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Akshaya Patra Foundation to launch first kitchen in Delhi

The Mohan Cooperative kitchen, inaugurating on Tuesday, will serve close to 22,000 students from 24 schools around the area.

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New Delhi, Dec 23 : The Akshaya Patra Foundation, which is working with various governments to achieve zero hunger, is all set to launch its first kitchen in the national capital on Tuesday.

“The Delhi government and the Akshaya Patra Foundation will inaugurate the first kitchen in Delhi on Tuesday,” official sources said.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation claimed to be world’s largest mid-day meal provider, said it is dedicated to serve hot and nutritious school lunch to 1.8 million children in 51 kitchens across 12 States and two Union Territories of India as the implementing partner of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.

“Currently, we are implementing the mid-day meal programme in 16,856 schools of the country, with a mission of feeding five million by 2025,” the foundation said.

The Mohan Cooperative kitchen, inaugurating on Tuesday, will serve close to 22,000 students from 24 schools around the area.

Delhi will also get two addition kitchens from next month, Bharatarshabha Dasa, Regional President of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, told IANS.

He said the aim of the foundation is to reach more and more children with freshly cooked, nutritious, tasty and hygienic mid-day meals.

“We will be serving nearly 65,000 children in Delhi through our three new kitchens in Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Jahangir Puri and Samaypur Badli from January 1, 2020. We are also in talks with the concerned authorities for setting up more kitchens in Delhi-NCR where we hope to scale up to 2.5 to 3 lakh beneficiary children in the coming years. We have even signed an MoU with Ghaziabad administration to set up a kitchen to feed 50,000 children,” he told IANS.

He explained that the foundation believes that it is important to innovate constantly to stay relevant to changing times.

“The three new kitchens in Delhi are green fuel-powered kitchens which will help us do our bit for the environment. In these kitchens, hybrid solar power pumps will be used to heat water to 80 degrees Celcius and this heated water will then be used to cook dal, rice and vegetables in brat pans. These solar water pumps have the capacity to heat 15,000 litres of water to 80 degrees Celcius at any time of the year,” he said.

He said while the rice brat pans used in these kitchens can cook 1,000 meals in 30 minutes, the dal brat pans can cook 2,400 meals in 1 hour and 45 minutes and vegetable brat pans can cook 5,000 meals in 1 hour.

“As these brat pans use IR burners, the heat distribution will be uniform while soot formation will be minimal despite them being powered by natural gas. These kitchens are also equipped with a semi-automated puri machine with the capacity to fry 6,000 puris in an hour,” he added.

(Nivedita Singh can be contacted at [email protected])

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Jitin Prasada urges Yogi to restore Parshuram Jayanti holiday

Parshuram Jayanti had earlier been declared a public holiday but when the Yogi government came to power, the holiday was cancelled.

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Former Union minister and senior UP Congress leader Jitin Prasada has written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, urging him to declare a holiday on Parshuram Jayanti.

Parshuram Jayanti had earlier been declared a public holiday but when the Yogi government came to power, the holiday was cancelled.
In April 2017, the chief minister had cancelled 15 public holidays, including Parshuram Jayanti. The government also cancelled the birth and death anniversaries of several eminent people.

In his letter, Jitin Prasada, who has been leading a campaign against atrocities on the Brahmin community, said that Parshuram is revered as the Lord of Justice and is also seen as the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

He said that Parshuram is held in high esteem by the Brahmin community. Prasada has urged the chief minister to restore the holiday on Parshuram Jayanti.

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Uttar Pradesh: 6-yr-old brutally raped, accused on the run

Dr S.K. Garg, the principal of the Meerut Medical College where the girl is admitted, said that she will need treatment for a long duration and more surgeries.

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Hapur (UP), Aug 10 : A six-year-old girl, who was kidnapped and brutally raped in Hapur district on Thursday, remains in a critical condition even as the police continue to hunt for the accused.

The police have released three sketches of the accused on the basis of the statements of the girl’s parents and neighbours.

The girl was kidnapped from outside her home in the Garh Mukhteshwar area, reportedly by a man on a motorcycle.

The police launched a hunt for the girl after her parents lodged a missing complaint.

She was found the next morning, unconscious and soaked in blood, behind bushes not far from her village. The girl was rushed to a specialised hospital in Meerut where the medical examination confirmed rape.

She has already undergone one surgery and doctors say she is stable but not yet out of danger.

The doctors said that the girl was brutalised in a manner that is shockingly similar to the Nirbhaya gang rape case of 2012.

Dr S.K. Garg, the principal of the Meerut Medical College where the girl is admitted, said that she will need treatment for a long duration and more surgeries.

Hapur SP Sanjeev Suman said that they have not yet been able to record the victim’s statement because of her medical condition. He said that six police teams have been formed to arrest the accused.

Meanwhile, protests are being held by the Samajwadi Party and Congress over the incident.

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UP woman commits suicide after allegedly being beaten up by police

Her family members said Yogesh Pathak beat up Nishu at the station. She was called to Kotwali by police again on Saturday and was stressed about it.

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Jalaun, Aug 10 : A 22-year-old woman committed suicide in Uttar Pradesh’s Jalaun after she was allegedly beaten up by a police inspector.

The incident took place in Naya Ramnagar area.

The deceased, Nishu Chaudhary, was found hanging by a noose at her house on Saturday. The family rushed her to the hospital but doctors declared her dead.

According to Nishu’s family, she had gone to the market in Baldau Chowk on Friday afternoon.

Some shopkeepers accused the victim and two of her friends of stealing passports and caught them. They called the police and handed them over to inspector Yogesh Pathak.

Police took the three to the Kotwali police station and after questioning they were handed over to their relatives.

Her family members said Yogesh Pathak beat up Nishu at the station. She was called to Kotwali by police again on Saturday and was stressed about it.

“She was very disturbed since the beating by the inspector,” said a family member.

After Nishu committed suicide, her family went to the police station and created a ruckus, demanding action against the inspector.

Circle Officer (CO) Santosh Kumar reached the spot and assured the family that the matter will be investigated.

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