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Swachh Himachal - Padhai bhi, Safai bhi’ campaign launched

Anurag Thakur,  announced the launch for ‘Swachh Himachal - Padhai bhi, Safai bhi’ campaign

HPCA becomes the first cricket association in India to promote Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan

Vir Bhadra Invited to inaugurate sale of tickets for  T 20  World cup :Anuraag



 sale of 10% of the tickets shall start for foreigners in a day or two.
With intent to supplement the efforts of Government of India’s Swachh Bharat initiative, Anurag Thakur, President Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and Member of Parliament Hamirpur today announced the launch of Swachh Himachal campaign ‘Padhai bhi, Safai bhi’. Given this initiative, HPCA becomes the first cricket association in India to work towards Swachh Abhiyaan initiated by the Government of India.



 Anurag Thakur explained the foremost intent of Swachh Himachal initiative. The campaign aims at creating awareness and understanding among youth about the current sanitation situation of the State and thereby seeking their participation to work towards betterment of the society.



This campaign will be driven throughout the state, across 12 districts, urban and rural areas. The campaign will be primarily lead by youth hailing from educational institutes. The selected students  will be termed as Swachh Captains and teachers as Swachh Coach's.



To motivate and incentivize the youth, various opportunities will be offered such as interactive session and cricket clinics with renowned Indian cricketers, chance to watch live matches at the stadium staring from incoming T 20 world cup.



The launch of Padhai bhi, Safai bhi campaign shall be done by Acharya Dev Vrat ji ,the governor of Himachal in the first week of next month and the project shall continue till 31st march 2017. The objective is to showcase Himachal's beauty as India's cleanest and greenest state.

 

SBI opens ‘Japan Desk’ in New Delhi



State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday launched 'Japan Desk', a first-of-its-kind initiative to facilitate Japanese corporates looking to invest here with banking and advisory services.

This SBI Japan Desk will serve as an one-point comprehensive and reliable information support source for India-bound investments of Japanese companies.

Through the Japan Desk, SBI aims to be the window for inbound Japanese investments in India and vice-versa.

The Japan Desk -- to be based in New Delhi -- will facilitate in the establishment of banking relationship with Japanese corporates and Japanese nationals, provide information on industries, sectors etc.

Speaking on the occasion, SBI Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said the Japan Desk will serve as a one-stop shop for both Japanese companies looking to invest here and Indian companies exploring outbound investments into Japan.

Later, the SBI chief told reporters that SBI was also planning to set up another dedicated Japan Desk at Chennai.

There are also requests from South Korea to have a dedicated help desk and SBI may look at setting up a desk for that country also, she added.

On Non Performing Assets (NPAs), Bhattacharya said the pain is expected to continue in the fourth quarter as well, impacting bottomline.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Kenji Hiramatsu, Japan's Ambassador to India said that Japanese corporates would appreciate SBI's support to expanding their businesses in India.

He, however, said that Japanese companies are keen to see more reform measures on the ground.

Areas that require focused attention are taxation, financial sector reforms, Hiramatsu added.

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