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PM : Startsups key to self reliant

Prime Minister says Startups are playing crucial role in making India self reliant

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Startups are playing a crucial role in making India self-reliant. He said, Startups played a major role in ensuring availability of sanitizers, PPE kits and in maintaining the related supply chains during Corona pandemic. Mr Modi said they played a sterling role in meeting local needs like grocery, medicine delivery at doorstep, transportation of frontline workers and online study material. 

The Prime Minister was addressing ‘Prarambh: Startup India International Summit’ via video conferencing yesterday. He appreciated the startup spirit of finding opportunity in adversity and the way they infused confidence during calamity.

The Prime Minister pointed out that 45 per cent startups are in tier 2 and tier 3 cities, working as the brand ambassadors of the local products. Mr Modi announced Startup India Seed Fund Scheme of about one thousand crore rupees for startups to spur entrepreneurship across the Nation. Mr Modi said, more than 41 thousand start-ups are engaged in some campaign in the country. Of these, more than five thousand 700 are in the IT sector and over three thousand 600 are in the health sector. 

The Prime Minister said, one thousand 700 startups have also come in the agriculture sector. Startup India Seed Fund can be availed by startups through selected incubators across India.

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Biswajit Lauded IFFI

Veteran actor and director Biswajit Chatterjee receives Indian Personality of the Year Award at IFFI Goa

51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has announced Indian Personality of the Year Award for veteran actor and director Biswajit Chatterjee. The Award was announced at the opening ceremony of the festival by Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar in Goa yesterday.

The award will be conferred on him when National Film Awards are presented in March this year. Apart from acting and direction, Biswajit Chatterjee has also been a producer and singer of Bengali and Hindi cinema. Biswajit Chatterjee is known for his roles of Kumar Vijay Singh in Bees Saal Baad, Raja Amit Kumar Singh in Kohra, Ashok in April Fool, Ramesh Kumar in Mere Sanam, Jeevan in Night In London, Shekhar in Do Kaliyaan and Vicky in Kismat. He was usually paired with notable actresses such as Asha Parekh, Waheeda Rehman, Mumtaz, Mala Sinha and Rajshree. Some of his Bengali films include Chowringhee, Srimaan Prithviraj,  Jai Baba Taraknath and Amar Geeti.

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J&K Quake

The depth of quake was 10KM.

Earthquake of magnitude 4.1 strikes J&K.No loss of life or damage to the property reported. Earthquake of Magnitude: 5.1 Occurred on:11-01-2021, Lat:33.34N & Long: 74.75E, Region: J&K”

An earthquake of magnitude 4.1 hit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, but there was no report of any damage, officials said.

Strong tremors felt midnight in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern Indian states including Jammu & Kashmir.

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4th Test Brisbane Day 3

Marcus Harris and David Warner openers at crease to play second Australia inning at Brisbane ground on the 3rd day last session.

4th Test. 111.4: WICKET! M Siraj (13) is out, b Josh Hazlewood, 336 all out.

Moderate deficit of 33 run Middle order tumbled but with one 100 run partnership brought 150runs last five wickets to the valuable contribution and bring docile Indian batting to vibrant.

Two tailenders are Siraj 7, Natrajan 1.

India 330/9 with end 110 over.

T Natarajan left hander last man in to bat.India deficit of 40 runs

India 328/9 in th109 Over.

4th Test. 108.5: WICKET! W Sundar (62) is out, c Cameron Green b Mitchell Starc, 328/9 .

Washington Sunder gallant 62 comes to end by Starc.

Mohammed Sirag to bat next at crease.

4th Test. 107.4: WICKET! N Saini (5) is out, c Steve Smith b Josh Hazlewood, 320/8

Washington Sundar score 6 is now at 60 runs . India score 315/7.

Next man is Navdeep Saini.

4th Test. 102.3: WICKET! S Thakur (67) is out, b Pat Cummins, 309/7

4th Test. 98.5: P Cummins to S Thakur (64), 4 runs , 303/6. A dream debut for @Sundarwashi5 as he brings up his maiden Test FIFTY here at the Gabba.

100 stand between this duo for this brilliant partnership? #AUSvIND

Shardul and Sunder stand 100 runs between.4th Test. 95.1: N Lyon to S Thakur (53), 6 runs , 284/6

A gritty half-century by @imShard here at the Gabba.

4th Test. 95.5: N Lyon to W Sundar (49), 4 runs , 289/6 .

4th Test. 94.3: M Starc to S Thakur (46), 4 runs extras LB, 277/6

At Tea That’s Tea on Day 3 of the 4th Test. Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar with an unbeaten 67-run partnership between them took score to 253/6 at end of 87 over CRR: 2.9 India short of 116 runs.

Sunder 38, Shardul 33, are at crease

4th Test. 86.2: P Cummins to S Thakur (33), 4 runs , 253/6

A brilliant 50-run partnership comes up @Sundarwashi5 & @imShard.

A face saving 50 runs partnership between Sunder and Shardul pulls up respectable total of 240/6 need to stretch to reach 3 ton.

4th Test. 82.2: P Cummins to W Sundar (35), 4 runs , 239/6

4th Test. 81.5: J Hazlewood to S Thakur (23), 4 runs , 235/6

India score at loss 6 wicket 224 runs at end 77 over. Washington Sundar 28 and Shardul Thakur 15.

4th Test. 72.4: M Starc to W Sundar (22), 4 runs , 215/6

4th Test. 70.1: M Starc to W Sundar (12), 4 runs , 205/6

4th Test. 67.1: P Cummins to S Thakur (6), 6 runs , 193/6

4th Test. 66.3: WICKET! R Pant (23) is out, c Cameron Green b Josh Hazlewood, 186/6.

4th Test. 62.1: J Hazlewood to W Sundar (6), 4 runs , 169/5.

4th Test. 60.2: WICKET! M Agarwal (38) is out, c Steve Smith b Josh Hazlewood, 161/5

India at Lunch score is 161/4 at the end of 60 over CRR: 2.68.Mayank 38 and Pant at score of 4 runs. India – 161 for 4 at lunch, trail by 208 runs.

4th Test. 58.3: M Starc to M Agarwal (38), 4 runs , 159/4.

Rishabh Pant walks at pitch to bat.

Australia crushing blow as another set batsman walks! A thick edge off Ajinkya Rahane’s bat flies to Matthew Wade at third slip.Starc found Rahane’s edge twice in the first hour and ended up conceding boundaries. Third time lucky though, the edge finds Wade at gully. OUT for 37

IND 144/4, trails by 225 runs

Ajinkya Rahane lady luck failed and caught Mathew wade at slips on bounce balls of Starc not played straight bat and angled for cut catch third batsman caught out shows batting lack of ground shots missing in the field.

144/3at 54.5 over, CRR: 2.62 Rahane out the 4th Test. 54.6: WICKET! A Rahane (37) is out, c Matthew Wade b Mitchell Starc, 144/4

Australia lose their first review after an unsuccessful caught behind appeal off Mayank India – 127 for 3.

Australia caught behind DRS Negated

India read 127/3 at the end 48 over CRR: 2.64 with Rahane 33runs Mayank 12 run at crease.

India scored 123/3 at end of 46 over  CRR: 2.67 Rahane 33 Mayank 8.

Drinks at 43 over India is 118/3 Rahane 31 and Mayank 5. Success to bowlers are Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazelwood one wicket each.

Brisbane wicket is bouncy most of Indian bats to be out will be caught. Team India may not reach 270 once this partnership is broken.

India at score of 110/3 in 41 over. Ajinkya Rahane 28 Mayank yet to score.

Mayank Agarwal next batsman.

Cheteswar Pujara is out 25.

4th Test. 38.5: WICKET! C Pujara (25) is out, c Tim Paine b Josh Hazlewood, 105/3

4th Test. 37.5: N Lyon to A Rahane (23), 4 runs , 105/2.

Cheteshwar Pujara, 25Ajinkya Rahane 19 India 101/2

4th Test. 33.3: M Starc to C Pujara (16), 4 runs , 86/2

The Day 3 of the fourth Border-Gavaskar Test from the Gabba. #TeamIndia #AUSvIND

4th Test. 29.2: M Starc to A Rahane (9), 4 runs , 69/2

4th Test. 31.1: M Starc to A Rahane (13), 4 runs , 73/2.

4th Test. 31.3: M Starc to C Pujara (12), 4 runs , 78/2

4th Test. 32.4: P Cummins to A Rahane (14), 4 runs extras B, 82/2

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Chinese, CNOOC blacklisted

US imposes new sanctions on Chinese officials, state-owned oil company CNOOC

The US has imposed new sanctions on Chinese officials, state-owned enterprise and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist over Beijing’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea. A statement from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US is imposing visa restrictions on Chinese individuals, including executives of state-owned enterprises and officials of the Chinese Communist Party and navy.

While announcing the sanctions, Pompeo said the US stands with Southeast Asian claimant states seeking to defend their sovereign rights and interests, consistent with international law. He said, “we will continue to act until we see Beijing cease its coercive behaviour in the South China Sea”. Pompeo said, the restrictions could also apply to immediate family members.

The US administration also said it is adding China’s state oil company, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, to a list of companies with which US citizens are banned from doing business.

The US administration also added Chinese aviation firm Skyrizon and nine other firms to the blacklist.

The move comes days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20.

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PM Rutte Resigns

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announces his government has resigned over a scandal in which parents were falsely accused of benefit fraud. “If the whole system has failed, only joint responsibility can be borne” says Rutte in The Hague

According to @NOS, Prime Minister Mark Rutte has resigned. Cabinet most likely to stay as caretaker government until March elections.

Dutch government resigns over benefits scandal:

PM Mark Rutte and his Government resign over scandal in which tax officials bullied thousands of families wrongfully.

Netherlands: The Rutte III cabinet (VVD-RE, CDA-EPP, D66-RE & CU-EPP) resigns over a scandal in which thousands of households were falsely alleged of welfare fraud.

The date of the parliamentary elections planned on 17 March remains unchanged.

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Yoweri Win Uganda

The electoral commission says only two polling stations in the country reported major irregularities and voting was cancelled in those locations.

Uganda’s election commission announces Yoweri Museveni as winner of the country’s presidential election with 58.6% of votes will be President of Uganda for a sixth term.

President elect is 76 years old and assumed office in January 29, 1986. He has been the president of Uganda for 34years.

The President-elect of the Republic of Uganda is Yoweri T. Kaguta Museveni. officialy declared winner of Uganda’s presidential election with 58.6% of the vote and Bobi Wine in second place with 34.8%. Several of our phone numbers, including mine and my wife’s, have been switched off, have disconnected illegally,” said Bobi Wine.

Election commission chief Simon Byabakama said the vote had been peaceful, and called on Bobi Wine, who said some of his polling agents were arrested on Thursday, to make public the evidence for his fraud allegations

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News Precisely

Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has efficacy of 70.4%.

It was first approved by the British govt.

Pakistan to roll out vaccines from March.

Delhi | An AIIMS security guard has developed an allergic reaction after receiving COVID19 vaccination here today. He is kept under observation of doctors at the hospital: AIIMS official.

52 people exhibit adverse events after receiving COVID vaccine in Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces Rs 1,000-cr seed fund for startups.

Chief Minister @capt_amarinder Singh virtually kicked off a state-wide pro-poor scheme for Allotment of 7,219 Fair Price Shops (FPS) under his government’s flagship ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar te Karobaar Mission’.

Republic TV: What is the WHO criteria for vaccination? Efficacy more than 50%-both our vaccines have that.All approvals are in place. COVID is a public health emergency, we should not mislead: Dr. Shashank Joshi, Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre.That is Why Dr and Media mere Tech-Skill, not wholesome intelligent ones. Border line start not best efficacy? Just passs 33% is not excellent more than 75% is Good.

COVID19 | 1,65,714 people were vaccinated today; No case of post-vaccination hospitalisation reported so far: Indiam Health Ministry.

India Begins COVID-19 Inoculation Campaign.VOA

Kerala Crafts Village Vellar T’puram, by @KeralaTourism will be inaugurated by CM @vijayanpinarayi today at 6pm. Designed to be an ideal destination for art enthusiasts & tourists alike, the village is a place to enjoy & experience the best of Kerala’s ethnic arts & crafts

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav asks government how COVID-19 vaccination drive will be conducted and when the poor will get the shot free of cost

Foreign media reports, India has launched the “world’s largest” vaccination drive today, starting with healthcare and frontline workers. The country plans to vaccinate around 300 million people with two doses in the next six to eight months.

Aus. vs. India fourth Test | Rohit’s dismissal puts India on backfoot after rookie attack restricts Australia to 369 on second day.


Cold wave intensifies in Kashmir as minimum temp dips further.


Tamil Nadu CM inaugurates COVID-19 vaccination drive in Madurai.


U.S. retains terrorist designation of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba

CBI suspends its 2 personnel for taking bribe, recommends action against 2 officers.

50 plus flights delayed at Delhi airport due to dense fog.


India records 15,158 fresh COVID-19 cases, 175 more deaths.


Five Hong Kong democracy protesters seek asylum in the U.S.

China has built a 1,500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients in just five days after a spike of infections in a city south of Beijing.


Focused on management, Rooney leaves iconic legacy


Ralph Lauren ends golfer Justin Thomas sponsorship deal after anti-gay slur.


Coronavirus live updates | PM Modi flags-off ‘massive’ vaccination drive, congratulates scientists, warns against rumours.


WhatsApp delays new privacy policy by three months amid severe criticism


Morning Digest: World’s largest vaccination programme begins in the country today;

farmers, govt. to continue talks.


Body of abducted Tripura trader found


EC seeks protection for CEOs from victimisation.


Odisha health workers say they will not take the vaccine.

3,129 healthcare workers of the Indian Army received the first dose of the COVID19 vaccine today: Army Officials.

Covid warriors received COVID-19 vaccine shots at Base Hospital, Delhi Cantt today. Vaccination conducted at Army Hospital (R&R), Armed Forces Clinic and Base Hospital: Indian Army

Five dead of suspected gas leak in Italian nursing home. Firefighters confirmed the deadly incident in the town of Lanuvio, with the hypothesis of a gas leak

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Laschet win CDU be Next Chancellor

Armin Laschet, believed to be Angela Merkel’s favoured candidate, has won the leadership of the CDU party and is now likely to run for Chancellor in September.

Here’s how CDU delegates voted in the run-off: – Laschet: 521 votes – Merz: 466 reports DW. Is he the next chancellery of German after powerful Angela remains to be seen.

Armin Laschet is the new chairman of Germany’s center-right Christian Democrats (CDU).

Armin Laschet wins Germany’s ruling party CDU leadership vote. Among the three candidates, Laschet, who since 2017 has been the premier of Germany’s most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia, is the one who stands most strongly for a continuation of Angela Merkel’s course and a “CDU of the center.”

In his victory speech, Laschet vowed do everything so that the party would do well in upcoming regional elections and to keep hold of the position of Chancellor. “Further, more important elections are still ahead of us,” he said.

Armin Laschet, believed to be Angela Merkel’s favoured candidate, has won the leadership of the CDU party and is now likely to run for Chancellor in September.

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Bird flu in 11 states

The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has said that 11 states in the country have been affected by Avian Influenza-AI. The Ministry has said that steps to make the general public aware about the disease is being undertaken and also efforts to remove misinformation about avian influenza among the people is underway.  

It said, in pursuance of the Video Conferencing  meeting with the Animal Husbandry Departments of the States and Union Territories, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying has written to the Chief Secretaries, Administrators of states and  Union Territories  that AI is not new to the country but has been reported every year since 2006. 

The country has been effectively controlling the disease. It was reiterated that the virus gets destroyed easily at 70 degrees Centigrade and therefore, properly cooked poultry and poultry products are safe for human consumption. The Ministry said, States have been requested to instruct the authorities concerned not to impose a ban and allow selling of poultry and poultry products sourced from Avian Influenza free areas  and States.