President of India’s message on the eve of National Day of Japan



President of India’s message on the eve of National Day of Japan 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Emperor and people of Japan on the eve of the National Day of Japan (December 23, 2014). 

In his message to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me immense pleasure to extend warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of Your Majesty’s Birthday and the National Day of Japan. 


India and Japan have traditionally enjoyed friendly relations and enduring goodwill between our peoples. Regular high-level exchanges between our two countries have helped to open new vistas of bilateral cooperation and have further strengthened our age-old ties based on shared cultural and civilisational links. Our bilateral relationship, haracterized as a ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’, which is based on common values of democracy, freedom, rule of law, and an abiding commitment to peace, is a force for stability in our region and beyond. 

I take this opportunity to convey my best wishes for Your Majesty’s health and well-being, and for the continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Japan”. 
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Gujarat Chief Minister Mrs Anandiben Patel Discusses Various Projects Relating to the State in the Ministry with Chemicals & Fertilizer Minister Shri Ananth Kumar 

The Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel met the Minister for Chemicals & Fertilisers Shri Ananth Kumar, New Delhi today to discuss various projects relating to the State in the fields of chemicals, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals. It was decided that a joint working group of officials of the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilisers and the State Government will be formed to take forward various projects that are in the pipeline. They include developing a full-fledged campus for the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (NIPER) at Ahmadabad, to further develop the Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investments Region (PCPIR)/SEZ at Dahej, where the ONGC Petro Additions Limited (OPaL) is already setting up a plant. Both the leaders expressed happiness that the Gujarat is the only State which exceeded the targeted investments for the PCPIR and decided that they will further take it forward through downstream industries in the plastics sector also. It was felt that the Central Institute for Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) will be asked to take forward the plastics industries also in the State and some of the issues are to be discussed at the forthcoming Plast India Conference in February 2015. Shri Ananth Kumar said that the Gujarat had been a leading pharmaceutical producer and further steps are to be taken to expand the industry in this sector. it could also be explored for setting up of an exclusive Tech Park for medical devices, the minister felt. The issue of setting up of Fertilizer Plants in Gujarat under New Investment Policy of the Ministry also came for discussion. 
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Dependent on Coal Mines of end use Projects 

As per the eligibility criteria specified in the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Rules, 2014, a person who is eligible under sub-section (3) of section 4 of the Ordinance shall also meet the following eligibility criteria, namely:– 

(i) a company eligible to bid for any Schedule II coal mine under sub-section (3) of Section 4 of the Ordinance shall have incurred an expenditure of not less than eighty per cent of the total project cost of the unit or phase of the specified end use plant for which the company is bidding. 

For this purpose in case the end use project is being commissioned in units or phases and one or more units or phases are eligible the other unit or phase shall also be eligible provided that not less than forty per cent expenditure of the cost has been incurred for such other unit or phase. 

(ii) a company eligible to bid for any Schedule III coal mine under sub-section (3) of Section 4 of the Ordinance shall have incurred an expenditure of not less than sixty per cent of the total project cost of the unit or phase of the specified end use plant for which the company is bidding. 

For this purpose in case the end use project is being commissioned in units or phases and one or more units or phases are eligible, the other unit or phase shall also be eligible provided that not less than thirty per cent expenditure of the cost has been incurred for such other unit or phase. 

This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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Auction of Coal Blocks for Power Sector 

The allocation of coal blocks would be made in pursuance of the provisions of the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Ordinance, 2014 and the Rules made thereunder in a time bound manner to ensure that there is no disruption in supply of coal. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. As per the Ordinance, allocation of Schedule –II and Schedule –III coal mines is to be made for specified end-use. Necessary steps have been initiated to commence the process of allocation of coal blocks. Based on the recommendations of the Technical Committee constituted to formulate criteria and classify coal mines/coal blocks for auction and allotment, a list of coal blocks earmarked for auction and allocation with their specified end-use has been issued on 18-12-2014 and the same has also been uploaded on the web-site of Ministry of Coal. The Government has formulated an Approach Paper for auctioning of coal mines which includes the proposed time schedule of the bidding process. Approach Paper has been uploaded on the web-site of the Ministry seeking comments from members of the public and stakeholders concerned as a part of the process of public consultation, the Minister added. 
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Guidelines for E-Auction of Coal 

The Government has formulated an Approach Paper for auctioning of coal mines which includes the proposed time schedule of the bidding process. The Approach Paper has been uploaded on the web-site of the Ministry seeking comments from members of the public and stakeholders concerned as a part of the process of public consultation. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 
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Auction of Coal Blocks 

The Government is contemplating a methodology for auction of coal blocks for power sector which is transparent, encourages greater competition and efficiency and optimisies power tariffis. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

The Minister further stated that based on the recommendations of the Technical Committee constituted for advising the Government and to formulate criteria and classify coal mines/coal blocks for auction and allotment, a list of 65 coal blocks earmarked for auction with their specified end-use has been issued on 18-12-2014. 

The Minister further stated that as per the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Rules, 2014, capacity of the specified end-use project shall be in proportion to the capacity of the Schedule –II coal mine or Schedule –III coal mine, as the case may be, for which a company is bidding, the Minister added. 
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