Saturday, January 24, 2015

Uttarakhand PSC 2015 Examination Calendar


Written by ABisht

Uttarakhand Public Service Commission (UKPSC) Released 2015 Tentative Calendar for Upcoming competitive Exams.


Uttarakhand PSC Released 2015 Tentative Calendar for Upcoming Exams ---Click Here

Uttarakhand Public Servcie Commission will conduct various examination and recruitment processes to fill vacancies in different departments, offices of the government -- for Instance: Uttarakhand Civil Services posts, interviews, Assistant Divisional Inspector (Civil) Exam, Combined State Engineering Service Exam, Uttarakhand Judicial Services examination (Civil Judge Exam etc.), various education posts, engineering posts etc. 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Grow a Tree for three Years, Get Rs 3000 from Uttarakhand Government


Written by ABisht
A week or two ago, some reports surfaced online, about Uttarakhand Government's new scheme, under which, a person growing a tree for three years will be awarded with Rs 3,000.The details of this scheme, I'll try to know.

Another scheme is to grow one crore trees of fodder species. I suggest a couple of things with respect to the planting of fodder trees in India. The Government, must take initiative to encourage Dairy in Uttarakhand Hills. And when I say initiative, I mean real steps, not only to help people buy high yielding milch cattle; but also help them to set up sheds where the animal is in comfortable state, even during cold months. That apart, the Government should seriously think on providing very subsidised extra LPG cylinders to people with cattle, as that way the pressure on forests for fuel will reduce. When people use LPG to cook cattle feed, they will automatically stop gathering wood fuel. 

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Trash Vehicles roaming in Uttarakhand, to collect Dry and Wet Trash


Written by ABisht
Every other day, Trash Collection Vehicles or "Kuda Vahans", are requesting people of Uttarakhand to use the service to dispose off their wet and dry trash. These Trash collection vehicles are using Loudspeakers to encourage people to use the service. Ever Since, PM Modi mysteriously linked patriotism with Trash, or Mahatma Gandhi with Trash, the pitch made by these trash pickers is concluding with a music note, suggesting as if it's meant to encourage the country to join military for some upcoming war. The supporters of Modi's call are justifying the call, on the ground that it's indeed about a war -- A War against Trash.

They may have their logic. But still, the sound of an Army Trumpet after every Trash collection advertisement is too weird.

Coming back to this trash collection concept. The concept is simply a waste of public money. Why? As it's a half baked idea. Implemented in a haste (in Hindi means "Jaldbazi"). There's no intent, whatsoever, to manage garbage or trash effectively. It's just an act to build a political message.

Why I think so? Because, collecting garbage is not enough. There must be follow up procedures as well. For instance, there must be a proactive initiative by the Government (using its own machinery and manpower), both Centre and States, to clean up the litter already there. If people see, garbage dumps, every 100 metres, why will they use the trash collection vehicles? Other measures include, devising a waste management strategy and allocating funds for it.

In addition, at many places, Rs 50 a month is being charged from the citizens who take the service. Waste, if managed efficiently in itself is a money generator, hence charging people doesn't make any sense. That apart, why citizens have to pay for trash management, when it's the responsibility of the State or Country. 

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Haldwani Zoo will have Zebras


Written by ABisht
The Uttarakhand forest department on Tuesday announced that it will start a new tiger safari in Kotdwar. In addition, a big zoo will be opened at New Haldwani where Zebras will be introduced for the first time in state. The tiger Safari will be populated by the tigers which have become old or rescued on becoming handicapped due to mishaps, informed Dinesh Aggarwal, Uttarakhand forest minister. The Kotdwar area will double as a permanent shelter for these tigers, which usually turn to be man-eaters after losing their agility.

The zoo at New Haldwani will feature a three dimensional aquarium and exotic birds.


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Cold Wave Deaths in Uttarakhand and Houses our forefathers built for us


Written by ABisht
Amidst the news of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat stoutly denying the media reports that over 20 people have died across the hill state due to cold this season, correcting the exaggerated figure to just 2 -- one in Chamoli and another in Haridwar; one can say that the situation regarding shelters for homeless is quite grim in Uttarakhand. Actually it's grim in the entire country. That's why the weak and frail can't survive the winter chill in North India. Any funds disbursed by the Government prove insufficient, going by the number of homeless people around. But still, if the Governments can allow shopping kiosks to open besides highways, then it must not be a difficult task for it to build some low cost dormitory type shelters for the homeless. After all it's much better for the homeless, than sleeping under the sky.

That said, there is no respite for people with decent houses as well. The blame for this goes to how we are building our houses today. The extensive use of marble stone is aggravating the chill. The brick walls fail to provide for any insulation against the cold as well. Considering the plummeting temperatures in recent years; the old houses which our forefathers built with mud and wood appeared more apt for the winter chill and the summer heat. 

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