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22.01.2018

         

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime 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.
  • Mr 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.
  • Fourteen States and nine Central Ministries to participate in Republic Day Parade this year.
  • International Conference on dam safety opens in Thiruvananthapuram tomorrow.
  • In 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 Berdych.

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Prime Minister 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.

"Indian 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."

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The 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.

During 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 comprises Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.

The Supreme 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.

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Supreme Court 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.

The states 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.

Meanwhile, Delhi 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 screening. 

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Delhi 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 Indian Mujahideen.

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Defence Minister 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.

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Fourteen States 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.

Traditional 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.

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Full 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.

Delhi 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 noon tomorrow.

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 India 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.

Dam safety conferences are organized as an annual event under the Dam Safety Rehabilitation and Improvement Project being run by the Water Resources Ministry.

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Prime 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.

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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:

"A 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."

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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. A report:   

 

"Posting 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."

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The festival 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.

Our correspondent reports that bathing festival was held at Magh Mela at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

"Magh 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."

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South Korean 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.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer stormed  into quarter-final with Tomas Berdych as former champion Angelique Kerber stuttered into an enticing clash with Madison Keys.

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