Rahul Gandhi – Former Congress President:
It is time to choose a side.
My decision is clear.
I am with democracy, I am with farmers and their peaceful movement.
Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju launched a breakthrough Reference Material for use in chemical testing in the field of anti-doping synthesized by collaborative efforts of National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Guwahati.
This Reference Material (RM), has been identified by NDTL as one of the rarely available RMs globally and would be used to strengthen anti-doping measures in all World Anti Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratories.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NDTL and NIPER Guwahati was signed in August 2020 which proposes to synthesize 20 rarely available Reference Materials (RMs) during a period of 3 years.
These RMs are used essentially during dope testing for quality control purposes and therefore their availability remains critical in sports dope testing, globally.
The availability of these RMs would help the anti-doping laboratories to strengthen their testing capacity. This will help in the greater cause of promoting fair play in sports.
“This is a special moment for all of us. The substance is small but the impact is big. Sportsmanship means clean sport and no cheating. I congratulate all the scientists in NDTL and NIPER-G for producing one of the 20 Reference Materials,” said Shri Kiren Rijiju.
It has also been decided to distribute 5 mg of this indigenously developed RM to all the WADA-accredited dope testing laboratories all around the world free of cost for the first occasion.
This will not only strengthen India’s resolve to fight the menace of doping but also instill a sense of unity among all.
Expressing his pride, Shri Rijiju added, “It is a great thing to have the product distributed for free. Lots of goodwill will be generated. We have a moral authority and rightful place in all the WADA labs and we are proud of what we are doing in line with our tradition of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ – the whole world is our family.”
Met with Shri A Namassivayam, former minister of Puducherry, Shri E Theeppainthan, MLA from Oussudu, senior Congress leaders Shri A Jayakumar and Shri S Mourougane, who joined the BJP earlier today in presence of National President Shri JP Nad:a ji and Shri BL Santhosh ji:
Amit Shah – Union Home Minister
Capt Amarinder Singh – Chief Minister, Punjab:
Delhi Police should not use the violence on 26th as an excuse to harass genuine farm leaders in order to weaken the agitation.
Lookout notices against them must be withdrawn, They’re not corporate raiders like Vijay Mallya or Nirav Modi, but small farmers.
Where will they flee?
JT Namgyal – MP, Ladakh:
1) H.H. Kushok Bakula Rinpoche,
2) National Emblem,
3) Throned House, and
4) Hat of Zanskar
are the main attractions of Snow Sculpture Festival during Khelo India – 1st Zanskar Winter Sports & Youth Festival 2021.
Along with His Eminence Ngor Ponlop Rinpoche attended the event of Snow Sculpture Festival at Muskid Chimik during Khelo India – 1st Zanskar Winter Sports & Youth Festival 2021.
Today, January 28, 2021 Dr K Sivan, Secretary, DOS/Chairman, ISRO inaugurated the Ground stations established for UNITYsat.
The ground stations located at Chennai, Nagpur and Coimbatore will be a network for monitoring the UNITYsat in orbit which will be launched by PSLVC51.
Aaditya Thackeray – Minister, Maharashtra Govt. :
Extremely proud and delighted to have launched a heritage tour of the BMC HQ, a stunning edifice that runs the city of Mumbai, in presence of CM Uddhav Thackeray ji, DCM Ajit Pawar ji, RM BB Thorat ji and Mayor Kishori Pednekar ji
This architectural jewel of administration is now open for visitors/ tourists on weekends on @bookmyshow https://in.bookmyshow.com/special/urbsprima-inside-the-bmc-headquarters/ET00305112…
I wholeheartedly thank my colleagues Aditi Tatkare ji, Valsa Nair ji, Ashwini Bhide ji, Ashutosh Salil ji, Sawalkar ji and Khaki Tours for this
Most importantly I thank the Mayor, Kishori Pednekar ji, MC Chahal ji and the entire BMC for their support in opening up its doors to tourists as much as they do regularly in the service of Mumbai
Capt Amarinder Singh – Chief Minister, Punjab:
Why has the Punjab Governor not forwarded our farm bills for accent to President of India till now?
First you don’t consult with states and ram through illegal laws bypassing all federal norms.
Agriculture is a state subject and centre has no power to make laws on it.
Union Health Ministry Press briefing on the actions taken, preparedness and updates on COVID19 at National Media Centre:
- No. of vaccine doses administered- 25,07,556
- Active cases less than 1.75 lakhs
- Daily no. of deaths less than 125
- Cumulative positivity rate, 5.51% and declining
- 2 States/UTs with more than 40,000 cases contribute 67%
- India’s daily cases are continuously declining. The graph shows the 7 day moving average of New Cases
- The global comparison between India and several countries, India is fastest to reach 1 million vaccination
- COVAXIN developed by Bharat Biotech has equivalent immunogenicity against the UK-variant & circulating strains of SARS-COV-2 in India
PM Narendra Modi addresses WEF’s Davos Dialogue :
In the midst of numerous doubts, I’m here with a message of belief, positivity and hope from over 1.3 billion Indians.
When COVID arrived, India had its share of problems. At the beginning of last year, several experts and organizations had made several predictions that India would be most affected by the pandemic.
Someone had even said that 700-800 million would be infected and someone had said that over 2 million Indians would die from the pandemic. Looking at the condition of countries with better health infrastructure, the world was right in worrying about us.
India, however, took a proactive public participation approach and developed a COVID-specific health infrastructure and trained its resources to fight COVID. We also used technology for testing and tracking.
18% of world’s population is in India, a country that saved mankind from a big disaster by saving its citizens from the pandemic.
We’re not only fulfilling our needs of PPE kits and masks, but also exporting and helping other countries. India has started the world’s largest vaccination drive as well.
India has vaccinated over 2 million health workers. In the next few months, we would complete our target of vaccinating 300 million old people and people with co-morbidities.
We guided the world how India’s traditional medicine, Ayurveda, can help in improving immunity. Today, India is sending its vaccine to several countries and is helping in developing the infrastructure for successful vaccination, thus saving lives of citizens of other countries.
India’s upcoming vaccines will help other countries at a swifter pace to fight the pandemic. Even on the economic front, the situation is set to change in the post-COVID era.
India is starting a new initiative to provide a unique health ID to 1.3 billion citizens for easy access of healthcare. I assure that every success of India will help the world to succeed. Our Aatmanirbhar Bharat mission is fully committed to global good & global supply chain.
COVID crisis has taught us the basics of human values. Industry 4.0 is for humans, and not robots. We must ensure that technology becomes a tool for ease of living, and not a trap.
Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi at a convention at St. Petres and St. Pauls school auditorium, Meenangadi, Kerala :
It is embedded in new education policy, that you can digitise everything. That human touch is not required. I completely disagree with this. I am 100% sure that teacher-children interaction is central to knowledge for the students.
I was disappointed to see that a new education policy is formulated without any conversation, discussion, without asking the students what they want, the teachers what they think should be in the model education policy. That is tragic.
There is an ideological attack on the institutional structure of India, on our education system; you don’t need any understanding, as long as you are a RSS member you can become the VC, Governor or have whatever role you want.
This is a tragedy. India is only strong- if our institutions are strong, if multiple different types of ideas challenge each other peacefully. I’m not arguing for an end to RSS idea, I am arguing for a conversation.
I am certain if that discussion happens then the Congress value system of taking everyone together, of teaching compassion, love, affection instead of hatred, will triumph in this country
Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi earlier inaugurated and handed over the keys of the 12 houses built by INCAS Qatar (OICC) Panamaram, Koolivayal, Kerala.
Rahul Gandhi eats & interacts with the people of Panamaram, Koolivayal, Kerala.
Rahul Gandhi enquiring about the wellbeing of families at Panamaram, Koolivayal, Kerala
Pleased to receive Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Amb. Masud Bin Momen.
Confident that the Foreign Office Consultations led by the two Foreign Secretaries tomorrow would be productive.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare chaired the 23rd meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 by a video-conference, here today.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan began the meeting by reminding everyone that the Group of Ministers constituted for management of COVID has been operational now for over a year: “The first case was reported on 30th January last year, and the first meeting of the GOM constituted for COVID19 met on 3rd February 2020. With the ‘Whole of Government’ and ‘Whole-of-society’ approach envisaged by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, India has successfully contained the pandemic. Less than 12,000 cases were reported in the last 24 hours and the Active Caseload has reduced to just 1.73 lakhs.”
Detailing the achievements, he continued, “146 districts have no new cases since last 7 days, 18 districts since the last 14 days, 6 districts since 21 days and 21 districts since the last 28 days.
This has been achieved with pro-active testing of which more than 19.5 crore have been conducted so far. The current testing capacity rests at 12 lakhs per day.”
He added that out of the total active cases, a meagre 0.46% are on ventilators, 2.20% are in ICU and just 3.02% are on oxygen support. Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that 165 cases of UK Variant have been reported so far. They are kept under supervised quarantine and surveillance.
The Union Health Minister proudly mentioned that India has supported other countries with supply of the COVID19 vaccine during such global public health crisis, and trained the personnel of several countries in vaccine administration. “By being a “mitra” to the global community, India has earned global trust by supplying indigenously made vaccines at this crucial hour”, Dr Harsh Vardhan said.
Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief Minister :
The wait ends. Alappuzha Bypass opened to traffic. Hon’ble Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari Inaugurated the project.
The 6.8 km long Bypass, linking Kommady to Kalarcode on the NH66, is a joint venture between the Central and State Government.
Inaugurated Alappuzha Bypass from Kommady to Kalarcode on NH-66 worth Rs. 348 crore in the presence of Chief Minister Shri @vijayanpinarayi ji, Governor of Kerala Shri Arif Mohammed Khan jiNitin gadkari, union home minister
P Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister :
As regards economy, what needs to be done to stem decline & accelerate recovery have been identified by a number of economists, including those who have supported the Modi government in the past. We believe that the following steps need to be taken :
- Impart a large fiscal stimulus to economy, even if it is belated. Such a stimulus alone will put money in people’s hands & stimulate demand.
2. Make direct cash transfers to 20-30% of families at bottom of the economy at least for a period of six months
3. Formulate & implement a rescue plan for MSMEs to revive closed units, recover jobs that were lost, create new jobs for those who have moderate education & skills.
4. Reduce tax rates, especially GST & other indirect tax rates (e.g. on petrol & diesel)
5. Increase government capital expenditure
6. Recapitalize public sector banks immediately and encourage them to lend without fear of investigative agencies probing every loan.
7. Abandon protectionist policies, re-engage with world, have bilateral trade agreements with many countries, remove bias against imports
8. Formulate sector-specific revival packages for Telecom, Power, Mining, Construction, Aviation, Tourism & Hospitality
9. Review & rescind amendments to tax laws that have been widely viewed as tax terrorism
10. Initiate a comprehensive & time-bound review of regulations made by RBI, SEBI, TRAI, CERC, other regulatory agencies that have been regarded as over-regulation
We have no expectations from the govt. Our effort is to highlight policies, incompetent economic management & missed opportunities. If even a part of the agenda that we have set out is accepted by govt, we shall be happy & relieved for sake of Indian people
Special Congress Party briefing by P Chidambaram, Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh :
The Budget for 2021-22 will be presented four days from now. The Congress party wishes to place before the people its assessment of the year that will conclude on 31-03-2021 and a list of things that need to done in 2021-22.
We have no expectations this govt will accept our assessment or heed our diagnosis & prescription for economy. We know this govt is exceptionally obstinate, impervious to good advice, uncaring about calamitous consequences of its economic policies.
The Budget for 2020-21 began to unravel within weeks of its presentation. The Congress party had, even at that time, pointed out that the assumptions behind the Budget were wrong and the targets set were unattainable
Even without pandemic, economy would have continued on downward path that began in first quarter of 2018-19 and continued for eight successive quarters. The pandemic pushed economy into an abyss: -23.9 per cent in Q1 of 2020-21 and – 7.5 per cent in Q2
The current Finance Minister has the distinction of presiding over the first recession in four decades.The year 2020-21 will end with negative growth. None of the numbers estimated at the beginning of the year will be achieved
Revenue targets will be missed by a large margin, capital investment will take a hit, revenue deficit will near 5%, fiscal deficit will exceed 7%. No point in wasting time over Budget 2020-21. It was a disaster at the start it’ll be a catastrophe at the end
We are afraid that the FM will present a dressed-up Revised Estimates for 2020-21 and attempt to build an attractive narrative for 2021-22. The RE for 2020-21 will be a set of false numbers and, therefore, the BE for 2021-22 will be a conjurer’s illusion
We believe that the reality is-
- the economy is in a recession, the recovery will be slow and painful, and the rate of GDP growth in 2021-22 (in constant prices) will be modest, no more than 5%
- current unemployment rates- rural- 9.2%, urban- 8.9%. Unemployment level in 2021-22 will remain high, most jobs lost will not come back, new jobs creation rate will be low. Wage cuts in organised sector may be restored, real wages will not grow in 2021-22.
- agriculture will grow at a satisfactory rate if the government does not arbitrarily disrupt the sector with anti-farmer laws and retrograde import/export policies for agricultural produce
- the industry sector will not attract huge investments because of low savings rate, inadequate credit growth, protectionism, crony capitalism, encouragement of monopolies, a climate of distrust and vindictive administrative actions.
- services sector will achieve moderate growth as it’ll be technology-driven, but growth rate of jobs in that sector will be low
- exports & imports will be in doldrums because of protectionist policies and the world economy not fully recovering in 2021-22
- the current rates of inflation are high and painful, but it is likely that any further increase in inflation may be contained by rate hikes by the RBI
- because of mishandling of economy & govt’s underwhelming response to pandemic, economic inequalities have grown. Oxford report- ‘Inequality Virus’ shows vast majority have lost incomes & livelihoods while a tiny few on top have multiplied their wealth.
Seven years of the Modi government have wrecked our economy and the prospects of high growth. Dr Arvind Subramanian, former CEA, described the period 2004-2010 as the golden years of the Indian economy
The equivalent period of 2014-20 has witnessed the slow but inexorable descent into a deep hole. The conclusion of a recent study by Brookings using IMF and World Bank data is humiliating but not surprising at all.
Biggest rise in poverty will be in India and India will overtake Nigeria and become the country with the largest number of poor people. That is the contribution of the Modi government at the end of seven years.
We don’t see a ‘V’ shaped recovery. We feel the recovery, slow & painful, will leave millions of households struggling to survive, it will resemble the letter ‘K’. As a result, inequality will increase. Those who are behind will be pushed back further
We recognize that there are some imperatives that fall outside economic management such as (a) increase in expenditure on health infrastructure and (b) increase in defence expenditure. We will support significant increase under both heads.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated National Cadet Corps (NCC) Cadets at Cariappa Ground, Delhi and addresses NCC Rally at Cariappa Ground :
From floods to any other natural disasters, NCC cadets have helped the people of India during such calamities. Lakhs of cadets also helped the administration to serve the society during COVID.
Naxalism today exists in just a few districts in the country and several people have left practicing it and are contributing to development in the country.
The govt has tried to widen the role of NCC. The participation of NCC in commanding our borders – both land and sea – is being increased.
NCC has major role to play in instilling sense of discipline in social life of India.
Last year, on 15th August, it was announced that near coastal & border areas, new responsibility will be given to NCC in 175 districts of the country. For this, the Army, Navy and Air Force is training 1 lakh NCC cadets. One-third of these are our girl cadets.
The govt has increased the number of firing simulators from 1 to 98, nearly 100. The number of micro-light flight simulators, too, has been increased from 5 to 48 and rowing simulators from 11 to 60. These modern simulators will improve the training qualities of NCC.
NCC has seen a 35% increase in girl cadets. Every front of our defence forces are being opened for females. India’s strong daughters are ready to battle it out against the enemies. India needs your bravery.
In the 1971 war, our jawans had won a strategic and decisive battle in Longewala. In that war against Pakistan, India had defeated the enemy on the borders. Pakistan’s innumerable soldiers had surrendered to India. This year, we are completing 50 years of this war.
The NCC digital platform already has over 20,000 cadets. These cadets have started sharing their experiences and ideas. I hope all of you would use this platform even more.
India has received 3 more Rafales from France. They have the ability to refuel mid-air, which has been done by India’s friend UAE, helped by Greece and Saudi Arabia. This is a portrayal of India’s strengthening friendship with middle-east countries.
India will soon be known as a producer of defence equipment, instead of being a market as it is today. You’re witnessing fulfilment of several targets of self-reliance. When you see excitement in your circles with local brands, it is a positive change.