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  • The Union Minister for Mines, Coal and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Pralhad Joshi chaired review meeting of mineral exploration projects and activities of Rajasthan in New Delhi today. Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal was present in the meeting.

  • India’s military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress will be on display during the 71st Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath, here tomorrow. Anti-satellite weapon – Mission Shakthi developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Army’s battle tank Bhishma, infantry combat vehicles, Air Forces’ newly inducted Chinook and Apache helicopters, in addition to tableaux depicting Akash and Astra missiles and Navy’s prowess will be showcased during the 90-minute long parade.

  • On the occasion of Republic Day 2020, the Hon’ble President of India has awarded Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG), President’s Police Medal (PPM) for Distinguished Services and Police Medal (PM) for Meritorious Services to the following Railway Protection Force (RPF)/ Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) personnel:

    Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG):

    Late Shri Jagbir Singh Rana, Constable/ Northern Railway (posthumously)

     

    President’s Police Medal (PPM) for Distinguished Service

     

    Shri Ambika Nath Mishra, Principal Chief Security Commissioner/Eastern Railway,
    Shri Bharat Singh Meena, Commandant, 8 BN/RPSF.

  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare held a high level review meeting with senior officers of the Health Ministry, ICMR and NCDC, here today, to analyse the current situation, preparedness and steps being taken for prevention and management of Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) in India.

  • The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the nation on the eve of Republic Day. In a message to the people of India, he paid rich tributes to our freedom fighters and called upon the citizens to further fortify the unity and integrity of nation so as to build an inclusive, prosperous, progressive and harmonious India.

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  • The 10th National Voters’ Day (NVD) was celebrated across the country today. President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind presided over the national level event held at New Delhi. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology also graced the event as the Guest of Honour.

  • The public in general and AYUSH professionals in particular are hereby cautioned that in recent past, some fraudulent/ suspicious advertisements for recruitment of AYUSH professionals have come up in the electronic media which seek to draw out payment in the form of “Registration Fees” etc. from gullible individuals.

  • 104 personnel have been awarded Fire Service Medals on the occasion of the Republic Day this year. Of these, President’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry have been awarded to 13 personnel, Fire Service Medal for Gallantry have been awarded to 29 personnel, President’s Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service to 12 personnel and Fire Service Medal for Meritorious Service to 50 personnel.

  • The Adhoc Committee of the Rajya instituted by Chairman Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has made 40 far reaching recommendations to prevent sexual abuse of children and to contain access to and transmission of child pornography content on the social media.

  • The President of India has approved the conferment of Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards – 2019 on 54 persons which includes Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak to 07, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak to 08 and Jeevan Raksha Padak to 39 persons.

  • President of India has approved the following Service/Gallantry Medals on the occasion of Republic Day 2020.

     

    a)

    President’s Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG)

    04

    b)

    Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG)

    286

    c)

    President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service

    93

    d)

    Police Medal for Meritorious Service

    657

     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LIST OF AWARDEES OF PRESIDENT’S POLICE MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY  ON THE OCCASION OF REPUBLIC DAY-2020

    President's Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG)

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    Abdul Jabbar, IPS

    SSP

    PPMG

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    Gh.

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    President of India has approved the following Service/Gallantry Medals on the occasion of Republic Day 2020.

     

    a)

    President’s Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG)

    04

    b)

    Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG)

    286

    c)

    President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service

    93

    d)

    Police Medal for Meritorious Service

    657

     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LIST OF AWARDEES OF PRESIDENT’S POLICE MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY  ON THE OCCASION OF REPUBLIC DAY-2020

    President's Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG)

    JAMMU & KASHMIR

     

    S/SHRI

     
     

    Sl No

    Name

    Rank

    Medal Awarded

    1

    Abdul Jabbar, IPS

    SSP

    PPMG

    2

    Gh.

  • The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has greeted people on National Voters Day today.

    “Greetings on National Voters Day. We express gratitude to ECI for their many efforts towards making our electoral process more vibrant and participative.

  • In continuation of Union Government’s outreach initiative, Union Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘ Nishank’ today inaugurated NISHTHA (National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement), a two day orientation workshop for the teachers of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir at SKICC, Srinagar.

  • The Government of India, the Government of Maharashtra and the World Bank today signed a loan agreement ofUSD 210 million to support small holder farmers participate in competitive agriculture value chains, facilitate agri-business investments, increase market access and productivity in focus commodities, and build resilience of crops to recurrent floods or droughts in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will address the nation tomorrow (January 25, 2020) on the eve of the 71st Republic Day.

    The address will be broadcast from 1900 hrs. on the entire national network of All India Radio (AIR) and telecast over all channels of Doordarshan in Hindi followed by the English version.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today called for a total war on corruption and described corruption as a major canker which skews growth and development, deepens poverty and increases inequality.

  • The Income Tax Department mounted a search on a group operating leading educational institutions having a large number of schools and colleges in Chennai and Madurai region. The search was conducted at the office of the Trust, residences of the trustees and key employees of the group.

  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and steering committees will be set up for faster resolution...

  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and steering committees will be set up for faster resolution...

  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and steering committees will be set up for faster resolution...

  • Japan on Friday reported a second confirmed case. It has triggered a cause of concern for India too as many of the 700 odd Indian students studying in universities of Wuhan and Hubei provinces are still stuck up there. The Indian Embassy has established hotlines to keep close contact with people.

    Amid the unknown virus wreaking havoc, Chinese and American researchers are working together to develop a vaccine against the deadly new strain of Corona virus. At present, there is no cure for the virus which has Pneumonia-like symptoms and is contagious among humans. The World Health Organization has not classed the virus as an international emergency despite China's climbing death toll. 

  • The festival is one of the biggest film events in Bangladesh. It is the only international film festival for children and young adults of the country. The festival organized by the Children’s Film Society, Bangladesh will feature 173 films from 39 countries including Bangladesh, India, France, Korea, Spain and others. The week-long festival will conclude on 31st of January.

     The festival was inaugurated with the screening of the German film ‘Rocca Changes the World’ directed by Katja Benrath. The film tells the story of a lonely child Rocca whose father is an astronaut watching her from outer space. During the inaugural, Sudipta Saha directed ‘Khoka Jokhon Chhoto Chhilen’ was also screened to mark the 100th birth anniversary of the country’s founding President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

    Speaking as the Chief Guest during the inaugural session former Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said that films make children aware of the cultural diversity. State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak was the special guest on the occasion. The festival will screen films under various sections namely Bangladeshi Children Filmmakers’ Section, Special Film Competition, International Film Section and Bangabandhu Through My Lens among others. Apart from film screenings at five venues, the festival will also have daily workshops and other related events. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Under The World’.

  • It said, 4082 passengers were screened in 19 flights on Friday. No Novel Coronavirus case has been detected in the country so far. However, three persons have been put under observation. 

    The Ministry said that travel advisory has been extended to 12 more airports in addition to the current seven. National Institute of Virology, Pune is fully geared up to test samples of Coronavirus. It said, ten other laboratories under the Indian Council of Medical Research’s Viral Research and Diagnostics Laboratories network are also equipped to test such samples, if a need arises.

    Meanwhile, In Nepal, one person has been found to be infected from coronavirus. Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population said that a person who had recently came back from the Wuhan region of China has been found positive. The Ministry said, after a preliminary test, his sample was sent to WHO Collaborating Center Hong Kong for confirmation which has been found positive.

  • However, it can be used to access 301 websites approved by the Jammu and Kashmir administration only. These sites include search engines and those associated with banking, education, news, travel, utilities and employment.

    The move comes within a week of the administration ordering restoration of prepaid mobile services in the Valley and resumption of 2G mobile data service on whitelisted websites across the Jammu division.  

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi. said an action plan has been finalised to further expand strategic ties between the two strategic partners. "Your visit to India has opened a new chapter in bilateral ties between India and Brazil," PM Modi said in his media statement in presence of Bolsonaro.
    Calling Brazil a valuable partner in India's economic growth, the prime minister also said both the countries are together on various global issues despite geographical distance.

    On his part Bolsonaro said the two countries have further consolidated already strong ties by signing 15 agreements providing for cooperation in a range of areas. Bolsonaro arrived in New Delhi on Friday. The Brazilian president will grace the Republic Day Parade as chief guest on Sunday.
     

  • The theme for NVD-2020 is ‘Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy. The theme sets the tone for year-long activities with focus on voter education and renewal of citizens’ faith in the electoral process. 

    The Day is celebrated on 25th January every year since 2011. It is celebrated at over ten lakh locations across the country including polling stations, district and state headquarters, to mark the Foundation day of Election Commission of India, which was established on 25th January 1950. President Ram Nath Kovind will be the Chief Guest at the 10th National Voters' Day function which is being organized by the Election Commission of India at Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi. 

  • The address will be broadcast on the entire National network of All India Radio and telecast over all channels of Doordarshan from 7 PM in Hindi followed by the English version. 

    Broadcast of the address in Hindi and English on Doordarshan will be followed by broadcast in regional languages by regional channels of Doordarshan. All India Radio will broadcast regional language versions from 9.30 PM onwards on its regional networks

  • The plan has been delayed for over two years. Speaking to reporters Mr Trump said, Palestinians might react negatively to his plan at first, but it would benefit them.

    President Trump said, US Administration has talked briefly to the Palestinians, who have rejected the peace plan before it even comes out. Meanwhile, Palestinian President Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said that Palestinians warn Israel and the US Administration not to cross any red lines.

    The announcement came ahead of a White House visit early next week by leading Israeli politicians. The proposal aimed at bringing peace to decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

  • The Brazilian President will be the chief guest at the Republic Day Parade on Sunday. He will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind tomorrow who will host a banquet in his honour. Mr  Bolsonaro will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow. Several agreements will be signed after the talks.

    The Brazilian President is accompanied by eight ministers, four members of the Brazilian Parliament, senior officials and a large business delegation.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in India. In a tweet, Mr Modi extended a warm welcome to the visiting dignitary.

    He said, India is delighted to host him and the nation is looking forward to his taking part in the Republic Day celebrations. The Prime Minister said, President Bolsonaro's visit will add strength to India-Brazil relations.

  • In a press release issued this evening, Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population has said that a person who had recently came back from Wuhan region of China has been found positive.

    The Ministry said after a preliminary test his sample was sent to WHO Collaborating Center Hong Kong for confirmation which has been found positive.

    The statement further said that although infected person doesn’t have any symptoms but he has been kept under observation and those who came under his contact are being identified.

    The Ministry also stated that the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division has been closely monitoring the situation. The capacity of health desk at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu has been increased and all passengers coming from China have to declare their health status.

  • Interacting with the 49 awardees of Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, PM Modi said that he is amazed that at such a young age these children performed incredible tasks. He said, these children have shown courage to fight difficult situations.

    Appreciating the work done by the children, who got national awards in various categories, the Prime Minister said, he is proud to see the awareness of their duty towards society and the nation. He said, he gets inspiration and energy from the children. He added that one must never rest on their laurels and achievements and always think that they still have a lot to contribute to the country. 

    Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar aims at encouraging children to excel in different fields and recognize efforts of institutions doing exceptional work for children. The Bal Shakti Puraskar is given in the fields of innovation, social service, scholastic, sports, bravery and arts and culture. The award carries a medal, cash prize of one lakh rupees, a certificate and citation. 

  • He will be accompanied by seven Ministers, Chairman of Brazil-India Friendship Group in the Brazilian Parliament, senior officials and a large business delegation. President Bolsonaro will conclude the visit on 27th January.

    This is the third time India has received President of Brazil as Chief Guest for the Republic Day Parade. The previous instances were in 1996 and 2004 respectively. This is President Bolsonaro's first State visit to India after becoming President of Brazil on 1st January 2020. President Bolsonaro and Prime Minister Modi had met each other on two previous occasions last year, namely, on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit at Osaka in June and the BRICS Summit at Brasilia in November.

    On 25th January, President Bolsonaro will be given a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan. He will then proceed to visit the Raj Ghat. Thereafter, President Bolsonaro will hold official talks with Prime Minister Modi. There will be an exchange of agreements followed by press statements by the two leaders. Later, Vice President Venkiah Naidu and the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will call on the Brazilian President. 

    President Bolsonaro will also hold a meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind who will hold a Banquet in his honour. On 27th January, President Bolsonaro will address Indian and Brazilian Business leaders at the India-Brazil Business Forum. He will then proceed to Agra and thereafter depart from India.

    "The visit of President Bolsonaro is extremely important. It will be an opportunity to re-energize our strategic partnership and take it forward in a very focused manner. We have a very strong forward-looking agenda to build stronger ties with Brazil" said MEA Secretary (East) Smt. Vijay Thakur Singh yesterday.

    India and Brazil are in Strategic Partnership since 2006 and the relations are growing stronger every year. The bilateral relations are based on a common global vision, shared democratic values, and a commitment to foster the economic growth of both countries. Both countries also coordinate with each other at plurilateral fora such as BRICS, G-20, IBSA and multilateral bodies particularly the United Nations.

    "As two developing countries, India and Brazil have similar developmental and global aspirations. This has led to a convergence of mutual interests in many areas" said MEA Secretary(East). "India and Brazil share a close and multifaceted relationship. They extend from political, defence, economic, security to agriculture, space, health, and food-processing. "

    Bilateral trade between India and Brazil increased to USD 8.2 billion in 2018-19. This included USD 3.8 billion as Indian exports to Brazil and USD 4.4 million as imports by India. Major Indian exports to Brazil include agrochemicals, synthetic yarns, auto components and parts, pharmaceuticals and petroleum products. Brazilian exports to India include crude oil, gold, vegetable oil, sugar, and bulk mineral and ores.

    India invested around USD 6 billion in Brazil in 2018. Indian investments were mainly in Brazil's IT, pharmaceutical, energy, agri-business, mining, and engineering sectors. Brazilian investments in India were around USD 1 billion in 2018 with investments in automobiles, IT, mining, energy and biofuels sectors. However, both India and Brazil believe that there is more potential to increase economic engagements with each other.

    During his address in the BRICS Business Forum in Brasilia in November, Prime Minister Modi had thanked President Bolsonaro for giving Indians visa-free entry in Brazil.

    This visit by President Bolsonaro to India will herald a new decade of strong India-Brazil relations. The complementarities and synergies between the two democracies have tremendous potential to reach new heights in the coming years.

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  • Ground report : Women across country receiving benefits under Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana

     

  • The Ministers include Giriraj Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prahlad Joshi and Ramesh Pokhriyal. The Union Ministers are inaugurating various developmental projects and meeting people on ground to receive their feedback and suggestions for strengthening Panchayats and Block Development Councils and encourage public participation in developmental initiatives. 

    During the programme, which started on 18th of January, thirty-six Union ministers have visited across length and breadth of Jammu and Kashmir to disseminate information about various developmental projects and welfare initiatives of the government, particularly after the reorganization of J&K into two Union territories. During the week, more than two hundred projects have been inaugurated. The programme will culminate on Friday and the feedback collected will be later analyzed in detail to evolve a comprehensive mechanism for effective implementation of different schemes.

  • The pneumonia situation had resulted in 25 deaths, including 24 in central China's Hubei province and one in north China's Hebei, the National Health Commission said. By Thursday, 830 confirmed cases of pneumonia, caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), had been reported in 29 provincial-level regions in the country, it said. A total of 1,072 suspected cases have been reported in 20 provincial-level regions, according to the National Health Commission.  

    As the virus spread in the country and the world, China on Thursday locked down five cities, including Wuhan, suspending all public transport in an unprecedented move to contain the coronavirus, dampening the celebrations of the Lunar New Year. On Thursday evening, Chinese officials announced suspension of public transport in five cities - Huanggang, Ezhou, Zhijiang, Qianjiang and Wuhan in Hubei province, official media reported.

    Wuhan, the city of 11 million people where the virus is believed to have first emerged, has no trains or planes in or out. According to the health commission in northern Hebei province, which borders Beijing, an 80-year-old man diagnosed with the new virus died on January 22. The victims' average age was 73, with the oldest 89 and the youngest 48. So far 631 cases have been confirmed in 25 provincial-level regions in the country.

    The Wuhan lockdown is a cause of concern for Indian students who still remained there. The city has about 700 Indian students, majority of them studying medicine. However, most of the students have apparently left for home for holidays.As concerns grew over their safety, the Indian Embassy on Thursday opened helplines and established contacts with the concerned Chinese officials to ensure food and other supplies for those who remained in the city.

    In new disclosure, Chinese officials on Thursday confirmed fresh cases of coronavirus in people who did not even travel to Wuhan recently. The National Health Commission also reported increasing number of cases with no exposure to Wuhan's Hunan seafood wholesale market, which is believed to be related to most of the infected cases. The cases without confirmed exposure to the market have been found overseas.

    The virus, which a doctor in Wuhan said is spreading at an alarming rate, has dampened the Chinese New Year celebrations beginning Friday. Chinese all over the world formally bid goodbye to the year of the pig and welcome the year of rat on Friday and welcomed the year of Rat. The Chinese government has given week long holiday.

    In view of virus scare, several cities including Beijing have cancelled special events. The festival is also known as the Spring Festival. Large cultural activities during spring festival in Beijing such as temple fairs were cancelled to prevent the spread of the virus.

  • Interacting with children who won the Pradhan Mantri Bal Puraskar at his residence, the prime minister said he is proud to see the awareness of their duty towards society and the nation. "When I was getting introduced to you a while back, I was really surprised.  The way you all have tried in different fields, the work that has been done at such a young age... is amazing," he said.

    "Whenever I hear about such courageous work of all you young comrades, talk to you, I also get inspiration and energy,"Prime Minister Modi added. He told them to enjoy drinking water and juice not medicine. He also advised them to be physically active. The Pradhan Mantri Bal Puraskar awards are given to children in the age group of five to 18 years for their contribution in various sectors innovation, social service, scholastic, sports, art and culture, and bravery. It carries a medal, a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a certificate and a citation.

    The 49 awardees include 12-year-old Darsh Malani, who has performed over 50 magic shows worldwide, and 11-year-old Manoj Kumar Lohar, awarded for his mastery in "tabla vadan". 

  • He said the onus is on Pakistan to create an environment for engagement. The Spokesman added that Pakistan's attempt to create an alarmist situation in Kashmir has failed as the global community understands Islamabad's double standard. The US President had reportedly offered to mediate between the two nations during the World Economic Forum summit in Davos.

    On remarks made by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at Davos on India and India-Pakistan relations, the Spokesman said, the remarks are factually inaccurate and contradictory.

    He said Pakistan has to realize that the global community has seen through their double-standard of playing the victim card in their fight against terror on the one hand and supporting terror groups on the other.

  • The election for 18 vacant seats of National Assembly was held in all seven provinces of Nepal on Thursday. A total 45 candidates from six political parties were in fray.

    The main opposition Nepali Congress could not win a single seat. This is perhaps first time in the political history of Himalayan nation that Nepali Congress could not get a single seat in election. The two year tenure of 19 lawmakers of National Assembly is expiring on March 3.

    One seat will be filled by the presidential appointment on recommendation of the government. The National Assembly has in total 59 seats and one third of the seats remain vacant in every two year. The members are elected by an electoral college comprising lawmakers from all seven provincial assemblies and representatives from local bodies.
     

  • Restrictions in Huanggang province will come into effect from mignight today. Chinese health authorities have confirmed 571 cases of pneumonia caused by the novel corona virus reported in 25 provincial-level regions in the country.

    Number of infections are still increasing and are feared to have crossed 600. Death toll has reached 17, all in Hubei province. A decision on whether this outbreak has become a public health energency of international concern is expected to be taken tonight at the World Health Organisation Emergency Committee meeting in Geneva. Meanwhile, Indian Embassy in Beijing has opened two hotlines +8618612083629 and +8618612083617 and is in touch withIndians in Wuhan.

    Embassy is posting all the important updates on its twitter handle and facebook page. A total of 393 suspected cases have been reported, according to the National Health Commission of China. The commission said that a total of 5,897 close contacts have been traced and 4,928 are undermedical observation.

    The Commissione has informed that based on the current knowledge, the incubation period of the virus, the interval between infection to onset of symptoms, can be as long as about 14 days, It is still unknown how many virus carriers have already travelled to various parts of China and overseas before Wuhan put the restrictions today morning 10 AM. 

    Wuhan city has rolled out an emergency plan and response mechanism, providing daily updates on new cases. On Wednesday night, the Wuhan government released a notice, ordering people in nearly all public venues to wear face masks to reduce the chance of coronavirus infection.

    There has been a palpable sense of unease across the city, especially in major public places as per local media

  • 30,000 doses of MR vaccine were quickly procured from the Serum Institute of India, Pvt. Ltd, and, within 72 hours the vaccine reached Male’. The vaccines were handed over to the Ministry of Health, Government of Maldives on January 23, 2020. 

    Thereafter, at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Health, H.E. Abdulla Ameen, Minister of Health presented a Certificate of Appreciation to H.E. Sunjay Sudhir, Ambassador of India to thank the Government of India for this gesture of goodwill and solidarity. 

    India’s swift response underlines that India has the capability to respond swiftly and health remains one of the strongest pillars of bilateral cooperation. This gesture also emphasizes the mutually supportive roles of India’s Neighbourhood First Policy and the Maldives’ India First Policy, acting for the benefit of our peoples.  

    Implementation of the MoU on Health cooperation signed during the State Visit of PM Modi in June 2019 has already commenced.  Secretary-level delegations met in Male’ on 5-6 January 2020 to draw up a roadmap for  cooperation in capacity building and training of doctors and medical professionals, disease surveillance, training of mental health professionals, setting up of digital health capacities in Maldives, etc. 

    India is also building a 100-bed comprehensive, state-of-the-art Cancer Hospital in Hulhumale as a project under the bilateral US$ 800 million Line of Credit.  The hospital will be built by the Tata Memorial Centre and will be completed in an 18 months’ time frame.

  • Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has taken following actions on this issue of NCoV:

    Secretary (H) is regularly reviewing the evolving scenario and the preparedness status. 

    Secretary (H) has also written to the States/UTs to review their preparedness, identify gaps and strengthen core capacities in the area of surveillance, laboratory support infection prevention & control, logistics, risk communication and in particular, hospital preparedness in terms of isolation and ventilator management of critically ill patients of SARI.

    Thermal screening is being done at the International airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin. MoCA has asked airlines to follow International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines for managing and notifying anybody reporting illness on flights originating from China and disembarking in India. MoCA has instructed for in-flight announcements for India bound flights.

    A travel advisory has been issued on 17th January and put up on Ministry’s website and also on the Twitter handle for wider circulation.

    Port and Airport Health Organizations have been sensitized and thermal screening has been initiated at the international airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin airports. The Airport Health Organizations at the airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin have put up signages at prominent locations informing the public about self-reporting of illness.

    Immigration officers manning the counters have been sensitized at these airports. MoHFW has written to State Governments of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala and Karnataka to review and strengthen preparedness measures at designated airports for provision of isolation and critical care facilities, linkages with VRDL network laboratories and adherence to infection prevention and control guidelines. 

     Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme has issued advisory to all States/UTs for SARI surveillance to pick up any travel related case reported in the community and follow up contacts of suspect/confirmed cases. 

    National Institute of Virology, Pune is fully geared up to test samples of nCoV. Ten other laboratories under Indian Council of Medical Research’s Viral Research and Diagnostics Laboratories network are also equipped to test such samples, if a need arises. 

     Adequate stock of Personal Protection Equipment is being maintained by Medical Stores Organization.

    Rapid response teams of the States/UTs have been trained in management of MERS-CoV outbreak (a similarly placed virus, reported from Middle East) in the year 2014. More recently these Rapid Response Teams of all States/UTs, APHO/PHOs and Regional Directors of this Ministry have also been trained (in Nov.-Dec., 2019) on management of high risk pathogens in context of Ebola virus disease outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Ministry of External Affairs has also been requested to disseminate travel advisory (in local languages) to Indian Embassies in China and adjoining countries for wider circulation and passenger information. In view of significant population of Indian students in China, MEA has been requested to provide details of such students.

    Ministry of Home Affairs has been requested to share details of travelers from China who have been issued e-Visa since 31st December, 2019.

    The situation is being closely monitored by the top officials of the Ministry in close coordination with other concerned Ministries & Departments and States/UTs.Embassy of India in Beijing hosted National Day reception to mark 71st Republic Day. Mr. Luo Zhaohui, Vice Minister of Spokesperson of China graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Ambassador of India to China Vikram Misri addressed gathering & highlighted potential of bilateral ties between India & China in a complex world States/UTs.

  • In a unanimous decision by 17 Judges of the ICJ, the court observed that there was prima facie evidence of breaches of the convention by Myanmar. The ICJ said that the estimated 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Myanmar were “extremely vulnerable” to violence at the hands of the military.

    In its judgement the ICJ ordered that the government of Myanmar should submit its report of the steps taken to the ICJ within 4 months  and thereafter every six months till the final decision is pronounced.

    However the court refused to specify the provisional measures to be taken by Myanmar for the protection of the rights of the Rohingyas.

    The ICJ also ordered that Myanmar should take effective measures to preserve the evidence related to allegations of acts of violence against Rohingyas.

    Commenting on the defence presented by Myanmar during the oral proceedings, the court said that it is not convinced that Myanmar has taken any concrete steps to ensure the right of Rohingyas to exist as a protected group under the Genocide Convention.

    The case was brought to ICJ by the West African country Gambia alleging that Myanmar has breached the Genocide Convention. It requested the ICJ to order provisional measures to protect Rohingyas from genocide.

     

  • According to the Embassy of India all bodies have been flown from Kathmandu to New Delhi. The mortal remains of Praveen Krishnan Nair, his wife Saranya Sasi and their three children will be taken to Thiruvananthapuram, while mortal remains of Ranjith Kumar Adatholath Punathil, his wife Indu Lakshmi Peethambaran Ragalatha and their son will be taken to Calicut.

    They were part of 15 Indian nationals from Kerala who had checked into a resort in Daman, a popular tourist place in Nepal on Monday night. Though they had booked four rooms but eight of them stayed in one room and turned on a gas heater to keep themselves warm. All eight people were found unconscious on Tuesday morning. They were airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment where doctors declared them dead. The postmortem of all eight bodies was conducted at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu yesterday.  

    Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has expressed condolences on the demise of Indian tourists. In a tweet, Mr. Gyawali said he is deeply shocked to learn about the death of eight Indian nationals. He offered heartfelt condolences to the government and people of India and to the bereaved families.

    Meanwhile, Department of Tourism has formed a five-member committee to investigate whether there was any lapse in the safety of tourists by resort and whether resort was following standards set by the government. The department has asked the committee to submit its report within 15 days.

  • Victims include a family of eight with six children who were killed in a village of government-controlled Aleppo.

    At least eight other civilians were killed in other strikes by Russian and Syrian government warplanes on rural opposition areas that have been hit hard since the Russian-led military campaign. 

    However, Moscow and Damascus deny accusations of indiscriminate bombing of civilians, saying they are fighting jihadist militants who they say have stepped up their attacks on civilians in Aleppo city in northern Syria.
     

  •     The agreement was signed in the presence of Minister of Home Affairs Amit shah, Chief Ministers of Tripura and Mizoram, Bru representatives and Senior officials. As per the agreement around 34,000 Bru refugees will be settled in Tripura with Centre Providing a package of around 600 crores for their settlement and all-round Development. 

        Details of the agreement include 40*30 sq.ft of residential plots to each displaced Families, a fixed deposit of rupees 4 lakhs, aid of 5,000 cash per month for 2 years, Rupees 1.5 lakhs to build house and free rations for 2 years from the date of resettlement. To ascertain the numbers of those who will be settled, a fresh survey and physical Verification of Bru families living in relief camps would be carried out. 

        Bru community, the original inhabitants of Mizoram have been living in temporary Camps in Tripura since 1997, following ethnic violence in Mizoram which led to Displacement of Around 5,000 Bru families. The agreement is part of continuous efforts being made by Central government in assisting two state governments since 2010 for Bru rehabilitation. Till date Around 2,000 families have returned to Mizoram, while many desired to settled in Tripura Due to apprehensions about their security in Mizoram. 

        The agreement is being held as watershed moment in bringing lasting peace and prosperity in the region, which is marked by ethnic strife and conflicts. It is being considered as a strong step as part of Centre’s agenda of mainstreaming north-East Region and solving perpetual long drawn problems to achieve the motto of ‘Sabka sath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas’
     

    Deepak Kumar

  • The Lac-Saint-Jean region is popular with tourists during the winter with at least 20 people being killed in snowmobile accidents between 2010 and 2019. Most of the victims die after losing control of their snowmobiles on marked trails. 

    Meanwhile, search for the missing five is still underway.

  • Till now at least eight people have been killed, while three people remained missing four days after Gloria began pummelling the region with torrential rain and heavy snowfall alike.

    In view of the storm, flights were canceled at several airports in eastern Spain due to the downpours and strong winds as airports were closed on Monday during the worst of the storm. Along with the series of flight cancellation, more than 2,00,000 people were left without power.

  • Raj Kapoor was loved by the people of the Russian Federation.  People of Russia still have fond memories of visit of Raj Kapoor in Russia and his films. 

    Two films on Raj Kapoor – 'Mera Naam Joker' and 'Awaara' were screened.  A cultural programme featuring the hit songs of Raj Kapoor were presented through dance and music. 

  • According to Election Commission of Nepal, a total 2,056 voters including 550 members from seven provincial assemblies and 1,506 representatives from local bodies are eligible to cast their votes.

    A total 45 candidates from six political parties including ruling Nepal Communist Party and main opposition Nepali Congress are in fray.

    The two year tenure of 19 lawmakers of 59 members National Assembly is expiring on March 3. One seat will be filled by the presidential appointment on recommendation of the government.

    The counting of votes will start soon after completion of polling and results are also likely to be declared today itself.

  • The members of the insurgent groups -- ULFA (I), NDFB, RNLF, KLO, CPI (Maoist), NSLA, ADF and NLFB -- surrendered in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a programme in Guwahati.

    DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta told reporters that this is an important day for the state and the Assam Police. He also said it was one of the largest surrender of terrorists in the recent times. 

  • Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has ordered for Special Investigation Team probe into the killing of seven people who were allegedly murdered in Burugulikera village of Chaibasa. The order came after the Chief Minister held a high-level meeting with Director General of Police, and other top officers. 

    Chief Minister and Governor will visit the place of incident to take stock of the situation. BJP has formed six member committee which will also visit the place and give its report in one week.

    SP Indrajit Mehta said that the incident came to light when the police team discovered 7 bodies in a nearby jungle. He added that the murders came in retaliation to another previous incident. Meanwhile, police have recovered the bodies of all the seven people who had gone missing since Sunday.

    Assuring the families of the victims District Commisioner Arwa Rajkamal said that all necessary assistance would be provided to the deceased families.

  • Nation is paying homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary today. The day is also celebrated as  National Day of Patriotism. A number of functions have been organised in different parts of the country to mark the occasion. 

    • Netaji was Born in Cuttack, Orissa on 23rd January,1897
    • Bose formed Azad Hind Fauj on  21 October,1943
    • Netaji died on 18th August 1945  in a plane crash

    President Ram Nath Kovind paid tributes to Netaji.. In a tweet he said: " Tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary. He remains one of our most beloved national heroes and an icon of India's freedom struggle. At his word, millions of Indians joined the freedom movement and gave their all. His courage and patriotism inspire us.

    On the birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Vice President took to Twitter to salute the brave freedom fighter. He paid his humble tributes to national icon & charismatic leader of India's freedom movement and also revered his deeds for the nation.

    The Vice President said that Subhash Chandra Bose instilled patriotism among people, gave the slogan-'Jai Hind' and inspired thousands of people to take part in freedom struggle. He further added that his act of hoisting the Tricolour for the first time in Port Blair in 1943 and declaration of Andaman & Nicobar Islands as first Indian territory to be freed from British rule continues to inspire every Indian.

    On the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes to the freedom fighter at the Parliament Hall in Delhi. 

    Senior leaders including Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also paid tributes to Netaji.

    Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi in a tweet said that, " On 23rd January 1897, Janakinath Bose wrote in his diary, "A son was born at midday."This son became a valorous freedom fighter and thinker who devoted his life towards one great cause- India's freedom. I refer to Netaji Bose, who we proudly remember on his Jayanti today.

    In another tweet, the Prime Minister said: India will always remain grateful to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose for his bravery and indelible contribution to resisting colonialism. He stood up for the progress and well-being of his fellow Indians.

    The Prime Minister also shared a video on Netaji in his Twitter account. 
     

  • Khelo India is held across two categories .i.e the U-17 and U-21. It provides a platform for the youngsters to be part of a big sporting event at the initial stage of their career. Apart from showing their talent, the participants also come to understand the professionalism, dedication, and commitment to compete at a very high level that will prepare them for even bigger events in the coming years. More importantly, Khelo India gives them the confidence to pursue sports as a career, which is a must for every sportsperson.

    Soubrity Mondal, Kenisha Gupta and Sivangi Sharma in Swimming, Priyanka Dasgupta, Asmi Badade and Jatin Kanoija in Gymnastics, and Pooja Danole in Cycling became quadruple gold medal winners and are the most promising talents of Khelo India 2020. 

    Kerala's Ancy Sojan and Haryana's Nuzrat Ali won the 100m sprint events in the U-21 category and became the fastest woman and man of Khelo India 2020 respectively. 

     Every edition of Khelo India brings forth success stories of grit and commitment. A mother of three children from Assam, Poornima Mondol has produced three athletes in three different sports for Assam, namely Sujit Mondol (kho kho), Pradip Mondol (hockey) and Mallvika Mondol (football)- all of them representing Assam in Khelo India 2020. 

    "In the beginning, I faced a lot of trouble while providing sporting equipment for my children. But now, when they win in tournaments, they receive some money which has eased me a bit. Now, they earn enough to provide for themselves as well," said the proud mother.

    Assam's weightlifter Gulap Gogoi broke the junior nationals record in the 81 kg category (U-21).

    "I used to go to a gym in my hometown and then I saw people do weightlifting there. So then even I tried it and liked the sport. Thereafter, I took part in competitions and eventually went for the trials in Bhopal. I did well there and got a chance to join the Indian Army, four months ago," said the weightlifter.

     Dinesh Kumar of Odisha bagged the first gold in cycling, a sport that made the debut in this edition."I have just liked something about cycling, right since I was a kid. I think I got inspired by an elderly cycling fanatic that I used to see every day. Like him, I too simply pulled out my bike whenever I felt like and went away on long drives." said Dinesh.

    Manipur took home a total of 17 medals in Judo – six gold, four silver, and seven bronze. After Tababi Devi won the silver medal at the Youth Olympics in 2018, there was an influx in the number of judo players who joined our academy back in Manipur. The region has always had this martial arts’ culture, and judo has also benefited because of it,” said their judo Team Manager, Deven Moirangthem.

    Golom Tinku of Arunachal Pradesh claimed the gold in the Boys Under-17 55kg weightlifting competition."We didn’t have a TV to watch sport. I had never heard of any of these sports", Golom said. "My brother used to play sport too. He was a badminton player. After my father passed, to help support the family, and to help me, he quit the sport and instead took up a job in Hyderabad. He coaches badminton there".

    This edition of Khelo India also witnessed Assam becoming the first North-Eastern state to take up Kabaddi."We are making our debut here in kabaddi, and we are the first team from the North-East to do so. But look at the support the players are getting. This is amazing. Assam will soon become a force to reckon with" said coach Siddikur Rahman.

    As Khelo India 2020 ended, another crop of talent has been unearthed. It is now even more important to nurture their talent in the right way so that they will become flagbearers of Indian sports in the coming years.

    Navin Sreejith UR 

  • Ground Report : Swachh Bharat Mission - Anjuna Caisua

  • Roger Federer improved to 41-0 in the first two rounds of the Australian Open on Wednesday night, moving past Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 at Rod Laver Arena.

    Djokovic's display highlighted one of his most underrated improvements in recent years. Djokovic eased past Japan's Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

     

  • Democrats accused President Donald Trump at the start of his impeachment trial on Wednesday of a corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine to help him get re-elected and warned that America's global prestige will suffer if the U.S. Senate acquits him.

    In a two-hour opening argument for the prosecution, House impeachment manager Adam Schiff said Trump had pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son on unsubstantiated corruption charges last year.

    The case against Trump is focused on a July 25 telephone call in which he asked Zelenskiy to open a corruption investigation into the Bidens as well as a discredited theory that Ukraine, not Russia, meddled in the 2016 U.S. election.

    Democrats have up to three days to make their case. Trump's defense team will have three days after that for rebuttal in a trial that could potentially conclude next week.

    It is the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history.

    The opening day have been dominated by arguments over Democratic requests for more witnesses and records.

  • Informing about the delay in decision, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said in Geneva on Wednesday that it was a long discussion but the committee needs more information to determine the status of the outbreak.

    Meanwhile, China has confirmed 17 deaths and more than 550 infection cases as of Wednesday.

    The WHO has a team in China working with local experts and officials to investigate the outbreak.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that China stands ready to work with the international community to effectively curb the spread.

    Prasar Bharati Special Correspondent in China reports that the panel of 16 experts which met in Geneva was divided on whether or not to declare the virus outbreak a public health emergency. They are still considering more evidences before any decision as it is a very serious decision for China and whole world.

    Looking at number of infections growing rapidly, China has put in place all the contingency measures. Local government of Wuhan has announced that all public transportation in the city will be temporarily closed starting at 10am local time on Thursday. All flights and trains scheduled to depart from Wuhan also will be temporarily canceled to reduce the risk of spreading the new virus. The local authority advised residents not to leave Wuhan unless they have a "special reason".
     

  • A newly identified strain of coronavirus has killed 17 people in China, with 440 other confirmed infections, health officials in Beijing said on Wednesday, as they expressed concern over its spread during the Lunar New Year celebrations. Currently, the highest number of cases are being reported in Wuhan City. China is trying to deal with this and a large number of people have been kept under health surveillance.

    As the pandemic fear grows globally,  India is upping the level of alert at its airports in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic in China. Passengers arriving from China to India are being thoroughly screened at the airport. Thermal screening has been put in place for passengers arriving from China and Hong Kong at seven airports in the country.

    These include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi airports. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has asked the airports and the concerned airline companies to implement it strictly. Union Health Ministry to remains in alert mode following outbreak of corona virus. However, the Union Health Secretary said there is no need to panic.

    The Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR, has said that there is no medicine or vaccine for corona virus. Many a time, the symptoms may away go on their own. But, the good thing is that the country's laboratories are capable to diagnose it.

    The virus is also spreading to other countries. The US has confirmed first case of the virus. The health check-ups have been intensified at the airport there. Besides, one case each has been reported in Korea, Japan and three in Thailand. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has called a meeting to consider declaring an international emergency.
     

  • Govt stressed that "need of the hour" was to lay down guidelines in "the interest of the victims" rather than keeping the rights of the convicts in mind.

    MHA seeks a direction "to mandate all competent courts, state governments, prison authorities in country to issue death warrant of a convict within seven days of rejection of his mercy petition to execute death sentence within 7 days thereafter irrespective of stage of review petition/curative petition/mercy petition of his co-convicts.

    Centre moves Supreme Court for fixing as deadline of seven days for execution of death penalty of condemned prisoners after issuance of black warrant.

    The plea of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) assumes significance in view of the death row convicts in the sensational Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case of 2012 filing review, curative and mercy petitions, which has delayed their hanging.

    The government stressed that the "need of the hour" was to lay down guidelines in "the interest of the victims" rather than keeping the rights of the convicts in mind.

    In an application, the MHA sought a direction "to mandate all competent courts, state governments, prison authorities in country to issue death warrant of a convict within seven days of rejection of his mercy petition and to execute death sentence within 7 days thereafter irrespective of the stage of review petition/curative petition/mercy petition of his co-convicts."

  • Seeking apologies from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and NCP chief SharadPawar, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said leaders of these parties have used the ongoing protests against the amended citizenship law to "abuse" Hindus.

    Patra also referred to a statement from an NCP leader to attack the opposition.

  • It scored 7.83 in terms of electoral process and pluralism and 4.38 on the political culture sub-index.

    Norway is at the top with an overall score of 9.71 while North Korea is at the bottom of the index.

    Overall, 2019 marked the worst year of global democracy score since 2006 when the rankings were first published.

    However, Bangladesh continues to be placed in the category of hybrid democracies.

    According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) methodology hybrid regimes are marked by substantial electoral irregularities and government pressure on opposition parties.

    The EIU Democracy Index provides ranking for the state of democracy worldwide in 165 independent states and two territories.

    The Index measures score under five sub-categories namely electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government; political participation, political culture; and civil liberties.

    According to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s measure of democracy, almost one-half of the world’s population live in a democracy of some sort, although only 5.7% reside in a full democracy.

    More than one-third of the world’s population live under authoritarian rule, with a large share being in China.

  • It marked Prime Minister's thirty-second interaction through PRAGATI - the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving Central and State governments.

    In today's PRAGATI meeting, PM Modi discussed a total of eleven items, out of which nine are delayed projects. These nine projects, worth over Rs. 24,000 crores, are spread over nine states viz. Odisha, Telangana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Bihar, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh and three Union ministries.

    These include three from the Ministry of Railways, five from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and one from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

    Progress under insurance schemes- PMJJBY and PMSBY schemes reviewed.

    Prime Minister in the meeting reviewed the performance with regard to in grievances related to insurance schemes under Department of Financial Services viz. 'Pradhan MantriJeevanJyotiBimaYojana' (PMJJBY) and 'Pradhan MantriSurakshaBimaYojana'(PMSBY).

    Prime Minister also reviewed the progress under Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project- a comprehensive and integrated system for effective policing through e-Governance.

    PM: DISCUSSIONS WILL BENEFIT 130 CRORE INDIANS

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Outcomes from today's discussions will benefit 130 crore Indians, especially the poor.

    PM Modi in a tweet said that We had an excellent Pragati Session today, during which a wide range of policy initiatives and development projects were discussed.

    In line with our focus on speedy and timely completion of projects, we reviewed eleven key projects.

    There were also discussions on aspects relating to the insurance schemes under DFS. Outcomes from today's discussions will benefit 130 crore Indians, especially the poor.

  • The new infrastructure is constructed with the Government of India’s grant assistance of 28.25 million Nepali rupees. The three story building comprises eleven class rooms, three labs, four store rooms, two staff rooms. Besides rooms for accounts, administration, record, library and principal, it also has examination and multi-purpose hall.

    Aurobindo Ashram School was established in 1993 by Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir in Thankot area of Kathmandu district. This is a residential School which provides Secondary School Education to nearly 260 students.  The school has over 53% of girls students. Most of the students are poor, destitute and orphan. The School is providing free education and hostel facility to them. 

    The newly built infrastructure is expected to boost learning environment of the students. Government of India is happy to be associated with the project which compliments effort of Government of Nepal in augmenting infrastructure in the field of education.

  • The visit of the team led by AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria is part of follow up to the MoU on Health Cooperation signed between India and Maldives during the State visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.  

    The first Joint Working Group under the MoU held early this month prioritised capacity building and training of Maldivian doctors by Indian specialists.  

    India and Maldives have a long tradition of partnership in the health sector including in the area of capacity building and training of specialist doctors.

    The first visit by the team from AIIMS has identified several areas of cooperation including workshops, use of telemedicine facility, training of technicians and collaborative research projects between AIIMS and the Maldivian health sector. 

    India has pledged line of credit worth 1.4 billion US dollars for economic and infrastructure development in Maldives after government under President took power in 2018 end.
     

  • Ground Report, PMUY - Sita Gaonkar

  • Ground Report, soil health card - Santana Tereza Gomes

  • Inaugurating the facility of e-passport in Dhaka, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that e-passport is a gift to the nation in the Mujib centenary year. 

    She said that it will brighten the image of the country in the digital world. 

    Speaking about the steps taken to facilitate passport and visa services for the people Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh has setup 69 passports offices in 64 districts, 33 immigration check-posts and passports and visa wings at 75 missions abroad.

    The e-passports will have an embedded chip in them which will contain the bio-metric data of the passport holder, photograph and other information contained in the passport. It will also include digital security features in it.

    Bangladesh has faced the problem of counterfeit passports in the past. 

    Introduction of the e-passport will help control fake passports in the country. 

    Government hopes that the e-passports will increase the acceptability of the Bangladeshi passports across the world and it will also ease immigration process globally.

    Bangladesh is the first country in South Asia and 119th country in the wold to provide e-passport facility.  

    According to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), over 490 million e-Passports are in circulation in the world.

  • They include Purushottam Rupala, Kailash Choudary, G. Kishen Reddy, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Prahalad Singh Patel, Renuka Singh, Arjun Munda, Kishan Pal Singh Gujjar, Som Prakash, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Sanjay Dhotre, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Faggan Singh Kulasthe and Rao Saheb Patil Danve.  

    The ministers are visiting RS Pura, Chakramgarh, Ganderbal town, Barnoti, Ramnagar, Khoon, Arnas, Poonch, Bhalwal, Balakote, Nowshera, Chanderkote, Poonch, and Manjakote blocks, where they are inaugurating several developmental projects, besides seeking feedback from people about different schemes for their effective implementation on ground. 

    Union Minister Mukhtar Abbass Naqvi met locals in the heart of Srinagar city Lal chowk. Naqvi said there is a positive environment and government is spreading this positivity among other people too by communicating with them. He further said the Outreach mission is aimed to create a strong environment of change with the active participation of people on ground. All ministers have busy schedules for today, mostly in different blocks of Jammu division where they are inaugurating several projects throughout the day, besides propagating welfare initiatives of the government in their public interactions.