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CPI-M’s Rajya Sabha MP KK Ragesh tests positive for COVID-19

Ragesh informed on the social media platform that he was regularly tested for COVID-19 and the results were always negative. Even on January 27, he tested negative for the viral disease in Parliament and also on January 29, when he took part in an Opposition protest.

Agri Minister on farm laws

100% occupancy in theatres from Feb 1: Javadekar

Adequate physical distancing, mandatory face masks and sanitisation of auditorium after every screening are among the latest SOPs issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Sunday, after the government allowed cinema halls to operate at 100 percent occupancy from Monday.

Russian authorities detain over 1,000 at protests

People in Russia have been protesting against the imprisonment of Kremlin critic Navalny.

Thank you, Sir. Your kind words will further strengthen #TeamIndia and the country’s resolve to perform under pressure and in trying circumstances. Jai Hind

– Ravi Shastri, Coach, Team India, in response to Prime Minister Modi’s praise of the team’s victory in Gabba.

During the lockdown, throughout the country under the PM Garib Kalyan Scheme, 80 crore people got five kilos of rice grains and one kilo dal for eight months. In West Bengal during the lockdown, Trinamool Congress only misappropriated (stole) paddy and lentils

– Srmiti Irani, BJP, Union Minister

India: Active COVID-19 cases drop to 1.68 lakh

The cases make up for just over one percent of the country’s total cases; 80% of the active cases originate in five states, the Union Health Ministry said.

Israel to give some coronavirus vaccines to Palestinians

Israel Defence Minister Benny Gantz’s office says Israel has agreed to transfer 5,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to the Palestinians to immunise front-line medical workers.

From India, to Egypt

There won’t be any agreement under pressure. We will hold discussions on the issue. Prime Minister is ours also, we are thankful for his initiative, we will respect it. We want our people to be released

– Rakesh Tikait, Leader of Bharatiya Kisan Union

Farmers’ protest continues amid tight security

To ‘maintain public safety and averting public emergency’, the Union Home Ministry has temporarily suspended internet services at the three borders and their adjoining areas from 11 pm of January 29 to 11 pm of January 31. The Haryana government has also extended the suspension of internet services in 17 districts till 5 pm on January 31. The Delhi Police has also closed the NH-24 route.

RBI likely to maintain status quo on interest rate: Experts

Experts are of the view that the RBI will refrain from tinkering with the interest rates and keep the monetary stance accommodative at the policy review though it will take guidance from the budget to be unveiled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha on February 1.

COVID-19: Israel vaccinates over three million people

srael has thus vaccinated over 32.2 per cent of its population of about 9.3 million since the vaccination campaign began on December 20, 2020.

Modi govt working towards ‘jan kalyan’ (serving people) and Mamata Banerjee govt working towards ‘bhatija kalyan” (serving her nephew) in Bengal

– Amit Shah

Situation in Bengal under Mamata Banerjee rule worse than Left regime

– Amit Shah

TMC leaders are joining BJP as Mamata Banerjee has failed the people of Bengal, she should introspect

– Home Minister Amit Shah at rally

Mutual fund investment in REITs jumps six-fold

Emerging investment instrument REIT seems to have finally gaining popularity among investors, with mutual funds investing a staggering Rs 3,972 crore in such units in 2020, a six-fold jump from the preceding year.

Ganguly made ‘uneventful recovery’, say doctors

“Ganguly, on January 2, had a heart attack and he was admitted to Woodlands and he did angioplasty on one of his arteries. At that time, we also diagnosed that he has a blockage in two other arteries and that was planned to be treated at the second stage. This time, he got admitted for the angioplasty of the other two arteries, the left-sided arteries,” his doctor told reporters while briefing about Ganguly’s health.

Imran’s silence on Uyghurs undercuts image as defender of Muslims

In an opinion piece in Foreign Policy, Michael Kugelman, the Deputy Director of the Asia Program and Senior Associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center, wrote about the reason behind Khan’s silence on the issue, saying Islamabad depends heavily on Beijing for economic and political support. Pakistan simply cannot afford to antagonise Beijing by calling it out.

This month, we got good news from the cricket pitch. After initial hiccups, the Indian team bounced back gloriously and won the series in Australia. Our team’s hard work and teamwork was inspiring

– Prime Minister Narendra Modi

WTA players tuneup for Australian Open after quarantine

Rajasthan also launches Pulse Polio programme

State Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot launched the drive, becoming the third one to do so, following Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.

The first half of Budget session is for Motion of Thanks on President’s Address and discussion, the second is for discussion on Budget and any urgent Bills. In the remaining half of the session, let them ask whatever they want to, the government is ready to answer

– Pralhad Joshi, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs

Tejas Mark II to roll out next year; high-speed trials in 2023

A more potent version of the indigenous Tejas multirole combat jet featuring a much powerful engine, greater load carrying capability, next-generation electronic warfare system and an array of superior avionics is expected to be rolled out next year and its first high-speed trials will start in 2023, according to Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd R Madhavan.

Russia: Navalny allies take to the streets despite crackdown

Russian police detained over 250 protesters on Sunday as activists took to the streets across the country demanding the release of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Despite authorities ramping up pressure on the opposition with arrests and criminal probes, Navalny aides have called for new nationwide demonstrations ahead of the opposition leader’s trial set to start on February 2.

Will never let anyone dishonor Tricolor, will always keep it high; the violence on January 26 was a result of conspiracy, should be probed comprehensively

– Naresh Tikait, Farmers’ leader

Don’t want government or Parliament to bow down to us, but will protect farmers’ self-respect too

– Naresh Tikait, Farmers’ leader

Yesterday BJP and its spokesperson posted a doctored video of Arvind Kejriwal ji stating the benefits of farm laws. I was furious over it but also felt sad for BJP that it had to post distorted video clip of Arvind ji to establish credibility of the laws

– Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister

Capt. Amarinder Singh calls all party meeting

The Punjab Chief Minister says he has called a meeting on February 2 to discuss the developments at the farmers’ protests.

Sasikala discharged from Victoria Hospital

Farmers’ protest: Day 65

The farmers’ agitation on the outskirts of Delhi against the three Farm Laws passed in 2020 has progressed into the 65th day, with the Delhi Police increasing security across the city’s borders in light of it.

JP Nadda arrives in Pondicherry

Modi makes plans as India approaches 75 years of Independence

I call upon all the countrymen and especially our young friends, to write about our freedom fighters, events associated with it and write books about tales of valour during freedom struggle from their areas, says Prime MInister Modi, announces a writing programme to collect material ahead of India’s 75th Independence Day.

‘India’s able to help others because it’s Atmanirbhar’

Prime Minister Modi, in his Sunday Mann ki Baat address, talked about how other countries were thanking India for supplying it with vaccines and that this was only possible because India is self reliant and producing vaccines at a high volume while also inoculation its own.

The nation was shocked to witness the insult of the tricolour on January 26

– Prime Minister Modi

India is setting an example for the world: Modi

We became the world’s largest country to vaccinate it’s population, as well as the fastest to vaccinate, having vaccinated over 30 lakh frontline workers in 15 days, while others took much longer.

Mann ki Baat today

Prime Minister Modi is set to address the nation through his audio programme, Mann Ki Baat, today at 11AM.

Theatres to open at full capacity from February 1

Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javdekar has announced that full occupancy is set to be allowed in cinema halls while following all COVID-related protocols. Adding that online booking of tickets will be encouraged and detailed guidelines will release today.

Two states launch Pulse Polio programme today

The respective Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka launched the Polio vaccination drive in their states today.

Japan set to extend state of emergency

The final decision on whether to extend the current state of emergency in 11 of the country’s 47 prefectures beyond February 7 will be made next week, reports Xinhua new agency.

WHO team to visit Wuhan market

A World Health Organization-led team of experts investigating the origins of COVID-19 in the central Chinese city of Wuhan was expected to visit Huanan market later on Sunday, a wholesale seafood centre where the new coronavirus was initially detected.

India: 13,052 new COVID-19 cases and 127 deaths

Total cases now stand at 1,07,46,183 while 1,54,274 have succumbed to the virus.

Sasikala set to be discharged today

The expelled AIADMK leader will be discharged from Victoria Hospital; she was admitted with fever and later tested positive for COVID-19. Reports suggest she will home quarantine.

When we enter 75th independence year in 2022, we would have certainly given India, a new India where we have adequate health, education and nutritional facility for every child and safety for women. Only nationalism and humanism prevail in India. This is ourPrime Minister Modi’s motto

– Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare

Modi to address anniversary celebrations of ‘Prabuddha Bharata’

Scheduled for today, the Prime Minister will address the 125th-anniversary celebrations of ‘Prabuddha Bharata’, a monthly journal of the Ramakrishna Order, started by Swami Vivekananda.

Russia: Navalny protests intensify

Supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were set to stage fresh protests in Moscow and across Russia on Sunday for a second straight weekend despite a sweeping crackdown on his allies and the near-certainty of a confrontation with police.

The total number of global coronavirus cases has topped 102.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.21 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

When President Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal earlier this month, few were surprised by the plan’s hefty price tag or sweeping scope. More striking was Biden’s inclusion of a measure to more than double the federal minimum wage to $15. The move, backed by leading Democrats including left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders, establishes the fight for higher wages as a top priority for the new administration, potentially leading to one of Washington’s boldest adjustments in US social and labor policy in decades.

Visuals from outside Israel Embassy where a low-intensity explosion took place on January 29

Facing backlash over its upcoming privacy policy, WhatsApp that has been using its Status feature to allay fears in India for some time now, has now expanded its “commitment to your privacy” message to the users in the US and UK as well. The in-app messages started appearing for users in the US and UK on Saturday in Status which is WhatsApp’s version of Snapchat Stories or Twitter Fleets.

Visuals from Ghazipur

The number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 in France increased by 24,392, while another 242 people have died in the past 24 hours, according to figures released by health authorities on Saturday.

President Emmanuel Macron defended his decision to hold off on a third lockdown on Saturday, telling the public he had faith in their ability to rein in COVID-19 with less severe curbs even as a third wave spreads and the vaccine rollout falters.From Sunday, France will close it borders to all but essential travel to and from countries outside the European Union, while people arriving from within the bloc will have to show a negative test. Large shopping malls will be shut and police patrols increased to enforce a 6 p.m. curfew.But Macron has stopped short of ordering a new daytime lockdown, saying he wants to see first if other measures will be enough to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

PM Modi to address 2021’s first Mann Ki Baat today

Former President Donald Trump has parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers little more more than a week before his trial, two people familiar with the situation said Saturday.

Factory activity in China slowed slightly in January, official data showed Sunday, as the country rushed to stamp out a recent coronavirus wave in northern China.

Congress student wing, National Students Union of India (NSUI) has launched a campaign across the country with the theme ‘Give a job or take back degree’ to highlight the unemployment issue in the country.

Delhi’s overall air quality in ‘very poor’ category, with overall AQI standing at 305: System of Air Quality & Weather Forecasting & Research (SAFAR)

Almost 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed in the United States and nearly 30 million doses administered, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday. The amounts include the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines as of 6 a.m. ET, the agency said. Compared to a CDC tally on Friday, the number of doses distributed increased by 716,350 and administered by almost 1.7 million.

A terror recruiter belonging to Bandipore and affiliated to a proscribed terror organisation was apprehended with one pistol and seven rounds on Saturday.