Calling the Nepal government's move to dissolve the lower house of the Parliament to be a 'political move', Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said the Supreme Court should dismiss the case. Oli's comments come as the move, which has been claimed to be unconstitutional by members of the ruling party and the opposition, is being challenged in the apex court, where hearings are currently underway. A total of 13 petitions are filed in the Supreme Court of Nepal, challenging the decision of Oli and President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to dissolve the House of Representatives, the lower house parliament, claiming it unconstitutional. The apex court has yet to give a verdict on the writ petitions. Following the dissolution of the Lower House and the announcement of midterm elections, the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) witnessed its vertical split as the already-strained ties between the two rival factions of the party have further deepened. The Oli-led faction of the ruling party is backing the dissolution of the House while the other faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal is firmly opposing the government's move and demanding the restoration of parliament.
Addressing an extraordinary session of the Upper House of Parliament on Sunday, Nepal Caretaker Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli announced that Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali will visit India on January 14 this month. After the dissolution of the lower house, Oli announced Foreign Minister's upcoming India's visit from the Upper House for the second time. He announced the dates along with agendas prepared for discussion which comes soon after the visit of Indian Foreign Secretary to the Himalayan Nation. FM Gyawali will be staying in India but claimed that relation with Southern Neighbours has improved further after he took over the office.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on January 08 said that the preparations of Budget Session are comprehensive and the session will run in the Parliament by following all the guidelines. The Budget Session of the parliament is expected to begin at the end week of January.
As India is all set to begin the world’s largest vaccination drive, NCP leader Nawab Malik has asked PM Modi to get the first shot. The NCP leader said that there is a slight crisis of confidence about the vaccine and PM Modi getting vaccinated first would allay the fears and increase confidence. ‘We want PM Modi to begin this initiative by getting vaccinated himself so that doubts are done away with, trust is built and PM creates a new history,’ the Maharashtra minister said. Around 3 crore people will be vaccinated in the first phase. Healthcare & frontline workers will be the first to get vaccinated. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik on January 11 urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi should begin the COVID-19 vaccination drive by getting vaccinated himself, and by creating a new history. He said, "COVID-19 vaccination is about to begin. Still, there are doubts among people regarding vaccines. We want PM Modi to begin this initiative by getting vaccinated himself so that doubts are done away with, trust is built and PM creates a new history."
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
Ahead of vaccination drive, COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Mumbai's Cooper Hospital on Jan 16. Health workers were seen clapping and cheering as the vaccine arrived. With 'aarti thalis' and sweets, staff of Cooper Hospital was seen waiting to welcome beneficiaries. The mega COVID-19 vaccination drive will begin in India on Jan 16. In first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive, healthcare workers will receive the vaccine.
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 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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Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury on January 15 offered Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee to join his party to stop Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the government in the state in upcoming WB assembly elections. He said, "They felt it'll be difficult for them to survive without Congress. They came to power with Congress' help but then left no stone unturned to finish Congress. They weakened secular parties like Congress and Left in WB, which made a communal party like BJP rise." "She (Mamata Banerjee) should come to Congress as there's no option other than Congress to stop BJP. If they can feel this, they should join forces under Congress' leadership. Congress had kept secularism intact for 100 years in this nation by facing BJP and its ancestors," he added. Adhir statement comes after Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Saugata Roy asked Left and the Congress to support CM Banerjee in her fight against BJP if they are "genuinely" anti-BJP.
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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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 'Prarambh: Startup India International Summit' on January 16. The prime minister interacted with the start-ups during the virtual address. 2-day long event has been organised by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade under Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 'Prarambh: Startup India International Summit' on January 16. During his address, PM Modi announced Start-Up India Seed Fund of Rs. 1,000 crore to help new start-ups grow in the country. PM Modi said, "We are launching Rs 1,000 crore Start-Up India Seed Fund to help new startups grow in the country. We are trying to create a startup system which is based on the mantra 'of the youth, by the youth, for the youth. We have to decide the goal for next five years, this goal should be that our start-ups should emerge as global giants and lead on futuristic technologies."