PM meets district Panchayat Members from Gujarat


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today met district Panchayat Members from Gujarat. He appreciated their views on ways to improve the quality of life and infrastructure in the villages.



The Prime Minister tweeted :



“Had a wonderful meeting with district Panchayat Members from Gujarat. They had insightful views on ways to improve the quality of life and infrastructure in the villages.”

Had a wonderful meeting with district Panchayat Members from Gujarat. They had insightful views on ways to improve the quality of life and infrastructure in the villages. pic.twitter.com/sxztdlk9th

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 15, 2022

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Canada – Uniacke and District Volunteer Fire Department will benefit from upgrades to help bring people back to public spaces safely

Canadian cities and towns flourish when they have community public spaces to promote social interaction and physical activity, and provide access to recreational programs and facilities. These amenities are integral to the overall well-being of individuals, families and communities. Our economic recovery is closely linked to the vitality of our local communities and their shared spaces.

Government of Canada fueling community revitalization and creating the conditions for local economies to thrive as they rebound from the effects of COVID-19

February 27, 2022 · Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Canadian cities and towns flourish when they have community public spaces to promote social interaction and physical activity, and provide access to recreational programs and facilities. These amenities are integral to the overall well-being of individuals, families and communities. Our economic recovery is closely linked to the vitality of our local communities and their shared spaces.

Today, Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants, announced an investment of $127,650 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the Uniacke and District Volunteer Fire Department. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

This support will allow the fire department to restore an outdoor rink it operates in the community. The rink will be resurfaced and a ramp installed to make the space fully accessible. The location serves as an important year-round amenity, a training site for the volunteer firefighters and a location to hold the department’s primary fundraiser, the Firefighter’s Fair.

The CCRF was launched in June 2021. The Fund provides $500 million over two years to Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs) to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces. The Government of Canada remains committed to investing in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This in turn will stimulate local economies, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.

“Strong, vibrant communities in Nova Scotia are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery. Investing in shared public spaces like the Uniacke and District Volunteer Fire Department’s outdoor rink helps revitalize local economies, boosts tourism, creates jobs, and gives residents a place to come together safely.”

–       The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

The Uniacke and District Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the community for 73 years. In addition to emergency services, it also provides residents with a community gathering space for meetings and events. 

CCRF funding will support two major streams of activity:

o   adapt community spaces and assets so that they may be used safely in accordance with local public health guidelines,

o   build or improve community spaces to encourage Canadians to re-engage in, and explore their communities and regions. 

Eligible recipients will include not-for-profit organizations; rural, municipal or regional governments; Indigenous groups and communities; and public sector bodies that provide municipal-type infrastructure. 

Priority may be given to projects that encourage the participation of underrepresented groups and take into consideration the unique challenges of rural and remote communities. 

For more information on the application process, eligibility criteria and eligible expenses, or to apply for the CCRF, reach out to your regional development agency.

Canada’s regional development agencies are continuing to deliver targeted support for economic recovery in the region. Application intake is open through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for the Canada Community Revitalization Fund, Jobs and Growth Fund, Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative and Tourism Relief Fund.

Marianne Blondin

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Marianne.Blondin@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Chris Brooks

Communications Director, Nova Scotia

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

902-830-3839

chris.brooks@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Chief Brian Supple

Uniacke and District Volunteer Fire Department

902-229-5562

Supplbr@icloud.com

One District One Product (ODOP) mission of Centre takes a giant technology boost.


West Jaintia Hills today witnessed the first-of-its-kind Fly-Off Event to demonstrate the use of novel and innovative Drone/UAV technology for payload delivery, that could serve as a model of solving the 1st mile connectivity issues for Lakadong Turmeric farmers from the hinterland.


Lakadong Turmeric has been identified under The One District, One Product (ODOP) Initiative under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, as a product with excellent potential for growth and export for West Jaintia Hills. 


ODOP partnered with AGNIi Mission, one of the nine technology missions under the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council to identify Indian innovative technologies that can play a transformative role in the end-to-end processing of Lakadong Turmeric, starting with leveraging payload drones (UAVs) to transport the turmeric in large quantities.


Addressing the gathering at the event, Ms. Sumita Dawra, Additional Secretary, DPIIT said that this event was a first step towards showcasing the innovative solutions that can propel 1st mile connectivity while ushering in Industrial Revolution 4.0.


It may be noted that the Lakadong Turmeric from West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, one   of   the   world’s   finest turmeric varieties with the highest curcumin content of 7-9% (in comparison to 3% or less in other varieties), is fast becoming a game changer in the economy of the district. The State of Meghalaya has applied for a Geographical Indication tag for Lakadong turmeric. 


The percentage of curcumin and oleoresin content in turmeric determines the demand by the industry along with the price. India is the largest producer and exporter of turmeric (APEDA, 2019). India exported US$ 236.5 million worth of turmeric in 2018 from US$ 182.53 million in 2017. Turmeric is a positive crop; it improves health and is not water guzzling. 


Highlighting the fact that despite India being the world’s largest turmeric producer and exporter, turmeric imports had also been increasing, the Additional Secretary said that the major importers were the extraction and processing industries that require high curcumin and oleo resin. 


Inspite of the highest curcumin content and excellent potential for domestic sales and export, Lakadong turmeric faces severe market access issues due to the remoteness of the location, topography and terrain. Thus, buyers have to incur additional costs to transport the goods from the villages via local pick-up trucks till the major transporters’ loading point. Additional costs of transportation and delays in the same act as barriers / disincentives for the buyer in the process of procurement.


The flyoff event would not only to give a fillip to the mandate of the ODOP initiative but also leverage modern technology as a fundamental solution to overcome the bottleneck of transportation that acts as a barrier in realizing the optimal potential of this exceptional spice from Meghalaya, Ms. Dawra said. 


In consonance with its mandate in April last year, the ODOP Team successfully facilitated the trade of 13,136 kgs of sliced and dried Lakadong Turmeric to a large food processing industry in Ernakulam, Kerala in 2021. It may also be noted that under ODOP initiative, the price of Lakadong Turmeric has increased by Rs. 20, from Rs. 150 per Kg in the Year 2021 to Rs. 170 per Kg in 2022.


ODOP is a transformational step forward towards realizing the true potential of a district, fuelling economic growth and advancing the goal of Vocal for Local. Lauding the success of the ODOP team in pitching the highest curcumin content of Lakadong Turmeric as its Unique Selling Proposition, Ms. Dawra said that the team had succeeded in the creation of market linkages for 500+ plus farmers from Self-Help Groups and Co-operative Societies from 4 villages in West Jaintia Hills District. 


Ms. Sumita Dawra said that under ‘Lakadong Turmeric 2.0’, new efforts were being planned to scale up procurements for sustainable sales for the harvest season of 2022 and the years to come. For the same, the ODOP team led buyer visits to Meghalaya in December 2021 wherein direct interactions at the farm level and buyer-seller meets were organized for representatives of interested buyers. These have ended in the finalization of procurement orders for over 25,000 kgs already with a plan to increase the same even further, subject to final negotiations this year, she added.


India produces 78 per cent of the world’s turmeric, as per a reply given by the Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar in the Rajya Sabha on March 12, 2021. In the year 2018-19, turmeric production was 389 thousand tonnes, with area and productivity 246 thousand hectares and 5646.34 kg per hectare respectively.




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Hong Kong – Islands District DHC Express officially opens (with photos)

Islands District DHC Express officially opens (with photos)

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     The Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia Chan, officiated at the opening ceremony of the Islands District Health Centre (DHC) Express today (December 18), which is operated by the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council (NAAC).

 

     Speaking at the opening ceremony, Professor Chan said, “I have always been actively promoting the development of primary healthcare service in Hong Kong, of which DHCs and DHC Expresses are the key components. Fully funded by the Government, they are operated by non-governmental organisations under a ‘district-based, public-private partnership, medical-social collaboration’ service model to make the best use of the local network and resources to flexibly promote primary health services that meet community needs.

 

     “The NAAC is experienced in serving the residents of the Islands District over the years. In view of the relatively dispersed population of the Islands District, the DHC Express plans to strengthen its outreach services by providing services based on local needs at different places such as Lamma Island regularly. Moreover, one of the service points of the DHC Express is located at the Tung Chung Masjid Ismail to extend its reach to more ethnic minorities in the district, thus enabling citizens of different races to establish a healthy lifestyle. With the establishment of the Islands DHC Express, I expect the residents in the district will be provided with services that better suit their needs.”

 

     In addition to core services, the Islands DHC Express also offers services covering quality sleeping enhancement, weight management, sarcopenia assessment and training. In an endeavour to preventing unnecessary readmission of discharged patients, the Islands DHC Express works closely with the Kowloon West Cluster of the Hospital Authority, especially the North Lantau Hospital, to organise different activities and provide necessary primary healthcare services.

 

     Since its soft launch in mid-October to the end of November, the Islands DHC Express has recruited nearly 200 members. Most of them have completed the health risk factors assessment.

 

     The Islands DHC Express consists of a core centre and nine service points. The core centre is located at Block B, Lot 2536, Ha Ling Pei, Tung Chung, Lantau. The nine service points are set up at the Hong Kong PHAB Association Peng Chau Neighbourhood Elderly cum Children/Youth Centre, the Cheung Chau Rural Committee, the Masjid Ismail, the Tai O Rural Committee, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Tung Chung Integrated Services and the Pok Oi Hospital Chan Shi Sau Memorial Social Service Centre as well as the Tung Chung Integrated Services Centre, Tai O sub-office and Discovery Bay sub-office of the NAAC.  

 

     For more information on the Islands DHC Express, please visit www.dhc.gov.hk or call the Islands DHC Express hotline at 2556 5338.

Hong Kong – New District Officer for Tsuen Wan assumes office (with photo)

New District Officer for Tsuen Wan assumes office (with photo)

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     Mr Billy Au will assume the post of District Officer (Tsuen Wan) tomorrow (November 29), succeeding Miss Jenny Yip.

 

     Mr Au joined the Government in 1989 initially as an Executive Officer. He transferred to the Trade Officer Grade in the same year and worked in the former Trade Department and the Trade and Industry Department. He joined the Administrative Service in 2011 and has served in the Home Affairs Bureau and the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau.

 

     Mr Au was Principal Assistant Secretary (Financial Services) at the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau before taking up the post of District Officer (Tsuen Wan).