Vice President hits out at Pakistan for misusing NAM forum
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
Government to grant subsidies for north eastern food processing
Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries
RameswarTeli said the Central Government will grant 75 per cent subsidies
for food processing industries in the North-Eastern states.
The Minister was visiting Tripura Mega Food Park at Tulakona
Industrial Area under West District yesterday.
Mr.Rameswar hoped that the Park would benefit large scale of
farmers and also can generate employment to thousands of youths which will
ultimately boost the personal economy as well as the economy of the state.
Addressing a media conference at the state BJP Party head
office, Mr.Rameswar said the central government has decided to set up 42 new
food parks all over the country, out of which two will be set up at
Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
The Minister said the central government is eager to put
emphasis on the food processing based industries in Northeast as the region
has huge potential to work upon in the field.
Government claims policy reforms have improved EODB rankings
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.
New World bank project to support climate resilient agriculture
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.
Lebanese protesters reject president’s call for dialogue
In Lebanon, Protesters in the capital Beirut have rejected
President Michel Aoun's call for dialogue. They are demanding the
government's resignation before any such talks take place.
President Michel Aoun yesterday said, the government is
ready for a dialogue with protesters to help save the country from collapse.
The statement came after days of demonstrations against the ruling elite and
suggested a government reshuffle was possible.
The country’s banking association said, banks would remain
closed today for a seventh day due to safety concerns and would open as soon
as the situation stabilised.
Protests expressing outrage with an establishment seen as
corrupt have swept Lebanon since last week, paralysing the country.
Fastmoving wildfire prompts large scale evacuation in Los
In USA, a fast-moving wildfire near Santa Clarita in Los
Angeles has prompted authorities to order the evacuation of 50,000 people
Fire officials said, the fire broke out and quickly consumed
5,000 acres area about 40 miles north of Los Angeles.
The blaze burnt down several houses and structures and
forced the closure of a major highway and a number of roads. There are no
immediate reports of injury. Nearly 500 firefighters backed by air tankers
and helicopters battled the flames.
The fire erupted as much of the state was under a red flag
warning because of gusty winds, high temperatures and low humidity.
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CSIR conducts genome sequencing of Indians from different
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.
Karnataka wins Vijay Hazare trophy 2019-2020
Karnataka was crowned the 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Champions as
they beat Tamil Nadu by nine wickets in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at Bengaluru.
AbhimanyuMithun and MayankAgarwal put on a masterclass
performance as Karnataka won their fourth Vijay Hazare Trophy title with a
dominant display against Tamil Nadu via VJD method.
As per VJD method, Karnataka should have been 86/1 in 23
overs. Karnataka were well ahead with 146/1, 23 overs. MayankAgarwal 69 and
K L Rahul 52 not out and AbhimanyuMithun 5/34 starred for Karnataka in the
final in Bengaluru. The final was called off due to persistent rains.