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  • Election Commission permits government to present Union Budget on 1st February; Directs no schemes be announced for five poll bound states.
  • Filing of Nomination for the first phase of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh ends today.
  • Centre dispatches 35 tonnes of petroleum products to Manipur to tackle crisis arising out of blockade on national highway after informing the Election Commission.
  • Government says Community Radio stations will not be allowed to broadcast any progammes, which relate to news and current affairs or, are otherwise political in nature.
  • CBI arrests former chairman of IDBI bank and seven others in connection with Vijay Mallya 900 crore rupees loan default case.
  • Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar gets a one year extension.
  • National Girl Child Day is being observed today.
  • And in Sports; The Sayed Modi Grand Prix Gold Badminton Tournament begins in Lucknow today.
  • And In the Australian Open Tennis, Rohan Bopanna enters third round of mixed doubles.


The Election Commission, EC has given its nod to the Centre to present the Union Budget on 1st of February ahead of the Assembly polls in five States. The commission told Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha that in the interest of free and fair elections, no state-specific schemes shall be announced to influence voters in the five poll-bound states. The Commission also said that in the Finance Minister's speech, the government's achievements with respect to the five states should not be highlighted in any manner.

Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Punjab and Goa will be held between the 4th of February and the 8th of March.

Opposition parties had demanded that the government be asked to defer the Budget presentation.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had dismissed a plea seeking postponement of the Union Budget, saying there was no illustration that it will influence voters.

Budget session of Parliament has already been convened from the 31st of January when the President will address a joint sitting of the two Houses. The Union Budget and the Economic Survey are slated to be presented the next day.


Filing of nominations for the first phase of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will end today. Filing of nominations for the third phase of polling will start today with the issuance of notification. ​69 seats spread over 12 districts of central UP will go to polls in this phase on February the 19. Our correspondent reports, that the process of filing papers in this phase will continue till January the 31 and the last date of withdrawal of papers is February the 4.

" For 73 assembly constituencies belonging to 15 districts of western UP, a total of 469 candidates had filed their papers till yesterday. Whereas for the ongoing second phase, 130 people had filed their papers till January 23rd. With opening of third phase today several key constituencies belonging to districts of Etawah, Kannauj, Mainpuri and Lucknow will be put on stake. The electioneering process has gained momentum in the state. Merajuddin, AIR News, Lucknow."


In Uttarakhand, the Congress and the Bhartiya Janta Party have fielded several candidates who have recently switched over loyalty to the other’s party. So far 125 nominations have been filled for the state assembly elections. Our correspondent reports that January the 27th is the last date to file nominations.

"Uttrakhand, the source place of country’s largest rivers Ganga and Yamuna recently witnessed frequent jumping of several senior political leaders from one to other parties in assembly election. Saying bye-bye to their earlier ideology at least two dozen big leaders in ruling Congress and Bhartiya Janta party have joined each other’s Party. Most of these leaders have been also awarded with ticket in their new parties but the voters in the constituencies of such leaders are finding themselves in uneven situation in the current political scenario. With Shishu Sharma Shantal, this is Sanjeev Sundriyal , AIR News, Dehradun."


The Centre has dispatched 35 tonns of petroleum products to Manipur to tackle the crisis arising out of the blockade on a national highway which has crippled normal life in the state. Official sources said, 70 tonne more petroleum products will be sent soon. The move comes two days after an inter-ministerial meeting, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh , reviewed the stock of food grains and petroleum products in Manipur and how to replenish the supply.

The Central government has informed the Election Commission about the move as the assembly election is due in Manipur on 4th and 8th of March.

Since the 1st of November last year, the United Naga Council has imposed the economic blockade on the highway.


Community Radio stations will not be allowed to broadcast any progammes, related to news and current affairs or those that are political in nature. However, they can use All India Radio content, which will be provided without any charges. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has added new clauses in the guidelines for Community Radio. A report-

According to the order issued by the Ministry, information about sporting events excluding live coverage except those of local nature, traffic and weather, employment opportunities or public announcements will not be considered as news.  The order also holds that transmission of sponsored programmes will not be permitted except programmes sponsored by Central or state Governments and other organisations to broadcast public interest information. In addition, limited advertising and announcements relating to local events, local businesses and services and employment opportunities have been allowed. Shweta Samaria, News desk.


The CBI has arrested a former chairman and three other ex-officials of  the IDBI Bank along with four former executives of Kingfisher airlines in connection with the Vijay Mallya loan default case. The CBI has alleged that former IDBI chairman approved the loans and also instructed to expedite the ratings while finalising the loans to Kingfisher Airlines of over 900 crore rupees. The loan was allegedly sanctioned in violation of norms regarding credit limits. A REPORT-

"Those arrested by the CBI include former Chairman of IDBI Bank Yogesh Aggarwal and former CFO of now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines A Raghunathan. The IDBI bank executives arrested are O V Bundellu, S K V Srinivasan and R S Sridhar while the three former executives of Kingfisher Airlines arrested are Shailesh Borke, A C Shah and Amit Nadkarni. The arrests have been made from multiple cities. While Raghunathan was arrested in Mumbai, Aggarwal was taken into custody from Gurgaon. The arrests were followed by searches at 11 places including Mallya's residence in New Delhi. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


The Income Tax department has detected undisclosed assets worth over 162 crore rupees and has seized 41 lakh rupees cash and over a dozen kg in gold and jewellery during searches on the premises of a Karnataka Minister and State Mahila Congress Chief.

Officials said, the department has also got inputs about a

number of benami assets and unexplained investments during the searches. More from our correspondent-

"Income Tax raids on Karnataka Small Scale Industries minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, and on State Congress women President Laxmi Hebbalkar, has created ripples in political circle. Jarkiholi family has a strong political presence in Belagavi in North Karnataka. Among the three Jarkiholi brothers Ramesh, the eldest, and former minister Satish are Congress legislators, while Balachandra Jarkiholi is a BJP member. The IT raid has taken political overtones with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah saying that only Congress leaders are targeted by IT department. Sudhindra AIR News Dharwad."


Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has been given a one year extension till January the  28th, 2018. His tenure was to end on the 28th of this month. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet gave its nod for Dr Jaishankar's extension as Foreign Secretary. A 1977 batch IFS officer, Dr Jaishankar was appointed Foreign Secretary on January 29, 2015. He had replaced Sujata Singh.


The government has also extended the tenure of Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das by three months till the 31st of May.


Today is National Girl Child Day. The government, in 2008 declared the 24th of January each year to be celebrated as the National Girl Child Day’ with the objective of raising the consciousness of society towards the girl child so that she can be valued and respected. In the national capital, the day will be celebrated  at a special function organized by the Women and Child Development  Ministry. More from our correspondent-

On the occasion,Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi and other eminent speakers including women fighter pilot Avani Chaturvedi and Silver medalist awardee at Rio Parlympics Deepa malik will address the function. The National Plan of Action for Children 2016 will also be released. Besides, ten districts under  Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme  will also be felicitated for their exemplary performance on the occasion. The scheme was launched  in 2015 with an aim to address the declining Child Sex Ratio  and related issues of women empowerment. Currently the scheme is operational in 161 districts of the country. Anand Kumar, AIR News Delhi.


The National Investigation Agency, NIA has begun its probe into the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express accident near Kuneru in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh which had claimed 41 lives. Our correspondent reports that Individual witnesses of the accident or passengers who survived the mishap can depose before the probe team as witness to the tragedy.

"The NIA team’s investigation would cover every aspect to ascertain the exact cause of the incident. NIA team members yesterday met the injured passengers at Rayagada hospital. The six-member team interacted with local people who are the first witnesses soon after the incident. Andhra Pradesh's Crime Investigation Department also visited the accident site, while the Commissioner, Railway Safety began the process of ascertaining the cause of the train derailment. Henry, AIR News, Vijayawada."


In Badminton, the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold event gets underway with a qualifiers in Lucknow today. The International Tournament with the prize money of a Hundred and twenty thousand US dollars is being played at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium.


In Australia Open Tennis, Rohan Bopanna with his team mate G. Dabrowski of Canada has entered the third round of the mixed doubles. The Indo Canadian pair defeated the duo of Y. Chan and L. Kubot 6-4,5-7,10-3 in the second round this morning. Sania Mirza will play in the second round of the mixed doubles category later today. Venus Williams entered the semi- finals of the women's singles. The US player defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-4, 7-6.



  • The Supreme Court dismissing a plea seeking postponement of the Union Budget Presentation, ahead of the upcoming Assembly Elections, gets prominence in the Press "Budget before polls gets green light from Supreme Court", headlines The Hindu. The Indian express writes that the Election Commission yesterday permitted the Government to present the Union Budget on February the 1st.
  • Jallikattu stir turns violent in Chennai, Tamil Nadu passes Bill- is The Times of India's top headline. Violence broke out in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu on Monday, as police cracked down on protesters even as the six-day-old 'Marina Uprising' was called off after the state assembly passed a bill to replace the ordinance. Times of India writes that now neighboring Karnataka wants the Centre to lift the ban on it's  traditional buffalo race, called Kambala
  • Papers this morning extensively cover the story of the new CBI Chief being asked to probe the Ex-CBI Director. Noting that a prima facie case has definitely been made out for investigation into the abuse of authority by Ranjit Sinha, the Supreme Court yesterday directed the new CBI chief Alok Verma to lead a criminal probe against the former CBI director over his private meetings with the accused in the Coal Block allocations scam, writes the Indian Express.
  • Hindustan Times reports that the Supreme Court has directed that Private Schools built on land allotted by the Delhi Development Authority will have to seek the Government's permission before hiking their fee, in order to bring relief to thousands of parents in the city.
  • And finally, In order to achieve the target of transforming the Ganga into a pollution free river by 2018, 10 ministries have come together to do their bit with a slew of measures, including encouraging IIT's and NIT's to adopt five villages around the Ganga, to grow medicinal plants in catchment areas.


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