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Fewer from region opting for armed forces

Fewer from region opting for armed forces

India
Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 1 The share of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in recruitments in the armed forces has seen a decline over the past few years. The information was shared in the Rajya Sabha by the Ministry of Defence in a written reply to a question asked by Neeraj Dangi, an MP from Rajasthan. Dangi had sought details of youth who had joined the armed forces from various states in the past three years. The data suggests that despite better salaries and post-retirement benefits, there is a decline in the number of youths from the region joining the Army as jawans, airmen in the Air Force and as sailors in the Navy. The trend is similar for Delhi and Chandigarh. While Himachal Pradesh has seen a small growth in Army recruitments, Punjab...
Covid-19: Rise in R-value cause for concern, says AIIMS chief

Covid-19: Rise in R-value cause for concern, says AIIMS chief

India
New Delhi, August 1 Days after the Home Ministry warned the state over the rising reproduction number of coronavirus, Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director, today said the situation was a matter of concern. In the last few days, the R0 (reproductive number) of the virus has gone up from 0.96 to more than 1, which means one infected person can now transmit the disease to more persons, Guleria said. He reiterated the need to go in for urgent containment in 46 districts of the country that are showing more than 10 per cent positivity rate. Experts have further said 53 districts with 5 to 10 per cent positivity must also consider strict movement control and crowd management. Total vaccine doses administered have crossed 47 crore. The Health Ministry has asked 10 high Covid burden states of ...
EAM: India will always be voice of moderation

EAM: India will always be voice of moderation

India
New Delhi, August 1 India will always be a voice of moderation, an advocate of dialogue and a proponent of international law, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Sunday as the country takes over the presidency of the United Nations Security Council for August. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi described it as a “momentous day” and referred to the Sanskrit phrase ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family) to describe India’s worldview. “As we take over UNSC presidency for August, look forward to working productively with other members. India will always be a voice of moderation, an advocate of dialogue and a proponent of international law,” Jaishankar tweeted. Bagchi said India’s tenure at the UN Security Council has been guided by five ‘S’ — ‘Samm...
24,000 children died by suicide in 2017-19

24,000 children died by suicide in 2017-19

India
New Delhi, August 1 As many as 24,568 children, including 13,325 girls, in the age bracket of 14-18 years died by suicide between 2017 and 2019, according to government data consolidated by the National Crime Records Bureau and presented recently in Parliament. Major reasons Failure to clear examinations accounted for 4,046 cases Marriage-related issues, love affair blamed in 3,954 cases Illness, physical abuse cited as reason in 2,648 cases In 2017, 8,029 children in the age group of 14-18 years died by suicide. The number rose to 8,162 in 2018 and 8,377 in 2019, it said. The highest deaths were reported from MP (3,115), followed by Bengal (2,802), Maharashtra (2,527) and Tamil Nadu (2,035). The failure in examination was given as the reason behind the sui...
Government marks 2 yrs of triple talaq ban

Government marks 2 yrs of triple talaq ban

India
Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 1 The government on Sunday marked the second anniversary of the anti-triple talaq law as the Muslim Women Rights Day with top government ministers coming together to hail the passage of the legislation in Parliament on August 1, 2019, as historic and pledging to advance entrepreneurship among the Muslim women. Several women from the community gathered at the residence Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Also present was Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani and Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav, who was chairman, parliamentary standing committee on law and justice that had recommended the abolition of the practice of triple talaq or instant divorce through a law. Addressing the stakeholders, Irani said, “August 1 is a d...
Assam, Mizoram CMs soften stand post Shah’s phone call

Assam, Mizoram CMs soften stand post Shah’s phone call

India
Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 1 The Chief Ministers of Assam and Mizoram agreed to resolve the border crisis through discussions following a call by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday. After the conversation with Shah, Mizoram CM Zoramthanga tweeted: "As per the telephonic discussion with the Union Home Minister and Assam Chief Minister, we agreed to resolve the Mizoram-Assam border issue amicably through meaningful dialogue." He also urged the people of Mizoram to refrain from posting provocative messages and misusing social media in order to de-escalate the ongoing tension. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, "Our main focus is to keep the spirit of North-East alive. What happened along the Assam-Mizoram border is unacceptable to the people of both states...
Over half of country’s landmass prone to quakes

Over half of country’s landmass prone to quakes

India
Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 1 Nearly half of India’s landmass is prone to earthquakes and 12 of the country’s 38 seismically most vulnerable cities are located in the states of northern region, including Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and JK. The government on Friday informed the Lok Sabha that considering the recorded history of earthquakes in the country, a total of 59 per cent of the landmass of India (covering all states of India) was prone to earthquakes of different intensities. As per the seismic zoning map of the country, the total area has been classified into four seismic zones — Zone V is seismically the most active region and zone II the least. “Approximately, 11 per cent area of the country falls in zone V, 18 per cent in zone IV, 30 per cent ...
Freight services restored on Haldibari-Chilahati railway link between Bangladesh and India

Freight services restored on Haldibari-Chilahati railway link between Bangladesh and India

India
Dhaka, August 1 Bangladesh and India on Sunday started regular operation of freight trains through the restored Haldibari-Chilahati rail route after over 50 years, which will strengthen railway connectivity and bilateral trade between the two countries. The restored rail link was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina on December 17, 2020. The rail route between Haldibari (India) and Chilahati (Bangladesh) has been defunct for over 50 years. It will also enhance rail network access to the main ports and dry ports to support the growth in regional trade to encourage economic and social development of the region, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Sunday. The Haldibari-Chilahati rail link is the fifth rail link between Banglades...
Indian and Chinese armies set up hotline for Sikkim sector

Indian and Chinese armies set up hotline for Sikkim sector

India
New Delhi, August 1 A hotline has been set up between the Indian and Chinese armies in the North Sikkim sector to further boost confidence along the Line of Actual Control in the region, officials said on Sunday. The hotline is between the Indian Army in Kongra La, North Sikkim and China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) at Khamba Dzong in Tibetan Autonomous Region, they said. The Army said the hotline is aimed at furthering "the spirit of trust and cordial relations along the borders". The opening of the hotline coincided with the PLA Day on August 1, it said. Read also 10-hour talks at Moldo as India, China discuss pullback of troops "The armed forces of the two countries have well-established mechanisms for communication at ground commanders level," the Army said. "These hotl...
Masood Azhar living in posh locality in Pakistan’s Bahawalpur as state guest: News channel

Masood Azhar living in posh locality in Pakistan’s Bahawalpur as state guest: News channel

India
New Delhi, August 1 Pakistan has ensured that India's most wanted terrorist Masood Azhar, who has been charge-sheeted in several cases from the 2001 Parliament attack to the 2019 Pulwama suicide bombing, remains in a densely populated area so that an operation similar to the one by the US against Osama bin Laden is not possible, according to a report by a newly launched Hindi news channel. According to Times Now Navbharat channel, it has "accessed undeniable visual evidence" that confirms Pakistan's "deep state is still providing a safe haven to terror masterminds" including Masood Azhar, who heads Jaish-e- Mohammed terror group. The news channel said in a release that Masood has two houses in Pakistan's Bahawalpur with one located right next to the Osman-O-Ali Masjid and the National O...