Himachal gets Central funding of Rs. 42 crore for three industrial projects: CM
Himachal Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Saturday informed that Himachal Pradesh has been awarded Central funding of Rs. 42 crore under PM GatiShakti related expenditure of ‘ Scheme for Special Assistance to States for Capital Investment 2022-23’ from the Union department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. He said this assistance will go a long way in boosting industrial activities in the State.
Sukhu said the State Government had sent four projects amounting to Rs. 84 crore for Central assistance, keeping in view logistics connectivity and industrial development in the state. The screening committee of Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has approved three projects of Rs. 42 crore.
He said that one of the flagship projects under this scheme is setting up an IT Park at Rakh (Nagri) in Palampur Tehsil of District Kangra. He said that airport connectivity and climate is highly suitable for IT – enabled industries in the area. The total cost of project would be Rs. 35 crore.
Sukhu has directed the Industries Department to increase the size of the park from 250 kanal to at least 1000 kanal so that economies of scale could be encashed for generating employment for local youth. He also asked for timely execution of these projects. He also directed to formulate Investment Oriented Open Policies to make Himachal Pradesh the most investor friendly state across the country. He asked Director, Industries, Rakesh Prajapati to visit the identified sites and initiate the process of setting up the IT Park. He said that it would create employment opportunities for people of Himachal Pradesh in the field of IT & ITES.
Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachand” to be Nepal’s Prime Minister third time
Pushpa Kamal Dahal has been elected as the Prime Minister of Nepal again on December 25,2022.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari named Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ of the CPN-Maoist Centre as Nepal’s next Prime Minister.
Prachanda has been chosen as Prime Minister of Nepal under Article 76 Clause 2 of the Constitution.
Dairy Development Policy
In order to complement and supplement the efforts of the States and UTs, the Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Government of India is implementing following animal husbandry and dairy development schemes for strengthening infrastructure across the country for enhancing milk production and procurement in the potential districts and States:
National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD)
Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF)
Supporting Dairy Cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organizations engaged in dairy activities (SDCFPO)
Rashtriya Gokul Mission (RGM)
National Livestock Mission (NLM)
Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF)
Coffee Export From India Rose Almost 2% to 4 Lakh tonne
Coffee shipments from India, Asia’s third-largest producer and exporter, rose 1.66 per cent to 4 lakh tonne in 2022 on rise in instant coffee exports and re-exports. Exports stood at 3.93 lakh tonne in 2021. In value terms, coffee export was higher at Rs 8,762.47 crore in 2022 as against Rs 6,984.67 crore in the previous year. India ships both Robusta and Arabica varieties, besides instant coffee.
According to the Board’s latest data, shipment of Robusta coffee declined marginally to 2,20,974 tonne in 2022 from 2,20,997 tonne in the previous year.
Similarly, export of Arabica fell 11.43 per cent to 44,542 tonne from 50,292 tonne. However, export of instant coffee increased 16.73 per cent to 35,810 tonne in 2022 from 29,819 tonne in the previous year. About 99,513 tonne of coffee was re-exported in 2022, higher than 92,235 tonne in the previous year.
India’s first underwater metro to become operation by December 2023
India’s first underwater metro service, The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) said that the East-West Metro Corridor project, is expected to be completed by December 2023. With this, another feather is being added to the crown of Kolkata Metro, the first metro railway in the country. Kolkata Metro, which started its journey in 1984, is being expanded to cover the whole city and its outskirts. The underwater metro, which will be running through the Hoogly river will connect the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata.
The completion of the project will bring great relief to lakhs of commuters as it will connect the busy Howrah and Sealdah railway stations as well as the north-south line of the Kolkata Metro at Esplanade. Another attraction for travellers will be the twin tunnels under the width of the river. Passengers will pass under the water for half a kilometre in less than a minute, giving them a one-of-a-kind experience.
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