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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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Total 332 Bird Species Located in Himachal Pradesh

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Bird Species Count in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-As per the Great Backyard Bird Count (7th Indian edition), the number of bird species in Himachal Pradesh was 332 in 2018, a spokesman of State Forest Department informed on February 21, 2019.  

PCCF (WL) Dr. Savita said that among the Indian States, Himachal Pradesh shared the topmost position with Uttrakhand where the highest number of species was recorded.  

Birding locations included wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, conservation reserves, villages and urban areas. He said that more than 150 bird species were recorded in Mandi, Shimla, Kangra and Sirmaur districts.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science initiative intended to encourage both amateur and professional bird-watchers to contribute towards the understanding bird and their biology in a better way.

The Department said that amateur birders from across the state contributed in the count in addition to 287 checklists that were uploaded into e-Bird by 55 participants.

 Participation in the event involved a minimum of 15 minutes bird watching during which all the bird species seen were counted and listed.  It involved bird watching sessions with school teachers and students, birding involving local villagers and panchayat representatives and training of frontline staff of the forest department in bird identification.

The Department said a detailed report is in preparation and will be circulated by the first week of March

This initiative was coordinated by Joint Secretary (Forests) Sat Pal Dhiman, Chief Conservator Forest (HQR) Nagesh Guleria, Chief Conservator Forest (WL) South Sushil Kapta, DFO (Hqr) N.P.S. Dhaulta along with other senior officers of the department.

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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt

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HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated

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Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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