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Sidhu Inks MoU to Clean & Beautify Drains

[Chd,Pb] Sidhu Inks MoU to Clean & Beautify Drains
This was disclosed today by the Local Government Minister, Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu on the occasion of the inking of an MoU between the Punjab Government and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI).
The MoU was inked by the Principal Secretary Local Government Department, Punjab, . A. Venu Prasad and Scientist & Head NEERI Dr. S.K. Goyal.
As per Sidhu Nallahs in Punjab had become the dumping grounds for the Industrial waste, building material and dead animals, completing making the place an eyesore and toxic.
This needed to stop and solution was needed which has been found now.
Minister further said that this project to clean the ‘Nallahs’ will be launched in a phased manner from March this year in the cities of Punjab including
Amritsar,
Jalandhar,
Patiala and
Budha Nallah of Ludhiana.
The Minister also examined a detailed presentation by the NEERI team.
The Minister expressed strong hope that things would change for the better in around two years after the formalities are completed.

NGT Slashes UP Govt For Making Mockery Of Noida Environment

[New Delhi]NGT Slashes UP Govt For Making Mockery Of Environment
NGT Reiterated Its NO to Noida for Hot-Mix Plants
The National Green Tribunal has reiterated that no ready-mix plants will be permitted to operate at construction sites in Noida which are being operated without proper environmental protection.
A bench headed by acting NGT Chairperson Justice U D Salvi asked the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to strictly ensure that there is no dust emission due to the operation of such equipment.
Ready-mix is concrete that is manufactured by combining a precise amount of rock, sand, water and cement at construction sites.
“We make it clear that the order of the prohibition issued earlier against operation of the hot mix plant shall continue to be operative,” the bench said.
The tribunal directed the state pollution control board, Noida Authority and the Central Pollution Control Board to conduct a joint inspection of a hot-mix plant at Noida to ascertain as to whether it was compliant of pollution norms.
The green panel had earlier slammed the officials concerned for not taking action against the builders responsible for causing emissions from construction and transportation of construction materials.
The NGT had last year lashed out at the UP government and the Noida Authority for not abiding by its order banning construction in the national capital region even when the PM10 (particulate matter) level was over 900, saying they were making a “mockery of the system”.
The NGT was hearing a plea alleging that despite specific orders, construction material, hazardous to the health of the locals, was lying in the open.
The plea filed by lawyer Sanjay Kumar had alleged that dozens of hot mix plants were operating in the village Wazirpur, Nagli Nagla and Chak Basant Pur of Gautam Buddha Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh.

192 टोल प्‍लाजा में शौचालय सुविधा,शेष 180 टोल प्‍लाजा के लिए टारगेट -मार्च 2019

शेष 180 टोल प्‍लाजा के लिए टारगेट -मार्च 2019

शेष 180 टोल प्‍लाजा के लिए टारगेट -मार्च 2019

[नई दिल्ली]192 टोल प्‍लाजा में शौचालय सुविधा,शेष 180 टोल प्‍लाजा के लिए टारगेट -मार्च २०१९:ऍन एच ऐ आई
भारतीय राष्‍ट्रीय राजमार्ग प्राधिकरण ने 192 टोल प्‍लाजा में शौचालय सुविधा दी है और शेष 180 टोल प्‍लाजा को मार्च 2019 तक कवर किया जाएगा। भारत सरकार के अग्रणी कार्यक्रम स्‍वच्‍छ भारत मिशन के अंतर्गत भारतीय राष्‍ट्रीय राजमार्ग प्राधिकरण अपने 372 टोल प्‍लाजाओं में सड़क के दोनों ओर अलग-अलग महिला और पुरुष शौचालय उपलब्‍ध करा रहा है और इन स्‍थानों पर गंदगी दूर करने के लिए कचड़े के डब्‍बों और होर्डिंगों पर स्‍वच्‍छता संदेश लगा रहा है।

दो जिलों का “गोवा” खुले में शौचमुक्त नहीं

[नईदिल्ली]गोवा पर्यटकों का स्वर्ग है इस पर भी दो जिलों का यह “छोटा सा राज्य ” खुले में शौचमुक्त नहीं|
गोवा को अक्सर विदेशियों की सबसे पसंदीदा जगहों में से एक के तौर पर पेश किया जाता है लेकिन तीन साल पहले शुरू किये गये सरकार के महत्वाकांक्षी स्वच्छ भारत अभियान के तहत इसके किसी जिले को खुले में शौच मुक्त (ओडीएफ) घोषित नहीं किया गया है।राज्य के सी एम् मनोहर पर्रिकर ने प्रधान मंत्री नेशनल रिलीफ फण्ड में कऱोड़ोंरु दान देकर दरियादिली दिखाई |इसके आलावा यहाँ फिल्म फेयर अवार्ड भी समारोह पूर्वक वितरित किये जाते है
इस सब के बावजूद बिहार एवं मणिपुर के साथ पश्चिम तटीय गोवा राज्य में एक भी ऐसा जिला नहीं है जिसे खुले में शौच मुक्त घोषित किया गया हो।
चौंकाने वाली बात यह है कि गोवा में सिर्फ दो जिले हैं जबकि बिहार में 38 एवं मणिपुर में नौ जिले हैं।
पेयजल एवं स्वच्छता मंत्रालय के सचिव परमेश्वरन अय्यर ने हाल में एक संवाददाता सम्मेलन में कहा, ‘‘दुर्भाग्य से गोवा में एक भी जिला खुले में शौच मुक्त नहीं है। हमें यह जानने की आवश्यकता है कि राज्य को (इस संबंध में) क्या दिक्कतें आ रही हैं।’’
अधिकारियों का मानना है कि दुनिया के सबसे मशहूर पर्यटन स्थलों में से एक होने के कारण राज्य की इस चुनौती से निपटने की तत्काल आवश्यकता है।
प्रक्रिया में तेजी लाने और कारणों का पता लगाकर राज्य को जल्द से जल्द खुले में शौचमुक्त करने के लिये समाधान तलाशने के मकसद से अय्यर गोवा गये थे।
मंत्रालय में एक वरिष्ठ अधिकारी के अनुसार ‘‘चूंकि राज्य में सिर्फ दो जिले हैं – उत्तर गोवा एवं दक्षिण गोवा। इसलिए इसे अब तक खुले में शौचमुक्त हो जाना चाहिए। यह बहुत छोटा राज्य है।’’
अधिकारियों का मानना है कि गोवा देश के सबसे छोटे राज्यों में से एक है। इसके पर्वतीय भू-भाग एवं निम्न जलस्तर के कारण यहां पानी की समुचित आपूर्ति करने में मुश्किल आती है। इसलिए अधिकतर ग्रामीण इलाकों में लोग मजबूरन खुले में शौच जाते हैं।
इसके अलावा गोवा में अधिकतर शहरी इलाकों विशेषकर जिन स्थानों पर निर्माण कार्य चल रहे हैं और प्रवासी मजदूरों एवं परिवारों के रहने के लिये बने बिना शौचालय की सुविधा वाले अनियंत्रित एवं अवैध परिसरों में ओडीएफ एक मुद्दा बन गया है।
गोवा, बिहार एवं मणिपुर के अलावा ओडिशा, जम्मू कश्मीर, उत्तर प्रदेश, पुडुचेरी भी ओडीएफ सूची में निचले स्थान पर हैं।
अरुणाचल प्रदेश, छत्तीसगढ़, गुजरात, केरल एवं चंडीगढ़ तथा दमन-दीव जैसे केंद्र प्रशासित राज्य ओडीएफ सूची में शीर्ष पर हैं और ये शत प्रतिशत कवरेज हासिल करने के करीब हैं

Tourists Paradise Smallest “Goa” Not open Defecation-Free

Tourists Paradise “Goa” Not open Defecation-Free
Goa is often projected as one of the most favoured destinations for foreign tourists, but none of its districts has been declared open defecation-free (ODF) under the government’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission launched over three years ago.
Goa recently Contributed Rs 1.9 Crores Towards PMNRF
45th International Film Festival of India was also arranged at Goa
The western coastal state, along with Bihar and Manipur, does not have a single district which has been declared ODF
However, what is striking is that Goa has only two districts while there are 38 districts in Bihar and nine in Manipur.
As one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the world, there is an urgent need to meet the challenge in the state.
Parmeswaran Iyer, secretary in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation said at a recently held press briefing.To accelerate the process, Iyer had rushed to Goa to find out the reasons and find a solution to make the state free of open defecation as soon as possible.
“Since the state has just two districts, north Goa and the south Goa, it should have been ODF by now. It is such a small state,”
Officials feel that though Goa is one of the smallest states in the country, the rocky terrain and low water levels make it difficult to have proper water supply. Hence in most rural areas, people are forced to defecate in the open.
According to them, ODF has also become an issue in most of the urbanised areas in Goa, especially at places with ongoing construction, due to uncontrolled and illegal leasing out of premises without toilet facilities to migrant labourers and families.
Official documents regarding Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) on Goa show that SBM coverage is close to 77.84 per cent in North Goa, where as in South Goa it is 73.81 per cent.
Official data shows that overall SBM coverage in the state was 60.59 per cent in 2014, when the mission was launched, the state increased its coverage to 76.22 per cent in 2015-16 fiscal.
But since then, the per cent of coverage has not increased in the state.
The report also shows that though 28,637 toilets were built 2014, with 15.62 per cent households having the facility, but no records of number of new toilets, or ODF panchayats and villages had been notified since then.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had recently told the Centre that by this year Goa will be declared open defecation-free.
As per Union Housing and Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri “I was told by the Goa CM that the state will be hundred per cent open defecation-free by October 2018. I have no doubt that the state will achieve this goal,” after chairing meetings to review various urban development initiatives in Goa last month.
Other than Goa, Bihar and Manipur, there are other states like Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Puducherry figure low in the ODF list.
Arunachal Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Kerala and Union territories like Chandigarh and Daman and Diu top the list of ODF with close to 100 per cent coverage

Modi Warns Against “Artificial Distinction” Of ‘Good Terrorist’

[Davos]Modi Warns Against “Artificial Distinction” Of ‘Good Terrorist’ : WEF
Narendra Modi became the first Indian prime minister to address the World Economic Forum (WEF) here today during which he talked about “serious” challenges and “grave concerns” facing the world, including terrorism.
Climate change and terrorism are grave concerns before the world, Modi said, while asserting that terrorism is dangerous but what is equally dangerous is the “artificial distinction” made between ‘good terrorist’ and ‘bad terrorist’.
He also said India’s position on the menace of terrorism is well known and he would not like to elaborate on that.
The prime minister, who arrived here yesterday, said issues of peace, security and stability have emerged as serious global challenges.
He also noted that the last time when an Indian prime minister came here in 1997, India’s GDP was a little more than $ 400 billion, but now it has increased more than six-times.
Referring to WEF’s theme of ‘Creating a shared future in a fractured world’, he said the Indian philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family) has become more relevant in today’s time to address fissures and distances in the world.
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Alain Berset and the Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Professor Klaus Schwab, in Davos on January 23, 2018

India+Israel Ink 9 Pacts; So No Titanic Lover’s Hug

[New Delhi]India+Israel Ink 9 Pacts; So No Titanic Lover’s Hug
India and Israel today inked nine pacts to boost cooperation in key areas, including
cyber security, Gas Oil Etc
Modi also invited Israeli defence companies to India for co-production
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu held extensive talks to strenthen ties in the strategic areas of
defence and
counter- terrorism.
India and Israel will strengthen the existing pillars of cooperation in areas such as
agriculture,
technology and
security, Modi said at a joint media event with Netanyahu.
On his part, Netanyahu described Modi as a “revolutionary” leader.
“You are revolutionising India and also relations between India and Israel,” Netanyahu said, addressing Modi.
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, at Hyderabad House, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.

India+ Canada To Cooperate In Sci & Tech:Modi Cabinet Approves

[New Delhi]India and Canada To Cooperate In Sci & Tech:Modi Cabinet Approves
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Canada for cooperation in the field of Science & Technology.
The MoU will provide a mechanism and help to foster scientific cooperation between R&D and academic institutions of India and Canada.
This will help to develop institutional networking and support the establishment of connections between scientific organizations, scientists and specialists of India and Canada.
The MoU was concluded in pursuance to the inter-governmental Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the India and Canada concluded in November 2005

Punjabi Adampur Coldest at 3.7 C

[Chandigarh,Pb] Punjabi Adampur Coldest at 3.7 C
Adampur in Punjab today continued to reel under intense cold while most other places in the state as well as the neighbouring Haryana remained under the grip of biting chill.
As per MeT Department official ,Cold weather conditions also prevailed in Amritsar, where the minimum temperature settled at 5.4 deg C,
In Haryana, Hisar was the coldest place recording a low of 6.1 deg C while Karnal recorded a low of 6.5 deg C.
Ambala and Sirsa recorded respective minimum temperature of 8.3 deg C and 6.6 deg C.

Bill Gates Praises Akshay’s Film ‘Toilet:Ek Prem Katha’

[Mumbai]Bill Gates Praises Akshay’s Film ‘Toilet:Ek Prem Katha’
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says in a tough year like 2017, Akshay Kumar-starrer “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” emerged as one of the highlights for him.
The 62-year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist gave a 10-tweet rundown for the year that is nearing its end, sharing some of posts that inspired him in 2017.
“There’s no denying that 2017 was a really tough year…
but it also delivered some amazing moments of hope and progress. Here are some inspiring tweets that you may have missed,” Gates tweeted.
The business magnate shared a link discussing the importance of the Shree Narayan Singh directorial in addressing the health and hygiene issue which India continues to grapple with.
“‘Toilet: A Love Story’, a Bollywood romance about a newlywed couple, educated audiences about India’s sanitation challenge,” Gates wrote in the post, which was later retweeted by Akshay.
The film, released on August 11, is based on the Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan, initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.