Beekeeping catching on in Jammu and Kashmir

A projected honey output over 500 tonnes, 7,500 beekeepers and growing, with 29,850 bee colonies between them. Beekeeping has been catching on in Jammu and Kashmir, with production having jumped from 300 tonnes in 2010 to 597 last year.

It’s a trend that also creates job avenues for the unemployed, say officials, pointing out that many educated youths are among those setting up bee colonies in the countryside because of its promise. Honey has not only a local market but also demand nationally and and internationally. In the last six years, 1,067 tonnes was exported out of the valley.



Rahul Gandhi has opened not a window, but a door for us in Kashmir: Ratan Tata

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Tata said, “It has been a real step forward to have a conversation with the great wealth of human capital that exists here. What Mr Gandhi has done is not open a window, but open a door.” 

Rahul Gandhi has opened not a window, but a door for us in Kashmir: Ratan Tata

Srinagar: Rahul Gandhi today kept his promise made to the students of Kashmir during his visit

earlier, that he would bring India Inc to the Valley. As he addressed more than 700 students in a packed Kashmir University auditorium, sharing the stage with him was a power-packed panel of India’s top industrial and corporate leaders, including Ratan Tata, Kumarmangalam Birla, Deepak Parekh and Rajiv Bajav.

Outside the auditorium a small group of students protested against Mr Gandhi’s visit, asking him go back and keep politics out of the campus.

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Shaheed Bhagat Singh chowk

While authorities have changed the Hindu names of several places in the old quarters of Lahore over the years, the decision to rename a busy roundabout after Bhagat Singh has been hailed by some local residents as a bold move.

District administration chief Noorul Amin Mengal recently directed the City District Government of Lahore (CDGL) to make arrangements for renaming the roundabout after Bhagat Singh within a week.

Pakistani authorities have renamed a roundabout in the eastern city of Lahore after freedom fighter Bhagat Singh to acknowledge his revolutionary spirit and his role in the movement against the erstwhile British rulers of the subcontinent.

The Shadman Chowk of Lahore will now be known as Bhagat Singh Chowk, officials said.

Bhagat Singh was hanged in March 1931 in the erstwhile Lahore Jail, which stood at the spot where the roundabout was built later.

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Blasphemy case against 9 Pak men for temple damage

In what seems to be a first for Pakistan, a group of Muslim men who damaged a temple and attacked homes of Hindus during a protest in Karachi against an anti-Islam film have been charged under the country’s harsh blasphemy law, a media report said on Sunday.

Welcoming the move by the police, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan chairperson Zohra Yusuf said she had never heard of a blasphemy case registered against Muslims for damaging a house of worship.

Nine men, including Maulvi Habibur Rehman and his accomplices, have been named in the police complaint regarding the ransacking of the Sri Krishna Bhagwan Mandir in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Karachi. The temple was vandalised during government-sanctioned protests against the film “Innocence Of Muslims” on September 21.


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Four-fold jump in the sale of organic goods in India

The domestic organic products market has witnessed a four-fold growth in the past two years. Sale of organic products is expected to touch Rs 3,700 cr by year end, which is four times more than Rs 964 cr sales in 2010, according to International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA).

“While conventional trade has registered a growth of 2% to 3%, the organic sector is growing by an average 20% per year,” said Gaurav Marya, chief executive officer of Francorp, the Indian franchise of international organic product major Moraka.

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Villages grow a railway station

The new station inaugurated on Thursday by Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda is reportedly the brainchild of Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda, and the means and material to build it came from local panchayats.

NEW DELHI: Their homes lie within earshot of the Delhi-Bathinda railway line, but for years a journey to the capital meant travelling 14km on bad roads to board a train at Karaichi station near Jind. Time and again, the nearly 1 lakh residents of these nine Haryana villages, 90km from Delhi, lobbied for a station of their own but the assurances did not materialize. Until one April day, when they came together with bricks and mortar, hoes and spades, to gift themselves the Lakhan Majra railway station.

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The “Gandhi of Water” Rajendra Singh Is Traveling the Length of the Ganges River Starting 01 Oct

“For me the Ganga is more than a river, it is the lifeblood of my country. For thousands of years she was worshipped and revered, but now she is treated as nothing more than a waste train… Millions come to worship the Ganges, to bathe in her – but their worship is a false one for it has become an empty ritual. Real worship is practiced everyday, not just for ceremonies or bathing days. Most praise the Ganga one minute and throw their waste or sewage the next. This has to stop!” ~ Rajendra Singh

Considered the Gandhi of water issues, Rajendra Singh is an activist about to begin an incredible walk in order to bring attention to India’s water problems. Starting on October 1st at the threatened Goumouk glacier in the Himalayas, the head of the Ganges River, he will travel along the river’s length to its mouth at the Bay of Bengal. Singh is embarking on this 37-day journey for a singular purpose — to illustrate how the health of our fresh water systems determines the health of human populations. He wants to save the Ganges river from pollution, misuse, damming and climate change, and thus save the 600 million people who depend on the river for their water needs. We’ve discussed the Ganges river many times, from saving its dolphins to saving the river itself from salinity and the impacts of climate change.

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