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PM Modi urges farmers to resume talks, says need for efforts to make them ‘atmanirbhar’

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New Delhi [India], February 10 (ANI): Emphasising the need to work towards self-reliance of farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the new farm laws have been brought to ease difficulties in agriculture and called upon protesting farmers to resume talks with the government over their demands.
Replying to the debate in Lok Sabha on the motion of thanks on the President’s Address, the Prime Minister took digs at Congress over its opposition to the farm laws and for interrupting his speech.
He also said that using “improper words against the private sector” may have got votes for a few people in the past but those times are gone.
“We are working for the country. I once again urge farmers to come for talks and resolve the issues,” the Prime Minister said.
Farmers have been protesting on the borders of Delhi since November 26 against new farm laws. Several rounds of talks have been held with farmers over their demand for repeal of three new laws.
The Prime Minister devoted a substantial part of his speech addressing the concerns regarding the farm laws.
He said for any modern society, change is important and for fear of being unsuccessful not to strive to reform is unacceptable.
He said farmers will improve their situation but “they need reforms and guidance to new markets to become self-reliant.”
“Our farmer becomes ‘atmanirbhar’, has the freedom to sell his produce, there is need to work in that direction,” he said.
Referring to opposition jibes at the government that why did it bring the farm laws when farmers had not demanded them, the Prime Minister said he was surprised at the argument.
“I am surprised for the first time an argument has come – why did you provide when we did not ask. Accepting/refusing depends on you. It is not compulsory. Nobody had demanded law against dowry, still, it was made for the nation’s progress. Laws were made against triple talaq and child marriage for progress ,” he said.
“For any modern society, change is important. We have seen protests and agitations in the past, like Raja Ram Mohun Roy, Dr Ambedkar all protested against the norm. A larger interest needs to be served. No one demanded Kisan Samman Nidhi, toilets, good connectivity,” he added.
Congress and TMC MPs staged a walkout during PM Modi’s reply to the debate in the House.
Referring to the orderly debate on the motion of thanks in Rajya Sabha and Congress not staging a walkout in the upper House, he said the party has adopted different stances.
“Congress party is divided and confused. Neither it can work for its own good nor it can think about solving the issues of the country. What can be more unfortunate than this?” he asked.
“Opposition is behaving like ‘I won’t play, I won’t let you play and will spoil your game besides’. I want to remind the Congress that the public sector is essential but at the same time, role of the private sector is also vital. Take any sector- telecom, pharma – we see the role of the private sector. If India is able to serve humanity, it is also due to the role of the private sector,” he said.
“To use improper words against the private sector may have got votes for a few people in the past but those times are gone. The culture of abusing the private sector is not acceptable any longer. We cannot keep insulting our youth like this,” he added.
Noting that agriculture is the basis of much of the country’s culture and economy, the Prime Minister said country’s festivals are associated with planting and reaping of crops.
“I spoke at length in the Rajya Sabha about small farmers. They cannot be neglected and we must do something for them,” he said.
PM Modi said that over 50 per cent of India’s population is engaged in agriculture and the sector needs reforms.
“With rising population in India, fragmentation of land also rises. Choudhary Charan Singh had said that fragmentation may reach a level where to turn a tractor one may trespass into another’s land. At the time of India’s independence, 28 per cent population was engaged in agriculture, now it is more than 50 per cent. Many are forced to work on other people’s fields. We must, therefore, reform the sector to ensure that our farmers have options to sell and grow their crops,” he said.
“I strongly believe that our farmers will improve their situation but they need reforms, help and guidance to new markets. It will improve the agro-based industry and the economy of rural India. Our ‘annadata’ should be prosperous and it is our responsibility to give him the opportunity to do so. Till the time we bring investment and new technologies to our agriculture, we will not be able to make our farming sector strong. We need to go beyond growing only wheat and paddy,” he added.
He also referred to remarks of NCP leader Sharad Pawar.
“‘State took the initiative to amend state APMC Act in 2005, providing for direct marketing, contract farming, private market, consumer farmer markets and notified rules in 2007 to implement the amended provision. Twenty-four private markets have come up in state’ – it was said by then Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar,” the Prime Minister said.
Pitching for more private sector investment in agriculture, the Prime Minister said the government alone does not have resources to do so.
He said that greater investment will also lead to more employment opportunities.
“During COVID-19 period, we used the Kisan rail. This train is cold storage on the go. Another important thing that we have done is to make 10,000 FPOs. I believe that small farmers will become powerful after the creation of 10,000 FPOs. These will emerge as a huge force for small farmers,” he said. (ANI)

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PM Modi dedicates 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra to nation

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the 7,500th Janaushadhi Kendra at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong on Sunday via video conferencing.
The Prime Minister is also addressing Janaushadhi Diwas celebrations and interacting with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana and will also give awards to stakeholders by recognising their excellent work.
Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D V Sadananda Gowda was also present on the occasion.

Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’s initiative endeavours to provide quality medicines at an affordable price. The number of stores under the scheme has grown to 7499, with all districts of the country covered. Sales in the financial year 2020-21 (up to March 4, 2021) led to total savings of approximately Rs. 3600 crore for common citizens, as these medicines are cheaper by 50 per cent to 90 per cent than the corresponding market rates.

In order to create more awareness about Janaushadhi, an entire week from March 1-7 is being celebrated as ‘Janaushadhi Week’ across the nation, with the theme of ‘Jan Aushadhi – Seva bhi, Rozgar bhi’. The last day of the week- March 7 is being celebrated as ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’. (ANI)

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If TMC comes back to power, Bengal will turn into Kashmir: Suvendu Adhikari

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 7 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari, who is contesting against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nandigram seat in the upcoming Assembly polls on Saturday said the state will turn into Kashmir if Trinamool Congress (TMC) comes back to power.
Addressing a public meeting in Behala yesterday, Adhikari said, “If Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was not there, this country would have been an Islamic country and we would be living in Bangladesh. If they (TMC) came back to power, West Bengal will become Kashmir.”
“Nandigram is not a challenge for me. I am going to Nandigram to defeat her (Mamata Banerjee) and send her back to Kolkata. I thank the national party leadership for the responsibility given to me. I will work to make lotus bloom in Nandigram and across West Bengal. She (Mamata Banerjee) is going to lose this election (in Nandigram) by over 50,000 votes,” added Adhikari.
The BJP on Saturday fielded Adhikari from Nandigram against TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, setting the stage for a high-profile contest from the seat in the state assembly elections.
Adhikari’s name figured in the BJP’s first list of 57 candidates for the March-April assembly elections, out of which six are women and one seat ( Baghmundi) has been given to the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU).
TMC had on Friday released its list of 291 candidates with Mamata Banerjee announcing that she will be contesting from Nandigram.
Banerjee, who has been representing Bhawanipur, had earlier announced that she will contest from Nandigram.
Adhikari, a former minister in the Trinamool Congress government, had joined the BJP in December last year. He had earlier said that BJP will defeat Mamata Banerjee by over 50,000 votes from Nandigram.
West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes in the state will take place on May 2. (ANI)

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WB Assembly polls: Brigade Ground ready for PM Modi’s rally, over 1,500 CCTVs, drones to ensure security

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 7 (ANI): With Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to address his first rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, after the announcement of the West Bengal Assembly poll schedule, security has been tightened across the city.
More than 1,500 CCTV cameras have been installed across the city for security purposes. Drone cameras will also be used to monitor the venue. The rally is expected to be attended by at least 7 lakh people, sources said.
At the rally, the Prime Minister will seek support for the Bharatiya Janata Party candidates in the fray for the 294 member Legislative Assembly.
Along with the main stage which is 72-feet long, two other stages have been set up, one for Tollywood actors and another for important personalities present at the rally. The two stages are 48-feet length, 24-feet width and 7-feet height.
Special Protection Group and Kolkata Police have deployed special units for the security of the rally.
Three main barricades have been strategically placed toward the main stage for security purpose. Barricades and a helipad has been created at the Race Course near the Brigade Ground.
Bharatiya Janata Party has installed LED screens at the ground for the convenience of the people.
Just a week ago, Left-Congress-Indian Secular Front (ISF) alliance organised a massive public meeting at the Brigade Parade Ground which witnessed the presence of lakhs of supporters.
West Bengal will witness Assembly election in eight phases starting from March 27 and polling for the last phase will take place on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
After winning 3 seats in the 2016 Assembly election in West Bengal, the BJP made deep inroads in the state in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections winning 18 seats and reducing TMC’s tally to 22. Out of the total 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal, Congress won two seats, the Left drew a blank. (ANI)

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Surat court acquits 122 accused of being SIMI members 20 years after arrest

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Surat (Gujarat) [India], March 7 (ANI): A court in Gujarat’s Surat on Saturday acquitted all the 127 accused arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for participating in a meeting organised here in December 2001.
Most of the accused were in jail for over 20 years since their arrest over the allegations of being members of a banned organisation Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), an advocate said.
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate AN Dave on Saturday acquitted 127 persons arrested on the charges of being members of the banned outfit SIMI, giving them the benefit of doubt.
Speaking to ANI, Advocate Abdul Wahab Shaikh said the court acquitted the accused after accepting the defence arguments.

“In 2001, people from various parts of the country participated in an event organized at Rajeshree Hall in the Sagrampura area under the banner of All India Minority Education Board. The police raided the event in the night on December 27 as it thought SIMI members were participating in the event. Police arrested many people. The hearing of the case went on for 20 years,” he said.
“On Saturday, the court acquitted all the 127 accused. The court accepted defence arguments stating that the accused did not belong to the SIMI and had gathered there to participate in a seminar organised under the banner of the All India Minority Education Board. The court acquitted all the accused persons and said they cannot be held guilty under the UAPA,” he added.
Hanif Vohra, one of the accused who was granted bail after 14 months in jail recalled the time spent in jail.
“I was in jail for 14 months. I was granted bail later. My family suffered financially and psychologically. Now, the court acquitted all accused and I am happy over the verdict,” he said.
The central government had through its notification dated September 27, 2001 banned SIMI. (ANI)

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Second part of Parliament’s Budget Session to commence from Monday

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): The second part of the Budget Session of Parliament will commence from Monday with all COVID-19 precautionary measures in place.
The Budget Session of Parliament, which commenced with the address of President Ram Nath Kovind on January 29, concluded on February 29. The Union budget was tabled in the Parliament by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1.
The Rajya Sabha will function from 9 am to 2 pm while Lok Sabha will function between 4 pm to 10 pm. The second part of the session will conclude April 8, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had informed.
The Lok Sabha clocked 99.5 per cent productivity during the first phase of the two-part Budget session of Parliament, Lok Sabha Secretariat said. Birla informed that during the first part of the Budget Session 2021, Lok Sabha sat for 49 hours and 17 minutes against the stipulated time of 50 hours.
“The Discussion on the Motion of Thanks on President’s Address took place for 16 hours and 39 minutes and 130 Members participated in the Discussion. Whereas 10 hours was allocated for General Discussion on Union Budget 2021-2022, the House debated for 14 hours and 40 minutes. As many as 117 Members took part in the General Discussion on Union Budget 2021-2022. 173 Members participated in Zero Hour discussions. Several matters of urgent public importance were raised by the Members during Zero Hour. House lost an effective time of 43 minutes due to disruptions,” he said.
A total of 49 women MPs participated in the discussion on Motion of Thanks on President’s Address and Budget, said the Lok Sabha Speaker, and appreciated their enthusiasm and participation in House proceedings.
A vaccination centre for MPs has also been set up inside the Parliament complex.
“For the welfare of Members of Parliament, a COVID-19 vaccination centre has been set up at the Parliament House Medical Centre from Tuesday, March 9,” said a Lok Sabha bulletin said, adding that vaccination is voluntary.
In accordance with the prioritisation guidelines by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGAVAC), Members of Parliament above 60 years of age are eligible to get vaccinated in the current phase of the nationwide vaccination campaign.
Persons aged above 45 years, who have comorbidities, are also eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to parliamentary data, 36 per cent of Lok Sabha MPs and 62 per cent of Rajya Sabha MPs are above 60 years of age.
The vaccine will be administered on all working days by trained health care workers. Family members of the MPs too will get vaccines.

“Two vaccination centres have also been set up for the family members of MPs, one at CGHS Dispensary North Avenue and the other at CGHS Dispensary South Avenue. Members can undertake vaccination in their respective constituency also,” the bulletin said. (ANI)

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Delhi air quality in ‘moderate’ category today

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Air quality in Delhi is in the ‘moderate’ category on Sunday morning. The air quality index (AQI) was 159 according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
The AQI will marginally deteriorate to the “Moderate to Poor category” on Monday and Tuesday.
“The overall Delhi air quality is in the Moderate category as forecasted. Surface winds are high and southwesterly and forecasted to change in direction towards easterly. AQI is forecasted to further improve and in the Moderate to Satisfactory category for March 7 and marginally deteriorate to Moderate to Poor category on 8 and March 9,” SAFAR said in its bulletin.
The concentrations of the particulate matter (PM) with a diameter of 10 and 2.5 microns stood at 181 and 78, both falling under the ‘moderate’ category respectively, as per SAFAR data.
The concentrations of PM with a diameter of 10 and 2.5 microns stood at 141 and 132 at Delhi University. The concentrations of PM with a diameter of 10 and 2.5 microns stood at 155 and 183 at Pusa and 158 and 166 at Lodhi Road. The AQI at these locations of Delhi is falling under the ‘moderate’ category.
An AQI between 0-50 is marked good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101- 200 is moderate, 201- 300 is poor, 301-400 is very poor and 401-500 is considered severe. (ANI)

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