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Himachal’s 34 Power Projects Await Centre’s Nod

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htwAbout 34 projects of Himachal Pradesh are struck for approval with Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. These projects are of more than 500 MW capacity and were sent for approval to Union government about one and half year ago. But the Centre seems to have adopted a sadistic approach toward these projects. Earlier many of these projects remained struck at state level and later struggled for approval from Union government. Sources disclose that there are very few projects that had got approval from Union government in the past three to four years. The energy producers have become victim of central rules.  Notably, a time period of one year for approvals is allotted to the companies. However in case of these projects more than the allotted period has already passed, but there is no decision taken on these projects till yet. According to sources the matter of approval has been raised once again in front of Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Letters have been written at government level, as the strict conditions imposed by union government are proving heavy on these projects. There are some project in tribal areas where forest rights are not applicable, but these projects too have failed to gain approval of union government. Energy producer companies have requested state government to raise the matter in their capacity, otherwise they will not be able to run projects. The problem is that how to rescue the matters that are already struck with forest and environment ministry. It seems time allotted for construction to these projects will get utilised in seeking approval. And in such a case energy producers will be penalised for not finishing project on time, as they have already paid bidding amount to state government. Therefore they cannot now even backtrack. These projects are proposed at Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, Kullu and Kinnaur districts.

Himachali Tomato Loses Sheen to Bengaluru Tomato

Bhupender Thakur

htwHimachali tomato has faded in competition to tomato from Bengaluru. Huge slump in the prices of Him sona and hybrid variety of tomato grown in Himachal was witnessed in the market. The rates of a tomato in sabzi mandis of Himachal declined from Rs. 1200 per crate to Rs. 250 per crate. Such a big decrease in price is not even accounting for the cost and daily wage put in by farmers. According to information, tomatoes are majorly grown in Solan, Sirmour, Shimla, Bilaspur and Hamirpur districts of Himachal Pradesh. Solan and Sirmour are leading tomato growers in Himachal. Farmers this year had cultivated tomato crop on large scale in Himachal. Notably the tomato season begins from first week of June . Farmers got good price for their produce initially this year and they thought that bumper tomato crop will compensate for all their previous losses. Tomato from Solan district was in great demand in South India. Besides this it was also supplied to markets in Delhi, Chandigarh, Punjab and haryana. But for the past one week the tomato prices are witnessing a declining trend. Hybrid tomato is fetching a price of Rs. 250 to Rs. 300 per crate these days. However Himsona variety is fetching a little better price at Rs. 400 to Rs. 450 per crate. The huge slump in prices of tomato has raised worrying lines of farmers here. It is said that tomato from Bengaluru has started arriving in market these days in huge quantities, so the price of Himachali apple has declined to a great extent. Leading tomato producer from Solan Rajender Thakur said that tomato rates are declining continuously which is resulting to losses to farmers. Farmers will have to bear losses worth in lakhs if the same trend continued in the coming days, added he.

HPSCB to Open 21 New Branches in Himachal

Himachal This Week, Shimla

htwThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved the proposal of Himachal Pradesh State Cooperative Bank (HPSCB) for expansion in Himachal Pradesh. The state cooperative bank will now open 21 new branches, two new extension counters and two extension counters will be upgraded to full fledged branches. Chairman of Himachal Pradesh State Cooperative Bank Harsh Mahajan while expressing happiness over the approval of expansion to HPSCB by RBI said that opening of new branches under the expansion plan of HPSCB will provide relief to the people of Himachal especially those residing in rural areas. He thanked National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and RBI for approval and said that the new branches will be opened in rural areas of Himachal, especially in those remote areas where banking facilities are not available. Notably Himachal Pradesh State Cooperative Bank is on profit mode for past many consecutive years and NABARD has granted it A grade. Mahajan told that the bank has been decorated with many national awards for its exceptional services. Presently there are 194 branches and 24 extension counters of HP State Cooperative Bank all across the state. The bank will provide exceptional facilities like online banking, mobile banking, Real-time gross settlement systems (RTGS), KCC card etc on the lines of nationalised banks.

New Branches in Rural Areas

The new branches of HP State Cooperative Bank will open at Thachi, Jalog, Mashobra, Jathia Devi, Junga, Narain and Rampur bus stand in Shimla district. Beside this other branches will come up at Sundla, Sahu, Killar, Karian and Dharwala in Chamba district; Harlog, Kolanwala Toba, Damli, Chandpur and Badher in Bilaspur district; Rakhoh, Chakkar and Khaddar in Mandi districtr and at Kafota in Sirmour district. Besides this tew new extension counters of HP State Cooperative Bank will be established at ESIC Medical College, Ner Chowk and at Government JN Engineering College at Sundernagar. Extension counters at Paddhar and Nawahi Devi will be upgraded to full fledged branches.

August 6th, 2016

 
 

Himachal’s Pilgrimages Need Patronage

Himachal's Pilgrimages Need Patronage Deepak Sharma There are three prominent Kailash peaks in Himachal including Manimahesh, Shrikhand Mahadev and Kinner Kailash. Thousands of devotees undertake pilgrimages to these peaks every year. However nothing much has been done to provide patronage to these pilgrimages so far notwithstanding some steps to […] विस्तृत....

August 6th, 2016

 

Cloud Computing A New Career Option in IT Sector

Cloud Computing A New Career Option in IT SectorA career in cloud computing is one of the new career options in the IT sector which has bright job prospects. Cloud computing, or the cloud, is a colloquial expression used to describe a variety of different types of computing concepts that involve a large […] विस्तृत....

August 6th, 2016

 

Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide Back into Fuel

Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide Back into FuelProduced by the burning of fossil fuels in power plants and car engines, carbon dioxide continues to accumulate in the atmosphere, warming the planet. But trees and other plants do slowly capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, converting it to sugars that store energy. In […] विस्तृत....

August 6th, 2016

 

App of the Week

App of the WeekGoogle Launches Android Add-Ons for Docs And Sheets Search giant Google has rolled out a series of third-party add-ons to Google Docs and Sheets for Android users who use the productivity tools on the go. With the add-ons support, users can sign documents, import CRM […] विस्तृत....

August 6th, 2016

 

Gizmo Buzz

Gizmo BuzzReliance Lyf Water 8 Reliance has expanded its product line-up with the launch of the Lyf Water 8 smartphone. Priced at Rs 10,999, the phone is available in Black colour option. The Lyf Water 8 comes with VoLTE support and sports a slim metal frame […] विस्तृत....

August 6th, 2016

 

Himachal’s Unjustified Land Policy

Himachal's Unjustified Land PolicyLand acquisition for implementing developmental schemes is being done in accordance विस्तृत....

July 30th, 2016

 

India’s Strong Centre is the Reason for most State Conflicts, including Kashmir

India’s Strong Centre is the Reason for most State Conflicts, including Kashmir(Bhanu Dhamija Founder of Divya Himachal & Author of ‘Why India Needs the Presidential System’) The re-emergence of violence in Kashmir shows once again the frailties of the Indian union. A well-known militant separatist is killed by security forces, but the state’s local Muslim government, […] विस्तृत....

July 30th, 2016

 

Raghunath Temple Takeover Takes Political Turn

Raghunath Temple Takeover Takes Political TurnHimachal This Week The state government’s decision to undertake the Raghunath Temple in Kullu has intensified the political heat in the state with Himachal Lokhit MLA from Kullu Maheshwar Singh terming it as a political maneuver of the Congress government. The BJP is also opposing […] विस्तृत....

July 30th, 2016

 

From the Editor’s Desk

Land Acquistion Challenges Himachal’s politics shows good intentions while underlining the development but adopts a dilly-dally attitude to implement it. New initiative is needed to change perspective of development in Himachal that has a successful model. Any laxity shown in the process will push Himachal […] विस्तृत....

July 30th, 2016

 
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