The Man Who Walked The Talk: Conrad Sangma

Conrad Sangma – Chief Minister, Meghalaya:

The Man Who Walked The Talk

Some photos of my Father (L) Sh. P A Sangma during his prime years.

On his 74th birth anniversary, we celebrate the exemplary leader he was – to Meghalaya, to the North East & to the country

To us, he was a devoted father & the greatest mentor.

An increase in GDP means an increase in gas, diesel and petrol prices: Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses Special Press Conference at AICC HQ:

The government has a new concept of GDP.

New concept is, an increase in GDP means an increase in gas, diesel and petrol prices.

Over the last 7 years they have earned Rs.23,000 lakh crores from an increase in diesel, petrol and gas prices.

Every single person is affected by this.

There are two effects;

The direct is when people buy fuel for their scooters, their cars, diesel for their trucks and indirect effect is when the price of diesel-petrol rises, the price of everything rises because transport cost increases.

There is demonetisation where farmers, labourers, small traders, MSMEs, contract workers, salaried class, honest industrialist are hit & on the other side there is dramatic monetisation where PM’s 3-4 big industrialist friends are benefiting

There is a transfer of wealth taking place, from the poor & weak to the PM’s friends. I wanted the young people of this country to think about this. This is about your future, you have to ask the question. Who this money is going to?

We see the finance minister talking about monetisation, where your assets, the assets of this country are basically being given away at cut rate prices again to 3-4 of the Prime Minister’s favorite people.

I would request the PM to kindly act upon the concerns of our people and withdraw fuel price hikes, immediately: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee – Chief Minister, West Bengal:

It pains me deeply to see how apathetic the BJP government is and how anti-people their policies are!

We have seen unprecedented hikes in petrol, diesel, cooking gas and cooking oil. This has taken a heavy toll on our people and their families. This is absolutely unacceptable and unpardonable.

I would request the Prime Minister to kindly act upon the concerns of our people and withdraw such hikes, immediately.

Deeply satisfying to the heart to see the wave of change sweeping through Punjab: Sukhbir Singh Badal

Sukhbir Singh Badal – President, Akali Dal:

Delighted to start the day-long tour to the 7th constituency today, under ‘100 days 100 constituencies’ of ‘Gall Punjab Di’ Yatra with Gurusahab’s blessings at Gurdwara Sri Degsar Sahib, Katana Sahib.

Led a bike rally of enthusiastic youth to Mattewara grain market in Sahnewal.

Showing faith in the vision of SAD-BSP coalition for progress & development of Punjab, thousands of youth have turned up for the event. Deeply satisfying to the heart to see the wave of change sweeping through Punjab.

Cong & AAP are trying to disturb SAD’s ‘Gall Punjab Di’ campaign with protests.

Samyukt Kisan Morcha made it clear their protest is only against BJP.

Our caravan will continue. Cong govt will be responsible for any untoward incident as cops have been restrained from doing their job.

Akali Dal is committing to fulfilling the 13-point programme announced by it.

We have never taken any oaths nor got any forms filled in the past unlike Congress earlier & Aam Aadmi Party now.

Our credibility is our strength.

The next SAD-BSP govt will ensure development of Sahnewal & we are committed to establishing a hospital and girls college besides a play ground.

The constituency will continue to be led by Sharanjit Singh Dhillon who is the party’s candidate for 2022 elections.

Maharashtra Cabinet approved the formation of State Council for Climate Change: Aaditya Thackeray

Aaditya Thackeray – Minister, Maharashtra Govt. :

Today Maharashtra Environment and Climate Change Dept. presented the report of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to the Cabinet.

We recognise the importance of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the need to act now.

Cabinet approved the formation of State Council for Climate Change – to be chaired by the Chief Minister

I’m about a month’s time, the Maharashtra Environment and Climate Change Dept. would formulate an climate action plan for our colleague depts like Energy, Transport, UD, Industry etc and seek Cabinet’s approval for the same.

The State Council for Climate Change would monitor & present progress to Cabinet each month

We look forward to interacting with climate scientists, experts, enthusiasts globally while we make progress in the climate action plan.

The time to act is now, and we hope many other states join in.

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The possible axis of China, Pakistan and Taliban-controlled Afghanistan is a cause for worry: P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:

The government is congratulating itself for the UNSC resolution on Afghanistan adopted yesterday

‘Resolution’ has two meanings.

The first is that the issue has been ‘resolved’ or settled to India’s satisfaction. That is not what happened at the UNSC

The second meaning is that we have put our wishes on paper and got some others to sign that paper! That is what happened at UNSC yesterday

It is too premature to congratulate ourselves. The possible axis of China, Pakistan and Taliban-controlled Afghanistan is a cause for worry

In a big green push Coal India Ltd starts pilot project to replace use of diesel with LNG in dumpers

Ministry of Coal:

In a big push to reduce its carbon footprint, national miner Coal India Ltd (CIL), Ministry of Coal has initiated the process of retrofitting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) kits in its dumpers – the big trucks engaged in transportation of coal in mines. This is significant as the world’s largest coal miner uses over 4 lakh kilolitres of diesel per annum with an annual expense of over Rs. 3,500 crores.

The company in association with GAIL (India) Limited and BEML Limited has taken up a pilot project for retrofitting LNG kits in its two 100 tonne dumpers operating at the subsidiary Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL).

CIL has signed anMoU with GAIL and BEML to get this pilot project executed. Once the LNG kit is successfully retrofitted and tested, these dumpers will be able to run on dual fuel system i.e. both on LNG and Diesel and their operations will be significantly cheaper and cleaner with use of LNG.

“This will be a game changer. The company has over 2,500 dumpers running in its opencast coal mines. The dumper fleet consumes about 65% to 75% of total diesel consumed by the company. LNG will replace the use of diesel by about 30% to 40% and reduce the fuel cost by about 15%. The move will reduce carbon emission significantly and also save around Rs. 500 crores annually if all existing Heavy Earth Moving Machines (HEMMs) including dumpers are retrofitted with LNG kit. Getting rid of diesel pilferages and adulteration are other added advantages,” said a senior CIL executive.

The main goal of the pilot project is to monitor the replacement rate of diesel with LNG in different load and operating conditions and also to capture the details of any change in characteristics of the dumper including cycle time and engine performance parameters, the executive added.

The trial run of dumpers in dual fuel (LNG-diesel) system will be conducted for 90 days in different load and operating conditions. A techno-economic study will be done based on the data generated during the trial run to ascertain the feasibility of the system in CIL mining conditions. Based on the outcome of the pilot project, CIL will decide for bulk use of LNG in its HEMMs, especially dumpers.

The company has also planned to buy HEMMs with only LNG engines if this ongoing pilot projects gets success. This move will help CIL reduce its carbon footprint drastically and achieve sustainable goals.

Notably, major mining dumper manufacturers worldwide are now switching overto manufacturing of dumpers having engines with dual fuel (LNG-Diesel) system. CIL’s effort is a big leap towards making a green and cost-effective operations of its machines already running in coal mines.

Difficult to imagine the status and form of India without the social revolution of the Bhakti period: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister’s Office:

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released a special commemorative coin on the occasion of the 125th Birth Anniversary of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Ji today via video conference.

Union Minister For Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Shri G Kishan Reddy, among others,  was present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister mentioned the happy coincidence of Janmashtami day before and the 125th birth anniversary of Srila Prabhupada ji. ‘It is like achieving happiness and contentment of sadhana together. He also noted that the occasion is taking place amidst the celebration of Azadi ka Amrit mahotsav. This is how millions of followers of Srila Prabhupada Swami and millions of Krishna devotees all over the world are experiencing today’, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister noted the supernatural devotion of Prabhupada Swami for Lord Krishna and said that he was also a great devotee of Bharat. He fought in the freedom struggle of the country. He had refused to take his diploma from Scottish College in support of the non-cooperation movement, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said our knowledge of yoga spread all over the world and sustainable lifestyle of India, science like Ayurveda are spread all over the world. It is our resolve that the whole world should benefit from it, Shri Modi said.

The Prime Minister said whenever we go to any other country, and when people meet there saying ‘Hare Krishna’, we feel a sense of belonging and pride. The Prime Minister said that the same feeling will be there  when Make in India products get the same affinity. We can learn a lot from ISKCON in this regard

The Prime Minister said that in the times of slavery, Bhakti kept the spirit of India alive. He said today scholars assess that if there was no social revolution of the Bhakti period, it would have been difficult to imagine the status and form of India.

Bhakti connected the creature with God by removing the dicrimination of faith, social hierarchies and privileges. Even in those difficult times, saints like Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who tied the society with the spirit of devotion and gave the mantra of ‘Faith to Confidence’.

The Prime Minister said at one time, if a sage like Swami Vivekananda came who took Vedanta to the west, then Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON took up this great task when the time of taking Bhakti Yoga to the world came. He connected Bhakti Vedanta with the consciousness of the world, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister said today there are hundreds of ISKCON temples in different countries of the world and many Gurukuls are keeping Indian culture alive. ISKCON has disseminated to the world that for India, faith means zeal, enthusiasm, and gaiety and faith in humanity.Shri Modi highlighted the service work of ISKCON during earthquake in Kutch, Uttarakhand tragedy, cyclones in Odisha and Bengal. The Prime Minister also praised the efforts of ISKCON during the pandemic.

GOI’s sale of strategic & profitable state-owned assets will result in anticompetitive behaviour, eventually hurting consumer interests: Milind Deora

Milind Deora – Former Union Minister:

Addressed a PC organised by Kerala Congress, Sudhakaran ji & Hibi Eden ji in Kochi earlier today to oppose GOI’s National Fire Sale Pipeline.

GOI’s sale of strategic & profitable state-owned assets will result in anticompetitive behaviour, eventually hurting consumer interests.

Met the newly appointed Ministers of the State: Biplab Kumar Deb

Biplab Kumar Deb – CM, Tripura:

Met the newly appointed Ministers of the State Government of Tripura, Sh. Sushanta Chowdhury & Sh. Bhagaban Das at my residence.

Held a wide ranging discussion on various matters related to the development of the state.

Extended my best wishes for their new responsibilities.

IIT Madras develops India’s first indigenous motorised wheelchair vehicle ‘NeoBolt’ for differently-abled

IIT Madras :

IIT Madras develops India’s first indigenous motorised wheelchair vehicle NeoBolt for differently-abled Divyang.

Can be used on roads & uneven terrains.

Is much cheaper than similar imported options & has a max speed of 25 kmph. Travels up to 25 km per charge.

Schools are open today after 17 months: Manish Sisodia

Manish Sisodia – Dy CM, Delhi:

Schools are open today after 17 months, children will again sit in their classrooms to study, have fun with friends.

And yes, despite the rain the children have reached the school, obviously the children were also eagerly waiting for their school to open.

Sri Sri at Sunrise

Devotees are the fan; God is the air. The air is always there, but the fans make you feel it :