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Jammu And Kashmir Government should restore the building to Kashmir Press Club in Srinagar : Syed Mushtaq


Jammu And Kashmir Government should restore the building to Kashmir Press Club in Srinagar : Syed Mushtaq

Administration must facilitate not intervene in the matters Press
Srinagar. Jammu Kashmir SAARC Journalists Fourm Executives Syed Mushtaq And Farooq Shahmeeri today said India is the largest democratic nation in the world and even if Jammu & Kashmir is being currently administered under the Lt. Governor’s rule, the democratic values enshrined in the constitution remain relevant in all circumstances.

In a statement Syed Mushtaq and Farooq Shahmeeri said the takeover of the Kashmir Press Club building and land in Srinagar is an unjustified move that the government should have desisted from in order to allow the impartial functioning of the press.

“Media is the fourth pillar of democracy as it persistently voices the issues concerning the welfare of the citizens, progress and development. SAARC Journlialists forum doesn’t subscribe to such irrational moves wherein an important press association has been dispossessed off its office overnight. We totally oppose such arbitrary actions,” they added.

Both said the administration has no stake to indulge in the internal matters of the Press Club rather it should facilitate the proper functioning of this organization.

“SJF would suggest that the administration should at once restore the previous position of the said building in favor of the Kashmir Press Club and allow them to proceed as per the norms of that organization without any uncalled for state interventions.This will ensure that the bi government is not withholding the constitutional guarantees conferred on the citizens and associations alike,” they demanded.




Tihar inmate stabbed, hospitalised


Tihar inmate stabbed, hospitalised

A prisoner was allegedly stabbed by his fellow inmates at the high-security Tihar Prison in the national capital, an official said here on Monday.

A prisoner was allegedly stabbed by his fellow inmates at the high-security Tihar Prison in the national capital, an official said here on Monday.

According to the official, the incident took place at Jail No. 3 of the prison on Saturday.

“The inmate identified as Prakash, alias Chinu, was attacked by three to four inmates of his ward with a hand-made knife,” Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goyal informed.

During the attack, the 26-year-old inmate sustained stab injuries on his thigh and back. The scuffle was stopped by the jail staff, who immediately intervened after which, the injured inmate Prakash was rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.

As per latest information, Prakash is currently under treatment at the said hospital.

Notably, the incident comes on the same day when IANS learnt that five prisoners at the Tihar Jail have died in the past eight days. Goyal has said that the deaths of the prisoners took place in different jails and “none was related to any kind of violence”.

“In all these, the circumstances indicate natural causes like old disease or other unknown reasons,” Goyal said, adding that as per rules, inquest proceedings are being conducted by Metropolitan Magistrate in each case.




NITI Aayog releases fourth edition of state health index


NITI Aayog releases fourth edition of state health index

‘Our objective through this index is to not just look at the states’ historical performance but also their incremental performance. The index encourages healthy competition and cross-learning among States and UTs,’ said CEO Amitabh Kant.

NITI Aayog today released the fourth edition of the state health index for 2019–20. The report, titled “The Healthy States, Progressive India”, ranks states and Union Territories on their year-on-year incremental performance in health outcomes as well as their overall status.

Round IV of the report focuses on measuring and highlighting the overall performance and incremental improvement of states and UTs over the period 2018–19 to 2019–20.

The report was released jointly by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, CEO Amitabh Kant, Additional Secretary Rakesh Sarwal, and World Bank Senior Health Specialist Sheena Chhabra. The report has been developed by NITI Aayog, with technical assistance from the World Bank, and in close consultation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

The state health index is the annual tool to assess the performance of states and UTs. It is a weighted composite index based on 24 indicators grouped under the domains of ‘Health Outcomes’, ‘Governance and Information’, and ‘Key Inputs/Processes’. Each domain has been assigned weights based on its importance with the higher score for outcome indicators.

To ensure comparison among similar entities, the ranking is categorised as ‘Larger States’, ‘Smaller States’ and ‘Union Territories’.

1. Among the ‘Larger States’, in terms of annual incremental performance, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Telangana are the top three ranking states.

2. Among ‘Smaller States’, Mizoram and Meghalaya registered the maximum annual incremental progress.

3. Among UTs, Delhi, followed by Jammu and Kashmir, showed the best incremental performance.

Categorization of UTs on Incremental Performance and Overall Performance

On overall ranking based on the composite index score in 2019–20, the top-ranking states were Kerala and Tamil Nadu among the ‘Larger States’, Mizoram and Tripura among the ‘Smaller States’, and DH&DD and Chandigarh among the UTs.

The Mechanism

A robust and acceptable mechanism is used for measuring performance. Data is collected online through a portal maintained by NITI on agreed indicators. The data is then validated through an independent validation agency selected through a transparent bidding process. The validated data sheets are shared with the states for verification, followed by video conferences with the states for resolving any disagreements or disputes. The final sheets thus settled are shared with the states, and after agreement, the data is finalized and used for analysis and report-writing.

‘States are beginning to take cognizance of indices such as the State Health Index and use them in their policymaking and resource allocation. This report is an example of both competitive and cooperative federalism,’ said VC Dr Rajiv Kumar.

‘Our objective through this index is to not just look at the states’ historical performance but also their incremental performance. The index encourages healthy competition and cross-learning among States and UTs,’ said CEO Amitabh Kant.

The index is being compiled and published since 2017. The reports aim to nudge states/UTs towards building robust health systems and improving service delivery.

The importance of this annual tool is reemphasized by MoHFW’s decision to link the index to incentives under National Health Mission. This has been instrumental in shifting the focus from budget spending and inputs to outputs and outcomes.




‘Probe in Nagaland killings progressing expeditiously’


‘Probe in Nagaland killings progressing expeditiously’

“We request all brothers and sisters of Nagaland to be patient and wait for the findings of the Army inquiry. We assure you that action will be taken in accordance with the law to secure justice for all…”

The Indian Army’s Eastern Command issued a Press statement where it regretted the loss of lives during the 04 December incident in Mon Dist, Nagaland.

The statement said the army regrets the loss of lives which is indeed “sad and unfortunate.’ It further said the inquiry ordered by Army is progressing expeditiously and all efforts are being made to conclude it at the earliest.

“We have taken out notices for people to come forward and assist us in the inquiry by providing any information including videos, photos or any other material from original sources and will be grateful for the same. This can be conveyed on Whatsapp Messenger at +916026930283 or Army Exchange Helpline +913742388456.”

It added that the Indian Army is also fully cooperating with the Special Investigation Team(SIT) inquiry ordered by State Govt and required details are being shared in a timely manner.

“We request all brothers and sisters of Nagaland to be patient and wait for the findings of the Army inquiry. We assure you that action will be taken in accordance with the law to secure justice for all. The people of Nagaland have always cooperated and assisted the Security Forces in maintaining peace and tranquillity over the last many decades. We share a deep bond of brotherhood, trust and friendship with you. Let us work together for a brighter & better future.”.




Derek O’Brien suspended from RS for remainder of winter session


Derek O’Brien suspended from RS for remainder of winter session

In the Chair was Sasmit Patra who condemned the act of O’Brien for throwing rule book towards the Chair which could have hit any official.

Trinamool Congress floor leader in the Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien becomes 13th MP to be suspended for the remaining part of the winter session after the resolution was moved for his suspension by MoS Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan.

In the Chair was Sasmit Patra who condemned the act of O’Brien for throwing rule book towards the Chair which could have hit any official. Patra said the conduct of the Trinamool leader has lowered the dignity of the office of the floor leader.

The incident occurred during passing of bill on electoral reforms. The government on Tuesday faced stiff resistance from opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha and the BJP alleged that Trinamool Congress member Derek O’Brien threw the rule book on Secretary General.

Leader of the house, Piyush Goyal said, “we thought that the opposition will learn some lessons but the same thing has been repeated.”

Goyal said Derek O’Brien threw the rule book and he should not have done it. Goyal also sought apology from the 12 suspended MPs.

While Bhupender Yadav raised point of order and said that the opposition has been questioning the Chair repeatedly, but rules say that the Chair’s ruling is binding on all.

After being suspended from the Rajya Sabha, O’Brien said in a tweet, “The last time I got suspended from RS was when govt was BULLDOZING #FarmLaws. We all know what happened after that. Today, I was suspended while protesting against BJP making a mockery of #Parliament and BULLDOZING #ElectionLawsBill2021. Hope this Bill too will be repealed soon.”

Earlier the Upper House had suspended 12 MPs for the entire winter session for creating a ruckus in the House during the monsoon session on August 11.

The suspended MPs are from the Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPI, CPI-M and the Shiv Sena.

The members are Syed Naseer Hussain, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, Ripun Bora and Rajmani Patel of the Congress, Priyanka Chaturvedi, Anil Desai of the Shiv Sena, Elamaram Kareem of the CPI-M, Binoy Viswam of the CPI, Dola Sen and Shanta Chhetri of the Trinamool.




JJM reaches to 8.67 cr households


JJM reaches to 8.67 cr households

Informing about the developments under the Jal Jeevan Mission, Bharat Lal, Additional Secretary & Mission Director, National Jal Jeevan Mission said, “At the start of the mission in 2019, out of 19.20 Crore rural households in the country, only 3.23 Crore (17%) had tap water supply.

The Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has achieved the target of 45.15 per cent which means (8.67 crore) of tap water supply across the country.

Informing about the developments under the Jal Jeevan Mission, Bharat Lal, Additional Secretary & Mission Director, National Jal Jeevan Mission said, “At the start of the mission in 2019, out of 19.20 Crore rural households in the country, only 3.23 Crore (17%) had tap water supply.

Despite challenges faced due to COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, over 5.44 Crore (28.31%) households have been provided with tap water supply since the launch of the mission.

Presently, 8.67 Crore (45.15%) rural households have been provided tap water supply. Goa, Telangana,
Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Puducherry and Haryana have become ‘Har Ghar Jal’ i.e., tap water supply have been provided to all rural households in these States/UTs.”

Under Jal Jeevan Mission, priority is accorded to water-scarce areas, quality-affected villages, Aspirational districts, SC/ST majority villages and Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) villages.




LOGO Wednesday, 22 December, 2021 Follow Us: INDIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT OPINION LAW LIFESTYLE DAINIK STATESMAN MORE EPAPER Home / India / NITI Aayog, AIM, UNCDF announce first AgriTech cohort under South-South innovation platform NITI Aayog, AIM, UNCDF announce first AgriTech cohort under South-South innovation platform Through this platform, cross-border collaborations among emerging markets across India, Indonesia, Malawi, Malaysia, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia would be enabled. SNS | New Delhi | December 21, 2021 8:42 pm NITI Aayog, India Innovation Index 2020, Amitabh Kant (IANS) NITI Aayog, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) today rolled out their first AgriTech challenge cohort for its ambitious innovative Agri-tech programme that aims to help smallholder farmers across Asia and Africa to address their challenges in the aftermath of the pandemic. NITI Aayog, AIM in partnership with UNCDF, Bill & M


LOGO Wednesday, 22 December, 2021 Follow Us:     INDIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT OPINION LAW LIFESTYLE DAINIK STATESMAN MORE EPAPER          Home / India / NITI Aayog, AIM, UNCDF announce first AgriTech cohort under South-South innovation platform NITI Aayog, AIM, UNCDF announce first AgriTech cohort under South-South innovation platform Through this platform, cross-border collaborations among emerging markets across India, Indonesia, Malawi, Malaysia, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia would be enabled.  SNS | New Delhi | December 21, 2021 8:42 pm       NITI Aayog, India Innovation Index 2020, Amitabh Kant (IANS)   NITI Aayog,  Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) today rolled out their first AgriTech challenge cohort for its ambitious innovative Agri-tech programme that aims to help smallholder farmers across Asia and Africa to address their challenges in the aftermath of the pandemic.  NITI Aayog, AIM in partnership with UNCDF, Bill & M

Through this platform, cross-border collaborations among emerging markets across India, Indonesia, Malawi, Malaysia, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia would be enabled.

NITI Aayog,  Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) today rolled out their first AgriTech challenge cohort for its ambitious innovative Agri-tech programme that aims to help smallholder farmers across Asia and Africa to address their challenges in the aftermath of the pandemic.

NITI Aayog, AIM in partnership with UNCDF, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Rabo Foundation launched a South-South innovation platform to enable the cross-border exchange of innovations, insights, and investments in July this year 2021.

Through this platform, cross-border collaborations among emerging markets across India, Indonesia, Malawi, Malaysia, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia would be enabled.

For its first platform AgriTech Challenge Cohort and Agri-Fintech innovators, applications were invited to facilitate their expansion to the international markets through two tracks- Main track and AIM track.

A total of 10 high-growth innovators have been selected in the Main track, out of a total of 100 applications.

The key objective of the main track applications was ‘Expansion – Support solution pilot in the chosen international market.’

Speaking during the virtual announcement of the cohort, NITI Aayog VC Rajiv Kumar, said “In India, more than 50% of the population is dependent on agriculture and it contributes to about 15-18% of the GDP. As agriculture is a sector that emotionally appeals to the masses, Indian agencies are prompted to undertake policy measures to stimulate the industry landscape. We at NITI Aayog are leaving no stone unturned to improve the agriculture sectoral landscape and we will continue till the milestones are achieved and beyond.”

The Cohort represents a diverse range of solutions across the value chain of the smallholder farmer, including soil analysis, farm management & intelligence, dairy ecosystem, carbon credits, solar-based cold storage, digital marketplace, fintech, livestock insurance, among others.




Ambassador of Nigeria to India Ahmed Sule arrange the dinner meeting at Radisson Hotel with various personalities and delegates of Nepal during his Nepal visit.


Ambassador of Nigeria to India Ahmed Sule arrange the dinner meeting at Radisson Hotel with various personalities and delegates of Nepal during his Nepal visit.

Kathmandu. Ambassador of Nigeria to India Ahmed Sule arrange the dinner meeting at Radisson Hotel with various personalities and delegates of Nepal during his Nepal visit.
Presenting his credentials to the Honorable President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari today as an resident Ambassador of Nigeria to Nepal. HE sule is concurrently accredited to Nepal.
After presentation of his credentials he had meetings with the Foreign secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nepal Bharat Raj Paudel and the Head of Asia and Africa Division Harish Chandra Ghimire.
During the meetings several areas of bilateral cooperation between the two friendly countries were discussed which includes Agriculture, oil and Cultural exchange between Nigeria and Nepal for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
"Nigeria is always looking for nice mutual relationship and cooperation with South Asian countries along with Nepal," Ambassador Sule urged during his meeting with different delegates of Nepal.
At the dinner meeting organised by His Excellency Ambassador to Nigeria to India Ahmed Sule in Nepal various nepalese diplomats, business persons, journalists were present.
After meeting President of SAARC Journalists Forum, SJF Raju Lama said that their talks were related on mutual relation and cooperation between Nigeria and Nepal.Ambassador Sule also met Ram Chandra Sanghai Vice President of Federation of Nepalese chambers of commerce and industry and discussed the issue of trade and investment between Nigeria and Nepal.
Ambassador Sule also paid courtesy visit to the Former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Member of Parliament Binod K. Chaudhary and Ambassador Mohan Krishna Shrestha.
Ambassador Sule lead a delegation here in his Nepal visit and concluded his visit meeting with various politicians, journalists, business persons and diplomats of Nepal.

 




SIT, Court of Inquiry ordered against army personnel to probe Nagaland killing


SIT, Court of Inquiry ordered against army personnel to probe Nagaland killing

Eyewitness account said at least six people were killed on the spot. The unfortunate incident could be a case of the ‘mistaken identity’ of the victims.

A Court of Inquiry has been instituted against the army personnel “involved” in the major incident in Mon district of Nagaland wherein at least 13 native Naga mineworkers were killed perhaps due to ‘mistaken identity’.

A Special Investigation Team has been set up too headed by an IGP rank officer.

The major goof-up by security forces could work as a dampener in the peace process in the state, which officials have said were at the last stage.

Nagaland Governor Jagdish in a statement said, “The SIT shall investigate the incident from all angles”.

“A Court of Inquiry has been instituted against the army personnel involved”, he said.

“In order to facilitate free and fair investigation of the case and looking at the complexity of the entire case….,” an SIT has been set up, Chief Secretary J Alam said in an order.

The probe team will be headed by IGP Limasunep Jamir and comprise of DIG Ms. M. Roopa, and three other officials Manoj Kumar, Killang Walling, and Relo Aye.

DGP T John Longkumer has ruhed to the Mon district, sources told The Statesman.

The Congress party in the state in a statement has flayed the Rio government in the state and also the BJP.

Nagaland pradesh Congress chief K Therie said: “Because BJP-alliance State Government is hand in glove with the secessionists to be in power, Government of India and Security Forces have prejudged that all Nagas are enemies of the Nation. Such prejudiced mindset only could pull the trigger”.

The massacre of 13 innocent villagers is not only highhandedness by the 27 Assam Rifles but is also a “gross mishandling” of security forces by the BJP led NDA govt at the centre and the Nagaland government, he said.

Governor Mukhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who heads the NDPP-BJP-NPF ‘opposition-less government’, have condemned the incident.

Sources said 13 dead identified included some family members as well. “There were two brothers each from two families”.

Thapwang and Langwang were sons of one Leiwang while Yeihwang and Shomwang belonged to the family of another
ill-fated villager Chemwang.

There were 12 local Konyak Nagas and also one non-Naga identified as Bubul. Nine injured persons have been admitted to a district hospital on Mon.

Eyewitness account said at least six people were killed on the spot. The unfortunate incident could be a case of the ‘mistaken identity’ of the victims.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who was in Delhi rushed back to the state on Sunday (December 5) morning. He condemned the incident and urging for ‘peace from all sections’ assured justice.

“The unfortunate incident leading to the killing of civilians at Oting, Mon is highly condemnable,” he wrote in a tweet.

“Condolences to the bereaved families and speedy recovery of those injured. High-level SIT will investigate and justice delivered as per the law of the land. Appeal for peace from all sections,” the Chief Minister wrote on the microblogging site.

Rio had met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday.

“Anguished over an unfortunate incident in Nagaland’s Opting, Mon. I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives,” Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted.

Reports say the incident happened when the Oting villagers – coal mine workers – were returning from the coal mining area on their way to their village from Tiru by pick-up truck when the assault took place.

The situation in the area has been described as grievously tense as there are reports of civilians setting ablaze vehicles belonging to Assam Rifles.




Two LeT terrorists arrested in Shopian


Two LeT terrorists arrested in Shopian

A Chinese pistol, two Chinese hand grenades, and ammunition were recovered from them. Cash amounting Rs. 2.9 lakh was also recovered from their possession.

Police along with security forces on Sunday arrested two active terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in south Kashmir’s Shopian.

A Chinese pistol, two Chinese hand grenades, and ammunition were recovered from them. Cash amounting Rs. 2.9 lakh was also recovered from their possession.

Acting on specific input regarding the presence of an active terrorist Shahid Ahmad Gaine resident of Doomwani Keegam of proscribed terror outfit LeT and his close associate at village Doomwani near Rambi Ara.

Police along with Army’s 44RR and 14Bn CRPF launched a joint cordon and search operation in the area. When joint parties of Police and SFs approached the suspected spot, the two suspects tried to flee from the spot.

However, the duo was arrested tactfully by the joint search parties. The other arrested terrorist has been identified as Kifayat Ayoub Alie resident of Pinjoora Shopian.




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