Hot bed of terrorism Pulwama now on path of development


Hot bed of terrorism Pulwama now on path of development

Principal Secretary underscored that the UT government is putting sustained efforts to remove difficulties and make social security and welfare schemes easily accessible to all eligible citizens.

Principal Secretary, Power Development Department, & Information Department, Rohit Kansal on Sunday visited Pulwama to review the overall developmental scenario in the district.

He took first-hand appraisal of all central and UT government developmental and social security schemes, assessing the performance of different departments besides taking stock of winter preparedness of the district administration
Principal Secretary, who is also Secretary In-charge District Pulwama, also assessed the sector-wise performance of all departments.

Principal Secretary underscored that the UT government is putting sustained efforts to remove difficulties and make social security and welfare schemes easily accessible to all eligible citizens. He exhorted upon officials to undertake regular public outreach activities for ensuring 100% saturation of all the beneficiary-oriented schemes and prompt redressal of public grievances.

Reviewing the District Capex plan and other important infrastructure projects in the district, Principal Secretary passed instructions to Deputy Commissioner to monitor all Infrastructure Projects periodically and ensure their completion within stipulated timelines. Enquiring about the status of Power Augmentation works being done in the district, he asked the concerned to submit regular reports on the stages of project completion. He directed the power development department to disconnect the line of top defaulters who have not paid electricity charges and to carry out more inspections during the late hours for power theft.

Explicit instructions were issued to the Power Department functionaries to restore the power supply during upcoming winters. “Adopt advance planning and Optimum resource allocation to ensure minimum hassle to common citizens”, He said.

While addressing officers he said that Pulwama is on the trajectory of development and prosperity and can be made a developmental model if officers and other stakeholders remain proactive and positive.

He emphasized on officers work in unison and also directed them to identify bottlenecks and impediments in ongoing projects so that projects are accomplished in a time-bound manner.

He asserted that the lackadaisical approach of any Government officer can’t be afforded and officers should be at the forefront in making public services accessible.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Baseer Ul Haq Choudhary through a PowerPoint presentation gave a detailed overview of the developmental activities and scheme-wise achievements under District Capex Budget, Languishing Projects, JJM, Back to Village, PWD, Power, PHE, Social welfare, and other sectors.




President Kovind calls for use of natural products


President Kovind calls for use of natural products

The harmonious association of humans with nature was the goal of Ayurveda and Yoga. ”And for this harmony, it is necessary that all of us adopt a lifestyle according to nature and do not violate the natural laws. Use of natural products would be beneficial for all,” he said addressing the first convocation of the University of Patanjali in Haridwar.

President Ram Nath Kovind today called upon the people to use natural products and adopt a lifestyle according to nature.

The harmonious association of humans with nature was the goal of Ayurveda and Yoga. ”And for this harmony, it is necessary that all of us adopt a lifestyle according to nature and do not violate the natural laws. Use of natural products would be beneficial for all,” he said addressing the first convocation of the University of Patanjali in Haridwar.

The President observed that modern medical science has made amazing progress in the field of treatment with the help of many tools. However, Ayurveda and Yoga-science have deeply contemplated and researched the best tool developed by the universe i.e. the human body. And through the body itself, it has developed effective ways of treatment.

Kovind hailed the contribution made by Swami Ramdev in popularising yoga. He said Swami Ramdev has benefited countless common people by associating them with yoga practices.

He noted that some people have a misconception that yoga was associated with a particular sect or religion but it was not like that at all. In a true sense, yoga was a method of keeping the body and mind healthy. ”That is why yoga has been adopted by people from all walks of life and ideology across the world.”

He recalled that he had celebrated International Yoga Day along with his Surinamese counterpart in 2018 during his state visit to Suriname. He also recalled that the founder of the Arab Yoga Foundation, Ms Nouf Marwaai had been conferred with Padma Shri in 2018 for her contribution in the field of yoga. He said that according to his belief yoga was for everyone, yoga was for everyone.

The President said that the University of Patanjali was preparing the future generation for nation-building by giving them education based on the idea of indigenous entrepreneurship and employment generation.

He noted that the University of Patanjali was marching on the path set by the National Education Policy to make India a ‘Knowledge Super Power’ by combining relevant traditional knowledge with modern science. He said that efforts made by this university would help Indian knowledge-science, especially Ayurveda and Yoga to attain a prime place on the world stage in a modern perspective.

The President was happy to note that the University of Patanjali has established a special cell for international students. He said that through this initiative the Indian values and knowledge tradition could be spread across the world. And this would be a special contribution of this university in the rise of New India of the 21st century.




Delhi govt to move resolution on repealing farm laws


Delhi govt to move resolution on repealing farm laws

The Delhi government will demand compensation for the families of over 700 farmers who lost their lives during the protests and a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops, according to an official source.

In a special session of the Delhi Assembly on Friday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is likely to move a resolution to repeal the Centre’s three farm laws.

Along with that, the Delhi government will demand compensation for the families of over 700 farmers who lost their lives during the protests and a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops, according to an official source.

Besides, the state government will also demand the withdrawal of cases registered against the protesting farmers in the past one year.

It will seek the removal as well as the arrest of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra in connection with the October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

The resolution will be moved by Delhi Development Minister Gopal Rai.

In a bulletin issued on Monday, the Delhi government had said that the sessions of the Legislative Assembly will commence on Friday at 11 a.m.

The Assembly has asked MLAs to follow all Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.




Amit Shah addresses Annual Session and AGM of ICC through video conferencing


Amit Shah addresses Annual Session and AGM of ICC through video conferencing

The Union Home Minister said that Manipur’s blockade has been ended, an agreement has been made with NLFT and they have laid down their arms.

Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah today addressed the Annual Session and AGM of the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) through video conferencing and said the development of Eastern India cannot be imagined without the development of the North East.

In his address focused on “India@75 — Empowering North-East India,” Shah said that after Independence, there was development in Western and Southern India, but Eastern India had lagged behind.

“Prime Minister had said that when we come to power, we will focus on the development of Eastern India and make it a contributor to the development of the country by bringing it at par with the development of the rest of India, and I am happy to say that in the past seven years, the Eastern Winds of change can be seen in the area,” Shah said.

He said the North East is a very important region of the country and unless it is connected with the rest of India in every aspect, there will be no sense of unity and the development of the North East. Since the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014, the development of the North East has been taken up in a phased manner.

The Home Minister said that after 2014 and 2019, peace was restored in the North East. In the first term, by entering into a land boundary agreement with Bangladesh, the biggest drawback is going to the East was resolved.

He said the Modi government has declared the Ministry of Home Affairs as an “Appropriate Government” to facilitate land acquisition for border projects. He said that there was a time when agitations and disputes were everyday affairs in the North East.

The Prime Minister has set a narrative that cooperation and hard work are required for development, not agitation or controversy. The Union Home Minister said that Manipur’s blockade has been ended, an agreement has been made with NLFT and they have laid down their arms. The 40-year-old problem of Bru refugees was also resolved and now they are being resettled. Many other agreements were signed.

Shah said that in these seven years there was a paradigm shift in enhancing the infrastructure of the North East and before 2024 all capitals of the North East will be connected with airports. Seven out of eight states of North East will be connected by rail.

Work has been done to build many national highways. 32 roads of the National Highway have been constructed at a cost of Rs. 12,000 crore. For the all-round development of the North East, from 2014 to 2021, Rs 2,65,513 crore was spent on infrastructure.

The 15th Finance Commission increased the expenditure of the North East by 251 percent as compared to the 14th Finance Commission. “The infrastructure, peace, political stability of the Northeast creates an environment in which you can trust and invest. In the year 2021-22, the budget of the North East is Rs 63,000 crore and the Modi government has doubled this budget in seven years,” he said.




Pictures recall horror of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks


Pictures recall horror of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks

There is less than a week until the nation will observe the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 terrorist attacks of Mumbai, which for three days, crippled the nation’s commercial capital in 2008.

There is less than a week until the nation will observe the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 terrorist attacks of Mumbai, which for three days, crippled the nation’s commercial capital in 2008.

The following pictures have recalled the horror of the attacks that have claimed more than 160 innocent lives.

The pictures take us through the locations of the horrifying, inhumane attacks. The locations are the following– Taj Mahal Palace & Hotel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Trident Nariman Point, Leopold Cafe, Nariman House (better known as the Jewish Chabad House), and Cama Hospital. Explosions also rocked the Mazagon docks and took place in a taxi at Vile Parle.

The three days were marked by the heroism of the NSG commandos, who evacuated 300 people from Taj, 250 from the Trident, and 60 people (members of 12 different families) from Nariman House. Also showing exemplary courage were men of the Mumbai Police, such as Assistant Sub-Inspector Tukaram Omble, who captured one of the monsters alive with his bare hands.

The nation too mourned the loss of Joint Commissioner of Police, Hemant Karkare, Chief of Mumbai’s Anti-Terrorism Squad, Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte,

Senior Inspector Vijay Salaskar, Senior Inspector Shashank Shinde, and the NSG commandos, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and Hawaldar Gajender Singh Bisht. Three railway officials were also sacrificed at the CST.

(With inputs from IANS)




EXHICON acquires Creative Focus


EXHICON acquires Creative Focus
EXHICON acquires Creative Focus
 
In a strategic move, Exhicon Thailand Company Limited has acquired Creative Focus Interior Design Company (CFID) for an undisclosed sum.
Set up a decade ago in India, Creative Focus has been offering unique blend of communications through Exhibition, Retail & Commercial designs and interiors for a diverse customer base. Some of the major clients of Creative Focus includes IFB, UNV, Hik Vision, Parx, WB, Madura Textiles, Palram, Lee Cooper, Color Plus, Duratuff to name a few. The deal also includes taking over of production units in New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai.
 
M Q Syed, Managing Director, Exhicon Group said, “Creative Focus accompanies a group of enthusiastic, capable, and inventive individuals with proven track record in Exhibition, Commercial and Retail interiors with in-house production units in Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru. We welcome them to the growing portfolios of EXHICON Group and hope to help the Creative Focus brand grow the business beyond India in the Exhibitions, Retail and Commercial Interiors space”.
 
Pornprapa Chokpornchai, Director, Exhicon Thailand said “We welcome them to the EXHICON Group and hope to help the Creative Focus brand grow the business beyond India across Exhibitions, Retail and Commercial Interiors”.
Chokpornchai further said “The Exhibition and Retail Interior business and its offerings are at an inflection point of massive explosion in the post COVID world and this takeover will help Creative Focus to synergize and grow with other verticals of EXHICON.
U. Nadkar, the founder of Creative Focus said “We are extremely excited to be part of EXHICON Group as it gives us immense opportunity to explore exponential growth into the Exhibition & retail sectors”.
Padma Mishra, Group Director Exhicon expressed “With our experience of building and nurturing small companies & brands to the next level, we will work on strengthening Creative Focus’ capabilities and market engagement beyond India, Thailand, UAE & Hong Kong.
Write to Diya Mali

 




True statesmanship : Tripura HC CJ on PM’s repeal of farm laws


True statesmanship : Tripura HC CJ on PM’s repeal of farm laws

He said that a person who is in a position of authority should be prepared to take both praise and criticism since it is the consequence of holding a public office.

The Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court today termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to repeal the three farm laws a sign of “true statesmanship”.

During the hearing of a case unrelated to the farm laws, Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty said that though he is not praising Mr Modi, the latter’s decision to repeal the farm laws was “true statesmanship” and questioned whether anyone has ever heard a PM apologize.

He said that a person who is in a position of authority should be prepared to take both praise and criticism since it is the consequence of holding a public office.

“If you are in authority you have to take it both, that is the consequence of holding this chair. We have to be open to criticism and adverse comments. We cannot say that we will not accept criticism, we are holding a public office.”

Today, after almost a year-long tussle between the Modi government and the farmers of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the PM announced that the three farm laws will be repealed by his government.

PM Modi assured the farmers that the decision will see its implementation in the Parliament session that would kick off at the end of this month. All three laws will be repealed with due process, he assured.

The three laws are- Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance & Farm Services Act 2020, Farmers Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act and Amendment to Essential Commodities Act.




MSME minister launches special credit linked capital subsidy scheme for services sector


MSME minister launches special credit linked capital subsidy scheme for services sector

The scheme will help in meeting the technology-related requirements of enterprises in the services sector and has a provision of 25 per cent capital subsidy for procurement of plant & machinery and service equipment through institutional credit to the SC-ST MSEs without any sector specific restrictions on technology upgradation.

Union Minister for MSME Narayan Rane on Friday launched the Special Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (SCLCSS) for the services sector on the second day of the MSME North East Conclave.

On the occasion, senior officers of the Ministry of MSME at Guwahati were also present.  The scheme will help in meeting the technology-related requirements of enterprises in the services sector and has a provision of 25 per cent capital subsidy for procurement of plant & machinery and service equipment through institutional credit to the SC-ST MSEs without any sector-specific restrictions on technology upgradation

Minister also felicitated SC/ST entrepreneurs of the North-eastern region and urged the youth to take up entrepreneurship to become job givers rather than job seekers. Shri Rane assured the youth that no stone will be left unturned by the Ministry of MSME in their journey to become successful entrepreneurs.

He emphasised that inclusive growth of the MSME sector is complete only with the contribution from North-East. He stated that favourable policies of the government of India and different schemes/programmes implemented by the Ministry of MSME, especially for marginalised sections of the society, are helping the region to realize its full potential.

The Minister also awarded certificates to the successful trainees of the NSIC training centre, Guwahati and visited the stalls of SC-ST entrepreneurs at the exhibition centre supported by the Ministry of MSME. He stated that such activities provide an opportunity to MSME entrepreneurs, especially women and SC/ST entrepreneurs to showcase their skills/products and create new opportunities for growth and attain self-reliance.




Amid crisis in Punjab Congress, Chhattisgarh MLAs reach Delhi


Amid crisis in Punjab Congress, Chhattisgarh MLAs reach Delhi

About a dozen MLAs reached Delhi on Wednesday to show solidarity with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel ahead of the visit of Rahul Gandhi to the state.

Amid the crisis in Punjab, several Congress MLAs from Chhattisgarh have reached Delhi to meet the party in charge P.L. Punia, and seek an appointment with Rahul Gandhi.

About a dozen MLAs reached Delhi on Wednesday to show solidarity with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel ahead of the visit of Rahul Gandhi to the state. The MLAs were saying that they have come to request Rahul Gandhi to visit their constituencies.

Brihaspati Singh, one of the loyalists of Baghel, said there is no need for leadership change in the state as all the MLAs are with the Chief Minister.

The rallying of MLAs comes amid talks of the rotational chief minister in Chhattisgarh, as the visit of Rahul Gandhi will decide the future of Congress politics in the state. As of now, there is suspense in both the camps — one led by Chief Minister Baghel and the other led by state Health Minister T.S. Singhdeo.

Mohan Markam, the state Congress President had said the party was busy in the preparation of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Sarguja and Bastar, both tribal belts, and Sarguja is also the stronghold of T.S. Singhdeo. Markam had said he was head of the organization in the state and does not belong to any camp.

However, the dates of the visit of the former Congress President have been not finalized yet, but he may go on the onset of the second week of October and get a sense of state politics.

While Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is on overdrive on the issue of development. He has been highlighting the people-friendly policies of the government.

The supporters of Singhdeo have been pushing for a change of guard since incumbent Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel completed 2.5 years in office. Suspense still looms on the issue of the rotational chief minister as there is no clarity from the top leadership of the party.




Unemployment, Covid top most worries for urban Indians: Survey


Unemployment, Covid top most worries for urban Indians: Survey

Compared to the previous month, coronavirus has declined by 5 percent in worry levels, unemployment has increased in worry levels by 2 percent.

According to the Ipsos ‘What Worries the World’ global monthly survey, unemployment (42 percent) and coronavirus (42 percent) have emerged as the biggest worries of Urban Indians — both tied at the top spot.

Compared to the previous month, coronavirus has declined by 5 percent in worry levels, unemployment has increased in worry levels by 2 percent.

According to the survey, urban Indians are most worried about unemployment (42 percent), coronavirus (42 percent), financial/ political corruption (28 percent), crime and violence (25 percent), poverty and social inequality (24 percent), and education (21 percent).

Elaborating on the findings, Amit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos India said, “We see an uptick in worry levels for unemployment by 2 percent, while worry levels for Covid-19 have seen a slight dip of 5 percent — but now both are placed neck to neck — Covid impacted the job market considerably due to the shutdown and restrictions — now with the cautious reopening, worry levels around jobs have not abated — demand far outstrips supply — and those who have lost their jobs, many are still struggling to gain a foothold. Covid-19 too is far from over. It is a case of cause and effect.”

The survey showed that global citizens worry about coronavirus (36 percent), unemployment (31 percent), poverty and social inequality (31 percent), financial and political corruption (27 percent), and crime and violence (26 percent).

India is the 2nd most optimistic market with at least 65 percent of urban Indians believing the country is moving in the right direction. Saudi Arabia retains its title as the most optimistic market, with at least 90 percent of citizens believing their country is moving in the right direction.

Global citizens on the contrary continue to remain pessimistic with at least 65 percent believing their country is on the wrong track. The gloomiest markets that felt their country was on the wrong track were Columbia (89 percent), South Africa (85 percent), and Peru (81 percent).

Ipsos’ What Worries the World survey is conducted in 28 countries around the world. It is based on 20,012 interviews conducted between August 20 and September 3, 2021, among adults aged 18-74 in the US, South Africa, Turkey, Israel, and Canada and age 16-74 in all other countries. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.




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