There had been repeated assurances by the union government and the Namame Gange authority about cleansing of the Ganges and making it completely free of pollution by 2019 but it seems that despite the best efforts of the agencies concerned this 20000 crore over ambitious flagship programme of prime minister Narendra Modi seems to be not up to the mark with the speed of progress being quite feeble as compared to the zeal and enthusiasm it posessed in the initial years of the start of this revival project in 2014 after the BJP led NDA government assumed power at the centre.
The previous minister of Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti who’d been quite active in her efforts to achieve the proposed target had assured that the Ganges will be made pollution free by 2018 but was divested of her responsibilities and Nitin Gadkari brought in, in her place.
Gadkari is considered to be an action oriented minister who’s believed to have been quite active in achieving the proposed targets by 2019.
The national elections are due for next year, just 8 months ahead and no concrete or credible progress seems to have been done in this regard till yet.
There have been constant protests and fast unto death hunger strikes by the proponents of clean Ganges movement and two of the saints and environmentalists Swamy Nigmanand and Dr. GD Aggrawal alias Swamy Swaroopanand had already laid down their precious lives after undertaking about 100 days fast demanding pollution free Ganges and complete stoppage to mining along the banks of Ganges and construction of big dams affecting the smooth and constant flow of the ancient river.
As per the report of the swachindia. ndtv till 2017 during the three years only 35 to 40 of the 86 Sewage Treatment Plants have been completed n 1114.75 kilometres of the sewage network completed against the proposed 4031. 41 kilometres. About 64 crematoriums along the banks of the Ganges have also been built to discourage immersion of dead bodies in the river but the achivement seems to be quite less as compared to the actual requirements. Even Ganga Ghats have been modernised in all the five states through which the Ganga flows but the pollution level has hardly shown any improvement as was expected.
According to Vijay Goyal, minister of state for water resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Plan, the remaining work would be completed by 2020. Similarly out of the total 704 polluting industries alongside the Ganges thoroughly inspected by the Ganga River Basin Authority merely 48 industries have been asked to be shut down.
In addition till now only 134 modernised river ghats have been constructed and 3234 villages along the river Ganges made defecation free wheras the target is much much higher.
Ganga which is 2,525 kilometres in length passing through the five states supplies 40% water to the entire populace of the country.
While thousands of crores have been already spent on Ganga rejuvenation plans by successive governments but no credible work seem to have been carried to clean the Ganges .
Till 2017 the concerned agencies and Namame Gange authority could hardly use Rs. 2000 crores roughly in the works related to clean Ganga mission.
Meanwhile , the union government is deliberating with the experts from Germany, Laos, Austria and Egypt among others to evolve a modern n hi tech Ganga River Basin Management Plan.
At a two day workshop convened by the German Society for international cooperation and the National Mission of Clean Gange in New Delhi, the union government discussed the experience of the countries managing foreign rivers such as Danube, Rhine n Mekong. The conference focussed on finding the sources of pollution and ways and means to clean it.
According to the director of the National Mission for Clean Ganga Ranjan Mishra there is already a draft Ganga law in the anvil that is meant to ensure the health and ecological viability of the river and is under active discussion at the ministrial level to be further passed by the union cabinet.
The river basin plan is much more comprehensive said Ranjan Mishra. The joint conference focussed on seven missions for mandatory interventions viz. Ecological restoration, smooth and uninterrupted ( constant ) river flow, Disaster management, Geological safeguarding, Sistainable agriculture, Environmental knowhow n sensitisation.
Prime minister Narendra Modi infact needs to be lauded for his incessant efforts and credible initiatives to ensure that the ancient river is cleaned, made pollution free and rid it of the increasing onslaughts of hundreds of tanneries, chemical industries supplying highly toxic substances, huge drains throwing poisionous silt in Ganga and the people throwing tons and tons of rubbish including the dead bodies into the river.
But despite all this the spate of progress is too slow with alleged wastage of funds worth thousands of crores since long.
There is more of politics in the Ganges rejuvenation process than the actual execution of credible work. If compared to the rivers of countries abroad the Ganges seems to be in quite and ugly shape n lots needs to be done with the hi tech intervention in collaboration of the foreign companies with expertise than dealing with the issue indegionously.
Canadian International School celebrates Teacher’s Day with joy and gusto
Teacher’s Day was celebrated with joy and gusto at the Canadian International School (CIS) today. Apart from students wishing their teachers in a special way by holding up appreciative banners and placards, they also had the opportunity to purchase flowers and cards for their teachers. The School Community Association (SCA) put up stalls selling beautiful roses and thoughtful gift cards for students to purchase. Teachers were treated to delicious chocolates too! Students at CIS hold a yearly tradition of giving flowers to teachers. The flowers are a symbol of gratitude and respect towards the faculty for their dedication and commitment to inculcate the best knowledge and perspectives among the students. Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was President of India, is remembered on this day for his vast intellectual prowess and his contribution to the betterment of teachers.
Commenting on this celebration, Shweta Sastri, Managing Director, Canadian International School said: “Our teachers are an inspiration to us all. Year after year, they have moulded and shaped our students into responsible, caring, and successful individuals. At CIS, every day is Teacher’s Day – every day is a celebration of our teachers for their commitment towards creating the empowered, global citizens.”
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. I believe the teachers at CIS do great justice to these words from the great thinker and scientist Albert Einstein,” said a parent, Mr. Sridhar, appreciating the teachers for their contribution to education and the students’ intellectual outlook and knowledge.
A student, Anushka Ganesh, who expressed gratitude to the teachers said: “Our teachers always encourage us to learn and experience new things.”
“It is a day with many smiles and a day to feel special. Teachers and students bond and become closer to each other. Enjoy Teacher’s Day,” said a teacher, Samanthea Laitfang.
Greenwood High hosted WISSEN 2019 – City’s esteemed quiz competition for schools
Bangalore, September 03, 2019 : Greenwood High International School hosted the 6th edition of the inter school quiz competition – WISSEN 2019 at its Bannerghatta Road campus. The response from students of prominent schools in Bangalore and across India was overwhelming with participation from 70 schools. The quiz, which was open to students from grade 7 to 10, revolved around current affairs, history, sports, entertainment, India etc with emphasis on environment and air pollution. The quiz was conducted with lot of verve and vibrancy by renowned quiz master Vinay Mudaliar. WISSEN aimed to create awareness in the young minds across the nation about the dangers of growing air pollution.
The WISSEN 2019 was won by Presidency School R T Nagar, which secured the first prize of Rs 100,000. The second prize of Rs 50,000 was won by National Public School, Indiranagar and the third prize of Rs 25,000 went to Sri Kumaran Public School. Prizes were also presented to the ‘Best Outstanding Team’, ‘Audience Round’ and ‘Social Media Contest’.
“Greenwood High’s vision is to impart a wide variety of knowledge and information among students. We want students to be well informed about current issues, history, sports, entertainment, environment and air pollution and generally matters about India. Greenwood High is also dedicated to the cause of inculcating values of sustainability among younger generations. The crux of the theme of WISSEN is to engage students in proactive practices of environmental conservation,” said Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High International School.
Nuakhai: Odisha Celebrates the New Harvest
Nuakhai is an ancient agricultural festival primarily observed by the people of Western Odisha in India. The word Nuakhai comprises of two words, Nua means New and Khai means food. So, as per the name the festival is celebrated in the joy of newly harvested crop by the farmers. Every year, it is observed on the day after the Ganesh Chaturthi, mostly in the month of August or September.
The celebration of new harvest traces back to Vedic period where the sages or Rishimunis used to preach about Panchyajna, the five important events in the agrarian yearly calendar. These five major events or activities include Sitayajna which means plowing of the land, Pravapana yajna which refers to sowing of seeds, Pralambana yajna which indicates beginning of crops cutting, Khala yajna which means harvesting of grains and Prayayana yajna which refers the preservation of the yield.
Out of these five activities, Pralambana yajna, which means the cutting of new crops and offering the first harvest of the year to the mother goddess, what we call, celebrate and rejoice as Nuakhai festival.
The Western part of Odisha celebrates this auspicious festival with much pump and jubilation. People wear new clothes and offer prayers to the God and enjoy delicious foods prepared from the newly harvested crops.
Although the festival lost its significance over the period, the tradition was much encouraged in 12th century A.D. by the then king Chauvan Raja Ramai Deo of Patanagarh, currently known as Bolangir district of Odisha. The king was aware of the significance and contribution of agriculture towards the development of economy of a state. Hence, the celebration of Nuakhai symbolizes and promoted the farmers way of life in the Western Odisha region.
Nuakhai Festival gives the new generation a great message regarding the significance of agriculture in the economic development of the country and the role of farmers in the process of building a nation. Therefore, even the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted the people of Odisha on the occasion of Nuakhai.
“Nuakhai Juhar! Greetings to the people of Odisha as they celebrate the festival of Nuakhai. May this festival further happiness in society,” the Prime Minister said.
One of the most ancient festivals of Odisha, may this auspicious occasion further the spirit of prosperity, especially among our hardworking farmers. Praying for everyone’s good health and wellbeing.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 3, 2019
Former editor of Hindi Blitz Dr. N. K. Nautiyal no more
The doyen of Hindi journalism, a veteran writer and former editor of popular tabloid Hindi Blitz and Nutan Savera, Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal is no more. He took his last breath on 30th August at his Dehradun residence where he was convalescing from last few days.
Earlier, Dr. Nautiyal refused to be admitted in ICU and preferred a quiet death. Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal who was the former state minister of Uttarakhand had also served as the chairman of Badrinath Kedarnath Mandir Samittee. He was living in Mumbai, however originally hailed to Masaan village, Sithonsiun Patti of Pauri Garhwal district.
Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal with a modest village background had shifted to Mumbai to pursue his journalistic career. He worked in several other newspapers in Maharashtra and contributed hundreds of articles in national and regional dailies. However, it was a turning point for him when he joined the Hindi Blitz, Mumbai. He had also worked in Navbharat Saptahik Mumbai, Dainik Lokmanya Mumbai, Lokmat Nagpur, Delhi Press Sarita, and several other prestigious publications before joining Hindi Blitz. In association with a former journalist J. K. Karanjia at Hindi Blitz, Dr. Nautiyal, as an editor of the paper, had achieved a tremendous prestige and reputation. The newspaper was famous to highlight and expose various scoops during the emergency in 1977. After retiring from Blitz, he started his own publication Nutan Savera weekly and contributed a lot towards the promotion of Hindi literature.
The people-friendly journalist was extremely close to the political stalwart and former Union minister and chief minister Dr. Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna. He played a vital role in the formation of Democratic Socialist Party at the national level under the leadership of late H.N. Bahuguna.
Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal was also a labor union leader who fought for the rights of the workers in his capacity as the president of the CPWD workers Union from 1954 to 1957. He was extremely active in several other movements including the ‘Separate Uttarakhand’ movement, Goa Liberation Movement and many journalists’ struggles.
Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal was honored with many prestigious awards such as Sangita Vachaspati Samman of Hindi Sahitya Sammelan of Prayag, Pandit Jhabarmal Smriti Award (Bhopal), Aashirvaad Samman (Mumbai), Hindi Patra Lekhak Sangh Puraskaar, Haneshmani Smriti Samman and many more.
He was a progressive orator, writer, social activist and a huge-hearted human being having a sound network of political connections at the national level including the leaders of all the political parties who respected him to the core.
Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal’s contribution to promoting Hindi literature at the pan India level is unforgettable. His demise is a huge setback to journalism and literature fraternity of the country and Uttarakhand. May the Almighty give peace to his pious soul. Uttarakhand Journalists Forum pays its rich tributes to this towering journalist.
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Union cabinet to open 75 new medical colleges in the country
The union cabinet presided by the prime minister Narendra Modi today took several significant decisions which include unanimous recommendations pertaining to a revolutionary change and improvement in the health sector of the country, promotion of Foreign Direct Investment to boost the nation’s s economy and to ensure the overall improvement of farmers.
The union cabinet started its deliberations with the paying of tributes to the former union minister, late Arun Jaitley. After the cabinet meeting, union minister Prakash Javadekar revealed that a very important decision under the prime minister’s leadership has been taken. It was regarding the opening of seventy-five new medical colleges in the country, incurring a budget of Rs. 24 thousand three hundred crores.
The proposed seventy-five new medical colleges would open opportunities for prospective MBBS aspirants for 15700 seats and will also ensure medical facilities for treatment to millions of people in various states of the country especially the people of the grass-root sections of the society who largely bank on free and concessional treatments in government hospitals.
In addition to the opening of 75 medical colleges, the BJP led NDA government also announced a Rs 6268 core subsidy for export of six million tonnes of sugar during the marketing year of 2019-20 starting October in order to liquidate surplus domestic stock and help mills in clearing the massive sugarcane arrears to farmers.
Union Minister Javadekar added: The government has taken an important decision in the interest of sugarcane farmers. The cabinet has approved export subsidy for 6 million tonnes for 2019-20.
First woman DGP of Uttarakhand Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya is no more
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has expressed his grief and sorrow over the sad demise of the first woman Director General of Police of Uttarakhand and condoled her untimely death. Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya the second woman IPS after Kiran Bedi, currently, the Lt Governor of Puducherry met her last in Mumbai after suffering from a brief illness. She had retired from her service and was staying in Mumbai.
Kanchan Chowdhary’ s sister Kavita Choudhary had made a popular television serial on her life namely Udaan for Doordarshan several years ago which was quite a hit on the small screen. Originally hailing from Himachal Pradesh, Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya completed her graduation from Rajkiya Women College, Amritsar and thereafter pursued her post-graduation in English literature from Delhi University.
She joined the India Police Service in 1973 and was quite an ebullient officer. After serving in various important capacities she was elevated as the Director-General of Uttarakhand police in 2004, as the first woman DG of the hilly state after IPS Kiran Bedi who had been IG Prisons of Tihar Jail before retiring from her long challenging innings.
She retired from service as DGP Uttarakhand Police in October 2017 after rendering thirteen years of dedicated services as DG Police of Uttarakhand. During her long stint of more than a decade, Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya had made a good number of reforms in Uttarakhand police giving it the title of ‘Friendly Police’. It was because of her outstanding services as an exemplary officer of high decorum that she was bestowed with the coveted President’s Police Medal at Rashtrapati Bhawan in 1997.
Being a well-read and highly qualified officer she always had an urge to serve the poor, needy and the people of the lowest ebb of the society and was therefore impressed by the crusader against corruption Anna Hazare’ s movement. She, therefore, joined the Aam Aadmi Party of Arvind Kejriwal and contested the parliamentary election from Haridwar but lose.
An academician and an ebullient police officer of repute Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya breathed her last, last night in a Mumbai hospital after suffering from a brief illness. Though she has left for her heavenly abode, as an officer of high reputation and fighting spirit Kanchan would be a source of inspiration for the aspiring girls interested to become IPS officers in the near future. Our heartfelt condolences.
Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha felicitated outstanding students
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal felicitated several outstanding and studious students of the tenth and twelfth standards from the various schools of the National Capital Region who had secured more than 90 percent marks in their final board examinations.
About 142 meritorious students of the tenth board and 59 outstanding students of the twelfth board were felicitated by the chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal at a function held in Garhwal Bhawan, New Delhi. This was held under the auspices of the biggest social organization of Uttarakhand, primarily for Garhwalies, in the capital called Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha. GHS was formed in 1923 with meager means and resources.
Amongst the first recipients of the meritorious trophies was Khushi Rawat of the tenth standard who’d exceptionally secured 99.4 percent marks and Dhruv Rawat of class 12th who had scored 98.2 percent marks. In all about 201 students who had secured more than 90 percent, marks were felicitated on this occasion. The outstanding children were presented Rs. 1100 each, a memento and a certificate of meritorious appreciation.
In addition to these felicitations Dr. Priya Baluni was honored for successfully completing MBBS and Kumari Supriya Rawat, Kumari Megha, and Anirudh Rawat were awarded for winning the gold and silver medals in 64, 61 and 50 kilograms category in the state boxing championships of 2019.
Apart from these achievers Dr V S Negi and Veer Singh Panwar were also felicitated for successfully winning the Executive Council Election in DUTA and as deputy chairman of East Delhi Municipal Corporation.
While the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was the chief guest on this occasion other special guests of honor were Districts Sessions Judge Prem Kumar Barthwal, educationist Dr. Jeet Ram Bhatt, Vipin Chandra, Joint Secretary Earth Science ministry, J Sundriyal, JT Secretary Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Arvind Kumar Nautiyal Jt Secretary Environment and Forest Ministry, Dr. P S Bhandari, HOD Burns and Plastic Surgery, Lt Genl Arvind Rawat (Retired ) Associate professor in Delhi University, Dr V S Negi and others.
The former additional commissioner of Delhi police Dinesh Bhatt was the special chief guest on this occasion. The Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha deserves high appreciation for honoring outstanding and meritorious students as this encourages and helps budding students to progress in life and in their professional careers.
The program was ably anchored by the general secretary of GHS Pawan Maithani. The credit for the success of this noble endeavour primarily goes to the GHS president M S Rana and his entire team of dedicated office bearers.
Former PM Manmohan Singh divested of SPG security, will enjoy Z+ protection
The central government may withdraw the Special Protection Security cover of the ex-prime ministers and their sons and daughters whose threat perception is negligible.
The former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s 3000 strong security in charge have been reportedly informed about this decision orally by a senior officer. The former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is aware of this governmental decision who has been asked to wait. The SPG unit posted outside the Moti Lal Nehru residence of former prime minister had also been informed about the decision and had been asked to wait for a final decision. Dr. Manmohan Singh’s daughters had already given up the SPG security cover voluntarily in 2014.
The SPG comprising of 3000 elite force would be available only to the present prime minister Narendra Modi, Congress leaders Sonia, Rahul, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
The decision was reportedly taken after a three months review involving the Cabinet Secretariat and the Ministry of Home Affairs with inputs from intelligence agencies, the Research and Analysis Wing and the Intelligence Bureau. According to the official privy to the development, who asked not to be named the government had according to the procedures laid down by the SPG act 1988, renewed Dr. Singh’ s SPG details for a year and thereafter for three months, including for his wife Gursharan Kaur.
“The current security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception that is purely based on a professional assessment by security agencies. Dr. Manmohan Singh continues to have a Z+ security cover,” a home ministry official said.
An officer of the security establishment said the withdrawal will hardly make any difference as now the former PM will enjoy Z-level protection, which essentially meant that there is no cap on the number of personnel and vehicles that can be deployed for his security.
Late leader Arun Jaitley’s ashes immersed in pious Ganges at Haridwar
The ashes of the mortal remains of the former Union finance minister and a towering leader of BJP Arun Jaitley were today immersed in the pious Ganges after the performance of rituals.
The ashes of the late leader were immersed by his son Rohan with tears in his eyes in the presence of the chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat and the union minister for Human Resource Development and MP from Haridwar Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
The close relatives of the grief-stricken family of the deceased leader and a large number of followers, BJP workers and state leaders were also present on this occasion. Before immersing his ashes a brief condolence meeting was held at the bank of Ganges at Haridwar.
Earlier in a day, late leader’s son Rohan and wife went to Nigam Bodh Ghat to collect his ashes for immersion in the pious Ganges. Several senior leaders and ministers like Rajnath Singh, Union home minister Amit Shah, etc were present at the time of bidding a final adieu to late Arun Jaitley at Nigam Bodh Ghat.
Former finance minister Arun Jaitley had passed away in AIIMS on Saturday at the age of 66. He was suffering from Cancer. Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS cardiology department on 9th August when he complained of breathlessness and chest pain.
He was put on a ventilator and was being closely monitored by the multi-disciplinary doctors and surgeons of neurology, nephrology and cardiology departments. He had a kidney transplant in May this year and was highly diabetic as well.
The President, Vice President, Prime Minister and top leaders across the political spectrum and hundreds of thousands of party workers had expressed their grief and condolences on Jaitley’s sad demise. He was indeed a great leader and a capable organizer known as the troubleshooter of the saffron party and prime minister Narendra Modi.
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