Prime Minister NarendraModi today urged countrymen to celebrate India’s
Nari-Shakti, the power and achievement of women by felicitating the
Expressing happiness that Bharat Ki Laxmi initiative which was initiated
to mark the festive occasion of Deepavali has got overwhelming response from
all corners, Mr Modi urged people to seek inspiration from such examples.
In his Mann Ki Baat on All India Radio, Prime Minister said, after the
announcement of Bharat kiLaxmi, many inspirational stories on social media
followed. Mr Modi referred to the 17th century Kannada poetess
SanchiHonnamma who penned a poem mentioning that the daughters are our
Saying festivals are occasions that awaken a new consciousness in the
lives of people, Mr Modi appealed to the people to buy local products during
Diwali. He said, the more people buy the local things, it will be a
befitting tribute to Gandhiji on his 150th birth anniversary.
Speaking about cleanliness, the Prime Minister said, if one story that
rings from home to home, and rings far and wide, from every corner of India,
it is the story of cleanliness and sanitation. He said, in Siachen, the
highest battlefield in the world, Indian soldiers are not only protecting
the borders but also running a SwacchSiachen campaign.
India takes up Pak denial of airspace to ICAO
India has taken up Pakistan's denial of use of its airspace to Prime
Minister NarendraModi's flight with the International Civil Aviation
Organisation, government sources said on Monday.
Modi is travelling to Saudi Arabia later in the day on a bilateral
visit. India has sought overflight clearance from Pakistan for the prime
minister's aircraft to go to Saudi Arabia.
Sources said India regrets Pakistan's decision to yet again deny
overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight which is otherwise granted
routinely by any normal country.
Citing alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan on
Sunday denied India's request to allow Modi's aircraft to move in its
airspace for his visit to Saudi Arabia.
In a statement on Sunday, Foreign Minister Shah MahmoodQureshi said
Pakistan has decided to not allow Prime Minister Modi to use the country's
airspace, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.
He said the decision has been taken in context of the "black day" and in
view of the alleged human rights violation in Kashmir, it added.
India to spend over $1trillion to develop infrastructure
India will spend about USD 1.4 trillion on its infrastructure
development in the next five years, Union Steel Minister DharmendraPradhan
said on Saturday.
Pradhan was speaking at the Global Forum on Excess Capacity (GFEC) Tokyo
which was attended by representatives several other countries.
He said that the country is committed to spending about US USD 1.4
trillion on its infrastructure development in the next five years.All this,
Pradhan said, augurs well for the steel demand in the country.
India is determined to raise the per capita consumption of steel from
its current low of 72 kg per capita to 160 kg per capita by 2030, he
The minister met senior management of Japanese steel majors JFE Steel
Corporation, Nippon Steel and Daido Steel on Friday and invited them to
invest in the growing Indian steel sector.
Land price skew puts hindrance to NHAI projects
High circle rates and varying norms for fixing the rate based on the
size of land parcels have made it difficult for the National Highways
Authority of India to acquire land for expansion of existing highways in
Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
While acquiring one hectare of land in these states could cost up to Rs
9.5 crore if the land parcels along the NHs are small, big parcels could
cost just Rs 1 crore per hectare.
Citing these discrepancies which have pushed up the compensation amount,
the road transport ministry has urged the two states to rationalise circle
This is a big concern particularly in eastern UP in areas such as
Ghazipur, Jaunpur and Varanasi where circle rates of small land parcels
(less than 500 sq m) are close to Rs 2.4 crore. As per the land acquisition
law, the NHAI needs to pay compensation which is four times of the circle
rate in rural areas.
Besides the arbitrary increase in circle rates, the states are also
charging huge amounts for shifting of utilities such as water and gas
pipelines and electricity lines. Recently, last NHAI chairman N NSinha had
flagged these issues in a meeting with state government representatives.
How high land costs and hefty charges for shifting utilities have hit
the viability of projects is evident from the latest NHAI data.
According to an estimate, the NHAI will require about Rs 9.2 lakh crore
for the 25,000-km Bharatmala scheme against the approved budget of Rs 5.5
Alberto Fernandez wins presidential elections in Argentina
Peronist candidate Alberto Fernandez won Argentina's presidential
election in the first round on Sunday, official results showed, bringing to
an end the crisis-plagued rule of market-friendly incumbent Mauricio Macri.
Fernandez, a 60-year-old law professor, had 47.36 percent of the votes
crossing the threshold for outright victory - after 75 percent of the votes
had been counted, with center-right incumbent Mauricio Macri trailing at
To win outright, Fernandez required 45 percent, or 40 percent with a 10
point margin over his nearest rival. His win also caps a remarkable
political comeback for his running mate, ex-president Cristina Kirchner, who
will be his vice-president.
"Macri is the president but Fernandez has the power. There has to be
some signal that they are working together." Fernandez has insisted his
government would not default but rather seek to renegotiate the terms of the
loan, and sought to reassure voters that their bank deposits would be safe
under his administration.
Chile ends state of emergency while protests continue
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera today ended a state of emergency that
lasted more than a week amid mass protests. However the demonstrations
continued even after the lifting of emergency. A message on the presidency's
official Twitter account said the state of emergency would end in all the
regions and towns where it was established.
The situation had seen 20,000 soldiers and police deployed on the
streets. This measure came a day after Pinera said he had asked all
ministers to resign in order to form a new government. The decision came two
days after more than a million people took to the country's streets
demanding economic and political changes.
Authorities imposed both the state of emergency and curfews last weekend
after Chile was rocked by its worst civil unrest in decades. What originated
as a student protest against a modest hike in metro fares quickly got out of
control as demonstrations turned deadly.
The government has been struggling to craft an effective response to the
protests and a growing list of economic and political demands that include
Pinera's resignation. Demonstrators are angry at Chile's neo-liberal social
model, low salaries and pensions, high health care and education costs, and
a yawning gap between rich and poor.
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Researchers develop bio bricks from agri wastes
The researchers from IIT Hyderabad and School of Architecture,
Bhubaneswar have developed bio-bricks from agricultural waste. The product
serves dual purposes of development of eco-friendly sustainable material and
also waste management.
The bricks are made from agro-waste like wheat straw, paddy straw,
sugarcane bagasse and cotton plant.
Bio-bricks are more sustainable than clay bricks.They also act as carbon
sinks as they fix more carbon dioxide than they produce during their
The bricks also provide good insulation to heat and sound and they help
in maintaining humidity of buildings and make the house more suitable for
The bricks will help in building climate change resilient homes. In
India as 84 to 141 million tons of agricultural wastes are burnt causing
severe air pollution, these steps help in reducing these incidents.
SatwiksairajRankireddy-ChiragShetty wins silver medal at French Open
In Badminton, India's top men's doubles pair of SatwiksairajRankireddy
and ChiragShetty lost to world No.1 pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin
SanjayaSukamuljo in the finals of the French Open in Paris last night. The
Indian duo settled for silver after losing the final 18-21, 16-21.
Satwik and Chirag had won their maiden Super 500 title at the Thailand
Open earlier in August this year. It was the first time that an Indian men's
doubles pair reached a World Tour 750 final.