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Honey Bee on Commemorative Coins Released by the Indian Finance Minister

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Chennai, February 27, 2011: The Central Government minted commemorative coins in the denominations of Rs. 150 and Rs. 5 to commemorate 'Income Tax - 150 Years of Building India'.Honey bee, Lotus and Chanakya on commemorative coin Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee released the commemorative coins on February 26, 2011. According to news reports Mr. Mukherjee said: "The coin of Rs. 150 denomination is the first such coin in India and this itself makes this occasion a momentous occasion to remember. I hope that the Income Tax Department would shine in its glory ...".

What is unique in the coins is the picture of a honey bee on a lotus flower. Chanakya, who was adviser to the first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta, from 340 BC to 293 BC, and known for his treatise - the Arthasastra, and whose portrait is by the side of the honey bee on the coins, represents his famous lines: " ... ideally, governments should collect taxes like a honey bee, which sucks just the right amount of honey from the flower so that both can survive ...".

Endosulfan Spray in Kerala Affecting Bee Colonies, Honey and Cardamom Production - AICRP Study

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Chennai, February 24, 2011: Endosulfan has been in the news in recent times, the European Union proposing a ban on the use of the pesticide and several farming and pesticide related organizations in India opposing the move. There have been many investigations earlier that showed that among the pesticides endosulfan was the least harmful to honey bees.

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Punjab Leads in Honey Production

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Chennai, February 22, 2011: Prof. A.K. Dhawan, head, department of entomology, Punjab Agricultural University said that the State had over 25,000 beekeepers with a quarter million bee colonies producing more than 10,000 tons of honey, according to a PTI news release dated February 22, 2011 from Moga in Punjab. Contributing to more than 30 per cent of India's honey production, the State was leading the country in beekeeping.

Kerala Agricultural University to Popularize Meliponiculture

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Chennai, February 5, 2011: The Kerala Agricultural University scientists have been investigating the biology and rearing of the common stingless bee, Trigona iridipennis. A recent meeting of the Board of  Studies, Faculty of Agriculture of the University recommended meliponiculture (rearing of stingless bees, Meliponini) in homesteads of Kerala using 1500 cc capacity bamboo 'hives'. Under a project of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research the University developed a bamboo box to rear these bees and has now taken up popularizing the rearing of these bees.

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Punjab State Government to Promote Beekeeping

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Chennai, January 31, 2011: The State government of Punjab will support and promote beekeeping industry in the State. The State Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal told this in a meeting with a delegation of honey producers and exporters from Ludhiana district. According to a news report in the Punjab Newsline dated January 15, 2011 the government would soon chalk out a comprehensive plan to boost beekeeping as an allied profession of agriculture in the State.

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