Country deeply saddened by Tricolor’s dishonor on Republic Day: PM Modi
Breaking the silence on vandalism at the Red Fort on Republic Day by a group of farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday: “The country was saddened when he sees the national flag he is insulted ”.
- On his first radio show, Man Ki Baat, in 2021, Modi also said that his government was “determined to modernize agriculture and that the government’s efforts will continue in this direction in the future as well.”
- The Prime Minister also spoke about the country’s fight against COVID-19 and how the Made in India vaccine not only made India self-sufficient (Atma Nirbhar), but also became a moment of pride (Atma Gaurav).
- In recounting the events of January this year, including India’s remarkable return to Australia’s four test rounds, Modi referred to the violence of Republic Day.
- Also, referring to the ongoing vaccination exercise in India, Mr Modi said that it was not only the largest vaccination campaign in the world, but also the fastest pace.
- As India vaccinated more than 30 lakhs of frontline crown warriors in 15 days, he said, the United States took 18 days and the United Kingdom took 36 days to reach that number.
- The Prime Minister highlighted that India’s decision to send vaccines to various countries had generated global recognition and demonstrated its capacity and autonomy in the field of medicines.
The WHO team tasked with investigating the origins of COVID-19 visits Wuhan
A team from the World Health Organization examining the origins of the coronavirus pandemic visited the food market in China on Sunday the Chinese city of Wuhan, which was related to many early infections.
- Team members visited the Huanan Seafood Market for about an hour in the afternoon, which was the site of a virus outbreak in December 2019.
- Scientists initially suspected that the virus came from wild animals sold in the market. Since then, the market has been largely shut out, but it could provide clues as to how the virus has become so widespread.
- “Visits to very important sites today – a wholesale market first and the Huanan seafood market first,” said Peter Daszak, a zoologist with the US EcoHealth Alliance group and a member of the WHO team, in a tweet.
- “Very informative and essential for our joint teams to understand the epidemiology of COVID as it began to spread in late 2019.”
- Earlier today, team members were also seen gathering strolling through sections of the Baishazhou market, one of the largest wet markets in Wuhan – surrounded by a large entourage of Chinese officials and representatives.
- The market was Wuhan’s food distribution center during the city’s 76-day shutdown last year. The mission has become politically charged, as China seeks to avoid blame for alleged missteps in its initial response to the outbreak.
- A single visit by scientists is unlikely to confirm the origin of the virus. Identifying the animal for a reservoir outbreak is often a comprehensive effort that requires years of research, including the collection of animal samples, genetic analysis, and epidemiological studies.
V.K. Sasikala released from hospital
AIADMK expelled leader, V.K. Sasikala, who was recently released from prison, was discharged from Victoria Hospital, where he entered for COVID-19 treatment at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Wearing a mask and gloves, she was expelled from the hospital in a high security context. He is currently at Prestige Golfshire Club, where he will stay for a week and follow COVID-19 protocols, sources said. His followers and his sympathizers had gathered in great numbers near the hospital awaiting his discharge.
FIR against journalist Siddharth Varadrajan for tweeting about the death of a farmer Rampur police have filed an FIR against Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of The Wire, for posting a “provocative” tweet about the death of a Rampur farmer during the tractor rally in Delhi on Republic Day.
- Recorded under Sections 153 B (indictments, allegations prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (2) (incitement to violence from any class or community), the FIR said Mr. Varadarajan tweeted about ‘an article on The Wire in the newspaper that grandfather deceased farmer Navreet Singh allegedly alleged that one of the panel doctors who performed the autopsy told him, on condition of anonymity, that his grandfather- son had died from a gunshot wound but his hands were tied.
- The FIR said the report was deliberately presented in a way that created a false impression about the farmer’s death and created tensions in the area.
- He added that the autopsy report had been submitted under seal to the chief superintendent of police and the investigator. He alleged that the tweet attempted to defame the image of doctors, provoke the general public and disrupt the situation of law and order, which is a serious crime under section 505 of the CIB.
Gandhi’s Organizations Call for Peaceful Farmers Protests
A group of Gandhi’s organizations called on the farmers’ movement to continue their protests against Central Farm laws in a peaceful manner. In a statement released on January 30, the Gandhi Peace Foundation, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Sarva Seva Sangh and Rashtriya Yuva Santhan said that the peasant movement over the months had shown restraint and peace. The group said the country was going through a “very delicate stage” and that the government and society must respect the limits of the Constitution and democracy. They said the peasant movement was seeking justice.
Covid Watch: The number of coronavirus cases reported in India is 1.07,57,131 at the time of publication of this bulletin with a toll of 1.54,419.
Rajya Sabha’s budget session has been postponed and will end two days earlier than scheduled. The decision in this regard was taken during a meeting of the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, with the leaders of all parties in the upper house. The first part of the budget session was due to end on February 15. But now it will end on February 13.