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New Delhi, Jan 26 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9.15 PM: NATIONAL DEL83 LD PADMA Padma honours for Azad triggers spat in Cong; Tabla maestro Anindya third person to refuse Padma awards for 2022 New Delhi/Kolkata: The Padma Bhushan award for Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad triggered a spat in the opposition party on Wednesday even as he scotched speculation about his future plan while Tabla maestro Anindya Chatterjee became the third person--all from West Bengal--to refuse Padma honours this year. DEL68 DAY-PM-LD GREETINGS PM Modi greets people on Republic Day New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people on the occasion of Republic Day on Wednesday and said this is an occasion to recall the great women and men who worked towards the making of the Constitution. DEL75 INDIA-CENTRAL ASIA SUMMIT PM Modi to virtually host first India-Central Asia Summit Thursday New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host the first India-Central Asia Summit in a virtual format on Thursday during which the leaders are expected to deliberate on steps to take forward relations to newer heights as well as the evolving regional security situation. DEL72 DAY-LDALL PARADE Magnificent flypast at Republic Day parade, celebrations scaled down due to Covid scare New Delhi: India displayed its military might and vibrant cultural heritage on Rajpath on Wednesday with the grandest flypast with 75 aircraft to mark the "Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav" celebrations being the highlight of the 73rd Republic Day Parade, which was drastically scaled down in view of the Covid pandemic. DEL11 VIRUS-LD CASES Active COVID-19 cases in country decline New Delhi: India logged 2,85,914 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,00,85,116, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. DEL49 AVI-AI-HANDOVER Air India likely to be handed over to Tata group on Thursday New Delhi: The Indian government is likely to hand over Air India to the Tata Group on Thursday, nearly 69 years after it was taken from the conglomerate, officials said on Wednesday. DEL44 VACCINE-PRICE Each dose of Covishield, Covaxin likely to be capped at Rs 275 after getting regular market approval New Delhi: The price of Covishield and Covaxin, the Covid vaccines which are expected to soon get regular market approval from India"s drug regulator, is likely to be capped at Rs 275 per dose plus an additional service charge of Rs 150, official sources said. By Payal Banerjee CAL11 NL-DAY-RIO Centre considering Nagaland"s demand to remove AFSPA, hopeful of "positive" outcome: CM Rio Kohima: The Centre is considering Nagaland"s demand of removal of AFSPA from the state, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said on Wednesday, expressing hope for a "positive decision". BUSINESS DEL51 BIZ-BUDGET India"s annual Budget again goes green, cuts down on printing to bare minimum New Delhi: India"s annual Budget will go green this year too, cutting down on the vast printing of documents that was associated with the presentation of tax proposals and financial statement of Asia"s third largest economy. FOREIGN FGN34 DAY-BANGLA-LD HASINA Bangladesh keen to work with India to realise shared vision of building peaceful and prosperous region: PM Hasina Dhaka: Bangladesh is keen to work with India towards realising the shared vision of building a peaceful and prosperous region, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Wednesday as she extended greetings to her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and the people of India on the country"s 73rd Republic Day. By Anisur Rahman FGN46 UK-JOHNSON-PROBE-2NDLD REPORT UK PM Johnson says he won"t resign as "partygate" report due London: Embattled British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday said he won"t resign amidst growing pressure on him to quit after the so-called “partygate” scandal of alleged lockdown breaches at 10 Downing Street and other government offices during 2020-2021. By Aditi Khanna FGN17 VIRUS-WHO-WORLD-CASES Over 21 million new Covid-19 cases reported globally last week, highest number of weekly cases recorded since beginning of pandemic: WHO United Nations/Geneva: Over 21 million new coronavirus cases were reported around the world last week, representing the highest number of weekly cases recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the World Health Organisation. By Yoshita Singh FGN33 DAY-UK-JHONSON British PM flags vaccine bond with India in Republic Day message London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has extended greetings to the people of India on the Republic Day as he focussed his message on the launch of free trade agreement (FTA) talks and the India-UK vaccine partnership. By Aditi Khanna FGN40 DAY-LD CELEBRATIONS Indians abroad celebrate 73rd Republic Day; greetings pour in from leaders across the world Beijing/London: Indians across the globe on Wednesday celebrated the 73rd Republic Day amid COVID-19 restrictions, as several world leaders, including British, Australian and Bangladeshi Prime Ministers extended their greetings on the occasion, highlighting their strong friendship with India. PTI CJ CJ

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