Shri Piyush Goyal Lays Foundation Stone for Underground Cabling Work Under IPDS At Varanasi

Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of the State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy laid the foundation stone for underground cabling work under ‘Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS)’ at Kabir Nagar, Old Kashi Area, Varanasi yesterday late evening. 

Over 1 Crore Led Bulbs Distributed in Uttar Pradesh Under “Ujala” Programme , Consumers to Get Bulbs at Rs 80

Shri Piyush Goyal Announces Achievement And Drop in Led Bulb Prices for Up

Minister Also Launches National Energy Efficient Fan Programme for Consumers in Up

The citizens of Uttar Pradesh (UP) have replaced one crore inefficient bulbs with energy efficient LEDs, distributed under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) programme. Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of the State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy , distributed the one crore oneth bulb to Sh. A.K. Singh, Managing Director

थल सेना प्रमुख का अमेरिका दौरा

थल सेना प्रमुख जनरल दलबीर सिंह ने अपनी चार दिवसीय अमेरिकी यात्रा के दौरान 07 अप्रैल, 2016 को अमेरिकी थल सेना अध्यक्ष (सीएसए) जनरल मार्क ए मिली से भेंट की। उन्हें एक समारोह में गॉर्ड ऑफ ऑनर भी दिया गया। 

इससे पहले उन्होंने 'टॉम्ब ऑफ अननॉन सोल्जर्स' पर आर्मी फुल ऑनर रीथ सेयरमनी में आर्लिंगटन नेशनल सेमेट्री पर श्रद्धांजलि दी। 

Centre releases Rs.12, 230 Crore to States for MGNREGA

Fund release to take care of pending wage liability of the states-Birender Singh 
Union Minister for Rural Development Shri Birender Singh said that the Ministry of Rural Development has released a central share of Rs. 12,230 Crore to the States in connection with the implementation of its flagship programme Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee

After Shani Temple’s move, other trusts under pressure to allow women


The Shani Shingnapur temple trust’s decision on Friday to allow women in the sanctum is likely to open floodgates of similar demands at other religious places.

जहां मैदानों में उगता है पैसा, कमाई के मामले में दूसरे लीग से कितना अलग है IPL?

जहां मैदानों में उगता है पैसा, कमाई के मामले में दूसरे लीग से कितना अलग है IPL?
मुंबई. आईपीएल को कुछ लोग इंडियन पैसा लीग भी कहते हैं। यानी इस खेल में भरपूर पैसा है। कुछ हद तक ये सही भी है। 2008 के मुकाबले इसकी ब्रांड वैल्यू 242% बढ़ गई है। पहले आईपीएल में जहां इसकी कमाई 450 करोड़ रुपए रही, वहीं 2015 के 8th सीजन में इसने 2650 करोड़ रुपए कमाए। आईपीएल की तर्ज पर शुरू हुए और कई लीग...

IPL-9: धोनी-रोहित की टीम के बीच आज मुकाबला, ये प्लेयर्स होंगे आमने-सामने

 आईपीएल-9 का ओपनिंग मैच पिछले साल की चैम्पियन मुंबई इंडियन्स और टूर्नामेंट में पहली बार खेल रही पुणे सुपरजाइंट्स के बीच होगा। मैच मुंबई के वानखेड़े स्टेडियम में शाम 7.30 बजे से होगा। मुंबई के कप्तान रोहित शर्मा हैं। राइजिंग पुणे सुपरजाइंट्स की कमान वर्ल्ड के बेस्ट कैप्टन महेंद्र सिंह धोनी के पास है। दोनों टीमों में कौन हैं प्लेयर्स, मुंबई के लिए क्या है सबसे बड़ी दिक्कत...
- मुंबई ने रोहित की कप्तानी में 2013 और 2015 में खिताब जीता है। मुंबई की टीम इस बार खिताब बचाने उतरेगी।
- रोहित के लिए सबसे बड़ी प्रॉब्लम लसिथ मलिंगा की फिटनेस है।

EMPLOYEE NEWS TODAY: LTC scam: CBI books six present, former Rajya Sabh...

EMPLOYEE NEWS TODAY: LTC scam: CBI books six present, former Rajya Sabh...: NEW DELHI: The CBI on Friday registered cases against six current and former Rajya Sabha MPs in the Leave and Travel Concession (LTC) scam...

अक्षय कुमार को हीथ्रो एयरपोर्ट पर हिरासत में नहीं लिया गया


नई दिल्ली: अभिनेता अक्षय कुमार की टीम ने साफ किया है कि इस रिपोर्ट में कोई सच्चाई नहीं है कि इस बॉलीवुड स्टार को कथित तौर पर वैध वीजा नहीं होने के कारण बुधवार को लंदन के हीथ्रो एयरपोर्ट पर हिरासत में लिया गया। अक्षय कुमार के प्रवक्ता ने ऐसी किसी भी घटना से इनकार करते हुए कहा कि अक्षय को कुछ मिनट बाद ही एयरपोर्ट से बाहर जाने दिया गया।

आईपीएल के शुरुआती मैचों में युवराज का खेलना संदिग्ध





टखने की चोट से उबरने की प्रक्रिया में लगे हुए सनराइजर्स हैदराबाद के बल्लेबाज युवराज सिंह दो हफ्तों के लिए आईपीएल के मैचों से बाहर रह सकते हैं।

मीडिया रिपोर्टों के मुताबिक टीम के कोच टॉम मूडी का कहना है कि युवराज जैसे खिलाड़ी किसी भी टीम के लिए महत्वपूर्ण हैं। वह न केवल बल्ले से मैच

JIT के दौरे पर बासित को विदेश मंत्रालय का जवाब, आदान-प्रदान पर हुए थे सहमत



भारत ने पाकिस्तान के उच्चायुक्त के इस बयान का खंडन किया कि पाकिस्तानी जेआईटी का दौरा आदान-प्रदान के आधार पर नहीं हुआ था और कहा कि इस टीम के भारत आने से पहले दोनों पक्ष सहमत हुए थे कि यह आपसी आदान-प्रदान के आधार पर होगा।

विदेश मंत्रालय के प्रवक्ता विकास स्वरूप ने गुरुवार को कहा, हमने पठानकोट वायुसेना स्टेशन पर आतंकवादी हमले की जांच के लिए जेआईटी टीम के दौरे पर पाकिस्तानी उच्चायुक्त के बयान देखे हैं, जो आदान-प्रदान के संदर्भ में है।

The contrarian Kanhaiya Kumar



Vivek Agnihotri’s latest movie, Buddha in a Traffic Jam, aims to expose the nexus between NGOs, naxalites and the academia.

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri moves from highlighting the erotic to the more political with his latest that takes on student activists for their ‘critical and questioning’ approach

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has directed five feature films till date but these days he is better known for the YouTube video of his March 18 speech at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

He was at the campus, along with actor Anupam Kher and filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, to screen his latest film Buddha in a Traffic Jam. This venture, unlike his earlier ones — Chocolate (2005), Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007), Hate Story (2012), Zid(2014) — is based on a political subject.

Revealed: Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover's wedding invite

Good-looking Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu, who have been rumoured to be dating since a long time, have finally decided to take their relationship to the next level. The duo confirmed about their marriage in an official statement. Soon after the official confirmation, pictures of their wedding invite have started doing the rounds on social media. The couple is looking amazing together in the pictures and it also says - 'much monkey love' because Bipasha refers to Karan as her monkey.


Source - Times Of India

Higher Levels Of Vitamin D Linked To Lower Cancer Risk



Recommended blood serum levels of vitamin D have been a source of vigorous debate in recent years. (Representational Image)
LOS ANGELES: Higher levels of vitamin D in our blood is associated with a reduced risk of cancer, a new study has found.

"We have quantitated the ability of adequate amounts of vitamin D to prevent all types of invasive cancer combined, which had been terra incognita until publication of this paper," said Cedric Garland, professor at the University of California, San Diego.

1 in 3 men is at risk of diabetes, infertility; exercise best saviour



Luknow: Doctors at King George's Medical University are using a verbal tool to make men step onto the treadmill.

The aim is to save them from type II diabetes - the biggest concern of health experts across the world. Armed with a new multi-centric study initiated by KGMU's department of physiology, the doctors are telling men to shed the extra pounds or run the risk of infertility.

Sharing that "one in three Indians is at risk," experts suggest use of "Indian Diabetes Risk Score" self-assessment (see gfx)

Jungle Book 'too scary' for kids, gets U/A certificate



NEW DELHI: The film on Rudyard Kipling's much-loved 'Jungle Book', which re- leases in India on April 8, has been given a U/A certificate by the Censor Board for being too "scary".

The Central Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) examining panel felt that the 3D graphics and sound effects were too "scary" for young children. U/A certification means parental guidance is required for children under 12 to watch the movie.

Incidentally, the Jon Favreau film has received a "parental guidance", or PG, rating in the United States.

Andhra Pradesh all set to roll out rotavirus vaccine



Hyderabad, April 7 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh is all set to introduce rotavirus vaccine to combat diarrhoeal deaths among children, an official said on Thursday.

The state has received 460,000 doses of rotavac, the country's first indigenous rotavirus vaccine.

Addressing a media orientation workshop organized by the state government and UNICEF ahead of the launch, Vanisri Saride, joint director, child health and immunisation, said the vaccine will soon become a part of the state government's Universal Immunisation Programme and health staff in districts had been imparted training for implementation of the programme.

YouTube Gaming Now Available in India

It's taken awhile but YouTube Gaming is finally available in India. In August 2015 YouTube Gaming debuted in the US and UK. The YouTube Gaming mobile app is finally available on Android and iOS for India as well as the website.

Odd-even day restrictions a result of unsustainable urban practices, says Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu

Government has confidence in urban bodies and States and gave them freedom of urban planning, says Minister
Shri Naidu asks why only a set of States in the forefront of sanitation campaign ; asks Mayors to work with people
Ms.Sunita Narain says Swachh Bharat Mission is a good initiative with holistic approach to sanitation
           
            “Imposition of ‘Odd-even day’ restrictions on vehicles in Delhi is a consequence of unsustainable urban development practices followed over the years and all stakeholders need to draw lessons from it” said Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu here today. He was

Shri Venkaiah Naidu receives cross country walker Shri Balwant Singh Grewal in Delhi

80 year old Grewal walks from Kanyakumari to Delhi in support of the blind
Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today received the 80 year old Shri Balwant Singh Grewal (Bobby) at the India Gate in the national capital on the conclusion of the latter’s walk from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu to Delhi in support of the blind. The Minister felicitated Shri Grewal on his marathon accomplishment.

After Energy Efficient Bulbs, Government Launches National Programmes for Smart Pumps for Farmers and Energy Efficient Fans

Vijayawada to be the first city to implement the National Energy Efficient Fan Programme

-          EESL will distribute 2 lakh Smart SIM-enabled Agricultural Pumps sets free of cost to the farmers in AP
In order to make country more energy efficient, the Union Government today launched two schemes namely National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme and National Energy Efficient Fan Programme in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The programme was launched by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu during the inaugural session of the two-day

Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister dedicates 36 new CNG stations in Delhi & NCR

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today dedicated 36 new CNG stations located in Delhi and NCR to the public. 30 out of these stations have been installed by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) at the retail outlets of Oil Marketing Companies like Indian Oil, BPCL and HPCL. 3 stations by Haryana City gas in Gurgaon, 1 station by GAIL Gas in Sonepat and 2 stations by Adani gas – one each in Faridabad and Khurja (Bulandshahar) have been set up. While 25 out of these 36 CNG stations are located in NCT of Delhi, 11 are located in NCR - Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonipat and Khurja. 

Inaugurating the CNG dispensing at the retail outlet of Indian Oil located in Gole Market, New Delhi, Shri Pradhan underlined the commitment of the central government to make CNG available across the country so that clean fuel is accessible at doorsteps for all. He said that CNG corridors across Delhi – Mathura – Agra - Lucknow – Bareilly, Delhi – Chandigarh, Delhi - Jaipur and Delhi – Haridwar would be operational shortly so that the vehicles can run long distances on CNG. He reiterated that CGD industry has been given top priority in natural gas allocation.

The Minister applauded the efforts of oil marketing companies and city gas distribution companies for rolling out the current initiative for CGD infrastructure in Delhi and NCR. He also said that these companies are geared up for extending all possible cooperation for converting cars to CNG in Delhi and NCR.

Out of the 1026 CNG stations currently in operation in the country, about 34% are located in Delhi and adjoining NCR towns. Delhi/NCR is having  347 CNG stations of about 77 lakh kg per day CNG dispensing capacity. All 4 CGD companies operating in Delhi/NCR have planned to augment the existing CNG dispensing capacity to 88 lakh kg per day by developing additional 104 CNG stations in Delhi/NCR.  The actual CNG consumption in Delhi/NCR is around 25 lakh kg/day. With the focussed approach of the central government for augmenting CNG capacity in Delhi/NCR, 36 new CNG stations with the total capacity of about 2.3 lakh kg/day have been commissioned today. The new dispensing capacity will increase the availability of CNG to the people of Delhi and NCR.

Also present on the occasion were Ms Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, Shri B.C. Tripathi, CMD, GAIL (India) Ltd., Shri B. Ashok, Chairman, Indian Oil, Shri Ashutosh Jindal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Ms Sunita Narain, DG, Cenre for Science & Environment and Mr Narendra Kumar, MD, IGL.

Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Sh Dharmendra Pradhan to visit Iran and UAE

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, will be visiting Iran and UAE on 9-12 April 2016. 

During his visit to Iran from 9-10 April, Sh. Pradhan will meet Iranian Minister of Petroleum, Senior Adviser to President of Iran on Free Trade Zones and Governor of Central Bank of Iran in Tehran. He would also be addressing the Tehran Chamber of Commerce. He will be visiting Chabahar FTZ to interact with FTZ authorities. The last visit by an Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas to Iran was in April 2007. 

India and Iran share historic bilateral relations with substantial economic engagements, covering many sectors. The trade relations have traditionally been buoyed by Indian import of Iranian crude oil. The bilateral trade during the fiscal year 2014-15 was US $ 13.13 billion. India imported US $ 8.95 billion worth of goods, mainly crude oil and exported commodities worth US $ 4.17 billion. The visit of Sh Pradhan envisages engaging with the Iranian political leadership to work with them, particularly in the hydrocarbon, petrochemicals and fertilisers sectors for mutual benefits, including strengthening of India’s energy security. 

During the visit to UAE from 11-12 April, Sh Pradhan will meet HE Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy of UAE in Abu Dhabi. He will also meet with CEO of ADNOC and Chairman of AIDA (Abu Dhabi Investment Authority). During his stay in Dubai, Sh Pradhan will meet Emirati Businessmen, inaugurate India Pavilion at the Annual Investment Meet-2016 at the World Trade Centre, visit Jabel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA) and interact with JAFZA authorities. He is also scheduled to meet Indian businessmen and professionals. The visit of Sh Pradhan to UAE is a follow up of the February 2016 visit of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Minister of Energy H E Mr Al Mazrouei. 

3rd SAARC Agriculture Ministers’ Meet on 7th April, 2016, at Dhaka, Bangladesh

Full text of the speech given by Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh at 3rd SAARC Agriculture Ministers’ meeting at Dhaka, Bangladesh is as follows:

“I, on behalf of the Government of India and on behalf my fellow countrymen, convey warm Greetings on the occasion of the 3rd meeting of the SAARC Agricultural ministers and also thank the

Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani Launches ISBN Portal ISBN, Now a Click Away!

The Union Minster of Human Resource Development Smt. Smriti Zubin Iranilaunched a portal for registration and allotment of International Standard Book Number (ISBN) at a function held in New Delhi today.  
The Union Minister said that the ISBN portal has been created in a short period of time, to facilitate publishers as well as the authors to register forISBN online. This interactive automated system would provide fast and efficient services in a stipulated time frame to the Publishers and Authors as well.

Proposed Changes in IIT Fees structure.

The report of the Committee on funding of IITs and the recommendations of SCIC for revision of annual fee in IITs to Rs.3 lakhs per year from the current Rs.90000 has been examined. The rationale for the SCIC recommendation arises from the fact that the cost of maintenance of the IITs is to be met largely from the student fee. On an average, the Government is spending about Rs 6 lakh per year on each student in the IITs. 

Constitutionalism is the primary edifice on which Indian democracy stands, says President

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received today (April 7, 2016) the first copy of a book ‘Statement of Indian Law: Supreme Court through its Constitution Bench Decisions since 1950’ written by Shri Govind Goel, Advocate, Supreme Court of India. The book was released by Justice TS Thakur, Chief Justice of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to inaugurate the International Convention on World Homoeopathy Day on 9th April, 2016

The Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH), an autonomous research organization of Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and an international organisation Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis (LMHI) are jointly organizing the International Convention on World Homoeopathy Day, with the support of Ministry of AYUSH on 9-10 April, 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The event is being organized to commemorate the 261st birth anniversary of the founder of Homoeopathy, Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, who was a great scholar, linguist and acclaimed scientist. Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the convention. Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), will be guest of honour. 

Health Minister Shri J P Nadda reviews progress on Kala Azar and Leprosy

Directs for aggressive campaign for their removal from affected States
Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare reviewed the progress in the national programmes for Leprosy and Kala Azar, here today. Shri B P Sharma, Secretary (HFW), Dr Saumya Swaminathan, Secretary (DHR) and DG (ICMR), Dr. (Prof) Jagdish Prasad, DGHS, Shri K B Agarwal, Addl. Secretary and other senior officials of the Health Ministry were also present on this occasion. 

Exchange Rate of Foreign Currency Relating To Imported and Export Goods Notified

 In exercise of the powers conferred by section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), and in supersession of the notification of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) No.41/2016-CUSTOMS (N.T.), dated 17th March, 2016, except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the Central Board of Excise and  Customs (CBEC) hereby determines that the rate of exchange of conversion of each of the foreign currencies specified in column (2) of each of Schedule-I and Schedule-II annexed hereto, into Indian currency or vice versa, shall, with effect from 08th April, 2016, be the rate mentioned against it in the corresponding entry in column (3) thereof, for the purpose of the said section, relating to imported and export goods.

SCHEDULE-I

Sl.No.
Foreign Currency
Rate of exchange of one unit of foreign currency equivalent to Indian rupees
(1)    
(2)
(3)


               (a)
                (b)


(For Imported Goods)
  (For Export Goods)
1.
Australian Dollar
51.60
49.70
2.
Bahrain Dinar
182.65
171.10

Changes in JEE Examination जेईई परीक्षा में परिवर्तन

अशोक मिश्रा समिति की रिपोर्ट की जांच और सार्वजनिक प्रतिक्रिया पर विचार करने के बाद, मानव संसाधन विकास मंत्रालय ने 2017 के लिए जेईई परीक्षा के पैटर्न में निम्न परिवर्तनों को अधिसूचित किया है:- 

1. किसी छात्र द्वारा उसके 12वीं कक्षा में किए गए प्रदर्शन को जेईई परीक्षा में उस छात्र की पात्रता का निर्धारण करने में महत्वपूर्ण मानदण्ड माना जाएगा। 

Priyanka Chopra confirms Bipasha-Karan marriage

Mumbai,  Bipasha Basu and her beau Karan Singh Grover may have kept mum about their upcoming wedding but the actress' friend Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra seems to have confirmed that the couple is indeed tying the knot soon.

There were rumours that the pair, who have been dating for more than a year now, are getting married at the end of this month but they haven't confirmed the impending nuptials.

Extending her best wishes to the couple, Priyanka

Simple blood test may predict risk of developing TB

Washington (PTI)
Scientists have identified blood biomarkers in people latently infected with a bacterium linked to tuberculosis, an advance that may lead to a blood test that predicts who is at high risk of developing the disease.

One-third of the world's population is thought to be infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), but just a small fraction ever develops symptomatic illness, researchers said.

Universal flu vaccine comes closer to reality



Washington, 
Scientists have developed a vaccine that protects against multiple strains of both seasonal and pandemic H1N1 influenza in mouse s, an advance that may lead to a universal flu vaccine.

"One of the problems with current influenza vaccines is that we have to make predictions about which virus strains will be most prevalent every year and build our vaccines around those predictions," said Ted Ross, from University of Georgia in US.

Type 1 diabetes may up epilepsy risk by three times: study



Beijing,  People with type 1 diabetes have a three-times increased risk of developing epilepsy later in life, according to a new study.

Type 1 diabetes mellitus is one of the most common autoimmune disorders in children, with a 3 per cent annual increase in the global incidence rate since the 1980s.

In recent decades, the incidence of type 1 diabetes has increased in children and adolescents, particularly those aged younger than 5 years. Patients with diabetes are at increased risk of severe health problems and mortality.

BSP MP arrested along with wife, son in dowry death case

Ghaziabad, BSP MP Narendra Kashyap along with his wife and son was arrested here today under anti-dowry laws in connection with the death of his daughter-in-law.

Kashyap, who is a member of Rajya Sabha, and his wife Devendri were arrested by Kavi Nagar police from Yashoda Hospital's ICCU ward where they were admitted on April 6 after they complained of chest pain.

Weight of directly elected house must always be maintained: FM



New Delhi,  (PTI) With the crucial GST Bill stuck in Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today questioned the extent to which the Upper House can be used to block economic decision-making and said the "weight" of directly elected house must always be maintained.

Jaitley, who in May last year stated that Indian democracy faced a serious challenge with an 'indirectly elected' Upper House questioning the wisdom of 'directly elected' Lok Sabha, today said he will again be speaking to the Congress on the GST bill.

Global Crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 35.73per bbl on 06.04.2016

The international crude oil price of Indian Basket as computed/published today by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was US$ 35.73 per barrel (bbl) on 06.04.2016. This was higher than the price of US$ 34.65 per bbl on previous publishing day of 05.04.2016.
In rupee terms, the price of Indian Basket increased to Rs. 2379.08 per bbl on 06.04.2016 as compared

Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister dedicates 36 new CNG stations in Delhi & NCR

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today dedicated 36 new CNG stations located in Delhi and NCR to the public. 30 out of these stations have been installed by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) at the retail outlets of Oil Marketing Companies like Indian Oil, BPCL and HPCL. 3 stations by Haryana City gas in Gurgaon, 1 station by GAIL Gas in Sonepat and 2 stations by Adani gas – one each in Faridabad and Khurja

Bihar urged to ensure timely lifting of PDS food grains and upload data of all beneficiaries on web portal

A high level Central Team deputed by Union Minister for Consumer, Food & Public Distribution Sh. Ram Vilas Paswan visited Patna to review the PDS System as announced by the Minister after the death of Jago Manjhi reportedly due to starvation. After the daylong discussions with the senior

On World Health Day, Health Minister launches new health initiatives and Mobile APPS

Need to focus on the adolescents and youth for prevention of lifestyle diseases: Shri J P Nadda
“We need to focus on the youth and adolescents of the country in our efforts to prevent and combat lifestyles diseases such as Diabetes”, stated Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. He was speaking on the occasion of ‘World Health Day’, here today. He added that prevention and awareness about non-communicable diseases which are largely linked with our way of living, dietary habits, lack of exercise etc., will go a long way in ensuring that the country remains healthy. India can reap the benefits of its demographic dividend only when the youth of the country grow up to be healthy citizens, he stated.

Memorandum of Understanding between India and Sweden on Technical Cooperation in the Railway Sector

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 15th February, 2016 between India and Sweden on Technical Cooperation in the Railway Sector. 

The MoU will enable technical cooperation in the following areas:- 

1. Benchmark railways policy development, regulations, organization and specific characteristics for each country. 

Man held for smuggling gold worth Rs 1.56 crore at IGIA

New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) A man was today arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle into the country gold valued at about Rs 1.56 crore at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here.

The accused was intercepted by customs officials on his arrival from Bahrain. On detailed examination, he was found carrying 5.5 kgs of gold, said Vinayak Azaad, Additional Commissioner of Customs at the IGIA.

Transfers of Judges in the Different High Courts 


In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 222 of the Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, is pleased to transfer Shri Justice Arun Bhaurao Chaudhari, Judge of the Bombay High Court, as a Judge of the Punjab & Haryana High Court and to direct him to assume charge of his office in the Punjab & Haryana High Court on or before 19th April, 2016. 

Appointment of Judges in the Different High Courts 

Appointment of Judges in the Different High Courts 
In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 224 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint S/Shri (i) Ashutosh Jayantilal Shastri, (ii) Biren Aniruddh Vaishnav, (iii) Alpesh Yeshvant Kogje, (vi) Arvindsingh

GOOD NEWS - शराबबंदी के लिये महिलाएं बनी सरकार की जासूस, शराब के अड्डों का कर रही हैं खुलासा

पटना : बिहार की महिलाओं की बात मुख्यमंत्री नीतीश कुमार को चुभ गयी. सत्ता संभालने के बाद उन्होंने तत्काल शराबबंदी की घोषणा की. प्रथम चरण में 640 विदेशी शराब की दुकानों को शहरी इलाके में खोलने का निर्णय लिया. सरकार के इस फैसले का महिलाओं और आम लोगों ने विरोध शुरू कर दिया. अंत में सरकार  को पूरे सूबे में पूर्णतः शराबबंदी की घोषणा

Government is Focusing on a Multipronged Strategy to Ensure Increased Electricity Access and Demand: Shri Piyush Goyal 

The Government is focusing on a multipronged strategy to ensure increased electricity access and demand, said Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy. Shri Goyal was speaking at the session, “Energising India through Global Partnerships” at the CII Annual Session 2016 here today. Shri Goyal said that the overall strategy includes a focus on enhancing energy efficiency, thrust on renewable energy and ensuring sustainable growth, added the Minister. “Our first priority is reaching power to the poorest of the poor in the country and I am fairly confident of bringing electricity to all villages by next year. We intend to reach every home in the country by 2019,” Shri Goyal stressed. 

On lowering industrial tariffs, Shri Goyal said that the effort is to address inefficiencies. UDAY, the power sector reform, is expected to result in savings of Rs180,000 crore annually from 2019. These savings would provide headroom to bring down tariffs. 

Listing out nine achievements of year 2015-16, Shri Goyal said 7,108 villages have been electrified out of 18,452 un-electrified villages against the target of 2,800; distribution of more than 9 crore LED bulbs by EESL thereby achieving 150% growth ; addition of highest ever 3,200 MW of wind power capacity; 24,171 MW conventional power addition; Power Grid Corporation commissioned projects of more than Rs 30,000 crore accomplishing annual growth of 39% ; Initiation of transmission bids worth Rs. 1 lakh crore was also done in span of one year. Shri Goyal reiterated, “Country has become coal surplus. We had done the highest ever coal production of 42 mt in single year. In two years , we had added about 74 mt tonnes of coal production. Coal India produced 536.5 million tonnes of coal recording 8.6% growth rate, highest ever since 1988. Solar projects worth more than 21 GW bid out were also bid out during the year.” 

Shri Goyal said, “We will focus on increasing electricity demand, developing hydro power and intrastate transmission. Also there is a need to build enough redundancy in the system to address breakdowns.” Shri Goyal stressed that public-private partnerships are central to the power sector. He expressed confidence that India would meet the target of 20,000 MW of solar power by 2017 and the 100 gigawatts target of renewable energy by 2022. 

Regarding international cooperation for global competiveness and technology, Mr Goyal stated that dialogue with several countries including the US, Japan and Australia have moved from a Government to Government dialogue to a Government to business interface. The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is a key initiative launched by India to seek cooperation at a global level. 

Shri Goyal said that we are working on creating simply, reliable and friendly regulatory framework for the industrial fraternity because ultimately entrepreneurs will lead India into the path of development. 

Tributes paid to Babu Jagjivan Ram on Samta Diwas 

Birth Anniversary of Babu Jagjivan Ram, the veteran leader of the country, is being celebrated today as Samta Diwas by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. On the occasion a prayer meeting was held at the Samadhi of Babu Jagjivan Ram and tributes were paid. 

Vice President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari led the nation in paying tributes, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, MoS, (IC), Labour & Employment, Shri Vijay Sampla, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment and dignitaries from various walks of life visited Samta sthal and paid their tributes to Babu Jagjivan Ram. 

Government releases Rs. 25,834 crore to FCI as Food Subsidy 

The Government has released today Rs. 25,834 crore to FCI as Food Subsidy. In addition to this, wage and means advance of Rs. 10,000 crore will be released shortly. 

FCI is also raising short term loans from banks upto a maximum limit of Rs. 30,000 crore. Recourse to these loans will be made by FCI as and when required. 

Taken together these funds, there will be sufficient resources to manage Rabi procurement which has just started. 

In 2015-16, original Food Subsidy allocation was Rs. 97,000 crore which was increased to Rs. 1,12,000 crore at RE stage. This helped to bring down the arrears of subsidy to Rs. 58,650 crore. During 2016-17 also the Government may consider additional food subsidy over and above budgetary provision, if required, towards the end of financial year to further bring down the subsidy arrears. 

Women Naval Officers undertake trek to Pindari Glacie

An all women high altitude trek to Pindari Glacier was organized by the Indian Navy from 24 Mar – 02 Apr 16 with an aim to introduce the women officers to the extreme adventure sport of mountaineering. Accordingly, the trek was planned at the beginning of the trekking season to add the elements of thrill and chill. The team led by Cdr Priya Khurana comprised 24 women officers. 

The event, flagged off from New Delhi on 22 Mar 16 by VAdm AR Karve, AVSM, Chief of Personnel reached Loharkhet on 26 Mar 16 from where they commenced their high altitude trek to Pindari Glacier through Dhakuri, Khati and Dwali. The team reached the Pindari Glacier zero point (3353 mtrs) on 30 Mar 16. 

The team had to face treacherous terrain of gravel and boulders and snow blocks thereby making personnel movement a difficult task. A total of six landslide zones were encountered enroute. The original trek route has been damaged in 2013 owing to natural calamity in Uttarakhand and hence the team opened an alternate route along the Pindari river to reach its destination. The team started its descent on 30 Mar and reached back at Loharkhet on 31 Mar and in Delhi on 02 Apr 16, thereby successfully completing the trek. The services of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd (KMVNL), Govt of Uttarakhand were hired to provide logistics and administrative support. 

Paradigm shift in Family Planning approach; Family Planning a key strategy to reduce maternal and child mortalities and morbidities: Shri J P Nadda 

There has been a paradigm shift and family planning has now emerged as a key strategy to reduce maternal and child mortalities and morbidities”. This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare during his inaugural address at the two-day National Summit on Family Planning, here today. 

The Union Health Minister launched the new revamped logo for Family Planning media awareness campaign along with the 360 degree communication plan for enhanced awareness regarding various issues surrounding family planning in the country. Highlighting the importance of communication in addressing such issues, he noted that a comprehensive strategy has been worked out where maternal and child health and wellbeing have been placed at the centrepoint of the new approach, Shri Nadda pointed out. Shri Amitabh Bachchan is the brand ambassador and anchor for the new communication approach. The IEC package has several TV and radio spots which focus on the role of various stakeholders such as the mother, father, mother-in-law, husband and other in the families as well as the role of community health workers, doctors, nurses, ANMs and ASHAs to educate and inform regarding the available choices. The promotion of family planning – and ensuring access to preferred contraceptive methods for women and couples – is essential for securing the well-being and autonomy of women, while supporting the health and development of communities, Shri Nadda stated. 

The Health Minister also launched the new packaging of contraceptive Nirodh with a view to increase its uptake and use. He said “As a part of our continued efforts to offer Indian women a broader basket of choice, a method mix of contraceptives - Injectables, Centchroman and POPs - have now been introduced into the public health system under the National Family Planning program. The improved access to contraceptives will address all the development dimensions, he informed. Highlighting the importance of linkages and involvement of the private sector, Shri Nadda said that the Ministry will work closely through the private sector engagement using approaches such as social marketing and franchising to build strong public-private partnerships to ensure that the interventions reach everyone. 

Noting that Family Planning is a key development imperative, Shri Nadda said that Family planning reinforces people’s rights to determine the number and spacing of their children. The freedom to personally determine the timing of a pregnancy strengthens above all the position of women in society. It helps reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, because many pregnancies in quick succession put mother and child at risk. 

The Union Health Minister also stated the new strategic approach emphasizes continuum of care and integrated action, and Family Planning has now been put in the centre-stage as a major pillar of our RMNCH+A strategy to improve survival and health of women and children with special focus on delaying the first birth and spacing between births. The Health Minister highlighted the centrality of issues such a social and cultural practices, low literacy, poverty and lack of timely access to appropriate healthcare facilities. “We know that Child survival, maternal health, increasing age at marriage, postponing the birth of the first child, increasing birth intervals, women's empowerment and employment, literacy and antipoverty efforts are important determinants for stabilizing the population”, Shri Nadda stated. Hence increasing access to family planning services can have a transformative effect on everything from poverty reduction to climate change – in short all aspects that matter for our nation. 

The Health Minister informed that India has made notable progress in several health indicators. Considering that 45% of the maternal deaths occur in the age group 15 to 25 years where 52% of the total fertility is also clustered, we are moving from limiting to delaying and spacing for wider health benefits, he noted. There has been a sharp decline in decadal growth rate from 21.54 percent in 1990-2000 to 17.64 percent during 2001-11, the Health Minister added. The Total Fertility Rate (TFR) has also come down from 6 in 1951 to 2.3 in 2013, and 24 states/UTs have achieved the replacement level fertility of 2.1 or less. 

Shri Nadda also awarded States for their contribution towards the Family Planning efforts of the country. TAMIL NADU was awarded for its exemplary contribution in Post-partum Sterilization, MADHYA PRADESH for it contribution in PPIUCD, BIHAR for its contribution on Female Sterilization and HIMACHAL PRADESH for exemplary contribution in Male Sterilization. The Health Minister also launched the Techno-Managerial guidelines for injectable contraceptives at the Summit, along with a Mobile app for Mission Indradhanush. 

Also present at the function were Shri B P sharma, Secretary (HFW); Shri C K Mishra, AS&MD; Dr. Rakesh Kumar, JS (RCH, IEC) and other senior officers of the Ministry and representatives of development partners. 

President of India presents National Geoscience Awards 2014 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Geoscience Awards - 2014today (April 5, 2016) at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that availability and use of minerals in any country has been one of the factors determining self-sufficiency of its economy.  These natural resources have to be explored, extracted, refined and processed to use them for national building. At the same time, we must understand that sustenance of mankind depends only on environmentally sustainable mining practices. Our effort to use our natural resources should be informed by the dangers of natural and manmade disasters. He stated that he was happy to note that the Geoscientists of the country are working hard to meet these challenges. The diverse fields work of the awardees are testimony to this inherent spread of the geoscientific developments in the country.

The President said that the exploration of mineral resources in the country requires a greater thrust with an even greater caution. As the search for the near surface deposits have reached a point of saturation, the geoscientists of the country now face the crucial challenge of finding deep seated and concealed mineral resources. There is a need to focus on exploration of the offshore mineral resources which hold enormous potential of supplementing the increasing needs of the society. Similarly, it is also important to find strategic and rare earth elements to support Space and Information Technology Missions of the Nation to ensure self-reliance of the Nation in these fields. However, all of this needs to be accomplished with the environmental sustainability concern in mind.

 

The National Geoscience Awards, previously known as the National Mineral Awards, was instituted by the Ministry of Mines in 1966, to honour individuals and teams of scientists for their extraordinary achievements and outstanding contributions in fundamental and applied geosciences and mining and allied fields.

 

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Steel & Mines and Shri Vishnu Deo Sai, Minister of State for Steel & Mines.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy Launches Transnational Skill Standards in India 

With the aim to support two major initiatives of the Government i.e. “Make in India” and “Skill India” and to align to skill standards which are recognized globally, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajeev Pratap Rudy here today announced the launch of “Transnational Skill Standards” in India. These standards in skill development are benchmarked to United Kingdom across 82 identified job roles. British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG and Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Rohit Nandan along with several stakeholders were present on the occasion. 

In his inaugural address, Shri Rudy said that standardisation of vocational education is crucial in bringing about a level in the efficiency of the skilled workforce. He said, it is government’s endeavour to benchmark the standards so as to support international mobility of Indian workforce and also prepare them to work in international companies having their operations in the country. He said, his Ministry has chosen UK standards to benchmark Indian Skills standards since all the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries recognize UK skill certification. 

British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG said that India and UK have been collaborating on skill development since a long time now and this is yet another effort to bring more quality in vocational education which will open more avenues for employment across countries for the youth. 

During the event two MoUs were signed between NSDC and Association of Colleges (UK) and NSDC and UK Awarding Organization City & Guilds and Pearsons Education. These MoUs were signed to enable sharing of best practice, staff exchange and development of new models to increase employer engagement and investment in skills. 

Some of the other emerging partnerships in this area are: • To support international mobility of Indian workforce, 15 Indian Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) have benchmarked standards of 82 job Roles with the standards of 11 UK SSCs. 

• The Transnational Standards will highlight the gaps in Indian Standards against the UK standards. To cover the gaps, those intending to migrate, will undergo ‘bridge training’. The Further Education Colleges (FE) of the United Kingdom will partner with Indian Training Providers to impart training on bridge courses. FE Colleges to set up Skill Academies of Excellences in the identified sectors in India. 

• Further the UK Awarding organization, such as City & Guilds and Pearsons, in association with Indian SSCs will certify the trainees on the gap. 

The key highlight of this partnership is recognition of the Indian SSC Assessment and Certification by the UK Awarding bodies. Those interested to migrate will simply have to take “bridge training” on the gap identified in the benchmarking process and get assessed on the components of the “bridge training”. Thus just by doing “bridge training” and getting assessed and certified on it, will lead to award of UK IVQ which has a global acceptance including Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. 

The Indian Sector Skill Councils which participated in the project are: Automotive, Agriculture, Life Science, Healthcare, Capital Goods, Apparel, Textiles, Beauty and Wellness, Telecom, Hospitality, IT & ITeS, Consturction, Retail, Electronic and Security. 

Indian SSCs were mapped to following UK SSCs who participated – LANTRA (Agriculture), IMI (Automotive), Habia (Beauty and Wellness), SEMTA (Capital Goods), Summit Skills (Construction and Electronics), People 1st (Retail and Tourism & Hospitality), Skills for Security (Security), Creative Skill Set (Apparel and Textiles), Tech Partnership (IT and Telecom), Cogent (Life Sciences) and Skills for Health (Healthcare). 

A couple of Employers from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries who committed employment to Indian workforce certified on these benchmarked standards were also present at the function. 

Dr. Harsh Vardhan says the Low Cost Micro Solar Dome Surya Jyoti would light up homes without electricity and save millions of units of power 

Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, today launched the Low Cost and Environment-friendly solar lighting device, which would prove to be a boon for the urban and rural households in the country that do not have reliable access to electricity. The device has been developed under the aegis of the Department of Science & Technology.

 

Describing the salient features of the device, the Minister said that the potential users of this device are10 million households. He further said that according to preliminary estimates, if this technology is adopted in 10 million households only, it has the potential of saving 1750 million units of energy. It would also lead to an emission reduction of about 12.5 million ton of CO2equivalent, hence giving a fillip to the mission of ‘Clean India, Green India’. The manufacturing process, being labour-intensive, would also generate huge job opportunities in the economy.

 

 

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, while explaining the working of the device, said that the Micro Solar Dome captures sunlight through a transparent semi-spherical upper dome and concentrates it inside a dark room. The light passes through a sun-tube having a thin layer of highly reflective coating on the inner wall of the passage. It also contains a lower dome having a shutter at the bottom that can be closed if light is not required in the daytime. It is leak proof and works for almost 16 hours daily i.e. throughout the day and 4 hours after sunset.

 

The Minister said that the Photo-Voltaic Integrated Micro Solar Dome costs about Rs.1200 and the Non Photo-Voltaic version around Rs. 500. These cost figures are expected to get further reduced to Rs.900and Rs.400 respectively post the scaling-up of the manufacturing process and future linkages with the subsidies under various schemes of the Ministries of Urban Development, Rural Development and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

 

The Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S. Choudhary said that this technology would lead to the saving of fossil fuels to a great extent as 1 unit of energy saved is equivalent to 3 units of energy generated.  He envisaged the corporate sector to play its role under their Corporate Social Responsibilities Schemes for the manufacturing process to scale up. He said that incubation centres are being brought up under the ‘Start up India, Stand up India’ programme which would encourage entrepreneurship in the solar sector to make commercialization of the device viable.

 

According to a TERI University test report, the illumination level of the light during mid-day goes as high as a 15W LED bulb. Extensive Testing of the device for select parameters has been completed at IIT Bombay, TERI University and Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Kolkata. Field trials have been conducted and 300 Micro Solar Domes are being installed in the slums of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru.

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to address CPSES Chief Executives on Public Sector day 

The Public Sector Day is being organised on next Monday i.e. 11th April, 2016. The main function will be held at Vigyan, Bhawan, New Delhi where President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee will address the Chief Executives of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). On this occasion, he will also present SCOPE Excellence Awards to the PSEs. 

Shri Anant G. Geete, Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises and Shri G.M. Siddeshwara, Minister of State for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises shall also address the function. On this occasion Mr. A. Luikham, IAS, Secretary, DPE, Mr. R.G. Rajan, Chairman, SCOPE & CMD, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd, Mr. Nirmal Sinha,Vice Chairman, SCOPE & CMD, Handicrafts & Handlooms Exports Corporation of India and Dr. U.D. Choubey, Director General, SCOPE will also be present. 

Every year, the Public Sector Day is jointly organized by Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and Department of Public Enterprises (DPE). 

The function is a part of Week long Public Sector day celebrations beginning from 10th April to 16th April 2016 wherein entire Public Sector fraternity throughout the country and abroad will hold seminars, conferences, quiz competitions, talk by eminent persons, and cultural programmes. 

Storage status of 91 major reservoirs of the country as on March 31, 2016 

The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on March 31, 2016 was 39.651 BCM which is 25%of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This was 69% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 75% of storage of average of last ten years.  

The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 157.799 BCMwhich is about 62% of the total storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country. 37 Reservoirs out of these 91, have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.

 

REGION WISE STORAGE STATUS:-

NORTHERN REGION

 

The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are 6 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM.The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 4.48 BCM which is 25% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 32% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 30% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

 

EASTERN REGION

 

The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.83 BCM.The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 7.15 BCM which is 38% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 49% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 42% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

 

WESTERN REGION

 

The Western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 27.07 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 5.82 BCM which is 21% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 40% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 44% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

 

CENTRAL REGION

 

The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 42.30 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 13.58 BCM which is 32% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 42% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 30% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year but is better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

 

SOUTHERN REGION

 

The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states) Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM.The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 8.62 BCM which is 17% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 26% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 29% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

 

States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Andhra Pradesh and Tripura. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, AP&TG (Two combined project in both states), Punjab, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.

Javadekar Hails Performance of IIFM, Bhopal in India Rankings 2016; Says All Institutes Under the Ministry will be Revamped to Enhance Performance 

“I am very happy and congratulate the Director Dr Giridhar Kinhal and his team at Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal which has been ranked at Number 8 amongst the management institutions in the India Rankings 2016 released by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India”, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar said here today.

The IIFM, Bhopal has done extremely well on all parameters related to “Graduation Outcome”, “Outreach and Inclusivity” and “Perception” among the general public. The IIFM, Bhopal is the only Management Institute of central ministries, other than Ministry of HRD, that figures in the top 10 management institutions in the country.

 

Shri Javadekar said that IIFM, Bhopal, has achieved real success through their programmes.  Earlier performance of institutions were based on only placements, but now Ministry of Human Resource Development has developed a comprehensive evaluation system with five main parameters and 17 sub-parameters, major parameters being Faculty Student Ratio; Metric for Faculty with Ph.D and Experience; Metric for Library, Studio & Laboratory Facilities; Metric for Sports and Extra Curricular Facilities; Research, Professional and Collaborative Performance; Combined Metric for Publications; combined Metric for Citations; Intellectual Property Right and Patents; Collaborative Publications and Patents; Footprint of Projects and Professional Practice, etc.

The Minister said that there are many other research and training institutes under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.  “We are determined to improve the quality and performance of all these institutes for which we are undertaking academic, research and management audit of all the institutes under the Ministry”, he said.

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