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National Agriculture Conclave in Nagpur brings Vice Chancellors and educationists under one roof

GH Raisoni University (GHRU) in collaboration with Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), recently organised a two-day National Agriculture Conclave at Hotel Radisson Blu, Nagpur. The conclave, which had Agricultural Education? as its theme, brought a number of Vice Chancellors and educationists across India under one roof.

Present during the inaugural ceremony of the conclave were Chief Guest Dr Prof S Parasuraman, Sunil Raisoni (President, GHRU), Dr Narendra Singh Rathore (Deputy Director General, Agricultural Education, Division of Education, ICAR), Guest of Honour Dr Akhilesh Pandey (Chairman, MP Private University Regulatory Commission, Bhopal) and Dr Rajan Welukar (Vice Chancellor, GHRU).

Addressing the people present at the conclave on Day 1, Dr Rajan Welukar (Vice Chancellor, GH Raisoni University), explained the reason behind organizing the conclave. He informed that with agriculture being the most important industry in India, it is necessary to inform students and farmers about the changing techniques in the field of farming over the years. With the help of an illustration, he stressed upon the need of learning the basic farming techniques. It is for this reason that the conclave inviting vice chancellors and educationists has been organized, informed Dr Welukar.

The two-day conclave consisted of three sessions on Day 1 discussing the topics:

? Status and Scope of Human Capital Requirement in Agricultural and Allied sectors

? Reforms in Knowledge Skill Requirement of Agricultural Graduates

? Enhancing Agricultural Productivity, Competitiveness and Rural growth

These sessions were convened, chaired and addressed by Dr MB Chetti (ADG, Human Resource Development, ICAR), Dr SS Chahal (Former VC, MPUAT, Udaypur, New Delhi), Dr Praveen Rao (VC, PJTSAU, Hyderabad), Dr B Venkatesh Warlu (ADG – EQR), Dr HS Gupta (Former Director, IARI, New Delhi), Dr BG Mukhopadhyay (Former CGM, NABARD, Mumbai), Mahesh Dalvi (Manager, e-Yantra), Lohit Penubaku (Assistant Manager, e-Yantra), Ajit Harpude (In-charge, Urban Agriculture Project), Dr Bajarbarua (VC, AAU, Assam), Dr Sharad Nimbalkar (Former Vice Chancellor, Dr PVKV, Akola), Dr SA Patil (Former Director, IARI, New Delhi), Dr PG Chengappa (Former VC, UAS, Bangalore, Dr R M Kummur (CGM, NABARD (Retd), Mumbai).

On the Day 2 of the conclave, delegates visited the GHRU campus at Saikheda, Madhya Pradesh where they interacted with the students.

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: CELESTIAL! Unique alignment of Moon and 5 planets

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