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  • Soil Health Card beneficiaries at Tepania R.D. Block under Gomati District, Tripura.

  • Successful implementation of Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana at Agartala, West Tripura District.

  • Story on Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana ( PMAY ) at Bokafa RD Block, Shantirbazar, South Tripura.

  • Success Story on Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Nandannagar, Agartala.

  • Story on successful implementation of Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, 'Saubhagya' at Srinagar Gram Panchayat under Dukli R. D. Block, Agartala, West Tripura District.

  • Agartala presents a story - successful implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana at Durga Chowmuhani R.D. Block under Kamalpur Sub-Division of Dhalai District, Tripura.

  • Indian shooters continued to shine at the Asian Games. Saurabh Chaudhary produced an Asian Games record score of 240.7 to clinch the gold medal in Men's 10m Air Pistol final at the Asian Games 2018 on Tuesday. Abhishek Verma won the bronze with a score of 219.3 in the same event. Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore was happy with the good showing by the Indian contingent at the 18th Asian games. He felt that the consistent good showing is a result of the talent spotted and funded under Khelo India.   Day 3 at the Asian Games Divya Kakran becomes the third Indian wrestler to win a medal at the 2018 Asian Games. She beat Taiwan's Wenling Chen 10-0 in her bronze medal bout to win the medal by technical superiority. India's Men's Team Regu settle for a bronze in the Men's Team Regu Semifinals against Thailand. This is India's maiden Sepak Takraw bronze. India lost the semi-finals against Thailand 0-2. Indian women’s hockey team pulverised Kazakistan 21-0 in the Pool B  group Match. As many as 9 players found the back of the net in the big win. Indian women's hockey team had earlier thrashed Indonesia 8-0 in the Asian games hockey opener. Meanwhile, Heartbreak for India in swimming. Virdhawal Khade missed Men's 50m freestyle bronze by 0.1 sec. He  finished 4th with a timing of 22.47 seconds. Indian shooters pair Shreyasi Singh and Lakshay get eliminated in the Trap Mixed Team Finals. Shreyasi had a bad outing to be the first pair to get eliminated in the finals. Indian mens kabaddi team has bounced back in style in the asian Games in Jakarta. The team overcame the early upset at the hands of South Korea to get back to winning ways on day 2. India put their best foot forward to defeated Thailand 49-30 in a one sided contest. The eves have topped the group with 4 wins in 4 matches. The eves knocked down Indonesia and Sri Lanka today. India's Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan trounce Kadchapanan N and Trongcharoenchaik of Thailand 6-3, 6-1 to enter the quarter-finals of the men's doubles event. India's Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan battled past Chinese Taipei duo Chen T and Peng H 7-6(5), 7-6(2) to enter the quarter-finals of the men's doubles event. Rohan bopanna then partnered Ankita Raina to reach the pre quarter finals in mixed doubles. They win 6-3, 2-6, 11-9 Earlier in the day, India's Ankita Raina eased past Japan's Hozumi Eri 6-1, 6-2 to enter the quarter-finals of the women's singles event.  

  • Kerala is not the only state reeling in the aftermath of unprecedented rains, as flood waters recede, Karnataka's Kodagu is fast becoming the focus of rescue and relief work. Two Mi-17 helicopters of Training Command, IAF continue to fly towards flood relief operations in Kodagu region operating from Kushalnagar, Periapatna and Harangi. Air force and NDRF teams are working in close coordination to airlift essential relief supplies to affected areas.  Relief camps are providing food and water to victims even as every means is being used to transport relief materials .. Even medicines and medical care are being provided Meanwhile in Kodagu, the Mangalore Kodagu Highway is blocked due to landslides. Work is underway on a war footing to clear the route for traffic. Nearly 12 deaths have been reported from this area while thousands have been rendered homeless. 3,500 have been rescued from Kodagu itself. The state govt has said the situation is under control  and reconstruction and rehabilitation work will be taken up successfully. Heavy rains have caused waterlogging in MP and Chattisgarh too. In JK, heavy rains have stalled the Amarnath Yatra  for 3 days. According to officials sporadic bouts of inclement weather are forcing them to take precautions. In Kishtwar too, bad weather led to the death of 11 pilgrims when a bus plunged into the Chenub on Tuesday.  

  • Whatsapp has over 20 crore active users in India. It's become a vital communication tool for a large part of the populace but anti-social elements too end up taking advantage of it from time to time. The Indian govt has now toughened its stand in seeking accoutability from social media platforms such as Whatsapp. Tuesday saw Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad being called upon by Whatsapp CEO Chris Daniels in New Delhi. The Minister appreciated Whatsapp's contribution to India's digital progress but at the same time made it clear that it needs to take more concrete steps to stop misuse which triggers sinister incidents like lynchings & revenge porn. In no uncertain terms..the Central govt has told Whatsapp to -- Establish a corporate entity in India adhering to Indian laws -- Appoint a Grievance Officer to ensure swift lodging & redressal of complaints -- Whatsapp can be charged with abetment if it doesn't adhere to Indian laws -- Technical solution should be found to trace the origin of fake messages on the platform -- System should also be evolved to share information about messages spreading fake news Several incidents of violence & social tension have been triggered in recent times due to spread of fake messages on social media platforms with Facebook owned Whatsapp topping the list. Upon the Centre's urging. Whatsapp has in recent months taken several steps to check such instances of misuse. Apart from issuing advertisements in national dailies telling people how to avoid falling prey to fake news. Whatapp has also tweaked some of its features. A single message cannot be shared more than 5 times at one go. A forwarded message can also be identified easily now. But there's a lot more that Whatsapp can do to stop misuse of its platform.The govt has pointed it in the right direction.

  • With rain abating and flood waters receding in parts of Kerala....rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts have gathered momentum. The weather has improved since 2 days but flood waters have not receded in several places in Ernakulum, Thrissur, Pathanam-thitta, Alapuza, and Kollam districts even though at other places the situation is improving. The quantum of water being released from dams has reduced. If it does not rain in the coming days as well, the situation may become normal sooner than later. Rail and road movement is coming back on track. Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, NDRF, SDRF and state police are engaged in rescue and relief operations. 59 NDRF teams are on the job in 10 districts. The state govt assured that the rescue operations would continue till the last stranded person is rescued. An all-party meeting reviewed rescue and relief operations in Kerala on Tuesday. Attention is also being paid to providing clean drinking water and medicines to the flood-affected. Railways is supplying clean drinkling water. 150 water purifiers of 1 lakh liters capacity have been sent. With flood waters receding, people are heading back to their homes. At places where the flood waters receded, electrical equipment and furniture were found to be damaged by the flood water. Those returning home require ready to eat food packets and clothes besides the services of plumbers, electricians and carpenters to name a few. 40,000 police personnel have been deployed for sanitation works. Over 10 lakh people have found refuge in more than 3,200 relief camps. Among the displaced are 2 lakh 12,000 women and one lakh children below the age of 12 years. Petrol pumps have started functioning in some locations. Relief agencies, states govts, private organisations and people from across the country are pitching in with assistance for the flood-affected. NCC cadets and volunteers are extending help at relief camps where food, water, clothes and medicines are being provided. After Kerala received excessive rainfall on 8th August triggering floods. 223 people lost their lives in the deluge. The worst affected districts have been Ernakulum, Thrissur and Pathanamthitta in the worst floods in several decades in Kerala. The deluge has led to losses to the tune of more than Rs. 20,000 crore. The major challenge before the state authorities now is rehabilitation and prevention of outbreak of water borne diseases.  

  • The devastating deluge in Kerala has been categorised by the Centre as a 'calamity of severe nature'..ever ready to come to its aid. Several states have also lent a helping hand to the flood-ravaged state. The Centre is giving relief in collection of duty on imported materials for flood relief apart from IGST. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet that the nation is standing with Kerala in these difficult times.The relief in levies will remain in place till the 31st of December this year. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has announced transfer of her one month's salary to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for helping flood victims. She has appealed to all MPs to do the same even urging them to help Kerala flood victims with their MPLADs funds. Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said that corporate India is also ready to help Kerala flood victims. His Ministry is facilitating wherever govt help is required. In his capacity as Civil Aviation Minister, he added that efforts are on to get the Kochi airport up and running as soon as possible. The nation's youth is also stepping forward to help Kerala's flood hit people. College students have been collecting relief supplies for flood victims under the aegis of National Service Scheme. In Delhi, students of Sri Venkateswara College collected clothes, food materials and medicines and sent them across to Kerala. The National Crisis Management Committee also met on Tuesday to the assess the ground situation..Several important decisions were taken in this meeting. CENTRE STEPS UP HELP TO KERALA -- 600 crore rupees relief announced by the Centre for Kerala was released -- Additional allocation of 90,000 metric tonnes of rice has been at the state's request by the Centre -- 94% of the state's telecom towers have been made functional -- Union Health Ministry is supplying 3 crore chlorine tablets, 30 tonnes of bleaching powder & 1.76 lakh sanitary pads -- Action Plan is ready for restoration of power supply in all affected areas -- Adequate number of LPG cylinders and regulators are also being made available Prevention of any disease outbreak in the aftermath of the floods is a major focus of the Health Ministry. The centre is sending medicines to Kerala to deal with any eventuality. WORLD LENDS HAND TO KERALA   -- Help is also coming in from outside the country with the UAE offering 700 crore rupees for reconstruction & rehabilitation -- Maldives has offered 50,000 US dollars as token relief -- The govt of Thailand has also offered assistance in several ways -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has written to the President & Prime Minister expressing grief over the loss of lives The Cochin Port Trust has set aside two godowns for free storage of relief material coming in from different parts of the country. A tanker has set sail from Mumbai carrying 50,000 metric tonnes of crude oil to Cochin Port to meet Kerala's fuel needs.  

  • Veteran BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh Lal Ji Tandon replaces Satya Pal Malik as the Governor of Bihar. Satyadev Narayan Arya has been appointed as the Governor of Haryana. While Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki has replaced Tathagata Roy at the Raj Bhawan in Tripura. Tathagata Roy, Governor of Tripura replaces Ganga Prasad as Governor of Meghalaya. Ganga Prasad Governor of Meghalaya has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Sikkim while, Baby Rani Maurya has been appointed as the Governor of Uttarakhand.  

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