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Rani Rampal to captain Indian women’s hockey team on England tour

Hockey, star forward Rani Rampal was today named the captain of the 18-member Indian Women’s team which will take on England in a five-match series.

The series is scheduled to take place in Marlow, England from 27th of this month to 4th of next month. Rani will have goalkeeper Savita as her deputy.

Savita and Rajani Etimarpu retained their places in the side following the team’s triumph in the Olympic Test Event in Japan recently.

Defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar and Salima Tete have also been named in the squad.

Minister inaugurates Unani and Siddha Centres at Safdarjung Hospital


Giving a big boost to traditional system of medicine, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH and Defence Shripad Yesso Naik today inaugurated an Unani Medical Centre and Siddha Clinical Research Unit at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi.

The Unani Medical Centre has been established by the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) and Siddha Clinical Research Unit has been established by the Central Council for Research in Siddha Medicine (CCRS).

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the Government of India is taking special interest towards healthcare of the people through AYUSH systems of medicine and the Ministry of AYUSH will cater to 1.5 Lakhs Health & Wellness Centres across the country as part of Ayushman Bharat. Mr Naik informed that the Government has set a target of setting up 12,500 AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres across India, 4000 of which will be set up during this year. He hoped that the Unani Medical Centre and Siddha Clinical Research Unit will provide holistic healthcare through Unani and Siddha systems to the patients visiting Safdarjung Hospital from different parts of the country.

On this occasion, Additional Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH Shri Pramod Kumar Pathak said that the Ministry of AYUSH has a mandate to ensure optimal development and propagation of AYUSH systems and is working on their mainstreaming by promoting their use in National Public Health System.

Medical Superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital Dr. Sunil Gupta said that because of the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, AYUSH systems are receiving greater acceptability worldwide.

The dignitaries also released Siddha dossier and Journal of Research in Siddha Medicine (second issue) published by the CCRS, and IEC booklets on Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension and Obesity brought out by the CCRUM.

The CCRUM is presently running Unani Medical Centers at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in Delhi.

Madhya Pradesh: 11 dead after a boat capsizes during Ganesh immersion


At least eleven people drowned today when boat carrying them capsized during Ganesh idol immersion in Lower Lake of Bhopal, while six was rescued. Two boat handlers are still missing. Search operation still continues.

Two people have been arrested in this case so far. A magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident. As per the National Disaster Response Force-NDRF release, a total of 19 people were going on boat for the immersion of the Ganesh idol at Khatlapura ghat when the incident took place.

Teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), NDRF, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation, local police and the citizens swung into action and rescued six persons.

An ex-gratia of Rs 11 lakh was announced by the state government for the kin of the deceased. Most of the dead are young and their age is between 15 and 30 years. All of them were residents of Piplani area of Bhopal.

COP14 seamless and flawless: Javadekar

The #NewDelhiDeclaration presented to parties by the President of #UNCCDCOP14, @PrakashJavdekar at the closing of the High Level Segment. Hosted by #India, the 14th COP saw participation from a record 70 ministers, 170 countries and more than 10000 delegates

Sudhir Kumar / New Delhi

“The 14th Conference of Parties to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification was seamless and flawless and saw a record number of participants”said Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar.

Briefing media in New Delhi today, Mr Javadekar said, the Delhi Declaration to be adopted later this evening is an ambitious statement of global action by each country on how to achieve land degradation neutrality.

He expressed happiness that this was the most successful Conference of Parties.

The Minister said, India is already working on climate change and biodiversity effectively. He expressed India’s commitment to restore more and more degraded land. He stated that land is an asset, especially for growing populations. Mr Javadekar added that restoration of land has now become possible because of science and technology and prosperity achieved by various countries.

Speaking on the occasion, Executive Secretary of UNCCD, Ibrahim Thiaw said parties to COP-14 have finally woken up to the issue of drought. He said that parties concluded that land restoration will not be possible until people first policy is applied.

Today is the closing day of the 12-day conference. India has already expressed commitment to restore 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030.

5 Indian women police officers honoured by United Nations


Five Indian women police officers were honoured by the United Nations for their commendable services in UN mission in South Sudan.

Officials informed today that Reena Yadav, Inspector, Chandigarh Police; Gopika Jahagirdar, DSP, Maharashtra Police, Bharati Samantray, DSP in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ragini Kumari, Inspector in the Ministry of Home Affairs, and Kamal Shekhawat, ASP, Rajasthan Police were conferred the UN medal.

The Indian women police officers received the UN medal at a medal parade in the United Nations Mission in Juba in South Sudan on Tuesday, Home Ministry official said.

The women officers were honoured by the United Nation for upholding the UN mandate of protection of civilians in conflict-ridden South Sudan. The women officers are engaged in community policing, administrative, operational duties and capacity building of local authorities.

SC refers to 3-judge bench Centre’s review plea of SC/ST Act judgement


The Supreme Court today referred centre’s plea seeking review of the earlier verdict which had virtually diluted provisions of arrest under the SC/ST Act to its three-judge bench. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and UU Lalit ordered to place the matter before three-judge bench next week.

In May, the Supreme Court reserved the judgement on the centre’s review plea while observing that laws in the country should be caste neutral and uniform.

The Centre had contended that the March 2018 verdict was problematic and it should be reviewed by the court. The verdict had led to a massive outcry and protests by different SC/ST organisations across the country.

Govt removes 312 Sikh foreign nationals from Adverse List


Government of India has reviewed the Adverse List containing 314 foreign nationals belonging to Sikh community and brought it down to just two.

According to sources, review is a continuous and dynamic process and is a part of a regular exercise. Such a review will afford an opportunity to such Sikh foreign nationals to visit India, meet their family members and reconnect to their roots.

During 1980s, many Sikh Indian nationals and foreign nationals belonging to Sikh community fell to anti-India propaganda. Some Sikh Indian nationals fled India to escape Indian authorities, became foreign nationals and took asylum outside India. They were placed in the adverse list till 2016, making them ineligible to avail visa services to visit India.

This was one major issue coming in the way of grant of visa services to asylees and their family members, mostly belonging to Sikh community, as Indian Missions maintained a local adverse list. Now, This practise has also been discontinued. Consequently, all Indian Missions abroad have been advised to grant an appropriate visa to all categories of asylees and derivative asylees (i.e. family members) whose names do not figure in the Central Adverse List.

Also, all categories of asylees who become eligible for issuance of long term Indian visa will also be eligible to apply for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder after they have applied for and held normal visas for a period of two years.

صفدر جنگ اسپتال میں یونانی اور سدھا سینٹرز کا افتتاح

نئی دہلی،13؍ستمبر

آیوش کے وزیر مملکت (آزادانہ چارج)، جناب شری پد یسونائک نے آج نئی دہلی کے صفدر جنگ اسپتال میں یونانی میڈیکل سینٹر اور سدھا کلینکل ریسرچ یونٹ کا افتتاح کیا۔یونانی میڈیکل سینٹر کا قیام سینٹرل کونسل فار ریسرچ اِن یونانی میڈیسن (سی سی آر یو ایم)اور سدھا کلینکل ریسرچ یونٹ کا قیام سینٹرل کونسل فار ریسرچ اِن سدھا میڈیسن(سی سی آر ایس)کے ذریعے عمل میں آیا

ے۔اس موقع پر خطاب کرتے ہوئے وزیر موصوف نے کہا کہ حکومت ہند  دواؤں کے آیوش نظام کے ذریعے لوگوں کے حفظان صحت میں خصوصی دلچسپی لے رہی ہے اور آیوش کی وزارت آیوشمان بھارت کے حصے کے طورپر پورے بھارت میں 1.5 لاکھ صحت اور صحت مراکز کی ضرورتوں کو پورا کرے گی۔ جناب نائک نے بتایا کہ حکومت نے ملک بھر میں 12,500آیوش صحت اور صحت مراکز کے قیام کا ہدف مقرر کیا ہے، جن میں سے 4000کا قیام اسی سال عمل میں آئے گا۔انہوں نے امید ظاہر کی کہ یونانی میڈیکل سینٹر اور سدھا کلینکل ریسرچ یونٹ ملک کے مختلف حصوں سے صفدر جنگ اسپتال آنے والے مریضوں کو یونانی اور سدھا نظاموں کے ذریعے جامع حفظان صحت فراہم کریں گے۔

اس موقع پر آیوش وزارت کے ایڈیشنل سیکریٹری جناب پرمود کمار پاٹھک نے کہا کہ آیوش کی وزارت کی ذمہ داری  آیوش نظاموں کی بہتر ترقی اور اس کی تشہیر کو یقینی بنانا ہے اور قومی عوامی صحت نظام میں ان کے استعمال کو فروغ دے کر انہیں اصل دھارے میں لانے کے لئے کام کررہی ہے۔

صفدر جنگ اسپتال کے میڈیکل سپرنٹنڈنٹ ڈاکٹر سنیل گپتا نے کہا کہ وزیر اعظم جناب نریندر مودی کے ویژن کی وجہ سے آیوش نظاموں کو دنیا بھر میں بہت زیادہ مقبولیت مل رہی ہے۔

اس موقع پر موجود معززین نے سی سی آر ایس کے اشاعت کردہ سدھا ڈوسیئر اور جنرل آف ریسرچ اِن سدھا میڈیسن (دوسرا شمارہ)اور سی سی آر یو ایم کے زیر اہتمام شائع ہوئے ذیابیطس ، ہائپرٹینشن اور موٹاپے سے متعلق آئی ای سی کتابچوں کا اجراء بھی کیا۔

سی سی آر یو ایم فی الحال رام منوہر لوہیا اسپتال اور دین دیال اپادھیائے اسپتال، دہلی میں یونانی میڈیکل سینٹرز چلا رہا ہے۔

Railways announce slew of Freight incentives to boost economy


Indian Railways have announced certain Freight incentives to give a boost to the economy. The busy season surcharge of 15 per cent on freight, which is levied between 1st of October to 30th June has been deferred.

The five per cent Supplementary charges applicable on loading on mini and two-point rakes has also been waived off. This is likely to boost loading of smaller cargo sizes and help cement, steel, food grains and fertilizers loading.

A discount of 25 per cent in haulage charge of containers has been given to encourage the movement of empty and flat to ports thereby increasing loaded container traffic in return. It is expected to enhance the price-competitiveness of Railway and other modes of transport and expand freight basket by capturing new traffic.

The number of rakes to be provided for the auto sector has also been hiked in a bid to increase freight loading.

First 100 days of govt just a ‘trailer’, PM promises more steps in future


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that development and the fight against corruption and terrorism during the first 100 days of his second term is just a trailer of a fast-paced film. Addressing a public meeting in Ranchi Thursday, Mr Modi promised more concrete steps in the future in this regard.

Prime Minister said those who thought they are above the law and above courts are now approaching courts praying for bail. Mr Modi said, development is our pledge and commitment and the country has never seen such acceleration in development. Prime Minister also described the BJP-led NDA government as ‘kaamdaar’ (work oriented) and ‘damdaar’ (strong).

He was speaking after launching Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana that will help small and marginal farmers by providing a minimum pension of 3,000 rupees per month on attaining the age of 60 years. Mr Modi also launched an ambitious pension scheme for shopkeepers – Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan Dhan Yojana. Another ‘Swarojgar’ pension scheme was also rolled out for self-employed persons.

He also inaugurated a new building complex of Jharkhand Assembly, which will the first paperless Assembly in the country.

Prime Minister also inaugurated a multi-modal cargo terminal at Sahibganj, which will connect Bangladesh, Nepal and the North-East areas.