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  • India-ASEAN Youth Summit begins in Bhopal this evening

    Bhopal, Aug 14: The India-ASEAN Youth Summit begins in Bhopal this evening. The event is being organised by Foreign Ministry, Madhya Pradesh government and India Foundation. Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will inaugurate the five day Summit.

    The exercise will mark the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership in the ongoing year and also the commemorative year’s theme of "Shared Values, Common Destiny". Madhya Pradesh has been chosen for this event as the Sanchi stupa here strengthens the state’s cultural affiliation with the ASEAN countries.

    Taking into account the "Act East Policy" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the event becomes even more significant. Over 175 delegations of youths from Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and India will attend the Summit.

    Participate in Freedom struggle quiz on DD News

    New Delhi, Aug 5: India is all set to celebrate 75 years of the Quit India movement on 9th of August and Independence Day; to commemorate the occasion DD News has launched a quiz competition for participants across the country. The 9th of August will mark the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement and DD News has organised special programmes along with the quiz to create awareness on the freedom struggle movement.

    DD News will hold discussions, packages and run stories of unsung heroes who were part of freedom struggle movement. The programmes will also focus on chain of events that led to the movement. The questions and answers for the quiz will be posted daily on DD News twitter handle @DDNewsLive and official Facebook page. To know more on freedom struggle movement participate in the quiz by clicking on https://goo.gl/1EqEgW

    Ram Nath Kovind sworn-in as 14th President of India

    New Delhi, Jul 25: After his resounding victory in the Presidential Elections 2017, NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind has been sworn-in as India's 14th President. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Ram Nath Kovind after he was sworn in while also hailing President Kovind's speech as 'inspiring'. Ram Nath Kovind became the 14th President of India. Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar administered the oath of office to Kovind in the historic central hall of parliament. After taking oath, Kovind exchanged seats with Pranab Mukherjee. A 21-gun salute was also fired in honour of the new president.

    Exhorting Mahatma Gandhi and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, the president spoke of making India a land of equal opportunities. President Kovind advocated the need to build an India that was an economic leader as well as a moral exemplar. India, he said, should focus on its ability to enhance access and opportunity for the last person and the last girl child from an underprivileged family in the last house in the last village.

    While remembering Baba Saheb Ambedkar, he stressed that simply political freedom was not enough and it was crucial to also achieve economic and social freedom. He said each citizen contributes to nation building, be it a soldier, farmer, scientist, doctor, nurse, student or public servant. A special reference to the role women played in "nation building also followed in his address. Calling India's diversity its key to success, he said that it is the core that makes the country so unique and that India's slogan of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam will ensure that the 21st century belongs to us.

    Nations were not built by governments alone, he said, for the government could at best be a facilitator and a trigger for society's entrepreneurial and creative instincts. The swearing in ceremony was attended by Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, governors, chief ministers, senior politicians, diplomats and other guests. Former president Pratibha Patil, former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh & H D Devegowda, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, were part of the ceremony. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his congratulatory message for the swearing in of Ram Nath Kovind.

    Monsoon session of Madhya Pradesh legislative assembly begins today

    Bhopal, Jul 17: the Monsoon session of the state legislative assembly begins today. AIR Bhopal correspondent reports the House will have 10 sittings during the twelve day session. The state government will bring some important bills during the session. The first supplementary budget of the state government for the current financial year will also be tabled.

    The session is likely to be stormy. The opposition will raise issues like killing of farmers in police firing in Mandsour during farmers agitation, disqualification of public relations minister Narottam Mishra and law and order situation.

    Madhya Pradesh plants record six crore saplings

    Bhopal, Jul 3: Madhya Pradesh government has planted 6.63 crore saplings on the banks of Narmada in 12 hours as part of its river conservation efforts, a feat that may find its way into the Guinness World Records. The current record of planting maximum saplings in least time - five crore in 24 hours - is held by Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the day- long campaign by performing puja and planting saplings on Sunday morning at Amarkantak, from where river Narmada originates.

    Chouhan said the entire state is fulfilling the commitment to enrich greenery around Maa Narmada. "By planting trees, we are not only serving Madhya Pradesh but the world at large," Chouhan said in a tweet. "Children, youth, women, cutting across religion and class are participating in this noble cause of planting trees," he tweeted. He lauded the people of the state for creating this record and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his determination and commitment towards Paris Climate accord.

    Swachh Survekshan 2017: Indore ranked India's cleanest city

    New Delhi, May 4: Indore in Madhya Pradesh is India's cleanest city while Gonda in Uttar Pradesh is the dirtiest, according to the 'Swachh Survekshan-2017', announced by the government in New Delhi on Thursday. The survey results announced by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said while Indore is the cleanest city in India, Bhopal gets the second position in the cleanliness ranking of 434 cities.

    The 'Swachh Survekshan-2017' ranked Gonda as the dirtiest city and Bhusawal in Maharashtra stands, second-last in the ranking. Gujarat has the maximum of 12 cities among the top 50 clean cities, closely followed by Madhya Pradesh with 11 and Andhra Pradesh with eight. Uttar Pradesh accounted for half of the bottom 50 cities in the cleanliness ranking.

    The competition under Swachh Sarvekshan-2017 was tough this year as 500 cities and towns with a population of one lakh and above were vying for the top honours. Last year, only 73 cities with a population of 10 lakh and above were surveyed. The final ranking of 500 cities will also be announced at the event.

    A three-member team from Quality Council of India visited the cities in January to judge the cities on the basis of data provided by municipal bodies which carried 900 marks. It included sweeping, collection and transportation, processing and disposal, public and community toilets, individual toilets, strategy for being Open Defecation Free and Solid Waste Management. The data collected through direct observations and independent assessment and the citizen feedback.

    MP: District collector, SP of Bhind removed after EC directions

    Bhind, Apr 3: In Madhya Pradesh, district collector and Superintendent of Police of Bhind district have been removed after directions of the Election Commission. Our correspondent reports that by-poll will be held in Ater assembly segment of Bhind district on 9th of this month. V Kiran Gopal has been posted as Bhind collector in place of T Ilaya Raja. Sushant Saxena is the new SP, taking place of Anil Kushwaha.

    The election commission has also asked for removal of some other senior officials. The action has been taken after a controversy related to a Electronic Voting Machine. It is alleged that this EVM registered vote in favour of a particular party irrespective of whichever party they were cast for during an inspection. Opposition parties had made it a big issue. A team of the election commission arrived in Bhind yeatetday to probe the matter. The election commission is also sending a delegation to supervise the by-poll.

    Natural swings partly responsible for Arctic sea ice loss

    US, Mar 27: Rapid loss of Arctic sea ice in recent decades is partly driven by natural swings, not just global warming triggered by human activities, says a study. A shift in wind patterns is responsible for about 60 per cent of sea ice loss in the Arctic Ocean since 1979, the researchers found. Some of this shift is related to climate change, but the study showed that 30-50 per cent of the observed sea ice loss since 1979 is due to natural variations in this large-scale atmospheric pattern.

    "Anthropogenic forcing is still dominant -- it's still the key player," said the study's lead author Qinghua Ding, climate scientist at the University of California at Santa Barbara in the US. "But we found that natural variability has helped to accelerate this melting, especially over the past 20 years," Ding said.

    The paper builds on previous work that found changes in the tropical Pacific Ocean have in recent decades created a "hot spot" over Greenland and the Canadian Arctic that has boosted warming in that region. The hot spot is a large region of higher pressure where air is squeezed together so it becomes warmer and can hold more moisture, both of which bring more heat to the sea ice below.

    The new paper, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, focuses specifically on what this atmospheric circulation means for Arctic sea ice in September, when the ocean reaches its maximum area of open water. "This study provides the mechanism and uses a new approach to illuminate the processes that are responsible for these changes," the study's second author Axel Schweiger, a University of Washington polar scientist who tracks Arctic sea ice, said.

    "The method is really innovative, and it nails down how much of the observed sea ice trend we've seen in recent decades in the Arctic is due to natural variability and how much is due to greenhouse gases," co-author David Battisti, Professor at University of Washington, noted. The researchers believe that teasing apart the natural and human-caused parts of sea ice decline would help to predict future sea ice conditions in Arctic summer.

    Govt set objective that no untreated municipal sewage will be discharged into River Ganga by 2020

    New Delhi, Mar 23: Minister of State for River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Vijay Goyal said the government has set an objective that no untreated municipal sewage or industrial effluent will be discharged into River Ganga by 2020 under Namami Gange programme.

    Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha today, he said 143 projects are sanctioned at an estimated cost of 10,485 crore rupees under the programme.

    Madhya Pradesh CM launches 'Shivraj Singh Chouhan' mobile app

    Bhopal, Mar 16: Taking one more step towards building a direct connect with the people of the state, Madhya Pradesh CM launched 'Shivraj Singh Chouhan' mobile app on Thursday. Launched on Google play store, the app will act as a medium to address public grievances and inform them about government's work.

    Chouhan's latest initiative comes as part of his commitment to adopting digital modes to connect with the people of the state. The CM's other online initiatives include E-Vidhan, M Siksha Mitra, Land Record MP, MP NHM, MP ELEC and Discover MP. He is also very active on the social media and frequently interacts with the people via Facebook and Twitter.

    PM Narendra Modi had started the app trend with his popular NaMo app. Recently, the PM unveiled #IAmNewIndia, a nation-building exercise on the NaMo App, which is "a pledge to build a new India".

    Chhattisgarh CM Dr.Raman Singh is another leader who is very active on the digital front. Besides launching the 'Raman app', he has launched many initiatives like E-Government App, Chhattisgarh Jan Sampark Mobile App, DPRCG Mobile App, Citizen Cops Mobile App, E-Jandarshan Mobile App etc. Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje has also a number of apps like E-Mitra Mobile App, Rajelection Mobile App etc.

    UP Elections 2017: 7th phase of polling ended

    UP, Mar 9: The final phase of the seven phase U.P Assembly polls has peacefully. Over 60 percent voting turnout has been registered in this phase...nearly 2.5% higher than the last time in 2012. Polling ended at 4 pm in some Naxal affected areas, while in the remaining areas, long queues were seen in polling booths which led to voting continuing even after 5 pm.

    The seven districts that went to the polls in the seventh phase included Ghazipur, Varanasi, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Sant Ravidas Nagar, Sonbhadra and Jaunpur. The voters in the 40 assembly seats that saw polling sealed the fate of total 535 candidates in EVMs. A total of 14 thousand 458 polling stations were set up for the election.

    Polling booths saw long queues since morning and tremendous enthusiasm seen among the people to participate in this festival of democracy. Polling remained by and large peaceful barring EVMs malfunctioning at some places.

    Nine people injured in explosion on Bhopal-Ujjain express in Shajapur

    MP, Mar 7: In Madhya Pradesh, an explosion took place in a coach of Bhopal-Ujjain passenger express near Jabdi railway station at Kalapeepal in Shajapur district this morning. Nine people were injured in the incident. Two seriously injured people have been referred to Bhopal and Shujalpur, while seven having minor injuries were admitted in Kalapeepal hospital. Reason for the explosion is yet not clear.

    State’s Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said that a probe team has been rushed to the site. He said that smell of gun powder has been felt in the affected coach and it will be ascertained in the investigation that it was a planned act or not. Passengers have given different reasons including explosion in wirings, mobile or a suitcase.

    A special medical train of railways has also reached at the site. The affected coach has been detached from the train. The train has left for its destination. The state government has announced an financial assistance of fifty thousand rupees to the seriously injured and 25 thousand rupees to passengers having minor injuries.

    Renowned humorist & playwright Taarak Mehta passes away

    New Delhi, Mar 3: Taarak Mehta passes away at the age of 87 years after prolonged illness. Taarak Mehta, columnist, humorist, writer and playwright, who has garnered huge popularity for his column 'Duniya Ne Undha Chasma' in Gujarati language is no more. The noted writer passed away at the age of 87 years after prolonged illness in Ahmedabad.

    Mehta was reportedly suffering from a prolonged illness. He has translated and adapted several comedies into Gujarati, and has been popular in Gujarati theatre. The noted writer was awarded Padma Shri in 2015. He has around 80 books published and written on various pressing issues. The popular comic series 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah' is a television adaptation of Padma Shri Taarak Mehta's column 'Duniya Ne Undha Chasma'.

    Uttar Pradesh polls: Campaigning ends today

    Lucknow, Feb 25: Campaigning for the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh elections will come to an end at 5 PM on Saturday evening. A total of 51 constituencies spread over 11 districts of Tarai and eastern regions of the state will go to polls on Monday. Polling for Alapur assembly seat has been postponed till the 9th of next month following the death of Samajwadi Party candidate.

    The districts covered in this phase are Balrampur, Gonda, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Bahraich, Shravasti, Siddharth Nagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Amethi and Sultanpur. A total of 608 candidates are in the fray in this phase with a maximum of 24 candidates in Amethi and a minimum of six each in Kapilvastu and Etwa seats of Siddharth Nagar district.

    TN Governor invites Sasikala loyalist E. Palanisamy to form govt

    Bengaluru, Feb 16: Tamil Nadu Governor C.Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday invited Sasikala loyalist E. Palanisamy to form government following a meeting at Raj Bhawan, swearing-in may take place at 4:30pm. Governor has also asked AIADMK's legilature party leader Palanisamy to prove majority in 15 days. On the other hand, AIADMK MP V. Maitreyan from O Panneerselvam's camp is all set to meet Election Commission officials in Delhi at 2.45 pm.

    Panneerselvam had earlier given a representation to the Governor claiming "majority" support and seeking an opportunity to show it. Meanwhile, AIADMK chief V K Sasikala was on Wednesday sent to jail after she surrendered before a trial court in Bengaluru, a day after the Supreme Court restored her conviction in the disproportionate assets case.

    The 60-year-old AIADMK leader reached the court housed in the central jail at Parappana Agrahara from Chennai. She was imprisoned after completion of court formalities and medical check up, officials said.

    PM Modi pays tribute to Bal Thackeray on his birth anniversary

    Mumbai, Jan 23: Today is the birth anniversary of journalist and politician and founder of the Shiv Sena political party, Balasaheb Keshav Thackeray. Fondly known as Bal Thackeray, he was an avid advocate of strong pro-Hindu policy in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Balasaheb on his birth anniversary. In a tweet he said that Balasaheb Thackeray personified courage & emerged as a voice for the aspirations of many people.

    I & B Minister Venkaiah Naidu in a tweet remembered Balasaheb Thackeray and termed him as leader of the masses, an impeccable orator and an astute politician, on his birth anniversary.

    Etah school bus accident: 12 children, driver dead

    UP/Etah, Jan 20: Twelve schoolchildren and the driver of the bus they were travelling in were killed and about two dozen other children injured when their vehicle collided with a sand-laden truck amid dense fog in Etah district’s Aliganj on Thursday morning. The bus was carrying students to JS Vidyaniketan, which had opened despite the district magistrate’s orders to keep all schools closed in view of intense cold, officials said.

    Former Madhya Pradesh CM Sunder Lal Patwa passes away

    Bhopal, Dec 28: Veteran BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sunderlal Patwa has passed away in Bhopal after a brief illness. He was 92. Patwa's wife had died a few years back and they had no children. His nephew Surendra Patwa is Minister for Culture and Tourism in the present BJP-led state government. Patwa suffered a heart attack in the morning and was rushed to hospital where he breathed his last.

    Soon after getting information about Patwa's demise, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan rushed to the hospital. Later, Chouhan condoled the death of the senior BJP leader. In a tweet, he recalled Patwa's life-long contribution for the development of Madhya Pradesh and said his death is an irreparable loss to the state.

    Born on November 11, 1924, Patwa served as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister twice, first for a brief spell of less than a month in 1980 and later, he came back to power in March 1990.

    However, his second stint on the seat of power was curtailed by imposition of the President's rule in 1992 after the Babri Masjid demolition. He was also elected as the Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara in the 1997 by-poll by defeating Congress strongman Kamal Nath in his home turf. In 1999 general elections, Patwa won the Hoshangabad Lok Sabha seat and became a Cabinet-ranked minister in the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government at the Centre.

    Lucknow Agra Expressway open for public

    UP, Dec 24: In Uttar Pradesh, large number of people rushed to Agra from Lucknow with families and friends to visit world famous love monument Taj Mahal as Lucknow Agra Expressway was thrown open for public yesterday. ​There was no ribbon cutting by ministers or populist announcement as ambitious Agra-Lucknow Greenway expressway was thrown open for the public, without much fanfare. Initially only the light vehicle will ply on this highway.

    The heavy vehicle and bus will be allowed to operate on this route within a month's time, a senior government official said. Agra-Lucknow Expressway, which stretches 302-km, was the most ambitious project of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. It has been completed in a record time of 23 month and has cost of Rupees 13,200 crore.

    The six-lane Greenfield expressway was inaugurated amid a spectacular air show of eight fighter aircraft on November 21. The inauguration was done on eve of the 78th birthday of Mulayam Singh Yadav where the entire Yadav family including Ram Gopal Yadav, Shivpal Singh Yadav and their family members were present giving a picture of unity in the family.

    Central government's direct tax collections increased

    New Delhi, Dec 10: The government's revenue collection in April to November saw indirect tax-mop up growing at an impressive 26.2 per cent while that of direct tax came in at 15.12 per cent. Total direct and indirect tax collections at the end of November stood at Rs 9.64 lakh crore, 59 per cent of the Rs 16.26 lakh crore target for 2016-17.

    The government is eyeing 12.64 per cent growth in direct tax at Rs 8.47 lakh crore for the current fiscal and 10.8 per cent in indirect tax at Rs 7.79 lakh crore. Direct tax mop-up touched Rs 4.12 lakh crore and indirect tax revenue stood at Rs 5.52 lakh crore during April-November, led by robust collections in personal income tax and excise duty, respectively.

    Direct tax revenue includes corporate and personal income tax. Indirect tax takes into account mobilisation from excise, service tax and Customs duty.

    Swachhta Abhiyan: A toilet in every Alirajpur house

    Alirajpur, Sep 13: It was a challenge for Swachhta Abhiyan to reach the tribal regions of the country. But the collector of Madhya Pradesh's Alirajpur district made it possible and set an example for other regions. Madhya Pradesh's tribal regions are setting a proud example for the rest of the country under Prime Minister's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Taking an example of Alirajpur district where two years ago, biggest challenge before the state administration was to educate the women of the village about the importance of cleanliness.

    The administration began with Alsuvah village. Every day they gathered for village meetings and educate the women about the ill effects of open defecation. Soon, the efforts started reaping positive results. There were toilets constructed in every house. Life of villagers especially women started changing for betterment. Villagers were now free from fear of diseases.

    In two years of the initiative of Swachhta Abhiyan has made the life of women easier and education on sanitation has brought healthy environment. Significantly, over 16 thousand have been toilets constructed in the district. Since March 2016, around 60 villages in Alirajpur district have been freed from open defecation.

    MBBS fees double in Tamil Nadu, to now be Rs 2 crore

    Channai, Aug 26: Cost for an MBBS at a private college in Tamil Nadu has doubled, and will now cost close to Rs 2 crore. Private medical colleges and deemed universities in Tamil Nadu have increased fees for MBBS after the CBSE released the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) results on August 17. The average cost of studying at a premier college is now Rs 1.85 crore-up to Rs 1 crore as tuition fee and Rs 85 lakh as capitation fee. All private medical colleges and deemed universities are now mandated to admit students solely on the basis of merit. According to the new rules, students can independently apply to different colleges, but admission will be based on NEET ranks.

    Yet, some colleges have discreetly told parents they will have to pay a capitation fee ranging between Rs 40 lakh and Rs 85 lakh. "I argued it should be based on merit, but the college administration says it wasn't specified in the SC order," said a parent, seeking admission for his daughter at three private universities.

    Chennai-based SRM Medical College, tuition fee which was Rs 9 lakh in 2014 and Rs 10 lakh in 2015, is Rs 21 lakh this year, including Rs 2 lakh as development fee and Rs 1 lakh as curriculum fee. Tuition fee in other colleges ranges between Rs 12 lakh and Rs 18 lakh. "I have to pay at least Rs 1 crore as tuition fee. The total cost may go up by another Rs 25 lakh," said person, whose son secured more than 90 percentile in NEET. but missed a government medical college by 0.25 cut-off points. "The tuition fee there would have been Rs 11,500 a year but he didn't make it because of 69% caste-based reservation in Tamil Nadu," he said.

    Home Ministry orders security audit of airports

    New Delhi, Aug 17: Home Ministry has ordered security audit of nearly 100 civil airports and decided to bring all such facilities under CISF cover gradually. It has also planned random checking of incoming air travellers at the entrance of airports. The move came after the terror attack on Brussels' Zaventem airport where terrorists blew explosives inside the airport terminal.

    Home Ministry has also decided to extend the CISF cover to Srinagar and Imphal airports. Untill now, CRPF has been providing security at these two airports.

    Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel offers to step down

    Gujrat, Aug 2: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel sends her resignation to Party president, cites party tradition of retiring at the age of 75. BJP Chief Amit Shah says parliamentary board to take the final decision. Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel has offered to resign as Chief Minister and asked the BJP high command to start the process of selecting a new Chief Minister.

    In a letter to the party high command, she stated that she desires to step down as Chief Minister when she turns 75 on the 21st November. She posted the letter on her Facebook page and submitted her resignation to party president Amit Shah and State BJP chief Vijay Rupani. Amit Shah has said the BJP parliamentary board will take the final decision on the issue.

    LS passes Bill providing for opening of 6 new IITs

    New Delhi, Jul 26: A bill providing for opening six new IITs, including at Jammu and Tirupati, was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday. Under the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill 2016, new IITs will also be started in Palakkad, Goa, Dharward and Bhilai. The Bill also seeks to bring the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, within the ambit of the Act.

    Replying to a debate on the bill, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government has formed High Education Financial Agency (HEFA) to upgrade the infrastructure. The government's credo is 'Sabko Shiksha Acchi Shiksa (Good Education to All) and has taken a number of efforts in this regards, he said.

    On the fee structure, he said students from the ST and SC communities, from the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category and physically challenged have full waiver of fees in the IITs and NITs. He said, those whose family income is below Rs 9 lakh per annum also get zero per cent education loan.

    Blasts at chemical factories in Dombivali, 3 dead; 28 injured

    Mumbai, May 26: In Maharashtra , huge boiler blasts occurred at chemical factories in Dombivali, near Kalyan in Thane district. 3 people died in the incident, whereas 28 others are injured, 6 of them reported to be in critical condition. All injured are rushed to nearest hospital. Death and injured toll is feared to rise.
    The blast was so huge that some window panes in buildings located as far away as 3-4 kms from the site were shattered. Nearby area also experienced strong vibrations. According to official sources, first blast reported in Probec chemical factory and another blast reported immediately in Harbor n brown factory which belong to Aachary group of companies. Meanwhile, guardian Minister of Thane, Eknath Shinde had ordered a probe in this incident.

    Extensive plantation of saplings on banks of Narmada, Kshipra: CM

    Ujjain, May 24: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that blessings of saints and seers is vital for rebuilding of the State. He said that he is overwhelmed and pleased with seers' blessings. President of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad Shri Narendra Giri Ji said that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has left no stone unturned for serving saints. A message has been disseminated to entire world that all the seers are united here and therefore all took the holy dip simultaneously.

    The Chief Minister said that an extensive plantation programme will be undertaken on both the banks of Narmada and Kshipra under which saplings of fruit-bearing trees would be planted. He sought blessings of saints and seers for this also. He invited saints and seers to take part in the drive.

    Lakhs take holy dip in Kshipra river on last shahi snan

    Ujjain, May 21: On the occasion of Vaishakh Poornima, shahi snan or royal bath in the holy river Kshipra by 13 Akharas concluded successfully this morning. A sea of devotees had converged at Ujjain to have a dip in the river Kshipra, on the third and last shahi snan of the second Simhastha of this century.
    The first to take dip in the river was Junaa akhara led by Peethadesshwar Mahamandleshwar Sri Avdeshanand Ji. As the clock struck three, Naga sadhus arrived at the Kshipra ghat and chanting Har Har Mahadev, Jai Mahakal, Kshipra Maiya Ki Jai, jumped inside the waters.

    Now, smart city to be built in North TT Nagar

    Bhopal, May 17: Bowing to the demands of the South TT Nagar denizens, the Madhya Pradesh Government has decided to forward the plan to Centre to develop North TT Nagar as smart city. The area available in North TT Nagar is 280 hectare or 692 acres whereas in South TT Nagar (Tulsi Nagar, Shivaji Nagar this area was limited to 342 acres only. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed the smart city project in presence of senior Govt & civic body officials and took the decision to shift smart city plan to North TT Nagar.

    Meanwhile, the smart city company, which had issued tenders for appointing consultants for developing South TT Nagar areas would have to withdraw the same. Its DPR has not yet been prepared. Meanwhile, the State govt would have to take permission of Ministry of Urban development for change in smart city site.

    'Simhastha Declaration' calls for betterment of mankind

    Ujjain, May 14: Indian Prime Minister along with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today released 'Simhastha Declaration' at Ninora village in Ujjain. Both leaders addressed the concluding session of the 3-day International Vichar Mahakumbh for the month-long Simhastha mela. 51 sacred points have been included in this declaration for betterment of mankind. Modi said, the 51 elixir points of Simhasth declaration will start new discourse not only in India but around the world. (Pic: Sri Lanka president, Maithripala Sirisena being received by PM, Narendra Modi, on his arrival at Indore Airport.)

    In his address, Prime Minister also called on everybody to look within and see how all can grow themselves. A 'holier than thou' attitude is taking some people towards conflicts, he said. Referring to the time when crossing the seas was considered unholy, he said, that has changed. Likewise, some traditions can also change with time, he said.

    PM also said, knowledge is immortal and is relevant in every era. Modi also appealed saints to hold Vichar Kumbh every year with devotees and discuss issues like the need to plant trees or educate the girl child. Calling the Kumbh as the biggest example of excellent management, he advised academic institutions to adopt Kumbh as a case study. The Sri Lankan President spoke about the long standing relations between India and Sri Lanka on the occasion.

    Gwalior second most polluted city in world; 3 others in top 10

    New York, May 13: India's Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, which have far poorer air quality monitoring systems, are already among the global cities with the highest levels of particulate matter (PM). Gwalior, among the top five cities globally in terms of PM 2.5 levels, recorded an annual average of 176 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3) and Allahabad 170. The 20 global cities with the highest PM 2.5 levels included Patna and Raipur with 149 and 144 ug/m3, respectively. The World Health Organisation's report provides solace for Delhi as it has shifted to fourth number from top.

    The Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) monthly air quality analysis (AQI) shows that cities like Agra, Raipur, Faridabad, Ludhiana and Patna report more poor air quality days than metropolitan cities.

    Denizens enjoying morning walks, visiting City's forest parks

    Bhopal, May 12: Though summer months prove to be very torturous during the day time, the early mornings are very pleasant. This is clear by the number of morning walkers in the different colonies of the state capital Bhopal. The city's beautiful parks are no exception as people are enjoying their walks safely there.

    Walking has been publicized as the best exercise to keep one fit for the whole day. Those denizens who have realized this truth are pursuing it all through the months of the year.

    Shahpura park, Ekant park and Swarn Jayanti park have been beautifully designed in a natural landscape. Playing equipment for children and elders including see-saw, swings, etc have been provided in these parks. Regular chirping of birds, in these parks, makes the atmosphere even more attractive and lovely. For example in the Ekant park one can witness bats taking their rest atop tall trees. Similarly, at the Swarn Jayanti park there are a number of berry trees, which otherwise have become almost extinct.

    The park at No. Five stop with water body, Chinar park on Link Road no. one, Mayur park in 1250 qrts, BHEL Barkhera park have proved very safe for the people to spend their earning mornings and evenings. Similar is the case with old Bhopal where people are visiting Kamla park and VIP road.

    Centre releases Rs 1875.80cr Natl Disaster Response Fund for MP

    New Delhi, May 11: The Centre will assess the specific requirements of drought-affected states, and focus attention on both immediate and long term measures, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

    During the meeting with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, an amount of Rs 1875.80 cr has been released to the State under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), after adjustments of the state balances. This is in addition to Rs 657.75 cr released as central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16 to the state. A further amount of more than Rs 45 cr has been released as first installment of SDRF for 2016-17. For Telengana Rs 712 cr has been released.

    Chouhan thanked the PM for his initiative to hold meetings with all drought-affected States. Apprising the PM of steps being taken for drought relief, Chouhan said that 61 lakh farmers have been given a total of Rs 4664 cr as relief assistance. The duo discussed various agriculture measures including micro-irrigation, use of liquid fertilizer, use of space technology, and focus on building farm ponds.

    They also discussed strategies to increase awareness about water conservation and storage, and involving the youth organizations such as NCC, NSS, NYKS, and Scouts and Guides, in these activities. They discussed enhanced steps for tree plantation and protection in the catchment area of the River Narmada.

    Fervour, gaiety marks 2nd Shahi Snaan at Simhastha

    Ujjain, May 9: The second 'Shahi Snaan' of month-long Simhastha Kumbh mela began early today with Naga Sadhus of Juna Arenas venturing into the holy Shipra river chanting Har Har Mahadev. Ramghat has been decked up for the holy dip where the sadhus, Mahamandeleshwers and other pilgrims are taking Royal dip. A sea of devotees have congregated in Ujjain to take part in the snaan that has become all the more auspicious as it coincides with Akshay Tritiya.

    More than 20 million faithful have reached this ancient city for the second Shahi Snan. Ujjain is also the abode of Lord Mahakaleshwar, one of the 12 jyotirlings in the country. All the 13 Arenas of seers have taken bath one after another and now common public is flocking over the ghats for which elaborate arrangements have been made along the banks of Kshipra river. Large number of central and state security personnel have been deployed for managing sea of crowd that is converging into the holy city from various parts of the country and also abroad.

    Life returning to normal; devotees take holy bath on Kshipra ghats

    Ujjain, May 7: With life fast returning to normal, after the thundershowers and rains that claimed 7 lives and left a hundred people injured, devotees and pilgrims from across the country completed their panchkroshi yatra and took bath in the Kshipra ghats. (Pic shows CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan visiting an injured person after the rain and gale that hit Ujjain Kumbh area).

    According to the Mela officer, Avinash Lavania, nearly 5 lakh devotees took bath and paid obeisance to Lord Mahakal on Friday. Besides the Govt staff, scout-guides, NCC cadets and volunteers reached the camps to aid the saints. Social welfare organizations have come forward to distribute food packets to the devotees. Cleanliness operations were taken up on roads leading to Ramghat and Duttakharaghat.

    CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrived in Ujjain at 3 am to take stock of the situation.

    Rain, dust-storm toll at Simhastha rises to 7

    Ujjain, May 6: The death toll at the Simhastha Kumbha in Ujjain due to heavy showers and dust storm has risen to seven. While six people have lost their lives in a tent collapse, one was killed due to lightning. The state government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased. Seriously injured will be given Rs 50,000 each, while those with minor injuries will get Rs 25,000.

    Senior officers of Ujjain reviewed the situation and supervised rescue and relief operations. Alternate arrangements have been made for the stay of devotees, especially those who are part of panchkroshi yatra. Government and private schools have also been opened for the devotees. The second Parv Snan of the Simhastha is being held today. Chief Minister Chouhan visited District hospital Ujjain to meet the injured and said that the government will take full care of injured people.

    He said that teams of officials have been deployed to ensure that sewage water does not flow in water of Kshipra. Chouhan said that foodgrains will be provided to devotees in mela area at convenient places.

    Rehabilitate 304 ailing patients of silicosis, SC tells MP Govt

    New Delhi, May 5: The apex court has asked the Madhya Pradesh government to immediately rehabilitate another 304 ailing patients. The Court was giving directions to the Gujarat government to provide compensation of Rs three lakh each to the families of 238 workers who died of silicosis. These workers had been working in the quartz industries in Dahod and Khambat areas in the state.

    The case of compensation to 238 workers has been pending with the Gujarat. Following this, National Human Right Commission had moved in Supreme Court against Gujarat government. Sources said all other states - Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry - have paid compensation to the victims in similar cases except Gujarat.

    Meanwhile, the court has asked the Chairperson of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to personally appear before it on May 11, the next date of hearing.

    Ujjain gearing up for shahi snan; Rlys shut 4 pairs of trains

    Ujjain, May 4: Ujjain is gearing up for shahi snan, scheduled on May 9. Besides, seven parv snans are also scheduled during this month-long period. (Pic: MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan showering flower petals on Panchkroshi Yatra devotees here.)

    Following the experience during first shahi snan, the authorities have introduced free bus service in Simhast Mela area. 475 buses have been pressed into service on 11 routes in the mela area. 375 other buses have been pressed in to service from bus stand and satellite town to carry visitors to Mela area free-of-cost.

    Transport minister Bhupendra Singh and minister in charge of Simhast, claimed that 7 to 8 crore people are expected to visit during this event. The last snan would be held on May 21. Meanwhile, due to shortage of passengers, the Railways has shut four pairs of trains.

    LED bulb distribution marks opening of Ujala Yojana

    Bhopal, Apr 30: Launching the 'Ujala Yojana', Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the scheme aims to bring happiness in the lives of the people. In a symbolic gesture, LED bulbs were distributed to six people on the occasion. Special guest, Piyush Goyal, Union minister of state for Energy and coal, informed that under the scheme, all old bulbs would be replaced by LED bulbs. The move aims to save Rs 5,500 cr in energy.

    Govt for promoting industries in State: CM

    Bhopal , Apr 27: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the Government is working for promoting industrialization in the State. At a function, organised by the Confederation of Madhya Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries here, Chouhan said that achievements of industry in the state are a matter of pride. Investors from India and outside are being encouraged to set up industries in the State.

    The Federation should encourage young entrepreneurs from the State, he added. For this loans at subsidized rates are being given on state govt's guarantee. It is matter of happiness that 99 percent loanees are operating industries successfully. He said that agriculture is mainstay of state's economy. Efforts to set up food processing units are also necessary to promote agriculture. The Chief Minister released 2 publications of the federation including 'Path of the Progress'.

    New scholarship plan for promotion of girls in MP

    Bhopal, Apr 24: Madhya Pradesh Govt has prepared a new plan for promotion of education of girls. According to the plan, when the girl would reach sixth standard, she would be provided Rs 2,000 scholarship. On reaching Ninth Std the scholarship amount would be raised to Rs 4,000 and in the Eleventh and twelfth std this amount would be hiked to Rs 6,000. The amount would be deposited in the girl's Ladli Laxmi bank account. The above benefit would start from the session 2016-17 for students who have registered themselves with the concerned department.

    Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country where the Govt has taken the responsibility of girls from birth to attaining the age of marriage at 21. The Govt would give Rs one lakh when the girl would appear for Std XII exams.

    By year 2022, no one will be houseless, says CM Shivraj

    Sehore, Apr 20: As many as 114 Gond tribal couples tied nuptial knot under Mukhaymantri Kanyadan Yojana at village Piplani in Nasrullaganj tahasil of Sehore district today. One of these couples and 2 bridegrooms were disabled. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan blessed the newly wed couples for happy married life. He refused to be welcomed saying that since he is uncle of brides, he would welcome marriage parties himself.

    The Chief Minister described as inspirational marriage of son of Nasrullaganj Janpad Panchayat President Dulari Bai in this function. He said that 2 lakh 16 thousand forest land rights pattas have been distributed in the state. This process is still going on. By year 2022, no one will be houseless. He said that entire Gondvana is being developed.

    Concrete initiative to eradicate malnutrition, says Maya Singh

    Bhopal, Apr 16: Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) has made a concrete initiative to eradicate malnutrition in the state. Breastfeeding corners have been set up at public places in 47 districts of the state so that newborns can get mother's milk timely. This was informed by Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh here today. She said that such corners will be set up at all places so that mothers feel no difficulty in breastfeeding their newborns.

    Singh informed that mother's milk is very vital for newborns. It plays significant role in eradicating malnutrition. Mother's milk capacitates children to fight diseases and saves them from death. The Minister informed that 22 per cent newborns' lives can be saved by breastfeeding them within one hour of birth and 15.6 per cent by only breastfeeding till age of 6 months. She said that the government has decided to set up breastfeeding corners so that there is no break in breastfeeding newborns till age of 6 months.

    Singh said that she has written to the Railway Minister to set up such corners on railway stations and trains, too. The Railway Minister has accepted the request and is extending cooperation in this regard. Smt. Singh informed that breastfeeding corners have also been set up on bus stands, railway stations and other places. Due to this, a mother would not hesitate to breastfeed her child.

    PM to launch campaign on Apr 14 to transform rural MP

    Bhopal, Apr 12: 'Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan' to change rural scenario of Madhya Pradesh will be launched on Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary April 14. The 45-day campaign for integrated development of villages will continue till May 31.
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi would launch the country-wide 'Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan' from Mhow, the birthplace of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar. On the initiative of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the campaign has been given a greater shape in the State.

    Through a video conferencing here yesterday, the CM held detailed discussions on outlines of the campaign with district administration and public representatives. Describing it a campaign for total transformation of socio-economic condition of villages, he said that Madhya Pradesh and entire country will be transformed through the campaign with the cooperation and participation of all within next 2 years.
    He said that this is the best campaign for public service. In view of Simhastha-2016, Ujjain district has been exempted from the campaign. There the campaign would be conducted from June 1 to 30. The Chief Minister said that address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be directly telecast in all Gram Panchayats.

    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with business talent

    Mumbai, Apr 11: Winding up their first trip to Mumbai, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, will attend Young Entrepreneurs Event at The Social in Mumbai this morning. The Social is a café and a collaborative work space. The Duke and Duchess will meet the emerging business talent. After the event, the couple will proceed to New Delhi, and pay visits to India Gate, Gandhi Smriti and attend Queen’s Birthday party at the British High Commission.

    Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess began their visit in Mumbai by visiting Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and laying wreath in memory of 2008 terror attack victims. Later they enjoyed the Gentlemen game, Cricket with Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar at the Oval Ground. The royal couple also interacted with representatives and children of three NGOs based in Mumbai -- Magic Bus, Door Step School, and India's Childline.

    Alcohol withdrawal draws addicts to de-addiction centres, docs

    Patna, Apr 7: "Seeing the tremendous support from the people, particularly women and children, to the ban on country-made liquor in the State within just days of its prohibition, we decided to put a total ban on alcohol," Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters here after a Cabinet meeting.

    The alcohol withdrawal resulted in people, habituated to drinking, visiting doctors. Without the booze, many got the jitters, literally. Some people failed to recognize family members. Families to their members to the state's 38 new de-addiction centres, according to reports received by the State Health Society of Bihar (SHSB).

    The 30-year-old man who failed to recognize his family used to drink 600-1200ml of country liquor every day until March 31, after which desi booze was banned. Meanwhile, the Bihar Govt has stopped issuing licences for liquor to hotels, bars and clubs. However, Army cantonment areas would be exempt as they regulate sale and consumption of alcohol in their own way.

    Asked about the fate of the liquor companies and factories in the State after the total ban, Chief Minister Kumar said they can continue to manufacture "but cannot trade in it within the State." "They can use digital lock system and GPS monitoring equipment in vehicles transporting the liquor manufactured in Bihar to places outside the State for sale," he said.

    Primary health centres to have one minimum dentist in MP: CM

    Bhopal, Apr 5: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that an awareness campaign for dental health and protection will be conducted in the State. Addressing first Inspectors Training Programme of Indian Dental Council here today, the Chief Minister stressed the need to pay attention to oral health. This leads to overall health. He said that government, society, Indian Dental Council and dentists should conduct a campaign to create awareness in this regard.

    He said that it would be considered to appoint minimum one dentist at primary health centres in future. Council's President Dr. Devendra Majumdar informed that Inspectors Training Programme is being held at Bhopal for the first time in the country. These inspectors will play significant role in raising dental education to global level. Programme's Coordinator Dr GD Agrawal proposed the vote of thanks.

    White tiger safari inaugurated at Mukundpur

    Satna, Apr 4: Taking another step towards wildlife promotion, Union Minister for Environment & Forests, Prakash Javdekar on Sunday inaugurated the world's maiden white tiger safari at Mukundpur in Satna district. Spread over 25 hectares, the safari is home to three white tigers-including one male Raghu and two females, Vindhya and Radha-and two Bengal Royal tigers. The safari will house nine white tigers in the coming months for which talks are being held, said Energy Minister, Rajendra Shukla.

    The starting of tiger safari will restore the glory of Vindhya region and generate employment avenues through tourism, said CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He further said that the airstrip at Rewa will also be upgraded to an airport. Union minister Javdekar informed that India had achieved expertise in management of tigers. Representatives of 12 countries which had tigers, will meet in India, he said.

    It may be noted that the foundation stone of the Rs 50 cr White Tiger Safari Zoo and Rescue Centre was laid on Feb 3, 2012 by then forest minister and now PWD minister, Sartaj Singh.

    CM mulls on forming Ministry of Happiness and Joy

    Bhopal, Apr 1: Madhya Pradesh would perhaps be the first state of the country to constitute ministry of happiness and joy. Addressing the concluding session of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state executive, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, "For bringing all-out prosperity at every level in the life of people, the happiness ministry would be constituted in the State.Only physical well being and prosperity could not make life joyous."

    Chouhan further said that Bhutan's 4th King Jigme Singe Wangchuck had coined the term Gross National Happiness Index in the seventies. Work towards this is going on in several countries and reports prepared at various levels. In year 2015, World Happiness Report was prepared by Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which is an initiative of the United Nations Organisation, he added.

    The concept of happiness index include that a person is healthy right from childhood and remains healthy throughout life. It also envisages to create an atmosphere of harmony and mutual goodwill where people can expect and get help from each other in times of crisis. Besides, freedom of choice of lifestyle is also included in happiness concept. State party President and MP Nandkumar Singh Chouhan while welcoming the guests said that workers should indulge to expand the atmosphere of social harmony in the state.

    Underconstruction flyover collapses, killing 10 people

    Kolkata, Mar 31: A flyover under construction in West Bengal capital, Kolkata, collapsed claiming lives of ten people today. Police and firebrigade personnel were carrying out rescue and relief operations. Work on the bridge, located at Krishna talkies, North Kolkata, was going on when it collapsed.

    Eyewitnesses recounted the disaster saying they felt as if an earthquake had struck. There are reports of more people being trapped inside the flyover. It may be recalled that one and a half years back too, a portion of a flyover had collapsed in Kolkata.

    Christened as Vivekanand bridge, the flyover connects Howrah to Kolkata. The work on the flyover is completing nearly three years. There was movement of vehicles below the flyover. It is said that the portion of the bridge which collapsed today, work on it had been carried out yesterday.

    CM takes up medical colleges, other health issues with Nadda

    Bhopal, Mar 26: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare JP Nadda at his residence in New Delhi yesterday and apprised him of state government's Medical Education and Health Department's projects pending with the Centre. Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education Gauri Singh and Secretary to CM Hari Ranjan Rao were also present.

    Chouhan said that proposals for 7 new medical colleges (Vidisha, Ratlam, Shahdol, Datia, Khandwa, Shivpuri and Chhindwara) are pending with the Centre. Selection and transfer of land for opening medical colleges has been done by the state govt. Construction work has been started after meeting all norms of MCI. Chouhan informed that about Rs. 1000 crore is expected from the Centre for these works.

    Chouhan also urged Nadda to fill post of Director of Bhopal AIIMS to ensure smooth functioning of the hospital. He also informed that Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) is not functioning smoothly. He said that if the Centre is handed over to the state govt and grant to it is continued for some time then people of Bhopal will get benefit of this ultramodern hospital.

    Chouhan informed that as per recommendations of 13th Finance Commission, Rs. 2200 crore was sanctioned to the state of which Rs. 1650 cr has been received by the state govt. He appealed for early release of remaining amount of Rs. 550 cr so that pending works can be completed at the earliest.

    Chouhan informed that there is acute shortage of doctors in the state and the state govt has initiated a number of measures to attract doctors to govt job. He said that if quota for PG or diploma is made available for in-service doctors then a number of young doctors will be attracted towards govt job. He said that shortage of doctors can be overcome to some extent if recognition of Diploma of National Board is given to 4 district hospitals - Bhopal, Jabalpur, Ujjain and Gwalior.

    Chouhan informed that problem of malaria is very grave in tribal areas of the state and the state govt is undertaking war-footing efforts to eradicate it. Long lasting insecticide nets (LLIN) are very effective to prevent malaria infection. He appealed to Centre to provide minimum 20 lakh LLINs so that the state govt can provide 2 anti-mosquito nets to each family. Union Minister Shri Nadda gave a patient hearing to Chouhan and assured every possible assistance from the Union Govt.

    PDP declares Mehbooba as CM candidate; BJP MLAs to meet

    Srinagar, Mar 25: Jammu and Kashmir BJP MLAs will meet in Jammu today to take a call on the government formation in the state following Peoples Democratic Party, PDP's decision declaring Mehbooba Mufti as the Chief Ministerial candidate. BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav and senior State BJP leader and Union Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh are expected to attend the meeting.

    Speaking to media, Dr Jitendra Singh said, BJP never made any extra demand and the agenda of the Alliance, which was formed, is still the same. Governor NN Vohra will also hold separate meetings in Jammu today with the Presidents of PDP and State BJP to seek their formal viewpoint on the government formation.

    Skill development programmes to be held in Madarsas

    Bhopal, Mar 24: 'Equal education opportunities have been made available for children of all sections of society.' At a workshop on Muslim children's right to education, inaugurated by Minister of State for Higher and School Education Deepak Joshi, the minister informed that 2880 Madarsas with 2 lakh 80 thousand students are recognized by the Board.

    Along with theology, teaching as per syllabus approved by the state government is imparted in Madarsas. Up to Rs. one lakh is given for computer lab to Madasas conducted up to class VIII. Mid-day meal is served in recognised Madarsas. Madarsa Board's Chairman Prof. Syed Imamuddin said that online application can be submitted for registration of Madarsas. He informed that skill development programmes will be held in Madarsas in collaboration with IGNOU.

    Boat tragedy spurs cops to take up patrolling at lakes during night

    Bhopal, Mar 22: Shaken up by the boat tragedy which claimed lives of five teenagers, the district police have decided to ask the civic body to take up motor boat patrolling, equipped with night vision capabilities, in City lakes during night hours. The BMC on Monday seized 21 boats, operating in the lower lake without licence for fishing or boating. More crackdown, to seize boats running on lakes without permission, is likely. It has come to light that the boat was brought by one of the ten youths from his relative’s house.

    BMC Public Relations Officer, Premshankar Shukla said that from now on we will also check that only those boats which have our permission operate there. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced a financial assistance of Rs two lakh each for the kin of the dead. He asked officials to frame guidelines to prevent recurrence of such accidents.

    Call for efficient management of forest resources

    Bhopal, Mar 21: Forest Minister Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar has appealed to people to take pledge to conserve and augment forests on World Forestry Day. The Minister said that citizens can extend significant contribution in protecting forests and promote greenery by planting saplings at their levels.

    Dr. Shejwar said that through efficient management of forest resources, we can save lives of next generations. Forestry schemes are yielding encouraging results. The state government is implementing a number of schemes for development and conservation of forests, which is vital to maintain environmental balance.

    In his message, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that environmental conservation has been ancient tradition of Indian culture. The state government has taken initiative to associate people with forestry development through Hariyali Mahotsav.

    Bus-truck mishap on Barwani-Singhana road claims 12 lives

    Bhopal, Mar 19: In a major road accident in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh on Friday afternoon, 12 bus passengers lost their lives and 32 have received serious injuries. Bursting of tyre of the truck is said to be the cause of accident as the driver lost control over the steering. Driver of the Saraf bus MP04 7223 also died in the accident.

    The bus was coming from Singhana and going towards Manawar. The truck numbered MP09 HG 9778 was loaded with wheat bags. JCB machine had to be called to remove the mangled parts of both the vehicles. There was total confusion at the sight of the accident.

    $35 million loan agreement with World Bank for MP project

    New Delhi, Mar 18: India today signed loan agreement of 35 Million dollars with the world bank for Madhya Pradesh citizen access to responsive services project. The objective of the project is to improve access and quality of public services in the state.

    Ministry of Finance in a release said, the project is expected to deliver key results in terms of improving access to services and citizen outreach, simplification of government services, performance management and strengthening the capacity of implementing agencies.

    The agreement was signed in New Delhi by Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs Raj Kumar and and Mr Onno Ruhl, Country Director, World Bank. The project size is 50 million dollar, of which 35 million dollar will be financed by the Bank, and the remaining amount will be funded out of State Budget. The duration of the project is five years.

    Youths are confused in the competitive world: Kailash

    Mumbai, Mar 17: Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has stressed the need to harness the energy of youths to make the world a better place. He said that the new generation is becoming intolerant and violent because they are confused and misguided.

    Satyarthi was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by CII in Mumbai yesterday. He said, whatever the youths are doing today is because they could either be misguided or they don't have a clear path in their lives. Satyarthi said that the youths are confused in the competitive world and they don't see much opportunities which frustrates them and creates a dislike for the whole system and establishment, eventually making them intolerant and violent.

    He said his NGO has launched a new global campaign against child labour and exploitation. The online and offline campaign is called as "100 million for 100 million" which aims to channelise the energies of the youth to create a better world.

    Despite difficult year, Railways are on track, claims minister

    New Delhi, Mar 15: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu assured Rajya Sabha that despite having undergone the most difficult year due to Pay Commission implementation, Railways are on the track, reducing capital expenditure and exploring all possible ways for revival. Replying to a debate on the Railway Budget, he said, poor procurement of coal, cement, iron ore and even food has affected Railway's capacity to get revenue. Prabhu said, despite this, the Railway is going all out for doubling tracks and electrification.

    Comparing India’s investment, which is a fraction of what invested by China in the railway, the Minister pointed out that China, which is a 10 trillion dollar economy, has invested two per cent of it, while India, which is only a two-trillion dollar economy has invested 0.4 percent of its GDP in the Railway. On public private partnership investment, Prabhu said there is no other way to raise funds and almost all countries and even Kerala and West Bengal are exploring this mode to raise much-needed funds for expansion.

    Stress on education that gives employment, says Minister

    Bhopal, Mar 11: As many as 50,000 persons will be skilled by next year in the state, said Higher and Technical Education Minister Umashankar Gupta at International Education and Skill Development Summit-2016 here on Thursday. Gupta said that a convention of students will be held in every district.

    Gupta said that stress is being laid on quality education in the state. He said that meaning of quality education is that students get employment through it. Gupta said that degree alone is not guarantee of employment. For this, it is necessary to be skilled. He said that certificates after test will be given to artisans of traditional trades under Karigar Samriddhi Yojana. Gupta said that reading material at the Summit should also be in Hindi along with English.

    Mayor Alok Sharma said that along with Smart City, Smart Education will also be imparted in Bhopal, which is heading towards becoming Digital City. He said that special attention is being paid to youths' skill development.

    Andy Burr, First Secretary, British High Commission in New Delhi said that constant efforts are being made to increase commerce and industry relations between Britain and India. He said that possibilities of collaboration with Madhya Pradesh in technical education will be considered.

    Need to provide equal opportunities to women: CM

    Bhopal, Mar 9: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that happiness and prosperity dwell where women are respected. He said that Indian culture not only regards women as worthy of worship, but also calls for wellbeing of plants, trees, hills, rivers, animals and birds.

    Chouhan was releasing Ramesh Tiwari's book 'Paruanik Mahilayen' here yesterday. Higher Education Minister Umashankar Gupta and distinguished citizens were also present on the occasion.

    The Chief Minister said that respect towards women is the biggest worship. It is considered in Indian culture that God dwells where women are respected. He said that women possess talent, ability and intellect. They need to be provided equal opportunities. He stressed the need to change mindset of male dominant society. For this, the state government is fully committed.

    CM Chouhan blesses foster daughter at her marriage

    Bhopal, Mar 5: Rinki, foster daughter of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, brought up in Sundar Sewa Ashram tied nuptial knot with religious rites at Barh Wale Ganesh Mandir at Vidisha on Friday. Chief Minister Chouhan and his wife Sadhana Singh performed every ritual during the marriage as Rinki's foster parents. Not only this, they have been making all arrangements of her education.

    The Chief Minister had entrusted entire responsibly of Rinki to Sadhana Singh when she joined the Ashram at the tender age of 6 years. The ashram was established in the year 2000 by Chouhan when he was MP from Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency. Educated up to high school, Pinki tied the nuptial knot with Bhawar Lal Mehar of Ahmedpur.

    Counselors to help students tackle exam stress

    Bhopal, March 4: The state government has directed all divisional Joint Directors, DEOs and principals of private and government high and higher secondary schools to make available services of counsellors to keep students tension-free. Principals and teachers have been directed to make proper arrangements to mentally prepare students for exams. Directives have been given to also ensure counselling and guidance during exams.

    Board of Higher Secondary Education has started a helpline to remove mental stress and to solve academic and psychological problems of students during high and higher secondary exams. The helpline will work from 8 am to 8 pm. Its telephone numbers are 0755-2570248, 2570258 and mobile numbers 9424495482 and 9424495483.

    The government has directed principals of all government and private schools to identify one male and female counsellor each and inform students of their phone numbers. Due to this, students can contact counselors as per need.

    Chinese investors meet CM, express desire to invest in MP

    Bhopal, Feb 27: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that there are immense possibilities of collaboration of China and MP in industries sector. A special zone has been established at Dhar industrial area for South Asian companies. Chouhan was holding discussions with a delegation of investors from China led by Vice Governor of Henan province Zhao Jianchai at his residence here yesterday.

    Chouhan said that Henan providence and Madhya Pradesh have many similarities. He said that along with trade ties, mutual cultural relations should also be strengthened. Both countries are agrarian with almost similar growth rates. He informed the Chinese delegation that Madhya Pradesh is making rapid strides in food processing, information technology and automobile sectors. It is fastest growing state of India. Chouhan invited the Chinese delegation to Global investors Summit to be held at Indore.

    Zhao said that China is interested to invest in industrial sector. He invited the Chief Minister to China to take part in investors meet to be held in Henan. The delegation comprised Henan province's Director General Commerce Jiach Jinmio, DG Transport Zhang Kiang and Deputy DG External Affairs Yang Vebin. Industries Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Principal Secretary Industries Mohammad Suleman, Secretary to CM Vivek Agrawal and TRIFAC's MD DP Ahuja were also present.

    Best science pavilion award to RKDF University

    Bhopal, Feb 24: The fifth Bhopal Science Fair, organized by MP Council of Science & Technology concluded at BHEL Dussehra grounds. Different departments of the Govt, educational institutions had made presentations of science models at the fair. Prizes were given to the pavilions for their excellent presentations.

    The best science pavilion award was bagged by RKDF University. Some of the highlights at the pavilion include science models, Vastukala and 3D models prepared by the Agriculture branch students. Another highlight was a model based on solar energy. Other models include solar powered furnace, solar tree, Unique electronic robot, smart building rotating tower and solar mobile charger.

    No fee to be charged from SC students in Govt colleges in MP: CM

    Satna, Feb 23: Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that no fee would be charged from Scheduled Castes-SC students in Government colleges from next academic session. He was addressing Sant Ravidas Mahakumbh at Maihar in Satna district on Monday. He said that fee for the SC students in technical and medical colleges will also be borne by the State Government.

    The Chief Minister said that Sant Ravidas Shraddha Kendras will be set up at selected places in the state where literature pertaining to him will be available. Mr. Chouhan also announced two awards. Sant Ravidas Karmath Udyami Puraskar carrying five lakh rupees will be given to successful SC entrepreneurs and Samajik Samrasta Puraskar carrying two lakh rupees for all sections.

    Forest committees do miracle, grow dense forest on denuded hillocks

    Sendhwa (MP), Feb 22: Sustained efforts and hard work of forest committees under Sendhwa forest division have transformed 25 thousand hectare denuded forest area. Sendhwa forest division is southern part of Barwani district, where first forest protection committee was formed at village Vadiyapani about 2 decades ago. Chief Conservator of Forests Dr. Pankaj Shrivastava, who had chalked out action plan for this in year 2006-07 was divisional forest officer in the area in the 90s.

    At that time, the forests became degraded in the area due to fast shrinking green cover, dried up rivers and nullahs, lack of hard work to sustain forest produce, encroachments on forest lands etc. Villagers came forward through the committee. Now these denuded hillocks are not only covered by greenery, degraded forests are also turning into dense forests. Incomes through forest produce have increased. Ground water level is improving. Miraculous change in density of forest in degraded area can also be seen through Google Earth.

    Govt doctors can take VRS only after 30 years of service

    Bhopal, Feb 20: The State cabinet on Friday effected a change in the VRS criterion for doctors working in Govt hospitals. Accordingly, doctors may avail VRS (Voluntary Retirement Scheme) after 30 years of service. Earlier, this period was 25 years.

    As per the decision, doctors appointed on the post of medical officers, would be eligible for senior selection grade payscale like other Govt officers only after 30 years of regular service. The decision reflects Govt's concern over shortage of doctors. But, the doctors community has not taken it well. The Association would meet soon to discuss the situation arising out of the Cabinet decision. There are about 50% posts of doctors lying vacant. About 700 would be retiring next year.

    MP takes lead, sets up SPVs for Jabalpur, Indore and Bhopal

    New Delhi, Feb 20: Madhya Pradesh & Rajasthan have taken the lead in setting up Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) for the implementation of Smart City Plans of the cities who have won in the first round of competition for selection of cities.

    Madhya Pradesh has set up a 12 member SPV for each of the three cities. Respective District Collector will be the Chairman of the Board and respective Municipal Commissioner as Executive Director. Other members include representatives of central and state governments, nominee of the Mayor, 2 Independent Directors, representatives of DISCOMs, Public Health Engineering Department etc.

    SPVs to be registered under the Companies Act, 2013 will have 50:50 equity by the states and respective urban local bodies. Private equity is also allowed but the management control will rest with the Governments only. SPVs are required to be set up under Smart City Mission Guidelines to ensure timely and efficient execution of plans with operational freedom. They approve, sanction and execute the projects besides mobilizing resources from various sources.

    Free bus pass scheme for senior citizens in Chennai

    Chennai, Feb 18: In Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has announced a free bus pass scheme for senior citizens in Chennai. Making a suo motu statement in the state assembly, she said the scheme would come into effect from 24th of this month that coincides with her birthday. People above 60 years of age can avail the free travel facility in non-AC buses being run by the state run Metropolitan Transport Corporation in Chennai.

    The beneficiaries will be given ten tokens every month for the free travel, Ms Jayalalithaa announced. Based on the response to the scheme from the senior citizens, it would be extended to the whole state, she said. With the announcement, all the promises made in the 2011 election manifesto by the AIADMK would get implemented, she said.

    Spiritualism tells us what lies beyond material world

    Bhopal, Feb 13: India boasts of tradition of respecting all ideologies of the world. In our country, the entire world has been regarded as one family, said MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan while addressing a seminar on science & spiritualism here.

    Main objective of religion is human welfare. Material progress is not enough for happiness. Physical progress has brought human race to the brink of distortion. Spiritualism is necessary for happiness of human beings, Chouhan further told the audience at the programme where the chief guest was eminent nationalist thinker, Krishna Gopal. The keynote speaker on the occasion was Dr HR Nagendra.

    Speaking further the CM said, in a person good virtues emerge due to spiritualism. Science teaches us to take and spiritualism inculcates habit to give.

    In his address, Dr Nagendra said that modern science took roots four centuries ago. Spiritualism tells us what lies beyond material world. It talks about solving problems emerging from soul, heart, mind and egoism. Upanishads are treasure troves of wisdom and spiritualism. All problems of modern times can be solved through spiritualism.

    Sentosa island in Singapore inspired me to develop Hanuvantiya

    Bhopal, Feb 11: During my last visit to the Sentosa Island in Singapore I was mesmerized by the charm of that wonder of nature. The way that island has been developed as a marvelous tourist spot inspired me to develop one such tourist complex in Madhya Pradesh that would be a dream destination for nature tourism buffs, says MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

    Immediately the picture of Hanuvantiya conjured up before me. This is one of the many islands that have propped up in the backwaters of the Narmada Sagar dam in Khandwa district. There couldn't have been a better choice given its natural setting beautified by enviably opulent forests and fascinating landscapes.

    Immediately after my return to Bhopal I shared this idea with the officials of MP Tourism Development Corporation that appealed to them. The Corporation guys turned to and made short of the work translating the idea into reality within a record time.

    As we know tourism is about marketing. As part of marketing strategy we held a meeting of the cabinet on the beautiful cruise ship Narmada Queen and took several crucial decisions including constitution of a Tourism Cabinet to further boost tourism in the state.

    Forest officers feted for their work; record plantation by Satyam

    Bhopal, Feb 10: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan felicitated forest officers for doing commendable work in their fields. APCCF Y Satyam got planted 55 lakh 26 thousand 945 saplings on one single day on July 22, 2013 in Shahdol district during his posting at Shahdol forest division.

    This deed was repeated by the officer in July 31, 2014.
    Retired PCCF Dr Suhas Kumar, APCCF Ramesh Pratap Singh, CCF R Shriniwas Murthy, CCF Jasveer Singh Chouhan were awarded for wildlife management, in-charge of state level Tiger Strike Force Ritesh Sirothiya for wildlife crime investigation and CEO of Minor Forest Produce Processing Centre, Bhopal Abhay Patil was felicitated for outstanding performance in herbal products.

    APCCF Y Satyam got planted 55 lakh 26 thousand 945 saplings on one single day on July 22, 2013 in Shahdol district during his posting at Shahdol forest division. On the basis of certified evidence, record of 17 lakh 8 thousand 181 saplings’ plantation was included in Guinness Book of World Records. Shri Satyam got these saplings planted without government expenses through public participation and cooperation of joint forest management committees on private lands.

    For the second time, one crore 43 lakh saplings were planted as per action plan chalked out by Shri Satyam on one single day July 31, 2014 in the state, which beat previous world record and the feat of Madhya Pradesh was again recorded in Guinness Book of World Records.

    Companies offer to establish diamond institute, aircraft mfg unit

    Bhopal, Feb 9: Representatives of 3 companies held discussions with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on investment in the state here. It is noteworthy that the Chief Minister holds discussions with investors and solves their problems instantly on first Monday of every month.

    M/s Hari Krishna Export Mumbai, a company with about Rs.5000 cr annual turnover offered to set up Diamond Institute to raise skilled human resources for diamond cutting and producing jewellery.

    M/s Digipro System Pvt Ltd, New Delhi discussed investment in defence production manufacturing with the CM. The company wishes to set up a unit to produce 10-seater aircraft and maintenance of defence ordinance vehicles, said Company’s Chairman Deepak Gupta.

    Vice Chairman of M/s Hindustan Kolkata Beverages Pilookheri (Rajgarh) Ashutosh Singh informed that constant work is being undertaken in 2000 hectares to carry out corporate social responsibility in the interest of farmers. The company is interested in investing Rs. 600 cr in the first year.

    Continuous snowfall in Shimla brings down temperature

    New Delhi/Bhopal, Feb 8: Continuous snowfall is being experienced in many areas of Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Shimla and Kulu on Sunday recorded 18 cm and 20 cm snow respectively. The Met Dept has predicted chill to increase in North and Central parts of the country. Rainfall was also experienced in some plain areas. This change in weather is attributed to western disturbance.

    Meanwhile, the maximum temperature in the state capital Bhopal on Sunday was registered at 27.6 degrees C whereas the minimum temperature was recorded at 13.2 degrees C. (Pic of Shahpura lake, Bhopal)

    Meanwhile, frequent changes in temperature have increased the risk of people contacting the swine flu virus. Hence, any health problems like cough, cold should not be taken lightly and doctors should be consulted.

    Delhi HC pulls up MCD workers as strike enters 10th day

    New Delhi, Feb 5: Strike of Municipal Corporations of Delhi, MCD, workers today entered the tenth day with the workers protesting in different parts of city demanding payment of their dues. In the meantime, Delhi High Court pulled up MCD on their strike. The court observed that common people are suffering due to the ongoing tussle between MCD and Delhi Government.

    Holding BJP responsible for the ongoing strike, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain asked MCD mayors to stop being trade union leaders and handle their responsibilities. Yesterday, a delegation of agitating sanitation workers had met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and said the fund offered by the AAP government for paying their salaries were insufficient.

    The workers claimed that the Lt Governor has assured them of looking into their demands. Earlier, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had announced a loan of Rs 551 cr to East Delhi Municipal Corporation and North Delhi Municipal Corporation, to pay salaries to their employees.

    The mayors of these municipal bodies said they will accept the loan extended by the AAP government as a grant only because the city government is yet to pay three thousand crore rupees to them under the Third Delhi Finance Commission.

    Pinch of winter only for a few more days

    Bhopal, Feb 2: The effect of winter cold is being felt only during the morning and evening /night hours. The temperature during the day time has climbed up to 30 degrees Celsius. Still it is four degrees above normal and the Met Dept forecasts that it could come to normal in next 48 hours. According to Met dept, whenever the western disturbance passes through India, it results in change of temperatures.

    Jaipur: An analysis of this winter season shows that there were only 12 days in the month of December and January when the citizens actually experienced the cold pinch. Fog was also for as few as four days only. There was also a minor winter rain. The Met department does not foresee any appreciable drop in temperature during the next ten days. There were only 12 days in Dec and Jan 2016 when the night temp came down to six degrees Celsius. The day temp climbed seven times to 30 degrees Celsius. Normally fog prevails for ten days during these two months. But, this time it was there only for four days.

    CM hails farmers' for their efforts in food processing

    Bhopal, Feb 1: Enthused by the success achieved by farmers, by forming groups for carrying out processing of food products, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that he too plans to put up a processing unit in Vidisha.

    Efforts would be made for setting up of one processing unit each by the 23,000 panchayats. This would facilitate in dispatching fruits-vegetables to different places in India and abroad. Prizes, carrying cash award of Rs 50,000, were given to select farmers. The function was in celebration of Krishi Karman Award to Madhya Pradesh for 4th time for outstanding performance in foodgrain production.

    On suggestion of farmers, the Chief Minister announced to re-strucure Balram Talab Yojana. A scheme will also be chalked out to take water of rivulets and nullahs to fields. It is priority of the state government to irrigate every field.

    Now, instead of conventional method of canals, water will be supplied to fields through pipelines so that water is used more efficiently through system like drip irrigation. Modern technique will be promoted for better use and management of water. The Chief Minister announced that 1000 progressive farmers will be sent to foreign countries to study modern farming systems.

    MP Exportech - Providing global market to state's entrepreneurs

    Gwalior, Jan 30: The 9th MP Exportech (Buyer-Seller Meet) got underway to provide global market to state's entrepreneurs at Gwalior on Friday. It was inaugurated by Union Minister of Steel and Mines Narendra Singh Tomar. Tomar informed importers from all over the world that Madhya Pradesh is rich in excellent quality products and urged them to buy state's products without any hesitation. Central and state governments will provide every possible assistance to importers and state's producers, he added. (Pic shows foreign traders visiting exhibition).

    The minister said that it is government's responsibility to promote small industries and make available good market for their products. Efforts of Madhya Pradesh in this regard are laudable. He said that industry-friendly atmosphere is prevailing in the state for the last 10 years. Major industrial houses are getting attracted to invest here. He said that precious stones carved in Stone Park of Gwalior are being exported all over the world. Carpet and Plastic Parks also being established here.

    About 71 buyers (importers) from 20 countries have arrived to participate in the Exportech being held at MP Exportech Facilitation Centre on the premises of Gwalior Trade Fair. Besides, 10 companies of government and public sector are also participating in it. About 92 sellers from Gwalior-Chambal and all other parts of the state have put up 120 stalls. Half the these are sellers of Gwalior area.

    Bhopal, Indore & Jabalpur find place in the list of 20 smart cities

    Bhopal, Jan 29: Union Minister for Urban Development, Venkaiah Naidu announced the names of 20 cities of the country to be developed as smart cities. Three cities from Madhya Pradesh viz. Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur find place in the list. However, to obtain the first instalment of the sum, the governments would have to make the proposal of cities impressive.

    According to Madhusudan Prasad, secretary, Urban Development, initially Rs 200 cr would be given to the governments for developing these cities. Thus, the Centre would have to disburse Rs 4,000 cr during this financial year. During the next three years, the governments would get Rs 100 cr every year. The Centre has prepared a Rs 50,000 cr plan for 100 cities to be converted into smart ones.

    Other cities which have found place in the list include two-two cities from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. From AIADMK ruled Tamil Nadu and Congress ruled Karnataka, two –two cities have found place. Whereas from Punjab, Assam and Kerala only one-one city have been included. No city from West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar has found place in the list.

    Cold wave conditions continue in UP, eases in MP

    Lucknow/Bhopal, Jan 27: Cold wave conditions continued to sweep north India. In Uttar Pradesh, intense cold wave persisted in western and central parts of the state. The dense fog and chill disrupted normal life in most of the western districts.

    In Madhya Pradesh, barring few pockets cold wave conditions eased in most parts of the State. In Rajasthan, normal life has been disrupted due to severe cold in most parts of the state. Fog has also affected rail and road traffic in the state. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded 2.6 degrees Celsius.

    In Bengal, Darjeeling witnessed the lowest temperature of 2 degrees and its upper region of Sandak Phu and Falut are expected to receive fresh snow. With the northerly wind blowing hard from northern India, most of the districts in south Bengal experienced a chill.

    White tiger of Rewa highlight of R-day MP tableau in N Delhi

    Bhopal, Jan 23: Madhya Pradesh tableau in this year’s Republic Day Parade 2016 in New Delhi will show white tiger of Rewa in its natural surroundings. White tiger's life is being displayed in the tableau. In the front of the float there is a white tiger in standing position. In the middle it is sitting like a lord. On both sides of the tableau little tigers are playing and roaming.

    White Tiger is not a different species but progeny of Royal Bengal Tiger that has got the amazing white hue because of a gene mutation. Zoological name - Panthera tigress. The habit and the habitat are the same; the life cycle is the same. Normal age of the tiger ranges from 16 to 20 years. This is a proud moment for MP that on the initiative of Madhya Pradesh government and central government white tiger has once again being brought to its native habitat. World’s first white tiger safari is ready to be inaugurated in Mukundpur of Satna Distt. (near Rewa).

    The Mukundpur Safari is being developed where white tiger has returned to the native. It is an emotional and proud moment for the people of this region.

    Minimum temperature reaches 6 degrees, maximum rising to 21.1

    Bhopal, Jan 22: The state capital Bhopal is in the grip of cold waves due to the icy winds blowing from the North. Thursday remained in the grip of cold conditions although during the afternoon the sun shone brightly bringing lot of relief to the people and the flora and fauna. The night temperature dipped to 6 degrees Celsius, which was 5 degrees below normal.

    The Met dept has predicted similar weather on Friday. Last year, the lowest temperature recorded was 5.8 degrees on Jan 18. Met dept has forecast continuation of cold weather for some more days. The maximum temp was recorded at 21.1 degrees Celsius; this was 4 degrees less than the normal.

    Land allotted for Gadarwara thermal power project

    Bhopal, Jan 20: A meeting of the State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided to allot 9.938 hectares government land to NTPC's Gadarwara super thermal power project for various purposes.

    It is noteworthy that 50 per cent power to be generated by this project of Union Power Ministry will be given to Madhya Pradesh. Under the project, 2 units of 800 MW will be constructed. First phase work will be completed by the end of year 2017.

    The Cabinet decided to reserve 50 per cent post-graduate seats of state quota in government autonomous and private medical colleges for serving candidates. It has been decided to give admission on reserved seats in post-graduate courses through counselling to serving candidates who are selected/pass All-India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination.

    State catches up with Punjab, Haryana in wheat production

    Bhopal, Jan 18: Madhya Pradesh has now caught up with Punjab and Haryana in wheat production. Wheat production in the State was only 73.65 lakh MT during year 2003-04, which rose to 184.84 lakh MT during year 2014-15. It was 32.66 per cent more than 139.30 lakh MT during year 2013-14. Madhya Pradesh has also excelled in wheat productivity. During 2013-14, wheat productivity was 2405 kg per hectare, which rose to 3079 kg per hectare during year 2014-15.

    Madhya Pradesh has maintained its supremacy in foodgrains production in the country. Food grains production during year 2014-15 was 320.43 lakh MT, which was 32.19 percent more than 242.40 lakh MT during year 2013-14. Food grains production has been increasing constantly during last one decade. It was 142.95 lakh MT during year 2004-05 and increased gradually over the years.

    Likewise, farmers in the State produced 54.38 lakh MT rice during year 2014-15, which is 95 per cent more than 27.70 lakh MT during year 2013-14. Along with foodgrains production, storage capacity has also increased. It has risen to 158 lakh MT, which is highest in the country. Storage capacity was just 79 lakh MT 5 years ago in year 2010.

    Universities should function as centres of excellence: Yadav

    Bhopal, Jan 16: Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has said that all universities in the state should function as centres of excellence. He said that high level research labs and research centres should be established in universities so that students of tribal, rural and backward areas can benefit and participate in country's development. The Governor was addressing Central Region Vice Chancellors Conference and national symposium of MP Bhoj Open University and All-India Universities Association here Friday.

    Vice Chancellor of MP Bhoj Open University, Bhopal Dr. Tariq Zafar delivered the welcome address. The Governor released the annual magazine of All-India Indian Universities Association and souvenir of MP Bhoj Open University. A number of Vice Chancellors from all over India, students, teachers and distinguished citizens were present on the occasion.

    Former Vice Chancellor of IGNOU Prof. H. Dixit said, we have to make preparations now to take higher education to its pinnacle. Secretary of All-India Universities Association Furqan Kanwar said that education cannot be expanded unless all sections of society are linked with it. Quality in education is imperative. For this, clean atmosphere should be provided to students.

    Singapore PM evinces interest in collaboration with MP in 5 sectors

    Singapore, Jan 14: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Husien Loong yesterday. The Chief Minister discussed investment potential in major sectors like renewable energy and urban planning in the state. The Singapore PM evinced interest in collaborating with Madhya Pradesh in 5 sectors.

    PM Loong assured the Chief Minister that a business delegation of Singapore will attend Global Investors Summit to be held at Indore on October 19-21. The Chief Minister invited Loong and Iswaran to the summit.

    The Chief Minister also met Singapore's Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Trade and Industries Minister S. Iswaran. The Chief Minister informed about investment potential in Madhya Pradesh in solar, wind and biomass energies, urban planning, capacity building, food processing and information technology sectors.

    Chouhan said that MoUs with various Singapore entities will be signed tomorrow. One of these will be for 1000 MW wind farm in Western Madhya Pradesh.

    The Chief Minister was also conferred Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Fellowship. On the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the school has emerged as pioneer in education and research fields. He urged the school for academic and ideological exchange with Madhya Pradesh's educational institutions.

    BHEL facing some financial crisis but will overcome it soon: Geete

    Bhopal, Jan 13: Union minister for heavy industries Anant Geete said that Maharatna company BHEL is facing some financial crisis at present but it will overcome it soon. Talking to media in Bhopal, he said that BHEL has received new work orders to the tune of Rs 28000 crore. He also said that there will be no privatization of BHEL.

    Mr Geete said that the investment in the country has registered a hike of 48 per cent during Narendra Modi regime. He said that his ministry wants to well train the untrained workers through public enterprises under 'Skill India' programme. He said that the Modi government has launched several programmes and schemes for the welfare of the people. These schemes are being implemented in letter and spirit in Madhya Pradesh.

    Earlier, Mr Geete visited some localities dominated by weaker sections in Bhopal. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked ministers to visit different parliamentary segments and to interact with people.

    Kaul Group of US to invest in food processing

    Bhopal, Jan 9: America's Kaul Group has shown interest to invest in food processing sector in the State. Chairman of Kaul Group Rajiv Kaul held discussions with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in this regard here on Friday.

    Evincing interest in setting up cheese production unit, Kaul informed the Chief Minister of investment plan. The Chief Minister said that investment for state's development is welcome. The Chief Minister said that the state has immense potential for investment in food processing sector.

    Kaul apprised the Chief Minister of proposed visit of American investors' delegation to Madhya Pradesh. Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary to CM SK Mishra were present.

    Chief Secretary De Sa solves common people's problems

    Bhopal, Jan 8: Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa accepted applications from common people and forwarded them for disposal to concerning departments. CS directed to give widow pension to Bhopal's cancer patient Madhu Shrivastava whose husband has died recently. Kalyan Singh Sahariya of Guna districts apprised of problem of not being given admission in D. Ed. Course. CS directed ACS school Education for immediate solution of the problem.

    CS directed for necessary action on application of lab technician/assistant Ramcharan Dangi and others of Panchayats & Rural Development Department about not giving prescribed honorarium. CS also issued directives on applications regarding transfer of Bhopal resident Dr. Jaishri Nadkarni and Ankit Vyas, compassionate appointment of Deepak Saxena, transfer of Prachi Dube Gupta, payment of dues of late father to Deepak Diwakar and payment of tuition fee of students selected in IIT and IIM.

    Air India plane tyre, with 95 aboard, bursts during landing

    Bhopal, Jan 7: The tyre of an Air India plane, landing at the Raja Bhoj airport here, burst on Wednesday morning. The pilot controlled the situation well and the plane came to a halt. The plane had come from Delhi and carried 95 passengers.

    The same plane was to depart to Delhi from Bhopal airport at 8 am. Engineers were pressed into service to rectify the problem. The passengers who were to take the onward flight to Delhi were taken to Palash hotel by the airline. It was informed that they would board a flight at 4 pm for Delhi.

    Defence minister, army, air force chiefs visit Pathankot

    Pathankot, jan 5: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar along with Air Force Chief Arup Raha and Army Chief General Dalbir Singh visit Pathankot today to take stock of the situation there. Yesterday evening NSG revealed that the 5th terrorist was also eliminated and all strategic assets at the airbase, personnel and families have been secured meanwhile India has presented leads about Pathankot attackers to Pakistan

    Four terrorists were neutralised in the operation on Saturday while 7 security personnel including one Garud commando, one NSG officer and five personnel of Defence Security Corps have been martyred in the line of duty. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday presided over a meeting of the National Security Council

    Heart, liver transplants give new lease of life to two patients

    Indore, Jan 4: A 16-year-old girl from Mumbai got a new lease of life yesterday after the heart of a brain dead woman (20) was successfully transported from a hospital in Indore to a Mumbai Hospital within just two hours. This was possible because of the green corridors created for connecting both hospitals with respective city airports. Earlier, the doctors had acted quickly to convince the family of the brain dead woman to donate her organs.

    After the donation of the girl's heart, her family members agreed to donate her liver too. The liver was harvested by doctors from ILBS and it was flown to Delhi airport at 9.30 am. It reached ILBS within 15 minutes, and within an hour the transplant process had begun. The operation is successful, said doctors.

    Similarly in another case, a brain dead businessman in Kerala has given a new lease of life to five needy patients through organs donation. The kidneys, liver and the eyes were harvested at a Coimbatore hospital from 53-year old James hailing from Palakkad and later were transplanted into other patients. James died of a road accident on Saturday during treatment at the Kovai Medical Center in Coimbatore.

    84 persons given appointment on compassionate grounds

    Bhopal, Jan 2: Maximum 84 persons have been given appointment on compassionate grounds on the directives of Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen last year. At Shri Bisen's initiative, the department completed formalities of compassionate appointments at a rapid pace.

    For the first, compassionate appointments have been given in the department on such a large scale. Of these, 50 compassionate appointments were given on post of assistant grade-III and remaining on other posts.

    MP registers 25 per cent increase in agriculture production

    Bhopal, Jan 1: Madhya Pradesh has registered 25 per cent increase in agriculture production this year. Agriculture production was 4.50 crore MT this year compared to 3.60 crore MT last year. Production of foodgrains has also increased by 30 per cent. It was 2.22 crore MT last year, which has increased to 3.21 crore MT this year.

    Giving details of departmental activities during one year, Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Gaurishankar Bisen informed that pulses production has increased by 20 per cent. It was 38.20 lakh MT last year, which has increased to 47.48 lakh MT.

    Similarly, about one lakh MT increase has been recorded in oilseed production. Wheat and paddy production has increased by 5 per cent, maize 10 per cent and mustard production has increased by 4 per cent. In the state, organic farming area was 1.60 lakh hectares, which has increased by about 10 times to 17.58 lakh hectares this year.

    Maihar to be Smart City at cost of Rs. 25 crore: CM

    Maihar (MP), Dec 30: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday visited various wards at Maihar and heard people's problems. He said that Maihar would be made Smart City for which a sum of Rs. 25 crore is being sanctioned.

    Chouhan said that door-to-door waste collection, power generation from waste products, installation of CCTV cameras in entire city, construction of drains, auditorium and beautification of Vishnu Sagar lake will be undertaken at Maihar.

    Chouhan said that land mafias will be handcuffed and the poor will be given pattas for construction of shanties. He directed to undertake survey for patta distribution. Chouhan directed to hold greater camp at Maihar in January where commissioner and collector will solve people's problems. Health camps will also be held.

    On Agrawal Samaj's appeal, the Chief Minister announced to include Agroha Dham in Hissar district of Haryana in Mukhyamantri Tirth-Darshan Yojana.

    National school games: MP boys, girls on top in medal tally

    Bhopal, Dec 29: Students from Madhya Pradesh schools have brought laurels to the State by achieving 12 medals and achieving top spot in the 61st National School Games being played in the State capital Bhopal. Girls under 17 have bagged three gold medals and their medal tally is at 7.

    Students of Sharda Vihar have bagged three gold medals and overall medal tally is four. Harsh Gupta won a gold medal and a bronze. Pulkit Bhuria won a gold medal. In the team event, Jayesh Anjena, Anshul Choria, Aniket Patel bagged gold medals.

    In the hockey quarterfinal under 19 matches, MP boys will meet Punjab boys on Tuesday. On Monday, Delhi students defeated Maharashtra boys 6-2 assuring their place in last eight. Played at Aishbagh stadium, Jharkhand defeated Vidya Bharti 6-1, Pudduchery defeated Chhatisgarh 4-3, Himachal defeated KVS 4-2, Jammu defeated NVS 4-1. Chhattisgarh and Kerala teams remained tied at 2-2 score.

    In the girls class, Maharashtra defeated IPSC 4-2, Goa defeated Jammu and Kashmir 2-0, Chandigarh defeated Uttarakhand 10-0 and Chhattisgarh defeated KVS 5-4.

    Tansens place of practice reverberates with singing of 3 generations

    Gwalior, Dec 28: Singing of music maestros of 3 generations of various Gharanas reverberated at place of practice of Sur Samrat Tansen at Gwalior today. The last music sitting under Tansen Samaroh was held at Tansen's birthplace at Behat on the banks of Jhilmil river.

    On one hand emerging musician about 15 years old Prajjwal Shirke left impact and on the other hand 90 years old eminent classical singer Pt. Shriram Marathe's presentation left the audience spell-bound. Khayal singing of 50 years old Janab Zameer Hussain Khan was also praiseworthy. Presentation on Kalashri chorus of instruments was also made.

    Tunes weave magic
    Music lovers were left spell-bound with eminent musician Shri Anand Purandare of Gwalior and his disciples started instrumental presentation in Rag Madmad Sarang during 'Kalashri chorus of instruments'. First 'Gat' was presented in 'Roopak Taal'. A magic was weaved on audience with sonorous symphony of different instruments encompassing various music notes. In the same Rag 'Shri Ramchandra Kripalu Bhaju Manu Haran Bhavbhay Darunm' was rendered in 'Teen Taal'.

    Prajwwal Shirke who has become a toast of eyes of big music maestros at a tender age, drew profuse encomiums from audience when he presented Bada Khayal 'Murli Bhanak Padi' in Gurjari Todi Ek Taal.

    At the conclusion of last sitting of samaroh, senior Gwalior Gharana music maestro Pt. Shriram Marathe sang in Rag Bhim Palasi. Bada Khayal 'Ab To Sun Le' was presented in Ek Taal and Chhota Khayal 'Harva Garve Daroongi' in Teen Taal. The last sitting began with Dhrupad singing by students of Sadhna Kendra Tansen Smarak, Behat. They presented Bandish 'Neel Baran Payo Re' in Rag Asawari Chautal.

    Gulmarg records minus 11.4 degrees Celsius; Bhopal min 8.3

    New Delhi/Bhopal, Dec 24: Higher reaches of the Kashmir Valley received fresh snowfall yesterday leading to further drop in mercury. Gulmarg at minus 11.4 degrees Celsius was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir. In the MP state capital Bhopal, the minimum temperature was recorded at 8.3 degrees and the maximum day temperature 23.8 degrees.

    In the national capital, Met Department has predicted the minimum temperature to be around 6 degree Celsius. Cold wave is prevailing across Punjab and Haryana as well, with Amritsar recording the lowest temperature in the plains, at 2.2 degrees celsius. In Rajasthan, Churu recorded the lowest minimum temperature at 3.2 degrees Celsius. Many trains are running late due to foggy conditions in the Northern Division.

    Another snowfall in Himalayas to bring cold waves in State capital

    Bhopal, Dec 22: With the western disturbance crossing Jammu and Kashmir and approaching Himalayas, the temperature is likely to further dip in the coming days.
    Meanwhile, the mercury level has appreciated in the State. The maximum temp was recorded at 23.2 degrees Celsius, 3 degree above normal. The minimum temp was at 10.2 degrees Celsius. Cold was biting during early morning hours but as the day progressed, it subsided, giving some relief to the people. There was also fog during the early morning hours.

    Reports from Srinagar speak of Dal lake and other water bodies freezing as mercury witnessed a considerable drop. Temperature at Srinagar dropped to minus 5.6 degrees Celsius. In the Ladakh region, Leh was the coldest at minus 15.1 degree. Well-known ski resort of Gulmarg witnessed minimum temperature of minus 11 degree.

    Move for compulsory air conditioning of bus/truck drivers cabins

    Indore, Dec 20: Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that with the objective of reducing the number of road accidents, the Centre is mulling various proposals including to make air-conditioning mandatory in the driver's cabin of buses and trucks.

    Speaking after inauguration of 76th conference of Indian Road Congress in Indore yesterday Mr Gadkari said, every year around 1.5 lakh people die and three lakh people get injured in road accidents in the country. Around 5 lakh accidents take place every year and the Government wants to curtail this number by at least 50 per cent, he said.

    The Minister said that attention must be paid to road engineering, otherwise in future the country may have to think of registering cases against those who make detailed project reports (DPRs) of roads, if a faulty road is found to be reason of the accident. The engineers, he said, should not change the land acquisition plans for roads under pressure from local politicians.

    BHEL festival on Ambedkar park informative and entertaining

    Bhopal, Dec 19: A three-day BHEL festival, being organized by BHEL Jan Sewa Samiti, commenced at Barkheda located Ambedkar park on Friday. The inaugural function was graced by Home Minister Babulal Gaur, Mayor Alok Sharma, BHEL ED AMV Yugandhar, GM HR TG Chouragade.
    More than 80 stalls have been put up at the Mela. Two major exhibitions have also been put up- one is of Swaraj Sansthan which showcases lives of great leaders; the second depicts the progress of Madhya Pradesh under the stewardship of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
    Swings and other modern entertainments are attracting one and all. Cultural programmes are also being organized.

    Govt for increasing production of horticulture crops: Mahdele

    Bhopal, Dec 18: Horticulture & Food Processing Minister Kusum Mahdele has said that horticulture activities should be expanded to all districts in the State. Mahdele was addressing a workshop on entrepreneurs and farmers associated with horticulture crops regarding marketing of horticulture products here yesterday. Agriculture Production Commissioner PC Meena and Principal Secretary Horticulture Ashok Warnwal were also present.

    Kusum Mahdele said that special attention should be paid to the districts where horticulture activities are minimal. Farmers should be associated with horticulture crops apart from traditional farming. Efforts should be made to set up one food processing plant in every block. Units to process horticulture crops should be set up like flour mills. Entrepreneurs, officers and farmers should exchange knowledge about horticulture.
    Area under horticulture crops should be expanded keeping in view districts' climate, soil fertility etc. Horticulture activities should be promoted by dividing entire state in 4 zones. The state government wishes to increase production of horticulture crops, vegetables and spices in the state. At the outset, Shri Ashok Warnwal informed the progress of horticulture schemes. Entrepreneurs and farmers from different districts of the state attended the workshop.

    Work with dedication, humbleness, advises CM to trainee officers

    Bhopal, Dec 17: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that democratic system is to serve people. Work with sensitivity without egoism. The Chief Minister was addressing IAS probationary officers at Vidhan Sabha here on Wednesday.
    Chouhan said that administrative officers should play important role in state's development. One aspect of development is infrastructure development and another human resources development. Development is meaningless if its benefits do not reach common people. Several welfare schemes have been implemented in the state to reach out benefits to common people. Panchayats have been held for dialogue with various sections of society.

    Schemes have been chalked out for development of various sections after discussions with concerning persons. Effective implementation is necessary to reach out benefits of schemes to common people. Work with sensitivity will enable to serve people in better way. Officers should do such works that people remember them positively. Transparency and intention to work for the welfare of the people with utmost capacity will make better atministrators.
    DG of Academy of Administration Kanchan Jain informed about training programme. Principal Secretary to CM, Iqbal Singh Bains and Academy's Director Shikha Dube were also present.

    15 dead, 38 injured as bus falls into river in Hoshangabad

    Hoshangabad, Dec 16: A bus carrying a marriage party crashed from a bridge into the river in Hoshangabad district on Tuesday. The mishap took place in the morning when the bus was heading towards Parasia from Indore. It was crossing a river bridge near Longabanjari village about 7 km away from Sohagpur when the incident happened. As a result 15 persons lost their lives, 38 received serious injuries. A pall of gloom spread when the news of mishap reached the Verma family at Nehru Nagar, Indore.

    Meanwhile, as soon as the news of the mishap reached the police, district collector along with other senior officials reached the spot and supervised relief operations. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh announced relief of Rs 1.5 lakh to the kin of the deceased, Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured and Rs 25,000 to those who received minor injuries.
    As per information, in the night of Dec 14, as many as 60 members of Omprakash Verma family left for Parasia to take part in the reception of Jaya on Dec 15, while four members of family remained in Indore to take care of their house.
    Among those killed included mother of the bride, Omprakash Verma, the eldest member of the family and his wife Kaushalya. Bride's father Santosh Verma also sustained injuries in the incident.

    Biggest need of the present time is power conservation

    Bhopal, Dec 14: Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla has said that conservation and augmentation of energy is very vital for accelerating the pace of development. In his message on the eve of Energy Conservation Day, Shukla said that conserving energy is no less important than its generation. Motivating people to conserve energy is like generating power.

    Shukla said that due to increase in population, industrial development and modernisation of farming methods, there has been constant rise in the demand for energy. The biggest need of the present time is power conservation. With the help of energy conservation, the gap between demand and supply of power can be bridged to a great extent. He said that demand for energy is much more than its availability in the State. Therefore, it has become the bounden duty of all of us to use power saving and inspire others also to do so.
    The Energy Minister has appealed to the people not to misuse power and use the same as per the sanctioned capacity. The Minister has also made a call to the officers and employees of Power Distribution Companies to realise their responsibilities toward energy conservation. He said that they should themselves remain cautious in using power but should also keep motivating people to undertake energy conservation.

    Inspect institutions, present report, directs minister Gupta

    Bhopal , Dec 11: Deputy and Joint Directors of Technical Education Department must inspect one institution once a month. This was directed by Higher and Technical Education Minister Umashankar Gupta at a meeting of Technical Education Department' Advisory committee on Thursday . Gupta said that inspection reports should be presented to him every month.
    Gupta asked Director, Skill Development to visit Singrauli, Pithampur and other industrial areas and discuss with the officers of industrial units situated there regarding their requirements of skilled manpower. Thereafter, as per the requirements, arrangements should be made in ITIs. He said that all officers must work earnestly to put into practice concept of Skill India. Trainers should be imparted training regularly. Personality development training should be imparted to principals of technical educational institutions. Gupta said that a placement cell should be constituted at every ITI. He congratulated Rajiv Gandhi Proudigiki Vishwavidayalya's VC Dr. Piyush Trivedi and his team for inventing anti-cancer medicine. MLAs Kamleshwar Patel and Anchal Sonkar also presented suggestions.
    Director Skill Development M Sibi Chakravarti informed that 26 new ITIs have been started during August 2015. He informed that new trades have been introduced in 84 ITIs. Director Technical Education Dr. Ashish Dongare informed that new engineering colleges have been started from current session at Jhabua and Shahdol. Engineering colleges are being set up at Shivpuri in collaboration with NTPC and under Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) at Dhar. CEO of CRISP Mukesh Sharma informed that the organization would open skill centres in 25 districts in collaboration with Rural Development Department. Principal Secretary Technical Education Sanjay Singh was also present.

    Dengvaxia, vaccine for dengue fever, innovation of the decade

    Dec 10: The first-ever vaccine against dengue fever which affects up to 400 million people per year will be publicly available for the first time after being cleared for use in Mexico, French manufacturer Sanofi said yesterday.
    It's a very important moment in the history of public health, Olivier Charmeil, head of the company's vaccines division described Dengvaxia as the innovation of the decade.
    It took 20 years in research and development to create Dengvaxia. Until now, scientists have been stumped by dengue, which has four separate strains. The World Health Organisation says dengue has become the fastest-growing mosquito-borne disease, with as many as 400 million people infected every year. It can trigger a crippling fever, along with muscle and joint pain. There is no known cure and children are at particular risk. The deadliest form of the disease kills 22,000 people per year, the WHO says.
    Sanofi Pasteur has requested authorisation to roll out the vaccine in 20 countries. Several million doses of the vaccine are ready to ship, and Sanofi expects annual production to reach 100 million doses by 2017.

    NGT bans use of DJ, loudspeaker in marriage, other functions

    Bhopal, Dec 9: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has, through its order, prohibited the use of DJ or loudspeakers during marriage and other functions. The orders are applicable for the whole state of Madhya Pradesh. The order comes on a petition filed by a commoner to the NGT against use of DJs.
    The tribunal had given six months time to the DJ managers. Despite of strong presentation by the advocates of DJ Association, the tribunal did not relent.
    The step will go a long way in curbing noise pollution. However, it needs to be seen how well the restriction is put in force and how well the general people appreciate the order.

    Gakken gr from Japan proposes talks on value based education

    Bhopal, Dec 8: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday held talks with the Gakken Holding group from Japan at Vidhan Sabha premises. The officials who called on CM include Group's business head, Numata Sun; Business manager, Arisen. Chief Visionary officer U Pandya was also present. The group proposed working in Madhya Pradesh in the field of valed-based education and upgradation of skills.
    The Chief Minister directed for reviewing the proposal. The CM informed that the government was working in these sectors. The group informed that the 70-year-old holding company was working in the field of value-based education.Manuals had been prepared for standard one to nine.Chief Secretary Antony De Sa was also present.

    Provide free treatment to the survivors of acid attacks: SC

    New Delhi, Dec 7: The Supreme Court today directed all the states and Union Territories (UTs) to compensate, rehabilitate and provide free treatment to the survivors of acid attacks in pursuance of guidelines issued by it earlier. A bench of justices MY Eqbal and C Nagappan gave the direction while dealing with a case of an acid attack victim from Bihar. The court asked the Bihar government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the victim, besides providing her free treatment including reconstruction surgery.
    The bench also asked the states and UTs to provide all kinds of help to such victims as provided in an earlier judgement. Supreme Court had in its ruling on April 10 made it mandatory for hospitals across the country to provide full and free medical treatment to the victims.
    The present matter was brought before the apex court by Bihar-based NGO Parivartan Kendra which has sought its direction on rehabilitation of acid attack victims, alleging that private hospitals were not providing free treatment to the victims.

    24 lose eye sight after cataract surgeries, probe ordered

    Badwani, Dec 4: In Madhya Pradesh, 24 people have lost their eye sight after cataract surgeries in Badwani district hospital. A camp was held in the hospital in November for cataract patients. It is reported 28 patients had caught infection after cataract operations.
    They were referred to Indore for further treatment after making complaints. Out of these, 24 lost their eye sight. The state government has suspended eye specialist RS Palod and set up a 3-member committee to probe the matter. The operation theater where surgeries were taken place has also been sealed.

    DEd and BEd in sign language for deaf-dumb children: CM

    Bhopal, Nov 30: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has made several significant announcements in the interest of deaf and dumb children. He said that along with according status of full language to sign language, 10 ITIs in sign language will be opened at divisional headquarters. This work will be accomplished within a year. He said that Madhya Pradesh will be first state of the country to have ITI s in sign language. He said that 2 teachers of sign language each will be appointed in all schools for excellence in the state. Chouhan was addressing deaf and dumb children at Indore yesterday.
    During his Indore visit on Nov 19, the Chief Minister had promised to disabled children and institutions working for them to take steps for their welfare. He fulfilled his promise today. At the programme, Chouhan established contact with children and heard their problems. He said that DEd and BEd in sign language would be conducted. Its cost will be borne by state govt. He said that such students will have to pass DEd and BEd with minimum 50 percent marks.
    He said that the state government will bear entire expenses of education of disabled students on pursuing medical, engineering and other professional courses. Interpreters will also be appointed to assist them in professional courses. Special facilities for sports will also be made available to them. He said that these children with physical disability have no lack of talent. They need to be provided opportunities which the state government will do.

    Subsidy to be given on power consumed for cold storage, cold chain

    Bhopal, Nov 28: Subsidy on first 25 percent power consumption at the rate of Rs. 1.50 per unit will be provided to cold storages, cold chains, ripening chambers and individual quick freezing units in Madhya Pradesh. For this, new eligible units should present photocopies of electricity bills after getting them attested by concerning electricity offices to Directorate of Horticulture, Vindhyachal Bhavan, Bhopal. Further information can be obtained in this regard from department's website http://www.mphorticulture.gov.in.
    Second prize to Madhya Pradesh Pavilion
    Madhya Pradesh has been given second prize in India International Trade Fair-2015. The prize has been given in the category of Best State displaying its products. Theme of the Fair this year was 'Make in India'. Keeping this in view, theme of Madhya Pradesh Pavilion was 'Make in Madhya Pradesh'. Various welfare programmes, policy and economic development was attractively displayed at the pavilion.

    Cold to intensify as western disturbance moves towards J&K

    Bhopal, Nov 27: With reports of snowfall in Kashmir on Thursday evening, cold is likely to intensify in the state capital Bhopal in two or three days. As per the Met department, the sky would remain overcast on Saturday and Sunday. According to the Met director, Anupam the western disturbance from Pakistan has moved towards Jammu and Kashmir. As a result there would be snowfall and its effect would be felt in north India including the State capital Bhopal.
    On Friday the day temperature is expected to remain at 30 degrees Celsius but the night temperature may go up a little. From Saturday the day temperature would fall. During the last 48 hours, the night temperature came down by 3 degrees. On Tuesday the night temperature was more than 19 degrees Celsius. On Thursday the temp was recorded at 16.4 degrees Celsius and the day temp was 30.6 degrees Celsius.

    Bus falls into gorge in Satna, 9 killed, 30 injured

    Mhow, Nov 17: Nine people died and more than 30 others were injured after a bus carrying about 50 passengers fell into a gorge, more than 20 feet deep, in Satna district. Satna police said the incident took place at Charki valley on Satna-Shahdol Road at around 3.30 pm. Eight seriously injured were rushed to Rewa government hospital.
    Others were being treated at a hospital in Deolond near Ban Sagar dam in Shahdol district. A police team reached the spot and shifted the seriously injured to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in Rewa. Bus belonged to Ramgopal Satyanaryan Company and was going from Rewa to Anuppur.
    In another accident, involving a car and a bus, a car driver and two passengers sitting in the car died on the spot. The bus was Indore bound. The car body got entangled with the bus chasis.
    As many as 24 people travelling in the bus were also hurt. Two persons are reported to be critical and were referred to MY Hospital in Indore. The victims were returning from Mahakal at Ujjain after darshan.

    CM meets industrialists, discusses their problems

    Bhopal, Nov 9: In the series of regular interaction with investors, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met 6 industrialists and delegations here on Monday. Those who met the Chief Minister included Executive Director of Star Agriware Housing and Collateral Management Limited Shri Amit Mundawala, Association of Private Warehouse's President Abhinav Suryavanshi and delegation, President of Messrs Grasim Shri Dinesh Shukla, Chairman of Messrs HIG Shri Ravi Jhunjhunwala, Director of Messrs Essar Power Shri K.V.B.
    Reddy and President of CII Shri Sanjay Kirlosker and delegation. Star Agriware Housing and Collateral Management Limited proposed for joint business in wheat procurement with Civil Supplies Corporation and State Marketing Federation. The company also evinced interest to collaborate in procurement services. The Chief Minister directed for detailed examination of company's proposal. He said that facilities of farmers should be kept in view while examining the proposal.
    Association of Private Warehouse informed about difficulties being faced in warehousing sector in the state. The Chief Minister said that efforts would be made to extend every possible assistance to investors in warehousing sector in the state. One office-bearer of the association will be included in the state level committee constituted in this regard.
    President of CII Kirlosker informed about suggestions to make agriculture profitable and reforms in labour laws. He said that CII wishes to set up Food & Agriculture Centre of Excellence in the state, which would apprise farmers of technical knowledge and do value addition of their produce. The Chief Minister directed to examine the proposal. CII also suggested to constitute a task force to attract new investments.
    President of Messrs Grasim Shukla and HEG's President Ravi Jhunjhunwala suggested to rationalize electricity duty structure and tariff. They also urged to rationalize entry tax on coal. The CM directed to chalk out detailed proposal in this regard. Reddy of Essar Group urged to exempt power plants from water cess and entry tax on coal. Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa and other senior officials were present.

    Send study team to assess crops loss, CM tells FM Jaitley

    New Delhi, Nov 7: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan apprised Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley about severity of drought in Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan dwelt in detail on adverse impact of drought on farmers and farming and urged him to send Central team to assess crop loss in the state at the earliest. Chouhan also handed over a detailed memorandum in this regard to the Minister.
    Earlier, Chief Minister, Finance Minister and Agriculture Minister had apprised the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister of severity of drought and submitted memoranda.
    Chouhan informed Union Minister that NABARD has reduced its share for making available loans to farmers from 50 to 40 per cent. Chouhan urged that share of NABARD should be increased in view of severe drought in the State so that proper and timely assistance can be provided to farmers.
    Chouhan also discussed issue of Basmati rice with the FM. He informed that court has declared Madhya Pradesh a Basmati rice producing state on the basis of geographical indicators and historical facts. APEDA is not recognizing this and has also appealed in the Supreme Court against this decision. He urged the Union Minister to intervene in the matter and help declare the rice produced in geographical areas of the State falling in the category of Basmati rice area as Basmati rice and apprise APEDA of actual situation.
    Union Minister Shri Jaitley gave a patient hearing to issues raised by the CM and assured to take action soon.

    Roadmap to make agriculture a profitable venture

    Bhopal, Nov 4: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday finalized new roadmap to save farming and farmers from drought in future and make agriculture a profitable venture. Senior IAS, IPS and IFS officers put forth suggestions after group discussions to make agriculture profitable, various alternatives and means to make farming more effective during Krishi Manthan at Academy of Administration.
    It is noteworthy that on the directives of the CM, these officers had undertaken visits to villages and assesses crop loss. Recommendations based on field experience and agriculture experts' suggestions were submitted to chalk out new roadmap.
    The CM directed to chalk out an action plan on the recommendations which are worthy of being implemented immediately and constituted a high level committee to finalise remaining recommendations.
    As per new roadmap of agriculture, senior police, administration and forest service officers will visit villages once in 3 months. They would send reports about implementation of schemes to government and also solve problems on the spot. This would be a regular administrative exercise.
    Soil health cards will be issued to all farmers by March 2017. Arrangements will be made to give permanent power connections to farmers. Farmers will be motivated to install solar pumps. For this, they will also be given subsidy.
    State level institution will be constituted to promote exports of horticulture and agriculture products. The institution will function like APEDA. A campaign will be launched to connect all farmers with cooperatives societies' network. Land Revenue Code will be amended to give legal status to taking and giving farming on lease.
    One food processing unit each will be set up in all 23 thousand Gram Panchayats. It would result in value addition of local products. Local youths will be motivated under Mukhyamantri Yuva Udyami Yojana about establishment of these units. They would be given necessary financial assistance and training. Along with increasing milk route, routes for vegetables, food grains and flower crops will also be developed. Federations will be constituted for them.
    Now, minimum 5 buffalos or cows would be given for establishing dairy to make the occupation profitable. Separate space will be earmarked in Mandis for fruits and vegetables. Every district will have one model Mandi for fruits and vegetables. Strict action will be taken on deducting inordinately excessive commission at Mandis.
    Intensive water conservation campaign will be conducted during next 3 years. Under it, new water structures will be constructed and old ones repaired. A model scheme will be chalked out to promote drip and micro irrigation. A model formula would also be chalked out to give subsidy on it.
    Model Demonstration Farm will be developed in every district. Farmers will be motivated to grow crops suitable for their respective areas. Agriculture field staff will be trained to make agriculture modern. Agriculture Science Centres will be strengthened and agriculture graduates linked to them.
    Separate policy will be chalked out for agro forestry. Model schemes based on animal husbandry and fisheries will be chalked out. SMS service will be launched to give necessary information to farmers and mobile application will also be developed for this in future.

    Loulis Mills to set up food processing unit at Khargone

    Bhopal, Nov 3: Chairman of Loulis Mills of Greece Constentinos Loulis and Director of Nutech Mediworld Company Dr. Gita Shroff met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here Monday. Loulis Mills has proposed about Rs. 72 crore investment in state's food processing sector. Similarly, Dr. Shroff wishes to set up production and treatment centre of stem cell technology in Madhya Pradesh.
    Chief Minister said that food process is priority sector of the state government. It would result in value addition of farmers' produce. All facilities will be provided in the state to all serious investors. He said that people will be greatly benefited by treatment through stem cell technology.
    Loulis Mills has offered to set up a major wheat-based food processing unit at Nimarni Food Processing Park in Khargone district at an estimated cost of Rs. 72 crore. It would give jobs to 95 persons. In the second phase, the company would invest about Rs. 350 crore giving jobs to 400 persons.
    Dr. Shroff informed that muscles, bones and tissues of any part of body can be regenerated through stem cell technology. Her institution is working in this field for many years. She wishes to set up production and treatment centre of stem cell technology at Bhopal.

    Citizens experience first winter chill, temp drops to 25.9C

    Bhopal, Oct 30: At last, after a month-long wait, winter made itself felt to denizens on Thursday evening. The temperature dipped by five degrees Celsius to 25.9, on Wednesday it was recorded at 31 degrees Celsius. At the same time, the minimum temperature was registered at 18.8 degrees Celsius. As per the Met dept, temperature would continuing falling day by day.
    According to Met scientists, cold winds have started blowing from south. Also, many parts of Madhya Pradesh have been experiencing intermittent rains with hailstones. On Thursday, the sky was cloudy most of the day time The Met department informed that rainfall had occurred at Rewa and Jabalpur divisions. Other places where rains fell include Shahdol, Sagar, Gwalior, Hoshangabad, Chambal and Indore.

    MP, Odisha & Maha govts take measures to bring relief to farmers

    Bhopal/Bhubneswar/Mumbai, Oct 29: The Madhya Pradesh government will provide a relief of Rs 3000 crore to the drought affected farmers. Interacting with farmers on AIR’s live phone-in programme "Mukhyamantri Ki baat, Kisanon Ke Saath" Wednesday evening, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that an additional Rs 3000 crore will be given under crop insurance scheme.
    Odisha government has waived water cess in drought-affected areas in view of rising farmer suicides due to crop failure. In a video conference meeting with the District Collectors to review the drought situation, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday directed withholding of repayment of cooperative loans to provide relief to farmers. He also directed distributing agriculture subsidy to non-irrigated drought-affected areas, where no cultivation has been undertaken.
    Maharashtra government will launch an amnesty scheme for power bills of water supply schemes to provide relief to farmers in drought-hit areas. After a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed that the Panipuravatha Sanjivani Yojana would be implemented on the lines of Krishi Sanjivani Yojana. He said it will be launched with retrospective effect from July this year and added that there will be no criteria.

    Diwali sound level ranged between 55-65 decibels last year

    New Delhi, Oct 28: The Central Pollution Control Board, CPCB, has recommended strict enforcement of stopping use of firecrackers after 10 pm. The recommendation comes amidst concern for noise and air pollution during Diwali celebrations. CPCB conducted noise monitoring at 35 locations in seven cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Bangalore and Hyderabad on the occasion of Diwali and pre-Diwali last year. The sound level ranged between 55 decibels to 65 decibels and maximum prescribed levels exceeded in Lucknow, Delhi followed by Mumbai and Chennai. Noise pollution can cause hypertension, high stress levels, tinnitus, hearing loss, and sleep disturbances. Though rules have been framed for not making and selling of crackers emitting sound above the prescribed level, yet in absence of proper monitoring and penal action, the production and sale of such crackers continues.

    Gujarat HC refuses to quash sedition charges against Hardik

    Ahmedabad, Oct 27: Gujarat High Court today refused to quash sedition charges filed against Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti-PAAS- leader Hardik Patel by the Surat Police. The petition was filed by Hardik Patel’s father Bharatbhai Patel. Hardik had allegedly asked a youth of his community in Surat to kill policemen instead of committing suicide. The conversation was captured in video camera by a local news channel. However, court has ordered to remove charges against him under Sections 153 A and 506 to spread enmity among the society.
    Hardik Patel was arrested by Surat Police Crime Branch in this case and was sent to police custody on three days remand by a court in Surat. After three-day remand he was sent to 14 days judicial custody. In another sedition case, the Ahmedabad Police Crime Branch had arrested him through transfer warrant immediately after his remand period was over in Surat. Hardik is presently in 7 days Police remand of Ahmedabad city Crime branch.
    Meanwhile, a police constable and a computer operator of the Ahmedabad Crime Branch have been suspended for taking selfie with Patidar leader Hardik Patel. Crime Branch DCP Dipen Bhadran suspended constable Mahendra Singh and computer operator Arun Kumar with immediate effect. The photographs went viral on the social media after being shared on WhatsApp. A departmental probe has also been ordered into the matter.

    Cold wave grips Valley; J-K Highway opens for traffic

    Jammu & Kashmir, Oct 26: A cold wave had gripped the valley since Saturday evening as rainfall started throughout the Valley. Gulmarg, Shopian, Karnah and Gurez areas also experienced snowfall that plummeted the temperature by around 10 notches below normal till wee hours early this morning.
    Meawnhile, the vital Srinagar Jammu National Highway has been restored this morning and all the stranded passenger and transport vehicles were allowed to move from both sides. However, Srinagar-Leh National Highway and Mughal Road in south Kashmir's Shopian linking Rajouri and other Jammu areas, continue to remain blocked for vehicular traffic.
    Srinagar Jammu National Highway was closed yesterday due to landslides in Panthal, Gangroo, Magerkote and Ramsu areas in Ramban district in Jammu region. In Srinagar and plains in Valley, the weather has started improving in late morning with sun shining.

    Relief to be given on basis of productivity in case of crop loss

    Bhopal, Oct 21: Now, relief against crop loss will be given to farmers on the basis of productivity. It would not be linked with deficient rainfall only. This was decided at a meeting of agriculture cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday. It was also decided to make one-time amendment in guarantee given to Apex Bank for obtaining refinance from NABARD to convert short-term loans to mid-term in case of natural calamity as per proposal of NABARD.
    All Ministers will visit villages under their charge and hold discussions with farmers at Chaupals from Oct 25 to 27 to learn ground reality of crop loss. They will hold discussions with farmers on crop loss, production, difficulties and next Rabi crop. Along with agriculture, they would also discuss alternatives sources of income. The CM will also visit villages during this period. Future of farming will be discussed at a meeting of Agriculture Task Force on Oct 31. All long-term measures will be ensured for farmers' welfare.
    The CM said that measures should be taken through coordination of all departments for better productivity during ensuing Rabi season. Relief will be provided to farmers by curtailing budget for departments by 15 per cent. IAS, IPS and IFS officers will also contact farmers from Oct 25 to 27 to learn about crop loss. He directed to complete crop cutting experiments at the earliest. Memorandum to be sent to the Centre about crop loss should be prepared by Oct 24. Farmers should be counseled to plant crops as per availability of irrigation water during Rabi season. Entire Agriculture Department staff should do field work at this juncture.
    Special attention should be paid to supply of fertilisers and seeds for Rabi. As per requirement, relief works under MNREGA should be started in drought-hit areas. Besides, timely payment of MNREGA wages should also be ensured. An advance plan should be chalked out for this.
    The meeting was informed that due to deficient rainfall, production of soybean, urad, moong, arhar and paddy will also be less. Soybean crops have suffered maximum loss.
    Crop insurance amount of Rs. 515 cr for Kharif-2014 is being distributed. Amount of about Rs. 500 for Kharif-2014 is also expected to be received. This year, claims worth about Rs. 3000 crore are expected for Kharif crop loss.

    It's Oct but no sign of cold; temperature touches 35 degrees

    Bhopal, Oct 14: October is supposed to be the time of the year when we experience cold winds. However, this year is different as almost half the month has passed and the temperature, instead of coming down, has broken previous ten years' records.
    On Tuesday, the temperature in 22 cities was recorded at 35 degrees Celsius. The highest temperature was recorded at Khajuraho (39 Degrees C). A lot of difference has been noted in the day and night temperatures too. As per the Met scientists, monsoon season lasts from June 1 to Sept 30 but this year it had ended in August month.
    Effect on Health: Doctors say that this change in weather may cause cold, breathing problems and viral fever. They have advised not to drink fridge water. Also, people should protect themselves from sun.
    There could also be adverse effects on market like sale of woolen clothes going down, loss in agriculture production.

    Take decision on a uniform civil code, says SC to Centre

    New Delhi, Oct 13: Supreme Court has asked the Centre to take a quick decision on a uniform civil code to end confusion over personal laws. A bench headed by Justice Vikramjit Sen told Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar that if you want to have a uniform civil code, have it, but you must take a decision soon.
    The apex court gave the government three weeks to come up with a proposal to amend the Christian Divorce Act. The Court was hearing a PIL filed by a Delhi based man, seeking waiver of two year mandatory separation period before a Christian couple can move court for divorce by mutual consent.
    The separation period is one year for other religions. India has separate sets of personal laws for each religion governing marriage, divorce, succession, adoption and maintenance. While Hindu law overhaul began in the 1950s and continues, Christian and Muslim laws are relics of colonial era. This is the second time in four months that the court reminded the government of its responsibility as enshrined in the constitution.

    Peace, non-violence can be established only through forgiveness

    Bhopal, Oct 10: Furthering the tradition of respect to all religions, Kshamawani Mahaparv was held at CM House here Friday. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Kshama (forgiveness) is the most beautiful word. Only brave persons can forgive others. Peace and non-violence can be established in the world only through forgiveness.
    Chouhan said that Mahaveer is one who conquers self. He said that only one message-Jiyo aur Jeene Do-(Live and Let Live) of Lord Mahaveer is adequate for welfare of the world and running it in best manner. He urged people to extend every possible assistance in spreading virtue of forgiveness, which is the only way to save world from destruction.

    AP stands second after Tamil Nadu in production of eggs

    Vijaywada, Oct 9: World Egg Day will be celebrated in Vijayawada today as per the directions of Central government. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will grace the function. The International Egg Commission has decided to celebrate second Friday of October as ‘World Egg Day’ every year.
    The Central government has decided to celebrate the same in four places in the country - Bhubaneswar, Lucknow, Mumbai and Vijayawada this year. Cultural programmes promoting consumption of eggs and contests would mark the World Egg Day celebrations to be held in Vijayawada. A run is also being organised on the occasion.
    Important dignitaries from South India are being invited to take part in the celebrations. The celebrations would include contests in making egg-based preparations with participation from hoteliers, students and the people. Andhra Pradesh stood second after Tamil Nadu in production of eggs by producing 1,309.59 crore eggs in 2014-15. Three-fourth (75 per cent) of total eggs produced in Andhra Pradesh are from four districts, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur.
    India is the third largest egg producer in the world after China and USA. The Per Capita Egg consumption in AP is 99 eggs per year against the national average of 68 eggs and the recommendation of National Nutrition Council of 180 eggs per head per annum.

    BMC Marks Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti with cleanliness drive

    Bhopal, Oct 2: Gandhi Jayanti here on Friday, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) under 'Swacch Bharat Abhiyan' carried out a cleanliness drive in the city.
    The BMC Additional Commissioner MP Singh reviewed the cleanliness drive on Friday at Chola Dusherra Maidan, Jeevan Jyoti Colony, Aman Colony, Karond and nearby areas. Also the BMC squad sprayed pesticides in the respective areas. During his visit Singh instructed the officials concerned to carry the cleanliness drive with effective measures and maintain it in future.
    He also inspected the public utility centre located near Kali Temple. He asked the officials to finish the remaining work of the utility centre before its inauguration.
    He told the officials to repair the broken pipelines and sewage lines with an immediate effect and lay new pipelines if necessary. He also asked the officials to remove the encroachments from the respective areas. During his visit, assistant health official Mumtaz Rasool and other BMC officials were present.
    Also the BMC squad carried out the same drive at wards 11, 12, 13 of zone 3. The squad not only carried out the cleanliness drive there but also created awareness about maintaining cleanliness in city to the locals as well.
    On the occasion, MLA Rameshwar Sharma, MP Alok Sanjar, BMC Chairman Surjit Singh Chauhan and others were present. The cleanliness drive the Jai Prakash Hospital located at 1250 quarters was carried out under Swacch Bharat Abhiya.

    CS reviews disease control efforts with health officials

    Bhopal, Sept 26: Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa has directed concerning officers and staff to keep continuous watch over diseases. It is priority of doctors to save people from diseases. He said that steps should also be taken to educate people. The CS directed to intensify efforts to eradicate causes due to which dengue larvae flourish.
    He directed to ensure that water is not logged, mosquito nets are used, spray kerosene or edibile oil on water logged in pits or other vessels for prevention from mosquitoes. He directed that along with availability of health examination, treatment of caretaking facilities in hospitals of all levels, constant efforts should be made to increase awareness.
    The Chief Secretary was informed that during last one month 914 persons have tested positive for swine flu in Maharashtra, Gujarat 179, Karnataka 86, Goa 65 and 43 patients in Kerala. In Madhya Pradesh, 55 persons have tested positive for swine flu. As a result of comprehensive measures only 17 deaths have occurred in the state so far.
    Presently, 96 patients are being treated in hospitals. Testing facilities are being provided by 26 institutions in the state. Platellete counters have been set up in all district hospitals of the state. In isolation wards, 5 to 10 beds have been made available. Mosquito nets have also been made available to patients. Round-the-clock OPD is being held in district, civil and community health centres. Private hospitals have also been identified for treatment.
    Citizens should keep water covered
    People have been urged to make efforts that drinking water and water for other uses should be kept covered. Dengue larvae flourish in fresh water.
    This precaution will prevent the menace to a great extent. People have also been advised water should not allowed to log in old pitchers, tyres, vessels for birds, flowerpots, coolers, moneyplant bottles or any other vessel and should be replaced frequently. Various urban bodies are distributing pamphlets containing these important guidelines. Several urban bodies are making door to door larvae survey and fine is being imposed if larvae are found in water.

    Chain looter nabbed in Bhopal

    Bhopal, Sept 24: An accused wanted in connection with two chain loots in Habibganj and Govindpura last week was nabbed by crime branch on Thursday. The accused reportedly confessed to committing five chain loots in Bhopal and Ganj Basoda in Vidisha district.
    Additional superintendent of police (crime) Shailendra Singh Chouhan said the accused, Sameer Menon, 23, a resident of Bhanpur in city, is a school dropout. Whenever he was quizzed on suspicion, he would begin talking in English. He would ask cops to show identity card and introduce himself as an executive, Chouhan said. One of his accomplices, Iqbal, is on the run, cops said.
    A bike was also seized from the accused. He would keep one bike at a parking lot in Ganj Basoda and another in Bhopal. The idea was to commit chain loots on a bike with a local registration number. Menon has been taken on three days of remand for further interrogation and leads on on-the-run accomplice, who was arrested for chain-snatching in 2014 and came out on bail recently.

    Power failure, other problems lead to cancellation of DMAT

    Bhopal, Sept 21: Dental and Medical Admission Test (DMAT) 2015, held across 87 centres in eight states, had to be cancelled after power failure at certain centres in Chandigarh, snapping of net connection and other problems.
    The test will now be held again within three to five days and the announcement in this regard will be made soon, said an official of Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges of Madhya Pradesh (APDMCMP). In Bhopal there were five centres.
    Chandigarh was made the centre for DMAT aspirants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Power failure led to fisticuff s by candidates. There were similar problems at the Jabalpur and Indore centres. Around 500 to 700 students couldn't appear in the test.
    DMAT is held by APDMCMP and Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (AFRC) for admission to 50% seats of private medical colleges. This year DMAT was scheduled for July 12, but it was postponed following the court order of July 9.

    Neemuch blast claims couple's life; admn in a fix

    Neemuch, Sept 19: A couple was killed by blast around 2.30 am here. The incident, taking place after some days of the Petlawad blast, which claimed nearly 70 lives, has shaken the district administration here and at the State capital Bhopal.
    When our senior reporter tried to contact the District Magistrate, he did not lift the phone. The media has been prevented from going to the blast site, the obvious reason attributed being to save the officials from the wrath of the Chief Minister.
    The Neemuch Collector was not in a state to tell what had blown up. Earlier reports had said that the deaths were due to blast in the stove kept at the residence of the couple. No official information had been released over the incident till afternoon on Saturday.
    It is said the couple who died were involved in mine work and probably could spill the beans over people involved in making crude bombs illegally for mining work.

    War-footing drive to control dengue, swine flu in MP

    Bhopal/N Delhi, Sept 17: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed for a war-footing drive to control dengue and swine flu. He also directed to create awareness for measures to prevent these diseases. He directed that Principal Secretaries of Medical Education, Health and Urban Development should undertake review of dengue and swine flu situation in the state at 10 am daily and inform him.
    Meanwhile Delhi city has reported around two thousand casese of dengue this season. Three more persons succumbed to the disease yesterday.
    There is a huge rush of patients to hospitals down with the mosquito-borne fever. Delhi government has directed all medical institutions to urgently increase bed capacity and employ more doctors and nurses.
    Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said strength of bed is being increased in view of dengue outbreak. The city government has asked the Municipal Corporations to spread awareness about the disease and help the government to keep the city clean. He said, several steps and programmes have been initiated to deal with dengue and tests have been made free in government hospitals and cheaper at private hospitals.

    NDA announces seat sharing for Bihar polls

    Bihar, Sept 14: The NDA on Monday finalized the seat sharing for Bihar Assembly polls, BJP will contest in 160 out of 243 seats. LJP to contest 40 seats, Jitan Ram Manjhi's party HAM and RLSP will fight 20 seats and 23 seats respectively.
    BJP chief Amit Shah while talking to media on Monday said that there was no tug of war in NDA over seat sharing and the issue of chief ministership will be decided by NDA MLAs after the polls.
    Hindustani Awam Morcha Chief Jitan Ram Manjhi met BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi on Monday morning to thrash out the contours of the seat sharing pact.
    A visibly happy Jiten Ram Manjhi exchanged pleasantries emerging out of the meeting.

    5-Phase Elections for Bihar Assembly

    Bihar, Sept 10: Election Commission announces a 5-phase poll schedule for Bihar; To stretch from 12th October to 5th November; Counting of votes on 8th November; EC busy in putting in place a foolproof arrangement for free and fair polls.
    Polling in the first phase will take place on 12th October in 49 out of 243 assembly constituencies in 10 districts.
    Assembly elections in Bihar will be fought in five phases between October 12 and November 5. The Election Commission yesterday announced the poll schedule for the 243 member house.
    The results of the polls will be out on November 8, just three days before Diwali and the locally significant Chhath puja that follows the festival of lights. Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said polls to the Bihar Assembly will be held on October 12, 16, 28, November 1 and 5. The term of the current Assembly expires on November 29.
    For the first time in Bihar, EVMs will have photographs of all candidates, to help voters identify the candidate of their choice, from among other candidates with same names.
    In the election fray, the BJP led NDA will lock horns with Nitish-Lalu-Congress alliance. Ending weeks of speculation, the Election Commission announced a 5-phase election schedule for the Bihar assembly election.
    The announcement was made on Wednesday afternoon at a press conference by Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Nasim Zaidi and the 2 Election Commissioners.
    Second phase of polling will be on 16th October in 32 assembly seats in 6 districts.
    Third phase of polling will be on 28th October in 50 seats in 6 districts.
    Fourth phase on 1st November in 55 constituencies in 7 districts.
    And the fifth and final phase on 5th November in 57 constituencies in 9 districts.
    With the poll schedule announced, the model code of conduct has come into effect. The poll panel assured that all steps are being taken to ensure a free, fair and secure election. The Election Commission pegged the strength of the Bihar electorate at 6.68 crore.
    It said it will deploy 243 general observers, 38 police observers and 80 expenditure observers to ensure a partial election process. It has identified 47 constituencies in 29 districts as affected by Left Wing Extremism where special vigilance will be mounted and strategies formulated to ensure that voters participate free of fear.
    Central Armed Police Forces will be deployed at every polling booth. Special arrangements have been put in place to check abuse of money power including paid news and use of liquor to induce voters.
    Vigilance will be mounted at border areas, including the International Border. Over 9 Central and state agencies have been pressed into action to movement of cash, gifts and liquor through roads, airports and borders. In sensitive locations, there will be surveillance by security personnel using helicopters, motor bikes and motor boats.
    CEC informed that vulnerable points that have the presence of anti-social elements have been identified for effective policing. To facilitate voters, political parties and candidates, the Election Commission announced several measures.

    Death toll touches 62 in Assam Floods

    Assam, Sept 8: The overall flood situation in the State recorded slight improvement with the Brahmaputra not showing a rising trend. The Brahmaputra is still flowing above the danger levels in Neamatighat, Goalpara and Dhubri, but is falling in Guwahati and maintaining a steady trend in Dibrugarh and Tezpur.
    In Assam, with one more death reported from Sipajhar area, the death toll in floods from June this year has gone up to 62. The daily flood report issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said that 14 lakh and 42 thousand people in 19 districts of the State are still reeling under floods.
    Meanwhile, asserting that the Assam Government had enough funds at its disposal to tide over the present flood crisis, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday said that a high-level team from will visit the State very soon to assess the havoc caused by floods and erosion. The Centre had released 1,655 crore rupees for the State in April this year.

    Teachers carry responsibility to discipline, educate next gen

    Bhopal, Sept 3: Minister of State for School and Higher Education Deepak Joshi said that teachers contribution in country's development is significant. Guru is considered above all in Indian culture. Joshi urged teachers to inculcate good manners in students along with teaching.
    Minister for General Admn, Lal Singh Arya said that all awardee teachers should take pledge to teach poor students for one hour daily after school time. He said that one is admired not for personal works, but for service to society. Meanwhile, Higher Education Department has allocated Rs. 10 lakh each incentive money to 4 govt colleges evaluated by NAAC. These include Amar Shaheed C S Azad PG College, Niwari, Sitaram Jaju Govt Girls College, Neemuch, Govt Hamidia Arts and Com College, and Gitanjali Girls College, Bhopal. These colleges have been given B Grade by NAAC.

    Normal life hit as trade Unions on one-day strike

    New Delhi/Bhopal, Sept 2: Normal life has been affected in various parts of the country including the state capital Bhopal today with ten central trade unions, with a combined membership of 15 crore workers in public and private sector, observing one-day nationwide strike. In some regions, informal sector workers have also joined strike.
    Trade unions have called this strike over a 12-point charter of demands, including withdrawal of the proposed changes in the labour laws and stopping the disinvestment and privatization of PSUs.
    A high-level group of senior ministers had met the top union leaders to convince them of withdrawing the strike call and had also promised to look into their various demands, including minimum wages, contract labour and social security. Across the country around 500,000 bankers - workers and officers - would be participating in the strike.

    Hindi is our mother tongue, use it maximum: CM

    Bhopal, Aug 26: Speaking in mother tongue is a matter of pride for everyone. Hindi is our mother tongue and official language. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan urged businessmen to display signboards & signages in Hindi.
    They should also make maximum use of Hindi in their routine work. He said that one can express his views in proper way through mother tongue.
    The CM informed that PM Narendra Modi, film actor Amitabh Bachchan will participate in the Vishwa Hindi Sammelan to be held in Bhopal. He said that we do not oppose any language but seek to promote Hindi along with other languages. For this, a mass campaign will be launched in Madhya Pradesh.
    Hindi Vishwavidyalaya has been opened in the state to promote Hindi through which education in Hindi medium can be pursued in medical and engineering courses.

    Medical, Dental State quota counseling from August 24

    Bhopal, Aug 21: Counseling programme to fill up state quota seats in MBBS and BDS courses has been announced by the State Medical Education department. Accordingly, intending students who qualify as per marks obtained in the All India Pre-medical Test, can go for online registration, choice filling and choice locking from Aug 24.
    The counseling would end on Aug 26. Thereafter allotment of seats and colleges would be carried out on Aug 27 and 28 through MP Online and the final allotment list would be out on Aug 29 at 12 noon. The verification of documents would be done at Gandhi Medical College from Aug 30 till Sept 2.
    During counseling, the general category students would be required to make DD of Rs 10,000 as security deposit; for Scheduled Caste and OBC this charge is only Rs 2,000. According to DME, students may deposit college fees through cheque or cash.

    RBI approves setting up of 11 payment banks

    New Delhi, Aug 20: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has granted in-principle approval to 11 payment bank applicants under the Guidelines for Licensing of Payments Banks. A payment bank differs from conventional banks as it cannot lend to its customers. It is allowed to take deposits, allow remittances and provide simple financial products.
    The RBI had received 41 applications for payments banks of which 11 were given permissions. The applicants who have been granted permission for payment banks include Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited, Airtel M Commerce Services Ltd, Cholamandalam Distribution Services Ltd, Depat of Posts, Fino PayTech Ltd, National Securities Depository Ltd, Reliance Industries Ltd, Tech Mahindra Ltd, Vodafone m-pesa Ltd among others. The minimum capital needed to set up a payments bank is set at Rs 100 cr.
    The bank will be allowed to accept savings deposits of up to Rs 1 lakh from each customer. RBI's 'in-principle' nod will be valid for a period of 18 months, during which time the applicants have to comply with the requirements under the Guidelines and fulfil the other conditions as may be stipulated by the central bank. The payment bank will need to invest 75 percent of its funds in government securities.

    Rains may hit Bhopal by July 20; flood situation in J-K

    Bhopal/J&K/Assam, July 17: Thursday saw the State capital enveloped in clouds. As a result the effect of the sun's heat was less. The rainfall in July has been 80 mm less than the normal figure. As per the Met department, a system is forming in the Bay of Bengal which is expected to reach here and result in good rains by July 20 or 21. The State capital has recorded 239.4 mm rainfall this year till date.
    In Jammu & Kashmir, four persons including a mother-son duo, are feared dead in flash floods after a cloudburst hit Kullan village of tehsil Gund in Sonamarg, around 65 Kms from Srinagar headquarters in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district last evening. Meteorological Department has predicted light to moderate rainfall from today for four days in Kashmir. Meanwhile, a fresh batch of 1,449 Amarnath yatries left Jammu Yatri Base Camp today towards base camps at Baltal and Pahalgam in Kashmir.
    In Assam, the flood situation has slightly improved today. Chief Executive Officer of the state Disaster Management Authority PK Tiwari told that in Kokrajhar district, water level has receded. However, official data said that around 87 thousand people have been affected in recent surge of water in Sonitpur, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts. 133 villages are reeling under the fury of flood in worst hit Sonitpur district.

    States cannot release life convicts, says Apex Court

    New Delhi, July 15: A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court today refused to lift its order staying State governments from releasing life convicts, including former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's killers, on remission. The five-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India HL Dattu refused to lift its stay order passed in July last year, while observing that for the time being it will not tinker with any of its earlier orders. The Apex Court posted the matter to the 21st of the month for further hearing.
    During a brief hearing today, counsel for States pressed the Bench to return to the States the power of remission to at least release convicts who have completed over 20 years of their sentence. The Chief Justice the court will decide only after hearing the matter in detail.
    The issue of remission had reached the apex court after the Tamil Nadu government took a decision to remit the sentences of all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, after the apex court commuted their death sentence to life imprisonment. The Constitution Bench will also have to decide whether life imprisonment, after commutation, means rest of life or whether a convict has a right to claim remission after completing 14 years of his prison sentence.
    The Supreme Court had on July 9 last year restrained all States from exercising power of remission for releasing convicts serving life sentences.

    Heavy rains forecast; Agri dept advice to farmers

    Bhopal, July 10: Meteorology Department has forecast good rains in most parts of the state during next 4 days. Forecast of heavy rains has also been issued in eastern parts of Madhya Pradesh.
    Medium to heavy rains may hit Shahdol and Jabalpur divisions as well as many places in Sidhi, Singrauli, Hoshangabad, Raisen and Vidisha districts. Rains have also been forecast in Morena, Datia, Gwalior, Jhabua, Dhar, Barwani and other districts. Current spell of rains will last till July 12 and maximum rains may fall on July 11. According to Meteorology Department, this spell has been caused by a system created in Bay of Bengal which is heading towards the state.
    Director Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Shri Mohanlal has said that this will benefit crops sown till date. Had rains come a bit late, these crops would have to be irrigated. In this way, crops of soybean, cotton and paddy have got a new lease of life. Sowing can be undertaken in the areas where less crops have been sown till date one week after the rains. He hoped that target of sowing operations in Kharif programme will be met with this rain spell.
    The department has advised farmers not to undertake sowing operations, weed control through chemicals and use of pesticides till stoppage of rains. Farmers in the areas of heavy rain have been urged to make proper arrangements to flush out rainwater from fields. If water remains logged in fields for over 2-3 days, plants fail to get nitrogen and become pale. Danger of stoppage of plants’ growth and crop loss also increases. Therefore, furrows should be made in fields to flush out rainwater in a such a way that soil is not eroded and plants also remain safe.

    Heavy rains in Meerut divn; drizzling in Bhopal

    Bhopal/Lucknow, July 9: The State capital Bhopal, reeling under humid and dry weather conditions since last several days, experienced its first light showers around 1.30 pm today. Meanwhile, Meerut division in Uttar Pradesh was lashed by heavy rains this morning. Some areas of western and eastern UP have also recorded light rain till this noon.
    The state met department predicts that rain and thunder shower will occur throughout the state in next forty-eight hours. However Bijnore region has recorded maximum 90 millimetre rainfall in last twenty four hours. As a result the water level of almost all the rivers has increased. Only Sharda River in Palikalan is flowing above the danger mark. Meanwhile farmers in the state are also hoping for good rainfall in the coming days because this the high time for paddy sowing.
    In Odisha, extremely heavy to very heavy rains coupled with strong surface winds are likely to pound several places of the state from today till tomorrow under the influence of a cyclonic circulation over north-west Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas.
    The Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre has said the cyclonic circulation is likely to take the shape of a cyclonic low pressure in the next 18 hours. Fishermen have been advised to be cautious while venturing into the sea as the condition of sea will be rough.

    Meritorious students to be imparted coaching free of cost: CM

    Bhopal, July 6: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state government will make arrangements for free of cost coaching to meritorious students for admission in prestigious coaching institutes and competitive exams of Union Public Service Commission.
    He said that the fee of students whose parents are not tax payers will also be borne by the state government on their admission in national training institutes without any discrimination. Similarly, financial assistance will also be given to the students getting admission in identified universities abroad.
    The CM announced this at a grand programme under Meritorious Students Incentive Scheme at Lal Parade Ground here yesterday. He felicitated 10061 students who secured over 85 per cent or more marks in XII Board exams, state's students who secured first, second and third positions in IIT exam and first position in girls and disabled students' categories by giving away Rs. 25 thousand each.
    Expressing happiness, the Chief Minister said that he was eager to meet and felicitate these meritorious students ever since results were declared. He said that he feels very much proud to see such a large number of students in this function. He wishes for a day when entire Bhopal is replete with such meritorious students and he becomes tired while giving away laptops to them. He said that he is seeing future of the state in front of him. Every person has immense talent. Those who realise their strength can do anything. Citing his own example, the Chief Minister said that when the son of an ordinary farmer can become Chief Minister, then anyone can rise to higher positions.
    The Chief Minister said that a new ray of hope has dawned. The state government has opened doors of immense possibilities to the youths for re-building Madhya Pradesh. Dedicated efforts are needed for it. Those who try are not defeated. He called for developing a website through which school children can inform the Chief Minister about any difficulty or hurdle in education.
    He said that the state government would also felicitate the students selected in Union Public Service Commission exam-2015. Teachers giving good results of class XII exams will also be felicitated. They would be given Rs. 10 thousand each. The Chief Minister said that the state government has made arrangements for education of destitute, orphan, rag picker and beggar children also. Collectors have been directed to ensure arrangements for their education, books, uniforms, food and lodging. If seats are not available in hostels, they should be lodged in rented houses.
    Chouhan said that girls of the state are Ladli Laxmis. Arrangements have been made to ensure that their families do not have to take loan for their education, upbringing and marriage. Reservation in jobs has also been given to them including 50 percent in education sector and 33 percent in police. Reservation of 50 percent has also been given to women in local body elections. Constant efforts are on to help students reach new heights of progress.

    Survey finds people's preference for allopathy over AYUSH

    New Delhi, July 2: A survey has found that there is higher inclination towards allopathy treatment which is prevalent in around 90 per cent rural and urban areas with only 5 to 7 per cent usage of others which includes AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga or Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Homoeopathy).
    However, interestingly urban men preferred AYUSH more than rural men while urban women had more liking for allopathic treatment compared to their rural counterparts. More men and women in rural India remained untreated than urban. Use of allopathy was more prevalent in treating the hospitalized cases of ailments.
    Private doctors, in both urban and rural areas, account for around 50 per cent of the treatments. Despite high cost of treatment, 70 per cent of the ailments were treated in the private sector (consisting of private doctors, nursing homes, private hospitals, charitable institutions etc).

    CM woos S Korean investors; seek coopn in other sectors

    Bhopal, June 27:Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called upon South Korean investors for industrial investment as well as cooperation in cultural, educational and social sectors.
    He said that Madhya Pradesh is the first state of the country where electronic manufacturing cluster is being established for electronic and information technology sector investors of South Korea. Chouhan stated this during an interactive session with South Korean investors in New Delhi yesterday. Industries Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia, South Korean Ambassador Li Yun-Gyu, proponent of Make in India Amitabh Kant, Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa, CII DG Chandrajeet Bannerji and Regional Director of KOTRA DS Che were present.
    The Chief Minister said that South Korea and India attained independence simultaneously and both the countries have made a mark among leading countries by dint of struggle and hard work. He said that both countries can achieve highest rate of growth with economic cooperation and investments. He said that South Korea has achieved remarkable success in information technology, automobiles and steel constructions in the world. Their expertise in these fields is needed in Madhya Pradesh. He urged South Korean companies to invest in heavy industry, automobile, chemicals, renewable energy, electronics, plastic, textiles and construction sectors in Madhya Pradesh.
    The Chief Minister reminded that he had met investors of major industries and officers during his South Korea visit in year 2012. At that time, they had desired a simplified process for infrastructure development and establishment of industries and businesses. Chouhan informed that an attractive industrial policy has been introduced in the state in 2014. In it, processes have been simplified and developed industrial areas have been identified for South Korean investors. He informed that along with it, country’s first electronic manufacturing cluster is also being established for South Korean investors. The Chief Minister said that we regard South Korean investors as our son-in-law. It is because a princess of Ayodhya Kingdom in the first century had visited South Korea and married King Kim Suro. He invited them to invest in Madhya Pradesh.

    Rains wreak havoc in Gujarat, 45 dead; CM takes stock of situation

    Ahmedabad, June 25: Heavy rains lashed Gujarat yesterday leading to death and destruction. At least 45 people are reported to have died.
    Amreli district is the worst affected, where 36 people died in the flood fury. 13 people died when two houses collapsed in Nani Vabhaniya village near Bagasara town of Amreli district. Apart from this, 3 people died in Bhavnagar district, 2 died in Gaondal in Rajkot district and three people died in Surat district in different rain related incidents.
    However, the situation in many parts of Saurashtra has slightly improved following low rain fall since early this morning. Meanwhile, local weather office has issued warning for heavy to very heavy rainfall in most parts of the state during the next 24 hours.
    Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has asked all in charge ministers to rush to their respective districts and monitor the situation. She also takes stock of the flood like situation through video conferencing with district collectors of affected areas. Schools and colleges in the worst affected districts like Amreli, Rajkot, Gir Somnath, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Bhavnagar districts remained closed, while markets are partially open. NDRF personnel and Air force helicopters are busy in rescue and relief works in worst affected areas.
    Many parts of Ahmedabad city also witnessed heavy water-logging after yesterday’s heavy downpour Dams and rivers are over flowing in Saurashtra region and people staying in low lying villages have been shifted to safer places. State Government has cancelled the leave of all officials and ordered them not to leave headquarters.

    World celebrates international Yoga Day with gusto

    New Delhi, June 22: Citizens around the world, including India, celebrated International Yoga Day in a befitting manner. In the national capital, pucca arrangements had been made to accommodate a large populace at the Rajpath.
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had spoken about the importance of the ancient Indian art Yoga in the UN General Assembly, too joined in the celebrations. Around 36 thousand participants performed asanas and 84 nationalities joined the official observation of International Yoga Day at Rajpath in New Delhi yesterday. In the State capital Bhopal too, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan joined in the celebrations and performed asanas along with students from schools, colleges, members of NCC and activists from different organizations. The venue was Lal Parade ground.
    Speaking on the occasion, CM Chouhan urged people to include yoga in their lives to contribute in improving state, country as well as the world. The day was also celebrated at Govt offices.
    Yoga programme was also organized at community hall of Railway colony, Habibganj. Railway employees and their family members participated with enthusiasm. The day was also celebrated at the radio Popcorn office premises at Bhabha college campus, Jatkhedi. Yogacharya Tagendra Sen demonstration asanas to students of Bhabha Institute.
    Similarly, Dr Lokendra Dave of Gandhi Medical College addressed the participants at a programme organized at National institute for research in environment health. Renowned yoga guru Phoolchand Jain addressing another gathering at the Regional Museum of Natural History. At 3 EME, Bairagarh a mass yoga programme was organized. Confederation of Indian Industry too organized programmes on the day. Meanwhile, India created two world records on International Yoga Day for the most individuals and individuals from the largest number of nationalities performing asanas at a single venue.
    Minister of AYUSH, Shripad Naik said it is a matter of pride for India that the country has broken two records on one day. He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated all for the record set and successful conduct of the event.

    Providential escape for AI passengers

    Sant Hirdaram Nagar (Bhopal), June 20: Air India (Flight AI 833) passengers had a providential escape when the engine of their aircraft stopped functioning on its landing at the Raja Bhoj airport in Bhopal on Friday. There were 130 passenger in the plane which had come from New Delhi. Later, the plane was removed from the runway with the help of crane.
    The Air India plane from Delhi was to land at Bhopal airport around 2.50 pm and the flight had also become late. No sooner did it land on the run way, its engine failed. This problem resulted in the cancellation of the return flight of the plane to New Delhi. As a result the passengers were inconvenienced. Their tickets were refunded. It may be noted that these days, due to fire at RRI system at Itarsi, a number of trains have also been cancelled or diverted. This has affected the movement of the people from one place to another.

    3.75 lakh register for UG courses on online portal

    Bhopal, June 19: As many as 3.75 lakh students have registered themselves online for undergraduate courses. Thursday was the last date for online registration.
    As per sources, the number of registered students might be just higher than the number of seats being offered by the colleges. The State has nearly 789 private colleges offering graduate and post-graduate courses including BA, BSc & BCom.
    Out of the 3.75 lakh registered applicants, about 2.45 lakh have their documents verified. The last date of verification of documents is June 22. The first merit list will be released on June 27.
    PGDCA exam form from June 22: The process for filling up examination forms for PGDCA first semester ATKT and 2nd sem for regular students will begin from June 22 and the last date has been kept as June 29. Students can also submit forms with late fees of Rs 300 up to July 6.

    Conference seeks to bring effective crop insurance policy

    Bhopal, June 15: A national conference on crop insurance is being held at Bhopal on June 15-16 for empowering farmers by augmented crop risk management through concerted efforts. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was the chief guest at the inaugural function.
    Apart from eminent agriculture scientists and scholars of country, representatives of foreign institutions are participating in the conference. These include Dr. Joshua Madson, Senior Catastrophe Modeler, Aon Benfield, Chicago, Dr. Miguel Fusco, Agriculture Risk Coordinator, School of Economics, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Christopher Coe, Head of Agriculture, Asia Pacific at Aon Benfield, Singapore, Dr. Leif Heimfahart, Underwriter, Agriculture Risks, Hanover and Henry Kannan, Head, Agriculture Department, Switzerland.
    It is noteworthy that CM Chouhan is making efforts for chalking out a crop insurance policy under which full relief can be given on time to farmers. Objective of the seminar is to churn out a crop-based insurance policy under which farmers need not give hefty premium and get insurance claim amount within 2 months. Efforts are also being made to ensure that the policy covers loss of production and productivity due to natural disasters and fluctuations in market prices. The new crop insurance policy also seeks to use remote sensing, satellite imagers, digital photography, weather data properly.

    Sanitation workers' stir hits normal life in Delhi

    New Delhi, June 12: The strike by sanitation workers has turned East Delhi into a huge garbage dump over the past 10 days, posing a serious threat to people's health. Finally, waking up from its slumber, the Delhi Government will release Rs 493 crores to the three municipal corporations today for the payment of salaries of sanitation workers of the national capital.
    This was conveyed by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to the three Mayors and Commissioners of the Corporations who met him this morning. Around 12,000 sanitation workers are are on strike for lack of payment of salaries. According to an official release from Raj Niwas, Mr Jung appealed to the Mayors to persuade the employees to call of the strike in the interest of the citizens of Delhi. While appreciating the pain that the safai karamcharies have gone through for lack of payment of salaries, he appealed them that despite the hardships they have faced, they may call off the strike. He said, it will be in the greater interest of the citizens of the city.
    Earlier, Delhi High Court today directed the ruling AAP government to release the salary dues of east MCD employees by June 15. The Court issued notice to Centre, Delhi govt & East MCD on pleas seeking removal of garbage and payment of salaries to the civic body staff. Sanitation workers of East and North Municipal Corporations have been on strike intermittently to protest non-payment of salaries.

    Symposium on climate change and smart agriculture in Gwalior

    Bhopal, June 11: An important national symposium will be held during Krishi Mahotsav on climate change, its effects and precautionary methods at Gwalior on June 13 and 14. Eminent subject experts of the country and State will participate in it. The symposium will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Union Minister of Steel and Mines Narendra Singh will also be present.
    `Climate Change and Smart Agriculture Technologies' is the topic of the national symposium to be held at Rajmata Vijay Raje Scindia Agriculture University, Gwalior. Apart from inaugural sessions, the symposium will have 6 other sessions. On the first day June 13, Deputy Director General of ICAR, New Delhi AK Sikka will chair the session `Climate Change and Climatic Variability - Causes and Consequences on Agricultural Production' where Dr. UM Rao, Project Coordinator, AICRP on Agro-met, CRIDA, Hyderabad will deliver lecture on `Current and Projected Climate Change for India', Dr. RK Bhatt, Director CAZRI, Jodhpur on `Impact of Climate Change on Arid Region Agriculture', Dr. BP Bhatt, Director ICAR, Research Complex for Eastern Region on `Impact of Climate Change on Eastern India Agriculture', Dr. SV Nagachan, Director ICAR, Research Complex for NEH Region on `Impact of Climate Change on North-East Agriculture' and Dr. KM Bujarbaruah, vice chancellor, Assam Agriculture University on `Impact of Climate Change in the Livestock Sector'.

    In the technical session, discussions will be held on `Climate Smart Technologies to Mitigate Climatic Adversities'. The session will be presided over by vice chancellor of VNVK University Dr. B Venkateswarlu where Dr. PK Agrawal, Regional Programme Leader, CCAFS, IWMI, New Delhi will deliver lecture on `Climate Smart Agriculture', Dr. ML Jat of CIMMYT, New Delhi on `Conservation Agriculture for Managing the Adversity of Climate Change', Dr. KK Singh, Director, CIAE, Bhopal on `Agriculture Mechanisation for Minimising the Risk of Climate Change', Dr. AK Sikka, Deputy Director General, ICAR, New Delhi on `Managing Climate Change through Integrated Watershed Development', Dr. VP Singh, Senior Advisor Policy and Impact, Regional Centre for South Asia, New Delhi on `Agro Forestry System for Managing the Climate Risks', Dr. C Devakumar, FAO, TCDC Consultant, New Delhi on `Pest Management in Changing Climate Scenario', Dr. V.S. Rathore, CAZRI, Jodhpur on `Improving Water Productiviy Towards Smart Agriculture' and Dr. NS Nathawat, CAZRI, Jodhpur on `Physiological Approaches for Improving Crop Productivity in Climate Change'.
    The third technical session will be held on second day June 14 on `Climate Change Impact on Madhya Pradesh Agriculture' which will be presided over by Dr. Rajesh Rajora, Principal Secretary Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development. In this session, Dr. Barun Dev Pal of ISECC, Bengaluru will deliver lecture on `Impact of Climate Change on the Agriculture Production in MP', Dr. VS Tomar, vice chancellor, JNKVV, Jabalpur on `Soil Management in Changing Climate Scenario', Dr. Rajesh Rajora on `Agriculture Interventions on Climate Change for Madhya Pradesh', Dr. DR Saxena, Principal Scientist, RVSKVV, COA, Sehore on `Impact of Climate Changes on Occurrence and Recurrence of Diseases on Pulse Crops', Dr. MP Jain, , Principal Scientist, RVSKVV, COA, Indore on `Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Climate Changes in Dry Lands' and Dr. Sandeep Sharma, , Principal Scientist, RVSKVV, COA, Sehore on `Behavioural Changes in Crop Insect Pests due to Climatic Changes'.

    Fourth technical session `Forecasting Weather Extremes and Agro-Advisory Services' will be chaired by Dr. VS Tomar, vice chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University, Jabalpur where Dr. KK Singh, Head, IMD, New Delhi will deliver lecture on `Weather Vagaries and Role of Weather Forecasting in Agro Advisory Services', vice chancellor of VNVK University, Prabhani, Dr. B. Venkateswarlu on `Managing Hail Storm Damage in Crops' and Dr. SK Sharma, Senior Scientist, RVSKVV, COA, Indore on `Weather-based Agro-Advisory Services in Madhya Pradesh'.
    Theme of fourth and fifth technical sessions will be `Socio-economic and Policy Issues on Climate Change and Role of lCTs in Increasing Public Awareness and Mitigation Strategies among Farming Communities' which will be presided over by KM Bujarbaruah, vice chancellor, Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat. In these sessions, Dr. BK Singh of BKC Wealthsys Pvt. Ltd will deliver lecture on `Policy-related Issues for Managing the Influences of Climatic Change'.
    Dr. Anil Kumar Singh, Vice Chancellor, Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia Agriculture University, Gwalior will chair the concluding session of the symposium. In this session, results and recommendations of all the sessions will be finalized.

    Cabinet approves contingency action plan of farming

    Bhopal, June 9: In view of forecast of 10 per cent less monsoon this year, a meeting of Krishi Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Mantralaya yesterday approved strategy and contingency action plan for farming in accordance with agriculture climate zones.
    Director, Meteorology Centre, Bhopal Anupam Kashyapi informed the Krishi Cabinet meeting about situation of monsoon in India and Madhya Pradesh. He informed that arrival of monsoon in the State will be late by one week. It would enter the State on June 17-18 and spread all over the State by June 25.
    In view of forecast of deficient rains, the CM directed to advice farmers to sow early ripening crops. He also said that paddy crops should not be sown in the areas devoid of adequate irrigation facilities. Seed of Mahamaya specie of paddy has been removed from production plan to avoid their access to farmers.
    The CM said that power supply should not be affected till September in any way. He directed to keep ready zone-wise and district-wise contingency plans for crops.
    The meeting was informed that in tandem with Madhya Pradesh Council for Science and Technology (MAPCOST), Agriculture Department will get prepared satellite imagery of sowing area. For this, an MoU will be signed with MAPCOST. It was also informed that rain-fed crop area has shrunk to 34 lakh hectares from 76 lakh hectares due to availability of irrigation facility. There is adequate storage of water in State’s reservoirs. Even after irrigation, 37 per cent water is stored. Reservoirs will fill up to the brink on arrival of monsoon.

    Metro operations start in Jaipur

    Jaipur, June 3: The long cherished dreams of Jaipurites came true when Jaipur Metro started its operations today.Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje inaugurated the Metro services this morning. In the first phase, the metro will run on 9.6 kilometre stretch covering nine stations from residential area in Mansarovar to business hub in Chandpole. The project was completed in four-and-a-half-years.
    Jaipur is be sixth city in the country to have metro services. Jaipur Metro has added three unique features in its service, firstly, passenger will enjoy jerk free journey because of Wheel Mounted Disk Braking System.
    It has Bolster less Bogies which will ensure good speed of train. Each Coach equipped with LCD which will continuously display information for the passengers. Even facilities for special challenged people and senior citizens have been made.
    According to projected estimates, the line will ferry approximately 1.2 lakh passengers daily. A total of 10 four-coach trains will be making 131 trips each day between the two terminal stations at a frequency of 10 minutes in peak hours and 15 minutes in off-peak hours.
    The operations will begin from 6.45am and will continue till 9 pm with fewer train trips (115) on Sundays. Fare for the 9-km stretch will be in three slabs of Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 15. Work on the 2.3-km underground stretch is currently in full swing. Once completed, the metro will reach Badi Chaupar, right outside the popular Hawa Mahal in the walled city.

    Telangana celebrating its first formation day

    Hyderabad, June 2: The Telangana state is all set for week-long celebrations on the occasion of its Formation Day today marking the completion of one year of its formation. All the ten districts of the new state have geared up for celebrating the Formation Day which will be a cultural grandeur. Chief Minister Chandrasekhara Rao will formally launch the celebrations at a ceremonial parade to be held this morning at the historic Secunderabad Parade Grounds.
    Official celebrations across the state will continue till 7th of this month and witness a series of cultural and literary programmes showcasing the history and culture of the region. The government has sanctioned Rs 20 crore for the state wide celebrations.
    Telangana was formed as 29th State of the country on this day last year after the reorganisation of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. In remembrance of the struggle and sacrifice made during the formation of the state, the state government has planned to hold events covering all fields from literature to music across the state.
    The celebrations will begin by paying tributes to martyrs, unfurling the National Flag on all government establishments followed by march past by security personnel and show of tableaux by various departments. Citizens who rendered significant services to Telangana society in their respective fields will be honoured with cash awards.

    MP releases Ban Sagar water for drinking, nistar to UP

    Bhopal, May 27: Madhya Pradesh is releasing drinking and nistar water from Ban Sagar, a joint project of MP, UP and Bihar, to Uttar Pradesh despite non-compliance of agreement by the latter.
    Water is being released from Ban Sagar to maintain minimum flow of water in Son river from time to time. Quantity of water is not 60 cusec as per demand, since such quantity of water is required for irrigation. Such flow of water is not necessary for drinking and nistar. At present, about 5 cubic metre per second water is being released in Son river due to which there is no crisis of drinking and nistar water in low-lying areas of the command area.
    Uttar Pradesh has demanded release of water in Son river for the first time.

    Madhya Pradesh has constructed a large dam on Son river near village Devlond in Shahdol district. Its utility water storage capacity is 543 cubic metres. Share of these states in the dam is 2 : 1 : 1, of which Madhya Pradesh’s share is : 2. A sum of Rs. 1697 crore has been spent on construction of the project. So far, Uttar Pradesh has paid Rs. 467 crore of its share while Rs. 64 crore is outstanding. In Ban Sagar agreement dated September 16, 1973, all partner states had agreed to share cost of the dam.
    Uttar Pradesh has refused to share amount in maintenance head. Ban Sagar Control Council and Central Water Commission was informed about it. For removing this impasse, the Engineer-in-Chief convened a meeting at Jabalpur on Jan 13, 2015 in which Uttar Pradesh Chief Engineer reiterated that Uttar Pradesh will give no amount for maintenance of Ban Sagar dam.
    Maintenance of Ban Sagar dam is costing Rs. 50 crore per annum. In this regard, Engineer-in-Chief of Madhya Pradesh had informed vide letters in Dec 2014 and Jan 2015 that Madhya Pradesh will not store water share of Uttar Pradesh in amount against maintenance is not received.

    It is noteworthy that a meeting on this issue was held in May 2013 which was attended by officers of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. It was decided at that meeting that the three states will share cost of operation and maintenance of the dam. Only after that, water share for concerning state will be stored in the dam for supply to it later. Bihar government is sharing expenditure on operation and maintenance of the dam.
    It is being provided water in that proportion. But despite agreement, UP govt neither partnered in operation and maintenance of the dam nor had any dialogue in this regard with MP govt. as a result water of Uttar Pradesh share is not being stored for last one year.
    MP govt had told Uttar Pradesh 6 months ago to pay amount of its share so that water can be stored for it in the dam. But the UP govt did not show any interest in payment of the amount.

    Sudden flash flood in river traps pilgrims, 8 dead

    Chennai, May 19: In Tamil Nadu, eight people are feared dead in a flash flood in forest river near Bhadrairuppu in Virudhunagar district last night. Heavy rain has led to flash flood and rescue operations are badly affected due to continuous rain.
    Thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the state had thronged the Sundara Sandana Mahalingam Koil in Saduragiri temple to perform puja on the auspicious Amavasi day.
    Sudden flash flood in forest river had trapped the pilgrims and some of them were washed away, Two bodies were retrieved and the condition of the rest of them, who have been carried away by flash flood, is yet to be known.
    There was panic in the area as people lost contact with each other and were running for safety. Fire force men will be resuming the rescue operations today to save the trapped people. Police team led by Virudhunagar Superintendent of Police Maheswaran and Madurai SP Vijayendra Bidari have rushed to the spot to oversee the rescue operations.
    More than two thousand persons have been kept safe in the mandapam atop the hill near the temple. The death toll is likely to increase as there is no whereabouts about the eight people washed away by the flash flood.
    Meanwhile, Met department has forecast more rain in many parts of the state especially in the southern and interior parts of Tamil Nadu because of trough near Lakshadweep.

    College appeals students not to entertain stray dogs

    New Delhi, May 15: St Stephen's college has appealed to its students not to offer food to the stray dogs on campus. College officials said that a total of around 20 dogs have been straying on the Stephen's campus for years and incidents of dog biting have often been reported. Students have also been asked to guide their visually challenged fellow students away from dogs. The authorities said three visually challenged students suffered dog bites in recent days.
    The move of the college has been opposed by People for Animals (PFA) which charged that it was in violation of animal rights. The college is legally bound to provide a safe environment to the physically challenged students on campus. Blind students while walking with sticks happen to trip on dogs, which in turn attack them, said a college spokesperson.

    Eradication of malnutrition top priority: CM

    Bhopal, May 12: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that eradication of malnutrition is top priority of the State government. Further efforts should be made towards this with community participation.
    Number of daycare centres in anganwadis can also be increased as per requirement. Chouhan reviewed Women & Child Development Department’s activities here on Monday. On the occasion, he launched E-Ladli Yojana by presenting first printout of certificate of Rs. 1.18 lakh to little girl Aishwarya Jagnani. He also distributed certificates to Awaiza Khan, Divyanshi Wadhwani, Nandini Kushwaha and Lalita Mali. Ladli Laxmi Yojana’s folder and poster were also released. W&CD Minister Maya Singh and Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa were also present.
    Chouhan said that functions to celebrate birth of girl child should be held. He directed to ensure that no child in the state begs. Under guidance of district Collectors, local bodies, Women & Child Development and Social Justice departments should conduct a special drive under joint action plan for rehabilitation of malnourished children.
    He stressed the need for spread of health education of rural women and girls in coordination with Health Department. He said that efforts should be made to develop positive mindset and awareness to prevent child marriages. He also stressed the need for increasing academic level of girls.
    He directed to examine a proposal for providing transport facility to students of nearby areas upto nearest Institute for Excellence in Education for increasing availability and utility of resources for quality education. He also directed to explore possibility of participation of private sector in running girls hostels.
    The meeting was informed that tracking of girls covered by Ladli Laxmi Yojana should be done upto age of 21 years for their better health, higher education, marriage etc. So far, 20 lakh girls have been benefited with Ladli Laxmi Yojana.

    President and Governor cannot be prosecuted in the court: HC

    Jabalpur, May 5: Madhya Pradesh High Court today quashed the FIR against State Governor Ram Naresh Yadav in the Professional Examination Board scam.
    The double bench of Chief Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Rohit Arya said that the President and Governor cannot be prosecuted in the court. Governor Ramnaresh Yadav’s advocate Mahendra Pateria told that the court maintained that the article 361(2) of the Constitution gives immunity to the President and Governors while in office.
    Mr. Yadav was booked on different counts including 420 of Indian Penal Code on 24th February this year by the STF for his alleged complicity in forest guard recruitment exam conducted by MP Professional Examination Board. He allegedly recommended names of five candidates.
    In an interim order, the court had stayed the FIR filed against Governor Ramnaresh Yadav on 17th April.

    Polar research vehicle costing Rs 1050 cr to be acquired

    New Delhi, Apr 23: The Government had authorized the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), Goa to acquire a Polar Research Vehicle (PRV). Giving this information in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, YS Chowdary said that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved acquisition of the Polar Research Vessel in October last year at an estimated expenditure of over Rs. 1051cr.
    He said the vessel is expected to contribute to India’s scientific expeditions and to sustain research at two Indian bases in Antarctica (Maitri and Bharti) and also dovetail research initiatives in the Southern Ocean domain in the proximal regions of the Antarctic continent. It could also widen the thrust on Arctic research disciplines, undertaken through Indian Station Himadri, in addition to providing a suitable research platform for other ocean research programmes.
    Ever since the first Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica began way back in 1981, India has been managing the transportation of the expedition personnel and cargo to and back from Antarctica through chartered vessels.

    Rajat bags RN Kapoor Excellence award

    Bhopal, Apr 22: RN Kapoor Excellence award, to promote meritorious students, has been bagged by Rajat Singh Sengar. The award carries cash prize of Rs 21,000/- and a certificate. The second prize went to Zeeshan Junanani with Rs 11,000/- cash prize and the third prize of Rs 5,000/- went to Reena Prajapati.
    Besides these winners, consolation prizes were also distributed to Ajay Vishwakarma, Jatin Rathor, Arun Chauhan, Himanshu Rathor, Shravan Kumar, Shivani Malviya, Deepak Kumar, Divyani Rathor and Pramod Malviya.
    The competition organized by Satya Sai University of Technology and Medical Sciences, at state-level, was participated by over 300 students.

    Flood alert in Srinagar, Jhelum above danger mark

    Srinagar, Apr 21: The J-K Govt has sounded flood alert in Srinagar after incessant rain led to increase in water level of river Jhelum. The Irrigation & Flood Control Dept yesterday issued flood declaration notice in view of the water level in Jhelum breaching danger mark at two places in South & Central Kashmir. The dept has asked the habitation residing along the Jhelum Embankment and Nallah besides low lying areas of South & Central Kashmir, to remain vigilant.
    As per official information the water level at Sangam in South Kashmir had crossed 21 feet yesterday evening. However, the water level at Sangam was receding. The water level at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar was stagnant at 19.05 feet. The MeT Dept said, the weather is likely to remain dry from this afternoon.
    Meanwhile, Kargil in Ladakh Division experienced heavy rain and snowfall for the past over 24 hours resulting into plummeting of temperature. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir while issuing alert said that medium danger of avalanche warning exists for next 24 hours till today in avalanche prone areas of Kargil district.
    People of these areas have been asked not to venture out in avalanche prone areas and also temporarily evacuate those locations which are under fall line of avalanches. All schools in Kargil district will remain closed today in view of the heavy snowfall.
    Most of the areas around Kargil town are without electricity with 1.2 feet snowfall recorded at Menamarg, Drass and Zanskar while Rangdum recorded 2 feet snowfall. This has led to the stoppage of the snow clearance work on Kargil Zanskar Road and also the widening work on Kargil Srinagar Road which may delay the opening of these roads.
    Meanwhile, Air India is operating additional flight for Sector Jammu to Leh today due to cancellation of Air India Flight AI 450 yesterday from Jammu to Leh.

    Bhabha Main wins trophy, IES runners-up

    Bhopal, Apr 16: RN Kapoor memorial inter-college cricket tournament, which had commenced on Apr 3, concluded today. The final match was played today between Bhabha Main and IES college teams. Winning the toss, IES captain decided to bat.
    The team’s highest scorers were Sahil 26 and Sumit 16 runs. The team was all out for 80 runs in 16 stipulated overs. Main bowlers of Bhabha Main include Raunaq who took 5 scalps and Naman who took 3 wickets.
    The host team Bhabha were naturally brimming with confidence The team achieved the rival’s target of 81 runs when only 14 overs and three bowls had been bowled; the team had lost only 5 wickets. Main scorers include Sumit Singh (32) and Vijender (18). IES bowler Chaitnya took 3 Bhabha wickets.
    Man of the Match declared was Raunaq Kumar (5 wickets to his kitty).

    Man of the series was Raunaq Kumar having taken 56 runs and 13 wickets. Best batsman of the tournament was Rocky of IES team.
    Best bowler was Kaushlesh Yadarv.
    Best fielder was Rizwan of Bhabha Blaster team. Best century hitter Rishab Saxena of Bhabha Main team having scored 106 runs.
    Score writer Satish Kumar Singh, commentators Hasin Akhtar, Abhinay Singh and other volunteer students including Pawan, Saurabh Dixit, Raju and Kautilya Paritosh.contributed their might in making the tournament successful.

    Bhabha Premier League: day 10: Bhabha Main, IES teams win

    Bhopal, Apr 11: Bhabha Premier Cricket league, being played on Bhabha Group of Institutions ground, Jatkhedi village, Hoshangabad road, Bhopal , entered into its 10th day on Saturday.
    In all two matches were played on the day. The first match was played between Bhabha Main and Bhabha EC teams.
    Batting first Bhabha Main scored 137 runs losing their five wickets in the stipulated 12 overs game. Paritosh went on to score 57 runs in 19 balls. Sumit made 25 runs in 15 balls.
    When the turn of Bhabha EC came, the players found themselves bundled out at the paltry score of 48 runs. Surendra made 8 whereas Rizwan scored 11 runs. The SECOND match was played between RKDF-II and IES teams. Captain Kaushlesh of RKDT-II won the toss and elected to field.

    IES first downers were Saurabh and Aamir. Saurabh was run out on the bowling of Ajit when his score was only one run. Aamir was caught on the bowling of Amod when his score was only 6. Sahid came next; he batted steadily and ended up being caught on the bowling of Kaushlesh at the score 28.Amrish was bowled out by Kaushlesh, his score being 3. He had played nine balls.
    Rocky proved true to the game and scored faultless 41 runs in 22 balls. Sumit (7-7) and Rocky remained N.O.when the innings ended after bowling of 12 overs. RKDF-II team sent Bishwajit and Ankit first downers. Bishwajit made 9 runs and was made out by Saurabh. Ankit steadied the inning, scoring twos and fours. The team’s first wicket went when six overs had been bowled and the score stood at 41 runs.Ankit too was bowled out by Chaitnya.
    Anjani Jha was the next batsman, he made 10 runs and was bowled by Chaitnya. Kaushlesh came next; he was batting well but was made run out. Other IES bowlers include Manish, Sabir, and Sumit.
    The match ended with the bowling of 12th over and score reaching 84. Rocky of IES team was declared Man of the Match.

    BPL- Day 9th: Bhabha Main, RKDF-II, IES & Bhabha EC register wins

    Bhopal, Apr 10: Bhabha Premier league cricket championship, being played by students from different engineering colleges of Bhopal, entered into its 9th day on Friday.
    In all four matches of 12 overs each were played today. The FIRST match was played between Bhabha main and Rukmani college. Bhabha Main captain won the toss and decided to bat first.
    The team scored 153 runs. Rishab made highest 106 runs in 47 balls. Himanshu contributed 18 runs to the massive total of 153 runs. Rukmani’s Abhishek took three wickets. The Rukmani innings started on a poor note and the team got bundled out after scoring only 46 runs. Rishab was declared Man of the Match.

    The SECOND match was a walkover one. It was to be played between RKDFIST and RKDF-II teams. RKDF-II was declared the winners. The THIRD match was played between IES and NRI colleges. NRI captain won the toss and decided to field first.
    The IES team scored 119 runs losing their 7 wickets.Rocky scored 25 runs, Amresh 27 and Chaitnya 26 runs. Vikas was successful in taking 3 wickets. The NRI players could not stand the good bowling and fielding of IES and were all out for 62 runs conceding defeat to IES. Chaitnya was declared Man of the Match.

    The FOURTH match was played between Bhabha EC (Third Year) and Bhabha Hostel students. Bhabha Hostel captain won the toss and decided to field. Bhabha EC batsmen’ score: Nirbhay caught (14) Sakir; Deepak (18) caught Sonu; Rizwan (2) caught Washu; Ankit (2) caught Sakir; Surendra bold Sakir for 10. The team’s final score was 128 for five wickets.
    Bhabha Hostel players too played their best cricket but could not reach the target as they were bundled out when their score was 107 runs. As usual Gaurav (35) and Washu (over 40) batted very well hitting sixes and fours. Other batsmen include Sakir (10), Sudhanshu (0), Ankur (0), Govind (1). The team got all out with score at 107. Sonu was adjudged Man of the Match.

    Bhabha Premier League- 8th Day- Bhabha rock star, RKDFIST, Rukmani & Bhabha Hostel win

    Bhopal, Apr 9: Bhabha Premier league cricket championship, being played by students from different engineering colleges of Bhopal, entered into its 8th day on Thursday.
    In all four matches were played on the Bhabha campus grounds today. These are pre-quarter final matches.
    The FIRST match was played between Bhabha Rock Star and Vaishnavi Institute of Technology (VIT) students. Bhabha team captain won the toss and decided to bat. The team set a target of 112 runs for VIT. Abhay scored highest 22 runs whereas Sonu made 18 runs in six balls. VIT bowlers include Sukhendra, Subodh and Nitesh. However, the VIT team wound up scoring only 46 runs. Ashish brought laurels to the team by scoring 31 runs in 18 balls.
    Man of the Match Prize went to Abhay of Bhabha Rock Star team.
    SECOND match of the day was played between RKDF University and RKDFIST teams. The toss was won by RKDF University captain who opted for first batting. The team set 108 runs target for their rivals the RKDFIST. Sarvesh scored 34 runs whereas Ravi made 22. Ravindra bowled 3 overs, conceding 12 runs and taking 2 wickets. Radhe took one wicket, conceding 11 runs in the three overs he bowled.

    In the second innings, RKDFIST players went ahead of the rival's total, making 110 runs. Deepak scored 40 runs whereas Shubham made 31. Shubham bowled 3 overs, conceding 16 runs and taking two wickets; Ravi took one wicket conceding 16 runs in 3 overs he bowled.
    Man of the Match was Shubham.
    The THIRD match of the day was played between Rukmani and RGPM college students. RGPM captain won the toss and opted to bat first. The team scored 66 runs. JP made 16 whereas Ajay's total was 12 runs. Rishi took two wickets in two overs conceding 18 runs. Rukmani team batted well and crossed the rival team's score of 66, winning the match. Samir made 16 runs whereas Vikas score was 21. Bowlers were Ajay (3 overs, 9 runs and one wkt), Gynanendra 2overs, 7 runs and one wkt.

    The FOURTH match of day was played between Bhabha Hostel team and Bhabha Blaster. Bhabha Hostel team captain won the toss and decided to bowl first. Rahul & Prabhat came first down; Rahul scored 17 runs, was out being caught by Raj on Sabir's bowling. Prabhat made 13 runs, made out by catch on Washu's bowling. Mukesh Pande scored one run, was bowled by Gaurav. Raju made two runs and was caught by Anurag on Rajan's bowling; Ankit was bowled by Rajan after scoring 19 runs. Then came Mustafa. Amrinder with score at 11 runs, gave a simple catch on Sonu's bowling. Aman was declared run out with score one on Gaurav's bowling.
    The team's total score was 102.
    The second innings saw a wonderful performance by Bhabha Hostel players. Gaurav and Washu went first down. Gaurav could make only two runs and he was caught out, Raj being the bowler. However, Washu played the captain's knock and went on to score 58 runs when the score had touched 94. Sakir and Sudhanshu also batted well scoring 14 and 6 runs respectively.
    Govind was the next batsman.
    In the end Bhabha Hostel team scored past their rival's target of 102 runs. Washu (58 runs with three sixers) was given the Man of the Match Cup prize.

    Bhabha Premier League- 7th day

    Bhopal, Apr 8: Bhabha Premier Cricket league, championship, being participated by different engineering colleges of Bhopal , entered into its 7th day on Wednesday.
    In all four matches were played on the Bhabha campus grounds today. These are pre-quarter final matches.
    The FIRST match was played between RKDF-II and NRI group of colleges. RKDF-II captain won the toss and elected to field.
    NRI team scored 137 runs in its stipulated 12 overs match. On their part, the RKDF-II team could not face the onslaught of the NRI bowlers and were bundled out for paltry 45 runs and conceding defeat to NRI.
    The SECOND match of the day was played between Bhabha Main Team and RKDF RJ Riders.
    Bhabha Main team captain won the toss and elected to bat. The team scored 93 runs after losing 9 of their wickets. Now, though the RKDF RJ Riders players thought the target score was small, still they could not face the fast bowling and efficient fielding of their rivals who bundled them out when their score had reached only 52.
    Sumit Singh was declared Man of the Match.
    The THIRD match was played between TIT Main team and RKDF-II players. TIT captain won the toss and elected to field.
    Batting first, the RKDF-II team scored 108 runs in their stipulated 12 overs losing only 9 wickets. Now, it was the turn of the TIT team to perform. The team could score only 84 runs and lost the match to RKDF-II.
    Scorecard of TIT batting:
    Akshay out for 1, Ankit out for duck, Ajmera run out for 23, bowler being Vikas. Ankit Raj was caught with score 14 on the bowling of Vikas.
    Then came Sumit; he made 18 runs and was bowled out by Amol. Mayank scored 8 runs and was made out by Vikas. Ajay scored only one run, so also Abhay who was caught out on Vikas’ bowling. Abhay Yadav was caught on Kaushlesh bowling for duck. Last man to come was Parkar.
    Man of the Match prize went to Vikas.
    It was 4.35 pm when the fourth match of the day started. The weather had started becoming cool. There were also signs of rain falling. Patel college team captain won the toss and elected to field.
    IES team sent Amir and Gaurav first down. Both could not increase their score by more than one run, being caught out on the bowling of VG Jain. Sahil and Rocky steadied the innings. When Sahil reached his 20 runs, he was he was bowled out by Ambuj. Rocky remained at the crease for long scoring 66 runs. Later, Sumit joined.
    The IES team had scored 98 runs in their stipulated 12 overs. Other bowlers of Patel team include Jitendra, and Mathews. Now, it was the turn of the Patel team to show their mettle.
    Ambuj and Jitendra were first down. Ambuj returned to the pavilion, caught out on the bowling of Manish for a duck. Sahjad too returned without scoring, being caught on the bowling of Saurabh. Nitesh was also bowled out by Sabir for a duck.
    Mathew returned to the pavilion, caught on the bowling of Sabir for zero; Imran made 4 valuable runs and was stumped by Sabir. Jitendra scored ten runs and was stumped out, the bowler being Saurabh.
    Vividh was the next batsman, catch out on the bowling of Saurabh. Jai Narain was the next batsman who contributed five runs. By this time, the weather became cooler and droplets of rain being felt but the players continued playing. VG Jain was the last batsman who was run out on the bowling of Chaitnya for zero.
    Thus Patel team wound up scoring only 41 runs. Rocky of IES was declared Man of the Match.
    Commentators were Sumit Singh, Mukesh Kumar and Ujjawal Gaurav. Satish Kumar contributed in score writing.

    Bhabha Premier League- 6th day: NRI, RKDFIST, RKDF Univ & Rukmini teams win

    Bhopal, Apr 7: Bhabha Premier Cricket league, championship, being participated by different engineering colleges of Bhopal , entered into its 6th day on Tuesday.
    In all four matches were played on the Bhabha campus grounds today.
    Though it is only one week left for mid April still the weather is ok for the players to play cricket under the open skies. Any cricket match without good commentators is listless; here we find the tournament blessed with students who are giving good commentaries also.
    Some matches become one-sided but some are scintillating and both the teams doing their best to achieve results in their favour. On Tuesday the FIRST match was played between NRI group of institutions and Satyam group.
    The NRI team captain won the toss and decided to field.
    Satyam college scored 83 runs. Their highest scorer was Vikas (14 runs). The NRI reached Satyam’s target in their stipulated 12 overs, winning the match by 6 wickets. Man of the Match award goes to Neeraj.
    The second match was played between RKDFIST Hostel and Bhabha team.
    Bhabha team captain won the toss and elected to bat. The team scored 97 runs. However the RKDFIST team proved too good for the rivals and won the match.
    The THIRD match of the day was played between Bhabha team and the RKDF University. Winning the toss, the Bhabha team captain opted to field.
    RKDF University players scored 97 runs in 12 overs. Sumit Tiwari took 3 wickets and also two catches. Mukesh Kumar took the scalp of four players. RKDF University’s Patel made highest 24 runs.
    In their turn for batting, Bhabha players did their best but their score went up to only 72.
    Patel of the RKDF Univ team was declared Man of the Match for his contribution of 24 runs and one wicket.

    The LAST match of the day was played between AISECT and Rukmini Devi group of colleges. Rukmini captain won the toss and decided to bat first.
    The team scored 89 runs in 12 overs.
    Vikas (30 & one sixer catch out) , Shubham Patel (8), Manish (29) , Sanni (32 run out), Anivesh (3), Samir, Umesh (1 bowled), Sumit took to the battlefield.
    AISECT bowlers included Atif Khan, Sudip Kumar, Dheeraj, Akash Kumar and Gujit.

    By the time the AISECT players came to bat, it was 5.45 pm. Rahul went out quickly, catch out by Shubham for only 2 runs. Ashutosh too was caught after scoring only 3 runs.Next it was the turns of Ashwin, Manish and Suryakant to show their batting skills., Though the players were scoring runs in one and twos but they were also coming back to the pavilion. Akash, Sujit, Dheeraj, Atif and Inderjit too batted well.
    Meanwhile, a new commentator took the mike and kept the tempo of the game on high. He kept boosting the morale of the batsmen and bowlers to perform their best as `it was only cricket’ and anything could happen!
    The score went up to 77 and it was the last ball of the day.
    Rukmini’s bowlers included Vikas, Shubham, Richi, Sumit. The team won the match.

    Bhabha Premier Cricket League: Bhabha EC, TIT, RKDFIST & RKDF-II register wins

    Bhopal, Apr 6: Bhabha Premier Cricket league, being participated by different engineering colleges of Bhopal , entered into its 5th day on Monday, Apr 6. On Sunday, the lone match was played between RKDF Medical College and Bhabha Hostel team. Bhabha hostel team captain won the toss and decided to field.
    RKDF Medical College team scored 110 runs in stipulated 12 overs losing seven of their wickets.
    In return the Bhabha Hostel team scored over 110 runs in stipulated 12 overs winning the match by 4 wickets.
    Man of the Match was Muhammad Shakir.
    On Apr 6 Monday, four matches were played. The FIRST match played between RKDF IST and Bhabha EC saw RKDF IST captain winning the toss and deciding to bat first. The team scored 75 runs in 12 overs losing all their wickets. Amit scored highest 15 runs. Later, Bhabha EC team started on a confident note and went on to win the match. Kautilya who made 15 runs and also took two wickets was declared the Man of the Match.
    The SECOND match of the day was played between Bansal College and TIT players. Bansal Captain won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 43 runs in 12 overs. The TIT team started their play on a confident note and reached the rival’s target in no time; they won the match by 8 wickets.
    The THIRD match was played between Bhabha Civil and RKDF IST teams. Bhabha captain Virendra won the toss and decided to field first. The RKDF IST team made 95 runs and were all out. Now, it was the turn of the Bhabha players to prove their worth but they failed to come up to expectations and were all out before reaching the target score. Rahul was declared Man of the Match; he made 18 runs and also took four wickets.
    The FOURTH match of the day saw Bhabha Super Kings captain winning the toss and electing to bat. The team scored 42 runs only and were all out. RKDF II team was too good for the rivals and won the match by 4 wickets. Man of the Match was Manish Kumar.

    RN Kapoor memorial inter-college cricket on Bhabha grounds

    Bhopal, Apr 3: An inter-college cricket tournament, in memory of late RN Kapoor, founder of RKDF Institutes, commenced on Thursday on Bhabha grounds near Jatkhedi village, on Hoshangabad road here. The tournament was inaugurated by Huzur MLA, Rameshwar Sharma.
    The inaugural match was played between TIT and Bhabha Main. Batting first, Bhabha players scored 138 runs in their stipulated 12 overs match. The top scorer was Mani, contributing 23 runs. The TIT innings was bundled out for mere 68 runs. Raunak of Bhabha took four wickets conceding only 9 runs. He was declared Man of the Match.
    On the next day, Friday, three matches were played.
    The first match was played between RKDF-II and RKDFIST Jr.
    Batting first RKDFIST Jr scored 57 runs in 12 overs. In return the RKDF-II team achieved the target of 58 runs losing only two wickets. Kaushlesh scored 34 runs and was declared the Man of the Match.
    The second match of the day was played between Bansal College and Patel College. Batting first the Bansal players scored 72 runs. But, the Patel players proved too good for them and won the match by 6 wickets.
    The third match of the day was played between RKDF IST Main and BITS. Batting first the BITS players were all out for 70 runs. Manendra scored highest 36 runs. Now, it was the turn of the RKDF IST Main to prove their mettle and they overran the BITS target easily winning the match by 7 wickets. Sharad scored 34 runs and was declared the Man of the Match.
    Ball-to-ball commentary was aptly provided by Hasin Akhtar and Abhinay Singh. It may also be worthwhile to mention here that Saurabh Dixit, Pawan, Raju and Kautilya Paritosh left no efforts in successful conduct of the matches.

    SSUTMS organizing RN Kapoor Excellence test on April 12

    Sehore, April 3: Sri Satya Sai University of Technology & Medical Sciences (SSUTMS), Sehore, will be holding a test for students of Madhya Pradesh and also from other parts of India for awarding them with Sri RN Kapoor Excellence award.
    According to the University official, Chandra Kishore Tyagi, students coming in first 10 rank of the merit list would be given cash prizes of Rs 21,000, Rs 11,000 and Rs 5000 and commendation certificates. The test is only for students appearing in Std XII examination with science stream. They would have to answer questions related to physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology.

    Journeys to Rameshwaram, Puri & Vaishno Devi from Apr 15 to May 10

    Bhopal, Apr 1: Senior citizens of the State can undertake pilgrimage journeys to Rameshwaram, Puri and Vaishno Devi under Mukhyamantri Tirth-Darshan Yojana from April 15 to May 10, 2015. Pilgrims of 39 districts of the State will go on 9 pilgrimage journeys during the period.
    There would be about 1000 seats in each train and government officers and employees will accompany as escorts with pilgrims.
    In this regard, Principal Secretary Religious Trusts & Endowment Manoj Shrivastava has sent detailed directives to Collectors of Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Chhindwara, Mandla, Dindori, Guna, Ashok Nagar, Sagar, Rajgarh, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Harda, Barwani, Khargone, Damoh, Katni, Shahdol, Umaria, Shivpuri, Gwalior, Datia, Morena, Bhind, Vidisha, Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Sehore, Raisen, Shajapur, Agar-Malwa, Rewa, Satna, Sidhi, Katni, Singrauli, Panna, Anuppur, Balaghat and Seoni districts.

    Gwalior to have global level Integrated Textile Apparel Zone

    Bhopal, Mar 17: A global level Integrated Textile Apparel Zone will be completed at Gwalior by December 2016. It will be constructed on about 200 acres at cost of Rs. one thousand crore and provide jobs to over 30,000 people. Women will also get employment opportunities. Various companies are participating in construction of this zone.
    Draft of action plan for the project was handed over to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan by representatives of these companies at his residence here on Monday. For this, cooperation will be sought under various schemes of Union Ministries for Textiles and Union Micro & Small Industries.
    The Chief Minister said that the state government will extend maximum infrastructural assistance. He said that the state government is committed to state's economic growth and will fully encourage new projects through its industry-friendly policies.

    The zone will produce grey fabric, technical textile, home finishing and yarn dyeing fabric. In the zone, factory will be constructed on 75 acres, automation unit and residential facilities on 15 acres and fibre finishing and waste treatment plant will be constructed on 115 acres. Ultramodern technology will be used for the first time in the world for manufacturing in this zone.
    The zone will be constructed jointly by Pallav Group, Coimbatore, Theni Guru Krishna Textile, Smita Group, Priya Export, Prakash Cotex India, Arrow Cot Spinners, Periyar Amman Spinning, Asahi Filters Limited, L.M.P. Weavers, Thomas Textiles, Balavigna Weaving Mills and Saran Print Park.

    Rain wreaks havoc; loss of lives, damage to crops, property

    Bhopal/New Delhi, Mar 16: It is mid March when the farms are midway of ripening of the crops. But the weather this year has played truant. There is no sign of the sun for the last several days; the intermittent rains during the last days have caused extensive damage to crops in several parts of Madhya Pradesh.
    Unable to bear the damage to crops a farmer of Alirajpur is learnt to have ended his life. The hailstorm on Sunday night led to damage to several houses in Dhar district. Neemuch was lashed by hailstones all over. Similarly, in the Gwalior region seven people are reported killed by lightning. More than a thousand cattle also could not bear the biting cold and rain and have died.

    New Delhi: Widespread rain battered large swathes of North India bringing mercury down by several notches, even as it claimed 17 lives and damaged crops in several regions. Officials said, twelve people were killed in Rajasthan due to rain, lightning and hailstorms in the last 36 hours, which also destroyed standing Rabi crops in the state. In Jammu and Kashmir, three persons were killed and four injured in landslides and avalanche in Kashmir and Poonch yesterday. The avalanches and landslides were triggered after fresh snowfall in upper reaches and rain in Kashmir valley. Incessant rain across the state and fresh heavy snowfall in higher reaches of the Valley and parts of Jammu have paralyzed normal life.
    Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and Batote-Doda-Kishtwar road have been closed due to landslides at several places . Chopper service to Mata Vaishnodevi shrine from Katra base camp also remained suspended yesterday. A Meteorological department official said that western disturbance is active in the state which could result in moderate to rather heavy rain or snow at most places in the state today.

    In Uttarakhand, two persons were killed in rock-slide triggered by heavy rain yesterday. In Himachal Pradesh, fresh bout of snowfall was witnessed in tribal areas and other higher reaches while rain lashed mid and lower hills. Avalanche threat loomed large over high altitude tribal areas above 2,500 feet as melting of snow and glacier movement could accelerate in next few days. The high-altitude tribal areas reeled under biting cold wave conditions with minimum temperatures ranging between minus 12 and minus 18 degrees. Cold conditions returned to Delhi after the showers as the day temperature plummeted to 19.6 degree Celsius, nine degrees below normal. Minimum temperature was recorded at 16.6 degrees yesterday, which was two notches above normal.
    In Uttar Pradesh, unseasonal intermittent rain and hailstorms have hit many parts of the state. After a week long rest, rain and hailstorms again took Agra, Chitrakoot, Kanpur, Merrut, and Bareilly divisions in grip damaging standing crops. Hailstorm and rain have caused extensive damage to wheat, mustard and potato crops in Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, Kanpur, Farrukhabad and neighboring districts in the state. According to weathermen the rainy condition may prevail today also.

    e-auction route for mining of sand in MP

    Bhopal, Mar 3: A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday approved sand mining policy-2015 to make available sand to people at rational rates.
    At present the MP State Mining Corporation operates sand mines in 53 tehsils of 18 districts while the Collectors manage mines in the remaining 33 districts.
    From now on, the Govt will take the e-auction route to invite interested parties in the sand mining sector.
    Now, bidders for this process will have to deposit only 10 percent instead of 25 percent of government auction as security deposit. Security deposit will be deposited through e-Payment. E-Auction and rationalisation of security deposit amount will simplify process and bring about transparency. Maximum number of people will join sand trade and new employment opportunities will be created due to this process.

    The Govt has removed the limitation that there should be no two mines within a radius of 10 kms.
    Rural people will be able to obtain sand free of cost for their own use from sand mines.
    A uniform levy of Rs 125 per cubic metre has been fixed as royalty and administrative expenses to bring uniformity in the price of sand.
    Contractual school teachers
    The cabinet sanctioned employment process of contractual school teachers grade-I, II and III. This includes giving additional bonus marks to guest faculties in appointment. The guest faculties having worked for 200 to 399 days in a government educational institution will be given 5 bonus marks, 400 to 599 days 10 bonus marks and 15 bonus marks to guest faculties having worked for over 600 days.

    New posts for ATMA
    The cabinet sanctioned 313 additional posts for Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA). These include posts of gender coordination at state level and additional assistant technology manager for every development block. For Agar district, posts of one project director, 2 deputy project directors, one accountant-cum-clerk and one computer programmer have been sanctioned.
    The cabinet decided to increase honorarium of Krishak Mitras from Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 6,000.
    Exemption to cotton from Mandi Fee
    The cabinet decided to give one percent exemption in Mandi Fee for one year on cotton in state’s Krishi Upaj Mandis. This will help increase cotton production and productivity. Sarv Sewa project

    The cabinet sanctioned Sarv Sewa project funded by the World Bank to brining maximum number of services of various government departments under the purview of Public Services Delivery Guarantee Act. Public services will be delivered through single window system. At district level, collector offices’ back-end office automation will be undertaken. IT infrastructure will be strengthened further to run Sarv Sewa Kendras/Public Service Centres.

    Priority to infrastructure development in budget

    Bhopal, Feb 25: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the budget presented in Vidhan Sabha is the budget which will ensure faster development of Madhya Pradesh. The budget has taken care of welfare of all sections of society.
    It is revenue surplus budget for consecutive 11th year. He congratulated the Finance Minister for balanced and development-oriented budget.
    The budget aims at fulfilling targets of Vision-2018 for the development of the State.
    Chief Minister said that infrastructure development has been given priority in the budget. A sum of Rs. 5 thousand 900 crore has been earmarked for roads, Rs. 2 thousand 800 crore for rural roads, Rs. 9700 crore for power, budget of Rs. 22 thousand crore has been proposed for SC, ST and Backward Classes Welfare, Rs. 4400 crore for Women and Child Development and Rs. 15 thousand 700 crore for school education.
    Rs. 7400 crore has been allocated for irrigation and Rs. 19 thousand 600 crore has been earmarked for agriculture and allied sectors. Necessary arrangements for increasing skill development and investment have been made in the budget. Provision of recruitment of 5 thousand police personnel has been made in the budget to make law & order more effective.
    Apart from promoting tourism, sports and culture, adequate provisions for holding Simhastha has been made in the budget. The Chief Minister has described it as a balanced and welfare-oriented budget for ensuring infrastructure development and augmenting investment.

    MP Budget: Agri items among others cheaper; sand among others costlier

    Bhopal, Feb 25: Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya on Wednesday presented a Rs one lakh, 31,000 199 crore budget for the State in the State Assembly. This amount is Rs 20,000 cr more as compared to the last year's budget. The fiscal deficit has been pegged at Rs 13,425 crore- 2.98 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and well within the prescribed limits, he said.
    The minister said 34 implements used in agriculture have been exempted from tax. Besides, butter, flush doors, ceramic and vitrified tiles have been made cheaper. Other items exempted from tax include lock-key, purse, mirror, shoes costing less than Rs 500/- and entertainment tickets priced below Rs 100/-.
    Items which will become costlier include- sand-gravel and construction items; tobacco products (13-27% VAT); photo album, carbon paper, auto. Hydraulic trolley, battery-operated car, dry rice, flour (4% increase in VAT); aviation, gas- 4% VAT

    The Minister also proposed to end taxes imposed on transportation of tendu leaves and pointed out that this would cause a revenue loss of Rs 3 crore. Other items made cheaper include diaper, battery, toys, bicycle, shoe polish, books, note-books, bangles, cooking gas, soya milk powder, razor and blade.
    He said that for rationalisation of VAT, its rate has been reduced from 13 per cent to 5 per cent.
    This would apply to many things, including thermal insulators used for industrial input, computer scanners and X-ray films, he said.

    State gets Krishi Karman Award for third consecutive year

    Bhopal , Feb 20: Madhya Pradesh was conferred prestigious Krishi Karman Award at Suratgarh in Shri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan on Thursday. It is third consecutive occasion that Madhya Pradesh has been earned this honour.
    It is noteworthy that state’s wheat area, production and productivity has increased very rapidly which has also enthused farmers.

    One male and one female farmer from the State were also conferred Individual Krishi Karman Awards by the Prime Minister. They were given Rs. one lakh, trophy and citation each.. Female farmer Rekha Saini is a progressive farmer of village Kehlari in Khandwa district. She converted 1.820 hectare of her land into an ideal farm. Of this, only one hectare is irrigated. Saini utilizes this land to grow maximum yield.
    In year 2013, she sowed HI 1544 variety of wheat and through advanced agriculture technique grew 47 quintal 20 kg wheat. Thus, she presented best example before farmers by earning Rs. 44 thousand 410 per hectare.

    Govt authorizes some private hospitals for treatment of swine flu

    Bhopal, Feb 11: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday inspected JP Hospital and Hamidia Hospital here. He was accompanied by Health Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra. At JP Hospital, the Chief Minister inspected swine flu OPD, testing centre and isolation ward.
    At Hamidia Hospital, the CM inspected swine flu testing centre. Despite being dissuaded by Health Department officers and doctors, Chouhan visited isolation ward and talked to swine flu patients regarding treatment. The health minister has admitted 44 deaths due to the disease.

    At a meeting with the Chief Secretary Antony De Sa at Mantralaya, CM Chouhan directed to make available medicines, masks and other equipment to authorised private hospitals in Bhopal (13) and at Indore (12). Private hospitals will charge nothing from patients for facilities made available by the state government.
    It may be recalled that earlier on Jan 21, the Govt had directed the private hospitals not to take up swine flu cases and instead refer them to the JP or Hamidia hospitals.

    Doctors, staff to be vaccinated against swine flu virus

    Bhopal, Feb 9: With increase in number of the swine flu patients, the medical department of the State Government is taking adequate precautions to protect the medical staff against contacting the virus.
    Swine flu claimed two more lives in Bhopal on Sunday; Eight more patients have tested positive,
    It may be recalled that in the year 2011, medicos and non-medicos were vaccinated for swine flu virus protection. Also, confirmed patients would have to wear N-95 masks over their mouths which the hospital would provide to patients admitted in the hospital. Suspected patients who have been told to return to their homes by prescribing them medicines have been asked to cover their mouths with handkerchiefs and to avoid visiting crowded places.
    There are more than 60 swine flu patients getting treatment at different government and private hospitals. In Govt hospitals, four suspected swine flu patients and three confirmed patients are under treatment at the Hamidia hospital, while only one patient was admitted to JP hospital.
    25 suspected patients arrived in the Hamidia hospital on Sunday. Similarly, in the JP hospital, 24 patients were checked up and samples of swabs of 15 patients were taken. They would be sent to Virology lab at Jabalpur for testing.
    Swine influenza (also called swine flu, hog flu, and pig flu) is an infection by any one of several types of swine influenza virus. Swine influenza virus (SIV) is any strain of the influenza family of viruses that is endemic in pigs. As of 2009, the known SIV strains include influenza C and the subtypes of influenza A known as H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3.

    Swine influenza virus is common throughout pig populations worldwide. Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always lead to human influenza often
    resulting only in the production of antibodies in the blood. If transmission does cause human influenza, it is called zoonotic swine flu. People with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection. The meat of an in fected animal poses no risk of infection when properly cooked.
    Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person to person, and this is more dangerous aspect of this flu. That it is highly contagious strain.
    Swine Flu basically originated in swine or pigs, as SIV generally affects pigs. Human got infected by this virus by consuming infected pig meat or coming in direct contact with infected swines.
    Mean it is transferred, when virus enters the body through eyes, nose or mouth. And then human to human transfer occurs. This human to human transfer takes place by coming in direct contact with infected person or sharing same clothes and other belongings with that person. Its mode of transfer is via air and virus particles travel through air and thus making it more contagious.

    The symptoms of HIN1 flu virus (human swine flu) are very similar to those of seasonal human influenza.
    People with swine influenza may experience:
    •Body aches •Chills •Cough •Fatigue •Fever •Headache •Loss of appetite •Sore throat
    Some people with H1N1 flu virus have also reported vomiting and diarrhea.
    The severity of symptoms can vary from mild to severe and sometimes require hospitalization. In some cases, severe complications such as pneumonia and respiratory failure can cause
    death. Like the seasonal flu, swine flu may worsen existing chronic medical conditions.
    Incubation period
    The incubation period for swine flu (time between infection and appearance of symptoms) can be up to seven days, but is most likely to be between two and five days. It is, however, at this stage there is no certainty about the incubation period.

    There is a specialized test for Swine flu. This test is recommended by NICD (National Institute Of Communicable Diseases)
    SAMPLE: Respiratory specimens including throat swab, and nasopharyngeal /nasal swabs are taken from ambulatory patients..
    From incubated patients admitted in the ICU the sample is bronchoalveolar lavage or tracheal aspirates. Samples are transporte d in special viral transport medium which is packed in such a way that there is no chance of contaminating the environment or it being a risk to those handling the box.
    After testing positive for swine flu , patient should immediately quarantined in an isolated room or in hospital . National institute of communicable disease(NICD) information says that the swine flu can be treated if caught very early with two of the anti‐viral medications oseltamivir (Tamiflu/Fluvir) and zanamivir (Relenza). Tamiflu is for treatment in adults and children aged 1 year and older, and must be taken within 48 hours of the first symptom.
    Till now this strain of influenza virus is in a dynamic state means there is no consistency (in scientific terms it keeps on mutating) in its level of occurrence because evidently in some patients its being treated successfully with Tamilflu and in some tamilflu is ineffective. And moreover at present there is no effective vaccine present. So basically precaution is the best treatment.
    As the flu is now spreading via person ‐to‐person contact; the infection primarily spreads when a person comes in close contact with an infected person. The simple way to minimize the risk is by covering the mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing and wearing a mask while going close to the infected person.
    Maintaining high level of hygiene is also important and one should always wash hands frequently with soap and water.
    Since influenza spreads through both air and contact with contaminated surfaces, surface sanitizing may help prevent some infections. For that alcohol is an effective sanitizer, bleach can also be used to sanitize rooms or equipment that have been occupied by patients with influenza symptoms.

    ED graces Vendors’ Meet organized at BHEL

    Bhopal, 7 Feb: A on-day Vendors Meet was held at IFX Conference Hall BHEL-Bhopal organized by RMSG, Bhopal. ED, BHEL-Bhopal Shashi Ranjan Prasad and Vishwas Bhave, GM, MM, BHEL-Bhopal were specially present.
    Around 100 vendors from different parts of the country attended the meet. Prominent vendors including AK Chugh, Sr. VP, Indure Pvt. Ltd., Rajesh Piplani, MD- Avaids Technovators Pvt. Ltd & Nitin Umrania, SBU-Head, Thermax Ltd were present.
    Reputed firms like Siemens Ltd, ABB Ltd, Schneider Electric Infrastructure, BlueStar Ltd, KEC International Ltd, Universal Cables Ltd, participated in the event. The meet was followed by presentation and discussion on the R&M (Renovation & Modernization) business in power sector and future R&M projects of RMSG.
    Later, bilateral interaction & feedback Issues related to the entire project lifecycle were discussed. BHEL officials and vendors' representatives expressed their concern & commitment for timely completion of projects with best quality and competitive prices. BHEL officials too assured their full co-operation & support to the vendors in every stage of R&M projects.
    OP Saraswat, GM,RMSG, Bhopal; GMs and senior officers of BHEL-Bhopal attended the programme.

    Clean sweep for BJP in civic polls; Alok elected Mayor BMC

    Bhopal, Feb 5: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates once again romped home to victory in the civic polls held in four cities viz. Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Chhindwara of Madhya Pradesh. For BMC mayoral seat Alok Sharma of BJP won by 86,332 votes trouncing his Congress party rival Kailash Mishra who could secure only 3,56,080 votes.
    Other Mayoral candidates include Malini Gaud (BJP) from Indore defeating her Congress party rival Archana Jaiswal by 2,46,596 votes; Swati Godbole (BJP) securing 2,95,433 votes for Jabalpur Municipal Corporation seat defeating her Congress party rival Gita Sharat Tiwari by 45,941 votes; Similarly in Chhindwara Kanta Sadarang of BJP defeated her Congress party rival Kalpana Suryavanshi by 9,578 votes.
    In the elections held for 85 wards of the state capital Bhopal, BJP candidates have come out victorious in 55 wards; Congress party candidates were elected in 26 wards; besides the electorate have given chance to four Independents also.

    MP gets national award for excellent work in MGNREGA

    New Delhi, Feb 3: Madhya Pradesh has been awarded the 10th national award for excellent work in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act-MGNREGA.
    Union Rural Development Minister Virendra Singh presented the award to State's Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargava at the MGNREGA summit held in New Delhi yesterday. There are a total of 1 crore 2 lakh MGNREGA job-card holder families in the State.

    This award has been given to Madhya Pradesh for convergence of MGNREGA and other schemes for construction of permanent assets and for excellent work in providing opportunities for earning permanent income. Madhya Pradesh is at the top in construction of permanent assets through MGNREGA convergence in the country. 74 per cent construction of permanent assets has been done through MGNREGA in the State.
    As many as 179 crore 11 lakh mandays of employment have been created. Out of these, 77 crore 36 lakh mandays of employment have been provided to female labourers.
    Electronic Fund Management System has been introduced in the State from April last year to ensure transparency in accountancy and immediate payment of wages to labourers.

    NRIs' contribution important for development: CM

    Bhopal : Feb 1: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's six day visit to United States of America began with formal meetings with Indian Consul-General Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Non Resident Indians belonging to Madhya Pradesh and potential US investors. The Consul-General hosted a dinner at the Consulate at New York.
    Addressing a gathering of nearly 150 guests, the chief minister praised the contributions of US-based investors, particularly NRIs belonging to Madhya Pradesh. Describing their contributions as important, he also said that advice, investment, expertise and friendship are the key components of development.

    Referring to Make in India campaign, the pet project of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chouhan noted that Madhya Pradesh has been following the spirit of the campaign for past one decade. He said that the State has taken a lead role in implementing another ambitious scheme Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.
    Chouhan said that people-oriented programmes are already underway in Madhya Pradesh, He said that the good governance is a key to faster development. He also listed impressive achievements in key areas.

    Talking about strategic measures for attracting investments, Chouhan said that he holds meetings with potential investors every Monday to facilitate business. Referring to the single-window system for easy business he said that Madhya Pradesh has now put in place more effective "single door" system, making it easier for prospective investors.
    The chief minister received standing ovation from all the guests. The Consul-General informed that about 3,000 friends have already registered themselves for the Friends of Madhya Pradesh conclave.

    CM meets investors; makes enquiries from them

    Bhopal, Jan 19: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held discussions on existing and proposed projects in the State with investors here on Monday. It is noteworthy that the Chief Minister meets investors every Monday. Officers of concerning departments were also present.
    The Chief Minister sought information from investors of under-construction projects in the State about getting cooperation as desired by them. He enquired about proposed investment projects and assured of necessary cooperation. The CM reiterated the State being destination for investment. Work culture is investment-friendly here, he added. Chouhan directed to identify 25 acre land in Seoni district for establishment of a private sector 150-seat medical college and 900-bed hospital.

    During discussions with the CM, Chairman of Gallant Metal Ltd Bhuj, Gujarat CP Agrawal said that Chouhan is an ideal CM. He is the only head of the State who meets investors every week.
    Those who met the CM include GM of Sukh Sagar Medical College and Hospital Jose Antony, Chairman of Shri Astha Foundation for Education Society, Indore Dr. Ramesh Badlani, Vacmet India Ltd Agra's MD DC Agrawal, ED Mayank Agrawal, Rahul Agrawal.

    Conf on `Clinical Genetics & Genomic Medicine' at RKDF Varsity

    Bhopal: A two-day conference on `Emerging knowledge in Clinical Genetics and Genomic Medicine' was held at the RKDF University, Gandhi Nagar, Bhopal. The chief guest of the programme, organized in association with MP Council of Science & Technology and Association of Global Research & Welfare Society, was Dr AB Singh, senior scientist at Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal.

    The chief guest delivered lecture on `solid waste management for sustainable agriculture.' It was informed that improper disposal of solid waste was resulting in genetic problems. Registrar RKDF University, Dr BN Singh was specially present.
    Dr Dangi of RKDF University, spoke on the present and future prospects of genomics.
    The second lecture of the day on the subject `Impact of genomics & pharmaceutical research' was delivered by Dr Sudhir Bhardwaj, Director and Principal, Sriram College of Pharmacy.
    Thereafter, Dr Susmit Kosta, a scientist from Indore, delivered lecture on `Genomic & Genetics Education.

    Bird watching camps at Van Vihar in Jan-Feb

    Process of arrival of migratory birds from ice-capped hilly terrains of country and abroad to Van Vihar National Park Bhopal is continuing. Like before, bird watching camps will be held at Van Vihar during Jan & Feb 2015. The camps will be held on all 4 Sundays on Jan 4, 11, 18 & 25 and Feb 1, 8, 14 & 15 from 6.30 to 9.30 am.

    In each camp, admission will be given to 30 persons on first come first serve basis at the fee of Rs. 100 per head. Information will be given at the camps about identification of birds, study of their behaviour and nature-based activities pertaining to birds. Interested persons may get registered for camps during office hours at Gate No. 2 (towards Bhadbhada) of Van Vihar. For details phone numbers 0755-2674278 and mobile number 9424790611 may also be dialled.
    Apart from local birds, bird lovers will also be able to watch Himalayan and Siberian birds at the camps, mainly Whistling Teels, Spot Billed Ducks, Open Bill Storks, Black Red Storks, Blue Throat. Pintail etc.

    Student force at secondary level to be constituted in Govt schools

    Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur has said that student force will be constituted in MP. The force will be constituted in Govt schools. According to information the police department has been asked to implement the scheme from Apr 1 next year. Apart from ensuring security in schools, the student force will also cooperate in traffic and crowd management as per requirement. It was informed that desiring students of senior secondary level would be included in the force. The students would be imparted physical training and handling of light weapons. After completing studies such students would be given priority in recruitment in the police force, if they so desire.

    HM advisory to schools for dealing with terror situations
    Home Ministry has issued an advisory to all States reiterating CBSE's 2010 guidelines to schools on dealing with terror situations. The standard operating procedures (SOPs), apprise the school management on how to deal with kidnappings, random firing and armed intrusions.

    It also seeks regular mock drills at schools to test their preparedness against terror strikes. In the wake of intelligence inputs that Lashker-e-Taiba, SIMI or Indian Mujahideen may strike at places with high footfalls, including malls, railway stations, schools. Schools should have concrete boundary walls and multiple gates manned by at least three guards on a 24x7 basis.

    Shun drugs, appeals PM Narendra Modi to youth, in `Man Ki Baat’

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed to the youth to keep away from drugs. In the third `Mann ki Baat’ programme aired over All India Radio, the PM said that by expressing his pain and grief over any matter to the people, he finds himself relieved and likewise by expressing his happiness to others, he finds himself blessed.

    The PM said that it is very painful to learn that in absence of proper guidance and monitoring, the youth become misguided by anti-social elements who take advantage by luring them with harmful drugs. A helpline would be set up soon to assist those seeking solutions.
    Both Govt and the Society would have to work together to combat the problem. `For long I have been having concern about the young generation …That some son has got caught in such a quagmire where everything is devastated. Drugs are such a devastation.’ At the same time, he said, `drug addiction is bad not the child.’ Describing it as a psycho-socio- medical problem, he said the family, friends, society, government and the law will have to work together to fight it as working in pieces will not help.
    The PM also suggested launching a special drive on social media against the menace. Modi said he had received thousands of letters and mails from people, reflecting that an atmosphere of consultation has already started.

    New coal mines bill to ensure transparency: Govt

    New Delhi: Lok Sabha on Friday passed a bill which provides for fresh norms for the auction of 204 coal blocks de-allocated by the Supreme Court in Sept. During the debate some Opposition members made out a case for referring the Bill to the Departmental Standing Committee for closer scrutiny. Dismissing the demand for referring the Bill to a Standing Committee, Coal Minister, Piyush Goyal said it essentially replaces the Ordinance which has been widely debated and ``no provision has been criticised in the public debate.” “The government had to take the Ordinance route to address apprehensions of job losses and ensure power supply.”
    The bill provides for `allocation of coal mines and vesting of the right, title and interest in and over the land and mine infrastructure, together with mining leases, to successful bidders and allottees through a transparent bidding process.

    The bill prescribes the conditions to rationalize the coal sector for mining operations, consumption and sale.The allocation would be done by e-auction.There are enough laws to protect the interest of workers and to give maximum benefits to the people displaced by coal mine projects.
    The minister said timely action taken by the Govt would benefit the coal-producing states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and West Bengal. Besides, it would be beneficial for the power sector and consumers as a whole.
    `lakhs of crores of rupees would be going to the coal-producing states; provisions are there in the bill to ensure that funds will go directly to these states.

    Employment generation in Plastic Industry is need of the hour

    Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, has urged upon Plastics processing industry to focus on R&D and innovations and promised support of the Government for its sustainable growth. Inaugurating a National Conference on “New Horizons for Plastics Processing Industry” in New Delhi Monday, he said Plastics Parks set up by the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) should be taken advantage of. The conference is being organised jointly by FICCI and Organization of Plastics Processors of India with the support of Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Government of India.

    In his welcome address, Sidarth Birla, President FICCI, highlighted the vital role being played by the Indian Plastics Industry in national economy as also the opportunities and challenges in the sector. He appreciated the special thrust being laid by the Government on manufacturing and infrastructure, which are imperative for job creation and inclusive development. In this context he lauded the Make in India campaign and felt the same along with other initiatives will lead to 7-8% GDP growth in next 12-18 months. Surjit Kumar Chaudhary, Secretary, Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals in his address, advocated for sustainable growth of the plastics industry, taking due care of environmental concerns and its waste management.

    A Knowledge and Strategy Paper on Indian Plastic Processing Industry prepared by FICCI with the help of Tata Strategic Management Group was released on the occasion. The study analyses the role and potential of the Indian plastics processing industry.
    It indicates that the penetration of plastics in agriculture globally is 8% whereas in India it is substantially lower at only 2%. This indicates that the agriculture sector could be one of the major segments which drive the growth of plastics in coming years.

    Earphone music blamed for van mishap at unmanned level crossing in UP

    Five kids were killed and twelve others injured when their school van crashed with a passenger train on an unmanned level crossing in Maunath Bhanjan district on Thursday. The tragic incident occurred near Mahaso village under Ranipur police station in Uttar Pradesh this morning. ADM Samir Verma said that all the injured kids have been admitted in the District hospital while four critically injured children have been referred to Varanasi. Eyewitnesses said that the school van was filled with around twenty children, ten more than its normal capacity.

    Besides, the driver of the van was listening to music through earphone which disabled him from hearing the train horn in the dense fog. Some survived kids said that they had raised alarm when they saw the fast approaching train but by the time the driver could noticed the train, it was too late.
    Meanwhile, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu rushed to the accident site in Mau. Talking to reporters outside Parliament, Mr. Prabhu termed the incident as extremely unfortunate and said he will meet family members of the children. He said there are 11 thousand unmanned railway crossings in the country and the government is working to find out a way to prevent such accidents. The Minister said the Centre is also mulling on deployment of personnel with walkie talkies at unmanned railway crossings. The Lok Sabha has condoled the deaths of children of the UP accident.

    Jadeja exhorts students at RKDF Univ Sports League

    Bhopal: Former captain of Indian cricket team Ajay Jadeja was the cynosure of all eyes. The event was RKDF University Khel Sangram (Sports League) being held in Gandhi Nagar, Bhopal and BHEL Sports Club here. Ajay who was the special guest on Monday played a few powerful shots and won the hearts of the audience. Ajay, amidst the students, and the press, answered their queries and also unveiled his mind to be in form to play cricket again ! he also visited BHEL Sports Club where other sports events were being conducted.

    The ex-cricketer informed that he had not relinquished the game albeit he had not been playing the sport for some time in the past. Now, I plan to return back. There is still time left to prepare for the World Cup 2015. The team also needs experienced players like Sehwag, Yuvraj, Gambhir and Bhajji. He was all praise for fast bowler Ishwar Pande from Madhya Pradesh and said he should be given a chance to play in the Indian team. He rued for not getting opportunity to study and said that you students are lucky that you have both the opportunities.

    The event was also attended by former Ranji captain Brajesh Tomar.
    Ajay Jadeja presented Man of the Match award to Sudhir of RKDF Black team which defeated Trinity College team by 14 runs. Sudhir took the scalp of 4 Trinity batsmen.

    Satya Sai University foundation day celebrations inaugurated

    Sehore: The first foundation day celebrations of Satya Sai University, Sehore started on Thursday. The chief guest on the occasion was Sehore MLA, Sudesh Rai.
    In the beginning the chief guest and other guests were welcomed by University Vice Chancellor, Prof Mukesh Tiwari who informed about the progress and other activities of the University. The chief guest, Sudesh Rai, in his address praised the dedication of the staff and commendable progress being made by the students.

    Thereafter colourful cultural programmes were organized which were appreciated by the audience. Winners of various sports events held during the week were awarded. The winners include Nitesh Nirolia (Chess); Shubham Yadav and Irshad Khan (carom); Tarunesh Kumar (Table tennis), Rahul Kumar (Badminton); Sukhbir Sarohi (Volleyball). For cultural items the following bagged awards- Shalini Solanki, Deepti, Neha Mathur, Desh Deepak Shrivas and others.

    Patiala diesel works team visits BHEL

    Bhopal: A high-level delegation from Diesel Modernization Works, Patiala visited BHEL- Bhopal on Monday (26 May).The team comprised of Ajay Kumar, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Ravi Kumar, Chief Works Engineer, UC Shrivastava, Works Manager and other officials. The team visited Traction Motor Block, Traction Alternators Block, New Hydro Block, CIM Block and Water Turbine Block. The officials were very impressed with the facilities available here. They showed full confidence in BHEL products and urged to expedite deliveries so that more and more orders could be given to BHEL.

    Later, a meeting was held at third floor conference hall regarding high rating Traction Machines with SR Prasad , Executive Director, BHEL-Bhopal and L Gopalkrishnan, GM (TPTN & CET) along with other senior officials. On this occasion Maintenance manual of HHP Alternator and Motor were also released by Prasad. DK Thakur, GM (SCR), and M Halder, GM (Feeders) was also present in the meeting.
    Prasad in his address assured DMW officials that all pending orders would be liquidated within 3 months. He further said that BHEL is ready to enter into new development products and high rating Traction Machines.

    Hyper launches i-Stick for i-phone, i-pad users

    Hyper, owned by Sanho Corporation, has announced the first Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod touch (MFi) flash drive that includes a built-in Lightning connector.
    The iStick USB flash drive includes a standard USB connector in addition to the Lightning connector, will come in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variants, and also a companion app that will let users transfer content from one device to another. The company notes that the iStick allows users the ability to “stream movies (even non-iOS native video formats), music and open files directly from the iStick without first copying to the iOS device.”

    When the product finally launches the various models will sell for $129 (8GB), $169 (16GB), $199 (32GB) and $299 (64GB), but early bird Kickstarter backers are getting 50% off making it $65 (8GB), $85 (16GB), $99 (32GB) and $149 (64GB).

    Need for aggressive marketing: BHEL ED

    Bhopal: Executive Director BHEL-Bhopal SR Prasad has emphasized on the need for aggressive marketing for filling up the order book & timely dispatches.
    He also gave useful tips to young commercial engineers for more effective working and stressed the need for single window operation by commercial divisions for addressing the customer-related issues which would not only build up the trust but also help in faster cash realizations. This meet was attended by about 80 participants drawn from all commercial, finance and IFX divisions.
    Those who took part in interactive sessions include TK Bagchi (AGM-TRS), MS Kinra (AGM-SCS); GK Srinivasa (AGM-STS). The program was conducted by AK Verma (AGM-CMS).

    Provide job opportunities to students in computer sector: Governor

    Bhopal: Inaugurating the two-day national conference organised by Bhabha Engineering Research Institute here on Thursday, Governor Ram Naresh Yadav said that computer and digital communication is a large sector and important for making jobs available to students.
    The Governor said that resources need to be provided to students for moving ahead. MANIT's Director Appu Kuttan, RKDF University's Chancellor Dr. Sadhna Kapoor, Satya Sai University's Chancellor Siddharth Kapoor and Vice-president of RKDF Group Harmohan Singh were present on the occasion. Governor Yadav also released a souvenir on the occasion.

    Governor Yadav said that information technology revolution brought about by former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi has proved to a boon for youths and students. If students work in this field then not only they will brighten their future but also contribute to the State’s development.
    Yadav urged youths to take maximum advantage of this and try to move forward by sharing platform with talented persons. He exhorted students to serve the country for sometime after completing education.

    MANIT's Director Appu Kuttan said that use of cloud computing and digital communication increased rapidly after World War II.
    It is very useful in business, banking, management and other sectors. He said that government of India has made efforts to provide resources to students to make headway in this sector. Dr. Appu Kuttan threw light in detail on cloud computing and digital communication.
    RKDF University's Chancellor Dr. Sadhna Kapoor and Vice-president RKDF group Harmohan Singh delivered the welcome address.

  • Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya concedes demand of PhD aspirants

    INDORE: Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) on Monday conceded the demand of Doctorate Entrance Test (DET) qualified candidates of allowing them to appear for Department-level Research Committee (DRC) even without supervisors. Earlier, the DAVV had made it mandatory for them to accompany two supervisors for the interview.
    "Taking cognizance of the issues raised by the qualified candidates, the varsity has taken the decision in favour of students. The DRC will evaluate the research acumen of candidate to allot PhD seat. The eligible candidates will have to bring the research plan if not preferences of two supervisors," said DET convenor, Dr Ganesh Kawadia.

    The interviews will be held between April 15 and April 30.
    The varsity had conducted examination for seats lying vacant in 33 disciplines of total 51. The varsity declared the list of candidates almost three times the number of PhD seats. There are 480 seats PhD seats vacant in various departments of the varsity.

    On March 9, the DAVV had conducted DET with 2,600 candidates writing the examination. A total of 3,200 applications were received from prospective candidates. At least 300 remained absent. In comparison to the last year entrance examination, the response to the PhD entrance examination was low. While 3,200 applied for the test this year, a total of 4,246 students had applied for the first PhD entrance examination held by DAVV.


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