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.
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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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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Congress has accused the Modi government of lying to the people of India and the Supreme Court over the consultation process of the farm laws. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the BJP had cited the Guru committee formed in 2000 as part of the consultations done before bringing in the new farm laws. Singhvi added that this amounted to contempt of court as the CPIO response to RTI queries made it clear that no consultations were held before enacting the farm laws. The Congress’ attack comes a day after the top court stayed the implementation of the farm law and formed a committee to end the deadlock between the farmer unions and the government. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday along with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, led the protest to show solidarity with the farmers' agitation against the farm laws by gheraoing the Raj Niwas in the capital. They also met Congress party Member of Parliaments who were protesting against the three farm laws at Jantar Mantar. Bhupinder Singh Mann, National President of Bharatiya Kisan Union recused himself from a four-member committee appointed by the Supreme Court on the farm laws. Speaking on the matter, Rahul Gandhi said, "Have you ever heard about the word Maya? Everything is Maya, media-created Maya and this myth will soon end. Just wait and watch what will happen the day this Maya will end." Congress Party held protests across the country demanding a repeal of the farm laws brought by the Central government, against which farmer organisations have been protesting at the various borders of Delhi for 50 days now. Watch the full video for more details.
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Bharatiya Kisan Union said that protesting farmers will take out procession on Republic Day. Following the procession from Red Fort to India Gate, farmers will hoist the national flag. "Jawans will march from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate. Farmers will take out a procession from Red Fort to India Gate. There will be a historic parade on Republic Day this year. Jawans and farmers will meet at India Gate's Amar Jawan Jyoti," BKU Spokesperson, Rakesh Tikait said. Tikait's remarks came after SC stayed the implementation of the Centre's three farm laws. Tikait had earlier said agitating farmers will not return home till farm laws are repealed. Both sides are scheduled to meet on Friday to take forward the ongoing talks that began in December.
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BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on January 26 parade said that it will be a historic scene where on one side, will be 'kisan' and on the other side will be 'jawan.' He further said that both will meet at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, where the national flag will be hoisted by the 'kisan.' "Our plan for Jan 26, we will take out a procession from Red Fort to India Gate. We will hoist the flag at the Amar Jawan Jyoti. It will be a historic scene where on one side we will have 'kisan' and the other side 'jawan,' said BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait while speaking to ANI on January 14.
Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on January 16 inaugurated COVID-19 vaccination drive for the health workers from Mohali's civil hospital. About 1.74 lakh health workers working in both government and private health care facilities will be vaccinated in the state. Today is the inaugural day of nationwide roll-out of vaccination. Billed as the world's largest vaccination programme, covering the entire length and breadth of the country, the drive aims to first inoculate millions of its healthcare and frontline workers and reach an estimated 3 crore people by the end of its first phase.
India's Covid-19 vaccination drive was launched by PM Modi on January 16, Saturday. Reactions from politicos across the country started pouring in soon after the launch. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the vaccine will work as 'sanjeevani' in the fight against Covid-19. Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat praised the vaccine drive. Leaders of various states and UTs also hailed the Covid vaccination drive. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal urged people not to pay heed to rumours over vaccine. Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh and Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio expressed satisfaction and hope over the drive. Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray said it was a 'moment of hope and honour'. Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering also congratulated PM Modi and the people of the country for the 'landmark' launch.
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The cold waves continued to prevail North India. Kanpur was covered with thick layer of fog and the visibility was extremely low. In Punjab's Amritsar, icy winds hit normal lives. Locals were seen using bonfire to keep themselves warm in the harsh winters. Similar situation was witnessed in Noida as cold waves gripped the city. According to IMD, zero visibility was reported over Delhi, Lucknow and Amritsar due to variable and calm lower-level winds today. Similar fog conditions are likely in the morning of Jan 17 as well and visibility is likely to improve from Jan 18.
Speaking to media in the national capital on January 15, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati spoke on occasion of her 65th birthday. Mayawati said, "BSP will not forge any alliance with any political party for the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand." "The party will contest the elections in all Assembly constituencies on its own," she added.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh laid foundation stone of new Army Hospital of Central Command in Lucknow on January 16. He was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Army Chief General MM Naravane. This 'Super Specialty' hospital equip with about 900 beds capacity to server Army jawans. Soldiers and ex-servicemen and their families will be able to get better treatment facilities in Lucknow.
A 11-foot long python weighing around 25 kg was rescued by the Forest Department with the help of JCB in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh on January 15. Scores of people witnessed the rescue operation. The python was later released into the wilderness.