Friday, 26 August 2016

Govt. News In Brief

PM’s speech on the occasion of ‘Transforming India’ Lecture

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 hour ago
*His Excellency Shri Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of SingaporeMy Fellow Ministers,Chief Ministers,Invited speakers and friends,* There was a time when development was believed to depend on the *quantity of capital and labour*. Today we know that it depends as much on the *quality of institutions and ideas*. Early last year, a new institution was created, namely, the National Institution for Transforming India or NITI. NITI was created as an evidence based think tank to guide India’s transformation. One of NITI’s functions is: - to mainstream external ideas int... more »

Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore calls on PM

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 hour ago
Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore called on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today. The Prime Minister conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the people of Singapore on the sad demise of former President S. R. Nathan. The Prime Minister said that Singapore has lost one of its great sons. Mr. Shanmugaratnam briefed the Prime Minister on the status of various bilateral cooperation initiatives, especially in the areas of Skill Development and Smart Cities. The Prime Minister recalled his successful visit to Singapore in November 2015, during which the b... more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee Condoles the passing away of Dr. A.R. Kidwai

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of Dr. A.R. Kidwai, former Governor of Bihar, West Bengal, Haryana and Rajasthan. In a message to his son, Shri Monis Kidwai, the President has said, “I am sad to learn about the passing away Dr. A.R. Kidwai, an esteemed colleague and a dear friend of long years. A freedom fighter, distinguished Parliamentarian and administrator, Dr. Kidwai served the nation in various capacities including as Governor of Bihar, West Bengal, Haryana and Rajasthan. For his life-long services, the grateful nation honoured hi... more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to visit Bihar and Karnataka from August 26 to 28

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will visit Bihar and Karnataka from August 26 to 28, 2016. On August 27, 2016, the President will address the first convocation of Nalanda University and lay the foundation stone of its campus at Rajgir, Nalanda, Bihar. He will also grace a function to commemorate the serving of two billion meals of the Akshaya Patra Foundation in Bangalore, Karnataka on the same day. On August 28, 2016, the President will address the 24th annual convocation of National Law School of India University, Bangalore before returning to New Delhi. Courtes... more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi greets people on the occasion of Janmashtami

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Janmashtami. “जय श्री कृष्ण! आप सभी को जन्माष्टमी की शुभकामनाएं। Janmashtami greetings to all ” , the Prime Minister said. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh meets wide spectrum of political parties in Srinagar

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh held a series of meetings with a wide spectrum of political parties in Srinagar today. Shri Rajnath Singh also chaired a meeting of Senior Officers of Security Agencies and State Government to review the security situation in the Kashmir Valley. The regional People's Conference leaders Mr. Sajjad Gani Lone and Mr. Bashir Ahmad Dar held consultations with the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh at the Nehru Guest House where he has opted to stay in an effort to reach out to all sections of people in the Valley. A 17-member delegation of the ... more »

Government communication strategy should incorporate innovative and out of the box ideas: I&B Minister

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
*Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu meets Indian Information Service officers* Minister for Information & Broadcasting Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said that the communication approach of I&B Ministry should strive for empowerment of people, by informing them regarding key initiatives of the Government in order to take the Prime Minister’s vision of “Reform, Perform and Transform” forward. The focus of the communication strategy should be to incorporate innovative and out of the box ideas in order to keep pace with the changing communication paradigm. Technology played a critical part in defining the ...more »

Cabinet approves Cadre Review of Indian Information Service

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the cadre restructuring of the Indian Information Service (IIS) Group 'A'. The restructuring will involve addition of two posts at Apex level, five at Higher Administrative Grade and 19 posts at Senior Administrative Grade level with matching reduction at other levels. The restructuring will address the problem of existing stagnation in the IIS Cadre and will improve the career prospects of IIS officers. The Cadre review exercise will result in better functioning of media and communication arms of the ... more »

Cabinet approves construction of third line between Rajnandgaon-Nagpur (Kalumna)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for construction of third line between Rajnandgaon-Nagpur (Kalumna) in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh and Gondia, Bhandara and Nagpur districts in Maharashtra at an estimated cost of Rs.1,908.51 crore and expected completion cost of Rs.2,193.53 crore. The 228.3 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years. Besides facilitating the travel, various industries, mines, coal fields and power plants will have additional transport capacity to meet th... more »

Cabinet approves construction of third line between Kharagpur (Nimpur) and Adityapur

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for construction of third line between Kharagpur (Nimpura) and Adityapur in West Singhburn districts of Jharkhand at an estimated cost of Rs.1,312.44 crore and expected completion cost of Rs.1,483.36 crore. The 132 km long railway line is expected to be completed in four years. Besides facilitating the travel, this line will greatly ease the ever increasing freight traffic between these sections. *Background: * The third line between Kharagpur (Nimpura) and Adityapu... more »

Cabinet approves construction of third line between Kharagpur (Nimpur) and Adityapur

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for construction of third line between Kharagpur (Nimpura) and Adityapur in West Singhburn districts of Jharkhand at an estimated cost of Rs.1,312.44 crore and expected completion cost of Rs.1,483.36 crore. The 132 km long railway line is expected to be completed in four years. Besides facilitating the travel, this line will greatly ease the ever increasing freight traffic between these sections. *Background: * The third line between Kharagpur (Nimpura) and Adityapu... more »

Cabinet approves National Highways Interconnectivity Improvement Project

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for development of 1120 kms of National Highways in the States of Karnataka, Odisha, Bihar, Rajasthan and West Bengal. The work for development to two lane standards are under Phase-I of the National Highways Interconnectivity Improvement Project (NHIIP) with World Bank assistance. The revised estimated cost is Rs. 6,461 crore including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The projects are already taken u... more »

Cabinet approves construction of third line between Rajnandgaon-Nagpur (Kalumna)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for construction of third line between Rajnandgaon-Nagpur (Kalumna) in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh and Gondia, Bhandara and Nagpur districts in Maharashtra at an estimated cost of Rs.1,908.51 crore and expected completion cost of Rs.2,193.53 crore. The 228.3 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years. Besides facilitating the travel, various industries, mines, coal fields and power plants will have additional transport capacity to meet th... more »

Cabinet approves construction of second line between New Bongaigaon and Kamakhya of Northeast Frontier Railway in Assam

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for construction of second line between New Bongaigaon and Kamakhya of Northeast Frontier Railway in Assam at an estimated cost of Rs.2,232.32 crore and expected completion cost of Rs.2,586.85 crore. The 176 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years during 12th and 13th Plan period. Besides facilitating the travel, upcoming industries in the region will have additional transport capacity to meet their requirements. *Background: * The single ma... more »

Cabinet approves waiver of penal interest on GoI loans availed by Cochin Port

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for waiver of penal interest on Government of India (GOI) loans availed by Cochin Port Trust to the tune of Rs. 897.23 crore. The CCEA also gave its approval by freezing the liability on account of GOI loans, interest thereon and penal interest @ 0.25% as on 31.3.2016 amounting to Rs.557.16 crore (Rs.258.14 crore + Rs.281.45 crore + Rs.17.57 crore). The CCEA, further approved the rescheduling of repayment of the amount frozen in 10 years commencing from 2018-19. The C... more »

Cabinet approves construction of fourth line between Jharsuguda and Bilaspur

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for construction of fourth line between Jharsuguda and Bilaspur at an estimated cost of Rs.1,973.46 crore and expected completion cost of Rs.2,298.31 crore. The 206 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years. This line will facilitate the travel. The industries, coal fields, lime stone and dolomite mines, cement and steel plants in the region will have additional transport capacity to meet their requirement. Jharsuguda district in Odisha and Raiga... more »

Cabinet approves construction of third line between Mathura and Jhansi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for construction of third line between Mathura and Jhansi at an estimated cost of Rs.3,677.76 crore and expected completion cost of Rs.4,377.13 crore. The 273.80 km long railway line is expected to be completed in six years. Besides facilitating the travel, goods trains passing through this section will get adequate capacity for smooth running. Mathura, Agra, Jhansi districts of Uttar Pradesh, Datiya, Gwalior, Morena districts of Madhya Pradesh and Dholpur district o... more »

Cabinet approves introduction of the "Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016"

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for introduction of the "Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016". The Bill will regulate surrogacy in India by establishing National Surrogacy Board at the central level and State Surrogacy Boards and Appropriate Authorities in the State and Union Territories. The legislation will ensure effective regulation of surrogacy, prohibit commercial surrogacy and allow ethical surrogacy to the needy infertile couples. All infertile Indian married couple who want to avail ethical surrogacy will be benefit... more »

Cabinet approves MoU with South Africa to establish cooperation in Grassroots Innovation

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and South Africa to establish cooperation in Grassroots Innovation. The MoU was signed on July 07, 2016 at Pretoria in pursuance to the Inter-Government Agreement between two countries for cooperation in Science & Technology. Under this MoU, both countries will jointly organise various programmes such as forums, seminars, workshops, and training on matters related to innovation; share open source technologies with each other and jo... more »

Cabinet approves signing of Air Services Agreement between India and Fiji

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting - 1 day ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of new Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Fiji. The Agreement is for updation of the existing Air Services Agreement (ASA) between the two countries which was signed on 28th January, 1974. The updation is as per latest ICAO template keeping in view the latest developments in civil aviation sector and with an objective to improve the air connectivity between the two countries. A draft text of Air Service Agreement has been finalized in consultation with Ministry of Law... mo
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