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PM Modi calls for syncronized action to deal with global challenges amid Covid


Modi sought to highlight India’s strong democratic credentials. He said a strong democracy like India has gifted the world a bouquet of hope which is their unflinching trust in democracy. He further said this bouquet comprises critical elements like technology, temperament and talent capable of empowering the 21st century.

Enlisting India’s contribution to helping countries of the world grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic by providing them with vaccines and medicines, achievements in meeting climate change goals, role in the global economy, and its commitment to reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his ‘State of the World’ special address at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Monday underlined the need for increased cooperation among countries of the world to overcome the ‘new challenges’, staring all in the face.

The Prime Minister who virtually addressed the high-level global leaders’ meeting said that amid the new challenges ‘we need to find new roads.’ “The need for each other’s cooperation is more than ever before,” he further stressed.

Modi sought to highlight India’s strong democratic credentials. He said a strong democracy like India has gifted the world a bouquet of hope which is their unflinching trust in democracy. He further said this bouquet comprises critical elements like technology, temperament, and talent capable of empowering the 21st century.

The Prime Minister spoke of India’s vision of ‘One Earth, One Health’ which has seen the country saving crores of lives across the world by supplying them with essential medicines and vaccines amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic across the world. He said India today had emerged as the world’s third-largest ‘pharma producer’ and called the ‘pharmacy to the world’.

About India’s contribution to the global economy, Modi said India was sending a record number of software engineers to the world. He said more than 50 lakh software developers had been working in India. He said India has the third-largest number of Unicorns in the world. ‘More than 10 thousand Startups have gotten registered in India in the last six months,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said whether it was promoting ease of doing business, minimal government interference, and simplification of corporate tax all have contributed to making India globally competitive.

He said Indian youth are at a new height of entrepreneurship. As against 100 registered startups in 2014 the country today over 60 thousand of them of which more than 80 are Unicorns. He said the time was ripe for investing in India.

“The government is committed to incentivizing investment and production. Keeping this approach in mind, India has been providing production linked incentives worth $ 26 billion, covering 14 sectors of the economy,” Modi further added.

He said India moreover was making policies not only for today but also keeping an eye on the next 25 years. He said India had set upon itself targets of high growth, welfare, wellness, and saturation. He said this coming phase of the growth would not only be green and clean but also sustainable.

Prime Minister Modi said people’s lifestyle was also a big challenge for climate. He said the culture of ‘throw away’ and consumerism had posed a grave challenge to climate change. He said it was imperative to take the ‘take-make-use-dispose economy’ to a circular economy to deal with global challenges.

Referring to the Mission Life, he called for making it a global movement. Partnership in Life can be made a big basis of P-3 ‘Pro Planet People’. He also referred to increasing challenges to the global order and called for collective and synchronized action to face up to them.




Two B’desh nationals who inadvertently crossed border handed over to BGB


During questioning, it was learnt that they had inadvertently crossed the International Border.

The Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday said it has handed over two Bangladeshi nationals to the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Sunday as a goodwill gesture.

According to the officials of the North Bengal Frontier, on January 16, troops of border outpost deployed on India-Bangladesh border in Dakshin Dinajpur district of West Bengal apprehended two Bangladeshi nationals — Md Rifat Hassan (13) and Md Ruhal Amin (14) — both from Aliahat village in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh.

During questioning, it was learnt that they had inadvertently crossed the International Border.

Later, the BSF contacted the Border Guard Bangladesh and handed over the apprehended Bangladeshi Nationals to them in a Flag Meeting as a goodwill gesture.

The officials of the troops of battalions under North Bengal Frontier BSF deployed on the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal are not only maintaining alertness of the highest order along the international border and thwarting every possible attempt of miscreants to execute their nefarious design of smuggling and infiltrations but also making efforts to maintain good relations with the neighbouring country.

They said that during the last year, a total of 29 Bangladeshi nationals inadvertently crossed the international border from different bordering areas of North Bengal Frontier and all of them were handed over to BGB as a goodwill gesture.




NW, Central India see cold to severe cold days, rain likely this week


Minimum temperatures are likely to rise by 2-4 degrees Celsius over northwest India during the next five days.

Cold to severe cold day conditions would prevail over northwest and central India during the next 24 hours and gradually abate thereafter, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday even as minimum temperatures remained normal over most parts of northwest India and above normal over Madhya Pradesh.

The IMD bulletin said that there were cold day conditions in many parts with severe cold day conditions in isolated pockets over west Madhya Pradesh and east Rajasthan, cold day to severe cold day conditions in some parts of Uttar Pradesh and east Madhya Pradesh, and also in isolated pockets over Punjab and northwest Rajasthan, while cold day conditions were observed in some parts of Haryana and Delhi.

On the one hand, a cyclonic circulation lies over Kerala and neighbourhood in lower tropospheric levels while on the other, a fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect the Western Himalayan region from January 18 night. A fresh active Western Disturbance is likely to affect northwest India from January 21 onwards. An induced cyclonic circulation is very likely to form over southwest Rajasthan on January 22.

The IMD forecast said that there will be isolated light-moderate rainfall over north coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, interior Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Mahe during the next 2-3 days, and light to moderate rainfall at a few places with isolated heavy rainfall likely over north coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south coastal Andhra Pradesh during next 24 hours.

Scattered to fairly widespread light/moderate rainfall is expected over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura during January 20 and 21. Isolated light precipitation is expected over Western Himalayan Region from January 17 to 20. Scattered to widespread rainfall/snowfall is likely over Western Himalayan Region from January 21 to 23.

Scattered to fairly widespread rainfall is likely over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh and north Rajasthan during January 21 to 23 with maximum intensity on January 22.

Isolated hailstorm activity is also likely over east Rajasthan and east Madhya Pradesh on January 21 night and 22.

Minimum temperatures are likely to rise by 2-4 degrees Celsius over northwest India during the next five days.

Dense to very dense fog in isolated parts in night/morning hours is very likely over Rajasthan, east Uttar Pradesh, west Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, and West Bengal during the next two days.

Cold day to severe cold day conditions in some/isolated pockets is very likely over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan during next two days and abate thereafter.




Sushil Modi cites spurious liquor deaths in BJP-ruled states


A liquor ban and deaths due to poisonous liquor are two different things and connected with each other, Modi said, citing some incidents that happened in BJP-ruled states.

While Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is facing huge criticism over the Nalanda liquor tragedy, former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, now a Rajya Sabha member, on Monday made an indirect “attack” on some of his own BJP-ruled states over deaths due to spurious liquor.

A liquor ban and deaths due to poisonous liquor are two different things and connected with each other, Modi said, citing some incidents that happened in BJP-ruled states.

“In 2015, 102 persons died in Maharashtra when BJP was ruling the state and Devendra Fadnavis was the Chief Minister of state. In 2019, 108 people lost their lives in different places in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. In both the states, BJP is ruling,” he said.

His statement came at a time when Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are going for Assembly polls in the next few weeks.

Sushil Modi, who is considered very close to Nitish Kumar, pointed out the speedy trial and conviction of 13 accused responsible for the liquor tragedy in Gopalganj in Bihar in 2016. However, at that time, the JD-U and the RJD were in power. 9 accused were given the death penalty and 4 others had given life terms.

His statement is seen as relieving the pressure on Nitish Kumar as the BJP is the one that is strongly raising the Nalanda liquor tragedy that has claimed 13 lives. State BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal has been blaming “loopholes” of liquor ban implementation ever since Nitish Kumar came in power for the fourth time in Bihar in 2020.

Jaiswal has levelled serious allegations against the Nitish Kumar government over the implementation of the liquor ban, claiming that a nexus of senior bureaucrats, police officials, and mafias are responsible for liquor operations in Bihar. Without breaking this nexus, the liquor ban law cannot be successful in Bihar, he said.

Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary, Liquor Prohibition, K.K. Pathak said that the department has constituted a dedicated team to investigate the incident.




Every possible initiative is being taken by the state government and administration to ensure last-mile delivery of government schemes


Collector and SP holds Jan Chaupal in village Nahari, a highly sensitive area in Dantewada, to redress grievances of villagers

Information about development works given to villagers

 

According to the intention of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, every possible initiative is being taken by the state government and district administration to ensure last-mile delivery of government schemes. In this line, South Bastar (Dantewada) district collector Mr. Deepak Soni and Superintendent of Police Mr. Siddharth Tiwari reached village Nahari, a highly sensitive area of Kuakonda development block today. They interacted with the villagers to redress their grievances. 

The villagers expressed their happiness to find the collector and the superintendent of police among them. A large number of villagers participated in Jandarshan Choupal. During this, Collector Mr. Soni informed that works of two additional rooms in the primary school of Nahari village, Anganwadi centre, drinking water, electricity, road, and health center have been approved. To connect the unemployed with employment, arrangements are being made for ration, agricultural machines, salons, and public service centers. Goat, chicken, pig, and quail will be distributed to the beneficiaries interested in self-employment. The collector said that it is the aim of the government to take the schemes of the government even to the far flung village of the area, to provide their benefits to the villagers. He informed that many development works in the village are in pipeline.  Along with this, the administration is making best possible efforts to ensure that villagers get benefit of every scheme of the government. 

He added that many works have been approved here under MNREGA. He interacted with the villagers and enquired about the basic facilities being provided by the government. He asked the villagers about their agricultural work and informed them about procurement of Kodo, Kutki and Ragi at the support price in the district. He urged the villagers to take benefit of the camps being organized for making Aadhar and ration card besides appealing them to follow Covid-19 protocols. 

The villagers put forth their demands for many development works in the village. Addressing the demands, instructions were given to the Gram Panchayat to fix the water tank on the spot itself. As soon as the camp started, the road construction work started in Nahari area. Expressing their happiness, the villagers thanked the district administration. Mr. Soni informed that the camp has started here, where villagers will be linked with employment. Many works are being done to connect the lower class families with self-employment. 

He also talked about providing grant under the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Yojana for the people of Nahari village to work in groups. He also informed the villagers that works worth Rs 9 crores have been approved in 6 Panchayats around Aranpur. With the formation of a ration shop, now the facility of distribution of ration will be available in the village Panchayat itself. Earlier the villagers had to go to Aranpur Panchayat which is 10 km away to get ration.

 



India registers 1,94,720 fresh COVID-19 infections, 442 fatalities


As many as 69.52 crore total tests were conducted so far wherein a weekly positivity rate of 9.82 per cent was observed.

India has registered as many as 1,94,720 fresh COVID-19 cases with 442 fatalities. Besides, 4,868 infections are of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 that has been reported in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Wednesday.

With this, the total tally of COVID-19 cases in the country has now reached 3,60,70,510 including 9,55,319 active cases.

The daily positivity rate due to this virus in the country is 11.05 percent. Active cases account for 2.65 percent of the total cases.

As many as 69.52 crore total tests were conducted so far wherein a weekly positivity rate of 9.82 per cent was observed.

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 34,424 new COVID-19 cases, Delhi added 21, 259 fresh cases, West Bengal added 21,098 fresh COVID-19 cases, Karnataka reported 14,473 new cases, and the rest of the cases were reported from the other states.

Maharashtra reported 1,281 cases, Rajasthan reported 645 cases, Delhi reported 546 cases, Karnataka reported 479 cases and Kerala reported 350 cases of the Omicron variant.

Following up, as many as 60,405 new recoveries from this virus were reported in the country. With this, the total recoveries who were infected with COVID-19 moved up to 3,46,30,536. Moreover, the recovery rate is currently at 96.01 per cent.

As far as the COVID-19 vaccination status is concerned, the health ministry informed that 153.80 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

(With inputs from ANI)




PM’s security breach: SC to pronounce order on committee today


Earlier on Monday, the apex court had said that it will constitute an independent committee headed by a retired top court judge to investigate the security lapse during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab on January 5.

The Supreme Court will pronounce its order on Wednesday on the constitution of a Committee headed by a retired top court judge to probe into the security lapse during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Punjab visit on January 5.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana will pass the order. Earlier on Monday, the apex court had said that it will constitute an independent committee headed by a retired top court judge to investigate the security lapse during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab on January 5.

However, it has been indicated that Committee will include DGP Chandigarh, IG National Investigation Agency, Registrar General of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, and ADGP (security) of Punjab in the Committee.

In the meantime, the Bench asked both the Central government and the Punjab government to not go ahead with the inquiries by the Committees constituted by them.

The Prime Minister was stuck atop a flyover for 15-20 minutes while on his way to Ferozpur, Punjab earlier this month due to the road being blocked by some protesters.

The Ministry of Home Affairs termed it as a “major lapse” in his security.




Haridwar Dharma Sansad hate speech case: SC to hear plea seeking independent inquiry today


The plea said that the alleged hate speeches consisted of open calls for genocide of Muslims in order to achieve ethnic cleansing.

The Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday a petition seeking an independent inquiry into the Haridwar Dharma Sansad speeches allegedly inciting violence against the minority community.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana will hear the matter today. Earlier on Monday, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioner, mentioned the matter for urgent hearing before the Bench. The petition was filed by former High Court judge and senior advocate Anjana Prakash and journalist Qurban Ali.

The plea sought the arrest and trial of people who made hate speeches, inciting violence towards Muslims, at the Haridwar Dharma Sansad conclave.

Sibal has said that the slogan of the country seems to be changed from ‘Satyameva Jayate’ to ‘Shastrameva Jayate’.
“We are living in very dangerous times where slogans in the country have changed from Satyamev Jayate to Shashtramev Jayate,” Sibal has told the apex court during the mentioning of the case.

Sibal has said that the FIRs have been filed in the case but no arrests have been made. The hate speeches were allegedly delivered between December 17 and 19, 2021, in Haridwar by Yati Narsinghanand and in Delhi by ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini’.

The plea said that the alleged hate speeches consisted of open calls for genocide of Muslims in order to achieve ethnic cleansing.

“It is pertinent to note that the said speeches are not mere hate speeches but amount to an open call for the murder of an entire community. The said speeches thus, pose a grave threat not just to the unity and integrity of our country but also endanger the lives of millions of Muslim citizens,” the plea added.

It further said that it is relevant to note that no action has been taken by the Uttarakhand and Delhi Police in relation to the event held there despite the fact that open calls for genocide, that are available on the internet, were made therein. The plea also highlighted a video that had gone viral where a police officer was seen acknowledging his allegiance to the offenders.

“Not only the inaction of the Police allows delivery of hate speeches with impunity but also shows that the Police authorities are in fact hand in glove with the perpetrators of communal hate,” it added.




Nepal upset over India’s announcement to build road in Lipulekh


Bhattarai said that several questions have been raised as the government is silent on such serious issues related to nationalism.

A fresh diplomatic spat has brewed between Nepal and India after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent announcement to expand the road across the Lipulekh area which Nepal claims as its own.

Addressing an election rally organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Haldwani in Uttarakhand on December 30, Modi had announced that his government is further widening the road built in the Nepali territory of Lipulekh.

Nepal has already protested the Indian government’s ongoing construction of roads in the Lipulekh and Kalapani areas. Nepal had protested on May 8, 2020, when Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had virtually inaugurated the newly-constructed road in Lipulekh.

Following strong protests and criticisms within Nepal over the expansion of roads by India, the government of Nepal had issued new maps covering the areas including Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura, and Kalapani.

Immediately after that, Nepal tried to hold bilateral talks to amicably resolve the issue of the territory ‘encroached’ by India, but New Delhi did not show any interest in it. Until now, there has been no formal discussion on the topic.

Nepal and India have been indulging in boundary row after India unveiled its new political map in November, 2019.

Nepal protested India’s decision to incorporate the disputed areas in its territory. In response, the then K.P. Sharma Oli government in Nepal unveiled a new political map in May 2029 incorporating Lipulekh, Kalapani, and Limpiyadhura.

Though both sides have vowed to settle the boundary dispute through diplomatic and political talks and channels, no concrete bilateral negotiations have taken place yet.

Modi, in his speech, had said that the road has been widened to Lipulekh and work is underway to widen the road towards the religious tourist site, Kailash Mansarovar.

In this connection, the main opposition Nepal Communist Party-UML has taken exception to the announcement made by Modi on Lipulekh.

Issuing a statement on Tuesday, the chief of the party’s foreign affairs wing, Rajan Bhattarai, called for ending such activities that violate the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and self-respect of Nepal.

“CPN-UML unwaveringly believes that construction of roads and other structures should be stopped, the issue should be promptly resolved through dialogue and no structure should be built at the state level until resolution is reached through dialogue,” the statement read.

Bhattarai said that several questions have been raised as the government is silent on such serious issues related to nationalism.

The party has also urged the government to promptly start a dialogue with its Indian counterpart on the issue, ask India to stop all kinds of ‘bullying’, and take the fruitful initiative to establish practical ownership of Nepal over the ‘encroached’ territories.

The ruling CPN (Unified Socialist) also issued a statement on Monday and took exception to the road expansion by India in the ‘encroached’ Nepali territory of Lipulekh and condemned the recent statement of Narendra Modi.

Despite calls from different quarters, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nepal has not made any comment on the issue yet.

(With inputs from IANS)




Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tests positie for Covid


Earlier in the day, the minister tweeted his best wishes for the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar for her speedy recovery from Coivd-19.

Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari has tested positive for Covid.

Gadkari took to Twitter and wrote, “I have tested positive for Covid 19 today with mild symptoms. Following all the necessary protocols, I have isolated myself and I am under home quarantine. I request all those who have come in contact with me to isolate themselves and get tested.”


Earlier in the day, the minister tweeted his best wishes for the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar for her speedy recovery from Coivd-19.




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