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Varanasi: Dr. Naheed Abidi, a Sanskrit scholar, who is known for his books like ‘Sanskrit Sahitya mein Rahim’ and ‘Devalayasya Deepah’ was presented the Yash Bharati Award (of UP government) on Tuesday, at a function held in Lucknow.

The Yash Bharti award was started by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav during his period as Chief Minister. The awards got terminated after Mayawati came to power. But the government re established the award with an increase in the reward money from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 11 lakh, after the SP came to power again.

Dr. Naheed Abidi, a Padmashri recipient as well, has been adding to Sanskrit literature with her creations. She exhibited her gratitude to the professors of Sanskrit and Persian who motivated her to follow Sanskrit learning. She percieves that Sanskrit is a rich language and has the ability to encourage euphony and peace in the society.

Her book, ‘Davalayasya Deepah’ is the sanskrit translation of a book called ‘Charag-i-Dair’ which is written by great Urdu and Persian poet Mirza Asadullah Khan Galib. Another book of her ‘Sanskrit Sahitya Mein Rahim’ is about the great poet Abdul Rahim Khan-e-Khana.

She was also invited by the eminent personality and the late APJ Abdul Kalam to the Rashtrapati Bhawan in 2007.

 

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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.

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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.

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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)