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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his wife and Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav during a book launch programme in Lucknow, on April 28, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

 Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday  felicitated seven students from different districts of the state who have  attained good ranks in the IIT entrance exams and gave each of them a  laptop and Rs.1 lakh as a mark of recognition.

At the programme at his official residence, the Chief Minister said that  Vishnu Gupta from Sultanpur, Kapoor Saroj and Shubham Yadav from  Pratapgarh, Muzammil Khan and Alok Maurya from Sonebhadra,  Neelesh Yadav from Amethi and Shashank Awasthi from Rae Bareli were  exemplary examples for other students to emulate.

Praising the hard work and toil of these meritorious students, the Chief Minister highlighted how they had not only fought adverse financial and social conditions to achieve their goals and wished them all the best for a bright future.

Akhilesh Yadav also appealed to students to help weak and poor students all through their life, even after getting jobs and climbing the ladder of success. (IANS)

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

Sapling Plantation
A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

Also Read: Van Mahotsav: The Festival of Plantation Drive in India

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)

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