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Nankhari to brought under SADA: CM

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Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing a public meeting at Nankhari in Shimla district today announced to bring Nankhari under Special Area Development Authority (SADA) to ensure planned development of the area with proper sewerage system and other basic facilities. He said that the Sub divisional Magistrate (SDM) Rampur would be the chairman of the committee and all the designs/maps pertaining to construction would be passed by him.

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The Chief Minister said that a metalled road would be constructed from Nankhari till the college at a cost of Rs 20 crore and in terrace pattern, so that the coming generations may have better educational facilities near to their homes.

He said that the Government during its present tenure had opened as many as 15 colleges in the far-flung and rural areas of the State and provision for adequate funding for the same had been also made. He said that it was the need of the hour to provide quality education to the girl child in the State and the Government was endeavouring to open more educational Institutions in the rural and far flung areas.

The Chief Minister said that if a girl child was educated; the whole society was educated adding that the Government would ensure that colleges have enough teaching staff. He expressed happiness that as many as 600 children were studying in the College in the remote Shillai area and out of the total children, 400 were girls. “ I feel elated to see the Girls coming forward in all fields and taking keen interest in pursuing higher education, which otherwise would have been a distant dream for them, if the present government had not opened educational institutions in tribal and far flung areas”, he said.

He said that all functional posts of the teachers would be filled up and even the school management committees were empowered to keep teachers where necessary.

Virbhadra Singh said that as many as 13 senior secondary schools were functioning in and around Nankhari, which boasts of the achievements of the Government in strengthening the education sector. “ Sab Pade, Sab Badein”, this is the motto of our Government and people should come forward to educate the girl child, so as to educate the society as a whole, said the Chief Minister. He said that the admissions to colleges in the urban areas would now be limited so that the children may study in colleges opened near to their homes and not rush to towns and cities spending a lot.

Raising concern over the encroachments on government land in few areas in the State, the Chief Minister cautioned that the forest Land should not be misutilized for personal benefits.Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Nand Lal while speaking on the occasion said that Tikkar-Kahamadi road work had been awarded and the work on it will soon commence. He thanked the CM for appointing Block Medical Officer in Nankhari and said that the irrigational facilities provided in the area were sufficient enough. He thanked the Chief Minister for giving consent for a proper place for a market at Nankhari.

Darshan Singh Thakur, former Block President Congress thanked the Chief Minister for the development works being carried out in the area.

Devender Thakur, Pradhan Gram Panchayat Nankhari, welcomed the Chief Minister and also forwarded the demands of the area.

President Congress Zone Nankhari, Rajinder Chauhan also spoke on the occasion and thanked the Chief Minister for laying foundation stones and inauguration of projects worth 20.45 crore. He also thanked the Chief Minister for carrying out other development works in the area.

Kesar Singh Mehta, President Nankhari Valley Truck Operator Union presented a cheque of Rupees one lakh one thousand towards the Chief Minister Relief Fund and President, Beopar Mandal Nankhari, Darshan Thakur also contributed a sum of Rs 51 thousand towards the CM Relief Fund.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated Forest Complex constructed at a cost of Rs 45 lakh at Nankhari and also laid foundation stone of Government Degree College, Nankhari to be constructed at a cost of Rs 20 crore.

Chairman Kailash Federation, . Brij Lal, District Congress President (Rural), Kehar Singh Khachi, Block Congress President, Rampur, Satish Verma, Chairperson, Panchayat Samiti Nankhari Smt. Krishna Devi, Vice President Panchayat Samiti Nankhari, Rajeev Thakur, Pradhans and up-Pradhans of nearby Panchayats, Deputy Commissioner, Dinesh Malhotra, Superintendent of Police, D.W Negi and other senior officers of the district were also present on the occasion amongst others.

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UHF Nauni Station Becomes India’s ‘Lead Centre of Dahlia Testing’

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Dahlia in full bloom at RHRTS Dhaulakuan

Solan- As good news for the farmers of Himachal Pradesh engaged in floriculture, the Regional Horticulture Research and Training Station (RHRTS), Dhaulakuan of the Dr YS Parmar University and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been designated as the ‘Lead Centre of Dahlia Testing’ in the country.

As per the university, this is a big shot in the arm for Dahlia cultivation in the state as the flower has been introduced in Himachal for the first time under the project. The research conducted at the station could pave the way for its adoption by farmers for commercial cultivation.

The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPV&FRA) of the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare, GoI has given the prestigious national level designation to the research station.

The status of National level Lead entre of dahlia testing is a big achievement for the station as Dahlia is among the most admired winter flowering plant. It is a recognition of the work carried out at the research station and is expected to catalyze commercial cultivation of this flower in the state,

said Dr AK Joshi, Associate Director RHRTS, Dhaulakuan.

He added that several cultivars will be added to the present germplasm and farmers will be able to get rooted plants in the future. UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma and Director Research Dr JN Sharma congratulated the scientists.

The research station forayed into floriculture in 2012, mainly in ornamental plants, but has since made rapid strides in this area. In 2016-17, under a PPV&FRA funded project worth Rs. 18 lakh, over 50 cultivars of dahlia of different shapes, colours, sizes and categories were introduced at the station from different reliable nurseries and departments from Uttarakhand and adjoining areas.

Elaborating on the research, Dr Priyanka Thakur, Principal Floriculturist and main investigator of the project told that the objectives were the development of Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) testing guidelines of dahlia and evaluation of species/ cultivars. The morphological characterization, development of DUS testing guidelines and the establishment of DUS centre for dahlia at the station is presently underway.

The farmers of Himachal can adopt this new crop for cut flower as well as pot plant production, which can not only help in diversification but also boost the economy and raise farm incomes.

The newly introduced dahlia cultivars are suitable for pot plant production, borders, mass plantations and cut flowers etc. Cultivars like Matungini, Mother Teresa, Sister Nivedita, Tenzin, Suryadeva, Jishu, Gilody, SP Kamla have been found suitable for low hill conditions. Matungini, Jishu, Sohini, Black Eternity, Surya Deva, Maa Sharda have been found suitable for cut flower production.

Often called the ‘King of flowers’, Dahlia is grown both for indoor and outdoor elegance. The height of plants differs with variety and can vary from two-inch lollipop style pompoms to the giant 10-15 inch ‘dinner plate’ blooms growing to a height of 4-5 feet.

These cultivars remain in flowering from Feb to May. Farmers can reap rich dividends by selling cut flowers, pot and as landscape plants and through the production of rooted plants. The students of the university are also working on the evaluation of dahlia varieties for the low hill conditions of Himachal Pradesh.

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Holding Clean Elections India’s Biggest Challenge as Misuse of Money Increases By Leaps And Bounds: EC

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Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence

New Delhi: Conducting clean elections is now one of the biggest challenges in our democracy given the prevalent abuse of money power, particularly when it manifests in the inducement of voters, the Elections Commission of India said today.

Unfortunately, the use of the money during the elections has increased by leaps and bounds in recent times. Mischief mongers are ever devising more ingenious ways to beat the system, said the EC Larger seizures have been made by our enforcement teams in successive elections.

To address this paramount problem, the Election Commission of India headed by Chief Election Commissioner  Sunil Arora along with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra today held a meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence.  Heads of Tax Boards, Law enforcement agencies, Central Paramilitary Forces and representatives of Financial Institutions attended the meeting.

The Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora along with the Election Commissioners, Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra at Meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence, in New Delhi on March 15, 2019.

He said Commission is determined to curb this menace and has issued detailed guidelines to monitor election expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties.  He said individually and collectively the agencies participating in the meeting are the bulwarks of clean elections. The outcome of synergised action should exceed the commitments made. 

To ensure clean elections, it is vital keeping track of the legal expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties for election campaigns. More importantly, it is imperative to ensure that there is no illegal use of money and other items for buying of votes, said Election Commissioner Chandra.

Issues Discussed at Committee on Election Intelligence

  • Ways of Curbing of covert expenditure by candidates and political parties
  • Sensitisation of the law enforcement agencies about their role during elections
  • Co-operation and sharing of intelligence of economic offences amongst law enforcement agencies for effective action
  • Preparation of road map for action during the elections
  • Mapping of constituencies by concerned agencies to check transportation of smuggled goods, drugs, liquor, and cash, including fake currency, through seaports, inter-state borders and international borders and pro-active and preventive action by each law enforcement agency

The Heads of Tax Boards, Law enforcement agencies, Central Paramilitary Forces and representatives of Financial Institutions assured the Commission of prompt 24X7 expenditure monitoring and surveillance action.

The Commissions said a greater synergy amongst various enforcement agencies is needed to develop a collective strategy to fight this menace.  Therefore, the Commission expects that all enforcement agencies should have proper sharing of information for taking coordinated action rather than working in silos.

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Nauni Varsity’s Apiculture Centre Judged as India’s Best Research Center, Bags Award

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Nauni Varsity’s Apiculture Centre bags award

Solan: The apiculture research centre of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has again bagged the ‘Best Research Center (2016-18)’ award. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) confers the award every year.  This is the second year in a row that the centre has bagged this award.

 University’s Department of Entomology runs the Solan centre of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Honeybees and Pollinators AICRP (HB&P).

Scientists from 27 AICRP centres from across the country participated in the meet and presented their work. Three scientists from the UHF centre; Dr Harish Kumar Sharma, Dr Kiran Rana and Dr Meena Thakur also attended the meeting.

The Principal Investigator Dr Harish Sharma said that the centre is engaged in research in diversified aspects of apiculture including managed honeybee pollination, bee botany, bee breeding, honeybee disease identification and their management, and standardization of technology for hive products.

This is the only centre in the country where bumblebee rearing and its utilization in protected cultivation has been standardized.

he said.

Elaborating on the work done by the entomology department of the university, HOD Dr Divender Gupta told that the centre has been working for the overall upliftment of apiculture in the state with special emphasis on pollination management.

In addition, the centre has been providing specialized training on queen breeding and bee breeding to beekeepers from across the country including the north-east. 

In order to establish bee breeders, the scientists have been providing technical backup for production of quality queens for increasing honey production and pollination efficiency,

he added.

The award was given at the Biennial Group Meeting of AICRP (HB&P) organized by ICAR at the School of Agricultural Sciences and Rural Development, Nagaland University last week.

Dr PK Chakravarti, ADG ICAR conferred the award at the plenary session of the workshop in the presence of eminent apiculturist and former national coordinators of the AICRP (HB&P) Dr RK Thakur and Dr RC Mishra. Dr RK Thakur, who is currently serving as the Joint Director (Communication) at UHF also delivered the lead lecture during the event.

UHF VC Dr HC Sharma and Dean College of Horticulture Dr Rakesh Gupta congratulated the whole team for bringing laurels to the university.

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