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  • In a statement, AIIMS said that former prime minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee passed away at 5.05 pm on Thursday. "It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of former prime minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 5.05 pm," the hospital said in a statement. "Despite the best of efforts, we have lost him today," it said. President Ram Nath Kovind Tweeted: Extremely sad to hear of the passing of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, our former Prime Minister and a true Indian statesman. His leadership, foresight, maturity and eloquence put him in a league of his own. Atalji, the Gentle Giant, will be missed by one and all. PM Narendra Modi in a Tweet said: India grieves the demise of our beloved Atal Ji. His passing away marks the end of an era. He lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades. My thoughts are with his family, BJP Karyakartas and millions of admirers in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti. A Poet, a Journalist, a politician and then the prime minister of the country, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been a man of may virtues. He belonged to that rare league of politician who find love and respect equally among their friends and rivals. Born  on 25th December 1924 in Gwaliar, Vajpayee became president of Jansangh before becoming founding president of bhartiya Janta Party. He  became Prime Minister  of the country thrice and gave the nation a strong and proseperour journey through his regime. He was the first Non congress Prime ministe whose government could  complete 5 years of tenure. His charismatic leadership ensured that NDA government with its 23 alliance from across the country not only ran successfully but also complted its term. A brilliant orataor, and a strong leader vajpayeeji had heart of an emotional poet. One of the most charismatic leaders in Indian Politics, a leader who struck an instant chord not only with the masses but also with opposition leaders, a born orator, whose free flowing speeches and extempore statements were admired by friends and opponents alike, a persona which is ador ed across party lines and above all, a fine human being who never lost his subtle sense of humor - ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE.    Vajpayee is lauded as a statesman politician whose acceptability across the board was instrumental in attracting many parties and outfits to the NDA umbrella, a move t hat broke barriers and catapulted BJP to power in Delhi. Considered a master politician, it was his gentle manners and finesse that made the difference as many regional leaders shed their inhibition and ultimately accept his leadership and join the alliance. It was no mean task because till then the BJP was virtually considered an untouchable party by the regional satraps. Vajpayee managed t o not only cobble the coalition, but also achieved a commendable feat of running the government with 24 allies for a full term. Many still believe that it was Mr Vajpayee's reassuring presence that acted as a cohesive force keeping all the allies glued to the NDA camp. If his oratory skills pulled crowds to the election rallies, it was his affable and pleasant demeanor that was the driving force for the all important alliance. He was soft spoken, but was never shy of taking bold decisions, even if they were seemingly fraught with political hazards. His initiative to start the Lahore Delhi Bus service and go to Pakistan is certainly a case in point. Once during a debate in parliament he was so critical of the government that then prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru commented that he should become India's Prime Minister one day. That day did arrive and how. In 1996, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee took oath to become the first BJP prime minister of the country. The government lasted for only 13 days. Then again in 1998, he took command of the country and the government lasted 13 months. IN the elections that ensued, NDA again took the delhi citadel, and Vajpayee achieved a feat of steering a non congress government to its full term. Born on December 25, 1924, in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh Vajpayee has a long parliamentary experience spanning over four decades. He was first elected to parliament in 1957 and was an active member of the parliament till 2004, when he was relected from Lucknow for a record 5th time.  He was elected to the 5th, 6th and 7th Lok Sabha and again to the 10th, 11th 12th and 13th Lok Sabha and to Rajya Sabha in 1962 and 1986. He is the only parliamentarian elected from four different States at different times - UP, Gujarat, MP and Delhi.  The vagaries of alliance politics didn't , however, stop him from undertaking a calculated decision of going ahead with the Pokhran Nuclear tests. Undeterred by the threat of sanctions or political alienation in the world fora, Mr Vajpayee's conviction stood him good as India registered its Nuclear prowess and also underlined its ability to withstand sanctions, economic or otherwise. The same belief was apparent when he chose to address UN General assembly in Hindi. Known for his political acumen ,he proved that he had a deep sense of economic foresight when he started his ambitious Golden Quadrilateral project. He is credited with doing all the groundwork that pitchforked indian economy with a sustained growth year after year.Few Indian Prime Ministers have left such a dramatic impact on society. His presence in Parliament during debates meant that the reply or the intervention will have all the elements of his trademark style and demeanor. He was opposition leader for 40 long years, but that length of time didn’t leave any regrets or frustration. Rather it enriched him with friends and admirers spanning across the political spectrum. Even the most vocal BJP opponents deployed carefully drafted words bordering on silent admiration when they had to give opinion on him.  Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a life time spent in politics, a life dedicated to nation, a life journey characterised by caravan of admiration and friendship.       

  • Birth -25 December 1924 Place-Gwalior Age - 93 years Post-graduate - M.A Political Science, DAV College, Kanpur 1942 - Participated in Quit India Movement 1947: Sangh Pracharak 1951- Associated with Bharatiya Jan Sangh 1957 - Elected to Lok Sabha for first time from Balrampur, U.P 1962 - Member of Rajya Sabha 1968 - Chief of Jan Sangh  1975 - Imprisoned in Bengaluru Jail during emergency 1977 - Became External Affairs Minister 1977 - 4 October - Delivered speech in Hindi in United Nations 1980- Founder member of Bharatiya Janata Party 1980 - Became First President of BJP 1992- Awarded Padma Vibhushan 1993- Made Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha 1996 - Became PM on 16th May for first time 1998- 19 MArch: Elected PM for second time 1998- Pokhran atomic test done successfully in May 1999- Bus journey to Lahore on 19th February 1999 -Won the Kargil War 1999 - Elected PM for third time on 13th October 2001- Indo-Pak Agra Summit on 14 July 2005- Retired from active politics 2015- Awarded Bharat Ratna 2018- Passed away in New Delhi    

  • That day did arrive and how. In 1996, Atal Behari Vajpayee took oath to become the first BJP prime minister of the country. The government lasted for only 13 days. Then again in 1998, he took command of the country and the government lasted 13 months. IN the elections that ensued, NDA again took the delhi citadel, and Vajpayee achieved a feat of steering a non congress government to its full term. And the rest, as they say, is history. Born on December 25, 1924, in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh Vajpayee has a long parliamentary experience spanning over four decades. He was first elected to parliament in 1957 and was an active member of the parliament till 2004, when he was relected from Lucknow for a record 5th time.  He was elected to the 5th, 6th and 7th Lok Sabha and again to the 10th, 11th 12th and 13th Lok Sabha and to Rajya Sabha in 1962 and 1986. He is the only parliamentarian elected from four different States at different times - UP, Gujarat, MP and Delhi.  One of the most charismatic leaders in Indian politics, a leader who struck an instant chord not only with the masses but also with opposition leaders, a born orator, whose free flowing speeches and extempore statements were admired by friends and opponents alike, a persona which is adored across party lines and above all, a fine human being who never lost his subtle sense of humor - ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE.  He is lauded as a statesman politician whose acceptability across the board was instrumental in attracting many parties and outfits to the NDA umbrella, a move that broke barriers and catapulted BJP to power in Delhi. Considered a master politician, it was his gentle manners and finesse that made the difference as many regional leaders shed their inhibition and ultimately accept his leadership and join the alliance. It was no mean task because till then the BJP was virtually considered an untouchable party by the regional satraps. Vajpayee managed to not only cobble the coalition, but also achieved a commendable feat of running the government with 24 allies for a full term. Many still believe that it was his reassuring presence that acted as a cohesive force keeping all the allies glued to the NDA camp. If his oratory skills pulled crowds to the election rallies, it was his affable and pleasant demeanor that was the driving force for the all important alliance. He was soft spoken, but was never shy of taking bold decisions, even if they were seemingly fraught with political hazards. His initiative to start the Lahore Delhi Bus service and go to Pakistan is certainly a case in point. The vagaries of alliance politics didn't , however, stop him from undertaking a calculated decision of going ahead with the Pokhran Nuclear tests. Undeterred by the threat of sanctions or political alienation in the world fora, Vajpayee's conviction stood him good as India registered its nuclear prowess and also underlined its ability to withstand sanctions, economic or otherwise. The same belief was apparent when he chose to address UN General assembly in Hindi. Known for his political acumen ,he proved that he had a deep sense of economic foresight when he started his ambitious Golden Quadrilateral project. He is credited with doing all the groundwork that pitchforked indian economy with a sustained growth year after year. Few Indian Prime Ministers have left such a dramatic impact on society. His presence in Parliament during debates meant that the reply or the intervention will have all the elements of his trademark style and demeanor. He was opposition leader for 40 long years, but that length of time didn’t leave any regrets or frustration. Rather it enriched him with friends and admirers spanning across the political spectrum. Even the most vocal BJP opponents deployed carefully drafted words bordering on silent admiration when they had to give opinion on him.  Atal Bihari Vajpayee , a life time spent in politics, a life dedicated to nation, a life journey characterised by caravan of admiration and friendship.   

  • Here's a ground report from Talwara, Jammu and Kashmir.

  • The study based on data from more than 1,100 eight- to nine-year-olds indicates a need for strategies in schools and at home to help children maintain a positive body image prior to the onset of puberty. The research explored a link between hormones and body satisfaction in young pre-pubescent children for the first time, said Elizabeth Hughes, from University of Melbourne in Australia. Published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the study clearly indicated that there was a need for strategies in schools and at home to help children maintain a positive body image prior to the onset of puberty. Researchers found that girls tended to be more dissatisfied with their bodies than boys, but boys with higher hormone levels also felt unhappy with their physical shape. "What we have learnt is that pre-pubescent children, as young as eight and nine, are vulnerable to poor body image and the dissatisfaction does appear to be linked to hormone levels associated with the onset of puberty," Hughes said. "Basically the higher the level of hormones, the more unhappy the children were with their body size; however children with heightened levels of hormones also tend to be taller and heavier than their peers, and this could be the cause of their poor body image," she said. The research might lead to a discussion about strategies and programs that could help children maintain a positive body image prior to the onset of puberty, researchers said. "It may be that children who are taller, heavier and more physically mature, feel more conspicuous amongst their peers," Hughes said. "There may be a need for community and school programs that help young people learn about what underpins good self-esteem, because self-esteem is not solely invested in physical appearance," she said. Body dissatisfaction was measured using a tool called the Kids' Eating Disorder scale (KEDS) body image silhouettes. This is comprised of eight illustrated silhouettes of children ranging from very thin to very obese. There are separate sets for females and males. The child is first asked to select the silhouette that most looks like them now (self-rating), and then asked to select the silhouette they would most like to look like (ideal rating). Each silhouette is scored and by subtracting the ideal from the self-rating children are allocated either a positive or negative body satisfaction score. Adrenal androgens, which are naturally-occurring steroid hormones such as DHEA and testosterone, were measured through saliva. 

  • The research, published in the journal Immunity, shows that mice fed on a diet rich in indole-3-carbinol - which is produced when we digest vegetables from the Brassica genus - were protected from gut inflammation and colon cancer. While the health benefits of vegetables are well-established, many of the mechanisms behind them remain unknown. This study offers the first concrete evidence of how I3C in the diet can prevent colon inflammation and cancer, by activating a protein called the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR). AhR acts as an environmental sensor, passing signals to immune cells and epithelial cells in the gut lining to protect us from inflammatory responses to the trillions of bacteria that live in the gut. "We studied genetically modified mice that cannot produce or activate AhR in their guts, and found that they readily developed gut inflammation which progressed to colon cancer," said Amina Metidji from the Francis Crick Institute. "However, when we fed them a diet enriched with I3C, they did not develop inflammation or cancer. Interestingly, when mice whose cancer was already developing were switched to the I3C-enriched diet, they ended up with significantly fewer tumours which were also more benign," said Metidji. By studying both mice and mouse gut organoids - 'mini guts' made from stem cells - the researchers found that AhR is vital for repairing damaged epithelial cells. Without AhR, intestinal stem cells fail to differentiate into specialised epithelial cells that absorb nutrients or generate protective mucus. Instead, they divide uncontrollably which can ultimately lead to colon cancer. "Seeing the profound effect of diet on gut inflammation and colon cancer was very striking," said Gitta Stockinger, Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute in the UK. "We often think of colon cancer as a disease promoted by a Western diet rich in fat and poor in vegetable content, and our results suggest a mechanism behind this observation," said Stockinger. "Many vegetables produce chemicals that keep AhR stimulated in the gut. We found that AhR-promoting chemicals in the diet can correct defects caused by insufficient AhR stimulation," she said. "This can restore epithelial cell differentiation, offering resistance to intestinal infections and preventing colon cancer," Stockinger said. "These findings are a cause for optimism; while we can't change the genetic factors that increase our risk of cancer, we can probably mitigate these risks by adopting an appropriate diet with plenty of vegetables," she said.     

  • The 30-share index dropped 207.03 points, or 0.54 per cent, to 37,644.97. The gauge had gained 207.10 points in the previous session on Tuesday. Financial markets were shut yesterday on account of Independence Day. The NSE Nifty fell below the 11,400-mark, shedding 58.15 points, or 0.50 per cent, to 11,376.95. Market sentiment turned weak as investors turned cautious after the country's trade deficit soared to a near five-year high of USD 18 billion. The trade data was released by the commerce ministry on Tuesday after market hours. The sharp surge in imports led to worsening of trade deficit to USD 18.02 billion in the reporting month as against a deficit of USD 11.45 billion during July 2017. Over 57 per cent increase in oil import bill (USD 12.35 billion) and 41 per cent jump in gold imports to USD 2.96 billion during July is believed to be main reason behind high trade deficit. Brokers said apart from profit-booking in recent gainers by investors, a weak trend in Asian markets tracking losses on Wall Street amid fresh concern over Turkey's currency crisis and the rupee's fall to a new low of 70.32 against the dollar too dragged weighed on investor sentiment. Major losers were Vedanta, Kotak Bank, Yes Bank, Tata Steel, RIL, Wipro, Adani Ports, HDFC, Tata Motors, HUL, ONGC, Hero MotoCorp, ICICI Bank, ITC, IndusInd Bank and SBI, falling up to 4 per cent. However, PowerGrid, Infosys, Coal India, Bharti Airtel, Asian Paint and Sun Pharma bucked weak market trend and were trading in the green. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares worth a net of Rs 378.84 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth a net of Rs 391.47 crore on Tuesday, provisional data showed. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan's Nikkei was down 0.32 per cent while Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.45 per cent in early trade. Shanghai Composite Index too was down 0.87 per cent. The US Dow Jones ended 0.54 per cent lower in Wednesday's trade. 

  • For Sachin Tendulkar, he was a "big influence" as maestro's career changed once he started opening the batting in ODIs. Wadekar, 77, passed away in Mumbai after prolonged illness. "Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Ajit Wadekar Sir. He was someone who was instrumental in bringing out the best in us during the 90s. We'll always be grateful for his advice and guidance. Praying for strength for his family during this difficult time," Tendulkar wrote on his official twitter page. It was under Wadekar that Azharuddin, who was till then struggling captain, having lost Test series in New Zealand, England and Australia, got a second wind under him from 1993 to 1996. "such an iconic person..deeply saddened by his demise!! Sir was a father figure for me.. May his soul rest in peace! My Heartfelt Condolences to the family," Azharuddin wrote on his twitter page. For Kumble, Wadekar was Godsend after getting dropped post 1990 tour of England. His comeback coincided with Wadekar's entry as manager during the 1992-93 tour of South Africa. He was never dropped during the next 16 years till his retirement in 2008. "Deeply saddened by the passing away of #AjitWadekar He was more than a coach to the entire team - a father figure and a shrewd tactician. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. He will be missed. Thank you Sir for the confidence shown in my ability!" wrote Kumble. For Sanjay Manjrekar, Wadekar was a "tough character" as coach. In fact, Majrekar had tweeted a video of Wadekar in cricket gears one last time during a charity match at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana in Mumbai. "Ajit Wadekar's impact on Indian cricket is immense. His contemporaries worshipped him, such was his aura. Found him to be a tough character as coach. Exceptional Indian cricketer... RIP Sir." The legendary Bishan Singh Bedi was magnanimous in his praise even though he conceded that they had differences of opinion on cricketing issues. "V sad news-Ajit Wadekar passing away-only Indn Capt to win 3 series in a row-2 away 1 at home-ALW was good contemporary-we had differences of (sic) opinion but always respected glory of (sic) Crkt-fine batsman & great close in catch-served Indn Crkt w/aplomb as player/Selectr/Coach-RIP Jeetu!"

  • Fourteen of the deceased Colombian victims have been identified, the country's foreign ministry said.  The identities of four Venezuelans and two Ecuadorians have also been determined. "Once all the bodies have been identified," the Colombians will be repatriated, Bogota's attorney general's office said in a statement. The crash near Quito, believed to have been caused by a brake failure, also left 22 people injured, including 12 Colombians, Bogota's foreign ministry said. The bus, which had foreign license plates, overturned and crashed into three houses after a collision with an all-terrain vehicle. Ecuador transport colonel Julio Barba said the driver "probably overused the brakes... which produced an overheating of the brake system leading to a loss of control of the vehicle." Three of the four Ecuadorians in the all-terrain vehicle were among the dead, which included three children. Colombia's Transport Ministry had said on Tuesday that the bus was not authorised to carry tourists. One of the two drivers, who was injured in the crash, has been arrested. Traffic accidents are among the leading causes of death in Ecuador. According to the watchdog group Justicia Vial, on average seven people are killed and some 80 people injured each day in traffic accidents. And 96 per cent of those accidents are due to human error, according to the group's figures. On Sunday, 12 people were killed and 30 injured when a bus carrying fans of Barcelona SC, Ecuador's most popular football club based in Guayaquil, ran off the highway and flipped. 

  • He also urged parents and educational institutions to provide such an upbringing to children that inculcates in them a sense of respect for women. With this gift from the ramparts of Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi illustarted his govt's commitment to women's empowerment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said women are contributing in all fields. Citing the example of the recent  appointment of three women judges in the supreme court, Prime Minister hailed the contribution of women in nation building Prime Minister Modi pledged to complete the promise of ending triple talaq. He said that the noose has been tightened on crimes against women and the girl child. Prime Minister appealed said a change in mindset is needed to end such crimes. Prime Minister also congratulated the 6 members of the all women crew of INS Tarini who circumnavigated the globe  as well as the young tribal girls who unfurled the Tricolour on Mt Everest.   

  • In his Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort the prime minister said that India's stature in the world has risen as it is now viewed with hope and expectation unlike in the past when it was seen with skepticism. Here are 15 key points mentioned in Prime MInister Narendra Modi's address on the 72nd Independence Day. 1 -- New hopes and big dreams/committed to working towards fulfilling the dreams Country's 72nd Independence Day has come up with new hopes and aspirations, besides bringing many new challenges. Country achieved various milestones in much speedier scale. 2 -- Monsoon session devoted to social justice/bill passed to give constitutional status to OBC Commission The recently concluded monsoon session of Parliament was devoted to social justice. It witnessed the passage of a crucial bill that would give constitutional status the OBC Commission. 3 -- India one of world's fastest-growing economies/ India now world's sixth largest economy Country has created a positivity and constructive atmosphere and there is an atmosphere of 'self-confidence'. Country is regularly scaling new heights. India imroved its Ease of Doing Business ranking. Country was earlier counted among the fragile five economies in the world. But now, India is considered a multi-trillion dollar destination for investment. 4 -- Country Shares the grief of flood-hit people/Entire nation stands by the people of flood-hit areas Floods adversely impacted the daily lives of people across the country. Centre is sensitive to the needs of people at this critical juncture and providing all possible assistance to them. Entire nation is firmly standing by the people who have lost their dear ones. 5 -- Armed forces carried out surgical strike/Salute to brave soldiers Indian armed forces and security personnel protect our boundaries in any circumstance. On one hand, Indian forces plunge into relief and rescue operations to help people in distress like floods and on the other hand, on the other, they deftly carried out surgical strikes. 6 -- Northeast got closer to Delhi/Northeast now an inspiration for others The efforts made by government during last four year have brought the people of northeast closer to Delhi. Today we see a magnificent impression of North East in the field of sports. New job opportunities have been created in northeast. Now, sportspersons are now winning medails, villagers getting electricity. Youth from northeast are opening BPOs. 7 -- Increase in MSP for farmers/modernizing the agriculture sector Pro-farm measures taken during last four years. The minimum support price increased to 1.5 times of production cost for farmers. Government is on track of meeting the target of doubling farm income by 2022. Entire focus is on bringing transformation and modernizing the agriculture sector. India is currently the second largest fish producer in the world. New agriculture export policy will be unveiled soon to boost farm income. 8 -- Reform momentum strengthening/Country moved from 'red-tape to red-carpet' India has been put on a faster development track. The businesses used to talk about red tape, now they talk about the red carpet. India will be the engine of growth for the world economy for the next three decades. 9 -- 13 crore loans disbursed under Mudra Yojana/Youths self-employed, progressing independently Youths are self-employed and progressing independently. As many as 13 crore loans have been disbursed under the Mudra Yojana, and four crore loans out of this number, being disbursed to first-time beneficiaries of such loans. 10 -- Villages being transformed/Youths managing CSC in three lakh villages Our youth are managing common service centres in three lakh villages and they are linking every village and citizen with the world in seconds by utilizing information technology. Women in rural areas are being empowered through self-help groups. During  last two years, 5 crore poor people have crossed the poverty line. 11- Healthcare initiative for a healthy India/Jan Arogya Abhiyaan to be launched on September 25 Government will launch the ambitious Jan Arogya Abhiyaan (Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme) on September 25, the birth anniversary of pandit  Deen Dayal Upadhaya. The scheme aims at benefiting 50 crore Indians. The scheme aims to provide a coverage of Rs five lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor families. 12 -- Fight against corruption, black money to continue/ honest taxpayer helps in feeding 3 poor families Delhi's corridors and streets are now 'free from power brokers'. Those indulging in corruption and black money will not be spared, honest taxpayer in the country has a major role in the progress of the nation. It is due to them that so many people are fed. The number of income taxpayers has increased to 7 crore from 3.5-4 crore before 2014. 13 -- Working to ensure justice to Muslim women/ will end practice of Triple Talaq The practice of Triple Talaq has caused great injustice to Muslim women. During this session of parliament, govt tried to free them from curse of Triple alaaq. But there are some people who don't want to let it happen. Govt assures all Muslim women that it will continue working to ensure them justice. 14 -- Equal opportunities for women in armed forces/committed to women empowerment Indian women have made a substantial impact and achieved success across sectors. In a first, there are three women judges in the Supreme Court. For the first time, there are two women in the top ranks of the Cabinet. Armed forces' women officers commissioned in short service (SSC) would get opportunity for permanent commission like their male counterparts. 15-- Neither abuse nor bullet/to adopt an approach of embracing people of J&K Government will move ahead in the Jammu and Kashmir by following the path of 'Insaaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhuriyat' as shown by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Work under prograss to set up an IIT, an IIM and an. Efforts are being made to strengthen democratic institutions in the state. In very near future, govt moving forward towards holding panchayat and local body elections.  

  • The double whammy of climate change and so-called natural variability more than doubles the likelihood of "extreme warm events" in ocean surface waters, creating a dangerous breeding ground for hurricanes and typhoons, they reported in Nature Communications. "This warm phase is reinforcing long-term climate change," lead author Florian Sevellec, a climate scientist at the University of Brest in France, told. "This particular phase is expected to continue for at least five years." Earth's average surface temperature has always fluctuated. Over the last million years, it vacillated roughly every 100,000 years between ice ages and balmy periods warmer than today. Over the last 11,000 years, those variations have become extremely modest, allowing our species to flourish. Manmade climate change -- caused by billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases injected into the atmosphere, mainly over the last century -- has come on top of those small shifts, and today threatens to overwhelm them. Teasing apart the influence of carbon pollution and natural variation has long bedevilled scientists trying hey to quantify the impact of climate change on cyclones, droughts, floods and other forms of extreme weather. Sevellec and his colleagues tackled the problem in a different way. First, they focused on the natural fluctuations that -- for most climate scientists -- are "noise" obscuring the climate change fingerprint. Second, they used a streamlined statistical approach rather than the comprehensive climate models that generate most long-term forecasts. "We developed a system for predicting interannual" -- or short-term -- "natural variations in climate," Sevellec said. "For the period 2018-2022, we found an anomaly equivalent to the impact of anthropogenic warming." Natural warming, in other words, will have about the same impact as manmade climate change over the next five years. The likelihood of a marine heatwave or other ocean "warming events" is predicted to increase by 150 percent. The new method -- dubbed PROCAST, for PRObabilistic foreCAST -- was tested against past temperature records and proved at least as accurate as standard models. It can be run in seconds on a laptop, rather than requiring weeks of computing time on a super-computer. "This opens of the possibility of doing climate forecasts to more researchers, especially in countries that don't have easy access to super-computers," Sevellec said. The researchers intend to adapt their system to make regional predictions, and -- in addition to temperature -- to estimate rainfall and drought trends. The Paris climate treaty calls for capping global warming at "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and 1.5 C if deemed feasible. On current trends, however, Earth is on track to heat up by twice that much before the end of the century.   

  • The day is a rememberance of all those who fought valiantly and sacrificed their lives for the freedom of India from colonial powers. After paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi at 7 AM. All channels of Doordarshan and networks of All India Radi would broadcast the address LIVE.

  • Balramji dass Tandon was one of the founder members of the Jansangh which later became the Bharatiya Janata Party. He became the governor of Chhattisgarh on 18th July 2014. President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed grief over the demise of Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon. In a tweet he said "A veteran in public life, he spent years in various roles and remained committed to serving those at the grassroots. Thoughts with his family and supporters." Prime Minister has condoled the death of Balramji Dass Tandon. He tweeted...."We have lost a widely respected public figure whose service to society will always be remembered. My thoughts are with his family and well-wishers in this hour of grief. Shri Balramji Dass Tandon spent decades working for peace and progress in Punjab. Passionate about sectors like industry and labour welfare, his administrative experience added great value to the state. He will be remembered for his courage while opposing the Emergency." Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has expressed grief over Ramji Das Tandon's demise. He termed it as a big loss for Chhattisgarh and a personal loss for him.  

  • Kirti Chakra has been given posthumously to the Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh of 44th Rajput Regiment. Apart from this, 20 Shaurya Chakras, 3 Bar to Sena Medals for Gallantry, 93 Sena Medals, 11 Nao Sena Medals and 3 Vayu Sena Medals will be awarded. 942 police medals announced   Ministry of home affairs has announced 942 Police Medals. President's Police Medal for Gallantry has been awarded to 2 personnel, Police Medal for Gallantry to 177 personnel, President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service to 88 personnel, and Police Medal for Meritorious Service to 675 personnel. CRPF constable Sharief-ud-Din Ganaie and head constable Mohammad Tafail, who lost their lives in 2017 while fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, have been posthumously selected for the President's Police Medal for Gallantry, the highest police medal.  

  • Before this the Prime Minister will pay tribute at the Amar jawan Jyoti after which he will visit Rajghat to pay respects at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi. This will be followed by the flag hoisting ceremony and his address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort. From the Jan Dhan Yojana to the swachta abhiyaan and from Start up India to Beti Bachao- Beti padhao several landmark campaigns have started their journey from the ramparts of red fort. They have strengthened the foundations of our democracy and opened the doors to new aspirations. Another feature of the Independence day ceremony is the participation of NCC cadets and students. This year too 700 cadets  from 16 Delhi schools will be present at the ceremony along with nearly 8500 students. And as always Doordarshan has made special arrangements for a seamless telecast of the grand event. Doordarshan will  showcase the Grandeur of India and its splendour, diversity, heritage  and  greatness in various fields like Music, Dance, Art &Culture, Sports and  Wild Life-we will also trace the development of India and highlight the great country that India has become in 71 years of Independence. The live coverage in High Definition involves 22 cameras at Red Fort and 4 cameras at Rajghat for the coverage of Homage to Father of the Nation by the Prime Minister. This year, the Production plan has been enhanced using  one additional  camera on the ramparts  at Red fort. It is for the first time that the Doordarshan Anchors will introduce the event from the ramparts of Red Fort. And in another first, PM Modi's speech will be live streamed on Google. Besides Delhi, state capitals, Union territories and embassies and consulates across the world are making full preparations for the celebrations. All in all the atmosphere all round is one of excitement and anticipation and each Indian is readying to celebrate this day in the best way they can.  

  • All round, inclusive fast paced development, this is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's agenda for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. In an interview to a national daily, Prime Minister said that while the government is doing all it can to meet the expectations and aspirations of the electorate, the opposition is busy cobbling together a mahagathbandhan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi responding to a question on the Assam NRC in an interview said that while previous government's merely made promises it was the Modi government that had the moral courage and conviction to implement the Court's order on ground. NEEDLESS POLITICS OVER NRC ISSUE Hitting out at naysayers he said, Only those who have lost the confidence of the electorate, those who have lost confidence in themselves and in the Constitution can claim that Civil war will break out, there will be bloodshed and the nation will be fragmented. Use of such language is natural. It shows that they are not in tune with the voice or the soul of the nation. Rajiv Gandhi who was Prime Minister then signed the Assam Accord under public pressure, fearing public anger. It was then pushed under the carpet and the nation was taken for a ride.  They are speaking in dual voices on the NRC issue. Responding to a question on lynching, Prime Minister expressed anguish at the fact petty politica playing out over such a sensitive issue. He said LYNCHING AN ABHORRENT ACT It is very sad that some people are trying to weigh the issue only on the scales of how many incidents happened under which government. I firmly believe that even a single instance of lynching is a blot on society. I have always spoken out against such incidents and such mindsets. Actions taken to stop such incidents are equally important as what a Prime Minister has to say. The Home Ministry has acted strictly and promptly to stop such violence. Use of such incidents for political gains exposes a distorted mentality. Prime Minister reiterated his government's commitment to doubling farmers' income by 2022. Answering a question on the MSP issue, Prime Minister said that there is a misconception that most of the produce offered by farmers is not being procured by the government. COMMITTED TO DOUBLING FARMERS' INCOMES Under the previous government 2,65,164 tonnes of pulses were procured at MSP. Over the last 4 years we have procured nearly 20 times this quantity. 52,50,724 tonnes of pulses have been procured since 2014-15 till today. I request the press to take Dr MS Swaminathan's recent article on govt policies for farmers welfare to the people. STRENGTHENING GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY IN J&K Fielding a question on the recent PDP-BJP break up in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister said that People's mandate in J&K was for a PDP-BJP coalition government. So there was no other option. This coalition tried its best to live up to the expectations and aspirations of the electorate. But after Mufti Sahab's demise, several hurdles came up. As a result speed of development did not match people's expectations. For the BJP in J&K, people's welfare has always been a priority. That is why we exited the coalition without trading any charges. BJP is committed to fulfilling people's aspirations in the state. COALITION FOR STRENGTH, NOT AS A COMPULSION And on the future of the NDA, Prime Minister said that Indian politics has changed drastically in the decade after 1990. But the questions being asked are still the same. The question then was will anyone support BJP? In 2014 Political pundits questioned if Modi will get any support. Today we have a coalition government of over 20 parties. NDA is not a compulsion, but is our strength. BJP had the numbers to form the government alone in 2014. But we stood true to our coalition dharma forming a government with our partners. It is important to respect regional aspirations. Several states with coalition governments with the BJP are performing very well. NDA today stands for good governance.  

  • President Ramnath Kovind's call to the nation especially the youth as India completes 71 years of Independence was of becoming catalysts in the process of nation-building. He reached out to students with the concept of "University Social Responsibility" urging them to spend a few days in a year in a village to help understand India and participate in social welfare programmes. His message was simple, united we can create a New Inclusive India come do your bit in this journey and identify with the national mission. Together we can help every citizen in our country. Together we can conserve our forests and natural heritage, we can safeguard our monuments for future generations, we can renew our rural and urban habitats. Together, we can eliminate poverty, illiteracy and inequality. We can and we must do this together. The government has a leading role but not the sole role. Let us use the government's programmes and projects to further our own efforts. Let us make that sense of ownership our motivation. The President underscored the significance of the present juncture in Indian history, saying it was different from any period experienced so far because India is at the cusp of achieving many of its long-awaited goals like universal access to electricity, and elimination of open defecation to name a few. Highlighting how people from all walks of life from farmers to armed forces, police and security personnel from women to all those doing their jobs with sincerity and commitment are living up to the principles of India's freedom struggle. The President urged the countrymen to raise the quality of life of the poorest and the most disadvantaged and shared how the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan is an effort in that direction. The Gram Swaraj Abhiyan is taking seven flagship programmes to the very doorstep of the poorest and the most deprived among our fellow citizens. These services include access to electricity, access to the formal banking system, access to welfare and insurance programmes, and access to immunisation in hitherto hard-to-reach areas. The Gram Swaraj Abhiyan is not being carried out by government alone. It is a collaboration of public agencies and community groups, with selfless citizens who are keen to share, to empathise and to give back. Recalling Mahatma Gandhi's approach to freedom as empowering the poorest of the poor and ensuring a diginified life for all going much beyond political power. The President urged everyone to not look at freedom from a narrow political perspective. He said this Independence Day gains even greater significance since in a few weeks, on 2nd October, India will begin the commemoration of the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. President Kovind drew attention to the relevance of Gandhi's concept of swadeshi and ahinsa in the 21st century. Gandhiji did not just lead our freedom struggle. He was and still is our moral compass. He refused to be restricted in his definition of politics and political activism, or even of freedom. Perhaps Gandhiji's most noble mantra was to point out that the power of ahinsa is far greater than the power of hinsa. The power to stay your hand is far greater than the power to strike with your hand and hinsa has no place in the society. The President exhorted all Indians to adapt the ideas and maxims of the Mahatma on this Independence Day saying it would be the best way to celebrate Indianness in which lies India's vision for the world that the  'World is one Family'and the entire humanity is one. In the spirit of Gandhiji and the spirit of India, we believe in the age-old ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam or the "World is one Family". This is why we demonstrate our concern for entire humanity by providing assistance to many African countries, taking initiatives on the issue of climate change, contributing to United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in different parts of the world, helping neighbouring countries affected by natural disasters, rescuing people from other countries along with our own people, trapped in a conflict zone. In the spirit of Gandhiji and the spirit of India, we share the practice of yoga for health and well-being, and using technology for development. Through his address on the eve of Independence Day, the President reached out to all Indians to understand freedom not just from the political perspective but also from the perspective of giving back and nation-building.  

  • The incident happened this afternoon while he rushed to board a helicopter and accidentally hit the tail rotor of the chopper. The deceased has been identified as Kartik Nagendrakumar Mehta from Mumbai. His body has been kept in Simikot district hospital. The Embassy of India in Kathmandu coordinating with tour operators and ensuring all possible support.  

  • The amount has been released to maintain fund liquidity for the ongoing construction of 14 road packages under Postal Highway Project. With this payment, 2.35 billion Nepali rupees have been released so far out of total grant assistance of 8 billion Nepali rupees committed by the Government of India for implementing 14 packages under Postal Highway Project. Since 1950, the Government of India has been supporting infrastructure development of Nepal and has provided financial assistance for construction of various Highways, Roads, Bridges, Airports, etc. as part of its multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional India-Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme.

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