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New Basmati variety by Jammu university doubles farmers’ income

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Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], February 10 (ANI): Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) Jammu has come up with new varieties of seeds of Basmati rice which have doubled the yield per hectare and helped increase farmers’ income.
Scientists at SKUAST have developed the new varieties – Jammu Basmati 118,123 and 136 – after years of research.
Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST, Jammu, JP Sharma told ANI, “The new variety of Jammu Basmati 118 that we came up with is 20 -25 per cent more productive than the most famous varieties Basmati 370 and it is ready for cultivation 25 days before Basmati 370. Also, Basmati 370 takes time to ripen as a result of which farmers do not get time to plant wheat. This will help increase the income of farmers by increasing the yield of both rice and wheat.”
“We released 12 varieties including that of rice, vegetables, pulses, kidney beans and walnuts last year in December which we dedicated to the farmers and we will make available even more varieties of seeds. Some of them have already been given to farmers for testing,” he added.
Sharma further said, “We want to launch a farmer-to-farmer seed production program. As part of this, we want to produce seeds and give them to farmers for production under the university’s supervision. Also in coming years, many other farmers will be covered under the program.”
A farmer said that they have benefited from the new variety of Basmati seeds as the old variety Jammu Basmati 370 used to ripen late and the yield was not as much. This used to result in the late plantation of wheat and lesser produce. The new variety 118 has helped increase the production of both rice and wheat and in doubling the income.
Another farmer stated that production from old variety Basmati 370 was around 1 quintal while that from the new variety Basmati 118 is more than 1.5 quintals. This means greater produce and more money.
These new varieties are also more resistant to diseases, added another farmer. (ANI)

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Malappuram (Kerala) [India], February 26 (ANI): ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan formally joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Malappuram on Thursday in presence of Union Minister RK Singh.
Sreedharan joined the party during BJP’s ongoing Vijaya Yatra led by Kerala BJP Chief K Surendran.
“Metro man Sri E Sreedharan joins BJP at Mallapuram in the presence of Union Minister RK Singh during Kerala Vijaya Yatra led by K Surendran,” tweeted BJP National General Secretary BL Santhosh.
Ahead of Assembly elections in Kerala, former Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan on February 18 announced that he will join the BJP.
“If BJP comes to power in Kerala, I am ready to become the chief minister. The party has not asked me till now as it is too premature. But if BJP asks me, I am willing to take up the post and show how a state can be run efficiently like we are running DMRC,” Sreedharan had told ANI earlier.
The Assembly elections in Kerala are likely between April-May this year. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Former Haryana Congress leader Ashok Tanwar launched a new political party ‘Apna Bharat Morcha’ in the national capital on Thursday.
Former Tripura Congress leader Kirit Pradyut Deb Barman was among the scores of leaders who attended the launched event.
Speaking at the event Tanwar said that people who left Congress made a tough decision but they did so because they wanted to work for the nation.
He quoted cartoonist RK Laxman and said, “The real Congress will be reduced in size through constant splits.” Tanwar said Laxman’s words are a reality of today’s Congress.
“Apna Bharat Morcha will work with a three-pillared approach of dialogue, debate, and discussion,” he said.
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Chandigarh [India] February 26 (ANI): The Youth Akali Dal (YAD) will gherao Delhi Police personnel for singling out Punjabi youth for arrests by registering false cases against them in connection with the January 26 incidents in the national capital.
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“We stand by our youth. I request all affected families to seek the support of the YAD in this connection. We will not allow any discrimination against our youth at any cost, Romana said,” SAD tweeted.
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Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on November 26 had announced that a three-member drafting committee has been formed to frame law on “love jihad” in the state.
Vij had earlier said that the committee comprising T L Satyaprakash (IAS) Secretary Home, ADGP Navdeep Sing Virk (IPS) and Additional Advocate General Deepak Manchanda will also study the love jihad law of other states.
The Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council on February 25 had passed the ‘Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Bill, 2021’, which aims to curb religious conversions by fraudulent or any other undue means, including through marriage.
Last year on December 29, the Madhya Pradesh Cabinet had approved the Dharma Swatantrata (Religious Freedom) Ordinance, 2020 to deal with “love jihad” cases in the state.
The Bharatiya Janata Party government in Madhya Pradesh took the ordinance route much like the Uttar Pradesh to enact the law to check forced religious conversion. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the inaugural address at the 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games on February 26, at around 11:50 AM, via video conferencing.
“The Games will be held from February 26 to March 2, 2021,” read the press release by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The event has been organised by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju, in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council and the Winter Games Association of Jammu and Kashmir.
The sports activities will include alpine skiing, nordic ski, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, ice hockey, ice skating, ice stock etc. 27 States, Union Territories and Boards are sending their teams to participate in the games. (ANI)

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