General Bipin Rawat was an outstanding soldier. A true patriot, he greatly contributed to modernising our armed forces and security apparatus : Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister :

I am deeply anguished by the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu in which we have lost Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and other personnel of the Armed Forces. They served India with utmost diligence. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.

Gen Bipin Rawat was an outstanding soldier. A true patriot, he greatly contributed to modernising our armed forces and security apparatus. His insights and perspectives on strategic matters were exceptional. His passing away has saddened me deeply. Om Shanti.

As India’s first CDS, Gen Rawat worked on diverse aspects relating to our armed forces including defence reforms. He brought with him a rich experience of serving in the Army. India will never forget his exceptional service.

Congress Parliamentary Party discusses about martyred farmers and the issue of suspended MPs

INC India :

Congress Parliamentary Party meeting took place in the Central Hall of Parliament, chaired by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Many issues including martyred farmers, suspended MPs were discussed in the meeting.

Under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, the Congress is committed to raising the voice of of the people in the Parliament.

Cabinet approves continuation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin scheme till March 2024

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Cabinet approves continuation of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G) beyond March 2021 till March 2024.

This will ensure housing for all in rural areas.

Financial assistance is to be provided for the construction of the remaining 155.75 lakh houses under the scheme within total target of 2.95 crore houses.

Financial implication for this shall be Rs. 2,17,257 crore out of which central share is Rs.1,25,106 crore.

I see the whole of Punjab in him whereas he sees Punjab in all of us. He is not just mine – Parkash Punjab Da!! : Sukhbir Singh Badal

Sukhbir Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal President :

In his nineties and he still amazes me with his childlike enthusiasm and energy.

His wisdom is unmatched and his experience unparalleled.

I see the whole of Punjab in him whereas he sees Punjab in all of us. He is not just mine – Parkash Punjab Da!!

40% participation is being given to women so that their empowerment is not just on paper : Priyanka Gandhi

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi releases ‘Women’s Manifesto’ in
Lucknow :

Strong determination, competence and strength are the innate qualities of a woman; along with these, compassion, kindness, hope & courage are also qualities of women; We want these qualities to manifest in politics too.

I hope this Women’s Manifesto will not be the first and will put pressure on other political parties to take serious note of women and women’s participation in politics.

40% participation is being given to women so that their empowerment is not just on paper; Till date when there has been is talk of women empowerment it has mostly been during campaigns, elections or on paper.

Announcements in the Women’s Manifesto:

Respect :
Free travel in government buses across the state.
Women will get 3 gas cylinders free every year.
‘Mahila Chaupal’ will be constructed in each Gram Panchayat.

Self-reliance:
Anganwadi and ASHA workers will get a minimum honorarium of ₹ 10,000 per month.
Loan to self-help groups at 4% interest rate.
Priority to women in MGNREGA.

Health:
Free govt treatment upto Rs.10 lakh for any disease.
New health centers to be opened in rural and urban areas, to strengthen PHCs, CHCs.

Law & Order :
25% jobs in police force for women
women constables in every police station.
law will be made for the suspension of officers, if section 4 of Atrocities Act is not followed within 10 days of any complaint for offenses like rape

Education:
Smartphone will be given to every girl in 10+2
Every girl enrolled in undergraduate programs will get a scooty
75 skill development institutions will be started

Cabinet approves Ken-Betwa Interlinking of Rivers Project ; Project to generate 103 MW Hydro Power plus 27 MW Solar Power

Cabinet approves Ken-Betwa Interlinking of Rivers Project.

Project shall cost of Rs.44,605 crore and shall be completed in 8 years.

Project to generate 103 MW Hydro Power plus 27 MW Solar Power.

Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called Ken-Betwa Link Project Authority (KBLPA) to be set up implementation of Project.

Project shall provide irrigation to 10.62 lakh hectares in the perennially drought prone area and water starved regions in Chhatarpur, Panna and Tikamgarh of Madhya Pradesh and Banda, Mahoba and Jhansi of Uttar Pradesh.

Connecting canal to provide drinking water to 62 lakh people.

ISRO has the requisite technologies to help protect small island statesfrom inundation due to rising temperatures : Dr Jitendra Singh

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Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said thatISRO has the requisite technologies and expertize to provide information on advance warning of cyclones, monitoring of coast lines and coral reefs using space based inputs to support small island states to help them protect from inundation due to rising temperatures.

In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today, the Minister said, ISRO is gearing up to provide such information to some of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Indian Ocean Region. He said, India, UK, Australia, Fiji, Jamaica and Mauritius jointly launched an initiative, Infrastructure for Resilient Island States (IRIS) to provide technical support on disaster resilience of infrastructure systems to SIDS, during the 26th Conference of Parties held in Glasgow, UK by United Nations.

The Minister said, IRIS, will also support SIDS by facilitating access to existing financial mechanisms for resilient infrastructure development. IRIS will extend its support on demand basis to 58 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) across geographic regions.

ISRO carries out prediction of track, intensity, landfall time and location of all cyclones originated in Indian Oceans using space based inputs. While India Meteorological Department (IMD) is the mandated agency to provide the Cyclone forecast advisories, ISRO supports IMD in improving the prediction methodologies and publish the R&D outputs for the help of all.

ISRO has carried out vulnerability assessment of the selected states along the Indian coastal region and has identified coastal stretch that are susceptible due to sea level rise. ISRO provides near real time prediction of storm surge and surge induced inundation for Indian coast during cyclone using satellite observations and numerical model.Maps of coral reefs of Indian Ocean, Red Sea and Gulf of Aden have been published and are updated regularly.  A region-specific Coral Bleaching Monitoring System based on sea surface temperature data is hosted on ISRO’s VEDAS geoportal

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