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India-born Mexican crop scientist Dr Sanjaya Rajaram is honoured with the coveted World Food Prize for the year 2014. He receives the $ 250,000 prize for his incredible contribution to global wheat production through developing around 480 varieties of disease-resistant wheat. They so far have been adopted by small-and large-scale farmers alike - in 51 countries across six continents. The World Food Prize is the topmost global award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have contributed to human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The award is a brainchild of Nobel laureate Dr Norman E Borlaug.
Sports competitions organized by the RKDF University concluded on Friday. The chief guest on the occasion was Uma Shankar Gupta, Minister for Higher & Technical Education. Special guests on the occasion include school & higher education minister Deepak Joshi and MLA Vishwas Sarang. The events were participated by students from different technical colleges in Bhopal. Truba College bagged the award in cricket whereas RKDF team was awarded prize for excelling in the sport of Kabaddi. LNCT team bagged award in kho-kho game. Ravi Kumar was first in wrestling; chess award went to Akash Jain of RKDF University and Avinash Das (Diploma engineering) won prize in carom contest.
Mumbai/Chandigarh: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday created history in Haryana by securing a clear majority on its own for the first time and finished as the single largest party in a hung house in Maharashtra, leaving former ally and runner up Shiv Sena high and dry. The verdict placed BJP in pole position to rule Maharashtra as the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) expressed willingness to offer outside support to its government. The Congress was humiliated in both Haryana and Maharashtra which it had been ruling for two and three consecutive terms respectively.For the first time, the BJP emerged with a clear mandate in Haryana, winning 47 seats in the 90-member assembly with a 33.2% vote share.
Sudden downpour on Friday evening in the state capital Bhopal left the denizens surprised. However, the rainfall was experienced only in some parts of the City. Earlier, on Thursday night similar downpour was experienced when the people were woken up by the sound of rainfall. Rainfall, coupled with breeze, has made the weather pleasant. There was water logging in some places. Prior to rainfall there were intermittent thunder sounds followed by lightning. People remained alert and had put off their electrical appliances to prevent them from being damaged. Weather pundits inform that thunder shower activities would continue for one or two days more.
PM Narendra Modi on Thursday unveiled a string of labour reforms, including measures to end 'inspector raj', asserting that ease of doing business is "essential" to ensure 'Make-in-India' campaign is successful. He dedicated a number of schemes under Shramev Jayate (work alone triumphs) programme which includes portability through universal account number for employee provident fund, single window portal to enable doing business with labour ministry and labour inspection scheme in central sphere. Modi said these steps exemplified his government's approach of 'minimum government and maximum governance'.
Harmanpreet Singh converted two penalty corners to help India sucessfully defend its Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) U-21 hockey title, beating Great Britain 2-1 in a keenly-contested final on Sunday. Harmanpreet (45th and 90 minutes) slammed home two set pieces at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium to take his goals tally to eight in the tournament. For Great Britain Samuel French (55th minute) was the lone goal scorer. Great Britain, unbeaten in the preliminary round, came into the final with a psychological advantage over India having beaten them 2-0 in their round-robin clash. But defending champions India had a record to play for as they wanted to be the first team to win the title twice since the inception of SOJC in 2011.