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  • Donald Trump sworn-in as 45th US President; Renews vow to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism; President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulate Mr Trump.
  • Prime Minister to address Combined Commanders Conference in Dehradun today.
  • Centre clears Jallikattu ordinance; Sends it to Tamil Nadu government for promulgation.
  • Election Commission asks NITI Aayog not to hold special Gram Sabhas in panchayats on Republic Day in 5 poll-bound states.
  • In Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party dissolves its 12 district units; Nominates new Presidents.
  • And in Badminton, Saina Nehwal to play her semi-final match of Malaysian Masters today.


Donald Trump has taken over as the 45th President of the United States. The 70-year old Republican leader, who took over the reins from Barack Obama, was administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, in Washington in front of lakhs of people. In his maiden address to the nation from the US Capitol, Mr Trump promised to rebuild the country wherein America First will be the key to his governance.

"From this day forward it's going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families."  

The new US President said, his administration will follow two simple rules - buy American and hire American. He vowed to address the ills he sees plaguing the nation, including gun violence, drugs and crime. Mr Trump renewed his frequent vow to attack radical Islamic terrorism.
"We will reinforce all the alliances and form new one and unite the civilised world against radical Islamic terrorism which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth."

The new US President said, America will seek friendship with the world while recognizing that countries abroad had a right to govern themselves as they see fit.

Mike Pence was also sworn-in as the Vice President of the US.
In his first official business inside the Oval Office, Mr Trump signed documents pertaining to Affordable Care Act, the signature health care programme of Mr Obama, commonly called Obamacare. The executive orders directed US federal agencies to minimise the economic impact of Obamacare.
Also, hours after Mr Trump took office, the Senate confirmed former Marine General James Mattis as the new Secretary of Defense.

Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have congratulated Mr Trump on assuming office as US President. In his message, Mr Mukherjee said, it is a matter of satisfaction that relations between India and the US, based on the shared values and common interest, have expanded and deepened in all fields of human endeavour. In a tweet, Mr Modi said he looks forward to working with Mr. Trump to further deepen the bilateral ties and realise the full potential of cooperation. He conveyed his best wishes to Mr Trump in leading the US to greater achievements in the coming years.


Prime Minister Modi will address the Combined Commanders Conference (CCC) at Dehradun in Uttarakhand today. The day-long conference, to be hosted at the Indian Military Academy, will be attended by all Army commanders and their equivalents from the Air Force and the Navy. This will be the first CCC for the three military chiefs since taking over as head of their services last year.
The conference is likely to focus on the surgical strikes across the Line of Control, prevailing situation on the border, terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and the emerging security situation.

The Congress had objected to holding the conference in Uttarakhand ahead of the assembly polls. The Election Commission has now given permission to the Defence Ministry to hold the conference. However, the permission is subject to the condition that the official visit of the Prime Minister will not be combined with any public meeting. In a letter to Defence Secretary, the Commission said, there should be no media briefing, media interaction, press release or announcement in connection with serving soldiers or ex-servicemen, which may affect the electorate in the five poll-bound states.


The Prime Minister has called for co-ordination among central and state government departments to solve problems. Mr Modi said this in his inaugural address on a three-day National Conference of Central and State Ministers and Secretaries of Tourism, Culture and Sports at Kutch in Gujarat yesterday via video-conferencing. He also asked the Departments to chalk out a blue-print to channelise youth power for the betterment of the country and the world. Mr Modi said, the youth has given strength to the Swachh Bharat Mission in the country.


The Centre has cleared an ordinance on Jallikattu, paving the way for Tamil Nadu government to promulgate it. Following up on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurance to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Ministries of Home, Law and Environment vetted the draft ordinance and cleared the amendment that will denotify the bull from the list of performing animals. This will ensure that provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act will not apply to the bull.

A Home Ministry spokesman said, the ordinance has been forwarded to the state government. It has been sent without the need of referring it to the President.

The Tamil Nadu Cabinet is expected to meet this morning to clear the ordinance and recommend it to the Governor Vidyasagar Rao for promulgation.

The protestors have expressed happiness over the swift actions on promulgating an ordinance. However, demonstrations continue across the state, with protestors saying they would end their agitation after the game is held. More from our correspondent:

"In the protests mostly by the youth in most of the towns, their families also joined on Friday resulting in huge turn over of people. Marina Beach in Chennai is witnessing the convergence of youth for the fifth day today after a mammoth gathering yesterday. Week end holidays are expected to churn out even more crowd. People stayed overnight defying adverse weather like rain in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore and Madurai and mist in Chennai seeking resumption of the game that remains stalled since 2014. Governor Vidyasagar Rao holding additional charge of Tamil Nadu is expected to arrive this afternoon, and an end to the spontaneous protests is in sight once the ordinance bears fruit. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


Prime Minister Modi has said, all efforts are being made to fulfil the cultural aspirations of Tamil people. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, the central government is fully committed to the progress of Tamil Nadu and will always work to ensure the state scales new avenues of progress.


The Election Commission has asked NITI Aayog not to hold special gram sabhas in panchayats on this year's Republic Day in the five poll-bound states. The poll panel said, special meetings of panchayats can be organised only after the elections are over. The Commission observed that the Aayog should have taken its approval before writing to all Collectors, District Magistrates and Deputy Commissioners of the country regarding holding special Gram Sabhas to outline priorities of citizens in every panchayat. It said, it came to know from the Chief Electoral Office of Goa that the Aayog is organising such meetings in every panchayat.


In Uttar Pradesh, ruling Samajwadi Party state president Naresh Uttam has dissolved 12 district units of the party after the approval of party's President Akhilesh Yadav. A party release said, the units have been disbanded along with their presidents, and new presidents have been nominated. The dissolved district units include Ballia, Sitapur, Bahraich, Muzaffarnagar, Aligarh and Ghaziabad. More from our correspondent:
"It is being seen as an apparent move of Akhilesh Yadav to firm his grip on the basic organisation of the party. The leaders who have been replaced in these twelve districts were either old timers close to Mulayam or were appointed by Shivpal Yadav when he was made state SP chief last year. Sources claim that the weeding out process will continue in more districts as Akhilesh Yadav wants a complete and authoritative control over party. Keeping it in view, more heads are likely to roll in the coming days. Merajuddin, AIR News, Lucknow."


Today is the last day for withdrawal of nominations for the Punjab and Goa Assembly Elections. Both states will go to polls on the 4th of next month in a single-phase. While Punjab has 117 Assembly seats, Goa has a total of 40 seats.


Ten coaches of Ranikhet Express derailed near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan late last night. A North Western Railway official said, no casualties were reported in the incident. A relief train and ambulance have been sent to the spot. Around 100 passengers were traveling in the Jaisalmer bound train.


The largest warship of the Indian Navy, INS Vikramditya, will be equipped with its own dedicated ATM. It will cater to over 2,000 naval personnel deployed on the aircraft carrier. State Bank of India is providing the Navy the services for the ATM which will be on the satellite link. A currency chest will also be provided to keep running the ATM.
          The much-needed facility is expected to ease out cash problems of a large floating population of the warship as they run out of money during long period of deployment of the carrier.


In Badminton, world number 10 Saina Nehwal will play her semi-final match of the Malaysian Masters at Sibu in Sarawak today. Saina, who is the top seed in the tournament, will take on fifth placed Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong. Both players have met 8 times in the past, with Saina winning 6 of those games.
Saina is the lone Indian left in the tournament. Ajay Jayaram crashed out in the quarterfinals yesterday. Rio Olympics Silver medalist PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap are not playing in the tournament.


In Australian Open Tennis, the first Grand Slam of the season, Rohan Bopanna has begun his mixed doubles campaign on a winning note. Bopanna with his team-mate Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski defeated Kiwi-Slovenian team of Michael Venus and Katarina Srebotnik 6-4, 7-6, 10-7.

The Second seeded duo of Sania Mirza and Croatia's Ivan Dodig, will  begin their campaign later today. They will take on German-Croatian team of Laura Siegemund and Mate Pavic.



  •  The new US President Donald Trumps' inauguration day speech has been prominently covered on front pages of most dailies. "Protectionist Trumpet : Buy American, Hire American" reads a headline in The Times of India, saying Trump gave an aggressively protectionist speech that should send a chill down the backs of Indian companies -particularly in the tech space. The Indian Express quotes Trump as saying, "we are issuing a decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, it's going to be America First". Mail Today headline says "War Triumph" - "We will unite the civilised world to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism".
  • Newspapers have also reported the likely resolution to the Jallikattu impasse. "Tradition, Tamil pride triumph" writes The Pioneer. The Statesman reports under the headline, "Government clears Jallikattu ordinance" that the Supreme Court has agreed not to pass judgment on the issue for a week.
  • "SP fields 11 on Congress-held seats, alliance in trouble" says The Tribune. "Congress sulks as SP releases list of 208, poll pact in a pickle" headlines the Hindustan Times while The Times of India reports that as ego tussles and haggling over seats threaten to torpedo the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, Priyanka Gandhi jumped in to dispatch her personal emissary to Lucknow for talks with UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
  • The Supreme Court has deferred to January 23, the hearing on a plea seeking postponement of Union Budget presentation ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in five states, reports The Financial Express.
  • "How Sisodia sanctioned 'Talk To AK' scam" - under this, DNA reports that CBI investigators are scrutinising documents to check whether the AAP govt committed violations that could benefit the party in poll-bound states.
  • And finally, "raising further questions about privacy on the Internet, researchers have found that a person's online behaviour can be identified by linking anonymous web browsing histories with social media profiles, reports The Times of India.


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