(d) Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has
said the government is making all out efforts to completely eradicate HIV
AIDS in the country before 2030.
(d) He said, India has successfully eliminated polio well before
the target eight years-ago. The Minister was speaking at a function to observe
the World HIV AIDS day in New Delhi today. He also said, attempts should be made
to make the country free from TB before 2025.
(d) He said, 18 ministries are working for the elimination of
various diseases. Stating that voluntary blood donation is the best tribute to
humanity, the Minister asked the people to donate blood saying that regular
blood donation can prevent heart diseases. 'Communities make the difference' is
the theme of this year's World HIV AIDS day.
(d) As per the latest estimate of 2017, there are around 21 lakh
40 thousand people living with HIV in the country. The government is
implementing National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) as a hundred per cent
Central Sector Scheme for prevention and control of AIDS.
(d) NACP response to HIV epidemic comprise a comprehensive
three-pronged strategy of prevention, testing and treatment.The Government has
also developed a seven-year National Strategic Plan from 2017 to 2024 to achieve
the Sustainable Development Goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by
(d) Minister of State for Home Affairs NityanandaRai today
said the Government is committed to equipping the forces with the latest
equipment and technology. He was addressing the 55th Raising Day event of
the force at a BSF camp in New Delhi today.
(d) Mr.Rai said that citizens of India feel safe because of the
BSF jawans' promptness on the world's most sensitive international borders. He
further said that efforts are being made to infiltrate and smuggle, by the
country's enemies, but BSF jawans are thwarting the attempts with their
(d) Speaking at the function, BSF, Director General, V K Johri,
said the BSF is working on technological solutions to combat the threat of
drones along the India-Pakistan International Border.
(d) Mr.Johari also said that force has expanded its strategic
capabilities by using new technology and intelligence to guard the over 6,386 km
long borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
(d) He said, the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and the
International Border along Punjab have become operationally sensitive in recent
times. He added that anti-India forces are continuously trying to infiltrate
across the border, and the BSF is at all times to thwart these bids.
(d) AIR correspondent reports that the BSF is primarily tasked
with guarding the India and Pakistan borders, apart from rendering a variety of
roles in internal security.
(d) The Centre is formulating a scheme to find a permanent
solution to the practice stubble burning by farmers and has constituted a
committee to come out with a report on the matter in a month or two,
Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare ParshottamRupala said
(d) The MoS said that the new committee will come out with a new
scheme within one or two months.He said in some states farmers burn stubble for
sowing the next crop and the government is planning to educate them about
diversification of crops.
(d) Besides, the government has given machines worth Rs 1,151
crore to farmers for managing stubble besides creating awareness.A total of
55,000 machines were provided to three states, he said, and added that Delhi is
not managing it well.
(d) The Minister said that paddy stubble burning is mainly
practised in the Indo-Gangetic plains in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to
clear the fields for rabi crop sowing.
(d) Apart from the loss of nutrients, some soil nutrients, some
soil properties like soil temperature, pH, moisture, available phosphorus and
soil organic matter, which also govern microbial population of soil, are greatly
affected due to stubble burning, he said.
(d) Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman on Saturday said
about 12 global companies have evinced interest to shift their base from
China to India, taking advantage of competitive tax rate of 15 per cent
(d) In a biggest reduction in 28 years, the government in
September reduced corporate tax rate by almost 10 percentage points in a bid to
give a boost to sagging economy.
(d) Base corporate tax for existing companies has been reduced
to 22 per cent from 30 per cent, and for new manufacturing firms incorporated
after October 1, 2019 and starting operation before March 31, 2023, it was
slashed to 15 per cent from 25 per cent.
(d) The finance ministry in September set up a task force headed
by Economic Affairs Secretary to prepare a road map for the "national
infrastructure pipeline" from 2019-20 to 2024-25 under aRs 100 lakh crore infra
plan. The task force expected to cover greenfield and brownfield projects
costing above Rs 100 crore each.
(d) As regards the rationalisation of the taxation, she said,
"We are having a good conversation with all the states and want to make sure
that those essential items may be put to the lowest if not exempt, but for the
rest of them, we are trying to rationalize".