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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 By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France

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Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.

She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.

Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.  

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Bad Weather Warning for Himachal, Tourists and Locals Advised Not to Venture into Higher Hills

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for middle and lower hills on October 17th and 18th. The Met has also issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has been predicted in higher hills and advisory has been issued for both locals and tourists to avoid travelling to higher hills.

While a yellow alert with a prediction of thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places has been issued for Una and Hamirpur district on October 17, an orange alert with a prediction of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places has been issued for Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur.

For October 18, a yellow alert has been issued for Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, and Kullu districts and an orange alert for the remaining districts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti, warned that in view of the Met Department’s forecast for the next two days, locals and tourists should avoid Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-03) and refrain from venturing into higher hills.

In case, travel is unavoidable due to some compelling circumstances, such candidates have been asked to confirm weather and road conditions on given telephone numbers, which are 9459661355, 01900-202509, 510, 517 and 1077.

The DC also informed that in case of any emergency, people should contact the District Disaster Management Cell, Lahaul-Spiti, on 01900 202509, 510, 517, and Tall Free -1077.

The weather is predicted to be dry on October 19 and 20. 

Feature Photo: Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

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