India Likely to Have No Chief Guest at R-Day Parade as Boris Johnson Cancels Visit Over Virus Situation in the UK
In a rare exception, India may not have any chief guest at Republic Day celebrations on January 26 after British PM Boris Johnson cancelled his scheduled visit citing the need to oversee the pandemic response at home. The UK prime minister’s office stated that Johnson spoke to Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and conveyed that “it was important for him to remain in the UK so that he can focus on the domestic response to the virus”.
India will likely see the first shots against Covid-19 administered outside clinical trials by January 14. Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the ministry is prepared to roll out the vaccine within 10 days from date of emergency use authorisation but added that the final decision lies with the government.
Centre’s Policies Towards J&K Short-Sighted, Driven by Petty Electoral Gain: Mehbooba Mufti
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti says the PAGD verdict in the DDC polls should serve as an eye-opener for Centre to see which way the wind is blowing. Mufti says in a democratic setup, any decision taken has to be accepted by the people most affected by it and their rights taken away forcibly and illegally have to be reversed.
Modi ‘Achieved’ Prime Ministership, Manmohan Singh Was Offered: Pranab Mukherjee in Memoir
Pranab Mukherjee said that during his tenure as the President of India, he had the opportunity to work with two PMs, Dr Manmohan Singh from July 2012 to May 2014 and Narendra Modi from May 2014 till his retirement in July 2017. While making a comparison of the two PMs in his autobiography which was released on Tuesday, he said Narendra Modi achieved prime ministership, while Manmohan Singh was offered the same.
Union Budget to be Presented on Feb 1, Parliament to Hold Budget Session from Jan 29 to Feb 15
Parliament will hold the first part of the Budget Session from January 29 to February 15, during which the Union Budget 2021 will be presented on February 1. The second part of the Budget Session will begin March 8. The Economic Survey will be tabled on January 29. Both Houses of Parliament will function for four hours each day during the session, sources told News18.
Indian Economy May Contract by 9.6% in 2020-21, Severe Income Losses in Informal Sector: World Bank
India’s economy is estimated to contract by 9.6 per cent in the fiscal year 2020-21, reflecting a sharp drop in household spending and private investment, and the growth is expected to recover to 5.4 per cent in 2021, the World Bank said on Tuesday.
‘Why No Dalit Actors?’: Richa Chadha’s ‘Madam Chief Minister’ Faces Backlash for ‘Caste Appropriation’
Actor Richa Chadha has come under intense backlash on social media after the poster of her upcoming film Madam Chief Minister was released on Monday. The political drama starring Richa Chadha is all set to have a theatrical release on January 22. The film has been accused of caste appropriation and not having an actor from the Dalit community to play the lead role.