Minister Narendra Modi about to reach Davos to attend the annual meeting
of the World Economic Forum; Bilateral talks with President of Swiss
Confederation Alain Berset scheduled for tonight.
Modi to give his keynote address at plenary session of the forum tomorrow.
- Supreme Court transfers to itself two PILs pending in Bombay High Court
On Judge B H Loya's death; Restrains other Courts from Hearing on the issue.
States and nine Central Ministries to participate in Republic Day Parade this
- International Conference on dam safety opens in Thiruvananthapuram
the US, thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work today,
as lawmakers fail to agree on extension to federal funding.
- Sensex and Nifty
close at fresh record highs for fourth consecutive session.
- And in
Australian Open Tennis: six-time champion Novak Djokovic upset
by South Korean Chung Hyeon; Roger Federer storms into quarter-final with Tomas
Narendra Modi is about to reach Davos in Switzerland to attend the annual
meeting of 48th World Economic Forum. He is onway to Davos from Zurich where he
reached this evening. The Prime Minister will hold bilateral talks with the
President of Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset tonight.
Mr Modi will
deliver the keynote address at the plenary session tomorrow, the first day of
the four-day long annual summit at Davos. The session will be moderated by Prof
Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum. The
focal theme of this year's summit is 'Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured
World'. Mr Modi’s visit marks the first ever visit of any Indian Prime Minister
in the past 20 years. During his visit, Mr Modi will interact with the top
global business leaders. He will showcase ‘New India’ to global chief
executives at the summit. The Indian presence is set to be the largest ever
with Union ministers, two chief ministers, several top government officials and
over 100 CEOs participating. Mr Modi will also attend the welcome reception
organized by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. Our
correspondent covering the Prime Minister's visit reports this is the first
time that India is hosting the welcome reception at the World Economic Forum.
food and Yoga will mark the commencement ceremony of 48th World Economic Forum
annual meet in snow-capped town of Davos. Indian cuisine including
‘chai-samosa’ and several Gujarati dishes, will be served to the participants
at the welcome reception. Mr Modi will start his visit at a reception today
which will be followed by his address at the plenary session tomorrow and
meeting with the global CEOs at the business forum. The official sessions at
WEF will also have special India-Focused discussions including one on “India’s
role in the world”. India’s presence at the summit is really big this time. Mr
Modi’s visit will be a short one as he has to be back for the Republic Day
celebrations back home. With Rajesh Jha, Vasundhra, AIR News, Davos, Switzerland."
Supreme Court today transferred to itself the two petitions relating to the
alleged mysterious death of Special CBI Judge B H Loya, pending at Nagpur and
Mumbai benches of the Bombay High Court.
the hearing on the petitions pending before the Apex Court, the bench headed by
Chief Justice Dipak Misra also restrained all the high courts in the country
from entertaining any petition relating to Loya's death. The bench also
A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.
Court said, the issues raised in the two pleas are serious and the court must
look into all documents with utmost seriousness. The bench asked the parties to
catalogue all documents relating to Loya's death which have not been filed so
far, and submit them for its perusal on 2nd February, the next date of hearing.
B H Loya
was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh alleged fake encounter case. He allegedly
died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur in 2014, when he had gone to attend the
wedding of a colleague's daughter.
has agreed to hear tomorrow the interim applications of Rajasthan and Madhya
Pradesh in the Padmavat row. The two states moved the apex court today seeking
recall of its 18th January order by which controversial Bollywood movie was
allowed to be released in theatres across the country on this Friday.
claimed that section 6 of the Cinematograph Act empowers them to stop
exhibition of any controversial movie on the grounds of possible violation of
law and order. The producers of the film, however, opposed urgent hearing on
any such interim applications. But, a three judge bench headed by Chief Justice
Dipak Misra agreed to hear the applications.
Police has made arrangements outside cinema halls in the national capital to
ensure that controversial movie Padmaavat is peacefully screened. Delhi
Police Chief Spokesperson, Dependra
Pathak said, the police stations are in touch with cinema halls and a small
reserve will also be there to reach the halls in shortest possible time. The
city police is also in touch with police from the neighbouring states to gather
information about anti-social elements planning to disrupt the film's
Police has arrested one of the most wanted terrorists of Students
Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) - Indian Mujahideen Abdul Subhan Quereshi after brief exchange of fire. Briefing reporters
in New Delhi today, DCP Special, P S Kushwaha said, the arrest has been made
from Gazipur area of Delhi. The police officer said, he was the
mastermind of the 2008 Gujarat blasts. He said,
Quereshi was produced in Delhi court which sent him to 14 days police custody.
He said, the terrorist was wanted by various states. Mr Kushwaha said, Qureshi
was living with forged documents in Nepal and he came back to India to revive
Nirmala Sitharaman has said that India's Act East policy is really taking shape
and the presence of ten ASEAN leaders during the Republic Day celebrations in
New Delhi will definitely showcase that policy. She was speaking to reporters
during her visit to the NCC Republic Day Camp at Delhi Cantonment today.
Leaders of all
the ten ASEAN member countries will be guests of honour at the ceremonial
parade at Rajpath on Friday.
and nine Central Ministries will participate in the Republic Day Parade this
year. The tableaux will showcase varied themes starting from country’s rich
cultural heritage, flora and fauna and socio-economic development to progress
of the nation. Operation Clean Money, Khelo India and ASEAN-India are some of
the themes of the tableaux. Briefing media in New Delhi, Public Relations
Officer of the Ministry of Defence said, for the first time All India Radio
will be part of the parade, showcasing AIR's journey of more than eight decades
in the domain of public service, promotion and preservation of socio-cultural
and linguistic heritage.
masks of Assam will feature in state's tableau while Kettukazhcha of Kerala
will draw the attention. Maharashtra will display the Coronation of Chhatrapati
Shivaji and Himachal Pradesh tableau will showcase Buddhist Monastery Kye
Gompa. A tableau of Union Territory of Lakshadweep will portray unique culture
of the island.
dress rehearsal of the Republic Day Parade
will he held at Rajpath in New Delhi
tomorrow. The rehearsal will
begin at 09.50 A.M. from Vijay Chowk and proceed to Red Fort. All the offices
in the vicinity of Rajpath will remain closed till 1 P.M. tomorrow.
traffic Police has made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of the
Parade. Traffic from Vijay Chowk to India Gate
on Rajpath has been closed from 6 P.M. this evening and no traffic will
be allowed till the parade is over tomorrow. Similarly, traffic will not be
allowed at Rafi Marg, Janpath and Man Singh Road from 11 P.M. tonight till the
parade is over. Metro rail services will remain available for the commuters at
all metro stations during the full dress rehearsal parade. However, boarding
and de-boarding at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan will not be permitted
from 5 A.M. to 12 noon and Lok Kalyan Marg and Patel Chowk from 8.45 A.M. to 12
will host an International Conference on
dam safety at Thiruvananthapuram tomorrow. The two-day conference will be
jointly inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Ram
Meghwal and Kerala Chief Minister
Pinarayi Vijayan. Ministry of Water Resources said in a statement today
that dam professionals, academicians, scientists, as well as industries will
deliberate on the problems associated with the dam safety and share concepts
and techniques to address the design and
construction of new dams along with disaster mitigation measures for the
existing dams. The conference will see
the participation of 550 delegates from over 20 countries.
safety conferences are organized as an annual event under the Dam Safety
Rehabilitation and Improvement Project being run by the Water Resources
Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau will be on a state visit to India from 17th
to 23rd of next month. The visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral
relations between the two countries in key areas of mutual interest including
trade and investment, energy, science and innovation, higher education,
infrastructure development, skill development and space. External Affairs
Ministry said in a statement today that cooperation in security and
counter-terrorism as well as exchange of views on global and regional issues of
mutual interest will also form important components of the visit.
In the United
States, thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work today,
as efforts to reach a compromise ahead of the working week failed yesterday.
This means many federal employees will be furloughed on unpaid leave until the
stalemate is resolved. However, essential federal services and military
activity are going on. We have a desk report:
spending bill - called an appropriations bill in US political parlance - had to
be passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump by midnight on
Friday last week, but that did not happen. The bill was not a plan for funding
for the whole of 2018, but would have kept things running until the middle of
next month. A rare Sunday session of the Senate yielded no agreement between
Democrats and Republicans, with immigration one of the main sticking points.
Democrats refused to back a temporary deal until their concerns on immigration
reform were addressed. They want President Trump to negotiate over immigration
as part of a budget deal, but Republicans say no agreement is possible while
federal government services are closed. Republicans want funding for border
security - including a proposed border wall with Mexico - and immigration
reforms, as well as increased military spending. Under Senate rules, the bill
needs 60 votes in the 100-member chamber. The Republicans currently have 51
senators, so they need some Democratic support to pass a budget. Zakir, NEWS DESK."
At the Stock
Markets, both the Sensex and Nifty continue to scale new highs for fourth
consecutive session, but the rupee ended slightly lower, against the dollar.
its fourth straight record high, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange jumped
286 points, or 0.8 percent, to close at 35,798, today. The Nifty added 72
points, to a fresh peak of 10,966. At the forex market, the rupee fell 3 paise,
to 63.87 against the dollar. Gold jumped 225 rupees, to 31,075 rupees per ten
grams in Delhi. And Brent crude futures dropped 17 cents, to trade at 68.44
dollars a barrel. Rajesh Leikh, AIR News."
marking the onset spring season, Basant Panchmi, was celebrated across the
country today. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the
people on the occasion.
On this day
people, especially students worship Godess of learning, Saraswati and seek her
blessings for wisdom and knowledge.
correspondent reports that bathing festival was held at
Magh Mela at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Mela administration has claimed that about 75 lakhs of devotees have taken holy
dip in the Sangam and other rivers on the occasion. Braving cold weather and
fog pilgrims thronged the Mela area and bathing ghats since early morning and
bathing was continued by late this evening. Devotees also worshiped Saraswati,
the goddess of wisdom and knowledge on this day. customs of Holi festival also
began from this day. Tight security arrangements are in place across the State
on the occasion. Sunil Shukla AIR news Lucknow."
star Chung Hyeon dumped six-time champion Novak Djokovic out of the Australian
Open today in a sensational fourth round upset. The 21-year-old beat the
battle-weary Serb, who was clearly in pain as he stretched for balls 7-6, 7-5,
7-6 at Rod Lever Arena.
Federer stormed into quarter-final with
Tomas Berdych as former champion Angelique Kerber stuttered into an enticing
clash with Madison Keys.