North India continues to be under cold wave conditions
Cold wave continued to sweep north India. Delhi recorded the
coldest day of the season with the minimum temperature settling at 5.2
degrees Celsius, three notches below normal. The maximum temperature was
recorded at 15 degrees Celsius, seven notches below normal yesterday.
Most parts of Himachal Pradesh witnessed dry and overcast
conditions with Keylong at minus 12 degrees Celsius recording the lowest
temperature in the sate. Met department has predicted heavy rain and snowfall in
Himachal during the next two days. Shimla and Dalhousie recorded 6.5 degrees
In Haryana, Narnaul reeled at 3.5 degrees Celsius, two degrees
below normal, as biting cold continued to sweep the state. Fog also reduced
visibility in the morning at many places in Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi. Union
Territory Chandigarh recorded a minimum of 9.9 degree Celsius.
Cold wave conditions also prevailed in Rajasthan with Vanasthali
in Tonk recording the lowest minimum temperature in the state at 4.4 degrees
In Jammu and Kashmir, Banihal in Ramban and Bhaderwah in Doda
district are reeling under sub-zero temperature. Katra, the base camp for the
pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district, registered a night
temperature of 5.0 degrees Celsius.
Centre says India to become trillion dollar economy only with
support from villages
Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said,
the vision of achieving 5 trillion dollar economy and taking the nation to
the path of development will be impossible if the progress of villages is
not given due consideration.
He said, removal of imbalance between the lifestyle of villages
and cities is need of the hour.MrTomar was speaking at National Awards
Distribution Function in New Delhi today.
He stressed on the need to provide all the basic facilities
equipped with modern technology to every village. He said, steps should be taken
to increase the agri-productivity which can cater to the need of the entire
The Minister said, all these combined efforts can empower
villages and reduce the practice of mass migration of villagers to cities.
Talking about the MNREGA and other welfare schemes, Mr Tomar
said, the budget of MNREGA in 2014 was 38 thousand crore but the government has
increased it to 60 thousand crore in the last five years.
He said, under the third phase of PM Gram SadakYojna, the
government has set a target of completing 1 lakh 25 thousand Kilometers by
2024-25 with a budget of nearly 80250 crore. He said, the government is very
much committed to its completion.
Around 266 awards were given to individuals, institutions,
Panchayats, blocks for their exemplary contribution in the rural development.
NITI to hold consultations with family planning and population
NitiAayog will hold a national consultation on Friday with
top policy makers, experts and specialists to brainstorm on ways and means
of strengthening India’s population policy and family planning programme.
The Aayog has partnered with the Population Foundation of India to bring the
best minds together for discussion.
The proposals will form part of the NITI Aayog working paper
that will outline the roadmap to help achieve India’s vision of attaining
population stabilization, as voiced by Prime Minister NarendraModi in his
Independence Day speech this year.
The paper will offer constructive recommendations to address
regional disparities in outcomes by focusing on adolescents and youths,
inter-departmental convergence, demand generation, access to contraceptive
services and quality of care, it said.
The Aayog is of the view that nearly 30 million currently
married women in the age group of 15-49 years have unmet needs in family
planning, which limit their ability to delay or avoid pregnancy by not having
access or the agency to use contraception.
"For India to realize its sustainable development goals and
economic aspirations, it is important to ensure that people have informed access
to contraception and quality family planning services," it said.
Govt. decides not to hurry on signing FTA’s
Commerce and industry minister PiyushGoyal on Tuesday said
that India will not sign any free trade agreement (FTA) in a hurry or to the
disadvantage of industry and exporters.
Referring to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
trade agreement, which India opted out of last month after negotiating it for
seven years, Goyal said it had been reduced to an India-China FTA which nobody
The minister also said walking out of RCEP does not mean that
India does not want to be a part of the global value chain. “But are the global
value chains only in China...global value chains are across the world,” he said,
and stressed “lets first prepare our industry” and empower those who want to be
part of the global chain.
He said industry should focus on becoming part of value chain
with Europe, the US, ASEAN nations, Japan and Korea, among others. Goyal said
that Indian business and industry have been put to disadvantage over the years
and instead of addressing some of the real issues that industries face, more and
more distress was caused to them.
The minister also said that the government was working
relentlessly to support and strengthen domestic manufacturing. He said India
will have to prepare itself for a rules-based multilateral trading system and
for that, it will have to look at ways which are WTO-compliant, support industry
from the base and then stand on its own feet.
Prime Minister NarendraModi held talks with Prime Minister
of Portugal Antonio Costa in New Delhi this afternoon.
Mr Costa arrived early this morning on a two-day working visit
to India. During their talks, the leaders discussed the broader roadmap for
strengthening relations in areas such as defence, science and technology and
Our correspondent reports India and Portugal share warm and
friendly relations. Portugal views India as a vibrant pluralistic democracy, a
major world economy and an ancient civilisation with which it has close,
historical and cultural ties.
In 2018-19, bilateral trade stood at a total value of 876.09
million dollars. Indian exports stood at 743.27 million dollars and Portuguese
exports at 132.83 million dollars.
India and U.S agree on review of foreign policy,security issues
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said
today that the Second India-US 22 meeting undertook a comprehensive review
of cross-cutting foreign policy and defence and security issues in the
bilateral relationship between two countries.
He informed that some discussion also took place on a vision for
building up a comprehensive enduring and mutually beneficial defence partnership
and India welcomed US as a founding member of the Coalition for Disaster
Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). He said that a joint statement on the Second
India-US 22 Meeting will be released later.
On rescheduling of meetings with Bangladesh ministers, the MEA
spokesperson said that much should not be read into the matter.
He said Bangladesh has always helped India in whatever list sent
about illegal immigrants. On Pakistan, Mr Raveesh Kumar said, they should look
inward, not meddle into affairs of other countries.
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India successfully test fires upgraded version of Pinaka guided
India had successfully test-fired two missiles from
Chandipur in Odisha yesterday. The upgraded version of Pinaka guided rocket
system was test-fired from the DRDO’s Proof and Experimental Establishment
firing test range while the all-weather tracked-chassis Quick Reaction
Surface-to-Air Missile (QR-SAM) tested from a mobile launcher at a launch
complex of the Integrated Test Range.
AIR correspondent reports that the indigenously developed Pinaka
and QR-SAM weapon system test achieved the desired accuracy by hitting the
intended target with a high degree of precision and met all mission objectives.
Pinaka system has a maximum range of 75 km for Mark-II variant
and can fire a salvo of 12 rockets in less than 45 seconds.
QR-SAM system can also engage multiple targets within a range of
around 25 to 30 km with two vehicle configurations for area air defence.
The specificity of QR-SAM missile is that it intended to defend
Army formations operating in plains and semi-desert areas, including those enemy
missiles that suddenly appear at close range. The successful test of missiles
will boost India to strengthen its security position.
Khelo India games to be held as per schedule
The third edition of the Khelo India Games will be held in
Guwahati as per schedule from 10th of next month.
Senior Assam government officials said that all preparations are
being taken to make the event successful. Over 10 thousand players and officials
are expected to take part in the event that will be held at different venues in
The representatives of the participating teams are inspecting
the venues and infrastructure of the games today.