Haryana’s praise of veil sparks row

first_imgA photo caption in a Haryana government magazine saying that the ‘ghoonghat’ (veil or headscarf) was the “identity of the State” has invited criticism from the Opposition. It accused the ruling BJP government of promoting a regressive mindset.The March 2017 issue of Krishi Samvad, a supplement of Haryana Samvad magazine, published once a month by the government, carries a photograph of a veiled woman carrying cattle feed on her head and its caption says that the “pride of the ‘ghoonghat’ is the identity of my Haryana”.Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “A regressive mindset and objectification of women is the DNA of the BJP. The Manohar Lal Khattar government has failed to realise that Haryana girls and women have excelled in fields such as space science, sports and the armed forces to name just a few.” Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Abhay Singh Chautala said the government should be working towards empowering women. Instead of appealing to all to shun the practice of covering their face, the government was promoting backward thinking.“While on the one hand they [the BJP] boast of programmes such as ‘Beti bachao-beti padhao’ for the betterment of girls, on the other, a government booklet attempts to promote the practice of veils, which is unfortunate. The government should, in fact, start an awareness drive to discard the veil and empower women,” theb leader of the Indian National Lok Dal said.Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda raised doubts over the government’s sincerity towards women’s welfare, saying while the world was moving ahead, the State government was taking a step back.last_img read more

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Village cooperative sets up first-ever solar power plant

first_imgA village cooperative society in Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan has set up the first-ever solar power plant to serve its own needs and supply surplus electricity to the power grid. The initiative has been hailed as a major step for promoting renewable energy and a significant contribution to environment protection.The 20 kV on-grid rooftop solar energy system has been installed in a 2,000 sq. foot area at the cooperative society’s office in Bandha Colony village, situated 11 km away from the Anupgarh town. The plant is set to start power production within a week after completion of formalities.Cooperative society’s manager Jasvinder Singh Brar told The Hindu on Monday that the society members decided to install the plant in view of heavy electricity bills paid for operating the facilities created for the villagers. These facilities include a supermarket, gymnasium, reverse osmosis (RO)-based water purifier plant and a training centre for women.Mr. Brar said an expenditure of ₹12.65 lakh was incurred on the solar power project, while the cooperative society received 30% subsidy, amounting to ₹3.79 lakh, from the Renewable Energy Department. “Enthusiastic youths from the village accompanied us in the purchase of photovoltaic cells and other equipment from Jaipur,” he said.The plant is likely to produce 33,000 units of electricity annually, of which 23,000 units will be utilised for the cooperative society’s own needs through uninterrupted power supply. About 10,000 surplus units will be supplied to the power grid, bringing additional revenue to the cooperative society.last_img read more

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gives ‘Oust BJP’ call

first_imgTrinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday gave ‘Oust BJP from India’ call and said Bengal would stand by all political parties which would fight the saffron one.Asserting that the BJP has “failed on all fronts,” including on having good relations with foreign countries, Ms. Banerjee announced that her party will launch the ‘Oust BJP’ programme from August 9.“We will oust BJP from India. It is our challenge. The Centre is trying to browbeat us with Sarada, Narada cases but we are not afraid of it. None of us is guilty. We will not bow our heads,” she told a massive rally in Kolkata.Ms. Banerjee said 18 opposition parties had come together and supported joint candidate Meira Kumar in the just-concluded presidential election.“This platform will expand in future to defeat BJP which thinks that it will have a cakewalk in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll. Things will not be that easy (for BJP),” she said.Expressing her party’s support to those who will fight the BJP, she said “Bengal will stand beside Sonia Gandhi, Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar, Arvind Kejriwal and all those who will oppose BJP.” “India’s relations with foreign countries have deteriorated under the BJP-led government at the Centre,” she alleged adding, “Why can’t it improve relations with Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh which have borders with Bengal?” She also accused the Centre of unleashing central agencies like CBI and ED against those who had opposed demonetisation and GST roll-out in haste.last_img read more

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“Missing” VHP leader Togadia found unconscious, hospitalised

first_imgVishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Dr. Pravin Togadia, who was missing since Monday morning, was found late night on the same day in an unconscious condition. He was admitted in a hospital in Ahmedabad immediately.According to police, Dr. Togadia was taken to a private hospital in Shahibaug area and different tests were conducted while his situation was stable.“He is stable now,” a senior police official involved in tracing the location of Dr. Togadia said after he was taken to the hospital.As soon as news of his alleged detention or arrest spread in the State, hundreds of VHP workers and supporters of Dr. Togadia gathered at Sola police station in Ahmedabad while angry followers even blocked highways in many towns across the State.In Ahmedabad, VHP workers pelted a municipal bus in Paldi area and staged protests in Surat, Rajkot and Jamnagar.last_img read more

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Dhoni highest income tax payer in Jharkhand

first_imgCricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the highest individual tax payer in Jharkhand for the 2017-18 fiscal, officials in the Income Tax department said on Tuesday.Dhoni, the Indian wicket-keeper batsman paid ₹12.17 crore income tax in 2017-18, the officials said.They said that Dhoni had paid ₹10.93 crore tax in 2016-17, but he was not the highest tax payer for that year.last_img

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Trinamool Congress sending six MPs to Assam on Thursday

first_imgAs indicated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Comgress will send an eight member delegation to Assam to monitor the process to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Six of the eight members are MPs. Following the publication of the draft NRC, it came to light that more than 40 lakh people are left out of the latest NRC list.“On August 2 and 3, a delegation comprising 6 MPs from Trinamool (Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Ratna De Nag, Nadimul Haque, Arpita Ghosh, Mamata Thakur) and State Minister Firhad Hakim will be visiting Assam for #NRCAssam,” a Trinamool statement noted.MLA Mahua Moitra is also a member of the delegation, noted a separate statement.In a press conference on Monday, Ms. Banerjee indicated that Trinamool will send a team of MPs to Assam to monitor the NRC process and listen to those who were left out of the draft.“If required, I may go as well. I am not interpreting this as a law and order problem but a humanitarian crisis,” Ms. Banerjee said.last_img read more

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At Indore’s Saifee Mosque, Narendra Modi calls Dawoodi Bohra community his family

first_imgThe Dawoodi Bohras’ patriotism is an example for India to follow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, addressing the community members at the Saifee Mosque in Indore’s Saifee Nagar. He called them his “family”.Addressing over two lakh community members, who had gathered to attend Ashara Mubaraka, the commemoration of the death anniversary of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Husain, Mr. Modi outlined various schemes implemented by his government over the last four years.Syedna Aaliqadr Mufaddal Saifuddin, the current Da’i al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohras, and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were present on the occasion.’Ashara Mubaraka’ is observed at the beginning of the Islamic year. It refers to a period of 10 days. The 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is known as Ashara and marks the day when Imam Husain was martyred along with his family members and companions.’Bohra sect is integral to peace in country’ “The Bohra sect is integral to peace in India and has contributed to our unity on diversity,” Mr. Modi, said in a 33-minute address.Mr. Modi said that he considers himself too to be a part of the Bohra community because most villages in his home State, Gujarat, have Bohra businesses.”Even when I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, they supported me at every step of the way and I feel fortunate for that,” he said.Prior to his address, Mr. Modi heard Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s sermon. This is the first time a Prime Minister is attending an Ashara Mubaraka event.last_img read more

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Maharashtra Opposition targets CM’s pet scheme

first_imgOpposition parties on Thursday slammed the State government over the delay in announcing drought in Maharashtra and questioned it’s claim of successful implementation of Chief Minister’s pet scheme — Jalyukta Shivar — aimed at ensuring adequate water at village-level water sources.Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar demanded that the State government should give a compensation of ₹50,000 per hectare to farmers. Misleading peopleAt a press conference in Mumbai, Mr. Pawar alleged that the government is misleading the people by using words such as ‘drought like situation’. “The government agency, Ground Water Survey and Development Agency (GSDA), is saying that ground water has dropped from one to three meters low. But the government is claiming an increase in ground water level in about 16,500 villages. Someone is telling a lie here,” he said.“The Jalyukta Shivar is a failure of the government and over ₹7,500 crore wasted on it,” he said and added that over 21,000 villages are facing water scarcity.Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said the State should waive off the loan taken by farmers for the kharif season. “It is impossible for farmers to go for rabbi sowing, unless the previous loan is waived off,” he said. Mr Vikhe-Patil claimed that the Jalyukta Shivar has turned in to “zolyukta (irregularities) shivar” and he would raise it in the winter session of the Assembly.Dirty politics: govt.Meanwhile, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said the opposition is indulging in dirty politics at a time when the State is determined to fight drought. “This government is working better on issues such as drought. Instead of supporting the government, the opposition is levelling baseless allegations,” he said.last_img read more

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Three ISJK militants arrested in Srinagar

first_imgIn a joint operation, the Delhi and Srinagar police arrested three alleged militants affiliated to the Islamic State – Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) in Srinagar on Saturday.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Kushwah said the arrested militant have been identified as Tahir Ali Khan, a resident of Tral; Haris Mushtaq Khan of Budgam; and Asif Suhail Nadaf from Rainawari, all in J&K.Haris Mushtaq Khan, 24, completed his graduation in Arts from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, and was pursuing his M.A. in International Studies from the same university. He left studies and joined the militant ranks towards the end of 2017, the police said. “We received information about the hideout of militants affiliated to the ISJK in Srinagar…a police team shared the information with senior officers of the Srinagar police. A joint team was formed for the operation,” said Mr. Kushwah. After being tipped-off about their movement, a search was carried out near the Tourism Reception Centre in the heart of Srinagar. During the operation, a suspected militant tried to lob a grenade at the police party. Alert policemen, however, overpowered him and his two accomplices. At their instance, an underground hideout frequented by members of an ISIS-inspired module was located in an apple orchard in Awantipora. Financial support During interrogations, they disclosed the names of people who were assisting them with logistic and financial support. About half a dozen over-ground workers have been picked up for questioning. The ISJK is strengthening its unit in J&K and planning to extend its activities to Delhi and nearby areas, the police added.“The arrested militants confirmed that Ahtesham Bilal Sofi, a resident of downtown Srinagar, who was pursuing his graduation from Sharda University in Greater Noida, has joined the ISJK,” said Mr. Kushwah. Bilal went missing on October 28 from his college and later his picture in a black outfit surfaced in social media claiming he had joined the ISJK.last_img read more

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In Canada, a Stern Critique of University-Industry Collaborations

first_imgCanadian universities aren’t doing enough to protect academic freedom and safeguard against conflicts of interest in research agreements with industry, argues a new report from an academic association. But the leader of one applied research collaboration says the findings are misguided.“In their drive to attract new revenues by collaborating with corporations, donors, and governments, Canadian universities are entering into agreements that … sacrifice fundamental academic principles,” the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) concluded, according to a press release, in the report released last week, which examined a dozen university-industry agreements. Many, it found, failed to protect researchers’ ability to publish freely, while just one spelled out rules for disclosing conflicts of interest.CAUT’s conclusion, however, is “complete and utter nonsense,” says Murray Gray, scientific director of the Centre for Oil Sands Innovation at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, one of the partnerships analyzed in the report. “Their premise is that academic freedom [means] that you should be paid as a professor to do work that what you want to do, without any accountability, that you should be given money and just go and have a good time.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The CAUT study, titled Open for Business: On What Terms?, is a follow-on to Big Oil Goes to College, a similar analysis of 10 university-industry pacts in the United States conducted by the left-leaning Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. In Canada, CAUT evaluated how well the agreements it studied complied with the group’s Guiding Principles for University Collaborations, which it developed in 2012 in conjunction with the American Association of University Professors.Initially, CAUT had hoped to analyze 20 agreements obtained through freedom of information requests and other channels. The group was able to obtain just 12 pacts that had not had key details removed, however. They included seven collaborations focused on research on energy, aerospace technology, and biomedical science, as well as five “programs” that emphasized teaching collaborations on global policy and other issues.“In only half of the collaboration agreements did the universities ensure that they retained control of all academic matters affecting their students and faculty,” the authors found. Five provided for unrestricted publication rights, but seven provided “no specific protection for academic freedom.” Just one required disclosure of institutional or individual conflicts of interest.In general, the program agreements hewed more closely to CAUT’s Guiding Principles, the authors concluded. As for the seven research collaborations, only one provided for the selection of projects through peer review, while three had a defined process and criteria by which faculty could apply for funding. Two of the seven agreements guaranteed researchers access to all of the data and findings generated by the partnership.Such results are “staggering,” says CAUT Executive Director James Turk, who says he was particularly worried by “the number of agreements that make no reference to academic freedom.” The study points to the need to implement more comprehensive standards for such agreements, he tells ScienceInsider. Although Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council has guidelines for industrial partnerships, he adds, they are often vague and largely unenforced.CAUT’s criticisms are based on a fundamental misunderstanding of applied research, says Gray, a chemical engineer and vice provost at the University of Alberta. “They’re confusing independence of academic inquiry [with] independence of accountability [to the] people giving you money to do research, which is completely bizarre,” he tells ScienceInsider. In industry-sponsored research, “no one is telling the faculty members that they have to work on this and no one is hiring faculty members on the basis that they have to work on these projects.”“The proposition that a company should give the university money to do applied research and then have the university do peer review and tell the company what the research should be, unilaterally, is bizarre,” Gray adds. “What they’re proposing is that the only mode for industry interaction should be outright donation.”For its part, CAUT hopes the report will prompt universities to be more diligent when negotiating future collaborative agreements with industry.last_img read more

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From Lascars to Skilled Migrants: Indian Diaspora in New Zealand and Australia

first_imgMore than half a million people of Indian descent live in Australia and New Zealand. The history of the Indian diaspora in these countries is older than many might imagine, going back 250 years.Indians are today widely acknowledged as a successful ethnic community that makes significant contributions to their host societies and economies. Yet, although Indian migration to North America and the United Kingdom has been studied extensively, the Australian and New Zealand stories have rarely been told.Read it at The Conversation Related Itemslast_img read more

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India Has Third Highest Number of Family-Owned Businesses in the World: Report

first_imgIndia has the third highest number of family-owned businesses, with a count of 111 companies, behind China (159) and United States (121), according to a recent report. Indian family-owned companies generated a 13.9 percent annual average share price return since 2006, compared to six percent recorded by their non-family-owned peers, it showed.“The Credit Suisse Family 1000 in 2018” study shows that family businesses have functioned as the cornerstones of a country’s economy.“Indian firms on an average generated some of the highest absolute CFROIs (cash flow return on investment) across our non-Japan Asian nations,” it said.The report by Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI), based on a study of 1,015 companies with $250 million or more in market capitalization, showed that India, along with China and Hong Kong (72), largely dominate the list of family-owned businesses in the non-Japan Asia region, followed by Korea (43), Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand (all having 26 companies).In terms of market capitalization, non-Japan Asia region is dominated by the same trio, with China accounting for around $1.4 trillion, ahead of India’s $839 billion and Hong Kong’s $633 billion.The average family-owned company in China and Hong Kong has a market capitalization of $8.7 billion, compared to $7.6 billion in India. Korean family-owned companies tend to be larger, with an average market capitalization of $10.1 billion.Overall, the study suggests that the family factor appears robust across the region, given that family-owned companies have outperformed their non-family-owned local peers in every country since 2006.In 2017, non-Japan Asia-based family-owned companies generated 25.6 percent greater cash flow return on investment than their non-family owned counterparts, and delivered 4.2 percent outperformance in annual average share price return since 2006.Countries where family-owned companies generated below-average outperformance include Taiwan and Singapore. Countries where family-owned companies outperformed their local peers in 2017 and so far this year are Malaysia, Singapore and India.“This year, we find that the family-owned businesses are continuing to outperform their peers in every region and sector—whatever their size. We believe this is due to the long-term outlook of family-owned businesses relying less on external funding and investing more in research and development,” Eugène Klerk, head analyst of Thematic Investments at Credit Suisse and the report’s lead author, said in a statement.While looking at the companies that have flourished from the Asian region, the study said that more than 50 percent of the top 30 are from India. The Asian companies collectively earned a total market capitalization of $748 billion, it added.The list of 50 most profitable family-owned businesses in Non-Japan Asia included 12 Indian companies, such as Emami, Bajaj, HCL technologies, Hero Motor Corp and TCS.“Family businesses in Asia outstrip their non-family-owned peers with superior financial performance and more robust share price returns, largely due to their longer-term focus,”  CSRI said in a statement. Related ItemsChinaUnited Stateslast_img read more

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Jaipur to host Stonemart

first_imgA memorandum of understanding signed here for organising the 11th India Stonemart in Jaipur in 2021, as the largest international exposition of dimensional stone and ancillary products and services, has indicated to a thriving stone industry in Rajasthan. The event will bring together various stakeholders of the industry.The Rajasthan Industrial Development & Investment Corporation, Centre for Development of Stones and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry signed the MoU here on Wednesday.last_img read more

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‘Power connection to homes within 48 hours of receiving application’

first_imgThe Odisha government on Thursday announced that it will provide electricity connections to houses that were left out in the electrification programme within 48 hours of receiving an application. Addressing the State-level celebrations of the 73rd Independence Day, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said: “All habitations of Odisha have been electrified. If any house is left out, an application should be submitted to the panchayat office. Within 48 hours, the electricity connection will be provided.”5Ts of governanceMr. Patnaik elaborated his plan of making the administration accountable and responsive. “We have planned the ‘My Government’ programme based on 5Ts — transparency, teamwork, technology, time and transformation. This programme will begin from October 2 this year, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” he said.In the first phase, the 5T programme will be implemented in all police stations and district headquarter hospitals and by the next phase in March 2020, all departments will execute it, he said.Feedback from people“As your Chief Minister, I will make a telephone call to you and take feedback about the response you get in police stations and hospitals. Moreover, I would like to know your experience with government officials,” said Mr. Patnaik.The Chief Minister said his Ministers would follow his footsteps and remain in direct contact with the general public. Similarly, the bureaucracy has been asked to find out the problems directly from the people.Changes have been made in the topmost bureaucracy in Odisha. Bureaucratic reshuffleHome Secretary Asit Tripathy has been appointed the next Chief Secretary of the State following the voluntary retirement of present Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi, who has since been appointed the next Election Commissioner of the State. Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary in-charge of Forest and Environment, has been appointed as the Development Commissioner. Pradipta Mahapatra, a senior IAS officer, will be the next Agriculture Production Commissioner. The orders will come into effect from August 19.last_img read more

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Over 16,000 shifted after heavy rain in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur, Neemuch

first_imgOver 16,000 people from Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur and Neemuch districts were shifted to safety on Sunday after heavy rainfall caused water-logging in several areas there, an official said. Heavy showers have been lashing the two neighbouring districts in western Madhya Pradesh for the past few days, crippling normal life in the region.“Around 13,000 to 14,000 people have been rescued from about 100 to 125 villages in Mandsaur. Some of these villages have been fully vacated while others have been partially evacuated,” Superintendent of Police Hitesh Choudhary said.Rescue operations are being carried out in full swing, he said. “We are keeping a close watch on the situation,” he added.Nearly 2,300 people were also evacuated from the flooded Rampura town in Neemuch after an alarming rise in backwater levels of the Gandhi Sagar Dam in Mandsaur, an official at the Neemuch Collectorate said. Rescuers kept vigil during the previous night, bringing flood-hit people to relief camps on Sunday, he said. Mandsaur received 218 mm rain while Manasa town in Neemuch got 243 mm rain in 24 hours, ending on Sunday morning, as per the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) office here.Mandsaur district received 1,927.8 mm rain from June 1 till date, against the normal quota of 742.1 mm, the IMD said. Similarly, Neemuch received 1,569.7 mm rain so far this monsoon against 706.9 mm of the normal quota, it said. After heavy rains, 19 sluice gates of Gandhi Sagar Dam were opened and 4.93 lakh cusec water was discharged, the dam project’s Sub-Divisional Officer N.P. Dev said.The released water was gushing downstream and entering parts of Rajasthan that borders Neemuch, he said. Meanwhile, intermittent showers on Sunday lashed several parts of Madhya Pradesh, which has so far received 33% more rain than the season’s average, the IMD said. The monsoon has weakened a bit in eastern Madhya Pradesh but is active in the western parts of the State, IMD Bhopal’s Senior Meteorologist G.D. Mishra said.Heavy rainfall is likely in Alirajpur and Jhabua districts till Monday morning, he said.last_img read more

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Rajasthan’s tobacco control included among best initiatives

first_imgThe tobacco control programmes launched in Rajasthan have been included among the best initiatives in the country, for which a presentation will be made at a national summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, later this month. Activists in the State have reiterated their demand for enforcement of a tobacco vendor licensing mechanism after the announcement.Medical and Health Minister Raghu Sharma said here on Tuesday that the health officials of all States would attend the presentation on Rajasthan’s initiatives at the national summit on “Good, replicable practices and innovations in public health care in India”, to be held in Gandhinagar from November 16 to 18.Mr. Sharma said over 1.13 crore people in the State had taken an oath for not consuming tobacco products and drugs on January 30 last, marking the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The World Health Organisation awarded Rajasthan, after listing it among 33 organisations in the world, in recognition of its works on the World No Tobacco Day on May 31.After imposing a ban on e-cigarettes in May this year, the State government prohibited the sale of ‘paan masala’ containing nicotine, magnesium carbonate and mineral oil last month. Mr. Sharma praised the State’s Tobacco Control Unit for its achievements and asked it to implement the programme effectively in future as well.Voluntary groups working for tobacco control by undertaking a sustained campaign for the last four years have once again called for enforcement of a vendor licensing mechanism to control and regulate the sale of tobacco products. Licensing has been highlighted as a deterrent which may especially reduce children’s access to cigarettes and other tobacco products.Jayesh Joshi, secretary of Banswara-based Vaagdhara group, said the State government should frame rules under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003, making it mandatory for shopkeepers to obtain licence to sell any type of tobacco products. As of now, the vendors violating the rules pay a petty fine and go back to selling tobacco.The State government had authorised municipal bodies in 2018 to regulate the sale of tobacco products. Since the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2016-17 has found 24.7 % of the adults in Rajasthan as tobacco users, Mr. Joshi said that an effective implementation of COTPA and the licensing policy’s formulation would save health care costs, increase labour productivity and reduce human suffering.The successful ban on production, distribution, advertisement and sale of e-cigarettes was also highlighted at the 41st session of U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva in June this year, with the emphasis on the rights of tribal children, among whom the addiction starts at an early age.last_img read more

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Compensation plan may not fetch desired results: experts

first_imgWhile the Punjab government has decided to pay ₹2,500 per acre as compensation to small and marginal farmers, who have not burnt paddy residue in the ongoing harvesting season, farmers’ unions and agriculture experts feel that the move may not fetch the desired results.“The government’s decision would only have a limited benefit… They have announced to give compensation to farmers who own land up to five acres, but what about others? If any farmer has even a little over five acre then compensation will not be given, what’s the point of putting conditions? The government should compensate every farmer otherwise the desired result will not be achieved,” said Harinder Singh, general secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union (Lakhowal).Mr. Singh said FIRs registered against farmers for defying the ban on stubble burning should also be immediately withdrawn. The government data shows that between October 1 and November 13, as many as 48,689 cases of farm fires were reported in Punjab. Last year, during the same period there were 44,845 such incidents. Sangrur district has seen the highest number of farm fire incidents at 6,558, while Bathinda with 5,522 is in the second spot. Firozpur recorded as many as 4,537 cases to be placed third on the list, according to the Punjab Pollution Control Board.Stubble burning, close to the autumn season every year, has been a key contributing factor to air pollution across the northern region, including Delhi.For management of paddy straw, the Centre and the State government are providing subsidised agro-machines and equipment to farmers and cooperative societies to achieve zero burning, yet farmers continue to burn the crop residue claiming lack of alternatives.‘Not a lasting solution’Lakhwinder Singh, professor of Economics at Punjabi University, Patiala, who has been mapping rural Punjab for decades, also feels that the State government’s decision to pay compensation is not a long-lasting solution to the problem. “The compensation amount is good but it’s not a permanent solution. Let’s say even if all farmers are given compensation and they don’t burn the residue… They collect it then what next? What will they do? How will they dispose it? The solution lies in alternative uses of residue for which the State government needs to infuse investment,” said Mr. Singh.last_img read more

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Gilas PH squad underdog no more

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comTerrence Romeo’s name is starting to make the rounds on social media. Raymond Almazan, a Fiba Asia “rookie,” just saw his two dunks in the first half against China immortalized by the tournament as they made the top five plays of the day.What difference a game makes.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH athletes get send off for SEA Games Gilas Pilipinas entered the Fiba Asia under the shadow of uncertainty: Andray Blatche begged off from the team and June Mar Fajardo was struck off due to injury.But after dismantling defending champion China, the Filipinos are suddenly under the spotlight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd they will no longer be underdogs when they take the Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex floor at 9 p.m. (Manila time) against Iraq, which made a huge lineup change by replacing naturalized player DeMario Mayfield.This will give the Iraqis a slightly different look when they tangle with the Filipinos, who routed them in the Jones Cup, 84-75, in Taipei. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Iraq pulled Mayfield out of the lineup and went for Kevin Galloway, even if Mayfield was one of the best scorers in Taipei and drilled 29 points in that losing game against the Filipinos.The Iraqis will also come into the game with some sort of momentum after tripping Qatar, 75-66, with Galloway shooting 16 points and plucking down eight rebounds.The Philippines-Iraq game was one of the dirtiest in the Jones Cup. Christian Standhardinger and Carl Cruz, in fact, were thrown out of that game.Coach Chot Reyes and his staff came over to Beirut knowing that Mayfield will be the naturalized player for Iraq, but now they will be having to deal with someone who is a lot taller and heftier in Galloway.Galloway was originally replaced by Mayfield in the team, though the 26-year-old would have been a handful for the Gilas guards because of his athleticism and shiftiness.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next The Filipinos close out first-round play against the Qataris on Sunday also at 9 p.m.Meanwhile, Calvin Abueva apologized to the team immediately after the win over the Chinese as he played just over a minute and 30 seconds and was thrown out after head-butting Li Gen in the first quarter.Gilas officials said that under Fiba rules, being thrown out does not mean an automatic suspension in the next game. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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