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In view of popularity of traditional athletics such as running, long jump, high jump etc. in the rural areas of India and practically no expenditure required by way of buying expensive sports equipment to be an athlete and keeping in view the recent excellent performance of Indian athletes in various international games, Government of India is focusing at athletics as one of the key sports to be developed by bringing in international expertise in the field.

Cuttack: India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni sought to down play the boorish crowd behaviour, where he termed throwing of bottles as "not so serious" and "done just for fun", even though legendary Sunil Gavaskar blasted the authorities demanding strict punishment.

Senior BJP leader and former Amritsar MP 'Navjot Singh Sidhu' was hospitalised in New Delhi after being diagnosed with a clot in his leg.

Rio De Janeiro: Health officials in Brazil have said a record 693 people have died by far this year after contracting dengue fever, the deadly mosquito-borne disease running rampant across Central and South America.

Situation in Dadri's Bishada village where a 50-year-old man was bludgeoned to death over rumours of eating beef, is gradually limping back to normalcy with shops reopening and villagers returning back to their routine life District Magistrate N P Singh said on Tuesday.

The Government has decided to train 10,000 young “barefoot” technicians in the basic concepts of civil engineering and involve them in planning, doing layout, measuring and supervising MGNREGA works in 2,500 most backward blocks across India. A Bare Foot Technician is an educated person, identified from the local SC/ST MGNREGA worker households and specially trained in civil engineering concepts, using the customized training modules. Union Minister for Rural Development Birender Singh said here that better training and skills development will not only contribute to creation of durable and good quality works but also more sustainable maintenance of assets. It will also provide employment and will give horizontal and vertical mobility to these young women and men especially to those from vulnerable sections of society.

Similarly, to improve maintenance of the large PMGSY rural roads network (4,50,000 kilometers of PMGSY roads have been constructed across the country since the inception of PMGSY in December 2000), the training manuals for field engineers and contractors have already been used in the training of more than 6,000 engineers and contractors across the country in the last 4 months. Singh renewed the Government’s commitment to eliminating poverty by empowering the rural poor with initiatives for inclusion and empowerment while ensuring quality and sustainability of assets.

Earlier, Birender Singh and the Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Sandra Polaski, jointly launched a set of new training manuals developed in collaboration for – MGNREGA and PMGSY. The Ministry of Rural Development and ILO have also collaborated to pilot new and innovative ways of maintaining rural roads through simplified procedures. These ground-level initiatives involving local communities and contractors to maintain rural roads will enhance employment opportunities and improve the assets built.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Rural Development Shri J.K.Mohapatra said that wage payment on time is a major issue in MGNREGA and this must be rectified through suitable interventions.

In her address, Sandra Polaski, DDG (Policy), ILO, commended the Government of India for their leadership and efforts in overcoming the challenges in rural employment through these flagship schemes and other programmes. She thanked the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India for the opportunity for this technical partnership, which will not only support the schemes of the government, but also contribute to global innovations in the field of public employment and infrastructure development.


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Ahmedabad: Gujarat based Arvind Limited, an over US $ 1 billion Lifestyle and Apparel company in India announced today to make a big bang entry in to the customized clothing segment with its aggressive plans to put its premium fabric brand ‘Tresca’ on a fast growth track.

HTC has introduced its new One E9s Dual SIM smartphone which is now listed on the company's site.


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