancing in all activities. This time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade route has been shortened. The parade will begin from Vijay Chowk, as usual, but will culminate at the National Stadium instead of ending at the Red Fort. So, it will l cover a distance of 3.3 km as compared to the normal 8.2 km. Only around 25,000 spectators will be allowed to witness the parade as compared to the average of 1.15 lakh people every year. Children below 15 years and the elderly with co-morbidities will not be permitted. Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi".


The eleventh round of talks between the Central Government and the farmers' unions was held in New Delhi yesterday 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. He 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 farmers' unions have been asked to get back to the government by today 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 today to hear final decision of the farmers' unions.

"11वें दौर की वार्ता के दौरान जब किसान यूनियन की तरफ से यह कहा गया कि हम तो पुराने प्रस्ताव पर विचार करके उनपर 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 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 समितिबनाकर आंदोलन में उठाये गये मुद्दों और पहलुओं पर विचार-विमर्श करके, 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।"


Welcome back to the morning news,

India continues to forge ahead with its Neighbourhood First policy as it extends a steady shoulder of a friend in need to its partner countries. Myanmar, Mauritius, Morocco and Seychelles received India made COVISHIELD vaccine yesterday. 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 it will be ensured that domestic manufacturers have adequate stocks to meet domestic requirements while supplying abroad. Many  countries have evinced interest in accessing vaccines from India which is the global hub for vaccine production. 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.


A total of two lakh 28 thousand 563 beneficiaries were vaccinated yesterday through 6,230 sessions which were conducted in various States and Union Territories on the seventh day of the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination drive. The Health Ministry said, the COVID-19 vaccination programme was conducted successfully on the seventh day of the countrywide massive exercise.


Ladakh  has registered Zero Covid infection for  the first time in eight months. 403  samples  were tested yesterday and all the samples tested negative. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"For the first time  after almost eight months  when Ladakh become free of covid infection in May for a short period, Ladakh once again recorded  zero Covid infection yesterday. After  Kargil district , Leh district too has shown better  control  on covid infection so far as no new covid positive case has been dectected yesterday. With discharge of five covid patients during the last twenty four hours,  the recovery rate in Ladakh registered 98 percent. At present the active cases of covid-19 is only 68 in the Union Territory. Yangchan Dolma for AIR news from Leh Ladakh".


In Uttar Pradesh,  the Covid vaccination work is going on according to guidelines of union government. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Dr Ram Manohar Lohia medical institute at Lucknow and reviewed the vaccination work.  He took the stock of information regarding arrangements and progress of vaccination in state. More from our Lucknow correspondent :

"Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that the vaccine will be available for all according to priorities set  by centre government. One thousand five hundred 27 booths were established for vaccination to health workers yesterday. Additional chief secretary health Amit Mohan Prasad told that covid vaccination work will we carried out on every Thursday and Friday. He told that during the last 24 hours 370 new cases of covid have been detected in state and  during the same period 484 people have recovered from Corona. He told that the  recovery rate has increased to 97.30 per cent. so far around 5 lakh 82 thousand people have got recovered. MS Yadav, AIR News, Lucknow".


In Maharashtra, 21,610 health workers were vaccinated  till 7 pm yesterday. More from our Mumbai correspondent:

"As many as 21,610 health workers were vaccinated at 282 centers in Maharashtra yesterday. Beed district has the highest number of 151 per cent vaccinations. Hingoli, Amravati, Wardha, Jalna and Osmanabad districts followed with 100 per cent vaccination. Dr. Pradeep Vyas, Principal Secretary of Health Department said that a total of 74,000 people have been vaccinated in the state so far. Meantime, the state reported 2779 new Covid-19 cases, taking the cumulative total to 20,03,657. 50 patients succumbed to the infection during the day taking the tally of the deceased to 50,684.  On the other hand, 3419 patients were discharged yesterday taking the total number of the recoveries to 19,06,827. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai".


In Gujarat, fresh cases of Covid-19 are constantly reducing. The recovery rate has further improved to 96.28 per cent. COVID-19 vaccination drive is progressing smoothly in the state. More from our Ahmedabad correspondent:

"11,352 persons were given Covid-19 vaccine in Gujarat yesterday. With this the total persons received the Covid-19 vaccine have reached up to 47,203. Meanwhile, Gujarat has recorded 451 new cases of Covid-19. The total number of Covid-19 cases detected so far in Gujarat has reached up to 2 lakh 57 thousand 964. Out of these, 2 lakh 48 thousand 650 patients recovered. 700 patients were discharged from the hospitals after recovery during the past 24 hours. At present total active cases in the state are 5240, out of which 51 patients are on ventilator. 2 patients died yesterday taking the total deaths due to Covid-19 up to 4,374. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


In Karnataka, 42,425 health care workers were vaccinated in 1,100 secessions held  on the seventh day  yesterday.  This is 52 per cent of the  81,519 targeted beneficiaries. So far, 1,82,503 beneficiaries were vaccinated in the State. More from our Bengaluru correspondent:

"According to the State Health bulletin 7,771 health care workers were vaccinated in Bengaluru Urban  yesterday, followed by Belagavi with 3,787 Tumkuru with 2,174. Karnataka Health Minister Dr. K.Sudhakar has said that 2 crore people will be vaccinated in the second phase. Speaking to media in Bengaluru yesterday the Minister further said that 8,47,908 people have registered for vaccination in the first phase. Meanwhile, Karnataka reported  324 new Covid-19 positive cases, 890 recoveries and 3 deaths during the last 24 hours. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS BENGALURU."


South East Central Railway has set a new record by operating  the longest goods train in the history of Indian Railways yesterday. A report from our Raipur correspondent:

"The country's longest freight train was run in Chhattisgarh by connecting 5 goods trains together. The longest goods train began its journey from Bhilai D cabin of Raipur railway division to Korba in Bilaspur division. Named as Vasuki, the total length of this freight train was about 3.5 kilometers with 300 wagons. Earlier, on 29 June, the Long Hall Super Anaconda train was run by connecting three loaded freight trains together. The operation of the long hall racks results in savings of crew-staff, optimum use of railway tracks and prompt delivery to consumers. Normally, for running 05 rakes, 05 loco pilots, 05 assistant loco pilots and 05 guards were required. However, only 01 Loco Pilot, 01 Assistant Loco Pilot and 01 Guard were required in the Vasuki train yesterday. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur".


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

The National Capital is likely to have dense fog. The city temperature will hover between nine and 18 degree Celsius.

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

Chennai witnessed fog in the morning. It will have partly cloudy sky later. The temperature will vary between 23 and 32 degree Celsius.

In Kolkata, there will be mainly clear sky. The city observed a minimum temperature of around 15 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 27 degrees.



Most dailies have reported on inconclusive Centre-farmer talks.

  • "Rethink, it's best offer:Government to farmers", writes The Tribune.
  • No further concessions to offer, government tells protesting farmers is the headline in The Hindu.
  • PM seeks to dispel vaccine hesitancy in interaction with health workers reports Hindustan Times.  "Faced pressure but went by scientists on vaccines: PM bid to dispel doubts" headlines The Indian Express.
  • The Tribune reports that the fire in SII has caused a loss of 1,000 crore rupees.
  • "Amid efficacy row, Covaxin gets thumbs-up from Lancet" headlines The Times of India.
  • "Congress to elect party chief by June" is the headline in The Statesman.
  • Biden respects successful ties with India, says White House, writes Hindustan Times.  Kamala further cements the importance of US-India ties, says a top White House official, reports The Asian Age.
  • The Tribune pays tributes to singer, Narendra Chanchal, who died yesterday. "Chalo bulawa aaya hai" singer Narendra no more, writes The Pioneer.


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