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Budgam to have 200 hectares under vegetable production clusters

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Srinagar, Dec 05: Managing Director (MD) National Horticulture Board (NHB) Ariz Ahmad Wednesday said that the National Horticulture Board intends to take 200 hectares of land for vegetable production under cluster-based approach in district Budgam.

The MD said this during a meeting held here at Agriculture complex Lalmandi.

The meeting was attended by the senior functionaries of the Department of Agriculture, SKUAST(K), Horticulture Department and Horticulture Planning and marketing Department.

 

MD highlighted the activities taken up by the NHB for the vegetable and fruit production. He said that the board wants to boost the vegetable production in the valley on commercial lines.

The MD said that the central government wants to provide assistance for production, land development, post-harvest management, laying of cold storage infrastructure and to provide the marketing facility for the growers. He asked the scientists and officers of the department to work in close coordination for the upliftment of the farming community.

Earlier Director Agriculture Kashmir Altaf Aijaz Andrabi gave a detailed power point presentation on the vegetable prospectus in Kashmir division. Andrabi deliberated that out of the net sown area of 3.62 lakh hectares 21.79% of the area is under the vegetable production. He said that the temperate climate of Kashmir is suited for vegetable production. He emphasized upon a definite cropping pattern according to the demand and growing of high value and exotic vegetables and stressed on value addition marketing of the produce to other states. Director highlighted the importance of organic farming in the valley and said that the department has already taken up ten villages as organic clusters for vegetables and each cluster comprises of 50 hectares of land.

Shanawaz Bukhari Director Horticulture Planning and Marketing assured the meeting that all possible support will be extended to the farming community for marketing of vegetable and other produce.

Among others Dr S.A. Wani Professor and Head Agriculture Economics SKUAST (K), other representatives of SKUAST K, Dr Shakir Head Centre of Excellence Barabanki, Ram Saroop Purnia Centre of Excellence Karnal, progressive farmers, Joint Directors of the department, concerned officers and officials of the Department were also present.


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Hajj pilgrims directed to deposit insurance premium, transport charges

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Srinagar, June 18: The Executive Officer, State Hajj Committee (SHC) Tuesday informed that all the selected Hajj pilgrims shall deposit the State Hajj dues including mandatory insurance premium, transport charges from Hajj House to Airport and other handling charges to be incurred by SHC.

Giving break-up of the dues to be paid, the official handout issued from the office of SHC read that pilgrims who do not want to avail the boarding facility at Hajj House Srinagar shall pay Rs 750 per pilgrim, while as the pilgrims who want to avail the boarding facility at Hajj House, Srinagar shall pay Rs 1000 per pilgrim which include Rs 250 as boarding charges for one night. Besides, pilgrims travelling from Delhi Embarkation Point shall have to pay Rs 150 per pilgrim as insurance premium. It is further informed that those Hajj pilgrims who have opted Delhi Embarkation Point for their departure shall have to deposit only Rs 150 per pilgrim.

The Hajj pilgrims of Jammu division who have opted Srinagar Embarkation point and Hajj pilgrims of Ladakh division shall have to deposit additional charges on account of boarding for their stay at Hajj House, Srinagar.

 

The concerned pilgrims are required to deposit the receipt of the amount at the office of respective deputy commissioners at the time of collection of passports and other travel documents.

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I&B Ministry cautions channels over portrayal of children in dance reality shows

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New Delhi, June 18: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in an indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner in dance reality shows or other such programmes.

The I&B Ministry has noticed that several dance-based reality TV shows portray young children performing dance moves originally done by adults in movies and other popular modes of entertainment.

“These moves are often suggestive and age-inappropriate. Such acts may also have distressing impact on children, impacting them at a young and impressionable age,” an official statement said.

 

All private satellite TV channels are expected to abide by the provisions contained in Programme and Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and rules framed, the I&B Ministry advisory to the channels read.

According to the rules, no programme should be carried on TV which denigrates children, and programmes meant for children should not contain any bad language or explicit scenes of violence, it said.

The ministry has accordingly issued an advisory to all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in an indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner in dance reality shows or other such programmes. The channels have been further advised to exercise maximum restraint, sensitivity and caution while showing such reality shows and programmes, the statement said.

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About 150 landline phones, broadband connections disrupted in Srinagar

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Srinagar, June 18: About 150 landline telephone and broadband connections of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) are down since June 16 evening in the uptown Srinagar badly affecting professionals, including doctors, media persons and students.

Responding to the question, BSNL official said that some miscreants have damaged the main cable between Sanant Nagar telephone exchange to different parts of the uptown, particularly Natipora, Budshah Nagar and Azad Basti.

‘We are looking to locate the area where the damage has been caused,’ they said, adding that it may take some time to restore the telephone and broadband lines.

 
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