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Toyota Launches New Fortuner in Himachal

Himachal This Week, Nagrota Bagwan

The Japanese auto giant, Toyota, has finally launched the much awaited second generation Fortuner in Himachal Pradesh too. The muscular Sports Utility Vehicle from Toyota was launched with much fan fare at Silver Moon Showroom, the authorised dealer of Toyota in Nagrota Bagwan. Youth Congress Leader from Kangra Raghubir Singh Bali inaugurated the new vehicle at the showroom in Nagrota Bagwan. The popularity of this vehicle among masses could be gauged from the fact that two vehicles of this model were sold on the launching day while two bookings were confirmed for the same. General Manager of the showroom Vinod Katoch told that the popular SUV is launched at a beginning price of Rs 27 lakh while the top-of-the-line variant will cost Rs 31.12 lakh.  Toyota’s fortuner will come in six different models with two engine options. The customers can either opt for a 2.7-litre petrol mill or a 2.8-litre diesel motor. The petrol-powered engine churns out 166PS of power and 245Nm of torque and, depending on the variant, is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The diesel mill, on the other hand, is tuned to pump out 177PS of power and 450Nm of torque and is mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed auto box. Notably Toyota’s 4WD tech is only available with the diesel engine. As far as looks are concerned, the new model gets a complete overhaul inside out. The new-gen Fortuner features LED projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and loads of chrome garnishing. Inside the cabin, the second-gen Fortuner receives leather upholstery, touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, automatic climate control and electrically adjustable driver’s seat. For safety feature, the vehicle comes equipped with three airbags and ABS with EBD standard across all the variants.

Himachal at Sixth Position in Kisan Credit Card Rankings

Himachal This Week, Nahan

Farmers of the hill state have brought glory for Himachal Pradesh at the national level. The state has been placed at sixth position for the number of number of Kisan Credit Card (KCC) holders in the state. No doubt there are five other states that are superseding Himachal in terms of the number of Kisan credit card holders, but the average of KCC holders in Himachal is above the national average. This fact was revealed in figures of Socio-Economic Caste Census 2015 conducted by Rural Development Ministry of Union Government. According to 2015 Socio-Economic Caste Census, out of a total of 1263756 families, 68720 have KCC cards. These are the figures of KCC card holders with transaction limit of more than Rs. 50,000. According to Rural Development Ministry, the national average of KCC holders is 3.61% while the same average in case of Himachal Pradesh is 5.44%.  Haryana tops the list in this case with 9.63% followed by Rajasthan at second position with 8.42% and Punjab at third position with 8.20%. The states and Union territories like Pudducherry, Lakshdweep, Chandigarh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Maniput, Mizoram, tripura, Kerala, Goa, West Bengal and Jammu and Kasmir have less than 1% KCC card holders. Notably the Kisan Credit Card scheme was launched with an aim of providing financial benefit to the farmers. Under the plan, farmers are provided loans by the nationalised banks at cheaper rates on the basis of their crop production.

Top Ten States

State    Percentage

Haryana                9.63

Rajasthan              8.42

Punjab      8.20

Uttar Pradesh        7.46

Daman and Diu                  5.54

Himachal Pradesh              5.44

Uttarakhand          4.0

Delhi NCR            3.71

Maharashtra          2.80

Gujarat                  2.53

VIT University Entrance Exam Application Forms Sale Begins

htwThe sale of application forms for the VIT University Entrance Examinations (VITEEE-2017) to be held in April next year, for B.Tech courses in various streams, began in all the 42 Head Post Offices, with the VIT University Chancellor Dr. G. Viswanathan inaugurating it at the Head Post Office, at Vellore.  It is scheduled that the entrance examinations for the B.Tech offered in the VIT University, Vellore, Chennai, Amaravati, AP and Bhopal Campuses, will be held from April 5 – 16, 2017. This Computer Based Test (CBT) is held in 119 cities including Dubai, Kuwait and Muscat. The entrance examination application forms from the Head Post Offices can be obtained by sending a Demand Draft for Rs.990/- drawn in favour of VIT University, payable at Vellore to the Director – UG Admissions or by cash payment at selected post offices across the country. Issuing of online and offline application has commenced from November 9 2016. Candidates can also apply online at www.vit.ac.in (online applicants need to pay Rs.970/- only). The last date for applying is 28 February, 2017. VIT University has been consistently been ranked among the premier engineering institutions of the country by India Today. VIT has an impressive track record of placement.

November 12th, 2016


‘Himachal ki Awaz-5’ Melodious Start

'Himachal ki Awaz-5' Melodious StartHimachal This Week Is Singing is your passion? Do you want to pursue a career in singing? Here’s your chance yet again to prove that you can be a star singer. The 5th season of one of its kind singing talent hunt in the state, […] विस्तृत....

November 12th, 2016


Creative Career in Gemology

Creative Career in GemologyGemology is the scientific study of gemstones. It is a branch that is concerned with the study of gem materials, including identification and testing methods, cutting and polishing synthetically manufactured gems, precious metals and alloys, their sources and origins and grading and appraising. Those interested […] विस्तृत....

November 12th, 2016


Sunshine Matters a Lot to Mental Health

Sunshine Matters a Lot to Mental HealthYour day might be filled with irritatingly hot temperatures, thick air pollution and maybe even pockets of rainclouds, but that won’t necessarily get you down. If you’re able to soak up enough sun, your level of emotional distress should remain stable. Take away sun time, […] विस्तृत....

November 12th, 2016


Gizmo Buzz

Gizmo BuzzBlackBerry DTEK60 BlackBerry’s latest Android smartphones, DTEK60 and the DTEK50, launched in India. Of these, DTEK60 is the last smartphone to be completely made by the Canadian smartphone maker. In terms of hardware specifications, BlackBerry DTEK60 comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS LCD display […] विस्तृत....

November 12th, 2016


App of the Week

App of the WeekThis App can Detect Injuries Scientists have developed a new smartphone app that can detect physical injuries and mental health symptoms in athletes more accurately. The app specialised in sports injury detection captured 99% more health symptoms for college athletes than traditional sports medicine surveillance, […] विस्तृत....

November 12th, 2016


Film Festivals Promote Himachali Cinema

Film Festivals Promote Himachali CinemaHolding film festivals in Shimla and Dharamshala have become annual feature now विस्तृत....

November 5th, 2016


Return to Classrooms

Return to ClassroomsKuldeep Nayar (The writer is a veteran Indian journalist, author and noted columnist.) Another school has been burnt down in the Valley. This is the 25th in the last two months. What it conveys is that those who are fighting for separation from India are […] विस्तृत....

November 5th, 2016


100-Year Journey of Apple in Himachal

100-Year Journey of Apple in HimachalVinod Kumar Apple has completed 100 years of its existence in hill state. It has become the biggest economy of Himachal with an annual turnover of about Rs. 4000 crore ever since Satyananda Stokes (Samuel Evans Stokes) introduced apple cultivation in tough geographical conditions of […] विस्तृत....

November 5th, 2016


From the Editor’s Desk

Brand Himachal Himachal faces a piquant situation while searching for a brand to promote its tourism. Tourism board vice-chairman Major VS Mankotia has questioned the meaning of branding even as incompetence of the system came to the fore in the process. Mankotia tried to explore […] विस्तृत....

November 5th, 2016

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