After the security forces made their presence felt in
SwabhimanAnchal, a stronghold of the CPI (Maoist), in Odisha’sMalkangiri
district, the State government has lined up development projects, including
livelihood programmes and irrigation facilities, besides critical road
networks for the region.
SwabhimanAnchal remained outside the ambit of development for
years due to its remoteness, poor connectivity, hilly and inhospitable terrain
and above all the presence of outlawed left wing extremists.
The administration has decided to promote turmeric cultivation
by replacing prohibited cannabis cultivation, while all nine gram panchayats
will be covered under integrated farming.
Avoiding top-down approach in development, the government has
taken a decision to listen to locals who understand the ground situation better
than others. A five-day workshop has been proposed at the Gopabandhu Academy of
Administration at Bhubaneswar.
The government will emulate the model of Maharashtra where CFR
has been granted in an expeditious manner for making tribals partners in
development. People of SwabhimanAnchal are likely to be taken to Maharashtra for
a field visit.
The administration is contemplating to take up millet
cultivation in the region in a big way and procure the surplus produce from
For the overall development, a plan has been mooted to install
lift irrigation points alongside the Balimela reservoir basin. The
administration proposed to provide an 11-kv power line exclusively for
One-and-a- half years ago, the Odisha government managed to
construct a bridge over the Gurupriya River despite stiff resistance from the
extremists, ending its decades-old remoteness.
With several businesses said to be affected in China due to
the coronavirus, the Indian textile and clothing sector should seize the
opportunity in global trade, T. Rajkumar, chairman of the Confederation of
Indian Textile Industry, said.
“We expect China will take 3-4 more months to return to normalcy
[following the outbreak of the coronavirus]. Indian textile and clothing
exporters should be aggressive and tap overseas orders that will shift from
China,” he told mediapersons here.
On the announcements in the Union Budget, Mr.Rajkumar said that
abolition of anti-dumping duty on PTA would lead to 20-25% of textile mills
switching over to synthetic yarn production from cotton. The anti-dumping duty
on PTA was $26 to $160 a tonne depending on the country from where it was
With removal of the anti-dumping duty, the raw material for
production of MMF (man-made fibre) will be available at international price. At
present, cotton yarn production in India is higher than synthetic yarn. Several
mills will move to MMF now, he said.
Textile Secretary Ravi Capoor will visit Coimbatore on February
12-13 and hold meetings with representatives of textile associations from the
southern State, Mr.Rajkumar said.
Congestion at India’s top four airports Delhi, Mumbai,
Bengaluru and Hyderabad will continue in the medium term as the number of
air passengers has seen a rise despite the slowdown in the economy and
closure of Jet Airways, Crisil Ratings said in a study.
These four airports handle more than half of air passenger
traffic in India and currently operate at over 130% of capacity utilisation.
With healthy traffic growth projected in the near future, this operating rate is
expected to rise further in next 12 months, it said.
This, despite a ₹38,000-crore capex being undertaken by
operators between 2020 and 2024. The capex, the highest to be incurred in any
continuous five-year period, is largely debt-funded.
High utilisation will ride on pent-up demand (accumulated in
2019 as traffic was impacted with the grounding of Jet Airways) and one-off
issues with new aircraft of certain airlines. Further impetus will also come
from improving connectivity to smaller cities and reducing fare difference
between air and rail, Crisil Ratings said.
AnkitHakhu, director, Crisil Ratings, said: “These airports
operate on a hybrid till model, where non-aero revenue stream partially
subsidises the airport user fee. Hence rising traffic and increasing
monetisation of non-aero assets will pave the way for a more balanced regulatory
In Sri Lanka, few northern political parties have come
together to form a new political alliance called the Tamil People’s National
Alliance, in a bid to challenge Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the main
political grouping of ethnic Tamil minorities.
The alliance under the symbol Thai Pongalpot, will be led by
former Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran to contest the
coming general election. Addressing the media after signing of MoU yesterday, Mr
Wigneswaran said that they would challenge the TNA’s dominance in the north and
He said, the TNA had done nothing to address the concerns of the
Tamil people and the people in the North and East are tired of it. The former
Chief Minister said, the alliance will fight to ensure that justice is done
about the war crimes, secure the release of civilian land from Army’s control
and resolve the issues faced by the displaced.
The alliance comprises Wigneswaran’s Tamil People’s
Council,Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) led by Suresh
Premachandran, Eelam Tamil Autonomy League of former Northern Provincial
CouncilorAnanthySasitharan and Tamil Peoples’ Party of S. Sri Kantha. General
elections are expected to be held in the coming April in the country.
A man who had travelled to Wuhan -- the central city at the
heart of China's coronavirus crisis -- was surprised when police showed up
at his door after he returned home, asking to check his temperature. The
man, who had quarantined himself at home in Nanjing, eastern Jiangsu
province, said he had not told anyone about his recent trip to the city.
But by trawling through travel data from Wuhan, local
authorities were able to identify him and dispatch officers to his home last
week, according to a newspaper article posted by the Nanjing government.
As Chinese authorities race to contain the spread of a new
virus, which has infected more than 34,000 people and killed more than 700 in
China, Beijing is turning to a familiar set of tools to find and prevent
potential infections: data tracking and artificial intelligence.
"Use big data technology to track, screen priority (cases), and
effectively forecast the development of the epidemic in real time," China's
National Health Commission (NHC) told local governments in an online statement
"Strengthen the information link between... public security and
transportation, and other departments," it said, urging them to share train,
flight, communication, and medical data.
Besides fever detection, Chinese tech firms have raced to
develop a wide variety of services to help with epidemic control efforts, from
preparing drone deliveries of medical supplies to mapping the spread of the
virus from Wuhan.
In Beijing, some neighbourhoods are prompting residents to scan
a QR code to fill out personal details, such as their phone number and hometown
One form also prompted participants to fill out details on their
mode of transport, such as their licence plate or flight number, if they had
Scientists have mapped the complete genome of two basmati
rice varieties, including one that is drought-tolerant and resistant to
bacterial disease. The findings, published in the journal Genome Biology,
also show that basmati rice is a hybrid of two other rice groups.
Despite the economic and cultural importance of basmati and
related aromatic rice varieties, their evolutionary history is not fully
understood, the researchers said.
The researchers focused on two basmati rice varieties: Basmati
334 from Pakistan, known to be drought tolerant and resistant to rice-killing
bacterial blight, and Dom Sufid from Iran, an aromatic long-grain rice that is
one of the most expensive on the market.
Most genetic material in basmati comes from japonica —a rice
group found in East Asia — followed by the rice group aus found in Bangladesh.
The researchers aim to work with the scientific and rice
breeding communities to identify important genes, see what makes the basmati
group unique, and even develop molecular markers to help breed new varieties.
India’s chief National badminton coach P. Gopi Chand was on
Saturday named among the recipients of the International Olympic Committee’s
2019 Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award.
“This award, coming across Winter and Summer Olympics, and the
fact that there were so many illustrious coaches in so many disciplines across
the globe is something which means a huge, huge recognition for me,” Gopi Chand
told The Hindu on receipt of the news.
“Frankly, I think this is not just a recognition for me but for
all coaches in India. And, coming in the Olympic year, it is a huge
morale-booster to badminton,” said Gopi Chand, who has won most of the
prestigious awards instituted by the Government of India.
“I must thank the Government of India, Sports Authority of India
and Badminton Association of India which have been very supportive in me
discharging my duties as the chief National coach. But for them it would not
have been possible,” he said.