Tuesday, 24 November 2020 The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the plea of sacked BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav who had sought annulment of 2019 VaranasiLok Sabha elections claiming that his nomination papers were illegally rejected. Yadav had filed nomination against PM Narendra Modi who was re-elected to Lok Sabha from Varanasi constituency in 2019. The SC upheld the Allahabad High Court judgment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced the launch of Rs 1,000-crore 'Startup India Seed Fund' to support startups and help budding entrepreneurs pursue innovative ideas. Addressing the 'Prarambh: Startup India International Summit', Modi exuded confidence that the growth of startups will help in generating jobs and improving lives of people in the region. He said India has taken several steps to ensure that the country's startups do not face shortage of capital. Watch the full video for more details.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 'Prarambh: Startup India International Summit' on January 16. PM Modi interacted with the start-ups during the address. PM Modi said that India is one of the biggest start-up ecosystems in the world, and country's start-ups are changing the demographic character of business. He further informed that over 41,000 start-ups are currently engaged in work. "India is one of the biggest start-up ecosystems in the world. More than 41,000 start-ups including nearly 5,700 start-ups in IT sector, 3,600 in the health sector and 1,700 start-ups in agriculture are engaged in work. These start-ups are changing the demographic character of business. Earlier, on hearing about a start-up people used to ask 'why don't you do a job?'. But now people say why not create a start up instead of doing a job," said PM Modi during his virtual address.
At least 1,65,714 healthcare beneficiaries received COVID-19 jab on Saturday across India, marking it as a historic and biggest COVID-19 vaccination drive launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. About 16,755 total vaccinators involved across India during the COVID vaccination drive. There was no post adverse event reported after the vaccination was administered to the people. "Total vaccinators involved across India were 16,755. Total beneficiaries vaccinated across India--1,65,714. COVID19 vaccination drive was successful on Day 1. No case of post-vaccination hospitalisation reported so far," said Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary of Union Health Ministry. "The Serum Institute of India (SII) produced COVISHIELD was supplied to all States and Union Territories (UT). Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN was supplied to 12 States. Total 3,351 sessions were held across the country with both the vaccines, said Health Ministry on COVID19 vaccine roll-out," he added. Watch the full video for more details.
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Devotees performed rituals in West Bengal's Kolkata on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti. They took holy dip in Hoogly River on January 14. On the other side, devotees also took holy dip in Ganga River on the occasion of Makar Sankranti today. People came in large numbers to perform the rituals in UP's Varanasi.
The temperature has dipped in Uttar Pradesh. The foggy mornings and icy winds affected lives in Kanpur. Locals were seen using bonfire to keep themselves warm. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Kanpur recorded minimum temperature at 5 degrees and maximum temperature at 20 degrees. The cold waves have also tightened its grip in Varanasi as well and normal lives got affected due to the cold weather. Locals were seen using bonfire to keep themselves warm here as well. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Varanasi recorded minimum temperature at 6 degrees and maximum temperature at 19 degrees.
The third phase of COVID-19 vaccine dry run began in Uttar Pradesh on Janaury 11. The beneficiaries reached to health centres in Lucknow. The objective of dry run is to gear up the country for roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited a health care centre to review the dry run. Additional Chief Secretary (Health) of UP, Amit Mohan Prasad said, "The dry run is happening at wide level in the state. We are covering 1500 centres and are running 3000 sessions today. The dry run is happening so that everyone be it health care workers or police officials get aware of their role in the vaccination drive." Beneficiaries also reached to health centres in Varanasi to participate in dry run drive. The COVID-19 vaccination drive will start from Jan 16 in the country.
BSF soldiers celebrated Lohri at Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir. The 72nd battalion of BSF jawans were seen celebrating and dancing on the occasion. Lohri is celebrated across the nation on January 13. The soldiers celebrated the festival with fervor and congratulated the countrymen. They also assured the people of the nation to celebrate the festival with enthusiasm as they were alert at the borders. Traditionally, Lohri celebrates the onset of the harvest season in Punjab. Traditionally, Lohri celebrates the onset of the harvest season in Punjab. Women in traditional attire performed Gidha, a folk dance, at many places. People also distributed jaggery, peanuts, and popcorns--the three edibles associated with Lohri. Watch the full video for more.
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72nd battalion of Border Security Force jawans celebrated Lohri at the Poonch camp on January 13. Jawans lit a bonfire and danced around it on folk music. The customary eatables like peanuts, popcorn and other snacks were also present as a part of the celebration. It is known as a festival of farmers in Northern India and is observed a night before Makar Sankranti.
While speaking at the National Youth Parliament Festival on January 11, Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla spoke about strength of Indian democracy. Speaker Birla said, "The smooth transition of power through 17 general elections proves that Indian democracy is strong and mature."
From a study on whether currency notes can be potent carriers of the virus, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with chief ministers to discuss a vaccine distribution plan - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. A Bank of England study found that risk of infection from banknotes is low. An ICMR scientist told the Allahabad High Court that a vaccine will be available in the near future. Prime Minister Modi said that the number of doses required and cost of vaccine is still unknown. Meanwhile, Russia said its Sputnik V vaccine has over 90% efficacy as per second interim study. Watch the full video for the other updates on the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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As the country sees a heated debate on 'love jihad', Uttar Pradesh Law Commission's chairperson Aditya Nath Mittal commented on the report on a religious conversion law. Mittal said that the report holds conversion by means of enticement, coercion, misrepresentation, promise of better education or lifestyle, or instilling fear of divine displeasure punishable. The punishment can go up to 10 years in prison is there is mass conversion, while converting a minor or a member of SC/ST community can entail jail for up to 7 years. Meanwhile, the Allahabad High Court held that earlier order calling conversion just for marriage unacceptable did not lay down good law. Watch the full video for more.
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As some BJP ruled states including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh have been mulling introduction of a law against ‘Love Jihad’, the Allahabad High Court has cancelled a case against a Muslim man Salamat by the parents of his wife, who converted from Hinduism to Islam last year to marry him. ‘We do not see Priyanka Kharwar & Salamat as Hindu and Muslim, rather as two grown-up individuals who out of their own free will and choice are living together peacefully and happily over a year. An individual on attaining majority is statutorily conferred a right to choose a partner, which if denied would not only affect his/her human right but also right to life & personal liberty, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution,’ The High Court bench said. So how could this verdict be a setback to the BJP ruled states planning a Love Jihad law? Watch this video to find out.
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