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GOVT MUST AIM AT REDUCING FARM EMISSIONS, AND NOT JUST CROP BURNING

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Chandigarh: Emissions from agricultural activities continue to adversely affect the air quality, leading to a string of diseases, revealed a study conducted by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education Research (PGIMER) in collaboration with Panjab University, Chandigarh, and IITM, Pune.

The study indicates that in the build-up of air pollution during the post-monsoon period, the role of meteorology cannot be ignored as 70-86 percent of air masses originate within the 500 km where agricultural activities take place. The data of crop residue indicated that there were around 35,000 active fires during harvesting.

The government should focus on reducing agricultural emissions rather than only focusing on residue crop burning, which is undoubtedly a prominent reason behind poor air quality.

The study was conducted in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib district, known for using advanced-agro technology and equipment. The study looked at the influence of agriculture activities.

As for the methodology, real-time sampling was done in the Khera village of Fatehgarh Sahib in three phases—Harvesting Burning (HB), Burning Tillage Sowing (BTS) and Pesticide Fertilizer Spray (PFS) periods from 25 October 2019 to 23 December 2019. As many as 15 air pollutants were monitored during research work.

Following the findings, it comes to surface that maximum particulate matter (PM) was reported during the harvesting burning period, followed by pesticide fertiliser spray and burning tillage sowing period. Contrary to this, particulate matter (PM2 and PM10) was found at large scale during the fertiliser spray period, which clearly reveals that the concentration of the finer particles gets increased with a decline in the temperature.

It is pertinent to mention that the study, “Influence of agricultural activities on atmospheric pollution during post-monsoon harvesting seasons at a rural location of Indo-Gangetic plain”, was conducted by Dr Ravindra Khaiwal (PGIMER), Dr Suman Mor (PU) and Tanbir Singh and Gufran Beig (both from IITM, Pune).

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CONGRESS DESTROYED MADHYA PRADESH DURING 15-MONTH TENURE, SAYS SHIVRAJ SINGH CHAUHAN

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan slammed the previous Congress government in the state, alleging that the state witnessed destruction during its tenure.

“Kamal Nath was the Chief Minister for 15 months. His government destroyed the state for those 15 months. Development works and schemes were halted. Kamal Nath could not provide water and money to farmers. But after 15 months, I was back into power during the Covid crisis. Everything had stopped. There was also a challenge of upgrading healthcare infrastructure,” Chauhan said. As a part of the programme, Chauhan launched 103 Angandwadis in 32 districts of the state. 10,000 nutrition gardens were also launched in 52 districts of the state.

Speaking on the success of his government, the Chief Minister added, “We tried to work for farmers in spite of facing a financial crunch. We purchased paddy and wheat. We also purchased Moong dal from farmers so that they would not have to face losses. I provided Rs 8,000 crores to farmers under Prime Minister Fasal Beema Yojna.”

“The Prime Minister provided an amount of Rs 6,000 per year and I provided Rs 4,000 from my side as well. This government works for farmers. But the previous government could not even provide water to farmers,” he added.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in the state last year in March with Shivraj Singh Chouhan assuming the chief ministerial post. This came after the Kamal Nath-led Congress government collapsed following the resignation of then party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who went on to join the BJP along with 21 MLAs.

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AMID COVID-19, TRIPURA HC REJECTS TMC PLEA TO HOLD RALLY ON 22 SEPTEMBER

TMC leader Shantanu Sen said that the state’s BJP government is scared of the Trinamool Congress and that is why it is trying to hinder their political activities, under the garb of legalities.

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Keeping in view the Covid-19 situation in the state, Trinamool’s Abhishek Banerjee will not be able to hold any meeting or procession till November 4 in Tripura, stated an official decree of the Tripura High Court. Earlier, on Tuesday morning, Tripura CM Biplob Deb also banned the holding of any meeting in the state, citing the similar reasons. However, according to some sections of the political circles, the reason behind this is political.

The Trinamool Congress had sought permission for Abhishek Banerjee, the All India General Secretary of the Trinamool Congress, to hold a march for the third time. The matter was taken to the Tripura High Court. During the hearing of the case, the court said that the Tripura government had informed that it was not allowing any meeting, committee, or any procession in view of the Covid-19 situation in the state. The ban is in place until November 4.

“Any kind of meeting/procession/public gathering by any political party in Sadar Police Subdivision (East Agartala and West Agartala areas) is prohibited w. e.f. 6 A.M of 21.09.2021 to midnight 04.11.2021,” said the notification.

A single judge high court bench of justice Arindam Lodh on Tuesday rejected TMC’s petition for staying the notification.

In this context, the Tripura High Court said that the court does not want to interfere in any way in the decision taken by the Tripura government in the panemic situation. As a result, Abhishek Banerjee’s march for Wednesday has been canceled. Although the Trinamool alleges that the BJP government has used this legal step to stop Abhishek.

Because, before that, their program was not allowed on September 15. After that, the procession of Abhishek was canceled on 16 September, citing the reasons of Bishwakarma Pujo.

TMC leader Shantanu Sen said the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is scared of them and that is why it is trying to hinder their political activities.

“But we are with the people, and we will stick to them in the coming days as well,” Sen was quoted saying by the Hindustan Times.

On the contrary, BJP claims that this decision has been taken by the government in view of the emergency situation, and it has nothing to do with politics.

Meanwhile, Trinamool leader Kunal Ghosh fell ill during interrogation at Tripura police station on the same day. He was summoned for questioning by the Tripura Police. The interrogation lasted for some time, and in the midst, Ghosh fell ill at the police station. He was rushed to ILS Hospital in Tripura for treatment.

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PM MODI, MACRON DISCUSS WAYS TO PROMOTE SECURITY IN INDO-PACIFIC REGION

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NEW DELHI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday discussed the important role that the India-France partnership could play in promoting stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

The two leaders also reviewed the increasing bilateral collaboration between the two countries. This was discussed during a telephonic conversation between PM Modi and Macron, the French embassy said in a statement. “They reviewed the increasing bilateral collaboration in the Indo-Pacific region, and the important role that the India-France partnership plays in promoting stability and security in the region,” the statement said.

The leaders also agreed to maintain close and regular consultations, in the spirit of the India-France Strategic Partnership, which both countries cherish deeply.In addition, the two leaders also discussed regional issues including recent developments in Afghanistan.

In this context, they shared their concerns about the possible spread of terrorism, narcotics, illicit weapons and human trafficking, as well as the need to ensure human rights, rights of women and minorities, the statement added.

Macron also reiterated France’s commitment to contributing to strengthening India’s strategic autonomy, including its industrial and technological base, as part of a close relationship based on mutual trust and respect between two strategic partners. 

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‘Work on AIIMS Bilaspur progressing fast’

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With the creation of Bilaspur AIIMS, the health sector of Himachal Pradesh will get a huge boost and will be of great help to the needy. Not only Himachal Pradesh, people of entire north India will get state-of-the-art health facilities in the region:

On Tuesday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, BJP national president and former Health Minister J.P. Nadda and Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs and Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur, along with other officials of AIIMS Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, took a review meeting regarding the construction work of AIIMS Bilaspur.

Nadda said that is it a great gift from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the people of Himachal. The entire Himachal is thankful to him for giving this premier health institution like AIIMS to Himachal.

He said along with serving the healthcare sector, new employment opportunities will be created. Work on AIIMS Bilaspur is going on very fast. In 2022, this institute, equipped with state-of-the-art health facilities, will be given to the whole of North India as a gift of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has resolved that every countryman should get the best health facilities and to make this a reality, he started 15 AIIMS in his government. PM Modi has started the work of medical colleges in every district. There has been an increase in medical seats in the country. Nadda thanked Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya for continuous monitoring and appreciated Anurag Thakur and thanked Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur for providing basic facilities by the state government.

Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya directed that the construction work of AIIMS Bilaspur should be completed within the time limit by 2022. With the start of AIIMS Bilaspur, the people of Himachal Pradesh will benefit a lot.

Those who used to go to Delhi to get their treatment done with good health facilities will now get the benefit of having better technology and specialist departments of many diseases in their home state itself.

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Himachal minister meets Shah, discusses plan to promote FPOs in cooperative sector

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Urban Development and Cooperation Minister Suresh Bhardwaj called on Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Tuesday. Bhardwaj discussed the possibilities of expansion up to the block level by bringing cooperative societies under the Integrated Cooperative Development Project or outside it under the Agricultural Produce Organization (FPO) scheme.

Bhardwaj said that Himachal is working on a scheme aimed at promoting FPOs in the cooperative sector. Under this, the state government has set a target of reaching at least 10,000 farmers through registration of 100 FPOs in a year. He said that the formation of FPOs in the cooperative sector would strengthen the crop harvesting management infrastructure.

He urged the Union Minister to make available funds for the training of the members of the FPO Management Committee separately from the training of Secretaries. He also discussed other issues related to the Ministry of Cooperation with the Union Minister. Suresh Bhardwaj informed that the process of computerization of cooperative societies has been started by the state government in collaboration with NABARD and a provision of Rs 5 crore has been made for computerization of 300 meetings in the state. He urged to provide assistance in the ratio of 80:20 or 90:10 through State-Centre Partnership Scheme to connect all the cooperative societies of the state with this scheme.

He urged for extending the interest subvention to primary agricultural credit societies working in the health, education, MSME and eco-tourism sectors. Till now this facility is being provided only to the meetings working in agriculture and horticulture sector. He also urged for provision of collateral free credit facility up to Rs 20 lakh to cooperative societies so that more cooperative societies can take maximum benefit of schemes like Primary Agricultural Credit Societies or Integrated Cooperative Development Project of the government.

Suresh Bhardwaj also urged the Union Minister to bring state and district cooperative banks under the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises. This move will encourage these banks to provide advance loans to cooperative societies. He also urged to make provision for establishment expenditure under Integrated Cooperative Development Project, so that proper arrangement of staff could be made for this project. The Union Minister assured to provide all possible assistance to the state.

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Punjab sees first bureaucratic rejig after Channi assuming office

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The first major bureaucratic reshuffle took place in the state on Tuesday after Charanjit Singh Channi took over as the Chief Minister. Transfer and posting orders of nine IAS and two Provincial Civil Service (PCS) officers were issued on Tuesday. While the state got new Director Information and Public Relations, three new appointments were made in the Chief Minister’s Office. DC Mohali has also been changed.

Senior IAS officers Tejveer Singh and Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, who were Principal Secretary and Special Principal Secretary to the former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, respectively, were also given new responsibilities. IAS Kamal Kishore Yadav has been given the responsibility of Secretary Information and Public Relations as well as Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, while 2009 batch IAS officer Sumit Jarangal has been posted as Director Information and Public Relations in his place.

IAS officer Tejveer Singh has been posted as Principal Secretary, Investment Promotion, Industries and Commerce and IT. Similarly, IAS Gurkeerat Kirpal Singh has been posted as Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Defense Services Welfare. Dilip Kumar, a 1995 batch IAS officer, has been given the responsibility of the mission director, Tandrust Punjab, along with the principal secretary, Science Technology and Environment.

IAS officer Mohammad Tayyab has been posted as CEO of Punjab Waqf Board. Isha, a 2009 batch IAS officer, has been posted as DC Mohali. IAS officer Harpreet Singh Sudan has been appointed as Mission Director, Punjab Skill Development Mission, along with the earlier responsibilities held by him.

At the same time, IAS officer Shaukat Ahmed Parray has been posted as Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister while PCS officer Mankanwal Singh Chahal has been posted as Deputy Principal Secretary to the CM. PCS officer Anil Gupta has been posted as Deputy Secretary Personnel.

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