BJP vows to win 2019 polls with bigger mandate than 2014

BJP vows to win 2019 polls with bigger mandate than 2014

The BJP vows in the National Executive meeting chaired by president Amit Shah  to work to ensure the party’s return to power in the Lok Sabha elections with a bigger victory than 2014 when it had won a majority on its own for the first time in its electoral history, sources said.

BJP vows to win Lok Sabha polls with bigger mandate than 2014A slogan of “Ajey BJP” (Invincible BJP) was adopted at the meeting of the party’s national office bearers and also presidents of its state units.

They pledged to work for the party’s victory in assembly polls in five states and a decision was taken to give extra emphasis on the elections in Telangana, which is likely to go the polls with states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

“The BJP is confident of returning to power with more number of seats than it won in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls,” a source said.

Shah inaugurated the office-bearers meeting and it will be followed by a two-day meeting of the party’s national executive.

The BJP National Executive meeting chaired by president Amit Shah vowed to work to ensure the party’s return to power in the Lok Sabha elections with a bigger victory than 2014 when it had won a majority on its own for the first time in its electoral history, sources said. A slogan of “Ajey BJP” (Invincible BJP) was adopted at the meeting of the party’s national office bearers and also presidents of its state units. They pledged to work for the party’s victory in assembly polls in five states and a decision was taken to give extra emphasis on the elections in Telangana, which is likely to go the polls with states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. “The BJP is confident of returning to power with more number of seats than it won in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls,” a source said. Shah inaugurated the office-bearers meeting and it will be followed by a two-day meeting of the party’s national executive.

-PTI |08 September 2018 | New Delhi

India’s ‘Apsara’ will return home soon from US

India’s ‘Apsara’, which is 1,000 years old will return home soon from US

India’s ‘Apsara’, which is around 1,000 years old priceless stone sculpture and currently housed in a US museum, is all set to fly back home soon.

Sources in the Union Culture Ministry said the valuable sculpture dates back to tenth century. It was stolen two decades ago, in 1998 to be precise, from a Shiv temple in Badoli Village in Sikar, Rajasthan. The statue has been tagged as Apsara, which in Indian religion and mythology is one of the celestial singer and dancer who, together with the Gandharvas or celestial musicians, inhabit the heaven of God Indra.

The sources said following extensive discussion with the US Government, plans are now afoot to bring back the prized antiquity to India. Presently, it is kept in a Los Angeles museum in the US.

India’s ‘Apsara’Recently, the UK had agreed to return yet another priceless masterpiece ‘Nataraja,’ which was stolen from the same temple from the northern State. “Presently, Apsara statue is kept in a US museum and soon officials from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Culture Ministry will travel to the US to work out details to bring the antiquity back to India,” said the sources.

Apsara will add to the list of 18 valuable antiquities that have been brought to the country in the last three years as per the 1970 UNESCO Convention.

These include famous Yogini Vrishanana, Nataraja, Parrot Lady and Uma Parameshwari with many countries like Australia, Canada and France returning them voluntarily.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha recently, Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said India has got as many as seven objects from the US, followed by the UK (3) and Australia (2) and one antiquity each from Canada, Germany, Singapore, Holand and France.

“The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is making all efforts to recover stolen antiquities from abroad. Till date, the ASI has recovered 18 antiquities from various countries,” he added. Most of these antiquities were voluntarily returned by the respective countries, while India got a few of them through court cases, he said.

For instance Yogini Vrishanana, which is now housed in Delhi’s National Museum, was brought back from Paris in 2013 at the initiative of the then Minister for Culture, while Ardhanariswara which was stolen from Tamil Nadu were brought back in 2014 from Australia which had voluntarily returned it. The 900-year-old Indian sandstone sculpture of a woman holding a parrot, famously called as ‘Parrot Lady’ was handed over by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to his counterpart Narendra Modi in 2015.

Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott handed back the 900-year-old bronze Hindu “dancing Shiva” —taken from India without permission by cultural traffickers — during his trip to close a deal providing Australian uranium to India last year.

The idol of Mahisamardini, which was stolen from a temple in Jammu & Kashmir, was returned by Germany in 2015, while the Singapore Government returned valuable statue Uma Parameshwari the same year.

To another query, Sharma said there is no estimate available with the ASI on the number of the antiquities that are illegally being smuggled outside the country.

However, according to the sources in the Ministry, between 2000 and 2016 a total 101 antiquities have been stolen from the Centrally Protected Monuments. But experts estimate the number to be on the higher side.

-The Pioneer | Archana Jyoti 03 April 2018  | New Delhi

Cleanest Cities in the Country- 2017 list released

‘Cleanest Cities in the Country’

Survey of ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ — carried out by the Quality Council of India released

Indore and Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh have emerged as the cleanest cities.

Indore and Bhopal, both in Madhya Pradesh, have emerged as the cleanest cities in the country as per a massive cleanliness survey commissioned by the Union Urban Development Ministry. They are followed by Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchi, New Delhi Municipal Council area, Navi Mumbai, Tirupati and Vadodara in the top 10 list.

The survey — Swachh Survekshan 2017 — was carried out by the Quality Council of India across 434 cities in the country and is based on the feedback of 18 lakh respondents.Cleanest Cities

The results of the survey were announced by Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday.

The top 10 cleanest cities in the country are Indore, Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchi, New Delhi Municipal Council area, Navi Mumbai, Tirupati and Vadodara, respectively.

In Madhya Pradesh, all cities and towns have substantially improved sanitation rankings in 2017 over that of 2016 and 2014. The State’s 23 cities and towns are among the top 100 cleanest cities in the country.

Gujarat is also close, with 21 of its cities and towns in the top 100 list. Surat and Vadodara are in the fourth and tenth position respectively.

However, Gujarat has the maximum of 12 cities among the Top 50, closely followed by Madhya Pradesh with 11 and Andhra Pradesh with 8. Tamil Nadu and Telangana account for four each. Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh account for one each in this group.

“I would prefer to call these results as ‘Citizens’ Verdict’ on sanitation in urban areas, given the scale and eagerness of citizens’ participation and the fact that these 434 cities and towns account for about 60% of the country’s urban population,” Mr. Naidu said.

“I am particularly happy over the fact that over 80% of the respondents reported a definite improvement in cleanliness in our cities and towns over the last year and in sanitation related infrastructure and services like waste collection and processing has improved,” he said.

A major transformation in respect of sanitation was taking place in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. “So, let us call them the ‘Movers and Shakers’ of the ongoing cleanliness drive,” he said.

Rajasthan and Punjab have five cities each in the Bottom 50, followed by Maharashtra, with two and one each from Haryana, Karnataka and Lakshadweep. Of the 62 surveyed in Uttar Pradesh, 41 figured among the Bottom 100 and this was a matter of concern, Mr. Naidu said.

“Further to our analysis of the survey data, sanitation scenario in Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab and Kerala also appear to be a matter of concern, requiring these States to step up efforts,” he said.

In respect of Bihar, out of the 27 cities surveyed this year, 19 of them were ranked beyond 300 and the best rank for the State being 147 for Biharsharif. Fifteen cities are among the Bottom 100.

In the case of Rajasthan, 18 of the 29 cities are ranked beyond 300, with 13 among the Bottom 100. Best rank that the State could get is 171 for Bundi.

In Punjab, 7 of the 16 cities surveyed figure among the Bottom 100 with the best rank being 121 for SAS Nagar.

-04-May, 2017

Swachh Survekshan- 2017 Rankings



1 Indore Madhya Pradesh
2 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
3 Visakhapatnam (Vizag) Andhra Pradesh
4 Surat Gujarat
5 Mysuru (Mysore) Karnataka
6 Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) Tamil Nadu
7 New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Delhi
8 Navi Mumbai Maharashtra
9 Tirupati Andhra Pradesh
10 Vadodara Gujarat
11 Chandigarh Chandigarh
12 Ujjain Madhya Pradesh
13 Pune Maharashtra
14 Amdavad (Ahmedabad) Gujarat
15 Ambikapur Chattisgarh
16 Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
17 Khargone Madhya Pradesh
18 Rajkot (M. Corp) Gujarat
19 Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh
20 Gandhinagar (NA) Gujarat
21 Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh
22 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Telangana
23 Sagar Madhya Pradesh
24 Murwara (Katni) Madhya Pradesh
25 Navsari Gujarat
26 Vapi Gujarat
27 Gwalior Madhya Pradesh
28 Warangal Telangana
29 Greater Mumbai Maharashtra
30 Suryapet Telangana
31 Tadipatri Andhra Pradesh
32 Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
33 Bhavnagar Gujarat
34 Kalol Gujarat
35 Jamnagar Gujarat
36 Omkareshwar Madhya Pradesh
37 Kumbakonam Tamil Nadu
38 Rewa Madhya Pradesh
39 Jetpur Navagadh Gujarat
40 Narasaraopet Andhra Pradesh
41 Chas Jharkhand
42 Erode Tamil Nadu
43 Kakinada Andhra Pradesh
44 Tenali Andhra Pradesh
45 Siddipet Telangana
46 Rajahmundry Andhra Pradesh
47 Shimla Himachal Pradesh
48 Ratlam Madhya Pradesh
49 Godhra Gujarat
50 Gangtok Sikkim
51 Singrauli Madhya Pradesh
52 Junagadh Gujarat
53 Chhindwara Madhya Pradesh
54 Bhilai Nagar Chattisgarh
55 Sehore Madhya Pradesh
56 Shirdi (Shirdhi) Maharashtra
57 Madurai Tamil Nadu
58 Dewas Madhya Pradesh
59 Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh
60 Bharuch Gujarat
61 Pithampur Madhya Pradesh
62 Tambaram Tamil Nadu
63 Mangaluru (Mangalore) Karnataka
64 Jamshedpur (NAC) Jharkhand
65 Karnal Haryana
66 Dwarka Gujarat
67 Gandhidham Gujarat
68 Tiruppur Tamil Nadu
69 Nadiad Gujarat
70 Ongole Andhra Pradesh
71 Chittoor Andhra Pradesh
72 Pimpri-Chinchwad Maharashtra
73 Khandwa Madhya Pradesh
74 Mandsaur Madhya Pradesh
75 Satna Madhya Pradesh
76 Chandrapur Maharashtra
77 Korba Chattisgarh
78 Betul Madhya Pradesh
79 Botad Gujarat
80 Nandyal Andhra Pradesh
81 Giridih Jharkhand
82 Hosur Tamil Nadu
83 Machilipatnam Andhra Pradesh
84 Velankani (Vellankanni) Tamil Nadu
85 Durg Chattisgarh
86 Eluru Andhra Pradesh
87 Bhimavaram Andhra Pradesh
88 Faridabad Haryana
89 Ambarnath Maharashtra
90 Panaji Goa
91 Hazaribag Jharkhand
92 Chhatarpur (Chhattarpur) Madhya Pradesh
93 Guntakal Andhra Pradesh
94 Bhubaneswar Town Odisha
95 Palanpur Gujarat
96 Morbi Gujarat
97 Tadepalligudem Andhra Pradesh
98 Bhuj Gujarat
99 Mehsana Gujarat
100 Leh Jammu and Kashmir
101 Veraval Gujarat
102 Deoghar Jharkhand
103 Anand Gujarat
104 Raigarh Chattisgarh
105 Aizawl (NT) Mizoram
106 Dindigul Tamil Nadu
107 Chilakaluripet Andhra Pradesh
108 Vellore Tamil Nadu
109 Dhanbad Jharkhand
110 Karaikkudi Tamil Nadu
111 Patan Gujarat
112 Gurugram (Gurgaon) Haryana
113 Pudukkottai Tamil Nadu
114 Nagda Madhya Pradesh
115 Solapur Maharashtra
116 Thane Maharashtra
117 Ranchi Jharkhand
118 Guntur Andhra Pradesh
119 Srikakulam Andhra Pradesh
120 Deesa Gujarat
121 S.A.S. Nagar Punjab
122 Imphal Manipur
123 Amreli Gujarat
124 Dhule Maharashtra
125 Rajapalayam Tamil Nadu
126 Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh
127 Kancheepuram Tamil Nadu
128 Bhind Madhya Pradesh
129 Raipur Chattisgarh
130 Mira-Bhayandar Maharashtra
131 Mango (NAC) Jharkhand
132 Bathinda Punjab
133 Proddatur Andhra Pradesh
134 Guwahati Assam
135 Salem Tamil Nadu
136 Neemuch Madhya Pradesh
137 Nagpur Maharashtra
138 Burhanpur Madhya Pradesh
139 Vasai Virar City Maharashtra
140 Ludhiana Punjab
141 Ichalkaranji Maharashtra
142 Valsad Gujarat
143 Udupi Karnataka
144 Adityapur Jharkhand
145 Aligarh Uttar Pradesh
146 Biharsharif Bihar
147 Shivamogga (Shimoga) Karnataka
148 Mandya Karnataka
149 Dharmavaram Andhra Pradesh
150 Surendranagar Dudhrej Gujarat
151 Nashik Maharashtra
152 Tumakuru (Tumkur) Karnataka
153 Gondal Gujarat
154 Kadapa Andhra Pradesh
155 Pallavaram Tamil Nadu
156 Gudivada Andhra Pradesh
157 Satara Maharashtra
158 Kulgaon Badlapur (Badlapur) Maharashtra
159 Kavali Andhra Pradesh
160 Hindupur Andhra Pradesh
161 Nagaon Assam
162 Jalgaon Maharashtra
163 Seoni Madhya Pradesh
164 Rajnandgaon Chattisgarh
165 Nellore Andhra Pradesh
166 Jhansi Uttar Pradesh
167 Gadag Betageri Karnataka
168 Raurkela Odisha
169 Avadi Tamil Nadu
170 Panvel Maharashtra
171 Bundi Rajasthan
172 Delhi Cantonment Delhi
173 Vidisha Madhya Pradesh
174 Nagercoil Tamil Nadu
175 Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
176 Kurnool Andhra Pradesh
177 Kolhapur Maharashtra
178 Nizamabad Telangana
179 Bilaspur Chattisgarh
180 Sikar Rajasthan
181 Nandurbar Maharashtra
182 Miryalaguda Telangana
183 Ahmednagar Maharashtra
184 Porbandar Gujarat
185 Nagapattinam Tamil Nadu
186 Pali Rajasthan
187 Berhampur(Brahmapur Town) Odisha
188 Pathankot Punjab
189 Puducherry (Pondicherry) Puducherry
190 Balasore(Baleshwar Town) Odisha
191 Ramagundam Telangana
192 Nanded Waghala Maharashtra
193 Tirunelveli Tamil Nadu
194 Puri Town Odisha
195 Adilabad Telangana
196 East Delhi Municipal Corporation Delhi
197 Anantnag Jammu and Kashmir
198 Thanjavur Tamil Nadu
199 Hubli-Dharwad Karnataka
200 Nalgonda Telangana
201 Karimnagar Telangana
202 South Delhi Municipal Corporation Delhi
203 Bagalkote(Bagalkot) Karnataka
204 Cuttack Odisha
205 Morena Madhya Pradesh
206 Ozhukarai Puducherry
207 Ulhasnagar Maharashtra
208 Kohima Nagaland
209 Jodhpur Rajasthan
210 Bruhat Bengaluru (BBMP) Karnataka
211 Panchkula Haryana
212 Bhilwara Rajasthan
213 Ananthapuramu (Ananthapur) Andhra Pradesh
214 Srikalahasti Andhra Pradesh
215 Jaipur Rajasthan
216 Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh
217 Bhadravathi(Bhadravati) Karnataka
218 Roorkee Uttarakhand
219 Osmanabad Maharashtra
220 Ranebennur (Ranibennur) Karnataka
221 Port Blair Andaman and Nicobar Islands
222 Ferozepur Punjab
223 Thoothukudi (Thoothukkudi) Tamil Nadu
224 Adoni Andhra Pradesh
225 Chickamagaluru (Chikmagalur) Karnataka
226 Ajmer Rajasthan
227 Hassan Karnataka
228 Shivpuri Madhya Pradesh
229 Parbhani Maharashtra
230 Yavatmal Maharashtra
231 Amravati Maharashtra
232 Jagdalpur Chattisgarh
233 Jalandhar Punjab
234 Kalyan-Dombivli Maharashtra
235 Greater Chennai (Chennai) Tamil Nadu
236 Khammam Telangana
237 Sangli Miraj Kupwad Maharashtra
238 Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
239 Malegaon Maharashtra
240 Udgir Maharashtra
241 Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
242 Damoh Madhya Pradesh
243 Sonepat (Sonipat) Haryana
244 Haridwar Uttarakhand
245 Saharanpur Uttar Pradesh
246 Jaunpur Uttar Pradesh
247 Allahabad Uttar Pradesh
248 Belagavi (Belgaum) Karnataka
249 Mahabubnagar Telangana
250 Cuddalore Tamil Nadu
251 Jammu Jammu and Kashmir
252 Ayodhya Uttar Pradesh
253 Thanesar Haryana
254 Kozhikode (Calicut) Kerala
255 Gangapur City Rajasthan
256 Kashipur Uttarakhand
257 Kishanganj Bihar
258 Amritsar Punjab
259 Kullu Himachal Pradesh
260 Dabra Madhya Pradesh
261 Baripada Town Odisha
262 Patna Bihar
263 Agra Uttar Pradesh
264 Silvassa (Silvasa) Dadra and Nagar Haveli
265 Jind Haryana
266 Guna Madhya Pradesh
267 Ambur Tamil Nadu
268 Rameswaram (Rameshwaram) Tamil Nadu
269 Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
270 Bettiah Bihar
271 Kochi (Cochin) Kerala
272 Hajipur Bihar
273 Orai Uttar Pradesh
274 Sirsa Haryana
275 Bhagalpur Bihar
276 Shillong Meghalaya
277 Dimapur Nagaland
278 Sasaram Bihar
279 North Delhi Municipal Corporation Delhi
280 Silchar Assam
281 Madanapalle Andhra Pradesh
282 Kaithal Haryana
283 Ballari(Bellary) Karnataka
284 Barnala Punjab
285 Beawar Rajasthan
286 Palakkad Kerala
287 Barshi Maharashtra
288 Davanagere Karnataka
289 Datia Madhya Pradesh
290 Agartala Tripura
291 Hisar Haryana
292 Jhunjhunu Rajasthan
293 Bodh Gaya Bihar
294 Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) Karnataka
295 Rohtak Haryana
296 Akola Maharashtra
297 Dibrugarh Assam
298 Bareilly Uttar Pradesh
299 Aurangabad Maharashtra
300 Sujangarh Rajasthan
301 Chittorgarh(Chittaurgarh) Rajasthan
302 Beed(Bid) Maharashtra
303 Rewari Haryana
304 Muzaffarpur Bihar
305 Chandausi Uttar Pradesh
306 Guruvayur Kerala
307 Jehanabad Bihar
308 Ambala Sadar (Ambala) Haryana
309 Sultanpur Uttar Pradesh
310 Udaipur Rajasthan
311 Achalpur Maharashtra
312 Vijayapura (Bijapur) Karnataka
313 Wardha Maharashtra
314 Gorakhpur Uttar Pradesh
315 Bidar Karnataka
316 Dehradun Uttarakhand
317 Hosapete (Hospet) Karnataka
318 Latur Maharashtra
319 Bikaner Rajasthan
320 Lalitpur Uttar Pradesh
321 Moradabad Uttar Pradesh
322 Sambalpur Town Odisha
323 Hoshiarpur Punjab
324 Thrissur (M.Corp) Kerala
325 Rudrapur Uttarakhand
326 Shamli Uttar Pradesh
327 Buxar Bihar
328 Raichur Karnataka
329 Tonk Rajasthan
330 Nainital Uttarakhand
331 Loni Uttar Pradesh
332 Hanumangarh Rajasthan
333 Akbarpur Uttar Pradesh
334 Dehri Bihar
335 Panipat Haryana
336 Etawah Uttar Pradesh
337 Chitradurga Karnataka
338 Deoria Uttar Pradesh
339 Meerut Uttar Pradesh
340 Diu Daman and Diu
341 Kota Rajasthan
342 Purnia Bihar
343 Gondia Maharashtra
344 Muzaffarnagar Uttar Pradesh
345 Bhiwani Haryana
346 Yamunanagar Haryana
347 Robertson Pet Karnataka
348 Motihari Bihar
349 Bhadrak Odisha
350 Daman Daman and Diu
351 Ghaziabad Uttar Pradesh
352 Mathura Uttar Pradesh
353 Bahadurgarh Haryana
354 Baran Rajasthan
355 Hinganghat Maharashtra
356 Darbhanga Bihar
357 Aurangabad (Bihar) Bihar
358 Sawai Madhopur Rajasthan
359 Ganganagar Rajasthan
360 Modinagar Uttar Pradesh
361 Ballia Uttar Pradesh
362 Gaya Bihar
363 Malerkotla Punjab
364 Alwar Rajasthan
365 Kollam Kerala
366 Kannur Kerala
367 Hindaun Rajasthan
368 Jalna Maharashtra
369 Moga Punjab
370 Maunath Bhanjan Uttar Pradesh
371 Bharatpur Rajasthan
372 Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
373 Kolar Karnataka
374 Pilibhit Uttar Pradesh
375 Firozabad Uttar Pradesh
376 Siwan Bihar
377 Farrukhabad-cum-Fatehgarh Uttar Pradesh
378 Sambhal Uttar Pradesh
379 Mainpuri Uttar Pradesh
380 Alappuzha (Alleppey) Kerala
381 Gangawati Karnataka
382 Mughalsarai Uttar Pradesh
383 Faizabad Uttar Pradesh
384 Nagaur Rajasthan
385 Banda Uttar Pradesh
386 Basti Uttar Pradesh
387 Dhaulpur Rajasthan
388 Badami Karnataka
389 Mirzapur-cum-Vindhyachal Uttar Pradesh
390 Arrah Bihar
391 Dinapur Nizamat (Danapur) Bihar
392 Bhiwandi-Nizampur(Bhiwandi) Maharashtra
393 Amroha Uttar Pradesh
394 Rae Bareli Uttar Pradesh
395 Haldwani-cum-Kathgodam Uttarakhand
396 Saharsa Bihar
397 Palwal Haryana
398 Azamgarh Uttar Pradesh
399 Rampur Uttar Pradesh
400 Khanna Punjab
401 Shikohabad Uttar Pradesh
402 Jhalawar Rajasthan
403 Bhiwadi Rajasthan
404 Begusarai Bihar
405 Churu Rajasthan
406 Etah Uttar Pradesh
407 Sitapur Uttar Pradesh
408 Hathras Uttar Pradesh
409 Kasganj Uttar Pradesh
410 Lakhimpur Uttar Pradesh
411 Patiala Punjab
412 Fatehpur Uttar Pradesh
413 Ghazipur Uttar Pradesh
414 Jamalpur Bihar
415 Munger Bihar
416 Kavaratti Lakshadweep
417 Unnao Uttar Pradesh
418 Batala Punjab
419 Kishangarh Rajasthan
420 Badaun(Budaun) Uttar Pradesh
421 Baraut Uttar Pradesh
422 Chapra Bihar
423 Bulandshahr Uttar Pradesh
424 Hapur Uttar Pradesh
425 Khurja Uttar Pradesh
426 Shahjahanpur Uttar Pradesh
427 Abohar Punjab
428 Muktsar Punjab
429 Bahraich Uttar Pradesh
430 Katihar Bihar
431 Hardoi Uttar Pradesh
432 Bagaha Bihar
433 Bhusawal Maharashtra
434 Gonda Uttar Pradesh

At 99% Telangana has maximum non-vegetarians in country

At 99%, Telangana has maximum non-vegetarians in the country

Telangana has the highest proportion of meat-eaters in the country with almost 99% of its residents being non-vegetarians, a Registrar General of India survey of people aged 15 years and above has revealed. An almost equal percentage of men (98.8) and women (98.6) are non-vegetarians in the state.

West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Kerala follow Telangana among the states with the highest nonvegetarian population. Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana top the list of states with the highest vegetarian population. Overall, the percentage of non-vegetarians across the country has dropped from 75% in 2004 to 71% in 2014.
Experts say meat consumption in Telangana reflects traditional eating habits of the state’s people. “People in Telangana consume a lot of lamb and chicken even for breakfast,” said food blogger Sabyasachi Raychaudhuri. “…different body parts of animals such as gurda (kidney), bheja (brain), paya (trotters) among others are consumed.Many people also consume rabbits, emu and quail.” Experts say changing lifestyles could have contributed to the increase in meat consumption in the stavegte besides religion. They add most of those surveyed could be from Hyderabad which has a high percentage of meat-eaters. Vegetarians could probably be in equal numbers in other Telangana districts.
Abundance of livestock in Telangana too contributes to higher consumption of meat in the state. The state has the second highest number of sheep, and the fourth highest poultry count in the country. Telangana produced 505 lakh metric tonnes of meat and 1,061crore eggs in 2014-15. Till November 2015, the state had produced 560 crore eggs and 264 lakh metric tonnes of meat -lamb, goat, chicken, beef and pork.
Chicken and fish are healthier with higher protein levels, but red meat is blamed for several health problems.”Red and lean meat are high on saturated fats resulting in increase in cholesterol level among people. People should have more of tandoor and grilled forms of meat,” said Hyderabad’s Continental Hospital dietician Zeenath Fathima.

-TNN | Jun 11, 2016

Government sanctions 81,757 houses for urban poor in 7 states with an investment of Rs.4,076 cr

Government sanctions 81,757 houses for urban poor in 7 states with an investment of Rs.4,076 cr 

West Bengal gets 27,830 houses, Telangana-22,817, Bihar-13,315, Mizoram-8,922, Rajasthan-6,052 Jharkhand-2,337 and Uttarakhand-484

Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation today sanctioned construction of 81,757 houses for Economically Weaker Sections(EWS) in urban areas in 7 states with a total investment of Rs.4,076 cr. Of this, the Ministry will provide total central assistance of Rs.1,226 cr @ Rs.1.50 lakh per each house to be built for the benefit of urban poor under the Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana (Urban).An inter-ministerial Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee chaired by Dr.Nandita Chatterjee, Secretary (HUPA) approved the proposals received from the 7 states after detailed discussions with the respective states and after satisfying itself with availability of land for the proposed projects, the share of states and the beneficiaries. The sanctioned will be built in 163 cities in these 7 states.

Of the total houses sanctioned under the Housing for All initiative of the Government, 58,456 houses will be built under the ‘Beneficary Led Construction’ component. Under this, beneficiaries will build new houses on their own land with assistance from central and state governments. Another 23,301 houses will be built under ‘Affordable Housing in Partnership’ component under which state governments will provide land and the central government gives an assistance of Rs.1.50 lakh per each beneficiary.

West Bengal has been sanctioned a total of 27,830 houses in 38 cities, followed by Telangana-22,817 in 45 cities, Bihar-13,315 in 40 cities, Mizoram-8,922 in 6 cities, Rajasthan-6,052 in 9 cities, Jharkhand-2,337 in 24 cities and Uttarakhand-484 in Dehradun.

Major cities sanctioned houses are :

West Bengal: Haldia-1626, Habra-1621, Baduria-1607, Barasat-1592, Rajpur Sonpur-1334, Midnapur-1332, Basirhat-1012, Jhargram-1042, Santipur-1006 and Kurseong-164.

Bihar : Bhagalpur-709, Biharshariff-396, Chapra-562, Hajipur-304, Khagaria-500, Maharajganj-808, Sheohar-550, Sitamarhi-500, Sultanganj-150, Jhajjpur-500, Kishanganj-458 and Saharsa-1000.

Rajasthan: Kaithun (Kota)-912, Jahazpur-888, Jhalawar-744, kesoraipatan-760, Lakheri-688, Chaksu-608, Bhilwara-604, Kapren-320, Dungarpur-272 and Shivganj-256.

Jharkhand-Pakaur-215, Bishrampur-178, Bundu-102, Garhwa-199, Jamtara-132, Khunti-167, Koderma-100, Madhupur-225.

Mizoram : Lunglei-2450, Champhai-2417, Saiha-1590, Kolasib-890, Serchip-1013 and Mamit-562.

With today’s sanctions, the Government has so far sanctioned a total of 5.07 lakh houses for Economically weaker Sections in 13 states with a total central assistance of Rs.7,519 cr.

Under PMAY, government has targeted assisting construction of 2 crore houses for urban poor in 4,041 statutory urban local bodies in the country.

 – Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation,18-February, 2016

Infant Mortality Rate of Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh, UP, Biha (per 1000 live birth)

Infant Mortality Rate of Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh, UP, Biha (per 1000 live birth)
Year/State Gujarat Maharashtra West Bengal Rajasthan Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh Uttar Pradesh Bihar
1961 84 92 95 114 150 130 94
1981 78 74 62 87 133 99 75
2006 53 35 38 67 74 61 71 60
2010 44 28 31 55 62 51 61 48
2011 41 25 32 52 59 48 57 44
2012 38 25 32 49 56 47 53 43
Source : Economic Survey 2012-13