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.