- 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.
Law and Environment Ministries clear Tamil Nadu government's ordinance on
Governor appears before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, says
attempts on to bring down transaction cost on on-line payments post
Court refuses to intervene in the selection process of CBI Chief.
Trump to assume office of US President tonight.
- IN SPORTS; Saina Nehwal enters semi-finals of
Malaysia Masters Badminton tournament.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
stock markets lost considerable ground, today, on all-round selling pressure,
while the rupee weakened moderately against
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,
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.