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Dispute between two Karni Sena factions turns violent in Jaipur, one injured

A dispute between two factions of Karni Sena in Jaipur, Rajasthan, escalated into a violent confrontation on Friday. The altercation involved Shiv Singh Shekhawat, national president of the Rashtriya Karni Sena, and Mahipal Singh Makrana, leader of the Rajput Karni Sena. The incident occurred in the Chitrakoot area, reportedly involving an assault with the butt of a gun.

The Economic Times 13 Jul 2024 8:45 am

Nothing is set in stone

In front of us, hanging on a white wall are nine bone china works of plates carrying dead birds. The work, Untuned Sound Of Leaves Falling From The Ignorant Sky, by Jodhpur-based ceramist Sarban Chowdhury is an eye-opener. It chooses shock to shed light on nature conservation. Back in November 2019, thousands of migratory birds died mysteriously in Rajasthans Sambhar Lake, the countrys largest inland saltwater lake near Jaipur, sending shock waves among locals and authorities. My work raises awareness about human greed as one of the major factors resulting in climate change and contamination of our ecosystem thats silently destroying our natural flora and fauna, he says. Move a little further, another of his ceramic artworks, A Well Full Of Shadows investigates the idea of privacy invasion. A set of 12 Bone China plates with thumbprint impressions are indicative of identity theft. Fingerprints play a vital role in determining who we are in an era of technological advancement that has access to all our personal information including dermatoglyphics. Is that data safe? Is anyone misusing it? My work portrays this fear and anxiety that I have been experiencing lately, the artist adds. Chowdhurys work is part of Yuva Sumbhava, an interesting exhibition at Delhis Shridharani Gallery featuring 12 young ceramic artists, curated by National Award-winning ceramist, P R Daroz. Organised by Raza Foundation in collaboration with Triveni Kala Sangam and supported by Gallerie Nvya, the display explores the long tradition and new prospects of ceramics featuring works of artists like Ajaysingh Bhadoriya, Arti Paliwal, Birender Yadav, Devesh Upadhyay, Kopal Seth, Kritika Soni, Maulik Oza, Owanka Bhattacharjee, Revati Jayakrishnan, Sarban Chowdhury, Suvajit Mondal and Srinia Chowdhury. These young artists are giving a bold new treatment to clay by using it in different forms, like stoneware, terracotta, porcelain, and sandware clay. Their works are diverse from the reliefs of Birender Yadav to three-dimensional structures as seen in Owanka Bhattacharjee and Suvajit Mondals works and even the flats of Kopal Seth. They have inventively used new-age techniques like electric firing, ceramic glaze, and gas kilns, Daroz tells TMS. PR Daroz (centre) with artists Different strokes During our walk-through, Delhi-based ceramic artist Kritika Sonis artwork sparked curiosity for showing beauty in imperfections. Her work Broken and Beautiful had 12 frayed wall vessels in stoneware painted in light shades of crimson, mint green, butter yellow and powder blue with impressions of gold-painted florals, fabric and textured glazes. I have always been inspired by the Japanese philosophy Wabi Sabi, which is embracing imperfections and finding beauty in it. I used ceramics to make surfaces that were a reflection of the way nature works real and raw. Ajaysingh Bhadoriya of Maharashtra works on a similar theme of finding beauty in natural decay in his work The Afterlife Of Dying Buildings. Its three stoneware structures feature dilapidated doors and windows that express the untold story of time. Azamgarh-born pottery and ceramics artist Devesh Upadhyay touches on existentialism in a comical five-head sculpture titled Existential Struggle. Each head symbolises the Observer, the Critic, the Seeker, the Reflector, and the Conflicted and how each of them represent different facets of our psyche. It highlights the absurdity of our quest for meaning, inviting viewers to reflect on their own existential journeys with a touch of humour, he explains. Patna-born Srinia Chowdhurys comical face mask-clad stone and sandware sculptures titled Wondergirl and Mischief Master affirm self-acceptance and connecting with your inner child as against donning stereotypical roles assigned by society. Ahmedabad-based Maulik Oza showed a radical display of ceramics transforming it into massive coils, warp and weft patterns and infinite loops for statement pieces. On the other front, Delhi-based Arti Paliwal transformed stoneware into a biological heart-shaped structure in Untitled-2 and Mumbai-born Revati Jayakrishnan turned terracotta into Hexa Stacks in her eponymous work. Appreciating the works at the exhibition, freelance artist Padmini Mehta who had come from Varanasi says: This is a great initiative by Raza Foundation to recognise the works of young ceramicists. I found each work experimental, interesting and fresh. There are artworks to beautify every space from garden, bedroom, dining hall to patio. Down the ages Ceramics has its roots in pottery in the Indian subcontinent dating back to 2,500 BC during the Harappan civilisation. Daroz shares how India, particularly, has been a wonderland of clay, Once I was taking a workshop with village potters at Bharat Bhawan in Bhopal, almost 30 years back. There, every potter was rigid that they would use clay only from their village! That is the wonder of India wherever you go, you will find different clays in different geographies, all around. He notes the resurgence of ceramics in modern India. Back in the 60s and the 70s, when I used to work in Garhi Studio, there used to be only a handful of notable ceramists like Kalindi Vedan Jena, Devi Prasad, Nirmala Patwardhan, to name some. National-level exhibitions also did not allow fragile artworks to be displayed. Now after four decades, we are seeing a welcome change. Ceramists are getting a platform at exhibitions and are even being bestowed with awards.

The New Indian Express 13 Jul 2024 7:59 am

Rajasthan govt aims to produce 30 Gw of solar power by the end of FY25

Recently, the government approved land for four major solar projects to make the state a leader in energy self-sufficiency

Business Standard 13 Jul 2024 12:07 am

2,000 additional trains to be run on routes popular with migrant workers

Indian Railways is set to launch 2,000 more trains on popular migrant routes to address long waiting lists. The trains will cater to cities in Bihar, UP, Rajasthan, and West Bengal, connecting to Delhi, Mumbai, and other states. These trains will have a mix of general and sleeper coaches, with a few AC coaches included.

The Times of India 12 Jul 2024 11:14 pm

Dispute Between Karni Sena Factions Leads To Shootout In Jaipur

An altercation between two factions of the right wing group Karni Sena led to a shootout in Rajasthan on Friday.

NDTV 12 Jul 2024 11:04 pm

16-Year-Old Student Dies of Heart Attack in Rajasthan School, CCTV Video Captures Fatal Incident

The incident, captured by the school's CCTV cameras, shows the boy walking normally with his bag slung over his shoulder. Suddenly, he collapsed.

News18 12 Jul 2024 8:37 pm

Tractor Junction Hosted the Prestigious 'CEAT Specialty presents ITOTY Awards 2024'

Alwar (Rajasthan)/ Noida (Uttar Pradesh) [India], July 12: Tractor Junction proudly organized the 5th Edition of Indian Tractor of the Year (ITOTY) Awards, sponsored by CEAT Specialty, on July 10, 2024. This esteemed event celebrated and honoured excellence in the agricultural industry. Commencing at 3:30 PM at Taj Vivanta Dwarka in New Delhi, the event featured keynotes, panel discussions, and awards recognizing excellence in the tractor and farm equipment sector.

Business Standard 12 Jul 2024 8:01 pm

NEET-UG case: Patna HC grants CBI the custody of 13 accused; to be confronted with mastermind

NEW DELHI: The Patna High Court on Friday granted the CBI the custody of 13 people arrested by the Bihar police in connection with NEET-UG paper leak case. The central probe agency will now be able to question these accused in custody and also confront them with kingpin Rockey alias Rakesh Ranjan who was arrested on Thursday. The agency had sought the custody of the 13 individuals, arrested by the state police, who were subsequently sent to judicial custody following a brief period of police remand. The CBI plea was turned down by the Exclusive Magistrate, CBI, Patna on July 2 on the grounds that the statutory period seeking police custody within the first 15 days since the arrest had elapsed. The CBI challenged the order in the High Court saying that it had taken up investigation in June and should be given chance to examine the suspects arrested by the state police. NEET-UG leak case: CBI arrests alleged kingpin Rockey alias Rakesh Ranjan The central agency had said the accused arrested by the state police had not even undergone 15 days of police custody. According to sources, the accused were in the custody of the Patna Police and Economic Offence Units of the Bihar Police for just two to four days and sent to judicial custody. The CBI argued that it may be given the custody of these accused for the remaining period of their police remand which could be from 11-13 days which was granted by the High Court. Considering the seriousness of the case and in the interest of justice, the operation of the order passed by the the Exclusive Magistrate shall remain stayed, Justice Sandeep Kumar held. Justice Kumar directed the Exclusive Magistrate to grant the custody of the 13 accused to the CBI on Friday itself. The Exclusive Magistrate, CBI, Patna will grant the remand on the CBI producing the webcopy of the order. The Superintendent of the Beur Central Jail, Patna/any other jail in which the Respondents are in custody will give the custody to the CBI today itself and will hand over the accused persons to the CBI and will not delay the handing over of the Respondents on any ground, he said. NEET-UG pleas: Supreme Court defers hearing to July 18 The CBI, which is probing the alleged irregularities in the medical entrance exam, has registered six FIRs in the matter so far with nearly 57 arrests in which 12 were made by the central agency while remaining were various state police forces. Twenty-two persons have got bail so far. The FIR from Bihar pertains to paper leaks, while those registered in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, are linked to the impersonation of candidates and cheating. The agency's own FIR on a reference from the Union Education Ministry pertains to a comprehensive investigation into the alleged irregularities in the examination. The NEET-UG is conducted by the National Testing Agency for admissions to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions. This year, the exam was conducted on May 5 at 4,750 centres in 571 cities, including 14 abroad. More than 23 lakh candidates had appeared for the test. NEET-UG leak case: CBI arrests two more persons from Patna

The New Indian Express 12 Jul 2024 7:05 pm

43,000 Degrees From This Private Rajasthan University Under Investigation

A private university in Rajasthan is facing investigation for allegedly issuing fake and backdated degrees for courses that it did not have the accreditation for. The alleged fake degree count stands at 43,409.

NDTV 12 Jul 2024 5:33 pm

Industrial gas firm Air Liquide India sets up manufacturing unit in Mathura

Industrial gases firm Air Liquide India on Friday said they have set up a manufacturing unit in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, with an investment of Rs 350 crore with a view to expand its business. This air separation unit, it said, is dedicated to healthcare and industrial merchant activities in Kosi, Mathura. It has a production capacity of more than 300 tonnes of liquid oxygen and medical oxygen per day, as well as about 45 tonnes of liquid nitrogen and 12 tonnes of liquid argon per day, the company said in a statement. The unit will supply industrial gases across Delhi Capital Territory, Western Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. The medical grade oxygen manufactured in this plant will be supplied to hospitals. It added that the new unit is planned to fully operate on renewable energy by 2030. Air Liquide has invested around Rs 350 crore to build this state-of-the-art air separation plant, it said in a statement. Air Liquide India is a key supplier of industrial gases

Business Standard 12 Jul 2024 5:13 pm

Stani Memorial P.G. College (SMPGC): Shining in Education, Sports, and Culture

Stani Memorial P.G. College (SMPGC), established in 1998, has swiftly emerged as a premier institution for Arts, Science, and Commerce. Located in the beautiful and culturally rich city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, SMPGC stands tall with its motto, In Pursuit of Excellence in Education. The colleges unwavering commitment to providing quality education has drawn students from all across Rajasthan and other states of India, making it a preferred choice for higher education. Academic Excellence and University Toppers SMPGCs dedication to academic [] The post Stani Memorial P.G. College (SMPGC): Shining in Education, Sports, and Culture appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 12 Jul 2024 4:57 pm

Viral video: Indian woman dons traditional Rajasthani attire abroad, impresses foreign onlookers

An Indian woman wearing a traditional Rajasthani Ghagra-Choli abroad has gone viral, captivating foreign onlookers and prompting them to take photos.

DNA India 12 Jul 2024 4:04 pm

RPSC Recruitment 2024: Apply Now for 56 Geologist and Assistant Mining Engineer Posts

The Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) has released a notification for the recruitment of Geologists and Assistant Mining Engineers for the year 2024. Interested candidates can apply online from July 22, 2024, to August 20, 2024. Below are the important details, application fee, age limit, vacancy details, eligibility criteria, and application process. Important Dates: - Application Start Date: July 22, 2024 - Last Date for Online Application: August 20, 2024 - Last Date for Exam Fee Payment: August 20, 2024 - Exam Date: To be announced soon - Admit Card Availability: Will be informed shortly Application Fee: - General/Other State: 600/- - OBC/BC: 400/- - SC/ST: 400/- - Correction Fee: 500/- Payment Method: Through Rajasthan E-Mitra Portal using cash, debit card, credit card, or net banking. Age Limit (as of January 1, 2025): - Minimum Age: 20 years - Maximum Age: 40 years - Age Relaxation: As per RPSC examination recruitment rules. Vacancy Details: - Total Posts: 56 - Post Name: Geologist (32 posts) and Assistant Mining Engineer (24 posts) - Eligibility: Master's degree in Geology/Applied Geology and knowledge of Rajasthan culture. For more information, refer to the notification. How to Apply for RPSC Geologist and Assistant Mining Engineer Online Form 2024: - Application Period: July 22, 2024, to August 20, 2024 - Read the Notification: Carefully read the recruitment notification before applying. - Prepare Documents: Gather all necessary documents, including eligibility proof, ID proof, address details, and basic details. - Scan Documents: Prepare scanned copies of relevant documents, such as photos, signatures, and ID proof. - Form Preview: Carefully review the application form before submission and check all columns. - Fee Payment: Pay the application fee, if required. - Printout: Take a printout of the finally submitted form for future reference. Important Links: - Online Application Link (will be activated on July 22, 2024) Ayushmann Khurrana Opens Up About His Casting Couch Experience: 'I Was Asked to Show My Tools Hotstar's 'Showtime' Exposes the Dark Secrets of Bollywood Junglee Pictures Unveils Gripping Poster for 'Ulajh', Set for August 2 Release

News Track 12 Jul 2024 3:40 pm

Chhattisgarh Govt Allows Use of 91 Hectares of Forest Land For Coal Supply To Rajasthan Power Plants

Jaipur: The Chhattisgarh government has permitted the use of 91.21 hectares of forest land of Parsa East and Kanta Basan (PEKB) coal block for the supply of coal to the power plants of Rajasthan, Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma said on Friday. Thanking Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai for this, his Rajasthan counterpart said his government is constantly trying to ensure uninterrupted power supply, following the resolution of 'Apna Agrani Rajasthan'. Rajasthan government is committed to ensuring uninterrupted power supply. Hearty thanks to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Dev Sai on behalf of the entire Rajasthan family for granting permission by the Chhattisgarh government to use 91.21 hectares of forest land of Parsa East and Kanta Basan (PEKB) coal block operated in Hasdeo Aranya coalfield for the supply of coal to the power plants of Rajasthan, Sharma posted on X. This decision of the Chhattisgarh government will greatly help in ensuring the supply of coal to 4,340 MW capacity thermal power projects in the state.

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jul 2024 2:42 pm

Rajasthan university under police radar for issuing over 40,000 fake degrees

OPJS University in Churu is being investigated by the SOG for issuing 43,409 fake degrees. Following the arrest of Joginder Singh Dalal, unauthorized degrees were discovered. Sarita Karwasra and Jitendra Yadav were also arrested. Operational issues, fire claims, and PTI exam compromise noted. Higher education authorities halted admissions, with ADGP VK Singh and DIG Paris Deshmukh leading.

The Economic Times 12 Jul 2024 2:40 pm

Rajasthan Assembly allows minister Kirodi Lal Meena to skip budget session

Rajasthan Agriculture Minister Kirodi Lal Meena, who resigned from the Rajasthan cabinet, was granted permission by the Assembly to abstain from participating in the current session's proceedings. This came after voice vote by Speaker Vasudev Devnani due to his absence during the ongoing budget session and a recent cabinet meeting. Meena's resignation, linked to the BJP's poor Lok Sabha election performance in the state, has yet to be officially accepted.

The Economic Times 12 Jul 2024 2:38 pm

RPSC 2024: Apply Now for 56 Geologist & Assistant Mining Engineer Posts

The Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) has released the advertisement for the recruitment of Geologists and Assistant Mining Engineers for 2024. Interested candidates can apply online from 22/07/2024 to 20/08/2024. Below are the key details regarding important dates, application fees, age limits, vacancy details, eligibility criteria, and the application process.

Naukrinama 12 Jul 2024 12:50 pm

Grand Roka, Jamnagar Revelry, Sangeet & Haldi: Recap of Anant Ambani-Radhika Merchants Pre-Wedding Festivities

On December 30, 2022, a traditional roka ceremony was held at the Shrinathji Temple in Nathdwara, Rajasthan, formally introducing Radhika Merchant as the soon-to-be daughter-in-law of the Ambanis

News18 12 Jul 2024 9:15 am

Anant Ambani-Radhika Merchant Wedding: How A 2018 Photo Revealed Couple's Love Story

The Roka ceremony of Radhika and Anant was performed at the Shrinathji Temple at Nathdwara in Rajasthan in December 2022

News18 12 Jul 2024 8:30 am

Rahgirs Way

Musician Rahgirs calendar is booked for July. He will be in Delhi on Sunday, one of the stops in his multi-city tour to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Pune and Mumbai, for his Ye Jo Hans Rahi Hai Duniya show. However, instead of the grand concerts of metro cities, its the intimate mehfils of small cities that the independent musician likes. Metros mostly have working people who live for weekends. Here, the stage and the preparation are very grand. For many, one weekend concert is like any other. But in small cities, venues are intimate like mehfils and baithaks. I can have better interpersonal interaction with the crowd. Excitement is far higher because people come from far-flung areas. Once a man took a train of 10 hours from Gorakhpur to Varanasi for my show. Some even bring in their parents, and grandparents while others bring homemade sweets and ladoos out of love, says the 31-year-old whose hit songs like Aadmi Utiya Hai, Kachha Ghada, Kya Jaipur Kya Dilli, Mere Gaon Aaoge, have become viral hits for their relatability to the common man. Delhi has a diverse crowd because unlike other north Indian cities it has people from all over, including people from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Haryana. I can comfortably sing folk songs in different languages here as the mixed crowd will understand, unlike in other hyper-local places like Rajasthan, where reception is more for local folk songs, the folk and country musician says, adding he will perform a mix of old popular songs and five to six new songs. At his Delhi show, one of the new songs he will sing is on a real-life fufaji who insisted on cutting down a neem tree in his village deeming it an ill omen. Aise hi logon par toh gaane likhta hoon main (I write songs on such people), he quips, making clear his disdain for the superstitious. This will not be his first song that acts like a social commentary on society, his desi-folk-meets-country-music style has its roots in Sikar, literary realism and Bob Dylan! Inspired by legends Rahgir, born Sunil Kumar Gurjar, grew up in a joint family of farmers in a village in Khandela, Rajasthan. He was the first from his village to become an engineer and get a good paying job at an MNC in 2014. However, in a moment of self-discovery, he gave up his job in 2016 to take up music. Since a young age, I used to listen to country music icons like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra. I also used to write poetry. It just happened that I turned some of my poems into songs and learnt to play guitar from a friend. Even at that time, eight years back, I did not have the ambition to make it big as a musician. I just wanted to travel, write and sing freely, he says. Looking at life Filled with passion for music, Rahgir traversed like a wayfarer, true to his stage name. He met new people, cultures and communities. Soon he honed the craft of telling societal vices as poetic verses. For instance, in Tan Kha Gayi Ye Tankha, he talks about human greed. In Sun Bachhe, he calls out peer pressure that stifles innocent dreams while I Love to Travel is a soothing medley, played on guitar, morchang, khartal and bhapang that celebrates the free-spirited wanderer in us despite adverse times. However, its the evergreen Bhai Rahgir Ye Hum Kaunsi Gaadi Pe Chadh Gaye that sums up many issues in a single medley from existential crises, and shallowness of material success, to questioning the choices we make in daily life. I do not write thinking that I have to address a particular social issue. I write for my soul. When the music comes straight from the heart, it connects with people and becomes a universal emotion, he says. Such reflections come from his lived experiences. In my own village, upper castes were allowed to fetch water before those from the lower castes. I was a kid then so could not understand the gravitas of the issue. But it remained in my subconscious, he says about the inspiration for the song Aalsi Dopahar which critiques casteism. Rahgir does not see his music as a tool of activism. But he likes to let people introspect about societal issues with his songs. I try to plant a seed of an alternative reality and let people think about it. I assume that people have their own minds to figure out what is right and wrong, he says, citing lines from Bob Dylans famous protest song Blowin In The Wind, After all, how many times can a man turn his head, And pretend that he just doesnt see?. Success on his own terms Rahgirs resounding success has got him offers from notable music companies and labels who have sought to have copyright on his already released hit songs. But I am determined that I do not want to sell my songs. I tell them that I am fine with a collaboration for future songs rather than already released ones, but they do not want to bet on an independent artist. Further, hes unbothered by trends and virality. As an artist, I dont want to get caught in a supply and demand chain. One has to understand that you will never be able to please everyone. Just stay true to yourself. If in future, my songs do not support my livelihood, I will just take up some other job, but will never make soulless music for trends. In any age, if an artist brings something very unique, original, and puts his soul into his work, the audience spots it, he concludes.

The New Indian Express 12 Jul 2024 8:21 am

Army Recruitment Rally Of Rajasthan State Successfully Concluded At Udaipur

Jaipur : Army Recruitment Rally by Army Recruiting Office, Kota for 22 districts was conducted at Maharana Pratap Khel Gaon, ... Read more

Udaipur Kiran 12 Jul 2024 8:18 am

Rajasthan: SpiceJet crew member booked for slapping CISF ASI

Jaipur: An airline crew member slapped Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) ASI at Jaipur airport. Officials said that the crew member after reaching the airport tried to enter without checking. The ASI, on duty, stopped her and asked to get screened. However, the crew member refused citing a lack of female staff. When ASI asked Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 12 Jul 2024 7:49 am

ED arrests key official in Rajasthan teachers recruitment exam paper leak case

Theleakof questionpaperof the States biggest examination for recruitment of teachers, in which over 16 lakh candidates had appeared, had created a flutter in Rajasthan

The Hindu 12 Jul 2024 5:06 am

CBI files NEET investigation status report in sealed cover

The CBI has submitted a sealed status report to the Supreme Court regarding its investigation into alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG 2024 exam, including paper leaks in Bihar and irregularities in Gujarat and Rajasthan centers. The agency found instances of cheating and impersonation in Gujarat and Rajasthan but no evidence of mass malpractice in the alleged paper leak. The court deferred the hearing on petitions seeking a retest to July 18.

The Economic Times 11 Jul 2024 11:04 pm

ED raids Sahara group, Kolkata based co-op society; seizes Rs 2.98 cr cash

The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday said it has seized about Rs 3 crore in cash after it conducted searches against a Kolkata-based cooperative society and the Sahara group as part of a money laundering probe linked to alleged duping of investor funds worth Rs 24,000 crore. The federal agency said in a statement that the raids were undertaken against Humara India Credit Cooperative Society Ltd. at Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai. It did not say when these searches were carried out. During the operation, incriminating documents including books of account, digital devices of Humara India and other Sahara Group entities were seized along with proceeds of crime worth Rs 2.98 crore in cash, it said. The money laundering investigation stems from FIRs registered by Odisha, Bihar and Rajasthan police against the Humara India Credit Cooperative Society, Sahara India Group companies and associated persons. The society collected more than Rs 24,000 crore from more than one crore investor

Business Standard 11 Jul 2024 9:39 pm

Rajasthan expedites marking, e-auctioning of mines to curb illegal mining

Illegal mining can be curbed only by promoting legal mining

Business Standard 11 Jul 2024 8:45 pm

Vasundhara Raje, Kirodi Lal Meena Skip Assembly As Rajasthan Budget Unveiled

The absence of former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Minister Kirodi Lal Meena during the budget speech has sparked speculation even as the two leaders have spoken briefly about the state Budget on their social media handles.

NDTV 11 Jul 2024 7:34 pm

Rajasthan: ED arrests retd professor in REET 2021 paper leak case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested retired professor Dr. Pradeep Parasher in connection with a money laundering investigation related to the alleged 2021 question paper leak of the Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers (REET). Parasher, appointed as district coordinator by the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) for REET 2021, allegedly facilitated unauthorized access to the question paper storage room.

The Economic Times 11 Jul 2024 7:31 pm

Rajasthan Man Murdered in Sleep; Police Launch Investigation in Fatal Axe Attack

The discovery of Raghuveer Singh's lifeless body in the morning left his family and villagers in utter shock.

News18 11 Jul 2024 7:15 pm

NEET-UG leak case: CBI arrests alleged kingpin Rockey alias Rakesh Ranjan

NEW DELHI: The CBI on Thursday arrested one of the alleged kingpins in the NEET-UG paper leak case who was on the run ever since the crackdown on irregularities in the entrance exam began, officials said. Rockey alias Rakesh Ranjan, who hails from Nalanda, and is said to be a relative of mastermind Sanjeev Mukhia, was nabbed by the agency from outskirts of Patna, they said. The CBI had been trailing him since the case came to the agency. His run came to an end Thursday morning when he was arrested by the agency, they said. The agency produced him before a special court in Patna which has remanded him to 10 days of CBI custody, they said. The CBI conducted searches at three locations in Patna and nearby areas and one in Kolkata after his arrest, they said. NEET-UG pleas: Supreme Court defers hearing to July 18 Earlier this week, the CBI had conducted searches at 15 locations in Bihar and Jharkhand gathering incriminating evidence in the case, they said. The agency had earlier arrested the principal and vice principal of Jharkhand's Hazaribagh-based Oasis school in the case and two persons who allegedly lent premises to NEET candidates where burnt question papers were recovered by the Bihar Police. The CBI, which is probing the alleged irregularities in the medical entrance exam, has registered six FIRs in the matter so far. The FIR from Bihar pertains to paper leaks, while the remaining, from Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, are linked to the impersonation of candidates and cheating. The agency's own FIR on a reference from the Union Education Ministry pertains to a comprehensive investigation into the alleged irregularities in the examination. NEET-UG is conducted by the National Testing Agency for admissions to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions. This year, the exam was conducted on May 5 at 4,750 centres in 571 cities, including 14 abroad. More than 23 lakh candidates had appeared for the test. Isn't this a 'NEET' solution to address the poor design of exam and test questions in India?

The New Indian Express 11 Jul 2024 7:07 pm

CBI Arrests One of Alleged Kingpins in NEET-UG Leak Case

New Delhi: The CBI on Thursday arrested one of the alleged kingpins in the NEET-UG paper leak case who was on the run ever since the crackdown on irregularities in the entrance exam began, officials said. Rockey alias Rakesh Ranjan, who hails from Nalanda, and is said to be a relative of mastermind Sanjeev Mukhia, was nabbed by the agency from outskirts of Patna, they said. The CBI had been trailing him since the case came to the agency. His run came to an end Thursday morning when he was arrested by the agency, they said. The agency produced him before a special court in Patna which has remanded him to 10 days of CBI custody, they said. The CBI conducted searches at three locations in Patna and nearby areas and one in Kolkata after his arrest, they said. Earlier this week, the CBI had conducted searches at 15 locations in Bihar and Jharkhand gathering incriminating evidence in the case, they said. The agency had earlier arrested the principal and vice principal of Jharkhand's Hazaribagh-based Oasis school in the case and two persons who allegedly lent premises to NEET candidates where burnt question papers were recovered by the Bihar Police. The CBI, which is probing the alleged irregularities in the medical entrance exam, has registered six FIRs in the matter so far. The FIR from Bihar pertains to paper leaks, while the remaining, from Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, are linked to the impersonation of candidates and cheating. The agency's own FIR on a reference from the Union Education Ministry pertains to a comprehensive investigation into the alleged irregularities in the examination. NEET-UG is conducted by the National Testing Agency for admissions to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions. This year, the exam was conducted on May 5 at 4,750 centres in 571 cities, including 14 abroad. More than 23 lakh candidates had appeared for the test.

Deccan Chronicle 11 Jul 2024 6:18 pm

Hindustan Zinc gets power supply from Serentica 180 MW solar project

Vedanta's Hindustan Zinc now uses 450 MW from Serentica Renewables in Rajasthan, supplementing its 40.70 MW solar capacity. Aiming at reducing 0.45 million tonnes CO2, sustainability, and decarbonizing, this step coincides with Global Energy Independence Day. Phase 1 in Bikaner exemplifies Serentica's clean energy. Hindustan Zinc is the worlds second-largest zinc producer.

The Economic Times 11 Jul 2024 6:01 pm

Rajasthan govt to provide maximum job opportunities to youths, says CM

He said the government is working to fulfil every dream and aspiration of the youths

Mid Day 11 Jul 2024 5:55 pm

Rajasthan Assembly witnesses ruckus over government's claim of dip in crime against women cases

Dissatisfied over the reply of the government during the Question Hour, the Congress MLAs created a ruckus and raised slogans.

The Hindu 11 Jul 2024 4:46 pm

Rajasthan Assembly witnesses ruckus over govt's claim of dip in crime against women cases

Rajasthan Assembly sees uproar as Congress MLAs dispute Minister Khinvsar's claim of a 6% drop in 20,767 women atrocity cases from January to June. Opposition leader Tikaram Jully notes a 43% rise from April 2024 (2,861 cases) to May (4,088). State aims to install 20,615 CCTV cameras. Speaker Devnani advances to the next question following Indira Meena's inquiry.

The Times of India 11 Jul 2024 3:53 pm

Rajasthan RSMSSB CHO Recruitment 2022 Results Declared: Check Marks for 3531 Posts

Rajasthan Staff Selection Board (RSMSSB) has released the advertisement for the recruitment of Community Health Officer (CHO) Post. Candidates who are enrolled with the vacancy can now download the exam date result. For detailed information related to recruitment such as syllabus, age limit, qualification, pay scale, and other details, read the advertisement thoroughly before applying.

Naukrinama 11 Jul 2024 12:30 pm

Rajasthan Govt led by BJP allocates 100 crores for development of Khatu Shyamji Mandir, to renovate 600 other temples: Key takeaways from the state budget

Besides focusing on the re-development of Temples, the Rajasthan state budget also had a lot to offer to the women, youths and farmers.

OpIndia 11 Jul 2024 10:50 am

Moulding art: K Muralidhar's innovative clay relief art gains popularity across India

HYDERABAD : The painting on the canvas looks like a normal acrylic painting at first glance, upon closer inspection, it reveals itself as a 3D creation made by combining clay and canvas clay relief work. This innovative art form is the work of K Muralidhar, an artist with over 30 years of experience. Muralidhar has explored many mediums throughout his career and even developed his own unique type of clay, known as Muralidhars Clay, to enhance his art. Graduated from JNTU, this 67-year-old artist has won numerous accolades at various art events. He has worked both commercially and as a dedicated professional artist, covering all areas of oil painting, murals, sculptures, pottery, clay paintings, resin art, and other decorative items. Muralidhar was also the R&D specialist at a Greeting Cards company and re-establishing his own art studio. Although he excels in various art forms such as oil paintings, abstract paintings, decorative clay art, sculptures, murals, and reproductions of famous artists works, he specialises in clay art. He uses a special eco-friendly clay that he invented. Talking about the clay, he said, Since my school days, I was immersed in art and have participated in many group shows, solo shows, and art camps throughout the years. I used to create new works in art and sculpture. In 2001, after experimenting for six months, I developed a special clay. This special clay is a mixture of recycled material which is very soft, light in weight, antifungal, and does not require baking. Previously, relief works were made out of cement, POP, fiberglass, etc., which is harmful. My clay is non-toxic and very easy to use. With this clay, any artist with little skill can easily make relief art or sculptures. After it dries, no cracks form, and it can be directly painted upon with any paint. Muralidhars clay has been a huge success as it can be easily molded into any form or shape. Many institutions and individuals have purchased this clay from him for their 3D paintings and sculptures. He has used this clay and medium of relief art in various ways. This clay can give art a 3D effect an embossed look, making the picture come to life. It can be used on any surface, such as regular canvas, bottles, PVC pipes, pearl pets, and thermocol sheets of any size. Some of his known works include The Seven Wonders of the World, The Golkonda Fort, Rajasthani paintings, landscapes, and many more in 3D effect. For me, this medium is important as it is my attempt to create without destruction. I try to transform any waste material into beautiful art pieces that are not harmful to the environment. With the growing demand for this art and art lovers interest in learning his techniques, he started art classes with his special clay. He has conducted workshops in almost all states. In his 20-years of teaching journey, nearly more than 2,000 students have learned this innovative art, and most of them are teaching it professionally. Recently, he conducted a workshop for blind children. He aspires to spread his knowledge of this art to anyone interested in learning through Muralidhar Art Studio.

The New Indian Express 11 Jul 2024 10:44 am

Rajasthan budget 2024-25: Diya Kumari ticks all the right boxes with a 5-year blueprint

Finance minister Diya Kumari's Budget for 2024-25 introduces significant initiatives for Rajasthan's development. Key highlights include massive funding for water connections, healthcare staffing, expressway construction, and tourism revitalization. The focus on neglected sectors and innovative proposals signal a shift towards sustainable growth. With allocations for various industries and infrastructure projects, Kumari aims to boost the state's economy and heritage preservation.

The Times of India 11 Jul 2024 9:14 am

Police shoot at 'Chaddi' gang members during escape attempt in Mangaluru

MANGALURU: Police opened fire on two members of the notorious Chaddi gang when they assaulted cops in a bid to escape on Wednesday morning. These gang members are allegedly involved in an embezzlement of a house in the city. The cops had taken four members of the gang for a spot mahajar near Mulki bus stand, where they had discarded a rod used in the crime. When they reached a kachcha road near the bus stand, two of the accused - Raju Singhania and Bali assaulted ASI Vinay Kumar and police constable Sharat with the handcuffs and tried to flee. When they did not heed to the polices warning, the cops first opened fire in the air and then shot at their legs in self defense, said Mangaluru city police commissioner Anupam Agarwal. The accused are out of danger and are being treated at Wenlock District Hospital, while the cops are admitted to a private hospital in the city. Agarwal said the gang had arrived in Mangaluru three days ago from Yeshwanthpur (Bengaluru), and were returning after Tuesdays offense when they were apprehended at Sakaleshpur in Hassan district. Investigation so far has revealed that the gang was involved in several dacoity cases in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Bali was involved in a house-break that took place at Commercial Street, Bengaluru while the main accused Raju Singhania was involved in 10 such cases in MP and Karnataka.

The New Indian Express 11 Jul 2024 8:27 am

Diya tables budget: Focus on women, Hindutva

JAIPUR: With Finance Minister Diya Kumari making several major announcements,the Bhajan Lal government of Rajasthan presented its first full budget on Wednesday. The budget particularly focuses on women, youth, and farmers, and includes a special effort to bolster BJPs Hindutva outreach. One of the most notable initiatives for women is the Lakhpati Didi Yojana, designed to financially empower women across the state. The finance minister announced that 15 lakh women in Rajasthan will become Lakhpati Didi under this scheme which will provide eligible women with interest-free loans up to Rs 5 lakh to start their own businesses and improve their economic condition. The budget also addresses the concerns of Rajasthan youth with some significant initiatives. A commitment was made to create 4 lakh new jobs over the next five years as part of a broader strategy to combat unemployment and provide more opportunities for young people. Additionally, a new youth policy will be introduced, including programs for new internship opportunities and skill development training for over 1.5 lakh youth, aiming to equip them with the necessary skills and experience for the job market. In a nod to cultural heritage and Hindutva, the budget allocates large funds for the development of religious sites. Kumari announced that `100 crore will be dedicated to the development of Khatu Shyam Ji, one of the most popular Krishna temples in the state. Plans are also in place to construct the Khatushyam Corridor, modeled after the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, to enhance the infrastructure and facilities around this important pilgrimage site. Development work costing crores will also be carried out at Jeenmata and Shakambari temples in Sikar, with 600 other temples being renovated for festivals. A total of Rs 13 crore will be spent on these renovations. For farmers, Diya Kumari stated that a Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be prepared at a cost of Rs 60 crore to bring Yamuna water from Haryana to Rajasthan through an underground pipeline, ensuring year-round water availability in Sikar, Churu, and Jhunjhunu districts. Initiative for Women Lakhpati Didi Yojana: Aimed at financially empowering women. Target: 15 lakh women to become Lakhpati Didi. Support: Interest-free loans of `1 to 5 lakh for eligible women to start businesses. Youth Initiatives Job Creation: 4 lakh new jobs over the next five years. Youth Policy: Introduction of new programs for internships and skill development training for over 1.5 lakh youth. Cultural Heritage and Hindutva Funds Allocation: Rs 100 crore for the development of Khatu Shyam Ji. Khatushyam Corridor: Modeled after the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor to enhance pilgrimage site infrastructure. Temple Development: Renovations for Jeenmata and Shakambhari temples, and 600 other temples, with Rs 13 crore allocated for festivals. Support for Farmers Water Project: Rs 60 crore for a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to bring Yamuna water to Rajasthan via an underground pipeline. Sprinkler Irrigation: Less than Rs 200 crore for facilities in 33,000 hectares of the Chaudhary Kumbharam Arya Lift Canal area. Market Expansion: Rasidpura Mandi in Sikar to be expanded. VAT on Fuel No Reduction Announced: Expectations for VAT reduction on petrol and diesel were unmet. Current Situation: Rajasthan charges higher VAT on petrol and diesel compared to other states, making fuel cheaper by Rs 16 for petrol and Rs 11 for diesel in other states.

The New Indian Express 11 Jul 2024 8:04 am

Rajasthans full Budget makes large allocations to fulfil BJPs poll promises

The key announcements in the full Budget included allocations of 25,000 crore for the health sector and 15,000 crore for tap water connections to 25 lakh rural households

The Hindu 11 Jul 2024 5:05 am

Need to find out practical solutions of problems facing states: NITI member

NITI Aayog member Arvind Virmani on Wednesday made a case for finding 'practical' solutions to problems faced by states, as many of them like Rajasthan and Odisha have done well without getting the special category status. Virmani further said in a democracy one has to recognise specific problems and find out pragmatic solutions. He was responding to a question on the issue of granting special category status (SCS) to Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. There have been committees and commissions which have tried to define criteria for special category status (for states). And again, it is a difficult issue, Virmani told PTI. The economist noted that in the last 30-40 years, we used to have BIMARU states. But Odisha for example developed a lot, Rajasthan has developed a lot and things change. As far as I know, none of those states had special category status. That does not mean it is not important, he said. Andhra Pradesh has been demanding special category status after its bifurcat

Business Standard 10 Jul 2024 11:11 pm

No concrete steps taken to reduce inflation & unemployment: Sachin Pilot on Raj Budget

No concrete steps taken to reduce inflation & unemployment: Sachin Pilot on Raj Budget Jaipur: Rajasthan former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Wednesday said that no concrete step has been taken by the state government to reduce inflation and unemployment. Reacting to the first full budget of the BJP government, the former [] The post No concrete steps taken to reduce inflation & unemployment: Sachin Pilot on Raj Budget appeared first on Mangalorean.com .

Mangalorean 10 Jul 2024 10:13 pm

Urad prices softening in wholesale market after supply boost: Govt

The government on Wednesday said urad prices have started to soften in the wholesale markets of Delhi and Indore on the back of its efforts to boost supply and reports of higher sowing in the ongoing Kharif season. The area under coverage for urad has reached 5.37 lakh hectare till July 5 of this ongoing Kharif season compared to 3.67 lakh hectare last year. The consistent efforts of the Department of Consumer Affairs have resulted in softening of urad prices, an official statement said. The central government's proactive measures have been pivotal in stabilising prices for consumers while ensuring favourable price realisation for farmers, it added. The anticipation of good rainfall is expected to boost the morale of farmers, leading to the production of a good crop in major urad-producing states such as Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra. As on July 5, 2024, the area sown for Urad has reached 5.37 lakh hectare, as compared to

Business Standard 10 Jul 2024 9:32 pm

Oriana Power Wins Rs 155-Crore Order In Rajasthan

The time period by which the order is to be executed is nine months, while the operation and maintenance period is 25 years from the commissioning date.

Bloomberg Quint 10 Jul 2024 9:28 pm

Don't Think Rajasthan Budget Can Make Significant Impact On Public: Sachin Pilot

As the Rajasthan government announced the budget allocation for the state on Wednesday, Congress leader and former deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot said that the budget failed in addressing the issue of inflation and unemployment.

NDTV 10 Jul 2024 8:48 pm

Light rain in parts of Rajasthan, heavy rainfall in some districts

Jaipur: Parts of Rajasthan received light rains while Dungarpur, Banswara and Rajsamand districts were lashed by heavy rain, an official said on Wednesday.According to Jaipur Meteorological Center, during the last 24 hours ending Wednesday morning, the highest rainfall of 80 mm was recorded at Banswara's Bagidora, followed by 79 mm in Obari, 66 mm in Dungarpur's Ganeshpur, 72 mm in Rajsamand's Delwara and 50 mm in Barmer's Gadra Road in western Rajasthan. During this period, the highest maximum temperature of 41.0 degree Celsius was recorded in Jaisalmer. The spokesperson said that a circulation system has formed over north-eastern Rajasthan on Wednesday and the monsoon trough line is passing through Jaisalmer, Kota. He said that due to its effect, rain activities are likely in some parts of Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kota, Jaipur, Ajmer divisions in the next 24 hours. There is a possibility of heavy rain in Udaipur division today and tomorrow (July 11) in Bharatpur division. Due to the shift of monsoon trough line towards the Himalayas from Thursday, there is a possibility of decrease in rain activities. Light moderate rain is likely only at sporadic places on July 11-15.

Deccan Chronicle 10 Jul 2024 8:39 pm

Rajasthan Budget Proposes 4 Lakh Jobs in 5 Years, Construction of 9 Expressways, VAT Cut on Cooking Gas

Kumari had presented a Vote on Account (Interim Budget) in the state assembly on February 8, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, with an outlay of Rs 1.75 lakh crore for the first four months of the financial year 2024-25

News18 10 Jul 2024 8:17 pm

RPSC Senior Teacher Counseling 2022: Schedule and Details Released

Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) has issued an employment notification for the recruitment of Senior Teacher vacancies. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in the vacancy details can read the notification and apply online.

Naukrinama 10 Jul 2024 8:00 pm

Rajasthan budget: Rs 15k cr for tap water, greenfield expressways. Updates

Rajasthan Finance Minister Diya Kumari proposed Rs 27,000 crore for the health sector and said that bio pink toilets will be built for women

Business Standard 10 Jul 2024 6:16 pm

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur named best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure, USA Worlds Best Awards 2024

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur was awarded Best Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure, USA, setting new luxury benchmarks since its opening in 1997, offering bespoke dining, a spa, and cultural experiences in a Rajasthani fort setting with rooms, luxury tents, and villas. The Oberoi Group's CEO Vikram Oberoi expressed pride in this accolade, while EIH Ltd, the chain's flagship, reported a significant increase in net profit and revenue for fiscal 2024.

The Economic Times 10 Jul 2024 4:11 pm

Need to find out practical solutions to problems faced by states: NITI member Arvind Virmani

NITI Aayog member Arvind Virmani argued for practical solutions to state problems, stating that many like Rajasthan and Odisha have done well without special category status. He emphasized the importance of recognizing specific problems and finding pragmatic solutions in a democracy. Virmani noted that states like Andhra Pradesh and Bihar have been seeking special status since 2005, and that the 14th Finance Commission raised the share of states in taxes collected by the Centre to 42% but abolished special category states.

The Economic Times 10 Jul 2024 4:10 pm

Rajasthan Announces Major Investments in Water, Power and Transport in New Budget

Jaipur- The state of Rajasthan has unveiled ambitious plans to improve key infrastructure and boost economic growth, with the unveiling of the 2024-25 budget. Chief Minister Diya Kumari addressed the media and provided details on the various initiatives being undertaken. A sizable allocation of Rs. 20,370 crores has been set aside for tackling water scarcity [] The post Rajasthan Announces Major Investments in Water, Power and Transport in New Budget appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 10 Jul 2024 3:17 pm

Rajasthan Budget: Diya Kumari Unveils Major Solar Energy Initiatives

Rajasthan's Finance Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, Diya Kumari, presented the state budget today, unveiling four significant initiatives aimed at promoting solar energy across the state. The key announcements include the introduction of Energy Express Home Reforms and the establishment of model solar villages in each district of Rajasthan. Additionally, the budget proposes the construction of a 2 MW decentralized solar plant. In a bold move towards sustainability, Diya Kumari also declared that all government offices in Rajasthan will be transitioned to solar energy. Speaking earlier this week, Finance Minister Diya Kumari emphasized the inclusivity of the budget, stating, With a dual leadership in the state, we aim to meet the expectations of our people. This budget reflects substantial progress with major announcements benefiting all sectors. The Rajasthan Budget arrives amidst political shifts following the BJP's loss of 11 out of 25 seats in recent Lok Sabha elections. The upcoming by-elections to five seats further underscore the strategic timing of these announcements. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Minister Kanhaiya Lal Choudhary highlighted additional environmental initiatives in the pipeline. Legislation will be introduced to mandate water recycling at specified ratios and ensure sewage treatment for cleaning purposes, he announced. Choudhary also outlined plans for public awareness campaigns and the planting of 7 crore trees, aligning with CM Bhajan Lal Sharma's environmental targets. The state budget announcement included several key initiatives aimed at development and reform in Rajasthan. Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari, amidst opposition uproar, outlined the government's ambitious plans. Notably, the budget proposes electricity connections for 2 lakh households, allocates Rs 100 crore for a corridor at the Khatu Shyam temple, and establishes the Rajasthan Tourism Development Board. In a significant move, Diya Kumari announced the construction of nine new expressways across the state, marking a substantial infrastructure expansion. Additionally, meritorious school students will receive free tablets with internet access, enhancing educational opportunities. Addressing concerns raised by the opposition, Kumari affirmed the government's commitment to implementing ten resolutions aimed at propelling Rajasthan towards becoming a USD 350 billion economy. These resolutions prioritize infrastructure development in water, electricity, and roads, urban planning initiatives, and support for agricultural empowerment. Highlighting governance reforms, Kumari emphasized measures to prevent paper leaks, a problem inherited from the previous administration. She noted decisive actions against criminal elements, resulting in over 100 arrests. The budget reflects the government's proactive stance on economic growth, infrastructure enhancement, and governance transparency, setting a comprehensive agenda for Rajasthan's development trajectory. These initiatives signal Rajasthan's commitment to sustainable development and environmental stewardship, positioning the state as a leader in renewable energy adoption and conservation efforts. These Sectors Expected to Be in Focus During Budget 2024 Budget 2024 Expectations: Nirmala Sitharaman Set to Present on July 23 Nirmala Sitharaman to Present Union Budget on July 23: What to Expect?

News Track 10 Jul 2024 2:05 pm

Urad prices started dipping as rainfall enhances sowing area under Kharif

Hyderabad: The consistent efforts of Department of Consumer Affairs have resulted in softening of Urad prices, as the Centre proactive measures have been pivotal in stabilizing prices for consumers ensuring favorable price realization for farmers. The anticipation of good rainfall is expected to boost the morale of farmers, leading to the production of a good crop in major Urad producing States such as Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra. As on July 5, 2024, the area sown for Urad has reached 5.37 lakh hectares, as compared to 3.67 lakh hectares for corresponding period last year. The 90-day crop is expected to experience a healthy Kharif production this year. Ahead of the Kharif sowing season, there has been significant momentum in the pre-registration of farmers through government agencies such as NAFED and NCCF. These efforts are part of the government's strategy to encourage farmers to shift towards pulse production during the Kharif season, aiming for self-sufficiency in this sector. In Madhya Pradesh alone, a total of 8,487 Urad farmers have already registered through NCCF and NAFED. Meanwhile, other major producing states such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh have seen pre-registrations of 2037, 1611, and 1663 farmers respectively, indicating widespread participation in these initiatives. The procurement of summer Urad under the Price Support Scheme (PSS) by NAFED and NCCF is in progress. As a result of these initiatives, as of July 6, 2024, wholesale prices of Urad have witnessed a week-on-week decline of 3.12 per cent and 1.08 per cent in Indore and Delhi markets respectively. In alignment with domestic prices, the landed prices of imported Urad are also on a declining trend. These measures underscore the government's commitment to balancing market dynamics while supporting both farmers and consumers.

Deccan Chronicle 10 Jul 2024 12:54 pm

Rajasthan Budget: State FM Diya Kumari makes four big announcements to promote solar energy

Rajasthan Finance Minister Diya Kumari announces significant solar energy initiatives in state budget, such as model solar villages, 2 MW solar plant, and solar-powered government offices. The budget aims to cater to all sections of society.

The Economic Times 10 Jul 2024 12:52 pm

Rajasthan Budget Highlights: FM Diya Kumari says govt working to make state $350 bn economy

Rajasthan Finance Minister Diya Kumari presented the state's 2024-25 budget, highlighting the government's focus on 10 resolutions, including a $350 billion economy and quality infrastructure development. She also highlighted the construction of nine greenfield expressways and a resolution to fill 4 lakh vacancies within five years.

The Economic Times 10 Jul 2024 12:51 pm

Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani's Stylish Wimbledon Outing: Couple Goals on and off the Court!

Bollywood power couple Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani recently attended the Wimbledon quarterfinals in London, turning heads with their stylish and formal looks. The couple's pictures have gone viral on social media, with fans gushing over their chic outfits. Kiara stunned in a pastel blue pantsuit, paired with white heels and minimal makeup. Her hair was left loose, adding to her effortless charm. Sidharth, on the other hand, looked dapper in a blue shirt, dark grey pants, and a white blazer. He completed his look with a green tie and black shoes, and was even spotted carrying a black umbrella. Before entering the venue, the couple posed for cameras, showcasing their stylish ensembles. A video shared by Star Sports shows the couple enjoying the match from the Centre Court, with the caption Star power on Centre Court! Kiara Advani and Sidharth Malhotra join us for the quarterfinals. Don't miss out on the excitement and glamour! #Stargazing The couple's Wimbledon outing comes months after their highly publicized wedding in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, on February 7, 2023. Their wedding pictures had broken the internet, with their Instagram posts receiving the most likes at the time. Star power on Centre Court! @advani_kiara and @SidMalhotra join us for the quarter-finals and it's time for some #Stargazing . Dont miss the excitement and glamour! Tune in to #WimbledonOnStar , LIVE NOW on Star Sports Network (only available in India) pic.twitter.com/sdN0fLpY3z Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) July 9, 2024 Sidharth and Kiara's Wimbledon appearance has once again sent their fans into a frenzy, with many praising their stylish and coordinated outfits. The couple's love for tennis is well-known, and their presence at the prestigious tournament has added to the excitement and glamour of the event. In conclusion, Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani's Wimbledon outing has been a talking point in the Bollywood circuit, with their stylish looks and coordinated outfits making headlines. The couple's love for tennis and their stylish appearances have only added to their popularity, cementing their status as one of Bollywood's most loved and stylish couples. Jacqueline Fernandez Summoned Again by ED in Money Laundering Case Guru Dutt: A Tragic Genius Who Left an Indelible Mark on Indian Cinema Aamir Khan's Secret Wedding to Reena Dutta: A Love Story That Defied Convention

News Track 10 Jul 2024 12:30 pm

Rajasthan state budget 2024: Key details

The Times of India 10 Jul 2024 11:33 am

Innovative rainwater harvesting

Groundwater levels are dropping at an alarming rate in many regions, including Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana etc. The post Innovative rainwater harvesting appeared first on Fusion - WeRIndia .

Fusion WeRIndia 10 Jul 2024 10:06 am

Rain in Delhi, waterlogging in some areas

NEW DELHI: Heavy rain lashed several parts of the national capital on Tuesday as Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 27.2 degrees Celsius. Noida and Ghaziabad that fall in the National Capital Region (NCR) received heavy showers, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting more downpours over next five days. The IMD forecast said thunder and lightning can be expected along with the light rains. Also, as per the Central Pollution Control Board data, the Air Quality Index of Delhi on Tuesday was 76, which is better than satisfactory. As per latest IMD bulletin, Delhi and its adjoining regions such as Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir will see moderate to heavy rainfall over the next five days. On Tuesday, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 27.2 degrees Celsius. Several areas in Delhi were once again waterlogged after heavy rains lashed parts of the city on Tuesday. As a result, traffic was disrupted with commuters finding it difficult to reach their destinations. The Public Works Department (PWD) reported receiving 22 calls about waterlogging and three to four complaints of uprooted trees by the afternoon.

The New Indian Express 10 Jul 2024 7:30 am

Rajasthan: Schools to celebrate Ayodhya consecration

JAIPUR: In a move thats bound to intensify the debate on Saffronisation in education, government schools in Rajasthan will now celebrate Ramlala Pran Pratishtha Day annually, marking a unique initiative by the Bhajanlal government. The Pran-Pratishtha ceremony of the Rams temple was held in Ayodhya on January 22 this year, and to commemorate this event, State Education Minister Madan Dilawar has announced that January 22 will be celebrated as Ramlala Pran Pratishtha Day in all government schools across Rajasthan. This date has been officially included in the education departments annual calendar and its list of festival days. The new calendar recently launched by School Education Minister Madan Dilawar does not specify how this day will be celebrated and what exactly the students will have to do on this day. However, according to the new educational calendar, students will be informed about the significance of the day and encouraged to engage in discussions and create artwork depicting its importance. The calendar shares general directions whereby students will be informed about the importance of the day and drawings will be made by students depicting the Ram Temple Pran-Pratishtha ceremony on that particular day. The Bhajan Lal Sharma government claims this initiative will foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural heritage among students. However, experts have raised concerns about this move, viewing it as an attempt to saffronize education. Some analysts suggest that the BJP, is leveraging the popularity of the Ram temple for political gains. They argue that the move aims to keep the issue of the Ram Temple alive despite not achieving the desired results in the Lok Sabha elections. Sources within the party indicate that the BJP believes it did not campaign effectively on the Ram Mandir issue and is now attempting to compensate through such decisions. New edu calender According to the new educational calendar, students will be informed about the significance of the day and encouraged to engage in discussions and creative artwork depicting its importance Celebration on Jan 22 The Pran-Pratishtha ceremony was held on January 22, and to commemorate the event, state Education Minister Madan Dilawar said January 22 will be celebrated as Ramlala Pran Pratishtha Day in schools

The New Indian Express 10 Jul 2024 7:27 am

Rajasthan govt asks schools to celebrate 'Ramlala Pran Pratishtha Day' annually

In a move that raises questions on the extent of Saffronisation in education, government schools in Rajasthan have been ordered by the Bhajan Lal Sharma-led BJP government to celebrate 'Ramlala Pran Pratishtha Day' annually. The Pran-Pratishtha ceremony of the Ram temple, built over the 16th-century Babri Masjid after its violent demolition by 'kar sevaks', was held in Ayodhya on January 22 this year. To commemorate this event, State Education Minister Madan Dilawar has announced that January 22 will be celebrated as Ramlala Pran Pratishtha Day in all government schools across Rajasthan. The date has been officially included in the education department's annual calendar and its list of festival days. The new calendar recently launched by School Education Minister Madan Dilawar does not specify how this day will be celebrated and what exactly the students will have to do on this day. However, according to the new educational calendar, students will be informed about the significance of the day and encouraged to engage in discussions and create artwork depicting its importance. The calendar shares general directions whereby students will be informed about the importance of the day and drawings will be made by students depicting the Ram Temple Pran-Pratishtha ceremony on that particular day. The Bhajan Lal Sharma government claims this initiative will foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural heritage among students. However, experts have raised concerns about this move, viewing it as an attempt to further saffronize education. Some analysts suggest that the BJP is leveraging the popularity of the Ram temple for political gains. They argue that the move aims to keep the issue of the Ram Temple alive despite not achieving the desired results in the Lok Sabha elections. Sources within the party indicate that the BJP believes it did not campaign effectively on the Ram Mandir issue and is now attempting to compensate through such decisions. This decision comes at a critical time for Rajasthan's political landscape. The BJP, which had won all 25 seats in the last two Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and 2019, was reduced to 14 seats in the recent elections. With by-elections approaching for assembly seats vacated by five Congress MLAs who became MPs, it could be a litmus test for the political career of Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma. Despite the BJP's underwhelming performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Chief Minister Bhajan Lal has not faced criticism from the party's high command, as the elections were largely fought on the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, experts believe that any setbacks in the upcoming by-elections could lead to stern action from the partys central leadership. This is believed to have led to initiatives like the Ramlala Pran Pratishtha Day, through which Chief Minister Bhajan Lal is striving to improve the image and reputation of his government. Additionally, the festival of Raksha Bandhan will also be celebrated in government schools every year. The students when they celebrate Raksha Bandhan in school, will tie the 'Raksha Sutra' to each other a day before the festival. As this year's Raksha Bandhan falls on August 19 which is a Monday, the festival will be celebrated on Saturday, August 17 across all the schools.

The New Indian Express 9 Jul 2024 11:28 pm

Ajit Pawar Seeks Siddhivinyaks Blessings Ahead of His Partys Mega Outreach Campaign

Mumbai: Ajit Pawar-led NCP on Tuesday launched its campaign for the Assembly polls with a visit to the famous Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai. The party has also appointed an election management firm, which has prepared a 90-day campaign plan. Sharad Pawars grand nephew Rohit Pawar alleged that the Ajit Pawar faction has paid Rs 200 crore and most of it is a cash payment. He also claimed that the Siddhivinayak temple visit was organised as per the election management companys plan. Ajit Pawar visited Siddhivinayak temple along with top leaders and MLAs of his party to seek blessings of Lord Ganesh. Ajit Pawar and another party leader Praful Patel sat for the abhishek conducted at the temple. Today is an auspicious day, whenever you start any new work (preparations for Assembly elections), it is important to take Ganeshas blessings, Ajit Pawar said after performing pooja at the temple. The Maharashtra deputy CM said that the temple visit was planned ahead of his partys programmes to expand its network before the Assembly elections. It is a good start to seek blessings of the deity to commence the campaign for the forthcoming state assembly elections, to strengthen the party and go to the people with the agenda of development, he said. Ajit Pawar and his entourage travelled on a bus to the Siddhivinayak Temple from the NCP office located near Mantralaya and Vidhan Bhavan complex. According to reports, the Ajit Pawar-led party has appointed a political campaign management company, which has earlier worked for the Congress in several states including Rajasthan and Karnataka. The firm has prepared a 90-days programme to reach out to the people before the state Assembly election. Sources informed that the Ajit Pawar-led party has been advised to focus on informing the people about the development work done and welfare schemes launched by the state government. The NCP would hold a mega rally and stage a massive show of strength on Sunday in Baramati. The firm will also work on the image building of Ajit Pawar. NCP (SP) legislator and Sharad Pawars grand nephew Rohit said that his estranged uncle has lost faith in his own abilities and therefore he is taking the help of a big firm. When you do not trust yourself and your party workers when people do not believe what you say, then you have to take help from a big company. A Rs 200 crore contract has been given to the company, which will also train their party workers and run social media campaigns. Such a huge amount is being spent probably to set fake narratives ahead of the election. Some part of it has been paid through a bank cheque but most of it has been paid in cash, Rohit Pawar said. Taking a jibe at Ajit Pawar, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut said, After the defeat in Lok Sabha elections, Ajit Pawar is worried now. That is why he sought Siddhivinayaks blessings. But Siddhivinayak does not fulfill the wishes of dishonest people.

Deccan Chronicle 9 Jul 2024 10:14 pm

Amid rains, water level in India's main reservoirs rise for first time since Sep 2023

New Delhi: Amid heavy rains across India, the water level of the country's main reservoirs has risen for the first time since September last year, the Central Water Commission (CWC) said.Despite the marginal rise of 2 per cent from the previous week, this marks a departure from the consistent week-on-week decline reported since the bulletin issued on September 29, 2023, when the storage capacity stood at 73 per cent, according to the analysis of the data. This improvement comes amid widespread rainfall across the country. The CWC, which monitors the live storage status of 150 reservoirs across India, released its latest bulletin detailing these developments on July 4. The CWC issues a weekly bulletin every Thursday, providing updates on the status of these reservoirs. According to the bulletin, out of the 150 reservoirs, 20 are dedicated to hydroelectric projects, with a total live storage capacity of 35.30 billion cubic meters (BCM). The CWC bulletin on July 4 said the live storage available in these reservoirs was 39.729 BCM, which is 22 per cent of their total live storage capacity. In comparison, the live storage available during the corresponding period last year was 50.422 BCM, with a normal storage level of 44.06 BCM. This indicates that the current live storage is 79 per cent of last year's corresponding period and 90 per cent of the normal storage level, the CWC said. The northern region, comprising Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Rajasthan, has 10 reservoirs with a total live storage capacity of 19.663 BCM. The current storage is 5.39 BCM (27 per cent), compared to 45 per cent during the same period last year and a normal storage level of 31 per cent. The eastern region, including Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Nagaland, and Bihar, has 23 reservoirs with a total live storage capacity of 20.430 BCM. The current storage stands at 3.979 BCM (19 per cent), down from 20 per cent last year and a normal level of 23 per cent. The western region, which includes Gujarat and Maharashtra, has 49 reservoirs with a total live storage capacity of 37.130 BCM. The storage is now at 7.949 BCM (21 per cent), compared to 27 per cent last year and a normal storage level of 22 per cent. The central region, comprising Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, has 26 reservoirs with a total live storage capacity of 48.227 BCM. The current storage is 12.26 BCM (25 per cent), compared to 35 per cent last year and a normal storage level of 26 per cent. The southern region, including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, has 42 reservoirs with a total live storage capacity of 53.334 BCM. The storage is now at 10.152 BCM (19.03 per cent), down from 19.43 per cent last year and a normal level of 24 per cent. The bulletin highlighted several key points -- Normal storage is defined as the average storage of the last 10 years. The overall storage position is less than both the corresponding period last year and the normal storage during the same period. Better-than-normal storage is observed in regions such as Brahmaputra, Sabarmati, and the West Flowing Rivers from Tadri to Kanyakumari. Close to normal storage is found in the Indus, Subarnarekha, Mahi, and other rivers. Deficient storage is reported in the Mahanadi, Cauvery, Brahmani and Baitarni rivers. Highly deficient storage is seen in the East Flowing rivers between Pennar and Kanyakumari and other similar regions. In terms of specific reservoir data, 56 reservoirs have storage levels higher than last year, and 61 have more than the normal storage level. Conversely, 14 reservoirs have storage levels less than or equal to 20 per cent compared to last year, and eight reservoirs are similarly low compared to the normal storage. Furthermore, 40 reservoirs have storage levels less than or equal to 50 per cent of last year, with 29 reservoirs similarly low compared to the normal storage level. States with better storage than last year include Assam, Jharkhand, Tripura, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, and Kerala. There are no states with equal storage to last year. States with lesser storage than last year include Rajasthan, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. According to the CWC's analysis, the total live storage available in the country is estimated to be 57.290 BCM against the total capacity of 257.812 BCM.

Deccan Chronicle 9 Jul 2024 9:47 pm

Adoption: SC Warns 29 Chief Secretaries Over Non-functional of SAAs in 370 Districts

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Tuesday took strong note of the failure to set up a Specialised Adoption Agency (SAA), meant to streamline the adoption process of abandoned and surrendered children, in 370 out of 760 districts in the country, and ordered the chief secretaries of 29 states and UTs to either comply with the order or face contempt proceedings. According to the top court's orders, all 34 states and Union territories had to mandatorily set up SAAs in every district by January 31, 2024, but only five have complied. It has now directed the chief secretaries of the rest of the states and UTs to file a compliance report on or before 30 August, failing which they will have to appear before this court on September 2 to explain why contempt proceedings should not be started against them. The SAAs prepare the home study report of the prospective adoptive parents, and after finding them eligible, refer a child declared legally free for adoption to them along with the child study report and the medical report. To have functional SAAs is a necessary legal requirement under the Juvenile Justice Act. A bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra lamented the non-setting up of SAAs in 370 districts by states and UTs after it was flagged by Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the Centre, and decided to take coercive measures. Out of 34 states and Union territories, Chandigarh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Rajasthan have fully complied with the direction, the law officer said. Twenty-nine states and UTs have not complied with the direction of the court, with Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Punjab, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand being the major defaulters. The law officers said in UP, 61 out of 75 districts, and in Uttarakhand, 10 out of 13 districts lacked functional SAAs. We are compelled to take coercive proceedings against the state governments and the Union territories (UTs) since despite repeated efforts and repeated opportunities, the SAAs have not been set up in all districts. We accordingly direct the chief secretaries of all the states and UTs as mentioned in Annexure .... to file a compliance report on or before 30 August, failing which they shall remain personally present before this court on September 2 to explain why they should not be proceeded against the exercise of contempt jurisdiction, the bench ordered. It also asked the states and the UTs to file affidavits explaining whether the timelines stipulated under the adoption regulations of 2022 for facilitating the process of adoption are being duly complied with. The bench asked them to also disclose the data on the actual time taken to complete the adoption process. They (affidavits) shall also indicate the reasons why the timelines as stipulated in the regulations are not being complied with, it said. At the outset, the bench was apprised by the law officer that in 2023-24, over 4,000 children have been adopted and 13,000 registrations have been made by prospective persons seeking to adopt children. The law officer, however, raised the issue of non-functional SAAs in districts as a detriment in the successful completion of the adoption process. The bench, during the hearing, said that there were difficulties for the court to lay down guidelines for adoptions and their registrations under the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act (HAMA). Once the statute is very clear about the conditions, it may not be appropriate for the court to prescribe guidelines now..., the bench said. The matter will now be taken up on September 2. Earlier also, the bench had voiced displeasure over the failure to set up SAAs in 370 districts across the country and warned states and union territories of coercive steps for non-compliance with its directions. The court had also expressed displeasure over the stark tale told by the annual adoption figures in the country. Between 2013 and 2023, the annual figure of total adoptions, both in-country and inter-country, ranges between 3,158 on the lower end of the spectrum (2022-2023) to 4,362 (2014-2015)..., it said. Earlier, the bench had noted the mismatch between the number of children legally available for adoption and registered prospective adoptive parents. It had directed all states and UTs to carry out a drive every two months to identify the children in the abandoned and surrendered (OAS) category in childcare institutions. It had said the first of such an exercise should be carried out by December 7. The bench had also directed all states and UTs to compile and submit to the Director, CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority) data on adoptions under the HAMA by January 31, 2024. The apex court was hearing a PIL by The Temple of Healing which sought simplification of the legal process for child adoption in India, saying only 4,000 adoptions take place annuallyinthecountry.

Deccan Chronicle 9 Jul 2024 7:58 pm

Rajasthan plans 30 Gw solar power by FY25-end; aims to become self-reliant

Rajasthan is one of the leading states in the country in solar energy production, with an estimated output of 142 Gw

Business Standard 9 Jul 2024 5:04 pm

Widespread rainfall continues in Rajasthan

In the 24 hours ended at 8:30 am on Tuesday, light to moderate rainfall, accompanied by thunder, occurred at some places while heavy rain

Mid Day 9 Jul 2024 4:30 pm

Three die as car catches fire after being hit by truck in Haryana

KURUKSHETRA: Three people died and one was seriously injured when their car caught fire after being hit by a truck near Pehowa in Haryana, police said on Tuesday. The accident occurred on Monday night. Station House Officer, Pehowa, Satish Kumar said four people, aged between 20 and 22, were going to Chandigarh to appear for an exam when their car was hit by a truck from behind on the Pehowa-Kurukshetra road and caught fire. Three of the occupants of the car died before the locals reached the spot for help and only one, who was identified as Ashish, survived. The deceased hailed from Pilani in Rajasthan and Rohtak in Haryana, the SHO said. Ashish is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Kurukshetra. An investigation into the accident is underway and efforts are being made to contact the families of the victims, he said.

The New Indian Express 9 Jul 2024 1:15 pm

'Only Women Allowed Entry': Bhole Baba's Luxurious Ashram in Rajasthan Raises Controversy

Villagers allege that only female devotees are allowed inside during these times, with male followers and local residents denied entry.

News18 9 Jul 2024 12:52 pm

Amid rains, water level in India's main reservoirs rise for first time since Sep 202

Water levels on the Godavari river have been reducing at the Sir Arthur Cotton barrage at Dowleswaram. At 10.00 pm on Thursday, levels were recorded at 11.80 ft with a discharge of 10.45 lakh cusecs of water into the sea and the first flood warning level may be withdrawn soon. (Photo: DECCAN CHRONICLE) Water levels on the Godavari river have been reducing at the Sir Arthur Cotton barrage at Dowleswaram. At 10.00 pm on Thursday, levels were recorded at 11.80 ft with a discharge of 10.45 lakh cusecs of water into the sea and the first flood warning level may be withdrawn soon. (Photo: DECCAN CHRONICLE) New Delhi: Amid heavy rains across India, the water level of the country's main reservoirs has risen for the first time since September last year, the Central Water Commission (CWC) said.Despite the marginal rise of 2 per cent from the previous week, this marks a departure from the consistent week-on-week decline reported since the bulletin issued on September 29, 2023, when the storage capacity stood at 73 per cent, according to the analysis of the data. This improvement comes amid widespread rainfall across the country. The CWC, which monitors the live storage status of 150 reservoirs across India, released its latest bulletin detailing these developments on July 4. The CWC issues a weekly bulletin every Thursday, providing updates on the status of these reservoirs. According to the bulletin, out of the 150 reservoirs, 20 are dedicated to hydroelectric projects, with a total live storage capacity of 35.30 billion cubic meters (BCM). The CWC bulletin on July 4 said the live storage available in these reservoirs was 39.729 BCM, which is 22 per cent of their total live storage capacity. In comparison, the live storage available during the corresponding period last year was 50.422 BCM, with a normal storage level of 44.06 BCM. This indicates that the current live storage is 79 per cent of last year's corresponding period and 90 per cent of the normal storage level, the CWC said. The northern region, comprising Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Rajasthan, has 10 reservoirs with a total live storage capacity of 19.663 BCM. The current storage is 5.39 BCM (27 per cent), compared to 45 per cent during the same period last year and a normal storage level of 31 per cent. The eastern region, including Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Nagaland, and Bihar, has 23 reservoirs with a total live storage capacity of 20.430 BCM. The current storage stands at 3.979 BCM (19 per cent), down from 20 per cent last year and a normal level of 23 per cent. The western region, which includes Gujarat and Maharashtra, has 49 reservoirs with a total live storage capacity of 37.130 BCM. The storage is now at 7.949 BCM (21 per cent), compared to 27 per cent last year and a normal storage level of 22 per cent. The central region, comprising Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, has 26 reservoirs with a total live storage capacity of 48.227 BCM. The current storage is 12.26 BCM (25 per cent), compared to 35 per cent last year and a normal storage level of 26 per cent. The southern region, including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, has 42 reservoirs with a total live storage capacity of 53.334 BCM. The storage is now at 10.152 BCM (19.03 per cent), down from 19.43 per cent last year and a normal level of 24 per cent. The bulletin highlighted several key points -- Normal storage is defined as the average storage of the last 10 years. The overall storage position is less than both the corresponding period last year and the normal storage during the same period. Better-than-normal storage is observed in regions such as Brahmaputra, Sabarmati, and the West Flowing Rivers from Tadri to Kanyakumari. Close to normal storage is found in the Indus, Subarnarekha, Mahi, and other rivers. Deficient storage is reported in the Mahanadi, Cauvery, Brahmani and Baitarni rivers. Highly deficient storage is seen in the East Flowing rivers between Pennar and Kanyakumari and other similar regions. In terms of specific reservoir data, 56 reservoirs have storage levels higher than last year, and 61 have more than the normal storage level. Conversely, 14 reservoirs have storage levels less than or equal to 20 per cent compared to last year, and eight reservoirs are similarly low compared to the normal storage. Furthermore, 40 reservoirs have storage levels less than or equal to 50 per cent of last year, with 29 reservoirs similarly low compared to the normal storage level. States with better storage than last year include Assam, Jharkhand, Tripura, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, and Kerala. There are no states with equal storage to last year. States with lesser storage than last year include Rajasthan, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. According to the CWC's analysis, the total live storage available in the country is estimated to be 57.290 BCM against the total capacity of 257.812 BCM.

Deccan Chronicle 9 Jul 2024 11:19 am

Inox Wind bags order for 200 MW wind project in Gujarat, Rajasthan - The Economic Times

Inox Wind bags order for 200 MW wind project in Gujarat, Rajasthan The Economic Times

Google News 9 Jul 2024 10:20 am

Inox Wind bags order for 200 MW wind project in Gujarat, Rajasthan

Inox Wind has secured a 200 MW wind energy project order from a renewable C&I power producer, to be executed in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The project includes Inox Winds latest 3 MW Wind Turbine Generators and turnkey execution, along with multi-year operations and maintenance services. CEO Kailash Tarachandani expressed confidence in significant growth for FY25 and beyond

The Economic Times 9 Jul 2024 10:20 am

No NMC nod for 5 new medical colleges in Rajasthan

NMC rejected the 2024-25 session start in new medical colleges in Nagaur, Sawai Madhopur, Baran, Banswara, and Jhunjhunu due to deficiencies. Additional chief secretary Shubhra Singh cited election delays. The state govt will appeal to NMC and has sought Union health ministry support to meet norms quickly.

The Times of India 9 Jul 2024 8:57 am

Rajasthan: Rooftop solar subsidies may replace free power scheme

The Rajasthan government is contemplating replacing the free electricity scheme with rooftop solar subsidies for 1.25 crore households. Energy minister aims to promote green energy and reduce debt burden. Tenders issued for significant solar projects to meet agriculture sector's demand. Investments expected in enhancing agriculture transmission network.

The Times of India 9 Jul 2024 8:50 am

Rajasthan CM Bhajanlal meets miffed Raje ahead of 5 Assembly by-elections in November

JAIPUR: After losing 11 out of 25 seats in the Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan and with by-elections for five assembly seats on the horizon, the BJP seems to be making efforts to reconcile with former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia. Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma visited Rajes official residence on Sunday. The meeting, which lasted over an hour, is believed to have centered on the upcoming by-elections and the state budget. Observers interpret Sharmas visit as an attempt to mend fences with Raje. Since Sharma assumed office, Raje has distanced herself from both government and party activities. Notably, she skipped key events such as the cabinet expansion of Sharmas government, a dinner program hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for MLAs and party officials, and a strategic meeting on Lok Sabha election preparations. During the Lok Sabha elections, Rajes participation was limited to the Jhalawar parliamentary constituency from where her son Dushyant Singh contested, avoiding campaign efforts in other areas. This was widely seen as a sign of her dissatisfaction. Many consider this a significant factor in the BJPs reduction from 25 seats to 14 this election. Experts suggest the party is now trying to win Raje over, with CM efforts to appease her being crucial. If the BJP loses any of the upcoming by-elections despite holding power in the state, pressure will be mounted on Sharma . After the Lok Sabha losses, veteran leader Kirori Lal Meena resigned, putting moral pressure on Sharma to take responsibility for the partys poor performance. However, since the Lok Sabha elections were largely fought on Prime Minister Modis popularity, but the assembly by-elections, however, may squarely place the responsibility on him. It remains unclear whether Bhajanlal Sharmas meeting with Raje was directed by the high command or was a decision made at his discretion. Nurture Dalit leadership in UP: BL Santosh The BJP state brass has been asked to correct the course which led the partys debacle in 2024 Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh. During the ongoing process of finding the reasons for defeat, partys national general secretary BL Santosh met a cross section of party leaders last week and exhorted them to nurture a stronger Dalit leadership in the state.

The New Indian Express 9 Jul 2024 7:20 am

Caste census needed, itll hold mirror to society

Shahid Faridi: We have among us the rising star of equality politics who has worked for almost two decades in fostering social and political awakening among different depressed classes, especially Dalits. Chandrashekhar scored a stunning victory on his own as a candidate of his Azad Samaj Party fighting against the mammoth machinery of the BJP and the huge presence of the Congress and Samajwadi Party. Chandra Shekhar Azad: I belong to a small village which was earlier in Uttarakhand and now on the UP border. I did my education there up to inter-college. Then I took admission in DAV PG College Dehradun. I completed my law from there. My father wanted me to go abroad for further education. In 2009, cybercrime was a serious subject. My father believed if I have a course on cyber crime from abroad, Ill get a good opportunity here. However, his health deteriorated a third-stage lung cancer. The circumstances turned my life upside down. In 2013, he passed away. I believe he had something on his mind when he used to tell me, I dont know anyone here working for Baba Saheb (Ambedkar) and Kashi Ram jis mission (BSP founder). I dont know when the depressed class will stand on their own feet. I thought Id dedicate my life to that moment. In 2014, we formed a social organisation, Bhim Army. In 2017, an incident at Sabbirpur near Deoband escalated. I informed the administration, but then I was falsely accused. I was implicated in 40 cases. I spent 16 months in jail. If you read history, youd realise Baba Saheb formed his own party because of Congress and Muslim League. Then there was Kanshi Ram, who wanted to do what Baba Saheb had tried to do. So we fought elections in 2023 in MP and Rajasthan. In 2024, we decided to fight a serious battle not only from Nagina but also from Dumariyaganj where our party candidate got more votes than BSP. Santwana Bhattacharya: Theres a lot of heroism in your story. You have graduated to mainstream parliamentary politics a big transition in a way. So now, and you are not aligned with either India Alliance or NDA. Tell us how the Modi government is functioning in terms of policy and rights issues. I have been observing various developments for 10 years. About the present governments functioning, everyone knows this time, it is not in a position to have a dictatorship role. As far as I am concerned, my interest is how we will proceed now; I want to be a strong voice in Parliament. Theres a great need for a major change in the education policy. We are going to fight against big people and leaders because I believe that hasnt happened for a long time. Lots of people have dreams to do good work but they are unable to do due to their poor economic situation. A major challenge is how to fight against those who are part of policy making. Privatisation is dominant in school education. The same principle applies to the existing health policy. My father could have been saved if I had money or political connections. No one should be treated like this. Preetha Nair: Would you align with INDIA bloc since its vision seems similar to yours? Independent candidates dont get enough time to speak in the House... I will make most of whatever time I will have in Parliament. Id take to the streets to ensure that my voice is heard. Ill assist my people wherever they are. I want to say that no one (in the opposition) is discussing the policies as we do. Shahid Faridi: Mayawati doesnt like you. You didnt get ticket from INDIA bloc and BJP is your opponent. Why no party wants to align with you? Nobody wants to see a new person in politics. At my age, I have a lot of passion to work. See what BJP is doing. It is providing free ration to people so that they stop questioning them. The Opposition thinks that if BSP loses, everyone will get some votes from them. Thats why they dont want to see me in politics. Ketan Tanna: Do you think caste census is important? Its very important and should be done. The real change came when the Constitution was enacted. People from different religions and ideologies say reservations should end. What has reservation given us? Only government jobs, which account merely 2% of the total employment? How will deserving people get opportunities? Do a survey, and you will find that 2-5 crore women have never traveled by plane. I believe a caste census will hold mirror to the people, showing them who deserves how much. Suchitra Kalyan Mohanty: You claim the judiciary is not impartial. How do you want the judiciary could remain independent? I believe the collegium system is ailing the judiciary and we should do away with it. I remember when an issue about reservation in promotions came up, the Supreme Court said to demote first, then they would listen. The order came very late. Article 16(4A) states that promotion should be given even in reservations. But the SC did not reconsider it, which is why we face difficulties. We want justice for everyone. Yeshi Seli: There are people from oppressed communities who have made it big after receiving reservation benefits. Do you expect them to support your cause? The caste system in India is quite dangerous. Even Dalits and backwards who have been uplifted want to stay away from those who are left behind and from the community they belong to. They are wannabes who want to be treated equal among those who have oppressed them. However, the moment their caste is known, they are treated differently. You can be friends with the backwards until you dont know their caste. People who have been uplifted dont care about the community or the people they belong to. That is why those who are ignored even by their own people have sent me to raise their voice.

The New Indian Express 9 Jul 2024 7:07 am

Rajasthan to become first State to adopt a road safety action plan for 10 years

The action plan, to be accompanied by a government policy, will be aimed at reducing road accidents in the State by 50% till 2030

The Hindu 9 Jul 2024 5:56 am

Rajasthan Congs newly elected MLAs to be given training on Tuesday

JAIPUR, July 8: The Congress Legislature Party meeting will be held here on Tuesday to discuss strategy for the budget session of the assembly, following which the newly elected MLAs will be given training, a party leader said. The partys Rajasthan in-charge Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa will welcome the newly elected MPs of the Congress, India []

thehillstimes 9 Jul 2024 1:15 am

Will make Rajasthan hub of solar energy production: Energy Minister

Jaipur, July 8 : Rajasthan Energy Minister Hiralal Nagar on Monday said that the state government is promoting the solar sector which is aimed to make the desert state a hub of solar energy. Our effort is to make Rajasthan a hub of solar energy production, a centre for assembling and manufacturing of solar equipment. [] The post Will make Rajasthan hub of solar energy production: Energy Minister appeared first on The Shillong Times .

The Shillong Times 8 Jul 2024 10:11 pm