Enough Coal Stock At Power Generation Plant: Power Minister

Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy R K Singh on Monday said there is enough coal stock at power generation companies across the country.

Speaking in a press conference here in the national capital, Singh said, “There is nothing to worry about the coal crisis and low stock, as power plants in the country have more than 8 million tonnes of coal.”
Singh further stressed the timely payments by the distribution companies to the plants.

The Minister further informed that a committee of Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Railway, and Ministry of Power meet twice a week to review the stock of coal. “A committee is also set up in the Power Ministry under Joint secretary and we are monitoring the situations,” he added.

On October 9, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi claiming that there is a coal shortage situation that has affected the power generation plants supplying power to NCT and requested him to intervene in the matter.

Following this, the Ministry of Coal reassured the country that ample coal is available in the country to meet the demand for power plants. (ANI)

In Next 10-12 Years, India Will Have A Huge No. Of Doctors: PM

With more and more medical colleges coming up, India will have more doctors in the next 10-12 years than it has had in the past over 70 years since Independence, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

PM Modi, while addressing the launch function of PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh today said, “In the next 10-12 years, the nation is going to receive a number of doctors that will be more than the number of doctors that graduated out of medical colleges in the 70 years after independence.”
He said that the quick pace with which new medical colleges are being started in UP will positively impact the number of medical seats available.

“Due to more number of seats, now the children of poor parents too can dream of becoming a doctor and fulfil it,” the Prime Minister said.

He also slammed the previous governments in the Centre and said that the health infrastructure of the nation was not given attention for a long period of time after independence.

Notably, according to the Prime Minister’s Office, PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission is one of the largest pan-India schemes for strengthening healthcare infrastructure across the country. It will be in addition to the National Health Mission.

The objective of the scheme is to fill critical gaps in public health infrastructure, especially in critical care facilities and primary care in both urban and rural areas.

It will provide support for 17,788 rural Health and Wellness Centres in 10 High Focus States. Further, 11,024 urban Health and Wellness Centres will be established in all the States. (ANI)

Kangana Receives Her 4th National Film Award

October 25, 2021, will always be a memorable day for actor Kangana Ranaut as she received her fourth National Film Award today.

Kangana was awarded the Best Actress Award for her performances in ‘Manikarnika: Queen of Jhansi’ and ‘Panga’.
For the special occasion, she chose to wear a traditional silk saree. She even shared several pictures of her look on her Instagram account before walking up to the stage to receive the award.

“All set to receive the highest honour for an artist in the country today …. National Award,” she captioned the post.

This is Kangana’s fourth National Award. Earlier, she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘Fashion’ and Best Actress Awards for ‘Queen’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’.

After receiving the prestigious award, Kangana took to the photo-sharing application to thank her parents for being her support system.

“We all grow up with a deep desire to be worthy of our parents love, care and sacrifices…After all the troubles I give my mummy papa such days seem to make up for all those mischiefs ..Thank you for being my mummy papa I wouldn’t want it any other way,” she wrote.

Alongside the thank you note, Kangana posted a string of images of her with her parents from the ceremony.

In the pictures, Kangana, her father, and her mother can be seen flaunting the Rajat Kamal that the actor got at the 67th National Film Awards ceremony. (ANI)

Shah Witnesses Shikara Festival At Dal Lake, Srinagar

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday witnessed the Shikara Festival at the Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Union Minister Jitendra Singh were also present with him.

The Union Home Minister, who is on a three-day visit to the union territory for the first time since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, offered prayers at Kheer Bhawani Durga temple in Ganderbal district earlier today.

His visit has come amid several incidents of killings of civilians by the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir which have sparked fear in the valley. (ANI)

67th National Film Awards: Complete List Of Winners

The 67th National Film Awards that were organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, a division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, were presented at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan on Monday.

The winners for the prestigious awards that honoured outstanding achievements in cinema for the year 2019 were announced back in March. The ceremony was supposed to take place last year but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The winners were chosen by the jury from a pool of 461 films in the feature-length category and 220 films in the short film category.

Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film ‘Chhichhore’ bagged the award for Best Hindi Film whereas Kangana Ranaut received the Best Actress award for her films ‘Panga’ and ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’.

The National Award for Best Actor was shared between Manoj Bajpayee for ‘Bhonsle’ and Dhanush for ‘Asuran’. Malayalam superstar Mohanlal’s war epic ‘Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea’, which is yet to be released in theatres, won the Best Feature Film. Here is the complete list of winners for the 67th National Film Awards.

Feature Film Awards

Best Feature Film: ‘Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea’ (Malayalam)

Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut for ‘Panga’ (Hindi) and ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ (Hindi)

Best Supporting Actress: Pallavi Joshi for ‘The Tashkent Files’ (Hindi)

Best Supporting Actor: Vijay Sethupathi for ‘Super Deluxe’ (Tamil)

Best Director: Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan for ‘Bahattar Hoorain’ (Hindi)

Best Debut Film of a Director: Mathukutty Xavier for ‘Helen’ (Malayalam)

Best Child Artist: Naga Vishal for ‘KD’ (Tamil)

Best Action Direction: ‘Avane Srimannarayana’ (Kannada), Vikram Mor

Best Choreography: ‘Maharishi’ (Telugu), Raju Sundaram

Best Special Effects: ‘Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea’ (Malayalam), Siddharth Priyadarshan

Special Jury Award: ‘Oththa Seruppu Size 7’ (Tamil), Radhakrishnan Parthiban

Best Lyrics: Prabha Varma for ‘Kolaambi’ (Malayalam)

Best Music Direction: D. Imman for ‘Viswasam’ (Tamil)

Best Background Music: Prabuddha Banerjee for ‘Jyeshthoputro’ (Bengali)

Best Make-up Artist: Ranjith for ‘Helen’ (Malayalam)

Best Costumes: Sujith Sudhakaran and V. Sai for ‘Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea’ (Malayalam)

Best Production Design: ‘Anandi Gopal’ (Marathi), Sunil Nigwekar and Nilesh Wagh

Best Audiography (Location Sound Recordist): ‘Iewduh’ (Khasi), Debajit Gayan

Best Audiography (Re-recordist of final mixed track): ‘Oththa Seruppu Size 7’ (Tamil), Resul Pookutty

Best Screenplay (Original): ‘Jyeshthoputro’ (Bengali), Kaushik Ganguly

Best Screenplay (Adapted): ‘Gumnaami’ (Bengali), Srijit Mukherji

Best Screenplay (Dialogue Writer): ‘The Tashkent Files’ (Hindi), Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri

Best Cinematography: ‘Jallikattu’ (Malayalam), Gireesh Gangadharan

Best Editing: ‘Jersey’ (Telugu), Navin Nooli

Best Children’s Film: ‘Kastoori’ (Hindi)

Best Film on Environment Conservation: ‘Water Burial’ (Monpa)

Best Film on Social Issues: ‘Anandi Gopal’ (Marathi)

Best Film on National Integration: ‘Tajmahal’ (Marathi)

Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: ‘Maharishi’ (Telugu)

Best Female Playback Singer: Savani Ravindra for ‘Bardo’ (Marathi)

Best Male Playback Singer: B Praak for ‘Kesari’ (Hindi)

Best Films in Each Language

Best Hindi Film: ‘Chhichhore’

Best Telugu Film: ‘Jersey’

Best Malayalam Film: ‘Kalla Nottam’

Best Tamil Film: ‘Asuran’

Best Paniya Film: ‘Kenjira’

Best Mishing Film: ‘Anu Ruwad’

Best Khasi Film: ‘Iewduh’

Best Chattisgarhi Film: ‘Bhulan the Maze’

Best Haryanvi Film: ‘Chhoriyan Chhoron Se Kam Nahi Hoti’

Best Tulu Film: ‘Pingara’

Best Punjabi Film: ‘Rab Da Radio 2’

Best Odia Film: Kalira Atita and Sala Budhar Badla (shared)

Best Manipuri Film: Eigi Kona

Best Marathi Film: Bardo

Best Konkani Film: Kaajro

Best Kannada Film: Akshi

Best Bengali Film: Gumnaami

Best Assamese Film: Ronuwa – Who Never Surrender

Special Mentions: Biriyani (Malayalam), Jonaki Porua (Assamese), Lata Bhagwan Kare (Marathi) and Picasso (Marathi)

Non-Feature Film Awards

Best Voice-over/ Narration: Sir David Attenborough for ‘Wild Karnataka’ (English)

Best Music Direction: Bishakhjyoti for ‘Kranti Darshi Guruji – Ahead of Times’ (Hindi)

Best Editing: Arjun Gourisaria for ‘Shut Up Sona’ (Hindi/ English)

Best Audiography: ‘Radha’ (Musical), Allwin Rego and Sanjay Maurya

Best On-Location Sound Recordist: ‘Rahas’ (Hindi), Saptarshi Sarkar

Best Cinematography: Savita Singh for ‘Sonsi’ (Hindi)

Best Direction: Sudhanshu Saria for ‘Knock Knock Knock’ (English/ Bengali)

Best Film on Family Values: ‘Oru Paathira Swapnam Pole’ (Malayalam)

Best Short Fiction Film: ‘Custody’ (Hindi/ English)

Special Jury Award: ‘Small Scale Societies’ (English)

Best Animation Film: ‘Radha’ (Musical)

Best Investigative Film: ‘Jakkal’ (Marathi)

Best Exploration Film: ‘Wild Karnataka’ (English)

Best Educational Film: ‘Apples and Oranges’ (English)

Best Film on Social Issues: ‘Holy Rights’ (Hindi) and ‘Ladli’ (Hindi)

Best Environment Film: ‘The Stork Saviours’ (Hindi)

Best Promotional Film: ‘The Shower’ (Hindi)

Best Arts and Culture Film: ‘Shrikshetra-Ru-Sahijata’ (Odia)

Best Biographical Film: ‘Elephants Do Remember’ (English)

Best Ethnographic Film: ‘Charan-Atva The Essence of Being a Nomad’ (Gujarati)

Best Debut Non-Feature Film of a Director: ‘Raj Pritam More for Khisa’ (Marathi)

Best Non-Feature Film: ‘An Engineered Dream’ (Hindi)

Other Awards

Most Film Friendly State: Sikkim

Best Book on Cinema: ‘A Gandhian Affair: India’s Curious Portrayal of Love in Cinema’, by Sanjay Suri

Best Film Critic: Sohini Chattopadhyay

One of the country’s most eminent awards in entertainment, the 67th version of the National Film Awards, which were handed out to the awardees by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, was initially going to be held in May last year but had to be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (ANI)

BMC Collects Rs 77Cr So Far As Fine From People Not Wearing Masks

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has collected a total penalty of Rs 77.37 crore (Rs 77,37,41,000) for not wearing masks since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out last year.

The BMC in a statement issued by it mentioned the break-up of the above-mentioned amount and said that the city corporation has collected Rs 64.16 crore from all 227 wards in the past 1.5 years whereas the Mumbai Police have collected Rs 12.70 crore during the same period.
The Mumbai railway has collected Rs 50.35 lakh since the start of the pandemic, it added.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Sunday reported fewer coronavirus infections at 1,410, as per the state health bulletin.

According to the state health bulletin, as many as 18 COVID-19 patients died in the state during the day, while 1,520 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 64,35,439.

As per the health bulletin, the number of active cases in the state stood at 23,894 and total cases went up to 66,02,961.

As many as 1,91,401 people were in-home quarantine and another 903 were in institutional quarantine.

The state’s COVID-19 recovery rate stood at 97.46 per cent, while the fatality rate was 2.12 per cent.

The cumulative number of coronavirus tests conducted in the state climbed to 6,18,93,695.

Among districts, Mumbai reported the highest new infections at 408 and six deaths, taking the state capital’s caseload to 7,53,680 and the death toll to 16,213. (ANI)

BSF Jurisdiction: All-party Meet Begins In Punjab

An all-party meeting convened by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi began here on Monday to discuss the Centre’s recent enhanced jurisdiction of the Border Security Force.

Leaders from various political parties were seen arriving at Punjab Bhawan for the meeting.
The main opposition party, Aam Aadmi Party, will be represented by Bhagwant Mann and Aman Arora whereas Daljit Cheema and Chandumajra will be Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) representatives.

Punjab Deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal were among those who arrived at Punjab Bhawan for the meeting.

Meanwhile, BJP’s Punjab unit decided to boycott the meeting stating that there is no conflict between the BSF and the state police.

Senior BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia said, “BSF is a concurrent list subject. Along with the BSF, the Punjab Police can also carry out searches and register cases. The drones are used to smuggle weapons and drugs and to stop these illegal activities, the jurisdiction of BSF has been widened.”

Alleging that the Congress government in Punjab has not delivered the promises that they made in the manifesto, Kalia said, “During the all-party meeting, the Congress government should discuss the party manifesto.”Referring to Captain Amarinder Singh and Sunil Jakhar’s support of the Centre decision to extend BSF jurisdiction to 50 km inside the international border in the state, Cheema said that the Congress party should clarify as some of the party’s leaders are supporting the decision. (ANI)

Ananya Panday Fails To Appear Before NCB On Monday

Bollywood actor Ananya Panday who was summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with Mumbai drugs-on-the-cruise case is not appearing before the agency on Monday due to some personal commitments.

Panday was supposed to appear before NCB for the third round of questioning in connection with the investigation into the case on Monday.

The actor requested the agency for any further date as she cannot join the questioning today due to some personal commitments.

However, NCB has accepted her request. The agency will fix any other date for fresh summons for some other date.

Earlier, the actor was quizzed by NCB on Friday for over four hours. She had been summoned by the agency on Thursday as well.

During the questioning on Thursday, the actor denied the allegations of supplying or consuming drugs.

As per the NCB sources, Ananya denied the allegation of supplying drugs to Aryan Khan, who is currently lodged in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail and an accused in the case, and said that she has never consumed drugs.

“The chats recovered from Aryan Khan’s mobile phone reveal that in the year 2018-19, she helped supply drugs to Aryan thrice by providing him the numbers of drug dealers,” NCB sources had told ANI.

“Ananya denied the supply related talks in the chat conversation and told the NCB officials that she has never consumed or supplied drugs,” sources added. (ANI)

India Reports 14,306 New COVID-19 Cases

India reported 14,306 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday. Out of 14,306 new cases and 443 deaths in the country, Kerala reported 8,538 new cases and 71 deaths, yesterday.
The active caseload remained below the 2 lakh mark at 1,67,695 which is the lowest in 239 days. Active cases presently constitute 0.49 per cent of the country’s total positive cases, which is the lowest since March 2020.

The recovery of 18,762 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients to 3,35,67,367. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.18 per cent and it is currently at its highest peak since March 2020.

With 443 new fatalities, the cumulative death toll mounted to 4,54,712 in the country. The weekly positivity rate is at 1.24 per cent and it remained below 2 per cent for the last 31 days now.

At 1.43 per cent, the daily positivity rate has remained below 2 per cent for the last 21 days and below 3 per cent for 56 consecutive days now. The testing capacity across the country continues to expand. The last 24 hours saw a total of 9,98,397 COVID-19 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted 60,07,69,717 cumulative tests.

Meanwhile, with the administration of 12,30,720 COVID-19 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has gone up to 1,02,27,12,895 as per provisional reports till 7 am today. (ANI)

PM Modi Inaugurates 9 Medical Colleges In Uttar Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated nine medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh from Siddharthnagar. Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya were also present at the event.

These nine medical colleges are situated in the districts of Siddharthnagar, Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Deoria, Ghazipur, Mirzapur and Jaunpur. Eight Medical Colleges have been sanctioned under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for “Establishment of new medical colleges attached with district/ referral hospitals” and one Medical College at Jaunpur has been made functional by the State Government through its own resources.

Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme, preference is given to underserved, backward and aspirational districts. The Scheme aims to increase the availability of health professionals, correct the existing geographical imbalance in the distribution of medical colleges and effectively utilize the existing infrastructure of district hospitals.

Under three phases of the Scheme, 157 new medical colleges have been approved across the nation, out of which 63 medical colleges are already functional. (ANI)