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Spotlight on eco-tourism

NEW DELHI FEB. 14. "Uttaranchal has six national parks and six wildlife sanctuaries among which Jim Corbett National Park and Valley of Flower are the most popular destinations. So when we talk about eco-tourism, we will have to concentrate on the natural wealth and rich bio-diversity," said the Minister for Forest, Environment and Urban Development, Uttaranchal, Nav Prabhat, at a seminar on "Prospects of Eco-tourism in India" organised at the American Centre here today.

Speaking about `Eco-tourism: Law and Environmental Guidance', the Supreme Court advocate, Sudhir Mishra said: "While there is a lot of talk about improving tourism, we need to emphasise the fact that we also need to do a social impact assessment before developing an area and involve the locals too."

The seminar also discussed other important topics including community based tourism development and eco-tourism and marketing.

PowerGrid bags safety award

NEW DELHI FEB. 14. The PowerGrid Corporation of India has been presented the "Safety Award" by the Institution of Engineers (India) in recognition of the safety initiatives it has adopted. The award was given to CMD of PowerGrid, R.P. Singh, by the Member of Parliament and Chairman Parliamentary Committee of Industries, Santosh Bagrodia, at a conference on "Safety and Hazard Control" in the Capital today.

PowerGrid is the Central transmission utility under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. It has taken significant initiatives to ensure reliable and secure power ensuring safety of equipments and personnel. PowerGrid has developed a safety policy where emphasis is given to safety audit, testing of tools and plants, personal protective equipments and vigorous patrolling. These steps have helped in transmission of quality power and at the same time ensuring safety of human resources.

BSF conference inaugurated

NEW DELHI FEB. 14. The Director-General of the Border Security Force, R.S. Moosahary, today inaugurated the Annual Operational Communication Conference at the Force headquarters here at CGO complex. Several communication systems like the electronic sentry alert monitoring system, surveillance system for border management, infiltration indicator and tamper proof fencing will be discussed at the Conference which is organised every year to review existing communication systems. The Director General asked his men and officers to remain updated about new communication techniques and adopt them so that the Force could function more efficiently in the field.

Blood donation camp

NEW DELHI FEB. 14. The Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission organised a blood donation camp in memory of Sant Kirpal Singhji Maharaj at Kirpal Bagh here on Sunday. The camp was held in collaboration with the Red Cross Society of India and 150 volunteers donated blood.

Inaugurating the camp, Sant Rajinder Singhji Maharaj, president of the World Council of Religions, said those who donate blood were doing a great service to humanity.

This was the 14th camp organised by the Mission.

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