Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the 69th Plenary Meeting of the North Eastern Council (NEC) on January 23 in Shillong. The Union Home Minister was received by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K Sangma, and other dignitaries. Vice-Chairman of NEC Dr. Jitendra Singh who is also the Minister for DoNER (Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region) and Secretary of NEC was also present in the plenary meeting. Governors and Chief Ministers of the eight northeastern states along with a large number of delegations of state government and central ministries were present at the meeting which is scheduled to conclude tomorrow. Various developmental undergoing projects in the entire Northeastern were discussed during the meeting.
Leaders paid tributes Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary on January 23. President Kovind and PM Modi paid homage to the freedom fighter on his birth anniversary. PM Modi will be in Bengal on Saturday to address 'Parakram Diwas' celebrations in Kolkata. Union HM Amit Shah also paid tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary. January 23 is observed as 'Parakram Diwas' to commemorate Bose's birth anniversary. Shah, who is on a visit to Assam, paid homage in front of Bose's portrait in Guwahati. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan paid floral tribute to Bose on his birth anniversary in Cuttack, Odisha.
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Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said that Superintendent of Police, Collector and SDOP were immediately suspended related to Morena incident in which 20 people have died. He said, 'It is a sad and serious incident. CM had clarified that such incidents cannot be tolerated. SP, Collector and SDOP were immediately suspended. The local distillery will also be investigated.' The death toll in Madhya Pradesh spurious liquor tragedy has mounted to 20 on January 13. Several people from Manpur and Pahawali villages got hospitalized after falling sick due to consumption of poisonous liquor. Probe is underway and more details are awaited in this regard.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah met a delegation from Ladakh in Delhi on Jan 06. A member of the delegation, Thupstan Chhewang said, "Home Minister said that under leadership of Prime Minister Modi, government is committed to protection of Ladakh's land, culture and development. After fulfilling the decades-old demand of people for UT status to Ladakh, government has shown its commitment."
The preparations are underway ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah's Manipur visit. Security personnel are deployed at public meeting venue at Hapta Kangjeibung. State Chief Minister, N Biren Singh said, "Manipur is ready to welcome Amit Shah. He is a true friend of Manipur and the key person behind ILP (Inner Line Permit) being extended to State." Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit the state on December 27.
The shopkeepers of Chandigarh are expecting rebate in taxes from the upcoming budget. The COVID-19 pandemic last year has halted the world as successive countrywide lockdowns to curb the virus impacted the shopkeepers. On January 19, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said the first part of the budget session will start on January 29 and continue till February 15, and the second part of the session will be from March 8 to April 8. Birla said that Rajya Sabha will function from 9 am to 2 pm and Lok Sabha from 4 pm to 9 pm with Zero Hour and Question Hour. Members of Parliament have been requested to undergo an RT-PCR test against COVID-19 ahead of the budget session, he said. The union budget will be presented on February 1.
Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla on January 19 informed that the Budget Session will commence from Jan 29 amid COVID-19 scare. He said, "Rajya Sabha will sit from 9am to 2pm and Lok Sabha will sit be from 4 pm to 9 pm". "Food subsidy at Parliament canteen has been completely removed: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla," he added. Zero Hour and Question Hour will be held. MPs have been requested to undergo RT-PCR test, he informed.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on January 05 said that in view of new COVID-19 strain, the number of flights to UK from India have been reduced to 50 per cent. "We took a decision on limited resumption of civil aviation traffic between India and United Kingdom based on an assessment of the available facts. We decided that RTPCR test which was done 72 hours ahead of travelling was not enough. So, we made it compulsory to test again on arrival. We will review the situation if any steps have to be taken. The total number of flights to UK reduced from 60 a week to 30, which is 50 per cent," said Hardeep Singh Puri.
Moderate fog engulfed the national capital on the morning of January 24. Bitter cold conditions prevail in parts of north India. Minimum temperature of 4 degrees Celsius is expected in the upcoming week in Delhi. According to the India Meteorological Department, cold wave to severe cold wave is predicted in isolated pockets of Delhi for next 2-3 days. Northern Indian states including the Himalayas can likely to witness rain, thunderstorm and snow during the next few days. IMD's regional Met centre in New Delhi has issued orange alerts over Uttar Pradesh for Jan 24 and across Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi for Jan 24 and 25.
Ailing Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was airlifted to Delhi from Jharkhand's Ranchi. He was brought in the national capital's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on January 23. Lalu Yadav was referred from Ranchi's Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on the advice of state medical board.
While speaking to ANI in the national capital on January 23, leader of Bangladesh Contingent that will take part in Republic Day parade on Delhi's Rajpath, Colonel Mohd Mohtashim Hyder Chowdhury said, "We are following all COVID-19 protocols. Thank you very much for inviting us on this occasion, we are very much delighted." "Total of 113 members will take part who will be led by two Lieutenant Colonels, one of them will lead marching and the other will lead band contingent," he added.
From India’s vaccination drive to fire at Serum Institute, here are the top updates on the pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to get vaccinated in the second phase of the inoculation drive, as per reports. Reportedly, chief ministers above 50 will also get vaccine doses. Meanwhile, five people were killed in fire at Pune’s Serum Institute of India. PM Modi expressed anguish over the loss of life. The fire was reported from an under-construction building at SII’s facility. Also, health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that some people are spreading misinformation about vaccines. Calling it unfortunate, Harsh Vardhan said it has developed vaccine hesitancy. Watch the full video for more updates on the pandemic.
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Union Health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan reiterated the two vaccines which have been granted approval for use in India are safe and effective. He added that some people are playing politics over the issue resulting in vaccine hesitancy among a section of the people. Harsh Vardhan said that the vaccines will be the last nail in the coffin of Covid. He also said that mild fever, pain and swelling are common after vaccination and added that very few people have shown these side-effects too. Questions have been raised about the safety of Covaxin which has not yet published any data from phase three clinical trials. Additionally, the government has also said that people will not get to choose a vaccine in the first phase. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that adverse events by COVID-19 vaccine are common and vaccination will be the last nail in coffin of COVID-19. "The message is clear that vaccine is completely safe and effective. The adverse events or side effects surfacing are common and it can be seen after any vaccination," said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan."The vaccination will be the last nail in the coffin of COVID-19. It is unfortunate that some people are spreading misinformation about the vaccination for political reasons. This has developed vaccine hesitancy in a small group of people," he added.
As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India on January 19 reported single-day spike of 10,064 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 137 deaths in the same period pushed the COVID-19 toll in the country to 1,52,556. India's confirmed cases of coronavirus stand at 1,05,81,837 which include 2,00,528 active infections. More than 1,02,28,753 people have recovered from the virus with 17,411 new discharges in last 24 hours. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 7,09,791 samples were tested on January 18. Cumulative samples tested for COVID-19 till January 18 are 18,78,02,827.
As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India on January 18 reported single-day spike of 13,788 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 145 deaths in the same period pushed the COVID-19 toll in the country to 1,52,419. India's confirmed cases of coronavirus stand at 1,05,71,773 which include 2,08,012 active infections. More than 1,02,11,342 people have recovered from the virus with 14,457 new discharges in last 24 hours. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 5,48,168 samples were tested on January 17. Cumulative samples tested for COVID-19 till January 17 are 18,70,93,036.
AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi has hit back at BJP leader Tejasvi Surya who said likened him to Jinnah and accused him of spreading rabid Islamism and allowing Rohingya Muslims to settle in Hyderabad...
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