Eastern Zonal Council to meet tomorrow at Patna




Eastern Zonal Council to meet tomorrow at Patna 

The 21st Meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council comprising of the States of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal will be held tomorrow at Patna under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. 


The 8th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Eastern Zonal Council was held at Patna on November 7, 2014 to finalize the agenda for the Eastern Zonal Council Meeting. Besides this, some fresh additional items are likely to be presented in the meeting by the concerned State Governments. 

The agenda for the meeting finalized by the Standing Committee comprising the Chief Secretaries ranges from a number of issues of Inter-State and Centre-State cooperation, allocation of additional assistance to the States to provide relief to the tribals, issues relating to security and other substantial issues that the Chief Ministers would like to raise in the meeting. 

There are five Zonal Councils, namely Eastern, Western, Northern, Southern and Central Zonal Council which are advisory bodies and discuss any matter in which some or all of the States represented in a Council have a common interest. These Councils advise the Central and State Governments on any matter of common interest in the field of economic and social planning, linguistic minorities, inter-state transport, matters connected with or arising out of the reorganization of states and matters concerning border disputes. 

Government had constituted a Commission on Centre-State relations under the chairmanship of Justice MM Punchchi, former Chief Justice of India, to look into the changing dynamics of Centre-State relations in the context of emerging social, political, economic, environmental and governance issues in the country. This Commission had recommended that the Zonal Councils should meet regularly with an agenda proposed by the States concerned to maximize coordination and promote harmonization of policies and action having inter-state ramification. 

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Changes in Broadcasting Sector driven by technology and innovation- Shri Arun Jaitley Minister inaugurates 21st International Conference and Exhibition on Terrestrial and Satellite Broadcasting, BES Expo 2015 

The Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley has said the growth of technology across the broadcasting space had drastically altered the pattern and method of information dissemination. The spurt in technological change had also been brought by innovations across the media landscape influencing content, audience tastes and tools of dissemination. Change was evident across media platforms in the form and content of dissemination. The Minister stated this while inaugurating 21st International Conference and Exhibition on Terrestrial and Satellite Broadcasting, BES Expo 2015 here today on the theme ‘Social Media and Broadcasting: New Opportunities’. 

Speaking further, the Minister said the varied and prolific use of applications for packaging of content in the broadcasting sector had also impacted the access of communication to the people. Driven by technology and innovation, choices available to the audience had been altered. The definition of news had also undergone change in view of the impact of technology and its pattern of consumption. The Minister further stated that the radio sector was currently witnessing a revival with the FM channels leading the comeback with enhanced quality and competition. Complimenting the quality of AIR broadcasting, Shri Jaitley said that it was one of the high points of Prasar Bharati as a public broadcaster. 

Elaborating further, Shri Jaitley stated that social media as a medium of communication empowered the average citizens by making their voice accessible to different media platforms. As a platform, Social media not only offered more choice to audiences but acted as a stimulus for technological evolution, calling upon broadcasting organizations to upscale their skills and capacities. The Minister also mentioned that even in a competitive environment, broadcasting organizations ought to follow realistic financial models in order to avoid aberrations and imperfections. Later the Minister also inaugurated the exhibition on Terrestrial and Satellite Broadcasting. 

The highlight of the function was the award ceremony for which the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore gave away awards to winners belonging to different segments in the broadcasting sector. Secretary (I&B), Shri Bimal Julka and Chairman, Prasar Bharati, Dr. A. Surya Prakash were also present on the occasion. 

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Harishankar Brahma Appointed as the New Chief Election Commissioner in the Election Commission 

President has appointed Shri Harishankar Bramha, the senior- most Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India as the new Chief Election Commissioner. Shri Brahma will assume the charge of the office of Chief Election Commissioner with effect from tomorrow (16th January, 2015 ) consequent upon demitting the Office of the Chief Election Commissioner by Shri V.S. Sampath from today i.e. 15th January, 2015. 

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The Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Vijay Chhibber addressing at the inauguration of the conference on “Status of Road Safety and Safe Mobility Initiatives in India”, in New Delhi on January 15, 2015.



Conference on Road Safety Inaugurated; Delegates Deliberate on Safe Road Mobility 
The Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Vijay Chhibber at the conference on “Status of Road Safety and Safe Mobility Initiatives in India”, in New Delhi on January 15, 2015.


A two-day conference on “Road Safety and Safe Mobility : Initiatives in India” was inaugurated here today by Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Vijay Chhibber. Expressing concern over high fatality rate in road accidents in India, he said that the Government has taken several initiatives to improve the road safety standards in the country. While emphasizing on raising awareness levels about road safety, Shri Chhibber said that the Government aims to promote social messaging on road safety and embed these messages in school curriculum. He enumerated the steps being taken on road safety such as unified vehicle registration system at national level, unified driving license system with automated driving test, penalty point system to track driver and vehicles involved in accidents, zero tolerance for drunken driving, mandatory use of helmets, greater use of technology for compliance, mandatory crash test for vehicles and cashless treatment to road accident victims. He said that the private sector has to play an important role in improving road safety standards. 
The Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Vijay Chhibber lighting the lamp to inaugurate the conference on “Status of Road Safety and Safe Mobility Initiatives in India”, in New Delhi on January 15, 2015.
Australia has been the partner country for the conference. Australia’s Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Mr. Jamie Briggs who was also present on the occasion, shared highlights of road safety measures in his country. He emphasized on better roads, safe technology and responsible and safe driving. An MoU was also signed on the occasion by Australian Assistant Minister for Infrastructure, Mr Jamie Briggs and International Road Federation (IRF)-India Chapter Chairman, Dr K K Kapila. Under the MoU, the 16 KM stretch, from India Gate to Badarpur border in Delhi, will be developed as a demo stretch for safe road mobility by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) under its ongoing ‘Integrated Road Safety Initiative’ in India. The stretch will soon have latest traffic and junction management gadgets,traffic control systems and lane violation check cameras. 

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