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Visva-Bharati University aimed to free India’s education system from shackles of subordination, says PM Modi

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Shantiniketan (West Bengal) [India], February 19 (ANI): Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore developed a system of education at Visva-Bharati University to free and modernise India’s education system from the shackles of subordination, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
Speaking at the convocation ceremony of Visva-Bharati University, via video conferencing, PM Modi said the new National Education Policy (NEP) implemented in the country also aims to free Indian education from the older shackles and give the students the freedom to showcase their talent.
“The new National Education Policy is a major step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat. It gives strength to research and innovation,” he said.
He said in the Union Budget of 2021, the government, through the National Research Foundation has proposed to spend Rs 50 thousand crores over the period of 5 years in the field of research-based studies.
However, the Prime Minister added that making a self-reliant India is not possible without empowering the daughters of the country, and added that “in NEP, the government has made provision for Gender Inclusion Fund to empower girls.”
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who was also part of the ceremony, said “the New Education Policy will ensure our journey to becoming ‘Vishwa-guru’. The policy is turning out to be a gamechanger in much-needed education reforms”. (ANI)

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Car with explosive materials found near Mukesh Ambani’s house in Mumbai

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 25 (ANI): A car carrying unassembled explosive materials was found abandoned at Carmichael Road in South Mumbai on Thursday evening, near the house of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.
Bomb squad and police teams have rushed to the site and a probe is underway.
“A car carrying Gelatin was found near Mukesh Ambani’s residence in Mumbai today. Mumbai Police Crime Branch is investigating the matter,” Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Vij said.
According to Mumbai Police, the vehicle was examined by a Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), and gelatin, a substance often used to make explosives was recovered from it.
“A suspicious vehicle was found on Carmichael Road today evening under the limits of Gamdevi Police Station. The police was alerted and BDDS team and other police teams reached the spot immediately The vehicle was examined and some explosive material Gelatin was found inside. It is not an assembled explosive device,” the police said.
Further investigation is underway. (ANI)

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Nandi hills will be developed as international tourist destination, says Karnataka Minister

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Chikkaballapur (Karnataka) [India], February 25 (ANI): Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Thursday announced plans to develop Nandi Hills, a hill station situated in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka, as an international tourist destination.
Sudhakar was on his visit to Nandi Hills to inspect the ongoing works here.
“Nandi hills and surrounding places are very attractive. Along with beautiful flora and fauna Nandi Hills also have historical and spiritual significance. They have all that qualifies to be developed as an international tourist destination. Government has already sanctioned Rs.10 crore for the purpose,” Sudhakar told media here.
“There was a popular demand from the public for a ropeway for 15 years. The dream is becoming reality. More than 10 acre land will be allotted in the foot hills to convert it into a parking area. The work will be completed in 3-4 months,” the state health minister said.
Sudhakar said Nandi hills are 30 kilometres away from Bengaluru International airport and just an hour away from Bengaluru.
“We are making efforts to develop this area. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has extended full co-operation in this regard. Tender will be called soon to allocate the work order,” he said.
The minister also informed that it is decided to completely ban use of plastic in the Nandi Hills.
“Trekking trails to five hills surrounding the Nandi hills, eco-tourism, conservation of archeological monuments, beautification, infrastructure development will be done in the coming days,” he added. (ANI)

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PM Modi to inaugurate ‘The India Toy Fair 2021’ on Feb 27

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New Delhi [India], February 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate “The India Toy Fair 2021” on February 27 at 11 AM via video conferencing.
The India Toy Fair 2021 is being organized in line with this vision of the Prime Minister.
In his Mann ki Baat address in August 2020, the Prime Minister had said that toys not only augment activity but also give flight to aspirations. Noting the importance of toys in the holistic development of a child, the Prime Minister has earlier also emphasized boosting toy manufacturing in India.
The Fair will be held from February 27 to March 2, 2021.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), it aims to bring together all stakeholders including buyers, sellers, students, teachers, designers etc. on a virtual platform to create sustainable linkages and encourage dialogue for the overall development of the industry.
Through this platform, the Government and the Industry shall come together to discuss how India can be made the next global hub for manufacturing and sourcing of toys by way of attracting investments in the sector and promoting exports.
Over 1000 exhibitors from across 30 States and Union Territories will display their products in an e-commerce enabled virtual exhibition. It will showcase traditional Indian toys as well as modern toys including electronic toys, plush toys, puzzles and games.
The fair will also host numerous webinars and panel discussions with eminent Indian and international speakers with proven capabilities in toy design and manufacturing. (ANI)

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From Kisan Credit Cards to crop insurance scheme, govt wants to bring a paradigm shift in agri sector: PM Modi

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Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], February 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government wants to bring a paradigm shift in the agri sector with initiatives such as Kisan Credit Cards and crop insurance scheme.
Addressing a public meeting in Coimbatore, the Prime Minister said his government has raised the minimum support price (MSP) which was long overdue.
“It has been our honour to work for small farmers of India. In the past 7 years, our efforts for small farmers are aimed at giving them a life of prosperity and dignity. From Kisan Credit Cards to Soil Health Cards, from e-NAM to an effective crop insurance scheme, we want to bring a paradigm shift in the agri sector. We do not want our small farmer to feel dependent on anyone or feel suffocated due to middlemen,” he said.
“The PM Kisan scheme just completed 2 years yesterday. Eleven crore farmers have gained from this scheme. For many years, farmers demanded raise in the MSP but it was our government that had the opportunity to bring a holistic MSP raise,” he added.
The Prime Minister said that the Central government has modernised the textile infrastructure.
“Seven textile parks will come up in three years. Exports of leather products, garments and handicrafts are being encouraged. The textile was also an integral part of the PLI scheme announced late last year,” he said.
PM Modi highlighted that the role of MSMEs in creating Atmanirbhar Bharat is valuable.
“I assure the MSME sector that my government and I are with them in their efforts. The role of MSMEs in creating Atmanirbhar Bharat is valuable. I want to applaud the MSMEs of Coimbatore for creating wealth and adding value. The government of India has taken several steps to help MSMEs. One example is the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme,” he said.
“In the post-COVID period, this scheme has been important for MSMEs. MSMEs in Tamil Nadu have benefited greatly under this. Almost Rs 14,000 crore has been sanctioned for 3.5 lakh MSMEs across the state. In Coimbatore, almost 25,000 small business units have benefited from this scheme,” the Prime Minister pointed out. (ANI)

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President’s rule imposed in Puducherry, MHA issues notification

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New Delhi [India], February 25 (ANI): Puducherry has been placed under President’s rule days after the Congress-led government collapsed after several resignations.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday issued a notification of imposing President’s rule in Puducherry after President Ram Nath Kovind was satisfied with the report of the Administrator of the Union Territory.
Polls are due in the union territory soon and the BJP and its allies have not staked claim to form government.
“I, Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, have received a report from the Administrator of the Union territory of Puducherry dated 22nd February 2021 and after considering the report and other information received by me, I am satisfied that a situation has arisen in which the administration of the Union territory of Puducherry cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Government of Union Territories Act, 1963 (20 of 1963 (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”),” read the notification by the MHA.
While using his powers, President suspended the Puducherry Assembly as well.
“I hereby, suspend, until the constitution of the 15th Legislative Assembly of Puducherry, in relation to the said Union Territory of Puducherry, the operation of the following provisions of the Act,” said the notification, while giving details about provisions which have been suspended.
The Legislative Assembly of the Union territory is now hereby placed under suspended animation, the notification said.
On February 23, President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his council of ministers.
Narayanasamy had resigned on February 22 ahead of a floor test after his government lost a majority in the 33-member House following the resignations of five Congress and one Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) legislators in recent weeks.
The Union Territory is going to Assembly polls later this year. The dates are yet to be announced. (ANI)

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Maharashtra budget session curtailed, to begin on March 1

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 25 (ANI): The budget session of the Maharashtra Assembly has been curtailed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases and will be held from March 1 to March 10 instead of four weeks, announced the business advisory committee at its meeting.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anil Parab said, “The budget will be presented on March 8, as many ministers of Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government have tested positive for the virus.”
Leader of Opposition and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis walked out of the advisory meeting as he said that they do not listen to the opposition. He said the opposition party has demanded that the session must be for four weeks.
“We have walked out of the meeting as this government is not keen to listen to us,” Fadnavis said.
He said, ” Election of Assembly speaker was not on the agenda the meeting as Nana Patole has resigned as an assembly speaker to become the state Congress president. The election of Assembly speaker is still pending.” (ANI)

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