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Govt cancels CBSE Exam for Class 10th; postpones Class 12th exams; PM Modi says well being of students is top priority of govt            VP M Venkaiah Naidu and PM Modi interact with Governors and LGs on COVID-19 situation in country            Centre approves increase in production of Remdesivir and reducing its prices            Strict restrictions come into effect in Maharashtra for a fortnight from tonight to curb spread of COVID-19 pandemic            Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launches Aahaar Kranti mission to spread awareness about nutrition           

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  • UN General Assembly adopts India's resolution to declare 2023 as  International Year of Millets.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, India is honored to be at the forefront of popularizing Millets.
  • BJP Central election committee meets in New Delhi in the wake of upcoming Assembly Election.
  • External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishanker visits Dhaka, says, Bangladesh is central to India's neighborhood first Policy.
  • India commemorates Chabahar Day, External Affairs Minister says, Chabahar port facilitated delivery of humanitarian assistance during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Employee Provident Fund Organization, EPFO retains interest rate at 8.5 per cent for 2020-21, Extends social security benefits to Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh. 
  • Bengaluru and Shimla among the 'Most liveable' cities across the country; Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister issues Ease of Living Index.
  • India receives highest ever FDI of over 67 billion US dollar during the period of April-December 2020.
  • Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaram  enter the quarter finals of Swiss Open Badminton Tournament.
  • And, in Cricket, India were 24 for one in their first innings at stumps in response to 205 runs by England on the opening day of the fourth test at Ahmedabad. 


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 detail:


The United Nations has unanimously declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets. The 193 member UN General Assembly adopted a resolution sponsored by India and supported by over 70 nations declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets.

The resolution titled ‘International Year of Millets-2023’ was initiated by India with Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia and Senegal and was co-sponsored by over 70 nations.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti said it is a big step to promote nutritional and ecological benefits of millets in the world as a key component of food basket and effect policy changes. He expressed gratitude to all co-sponsors. He also expressed delight that all Member States enjoyed the delicious millet "murukku" distributed by Indian Mission.

Millets can grow on poor soils and are resistant or tolerant to many crop diseases and pests. They can also survive adverse climatic conditions. Nutritionist Dr Meenal Jain spoke about the benefits of including millets in the daily diet.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed gratitude to all the nations who initiated and co-sponsored the resolution on International Year of Millets at the United Nations. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, India is honoured to be at the forefront of popularising Millets, whose consumption furthers nutrition, food security and welfare of farmers. He said, it also offers research and innovation opportunities for agriculture scientists and start-up communities. The Prime Minister said, the distinguished delegates were also served delicious Millet Murukku. Mr Modi said, this is one snack he also relished and urged everyone to try it as well.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual summit with his Swedish counterpart Stefan Löfven tomorrow. During the Summit, the two leaders will hold comprehensive discussions on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and global issues including further strengthening of cooperation in the post COVID era. This will be the fifth interaction between the two leaders since 2015. In April last year, the two Prime Ministers had a telephonic conversation to discuss the situation arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive the CERAWeek Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award tomorrow. He will also deliver the keynote address at the Cambridge Energy Research Associates Week 2021 via video conferencing.

CERAWeek was founded in 1983 by Dr. Daniel Yergin. CERAWeek Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award was instituted in 2016. It recognizes the commitment of leadership on the future of global energy and environment and for offering solutions and policies for energy access, affordability and environmental stewardship.


The BJP Central Election Committee meeting is underway in New Delhi  to finalise the party's first list of candidates for five assembly polls. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President J P Nadda and other senior party leaders including Union Ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh  are attending the meeting at the party headquarters.  In the meeting, the party is expected to clear  the names of BJP candidates for the first phase of the polls in Assam and West Bengal.

The Congress Central Election Committee will also meet  on 6th of this month to clear the names of candidates for West Bengal and Assam assembly elections.


External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar was on a day long visit to Bangladesh today. The visit was intended to prepare for the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh to participate in the birth centenary celebration of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, 50 years of the liberation of Bangladesh and Establishment of diplomatic ties with India. Our Dhaka correspondent Rajesh Jha has sent this report-

"The day long visit of the External Affairs Minister External Dr. S. Jaishankar to Dhaka started off with a meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Dr. A K Abdul Momen. Addressing media after the meeting Dr. Jaishankar said that Bangladesh is central to India’s neighbourhood first policy. He said that the importance of Bangladesh is growing in India’s Act East policy. The External Affairs Minister said that India and Bangladesh are working hard to expand their relationship in all dimensions ranging from security, trade, transport and connectivity, culture, people to people ties, energy, joint development of shared resources to defence. He said that the comfort level of the two countries is so high that there is no issue which they can't solve by amicable discussion. Speaking about cooperation between the two countries during the COVID pandemic, Dr. Jaishankar said that Bangladesh is the largest recipient of 9 million doses of made in India vaccine. The External Affairs Minister also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during his Bangladesh visit. Rajesh Jha, AIR news, Dhaka"


India today commemorated Chabahar Day on the sidelines of the Maritime India Summit-2021. The event was held virtually. Ministers from Afghanistan, Armenia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan participated in the event.

Addressing the Ministerial-Level opening session, External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar said, the shift in the fulcrum of global economic growth towards Asia is creating unprecedented opportunities for connectivity in the region.


"Today’s event reflects India’s strong commitment to work together with all regional stakeholders to enhance connectivity in the region and to provide unhindered access to the sea to landlocked Central Asian countries through Chabahar. Today’s event also commemorates five years of the signing of the Tripartite Agreement on the establishment of a Trilateral Transport and Transit Corridor. This agreement is a fitting tribute to the rich civilisational, cultural and trade links between India, Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asia."

 Dr Jaishankar said, Chabahar port has not only emerged as a commercial transit hub for the region but also facilitated the delivery of humanitarian assistance, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Central Board of the EPFO today recommended 8.5 per cent annual rate of interest for the financial year 2020-21. The decision was taken in the 228th meeting of Central Board of Trustees, EPF which was held today in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir under the chairmanship of Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar. The Minister informed that the interest rate would be officially notified in the government gazette following which EPFO would credit the rate of interest into the subscribers’ accounts. Since the year 2014 EPFO has consistently generated returns not less than 8.5 percent. EPFO over the years has been able to distribute higher income to its members, through various economic cycles with minimal credit risk. Considering the high credit profile of the EPFO investment, the interest rate of EPFO is considerably higher than other comparable investments avenues available for subscribers.

For the current fiscal, the EPFO has decided to liquidate investment and the interest rate recommended is a result of combined income from interest received from debt investment as well as income realized from equity investment.

The social security coverage of establishments under EPFO in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh has increased by 38 percent, from 3458 on 31st October 2019 to 4754 on 31st January 2021. The benefits of social security schemes of EPFO in these UTs have been extended to 2.11 lakh subscribers by January this year as compared to 1.29 lakh in October 2019, registering a remarkable growth of 63 percent.

Labour Ministry has informed that this has enabled EPFO to provide higher returns to its subscribers and still allowing EPFO with healthy surplus to act as cushion for providing higher returns in the future also.


Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri today announced the release of the final rankings of Ease of Living Index-2020 and the Municipal Performance Index-2020 in New Delhi today in an online event.

The rankings under Ease of Living Index-2020 were announced for cities with a population of more than a million and cities with less than a million people. In all, 111 cities participated in the assessment exercise that was conducted last year.

Bengaluru emerged as the top performer in the Million Plus category, followed by Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Surat, Navi Mumbai, Coimbatore, Vadodara, Indore and Greater Mumbai. In the Less than Million category, Shimla was ranked the highest in ease of living, followed by Bhubaneshwar, Silvassa, Kakinada, Salem, Vellore, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Davangere and Tiruchirappalli.

The Municipal Performance Index examined the sectoral performance of 111 municipalities with Delhi being assessed separately for NDMC, and the three Municipal Corporations across five verticals which comprise of 20 sectors and 100 indicators in all totality. The five verticals under Municipal Performance Index are Services, Finance, Policy, Technology and Governance. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Puri said,


India received the highest ever Foreign Direct Investments of over 67 billion US dollars for the first nine months of a financial year, last year.  During the period of April to December 2020, FDI equity inflow grew by 40 percent as compared to the corresponding period in the last financial year.

As per Ministry of Commerce & Industry, these trends are an endorsement of India’s status as a preferred investment destination amongst global investors. Measures being taken by the Government on the fronts of policy reforms, investment facilitation and ease of doing business have resulted in tremendous FDI inflows into the country.


The Supreme Court today said that some kind of screening is needed for shows and web series being telecast on Over The Top, OTT platforms and asked the government to place recently framed regulation before it by tomorrow. Here is a desk report:


"The Supreme Court's observation came during the hearing of a petition filed by Amazon India head Aparna Purohit. Aparna Purohit has challenged the Allahabad high court order denying pre-arrest bail to her in criminal cases registered in connection with web series 'Tandav'. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said, few OTT platforms are showing some kind of pornographic content. The bench, also comprising Justice R S Reddy, said that a balance has to be struck. The Apex Court posted the matter for hearing tomorrow, asking the Centre to submit before it the regulations on OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Swati Rakheja, News Desk."

Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar held a meeting today with representatives of OTT industry and explained to them the provisions of the new OTT rules. Mr. Javadekar said, all representatives from OTT industry welcomed the fresh guidelines issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting adding they would partner together towards making the experience on the OTT platforms better for the audience.


BJP today hit back at Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for criticising  the government over the Income Tax raids at the premises of some Bollywood celebrities. 

In a tweet, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar criticised Mr. Gandhi for giving lessons on media freedom and reminded the Congress of the gagging act against the media during the Emergency. He wondered how a party run by a single family is lecturing on democracy. 

Briefing reporters in New Delhi, another BJP leader Gaurav Bhatia asserted that the Narendra Modi government has given complete freedom to probe agencies and if somebody breaks the law, then probe agencies will do their job.



The Offer For Sale of IRCON International Ltd closed with good interest from retail investors and 2.06 times subion. Secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management said in a tweet that with this, IRCON is now Minimum Public Shareholding compliant. Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey thanked all investors for their participation.


More than one crore 66 lakh 16 thousand doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to beneficiaries in the country so far. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry today informed that a total of nine lakh 94 thousand 452 doses of vaccines were administered in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the country's COVID-19 recovery rate presently stands at 97.03 per cent with a total recovery of more than 14 thousand patients within 24 hours.


Puducherry Lt. Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan has appealed to the people of Puducherry through All India Radio to take Covid 19 Vaccine without any fear or hesitation.

"Dr Tamilisai, herself is a gynaecologist, visited AIR studio to share her views and encourage the public for Covid 19 vaccination. In an exclusive interview to AIR Puducherry, LG stated that all the eligible people, like citizens aged above 60 years and those above 45 years with co-morbidity conditions, must be motivated to take the vaccine.
        (S/B- LG Tamilisai)
Dr. Tamilisai also appealed to all the people to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 preventive norms so as to prevent the spread of the pandemic. In order to expedite the immunisation drive. Chandra Mohan/AIR NEWS/Puducherry"


Two special observers are expected to reach poll bound West Bengal by this weekend. According to sources in the state CEO office, Special Observer Ajay Nayek and Special police observer Vivek Dubey are scheduled to arrive in Kolkata tomorrow. They will be meeting with the CEO and other poll officials of the state before moving towards the poll bound districts according to phases.


BJP today demanded the Election Commission to remove TMC leaders who are still heading municipal corporations despite their term ending a year back. A delegation of party leaders met the Commission in New Delhi over the issue. Talking to reporters after the meeting, senior BJP leader Bhupendra Yadav said there are 125 local bodies in West Bengal which are being led by TMC leaders unconstitutionally and their appointment is against Municipal Corporation Act of West Bengal.


In Tamilnadu, the Chief electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo has said that Voter information slip would be issued in place of photo voter slip. This will include information like polling station, date and time of the poll among the others. All the district election officers have been directed to distribute the voter information slip at least five days before the date of poll to all enrolled electors.


The United States yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to the Indo-US Global Strategic Partnership. Speaking to media, Spokesperson of the US State Department Mr. Ned Price said, the US has authorized over 20 Billion Dollars worth of defence sales to India.


International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th of March. All India Radio News honors Women Achievers from diverse fields by bringing their stories. Today we will bring to you the stories of women who have done exceptional service to society. Dr. Kriti Bharti and her trust Sarthi  trust are working relentlessly against child marriage. She is known for child marriage annullment. Dr. Bharti from Jodhpur, Rajasthan has till now annulled 41 child marriages in Rajasthan and has prevented 1400 child marriages across the country. Apart from working  against child marriages, she is also working on all the issues related to juvenile justice act.  Talking to All India Radio News, Dr. Bharti says till now  more than 7000  children have been rehabilitated.



Key indices at the domestic stock markets snapped three days of gains to decline over one percent, today. While the rupee weakened slightly against the US dollar. In the international markets, crude oil prices firmed up further. A report from the business world-

"The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange declined 599 points, or 1.2 percent, to close at 50,846. The Nifty slipped 165 points, or 1.1 percent, to 15,081. Key indices at other Asian markets ended mostly lower.  Global crude oil prices rose for the second straight day, on the possibility that OPEC producers might decide against increasing output at a key meeting later in the day. So, Brent crude futures rose 53 cents, to trade at 64.60 dollars a barrel.Back Home, at the Multi Commodity Exchange, gold futures for April were trading 87 rupees lower, at 44,861 rupees per ten grams. And... at the forex market, the rupee weakened 12 paise, to 72 rupees and 83 paise, against the US dollar. Arjun Choudhary, for AIR News.


And Now News from the Sports World:

Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaram advanced to the quarterfinals of singles competition at the Swiss Open Super 300 badminton tournament. Reigning women's world champion Sindhu cruised into the last eight with a straight games win 21-13, 21-14 over USA's Iris Wang while Jayaram stunned Swiss third seed Rasmus Gemke 21-18, 17-21, 21-13 to reach the quarter-finals. World championships bronze medallist Sai Praneeth beat Spain's Pablo Abian 21-12, 21-17 while Kidambi Srikanth defeated France's Thomas Rouxel 21-10, 14-21, 21-14 to enter the quarter-finals.  Indian mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also progressed to the quarterfinals. However, Saina Nehwal, Paruppalli Kashyap and Sourabh Verma have crashed out of the tournament. In Cricket, India were twenty four for one in their first innings at stumps on day one of the fourth and final Test match against England at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Rohit Sharma on 8 and Cheteshwar Pujara on 15 were at the crease when stumps were drawn this evening. Opener Shubman Gill was removed for a duck by James Anderson. Earlier, England were bowled out for 205, as local boy Axar Patel again troubled the visitors by removing four wickets for sixty eight runs. Veteran Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets while Mohammed Siraj claimed two wickets. For the visitors, Ben Stokes scored fifty five runs while Dan Lawrence made forty six runs. England won the toss and opted to bat first. India have made one change, Siraj replaced Jasprit Bumrah. Skipper Virat Kohli's team needs a win or a draw to book a slot with New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship final. An England win would put Australia into the decider at Lord's in June. In that case, Australia will face its trans-Tasmanian neighbour New Zealand. Asian champion pugilist Pooja Rani entered the semifinals to secure a medal in 75 kilogram category at the 35th Boxam International Boxing Tournament in Castellon, Spain. Pooja Rani is a three-time Asian medallist and also a 2014 Asian Games bronze-winner. In late-night bouts yesterday, Olympic-bound Rani defeated Italian Assunta Canfora to join the seasoned M.C. Mary Kom (51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and debutant Jasmine (57kg) in the last-four stage. Mary Kom enters semis of Boxam International, assured of medal. With report of Paras Chouhan,


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme tonight will bring you a Special discussion on Covid-19.
Dr. Aparna Agarwal Prof Medicine, Lady Hardinge medical college will participate in the discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the expert on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.

This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 09:30 PM onwards.


Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley has lauded India for providing COVID-19 vaccines. In a tweet, she said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it possible for more than 40 thousand people in Barbados and tens of thousands elsewhere, to recieve their first dose of COVISHIELD via Vaccine Matri. Ms Mottley called it a genuine demonstartion of generosity.


In Uttarakhand, budget of 57,400.32 crores for the year 2021-22, was presented by Chief Minister Mr. Trivender Singh Rawat today in Bhararisain.  Chief Minister declared Garasain as the third commissionary of the state which will include Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Almora and Bageshwar districts.


Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.
National Capital Delhi is likely to face strong surface winds during day time. The temperature will hover between 13 and 33 degree Celsius.
Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 22 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 39 degrees.
Chennai is expected to have mainly clear sky. The temperature will vary between 22 and 33 degree Celsius.
Kolkata will also have mainly clear sky. The city will observe minimum temperature of 23 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 36 degrees.
Srinagar will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Temperature will hover between 2 and 19 degree Celsius.
Jammu will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 13 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 28 degrees.
Leh is expected to have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be around minus seven degree Celsius while the maximum will be around eight degrees.
Gilgit and Muzaffarabad will have mainly clear sky. In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between six and 22 degree Celsius. In Muzaffarabad, the temperature will varry between eight and 27 degree Celsius.


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