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INC demands JPC probe in link between Balakot airstrikes & 2019 LS election

Indian National Congress has demanded a 'Joint Parliamentary Committee' probe into the alleged Balakot airstrikes and 2019 General Lok Sabha election linkage. Congress MP Manish Tewari announced on Twitter that the party raised the demand after a meeting at the party's interim chief Sonia Gandhi's residence. The party is seeking an enquiry into the breach of national security and violations of the Official Secrets Acts.

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Bharat Biotech, ICMR publishes COVAXIN testing data of phase-1

Bharat Biotech and ICMR have published the data for phase-1 testing of COVAXIN in a medical journal. According to the report, Phase-I trials were conducted at 11 different locations across the country, in which 375 health volunteers participated. Vaccines were given to these volunteers age between 18 and 55. During this period, no adverse effects of the vaccine were observed.

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Central forces to be deployed at WB elections: Chief Election Commissioner

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has assured the deployment of central forces during the upcoming elections in West Bengal. Arora made the announcement after a three-day visit to the election-bound state. He also rejected the claims of BSF intimidating people of West Bengal to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying the BSF is one of the finest forces.

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Here's how ASEAN region can return on track for resilient growth

ASEAN government to ensures effective cooperation agreed to establish COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund, ASEAN Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies, and ACRF. The framework sets broad strategies and implementing measures to tackle socio-economic challenges in three different phases. ASEAN also embraced multilateral cooperation with external partners and recognized importance of public-private partnership.

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China supports Russia's decision to maintain security & stability

China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said she supports Russia in maintaining security and stability after opposition leader Alexei Navalny's arrest. Chunying further says it opposed to external interference in domestic affairs of sovereign states. Additionally, the New START treaty between the US and Russia will likely safeguard global strategic stability.

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China urges US to heal relationship and rebuild bilateral ties

China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying congratulated US President Joe Biden for the beginning of new administration and urged to rebuild bilateral ties. Chunying also appreciated Biden's first move to join Paris Climate Accord and WHO, which was severely damaged by Trump. Biden in his inaugural speech mainly focused on forging unity at home.

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Woman in Rajasthan tests positive for Coronavirus 31 times

Sharada Devi, a woman in Bharatpur city of Rajasthan, has been fighting Coronavirus for the past 5 months. She was found positive for first time on 4 September and then, could not get rid of it. In past five months, she has been examined 31 times, and report has been positive every time. Doctors are also surprised that infection is not eradicated even after every possible treatment attempt.

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INC to have new party president by June; to hold election in May

Indian Nation Congress is said to have a new party president by June 2021. The national party will reportedly conduct the organisational elections by the end of May. In today's Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, interim president Sonia Gandhi discussed various issues and aspects of the soon to be held elections. Several party members backed the proposal of conducting party election after assembly polls.

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Bizarre: UP woman divorced as she didn't bring buffalo in dowry

In a bizarre incident, a man from Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad divorced his wife as she didn't bring a buffalo in dowry. The victim then lodged an FIR at the SSP Office against her husband, in-laws, and other relatives. She also claimed that she was beaten and thrown out of the house along with her child. The SSP directed the Women Police Station to lodge a case under various acts.

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Why did Bihar opposition leader compares CM with Hilter?

Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav slammed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's government's move of rolling out new cybercrime regulations. Yadav took to Twitter to scrutinise the new rules saying citizens can now not even meet opposition leaders for discussing their problems. "We know you're tired, but still, show some decency", Yadav launched at Kumar.

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Is Google withdrawing from Australia?

Google has threatened to withdraw its search engine from Australia over nations stress on tech giants to share royalties with news publisher. Australia is introducing the first media law that asks Facebook, Google, and potentially other tech companies pay media outlets for their news content. The proposed news code is a possible global test for how governments could seek to regulate big tech firms.

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Further talks only if farmers agree to discuss proposal: Indian government

Eleventh round of talks between the Indian government and farmer unions ended in a deadlock. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said further talks will be held only if the farmer unions are ready to discuss the proposal on suspending the laws. Farmers, however, are seeking a complete repeal of the laws. Earlier, the Indian government offered farmer unions to put a stay on new farm bills for 1.5 years.

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Astronomers discover first cloudless planet similar to Jupiter

Astronomers have identified the first Jupiter-like planet titled 'WASP-62b' without clouds or haze in its atmosphere. The planet, also known as 'hot Jupiter', is 575 light-years away and about half the mass of Jupiter. Cloudless-free planets are exceedingly rare, astronomers estimate that less than 7% of exoplanets have clear atmospheres, which will help astronomers to study the chemical composition of planets.

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We're ready to deepen anti-epidemic cooperation with US: China

China exported and donated over 42 billion face masks, more than 780 million protective suits, 50.6 million goggles, and 15,648 non-invasive and 257 invasive ventilators to the US from 1 March 2020 to 10 January 2021. Chinese spokesperson Hua Chunying took to Twitter to reveal the figures. Chunying also assured that China is ready to further strengthen anti-epidemic cooperation with the US.

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Veteran devotional singer Narendra Chanchal passes away aged 80

Popular for his devotional songs, Indian vocalist Narendra Chanchal passed away at the age of 80. Chanchal was awarded the 'Best Playback Singer' for his song 'Beshak Mandir Masjid' in the 1973 film 'Bobby'. Various leaders and celebrities, including India PM Narendra Modi, Ministry of Culture, renowned Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi, and others took to Twitter to extend condolences on the singer's demise.

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Lone Trump supporter goes viral on social media

A lone Donald Trump supporter stood outside the New York State Capitol building and went viral for protesting Biden presidency. Protestor Mark Leggier travelled to state's Capitol in Albany under the impression that thousands will be protesting alongside him. After 6 January Capitol riot, American troops are taking no chances in security and for Joe Biden's inauguration, 20,000 troops were deployed to Washington.

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UPSC: No extra chance for candidates who missed exam in 2020

No extra attempt will be offered to candidates who missed their last attempt at the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Centre told Supreme Court. Additional Solicitor General SV Raju informed a bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar that the central government won't offer those candidates an extra chance. The bench also asked Centre to file an affidavit on the stand.

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Why is Nepal dependent on foreign aid for Coronavirus vaccines?

Nepal depends on foreign support to purchase Coronavirus vaccines as the economy, and government revenue is hit by the pandemic, resulting in a resource crunch. Around INR48 million fund has been estimated for vaccines in the country. Meanwhile, Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli announced midterm elections, which will require additional funds.

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US President Joe Biden removes Donald Trump's beloved from Oval Office

Joe Biden, after taking charge as 46th President of US, removed the 'Diet Coke' button installed in the Oval Office. His predecessor Donald Trump, used to request deliveries with a press of a button. The device installed at the 'Resolute Desk' wasn't visible in recent photos shared. Trump was notorious for his love of Coke and reportedly consumed 12 cans in a day.

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UAE: Hindu leader Pujya Brahmavihari Swami gets COVID-19 vaccine jab

Renowned Hindu religious leader in UAE, Pujya Brahmavihari Swami, received his shot of COVID-19 vaccine in Abu Dhabi. He is the head of 'BAPS Hindu Mandir' and volunteered to vaccinate himself in support of the health workers, officials and UAE government's efforts for nationwide mass COVID-19 vaccination drive. "As responsible individuals, let us help create a safer and surer world," he said.

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Which Chinese telecom giant may soon 'shut shop' in India?

Indian government's implementation of National Security Directive on Telecommunication Sector could draw curtains on operations of Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE. A committee headed by Deputy National Security Advisor (Dy NSA) will soon move to remove all equipment and gadgets, including 5G mobile networks of these companies to protect India's national security and avoid cyber crimes.

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Is Delhi becoming COVID-19 vaccine hub of the world?

92 countries in the world have approached India for COVID-19 vaccines, calling National Capital Delhi as 'vaccine hub of the world'. As per sources, Indian manufactured vaccines have shown negligible side-effects ever since the vaccination drive started. “Vaccines are reaching every corner of the country. India is absolutely self-reliant in this regard”, PM Modi said at the convocation of Tezpur University.

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India PM Narendra Modi interacts with beneficiaries in Varanasi

India PM Narendra Modi interacted with beneficiaries and vaccinators of inoculation drive in Varanasi. Modi expressed pride over the development of two vaccines COVAXIN and Covishield in the country to tackle Coronavirus pandemic. India launched nationwide inoculation drive on 16 January with over 30 million healthcare and frontline workers prioritised to get jabs initially.

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Fitness tracker makes you exercise more: Scientists

New research from University of Sydney revealed that people using fitness tracker apps on their phones take 2,000 steps more than usual. The study is first to prove that fitness apps are helping people aged between 18-65 to exercise more. Thus, decreasing the risk of chronic heart diseases. The results of are useful information in designing future physical activity interventions, says lead author Dr Liliana Laranjo.

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Subramanian Swamy hits back at Rahul Gandi over Covaxin remarks

Member of Parliament, Subramanian Swamy, slammed opposition leader Rahul Gandhi's remark on COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN after Journal Lancet published the trial results of doses developed by Bharat Biotech Limited (BBL). Swamy took to Twitter asking if 'fake successors' of the people from West will stop campaigning against the 'Swadeshi (indigenous) BBL' in the media.

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India: Uttarakhand government reduces cost of RT-PCR, Rapid Antigen test

Uttarakhand government reduces RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests' cost to INR500 from INR900 earlier and INR427 from INR719, respectively. Uttarakhand till date recorded 95,354 COVID-19 cases with 1,032 active numbers, 90,547 recoveries, and 1,626 fatalities. This brings India's total number of cases 10.62 million with 185,844 active, 10.28 million recoveries, and 153,067 fatalities.

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What are world’s most pressing threats in 2021?

16th edition of Global Risks Report for 2021 has marked out major threats for world this year, including livelihood crises and biodiversity loss. Top risk by likelihood is extreme weather and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. Climate-related matters are concerning discussion in 2021, which the report has mentioned as ‘an existential threat to humanity’.

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Nepal PM Oli thanks India PM Modi after receiving COVID-19 vaccines

Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expressed his gratitude to India after receiving one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Vinay Mohan Kawtra, India’s ambassador to Nepal, delivered the vaccines to Nepal on India’s behalf in an official handover ceremony. Oli tweeted thanking India PM Narendra Modi, Indian government, and people of India for the grant at such a critical time.

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UN Chief hails 'major step towards nuclear-free world'

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has hailed the enforcement of Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In a video message, he termed the step as a strong demonstration of support for multilateral approaches to nuclear disarmament. He commended all states ratifying the Treaty and welcomed role of civil society in advancing its negotiation.

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US: Republican leader wants Trump impeachment trial moved to February

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has proposed to push Donald Trump's impeachment trial to February to give the former President time to mount a defense. McConnell will discuss the proposal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. House of Democrats earlier voted to impeach Trump for encouraging 6 January siege of the Capitol Hill.

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What US VP Kamala Harris did on her 1st day in office?

US Vice President Kamala Harris was present in all key meetings with President Joe Biden during the transition. She had major inputs on 15 executive orders signed by Biden on the first day in office. She also swore in three new senators while receiving a daily intelligence briefing. She will have an access to Air Force Two along with round-the-clock security.

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Sri Lanka’s airports reopen for commercial flights after 10 months

Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka announced that Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) have resumed commercial flight operations from 21 January 2021. First flight after reopening arrived at BIA at 7:40 am. It was an Oman Airlines flight from Muscat with 50 Sri Lankan passengers, which were then directed to quarantine facility.

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China to gift 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Pakistan

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that China promised to gift 500,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine. He said that Pakistan will receive the doses by 31 January, after Pakistan’s approval of Sinopharm last week. After his call with Chinese counterpart Wang Li, China has mentioned that Pakistan can airlift 500,000 vaccines at any time, as a gift.

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Serum Institute Fire: MD to offer compensation to families of deceased

After a massive blaze in Serum Institute of India (SII), five people died at the under-construction facility. The Chairman of SII will be offering compensation of INR2.5 million to each family of the deceased as he expressed sorrow on the loss of lives. He also stated that the production of COVID-19 vaccine, Covishield, is not affected by the fire.

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Dr Fauci applauds Biden's administration, says its a "liberating feeling"

Chief medical expert to the US President Dr Anthony Fauci cheered Joe Biden’s administration saying that he feels liberated as he has to no longer work under Trump's tortuous tenure. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases returned to the White House podium after Biden released a national COVID-19 strategy. "He looks 10 years younger in one day", said netizens on social media.

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Japan cabinet approves new bill on tougher COVID-19 measures

Japan’s cabinet approved draft laws to toughen Coronavirus restrictions in a move that could see fines and jail time for violaters. Capital Tokyo and other regions are currently under emergency, dealing with cases as Tokyo Olympics nears. New laws could allow authorities to punish and imprison people for upto a year if they test positive but refuse hospitalisation.

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Elon Musk offers USD100 million prize for best carbon capture tech

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced USD100 million prize for anyone who develops 'best' carbon capture technology. Capturing planet-warming emissions such as carbon dioxide is becoming a critical part of plan to curb climate change. Musk has promised more details next week, and the announcement came after IEA said that sharp rise in deployment of carbon capture technology was needed.

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Bird Flu: Over 1000 deaths in single day shake up Maharashtra authorities

Bird flu led to deaths of total 1,040 birds on Thursday in Maharashtra. Authorities have started taking preventive and control measures as per the Animals Act, 2009. All the poultry findings within a radius of 1 km from the infected farms in 16 districts were vitiated systematically. So far, 38,658 birds, 35,146 eggs, and 52,684 kg of feed have been destroyed.

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Karnataka: 8 killed in blast at Shivamogga quarry

8 people were killed in an explosion at a stone quarry in Shivamogga district. The blast took place at 10:20 pm (local time), causing minor damage to nearby buildings. People who died were reportedly transporting dynamite explosive meant for mining. The area has been sealed off and bomb disposal squad were called in due to the possibility of active explosives left at the blast site.

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US President Biden signs executive order for COVID-19 Testing Board

US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order for setting up a COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and ensuring a sustainable public health workforce. It aims at making testing widespread, including free of cost availability for uninsured people. The Public Health Workforce Program will assist in training health professionals and ensuring prompt response for pandemics.

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US Congresswoman files articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden

Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican Congresswoman, filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden. She is a pro-Trump election conspiracy theorist and posted information on Twitter, after being banned from the platform for 12 hours last weekend. Greene has accused Biden of ‘enabling bribery’ and nepotism, claiming that she based the articles on alleged abuse of power by Biden.

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Indian minister launches app to support distressed nationals in UAE

Indian State Minister of External Affairs launched a mobile app for the expatriate community in UAE, developed by welfare organisation Pravasi Bharatiya Sahayata Kendra (PBSK). The app will assist Indians who are in distress and wish to speak with a financial, legal or psychological counsellor. In coming times, India thrive to undertake more training centers to support the community for a better living, said minister.

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Impeachment Trial: Donald Trump struggling to find lawyers

After the inauguration of US President Joe Biden, Donald Trump is struggling to find lawyers to represent him during the impeachment trial. The trial is likely to last for three days, once Senate begins the proceedings. Trump spent first afternoon out of office on the phone with his allies and Republican Party deciding which lawyers should represent him.

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Diamonds help scientists generate more efficient accelerator beams

Researchers have developed a mechanism to save time and energy in operation of several large scale machines. They have used tiny diamond tips in a phenomenon called field emission. They help emit an electron beam which is used to convert the transverse distribution into the temporal one. The technique has helped researchers cut down on energy consumption as well as time taken to perform tasks.

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PM Modi's confidante joins UP Assembly

Arvind Sharma, a former IAS officer from the Gujarat cadre, was elected unopposed to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. He was among the 12 candidates who were elected on 21 January. All 12 candidates were declared elected unopposed as there were only 12 candidates for 12 vacant seats. Ten of them were from BJP and two from Samajwadi Party.

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BSF terrorizing people to vote for BJP, claims Kolkata Mayor

TMC leader and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim has accused BJP of using Border Security Force to intimidate people into voting for it in the upcoming election. A delegation of the ruling party comprising Hakim and party secretary-general Partha Chatterjee met Election Commission officials on 21 January in this regard. The poll body said that it would look into the allegation, according to Hakim.

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Pakistan: Opposition parties agree to fight by-polls jointly

Pakistan Democratic Movement, an alliance of opposition parties against the ruling PTI government, has extended cooperation for by-elections. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidates in two constituencies withdrew their nomination to favour Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidates. The latter had extended its support to PPP candidates in Sindh as part of an understanding between the two parties.

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Fire incident won't affect vaccine production: Serum Institute CEO

CEO Adar Poonawalla put an end to speculations that a fire incident at Serum Institute of India's facility will affect the production of COVID-19 vaccine COVISHIELD. Poonawalla said he had kept multiple production buildings in reserve for emergency use. Five bodies were recovered after a fire broke out in one of the SII buildings in Pune.

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World Bank to fund COVID-19 vaccine procuement for Lebanon

World Bank has announced a re-allocation of USD34 million for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for Lebanon. The allocation of funds will be done under the 'Lebanon Health Resilience Project'. As many as 2 million vaccines will reach Lebanon courtesy of the funding. Lebanon is expected to receive the vaccines by early February 2021.

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COVID-19 inoculation: Rajasthan CM blames vaccine makers for low turnout

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot blamed low turnout for COVID-19 vaccination in the state on the verbal spat between Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India. Gehlot said Bharat Biotech should have issued its guidelines much earlier to develop faith among people. The state fulfilled 68.72% and 54.89% of the vaccination target on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

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