Union Home Minister Amit Shah on January 16 urged people who are spreading rumours for COVID-19 vaccination, to not to do anything that brings two views in the public regarding the vaccination. He said that the whole country needs to be linked to the vaccination campaign and needs to be given confidence.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa flagged off Emergency Response Support System vehicles in Bengaluru on January 16. The Home Minister is on a two-day visit to Karnataka. During his visit, Shah had also laid foundation stone laying ceremony of Rapid Action Force centre in Bhadravathi.
BJP president JP Nadda attended party's Pongal festival in Chennai on January 14. During his address, Nadda said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ensuring that Tamil Nadu takes a big leap as far as development is concerned. He further compared the functioning of finance commission towards Tamil Nadu under UPA and PM Modi. "PM Modi has tried to see to it that the whole country goes forward. At the same time, he has made sure that Tamil Nadu takes a big leap as far as development is concerned. The 13 finance commission during the UPA government gave Rs 94,000 crores to Tamil Nadu for the development. But the same commission under PM Modi gave Tamil Nadu Rs 5 lakh 42,000 crores. Mainstreaming and bringing people of Tamil Nadu in the front of the development have been the basic ethos on which PM Modi is working," said BJP president JP Nadda.
Chief Minister of Karnataka B.S. Yediyurappa on January 13 informed that his government has sent a list to Governor Vajubhai Vala of politicians who are going to take oath today at 3:30 pm. In a press conference, he said, "We have sent the list to the Governor just now. MTB Nagaraj, Umesh Katti, Aravind Limbavali, Murugesh Nirani, R Shankar, CP Yogeeshwara, Angara S will take oath as ministers today by 3:30 pm at Raj Bhavan." The announcement comes two days after the Karnataka Chief Minister had meeting with JP Nadda, Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.
Farmer union leader Rakesh Tikait, after meeting with Centre on Friday, said that they will only hold discussion on the government and will not meet the committee formed by the Supreme Court. The government on Friday asked protesting farmers to form an informal group to prepare a concrete proposal about their objections and suggestions on the three farm laws for further discussion at their next meeting on January 19 to end the long-running protest at various Delhi borders, but unions stuck to their main demand of a complete repeal of the three Acts. As nearly five hours of talks between 41 unions and three central ministers did not reach a decisive stage in the ninth round of talks at Vigyan Bhawan here, the two sides decided to meet again the next Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told farmer leaders at the meeting that the government has been flexible in its approach and urged the same from them. Watch the full video for more details.
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Ahead of 9th talk over farm laws between farmers unions and centre, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that they will forth its views before the committee, appointed by the court. He said, "Government welcomes the Supreme Court order regarding the farmers' agitation. The government will put forth its views before the committee (appointed by the court). We are trying to resolve the issue through dialogue." On January 12, Supreme Court had put a stay on implementation of the new farm laws.
BJP workers celebrated the launch of the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive in Mumbai. They burnt effigy of coronavirus in Ghatkopar area to celebrate the vaccine drive. The mega COVID-19 vaccination drive began in India on Jan 16
The Congress proposed that the TMC should merge with it instead to put up a united fight against the BJP. The BJP, which has emerged as a potent force in the state, said the TMC's suggestion amounted to admission that it was not in a position to take on the saffron party on its own in the assembly polls in West Bengal due in April-May. "If the Left Front and the Congress are genuinely anti-BJP, they should rally behind Mamata Banerjee in her fight against the communal and divisive politics of the saffron party," senior TMC MP Sougata Roy said. Reacting to the TMC's proposal, state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury blamed the West Bengal's ruling party for the growth of the BJP in the state. "We are not interested in aligning with the TMC. Why is the TMC now interested in an alliance with us after poaching our MLAs over the last 10 years. If Mamata Banerjee is in keen on fighting the BJP, then she should join the Congress as it is the only pan-India platform to fight against communalism," he said. Watch the full video for more details.
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Ahead of Republic Day, Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava on Saturday held a review meeting in which he also took stock of the arrangements at farmers' agitation sites to maintain law and order, officials said. In the meeting held with senior officers, the police chief took stock of anti-terrorism measures as well as action taken against criminals involved in various cases, including burglary, violation of the Excise Act and the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, and gambling cases, they said. Shrivastava also reviewed pending cases under POCSO and crime against women, officials said. Watch the full video for more details.
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Delhi Police organised an interstate coordination meeting aimed at strengthening cooperation and coordination related to preparation for Republic Day 2021. The Commissioner of Delhi Police S.N. Shrivastava chaired the meeting at PHQ along with senior police officers of other states. The main objective of the meeting was to share intelligence and terror related inputs in the background of the present prevailing scenario and the situation arising out of farmers' agitation. The officers also discussed Traffic restrictions during Republic Day celebration and steps to check unauthorised intrusion at borders. The verification of staff deployed on the duties related to Republic Day arrangements was also discussed. The officers shared intelligence on the interstate gangs operating in the NCR. The meeting ended with a resolution to have increased cooperation and coordination in policing the NCR region with emphasis on real time interaction at all levels in order to provide peaceful Republic Day arrangements and a more secure environment to citizens of Delhi and the neighboring states.
Amid rising cases of suicide in the last few weeks, an NGO has taken the initiative of organising counseling sessions for protesting farmers at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana Border). US-based NGO, United Sikhs has started counselling the farmers, who are falling prey to anxiety and depression.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated air taxi services on Thursday. The air taxi service was launched from Chandigarh to Hisar under the UDAN scheme of the Central government. Khattar informed that air services would also start from Hisar to Dehradun in the second phase, while in the third phase two more routes will be added. "These air taxis will be four-seaters and have a speed limit of 250 km/hour. For the first time in the country, a small aircraft in the form of an air taxi is being used for services," the CM said. He added, "In the second phase, services for Hisar to Dehradun will be started on January 18. In the third phase, two more routes from Chandigarh to Dehradun and Hisar to Dharamshala will be added on January 23."
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India's first air taxi services were inaugurated in Haryana on January 14. State Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today inaugurated the service at Chandigarh Airport. The services will start from Chandigarh to Hisar under UDAN scheme of Central Government. "For the first time in the country, a small aircraft in the form of air taxi is being used for services. In 2nd phase, services for Hisar to Dehradun will be started on January 18. In the 3rd phase, two more routes from Chandigarh to Dehradun and Hisar to Dharamshala will be added on January 23," said CM while speaking to media persons. The company also plans to include Shimla, Kullu and more Haryana routes.
Farmers said that they will continue protesting after the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of Centre’s three farm laws and said that it is forming a four-member committee to resolve..
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