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Centre taking several measures to ensure smooth harvesting of Rabi Crop and sowing of summer crop            Govt exempts shops of agricultural machinery, tea industry and related services from lockdown            Efforts are on across States to implement Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna to help poor during lockdown            Government issues order to make domiciles of J&K eligible for all government posts in UT            World Food Programme says, COVID-19 has little impact on global food supply chain so far           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Kisan Mandhan Yojana and pension scheme for small traders from Ranchi; inaugurates and lays foundation stone of several developmental projects in Jharkhand.

  • Government is ready to take bold steps on economy and export, says Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says bioterrorism is a real threat and should be at forefront to combat  the menace.

  • Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind passes a resolution; says inimical forces from across the border are creating obstacles in Kashmir.

  • Jammu & Kashmir Government rolls out Special Scheme to procure 12 Lakh Metric Tonnes Apple from farmers at remunerative prices.

  • Israeli warplanes hit Gaza in retaliation to rocket fires in city of Ashdod.  


Prime Minister Narandra Modi launched Pradhan Mantri Kisan Mandhan Yojana from Ranchi in Jharkhand today. The scheme will secure the lives of five crore small and marginal farmers by providing a minimum pension of three thousand rupees per month, to those who attain 60 years of age. The scheme has an outlay of 10 thousand 774 crore rupees for the next three years. All small and marginal farmers who are currently between the age of 18 to 40 years can apply for the scheme.

In Jharkhand, more that 1.16 lakh farmers have registered themselves under the scheme so far. Only small and marginal farmers, who own cultivable land upto two hectares would be eligible for the scheme.

The Prime Minister also unveiled India's second riverine multi model terminal, built at Sahebganj in Jharkhand. He inaugurated it through a digital communication system at a function in Ranchi. Mr Modi also laid the foundation of Jharkhand Secretariat building.  He also inaugurated the newly constructed Jharkhand Assembly building at Dhurwa in the state capital

Mr Modi also launched 462 Eklavya Model Residential Schools in the country. Sixty-nine such schools will be started in Jharkhand. The Prime Minister also launched Vyapar Swarojgar Pension Scheme for small traders.

We now go live to Prabhat Tara Maidan in Ranchi where the Prime Minister is currently addressing:-


Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik today rolled out the Central government's Special Market Intervention Price Scheme (MISP) for apple produce. The scheme will exclusively cover procurement of nearly 12 Lakh Metric Tonnes of apple produce this season from apple growers of Kashmir Division at remunerative prices.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Malik said the Central Government formulated the Scheme within a week according it the top priority keeping in view the importance of economic interests of apple growers of the Valley. He said the Scheme is going to be historic for Jammu & Kashmir's farmers.

The scheme is expected to enhance the income of the growers in the Valley by about 2000 crore rupees. More from our correspondent:-

The period of procurement would be from 1st September 1st March next year that is six months. The fund requirement for the scheme has been estimated as Rs 8000 Crore. In a Apple will be Pertinently, the period of procurement would be from 1st September 1st March next year that is six months. The fund requirement for the scheme has been estimated as Rs 8000 Crore. TARIQ RATHER AIR NEWS, SRINAGAR


Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has adopted a resolution reiterating that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and that all Kashmiris are compatriots. At its General Council meeting in New Delhi today, the Jamiat said separatist movements are harmful not only for the country but also for the people of Kashmir. It also said that the inimical forces and neighbouring country are hell-bent on destroying Kashmir.

Talking exclusively to AIR News, President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Syed Muhammad Usman Mansurpuri said-


Restrictions remain eased in a majority of areas in Jammu & Kashmir. The Administration has been relaxing restrictions gradually following improvement in situation. Officials said that restrictions have been lifted in 92 police stations out of 105 across the Kashmir Valley. No untoward incident has been reported from any part of the Valley so far. Increased movement of people and private transport was seen in Srinagar and on link roads to the districts.

The Administration is considering restoring mobile phone services in more areas soon. The government had restored landline communication in the Valley last week.


Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has said the government is ready to take bold steps on the economy and export front. He said, the government is looking forward to exports of trillion of dollars in the next five years. Speaking at the Board of Trade Meeting in New Delhi today, Mr Goyal said, the government will come out with a programme for export credit. He said, the Ministry is also in the process of finalizing industrial policy.

"Some amendments were to be made to the rules regarding anti-dumping  by which the least duty rules was to be removed  that was one of the discussions came out in the last meeting. A lot of significant progress is being made, public consultations, two rounds have been held and  I think by the 20th of this month new rules would be notified by the concerned officials. That is the deadline we have set to ourselves and similarly, we discussed about export credit. Significant progress has been made."

The Minister said, there are several products which can be  expanded internationally. He said, 30 million Indians living in different parts of the world want to use Indian products.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said that bioterrorism is a real threat, and asked armed forces medical services to be at the forefront to deal with the menace. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the first Military Medicine Conference of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, SCO, countries in New Delhi. The Minister said, newer and non-conventional methods of warfare are some of the challenges. He pointed out that nuclear, chemicals and bio warfare further add to this threat. He said medical services of the armed forces are expected to play a role in identifying these challenges. The Minister assured SCO member states that India would continue to contribute positively towards the activities for shared well being of people residing in the region.

Our correspondent reports that this is the first military cooperation event being hosted by India, after the country joined the SCO in June 2017.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing calls to reverse his suspension of Parliament after Scotland's highest court ruled it illegal. Meanwhile, government documents warned that a no-deal Brexit could lead to civil unrest and shortages of food and medicines. The Operation Yellowhammer documents, which the government was forced to release yesterday, revealed that preparedness for a no-deal Brexit remained at a low level, with logjams at Channel ports threatening to impact supplies. They also warned of a rise in public disorder and community tensions in such a scenario. This has fuelled lawmakers' fears that a disorderly divorce would be hugely disruptive to the UK.

The government, meanwhile, has appealed the Scottish court ruling, with the case set to be heard in the Supreme Court next Tuesday, and parliament will for now stay shut.


Israeli warplanes today hit Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for yesterday's Palestinian rocket fire. An Israeli military statement said a Defence Forces aircraft struck a number of what it called terror targets in a Hamas military compound in the northern Gaza Strip. The strikes were confirmed by a Palestinian security source in Gaza.

Yesterday, several rockets were fired at Israeli city of Ashdod from the Hamas-ruled Strip. This reportedly forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to flee the stage during a campaign rally. He is campaigning for re-election in the 17th September Parliamentary polls. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.


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In Jammu and Kashmir, three persons were arrested from a truck which was carrying arms and ammunition. According to SSP, Kathua  Sridhar Patil, four AK-56, and two AK-47 guns, six magazines and 180 live rounds have been recovered from them. He said the interrogation of the three persons is going on, adding they are affiliated to  Jaish-e-Mohammad. 


Renowned agriculture scientist Dr MS Swaminathan has lauded the Centre’s flagship programme Poshan Abhiyan. It aims at improving nutrition status of children, adolescents, pregnant women and lactating mothers. Dr Swaminathan, who is credited with the success of the Green Revolution in India, told our correspondent that it is time to shift focus from food security to nutrition security. He said to achieve a healthy and strong society, it is essential to ensure enough intake of calories and consumption of more pulses to boost protein levels. There is also a need to pay due attention to hidden hunger caused by less intake of micronutrients, and ensure safe drinking water and spread awareness about balanced nutrition.

"They should ensure that calcium deficiency, protein deficiency, micro-nutrient deficiency. We need to have safe drinking water otherwise we will have problems and also sanitation. Malnutrition is not due to lack of availability of food in the market or money in the pocket but more importantly knowledge of nutrition is poor. So we need nutrition literacy."

Our correspondent has filed this report:-

"India as a growing economy is registering impressive strides in eliminating hunger. However, the lack of enough nutrition leads to hidden hunger, and to avoid the problem, the Nutrition Mission is being implemented. Statistics indicate, about 66-crore people have been benefitted so far. Tamil Nadu earned first place in the overall excellence in its implementation and also in the category of capacity building for last year. The administration has said, the state is set to free itself from the clutches of malnutrition within the next three years, by leveraging the national mission. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai. "


The process of immersion of ganesh idols has begun. In Mumbai, Ganesh visarjan processions started this morning and are likely to be completed by tomorrow. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"After 10 days of elaborate puja and celebrations, devotees in Mumbai are bidding tearful adieu to Lord Ganesha with the traditional visarjan. The visarjan procession of the famous Lalbaugcha Raja’ and 'Mumbaicha Raja' has started amid chants of Ganpati Bappa Morya. Lakhs of people are waiting on the routes to get a glimpse of their beloved Bappa. The state administration has taken various measures to ensure that the process of immersion or visarjan is carried out smoothly. Popular immersion sites like Girgaun Chawpati, Dadar and Juhu in Mumbai sea front and Marve beach in Malad have all been decked up and barricaded where thousands of sarvajanik Ganesh idols and also from homes are brought for visarjan from different locations. Police have beefed up security and companies of the State Reserve Police Force are also deployed. Prarthna, AIR News, Mumbai."


India’s Siril Verma stunned top seed Darren Liew of Malaysia in a hard-fought three-game contest to enter the men’s singles third round of the Vietnam Open badminton tournament today. Siril, who is ranked 97th in the world, battled hard for 52 minutes to get past world no.22 Liew 17-21 21-19 21-12 in a second round duel. 



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