3 Aug 2016

Measures Taken by the Government for Upliftment of Women in Agriculture Sector

As per Census 2011, Sixty five percent (65%) of the total female workers in India are engaged in agriculture. Of the total cultivators (118.7 million), 30.3% are female. Out of 144.3 million agricultural labourers 42.6 % are Women. In 2001, female agricultural labourers were 21% which increased to 23% in 2011.

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare implements various programmes of farmers including women in agriculture sector. As per directives for the Women Component Plan, the State Governments have been asked to ensure flow of funds to the tune of 30% for the benefit of women farmers.

Fourth Advance Production Estimates of Major Crops During 2015-16

The 4th Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2015-16 have been released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare here today.

            The estimated production of major crops during 2015-16 is as under:

Ø  Foodgrains  –  252.22 million tonnes
·   Rice  –  104.32 million tonnes
·   Wheat – 93.50 million tonnes
·   Coarse Cereals  –  37.94 million tonnes
Ø Pulses  –  16.47 million tonnes
Ø   Oilseeds  –  25.3 million tonnes
Ø   Cotton  –  30.147 million bales (of 170 kg each)
Ø   Sugarcane – 352.163 million tonnes

Despite setback due to deficient rainfall and due to shortage of water in reservoirs. As per the 4th Advance Estimates for 2015-16 total foodgrains production in the country has been higher than that in the last year. Total foodgrains production during 2015-16, estimated at 252.22 million tonnes, has been higher by 0.20 million tonnes over the production of 252.02 million tonnes during 2014-15.   Total production of rice during 2015-16 is estimated at 104.32 million tonnes, which is lower by 1.16 million tonnes than its production of 105.48 million tonnes during 2014-15.  Production of wheat estimated at 93.50 million tonnes is higher by 6.97 million tonnes than the production of 86.53 million tonnes of wheat during 2014-15. 
            Total production of coarse cereals is estimated at 37.94 million tonnes which is lower by 4.92 million tonnes as compared to their production of 42.86 million tonnes during 2014-15. Total pulses production of 16.47 million tonnes during 2015-16 is marginally lower than the previous year’s production of 17.15 million tonnes.  With a decline of 2.207 million tonnes over the previous year’s production’s total oilseeds production in the country during 2015-16 is estimated at 25.304 million tonnes.  
             Production of sugarcane estimated at 352.16 million tones, is lower by 10.17 million tonnes than its production during 2014-15. Production of Cotton estimated at 30.147 million bales (of 170 kg each) is also lower by 4.658 million bales than its production of 34.805 million bales during 2014-15.

Collaboration with WHO on Traditional Medicines

Project Collaboration Agreement was signed with the World Health Organization (WHO) on 13th May2016. Under the agreement, India would assign to WHO activities for development of the following WHO Technical documents/ publications:-

• Benchmarks for training in Yoga

• Benchmarks for practice in Ayurveda

• Benchmarks for practice in Unani Medicine

• Benchmarks for practice in Panchkarma

As per the agreement, the estimated expenditure to be incurred amounts to US $977,040. The outgo will be in four instalments. First instalment to be paid within two months after the agreement is signed (US$ 123,170); second by the end of July 2016 (US $ 210,180); third by the end of July 2017 (US $ 151,420) and the fourth by the end of July 2018 (USD $ 202,270). The balance amount of US 290,000 would be incurred in India.The end date of the Project would be 31st December, 2020. 

PM to young IAS Officers: remain sensitive to circumstances and surroundings

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today advised young IAS officers to remain sensitive to their circumstances and surroundings, in order to be able to effectively connect with the people of India. 

Addressing IAS Officers of the 2014 batch at the Inaugural Session of Assistant Secretaries, the Prime Minister said that they had a great opportunity to enhance their skills and learning, far beyond what they had imbibed during their training so far. He urged them to use the next three months, to add value their own skill-sets, and also attempt to add value to the working of the Departments they had been attached with. He particularly mentioned the use of technology in governance, and asked the young officers to work towards technology upgradation in the working of Government. 

2 Aug 2016

District Cooperative Officer held on graft charge

District Cooperative Officer held on graft charge

How Akshay Kumar Prepared For His Role in Rustom

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar in a poster of Rustom.

  1. Akshay Kumar features in the role of a naval officer in Rustom
  2. 'I didn't interact with any naval men,' said Akshay Kumar
  3. Rustom also stars actors Ileana D'Cruz and Esha Gupta
Actor Akshay Kumar, who will be seen in the role of a naval officer in his upcoming film Rustom, said that he envies people who wear uniforms and that wearing a uniform brought about a change in his personality.

‘Breast feeding improves mental health of infants’

Spreading a message:State president of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics Dr. Neeli Ramchander inaugurating the World Breast Feeding Week celebrations in Nizamabad on Monday:- Photo: K.V. RAMANA

The State president of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics Dr. Neeli Ramchander here on Monday said that with breast feeding, babies can overcome digestive and respiratory diseases. It would also improve the mental health of the infants, he said.

Inaugurating the World Breast Feeding Week celebrations at a private hospital, he said that breast feeding must be given at least for the first six months.

How HIV disrupts immune system revealed

HIV-infected people whose immune systems made neutralising antibodies have similar immune alterations, or perturbations, as found in individuals with autoimmune disease, revealed a study.

According to the study published in Journal Science Immunology, the researchers found several key immune differences that should help in the development of a how-to manual for an effective vaccine.

The researchers studied 100 HIV-infected people whose immune systems eventually made antibodies capable of broadly neutralising the virus and half whose immune systems did not.

"This work gives us the beginning of an understanding of the immune mechanisms that control development of broadly neutralizing antibodies, which is a major goal of a successful HIV vaccine," said Barton F. Haynes, Researcher, Duke Human Vaccine Institute.

Narsingh cleared of doping charges, set for Rio Olympics

New Delhi, Aug 1 (PTI) In a sensational turnaround, Narsingh Yadav was today exonerated of doping charges by the National Anti-doping Agency (NADA), which concluded that he was a victim of sabotage, paving the way for the wrestler's participation in Rio Olympics.

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