Thursday, 30 August 2012

Bihar News, Latest News from Bihar, News of Bihar, Biharprabha News

Bihar News, Latest News from Bihar, News of Bihar, Biharprabha News

Non-polluting units to get land in Lucknow

Posted: 30 Aug 2012 06:42 AM PDT

Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA) will soon launch a scheme to provide around 50 acres of developed land for non-polluting industrial use.

The proposal was approved Wednesday at a meeting of LIDA’s board of directors.

It was also decided that LIDA would try to increase its land bank to around 500 acres — the target for the current financial year.

LIDA Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Prasad said they had around 50 acres of compact and developed land and a scheme would soon be launched to invite entrepreneurs to set-up non-polluting industrial units there.

Also, a substation will soon be built to ensure quality power supply to around 350 acres of a LIDA project.

The meeting also granted approval to upgrading and strengthening the link road connecting a proposed IT-park to National Highway-2.

LIDA is also looking for financial assistance from the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) for developing the Lucknow-Kanpur industrial corridor.

Sanjay Prasad said the last date for submission of Expression of Interest for selection of anchor investor for the development of an IT-Park would not be extended beyond Sep 10.

In case no one expressed interest, LIDA would go ahead for tenders with two companies, which had initially applied for the project, he said.

Only Gurgaon-based Raheja Developers and Hyderabad-based Aditya Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation Private Ltd have expressed interest in the project.

Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner Anil Kumar Gupta said LIDA had the potential to push industrial development in and around Lucknow and efforts should be made to make it a catalyst for innovative entrepreneurship.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui aims to be Industry’s Highest Paid Actor

Posted: 30 Aug 2012 05:39 AM PDT

After getting recognition and accolades for his work in films like “Kahaani” and “Gangs of Wasseypur”, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is thinking big and his latest dream is to become the highest paid actor. But he is not ready to compromise on his work for money or luxury.

“I am very happy the way things have shaped up in my career… Now I am getting all the credit for my hard work. I want to be the highest paid actor in Bollywood and I am sure even that day will come soon,” Nawazuddin told IANS.

“I don’t dream of having a flat in Mumbai or owning a car. By buying a flat of Rs.2 or Rs.3 crore, I will not compromise by doing any sort of work to repay the loan. I will never compromise with my work for the luxury. I want to do some good work.”

Nawazuddin, 38, has a handful of films – “Aatma”, “Mountain Man”, and “Lunch Box”, among others – and said: “Post-’Gangs Of Wasseypur’, I am doing ‘Aatma’ with Bipasha Basu. Almost more than 50 percent of the film is ready. We are gearing up for the last schedule which will be shot in Panchgani and in Mumbai,” the 38-year-old said.

Bihar to get Indo-Israel agriculture centres

Posted: 30 Aug 2012 04:33 AM PDT

Two Indo-Israel Agriculture Centre of Excellence may come up in Bihar.

This follows hour-long discussions Israeli ambassador Alon Ushpiz had with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna Wednesday, an Israeli embassy statement here said.

Accompanying the ambassador was the embassy’s agriculture counsellor, Uri Rubinstein.

The agricultural centres will focus on fruit and vegetable cultivation, the statement said.

Nitish Kumar and Ushpiz also discussed possibilities for cooperation in water treatment, aquaculture, dairy and grain storage. Solar energy was also identified as a potential field for cooperation.

Ushpiz invited Nitish Kumar to visit Israel.

Said the ambassador: “There is no doubt that the potential for cooperation between Israel and Bihar is rich, and what we can achieve together in agriculture and water is indeed promising.

“I hope that in the next couple of months we will be able to marry Israeli technologies and know-how in the fields of fruits and vegetables, dairy, crop storage and water, with the proven capabilities of the farming sector of Bihar.”

Lok Sabha passes chemical weapons, AIIMS bills

Posted: 30 Aug 2012 03:32 AM PDT

Lok Sabha has passed a bill for regulating chemical weapons in accordance with international convention and another to set up more AIIMS-like institutes amidst opposition din demanding prime minister’s resignation.

As BJP and its allies raised slogans, the Chemical Weapons Convention (Amendment) Bill, 2012, and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2012, were passed by voice vote.

The AIIMS bill will replace an ordinance which allowed the six AIIMS-like institutes to become operational from Sep 15.

The Chemical Weapons Convention (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Act, 2000, which was enacted to give effect to the convention on the Prohibition of the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction.

India had signed the convention Jan 14, 1993.

The passing of the two bills, despite the BJP’s attempts to disrupt parliament proceedings for the seventh day in a row over the official auditor’s report on coal block allocations, shows the government’s mind to get its legislative business conducted before the monsoon session ends Sep 7.

Indian Army to buy 20 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Posted: 29 Aug 2012 08:30 PM PDT

To better arm its troops fighting insurgents in the border state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army is buying 20 man-portable, mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can be deployed to gather intelligence and mount surveillance.

The mini-UAVs are being bought by the Udhampur-based Northern Army Command. Earlier this month, it issued a tender open to global original equipment manufactuters.

Sources in the Northern Army Command said the mini-UAVs will augment the Israeli UAVs that the over three lakh troops in Jammu and Kashmir already use.

“The tender was issued earlier this month and we expect the mini-UAV manufacturers to respond by the beginning of September this year. After perusal of the proposals, the orders will be placed for the 20 mini-UAVs required at present,” souces said.

The procurement is being made under the Northern Army Commander’s special financial powers as “the quantity is less and costs low”, the source said.

The mini-UAV that the troops will get will weigh less than 10 kg and can be transported on the shoulders of a trooper.

The mini-UAV will have cameras, including an infrared one, for night use. It also comes equipped with recording devices and sensors for mounting surveillance.

“We have asked for mini-UAVs that can be assembled by the troops themselves within 20 minutes and deployed for about an hour over a specific area of about five-km radius,” sources said.

The mini-UAVs will be propelled by an electric motor and hence it will be literally noise-free once it attains a height of 500 metres above ground level. This will help it avoid detection.

The ceiling for this flying machine will be 1,000 metres above ground level. It will have a cruise speed of about 40 knots or over 70 kmph.

Indian armed forces are at present using about 100 Searcher-II and 60 Heron UAVs, both from the Israeli stable.

India is also in the process of developing indigenous UAVs such as Nishant and Rustom.

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