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20th January, 2017


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for coordination among central and state government departments for solving problems; Also says, youth are at the core of digital movement in the country.
  • Union Law and Environment Ministries clear Tamil Nadu government's ordinance on Jallikattu.
  • RBI Governor appears before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, says attempts on to bring down transaction cost on on-line payments post demonetisation. 
  • Supreme Court refuses to intervene in the selection process of CBI Chief.
  • Donald Trump to assume office of US President tonight.
  • IN SPORTS; Saina Nehwal enters semi-finals of Malaysia Masters Badminton tournament.
  • Sania Mirza advances to the 3rd round of Women's doubles of Australian open.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed concern over the functioning of government departments in isolation. He stressed upon coordination among the departments of Central and State governments. Mr Modi was delivering the inaugural address on a three-day National Conference of Central and State Ministers and Secretaries of Tourism, Culture and Sports at Kutch in Gujarat today through video-conferencing.

The Prime Minister asked participants to share their best practices to solve the outstanding problems. He asked the Departments to chalk out a blue-print to channelize the youth power for betterment of the country and the world. He said, a digital movement is going on in the nation, and the youth are at its core.

Mr Modi said, the  youth  have also given strength to Swachh Bharat Mission in the country.

The Prime Minister called for an institutional arrangement to enable excellence in sports. The Prime Minister said, India has a lot more in sports than just cricket, for which, there is need to map sports persons at District level. He said a conducive environment is very important for sports and mere provision of infrastructure is not enough.

On tourism, the Prime Minister said, India is blessed with huge potential  and this can draw the world to India.

Mr Modi said, everything ranging from the varieties of music and food is a part of India's cultural heritage which has to be put across the globe.


Union Law  and Environment Ministries have cleared the Tamil Nadu government's ordinance on Jallikattu. It was announced by  AIADMK on its twitter handle saying Union Law Ministry  has forwarded the Ordinance on Jallikattu to President Pranab Mukherjee after  consulting Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi.

Earlier in the day, Environment and Forests  Minister Anil Madhav Dave told media in New Delhi that Tamil Nadu government's proposal for bringing the ordinance is under consideration. AIADMK delegation had met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and submitted a proposal on ordinance. The Supreme Court also postponed its verdict for a week on Central Government' request.

The Supreme Court had in May 2014 banned the sport saying bulls cannot be used as performing animals and had directed governments and Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) to take steps to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals. The Apex Court said  all living creatures, including animals, have inherent dignity and a right to live peacefully and right to protect their well-being.

On 8th January last year, the Centre had issued a notification lifting the ban on Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu with certain restrictions.

Meanwhile, in Tamil Nadu, pro-Jallikattu demonstrations are gathering steam. On the Marina Beach in Chennai, unprecedented crowd gathered today, showing solidarity with the youth who are staging protests for the fourth day.

The crowd has gathered in huge strength into the sandy beach, buoyed by the good response for the strike call in their support in various parts of the state. They have refused to disperse, saying a return from the place would be possible only after bulls pass through the rings into the Jallikattu grounds. Jaya Singh, AIR News, Chennai.

In Pudducherry, the 12 hour Shut down called by Poralikal Iyakkam, umbrella organisation of Pro Jallikattu protestors, passed off peacefully. Our correspondent reports that no untoward incident was reported from any where in the Union Territory.

The ban on Jallikkattu, the traditional Bull taming sport, evoked spontanious response from people of all walks of life. Students and youth of the Union Territory joined the agitation in an unprecedented manner demanding lifting of the ban. Protesters took out rallies in the city and blocked Train service. The shut down was near total in both Puducherry and Karaikal regions. All shops, industries and commercial establishments remained closed and vehicles kept off the roads. Sabu Kurien John, AIR News, Puducherry.


RBI Governor Urjit Patel and other senior functionaries appeared before Public Accounts Committee, PAC, for oral evidence on Review of Monetary Policy in Parliament House today. Sources said, RBI informed the Parliamentary panel that it is working on a mechanism to bring down transaction cost on online payments post demonetisation. The Committee was also told that cash flow position in urban as well as rural areas has improved significantly. Mr Patel is learnt to have assured the panel that the situation would further improve in the next couple of weeks. On impact of demonetisation on growth,  the RBI Governor said,  there may be impact in the short run, but in mid and long term the move is beneficial for the economy.

Later talking to reporters, PAC Chairman K V Thomas said the Committee will meet again on 10th of next month to discuss the issues with Finance Ministry officials. He further said that the RBI Governor could be called again if required.


In Uttar Pradesh, ruling Samajwadi Party has declared 208 names of the candidates for ongoing Vidhan Sabha election in the state. Earlier in the day, the Party had issued names of 191 candidates but within hours cancelled two of it, while replaced one candidate. In the evening, another list containing names of nineteen candidates was issued by the party.​ However, the expected announcement of alliance between SP and Congress was not made even today.

For the first phase of election in the state, a total of 63 candidates filed their nominations today alone taking the tally to 81. On the other hand only one candidate filed his papers for the second phase for which notification was issued earlier today. All the HQs of political parties including SP, BSP, BJP, Congress and RLD in Lucknow are witnessing huge rush of ticket seekers and their supporters. Merajuddin, AIR News, Lucknow.


Donald Trump will be sworn-in as 45th President of the United States tonight. He will replace Barack Obama in the White House. Chief Justice of Supreme Court John Roberts will administer him the oath of office using a Trump family bible and one known as the Lincoln Bible. The eyes of the world will be on Mr Trump as he offers his inaugural address. Vice President-elect Mike Pence will also be sworn-in tonight.

Popular Indian-American DJ and drummer Ravi Jakhotia opened the inaugural concert for the US President-elect with a scintillating performance to crowd of thousands at the Lincoln

Memorial this evening. 


The first meeting of Strategic Dialogue between India and United Arab Emirates was held in New Delhi. During the meeting, the two sides  discussed  various issues ranging from cooperation in the areas of trade and investments to expanding the bilateral cooperation to new areas including energy security, defence and security and information technology and space.The two sides agreed on a number of new initiatives to further strengthen the bilateral cooperation and on signing of fresh instruments of cooperation. The meeting provided a timely opportunity to prepare for the forthcoming State visit of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi as a  Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations, 2017.


Supreme Court today refused to direct the Centre to place before it the minutes of the meeting of a high-powered committee, which has selected Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma as the new CBI Director. A bench comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and A M Khanwilkar said  this after it was informed by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that the appointment to the post of CBI Director has been made.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argued before the bench that the committee comprises the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India  and the Leader of Opposition and  their wisdom cannot be questioned.  

In Another matter, the Supreme court today said names of members of the proposed panel to run the administration of cash-rich BCCI would be decided on  next Tuesday. Senior advocates Anil Divan and Gopal Subramaniam, who have been appointed as amicus curiae, submitted nine names in sealed covers for the proposed panel of administrators which will supervise the administration of BCCI through its Chief Executive Officer.


The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council today unanimously adopted a Resolution seeking early return of Kashmiri migrants to the Valley. Yesterday, a similar resolution was unanimously passed in  Legislative Assembly. Today the Resolution was moved in the Upper House by the Minister for Education and the Leader of House,  Naeem Akhtar. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that Kashmiri Pandits are a part and parcel of the Kashmir’s unique composite culture and every effort would be made to ensure their return with dignity to their roots. He said Kashmir is incomplete without Pandits adding that Kashmir’s Composite culture and communal harmony is known worldwide. The House unanimously passed the resolution with voice vote. 


In Chhattisgarh, six Maoists today surrendered in Kondagaon district of tribal Bastar division. Our correspondent reports that these Maoists were active in Mardapal, Benoor and Chote Dongar area. They surrendered before senior officials of Police and district administration.

Meanwhile, police recovered a Tiffin bomb weighing 5 kilogram from Aranpur area of Dantewada district during a search operation today.


The domestic stock markets lost considerable ground, today, on all-round selling pressure, while the rupee weakened moderately against  the dollar.

The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange slumped 274 points, or 1 percent, to close at 27,035. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange dropped 86 points, to 8,349. At the forex market, the rupee depreciated 5 paise, to 68.18 against the dollar. Gold fell 70 rupees, to 29,630 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. And Brent crude oil futures climbed 68 cents, to 54.84 dollars a barrel. Pradeep Kumar, AIR News.


Election Commission has asked NITI Aayog not to hold gram sabhas' in five poll-bound states. It has criticized  the Aayog for the move. Earlier, the Aayog had asked district administration  across the country to  hold special gram sabha  on Republic Day to prepare a blueprint for development for the coming years.


Vice President  Hamid Ansari has said, media must stand up to fear, seek information and speak out. He said, media should  not hesitate to point out the people in power about their errors of commission and omission. Addressing a gathering after giving away Mohammed Koya National Journalism Awards  in New Delhi today, Mr. Ansari said, journalism as a profession is more than a  job, rather it is public good. The Vice President said, a healthy and vibrant democracy not only creates the space for a free media, but  it also  needs an impartial and independent media for its survival.


Saina Nehwal has entered the semifinals of the Malaysia Masters Badminton tournament in the Women's singles event held in Sarawak, Malaysia . The  former World no.1  dominated the game  from  the beginning and beat eighth seed Indonesian Fitriani Fitriani 21-15, 21-14 in straight sets.

Saina will now face Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin in the semifinals. In the men's singles, sixth seeded Ajay Jayaram, lost to Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, 21-13, 21-8.   


In Australian Open Tennis, Sania Mirza and her partner Barbora Strycova advanced into the third round of the Women's doubles category. The fourth seed Indo-Czech pair defeated Aussie-China team of Samantha Stosur and Shuai Zhang 6-1,6-4 in the second round.


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