PM Modi backs farm laws, says farmers have started getting their benefits


Prime minister on Saturday indicated that the controversial farm laws would not be repealed, saying farmers have started getting benefits of agricultural reforms.


Addressing an Assocham event, Modi said the country has made up its mind to embrace the changes in various rules and regulations being made by his government to meet the goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India).



“Agricultural reforms that we undertook six months back have started benefiting farmers,” he emphasised. Modi said his government has repealed more than 1500 archaic laws and is continuously making efforts to frame new legislations.


“The country has made up its mind, the country is committed to changes in rules and regulations that the government is making to achieve the dream of Atmanirbhar Bharat,” he said.


He asked the industry to help farmers sell their produce in the global markets.


To put forth his point, he said people start eating and the country starts importing those products about which some studies say that they are rich in proteins. “Without us realising, foreign edible products make entry into our platter. On the other hand, our own

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OneWeb launches 36 satellites; to offer hi-speed internet from 2021 end


Bharti Global and UK government on Friday said their joint venture OneWeb — a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications operator — launched 36 from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia.


This takes the total in-orbit constellation to 110 satellites, part of OneWeb’s 648 LEO satellite fleet that will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity, a company release said.


The UK government and Bharti Global have taken over the reins of OneWeb, which recently announced new management with telecom czar Sunil Mittal at the helm as executive chairman.




“Today’s launch is one of many steps we have taken to operationalise one of the world’s first LEO constellations,” Bharti Enterprises Chairman Sunil Mittal, said in an official statement.


The company claimed that the launch puts OneWeb on track to offer global services to customers from late 2021, starting with the United Kingdom, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Artic Seas, and Canada, with global service in 2022.


“Less than a month since its acquisition by Bharti Global and the UK government, OneWeb is quickly returning to full operations — hiring at a fast pace, restarting launches, continuing to

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US Hospital Converts Nearby Parking Lot Into Covid Care Facility

To cope with an influx of coronavirus patients, a hospital in Reno in the western US state of Nevada has transformed two floors of a nearby parking garage into a care unit dealing with patients experiencing less severe symptoms.





A patient with moderate Covid-19 symptoms at a parking lot converted into a care unit in Reno, Nevada
 AFP / Patrick T. Fallon



A Covid-19 patient at a parking lot converted into a care unit in Reno, Nevada


A Covid-19 patient at a parking lot converted into a care unit in Reno, Nevada
 AFP / Patrick T. Fallon

The space gives Renown Health Hospital patients and staff a secure environment that has direct access to key hospital facilities — lab, pharmacy, food services — while freeing up intensive care unit beds in the main building for the most severe cases.



A nurse helps a patient with Covid-19 at a parking lot converted into a care unit in Reno, Nevada


A nurse helps a patient with Covid-19 at a parking lot converted into a care unit in Reno, Nevada
 AFP / Patrick T. Fallon

The site was constructed in just 10 days back in April, when specialized companies were brought in to fit two storys of the indoor lot with new flooring and the necessary electrical, water and ventilation equipment.



Medical staff at a parking lot converted into a care unit in Reno, Nevada


Medical staff at a parking lot converted into a care unit in Reno, Nevada
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