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A frustrated farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison in Odisha’s Bargarh district on Wednesday

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Bhubneswar, November 1,2017: After setting fire to his pest-affected paddy fields on Tuesday, a frustrated farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison in Odisha’s Bargarh district on Wednesday, police sources said.

Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout directed the district administration to inquire into the matter and submit a detailed report within 48 hours.

 Villagers spotted Brunda Sahoo lying in his fields in an unconscious state in the morning and rushed him to district hospital where he died.

Sahu, along with some farmers, had set his standing crops, cultivated on a half acre land, on fire on Tuesday.

They complained that the pesticide supplied to them by the government’s Cooperation Department was of inferior quality and failed to save their crop from pest attack.

Rout said: “After getting the report of farmer’s death and pest attack, I have directed the District Collector to submit a report. Besides, a three-member technical team has been constituted to inquire into the matter.”(IANS)

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Thane (Maharashtra) to be assessed for implementing district cooling system

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Chennai, November 2, 2017: Thane in Maharashtra will be the first Indian city to be assessed for potential for implementation of district cooling system, said the Indian subsidiary of Danish company Danfoss A/S.

In a statement issued here, Danfoss Industries said: “As part of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, six cities in India including Thane, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Rajkot, Coimbatore and Bhopal have been chosen to explore District Energy systems.”

 “Thane – also part of the Central Government’s Smart Cities Mission – will be the first city to be assessed for its potential for implementation of the district energy system,” it said.

Simply put, district cooling is a system where water is chilled at a central place and is sent to various buildings via pipelines to cool indoor air using the air conditioning system there.

According to Danfoss, district cooling systems are energy efficient and would reduce total power consumption for cooling buildings.

The water is not for human consumption.

“With the Central Government’s vision to build 100 smart cities and the UN’s District Energy in Cities initiative, we are certain that the six pilot projects of District Cooling which are being launched today, will serve as an inspiration for the rest of the country,” Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss Industries was quoted as saying in the statement.

“Danfoss has implemented both, district cooling and district heating technologies around the globe and we are now looking to showcase this expertise in India as well,” he added.(IANS)

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