‘One Nation One Ration Card’ will be reality soon, will benefit migrants: PM Modi

New Delhi: Announcing the extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced that the government is working to make ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ a reality soon. Addressing the nation via a televised speech, PM Modi said that efforts are being made to provide one ration card that can be used across the country by the poor. “Now a ration card is also being arranged for the whole of India ie one nation, one ration card,” he said. PM Modi said that…

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Will push for economic activities while observing precautions: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked people to continue to take precautions to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. In his televised address to the nation – his sixth since the outbreak of the pandemic in March, PM Modi said people had strictly followed social distancing norms during the lockdown but appeared to have become negligent ever since the country switched into the unlock mode. This is the time when people need to take precautions, more than ever before, he said. PM Modi also announced the…

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Govt To Introduce Aadhaar-Linked Master Database To Enhance Farm Productivity !!

An Aadhaar-linked database for the central government’s farm-oriented schemes is in the works. Currently, the government has a database of beneficiaries for soil health cards, kisan credit cards, crop-insurance and other government schemes. The new database, expected to have details of more than 50 million farmers across nine states in its first phase of implementation, will integrate the information from all the existing databases to map farmers’ landholdings and ensure that they’re paid procurement prices directly. According to agriculture secretary Sanjay Agarwal, the government already has the data of 9 Cr…

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Bounce Lays Off 130 Employees As Covid-19 Impact Hits Mobility Startup !!

Bengaluru: Two-wheeler rental startup Bounce has decided to lay off around 22% of its workforce or 130 employees owing to the major Covid-19 impact on the mobility industry. Bounce cofounder and CEO Vivekananda Hallekere said, “Unfortunately, the way the external environment has continued to shift means our medium-term workforce needs have changed as several new business lines, products, and projects we had planned will have to either transform or be put on hold in the coming quarters.” He added that the layoffs have come as “an outcome of a change…

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Indian websites not accessible in China as Xi Jinping govt blocks VPN !!

New Delhi: While Indian newspapers and TV channels continue to pick up reports about the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from Chinese Communist propaganda sites, the Indian newspapers and websites cannot be accessed in Beijing now without Virtual Private Network (VPN) server. According to diplomatic sources in Beijing, the Indian TV channels can be accessed through IP TV as of now. However, Express VPN has not been working in the Communist state for the past two days on iPhone as well as on desktops. VPNs are powerful tools which allow users…

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Bharti Airtel’s Sunil Mittal bids for satellite firm OneWeb !!

OneWeb makes so-called low-Earth orbit satellites that provide high-speed communications. It faces competition from Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink project and Jeff Bezos’s Amazon-linked Project Kuiper. Indian telecommunications tycoon Sunil Mittal has submitted a bid for OneWeb, the bankrupt satellite firm whose investors include SoftBank Group Corp., people with knowledge of the matter said. An arm of Mittal’s Bharti Enterprises Ltd. conglomerate made an offer for London-based OneWeb with backing from the UK government, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The UK…

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Google removes misleading ads in voting-related searches !!

A Google spokeswoman said the company did not yet know how the ads had got through its approval process, which uses a combination of automated and manual review. Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Monday that it had removed search ads that charged users searching for voting information large fees for voter registration or harvested their personal data. A Google spokeswoman told Reuters that the company’s misrepresentation policy barred such ads, which were found by the non-profit watchdog Tech Transparency Project when searching for terms such as “register to vote,” “vote…

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Green shoots in rural India set the stage for economic revival !!

Business leaders expect a normal monsoon, record sowing of summer crops, improved winter harvest and a raft of government measures to help farmers and boost rural incomes to boost demand for goods ranging from two-wheelers to tractors. Businesses are banking on a bumper harvest and high rural incomes to drive demand for goods after the Covid-19 pandemic stunted growth in the country’s cities, where most of the factories and offices are located. Business leaders expect a normal monsoon, record sowing of summer crops, improved winter harvest and a raft of…

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