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  • Election Commission warns political parties not to seek votes in the name of religion, caste, race, community or language.
  • Chief Minister's panel on digital payments recommends abolition of merchant charges on card transactions.
  • Shiromani Akali Dal releases manifesto for Punjab Assembly polls; promises two lakh rupees interest-free crop loan to small farmers.
  • Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrives in New Delhi; to be chief guest at this year's Republic Day parade.
  • Multi-barrel guided Pinaka rocket with enhanced range and accuracy successfully test fired from Chandipur in Odisha.
  • In United Kingdom, Supreme Court rules that Parliament must vote on whether government can start Brexit process.
  • In Australian Open Tennis, Roger Federer to clash with Stanislas Wawrinka in Men's single's semi-final.


The Election Commission has asked all political parties not to seek votes in the name of religion, caste, race, community or language  in any manner as it is in contravention of Supreme Court judgement. In a letter to the Presidents, General Secretaries, Chairpersons and Conveners of all recognized national and state political parties, the commission drew their attention to recent judgement of the 7 judge Constitution Bench of Supreme Court .  The Apex Court by the majority judgement has held that any appeal to vote or to refrain from voting for a candidate on the ground of religion, caste, race, community or language would amount to corrupt practice sufficient to annul the election.

The poll panel asked political parties to inform their lower formations and party cadres and their candidates about the ruling of the Supreme Court and ask them to desist from getting any such activity. It said such appeals will also fall under the ambit of Model Code of Conduct.


Amid Prime Minister's  push for simultaneous polls for Lok Sabha and state assemblies, Chief Election Commissioner  Nasim Zaidi today said the Constitutional amendment and additional resources are required for this purpose. Replying to a media query in New Delhi, Mr.Zaidi said the Commission has already conveyed  its views to the Law Ministry and the Parliamentary  Panel. He said   the  amendment  by political consensus and certain resources like additional EVMs are pre -requisite for holding  simultaneous polls.


BJP today released third list of 67 candidates for the ensuing Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Swami Prasad Maurya, who had deserted Bahujan Samaj Party few months back, will contest from  Padrauna assembly seat. Former BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi will contest from Pathardeva seat while party's National OBC Morcha chief Dara Singh Chauhan will try his luck from Madhuban seat. Announcing the names, party general secretary Arun Singh said, the names of the remaining candidates will be announced soon and some of the seats will be left for Apna Dal and Bharatiya Samaj Party.


Still with Uttar Pradesh, nominations for first Phase Assembly Elections ended today. Polling will take place on 11th February.

Meanwhile, filing of nominations for the third phase also started today. Sixty nine constituencies will be covered in this phase. Polling will be held on the 19th of next month.


In Punjab, Shiromani Akali Dal released its election manifesto today. Releasing the manifesto in Ludhiana, Party President, Sukhbir Singh Badal promised sops for all sections of the society. It promises 10-hour free power and free tube well to farmers. The manifesto also promises annual two lakh rupees interest-free agriculture crop loan to  every small farmer. Loans of small farmers will be waived and besides incentive on fertilizers will be provided. Solar lights and safe drinking water have been promised for all villages in the State. The manifesto said traders with a turnover of up to 2 crore rupees will pay lump sum tax without maintaining books.


Bollywood actress Rimi Sen  today joined BJP. She was inducted into the party in the presence of party General Secretaries  Arun Singh and  Kailash Vijayvargiya  at BJP headquarters in New Delhi.  Later, the actress  said she has joined the BJP inspired by  Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Chief Ministers' Committee on demonetization has recommended abolition of the Merchant Discount Rate charges (MDR) to incentivise the digital transactions. It has also suggested levying of banking cash transaction tax on transaction of 50 thousand rupees and above. Capping on maximum allowable cash limit in all types of large transactions is another key recommendation of the committee.

The Panel chaired by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in its interim report submitted to  Prime Minister in New Delhi this evening, has suggested to bring all government insurance, educational institutes, fertilisers, PDS and petroleum sectors within the ambit of digital payments.

Briefing media after submitting the report, Mr Naidu said the Committee wants Aadhaar-enabled micro ATM infrastructure in all post offices. He said the non-income tax payees and small merchants should be given a subsidy of 1,000 rupees for purchasing smart phones. The committee, was constituted in November last year to prepare a road-map for transition to digital economy post demonetization.


Union Cabinet has decided to declare Indian Institutes of Management as institutions of national importance. It gave its nod to IIM Bill, 2017 to facilitate this. The bill will enable IIMs to grant degrees to their students and complete autonomy, combined with accountability.

Cabinet also gave its ex-post facto approval for interest waiver for November and December last year for farmers accessing short term crop loans from Cooperative Banks. The decision also provides for interest subsidy to National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development, NABARD on additional refinance by NABARD to cooperative banks. Farmers across the country availing short term crop loans from Cooperative Banks will be benefited by the decision.

Cabinet also approved ratification of the second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol on containing emission of Green House Gases.  The second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 2012.  Sixty five countries have ratified the Commitment Period so far.

Cabinet also gave its post-facto approval for launching of Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana as part of government’s commitment for financial inclusion and social security.  The scheme will provide an assured pension based on a guaranteed rate of return of 8 percent per annum for ten years.

The Union Cabinet has given its nod for a new scheme for promotion of Rural Housing in the country. The Government will provide interest subsidy under the scheme. Interest subsidy will be available to every rural household which is not covered under the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana (Grameen). The beneficiary who takes a loan under the scheme would be provided interest subsidy for loan amount up to 2 Lakh rupees.

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived in New Delhi today on a three day visit. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Ministers, senior officials and captains of industry. The crown prince was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Delhi Airport as a special gesture. He is the chief guest for this year's Republic Day parade. The visiting dignitary will be accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of the Rashtrapati Bhawan tomorrow. He will also hold talks with Mr Modi.

The two countries are expected to ink a strategic agreement to elevate their relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership, providing for greater cooperation in areas such as defence and security. Cooperation in areas including energy security, space and civil nuclear energy is also high on agenda.


The Multi-Barrel Rocket System guided Pinaka rocket was today successfully test-fired for the second time from launch complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur in Odisha.

ITR Director B K Das said the test was conducted at 12:45 PM and Pinaka rocket mark-II, equipped with navigation, guidance and control kit, was transformed into a "guided Pinaka". The conversion facilitated range enhancement and improvement in Pinaka's accuracy. The range of the rocket has increased from 40 to 70 km with an improved accuracy to 50 meters.


US President Donald Trump will speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight over phone, four days after he was sworn-in as the 45th President of America. According to news agency PTI, President Trump is scheduled to speak with Mr. Modi over phone at  11:30 PM Indian Time.

Mr.  Modi, would be the fifth foreign leader Mr. Trump would have spoken with over phone after being sworn-in as the US President.


The Ministry of Women and Child Development today celebrated the National Girl Child Day at a special function in New Delhi. The theme of the program was Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao- BBBP. Addressing the function, Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi said the BBBP programme has done very well across the country especially in the State of Haryana. She said,parents have to ensure health, education and success of their daughters as well as contribute to the development of their talent.

It has truly been a proud year for India with a commendable performance at the Olympics and Paralympics and a historic induction of the first female fighter pilots into the Indian Air Force. Ten districts were felicitated under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme for their exemplary performance. The winners of regional level quiz competition organized for girl students across various Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in Delhi on the theme of “Empowerment of Girl Child” were also awarded. The National Plan of Action for Children, 2016 was released on the occasion. Rio Paralympics Silver medalist  Deepa Malik,  Fighter Pilot Avani Chaturvedi and First women amputee to climb Mount Everest Arunima Sinha were also present in function.  With Sant Bahadur, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its “Spotlight and News Analysis” programme we bring you a discussion on “National Girl Child Day”. The participants are : Prof. Mridulla Mukherjee of JNU and Annapurna Jha, Journalist.  It can be heard on Rajdhani/ FM Gold channels and additional frequencies from 9.15 p.m.


The Supreme Court in UK  has ruled that Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process.     Reading out the judgment, Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger said by a majority of eight to three, the Court rules that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without an Act of Parliament authorising it to do so. The court also rejected arguments that the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly should get to vote on Article 50 before Brexit triggered.


The domestic stock markets gained for the second straight session, today, while the rupee ended four days of losses.

The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange surged 258 points, or one percent, to close at 27,376, after a firm day's trade. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange jumped 84 points, to 8,476. Other key Asian markets in Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore ended mixed. At the forex market, the rupee appreciated 5 paise, to 68.15 against the dollar. Gold inched up 10 rupees, to 29,725 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. And Brent crude oil futures climbed 40 cents, to 55.63 dollars a barrel.  Pradeep Kumar, AIR News,


The Supreme Court today asked the Centre and BCCI to suggest names for appointment in the committee of administrators to run the cricket body. A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra also allowed BCCI to suggest three names after following the due process for representing it at the ICC meeting due in the first week of next month.The bench asked BCCI and the Centre to give the names in a sealed cover by Friday and posted the matter for hearing for next Monday.


In Australia Open tennis, Indo-Croatian pair of Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig has entered the quarterfinals of Mixed doubles event. The Indo-Croatian pair defeated Aussie-Chinese pair of Alexander Peya and Saisai Zheng 2-6, 6-3, 10-6. In the quarterfinals, Sania and Ivan will face Indo-Canadian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski. Earlier, Rohan Bopanna with his team mate had entered the quarterfinals. They defeated the duo of Y. Chan and L. Kubot 6-4, 5-7,10-3 in the second round this morning.

Stanislas Wawrinka has entered the Men's single semifinals beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets. The world number four Swiss player beat Frenchman 7-6, 6-4, 6-3. The 2008 finalist Tsonga gave a tough challenge to Wawrinka but fell short by a small margin in each set. With this win, Wawrinka became the first player to enter the Men's singles semifinals of the tournament this year. In another quarterfinal match  Roger Federer beat young German sensation Mischa Zverev in  straight sets 6-1, 7-5, 6-2. Federer will clash fellow swede Wawrinka in the semi final.      Meanwhile, in the Women's Singles, American Coco Vandeweghe defeated seventh seed Garbine Muguruza to enter the semi-finals. She defeated Muguruza, in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0. Venus Williams also progressed to the semis.

Rest of India has lifted the Irani Cup Cricket Trophy.  The winners chased down the 379 run target set by Gujarat  with six wickets still in hand in the fourth and final day at Mumbai today.


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