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India backs Seed Treaty targets

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Narendra Singh Tomar at the opening ceremony ITPGRFA

Rome, Italy (NVI): India has told the Seed Treaty nations that “Conservation of plant genetic resources is the shared responsibility of humanity,” and that New Delhi will be forthcoming to support all global efforts in this regard.

While addressing the Opening Ceremony of the Governing Body of International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) here, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said:  “crop biodiversity is part and parcel of life in India and whose indigenous people, peasants have shaped the crop genetic resources that form the basis for breeding elsewhere in the world.”

The Governing Body sessions are biennial in which delegates from 146 countries, international organizations, civil societies, farmers’ organizations, FAO officials and UN organizations participated. The session started on 11th November and will go on till 16th November.

Tomar, while informing about the uniqueness of Indian legislation “Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Act” to protect Farmers’ Rights and breeder’s rights, said that in Indian legislation a farmer is entitled to save, use, sow, resow, exchange, share or sell his farm produce including seed of a variety protected under the PPV&FR Act, 2001 except brand name, and our legislation is fully compliant to article 9 of the Treaty.

“Under the provisions of this Act, 138 farmers and farming communities have been awarded with Plant Genome Saviour Awards. India has received about 16,620 applications for Plant Variety Protection out of which 10,920 (66%) have been received from farmers alone. Also, the PPV&FR Authority has registered about 3631 plant varieties out of which 1597 (44%) belong to the farmers”, he added.

ITPGRFA also known as Seed Treaty, is a comprehensive international agreement for ensuring food security through the conservation, exchange and sustainable use of the world’s plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), as well as the fair and equitable benefit sharing arising from its use. It also recognizes farmers’ rights, subject to national laws.

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Buddha embodiment of collective understanding of Humanity: PM

New Delhi: To further strengthen social and cultural  ties with Nepal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid day-long visit to Lumbini in the neighbouring country,  birth place of Gautam Buddha on Guru Purnima day.

During the visit, he also held talks with Nepalese counterpart on a range of issues.

“Today’s meeting with PM @SherBDeuba was excellent. We discussed the full range of relations between India and Nepal. Key MoUs were signed which will diversify and deepen cooperation, ” Prime Minister said in a tweet.

Earlier  in the day, Narendra Modi  addressed a gathering to mark the 2566th Buddha Jayanti Celebration at International Convention Center and Meditation Hall there.

“Buddha is the embodiment of the collective understanding of humanity. Buddha is enlightenment, as well as research; Buddha is thoughts, and sacraments too, ”  he said. .

Narendra Modi was accompanied by Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba, and his spouse Arzu Rana Deuba.

The construction of the Lumbini Museum in Nepal is an example of joint cooperation between the two countries, Narendra Modi said.

Today we also decided to establish Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Chair for Buddhist Studies in Lumbini Buddhist University, Prime Minister added.

Covid update: India‘s single day cases drop to 2,202

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New Delhi: India registered further decline in Covid cases, with 2,202 new cases being registered in the last 24 hours, against 2,487 recorded during the same duration the previous day.

The country also registered 27 fatalities during the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.

With this, the cumulative death toll across the country has reached 5,24,241 and the country’s active cases stand at 17,317.

Nearly 2,550 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative recoveries to 4,25,82,243, it said.

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The country’s daily positivity rate has gone up to 0.74% and the weekly positivity rate stands at 0.59%.

Yesterday, the country registered 2,487 Covid cases and 13 fatalities in 24 hours.

On Saturday morning, the country registered 2,858 new Covid cases and 11 deaths during 24 hours yesterday.

A day prior to that, the country registered 2,841 new Coronavirus cases and nine deaths in 24 hours.

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On Thursday morning, the country registered 2,827 new Coronavirus cases and 24 deaths in 24 hours.

During the previous day, the country recorded 2,897 cases and 54 deaths within 24 hours.

On Tuesday morning, the country registered 2,288 new Covid cases and 10 deaths during 24 hours.

Winning Badminton team gets Pat on Back from Union Minister, plus 1 Crore

New Delhi: In addition to showering praise on Indian Badminton Team, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports  Anurag Singh Thakur today announced an award of Rs 1 crore.

The team created history by winning  coveted Thomas Cup for the first time with a spectacular 3-0 victory over 14-time champion Indonesia in the final in Bangkok.

Anurag Singh Thakur celebrated the victory with a spontaneous decision, press release said.

“India’s extraordinary feat of winning the Thomas Cup with successive victories over Malaysia, Denmark and Indonesia in the play-offs called for a relaxation of rules, ” Union Minister said.

“It is with pride that I announce the award of Rs 1 crore to the team that brought  so much joy to the Indians this weekend,” he added.

Intend to deepen ties with Nepal: Modi

New Delhi: Ahead of his visit to Lumbini in Nepal on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti tomorrow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that India’s ties with Nepal are “unparalleled” and my visit is intended to further deepen these “time-honoured linkages”.

“Our ties with Nepal are unparalleled. The civilisational and people-to-people contacts between India and Nepal form the enduring edifice of our close relationship,” PM Modi said in a pre-departure statement.

My visit is intended to celebrate and further deepen these time-honoured linkages that have been fostered through centuries and recorded in our long history of inter-mingling, he added.

During his visit to Lumbini, PM Modi will offer prayers at the Mayadevi Temple and he will also meet Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

He will be also participating in the foundation stone laying ceremony of the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture & Heritage in the Lumbini Monastic Zone.

“I will be visiting Lumbini tomorrow at the invitation of Nepal’s PM Sher Bahadur Deuba,” PM said in a statement.

I look forward to offering prayers at the Mayadevi Temple on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti. I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of millions of Indians to pay reverence at the sacred site of Lord Buddha’s birth, he said.

I also look forward to meeting Prime Minister Deuba again after our productive discussions during his visit to India last month. We will continue to build on our shared understanding to expand cooperation in multiple areas, including hydropower, development and connectivity.

Apart from visiting the holy Mayadevi Temple, I will be participating in “Shilanyas” ceremony of the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture & Heritage in the Lumbini Monastic Zone. I will also be attending celebrations to mark the occasion of Buddha Jayanti organised by the Government of Nepal, he added.

Covid update: India registers slight decline in cases

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New Delhi: India registered a slight drop in single day Covid cases, with 2,487 new cases being registered in the last 24 hours against 2,858 cases recorded a day before.

The country registered 13 fatalities in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative death toll to 5,24,214, the Union Health Ministry said today.

Active cases stood at 17,692 while over 2,878 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, the government said.

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The country’s daily positivity rate has gone up to 0.61% and the weekly positivity rate stands at 0.62%.

The country registered 2,858 new Covid cases and 11 deaths during 24 hours yesterday.

A day prior to that, the country registered 2,841 new Coronavirus cases and nine deaths in 24 hours.

On Thursday morning, the country registered 2,827 new Coronavirus cases and 24 deaths in 24 hours.

Also, Read https://newsvibesofindia.com/covid-update-2858-fresh-cases-11-deaths-recorded-in-india/

During the previous day, the country recorded 2,897 cases and 54 deaths within 24 hours.

On Tuesday morning, the country registered 2,288 new Covid cases and 10 deaths during 24 hours.

A day prior to that, the government reported 3,207 fresh Covid cases and 29 deaths registered in the preceding 24 hours.

BLA: 4 Pakistani military men killed, 3 injured in attack in Balochistan

BLA freedom fighters at some unknown location (File Pic)

Quetta: Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) today said it killed 4 personnel of Pakistani military and injured 3 others in an attack on military convoy in Bulaida area of Kech district in Balochistan.

The casualties were caused when the freedom fighters of BLA targeted a personnel carrier vehicle of the Pakistani military in Bulaida, its spokesman Jeeyand Baloch said in a statement.

“The vehicle, which was part of a military convoy, was totally destroyed in the IED attack. Four enemy personnel were killed and three more were injured in the attack,” he said.

The dead bodies and the injured personnel were evacuated by two “enemy choppers”, the spokesman added.

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In an earlier attack on 12th May in Karmo Wadh Sibbi, an outpost of occupying forces was targeted by BLA freedom fighters, the spokesman said, adding “the enemy forces suffered heavy losses in the attack.”

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“BLA will continue to target enemy forces until they fully withdraw from Balochistan,” he said.

Covid update: 2,858 fresh cases, 11 deaths recorded in India

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New Delhi: Altogether 2,858 new Coronavirus cases and 11 deaths were registered across the country during 24 hours yesterday, the Health Ministry said today.

With this, the cumulative death toll across the country reached 5,24,201.

The active cases stood at 18,096 while 3,355 patients recovered from the virus during this period, it said.

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The country’s daily positivity rate has gone up to 0.59% and the weekly positivity rate stands at 0.66%.

Yesterday, the country registered 2,841 new Coronavirus cases and nine deaths in 24 hours.

A day prior to that, the country registered 2,827 new Coronavirus cases and 24 deaths in 24 hours.

During the previous day, the country recorded 2,897 cases and 54 deaths within 24 hours.

Also, Read https://newsvibesofindia.com/pandit-killing-jk-govt-sets-up-sit-after-protests/

On Tuesday morning, the country registered 2,288 new Covid cases and 10 deaths during 24 hours.

A day prior to that, the government reported 3,207 fresh Covid cases and 29 deaths registered in the preceding 24 hours.

Killers of Kashmiri Pandit eliminated in encounter: police

Security forces at encounter site in Kashmir (File pic)

Srinagar: Security forces today eliminated two Pakistani terrorists of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit, who the police said were involved in the killing of Kashmiri Pandit employee in the Valley yesterday.

The two terrorists, identified as foreigners, were killed in an encounter in Brar Argam area of Bandipora district of Kashmir.

The encounter erupted after the security forces laid a cordon in the area following specific input about presence of terrorists there, the police said.

In the fierce gunfight, two foreign terrorists were killed, police said.

The killed terrorists were involved in the gunning down of Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat in Chadoora area of Budgam district yesterday, the police said.

Bhat, a government employee under PM’s Package in Kashmir, was killed by two terrorists in his office, in yet another targeted murder of community members in the Valley.

The killing has triggered widespread outrage and anger among the community.

The gunfight in Bandipora was the second in three days. Earlier on May 11, a local terrorist who had recently infiltrated from Pakistan was killed in Salinder forest area of the district.

Police said the two terrorists killed today had recently infiltrated from Pakistan and belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba.

During the encounter in Salinder forest two days back, the two had escaped, a police spokesman said.

The police said they were tracking a local LeT terrorist Lateef Rather alias Osama who was involved in violent incidents in Srinagar and Budgam over the last two months.

A week ago, movement of Lateef Rather was confirmed in Salindar area of Bandipora where he had gone to receive a freshly-infiltrated group of LeT terrorists, the spokesman said.

“The presence/movement of these terrorists was zeroed in and shared with the Bandipora police and accordingly an operation was launched on May 11 resulting in elimination of a local terrorist identified as Gulzar Ahmed Ganaie of Baramulla. While as the other two terrorists managed to escape from the said encounter site,” the spokesman said.

“However, Police team kept following the footprints of said escaped terrorists, whose presence was confirmed technically in Chadoora area of Budgam, where terror incident took place yesterday.

“Thereafter their footprints were again confirmed in Brar, Aragam area of Bandipora today. Accordingly the information was shared with the police Bandipora and operation was launched by them along with 13 RR, resulting into elimination of two foreign terrorists of LeT outfit,” he said.

The slain terrorists were identified as Faisal alias Sikander and Ukasha, both residents of Pakistan.

A hunt is on for Lateef Rather, the police said.

About the killed terrorists, Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar said, “Their presence at terror incident site at Chadoora confirmed their involvement in killing of Rahul Bhat.”

India has about 70,000 recognised startups, PM tells Conclave

New Delhi: India has about 70 thousand recognized startups, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“India has the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world. We are also emerging as a force to be reckoned with in the world’s biggest unicorn hubs, ” he said while addressing Madhya Pradesh StartUp Conclave today via video conferencing.

“Startups in India are not confined to only one or two States but are spread over all States and small cities. India has start-ups linked to more than 50 industries, ” Prime Minister added.

Taking credit for the success, Prime Minister asserted that they recognized the power of  youth & their spirit of innovation and  focused on ‘idea, innovation & industry’.

Further, we invested in infrastructure,  reduced compliances and promoted a broader, innovative mindset, he added.

Pandit killing: JK govt sets up SIT after protests

Protest by Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu today over killing community member by terrorists in Kashmir.

Srinagar/Jammu: A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was today formed by the Jammu and Kashmir government to probe “all aspects” of the killing of Kashmiri Pandit employee Rahul Bhat by terrorists yesterday, as members of the community resorted to protests and sloganeering against the government in the Union Territory as well as the Centre..

Bhat, a government employee under PM’s Package, was shot dead in his office in Chadoora area of Budgam district of Kashmir, in yet another incident of targeted killing of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.

The government tonight  said the Station House Officer of the area has been “attached” in the wake of the killing.

“A decision has been taken to constitute special investigative team to probe all the aspects of the despicable terror attack,” Office of Lt Governor Manoj Sinha tweeted tonight.

The LG also announced a government job to Bhat’s wife in Jammu and financial assistance to the family.

“The government will bear educational expenses of the daughter,” LG said, about the 8-yeear-old child of the victim.

The targeted killing of Bhat triggered fear and anger among the thousands of Kashmiri Pandits who are working in the Kashmir Valley under the PM’s Employment Package since 2008.

There were reports that around 350 of such employees have tendered their mass resignations in a letter to the government but the latter denied having received any such communication.

“The social media reports of resignations  by Migrant employees are denied as no such letter of  resignation(s) have been received by the administration. Service related issues are being addressed in a time bound manner in a weeks time,” a tweet by Deputy Commissioner Budgam said.

The Kashmiri Pandit employees have been staging protests in the Valley since after the killing and condemning the government for not being able to protect the community members.

The refrain among them is that they should be rehabilitated in Jammu as they face serious threat to their lives in Kashmir.

The members of the community staged protests in Jammu today and the police had to use teargas to disperse them.

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