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21.02.2020

THE HEADLINES,

 

  • Defence, Security and trade to dominate agenda during US President Donald Trump's visit to India next week.

  • Haryana government to open Atal Kisan - Mazdoor canteens in all mandis and sugar mills to provide meals at a concessional rate of 10 rupees per plate.

  • Fourth Anniversary of Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission  being observed today; NITI Aayog proposes to develop over 1,000 Rurban clusters in next three years.

  • Maha Shivratri is being celebrated across the country today.

  • In Cricket, India were 111 for 5 against New Zealand in the first Test at Wellington.

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News about the US President's visit to India.

The External Affairs Ministry has said that India is eagerly awaiting US President Donald Trump's visit and has expressed confidence that  it will provide an opportunity to review bilateral ties and further strengthen the global strategic partnership. The US President will begin his maiden visit to India from Ahmedabad on the 24th of this month. The two-day visit is also going to be the first stand alone visit by a US President to India.

Briefing the media yesterday External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Raveesh Kumar said, all issues including defence, security and trade are expected to come up during the restricted and delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the US President to be held on the 25th of this month in New Delhi.

"On trade deal, we do hope to reach an understanding with an outcome that strikes the right balance for both sides and these are complex negotiations. We would not like to rush into a deal as the issues involved are complicated and there are many decisions which actually could affect or impact lives of millions of people on the ground. And some also with long term economic consequences so we don't want to create any artificial deadlines. Discussions are happening."

 Mr Kumar also said, the issues relating to H1B visa are likely to figure in the talks between the two leaders. Bilateral trade between India and the US has already been growing at more than 10 per cent per annum for the past two years and  the trade deficit has been declining steadily. Our Ahmedabad correspondent reports that US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad and address a public gathering.

"The Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera Ahmedabad will host the Namaste Trump Event on the first day of President Trump's India visit. It is set to be the world's largest cricket stadium with a capacity of 1.10 lakh people. The stadium is also unique for its sustainable design and has received the gold green certificate from the Indian Green Building Council. It is the first stadium to be provisionally certified gold in accordance with IGBC standards. Shantanu Pratap Singh, AIR News, Ahmedabad". 

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The Haryana government will open Atal Kisan - Mazdoor canteens in all mandis and sugar mills across the state to provide affordable and cheap meals to farmers and labourers at a concessional rate of 10 rupees per plate. This was stated by Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya during his address to the Budget Session of the State Assembly which commenced in Chandigarh yesterday. He said that 25 such canteens will be established this year.

Mr Arya said, the Haryana government will also provide free and concessional travel facility to 41 different categories of residents on ordinary buses of the Haryana Roadways. The Governor said, under a new initiative, women and girls belonging to 11 lakh BPL families will be given sanitary napkins free of cost during the year 2020-2021.

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Now moving to our series Har Kaam Desh  Ke Naam", In this series, we take a look at the programmes and policies of the government aimed at reaching out to the last mile of development and welfare of all.

The Shyama Prasad Mukherji National Rurban or Rural Urban Mission is completing four years today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the mission from Kurubhat in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh on the 21st of February 2016.  Launching the mission in 2016, the Prime Minister had asserted that the mission is intended to turn Indian villages into smart villages.

"ये जो रर्बन मिशन है ना, वहीं  स्मार्ट विलेज है। ये बात सही है बूढ़े मां-बाप गांव में रहते हैं, नौजवान शहरों में चले जाते हैं, उनको एक अच्छी जिंदगी जीनी है। जहां अच्छी शिक्षा हो अच्छे  अस्पताल हो, बिजली आती हो, इंटरनेट चलता हो, ये उसके मन में रहेगा और इसलिए वह शहर की ओर चल पड़ता है।"

Spurred by the success of Rurban clusters, NITI Aayog has proposed  a new and extended programme for over 1,000 clusters in the next three years. More from our correspondent :

"This is a unique programme, designed to deliver catalytic interventions to rural areas on the threshold of growth. Substantial part of the works identified for development in the clusters is focused on provision of basic and economic amenities. They include round the clock water supply to all households, solid and liquid waste management, adequate street lights, public transport facilities using green technologies,as well as  tourism, and skill development in the clusters. The Central government has released around 1843 crore rupees so far for this mission. Diwaker, AIR News Delhi."

Our Chennai correspondent gives detail about its performance in Tamil Nadu:

"Tamil Nadu is considered one of the most urbanised states in India. However, 51.55 per cent of the population as per the latest census are living in rural areas only. Most villages have several commonalities and such villages are formed into clusters. 98 village panchayats spanning 11 districts from Tiruvallur to Kanyakumari have been identified under the scheme for development projects in three phases. The total investment under the scheme for the state is nearly 1130 crore rupees. Economic activities based on agriculture, textiles, knitwear, horticulture and sericulture, industrial support systems and allied activities that are identified as the strengths of the selected districts have been promoted under the mission. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".  

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India is awaiting clearance from the Chinese side to evacuate its nationals from novel coronavirus-covid-19 Wuhan and deliver a consignment of medical supplies to the neighbouring country.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesman, Raveesh Kumar told the media in New Delhi that an aircraft will evacuate about 100 Indians. He said, the medcial supplies is a small way to express support to China as it continues to fight against the Novel Corona virus epidemic. Mr. Kumar said, on its return journey, the aircraft will bring the  Indian nationals who could not board the first two flights.

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The Central Government has released 19,950 crore rupees as GST compensation to states. The amount was released to states last Monday. With this release of GST compensation, the Central Government has released a total of over 1.20 lakh crore rupees towards GST compensation to the states during the current fiscal.

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Maha Shivratri is being celebrated across the country today. Devotees worship Lord Shiva, the destroyer of evil, on the occasion. In Uttar Pradesh, a large number of people are reaching Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi to offer prayers. Devotees are also taking a holy dip in the Ganges. In Allahabad, devotees are taking a holy dip at the Sangam. More from our correspondent:

"The pious city of Varanasi is witnessing  huge rush of devotees at famous Kashi Vishwanath temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of the country. Worshippers had started reaching the temple city one day before. Lakhs of devotees are gathered to perform the bathing ritual at Sangam. Mahashivratri is the last bathing  festival of month long Magh Mela at Prayagraj. MS Yadav, AIR News, Lucknow".

In Nepal, thousands of devotees have been offering prayers at the famous Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu since early morning. A report :

"All four doors of the temple are open since 3 O'clock. Amid chants of Om Namah Shivaya hundreds of Nagababa and thousands of Sadhu-Sanyasi are performing special rituals. Over one million devotees from Nepal, India and other countries are expected to offer prayers on Mahashivaratri. Pashupati Area Development Trust has made elaborate arrangements. First time, temple has been decorated with specially imported flowers. Around 200 artists from Delhi have made beautiful figures of Lord Shiva, Ganesha and Nandi. Raj Kumar, AIR News, Kathmandu.

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The Ministry of Minority Affairs has organised the Hunar Haat event at India Gate lawns in Delhi to celebrate the legacy of traditional arts and crafts. The 10-day event being held in the capital commenced on the 13th of this month and will go on till this Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Hunar Haat and met several artisans and tasted some of the regional cuisines. Our correspondent spoke to a few people who Mr Modi interacted with.

Prime Minister had tea at  Rehan Khan's stall who said that he is delighted to have this opportunity.

Mr Modi also had Bihar's special delicacy LITTI CHOKHA at  Ranjan Raj's stall who while interacting with AIR said that the number of visitors have increased manifold since  Prime Minister's visit. PM Modi interacted with several artisans and appreciated them for their artworks. Artisans from all across India have participated in the event. More than 250 stalls have been set up at India Gate lawns. Anand chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi.

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Moving on to the Nation wide campaign Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.

In Ladakh, the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan is carrying out various activities in tune with the ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ since it was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. More from our correspondent:

"District Coordinator Tajamul Ara tell us more about activities carried under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.

Through the  youth culture exchange programs, the knowledge of the culture, traditions and practices of different States & UTs being promoted to strengthen the national integration and unity. Youth are placing with the families  in rural areas of the host state. Youth of Ladakh have presented folk culture during this youth cultural exchange program in which focus were also made to provide  opportunities  to the school drop out youth in it. With Ramesh Chandra, this is Yangchan Dolma from Leh Ladakh".

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India were 117 for 5 against New Zealand in the first Test of the two match series at Wellington, a shortwhile ago. 

Earlier, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first. Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin have been named ahead of Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja in the Indian playing eleven. For New Zealand, Kyle Jamieson will make his debut.

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Newspapers Headlines


  • The second visit of the Supreme Court appointed interlocutors to the Shaheen Bagh protest site in Delhi is prominently noticed on the front pages. The Hindu writes " On second day of dialogue, Shaheen Bagh protestors propose traffic solutions".

  • On the forthcoming visit of US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump to India, the Hindustan Times writes "Melania Trump to attend 'happiness class' at a government school in Delhi".

  • RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat's address at a Sangh Samagam in Ranchi, is widely noticed in the press. The Times of India quotes Mr Bhagwat as saying "Word 'nationalism' not viewed positively these days ; Associated with Hitler, Nazism in many places".

  • Many papers take note of the call by some Congress leaders for a full time party president. The Tribune reports "Rahul sole contender for Congress chief post as Tharoor seeks poll".

  • Everyone of us uses the feature cut-copy-paste almost everyday. the Hindustan Times informs us of the passing away of scientist Lawrence Tesler. The scientist who invented cut-copy and paste.

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