Asian Games medallist Divya Kakran slams Delhi government for lack of support

first_imgAsian Games 2018 bronze medallist Divya Kakran lashed out at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his government for lack of support for the athletes.At a felicitation ceremony in New Delhi on Tuesday, Divya told Kejriwal that she could have won gold at the Games with proper support from the government.”You’ve gathered us today to congratulate us but there’s no support provided when we need it most. If we’re given that support at the right time then we can even win gold,” Divya said.”I’d won a medal at the Commonwealth Games (in Gold Coast, Australia, earlier this year) and you had told me that I will receive more help going forward. I gave all the help I needed in writing but even my phone calls were not answered,” Divya added.Also read – People questioned my abilities before Asian Games 2018: Swapna BarmanDivya won the medal at the Games after beating Taiwan’s Chen Wenling in the 68kg category bronze medal match. It was her first medal at the Asian Games.Meanwhile, Kejriwal during the ceremony announced that the prize money for the state players who won medals at Asian games will be increased.The prize money of gold medalists has been raised from 20 lakhs to 1 crore, silver medalists will now be entitled to an amount of 75 lakhs instead of 14 lakhs. The bronze medal winners also got a raise from existing 10 lakhs to 50 lakhs.Also read – Business class for official irks Indian athletes flying back from Asiad in economyadvertisementKejriwal stated that the government would also arrange employment for the medal winners.”We have raised reward amount for winners of Asian Games.Reward for gold medallists raised from Rs.20 lakhs to Rs.1 Crore, for silver medalists from Rs.14 lakhs to Rs.75 lakhs, for bronze medalists from Rs.10 lakhs to Rs.50 lakhs,” Kejriwal said.Also read – Didn’t have time to think about pain, says Asian Games gold medallist Swapna Barman”Also, we will arrange employment for them,” he added.last_img read more

Climate Smart Solutions in Agriculture are a Must – PM Holness

first_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness has underscored that climate smart solutions in the agriculture sector is critical to Jamaica achieving economic growth and development.Speaking at the United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) 35th Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean in Montego Bay on Wednesday (March 7), Mr. Holness said that smart climate solutions will assist Jamaica’s conservation efforts.“We continue to push the integration of technology in improving irrigation systems, expanding the impact of our agro-park systems and expanding the use of renewable energy,” said Mr. Holness.The Prime Minister said that while there is still heavy reliance on manual processes in agriculture across the region, he believes that the country must continue to appreciate the exponential value that can be created if agriculture and technology are infused.“We must integrate climate smart solutions in our food related policies and programmes. Zero hunger that is our final destination and I am confident that we will meet this goal,” said Prime Minister Holness.He further stated that while the government recognizes that high energy costs is a barrier to increased growth and competitiveness in agriculture, The Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology will also explore the utilization of Bio-Fuels to further diversify our energy sources.“We are now developing an energy eco-system that is diverse, environmentally sensitive and affordable. From increased use of LNG renewables, the government has a target of 30% of our energy needs to be provided by renewable energy sources by 2030. We are currently at 18% and on track to achieving our 30% goal,” said the Prime Minister.Empirical data shows that rural development by way of the agricultural sector is linked to Jamaica’s economic growth. Prime Minister Holness believes that through the use of renewable energy, the agriculture sector can benefit from reduced operational costs.“With diversified energy sources, small farmers, small agro-processors and others employed in the agricultural sector will benefit from reduced operational costs through the use of renewable energy. We are addressing the crucial nexus between energy and food security and finding solutions to secure both,” said Prime Minister Holness.He also said that the government recognizes the importance of leveraging partnerships to achieve growth and development. He called on the public and private sector to partner in this regard. The Prime Minister said that while there is still heavy reliance on manual processes in agriculture across the region, he believes that the country must continue to appreciate the exponential value that can be created if agriculture and technology are infused. Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness has underscored that climate smart solutions in the agriculture sector is critical to Jamaica achieving economic growth and development. Speaking at the United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) 35th Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean in Montego Bay on Wednesday (March 7), Mr. Holness said that smart climate solutions will assist Jamaica’s conservation efforts.last_img read more