- 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
- 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
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
"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,
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
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-
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
- 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
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.