Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has stressed on the need to
revisit our education policy with emphasis on skilling with schooling.
Speaking after inaugurating the vocational training institute at
Hubballi in Karnataka today, he said education is not just meant for getting
degree but must enlighten and empower the person. He recalled the importance of
craft, gardening, NCC, NSS, Moral Science and history as part of moulding the
On the importance of Skill India programme, he added, that
demographic dividend can be reaped only by skilled manpower. He said 87 lakh
youth have benefitted by KaushalVikasyojana.
He called upon private voluntary organisations to come forward
to train youth in advanced skills and asked industries to join hands with the
Universities. He said that the mindset that the Government will do everything
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Parliamentary
affairs, Prahlad Joshi said 24 percent of youth in China, 80 percent in Japan
and 96 percent in South Korea are skilled and same must be replicated in India.
As the debate surrounding the review of open-ended
procurement policy has started gaining momentum, following a recommendation
by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Price (CACP) to the Centre
government, several farmers and farmers’ bodies in Punjab and Haryana have
hinted that any move to stop or limit it would be opposed and resisted.
Agri-experts also believe that the current open-ended
procurement policy is in the best interest of the country and farmers and any
deviation could have negative impact on farmers.
Expressing similar sentiments Sarvan Singh Pandher, general
secretary of the Punjab unit of KisanMazdoorSangarshSmiti, said “farmers in
Punjab and Haryana are managing to survive only because wheat and paddy here are
purchased at the MSP, if this process is stopped or even limited it would be
nothing short of signing their death warrant.”
“Government should be ready to face agitation if the open ended
procurement policy is changed in a manner, which is detrimental to farmers
interest,” Mr.Pandher said.
Noted economist at Ludhiana-based Punjab Agricultural
University, Prof. M.S. Sidhu, firmly believes that the current open ended
procurement policy should continue in it’s current form.
“The present policy is in the best interest of the country.
Wheat and rice are basic food items.The present policy should continue in the
interest of Punjab as well as the country,” said Mr.Sidhu.
Union Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman on Sunday scotched
fears that provisions introduced in the Budget would bring Indian workers’
income in zero tax jurisdictions, like the UAE, into the Indian tax net.
The Finance Bill has proposed three major changes to prevent tax
abuse by citizens who don’t pay taxes anywhere in the world — reducing the
number of days that an Indian citizen can be granted non-resident status for tax
purposes from 182 to 120; citizens who don’t pay taxes anywhere will be deemed
to be a resident; and the definition of ‘not ordinarily resident’ has been
“Let’s say an NRI, living in Dubai or elsewhere, is not taxed
for his income there, but has some earnings through something in India for which
he doesn't pay tax here. We are saying, for that income which is generated in
India, pay a tax,” she said.
Alarmed by the possible implications of the new provisions,
Kerala Chief Minister PinarayiVijayan wrote to Prime Minister NarendraModi on
Sunday, recording the State’s strong disagreement over the provision as it will
hurt Indians working in the Middle East, “who toil and bring foreign exchange to
the country” through remittances.
The Ministry will incorporate a clarification, if required, into
the law so that only income derived from an Indian business or profession will
be taxable for such citizens, the Minister said.
The G7 countries will formulate a joint response to the
coronavirus epidemic. Germany's Health Minister Jens Spahn said that he
talked on the phone with his US counterpart.
He said they have agreed that there should be a discussion by
the G7 Health Ministers to deal with the epidemic together. Spahn said there is
no point in each country deciding on measures alone.
G7 comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United
Kingdom and the United States. Meanwhile, Mongolia, Russia and Nepal have closed
their land borders.
A second French-chartered plane carrying 300 evacuees from China
fled to military base of Istres in France yesterday. A first plane landed Friday
Iraq's Interior Ministry announced that it would not allow
foreigners travelling from China to enter the country over fears of an outbreak
Bangladesh has decided to temporarily suspend the facility of
on-arrival visa to Chinese citizens for one month in view of the concerns over
the spread of Coronavirus.
Two days after Brexit, British officials pushed the European
Union on Sunday for a Canada-style free trade arrangement as British Prime
Minister Boris Johnson geared up for a key speech to spell out his
government’s negotiating stance.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News that Britain will
seek a deal that imposes very few tariffs even though he said Britain will not
seek to align its regulations with the EU.
EU officials, despite offering friendly words to the British
public over the weekend after the divorce that took effect on Friday night, warn
that Canada only achieved largely tariff-free trade status by bringing many of
its rules in line with EU regulations. EU officials fear that the U.K. could
water down its environment or health and safety precautions, undermining EU
The trade talks are vital because now that Britain has
officially left the bloc — the first nation ever to do so — Mr. Johnson hopes to
have a wide-ranging new deal in place by the end of the year.
European leaders have said that Britain will not be able to get
a deal like Canada’s if it breaks significantly with EU rules on food safety,
environmental standards, worker’s rights and other matters impacting on public
Irish PM Leo Varadkar on Sunday urged Mr. Johnson’s Conservative
government not to follow the mistakes of his predecessor by establishing “rigid
red lines” that make it much more difficult to reach an agreement.
Defence Ministers of nearly 40 countries have confirmed
their participation for the biennial defence exposition DefExpo2020
beginning in Lucknow from the 5th of February. The Ministers include are
from Czech Republic, Mexico, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and 14
Live demonstrations of the services, DPSUs and industry showing
the land, naval, air and internal security systems will be in action. The live
demonstration will be held at two locations at the exhibition site and the other
at the Gomati riverfront.
Nineteen technical and business seminars are planned during the
DefExpo20 and 15 of these would be organized by various Industry Chambers,
including Confederation of Indian Industries, Ph.D. Combers of Commerce, The
Associated Chambers of Commerce of India. Some of the seminar topics are
futuristic and include discussions on artificial intelligence, robotics,
Internet of Things (IoTs), drones and wired warrior.
Dr Ajay Kumar said, a series of webinars have been going on
since the 10th of last month. The topics of the webinars were of academic
interest and relevance to the defence, aerospace and security industry, academia
and student fraternity and were widely subscribed.
Arrangements have been made for five thousand college students
from various technical colleges of Uttar Pradesh for visiting during business
days. This is being done to inculcate interest among them. Entry will be free
for the general public on February 8th and 9th.
There will be an Instagram photo competition during the business
days of the exposition. The best-selected photographs by a jury shall fetch the
participant's cash prizes of one lakh rupees.