No Holi gatherings in Rashtrapati Bhavan amid coronavirus outbreak 5.3.2020 - Prachi Mane [ 01.09 ]
No Holi gatherings in Rashtrapati Bhavan amid coronavirus outbreak 5.3.2020
New Delhi [India], Mar 4 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said that Rashtrapati Bhavan will not hold the traditional Holi gatherings in the wake of the outbreak of novel coronavirus in the country.
"With alertness and safeguards, we all can help contain the outbreak of novel coronavirus. In a precautionary measure, the Rashtrapati Bhavan will not hold the traditional Holi gatherings," President Kovind tweeted from his official handle. As many as 22 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in India taking the tally of persons infected with the deadly virus in the country to 28, the government said on Wednesday.
The new cases have been reported from Agra (6) and Jaipur (16). Meanwhile, two cases with high viral load have also been detected in Telangana. Out of 28 cases, 15 are Italian nationals.
Execution of Nirbhaya convicts rescheduled for March 20 5.3.2020 - Isha Madam [ 01.32 ]
Execution of Nirbhaya convicts rescheduled for March 20 5.3.2020
New Delhi [India], Mar 5 (ANI): Once again rescheduling the hanging of four rapists in the Nirbhaya case for March 20 at 5:30 am, a Delhi court on Thursday issued a fresh death warrant to the convicts.
This is the fourth death warrant issued for the execution of the convicts in the matter. Advocate AP Singh, appearing for the convicts, sought more time claiming that another mercy petition of a convict -- Vinay Singh Thakur -- is pending before the President.
This comes after President Ram Nath Kovind, on Wednesday, rejected the mercy petition of Pawan Gupta, one of the four death row convicts in the case.
By now, mercy petitions of all the convicts in the case have been rejected by the President. However, a "complete" mercy petition of convict Akshay Singh Thakur was recently filed claiming that the previous one, which was turned down by the President on February 5, did not have "complete facts".
A plea was on Wednesday moved in the court seeking a fresh death warrant for the convicts in the case contending that the convicts have exhausted all the legal remedies.
Asha Devi, the mother of the victim, expressed satisfaction on the issuance of the fresh death warrant and said that her struggle will continue till all the four convicts in the matter are hanged.
16 at ITBP’s Delhi quarantine facility test positive for COVID-19 - 04.03.2020 - Prachi Powar [ 01.36 ]
16 at ITBP’s Delhi quarantine facility test positive for COVID-19 - 04.03.2020
New Delhi [India], Mar 4 (ANI): Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on Wednesday said 16 out of 24 people who were shifted to its quarantine facility in Chhawla have tested positive for Coronavirus.
ITBP Spokesperson, Vivek Pandey told ANI: “16 out of 24 people who were shifted to ITBP quarantine facility have tested positive for Coronavirus. These people have been put in isolation. They are being monitored and their treatment is on.” “The situation is under control and there is no need to panic. We are taking action as per the Health Ministry guidelines on dealing with COVID-19,” he added.
Yesterday, 24 people including three Indians and 21 Italian nationals residing in a hotel in South Delhi were shifted to the ITBP quarantine facility. ITBP further said that no fresh symptoms of Coronavirus were seen in 112 people who had earlier been brought into the quarantine facility in Chhawla.
“Today is the 7th day of those people. The second test of them has been conducted and if no symptoms are seen, we will release them,” Pandey said. Earlier today the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had said that there were 28 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country.
Global deaths due to Coronavirus outbreak has crossed 3,000. The deadly virus, that originated in China late last year, continues to spread around the world and has infected more than 90,000 people.
Coronavirus scare: India suspends visas of travellers from Iran, Italy, Japan and S Korea - 04.03.2020 - Prachi Powar [ 01.24 ]
Coronavirus scare: India suspends visas of travellers from Iran, Italy, Japan and S Korea - 04.03.2020
New Delhi [India], Mar 3 (ANI): The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday issued an advisory stating that the visas granted to nationals of Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea, who have not yet entered India, have been suspended.
“Though the visas of nationals of Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea have been suspended, those who need to come here due to compelling reasons have to seek a fresh visa,” the advisory said. It also said that the order on suspension of visas of Chinese nationals remains valid.
However, the advisory has exempted the diplomats and officials of the UN and other international bodies, OCI cardholders and aircrew. “They will be allowed to enter only after the medical screening,” it added.
Besides, the advisory said that the passengers of all international flights entering India will need to furnish self-declaration forms and travel history to health officials and Immigration officials at all airports.
Coronavirus first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has since then spread to several countries across the world. Multiple cases across India have been reported including one in the national capital.
28 cases of coronavirus in India, universal screening to begin for all international flights - 04.03.2020 - Prachi Powar [ 01.22 ]
28 cases of coronavirus in India, universal screening to begin for all international flights - 04.03.2020
New Delhi [India], Mar 4 (ANI): Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said till now there are 28 cases of coronavirus in the country and added that universal screening of all international flights will begin to control the spread of the deadly virus.
“Currently we are conducting the universal screening of flights coming from 12 countries. But now we will be conducting universal screening of all passengers coming from all international flights. Everybody will be a part of the universal screening,” Harsh Vardhan said at a press conference here. “Till yesterday, we have screened about 5.89 lakh passengers at airports, over 15 thousand at major and minor seaports and over 10 lakh at the borders with Nepal. About 27 thousand were under community surveillance until yesterday,” he added.
The Union Health Minister said that 28 positive cases of the disease have been identified till date in the country. “Out of these 28, three are from Kerala, one each from Delhi and Telangana, six from Agra, an Italian group which had come to India for travelling and their Indian driver which makes it seventeen people,” Harsh Vardhan said.
25 suspected Coronavirus patients admitted to Safdarjung Hospital, 4 in RML: Health Ministry officials - 04.03.2020 - Prachi Powar [ 01.48 ]
25 suspected Coronavirus patients admitted to Safdarjung Hospital, 4 in RML: Health Ministry officials - 04.03.2020
New Delhi [India], Mar 4 (ANI): At least 25 people suspected of coronavirus are admitted to Safdarjung Hospital here in the national capital, said the Health Ministry officials.
Four more patients, who have been suspected of Coronavirus, are kept at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, they said. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said till now there are 28 cases of coronavirus in the country and added that universal screening of all international flights will begin to control the spread of the deadly virus.
In view of Coronavirus scare and the first positive case being reported from the national capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday informed that Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) and Safdarjung hospitals had been made nodal offices to deal with a possible outbreak.
“Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) and Safdarjung hospitals have been made nodal offices for the programme. The government has arranged over 3 lakh N95 masks for medical staff, patients and others,” said Jain at a press conference where Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was also present. He said 8,000 medial kits have been procured for medical staff treating patients and a total of 230 beds are being arranged in the 25 hospitals to treat people in case of an outbreak.
Global deaths due to coronavirus outbreak on Monday rose above 3,000 with the new count in China mainland rising to 2,912. The deadly virus, that originated in China late last year, continues to spread around the world and has infected more than 80,000 people.
Debt-ridden farmer dies after he consumed poison earlier this week 2.3.2020 - Prachi Mane [ 01.24 ]
Debt-ridden farmer dies after he consumed poison earlier this week 2.3.2020
Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 2 (ANI): A debt-ridden farmer died on Saturday after he allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison earlier this week. Deceased Jagjeevan allegedly consumed poison on Thursday when the revenue team reached his residence for debt money collection. "Jagjeevan had taken loan of around Rs 28 lakh from different banks. Due to this, banks issued RC. On February 27, our revenue team had gone to his house for collecting money," Adarsh Singh, District Magistrate, told ANI.
"When the team was talking to him, he took out a suspected material from his pocket and swallowed it. He was admitted to a hospital and died later," added Singh. The deceased's son Lavkesh said: "My father was taken from the house. They told us that my father had a bank loan. Later, we got a phone from the police station that he was unwell. He was admitted to the hospital.
Barabanki MP Upendra Singh has demanded a magisterial inquiry into the farmer's death. The district unit chief of farmers' union Anil Verma demanded that his debt should be waived off and the deceased's family should be provided with the financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh.
Delhi court stays execution of 4 Nirbhaya convicts 2.3.2020 - Isha Waykool [ 02.30 ]
Delhi court stays execution of 4 Nirbhaya convicts 2.3.2020
New Delhi [India], Mar 2 (ANI): A Delhi court on Monday stayed the execution of four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case and deferred the matter till further orders.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana had earlier today reserved the order on a petition filed by Pawan Gupta after hearing arguments from all the sides in the matter. The execution of convicts -- Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh -- was earlier scheduled to take place on the morning of March 3.
During the hearing, advocate AP Singh said that he filed the mercy petition before the President of India on behalf of convict Pawan Gupta as soon as he received the information that the convict's curative petition was dismissed by the Supreme Court earlier today.
Public prosecutor Irfan Ahmed, on the other hand, opposed the application and contended that this plea was premature and not maintainable adding that as per the mandate of prison rule, the President will seek a report from Jail authorities and the execution will be stayed suo moto.
Judge Rana had asked Singh how he could afford to ignore the order of the Delhi High Court, which granted a week's time to the convicts to avail all legal remedied available to them. Lawyer for victim's family, advocate Jitender Jha submitted that that trial court does not have jurisdiction to deal with this situation adding that only the High Court can impose stay as per Section 415 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which deals with the postponement of execution sentence of death in case of appeal to the Supreme Court.
Earlier today, the court had also dismissed an application seeking a stay on the execution of the death warrant but slated to hear a petition afresh after advocate AP Singh informed the court that the mercy petition of convict Pawan Gupta was filed before the President.
President Ram Nath Kovind had on February 5 rejected the mercy petition of convict Akshay Thakur. So far, mercy petitions of Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh have also been rejected. The case pertains to the gangrape and brutalising of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012, by six people including a juvenile in Delhi. The woman had died at a Singapore hospital a few days later.
Swine flu death toll reaches 8 in Meerut; 79 people tested positive in the region 3.2.2020 - Prachi Mane [ 01.25 ]
Swine flu death toll reaches 8 in Meerut; 79 people tested positive in the region 3.2.2020
Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar 3 (ANI): Eight people have died here after falling prey to swine flu. So far, as many as 79 people have tested positive for the deadly virus in the region. The state administration has formed a team to examine the deaths. Speaking to ANI, Chief Medical officer Rajkumar said, "We have formed a six-member team to ascertain the cause of their death. A total of 79 people have been tested positive for swine flu so far."
"So far, eight deaths have occurred due to Swine Flu. The team is examining whether the deceased caught the virus from a fellow patient while getting treatment in the hospital or were already affected by it," he added.
On February 29, a team from Uttar Pradesh Directorate of Health Services visited Meerut in the wake of swine flu cases. An official from the team, Dr HK Agarwal had stated, "Swine flu cases were reported here, so we came here to conduct a survey and oversee the Medical college here that how they are giving the treatment and how they are isolating the patients." "There is no lack of medicine here and if there is a shortage then it will be fulfilled. We will conduct a survey of other hospitals here as well," he had said.
Coronavirus death toll above 3000 with fresh cases in China mainland - 02.03.2020 - Prachi Powar [ 01.50 ]
Coronavirus death toll above 3000 with fresh cases in China mainland - 02.03.2020
Beijing [China], Mar 2 (ANI): Global deaths due to coronavirus outbreak on Monday rose above 3000 with the new count in China mainland rising to 2,912.
The National Health Commission said that the latest deaths were all in the worst-hit province of Hubei with most of those in its sealed-off capital of Wuhan after 202 additional infections were reported, along with 42 new death cases, according to Al Jazeera. Meanwhile, Iran announced 11 more deaths from coronavirus bringing its death toll to 54, the most outside China.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said that four people passed away overnight on Sunday while 476 new cases of the virus were confirmed.
In total, 22 people have now died from COVID-19 in South Korea with 4,212 people infected. The number of people infected in Italy – the centre of the outbreak in Europe – jumped to 1,694, while the number in France increased to 130. With the outbreak deepening, the staff at the Louvre in Paris voted to close the hugely popular museum.
New York has confirmed its first case of coronavirus in someone who had recently returned from Iran. According to health officials, Egypt in North Africa has also confirmed the second case of coronavirus.
The deadly virus that originated in China late last year continues to spread around the world and has infected more than 80,000 people. Many countries are also closing their borders fearing further transmission of the virus.
India issues temporary ban on air travels from Japan, South Korea 28.2.2020 - Prachi Mane [ 02.12 ]
India issues temporary ban on air travels from Japan, South Korea 28.2.2020
New Delhi [India], Feb 28 (ANI): In view of the recent coronavirus outbreak, the government on Friday announced a temporary suspension of the visa on arrival facility for nationals of Japan and South Korea.
“In view of the recent outbreak of coronavirus, visa on arrival facility has been temporarily suspended for nationals of Japan and South Korea,” Bureau of Immigration, Ministry of Home Affairs, said. The total number of virus affected cases in South Korea has risen to 2,022, including 13 deaths. Health authorities have zeroed in on the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, where it has since mushroomed into the largest epidemic of the coronavirus outside China, according to The New York Times.
Yonhap news agency, a South Korean daily, has further stated in one of its reports that more than 50 countries have restricted the entry of travelers from South Korea with bans or tougher quarantine procedures over coronavirus concerns.
27 countries have entry bans on South Koreans and foreigners who have visited the Asian country in the past few weeks. They include Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Jamaica and two others.
A few more European countries began to toughen quarantine procedures for people from South Korea, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Iceland and Croatia.
Many of these countries have added China, Japan, Singapore and Italy — where major outbreaks of the virus have occurred — on their quarantine lists. That puts the number of countries with tightened quarantine processes at 25, including China.
The coronavirus, officially known as COVID19, has originated last year in Wuhan, the capital of central Chinese province of Hubei. China’s National Health Commission reported on Friday at least 44 new deaths from the coronavirus infection as of the end of Thursday, bringing to 2,788 the number of fatalities nationwide.
Temp during March-May likely to get warmer than normal: IMD 28.2.2020 - Prachi Mane [ 01.44 ]
Temp during March-May likely to get warmer than normal: IMD 28.2.2020
New Delhi [India], Feb 27 (ANI): The March-April-May (MAM) season average temperatures are likely to get warmer than normal over most of the meteorological subdivisions of northwest, west and central India and some subdivisions from south India, said India Meteorological Department (IMD).
"Near normal temperatures are likely in the remaining subdivisions. Above normal heatwave conditions are likely in the core heat wave (HW) zone during the season (March-May)," IMD tweeted. Regarding the forecast for the MAM season (March to May 2020), the weather forecasting agency added the forecast indicates MAM season averaged temperatures are likely to be warmer than normal by >=0.5 degrees Celcius over northwest, west and central India and some subdivisions from south India. Near normal temperatures are likely in the remaining subdivisions.
There is about 43 per cent probability of maximum temperatures in the core HW zone during March to May 2020 to be above normal.
Core HW zone covers states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa and Telangana and met subdivisions of Marathawada, Madhya Maharashtra and Coastal Andhra Pradesh. This, in turn, suggests that normal to slightly above normal heatwave conditions are likely in the core HW zone during the season.
WHO warns all countries to be prepared for coronavirus outbreak 28.2.2020 - Prachi Mane [ 01.09 ]
WHO warns all countries to be prepared for coronavirus outbreak 28.2.2020
According to sources, the officials of the World Health Organization have warned member nations to keep themselves prepared for COVID-19’s after Brazil, Georgia, Greece, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan and Romania reported their first coronavirus cases.
As per the reports from the World Health Organization the number of new coronavirus infections outside China have exceeded those inside the country.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the increase in cases outside of China was “deeply concerning.” It is learned that the infection cases have been confirmed in 48 countries and territories, excluding China and Japan.
Tedros emphasised that all countries should ensure that their health systems were prepared for an outbreak accepting the fact that the world is in an extremely delicate situation where the outbreak can go in any direction based on how we handle it.
Delhi government decides to provide relief to victims of violence - 27.02.2020 - Prachi Powar [ 01.18 ]
Delhi government decides to provide relief to victims of violence - 27.02.2020
New Delhi [India], Feb 27 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday held a high-level meeting over the violence in the national capital, wherein a decision was taken to provide relief material to the victims of the mayhem.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Minister Kailash Gahlot and senior officials attended the meeting. Earlier, the Chief Minister had announced the compensation of Rs 1 crore and a job to a family member of Police Head Constable Rattan Lal, who had lost his life during the violence in North-East Delhi.
On Wednesday, the Chief Minister and his deputy had visited the violence-affected areas in the North-East district of the national capital.
The two leaders interacted with locals at Johripur following a Delhi High Court order that “the Chief Minister and Deputy CM should also visit the affected areas for confidence-building among people.” At least 33 people, including a police head constable, have died while around 200 people have sustained serious injuries in the violence that raged for three days in the North-East Delhi.
119 Indians, 5 foreigners from coronavirus-hit cruise ship land in Delhi on AI flight 27.2.2020 - Prachi Mane [ .01.59 ]
119 Indians, 5 foreigners from coronavirus-hit cruise ship land in Delhi on AI flight 27.2.2020
New Delhi [India], Feb 27 (ANI): A special Air India flight carrying 119 Indians and five nationals from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru, who were on board the coronavirus-hit quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, landed in New Delhi on Thursday morning.
India thanked Japanese authorities for facilitating the evacuation of people. “Air India flight has just landed in Delhi from Tokyo, carrying 119 Indians & 5 nationals from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru who were quarantined onboard the #DiamondPrincess due to #COVID19. Appreciate the facilitation of Japanese authorities.
Thank you @airindiain once again,” tweeted External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
As many as 138 Indians including 132 crew and six passengers were among the 3,711 people on board the luxury cruise ship, which was quarantined off Japan on February 5 after it emerged that a former passenger had tested positive for the virus. Of these, 16 were tested positive for coronavirus and will stay in Japan for treatment, while the remaining will be repatriated to India.
The repatriation is being facilitated by the Indian government. Coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people in 37 countries, causing more than 2,600 deaths in the past few months. Earlier this month, India had evacuated as many as 640 of its nationals from Wuhan — the capital of the Chinese province of Hubei which has been the epicentre of the novel coronavirus.
Number of coronavirus-infected people in South Korea rises to 1,595 27.2.2020 - Prachi Mane [ 01.25 ]
Number of coronavirus-infected people in South Korea rises to 1,595 27.2.2020
Seoul [South Korea], Feb 27 (ANI): The number of people infected with coronavirus in South Korea has risen by 334 to 1,595 over the past 24 hours, the South Korean Health Ministry’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Thursday.
According to KCDC, of the new cases, 307 were registered in the city of Daegu, the rest throughout the country reported Sputnik. A total of 12 people have died, 24 have recovered, while tests of another 21,097 people are being conducted.
As on Thursday, Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 2,744 in China, Chinese health officials said. The total number of people infected with the virus in the country now stands at 78,497. According to the latest official data, over 81,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide. More than 30,000 people have been cured of the disease, with over 2,600 of those having been cleared in the last 24 hours.
India, US have begun to move towards Free Trade Agreement, says Union Minister Piyush Goyal 26.2.2020 - Prachi Mane [ 02.49 ]
India, US have begun to move towards Free Trade Agreement, says Union Minister Piyush Goyal 26.2.2020
New Delhi [India], Feb 26 (ANI): Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said that India is aiming to eliminate poverty in the next five years to ensure a good quality of life to every household of the country.
“India is poised to be amongst the top 3 economies of the world and our rightful place will be when we achieve for our people a USD 30,000-40,000 per capita income level. Five years from now, we want to make sure that poverty is completely eliminated from India and every home has a decent quality of life,” said Goyal while speaking at the “US-India Forum: Partners for Growth” conference here.
“To reach the goal of USD 5 trillion economy, Prime Minister Modi has had extensive consultations with 80 ministries, the entire council of ministers and senior bureaucracy to bring in the interconnectivity between the different thought processes,” he added.
He also said that India is aiming for 24 hours-electricity, clean cooking gas, access to the internet by the year 2022. “Our goal is that by 2022, every family should have their own home with 24 hours electricity, clean cooking gas, access to the internet and good school and healthcare around the home,” Goyal said.
The Union minister said that Indian and the US had begun talks to move towards a Free Trade Agreement. Speaking at the conference organised to coincide with US President Donald Trump’s visit to India, Goyal said: “I am delighted that both the leaders (Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trump) have decided to formally engage to move towards a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between these two big economies.”
“We’ll hopefully close the first end of the limited engagement that we have already discussed and nearly finalised, Ambassador Lighthizer and I. We’ll get into legal vetting and close that quickly,” Goyal said referring to the current United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Over the US President Donald Trump’s maiden state visit to India, the Union minister said, “We have had some very productive engagement with the President of USA. The discussions have been extremely positive, in a spirit of collaboration, cooperation and friendship.”
Commenting on the Modi-Trump chemistry, Union Minister said: “I think this is a personal relationship that Prime Minister Modi and President Trump share. I think the chemistry between the two leaders is evident in every one of their meetings every time that met and talks to each other.
“And I would not at any point of time think this is to any strategy or, in terms of managing any individually. It’s more about the relationship, and more about trust,” he added.
10 dead, 186 injured in communal violence in Delhi: Police - Prachi Mane [ 01.47 ]
10 dead, 186 injured in communal violence in Delhi: Police
New Delhi [India], Feb 25 (ANI): At least 10 persons have died and 186 are injured in the communal violence that erupted in North-East Delhi on Monday, police said here on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately 10 deaths have occurred including the death of Head Constable Ratan Lal. DCP Shahdara also sustained head injuries in the violence. 56 police personnel and 130 civilians have been injured in the riots,” Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa told reporters here. “Section 144 has been imposed in the affected areas. We appeal to the people to maintain peace and not to believe in rumours. I appeal to people especially in North East Delhi to not take law in their hands. We are taking the help of drones also. The situation is now under control,” he added.
Randhawa denied that there is a shortage of police force in the affected areas.
“I deny that there is any deficiency of the Police force. Sufficient forces have been deployed in the North-East district. CRPF, RAF and additional resources of Delhi police are also active. 11 FIRs have been registered and a few persons have been detained,” he said.
Earlier today, Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and other political leaders regarding the violence and the prevailing situation in Delhi.
22 dead, 189 injured in Delhi violence 26.2.2020 - Prachi Mane [ 01.02 ]
22 dead, 189 injured in Delhi violence 26.2.2020
New Delhi [India], Feb 26 (ANI): As many as 22 persons have died and 189 are injured since the violence broke out in the North-East district of Delhi on Sunday night.
Twenty-one deaths were reported from the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and one from the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital. Government sources have told ANI that the National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval has been given the charge of bringing normalcy in the capital.
Sources also said that Doval will also brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Cabinet about the prevailing situation.
Last night, the NSA visited Jafrabad, Seelampur, and other parts of North-east Delhi where he held talks with the leaders of different communities.
Coronavirus cases mount to 322 in Italy 26.2.2020 - Prachi Mane [ 02.31 ]
Coronavirus cases mount to 322 in Italy 26.2.2020
Rome [Italy], Feb 26 (ANI): A total of 322 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Italy, of whom 10 have died, Chief of the Civil Protection Department and extraordinary commissioner for the coronavirus emergency Angelo Borrelli has said.
“Unfortunately, today (Tuesday) we recorded the deaths of three people in Lombardy,” said Borrelli in reference to the northern Italian region where the epidemic first broke out on February 21, Xinhua reported. She added, “The newly deceased are two men aged 84 and 91 and a woman aged 83. The death toll in Italy is thus up from seven announced on Monday evening.”
The government has also placed a total of 11 towns — 10 in Lombardy and one in Veneto region whose capital is Venice — under lockdown in an effort to contain the outbreak.
“Of those tested positive, 240 are in Lombardy, 43 in Veneto, 26 in the Emilia Romagna region, three in Piedmont, three in the Lazio region whose capital is Rome, three in Sicily, two in Tuscany, one in the Liguria region whose capital is Genoa and one in the autonomous province of Bolzano, which is located near Austria,” Borrelli said.
Giulio Gallera, Lombardy Region Welfare Councilor, at a televised press conference said, “From now on, all test results and fatalities must be confirmed by the National Institute of Health (ISS). If the ISS confirms they were due to coronavirus, we will release the numbers.”
Italy’s minister of health Roberto Speranza, who held a meeting on Tuesday with his counterparts from Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland, as well as European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides, said that it has been agreed to keep borders open and to share epidemiological information between countries.
“Shutting down the borders would be a disproportionate and mistaken measure. Viruses don’t recognise borders, so it is obvious that we must cooperate since no country can make it alone,” he said.
Coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people in 37 countries, causing more than 2,600 deaths in the past few months.
Amid Coronavirus threat, Centre plans to begin screening for flights from Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia too 22.2.2020 - Prachi Mane [ 00.01.48 ]
Amid Coronavirus threat, Centre plans to begin screening for flights from Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia too 22.2.2020
New Delhi [India], Feb 22 (ANI): In the wake of Coronavirus outbreak, the Centre is now planning to start universal screening at airports for flights from Kathmandu (Nepal), Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia along with those from other countries, this decision was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Saturday.
This universal screening will be in addition to those as per the earlier advisories. Gauba chaired the high-level meeting to review the status, actions taken and preparedness of states and union territories, amid the scare caused by Novel Coronavirus outbreak.
According to a release by the PIB, Secretaries of Health and Family Welfare, Civil Aviation, Defence, Information and Broadcasting, DG AFMS and representatives from External Affairs, Home Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, ITBP and Army were also present in the meeting.
During the meeting, citizens have also been advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Singapore.
“As on date, 21,805 passengers have been brought under community surveillance. In addition, 3,97,152 flight passengers and 9,695 travellers at seaports have been screened,” the release added. Coronavirus first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has since then killed more than 2,200 people in that country alone, while cases have been reported in several countries across the world, including India.
Maharashtra CM felicitates employee who saved tricolour from fire at GST Bhavan - 21/02/2020 - Prachi Powar [ 00.48 ]
Maharashtra CM felicitates employee who saved tricolour from fire at GST Bhavan - 21/02/2020
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb 21 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and state cabinet minister Ashok Chavan on Wednesday felicitated Kunal Jadhav who saved the national flag during a fire at the GST Bhavan in Mumbai on February 17.
A fire had broken out on the 7th floor of the GST Bhavan that soon spread to other floors. Jadhav, an employee of the tax department, climbed nine floors of the building and saved the tricolour from fire. No casualties or injuries were reported in the fire.
3 persons tested positive for Coronovirus discharged - 20/02/2020 - Prachi Powar [ 01.08 ]
3 persons tested positive for Coronovirus discharged - 20/02/2020
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Feb 20 (ANI): All three persons who had earlier tested positive for Coronavirus in the state have been discharged after undergoing proper treatment, a state nodal officer of public health emergency said on Thursday.
“First patient of novel Coronavirus has been discharged. The patient has to undergo 14 more days of home isolation. All three persons who had earlier tested positive for Coronavirus have been discharged now,” Dr Amar Fettile told ANI.
The positive cases, were reported from Thrissur, Alappuzha and Kasaragod. All three had recently returned from Wuhan University in China. Wuhan, in Hubei province of China has been the epicentre of the novel coronavirus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) first detected the novel coronavirus disease, dubbed COVID-19, in China’s Hubei Province, Wuhan, in late December 2019.
Coronavirus poses risks to global economy’s fragile recovery: IMF - 20/02/2020 - Prachi Powar [ 02.08 ]
Coronavirus poses risks to global economy’s fragile recovery: IMF - 20/02/2020
Washington DC [USA], Feb 20 (ANI): Coronavirus epidemic has already disrupted economic growth in China and its spread to other countries can derail a fragile projected recovery in the global economy this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.
In a note prepared for G20 finance ministers and central bankers meeting in Riyadh this week, the IMF said a plethora of risks face the global economy, including the fast-spreading coronavirus and a renewed spike in US-China trade tensions besides climate-related natural disasters. Amid continued uncertainty about the impact of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19, the IMF said it was sticking to its January forecast for 3.3 per cent growth in the global economy this year, up from 2.9 per cent in 2019, already a downward revision of 0.1 percentage points from its forecast in October.
“The coronavirus is our most pressing uncertainty: a global health emergency we did not anticipate in January. It is a stark reminder of how a fragile recovery could be threatened by unforeseen events,” said IMF’s Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva.
“The global economy is far from solid ground. While some uncertainties have receded, new ones have emerged. The truth is that uncertainty is becoming the new normal,” she said in the note on Wednesday (local time).
A long-lasting and more severe outbreak will result in a sharper and more protracted growth slowdown in China, said Georgieva.
“Its global impact would be amplified through more substantial supply chain disruptions and a more persistent drop in investor confidence, especially if the epidemic spreads beyond China,” she said.
The IMF urged policymakers to maintain fiscal and monetary policy support. Low inflation requires monetary policy to stay accommodative in most economies, it said.
Four Nirbhaya convicts to be hanged on March 3 at 6 am - 17/02/2020 - Prachi Powar [ 01.05 ]
Four Nirbhaya convicts to be hanged on March 3 at 6 am - 17/02/2020
New Delhi [India], Feb 17 (ANI): Four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder will be hanged on March 3 at 6 am a Delhi court said on Monday. The Patiala House Court on Monday issued fresh death warrants against four convicts while hearing a petition by the state and Nirbhaya’s parents. Earlier, Delhi High Court on February 5 granted a week’s time to the four convicts to avail of all legal remedies available to them and said that the convicts cannot be hanged separately since they were convicted for the same crime. A Delhi Court had earlier issued a death warrant against the four convicts — Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, and Mukesh Singh — on January 7 and they were scheduled to be executed on January 22 at Tihar Jail. Later, the execution was suspended indefinitely by a Delhi court.
PM Modi himself monitoring situation: Ashwini Choubey on coronavirus - [ 01:15 ]
PM Modi himself monitoring situation: Ashwini Choubey on coronavirus
New Delhi [India], Feb 5 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Choubey on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is monitoring the situation arising out of the threat of Novel Coronavirus (nCoV).
“Around 643 people were brought from China, Prime Minister himself is monitoring the situation. All relief measures have been taken up,” said the Minister. He further added that the situation has been ke0pt under control and advisories have been issued for Kerala where three positive cases of coronavirus have been reported.
“We have kept the situation under control. We have issued advisories for the state, isolation wards have also been set up,” the Minister added while speaking to reporters here.
The virus originated in Wuhan in December and has since then spread to various parts around the world.
China has imposed quarantine and travel restrictions, affecting the movement of 56 million people in more than a dozen cities, amid fears that the transmission rate will accelerate.
IMD predicts rain in several districts of Odisha in next 24 hours - [ 01:24 ]
IMD predicts rain in several districts of Odisha in next 24 hours
Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Feb 3: The India Metrological Department (IMD) on Monday issued a warning, predicting light to moderate rainfall in several districts of Odisha in next 24 hours.
Umashankar Das, Scientist at IMD Bhubaneswar said, “There is a likelihood of light to moderate rainfall in Southern Odisha, districts like Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Ganjam, Balangir, Nuapada and Kandhman in the next 24 hours.” “Yellow warning has been issued for dense fog in the districts like Gajapati, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, and Malkangiri for the next morning,” he further added.
He said that a good amount of rainfall will be experienced in North and Coastal interiors of Odisha on February 7 and 8. Thunderstorm warning has been issued in the districts of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Angul, Keuonjhar, Bhadrak, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur.
“Apart from it, due to heavy rain prediction for February 7 and 8, farmers have been warned and advised to take necessary precautions for their crops and vegetables,” Das said. (ANI)
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Budget 2020: Government sets aside Rs 4,400 crore to battle climate change - [ 00:50 ]
Budget 2020: Government sets aside Rs 4,400 crore to battle climate change
New Delhi [India], Feb 1 (ANI): Underlining India’s focus on environment preservation and climate change, the government has set aside Rs 4,400 crore to spend under this head in this year’s Union Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on Saturday.
She said India will host the G20 Presidency in 2022. Environmental pollution is emerging as a major threat with industrial and infrastructure development in India as well as globally, forcing the governments to dedicate increased resources to preserve environment and battle climate change.
IndianOil reports three-fold jump in Q3 profit at Rs 2,339 crore - [ 01:09 ]
IndianOil reports three-fold jump in Q3 profit at Rs 2,339 crore
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Jan 30 (ANI): Oil marketing firm IndianOil Corporation (IOC) on Thursday reported a three-fold increase in its standalone net profit at Rs 2,339 crore during the third quarter of current fiscal as against Rs 717 crore in Q3 FY19.
However, revenue from operations declined to Rs 1.45 lakh crore in Q3 FY20 versus Rs 1.6 lakh crore in Q3 FY19. The average gross refining margin for the period April to Dec 2019 stood at 3.34 dollars per barrel versus 5.83 dollars per barrel in the same period of last year.
An increase in global crude oil price generally leads to inventory gains as oil marketers that bought the stock at lower prices can sell refined fuel through retail outlets at higher rates.
Deep similarity in thinking of India, Brazil on various multilateral issues: PM Modi - [ 02:12 ]
Deep similarity in thinking of India, Brazil on various multilateral issues: PM Modi
New Delhi [India], Jan 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that India and Brazil as two world’s largest democracies and developing countries, there is a lot of similarity between the thinking of both countries on various global and multilateral issues.
“As the two biggest democratic and developing countries, there is a deep similarity in the thinking of Brazil and India on various global and multilateral issues. Whether it is the serious issue of terrorism or environment, or the challenges before the world, our thinking is quite similar,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing a joint presser with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro following their bilateral talks. “Brazil and India’s interests are similar. The two countries will further strengthen their cooperation on multilateral issues,” the Prime Minister added.
Welcoming the Brazilian President and his high-level delegation to India, the Prime Minister said, “I whole-heartedly welcome my friend Bolsanaro and his high-level delegation to India. This is our third meeting in the last eight months. This demonstrates the deepening friendship between the two countries.”
“Tomorrow at the Republic Day parade on Rajpath, you will witness the diversity of India. Brazil is also a country that celebrates many festivals with fervour. I thank you (Bolsonaro) for accepting the invitation of India,” Modi said.
Outlining that the strategic partnership between India and Brazil is based on similar ideologies and values, the Prime Minister said he and the President agreed to expand the bilateral cooperation in all fields.
Expressing happiness over the exchange of agreements between the two sides, Modi said, “We are focusing on new ways to expand our defence and industrial cooperation. In defence cooperation, we want a broad-based partnership. Brazil is a valuable partner in India’s economic transformation.”
Earlier, Bolsonaro and Modi witnessed the exchange of MoUs between the two countries in various fields including cybersecurity, bioenergy and health and medicine.
Andhra CID books 2 ex TDP ministers, 797 others over illegal land transactions - [ 01:16 ]
Andhra CID books 2 ex TDP ministers, 797 others over illegal land transactions
Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Jan 24 (ANI): The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of Andhra Pradesh Police on Thursday registered cases against two former Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ministers and over 797 others, for allegedly indulging in illegal land transactions in five Mandals of Amaravati capital region during 2014 and 2015.
Cheif of the CID, ADG Sunil Kumar, told ANI that during the course of the investigation it was revealed that Rs 200 crore of cash transactions have taken place in purchasing of the lands.
“Some people who do not even have PAN cards in their names and those with white ration cards (given to those having Rs 5000 income per month) purchased the lands by spending huge money. It shows that they did not declare their income and were avoiding payments towards income tax to the government,” Kumar said.
Cases have been filed under Sections 420, 506,120 (b) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against former TDP minister P Narayana and Prathipati Pulla Rao.
IMD predicts light rain over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi in next 24 hours - [ 02:09 ]
IMD predicts light rain over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi in next 24 hours
New Delhi [India], Jan 21 (ANI): India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said the Western Disturbance is likely to cause light isolated rainfall over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi during the next 24 hours.
“The Western Disturbance as a cyclonic circulation lies over Afghanistan and neighbourhood between 2.1 and 3.6 km above mean sea level. Under its influence, scattered to fairly widespread rain/snow is likely over Western Himalayan region during next 24 hours. It is very likely to cause light isolated rainfall over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi during same period,” IMD said in its bulletin. The weather department also predicted dense fog in isolated parts over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim during the next 24 hours.
“Dense fog likely in isolated parts over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim during next 24 hours and over Odisha, Assam and Meghalaya and Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during 48 hours in night/morning hours,” read the bulletin.
A few regions in Himachal, including Shimla city, received snowfall today. Snow clearance work is underway on National Highway – 5 between Charabra and Kufri in Shimla district.
The air quality in the national capital today plunged to ‘very poor’ category with overall AQI docked at 322 at 8:50 am, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe or hazardous.
Rainfall likely over Western Himalayan Region in next 24 hours: IMD - [ 01:16 ]
Rainfall likely over Western Himalayan Region in next 24 hours: IMD
New Delhi, Jan 4 (ANI): Western Himalayan region is likely to receive scattered rain or snowfall in the next 24 hours due to the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), predicted India Meteorological Department (IMD).
“Under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance, fairly widespread to widespread rain/snow is likely over Western Himalayan Region and scattered to fairly widespread rain is likely over plains of northwest India during 6th-7th January,” IMD stated in its All India Weather Warning Bulletin. Thunderstorm accompanied by lightning/hail at isolated places is also likely over the region during the same period.
According to the weatherman, due to cold weather conditions, the fog was recorded at 5:30 in the morning over the parts of East Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. “Moderate to dense fog in isolated pockets over West Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.”
Visibility was less than 200 meters in Kota, Gwalior, Jhansi while in Gaya, Agra and Amritsar, the visibility was only 50 meters each.
There’s need for revolution in technologies assisting agricultural practices: PM Modi - [ 01:52 ]
There’s need for revolution in technologies assisting agricultural practices: PM Modi
Bengaluru (Karnataka), Jan 3 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that there is a need for a revolution in technologies which can assist agricultural practices.
“There is a need for revolution in technologies assisting agricultural practices. Can we find farmer-centric solutions to the problem of stalk burning for instance? Can we also redesign our brick kilns for reduced emissions and greater energy efficiency? We need to find better and faster solutions to the problem of clean drinking water supplies around the country,” Prime Minister Modi said here while addressing the 107th session of Indian Science Congress. The Prime Minister mentioned that he is happy to learn that India’s ranking has improved in the Innovation Index to 52.
“Our programs have created more technology business incubators in the last five years than in the previous 50 years. I congratulate our scientists for these accomplishments,” he said.
“We are continuing our efforts to ensure the ‘Ease of doing Science’,” he remarked.
Modi said that farmers now are able to sell their products directly to the market without being dependent on the middlemen. “Digital technology, E-commerce, internet banking, and mobile banking services are assisting the rural population significantly. Today, farmers are getting the required information about the weather and forecast at their fingertips through many e-governance initiatives,” he said.
The 107th Indian Science Congress is being held from January 3 to 7 at the University of Agricultural Sciences (UASB), GKVK Campus, Bengaluru, focusing on ‘Science & Technology: Rural Development’. The five-day-long event aims to bring together science fraternity across the world to discuss scientific innovation and research.
CAA stir: Gujarat Police registers FIR against thousands of people for rioting - [ 01:26 ]
CAA stir: Gujarat Police registers FIR against thousands of people for rioting
Banaskantha (Gujarat), Dec 20 (ANI): The Gujarat Police on Friday registered an FIR against 3022 people on the charges of rioting, assault and criminal conspiracy for protesting against the newly-amended citizenship law in Banaskantha district.
The action was taken after scores of people staged protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 in the district yesterday. Out of the people against whom the FIR has been registered by the police, 22 have been identified which also includes Amarnath Janakuram, who is an aide of state legislator Jignesh Mevani.
Meanwhile, in Ahmedabad, over 59 people were detained after the protest turned violent. Protests have intensified in several parts of the country after the Parliament gave the nod to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which became an Act after getting assent from President Ram Nath Kovind.
Section-144 has been imposed in various parts of the state in view of the prevailing law and order situation. The Act grants Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.
Talks on making India USD 5 trillion economy didn’t come all of a sudden: PM Modi - [ 03:00 ]
Talks on making India USD 5 trillion economy didn’t come all of a sudden: PM Modi
New Delhi [India], Dec 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that discussions on achieving the vision of making India a USD 5 trillion economy did not come all of a sudden and asserted that the country has strengthened itself in the last five years to achieve such goals.
“Talks on 5 trillion dollar economy have not come all of a sudden. Our country has strengthened itself so much in the last five years that we can aim to achieve such goals,” Modi said while addressing the inaugural session of ‘100 years of ASSOCHAM’. “Every group that can enable the economy is keeping the target of USD 5 trillion economy at the centre of its plans and talks are happening in several sectors. These discussions are positive. Credit for every achieved target goes to the people and not to the government,” he added.
The Prime Minister asserted that his government took steps to stabilise the economy that was heading for a disaster in the last five years.
“Five to six years back, our economy was heading towards disaster. Our government has not only stabilised it but also made efforts to bring discipline to it. We have paid attention to fulfilling the decades-old demands of the industry,” he said.
He also spoke about India’s rapid rise in the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rankings since his government took over in 2014 and outlined that his government is making efforts to allow industrialists to do business with ease in the country.
“You climb up the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rankings when you work hard day and night, when you bring about a change in the policies, starting from the ground. We were on the 142nd spot out of 190 countries on the Ease of Doing Business Index when I took office. In just three years, we have jumped to 63rd,” Modi said.
“We have tried to formalize most of the sectors of the economy. We are also moving forward by using technology to modernise and speed-up the economy. For bringing transparency, efficiency and accountability, we are moving towards faceless tax administration,” he added.
He asserted that the business sector wanted procedures to be simplified and made more transparent, saying “habits of 70 years take time to change”.
“A company gets registered in just a few hours nowadays and not weeks. Time-saving has been done in Trading Across Borders by automation. Turn-around time has been decreased at ports and airports by better linking of infrastructure,” the Prime Minister said.
He said that his government has heard grievances of farmers, labourers and industrialists in order to improve the business climate of the country.
“From providing measures to increase digital transactions to GST, and from Aadhaar linked payments to DBT, we hav
Economic census flagged off in national capital - [ 02:05 ]
Economic census flagged off in national capital
New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): The seventh economic census was launched in the national capital territory of Delhi on Friday.
The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) has tied up with the Common Service Centres Network (CSCN), a special purpose vehicle under the Ministry of Electronics and IT, to carry out the census. “For the first time, the entire census is being conducted on a digital platform by the use of an application which will ensure high accuracy and data security,” said A K Sadhu, Director General of Social Statistics at the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Delhi is the 26th state where the survey has been launched while the process is already on in 20 states and five union territories.
“In Delhi, the process will take about three months where enumerators will survey around 45 lakh establishments and households,” he said.
Head of Operations at CSCN Nepal Chandra Sen said that more than 1.5 lakh trained enumerators have been deployed for the pan-India survey who will be visiting 35 crore establishments and households to carry out the census.
“We have already surveyed 3.25 crore establishments while the work is on in 22 crore others,” said Sen.
The national economic census is conducted every five years and is crucial for framing of policies and planning for the government and other organisations.
The process of the economic census was first held in 1978. This is the seventh census which will provide disaggregated information on various operational and structural aspects of all establishments in the country.
The census will provide valuable insights into geographical spread and clusters of economic activities, ownership pattern and persons engaged of the establishments.
Unnao rape victim who was set ablaze on way to court, dies at Delhi hospital - [ 01:11 ]
Unnao rape victim who was set ablaze on way to court, dies at Delhi hospital
New Delhi, Dec 7 (ANI): A 23-year-old rape victim, who was set ablaze by five men in Unnao district yesterday, succumbed to her injuries late night at Delhi’s Safdurjung hospital on Friday.
“She died at 11.40 pm. She suffered a cardiac arrest and doctor tried to resuscitate, but she could not survive,” Dr Shalab Kumar, Head of Burns and Plastic Department, told ANI. The woman was allegedly set ablaze while she was on her way to catch an early morning train to Rae Bareli for a court hearing in the rape case which she had filed in March earlier this year.
The five accused, identified as Shubham, Shivam, Harishankar, Umesh and Ram Kishore attacked her near a village intersection and set her ablaze after pouring kerosene on her.
She suffered 90 per cent burns and was later airlifted to Delhi’s Safdurjung hospital for treatment.
Fraudsters swindle Rs 10,000-Crore as bogus Input Tax Credit - [ 01:43 ]
Fraudsters swindle Rs 10,000-Crore as bogus Input Tax Credit
Dec 5 (ANI): Your income tax return filing document, salary slips and mark sheet might be used to claim bogus Input Tax Credit (ITC) by fraudsters who ran away with Rs 10,000 crore of public money. According to a senior official at the Finance Ministry, some people are using others’ documents and photos for Goods and Services Tax registration.
“These operators are targeting gullible people who have given their ITR documents, salary slips and photos for loan or credit card or bank account opening for GST registration,” he said.
The official has found several cases of bogus ITC claim that cost Rs 10,000 crore to the exchequer in an investigation.
“Around 7,000 to 8,000 GST registrations have been used to claim bogus ITCs. When we visited the registered addresses to verify the claims, we found nothing there,” the official said.
According to the official, around 20 per cent of new GST registrations are fake.
“Through a risk assessment system, we identified some traders involved in fake registration and using the registration to claim bogus ITC. Department is cancelling their registrations,” he added.
Cautioning people about the fraud, the official said that people should take precautions while submitting any document for any purpose to avoid such instances. “If you are giving your crucial documents to someone, please mention the purpose on it so that it cannot be used in any fraud,” he cautioned.
Telangana rape case: All 4 accused killed in police encounter - [ 01:20 ]
Telangana rape case: All 4 accused killed in police encounter
Hyderabad (Telangana), Dec 6 (ANI): All the four accused in the rape and murder of a woman veterinarian were killed in an encounter with Telangana police early on Friday.
According to the police, all the four were being taken to the scene of the crime, where the charred body of the doctor was found, when they allegedly attempted to escape and were shot at. Senior police officials arrived at the site of the encounter.
“The accused Mohammed Arif, Naveen, Shiva and Chennakeshavulu were killed in a police encounter at Chatanpally, Shadnagar today in the wee hours, between 3 am and 6 am. I have reached the spot and further details will be revealed,” Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar said.
The four accused were arrested and were in judicial custody and lodged in high-security cells at Cherlapally Central Jail in Hyderabad.
Police said that the veterinarian was brutally raped and killed by the accused who burned her body in Shamshabad area on November 27. Her charred body was recovered on November 28.
Tamil Nadu: Incessant rainfall causes severe waterlogging - [ 01:40 ]
Tamil Nadu: Incessant rainfall causes severe waterlogging
Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu), Dec 3 (ANI): Incessant rains have caused severe waterlogging in the areas of Gandhi Nagar, Thiruvalluvar Nagar and Annanagar here.
Low-lying areas and parts of the National Highway were also submerged in rainwater. The locals in the areas have demanded the government to take action to remove the rainwater from household items.
Speaking to ANI, Sahilabanu, a resident of Gandhi Nagar, said, “All the textbooks of our children are drenched in water, and we are even unable to leave our house. The government should take immediate action and remove the water from our homes.”
Maya, a resident of Thiruvalluvar Nagar, said: “All our household items are submerged in the rainwater. The Municipal officials have claimed that the rainwater is being removed, which has to be done immediately.”
She further stated that children are unable to go school due to the waterlogged areas.
“Due to heavy rains and waterlogging, poisonous animals like snakes have entered our houses, and we are also suffering from mosquito bites,” said Chandra, a resident of Annanagar.
Meanwhile, KK Arjunan, AIADMK Town Secretary, Rameswaram, stated that the municipal administration has been working late at night to clear the water from the areas.
“The water will be disposed off in all areas soon,” he said.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) observed rain and thundershowers in the areas of Tamil Nadu, coastal Karnataka, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, and Karaikal.
Supreme Court grants bail to Chidambaram in INX Media money laundering case - [ 02:12 ]
Supreme Court grants bail to Chidambaram in INX Media money laundering case
New Delhi [India], Dec 4 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
A Bench of Justice R Banumathi, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice Hrishikesh Roy set aside the Delhi High Court’s order which had refused to grant bail to Chidambaram. The top court observed that Chidambaram shall not tamper with evidence and not influence the witness. He shall not give a press interview and not make public statements with regard to this case.
Chidambaram was also directed to furnish bail bond of Rs 2 lakh plus two sureties of same amount. Supreme says Chidambaram can’t travel abroad without court permission. On November 28, the top court had reserved the order on the petition filed by former finance minister Chidambaram, who is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.
A bench headed by Justice R Banumathi had reserved the order after hearing lawyers appearing for Chidambaram and the ED. The apex court directed the Registry to accept three sets of sealed covers from the ED and keep them in safe custody for the perusal of the court.
The High Court had, on November 15, dismissed his bail plea and observed that prima facie allegations against him were serious in nature and he played an “active and key role” in the offense. Chidambaram sought bail in a case pertaining to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during his tenure as the finance minister.
CBI had registered a corruption case in this regard in May 2017. Later that year, the ED also lodged a money laundering case. The Congress leader was first arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on August 21 in the INX Media corruption case but was granted bail by the Supreme Court two months later. He was arrested by the ED in the money laundering case on October 16.
BSE, NSE suspend Karvy’s licence for non-compliance of regulations - [ 01:24 ]
BSE, NSE suspend Karvy’s licence for non-compliance of regulations
Mumbai (Maharashtra) Dec 2: Stock exchanges on Monday suspended the licence of Hyderabad-based financial services major Karvy Stock Broking for non-compliance of regulatory provisions.
“The National Stock Exchange (NSE) has suspended Karvy Stock Broking Ltd (KSBL) due to non-compliance of regulatory provisions of the exchange,” it said in a circular. Following NSE’s action, BSE too deactivated trading terminals of Karvy in equity and debt segments and put them in RRM mode in equity derivatives, currency derivatives and commodity.
The suspension could impact thousands of clients. The move follows an order by market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) against Karvy for misuse of client funds.
Karvy has 12 lakh clients of which 3 lakh are active. On average, 20,000 to 25,000 clients transact on a daily basis.
A recent interim report by NSE said that securities worth Rs 2,300 crore of more than 95,000 clients were unauthorisedly transferred by KSBL.
EY currently is conducting a forensic audit on the brokerage to ascertain the exact misuse and extent of wrongdoing.
Tamil Nadu likely to receive widespread rainfall in the next 48 hours: IMD - [ 01:17 ]
Tamil Nadu likely to receive widespread rainfall in the next 48 hours: IMD
Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Dec 2 (ANI): The South Zone India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday predicted that Tamil Nadu would receive widespread rainfall for the next 48 hours.
S Balachandran, Deputy Director-General of Meteorology, said: “At present, a trough of low lies over the South-West bay of Sri Lanka and the south Tamil Nadu coast, and a low-pressure area lies over the south-east Arabian Sea. ” “Under these influences, widespread rainfall is expected in south Tamil Nadu and scattered rainfall is expected in north Tamil Nadu,” he added.
He also stated that 17 places in Tamil Nadu have received heavy rainfall and three places have received very heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours.
“Mettupalayam has received the highest rainfall of 18 cm,” he said.
He stated that the state has received around 40 cm of rainfall, which is more than the normal percentage, and it is expected to rise in the coming days.
He also warned the fishermen to not venture into areas in close proximity to Mannar, Kumarian, Maldives, and Lakshadweep.
Licence issued to set up Micro Brewery in Agra - [ 01:08 ]
Licence issued to set up Micro Brewery in Agra
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government, after considering relevant documents, has granted its permission to issue MB-5 licence for setting up a micro brewery in the premises of a restaurant in Agra to manufacture draught beer for serving within the restaurant.
A government order in this regard has been issued asking the Excise Commissioner to take further action. Permission has been given with the condition that the terms and conditions mentioned in the UP Brewery Rules should be complied with strictly.
It is the first permission granted by the state government after promulgation of the UP Brewery Rules-2019 to set up a micro brewery. It will be the first micro brewery to serve nonpasteurised and un-bottled beer or fresh beer in place of pasteurised or bottled beer to the clients.
Setting up micro breweries will not only help in serving quality fresh beer to the clients, but also generate employment, resulting in increase in the state’s revenue.
GST authorities unearth Rs 140 crore tax fraud racket - [ 02:10 ]
GST authorities unearth Rs 140 crore tax fraud racket
New Delhi: The Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI), Gurugram Zonal Unit (GZU), Haryana has arrested Deepak Mittal, resident of Mayur Vihar, New Delhi, and proprietor of M/s DK Enterprise and Shri Ankur Garg, resident of Hansi, district Hisar, Haryana, proprietor of M/s Garg Enterprises.
Both the persons were found involved in fake invoices racket and fraudulently passed/ availed Input Tax Credit amounting to Rs 141 Crores (approx.) through assistance of complex web chain of various entities.
During investigation it was found that Deepak Mittal, an authorised dealer of ITC, have issued sale invoices of cigarettes directly/ indirectly (through Ankur Garg) to various dummy/ non-existent trading firms thereby causing loss to exchequer by evasion of GST. These dummy/ non-existent trading firms further issued fake invoices to various export firms which have filed IGST refund claim on the basis of these fake invoices. It was discovered that no export of cigarettes took place and the IGST refund claim filed by these export firms was bogus and in many cases claim was rejected by the jurisdictional Centre/ State GST authorities.
Thus, Deepak Mittal and Ankur Garg have committed offences under the provisions of Section 132(1)(b) & (c) of the Central Goods & Services Tax Act (CGST), 2017, which are cognizable and non-bailable offences and punishable under Section 132 of the CGST Act, 2017.
Consequently, Deepak Mittal and Ankur Garg were arrested on 26th November, 2019 under Section 69(1) of the CGST Act, 2017 and produced before Judicial Magistrate in Gurugram Court on 26th November, 2019. The court has sent them to judicial custody till 10th December, 2019. Further investigation in the matter is in progress.
India’s Efforts to Combat Global Climate Change - [ 02:18 ]
India’s Efforts to Combat Global Climate Change
New Delhi: Reports from various sources including Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change namely Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, Special Report on Climate Change and Land, and Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, highlight the challenges faced due to climate change arising mainly from historical emissions of greenhouse gases by developed countries. A recent report entitled “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency” published in journal Bioscience’ (https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz088) with many authors from a broad range of disciplines informs that the planet clearly and unequivocally faces a climate emergency, and provides six broad policy goals in the area of energy, short-lived climate pollutants, nature conservation and ecosystem restoration, food, sustainable economic growth and population stabilisation that must be met to address it.
Climate change is a global phenomenon and requires the cooperation of all nations based on the principles of ‘Equity’ and ‘Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities’. India is a Party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its Kyoto Protocol (KP) and the Paris Agreement (PA). The ambitious Paris Agreement has mechanisms like global stocktake and ratcheting up action every 5 years to address climate change and avoid adverse consequences.
For addressing the challenge of climate change, India adheres to the paramountcy of the UNFCCC processes. It has proactively contributed to multilateral efforts to combat climate change and continues to do so while undertaking its own independent, enhanced initiatives in climate mitigation and adaptation besides meeting all its commitments under the UNFCCC, its KP and PA. Independent studies rate India’s efforts highly and compliant with the requirements under PA.
This information was provided by Minister of State, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Shri Babul Supriyo in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
ADB, India Sign $91 Million Loan for Comprehensive Water Management in Karnataka - [ 03:01 ]
ADB, India Sign $91 Million Loan for Comprehensive Water Management in Karnataka
New Delhi: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India today signed a $91 million loan to modernize the Vijayanagara Channel irrigation systems and prepare river basin management plans in the Krishna river basin that will help improve irrigation water use efficiency and contribute to improving sustainable water security in Karnataka.
The signatories to the second project loan for the Karnataka Integrated and Sustainable Water Resources Management Investment Program (IWRM) were Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance who signed for the Government of India and Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission, who signed for ADB.
“The investment program will help Government of Karnataka in strengthening its institutions involved in integrated water resource management and modernizing the irrigation system infrastructure for improving water use efficiency in the State ” said Mr. Khare after signing the loan documents.
“This second project loan will continue to strengthen state and basin institutions for IWRM and finance the modernization of Vijayanagara Channels by upgrading headworks and about 442 kilometers of main, distributaries and minor canals,” said Mr. Yokoyama.
The investment program, consisting of two project loans, will help Karnataka’s water agencies better draw up and roll out effective river basin management plans. The first project is helping the modernization of the Gondi irrigation system and supporting the state with preparing a new water resources policy and other water governance strengthening activities.
The project interventions are also tackling inefficient water use in agriculture that accounts for over 84% of the state’s total water use. This will improve water availability to meet the rising demand from other users in the state. About 30 water user cooperative societies will also be established and strengthened for improving their farmer irrigation canals under the second project. Improving irrigation efficiency under the investment program is expected to generate water savings of 1,700 million cubic meters for use on an additional 160,000 hectares of farmland. Annual farm incomes are also projected to rise by as much as 50% for some marginal households as a result of increased crop production, and about 1.5 million people could benefit overall.
ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. In 2018, it made commitments of new loans and grants amounting to $ 21.5 billion. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.
First ever International Buyer-Seller meet in Arunachal Pradesh - Prachi Powar [ 01:51 ]
First ever International Buyer-Seller meet in Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh: The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, held the first ever international buyer seller meet on Agriculture & Horticulture produce in Arunachal Pradesh on 14th November 2019.
Ten International buyers from seven countries of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, UAE, Sultanate of Oman and Greece participated in the meet and interacted with exporters. Growers and exporters showcased the products of Arunachal Pradesh like Mandarin oranges, kiwi, pineapple, king chilly, large cardamom, organic products, other fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and spices.
To promote export of agricultural products and to facilitate market linkages for agri- exports from the North Eastern Region (NER) especially Arunachal Pradesh, APEDA and Department of Agriculture & Horticulture, Government of Arunachal Pradesh organised the Conference cum International Buyer- Seller Meet in Itanagar. Minister of Agriculture and Horticulture, Government of Arunachal Pradesh inaugurated the two days programme along with Chairman, APEDA and Secretary, Agriculture and Horticulture, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Bidol Tayeng.
This conference was held to provide a platform for B2B and B2G meetings of international buyers with the importers and exporters and the progressive farmers and growers from the North East Region (NER) particularly from Arunachal Pradesh to explore the opportunities and prospects of agriculture and horticulture exports.
President’s rule imposed in Maharashtra - Isha Waykool [ 02:53 ]
President’s rule imposed in Maharashtra
Mumbai: Maharashtra came under the President’s Rule on Tuesday and its assembly was kept under “suspended animation” after the recommendation from state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari that it is not possible to form a stable government in the state and the government cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of Constitution.
President Ram Nath Kovind gave his approval to the proclamation for President’s Rule following the recommendation of the Union Cabinet which acted on the report from the state Governor. Opposition parties slammed the Centre’s move to impose the President’s Rule, which came on a day the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) was to convey its willingness to form the government in accordance with the letter given by the Governor.
A Home Ministry spokesperson said the Maharashtra Governor in his letter on Tuesday made a recommendation to the President that he made attempts to explore the possibility of formation of Government by having appropriate communication with all the political parties, who could have formed the government in alliance with other political parties.
“Unfortunately his attempts to do so have failed so far,” the spokesperson said, adding that “keeping in view the situation, circumstances and ground realities, the Governor was satisfied that the situation has arisen in the state in which it is impossible to constitute and/or form a stable government.”
The Governor was also satisfied that the government in the state “cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution”.
Officials said that the Governor was constrained to send his report under the provisions of Article 356 of the Constitution as he was left with no other alternative. He recommended that the assembly be kept under suspended animation.
The results of assembly polls, in which BJP and Shiv Sena got an absolute majority, were declared on October 24. However, differences between the two allies over power-sharing prevented the formation of a new government.
While Shiv Sena insisted on having the post of chief minister for two-and-a-half years, the BJP said there was no such pre-poll agreement between the two parties. The Governor on Sunday asked the Shiv Sena to express its intention and ability to form the government and on Monday, the party sought extra time to give letters of support from the Congress and the NCP.
The Governor then asked the NCP about its willingness to form the government. The declaration of the President’s Rule came even as a team of senior Congress leaders comprising Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal reached Mumbai to have talks with the NCP on government formation. The Congress and the CPI-M were among parties that condemned the imposition of President’s Rule in Maharashtra.
Mumbai, Kolkata may be submerged by 2050: Report - Isha Waykool [ 00:55 ]
Mumbai, Kolkata may be submerged by 2050: Report
New Delhi: After 30 years from now, as many as 36 million people living in the coastal areas will be affected due to catastrophic natural disasters. The coastal areas of the country including Mumbai, Kolkata, Surat and other will be submerged or will receive heavy floods every year.
The report published by the American Institute of Climate Central has stated that due to global warming, the sea level rose rapidly. The process will continue and will affect India by submerging the areas around the shore. This will affect ten countries in the world. Rapid urbanization and economic growth are a great threat to the climate, which in return has created a danger to the people.
Ministry clarifies government did not issue any Advt for opening of dealership of petroleum products - Prachi Powar [ 01:07 ]
Ministry clarifies government did not issue any Advt for opening of dealership of petroleum products
New Delhi: It has come to the notice of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas that some unscrupulous persons, by using name and logo of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas, have issued Approval Letter for opening Gas Agency dealership/ distributorship through LPG VITARAK KENDRA.
Union Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has clarified that Government of India does not issue any advertisement for the opening of dealership/distributorship of petroleum products. It is further informed that Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas does not have any role in appointment/ awarding of dealership/distributorship. The Oil Marketing Companies, based on feasibility study, identify the locations and issue advertisement of dealers, as per the respective selection guidelines.
Accordingly, the general public is advised not to take notice of such advertisement/ approval letter.
Rs 2000 notes can be demonetised: Former Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg - Prachi Powar [ 01:05 ]
Rs 2000 notes can be demonetised: Former Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg
New Delhi: The currency notes of RS 2,000 are being hoarded and can be demonetised, said Subhash Chandra Garg, former finance secretary. He expressed his concern in a blog written on November 7. In a blog, he suggested to deposit the notes in banks without any counter replacement. He voluntary retried from his post on October 31.
The BJP-led government had on November 8, 2016, demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
He said that withdrawing the Rs 2,000 notes from circulation would not cause any disruption. Garg had posted a note on his Twitter handle On October 31 in which he said his stints as the head of the Finance Department, both at the Centre and in Rajasthan, “ended unceremoniously”.
Banks to remain closed for eight days in November - Prachi Powar [ 01:21 ]
Banks to remain closed for eight days in November
New Delhi: October month was full of festivals; therefore, banks were closed for many days. Similarly, in November, too, banks will remain closed for eight days. So to avoid the cash crunch, you need to be updated with days when the bank will have holidays this month. This holiday will be based according to the states.
According to the RBI, the banks will remain closed on the following days:
November 1: Bangalore and Imphal: Kannada Rajyostsava/Kut
November 2: Patna and Ranchi: Chhat puja
November 8: Shillong: Wangala Festival
November 9: Holiday because of Second Saturday
November 12: Belapur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi, Shimla, Srinagar: Guru Nanak Jayanti
November 15: Bangalore, J&K: Kanakadasa Jayanthi/Friday following Eid-I-Milad-ul-Nabi
November 19: Lhabab Duechen, Gangtok
November 23: Holiday because of Fourth Saturday.
NCP-Congress make strong comeback to their sugar industry bastion - Prachi Powar [ 05:42 ]
NCP-Congress make strong comeback to their sugar industry bastion
Kolhapur: The politics in Maharashtra revolves around the sugar industry, and hardly any political party stays away from it. In the Maharashtra assembly election 2019, around 69 sugar millers were in the fray to contest the polls. Out of which 44 candidates registered the victory with Congress-NCP alliance leading on a majority of the seats, as per the result declared on Thursday.
The ruling party BJP- Shiv Sena alliance had fielded 33 sugar millers to contest the poll, whereas 31 millers contested from NCP-Congress ticket. Five millers also tried their luck from other parties.
BJP-Shiv Sena alliance candidates may have performed well in the state, but millers from the party failed to retain their seats and registered win only on 13 constituencies out of 33. In contrast, Congress-NCP performance is applaudable considering 2014 assembly election results. Their millers’ candidates won 26 seats out of 31. All five candidates from other parties won the election by defeating their rivals.
Congress-NCP had ruled Maharashtra by keeping a hold on the sugar mills. Later with the changing scenario, BJP-Shiv Sena had made inroads in their bastion. But now, with this election result, it seems Congress and NCP will try to make their presence broadly in the sugar industry in Maharashtra.
As sugarcane farmers are the major vote banks in the state, millers left no stone unturned to woo them. NCP chief Sharad Pawar had criticized the government for its policy on sugarcane, which is considered the lifeline of western Maharashtra. And this magic worked for his party.
The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance had set an aim for itself of winning more than 220 seats out of the total 288, but it failed to achieve the target and restricted up to 161 seats only, 24 less than 2014 assembly election. NCP-Congress alliance scored well overall. Parties won 98 seats, 15 more than 2014 election.
Names of winning millers candidates of BJP, Congress, Shiv Sena, NCP, and others:
Ambegaon: Dilip Dattatray Walse Patil (NCP)
Khed Alandi: Dilip Dattatray Mohite (NCP)
Daund: Rahul Subhashrao Kul (BJP)
Baramati: Ajit Aanantrao Pawar (NCP)
Bhor: Sangram Anantrao Thopte (Congress)
Ichalkaranji: Prakashanna Awade (Independent)
Karvir: P. N. Patil (Sadolikar) (Congress)
Kagal: Mushrif Hasan Miyalal (NCP)
Kolhapur South: Ruturaj Sanjay Patil (Congress)
Shirol: Rajendra Shamgonda Patil Yadravkar (Independent)
Hatkanangle (SC): Awale Raju (Baba) Jaywantrao (Congress)
Shahuwadi: Dr. Vinay Vilasrao Kore (Savkar) (Jan Surajya Shakti)
Islampur: Jayant Rajaram Patil (Congress)
Palus-Kadegaon: Kadam Vishwajeet Patangrao (Congress)
Shirala: Mansing Fattesingrao Naik (NCP)
Karad North: Balasaheb Urf Shamrao Pandurang Patil (Congress)
Patan: Desai Shambhuraj Shivajirao (Shiv Sena)
Satara city: Bhonsle Shivendrasinh Abhaysinhraje (BJP)
Kalmala: Sanjaymama Vitthalrao Shinde (Independent) – Supported by NCP
Pandharpur: Bhalake Bharat Tukaram (NCP)
Barshi: Rajendra Vitthal Raut (Independent)
Madha: Shinde Babanrao Vitthalrao (NCP)
Solapur South: Deshmukh Subhash Sureshchandra (BJP)
Karjat Jamkhed: Rohit Pawar (NCP)
Kopargaon: Aashutosh Ashokrao Kale (NCP)
Nevasa: Shankarrao Shavantrao Gadakh (KTSP)
Rahuri: Prajakt Prasadrao Tanpure (NCP)
Shirdi: Vikhe Patil Radhakrishna Eknathrao (BJP)
Shevgaon: Monica Rajeev Rajale (BJP)
Shrigonda: Pachpute Babanrao Bhikaji (BJP)
Sangamner: Vijay Alias Balasaheb Bhausaheb Thorat (Congress)
Parner: Nilesh Dnyandev Lanke (NCP)
Yevla: Chhagan Bhujbal (NCP)
Sakoli: Nanabhau Falgunrao Patole (Congress)
Phulambri: Bagde Haribhau Kisanrao (BJP)
Gangakhed: Ratnakar Manikrao Gutte (Rashtriya Samaj Paksha) Supported by BJP
Partur: Babanrao (BJP)
Ghansawangi: Rajeshbhaiyya Tope (NCP)
Tuljapur: Ranajagjitsinha Padmasinha Patil (BJP)
Paranda: Tanaji Jaywant Sawant (Shiv Sena)
Bhokar: Ashokrao Shankarrao Chavan (Congress)
Nilanga: Nilangekar Sambhaji Diliprao Patil (BJP)
Latur Rural: Dhiraj Vilasrao Deshmukh (Congress)
Latur City: Amit Vilasrao Deshmukh (Congress)
Cyclonic storm Kyarr intensifies in Arabian Sea, heavy rain likely in Goa, Karnataka - Prachi Powar [ 03:41 ]
Cyclonic storm Kyarr intensifies in Arabian Sea, heavy rain likely in Goa, Karnataka
New Delhi: Yesterday’s depression over east-central Arabian Sea moved east-northeastwards and intensified into a deep depression in the same evening over the same region. Moving further northeastwards, it intensified into the cyclonic storm “KYARR” (pronounced as KYARR) in the early morning at 05: 30 am of today, the 25th October over east-central Arabian Sea. It lay centred at 08: 30 am today, the 25th October 2019 over east-central Arabian Sea, about 210 km west-southwest of Ratnagiri (Maharashtra), 370 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 1870 km east-southeast of Salalah (Oman).
It is very likely to move nearly northwards during next 12 hours and then move west northwestwards towards Oman coast during subsequent 5 days. It is very likely to intensify into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours and into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during subsequent 24 hours.
Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places is very likely over coastal districts of Karnataka, Goa & south Konkan and isolated heavy rainfall over north Konkan during next 24 hours.
Gale wind, speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph is prevailing around the system centre over Eastcentral Arabian Sea. It is very likely to increase gradually becoming 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph by 25th evening and 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph by 27th morning over eastcentral & adjoining west-central Arabian Sea around the system centre.
Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is likely to prevail along & off Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Raigad districts of Maharashtra & Goa and 40 to 50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph, is likely to prevail along & off remaining coastal districts of Maharashtra, north Karnataka coast and northeast Arabian Sea off Gujarat coast during next 24 hours
The sea condition is very likely to be high to very high over eastcentral Arabian Sea around the system centre during next 24 hours and phenomenal thereafter. It is very likely to become phenomenal around the system centre over westcentral Arabian Sea from 28th to 31st October.
It will be very rough to high along & off Maharashtra, Goa coasts and rough to very rough along & off north Karnataka coast during next 24 hours. It is also very likely to be rough to very rough over northeast Arabian Sea off south Gujarat coast during next 24 hours.
The fishermen are advised not to venture into along & off Maharashtra– Goa – Karnataka coasts and northeast Arabian Sea & adjoining south Gujarat coast during next 24 hours. The fishermen are also advised not to venture into east-central Arabian Sea till 28th and into west-central Arabian Sea from 28th to 31st October 2019.
Next five years of India will define the next 25 years of the world: USISPF - Prachi Powar [ 01:25 ]
Next five years of India will define the next 25 years of the world: USISPF
New Delhi: The members of US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) called on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi today. The delegation was led by Chairman, USISPF, John Chambers.
The Prime Minister appreciated the delegation for reposing faith in the Indian Economy. He mentioned about the evolving start-up ecosystem in the country, highlighting the entrepreneurial risk taking capacity of India’s youth. He also outlined the steps taken by the Government including Atal Tinkering Labs and conducting Hackathons to boost innovation potential and solve problems using technology.
Prime Minister talked about steps taken to ensure Ease of Doing Business like reduction of corporate tax and labour reforms. He also outlined that the target of government is ensuring Ease of Living. He said that the unique strength of India is the availability of three Ds – democracy, demography and ‘dimaag’. The Delegation expressed faith in the vision of the Prime Minister for the country and said that the next five years of India will define the next twenty five years of the world.
India will lead global energy transition, says Dharmendra Pradhan - Prachi Powar [ 02:10 ]
India will lead global energy transition, says Dharmendra Pradhan
New Delhi: The India Ministerial Dialoguewas held at third India Energy Forum by CERAWeek here today in which Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel, Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Pralhad Joshi, Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs, and R.K. Singh, Minister of State (I/C) of Power and New & Renewable Energy and Minister of State, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship participated.
In his welcome address, Minister of Petroleum &Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan said that the presence of ministers at the Forum is a testimony to the high importance that the Government accords to the India’s energy sector in a dynamic global energy landscape. He said “Hon’ble Prime Minister has given us a target to transform the Indian economy to a 5 trillion dollar in the next five years. We are making concerted efforts and taking all necessary steps to make this a reality. Energy sector will be fueling India’s journey towards this stated goal of a 5 trillion dollar economy.
Pradhan said that given its huge energy appetite and growth potential, India will be the key driver of global energy demand in the coming decades – in fact, it will experience the fastest growth in energy consumption among all large economies. To meet this huge demand, India would need a healthy mix of all commercially viable energy sources.India will chart its own course of energy transition in a responsible manner and would greatly influence global energy transition. Giving a glimpse of India’s path of energy transition, he said that the share of renewables in electricity capacity has significantly gone up now to 22% from around 10% in 2014-15. Secondly, the ethanol blending percentage has risen from 0.67% in 2012-13 to now close to 6%. Finally, more than 95% households now have access to LPG, making their kitchens smoke free.
Diwali gift for farmers: Centre extends aadhaar seeding date for PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme - Prachi Powar [ 02:13 ]
Diwali gift for farmers: Centre extends aadhaar seeding date for PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme
New Delhi: In a good news for farmers before Diwali, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the relaxation of the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar Seeded data as a pre-condition for release of funds to the beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri KisanSamman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme.
The scheme provides income support of Rs 6,000 per year to landholding families, subject to certain exclusions. The amount is released in three 4-monthly instalments of Rs 2,000 each directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries through DBT mode.
It has not been possible to get 100 per cent Aadhaar seeding for release of funds as per the prescribed time schedule before release of instalments after 1st August, 2019. Since the farmers are still gearing up for Rabi season, they are in dire need of money to take care of various farming activities like procurement of seeds, preparation of soil and other associated activities like irrigation, maintenance and mobilization of machinery and tools. Over and above these pressing needs, the just started festive season will put further stress on the financial condition of the poor farmers’ households in the country. Non-seeding of beneficiaries’ details with Aadhaar number will delay the release of further instalments and will cause discontentment among the farmers. Therefore, the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding for release of benefits after 1st August, 2019 has been relaxed till 30th November, 2019. This will enable immediate release of benefits to a large number of farmers who are not able to avail the same due this requirement. This mandatory requirement will remain applicable for release of benefits w.e.f. 1st December, 2019 onwards. The Government will take adequate measures to validate the data before payment is made.
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BS6-compliant vehicles in Delhi from April 2020: Prakash Javadekar - Prachi Powar [ 02:33 ]
BS6-compliant vehicles in Delhi from April 2020: Prakash Javadekar
Efforts of the Central Pollution Control Board are resulting in more ‘good days’ in terms of environment in the National Capital Region of Delhi. Giving details at a Press Conference in New Delhi today, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, said that a high level meeting of the five States to address the problem of air pollution in Delhi, due to stubble burning will be held soon. To control stubble burning, the government has given more than 20 thousand machines to farmers in Punjab and Haryana at a cost of about Rs.1150 crore, the Minister said.
Shri Javadekar said “Recognition of existence of a problem is beginning of solution of the problem. The pollution problem of Delhi-NCR started aggravating since 2006 and was not recognized till 2014. In 2015, under the supervision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Air Quality Index (AQI) was launched. Today, 113 AQI monitoring stations are present in Delhi-NCR and 29 more are to be installed soon”. The Minister highlighted that out of 273 days till 30th September in 2019, number of ‘Good’, ‘Satisfactory’ and ‘Moderate’ days were 165 as against 104 in 2016.
The Minister further informed that Bharat Stage Six (BS VI), is a revolutionary step in the transformation of fuels. He added that there has been 80% reduction in Particulate Matter emissions and 30% reduction in Nitrogen Oxides emissions in BS IV heavy duty diesel vehicles compared with BS III norms. Nearly Rs 60,000 Cr were spent on switching over to BS VI fuels. “The Country will shift to BS VI vehicular emission norms from BS IV by April 2020. BS VI petrol/diesel is already available in Delhi/NCR”, said Shri Javadekar.
Terming the launch of green fire crackers with green logo and QR coding system on Saturday, a historic initiative, the Minister advised not to burst crackers this Diwali. However if one chooses to, then opt for the green crackers which is aimed at reducing pollution and health risks, Shri Javadekar said.
Target to make defence industry worth $26 billion by 2025: Rajnath Singh - Prachi Powar [ 01:43 ]
Target to make defence industry worth $26 billion by 2025: Rajnath Singh
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has called for an increased and active participation of the private sector in defence manufacturing to achieve the Government’s target of making the Indian defence industry worth $26 billion by 2025. He was addressing the captains of industry at the 22nd India International Security Expo, 2019 (Defence & Homeland Security) here today. Shri Rajnath Singh reaffirmed the Government’s aim of inclusive growth and making India a $5 trillion economy by 2025, adding that the defence sector will play a pivotal role in achieving this goal. “Our aim is to make a world class domestic defence industry that is self-reliant and less dependent on imports”, he added.
Defence Minister stressed that in its present set up of ‘Minimum Government and Maximum Governance’, the Government plays the role of a facilitator and the duty of the industry is to work in tandem to realise the vision of ‘New & Strong India’. He hoped that the industry partners will come up with concrete investment and technological intervention proposals related to defence and avail the business opportunities present in the sector. He said, there is a need to make the system investor friendly and create a conducive atmosphere for the growth of defence production with an increased participation of the private sector.
Heavy rainfall: No respite for Bihar; trouble is likely to escalate - Prachi Powar [ 01:13 ]
Heavy rainfall: No respite for Bihar; trouble is likely to escalate
Patna: Bihar, who is witnessing the fury of heavy rain likely to face more trouble as India Meteorological Department predicted heavy rain for the state for at least the next 48 hours. According to the reports, deadly rainfall so far claimed the lives of 73 people in the state.
State Disaster Management Department Principal Secretary Pratyaya Amrit confirmed the death toll and said nine were injured due to flood.
Bhagalpur is said to be the worst-hit district as 12 deaths have been reported from the region.
Heavy rains also have thrown life out of gear and claimed many lives this monsoon season in many states of the country. Heavy rain continues to wreak havoc in other states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, among others.
Recently, heavy rains across India claimed many lives this monsoon. As per reports, more than 1,500 people have lost their lives due to heavy rain and flood.
Ram Vilas Paswan launches app for filing consumer complaints - Prachi Powar [ 02:10 ]
Ram Vilas Paswan launches app for filing consumer complaints
New Delhi: In order to fast-track consumer grievance redressal process and provide an effective forum for consumers to give their valuable suggestions to the Department on consumer related issues, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan launched the ‘Consumer App’ today in Krishi Bhawan. Another bold step towards achieving the objective of ‘Digital India’, the app aims to provide a one stop solution for consumer grievance redressal at the palm of every consumer across the nation via mobile phones.
Addressing the media after launching the app, Shri Paswan said that complaint status will be monitored on a daily basis by the ministry and on a weekly basis by him personally. The registered consumer will be informed about their complaint via SMS/E-mail with a unique number which can be tracked by the consumer. The Minister further said that there will be time bound resolution of all grievances and those that are simple in nature will be resolved within 20 days while those that elicit a feedback from companies or further enquiries will be resolved within 2 months/60 days. Shri Paswan also said that if after 60 days the grievance is not resolved, the consumer will be advised to proceed to consumer fora. Also, now the consumer will be informed before closure of a complaint and if the consumer is not satisfied then the complaint will be referred further to the concerned department.
The Consumer App is loaded with various consumer centric features which will benefit both Consumers and the Government. Consumers can sign-up with an OTP (one time password) and create an user ID and password to use the app. Consumers will now be able to lodge complaints / Grievances directly through this app which then will be taken up with companies for quick redressal. Feature to track the lodged grievances is also built in this app. Various important links that will be useful to the consumers are also available in the app.
Centre will soon come out with an updated National Water Policy - Prachi Powar [ 02:01 ]
Centre will soon come out with an updated National Water Policy
Government of India will soon come out with an updated version of National Water Policy to effect key changes in Water Governance Structure, Regulatory Framework, besides setting up of a National Bureau of Water Use Efficiency. Speaking at the valedictory session of the 6th India Water Week-2019 here, Union Minister for Jal Shakti Shri Gajendra Singh Sekhawat said that hydrological boundaries rather than administrative or political boundary should become part of the water governance structure in the country. He said, for this consensus building among the states within the Constitutional framework is a necessary pre-condition.
Shri Shekhawat said that water conservation along with water-harvesting and judicious and multiple uses of water are key to tackle the water challenges in India. Calling for rejuvenation and revitalization of the traditional water bodies and resources through the age-old conservation methods, the Minister underlined the need for dissemination of modern water technologies in an extensive fashion. Dwelling on the idea of Water Trade, Shri Shekhawat said that water surplus states like Chhattisgarh can gain by sharing the resource with the deficient ones. He also asked the States to collect data on water resources and to share the same with others with an open mind.
In his address, the Minister of State for Jal Shakti Shri Rattan Lal Kataria said that demand side management of water should get priority over the supply side management and called for massive conservation of the scarce resource. Underlining the need for recycle and reuse of water, he said that Integrated Water Management is a tool for poverty reduction and sustainable economic development.
$3.5 billion transferred to 65 million farmers under PM Kisan scheme - Prachi Powar [ 01:36 ]
$3.5 billion transferred to 65 million farmers under PM Kisan scheme
New Delhi: Recognition as a farmer by the Government through its PM KISAN scheme has played an important role in not only ensuring income but also giving confidence to every farmer across the country. Addressing the “3rd India Agricultural outlook forum 2019” with theme ‘Universal Basic Income for Farmers’ today, Secretary Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Sanjay Agarwal said that 85 million farmers have already registered for the scheme and an amount to the tune of US $ 3.5 billion has been transferred to about 65 million farmers in the first installment itself. The income support scheme had really supported the farmers as about 1.1 million farmers in the initial installment had less than Rs. 500 in their account and the amount of Rs. 2000 credited through PM KISAN was withdrawn on the day itself.
Elaborating the Scheme to the gathering which consisted of representatives from World Organizations and foreign delegates the Secretary said that beneficiaries are being identified by the State Governments and it is 100% Central Sector scheme, providing an income support of Rs.6000/- per year provided to small and marginal farmer families.
Goa’s offshore casinos future in darkness: Get six-month extension to relocate - Prachi Powar [ 01:26 ]
Goa’s offshore casinos future in darkness: Get six-month extension to relocate
Panaji: The future of offshore casinos in Goa seems to be in the dark with state government granted a six-month extension to relocate. Offshore casinos in Goa plays a vital role in boosting the state tourism.
During the Panaji by-polls earlier this year in the month of May, state political parties in their election manifesto promised to shift out offshore casinos within 100 days of being elected. Now, they are facing criticism from voters and opposition for not delivering on its pre-poll promises.
Currently, State has five offshore casinos floating off the shores of the Mandovi river. And nine casinos at the five-star hotels.
Recently, civil society and political groups staged a demonstration against the government over the failure of fulfiling its promises of removing offshore casinos from the River Mandovi.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had earlier given an assurance that locals will be prohibited from entering casinos and offshore casinos would be relocated from their current location in the River Mandovi.
Heavy rain paralysed Pune: 13 dead; 28,500 people evacuated - Prachi Powar [ 01:27 ]
Heavy rain paralysed Pune: 13 dead; 28,500 people evacuated
Pune: Heavy rain continues to wreak havoc in Pune. Heavy rain has thrown life out of the gear and paralysed the city. According to the latest report, at least 13 people have lost their lives due to rain-related accidents. It has disrupted the road traffic as many vital roads were waterlogged following the heavy rain.
All schools and junior colleges have been ordered to remain shut today as a precautionary measure in Pune, Purandar, Baramati, Bhor and Haveli tehsil.
Pune collector informed media that In Baramati, as many as 28,500 people have been evacuated due to heavy water discharge from Nazare dam.
Disaster rescue teams have been pushed into service. Due to heavy rain, more than 1000 cattle, including 25 cows, were found dead and hundreds of vehicles washed away. The weather office forecast of heavy rains in the next two days.
Recently, heavy rains across India claimed many lives this monsoon. As per reports, more than 1,000 people have lost their lives due to heavy rain and flood. Most number of death is recorded in Maharashtra, where floods have caused extraordinary damage.
Government reconstitutes Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister - Prachi Powar [ 00:55 ]
Government reconstitutes Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister
New Delhi: Government of India has reconstituted the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) for a period of two years with effect from 26th September 2019. Dr. Bibek Debroy and Shri Ratan P. Watal will continue to be the Chairman and Member Secretary respectively of the reconstituted EAC-PM. Apart from these two Full-Time Members, the EAC-PM will have two Part-Time Members.
While Dr. Ashima Goel continues to be one of the Part-Time Members, Dr. Sajjid Chinoy has been made as another Part-time Member.
India must aim for attracting largest FDI share in the World: Ravi Shankar Prasad - Prachi Powar [ 01:55 ]
India must aim for attracting largest FDI share in the World: Ravi Shankar Prasad
New Delhi: Union Minister of Communications Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad today said that India is the second-largest telecommunications market and is on the cusp of transformational change which will require additional FDI in the sector. Addressing a seminar on INVEST DIGICOMM 2019 here, he said that the recent decision on reduction of the corporate tax has made India a more attractive destination for FDI and it should aim for the largest FDI share in the world. He said, given the recent announcements on tax relief for manufacturing, India has the same tax regime as Vietnam and Thailand. He said, the country offers a huge market for companies like Apple and others to make for India and also export and added that Apple has started production in India in a very effective way.
The Minister said FDI has seen a jump over the last few years and grossed USD 64 billion in FY19. Telecom sector attracted FDI worth USD 2.67 billion, and in electronics, computer software and hardware of USD 6.4 billion.
Referring to the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India, the Minister said emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and IoT will play a crucial role in the Indian ICT sector and will contribute over 1 trillion-dollar to the overall planned target of 5 trillion—dollar economy by 2024. Shri Prasad said that it is the most opportune time for the investors across the world to be part of the growth story of Indian Telecom and Government of India will be happy to welcome and facilitate FDI in this sector.
PMC Bank customers can not withdraw more than Rs 1,000 from their accounts: RBI - Prachi Powar [ 01:54 ]
PMC Bank customers can not withdraw more than Rs 1,000 from their accounts: RBI
Mumbai: In the setback to the customers of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Limited, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has put restrictions on money withdrawal. RBI has placed the PMC bank under Directions.
According to the directions, depositors will be allowed to withdraw a sum not exceeding Rupees 1,000 of the total balance in every savings bank account or current account or any other deposit account by whatever name called, subject to conditions stipulated in the RBI Directions. The Directions will be applicable for six months.
In a released notification, RBI said that, “Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Limited, Mumbai, Maharashtra without prior approval in writing from the Reserve Bank, will also not be able to grant or renew any loans and advances, make any investment, incur any liability including borrowal of funds and acceptance of fresh deposits, disburse or agree to disburse any payment whether in discharge of its liabilities and obligations or otherwise, enter into any compromise or arrangement and sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of any of its properties or assets except as notified in the RBI directions dated September 23, 2019.”
The Directions are imposed in exercise of powers vested in the Reserve Bank under Sub-section (1) of Section 35A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 read with Section 56 of the said Act. A copy of the Directive dated September 23, 2019, is displayed at the bank’s premises for perusal by interested members of public.
130 crore Indians have achieved things which no one could have even imagined: PM Modi in Houston - Prachi Powar [ 02:40 ]
130 crore Indians have achieved things which no one could have even imagined: PM Modi in Houston
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi yesterday addressed over fifty thousand people at the ‘Howdy Modi’ event at NRG stadium in Houston, Texas. Prime Minister was joined by the President of United States of America, Donald J Trump.
Addressing the massive gathering, Prime Minister said that new history and new chemistry are being made at the venue in Houston. “The presence of Donald Trump and the senators talking about India’s progress is a respect to the achievement of the 1.3 billion Indians”, Prime Minister said. He added that the energy at the stadium shows the increasing synergy between India and United States.
“The name of this event is Howdy Modi. But Modi alone is nothing. I am a person working for the wishes of 130 crore people in India. So when you ask – Howdy Modi, I would say all is well in India.”, Prime Minister said. Saying “Everything is fine” in multiple Indian languages,Prime Minister said that this unity in diversity is the strength of our vibrant democracy.
“Today, India is determined and working hard towards creating a New India”, PM said. He said that lots of efforts are being provided to build a new and better India. “India is not putting off challenges, we are taking them head on. India is not going for incremental changes, we are working on creating permanent solutions, and making impossible possible”, PM said
Highlighting the achievements of NDA government in the past five years, Prime Minister said, “In the last five years, 130 crore Indians have achieved things which no one could have even imagined. We are aiming high, we are achieving higher,”. He mentioned about the transformational action done by his government in providing gas connections to households, improving rural sanitation, creating rural road infrastructure, opening of bank accounts etc.
Prime Minister reiterated the commitment of his government towards ‘Ease of Living’ and ‘Ease of Business’. He outlined the various initiatives undertaken by the government for ensuring ‘Ease of Living’, including removal of obsolete laws, ensuring faster delivery of services, cheap data rate, strong action against corruption, rolling out of GST etc. He said that under his government development will reach each and every Indian.
Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Haryana on 21st October; Result on 24th October - Prachi Powar [ 01:07 ]
Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Haryana on 21st October; Result on 24th October
New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) has announced the dates for the upcoming election in Maharashtra and Haryana. According to the EC, states will go for poll on October 21, 2019.
Election Commission chief Sunil Arora announced that the results would be declared on October 24, 2019.
Arora informed in the press conference, the process for filing nomination would begin on September 27 and end on October 4.
Poll expenses per candidate are capped at Rs 28 lakh. The poll panel has deployed special security force for the Naxal affected area — Gadchiroli and Gondia in Maharashtra.
DRDO conducts five trials of Air-to-Air Missile ‘Astra’; All successful - Prachi Powar [ 02:36 ]
DRDO conducts five trials of Air-to-Air Missile ‘Astra’; All successful
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) ‘Astra’ from Su-30 MKI platform off the coast of Chandipur, Odisha. The trials were held from 16th to 19th September 2019. The trials were conducted by Indian Air Force (IAF) against Jet Banshee target aircraft simulating all possible threat scenarios.
The five trials conducted during this period tested missiles in different configurations. During the campaign, three missiles were launched in combat configuration with warhead and manoeuvring targets were neutralized to establish the end game capability of the missile. The trial campaign also included a direct hit of the target by the telemetered missile at maximum range. All the subsystems performed accurately meeting all the mission parameters and objectives.
Astra BVRAAM has range of more than 100 kms with modern guidance and navigation techniques. The missile has midcourse guidance and RF seeker based terminal guidance to achieve target destruction with pin point accuracy.
The effort for building a state-of-the-art BVRAAM by DRDO, together with IAF has completed the user trial phase of the weapon system successfully. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has played a role in modifying the aircraft for weapon integration. More than 50 public and private industries have contributed in building the Astra weapon system.
The present flight trials have proved the end to end performance of the missile system in various combat scenarios giving greater confidence to users. The five successful trials of Astra will culminate into induction of the missile system into Indian Air Force, which will certainly be a force multiplier considering its accuracy and effectiveness in neutralizing aerial threats.
Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO congratulated team ‘Astra’ for developing and flight testing such a formidable class of weapon system. The technologies developed under the programme will be the building blocks for development of future variants of Air-to-Air and Surface-to-Air Missiles.
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and IAF teams for the successful trials.
India bans e-cigarettes; announces jail term and fine for violations - Prachi Powar [ 02:06 ]
India bans e-cigarettes; announces jail term and fine for violations
In a major health and wellness initiative for the country, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Promulgation of the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement) Ordinance, 2019.
Electronic-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that produce aerosol by heating a solution containing nicotine, which is the addictive substance in combustible cigarettes. These include all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, Heat Not Burn Products, e-Hookah and the like devices. These novel products come with attractive appearances and multiple flavours and their use has increased exponentially and has acquired epidemic proportions in developed countries, especially among youth and children.
Upon promulgation of the Ordinance, any production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale (including online sale), distribution or advertisement (including online advertisement) of e-cigarettes shall be a cognizable offence punishable with an imprisonment of up to one year or fine up to Rs. 1 lakh or both for the first offence; and imprisonment of up to three years and fine up to Rs. 5 lakh for a subsequent offence. Storage of electronic-cigarettes shall also be punishable with imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to Rs 50,000 or both.
The owners of existing stocks of e-cigarettes on the date of commencement of the Ordinance will have to suomoto declare and deposit these stocks with the nearest police station. The Sub-Inspector of Police has been designated as the Authorized Officer to take action under the Ordinance. The Central or State Governments may also designate any other equivalent officer(s) as Authorized Officer for enforcement of the provisions of the Ordinance.
Petrol, diesel prices in India may surge by Rs 5-6 per litre after attack on Saudi’s oil refinery - [ 01:33 ]
Petrol, diesel prices in India may surge by Rs 5-6 per litre after attack on Saudi’s oil refinery
New Delhi: Following the attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil refinery, fuel prices in India may witness a massive spike. Aramco oil refinery is one of the largest oil processing facility in the world. The media reports suggest that according to the Kotak Institutional Equities the petrol and diesel prices may increase by Rs 5-6 per litre in India.
India imports 83 per cent of its oil needs, and Saudi Arabia is its second-biggest supplier.
“Price of product at fuel outlets might be impacted if crude price continues to go up by 10 per cent,” HPCL chairman M K Surana was quoted as saying in the report.
Clearing air on the issue, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday tweeted, “Following the attacks on the oil stabilization centres of @Saudi_Aramco, top executives of Aramco have been contacted. Indian ambassador in Riyadh @IndianEmbRiyadh contacted the senior management of Aramco to ensure steady supply to India.”
Pradhan assured that there would be no supply disruption to India. In one more tweet, he said, “We have reviewed our overall crude oil supplies for the month of September with our OMCs. We are confident there would be no supply disruption to India. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation.”
CBI arrests GST superintendent for accepting bribe - [ 01:26 ]
CBI arrests GST superintendent for accepting bribe
Meerut: On one hand, Government is taking strict actions against the GST violators, and on the other hand GST officials themselves are indulging in the corruption activities. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested a superintendent in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Department from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut for allegedly taking Rs 3 lakh bribe.
According to the reports, he was accepting a bribe for clearing a pending case. The accused has been identified as Vikas Kumar Singh. He was posted at the GST department, Meerut.
CBI officials said that he was caught for allegedly receiving the bribe. Teams from the Ghaziabad unit carried out searches at the GST office in Meerut on Friday morning.
He was produced in a special CBI court, where Judge sent him for 14 days judicial custody.
Recently, the search operation was conducted across 15 states at nearly 350 locations by joint teams of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DRI-DGGI) against violating exporters and suppliers. This was the biggest ever joint-operation by DRI-DGGI teams targeted exporters who were claiming a refund of IGST fraudulently.
IMD predicts moderate to heavy rains in Mumbai - [ 01:31 ]
IMD predicts moderate to heavy rains in Mumbai
Mumbai: Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is likely to witness moderate to heavy rain in the upcoming 24 hours. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), moderate to heavy rains can lash parts of the city and suburb over the 24 hours.
In the last 24 hours, some parts of Mumbai witnessed rain. Santa Cruz recorded 41.3 mm of rain, whereas Colaba saw 6.2 mm. By the middle of next week, a fresh spell of rain in Mumbai is expected.
According to the reports, Santa Cruz and Colaba observatories recorded above-average rainfall since the monsoon season began on June 1. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data, India received 38 per cent more rainfall than the 50-year average in the week to September 11.
Recently, heavy rain in Mumbai had thrown life out of the gear and paralysed the city. It had disrupted the road traffic as many vital roads were waterlogged following the heavy rain. Flight operations were also disrupted.
Recently, heavy rains across India claimed many lives this monsoon. As per reports, more than 1,000 people have lost their lives due to heavy rain and flood. Most number of death is recorded in Maharashtra, where floods have caused extraordinary damage.
India received 38 per cent more rainfall than average this week - [ 01:42 ]
India received 38 per cent more rainfall than average this week
New Delhi: Heavy rains continue to lash various parts of the country. India’s monsoon rains received above average in the week through September 11. Central parts of the country witnessed heavy rainfall, which hampered crops in some regions.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data, India received 38 per cent more rainfall than the 50-year average in the week to September 11, whereas Central India received more than 142 per cent.
Monsoon is crucial for farmers and economic growth in India and its deficiency makes the situation worse. India’s about 55 per cent arable land is rain-fed, and rain scarcity affects the farm output, and the livelihood of the people rely on them.
Since the monsoon season began on June 1, overall India has received rains 3 per cent more than average.
Recently, heavy rains across India claimed many lives this monsoon. As per reports, more than 1,000 people have lost their lives due to heavy rain and flood. Most number of death is recorded in Maharashtra, where floods have caused extraordinary damage. Flood not only claimed lives but it also caused damage to the properties, crops and others worth thousands of crores. Industry bodies and political parties have also assessed the situation and suggest that only in Maharashtra flood caused the estimated loss of at least Rs 10,000 crore following the closure of industries, severe damage of crops, and others.
Gujarat receives 113.5 per cent of average rainfall - [ 01:58 ]
Gujarat receives 113.5 per cent of average rainfall
Ahmedabad: Heavy rain continues to wreak havoc in Gujarat. From last few days state has been witnessing heavy to very heavy rains. Due to this grim situation, life has been thrown out of gear in many regions. According to the Skymet weather report, till 5:30 am Ahmedabad has received 68 mm rain, while Veraval recorded 84 mm and Baroda observed 70 mm of rain.
Gujarat received an average rainfall of 113.5 per cent during this monsoon season, with 149 mm in the month of September itself. Light to moderate rain is expected to lash Vadodara, Ahmedabad over the next 24 hours.
IMD issued a red-level warning for Bharuch and Surat for Wednesday. Orange level warnings have also been issued for other parts of the state like Anand, Baroda, Narmada, Dangs, Navsari, Valsad and Tapi. Heavy rains have prompt authorities to put more than 100 dams and reservoirs on high alert.
The heavy rain has disrupted the road traffic as many vital roads are waterlogged following the heavy rain.
In this monsoon season, many have lost their lives to due to rain-related accidents. Not just Gujarat, even other states witnessed the fury of heavy rain. As per reports, more than 1,000 people have lost their lives due to heavy rain and flood across the country. Flood not only claimed lives but it also caused damage to the properties, crops and others worth thousands of crores. Alone in Maharashtra, damages worth rupees 10,000 crore were reported due to the closure of industries, severe damage of crops, and others.
Heavy rainfall warning for South Madhya Maharashtra - [ 01:21 ]
Heavy rainfall warning for South Madhya Maharashtra
Mumbai: With the heavy rain in Mumbai and various parts of Maharashtra, the lives came to a standstill as rainwater entered into houses. The rain has been progressing with a good pace over Maharashtra and resulting in heavy rainfall.
According to the forecast, wet conditions are expected to persist in the coming days in South Madhya Maharashtra. According to officials, heavy to very heavy rainfall likely to occur at isolated places with extremely heavy at isolated places in Ghat areas of Satara and Kolhapur districts between September 6 to September 9.
Recently, when the state was hit by heavy rain, then it almost paralysed the major affected districts, and also many people died due to rain-related accidents. Not just Maharashtra, even other states witnessed the fury of heavy rain. As per reports, more than 1,000 people have lost their lives due to heavy rain and flood. Flood not only claimed lives but it also caused damage to the properties, crops and others worth thousands of crores. Alone in Maharashtra, damages worth rupees 10,000 crore were reported due to the closure of industries, severe damage of crops, and others.
Heavy rain paralyses Mumbai; 30 flights cancelled - [ 01:09 ]
Heavy rain paralyses Mumbai; 30 flights cancelled
Mumbai: Heavy rain in Mumbai has thrown life out of the gear and paralysed the city. It has disrupted the road traffic as many vital roads were waterlogged following the heavy rain. Flight operations were also disrupted.
According to the Met Department, the rain will continue to lash the city till Sunday. Department has issued an ‘orange’ alert for heavy to very heavy rain on Thursday, and ‘green’ alert for light to moderate rainfall is in place from Friday through Sunday.
According to the latest report, many people have lost their lives due to rain-related accidents. All schools and junior colleges have been ordered to remain shut today as a precautionary measure. Flight operations have been severely affected as 30 flights have been cancelled and another 118 flights got delayed today. Bringing respite to Mumbaikars, local train services are resumed.
In a tragic incident, in a last two days, two persons washed away in flooded nullahs in Thane and Palghar district.
18 killed, many trapped after explosion at firecracker factory in Punjab - [ 01:19 ]
18 killed, many trapped after explosion at firecracker factory in Punjab
Punjab: In a recent few days India has witnessed a series of fire incidents, where many people have lost their lives. On Wednesday, 18 people have died and 10 have been injured in the fire that occurred at a firecracker factory at Batala in Punjab. According to the reports, many are feared to be trapped inside the factory.
Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner confirmed that 18 people lost their lives in the incident. “Rescue operations are underway and so far we have recovered 18 dead bodies,” he said.
The incident took place around 4 pm at the factory. Due to the explosions nearby building too got damaged.
The firefighting team are struggling to douse the fire. Punjab Minister for Disaster Management Gurpreet said that it is an unfortunate incident and a thorough probe into the incident will be done. Many ministers have expressed grief over the incident.
On September 3 morning, at least 5 people lost their lives, and many were injured after huge fire broke out at the cold storage unit of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s Uran plant in Navi Mumbai.
Major fire breaks out at ONGC plant in Navi Mumbai, 5 dead - [ 00:59 ]
Major fire breaks out at ONGC plant in Navi Mumbai, 5 dead
Navi Mumbai: In a tragic incident at least 5 people lost their lives, and many were injured after huge fire broke out at the cold storage unit of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s Uran plant in Navi Mumbai on September 3 morning.
The fire took place early in the morning. The injured workers have been admitted to Uran rural hospital. The firefighting team doused the fire within two hours.
The ONGC in a tweet said, “A fire broke out in storm water drainage early morning in Uran oil & gas processing plant. ONGC fire services and crisis management team immediately pressed into action. Fire is being contained. No impact on oil processing. Gas diverted to Hazira plant. Situation is being assessed.”
The police have cordoned off the area at a distance of 2km, and further investigation is on.
13 dead in chemical factory blast in Maharashtra’s Dhule - [ 01:25 ]
13 dead in chemical factory blast in Maharashtra’s Dhule
Dhule: In a tragic incident at least 13 workers lost their lives and 58 injured after huge fire and blast caused due to multiple gas cylinders exploding at a chemical factory in Maharashtra’s Dhule district on Agust 31.
The explosion occurred around 9:45 am. According to the reports, when an incident took place, then around 100 workers were present in the factory. After the blast, the surrounding area is covered by smoke. Fire brigade, disaster management along with the local police, were conducting rescue operations at the location. Guardian Minister, Collector, SP is on the spot. SDRF team reached too, and now the fire is under control.
CM Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief over the loss of lives in an explosion at a chemical factory near Shirpur in Dhule district. In a tweet, Maharashtra Chief Minister announced Rs 5 lakh to the kin of deceased.
Home Minister Amit Shah expressed anguish over the incident. In a tweet, he said, “Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to explosion at a chemical factory in Dhule, Maharashtra. Have spoken to CM @Dev_Fadnavis, state govt is doing everything possible to assist the people in need. My condolences with the bereaved families. May injured recover soon.”
Gujarat ports on alert for underwater attacks from Pakistan - [ 01:26 ]
Gujarat ports on alert for underwater attacks from Pakistan
Gujarat: Since the Indian government revoked Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan is eyeing for revenge. According to the latest reports, Pakistan Navy-trained terrorists and commandos are trying to enter the Gulf of Kutch in small boats. The possibility is there that they may launch possible underwater attacks on the coasts of Gujarat and other ports. Following which, the BSF and Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert. After the intel alert of a possible invasion, many ports in Gujarat enhanced their security.
The advisory was issued by Adani Ports in relation with the said alert. According to a statement by Adani Ports and SEZ, “Inputs had been received from coast guard station that Pakistan-trained commandos have entered the Gulf of Kutch through the Harami Nala creek area and they are believed to be trained with underwater attacks.”
“All the stakeholders, vessels and officials have been asked to remain vigilant and immediately inform authorities if any suspicious activity is seen in the waters, port area or shore. Security agencies manning the shoreline and port have been asked to look for any suspicious vessels, persons and activity.” statement further added.
Delhi government announces waiver of late payment charges on water bill - [ 01:22 ]
Delhi government announces waiver of late payment charges on water bill
New Delhi: Delhi will go for assembly election next year, and already sops have started raining. Ahead of the Delhi election, state Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced 100 per cent waiver of late-payment charges on water bill till November 30. People who have got new water connections are eligible for a waiver.
According to the reports, 13 lakh people with functional water meters will be get benefitted with this announcement.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Kejriwal said the AAP government is planning 24 by 7 water supply in the state. He said, “Today we are announcing a scheme to waive arrears to clean up Delhi Jal Board’s books. Some of these arrears are due to consumers, but some are also due to incorrect billing.”
Consumers in category E, F, G, H houses will get 100 per cent waiver on the principal amount. Categories A, B will get 25 per cent waiver, C will get 50 per cent and D will get 75 per cent waiver.
Earlier this month, Delhi CM had announced free electricity to people consuming up to 200 units.
Gujarat to witness rain untill August 28 - [ 02:12 ]
Gujarat to witness rain untill August 28
Ahmedabad: Recently, With the heavy rain in the various parts of Gujarat, life had been thrown out of gear. However, since the last few days, rain activities have reduced in the state. But according to the weather forecast, it is likely to hit again.
In the last five days, the rain was almost dry over the state. But now according to Skymetweather.com, due to a Cyclonic Circulation over the Northeast Arabian sea along with a Low-Pressure Area over Madhya Pradesh, rains are expected to increase over Gujarat.
The major cities Ahmedabad and Vadodara witnessed light rains in the last 24 hours, whereas moderate rains were received over Sabarkantha and its adjoining areas.
Recently, when the state was hit by heavy rain, then it almost paralysed the major affected districts, and also many people died due to rain-related accidents.
As per Skymetweather.com, irregular rain activities will be seen in Gujarat untill August 28. It will be more over the central and northern districts of the state. Whereas, the southern districts will witness fewer rains in comparison to other divisions of the state.
Recently, heavy rains across India claimed many lives this monsoon. As per reports, already around 1,058 have lost their lives due to heavy rain and flood. Due to the monsoon fury, in Kerala, over 150 people have died. Floods and landslides in Karnataka have killed at least 94 people. Most number of death is recorded in Maharashtra, where floods have caused extraordinary damage.
Flood not only claimed lives but it also caused damage to the properties, crops and others worth thousands of crores. Industry bodies and political parties have also assessed the situation and suggest that only in Maharashtra flood caused the estimated loss of at least Rs 10,000 crore following the closure of industries, severe damage of crops, and others.
Big loss to the nation: Arun Jaitley passes away at 66 - [ 01:13 ]
Big loss to the nation: Arun Jaitley passes away at 66
New Delhi: In a big loss to the nation, former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley passed away in Delhi. He was 66 years old. Last week, he was admitted to the AIIMS following complaint of breathlessness. He had been ill for a long time. On August 9, he was admitted to the AIIMS Intensive Care Unit.
He served in the cabinet ministry during the Narendra Modi government. He held the Finance, Defence, and other portfolios. He was one of the most active leaders in BJP and took the party to a new height during his tenure.
Jaitley had undergone renal transplant on May 14 last year. He had stopped attending office since early April 2018, and was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018.
Senior politicians including PM Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and others mourned the death of Arun Jaitely.
Recently, the country lost former Union minister Sushma Swaraj, and now Jaitely’s death shocked the nation.
After Parle, Britannia hit by slowdown; company to increase prices - [ 01:46 ]
After Parle, Britannia hit by slowdown; company to increase prices
Mumbai: Amid a slowdown in the economy, Britannia Industries mulls to hike the price of its product. Like Parle, even Britannia is hit by a lack of demand.
According to the reports, the company is planning to increase the price in the third quarter of the current fiscal. A senior official said that in the last five to six months company witnessed a slowdown, and till January there will be a hard time. Addressing the media, Vinay Subramanyam, head (marketing), Britannia Industries said, “In the third quarter, a slight increase in prices will happen.”
Now, the company is closely monitoring the situation and expects a positive impact of the monsoon.
Recently, India’s largest biscuit maker Parle Products Pvt Ltd announced that it might lay off up to 10,000 workers if the low consumption remains continue. Mayank Shah, category head at Parle Products, while speaking to a leading news website said, “We have sought a reduction in the goods and services tax … but if the government doesn’t provide that stimulus, then we have no choice but to let go of 8,000-10,000 people.”
Parle claims after the introduction of GST, it forced to offer fewer biscuits in each pack keeping the price same as Rs 5. Following which, demand from lower-income consumers in rural India impacted, which contributes more than half of Parle’s revenue.
The slowdown in India’s economic growth has already resulted in job loss of lakhs of employees in the crucial automotive industry.
Good news for customers: RBI increases RTGS money transfer timings from August 26 - [ 01:31 ]
Good news for customers: RBI increases RTGS money transfer timings from August 26
Mumbai: Making it more customer-friendly, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the timings for customer transactions through RTGS. The RBI said RTGS transactions would be open from 7 am with effect from August 26. In a released circular on August 22, RBI said, “In order to increase the availability of the RTGS system, it has been decided to extend the operating hours of RTGS and commence operations for customers and banks from 7:00 am”. Currently, RTGS transactions are available from 8 am to 6 pm for customers, and between 8 am to 7:45 pm for inter-bank transactions.
The Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS) is meant for the large-value instantaneous fund. In June, RBI announced that it will waive all charges on fund transfer through popular RTGS and NEFT systems from July 1, 2019, in order to boost the digital fund movement.
RBI levies processing charges and time-varying charges on banks for outward transactions through the RTGS and NEFT. Narendra Modi government aims to boost India in the line of “Digital India”, so to implement the same various measures had been taken from time to time.
Former Union Minister P Chidambaram Arrested in INX Media scam case - [ 00:57 ]
Former Union Minister P Chidambaram Arrested in INX Media scam case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday night from his Jor Bagh residence in New Delhi in connection with the INX Media scam case.
Delhi High Court denied the anticipatory bail plea to Chidambaram, saying he seems to be the “kingpin” and “key conspirator” in the case and needs to be interrogated in custody for the investigation to be effective.
Mr. Chidambaram is accused of facilitating foreign investment in the INX Media company in 2007, as Finance Minister in the Congress-led UPA government, at the instance of his son Karti Chidambaram, who allegedly received kickbacks for his role.
Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters moon’s lunar orbit - [ 01:28 ]
Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters moon’s lunar orbit
New Delhi: The major hurdle in India’s second Moon mission has been cleared as Isro has successfully placed Chandrayaan 2 into the lunar orbit on Tuesday morning.
Isro has said in a statement, “The health of the spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Bylalu, near Bengaluru. All the systems of Chandrayaan 2 are healthy.”
“The duration of the critical maneuver was 1738 seconds. Chandrayaan 2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit with this maneuver. The orbit achieved by the lunar probe is 114 km x 18072 km.” statement further added.
While addressing the media, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation K Sivan said, ‘The orbit entry of Chandrayaan 2 happened perfectly at 9:30 am on Tuesday.”
Now, it is moving around the Moon. Chandrayaan 2 was launched by ISRO on July 22 using GSLV Mk III M-1 space vehicle from its Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.
Deadly rain fury: Flood related death toll reaches above 1,000 - [ 01:46 ]
Deadly rain fury: Flood related death toll reaches above 1,000
New Delhi: Heavy rains across India have thrown life out of gear and claimed many lives this monsoon. As per reports, already around 1,058 have lost their lives due to heavy rain and flood. Last year overall toll was 1,211. This monsoon, death counts are increasing day by day. So, the current death’s figure is likely to incline.
Due to the monsoon fury, in Kerala, over 150 people have died. Floods and landslides in Karnataka have killed at least 94 people. Most number of death is recorded in Maharashtra, where floods have caused extraordinary damage. According to the home ministry assessment, Maharashtra has registered the death of 245 people due to flood-related incidents, followed by Kerala (155), West Bengal (154), Bihar (130), Gujarat (107) and 94 in Assam.
So far, over 18 lakh people have been rescued across India by state and central agencies. In 152 districts, over 7,800 relief camps have been opened to give shelter to flood-affected people.
Flood not only claimed lives but it also caused damage to the properties, crops and others worth thousands of crores. Industry bodies and political parties have also assessed the situation and suggest that only in Maharashtra flood caused the estimated loss of at least Rs 10,000 crore following the closure of industries, severe damage of crops, and others.
Incessant rainfall throws life out of gear in Kolkata; heavy rain alert for Saturday and Sunday - [ 01:26 ]
Incessant rainfall throws life out of gear in Kolkata; heavy rain alert for Saturday and Sunday
Kolkata: Heavy rains across India are disrupting normal life. Due to floods, the situation remained grim in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat and others where more than 500 persons have died and at least 100 are missing due to the monsoon fury.
In Kerala, over 100 people have died in the last week. Floods and landslides in Karnataka have killed at least 60 people and in Maharashtra over 50 people have died.
Now, the heavy rain has targeted Kolkata and paralysed the city. Incessant rainfall has thrown life out of gear. It has disrupted the road traffic as many vital roads were waterlogged following the rain. Flight operations were disrupted at the Kolkata Airport as heavy rainfall battered the city. On August 16, Kolkata received very heavy rainfall between 3 to 5 pm.
According to the Met Department, heavy rain will continue to lash the city on Saturday and Sunday. Kolkata Municipal Corporation has set up control rooms to oversee the situation.
Beware taxpayers! Cyber fraudsters may fool you with fake refund messages - [ 01:37 ]
Beware taxpayers! Cyber fraudsters may fool you with fake refund messages
Mumbai: If you file the IT returns, then you have to be more cautious now. Because cyber criminals have found new ways to dupe you. It has emerged that they extract bank account details by pretending to be income tax department officials.
According to the Quickheal finding, cyber criminals are using fake SMS to trick customers into sharing bank account details.
Fraudsters send messages to taxpayers and ask them that they have a certain tax refund and that the amount will be credited to their bank account shortly. But the message sent by them have the wrong bank account number and asks the customer to send the correct account number to a certain link.
Sanjay Katkar, Joint MD and CTO, QuickHeal Technologies talking to a leading news website said, “Note that the message opens on a good note to instantly attract your attention, immediately followed by a wrong bank account number. The message continues to trick into verifying account number if wrong, by clicking the link, ultimately making you an unsuspicious victim of the fraud.”
The IT department has alerted customers many times against such messages and emails. IT Department never asks PIN, OTP, Password or similar access information for credit/debit cards, banks or other financial accounts related information through e-mail, SMS or phone calls.
Appeal for Help “Resettle Flooded Kolhapur” - [ 02:02 ]
Appeal for Help “Resettle Flooded Kolhapur”
Monsoon rains in parts of Western Maharashtra lashed out the cities of Kolhapur and Sangli leaving more than 2 lakh people and animals stranded. Lives of these victims came standstill due to heavy to very heavy rains for the last fortnight leaving the cities flooded. Several teams from the NDRF, Indian Navy and various other disaster management organisations had been deployed for rescue operations around the cities. Apart from that several local teams and NGOs have been continuously striving to rescue families and animals around the affected areas, localities have extended their hearts out too for assistance with food, shelter, clothing and medicines.
Rescue operations in some parts of Kolhapur and Sangli are yet on, however the actual part of the disaster management is yet to be undertaken because rehabilitation of thousands of villages and areas are to be looked after.
In conversation ChiniMandi, Mr. Jitu K. Shah, Trustee of JK Shah Charitable Trust expressed his intend towards resettling flooded Kolhapur and surrounding areas on immediate basis. He said, “We at JK Charitable Trust anticipate to adopt an entire village and provide kits that would help the people affected resettle. The kit persuades items of food, grocery, sanitation, health and livelihood basics which sums to 90 items & costs Rs. 25000 approximately per family.”
“Together we can make an Impact! We believe that your act of kindness will help Resettle Kolhapur and mitigate the effects of the disaster and provide immediate relief to these badly affected families. We appeal to come forward and donate for maximum families (Cost per family Rs.25000) now that will help Kolhapur survive this calamity. Donation from Rs.1 onwards will help us make each family’s life better.” He added.
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Jio to provide free internet services to budding startups - [ 01:17 ]
Jio to provide free internet services to budding startups
Mumbai: Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries Limited aims to boost the startups in India. During the 42nd RIL annual general meeting (AGM) on August 12, Ambani announced free internet services for budding startups.
Ambani said, “Jio is a startup built in India, for India, by Indians and we have a special place in our hearts for startups. You may know 80% of the cost of running a startup goes towards cloud and connectivity infrastructure. And Jio would take away the cost by making the cloud infrastructure free for budding startups.”
He urged all startups to enroll for their custom-designed package on Jio.com, and this service will be available from Jan 1, 2020. Ambani is also ready to invest in the startups which have the capacity to address India’s big needs in healthcare, agriculture, education and skill development.
He also announced the launching of commercial home broadband plans under Jio Giga Fiber from September 5, 2019.
Good News for Indian Startups - [ 01:17 ]
Good News for Indian Startups
Reliance Jio and Microsoft announced a long term partnership on Monday at their 42nd AGM that will bring in the Azure Cloud on JIO Network earmarking the business users attempting a technological shift with access to tools and platforms. Jio will bring in connectivity and cloud infrastructure free for startups. Ambani said that special services of connectivity for startups would be available from January, 1 2021 and startups can start registering on the Jio portal.
In a live address at the RIL AGM, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “Together, we will offer a comprehensive technology solution.”
Ambani also announced that Jio will offer connectivity and applications to MSMEs starting at Rs 1,500 per month and Jio will also invest in selective startups. Most of the products and services introduced in the AGM are from the startups in which RIL made investments recently. The company invested in 14 such startups that complement Jio’s services, he added.
Monsoon to be normal in August, September: IMD - [ 01:35 ]
Monsoon to be normal in August, September: IMD
New Delhi: In a big relief for farmers, the monsoon is expected to be normal in August and September. India Meteorological Department in a released statement said, “The rainfall across the India as a whole during the two-month period is likely to be 100 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) with a model error of plus or minus 8 per cent.”
Since the monsoon began in June, country witnessed shortfall in the first two months. Crop-nourishing monsoon rains are expected to be 99 per cent of the long-term average in August.
A good rain will help in sowing and reduce the drought fear of the farmers. It will also aid in filling the water reservoirs, which are below the normal line. According to the Central Water Commission data, 72 of the 100 major water reservoirs in India have reported water storage, which is 80 per cent or below of normal. Until 25 July, major rivers like the Ganga, Krishna, and Mahanadi facing the deficit in the basin storage position.
Last week ending on Wednesday were above average for the second time since the start of the season on 1 June. Rain is very crucial as the country’s about 55 per cent arable land is rain-fed, and rain scarcity affects the farm output, and the livelihood of the people rely on them.
Heavy rainfall throws life out of gear in Vadodara; 6 dead - [ 01:11 ]
Heavy rainfall throws life out of gear in Vadodara; 6 dead
Vadodara: Heavy rain in Vadodara paralysed the city. According to the latest report, 6 people died due to rain-related accidents.
As the water level in Ajwa river rising, two platoons of an army are on stand by to commence rescue and relief operations if required.
Within just 12 hours on Wednesday, the city received 442 mm of rainfall. As heavy water-logging has been reported, schools, airport are shut, and several trains got cancelled.
Water has also entered into houses in several localities, following which government has asked local administration to shift people from a low-lying area if needed.
Surat, Panchmahal, and Ahmedabad have also been affected due to heavy rain.
As per the latest forecast by the weather office, several parts of Gujarat will receive “heavy to very heavy rains” during the next two days.
Relief for farmers: India received 42 per cent more rainfall than average this week - [ 01:33 ]
Relief for farmers: India received 42 per cent more rainfall than average this week
New Delhi: Recent rains in the country is helping farmers to kick the fear of water scarcity. In a big relief for farmers, the week ending on Wednesday were above average for the second time since the start of the season on 1 June. A good rain will help in sowing and low down the stress of the farmers. According to the India Meteorological Department data, the country witnessed 42 per cent more rainfall than the 50-year average in the week to 31 July. In past weeks, the country’s monsoon rains were 35 per cent below average and prior to last week, it was 20 per cent below average. According to the Central Water Commission data, 72 of the 100 major water reservoirs in India have reported water storage, which is 80 per cent or below of normal. Until 25 July, major rivers like the Ganga, Krishna, and Mahanadi facing the deficit in the basin storage position. Since the monsoon season began on June 1, overall India has received rains 9 per cent less than average. Monsoon is crucial for farmers and economic growth in India, and its deficiency influences the lives of farmers. India’s about 55 per cent arable land is rain-fed, and rain scarcity affects the farm output, and the livelihood of the people rely on them.
Mumbai’s rainiest July in 112 Years; Heavy rainfall warning for South Madhya Maharashtra - [ 01:46 ]
Mumbai’s rainiest July in 112 Years; Heavy rainfall warning for South Madhya Maharashtra
Mumbai: Monsoon has been progressing with a good pace over Maharashtra and resulting in heavy rainfall. According to the forecast, wet conditions are expected to persist in the coming days in South Madhya Maharashtra.
According to officials, heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with heavy rain at isolated places likely to occur over the Ghat areas of Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur districts between July 29 to August 2.
According to the IMD Data, Mumbai witnessed rainiest July in 112 Years. Mumbai had received 1500 mm rain in July 1907, whereas till July 28 city had received 1492 mm rainfall, which is only 8mm short of the highest-ever rain recorded. It is expected that in the coming days, the record is likely to get surpass.
A look at the past rain statistics shows that Mumbai received twice the rain it recorded in July 2016 in just 28 days of July this year.
As per reports, India is likely to get above-average rainfall in upcoming days, which will be well distributed across the country.
Monsoon is crucial for farmers and economic growth in India, and its deficiency influences the lives of farmers. India’s about 55 per cent arable land is rain-fed, and rain scarcity affects the farm output, and the livelihood of the people rely on them. Good monsoon rains will help in sowing and low down the stress of the farmers.
Major reservoirs in India record below-normal water storage - [ 01:26 ]
Major reservoirs in India record below-normal water storage
New Delhi: Water scarcity has impacted the lives of farmers. And now new data shows that the situation is likely to deteriorate if soon the country does not get sufficient rain. According to the Central Water Commission data, 72 of the 100 major water reservoirs in India have reported water storage, which is 80 per cent or below of normal. Until 25 July, major rivers like the Ganga, Krishna, and Mahanadi facing the deficit in the basin storage position.
Looking at the current scenario, the situation is very grim in Gujarat and Maharashtra. According to the reports, the basin storage in Sabarmati, Tabi and rivers of the Kutch and Godavari are highly deficient.
Since the monsoon season began on June 1, overall India has received rains 17 per cent less than average. Due to scanty rainfall, farm out has been impacted in many regions.
Monsoon is crucial for farmers and economic growth in India, and its deficiency influences the farmers. India’s about 55 per cent arable land is rain-fed, and rain scarcity affects the farm output, and the livelihood of the people rely on them.
Earlier, it was reported that India is likely to witness above-average rainfall in the next two weeks, which will be well distributed across the country. Good monsoon rains in the coming days will help in sowing and low down the stress of the farmers.
Mumbai rains: 700 passengers stuck in Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express; rescue operation on - [ 01:15 ]
Mumbai rains: 700 passengers stuck in Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express; rescue operation on
Mumbai: Heavy rain in Mumbai and adjoining areas have paralysed the city. It continued to batter the financial capital of India and many parts of Maharashtra disrupting normal life and hitting air, road and rail traffic.
The rain has impacted the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express. According to the reports, with over 700 passengers on board was stranded near Badlapur due to waterlogged tracks. The Navy and NDRF have been sent for the rescue. The train is held up since 3 am. So far, around 300 passengers have been evacuated till now.
Maharashtra's Directorate General of Information and Public Relations (DGIPR) Brijesh Singh said three boats have reached the location where the train is stranded.
Through a tweet, Railway appealed passengers not to step outside the train as water levels outside are dangerous and urged them to wait for assistance.
As per the reports, once the water level goes below 1 feet, an engine will be sent to pull the train.
Good news! India to receive above-average monsoon rains in next two weeks - [ 01:22 ]
Good news! India to receive above-average monsoon rains in next two weeks
New Delhi: After receiving below-average rains in the past two weeks, finally, there is good news for farmers. In a big relief, India is likely to get above-average rainfall in the next two weeks.
According to an official from India Meteorological Department, “India is likely to witness above-average rainfall in the next two weeks, which will be well distributed across the country.”
Last week, the country’s monsoon rains were 35 per cent below average and prior to last week, it was 20 per cent below average.
Monsoon is crucial for farmers and economic growth in India, and its deficiency influences the lives of farmers. India’s about 55 per cent arable land is rain-fed, and rain scarcity affects the farm output, and the livelihood of the people rely on them.
Since the monsoon season India began on June 1, overall India has received rains 17 per cent less than average. Due to scanty rainfall, farm out has been impacted in many regions. Good monsoon rains in the coming days will help in sowing and low down the stress of the farmers.
Monsoon rains 35 per cent below average this week - [ 01:03 ]
Monsoon rains 35 per cent below average this week
New Delhi: Farmers are worried over weak monsoon. With little rainfall over the central, western and northern parts of the country, India’s monsoon rains witnessed 35 per cent below average in the week ending on Wednesday.
Many regions in the country are receiving deficient rainfall, so if the rains do not pick up, then, India may face drought this year.
Since the monsoon season began on June 1, overall India has received rains 19 per cent less than average.
Monsoon is crucial for farmers and economic growth in India, and its deficiency makes the situation worse. India’s about 55 per cent arable land is rain-fed, and rain scarcity affects the farm output, and the livelihood of the people rely on them.
Big loss for Indian politics: Sheila Dikshit dies at 81 - [ 01:06 ]
Big loss for Indian politics: Sheila Dikshit dies at 81
New Delhi: Indian politics has suffered a huge loss as 81-year-old senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit died on Saturday in New Delhi. She had been ill for a long time. Dikshit served as Delhi’s chief minister for 15 years. During her tenure, she transformed the face of India’s capital.
She was one of the senior-most leaders in Congress and took the party to a new height. With her death, the country has lost a dedicated leader of the masses.
She took her last breath at Escorts Fortis heart institute, where she was admitted in the hospital on July 19 under a critical state. Dikshit had undergone heart surgery in France last year.
Senior politicians including PM Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and others mourned the death of Sheila Dikshit.
India’s monsoon rains cover entire country; deficit stands at 17 per cent - [ 01:14 ]
India’s monsoon rains cover entire country; deficit stands at 17 per cent
New Delhi: The Indian Metrological Department said in a bulletin today that with the Southwest Monsoon further advancing into the remaining parts of Rajasthan, it has thus covered entire country on Friday. It has been delayed by four days. The normal date of monsoon covering the whole country is July 15.
Since the monsoon season began on June 1, overall India has received rains 17 per cent less than average.
This year’s delay in monsoon covering India was comparatively less than the delay in onset over Kerala (7 days) and in Mumbai (14 days).
Many regions in the country are receiving deficient rainfall, so if the rains do not pick up, then, India may face drought this year.
Monsoon is crucial for farmers and economic growth in India, and its deficiency makes the situation worse. India’s about 55 per cent arable land is rain-fed, and rain scarcity affects the farm output, and the livelihood of the people rely on them.
India gets 20 per cent below average rainfall in latest week - [ 00:52 ]
India gets 20 per cent below average rainfall in latest week
New Delhi: Monsoons are crucial for farmers and economic growth in India, and its deficiency makes the situation worse. According to the reports, the country’s monsoon rains were 20 per cent below average in the week ending on Wednesday.
As per India Meteorological Department (IMD), the rainfall has been scanty over central, western and southern parts of India.
Since the monsoon season began on June 1, overall India has received rains 16 per cent less than average.
India’s about 55 per cent arable land is rain-fed, and rain scarcity affects the farm output, and the livelihood of the people rely on them.
IMD issues heavy rain alert for Kerala - [ 01:14 ]
IMD issues heavy rain alert for Kerala
New Delhi: Kerala has to be cautious as Authorities have issued alerts across the state expecting heavy rains in the upcoming few days. According to the IMD’s latest forecast, the state may witness very to very heavy rains.
Considering the situation, Kerala’s disaster management has issued red, yellow and orange alerts in various districts.
In Idukki, authorities have issued red alert on 18, 19 and 20 July, whereas in Malappuram it has been issued on 18, 19 and 20 July. Wayanad and Kannur have been put on red alert on 19 July, and Ernakulam and Thrissur have to be cautious on 20 July.
The weather agency has also warned fishermen against venturing into the sea especially over the next two days
In the year 2018, Kerala witnessed disastrous rain ever in 100 years, which claimed so many lives and state had come to a standstill.
Building collapses in Mumbai; 40 to 50 people feared trapped - [ 00:56 ]
Building collapses in Mumbai; 40 to 50 people feared trapped
Mumbai: A four-storeyed building collapsed in Dongri in Mumbai on July 16. As many as 40 to 50 people are feared trapped under the debris. The incident took place around 11:40 am today.
After the incident, fire tenders and a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rushed to the spot.
Rescue operations are going on at the location. Due to the narrow lanes on Tandel street, rescue workers and JCB machines are finding it tough to reach the spot
According to the reports, many families were present inside the building at the time of the accident.
The area has many old buildings. The Kesarbai building which collapsed was already declared risky and unfit for use.
Heavy rain brings relief for Delhi from scorching heat - [ 00:52 ]
Heavy rain brings relief for Delhi from scorching heat
New Delhi: In a big relief to Delhiites from the scorching heat, a monsoon hit the city. Rains lashed parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region on late Monday afternoon.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the sky will remain generally cloudy with light rain or drizzle expected. Delhi is likely to receive light rain till July 18.
The maximum and minimum temperature is to remain between 37 and 29 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Earlier, the weather agency had predicted that Delhi may witness rain from Monday. According to the reports, Delhi may receive below-normal rainfall this year.
With no monsoon rain in sight, drought-like situation grips Telangana - [ 01:12 ]
With no monsoon rain in sight, drought-like situation grips Telangana
Hyderabad: July is in its second week, and yet Telangana has not seen the rain. Most of the districts in the state are suffering from a drought-like situation.
Due to the delay, many farmers are facing the heat of it as they could not be taken up sowing operation in many areas.
According to the forecast, it was expected that rain would the state in the first week of July, but it did not come true.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the deficit rainfall for the current month is 33 per cent.
As per the reports, as many as 24 out of 33 districts have rainfall shortage.
Figures available with the irrigation department shows sowing operations could be taken up in only 12 lakh hectares against average 16 lakh hectares so far.
Many farmers are in fear that the seeds they have sown may dry up due to the scarcity of the water.
The agriculture department is waiting for another 10 days before pressing any contingency plan into operation.
Enforcement Directorate attaches Mehul Choksi’s assets in India, abroad - Nandita Pai [ 01:19 ]
Enforcement Directorate attaches Mehul Choksi’s assets in India, abroad
Fugitive diamond jeweller Mehul Choksi’s assets worth Rs 24.77 crore in India and abroad has been attached by Enforcement Directorate. He is accused in PNB loan fraud worth Rupees 13,000 crore, and money laundering case. According to the agency, the attached properties include number of fixed deposits in bank accounts in the country and outside, a Mercedes Benz car, and three commercial assets in Dubai. Rupees 24.77 crores is said to be the total worth of the attached properties.
The ED said in a statement, a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act has been issued. In the bank fraud case along with Choksi, the ED is investigating, diamantaire Nirav Modi and others. The case was unearthed last year after PNB said in their complaint that they cheated to the tune of over Rs 13,000 crore. Soon after Choksi and Modi’s name came into light, they left the country. India is trying to get Choksi’s extradition.
Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram users worldwide sitting idle since hours - Shivani Rai [ 00:50 ]
Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram users worldwide sitting idle since hours
Users across the globe have reported that Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram are down. All three are owned by Mark Zuckerberg’s social media giant.
They have expressed their outrage on Twitter to report issues with the service.
WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook’s services are seemingly experiencing technical glitches since earlier on Wednesday.
Users have reported that they are unable to download any files. Many users also expressed on Twitter that transferring any form of media, including audio and images is not working.
Oil and gas production to remain government’s priority - Shivani Rai [ 00:56 ]
Oil and gas production to remain government’s priority
New Delhi, May 31 (UNI) Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday assumed charge as Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas in the Narendra Modi-led government for the second time.
“Oil and gas production will remain government’s priority,” said the Minister after assuming the charge and added that in last five years, the Petroleum ministry launched several programmes and new initiatives aimed for common man under the leadership of Mr Modi due to which people gave massive mandate to us.
“Now its time that people should reap benefits of the programmes launched by the government 5 years back,” Mr Pradhan told reporters.
“We will work with same zeal and with comprehensive and coordinated team,” he said before signing off.
Heavy rain likely to occur in Telangana, Coastal AP from June 29 - [ 00:55 ]
Heavy rain likely to occur in Telangana, Coastal AP from June 29
Hyderabad, Jun 28 (UNI) A Low Pressure Area is very likely to form over North Bay of Bengal and neighborhood around June 30 and it is likely to become more marked subsequently, according to MET office here on Thursday.
Light to moderate rain or thunder showers very likely to occur at many places over Telangana, the weather office said in its bulletin here.
Under its influence, heavy rain very likely to occur at isolated places in Telangana, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam till July 2 from Saturday.
However, the Southwest monsoon has been normal in Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and Yanam while weak in Telangana.
Excise Officials asked to follow UP Government Servant Conduct Rules - [ 01:44 ]
Excise Officials asked to follow UP Government Servant Conduct Rules
The Principal Secretary, Excise, UP, Shri Sanjay R Bhoosreddy, has directed all the officers and employees of excise department to literally follow the provisions of UP Government Servant Conduct Rules, 1956.
In a GO sent to the Excise Commissioner, the Principal Secretary stated that it had often been noticed that the departmental officers and employees were not following the provision of Government Servant Conduct Rules in letter and spirit. He said that representations were being submitted at government and other levels on behalf of family members regarding service matters and cancellation of or amendment in transfer orders, contrary to the process laid down for this purpose. Such conduct is a blatant violation of the UP Government Servant Conduct Rules, 1956.
Mr. Bhoosreddy has asked the Excise Commissioner to ensure that the officers and employees strictly follow the UP Government Servant Conduct Rules, 1956, especially its rule-27 and 27 (A) regarding their service matters and transfers. He also directed the commissioner to get uploaded the provisions of these rules on the departmental website/portal.
The Principal Secretary said that punitive action like suspension would also be considered, under the relevant provisions of UP Government Servant (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1999, against the officers and employees not complying with this order.
India’s Anshula Kant appointed World Bank CFO and MD - Nandita Pai [ 01:04 ]
India’s Anshula Kant appointed World Bank CFO and MD
Anshula Kant has been appointed as managing director and chief financial officer of World Bank, announced its president David Malpass on July 12. She will be the first woman CFO of the Bank.
Malpass said in a statement, "Anshula brings more than 35 years of expertise in banking, finance, and innovative use of technology through her work as CFO of the SBI (State Bank of India) ."
"She held several positions across the organization and helped navigate a diverse array of leadership challenges." bank further said in a statement.
Kant will be responsible for financial and risk management and report to the President. She completed her Honours degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College and a post-graduate degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics.
First heavy rain of this season brings Mumbai traffic to halt - [ 01:28 ]
First heavy rain of this season brings Mumbai traffic to halt
Mumbai: A severe thunderstorm, accompanied by lightning and heavy rains lashed financial capital of India, Mumbai, on Friday morning, disrupting rail and road traffic and causing inconvenience to passengers travelling to their offices.
The first heavy rain of this season brought traffic to a halt in several areas of the city on Friday, with Western Express Highway highly impacted.
Earlier, the weather department had forecast heavy rain till June 29.
Though the visibility at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has been recorded at 1500 metres, flight operations were not affected. However, according to the report, there was one diversion around 9 am.
The Waterlogging was reported in Andheri, Kurla, Chembur, Chunnabhatti, Mahalakshmi, and many other places in the city.