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Punjab to produce bio-ethanol from paddy straw

Chandigarh, Jul 9 (UNI) To curb the menace of crop residue burning and create a positive atmosphere for industrialization, the Punjab government on Monday took a decision to set up a bio-ethanol project and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the state government and M/s SAB Industries Ltd with proposed investment of Rs 719 crore.
Giving details about this project, Industry and Commerce Minister Sundar Shyam Arora said the project will produce 25000 TPA 2G bio-ethanol from paddy straw in Punjab which will not only generate investment and employment but will also help in reducing crop residue burning.
He said few studies undertaken in India have indicated surplus biomass availability to the tune of 120-160 MMT annually which, if converted, has the potential to yield 3000 crore litres of ethanol annually. Surplus biomass/agricultural waste can be converted to ethanol using second generation (2G) technologies which has cellulosic and lignocellulosic content.
Mr Arora said Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas notified National Policy on Biofuels-2018 to promote bio-fuels in the country. This policy aims to increase usage of bio-fuels in the energy and transportation sectors of the country during the coming decade. Bio-fuels in India are of strategic importance as it augers well with the ongoing initiatives of the government such as Make in India, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Skill Development and offers great opportunity to integrate with the ambitious targets of doubling of farmers Income, Import Reduction, Employment Generation, Waste to Wealth Creation.
Every harvesting season biomass is presently being exhumed by farmers in their fields causing huge pollution issue and is resulting into serious health hazards. Scientific disposal of biomass is must to take care of this menace. Government of Punjab is keen to encourage industrial projects for large scale utilisation of paddy straw for producing bio-ethanol and biogas in line with the policy of bio-fuels approved by the central government.
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17 Nov 2018 | 11:14 PM

Chandigarh, Nov 17 (UNI) Haryana Director General of Police B S Sandhu said that process to recruit 7500 police personnel will begin in the month of December, this year.

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Panchayat polls: 74 pc voter turnout recorded in first phase in J&K

17 Nov 2018 | 11:07 PM

Srinagar, Nov 17 (UNI) Around 74 per cent votes were polled in 47 blocks in the first of the nine phase panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir amid unprecedented security arrangements following a general strike called by separatists and apprehension of militant attempt to disrupt the process.

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Mehul Choksi may return to India, if his health improves: lawyer

17 Nov 2018 | 10:58 PM

Mumbai, Nov 17 (UNI) Businessman Mehul Choksi, an absconding accused wanted in connection of a Rs 13,000 crore bank fraud, may return to India to record his statement in three months provided his health permits him, his lawyer said on Saturday.

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BJP Kerala General Secretary K Surendran arrested

17 Nov 2018 | 10:52 PM

Sabarimala, Nov 17 (UNI) Soon after the 12-hrs hartal, Kerala Police on Saturday arrested BJP Kerala General Secretary K Surendran at Nilakkal, the main base camp during the festival season at Lord Ayyapa temple.

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