President of India condoles the loss of lives on account of derailment of a train in Karnataka



President of India condoles the loss of lives on account of derailment of a train in Karnataka

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the loss of lives on account of derailment of a train near Anekal Road, Bengaluru today.


In a message to Shri Vajubhai Vala, the Governor of Karnataka, the President has said “I am saddened to learn about the derailment of a train near Anekal Road, Bengaluru this morning, in which some persons have lost their lives and many others are injured. I understand rescue and relief operations are currently underway.

I call upon the State Government and Railway authorities to provide all possible assistance to the bereaved families as well as the best of medical attention to the injured.

Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons”.

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President opens Rashtrapati Bhavan’s “Udyanotsav”

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee opened the annual “Udyanotsav” of Rashtrapati Bhavan today (February 13, 2015).


The Mughal Gardens will remain open for general public from February 14 to March 15, 2015 between 0930 hrs to 1600 hrs. Members of the public will also be able to visit the Spiritual Garden, Herbal Garden, Bonsai Garden and Bio-diversity Park within the Estate. The Garden would be closed for maintenance every Monday.


 Entry and exit for the general public will be from Gate No. 35 of the President’s Estate, close to where North Avenue meets Rashtrapati Bhavan. Visitors are requested not to bring any water bottles, milk bottles for kids, briefcases, handbags/ladies purses, cameras, radios/transistors, umbrellas, eatables etc.

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Call on PM by Mr. Wang Jiarui, Minister, International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Mr. Wang Jiarui, Minister, International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today. Mr. Wang Jiarui is visiting India as part of a programme of high level political exchanges between India and China. 

Recalling his own visit to China under the aegis of the same programme in 2011 when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of such visits in promoting mutual understanding. 

Mr. Wang Jiarui conveyed President Xi Jinping`s greetings to the Prime Minister and said that the warm welcome received by President Xi Jinping during his visit to India last year had left a deep impression on him. 

The Prime Minister said that he is eagerly looking forward to his visit to China in May 2015. 

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"Atmatirtham" - Book on Adi Sankara's life and teachings, presented to PM


Two former scientists of ISRO, Prof. B. Anantharaman, and Dr. K.S. Vishwanathan, today called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, and presented to him a copy of the book "Atmatirtham", which describes Adi Sankara`s life and teachings. The book has been written by Shri Nochur Venkataraman.

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PM summons Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi; expresses anguish and concern over rising crime rate in the Capital

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today summoned the Police Commissioner of Delhi, Shri B.S. Bassi, and expressed his deep concern and anguish over the rising crime rate in the Capital. The Prime Minister asked the Police Commissioner to speedily investigate the recent incidents of vandalism and ensure that the guilty are brought to book. 

The Prime Minister also spoke over telephone to the Union Home Secretary, Shri L.C. Goyal. The Prime Minister asked the Home Secretary to pay special attention to the rising incidents of crime, and vandalism, and to work towards ensuring the safety and security of women in the Capital.

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PM condoles the loss of lives due to derailing of Bangalore-Ernakulam express


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to derailing of Bangalore-Ernakulam express. 

"Saddened by the loss of lives due to derailing of Bangalore-Ernakulam express. Condolences to the families of the deceased.

I wish the injured a speedy recovery. Railway Minister and officials are closely monitoring the situation and ensuring timely relief", ”, the Prime Minister said.

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PM speaks to the heads of SAARC Nations participating in the ICC Cricket World Cup; Foreign Secretary to visit SAARC countries soon


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has conveyed his best wishes to the heads of SAARC Nations participating in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. 

“Spoke to President @ashrafghani, PM Sheikh Hasina, PM Nawaz Sharif and President Sirisena. Conveyed my best wishes for the Cricket World Cup. 

5 SAARC Nations are playing and are excited about the World Cup. Am sure WC will celebrate sportsman spirit and will be a treat for sports lovers. 

Cricket connects people in our region and promotes goodwill. Hope players from SAARC region play with passion and bring laurels to the region. 

Would be sending our new Foreign Secretary on a SAARC Yatra soon to further strengthen our ties”, the Prime Minister said. 

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Area Coverage under Rabi Crops 

As per Rabi Crops data released by Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture, total area coverage as on today under Rabi crops moves to 615.74 lakh hectares while last year’s sowing area was at 656.89 lakh hectare. Wheat`s sowing area is at 306.35 lakh hectares as compared to last year’s 315.32 lakh hectares. The area under sowing of total Coarse cereals is at 57.74 lakh hectares as compared to last year’s 60.08 lakh hectares. The area under sowing of Gram is at 85.91 lakh hectares this year while the last year’s figure was 102.25 lakh hectares. Area coverage under Total Pulses is at 145.92 lakh hectares while the last year’s sowing area coverage was 162.21 lakh hectares. Similarly sowing area under total oilseeds is at 80.92 lakh hectares as compared to 90.20 lakh hectares last year. 
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Substantial Increase in Productivity is the Answer to Achieve Food Security in an Efficient and Sustainable Manner, says Radha Mohan Singh 

Union Agriculture Minister Sh. Radha Mohan Singh emphasised that increase in farmers’ incomes and quality food supply to consumers at affordable prices are closely linked to supply of quality seeds with all the required traits for substantial increase in productivity. Bt cotton in Gujarat and other states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu has clearly demonstrated what these new technologies can do to enhance farmer incomes with consequential effects on their well-being. Besides, newer technologies like herbicide tolerance, drought tolerance, nitrogen use efficiency, healthy oils and feed, and nutrition enhancement, can, when introduced commercially in India, substantially increase productivity leading to greater farmer incomes and farmer well-being, he said. 

Sh. Radha Mohan Singh was speaking on the occasion of inauguration of India Seed Congress-2015 held at Agra (UP) today. Sh.Singh said that apart from increased productivity to produce more from less input including water and land, the losses that occur due to droughts, floods, salinity, biotic and other abiotic stresses also need to be eliminated decisively through the adoption of appropriate technologies. In this context, genetic engineering holds great promise, he said. 

Sh.Singh mentioned that international institutional collaborations both in public and private sector are essential to introduce innovations and technologies to the farmers. However such arrangements should benefit all the stakeholders and faster technology diffusion and adoption can happen only if there is a rational regime for technology pricing and licensing which enables a level playing field and also fosters healthy competition, he said. 

Sh.Singh emphasised that the superior genetics encapsulated in seed combined with improved agronomies shall be the key strategy to break the yield barriers. He said that in this direction the private organized seed industry has significantly contributed and successfully complemented with the public sector. Government shall therefore support PPP initiatives for overall development of the sector, he said. 

Sh. Singh said that a substantial increase in productivity is the answer to achieve food security in an efficient and sustainable manner,he said. 

Speaking on the occasion, Sh. Radha Mohan Singh said that while agriculture feeds the nation, seeds feed agriculture. Seeds are a critical determinant of productivity in agriculture. By embedding various types of values, like health enhancing benefits, crop protection and water and soil nutrients to resist adverse climatic conditions, a seed is eminently suited to increase productivity. Thus, appropriate policy support for seed improvements through conventional and biotech methods, in combination with improved agronomic practices, would greatly help in ensuring food and nutritional security of the country, he said. 

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