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Neem: Win-Win case for health and women in Gujarat

Neem: Win-Win case for health and women in Gujarat

Bharuch, Gujarat, Sept 23 (UNI) Rural women in this small town of Gujarat are proudly adding to their family's income and health, courtesy age-old bitter fruit Neem. Gujarat Narmada Fertilisers and Chemicals (GNFC) Limited has initiated a unique project, where neem seeds are used in manufacturing soap, shampoo, oil, hand-wash and pesticides apart from coating of urea with the magic fruit. Rural women and landless labourers are majorly involved in it. Over one lakh women, involved in fruit collection, have achieved socio-economic empowerment as their incomes have increased substantially after getting involved in the project. A well-organised system has been established for buying neem fruits from these rural women at a fair price. These fruits, which have powerful medicinal and pest controlling elements, are processed to get in a cake form and then oil is extracted, to be used for coating of urea. Usha, a who has been working for a year in the factory , told UNI at the project premises that she earns Rs 300 every day. Workers in the factory, majority being women, have the benefit of insurance and Provident Fund among others. Under the skill development programme, these women were trained by National Skill Development Corporation and enjoy the benefit of health check-ups too. Women, who work under Self Help Groups, work for eight hours a day. They are allotted duties by rotation so that threshold limit is not crossed under the Labour laws. In the first year of the project, Rs 10-12 crore of supplementary income was created for one lakh rural women and landless labourers. Almost 4,000 centres will be opened all over Gujarat for collection of Neem seeds through SHGs, Mahila Pani Samitis and Milk Cooperatives. The Central government has made neem-coating mandatory of urea which has brought down its rates substantially from 250 dollars per tonne to 85 dollars per tonne. The GNFC has initiated a massive drive to create awareness in rural society and farmers for plantation of Neem trees, which have grown in India with the human settlement and have been part of the Indian culture for centuries. UNI RSA SV SB 1059

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SSB succeeds where others fail: IG Lucknow Frontier

SSB succeeds where others fail: IG Lucknow Frontier

By Raj Silvano Lucknow, Oct 23 (UNI) A uniformed force raised primarily for guarding India’s borders with Nepal and Bhutan is going through a transformation process and very soon it might be saddled with multifarious tasks.

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23 Oct 2017 | 9:55 AM
Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

Srinagar, Oct 23 (UNI) Despite ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Uri sector, the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), resumed on Monday after remaining suspended last week due to Diwali festival.

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23 Oct 2017 | 9:58 AM

Bengal Govt to train medical students in martial arts

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) In a first-of-its-kind intuitive, the West Bengal Government has decided to provide training in the 2,000-year-old martial art of taekwondo to medical students studying in the government medical colleges.

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23 Oct 2017 | 10:42 AM

Bengal Govt to set up centres of National Institute of Virology

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) The West Bengal Government is going to set up centres for testing of viruses in collaboration with the National Institute of Virology, Pune.

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23 Oct 2017 | 10:39 AM

Bengal Government to provide food packs for malnourished mothers and their kids

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) In a unique initiative, the state Food and Supplies department has tied up with the Health department to distribute free foodgrains among mothers and their newborns suffering from malnutrition.

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23 Oct 2017 | 10:37 AM
Mamata to inaugurate Sister Nivedita’s house today

Mamata to inaugurate Sister Nivedita’s house today

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the restored house of Sister Nivedita on October 23 to commemorate her sesquicentennial birth anniversary.

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23 Oct 2017 | 11:12 AM
PM Modi defends demonetisation,GST ; says economy is on right track

PM Modi defends demonetisation,GST ; says economy is on right track

Bhavnagar, Oct 22 (UNI) In his third visit to his home state Gujarat this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday defended his government’s decision on demonetisation and Goods and Service Tax and said that the economic indicators show that India is moving in the right direction.

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22 Oct 2017 | 8:48 PM
Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

23 Oct 2017 | 9:58 AM

Srinagar, Oct 23 (UNI) Despite ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Uri sector, the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), resumed on Monday after remaining suspended last week due to Diwali festival.

Brazil into semis after 2-1 win in the U-17 World Cup

23 Oct 2017 | 10:39 AM

Kolkata, Oct 22 (UNI) Two goals in six minutes into the second half propelled Brazil into the semifinal of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with 2-1 victory over strong Germany and the South American side would now face England in Guwahati on Wednesday.

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