Covid vaccination begins, PM to address the nation: The world’s biggest inoculation drive against the novel coronavirus will begin on Saturday as India starts vaccinating three crore of its frontline workers. It will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, followed by his address to the nation.
‘No room for doubt on Covid vaccine, ready to take the shot’, says Pawar: Ahead of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Friday said there is no need to cast doubts on Covid-19 vaccines approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) and said if given a chance he would immediately take a vaccine shot.
Centre-farmer talks end in deadlock, next round on Jan.19: The ninth round of talks between the central government and farmer unions over the farm laws again failed to break the deadlock as the two sides could not reach common ground on the issues of repeal of the laws and the MSP Act. The next meeting will take place on January 19.
Construction of Central Vista begins: The construction work of the new Parliament building started on Friday, over a month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the project under the government’s ambitious Central Vista redevelopment plan.
Nepal raises border row with India: Nepal on Friday requested the early provision of Covid-19 vaccines by India even as Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali raised an ongoing border row during a one-on-one meeting with his counterpart S. Jaishankar to push for an early resolution.
Joe Biden unveils $1.9 trillion plan: President-elect Joe Biden is unveiling a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan Thursday to turn the tide on the pandemic, speeding up the vaccine roll-out and providing financial help to individuals, states and local governments and businesses struggling with the prolonged economic fallout.
US retains terror tag for Lashkar-e-Toiba: Ahead of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting, the US administration has retained the Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) designation for the Lashkar-e-Toiba along with seven other outfits, a US State Department said in a statement.
Sasikala to be released on Jan. 27: Former AIADMK supremo Sasikala Natarajan is expected to be released from Parapanna Agrahara prison on January 27. This comes as a significant development as Tamil Nadu braces for the Assembly elections.
13 highways to be developed in K’taka: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday announced that construction of 13 highway projects of 847km at a cost of Rs 21,000 crore in the North Karnataka region has been approved.
Rajnath unveils driverless Metro at BEML: Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday unveiled the country’s first indigenously designed and developed driverless Metro car at the BEML manufacturing facility in Bengaluru.