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Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday sanctioned Rs.5 crore to the Agriculture Department from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to provide 25,000 quintal of free Wheat seed to Punjab farmers affected by the recent floods. The seeds will help the farmers prepare for Rabi 2019-20.

A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the decision was in line with the announcement made by Captain Amarinder Singh during his visit to the flood affected areas in the state.

The Chief Minister has also directed the Deputy Commissioners of the flood hit districts viz. Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Moga, Ferozepur, Fazilka, Ropar etc, to ensure the supply of adequate quantity of Wheat seed to the farmers to ensure its timely distribution before the commencement of the sowing season.

The seeds will be provided to the farmers through PUNSEED- the state’s nodal agency for the distribution of certified seed, as per the recommendations of Punjab Agricultural University. This Wheat seed would be supplied to the farmers as per the guidelines of National Food Security Mission and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, according to the spokesperson.

Civil department of Aryans College of Engineering, Rajpura, Near Chandigarh organized an industrial visit at the water treatment plant situated at Singanwala, Ambala. The main motive of the industrial visit was to enhance the practical knowledge of students and to apprise them of working of various methods involved in the purification of raw water.

Students visited various units of the treatment plant such as sedimentation tank, coagulation tank, rapid sand filter and disinfection unit and learned about various techniques being used for the treatment of the waste water.

Junior Engineer at treatment plant Er. Shalinder Bhawani explained the working of all the units of the treatment plant as well as the distribution system. He also enlightened the students on improved water quality, removal of contaminants, cost-saving methods, water management during the crisis, improving taste and water clarity etc.

Students understood the concept of the primary, secondary and tertiary treatment of wastewater, in further how the sludge is being used for agricultural purposes. Students were briefly guided Process Units, Biological Treatment Units, Sludge System Unit and Gas Utilization System etc.

Actor Priyanka Chopra is back in the US, hopping from one Jonas Brothers concert to another. On Sunday, she posted a new picture on Instagram stories, which shows her cuddling with singer husband Nick Jonas, after a show.

Priyanka and Nick recently celebrated their first Karva Chauth as a married couple. Both of them took to social media to share pictures on the occasion. Nick took to Instagram stories on Sunday and shared a few pictures of the couple canoodling at an event.

The actor also posted a couple of more images, which show Nick wearing a kurta pyjama. She captioned the second post, “My everything.” Meanwhile, Nick shared a Karva Chauth post of his own, and wrote, “My wife is Indian. She is Hindu, and she is incredible in every way. She has taught me so much about her culture and religion. I love and admire her so much, and as you can see we have fun together.

Monday, 21 October 2019 07:46

Dinesh Karthik eyes T20 World Cup

Dinesh Karthik was picked ahead of Rishabh Pant in India’s World Cup campaign. However, he was not entirely successful and had to lose out on his place. He is currently plying his trade with Tamil Nadu in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy as a finisher and wants to perform a similar role for India if he finds himself back in the mix. His next focus is the World T20 and the wicket-keeper batsman believes he has enough time to remind the selectors of his worth with consistent performances in the domestic circuit.

It should be mentioned here that Karthik was used as a finisher for India in T20s and the Tamil Nadu man is convinced he can assume the role of MS Dhoni if he walks out in crunch situations in the final few overs of any match.

“It’s a year away but if I feel I can keep performing and have a good [domestic] tournament, I’m sure I will go out there and play,” Karthik, 34, told ESPNcricinfo ahead of the Hazare knockouts. “Because, I feel it’s a key part that the Indian team is looking out as well - closing out matches and have someone who can understand those situations and do the best at that point of time.

“And I feel I’ve done that in the short time I’d played T20s [for India]. But, post the World Cup, I didn’t play; they clubbed it [poor run at the World Cup] with the T20 part of it and removed me from the team as well. But I feel that I’m well-suited to play that role Dhoni has played for so many years now. I feel I can do something like that and I’ve been doing that for KKR and Tamil Nadu. So, if a slot opens up there, that’s something I’ll be really looking forward to. The T20 World Cup is definitely something I’d want to play.”

Umesh Yadav is not someone who is well known for his batting skills but on Day 2 of the third Test encounter between India and South Africa, the fast bowler thrilled everyone with his six-hitting talents. Umesh Yadav (31) smacked five sixes, all off spinner George Linde’s bowling, in a 10-ball blitz before falling to the tormented left-arm spinner who returned figures of 4-133. It was his highest score in Test cricket and thanks to his brilliant batting, he became the third batsman ever to score two sixes off the first two deliveries he faced. Former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and late West Indies batsman Foffie Williams are the two other batsmen.

He also became the fastest player in Test history to score 30+ runs. He surpassed Stephen Fleming, who had struck 31* runs in 11 balls against South Africa in 2004. West Indies’ Nam McLean’s 12-ball 31, Abdur Razzak’s 17-ball 43 and Australia’s WP Howell’s 15-ball 35 make the top five. Umesh also recorded a strike rate of 310 with the bat which is the highest strike rate in a 10+ ball innings in Tests.

Rohit Sharma struck his maiden double century in Test cricket while Ajinkya Rahane ended his three-year wait for a Test ton at home as India declared on 497/9 and reduced South Africa to 9/2 before bad light brought an early end to the second day’s play.

Lady Gaga is back in news, but this time for something intriguing. The actor-singer’s latest tweet has excited several fans about its meaning. Lady Gaga took to her Twitter account on Sunday and wrote an encrypted tweet that read, “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu”.

While the Sanskrit mantra has made her followers in India quite happy, it has also left many wondering about the reason why she put that out. Nevertheless, this surely ensured her tweet went viral across the world.

A rough translation of the Sanskrit words means “May everyone, everywhere remain happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all.”

Lady Gaga was recently in news for falling off the stage while dancing with a fan. The incident took place at a show in Las Vegas last week when the pop star invited a fan onstage. While performing, the fan picked her up and lost balance leaving both of them falling on the floor.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday thanked the BJP for making its intentions clear that it will withdraw electricity subsidy if voted to power, saying it will give a chance to people to choose between "two conflicting models".

Addressing party volunteers at a gathering in East Delhi, Kejriwal said he was "pained" to read the interview of Delhi BJP leader Vijay Goel that BJP intends to withdraw electricity subsidy if voted to power.

"He is a tall BJP leader. He does not have a problem with getting 4,000 units of free electricity every month as a member of Parliament but has an issue with the common man getting 200 units of free electricity. It is a good thing that the BJP has made its intentions clear ahead of polls in Delhi," Kejriwal told his volunteers.

Kejriwal said, "The BJP leader never made any demand to withdraw the power subsidy given by the Centre to MPs, but is now opposed to benefits being provided to the people. He continues to accept massive subsidies on food, even as the people suffer. But I want to thank him for saying this publicly before the election. Now the people can choose between the two conflicting models."

He urged the volunteers to take leave from work and start preparations for the upcoming polls in Delhi which are to be held early next year.

Kejriwal asked the party volunteers to be proud of their work. "The work done by the Delhi government has earned us respect. Now when you tell people that you are associated with the Aam Aam Party, people look up to you," he told the party volunteers.

Earlier in the day, AAP leaders slammed Goel for his comments on removal of electricity subsidy if voted to power. "Today they have made it clear that BJP does not support the schemes launched by the Delhi government led by CM Arvind Kejriwal to give free electricity un to 200 units. The BJP is always anti-poor and anti-people. They always try to finish the benefits given to people," said senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union requesting a delay to Britain’s exit from the bloc and also said he did not want the extension after his latest Brexit setback in parliament on Saturday.

But he was compelled, by a law passed last month by opponents, to send a letter to the bloc asking to push back the deadline to Jan. 31 after lawmakers thwarted his attempt to pass his EU divorce deal on Saturday.

A government source said Johnson sent a total of three letters to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council: a photocopy of the text that the law, known as the Benn Act, forced him to write; a cover note from Britain’s EU envoy saying the government was simply complying with that law; and a third letter in which Johnson said he did not want an extension.

“I have made clear since becoming Prime Minister and made clear to parliament again today, my view, and the Government’s position, that a further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners, and the relationship between us,” Johnson said in the third letter, published on Twitter by the Financial Times’ Brussels correspondent.

Johnson, for whom delivering Brexit is key to his plan to hold an early election, said he was confident that the process of getting the Brexit legislation through Britain’s parliament would be completed before Oct. 31, according to the letter.Tusk said he had received the request from Johnson.

Monday, 21 October 2019 07:42

India-US trade deal talks on Sitharaman

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said negotiations between India and the US on a trade deal are going on “full speed” and expressed hope that these would conclude soon.

The ongoing trade deal negotiations briefly came up for discussion during a pull aside between Sitharaman and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the IMF headquarters. The latter is scheduled to visit India early next month.

“In fact, I broadly mentioned it to Secretary Mnuchin, but that is something on which the Commerce Minister and Mr Lighthizer  are working. My inputs are that the negotiations are going on full speed and there’s a great intensity with which both sides are engaging and hopefully the deal will be structured soon,” Sitharaman said.

To a question, she said a ‘totalisation’ agreement with the US had always been on the cards. “One of the reasons why that was never responded to was that India did not have a social welfare net or social insurance cover for Indians in India.

Limited-overs captain Aaron Finch is battling to be fit for Australia’s opening Twenty20 against Sri Lanka after picking up a side strain. The top-order batsman is sitting out Victoria’s ongoing Sheffield Shield clash against Western Australia in a bid to be ready for the first of three games against the Sri Lankans in Adelaide on Sunday.

“It started out as a little back niggle and it’s just a little tear in my side. So hopefully not too long. It’s been a week since I did it,” Finch told Perth radio 6PR at the weekend.

He said he hoped to play a one-day game for his state on Wednesday but “if I can still feel it and it’s a little niggle there, I think the medical staff will probably take the conservative route”.

If fit, Finch is expected to open the Australian innings with David Warner, before Steve Smith comes in at first drop.After Adelaide, Australia face the Lasith Malinga-led Sri Lankans in Brisbane and Melbourne before Pakistan arrive for T20s in Sydney, Canberra and Perth.

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