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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews progress of Namami Gange projects at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

  • Campaigning for fourth phase of Assembly elections in Jharkhand to end this evening.

  • In Assam situation improves; Curfew relaxed in Guwahati and Dibrugarh. 

  • Vice President says focus should be on agro-based industries and other non farm avenues to double farmers income.

  • Prepaid rechargeable FASTags allowing automatic payment of toll to become mandatory for all vehicles from tomorrow.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired the first meeting of the National Council for Ganga and reviewed the progress of the Namami Gange project aimed at cleaning river Ganga in Kanpur. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Uttarakhand CM  Trivendra Singh Rawat and Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi were present at the meeting. Union ministers Prakash Jawdekar,  Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Dr. Harshvardhan, RK Singh, Prahlad Patel, Mansukh Mandavia, Hardeep Singh Puri and senior officers of the central and state governments also attended the meeting. During the meeting Mr. Modi reviewed the progress of work done and gave suggestions for cleaning the Ganga. Prior to the meeting the Prime Minister visited the exhibition on Namami Gange Mission showcasing the work done for the cleanliness of the river. Our Correspondent has filed this report:

"The first meeting of National Ganga council was scheduled for one hour 45 minutes but it extended for 40 minutes more and it shows that how important was this platform where many Chief Ministers and Senior Ministers gave their suggestions to clean the holy river. The Kanpur stretch of river Ganga is considered to be most polluted segment of the river in its course from Gaumukh to Gangasagar. However with the launch of the Namami Gange Programme that aims to clean and rejuvenate Ganga, 13 out of 16 major drains in Kanpur have been completely tapped and the sewage and industrial effluent has been diverted to Common Effluent Treatment Plants, CETPs. Holding the National Ganga Council meeting in Kanpur and then reviewing the work done clearly shows that the clean ganga is a top priority for central government. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, KANPUR"


Campaigning for the fourth phase of Assembly elections will end this evening in Jharkhand. 15 constituencies spread over four districts of Dhanbad, Deoghar, Giridih and Bokaro will go to polls in this phase on Monday.

Campaigning in five Naxal affected constituencies of Bagodar, Jamua, Giridih, Dumri and Tundi will end at 3 PM, while in the remaining 10 seats it will continue till 5 PM.

 Campaigning for the fourth phase has reached its peak. Star campaigners of various political parties are making last  ditch efforts to woo the voters. More from our correspondent :

"Addressing an election rally at Giridih, BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah said only BJP government could curb naxal violence in Jharkhand. Targeting the UPA alliance, Mr. Shah said they have united to grab power only and have nothing to do wiht the welfare of the people. On the other hand, seeking votes in favour of UPA, JMM Executive President Hemant Soren said if his alliance is voted to power, 27 percent reservation will be given to OBCs and loans of farmers will be waived. Jharkhand Vikas Morcha chief Babulal  Marandi alleged that during the five years of BJP rule in the state, the poor were targeted and over five lakh ration cards were cancelled . He said over 2.5 lakhs poor people were deprived from the pension scheme. Leaders of RJD, Congress and AJSU Chief Sudesh Kumar Mahto are also  addressing rallies to woo voters in favour of their party candidates. With KK Lal's report form Ranchi, Swati Rakheja, AIR News"


In Assam, the situation is limping back to normal. Curfew has been relaxed for 7 hours in Guwahati and 6 hours in Dibrugarh municipal area today. A large number of people thronged markets in Guwahati to buy necessary food items. However, educational institutes remain closed in Guwahati and other places. There has been no report of any violent incident in the state during the last 36 hours. Security forces are maintaining a strict vigil across the state to avoid any untoward incident.


In Meghalaya, curfew has been relaxed for nine hours in the areas falling under Lumdiengjri and Sadar police stations of East Khasi Hills district. The District Magistrate said the relaxation has been given from 10 AM to 7 PM today, in view of the prevailing law and order situation. Curfew will again be imposed in these areas at 7 PM, until further orders.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Meghalaya Democratic Alliance led by its Chairman and Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma met Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The delegation urged the Home Minister to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the State. The delegation also apprised him of the shortage of essential commodities in the State owing to the prevailing situation in neighbouring Assam. The Home Minister agreed to examine the matter at the earliest.

The State Government has decided to convene a one-day special session of the Legislative Assembly to bring in a government resolution for implementation of the ILP. This was informed by the Chief Minister's Office in a press statement.


The Narcotics Control Bureau has busted an international drugs syndicate. It arrested nine people and seized narcotics worth about 1,300 crore rupees. Officials said the Bureau seized 20-kg cocaine from a drugs syndicate spread across Delhi, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra, with global links in Australia, Canada, the U.S., Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Columbia, Malaysia and Nigeria.

They said five Indians, an American, an Indonesian and two Nigerians have been arrested in the operation. The syndicate used India as both destination and transit for cocaine consignments.


Vice President Venkaiah Naidu says the Prime Minister has given a call for doubling farmers’ income by 2022. He said if the target is to be achieved, focus should be on agro-based industries and other non-farm avenues for generating income. The Vice President was speaking at the 40th foundation day of the Institute of Rural Management in Anand district of Gujarat today. He highlighted the role of technology and entrepreneurship in opening up new business avenues in rural India.

The Vice President said India is on track to become a 5-trillion dollar economy, adding that contribution of rural India will be vital to achieving the target. Mr Naidu said confluence of technology, supply chain, commerce and financing can revolutionalise farmers’ lives. Regional disparities in development need to be addressed to make India’s growth story inclusive.

Recalling the work of Verghese Kurien, the Vice president stressed on the need for women empowerment in rural areas.

"Amul National Dairy Development, it is very interesting. It is an education to me. It gives me further inspiration. Story of Amul is really very very inspiring. We should replicate this story every where in the country so that the real empowerment of the rural people, the empowerment of agriculturists and the empowerment of women really takes place."


FASTags or prepaid rechargeable tags for toll collection, that allow automatic payment, will become mandatory for all vehicles from tomorrow. The facility will be effective from 8 AM.

The government launched the National Electronic Toll Collection System which provides for collection of user fee through FASTag to save fuel and time, curb pollution and ensure seamless movement of traffic. With the help of a FASTag, drivers will not have to stop their vehicles at toll plazas to pay tax.

National Highways Authority of India has equipped all fee plazas with the Electronic Toll Collection System. All lanes, except one on each side in fee plazas, will be declared FASTag lanes. A FASTag uses radio frequency identification technology to enable direct toll payments from a moving vehicle. If anyone goes into an electronic toll collection lane without a FASTag, he or she has to pay double charges.


Over one crore 65 lakh farmers across the country have been registered on National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) platform. Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar gave this information in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha yesterday. He said 585 wholesale regulated markets have already been integrated with e-NAM platform and additional 415 markets have been approved for integration with it.

In reply to another question, the Minister said till November this year, 2 crore 99 lakh metric tonnes of agri-commodities at a value of 84 thousand 842 crore rupees have been recorded on the e-NAM platform.


Cold wave has intensified in Himachal Pradesh following heavy snowfall in high and mid hills. State capital Shimla received season’s first snowfall. Tribal district Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur and Kullu districts received heavy snowfall for the last three days. More from our correspondent:

"State capital Shimla received the season’s first snowfall yesterday evening bringing cheers on the faces of tourists and local hoteliers. Jakhu hill in Shimla received heavy snowfall. Shimla district administration has advised tourist not to venture in high altitude areas as many circuit roads are still blocked due to heavy snow. Meanwhile Shimla, kufari, Macleodganj, Manali and Dalhousie is fully jam packed with tourists. On the other hand many roads connecting villages and highways have been blocked due to heavy snowfall. As weather remains clear today the district administration deployed man and machine to clear the snowbound roads on war footing. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Shimla"


Cold wave continued to sweep Uttarakhand after heavy snowfall in hilly areas and moderate rainfall in other parts of the state during the past 24 hours. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"Schools up to class 12 th were closed today in Dehradun, Almora, Pithoragarh Nainital and some other parts of the state following the weather . All the major peaks were covered with snow. Some Roads in remote areas were blocked following the snowfall. Snow cutter Machines have been engaged to clear the snow. Tourists are reaching Mussoorie and Nainital to enjoy snowfall. According to Met Department, Very light to light rainfall or snowfall likely to occur at isolated places in hills especially in Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh districts. Raghwesh Pandey, AIR News, Dehradun"


Vehicular traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remained suspended for a second consecutive day today due to its blockage triggered by snowfall and landslides since Thursday evening. IGP, Traffic Police, Alok Kumar said about 3.6 feet snow has accumulated around Jawahar Tunnel in Ramban district, which is being cleared by Border Roads Organisation, authorities since early morning. There has, however, been no snowfall overnight. 

Mr Kumar said at about 8 places between Ramban and Ramsu, landslides and shooting stones blocked the Highway. The IGP said about 3,000 trucks are stranded in Quazigund area in the Valley. Similarly, more than two thousand trucks are stuck between Jammu and Udhampur as a large number of Light Motor Vehicles are stranded in Udhampur.


In Jammu and Kashmir, a fool-proof mechanism has been put in place so that problems being faced by the people are resolved expeditiously. This was stated by KK Sharma, the advisor to the Lieutenant Governor while speaking at a public grievance camp in Jammu. He said necessary instructions have been issued to the concerned departments for ensuring speedy implementation of various welfare programmes. Mr Sharma added that grievances are being redressed in a time-bound manner by obtaining periodic feedback from the concerned departments and executing agencies so that deliverance increases on the ground.


Congress today alleged that the NDA government has destroyed the country's economy. Addressing a rally in New Delhi, Congress interim president, Sonia Gandhi questioned  demonetization, and claimed that no black money was unearthed. She said people's money deposited in banks is not safe.

Addressing the rally, Rahul Gandhi claimed that the country's GDP is going down and the employment rate has reached the lowest level.


Police divers returned to the waters around New Zealand's volcanic White Island today to search for the remaining two victims of an eruption. At least 16 people died and dozens were severely burned in the disaster. The eruption occurred on Monday as 47 tourists and their guides were exploring the island.

Military specialists yesterday recovered six bodies from the island in a carefully planned but risky operation.


In the United Kingdom, 15 Indian-origin politicians have entered the House of Commons in the historic general election held on Thursday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative party registered a thumping majority. Indian-origin candidates across both, the ruling Conservative and Opposition Labour parties registered equally strong results of seven wins each.


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