Virat Kohli Latest Live News Updates: Virat Kohli steps down as Test captain of Indian cricket team

India’s Virat Kohli has stepped down as captain of the test side following their 2-1 series defeat by South Africa, the player said in a statement on Saturday. He tweeted, “It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Every thing has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now. There have been many ups and also some downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can’t do that, I know it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team.”

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Central Bureau of Investigation has filed FIR against ES Ranganathan, Director (Marketing), GAIL for allegedly demanding bribes through middlemen for granting discounts on petrochemical products marketed by GAIL; further investigation underway

COVID19 | 23,989 new cases & 11 deaths in Tamil Nadu today

Active cases stand at 1,31,007

COVID19 | Mumbai reports 10,661 new cases & 11 deaths today

Active cases 73,518

I have always believed in giving 120 per cent in everything I do, and If I can’t do that, I know it’s not right thing to do

– Virat Kohli

Cricketer Virat Kohli steps down as India Test captain

Test positivity rises to 15% in Karnataka with 32,793 new cases reported today

Only sick patients requiring emergency care may visit hospitals & autonomous institutions, in view of the prevailing COVID19 situation. All other patients with mild illness shouldn’t visit hospitals for the next 2 weeks or until further orders to prevent crowding

– Karnataka govt

Odisha logs 10,856 new COVID-19 cases, Omicron tally mounts to 202

Odisha’s COVID-19 caseload mounted to 11,22,735 on Saturday with 10,856 fresh infections, while two more fatalities pushed the death toll to 8,478, the Health Department said in a bulletin. The state also reported 32 new Omicron cases taking the tally of the new strain of coronavirus in Odisha to 202, a health department official said.

In today’s Covid19 review meeting, it has been decided that no changes are required in ongoing guidelines and restrictions. We have ordered medical stores to maintain a record of persons who purchase the COVID19 antigen self test kits

– Maharashtra Dy CM Ajit Pawar

Army Chief General MM Naravane released a commemorative postage stamp on ‘Permanent Commission to Women Officers’ in the Force

Chandigarh reports 1,795 new cases today

  • Active cases at 8,511
  • Positivity rate at 26.71%

After Model Code of Conduct came into force in Punjab for Assembly elections, enforcement teams seized valuables, including cash, psychotropic substances & 2.72 lakh litres of liquor, worth Rs 40.31cr in violation of code till Jan 14:State Chief Electoral Officer Dr S Karuna Raju

Kerala reports 17,755 new COVID19 cases & 17 deaths today

  • Active caseload stands at 90,649
  • Death toll: 50,674

Movement of trains through the derailment affected site of Bikaner-Guwahati Express has resumed today

The restoration work started immediately after the rescue & relief operation was completed, after 9 passengers died & 36 got injured on Jan 13: CPRO, Northeast Frontier Railway

COVID19 | Delhi reports 20,718 new cases & 30 deaths in last 24 hours

  • Active cases rise to 93,407
  • Positivity rate remains at 30.64%

GoI’s position on the India-Nepal boundary has been communicated to the Nepal Govt

Till now, Centre has neither formed a committee on MSP nor approached us on it. Govt hasn’t removed the MoS whose son is involved in Lakhimpur Kheri incident. If govt doesn’t respond to our demands then we’ll celebrate ‘Virodh Diwas’ on Jan 31

– Yudhvir Singh, Bhartiya Kisan Union

Election Commission further bans poll rallies & roadshows in poll-bound states till 22nd January

COVID-19: Mizoram reports 477 new cases today; Active case tally at 8,048

Mexico sees fake molnupiravir, 1 week after drug approved

Mexico said Friday it is already seeing black market or fake versions of molnupiravir circulating for sale, just one week after authorities approved the drug to treat those at risk of severe COVID-19. The real medication is produced by US pharmaceutical company Merck. But Mexico’s health regulatory agency found versions labelled molnupiravir for sale from an array of companies like “Merit,” “Molaz” and “Azista.”

I will contest the election from the Khatima constituency. We all are together and ready to contest polls. This time, we have given a slogan ‘Abki Baar 60 Paar’. The candidates’ list will be announced soon

– Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami after the BJP Core Committee meeting

Unilever offered 50 billion pounds for GSK unit

Consumer goods giant Unilever made a bid towards the end of last year for pharmaceutical group Glaxosmithkline’s consumer goods business worth roughly 50 billion pounds ($68.4 billion), Britain’s Sunday Times reported. GSK and Pfizer, which owns a minority stake in the division, were understood to have rejected the offer on the basis that it was too low, the newspaper said. The approach by Unilever, which owns brands such as Dove soap and Marmite, for Glaxo’s portfolio of household brands including Panadol painkillers and Sensodyne toothpaste was understood to have been unsolicited, it added.

Olympic medallist Mirabai Chanu joins Manipur Police

COVID-19 cases rising in poll-bound Manipur

Manipur Health and Family Welfare Department’s Additional Director Khoirom Sasbeekumar Mangang said that the daily positivity rate of the Covid cases in Manipur has been fluctuating during the past one week. “During the holidays the positivity rate is little less and during the working days the Covid-19 positivity rate is increasing,” Mangang, who is the spokesperson of the Health and Family Welfare Department, told IANS.

Senior Bihar Congress leader Vijay Shankar Mishra, a two-term former MLC, has died at the age of 76 after prolonged illness. CM Nitish Kumar calls Mishra’s demise an irreparable loss, says he was an able politician and social worker.

A crematorium for animals is proposed in BMC’s budget which will be constructed in 2500 square feet space in Dahisar. There was no crematorium for pets in Mumbai. This initiative is for the animals who can’t speak for themselves: Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain: We can say that Delhi has reached its peak in terms of cases. Cases have started slowing down. Let’s see when the decline happens.

Congress fields Punjab deputy CMs — Sukhjinder Randhawa from Dera Baba Nanak and Om Prakash Soni from Amritsar Central for state polls.

Punjab Assembly Elections list released, here are some contestants:

  • Navjot Singh Sidhu: Amritsar East
  • Charanjit Singh Channi: Chamkaur Sahib
  • Malvika Sood: Moga
  • Pratap Singh Bajwa: Qadian
  • Sidhu Moosewala: Mansa

New combat uniform of Indian Army

10 seats for women, 44 seats for OBC candidates and 19 seats for SC, in upcoming assembly polls: BJP

HDFC Bank posts 18% rise in standalone net profit to Rs 10,342.20 cr in December 2021 quarter: Company filing

I appeal to the leaders party workers to abide by EC guidelines, COVID protocols whenever they come to the office…I have also heard that a notice was also put up at our office today: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav

BJP names 107 candidates for UP polls in first list; 63 of 83 sitting MLAs repeated, 20 dropped

  • Yogi Adityanath: Gorakhpur
  • Keshav Prasad Maurya: Sirathu
  • Tejendra Singh Nirwal: Shamli
  • Umesh Malik: Budhana

Deputy CM Kesav Prasad Maurya to contest UP Polls from Sirathu in Prayagraj district: BJP

CM Yogi Adityanath to contest UP Polls from Gorakhpur: BJP

We are releasing list of candidates on 57/58 seats in first phase and 38/55 in second phase: BJP leader & Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

Investment in R&D for future technologies is a priority for government: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The World’s largest national flag made of ‘khadi’ was displayed along the India- Pakistan border in Jaisalmer to celebrate Indian Army Day. The flag was 225 feet long and 150 feet wide.

Evidence of early community transmission of Omicron (B1.1.529) in Delhi: Department of Clinical Virology at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi

Start-ups are going to be the backbone of new India. When India completes 100 years of independence, start-ups will have an important role. Country’s innovators are making the country proud globally.

– PM Modi

Number of patents granted has risen to 28,000 last year from 4,000 in 2013-14. Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Telangana Minister replies to Elon Musk’s tweet revolving around the difficulties of setting up shop in India

Today, Delhi COVID cases are expected to be reduced by 4,000- positivity rate will be around 30%; hospital admission rate hasn’t risen in past 5-6 days. This indicates that cases are going to be fewer in the coming days. 85% of hospital beds vacant.

– Delhi Health Min Satyendra Jain

Joint efforts at various levels led to disengagement in many areas which is a constructive step: Gen Naravane on eastern Ladakh standoff

Our message is clear, Indian Army won’t let any attempt to unilaterally change status quo along country’s borders to succeed: Gen Naravane

BJP to release its first list of candidates today at 12.30 PM

Source: ET Bureau

14th round military-level talks held between India, China recently to keep situation under control: Gen Naravane on eastern Ladakh standoff.

Republic Day Celebrations will now begin every year from 23rd January instead of 24th January to include the birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose: GoI Sources

General MM Naravane presents awards and unit citations; confers Sena medal to Major Anil Kumar and Major Mahinder singh.

Former Punjab minister Joginder Singh Mann joins Aam Aadmi Party, a day after snapping his 50-year-old tie with Congress

Odisha logs 10,856 fresh COVID-19 cases, 2 more fatalities

Election Commission to take a call on holding poll rallies and roadshows today, with CEC Sushil Chandra holding series of virtual meetings with Health Secretary, Chief Secretary & Chief Electoral Officers of poll-bound states: Sources

Parade underway at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi to mark Army Day.

The country recorded 402 COVID fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 4,85,752: Union Health Ministry

6,041 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus detected in India so far: Union Health Ministry

India reports 2,68,833 fresh COVID cases (4,631 more than yesterday) and 1,22,684 recoveries in the last 24 hours

Active case: 14,17,820; Daily positivity rate: 16.66%; Confirmed cases of Omicron: 6,041

PM Modi pays tribute to Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar on his birth anniversary

Sharing a video showcasing an aerial view of Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue located in Tamil Nadu that he shot last year ahead of his election rally in Kanyakumari, the Prime Minister said Thiruvalluvar’s ideals “stand out for their diverse nature and intellectual depth.”

Army Day today

J&K extends covid restrictions

  • Restrictions imposed in Jammu & Kashmir shall continue to remain in force till further orders, says new notification
  • There shall be complete restriction on non-essential movement during weekends; night curfew to remain in force from 9 pm-6 am with complete restriction on non-essential movement.

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