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Record production of food grains in 2016-17:Radha Mohan Singh

NNWN/ New Delhi, 2017-07-14

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that  there has been a record production of food grains in 2016-17 and all previous records were broken.Singh said as per the Third Advance Estimates food grain production in the country has increased to 273 MT in 2016-17, oil seeds to 32.5 MT, and sugarcane to 306 MT.  Fruits and Vegetable production has increased to 287 MTs, according to the Second Advance Estimate. He was speaking at the National Summit on Smart Agriculture Marketing Solutions to Double the Farmers Income organised in Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry FICCI in Delhi on Friday. 

 

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NNWN / New Delhi,2017-06-28

कार्मिक और प्रशिक्षण विभाग ने स्वच्छता पखवाड़ा के अंतर्गत आज यहां राममनोहर लोहिया अस्पताल के परिसर में स्वच्छता अभियान में हिस्सा लिया। विभाग के उप सचिव श्री सुरेश कुमार और अपर सचिव श्री राजेश्वर लाल के नेतृत्व में करीब 50 कर्मियों ने अस्पताल के प्रशासनिक खंड से जुड़े पार्क में स्वच्छता अभियान में हिस्सा लिया।

स्वच्छता पखवाड़ा के अंतर्गत डीओपीटी विभिन्न गतिविधियां चला रहा है। पेयजल और स्वच्छता मंत्रालय द्वारा स्वच्छता पखवाड़ा 16 जून से 30 जून 2017 तक चलाया जा रहा है।

स्वच्छता अभियान के दौरान कचरे के 9 पैकेट एकत्रित किये गये इनमें अधिकतर पेड़ों के पत्ते और प्राकृतिक तरीके से सड़ने वाला सामान था। इसके अलावा कुछ मिला जुला कचरा भी एकत्र किया गया। कचरे के सभी पैकेट अस्पताल प्रशासन के प्रभारी को खाद बनाने सहित उसके उचित इस्तेमाल/निपटारे के लिए सौंप दिये गये।

 

NNWN / Shimla, 2017-05-12
 
केंद्रीय स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य एवं परिवार कल्‍याण मंत्री जे .पी. नड्डा ने आज मंडी में देश के सार्वभौमिक टीकाकरण कार्यक्रम (यूआईपी) में न्‍यूमोकोकल कंजुगेट टीका (पीसीवी) लॉंच करने की घोषणा के अवसर पर कहा कि ‘टीका से बचाव वाली बीमारियों से देश में किसी भी बच्‍चे की मृत्‍यु नहीं होनी चाहिए‘ यही हमारी सरकार का लक्ष्‍य एवं प्रतिबद्धता है। उन्‍होंने कहा कि हम शिशु मृत्‍यु दर को कम करने एवं अपने शिशुओं को स्‍वस्‍थ भविष्‍य उपलब्‍ध कराने के प्रति‍ वचनबद्ध हैं। भारत के टीकाकरण कार्यक्रम में इसे एक ऐतिहासिक क्षण तथा एक उदाहरण देने योग्‍य कदम बताते हुए केंद्रीय स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य मंत्री ने कहा कि सरकार बच्‍चों में मृत्‍यु दर एवं रुग्णता दर को कम करने के प्रति प्रतिबद्ध है। उन्‍होंने कहा कि रुटीन टीकाकरण को मजबूत बनाना भारत के बच्‍चों में एक अनिवार्य निवेश है तथा यह देश का स्‍वस्‍थ भविष्‍य सुनिश्चित करेगा।
 
पीसीवी बच्‍चों को निमोनिया एवं मेनिनजाइटिस जैसी न्‍यूमोकोकल बीमारियों के प्रचंड रूपों से सुरक्षा प्रदान करती है। वर्तमान में यह टीका पहले चरण में हिमाचल प्रदेश एवं बिहार एवं उत्‍तर प्रदेश के कुछ हिस्‍सों के लगभग 21 लाख बच्‍चों को दिया जाएगा। प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी  की टीका से बचाव वाली बीमारियों से बच्‍चों की जान बचाने की प्रतिबद्धता को दुहराते हुए नड्डा ने कहा कि सरकार ने कुल टीकाकरण की दिशा में उल्‍लेखनीय कदम उठाए हैं।  मिशन इंद्रधनुष के तहत अभी तक 2.6 करोड़ से अधिक लाभार्थियों का टीकाकरण कराया जा चुका है।
 
स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य मंत्री ने यह भी कहा कि ये सभी टीके निजी क्षेत्र में न केवल भारत में बल्कि दुनिया भर में कई वर्षों से उपलब्‍ध थे। श्री नड्डा ने कहा कि ‘निजी क्षेत्र में ये टीके केवल समृद्ध वर्ग के लिए ही सुलभ थे, यूआईपी के तहत उन्‍हें उपलब्‍ध कराने के जरिये सरकार  निर्धन एवं वंचित वर्गों के लिए भी समान रूप से उनकी उपलब्‍धता सुनिश्चित कर रही है।’ 

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NNWN/2017-04-19

Greenpeace has become the first organisation in UK to be fined under the UK government’s Lobbying Act. According to critics, this would silence legitimate campaign groups. The act introduced in 2014, holds lobbyists accountable.

Greenpeace revealed that it has been fined 30,000 US dollars for refusing to register as a “third-party campaigning organisation” in the run-up to the 2015 election. John Sauven, Greenpeace UK executive director, said the decision not to register was an “act of civil disobedience” and warned that the fine would have a further “chilling effect” on the charities and civil society groups in the run-up to June’s election.“Sometimes legislation is just wrong and you have to stand up and say so. The Lobbying Act is a democratic car crash; it weakens democracy and curtails free speech.”

“Now Britain is going into a second general election regulated by a law that does little to stop powerful companies exerting secret influence in the corridors of power while gagging charities and campaign groups with millions of members. If the last election is anything to go by it will have a chilling effect on groups trying to raise important issues.” A spokesperson for the Electoral Commission said its investigation had concluded that Greenpeace had “failed to comply fully with the rules on spending for non-party campaigners”. “Non-party campaigners are vital to a healthy democracy and we encourage their active participation during campaign periods; however, where a significant amount of money is being spent on campaigning at elections, it is right that voters can see who is spending that money and what they are campaigning for.” The vote leave battle bus rebranded by Greenpeace outside parliament. The vote leave battle bus rebranded by Greenpeace outside parliament.

The  Conservative government led by David Cameron passed the act as a result of high-profile corporate lobbying scandals. It amended existing rules on non-party organisations introduced in 2000 requiring groups to register with the Electoral Commission if they plan to spend more than 20,000 US dollars in England or 10,000 US dollars in the rest of the UK on so-called “regulated activities”.

The action against Greenpeace has come under severe cricism from civil society organiaations.Critics say the government’s definition of these activities is so broad it can include any activity that could be interpreted as political.

Ever since, the act came into effect, civil society organisations have condemned it.They include a coalition of 160 charities – including the Royal British Legion, Save the Children, and the Salvation Army – as well as a cross-party coalition of politicians. A government-commissioned review led by the Tory peer Lord Hodgson made several recommendations, including a call to distinguish between activities in support of a specific political party and civil society groups campaigning on matters of public interest. He also recommended tightening the definition of what constitutes a member of a lobbying group.

Sauven said: “Whoever wins on 8 June should heed the advice of Lord Hodgson and amend it.” Greenpeace said that in the run-up to the 2015 election it visited coastal communities around the UK to campaign for sustainable fishing policies to be included in the parties’ manifestos, holding events supported by MPs and candidates of all parties from Ukip to the Green party. How corporate dark money is taking power on both sides of the Atlantic George Monbiot Read more Greenpeace said it was happy to tell the Electoral Commission how much it had spent on that campaign – as well as another on fracking – but was fined after it refused to register.

Sauven said: “If you’re a corporate lobbyist paid by a tobacco company to fight anti-smoking legislation you’ve got little to worry about, the Lobbying Act does hardly anything to restrict you. “But if you’re a mass membership campaign group trying to get political parties to make strong commitments on the environment or human rights then watch out, the state can now regulate your campaign, tying you in bureaucratic knots and preventing voters from hearing about the issues that matter.”

He said many charities had therefore decided the safest thing was to “sit out the last election and they may do the same this time”. “The Lobbying Act skews politics in favour of corporations operating in the shadows.”

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