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G’bad: GNN claims water supply situation during closure of UGC best in last 20 yrs


Although the Ganga water supply could not be provided to Vasundhara Zone and GDA colonies in Ghaziabad the Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) claims that water supply through tubewells in Vasundhara Zone has been more than adequate to suit everyone’s needs and it has got fewer complaints of disruption this year. Junior Engineer, Water Works, Somendra Tomar said that the GNN has supplied water as per schedule to each and every corner of Vasundhara Zone and calls of disruption (if any) have been attended to promptly. He said that newer tubewells had been dug well in advance considering the water shortage created by closure of the Upper Ganga Canal or UGC. He also said that overall the water supply situation this year has been best in the last 20 years or so.

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Ganga water supply to G’bad & Noida likely to resume by Nov. 21


People living in trans-Hindon might have to wait till November 21 for their quota of Ganga water supply. The reason for this is that the water from the Upper Ganga Canal (Gang Nahar) has been diverted to the Hindon River for Chatth Puja. The canal supplies Ganga water to Vasundhara Zone of Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) and GDA colonies like Indirapuram, as well as several high-rises of Noida.

According to Irrigation Department Executive Engineer, NK Lamba, “It will probably take another 36-48 hrs for Ganga water to reach the treatment plants of Pratap Vihar and Siddhartha Vihar in full flow. He said that around 4,500 cusecs of water has been released so far in the canal as water has been diverted to the Hindon for Chatth.  

GNN JE Somendra Tomar also confirmed that Ganga water supply is likely to be operational only by Nov. 21.

-delhincrnews.in reporter

First direct flight operations flagged off from Kalaburagi to Hindon Airport, G’bad


The first direct flight operations from Kalaburagi, Karnataka to Hindon Airport, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh were flagged off today under the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik). The officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) were present at the launch. Commencement of the flight operations on the Kalaburagi – Delhi (Hindon) route is in line with the commitment and perseverance of MoCA and AAI to enable the country with better air connectivity under the UDAN scheme. Till date, 295 routes and 53 airports including 5 heliports and 2 Water Aerodromes have been operationalized under the UDAN scheme.

The airline, Star Air was awarded the Kalaburagi – Hindon route under the RCS-UDAN-3 bidding process last year. The airline will be operating three weekly flights on the route and will deploy its 50-seater Embraer-145 luxury aircraft. It currently connects 15 routes under UDAN and with the addition of the Kalaburagi – Hindon route, there will be 16 routes under the ambit of RCS-UDAN for Star Air.

Situated at a distance of less than 30 km from New Delhi, Hindon airport belongs to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the land was handed over to AAI for development of new civil enclave. IAF granted necessary permissions for the usage of airbase for civilian flights under UDAN scheme. Similarly, Kalaburagi airport which is at a distance of 13.8kms from the Kalaburagi city too been operationalized under UDAN to boost the aerial connectivity of Tier-2 & Tier-3 cities of the country. Kalaburagi which is known for its culture and is a gateway for tourist destinations including Buddha Vihar, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple, Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah and, Gulbarga Fort is now connected with New Delhi, the capital of India with direct flights for the first time. This will act as a catalyst to

boost the trade & tourism of the region.

Until now, the people had to face tremendous inconvenience to cover the journey from Kalaburagi to Hindon. Due to the unavailability of direct flight operations between the two cities, people had to travel either by road or had to opt for rail travel, which took more than 25 hours to cover the distance of 1600 km. Now, they can take a direct flight and cover this long-distance journey in just 2-hour 20 minutes. Many people travel frequently between these two cities for personal as well as professional purposes. People from Bijapur, Solapur, Bidar, Osmanabad, Latur, Yadgir, Ranga Reddy, Medak would also receive direct benefit of the flight operations on Kalaburagi – Hindon route. The flight schedule is mentioned below:

Origin Destination Departure Arrival Flight Type Frequency
Kalaburagi Hindon (Delhi) 10:20 12:40 Non-Stop Tue, Wed, Sat
Hindon (Delhi) Kalaburagi 13:10 15:30 Non-Stop Tue, Wed, Sat

Source: PIB

India’s AI supercomputer Param Siddhi 63rd among top 500 most powerful non-distributed computer systems in the world


Param Siddhi, the high performance computing-artificial intelligence (HPC-AI) supercomputer established under National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) at C-DAC has achieved global ranking of 63 in TOP 500 most powerful non-distributed computer systems in the world released on 16th November 2020.

The AI system will strengthen application development of packages in areas such as advanced materials, computational chemistry & astrophysics, and several packages being developed under the mission on platform for drug design and preventive health care system, flood forecasting package for flood prone metro cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Patna and Guwahati. This will accelerate R&D in  war against COVID-19 through faster simulations, medical imaging, genome sequencing and forecasting and is a boon for Indian masses and for start-ups and MSMEs in particular.

It is a boon for application developers and will help testing of weather forecasting packages by NCMRWF & IITM, geo-exploration packages for oil and gas recovery; packages for aero-design studies; computational physics and mathematical applications and even online courses for education.

The supercomputer with Rpeak of 5.267 Petaflops and 4.6 Petaflops Rmax (sustained) was conceived by C-DAC and developed jointly with support of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) under NSM.

“It is a historical first. India today has one of the largest supercomputer infrastructures in the world and that is evidenced by the ranking that Param Siddhi-AI has received today,” said Secretary Department of Science & Technology, Professor Ashutosh Sharma.

“I truly believe that Param Siddhi-AI will go a long way in empowering our national academic and R&D institutions as well as industries and start-ups spread over the country networked on the national supercomputer grid over the National Knowledge Network (NKN)”, Prof. Sharma added.

Prof Ashutosh Sharma pointed out that with the infusion of Param Siddhi-AI, the scientific and technology community in the country will further be enabled and empowered to solve multidisciplinary grand challenges of healthcare, agriculture, education, energy, cybersecurity, space, AI applications, weather and climate modelling, urban planning to name a few.”

“This is a compelling piece of our journey in Atmanirbharta through Science Technology & Innovation,” he stressed.

Param Siddhi Supercomputer is built on the NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD reference architecture networking along with C-DAC’s indigenously developed HPC-AI engine, software frameworks and cloud platform and will help deep learning, visual computing, virtual reality, accelerated computing, as well as graphics virtualization.

Source: PIB

President appoints 28 addl. judges as judges of Allahabad HC


President of India in exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, appointed Justices Prakash Padia, Alok Mathur, Pankaj Bhatia, Saurabh Lavania,  Vivek Varma, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Piyush Agrawal, Saurabh Shyam Shamshery, Jaspreet Singh, Rajeev Singh, Manju Rani Chauhan, Karunesh Singh Pawar,  Dr. Yogendra Kumar Srivastava, Manish Mathur, Rohit Ranjan Agarwal, Ram Krishna Gautam, Umesh Kumar, Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, AnilKumar—IX, Rajendra Kumar—IV, Mohd. Faiz Alam Khan, Vikas Kunvar Srivastav, Virendra Kumar Srivastava, Suresh Kumar Gupta, Ghandikota Devi, Narendra Kumar Johari, Raj Beer Singh and  Ajit Singh, Additional Judges of the Allahabad High Court, as Judges of the Allahabad High Court with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective office. A notification in this regard has been issued today (17.11.2020) by Department of Justice.

Source: PIB

Absconding burglar held by Mukherjee Nagar cops; power cable stolen from Gurudwara seized


DELHI: On August 15, an incident of theft in Gurudwara Thikana Baba Banda Bahadur Shahab, Bhai Parmanand Colony, Mukherjee Nagar was reported by complainant Jai Singh vide E-FIR No. 001045/20, PS Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi in which bundles of electricity fitting wires and some cash from Gullak (money bank) were found stolen. Subsequently, a team was deputed under close supervision of SHO/ Mukharjee Nagar to nab the accused person and to recover the case property.

Team analyzed CCTV footages installed at Gurudwara in which accused persons were captured. Team gathered local intelligence and succeeded to establish the identity of the accused person as Rajesh alias Pichu and one associate Ranjeet alias Monu alias Kida both resident of Indira Vikas Colony, Mukharjee Nagar. Accused Ranjeet was arrested by team on August 21 with recovery of some bundles electricity fitting wires from his possession. During interrogation, he disclosed the involvement of his associate Rajesh. The co-accused Rajesh was absconding. Constables Hitesh and constable Sachin were deployed to arrest the remaining criminal Rajesh. The team made sincere efforts and gathered local intelligence to trace the whereabout of the absconding accused. With the concerted efforts made by the staff, co-accused Rajesh  (19 years), resident of Indra Vikas Colony, Mukherje Nagar, Delhi has been arrested on Nov. 16 in the above said offence. During sustained interrogation, he confessed to his involvement in the offence and one bundle of stolen electricity wire was recovered from his possession. Further investigation of the case is under progress. 


Khadi registers record sale; single-day Sale at flagship CP outlet crossed Rs 1 cr for 4 times in 40 days


Overcoming the economic distress and the fear surrounding Corona pandemic, this festive season has yielded great dividends to the Khadi artisans with a record sale of Khadi products. In just 40 days since October 2 this year, Khadi’s single-day sales figure has crossed Rs 1 crore mark for 4 times at the flagship Khadi India outlet at Connaught Place in New Delhi.

On November 13, the total sale at this outlet stood at Rs 1.11 crore, the highest single-day sale figure recorded this year. Ever since the business activities resumed after the lockdown, Khadi sales figure touched Rs 1.02 crore mark on Gandhi Jayanti (October 2) this year followed by Rs 1.05 crore sales on October 24 and Rs 1.06 crore on November 7.

Earlier in 2018, the single-day sale had also crossed the Rs 1 crore mark on 4 occasions with the highest single-day sale for the year touching Rs 1.25 crore on October 13. Khadi’s highest ever single-day sale was recorded at Rs 1.27 crore on October 2, 2019. Notably, before 2016 Khadi’s single day sale had never crossed the Rs 1 crore mark. On October 22, 2016, the single day sale at Khadi India outlet in CP had reached Rs 116.13 crore.

KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena attributed the massive sale figures to the frequent appeals of the Prime Minister to promote “Swadeshi”, particularly Khadi. “It is heartening to see a large number of Khadi lovers coming out to support artisans who form the backbone of the Khadi and Village Industries sectors. Despite the pandemic, Khadi artisans kept the production activities going in full vigor and the fellow countrymen have reciprocated with the same zeal,” Saxena said, adding despite the economic slowdown, KVIC has managed to maintain the pace of Khadi’s growth.

The tremendous sale of Khadi products this year assumes greater significance. While almost all activities were suspended during the Covid-19 lockdown, KVIC continued with its diverse activities across the country that includes the manufacturing of face masks and personal hygiene products like hand wash and hand sanitizers apart from a vast range of fabric and village industries products. The lockdown had a severe bearing on the livelihood of Khadi artisans but the Prime Minister’s appeal for “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” and “Vocal for Local” infused a new life into the local manufacturing particularly the Khadi and Village Industries sectors.

Khadi’s Single Day Sale Figure:

·         October 4, 2014 – Rs 66.81 lakh

·         October 2, 2015 – Rs 91.42 lakh

·         October 22, 2016 – Rs 116.13 lakh

·         October 17, 2017 – Rs 117.08 lakh

·         October 2, 2018 – Rs 105.94 lakh

·         October 13, 2018 – Rs 125.25 lakh

·         October 17, 2018 – Rs 102.72 lakh

·         October 20, 2018 – Rs 102.14 lakh

·         October 2, 2019 – Rs 127.57 lakh

·         October 2, 2020 – Rs 102.24 lakh

·         October 24, 2020 – Rs 105.62 lakh

·         November 7, 2020 – Rs 106.18 lakh

·         November 13, 2020 – Rs 111.40 lakh

Source: PIB

Union Labour Ministry Notifies Draft Rules under the Code on Social Security 2020


Union Ministry of Labour and Employment has notified the draft rules under the Code on Social Security, 2020 on 13.11.2020 inviting objections and suggestions, if any, from the stakeholders. Such objections and suggestions are required to be submitted within a period of 45 days from the date of notification of the draft rules.

The draft rules provide for operationalization of provisions in the Code on Social Security, 2020 relating to Employees’ Provident Fund, Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, Gratuity, Maternity Benefit, Social Security and Cess in respect of Building and Other Construction Workers, Social Security for Unorganised Workers, Gig Workers and Platform Workers.

The draft rules also provide for Aadhaar based registration including self-registration by unorganised workers, gig workers and platform workers on the portal of the Central Government. Ministry of Labour and Employment has already initiated action for development of such portal. For availing any benefit under any of the social security schemes framed under the Code, an unorganised worker or a gig worker or platform worker shall be required to be registered on the portal with details as may be specified in the scheme.

The rules further provide for Aadhaar based registration of Building and Other Construction Workers on the specified portal of the Central Government and the State Government or the State Welfare Board. Where a building worker migrates from one State to another he shall be entitled to get benefits in the State where he is currently working and it shall be the responsibility of the Building Workers Welfare Board of that State to provide benefits to such a worker.

Provision has also been made in the rules regarding gratuity to an employee who is on fixed term employment.

The rules also provide for single electronic registration of an establishment including cancellation of the registration in case of closure of business activities.

Provision has also been made regarding manner and conditions for exiting of an establishment from EPFO and ESIC coverage.

The procedure for self-assessment and payment of Cess in respect of building and other construction workers has been elaborated in the rules. For the purpose of self- assessment, the employer shall calculate the cost of construction as per the rates specified by the State Public Works Department or Central Public Works Department or on the basis of return or documents submitted to the Real Estate Regulatory Authority.

The rate of Interest for delayed payment of such cess has been reduced from 2 per cent every month or part of a month to 1 per cent. Under the existing rules, the Assessing Officer has the power to direct that no material or machinery can be removed or disturbed from the construction site. Such power for indefinitely stopping of construction work has been withdrawn in the draft rules. Further, under the draft rules, the assessing officer can visit the construction site only with the prior approval of the Secretary of the Building and Other Construction Workers Board.

The rules have also provided for the manner of payment of contribution by the aggregators through self-assessment.

For Draft Notification of Rules (Hindi & English) under Code on Social Security please click on the Link

Source: PIB

Sports Ministry announces new incentive structure to fund 500 private academies


In a first-ever move, the Sports Ministry has introduced a incentivisation structure to extend monetary support to 500 private academies, through the Khelo India Scheme over the next four years starting FY 2020-21.

In this model, private academies shall be graded into different categories based on quality achievement of players trained by the academy, level of coaches available at the academy, quality of Field of Play and allied infrastructure, availability of sports science facilities and staff. The 14 priority disciplines identified for excellence in 2028 Olympics will be eligible for receiving support in the first phase.

Speaking of the decision, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju said, “It is important for the government to extend support to these institutions so that sporting talent can be groomed even in the most remote areas of the country. There are a lot of small academies in various parts of the country that are doing very good work in identifying and training athletes. This move aims to encourage all academies, especially the private academies to continue improving the level of infrastructure, resources and sports science support so that athletes can get best in class training.” 

Reacting to the decision, Olympic medallist Gagan Narang, who also runs a private academy called Gun for Glory under the Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation, said, “This is a huge boost for private academies because it will motivate them to ensure they keep creating world class infrastructure and ensure higher resources in the development of world class athletes.”

Under the scheme, SAI and NSFs will be working together. SAI will also hold discussions with NSFs and implement categorisation and gradation of the academies. The number of academies to be funded and the quantum of funding under each discipline will be determined by an objective evaluation of the need for investment and each NSF’s capabilities to leverage the incentivisation model and promote excellence in Olympics in their respective discipline.  There will be a special focus on developing sports science facilities at all the academies to improve the overall quality of training.

National Badminton Coach Pullela Gopichand thanked the Government and the SAI for this initiative. “I think this is a big initiative for sports in the country and this will benefit all sections of sportspersons and the sports ecosystem immensely. This is a huge step forward and I would like to congratulate the Government and the Sports Authority of India for the wonderful initiative,” Gopichand said.


The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Quiz is back


The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Quiz (SINMQ), one of India’s most prestigious and eagerly awaited quiz contests for college students organised by the Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi along with the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai, is back in an all-new, digital avatar designed for the new normal. Registrations for participation are open on www.swedeninindia.com for the quiz which goes live on November 20, 2020. Semi-finals and Finals of the SINMQ will be held on December 7 and 9, respectively.
The first prize winner will take home a prize of Rs 1,00,000.

In 2020, when most educational institutions are closed due to COVID and students are studying from home, the competition is between individuals as against the norm of three-member college team since 2008. Over and above the winner, top 100 students will also win exciting prizes, including exclusive merchandise. Certificates will also be provided to the finalists.

The quiz is powered by Quizworks and curated by quizmaster Raj Dam, and will test the students’ knowledge on Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize and Nobel Laureates. There would also be general questions around Swedish Innovations, industries, history, society and culture.

The SINMQ is conducted since 2008 as a part of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week, which is in 13th year.


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