India successfully test-fires naval version of BrahMos from indigenous warship

A NAVAL version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired on Sunday from the Navy’s indigenously built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, hitting a target in the Arabian Sea, said the Ministry of Defence. The missile hit the target with pin-point accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres, the MoD said in its official statement on Sunday. It also said the BrahMos as the “prime strike weapon” will ensure the warship’s “invincibility” by engaging naval surface targets at ...
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Mahisagar: Probe into misappropriation of MNREGA funds

The Mahisagar district administration has initiated a probe into an alleged misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 1 crore from Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) projects, after a whistleblower wrote to various government departments, including the Rural Development Depart as well as the Gujarat Vigilance Commission, seeking an inquiry. According to the petitioner, Indravadan Parikh, an advocate in Santrampur, four talukas of Mahisagar District — Santrampur, Lunawada, Virpur and Balasinor — have misappropriated funds from MGNREGA ...
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India among high-burden TB nations to register 25-30 pc drops in case notifications: WHO report

Disruptions in services caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have led to further setbacks and according to a new report, there has been a 25 to 30 per cent drop in tuberculosis (TB) case notifications across three high-burden countries – India, Indonesia and the Philippines – between January and June 2020 compared to the same period a year before. The Global TB report, released on Wednesday by the World Health Organisation, has collated data from over 200 countries that has shown significant reductions in ...
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Statue of Unity to reopen on Oct 17

The Statue of Unity (SoU), the world’s tallest statue dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, is set to reopen on October 17, eight months after it was shut owing to the Covid-19 lockdown in March. A release from Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL), on Tuesday, stated that the statue will reopen on the first day of Navratri amid strict precautionary measures. Against a footfall of over 15,000 per day on regular days, only 2,500 tourists will now be allowed into the complex per ...
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Gondal, Rajkot APMCs flooded with fresh arrivals of groundnut

Major agricultural produce market committees (APMCs) in Saurashtra are flooded with the fresh arrivals of the oilseed as usual as there has been no major shift in marketing chain of this important crop of Saurashtra despite the state government abolishing levies on traders procuring at farmgates this year. Gondal APMC in Rajkot, the biggest market of groundnut in the state, has recorded arrivals of 60,608 quintals of groundnut in the first eight days of this month. Rajkot APMC, the second ...
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Disturbed Areas Act amendment in Gujarat gets Presidential assent

President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Bill amending the Gujarat Prohibition of Transfer of Immovable Property and Provisions of Tenants from Eviction from Premises in Disturbed Areas Act, passed by the Gujarat Assembly in 2019, stated an official release from Minister of State for Home, Pradeepsinh Jadeja, on Monday. The amended Act will help prohibit the transfer of immovable property in disturbed areas and protect tenants from vacating the properties, the release added. A Bill amending ...
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Climate change driving butterflies, moths higher up Himalayas

Rising average temperatures in the Himalayan region have driven several dozen species of butterfly and moth to habitats higher up the mountains, a new study commissioned by the government has found. The findings of the study will be used as a baseline indicator to track the impact of climate change on animal species over the coming decade, officials said. The Himalayas are home to more than 35 per cent of Lepidoptera — the order of insects that includes butterflies and ...
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SVAMITVA scheme launched

SVAMITVA Scheme  The Prime Minister will launch the distribution of Property Cards under the SVAMITVA Scheme on 11th October, via video conferencing.• The launch will enable around one lakh property holders to download their Property Cards through the SMS link delivered on their mobile phones.• This would be followed by physical distribution of the Property Cards by the respective State governments. Key Points: SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) is a Central Sector Scheme launched on National Panchayati Raj Day, 24th April 2020.•  Aims:  To provide an integrated property validation ...
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Tablighi matter: Freedom of speech most abused, says SC; slams Govt for its ‘evasive’ affidavit

“Freedom of speech and expression may be the most abused freedom in recent times,’’ the Supreme Court observed Thursday as it took exception to what it called an ‘‘evasive’’ affidavit filed by the Centre in response to a petition alleging discriminatory news coverage of the Tablighi Jamaat issue. Chief Justice of India SA Bobde made this remark when Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for petitioner Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind which said the Tablighi issue was reported in such a manner that it spread communal hatred, ...
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Govt to modify salary structure of contractual workers under NHM

The state government agreed to modify the salary structure of contractual workers under the National Health Mission (NHM), benefiting at least 22,500 employees. The NHM was launched in Maharashtra in 2007 to provide an overall health infrastructure for various programmes in urban and rural bodies. It runs programmes related to non-communicable diseases, mental health as well as maternal and child care and has appointed at least 29,000 doctors, paramedics, technicians, nurses, and multi-purpose workers. Contractual staffers of NHM have been ...
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