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India Has Received Six Per Cent More Rainfall Than Normal So Far

IMD has predicted fairly widespread rainfall in northwest India during the next three days.



NEW DELHI: The Country has received six per cent more rainfall than normal so far in this monsoon season, but precipitation in parts of north India remains deficient.

The India Meteorological Department said that rainfall has been more than normal in the south peninsula, central India, and east and northeast India divisions.

But the northwest India division, which covers Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Rajasthan, has recorded a 19 per cent deficiency.

IMD has predicted fairly widespread rainfall in northwest India during the next three days.

Isolated extremely heavy downpours are also very likely over Assam and Meghalaya during the next three days and over Bihar during the next 24 hours.

With the national capital Delhi receiving heavy rains yesterday, the overall precipitation in the city in this month is now in the surplus category — eight per cent more than normal.

In Uttar Pradesh, light to moderate rains accompanied with thunderstorm occurred at a few places yesterday.

The weather office has forecast heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over the state today. Rain and thundershowers are very likely at most places over the state tomorrow.

In Himachal Pradesh, several places received light to moderate rainfall during the past 24 hours.

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JEE, NEET Will Be Held On Schedule, Says National Testing Agency

The number of candidates per shift has also been reduced from 1,32,000 to 85,000.



NEW DELHI: National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced new dates for JEE (MAIN) and NEET(UG). JEE (MAIN) is announced to now be held between September 1 to September 6, 2020, while #NEET (UG) is scheduled to be held on September 13, 2020.

Importantly, the NTA has released a Detailed Safety Plan on its official website. It has also substantially increased the number of examination centres.

In order to meet the social distancing requirements due to COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Examination Centers have been increased from 570 to 660 in case of JEE-Mains and from 2,546 to 3,843 for NEET-UG 2020.

Additionally, in the case of JEE-Mains, the number of shifts have been increased from 8 to 12.

The number of candidates per shift has also been reduced from 1,32,000 to 85,000.

This year nearly 8 lakh 50 thousand candidates have registered for JEE-Mains while the number of registrations for NEET-UG has been nearly 16 lakhs.

In order to ensure proper social distancing inside the examination halls, the candidates will be seated in alternate seats in case of JEE-Mains. As another precautionary step, the number of candidates allowed to take NEET-UG test in one room has been reduced from 24 to 12.

For ensuring social distancing outside the examination hall, the entry and exit of candidates have been staggered. Adequate arrangements have also been made outside the examination centres to enable candidates to follow social distancing norms.

NTA has also written to the State Governments to extend support in local movement of the candidates so that they are able to reach their examination centres on time.

Candidates have also been issued advisory guiding them about “Do’s and Don’ts” for proper social distancing:

  • Students will have to compulsorily wear a face mask, hand gloves and carry a personal water bottle and hand sanitiser to the exam centre.
  • The entry to the exam centre will be staggered and there will be thermal scanning. All exam centres will also have “isolation rooms” for those candidates whose body temperature is above 99.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Their admit card will have detailed instructions on maintaining physical distancing guidelines, the NTA said. The agency has also clarified that that almost all candidates have been provided their first choice of centres.
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After Scaling Peak 600, James Anderson Sets His Sight On 700 Test Wickets!

Overall, he is fourth in the list of leading wicket-takers in Tests.



SOUTHAMPTON (United Kingdom): England pacer James Anderson became the first fast bowler in history to take 600 Test wickets yesterday. The 38-year-old was seven wickets away from the feat when he started playing the third Test against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl. On Day 5 of the match, he dismissed Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali to claim his 600th wicket.

Muttiah Muralitharan with 800, Shane Warne with 708 and Anil Kumble with 619 wickets are the only other bowlers – all spinners – who remain ahead of Anderson on the all-time list of wicket-takers. Here’s a little clip of his milestone wickets, as Tweeted by the English Cricket Board:

Though the match ended in a draw, England won the series 1-0, with its three-wicket victory in the first test in Manchester followed by two drawn tests in Southampton.

Fastest to 600 test wickets in terms of deliveries:

  1. Muttiah Muralitharan – 33,711
  2. James Anderson – 33,717
  3. Shane Warne – 34,919
  4. Anil Kumble – 38,494

Here is the updated list of most wickets in Test cricket:

  1. Muttiah Muralitharan 800
  2. Shane Warne 708
  3. Anil Kumble 619
  4. James Anderson 600*
  5. Glenn McGrath 563
  6. Courtney Walsh 519
  7. Stuart Broad 514*
  8. Dale Steyn 439
  9. Kapil Dev 434

Congratulations poured in for Anderson from all quarters including from Shane Warne, Anil Kumble and Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

“He’s set the bar a bit like Sachin has,” McGrath, who previously held the record for most wickets by a pace bowler with 563, told the BBC.

“No one is ever going to catch Sachin in test cricket for the amount of runs he’s scored (15,921) and the matches he’s played (200). Jimmy’s done the same for fast bowling.

“I didn’t have the skill level Jimmy has. When he’s swinging that ball, both ways, in control, there’s no one better.”

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Zoram Mega Food Park In Mizoram To Create 5,000 Jobs, Benefit 25,000 Farmers

It will provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers.



AIZAWL (Mizoram): The Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated a mega food park in Mizoram on July 21, 2020, that will benefit around 25,000 farmers and generate around 5,000 job opportunities. The Minister virtually inaugurated the park in the presence of Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Rameswar Tel and DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh and other senior Ministers of Mizoram.

The Zoram Mega Food Park is expected to immensely benefit farmers of the north-eastern state, which has an abundance of unique varieties of fruits and vegetables. Further, the modern infrastructure for food processing will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Mizoram and adjoining areas immensely. The food park will also give a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state.

The 55-acre Zoram food park is located at Khamrang village in Kolasib District, Mizoram. It is promoted by Zoram Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd.

It is the first mega food park operationalized in Mizoram. It is expected to provide direct and indirect employment up to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the core processing centre (CPC) and primary processing Centre(PPC) catchment areas.

The Zoram mega food park has been set up at a cost of Rs 75 crore. It is expected to leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crore in about 30 food processing units in the park and would eventually lead to an annual turnover of about Rs 450-500 Crores.

The Park also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and 03 Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) at Champhai, Thingfal and Thenzawlhaving facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms in the catchment area to benefit farmers.

Till now, a total of 88 ministry-supported food processing projects have been sanctioned in the North Eastern Region, among which 41 have been implemented. The projects worth approximately Rs 1,000 crore have been sanctioned with subsidy support of around Rs 520 crore.

According to the Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, when the 88 projects get fully completed, they would create processing and preservation capacity of about 8.66 lakh tonnes to handle agro produce worth Rs 2,166 crore.

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