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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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Mandi Greenfield Airport: HP Govt to Acquire upto 3150 Mts Land for Phase-II

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Mandi-Himachal Pradesh Government yesterday held a meeting regarding the construction of Greenfield Airport at Nagchala in Mandi district and expansion of Kangra and Shimla Airports. 

It was informed that land measuring 2936 bigha has been identified for construction of Greenfield Airport in Mandi district and site clearance has been obtained in January 2020.  During the meeting held with the Ministry of Civil Aviation in November 2019, it was decided that AAI go ahead with 2100 meters length of the runway in phase-I. However, Government of Himachal Pradesh would acquire land for proposed runway upto 3150 meters for phase-II and additional land would be kept unutilized as a buffer zone, he added.  The State Government had signed MoU for development and operation of this Greenfield airport through a Joint Venture Company on 15th January 2020, it was informed.

As per estimates, a total expenditure of Rs. 7448 crore would be incurred on this project on land acquisition, terminal building, runways and allied activities. An expenditure of Rs.  2786 crore on land acquisition, Rs. 2965 crore on other developmental activities, Rs. 900 crore on the terminal building, runway and allied infrastructure,  Rs. 782 crore on structures and Rs. 15 crores on compensatory levies for FCA  would be made. This proposed airstrip would require channelization of Suketi khad.

It was informed that 1780 bigha of land has been identified for the development and expansion of Kangra Airport for the operation of A-320 type of aircraft and cost of acquisition of land and allied activities would be Rs. 3347.18 crore. This proposed airstrip would require channelization of Manjhi khad alongwith construction of new approach road to the airport.

While referring about the expansion of Shimla Airport, it was informed that Union Civil Aviation Minister in November 2019 has agreed to provide funds for expansion of Shimla Airport runway adding a length of another 300 meters for which land measuring 182-11 bighas had been identified.  Proposal for the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) has been submitted.

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1802 Job Opportunities for Those Who Returned to State Due to COVID-19: HPKVN

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Shimla-Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam (HPKVN), Rohan Chand Thakur, informed on October 30, 2020, that thousands of unemployed skilled and semi-skilled citizens have returned to the state due to COVID pandemic. He claimed that through its Skill Register portal, till date, over 16,406 people have registered themselves for employment.

HPKVN approached various industries and companies located in the state and identified about 1802 employment opportunities. Some big names include HAVELLS, Voltas, Tafe, Indoco Remedies and organizations like MT Autocraft, Parwanoo etc, he informed.

He said that these job opportunities were mapped as per the eligibility, qualification and aspiration of the citizens registered on the ‘Skill Register’ portal and based on such mapping, HPKVN identified 1685 candidates eligible for the job opportunities offered by various industries.

These candidates were individually contacted, counselled and motivated to join the available job opportunities. Consequently, 405 candidates expressed their interest in joining the job. Out of these, 282 candidates appeared for the interview and 102 candidates got shortlisted through interview.

“For rest who could not join the job opportunities are being further counselled and motivated by the HPKVN team so that suitable matching job opportunity can be offered to them,”

he informed.

He cited job location, higher salary expectations etc as the reason behind candidates not willing to join despite having requisite qualification. HPKVN is also working on providing multiple offers to each candidate so that they have options to choose from.

Managing Director said that skilled and semi-skilled unemployed citizens returning from outside states can register themselves on ‘skillregister.hp.gov.in’ where companies and industries can also register their requirements, after which the Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam will attempt to provide job opportunities to the applicants in the nearest company or industry according to their ability and eligibility.

 

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Himachal: Education Minister, 22 Teachers in Three Schools, SDM Test Positive for COVID-19

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Shimla-Ahead of re-opening of schools for regular classes from November 2,  22 teachers in three schools of Mandi district – Sarkaghat, Killing, Thunag- have tested positive. Today, Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur and a person in his staff also tested positive. He informed regarding the report through a social media post. He has quarantined himself at his residence, he said. He has requested other people who have come in contact with him recently to get tested and isolate themselves.

Besides, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Joginder Nagar, has also tested positive.

A total of 332 new cases with two deaths were recorded on Wednesday, according to the statistics provided by the Health Department. So far, about half a dozen ministers and the Chief Minister have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered too. 

Four deaths have been reported today (till 12 pm), and the COVID-19 tally for the state had reached 21150, of which 2513 were active cases.  

So far, a total of 298 persons have lost their lives due to COVID-19, if the official statistics to be believed. The actual number of cases, as well as, deaths could be higher due to a community spread. However, so far, the state government has not given any projection regarding the actual numbers.

Till yesterday evening (9 PM), a total of 380415 persons had been tested for COVID-19 in the state.   

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