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Guntur: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Monday unveiled the foundation stone for an agriculture university at Lam Farm near here in Andhra Pradesh.
The university, which is coming up on 500 acres at a cost of Rs.1,505 crore, is one of the institutes of higher learning and research promised by the Centre to the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh at the time of bifurcation.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu urged the union agriculture minister to accord it the status of a central university and make available the requisite funds and facilities.

The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to name it Acharya N. Ranga Agricultural University.

The agriculture university of the undivided state in Hyderabad was known by the same name.

Following the formation of Telangana state, the name was changed to Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University.

Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony, Radha Mohan Singh said as Andhra Pradesh was a major agricultural state, it would get due importance.

He said agricultural universities would have to play a greater role in undertaking research and extension to the fields as technology would play a great role.

While noting that there were still large productivity gaps in the potential and the realised farm output, he called for developing new technologies to bridge the gap.

He said that since agriculture was the primary source of living for 70 percent of the population, technological progress in agriculture was crucial for the overall economic development of the country.

He said research institutions and agricultural universities enabled the country to achieve self-reliance in food security.

The minister also said the country has 73 agricultural universities and 101 ICAR research institutions were currently serving the farming community.

Chandrababu Naidu said since 65 percent of the state’s population was dependent on agriculture, his government was giving top priority to the sector.

Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that with the establishment of the agricultural university, the Centre had taken another step to fulfil the commitments made to Andhra Pradesh.

He promised that the Centre will extend all help to the state.

Union ministers Ashok Gajapati Raju, Y.S. Chowdary, several state ministers and public representatives were also present.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Crimes Against Women Perpetrate in Every two Minutes: NCRB Analysis

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Crimes against women in India
Father, left and mother, center of the Indian student victim who was fatally gang raped on this day three years back on a moving bus in the Indian capital join others at a candle lit vigil in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. VOA
  • Any kind of physical or mental harm towards women is deemed as  “crime against women”
  • Domestic violence is the most dominant crime against women
  • Andhra Pradesh state is the highest to report crimes against women in the period of ten years

Sep 20, 2017: A report released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) suggests that crimes against women have increased violently in the last ten years with an estimated figure of  2.24 million crimes. The figure is also suggestive of the fact: 26 crimes against women are reported every hour, or one complaint every two minutes, reports IndiaSpend analysis.

The most dominant crime against women with 909,713 cases reported in last decade was ‘cruelty by husbands and relatives’ under section 498‐A of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

‘Assault on women’ booked under section 354 of IPC is the second-most-reported crime against women with 470,556 crimes.

‘Kidnapping and abduction of women’ are the third-most-reported crime with 315,074 crimes, followed by ‘rape’ (243,051), ‘insult to modesty of women’ (104,151) and ‘dowry death’ (80,833).

The NCRB report also listed three heads, namely commit rape (4,234), abetment of suicide of women (3,734) and protection of women from domestic violence (426) under which cases of crime against women have been reported in 2014.

Andhra Pradesh has reported the most crimes against women (263,839) over the past 10 years.

Andhra Pradesh state is the highest (263,839) to report crimes against women in the period of ten years. Crimes reported for insult (35,733) ranks first followed by cruelty by husband relatives (117,458), assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty (51,376) and dowry-related deaths (5,364).

West Bengal (239,760) is second most crime against women state followed by Uttar Pradesh (236,456), Rajasthan (188,928) and Madhya Pradesh (175,593).

Abduction increased up to three folds over the recent years,  with Uttar Pradesh being the worst affected state. Cases rose from 15,750 cases in 2005 to 57,311 cases in 2014.

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94


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