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25th January, 2020


  • President Ram Nath Kovind calls upon government and opposition to move forward in tandem to ensure people's welfare.

  • Addressing the Nation on the eve of 71st Republic Day Mr. Kovind said, India remains committed to global community in building secure and prosperous future for entire humanity.

  • Former Union Ministers George Fernandes, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley to be honoured with Padma Vibhushan Posthumously.

  • Six Army Personnel awarded Saurya Chakra; 19 get Param Vishist Seva medal; 104 personnel awarded Fire Service Medals.

  • All arrangements in place for Republic Day celebrations.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share his thoughts in Mann Ki Baat Programme on All India Radio at 6 PM tomorrow.

  • Principal Secretary to Prime Minister chairs high level meeting on Coronavirus outbreak.


President Ram Nath Kovind has called upon Government and opposition to move forward in tandem to ensure the country's development and welfare of its people. Addressing the Nation on the eve of the 71st Republic Day celebrations, he said, both have important roles in this endeavour.

"While giving expression to their political ideas, both must move forward in tandem to ensure that development of the country and welfare of its people are promoted consistently."

Invoking Mahatma Gandhi's message of non- violence, the President appealed to the people, particularly the youth not to forget the gift of Ahimsa to humanity. He stressed that Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of truth and non-violence are still relevant in our nation-building efforts.

"As India and Indians march forward, we remain committed to engaging the global community to build a secure and prosperous future for ourselves and for the entire humanity."

Mr Kovind said, as India and Indians march forward, we remain committed to engaging the global community in building a secure and prosperous future for ourselves and for the entire humanity.

The President said, a strong internal security is essential for the country's development. The government has taken concrete steps to strengthen the internal security system. The President added that access to health and education is the foundation of good governance.

"Access to health and education are often considered the foundation of good governance. In both these sectors, we have come a long way in the seven decades. The Government has rightly focused its attention on the health sector, with its ambitious initiatives. Starting with the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, and expanding to the Ayushman Bharat, which is the world’s largest publicly funded universal healthcare programme, the Government has shown its care and concern for the well-being of the poor. "

On education, President Kovind said, the government has endeavored to ensure that every child and youth gets educated. He also emphasized the need to reach global standards in education by continuous reforms. Emphasising on the priority given to water conservation and water management, the President expressed confidence that Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan and Jal Jeevan Mission will become popular movements.

Mr Kovind said, the roll out of GST has fulfilled our vision of One Country, One Tax and One Market. He said, the government has taken consistent efforts to ensure an overall development of every part of the country- from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the States in the North- East and the Islands in the Indian Ocean.

He said, India is proud of ISRO's achievements. Mission Gaganyaan is progressing well and the nation is looking forward to the Indian Human Spaceflight Programme.

Praising the armed forces, the President said, their sacrifices to preserve the country's integrity are a saga of unparalleled courage and discipline. Mr Kovind said, India has done well in sports. The new players and athletes have brought laurels for the nation. He said, in Tokyo Olympics 2020, the Indian Contingent will have the good wishes of millions of Indians. The Indian diaspora around the world has been pride of the country. They have not only brought prosperity to their adopted lands, but also enhanced India’s image in the world community.

The President also mentioned about his interaction with some of the achievers who have done commendable work in various fields. He said, working silently, they have made immense contribution to various fields including science and innovation, empowerment of Divyang persons, women and child development, education, healthcare, revival of old art forms and in providing food and nutrition to the needy.

The President said, we are now in the third decade of the twenty-first century. This will be the decade to herald New India and a new generation. He was confident that the new generation will remain committed to our core values. He said, for the country's youth, the nation always comes first. With them, we are witnessing the emergence of New India.

President Kovind expressed confidence that the new generation will adhere the central tenets of democracy which are justice, liberty, equality and fraternity. Mr Kovind said, by doing so, we will be adding a meaningful dimension to our celebrations of the 150 th birth anniversary of Gandhiji.

"Our Constitution gave us rights as citizens of a free democratic nation, but also placed on us the responsibility to always adhere to the central tenets of our democracy – justice, liberty, equality and fraternity. It becomes easier for us to follow these constitutional ideals, if we keep in mind the life and values of the Father of our Nation. By doing so, we will be adding a meaningful dimension to our celebrations of 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji."

The President concluded his address by quoting Chief Architect of the Constitution Baba Saheb Ambedkar. He said, the words of Baba Saheb will continue to show us the way ahead to new glories.


All arrangements are in place to celebrate the 71st Republic Day tomorrow.  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 the Chief Guest. Sixteen States and Union Territories and six Central Ministries will participate in the Parade. Jammu and Kashmir will participate in the parade for the first time as a Union Territory. Start up India, Jal Jeevan Mission and financial inclusion are some of the themes of the tableaux of Ministries and Departments.

"The Republic Day Parade ceremony will commence with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial. This is for the first time that the Prime Minister will pay homage to martyrs at the National War Memorial instead of Amar Jawan Jyoti. The National Flag will be unfurled followed by the National Anthem with a booming 21-gun salute. The parade will begin with President Ram Nath Kovind taking the salute. The major attraction of this year's Republic Day parade will be fly-past by the newly inducted Chinook and Apache helicopters along with Sukhoi and advanced light helicopters. Anti-satellite weapon - Mission Shakti, Army’s battle tank Bhishma will be showcased during the 90-minute long parade. A motorcycle display by an all women team of Central Reserve Police Force and sixteen marching contingents from the Armed Forces, Para-Military Forces, Delhi police and NCC along with 13 Military bands will also be the centre of attraction. Over 600 school children will  take part in the parade to showcase cultural programmes and folk dances from various states. With Dipendra, Anand Kumar, AIR News Delhi.


Government today announced 141 Padma Awards on the eve of 71st Republic Day.  The list  comprises of  7 Padma Vibhushan, 16 Padma Bhusan and 118 Padma Shri awards. 34 awardees are women and 18 foreigners. 12 persons are awarded posthumously.

Former Union Minister George Fernandes, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley will be awarded Padma Vibhushan posthumously. Pejavara math seer late Vishveshateertha Swamiji will be awarded Padma Vibhushan posthomously. former Prime Minister of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth and Boxer MC Mary Kom will get Padma Vibhushan.

Former Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar and Legal luminary and educator N R Madhava Menon will be conferred Padma Bhushan posthumously. Eminent Writer Manoj Das, Shuttler P V Sindhu, industrialist Anand Mahindra will get Padma Bhushan.

Footballer Oinem Bembem Devi, Film Director Karan Johar, Actress Kangna Ranaut will get Padma Shri.

Several unsung heroes like Jagdish Lal Ahuja, Javed Ahmad Tak, Tulasi Gowda, Mohammed Sharif, Satyanayana Mundayoor, S Ramakrishna and Yogi Aeron have been selected for Padma Shri. 


The President has approved award of Gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others on the eve of the 71st Republic Day Celebrations.

Lieutenant Colonel Jyoti Lama of 11 Gorkha Rifles, Major K Bijendra Singh of Army Air Defence, Naib Subedar Narender Singh of Parachute Regiment, Naik Naresh Kumar of Jammu Kashmir Light Infantry and Sepoy Karmdeo Oraon of Bihar Regiment will be conferred the Shaurya Chakra. Naib Subedar Sombir of the Jat Regiment will be conferred Shaurya Chakra posthumously.

Nineteen top Army officers including Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh have been awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal. A total of eight Yudh Seva Medals, four Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, thirty two Ati Vishisht Seval Medal, seventy six Vishisht Seval Medal and 151 Sena Medals have been announced.


A total of 104 personnel have been awarded Fire Service Medals on the occasion of the Republic Day this year.

Forty nine personnel have also been awarded Home Guard and Civil Defence Medals on this occasion.


President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the conferment of Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards - 2019 on 54 persons. This includes Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak to seven, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak to eight and Jeevan Raksha Padak to 39 persons. Five awards are posthumous. Jeevan Raksha Padak series of awards are given to a person for meritorious act of human nature in saving the life of a person.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio tomorrow. It will be the 61st episode of the monthly radio programme. This time the programme will be  broadcast at six in the evening. Usually, the monthly programme is  broadcast at 11 AM.


Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister P K Mishra today chaired a high level meeting on the Coronavirus outbreak in China. During the meeting, the officials apprised him on the recent developments, preparedness and response measures associated with the spread of Coronavirus. Health Ministry also briefed Mr Mishra on hospital and laboratory preparedness and measures taken for the Capacity Building of the Rapid Response teams and the extensive surveillance activities. Mr Mishra reviewed the preventive measures taken by other Ministries like the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

During the meeting, the officials assured the Principal Secretary that the situation is being closely monitored by the Ministry of Health in close coordination with various other Union ministries as well as State governments.

All State and District health authorities have been ed and are in the loop. During a review meeting held in New Delhi today,  Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan decided that central teams will visit designated airports of seven cities tomorrow to review preparedness for management and control of Novel Coronavirus in India. The cities are New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi. The teams will consist of a public health expert, a clinician and a microbiologist.


India and Brazil today inked 15 agreements to boost cooperation in a wide range of areas like trade and investment, oil and gas, cyber security and information technology. The agreements were exchanged after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro.

In his statement, Prime Minister Modi said, an action plan has been finalised to further expand ties between the two strategic partners. He said Mr Bolsonaro's visit to India has opened a new chapter in bilateral ties between the two countries.

"भोगौलिक दूरी के बावजूद हम विश् के अनेक मंचों पर साथ हैं और विकास के एक दूसरे के महत्वपूर्ण पार्टनर भी हैं और इसलिए आज राष्ट्रपति बोल्सोनारो और मैं हमारे द्वीपक्षीय सहयोग को सभी क्षेत्र में और बढ़ाने पर सहमत हुए।"

The Brazilian President in his statement said the two countries have further consolidated already strong ties by signing 15 agreements providing for cooperation in a range of areas.


The Election Commission has imposed a 48-hour ban on campaigning of BJP candidate Kapil Mishra who is contesting from Delhi's Model Town assembly constituency for his controversial tweet. During this period, Mr Mishra has been barred from holding public meetings, processions, rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media in connection with ongoing assembly election of Delhi. 


Five people were killed and eight injured when a roof of a building collapsed in the Bhajanpura area of the national capital this evening. According to Fire Department, the injured have been admitted to hospital for treatment.


In cricket, leading one-nil, India will take on New Zealand in the second T-20 International of the five-match series at Eden Park in Auckland tomorrow. The match will begin at 12.30 p.m. This is India’s first-ever involvement in a five-match T20 series since they played their first 20-over international in South Africa back in 2006.


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