Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution,
Ram Vilas Paswan today said the Government has begun implementing
nation-wide portability of the benefits under the National Food Security Act
He was speaking during the Question Hour in the
LokSabhatoday.MrPaswan said eligible households or beneficiaries covered under
NFSA would be able to lift their entitled food grains from any Fair Price Shop,
FPS, in the country.
This would be possible by using the same ration card after
biometric or Aadhaar authentication on Electronic Point of Sale, EPoS, device at
an FPS of Destination/Sale State through ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ Plan.
The Minister reiterated that the facility of inter-State
portability under this initiative would be available only through FPSs, having
fully online ePoS devices.
The system would largely benefit numerous migratory
beneficiaries such as labourers, daily wagers and blue-collar workers who
frequently change their place of dwelling in search of employment or for other
reasons, across the country.
Centre to provide assistance to intensify use of buckwheat
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today said
that to intensify the use of buckwheat, ICAR-All India Co-ordinated Research
Network on potential crops has developed nutritionally rich five varieties.
He said they are promoted by ICAR and respective State
Agricultural Universities (SAUs) through front line demonstrations, trainings
In a written reply in the LokSabha today, the Agriculture
Minister said Buckwheat is grown in the Hilly regions of Northern and
Northeastern states including in the Nilgiris&Palani Hills, in an estimated area
of 25,800 hectares.
Mr.Tomar said, to encourage farmers to grow buckwheat,
Government is providing assistance through programmes like
ParamparagatKrishiVikasYojana (PKVY) and Mission on Organic Value Chain
Development for North Eastern Region.
Centre not to stop circulation of high denomination notes
The Government today clarified that it is not contemplating
to stop the circulation of two thousand rupee notes.
In a written reply in the RajyaSabha today, Minister of State
for Finance, Anurag Thakur said there is no such proposal under consideration.
He also said that a declining trend is visible in the seizure of unaccounted
cash in the denomination of two thousand rupee notes.
The Minister said in the year 2017-18, around 68 per cent of
unaccounted cash was seized in the denomination of two thousand rupees, while in
the year 2018-19, it was around 66 per cent.In the current financial year, over
43 per cent of unaccounted cash was seized in the denomination of two thousand
The Minister said as on March this year, over 31 per cent of
total notes in circulation are of two thousand rupees.
TRAI implements new mobile number portability rules
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has revamped
mobile number portability (MNP) rules, making the entire process faster and
simpler. The TRAI has prescribed three working days timeline for port out
requests within a service area.
Similarly, timeline of five working days has been prescribed for
requests for port out from one circle to another. The new rules will come into
effect from December 16.
Validity of the Unique Porting Code (UPC) has also been brought
down to four days instead of a fortnight earlier. It will be applicable to all
circles except Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and North East, where the validity of the
said code remains unchanged to 30 days.
The MNP request under the present rule will be processed till
December 9 and the service will not be available between December 10 and
December 15 as entities involved in the process will be migrating their systems
to implement new rules.
The leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO,
will meet today to mark the 70th birthday of the organization in London.
Scotland Yard said road closures will be in place in central
London during the meet. The two-day summit includes receptions at Buckingham
Palace and Downing Street plus a working session at a golf resort in outer
London. United States President Donald Trump landed in Britain ahead of the
NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, the alliance
needs to address the challenges and opportunities posed by an increasingly
powerful China, but added that the alliance does not want to make an enemy out
The twenty-nine member alliance is the world's biggest military
NATO was founded in 1949 for the collective defence of its
members, linking the security of the United States with its European allies
against the Soviet Union. It witnessed the end of communism, defeating the
Soviet Bloc without firing a shot.
The talks take place amid a bitter dispute between French
President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President RecepTayyipErdogan over Turkey's
recent incursion into northern Syria.
UN warns on severe malnutrition in Zimbabwe
The United Nations has said that Zimbabwe is going through a
vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition that's hitting women and children
About half of the country's population faces severe hunger amid
a devastating drought and economic collapse. World Food Programme's executive
director David Beasley said in a statement that with poor rains expected before
the harvest in April, the scale of hunger will worsen.
According to the UN expert, HilalElver, Inflation is
skyrocketing to over 490 per cent. This is the second-highest rate in the world
Zimbabwe's crisis includes high unemployment, cash and water
shortages and electricity outages of up to 19 hours a day.
The World Food Programme said it plans to more than double the
number of people it helps to more than 4 million. More than 7 million people
overall are in need.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi –II missile test
India today successfully test-fired its indigenously
developed surface-to-surface nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile off Odisha
coast. The Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army conducted the user
trial of the 350 km range missile from a mobile launcher from launch
complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur at around 7.50 p.m.
Defence sources said the missile weighs about 4,600 kg, is
capable of carrying 500 to one thousand kilograms of warheads and is thrust by
liquid propulsion twin engines. It also said all parameters within the
stipulated time period were achieved.
AIR correspondent reports, inducted into the 333-missile
regiment of the Indian Army in 2003, the nine-meter-tall, single-stage liquid-fueledPrithvi-II
is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated
Guided Missile Development Programme.
Today’s trial was a part of regular training exercise by the
armed forces which reconfirms the Army’s readiness to fire it at short notice.
Developed under the joint collaboration of Defence Research and
Development Organization and Bharat Dynamics Limited, the missile was first
test-fired on 27 January 1996.
Indian women’s team beats Maldives in South Asian games
Indian women's football team got its South Asian Games 2019
campaign off to a winning start as it sealed a thumping 5-0 win over the
Bala Devi struck a brace, while Dangmei Grace, Manisha and
JabamaniTudu scored a goal apiece to hand the team three points at the Pokhara
Stadium in Nepal.
The win puts India on the top of the points table with host
Nepal grabbing a 1-0 win over Sri Lanka in the opening match of the day.