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  • We learn from all incidents, says CRPF DG on deaths of senior officers during operations
    by ANI on 01/18/2021 at 10:16 am

    By Ankur SharmaNew Delhi [India], January 18 (ANI): Reacting to the incidents where some senior Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officers died in the line of duty, the Director-General of the force, Anand Prakash Maheshwari on Monday said the dynamics inside the force always keep changing and there is no difference of ranks when in operational areas."This force's officers lead from the front and in operational areas, there is no difference of ranks, be it a Jawan or senior officers. It is a positive thing that our officers go and lead jawans. Even after all precautions, sometimes such casualties takes place. This will not create any deterrence. We learn from every case," DG told ANI.He further said that the force is ready to deal with expected heavy infiltration this year, and added that CRPF is ready to deal with it, with the close coordination of local police and the Indian Army.While speaking on the occasion of Army day, Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane said, "Around 300-400 terrorists are sitting in training camps near the border to infiltrate into the Indian territory. The number of ceasefire violations went up by 44 per cent last year, which shows the nefarious intentions of Pakistan."Speaking about CRPF's and DRDO's newly launched bike ambulance RAKSHITA, DG said it is specially designed for Naxal-affected areas."Carefully custom-built to the needs of an emergency evacuation, RAKSHITA is built on a Royal Enfield Classic 350CC and comes with quick fit in and fit out casualty evacuation seat (CSE) that has customised design reclining, hand immobilizer and harness jacket, physiological parameter measuring equipment with monitoring capability and auto warning system for the driver, dashboard-mounted LCD for measuring vital parameters, air splint medical and oxygen kit, saline and oxygen administration on the move, adjustable footrest, and hand and foot strap for safety among others," he stated. (ANI)

  • Before 2025, we aim to bring down road accidents by 50 pc: Nitin Gadkari
    by ANI on 01/18/2021 at 10:09 am

    New Delhi [India], January 18 (ANI): Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that the government aims to bring down road accidents and its related deaths down by 50 per cent before 2025.While inaugurating the National Road Safety Month at Vigyan Bhawan today, Gadkari said, "If we wait till 2030, 6-7 Lakhs more people will die. So, we have made a commitment that before 2025, road accidents and deaths due to it will be brought down by 50 per cent with help of people's participation."Highlighlight the achievements of the Ministry, he said, "We have achieved the target of constructing 30 kilometres of road per day. I believe that by the end of March, perhaps we will achieve the target of constructing 40 kilometres of road per day."The inaugural function was launched by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari.Minister of State for Road, Transport and Highways, General (Retd) V.K Singh and CEO, Niti Aayog, Amitabh Kant also participated.Activities planned during the month include the launch of a film on Road safety, flagging off of a National Championship Safe Speed Challenge from Wagah border to Kanyakumari, and giving away of awards for Road Safety, stated the press release by the Ministry yesterday. (ANI)

  • CM Sawant pays tributes to Swami Vivekananda at Damodar Sal
    by ANI on 01/18/2021 at 10:00 am

    Margao (Goa) [India], January 18 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday visited Damodar Sal at Margao and paid tributes to Swami Vivekanand.Sawant garlanded a portrait of Swami Vivekananda kept on the chair in which Vivekananda had sat during his Goa visit.The Goa chief minister assured every help from his government to maintain the premises of Damodar Sal.Damodar Sal is the place where Vivekanand had visited during his historic visit to Goa in October 1892. (ANI)

  • J-K's Doda village receives electricity for first time
    by ANI on 01/18/2021 at 9:59 am

    Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], January 18 (ANI): The Tanta village in Jammu and Kashmir's mountainous Doda district received electricity for the first time on Sunday, ending decades of darkness. The electrification of the village was taken up on the orders of Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha after a group of locals put forth their grievance before him at the last 'LG's Mulaqaat-Live Public Grievance Hearing' program.The LG directed the Doda district administration to ensure the electrification of the remote village within one month. Following the orders, the District Administration swept into action and the task of electrifying the remote village was completed in a record time of 10 days.Acting upon the directions of LG, the district administration, in coordination with the Jammu Power Development Corporation Limited (JPDCL) and Shalaka (a real estate company) officials, started the work despite adverse weather conditions, which made the task extremely difficult.To celebrate the historical moment with the villagers, Doda District Development Commissioner (DDC), Dr. Sagar D Doifode visited the village and formally declared it as electrified by lighting up a bulb amid huge rounds of applause by the elated locals."Today, it is a very proud moment for us and a lucky day, a dream that the Government had seen supplying electricity to each and every household, has been realised. A few days ago, this issue was highlighted in the grievance cell of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, following which the district administration was told to immediately provide electricity supply to this hamlet left out without power connection, within one month's time. "Despite two to three feet deep snow, the entire administration and company involved in the electrification project were mobilised. Within 10 days, all the work including the erection of poles, installation of wires, and ensuring electricity supply to all the houses of the area, was completed. Today, I would say, the first time in history, the village got electrified. In the coming days, we will try to cover all such hamlets and provide power supply to them", said the Doda DDC.A villager, Mohammed Ibrahim, expressing his happiness on the occasion told ANI, "I cannot even express my happiness after we received electricity supply for the very first time. We are very happy. Before this, my son had to face difficulties since he had to study in torchlight during night time in the absence of power. Most of the challenges we faced used to be in the night. I am 81 but had never seen lights before in my entire lifetime.""It is a very happy moment that the people of this village have got electricity, 70 years after India got independence from the Britishers. There is a wave of joy. I would like to congratulate the Lieutenant Governor and the District Commissioner, those who undertook this work and completed it very fast. After this, our children will be able to study and we shall prosper." added another local Mohammed Ramzan.Speaking on the occasion, Block Development Council (BDC) Chairperson, Chatroo, Fatima Begum said, "I would like to thank the Lieutenant Governor and the District Commissioner because the people received electricity for the first time after 70 years. People expressed happiness with the administration after the hamlet got electrified. People had tears of joy rolling down their cheeks when they switched on the bulbs installed in their houses. This shows how badly they needed power supply." (ANI)

  • Union Minister Arjun Munda inspects construction work of tribal museum in Ranchi
    by ANI on 01/18/2021 at 9:57 am

    Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India], January 18 (ANI): Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda on Monday reviewed the construction work of a tribal museum in Old Birsa Munda Prison in Ranchi.In a tweet, the Union minister informed, "The Tribal Museum under construction at the old Birsa Munda Prison in Ranchi was inspected today by me along with the officials. Secretary of the Ministry, Deepak Khandukar ji and senior officials of Government of Jharkhand were also present."Speaking to reporters at the venue, Amitabh Kaushal. Secretary of State Tribal Welfare Department said, "This is one of the most ambitious projects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Apart from Birsa Munda, other tribal personalities who played a great role in the freedom struggle will also be highlighted in this museum here. This museum will display the life and sacrifice of historical tribal personalities."On November 15, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to tribal leader Birsa Munda on his birth anniversary and said his contribution to the freedom movement and social harmony will always inspire the countrymen. (ANI)

  • Mumbai Drugs Case: Sameer Khan sent to 14-day judicial custody
    by ANI on 01/18/2021 at 9:49 am

    Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], January 18 (ANI): Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik's son-in-law Sameer Khan was on Monday been sent to 14-day judicial custody in connection with a drug case. Khan who was arrested on January 13 was taken for medical examination before being produced before Esplanade Court here today.He was arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with a drug case and his remand was supposed to end today.The prosecutor had said that NCB had found evidence from Sameer regarding some chats indicating that he was planning to mix CBD oil and other chemicals with marijuana."We have come to know that there were multiple transactions between Karan and Sameer Khan which was much more than Rs 20,000. He was involved in the commercial activity of drug so we have invoked 27A of the NDPS Act (Punishment for financing illicit traffic and harbouring offenders) act against him," NCB prosecutor said.In a tweet on January 14, Malik said, "Nobody is above the law and it should be applied without any discrimination. Law will take its due course and justice will prevail. I respect and have immense faith in our judiciary." (ANI)

  • Shahnawaz Hussain, Mukesh Sahani file nomination for Bihar MLC bypolls
    by ANI on 01/18/2021 at 9:49 am

    New Delhi [India], January 18 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain along with Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) party chief Mukesh Sahani filed nomination as National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) candidates for the Bihar Legislative Council polls in presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday.Speaking to the media after filing of nomination, Hussain thanked the party leadership."I am grateful to the party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and party president JP Nadda for giving me this responsibility. I hope to do all my duties with more diligence," he said.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar congratulated both leaders and said the NDA is working as one unit in Bihar."I congratulate both leaders as they have been chosen as candidates for elections to Bihar legislative council and they will be elected as members of Bihar legislative Council. We are all working together in Bihar," the CM said.According to the Election Commission of India, the election on two legislative council seats will be held in Bihar on January 28. (ANI)

  • Online presentations for MPs by Padma Awardees from today: LS Speaker
    by ANI on 01/18/2021 at 9:45 am

    New Delhi [India], January 18 (ANI): Parliamentary Research and Training Institute for Democracies (PRIDE) of Lok Sabha Secretariat is organising 'Presentations by Eminent Social Workers for the benefit of Members of Parliament' from January 18 to January 22, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla said here on Monday.Twenty Padma Awardees will make presentations online in their respective field of expertise the next five days. Every day four Padma Awardees will make a presentation of 45 minutes each from 10.30 am to 2.00 pm."Lok Sabha has taken a unique initiative of providing a platform for the Members of Parliament where best practices from various field of social and developmental work will be shared by Eminent Social Workers from various states of the country who have been awarded prestigious Padma Awards for their immense contribution to their field of work," read an the official release.Accredited persons, who are recognized by the government of India for their distinguished contribution in social service and other related fields and are awarded by the prestigious Padma Awards, will make a presentation on the subject of their expertise.The objective of the presentation is to make the Members of Parliament aware of the best practices which are available in various fields across the country which if found suitable and adaptable, the same model may be adopted by them for the developmental work of their respective constituencies."All the distinguished people of the country who have been awarded the Padma Awards by the Pride Institution of the Lok Sabha Secretariat, Members of Parliament of India are sharing their experiences through virtual medium. They have done outstanding and commendable work in different areas of the society through social service, through human welfare, through science, agriculture," said Om Birla."Experience of their work should be given to specific people of the society, elected public representatives. Members of Parliament can share their experiences and views among themselves. Because, it is the responsibility of the Members of Parliament to bring about a comprehensive change in the society, the experiences, thoughts, important specific work done by the people who have been awarded our Padma Awards, which has brought about a massive change in the society, certainly the Member of Parliament and the Padma Award. We will share our experiences and we will assimilate their ideas on how we can bring changes in social life," he added.The Padma Awardees will provide their guidance and support to the Members of Parliament in carrying out such initiatives in their constituencies. The Presentations by the Padma Awardees range over various subjects from Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Biogas, Agro-bio diversity conservation to Rehabilitation of divyang and Micro-finance and self-help group.The Platform will provide an opportunity to eminent social workers awarded with Padma Awards to put forth their hard work and contribution to their respective fields of expertise and share their experiences which may later be adopted all over the country. The platform will be valuable to the Members of Parliament in enhancing their developmental work in their respective constituencies where they can adapt from the best practices of the country for the welfare of their constituencies.All the Presentations made by the Padma Awardees will be recorded and made available on the Members' Portal which can be viewed by Members of Parliament at any point in time. Contact Details of the Padma Awardees will also be shared on the Members Portal with the Members so that Padma Awardees can be contacted by them for their guidance and support concerning their fields of expertise.The Padma Awardees who will be giving the presentations are - Sundaram Verma (Padma Shri 2020); Trinity Saioo (Padma Shri 2020); Radhamohan and Sabarmatee (Padma Shri 2020); Venkateswara Rao Yadlapalli (Padma Shri 2019); Bharat Bhushan Tyagi (Padma Shri 2019); Genabahi Dargabhai Patel (Padma Shri 2017); Ramesh Babaji Maharaj (Padma Shri 2019); Rahibai Soma Popere (Padma Shri 2020); Dr Rajani Kant (Padma Shri 2019); Bimal Kumar Jain (Padma Shri 2020); S Ramakrishnan (Padma Shri 2020); Javed Ahmad Tak Padma Shri 2020; Dr Anil Prakash Joshi (Padma Bhushan 2020); Himmata Ram Bhambhu (Padma Shri 2020); Kalyan Singh Rawat (Padma Shri 2020); Romulus Whitaker (Padma Shri 2018); Pawar Popatrao Bhaguji (Padma Shri 2020); Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal (Padma Shri 2017); Madurai Chinna Pillai (Padma Shri 2019); Mahesh Sharma (Padma Shri 2019). (ANI)

  • Union Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot meets AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik
    by ANI on 01/18/2021 at 9:41 am

    Panaji (Goa) [India], January 18 (ANI): Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Monday visited his colleague Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, who is hospitalised in Goa Medical College (GMC).Naik has been in hospital since January 11, after he met with an accident at a village in Ankola Taluk of Uttar Kannada district in Karnataka. Naik's wife, Vijaya Naik, who had been travelling with him, died on the spot.Earlier, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant also visited the ailing minister.Prime Minister Narendra Modi also on Friday called up Naik to inquire about his health and had a short conversation with him, as told by Naik's Officer on Special Duty Suraj Naik.Doctors at GMC now said Naik's health is recovering and all his vital parameters are improving. (ANI)

  • Delhi HC directs constitution of medical team for siblings suffering from muscular dystrophy
    by ANI on 01/18/2021 at 9:40 am

    New Delhi [India], January 18 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to constitute a medical team for two siblings suffering from muscular dystrophy within five days and send it to the residence of the petitioners and patients who are completely bedridden.The Bench of Justice Pratibha M Singh on Monday sought a medical report from respondents by January 28, in a plea by siblings suffering from progressively worsening life-threatening disease called muscular dystrophy."Petitioners as of now are not able to do any task by themselves and they are in need of other persons help for all their work and are completely bedridden. Petitioners are completely dependent on widowed mother from their very young childhood and they are in the worst poverty condition and they are homeless," read the plea.Advocate Ashok Agarwal and Advocate Kumar Utkarsh represented the siblings 29-year-old Rosalini Parida and 26-year-old Rakesh Kumar Parida argued that "These patients are immobile, condition rapidly deteriorating and need government assistance apart from treatment."The plea also sought direction the respondents to arrange for petitioners free of cost physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy at doorstep or in any another appropriate place by providing free transport facility and to provide petitioners free of cost the required energy supplements, medicines, food therapy with the necessary nutrients, periodic holistic health intervention, proper accurate diagnosis.The petitioner also sought free of cost walker, caliper, taylor belt, AFO, KFO Outlook, Bionic Knee brace, spinal brace, biodex unweighing system with periodic maintenance and ventilation machine.According to the petition, patients are suffering from the seriousness of their progressively worsening muscular dystrophy."Muscular dystrophy is of 30 types and some of them have various sub types. Muscular dystrophy affects completely all the muscles in the body and all the vital organs like heart and lungs predominantly and further it affects entire physiological systems in the body. Health conditions of persons with muscular dystrophy worsen rapidly without regular treatment, energy supplements, food therapy and medicines. Very urgent need for treatment for petitioners with muscular dystrophy so as to retain the body condition so that newly developed gene therapy/drug therapy/stem cell therapy if any in future will work," the plea said. "When the first petitioner was a 5-year-old girl and the second petitioner was about 3 years and their mother was pregnant for 7 months, petitioners' father died and from then their family does not have any resources to live the life. From then to make petitioners, to live the life petitioners' mother put all her hard work by working as a maid. Even till now, petitioners' family does not own an accommodation to live in," it said. (ANI)