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Indore emerges as Cleanest City in India, UP’s Gonda Dirtiest: Swachh Survekshan 2017

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New Delhi, May 4, 2017: Indore has emerged as India’s cleanest city, while Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda stood at the bottom of sanitation rankings which assessed cities largely on improvement in processing of municipal solid waste and ending open defecation.

Releasing the Swachh Survekshan-2017 conducted in 434 cities and towns, Urban Development Minister M. Venakaiah Naidu said that making India clean by 2019 was a serious mission with the “ultimate goal of making a new India.”

Naidu also noted that India had improved its position by 12 places in the global Travel and Tourism Competitive Index.

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According to him, Indore and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Surat (Gujarat), Mysuru (Karnataka), Tiruchirapally (Tamil Nadu), New Delhi Municipal Council area, Navi Mumbai, Vadodara (Gujarat) and Chandigarh are the top 10 clean cities, in the same order.

The bottom 10 towns are Gonda, ranked 434th, followed by Bhusawal (Maharashtra), Bagaha (Bihar), Hardoi (Uttar Pradesh), Katihar (Bihar), Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh), Muktsar (Punjab), Abohar (Punjab), and Shahjahanpur and Khurja (Uttar Pradesh).

Naidu termed Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, as the “movers and shakers” for having “significantly improved” their rankings from that of the survey conducted in 2014.

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He said all the cities surveyed in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand had substantially improved their rankings over that of 2014 and 2016. Gujarat did so in respect of all cities except Rajkot.

Naidu said 14 states and union territories were represented in the top 50, with Gujarat haivng 12 cities and towns, Madhya Pradesh 11, Andhra Pradesh eight and one each from Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh.

At the bottom of index, Uttar Pradesh alone accounted for 25 of 50 dirtiest cities, followed by Rajasthan and Punjab with five each, Maharashtra two and one each from Haryana, Karnataka and Lashadweep.

Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, improved its ranking from 418 in 2014 to 32 this year to become “the fastest big city mover in the north zone.” It is the only city in Uttar Pradesh to finish in top 50.

Faridabad in Haryana improved its rank from 379 in 2014 to 88 this year and was termed the “Fastest Mover” among cities with a population of above one million each.

Referring to Mysuru in Karnataka, which topped the ranking in 2016 and 2014 and ranked fifth this year, Naidu said cleanliness had not declined in the city but other cities had fared better.

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“This spirit of competition is sought to be promoted through such surveys to help cities know where they stand in absolute terms and in relation to other cities as well,” Naidu said. He also conferred awards on the occasion.

The survey also noted some concerns. It said that in Uttar Pradesh, 50 of 62 cities and towns surveyed are ranked 305 and below, while 41 are among the bottom 100 cities.

Bihar’s 19 of 27 cities or towns surveyed in 2017 are ranked beyond 300, with best rank in the state being 147 for Biharsharif. Fifteen of these 27 cities are among the bottom 100.

Rajasthan’s 18 of 29 cities or towns surveyed in 2017 are ranked beyond 300 and 13 are among the bottom 100.

In Kerala, of the nine cities surveyed, best rank of 254 was for Kozhikode and four were among the bottom 100.

The survey said that in Punjab, of the 16 cities survyed, best rank of 121 went to Mohali and seven of the cities were among the bottom 100.

Naidu also expressed concern over the cleanliness status of cities and towns of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and said he would be visiting the two states.

He stressed that the rankings were not announced to point finger at anyone. “Our objective is to show that where they stand in cleanliness and what do they need to learn from others.”

The survey entailed giving 45 per cent of total 2,000 marks for solid waste management and open defecation-free status.

It gave 30 per cent marks to citizen feedback and 25 per cent to independent observation.

The Quality Council of India conducted the survey by deploying 421 assessors for assessment of 17,500 locations.

Officials said the survey covered towns and cities with over one lakh population and effort would be to conduct survey in all the 4,041 statutory towns and cities. They said West Bengal did not take part in the survey. (IANS)

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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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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