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President’s address to Parliament reflected India’s ‘sankalp shakti’, says PM Modi

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New Delhi [India], February 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lauded the participation of women MPs during the discussion on motion of thanks on the President’s address in Lok Sabha and said they enriched the proceedings with their thoughts.
In his reply to the discussion, the Prime Minister said that that the address by President Ram Nath Kovind showcased India’s “sankalp shakti” (will power).
“His words have boosted the spirit of confidence among the people of India,” he said.
“During the discussion on the President’s speech, a large number of women MPs took part. This is a great sign. I want to congratulate the women MPs who enriched the House proceedings with their thoughts,” he added.
The Prime Minister said that people of the country must make a new resolve on where to take the country when India will celebrate 100 years of independence.
“We are knocking at the doors of 75 years of independence. It’s a matter of pride for every Indian and an occasion to move forward. We may be in any corner or belong to any strata of society but we must make a new resolve that where do we want to take India at 100 years of freedom,” he said.
PM Modi said that when the country became independent, the last British commander used to say that India is a continent of many countries and no one will be able to make it a nation.
“But we have proved them wrong. Indians proved them wrong. Today we have stand as a ray of hope for the world.”
“The post-COVID world is turning out to be very different. In such times, remaining isolated from global trends will be counter-productive. We will have to emerge as a strong player. That is why, India is working towards building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” he added. (ANI)

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Objective of judicial system not merely resolving disputes, but also to uphold justice: President Kovind

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Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) [India], March 6 (ANI): The objective of the judicial system is not merely to resolve disputes, but also to uphold justice, which could be implemented by removing obstacles like delay in the delivery of justice, said President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the All India State Judicial Academies Directors’ Retreat at Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh today where Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Governor Anandiben Patel, and Chief Justice of India SA Bobde were also present.
The President was happy to note that the use of technology in the judicial system has increased rapidly. More than 18,000 courts have been computerized in the country. Till January 2021 including the lockdown period, around 76 lakh cases were heard in virtual courts across the country.
He also said that initiatives like National Judicial Data Grid, Unique Identification Code, and QR Code are being appreciated globally, adding that with the help of e-courts, video conferencing, e-proceedings, e-filing, and e-seva centers, it is easier for the judicial administration to dispense justice. He stated that another benefit of this technological intervention is that due to these initiatives, the use of paper has decreased, which helps conserve natural resources.
The President further stated that the lower judiciary is the core of the country’s judicial system. “Our judicial academies are doing an important job by training law students into learned judges,” said the President.
The President said that there is a need to increase the scope of training of judges as well as other judicial and quasi-judicial officers for the speedy disposal of pending cases in our courts, especially in the district courts.
To provide ‘speedy delivery of justice’, it is essential that besides extensive judicial training, there is a need to introduce the use of technology in our judicial processes. Due to the increasing number of cases, it becomes necessary to understand the issues in correct perspectives and take accurate decisions in a short time, stated the President.
The introduction of new laws, extensive changes in the nature of litigation, and the need to settle cases in a time-bound manner have also made it imperative for judges to have up-to-date knowledge of the law and procedures, he added.
The President said, “We, the people of India’, have high expectations from the judiciary. Society expects judges to be knowledgeable, prudent, affectionate, dignified, and impartial. Quality is given more importance than numbers in the judicial system. And, to meet these requirements, it is very important to keep updating the training procedures, knowledge, technology, and judicial skills. Thus, even at the induction level and in-service training, the role of state judicial academies becomes very important in educating judges in a manner to measure upto the expectation.”
The President was happy to note that the Supreme Court has made available translations of its decisions in nine Indian languages. Some High Courts are also providing translations of their verdicts in local languages. He congratulated all those involved in this endeavour and urged High Courts to provide certified translations of their decisions related to important aspects of public life in state’s official languages simultaneously like the Supreme Court.
The President pointed out that the last resort for every person is the judiciary which is indicative of the trust people repose in the judicial system.
President Kovind further said, “In order to maintain this trust, all of us as organs of the state should ponder on the following points. What can we do to use the technology in order to simplify the processes for the people, in their own language, with the aim to provide speedy, accessible, and affordable justice? Similarly, how can we expand the scope of alternative justice systems like arbitration, mediation, Lok Adalats? How can the use of the official language of the state be further encouraged in the proceedings of the High Courts and District Courts? And, what steps can be taken to reduce the number of government lawsuits? “
The President said that the objective of the judicial system is not merely to resolve disputes, but also to uphold justice and one way to uphold justice is to remove obstacles like delays in the delivery of justice.
“Justice is not delayed only by lack of court’s functioning or system. On many occasions, the plaintiff and the defendants use it as a tactic. They continue to prolong the trial on the basis of loop-holes present in-laws and procedures, etc. by resorting to frequent adjournments”, stated President Kovind.
He said that it is necessary for the judiciary to play a pro-active role while being vigilant in resolving these loop-holes present in court proceedings and procedures, adding that this can be achieved by adopting innovations taking place at national and international levels and sharing best practices.
He expressed confidence that in the two-day conference all these aspects of judicial administration will be discussed in-depth and the points of action will be decided. (ANI)

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Karnataka CM condoles death of agriculture scientist Mahadevappa

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 6 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday expressed grief over the death of Agricultural Scientist and Padma Bhushan awardee M Mahadevappa.
“A master in the field of Agricultural Science, Mahadevappa was also admired for his service-mindedness. In his death we have lost a great agricultural scientist,” Yediyurappa said in his message.
Popularly known as the ‘Father of Hybrid Rice’, M Mahadevappa died on Saturday.
Mahadevappa who was born in Madapura in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district was a renowned Agriclutultural scientist.
He began his career as a Senior Researcher in Mysuru’s Central Food Technological Research Institute and went on to succeed in developing high-yielding hybrid varieties of rice and jowar.
Mahadevappa served as the Vice-chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences in Dharwad for two terms and as the chairman of the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research of which he was a member of the governing council. (ANI)

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J-K: Srinagar Police inaugurates Women Help Desk and Counselling Hall in Rambagh

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Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], March 6 (ANI): In order to help women facing harassment, abuse, or violence, the Srinagar Police have started a Women Help Desk and a counselling hall at the Women Police Station in Rambagh area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar, the Srinagar police informed on Saturday.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar M Haseeb Mughal was the chief guest at the occasion.
According to a press statement issued by the Srinagar police, the help desk is aimed to respond to calls made by women who are victims of domestic violence.
“The growing incidents of domestic violence in the valley demanded an immediate redressal mechanism,” the statement said.
“The initiative is aimed to cater the need to ensure timely action and fair audience of all aggrieved, so the principles of natural justice are upheld. The Help Desk mobile numbers are 9596770601, 9596770602,” it said.
Superintendent of Police Headquarters Srinagar, SP South City Srinagar, Deputy SP DAR Srinagar, Deputy SP Headquarters Srinagar, SHO Police Station Women, and other officers of the District were also present at the event. (ANI)

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Faced no hurdle from Bengal govt though some issues in Tamil Nadu during Ram temple donation drive: Champat Rai

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By Pragya Kaushika
New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Members of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust did not face any trouble in poll-bound West Bengal during the donation collection drive, trust general secretary Champat Rai has said.
Giving details of donations collected from various states, Rai, who is also a senior office-bearer of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), said that he has not received any report from West Bengal of workers who had gone for donation collection facing opposition.
“In West Bengal, our workers faced no problem. There was no hurdle from the government as well. In fact, it was in Tamil Nadu that we faced some issues,” Rai said.
He said states in northeastern India have contributed handsomely to the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
According to a tweet by Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, Arunachal Pradesh has contributed Rs 4.5 crore, Manipur has contributed to Rs 2 crore, Mizoram has given 21 lakh, Nagaland has contributed Rs 28 lakh, Meghalaya has contributed Rs 95 lakh.
“In the South, Tamil Nadu has contributed 85 crore whereas Kerala has contributed Rs 13 crore,” it said.
Samarpan Nidhi drive, an almost one and half month-long donation collection drive for temple construction for Ram temple is over. Nine lakh workers in 1.75 lakh groups reached out to 10 crore families and collected little over Rs 2500 crore.
The trust is also expecting “a donation amount” from Indians residing abroad.
VHP international working president Alok Kumar said that permissions have been sought for the same.
“The devotees who missed this samarpan (contribution) drive, can still make their contribution through our website. Devotees from outside Bharat are requested to wait a little more. They will be notified upon completion of FCRA formalities,” the trust said in a tweet.
Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust is entrusted with the task of constructing a grand temple in Ayodhya. (ANI)

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Patnaik approves creation of Mission Shakti dept to promote women empowerment

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], March 6 (ANI): To promote the idea of women empowerment, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday approved the creation Mission Shakti Department in the state.
“A momentous occasion in the transformative journey of ‘Mission Shakti’, which started as a scheme now becomes a department to carry forward the revolution with greater focus. #MissionShakti is now synonymous with women’s empowerment, transforming lives of millions,” tweeted the Chief Minister.
Today, while addressing a gathering at FICCI-FLO’s Odisha Women’s award ceremony, Chief Minister Patnaik said: “I remember Biju Babu (former CM Biju Patnaik). We celebrated his birthday yesterday. Biju Babu, all through his life, championed the cause of women empowerment in India. In Odisha, he reposed faith in women to run Panchayati Raj institutions. He envisioned women leaders in every sphere of society. Today we are much ahead in women empowerment.”
“In fact, the empowerment model for women in the state is one amongst the best in the country. My government has always been a champion of the cause of women’s empowerment. Mission Shakti, one of the key initiatives of our empowerment model, has successfully brought over eight million women from the four walls of family to socio-economic vibrancy. The rural women in Odisha are, now, increasingly becoming a major contributor to our growing economy,” said the Chief Minister.
“I am also glad that with initiatives like Make-in-Odisha, Start-Up Odisha, and Skilled-in-Odisha, more and more women in Odisha are coming to entrepreneurship. Our women have also been achieving great feats in national and international sports. Furthermore, we became the first state in the country to walk the talk and resolved in State Assembly to allocate 33 percent of seats in the Parliament and State Legislative Assembly last year. Since 2011, Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies in State are represented by over 50 percent of women,” Patnaik said.
In February 2019, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) lauded the Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government for the women’s reservation proposal.
In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the UN Women had said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support extended by your government in the implementation of the joint programme between UN Women & the Panchayati Raj Department, Govt of Odisha to promote Gender Responsive Governance in the state.” (ANI)

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ED arrest directors of Tamil Nadu based firm in money laundering case

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 6 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday arrested the directors of Tamil Nadu based Shinago Plantations Pvt Ltd, in connection with its probe into a Rs 325 crore money laundering case.
“ED arrests Hittesh Patel and Suresh N Patel, Directors of M/s. Shinago Plantations Pvt. Ltd. under PMLA for money laundering to the tune of Rs. 325 Crore,” the investigation agency said in a tweet.
The accused have been arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA). (ANI)

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