Shanta Kumar presides Himalayan Samaroh
Shimla: Member of Parliament and former Chief Minister of Himachal, Shanta Kumar while addressing a gathering of Himachalis in the Himalayan Himachal Samaroh – 2019 organised by the Himalayan Jagriti Manch at New Delhi, urged them to preserve the rich traditions and unique culture of the Pradesh. He asked them to work towards this objective while staying united in the National Capital Region. He said, it was a matter of pride to be a Himachali as the State is a model of development and its development indicators have been lauded at national level and also by the World Bank. Shanta Kumar stressed upon the need for honesty and sincerity while performing our duties and added that only dutiful citizens can contribute to a strong society and nation.
Bansal bats for additional FAR for SCOs
Chandigarh: Former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal has supported the demand for additional FAR for construction on the open courtyards on the first floor of SCOs and booths. Keeping in view the increased present day needs as the courtyards are no longer being used for dumping waste material, the box-type construction is a just demand and will help make optimum use of the scarce space available, Bansal said in a letter to VP Singh Badnore, Governor Punjab and UT Administrator. Bansal added, this will not affect the basic architectural plan of the city markets as things do change with the passage of time.
AAP MLA Arora gets invitation from Harvard
Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Sunam Aman Arora has been invited to address at the 16th annual conference, being jointly organized by world's prestigious Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, in Boston on February 16 and 17. Confirming his participation, Arora said that this year's theme for conference is ‘India at an Inflection Point’ which apart from him is to be attended by world renowned spiritual leader Sadhguru, Maharashtra Chief Minister Davendra Fadnavis, Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, poll strategist Prashant Kishore, Bahubali director SS Rajamouli and host of eminent Indian personalities from varied fields of industry, politics, media, finance, judiciary and Bollywood. This year being general elections round the corner and regional parties set to play an important role in the wake of fractured mandate, Arora has been invited to deliberate on the possible role of regional parties set to play in the formation of next government.
‘SBI Green Marathon’ launched
Chandigarh: State Bank of India has launched its second edition of annual flagship programme ‘SBI Green Marathon’ to promote sustainability. Sanjay Baniwal (IPS), DGP, Chandigarh and Rana Ashutosh Kumar Singh, CGM, Chandigarh Circle, SBI flagged off the event that witnessed more than 3000 enthusiastic runners in the city. The Sunday morning in the Chandigarh Club observed participants from across the city running 5, 10, 21 kms marathons. Senior officials of the bank also contributed to the “Run for Green” theme and ran the marathon along with other participants. All the runners were given organic t-shirts to promote clean and green city.
15 Architects, professionals felicitated
Chandigarh: Architects from the region were felicitated here at the four-day expo INT-EXT Expo at Parade Ground, Sector 17 here. In all 15 architects and professionals were given away awards for their excellence in different categories of architecture. The INT-EXT Expo 2019 which took off on February 8 is on till Monday at the Parade Ground. The four-day interior-exterior show, INT-EXT Expo 2019 was inaugurated by VP Singh Badnore, UT Administrator and Punjab Governor.
Film Appreciation course concludes at PU
Chandigarh: The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, collaboration for a film appreciation course hosted by the varsity’s Department of English and Cultural Studies concluded on Sunday with a valedictory function in which certificate of participation were distributed to over 75 participants from eight states of the country. Department’s chairperson Prof Deepti Gupta, who had initiated this collaboration, declared it a successful attempt on part of the Department to engage with other institutions for teaching and learning.
PU Zoology Dept’s alumni meet held
Chandigarh: A 95-year-old alumna, student of the first batch of Zoology Department, Satija was the charm of the Department’s alumni meet held on Sunday. About 90 alumni attended the programme. PU vice-chancellor Prof Raj Kumar, the chief guest of the programme, highlighted the importance of such events to reconnect with the alma mater and to share their achievements with each other. PU’s Dean Alumni Prof Deepti Gupta, addressing the alumni, said: “Panjab University is like a garland having its alumni members as colourful flowers and all departments are chapters of PU Alumni Association”.
Ram Lal Markanda hails budget
Shimla: Himachal Agriculture Minister Ram Lal Markanda while hailing the state budget for the financial year 2019-20 presented by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said, the Budget aims at welfare of the farmers, horticulturists, workers, employees, youth and women. He said, the budget have announced maximum schemes for farmers, which would improve the financial condition farmers and horticulturists of the state, as help in doubling the farm income by 2020. He added the unenviable task of taking along every section of the society, agricultural sector and farmers have remained crucial in the Budget.
India ranked high in Global IP Rankings
Chandigarh: The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) released its seventh annual International Intellectual Property (IP) Index, “Inspiring Tomorrow,” which analyzes the IP climate in 50 world economies. The report ranks economies based on 45 unique indicators that are critical to an innovation-led economy supported by robust patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets protection. The seventh edition of the Index shows India’s jumping eight places in the rankings from 44th of 50 economies in 2018 to 36th in 2019.