Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the
development of the tribal communities is the priority of the Narendra
Modi led government.
Inaugurating the National Tribal Festival - Aadi
Mahotsav in New Delhi today, Mr Shah said, whenever the BJP came to
power, it always worked for the welfare of tribal communities.
Hitting out at Congress, Mr Shah accused the party
of using the tribal communities for vote banks. He said, Congress
neglected the development and welfare of tribals.
The Home Minister stressed on the need to conserve
the nature saying Van Dhan Vikas Yojana is transforming the lives of
The theme of the 15-day Mahotsav is a celebration
of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce.
The Aadi Mahotsav is an effort to take tribal
commerce to the next level of digital and electronic transactions. The
tribal textiles manufactured by master tribal craftsmen from Jammu and
Kashmir in the North to Tamil Nadu in the South and from Gujarat in the
West to Nagaland/Sikkim in the East will be the main attractions.
For the first time, the Aadi Mahotsav is
showcasing a wide range of products from the tribal artisans from Leh in
Ladakh. 254 stalls have been set up and one thousand tribal artisans and
artists are participating in the tribal festival.
Mumbai has topped the quality of tap water ranking
released by Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today. Delhi is
at the bottom, with all 11 samples failing on 19 parameters.
The Minister released the much-awaited
investigation report of samples of drinking water taken from capitals of
20 states across the country in New Delhi.
Mr Paswan said, none of the samples drawn from
Chandigarh, Thiruvananthapuram, Patna, Bhopal, Guwahati, Bengaluru,
Gandhi Nagar, Lucknow, Jammu, Jaipur, Dehradun, Chennai and Kolkata
complied with the requirements of the Indian Standard.
He said, drinking water and pollution are the
biggest problems that the country is facing today.
Mr. Paswan said, drinking water testing will be
completed by January 15, next year in 100 smart cities.
The minister added that the government has set a
target of providing piped water to every household by 2024 and it is
working in this direction.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had a bilateral
meeting with US Secretary of Defence Dr. Mark T. Esper on the sidelines
of ADMM Plus today at Bangkok.
Expressing happiness on the growing relationship
between India and USA, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh conveyed that the
bilateral cooperation between the two sides has grown across a wide
range of sectors including Defence and Security, Economy, Energy,
Counter-Terrorism and People to People ties.
Defence Minister conveyed that there is growing
convergence between India and USA on the Indo-Pacific region and India's
vision is for Indo-Pacific is for a free and open, peaceful, prosperous
and inclusive region supported by a rules-based order and respect for
sovereignty and territorial integrity.
ASEAN is central to India's vision of
Indo-Pacific. Both countries are working together in the area of
Maritime security including elements such as joint exercises, HADR
operations and Maritime Domain Awareness.
The two Ministers also had discussions on a number
of other issues concerning regional security and bilateral defence
The meeting ended on a positive note and Defence
Minister looks forward to have substantial discussions during the
forthcoming 2 plus 2 dialogue in Washington DC later next month.
Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa has
claimed victory at the elections held in Sri Lanka yesterday. Sri Lanka
People’s Party (SLPP) in a statement called upon the people to celebrate
the victory peacefully.
The statement came as early trends indicated a
lead for Mr. Rajapaksa as he has got overwhelming support in
majority-dominated areas of the south.
Gotabaya has received around 48 per cent of votes
against 44 per cent of his main rival Sajith Premadasa in nearly three
million votes counted so far. The latter has received wide support from
minority areas in north and east.
The counting of votes is continuing and final
results are expected by this evening.
Gotabaya has won most of the electorates in
southern provinces including Hambantota, Galle and Matara, results of
which have been declared so far. However, Sajith has got over 80 per
cent votes from minority areas against less than 10 per cent for his
The trend shows sharp polarization along community
lines, unprecedented in Sri Lankan history.
A candidate needs to get 50 per cent of valid
votes to be declared winner, else the second preference votes will have
to be counted. Both candidates had campaigned mainly on the plank of
national security and good governance.