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Himachal to take advantage of New Zealand expertise in horticulture : Singh

Published By: Rajasthan News1 on: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at: 9:23 PM

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Shimla : Himachal  Pradesh Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh said the state government would take the advantage of expertise of New Zealand in developing various sectors like horticulture, agriculture and dairy etc.

He said the New Zealand government had shown its keenness in supporting Himachal Pradesh for horticulture development project, to be funded by the World Bank.

The Chief Minister was presiding over a meeting with the delegation of Pipfruit, New Zealand, here today to discuss the progress on the project to support the growth of productivity for apple growers.

He said New Zealand was one of the highest apples producing country where per hectare apple production was 57 tonnes. The State would be benefited with their knowledge in increasing fruits production, especially apple and stone fruits.

He said agriculture and horticulture sectors were main mainstay of rural economy of the state and the government was giving added priority to develop these key sectors. The state had taken advancement in agriculture, horticulture, organic fertilizers, pesticide management and introducing new varieties of apple.

He said apple contributes to 90 percent out of total fruit production in the state and the state government was interested in introducing more new varieties of apple to benefit the apple producers. 

Virbhadra Singh said the emphasis of the government would on diversification of stone fruits and rejuvenation of old apple orchards in which the knowledge of New Zealand would play an important role.

He said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would be signed with the New Zealand government for implementation of the project early in the next year.

Vice Chancellor, Horticulture University, Nauni, Vijay Thakur informed that 28 types of fruits were being produced in the state and ten more fruits would be introduced in the coming years as the state had suitable climate for growing most of the fruits. The efforts would be made to enhance the fruit production which would further help in strengthening the economy of the State.

Mike Petersan, Special Agricultural Envoy, said the New Zealand government was looking for partnership with Himachal Pradesh through trade agreements and negotiations.

He said New Zealand had good research institutes and help would be extended to the State apple rejuvenation project. He also expressed the willingness of New Zealand government to partner with Himachal Pradesh in education sector as well.

He also invited the Chief Minister, Horticulture Minister and officers of the state government to New Zealand and added that a meeting would be organized there with the progressive farmers.

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‘Mahindra Reva Goodness Drive – Kashmir to Kanyakumari’ reaches Jaipur

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Jaipur : India’s first all-electric car expedition christened ‘Mahindra Reva Goodness Drive – Kashmir to Kanyakumari’, which recently flagged off by Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt Ltd, has already traversed over 1200 km and 14 locations, to reach the city of Jaipur.

Three expedition ready, all-electric, zero emission Mahindra E2Os are being driven to Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu), covering the entire length of the country in a month. The drive was flagged off from Srinagar by Arvind Mathew, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Reva, in the presence of Aravinda De Silva, Former International Cricketer from Sri Lanka.

Pitched as a drive for a better tomorrow, the E2O convoy will pass through 52 locations within the country and traverse a distance of over 5,000 kilometers. The idea for the ‘Goodness Drive – Kashmir to Kanyakumari’ is to demonstrate the advantages of electric vehicles, thereby helping in the manifestation of a clean and green eco-system.

The rally will also propagate a zero emission, zero fuel drive in addition to showcasing the full potential of a connected car and dispel any myths related to range anxiety. It is the right opportunity for the company to demonstrate the many aspects of the car - its ability to traverse tough and difficult terrain, accelerate instantly, its shortest turning radius and the convenience of clutch free driving.

Arvind Mathew, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Reva said, “Mahindra E2O is the Mahindra Group’s endeavor to offer its customers a clean, smart and economical personal mobility solution and thus redefine sustainable urbanization. To create awareness of the benefits of electric mobility through Mahindra E2O, we are pleased to flag off the Goodness Drive."

"As a pioneer of electric vehicles and integrated mobility solutions in India, it is our effort to make EVs more accessible in order to build a cleaner tomorrow. By traversing this vast distance, our E2Os will look to effectively dispel the range anxiety amongst customers and will demonstrate the car’s ability to handle difficult terrain.” He added.

The Mahindra E2O is a manifestation of Mahindra’s vision of the ‘Future of Mobility’ which encompasses the ‘5Cs’ framework of Clean, Convenient, Connected, Clever and Cost Effective vehicle technology.

The Mahindra E2O is an Electric Vehicle (EV) designed as a mobility solution for a sustainable zero-emissions society and gains high relevance in the face of issues like environmental degradation, pollution related health concerns, climate change, energy security and rising oil prices, all of which plague communities globally.

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Virbhadra singh Visits Jawalamukhi shrine

Published By: Rajasthan News1 on: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at: 12:57 PM

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Jawalamukhi : Chief Minister of Himachal Pardesh, Virbhadra Singh, on Tuesday visited the famous shrine of Jawalamukhi in Kangra District of Himachal Pardesh to pay obeisance. Singh alongwith his cabinet collogue IPH Minister Vidya Stokes reached the shrine early morning. 

He was accorded a warm and rousing reception by large number local baridars of temple who welcomed him at the gate of Jawalamukhi shrine, with traditional musical instruments as he entered the temple. He prayed for the well being and prosperity of the people of the State. 

Ritesh Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner Kangra and Chairman Temple Trust presented a photograph of Jawala ji to the Chief Minister. Local MLA Sanjay Rattan and Senior officers of the district administration and other distinguished people were present on the occasion.

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Anand Sharma eying the Himachal Pradesh CM's chair

J P Nadda, Union Minister J P Nadda, Union Health Minister, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Anand Sharma, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vasundhara Raje
Shimla : Union Minister J P Nadda demanded that Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh resigned over corruption charges against him and questioned the "silence" of top Congress leadership on the issue. 

Nadda further questioned the "silence" of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi on the issue. 

Central investigating agencies appear to be in no mood to turn down the heat on Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

Nearly two months after the CBI raided 11 addresses linked to the former Union minister in a disproportionate assets case, the Enforcement Directorate, on 20 November, conducted searches against him at nearly a dozen other places across three states.

The ED carried out these searches in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, as part of its money-laundering probe against Singh. The agency had filed the case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), after taking cognisance of the criminal complaint filed by the CBI in September.

While Singh responded to the searches without getting defensive, more such action by central agencies cannot be ruled out.

Tweeting about the incident, Singh appeared to be taunting the Union government, asking it to get the FBI or Scotland Yard to investigate if it wanted to, but put an end to this police-thief game soon. He also wondered aloud whether the fresh searches were because of BJP's frustration after losing the Bihar assembly polls.

There is speculation, however, in the corridors of power that Singh may be arrested soon by the CBI.Singh has a long history of corruption allegations. The present case is against him and his family members for allegedly amassing Rs 6.1 crore beyond the known sources of their income during Singh's tenure as Union Minister of Steel, from 2009 to 2011.

Common Cause, an NGO, had filed a PIL against him in the Delhi High Court in November 2013, seeking a court-supervised probe by the CBI or the Director General, Income Tax (Investigations), against him. Common Cause has alleged there are several other instances of corruption against him.

What is unique about Singh's case is the prompt action taken by central agencies, even as several other cases are languishing.Singh has become a rare sitting CM to face CBI and ED action, while his Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan counterparts, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje, have been luckier.

Over four months have elapsed since the Supreme Court handed over cases related to the Vyapam scam in the MP to the CBI, but the agency is yet to make any headway. Meanwhile, opposition parties have made several allegations against Raje as well, over her alleged links with former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.

The ED has issued notices against Modi, who is in the UK, but is yet to show similar promptness in getting him back. Neither has the Union government ordered the agency to probe the allegations against Raje.The case against Singh has given rise to all sorts of speculation. There are reports about factionalism between several Congress leaders in Himachal Pradesh.

In the meantime, there are several rumours in Delhi's power corridors too. Speculation is rife that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's offensive against Singh, may end up indirectly benefiting senior Congress leader from the state and Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma. Sharma, reports claim, may be eying the CM's chair. That a BJP government should help Sharma with his ambition seems incredulous.

Sharma has little grassroots support in the state, having never been a part of many electoral battles. However, he has been a Parliamentarian throughout, having been elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1984. His closeness with the party's central leadership is a well-known fact.

On the other hand, if reports about Singh not sharing a similar relationship with the party's top leaders are true, that could spell trouble for him.In that case, if the central agencies unearth evidence that strengthens the case against the CM, he is unlikely to get the required backing from the party high-command in Delhi. The coming few weeks will be crucial for him.

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77th Junior & Youth National and Inter State Table Tennis championship

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Dharmshala : The 77th Junior & Youth National and Inter State Table Tennis championship will begin today in Dharamshala. This is for the first time that Himachal Pradesh is organising an National Table Tennis event in this princely hill state. 

The six day tournament that begins today on 24th November will have its closing by 29th Novermber, 2015. The tournament is organised by Himachal Pradesh Table Tennis Association in joint venture with Table Tennis Federation of India. 

G.S. Bali, Hon'ble Transport & Civil Supplies Minister will be the chief Guest, who will be inaugurating the Tournament at 4.30 p.m. today at Indoor Stadium, Dharamashala.

Ritesh Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner, Dharamshala, who is also The President of HPTT Association has revealed that the tournament will have representation of almost around 30 States. In addition to it reknowned institutions like Airport Authority of India, Petroleum sports Promotion Board Academy and Dena Bank will also be participating in this Tournament.

There will be around 500 number of participants in this 77th Junior & Youth National and Inter State Table Tennis champoinship, said Yashpal Rana Secretary of HPTT Association. 

He said that the two main catagories which will be played during the tournament are under 18 Junior (boys & girls) and under 21 youth  (boys & girls).

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Uttarakhand Government Signs far reaching MoUwith The Hans Foundation

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Dehradun : Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s social agenda today received a major forward thrust with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Hans Foundation (THF) to launch a slew of development projects and initiatives across multiple segments including Healthcare & Disability, Agriculture, Education, Forest Regeneration, Water & Sanitation and Electrification of Villages. 

Being spearheaded by THF in conjunction with the Uttarakhand State Government the program is being developed and personally monitored, from the government’s end, by Harish Rawat himself through a special team handpicked by him for the task. 

Commenting on the initiative and its significance to the state, Harish Rawat said: “I have always maintained that for a young hill state like ours, growth and sustainable development cannot be attained if inclusive social development is not a central element of its growth effort."

He added, "At the same time with the increased challenge of raising finances without the ability to develop and exploit mainstream industries like in the flatter regions of the country ensuring overall social development can only happen through active participation of civil society and tons of ingenuity."

“This wide ranging MOU with The Hans Foundation and its consortium of specialist partner NGO’s is exactly the kind of fill-up my government was seeking and am confident this initiative will go a long way in allowing an all around social development of the state. I thank The Hans Foundation and all its associate partners for this commitment of theirs and assure them my personal support and involvement in ensuring that this effort of theirs comes out as a huge success,” added Harish Rawat.

The signing of the MOU also marks the first step in operationalization of THF’s and its partner NGO’s Uttarakhand ‘Vision 2020’. The THF driven NGO consortium for Uttarakhand would possibly include Max India Foundation, Plan International, American India Foundation, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Himmothan (Tata Trust), CBM, Help Age India, CRY, Tata Sustainability Group, Charities Aid Foundation, International Fund for Agriculture Development and the Azim Premji Foundation

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