Chandigarh becomes aware with Food Testing On spot

It has becoming really difficult with time to judge the purity of your food. With industrialization, the adulteration is also increasing which is a huge risk for the public. People are switching to Organic food these days but they are not affordable and available in all parts of the country.

The UT Health department has devised a new way to take care of people and to find out whether the good you are eating is adulterated or not. Now you can get your food tested at the comfort of your home. This will help you in figuring out what all that you eat is adulterated or not and to what level if it is.

The UT Health Department is preparing a mobile food-testing laboratory that will go from door to door to test food. You can get this food testing done at the minimal cost of Rs.30. The lab will take a tour to all the sectors of Chandigarh. It is great step to make people aware of what they are eating and also to control adulteration. The lab will roam around the city, collecting samples and is available from Monday to Friday. The aim is to test these products and spread awareness about the adulteration and getting it in control.

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Punjab Higher Education Minister Releases Poster of Aryan Tech Fest.

Aryans Tech Fest is one of the biggest fest of the region. It will be held in parallel with Fatehgarh Zone Youth Festival of Punjab University on 25-27th September at Aryans Campus. Today the Higher Education Minister of Punjab, Surjit Singh Rakhra released the poster for Aryan Tech Fest.

Surgit appreciated the initiative taken by team Aryan and talked about how Aryan Tech Fest provides a unique platform for not just students but industries as well. Both students and industries can show case their break through, accomplishments and talents in the field of science and technology. Students will be participating in the fest with their project which will give them a platform to take that project further.

The fest will include events like Robo Fest, Solar Fest, IT fest, Science Fest, Aero Show, and Industrial Training Fest etc. More than 10.000 students across North India are expected to participate in the fest. The fest will be running parallel with Punjab University’s Youth festival where 5000 students and over 40 colleges are expected to participate in various cultural activities and competition including Giddha, Classical Dance, Orchestra, Rangoli, Photography, Natak etc.

The audience will get a chance to view all the activities happening at the fest from Solar products, robo shows to agricultural products. Companies will also be visiting the fest for recruitment which is going to provide great opportunity for the youth.

Drones Helping Farmers In Punjab

From fields of Kansar to the farms of Punjab, drones are proving to be a great help for farmers. Researchers are using drones to monitor, research and develop improved varieties of wheat crops and fight pest which has become a huge problem due to climate change.

These drones are flying over the wheat fields of Punjab, Kansas has a distinct association with Punjab. They share the same agricultural problems and rust is one of them. India has been facing an extreme stripe rust crisis recently, a rust attack can become an epidemic and can destroy or severely impact wheat yield. The fight against rust has been going on for a decade and drones are proving to be a great help as it makes the data collection faster.

Daljit Singh, a researcher of plant pathology at Kansas State University, points out that drones have a vast potential to assist in wheat variety development,” he told indiaclimatedialogue.net.

“One of the biggest challenges in India is diverse weather and farming practices. Punjab suffers from stripe rust but Bihar suffers largely from spot blotch disease,” Uttam Kumar said.

Uttam Kumar said that apart from developing climate-resilient wheat, BISA has been developing a series of calculators for providing precise information to farmers. Using the data collected through drones, BISA’s urea calculator application determines the precise amount of nitrogen needed in the field.

Thus farmers are told the exact amount of urea needed in a wheat field. “It’s a massive supportive information for poor farmers of Bihar,” Kumar said. Most farmers in the state are poor and farming is hardly mechanised. Under such circumstances, saving on urea and water saves farmers a lot of money.

A Step Towards Protecting The Wildlife

 Punjab is taking the struggling state of biodiversity seriously. This World Environment day, a green ceremony was conducted all over Punjab, keeping in mind the theme of 2016 “Go wild for Life- Zero Tolerance for Illegal Wildlife Trade”.

 NGO’s got involved in the celebrations and encouraged the citizens to go green by indulging them in green activities like green walks, plantation drives and seminars. Not only this, BIG GM also collaborated with WWF India-Punjab to organize a painting competition for school children at 45 different locations. The aim of this activity was to sensitize and educate children about the deteriorating environment and how they can contribute to the prevention of the environment.

Kapsons in association with citizen activists, also held a nature walk from the Mall Road to the company Bagh which was joined by Jagjit Singh Walia who also emphasized on saving the environment and adopting a healthy lifestyle

 Amritsar topped the way they celebrated and spread awareness around environment, the Local Bodies Minister, Anil Joshi started the ceremony by leading a cycle rally from Novelty Chowk to Company Badh, where along with the other participants he planted saplings and distributed them among the morning walkers and joggers to motivate them to take care of the environment and replicate the act. The government understands the importance of protecting wildlife and stepped up by focusing on the prohibition of deforestation.

Punjab moved to High-powered tractors with highest Sale

Punjab has the highest amount of agricultural land. People have been in farming since generations, the base of Punjab is agriculture. Punjab has been constantly moving forward with new technologies, using the new technologies to help farmers and agriculture. Technology has really helped farming; you can get more with lesser efforts.

 Tractors are one of the most important machines required in farming. Punjab has been using tractors since decades and the farmers have also moved to using high-powered tractors and according to the stats, they are sold in the largest numbers in Punjab. Punjab alone sells 30 percent of high powered tractors.

 These high powered tractors doesn’t come in cheap, they are expensive and priced over Rs. 6 lakh and above, the farmers are capable to afford these tractors and other high technology machines so they can reap better produce. There are various factors in the increase of the sales of these tractors in Punjab, but one of the main reasons is the multi usage of these tractors. Also the farmers are becoming progressive, realizes the importance and benefits of new technology with government also providing great help by free electricity that these farmers can spend their hard earned money on improving their production. These tractors help in completing land operations in much lesser time and the farmers can make use of the spared time.

Right to Services Act, a great step towards Citizen Empowerment

SAD – BJP (Shiromani Akali Dal- Bhartiya Janta Party), the state government of Punjab has been making its sincere efforts to fulfill the motive of Right to Service Act, which was implemented in the year 2011. The state government has always been focused on the agenda to put service beyond duty.

On 19th October, 2011, the state government of Punjab gave its agreement on the RTS Act (Right to Service Act). The primary motive of RTS Act is to make the delivery of government services to the people of Punjab in the easiest and smooth manner. Also, it was enacted to make sure that the services are delivered within specified set of time span to Punjab’s people. The Punjab RTS Act also ensures the proper and better execution of the services.

Following are the steps/procedure that is followed in the Punjab RTS Act, (as stated in the Information Handbook, under the RTS Act)–

  • Commission will arrange meetings after specified intervals of time to take important decisions.
  • The functioning of Commission will be monitored/supervised by the directions of the Chief Commissioner.
  • Any revision or complaint can be considered or decided by the commission from time to time.
  • Though, the final decision making authority lies in the hands of the Chief Commissioner.

Efficiently providing the effective services within the specified time frame, this Punjab Right to Service Act has been proved to be highly beneficial for the promotion of transparency and accountability in the operation of the government departments, which provide the services to the people of Punjab.

To make sure the timely delivery of services and making suggestions to Punjab government, a Punjab Right to Service Commission has been set up. It also ensures the accurate execution of the Punjab Right to Service Act. Apart from being the leading state to implement this Act, 7.21 Crore people have been benefited from the same. As per the official spokesperson’s claim, around 28, 37,866 applicants have taken the advantage of the notified services during the month of February under the mentioned Act. Also, only 14,160 are the pending applications which are to be cleared as soon as possible.

In addition to this, we can say that the implementation of The Punjab Right to Service Act has been successful in gaining the trust of citizens and it has also empowered the people of Punjab in the most efficient manner possible.

Bathinda, ready to avoid Dengue this year

Dengue has been spreading across the state of Punjab since a long time and it has affected the people of the state at a large scale. This year the Health Department is trying its best to avoid the state from being affected with this dangerous disease. For the same, they are taking the required precautions and even checking in every possible place, where Dengue could have set its mark.

They have been carrying out door-to-door campaigns in most of the places of Punjab, so that people are well aware of the precautions and symptoms of Dengue, so that it can be avoided from spreading around the whole place. The Gambusia fish is one such specie that eats up the larva spread around by the dengue mosquitoes and other such vector-borne mosquitoes. The Health Department of Punjab is multiplying the number of these fishes in all parts of the state, so that even if the larva is born, the fishes can eat it up and avoid from spreading. The department has dispersed these fishes in areas like ponds and other water areas where the water remains stagnant; it has significantly been placed on the outskirts of the Civil Hospital. Carrying out its awareness drive, the department has covered almost all the areas of Bathinda, which includes more than 60, 000 households in 50 wards of the city.

Fridays in Bathinda are known as Dry Days for the occasion to spread awareness amongst the residents to keep their surroundings clean and to make it a point to keep their refrigerators, Air Conditioners, Coolers clean and dry. This is an interesting way to make the residents wash and dry up their house once every week, so that the mosquitoes don’t get an opportunity to create larva and breed. Bathinda was one of those places of Punjab where Dengue was reported in the highest number last year. This is the reason why the health department is focusing most on this part of Punjab, so that what happened earlier, shouldn’t happen again. A number of people lost their lives due to this disease and they are now more than ready to create a healthy environment around them, so that Dengue doesn’t spread around the place this year or anytime further. There were around 2, 017 cases reported in Bathinda last year. The hospitals are also now more aware and equipped as compared to last year to handle the patients, if Dengue affects the city.