Monthly Archive: February 2019

AYUSH Minister to lay foundation stone for National Institute of Unani Medicine at Ghaziabad Tomorrow

AYUSH Minister to lay foundation stone for National Institute of Unani Medicine at Ghaziabad Tomorrow

Union Minister of State (IC) for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik will lay foundation stone for National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM) at Ghaziabad   tomorrow in the august presence of General V. K. Singh, Union Minister of State for External Affairs.

The NIUM, Ghaziabad, an extension of the existing NIUM, Banglore, would be developed in 10 acres with an approximate cost of Rs. 300.00 crore. Once established, the NIUM, Ghaziabad, with a 200 bedded hospital, would be one of the largest institutes of Unani Medicine in Northern India. Besides providing healthcare services, the NIUM would have facilities for quality research and education at postgraduate and PhD levels. The land for the establishment of the NIUM, Ghaziabad has been provided by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.

Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Shri Anil Agrawal, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Shri Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, State Minister (IC) for AYUSH, Government of Uttar Pradesh Shri Dharam Singh Saini, , MLA Sahibabad Shri Sunil Kumar Sharma, MLA, Murad Nagar, Shri Ajit Pal Tyagi, MLA, Loni Shri Nandkishor, MLA, Modi Nagar Smt. Manju Shiwach, and Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha will also present on this occasion.

 

Shri Nitin Gadkari to lay foundation stone for six-lane NH project to connect Ring Road – DND Junction with Delhi-Mumbai Expressway

The project will reduce traffic congestion in Ashram-Badarpur-Faridabad-Ballabhgarh region

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for a six-lane access-controlled NH project at Kalindi Kunj-Meethapur Road in Delhi tomorrow. The over 59 km long highway will start at Ring Road-DND junction and will pass through Kalindi bypass and Faridabad-Ballabhgarh bypass, and will finish at the interchange of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway at KMP. The cost of this project is estimated at Rs 3580 crore.

The project will have 3+3 lane service roads on either sides for about 29 km, 7.350 km of elevated section with two level crossings at four locations of Metro line, 18 new underpasses, and nine interchanges with improved junctions. The project will decongest Delhi with reduction of traffic congestion in Ashram-Badarpur-Faridabad-Ballabhgarh region. This is expected to result in reduction of vehicular pollution.

This project would be in addition to the nine other progects being implemented for decongesting NCR Delhi. These include the 3 km signal free corridor from Dhaula – Kuan to Airport at a cost of Rs 280 Crore, which is about 40 % completed; the 22 km, 6-lane elevated corridor on Gurugram-Sohna Road costing Rs 2000 Crore on which work has started; 8-lane Delhi-Panipat highway from Mukarba Chowk to Panipat on NH-1 being constructed at a cost of Rs 2300 and nearly 48 % done; the 29 km, 8 lane access controlled Dwarka Expressway costing about Rs 9500 crore on which work has started; package II, III and IV of Delhi-Meerut Expressway costing Rs 5900 Crore, where package II is  36 % done, package III in 76% done and package IV is 32    % done; 4 laning of 124 km Khekra – EPE junction to Shamli-Saharanpur (NH-709 B) at a cost of about Rs 1200 Crore; Rangpuri Bypass to connect Dwarka/NH-08 with Vasant Kunj-Nelson Mandela Road at a cost of Rs 1000 Crore, which is in DPR stage; 75 km Urban Extension Road (UER-2) third Ring Road for Delhi under Bharatmala to be developed at a cost of Rs 4000 Crore which is in DPR stage and the 31.3 km, 6-lane access controlled corridor from Akshardham NH24 Junction to EPE Junction on Baghpat Road at a cost of about Rs2600 Crore.

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Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare releases 2nd Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2018-19

Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare releases 2nd Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2018-19

The 2nd Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2018-19 have been released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare on 28th February, 2019. The cumulative rainfall in the country during the monsoon season (June to September, 2018) has been 9% lower than Long Period Average (LPA). The cumulative rainfall in North West India, Central India and South Peninsula during the aforesaid period has been overall normal. Most of the major crops producing states have witnessed normal monsoon rainfall. Accordingly, the production of most of the crops for the agricultural year 2018-19 has been estimated higher than their normal production. These estimates are subject to revision on account of more precise information flowing over time.

 

2.         As per 2nd Advance Estimates, the estimated production of major crops during 2018-19 is as under:

  • Foodgrains  –  281.37 million tonnes.
    • Rice  –  115.60  million tonnes. (record)
    • Nutri / Coarse Cereals – 42.64 million tonnes.
    • Maize  –  27.80 million tonnes.
    • Pulses  –  24.02 million tonnes.
    • Tur  –  3.68 million tonnes.
    • Gram – 10.32 million tonnes.
  • Oilseeds  –  31.50 million tonnes.
        • Soyabean  –  13.69 million tonnes
        • Rapeseed and Mustard  –  8.40 million tonnes
        • Groundnut  –  6.97 million tonnes
  • Cotton  –  30.09 million bales (of 170 kg each)
  • Jute  & Mesta -10.07 million bales (of 180 kg each)
  • Sugarcane – 380.83 million tonnes

 

3.         As per Second Advance Estimates for 2018-19, total Foodgrain production in the country is estimated at 281.37 million tonnes which is higher by 3.89 million tonnes than the production of foodgrain of 277.49 million tonnes in 2nd Advance Estimates of 2017-18. Further, the production during 2018-19 is higher by 15.63 million tonnes than the previous five years’ (2013-14 to 2017-18) average production of foodgrain.

 

4.         Total production of Rice during 2018-19 is estimated at record 115.60 million tonnes. Production of rice has increased by 4.59 million tonnes than the production of 111.01 million tonnes in 2nd Advance Estimates of 2017-18. It is also higher by 7.80 million tonnes than the five years’ average production of 107.80 million tonnes.

 

5.         Production of Wheat, estimated at 99.12 million tonnes, is higher by 2.01 million tonnes as compared to wheat production of 97.11 million tonnes in 2nd Advance Estimates of 2017-18. Further, the production of wheat during 2018-19 is higher by 4.51 million tonnes than the average wheat production of 94.61 million tonnes.

 

6.         Production of Nutri / Coarse Cereals estimated at 42.64 million tonnes is lower by 2.78 million tonnes than the production of 45.42 million tonnes in 2nd Advance Estimates of 2017-18. Further, it is also lower by 0.45 million tonnes than the average production.

 

7.         Total Pulses production during 2018-19 is estimated at 24.02 million tonnes which is marginally higher by 0.08 million tonnes than the previous year’s 2nd Advance Estimates of 23.95 million tonnes.  However, the production of pulses during 2018-19 is higher by 3.77 million tones than the five years’ average production of 20.26 million tonnes.

 

8.         Total Oilseeds production in the country during 2018-19 is estimated at 31.50 million tonnes which is higher by 1.62 million tonnes than the production of 29.88 million tonnes in 2nd Advance Estimates of 2017-18. Further, the production of oilseeds during 2018-19 is higher by 1.85 million tonnes than the average oilseeds production.

 

9.         With an increase by 27.61 million tonnes over 2017-18 (as per 2nd Advance Estimates), total production of Sugarcane in the country during 2018-19 is estimated at 380.83 million tonnes. Further, the production of sugarcane during 2018-19 is higher by 31.05 million tonnes than the average sugarcane production of 349.78 million tonnes.

 

10.       Production of Cotton estimated at 30.09 million bales (of 170 kg each) is lower than the production of 33.92 million bales in 2nd Advance Estimates of 2017-18.  Production of Jute & Mesta is estimated at 10.07 million bales (of 180 kg each).

 

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Agreement for Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) between India and Japan and provides for India to access 75 billion in US dollars.

Agreement for Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) between India and Japan and provides for India to access 75 billion in US dollars.

Reserve Bank of India and Bank of Japan have completed signing of the Agreement for Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) between India and Japan. It may be recalled that the BSA was negotiated between India and Japan during the visit of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Tokyo on 29.10.2018. This BSA provides for India to access 75 billion in US dollars whereas the earlier BSA had provided for US $50 billion. The BSA was approved by the Union Cabinet on 10.01.2019.

The agreement for the BSA has become effective from today i.e. 28.02.2019. India can access the agreed amount of USD 75 billion for its domestic currency, for the purpose of maintaining an appropriate level of balance of payments or short-term liquidity.  A part of the BSA can be accessed at the discretion of India. India has comfortable level of foreign exchange reserves presently. The BSA provides India flexibility to use these reserves if at any point of time, in its judgment, there is need to use the resources available under BSA.

Government of India welcomes BSA effectiveness and expresses its gratitude to Japan for agreeing to enter into this arrangement. This is in the spirit of strong partnership and carries out its strategic partnership further. This financial cooperation would further enhance the strong economic ties between India and Japan.

 

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Delhi High Court directs AJL to vacate Herald House

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the National Herald Newspaper’s Associated Journal Ltd (AJL) to vacate the Herald House in Central Delhi.
The court gave the orders in the National Herald case, after hearing the appeal of AJL in which the order of the Single Bench of Delhi High Court was challenged.
In this matter, the BJP Leader Subramanian Swamy had filed a case against the then Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi along with others — Oscar Fernandez, Motilal Vora and Sam Pitroda allegedly to have involved in massive ‘cheating and breach of trust’ in the acquisition of AJL by Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YIL) as assets worth crores of rupees had been allegedly transferred for purposes other than originally intended. AJL publisher of the National Herald Newspaper had filed a plea before Delhi High Court and challenged the October 30 order of the Urban Development Ministry which asked to vacate the premises in the Press Enclave at ITO by November 15 on grounds of violation of lease clauses.
The Counsel who was representing the Land and Development Office submitted before the court that it’s a malicious prosecution and impugned order vitiated by malafides and ulterior political motives.
Delhi High Court, after hearing arguments in National Herald Case on November, 22, had reserved its order in the land lease matter of AJL publisher of the National Herald Newspaper.
After that Delhi High Court Justice Sunil Gaur passed an order on December 21 by directing the publisher of the Congress linked National Herald Newspaper to vacate the Headquarters in Central Delhi, ITO Area within two weeks.
Delhi High Court Bench headed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice VK Rao on Thursday passed an order to dismissed the appeal of AJL in which the order of the Single Bench of Delhi High Court was challenged and directed it to vacate the Herald House in Central Delhi.

Pakistan suspends Samjhauta Express train service

Pakistani authorities have suspended the Samjhauta Express train service between Pakistan and India until further notice, a media report said Thursday, amidst tense bilateral ties in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. The train departs on Monday and Thursday from Lahore.

The Samjhauta Express train service between Pakistan and India has been suspended until further notice, DawnNewsTV reported on Thursday citing railway authorities. The biweekly train was scheduled to depart from Lahore with 16 passengers. It embarked on its journey from Karachi but the passengers are stuck at Lahore railway station, the report said. The Samjhauta Express, named after the Hindi word for “agreement”, comprises six sleeper coaches and an AC 3-tier coach. The train service was started on July 22, 1976 under the Shimla Agreement that settled the 1971 war between the two nations.

In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack by the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), tensions have escalated between India and Pakistan. India carried out air strikes against the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In the operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for suicide attacks were eliminated. The facility at Balakot was headed by Yousuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of the JeM chief. At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and many injured on February 14 in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a JeM suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.

Meeting of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat with delegates from panchayat members and ex-servicemen from #JammuAndKashmir scheduled for today has been cancelled.

Meeting of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat with delegates from panchayat members and ex-servicemen from scheduled for today has been cancelled.