- Corona has caused severe problems in many countries around the world. In Japan, 10,000 people have died in a single month. This is a new record for corona deaths in Japan. The number of deaths caused by corona has been increasing in the country since November 2022. In December, there were over 7,600 deaths. In India, 93 new cases of corona were reported on Saturday. According to Health Ministry data, the country currently has 1,842 active cases. More than 5.3 lakh people have died in the country since the outbreak began. Furthermore, the virus has infected over 40 million people.
- Incovacc, the first intranasal COVID-19 vaccine of its kind, was launched in the country on Republic Day. This vaccine was launched by Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya and Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh. Bharat Biotech, an indigenous vaccine manufacturer, created it. Dr. Krishna Ella, Chairman and MD of Bharat Biotech, stated at the launch of the iNCOVACC vaccine that it is simple to administer and does not require the use of a syringe or needle.
- The Aero India Show-2023 will be held in Bengaluru from February 13 to 17. This was announced by the Ministry of Defence. During his speech to the ambassadors of various countries, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated that India does not believe in discriminatory relations. ‘Make in India’ does not apply only to India. According to the ministry, this is Aero India’s 14th show. It will be attended by a large number of representatives and participants from friendly countries. In the air show, global defence companies display their defence equipment. This also involves Indian defence companies. The show highlights the changes and developments occurring in the aerospace industry. The event will take place at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru.
- Disagreements across the country over a BBC documentary about the Gujarat riots are not abating. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged citizens to be vigilant. He claimed that efforts are being made to sow discord among the people of the country. It is necessary to be aware of this. Such efforts, he claims, will be futile. The Prime Minister’s statement came in the midst of a debate over a BBC documentary about the Gujarat post-Godhra riots in 2002. The country’s central government has outlawed it. However, student organisations at several educational institutions have raised concerns about the documentary’s screening, sparking controversy.
- Gautam Adani, India’s richest businessman, has seen his fortune plummet in the last two days. He has also dropped out of the top five richest people in the world. He has dropped from fourth to seventh place on Forbes’ list of Realtime Billionaires. His fortune has now dropped by $ 22.6 billion to $ 96.6 billion. Adani’s assets have declined since the publication of the Hindenburg Research report. The Hindenburg report had a negative impact on Adani Group’s stock. According to Forbes’ Realtime Index, Group Chairman Gautam Adani has dropped from fourth to seventh place on the list of the world’s wealthiest people. Aside from that, Adani Total Gas shares dropped by up to 20%. In the lower circuit, Adani Power shares fell 5%, Adani Wilmar shares fell 5%, and NDTV shares fell 4.99%.
- South Africa has agreed to donate over 100 cheetahs to India as part of an ambitious plan to reintroduce cheetahs to the South Asian country. Following the arrival of eight cheetahs from Namibia in September of last year, the Environment Ministry announced that another batch of 12 cheetahs will be sent to India next month. According to the ministry, there is a plan to send 12 cheetahs every year for the next eight to ten years.
- Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi joined the country as a chief guest in commemorating the 74th R-Day, and the Egyptian contingent made its debut at Kartavya Path. The public was ecstatic to witness a foreign contingent. The Republic Day parade featured a combined band and marching contingent from Egypt, which made its debut in India on Thursday. The parade began with a march of the Egyptian armed forces, which was met with thunderous applause from the crowd.
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- The Padma Awards were announced by the Central Government. There are three types of Padma Awards. Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri are all Padma awards. This year, the names of 106 Padma awardees have been announced. There are six Padma Vibhushans, nine Padma Bhushans, and 91 Padma Shri. Posthumous awards will be given to two and seven people from the category of Foreigner/NRI/PIO/OCI on the list. The list includes the names of many stalwarts, including SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav.
- RRR, directed by SS Rajamouli, has been nominated for an Academy Award. The film’s song Natu-Natu has officially entered the Oscar race in the Best Original Song category. The film officially entered the Academy Awards race after winning the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards. Natu-Natu had previously won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. In the same category, the song also received the Critics’ Choice Award.
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- The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports asked Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh to step down for four weeks, following allegations of sexual exploitation and intimidation by the country’s top wrestlers. On Wednesday, the country’s top wrestlers, including but not limited to Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Bajrang Punia, three-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat, and Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, protested at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, calling for Singh to be removed from his position as president of the Wrestling Federation of India immediately.