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In a first, jawans to take part in PM Modi-headed military meet

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For the first time, jawans from armed forces would be taking part in the Combined Commanders’ Conference to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this week. The Combined Commanders’ Conference was till now involved only Commander-in-Chief rank officers who along with their respective Services chiefs would be addressed by the Prime Minister and given the directives on dealing with the security challenges perceived by the government.

“The jawans would take part in different discussions involving issues related to the functioning of forces and operations,” government sources told ANI. Sources said the suggestion to involve jawans in the discussions came from the Prime Minister’s Office itself.

The jawans participating in the discussions would include Junior Commissioned Officers and Non-commissioned officers and they would be giving presentations on topics given to them, the sources said.

Sources said the insights of jawans come in very handy in day to day functioning of the forces and during the recent India China clash also, the jawans provided valuable suggestions during the digging of trenches and building defences against the Chinese. Prime Minister has changed the usual way of conducting the combined commanders’ conference as he took it out from the South Block and held it on operational bases.

After his first address in 2014, at a conference in the south block, it has been held on aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and Jodhpur airbase.

This time, it is being held in the Kevadia town of Gujarat in front of the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel’s Statue of Unity where the top brass of the military would be staying in tents for the duration of the conference. ANI

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BIGGEST PALMETUM IN NORTH INDIA INAUGURATED AT HALDWANI IN UTTARAKHAND

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The first Palmetum, specialized botanical park, of Uttarakhand, which is also the biggest in the whole of North India was inaugurated on Sunday.

Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) Sanjeev Chaturvedi on Sunday inaugurated the Palmetum which has been developed by the research wing of the Uttarakhand Forest Department in the premises of Uttarakhand Forest Research Institute located in Haldwani. The Palmetum has around 100 different species of Palms.

Main aim of establishment of Palmetum is to promote conservation, further research and to create awareness about importance and ecological role of various palm species. Palmetum completed in a period of 3 years; it has been funded under CAMPA scheme of Central Government with an amount of 16 lakhs only, said Sanjiv Chaturvedi, Chief Conservator Forest, Uttarakhand.

Chaturvedi told The Daily Guardian, “The project has been established in an area of approximately 3.00 Acre, in Haldwani. Around 20 species of Palm in this Palmetum are endangered / threatened (total number of 4 species are critically endangered, 2 species are endangered, 2 species are vulnerable and 6 species are near threatened as per (International Union for Conservation of Nature) IUCN categorization, while 1 is rare as per ENVIS, 1 is threatened as per Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board and 1 is rare as per Indian Biodiversity Portal.

Out of the total palm species, 1 is endemic to Uttarakhand); Trachycarpus takil (Takil Palm), which is endemic to Uttarakhand, is only Palm which can survive sub zero temperature and declared as threatened by Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board; other endangered / threatened species include Beaucarnea recurvata (Ponytail Palm), Hyophorbe lagenicaulis (Bottle palm), Dypsis leptocheilos (Red neck palm) , Hyophorbe verschaffeltii (Spindle Palm)etc.

Lots of edible items come from palm trees. Coconuts are an obvious product of palm trees, dates, which are very nutritious; betel nuts used extensively in India; palm oil used in making food; acai fruit -all come from palm trees. Palm wine is created from coconut palms, date palms, the Chilean wine palm and other species. Owing to their great aesthetic and ornamental value, palms are cultivated for both indoor and outdoor decoration. Palms are managed by the indigenous populations for food, fodder, handicrafts, thatches and construction materials.

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HARYANA POLICE MAKE ELABORATE ARRANGEMENTS IN VIEW OF ‘BHARAT BANDH’ CALL BY FARMERS TODAY

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In view of the nation-wide call for ‘Bharat Bandh’ given by various farmers’ organizations, Haryana Police has issued an advisory stating that people may face traffic blockages on various roads and highways of the state on September 27. Giving this information here on Sunday, a Haryana Police spokesman told The Daily Guardian that elaborate arrangements have been put in place by the civil and police administration in Haryana according to directions of the state government. The primary objective of these arrangements is to maintain public peace and order, preventing any kind of violence and to facilitate the functioning of traffic and public transport systems across the state.

The farmers organisations have given the call to block state and national highways on September 27 between 6 am and 4 pm. As per reports, it is expected that agitating groups may sit in dharna on various roads and highways and block them for some time. The national and state highways in the state may see some traffic disruptions for several hours, the spokesperson added.

All the citizens are being informed about these arrangements in advance so that they are able to plan and modify their journey accordingly, to avoid any inconvenience. All the districts have also been asked to make necessary arrangements in this regard, he added.

He also appealed the farmers to raise their issues peacefully without disturbing law and order situation. Stern action as per the law would be taken against the elements trying to disturb public order under the guise of bandh call, he said while signing off.

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CHILDREN WITNESSED AN ALARMING INCREASE IN BMI DURING PANDEMIC

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On Saturday, Prof Dr. Arun Bansal, PGIMER, spoke on various issues relating to parents, pediatricians, and kids at a hybrid conference of North Zone Pedicon, which was organized by the Chandigarh Association of Paediatricians, in which around 600 delegates across the globe participated.

As per Dr Piyush Gupta (President, Central Indian Academy of Pediatrics), “A child doesn’t need to get vaccinated first and then go to school. Moreover, it is wrong on the part of the school administration to ask parents to sign the consent form for sending kids to school. We, as IAP would speak to the government to stop this practice as it compromises the psyche of kids and parents both. IAP has created such guidelines for parents and people in common to understand what and how to handle kids during the pandemic.”

Dr. Bansal told The Daily Guardian, “It has been seen in kids that due to pandemic, increased screen time, lockdown their BMI was increased, many institutes like PGIMER did BMI study on kids, and it is found that Body Mass Index was increased 17.3 to 17.8 in just a few months. Hence, Vaccination is important but stopping kids to go school or doing physical activity may prove out to be more taxing on kids than this virus.”

Talking further Dr. Bansal and Dr. Arun Prasad said, “Maybe kids are blessed to natural antibodies against the virus but kids who had exposed to the virus, might have remained asymptomatic or moderately sick but the real problem started after the six months of the virus when the child had recorded multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), a post-Covid complication. So far, PGIMER has seen 100 such complications, where lungs and other organs of kids got compromised yet PGIMER was able to treat them all.”

The organizing committee comprises of Dr Piyush Gupta (President, Central Indian Academy of Pediatrics), Dr GV Basavraj (Hon. Gen. Secretary, CIAP), Dr Ramesh Kumar (President-Elect, CIAP), Dr. Purna Kurkure (Treasurer, CIAP), Dr. Sangeeta Yadav (Organising Chairperson), Dr. Arun Bansal (Scientific Converner), Dr. Gaurav Gupta (Co-Organising Chairperson), Dr. Arun Prasad (Organising Secretary), Dr. Kanya Mukhopadhaya (Scientific Convener), Dr. Roosy Aulukh (Scientific Committee), and Dr. Gunjan Baweja (Co-Organising Secretary).

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RAGHUNATH KUCHIK’S BOOK CHRONICLES THE JOURNEY OF SHIV SENA

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MUMBAI: Raghunath Kuchik, the deputy leader of Shiv Sena State’s Minimum Wages Advisory Committee, a minister of state rank has come out with a comprehensive book on the journey of Bal Thackrey led Shiv Sena and its journey over the past five decades. Book “Shivsena-Asmita Sangharsh Vaatchal” that was released by Shiv Sena’s senior leader and MP Sanjay Raut was presented to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari by Kuchik himself.

Governor Koshyari who immediately read a couple of pages of the book said, “It’s very interesting.”

He also said it was a fiery brand leader and Sena Supremo Balasaheb’s personality that boosted Shivsena and BJP alliance in the past and he was confident that Sena-BJP will come together sooner or later on the development agenda.

The book that throws light on several dimensions of Shiv Sena is written by several scholars, experts including former Maha CM and senior Sena leader Manohar Joshi and several journalists. Expressing about his book that traces the political transition of Shiv Sena in the last five decades said, “It has been in my mind for a long time that such a book should be published through my organization Prabodhan Trust. We intend to bring this book in English in the future to bring it to the national level.”

Shiv Sena’s Labour leader Dr Kuchik discussed Shiv Sena’s labour movement and how it is helping people in long run across industries. Since he heads Minimum Wages Advisory Committee (MWAC) in Maharashtra, he also made Koshyari understand about Minimum Wage policy, new mechanism and enforcement. He strongly shared various labour issues for the unorganised and IT sector, their social security and pointed out how difficult COVID-19 time especially for labours across the industry.

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Haryana CM launches 3 digital portals for ensuring ‘smooth’ administrative functioning

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On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya that was celebrated as ‘Samarpan Divas’ on Sunday, across the Country, Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal launched three major IT applications namely Samarpan, Hunar, and Foreign Corporations Department’s ( FCD) in a bid to ensure the betterment of society along with the smooth administrative functioning in the state.

While interacting with media, he said that Portal aims to encourage volunteers willing to serve the society by becoming an integral part of Government. Samarpan Portal is going to prove a pivotal platform for anyone wishing to render their services to serve humanity. Samarpan Portal which aims to encourage such volunteers who are willing to serve the society and can become an essential part of social upliftment in Haryana by dedicating their time and effort towards social work.

The voluntary services provided through the ‘Samarpan’ initiative are linked with various programmes and initiatives of the government such as education, women and child development, farmer’s welfare, skill development.

The Chief Minister also launched the official website of Foreign cooperation Department (FCD) which presents an incredible opportunity to Non- Resident Haryanvis to reconnect, rediscover, and revive their roots in Haryana. FCD aims to transform Haryana and create a heart to heart connection with people, governments, and companies around the globe. FCD’s website provides comprehensive information about Haryana, Haryanvi culture, reasons to invest in Haryana, the export performance of the State, etc.

In continuation to the mentioned above, the Chief Minister also launched Hunar App that aims to help youth take up entrepreneurship. The app is developed by Haryana Skill Development Mission. Through this app, the Haryana Skill Development Mission will give training to the candidates for self-employment and setting up an enterprise in various activities besides the regular wage employment training. In addition to this, the students will be given training in various industrial, technical, vocational, and competitive courses through this app. Apart from above. In this app, the complete syllabus of school students from classes VI to XII will be available and under the New Education Policy-2020, college and school students will also be able to get the support of various project work, workshops, webinars, and internships through this app. This HUNAR app would be a milestone for the development of the youth of the State.

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‘Disillusioned’ farmers of Himachal Pradesh to observe ‘Bharat Bandh’

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The agitated and annoyed farmers and apple producers of Himachal have been fraught with the continuous fall in apple prices and the alleged plundering in mandis, and manifold increase in input costs. Amid this, farmers of Himachal have decided to move on the path of agitation. Farmers, dissatisfied about horticulture specially farm policy of the state, are going to agitate against the government on September 27 across the state on roads and streets.

CPI (M) leader and MLA Rakesh Singh said that on September 27, United Kisan Morcha is going to take part in Bharat Bandh. The United Kisan Manch Himachal under the banner will protest and agitate against the exploitation both in market and farm related trade.

It is worth mentioning that the farmers of the state are accusing the government of operating the apple market in collaboration with private apple traders, big corporate houses and bringing down the prices. Due to this, the horticulturists organization at the block and district level for the last one month across the state are gearing up by holding meetings and small agitations, for making this September 27, Bharat bandh successful.

Meanwhile, a statement of the Chief Minister has increased the displeasure of the farmers’ organizations. In a statement the CM has termed the movement of United Kisan Manch as a political movement.

MLA Rakesh Singha reacted to the Chief Minister’s statement and said that the Chief Minister should show willpower to crack down on the robbers in the mandis.

Singha said that the policy of discrimination is going to increase the difficulties of the government. The farmers organization is going to start a big fight against this exploitation of the government and the corporate together, and the brunt of it will be faced by the government badly, he added.

CPI (M) leader and gardener Rakesh Singha said, “Political parties come later, first we are farmers.”

“Government should not discriminate or split farm organization into political ideology,” he added.

The chairman of the Sanyukt Kisan Manch, Harish Chauhan told The Daily Guardian “The government and the agencies have turned a blind eye to the plight of the farmers”

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