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Old August 11th, 2010, 08:38 PM   #1
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Rajasthan General News

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Jaipur makes a debut as fashion hub

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After Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai, now Jaipur makes a debut as a hub for a fashion week with the Blenders Pride Jaipur International Fashion Week, featuring designers like Puneet Nanda, Ashima and Leena, Gunjan and Rahul, Charu Parashar among others.

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nearly 30 designers, divided into - five new designers who will debut the ramp in the 'New Designers' category, 10 'Emerging Designers', three international designers and 10 established Indian designers.

"The location Jaipur is a debut initiative whose theme is 'Royal'. The designers have been chosen on specific ground level similarity which is that they have something common to do with the region. Either they hail from that state or their collection is inspired from that region," Storm Fashion Company CEO Gaurav Sharma told IANS.

FashionNoting the differences, he said the show will feature a couple of international designers also who will be showcasing their creative quotient. "And it is a custom made programme with Rajasthan in the backdrop," he added.

Actress Anjana Sukhani, who has been chosen as the brand ambassador for BPJIFW, told IANS she hopes that the state's deep-rooted culture would get focus at the fashion week.

"I'm hoping to put Rajasthan culture, tradition and designs on the national map. This is a small initiative towards the big picture. Now is the time when we organisers and management will sit under one roof and scratch our heads how to bring out the extraordinary from the existing rich culture that our country is full of," said Anjana, draped in a bright yellow saree embedded with Swarovski crystals.

"It's going to have a lot of importance as we have 30 designers and I'm hoping that at least some of them will bring out our deep rooted culture in limelight which is still hidden or has not been explored," she added.

BPJIFW Festive Winter' 10 will be held from September 15 to September 19 at Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur.

Nice to know that! Rajasthan has a lot of talent in this field.
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Vedanta Says in Talks on Purchasing `Interest' in Cairn India

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Vedanta Resources Plc is in talks with Cairn Energy Plc on buying a stake in its India unit, the operator of the country’s largest onshore oilfield, to expand its business outside metals.

“There can be no certainty the contemplated acquisition will occur or of the terms of any such acquisition,” London- based Vedanta said in a statement. “A further announcement will be made when appropriate.”

Cairn confirmed it’s in talks with Vedanta on the sale of a stake in Cairn India Ltd., a $13.8 billion company of which it controls 62 percent. The move would be a strategic shift by Vedanta, a producer of metals including copper and zinc controlled by Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal.

“They’re more likely to sell a small stake because it’s hard to see how Vedanta will fund it, and Cairn would like to retain 51 percent control,” said Richard Rose, an analyst at Oriel Securities Ltd. “Cairn would like a big premium and cash, and that doesn’t marry with Vedanta’s funding.”

Vedanta said in 2008 it will spend $20 billion in India on mines and power plants over four years. Agarwal, 57, has sought to increase power capacity as his Sterlite Industries competes with rivals such as Reliance Energy Ventures Ltd. and NTPC Ltd.

Cairn Gains

Cairn rose 1.8 percent to 452.9 pence as of 3:52 p.m. in London. Vedanta, valued at about 6 billion pounds ($9.4 billion), fell 7.4 percent to 2,183 pence, heading for its biggest daily decline since June 22, 2009. The stock has dropped 16 percent this year.

Vedanta was the first Indian company to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange, according to its website, and employs 30,000 people. Net income almost tripled to $602.3 million in the year ended March 31 as commodity prices climbed, the company said on May 6.

Cairn India last month reported quarterly profit rose to 2.81 billion rupees ($62 million) from 454 million rupees a year earlier. Its working interest production rose to about 45,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day from 16,000 barrels a day, according to a report. The company has interests in 10 blocks in India and one in Sri Lanka. It has three in production, including the Mangala field in Rajasthan.

A person with knowledge of the matter said earlier that the companies were discussing a range of options including an equity stake, asset purchases or a takeover of Cairn, whose shares have gained 40 percent since February.

Petroliam Nasional Bhd., also known as Petronas, holds a 14.9 percent stake in Cairn India, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
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HC order banning constructions flouted around lakes in Udaipur Read more: HC order banning constructions flouted around lakes in Udaipur

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JAIPUR: It seems even the intervention of Rajasthan High Court cannot save the water bodies of the state from encroachment as its orders to prevent construction around lakes in Udaipur are blatantly violated. Satellite pictures by the State Remote Sensing Application Centre, Jodhpur, shows that while the court orders were blatantly violated, the political commitment to conserve water bodies turn out to be mere rhetoric.

The Rajasthan High Court had declared the areas surrounding the lakes of Udaipur as ‘no construction zones’ in January 1997. Though the blanket ban was relaxed later, the court on February 6, 2007, again restricted constructions around the lakes. Despite this, enormous construction activities continued around the lakes. This not only shrunk the lake system but also obstructed channels carrying water to the lakes.

The data on expansion of the city in the catchment area from 2002 to 2009 substantiates this point. In 2002, the encroachment and expansion in the catchment area was 374 hectares. It has grown to 605.1 hectares in 2006. In 2009, it was further expanded to 863.1 hectares despite court orders.

At present, the government is carrying out a massive Rs 125-crore project under the National Lake Conservation Project to restore the lake system.

However, the local bodies, Urban Improvement Trust and Udaipur Municipal Council, are accused of manipulation in their bid to “legalise” the illegal constructions by trying to demarcate the lake excluding the submergence area (portion of the lake which is submerged when it is full) of the lakes under the plan.

Anil Mehta of Jheel Samrakshan Samiti (JSS) said the action of the local bodies is contrary to the stand taken by chief ministerAshok Gehlot and minister Shanti Dhariwal.

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Teej festival procession attracts foreign tourists to Jaipur

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A colourful procession of Hindu deity Parvati on the occasion of Teej festival attracted scores of people here on Thursday.

Thousands of locals and hundreds of foreign tourists congregated along the streets to witness the traditional procession of the festival.

It was taken along by a group of folk musicians and dancers.

The festival in which married Hindu women pray to Goddess Parvati for marital bliss, well being of spouse children and purification of one's own body and soul, dates back to the era of Sekhawats and the other kings who ruled Jaipur.

A tourist from Germany said the festival was astonishing.

"It's very impressive, so many people gathered, lets make a guess around twenty thousands, that is very impressive to see, and it was nice to be here," said Ruray, a tourist from Germany.

Another overseas visitor said the festival highlighted the devotion of a Hindu woman towards her husband.

"About this festival, I know it has to do with the Parvati who is wife of Shiva. It is an event when women can dress up in parity and show how they want to follow Parvati's example of being devoted towards their husbands," said Sarah, a tourist from Portugal.

Over the last couple of years, the Department of Rajasthan Tourism has viewed this Teej Festival as an ideal potential to attract tourists from home as well as abroad.

The foreign tourists were not just part of this festival or onlookers. They were more curious to know its significance.

"We are very surprised because there are so many people gathered around here, so many colours, so many animals and horses, so many people holding something (Chhatras - the traditional umbrellas). I don't understand the complete meaning of the festival but it was a nice one," said Lisa, a visitor from USA.

The Teej festival is a three-day-long celebration that combines sumptuous feasts as well as rigid fasting.

Falling in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada or Bhado, it is also gala arrival of the monsoon.
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Jairam Ramesh sets agenda for Ranthambore

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JAIPUR: After five tigers were shifted to Sariska reserve from Ranthambore National Park, the focus had shifted to the latter with Union minister for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh himself setting the agenda for the national park.

In a letter to chief minister Ashok Gehlot recently, Ramesh, while expressing happiness on the increasing population of big cats in Ranthambore, however expressed the need for improvement of the habitat in the remaining part of the core area so as to accommodate those tigers left without a territory. Ramesh had sought the personal intervention of Gehlot into the matter.

In his letter, the Union minister had explained that the original national park is considerably small in area and hence there was a need to expand other parts of the park.

Ranthambore currently has nearly 40 tigers in an area of 1,334 sq km along with the nearby sanctuaries of Kailadevi and Man Singh. While the large number of cats spell good for conservationists, the flip side is that many tigers have strayed away from the park due to want of space or are getting more and more involved in territorial fights that sometimes turn fatal.

It is in this context that the ministry of forests expressed urgency in improving the conditions there. In fact, the minister had spelled out the need for correcting the sex ratio and even hinted at relocating tigers from Ranthambore to outside the state in his last visit.

The union minister had urged for expediting the relocation of some villages from the core area especially the remaining families of Padra, Indala and Machanki, besides other villages that has an immediate impact on a priority basis. The minister has sought a complete proposal incorporating details of all the villages in a prescribed format for central assistance.

The proposal for a special tiger protection force had also been stressed in the letter. The Centre had given a total of Rs 93 lakh to the state for raising such a force for the better protection of tigers in the park. The minister had sought immediate action in this regard.

Also on the agenda is the notification of a buffer zone around the core area of the tiger habitat. The minister has sought an active management of such a zone around the forest by the state so as to secure the support of the local people by providing them livelihood options with Central assistance.

Ramesh had also hinted in his letter to the chief minister for preparing a consolidated Tiger Conservation Plan in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India for tigers in the core and buffer zones.

Besides, the creation of satellite core areas' has also been sought to accommodate tigers straying out of the national park. In this context, the sanctuaries of Dara and Ramgarh Vishdhari have been identified by the minister as probable satellite core areas.
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Indian Swimming team for CWG to be selected in Jaipur

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The Indian Swimming team for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Delhi will be selected here during the 64th Senior National Swimming Championship, to be held in the Pink City from August 24 to 28 at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium and Rajasthan University Sports Complex.
Swimming Federation of India (SFI) Secretary General B D Nanawati said the venue of Jaipur would be the base of the selection for the Indian Swimming team for the Commonwealth Games, New Delhi from October 3 to 14.
''It would be the last and final selection. Apart from this, the team for the Asian Games, which is going to be held at China in November, would also be selected here,'' Nanawato told mediapersons here today.
''Three member selection committee would witness the whole the event, '' he said and adding that Federation vice president Raman Upadhyay, Arun Shah and national coach S Pradeep are in the selection committee.
Three swimmers comprising Rohit Hawaldar, Rehan Poncha and Sandeep Sejwal have already qualified for the Commonwealth Games, while the remaining will be selected here in the event.
Nanawati further said the coaching camp till the Games will be conducted at New Delhi, where the swimming pools are yet to be completed.
''Many works are still to be done. But we want to test the facilities there, either it is practicable or not,'' he added.
Replying to a question, Nanawati said let the competition start, then we would see that the facilities are good or not.
''Till today the pools are not ready,'' he mantained.
He said that all top swimmers of the country would participate here.
The swimmers who were abroad have returned and as many as 1200 swimmers of 31 teams are expected to participate in the championship.
''We have heard that the venue of Jaipur is very good. Touch Pad and Electronic timing system would be brought from Banglore soon. Let's see the how many swimmers could be selected for the commonwealth games in 40 events,'' Nanawati said.
''We have demanded for foreign coaches but the government did not give us permission in which one was from the Australia and six other coaches also.
''How can we then expect for good results?'' he questioned.
He also said the teams will accommodate at Vansthali Marg's hotels.
Swimming and water polo event will take place at SMS Stadium while diving event at Varsity swimming pool.
Ganesh Mandir Trust has expanded the spectators place. Now 800 more spectators can sit and watch the event from there. Sports Council has also extended their supporting hands to the organisers, he added.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Swimming Association (RSA) secretary Bhupendra Singh Rathore said Karnataka are the defending champion in men and women section respectively, in swimming event while Railways clinched the title in diving event last year.
''Railway and Kerela men and women team won the water polo title respectively in the last championship.
''As many as 54-events in the men and women section respectively, 40-event in diving, 12 diving and two event of water polo,'' he said.
Rathore further said Jaipur had earlier conducted the national championship three times in 1964, 1973 and 1987, and it is the fourth time after a span of 23 years.
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Rajasthan's 'ghost' town Bhangarh now a popular tourist spot

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Who doesn't love a good ghost story? We have all listened to them spellbound — during the ubiquitous load-shedding or on train journeys after which any trip down the dark corridor to the toilet became impossibility. But paradoxically, the more terrified we are, the better the story.

But what happens when terror meets travel? We're talking about a visit to a ghost town that is one of India's spookiest places. At the edge of the Sariska forest in Rajasthan lies the town of Bhangarh whose haunted status is attracting scores of tourists these days. Definitely day, mind you, since the town is out of bounds after dark. A signboard displayed prominently by the ASI warns visitors: "Entering the borders of Bhangarh after sunset is strictly prohibited".

Such is the town's reputation that even the Archeological Survey of India doesn't have an office here though government rules state that every historical site must have an office of the ASI. The nearest one is a kilometre away — enough distance between officials and the spooks.

The haunted ruins of Bhangarh are now expected to be a big tourist draw during the Commonwealth Games. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) has included Bhangarh in a tour package especially designed for the games. "We chose this ‘ghost city' to boost tourism to the area," says Manjit Singh, chairman and MD, RTDC. But he smiles and adds, "We, of course, don't promise any paranormal activity."

So how did the ghosts get here? The story goes that this sixteenth century town, 80 km from Alwar in eastern Rajasthan, was home to a tantrik (a magician well-versed in the occult) named Singhia. The tantrik fell desperately in love with the kingdom's beautiful princess, Rani Ratnawati. Knowing that he would never be allowed to go near her, Singhia decided to use his dark powers to seduce her. He spotted the princess's maid buying oil and cast a spell on the oil. If the spell worked, on touching the oil, the princes would surrender herself to him.

Locals say that the princess, who was proficient in the occult herself, soon sensed his evil plan and foiled it. She threw the flagon of oil away, whereupon it fell on a stone. As soon as the oil touched the stone, it started rolling towards the tantrik and crushed him. But before dying, Singhia cursed the palace with the death of all who dwelt in it, without the possibility of rebirth.

According to K L Saini, who was the director of the Sariska Tiger Reserve for 18 years, this entire belt used to be a thick forest.

Even the Ramayana is said to talk of the Pandavas staying here while in exile. Yogiraj Hiranath, a sage during the reign of Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur, corroborates the fact that Bhangarh did have a princess called Rani Ratnawati who was adept in the art of wizardry.

According to the locals, the town, protected by two inner fortifications and separated from the plains by ramparts, came to life only at night. There were bustling bazaars where beautifully adorned women ran shops. Besides the royals, common citizens could also eat, drink and make merry here. Everyone was expected to dress in finery with the king's treasury picking up the tab. In Yogiraj's account, wearing old clothes was a punishable crime as was eve-teasing.

That might be more legend than fact, but Bhangarh is still a charming ruin to visit. Even today, a walk to the palace through the remains of what once used to be a bustling town is a fragrant affair with the aroma of kevda wafting in from a nearby grove. Bhangarh was also a well-laid out town and could serve as an excellent model for present-day town planners.

Each shop along the route still has a vacant space for an idol. But what is strange is that there are no roofs on the houses, shops and even the palace. Locals say that whenever a house is built in the vicinity, its roof collapses! And in the village closest to Bhangarh, people have made roofs over their heads — but only those made of straw!

Large banyan trees and several temples dot the landscape. The beautifully carved temples of Gopinath, Shiva (Someshwar), Mangla Devi and Keshava Rai have survived the passage of time and are a must-see for visitors. There is also the dancer's haveli, the ruins of homes and scattered boulders with carvings. On a nearby hilltop stands a chhatri that is believed to have been inhabited by the tantrik.

Despite the passage of time, the Rani Ratnawati myth continues to fascinate everyone. Many claim to have witnessed paranormal activities in the area; some have "heard" sounds of music and the tinkling of anklets. Saini maintains that many tourists who take photographs inside the ruins find weird colour spots in the pictures. Is all this imagined or a ploy to draw in tourists? Whatever the truth, a visit to Bhangarh isn't for the faint-hearted.

GETTING THERE

BY ROAD | Bhangarh is a 47-km drive from the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar, Rajasthan. From Delhi, visitors need to first get to Alwar, which is about 150 km away, and then drive 34 km to Sariska. There are no luxury buses on the route, so the best option is a taxi

BY RAIL | Shatabdi runs from Delhi to Alwar every morning. From there, visitors can take a taxi upto Sariska
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3rd Jaipur International Film Festival in Jan 2011, invites entries

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The 3rd edition of Jaipur International Film Festival will be held in Jaipur from January 27 to 30, 2011.


The deadline for submission of entries for the festival is October 31st, 2010. Films can be submitted online on https://www.withoutabox.com/login/9490. The films for the festival would be selected in four major categories- Feature (new category), Short, Documentary and Animation (new category).


Five new awards that have been instituted this year are The Golden Camel Award to the best Director, The Red Rose Award to the best film released between October 2009 and October 2010, The Green Rose Award to the film which gives global message, The Yellow Rose Award to the Upcoming Film, and The Award to Best Short Animation Film. The Film felicitated with Yellow Rose Award would be world premiered by the festival. It will also organise the world premiere of the film winning the Best Feature trophy on TV cable networks.


The 2010 edition of the festival had received 350 entries from 41 countries. Out of these, 87 films were screened at the festival and 12 awards were given away in different categories.
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Rajasthan gets more rain than northeast States this year

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In a reversal of roles, the desert State of Rajasthan received more rain than the green States in the northeast.

As per the latest data available with the India Meteorological Department, Rajasthan received 20 per cent more rainfall than the normal, while Manipur is faced with a whopping deficit of 52 per cent and Meghalaya, 41 per cent.

Most noteworthy is the fact that within Rajasthan rainfall has been most bountiful in the western part, where the Thar desert is located. Western Rajasthan has recorded a rainfall of 71 per cent more than usual.

Rainfall in the Jaisalmer district tops the list, with a surplus of 178 per cent — 29.8 cm against the normal 10.7 cm. Barmer district comes next, with a surplus of 119 per cent (36.5 cm against 16.7cm).

It is followed by Bikaner district (plus 87 per cent; 26.4 cm against 14.1 cm), Jalore (plus 85 per cent; 54.2 cm against 29.3 cm), Sri Ganganagar (63 per cent; 23.6 against 14.4 cm), Jodhpur (plus 48 per cent; 30.5 cm against 20.6 cm), Churu (35 per cent; 30.6 cm against 22.6 cm), Nagaur (34 per cent; 34.7 cm against 25.9 cm), Pali (23 per cent; 36.9 cm against 30.1 cm) and Hanumangarh (4 per cent; 19.2 cm against 18.5 cm).


In the northeast, on the other hand, all States are facing deficiencies. While Manipur and Meghalaya top the list, Tripura suffered a deficit of 20 per cent rain, Arunachal Pradesh 17 per cent, Nagaland 16 per cent, Assam and Sikkim 11 per cent each, and Mizoram 10 per cent.

While the phenomenon of western disturbance has been prevailing almost right through the season so far, monsoonal activity over the Bay of Bengal has been subdued. Normally, several low pressure areas form around the head of the Bay and bring rainfall to Cherrapunjee and other parts of the northeast as also the Gangetic part of West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

But not a single such system formed over that region this year. Some low pressure areas have formed over the Bay, but they have all been far away from the head of the Bay.

Consequently, apart from the northeast, the rainfall situation over Gangetic West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh continues to remain grim.

Outside the northeast, the situation is the worst in Jharkhand. The State is facing a deficiency of 47 per cent. Only one district has recorded above normal rains, six still have deficiencies of over 60 per cent, and 17 others, deficiencies ranging from 20 per cent to 59 per cent.

Jharkhand is followed by Uttar Pradesh (36 per cent). Out of the State's 71 districts, only 12 have received normal or above normal rainfall. Of the remaining districts, 12 districts face a deficiency of over 60 per cent and 47 others, deficiencies ranging from 20 per cent to 59 per cent.

The Gangetic West Bengal is next with a deficiency of 31 per cent. Out of the 13 districts there, 10 are faced with deficiencies ranging from 20 per cent to 48 per cent.

Bihar is next, with a deficiency of 28 per cent.

Meanwhile, for the country in its entirety, the situation has improved considerably. It is now just three per cent below normal rainfall. The southern peninsular region has benefitted the most. It has received 12 per cent more rains than the normal.
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how much a good monsoon matters!

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जयपुर. बारिश से प्रदेश में चौतरफा खुशियां बरस रही हैं। अच्छे मानसून के कारण न केवल पेयजल संकट से मुक्ति मिली है, बल्कि करोड़ों रुपए की फसलें बर्बाद होने से बच गई हैं।


बिजली खपत और टैंकरों से पानी की सप्लाई में कमी आई है सो अलग, यानी करोड़ों रुपए की बचत इससे हो गई। जलसंकट से निबटने में खर्च होने वाली सरकारी राशि का उपयोग अब विकास कार्यो पर हो सकेगा। इतना ही नहीं, पानी और बिजली की कमी से उपजने वाले झगड़े-फसाद और आंदोलन के जरिए सरकारी संपत्ति को नुकसान की आशंका भी काफी हद तक खत्म हो गई है।


अर्थशास्त्रियों और व्यापारियों का मानना है कि इस बार हुई अच्छी बारिश का असर दीपावली और होली के साथ अन्य त्योहारी सीजन में साफतौर पर दिखेगा। कीमतें घटेगी और ग्राहक बढ़ेंगे। रोजगार के नए अवसर सामने आएंगे। प्रदेश में रविवार तक 394.44 मिमी सामान्य वर्षा के मुकाबले 434.97 मिमी (10.27 प्रतिशत ज्यादा) बरसात हो चुकी है। मौसम विज्ञानी आगामी दिनों में भी अच्छी बारिश की संभावना जता रहे हैं।


दूध की सप्लाई बढ़ेगी


बारिश अच्छी से चारा खूब हुआ है। इससे डेयरी सहित खुले बाजार में दूध की आवक बढ़ गई है। दूध पाउडर खरीदने की भी नौबत नहीं आई और 20 करोड़ रु. की बचत हो गई।


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आमतौर पर अक्टूबर से पर्यटक आते हैं, लेकिन मौसम में ठंडक से इनके सितंबर माह से आने की संभावनाएं हैं। इससे 100 करोड़ की अतिरिक्त आय होगी।


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बारिश नहीं होने पर गांवों से शहरों और सीमांत जिलों से गुजरात की ओर पलायन होता है। इस बार ऐसी नौबत नहीं आएगी। गुजरात जाने वालों की संख्या दस लाख से अधिक होती है और इनमें प्रत्येक पर 300 रुपए यात्रा खर्च भी माना जाए तो 30 करोड़ रुपए की बचत होगी।


संभाग : 22 अगस्त तक सामान्य: हुई बीकानेर : 183.85 : 300.17 जोधपुर : 266.07 : 427.12 अजमेर : 382.15 : 440.96 भरतपुर : 471.78 : 428.09 जयपुर : 376.42 : 504.69 कोटा : 581.73 : 424.10 उदयपुर : 510.00 : 482.40 (आंकड़े एमएम) पैदावार बढ़ेगी, कीमतें घटेंगी
पानी-बिजली के बचे 400 करोड़


राज्य की बिजली खपत में रोजाना 250 लाख यूनिट की कमी। सोजत और भीलवाड़ा के लिए वाटर ट्रेन बंद। जोधपुर से ब्यावर और कोटा से जयपुर के लिए ट्रेन शुरू करने की नौबत नहीं आई। 21327 गांवों की जगह 400 गांवों में और 92 शहरों की जगह 41 में टैंकरों से पानी सप्लाई।


कैसे : सरकार औसत 5 रु. प्रति यूनिट बिजली खरीदती है। 375 करोड़ रु. हर माह बचेंगे। वाटर ट्रेनें, टैंकर बंद होने से 30 करोड़ रु. प्रति माह खर्च बचा। सीधे तौर पर बचा। इसी प्रकार कंटीजेंसी प्लान के दूसरे चरण में करीब 180 करोड़ रुपए खर्च किए गए हैं। इस राशि का उपयोग न सिर्फ इस साल होगा, बल्कि अगले साल इतना खर्च कम करना पड़ेगा।


फसलों से करोड़ों का फायदा


कृषि विशेषज्ञों को पैदावार 50 फीसदी बढ़ने की उम्मीद। पिछले साल सामान्य से कम बारिश में 140 लाख हेक्टेयर में 43,382 करोड़ रु. फसल पैदा हुई थी। अकाल राहत कार्य शुरू कराने पेयजल, पशु शिविर, चारा और अन्य व्यवस्थाओं की जरूरत भी नहीं रहेगी।


ऐसे : कृषि विशेषज्ञ 65,000 करोड़ रु. से अधिक की पैदावार की आस जता रहे हैं। अकाल राहत आदि व्यवस्थाओं पर भी खर्च न के बराबर। पिछले साल 500 करोड़ से ज्यादा खर्च हुए थे।
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Royal Rajasthan on Wheels to start journey from September 5

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New super luxury train of Rajasthan Tourism and Indian Railways 'Royal Rajasthan on Wheels' will start its first commercial tour this season from September 5.

"The train, with around 50 passengers onboard, will start its journey from Safdarjang station in New Delhi. The train this time will take tourists to Khajuraho and Varanasi also apart from destinations of Rajasthan and Agra," an official of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) said here today.

Facilities of spa and gym have also been added to the train similar to Palace on Wheels.

In its eight-day tour, the train will halt at Jodhpur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Ranthambhore, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Agra, he added.
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Mick Jagger in Jodhpur!

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Mick Jagger's coming on a culinary trip to India.

The Rolling Stones' lead vocalist will be in Jodhpur between October 21-24 for the Rajasthan International Food Festival (RIFF), which is being organised at the Mehrangarh Fort. Jagger is the patron of the festival with Maharaja Gaj Singh.

Whether Jagger will perform or not is still unclear, but other artistes set to perform at the festival are world percussionist Pete Lockett, Pakistani band Mekaal Hasan, and Indian singers Sona Mohapatra and Ashwini Bhide.

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IATO Convention to be inaugurated on Thursday

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JAIPUR: The 26th IATO Convention will be inaugurated on Thursday at a hotel in Udaipur by the Union tourism minister, Kumari Selja. This was was announced by the president of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Vijay Thakur in Udaipur during a press briefing. Kumari Selja and the state tourism minister Bina Kak would be inaugurating the Indian Tourism Fair, marking the closure of inaugural ceremonies.

Rajesh Mudgill, chairman of XXVI IATO annual convention, said the organisers expected participation by over 1,400 delegates, including senior officials from the Centre and state governments. Over 10 department of tourism from various states have already confirmed their participation in the convention which includes Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh.

During the three-day convention, discussions will take place on several issues and will have reviews from experts. After the convention, various post convention tours are being organized in coordination with Travel Agents Association of Udaipur.
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At last, Pushkar lake is brimming with hope

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AJMER: The recent showers have worked magic on Pushkar lake, which had become a dry bed due to scanty rainfall. Water level in the lake is currently around 18 feet, the highest in the past two decades. Not surprisingly, the lake is now attracting a large number of people — both pilgrims and tourists.

For the past one month, water has been flowing continuously into the lake from the feeders of Makrada and Savitri hills. Even the tourists are enjoying their stay as the entire surroundings have turned green this monsoon. The district received 904 mm rainfall in the last two months.

"People are delighted and sit for hours near the channel, enjoying the flow of water into the lake," said Bhikam Purohit, a local priest. According to Rajender Sharma, purohit of the famous Brahma temple, the pilgrims, in particular, are happy as they get to perform the rituals at the lake. "For the last two years, there were only temporary tanks provided by the administration. Now the lake is full of water and the pilgrims are enjoying a dip and performing their puja," he said.

The crowd has also increased in sravan and pilgrims are coming from Jodhpur, Jaipur, Kota and other parts of the state to collect the water for their local temples. "The water is holy for us as it comes from the hilly regions and contains ayurvedic qualities," said Purshottam Gupta, a pilgrim from Nagaur.

According to sources, a number of tourists, mostly from Israel, Germany, England and Canada, have descended over the last one month. "Most of them have come down after they heard that the rain has changed the environment here," said Ravinder Kaushik, a hotel owner in Pushkar. "What I am enjoying is the lake view and it gives immense joy to me and my friend," said Peter from Germany. "The place is nice and what is important is the peace," he said.

According to tourism officials, the season for foreign tourists starts in October. This year, the number of foreign tourists coming for the cattle fair may go up to 50,000 or 60,000. "At present, nearly 6,000 foreign tourists are in Pushkar," said an official. Several of them enjoy the long rides in greener Pushkar. "This time Pushkar looks different to that of two years ago. The air is cool and what is important is the water in the lake," said an Israeli tourist.

The lake, it may be noted, was dry for the past two years due to desilting work. Finding no water for a dip, pilgrims used to return disappointed as the lake bed had no water.
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Heavy rain a boon for the Great Indian Bustard

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JAIPUR: The heavy rain this year has cheered birds lover in the state in more ways than one. If the rain has spelt good for the Keoladeo national park, it has also sprung hopes for the endangered Great Indian Bustard (GIB) at the Desert National Park (DNP).

During his visit to Jaisalmer, R N Mehrotra, principal chief conservator of forest and head of forest forces, visited the Sudashri area with Rajpal Singh, member of state wildlife board.

"The rain has turned the area into a lush green grassland. And that spells good for the Great Indian Bustard's egg for it will give them a much-needed camouflage protecting it from its enemies," said Rajpal Singh.

The Great India Bustard lays its egg on the ground, making it vulnerable to predators besides exposing it to trampling.

"But this time, apart from the forest being closed to visitors, a special tower has been built at Sudashri area so as to help visitors see the birds without actually entering the forest," he added.

The duo spotted four Bustard chicks and forest officials are hopeful of more young ones being born this time.

"The area of Chelasar Nari and Gajai Mata at the DNP is also likely to be developed into good habitats for the bird while the Saner-Mokla area between Jaisalmer and Ramgarh may be developed into a possible conservation reserve," Mehrotra said.

The GIB is highly endangered with only about 300 birds in the country. Of this, Rajasthan has half the population. After the tigers, the state forest department has set its sight on this bird.

The department has plans for not only the relocation of some of the villages at the DNP but also fencing the grassland here. The DNP is close to the India- Pakistan border and is spread over an area of 3,061 sq km. However, depleting grassland has been a worry for the GIB here.

"Currently, the park supports about 70 to 75 Bustards. This is a critical stage. We have to take immediate steps to ensure the population of the birds," Mehrotra said.
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