THE HEADLINES,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate 306 Kilometer New Rewari – New Madar Section of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor this morning.

India and France to hold their annual Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi today.

Centre decides to form a committee headed by Minister of State for Home, G Kishan Reddy to protect language, culture and land of Ladakh.

Standing Committee of National Board of Wildlife approves advisory for Human-Wildlife Conflict management.

India calls for introspection within UN Security Council over lack of representation to African countries.

Curfew imposed in Washington DC after US President Donald Trump supporters storm Capitol Building.

Rain stops play at third Test Cricket between India and Australia in Sydney.

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As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps —

Wear a face mask.

Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

Focus on hand and face hygiene.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation the 306 Kilometer New Rewari – New Madar Section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor today.

He will also flag off the world’s first Double Stack Long Haul 1.5 Kilometer long Container Train hauled by electric traction from New Ateli – New Kishangarh during the event.

Governors and Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Haryana along with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will also be present on the occasion.

The New Rewari – New Madar section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor is situated in Haryana and Rajasthan. It consists of nine newly built dedicated freight corridor stations which includes three junction stations in New Rewari, New Ateli and New Phulera.

The opening of this stretch will benefit various industries in Rewari – Manesar, Narnaul, Phulera and Kishangarh areas of Rajasthan and Haryana and will also enable better usage of the container depot of CONCOR at Kathuwas. This section will also ensure seamless connectivity with the western ports of Kandla, Pipavav, Mundhra, and Dahej situated in Gujarat.

With the inauguration of this section, seamless connectivity between the Western and Eastern dedicated freight corridors will be achieved.

The Prime Minister had on 29th of last month dedicated to the nation, the 351-kilometer New Bhaupur- New Khurja section of the Eastern freight corridor.

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India and France will hold their annual Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi today. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will lead the Indian delegation while the French delegation will be led by Emmanuel Bonne, Diplomatic Advisor to the French President.

In a statement, External Affairs Ministry said, the two sides will hold discussions on wide-ranging bilateral and global issues. Mr Bonne will also call on other Indian dignitaries. The last edition of the Strategic Dialogue was held in February last year in Paris.

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The Centre has decided to form a committee to protect the language, culture and land of Ladakh and ensuring citizen’s participation in the Union Territory’s development. The Committee will be headed by the Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy and will include elected representatives from Ladakh, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, central government, and the Ladakh administration. The decision to form the Committee came yesterday after Union Home Minister Amit Shah met a 10-member delegation from Ladakh who expressed their views about the need to protect Ladakh’s unique cultural identity. The delegation also spoke about the geographic location and strategic importance of Ladakh, its demographic changes and the need for generating more employment opportunities in the UT.

While speaking to the delegation, Home Minister Amit Shah reiterated the union government’s commitment to preserving Ladakh, saying that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, Ladakh’s land and culture will be protected, and developed.

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Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale has said that the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has allocated 69,000 crore rupees for the Post Matric scholarship of Scheduled Castes students for the next five years. Addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad, he said that 1 crore 30 lakh Scheduled Castes students will be enrolled for higher education and skill training under this scheme in the next five years.

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Justice Hima Kohli will be sworn in as the Chief Justice of Telangana high Court this morning. Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan will be administering the oath of office at a ceremonial programme to be held on the lawns of the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad. Justice Hima Kohli has served as a judge of Delhi High Court and become the first woman Chief Justice of Telangana High Court.

The present Chief Justice of Telangana high Court RS Chauhan has been appointed as Chief Justice of Jharkhand high court.

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The Centre has deployed multi-disciplinary teams to Avian Influenza affected Alappuzha and Kottayam districts in Kerala, and Panchkula District in Haryana. The two multi-disciplinary teams comprise of experts from National Center for Disease Control, National Institute of Virology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, RML Hospital, New Delhi and Lady Hardinge Medical College.

A high level team comprising Director, NCDC and Joint Secretary and COVID-19 nodal officer, Ministry of Food Processing Industries has been deployed to Kerala to oversee the implementation of Avian Influenza containment operations and guide State Health Departments in mounting appropriate public health interventions for the same. In addition, this high level team will also review the COVID-19 situation in the State.

The Ministry said, it is keeping a strict watch over the evolving scenario. A Control Room has been set up in New Delhi to keep watch on the situation and to take stock on a daily basis of preventive and control measures undertaken by State authorities regarding the flu.

Speaking exclusively to All India Radio, Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry said that there is no evidence to suggest that consumption of poultry or eggs, fit for human consumption could transmit the Bird Flu Virus.

“ये जो बीमारी है इससे ना तो अंडा खाने में, ना मुर्गी का मास खाने में कोई रोकटोक हैं क्‍यों‍कि दोनों चीज़ कोई कच्‍चा नहीं खाता है और इसमें इसके द्वारा इन्‍फैकशन नहीं फैलता है। तो हम लोग हर स्‍टेट को यह बताया है कि और हर स्‍टेट को यह भी रिक्‍वेस्‍ट किया है कि आप यह अपने माध्‍यमों के द्वारा इसकी पब्लिसिटी करें कि यह बर्ड फ्लू के कारण जो लोग हैं वो अंडा या मास खाने के उपर में कोई रोक नहीं है अगर वो लोग खाना चाहते हैं तो।”

Mr Chaturvedi also said that the Avian Influenza infection in humans has not been reported in India as yet though the disease is zoonotic. There is no direct evidence that viruses can be transmitted to humans via the consumption of contaminated poultry, products.