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Breaking News Updates: PM Modi Announces COVID Vaccine For Kids Aged 15-18 Years

In the latest, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra Government has brought back night curfew curbs while Goa Chief Minister has refrained from any such decision amid COVID-19 variant Omicron threat.

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22:14 IST, December 25th 2021
PM Modi's big announcement concerning India's vaccination drive

1. Children between the ages of 15 to 18 will be vaccinated from Jan 3, 2022.

2. Healthcare and frontline workers will be provided with "precautionary doses" from January 10, 2022.

3. People above 60 years of age who have co-morbidities can avail of 'precaution dose' of COVID vaccine on doctor's advise from Jan 10, 2022. 


22:03 IST, December 25th 2021
Boosters for 60 years and above from Jan 10: PM Modi

"Those with comorbidities and above 60 years of age on the recommendation of their doctors will be eligible for precaution doses from January 10, 2022, onwards", said PM Narendra Modi.


21:59 IST, December 25th 2021
PM Modi announces COVID vaccine for kids between 15-18 years

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced to provide COVID vaccines for kids aged between 15 to 18 years. It will begin from January 3, 2022

21:53 IST, December 25th 2021
PM Modi on India's preparedness amid Omicron threat

"India has 18 lakh isolation beds, 5 lakh oxygen supported beds, 1.40 lakh ICU beds, 90,000 pediatric ICU & non-ICU beds. We have more than 3,000 working PSA oxygen plants, 4 lakh oxygen cylinders have been distributed throughout the nation", PM Modi said. 

21:50 IST, December 25th 2021
PM Modi addresses nation over Omicron threat

'I request you not to panic but be alert and wash your hands frequently and make use of mask': PM Modi on Omicron concern.


20:53 IST, December 25th 2021
Bharat Biotech gets approval for vaccinating kids against COVID-19

DCGI approves Bharat Biotech jab for kids between the age of 12 to 18 years. 


20:53 IST, December 25th 2021
Union Home Minister Amit Shah attacks Delhi CM Kejriwal on ad spending

"I want to say to Delhi CM to spend less money on advertisements and give dues of Rs 13,000 crore to the municipal corporations... In our government's work culture, we do what we say" said Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi.

"In other work cultures (Delhi govt) whether you do work or not, just give advertisements, photos, and interviews on TV. The time has come for the Delhi public to decide as to support which work culture", he added. 

20:12 IST, December 25th 2021
Madhya Pradesh CM lays foundation stone of Indore Metro Line & 16 Metro Stations

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan laid the foundation stone of Indore Metro Line & 16 Metro Stations. CM Chouhan said, "Metro will be established in a ring shape starting & ending at the Indore Airport with 16 stations in between, as a part of a Rs 7,500 crore scheme".

19:40 IST, December 25th 2021
Uttarakhand Min Harak Rawat meets CM Pushkar Dhami to discuss his demands

Uttarakhand Minister Harak Rawat meets CM Pushkar Singh Dhami to discuss his demands. It is learned that Rawat was in a rift with the Chief Minister over “government inaction” for a medical college that he had proposed to be established in Kotdwar. 


19:06 IST, December 25th 2021
After Asaddundin Owaisi's threat to UP Police, now Navjot Sidhu attacks Punjab police

Navjot Singh Sidhu openly insults the Punjab Police says, "Police will wet their pants".

An undated video clip of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi threatening U.P police of consequences for allegedly oppressing Muslims had gone viral earlier. In the video, Owaisi was heard saying that Uttar Pradesh police will face the wrath of Allah for oppressing the Muslims of the state and that neither PM Modi nor CM Yogi will save them. 


18:47 IST, December 25th 2021
Kerala reports one more case of Omicron, total tally now 38

Kerala reports one more case of Omicron from the Kannur district, taking the total tally of the state to 38, Kerala Health Minister Veena George informed.

18:09 IST, December 25th 2021
Union Min Narendra S Tomar on Maharashtra govt blaming Centre for farmer suicides

"State govt should do something about it (farmer suicides) instead of blaming. The Centre is working to double farmers' income. State should also take responsibility to stop suicides", said Union Agriculture Minister Narendra S Tomar.

17:54 IST, December 25th 2021
Assam Govt imposes night curfew amid Omicron threat

Assam government announced that a night curfew will be in force from 11.30 PM to 6 AM. The new guideline will be effective from tomorrow, Dec 26, across Assam. It is to be noted that the curfew is not applicable on Dec 31. 

17:28 IST, December 25th 2021
22 farmer unions from Punjab form Samyukt Samaj Morcha to contest state Assembly elections

"A new 'Samyukta Samaj Morcha' is formed for contesting Punjab Assembly elections. 22 unions have taken this decision. We need to change the system and want to appeal to people to support this morcha", informed Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal in Chandigarh. 

17:26 IST, December 25th 2021
BSF foils smuggling bid in Punjab

The Border Security Force (BSF) foiled a smuggling bid in Punjab. Recovered several packets of heroin.


17:15 IST, December 25th 2021
Two more arrested in Ludhiana case

In a major development concerning the Ludhiana court blast, two more are arrested.  An explosion occurred at a Ludhiana court on Thursday at around 12:25 PM, killing one and injuring 6.


17:12 IST, December 25th 2021
J&K: 2 terrorists neutralized in Tral encounter

Two terrorists neutralized in an ongoing encounter between security forces and terrorists in the Hardumir Tral area, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar informed. 

16:54 IST, December 25th 2021
Harbhajan Singh speaks to Republic after announcing retirement from all forms of cricket

Harbhajan Singh speaks to Republic about his memorable moments in his cricket career. He had announced retirement from all forms of competitive cricket on December 24 via a social media post and a video that he shared on his official YouTube channel. 


16:33 IST, December 25th 2021
Digvijaya Singh stokes controversy with 'Hinduism vs Hindutva' remark

Digvijaya Singh, infamous for his contentious statements has yet again whisked a controversy over 'Hinduism vs Hindutva'. 


16:20 IST, December 25th 2021
J&K: Encounter underway in Tral; two terrorists trapped

An encounter has broken out between security forces and terrorists in Avantipora, Tral. Two terrorists have been trapped. The joint operation is underway.


16:12 IST, December 25th 2021
Nepal PM Deuba likely to visit India in early January

After the officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued an invitation to Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to visit India, it is now speculated that PM Deuba is expected to visit India in early January next year. As per the reports of ANI, a top official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Nepali Prime Minister Deuba has been formally invited to visit and that this would be his second trip to another country. The official also stated that he will most likely travel to India in the first few weeks of January in the next year.

15:43 IST, December 25th 2021
Ludhiana Court Blast: Punjab DGP on role of deceased accused

In a massive development in the Ludhiana court blast, Gagandeep Singh, a former policeman who was identified as the one killed in the explosion has been confirmed to be the bomber behind the major explosion in the Ludhiana district court. Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyaya on Saturday, confirmed the same while speaking to Republic TV. The DGP also said that the deceased suspect was part of organised crime and has possible links with pro-Khalistan groups.

15:33 IST, December 25th 2021
Ludhiana Court Blast: Female constable arrested

In a major development concerning the Ludhiana court blast, a female constable has been arrested who had links to the prime suspect.  An explosion occurred at a Ludhiana court on Thursday at around 12:25 PM, killing one and injuring 6. 


15:19 IST, December 25th 2021
Centre to continue support for local production of P&K fertiliser

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday chaired a high-level meeting in which it was decided to continue support to the domestic industry for the production of P&K fertilizers, Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry informed.

13:08 IST, December 25th 2021
PM Modi addresses Gurudwara Lakhpat on Gurupurab address

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed Gurudwara Lakhpat in Gujarat on the occasion of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Prakash Purab. PM Modi talked about the great Sikh Gurus who fought for the country. 


12:44 IST, December 25th 2021
Ludhiana Court Blast Case: Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyaya shares key details

Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyaya informed that the deceased person, former policeman Gagandeep Singh was carrying the explosion.


12:05 IST, December 25th 2021
Home Minister Amit Shah addresses the nation on Good Governance Day

Home Minister Amit Shah addressed the nation on Good Governance Day from Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi. 

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12:00 IST, December 25th 2021
Shopian Encounter: Two LeT terrorists gunned down by J&K forces

Two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists neutralized in the encounter that broke out between security forces and terrorists in the Chowgam area of Shopian, informed IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar. 


11:04 IST, December 25th 2021
Harish Rawat addresses media after meeting Congress top brass

Yesterday the Congress leader had a meeting with top leadership at Rahul Gandhi's residence. 

Watch Harish Rawat's media briefing here:


10:55 IST, December 25th 2021
Union Health Ministry ramps up steps against Omircon rise, to deploy team to 10 identified States

The Union Health Ministry has decided to deploy multi-disciplinary Central teams to 10 identified States some of which are either reporting an increasing number of Omicron & COVID19 cases or a slow vaccination pace.