Morning digest: India has utilised the pandemic period for introducing reforms, says PM Modi; NIA gathering details on UAE oil tanker blasts, and more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers 'State of the World' special address at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on January 17, 2022.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers 'State of the World' special address at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on January 17, 2022.

Davos summit | India helping the world deal with pandemic: PM Modi

India has given the world a bouquet of democracy and multiculturalism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his Special Address to the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda.

NIA gathering details on UAE oil tanker blasts

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is gathering details on the explosion involving three petroleum tankers in Abu Dhabi on Monday in which at least three persons, including two Indian nationals, were killed.

COVID-19 | Supreme Court flags impact of third wave on children

The Supreme Court on Monday expressed a deep sense of anxiety on whether the third wave of the pandemic will put more children, orphaned or abandoned, on the streets. A Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and B.V. Nagarathna reminded the country’s bureaucracy that fighting COVID also means fighting to keep children off the streets.

Jorhat lynching case: Charge sheet filed against 14 persons

Charge sheet against 14 accused in the  lynching of an AASU leader  on November 29, 2021 in Jorhat was filed in a local court on Monday, January 17, 2022, a police official said.

COVID-19 | Daily case spike continues despite holding fewer tests

India recorded 2,32,760 COVID-19 cases on Monday, a 40% increase compared to a week ago. The number of infections has reached 3.74 crore, and the active cases have crossed the 17-lakh mark.

FCRA registration of Congress-linked NGOs renewed

More than a year after it announced on Twitter that an inter-ministerial committee has been constituted to probe violation of various legal provisions by NGOs associated with Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) recently renewed the FCRA registration of two of them.

Parties vie to take credit for Punjab poll deferment

With the  Punjab Assembly polls postponed to February 20  in view of the Ravi Das Jayanti celebrations, the growing significance of politics surrounding ‘Dalits’ in Punjab, which has close to 32% population of the Scheduled Caste (SC) community - has yet again come to the fore.

Molnupiravir kept out of revised clinical guidelines for management of adult COVID-19 patients

The Central government hasn’t included antiviral drug Molnupiravir in its revised clinical guidance for management of adult COVID-19 patients, and specified that Remdesivir and Tocilizumab should be prescribed under certain conditions only.

Six boys drown in River Amaravathi at Dharapuram

In a tragic incident, six boys, including five school students, drowned while bathing in River Amaravathi at Dharapuram in Tiruppur district on Monday. According to the police, the victims M. Amirtha Krishnan, 18, R. Sridhar, 17, R. Ranjith, 20, T. Yuvan, 19, T. Mohan, 17, and M. Chakkaravarman, 18, hailing from Annamalai Garden locality in Iduvai near Tiruppur, were part of a group on pilgrimage to the Muniyappan temple in Mambarai near Oddanchatram in Dindigul district.

U.P. Assembly polls | Akhilesh dismisses speculation about sister-in-law joining BJP

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Monday dismissed speculation about his sister-in-law Aparna Yadav joining the BJP ahead of the Assembly elections. Taunting the BJP, he said, “The BJP is more concerned about my family than me. Are you asking the question after being inspired by the BJP?” He was speaking to reporters at the party headquarters in Lucknow.

Vaccination for 12-14 age group likely from March: NTAGI chief

India may begin inoculating children in the 12-14 age group against COVID-19 in March as the 15-17 population is likely to get fully vaccinated by then, N.K. Arora, Chairman of the COVID-19 working group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), said on Monday.

Xi Jinping rejects ‘Cold War mentality’

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Monday for greater world cooperation against COVID-19 and pledged to send an additional 1 billion doses of vaccine to other countries, while urging other powers to discard a “Cold-War mentality” at a time of rising geopolitical tensions — a veiled swipe at the U.S.

Australian Open | Nadal, Barty and Osaka sail through on day 1; Kenin knocked out

Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty made terrific starts to their Australian Open title campaigns on Monday as the Grand Slam moved on from the Novak Djokovic visa saga. Naomi Osaka launched the defence of her women’s crown with victory but Coco Gauff was an early big-name casualty, the American 17-year-old dumped out in straight sets by Wang Qiang, who is ranked outside the top 100.

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