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Buy Khadi product to help poors on this Gandhi Jayanti – Jammu Voice News



Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the people to buy Khadi products this Gandhi Jayanti (October 2) as it will help the poor to bring a degree of prosperity and wellbeing to their homes.

Delivering the 36th edition of his monthly radio broadcast programme ‘Mann ki Baat’, Prime Minister Modi said, “The Khadi Ashram has remained non-functional for so many years. Now as we have revived the Khadi industry, now the poor Khadi workers can look forward to a livelihood from this indigenous industry. We should take the Khadi revolution forward. This Gandhi Jayanti, let us buy a Khadi product and light the lamp of prosperity in the lives of the poor.”

He further termed Khadi as a philosophy.

“Had once talked about Khadi in Mann Ki Baat, it’s not just a cloth, but a philosophy. Now, there is a growing interest in Khadi. Let us support the movement for the growth of the Khadi sector,” he added.

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), is a statutory organization engaged in promoting and developing Khadi and Village Industries created by the Act of Parliament .

Khadi refers to a hand-spun and hand-woven cloth. The raw materials may be cotton, silk, or wool, which are spun into threads on a charkha, a traditional spinning implement. Khadi was launched in 1920 as a political weapon in the Swadeshi movement of Mahatma Gandhi.

Khadi is sourced from different parts of India, depending upon its raw materials – While the silk variety is sourced from West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and North Eastern states, the cotton variety comes from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. Khadi poly is spun in Gujarat and Rajasthan while Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir karnataka are known for the woolen variety.

Any Industry that is located within a rural area, where the fixed capital investment per artisan (weaver) does not exceed Rs. one lakh is designated a village industry. The fixed capital investment can be changed by the Centre as and when required.

The relevance of Khadi and Village Industries is that they are both labour intensive in nature. In the wake of industrialization, and the mechanization of almost all processes, Khadi and Village industries are suited like no other to a labour surplus country like India.

Another advantage of Khadi and Village Industries is that they require little or no capital to set up, thereby making them an economically viable option for the rural poor. This is an important point with reference to India in view of its stark income, regional and rural/urban inequalities.

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission has a social objective of providing employment in rural areas; an economic objective of providing saleable articles and a wider objective of creating self-reliance amongst people and building up a strong rural community spirit through various schemes and programs.

Mann Ki Baat is an apolitical and interactive broadcast focusing on welfare and well-being of the people. (ANI)

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President condemns Kathua gangrape, murder



President Ram Nath Kovind today termed as “barbaric” the Kathua gangrape and murder case and said it was the collective responsibility of society to ensure such things do not happen with any girl in the country.

The President spoke on the matter while addressing the 6th convocation of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University here.

“It is the collective responsibility of all of us, anything like this should not happen with any girl in any part of the country”, he said, terming the incident as “heinous and barbaric”.

The president said he was hopeful that “all among us will fulfill the responsibility of securing our girl child”.

The brutal gang rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl has already seen a nationwide outrage with protests being observed across the country.

Earlier in the day the president arrived here on his maiden two-day visit to Jammu.

The president was received by Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Legislative Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta and Legislative Council Chairman Haji Anayat Ali at the Technical airport here, a spokesperson said.

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and Revenue Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri were among those who received the president.

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EC to hear plea against Congress’ election symbol



The Election Commission of India on April 18 will hear the petition seeking cancellation of party’s election symbol ‘Palm of Hand’.

The petition was filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. It will be heard by Chandra Bhushan Kumar, deputy election commissioner, at 3 pm on April 18.

Upadhyay wrote a letter to the EC in January this year invoking Article 324 of the Constitution which gives the Election Commission autonomy and power to carry out free and fair elections.

“Superintendence, direction and control of the election is vested in the Election Commission of India and under Article 324 of the Constitution, it has complete autonomy and plenary power to take appropriate steps, essential to ensure free and fair election in the country. It is pertinent to state that free and fair election is essential to achieve the great golden goals as set out in Preamble of the Constitution of India,” his letter read.

In his letter, he also said the EC allotted the election symbol “Pair of Bullock carrying Yoke” to the Congress and it contested the first four general elections with this symbol. After an internal split, the EC allotted the election symbol “Cow and Calf” to Congress. After another internal split, the Commission allotted the election symbol ‘Palm of Hand’ to the party.

“The ‘Palm of Hand’ is the only election symbol, which is a part of the human body, and therefore available as an inseverable part of the human body at any point of time,” his letter read.

In his letter, he stated that the election symbol has been misused by the Congress party.

He said, “The Model Code of Conduct clearly describes the cessation of election campaign before 48 hours of the polling and Section 130 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, bans exhibition of the election symbol within 100 meters periphery on polling day. However, election symbol ‘Palm of Hand’ allotted to Indian National Congress is such that it is been misused even after election campaigning has come to an end.”

In his letter, he said “The agents appointed by Congress candidates, brazenly solicit vote for Congress candidates by showing ‘Palm of Hand’ to voters on polling day within the polling premises. Applicant has observed such violation of the Model Code of Conduct and Section 130 of the Representation of the People Act 1951.”

Upadhyay requested the ECI to take appropriate steps to cancel the party’s election symbol with immediate effect to ensure free and fair elections.

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Mehbooba is India’s 26th most powerful person, Azad 59th, Omar 72nd: IE survey



The weight of the 2019 general election hangs heavy on the list, with new faces coming in and old ones shooting up and down dependent on what they bring to the table.Take a look at the Express power list.

#26: Mehbooba Mufti, 58

J&K Chief Minister

PDP-BJP alliance govt turns three in J-K: A look at what keeps them together

WHY: Stepping into the giant shoes of her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, and despite being stymied by an overpowering BJP in a coalition government, she has proved she is no pushover. She got the Centre to agree to amnesty to over 8,000 youth named in stone-pelting cases and sees the appointment of interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma as a political victory.

POWER PUNCH: She recently sacked powerful Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, in what was seen as a strong signal to the BJP.

WHAT NEXT: Can she keep walking the tightrope in her alliance with the BJP and deliver on governance as well?

BY THE WAY: Having ditched green, she is now mostly seen in blue clothes.

#59: Ghulam Nabi Azad, 69

Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha

Ghulam Nabi Azad

WHY: The veteran, who has worked with four generations of Gandhis, remains central to the Congress’s plans, both inside and outside Parliament.

POWER PUNCH: Continues to frustrate BJP efforts in the Upper House.

WHAT NEXT: Will be key to Congress coalition building besides leading the Opposition charge as BJP emerges as single-largest party in Rajya Sabha.

BY THE WAY: A nature lover, he doesn’t mind stepping out in the rain or sun.

#72: Omar Abdullah, 48

Working President, National Conference

WHY: His is the most potent voice against the PDP-BJP government in the state. Omar is also believed to have played an important role in father Farooq Abdullah’s return as MP from the prestigious Srinagar seat.

POWER PUNCH: His social media following ensures he is heard on all important debates.

WHAT NEXT: As the PDP-BJP government is seen to fritter away its mandate, Omar has to ensure the NC remains on track.

BY THE WAY: Frequents a new gym in Srinagar.

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