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Top news of the day: Centre asks States to ramp-up COVID-19 testing, health infrastructure; Supreme Court issues notices to Centre, EC on ‘irrational freebies’, and more

A security officer uses a megaphone as passengers wait on a queue to test for the COVID-19 at Kalupur Railway Station in Ahmedabad on January 25, 2022.

A security officer uses a megaphone as passengers wait on a queue to test for the COVID-19 at Kalupur Railway Station in Ahmedabad on January 25, 2022.

Ramp-up testing for COVID-19, health infrastructure, Health Minister tells States

Mansukh Mandaviya also asked them to ensure effective monitoring of the substantial number of active cases across the country recuperating from COVID-19 in home isolation while stating that it is important to focus on expanding the reach of tele-consultation services for providing timely, quality healthcare to the beneficiaries.

Current COVID-19 vaccines may protect from severe disease caused by Omicron: Study

Without enough neutralising antibodies, Omicron is more likely to cause a breakthrough infection, the researchers said.

Supreme Court seeks responses from Centre, Election Commission on ‘irrational freebies’

“The ‘tamasha’ has been going on for decades. Promises always remain as promises. Most of them, except freebies, are not implemented,” the petition said and contended that the offer of these freebies amounted to bribery and undue influence.

Supreme Court declines interim relief in plea to extend validity of expired FCRA licences of NGOs

Court to first pronounce judgment in case on validity of amendments made to FCRA in 2020.

PM Modi calls for higher polling, discussion on ‘one nation, one election’

In an interaction with BJP workers from across the country, Mr. Modi also raised the issues of “one nation, one election” and “one nation, one voters’ list”, saying that continuous cycle of elections result in politics being seen in everything while development works suffer.

Congress leader R.P.N. Singh joins BJP

Mr. Singh says better late than never; Congress terms move “cowardice”.

West Bengal BJP suspends senior leaders, actors quit party

The State unit suspended Joy Prakash Majumdar and Ritesh Tiwari for the time being till disciplinary proceedings against the leaders are not complete.

Four injured in Srinagar grenade explosion

Officials said that a grenade was tossed towards a parked police vehicle at the commercial hub in the afternoon by the militants.

Pakistan raises $1 billion through Islamic bond at record interest to keep forex reserves afloat

Pakistan has issued the 7-year tenor asset-backed Sukuk bond to raise $1 billion at an interest rate of 7.95%

Russia adds Putin critic Navalny to list of ‘terrorists and extremists’

News agencies reported separately that the federal prison service had demanded that Navalny’s brother Oleg be given a real jail term in place of a one-year suspended sentence handed to him last year.

Sensex snaps 5-day rout, rebounds 367 points

The BSE gauge ended 366.64 points or 0.64% higher at 57,858.15. Similarly, the NSE Nifty rose 128.85 points or 0.75% to close at 17,277.95.

Australian Open 2022 | Top seed Ashleigh Barty crushes Pegula to enter semifinals

Ash Barty will face unseeded Madison Keys for a place in the final on January 29.


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