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J-K’s agriculture sector will get more share of budget, says LG Manoj Sinha

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Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], February 23 (ANI): The agriculture sector in the Union Territory will get more share of the budget component in future as a unique sustainable agriculture plan has been developed in Jammu and Kashmir, which currently caters to all developmental needs without compromising future potential, said Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday.
Sinha, yesterday attended Horti-Expo 2021 at Police Auditorium in Gulshan Ground in the Valley, which was initiated by the Horticulture Department of the UT to make farmers aware of the new technologies of farming adopted by other states.
“We initiate this fair at an individual level and invited other states including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh delegations to presented their stalls. Our aim is to make farmers aware of what is happening around the country,” Ram Savak, Director Horticulture Jammu told ANI.
A huge number of farmers took parts in the fair, Tejandar Singh, a farmer said: ” It is a good initiative in which farmers get aware about what other states are doing for good crops. It is a good step for the development of the farmers.”

Speaking on the occasion the LG said, “The promotion of local produce and taking it to the global market is one of the key focus areas of the J&K government and it is making continuous efforts to increase the resources and market linkages to further strengthen the horticulture sector. The UT government would continue striving hard to provide the best and advanced technologies to farmers as the welfare of the farmer community and increasing their income manifold is its priority.” (ANI)

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Tamil Nadu to promote Class 9-11 students without exams, says CM Palaniswami

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], February 25 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday said that the state government has decided to promote the students of classes 9, 10, and 11 to the next class without any examinations in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Students of classes 9, 10 and 11 will be promoted to the next class without taking exams, in the light of COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chief Minister, in the state legislative assembly.
Tamil Nadu Government has also increased the retirement age of government employees from 59 to 60.
“Tamil Nadu Government increases the retirement age of government employees from 59 to 60,” said Tamil Nadu CM.
As on date, Tamil Nadu recorded 8,49,629 total cases, 12,478 deaths and 8,33,089 discharges.
Meanwhile, as 16,738 new COVID-19 cases and 138 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Thursday.
With the new cases, the Coronavirus tally in the country has reached 1,10,46,914 including 1,51,708 active cases and 1,07,38,501 discharges.
The death toll has mounted to 1,56,705 with the loss of 138 lives. (ANI)

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Game-changer idea to occupy Pangong south bank heights came up during NSA-led meetings

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New Delhi [India], February 25 (ANI): The Indian move to occupy the heights on the southern bank of the Pangong lake proved to be the game-changer in the entire conflict and ensuring that both sides disengaged from their forward locations.
Sources said the idea to occupy the heights to gain an edge over the Chinese in the conflict zone emerged during the meetings led by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with military commanders including Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane.
In a swift operation carried out between August 29 to August 30, the Indian Army captured important strategic heights overlooking Chinese positions including Rezang La, Richen La and Mokhpari along with several other important heights in that complex.
The sources said the idea of using the Special Frontier Force including Tibetans to carry out the operations also emerged during these meetings involving military commanders.
Sources in the security establishment said in the military segment of dealing with the aggression done by the Chinese Army, CDS Gen Rawat, Army chief Gen Naravane and Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria played a key role in implementing the Indian response.
The sources also credited the close coordination between the security forces including the Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police in the eastern sector for not allowing the Chinese to carry out any aggression there.
Lt Gen Anil Chauhan is the Eastern Army commander and SS Deswal is the head of ITBP.
The sources said the deployment of fighter assets of the Indian Air Force and the quick deployment of the Rafale fighters along with the other fleets also sent out a clear message to the adversary on the extent to which the Indian side was willing to go to tackle their aggression.
The Army also deployed its troops heavily in all sectors to deal with the situation but the bargaining chip to convince the Chinese from leaving the northern bank came only after the southern bank operations.
Army chief Gen Naravane credited the whole of the nation approach for the disengagement between the two sides around February 10 from both banks of the Pangong lake and mentioned the NSA for his suggestions for military response in the conflict.
“We had a number of meetings and in these, the advice is given by our NSA also came in extremely handy. His insight into strategic affairs and matters definitely helped us in chalking out our response,” the chief said in a webinar on Wednesday. (ANI)

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Andhra CM urges Piyush Goyal to give railway lands to poor families, offers alternative land

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Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], February 25 (ANI): Urging Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal to give the Indian Railways-owned land to nearly 800 poor families situated there, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Wednesday offered alternative land to the Railways in lieu of the encroached area.
In a letter to Goyal, Chief Minister said nearly 800 poor families were living in houses that they have built in the railway lands in Raja Rajeswari Peta area of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC).
“These poor residents have been living for more than 30 years in the same area and have made several representations to the government to regularise the encroachments. No meaningful effort had been made in the past to resolve the issue,” the Chief Minister said.
Andhra CM said that as the lands encroached upon by the poor families belong to the Railways, and keeping in view of the long nature of encroachments, it is proposed to offer suitable government land to Railways as part of the exchange in lieu of the encroached land. The Chief Minister also pointed out that the railways have not put the land to any use for more than 30 years.
“The land identified by the State government to be given to Railways is very suitable and is also located within the limits of the VMC. More so, the land offered in exchange is of equal value. Both the encroached land and land proposed in exchange is of equal value,” Jagan said.
He further added that both the encroached land and the land proposed for exchange were inspected by a joint team of Railways and Revenue.
The railway officers had expressed their opinion to the district collector that the encroached land is of little use and they would be in a better position to utilise the proposed land which is located adjacent to 25 acres of railway land in Ajit Singh Nagar, the Chief Minister added. (ANI)

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Our representative institutions are temples of democracy: Om Birla in Meghalaya

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Shillong (Meghalaya) [India], February 25 (ANI): Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Thursday said that our representative institutions are temples of democracy, where public representatives give voice to the hopes and aspirations of the people.
Addressing members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Birla said that democracy has deep roots in our country and a rich legacy of democratic participation has flourished in our villages for thousands of years.
“India has set the earlier examples of democracy for the entire world. That is why this glorious tradition became the foundation of Modern India after independence. Today we can say with pride that the democratic norms gaining ground all over the world, have Indian democracy as an exemplary model” he said.
“Friends, our representative institutions such as the Parliament, Legislative Assemblies and the Local Bodies are the temples of democracy, where public representatives give voice to the hopes and aspirations of the people,” the Lok Sabha Speaker added.
“Hence, it is important for all the democratic institutions – the Parliament, Legislative Assemblies and Local Bodies, be it in the form of Autonomous District Councils or Panchayats, to work in coordination and harmony so that our collective responsibility towards the people is fulfilled,” Birla said.
He further said, “whatever work we undertake should be carried out in this spirit and with utmost dedication towards the people. The concept of democracy can be fructified only when the person at the last rung in the society is benefited”.
“We will have to encourage discussion, dialogue and meaningful debate in representative institutions in order to achieve this objective,” he said adding, “there can be dissent during discussions but we should not reach an impasse. Our discussions should lead to the welfare of the people of the country.” (ANI)

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Centre improved rural, coastal connectivity to ensure farmers get good markets for produce, says PM Modi

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Puducherry [India], February 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that his government has made several efforts to improve rural and coastal connectivity to ensure that agriculture produce gets good markets.
“Our farmers are innovating. It’s our duty to ensure their produce gets good markets. Good roads do exactly that. Four-laning of the road will also draw industries in this area and generate job opportunities for local youth,” Prime Minister Modi said after laying the foundation stone of development projects in Puducherry.
Speaking at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research in Puducherry, PM Modi said, “The people of Puducherry are talented. This land is beautiful. I am here to personally assure all possible support from my Government for the development of Puducherry.”
The Prime Minister who laid the foundation stone of the four-laning project of National Highway (NH) 45-A said the project will draw industries in the area and generate jobs.
“Today, we celebrate the beginning of various development projects that will improve the lives of the people of Puducherry. India needs world-class infrastructure to cater to our development needs. It would make you happy that the foundation stone to four-lane, the NH 45-A is being laid. It gives me immense pleasure to inaugurate the rebuilding of the Mary Building. The building has been recreated in its old form, retaining its heritage,” he said.
He said his government is making several efforts to improve rural and coastal connectivity, and the four-laning of roads will endure that farmers produce get good markets.
“Across India, our farmers are innovating. The government of India has made several efforts to improve rural and coastal connectivity. The agriculture sector will gain from this across India. It is our duty to ensure their produce gets good markets and good roads do exactly that. The 4-laning of roads will also draw industries in this area and generate jobs,” he stated.
Laying the foundation stone for a 400-m synthetic athletic track at the Sports Complex here, Prime Minister said prosperity is closely linked to good health, and in the last seven years, India has made many efforts to improve fitness and wellness.
“Sports teaches us teamwork, ethics and above all, it teaches us sportsman spirit. I’m delighted to lay the foundation stone for a 400-m synthetic athletic track at the Sports Complex here. It is part of the Khelo India scheme. It will nurture sporting talent in the Indian youth. Sports teaches us sportsman spirit. Youth from Puducherry can now excel in national and global sports meets. A 100-bed girl’s hostel inaugurated today is another initiative to help sports,” he said.
“One sector that will play a key role in the coming years is healthcare. Nations that invest in healthcare will shine. In line with our objective to provide quality health care to all, I am inaugurating the blood centre in JIPMER,” he said while reiterating that the healthcare sector will play a key role in the development of the nation in the coming years.
Calling the coast of Puducherry as the soul of the UT, Prime Minister said, “There is so much potential in fisheries, port, shipping and the blue economy. I am honoured to lay the foundation of Puducherry Port Development under the Sagarmala Scheme.”(ANI)

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Congress dares KTR for ‘open debate’ on employment issues in Telangana

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], February 25(ANI): All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesperson Sravan Dasoju on Wednesday slammed Information Technology Minister KT Rama Rao over employment issues in Telangana and dared him for an ‘open debate’.
Sravan, who is a former Member of Parliament, targeted KTR yesterday for his ‘misleading’ statements regarding the recruitment of about 1.32 lakh jobs in the state.
Differing on the minister’s claims, the senior Congress Party leader invited KTR for an “open debate” for discussing the original jobs provided by the government, existing vacancies available in the government and private sector as well. He also fixed the venue, time and date for the debate.
While criticising the attitude of KTR, Sravan said: “We are not idiots to believe in your shameless, useless and falsified statements. You must come along with your team on Friday (February 26) at 12 noon to Telangana Martyrs Memorial at Gunpark with facts of recruitment numbers, current vacancies available.”
“There are about 40 lakh unemployed youth in Telangana and more than three lakh jobs are currently vacant in the government itself. He said that the government did nothing in the last seven years to any segment, especially to the unemployed youth, graduates and even the government employees who are eagerly waiting to get a new Pay Revision Commission (PRC) when their counterparts received 27 per cent in Andhra Pradesh,” said Sravan.
The Congress leader further said: “When your sister K Kavitha cannot survive without a job, how do you think these many youngsters can live without a proper job or self-employment? After all, it is the fundamental responsibility of any government to provide jobs to its citizens.”
Reminding him of the core pillars of the Telangana movement – Water, Grants and Employment – Sravan asked KTR to disclose the total number of vacancies as of 2014, new jobs created as new Panchayats are created, districts are formed and the implementation of 610 GO. He further criticised KTR for making noise only due to the MLC elections and is trying to mislead the graduates by divulging doctored data of jobs created in the state. Regularizing 22,000 plus TS Genco, Transco employees is one of the best examples of deceptive statements of the minister, he explains.
“Your own Biswal Commission report says that 1.91 lakh jobs are currently vacant in the government. Your father said that there will not be any contract jobs in Telangana. But, you are neither appointing new employees, nor filling up existing vacancies. You are not even protecting the rights of private employees when Narayana, Chaitanya, Gayathri groups suddenly removed about 10,000 to 15,000 qualified and experienced lecturers”, Sravan criticised.
Pointing out the failures of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government, Sravan lamented that the Information (Technology Investment Region) ITIR project which was crafted during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government aimed at providing 50 lakh jobs by attracting Rs 2.5 lakh crore investments in Hyderabad has been lost due to the inability of KTR, who betrayed the state youth and IT professionals.
“It requires only Rs 13,000 crore investments and 50,000 acres of land which has already been identified during the Congress party government in Andhra Pradesh. Can’t your father spend Rs 13,000 crore out of Rs 4 lakh crore debts, taken for receiving commissions in the name of projects like Kaleshwaram, for the benefit of 50 lakh sons of the soil?,” he asked. (ANI)

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