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Official emblems for Beijing 2022 Winter Games unveiled

The emblems of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have been named “Winter Dream” and “Flight,” respectively. The emblem launching ceremony was held at the National Aquatic Center, which staged the swimming events during the Beijing 2008 Games. In 2022, this venue will be transformed into an ice rink for curling games.

At the launch ceremony, a series of performances were staged with a theme of Winter Olympic Dream. The chief designer of the two emblems is Lin Cunzhen, deputy dean of China Central Academy of Fine Arts’ Design School. She started her work in the field of Olympic emblem design back in 2003.

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Dubai Open: PV Sindhu to take on Chen Yufei in semis

In Badminton, Rio Olympics and World Championships Silver medalist PV Sindhu will clash with China’s Chen Yufei in the semi-finals of the Dubai World Superseries Finals today. This will be the sixth meeting between the two shuttlers. Sindhu has won 3 of the 5 matches played, so far. In the Dubai World rankings, while Sindhu is fourth, Yufei is eighth.

Sindhu had topped Group-A with wins in all the three matches, while Yufei had finished second in Pool-B with 2 victories and a defeat.
In the other semi-final, Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi will face Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.

Besides Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth was the other Indian shuttler who took part in the tournament. He failed to register a win and had crashed out in the group stage.

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Strong quake hits Indonesia’s Java, two dead


In Indonesia, at least two people were killed and seven injured in a strong 6 point 5 magnitude earthquake in Java island. The quake took place late yesterday and caused damages to more than 100 buildings.

Indonesia’s national disaster management agency said the quake activated early tsunami warning systems in the south of Java, prompting evacuations in some coastal areas, but no tsunami was detected.

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3rd World Telugu Conference begins in Hyderabad


The third World Telugu Conference began in Hyderabad amidst fanfare.  Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the conference in the presence of Governor of Telangana and AP E.S.L. Narasimhan and Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and other dignitaries.

Addressing the conference, Venkaiah Naidu stressed on the need for protection and preservation of Telugu language and culture. He said one should not lose the touch with our base and therefore, it was the duty of all parents and teachers to teach Telugu language to their wards.

The Chief Minister did Guru Vandanam of his Guru Brahmasri Veleti Mrutunjaya Sharma and took his blessings.

Speaking on the occasion, KCR informed that about 400 delegates from 42 countries were participating in the conference. Further, he said the conference is also being attended by Telugu speaking delegates from 17 States and a Union Territory across India. Stating that Telugu was a rich and cultural language, he hoped that the deliberations, to be held during the five-day conference, would help in promotion and growth of Telugu language.

Maharashtra Governor Vidya Sagar Rao said that Telugu was a universal language. He said in India, Telugu is the most spoken language after Hindi. He lauded KCR for organising the conference and said that KCR himself writes good poetry in Telugu.

Governor Narasimhan lauded the Chief Minister for successful conduct of the conference. He said that Telugu language connects people with their soul.

For the first time even, MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi delivered his speech in Telugu language. He said Telangana State presents a perfect picture of communal harmony and peace.

The aim of the Conference is to promote Telugu and its literature besides helping the present generation learn more about Telugu language and its rich culture and heritage.

Telangana Government has put in place elaborate arrangements for the 5-day event for which about eight thousand Telugu speaking delegates from 40 countries all over the globe will be taking part.


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SC dismisses Teesta Setalvad’s plea on de-freezing of accounts

setalvad TeestaThe Supreme Court Friday dismissed the pleas of activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband and her two NGOs challenging the Gujarat High Court order rejecting their pleas for de-freezing of their personal bank accounts.

Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and their two NGOs — Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace had challenged the October 7, 2015 verdict of the High court in the alleged misappropriation of funds received by their NGOs for Gujarat riot victims of 2002.

One of the residents of Gulberg society, had filed a complaint against Setalvad and others alleging that money raised to make a museum at Gulberg Society for 2002 Gujarat riot victims had not been utilised for the purpose.

After initiating a probe in the case, the crime branch of the Ahmedabad police froze six accounts belonging to Setalvad and others. They were accused of embezzling 1 crore 51 lakh rupees collected to convert Gulbarg Society into a museum.

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Cabinet approves National Medical Commission Bill


cabinetThe Cabinet has approved National Medical Commission Bill, 2017. It will replace the Medical Council 1956 Act and enable a forward movement in medical education reform.

It is a move towards outcome-based regulation of medical education rather than process oriented.

It will ensure proper separation of functions within the regulator by having autonomous boards, create accountable and transparent procedures for maintaining standards in Medical Education.

The bill provides for a medical education system that ensures availability of adequate and high-quality medical professionals.

Opening up the medical education sector will lead to significant addition in the number of UG and PG seats and substantial new investment in this infrastructure sector.

The Commission will lay down policies for maintaining a high quality and high standards in medical education and make necessary regulations in this behalf and ensure coordination among the Autonomous Boards.

The 25-member commission will include Chairman and Member Secretary. It will have 12 ex-officio members and 11-part-time members.

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Severe cold conditions prevail in Kkashimr, Ladakh


There is no respite from the bone biting cold conditions in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir as the area is reeling under severe cold condition after snowfall in the past two days. Due to overcast skies since December 10 , the cold wave has further intensified in the region and both night and day temperature have dropped from three to four Degree Celsius.

The minimum temperature in Leh town during the night time has settled at minus 10. 5 Degree Celsius , while yesterday the day temperature was recorded minus 2. 5 Degree Celsius.

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Modi Govt Sanctions Rs 2600 Crore for Leather Industry

Cabinet approves special package for employment generation in leather and footwear sector



At the time when country is facing acute shortage of leather, the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today sanctioned Rs. 2600 Crore for the development of leather and footwear industry.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister today approved the special package of huge amount for development of infrastructure for the leather sector and the employment generation in the sector. The package involves implementation of Central Scheme “Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme”.

“Rs. 2600 Crore has been earmarked for the dwindling industry for over the three financial years from 2017-18 to 2019-20”, says Govt official.

According to government sources, the scheme would lead to development of infrastructure for the leather sector, address environment concerns specific to the leather sector, facilitate additional investments, employment generation and increase in production. “Enhanced Tax incentive would attract large scale investments in the sector and reform in labour law in view of seasonal nature of the sector will support economies of scale,” official said.

“The Special Package has the potential to generate 3.24 lakhs new jobs in 3 years and assist in formalization of 2 lakh jobs as cumulative impact in Footwear, Leather & Accessories Sector”, sais Union IT and law minister Ravishankar Parasad.

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Details of the Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme
Human Resource Development (HRD) sub-scheme: HRD sub-scheme proposes to provide assistance for Placement Linked Skill Development training to unemployed persons @ Rs. 15,000 per person, for skill up-gradation training to employed workers @ Rs. 5,000 per employee and for training of trainers @ Rs. 2 lakh per person. The placement of 75% of trained persons is proposed to be mandatory for availing assistance related to skill development training component. The proposal under this sub-scheme is to train/skill 4.32 lakh unemployed persons, upgrade the skills of 75,000 existing employees and train 150 master trainers during the three years with proposed outlay of Rs. 696 crore.

Integrated Development of Leather Sector (IDLS) sub-scheme: IDLS sub-scheme proposes to incentivize investment and manufacturing including job creation by providing backend investment grant/subsidy @ 30% of the cost of new Plant and Machinery to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and @ 20% of the cost of Plant and Machinery to other units for Modernization /technology upgradation in existing units and also for setting up of new units. The proposal under this sub-scheme is to incentivize 1000 units in Leather, Footwear and Accessories & Components sector during the three years with proposed outlay of Rs.425 crore.

Establishment of Institutional Facilities sub-scheme: The sub-scheme proposes to provide assistance to Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) for upgradation of some of the existing campuses of FDDI into “Centres of Excellence” and establishing 3 new fully equipped skill centres alongside the upcoming Mega Leather Clusters, based on project proposals, with proposed outlay of Rs.147 crore for the three years.

Mega Leather, Footwear and Accessories Cluster (MLFAC) sub-scheme:

The MLFAC sub-scheme aims at providing infrastructure support to the Leather, Footwear and Accessories Sector by establishment of Mega Leather, Footwear and Accessories Cluster. Graded assistance is proposed to be provided upto 50% of the eligible project cost, excluding cost of land with maximum Government assistance being limited to Rs. 125 crore. The outlay of Rs 360 crore has been proposed to support 3-4 new MLFACs, for the three years.

Leather Technology, Innovation and Environmental Issues sub-scheme: Under this sub-scheme, assistance is proposed to be provided for upgradation/installation of Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) @ 70% of the project cost. The sub-scheme will also provide support to national level sectoral industry council/ association and support for preparation of vision document for Leather Footwear and Accessories Sector. The proposed outlay for this sub-scheme is Rs. 782 crore for the three years.

Promotion of Indian Brands in Leather, Footwear and Accessories Sector sub-scheme
Under this sub-scheme, the eligible units approved for Brand Promotion are proposed to be assisted. The Government assistance is proposed to be 50% of total project cost subject to a limit of Rs.3 crore for each brand, each year for 3 years. The proposal under this sub-scheme is to promote 10 Indian brands in the international market in three years with proposed outlay of Rs. 90 crore.

Additional Employment Incentive for Leather, Footwear and Accessories Sector sub-scheme: Under this scheme, it is proposed to provide the employers’ contribution of 3.67% to Employees’ Provident Fund for all new employees in Leather, Footwear and Accessories sector, enrolling in EPFO for first 3 years of their employment. The sub-scheme would be applicable to employees with salary upto Rs.15,000/-. The proposed outlay is Rs. 100 crore to assist in formalization of approximately 2,00,000 jobs in the sectors.

The special package also includes measures for simplification of labour laws and incentives for employment generation, as under:

Enhancing Scope of Section 80JJAA of Income Tax Act:

For providing deduction to Indian Company engaged in manufacture of goods in a factory towards additional wages paid for three years to new workman, the provisions of minimum 240 days employment in a year to a workman under Section 80JJAA of Income Tax Act would be further relaxed to 150 days for Footwear, Leather & Accessories Sector considering the seasonal nature of this sector.

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Russia’s presidential election to take place on March 18

Russia’s presidential election will take place on 18th March following a vote in the upper chamber of the country’s parliament. President Vladimir Putin last week ended weeks of speculation, saying he will run for the fourth term.

Putin’s 80 per cent approval ratings make his victory all but certain.

His most visible adversary, anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, has declared his intention to run, but a criminal conviction bars him from running for President.

Navalny has been convicted on two separate sets of charges largely viewed as politically motivated.

Despite the implicit ban, he has mounted a grassroots campaign which reached the most remote corners of Russia.

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Donald Trump should resign, says Indian-American senator Kamala


Kamala HarrisKamala Harris, the first Indian-American senator, has called for Donald Trump’s resignation, becoming the seventh lawmaker to demand it amid resurfaced allegations of sexual misconduct against the US President.

“I think he should resign in the best interest of the country,” the California Democrat told POLITICO in an interview.

The allegations of sexual misconduct against the 71-year old Trump have received renewed attention recently after several prominent men in the worlds of politics, entertainment and media have been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape.

Harris has joined six other Democratic senators – Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, Mazie Hirono and Ron Wyden – who have called for Trump to resign.

Over the past two years, about 16 women have accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances against them prior to his assuming the presidency.

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