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Himachal Scientist Dr Raj Kumar Thakur Bags Lifetime Achievement Award

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Dr Raj Kumar Thakur of UHF Nauni wins lifetime achievement award

Solan-  Dr Raj Kumar Thakur, a renowned expert in Apiculture and presently the Joint Director (Communication) at Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award in Gujarat for his meritorious contribution in the field of apiculture and economic entomology.

He received the award on Tuesday (January 29, 2019) during the National Symposium on Sustainable Management of Pests and Diseases in Augmenting Food and Nutritional Security held at Navsari Agricultural University, Gujarat.

Dr Thakur was recently empanelled as a Research Guide in specialized areas related to Agriculture, Plant Protection, Apiculture, Entomology and related subjects by the Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Science University, Arunachal Pradesh.

Dr RK Thakur receiving Lifetime Achievement Award

He has previously served as the Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project (Honeybees and Pollinators) in the Indian Council for Agricultural Research where he provided leadership to 26 AICRP Centres for implementation of research and programme, organization of tribal sub-plan trainings on beekeeping in various states of the country.

At UHF, his focus has been on reaching the agricultural community of the state through various mediums of communication in order to solve the problems faced by them.

University Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma and other scientists congratulated Dr Thakur for bringing laurels to the university.

About Dr Raj Kumar Thakur

Dr Raj Kumar hails from Lauhat village of Ghumarwin Tehsil in Bilaspur district. He received his schooled education in his home district and graduated (B.Sc) from Himachal Pradesh University in 1982.

He is also an alumnus of UHF Nauni. Further, Dr Thakur has completed his post-doctorate from Humboldt University, Berlin.

Dr Thakur carried out pioneering research work in standardizing Bumble Bee rearing technology and Artificial insemination honey bee Apis mellifera in India. As a DAAD post-doctorate, he developed Infra-Red Photography technique to observe defensive abilities of Apis mellifera carnica.

Besides, he has published 250 research articles in journals of national and international repute including popular articles, bulletins, book chapters, and has edited three books on Apiculture. He has also delivered over 34 invited talks in various conferences and symposia.

He has been to countries like Poland, Belgium, Nepal, France, Netherland, South Korea, Serbia, Australia and Malaysia to attend conferences and seminars and was recently awarded with Asia-Pacific Excellence Award in Hong Kong, a prestigious award for innovation in communications for the Madhu Sandesh Project, a collaborative project of AICRP (Honey bees and pollinators), Croplife Asia and KVK, Baramati. Also, he was presented with the distinguished scientist award in the field of Apiculture by Venus International Foundation for the year 2017-18.

Dr Thankur is responsible for the signing of Letter of Intent on behalf of UHF and Western Sydney University Australia for the purpose of research, exchange of students and faculty solely because of his efforts and earlier collaborations.

Owing to his vast experience in the field of Apiculture and to provide better services to the beekeepers of West Bengal and adjoining state,the ICAR-CISH Regional Research Station, Maldan, West Bengal, has invited Dr Thakur to develop road map of centre of AICRP on honey bees and pollinators, which is newly sanctioned from Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Integrated Beekeeping Development Centre, Malda.

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HP Cabinet Decisions July 2019: Nod to ‘HP Construction, Demolition Waste Policy and Strategy’ & ‘HP Direct Selling Guidelines, 2019’

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HP Cabinet Decisions July 2019

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held on July 16, 2019, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur

The cabinet has recommended the Governor to convene Monsoon session of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha from August 19 to August 31, 2019, with a total number of 11 sittings.

The Cabinet decided to provide State subsidy of 30 percent of system cost including installation of solar water heating systems of capacities 100 LPD and 200 LPD only to all the domestic consumers in the state.

HP Construction and Demolition Waste Policy and Strategy

It decided to frame Himachal Pradesh State Construction and Demolition Waste Policy and Strategy to avoid, minimise, reuse, recycle and dispose-off construction and demolition waste and avoid and minimize construction waste through design and construction management. This would help in checking the environmental problems that arise owning to open dumping of these wastes. Under the policy, suitable land would be provided for the dumping of construction and demolition waste and further its processing through private operators/agencies or by Urban Local Bodies.

 HP Direct Selling Guidelines, 2019

The Cabinet decided to approve Himachal Pradesh State Direct Selling Guidelines, 2019. The government claimed it would regulate the business of direct selling and multi-level marketing and strengthen the existing regulatory mechanism on direct selling and multi-level marketing. It’ll also prevent fraud and protect the legitimate rights and interests of the consumers, the government said.  

 The Cabinet approved the change of equity in favour of three power projects and also cleared a policy for imposing a penalty in case of change of equity and name without the approval of the government. Project developers would be given a period of 60 days when to get them approved without penalty.

 It accorded approval to

  •  Fill up five posts of Civil Judges in Himachal Pradesh High Court through direct recruitment to ensure speedy disposal of various cases
  • Fill up seven posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) and 10 posts of Statistical Assistant in Health and Family Welfare Department on contract basis through Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur.
  • Open Health Sub Centres at Kashimblidhar in Gram Panchayat Kuklah and at Chunani in Gram Panchayat Kashaud in Tehsil Balichowki and in Gram Panchayat Tandi in Chachiot tehsil of Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts.
  •  Open Primary Health Centre at Shilhanu in Mandi district alongwith creation of two posts to man the centre.

 Other Decisions

 Honorarium of Water Guards Hiked

The Cabinet gave its nod to increase the honorarium of water guards from Rs. 2100 to Rs. 3000 and para fitters and para pump operators from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4000 engaged in Irrigation and Public Health Department. This would benefit about 6220 water guards and about 500 para fitters and para pump operators.

The Cabinet decided to continue the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for procurement of apple during the current apple season. It also decided to enhance the procurement price under MIS from Rs. 7.50 to Rs. 8 per kg.  As many as 279 procurement centres would be opened in different parts of the state to facilitate the apple growers.

The Cabinet also decided that state-level function would be organized at Shimla on the birth anniversary of first Chief Minister Dr. Y.S Parmar on 4th August 2019.

 It gave its consent to accord District level status to Nalwar Mela Lambathach in Thunag tehsil of Mandi district.

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Solan Building Collapse: Death Toll Rises to 14 Including 13 Jawans and 1 Civilian, Rescue Operation Concluded

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Solan Building Collapse death toll

Solan-The toll of those killed in the collapse of a multi-storey building yesterday in Kumarhatti of Solan district that also housed a restaurant ‘Sehaj Tandoori Dhaba’ has risen to 14 as the rescue teams recovered more bodies. Over 25 people have been rescued and sent to Dharampur hospital for treatment. The deceased included 13 army jawans and one civilian, confirmed the Vivek Chandel, ADM, Solan. The rescue operation has concluded. As per the administration, total 42 people were trapped including 30 Jawans of Assam Rifles and 12 civilians. 

“Since yesterday, 17 Armymen and 11 civilians have been rescued. Three teams of the National Disaster Response Force have taken over the rescue,”

the Deputy Commissioner KC Chaman told PTI.

The building located on the Nahan-Kumarhatti road that housed a restaurant on one of the floors came down around 4 PM on July 14. As it was Sunday, several army personals of Assam Rifles had come to dine at the restaurant. The hotel owner also lived in the building along with his wife and two children. While the children were playing in the neighbourhood, their mother was present in the building. She reportedly died in the collapse, confirmed Additional SP Shiv Kumar Sharma.

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on July 15 also visited the spot and ordered a magisterial probe to ascertain the cause of the collapse. An FIR against the owner of the building has also been registered.
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With this tragedy, questions are being raised over the legality of the construction. The building that was constructed in 2009 had at least four storeys. One of the storeys, as per reports, was added recently.Some reports suggested that complaints were also filed regarding the construction of this building.

Solan Rescue Operation

Currently, weak foundation and non-compliance with existing rules regarding the construction of buildings are considered as causes of the collapse. However, the district administration officials said the actual causes could only be ascertained after a probe.

Over 250 men of National Disaster Relief Force, District Police, and army jawans from nearby cantonment were continuously carrying out rescue work since yesterday. 

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2 killed, Several Trapped as Multi-Storey Building Collapses in Solan’s Kumarhatti

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Solan Building Collapse

Solan– A multi-storey building collapsed in Kumarhatti in Solan district today. Twp people said to have been killed. As per initial information available, over 35 people were present inside the building, which is said to be a dhaba (restaurant) when it collapsed. Over 15 persons were pulled out of debris and rescued while several others are feared to be still trapped. The incident occurred during a heavy downpour.


Several of these trapped people included army jawans. The army personnel and their family members were on their way to Uttarakhand and had stopped at the restaurant for lunch, a district official told PTI.

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As per a Tweet by the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, about 40 people were trapped under the debris. Out of these, 19 were rescued and operation is in progress to rescue others.

Latest update from ANI said that 22 people were rescued. The rescued injured were taken to Dharampur hospital for treatment.

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As per the district administration, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was sent for from Panchkula for carrying out the rescue operation.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Solan, and the Additional District Magistrate had also reached the spot.
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