The Central government has given the go-ahead for an annual action plan of Rs 109.29 crore under Haryana State Horticulture Mission for 2017-18 fiscal, including state share and spillover activities. “Besides, the Haryana government has approved Rs 6.95 crore as 15 per cent extra state share for the release of assistance to the beneficiaries of protected structures,” Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Abhilaksh Likhi, said on Saturday. He added that while the Centre had released the first instalment of funds amounting to Rs 50 crore, the state finance department had released Rs 6.90 crore as extra state share. Major focus under the mission in 2017-18 would be on protected cultivation, hybrid tomato production, water creation resources, establishment of n
The Kerala High Court today held that no license is required to serve liquor in a private function held at an individual’s residence. A bench of justices Antony Dominic and Dama Seshadri Naidu gave its ruling on a plea by one Alex V Chacko fearing harassment by police and excise department authorities in a baptism function in which he is planning to serve liquor to the guests. In his petition, Chacko recalled that he had to obtain a license from the Excise Department after paying Rs 50,000 for serving liquor at the betrothal ceremony of his daughter. He said he and his family members possess only permissible amount of liquor. According to the provisions in the Kerala Abkari Act and Rules, a persons can possess up to three litres of Indian Made Foreign Liquor. The petitioner also said
An international airport with a capacity to handle 30-50 million passengers per year will come up at Jewar in Greater Noida in the next five to six years to ease the load on the Delhi airport, the government announced today. “In-principle clearance has been granted” for the greenfield airport at Jewar, civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said at a press briefing in New Delhi. The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has notified 3,000 hectares of land in Jewar for a “world- class” international airport, Raju added. Of the total land, 1,000 hectares will be acquired under the first phase of airport development, which will cost Rs 2,000 crore. The government expects the entire project to cost Rs 15,000 crore to Rs 20,000 crore. The metro service in Noi
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has come out with a very specific demand for the Narendra Modi government- take Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) back from Pakistan. Terming PoK as the root cause of the persistent Kashmir unrest, he said PM should work in this direction to rid the northern state from its longstanding turmoil. "PoK was the cause of all the problems in Jammu and Kashmir. The only solution I think at this point of time is India acquiring the PoK territory into its own. It's because of PoK that Pakistan was successful in pushing terrorists in to India. PM should look into this issue and make a start in a phased manner to acquire PoK", said Baba Ramdev. Baba Ramdev who is holding a Yoga camp in Motihari for last three days said that apart from the problem of PoK, Hizbul chief Hafeez S...
The Army was deployed in the restive Darjeeling town today after Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters indulged in violence and arson while attempting to march to the venue of a cabinet meeting presided by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here. The troops were brought in after the protesters damaged police vehicles and set some of them ablaze, prompting the police to fire teargas and lathicharge the violent GJM supporters who are opposing “imposition” of Bengali language in schools in the hills. The hill town, which is at present full of tourists, had remained peaceful for several months as the GJM-spearheaded agitation for a separate state of Gorkhaland had taken a backseat. Fresh violence erupted this afternoon with the Bimal Gurung-led party calling a protest march towa
Under criticism after five agitating farmers were killed in police firing in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today announced that he will sit on an indefinite fast from tomorrow till peace is restored. “I have decided to sit on an indefinite fast from tomorrow. It will continue till the time peace is restored in MP,” Chouhan told a press conference here. His fast at Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal will begin from 11 AM tomorrow where he will be holding an open ‘durbar’ for farmers to meet him. “I request people to come up to me with their problems…We have always been open to discussion. So, I have decided from tomorrow I will be listening to grievances in-person,” the chief minister said. The Madhya Pradesh government, which had earlier hiked the compensation t
The raid by the CBI on different premises of Radhika Roy and Prannoy Roy, the promoters of NDTV Group on Monday morning, has its roots in a series of loans the Roys took starting in 2008 because they wanted to buy back a large chunk of NDTV’s shares from the market. After the Roys bought a 7.73% shares of NDTV from General Atlantic in December 2007, an open offer to other minority shareholders automatically kicked in. To fund buying the shares minority shareholders wanted to sell the Roys created a company named RRPR Holdings Private Limited — named after Radhika and Prannoy Roy. RRPR borrowed Rs 501 crore from Indiabulls. Along with RRPR Holdings and their individual shares, the three promoters controlled majority of NDTV’s equity. To cover part of Indiabulls’ loan, RRPR borrowed Rs
SRIHARIKOTA: Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday successfully launched its most powerful rocket, GSLV Mk III nicknamed 'Fatboy'+ , by firing a high thrust indigenous cryogenic engine in the first developmental flight and placed the country's heaviest satellite in orbit. With the launch, Isro has demonstrated its mastery in developing a cryogenic engine, a technology denied to it years ago. The launch proves the homegrown launch vehicle's capability of hurling up to four tonne payload into higher orbits. It has also laid a strong foundation for its ambitious future projects, including Chandraayan-II and a manned mission, besides venturing into the global heavy payload market. GSLV Mk III launch: 'Fat boy' to pave way for manned mission GSLV Mk III-D1 carrying communic...
India is committed to protecting the climate, irrespective of the Paris agreement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here today but avoided a direct reference to the US withdrawing from the international deal. Addressing the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) here in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said India has traditionally been respecting the nature and desisted from exploiting it. “Paris or no Paris, our commitment to preserving the climate is for the sake of future generations,” Modi said while responding to a question about US President Donald Trump announcing withdrawal of the USA from the Climate Change deal. He said he had made the same comment in Germany three days back when “nobody’s comment had come”, an apparent reference to Trump’s a
Reliance Infrastructures Mumbai Metro has announced a tie-up with Google to provide details and information about the service on Google Maps, an official spokesperson said here. The Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) has collaborated with Google Maps to give the people its timetable and associated geographic details on all the Metro stations on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar route. Through the Google Maps app, the trip timings are provided on each service operated at a frequency of four minutes during peak and eight minutes in non-peak hours. The trip timings, which correspond to services provided on weekdays and on Sundays, can help commuters plan their journeys to reach their destinations faster. "We diligently explore all the possible ways of making the journey of the commuters seaml...