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  • President Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Prayagraj Kumbh Mela in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. The President will inaugurate the Gandhian Resurgence Summit at Parmarth Niketan Ashram at Prayagraj. He will also unveil the statue of Maharshi Bharadwaj. The Summit is being organised by the Parmarath Niketan, the Harijan Sevak Sangh and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance.  

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a three day visit to Gujarat beginning today. During this period, he will visit Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, and Hazira. Prime Minister will inaugurate Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show at the Mahatma Mandir Exhibition cum Convention Center in Gandhinagar today. More than 25 industrial and business sectors will be showcased under one umbrella. He will inaugurate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Ahmedabad. This is a state of art, super-speciality public hospital built by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and is equipped with all modern amenities, including an air ambulance. The 78 metre high structure is a true blend of skill, scale and speed.In keeping with the spirit of Digital India, this will be a completely paperless hospital. It will serve the common man and support the overarching vision of Ayushman Bharat. The Prime Minister will inspect the facilities at the hospital and address a gathering.

  • Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday won a confidence vote and averted a general election, a day after her government suffered a parliamentary defeat over her Brexit divorce deal with the European Union. Her government won by 325 votes to 306 - a majority of 19. After the results of the confidence vote were announced to cheers from her Conservative MPs, British Prime Minister Theresa May said she believed parliament had a duty to find a solution that delivered on the 2016 Brexit referendum result. She said that she would "continue to work to deliver on the solemn promise to the people of this country to deliver on the result of the referendum and leave the European Union". May has appealed the MPs from across the political divide to come together to break the impasse over Brexit.

  • The 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be organised in Varanasi from January 21-23, 2019. This year, the participants will also have the opportunity to participate in Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj and Republic Day celebrations at New Delhi. Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, will be the Chief Guest of the Convention. The External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also said that there is huge interest among overseas Indians to attend Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Varanasi in view of Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj and later Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.  

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the trebling of the capacity of the Numligarh Oil Refinery in Assam. The refinery's capacity will be hiked from 3 million metric tonnes per year to 9 with a cost of 22,594 crore rupees. The capacity expansion will generate jobs apart from bridging petroleum products deficit in the North-East. The cabinet also cleared the next generation system for processing income tax return filings sanctioning 4,241.97 crore rupees for the project. E-filing and Centralised Processing Centre 2.0 will help bring down the ITR processing time to one day speeding up refunds. CABINET BOOST FOR EXIM BANK -- Capital infusion of 6,000 crore rupees in state-owned Exim Bank was also cleared through recapitalisation bonds to expand its business -- Equity infused will be in two tranches of 4,500 crore rupees this fiscal and 1,500 crore rupees in the next -- The bank's authorised capital has also been doubled from 10,000 to 20,000 crore rupees -- The infusion of capital into Exim Bank would enable it to augment capital adequacy and give better support to Indian exports. CABINET PUSH FOR NEW CENTRAL UNIVS -- The cabinet also cleared expenditure of over 5,000 crore rupees for the completion of 13 under construction Central Universities -- The Universities were cleared to be set up at a cost of 3,120 crore rupees -- But delays and cost overruns have pushed their final price tag beyond 8,000 crore rupees The cabinet also gave ex-post facto clearance to the agreement on facilitation of visa arrangements between India and Maldives apart from a MoU between India & Australia on safety in mines, testing and research station.

  • Kyle Edmund will tumble out of the world's top 20 after his comprehensive Australian Open defeat at the hands of Tomas Berdych in the first round. The British No 1, who reached the semi-finals last year, lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-0, 7-5. Roger Federer weathered a stern test from the impressive Dan Evans but wore down the British qualifier 7-6, 7-6, 6-3 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Top-ranked Aussie woman Ashleigh Barty has matched her career-best result in her home grand slam by winning through to the third round of the 2019 Australian Open. Barty handily accounted for Chinese doubles specialist Yafan Wang, winning 6-2, 6-3 in impressive fashion. Former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki continued her Australian Open title defense with a decisive win over Johanna Larsson, edging past the Swede, 6-1, 6-3 on Wednesday.  

  • Union Minister for Water Resources and River Development Nitin Gadkari today inaugurated the 9th International Micro Irrigation conference at Aurangabad in Maharashtra. 740 delegates including 100 foreign delegates from 56 countries and as many 100 agricultural scientists are attending the conference. Addressing the gathering, the Union Minister said that micro irrigation system is very crucial for development of the agriculture sector in rural economy.    

  • Fate of Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka's JDS-Congress government continues to hang in balance with reports of more Congress MLAs going incommunicado. According to media reports emerging from Bengaluru, around 11 legislators have gone missing and Congress leadership is unable to contact them. There are unconfirmed reports that these legislators could resign from Congress and shift loyalites. One of these MLAs, Umesh Jadhav from Chincholi, who was aspiring to be a minister, has been spotted with BJP leaders in Delhi. The MLAs are said to be disgruntled over not finding place in the coalition government. While, State BJP MLAs continue to remain lodged at a hotel in Gurugram. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and Congress have said that there is no threat to JDS-Congress government. Congress has called legislature party meeting in Bengaluru on January 18th.

  • Addressing a public gathering in Odisha, Prime Minister Modi said Sahu, who was targetted by "cowardly" Naxals, was performing his duty of presenting to the world the democratic picture of the country through Doordarshan. He also said that sacrifices such as his have only strengthened India's resolve to end this cycle of violence. Sahu, along with three police personnel, was killed in an ambush in Dantewada district, a Maoist hotbed in the heavily forested central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Another police personnel who was critically injured in the attack succumbed to injuries. DD News had deployed a team to cover the elections in Bastar. The team, accompanied by the police forces, was videotaping a notice put up by Naxals to boycott the elections and stop development works.

  • He said 90 percent of the rural habitations are now connected by road. He was addressing a gathering at Kollam in Kerala after dedicating the Kollam Bypass to the Nation. Prime Minister said that the last man in the queue is his Government's concern. Prime Minister urged the Kerala Government to expedite implementation of various centrally-sponsored projects in the State.   Earlier in the day, PM  Modi launched and laid foundation stone of several development projects, worth over 1,500 crore rupees, at Balangir in Odisha . PM Modi dedicated to the nation electrification of Jharsuguda-Vizianagaram and Sambalpur-Angul lines spanning 813 kilometres completed at a cost of around 1,000 crores. Prime Minister also inaugurated the doubling of Barpali-Dungaripali and Balangir-Deogaon railway lines. He also inaugurated the 15 km-long Balangir-Bichhupali railway line.    Later, addressing a public meeting, PM Modi said, his government has taken five steps for the overall development of the country. These, he said, are education for children, employment for youth, medicine for old people, irrigation for farmers and public hearing for common people.   PM Modi said, another aspect has been added to this and that is 10 percent reservation for Economically Weaker Sections of general category in education and jobs    

  • Skipper Virat Kohli scored 104.  Earlier, Australia scored 298 for 9.  Shaun Marsh smashed his 7th hundred before Bhuvaneshwar Kumar produced a brilliant spell in the death overs to limit Australia to under 300. Bhuvaneshwar claimed 4 wickets while Mohammed Shami took  3 wickets. With today's win, India have levelled the 3 match ODI series 1-1. India have already won the 4 match Test series against Australia.

  • Prime Minister Modi dedicated to the nation electrification of Jharsuguda-Vizianagaram and Sambalpur-Angul lines spanning 813 kilometres completed at a cost of around 1,000 crores. He also inaugurated the doubling of Barpali-Dungaripali and Balangir-Deogaon railway lines. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the 15 km-long Balangir-Bichhupali railway line laid at a cost of 115 crores. It is part of the new 289 kilometre Balangir-Khurda road line which connects Howrah-Chennai main line on Khurda Road and Titlagarh-Sambalpur line at Balangir. A new train on Balangir-Bichhupali route which would benefit commuters of the region was also flagged off, besides connecting Bichhupali to Jharsuguda and Vizianagaram main line through Balangir. PM Modi also dedicated to the nation Multi-Modal Logistics Park at Jharsuguda. The Park promotes movement of goods for domestic as well as global trade. It will establish Jharsuguda as a prime logistics hub and boost ease of doing business in the state. A bridge between Theruvali and Singapur Road station was inaugurated on the occasion. The bridge re-establishes the linkage over Nagavali river, which was destroyed during floods in July 2017. Prime Minister Modi also inaugurated Passport Sewa Kendras at Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Phulbani, Bargarh and Balangir. Foundation stone was also laid for a permanent building of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sonepur. The Prime Minister also inaugurated renovation and restoration works at Nilamadhav and Siddheswar Temple at Gandhaharadi in Boudh, Paschim Somnath group of temples, also in Boudh, and Ranipur Jharial group of monuments in Balangir. Later, addressing a public meeting, PM Modi said, the projects that kickstarted, will not only spur the growth of Odisha but also of eastern India. He said, in a month, more than 20,000 crore rupees of development projects have been either inaugurated or initiated in Odisha. Prime Minister Modi said, the Opposition is not aware of the country's natural resources. They criticised Sardar Patel’s statue. But, after becoming world’s tallest, the statue generated jobs for the people residing around the statue. He said, unlike the previos governments, the BJP government is working towards renovation of many historic building of Odisha. Later in the day, the Prime Minister will visit Kollam in Kerala and inaugurate a 13-kilometre bypass connecting a stretch from Mevaram to Kavanad. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will attend the function. Prime Minister Modi will also address a public meeting at Asharamam ground in Kollam. PM Modi will offer prayers at the famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. He will also commission several developmental projects undertaken in the temple complex under Swadeshi Darshan scheme.

  • He added the aim is to open up more for free trade and make WTO more efficient. One of the big challenges before the world is protectionism and India as a country is supporting open trade with all the countries.

  • Gujarat has become the first state to provide 10 percent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category, starting today. It will be implemented in all ongoing recruitment processes including where only an Advertisement has been published and a first stage of examination is yet to be held. 124th Constitutional Amendment passed in Parliament on the last day of the Winter session of Parliament allows for this quota.

  • The Award Citation says: “Shri Narendra Modi is selected for his outstanding leadership for the nation. His selfless service towards India, combined with his tireless energy has resulted in extraordinary economic, social and technological advances in the country.” The Citation adds: “Under his leadership, India is now identified as the Centre for Innovation and Value Added Manufacturing (Make in India), as well as a global hub for professional services such as Information Technology, Accounting and Finance.” The Citation also mentions: “His visionary leadership has also resulted in the Digital Revolution (Digital India), including the Unique Identification Number, Aadhaar, for social benefits and financial inclusion. It is enabling entrepreneurship, ease of doing business, and creating a 21st century infrastructure for India.” The Citation mentions initiatives such as Make in India, Startup India, Digital India, and Swachh Bharat, “which have positioned India as one of the most lucrative manufacturing and business destinations in the world.” Prof. Philip Kotler is a world renowned Professor of Marketing at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. Owing to his ill-health, he deputed Dr. Jagdish Sheth of EMORY University, Georgia, USA, to confer the award.

  • The festival marks the days in the Hindu calendar when winter begins turning to summer, known as Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan. Since 1989, the city has hosted the Festival as part of the official celebration of Uttarayan. Master kite makers and flyers from all over the world gather to demonstrate their unique creations and wow the crowds with highly unusual kites. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted Happy Uttarayan. May you all scale new heights of progress in the times to come.

  • A SpaceX cargo craft departed after a successful mission to deliver scientific equipment and other supplies. The SpaceX-CRS-16 Dragon transported more than 2,500 kilograms (5,600 pounds) of cargo to the space station and orbited Earth for five weeks. Dragon is expected to splash down just west of Baja, California. International Space Station crew member said :"As we all know nothing in space flight is routine. Every day that we live and work in orbit, every time we launch satellites, cargo or humans to beyond our atmosphere we are working at the very limit of human capability. And with every feat we push that limit further. Each step, like this one today, is an example of humankind's insatiable propensity to explore. Congratulations to all the teams that have made the Space 16 mission possible. Godspeed, and bon voyage to Dragon."      

  • The accident is the deadliest reported so far this year in China's coal industry, known for its poor safety record. State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of rescuers and ambulances gathered outside the coal mine. It occurred at Baiji Mining Co Ltd's Lijiagou mine in the city of Shenmu on Saturday, when 87 people were underground. Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, which was the deadliest reported so far this year. Sixty-six miners were rescued but 21 were trapped underground, it reported. Nineteen of the miners were confirmed dead at first while a search continued for the two missing miners; however, they were later found dead. On Sunday, the official Xinhua News Agency said that Shanxi province, which borders Shaanxi, would also carry out inspections at high-risk coal mines.

  • Massive security and functional arrangements have been made for peaceful bathing. The administration has already banned entry of vehicles into the Mela area since last night. The event will be broadcast and telecast live by Doordarshan and All India Radio.  AIR has set up a separate one kilowatt FM transmitter - Kumbhvani. The broadcast from Kumbhvani can be heard between 5:55 AM and 10:05 PM everyday in a radius of 35 kilometers. AIR, for the first time, has also made arrangements for live streaming on YouTube of all programs broadcast from Kumbhvani. Doordarshan will start its telecast of special programs on Kumbh Mela from tomorrow. It will telecast about three hours programs each day. 

  • In France, thousands of demonstrators turned out across the country for new "yellow vests" protests, with dozens of arrests and clashes in Paris and other cities. Police in the capital used water cannon and tear gas as scuffles broke out at the Arc de Triomphe, on the ninth consecutive weekend of protests. Some 84 thousand demonstrators took part in the nationwide protests initially triggered by the rising price of fuel. They have since widened to include anger at the cost of living, with a wide-ranging list of other demands.

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