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Kindergarten Girl Vows to Clean Dal Lake

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A five-year-old girl from northern Jammu and Kashmir has taken upon herself to clean up the state’s picturesque and iconic Dal Lake.

Raw sewage, land encroachment and years of neglect have been threatening the survival of a lake where visitors from Mughal emperors to George Harrison once enjoyed the idyllic stillness of its waters surrounded by Himalayan mountains.

Thousands of tonnes of sewage spew into the lake, feeding weeds and choking the lake and its aquatic life of oxygen. Moreover, lily pads, that cover vast swathes of the lake, hamper the movement of ‘shikaras’ or houseboats.

However, Jannat, a kindergarten student, heads out, armed with a net basket in her hand, with an aim to restore Dal’s aesthetic beauty.

“My daughter used to see me cleaning and this is how she picked up the habit of cleanliness. Dal is the essence of Kashmir and now she has taken the entire responsibility on her shoulders”, said a proud father Tariq Ahmed.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also moved by the “passion” of the five-year-old towards cleanliness.

The state of Jammu & Kashmir is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Once dubbed the Switzerland of the east, Kashmir was heaven for skiers, honeymooners and film-makers, who were drawn to its soaring peaks, fruit orchards and timber houseboats on the Dal lake in Srinagar.

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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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Defence Minister Felicitates the Winners of “Solution to (Defence) Problem” Challenge

Six experts from Chennai won the second prize for an innovative technology that can enable location-based tactical messaging.

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CHENNAI (Tamil Nadu): Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on April 12 gave awards to eight winners of the national level open challenge competition: “Solution to Problem” in Chennai.

The competition, organized during Defence Expo 2018, was aimed at finding solutions to the defence related problems by Innovators, Students, Professionals, Participants and Foreign Nationals.

A team from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, won the first prize with a cash award of Rs 50,000 for finding a solution for flying in areas that interrupt GPS signals.

Six experts from Chennai won the second prize for an innovative technology that can enable location-based tactical messaging.

Another participant from Bengaluru won the third prize for his work on identification of drones/UAVs.

Congratulating the students, the Defence Minister expressed hope for India’s bright future in the research and development in the Defence sector.

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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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