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Union budget instrument to attain Aatmanirbhar Bharat, says Sitharaman

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New Delhi [India], February 12 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the Union Budget 2021-22 is the instrument through which Aatmanirbhar Bharat is to be attained and asserted that the government is also looking at “long term sustainable growth”.
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on Budget 2021-22, Sitharman said, “It’s a Budget which clearly draws on the experience, the administrative capacities and also exposure that the Prime Minister had during his long elected tenure – both as CM and as PM of this country – known for his commitment towards development, growth, and reforms. So these three things are essentially infused in the budget which is now speaking for itself in the sense that it is the instrument through which Aatmanirbhar Bharat is to be attained.”
Besides providing ‘quick short term solutions’, Sitharaman said that the government is also looking at “long term sustainable growth”.
“So post-pandemic and post-global contraction, economies have suffered across the world. And as I said in my budget speech the attempt made in this budget is to provide strong stimulus, to provide such a stimulus which can bring in a multiplier effect and therefore instead of finding quick short term solutions, even as we provide short term quick relief for those people who so desperately need it,” the minister said.
“We are looking at medium term, long term sustainable growth, which will keep India in that kind of growth trajectory which will maintain us as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world,” she added.
The Finance Minister said 800 million people were provided free foodgrains, free cooking gas was provided to 80 million people, and cash directly was given to 400 million people including farmers, women, divyangs, and the poor.
“Over 1.67 crore houses completed under PM Awas Yojana. Is it for the rich? Over 2.67 crore households electrified under PM Saubhagya Yojana since ’17 October. The total value of orders placed on Govt e-market is Rs 8,22,077 crores. Are they being given to big companies? They are being given to MSMEs,” she said.
Slamming the Opposition, Sitharaman said: “It has now become a sort of habit for some in the Opposition to constantly allege, in spite of what we are doing for the poor and the steps taken for helping the poor and needy of this country, a false narrative is created to accuse – saying that this government works only for cronies.”
On February 4, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi termed the Union Budget 2021-22 as “crony centric”, which “betrays” the employers of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

“Modi’s crony centric budget means- Struggling MSMEs given no low-interest loans, no GST relief. The employers of India’s largest workforce betrayed,” Gandhi tweeted. (ANI)

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BL Agro plans to open 100 exclusive brand outlets under brand ‘Nourish’ by FY 2021-22

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BL Agro Limited, India’s leading FMCG company, on Thursday launched its 12th Exclusive Brand Outlet (EBO) ‘Nourish’. This is the company’s 12th EBO in India and 1st in Delhi. The Nourish store will retail a wide range of 80+ products that the company offers. The company is amongst the fastest growing FMCG brands in the country and has been committed to providing quality food products over many years.

Located at Janpath Bhawan, a prime location in Central Delhi, the exclusive store was inaugurated by famous Bollywood singer Kailash Kher. Commenting on the launch, Ghanshyam Khandelwal, Chairman & Managing Director, BL Agro Limited, said, “Since the launch of our first Nourish store in Padrauna, our experience has been nothing short of extraordinary. We are humbled by the response we have received till date, and our passion towards providing an ever-growing nation with the right nutrition, is what sets us apart. We are excited for our customers to experience our brand this way and hope we can help people understand the importance of choosing the right nutrition.”

BL Agro boasts of one of the largest distribution networks amongst all branded edible oil and food product players in the country with over 50,000 retailers, across 200 cities in 13 states of India – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jammu, and in Nepal.

Brand Nourish came into existence in the year 2018 and comes with a promise for nutrition. The brand offers an entire range of food products typically used in an Indian kitchen including Atta, Rice, Pulses, Ghee & Oils, Dry Fruits, Papad, Pickles, Murabba, Spices, and more. Each Nourish product is packed with superior quality ingredients and is produced with finest processes that ensure maximum retention of nutrients. The company has 11 Nourish Exclusive Brand Outlets operational across Padrauna, Gorakhpur, Bareilly, Hathras, Jaipur (2), NOIDA, Lucknow, Sonipat and Surat. The 12th outlet is now open at Janpath Bhawan in central Delhi.

Well-known Bollywood singer Kailash Kher is also the voice behind Nourish Brand anthem. Unveiling brand’s fifth EBO he said, “It’s great to be a part of Nourish once again. I have

been a strong believer of right eating habits and when I see a brand working so hard to make sure they provide enriching food, it’s really inspiring”.

BL Agro remains bullish on its expansion and plans to open 100 Exclusive Brand Outlets (EBOs) in India in the next FY 2021-22. The Company will follow a franchise model to further expand and penetrate the Indian market. The company’s turnover in the FY 2019-20 was INR 2500 crores and is expected to grow 30% YOY.

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PUNJAB POLICE ARRESTS 855 DRUG SMUGGLERS, SUPPLIERS IN WEEKLONG DRIVE

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Chandigarh: Under a week-long special drive launched against the drug menace, the Punjab Police have arrested 855 drug smugglers/suppliers after registering 672 FIRs under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) act across the state. The drive commenced on February 25, 2021.

Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Dinkar Gupta, in a press communique, stated that under this drive the police have recovered 16kg heroin, 35kg opium, 46kg ganja, 12 quintals poppy husk and 4.61 lakh intoxicant pills/capsules among other drugs after carrying out cordon and search operations in drug affected areas besides laying nakas at vulnerable routes across the state.

He said that during this drive, the police have prepared 18 proposals to forfeit illegally acquired properties by drug smugglers/suppliers worth Rs 9.66 crores. The police have also arrested 34 Proclaimed Offenders (POs) of NDPS cases, said the DGP.

He said that as part of the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government’s zero tolerance policy against drugs, the Punjab Police is committed to eradicate the drug menace from the state.

Meanwhile, extensive anti-drug drives are being launched by the Punjab Police to combat the menace of drugs from the border state of Punjab.

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PUNJAB ASSEMBLY PASSES RESOLUTION FOR CHECKING DEPLETION OF GROUNDWATER TABLE

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Chandigarh: Expressing concern over the depleting ground water level in the state, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Thursday passed a unanimous resolution urging the Punjab government to take immediate steps for saving the ground water of the state.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rana KP Singh today announced to constitute a high level committee for exploring the ways and means to recharge the water table. The decision came after MLA Mr Kuldeep Singh Vaid, while participating in the debate on deteriorating ground water table in the state, proposed the constitution of a committee to study the matter. Immediately swinging into action the Speaker of Vidhan Sabha announced to constitute the committee which would submit the report within three months.

The Speaker said that the matter was too serious and as the worthy members of the house have taken up this issue so it is the moral duty of the house to intervene in the matter. Rana KP Singh urged the Punjab government to depute the Principal Secretary Water Resources department for assisting the committee. He said that besides looking into this grave matter the Committee will also propose ways and means to recharge the water table so that this precious natural resource can be saved for the coming generations.

Unanimously welcoming the announcement of the Speaker, the entire house thanked him by thumping the tables . Taking part in discussion Cabinet Ministers Manpreet Singh Badal and Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa said that water is the most precious resource for human existence. They said that the state government is duty-bound to save the water for our coming generations. Both the Ministers said that the government is already sensitised towards this issue and no stone will be left unturned for this noble cause.

Earlier, the discussion on this crucial issue was embarked by MLA Harminder Singh Gill whereas Leader of opposition Harpal Singh Cheema, MLAs Rana Gurjit Singh, Harinderpal Singh Chandumajra, Kuldeep Singh Vaid, Gurpratap Singh Wadala, Aman Arora, Kanwar Sandhu and others also took part in discussion. 

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SHIV SENA WON’T CONTEST WEST BENGAL POLLS, STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH MAMATA: RAUT

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The Shiv Sena on Thursday declared they will not contest the upcoming West Bengal Assembly election, but will stand in solidarity with Mamata Banerjee’s re-election campaign as Chief Minister for a third term.

Taking to micro blogging site Twitter, Shiv Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut said, “A lot of people are curious to know whether Shivsena is contesting West Bengal Polls or not? So here’s the update after discussions with Party President Uddhav ji Thackeray.(sic)” Looking at the present scenario, Raut added that “it appears like a ‘Didi Vs All’ fight” in the West Bengal.

“All ‘M’s – Money, Muscle and Media are being used against ‘M’amata Didi. Hence, Shivsena has decided not to Contest West Bengal polls & stand in solidarity with her. We wish Mamata Didi a ‘roaring’ success, ‘cos we believe She is the real Bengal Tigress (sic),” he further added.

In January 2021, Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena had announced its plans to contest the 2021 West Bengal assembly polls.

The party is currently a part of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition with Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra. Uddhav Thackeray is party leader and serves as the current Chief Minister of the state.

Although, the party’s primary base is still in Maharashtra, it has tried to expand to a pan-Indian base.

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NITIN GADKARI INSPECTS CONSTRUCTION WORK OF DWARKA EXPRESSWAY IN GURUGRAM

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Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Thursday inspected the ongoing work on Dwarka Expressway in Gurugram and directed officers to expedite the construction work.

Union Minister of State Rao Inderjit Singh accompanying Gadkari boarded a bus at Kherki Daula toll plaza and took stock of the progress of the expressway.

During visit, the Union Minister was apprised that 50 per cent construction work of the expressway has been completed.

Officers said that the total length of the expressway is 29 km, of which 18.9 km is on the Haryana side of the border while the remaining 10.1 km is in Delhi.

According to officials, out of the total 29 km length of the expressway, 23 km is elevated and a tunnel will be constructed at a distance of four km.

The minister was informed that eight-lane flyovers and six service lanes are also being constructed on this expressway. Not only this, India’s first four-level interchange will be built on this expressway near Dwarka in Delhi, with tunnel or underpass, grade road, elevated flyover and another flyover above that flyover.

In addition, an eight-lane tunnel of 3.6 km length will be built near Dwarka for the airport. This urban road tunnel will be the first of its kind in India.

About 12,000 trees coming in the way of construction of this expressway have been transplanted so that the environment is not harmed. The entire project will be equipped with intelligent transport system and will have a fully automated toll system.

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Jaishankar meets Sheikh Hasina, presents his dad’s books on Bangladesh

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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday during his official visit to Dhaka. Jaishankar presented Prime Minister Hasina with two books on Bangladesh written by his late father K. Subrahmanyam.

“Conveyed warm greetings of PM Narendra Modi. Her sagacity and leadership continue to inspire our relationship,” EAM Jaishankar tweeted. In a subsequent tweet, EAM said, “Presented her with two books on Bangladesh written by my late father K. Subrahmanyam. These are amongst the first books written on Bangladesh in early 1972. He would’ve been proud to see Bangladesh’s remarkable progress.”

Later, Jaishankar also inaugurated the new Indian Cultural Centre in the Baridhara Diplomatic Area of Dhaka, which would serve art and music enthusiasts alike.

During his official visit to Bangladesh, Jaishankar focused on the issues of water sharing, border killings, Covid-19 with his counterpart Dr A.K.A. Momen in Dhaka.

Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, the EAM termed Teesta water-sharing as a big issue, saying, “We did discuss it, we have a meeting of our water resources Secretaries very soon. I’m sure they will be discussing it further.”

Jaishankar’s visit is to prepare the ground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Bangladesh and hold talks with his counterpart on the progress of bilateral ties. This will be PM Modi’s first foreign trip in more than a year mainly because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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