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Action plan needed for nutrition security: Maneka Gandhi

New Delhi : A comprehensive time-bound action plan needs to be put in place urgently to accelerate progress towards nutrition security in India, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said Monday.

Gandhi directed the various stakeholders to have a plan in place by Nov 1 this year to achieve this.

Addressing the inaugural session of a workshop to discuss fast-tracking of the national mission on nutrition, Gandhi said a time-bound action plan in the form of the mission needs to be put in place urgently to accelerate progress towards nutrition security in India.


Telangana briefs centre on Hyderabad metro project's progress

Hyderabad : The Telangana government Monday apprised the central government of the progress of Hyderabad metro rail project and complained that leakage of a letter written by Larsen and Toubro is the handiwork of Andhra lobby to tarnish the image of Hyderabad.

Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma and government advisor B.V. Papa Rao Monday met the union cabinet secretary and principal secretary to the prime minister in New Delhi and apprised them of the progress of the Metro Rail Project. They claimed that the central government assured full cooperation in implementation of the project.


Google India to launch mobile app development contest for PMO

New Delhi : Google India in collaboration with the citizen engagement platform of the government, MyGov, will be launching a nationwide contest to develop a mobile app for the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

"The mobile app will bring the PMO to every citizen and the contest will showcase how Indians can build a world class app," a statement issued by Google India said here Monday.

Google India will continue to build a vibrant language ecosystem online and help the Government transition into the increasingly 'mobile' India, it added.


Literary event for Delhi's children Tuesday

New Delhi : A literary event for youth and children will be held in the capital Tuesday to promote efficient writing skills and nurture talent.

The event is for students and is being organised by Cinedarbaar in collaboration with the National Book Trust (NBT).

"Since 2014 marks 125 years of Jawaharlal Nehru, the literary activities will have a theme of 'Chacha Nehru', drawing inspiration from his life and work. The objective of this event is to get children acquainted with his works," said a statement from Cinedarbaar.


German embassy holding concert in aid of flood-hit Kashmir

New Delhi : The German embassy is organizing a concert Tuesday of Kashmiri music featuring noted santoor player Pandit Bhajan Sopori and his son Abhay in aid of Jammu and Kashmir, which has been hit by devastating floods.

The concert, titled "Ehsaas-e-Kashmir" is being held "to show solidarity and mobilize support for Kashmiris in need", a press release from the German embassy here said Monday.

The concert will be held in the garden of residence of Ambassador Michael Steiner at 6 p.m.


Writers, artists 'In-Residence' call on president

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee Monday said if artists and writers are able to make any difference in their respective fields under the Rashtrapati Bhavan's "In-Residence" venture, the programme's objective would be fulfilled.

The programme launched in 2013 was aimed at providing an environment which will inspire creative thinking and rejuvenate artistic impulses among artists and writers.

The president hoped that the opportunity to stay in the Rashtrapati Bhavan would ignite the artists' and writers' creativity and sharpen their skills.


Jadavpur students to seek guidance from overseas alumni

Kolkata : Jadavpur University students, protesting the alleged police attack on them, Monday decided to continue their class boycott and seek suggestions from its alumni across the world on their agitation's future course via an international video conferencing.


IPR and India's competitiveness

By Amit Kapoor,

Intellectual Property Rights are important from the standpoint of maintaining present as well as ensuring future competitiveness. They also have an impact on the FDI inflows in a developing country, which helps not just in terms of capital inflows, but also in terms of technology and expertise. Strengthening IPR thus becomes imperative from the viewpoint of economic development. According to the most recent IP Index by GIPC (Global Intellectual Property Center) of the US Chamber of Commerce, IndiaÂ’s rank is the last among 25 countries for which the Center prepares the Index. It is alarming, and steps need to be taken to ensure we do better on various aspects covered under the specific index.

PMO asks commerce ministry to cut unnecessary imports

New Delhi : Ahead of the Thursday launch of the "Make in India" campaign announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day, his office has written to the commerce ministry to forge a plan to reduce the country's dependence on unwarranted imports.

A commerce ministry source told IANS Monday that they have identified nine commodities where annual imports constitute more than $100 million each.


CBI to grill former Tripura editor in Saradha scam

Agartala : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to grill Tripura-based former newspaper editor and owner Sushil Chowdhury in connection with Saradha scam, official said here Monday.

Chowdhury, 73, the former editor of Bengali daily 'Dainik Ganadoot', is presently serving a life term in Tripura central jail for killing three of his newspaper employees.

"Saradha chit fund chief Sudipta Sen had paid lakhs of rupees to Chowdhury. Hence, the CBI officials would quiz Chowdhury," a senior police officer told IANS on condition of anonymity.