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11.02.2019
THE headlines:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, there is a need to move towards responsible pricing of Oil and Gas in the interest of both producer and consumer.
  • The Prime Minister says, good nutrition and healthy childhood is the foundation of New India; unveils plaque to mark the serving of three billionth meal by Akshaya Patra Foundation at Vrindavan. 
  • Lok Sabha resumes discussion on Interim Budget; Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM due to opposition uproar on several issues.
  • HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar says government will bring ordinance if Supreme Court rejects petition challenging changes made in reservation for faculty recruitment in universities.
  • Questioning of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and former TMC MP Kunal Ghosh continues in Saradha chit-fund case at CBI office in Shillong.  
  • And, in Gold Cup Football, Indian Women's team to face Nepal at Bhubaneswar today for a place in the final.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said there is a need to move towards responsible pricing of Oil and Gas to balance the interest of both the producer and the consumer. He was inaugurating the 13th International Oil and Gas Conference - PETROTECH-2019 in Greater Noida. The three-day biennial event began at India Expo Mart yesterday. The Prime Minister stressed on the need to move towards transparent and flexible markets for oil and gas to serve energy needs in an optimal manner.
"Suitably-priced stable and sustainable energy supply is essential for rapid growth of the economy. Winds of change are evident in the global energy arena. Energy supply, energy sources and energy consumption patterns are changing. Perhaps, this could be a historic transition. There is a shift in energy consumption from west to east."
The Prime Minister said, there are signs of convergence between cheaper renewable energy, technologies and digital applications. He said, petrotech has served as a platform to discuss the challenges the world  is facing in the energy sector. He said, it may expedite the achievement of sustainable development goals. He said, India is an attractive market  for energy companies.
"India recently became the sixth largest economy in the world. According to a recent report, by 2030, India would be the second largest world economy. We are also the third largest energy consumer in the world. With demand growing at more than 5 per cent annually, India remains an attractive market for energy companies with energy demand expected to more than double by 2040."
The Prime Minister said, energy is a key driver of socio-economic growth and energy justice is a top priority for India. He said, LPG connections have been given to over 64 million house-holds in just three years under the Ujjwala Scheme.
"LPG connections have been given to over 64 billion or 6.4 crore households, in just under 3 years, under the Ujjwala scheme. A blue flame revolution is underway. LPG coverage has reached more than 90 per cent from 55 per cent five years ago. Clean transportation is getting a boost."
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said, India has made tremendous strides in providing energy justice. He said, the UJJWALA scheme and expansion of City Gas Distribution Network have provided clean cooking gas to people.

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The Prime Minister today said that good nutrition and healthy childhood is the foundation of New India. He was speaking after unveiling the plaque to mark the serving of the three billionth meal by Akshaya Patra Foundation at Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh.  Mr Modi said;
"यदि देश का बचपन कमजोर रहेगा तो उसके विकास की गति धीमी हो जाएगी। यदि जन् से पहले और जन् के फौरन बाद बच्चों के खाने-पीने पर ध्यान दिया जाए और बीमारियों से लड़ने की शक्ति को बढ़ाया जाए तो भविष् में स्वास्थ् को लेकर परेशानियां कम होंगी।"
The Prime Minister added that the government has given special focus on nutrition, vaccination and sanitation for children with schemes like National Nutrition Mission, Mission Indradhanush and Swacch Bharat Mission.
"बचपन के ईद-गिर्द एक मजबूत सुरक्षा घेरा बनाने का प्रयास किया गया है। सुरक्षा के इस घेरे के तीन पहलू है। खान-पान, टीकाकरण और स्वच्छता। मुझे खुशी है कि अक्षय पात्र से जुड़े आप सभी साथी इस सुरक्षा कवच को मजबूत करने के लिए सरकार के प्रयासों को आगे बढ़ा रहे हैं।"
Our correspondent reports, the Prime Minister also served the three billionth meal to underprivileged children from schools.
"Mid-Day Meal Scheme is considered to be the largest of its kind programme in the world. The program aims to boost enrollment, attendance, and retention in schools and to improve the health profile of children in the age group of 6-14 years. The Akshaya Patra foundation serves as an implementing partner of Mid-Day Meal Scheme. In its 19-year journey, the foundation has served mid-day meals to 1.76 million children in twelve states covering 14,702 schools. The foundation works closely with the Human Resource Development Ministry and state governments to serve quality, hygienic, and nutritious food to millions of children. With Souvagya Kar from Vrindavan, Anupam Mishra AIR News."

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The Lok Sabha today resumed the discussion on the Interim Budget 2019-20. Participating in the debate, M Thambidurai of AIADMK said the income support to farmers announced in the Budget is meagre, and it remains silent on employment scenario in the country. He described the budget as BJP’s election manifesto. He said small businesses were hit by demonetization. 
Congress MP M. Veerappa Moily said, the budget allocation for defence sector is less as compared to last year’s budget. Mr Moily said, the unemployment rate is growing under the present government and is a matter of concern. He asked on what basis the government  is claiming that GDP is growing despite  the high rate of unemployment in the country.
When M Veerappa Moily concluded his speech on the interim budget discussion, the members of TDP who were in the well raised the slogans in support of their demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh. Following this, the Speaker adjourned the House till 2:15 PM.

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The government will bring an ordinance if the Supreme Court rejects its review petition challenging the changes made in the reservation system for faculty recruitment in universities. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said the decision has been taken after the Special Leave Petition on the matter was rejected by the Apex court. He was replying to a supplementary during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha today. 
"मोदी सरकार आरक्षण के पूरे पक्ष में है। सामाजिक न्याय देगी और इसलिए उच्चतम न्यायालय में जो इलाहाबाद में निर्णय दिया और बाद में सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने भी उसको अफेंड किया वो हमें मंजूर नहीं है। इसलिए हमने स्पेशल न्यू पैटीशन दायर किया। स्पेशल न्यू पैटीशन के बाद हमने वो भी डिसमिस हो गया तो हम रिव्यू पैटीशन डाल रहे हैं, लेकिन रिव्यू पैटीशन अगर खाजिर होता है तो जरूरत पड़ने पर आर्डिनेंस भी निकालेंगे।"
Our correspondent reports, the introduction of the new 13-point roster system in universities in place of the earlier 200-point system was opposed by Samajwadi Party, BSP and RJD in Parliament. They demanded that the earlier system be re-introduced, contending that the new system deprives SCs, STs and OBCs of benefits of reservation in higher educational institutions.

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The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 PM due to uproar by the Opposition on several issues. Minutes after the House met, Samajwadi Party and BSP tried to raise the issue of deaths of people in Uttar Pradesh after consuming illicit liquor. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, however, denied permission.
Amid noisy scenes, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram introduced the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2019. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj introduced the Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian Bill, 2019.
Congress members objected to the introduction of the Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian Bill and rushed to the well. As pandemonium continued, the house was adjourned till 2 O’clock.

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In Meghalaya, questioning of the Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar is continuing for the 3rd day today, along with former TMC MP Kunal Ghosh at the CBI office in Shillong. The duo will again be facing each other in the same room during the interrogation process.  Questioning  is likely to go on till  late in the evening.  The questioning lasted for over 12 hours yesterday.
Mr Rajeev Kumar is being questioned in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam case.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to BJP ideologue Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya on his death anniversary. In a tweet, Mr Modi said,  his emphasis on Integral Humanism inspires millions of people and he was known as an exceptional organiser who mentored several patriotic and hardworking Karyakartas.

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Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh paid floral tribute to former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed on his 42nd death anniversary at his mausoleum at Parliament Street in New Delhi today.
Tribute was also paid on behalf of President Ram Nath Kovind on the occasion. 

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Newly appointed Congress general secretary and in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reached Lucknow this afternoon.  She was accompanied by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Ms Priyanka is currently holding a 15-km roadshow through Lucknow which started at the airport and will culminate at Nehru Bhawan, state headquarter of the party.

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In Women's Football, India will look to seal a place in the Final of the Gold Cup International tournament when they face Nepal in their second round-robin match at Bhubaneswar today. India began their campaign with a 1-0 win over Iran on Saturday. The win was India's fifth on the trot after back-to-back victories against both Indonesia and Hong Kong in matches prior to the tournament.

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News just in,
Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day as Opposition continued uproar on various issues.

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