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20th January, 2019



  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi terms Opposition alliance as a grouping for corruption, scam, negativity and instability ; Alleges that Opposition parties do not have faith in Constitutional institutions.

  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurates Country's second Defence Industrial Corridor in Tamil Nadu to boost indigenous production.

  • Devotees throng Prayagraj for second main bath of Kumbh on Paush Purnima tomorrow; Security tightened.

  • In a day of upsets at Australian Open Tennis: Defending champion Roger Federer and World number two Angelique Kerber crash out; Rafael Nadal advances to quarter-finals.

  • Khelo India Games conclude in Pune; Hosts Maharashtra top medal tally with 85 Gold.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the Opposition's alliance as a grouping for corruption, scams, negativity, instability and inequality. He said, the Opposition is staring at defeat in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and looking for excuses ahead of their impending loss and thus are vilifying electronic voting machines.

"ये महागठबंधन नामदारों का बंधन है। ये बंधन तो भाई-भतीजावाद का बंधन है। ये बंधन तो भ्रष्ट्राचार का बंधन है। ये बंधन तो घोटालों का बंधन है। ये बंधन तो नकारात्मकता का बंधन है। ये बंधन तो अस्थिरता बंधन है। ये बंधन तो असमानता का बंधन है।"

 Mr Modi was interacting with BJP booth-level workers from Hatkanangale, Kolhapur, Madha, Satara in Maharashtra and from South Goa Parliamentary constituencies through video-conferencing today.  He said, the BJP's biggest contribution to Indian polity is organization based politics.

"भाजपा के कार्यकर्ताओं का जज्बा ईमानदारी, मेहनत और मजबूती के साथ खड़े रहने की ताकत, चुनौती को ही चुनौती देने वाला मिजाज हिन्दुस्तान की राजनीति में भाजपा का सबसे बड़ा योगदान है। यह संगठन आधारित राजनीतिक आंदोलन है।

The Prime Minister alleged that Opposition parties do not have faith in Constitutional institutions and are busy maligning the government. He said, yesterday's TMC-led opposition parties' rally in Kolkata was only to protect and promote dynastic politics.

Without naming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Mr Modi said the party which was involved in large scale violence even in the panchayat polls in the state is now talking about saving democracy in the country. He said, the BJP has an alliance with 125 crore people and their aspirations.

Talking about the Government's decision to give 10 percent reservation to economically weaker sections in the upper caste, the Prime Minister said the Opposition parties would not have been so anxious if this decision was not effective. He rejected the allegation that the decision has been taken in view of the polls.

During the interaction, Mr. Modi also wished the ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar a speedy recovery, and called him the architect of modern Goa.


Defense Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman said that the defense corridor is a significant step in the indigenization of defense production under the Central government’s Flagship Make in India initiative. Inaugurating the second Defense Industrial Corridor in Trichy, Tamilnadu today, the minister reiterated that the corridor will lead to increase in the quality of output from the small, micro, medium industries sector, which will play an increasing role in the defense equipment corridor.

The multi nodal corridor project has attracted investments to the tune of Rs 3038 crores till now. It will specialize in precision related defense equipments as well as providing the much needed encouragement to the small, micro and medium segment under the Make in India scheme. Smt Sithraman also unveiled six defense products including OE Pods, Trichy Assault Rifles and Arjun Tank 1A at the function as well as inaugurating the nation’s first Defense Innovation Hub at Kovai through video conferencing. Later, speaking to media persons, Smt Sithraman said that the opposition was not prepared to hear the government’s stand on the Rafelle deal as well as the orders given to public sector HAL. She said that the central government has allotted many development projects to Tamilnadu and that the people have welcomed it.  With Souvagya, this is Dr K Parameswaran from Trichy.

The first defence corridor was launched in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh in August last year.


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that once the land of culture, India has now become the land of opportunities. He was delivering the valedictory address at 9th Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit held at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhingar today. Mr. Naidu said that the Summit has now become a global platform, where countries from across the globe not only come together for business ventures but social, environmental and humanitarian issues are also discussed with the same zeal.

Speaking on this occasion, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that more than 28 thousand Memorandum of Understanding have been signed during the three day summit which concluded today.

"Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit 2019 ended on a high note with Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu’s remarks that once the land of culture, India has now become the land of opportunities. The highlights of the concluding day of the summit is Seminars on various sectors like textile, labor and employment, renewable energy, agriculture and water technology. Series of Memorandum of Understanding had been signed in various sectors, however maximum MoUs had been signed in MSME sector.  State Energy Minister Saurabh Patel has said that Rs. 1 lakh crore Investment  will flow in for the production and distribution of renewable energy through private sector. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad "


NRI guests from all over the world have reached Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, to become part of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 which is beginning tomorrow. First day of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas  will be dedicated to youth and Uttar Pradesh. Kashi is all set to welcome it's NRI brotheren and elaborate arrangements have been made at the tent city for NRI guests. Around 6000 participants from across the globe are expected to participate in the 3 day long event. Our correspondent reports that the theme of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 is "Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India.”

"With moist in eyes and hearts full of love for motherland hundreds of NRI guests reached the land of their forefathers where they received very warm welcome in traditional ways by kids at lal bahadur shashtri airport. After reaching Kashi many NRI are doing darshan at Baba Vishwanath temple and whole city is beautifully decorated to welcome them. NRIs staying at  'Shri Baleshwar Agrawal Prawasi Nagar' at Aidhey village popularly known as the 'Tent City' are appreciating the facilities.

Around 400 guests are also staying at homes of local people under  Kashi Atithya Yojna. Sushil Chandra  Tiwari, AIR NEWS, Varanasi"


Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth arrived in New Delhi this morning on a week-long visit to India. Tomorrow, he will leave for Varanasi to take part in the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas. During his visit, Mr Jugnauth will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and take a boat ride followed by the Ganga Aarti.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet the visiting dignitary. During his stay, Mr Jugnauth will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind. The visiting dignitary will witness the Republic Day Parade in Mumbai.


Devotees are thronging Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh for the second main bath of Kumbh on Paush Purnima tomorrow. This bath marks the beginning of the month-long Kalp Vas at the Kumbh Mela. Addressing the media, Mela Officer Vijay Kiran Anand said, all arrangements are in place. He said, nearly 55 to 60 lakh devotees are expected to take dip in Sangam tomorrow. Mr Anand said, over 700 sign boards in mela area and more than 1500 sign boards have been placed in the entire city to facilitate devotees. He said, 200 water ATMs have also been put up. Our correspondent reports that heavy security has been put in place to ensure the safety of devotees.

The mela administration have made all arrangements for conduct of Purnima Sanan. Large number of devotees are coming in advance for this bath and Kalp Vas. Throughout the Kalp Vas period, lakhs of people will be staying at small tents near the Sangam for a month to take bath thrice daily and eat only once in a day. 49 days Kumbh Mela beginning on Tuesday with a record crowd of 2.25 Crore devotees in the frist Shahi Snan of Akharas on Makar Sankranti. Shashank Kumar , Kumbh Mela city, Prayagraj


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for various developmental projects worth 35,000 crores rupees in Jammu region during his upcoming visit to Jammu and Kashmir on the 3rd of February. Addressing media persons in Jammu today, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav said that besides Jammu, the Prime Minister is also scheduled to visit Leh and Srinagar. In Jammu, the Prime Minister, is scheduled to lay the foundation stones other projects, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the widening of Jammu-Akhnoor road and the inauguration of  the Jammu-Ropeway project. 


In Tennis, it was a day of upsets in the Australian Open in Melbourne today. Defending champion Roger Federer was stunned by fiery Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas who ended his bid for a record seventh Australian Open. The Swiss master caved in under the energy and pressure of a man 17 years his junior to tumble out 6-7 , 7-6, 7-5, 7-6  in the last 16 on Rod Laver Arena. Sixth seed Marin Cilic, was also sent packing by Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, who now plays Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals.

World number two Angelique Kerber was also sensationally bundled out by a woman playing the event for the first time. American Danielle Collins humiliated the Wimbledon champion Kerber 6-0, 6-2.

Five-time Grand Slam winner in women's singles, Maria Sharapova was another to fall. Australian Tennis player and Cricketer Ashleigh "Ash" Barty defeated 30th seed Sharapova 6-4, 1-6, 4-6.

However, in the Men's Singles, 17-time Grand Slam winner from Spain, Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-final. He beat unseeded Czech and ex-world number four Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-1, 7-6  to tear into the last eight without dropping a set.


The curtain fell on the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 in a shower of confetti, victory chants of “Jai Maharashtra” and deafening music as the hosts emerged with a massive medal haul to comprehensively top the medal tally and fulfill a pre-Games promise.

"Maharashtra walked away with the overall trophy for their haul of 85 gold, 62 silver and 81 bronze, totalling an impressive 228 medals. And as team officials and athletes received the trophy from Union Human Resources Minister Prakash Javadekar and Maharashtra Minister of Sports, Vinod Tawde, celebrations broke out in the packed galleries, assembled for the crisp closing ceremony. Maharashtra finished ahead of last year’s Khelo India School Games champions, Haryana, who were second with 62 gold, 56 silver and 60 bronze for a total of 178 meals, while Delhi were third with 48 gold, 37 silver and 51 bronze for a total of 136 medals. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Javadekar said the performances of the athletes at the Games had underlined the Prime Minister’s idea of “Five minutes more” for sports and that the Government was now determined to bring in a compulsory one-hour daily period for sports in every school across the country. His short speech was greeted with huge cheers and applause. Nitin Kelkar,for air news,Pune.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” tomorrow will bring you a discussion on “ NEW REGULATORY FRAME WORK FOR BROADCASTING & CABLE SERVICES ”.


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