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Earlier governments not serious on ethanol output, now it will save Rs 12000 crore: PM Modi

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New Delhi |  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today blamed previous governments for not taking the ethanol blending programme seriously and said now its production will triple to 450 crore litres in the next four years, leading to import savings of Rs 12,000 crore.

“Ethanol blending programme was started during Vajpayee government. But previous governments did not take ethanol programme seriously. Now we will produce 450 crore litre of ethanol in next four years from existing 141 crore litre. It will result in import savings of Rs 12,000 crore,” Modi said addressing an event here to mark World Biofuel Day. India meets more than 80 percent of its oil needs through imports.

Apart from the thrust on use of electricity, particularly from renewable sources, India is promoting biofuels for reducing its crude import bill. Modi said as many as 12 biofuel refineries at an investment of Rs 10,000 crore have been planned in the country. The government will achieve 10 percent ethanol blending in petrol by 2022 and is targeting to double it to 20 percent by 2030, he added. Modi said that one refinery will generate employment for 1,000-1,500 people.

The Prime Minister was of the view that increasing use of biofuels would enhance farmers’ income and generate employment in the country. He also said 175 bio-CNG plants have been set up in the country and expressed hope that soon people would see vehicles running on this source of energy.

He lauded the efforts of his government for fixing the minimum support price of 14 Kharif crops at 1.5 times the cost of production to boost farmers’ income.

On this occasion, he also launched a web portal ‘Parivesh’ for speedy environment clearance of projects and also unveiled the National Biofuel Policy, 2018.

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50 people feared dead as train runs over them amidst celebrating Dussehra near Amritsar

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At least 50 people are feared dead in  Jora Phatak area of Amritsar where a train allegedlly ran over people burning the effigy on account of Dussehra.

As per various media reports, hundreds of people had gathered around the area for effigy burning, when a train ran over them, trampling many of them including women and children to death. Around 300 people were at the spot watching ‘Ravan Dahan’, sources said.

The officials said that a throng of people  Dussehra revellers that had thronged onto the railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy was run over by a train near here, officials said.

As per the quote of some television news channels, some eyewitnesses claiming that Navjot Singh Sidhu and some other state leaders were present at the event when the accident happened.

There is no news as of now as who organised the event and how the event was allowed so near the railway tracks.

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Activist Trupti Desai who threatened to stop PM Modi’s convoy, detained early morning

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Pune | Women Activist and Bhumata Brigade leader Trupti Desai on Friday morning was detained on her way to Shirdi ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the religious town of Shirdi in the Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra.

Desai had earlier announced to have a conversation with PM Modi over his silence on the denial of women entry to the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. She also wanted an explanation over the assault on women journalists at Niilacka base camp covering the ‘Sabarimala entry’ event.

According to local police, Trupti Desai was detained from her house on grounds of ‘preventive custody’ after she warned to block the PM’s convoy if he did not agree to discuss her demands. Speaking on her arrest to a newspaper, Desai said, “No reason has been given to me for this act of forcible detention. I was only told that the order had come from the Pune Police Commissioner. It is ironic that we activists who are striving for the cause temple entry for women are treated in this manner. Why couldn’t the police in Kerala take preventive measures and detain those hate-mongers and troublemakers ahead of the temple entry at Sabarimala instead?”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday during his visit to the town of Shirdi will perform groundbreaking ceremony for some projects of the trust along with handing over the keys of houses to some beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). PM Modi will also participate in functions to mark the conclusion of the year-long Saibaba Samadhi centenary programme organised by the Sai temple trust.

 

 

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3 terrorists killed in infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar: Three unidentified terrorists were killed in a failed infiltration bid along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, a defence spokesman said on Friday. The Army on Thursday foiled the infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Baramulla district, the spokesman said. He said alert troops noticed some suspicious movement along the LoC near Tourna in Boniyar area in the early hours of Thursday and challenged the infiltrators. The infiltrators opened fire towards the positions of the security forces which was retaliated, he said, adding three terrorists were killed in the gunbattle.

The identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists were not immediately known.

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