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Top news of the day: PM Modi asks districts to set time-bound targets for Govt programmes; plea in Supreme Court seeks action against ‘irrational’ freebies from public funds, and more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with District Magistrates through video conference, in New Delhi on January 22, 2022. Photo: Twitter/@narendramodi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with District Magistrates through video conference, in New Delhi on January 22, 2022. Photo: Twitter/@narendramodi

PM Modi asks districts to set time-bound targets for Government programmes to increase ease of living

The interaction was aimed at taking direct feedback about the progress and status of implementation of various government schemes and programmes.

Plea in Supreme Court seeks action against political parties that promise 'irrational' freebies from public funds

The plea has referred to the promises being made by certain political parties in the ongoing Assembly poll process in some States.

Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite hymn ‘Abide with me’ dropped from Beating Retreat tunes

In 2020 too, the tune was initially dropped from the list of tunes but was subsequently restored in the final list after protests from a cross section of the public on social media. In addition, the national song Vande Mataram was played for the first time in 2020.

Republic Day parade to have 25 tableaux, 16 marching contingents, 17 military bands

The Army will be represented by a mounted column of cavalry, 14 mechanised columns, six marching contingents and a flypast by advanced light helicopters of its aviation wing at the Republic Day parade-2022 (RDP-2022).

Why have States raised questions about the Centre’s proposed changes on civil servants deputation?

In its January 12 letter, DoPT said in spite of existing provisions, States are not sponsoring adequate numbers of officers for Central deputation and the available officers are not sufficient to meet requirements.

6 dead, 15 injured in major fire in Mumbai high-rise

The blaze erupted around 7 a.m. in Kamla building located opposite Gandhi Hospital at Gowalia Tank, an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.

Indian-origin scientist among UBC researchers unveil world’s first molecular-level analysis of Omicron

Dr. Sriram Subramaniam, professor in University of British Columbia’s faculty of medicine’s department of biochemistry and molecular biology, said that Omicron has greater binding affinity than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, with levels more comparable to what seen with the Delta variant.

Unsigned Trump order told Pentagon to seize voting machines, says report

The explosive document, released by the National Archives and obtained by Politico , highlights the extreme measures Mr. Trump may have been willing to take to cling to power against the will of voters who picked Joe Biden to be their next president.

Data | Why are petrol prices steady

Due to upcoming State elections, the retail prices are delinked temporarily from crude prices and continue to remain at a relatively lower rate. However, once the polls are over, the retail prices may go up again.

5G coverage inside buildings to be a challenge as signals get transmitted on high frequencies: TRAI

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman P.D. Vaghela during a virtual event organised by Digital Infrastructure Providers Association (DIPA) said that it will be difficult to get 5G coverage inside the building as signals will be transmitted on high frequencies which cover very small distances.

Australian Open 2022 | Daniil Medvedev wins over crowd in win over Dutch opponent

Medvedev, who lost last year’s Australian Open final to Djokovic but avenged that with a victory over the Serb for the U.S. Open title, reached the fourth round for the fourth straight year at Melbourne Park with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win over Botic van de Zandschulp.


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