Saudi bans pilgrims from holy sites over virus as Iran deaths jump

first_imgSaudia Arabia on Thursday banned pilgrims from visiting Islam’s holiest sites to try to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus as the number of deaths soared in neighbouring Iran and new cases were reported in Europe.China is no longer the only breeding ground for COVID-19 as countries worry about possible contagion from other hotbeds of infection, including Iran, South Korea and Italy.There are now more daily cases being recorded outside China than inside the country, where the virus first emerged in December, according to the World Health Organization. President Emmanuel Macron said France, the world’s most visited country, was preparing for a jump in coronavirus cases.”We are facing a crisis, an epidemic that is coming,” he said during a visit to a hospital in Paris where the first French person carrying the virus died Tuesday.But President Donald Trump has played down fears of a major outbreak in the United States, the world’s largest economy.”I think that there’s a chance that it could get worse, a chance it could get fairly substantially worse, but nothing’s inevitable,” Trump told reporters Wednesday.His comments contradicted US health officials who urged Americans to be ready to cancel mass gatherings and work from home. There are 60 cases in the US so far.The US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said it had detected the first case of unknown origin in the country, signalling that the virus may be spreading within communities.Contagion fears With the virus spreading in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia suspended visas for visits to Islam’s holiest sites for the “umrah” pilgrimage, an unprecedented move, raising questions over the hajj which starts in July.The kingdom — which hosts millions of pilgrims every year — said it was also suspending visas for tourists visiting from countries where the new virus is a “danger”.In neighbouring Iran, the health ministry reported seven new deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 26, the highest outside China.Tehran imposed domestic travel restrictions for confirmed or suspected cases and slapped curbs on visits to major Muslim pilgrimage sites, while Iran’s neighbours have shut their borders.Several governments have also advised against travel to Italy — which has 400 cases and 12 deaths, and South South Korea, which has almost 1,600 cases, the highest number outside China. Even China — which sealed off an entire province and shut down cities across the country to contain the virus — is now worried about importing cases and ordered people arriving in Beijing from affected countries to go into 14-day self-quarantine.But UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet voiced concern Thursday about the widespread use of quarantine, and said the epidemic had “set off a disturbing wave of prejudice against people of Chinese and East Asian ethnicity”.The virus is believed to have originated in a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where it is suspected of having hopped from animal to human.China reported 29 more deaths Thursday — its lowest daily tally since January — and 433 new cases, most of them in hard-hit Hubei province and well below massive increases from just a week ago.Zhong Nanshan, a respected scientist who advises the government, said China would have had far fewer cases if action had been taken as early as December — a rare critique from a prominent insider.Hubei officials have been accused of initially covering up the outbreak and silencing a whistleblowing doctor who later died from the disease.Nevertheless, Zhong said he expected China to bring the epidemic under control by late April.But other countries have now become sources of concern. Warnings against ‘panic’ In Latin America’s first case, the 61-year-old patient had travelled to Italy’s Lombardy region, the epicentre of the outbreak there.In Romania, a man was infected after coming in contact with a visiting Italian. Countries from Denmark to Spain and Algeria have also reported infections linked to Italy.The first cases in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Estonia involved people who had been in Iran.The WHO has urged countries to prepare for a potential pandemic, though it stopped short of declaring one.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, however, said his government was “effectively operating now on the basis that there is one — a pandemic”.But EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides appealed for calm.”This is a situation of concern, but we must not give in to panic.”Topics : More than 2,700 people have died in China and some 78,000 have been infected. The outbreak has spread to dozens of other countries, where there have been more than 50 deaths and 3,600 cases, raising fears of a pandemic.Jitters over the epidemic have rocked global markets, while sports matches and festivals across Europe have been cancelled.The US and South Korea on Thursday postponed forthcoming joint military exercises because of the outbreak, while Japan’s prime minister called for schools to close nationwide for several weeks.- ‘Facing a crisis’ –last_img read more

Taylor, Matthews and Selman off to India to play in a T20 cricket challenge

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Three West Indies women cricketers have been selected to play in a T20 cricket challenge, which will feature some of the world’s best players.Stafanie Taylor and Shakera Selman have been invited to play for the Trailblazers, while Hayley Matthews will turn out for Velocity. The other outfit is Supernovas.The four-match tri-series is being hosted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and will run from May 6 to 11 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.Taylor said she hoped that the series would pave the way for the introduction of a Women’s IPL tournament.“I’ve always enjoyed playing in India but this will be a new experience for me. I’m looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere that I’ve seen in the IPL on TV and I’m hoping that this season will be a catalyst to have an actual women’s IPL,” she said.Selman, who will be steaming into the pace attack for the Trailblazers, alongside Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami, is relishing the opportunity to play alongside her West Indies captain and the other international players.“I’m grateful to be afforded the opportunity to take part in the Women’s T20 challenge, as it’s another chance to showcase my talent alongside some of the best female cricketers in the game. And I am hopeful that this challenge will be used to develop a women’s IPL.”Meanwhile, Matthews who will be challenging her West Indies Women’s teammates echoed similar sentiments saying, “It’s an honour to be able to participate in such a huge initiative in women’s cricket. I’m really looking forward to playing alongside some of the best players in the world and being able to play my role in helping to grow women’s cricket.”Jimmy Adams, Cricket West Indies Director of Cricket, congratulated the three West Indies women players on their selection.However, he said it was unfortunate that Deandra Dottin could not play due to an injury.“We’re delighted that Stafanie, Shakera and Hayley have the chance to experience this tournament and showcase West Indies women’s cricket talent at the same time.  It’s unfortunate that Deandra Dottin was not able to participate due to injury. We’ll be watching out for the performances and welcome this initiative from the BCCI,” he said.Women’s T20 Cricket Challenge Squads:SUPERNOVAS: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Chamari Athapaththu, Jemimah Rodrigues, Lea Tahuhu, Mansi Joshi, Natalie Sciver, Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Radha P Yadav, Sophie Devine, Taniya Bhatia, W V Raman (coach)TRAILBLAZERS: Smriti Mandhana (c), Bharti Fulmali, Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Jasia Akhtar, Jhulan Goswami, R Kalpana, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shakera Selman, Sophie Ecclestone, Stafanie Taylor, Suzie Bates, Biju George (coach)VELOCITY: Mithali Raj (c), Amelia Kerr, Danielle Wyatt, Devika Vaidya, Ekta Bisht, Hayley Matthews, Jahanara Alam, Komal Zhanzad, Shafali Verma, Shikha Pandey, Sushma Verma, Sushree Dibyadarshini, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mamta Maben (coach)last_img read more

Further success for Ireland at the European Games.

first_imgMichael O’Reilly has been given a bye into the final after his opponent withdrew due to injury which means the Laois man is guaranteed a silver medal.Another medal has been added on the Badminton courtChloe and Sam Magee have guaranteed at least bronze in the Mixed Doubles winning their Quarter-final against Poland this morning.Unfortunately Scott Evans lost his quarter final. That means the Wicklow athlete has guaranteed a silver medal at the very least.The Olympic champion fights for Gold on Sunday at two o’clock.Sean McComb has lost his semi final against his Azerbaijani opponent so the 22 year old has to be happy with a bronze medal.last_img

Just what Ike wanted, 42 years later

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Not by choice. By presidential request. The West Valley-Taxco, Mexico, Sister City program was born on that flight in 1963, headed by actor and honorary mayor of Canoga Park Francis Lederer and his wife, Marion, who was Ann’s aunt. “Through the State Department, President Eisenhower wanted the Lederers to start a sister cities program out here, and they chose Taxco,” Ann said Wednesday, visiting the local elementary school with other members of Friends of Taxco. Every year since that honeymoon trip in 1963, the friends have hosted families from Taxco, then visited Taxco themselves to stay with families there. Dwight D. Eisenhower was right. There isn’t a better way to debunk the ugly American image than sitting down in a person’s home and breaking bread with them. Ike would have been proud. This was exactly the message the 34th president of the United States was trying to deliver when he established the People to People program late in his administration to convince the world that we weren’t ugly Americans. And now, nearly a half-century later, 30 children in Barbara White’s kindergarten class at Anatola Elementary School in Van Nuys were still trying to help Ike out. One by one, they welcomed the 14 visitors from Taxco, Mexico, sang a few songs, then handed each one a miniature paper American flag they had made for the children back in Taxco. The older kids at the school wrote the Taxco kids personal letters containing pictures. Watching the scene, Ann Charney gave her husband, George, a warm smile. It was 42 years earlier that the couple had boarded a Western Airlines jet with a group of friends and family from Canoga Park to honeymoon in Taxco. “We’ve helped build 14 rural schools near Taxco and the city’s first library, and they’ve reciprocated by sharing their wonderful culture and heritage with us,” said Reina Scuderi, president of Friends of Taxco. The Ronces, Benitez, Sierra, Gutierrez, Martinez, Lugo and Antunez families from Taxco brought with them a message from the people of Taxco wondering if their sister city realized “the magnitude of good all of you have done for our youth and the future of our youngsters. “Thanks to you, our children can finally have science, chemistry, physics, and biology classes with more than theory.” The Lewis, Charney, Woods, March, Scuderi, Bonilla, Stauss, Henry and Ritter families from Friends of Taxco thanked them and the teachers at Anatola. “Today we are exchanging drawings and letters, but years from now these same students could be drafting and exchanging trade agreements, world peace treaties or international medical advances,” Scuderi told them. “You have the power to change, inspire, and create new leaders. Who knows if right now in your classroom sits the next (Los Angeles Mayor Antonio) Villaraigosa?” Yeah, Ike would have been proud. More than 40 years later, his People to People program is still going strong in the Valley. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 IF YOU GO The Friends of Taxco will host a farewell party for the visiting families at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Calabasas Inn, 23500 Park Sorrento, Calabasas. For information or reservations, call Ann Charney at (818) 710-0939. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Can Hardwired Humans Have Rational Choice?

first_imgTwo articles recently claimed that we humans are “hardwired” for certain processes. Fairness:  Science Daily reported on work by UCLA psychologists that suggest humans are “hardwired for fairness.”  A sense of contempt arises when games appear rigged unfairly, they found.  The psychologists found a particular region of the brain was activated during this response, but a different region when the subject was uplifted by seeing fair treatment.  The study found “these emotional firings occur in brain structures that are fast and automatic, so it appears that the emotional brain is overruling the more deliberate, rational mind,” the article said.  “Faced with a conflict, the brain’s default position is to demand a fair deal.”Hierarchy:  Another Science Daily article claimed humans are “hardwired for hierarchy.”  Humans have a pecking order, and the brain responds to changes in social status, scientists at the National Institutes of Health concluded.  Again, the study involved putting subjects into artificial game situations and watching brain firing patterns.  One researcher said, “The processing of hierarchical information seems to be hard-wired, occurring even outside of an explicitly competitive environment, underscoring how important it is for us.”Neither study mentioned evolution.  It appeared, however, that the researchers were attempting to reduce human thoughts and behaviors to neural episodes in the physical brain that act autonomously and automatically – i.e., determinism instead of free will.There’s no question that human beings, as “rational animals” have numerous mind-body connections.  Fear makes the adrenal glands secrete adrenaline, and we breathe faster and run harder.  Happiness makes us laugh and feel the rush of endorphins.  The sight of food makes us salivate.  We can use our minds to study minds, just like we can use our eyes to study eyes.  There is no way, though, for research like this to argue for determinism over free will.    To show that determinism cannot be proved by rational means, invert the argument.  Ask a scientist to disprove the thesis that she is hardwired to do science.  When she does science, you can say, certain parts of the brain light up on the screen.  Perhaps her research was predetermined by the social network in which she found herself.  Choosing a science career lit up the attractive impulse of becoming elevated in the pecking order.  Making certain inferences and scientific conclusions produced a pleasurable sensation in her ventral striatum.    If she agrees thus far, ask her how she could possibly know any of the above to be true, outside her brain’s hardwired propensities.  Sounds like a fair question.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

O guia rapido da África do Sul

first_imgQuantas linguas falam os Sul Africanos? A África do Sul e uma democracia? Ha cidades grandes com os confortos modernos? As estradas sao alcatroadas? Ate quando dara o meu dinheiro? . Tem tres minutos para nos dispensar? Aqui esta a verdade nua e crua e a razao por que ficara muito admirado quando nos visitar.Bem-vindo a ponta sul de África. É aqui que dois grandes oceanos se unem, que o bom tempo dura todo o ano e que a caça grossa deambula um pouco para la das luzes da cidade.É aqui que começou a humanidade: os vestigios dos nossos antepassados sao ainda visiveis em pegadas fossilizadas com mais de 80.000 anos e temos as pinturas rupestres mais antigas do mundo.Hoje em dia a África do Sul e a força motriz de todo o continente africano, a economia mais avançada e diversificada, com infra-estruturas a condizer com qualquer outro pais do chamado primeiro mundo, das naçoes industrializadas.Pode conduzir por todo o lado, dispoe de auto-estradas ao longo dos 2.000 quilometros do pais, de Musina, la bem em cima, ate a Cidade do Cabo, la bem em baixo. Ou junte-se aos milhoes de viajantes internacionais que desembarcam nos nossos aeroportos todos os anos.Cerca de dois terços da electricidade de África e gerada aqui. Aproximadamente 40% dos telefones do continente estao aqui. Mais de metade da platina de todo o mundo e 10% do seu ouro estao nas nossas minas. E quase todos os que nos visitam se admiram ate onde um dolar, um euro ou uma libra esticam. Bem-vindo a Republica da África do Sul.Quem vive na África do Sul?A África do Sul e um pais com mais de 47 milhoes de habitantes, das mais diversas origens, culturas, linguas e crenças. Cerca de 79% sao negros (ou Africanos), 9% sao brancos, 9% “mestiços’ – o rotulo local para pessoas de mistura africana, asiatica e branca – e 2,5% sao Indianos / Asiaticos. Mais ou menos metade da populaçao vive nas cidades.Dois terços dos Sul Africanos sao cristaos, sendo a Zion Christian Church (Igreja Crista de Zion) a maior igreja local, seguida da Dutch Reformed (Igreja Reformada Holandesa) e de igrejas catolicas. Muitas igrejas combinam a fe crista e a africana tradicional e muitas igrejas nao cristas adoptam as suas crenças tradicionais. Outras religioes de relevo – embora com muito menos seguidores – sao o Islamismo, Hinduismo e Judaismo.Que linguas falam os Sul Africanos?Existem 11 linguas oficialmente reconhecidas, grande parte delas naturais da África do Sul. Cerca de 40% da populaçao fala ou isisZulu ou isiXhosa. Voce nao fala? Se arranha o ingles, entao nao se preocupe. Para onde quer que va encontrara sempre alguem que fala ou entende o ingles.O ingles e a lingua que se fala nas cidades, no comercio, nos bancos, nos departamentos do estado, nos sinais de transito e nos documentos oficiais. Os sinais de transito e os impressos oficiais sao sempre em ingles. O Presidente da Republica faz os seus discursos em ingles. Em qualquer hotel os recepcionistas, os empregados, os camareiros e os porteiros, todos eles falam ingles.Outra lingua principal e o Afrikaans, um derivado do holandes, que para quem vem do norte da Europa achara facilimo de compreender.A África do Sul e uma democracia?A África do Sul e uma forte democracia multi-partidaria, com uma justiça independente e uma imprensa livre e diversa. Uma das constituiçoes mais jovens – e mais progressistas – protege cidadaos e visitantes. Nao sera de certeza encarcerado se exclamar as suas opinioes, mesmo que sejam de oposiçao (tenha mas e muito mais cuidado em fumar nos restaurantes cheios de gente!).E o apartheid?Ate Abril de 1994 a África do Sul era conhecida pelo apartheid ou regra da minoria branca. A inegavel e notavel capacidade do pais de deitar para tras das costas seculos de odio racial a favor da reconciliaçao foi por todos considerado um verdadeiro milagre, inspirando identicos esforços em lugares tao distantes como a Irlanda do Norte ou o Ruanda. A África do Sul pos-apartheid tem um governo que abrange todas as raças e e frequentemente referido como a naçao arco-iris, uma designaçao de Desmond Tutu, Premio Nobel da Paz.O negocio estrangeiro e bem vindo?Os sinais “estamos abertos para o negocio” tem a seta para cima. O pais proporciona ao potencial investidor um ambiente economico-financeiro favoravel, em que 100% da propriedade estrangeira e permitida. O repatriamento de lucros e livre. A taxa cambial e favoravel. E se por acaso tem negocios em África, esta e sem duvida a porta aberta para o continente africano.Saiba mais: África do Sul: aberta aos negociosComo e o tempo por ai?Muito sol, temperaturas amenas, sem se sofrer demais com o calor. Em Joanesburgo, capital comercial do pais, a temperatura e aprazivel todo o ano, mas a noite arrefece bastante. Durban, o maior porto de mar, e quente e muitas vezes humido, um paraiso de praias. E na Cidade do Cabo, onde os turistas se apinham para admirar um dos sitios mais lindos do mundo, o tempo e geralmente muito bom e quente, mas pode tambem ser temperamental. Se nos visita vindo do hemisferio norte, lembre-se: quando ai e inverno, aqui e verao. Traga os oculos de sol e deixe a gabardine em casa.Saiba mais: O tempo e o clima da África do SulO pais e muito grande?Para um Europeu, e. O pais estende-se por uma area de 1,2 milhoes de quilometros quadrados, tao grande como varios paises europeus juntos. Para um Americano, se calhar ja nao parece tao grande – e um oitavo dos EUA. Seja como for, leva mais de um dia de viagem de carro pela auto-estrada de Joanesburgo, a norte, ate a Cidade do Cabo, a sul (se conduzir como mandam as regras), com a topografia indo dos estonteantemente vales verdes ate quase ao semi-deserto.Como esta dividido o pais?A África do Sul tem nove provincias. Gauteng, a mais pequena e a mais densamente povoada, contigua ao Limpopo, Noroeste e Mpumalanga a norte. O Cabo Setentrional, a maior provincia mas com a menor populaçao, fica a ocidente. O Free State (Estado Livre) fica no meio do pais. E as provincias costeiras de KwaZulu-Natal, Cabo Oriental e Cabo Ocidental ficam a sul.Ha cidades grandes com os confortos modernos?África tem mais do que leoes, sabia? Joanesburgo, cheia de arranha-ceus, tem uma area maior que Londres ou Nova Iorque. As luzes acendem, a agua flui, as auto-estradas tem varias pistas e – para mal dos nossos pecados – tambem ha engarrafamentos. Pode fazer a sua reserva num Hilton ou num Hyatt ou num Holiday Inn e comer em restaurantes cosmopolitas que servem de tudo, desde sushi a hamburguer de bife de crocodilo. Ou pode recostar-se no sofa e saltitar entre cinco canais analogicos de TV e mais de 50 digitais.Quais sao as cidades grandes?A África do Sul tem duas capitais. Cidade do Cabo, a mais antiga, e a capital legislativa, onde esta o Parlamento. Pretoria, 1.500 km a norte, e a capital executiva, onde esta o governo. Portas meias com Pretoria – e suficientemente perto da mescla dos suburbios dos arredores – esta o centro comercial de Joanesburgo, outrora o maior centro mineiro de ouro do mundo, hoje em dia cada vez mais sede dos sectores financeiros e de serviços. A segunda maior cidade e Durban, um porto de mar em crescimento na costa oriental, rota de fornecimento da maior parte dos bens e produtos para o interior.Entao esta a dizer-me que as estradas sao alcatroadas?Sim, claro, ate as estradas das cidades mais pequenas. Os centros maiores estao ligados entre si por uma rede de mais de 9.000 km de auto-estradas alcatroadas mantidas periodicamente, incluindo 2.000 km de estradas de duas vias, e o seu numero tem aumentado regularmente. O caminho de ferro nacional tem 30.000 km de carris de linha ferrea ligando os lugarejos mais pequenos. Mais de 50 linhas aereas e mais do que 30 milhoes de passageiros por ano viajam pelos 10 principais aeroportos da África do Sul, entre eles tres aeroportos internacionais, nomeadamente em Joanesburgo, Cidade do Cabo e Durban.Saiba mais: As infraestruturas da África do SulE posso ligar para casa sem problemas?Isso e muito mais. Com uma rede 99,9% digital e que dispoe da linha fixa de ultima geraçao, comunicaçao sem fios e por satelite, a África do Sul tem a rede de telecomunicaçoes mais desenvolvida e moderna de África. Os tres operadores celulares nacionais fornecem mais de 39 milhoes de assinantes, cobrindo quase 80% da populaçao. O numero de Sul Africanos que desfrutam de acesso a Internet a preços competitivos, ligaçoes sem interrupçao e banda larga esta a aumentar cada vez mais.Saiba mais: As telecomunicaçoes na África do SulOs bancos sao modernos?A África do Sul tem um sector financeiro sofisticado e de nivel mundial, lado a lado com as tecnologias de ponta. A partir do momento em que puser o pe fora do aviao começara a ver bancos, casas de cambio e caixas multibanco por todo o lado. Pode usar qualquer um dos principais cartoes de credito, com o American Express e Diners Club a ter menos aceitaçao do que o MasterCard ou o Visa. Os bancos estrangeiros estao bem representados e pode fazer movimentos nas ATM ou pela internet.Ate quando dara o meu dinheiro?A África do Sul tem taxas de cambio favoraveis com a maioria das moedas estrangeiras e vera, por isso, que a sua estada nao sera dispendiosa. A moeda da África do Sul e o rand, dividido em 100 centimos. As moedas sao de 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 e R5 e as notas sao de R10, R20, R50, R100 e R200.Posso beber agua normal?A nossa agua e de muito melhor qualidade do que a agua de muitos paises chamados desenvolvidos. A agua da torneira e de boa qualidade e esta disponivel em qualquer lado, convenientemente tratada contra micro-organismos, com bom paladar e segura para se beber directamente da torneira. A agua de Joanesburgo, por exemplo, e tao boa como a de qualquer agua engarrafada.É seguro passear a pe?Como em qualquer outro lugar – desde que nao se lembre de andar de madrugada sozinho em ruas desertas. Sim, existe crime na África do Sul. Mas nao precisa de fazer mais do que tomar as precauçoes normais de bom senso. Saiba para onde quer ir antes de sair, sobretudo a noite. Nao exiba em publico ou na rua artigos de valor. Feche as portas a noite. E, como em qualquer outro sitio do mundo, deve ter em atençao que em certas zonas das cidades maiores os estrangeiros sao um alvo facil. É facil evitar essas areas sem diminuir ao seu divertimento e prazer de visitar um pais e conhecer as suas gentes que, com algumas excepçoes, sao notavelmente calorosos e acolhedores.E consigo mesmo ver animais selvagens?Nem precisa de ir muito longe. Basta uma hora de carro, saindo da selva das urbes de Pretoria ou Joanesburgo, para chegar a outra selva e ver leoes, elefantes, bufalos e centenas de outras especies no seu habitat natural.Uma das maiores reservas de vida animal do mundo e o Parque Nacional Kruger, com mais de um seculo. Actualmente faz parte de uma area de reserva maior que abrange parques de caça privados e publicos, estendendo-se para la das fronteiras nacionais para os lados vizinhos de Moçambique e Zimbabue.E ha ainda outras razoes para visitar a África do Sul: praias de areia dourada, alguns do melhores sitios de surf do globo, um cenario espectacular desde montanhas a desertos, ecossistemas que nao existem em nenhuma outra parte, uma oportunidade para ver em primeira mao a cultura africana – e um dos destinos de ferias mais baratos que podera encontrar.Saiba mais: Experiencias de viagem na África do SulEste artigo foi actualizado em: Julho de 2008Reporter infoSAlast_img read more

Haryana to set up ‘Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran’

first_imgIn an attempt to increase farm productivity and farmers’ income, the Haryana government on Tuesday announced the setting up of ‘Haryana Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran’, an authority which will undertake measures to make agriculture remunerative.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the State government was aware of the condition and needs of the farmers, and that’s why it had decided to set up the body.“The Pradhikaran will undertake all possible measures to enhance farm productivity and mitigate the physical, financial and psychological distress of farm households and landless workers. It will also maintain close liaison with line departments for implementation and monitoring of schemes, programmes and projects thorough the Agriculture Advisory Council and issue necessary guidelines from time to time,” he said.The Chief Minister will be the chairperson of the Pradhikaran and the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister would be its ex-officio vice-chairman.Farmers’ welfareMr. Khattar said the body will oversee regulations, guidelines and procedures for farmers’ welfare and suggest amendments in the statute governing farmers’ welfare in the State in consonance with Central Acts.last_img read more