1. *Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla chaired an All Party Meeting at the Parliament House Annexe Extension Building on the first day of the Budget Session* yesterday.
2. *CBI yesterday launched its revamped Web portal( https://cbi.gov.in ) during Annual Review Conference.* An attempt has been made to make the website more visitor friendly, building in new features
3. *Veteran social activist Anna Hazare has cancelled his planned fast against the three central agricultural laws.* : Earlier this month, the 83-year-old Gandhian had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he would launch the “last hunger strike” of his life by January end.
4. *The Haryana Govt has suspended internet services in 17 districts of the state till 5 PM on January 30 to curb the spread of misinformation.*
5. *Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has condemned the violence that occurred on Singhu border on Friday when the farmers and the locals clashed with each other.* He alleged that the violence was perpetrated by some miscreants and urged the Centre to conduct a thorough probe to identify the miscreants and ascertain where they came from.
6. The group claiming to be locals demanded that the farmers vacate the Singhu border, one of the main protest sites around the capital, alleging that they had “insulted” the national flag during their tractor parade on Republic Day.
7. *Union Minister Smriti Irani on Friday evening accused Rahul Gandhi of “declaring war on the people of India”.* This was hours after the Congress MP warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the farmers’ protest against the agriculture laws – which has so far been limited to Delhi and nearby regions – could spread to other states if the centre did not repeal the controversial laws. *Ms Irani also criticised Mr Rahul Gandhi for not mentioning the hundreds of Delhi Police personnel injured during Tuesday’s Republic Day clashes with farmers*
8. *The Shiromani Akali Dal on Friday appealed to its workers to reach the three main farmers’ protest sites near Delhi – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – to support the agitation against the central agriculture laws,* and alleged the centre has been trying to “crush” the protests by unfair means.
9. *Farmers to hold ‘Sadbhavna Diwas’ on January 30, observe day-long fast*
10. *The govt has announced for the launch of Start-up India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS) on January 29, 2021.* The scheme will be in mission mode for the year 2021-25. The scheme was launched with the aim of providing the financial assistance to start-ups for the product trials, market-entry, proof of concept, prototype development and commercialization.
11. *Humayun Kabir, an Inspector General-rank officer and the police commissioner of Chandannagar near Kolkata in Bengal resigned yesterday* just days after he ordered the arrest of three BJP workers for “Goli Maro…(shoot the traitors)” slogans raised at a roadshow last week. The sudden resignation triggered speculation about the possibility of Mr Kabir’ s entry into politics. He was due to retire on April 30 and could have sought or offered an extension but instead, he decided to quit as of January 31.
12. *A “very low-intensity” IED (improvised explosive device) was detonated near the Israeli embassy in the heart of central Delhi at 5.05 pm on Friday* no injuries or property damage, apart from shattered windscreens of nearby cars, had been reported.
13. *The CBI has arrested the director of ABCI Infrastructure Ltd, Pawan Baid, who allegedly paid a bribe of Rs 1 crore to the chief administrative officer of Northeast Frontier Railways for getting contracts* and had been on run since January 17.
14. *The Maharashtra government on Friday (January 29) extended the COVID lockdown in the state till February 28*
15. *Master plan submitted for Calicut airport expansion* : M.K.Raghavan, Kozhikode MP, has submitted an alternative master plan to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman Arvind Singh for development of the Calicut Airport.
16. *Civilian Flights to be Rescheduled at Bangalore Airport For Aero India 2021 Rehearsals* There will be no civilian flight operations from Bengaluru airport during the rehearsals and air display at the upcoming biennial Aero India 2021 at the IAF’s Yelahanka
17. *Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Friday (January 29) that all schools for classes 9 and 11 students as well as degree diploma institutions in the national capital will reopen from February 5.*
18. Gujarati theatre veteran Arvind Joshi and father of ‘Rang De Basanti’ actor Sharman Joshi, passed away at Nanavati Hospital in Bombay on January 29.
19. *India’s Vaccination Platform Readied To Handle 10-Million Shots Daily* : the target of covering 300 million people by July-August.
20. *Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday claimed that in Bandipora district of North Kashmir, a newly recruited terrorists was arrested along with arms and ammunition.* The militant, identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan from Bandipora’s Panzigam area, was apprehended at a special checkpoint established by security forces following a tip-off.
21. *Three terrorists killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, arms and ammunition recovered*
22. *Coronavirus Cases:*
1. *Nepal Re-Opens Border With India With Certain Restrictions* : The Nepal government had ordered the closing of its borders with India and Nepal from March 23 last year to prevent the spread of coronavirus but Indian citizens will still need permission to cross the border via land.
2. *The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves acquisition of Indo Gulf Fertilisers by Indorama India Private Limited (IIPL) under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002.* : IIPL is principally engaged in manufacture, trading and sale of fertilisers, primarily, phosphatic fertilisers and speciality plant nutrients.
3. *The fifth joint meeting of the India-Japan Act East Forum was held between India and Japan on January 28, 2021* . The meeting was co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and the Ambassador of Japan to India, Suzuki Satoshi.
4. *Blast near embassy in Delhi took place on 29th anniversary of India-Israel diplomatic relations* : The Israeli mission in Delhi said, “We are working with Indian authorities to find the perpetrators and the motive behind this attack.
5. *Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday expressed “full confidence” in the Indian authorities in ensuring the safety of Israelis and Jews in India* following a blast close to the country’s embassy in New Delhi.
6. *US President Joe Biden has withdrawn a Donald Trump-era rule rescinding work authorisation for H4 visa holders, who are spouses of those possessing H-1B work visas, with the majority being highly-skilled Indian women* . An H-4 visa is issued by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the H-1B visa holders, most of whom are Indian IT professionals. *The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise*