Ram Mandir Trust appoints Nritya Gopal Das as Chairman, Champat Rai as General Secretary
February 20, 2020

Ram Mandir Trust or 'Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra Trust' has taken various important decisions in its first meeting on February 19, 2020. Mahant Nritya Gopal Das was elected as the Chairman of Ram Mandir Trust while vice-president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Champat Rai elected as the General Secretary of the trust.

 'Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra Trust' passed a resolution thanking PM Modi, Union Cabinet and UP Government for their role in Ram Mandir case. The trust decided to open Trust's bank account in State Bank of India (SBI) Ayodhya.

Who is Nritya Gopal Das?

Mahant Nritya Gopal Das was born on June 11, 1938 in Kahola village, Mathura. He came to the Ayodhya at the age of 12 and started learning spirituality. He was the disciple of Mahant Ram Manohar Das. He has been the patron of the Ram Mandir movement for decades. Mahant Nritya Gopal Das has been associated with the temple movement since 1984. Ram Mandir's construction process including craving of stones was stated under his chairmanship. He runs ‘Maniram Chhawni’ camp where five hundred sadhus are residing.

Who is Champat Rai?

Champat Rai started his career as a physics lecturer. He was working as a lecturer in a college in Bijnor. He has been associated with the Ram Mandir movement since 1984. He has also worked as an ally of the then VHP President Ashok Singhal. He has also been the minister of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas of VHP. He has also controlled the financial account of the Ayodhya Trust of the Ram temple.

Other Appointments

Nripendra Mishra has been appointed as the chairman of the building construction committee. In the first meeting of the Trust, nine resolutions were also passed. Govind Giri has been elected as the treasurer of the Ram Mandir trust. The meeting took place at the house of Kesava Iyengar Parasaran, lawyer of Ramlala, located in Greater Kailash, Delhi. All the issues were discussed in the meeting.


The Supreme Court gave a historic verdict on the Ram temple dispute on November 09, 2019. The court had given ownership of the entire disputed land to Ram Lala. On the other hand, the Supreme Court ordered to provide five acres of land to the Sunni Waqf Board for the construction of the mosque.

India’s foodgrain production to hit a record high of 291.95 million tonnes for crop year 2019-20
February 20, 2020

In accordance with the Second Advance Estimates for crop year 2019-20 by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, the total foodgrain production in the country is estimated at record 291.95 million tonnes as compared to the production of foodgrain of 285.21 million tonnes in 2018-19. It should be noted that the 2019-20 production is also higher by 26.20 million tonnes than the previous five years’ (2013-14 to 2017-18) average production of foodgrain. India’s crop year is July-June

Reason Behind the increase

The cumulative rainfall in the country during the monsoon season (June to September, 2019) has been 10% higher than Long Period Average (LPA), resulting in a boost in foodgrain production.

Key Points:

i.Production of rice– It is increased by 9.67 million tonnes in 2019-20 at record 117.47 million tonnes as compared to five years’ average production of 107.80 million tonnes.

ii.Production of wheat– Estimated at record 106.21 million tonnes for 2019-20, it is higher by 2.61 million tonnes as compared to wheat production during 2018-19 and is higher by 11.60 million tonnes than the average wheat production of 94.61 million tonnes.

iii.Production of Nutri / Coarse Cereals– It has been increased to 45.24 million tonnes, a 2.18 million tonnes increase as compared to 43.06 million tonnes achieved during 2018-19. It is also higher by 2.16 million tonnes than the average production.

iv.Production of Pulses– Total Pulses production during 2019-20 is estimated at 23.02 million tonnes which is higher by 2.76 million tonnes than the Five years’ average production of 20.26 million tonnes.

v.Production of oilseeds– For 2019-20 it is estimated at 34.19 million tonnes which is higher by 2.67 million tonnes than the production of 31.52 million tonnes during 2018-19.

2019-20 is higher by 4.54 million tonnes than the previous 5 years average oilseeds production.

vi.Production of Sugarcane– During 2019-20, it is estimated at 353.85 million, a 4.07 million tonnes than the average sugarcane production of 349.78 million tonnes.

vii.Production of Cotton– It is estimated at 34.89 million bales (of 170 kg each) is higher by 6.85 million bales than the production of 28.04 million bales during 2018-19.

viii.Production of Jute & Mesta– It is estimated at 9.81 million bales (of 180 kg each).

ix.Other Productions– Maize – 28.08 million tonnes, Tur – 3.69 million tonnes, Gram – 11.22 million tonnes, Soyabean – 13.63 million tonnes, Rapeseed and Mustard – 9.11 million tonnes, and Groundnut – 8.24 million tonnes

India to host the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup 2020; ‘Kick Off the Dream’ is official slogan
February 20, 2020

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju announced the 5 host cities of India for the FIFA  (Federation Internationale de Football Association) Under-17 Women’s Football World Cup which begins on 2nd November 2020.

The official slogan of the match is: Kick Off the Dream.

Key Points:

i.Host cities: Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Bhubaneshwar (Odisha), Guwahati (Assam), Kolkata (West Bengal) and Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra) were confirmed as the 5 host cities for the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup.

ii.Finals: The final match will be held at Dr D Y Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra on 21st November 2020.

iii.Participants: 16 teams will compete across 32 matches to lift the title.

About FIFA:

Motto- For the Game, For the World.

Headquarters- Zurich, Switzerland.

FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer- Sarai Bareman.

President- Giovanni Vincenzo Infantino.

Women entrepreneurship can create 170 million jobs: ‘Women Entrepreneurship in India—Powering the economy’ report
February 20, 2020

In accordance with the report titled ‘Women Entrepreneurship in India – Powering the economy with her’ by Bain & Company and Google, Indian women entrepreneurs can generate transformational employment in India with 150–170 million job opportunities, which is more than 25% of the new jobs required for the entire working age population by 2030. The lead author of the report was Meghna Chawla, a Bain & Company partner.

  • The report is based on responses from more than 60 female entrepreneurs and a granular survey with more than 1,100 women across rural, semi-urban and urban India.
Key Points:

-The report identifies six dominant segments of female entrepreneurs and estimates India to have 13.5–15.7 million enterprises owned by women, representing about 20% of all enterprises.

-Of all women-owned enterprises, a majority are singleperson enterprises, with the largest group represented by rural non-farm home-based business owners at 38%, followed by urban self-employed solopreneurs at 31%, who usually work from home.

-The other dominant segments include rural agripreneurs who are farm-based business owners at 18% and small business owners at 14%. Finally, there are the scalers, who employ more than 10 people and account for less than 1%. In total, these female entrepreneurs provide direct employment to an estimated 22-27 million people

-The report projects an opportunity to accelerate both quantity and quality of entrepreneurship to create over 30 million women-owned enterprises out of which 12 million can create employment.

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