Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

States asked to convert 3,784 urban areas into statutory Urban Local Bodies

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 12 hours ago
Statutory ULBs lead to planned urban development, enhanced revenues ; entitled to Central assistance W.Bengal has 780 Census Towns, Kerala-461, Tamil Nadu-376, Maharashtra-279, UP-267, MP-112 Ministry of Urban Development has asked 28 States to take immediate and necessary action to convert 3,784 Census Towns into statutory Urban Local Bodies to promote planned urban development. Shri Rajiv Gauba, Secretary (Urban Development) in a letter to the Chief Secretaries of these States has highlighted the need for statutory Urban Local Bodies for planned and coordinated infrastructure deve...more »

Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal issues directions to ensure timely supplements and consistently high quality food to Athletes during their preparations for Rio Olympics

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 12 hours ago
Government has issued directions to ensure that athletes get timely supplements and consistently high quality food during their preparations for Rio Olympics, 2016. The directions were given by the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal after his surprise visit to the Sports authority of India’s Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports (NSNIS), Patiala yesterday to take stock of the facilities being provided to the athletes preparing for the Rio Olympics 2016. The Minister directed that the Athletics Federation of India be contacted and food s... more »

Health Minister Shri J P Nadda meets State Health Ministers on NEET

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 19 hours ago
Most States in favour of NEET; will soon decide on implementation issues: J P Nadda “Most States are in favour of NEET in- principle. However, some States have expressed that there are some logistic issues that are impeding its implementation, and therefore they have desired for some more time”. This was stated by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda after he met the Health Ministers from various States to hear their views on issues related to NEET, here today(16.05.2016). Shri Nadda stated that he had fruitful discussion with the Health Ministers from many St... more »

Dairy provides livelihood to 60 million farmers in India Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 19 hours ago
*During 2015-16, farmers produced **160.35** million tonnes of milk- Shri Singh* *At present, dairy sector is growing at the rate of 9.59 per year.* *America, Brazil, Australia and other countries are importing Indigenous Indian milch animals to develop heat resistant species.* *Odisha and Karnataka have been granted Rs. 2 crore each for marketing of A – 2 type milk.* *Rs. 582.09 crore have been allocated for 35 proposals under the National Gokul Mission.* *States have been granted permission to establish 14 Gokul Grams.* Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Mi... more »

President urges ICCR to continue to support Tagore scholars across the world

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 19 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the first copies of books “Tagore’s Vision of the Contemporary World” and ‘Tagore and Russia” today (May 16, 2016) at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President received the two books from Prof. Lokesh Chandra, President, ICCR who formally released them. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was happy to receive the first copies of these two books containing proceedings of seminars organized in 2011 by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). He complimented the ICCR on the initiative and for i...more »

Indian Warships Enter Manama (Bahrain) on a Four Day Visit

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
Indian Naval Ships Delhi, Tarkash and Deepak under the command of Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh, NM entered Manama today. During the visit, the crew of IN ships will undertake professional interactions with the Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF) pertaining to nuances of maritime operations, including means of combating maritime terrorism and piracy. In addition, calls on senior Government and military authorities, sporting and cultural interactions and sharing of best practices, aimed at enhancing cooperation as well as strengthening mutual unders...more »

13 more cities asked to ensure Online sanction of building permits this year

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
Hyderabad and Amritsar to go Online from June 1; Jaipur in 4 months To enhance the ‘ease of doing business’ in construction sector, Ministry of Urban Development has asked 13 more cities with airports to enable integrated Online approval of Building Plans during the current financial year. These 13 cities are among the 15 cities for which the Airports Authority of India has evolved Colour Coded Zoning Maps for according ‘No Objection Certificates’ in respect of height of construction projects. The other two cities viz., Delhi and Mumbai have already enabled Online approvals based on ... more »

Shri Nitin Gadkari Launches INFRACON, ePACE and up-Scaled INAM PRO: Calls Upon All Stakeholders to Use International Best Practises in Road Building

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has called upon stakeholders to make conscious and active use of innovations and successful best practices from round the world in engineering and construction of roads. He said that the road transport sector in the country has immense potential, given the high traffic density and adequate availability of resources. However, this potential cannot be realized fully unless every player in the chain of execution has a positive attitude and is ready to give up outdated practices in favour of new and efficient ... more »

Reforms to Promote Coastal Shipping: Dollar Linked Coastal Tariff Put in Abeyance by Ministry of Shipping

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
Promotion of Coastal Shipping has been one of the major endeavors of Ministry of Shipping. In this regard, the Ministry of Shipping amended the 2005 scheme of coastal concessions on coastal vessels and cargo/ container related charges in September 2015. The amended instructions provide that restatement of rates for coastal vessel should take into account the exchange rate fluctuation of Indian Rupee vs the US dollar, so that vessels related charges for all coastal charges should not exceed sixty percent (60%) of corresponding charges for other vessel. This was notified to Traffic A... more »

15 day Swachh Office drive launched across the country

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
UD Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu inspects cleanliness status in Nirman Bhawan Situation improved since launch of Swachh Bharat Mission, but scope for improvement, says Minister Swachh Office Manual issued for ensuring cleanliness at work places A 15-day special ‘Swachh Office Drive’ for ensuring cleanliness at all Government offices across the country has been launched today as a intensive thematic campaign under Swachh Bharat Mission. Launching the drive here today, Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu planted a Neem sapling at Nirman Bhawan and inspected the buildi... more »

Well marked low pressure area over southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Sri Lanka

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
Fishermen advised not to venture into sea along & off Tamil Nadu & Puducherry coasts during next 48 hrs. A low pressure area formed over southwest Bay of Bengal off Sri Lanka coast at 0830 hours IST of 14thMay, 2016. It lay over the same region as a well-marked low pressure area at 0830 hours IST of 15th May, 2016. It would move northwestwards and concentrate into a depression during next 24 hours. It would then continue to move northwestwards, intensify further into a deep depression and cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Nagapattinam around 17th May 2016 morning. *Warning:... more »

PM reviews drought and water scarcity situation at high level meeting with Gujarat CM

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Gujarat. The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Gujarat, were also present. Elaborating on the State’s efforts for water conservation, recharge and creation of water bodies, the Chief Minister mentioned that 1.68 lakh check dams, 2.74 lakh farm ponds, 1.25 lakh Bori Bandhs have been made with storage capacity of 42.3 billion cubic feet water, benefit... more »

Popularizing Science Education Among Women

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
To popularize Science Education among women the Department of Science and Technology has recently constituted a Standing Committee for Promoting Women in Science vide Office Memorandum dated 11 March 2016 to recommend special measures to ensure growth of women in science and to design programmes specifically for fostering, utilizing and supporting women in science. The first meeting of Standing Committee is scheduled on 16 May 2016 at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Consolidation of University Research for Innovation and Excellence in Women Universities (CURIE) is another un... more »

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana – Regional launch at Dahod for the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Gujarat

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
*‘Swacch Indhan. Behtar Jeevan – Mahilaon ko mila samman’* The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched for the three states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan today in Dahod. Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt Vasundhara Raje were present at the launch. Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan presided over the event. National President of BJP, Shri Amit Shah also attended the event. Fifteen women from BPL families from...more »

Shri J P Nadda lays Foundation Stone for three new Medical Colleges at Rajouri, Anantnag and Baramulla

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
*A big boost to tertiary healthcare and medical education in the region: J P Nadda* Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri J P Nadda laid the foundation stone for three new medical Colleges at Rajouri, Anantnag and Baramulla districts in Jammu and Kashmir, today. “The new Medical Colleges will strengthen the medical infrastructure and give a big boost to tertiary healthcare and medical education in the region”, Shri Nadda stated. He said that with total outlay of ₹ 189 crore each, the three new Medical Colleges will add 300 MBBS seats per year in the States with 100 seats per... more »

The second meeting of high level Joint Committee on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project to be held tomorrow on 16.05.2016 in Tokyo, Japan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 2 days ago
The second meeting of high level Joint Committee on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project will be held tomorrow on 16.05.2016 in Tokyo, Japan. The Indian delegation which is visiting Japan for this is being led by Dr. Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI, Aayog. Other members include – Shri A.K. Mital, Chairman/Railway Board, Shri Shaktikanta Das/Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Shri Jaishankar/Foreign Secretary and Shri Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary/Department of Industry Policy and Promotion. The Japanese side will be led by Mr. Hiroto Izumi/Special Adviser to the Hon’... more »

India Meteorological Department forecasts slightly delayed Southwest monsoon - 2016 over Kerala

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 2 days ago
India Meteorological Department forecast suggests that the onset of Southwest monsoon this year over Kerala is likely to be slightly delayed. The statistical model used by IMD, for predicting the onset of monsoon, indicates that the southwest monsoon is likely to set over Kerala on 7th June with a model error of ± 4 days. *Background* The onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala signals the arrival of monsoon over the Indian subcontinent and represents beginning of rainy season over the region. The normal monsoon onset over Kerala is 01 June. Since 2005, India Meteorological Depart... more »

MoS I&B meets Global Film Industry stakeholders at Cannes Film Festival

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 2 days ago
*Col. Rathore & Minister Mr. Ed Vaizey discuss participation of UK in IFFI* Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore met Minister of State for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries, UK, Mr. Ed Vaizey and other key stakeholders in the international film industry at Cannes Film Festival-2016. The purpose of the meetings was to apprise them about the new initiatives taken by the Government of India in the films sector and the myriad opportunities available for the global film industry in India. During the interaction the Ministers also ... more »

Exercise Red Flag

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 2 days ago
The IAF Team Sets Course Back at the end of a ‘Perfect Flag’ *Red Flag Alaska 16-1, *which was an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (a successor to the previous COPE THUNDER exercise series) held in the Alaska region, concluded on 14 May 16. The main phase of the exercise had commenced on 28 Apr 16 with a mix of combat and support elements participating from IAF, USAF and USN. Over the last decade, IAF has been actively participating in various operational exercises hosted by various countries wherein its capabilities has been pitted ag... more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi reviews drought and water scarcity situation at high level meeting with Rajasthan CM

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 2 days ago
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Rajasthan. The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Rajasthan, were also present. An amount of Rs. 911.64 crore has been released to the State under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), after adjustments of the State balances. This is in addition to Rs 827.25 crore released as central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16 to... more »
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