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Modi appeals to farmers to adopt natural farming

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday once again appealed to farmers to adopt natural farming and also called for strengthening the dairy sector.

The Prime Minister, who was in Varanasi to inaugurate the Banas Dairy Kashi Sankul at Karkhiyaon, said that natural farming required less inputs, gave better output and was more beneficial because it earned higher returns.

“This method will make farming ‘atmanirbhar’. Those working in startups should also explore possibilities for this,” he stated.

Talking about the dairy sector, he said that the cow is our mother and held in high esteem. Those who ridicule this concept should know that India produces milk worth Rs 8.5 lakh crore every year which is more than the production of wheat or rice.

He said that in villages, cows were a sign of prosperity.

“We need to strengthen the dairy sector. The Banas Kashi Sankul will benefit dairy farmers from several adjoining districts. The dairy plant will also have a bio-gas plant that will take care of its power needs. The dairy farmers will now be able to sell cow dung for the bio-gas plant at a good price,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that milk committees and collection centres would be set up and certification of purity would also be done.

“Now the sweets of Banaras will taste sweeter – whether it is lassi or chhena sweets or ‘malaiyo’ in winter. The dairy plant will enhance the taste of Banaras,” he added.

He will also inaugurate and lay the foundation of 22 other projects.

The Prime Minister was in Varanasi earlier on December 13 to unveil the Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor project.

According to the official spokesperson, Modi will also digitally transfer a bonus of about Rs 35 crore to the bank accounts of more than 1.7 lakh milk producers associated with the Banas Dairy.

The Prime Minister said that the double engine governments had ensured double development, and this was obviously unacceptable to ‘some people’ whose politics was based on ‘mafiawad’, parivarwad’ and ‘jaatiwad’.

Earlier, the Prime Minister launched a portal and a logo dedicated to the Conformity Assessment Scheme of milk products, developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) with the help of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).

The unified logo, featuring both the BIS logo and the NDDB quality mark, will simplify the certification process for the dairy sector and reassure the public about dairy product quality.

In another effort to reduce the number of land ownership issues at the grassroots level, the Prime Minister also virtually distributed the rural residential rights record, “Gharauni”, under the Swamitva scheme of the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj to over 20 lakh residents of Uttar Pradesh.

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Maharashtra’s daily Covid-19 case count crosses 500-mark, highest since March 5

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Maharashtra on Thursday recorded 511 fresh coronavirus positive cases, the highest single day count since March 5, and one fatality. With this addition, the state’s Covid-19 tally rose to 78,84,329 and toll to 1,47,858.

On Wednesday, the state had recorded 470 cases and zero fatality. On March 5, the state had witnessed 535 cases of the respiratory disease and the fresh tally of 511 was the highest in a 24-hour span since then.There are 2,361 active cases in the state at present, the department said.

India witnessed a marginal increase in Covid cases with 2,710 infections being recorded in the past 24 hours, against previous day’s 2,628, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

Also, 14 deaths were registered taking the nationwide death toll to 5,24,539.

Meanwhile, the active caseload rose to 15,814 cases, accounting for 0.04 per cent of the total positive cases.

The recovery of 2,296 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,26,07,177 Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.75 per cent.

Meanwhile, India’s Daily Positivity rate continues at 0.58 per cent, while the Weekly Positivity Rate in the country currently stands at 0.52 per cent.

In the same period, a total of 4,65,840 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall to 84.84 crore.

As of Friday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 192.97 crore, achieved via 2,44,01,227 sessions.

Over 3.34 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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Yuvraj Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje scion withdraws from Rajya Sabha race

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On anticipated lines, Yuvraj Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje, scion of the Kolhapur throne, withdrew from the Rajya Sabha race, here on Friday.

He cited his decision as arising out of self-respect and concern for the masses.

Earlier, Sambhajiraje had explained that since the BJP can get only 2 seats, and the Sena-NCP-Congress one each, he would contest that ‘extra’ sixth seat solo with the support of various major and smaller parties.

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FIR against unknown person for threatening MP Navneet Rana

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Delhi Police has registered an FIR against an unknown person for allegedly issuing death threats to Member of Parliament Navneet Rana, an official said on Thursday.

“An FIR has been registered at the North Avenue police station under sections 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi district) Amrutha Guguloth said.

Rana’s Personal Assistant, Vikas Goswami, in the complaint, alleged that the parliamentarian received 11 calls on Tuesday in which the caller threatened her of dire consequences if she ever recites Hanuman Chalisa or comes to Maharashtra.

“The caller spoke to her very rudely and in a very inappropriate manner. He abused her, threatened to kill her and said he won’t allow her to enter Maharashtra,” the complaint lodged in Hindi read.

He further wrote that MP Rana was extremely disturbed and scared after several threatening calls.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has started probing the matter, and call detail records of the parliamentarian are being examined.

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