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Centre asks States, UTs to strictly implement lockdown measures amidst Coronavirus outbreak            Govt appeals people to avoid religious congregation, adhere to social distancing during lockdown            CBSE to promote students of class 1st to 8th to next grade; to conduct only main exams of 10th and 12th            Bihar government decides to give 1000 rupees to each migrant workers and ration card holders            United Nation's COP 26 climate change summit postponed till next year           

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18.02.2020
THE HEADLINES :-
  • Chargesheet filed by Delhi Police in the Jamia Milia Islamia violence case; Sharjeel Imam named as an instigator, sent to judicial custody till 3rd March.
  • Ministry of External Affairs issues travel advisory for Indians travelling to five provinces of Iraq.
  • All 220 people quarantined at Manesar to be discharged today after testing negative for Novel Corona Virus-COVID-19.
  • The highest ever Budget for Uttar Pradesh of over 5 lakh crore rupees tabled in the State Assembly.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the nation in his Mann Ki Baat Programme at All India Radio on the 23rd of this month.
  • Hindi is the third most spoken language in the world with 615 million speakers after English and Mandarin reports world language database, Ethnologue.

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Delhi Police today filed the charge sheet in the 15th December Jamia-New Friends Colony violence case. CCTV clips, call detail records and statements of over 100 witnesses are attached as evidence. The Delhi Police has named Sharjeel Imam as an instigator, but has not charge sheeted any students. Meanwhile, a Delhi court has sent Sharjeel Imam to judicial custody till the 3rd of March. The probe also revealed that bullet cartridges found during the violence belonged to a 3.2 m.m. pistol. Delhi Police will release more photographs for identification of people involved in the violence.
In all, 17 arrests have been made in the case so far including nine from New Friends Colony and eight from Jamia area. The police is also investigating the role of Popular Front of India in the outbreak of violence. Total 95 persons were injured in the violence in Jamia on the 15th of December including 47 police officials.

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Over 150 prominent citizens including former judges, bureaucrats, army officers and academicians wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind against anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters. They said a false and motivated campaign is being launched against the law, the National Population Register (NPR) and NRC to harm the nation. In a letter, they urged the Centre to look into the ongoing protests with all seriousness, safeguard the nation's democratic institutions and take stern action against people behind them. The signatories include 11 former judges of different high courts, 24 retired IAS officers, 11 former Indian Foreign Service officers, 16 retired IPS and 18 former Lieutenant Generals. They said the campaign is being carried out in a coordinated manner leading to violent protests in which public and private property has been destroyed.  

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All Central Government employees whose selection for appointment was finalized before 1st of January 2004 but who joined service on or after this date, can now opt to be covered under the old Pension scheme instead of National Pension System, NPS. Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions said, this order is expected to give relief to several Central Government employees, some of whom were seeking court's intervention to be covered under the old Pension scheme.
The Ministry said, Central Government employees will be given one time option to get coverage of Pension Rules, in place of the NPS. This option may be exercised by the concerned government servants latest by 31st of May this year.

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External Affairs Ministry has said that Indian nationals may now consider travelling to Iraq except to the five provinces of Nineveh, Salahuddin, Diyala, Anbar and Kirkuk. In a travel advisory, the Ministry said, these five provinces remain unsafe due to the prevailing security situation in the country.
Those Indian nationals wishing to travel for employment and already having work permits and appropriate visas may return to their jobs in the safe areas in Iraq. They may inform the Embassy of India in Baghdad or Consulate General of India in Erbil prior to travelling to Iraq. Those Indian nationals wishing to travel for religious purposes and having appropriate visa and return air-ticket, may also travel for pilgrimage to the holy places of Najaf and Karbala. However, they have been advised to not extend their religious pilgrimage to the neighbouring Syria.
In its travel advisory on the 8th of last month, India had asked its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to and within Iraq due to the escalation of tension.

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US President Donald Trump will arrive on a two day state visit to India on 24th of this month. This will be his first visit to India. He will be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump. President Trump and the First Lady will attend official engagements in New Delhi and Gujarat, and interact with a cross-section of Indian society.
US President Donald Trump has said he is looking forward to his first visit to India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also noted in a tweet that India and the US share a common commitment to democracy and pluralism. More from our correspondent.

"Prime Minister Modi and President Trump last met on 24th of September last year on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York. This was their fourth meeting since Mr Modi returned to power for a second term in May last year. Over the past three years, both leaders have developed a personal rapport. They met four times last year, including their historic joint address before a strong 50,000 crowd of Indian-Americans in Houston. During this visit, the two leaders are expected to jointly address a massive public rally at a newly- built stadium in Ahmedabad. President Trump will also take part in a roadshow and tour the Sabarmati Ashram. This visit is expected to further bolster the strategic ties and enduring friendship between the people of the two countries. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."

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President of the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF)Mukesh Aghi has said that President Trump's upcoming visit to India has the potential to usher in a new era of bilateral ties. Mr. Aghi further said in a statement that there is an opportunity to make real progress on multiple aspects of the relationship- whether it is upholding peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region; building upon an already strong energy partnership; developing co-production and co-development opportunities in the defence space; or strengthening bilateral trade.
The top American business advocacy group, USISPF, in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Observer Research Foundation, will be organizing a programme entitled 'US-India Forum: Partners for Growth' on the sidelines of the visit. The day-long programme on the 25th of February in New Delhi, will bring together over 500 senior business executives, members of the US-India think tank community and leading figures of the Indian diaspora.

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Now moving on to our series "Har Kaam, Desh Ke Naam". In this series, we take a look at the programmes and policies of the government aimed at reaching out to the last mile of development and welfare of all.
Today, we take a look at the Soil Health Card Scheme launched by the government on the 19th of February 2015.
The Scheme launched by the Government of India aims at helping farmers by issuing soil cards to them, which will carry crop-wise recommendations of nutrients and fertilizers required for the individual. It will  improve the productivity through judicious use of inputs. This scheme is being successfully implemented in Idukki district in Kerala.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in Idukki’s  Santhanpara region has already issued 3,000 soil cards to the farmers.Manju Jincy Varghese, Soil scientist in ICAR, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Santhanpara, Idukki told AIR News, farmers in this region are finding the scheme extremely beneficial.
 
"Idukki farmers are facing a lot of problems regarding soil acidity. Actually Idukki soils are extremely acidic in nature. That is it nearly comes to 3.5 to 4.5, which is causing a lot of fungal problem specially in cardamom crop. So ICAR, Krishi Vigyan Kendra has done many demonstrations in the farmers field. We have come to the conclusion that regarding the soil acidity farmers are being needed aware on the application of lime. So depending on the acidity we are telling them how much lime to be applied for each crop. And based on the nutrient deficiency especially potash, magnesium, calcium and micro nutrients like zinc and boron highly deficient in Idukki soil, which are addressed  to the farmers, and they are been made aware of the deficiency symptoms that seen in the cardamom crop. So based on that through health card we are giving them the recommendations for the deficiency symptoms and the fertilizer application. So that farmers can get more benefit out of the health card.

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The Uttar Pradesh Government presented the state's largest ever annual budget in the State Legislature today. The budgetary  demands of five lakh 12 thousand 860 crore rupees was tabled in the Assembly by Finance Minister Suresh Khanna in the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
This is the fourth budget presented by the Yogi Adityanath Government. In the Upper House, the budget was tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Dr Dinesh Sharma. New schemes of 10 thousand 967 crore 87 lakh rupees have been included in the budget. While presenting the budget, Finance Minister Suresh Khanna said that the budget is centered on the development of youth, education, skill development, infrastructure, women empowerment. A fund of three thousand 300 rupees have been given for Piped drinking water in Bundelkhand and Vidya area. An amount of 510 crore rupees has been allocated for the development under Purvanchal Nidhi and Bundelkhand Nidhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio this Sunday. It will be the 62nd episode of the monthly radio programme.
Prime Minister Modi has invited people to share their ideas on topics he should address in the 62nd Episode of 'Mann Ki Baat'. People can dial 1800-11-7800 to record their message and can write on the NaMo App Open Forum or on MyGov.in People can also give a missed call on 1922 and follow the link received in SMS to directly give their suggestions. Suggestions can be given till Saturday. 

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People who were quarantined at the Manesar Army Camp on their return from China will be dispersed today. They have tested negative for Novel Corona virus- COVID-19. The Health Ministry said, all the 220 people will be discharged today. These people were brought to the camp by the government from Wuhan in China.
Yesterday, over 400 people who were kept at the ITBP Quarantine Facility in Chhawla, New Delhi were discharged after they tested negative for COVID-19.

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The Japanese Government today said that all passengers and crew on board the ship Diamond Princess have now been tested for  Novel Corona virus- COVID-19. Earlier, more than 450 people had tested positive for COVID-19 on board the vessel, which has been quarantined off the coast of Japan.

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Now we move on to Our Segment of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat
 
India is known for Unity in Diversity and the whole fabric of the nation has been woven by diverse Linguistic, Cultural and Religious threads. The spirit of mutual understanding amidst a shared history has enabled development of unity in diversity. The idea of a sustained and structured cultural connects between residents of different regions was mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas held on 31st October, 2015. Under the programme Andhra Pradesh has been paired with Punjab.
 
"The culture of Andhra Pradesh is an integral part of the rich cultural heritage of the country. The art and crafts of the region like Kalamkari, Bidri, the fabulous weaving of Gadwal and Venkatagiri, Pedana, Uppada and Mangalgiri; the exclusive metal ware, brass, stone and wood carving highlight the immense talent of the Andhra craftsmen. Sikh art and Culture is synonymous with that of the Punjab Region. The Punjab itself has been called “India’s Melting Pot” due to the confluence of invading culture. The States of Andhra Pradesh and Punjab share many similarities and both the States learn a lot from each other by mutual interaction centered on knowing about each other’s culture, history and tradition. Like several folk dances in Andhra Pradesh, there are good number of folk dances in Punjab, each with their won colorful history and unique style. Thus, there are so many similarities beween Andhra Prahesh and Punjab States, Dr. G. Kondala Rao, AIR News, Vijayawada.

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Hindi is the 3rd most spoken language of the world in 2019 with 615 million speakers. The 22nd edition of the world language database Ethnologue stated English is at the top of the list with 1,132 million speakers. Chinese Mandarin is at the second position with 1,117 million speakers.

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