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  • While exercising India’s Right to Reply, India’s First secretary at the permanent mission in Geneva, S. Senthil Kumar denounced Pakistan for trying to divert the attention of the Council with its “imposturous political propaganda full of disinformation and gratuitous references about India’s internal matters”. “It will be better for Pakistan to set its own house in order before it speaks about others,” he said 

    Highlighting the atrocities committed by state actors in Pakistan Occupied parts of Indian Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Laddakh, Indian statement said that it’s well documented that a large number of Kashmiri detainees are in secret detention facilities in Pakistan and Pakistan Occupied Territories now for several years and they have been severely tortured by the security forces. “Cases of enforced disappearances, murders, detentions, custodial deaths and torture of civil rights activists, representatives of local political parties and journalists are common and a standard practice adopted to silence voices against the Government and deep state in Gilgit-Baltistan,” said Kumar

    Highlighting OHCHR’s recent press briefing where it has expressed serious concern about the numerous instances of incitement to violence against journalists and human rights defenders in Pakistan, in particular against women and minorities, India said that especially worrying is accusations of blasphemy – which can put accused individuals at imminent risk of violence.

    A Special Procedures of the HRC had recently called on the Pakistani authorities to end the secret detention of human rights defender Idris Khattak, whose whereabouts are not known for more than nine months. Talia, the 20-year-old daughter of Idris Khattak, is still waiting for a fair trial for her father.  

    Exposing the fallacy of Pakistan’s so-called military-run ‘democratic’ system India’s statement said that Human Rights Defenders in Pakistan are being silenced everyday through intimidation, secret detention, torture and enforced disappearances with the direct involvement of the Pakistani Government. “Targeting of journalists through threats, assaults, arrests instilling extreme fear and self-censorship,” said the India first secretary in his statement.

    Flagging the case of Pakistan’s women journalist and human rights defender Marvi Sirmed, receiving highly derogatory and violent messages on social media the Indian representative  also highlighted how journalists Ahmed Noorani and Gul Bhukari and their families have been receiving death threats daily and live in an atmosphere of constant fear and terror. 

    While mentioning the recurring abductions under-aged Hindu and Christian girls India pointed how enforcement agencies, in Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh law, have been given a free hand and are authorized to arbitrarily detain any person, including those below the age of 18 years. 

    “Security forces in Pakistan have gained proficiency in unlawful killings and kidnapping of people in so called counter-terrorism operations. This has been compounded by a weak judiciary in Pakistan which has consistently failed to protect even the basic human rights of the people in Pakistan,” said India.

    Indian representative urged the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to take note of these and other similar cases as well.

    By: Abhiskek Jha

  • The Ministry said, it has been brought to its notice that many countries are not accepting the International Driving Permit issued to Indian citizens and that officials there ask for the validation of IDP in accordance with International Convention of Road Traffic of 19th September 1949.

    In an advisory issued to Transport Secretaries, Commissioners of States and UTs, the Ministry has also provided a copy of the stamp as being placed by some of the RTOs and accepted internationally for reference.

  • In an online interaction with the media, the Union Election Commission (UEC) of Myanmar pledged to hold the elections while ensuring measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country. 

    Last week 24 parties including the military backed main opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) had demanded postponement of elections citing problems in campaigning and other public health related issues. 

    The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) headed by the state Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi supports holding elections on the date announced by the UEC. 

    In the wake of the lockdown, political parties have stopped campaigning in Yangon, reports Reutres.

    However, to ensure social distancing during the polls scheduled to be held on November 8, the UEC has increased the number of polling stations from 40,000 to 50,000.

    In the meanwhile, a stay at home order has been issued for the entire Yangon Region excluding Cocogyun Township after a record 671 new Corona cases were reported on Sunday. Yangon is the biggest city of Myanmar. Garment factories have been asked to shut down operations from 24 Sept till October 7. Private offices have been asked to allow employees to work from home. 

    On Monday also 264 new Corona positive cases were reported from Myanmar taking the total number of infections in the country to 5805. Death of 94 people due to Corona has been reported so far. 

     

     

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  • This increase in MSP is in line with the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission.

    In view of nutritional requirements and changing dietary pattern and to achieve self-sufficiency in pulses and oilseeds production, the Government has fixed relatively higher MSP for these crops.

    The highest increase in MSP has been announced for lentil (Rs. 300 per quintal) followed by gram and rapeseed & mustard (Rs. 225 per quintal each) and safflower (Rs. 112 per quintal). For barley and wheat, an increase of Rs. 75 per quintal and Rs 50 per quintal respectively has been announced.

    The differential remuneration is aimed at encouraging crop diversification. 

    The increase in MSP for Rabi Crops for marketing season 2021-22 is in line with the principle of fixing the MSPs at a level of at least 1.5 times of the All-India weighted average Cost of Production as announced in Union Budget 2018-19. The expected returns to farmers over their cost of production are estimated to be highest in case of Wheat (106%) followed by rapeseed & mustard (93%), gram and lentil (78%). For barley, return to farmers over their cost of production is estimated at 65% and for safflower, it is 50%.

    Support is in the form of MSP as well as procurement.  In the case of cereals, Food Corporation of India (FCI) and other designated State Agencies would continue to provide price support to the farmers. Government has set up a buffer stock of pulses and domestic procurement of pulses is also being done under Price Stabilization Fund (PSF).

    The Umbrella Scheme “Pradhan Mantri AnnadataAaySanraksHan Abhiyan” (PM-AASHA), comprising Price Support Scheme (PSS), Price Deficiency Payment Scheme (PDPS), and pilot Scheme of Private Procurement and Stockist Scheme (PPSS) will aid in procurement of pulses and oilseeds.

    Despite global COVID-19 pandemic and consequent nationwide lockdown, timely intervention made by Government has led to an all-time record procurement of wheat at about 39 million tonnes for RMS 2020-21. Around 43 lakh farmers benefitted under procurement operations period which is 22 percent higher than the RMS 2019-20. In 2019-20, 390 lakh tonnes of wheat is estimated to be procured, while in 2014-15, 280 lakh tonnes was procured. In 2019-20, 15 lakh metric tonnes of pulses is estimated to be procured, while in 2014-15, 3 lakh tonnes was procured. In 2019-20, 18 lakh metric tonnes of oilseeds is estimated to be procured, while in 2014-15, 12 thousand metric tonnes was procured. 

    The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020 and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020 have been promulgated so as to provide alternative channels for farmers to sell their produce outside traditional APMC mandi system and to encourage private participation in agribusiness. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 has been promulgated to build efficient agri-food supply chains and attract more private sector investment in value-addition, scientific storage, warehousing and marketing infrastructure.

    Under the Scheme for Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, Rs 1 Lakh Crore will be provided by the banks and financial institutions as loans with interest subvention of 3% per annum and credit guarantee coverage under CGTMSE (Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises) for loans up to Rs. 2 Crore. The scheme will support farmers, PACS, FPOs, agri-entrepreneurs, etc. in building community farming assets and post-harvest agriculture infrastructure.

  • 1803 students including 687 BTech and 637 MTech students will be conferred degrees.

    Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre and other dignitaries will participate in the event. 

  •  In less than 15 months' time, First Cargo Ship set sail to the island nation from the Indian Port of Tuticorin.

    The maiden voyage was launched in an e-flag off ceremony jointly by MOS (Independent Charge) Ministry of Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Maldives Aishath Nahula. Speaking on the occasion, Mandaviya noted that this service is another milestone in the comprehensive bilateral relations between India and Maldives. He mentioned that this direct cargo service will further cement the close ties between India and Maldives by enhancing people-to-people contact and boosting bilateral trade.

    An MoU between the Ministry of Shipping in India and the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Maldives to commence the Cargo Ferry service was signed during PM’s visit to the Maldives last year in June, PM had opted the Maldives for his First state visit in his second term as the Prime Minister of India.

    Commencement of the cargo ferry service was announced by the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during his virtual meeting with the Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid on August 13 this year.

    The Cargo Ferry Vessel MCP Linz operated by the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) will connect Tuticorin and Cochin ports in India with Kulhudhuhfushi and Male ports in the Maldives. The vessel is expected to arrive in Kulhudhuhfushi on September 26 and Male on September 28.  The ferry service will run twice a month. 

    This vessel provides direct cargo connectivity between India and the Maldives on a predictable and affordable basis for the first time and will lower costs and times for traders in both countries. To begin with, India will subsidise the service at approx. USD 3 million. 

    The MCP Linz is a combination vessel which can carry 380 TEUs and 3000 MT on bulk cargo and will have a turnaround time of 10-12 days for its voyages. The vessel has reefer plugs for refrigerated containers.

    This vessel provides direct cargo connectivity between India and the Maldives on a predictable and affordable basis for the first time and will lower costs and times for traders in both countries. To begin with, India will also subsidise the service at approx. USD 3 million. 

    The expansion of the Hanimaadhoo Airport (through an Indian Line of Credit) and the Cargo Ferry Service connectivity to the northern port of Kulhudhuhfushi will underpin the economic development of northern Maldives and facilitate investments in tourism and other engines of prosperity.  Besides the expansion of markets for MSMEs in India, the Cargo Ferry service will provide an opportunity to Maldivian exporters of tuna and other marine products to the Indian market and springboard to Europe through Cochin and Tuticorin ports. For instance, Cochin Port has weekly connectivity to Europe through a 6500 TEU vessel.   

    The Cargo Ferry Service is another commitment delivered by India to connect Indian and Maldivian markets, unlock the trade and investment potential between the two nations, and strengthen people-to-people contacts for mutual prosperity. 

     

     

    By: Abhiskek Jha

  • A new study by the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), shows wet monsoon conditions in the North-Western Himalaya between 1200 and 550 BCE. This condition prevailed till 450 AD, coinciding with the Roman Warm Period (RWP). It was followed by reduced precipitation and a weak ISM till 950 AD and then strengthened during the Medieval Climate Anomaly (MCA) between 950 and 1350 AD. During the Little Ice Age, there was a pronounced reduction in monsoon precipitation. 

    The study carried out with lake sediments from Rewalsar Lake, a freshwater lake from Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, could resolve the long debate among scientists about whether such events were local or global. Sediments from this lake preserve signature that can be used as proxies to understand monsoon variability in the past.

    In the recent study published in the journal ‘Quaternary International’, researchers obtained grain size data, stable isotope ratios of carbon and nitrogen, total organic carbon (TOC), and total nitrogen data from the sediments of the lake. They retrieved a sediment core of 15-meter length from the center of the lake at a water depth of about 6.5 meters using piston corer, which was used as a sample.

    The chronology of Rewalsar Lake sediment was then established based on the Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (a form of mass spectrometry to separate a rare isotope from an abundant neighbouring mass) (AMS) 14C radiocarbon dates of fourteen samples and the age ranges from approximately 2950 years to 200 years ago. 

    Calculation of Total organic carbon TOC, Total Nitrogen TN, and depleted Carbon isotope ratio values during the interval 1200 to 550 BCE indicated wet monsoon conditions in the North-Western Himalaya. This condition prevailed till 450 AD, coinciding with the Roman Warm Period (RWP). This was followed by reduced precipitation and a weak ISM till 950 AD. The ISM became comparatively stronger during the Medieval Climate Anomaly (MCA) between 950 to 1350 AD.

    During the Little Ice Age, there was a pronounced reduction in ISM precipitation, as indicated by relatively low C/N ratio and decreased TOC content. The findings pointed out to revival of wet climatic conditions with a strong ISM around 1600 AD following the Little Ice Age, which prevails in present times.

    The variability of ISM in historical past needs to be ascertained to understand present, and future behaviour of ISM as climate shifts and water supply has dictated flourish and demise of ancient civilizations. 

     

     

     

    By- Tapas Bhattacharya

  • The proposed university would facilitate and promote studies and research and help achieve excellence in the field of forensic science in conjunction with applied behavioural science studies, law, criminology and other allied areas.

    The Lok Sabha also passed the Rashtriya Raksha University Bill. The Bill seeks to provide for the establishment of the Rashtriya Raksha University, Gujarat. The key objectives of the University include providing dynamic and high standards of learning and research, and providing a working environment dedicated to advancing research, education and training in the domain of policing.

    The Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill was also passed yesterday. The Bill seeks to provide a legal framework for bilateral netting of qualified financial contracts which are over the counter derivatives contracts.

    The Lok Sabha also passed The Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020. 

  • He informed that ICMR has been conducting large-scale sequencing of nationally representative strains of SARS-CoV-2 virus collected over the past several months over different time-points and detailed results on mutations and evolution of the virus will be available in early October.

    The Minister was answering  questions posed by his social media interactors on the Sunday Samvaad platform. These questions covered a multitude of queries concerning not only the current situation of COVID but also the government’s approach to it and related topics like India’s growth in the field of Science.

    Speaking on the concrete measures that have been planned to handle such public health emergencies in the future, he said ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ will strengthen the nation to an extent where it will be able to overcome any eventuality including another pandemic. He emphasized that ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ highlights the commitment of the Government for increased investments in Public Health and other health reforms to prepare India for future pandemics.

    The Health Minister added that a major proposal is under consideration at the Expenditure Finance Committee level. They include strengthening surveillance of infectious diseases and outbreak response, establishment of dedicated infectious disease management hospital blocks in district hospitals and establishment of Integrated Public Health Laboratories.

    On the matter of availability of Medical Oxygen in the country, Dr. Harsh Vardhan assured that there is enough Oxygen being produced in the country and that the Health Ministry is closely monitoring the situation. He took the occasion to remind everyone that the Health Ministry had dispatched Oxygen concentrators to the rural parts of the country specifically to avert the logistic issues coming to light.

  • Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that all the uniforms that will be made in the schools will be made by the women of Self Help Group.

    He was speaking at the credit distribution function of self-help groups of the credit camp program in the capital Bhopal. He said that through this arrangement, the groups will get employment of 400 crores.

    The women of the group will buy clothes, dress themselves and will also supply. The Chief Minister further said that the responsibility of ready-to-eat nutritious food distributed in Anganwadi centers will also be given to women self-help groups instead of giving it to the contractor. 

  • He added farmers will continue to get MSP. He was brefing the media on Sunday

    Parliament  passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020 with Rajya Sabha approving it on Sunday amid uproar by the opposition. The House also negated the oppositions’ amendments to send the Bills to the Select Committee. Speaking on the Bills, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar said that the government has taken several steps for doubling the income of farmers after consultations with the famers and States.
                       
    The two Bills aim at increasing the availability of buyers for farmers’ produce by allowing them to trade freely without any license or stock limit resulting in better prices for their produce. They will replace two ordinances promulgated by the Central Government in June this year.

    The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill allows intra-state and inter-state trade of farmers’ produce beyond the physical premises of APMC markets. As per the Bill, State governments are prohibited from levying any market fee, cess or levy outside APMC areas.

    The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill creates a framework for contract farming through an agreement between a farmer and a buyer prior to the production of any farm produce.

  • People who have been suspended include, Congress members Rajiv Satav, Ripun Bora and Nazeer Hussain, TMC members Derek O’Brien and Dola Sen, CPI(M) MPs K.K. Ragesh and Elamaram Kareem and Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, V. Muraleedharan moved a motion to suspend these members for creating ruckus and disrespecting the Chair by their unruly behavior. The motion was accepted with voice vote and Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu announced the names of the suspended members.

    Chairman Naidu also condemned Sunday's incident terming it unacceptable and condemnable. He also said that the incident has tarnished the image of the Upper House and it was a bad day. Chairman also said some members used un-parliamentary language and threatened Deputy Chairman Harivansh. He added that the agitating members also defied social distancing and other Covid norms.

    The Chairman rejected the no confidence motion moved by the 46 opposition members against the Deputy Chairman citing that the notice was not in the proper format.

  • 93,356 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours.  12 States and UTs have registered Recovery Rate more than the national average.

    79% of the new recovered cases are from 10 states/UTs.

    The total recovered cases are close 44 lakh (43,96,399) as on Monday. India tops the global figure of total recoveries. It accounts for more than 19% of the world total.

  • These clone trains primarily 3-AC trains with fewer halts, higher speeds and a departure time before the parent train come as a boon for the passengers who have to travel in an emergency or have made last-minute plans. Waitlisted passengers on high traffic routes can hope to reach their destinations two-three hours before the corresponding parent train.

    10 trains will operate between Bihar and Delhi under the East Central Railways. These trains will originate and terminate at Bihar's Saharsa, Rajendra Nagar, Rajgir, Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur.

    The two trains operating under the Northeast Frontier Railway are also from Katihar to Delhi and back.

    The Northern Railway will also run 10 trains which will operate between Delhi and Bihar and back, West Bengal to Delhi, Punjab to West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh to Delhi among others.

    The South Central Railway will operate two trains between Danapur (Bihar) to Secunderabad and back. The South Western Railway will operate 6 trains between Goa and Delhi, Karnataka-Bihar and Karnataka-Delhi.

    The Western Railway will run 10 trains between Bihar (Darbhanga)-Gujarat (Ahmedabad), Delhi-Gujarat, Chhapra to Gujarat, Mumbai-Punjab, and Ahmedabad-Patna.

  • Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said Iran could have enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon by the end of the year and that Tehran has resumed long-range missile cooperation with nuclear-armed North Korea.

    He did not provide detailed evidence regarding either assertion. The new sanctions fit into U.S. President Donald Trump's effort to limit Iran's regional influence and come a week after U.S.-brokered deals for the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize ties with Israel.

  • According to health minister Matt Hancock, the country is at a tipping point on COVID-19.

    He has also warned that a second national lockdown could be imposed if people don't follow government rules designed to stop the spread of the virus.

    Earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the UK is experiencing the start of a second wave of COVID-19 and stricter lockdown measures will be introduced across the country.

    The UK currently has more than 3.94 lakh COVID-19 cases with a death toll over 41,700.

  • Faraway doctors are helping treat rural American COVID-19 patients all thanks to technology. Vast stretches of rural America lack easy access to advanced medical care.

    Rural areas tend to have higher rates of underlying health conditions, their populations often are older and poorer making them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

    Tele-ICU generally requires physicians working remotely to hold a license in each state where people are hospitalized.

    The Trump administration has eased rules on telehealth during the pandemic and expanded reimbursement by Medicare. Shares of telemedicine companies have soared as patients embraced online visits.

    South Carolina remains a hot spot for coronavirus infections.

  • The United States continues to top the list being the worst-hit country by the pandemic so far with the highest number of COVID-19 cases. The U.S. has crossed the 70 lakh mark in terms of Covid-19 cases with deaths now crossing 2.04 lakh.

    In terms of the death toll, Brazil stands second on the tally with 1.36 lakh deaths. There are 45.44 lakh cases of COVID 19 in Brazil.

  • The Core Commanders are sitting across the table after a gap of one and half month to discuss the border situation.

    However, in the backdrop of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Moscow and High powered China Study group meetings recently, along with the core Commander,  the Joint Secretary from external affairs is also joining in Monday's meeting at Moldo.

    This is a significant development as far as the talks between India and China to arrive into certain implementable decisions to restore the peace and tranquility in the region.

    Talks began at 10 on Monday morning following the military and the Covid-19 protocols.

  • The schools in many States and Union Territories will partially reopen from today for students of 9th to 12th classes on a voluntary basis. These include Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh. Under Unlock 4, the central government has permitted the states to reopen schools from September 21.

    However, the states have the authority to decide whether they want to resume schools from September 21 or not. Citing the high number of coronavirus cases, many states including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have announced not to resume classes from Monday.

    According to the Unlock 4 guidelines, schools are allowed to open with 50 percent teaching and non-teaching stuff. Students of class 9 to 12 are permitted to go to school — strictly on a voluntary basis. Students will have to get a consent slip from their parents to visit the schools. However, the students and teachers who live in the containment zones, are not allowed to attend schools.

    All the coronavirus preventive measures such as maintaining social distancing, covering face with a mask or cover, washing or sanitizing hands need to be strictly followed. Thermal scanners for screening the body temperature of students and teachers are mandatory at the school entrance.

    Schools have been advised to arrange different entry and exit gates if feasible. Government has asked schools to continue the virtual classes.

  • Nation's lead  tourist attraction, Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, have reopened for visitors on Monday, after an unprecedented closure of six months, due to COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Archaeological Survey of India officials have made all necessary arrangements for the reopening.

    Also, Mahabodhi temple, the first world heritage site of the Bihar at Bodh Gaya is scheduled to reopen for the devotees and visitors.

  • At least 10  people have lost their lives and 11 are admitted to the hospital in Bhiwandi of Thane District near Mumbai.

    A three-storied building collapsed in Patel Compound area Monday morning.

    35 people have been rescued by locals. At least 20-25 people are still feared to be trapped, as per initial information.

    NDRF teams have reached the site of building collapse and have launched relief and rescue operations.

  • These nine highway projects involve a road length of about 350 kilometers. Prominent road projects are six laning of 39 km stretch of Patna Ring road, four laning of Ara-Mohania section of NH 30, Bakhtiarpur-Rajauli section of NH 31 and four laning of Narenpur-Purnea section of NH 131A. Paving the way for development of Bihar, these roads will enhance better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in and around the state. Movement of people and goods will also improve substantially, especially with the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.

    Bihar will get a major boost in the bridge sector too as the Prime Minister laid  three mega bridges during the event. The bridges include four lane bridge parallel to existing Mahatma Gandhi Setu in Patna, four lane bridge over Kosi river and four lane bridge parallel to existing Vikramshila Setu in Bhagalpur. With the completion of these projects, all rivers in Bihar will have bridges conforming to 21st century specifications and all major National Highways will stand widened and strengthened.

    Besides this , the Prime Minister also launched  a project to connect all the villages of Bihar through optical fibre internet . This is an important step towards bringing a digital revolution in Bihar. It is a prestigious project covering all the villages of Bihar.

     

  • The National Capital Delhi will have partly cloudy sky. It will have a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius and maximum of 37 degrees.

    In Mumbai, there will be generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature will be 25 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 30 degrees.
     
    Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will hover between 25 and 31 degrees Celsius. Kolkata will witness thunderstorm with rain. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be around 25 degrees celsius while the maximum will be 31 degrees.
     
    On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 25 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 37 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be around 9 degrees while the maximum will be 29 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.
     
    Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between 11 and 25 degrees Celsius. In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 11 and 34 degrees Celsius. It will have mainly clear sky. In Muzzafarabad, there will be mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between 16 and 36 degrees Celsius.
     
    In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 24 and 34 degrees Celsius. The city will partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust-storm. In Chandigarh, there will be partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature will be 25 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 37 degrees.
     
    The minimum and the maximum temperatures in Ahmedabad will be around 26 and 35 degrees. The city will have partly cloudy sky. Patna will have generally cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the city will be 26 degrees celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.
     
    Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city will be 26 degrees celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

  • In its latest weather bulletin issued in the afternoon of Sunday, the Met Department said that a low pressure area has formed over Northeast bay and adjoining area.

    It predicted that squally weather may affect the maritime ports, North-bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh.

    It advised the fishing boats and trawlers in this area to return close to the coast and proceed with caution till further orders. They have also been advised not to venture into the deep sea.
     

  • In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said, "A watershed moment in the history of Indian agriculture! Congratulations to our hardworking farmers on the passage of key bills in Parliament, which will ensure a complete transformation of the agriculture sector as well as empower crores of farmers.

    For decades, the Indian farmer was bound by various constraints and bullied by middlemen. The bills passed by Parliament liberate the farmers from such adversities. These bills will add impetus to the efforts to double income of farmers and ensure greater prosperity for them.

    Our agriculture sector is in desperate need of latest technology that assists the industrious farmers. Now, with the passage of the bills, our farmers will have easier access to futuristic technology that will boost production and yield better results. This is a welcome step.

    I said it earlier and I say it once again:

    System of MSP will remain. Government procurement will continue. We are here to serve our farmers. We will do everything possible to support them and ensure a better life for their coming generations."

  • Parliament today passed two bills aimed at transforming agriculture in the country and raising farmers’ incomes. The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 which were passed by Lok Sabha on 17th September 2020, were passed by the Rajya Sabha also today. The Bills were introduced in Lok Sabha on 14th September 2020 by Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh Tomar, to replace ordinances promulgated on 5th June 2020.

    Speaking about the Bills, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said that the Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken several landmark decisions in last six years to ensure that farmers get remunerative prices for their produce, and for raising farmers’ incomes and livelihood status. He again clarified that the procurement at Minimum Support Price will continue, assurance for this has been given by Hon’ble Prime Minister himself, rate of MSP has been increased considerably during 2014-2020 and MSP for coming Rabi season will be announced in coming week. The Union Agriculture Minister said that full protection has been ensured to farmers in these legislations.

    The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020

     

    Main provisions –

    • The new legislation will create an ecosystem where the farmers and traders will enjoy freedom of choice of sale and purchase of agri-produce.
    • It will also promote barrier-free inter-state and intra-state trade and commerce outside the physical premises of markets notified under State Agricultural Produce Marketing legislations.
    • The farmers will not be charged any cess or levy for sale of their produce and will not have to bear transport costs.
    • The Bill also proposes an electronic trading in transaction platform for ensuring a seamless trade electronically.
    • In addition to mandis, freedom to do trading at farmgate, cold storage, warehouse, processing units etc.
    • Farmers will be able to engage in direct marketing thereby eliminating intermediaries resulting in full realization of price.

    Doubts –

    • Procurement at Minimum Support Price will stop
    • If farm produce is sold outside APMC mandis, these will stop functioning
    • What will be the future of government electronic trading portal like e-NAM

    Clarification –

    • Procurement at Minimum Support Price will continue, farmers can sell their produce at MSP rates, the MSP for Rabi season will be announced next week
    • Mandis will not stop functioning, trading will continue here as before. Under the new system, farmers will have the option to sell their produce at other places in addition to the mandis
    • The e-NAM trading system will also continue in the mandis
    • Trading in farm produce will increase on electronic platforms. It will result in greater transparency and time saving

     

    The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020

     

    Main provisions –

     

    • The new legislation will empower farmers for engaging with processors, wholesalers, aggregators, wholesalers, large retailers, exporters etc., on a level playing field. Price assurance to farmers even before sowing of crops. In case of higher market price, farmers will be entitled to this price over and above the minimum price.
    • It will transfer the risk of market unpredictability from the farmer to the sponsor. Due to prior price determination, farmers will be shielded from the rise and fall of market prices.
    • It will also enable the farmer to access modern technology, better seed and other inputs.
    • It will reduce cost of marketing and improve income of farmers.
    • Effective dispute resolution mechanism has been provided for with clear time lines for redressal.
    • Impetus to research and new technology in agriculture sector.

     

    Doubts –

     

    • Under contract farming, farmers will be under pressure and they will not be able to determine prices
    • How will small farmers be able to practice contract farming, sponsors will shy away from them
    • The new system will be a problem for farmers
    • In case of dispute, big companies will be at an advantage

     

    Clarification –

     

    • The farmer will have full power in the contract to fix a sale price of his choice for the produce. They will receive payment within maximum 3 days.
    • 10000 Farmer Producer organizations are being formed throughout the country. These FPOs will bring together small farmers and work to ensure remunerative pricing for farm produce
    • After signing contract, farmer will not have seek out traders. The purchasing consumer will pick up the produce directly from the farm
    • In case of dispute, there will be no need to go to court repeatedly. There will be local dispute redressal mechanism.
  • The Somalia Civil Aviation Authority confirmed the incident after witnesses claimed they saw the crash.
     
    Markings on the plane indicate that it is operated by Silverstone Air in neighboring Kenya. There was no immediate confirmation of any casualty. Photos posted from the scene showed the plane's cockpit crushed against a concrete barrier just steps from the sea.
     
    The heavily fortified airport is home to diplomatic missions and serves as a hub for humanitarian flights in the Horn of Africa nation.

  • President Kovind said this while addressing a Conference on implementation of National Education Policy in Jammu and Kashmir through video conference today. He said that it is his dream to see Jammu and Kashmir emerge as a centre of knowledge, enterprise, innovation and skill development.

    President said that India has an unprecedented demographic dividend but it could be positively realized only if young people become skilled, professionally competent, and above all educated in the real sense.

    Emphasizing on value-based education, Mr Kovind said that it is important to understand our tradition and rich cultural heritage which can be achieved only in the mother tongue. He observed that the three-language formula which is envisioned in this education policy is of immense significance and could promote multilingualism as well as national unity.

  • This was stated by the Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

    He said, willful defaulters by public and private sector banks was 219 and the total amount owned by them was 12 thousand 338 crore rupees during the last financial year as per the Central Repository of Large Credit database.

    He said, Public Sector Banks report frauds to the CBI including willful default.

    He said, 512 cases were registered with CBI by public sector banks and prosecution was launched in 269 cases during the period from the year 2018 to August this year.

  • Now, more than 5 persons will not be allowed to assemble at a place. Government has also banned any type of social and religious programmes till October 31st. The decisions have been taken during a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

    Government has also decided to start state helpline 181 from tomorrow to deal with grievances of COVID patients and their family members. This war room will work 24x7.

    The Chief Minister has also instructed to establish control rooms in all the districts. Meanwhile , 1834 new cases have been reported in the state yesterday. The total number of COVID  cases has increased to 1,13,124. With 14 deaths reported yesterday, the death toll has gone up to 1322.

  • More than Six crore 36 lakh COVID-19 tests have been conducted till now. The Health Ministry said, higher testing leads to early identification of positive cases, timely and effective treatment and low mortality.

    During the last 24 hours more than 94 thousand 612 COVID patients have recovered. The Ministry said, the recovery rate of COVID-19 has further improved to 79.68 per cent. The total number of recoveries has reached over 43 lakh.

    The constantly increasing recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country is reduced and currently comprises only 18.72 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is 10 lakh 10 thousand. 

    The Ministry said, effective implementation of Centre's strategic and graded 'Test-Track and Treat' approach has led to higher recoveries and lower fatality. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.61 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. In the last 24 hours, one thousand 133 deaths were reported taking the toll to 86 thousand 752. 

    The Health Ministry said, while the number of daily tests has increased as an integral part of CHASE THE VIRUS strategy, States have been advised that all symptomatic negatives of Rapid Antigen Tests are mandatorily subjected to RT-PCR.

  • Space Hero LLC, headquartered in the U.K., is in discussions with Houston, Texas-based Axiom Space, which procures and arranges private rides to space, to book a seat for “one worthy contestant” in 2023 aboard a private space capsule, the production company announced Thursday.

    No television network or air date has been agreed so far for the show, tentatively titled “Space Hero.”

    “Space Hero will provide an opportunity for anyone from any background to become the first globally-elected space explorer to take part in a mission to the International Space Station,” the company said in a news release.

    The unscripted casting show will follow the winning contestant through exhaustive astronaut training before embarking on a week-long stay aboard the space station, an orbiting laboratory travelling in low-Earth orbit at roughly 17,000 miles per hour.

    It is unclear what space vehicle the winning contestant will ride on. Previously announced Axiom-arranged missions have involved SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, though the company said it could also use other vehicles, such as Boeing’s Starliner space capsule.

    A Space Hero spokesperson on Friday did not provide a budget for the show, but the company’s co-founder Deborah Sass has described the winning prize as “a $65 million ticket with a ten-day stay on the International Space Station.”The reality TV show is the latest deal to capitalize on the International Space Station, which NASA in recent years has opened to advertisers and private companies in a bid to spur commercial opportunities in low-Earth orbit.

  • The nine-times Rome champion, who had won all nine previous meetings against Schwartzman, struggled with his serve throughout the match and made a series of uncharacteristic unforced errors that proved to be his undoing.

    The Italian Open was the Spaniard’s first tournament in over seven months and while he cruised through the previous two rounds, his rustiness showed from the outset against the 15th-ranked Schwartzman.

    Nadal committed 30 unforced errors to Schwartzman’s 17 and had his serve broken five times.

    “Losing that many serves, you can’t expect to win a match,” Nadal said. “So that’s something that I have to fix. I know how to do it.”

    Nadal will now travel to Paris, where he will look to clinch a record-extending 13th French Open title.

    Schwartzman will face Denis Shapovalov in the semi-finals after the Canadian defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 3-6 6-2 for his 100th tour-level match win.

    Earlier in the day, Novak Djokovic overcame a mid-match wobble against Dominik Koepfer before securing a 6-3 4-6 6-3 win over the unseeded German and a semi-final spot.

    The top-ranked Serb had sailed through the previous two rounds, his first matches since being defaulted at the U.S. Open for hitting a line judge with a ball, but faced a potentially tricky test when Koepfer levelled the contest at one set apiece.
    However, Djokovic regained his focus to close out the victory and stay on course for his 36th ATP Masters 1000 crown.
     

  • Shortly after customers order through a touch-screen on the table, the 1.25-meter-tall robot, developed by South Korean telecoms company KT Corp, brings the food and uses its visual SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) capabilities to avoid obstacles and navigate around customers.

    The robot can deliver food to up to four tables at once, KT’s AI Platform Business Team leader Lee Young-jin told Reuters.

    The A.I. robot is equipped with food trays which can carry up to 30 kilograms and an LCD screen and speaker that communicate in both Korean and English.

    “Customers found the robot serving quite unique and interesting, and also felt safe from the coronavirus,” said Lee Young-ho, a manager at the Mad for Garlic restaurant which has tested the robot this month.

    From Monday, restaurants and cafes in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area are allowed to open after 9 p.m., but must leave two metres between tables and record patrons’ names and contact details.
     

  • Belgium-based Dinner in the Sky, which has been set up in some 60 countries since its 2006 launch, involves diners strapped into seats at a table suspended from a crane while well-known chefs cook and serve from the centre.

    Their original platform sat 22 people together along the perimeter, but in the COVID-19 era, up to 32 diners will now reserve four-person private tables spaced apart from. The chefs and servers also have a little more space to roam.

    “It means all the public are sitting in sort of a bubble,” said co-CEO Stefan Kerkhof at the crane base in the centre of the Belgian capital.
     

  • The dinosaur known as “STAN,”, approximately 67 million years old, was discovered in 1987 in South Dakota by amateur paleontologist Stan Sacrison.

    “He showed it to scientists at the time who unfortunately misidentified it as a triceratops,” James Hyslop, Christie’s head of Science and Natural History, told Reuters.

    Triceratops remains are relatively common in the paleontological world, so the bones failed to garner much interest until Sacrison took them to the Black Hills Institute in South Dakota in 1992.

    Researchers there “realized pretty quickly that they had something special in their hands,” said Hyslop. They recategorized STAN as a T. rex and mounted a new search to uncover the rest of the bones. They recovered 188 out of an estimated 300 total for any T. rex, Hyslop said.
    Most T. rex skeletons are held by museums and private institutions. The auction is an opportunity for a private collector or institution to acquire the bones, Christie’s said.

    STAN is 40 feet long and 13 feet high, Christie’s said. He is also notable for two fused vertebrae scientists have identified in his neck, suggesting the dinosaur broke his neck and survived during his lifetime. “The clue is in the name, the Tyrannosaurus rex,” Hyslop said. “He is the tyrant lizard king.”
     

  • His art, a traditional, male-only Japanese puppet theatre, was born in Osaka in the late 1600s, but in 2020 felt existentially threatened, he said.

    “Many things crossed my mind: when would the pandemic end, when would performances resume, if my 87-year-old master could ever perform again,” Kanjuro, 67, said in his home, which has a room dedicated to puppetry.

    The solution was to spend his time at home making puppets for children. It is a rare pursuit for a Bunraku puppeteer. To him, it tied into decades of efforts he’s made to keep the centuries-old art of Bunraku alive. He has been teaching Bunraku at Kozu elementary school in Osaka for 17 years.

    Nearly 30 sixth graders took part in recent classes, with children practicing their puppetry in a gymnasium amid scorching heat, as a T-shirt-clad Kanjuro instructed them.

    In Bunraku, each puppet is operated by three people - the head puppeteer, and two others dressed in black, their faces covered. The head puppeteer manipulates the head and right hand, while one person manipulates the left hand and another both feet. Performances are accompanied by narrators, or tayu, and traditional instruments.

    The five puppets Kanjuro made had comical faces framed by yarn hair. They also wore socks in neon-bright colours he had purchased online.
     

  • We will talk about a person today who thinks “Entrepreneurial Journey doesn’t stop when we reach a destination. It simply motivates us to move ahead a little farther, and take a sneak peek of something new.

    This is where a new start begins and this is how one must keep moving ahead.”
    Vivek Singh the Director (partner) at RedLake hails from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. It is rightly said if you have passion, dedication, and willingness to achieve something then you are not far from your destination. It took him 8 long years to reach out to his dream and living it right now. Mr. Singh always follows what his heart says and it says always does something that will make you happy. Work on the job that you love and trust me not even a single day you will have to work.

    You think this is difficult to live your dreams, nope not at all as Vivek Singh says.
    He is the CEO and co-founder of RedLake. He is a person who believes in hard work and smart work. He is an entrepreneur from the heart and he knows his business well. He is well versed in Hosting Services, PHP, C++, Google Cloud Platform, AWS, Web Design, Web Development, App Development, Server Management, Content Writing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and Social Media Marketing (SMM). These are the services that are provided by RedLake, which is a web hosting company focusing on Digital Marketing too.
    He loves people around him even if he has achieved whatever he has desired.

    As we know it is of utter importance to be rooted to the ground and whenever you meet this young successful entrepreneur, you will know these are not just mere words. Vivek Singh, also the Co-Founder of Vaibhab Vivek Electricals, is a gem of a person. He has achieved a lot as an entrepreneur. He was a finalist in SIH 2018 and Runner up in the Entrepreneurship Challenge held in Indore (2017). This entrepreneurial mind person is a real talented mind who has taken his steps forward to serve young minds in and around him.

    He is a dedicated person due to which he has received offers to be a part of some of the government initiatives like MHRD & PWD. These organizations ensure better functioning of the attendance systems in large corporate houses. Not just this, he was also offered a partnership at the company he was working for, this says, he is one of a kind and he never fails to inspire young minds.
    “For me being or holding such titles like Founder, CEO, it was hard to manage at first. The decisions I made every step of the way sent a chill down but what motivated me was hope, hope for a better tomorrow, and to serve many customers who are out there waiting for new ideas and new patterns to reach their lives. The best part is I was not alone and me with my members with the trust and hard work, we made sure to be responsible for the task allotted and to report for every work timely.” Says Vivek Singh - Co-founder at RedLake.

    Mr. Singh holds an opinion that growth can remain constant only is you have the right patterned skill. However tough the road was he never failed to achieve what he had intended to do and made his colleagues do the same. He not only pushed them through tough roads but also supported as a leader so that team knows that they have a back to support whenever they are facing difficulties. We can’t stop saying about him. He is a talented mind ready to serve his country the best he could.
     

  • The assistance will shore up liquidity, ease exchange rate fluctuations and provide the much-needed budgetary support to the Govt of Maldives and help mitigate the impact of the economic crisis caused by COVID-19.

    The budgetary support is in response to the request made by the Maldivian President Ibrahim Solih to PM Modi for financial assistance to overcome the difficult economic situation in the Maldives. 
     
    It is being provided under the most favourable terms and through a Treasury Bond sale to the State Bank of India (SBI), Male. The Government of India has provided a sovereign guarantee to the SBI for this financial assistance. The soft loan has a comfortable tenor of 10 years and a very low interest rate. Since the principal payment is due only at the end of 10 years, it will not put any immediate debt servicing liability other than bi-annual interest payment. Maldives is the only country to which India has provided such assistance. 
     
    A handover ceremony of the assistance was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Maldives in the presence of Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer, Indian High Commissioner Sunjay Sudhir and CEO, SBI, Male Bharat Mishra. 
     
    The budgetary support of USD 250 million is extended without conditions which mean Maldives will have the liberty to use the money in repairing the domestic economic situation in line with its own priorities. Moreover, the financial assistance is being routed through SBI, Male so that it does not reflect in the external borrowings of the Maldives. 
     
    Since the outset of the Covid Pandemic, India has maintained the supply of essential commodities to the Maldives despite global supply disruption. A team of doctors and specialists visited Maldives in March to assist in COVID-preparedness. India also donated a consignment of 5.5 tons of essential medicines in April. Another consignment of 6.2 tons of medicines were airlifted from 4 Indian cities to male by the Indian Air Force, and 580 tons of food aid including food grains, onions, etc were donated to the people of Maldives in May. 

    India is also going to send doctors and nurses recruited on short-term contracts to reinforce the health system in the Maldives in the battle against COVID-19. The latest budgetary assistance showcases the resilience and reliability of the India-Maldives relationship. India’s Neighbourhood First policy and Maldives’ India First policy have worked in tandem during the COVID-19 pandemic to safeguard the well-being of the common peoples.

    Report by Abhishek Jha 

  • The meeting held through video conference focused on strengthening containment, scaling up surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of the positive cases. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Dr. Jitendra Singh also joined the meeting through video conference and gave valuable suggestion to curb the disease in an effective manner. Advisor Bhatnagar along with Central team members reviewed the status of preparedness for COVID management with district administrations and health department functionaries.

    The Central team comprising Dr  S K Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Dr Vijay Hadda, Professor, Department of Pulmonary medicines, AIIMS, New Delhi guided the district administration in effectively managing challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up. The Team suggested models of some states in order to flatten the pandemic curve and subsequently reduce the same. The team, however, asked the concerned to go for aggressive awareness campaign among the masses about the disease and ramp up more testing in contaminated zones.

    The Central team laid thrust on intensifying sampling/ testing and enforcement of SOPs to bring about a social change towards health and hygiene. Earlier, the team interacted with State/UT authorities to get a firsthand understanding of the challenges and issues so as to give expert view point to remove the bottlenecks, if any.

  • Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry is closely monitoring the progress made in these projects and generation of work opportunities for the migrant labours of these states under this scheme. Around 164 Railway infrastructure projects are being executed in these states.

    Till 18 September, 12,276 workers have been engaged in this Abhiyaan and the payment of Rs 2056.97 crores has been released to the contractors for the projects being implemented.

    Railway has appointed nodal officers in each district as well as in the States so that a close coordination is established with the State Government.

    Railway has identified no. of Railway works which are being executed under this scheme. The works are related to (i) construction and maintenance of approach roads for level crossings, (ii) development & cleaning of silted waterways, trenches and drains along the track, (iii) construction and maintenance of approach road to railway stations, (iv) repair and widening of existing railway embankments / cuttings, (v) plantation of trees at extreme boundary of railway land and (vi) protection works of existing embankments/ cuttings/bridges.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a massive employment -cum- rural public works campaign named Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan to empower and provide livelihood opportunities in areas/ villages witnessing large number of returnee migrant workers affected by the devastating COVID-19 on 20th June 2020. The Prime Minister announced that an amount of Rs 50,000 crores would be spent for building durable rural infrastructure under the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan.

    This Abhiyaan of 125 days, is being  undertaken in mission mode, and involves focused implementation of 25 categories of works/ activities in 116 districts, each with a large concentration of returnee migrant workers in 6 states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha. Public works is being undertaken during this campaign will have a resource envelope of Rs. 50,000 crores.

    The Abhiyaan is a convergent effort between 12 different Ministries/Departments, namely; Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Road Transport & Highways, Mines, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Environment, Railways, Petroleum & Natural Gas, New & Renewable Energy, Border Roads, Telecom and Agriculture, to expedite implementation of 25 public infrastructure works and works relating to augmentation of livelihood opportunities.

  • More than Six crore 36 lakh COVID-19 tests have been conducted till now. The Health Ministry said, higher testing leads to early identification of positive cases, timely and effective treatment and low mortality. During the last 24 hours more than 94 thousand 612 COVID patients have recovered. The Ministry said, the recovery rate of COVID-19 has further improved to 79.68 per cent. The total number of recoveries has reached over 43 lakh.

    The constantly increasing recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country is reduced and currently comprises only 18.72 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is 10 lakh 10 thousand. The Ministry said, effective implementation of Centre's strategic and graded 'Test-Track and Treat' approach has led to higher recoveries and lower fatality.

    Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.61 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. In the last 24 hours, one thousand 133 deaths were reported taking the toll to 86 thousand 752.

  • In a radical development aimed at enhancing the presence of trained health human resources across districts, the government, through the MCI Board of Governors (BOG), on Sunday notified new postgraduate medical education regulations by introducing a special course called District Residency Programme for all PG students.

    "All PG students pursuing MD/MS in broad specialties shall undergo a compulsory residential rotation of three months in district hospitals or any district health system as part of their course curricula. Such rotation will take place in the 3rd, 4th or 5th semester of the postgraduate programme. It will be called the District Residency Programme," the new notification says.

    Satisfactory completion of the district residency will be an essential condition before the candidate is allowed to appear in the final exam of the respective PG course.

    Since a quarter of the PG batch will be away at all times once the programme starts, medical colleges will be allowed to apply for extra seats to compensate for reduced student presence on the campus.

    "Medical colleges may send an application to the MCI BOG for the enhancement of seats, as hospital work may be affected due to out-posting of students. Colleges can apply for it after one year of the implementation of the District Residency Programme," says the notification.

    A certificate of satisfactory performance will be issued by District Residency Programme coordinator. They will be appointed across all district hospitals as part of the new module.

    "Since the programme will be implemented with the batch joining this year, the first set of students will be posted in districts starting September 2021. Postings will be effected in the second or third year of study. Once the scheme kicks in, we expect every district hospital to have four to eight specialist residents at any point in time.

  • Narendra Modi, will also inaugurate the Optical Fibre internet services where all the 45,945 villages of Bihar will be connected through Optical Fibre Internet Service.

    These nine highwayprojects involve a road length of about 350 kilometers at a cost of Rs 14,258 Crore.

    Paving the way for development of Bihar, these roads will enhance better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in and around the State. Movement of people and goods will also improve substantially, especially with the neighbouring States of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.

    The Prime Minister had declared a special package for significant infrastructure development of Bihar in the year 2015. This included 75 projects worth Rs 54,700 crore, of which 13 projects have been completed, work is undergoing at 38 and others are in DPR/Bidding/Sanction stage.

    With the completion of these projects, all rivers in Bihar will have bridges conforming to 21st century specifications, and all major NHs will stand widened and strengthened.

    Under the PM’s package, total number of bridges over river Ganga are going to be 17, with a lane capacity of 62. This way, on an average, there will be a bridge over rivers in the State at every 25 KMs.

    The projects include four-laning of 47.23 km Bakhtiyarpur-Rajauli section of NH-31 at a cost of Rs 1149.55 crore, four-laning of 50.89 km Bakhtiyarpur-Rajauli section of NH-31 at a cost of Rs 2650.76 crore, four-laning of 54.53 km Ara-Mohania section of NH-30  on EPC Mode at a cost of Rs 885.41 crore, four-laning of 60.80 km Ara-Mohania section of NH-30 on EPC Mode at a cost of Rs 855.93 crore, four-laning of 49 km Narenpur-Purnea Section of NH-131A on HAM Mode at a cost of Rs 2288 crore, six-laning of 39 km Patna-Ring Road (Kanhauli-Ramnagar) of NH 131G on EPC Mode at a cost of Rs 913.15 crore, construction of a new 14.5 km four-lane bridge (Parallel to existing MG Setu) with its approaches across river Ganga on NH-19 at Patna at a cost of Rs 2926.42 crore, construction of a new 28.93 km 4-lane bridge across river Kosi on NH-106 with 2-Lane paved shoulder on EPC mode at a cost of Rs 1478.40 crore, and construction of new 4.445 km 4-Lane bridge (parallel to existing Vikramashila Setu) across river Ganga on NH-131B at a cost of Rs 1110.23 crore.

    It is a prestigious project covering all 45,945 villages of Bihar which will enable a digital revolution to reach the farthest corner of the State.

    This project will be executed by combined efforts of Department of Telecom, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology and Common Service Centres (CSC).

    CSC has 34,821 Centres throughout the length and breadth of Bihar State. They will utilise this workforce to not only implement this project but also make it professionally run to provide Optical Fibre Internet Services for common citizens at every village of Bihar. The Project would also entail implementation of 1 wi-fi and 5 free of cost connections to Government Institutions like Primary Schools, Anganwadi Centres, Aasha Workers, Jeevika Didi etc.

    This project will lead digital services like e-Education, e-Agriculture, Tele-Medicine, Tele-law and other social security schemes to be easily available to all citizens of Bihar at the click of the button.

  • As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines, the test has met high quality benchmarks with 96 per cent sensitivity and 98 per cent specificity for detecting the Novel Corona virus. This test uses an indigenously developed, cutting-edge CRISPR technology for detection of the genomic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 virus. CRISPR is a genome editing technology to diagnosing diseases.

    The Tata CRISPR test is the world’s first diagnostic test to deploy a specially adapted Cas9 protein to successfully detect the virus causing COVID-19. This marks a significant achievement for the Indian scientific community, moving from Research and Development to a high-accuracy, scalable and reliable test in less than 100 days.

    The Tata CRISPR test achieves accuracy levels of traditional RT-PCR tests, with quicker turnaround time, less expensive equipment and better ease of use. Moreover, CRISPR is a futuristic technology that can also be configured for detection of multiple other pathogens in the future.

    The effort is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the scientific community and industry. The Tata Group has worked closely with CSIR-IGIB and ICMR to create a high-quality test that will help the nation ramp up COVID-19 testing quickly and economically, with a Made in India product that is safe, reliable, affordable, and accessible. 

  • The BSF troops of Border outpost BOP Budhwar/Bullechak observed suspicious movement of Pakistan person near IB during night hours and subsequently fired .During thorough search of the area later in morning 58 Packets of suspected Narcotics, 02 Pistols, 04 magazines and ammunition were recovered. Further details are awaited.

  • The second-most populous state Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, reported 14 new infections in the 24 hours to Sunday morning, down from 21 new cases the day prior and its lowest since June 19.

    That put Victoria, which has spent months under lockdown to slow a second wave of infections, on track to meet a target of keeping average daily increases below 50 by Sept. 28 when the authorities have said they may lift restrictions.

    Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews, who has faced political pressure domestically for his hard-line approach to enforcing restrictions of movement, invoked recent spikes in infection rates in Europe as a warning about the possible effect of exiting the lockdown too soon.

    Australia's biggest state New South Wales, which has Sydney as the capital, reported two new cases, while the Queensland state also reported two, bringing the national total to 18, the lowest national tally since June 23.

    The country has reported just under 26,900 infections.

  • In the other semifinal, World number four Karolina Pliskova will be up against the 19th-ranked Czeh Republic Marketa Vondrousova. The two semi-final matches will be played today.

    In quarterfinals matches, Halep rolled to a 6-2, 2-0 lead when her Kazakh opponent Yulia Putintseva retired with a back injury while Second seed Pliskova beat Belgian 11th seed Elise Mertens 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.

    In other quaterfinal encounters, Muguruza ended the run of US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 while two-time winner Elina Svitolina fell 6-3, 6-0 to Marketa Vondrousova.

    In the Men's Singles category, nine-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal lost to Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals. World Number 15 Schwartzman will meet Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the semifinals.

    In the other match, World Number 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Dominik Koepfer of Germany 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to earn a spot in the semifinals. Djokovic will meet Norwegian Casper Ruud for a place in the final who beat fourth seed and local favorite Matteo Berrettini 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) in the quarterfinal clash. The two semi-final matches will also be played today.

    Earlier, India's Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov of Canada bowed out of the Men's doubles event after losing to the French duo of Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin in quarterfinals.

  • Centre-led focussed, calibrated, responsive and effective measures of early identification through high and aggressive testing, prompt surveillance and tracking coupled with standardised high quality clinical care have together resulted in this global achievement.