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With 63 Eggs available per Person each Year, India needs Three times more Eggs to meet required standards

India is among the top egg producer countries in the world and the production of eggs in the country is about 83 billion

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Battery cage facilities in Haryana, Wikimedia

October 14, 2016: Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh on Friday said currently there are 63 eggs available per person per year, but India needs to have 180 eggs per person per year to meet required standards.

The Minister said this while citing the National Nutrition Institute’s standards marking World Egg Day at a ministry function here.

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“India is among the top egg producer countries in the world and the production of eggs in the country is about 83 billion,” Singh said adding that the government is promoting poultry through its National Livestock Mission.

The Minister said that in order to treble egg production, the government is taking various steps including extending financial assistance to below poverty line families for poultry farming.

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He also added that poultry farming is being promoted under the component of entrepreneurship development and employment generation.

Singh also inspected a new variety of arhar pulses — Pusa 16 — developed at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, in New Delhi.

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“This variety of arhar takes 120 days to get ready for harvesting compared to its other varieties which take about 165-180 days,” said an official statement. (IANS)

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Now You Can Prepare English Breakfast Meal with Ease

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English Breakfast. Pixabay

New Delhi, Sep 18, 2017: You may get scared with the idea of making a full English breakfast meal, but it’s not that tough. Just get bacon, eggs, toasts, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and a cup of coffee or tea in place, say experts.

Ajay Chopra, Brand Ambassador, Sumeru frozen foods, and Sudhir Nair, Executive Chef, Courtyard by Marriott & Fairfield by Marriott – Outer Ring Road, Bengaluru, suggest some steps to cook English breakfast meal at your home.

  1. Cook the bacon: Heat a little oil in a non-stick pan and put the bacon strips. While the bacon is getting done, add quarter cut mushrooms marinated in salt, pepper, olive oil and thyme and put them at the side of the same pan. Cut a tomato from the centre to get two chunky halves, grill the tomatoes on the same pan. Once the fat on the bacon starts to sizzle, you know it is crispy and well done. Also, the mushrooms and tomatoes should be golden brown.
  2. Cook the sausages: Use the same pan you cooked the bacon in, for the sausages. Place the sausages on the pan and toss and turn them regularly. Keep doing this till they are nicely grilled and smoky.
  3. Fry potato wedges or hash brown potatoes: Heat enough oil for deep frying and put it on the second burner of the stove. Wait till they are golden and put it on a plate with napkin. Wait for the napkin to absorb excess oil and then transfer it to another plate.
  4. Cook the eggs: Eggs should be cooked last as the yolks should be runny and whites well cooked. Heat up a pan and put some butter in a circular motion at either side of the pan. Crack two eggs on each side. In case you don’t like your eggs runny, cook it till the yolk goes opaque, signalling that the eggs are done. You can also use the same pan in which you have cooked the bacon and sausages to get that extra smoky flavour in the eggs.
  5. Toast the bread: Put the bread in a toaster and wait till they pop up. Make sure the toasts are brown and not burnt. Keep the butter next to the toaster. Smear generously on warm toast. The sautéed mushrooms on toast can also be a very classic addition to the meal.
  6. Serve with coffee or tea: Place all the cooked ingredients on one big plate and serve hash browns/potato wedges in a bowl on the side. Serve it with a cup of your choice of beverage and your favourite English breakfast is ready within minutes. (IANS)

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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