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  • In Assam, 644 militants from 8 outfits surrender in Guwahati.

  • Ten Union Ministers visiting different blocks in Jammu and Kashmir today as part of Centre's special Public Outreach Programme.

  • Health Ministry says, Government is fully prepared to take on the challenge of Corona virus outbreak in China.

  • Jharkhand Chief Minister orders SIT probe into the killings of seven villagers in West Singhbhum district.

  • Nation pays homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 123rd birth anniversary.

  • And, 71st Republic Day preparations in full swing; Full dress rehearsal held in the national capital.


In Assam, 644 militants from 8 outfits today laid down their arms in Guwahati before Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal and senior officials. Among those who surrendered, include 50 militants from ULFA (Independence) 8 National Democratic Front of Bodoland, 178 from Adivashi Dragon Fighter. The militants have deposited 177 arms, huge ammunitions and other explosives materials. Welcoming the militants to the mainstream, Chief Minister Sonowal appealed them to contribute in the nation building process. He said that laying down of arms would further boost the peace process in the State.

Talking  Exclusively to AIR News, Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said this is a major milestone in State's history which will impact the peace process favourably. He hoped that more boys in different extremist groups would come forward to join this peace process.

"Today 644 members of militants, belonging to eight different organisations in Assam who have been following the path of violence, have decided to abjure violence and come overground and have joined formally the peace process. They have laid down weapons in front of the Chief Minister of Assam and different security forces. They belong to various outfits in Assam."


A delegation of ten Union Ministers is visiting different blocks of various districts in both the divisions of Jammu and Kashmir, on the sixth consecutive day today. The visit is a part of Centre's Mission of special Public Outreach Programme. The Ministers are scheduled to inaugurate several developmental projects, besides holding public interactions throughout the day. The projects include inauguration of heritage lights from Dalgate to Hazratbal in Srinagar, multiple water supply schemes across J&K, playfields, Girl’s hostels, roads and foundation of Tehsil offices.

Union Ministers G. Kishen Reddy, Ravi Shanker Prasad and Shripad Naik are visiting Manigam Ganderbal, Baramulla and Srinagar in Kashmir division.

Minister of Communication Ravi Shankar Prasad had a detailed meeting with officers of district administration at Baramulla in North Kashmir. The Minister assured appropriate action in due course of time.

The Minister also e-inaugurated Indoor stadium at Baramulla and also laid foundation stone of sports stadium in the district. Those who are visiting Jammu division include Purushottam Rupala, Renuka Singh, Angadi Suresh, Som Prakash, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Faggan Singh and Rameshwar Teli.

Over a period of almost a week now, over thirty Union Ministers have visited across length and breadth of Jammu and Kashmir. The Ministers are there to disseminate information about various developmental projects and welfare initiatives of the Government. Two hundred and ten works have also been inaugurated. The visit of Ministers has seen a positive response, so far. The programme will culminate tomorrow on 24th of January.


Chief Minister of Jharkhand Hemant Soren has ordered a probe and constitution of a six-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) for investigating the killing of seven people of Burgulikera village in the West Singhbhum district.

All seven people were murdered for staging protest against Pathalgadi movement by pro-Pathalgadi supporters during their village Panchayat meeting on Sunday. Police recovered all seven bodies yesterday from the dense forest area of heavily infested Naxal belt of West Singhbhum district in the state.

The killings followed a clash that had broken out between the pro-Pathalgadi and anti-Pathalgadi supporters during the Panchayat meeting held on Sunday in Burgulikera village.


The Supreme Court today said, it will consider after three months the plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking a direction to the Centre for declaring Ram Sethu a national heritage monument.

Ram Sethu is a chain of limestone shoals between coasts of India and Sri Lanka. According to the epic Ramayana, the Ram Sethu bridge was built to rescue Sita, who was kidnapped by Ravana.


Election Commission, EC will host the first Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture today. Former President Pranab Mukherjee will deliver the first of the Lectures. The EC has decided to institute an Annual Lecture Series as a tribute to the first Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sukumar Sen. He commendably conducted the first two General Elections to Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies, thereby putting India firmly on the map of democracy.


Union Health Ministry has said that Government is on and fully prepared  to deal with Novel Corona virus outbreak in China. Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said,  a total 9,156 passengers from 43 flights were screened for novel coronavirus infection till Tuesday at the seven identified airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata. She said, till now, no cases have been detected. Ms Sudan said, passengers travelling from China requested to report to nearest public health facility in case they feel any symptoms.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak in China has reached 17. The confirmed infection cases have also sharply risen to more than 550 yesterday. The cases of the deadly pneumonia were reported from the US, Hong Kong, Macao and Mexico. More from our correspondent:-

"Looking at number of infections growing rapidly, China has put in place all the contingency measures. Local government of Wuhan has announced that all public transportation in the city will be temporarily closed starting at 10am local time on Thursday. All flights and trains scheduled to depart from Wuhan also will be temporarily canceled to reduce the risk of spreading the new virus. The local authority advised residents not to leave Wuhan unless they have a "special reason". Anshuman Mishra, AIR News, Beijing

According to WHO, common symptoms of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) strain include respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.


The mortal remains of eight Indian tourists, who died in Nepal are being repatriated to India today. According to Embassy of India all formalities have been completed and bodies are being flown from Kathmandu to New Delhi.

Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has expressed condolences on the demise of Indian tourists.


In Australia, a water-bombing plane has crashed fighting a massive bushfire in mountains near Sydney killing all three crew members today. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service said in a statement, contact was lost with a large air tanker which was working in the Snowy Monaro area. The three crew members have not been identified. The cause of the crash in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, NSW is not yet known. More than 80 blazes are raging across the state following a return of hot and windy conditions. Fire department said, all large air tanker aircraft operations had been suspended for the rest of the day pending investigation into the crash.  The airport in capital city of Canberra has been shut down due to the threat of approaching bushfires.

Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar is participating in the charity match for Australia's bushfire victims. He said, it will go a long way in providing relief. The bushfire relief cricket match will be played on February 8th, between Ricky Ponting Eleven and Shane Warne Eleven. Sachin Tendulkar is the coach of Ricky Ponting Eleven.


The nation pays homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 123rd birth anniversary today. It was on this day in 1897, Netaji was born in Cuttack, Odisha. A number of functions have been organised across the country to mark the occasion. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have paid tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

In a tweet, President Kovind said, Subhas Chandra Bose remains one of the most beloved national heroes and an icon of India's freedom struggle. Mr Kovind said, Netaji courage and patriotism inspire the people.

Vice President said, Subhash Chandra Bose instilled patriotism among people, gave the slogan-‘Jai Hind' and inspired thousands of people to take part in freedom struggle.

Prime Minister Modi said, India will always remain grateful to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose for his bravery and indelible contribution to resisting colonialism. Mr Modi said, Subhas Chandra Bose stood up for the progress and well-being of fellow Indians.


West Bengal joined rest of the country in celebrating 123rd Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose today through various programmes. In Kolkata, main programme has been organized at the foot of the Netaji’s statue near Rajbhavan to mark the day. More from our Kolkata Correspondent:

"The West Bengal Governor, Jagdeep Dhankhar led the State in paying homage at the statue of Netaji in Kolkata on the occasion. People from all walks of life are remembering the Great Hero of the Freedom Movement by paying floral tributes at the statue of Netaji. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid homage to Subhas Chandra Bose at a function in Darjeeling Hills. Large number of people are also visiting the house of Netaji in South Kolkata since early morning today. The West Bengal government has organized Subhas Utsav at each blocks of the State. Netaji Research Bureau has also organized special programme on the occasion. Arijit Chakraborty AIR News, Kolkata."


Preparations are in full swing for the upcoming Republic Day celebrations. The main function will be organized at Rajpath in the National Capital, where President Ram Nath Kovind will take the salute of the parade. This year, President of Brazil Jair Messias Bolsonaro will be Chief Guest at the 71st Republic Day. Our coreespondent reports, the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade was held at Rajpath this morning.

"Colourfully decorated tableaux of sixteen States and Union Territories and six Central Ministries took part in the full dress rehearsal. Talking to AIR, people who are participating in the parade as part of the tableaux said they are proud to be depicting their culture.

Over 600 school children are taking part in the parade to showcase cultural programmes and folk dances from various States. The major attractions this year are the fly-past by the newly inducted Chinook and Apache helicopters along with Sukhoi and advanced light helicopters. A replica of Rafale fighter jet will also be on display in the Indian Air Force tableau. Meanwhile, security personnel from Delhi Police and other Central Security Forces have been deployed in the National Capital. Security checking and frisking of commuters have been increased in all Delhi metro stations. With Anand Kumar, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."


The Jaipur Literature Festival has commenced in Jaipur today. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot inaugurated the festival. Addressing the inaugural session the Chief Minister said, JLF is the pride of Jaipur. He said, people know the culture of Rajasthan through this literary festival. He said, this is the platform where people can share their views without any hesitation. Energy Minister B D Kalla was also present in the function. Our Correspondent reports about 500 speakers of different fields are participating in the festival.



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