President of India presents Punyabhushan Award to Shri Pratap Pawar


The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the presentation of the Punyabhushan Awards, in Pune, Maharashtra on June 26, 2015. 
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President of India presents Punyabhushan Award to Shri Pratap Pawar 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the Punyabhushan Award to Shri Pratap Pawar today (June 26, 2015) at a function in Pune. 



The President said that the rich traditions and heritage of the city of Pune are an inspiration to the entire nation. He appreciated the endeavours of ‘Tridal’, Pune to commemorate the memory of the great trio of our freedom struggle - Shahid Bhagat Singh, Sukhdeo and Rajguru. Rajguru hailed from Khed, adjoining Pune city, which is now named Rajgurunagar after him. 


The President said that he was particularly happy that this award was being conferred in the presence of freedom fighters, who gave their youth to the cause of freedom struggle. We must always remember with gratitude the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters. We owe our freedom to them. 


The President congratulated Shri Pratap Pawar for being recipient of the Punyabhushan Award this year. He said that Shri Pawar’s contributions to the Indian media through Sakal Media group; to the industrial development of this region and to social activities are well known. Last year, as President of India, I had the privilege of conferring ‘Padmashri’ on Shri Pratap Pawar to recognize his contribution in various areas of public service. Through ‘Sakal’ he has played a major role in educating and awakening the masses. 


The President said that media plays a very important role in our democracy. It helps in creation of awakening amongst the vast multitude of masses through dissemination of information. It helps shape ideas and opinions. Democracy is not just a government of the people, for the people and by the people. It can be institutionalized only through constant dialogue. The media as a whole not only keeps people informed but also performs a very crucial function of presenting ideas and alternatives in the domain of policy formulation and implementation. The media space thus becomes an important component in the fabric of a functional democracy by not merely reporting the ‘dialogue of democracy’ but also by taking an active part in that dialogue. 

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President of India’s message on the eve of Independence Day of Djibouti 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of Djibouti on the eve of their Independence Day (June 27, 2015). 

In his message to His Excellency Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh, the President of the Republic of Djibouti, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to convey to you and to the people of Djibouti warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of your Independence Day. 

India and Djibouti have traditionally enjoyed friendly and cordial relations. The recent gesture of the Government of Djibouti in extending its whole hearted cooperation during my Government’s efforts to evacuate a large number of Indian nationals as well as nationals of other countries from strife – torn Yemen has, indeed, taken this relationship to a new level. I am confident that the friendly ties existing between our two countries will be further strengthened in the years to come. 

I avail of this opportunity to convey to Your Excellency, my good wishes for your personal well-being and happiness, as well as for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Djibouti” 

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Foundation Stone of IARI Jharkhand to be laid by PM on June 28th 

A premiere institute for development and research in agricultural sector, Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), Jharkhand will soon have thousand acre campus to give fillip to agriculture in the region. Foundation stone of the campus of Institute will be laid by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 28th June, 2015 at Goriya Karma village in Barhi, Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh will also grace the occasion. 

IARI-Jharkhand would achieve inclusive agricultural growth through Integrated Farming Systems (IFS) in the region. It will achieved through multi-disciplinary research centered around 3 major schools viz. School of Natural Resource Management, School of Crop Improvement & Protection, and School of Horticulture and Forestry with integrated Animal Sciences, Basic Sciences and Social Sciences components for catering to the local farming system needs of the region. The institute will attract the cream of post graduate and doctoral students from all over India and abroad to conduct region specific research. 

The major regional challenges will be addressed by the IARI, Jharkhand, through prioritized thrust areas of research, integrated with post-graduate education and extension programs, thereby leading to: 

Improved soil health, water use efficiency (WUE) and management of both surface and ground water resources in the high rainfall (1200-1600 mm) regions through multidisciplinary research. 

Research on crop diversification to double the production in rice-fallow seasons 

Improvement of nutritional security and profitability of the farm families in the tribal belts thorough appropriate horticultural technologies 

Development of region-specific integrated farming systems 

Focus on fast adoption of technologies through location-specific need-based extension strategies and mechanisms. 

Higher agricultural education for human resource development beginning with 10 post graduate students from 2015-16 in Soil Science, Water Science &Technology, Agronomy, Horticulture and Genetics disciplines. 

Collaboration within NAREES and international organizations for making effective use of cutting edge technologies to boost regional capacities and economy of the farmers 

Ensuring an overall social impact in terms of employment generation through best skilled scientific, technical, administrative and supporting manpower 

Fuel and promote technology-driven growth of agro-industries through first generation entrepreneurs of the region to provide a fillip for the Make in India initiative of the Government. This would also develop ancillary industries for rural employment and economic empowerment 

Usher in Evergreen Revolution for productive, profitable and sustainable agriculture through quality post graduate education and gender-equity ensuring total prosperity in the region. 

IARI - the seat of Green Revolution- has played a pivotal leadership role of transforming Indian food production system from “ship to mouth” to “self-reliant sustainable agriculture”. Trained human resource, extension methodologies and initiatives to take the technologies to farmers for improved agricultural productivity and production are the hallmarks of this century old institution. 

For enabling Evergreen Revolution, the Government of India has taken up a mission to initiate the process of establishing a state of the art Indian Agricultural Research Institute for higher agricultural education and research in the state of Jharkhand - one of the resource endowed eastern states with typical ecologies and economy, thereby leading to a holistic, inclusive and profit oriented agriculture for the entire nation. 

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Storage Status of 91 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on June 25, 2015 


             The Water storage available in 91 important reservoirs of the country as on June 25, 2015 was 43.26 BCM which is 27% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This storage is 111% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 146% of storage of average of last ten years.  The present storage position during current year is better than the storage position of last year and is also better than the storage of average of last ten years.
  Central Water Commission monitors live storage status of these reservoirs on weekly basis. These reservoirs include 37 reservoirs having hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW. The total storage capacity of these reservoirs is 157.799 BCM which is about 62% of the storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country.

REGION WISE STORAGE STATUS:
NORTHERN REGION
The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are 6 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 7.76 BCM which is 43% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 42% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 29% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

EASTERN REGION
The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 5.41 BCM which is 29% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 26% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 15% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

WESTERN REGION
The Western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 27.07 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 5.91 BCM which is 22% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 24% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 21% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year and is better than the average storage of last ten years.

CENTRAL REGION
The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 42.30BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 12.67 BCM which is 30% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 31% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 14% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year but better than the average storage of last ten years.

SOUTHERN REGION
The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, (Two combined project in both states) Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 11.48 BCM which is 22% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 13% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 20% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

             States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Odisha, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. States having equal storage than last year for corresponding period are Maharashtra and Uttarakhand. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Rajasthan, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, (Two combined project in both states).

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