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Viral video claiming Punjab farmers rot MSP grains for breweries is from 2018
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Viral video claiming Punjab farmers rot MSP grains for breweries is from 2018

A still from the viral video | Twitter Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: A video of a man pouring water on foodgrains has gone viral with the claim that farmers from Punjab deliberately rot foodgrains bought at minimum support price (MSP) to sell them to distilleries and breweries. In the 58-second video, a man can be seen watering several sacks of foodgrains. The video was shared Sunday by a Twitter user, Jitendra Nagar, who has over 11,000 followers. Nagar’s tweet read, “This is the scene across Punjab, wheat bought at MSP, water is sprinkled on bags to make the grains rot then it is sold to distillery & breweries by the five star farmers who are agitating on the border of Delhi! Big money is involved??” The ...
UAE suspends visa-free travel deal with Israel until July citing Covid pandemic
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UAE suspends visa-free travel deal with Israel until July citing Covid pandemic

Qatar's capital Doha | Representational image | Pixabay Text Size: A- A+ Israel: The United Arab Emirates has suspended an agreement to inaugurate visa-free travel for Israelis to the Gulf country until July 1, citing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said. Until then, Israeli citizens seeking to travel to the UAE will need to obtain a visa, as will UAE citizens seeking to travel to Israel, the ministry said on Monday. The UAE has taken a similar step regarding travel from most European countries, as well as India and Pakistan, the Israeli ministry said. Israel is in its third lockdown and discussing the possibility of extending it beyond Jan. 21 as the number of new cases rema...
WhatsApp voluntary, don’t join if not accepting new privacy policy, says Delhi HC
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WhatsApp voluntary, don’t join if not accepting new privacy policy, says Delhi HC

Representational image | pixabay Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday said accepting the new privacy policy of social messaging app WhatsApp was a “voluntary” thing and one can choose not to use or join that platform if one did not agree with its terms and conditions. “It is a private app. Don’t join it. It is a voluntary thing, don’t accept it. Use some other app,” Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said to the petitioner, a lawyer, who has challenged WhatsApp’s new privacy policy which was slated to come into effect in February but has been deferred till May. The court also said that if the terms and conditions of most mobile apps are read, “you would be surprised as to what all you are consent...
2 Manipur editors, ‘author’ booked under sedition law, UAPA for ‘endorsing armed revolution’
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2 Manipur editors, ‘author’ booked under sedition law, UAPA for ‘endorsing armed revolution’

The Frontier Manipur | Facebook Text Size: A- A+ Guwahati: The Manipur Police has filed a suo motu FIR against the executive editor and the editor of online news portal The Frontier Manipur over the publication of an article that “openly endorsed revolutionary ideologies and activities”. Executive editor Aribam Dhananjoy, popularly known as Paojel Chaoba, was arrested late Sunday night while editor Dhiren Sadokpam is still being interrogated, Imphal West Superintendent of Police K. Meghachandra Singh told ThePrint. The FIR also named the author of the article, M. Joy Luwang, though police are still trying to establish the person’s identity. “The person who has written the article is not known… they (the edito...
Covid lockdowns are spreading a year after China shocked world
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Covid lockdowns are spreading a year after China shocked world

File photo of Notting Hill Gate underground station in London during the lockdown in the UK | Commons Text Size: A- A+ A year after the lockdown imposed in the Chinese city of Wuhan shocked the world, the tactic is turning out to be an enduring tool for quelling the coronavirus almost everywhere.When the first large-scale lockdown in modern times was implemented in China on Jan. 23 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was then deemed unproven and unthinkable, particularly by democratic governments who balked at the implications for human rights violations of limiting citizens’ freedom of movement on such a huge scale. Yet almost 12 months on, the U.K. is in the midst of its third nationwide lockdown as it...
Times Now investigates #ArnabChatGate, Zee News goes after Khalistanis at farmers’ protests
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Times Now investigates #ArnabChatGate, Zee News goes after Khalistanis at farmers’ protests

Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami | YouTube screengrab Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: It’s not surprising that prime time news, on the weekend, focused on various aspects of the Covid-19 vaccine drive that India kickstarted on 16 January. This is, after all, what we’ve all been waiting for. But as always politics got in the way: On India Today, anchor Nabila Jamal asked whether the Congress was right to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers to take a jab in order to instill confidence in the public. BJP spokesperson Gopal Krishna Agarwal said, “As a mark of respect, no BJP politician will come forward to take the vaccine as we are giving precedence to frontline Covid-19 warriors.” He implied...
Biden has named 20 Indian-Americans to key positions in his team—Here’s who they are
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Biden has named 20 Indian-Americans to key positions in his team—Here’s who they are

Vivek Murthy nominated as US Surgeon General, Sameera Fazili as Deputy Director at the US NEC and Vanita Gupta as Associate Attorney General Department of Justice. | Twitter Text Size: A- A+ Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has nominated at least 20 Indian-Americans, including 13 women, to key positions in his incoming administration, a record for the small ethnic community that constitutes one per cent of America’s population. As many as 17 of them, including Neera Tanden who has been nominated as the Director of Management and Budget, would be part of the Biden administration in the powerful White House complex. The January 20th inauguration, the 59th in all, where Biden, 78, would be sworn in as t...
Modi govt plans ‘India@75’ booklet, will list projects to be completed this year
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Modi govt plans ‘India@75’ booklet, will list projects to be completed this year

Representational image | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Modi government is looking to bring out a booklet as part of the over-a-year-long commemoration planned to mark the completion of 75 years of Indian Independence in 2022, which is being referred to as “Bharat Ka Amrut Mahotsav”, ThePrint has learnt. The booklet will highlight the projects the government seeks to complete by the end of this year, according to a letter written to all secretaries by Press Information Bureau (PIB) Principal Director General K.S. Dhatwalia.  Dated 14 January, the letter, accessed by ThePrint, asks ministries and departments to provide detailed information and pictures of the projects they are...
2,24,301 beneficiaries given Covid vaccine so far, 447 cases of adverse events reported
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2,24,301 beneficiaries given Covid vaccine so far, 447 cases of adverse events reported

A health worker administering a Covid-19 vaccine shot at a hospital in New Delhi. | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: A total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine so far, out of which only 447 adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) were reported, the Union Health Ministry said on day two of the nationwide vaccination drive on Sunday. Addressing a press briefing, the ministry’s Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani said out of the 447 adverse events following immunisation, only three required hospitalisation. “Today being Sunday, only six states conducted vaccination drive and in 553 sessions a total of 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated,” he said....
Farmers from Ludhiana leave for Delhi to participate in tractor rally against new farm laws
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Farmers from Ludhiana leave for Delhi to participate in tractor rally against new farm laws

File photo of farmers on tractors moving towards Delhi in protest against the new farm laws | PTI Text Size: A- A+ Ludhiana: Punjab farmers have left from Ludhiana for Delhi to participate in a tractor parade on Republic Day as a mark of protest against the farm laws. “We are leaving for Delhi with our tractors and will continue to do so till January 24. Around 11 thousand tractors will be making a move to Delhi from Ludhiana itself. In total, one lakh tractors will participate in the Republic Day tractor parade from Ludhiana, Amritsar, Faridkot, and Bhatinda districts,” said a farmer. Protesting farmers and their leaders have said that they will take out a massive tractor rally in Delhi on January 26 in prot...
Like Joe Biden, PM Modi should’ve taken Covid vaccine on first day, says Congress leader
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Like Joe Biden, PM Modi should’ve taken Covid vaccine on first day, says Congress leader

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PTI Text Size: A- A+ Lucknow: Senior Congress leader and former UP legislator Pradeep Mathur on Sunday said it would have been better had Prime Minister Narendra Modi taken the coronavirus vaccine shot on the first day of the inoculation drive, thereby injecting confidence among people. “It would have been better had Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented an example like that of Joe Biden, the president-elect of the US, by getting himself vaccinated. By taking the Covid-19 vaccine shot, he would have injected confidence among people of the country. People are still feeling hesitant in getting themselves vaccinated,” Mathur said here on Sunday. Sharpening his attack...
Trinamool leaders in Bengal got Covid vaccines meant for healthcare workers, BJP alleges
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Trinamool leaders in Bengal got Covid vaccines meant for healthcare workers, BJP alleges

Representational image of the Covid vaccine dry run | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ Kolkata: The BJP on Sunday alleged that several TMC leaders in West Bengal were administered COVID-19 vaccines meant for healthcare personnel and frontline workers, resulting in a shortfall of doses in the state. Several TMC leaders, including two MLAs, were among the people who received the COVID-19 vaccine in Purba Bardhaman district on Saturday, the opening day of the nationwide vaccination programme. Many healthcare workers in the state had alleged that they could not get the jab though they were asked to come for it. “The vaccines sent by the central government are for healthcare staffers, police personnel an...
Boris Johnson to host G7 summit in Cornwall in June, economic recovery on agenda
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Boris Johnson to host G7 summit in Cornwall in June, economic recovery on agenda

UK PM Boris Johnson | Photo: Will Oliver | EPA | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to host Group of Seven leaders at a three-day summit in Cornwall in mid-June as the wealthy nations look to chart a course for recovery from the global pandemic. Johnson will host the summit, the first in-person gathering for the G-7 leaders in almost two years, in southwest England June 11-13, the U.K. Cabinet Office said in an emailed statement. The U.K. takes over the rotating presidency of the group on Sunday, and will look to use its role to unite the democracies in a focus on economic recovery from a year largely lost to Covid-19. Australia, India and South Korea will be invited...
Mystery exit of Navdeep Bains, who Amarinder called ‘Khalistani’, from Trudeau cabinet
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Mystery exit of Navdeep Bains, who Amarinder called ‘Khalistani’, from Trudeau cabinet

File image of Canadian MP Navdeep Singh Bains with PM Justin Trudeau | Twitter | @NavdeepSBains Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Justin Trudeau administration in Canada has effected a small cabinet reshuffle following the resignation of Navdeep Bains, a young Sikh leader, as Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry earlier this month. He had held the portfolio since 2015, when Trudeau first came to office. Bains, 43, is an MP in the Canadian House of Commons who has won five of the six general elections he has contested since 2004. He was born in Canada to Sikh immigrant parents from India.  Bains courted headlines in India a few years ago when Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh accused him and ...
Farmers prepared to protest till May 2024, says BKU leader Rakesh Tikait
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Farmers prepared to protest till May 2024, says BKU leader Rakesh Tikait

Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait addressing the media about farmer agitation against the farm laws, in Nagpur Sunday | ANI Text Size: A- A+ Nagpur: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said farmers are prepared to protest against the Centre’s new farm laws “till May 2024”, and termed the ongoing agitation by peasants at Delhi borders as an “ideological revolution”. Addressing a press conference in Nagpur, Tikait said they want a legal guarantee on Minimum Support Price (MSP). Farmers have been protesting near Delhi since November 26, 2020, demanding scrapping of the three new farm laws, which have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that...
SC-appointed expert panel on farm laws to meet on 19 January for the first time
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SC-appointed expert panel on farm laws to meet on 19 January for the first time

People protesting against the farm laws at Singhu border in New Delhi on 15 January | PTI Photo Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed committee on the three new farm laws is scheduled to hold its first meeting on January 19 at Pusa campus here, one of its members Anil Ghanwat said on Sunday. The Supreme Court had on January 11 stayed the implementation of the three laws, against which farmers are protesting at Delhi borders for over 50 days now, till further orders and appointed a four-member panel to resolve the impasse. Bhartiya Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann, however, recused from the committee last week. Apart from Ghanwat, agri-economists Ashok Gulati and Pramod Kumar Joshi ...
53% of health workers registered got Covid vaccine in Delhi on day 1, says Satyendar Jain
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53% of health workers registered got Covid vaccine in Delhi on day 1, says Satyendar Jain

A health worker administering a Covid-19 vaccine shot | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday said some people did not turn up for coronavirus vaccination at the last moment, adding that the government cannot ask anyone to compulsorily take the jab. He also said that the number of vaccination centres in Delhi will be increased from 81 to 175 soon. In Delhi, a total of 4,319 healthcare workers – 53.3 per cent of those registered – got the vaccine shots on the first day of the COVID-19 vaccination drive on Saturday, the minister said. Jain noted that a similar trend was observed across the country, adding that around 50 per cent of those registered...
Japan virus surge weighs down Suga, could put his PM stint in jeopardy
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Japan virus surge weighs down Suga, could put his PM stint in jeopardy

File photo of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga | Charly Triballeau | AFP via Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ Tokyo: A surge in coronavirus cases in Japan has dealt a blow to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s once strong public support, raising the risk he gets replaced by the ruling party ahead of an election that must be held by October. Suga enjoyed some of the highest approval ratings on record for a new prime minister in September, when the ruling Liberal Democratic Party installed him as its leader. But with poll numbers falling as sharply as coronavirus cases are rising, questions are emerging as to whether he might join the long list of Japanese premiers forced out after short stints. “It’s likely they ...
Johnson invites Modi to G7 summit in UK in June, says he will visit India before that
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Johnson invites Modi to G7 summit in UK in June, says he will visit India before that

File photo Britain PM Boris Johnson with PM Narendra Modi | ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for the G7 summit as he confirmed details on Sunday for the high-level meeting to be presided over by Britain in the coastal region of Cornwall between June 11 and 13. Johnson had extended an invitation to Modi during a phone call last year when India was chosen alongside South Korea and Australia as guest countries of the multilateral summit. The invitation was made formal on Sunday. Johnson also reiterated his plan to visit India ahead of the G7 summit, after a scheduled visit for Republic Day this month was called off due to the corona...
Will address farmers’ apprehensions — Centre sends new proposal as farm laws impasse continues
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Will address farmers’ apprehensions — Centre sends new proposal as farm laws impasse continues

Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait and farmer representatives during the 8th round of talks with the government over the new farm laws, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, on 8 January 2021 | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The government has sent a proposal to protesting farmer unions in which it has agreed to address their apprehensions regarding mandis, and traders’ registration among other things, said Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday. “We had sent a proposal to farmer unions in which we agreed to address their apprehensions regarding mandis and traders’ registration among other things. The government has also agreed to discuss laws on stubble burning and electricity but ...