With an international accredited organic farming certification organization, International Panacea Ltd. (IPL), giving certification to litchi, Bihar government has made a headway in its efforts to extend organic farming in the state.
Nafed, a national cooperative marketing federation, collaborated with IPL to assess the organic farming potential of litchi in 1,000 hectare area in north Bihar. Nafed, in collaboration with IPL, will arrange export market for litchi to give more remunerative prices to farmers, said the agriculture specialist, project planning committee, state agriculture department, Anil Kumar Jha.
Organic farming certification of litchi followed the C1 certification given to organic vegetables produced in 500 acres in a vegetable cluster at Sohdih in Nalanda district. Under a vegetable initiative programme of the state government, organic farming is being done on 6,000 hectares of land at Sohdih. Organic farming will not only improve the soil for better productivity but also save the human beings from consuming harmful pesticide-laced farm products, he said. The process for organic farming certification of pulse crops on 16,000 hectares at Mokama tal and riverine (diara) areas in Patna district areas has been started by an accredited agency from Pune.
Certification of organic farming is necessary not only for good business of organic farm products, for which there is good national and international market, but has added another dimension to sustainable farming system. The crux of organic farming is recycling of organic matter in the form of agriculture wastes including shoots and roots that degenerate into the soil improving its fertility, use of vermi compost and bio-fertilizers and other methods to give strength to the soil by improving its fertility, he said.
The agriculture specialist added that under the organic farming programme, farmers are being given end-to-end solution for organic farming. Organic farming certification for quality of the farm products will fetch more remunerative prices in the national and international market. The government has arranged services of the agencies specializing in organic farming to provide training to the farmers. The agencies have also to arrange organic farming certification by accredited international agencies and then facilitate marketing of the organic farm products, he said.
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Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday inaugurated the much awaited Bailey Road road over bridge (ROB) located at Rukunpura near new Pataliputra station. Though he made no public speech on the occasion, he expressed satisfaction over the completion of the ROB at a time when the Bailey Road has been coping with enormous rush of traffic from Saguna Mor in Danapur to Dak Bungalow in Patna. Road construction department (RCD) minister Nand Kishore Yadav presided over the function.
With the inauguration of this ROB, Patna has become a state capital having the maximum number of road over bridges (ROBs). There are altogether seven ROBs, including two old ones functioning in the state capital, to cope with the huge rush of traffic in the town.
According to sources, this is the first major ROB on the Bailey Road which is likely to give much relief to people after commissioning of new Pataliputra station and the rail-cum-road bridge over the Ganga at Digha in December 2012. Work on this ROB has been completed at a cost of Rs 80 crore. The Pataliputra station and the ROB are part of the mega Ganga bridge project. The present ROB has been constructed with the latest technology by the railways, sources said.
According to an ECR official, this ROB has four-lane facilities providing connectivity to people from both east and west ends of the town. Its length is about one km, including the alignment portion of the bridge. The highlight of this ROB is that it has architectural beauty with full quality control over materials used for the construction work. Special care has been taken as it crosses over the old canal located on the Bailey Road, he said.
Keeping in mind the fact that railway tracks are being laid connecting to Pataliputra station right from Phulwari FCI godown, this ROB would now provide uninterrupted traffic flow over the bridge while passenger trains would run on the tracks just underneath the ROB towards both east (Phulwari) and west (Danapur) ends. Danapur station will thus gain the status of junction station after connecting it directly to Pataliputra station, an ECR official said.
The railways has provided enough space for the expansion of the bridge, particularly lane over it. It is a strongly built bridge with all facilities available on it, including lights and better alignments for smooth traffic flow. As the ROB is connecting NH-91, the railways has taken all possible care to give it shape and design to cope with huge traffic rush in future, an ECR official said, adding it would be a rare sight to watch beauty of the ROB during night.
ECR GM K K Srivastava, who was present on the occasion, said that the ROB would prove to be a boon for the people living in Danapur and Jagdeopath area. The railways has finally handed over the ROB to the state government, he said. RCD principal secretary Pratyaya Amrit, Patna commissioner K P Ramaiah and officials of ECR, Hajipur, were also present.
Later, the CM along with officials went to see the Bihar Centenary Column at Saguna More and gave directions to make it more attractive.
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Looking to hit back at competitors with the new version of its premium hatchback Swift, Maruti Suzuki India today said it will drastically cut exports of diesel engines to Hungary to concentrate on the Indian market.
The company, which has seen increased competition from new entrants likes Ford Figo, Toyota Liva and Volkswagen Polo, said it will increase production of the Swift to up to 18,000 units a month to reduce waiting period. Honda’s upcoming Brio is also expected to add to the competition.
“We are reducing on export of diesel engines significantly to cater to the domestic demand. Currently we export about 35,000 to 45,000 units every year to Hungary. We will reduce it to almost negligible levels in the next six months,” Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), Managing Executive officer (Marketing and Sales) Mayank Pareek told PTI.
The company’s diesel engine plant at Manesar currently produces 2.8 lakh engines per annum but it needs about four lakh units for the Indian market, he said.
“The additional engine that we get (after cutting exports) will go for the Swift in India,” Pareek said.
With petrol prices going up, demand for diesel engine cars have soared. Most of the companies, which offer petrol and diesel variants of a car model are now witnessing demand ratio of 70:30 in favour of diesel cars.
MSI has invested over Rs 550 crore on the development of the new Swift. It will be manufactured on an all-new platform.
“Production of Swift will be increased to about 17,000-18,000 units per month, from an earlier 10,000-11,000 unit. Thus the waiting period will come down to 2-3 months from 3-4 months earlier,” he said.
On the expected sales, Pareek said, it will be around 18,000 per month “but we will try to push for 20,000 per month”. Current sales of the Swift are around 12,000 units a month.
So far, the company has received bookings for over 30,000 units, he said, adding since its launch in 2005, Swift has clocked over 6 lakh units.
The new Swift will be powered by 1.2 litre petrol engines and 1.3 litre diesel engines.
Pareek did not disclose the price saying it will be announced at the formal launch on August 17, but sources said it will be about Rs 30,000 more than the existing ones, which starts at Rs 4.09 lakh and goes up to Rs 5.38 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The car will be produced at MSI’s Manesar plant, where unit B will start operations in September with the production of the new Swift
Source:The times of india
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New bird species have been found in a sea bird survey conducted in the district’s sea shore at Chavakkad. ‘Swinhoe’s Storm Petrel’, a new species, was found for the first time on Indian shores. Another bird, ‘Wilson’s Storm Petrel’ was another bird found in the survey that was held on July 31.The finding of a huge group of ‘Flesh Footed Shear Water’, another type of sea bird, is another commendable achievement of the survey. Such big groups of birds are not often found in India. The survey, the first one of its kind in the state, was carried out at Chavakkad beach by venturing 30km into the sea from 7am to 5pm. The survey was organised by Kerala Birder, Cochin Natural History Society (CNHS) and Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN).”Most of the times our surveys are based on monsoon records, when the birds, arrive during the monsoon and other particular seasons. But this survey was carried out by observing the birds, venturing out in the sea. These birds do not often visit seashores as they live in islands,” said PO Nameer, one of the leaders of the survey. MLA TN Prathapan flagged off the survey and Dileep KG, Vishnu Priyan, PP Sreenivasan, Praveen ES, Praveen Mohandas, Vivek Chandran, PM Kochu Paul and PM Abdul Razaak led the survey comprising a team of 20 members.
Source:The times of india
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Taking a note of the unusual fall in the country’s largest lender State Bank of India’s ( SBI) March quarter profits last fiscal, RBI today said there was a need for banks to improve the standards of financial reporting.
“See our banks, I see when the chairman retires the profits go down,” Reserve Bank of India’s Deputy Governor K C Chakrabarty said at the non-financial reporting and risk management for banks and financial institutions in India conference here today.
His comments follow 99 per cent plunge in SBI’s net profit for the fourth quarter ended March 31, reported by the bank a month after Pratip Chaudhuri took charge as Bank Chairman after his predecessor O P Bhatt.
The bank’s net profit for the fourth quarter ended March 2011 was just Rs 20.8 crore against Rs 1,866.60 crore in the same quarter of the previous fiscal.
Chaudhuri had attributed the huge decline to one-time provisions for bad loans, and pensions.
“If we don’t audit or create the standard then anybody will report anything that will not be meaningful and nobody will rely on that… Books should not be as per the minds of the Chairman, but reporting should be as per books,” he said.
On financial reporting standards, Chakrabarty said that there was a need to improve both the standard of reporting as well as that of examination of account books.
“We have to improve the standard of reporting, the standard of examination. If in financial reporting you are not able to bring in the integrity, then how will you do it in non-financial reporting–that is the issue,” he said, adding this issue is a matter of “concern”.
When asked if RBI was also responsible for the problem in reporting standards, he said, “we are all collectively responsible. The issue is what went wrong and how do we improve the system…I don’t think standard has any problem. Integrity of information is a problem, not the standard.”
Source: The Times of India
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