Agricultural university to hold Krishi Mela in Dharwad from Sept 2225

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS September 06, 2018 Published on Karnataka agricultural research and technology SHARE The University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, plans to hold its annual four-day Krishi Mela from September 22-25. UAS has planned to organise Krishimela-2018 under the theme ‘Consume Millets-Conserve Health’ in collaboration with the Karnataka State Department of Agriculture and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) at the main campus in Dharwad.“This year UAS is expecting more than 10 lakh farmers, farm women, extension workers and rural youth to take part from Karnataka and neighbouring states,” said R R Patil, Director of Extension, UAS-Dharwad.The mega event will provide a platform to showcase and educate stakeholders on the agriculture and allied technologies released by the university and private enterprises. In addition, a millets corner, sale of seeds, fertilisers, chemicals, biofertilisers and biopesticides will be undertaken.During the mela, UAS is to hold a demonstration of farm mechanisation activities by the manufacturers of agriculture implements. “During Krishi Mela, the university would organise bus arrangements within the campus for farmers to visit various crop demonstrations,” said Patil. COMMENTlast_img read more

50000 smart meters installed in NDMC area50000 smart meters installed in NDMC

first_imgThe aim of the project is to enhance consumer convenience and rationalise electricity consumption SHARE January 09, 2019 COMMENT power and distribution Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), the energy services company under the Union Ministry of Power, has announced the completion of the project to replace 50,000 conventional electricity meters with smart meters in the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area.The aim of the project is to enhance consumer convenience and rationalise electricity consumption. The adoption of smart meters will lead to total annual savings of ₹12.47 crore to NDMC, said an official statement. ‘Affordable power’ “India is making rapid strides in providing universal access to affordable power. The Centre is accelerating the adoption of smart meters to ensure efficient management of electricity by checking data-entry errors, billing inefficiencies, and cutting the costs of manual meter reading through web-based monitoring system,” said RK Singh, Minister for Power, New and Renewable Energy, on Wednesday. The event also witnessed the launch of smart meter feature on NDMC 311 mobile application enabling consumers to access various services at the tap of a finger. The smart meter tab has been added to NDMC app’s home screen. Through this, consumers can now get clarity on their energy habits and consumption through detailed and personalised insights. “We aim to play a vital role in India’s journey towards becoming a lower-carbon economy and an energy-secure nation. And, as the first municipal body to implement 100 per cent smart metering solution, we hope to encourage our counterparts in the rest of the country to follow suit,” said Naresh Kumar, Chairman, NDMC. EESL has funded and built the smart metering solution in the project area. It will also operate and manage the system enabling NDMC to benefit from smart meters with zero upfront financial investment. NDMC’s repayment to EESL will be through the monetisation of energy savings, resulting from enhanced billing accuracy, avoided meter reading costs and other efficiencies. This includes the immediate elimination of the cost of manual meter readings. These savings further enable NDMC to invest in value-added services for its consumers. Under its Smart Meters National Programme, EESL aims to replace 25-crore conventional meters with smart meters in India.EESL and NDMC also signed an MoU to install public e-charging stations. The initiative is to promotie Electric Vehicles (including two-wheelers) in the NDMC area. center_img New Delhi Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

TN has taken steps for water resources management CM

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENT Tamil Nadu March 30, 2019center_img Published on elections The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami during the election campaign along with S. Asaimani, Mayiladuthurai Lok Sabha candidate, on Saturday. – Photo: M Moorthy The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu has taken extensive steps for water resources conservation and management across the State, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Saturday.Addressing an election meeting, he said the government has accorded top priority for the welfare of farmers and desiltation works had been taken up at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore in delta districts. Palaniswami said a special team headed by four experts has been set up to identify places where check dams have to be constructed with a view to preventing rain water from flowing into the sea during the monsoon season.“Our government has taken extensive steps for conservation and management of water resources. We are determined to implement a new combined water scheme for this area,” he said while campaigning for the party’s candidate from Mayiladuthurai Lok Sabha constituency S Asaimani. Travelling between Sirkazhi and Mayiladuthurai, the Chief Minister stopped his campaign vehicle near paddy fields at a few places and interacted with farmers.last_img read more

Election Commission gives Modi the clean chit on poll code violation chargeElection

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi   –  – COMMENTS SHARE Elections 2019 Published on Election Commission of Indiacenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL April 30, 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been given a clean chit by the Election Commission for delivering a speech in Wardha on April 1. Sources said, after going through the report of the Chief Electoral Officer Maharashtra, the EC examined the matter in detail and found no such violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).”The Opposition had complained that the Prime Minister in his speech had violated the MCC as he said Rahul Gandhi had decided to all contest from Wayanad because the ‘majority’ was in ‘minority’ there and that he was scared. There were allegations that Modi had violated the MCC as he was campaigning for votes using religion.The Commission order giving a clean chit to Modi comes before Varanasi — the constituency from which the Prime Minister is contesting — going to polls on May 19, the last and final stage of the seven-phase election. The fifth stage of the election is scheduled for May 6 while the sixth will be on May 12. Till the completion of the fourth phase of elections on April 29, 68 per cent of the seats to the Lok Sabha had already been voted for.The Commission was also to examine the MCC violations that BJPPresident Amit Shah and Congress President Rahul Gandhi have allegedly committed during their various election speeches. But the Commission’s order on Shah and Gandhi was not available.Campaign ban on Azam KhanThe Commission also decided to bar Azam Khan for campaigning for 48 hours from 6 am on May 1. COMMENTlast_img read more

Karnataka Speaker trying to prop Kumaraswamys minority govt Rebel MLAs to SC

first_imgNEW DELHI: The 15 rebel Congress-JD (S) MLAs told the Supreme Court Tuesday that Karnataka assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar is trying to “prop” the H D Kumaraswamy-led government which has lost the majority and his non-acceptance of their resignations is a violation of fundamental right. They told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that it is their fundamental right to resign from the membership of the Assembly and the Speaker cannot “frustrate” it by not accepting the resignations. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for these MLAs, argued that once resignation is tendered, “notwithstanding the pendency of disqualification proceeding, has to be decided in its own course and the parameter for this is to see whether its voluntary or under coercion”. “When an MLA says that he wants to resign voluntarily, there is no rule not to accept it. It cannot be mixed up with the disqualification process. If an MLA says he will resign, nobody can compel him to discharge his duty as a member of the Assembly,” he told the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose. The bench, after hearing the submissions of the counsels representing the MLAs, the Speaker and the Chief Minister, said it would pronounce order Wednesday on the pleas filed by the 15 lawmakers seeking a direction for the Speaker to accept the resignations. Rohatgi said the speaker, by not accepting their resignations, is forcing them to vote in a particular manner during the scheduled trust vote on July 18. “This (resignation) is my right. He (Speaker) cannot force me (MLAs). He is infringing upon my fundamental right to resign and do whatever I want to do,” he told the bench. He argued that the Kumaraswamy-led government “is in minority” and idea behind keeping the resignations pending is to make them vote during the confidence motion. “What will happen if you (MLAs) resign?,” the bench asked Rohatgi. He said that if the resignations are accepted, the MLAs can join other party and may “become a minister tomorrow and then get elected to the Assembly within six months”. He said the Speaker has to only ascertain whether the resignation is voluntary and “nobody has put a gun on the temple (of an MLA) to resign”. Rohatgi said if the Speaker is not accepting the resignations, he is compelling these MLAs to do something against their wishes. “The rule says that decide the resignation now. By not deciding it and keeping it pending, he (Speaker) cannot be said to be neutral and is partisan,” he said. He said there may be several reasons for an MLA to resign from the membership of the Assembly. Referring to the unprecedented midnight hearing in the apex court last year, Rohatgi said that the court had directed the protem Speaker of Karnataka Assembly to conduct a floor test. He said the bench should ask the Speaker to decide on resignations of these MLAs during the day itself and he can later decide the issue of disqualification. He said there is vote of confidence in Assembly on July 18 and the rebel MLAs may be forced to follow the whip despite resigning. The bench asked Rohatgi if there was any constitutional obligation on the Speaker to decide disqualification which was initiated after the resignation. Rohatgi responded that the rules say to ‘decide now’ on resignation. “How can the speaker keep it pending?,” he asked. Disqualification proceeding is like a “mini-trial” under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, Rohatgi said, adding that resignation is different and its acceptance is based on single criterion — is it voluntary or not. There is nothing to show the rebel MLAs conspired with BJP, the senior advocate said, adding that the disqualification proceeding was nothing but to scuttle resignation of MLAs. He also told the court that the disqualification proceedings were initiated for not being “a disciplined soldier of the party and for not attending meetings outside the Assembly”. The bench further asked if all the disqualification pleas are on same grounds, to which Rohatgi replied “more or less same”. The rebel MLAs told the court that the Speaker kept their resignation pending just to disqualify them and there was nothing wrong in resigning to escape disqualification. Summing up the arguments, Rohatgi asked the bench to continue with its interim order directing Speaker to maintain status quo on the issue of resignations and disqualification of the MLAs. The counsel for the rebel MLAs also asked the bench that if the House assembles for business, the 15 rebel MLAs be exempted from appearing on the basis of the whip of the ruling coalition. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img read more

Exclusive Indias ruling party to revive plan for Hindu settlements in Kashmir

first_img World 24 Jun 2019 Kashmir separatists ready for talks, Indian government says Related News Nearly 7 million people live in the Kashmir Valley, 97% of them Muslim, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Indian troops and armed police deployed to quell an uprising against New Delhi’s rule. About 50,000 people have been killed in the conflict in the last three decades, according to official figures.Madhav said that a previous BJP-backed government in Jammu and Kashmir state had considered building either separate or mixed resettlement townships, but had been unable to make headway. “No consensus could be built around any one view,” he said.The construction of segregated enclaves has little or no support from the region’s local political parties, Muslim leadership and groups representing the Hindus who fled.India’s federal home ministry, which would be involved in any such building activity in the Kashmir Valley, did not respond to a request for comment.A blueprint unveiled by the state government in 2015 had proposed self-contained, heavily guarded colonies for returning Pandits, complete with schools, shopping malls, hospitals and playgrounds. Separatist groups in the region had opposed the project, with some likening it to Israeli settlements within Palestinian territories.The plan eventually stalled, particularly after the BJP’s alliance with a major regional party collapsed in June 2018, leading to the state coming under New Delhi’s direct rule. New state elections are likely before the end of the year.AFTER STATE POLLThe BJP is confident that it will win the upcoming state poll, Madhav said, adding that the resettlement plan would be back in play.”I am sure when we come back to power, we will again take it up and try and see if a solution can be found,” he said.Unlike the last time, the BJP isn’t looking to come to power through alliances, Madhav said, freeing itself of major regional parties that represent the region’s Muslims.The issue of Hindu resettlement in Kashmir has long been on the agenda of the BJP, but appears to have received fresh impetus after the party’s second successive general election victory in May.The BJP won 303 out of 542 seats on offer, handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi another five-year term in the Hindu majority nation.After living side-by-side with Kashmiri Muslims for centuries, Pandits fled for safety after a sharp rise in killings and attacks by Muslim militants when the insurgency flared in 1989.One of the largest migrations since India’s independence from Britain in 1947, many Pandits settled in refugee camps around Jammu. Only around 800 Pandit families now remain in the Kashmir Valley, according to some estimates.CAGED ZONEBut there is widespread opposition to any push for separate townships for returning Hindus in the Kashmir Valley, ranging from separatists to Kashmiri Pandit leaders.Sanjay Tickoo, a Pandit community leader who has continued to live in Kashmir, said the idea of building exclusive settlements with enhanced security was an unrealistic solution that would invite a backlash. “Is it possible to live in a caged manner, in a caged zone, with security?” he said. “I have to move out of that township, I have to work, I have to earn. I cannot get everything in that township.”The All Parties Hurriyat Conference, the unified separatist movement in Kashmir, met some Kashmiri Pandits last month and found that there was a consensus against separate settlements, its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said.”If you put them in separate colonies, in settlements and under barbed wire, that kills the whole purpose of trying to build, again, a community, which is based on mutual trust and respect,” Farooq, also considered the region’s spiritual leader by many Kashmiri Muslims, said in an interview in Srinagar.Leaders from the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, the two main regional parties in Kashmir, said they supported the return of Hindus but were opposed to separate townships. (Additional reporting by Fayaz Bukhari in SRINAGAR; Editing by Martin Howell and Raju Gopalakrishnan) World 13 Jun 2019 Militants kill five Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir attack Related Newscenter_img World 08 Jul 2019 Rights violations in contested Kashmir continue unchecked, U.N. report says {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR (Reuters) – India’s ruling party will revive a plan to build secured camps to resettle scores of Hindus in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir Valley, a senior leader said, a proposal that would almost certainly heighten tensions in the restive region.Ram Madhav, who is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary responsible for Kashmir, said his Hindu nationalist party was committed to helping bring back some of the estimated 200,000-300,000 Hindus who fled the Kashmir Valley in the aftermath of an armed revolt that began in 1989.The scenic mountain region is divided between India, which rules the populous Kashmir Valley and the Hindu-dominated Jammu region, and territory in the west that is controlled by Pakistan. The rival nations both claim the region in full.”Their fundamental rights of returning to the valley have to be respected. At the same time, we have to provide them proper security,” Madhav said in an interview, referring to the Kashmiri Hindus, also known as Pandits.last_img read more

Hush hush baby

first_img Related News Iskandar, who is featuring in the Games for the first time, said he was warming up for his event on Wednesday when he learnt that his name was not in the start list.“I was shocked and sad as I was looking forward to competing in the Games. I approached team manager Malik Tobias and asked him on why my name was not listed and he had no answer.“My three other teammates were also baffled when they found out their names were not in the list. All Malik told us was not to make any comments,” said Iskandar, who is pursuing a sports science degree at Universiti Malaya.Iskandar, who holds the national record of 5.31m, said that the incident was a setback ahead of his preparation for the SEA Games in Manila, Philippines, from Nov 30-Dec 11.“I was hoping to qualify for the SEA Games at the University Games. Now, I’ve one more tournament left and I’ll focus on qualifying at the Malaysian Open in Bukit Jalil (from Aug 16-18),” said Iskandar, who will return home on July 16.The athletes for the World University Games are selected by a joint committee consisting of Masum, the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) and the National Sports Council (NSC). Malik, a two-time SEA Games gold medallist in 1999 and 2003 and who still holds the national decathlon record, is a sports officer at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Associate professor Dr Rushdan Mohd Jailani, who is the head of the Malaysian contingent for the Games, said a report has been made on the incident and it would be sent to the special officer of the Education Minister.“We’ve submitted a report. We will update,” he replied via WhatsApp. KUALA LUMPUR: Keep it on the hush!This was the reply given by team manager Malik Tobias when national pole vaulter Iskandar Alwi asked him why his name was not in the start list for the World University Games in Naples, Italy.Iskandar and three other national track and field athletes – woman triple jumper R. Kirthana and 200m sprinters Russel Nasir Taib and Muhd Aqil Yasmin were barred from competing in their respective events on Wednesday because Malik, the Combined University Sports Council (Masum) official, did not confirm their entries 24 hours before their events.When pointed out about the blunder, Malik told the athletes not to make any comments. Athletics 10 May 2019 Prabudass hopes Japan trip will pay off as he eyes spot for SEA Games Pole Vault Athletics 26 Apr 2019 MAF’s athletes more like at sea than ready for SEA Games Related News Athletics 30 May 2019 It has got triply tough for Kirthana to earn her SEA Games ticket {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Tags / Keywords: In shock: Malaysian pole vaulter Iskandar Alwi was warming up for his event in the University Games in Naples on Wednesday when he was told his name was not on the start list.last_img read more

Many districts in Uttar Pradesh stare at floods as rains swell rivers

first_img Nelanshu Shukla LucknowJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 22:19 IST The water level in the river Ganga in Varanasi has risen due to rainfall.HIGHLIGHTSIncessant rains since last few days have increased the water level in Sangam riverA flood like situation is being witnessed in low lying areas close to Sangam riverWater has also entered in temples situated on the banks of river GangaHeavy rainfall in some of the districts in Uttar Pradesh particularly in the eastern part have increased water level in major rivers.Incessant rains since last few days have increased the water level in Sangam river affecting the lives of the people living in the nearby areas. A flood like situation is being witnessed in low lying areas close to the river. Due to that, many people have been moved to safer places.The water level in the river Ganga in Varanasi has also risen due to rainfall and people living close to the banks have migrated to other areas. The local administration is also helping the people who are forced to shift due to the flood-like situation. Water has also entered in temples situated on the banks of river Ganga while heavy water logging has been reported in the area.The district administrations in Bahraich, Gonda, Lakhimpur Kheri, Gorakhpur, Barabanki have sounded a high alert have sounded a high alert in the wake of floods in Nepal which has claimed lives of over 40 people.Arrangements are already in place to shift people to safer places in areas close to Nepal.Meanwhile, the state capital Lucknow witnessed cloudy sky on Sunday with maximum temperature of 36.3 degrees celsius.According to the meteorological department, Aligarh was the hottest city in the state, where mercury touched 38.6 degrees celsius, followed by Kanpur which recorded a high of 37.6 degrees Celsius. Banda and Agra — each recorded a maximum of 37.2 degrees Celsius.The meteorological department also said that heavy rain is very likely at isolated places over the state on July 15.ALSO READ | Heavy rains trigger flash floods in Nepal, leave 34 deadALSO WATCH | In Depth: Decoding the link between floods and droughtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Next Many districts in Uttar Pradesh stare at floods as rains swell riversIncessant rains since last few days have increased the water level in Sangam river affecting the lives of the people living in the nearby areas.advertisementlast_img read more