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A Unique ‘Tree Bank’ in UP Gives Away Plants that Purify Air

The bank is run by lifeline environment group in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.

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A unique banking concept in UP’s Bareilly has caught the imagination of those who want to breathe in clean air to stay healthy. Unlike banks that deal in money, this bank gives away plants that purify air to people free of cost.

A fast polluting environment is a major source of concern globally. Government and non-profit organisations are taking several steps to address the problem.

From planting trees to spreading awareness on environmental matters, many initiatives have been rolled out at local and global levels.

A unique initiative in that direction is a treebank that contributes to purifying the environment. The bank is run by lifeline environment group in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.

The treebank distributes among people plants that help in cleaning the air around them.

It gives away 5 varieties of plants, which are aloe vera, snake, spider, tulsi and money plant.

While on the one hand these plants are given free of cost, on the other their maintenance cost is nil.

Many people have associated themselves with the bank and are putting up plants given by it in their homes.

Tree bank’s manager Priya Dutt Anand says, by keeping the air clean, these plants have preventive health care benefits.

Treebank sends the plants through courier to any part of the country free of cost.

The beneficiaries are praising the initiative and joining hands with mission clean the environment.

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Citizens Pledge to Make Ujjain Zero Waste City

UMC brand ambassador Swami Muskurake (Shailendra Vyas) administered an oath of making Ujjain a zero waste city.

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UJJAIN (Madhya Pradesh): Over 500 citizens formed a human chain in the shape of ‘3R’ at Dussehra Maidan under the aegis of Divine Waste Management and Services on April 22. The organisation assists Ujjain Municipal Corporation (UMC) in its cleanliness campaign.

‘3R’ stands for ‘Reduce’, ‘Reuse’ and ‘Recycle’ of garbage.

The spokesperson of the organisation said, “We should reduce garbage and try to reuse it by recycling it”.

Mayor Meena Jonwal in her address suggested that garbage should not be disposed off out in open or on roads”.

“Garbage should be reused and recycled to make Ujjain a zero waste city,” she added.

UMC brand ambassador Swami Muskurake (Shailendra Vyas) administered an oath of making Ujjain a zero waste city.

Health in charge Mangilal Kadel, zone head Buddhiprakash Soni, deputy commissioner Manoj Pathak, Yogendra Patel, health officer BS Mehta, PC Yadav, Manoj Rajwani and members of team Divine and team Jwala, members of NSS, reliance group members and members of Akshat Cricket Academy were among others present on the occasion.

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Jhulan Goswami Honoured with Commemorative Stamp for 200 ODI Wkts

Jhulan remains to be one of the pillars of the Indian women’s cricket team, despite having her ODI debut in 2002.

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KOLKATA (West Bengal): A postage stamp, featuring Goswami’s mugshot in India colours next to an image of Kolkata’s iconic Victoria Memorial, has been issued in honour of her claiming a record 200 wickets in women’s ODIs.

The unveiling of the stamp took place on Friday at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club, in the presence of former India men’s captain Sourav Ganguly.

Adjudged the ICC Women’s Player of Year award in 2007, Goswami, 35, recently became the first female player to pick up 200 ODI wickets when she had Laura Wolvaardt caught behind in the third ODI during India’s tour of South Africa in February.

In May 2017, Goswami found her 181st ODI wicket in South Africa’s Raisibe Ntozakhe, during the Quadrangular series, and surpassed Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick as the leading wicket-taker in the format. During the same tour, Goswami pipped Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway to the honour of the most catches by a non-wicketkeeper in women’s ODIs.

The recognition was lauded by fellow professionals from across the world. Former Australian woman cricketer Lisa Sthalekar was one of the first ones to react on Twitter:

Jhulan remains to be one of the pillars of the Indian women’s cricket team, despite having her ODI debut in 2002.

Interestingly, former Indian skipper Kapil Dev was the first cricketer ever to claim 200 ODI wickets. Even Kapil Dev took 166 matches to achieve the feat.

She had joined the Indian women’s cricket team back in 2002 against England, almost a week before her Test debut against the same team. In 2007, she was announced as a part of the Asia squad in the Afro-Asia tournament in India. A year later, Jhulan was named the captain of India for the then tour of Australia. Her captaincy stint lasted for just 25 games.

In 2010 she received the Arjuna Award. Two years hence, the 35-year-old was honoured with the Padam Shri.

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Sikkim Panchayat Bags Six Awards, Reps to Receive Awards from PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would bestow the awards to state representatives from the Directorate of Panchayati Raj.  

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NEW DELHI: Sikkim will have another reason to bask in the national glory when awards in various categories in e-panchayat are presented on National Panchayat Raj Day on April 24 in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

The awards would be handed over to state representatives from the Directorate of Panchayati Raj, RM & DD and Rural Local Bodies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sikkim managed to secure the first position among the first category States for excellence in implementation of e-Panchayat initiatives.

Sikkim has also bagged one of the three National Awards for effective implementation of Gram Panchayat Development Plan in the very first year of the institution of such an Award by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

(1) e-Puraskar: First Prize under Category I to the State
(2) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) to South District Zilla Panchayat
(3) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) to Martam Gram Panchayat Unit, West Sikkim
(4) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) for Namphing Gram Panchayat, South Sikkim
(5) Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar (NDRGGSP) to Gram Panchayats for outstanding performance of Gram Sabha GPDP Award to Tingvong Gram Panchayat, North Sikkim
(6) Gram Panchayat Development Plan Award to Maniram Phalidara Gram Panchayat, South Sikkim

The Sikkimese delegates will be leaving for Jabalpur to attend the two-day event starting from the 23rd with a Maha Panchayat wherein 2-3 Panchayat Presidents of Sikkim will be participating in the Panel Discussions on various aspects of PRIs.

This will be followed by the Awards ceremony on April 24, 2018, which is also celebrated by PRIs across the country as National Panchayat Raj Day.

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