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Need to make COVID-19 crisis ‘major turning point’ by developing ‘self-reliant India’: PM Modi



Delivering the inaugural address of the 95th annual plenary session of the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) via video conferencing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India’s growth story will come only from being self-reliant.

“It is the only way that will propel us forward in the 21st century. It is the only way that India, which is today an importing nation, will first become self-reliant, and then aim to become a big exporting nation. That is the vision that will take us forward,” he told the top industry body representing businesses and industries in eastern and north-eastern India.

The Prime Minister asserted that the time has come for every street, every village, every district, every state, and the nation as a whole to take a pledge to ensure that we as a nation must become self-reliant at all levels.

PM Modi said he can see people wishing if India were self-reliant in medical equipment, in manufacturing PPE kits, in defence production as well as in the manufacturing of everything essential, and added that solution to all this can only come from an “atmanirbhar Bharat”.

Addressing the leaders of the top body, PM Modi said that it is a time of challenges. “We see an epidemic that has caused trouble and loss to the world… we have seen storms and locust swarms and back-to-back cyclones… these are no doubt tough times,” he said, but added that India has seen through such tough times before.

He reminded that it is one’s mental strength and resolve that is key in such times and those who give up easily, there is no end to misery in life. But, for those who keep motivated through challenging times, are the ones who pave the solution for all and ensure that as a person and also as a nation we emerge from this successfully, the Prime Minister said.

“Mann ke hare haar, mann ke jeete jeet – it means that only our firm resolve and determination can decide our future,” the PM said.

As India faces multiple challenges, PM Modi said, every citizen of the country has resolved to turn this crisis into an opportunity.

“We have to make this a major turning point for this nation. What is that turning point? A self-reliant India,” he said.

Asserting that it is time to push economy towards “plug and play”, the PM said, “At this time we have to take the Indian economy out of ‘command and control’ and push it towards ‘plug and play’. This isn’t the time for conservative approach. It’s time for bold decisions and bold investments. It’s time to prepare a globally competitive domestic supply chain.” He added that Kolkata can lead development in East and Northeast regions.

He further called for following teachings of Swami Vivekananda in taking the nation forward and once again, pushed for ‘Make in India’ in post-COVID world.

“Decades ago Swami Vivekananda wrote, ‘The simplest method to be worked upon at present is to induce Indians to use their own products and get markets for Indian goods in other countries’. This path shown by Swami Vivekananda is an inspiration for India in the post-COVID world.

PM Modi also urged for the need to support each other to tide over these tough times, especially the small-time craftsmen and workers.

“We as a government are doing all we can to ensure that the nation gets a much-needed impetus to take the nation forward on the route to becoming self-reliant,” the PM said in his address.

He said the Government is giving huge support to micro, small and medium industries (MSMEs) and has redefined MSMEs to ensure they can grow bigger while still enjoying the benefits given by the Centre. He added that the Government is also focusing on helping farmers across the nation.

“India may be a free nation, but it is only now that farmers have got their true freedom and independence. The government has now made it free for them to decide who they want to sell their produce to, and at the best price they get. This is a massive step in ensuring that farmers earn a better livelihood,” the Prime Minister added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his address by congratulating the Chamber of Commerce for achieving the milestone of completing 95 years.

“The ICC has stood the test of time and contributed immensely to the growth trajectory of the country,” he said.



Shraddha Murder Case: Police found spinal cord, 10 body parts recovered so far from the forest



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The bones of Shraddha found by the Delhi Police in the forest of Mehrauli belong to the back part of the body. About 10 such body parts have been found so far, including the reed bone. Apart from this, some bones have also been recovered from the drain.

Delhi Police has received 10 parts of the body including the lower part of the spinal cord. The police have also found blood stains in the kitchen of the flat, whose samples have been sent for examination to find out whose the blood stains are.

Aftab had cleaned the fridge with chemicals so that when caught, he could spoil the forensic investigation. Delhi Police will soon call Shraddha’s father for a DNA sample. After which blood sample and bone sample will be sent to FLS, after which FSL will do a DNA test.

After the investigation so far, the police suspect that Shraddha’s body was dismembered in the bathroom after the murder. Along with this, the accused used to leave the water running from the shower so that the dead body could be easily cut and blood flowed. The FSL team along with Aftab was present during the investigation at his flat.

Source: Aajtak

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Fog will be seen in Delhi’s sky from tomorrow, cold will increase with drop in temperature!



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After the passing of half of November, there is a rapid change in the weather. The country’s capital Delhi is feeling cold in the morning and evening, while the temperature is rising in the afternoon. However, a change in the weather can be seen in the coming days. According to IMD, the cold may increase in Delhi from tomorrow i.e. 17 November with a drop in temperature.

Delhi’s temperature condition

According to weather experts, in the next few days, icy winds will blow in the northwest direction, due to which Delhi’s temperature will drop and the cold will increase. Talking about the temperature, on November 17, the minimum temperature can be 12 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature can be 27 degree Celsius. Two days ago i.e. on November 15, the minimum temperature was recorded at 15 degrees and the maximum temperature was 30 degrees. At the same time, there is a possibility of further decline in it for the next two days. On November 18, the minimum temperature can reach 11 °C and the maximum temperature can reach 26 °C.


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In Delhi, 37 lakh people apply for power subsidy



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After the 15-day-expansion by the Delhi government to select for the power subsidy scheme finished Tuesday, just three lakh individuals applied during the augmentation time frame. From September 14 till Tuesday night, 37,13,179 individuals applied to keep on benefiting from the subsidy scheme.

In spite of the fact that authorities are guaranteeing that a decent level of individuals has applied, the information shows a distinction of around 10 lakh customers when contrasted with a year ago. As per the information, around 46.8 lakh individuals profited from the advantage under the plan in 2021-22.

“This was the normal number of individuals who get the advantage, and the people who go under the 200 unit class probably applied. Likewise, the number varies as a few purchasers get the financed bill during winters and the number descends in summer as individuals use ACs, coolers, and fans,” said a senior authority from the power office.

He added that individuals who got sponsored bills under 400 units during winter should not have applied. “In any case, they can, in any case, apply before their next charging cycle and profit from the subsidy scheme,” said the official.

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