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AAP GOVT HELPED FARMERS FIND AN ALTERNATIVE TO STUBBLE BURNING: KEJRIWAL

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NEW DELHI: On the completion of six years of the AAP government, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday mentioned one of its achievements: they helped farmers find an alternative to stubble burning to curb pollution.

“A year ago, people gave me a chance to serve again. Despite it being a difficult year, we worked together to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and still continue to do so. We also helped farmers find an alternative (Pusa Institute’s Bio Decomposer Technique) to stubble burning to curb pollution,” Kejriwal said. This statement by Delhi Chief Minister comes at a time when farmers continue to protest at Delhi borders against the recently passed farm laws by the Centre.

“Our government is for the two crore people of Delhi,” said Kejriwal.

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Centre has approved UP govt’s proposal for international airport in Ayodhya: Yogi Adityanath

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], February 26 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said that the state government’s proposal for an international airport in Ayodhya has been approved by the Centre.
“UP government’s proposal for an international airport in Ayodhya has been approved by the Centre. About Rs 1,000 crore has been allocated to the district administration by the state government. The Central government has disbursed Rs 250 crore,” the Chief Minister told ANI.
Speaking about tourism and pilgrimage in Ayodhya, the chief minister said, “Ayodhya is popular for Ramjanmabhoomi. Work in Ayodhya is going on for the construction of Lord Ram temple. Lakhs of devotees and pilgrims visit Ayodhya. The city offers an amalgamation of spirituality and tourism and both the central and state governments are working for its development.”
“I am happy to tell you that to develop international tourism in Ayodhya many new initiatives are being taken. As we all know there are Indian origin people living in various countries and they also like to visit Ayodhya. So the UP government gave a proposal to the Centre to develop Ayodhya airport as an international airport,” Yogi Adityanath said.
” For the construction of the airport, the state government has provided a sum of about Rs 1,000 crore to the district administration for the land. Till now more than 377 hectare of land is made available. The Union government has provided for Rs 250 crore for the operation of ATR 72 type aircraft. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri for this,” he added. (ANI)

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Owner of car laden with explosives abandoned near Mukesh Ambani’s residence identified

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 26 (ANI): The car with explosives found abandoned near the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s on Thursday had been stolen and its real owner has been identified, said Mumbai Police of Friday.
“The car was stolen from Mumbai’s Vikroli area some time ago. Police managed to identify its real owner despite the damage on its chassis number,” police told ANI.
However, the suspect who parked the car near Ambani’s house was seen in CCTV footage but has not been identified as he was wearing a face mask and his head was covered by a hoodie.
Mumbai Police PRO S Chaitanyas said: “Some amount of gelatin was found in the vehicle. The vehicle was seized by the Police. Offence registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Court and Explosive Substances Act. A letter was found in the vehicle but as the investigation is in the preliminary stage, we cannot share the contents.”
Police said that they have obtained CCTV footage from multiple locations where the car passed in Mumbai. They also said that the gelatin which was found in the car was not military-grade but commercial-grade which is generally used in construction-related digging.
Meanwhile, politics erupted after the incident took place yesterday with Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kirit Somaiya targeting Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey.
“The manner in which the car was found shows a miserable failure of Mumbai police that how such vehicles found left in such an important area of the city. Thackrey is using Mumbai Police politically, he should stop the abuse,” Somaiya said. (ANI)

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Tribal Affairs Ministry trains Jharkhand tribal women to become ‘Aatmanirbhar’

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New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Under a joint initiative by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) and the national industry body, Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), around 1000 tribal artisans from all across the country will be trained under the Tribal Entrepreneurship Development Programme.
According to a press release, the training program for the tribal master trainers under the Tribal Entrepreneurship Development Program (TEDP) initiative has begun with 20 tribal artisans getting trained in Jharkhand. These master trainers would then be training the other tribal artisans.
Launched on February 2, this is a 21-day training program at Jharkhand, where the women are learning to professionally paint Khovar and Sohrai forms of paintings.
According to one of the trainers who have been identified to provide the training programs to paint professionally explains that most of the women artisans have never held a brush in their lives, but are well versed in the techniques of painting. “These tribal artisans used to paint pictures on the mud walls of their villages. In the workshop, we assess their painting capability and ensure that the same is replicated on handmade paper and fabric. These trainers can then train other talented artisans of their villages,” he said.
The trainer also explained that once the training is complete, these artisans can upskill their talent and the products that they are developing can be displayed and sold at newer markets using digital technology.
The initiative was formulated under a three-year project agreement through which apex industry body, the ASSOCHAM would act as a Centre of Excellence for Tribal Entrepreneurship Development with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, to work for the upliftment of the tribal communities, according to the release.
Khovar and Sohrai are well-known tribal art forms from Hazaribagh, Jharkhand and are recognized abroad as well. These are murals painted on mud walls. While Khovar is painted by married women during the marriage ceremony, Sohrai is associated with the harvest festival held on the next day of Diwali.
Women paint these murals on houses using broken combs, four fingers, used datuns (tooth sticks). The paintings are made using four natural earth colors – black (manganese), white (Kaolin), red ochre, and yellow ochre. These paintings received GI (geographical indication) tag from the Geographical Indications Registry, India in May 2020.
Of these 20 selected women artists for training, eight are from – Oraon, six are from Munda, and six are from Santhal tribes. And they belong to Dipugadha, Isco, Nano, and Lukaiya villages from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand. These villages have over 400 tribal households.
Jharkhand has a rich heritage of tribal art and abundant forest produce. The area is known for its Pitkar paintings, bamboo craft, stone craft, Dhokra craft and tribal jewelry, wooden craft, and musical instruments.
The delicious and exotic produce like Rugra mushrooms, bamboo shoots, etc is popular organic products of the area. “We have begun the training program with the painting art form. Post this training program, we would also be providing training on other art forms as well,” says the trainer. (ANI)

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Tejashwi Yadav rides bicycle to protest against fuel price hike

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Patna (Bihar) [India], February 26 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Friday rode a bicycle from his residence to the Secretariat in Patna, as a mark of protest against the fuel price hike.
As per the visuals, Yadav pedalled through the road, guarded by his security.
Earlier, slamming the Central government over the new farm laws and fuel price hike, Yadav on Monday said it is an ‘injustice’ to not listen to farmers in an agricultural country like India.
“In an agriculture-dominated country, not listening to farmers is injustice. The government has proved that it is anti-farmer. You (BJP) came in power claiming that inflation will be lowered but prices of fuel and LPG cylinder are sky-rocketing,” Yadav had told reporters.
The RJD leader had driven a tractor from his residence in Patna to the state Assembly.
“Going to participate in the assembly session by driving a tractor to mark protest against fierce inflation and price hike of diesel, petrol and domestic cooking gas and in solidarity with agitating farmers across the country,” read Yadav’s tweet roughly translated from Hindi.
The prices of petrol and diesel have been increasing continuously for more than ten days and in some states, the price of petrol has even crossed Rs 100 in some states. Opposition parties also held protests in different parts of the country over the rise of prices of diesel and petrol. (ANI)

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3 broad objectives announced to regulate OTT platforms, digital media: I-B Secretary

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New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Amit Khare, Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Friday said that the ministry has set three broad objectives to regulate Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms and digital media.
“Three broad objectives have been set — Institutional mechanism, grievance system which empowers citizen, and level playing field with different media to regulate the sector,” the I&B Secretary told ANI.
Amit Khare further said: “We understand the types of media are different amongst each other completely. The print is different from Television, TV is different from films and films are different from web series. We cannot have the same criteria all over but there should be some sort of similarity in the goal post.”
He also said that a level playing field does not mean the same field for everybody but some sort of similarity in the regulation of media should be present.
“What was announced yesterday is a soft touch, self-regulatory mechanism with minimal interference of the government,” Khare added.
On Thursday, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and Ravi Shankar Prasad announced the new policies for the OTT platform and digital media.
This comes as the content on OTT platforms had recently fuelled controversy, leading to public outcry and the booking of makers of some programs. (ANI)

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Cong in ‘troubled waters’ as seniors leaders head ‘north’ in show of strength

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By Siddharth Sharma
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Days after a controversy erupted over comments of Rahul Gandhi comparing politics in North and South India, the party seems to be fishing in troubled waters.
While Congress scion Rahul Gandhi is headed towards the poll-bound Tamil Nadu on Saturday, the party’s dissenters, also known as G-23 will be holding a show of strength in Jammu.
Even as former Congress President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to start his Tamil Nadu tour from the Toothukudi district, the senior leaders who have repeatedly shown their discontent with the party will be in Jammu attending a programme organised by Gandhi Global Family foundation on Saturday.
Sources stated that the foundation, whose National President is Gulam Nabi Azad, will be hosting senior leaders like Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Vivek Tankha, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who have been open about their displeasure with the party leadership over the past few weeks.
Ahead of their Jammu meet, the leaders also met at Azad’s residence. Sources stated that the meeting was attended by Anand Sharma and Bhupinder Singh Hooda while other leaders were contacted on the phone.
According to sources close to G-23 leaders, the event will not be the only programme as rallies and programmes are also under planning in other states to highlight the issues and Congress Party view on those issues.
The group of senior leaders have been demanding a revamp in the party and had earlier written a letter to Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi, showing their dissent with the present system being followed by the party.
Gulam Nabi Azad, who recently retired from Rajya Sabha and the post of Leader of Opposition, will be on a three-day tour of Jammu and Kashmir.
Interestingly, the dissenters are seemingly opening a separate front as they have not invited the Pradesh Congress Committee chief so far to the Gandhi Global Family foundation programme.
Speaking to ANI, Jammu and Kashmir PCC chief Gulam Ahmed Mir confirmed that the PCC office bearers and PCC Chief have not been invited yet by the Gandhi Global Family.
Sources stated that the Congress leadership is closely monitoring the move of dissenters as till now nothing has been said and written by the senior leaders which can be counted as anti-party activity.
The move by senior leaders of the Congress is significant as leaders like Anand Sharma and Kapil Sibal have raised uncomfortable questions regarding Rahul Gandhi’s comments. Although most of these leaders didn’t criticize Gandhi outrightly for his remarks on politics in North and South India. They, however, indirectly expressed their views and put forth the Congress ideology in their statement.
Anand Sharma had told ANI earlier, “Rahul Gandhi had made an observation, perhaps sharing his personal experiences and not disrespecting any part of India or dividing. In what context he made that observation, he can clarify that so that there’s no conjecture or misunderstandings, Congress never divided the country. Each part of India is equally important. North India has also contributed a lot.”
Commenting on Rahul Gandhi’s comments earlier, Sibal also said “I’m nobody to comment on what he said. He said it and he can explain in what context he said this. I can only say that elector in this country is wise, we must respect his wisdom, wherever he may be located. It’s the elector that ultimately votes for you & puts you in the saddle of power. We must respect electors in the country and we must not denigrate their wisdom.”
Rahul Gandhi had said in Kerala, “For the first 15 years, I was an MP in the north. I had got used to a different type of politics. For me, coming to Kerala was very refreshing as suddenly I found that people are interested in issues not just superficially but they like to go into detail about issues. I was talking to some students in the United States and I said to them I really enjoy going to Kerala. It’s not just affection but the way you do your politics, the intelligence with which you do your politics. So, for me, it’s been a learning experience and a pleasure.”
The BJP had latched onto the comments of Rahul Gandhi and cornered him by alleging that the statement reeked of a bias against North Indians.
Rahul Gandhi’s is touring the poll-bound states like Assam, Tamil Nadu and Pudducherry. It will be interesting to see what the dissenters will say in Jammu on Saturday. However, the solidarity of senior leaders of G-23 with Gulam Nabi Azad is being seen as an indication that all is not well in the party. (ANI)

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