The Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today hit out at
Pakistan for misusing the NAM summit “to justify its longstanding policy of
conducting cross-border terrorism” against its neighbours.
In his address at the 18th NAM Summit here, Shri Naidu
regretted that Pakistan President had misused the august forum and said
“Indeed, we speak for the larger region in terms of this deep concern over
Stressing that Pakistan clearly needed to do much more to
earn the confidence of the international community, the Vice President said
“It must decisively abjure terrorism—for its own good, for that of its
neighbours and for the good of the world”.
Shri Naidu also called for achieving a just, equitable and
representative global governance system by reforming the United Nations,
including the Security Council to reflect the contemporary realities of the
The Vice President has urged the Non Aligned Movement to
re-focus to remain an influential grouping and find solutions to challenges
relating to terrorism, global governance reform, sustainable development and
He called upon all NAM countries to come together to forge a
common front against terror in all its forms as there was no justification
for violent extremist ideologies and terrorist actions that maim and murder
Petroleum Minister DharmendraPradhan had invited US
businesses to deploy technology, capital and new business models and
participate in India’s biofuel revolution.
Participating in the Second Annual India Leadership Summit
of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum in New Delhi yesterday, Mr
Pradhan said, India is the hot-spot in energy investment destination in the
world. He said policy reforms introduced by the Government have further
simplified doing business in India.
The Minister invited all energy players to bring their
technology and investment and become a part of India's growth story. He said
the Country has moved to an open, transparent, process-driven policy
atmosphere and all are welcome to invest.
Speaking about India’s efforts towards de-carbonization, Mr
Pradhan said, India is expanding its footprints in carbon-free energy,
including renewable and bio-energy.
On the issue of India’s role in the global energy landscape,
he added that growth in global energy consumption will be driven by India
and the country's vibrant market presents an immense opportunity.
He further said the world is moving towards a new energy
model and India is committed to implementing Prime Minister NarendraModi’s
vision which will ensure that India leads the global energy transition.
The Government of India, Government of Odisha and the World
Bank today signed a US$165 million loan agreement to support smallholder
farmers strengthen the resilience of their production systems as well as
diversify and improve the marketing of their produce, for increased income.
The Odisha Integrated Irrigation Project for Climate
Resilient Agriculture will be implemented in rural areas vulnerable to
droughts and largely dependent on rainfed agriculture. It will benefit about
125,000 smallholder farmer households from 15 districts of Odisha managing
128,000 ha of agricultural land.
The project will strengthen the resilience of smallholder
farmers against adverse climate by improving access to resilient seed
varieties and production technologies, diversifying towards more
climate-resilient crops, and improving access to better water management and
The project will support the rehabilitation of 532 water
tanks - expected to irrigate 91,435 ha; promote productivity improvements at
the farm level; support farmers to reduce the current emphasis on food
grains (especially paddy and wheat) and increase the share of high-value and
more nutritious products like fruits and vegetables; and provide marketing
support to farmers who are able to generate a marketable surplus.
The project will also support aquaculture in rehabilitated
tanks, help farmers access affordable and quality fingerlings, and
disseminate improved aquaculture practices and post-harvest management.
The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has
conducted Whole Genome Sequencing of 1,008 Indians from different
populations across the country.
Announcing details of the IndiGen Genome project, the Union
Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family
Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the whole genome data will be important
for building the knowhow, baseline data and indigenous capacity in the
emerging area of Precision Medicine.
The outcomes of the IndiGen will have applications in a
number of areas including predictive and preventive medicine with faster and
efficient diagnosis of rare genetic diseases, he added.
The IndiGen initiative was undertaken by CSIR in April 2019,
which was implemented by the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative
Biology (IGIB), Delhi and CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB),
This has enabled benchmarking the scalability of genome
sequencing and computational analysis at population scale in a defined
timeline. The ability to decode the genetic blueprint of humans through
whole genome sequencing will be a major driver for biomedical science.
Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the benefits of this initiative
include epidemiology of genetic diseases to enable cost effective genetic
tests, carrier screening applications for expectant couples, enabling
efficient diagnosis of heritable cancers and pharmacogenetic tests to
prevent adverse drug reactions.