A S Kiran Kumar takes over as Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, ISRO



A S Kiran Kumar takes over as Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, ISRO 

Mr A S Kiran Kumar, Distinguished Scientist (Apex) and Director, Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, assumed the office of the Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today (January 14, 2015). 


Mr Kiran Kumar is a highly accomplished space scientist and engineer with a distinguished career spanning over four decades in ISRO in the satellite payload and applications domains. 

He has made immense contributions to the design and development of Electro-Optical Imaging Sensors for Airborne, Low Earth Orbit and Geostationary Orbit satellites starting from Bhaskara TV payload to the latest Mars Colour Camera, Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer and Methane Sensor for Mars instruments of India’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, which has successfully completed one hundred days in Mars Orbit recently. 

Mr Kiran Kumar was instrumental in evolving the successful strategy for steering the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft towards planet Mars as well as its Mars Orbit Insertion. He has also made significant contributions for evolving the observation strategy encompassing land, ocean, atmospheric and planetary studies. 

Mr Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar is an alumnus of National College, the esteemed educational institution of Bangalore. He obtained his Physics (Honours) Degree from Bangalore University in 1971 and later obtained his Master’s degree in Electronics from the same university in 1973, and thereafter his M.Tech Degree in Physical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1975. 

Mr Kiran Kumar began his career in ISRO by joining Space Applications Centre (SAC) in 1975. Later, he became its Associate Director and in March 2012 took over as the Director of SAC. 

At SAC, Mr Kiran Kumar has been steering the design, development & realisation of payloads and application activities of earth observation, communication, navigation, space science and planetary exploration. 

Mr Kiran Kumar is a recipient of many national and international laurels/awards including the Padma Shri Award conferred by the President of India in 2014, International Academy of Astronautics’ Laurels for Team Achievement Award for Cartosat in 2008 and for Chandrayaan-1 in 2013, Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) Award for the year 1994, VASVIK award (Electronic sciences and technology) for the year 1998, Astronautical Society of India Award (Space Sciences and Applications) for the year 2001, ISRO individual Service Award 2006, Bhaskara Award of ISRS in 2007 and ISRO Performance Excellence Award 2008. 

He is a Fellow of professional institutions like Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineer, and Indian Meteorological Society. Besides, he is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. 

Mr Kiran Kumar has represented ISRO in international forums like World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and Indo-US Joint Working Group on Civil Space Cooperation. 

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister calls on Union Agriculture Minister 

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan today met Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh in New Delhi. The issues which were discussed included increased allocation of fertilizer to Madhya Pradesh, levelling of ravines and their development for cultivation, vision document for agriculture prepared by Government of Madhya Pradesh and release of balanced relief package as per norms. 

Addressing the issues, Shri Radha Mohan Singh assured that Central Government will look into the issues put forward by Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan at the earliest. Shri Singh said that demand of state government for increased allocation of fertilisers of all varieties to the tune of 68 lakh tonnes, will be examined expeditiously. He also asked Shri Chauhan to send proposal for development of ravines for agriculture purpose and Krishi Bima Yojana. Shri Singh further said that the vision document prepared by Madhya Pradesh Government should also include benefits covered under fisheries and dairy sector as per the existing programmes of National Fisheries development board and National Dairy Development Board. Shri Chauhan expressed his gratitude to Union Agriculture minister for taking keen interest in the development of agriculture in Madhya Pradesh. Shri Chauhan also expressed optimism that Madhya Pradesh will not lag behind in production of wheat and aspire to be one of the leading states in wheat production in the country. Senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and State Government were also present on the occasion. 

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Index Numbers of Wholesale Price in India (Base: 2004-05=100), Review for the Month of December, 2014 


The official Wholesale Price Index for ‘All Commodities’ (Base: 2004-05 = 100) for the month of December, 2014 declined by 0.9 percent to 179.8 (provisional) from 181.5 (provisional) for the previous month.

INFLATION

The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, stood at  0.11% (provisional) for the month of December, 2014 (over December, 2013) as compared to 0.0% (provisional) for the previous month and 6.40% during the corresponding month of the previous year. Build up inflation rate in the financial year so far was -0.28% compared to a build up rate of 5.58% in the corresponding period of the previous year.

Inflation for important commodities / commodity groups is indicated in Annex-1 and Annex-II.
The movement of the index for the various commodity groups is summarized below:-

PRIMARY ARTICLES (Weight 20.12%)

The index for this major group declined by 1.3 percent to 249.0 (provisional) from 252.4 (provisional) for the previous month.  The groups and items which showed variations during the month are as follows:-

The index for ‘Food Articles’ group declined by 1.9 percent to 252.7 (provisional) from 257.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of fruits & vegetables (5%), beef & buffalo meat, fish-inland, pork and poultry chicken (4% each),      bajra, rice and fish-marine (2% each) and arhar (1%).  However, the price of egg (6%), moong (4%), barley and ragi        (2% each) and wheat, gram, maize, masur and condiments & spices (1% each) moved up.

The index for ‘Non-Food Articles’ group rose by 0.3 percent to 209.1 (provisional) from 208.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of flowers (10%), niger seed, soyabean and mesta (5% each), raw jute and sunflower (3% each), rape & mustard seed (2%) and fodder and linseed (1% each).  However, the price of guar seed (9%), copra (coconut) (6%), gingelly seed (4 %), groundnut seed (3%), raw silk, raw wool and cotton seed (2% each) and raw rubber (1%) declined.

The index for ‘Minerals’ group declined by 0.5 percent to 325.7 (provisional) from 327.4 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of barites and phosphorite (7% each), crude petroleum (4%), manganese ore (3%) and       sillimanite and steatite (1% each).  However, the price of magnesite (29%), zinc concentrate (25%), copper ore (11%) and       limestone (4%) moved up.

FUEL & POWER (Weight 14.91%)

The index for this major group declined by 2.4 percent to 194.6 (provisional) from 199.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of furnace oil (10%), bitumen (8%), aviation turbine fuel (5%) and LPG, petrol and high speed diesel oil (2% each) and kerosene (1%).

MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS (Weight 64.97%)

The index for this major group declined by 0.3 percent to 154.9 (provisional) from 155.4 (provisional) for the previous month. The groups and items for which the index showed variations during the month are as follows:-

The index for ‘Food Products’ group rose by 0.1 percent to 172.7 (provisional) from 172.6 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of mixed spices (8%), tea leaf (blended) and powder milk (5% each), bakery products and sugar confectionary (4% each), tea leaf (unblended), soyabean oil and canned fish (3% each), copra oil and groundnut oil         (2% each) and mustard & rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, oil cakes and gingelly oil (1% each).  However, the price of gur (4%),     gram powder (besan) and sugar (3% each), cotton seed oil, rice bran oil and vanaspati (2% each) and palm oil, tea dust (blended), tea dust (unblended) and khandsari (1% each) declined.

The index for ‘Textiles’ group declined by 0.4 percent to 142.2 (provisional) from 142.8 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of cotton yarn (2%) and tyre cord fabric, woollen textiles and man made fibre (1% each).  However, the price of gunny and hessian cloth and jute yarn (2% each) moved up.

The index for ‘Wood & Wood Products’ group rose by 1.4 percent to 189.1 (provisional) from 186.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of plywood & fibre board (3%).

The index for ‘Paper & Paper Products’ group declined by 0.1 percent to 151.2 (provisional) from 151.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of paper cartons / boxes, paper rolls and corrugated sheet boxes (2% each) and paper pulp and newspaper (1% each).  However, the price of newsprint (3%), books/ periodicals/ journals and laminated paper (2% each) and kraft  paper & bags (1%) moved up.

The index for ‘Leather & Leather Products’ group declined by 0.7 percent to 146.4 (provisional) from 147.4 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of leather footwear (1%).  However, the price of leather garments & jackets              (1%) moved up.

The index for ‘Rubber & Plastic Products’ group declined by 0.8 percent to 149.7 (provisional) from 150.9 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of plastic products (2%) and tubes (1%).

The index for ‘Chemicals & Chemical Products’ group declined by 0.3 percent to 152.7 (provisional) from 153.2 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of non-cyclic compound (5%) and basic organic chemicals,     organic manure, turpentine oil and adhesive &  gum (1% each).  However, the price of ammonium sulphate (2%) and      ayurvedic medicines, hair / body oils, pesticides, synthetic resin, pigment & pigment intermediates and explosives               (1%) moved up.

The index for ‘Non-Metallic Mineral Products’ group declined by 1.7 percent to 171.9 (provisional) from 174.9 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of white cement (4%), grey cement and marbles (2% each) and slag  cement and lime (1% each).  However, the price of asbestos corrugated sheet (1%) moved up.

The index for ‘Basic Metals, Alloys & Metal Products’ group declined by 0.4 percent to 164.8 (provisional) from 165.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of steel castings (5%), silver (4%), pig iron (3%), melting scrap,     wire rods, angles, pencil  ingots and billets (2% each) and  pipes/tubes/rods/strips, joist & beams, plates, sheets, gp/gc sheets, rebars and metal containers (1% each).  However, the price of slab (5%), steel structures (3%), zinc (2%) and      ferro manganese, iron & steel wire, fixtures and gold & gold ornaments (1% each) moved up.

FINAL INDEX FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, 2014 (BASE YEAR: 2004-05=100)

For the month of October, 2014, the final Wholesale Price Index for ‘All Commodities’ (Base: 2004-05=100) stood at 183.7 as compared to 183.9 (provisional) and annual rate of inflation based on final index stood at 1.66 percent as compared to 1.77 percent respectively as reported on 14.10.2014.



Annexure-I
Wholesale Price Index and Rates of Inflation (Base Year: 2004-05=100)





Annexure-II
 Trend of Rate of Inflation for some important items during last six months
  



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