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India has overcome Congress legacy, can no more use it as excuse: NITI Aayog Vice Chairman

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Even as the ruling BJP and its senior leaders have repeatedly attacked the Congress for leaving behind a legacy of governance failure, policy paralysis and economy in shambles, the Central government can no more use this as an excuse and will have to take ownership of not only its accomplishments but also its failures from now on, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar sai...

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Raje seeks national status for Rajasthan canal project

Jaipur/New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Sunday asked the Central government to consider special additional budgetary support challenge to the state to meet the challenge of safe drinking water availability, while seeking national project status for the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP). In her address at the 4th NITI Aayog Governing Council meeti...

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At NITI meet, Modi moots double digit growth, linking MNREGA to agriculture

New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) The fourth annual meeting of the NITI Aayog's Governing Council was conducted on Sunday in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chaired the meet, gave the target of achieving double digit economic growth as well as the idea to link MNREGA employment with agriculture, among other things. Modi also tried to placate the Chief Ministers of states like Andhra Prad...

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Committee to examine using MNREGA in agriculture

New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) The Central government is mulling to link MNREGA with the agriculture sector in a way that the rural employment scheme and the demands of labour in agriculture complement each other, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said here on Sunday. The government has formed a seven-member committee of the Chief Ministers to examine the feasibility of the idea and the wa...

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Karnataka seeks 50% central aid for farm loan waiver

New Delhi/Bengaluru, June 17 (IANS) Flagging the agrarian crisis gripping the country, Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Sunday urged the Central government to bear 50 per cent of the farm loans the state government plans to waive soon. As we are ready to waive loans to free farmers from debt, I request the Central government to provide 50 per cent financial support to our ini...

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Central schemes no longer limited to certain people, reaching all: Modi

New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called upon Chief Ministers to contribute their efforts towards 100 per cent implementation of Central schemes for the poor people's welfare as he said these were no longer limited to certain people and reaching everyone without discrimination. He encouraged states to give fresh ideas to the Finance Commission on outcome-ba...

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CII lauds Prabhu's US visit to sort trade issues

New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) Noting that US trade officials are expected to visit India soon in an attempt to address the trade and economic irritants between the two countries, industry chamber CII on Sunday lauded Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu's visit to the US for setting a roadmap to resolve bilateral trade issues expeditiously. India and the US have agreed to hold official talks soon...

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Himachal sees drive against cannabis, opium cultivation

Shimla, June 17 (IANS) The interiors of Himachal Pradesh, especially in the Kullu Valley infamous for cannabis and opium cultivation, have seen special drives by making officials and elected representatives at the grassroots accountable, the government said on Sunday. The number of cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in the state has multiplied three tim...

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Smart India hackathon final for hardware products in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, June 16 (IANS) The five-day grand finale of the 'Smart India Hackathon' (SIH) will be held at the renowned Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here from Monday to showcase hardware products by college students from across the country, it was announced on Saturday. Organised by Union Human Resource Development Ministry in partnership with academia and industry, the hardware edit...

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India too missing mark to achieve Paris climate goals: Experts

New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) A vast majority of nations, including disaster-facing India, are missing the mark in achieving the goal set at the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The leaked United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) draft report is a warning on climate's adverse impacts, experts warned on Friday. The draft report, due for p...

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India-US officials likely to meet in June to discuss trade issues: Prabhu

New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu on Friday said that officials from India and the US are expected to meet soon most likely within this month to take forward the dialogue process to resolve trade issues between the two sides. According to the minister, who holds the charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, both sides have decided to resolve ...

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Can Vedic technique help curtail air pollution?

New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) With levels of air pollution in Delhi and surrounding areas deteriorating to extremely hazardous levels, experts have come up with a Vedic technique to purify the indoor environment, specifically the polluted air. The technique called yagya, mentioned in ancient texts including Vedas and Upanishads, can reduce particulate matters (PM) a result of air pollution, ...

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31.91 lakh tonnes of pulses, oilseeds procured

New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (Nafed) has procured 31.91 lakh tonnes of pulses and oilseeds in 2017-18, benefitting over 20 lakh farmers, an official statement said on Thursday. Money was directly transferred to farmers' accounts and Nafed is expected to earn profit this year, said the Agriculture Ministry statement. Nafed procu...

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Cabinet approves continuation of agriculture education development plan

New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved continuation of the Three Year Action Plan (2017-2020) of the scheme for Agricultural Education Division and ICAR Institutes to strengthen and develop higher agricultural education in the country. The scheme is aimed to generate quality human resources from the institutions of higher agricultural ed...

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Rahul says 'sorry' for nation's apathy to Dalit farmer-scientist

Nagpur, June 13 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday visited the family of late Dalit farmer-scientist Dadaji Ramaji Khobragade in Maharashtra's Chandrapur and apologised for the nation's apathy to his achievements. Gandhi paid tributes before a garlanded portrait of Khobragade at his home, where the walls are covered with several certificates, medals and honours for his l...

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India, US agree on comprehensive talks to address trade issues

Washington/New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) India and the United States have agreed to hold official talks soon to address the trade and economic irritants between both nations, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Tuesday. This decision was taken during a series of meetings Prabhu had with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer in Washington d...

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Rahul 'sorry' for nation's apathy to Dalit farmer-scientist

Nagpur, June 13 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday visited the family of late Dalit farmer-scientist Dadaji Ramaji Khobragade in Chandrapur, Maharashtra, and apologised for the nation's apathy to his achievements. Gandhi paid tributes before a garlanded portrait of Khobragade at his home, where the walls are covered with several certificates, medals and honours for his l...

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Sri Lankan President appoints 7 new non-cabinet ministers

Colombo, June 12 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena appointed seven new non-cabinet ministers which included two new state ministers and five new deputy ministers, it was announced on Tuesday. Ruling United National Party (UNP) MP Ranjth Aluwihare was sworn in as state minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs while UNP legislator Lucky Jayawardena was...

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Under BJP rule, Chhattisgarh now role model for development: Amit Shah

Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh), June 11 (IANS) From an utterly backward region as part of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh has now developed into a prosperous state under the BJP rule, BJP President Amit Shah said here on Monday. He said that the state's Bastar region was also coming out of the throes of Maoism, thanks to sustained efforts by the state government and stressed that riding on develo...

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Karnataka coalition ministry gets down to work, finally

Bengaluru, June 11 (IANS) The JD-S-Congress coalition government in Karnataka got down to work finally on Monday, with most of the 25 cabinet ministers attending office for the first time after being sworn in five days earlier, said an official on Monday. About a dozen of the 14 Congress ministers and seven of the nine ministers from the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) assumed office at the se...

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