President Ram Nath Kovind on January 26 hosted 'At Home' reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of Republic Day. In view of the pandemic, the guests are trimmed amid the need to maintain social distancing norms. The 'At Home' reception was attended by Vice President V Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh among other dignitaries. Chiefs of armed forces were also present at the reception.
Tripura's Arshiya Das, a ten-year-old girl chess genius, was awarded the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar on January 25. Arshiya attended the PM's video conference along with her parents from the conference hall of the office of District Magistrate west Tripura district. Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually interacted with 32 winners from across the country via video conference. Dr. Shailesh Kumar Yadav, District Magistrate of west Tripura district felicitated Arshiya and expressed that it is a great honour for the state of Tripura. Arshiya is the first player from the northeast states to win a gold medal at the Asian School Chess Tournament 2019.
Union minister Prahalad Patel spoke to Hindustan Times' Deeksha Bhardwaj about the Central government's plans to address the development imbalance between Leh and Kargil. Patel, who holds the Culture and Tourism portfolios, said discrimination against some areas happened when Jammu and Kashmir was a state. He spoke on the government's plan to make Kargil an adventure sports destination, and naming a new Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. He also revealed talks on mapping a new Amarnath Yatra route via Kargil, instead of Srinagar. Watch the full video for more.
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Swara Bhasker talks to Ruchi Kaushal of Hindustan Times about her new comedy-horror web show Aapkey Kamrey Mein Koi Rehta Hai, her own tryst with a ghost during childhood and her initial days in Mumbai.
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Joe Biden during his first speech as the President of the United States of America spoke on the need to heal the country and assured that he would work for all Americans. While he spoke little about his foreign policy stance, experts suggest that the team he has put together gives vital indications about the approach the Biden administration is likely to take in the matter. So how will Biden tackle the China challenge and what will be the future course of the US-India relationship. Hindustan Times’ Aditi Prasad speaks to India’s former ambassador to the US Meera Shankar and foreign editor Pramit Pal Chaudhuri to understand how the Biden team is likely to approach and deal with the challenges ahead. Watch the full video for all the details.
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BJP's former ally slammed the Central government over the violence that took place in the national capital on January 26. Shiv Sena held both farmers and government responsible for the situation. Sanjay Raut said farmers should've fulfilled their promises to government. Raut also criticised the government for failing to control farmers. Raut said, “Farmer leaders should've fulfilled their assurance to the government. Both sides are responsible for deterioration of situation. The government has all instruments, agencies, power, army, police despite farmers entered Delhi, red fort and touched the tricolor. This is state of law and order in national capital.” Scenes of chaos were seen in Delhi on Republic Day. Farmer protestors broke protocol during their tractor rally. Farmer protestors broke barricades and barged into Delhi. Clashes erupted at multiple locations and protestors stormed the Red Fort. Watch the full video for more.
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On the occasion of Balasaheb Thackeray's birth anniversary, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Balasaheb Thackeray was the one who made BJP visible in Maharashtra no one knew about them. Further Reacting to BJP's accusations that Shivsena has forgot Balasaheb and his ideology, Raut questioned, "I question BJP did you forget LK Advani, did you forget Atal Bihari Vajpai no party forgets it's leaders?" He said that no one can forget Balasaheb Thackeray and his ideologies of progressive 'hindutva'. Sanjay Raut said, "Balasaheb Thackeray was the one who made BJP visible in Maharashtra no one knew about them. And back then it was a proud moment for us as we all came together with a slogan 'garv se kaho hum hindu hai" (Say it with pride that we are hindu). Balasaheb Thackeray is the origin of regional politics in India." Reacting to BJP's accusations that Shiv Sena has forgoten Balasaheb and his ideology, Raut said that it's not right to say that we have forgotten our leader. "I question BJP did you forget LK Advani, did you forget Atal Bihari Vajpai no party forgets its leaders," he asked. The strong votary of Hindutva, Bal Thackeray was born in 1926
During the inaugural function of India's first-ever driverless train operations on the Delhi Metro's Magenta Line on December 28, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that by 2025, government will take metro service to more than 25 cities. "First metro in Delhi was started with the efforts of Atal Ji. When our govt was formed in 2014, only 5 cities had metro services and today 18 cities have metro rail services. By 2025, we will take this service to more than 25 cities," said PM Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's first-ever driverless train on Delhi Metro's Magenta Line and launched National Common Mobility Card on the Airport Express Line on December 28, via video conferencing. "First metro in Delhi was started with the efforts of Atal Ji. When our government was formed in 2014, only 5 cities had metro services and today 18 cities have metro rail service. By 2025, we will take this service to more than 25 cities," said PM Modi. The driverless trains will be fully automated, which will eliminate the possibility of human error, the government has said. The driverless train will operate from Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also attended the event. Watch the full video for more.
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat hoisted the national flag at organisation's office in Ahmedabad. India is celebrating 72nd Republic Day today. On January 26, 1950, India's constitution came into force, completing country's transition towards becoming an independent republic.
Rahul Gandhi continued his tirade against the Modi government on the second day of his Tamil Nadu visit. Addressing a roadshow in Karur area, Rahul Gandhi accused the Modi government of attempting to destroy the agriculture sector of the country with the three new farm laws. ‘Imagine that one of the laws clearly states that farmers can't go to court to protect themselves,’ Rahul Gandhi said. The Congress leader further alleged that the PM Narendra Modi-led central government's wrong policies are responsible for ruining the country's economy, which left the youth jobless. He further alleged that the BJP and RSS have no respect for Tamil language, culture or history. Watch the full video for all the details.
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