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Education gives knowledge, skills and values: Chauhan


16 pc drop in malnutrition 04 in Chhattisgarh: CAG


Third front stands little chance of forming govt

Published simultaneously from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Online edition available at wethestate.com and wethestate.blogspot.in
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NEWS MAX Interim rail budget: A tactic to woo voters

New Delhi: The interim Rail Budget may be termed as a tactic to woo voters before the Lok Sabha elections where no changes were made in passenger fares. Railway minister Mallikarjun Khadge announced that seventeen new premium trains and 38 express trains will be introduced. In an announcement that will bring cheer to passengers, Kharge said, "We will run more passenger trains at higher speed as needed." Also, encouraged by the success of a premium AC special train between Delhi and Mumbai, Railways have decided to run 17 more such trains in busy routes and explore the possibility of running semi-high speed trains between 160-200 kmph to Chandigarh and Agra from the national capital. The premium train to Mumbai, run to handle the extra rush during Christmas and New Year, had fetched increased earnings of about 48 per cent as compared to Mumbai Rajdhani as the fares were charged under dynamic fare mechanism scheme much like that done by airlines. "Such dynamic pricing was widely appreciated by users and media and gave increased earnings of about 48 per cent as compared to Rajdhani services on the same sector. We are considering operation of this scheme on a larger scale," Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said in his Interim Budget speech 2014-15. He announced 17 such premium trains from different parts of the country which are considered high density routes. The Minister said there are seasonal and occasion-specific instances when demand for travel by certain train goes up and passengers are prepared on such occasions to pay more to undertake journey. Most of these trains are weekly or bi-weekly and would run in routes such as Howrah-Pune, HowrahMumbai, Kamakhya-Chennai, Mumbai-Patna, NizamuddinMadgaon, Sealdah-Jodhpur, Ahmedabad-Delhi Sarai Rohilla and Trivandrum-Bangalore. Some premium trains have also been introduced to Katra and rail connectivity to the holy town is expected to be commissioned soon. The Minister announced 39 new express trains, 10 passenger trains, four MEMU and three DMU trains. He also announced a semi-high speed project, with trains running at 160-200 kmph on existing routes such as Delhi-Agra and Delhi-Chandigarh. "Indian railway also intend to explore low cost options for raising speeds to 160-200 km on existing select routes like Delhi-Agra and Delhi-Chandigarh," he said.

New dimensions to infrastructure

development in the state

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state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan recently endorsed Madhya Pradesh Infrastructure Development (Swiss Challenge) Guidelines-2014 to give new dimensions to infrastructure development in the state. As a result, private and public sectors can be offered opportunities for new techniques and financial expertise in infrastructure development sector. Under open and transparent process of Swiss Challenge, long-term financial solution will be provided by inviting expertise and capital from private and public sectors. The sectors and projects not covered by existing PPP framework will also be augmented through this. Initiative can also be taken to identify and implement projects for providing social and basic facilities. In this way,


partnership of private and public sectors will increase in comprehensive development of the state through Swiss Challenge Process. Besides, financially better and long-term model will also be developed for project building.

cers will be imparted intensive training in IT and e-Governance.

Rationalisation of electricals/engineering set-up in PWD

The cabinet decided to rationalise electricals/engineering set-up in PWD. Since workload of Bhopal electricals/engineering division has increased much, a separate Public Works Electricals/Engineering Division will be constituted by removing from it Vidisha, Raisen, Hoshangabad, Betul, Sehore, Rajgarh and Harda for better conduct of electricals/engineering works in these districts. New division will be headquartered at Bhopal. Similarly, it was decided to constitute a new division in Sagar since there is not electricals/engineering division there. Postings in these will be made through rationalisation of available staff.

Virtual Information Technology Cadre

The cabinet decided to constitute Virtual Information Technology Cadre comprising IT expert officers for better use of information technology in government departments. Government officers and employees interested, experienced, educated and specialized in information technology sector in every department will be posted as IT Officers in the same department. With this, departments will be able to effectively monitor and conduct IT activities. Fixation of minimum qualification, selection, training etc. will be prescribed by MAP-IT. Selected offi-


Chhattisgarh Explore

February 17 to February 23, 2014 (MP&CG)

Industrial accidents claim over 200 lives in 3 years

Nearly 215 lives were lost in various industrial accidents in Chhattisgarh in past three years, health minister, Amar Aggarwal, disclosed in the Vidhan Sabha. The minister said a total of 209 accidents had taken place during this period and they had also left 139 people injured.

Industry hails Chhattisgarh budget

The industry has welcomed the budget proposals, which has a total outlay of Rs 54.710 crore with a deficit of Rs 5,761 crore. They described it as friendly and up to the mark. The Chhattisgarh government imposed no new taxes on the industry in the state's budget for 2013-14. The government announced a slew of measures to provide relief to local, small and the medium scale iron and steel and cottage industries, which in particular are witnessing tough times due to the on-going economic recession. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio, said these reliefs were necessary for reviving local industries, which have been generating jobs for the people of the state. In an effort to promote cottage industries set up by self -help groups (SHGs), the government has waived off VAT on products manufactured by them. The tractor trolley was also made tax free. Dr Singh announced that in order to make small and medium scale iron & steel industries competitive, the government has decided to reduce central sales tax from 2% to 1% on goods manufactured by them. The CM also proposed to waive off entry tax on "Iron Ore Pellets" and "Billets" imported by small and medium steel industries from outside the State to ensure adequate supply of raw materials to them. VAT on bicycles and its parts manufactured by local industries were also reduced from 5% to 2%. The government slashed the en-

16 SIMI activists in net

A total of 16 operatives of the banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) outfit were arrested in the past one year in Chhattisgarh. This was disclosed by home minister Ramsewak Paikra, in the assembly in response to a question raised by the leader of the opposition, TS Singhdeo. The minister said all members of the banned outfit were nabbed from the capital Raipur and were booked under provisions of Unlawful Activities, Arms and Explosives Substances Acts.

Liquor sales skyrocket in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: If the government had thought that reducing the number of liquor shops in the state would result in lesser consumption, it has been proved wrong as sales have skyrocketed in the past year. According to figures tabled in the House recently, though 335 liquor shops and vends were closed last year in accordance with the government's policy of partial prohibition, sales of all types of liquor, including country and IMFL has shot up. Revenue minister Amar Aggarwal disclosed that till January this year 3.63 crore proof litres of country liquor have been sold. The sale figure for IMFL (spirit) was over 3.35 lakh litres.

try tax on "Coking Coal" imported by Bhilai Steel Plant from 6% 1%. In a bid to revive the sick industries the government has proposed waiving off the 5% stamp duty presently levied on purchase of such industries. The government also waived off the 5% VAT on soybean, which is used as raw material in these industries. The government also proposed self-certification for small dealers by waiving off the requirement for inspection before registration. Describing the budget as "industry friendly", Pradeep Tandon, Chairman PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Chhattisgarh, said, "its good for small scale and cottage industries, set up by small help groups, as their profit margins will increase with these concessions". He said these relief measures were the "need of the hour" and will ultimately help consumers, as they would get cheaper products. Showing a "thumbs up" sign to give his approval for the budget, Mahesh Kakkar, President Chhattisgarh Udyog Mahasangh, said. "It's a welcome step". He said the decisions were "up to the mark" and reduction of central sale tax from 2% to 1% will help manufacturers. Manish Gupta, Chairman of CII, said the budget is "wonderful". "By reducing taxes and duties in these rough recessionary times the government has provided the much needed relief to the industry", he said. Gupta felt that the reduction in central sales tax would hep the Steel industries a great deal, as they were the worst sufferers. He also hailed the various concessions accorded to the cottage industry .

Displaced families face starvation, alleges Cong

Chhattisgarh government has said that the process of rehabilitating people whose land was acquired for setting up National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) Steel Plant at Nagarnar, Jagdalpur, would be completed by 2017. The ruling BJP government came in for some embarrassment as Congress alleged that names of many people had been deleted purposely by citing them ineligible for jobs. He said 1,000 acres was acquired from 1,052 account holders but names of almost half of them were deleted. He said those families were on verge of starvation. Revenue minister Premprakash Pandey told Vidhan Sabha that under the rehabilitation policy, 838 nominated members of the 369 account holders, displaced due to acquisition of their land, were found eligible for jobs. He said all of them would be provided employment by 2017.

Road accidents claim 2000 lives in Raipur in 4 years

Raipur has witnessed 10,000 accidents with more than 2000 deaths in last four years. Most fatal accidents occurred due to irresponsible and rash driving in the residential areas. Traffic experts say that along with unawareness and lack of interest in a safe drive, dearth of vision plays significant role in traffic jam and accidents. "For instance, while one has to turn right from the signal, he would halt on the left most side of road which causes a jam once signal turns green, as the person would struggle hard to take right and other vehicles would march on," a traffic expert said adding that it is the responsibility of traffic officials to create awareness and take action on violators. Chhattisgarh ranks high among states in deaths due to road accidents. However, traffic issues seem perennial in the state as chaos reigns on streets in the state capital and other cities. According to Ministry of Road Transport and National Highway, Chhattisgarh stands third in deaths on road with about 60% above average of 32%. According to residents, number of vehicles, cars, autos and buses continue to swell in the city and contribute to road rage. Few stretches that were once considered safe like Shankar Nagar, Gaurav Path, Shailendra Nagar and Katora Talab have recently emerged as accident prone areas. Peak hours cause accidents due to a mad rush of vehicles and nonpeak hours cause fatal accidents as people daringly move at greater speed. However, lack of coordination of traffic department with civic authority, public works department and transport department is clearly understood when traffic officials clarify that several pro-

posals over resolving traffic problems are pending with these departments. Blind spots, lack of traffic awareness, drunk driving and inactive traffic police are reasons for the deadly figure of 4,000 and

more deaths in last few years in Chhattisgarh. Citizens feel it is high time that the traffic department took a call on rising incidents of road accidents and deaths caused due to irresponsible road traffic.

(MP&CG) February 17 to February 23, 2014



Centre should procure gram on support price: CM

Education gives knowledge, skills and values: Chauhan

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has said that meaningful education is that gives knowledge, skills and values. Education which is useful for life is necessary. He said that efforts should be made to ensure that Indian universities also figure in the list of 200 best universities of world. Chauhan was addressing annual function of People's University here recently. Chauhan urged youths to create new history . They should lead a life which is useful for country and society. They should contribute their best to the areas from where they come. He said that human beings have immense capacities. It one makes up his mind then nothing is impossible. The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh was once a sick state, but is now the fastest growing state in the country . The President has conferred Krishi Karman Award to Madhya Pradesh. The state is also going to receive Best Tourism State Award on February 18. The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh will be developed as the best state in the country . For this, cooperation of all sections of society is necessary. The government has taken resolve to ensure that no youth wanders for employment. Chauhan said that remembrance of India's glorious history inspires youths to excel in future. He said that independence has not been gifted away but won by India by brave people and martyrs of the country. He recalled services of a number of brave people and women of freedom movement. The Chief Minister gave away gold medals to university's meritorious students and released a souvenir.

In letters to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar for protection of farmers' interests and proper price of their produce, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has said that Madhya Pradesh tops in gram production in the country. Central Government has announced Rs. 3100 per quintal as support price for gram while market price is between Rs. 2300 and Rs. 2500 per quintal. Central Government's agency NAFED is not procuring gram on support price. Central Government should take initiative and direct NAFED to procure gram on support price. Besides, jute bags for storage, space and credit should also be increased for NAFED so that the agency can ensure pre-procurement preparations. In the letters, Chauhan mentioned that Central Government had provided Rs. 306 crore subsidy for promoting pulses production. As a result, 10 percent increase was registered in growth area of gram in Madhya Pradesh. Production is also expected to increase by 24 percent. It is necessary to procure 20 lakh MT gram on support price in Madhya Pradesh. Procurement is being done in a better way through e-Procurement in Madhya Pradesh. State's agency is also doing good work. Chauhan met Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar at his New Delhi residence and urged him to direct NAFED to procure gram from farmers of Madhya Pradesh on support price. Chauhan demanded that either NAFED should procure gram on support price or the Central Government authorise any other agency for it or the Union Agriculture Ministry should authorise state's MARKFED to procure gram on support price so that farmers of Madhya Pradesh are not forced to sell gram at lower price than announced by the Central Government. The State Government is willing to sign agreement with state NAFED and Ministry for procuring gram on support price.

Villagers pleasantly surprised to find CM among them

Eats roti from woman's tiffin
hen CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan was interacting with common people during Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh convention, a woman said that she has been removed from ashram by levelling the charge that she does not cook well whereas she cooks well. She opened her tiffin box and moved it towards the Chief Minister. Chauhan tasted a roti from the tiffin box and appreciated its taste. After giving a patient hearing to the woman, the Chief Minister directed divisional commissioner to help her. Chief Minister Chauhan interacted with people at city's busiest Chowk area. He was cordially welcomed by the people. The Chief Minister also sipped tea with people. In-charge Minister Paras Jain was also present on the occasion. In Mahupura, the Chief Minister inspected Chillar river. He directed to clean it, strengthen its banks and increase height of its sidewalls. Chillar river will be developed from tourism point of view.

Ujjaini to develop as religious, tourist spot

hief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan recently paid surprise visit to village Bharan during his tour of Shajapur district. Residents of the village situated 12 kilometers from Shajapur became very happy findi ng the Chief Minister among them. The Chief Minister asked them about benefits of government schemes received by them. Holding the list of Mukhyamantri Grameen Aawas Yojana in his


hand, the Chief Minister asked villagers one by one whether they have received house under the scheme. The villagers were pleasantly surprised to find the CM among them. One of the scheme's beneficiaries Sukhram said that it is due to favour shown by the Chief Minister that people living in shanties earlier have got pucca houses. Other beneficiaries also hailed the Chief Minister. On the application of heart patient Chhagan Lal, the Chief Minister said that arrangements will be made for

his treatment. The Chief Minister directed the district collector in this regard. On villagers' demand, he also announced to open a higher secondary school. The Chief Minister informed villagers that government is making earnest efforts to ensure that income is increased and agriculture becomes profitable. He said that scholarships will also be given to children of poor people belonging to general category . The Chief Minister assured to develop Bharan as an ideal village.

he CM also visited Indore district's Ujjaini village recently in order to review the progress of state's first river link project. Kshipra river originates from near Ujjaini village. Under NarmadaKshipra River Link Simhastha project, the Narmada water has been brought to Ujjaini in order to revive Kshipra river, which dries up during summers. Chauhan said Ujjaini village, the meeting point of Kshipra and Narmada, will be developed as religious and tourist spot. He said that idols of Lord Shiva, goddess Narmada and goddess Kshipra will be consecrated at the venue. Its detailed project report will be prepared soon.


Raipur Trail

February 17 to February 23, 2014 (MP&CG)

11 more Chhattisgarh cities to be free from open defecation

26 lakh families in CG got job under MGNREGA

During the current financial year 2013-14 till January, 9 crore 18 lakh man days of employment have been provided to around 26 lakh families of Chhattisgarh under the Central Government's flagship scheme Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA). Out of this, 37 per cent or nearly 3 crore 38 lakh man days employment were provided to Tribal families and 88 lakh man days employment to Scheduled Caste Families. Out of the total 9 crore 18 lakh man days employment created so far, nearly 47 per cent or four crore 29 lakh man days employment were provided to women. According to officials of Panchayat and Rural Development Department, for the total work executed under the scheme workers families, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, small and marginal farmers and those holding forest right pattas to make them cultivable. According to department officials, under this scheme on private land also construction of pond for irrigation, horticulture, nursery development, production of organic manure through wormy compost, construction of shed for goat battery farming, shed for keeping mulching animals and construction of urine tank can be taken up. Till date in Chhattisgarh 2,11,459 works have been executed on private land which included construction of 419 wells and 2,02,040 works of land development. Out of the 49,510 works of water conservation 36,743 works of micro irrigation and 7,951 works out of 10 thousand work of construction of irrigation canal have been completed.

Chhattisgarh government has decided to set up bio-toilets in slums across 11 cities. According to officials, 11 cities- Korba, Jagdalpur, Rajnandgaon, Durg, Bhilai, Dhamtari, Ambikapur, Koria, Raigarh, Raipur and Bilaspur have been identified for the project. The project aims to make these cities free from open defecation. With less than 30% people in the state having access to toilets and over 80% of slum dwellers resorting to open defecation, the concept, if successful, could go a long way in resolving the problem in urban areas. Open defecation has become a major problem in both rural and urban areas of state. With open spaces nking due to fast paced urbanisation, the problem is becoming a health hazard. The move follows successful results of a pilot project that was started in the cities of Raipur and Bilaspur last year. Officials said that maintenance of existing bio toilets in Raipur and Bilaspur slums, which includes stationary units of 20 seats each, is done by the local Mahila Arogya Samiti. A user fee is charged from those using the facility and the funds generated are used to hire a caretaker and a cleaner. In Chhattisgarh less than 30% households have toilet facility within premises is 30% or less. Although the government constructed a large number of toilets, majority remain unused due to various reasons, the main reason being non-availability of water in summer months. State Health Resource Centre (SHRC) director, JP Mishra said in urban areas, particularly in the slums, nearly 80% of population does not have access to latrines. Mishra said the encouraging results of SHRC projects in Raipur and Bilaspur had prompted them to extend this to other cities. "Bio-toilets, developed by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), can help address the problem of opendefecation in a holistic manner," he said.

were paid wages of Rs1,247 crore during the period. At the same time, Rs394 crore were spent on materials used for construction work. Under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme work related to water conservation, water

recharging/collection, micro and small irrigation scheme, rural road construction, flood control, construction of sports ground, Anganwadis, isheries, land development, construction work related to rural sanitation and drinking water, development of land belonging to BPL

Naxal-affected dists have undergone positive change, says Raman Singh

16 pc drop in malnutrition in Chhattisgarh: CAG

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has said that Naxal-affected districts have certainly undergone a major positive change because of the development works conducted in the State. Frequency of Naxal related incidents has also decreased. Both State Police and CRPF are bravely discharging their duties in a well-coordinated manner. Recently, many Naxalites have surrendered, the Chief Minister said. Raman Singh was interacting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Special Advisor TKA Nayar here recently . The Chief Minister told Nayar that efforts of State Government for uplifting the living standard of people there despite all odds and challenges have bore fruit. Nayar has assured that the Centre would continue to extend all the cooperation and support to Chhattisgarh Government in its fight against insurgency . Singh said a special project had been launchedl for the Naxal-affected children of Dantewada district. The Jawanga village was being developed as an 'Education City' and Dantewada district as a major Education Centre of the State, he said. Besides, in Manpur area of Rajnandgaon district also, the State Government was doing commendable work for socio-economic development of villagers there. Singh informed Nayar about the scheme of 'Mukhya Mantri Bal Bhavishya Suraksha Yojana', initiated by State government for the Naxal-affected children. He said that under this scheme, the children were being

provided better education facilities. The Chief Minister also informed Nayar about 'Prayas Boarding Schools.' On the occasion, the Prime Minister's Advisor discussed the policies and schemes with Chief Minister for rehabilitation of surrendered insurgents. Nayar said the State Government should continue to take such innovative steps in the larger interest of public. He said that better implementation of Government schemes had won the confidence of the people of Naxal-affected areas, especially youth. It is definitely a good sign that people have faith in the State Government, he added. Nayar appreciated the State Government's various schemes and projects that were being executed in the aforesaid districts for development of education and livelihood. Nayar told the Chief Minister that under his guidance, the young officials are conceptualising innovative projects, like Livelihood College Project, for creating employment and self-employment opportunities for youths in State. The Chief Minister stated that the State Government had formed policies to associate such people (surrendered insurgents) with mainstream of society. "The Government is providing every possible help to such people, so that they may lead a peaceful life," said Singh and added that in the districts of Bastar and Sarguja Revenue divisions, a large number of local youth had been recruited into the Government services by creating Grade-III and Grade-IV posts.

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh, the tribal-dominated state, is ahead of several states when it comes to tackling malnutrition. According to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), Chhattisgarh has registered a substantial decrease in the malnourished children in last four years. The Union Ministry for Women and Child Welfare data used by the CAG shows that malnourishment rate in Chhattisgarh has decreased from 54 per cent in 2006-07 to 38 per cent in 2012-13. While states like Bihar and Orissa have failed drastically in improving the malnourishment rate. Malnutrition rate in Bihar and Orissa is a matter of concern with figures as the child malnourishment in Bihar in 2013 was a shocking 82.12 per cent. Other States with substantial decrease in the malnourished children are; Gujarat (from 71 to 39 percent); Karnataka (from 53 to 41 percent); Maharashtra (from 45 to 23 percent); Uttar Pradesh (from 53 to 41 percent); Uttarakhand (from 46 to 25 percent); and West Bengal (from 53 to 37 percent). Social activists have lauded Chhattisgarh's efforts in curbing malnutrition, saying Chhattisgarh has done a commendable work in tackling the problem. The report says that only two per cent of the total weighed children in Chhattisgarh are severally malnourished, whereas in Bihar: 26%, Gujarat: 5%, Karnatak and Maharashtra: 3% and West Bengal: 4% children are severally malnourished. Chhattisgarh government had recently announced the hike in allocation of supplementary nutrition food fund meant for women and children under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme, benefitting 49,000-odd Anganwadi centres in the State.



February 17 to February 23, 2014

Madhya Pradesh



A sensational case of selling a park in mid of the city has come to fore. The morale of the culprits was so high that they did not only sell the Government-owned park under administration's nose but also done plotting over it. The interesting point is that all the while district administration remained unaware of the happenings. The sons of the watchman of Nehru Park sold the park spread over two acres in the middle of the city. The administration awakened only when the coloniser who purchased the park started doing plotting over it. The administration is now saying that it would investigate the whole thing and the documents regarding the ownership of the park land would be cross checked. According to information available with The Pioneer, the Britishers established this park behind the district hospital in the year 1931 over two acres of land. In 70s, statue of Jawaharlal Nehru was placed in it and since then the place started to be known as Nehru Park. Sehore Municipality appointed Gopal Kushwaha as watchman of the park in the year 1975. A piece of land from the park was given through Patta to Kushwaha in the name of his wife Kalawati for construction of house. Since the death of Kushwaha and his wife his two sons are living in that house. A few years back the sons of Kushwaha Sanand and Anand sold the whole park to a coloniser. The coloniser after doing plotting over sold it on very high rates to many people. Those who purchased the plots also applied for diversion of the land use in Nuzul.The matter was exposed when the SDM Hridesh Shrivastava reached the place on Sunday for taking action under the ongoing drive against the illegal colonies.

MP worst performer in voter sex ratio

BHOPAL hief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan may be the favourite 'mama' for the 'ladlis' with his government's campaign against foeticide and gender bias. However, Madhya Pradesh is among the worst performers in voter sex ratio. With a skewed male-female voter sex ratio, MP fares at the bottom of the charts with Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. With an average sex ratio of voters at 804, MP is among the worst performers in the country as per a survey of electoral data of 16 major states from 1962 to 2013 carried out by Mudit Kapoor and Shamika Ravi, assistant professors at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Average sex ratio of voters is the number of women voters for every 1,000 men voters. While it has improved from 558 in the 1960s, it's ranking remains fairly unchanged. Bihar, with the most adverse voter sex ratio in the 1960s, was the second worst state. Kerala heads the list with the most equitable gender ratio among voters, right through the last 50 years. Overall, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh had the best voter sex ratio at 1046 and 1029 respectively . The professors also found evidence that women voters are agents of change, they vote differently from men and affect re-election prospects significantly . Also, the decline in the gender bias is also due to the fact that there has been an improvement in the sex ratio in the states. "The fact that more women are voluntarily exercising their right to franchise across all states in India is testimony to the rise of selfempowerment of women, This is an extraordinary achievement in the world's largest democracy with 717 million voters of which 342 million voters are women," said Prof Ravi. Chairperson for MP state women's commission (MPSWC) Upma Rai said, "The problem with MP is that sex ratio itself is highly skewed. That is bound to reflect the voting population. Besides, in villages and backward areas, the 'purdah pratha' is still prevalent making it difficult for women to venture out. Still, women are increasingly casting their vote which is a heartening trend," she said. According to Election Commission of India (ECI), in Raisen, Guna, Vidisha and Rajgarh districts of MP, women voters showed less inclination to cast their vote during the last assembly polls. Worried over it, ECI took innovative steps to increase voter turnout in these districts under its systematic voters' education and electoral participation (SVEEP) programme.

still a cause for concern. Haryana and Gujarat are among the other worse performers in the list. Among the BIMARU states, Rajasthan had the best voter sex ratio of 861 while Uttar Pradesh had worst voter sex ratio of 761 overall. Bihar on the other hand was marginally better than UP with the sex ratio of voters being 783. Barring some exceptions, the

Government and society to develop golden MP: CM

Vidisha to be developed as model city


Madhya Pradesh has recommended to the Centre that the lone tiger in its Palpur Kuno sanctuary be fitted with a radio collar to check any possible conflict with lions proposed to be introduced in the reserve from Gujarat. Palpur Kuno sanctuary, under Sehopur district of Gwalior division, has been chosen as the second home for Asiatic lions found exclusively in Gujarat's Gir sanctuary. The matter of conflict between tiger and lions was mentioned in an action plan made by a technical committee involving officials of Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat Governments, and Wild Life Institute of India (WII), following a Supreme Court directive to the Centre to ensure successful reintroduction of lions.

BHOPAL Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has said that government and society will work in tandem to develop a golden Madhya Pradesh. Pace of development will increase manifold if farmers, labourers, industrialists, traders, students, teachers, employees and public representatives work unitedly in right earnest and dedication. The Chief Minister was addressing an "Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh" convention at Satna today . On the occasion,

Chauhan laid foundation stones for over Rs. 92 crore works and inaugurated over Rs. 66 crore works. On the occasion, he also distributed assistance amounts worth Rs. one crore to 1068 beneficiaries and tri-cycles to disabled persons. The Chief Minister said that lack of funds will not be allowed to hinder development of Vindhya region. Water of Bargi river will be brought to Satna. Basic facility will be developed for industrial development. Rewa-Satna Road will be converted to 4-lane and flyover will also be construct-

ed at Satna. He said that 2 higher secondary schools will be opened in the city in the ensuing academic session. The Chief Minister urged people present on the occasion to take up at least one creative work. He said that people can choose works including water conservation, environmental protection, plantation, sanitation, toilet construction, girls' education etc. On the occasion, the Chief Minister inspected an exhibition put by various departments and performed Kanya Poojan.

uring a review meeting at Vidisha, Chief Minister Chauhan said that Vidisha will be developed as a model city. Whatever is necessary for this will be done. Message should be disseminated to city's residents that their partnership is also vital in this. He said that Vidisha is a historic city. Its pristine glory will be restored. The Chief Minister said that crossings and parks should be beautified under campaign to beautify Vidisha city. He urged to paint houses on both sides of National Highway passing through the city with same colour with people's cooperation so that city emerges as Pink City like Jaipur. He said that attention should be paid that water is not logged in houses on National Highway since height of road has increased after cementconcrete works. Better arrangement for release of water should be made. Infrastructure works should be done as per city development plan. Funds for sewage treatment network should be judiciously utilised and works completed at the earliest. Land allocated at village Dhanora Haveli for airport was also discussed on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that a large stadium will be constructed at Vidisha which is near the state capital. He directed the collector to earmark at least 50 acre for the proposed stadium, which should be given suitable shape as per norms prescribed for holding one-day international cricket matches.



February 17 to February 23, 2014 (MP&CG)

19-02-2014- Wednesday - Falgun Mah Krishnapaksh-Chaturthi Positive directions - South and West Bad time - 12:41 pm to 2:06 pm Good time - 6:57 am to 9:49 am and 3:32 pm to 6:24 pm 20-02-2014-Thursday- Falgun Mah Krishnapaksh-Panchami Positive directions - South and West Bad time - 2:07 pm to 3:33 pm Good time - 6:57 am to 8:23 am and 11:15 am to 2:06 pm and 4:59 pm to 6:25 pm 21-02-2014- Friday -Falgun Mah Krishnapaksh- Shashthi Positive directions - West Bad time - 11:14 am to 12:40 pm Good time - 6:56 am to 11:13 am and 12:41 pm to 2:07 pm and 4:59 pm to 6:25 pm 22-02-2014- Saturday -Falgun Mah Krishnapaksh- Saptami Positive directions - West and North Bad time - 9:48 am to 11:14 am Good time - 8:21 am to 9:47 am and 12:40 pm to 4:59 pm 23-02-2014- Sunday - Falgun Mah Krishnapaksh-Asthami Positive directions - North and West Bad time - 4:59 pm to 6:26 pm Good time - 8:21 am to 12:40 pm and 2:07 pm to 3:33 pm 24-02-2014- Monday Falgun Mah Krishnapaksh- Navami (Dashmi Tithi Kshay) Positive directions- East and North Bad time - 8:21 am to 9:47 am Good time - 6:54 am to 8:20 am and 9:48 am to 11:13 am and 4:07 pm to 6:26 pm 25-02-2014- Tuesday -Falgun Mah Krishnapaksh - Ekadashi Positive directions-North and East Bad time - 3:33 pm to 5:00 pm Good time - 9:47 am to 3:32 pm By AACHARYA SARVESH E-Mail: acharya.sarvesh@yahoo.com Mobile: 9826609192

Third front stands little chance of forming govt

nless the combined tally of the Congress and the BJP falls below 272 seats, which is highly improbable at this point

of time, a third front stands no chance of forming a government of its own. With both the BJP and the Congress scouting for electoral partners and political allies, many of the major regional parties have the option of tying up with one or

the other of the two parties most likely to lead the next government at the Centre. But some like the All India Anna DMK in Tamil Nadu have already chosen the third way: an alliance with the Left parties, whether in the hope of propping up a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative or by way of keeping post-poll options open. By all accounts, a third front does not appear to be a contender for power without the support of either the Congress or the BJP. Unless the combined tally of the Congress and the BJP falls below 272 seats, which is highly improbable at this point of time, a third front stands no chance of forming a government of its own. Indeed, the third front in its present form is a collection of regional parties with the backing of the two Left parties, the CPI and the CPI (M). In many cases, a pre-election alliance is immaterial as the parties have different areas of influence. While the Left parties would surely

like an alternative to both the Congress and the BJP to emerge, many of the regional satraps talking of a third front, such as Mulayam Singh Yadav and Sharad Yadav of the Janata Dal (United), are merely thinking up a way to make their parties more relevant in a Lok Sabha election. Not surprisingly, the AIADMK wants its leader Jayalalithaa to be the Prime Minister, and Mulayam Singh sees a similar role for himself, noting that Uttar Pradesh sends more members to Parliament than Tamil Nadu or Bihar. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too would like to be in the race now that he has cut off relations with the BJP. Depending on the results, many of the parties now talking of a third front might actually decide to back either the Congress or the BJP, as they have done in the past. The two major national parties would have to do very badly if the amorphous third front is to lead the next government at the Centre.

Cong's defeat will call into question viability of dynasty

he most recent opinion poll predicts only 89 seats for the Congress and 202 for the BJP. These numbers may or may not be absolutely accurate. Other opinion polls make for slight variations. However the broad trends are the same. The Congress is in serious danger of falling below 100 seats, which would be its worst performance ever. The BJP is predicted to win 200 seats or thereabouts, which would be its best performance ever. The UPA Government has been around for a decade. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have been the faces of the establishment -- though they have not formally served in Government -but are indelibly associated with the UPA. As such, an anti-incumbency vote against the UPA and a harsh sentiment against a system of privilege and NehruGandhi authority cannot be ruled out. It is no longer easy to pretend people are angry with Manmohan Singh, but are neutral or even sympathetic towards the Congress president and vice-president. The impending defeat will call into question the viability of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty as a political and electoral brand. Dissidents did leave the Congress in both 1977 and 1989. Indira Gandhi in fact had to split the party after that post-Emergency defeat. However, a vast number of loyalists and an all-India political network stayed true to her. However, 2014 threatens to be different. There is little faith in Rahul


The office of the key person should be in the South-West corner of the office. Make sure that there is no toilet door facing your office cubicle/room. Avoid offices that are in the dead-end of a street/road. Keep the entrance of your office free from any obstacle i.e. after a customer opens the door, he should not immediately confront a huge table (often the receptionists table) or a cubicle.

Gandhi emerging as a decisive, clear-headed political leader who will electrify the public. His political acumen and electoral strategies are politely described as 'idealistic' and 'longterm'. Privately they have Congress functionaries tearing their hair. If the Congress indeed drops down to 89 seats (as the recent poll says), then recovery in the next election would mean a target of 125-135 seats, far from the 206 the party won in 2009 and even further from the single-

party majority its old-timers still dream of. Quick fixes, like replacing Rahul Gandhi with his sister on the basis of the specious belief that she is more of a people's person, will hardly solve the larger problem. What is more likely is a fundamental restructuring of power equations within the Congress. Any state-level stalwart who emerges in a post-2014 situation will either do so outside the Congress umbrella or will demand a heavy price for identifying with the Congress. He or she

will dictate terms to Delhi. Apart from internal collapse, the Congress is also encountering a singularly determined opponent. The party has faced challenges before. The BJP under Narendra Modi differs from this old model on two counts. One, having run Gujarat for 12 years, Modi represents not just an alternative tradition in politics but also an alternative tradition in governance. All of these are harsh realities for the Congress to deal with. - (Editorial by Dilip Ojha)


February 17 to February 23, 2014



Organic agriculture to receive boost in Uttarakhand

Dehradun: Uttarakhand Organic Commodity Board (UOCB) that promotes organic activities in agriculture and allied sectors such as horticulture, medicinal aromatic plants and herbs and animal husbandry throughout the state is taking further steps to enhance organic farming. UOCB is presently supporting more than 60,000 small and marginal farmers of Uttarakhand for adaption of organic agriculture, internal control systems (ICS) and marketing. It also facilitates marketing linkages to more than 10,000 farmer families where the farmers get direct monetary benefits from the sales and organic market benefits. Significantly, the UOCB and agriculture department are planning to develop large scale production areas where select water sheds and valleys are developed in to organic belts. In this context, UOCB has invited bids from NGOs, institutions and consultant to conduct a baseline survey for Saturation of Selected Block (SSB) under Organic Farming Project. The survey will have to be conducted for a sample 800 farmer families in the blocks of Rudraprayag, Okhimath, Jhakholi, Chamoli, Dewal and Almora. The project will bring about model bio villages where large numbers of farmers practice the complete package of practice for agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry, according to an official notification. Through the project, farmers will be motivated to voluntarily adopt the different organic systems under organic, and they will be given in-depth support in technical aspects, training, capacity building, exposure etc. The project also envisages bringing about market linkages and developing value chain links where the organic production hubs will be connected to specially created collection centres and processing units. The Primary objective of the SSB project is to create and develop a fully saturated cluster / water shed /block as a completed practice. It would showcase the possibility of sustainable agriculture where minimum volumes of external inputs are used and optimum productivity of the farm through the principals of organic agriculture are achieved. The SSB will focus equally at the significance of integrated farming systems and support farmers to develop income generation models with the organic mode. Emphasis will be given on holistic approach instead of intensive and monoculture. Allied departments like MAP,horticulture, silviculture, animal husbandry, forestry,fisheries, and watershed etc. will participate and converge with the SSB project. In addition, farmers will be supported and trained to make their own organic input at their farms using all disposal organic matter, biomass and other botanical known for their insecticidal and nutrient properties. Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) which has been documented and used will also be used by the farmers. Clearly, Organic agriculture has been well received in the state by the farmers. In the kharif and rabi farmers campaign run by agriculture department, the farmers have demanded for organic programs to be brought in their villages. The success of the programme is evident by the number of agencies involved in the production, processing and the marketing of the organic produce within the state.

AAP has created platform to launch for LS polls

With Arvind Kejriwal's resignation, the political dynamics of Delhi has changed with the capital all set to go for fresh elections and Kejriwal & Co. hopes to emerge as single largest party in the upcoming assembly polls. No doubt the AAP is eying the upcoming parliamentary elections. The party has already announced its intention to field candidates for 350 Lok Sabha seats. AAP convenor Kejriwal is likely to present himself as a victim of a conspiracy by the two mainstream political parties and it would flaunt its anti-corruption campaign among the people and sell the idea of a corruption-free India. The party and its workers believe the debutant political outfit has been a victim of the political system. "The BJP and the Congress together conspired against AAP to make sure it cannot continue in the government," is the common sentiment among the AAP supporters. But this time, the battle is likely to be BJP-Congress vs. AAP since the party has already made it clear that it would campaign over the issue of resignation. "We will play up the fact that the government had to quit because the Congress and BJP did not want to support the pro-people moves initiated by the party in Delhi," said an AAP leader. Kejriwal has made his intention very clear through his resignation letter to the President. He wants the Delhi assembly to be dissolved and fresh elections to be held as soon as possible. After demitting the office, Kejriwal government claimed it had achieved in 49 days what others hadn't in years. AAP leaders

showed off the free water supply of about 660 litres a month to households, slashing power bills by 50%, a CAG audit of discoms and the launch of an anti-graft helpline to prove their stand. They even called the FIR against Mukesh Ambani, Veerappa Moily and others as a landmark decision by Delhi Government on gas pricing scam. The party has been able to create a decent platform to launch itself for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, sched-

uled to take place in April-May this year. With little time for Lok Sabha elections, AAP members would like their convener, Arvind Kejriwal, to spearhead the election campaign. By being Delhi CM, Kejriwal would have been left practically inefficient to launch an effective campaign for Lok Sabha elections. However, BJP and Congress may have indirectly provided an escape route to AAP for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Is Akhilesh trying to soothe resentment brewing among minorities?

Is Akhilesh Yadav trying to soothe the resentment brewing among minorities in Muzaffarnagar after the recent communal riots? Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, along with his father and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh, inaugurated a medical college after the name of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind's founder "Maulana Mahmood Hasan" in Saharanpur district recently . In November last year, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav renamed 'Manyavar Kanshiramji Government Medical College' as 'Sheikhul Hind Maulana Mahmood Hasan Medical College'. According to reports, Maulana Abdul Latif Quasim, Ustad of Darul-uloom Waqf, had said that the SP government was trying to create a rift between the dalits and Muslims by changing the name of the Medical College. The father-son duo visited the city to address seventh of the series of Samajwadi Party rallies named 'Desh Bachao, Desh Banao'. Meanwhile, various political leaders from various parties opposed state government's decision to re-christen "Kanshi Ram Medical college" as "Shekh-ul-Hind". Hasan (1851-1920) was the founder of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind. The medical college was conceived in 2007 by Mayawati at a cost of Rs. 300 crore. While, the move is seen as an attempt by Akhilesh to appease Muslims ahead of Lok Sabha elections.


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February 17 to February 23, 2014 (MP&CG)

he parliament and the nation were put to shame following unparalleled scenes of violence in the House that were sparked by Telangana Bill. The increasing propensity of political parties to resort to various forms of disruption -- including dharnas, shutdowns and hunger strikes -- runs counter to parliamentary democracy . If politics of blackmail should replace constitutional propriety, what is to stop a prime minister from threatening to commit suicide should a no-confidence motion be brought against his government? Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal recently staged a dharna -to the inconvenience of the general public -- in order to get some policemen suspended. Such politicians forget they have been elected to provide good governance, not hold the system to ransom. In trying to bypass legislative procedures to achieve political goals legislators expose their own shortcomings as lawmakers. Parliamentary democracy demands that legislators do their

Politics of blackmail replaces parliamentary democracy

homework and argue their case on the basis of facts and reason. This appears too much to ask from our current crop of political representatives. Those who cite Gandhi to justify their dharnas should know that the Mahatma operated in colonial times. Six decades of parliamentary democracy ought to have ingrained parliamentary propriety . India deserves far better. Expelled Congress MP L Rajagopal used pepper spray inside the Lok Sabha. Rajagopal and other anti-Telangana legislators -- including TDP's Venugopal Reddy who was accused of brandishing a knife -- orchestrated one of the worst disruptions in the history of a Parliament. Such disruptions are homicidal to the very spirit of Parliament. While elected legislators have every right to voice their opinions and put forward concerns of their constituencies, representative democracy needs to be distinguished from anarchy . Constitutional procedures and rules cannot be subverted to score political points. Else Parliament

would be a mere mob of desperate individuals lacking any means to reconcile their differences. Of course, the Telangana issue is

very contentious. This is all the more reason why it should be discussed and debated threadbare in Parliament. By turning the legis-

lature into a veritable circus, legislators are undermining the very source of their power and authority .

A Shameful day for the Parliament Congress gamble on

ganised on the basis of languages on 1st November,1956! SRC did NOT favour the "immediate merger of Telangana with Andhra in 1956! However, Andhra Pradesh was formed by signing a "Gentlemen's Agreement between Telangana group and Andhra state safeguarding Telangana's interests! It has been a 57 years "itch"! So Andhra was formed without Telegana! We should thank the MP for not bringing mustard gas or handgun in the parliament. Democracy in India cannot be strengthened if our elected members show neither respect nor faith in the Parliament and parliamentary conventions. Such unrestrained conduct is against a healthy form of self-rule for which the freedom movement was launched. Is it "fraternity"? Is it a riot between the minority and the majority? Any democracy is facile in the absence of the moral authority of the people's representatives, ministers and prime minister. First, the issue could have been handled with greater care for all aspects and conflicting claims; second, the PM could have imparted some discipline. The quality of administration whether it is from a politician or a bureaucrat has gone down drastically world over, and the scenario in near future as far as administration is concerned, it looks very scary . But it is unfortunate that the nation is going down at a very highly accelerated speed!

Telangana is set to fail

ven those who believe that a separate Telangana would spur a faster socio-economic development in the region have no hesitation in acknowledging that the Congress leadership has belatedly chosen to divide Andhra only for purely electoral reasons. The party expects to win a couple of Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, while it fears a complete washout in the rest of Andhra. But the leadership did not do its homework, failed to get its own Andhra unit on board. Once the Andhra chief minister and a large number of ministers, MLAs and MPs from Seemandrha rebelled, the Congress leadership ought to have put brakes on the Telangana move. It did not. Because it is desperate for any seat it might win. However, those who know the situation on the ground are of the firm belief that the Congress gamble on Telangana is set to fail. But leave the Congress and the Telangana issue aside. What about the sorry state of Parliament? They were outright disgraceful. Every Indian ought to hang his head in shame that we send such men and women to Parliament, who uproot mikes from the presiding officer's podium, raise raucous slogans, tear up official papers, hoist banners and generally conduct themselves in the most rowdy manner in front of a nationwide audience. Delinquent school kids behave better. But what marked the lowest of the low in the annals of


agadapati Rajagopal, the Lok Sabha member from Vijaywada, released the pepper spray towards fellow members after Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde tabled the Telangana bill at noon. How is Lagadapati different from Afzal Guru who master-minded attack on parliament? What happened in parliament in the last two days is part of that glorious tradition where the well of the house wails under the weight of our overweight MPs protesting against something or the other. Please understand that

these are people's representatives. People have elected and sent them to voice their views. So whatever is happening in Parliament is indicative of what peoples mentality . Throwing mikes or chairs represents dignified practice of burning buses and cars, fist fighting that public do on streets. The "Telangana Tangle" is not something that has erupted quite recently! Telangana was an important region of Hyderabad State from 1948 to 1956! Andhra state was carved out of Telugu speaking northern districts of Madras State on 1st October,1953! All the states in India were re-or-

our parliamentary history was the conduct of a ruling party member from Andhra Pradesh, who had come armed with a can of chillipepper spray which he emptied on all and sundry inside Lok Sabha. It was a stellar performance, causing the House to be adjourned immediately. Three members required medical attention; even a few members of the media sitting at some distance suffered the stinging effect. The entire nation went through the stinging effect of that lone member's idiotic act to take on his own party in the Lok Sabha. The collapse of the ruling party leadership was complete. Now, even if the Telangana resolution is passed, only due to the BJP's readiness to support the government, the bitterness and animosity between the people of the two regions in Andhra will persist. And it is not as if the people from Seemandhra would cease to live in what would become Telangana, but their sense of insecurity and vulnerability will need to be addressed. As for the Parliament, the sanctum sanctorum of Indian democracy, it stands irretrievably sullied. Though the Prime Minister and the top leadership of the ruling party bear major responsibility for the disgracing of Parliament, everyone else in the two Houses, including the Opposition, is not blameless either. The entire political class has shamed India.


February 17 to February 23, 2014



Get along with the person in the mirror!

SWECHCHHA OJHA Email: swechchhaojha@gmail.com
etting along" with people, it's not as easy as it seems. Those who say this too frequently to other people have probably not come across the type of people that those they advise have come across. This is probably what they call empathy , the ability to put oneself in the situation of others and try to see things from their point of view. This is a quality that has become a peril to those who have it because of its lack in too many people. Another such quality is Workoholism. But it's better that we talk about that some other time. The best thing would be to jump back to getting along with people, which is almost as hard as achieving the sense of empathy . Have you ever thought how easy are YOU for others to get along with? Probably not. But c'mon isn't it a thing you must give a thought at? I think it is, because when we tell others how hard they are to get along with, it's so much easier than introspecting and getting to know ourselves. And easy things, they can be done by anyone. The bigger person is the one who takes the harder task and does it for good. The beauty of picking the harder tasks is that you can dive into the intensity of what you do and get what you never expected. As far as getting along is concerned, you can only know how it is for others to get along with you when you try getting along with yourself. In fact, this is the best way to do anything. If you want someone to do something, try to do it yourself first. If you want to know someone, know yourself first. If you want someone to understand you, try to understand themselves first. And thus, if you want people to get along with you, get along with yourself, get along with other people, and then ask others to get along with someone else. Before you do this, how can you ask others to do it? For you can't expect others to do something you don't know whether you can do or not. Since I was a kid, I have heard my elders saying, "Treat others as you want them to treat you." This has engraved on my thinking so deep that I can relate everything to it in my life. Whenever I am confused as to how my behaviour should be with someone, I just think how I would like them to behave with me. Whenever I give a task to a little cousin or an office subordinate, I first think if I can do the same. I retrospect in the night whatever I've said to people and if I would like being told those things by someone else. This makes me realize my mistakes sooner than I would otherwise and much before its too late

to correct them. This makes me safe from expecting things that I cannot get, makes me more empathetic and more compassionate. Sure it doesn't stop me from making mistakes, but then who does-

n't make mistakes? We're all humans and making mistakes is our birth right. But correcting them well within time is what we can do the best. And doing that as soon as possible is the most wonderful

thing we can do. So next time you ask something out of someone, just think for a while, can you do it too? Think. Realize. Correct your mistakes. Smile. Cheers. Love. Happy Monday .

India becomes top exporter of rice

The country is likely to achieve record 263.2 million tonne foodgrain production this year. This would be about 4 million tonne higher than the record of 259 million tonnes achieved two years ago. This was announced by Union Agriculture and Food Processing Minister Sharad Pawar, while addressing the national agricultural exposition, Krishi Vasant, at Nagpur recently . Sharad Pawar also informed that the country has now become the top exporter of rice and second top exporter of wheat and cotton. India also is the top producer of milk and horticultural crops. Krishi Vasant, the biggest ever farm exposition so far, was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukharji in a glittering ceremony. The President lauded the 'new dimension and new direction' provided to Indian farming in the last ten years, which has seen the country achieving food security and becoming a top exporter of foodgrains. In this period, special initiatives taken for increasing foodgrain production in the eastern part of the country, production of pulses and oilseeds and provision of credit to farmers have resulted in second agricultural revolution in the country, he said. Referring to the huge gathering of farmers present at Krishi Vasant, Pawar said that special trains have been put into service to bring farmers to the event. The exhibits include farm machinery, new crop and animal varieties and breeds, advances in the sphere of farm research, and best practices for application of inputs such as fertilisers and seeds. An interesting aspect of the exhibition is stalls by 92 successful farmers. Pawar called upon farmers to emulate these successful farmers to improve their own farm production and prosperity . Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan, expressed the hope that the recent policy initiatives coupled with credit flow would lead to the country becoming a global superpower in the field of agriculture. Krishi Vasant is being organized by the Government of India and Government of Maharashtra along with CII, the strategic partner representing Indian industry. Krishi Vasant also showcases the history of agricultural research accomplished in last the 100 years by ICAR.

Now, withdraw money from your relative's bank account

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in a move to harness technology to facilitate remittances across India has employed a method to withdraw remittances from automated teller machine (ATMs) for those who do not have a bank account. RBI governor Raghuram Rajan while speaking at inaugural session of Nasscom Leadership Forum in Mumbai said that through the innovative method a money sender can go to an ATM of a participating bank and authorise a relative for money withdrawal from his bank account. 'Recently, we (RBI) approved setting up of a payment system, which will facilitate funds transfers from bank account holders to those without accounts through ATMs', Rajan said. The whole transaction is carried out in simple steps. Once the sender has authorised her relative to withdraw money through an ATM, the intermediary will generate an access code and send it to money sender via

mobile after processing the payment. The receiver of the remittance is granted permission through the processed code from the nearest ATM of the participating bank. The recipient will simply have to punch in the access code and can cash the remittance from the ATM. The governor said that RBI aims at better financial inclusion in the country. He highlighted the importance of cashing out as India has a large recipient population. Most of people do not even own a bank account and in a move to empower such people RBI has come up with this measure. Such a system would provide formal access to financial services by incredible use of technology. Rajan contented that with such advance use of technology the cost of transaction shall come down as well. This will provide access to the unbanked areas of the nation, which has been RBI's agenda since 40% of Indian population doesn't have a bank account.



February 17 to February 23, 2014 (MP&CG)

Shruti Haasan spends Yami Gautam invites Ali tiring session on Zafar to dine together 'Gabbar' sets
eteran southern actor Kamal Haasan's sizzling daughter Shruti Haasan was spotted shooting for her upcoming flick 'Gabbar' in Pune. The gorgeous actress, who has made a huge impact in Bollywood through her flawless looks and mind-blowing acting, posted over Twitter on Sunday, "Longest day ever! Finally in Pune to shoot 'Gabbar'. Oh how I love my sweet white sheets." The Hindi remake of Tamil blockbuster 'Ramanna' is being helmed by renowned director Krish and stars Akshay Kumar and R Madhavan in pivotal roles. The film is expected to hit the theaters this Independence Day on August 15, 2014.


Sensuous 'Vicky Donor' actress Yami Gautam has decided to introduce her 'Total Siyappa' costar Ali Zafar to her family. For the same, she has invited the Pakistani actor to her home in Chandigarh where she along with her family will host a special dinner. Meanwhile, Yami has invited Ali Zafar because her family was really eager to offer him dinner as he also is a Punjabi and is really fond of Punjabi food. Ali Zafar also expressed happiness over being invit-

ed for dinner. After the invitation, now, the whole crew of 'Total Siyappa' is planning to visit Yami Gautam's house in Chandigarh. 'Total Siyappa' is a fun oriented film which is based on a love story of a Pakistani lad and an Indian girl. The director has shown all the complications in their way to marriage in a comic way . The film has been jointly produced by Neeraj Pandey, Reliance Entertainment and &Pictures. It is scheduled to hit the silver screens on March 7.

Britney Spears suffers malfunction

during residency concert

op sensation Britney Spears suffered malfunction during her residency concert on February 4, 2014. She faced embarrassment when her microphone pack fell loose amid a dance number. Spears mesmerised audiences until when her audio equipment fell loose of her bejeweled black leotard in the middle of her dance number in Las Vegas. But the experienced singer's morale didn't shake up a bit as she continued her performance, as per reports. The 32-year-old have faced many such oops moments in her career. The most recent was in December last year, when her corset dress started to come off during a rendition of her song "Circus".

Nargis Fakhri's
awesome but scary act!
Bollywood's scorching beauty Nargis Fakhri mesmerised audiences with her acting in debut flick Rockstar and actress is all set to dub in Hindi for the first time in 'Main Tera Hero'. Excited Nargis says, "I am through with the dubbing. I dubbed in Hindi for the first time. It was awesome and scary . I did enjoy and learned a lot." Main Tera Hero has been directed by David Dhawan and he is using Nargis' voice for the first time as her voice in Hindi wasn't used in her earlier flick Rockstar. However, she had dubbed herself in English for John Abraham-starrer 2013 film "Madras Cafe". "I will start promoting the film in a bit. Comedy is difficult, but I had a great time working with everyone. It's releasing on April 4. After its release, I'll start shooting right away for 'Shaukeen'. It's remake of the old film. It will be a new modern take of that," she said.


February 17 to February 23, 2014



2nd Test: Brendon McCullum eyes maiden triple

century as India go on leather hunt at Basin Reserve
Indias listless bowlers allowed New Zealand off the hook as the home team rode on skipper Brendon McCullum`s monumental double century to continue their remarkable fightback and take a commanding lead on the fourth and penultimate day of the second cricket Test here on Monday . McCullum remained unbeaten on 281 runs and shared a world record partnership of 352 runs for the sixth wicket with BJ Watling (124), helping their side reach a formidable 571/6 at stumps and take the game away from India at the Basin Reserve. India, who had New Zealand in a spot of bother at 94 for five in their second innings yesterday, are now facing the prospect of even losing the match with the hosts swelling their lead to 325 runs. The duo defied the visitors for 123 overs and turned around a 246-run deficit into a massive lead with one day left in the match. McCullum was still batting after nearly six sessions at the crease, facing 525 balls and hitting 28 fours and 4 sixes. At the other end, James Neesham brought up his maiden Test fifty and was unbeaten on 67 off 93 balls, with 9 fours. For India, Zaheer Khan (3-129), Mohammad Shami (2-136) and Ishant Sharma (0-124) toiled hard on an unresponsive pitch, particularly with the third new ball. Ravindra Jadeja (1-108) was rendered indirection of the match. Mohammad Shami got the breakthrough finally, in the 161st over, trapping Watling lbw. He faced 367 balls in his innings, hitting 13 fours. Meanwhile, McCullum carried on and crossed the 250-run mark, starting to climb the ladder for highest individual score for a New Zealand batsman. At the other end, Neesham too joined in the fun and struck some lusty blows, matching his partner for strokes. They continued to punish the hapless bowling on a flat track and in the final session put on 125 runs for the seventh wicket, as the hosts crossed the 550-run mark. McCullum heaped misery on India, finishing as the second-highest run-scorer for New Zealand, behind Martin Crowe`s 299 scored against Sri Lanka at the same ground in 1991. On the final day, he will attempt to become the first Kiwi batsman to get a Test triple hundred. Earlier in the post-lunch session, McCullum and Watling continued their brilliant domination of this Indian attack on a pitch that completely changed character to become a batting beauty . They brought up the 350-mark for New Zealand in the 128th over, first one after the break, and then carried on to reach personal milestones. First up they broke the highest partnership record for New Zealand for any wicket against India, passing the 271 runs scored by Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder in Napier in 2009. Then in the 138th over, Watling brought up his 3rd Test century in 420 minutes, facing 297 balls and hitting 12 fours. Unlike his captain who was dropped twice, the keeper-batsman never even gave a sniff to the Indian bowlers. Their 300-run partnership came in the 142nd over, and then two overs later, McCullum became the first New Zealand batsman to hit back-to-back double hundreds. It was his third double hundred, all three having come against India, and he is only the second New Zealand batsman after Stephen Fleming to score three double-hundreds. Before going to tea, they crossed the 339-run sixth wicket stand between McCullum and Martin Guptill against Bangladesh in 2010 and became the third-highestever partnership for New Zealand in Test cricket. In the morning session, starting at their overnight score of 252/5, McCullum and Watling needed a double approach on this fourth day`s play . If it was all about survival on day three, now they also needed to score runs and put pressure on India. And they did not get bogged down, as shots started flowing once they both got a feel of the conditions early on. For the record, the golden-brown pitch now looked completely different from the lushgreen wicket that it was on day one. Their progress was very heartening for the hosts` camp, with the scoring rate reaching 4.7 over in the first ten, and in the first hour of play, 56 runs came in the 13 overs bowled. The 200-run partnership between the two batsmen came up in the 110th over of the innings. As if sensing the high scoring rate, Jadeja was introduced in the 115th over and was given an attacking field with three close-in fielders. But it didn`t have any effect on the two settled batsmen who marched along without fuss. In the next over, McCullum crossed the 150run mark for the second time in this series, notching up his best series aggregate and going past his previous best of 370 runs, also scored against India in 2010. He faced 303 balls and batted for a humongous 432 minutes for this, hitting 18 fours and 1 six. After being put down twice yesterday, if at all he gave a chance, it was in the 122nd over bowled by Zaheer, when he edged one past the slip cordon wherein Shikhar Dhawan was standing at third slip. Watling though was solid as ever at the other end, and the 250-run partnership came up in the 126th over, just before the break. On day one, Ishant Sharma`s best Test figures of 6-51 bowled New Zealand out for a paltry 192 runs. Then, on day two, Ajinkya Rahane (118) strucks his maiden Test hundred to take India to 438 in their first innings, a lead of 246 runs. On day three, needing 247 runs to make India bat again, New Zealand were reeling at 94/5 before a 158run partnership between McCullum and Watling rescued them.

effective as well. Part-timers Rohit Sharma (0-40) and Virat Kohli (013) were given a go to try something different, while skipper MS Dhoni (0-5) also bowled after the tea-break. Starting at 440/5 after tea, the set batsmen had another string of batting records coming their way , with the pitch playing perfect foil to them. As Dhoni bowled his gentle medium-pace first up, McCullum and Watling crossed the 350-mark for their partnership in the 159th over. An over later, they brought up the highest ever sixth-wicket partnership in Test cricket breaking the 351-mark by Mahela and Prasanna Jayawardene, also set against India at Ahmedabad in 2009. Their lead also swelled to 200 in the meantime. The third new ball was taken immediately and the Indian pacers put in a lot of effort to change the

National Hockey Championship in Lucknow from Feb 27

The fourth edition of the Hockey India (HI) Senior Men's National Championship will be played in Lucknow from Feb 27 to March 23. As many as 42 teams will be participating in the championship which will be played on a leaguecum-knockout basis at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium. This edition will see four new teams -- Hockey Gangpur (Odisha), Vidarbha Hockey Association, Central Reserve Police Force and Food Corporation of India. The tournament will be played in two phases -- Division A and B. There will be 20 teams competing in Division A while Division B will see 22. Division B will be played from Feb 27 to March 13 while Division A will be played from March 11-23. The inaugural match of Division B will be played between Puducherry and Hockey Gangpur in Pool C Feb 27 while the final match of Division B will be played March 13. In Division A, the inau-

gural match will be played between Jharkhand and Bhopal March 11 while the final will be played March 23. In the previous edition, Air India defeated Punjab 6-2 to lift the trophy and the defending champions are placed in Pool A with Chandigarh, Services Sports Promotion Board, Associa-

tion of Indian Universities and Andhra Pradesh under Division A while runners-up Punjab are in Pool B with Manipur, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Sports Authority of India and Comptroller & Auditor General of India. The year is crucial for the sport, looking ahead at major tourna-

ments like the World Cup, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the Champions Trophy . Considering the importance of these tournaments, HI selectors, government observer and coaches will be watching the performance of the players to select the probables list.

Johannesburg: Following Australian team`s recent victory over South Africa, Shane Watson`s chances of making a come back looks grim. The 281-run victory led by Mitchell Johnson was reportedly achieved without Watson who ran on the last day and is yet to prove his fitness ahead of the second Test scheduled in Port Elizabeth. Watson gave a chance to Shaun Marsh when he strained a calf in the lead-up to the first game, while Michael Clarke said that he doubted Alex Doolan would play a better knock in his career than the 89 in the second innings of his debut Test, News.com.au reported. Coach Darren Lehmann said that it`s always very hard to fit him in when the team is winning, adding that though he didn`t like to change the side too much, he will have to wait and see if Watson was fit and ready to go.

OZ team doubtful about Watson's inclusion in second Test


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