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UP govt to clear all dues of sugarcane farmers by the end of November



UP Government has said that all dues of sugarcane farmers in state will be cleared by the end of November this year.The state government has come up with a policy to clear the dues of sugarcane farmers, under which it will provide soft loan to sugar factories so that they can pay the farmers.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said after the cabinet meeting held in Lucknow today, that around Rs. 887 crore of sugarcane farmers in the state are due on government-run factories and this money will be send directly in the accounts of farmers by government.

He said that for the rest of around 8,880 crores rupees’ dues, which is pending on private sugarcane factories, government will provide loan at 5 percent interest to those factories who have already cleared minimum 30 percent of the dues.

The factories which will avail soft Loan under the scheme have to clear all dues by 30 November this year. This move of government will benefit around 40 lakh sugarcane farmers of state.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that government will also provide additional subsidy of Rs. 4.5 per quintal of sugarcane to the sugar factories. It will be a 500 crores burden on exchequer.


Afghanistan 252/8 (50)

India 252 (49.5)

And that’s a tie !!!
Another amazing game of cricket. Three thrilling games in a row for Afghanistan 

Match Tied

Lokesh Rahul 60 (66)
Ambati Rayudu 57 (49)

Aftab Alam2/53(10)
Rashid Khan2/41(9.5)

EARLIER Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan won the toss and opted to bat in the Super Four Asia Cup match against India on Tuesday.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, they made 252 for 8 in the stipulated 50 overs. Opener Mohammed Shehzad hit a fine 124 off 116 balls while Mohammed Nabi contributed 64 runs.

The match was only of academic interest, as India have already sealed their place in the final of the six-nation tournament

The match is inconsequential as title holders India have already qualified for the final to be played in Dubai on Friday while Afghanistan are out of contention.

The second finalist will be decided in the last Super Four game between Pakistan and Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

India have rested skipper Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal with Mahendra Singh Dhoni taking over as captain and leading he team for the 200th time in a one-day international.

Afghanistan included Najibullah Zadran for Samiullah Shinwari.

Detailed Scorecard

Lokesh Rahullbw b Rashid Khan
Ambati Rayuduc Najibullah Zadran b Mohammad Nabi
Dinesh Karthiklbw b Mohammad Nabi
MS Dhonilbw b Javed Ahmadi
Manish Pandeyc Mohammad Shahzad b Aftab Alam
Kedar Jadhavrun out (Mujeeb Ur Rahman)
Ravindra Jadejac Najibullah Zadran b Rashid Khan
Deepak Chaharb Aftab Alam
Kuldeep Yadavrun out (Gulbadin Naib)
Siddarth Kaulrun out (Hashmatullah Shahidi)
Khaleel Ahmed not out
Extras: 9(B: 0, LB: 5, NB: 1, WD: 3, P: 0)
Aftab Alam
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Gulbadin Naib
Mohammad Nabi
Rashid Khan*
Javed Ahmadi
Rahmat Shah
Ambati Rayudu1-110 (17.1)
Lokesh Rahul2-127 (20.3)
MS Dhoni3-142 (25.5)
Manish Pandey4-166 (30.3)
Kedar Jadhav5-204 (38.5)
Dinesh Karthik6-205 (39.4)
Deepak Chahar7-226 (44.5)
Kuldeep Yadav8-242 (48.1)
Siddarth Kaul9-245 (48.5)
Ravindra Jadeja10-252 (49.5)

NPAs of public sector banks on decline: Jaitley


jaitelyFinance Minister Arun Jaitley has said the Non Performing Assets are on the decline in the country as recoveries have picked up in the Public Sector Banks.
Addressing media after the annual review meeting with Public Sector Banks’ chiefs here, Mr. Jaitley said, the debtors of banks are paying up in anticipation of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code being applied on them.
The Minister also said the credit growth has significantly moved upwards and the lending ability of banks are much better.
He also said the government will launch a financial inclusion index for the states.
On a question regarding Bank Unions’s reservation on a merger plan of Vijaya Bank, Bank of Baroda and Dena Bank, the Minister said, it will be in the interest of bank employees. He said the idea is to create a single and strong bank, not a weak large bank.

BJP accuses Congress of trying to derail Rafale deal


India BJP Tuesday alleged that Congress is pointing fingers over the current Rafale Aircraft deal as it could not receive the kickbacks during the UPA regime and therefore the deal did not materialise.

Briefing reporters in New Delhi today, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra reiterated allegations that there was a close link between UPA Chairperson’s Son- in Law Robert Vadra and controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari whose company has been red flagged by the NDA government.

He claimed that during 2016 raids conducted at Bhandari’s places, several sensitive documents including papers related to Rafale deal were found.

Mr Patra hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi for questioning the integrity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the deal.

President confers Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards on sports persons

Harpal Singh Bedi / New Delhi

Cricketer Virat Kohli, Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra led the star parade as President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and Arjuna Award on the 20 sports persons at an impressive function in Rashtrapati Bhawan,here on Tuesday.

Though Virat Kohli was the star attraction, but the loudest and longest cheers went for visually impaired Para athlete Ankur Dhama. The cricket captain was also seen cheering as the packed Ashok hall in unison lauded Ankur.

Kohli was a glamour quotient in the function but Neeraj Chopra, Hima Das and Jinson Johnson, who did India proud at Jakarta Asiad also got the applause they deserved.

The cricket captain, who was most sought after the function was over, was accompanied by his actor wife Anushka Sharma, his mother Saroj Kohli and his elder brother Vikas at the ceremony.He is the third cricketer to be awarded the Khel Ratna after Sachin Tendulkar (1997) and MS Dhoni (2007).


The world’s No.1 Test batsman as per the ICC rankings, has been in great form in the past three years though he missed out of the top award despite nominations in 2016 and 2017. He has scored 6147 runs in 71 Tests with 23 centuries and 9779 runs in 211 ODIs, including 35 tons.He received the Arjuna award in 2013 and the Padma Shri last year.

Interestingly ,Chanu is also the third weightlifter to win the prize after Karnam Malleswari (1995) and Nameirakpam Kunjarani (1996).

The weightlifter who had received the Padma Shri earlier this year, was chosen for the Khel Ratna following her gold medal in 48kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships last year. She also won a gold in Gold Coast Commonwealth Games early this year but had to pull out of the Asian Games due to injury.

After receiving the Khel Ratna, Chanu repeated what she had earlier tweeted . “ My dream has come true.It is indeed a unforgettable day for me”.

“I thank everyone who have supported me all throughout this journey. Special thanks to my family, my coaches, Govt, Federation, and my fans. Indeed grateful!” she added

Among the notable absentees were Tennis star Rohan Boppana and Women cricketer Smriti Mandhana,as both of them are currently out of the country .

Hockey star Manpreet Singh said “it is a dream come true.I am humbled. I will keep giving my best as long as I play (for my country) ” I am confident that we (India) will do well in the World Cup to be held in Odisha. We are aiming for a podium finish.

Hima Das again repeated that this honour came as a surprise.”I was thinking that I may get it next year, but the announcement that I have been named for the award was a sort of “dream come true”

Neeraj Chopra was mobbed by his fan, but he was unfazed by this attention.”Mt focus is on Olympic Gold, I am training with single minded devotion for that. That is my target which I am determined to achieve”

The ceremony, traditionally held on August 29 to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, was defered this year to avoid a clash of dates with the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang which concluded on September 2.

The Dronacharya Award was presented to eight coaches this year, including cricket mentor Tarak Sinha and 39-year-old boxing coach C A Kuttappa, who was credited by Vijender Singh for his historic Olympic bronze in 2008.

The Dhyan Chand Award for lifetime sporting achievement was given to four former athletes.

While the Khel Ratna award carries a prize purse of Rs 7.5 lakh, the Arjuna awardees are given Rs 5 lakh each along with a citation.

Besides the Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards, the President also gave away Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards to coaches, the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure awards, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar.

Before this, the Sports Ministry struck off compound archery coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja’s name from the list of Dronacharya awardees due to a past case of indiscipline. Teja resigned from his position to express his angst.

The Dronacharya Award was presented to eight coaches this year, including cricket mentor Tarak Sinha and 39-year-old boxing coach C A Kuttappa, who was credited by Vijender Singh for his historic Olympic bronze in 2008.

Arjuna Awards:

Neeraj Chopra, Jinson Johnson and Hima Das (Athletics); N Sikki Reddy (Badminton); Satish Kumar (Boxing); Shubhankar Sharma (Golf); Manpreet Singh, Savita Punia (Hockey), Ravi Rathore (Polo), Rahi Sarnobat, Ankur Mittal, Shreyasi Singh (Shooting); Manika Batra, G Sathiyan (Table Tennis); Sumit (Wrestling); Pooja Kadian (Wushu); Ankur Dhama (Para-Athletics); Manoj Sarkar (Para-Badminton).

Dronacharya Awards:

C A Kuttappa (Boxing); Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting); A Srinivasa Rao (Table Tennis); Sukhdev Singh Pannu (Athletics); Clarence Lobo (Hockey, Lifetime); Tarak Sinha (Cricket, Lifetime); Jiwan Kumar Sharma (Judo, Lifetime); V R Beedu (Athletics, Lifetime).

Dhyan Chand Awards:

Satyadev Prasad (Archery); Bharat Kumar Chetry (Hockey); Bobby Aloysius (Athletics); Chougale Dadu Dattatray (Wrestling).

While the Khel Ratna award carries a prize purse of Rs 7.5 lakh, the Arjuna awardees are given Rs 5 lakh each along with a citation.

सैन्य बलों को भी धार्मिक अपीलों से खुद को अछूता रखने की जरूरत है: मनमोहन सिंह

manmohan singh


पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री डॉ. मनमोहन सिंह ने सैन्य बलों को भी धार्मिक अपीलों से खुद को अछूता रखने की जरूरत है. उन्होंने कहा कि भारतीय सशस्त्र बल देश के शानदार धर्मनिरपेक्ष स्वरूप का अभिन्न हिस्सा हैं. इसलिए यह बेहद जरूरी है कि सशस्त्र बल स्वयं को सांप्रदायिक अपीलों से अछूता रखें.

मनमोहन ने एक बार फिर धर्मनिरपेक्षता को संविधान का मौलिक स्वरूप बताते हुए कहा, ‘‘सबसे पहले एक संस्था के रूप में न्यायपालिका के लिए यह बेहद जरूरी है कि वह संविधान में निहित धर्मनिरपेक्षता के स्वरूप का संरक्षण करने की अपनी प्राथमिक जिम्मेदारी को नजरअंदाज न करे.’’

मनमोहन सिंह मंगलवार को कॉमरेड एबी वर्धन स्मृति व्याख्यान को संबोधित कर रहे थे. इस दौरान उन्होंने कहा ‘‘संविधान के धर्मनिरपेक्ष स्वरूप का संरक्षण करने के मकसद को पूरा करने की मांग पहले के मुकाबले मौजूदा दौर में और भी अधिक जरूरी हो गई है. राजनीतिक विरोध और चुनावी मुकाबलों में धर्मिक तत्वों, प्रतीकों, मिथकों और पूर्वाग्रहों की मौजूदगी भी काफी अधिक बढ़ गई है.’’

मनमोहन ने भाकपा द्वारा ‘‘धर्मनिरपेक्षता और लोकतंत्र की रक्षा’’ विषय पर आयोजित दूसरे एबी बर्धन व्याख्यान को संबोधित करते हुए कहा ‘‘हमें निसंदेह यह समझना चाहिए कि अपने गणतंत्र के धर्मनिरपेक्ष स्वरूप को कमजोर करने कोई भी कोशिश व्यापक रूप से समान अधिकारवादी सोच को बहाल करने के प्रयासों को नष्ट करेगी.’’ उन्होंने कहा कि इन प्रयासों की कामयाबी सभी संवैधानिक संस्थाओं में निहित है.

पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री ने बाबरी मस्जिद मामले का जिक्र करते हुये कहा कि 1990 के दशक के शुरुआती दौर में राजनीतिक दलों और राजनेताओं के बीच बहुसंख्यक और अल्पसंख्यकों के सह अस्तित्व को लेकर शुरू हुआ झगड़ा असंयत स्तर पर पहुंच गया. उन्होंने कहा ‘‘बाबरी मस्जिद पर राजनेताओं के झगड़े का अंत उच्चतम न्यायालय में हुआ और न्यायाधीशों को संविधान के धर्मनिरपेक्ष स्वरूप को पुन: परिभाषित कर बहाल करना पड़ा.’’

डा. सिंह ने बाबरी मस्जिद ध्वंस को दर्दनाक घटना बताते हुए कहा ‘‘छह दिसंबर 1992 का दिन हमारे धर्मनिरपेक्ष गणतंत्र के लिए दुखदायी दिन था और इससे हमारी धर्मनिरपेक्ष प्रतिबद्धताओं को आघात पहुंचा.’’ उन्होंने कहा कि उच्चतम न्यायालय ने एस आर बोम्मई मामले में धर्मनिरपेक्षता को संविधान के मौलिक स्वरूप का हिस्सा बताया.

Muslim body moves SC to seek strike down Ordinance on Triple Talaq


Our Coresspondent / New Delhi

A Muslim organisation from Kerala today filed a plea in the Supreme Court challenging the ordinance which makes the practice of Triple Talaq a punishable offence. The plea comes days after the Narendra Modi led government introduced an ordinance over the bill after it failed to garner support in the Rajya Sabha.

The plea was filed by Kerala-based Muslim organisation Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, which stated that the Ordinance promulgated by the Centre was “arbitrary and discriminatory” and violative of Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution and should be struck down.

The plea filed through advocate Zulfiker Ali said, “The Ordinance has introduced penal legislation, specific to a class of persons based on religious identity. It is causative of grave public mischief, which, if unchecked, may lead to polarization and disharmony in society. Further, adjudication of the legality of the Ordinance by a plurality of High Courts under Article 226 would mean multiplicity of litigation over the same cause of action.”

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance was notified on September 19, hours after the Union Cabinet had cleared it. Under the ordinance, the practice of triple talaq has been declared illegal and void with a provision of a three-year jail term for the husband. However, it will be recognised as a crime only when a woman or her blood relative files a complaint with the police, the custody of children from the marriage will go to the woman and the mother is entitled to maintenance determined by a magistrate.

Top players of the World for US $500,000 Hero Women’s Indian Open


Harpal Singh Bedi / New Delhi

Defending champion Camille Chevalier of France will lead a field of record 120-pro golfers from 30 countries for the highest-ever prize purse of US $500,000 in the 12 edition of Hero Women’s Indian Open (HWIO) to be played at the Gary Player layout of the DLF Club, Gurugram from October 18-21.

Vani Kapoor, who finished a career-best tied-sixth in the previous edition, will be leading the Indian challenge. Amongst other top Indians is the current Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit leader – Tvesa Malik, along with Amandeep Drall, and Gursimar Badwal among others.

Apart from Camille Chevalier other leading foreign players taking part are, former champion Swedish Caroline Hedwall, who also won the Lacoste Ladies Open de France earlier this month, Beth Allen – the 2016 LET Order of Merit winner, Thailand’s Kanyalak Preedasuttjit – winner of the Thailand Ladies Open, and Celine Boutier – winner of the Australian Ladies Classic.

So far, 11 of the top-20 players on the Ladies European Tour (LET)order of merit have confirmed their participation in the tournament, which is higher than previous years. There are 9 tournament winners in the field, which includes the 2016 winner of the LET order of merit. With over four weeks to go for the tournament, the field is expected to grow stronger as more entries are still coming in.

Talking to news persons in New Delhi on Tuesday, Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI) president Kavita Singh said that “ This edition of HWIO will set a host of new landmarks – starting with the prize money that touches a record half a million dollars (US $500,000) for the first time, making it the second richest golf tournament in the country after the men’s Hero Indian Open.

The prize money gets a 25 per cent increase over 2017 and a five-fold increase from its inaugural edition in 2007.

She said it will be for the first time, the Tournament will be contested over 72 holes and telecast Live over all four days.” This will no doubt showcase the growing strength of Indian women’s professional golf to a worldwide audience. It is with the help of our sponsors and well wishers that the WGAI continues to grow from strength to strength.

The Ladies European Tour has sanctioned the tournament since 2010 and it has inspired the next generation of young Indian stars. We are lucky to have a great partner in Hero MotoCorp, whose commitment to the growth of the tournament will set new standards for professional women’s golf.”

WGAI secretary Champika Sayal said there will be 102 foreign and 19 Indian (including one amateur) entries and the cut will be applied after 36 holes. “It is indeed a proud moment for the Indian women golf that this tournament has attracted leading players of the world .”

Champika was of the view that with increase prize money and huge media coverage the Women’s golf will get further boost.”The field is tough and exciting and the fact that it will be played for full four rounds also further enhance the prestige of this tournament”

Hosting the Hero Women’s Indian Open for the fourth year in succession will be the challenging and picturesque Gary Player layout at the DLF Golf and Country Club, which is often referred to as the home course for the women’s Golf in India.

J.Narain of Hero MotoCorp said “As a long-term sponsor of Golf across the world, it give Hero MotoCorp great joy and satisfaction to see this sport take giant strides in India.”

The Hero Women’s Indian Open has evolved into a sought after event over the past decade and still continues to grow stronger with each passing year. Tournaments such as these inspire young girls to take up the sport as a career. As this tournament continues to get more prominence, so will the young Indian players. I wish the organizers the best of luck and look forward to yet another successful edition of the tournament.”

The tournament also assume significance because three other tournament at Qatar,Abu Dabi and Dubai known as “Desert Swing” which were to be held before HWIO have been cancelled because of the situation prevailing in that region”

Jasdev Singh, voice behind Republic Day, Olympics broadcasts is no more

Jasdev Singh

Harpal Singh Bedi / New Delhi

Legendary commentator Jasdev Singh, who gave new dimension and flair to Hindi commentary passed away Tuesday. Jasdev Singh, 87, was suffering from dementia and old age related ailment for quite some time, breathed his last at his residence in Delhi in the morning. He is survived by his Wife, Son and daughter .

Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore condoled the death of Jasdev Singh “It is with deep sadness that I note the demise of Sh Jasdev Singh, one of our finest commentators. A veteran of Akashvani, AIR & Doordarshan, he covered 9 Olympics, 6 Asian Games & countless Independence Day & Republic Day broadcasts,” the minister tweeted.

Jasdev Singh joined All Indian Radio Jaipur in 1955, and moved to Delhi in 1963 and thereafter he moved to Doordarshan, where he worked for over 35 years.

He had created a niche with his style of commentary and a huge fan following. In 1975 India won the Hockey World Cup in Malaysia and after their return the team led by Ajit Pal Singh was felicitated by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi at her residence . Jasdev Singh who did live commentary of the World Cup for All India Radio, was also invited for that function. On seeing Jasdev Singh, Mrs Gandhi went to him and said “Aap ne tou hamare dilon ke dadkaney bada di thi” (You had amplified our heartbeat) with your fast paced commentary.


Fellow commentator Anupam Ghulati paying his tribute to Jasdev Singh said ”He was an Institution who became a role mode; for most of the young Hindi commentators”

Veteran sports journalist Jangandha Rao described Jasdev Singh “a commentator with “mellifluent voice,” which moved millions of Indians.

Jasdev Singh was a regular at the Olympic Games and covered nine editions of the quadrennial extravaganza from Helsinki (1968) to Melbourne (2000) apart from covering Asian Games, World Cups and Davis Cup.

In 1988 during Seoul Olympics he was conferred with “Olympic Order” by the then International Olympic Council chief Juan Antonio Samaranch for his role in spreading the Olympic movement.

He was bestowed with Padam Shri in 1985 and was bestowed with Padma Bhushan in 2008.


Votebank politics eating away our country like termites: PM Modi


India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the vote bank politics is eating away our country like termites. Addressing Karyakarta Mahakumbh’, a grand assembly of party workers on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya in Bhopal today.

Mr. Modi said saving the country from vote bank politics and its collateral damage is the objective of BJP. He said, those promoting vote bank politics did not care about the development and this has been one of the reasons of slow progress in the country.


Referring to the great leaders, Prime Minister said the country can never forget three great men – Mahatma Gandhi, Ram Manohar Lohia and Deen Dayal Upadhyay. They guided the country and through their work took the country to new heights.

Mr Modi clarified that the BJP’s ideology is identified with Ekatma Manavvad or integral humanism, no other political party in the world is working on this ideology of humanism.

Targeting the opposition on issues of Triple Talaq, Mr Modi said every woman should get equal rights no matter she is Hindu or Muslim.

Speaking on the occasion, party president Amit Shah said, for BJP, its priority is the country’s security and that is the reason, 40 lakh intruders have been identified in Assam through NRC. He asserted that NRC will continue in Assam.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and several other party leaders also addressed the gathering.