Centre revises guidelines for international arrivals; all travellers will undergo home quarantine for 7 days


Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has revised the Guidelines for International Arrival on 6th January 2022  in view of the changing nature of COVID -19 virus and evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern (VOCs) i.e. Omicron variant and reported increase in the cases worldwide. These guidelines shall be valid from 11th January 2022 (00.01 Hrs IST)

These were last updated on 30th November 2021.

The Revised Guidelines are posted on the Health Ministry’s website and can be accessed at-

The following changes have been made in the Revised Guidelines of 6th January 2022 as compared to previous guidelines (of 30th November 2021):

  1. All travellers (including those 2% who were selected for random testing on arrival and were found negative) will undergo home quarantine for 7 days and shall undertake RT-PCR test on the 8th day of arrival in India.
  2. Travelers shall also be required to upload results of RT-PCR test for COVID-19 done on 8th day on Air Suvidha portal (to be monitored by the respective States/UTs).
  3. All travellers who need to undertake testing on arrival, should preferably pre-book the test online on Air Suvidha Portal, to facilitate timely testing and avoid inconvenience.

A remarkable day on the vaccination front! : PM Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister :

A remarkable day on the vaccination front! Congratulations to our fellow citizens on crossing the 150 crore milestone. Our vaccination drive has ensured that many lives are saved.

At the same time, let us also keep following all COVID-19 related protocols.

India is grateful to all those who have been working to make our vaccination drive a success.

We thank our doctors, scientists, innovators and the health care workers who are vaccinating the people.

I urge all those eligible to get their shots. Together, let’s fight COVID-19.

The snow has started coming down quite heavily in Srinagar : Omar Abdullah

The snow has started coming down quite heavily in Srinagar. Let’s hope the roads remain open & equally importantly the electricity supply is not disrupted.

Omar Abdullah, Former CM, Jammu & Kashmir

FM Nirmala Sitharaman chairs review meeting with heads of Public Sector Banks; Bankers say PSBs adequately capitalised and prepared for any stress scenarios in future


Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman reviewed the performance of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) with their Chairmen & Managing Directors (CMDs/MDs) via virtual mode in New Delhi today. The review meeting was also attended by Union Minister of State for Finance Dr Bhagwat Kisanrao Karad and Secretary, Department of Financial Services (DFS), Debasish Panda, along with senior officials of the DFS.

During the review meeting, Finance Minister Sitharaman assessed various steps taken by PSBs in implementing pandemic-related measures initiated by Government of India and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and readiness to tackle possible future disruptions that may occur due to the ongoing variant of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While appreciating the success of ECLGS, the Finance Minister said that it is not time yet to rest on our achievements and that our collective efforts must strive towards supporting sectors that face interruption due to continued onslaught of COVID-19 pandemic. Finance Minister Sitharaman also conveyed to the bankers to continue supporting agriculture sector, farmers, retail sector and MSMEs.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman noted that business outlook is progressively improving in spite of the headwinds from global development and Omicron spread. The Finance Minister underlined that contact intensive sectors may require more support to help them fight against the pandemic.

On the credit demand front, the Finance Minister said that credit demand is expected to pick up on account of growth in retails segments, improvement in overall macroeconomic prospects and improving financial health of borrowers.

During the review meeting, bankers pointed out that PSBs have observed an improvement in the repayment culture in the country.

PSBs have performed well and, supported by various policy measures, provided the required impetus to the economy for coming out of shackles of pandemic induced stress.

All inter-district passenger transport and movement shall be allowed only with fully vaccinated passengers : Himanta Biswa

Himanta Biswa Sarma, CM, Assam :

In view of increasing COVID19 cases, Govt of Assam has issued an SOP containing guidelines for containment of the pandemic

Curfew will be imposed from 10 PM to 6 AM everyday. Business/commercial establishment will not function post 9 PM.

All public transport authorities shall enforce COVID19 appropriate behaviour.

All inter-district passenger transport and movement shall be allowed only with fully vaccinated passengers. Wearing of mask is mandatory.

Non-vaccinated people shall not be allowed entry in public spaces/places (except hospitals) w.e.f. Jan 15, 2022. People must carry a proof of being fully vaccinated.

Industrial units & tea gardens may function subject to observance of COVID19 appropriate behaviour.

Today is a memorable day which will be scripted in the history of Manipur : Biren Singh

N.Biren Singh, CM, Manipur :

Today is a memorable day which will be scripted in the history of Manipur- the long held aspiration of the people for a separate entry road and expansion of the Lainingthou Sanamahi Complex has been finally fulfilled under the BJP led-govt of Manipur.

Truly blessed to attend the Inaugural Function of “Construction of Sanamahi Temple Annexe Building & Renovation & Expansion of Lainingthou Sanamahi Complex” at Haying Khongbam, Uphong Yumpham, Imphal

MP Eningthou Leishemba Sanajaoba, L.Rameshwor Meitei, Hon’ble Deputy Chairman of Manipur State Planning Authority, Members of the Lainingthou Sanamahi Temple Board and notable dignitaries were also present at the programme.

What happened in Punjab, is not a simple case of breach of security but it is a serious case of criminal conspiracy against security of PM Narendra Modi Ji : Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Cabinet Minister of Minority Affairs :

Today offered prayers at holy Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai with prominent people from various social, religious and educational organisations for well-being and long life of PM Narendra Modi ji.

What happened in Punjab, is not a simple case of breach of security but it is a serious case of criminal conspiracy against security of PM Narendra Modi Ji. “Height of Hatred Hypocrisy” has made Congress a “Criminal Conspirator”.

Narendra Modi Ji’s effective leadership is the guarantee of security & prosperity of the country. Prayers and blessings of crores of people of the country are with Shri Modi. No heinous and lousy conspiracy against Shri Modi will be able to succeed.

Reliance Retail has acquired 25.8% stake in Dunzo for USD $200M : Parimal Nathwani

Parimal Nathwani, Director-Corporate Affairs, RIL :

Reliance Retail has acquired 25.8% stake in Dunzo for USD $200M.

This will further Dunzo’s expansion, especially in B2B vertical & strengthen hyperlocal logistics for stores operated by Reliance.

Dunzo will also facilitate last mile deliveries for Jio Mart’s merchant network.

Govt of Assam and NDDB sign MoU worth Rs 2000cr; JV to transform rural economy & boost the dairy sector : Himanta Biswa

Himanta Biswa Sarma, CM, Assam :

Attended signing of MoU between Govt of Assam and National Diary Development Board in presence of Adarniya Union Minister Parshottam Rupala ji.

This is part of our initiatives to transform rural economy & boost the dairy sector. Under the MoU, a JV worth ₹2,000 crore would be set up between GoA & NDDB.

The aim is to:

  • Process 10 lakh litres of milk through 6 new milk processing units in 7 years
  • Benefit 1,75,000 dairy farmers & increase their earnings
  • Set up 2 cattle feed & organic manure manufacturing units
  • Import high-yielding cattle breeds & artificial insemination

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flags-in India’s first multi-dimensional adventure sports expedition conducted by NIMAS in France

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on January 07, 2022, flagged-in India’s first multi-dimensional adventure sports expedition conducted by National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) in France. The expedition was conducted in November 2021 and the team was led by Director NIMAS Colonel Sarfaraz Singh, comprising 12 people – eight Army personnel and four youths of Arunachal Pradesh.

Union Minister Rajnath Singh interacted with some of the members of the team present in New Delhi. He distributed appreciation certificates and commended the team for completing the expedition without any injuries to the members. The team leader presented the ice-axe, marking the flagging-in of the expedition team, to the Raksha Mantri. Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and other officials of Ministry of Defence were present on the occasion.

The expedition team carried out over 250 kilometres of winter trekking in the Alps Mountain Ranges, which included Tour De Mont Blanc trek covering the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. The paragliding team conducted 19 jumps/flights on the valley floor of the Alps from different mountain locations. It was followed by 975 kilometres of cycling from Alps Mountain Ranges to English Channel near Dunkirk via France, Switzerland and Belgium. The cycling activity was carried out in extreme cold weather condition where the team cycled on an average of 09-10 hours/day without any logistic vehicle.  

The Multi-dimensional Expedition culminated with 12 deep scuba dives in the Mediterranean Sea. The hoisting and unfurling of the Tricolour was carried out by the team during each adventure activity in air, land and underwater. The team leader, having requisite qualification and experience in mountaineering, cycling, paragliding and scuba diving, participated in all the four adventure activities held during the expedition.

The expedition, organised as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, was flagged-off by Raksha Rajya Mantri Ajay Bhatt on October 27, 2021. After the completion of the expedition, Indian Ambassador to France Shri Jawed Ashraf felicitated the team at the Indian Embassy in Paris.

To transform our healthcare system, our government is promoting preventive healthcare, affordable healthcare and supply side intervention : PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the second campus of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute in Kolkata worth over ₹530 crore to expand and upgrade the health facilities in the eastern & northeastern parts of the country :

We started 2022 on a high note by starting vaccination dose for 15-18 years old & in a short span of time, we have administered 150 crore vaccination to India’s eligible population.

90% of India’s adult population has been vaccinated with the dose of COVID-19 vaccination for which I am deeply thankful to the citizens, vaccinate manufacturers & health workers.

From testing to vaccination, the infrastructure created by India is witnessed as a stellar example of fighting Covid throughout the world.

From testing to vaccinating people against COVID-19 despite our geographical & culture diversity, India continues to be the world leader in driving the Largest Vaccination Drive.

We are planning tirelessly to improve healthcare amenities & infrastructure for rich & the poor alike for a safe & secure future.

To transform our healthcare system, our government is promoting preventive healthcare, affordable healthcare and supply side intervention.

Over a period of time the government has enabled over 8,000 ‘Jan Aushadhi Kendras’ across India offering affordable medicines & surgical medicines to the people.

More than 5000 health and wellness centre have been started in Bengal.

A befitting tribute to my father as we celebrate his 109th birth anniversary today : Capt. Amarinder Singh

Capt. Amarinder Singh, CM, Punjab :

Yesterday during my visit to Patiala I was delighted to meet Hira singh ji who presented me with a poem written by his father in the memory of my father, Late Maharaja Yadavindra singh ji.

A befitting tribute to my father as we celebrate his 109th birth anniversary today.

Uttar Pradesh’s Purvanchal region emerges as a new hub for India’s agricultural products exports


Working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has taken several initiatives in making landlocked Purvanchal region as a new destination of agri-export activities through development of Varanasi Agri – Export Hub (VAEH).

APEDA has identified potential districts of Uttar Pradesh to be covered under the VAEH. The Purvanchal division covers districts of Varanasi, Mirzapur, Azamgarh, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur, Basti, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Chandauli and Sant Ravidas Nagar.

The Varanasi region, where there are negligible agri-exports used to take place because of lack of basic infrastructure, is now abuzz with activities which has given a boost to exports. After the intervention of APEDA, Varanasi region has recorded exemplary changes in the export scenario and registered many first-of-its-kind achievements in a very short span of time.

With the active intervention of APEDA, about 20,000 Metric Tonne (MT) of agri- produce have been exported from Purvanchal region in the last six months. Out of these shipments, about 5,000 MT fresh fruits and vegetables and 15,000 MT of cereals have been exported to Vietnam, Gulf nations, Nepal and Bangladesh by all modes of transportation.

Varanasi and nearby areas witnessed an export of around 12 MT, 22 MT and 45 MT in the months of October, November, December respectively in the year 2021. Also, around 125 MT have been exported from Varanasi and nearby areas.

As Varanasi is a territory based in the plains of river Ganges, it has rich nutritional composition of soil with ample amount of fertility which leads to production of good quality agri-produce. Varanasi region also has reputed institutions of central and international level such as Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

Currently, the Varanasi region has a number of exporters and exports of agricultural products is being undertaken through air route due to establishment of robust quarantine as well as custom clearance facilitation centre at Lal Bahadur Shastri International (LBSI) Airport. APEDA has organised more than 30 capacity building programmes in the entire Varanasi region followed by eight international buyer-seller meets, which has provided a platform to the exporters to market their food products in the global marketplace.

To monitor the product and production, a project of AI tech is also being considered for approval. APEDA is also planning to take member Farmer Producer Organization to different successful territories for unveiling the agri-supply chain and market linkage.

The government is also considering replicating the Varanasi model in the Gorakhpur region of Purvanchal as the geography, demography and few other parameters are common in both the places. The newly established international airport in Kushinagar may play a vital role in triggering the export. The DDU Gorakhpur University, Indian Institute of Seed Science, Mau are the institutions actively working towards promotion of agri- activities in the region.

APEDA has also approved three projects for comprehensive grain and nutritional quality profiling of non-Basmati Rice, value added products from Rice and rice-based food systems. An APEDA-funded project for integrated IT solutions to enhance Agri Export in Varanasi Region is under process.

The export of the first trial shipment of 14 MT green chilly was facilitated by APEDA from Varanasi to Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port in December 2019.

For the first time, from Varanasi 3 MT fresh vegetables was exported to London, 3 MT fresh mangoes to Dubai, 1.2 MT fresh mangoes to London, 520 MT regional rice to Qatar and 80 MT regional rice to Australia during the Covid pandemic in 2020, after APEDA’s intervention.

Meanwhile, Trisagar Farmer Producer Company Ltd, which is based in Sant Ravidas Nagar district, has started sending shipments on a daily basis to the international market after the intervention of APEDA. In another success story, Gazipur district-based Shivansh Krishak Producer Company Ltd with a base of 1,500 progressive farmers has managed to get a decent realisation for its commodities after exporting a good volume of agri-produce.

Similarly, Varanasi-based FPO Jaya Seed Farmer Producer Company Ltd, which grows mangoes in around 50 acres, is getting higher price as compared to average price of the market after the intervention of APEDA. Prior to the initiative taken by APEDA, the FPC used to sell mangoes at an average price of Rs 25/kg, but in recent season they have sold it at Rs 50/kg to a Netherland-based company named Super Plum having few outlets in Bangalore and Mumbai.

Sri Sri at Sunrise

With a few moments of silence practiced every day, we can shift our awareness. Building the capacity of the intellect can happen in a few moments of silence :
Sri Sri

Pic Credit : Sri Sri