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PM assures Andhra, T'gana CMs of all help after heavy rains

The Union Cabinet  has approved  special package worth  Rs. 520 crore rupees for Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh for a period of five years till 2023-24 under  Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana - National Rural Livelihoods Mission.Briefing media after the Cabinet Meeting, Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, this will ensure sufficient funds under the mission, as per need to the Union Territories.He said, it  is also in line with Central Government's aim to universalize all centrally sponsored beneficiary-oriented schemes in Jammu and Kashmir and  Ladakh in a time bound manner.Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana - National Rural Livelihoods Mission is a centrally sponsored programme that aims at eliminating rural poverty through promotion of multiple livelihoods for the rural poor households across the country.

-Government has stepped up its effort to ensure better air quality in Delhi and adjoining States in the winter season.Fifty teams of Central Pollution Control Board, CPCB will make extensive field visits in Delhi and NCR region from tomorrow which will continue till February next year.With a concerted focus on hotspot areas, these teams will do the spot reporting of major air polluting sources like construction activities, dumping of garbage and construction waste, burning of garbage and industrial waste in open areas with the use of SAMEER App.Data will be shared with concerned agencies through an automated system for speedy action.Air quality becomes a major environmental concern in Delhi and NCR region during the winter season.The Central government in coordination with the affected States have taken several steps to ensure better air quality in the region during the last five years.

-Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday after the two southern states were hit by heavy rains and assured them of all possible support and assistance from the Centre in the rescue-and-relief work.At least 10 and 15 people were killed in rain-related incidents across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana respectively, following torrential downpour in the last 48 hours.In a tweet, the prime minister said, "Spoke to @TelanganaCMO KCR Garu and AP CM @ysjagan Garu regarding the situation in Telangana and AP respectively due to heavy rainfall. Assured all possible support and assistance from the Centre in rescue & relief work. My thoughts are with those affected due to the heavy rains.

-Rains continue to lash Mumbai and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rains in parts of Maharashtra for Thursday. It has also issued a red alert for the entire North Konkan area, including Mumbai and Thane. Heavy rainfall has triggered water logging in parts of Mumbai.In Pune, as many as 40 people were rescued in the flood-affected Nimgaon Ketki village in Pune district on Wednesday.According to SDO, Baramati, Pune, 40 people safely rescued, while rescue operations for 15 others underway in flood-affected Nimgaon Ketki village of Pune district. In another incident near Indapur, two people who washed away with their vehicle have been rescued.

-The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has conducted searches at six places in Ferozepur, Moga and Ludhiana in connection with the hoisting of Khalistani flag by cadres of the banned outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) on the eve of Independence Day. The agency seized various electronic devices such as pen drives, laptops, hard discs and other incriminating documents during the searches, said the NIA spokesperson.The searched premises belonged to Akashdeep Singh, Jogwinder Singh, Inderjeet Singh, Jaspal Singh and Ram Terath. A cyber cafe was also searched.The Khalistani flag was hoisted by two miscreants on the terrace of the four-storey building of deputy commissioner’s office complex in Moga on August 14. The miscreants had also removed the tricolour and desecrated it.



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