VP stresses on increasing production of nutritive food
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has stressed the need to
increase the production of nutritive food to overcome the problems of
malnutrition and hidden hunger. Addressing the 58th Convocation of Indian
Agricultural Research Institute, IARI in New Delhi today, Mr Naidu said,
while the food grain production has increased, still the alarming prevalence
of malnutrition and hidden hunger are matters of grave concern.
He said, more than 80 per cent of adolescents in India suffer
from hidden hunger and the problem has to be addressed on a war footing. The
Vice President expressed happiness that significant progress has been made by
IARI in developing high yielding, disease-resistant and nutrient-rich varieties
of crops. He said climate change has emerged as a serious threat to agriculture.
Climate change-induced rise in temperature and changes in rainfall patterns are
adversely affecting agriculture.
He said, many a time, the terminal rains are creating havoc by
destroying the crops ready for harvest. Mr Naidu said, assessing methane
emissions from paddy plants is one of the most outstanding achievements of IARI,
which can be helpful in protecting India's interests in climate change
He expressed happiness that the Pusa Basmati varieties dominate
the Basmati cultivation in India and are helping in securing higher production
and profit to the farmers, apart from foreign exchange worth 33 thousand crore
rupees annually to the country.
The Vice President said advanced crop varieties and technologies
developed by IARI have been important in strengthening the Indian economy and
prosperity of farmers.
Puducherry entitled to more funds under NIPFP report
The Union Territory of Puducherry was entitled ₹2,731 crore
for the current fiscal from the Centre than the actual allocation of ₹1,545
crore, according to an assessment report prepared by the National Institute
of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), a Central government organisation.
The assessment, done against the backdrop of
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the managing directors
and directors of companies, including telecom majors BhartiAirtel and
Vodafone Idea, to show cause why contempt proceedings should not be
initiated against them for failing to pay even a “single penny” to the
government in Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues, worth ₹1.47 lakh crore,
despite an October 2019 judgment.
Failure to comply with the orders would entail company heads
appearing in person in court at the next hearing on March 17, the court said.
The October 2019 judgment had given the companies three months
to pay their dues in AGR. The DoT officer concerned has been asked to file a
reply to the contempt notice.
Justice Mishra turned to senior advocate FaliNariman, appearing
for Vodafone, saying “Companies have not deposited any money and have no respect
for the direction of this court”. The court rejected Mr.Nariman’s offer to make
an immediate part payment in dues.
“Ensure that they pay up by the next hearing,” Justice Mishra
orally addressed Mr.Nariman.
New textile policy to be unveiled by mid of this year
The Central Government is expected to roll out a Textile
Policy by the middle of this year, according to Ravi Capoor, Secretary of
the Union Ministry of Textiles.
On the measures to be taken to attract investments in textiles
and clothing, he said the need for cost effectiveness is a major challenge.
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No trade deal in trump visit to India to be a setback for
If India and the U.S. cannot achieve a modest trade deal
with U.S. President Donald Trump visiting India, it would be a “big
setback”, Washington’s top diplomat for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer cancelling
his trip this week to India has cast doubt on whether a mini trade deal could be
completed before the February 24 visit of Mr. Trump. Mr.Lighthizer will possibly
visit along with Mr. Trump, The Hindu had reported, leaving open the possibility
that a modest agreement could be finalised.
Ms. Wells said if a “tiny phase 1 trade deal” with the U.S.
President visiting India could not be achieved, it would be a “big setback”. She
was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a United States India Business
Council (USIBC) welcome reception for Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu on
She said the U.S. would like to have “a lot more ambitions” for
making India part of the global supply chain but that the U.S. experience in
negotiating trade was “very painful” and that the policy directions in India —
including in the recent Union Budget as well as the e-commerce policy (a draft
was introduced in early 2019) — were of concern. Ms. Wells will not be
accompanying President Trump to India and neither will Secretary of State Mike
In response to a question from The Hindu on whether Mr. Trump
would offer to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir, Ms. Wells said the
U.S. President is aware that India is not interested in mediation.
Iran to move towards nuclear deal if provided EU support
Iran has said it is willing to move back towards the 2015
nuclear deal if Europe provides meaningful economic benefits.
Scientists to radio tag the endangered Indian pangolin
Forthe first time, scientists have radio-tagged the Indian
pangolin, an endangered animal that is rarely sighted in forests here.
The Indian pangolin, which dons a thick scaly skin, is hunted
for meat and used in traditional Chinese medicine. Researchers say tagging the
animal will help understand the habits of the reclusive, nocturnal animal.
Radio-tagging involves attaching a transmitter to an animal to
monitor its movement.
“In recent years, we have successfully busted pangolin-smuggling
syndicates that involved poachers and smugglers from more than nine States,”
said Rajesh Shrivastav, Chief Wildlife Warden of Madhya Pradesh.
Pangolins are among the most trafficked wildlife species in the
world. The projected population declines range from 50% to 80% across the genus.
Out of the eight species of pangolin, the Indian and the Chinese
pangolins are found in India. Both these species are listed under Schedule I
Part I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Match fixing scandal accused extradited from U.K
SanjivChawla, a key accused in a match-fixing scandal was
extradited from United Kingdom today. The 50-year old British national,
accompanied by a Delhi Crime Branch team from London, reached IGI Airport in
New Delhi this morning.
A Delhi Police official said,Chawla will be taken to the Crime
Branch office for questioning. He was allegedly involved in match fixing which
involved former South African cricket team captain Hansie Cronje in 2000.