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Dense fog envelops Delhi-NCR: Visibility drops to zero, flight services hit

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Dense fog gripped Delhi-NCR with visibility dropping to zero at most places. The IMD said that minimum temperatures are likely to fall by 2-4 °C over parts of northwest India. Flight services from Delhi were hit due to heavy fog enveloping the city-state. Meanwhile, air quality remained in 'severe' category in several parts of Delhi-NCR. Air quality index (AQI) of the national capital on Saturday morning was 441. Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida and Noida also recorded 'severe' air quality. This happens mainly due to low wind speed not allowing dispersal of pollutants in the air. Dense fog at isolated pockets is likely over many north Indian states during the next three days. Cold wave conditions are also likely to prevail over the northern states during the next two days.

'I am with TMC': Satabdi Roy after meeting Abhishek Banerjee

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TMC MP from Birbhum Satabdi Roy said there was no question of her leaving the party. Roy's statement came after a two-hour meeting with TMC's youth wing president and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee. Abhishek reached out to Roy as she voiced dissent against the leadership ahead of the assembly polls. Actor-turned-politician, Roy is a leading face in Mamata Banerjee's cultural brigade. Speculations started on Thursday over a post on Facebook page of Satabdi Roy fan club. Roy had claimed that she was not being informed about party events in her constituency. The 3-time MP had said she would inform the public on Saturday if she takes any 'decision'.

'Beginning of the end of Covid-19': Harsh Vardhan on India's vaccination drive

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Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the vaccination drive is 'beginning of the end of covid-19'. He reviewed the preparedness ahead of the Covid-19 vaccination drive in India. "World's largest Covid vaccination program is starting. PM Modi will launch the vaccination drive at 10.30 am. He will wish for everybody’s better health. We are fully ready, vaccination will be carried out at 3,006 places. We can call this 'beginning of the end of Covid," Harsh Vardhan said. Vaccines doses have reached states and UTs, as per health ministry. In India, Covidshield and Covaxin have been approved for restricted use. Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech are delivering Covishield and Covaxin respectively. Five more vaccines are in the process of getting approval in India. Health ministry assured that vaccines are safe for use. Harsh Vardhan had earlier busted myths regarding vaccination.

‘Won’t meet SC committee’: Farmers after talks; Centre ready to meet members

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Farmer union leader Rakesh Tikait, after meeting with Centre on Friday, said that they will only hold discussion on the government and will not meet the committee formed by the Supreme Court. The government on Friday asked protesting farmers to form an informal group to prepare a concrete proposal about their objections and suggestions on the three farm laws for further discussion at their next meeting on January 19 to end the long-running protest at various Delhi borders, but unions stuck to their main demand of a complete repeal of the three Acts. As nearly five hours of talks between 41 unions and three central ministers did not reach a decisive stage in the ninth round of talks at Vigyan Bhawan here, the two sides decided to meet again the next Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told farmer leaders at the meeting that the government has been flexible in its approach and urged the same from them. Watch the full video for more details.

कोरोना के खिलाफ जंग की शुरुआत, कितने तैयार हैं हम

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देश के लिए शनिवार का दिन अहम है,कोरोना से लड़ने के लिए दुनिया का सबसे बड़ा वैक्सीनेशन प्रोग्राम शुरू हो रहा है. देश भर के 3 करोड़ हेल्थ वर्कर्स को वैक्सीन की डोज़ दी जाएगी. इस अभियान के लिए देश के कोने-कोने में प्रशासन ने चाक चौबंद तैयारी की है. माना जा रहा है कि देश में आम चुनाव के स्तर की तैयारियां की गई है. कोरोना के खिलाफ़ इस जंग के सारे अपडेट्स देखिए एडिटरजी की प्लेलिस्ट में

‘TMC should join Congress to defeat BJP in West Bengal’: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

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The Congress proposed that the TMC should merge with it instead to put up a united fight against the BJP. The BJP, which has emerged as a potent force in the state, said the TMC's suggestion amounted to admission that it was not in a position to take on the saffron party on its own in the assembly polls in West Bengal due in April-May. "If the Left Front and the Congress are genuinely anti-BJP, they should rally behind Mamata Banerjee in her fight against the communal and divisive politics of the saffron party," senior TMC MP Sougata Roy said. Reacting to the TMC's proposal, state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury blamed the West Bengal's ruling party for the growth of the BJP in the state. "We are not interested in aligning with the TMC. Why is the TMC now interested in an alliance with us after poaching our MLAs over the last 10 years. If Mamata Banerjee is in keen on fighting the BJP, then she should join the Congress as it is the only pan-India platform to fight against communalism," he said. Watch the full video for more details.

किसानों के साथ नौवें दौर की बैठक बेनतीजा, अब 19 जनव

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तीन केंद्रीय मंत्रियों के साथ शुक्रवार को हुई नौवें दौर की बैठक में प्रदर्शनकारी किसान तीन नए विवादित कृषि कानूनों को निरस्त करने की अपनी मांग पर अड़े रहे जबकि सरकार ने किसान नेताओं से उनके रुख में लचीलापन दिखाने की अपील की एवं कानून में जरूरी संशोधन के संबंध अपनी इच्छा जताई। इस दौर की वार्ता के अंत में दोनों पक्षों ने तय किया कि अगली बैठक 19 जनवरी को होगी।

Tribhanga | No Rating Movie Review | Kajol | Tanvi Azmi | Mithila Palkar

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A story of a dysfunctional family of three generations of mothers and daughters, Tribhanga explores the complexities, emotions and dynamics of three generations of mothers and daughters. Directed by actor-director Renuka Shahahe and starring Tanvi Azmi, Kajol and Mithila Palkar in lead roles, the film pushes you to re-examine your relationship with your mothers. Contrary to the notion that moms know everything and they can never be wrong Tribhanga tells you that it is absolutely fine for a mother to make wrong choices and no child should ever judge them. But at the same time it also emphasizes on the need to have a better communication with your mother. The plot revolves around Kajol, plays a famous actor and Odissi dancer Anuradha Apte and she resents her mother Nayan, played by Tanvi for not giving her a childhood that one should get. Adding to the dynamics is Anu's daughter Masha played by Mithila whose bond with her mother has its own journey. Tribhanga is about how their life choices transform their relationship with each other and what happens when self-realizations happen. The film is now streaming of Netflix.

Aaj Ka Rashifal, 16 January 2021, जानें कैसा रहेगा आपका 16 जनवरी का दिन

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ग्रहों की स्थिति-मंगल मेष राशि में हैं। राहु वृषभ राशि में हैं। केतु वृश्चिक राशि में हैं। धनु राशि में शुक्र हैं। सूर्य, बुध, गुरु और शनि मकर राशि में हैं। चंद्रमा कुंभ राशि के हो चुके हैं।

बंगालः अधीर रंजन चौधरी का ममता को सुझाव-'कांग्रे

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पश्चिम बंगाल में तेजी से मजबूत हो रही भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) के रथ को रोकने के लिए हाल ही में तृणमूल कांग्रेस के वरिष्ठ नेता सौगत राय ने कांग्रेस और सीपीएम को टीएमसी के साथ मिलकर चुनाव लड़ने की अपील की था। उनके इस बयान पर कांग्रेस ने उन्हें अपनी पार्टी को मर्ज करने की नसीहत दे डाली। इस बीच लोकसभा में कांग्रेस संसदीय दल के नेता अधीररंजन चौधरी ने कहा है कि ममता बनर्जी समझ रही हैं कि बंगाल में BJP को रोकने के लिए उनके पास कोई चारा नहीं है। BJP के खिलाफ लड़ने के लिए ममता बनर्जी की नहीं बल्कि कांग्रेस की अगुवाई में आना आवश्यक है।

सड़क हादसे में घायल केंद्रीय मंत्री श्रीपद नाइक

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प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने शुक्रवार को केंद्रीय मंत्री श्रीपद नाइक से फोन पर बात की और उनकी सेहत की जानकारी ली। सड़क दुर्घटना में घायल हुए नाइक का गोवा मेडिकल कॉलेज एवं अस्पताल (जीएमसीएच) में इलाज चल रहा है। नाइक के कार्यालय ने बताया कि मोदी ने नाइक से फोन पर बात की। वहीं, उपराष्ट्रपति वेंकैया नायडू ने अस्पताल में केंद्रीय मंत्री नाइक से मुलाकात की।

WhatsApp Vs Signal: What you should do to keep your data safe

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There is outrage in the country over WhatsApp’s revised privacy policy. The messaging app also issued a clarification over the issue but has not been successful in putting a halt to concerns about users’ data & personal chats being shared with Facebook. Many users are now also shifting to apps like Signal & Telegram which are considered to be much safer in terms of data privacy. In Focus today, Hindustan Times’ Senior Editor Aditi Prasad speaks to Apar Gupta, Executive Director of Internet Freedom Foundation to decode the implications of Whatsapp’s policy change and what a user can do to ensure their personal data remains safe. Watch the full video for all the details.

‘BSP will give Covid vaccine for free in UP if it comes to power’: Mayawati

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BSP chief Mayawati, while welcoming the COVID-19 inoculation drive beginning Saturday, requested the Centre to provide the vaccine for free to the common man. She said if that does not happen, then the respective state governments should ensure that people get the vaccine for free. She said if her party comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, then it will ensure that everyone gets tot coronavirus vaccine for free. According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers, and around two crore frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities. Watch the full video for more details.

Watch: Nepal's Foreign Minister meets EAM Jaishankar in Delhi l Key details

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Nepalese counterpart Pradip Kumar Gyawali at the Hyderabad house in the capital. The two sides discussed all bilateral issues with focus on economy, trade, power, oil and gas, water resources, political and security issues, border management. Nepal also congratulated India on the remarkable success in the production of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines in India and requested for early provision of vaccines to Nepal. The two delegations included Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Foreign Secretary of Nepal, Bharat Raj Paudyal and other senior officials from both sides. Discussions were also held on expediting joint hydropower projects, including the proposed Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project, which have numerous benefits for the people of both countries. Watch the full video for all the details.

‘Farm laws meant to finish farmers’: Rahul, Priyanka join Congress’ protest

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday along with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, led the protest to show solidarity with the farmers' agitation against the farm laws by gheraoing the Raj Niwas in the capital. They also met Congress party Member of Parliaments who were protesting against the three farm laws at Jantar Mantar. Bhupinder Singh Mann, National President of Bharatiya Kisan Union recused himself from a four-member committee appointed by the Supreme Court on the farm laws. Speaking on the matter, Rahul Gandhi said, "Have you ever heard about the word Maya? Everything is Maya, media-created Maya and this myth will soon end. Just wait and watch what will happen the day this Maya will end." Congress Party held protests across the country demanding a repeal of the farm laws brought by the Central government, against which farmer organisations have been protesting at the various borders of Delhi for 50 days now. Watch the full video for more details.

मुरैना शराब कांड में तीन सदस्यीय कमेटी गठित, जुट

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जहरीली शराब मामले में पुलिस ने सात आरोपियों में दो को शुक्रवार को हिरासत में लिया। मध्य प्रदेश के मुरैना जिले में हुई इस घटना में अबतक 24 लोगों की मौत हो गई है। वरिष्ठ पुलिस अधिकारी ने बताया कि हिरासत में लिये गये दोनों आरोपियों की पहचान बृजकिशोर शर्मा और रामवीर राठौर के रूप में की गई है। वे दोनों कथित तौर पर अवैध शराब बेचने में संलिप्त थे। इन दोनों ने भी जहरीली शराब का सेवन किया था और वे फिलहाल अस्पताल में भर्ती हैं। इस घटना की जांच के लिए बृहस्पतिवार को गृह विभाग के अपर मुख्य सचिव राजेश राजौरा के नेतृत्व में तीन सदस्यीय टीम मानपुर और अन्य प्रभावित इलाकों में गई थी। समिति के अन्य सदस्यों में अतिरिक्त पुलिस महानिदेशक (सीआईडी) ए साईं मनोहर और उप महानिरीक्षक मिथिलेश शुक्ला शामिल हैं।

Bigg Boss 14 Day 103 Highlights: Rubina & Eijaz Fight Over Ration

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The captaincy task in last night's episode was canceled after housemates of Bigg Boss 14 broke all rules. While BB gave the contestants another chance to choose a captain, one housemate had to leave the house due to medical reasons. Here's everything that happened.

नरेंद्र मोदी हिन्दुस्तान को नहीं समझ रहे, वह सोच

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केंद्र के तीन नए कृषि कानूनों को बने गतिरोध को खत्म करने के लिए आज किसान संगठनों और सरकार के बीच नौवें दौर की वार्ता हो रही है। इस बीच, किसानों के साथ एकजुटता दिखाने और कृषि कानूनों के खिलाफ अपना विरोध जताने के लिए कांग्रेस भी सड़क पर उतर गई है। कांग्रेस नेता राहुल गांधी और प्रियंका गांधी ने 'किसान अधिकार' दिवस पर सैकड़ों कार्यकर्ताओं के साथ उपराज्यपाल अनिल बैजल के आवास का घेराव करने के लिए राज निवास की ओर बढ़ रहे हैं।

‘Around 400 terrorists waiting to infiltrate’: Army Chief slams Pakistan

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Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane lashed out at Pakistan over its continued support to terrorists. Speaking at the Army Day celebration, the Army Chief said that Indian forces have been giving a stern response to provocations at the border and added that around 300 to 400 terrorists are waiting across the border to infiltrate into India. He also added that forces have thwarted numerous infiltration attempts by terrorists into Kashmir. The Army Chief also added that there has been a 44% rise in ceasefire violations by Pakistan. Watch the full video for all the details.

FIR against director Prakash Jha for 'caste discrimination' in Ashram web series

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FIR lodged against director Prakash Jha for allegedly hurting SC-ST sentiments in Aashram. Rajasthan Police said the case has been registered at Luni police station in Jodhpur Rural. Jha, who has also produced the web series, allegedly promoted discrimination against SC-ST. Luni station house officer Sitaram Pawar said a probe into the allegations has begun. "The complaint against web series Aashram has been registered by DR Meghwa. Complainant said people of SC-ST communities have been insulted in the first episode. We have registered the case under relevant sections and further probe is underway," Pawar said. Earlier in December 2020, a Jodhpur court had issued a notice to Jha and actor Bobby Deol. The notice was issued in connection with another case filed against the web series. Aashram is a Hindi crime drama series which also stars Darshan Kumar, Anupriya Goenka.

Farmers’ protest: Bhupinder Mann explains why he quit SC appointed committee

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As farmers hold 9th round of talks with the government, protesting farmers held a shirtless protest at the Tikri border against the farm laws. Meanwhile, Bhupinder Mann, who quit the SC appointed panel to break the deadlock over farm laws, has said that since farmers have refused to talk to the committee, there is no point in being a part of it. He added that he stated his stand to the Chief Justice of India and recused himself from the panel. The Supreme Court had earlier stayed the implementation of the farm laws and also appointed a committee to listen to the grievances of the farmers. Farmer Unions, however, said that they would not attend any talks with the panel and insisted that their only demand is the complete withdrawal of the Centre’s farm laws. Watch the full video for all the details.

रूपेश सिंह मर्डर केस को लेकर पूछे गए सवाल पर भड़क

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इंडिगो स्टेशन मैनेजर रूपेश कुमार सिंह की हत्या को लेकर सीएम नीतीश ने शुक्रवार को कहा कि दोषियों को जल्द पकड़ा जाएगा। एक-एक चीज की जांच चल रही है। मुझे पुलिस पर पूरा भरोसा है। सीएम ने यह भी कहा कि बिहार अपराध के मामले में देश में 23वें नंबर पर है। जो अपराध करते हैं, उन्हें निश्चित रूप से पकड़ा जाता है। पत्रकारों ने बिहार में अपराध से जुड़े सीएम नीतीश से एक के बाद एक कई सवाल किए। इस पर सीएम ने कहा, आप जंगलराज को भूल गए क्या?

Army Day: Akshay Kumar flags off marathon, plays volleyball with soldiers

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Actor Akshay Kumar celebrated the Army Day with Indian Army soldiers. He took to Instagram and shared a video of him playing volleyball with jawans from the Army. The actor, who took out time to celebrate the day, also flagged off a marathon. The short clip showed Akshay jump and hit the ball amid a thick cloud of mist. Soon, the ball was deftly blocked by his opponent on the other side of the net. Akshay and the rest of the men were dressed in black t-shirts and track bottoms. A referee sat on a raised seat at the nets, while a number of bystanders watched. Akshay has been busy shooting for his upcoming film, Bachchan Pandey in Jaisalmer. Videos of the actor at various shooting locations have landed on the internet. While little is known about the storyline of the film, it is being directed by Farhad Samji. Film also stars Kriti Sanon, Prateik Babbar, Arshad Warsi, Pankaj Tripathi and others.

The author of Shantaram has a music album out

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Gregory David Roberts, best known for his bestselling novel Shantaram, has a music album out called Love & Faith. It draws from characters and themes in his novel, large parts of which were set in Mumbai, India, and traced his years as an escaped convict on the run. His music also draws on his spiritual journey in the years since, and what he calls "the constant experience of my life that, with love and faith, anything is possible". The album of 16 songs was written and composed by Roberts and features collaborations with Jamaican artists.

Meet the Indian with an unusual Guinness record

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Ramkumar Sarangpani, 41, a businessman based in the UAE, currently holds the record for Indian with the most Guinness world records. His specialty is "largest and longest", he says. Biggest visiting card, world's largest e-greeting card, tiniest deck of cards and most gigantic calendar... and those are just a few from a very long list. What does it take to set these records? What does it cost? How does he do it and why? Take a look.

Tintin's Bengali connection

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Tintin, the comic character created by Georges Remi (Hergé) in 1929 is an inextricable part of our childhood. The comics are popular around the world, and in India, they were translated first into Bengali in the 1970s by the noted writer Nirendranath Chakraborty for children’s magazine Anandmela. Sarnath Banerjee, author of graphic novels like Corridor, The Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers and The Harappa Files, among others, grew up in North Calcutta reading Tintin comics in Bengali. Now based in Germany, Sarnath speaks to HT about the enduring legacy of the intrepid reporter, and why he reads out the Bengali comics to his eight-year-old son.

Watch: Playful leopard strolls on road, surprises people in Himachal's Kullu

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Video of a leopard playing with people in Himachal Pradesh has gone viral. The unbelievable incident was witnessed on a road filled with people in Kullu district. The wild cat was seen gelling up with people on the Banjar-Kullu road in Tirthan valley. One of the persons was also seen petting the carefree and playful leopard. People present there were just glancing at the wild cat with both awe and fear.

एक-एक कर ममता से दूर हो रहे करीबी, अब बीरभूम सांसद

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पश्चिम बंगाल में आगामी विधानसभा चुनावों से पहले एक-एक कर ममता बनर्जी के सभी करीबी उनसे दूर होते दिख रहे हैं। पहले शुभेंदु रॉय और अब बीरभूम से टीएमसी सांसद अभिनेत्री शताब्दी रॉय। शताब्दी रॉय ने एक सोशल मीडिया पोस्ट के जरिए पार्टी में खुद को नीचा दिखाए जाने को लेकर दुख जाहिर किया है। शताब्दी रॉय फैन क्लब नाम के फेसबुक अकाउंट से शेयर किए इस पोस्ट में ऐक्ट्रेस ने यह भी घोषणा की है कि वह 16 जनवरी दोपहर 2 बजे अपने राजनीतिक करियर को लेकर किया गया फैसला सभी को बताएंगी।

Farmers to hold 'Kisan parade' on Republic Day, BKU says 'will be historic'

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Bharatiya Kisan Union said that protesting farmers will take out procession on Republic Day. Following the procession from Red Fort to India Gate, farmers will hoist the national flag. "Jawans will march from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate. Farmers will take out a procession from Red Fort to India Gate. There will be a historic parade on Republic Day this year. Jawans and farmers will meet at India Gate's Amar Jawan Jyoti," BKU Spokesperson, Rakesh Tikait said. Tikait's remarks came after SC stayed the implementation of the Centre's three farm laws. Tikait had earlier said agitating farmers will not return home till farm laws are repealed. Both sides are scheduled to meet on Friday to take forward the ongoing talks that began in December.

'No Republic Day chief guest this year in India due to Covid-19': MEA

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MEA announced that there will be no foreign leader as Republic Day chief guest. The decision comes due to the global situation arising out of Covid-19. Earlier, India had invited UK PM Boris Johnson as Republic Day chief guest. The UK PM cancelled his visit on Republic Day in view of the spread of the new virus variant. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro was the chief guest at Republic Day last year. India is preparing to celebrate the 72nd republic day this year. NSG 'black cat' commandos were seen practicing for the Republic Day parade. The commandos will be part of the forthcoming Republic Day parade. NSG commandos are making a comeback this year. The rehearsal was carried out with specialized vehicles and equipment. The number of commandos has been reduced this year due to covid-19.

‘LCA Tejas well ahead of Pakistan-China’s JF-17 aircraft’: IAF chief Bhadauria

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Asserting that the made in India light combat aircraft Tejas is far better and advanced than the Chinese-Pakistani JF-17 fighter jets, Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria on Thursday said the latest Indian jet would be better equipped to carry out Balakot-type airstrikes. the Air Chief said the 83 indigenous fighter jets to be inducted into the force would also be equipped with homegrown weapons such as the Astra beyond visual range air to air missiles and other standoff weapons. "Indian aircraft Tejas is far better and advanced than the Chinese and Pakistan joint venture JF-17 fighter," Bhadauria said when asked to compare the Indian fighter with the JF-17. Watch the full video for more details.

बर्ड फ्लू के बीच राहत, दिल्ली में पोल्ट्री मार्क

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दिल्ली में पोल्ट्री मार्केट फिर से खोले जाएंगे. रैंडम सैंपल्स में बर्ड फ्लू की पुष्टि नहीं हुई है, जिसके बाद केजरीवाल सरकार ने फैसला लिया. बर्ड फ्लू के संकट के दौरान ये बड़ी राहत है. इसके अलावा खबरें होंगी किसान आंदोलन से जुड़ी हुई. सुप्रीम कोर्ट की ओर से बनाई गई 4 मेंबर्स वाली कमेटी से भूपिंदर मान ने इस्तीफा देकर सब को चौंका दिया. इसके साथ ही खबर होगी गणतंत्र दिवस के समारोह को लेकर जहां इस बार 1966 के बाद पहली बार कोई चीफ गेस्ट नहीं होगा. सारी खबरें जानिए एडिटरजी की प्लेलिस्ट में

Watch: Katrina Kaif hits dance floor after a 'longgggggg time', shares video

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Actor Katrina Kaif has shared a sneak peek from her dance rehearsals for her upcoming film. Katrina, who has been shooting for Phone Bhoot, could be seen busting out her best moves. Katrina wore a loose black crop top over a pink tank top and black leggings. Even though the sound in the video was muted, the actor's fans showered love on the clip. Directed by Gurmeet Singh, Phone Bhoot went on floors last month. The horror comedy stars Siddhant Chaturvedi, apart from Katrina and Ishaan Khatter. The film is produced by Excel Entertainment and is scheduled to release later this year. Katrina will be seen next in Rohit Shetty's Sooryavanshi where she plays a doctor. The film marks her onscreen reunion with Akshay Kumar after more than a decade. The two last worked together in Farah Khan's Tees Maar Khan, which was released in 2010.

‘Acquisition of Tejas aircraft will create over 50,000 jobs’: Rajnath Singh

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Lauding the "sense of national pride" showcased by the Armed Forces during the decades-long military history of the country, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asserted that with the acquisition of 83 indigenous LCA Tejas fighter jets from HAL more than 50,000 job opportunities will be generated in the country. "I believe once a soldier, always a soldier. Society draws inspiration from the Veterans' of the armed forces. They have an important role to play in the society," said Defence Minister while addressing an event at IAF HQ Training Command. Watch the full video for more details.

Watch: NSG ‘black cat’ commandos rehearse for Republic Day 2021 parade

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NSG commandos were seen rehearsing for Republic Day parade. NSG commandos sweat for at least 5 hours to give a flawless marching past on Republic day at Rajpath. This year NSG, the elite force of India for counter-terror operations, has decided to make changes for the Republic Day parade as per the COVID-19 health protocols. NSG commandos will be marching with a distance of more than 1.5 meters from each other. Earlier, they used to march down Rajpath from shoulder to shoulder. The distance will be visible from a distance as NSG commandos will be following the COVID-19 protocols. Almost 40 per cent of the actual strength of the commandos will participate in the Republic Day parade as compared to the previous year. Watch the full video for more details.

Haryana CM inaugurates India's first air taxi services from Chandigarh to Hisar

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated air taxi services on Thursday. The air taxi service was launched from Chandigarh to Hisar under the UDAN scheme of the Central government. Khattar informed that air services would also start from Hisar to Dehradun in the second phase, while in the third phase two more routes will be added. "These air taxis will be four-seaters and have a speed limit of 250 km/hour. For the first time in the country, a small aircraft in the form of an air taxi is being used for services," the CM said. He added, "In the second phase, services for Hisar to Dehradun will be started on January 18. In the third phase, two more routes from Chandigarh to Dehradun and Hisar to Dharamshala will be added on January 23."