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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today interact with the beneficiaries and vaccinators of the COVID-19 inoculation drive in Varanasi, which he represents in the Lok Sabha, via video conferencing. During the interaction, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take stock of the first-hand experience of the beneficiaries after they received vaccine jab.

Here are the highlights of January 22:

1:40 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday interacted with the beneficiaries and vaccinators of the COVID vaccination drive in Varanasi via video conferencing

11:20 am: Our nation is entering the 75th year of independence. Innumerable people of Assam had contributed towards freedom. Several people had sacrificed their lives, their youth. Now you have to live for New India, Aatmanirbhar India: PM Modi, at Convocation of Tezpur University, Assam

11:10 am: India vaccinates nearly 10.5 lakh beneficiaries till 6th day of the nationwide #COVID19 vaccination drive; more than many other countries: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

11:00 am: Meeting of Congress Working Committee begins. The meeting, being chaired by party's interim president Sonia Gandhi, is being held via video conferencing.

10:50 am: CBI registers a case against Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research Ltd for "illegal harvesting of personal data from Facebook users in India."

10:40 am: 40-50 crushers are operational in this area. They had taken license from district administrator. Investigation is going on. Not only Railways, but they were also supplying (material) to all development works like residential purposes, public work: BY Raghavendra, Shivamogga MP

10:30 am: A loud sound was heard which was accompanied by vibration near Hunasodu village in Shivamogga dist. There was an explosion due to dynamite or explosive material, investigation is on. Bomb Squad is coming from Bengaluru & another team from Mangaluru: BY Raghavendra, Shivamogga MP

10:20 am: Police has started the investigation, they have made a little progress. We've also sought the help of bomb detection squads so that they can come here & help us technically to zero in on the reason that why did the incident take place: KB Shivakumar, Shivamogga District Collector

10:10 am: As per our preliminary information, since the incident occurred at night there was no worker working here. So, all the people who worked here regularly are safe. We have confirmed it. We are trying to trace the people who were accompanying the vehicle: Shivamogga Dist Collector

10:05 am: It was initially observed that there were explosives in a vehicle parked here. It's being probed that why were they brought here. Till now we recovered 2 bodies. It's being circulated in public that 10-15 died. But it's not substantiated by any facts: Shivamogga Dist Collector

9:55 am: India reports 14,545 new #COVID19 cases, 18,002 discharges, and 163 deaths in last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry Total cases: 1,06,25,428 Active cases: 1,88,688 Total discharges: 1,02,83,708 Death toll: 1,53,032 Total vaccinated: 10,43,534

9:45 am: Tamil Nadu Health Minister, Dr C Vijayabaskar takes Covaxin shot in Chennai. He tweets, 'I am doing this as a doctor & member of IMA, to instill confidence among Health Care Workers. I request all to get vaccinated and safeguard themselves from #COVID19.'

9:35 am: Delhi: A security guard, who was stuck on the terrace of Engineers Engineers Bhawan in ITO, where a fire broke out this morning, was rescued by fire dept officials. Fire fighting operations underway. Three fire tenders present at the spot.

9:25 am: Karnataka: Police and officials inspect the site in Hunasodu village of Shivamogga district where a blast occurred last night. Shivamogga MP BY Raghavendra is also present at the spot. CM BS Yediyurappa has ordered a high-level probe into the incident.

9:10 am: Action will be taken against individuals & orgs who will be found making objectionable, indecent and misleading comments against Govt, Ministers, MPs, MLAs and govt officials on social media. This qualifies as cybercrime: Nayyar Hasnain Khan, ADG of Economic Offences Wing

9:00 am: Delhi: Fire breaks out in a building in ITO area, at least 3 fire tenders are present at the spot. Fire fighting operations are underway. More details awaited.

8:50 am: Karnataka: A blast took place at a crusher site in Hunasodu village of Shivamogga district last night, casualties reported. CM BS Yediyurappa tweets, 'A high-level probe into this unfortunate incident has been ordered and strict action will be taken against the culprits.'

8:45 am: Sasikala was admitted to the hospital y'day with CT severity score of 16/25 & her throat swab for COVID turned to be positive, with diagnosis of COVID severe pneumonia with Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism. She's being treated with COVID protocol: Victoria Hospital

8:35 am: A layer of fog continues to engulf Delhi this morning. Visuals from Singhu border (Delhi- Haryana). Current temperature in the national capital is 6.8 degree Celsius as per India Meteorological Department (IMD).

8:25 am: India reiterates its call for the application of the principles of objectivity, non-selectivity and impartiality to form the basis of discussions in the United Nations especially on the issue of religion: India’s Explanation of Position

8:20 am: United Nations including UN Alliance of Civilizations should not take sides and as long as such selectivity exists, the world can never truly foster a culture of peace. We must stand united against the forces that supplant dialogue and peace with hatred and violence: India at UN

8:15 am: The first Indian American to serve as president or Vice President is certainly a historic moment for all of us in this country and a further cementing of the importance of our relationship: Press Secretary, the US, on India-US relations

8:00 am: President Biden, who of course has visited India many times, respects and values the long bipartisan successful relationship between leaders in India and the United States. It looks forward to a continuation of that: Press Secretary, the US, on India-US relations

7:45 am: Ten trains are running late due to low visibility and other operational reasons in the Northern Railway region.

7:30 am: Pained by loss of lives in Shivamogga. Condolences to bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover soon. State Govt is providing all possible assistance to affected: PMO. Casualties reported last night in explosion at a railway crusher site in Hunasodu village, Shivamogga.

7:15 am: Maharashtra: Serum Institute of India's vaccine consignment to be dispatched to Myanmar, Seychelles and Mauritius arrive at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

7:00 am: At least eight people have died in a dynamite blast at a railway crusher site in Hunasodu village: Shivamogga District Collector KB Shivakumar

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan