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27.02.2021

THE HEADLINES :-

  • First-ever India Toy Fair inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conferencing today.


  • Toy Fair is major step towards building AatmaNirbhar Bharat, says Prime Minister; Appeals to local toy manufacturers to make toys that are best suited for ecology and child psychology.


  • Assembly elections for West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry to be held from 27th March to 29th April; Model Code of Conduct is in place in poll-bound states.


  • Bypolls for Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu and Malappuram in Kerala to be held on 6th of April.


  • Counting of votes to take place on 2nd of May.


  • Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat record upsurge in active cases of coronavirus.


  • Home Secretary asks States and Union Territories to maintain caution and strict surveillance to fully overcome Covid-19 pandemic.


  • Over one Crore 42 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the country so far.


  • Prime Minister to share his thoughts in 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio tomorrow at 11 AM.


  • Bhakti Movement Saint Guru Ravidas Jayanti being observed across the country today.

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As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps --

  • Wear a face mask.
  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.
  • Focus on hand and face hygiene. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, the India Toy Fair is going to be a major step in the journey towards building an AatmaNirbhar Bharat and strengthening the age-old traditions of the country. The Prime Minister was speaking after inaugurating the first-ever India Toy Fair through video conferencing.


"खिलौनों के क्षेत्र में भार के पास tradition भी है और technology भी है, भारत के पास concepts भी हैं, और competence भी है। हम दुनिया को eco-friendly toys की ओर वापस लेकर जा सकते हैं, हमारे software engineers computer games के जरिए भारत की कहानियों को, भारत के जो मूलभूत मूल् हैं उन कथाओं को दुनिया तक पहुंचा सकते हैं। लेकिन इस सबके बावजूद, 100 बिलियन डॉलर के वैश्विक खिलौना बाजार में आज हमारी हिस्सेदारी बहुत ही कम है। देश में 85 प्रतिशत खिलौने बाहर से आते हैं, विदेशों से मंगाए जाते हैं। पिछले 7 दशकों में भारतीय कारीगरों की, भारतीय विरासत की जो उपेक्षा हुई, उसका परिणाम ये है कि भारत के बाज़ार से लेकर परिवार तक में विदेशी खिलौने भर गए हैं आज हमें इस स्थिति को बदलने के लिए मिलकर काम करना है। हमें खेल और खिलौनों के क्षेत्र में भी देश को आत्मनिर्भर बनाना है, वोकल फॉर लोकल होना है।"


Mr Modi said that most Indian toys are affordable and made from natural and eco-friendly items.


"Reuse और recycling जिस तरह भारतीय जीवनशैली का हिस्सा रहे हैं, वही हमारे खिलौनों में भी दिखता है। ज़्यादातर भारतीय खिलौने प्राकृतिक और eco-friendly चीजों से बनाते हैं, उनमें इस्तेमाल होने वाले रंग भी प्राकृतिक और सुरक्षित होते हैं। अभी हम वाराणसी के लोगों से बात कर रहे थे। वाराणसी के लकड़ी के खिलौने और गुड़िया को देखिए, राजस्थान के मिट्टी के खिलौने देखिए, ऐसे ही पूर्वी मेदिनीपुर की गलर गुड़िया है, कच्छ में कपड़ा डिंगला और डिंगली है, आंध्रप्रदेश के इटिकोप्पका बोम्मलू और बुधनी के लकड़ी के खिलौने हैं।"


The Prime Minister appealed to Indian toy manufacturers to make toys that are better for both ecology and psychology by using material that can be recycled.


Mr Modi said this first Toy Fair is not just a business or economic event, but a link to strengthen the country's age-old culture of sports and games. The Prime Minister pointed out that people from across the nation have done extensive researches on the toys of Indus valley and Mohenjadaro.


Mr Modi also pointed out that the world famous game of Chess, originated in India. He added that Chess was earlier played in India as 'Chaturanga or Chaduranga' and Ludo was also played as 'Pachisi'. The Prime Minister said, there is so much talent hidden in the toy industry and this strength will be increased multifold and the identity of the industry will be consolidated through AatmaNirbhar Bharat campaign.


"हमें दुनिया के बाज़ार को, दुनिया की प्राथमिकताओं को जानना होगा। हमारे खिलौनों में बच्चों के लिए हमारे मूल्य, संस्कार और शिक्षाएं भी होनी चाहिए, और उनकी गुणवत्ता भी अंतर्राष्ट्रीय मानकों के हिसाब से होनी चाहिए। इस दिशा में देश ने कई अहम फैसले लिए हैं। पिछले वर्ष से खिलौनों की क्वालिटी टेस्ट को अनिवार्य किया गया है। इम्पोर्ट होने वाले खिलौनों की हर खेप में भी sample testing की इजाजत दी गई है। पहले खिलौनों के बारे में सरकारें बात करने की भी जरूरत नहीं समझती थीं। इसे कोई गंभीर विषय नहीं समझा जाता था। लेकिन अब देश ने खिलौना उद्योग को 24 प्रमुख क्षेत्रों में दर्जा दिया है, उसका दर्जा दे दिया है।"


The Prime Minister said there are deions in ures about many different forms of Lord Ram's toys. He said local toys strengthen the feeling of unity among the kids. Mr. Modi said Indian toys not only entertain, but also teach complicated scientific theories in a simplified manner. Lattu teaches gravity and balance, and Gullel teaches potential and kinetic energy. 


"जब बच्चे लट्टू से खेलना सीखते हैं तो लट्टू खेल खेल में ही उन्हें gravity और balance का पाठ पढ़ा जाता है। वैसे ही गुलेल से खेलता बच्चा जाने-अनजाने में Potential से Kinetic Energy के बारे में basics सीखने लगता है। Puzzle toys से रणनीतिक सोच और समस्या को सुलझाने की सोच विकसित होती है। इसी तरह, नवजात बच्चे भी झुनझुने और बाजे घुमा-घुमाकर circular movement को महसूस करने लगते हैं। आगे जा कर इन्ही चीज़ों को जब उन्हें उनकी कक्षा में, किताबों में पढ़ाया जाता है तो अपने खेल से उसे relate कर पाते हैं। Practical aspects को समझ पाते हैं।


Mr Modi urged the parents to play with their children and said toys do play a vital role in the learning process of children. The Prime Minister interacted with toy makers from Channapatna in Karnataka, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and Jaipur in Rajasthan. He urged the toymakers from Channapatna Toy Clusters who have been in the business for 200 years to try e-markets and newer ways to market their products and take their products global.


The Prime Minister has made a call for the promotion of ‘Handmade in India’, in parallel with the thrust on ‘Make in India’ as a response to the growing global demand for hand made toys.


"अगर आज Made in India की demand है तो आज Handmade in India की demand भी उतनी ही बढ़ रही है। आज लोग खिलौनों को केवल एक product के रूप में ही नहीं बल्कि उस खिलौने से जुड़े अनुभव से भी जुड़ना चाहते हैं। इसलिए हमें Handmade In India को भी promote करना है। हमें ये भी याद रखना है कि, हम कोई खिलौना बनाते हैं तो हम एक बाल मन को गढ़ते हैं, बचपन के असीम उल्लास को गढ़ते हैं, उसमें सपने भरते हैं। यही उल्लास हमारे कल का निर्माण करेगा।"


Speaking on the occasion, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said the Toy Fair will see pavilions by 11 partner states and 100 speakers including experts and industry specialists.

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Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. 


Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. Polling in West Bengal will be held in eight phases on 27th March and 1st, 6th, 10th, 17th, 22nd, 26th and 29th April.


Assam will go to polls in three phases on 27th March and 1st and 6th April.   


The assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held in a single phase on 6th April.


The Chief Election Commissioner said, the model code of conduct came into force with the announcement of the elections.


The Election Commission also announced bypoll for Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu and Malappuram Lok Sabha seat in Kerala which will be held on 6th April.

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In Assam, the Golaghat district administration has geared up with all necessary preparations for the smooth conduct of the state assembly elections. In order to create awareness about the electoral process among the electorate, extensive measures have been taken under the Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation Programme. Official sources informed that persons above 80 years of age could cast their votes by postal ballot. Such ballots will be collected from their homes as and when required.

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In the Union Territory of Puducherry, polling for 30 assembly seats will be held on 6th April. Of the 30 Assembly seats, five are reserved for the Scheduled Caste candidates. In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the polling time has been increased by one hour. Our Puducherry Correspondent reports that the counting of votes will be held on 2nd May.


"Following the announcement, while talking to the Media persons the Chief Election Officer of Puducherry Mr. Shurbir Singh said that since the number of voters per booth has been restricted to 1000 by the ECI, 607 new booths have been set up taking the total number of booths from 952 to 1559. Only 2 persons and 2 Vehicles will be allowed along with the candidate for filing nominations. And only 5 volunteers will be allowed to undertake door to door campaign for the candidate. 154 vulnerable hamlets, 233 vulnerable booths and 16 critical booths have been identified and around 3098 police men will be deployed for security and 9140 government staffs will be involved in election duties. All polling staffs will be vaccinated before election and face mask, sanitiser, gloves will be given. The ceiling of expenditure has been fixed 22 lakh rupees, he added.  Chandra Mohan,  AIR NEWS Puducherry."

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The Government will start administering COVID-19 vaccine to people above 60 years and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities from Monday. The preparation is underway for this phase of covid Vaccination. In view of this, the ongoing sessions of vaccination will not take place today and tomorrow in wake of IT system transition from Co-Win 1.0 to Co-Win 2.0. The vaccine will be administered free of cost at ten thousand government hospitals to these groups while the cost of the vaccine at 20 thousand private vaccination centres will be borne by the beneficiaries.


Talking to AIR News, Director, AIIMS Dr. Randeep Guleria explained the process of vaccination at Government and Private Centres


Director in Lady Harding Medical College, Dr NN Mathur said, people should wear face mask even after administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.


Our Correspondent reports that the new phase of vaccination of age-appropriate groups will expand the COVID vaccination in the country manifold.


"Vaccination will be free of charge at the Government Vaccination Centres. The beneficiary will have to show a photo ID document for proof of age and certificate of co-morbidity for citizens in age group of 45 years to 59 years, signed by a registered medical practitioner. Those taking the COVID vaccine at any designated and empanelled private health facility will have to pay a pre-fixed charge. The beneficiaries will be able to self register in advance by downloading the CO-Win 2.0 portal and through other IT Applications such as Arogya Setu. They will also be able to choose the COVID Vaccination Centre of their choice and book an appointment for vaccination. The private health facilities mandatorily must have adequate space for the vaccination process. They must have basic cold chain equipments for storing the vaccine vials. With Dipendra Kumar, Suparna Saikia, AIR News Delhi."

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The Government today said that six states have recorded an upsurge in active cases of Covid19. These states are Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. The Union Health Ministry said, Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at eight thousand 333. It is followed by Kerala with three thousand 671 while Punjab reported 622 new cases. The Ministry said, only six states and UTs account for 82.3 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties of 48. Punjab follows with 15 and Kerala reported 14 deaths in the last 24 hours.

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In Maharashtra, the Nagpur district administration has imposed weekend lockdown in order to curb the rising Covid cases in the City.


"The Nagpur district administration has imposed  weekend lockdown for today and tomorrow in order to curb the rising Covid positive cases in the City. Guardian minister of Nagpur Dr Nitin Rawat yesterday took a review meeting and appealed to the public to co-operate with district administration to control the spread of virus. He also said this is not a complete lockdown. Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar inspected the main squares of  city. He said that people are responding well to this weekend lockdown.


Amidst this weekend lockdown  essential services are running smoothly. The daily testing and vaccination has also being on the war front in the Nagpur district .Dhananjay Wankhede for  AIR news Nagpur."

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Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has asked States and Union Territories to maintain caution and strict surveillance to fully overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Bhalla has written a letter to all the States and Union Territories after extending COVID-19 guidelines till 31st March. He said the number of active and new cases in the country has substantially declined over the last few months but there is a need to maintain caution and strict surveillance.


The States and Union Territories have also been asked that Containment Zones continue to be demarcated carefully with prescribed containment measures to be strictly followed within these zones and COVID-appropriate behaviour be promoted and strictly enforced.

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The Union Health Ministry said more than one crore 42 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to beneficiaries in the country so far. A total of seven lakh 69 thousand doses of the vaccine were given to health care and frontline workers in the last 24 hours.


Meanwhile, the country's COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.14 per cent with recovery of more than 12 thousand patients within 24 hours. The Ministry said, more than one crore seven lakh patients have already recovered from this disease. A total of 16 thousand 488 new cases were reported in the country in the past 24 hours

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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has said that the practice of online courts and e filing was accelerated greatly during the Covid pandemic which not only improved the ease of access to justice but also in reducing the associated costs and improving the ease of doing business.


Speaking at the eleventh graduation ceremony of Ambedkar law University in Chennai today, he said that legal institutions and education must also be tailored to meet the modern demands like expertise in cyber crime, intellectual property violations, and international law.

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Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government is committed to freedom of media and rights of individuals but it is equally concerned about safety, security, and law and order in the country.


After inaugurating centenary celebrations of Patna High Court Mr Prasad said, the commitment of Government to freedom of media is complete and total but it is equally concerned about the security and sovereignty of India.

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The government has released guidelines that aim to regulate social media, digital news media, and over-the-top (OTT) content providers.The government pointed out these guidelnes empower the ordinary users of digital platforms and give them platform to seek redressal for their grievances and command accountability in case of infringement of their rights. Filmaker Vivek Agnihotri, Board Member in Central Board of Film Certification welcomed the move.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in the Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio tomorrow at 11 am. It will be the 74th episode of the monthly radio programme. It will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and also on AIR News website www.newsonair.com and newsonair Mobile App. It will also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of AIR, DD News, PMO and Information and Broadcasting Ministry. AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. The regional language versions will be repeated at eight in the evening.

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Guru Ravidas Jayanti is being observed across the country today. His influence on Indian culture is immense, especially in North India. Bhakti movement's Saint Guru Ravidas is well-known for making efforts in eradicating the caste system. He was a contemporary of Kabirdas and Mirabai was a disciple of Ravidas. His importance in Sikhism is denoted by the fact that 40 of his poems were included in the sacred ure of the religion, the Adi Granth.


President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Guru Ravidas on his Jayanti. Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tributes to Sant Ravidas on his Jayanti.

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BJP President J P Nadda has said that all the schemes of the Narendra Modi government are aimed at strengthening the person standing on the last mile. Addressing an event on Sant Ravidas Jayanti at party headquarters in New Delhi, Mr Nadda said, the government is bringing the poor, deprived, exploited and the Dalit into the mainstream through these schemes. He said, the people should take inspiration from the life of Saint Ravidas and try to inculcate his teachings in day to day life.

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Today is the death anniversary of revolutionary freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today paid tributes to the great freedom fighter. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, an exceptional leader and a true patriot, Azad motivated and inspired many to join the freedom movement. The Vice President said, his supreme sacrifice for our motherland will always be remembered.


Home Minister Amit Shah has also paid tributes to the rebel leader. Mr. Shai said, the sacrifice of Chandrashekhar Azad teaches us to offer everything in the service of the motherland.

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The Saras Aajeevika Mela 2021 is underway at Noida Haat. The fair was inaugurated by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar yesterday. It will continue till 14th March. The fair remains open from 11 AM to 8 PM daily. More than 300 rural self-help groups and craftsman from 27 states are participating in the Mela which is being organized by the Ministry of Rural Development.


Addressing the gathering, Mr Tomar said that the Ministry of Rural Development is working to include more women in Self Help Groups (SHGs). He said these SHGs played a vital role in increasing family income and improving the quality of life. Speaking about Prime Minister's call for a self-reliant India, the minister said Atmanirbharta can't be achieved only by Government's schemes and efforts. He urged the empowered SHGs to come forward and help other SHGs to become Atmanirbhar.

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In Tripura, the 39th Agartala International Book Fair has begun with the theme “Ek Tripura, Shrestha Tripura”.


State Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurated the fair last evening at Agartala in presence of Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner Md. Jobayed Hossain and other state cabinet ministers and MLAs. Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said, a book fair helps in building a positive mind set among people and that ensures a positive approach for overall progress in the society.

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The Indian trio of Mairaj Ahmed Khan, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Gurjoat Khangura won the bronze medal in men’s skeet team event at the International Shooting Sport Federation tournament (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup in Cairo. The Indians defeated the Kazakhstan team of David Pochivalov, Eduard Yechshenko and Alexandr Mukhamediyev 6-2 in the bronze medal match on the third competition day of the International Shooting Sport Federation tournament.

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Weather Update for Today :-


National Capital Delhi witnessed strong surface winds during day time, minimum temperature was around 18.0 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 33.0 degree Celsius.


Mumbai is having mainly Clear sky with temperature varying between 22 and 35 degree Celsius.


Chennai is witnessing partly cloudy sky. The temperature will be fluctuating between 21.0 and 35 degree Celsius.


In Kolkata had mist in the morning and mainly clear sky later. Minimum temperature was around 23.0 degree Celsius while maximum may go up to around 34 degrees.


Jammu is having generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was around 14.0 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 21.0 degree Celsius.


Srinagar is witnessing generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. Minimum temperature was around five degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 8 degree Celsius.


Leh will have generally cloudy sky. Minimum temperature was minus three degree Celsius while the maximum may be around seven degree Celsius.


Gilgit is witnessing generally cloudy sky with Light rain


Muzaffarabad is having generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. 

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