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  • The BJP today disrupted proceedings of the Delhi Assembly over the alleged deaths of homeless people in the national capital due to cold.The BJP MLAs, led by the leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta, rushed to the well of the House seeking a discussion on the issue but Speaker Ram Niwas Goel turned down the demand.




  • Direct tax collections have registered a growth of 18(point)7 percent during the first nine-and-a-half months of current fiscal as compared to corresponding period of last year.The Direct Tax collections till 15th January stood at 6.89 lakh crore rupees.




  • Group of Ministers appointed to look into IT issues of Goods and Services Tax had their sixth meeting in Bengaluru today.The Group headed by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi informed media-persons that dip in revenue during the last few months is a matter of concern.



  • Group of Ministers appointed to look into IT issues of Goods and Services Tax had their sixth meeting in Bengaluru today.The Group headed by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi informed media-persons that dip in revenue during the last few months is a matter of concern.



  • Expressing concern over the open sale of army apparel and gear, the Delhi High Court today pulled up the Centre for not taking the issue seriously.The court also asked the Delhi Government to take steps to curb the sale and manufacture of such items.




  • Health Ministry has simplified the referral system for beneficiaries of Central Government Health Scheme for treatment in empaneled private hospitals.Now the beneficiaries will be able to seek OPD consultation from specialists in private hospitals after being referred by any medical officer of the CGHS Wellness Centre.



  • Health Ministry has simplified the referral system for beneficiaries of Central Government Health Scheme for treatment in empaneled private hospitals.Now the beneficiaries will be able to seek OPD consultation from specialists in private hospitals after being referred by any medical officer of the CGHS Wellness Centre.




  • Reserve Bank today clarified that all the ten rupee coins continue to remain valid and legal tender for all monetary transactions.In a press release issued in Mumbai, RBI said it was issuing this clarification following complaints that certain traders and members of public refuse to accept ten rupee coins due to suspicion about their genuineness.



  • President Ram Nath Kovind today coffered Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Awards for 2016 on an eminent group of musicians, dancers, and theatre artists.This year, four eminent artists and scholars in performing arts were conferred Fellowships of the Akademi and 43 artists received the Akademi Awards.



  • North Korea has offered to send more than 200 cheerleaders to the Winter Olympics in the South and attend the Paralympics.Seoul said as the two Koreas met today to discuss athlete numbers in the latest in a flurry of cross-border talks.



  • The first-day image captured by India's recently launched weather observation Cartosat-2 series satellite shows a part of Indore city in Madhya Pradesh with the Holkar Cricket Stadium in the centre.The image was acquired on January 15, three days after the launch of the satellite, and released yesterday on the website of the Indian Space Research Organisation.



  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today undertook a sortie in the IAF’s frontline combat jet Sukhoi-30 from the air base in Jodhpur.The country's first woman defence minister sat in the rear seat behind the pilot wearing the G-suit.



  • The Mumbai civic body has set up 34 cells to monitor fire compliance norms at commercial establishments and other buildings and act against them if they violate safety rules.The setting up of the fire compliance cells by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation comes in the wake of the ghastly blaze at a pub in the Kamala Mills Compound last month that killed 14 people.



  • Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani has said that it is the competence that matters in policy making and not the gender. Speaking on policy, politics and gender at Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi today she said there is need to design a new pathway to make the process of policy making gender neutral.



  • Officers of various media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting today undertook Shramdaan activities towards Swachhata campaign. The officials assembled early morning in the Siri Fort Auditorium complex under the guidance of Secretary Narendra Kumar Sinha, and cleaned the premises, removed malba, plastered damaged walls, painted discoloured walls and planted tree saplings there.



  • The Supreme Court today agreed to hear the plea of producers of controversial Bollywood movie Padmavaat against the ban imposed on its release by various state governments. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission of the counsel of the producer that the matter be heard urgently in view of the ban.



  • Opposition legislators from Kashmir valley today staged a walkout from the J&K Legislative Council on the issue of the sanctioning of IIT for the Kashmir region. Replying to the main question of National Conference MLC Showkat Ganai on the issue, the State MoS for Education Priya Sethi informed the house that establishment of National Level institutions like IIT, NIT, IIM etc in different states is the prerogative of Central government.



  • Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has said, the threat of nuclear and chemical weapons falling into the hands of terrorists could spell disaster for humanity. Speaking at Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi today, Mr Rawat said terrorists are using systems which are highly technology enabled and transcending international borders.



  • A 20-nation meeting on North Korea has agreed to consider imposing unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang that go beyond those required by UN Security Council resolutions.



  • Dense fog enveloped the national capital this morning, leading to cancellation of 13 north-bound trains. The mercury also dropped to 5.6 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average although it was yesterday recorded at 9.1 degrees Celsius.


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