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Indian, Chinese Military officials hold high delegation level talks to address current situation in border areas            North East emerged as a role model for development: Dr Jitendra Singh            COVID19 recovery rate is 48.20 per cent; over 1 lakh recovered so far            Around 65000 stranded Indian brought back home under Vande Bharat Mission            COVID-19 recovery rate is 48.20% in the country, 1,14,073 recovered so far           

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19.02.2020

THE HEADLINES

  • US President Donald Trump says he is looking forward to his visit to India; Prime Minister Narendra Modi says this visit will further cement India-US relationship.

  • India to send military aircraft  to China tomorrow with medical aid and to evacuate its nationals from Covid-19 -hit Wuhan.

  • First meeting of Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust today  to finalise date for starting construction of the temple.

  • More than 22 crore soil Health cards issued to farmers  as the scheme completes its fifth year.

  • United Kingdom announces new points-based visa system to attract brightest and the best from the world, including India.

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US President Donald Trump has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he is looking forward to his visit to India. He was talking to mediaperons at Joint Base Andrews in Washington last night.


"I happen to like Prime Minister Modi a lot. And he told me we have 7 million people in the Airport and the event and at the stadium I understand is sort of semi under-construction but is going to be the largest in the world. It is a going to be very exciting."


On Indo-US trade deal, Mr Trump said, the two countries are going to sign a major bilateral trade package but he is really saving the big deal for later.


"We can have a trade deal with India but I can really saving the big deal for later on we are doing a very big trade deal with India. We will have it. I don't know whether we have done it before the elections but we will have a big trade deal with India."


Mr Trump is scheduled to visit India on February 24th and 25th.


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US President Donald Trump will be welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Sardar Patel international airport, Ahmedabad on his arrival on the 24th February. President Trump will be given a guard of honor at the airport on his arrival. After reaching Ahmedabad Airport, President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will first visit Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram. After that they will reach the newly built world’s largest Motera Stadium for the main function "Namaste Trump".


Our correspondent reports that preparations in connection with the visit of the US President is in full swing.


Though the people of Ahmedabad had witnessed the visits of Chinese President and Japanese Prime Minister in recent past, but the visit of US President is much different from the previous. The people of Ahmedabad are eagerly waiting to welcome the US President Donald Trump and US first lady Melania right from Airport to Motera Stadium. According to Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra, 1.20 lakh people are likely to attend the Namaste Trump-function at newly built Motera Stadium. Two control rooms have been set up to monitor the roadshow and Namaste Trump- function at the Stadium. Though the President Trump and Prime Minister Modi will use limited route for their roadshow, the big hoardings- welcoming them and marking Namaste Trump event have emerged all over the city. Public broadcaster Doordarshan will deploy 50 plus teams with 35 kilometer long fiber optic cable network for the worldwide live coverage. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


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India will send a military aircraft  to China tomorrow to evacuate its nationals from Covid-19 -hit Wuhan. Sources said, Indian Air Force's C-17 aircraft will also carry a large consignment of medical supplies to the neighbouring country. Earlier, the government had evacuated 640 Indians from China by sending Air India planes following the outbreak of Covid-19.


Meanwhile, all 406 people, who were quarantined at the ITBP camp in the national capital have departed to their homes after they tested negative for COVID 19. A family of six persons left the camp this morning. 


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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have paid tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his birth anniversary. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was known for his courage, valor, warfare strategies, progressive outlook, respect for women and for his exemplary character.


In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, he is bowing to one of the greatest sons of Mother India, the embodiment of courage, compassion and good governance.


Paying his tributes, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was a superior warrior and even after centuries, people still get inspiration from him.


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The first meeting of Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust is scheduled to take place in New Delhi today. The trust is mandated by the Central Government to complete the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya. In the meeting, the trust is likely to finalise the date for starting the construction of the temple. The 15-member trust has religious as well as civilian members among others.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Hunar Haat in New Delhi today.  Master artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts from across the country are participating in the Haat which will continue till 23rd of this month. More than 250 stalls have been set up at India Gate lawns where these experts are showcasing their indigenous exquisite handmade products. 


Our correspondent reports that this year Hunar Haat is based on the theme of Kaushal Ko Kaam.


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Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda has assured that government will continuously support the National Scheduled Tribe Commission in its bid to uplift the interests of tribal communities.  Speaking at the inaugural function of 16th Foundation Day of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes in New Delhi today, Mr Munda appealed the commission to focus on addressing special issues, including redressal of grievances and cases of atrocities against tribal communities.


"एक रिसर्च डील सबका इन्डिपेंडेंट होना चाहिए जो विभिन् गतिविधियों पर आपको डेटा एनालाइज करके बता सके। हम काम कर रहे हैं पर उसका डेटा मैनेजमेंट सिंस्टम हमारा अभी तक उस रूप में डेवलप नहीं हो पाया है जिस रूप में हमें आने वाले दिनों में आवश्यकता पड़ेगी। इस दृष्टि से आयोग को ज्यादा सक्रिय होने की आवश्यकता है।"


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Fifth year of launch of Soil Health Card being observed across the country to create awareness about benefits of the scheme. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Soil Health Card (SHC) Scheme on 19th February, 2015 at Suratgarh in Rajasthan. In two phases more than 22 crore soil Health cards issued to the farmers  as the scheme completes its fifth year. During Cycle-I (2015 to 17), 10.74 crore Soil Health Cards and during Cycle-II (2017 to 19), 11.74 crore Soil Health Cards have been distributed to farmers. The Government has spent more than 700 crore rupees on  this  scheme. The scheme aims at issuing soil health cards to farmers every two years so as to provide a basis to address nutritional deficiencies in soil. The scheme ensures additional income to farmers by increase in yields and it also promotes sustainable farming.


Launching the scheme, Mr Modi said, the farmers should know the health status of soil. He said, if soil will not be healthy, the farm production will not increase.


"मुझे ये देखकर काफी खुशी है कि मेरे किसान भाई सोइल हैल् कार्ड मृदा स्वास्थ् कार्ड में दी गई सलाह पर अमल करने के लिए आगे आए हैं और जैसे-जैसे परिणाम मिल रहे हैं उनका उत्साह भी बढ़ता जा रहा है और अब किसान को भी लग रहा है कि अगर फसल की चिंता करनी है तो पहले धरती मां का ख्याल रखना होगा और अगर हम धरती मां का ख्याल रखेंगे तो धरमी मां हम सबका ख्याल रखेगी।"


The scheme has been introduced to assist State Governments to issue Soil Health Cards to all farmers in the country. It provides information to farmers on nutrient status of their soil along with recommendation on appropriate dosage of nutrients to be applied for improving soil health and its fertility.


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The National Soil Health Card scheme enters its successful fifth year today. Our correspondent reports that the wide - spread use of these cards has helped in popularizing the optimal use of fertilizers.


"The National Soil Health Card scheme, which has completed its fifth year today, has ushered in a new awareness about the importance of a green economy, says Dr P Balasubramanian, Head of the Department of Soil Sciences, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Trichy. He said that the wide - spread use of these cards has helped in popularizing the optimal use of fertilizers. Talking to AIR, Dr Balasubramanian said that the health card was an excellent way of protecting the health of Mother Earth by accurately measuring the quality of soil and ensuring the use of proper fertilizers.


Dr Balasubramanian pointed out that the soil card has also served to increase the quality of life of farmers by increasing the productivity of their farms. He reiterated that the health of the soil definitely translates into wealth of the farmer. This is Dr K Parameswaran, from Trichy."


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Our section of Ek Bharat Shretha Bharat.


The Odiya Samaj in Nagpur is being carrying various activities in tune with the ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ Concept. Secretary of Odia Samaj Nagpur Anup Kuamr Satpathi  informed that,  apart from carrying social works like Blood donation, Food distribution and help to Orphanages, Odia Samaj is propagating Odia Culture through Jagganath Festival in Jaggnath Temple in Nagpur. 


"There are many cultural similarities between Odisha and Maharashtra. In both the places, the festivals are given importance throughout the year. You will see a lot of similarity in it. There are some festivals like Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra which is in Odisha and not in Maharashtra. Nowadays Ganeshpuja takes place in both the places, with full fanfare. You will be surprised to see, Ganesha Puja takes place in almost every school in Odisha, which also happens in Maharashtra. There are many festivals, such as 'Pola' which is known by some other name in Odisha. There is also a similarity in food habit in both places. But there is a little difference in the food and there is also a diversity. Being near to a coastal area, there is more prevalence of rice there, which is less here. In the apparels, you will see ladies wear sarees in both the States. Men use dhoti more. Kurtas are popular here but slightly less than Maharashtra. The language which is in Odisha, the language has much more similarity."


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UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel has announced the launch of the Britain's new points-based visa system. It aims at attracting the "brightest and the best" from the world, including from India. Ms Patel, the senior-most Indian-origin Cabinet minister said, the new system will cut down numbers of cheap, low-skilled migrating workers coming to the country. The new system will come into force from January 1, 2021 at the end of the transition period after UK's exit from the European Union (EU) last month.


The new post-Brexit system, which will apply equally to the EU and non-EU countries like India, is based on assigning points for specific skills, qualifications, salaries and professions, with visas only awarded to those who gain enough points.


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Indian Grand Master Vidit Gujrathi maintained a one-point lead after settling for a draw against Nikita Vitiugov of Russia in the sixth round of the Prague Chess Festival's Masters category. The 25-year old Indian no. 2 opted for a London opening in his game against the Russian Grand Master,  and had to sign the peace treaty in 39 moves. Vidit's compatriot P Harikrishna had to be content with his fifth draw in six games, against lower-rated Spanish Grand Master David Anton Guijjaro.


Vidit and Harikrishna will meet in an interesting clash in the seventh round later today.


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Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) is one of the key projects of the Home Ministry to provide timely assistance to a person in distress. In the emergency  situation, call can be made on 112 for help. This service is presently available in 28 States and Union Territories. The 112 India Mobile App can be downloaded for free and the help is available with a press of a button.


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