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0815 HRS
17.02.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate UN Conference on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals at Gandhinagar in Gujarat today.

  • Health Ministry forms central teams of experts for examination of villages bordering Nepal for novel coronavirus infection.

  • Final test of 406 people housed in ITBP Quarantine Facility in New Delhi found negative of coronavirus; To be discharged this afternoon.

  • Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh to come under the jurisdiction of Central Administrative Tribunal soon.

  • Financial Action Task Force begins its meeting in Paris to take stock of Pakistan's role in terror financing.

  • Haryana government announces six crore rupees to those winning gold medals at the Oympics.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) at Gandhinagar in Gujarat today. The theme of the Conference is "Migratory species connect the planet and we welcome them home." The CMS COP 13 logo is inspired by ‘Kolam’, a traditional artform from southern India.

As the host, India will be designated the President for the next three years. More from our correspondent:-

"Representatives from around 130 country, eminent conservationists and people from international institute working in the field of wildlife conservation have reached Gandhinagar to take part in the 13th CMS conference.  As part of the conference, various state government, national and international organizations have showcased best practices in wildlife conservation in the exhibition area. The mascot for CMS COP13, is “Gibi - The Great Indian Bustard” which is one of the critically endangered species. APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, GANDHINAGAR."

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The Union Health Ministry has constituted central teams of experts for examination of villages bordering Nepal for novel coronavirus infection. According to the Ministry, villages bordering Nepal in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim and West Bengal will be inspected by central teams for community-level Information Education Communication activities for novel coronavirus.

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The final test reports of all 406 people who are at Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Quarantine Facility in Chhawla, New Delhi have been found negative for new corona virus. These people had travelled from Wuhan, China. The dispersal of people from the ITBP centre will commence this afternoon based on the advisory of the Ministry of Health with due medical procedures and protocols. The group includes seven persons from Maldives.

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Fifty six of the 60 people, who have been quarantined in Maharashtra, so far, for suspected exposure to the novel coronavirus, have tested negative. 50 of them are being discharged from hospitals. The state government said, the test results of the other four are yet to arrive and is expected in the next two days. All samples were tested at Pune's National Institute of Virology.

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The death toll from new coronavirus epidemic crossed 17,00 in China today after 100 more people died in the hard-hit Hubei province. In its daily , the province's health commission also reported 1,933 new cases.

At least 70,400 people have now been infected nationwide.

World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that it is impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take. International experts have arrived in Beijing and have begun meeting with their Chinese counterparts over the epidemic.

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Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Jitendra Singh  has said that the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh will soon be covered by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). Addressing the annual conference of the CAT in New Delhi, he said the tribunal will have the jurisdiction to handle disputes and other issues related to the UT services. The CAT so far had jurisdiction only over central services issues in Jammu and Kashmir.

Dr Singh said that in due course of time, an exclusive bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal will be set up in Jammu and Kashmir and till then the Chandigarh bench of the tribunal may attend to the service disputes and other cases from the Union territory.

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The Government has said that Jammu and Kashmir has been, is and will continue to be an integral part of the country and India's position has not changed. In response to a media query regarding comments made by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Islamabad, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the issue that needs to be addressed is that of vacation of the territories illegally and forcibly occupied by Pakistan. He said any further issues will be discussed bilaterally. He stressed that there is no role or scope for third party mediation.

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A crucial meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) began in Paris yesterday. The plenary session of the FATF will take stock of Pakistan's role in terror financing. A statement posted on the FATF website said that the session will review progress made by Pakistan and some other countries that present a risk to the financial system. India will keep up the pressure on Pakistan to cut finances to terrorist groups, in particular seeking action against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar and Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

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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 for February 2015.

The Soil Health Card scheme was launched with a view to address the decline of soil nutrients. The scheme provides for the analysis of soil composition by the State Governments once in every two years so that remedial steps can be taken to improve soil nutrients. Farmers can track their soil samples and also obtain their Soil Health Card report.

In his Mann Ki Baat programme on 26th November, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that  he is very glad to see that  farmers have come forward to implement the suggestions made in the soil health card.

"मिट्टी की क्वालिटी में भी सुधार आया फ़र्टिलाइज़र के उपयोग कम होने के कारण आर्थिक बचत भी हुई। मुझे यह देखकर काफी खुशी है कि मेरे किसान भाई सॉइल हेल्थ कार्ड मृदा स्वास्थ्य 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 धरती मां हम सबका ख्याल रखेगी।"

Our correspondent reports that this card has enabled the farmers to understand the soil health parameters and improve its productivity by judicious application of soil nutrients.

"Under the scheme, a soil health card is given to farmers which carry crop-wise recommendations of nutrients and fertilizers required for the individual farms. The Soil Health Card provides information on soil nutrient status along with recommendation  on appropriate dosage of nutrient for improving soil health and its fertility. The Card  also promotes  judicious use of  fertilisers so that the cultivation cost can be reduced. It  helps farmers to improve productivity by maintaining soil health. With Dipendra, Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi."

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The Soil Health Card scheme introduced by the Union Government nationwide forms part of the roadmap to double the farmers' income besides improving soil fertility. Our Chennai Correspondent gives an account of the scheme in the state of Tamil Nadu:-

"In Tamil Nadu, officials say over 81.18 lakh soil health cards have been given to the farmers. The soil testing has been done free of cost, and the card has details about the nutrient and micro-nutrient levels. Mr Rajamani, a beneficiary from Kanchipuram district says it has helped to minimise fertilizers and at the same time get maximum yield.

Earlier, we indiscriminately used fertilizers but now, through the Soil Health Card scheme, the officials test the soil and recommend the right kind of fertilizers and the right quantity that are required. It has helped us to get a good yield.

Agriculture still remains the backbone of the nation’s rural economy. And the Soil Health Card scheme is helping in rejuvenating the farmlands and to infuse renewed hope in the lives of the farmers. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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Now, moving on to our next special series on the nation wide campaign of Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat.

Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat Campaign organised by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry is being held across the country. It will continue till the 28th of this month. The broad objectives of the Campaign include celebrating the Unity in Diversity of our nation. The campaign also promotes the spirit of national integration through engagement between all states and union territories. Under the programme, a group of 46 youth including six girls drawn from 11 districts of Jammu and Kashmir is on a 13-day visit Tamil Nadu and Puducharry. More from our correspondent:-

"The delegation visits schools and Panchayats in Punawali village in Chennai. They stayed for a day in the houses of their hosts in Chennai and prepare the culinary dishes of both the states and learn words from Tamil Language and wore traditional dresses of Tamil Nadu. Talking to AIR, News Jammu, one of the delegates Rahul Sharma from Jammu said

The Youth visit local tourist destinations of Chennai and left for Puducherry. One of delegates, Irfan Maqbool Mir from Baramulla district said

The programme opened up a window of opportunity for both the teams to understand each other and to become the ambassadors of goodwill. Gulshan Raina, AIR NEWS, JAMMU."

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The Haryana government has announced to give 6 crore rupees to state players who bag gold medals at the Olympic Games. State Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, 3 crore rupees will be given to those winning gold medals at the Asian Games and 1.5 crore rupees to the winners of the yellow metal at the Commonwealth Games. An amount of 15 lakh rupees will be given to each player participating in the Olympic Games so that the players can make the state, as well as the country, proud.  The Chief Minister made this announcement at the concluding function of the four-day 46th Junior National Kabaddi Competition at the Maharishi Dayanand University in Rohtak yesterday.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” will bring you a discussion tonight on “मिशन इंद्रधनुष : सम्‍पूर्ण टीकाकरण।”  “Mission Indradhanush : Complete Immunization”. This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM. Listeners can ask questions to the experts sitting in our Studio on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767.

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Newspapers Headlines


  • The Prime Minister reiterating to stand by the decision of revoking Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir and the swearing-in ceremony of Arvind Kejriwal as the Chief Minister of Delhi are the major stories in newspapers today.

  • "Kejriwal's 100-day Delhi roadmap" headlines the Mail Today. Blueprint includes a new bus fleet, renewed war on pollution and unclogging city, writes the daily.

  • Several dailies highlight the Prime Minister ruling out a rethink on Citizenship Amendment Act. "Will stand by decision on Article 370, CAA says Modi""reports the Hindu.

  • After CCTV footage showing police hitting students inside the Jamia Milia Islamia Library emerges, the Indian Express reports "Jamia confirms video from library, says didn't release it." The paper also quotes Union Home Minister Amit Shah as saying "Delhi Police should be calm while dealing with miscreants."

  • "Shaheen Bagh protesters stop midway to Shah's house after assurance of meeting" headlines the Statesman.

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