Ahead of farmers' tractor parade in Delhi on Republic Day, Punjab farmer leaders on Monday said they have deployed volunteers to keep a vigil on rumour-mongers and have also asked protesters not to believe any rumour which could potentially disturb the peaceful march.
Colonel Santosh Babu, who was among the 20 soldiers that died in the line of duty in a brutal hand-to-hand combat with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley last year, has been awarded with the second highest wartime gallantry award, the Maha Vir Chakra, for showing "conspicuous bravery in face of enemy, exemplary leadership and astute professionalism."
The Union Home Ministry on the eve of Republic Day announced the recipients for Padma awards. Padma Awards - one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and music legend SP Balasubrahmanyam have been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India, the government announced today. Celebrated singer SP Balasubrahmanyam was conferred the honour posthumously. He died in a Chennai hospital last year after almost two months of treatment.
Pfizer Inc will pursue its request for India to approve its COVID-19 vaccine if the government commits to buying shots, the US drugmaker told Reuters on Monday, even as global supplies tighten.
Delhi is moving towards herd immunity from coronavirus, with 50 to 60 per cent of people in one district having developed antibodies to the virus, the latest round of sero-survey has found, sources said. Herd immunity is what the authorities are trying to achieve with the vaccination programme, in which a critical mass of immune people can stop the spread of the virus by breaking the chain of transmission.
President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation on the eve of the 72nd Republic Day. Conveying his heartfelt wishes, President Kovind paid homage to India's freedom fighters in his speech. He also spoke about the contribution of farmers and soldiers in the country and how the coronavirus crisis led to "Atma-nirbhar Bharat".
President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday asserted that while India remains committed to peace, its armed forces are "adequately mobilised" in a "well-coordinated" move to thwart any attempt to undermine national security as he referred to the "expansionist" move by China in Ladakh last year.
The Election Commission on Monday rolled out the electronic version of the voters' photo identity card which can be stored on mobile phones and downloaded on personal computers.
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Jyoti Kumari, the 16-year-old girl who carried her ailing father for 1,200 kilometres from Haryana to Bihar's Darbhanga on a cycle during the coronavirus lockdown last year, is among the thirty-two children to be awarded the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar.
President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the conferring of Jeevan Raksha Padak awards for meritorious acts of saving lives to 40 people, including a Kerala man who will be honoured with the Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak posthumously.
The ninth round of India-China talks - aimed at defusing tension along the LAC in eastern Ladakh and finding a solution to a nearly nine-month-long border stand-off - was "positive, practical and constructive"
The unprecedented farmers' rally to be held on Republic Day is drawing huge response and the police in several states, including Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, are scrambling to keep order. In Uttar Pradesh, farmers on way to Delhi broke through barricades at Baghpat. The Haryana Police said it would not stop anyone this time. The Delhi Police, which gave permission for the rally after much back and forth, today said anti-national elements are trying to take advantage of the rally. The rally will mark the completion of two months of protest against the Centre's contentious farm laws by farmers camped on the borders of Delhi. On Budget day, February 1, the farmers are planning a foot march to Parliament.
The Uttar Pradesh government's recently revised excise policy has created quit a flutter among its residents over the cap on volume of alcohol that can be stored at home, and the need for a licence to exceed this limit to prevent "action".