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LeT commander Lakhvi being interrogated in Pakistan

UN proscribed terrorist Lakhvi, 61, who was on bail since 2015 in the Mumbai attack case, was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab province on Saturday, amidst growing international pressure on Islamabad to bring to justice terrorists roaming free in the country.

Modi talks to Merkel

The Indian Prime Minister held a video-teleconference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during which he appreciated her long-standing role in providing strong leadership in Europe thanked her for guiding growth of India-Germany Strategic Partnership

Uttar Pradesh: 12 legislative council seats in to go to polls

The Election Commission of India on Wednesday declared the poll schedule for 12 legislative council seats in Uttar Pradesh getting vacant later this month. The term of 12 MLCs, including UP’s Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, Chairman of UP Legislative Council Ramesh Yadav and UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh, is coming to an end on January 30.

Centre asks Tamil Nadu to revoke 100% cinema seating

Government of Tamil Nadu order of permitting increase the seating capacity of cinema/theaters/ multiplexes from existing 50% to 100% is dilution of MHA order. States and UT shall not dilute guidelines issued under DM act in any manner, Ministry of Home Affairs tells Tamil Nadu government.

New science policy proposes lateral entry

A new draft policy on science and technology has proposed up to 25 percent lateral recruitment of scientists in related ministries. The purpose is to attract domain experts who are needed in science-related ministries to handle issues related to emerging technologies and advancements.

It can’t be the that the whole farmer community of the country is asking for something and the govt remains unresponsive. It is the duty of the govt to respond to people of the country. I feel that farmers have made their stand very clear that the laws should be repealed

– Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab

Moderna vaccine approved in Europe

Thailand plans more relief measures after new outbreak

The government has a fiscal budget, including for urgent matters, of more than 139 billion baht ($4.65 billion), plus some 470 billion baht under a larger 1 trillion baht borrowing plan to mitigate the coronavirus impact, ministry spokeswoman Kulaya Tantitemit said in a statement.

Bird flu can be transmitted to humans too, so the need of the hour is to be alert and careful. Prevention is the solution to every problem

– Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat

There is no bird flu case in Karnataka as of now: President, State Poultry Board

There is no bird flu case in Karnataka as of now. There are some ongoing rumours that are causing loss to farmers & poultry farm owners. District administration is taking precautionary measures: Kantharaju, President, Poultry Board of Karnataka

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has deployed multi-disciplinary teams to Avian Influenza affected Alappuzha and Kottayam districts in Kerala, and Panchkula District in Haryana: Government of India

Bird Flu: Kerala Govt to provide compensation to poultry farmers

Kerala Government has decided to provide compensation to poultry farmers who are affected due to the bird flu. Govt will provide Rs 200 each to owners of birds that are older than 2 months and Rs 100 each for birds less than 1-month-old: State Government

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denied bail by London court: Reuters

January 17, 19 and 21 declared as a public holiday in Himachal Pradesh on account of general election to Panchayat Raj Institutions: Himachal Pradesh Government

Congress President appoints Bhupesh Baghel, Ashok Gehlot, BK Hariprasad and others for overseeing Election Campaign Management

Farmers construct brick floor using cement, gravel & bricks at Tikri Border

ITC targets to meet 100pc electricity requirements from renewable sources by 2030

Under its Sustainability 2.0 Vision, ITC aims to meet 100 per cent of electrical energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 and is also planning to invest further in strengthening its renewable energy portfolio in order to contribute meaningfully to the fight against climate change, the company said in a statement.

DoT to start spectrum auctions from March 1: Auction notice

CLOSING BELL: Sensex tumbles 263.72 pts to end at 48,174.06; Nifty drops 53.25 pts to 14,146.25

Rupee settles 6 paise higher at 73.11 (provisional) against US dollar

Oyo raises Rs 54 crore from Hindustan Media Ventures

Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd subscribed to 125 Series F1 Compulsory Convertible Cumulative Preference Shares (Series F1 CCCPS) of the face value of Rs 100 each for cash at an issue price of Rs 43.2 lakh per Series F1 CCCPS aggregating Rs 54 crore through private placement, according to the filing to Registrar of Companies.

ITBP signed MoU with Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) today for the supply of 1,71,520 numbers of cotton khadi durries for CAPFs: ITBP

Bird flu: Madhya Pradesh temporarily bans poultry import from Kerala, other affected states

In the wake of an outbreak of bird flu in Madhya Pradesh, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Wednesday held an emergency meeting at his residence with senior officials and decided to stop poultry business and trade of other birds with certain states of south India for limited period of time to check the disease spread.

We’re committed to the welfare of farmers. We meet those who’re supporting the laws & those opposing it. I am sure that farmers unions who are agitating will think about the welfare of farmers and actively arrive at a solution

– Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture Minister

Hero Electric delivers first 12 e-bikes to Pioneer Asia Group

India, Sri Lanka looking at post-COVID-19 cooperation

– S Jaishankar

Bird flu outbreak reported in 4 states; advisories issued to contain further spread: Centre

The Centre on Wednesday said Avian Influenza, or the bird flu outbreak, has been reported at 12 epicentres in four states — Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh — and advisories have been issued to contain further spread of the infection in poultry ducks, crows and migratory birds.

Kolkata International Film Festival 2021 to be held virtually, on a smaller scale: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Classes for students of 10th & 12th standard will resume from 11th January, following all COVID19 guidelines.

– Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Gujarat Education Minister

Odisha: Four people dead, six people fall ill due to toxic gas leakage from a unit at Rourkela Steel Plant

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s statement in Colombo:

  • India is looking at post-COVID cooperation with Sri Lanka.
  • India will be a dependable and reliable partner.
  • India has been strongly committed to unity, stability and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.
  • We look forward to early return of our fishermen from Sri Lanka.

Raut’s wife summoned by ED

Wife of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, Varsha Raut summoned by Enforcement Directorate (ED) for inquiry on January 11 in connection with PMC Bank Fraud: ED

Eastern India Motion Picture Association through an official letter appealed to the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to resume cinema theatres with 100 per cent occupancy.

Cinema halls in the state are currently running at 50 per cent of their occupancy in view of the coronavirus crisis in the country.

By-election for one casual vacancy in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council and two casual vacancies in Bihar Legislative Council and biennial election to UP Legislative Council to be held on 28th January.

Bird flu detected in the ducklings in Kerala

Bird flu has been detected in the ducklings of one of the farmers in the Neendoor panchayat. All 10,000 birds in the area will be culled. The process to test humans to detect symptoms in them has also been started: M Anjana, DC, Kottayam, Kerala, on bird flu cases

Bird flu not found in any poultry farm in the affected area. We will temporarily restrict trafficking of poultry from Kerala and other affected states. We are keeping a watch on the situation.

– Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Madhya Pradesh CM

Random checks on birds at poultry farms in MP

CM chaired a high-level meeting to review the bird flu situation. Instructions to monitor the entire situation at a district level have been issued & random checks on birds at poultry farms across districts to detect virus will be conducted: Madhya Pradesh minister Vishvas Sarang

Death of cows and birds

At the epicentre, about 100 crows died. Other than this, peacocks, pigeons, and koyals have died. Yesterday, about 53 birds have died. The suspected reason is bird flu as no other plausible reason is there: Vikram Singh, Joint Director, Animal Husbandry Dept, Jhalawar, Rajasthan

Democrat Raphael Warnock wins election to U.S. Senate from Georgia, beating incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler

We encourage consultation, says SC after Centre conveys that “healthy discussions” are going on with farmers over agriculture laws.

SC agrees to examine controversial state laws of UP, Uttarakhand on religious conversions

SC, however, refuses to stay controversial provisions of laws in UP, Uttarakhand on religious conversions due to interfaith marriages.

Man booked for using Ratan Tata’s license plate numbers

Maharashtra: Mumbai police books the director of a company for using the license plate numbers of businessman Ratan Tata. The offender ran up fines in traffic violations & has been booked under IPC sections 420 & 465 & relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act: Mumbai Police

AIADMK expels K Arulanandam, party’s Pollachi town Students Wing secretary in connection with his arrest in the Pollachi sexual assault case.

Malana village covered under a blanket of snow

50-year-old woman gang-raped, murdered in UP’s Badaun

  • A 50-year-old woman was gang-raped and brutally murdered allegedly by a priest and two others in Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Wednesday.
  • The attack on the woman took place on Sunday when she had gone to a temple, they said, adding that all three accused have been booked, and two of them arrested on Tuesday.

BharatPe to raise over Rs 5,000 cr in debt funding

  • Financial Technology firm BharatPe on Wednesday said it plans to raise over Rs 5,000 crore in debt funding in next 2 years to build its lending business.
  • The company further announced that it has received Rs 60 crore from Innoven Capital, a venture debt and specialty lending firm.

BJP holds protest in Andhra’s Prakasam over attacks on temples in state

  • After repeated incidents of alleged attacks on temples in Andhra Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers, lead by state secretary Ramesh Naidu Nagothu, staged a protest against the YSRCP government in the state on Tuesday.
  • During the protest, BJP workers burned an effigy and raised slogans against the state government.

Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing to January 11, while noting that “we understand the farmers’ situation”, during the hearing in a petition filed by a lawyer, seeking quashing of Centre’s three farm laws

(ANI reports)

Global economy to expand by 4% in 2021: World Bank

  • The global economy is expected to expand by 4 per cent in 2021, assuming an initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout becomes widespread throughout the year, the World Bank has said.
  • A recovery, however, will likely be subdued unless policy makers move decisively to tame the pandemic and implement investment-enhancing reforms, it said in its latest Global Economic Prospects report.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah to visit Mizoram on 9th and 10th January.

AIADMK leader among three held in Pollachi sexual assault case

  • Three more people, including an AIADMK functionary, were on Wednesday arrested by the CBI in connection with a case of sexual harassment of women by a gang in nearby Pollachi in 2019. All of them were produced before the Mahila court here, which remanded them to 14 days judicial custody, police said.
  • The matter came to light in February 2019 after a 19-year old woman student had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that a gang of four men had tried to strip her inside a car, shot a video of the act and blackmailed her using the visuals.
  • The gang was believed to have sexually harassed and blackmailed a large number of women in Pollachi over a period of time.

‘Sourav Ganguly clinically fit’

Sourav Ganguly who is admitted here is doing well. He is clinically fit. He wanted to stay back in the hospital for one more day, so he will go home tomorrow: Woodlands Hospital, Kolkata

MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan holds meeting over Bird flu scare

CM chaired a high-level meeting to review the bird flu situation. Instructions to monitor the entire situation at a district level have been issued & random checks on birds at poultry farms across districts to detect virus will be conducted: Madhya Pradesh minister Vishvas Sarang

Republicans take lead in Georgia Senate races

  • Republican incumbent David Perdue has taken the lead in the Georgia Senate race that will decide whether Republicans retain control of the upper chamber with more than 61 per cent of counties/precincts reporting, official results show.
  • The results showed Perdue leading Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff 50.48 – 49.52 per cent with 61.01 per cent of precincts reporting.
  • The Georgia special Senate race showed Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler leading Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock 50.11 – 49.89 per cent with 61.01 per cent of precincts reporting.

Bird Flu: 2,403 birds dead in Himachal

  • With over 2,400 birds dead so far in Himachal Pradesh, the state has been put on high alert for avian influenza and officials are monitoring the situation according to state forest minister Rakesh Pathania.
  • “As many as 2,403 birds have died so far. We expect that this number will grow. We are on high alert and monitoring the situation very carefully,” Pathania told ANI.

Bird flu control room

After confirmation of bird flu in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh & Kerala, Dept of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, GoI has set up a control room in New Delhi to take stock on a daily basis of preventive & control measures undertaken by State authorities: Govt of India

Rupee opens on flat note, up 1 paisa at 73.16 against US dollar.

Hip-hop legend Dr Dre hospitalised after suffering brain aneurysm

School Bag Policy 2020

Government of Delhi issues guidelines to reduce the weight of school bags for students of primary, secondary and senior secondary schools, under its School Bag Policy 2020; recommends maximum bag weight of 3.5-5 kg

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to hold a meeting of relevant departments today over Bird flu scare


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