No ban on paddy, only for diversification: Haryana CM
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the state government had not banned paddy cultivation, but was encouraging farmers to grow other crops that consume less water.
Interacting with progressive farmers during a programme related to water-conservation scheme Mera Pani Meri Virasat in Ratia town of Fatehabad district, the CM said, “There is no benefit to the government to ban paddy crop. Rather the incentives given to farmers and expenditure on procuring alternative crops will only increase the financial burden of the government.
To save groundwater, the government will encourage crops like maize, cotton, pulses, millets and vegetables instead of paddy on 1 lakh hectares in Haryana. So far, 42,000 farmers have registered themselves for not cultivating paddy on 55,000 hectares in the state.
The Ramon Magsaysay awards cancelled
The Ramon Magsaysay awards, regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize, have been cancelled this year due to the global pandemic.
This is the only third time the annual awards were disrupted in six decades.
The awards were also cancelled due to a financial crisis in 1970 and a disastrous earthquake that hit the Philippines in 1990.
The Ramon Magsaysay awards are named after Ramon Magsaysay, the third president of the Republic of the Philippines after World War II.
CeNS develops low-cost catalyst for hydrogen generation from water
Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS) scientist has discovered that a low cost and efficient way to generate hydrogen from water using Molybdenum dioxide as a catalyst.
They have found that Molybdenum dioxide (MoO2) nanomaterials annealed in hydrogen atmosphere can act as efficient catalysts. Using this, Hydrogen can be generated from water and produces water on energy generation without any carbon footprint.
President promulgates 2 Ordinances to boost rural India and agriculture
The President of India Ram Nath Kovind has promulgated the two Ordinances namely the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Ordinance 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance 2020.
The ordinance aims to boost rural India for farmers engaged in agriculture and allied activities.
The two ordinances will enable barrier-free trade in agriculture produce, and also empower the farmers to engage with sponsors of his choice.
It provides the freedom to the farmers, which is of paramount importance.
The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Ordinance 2020:
The ordinance will support the farmers and traders relating to the sale and purchase of farmers’ produce which facilitates remunerative prices through competitive alternative trading channels.
It will promote transparent, efficient, and barrier-free inter-State and intra-State trade and commerce of farmers’ produce that are produced outside the deemed markets notified under various State agricultural produce market legislations.
Also, the Ordinance will provide a facilitative framework for electronic trading and matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance 2020:
The ordinance will provide for a national framework on farming agreements.
It will protect and empower farmers to engage with agri-business firms, wholesalers, exporters, or large retailers.
The ordinance will enhance farm services and sale of future farming produce at a mutually agreed remunerative price framework and transparent manner.
MHRD launched TULIP, an Internship Program with ULBs across the country
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) launched The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP), an Internship Program with Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across the country.
The first of its kind initiative TULIP is a program for providing internship opportunities to fresh graduates in all ULBs and Smart Cities across the country.
TULIP programme is expected to provide access to internship opportunities through 4400 Urban local bodies and smart cities pan India.
TULIP platforms will provide an opportunity for youth to generate news ideas to reform Urban local bodies through modern techniques and innovative methods.
TULIP aims to enhance the value-to-market of graduates in India.
The platform also aims to create a potential talent pool in diverse fields like urban planning, transport engineering, environment, municipal finance, etc.
Validity period of hotel approval & classification extended till June 30
In a major relaxation to the tourism industry, the validity period of approval and classification of hotels and accommodation units has been extended till 30th June by the Government.
The Ministry of Tourism classifies hotels under the star rating system.
Under this system, hotels and accommodation units are given various ratings ranging from one to five stars, five Star deluxe, legacy vintage, home stays , guest houses including others.
The Government has decided that validity of approval or certifications of hotels and other accommodation units whose project approvals and classification status have expired or are likely to expire in the period from 24th March till 29th June will be extended till 30th June.
In addition to this, the tourism ministry has also allowed a six month extension to the approvals granted to all categories of tour operators, travel agents and tourist transport operators.
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