Farmers’ plan

New Delhi, Jan 25: Ahead of their proposed tractor parade on Republic Day, protesting farmer unions on Monday announced that they would march towards Parliament from different locations on February 1 when the Union Budget is scheduled to be presented. – PTI

E-voter card

New Delhi, Jan 25: The Election Commission on Monday rolled out the electronic version of the voters’ photo identity card which can be stored on mobile phones and downloaded on personal computers. The e-voter card will be available in the PDF format. – PTI

Job interviews

New Delhi, Jan 25: Interviews for certain categories of government jobs have been abolished in 23 states and eight Union territories to eliminate the scope of allegations of nepotism or corruption, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Monday. – PTI

Akash test-fire

Balasore, Jan 25: India on Monday successfully test-fired the new-generation Akash missile from an integrated test range off the Odisha coast, an official statement said. The surface-to-air missile was launched from Chandipur ITR in the afternoon, it said. – PTI


United Nations, Jan 25: India’s economy is estimated to contract by 9.6 per cent in 2020, as lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic slashed domestic consumption, and the growth is expected to recover and grow at 7.3 per cent in 2021, a UN report on Monday said. – PTI