Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to Ayodhya on Wednesday after 29 years to fulfil his promise and perform the “bhoomi pujan” of the proposed Ram Mandir. Clad in a golden dhoti-kurta, PM Modi addressed the gathering after the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the grand temple, saying it would be the modern symbol of our traditions and “an instrument to unite the country”.
“A grand temple will now be built for our Ramlala who had been staying in a tent. Today Ram Janmabhoomi breaks free of the cycle of breaking and getting built again, that had been going on for centuries,” said PM Modi as he shared the dais with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Ram Janmabhoomi Trust chairperson Mahant Nritya Gopal Das Maharaj, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
As chants of “Jai Siya Ram and “Bharat Mata ki Jai” reverberated in the air, PM Modi added, “It’ll become a symbol of our devotion, our national sentiment. This temple will also symbolise the power of collective resolution of crores of people. It will keep inspiring the future generations… Despite efforts to eradicate existence of Lord Ram, he still lives in our heart and is basis of our culture. Ram is everywhere, Ram belongs to all.”
The ceremony, which was held 10 months after the historic verdict of the Supreme Court, was certainly curtailed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but it marked the pinnacle of the BJP’s decades-long movement that brought it to the political centre-stage. 5 August also marks one-year anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 which was the other ideological core to the BJP.
CM Yogi Adityanath, at the event, said it was PM Modi’s “foresight and wisdom” that paved the way for peaceful resolution of the Ram Mandir issue.
“Our country believes in ‘Vasudev Kutubhkam’ i.e. World is One Family. We believe in taking everyone along. Today is a new beginning of a new India,” said RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, mentioning how the RSS and other like-minded organisations worked over 30 years to fulfil the dream.
PM Modi, along with CM Adityanath, first visited the Hanuman Garhi temple to offer prayers and was presented a silver “mukut” and a stole by the head priest. Then he went to the Ram Janmabhoomi and performed “sashtangpranam” to Ramlala and before taking part in further ceremonies, he also planted a Parijat sapling, which is considered a divine plant.
“The way Dalits, OBCs, tribals, every section of the society supported Gandhiji during the freedom struggle, this pious work of building Ram temple has started with the cooperation of people from all over the country… There is no aspect of life where our Ram does not inspire us. There is no such feeling of India in which Lord Ram is not seen. Ram is in the faith of India, Ram is in the ideals of India. Ram is in the divinity and philosophy of India,” PM Modi added.
The soil for the “bhoomi pujan” was brought in from more than 1,500 places and holy water was collected from 2,000 places. Bricks engraved with “Jai Shri Ram” were also used in the puja which began with the head priest chanting Sanskrit “shlokas”. For the “bhoomi pujan”, a 40-kg brick made of pure silver was also used.
Ayodhya turned into a fortress on Wednesday as roads were lined with festoons and flags of every shade of saffron which also fluttered from rooftops. Road-facing houses were coated with bright yellow as hoardings welcomed the Prime Minister.
Mahraj Jairam, the deputy mahant of Shri Ram ashram, said: “It is a very emotional moment for us as our forefathers had fought for the mandir and now we will see it being built before our eyes. Lord Ram has come back to the city at his own home and it is a moment of great joy and pride for us.”
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THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED EDUCATED YOUTH JUMPS TO 846,209 IN HIMACHAL
SHIMLA: In Himachal, the state with one of the highest literacy rates in the country, there are nearly about 9 lakh educated youth who are unemployed. Ironically, the population of the state just stands at nearly 70 lakh.
In the first day of the monsoon session this data was presented in the assembly on Monday. And these numbers are on the books, it is likely that there would be more unemployed-uneducated youth in the state who are off the record Consequently, amid the pandemic as many as lakhs of people including educated youth have lost their jobs due to lockdown and closure of establishments throughout the country and Himachal.
This was stated by Industries Minister Bikram Singh Thakur in a written reply to a query raised by Congress MLAs Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, Vikramaditya Singh and Mukesh Agnihotri.
The written reply which came from the Industries Minister has reflected the very high rate of unemployment in the state, presenting a disturbing picture.
There are 4,04,819 unemployed youth who are qualified upto higher secondary level, 1,95548 are matriculate, 1,36517 are graduate, 76,318 post graduate and 33,007 under matriculate respectively.
According to the data laid in the house, till January 31, 2020, the registered number of educated in the employment offices of the state was 8,46,209, out of which the government could provide employment to only 28661 unemployed people in last two years.
It is important to mention that the figures presented here in the assembly were compiled before the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile thousands of youth of Himachal have become unemployed during the pandemic itself.
Together, the number of unemployed in the state will be much higher, which is certainly a matter of concern for the small but a literate state like Himachal.
One out of every 10 women in India suffers from PCOS: Study
Every tenth woman in the country is suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) disease and the women with the disease have hormonal imbalance and metabolism problems that affect their health adversely. Apart from this, women suffering from the disease continue to face a string of other health issues like irregular menstruation, weight gain, acne, hirsutism which is revealed by a study conducted by a Ph.D. scholar namely Dr. Ishwarpreet Kaur of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh. It is pertinent to mention that the study was conducted adopting random sampling
As many as 275 women were selected in the study and out of the selected sample, who were administered a questionnaire to elicit their treatment-seeking behaviour, 62 willing participants were subjected to in-depth interviews. The study clearly indicated that most of the PCOS patients were overweight (79%) and were diagnosed between 16-25 years of age (76%). Many ( nearly 45%) respondents had no information regarding PCOS. Only 9.1% received some information from their doctors. Above mentioned disease led to multiple ill effects on their health. It is also worth mentioning that out of the total, 37.5% said that the internet existed as the primary and essential source of the information pertaining to the disease and in view of this, they expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of information. Multiple health care agencies (Allopathy and Indigenous) were consulted by most (85.8%) of the respondents. Allopathy was the preferred choice of treatment. It also came to surface that a lot of them hesitated to disclose details to people regarding the disease and the taboo factor emerged as responsible for the same.
The delay in initiating the treatment ranged from 7 days to 84 months which led to increased problems of the patients The major reasons for this were ignorance, the concept of normality, the concept of endurance and relief from symptoms. They were also dissatisfied with the treatment due to a late diagnosis, lack of relief, taboo, side-effects, expenses involved and the need for repeated laboratory tests. Participants’ course of treatment was influenced by the interplay of individual, distress, health-system, and social-economic factors.
A manuscript based on Dr. Ishwarpreet Kaur’s Ph.D. research work (Co-authors: Vanita Suri, Head, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Dr. Satya Vati Rana Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr. Amarjeet Singh, Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health) has been deemed suitable for publication in PLOS ONE, a renowned research journal in the arena.
PM MODI TO PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY IN THE ‘FOOD FOR ALL, NUTRITION FOR ALL’ PROGRAMME
Characterizing the motto “Sarvajan Hitaya, Sarvajan Sukhay”, the decisive and sensitive state government of Gujarat is committed to ensuring that all citizens get adequate and timely food. This government led by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel is always striving to provide food security and nutrition security to the citizens. On August 3, the completion of five years of this government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present virtually at the food distribution program organized under the theme “Food for All, Nutrition for All”.
The Prime Minister will distribute 5 kg kits of food grains per beneficiary to over four and a half lakh poor, Antyodaya beneficiaries from more than 17,000 government-approved food grains fair price shops. Apart from that, Chief Minister and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Jayesh Radadia will also join the state-level program at Dahod. While the Prime Minister will interact directly with the beneficiaries at five fair price shops in five districts. In addition, under NFSA, an estimated 72 lakh families (population of 3.5 crores) will be provided five kg of food grains and bags per person. An estimated 8 lakh 50 thousand people will participate in the entire program.
The beneficiaries registered under the National Food Security Act are given milk and rice every month at concessional rates for food security as per their eligibility. As of March 2021, 346.90 lakh citizens of 71.44 lakh families have been covered under NFSA. The state government has also decided to include all disabled beneficiaries and Gangaswarup (widow) women registered under the state’s Women and Child Development Department, construction workers registered under the Construction Workers Welfare Board under the Labor and Employment Department under NFSA. Not only this, the eligibility age of the elderly person for this scheme has been reduced from 65 years to 60 years.
The state government is standing firm on the side of the Antyodaya families by deciding to provide free food grains to 80 percent of the citizens of the state during the lockdown in the difficult times of Corona. During the lockdown in the COVID-19 epidemic by the sensitive government, 3.21 crore families of 65.40 lakh families included under the “National Food Security Act” (NFSA) and NFSA. 14.92 lakh population of 3.40 lakh BPL families who could not be included under NFSA. Wheat, rice, chickpeas, sugar and salt “food baskets” were distributed free of cost to 3.36 crore population of 68.80 lakh households from April to June. For the first time, a population of 2.50 crore middle-class families of 61.04 lakh APL-1 category who could not be included under 10 kg per family per month. Wheat 3 kg. Rice 1 kg. Chanadal 1 kg. The quantity of sugar was distributed free of charge. Apart from that, wheat, rice, gram, sugar and salt were distributed free of cost by the state government at that time to the destitute, needy people, distressed, foreign laborers under the state’s “Annabrahm” scheme and by extending the scope of the scheme. Grain worth Rs 2,000 crore was distributed free of cost by the state government during the Corona period.
Ahead of 2022 Gujarat polls, Vajubhai Vala’s meeting with Rupani creates political buzz
Vajubhai Vala is considered to be the most senior leader in Gujarat politics. Vala has returned to Rajkot after retiring as Karnataka governor, but there is a lot of speculation about whether he will play any role in the BJP. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on his 65th birthday, on Monday, bowed before veteran leader Vajubhai and sought his blessings. Vajubhai later told the media that the BJP was to be taken forward, not wiped out. It is clear from these words that there is a political gesture that Vajubhai would be given an important position in the BJP. Vajubhai’s entry into Gujarat’s active politics is certain, but all eyes are on what position he will take.
Rupani said that with Vajubhai’s arrival in Rajkot, the workers will get the warmth of an elder. Vajubhai has never retired, he added. In different avatars, they will be seen serving the party.
After paying a courtesy call to Rupani, Vala told the media that the former is a fearless leader. I have blessed him. “Party and leaders will talk about the organization in 2022. They do the responsibility that was assigned to Vijaybhai. I don’t want to wipe out anyone; I want to move the BJP forward,” Vala told the reporters.
Regarding the change of BJP general secretary, Vajubhai said that the Sangh was working as per its plan. Ratnakarji has been appointed in place of Bhikhubhai Dalsania as the general secretary of the organization.
After the meeting with Vijay Rupani, Vajubhai said in a statement that the visit was a goodwill visit. When there is a political debate, both the organization and the government sit down together. However, Vajubhai reiterated his statement and claimed that he would work in the BJP as a worker.
Political analysts say Vajubhai is the most senior BJP leader. Vajubhai has also been the state president and has extensive experience in the administrative work of the government as a finance minister. Vajubhai can play the role of troubleshooter in the current state of Gujarat politics, whether it is a matter of coordination between the organization and the government or raising questions about the Patidar leadership. Then he can be given an important responsibility before the election of the year 2022.
This time around, the third front is in the race for the 2022 elections and an atmosphere of mistrust has been created by the Patidar community against the government. While Vajubhai’s entry into politics is imminent and he has also expressed a desire to work in the organization, all eyes are on where and how the national body uses his vast experience.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have been involved in national politics for the last eight years. And it is undeniable that there is no bigger and universally accepted face in Gujarat BJP at present. The party is aiming for 150 seats in the 2022 assembly elections. The return of Vajubhai to Gujarat is a clear indication that this is a major step towards curbing BJP’s internal factionalism in the region and giving the organization a re-accepted face.
TMC WILL WIN 2023 ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN TRIPURA, SAYS ABHISHEK BANERJEE
Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee alleged that his vehicle was attacked in Tripura on Monday.
Tweeting a video of the incident on social media, in which people standing by the roadside holding BJP flags are seen hitting his moving car with sticks, Banerjee tweeted, “Democracy in Tripura under BJP rule! Well done Biplab Kumar Deb for taking the state to new heights.”
Meanwhile, during a press conference in Agartala on Monday, Banerjee said that the Trinamool government would come to power after winning the 2023 assembly elections. Banerjee also said that that the Biplab Dev will lose the election. Pointing out that Tripura is led by ‘goons’, and the Chief Minister of the State, Biplab Kumar Dev, is nothing but a ‘scapegoat’, Banerjee said, “I came in 2016, but the situation was not worst, as it is now.” He said that the Left’s rule of 25 years and the BJP’s rule of 3 years thereafter have led to such a poor condition of the state, and also mentioned that development in the past 28 years is nil. “They (Left and BJP) played with Tripura’s future,” he added.
“I have been repeatedly detained,” Abhishek told media during the conference.
“But we could not be stopped. We are like iron. The hotter it is, the harder it will be. The more we work, the more stubborn we will be. The Trinamool has set foot in Tripura. We will build a government of democracy and development here in the next year and a half. But we need your help,” Banerjee added.
Nevertheless, the real situation is exactly opposite of what the Trinammol leader is claiming. In West Bengal, Mamata’s strength is the minority vote which amounts nearly to 28 percent. In Tripura, it is close to 7.6 percent. Mamata is looking at the tribes for whom 20 seats are reserved. If they want to get their votes, they have to accept the demand of the independent Tipland.
Mamata did not try less last time in Tripura. The Trinamool fought fiercely in 16 of the 60 seats. The person who got the highest number of votes was Madhusudan who got 435 votes. The percentage of votes Trinamool received was 0.3 (6969 votes). The Congress vote share was 1.6 percent, and the NOTA received nearly 16,000 votes respectively.
Addressing the media, Abhishek Banerjee, said that the Mamata Banerjee government has made sure that the benefits promised in the manifesto reach every door of West Bengal, and the TMC government has similar plans for Tripura.
RUDRAPRAYAG FOREST DIVISION HARVESTS OVER 10 MILLION LITRES OF RAINWATER
In May 2016, with major fires blighting around 1,900 hectares of forests in Uttarakhand, the government had to send two MI-17 helicopters, NDRF, SDRF, and Army personnel to douse the flames. A total of 1890.79 hectares of the green cover was destroyed inthat fire season cycle of four years. Now, in 2021, the Rudraprayag Forest department has turned the tide. Forest fires used to be a major setback for Chamoli, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Almora, Pithoragarh, and Nainital. But now these areas are brimming with harvested water, and that has not only been able to combat fire incidents but has also helped livestock and created contour trenches to save soil as well.
With all these efforts amid the pandemic, the Rudraprayag Forest division has managed to store 10 million litres of water within 330 hectares of forest that is now declared treated and can combat every four-year fire cycle. It has been possible due to extensive efforts which enabled the creation of small ponds, trenches, and check dams.
Speaking about the issues in Rudraprayag forest division, IFS officer Vaibhav Singh told The Daily Guardian, “We have around 30000 hectares of Chir Pine dominated forests. As Chir always grows in the dryer parts of the forest it makes it more vulnerable to fire. Secondly, due to the dry forest floor and no soil moisture, hardly any vegetation comes up in these forests.”
“Many villages in the district source their water from the nearby forest areas through small streams and channels. In peak summer season, these water bodies dry up and create issues for the adjoining villages. Not only humans but the wild and domestic animals also suffer from lack of water,” Singh added.
To combat these issues, the forest department in Rudraprayag has been working extensively for the past couple of years in conserving rainwater and soil moisture.
With monsoon knocking on doors, the hilly state of Uttarakhand has started recording heavy rainfall. While national highways are getting blocked due to landslides, places like Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Bageshwar, and Pithoragarh are facing a rise in the river water levels.
“With the efforts of my staff, field team, and other people, we have managed to conserve more than 80 lakh litres of water during these 15-20 days of heavy rainfall,” Singh said.
To conserve rainwater in Rudraprayag, the traditional ways of “Chal Khal” system were mostly followed in the Garhwal region. The villagers would dig small percolation pits on every bit of available land on the slopes that surrounded a drain line. The pits prevent water and soil erosion and also enhance percolation. The rainwater oozes into the soil and recharges the groundwater, and ultimately forms a river body.
Singh told The Daily Guardian, “We have been doing this work for the past two-three years, but last year in particular we did it on a very large scale. Out of all the six ranges in the division, we selected areas vulnerable to fires. With the help of funds availed from the State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) and NamamiGange scheme, we made around 1732 check dams of various types ranging from vegetative to crate wires and contour trenches were dug up in 330 hectares of degraded Chir Pine forests. With this, around 612 water bodies of different capacities were created with a total water retention capacity of more than 1 crore litres.”
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