PM fast-tracks development of inland waterways

NEW DELHI: In a bid to ease the burden on rail and road infrastructure, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has taken steps to fast-track the development and use of inland waterways by involving public and private sectors.

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has agreed to use the inland waterways to transport three million metric tonnes of coal for Barh power project in Bihar.

A tripartite agreement has been signed between the NTPC, the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and a private developer, which has led to competitive transportation rates for the NTPC, a PMO statement said.

It said a private sector investment of about Rs 650 crore has been committed with regard to the Farakka Power Project in West Bengal.

The waterways will be used to transport coal imported by NTPC for its power plants.

At a meeting chaired by Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Pulok Chatterjee it was decided that the execution of coal handling facility at Jogighopa and rail connectivity will be taken up under the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) scheme.

A slew of decisions taken at the inter-ministerial coordination committee meeting include a commitment by the Food Corporation of India to provide cargo commitment for three years for transportation of foodgrains to Tripura and Assam from Kolkata and within Assam.
Source - Economic Times

Flawless skin with yoga

Get that glow on your face with these yoga moves.

Sirsasana (head stand): Place the forearms on the mat in front of you with fingers interlocked. Place the crown of your head on the mat between the interlocked hands. Slowly raise your hips and lift your knees off the ground and straighten your legs, keeping your toes on the floor. Transfer the body weight slowly from the toes on to the head and arms, maintaining a steady balance. Lift your feet off the ground. Bending the knees, gradually raise the calves in a controlled movement. Slowly straighten your knees until the legs are in line with the trunk. Now your whole body is straight in one line.


Kapalbhati Kriya: 

Kapal means forehead and bhati means light. So if you do this kriya regularly, it brings a glow to the face. It's a purification technique to clean the naadi's and also calm the mind. It opens up all the blockages from the lungs and also strengthens the nervous system and tones the digestive organs. Sit in any comfortable posture with your back and neck straight in chin mudra and eyes closed. Exhale through nostrils forcefully and while exhaling, push your abdomen in forcefully. Inhale naturally. Repeat this kriya for 5 minutes. For better results, you can do it for 10 minutes.


Viparitakarani Kriya: 


Lie down on your back. Raise your legs to 90 degrees, keeping the knees straight. Raise your hips and the trunk off the ground by supporting the body with the hands at the waist. Keep your elbows as close to each other as possible. Close your eyes and relax. Hold it for as long as possible. Breathe normally.

Kapol Shakti Vikasak: 
Sit straight on the heels. Take a deep breath through your nose and exhale completely through your mouth. Close both your nostrils with your thumbs with all the fingers pointing outward and joined together. Inhale deeply through your mouth and puff up your cheeks. Hold your breath and put your chin against your chest. Now hold position as long as you can. Repeat at least 10 to15 times.

And relax

Stare at strangers You can crowd out stress hormones by forcing your brain to focus on just one specific situation. For 10 minutes at a time, study everything-the TV, the lager on the tap or a girl's tattoo. This is called "mindfullness", which means you are keeping your brain active. You could also call it loafing, but that wouldn't sound quite as Zen-like, would it?

Source - Mens Health.Intoday

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