Election Commission of India to Host 5th National Voters’ Day on 25th January



Election Commission of India to Host 5th National Voters’ Day on 25th January

Theme for this Year NVD: ‘Easy Registration, Easy Correction’



The Election Commission of India is celebrating 5th National Voters’ Day ( NVD) across the country. The theme for the 5th NVD is ‘Easy Registration, Easy Correction’.

The National Function will be held at Weight Lifting Auditorium, Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi and presided over by Hon’ble former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The Chief Guest will give away Awards for the Best Electoral Practices to Chief Electoral Officers and District Election Officers. Awards will also be given to Media Houses and Civil Society Organizations for best campaign in Voters’ Education and Awareness.

25th January is also the foundation day of the Commission, which came into being on this day in 1950. The Commission`s objective through NVD is to increase enrolment of voters, especially of the newly eligible ones. The National Voters` Day is also utilized to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process.

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Area Coverage under Rabi Crops

As per Rabi Crops data released by Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture, total area coverage as on today under Rabi crops moves to 586.05 lakh hectares while last year’s sowing area was at 624.82 lakh hectare. Wheat`s sowing area is at 305.6 lakh hectares as compared to last year’s 313.69 lakh hectares. The area under sowing of total Coarse cereals is at 56.43 lakh hectares as compared to last year’s 59.61 lakh hectares. The area under sowing of Gram is at 81.97 lakh hectares this year while the last year’s figure was 98.68 lakh hectares. Area coverage under Total Pulses is at 133.55 lakh hectares while the last year’s sowing area coverage was 150.00 lakh hectares. Similarly sowing area under total oilseeds is at 78.47 lakh hectares as compared to 86.92 lakh hectares last year.

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India and US Sign a Joint Declaration of Intent for Cooperation in the Field of Information & Communications Technology and Electronics (ICTE)



India and United States have signed a Joint Declaration of Intent for cooperation in the field of Information & Communications Technology and Electronics (ICTE). The Joint Declaration was signed by the Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT Shri RS Sharma, and the US Ambassador to India Shri Richard Verma, at a ceremony held in New Delhi this evening.

Speaking to news persons, the Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT said that this is likely increase partnership for the ‘Digital India’ programme, electronic manufacturing, cyber security and several other such related fields between two countries. The US ambassador expressing happiness hoped that this declaration before the arrival of the US president on Sunday would further strengthen cooperation between industries of both the countries in the sector.  Shri Ram Sevak Sharma said that at the Indo US Joint working Group meeting on ICT held at Washington last week several US companies has expressed interest for their participation in India.

This Joint Declaration of intent made for a period of next five years would help in strengthening industrial, technological, research & innovation and economic cooperation between India and U.S. in the ICTE sector. It would also lead to US companies exploring opportunities for collaboration in India’s ambitious Digital India programme, Electronics manufacturing and Human Resource Development, through cooperation among private and public entities in a focused manner under the umbrella of the ongoing India-US ICT Dialogue.

On this occasion, reference was made to the deliberations at India US ICT Working Group meeting held in Washington, D.C., during January 14-15, 2015. It was agreed at this meeting to continue to explore the opportunities for collaboration on implementing India`s ambitious Digital India initiative, with the goal of enhancing digital infrastructure, deploying e-governance and e-services, and expanding the diffusion and use of ICT as a tool to expand economic opportunities, boost productivity, create jobs, and empower citizens. Besides, broad agreement was also reached on the importance of policies that promote innovation in the ICT sector, facilitate the flow of data across borders, and foster the global and open nature of the Internet as a platform for economic growth.

Later speaking to news persons Shri R S Sharma said that VISA issue relating to Indian IT professionals should be treated as an issue relating to trade in services and not as an immigration issue.

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Auction for Sale (Re-issue) of ‘8.27 per cent Government Stock, 2020’, Auction for Sale (Re-issue) of ‘8.40 per cent Government Stock, 2024’, Auction for Sale (Re-issue) ‘8.24 per cent Government Stock, 2033’ and Auction for Sale (Re-issue) of ‘8.17 per cent Government Stock, 2044.’

Government of India have announced the Sale (re-issue) of (i) “8.27 per cent Government Stock 2020” for a notified amount of ` 3,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii) “8.40 per cent Government Stock 2024” for a notified amount of ` 5,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (iii) “8.24 per cent Government Stock 2033” for a notified amount of ` 2,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, and (iv) “8.17 per cent Government Stock 2044” for a notified amount of ` 3,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction. The auctions will be conducted using multiple price method. The auctions will be conducted by the Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai Office, Fort, Mumbai on January 30, 2015 (Friday).

Up to 5% of the notified amount of the sale of the stocks will be allotted to eligible individuals and Institutions as per the Scheme for Non-Competitive Bidding Facility in the Auction of Government Securities.

Both competitive and non-competitive bids for the auction should be submitted in electronic format on the Reserve Bank of India Core Banking Solution (E-Kuber) system on January 30, 2015. The non-competitive bids should be submitted between 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. and the competitive bids should be submitted between 10.30 a.m. and 12.00 noon.

The result of the auctions will be announced on January 30, 2015 and payment by successful bidders will be on February 02, 2015 (Monday).

The Stocks will be eligible for “When Issued” trading in accordance with the guidelines on ‘When Issued transactions in Central Government Securities’ issued by the Reserve Bank of India vide circular No. RBI/2006-07/178 dated November 16, 2006 as amended from time to time.

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Gross Direct Tax Collections During April-December of the Financial Year 2014-15 is up by 12.93 Percent and Stood at Rs. 5,46,661 Crore as Against Rs. 4,84,063 Crore in the same period last year

Gross direct tax collection during April-December of the Financial Year 2014-15 is up by 12.93 percent at Rs. 5,46,661 crore as against Rs. 4,84,063 crore collected during the same period last year. Gross collection of Corporate tax has shown an increase of 12.79 percent and stood at Rs. 3,50,494 crore as against Rs. 3,10,754 crore collected during the same period last year. Gross collection of Personal income tax is up by 12.62 percent and stood at Rs.1,90,391 crore as against Rs.1,69,059 crore collected during the same period last year. Securities Transaction Tax(STT) stands at Rs. 4940 crore at a growth of 43.44%. Net direct tax collections are up by 7.41 percent and stand at Rs. 4,48,401 crore, as compared to Rs. 4,17,477 crore in the same period in the last fiscal.

Advance tax collection has shown a growth of 13.15% during April-December of the FY 2014-15 as against the growth of 8.76% shown at the same time previous year. Growth in TDS is 7.84% as against 16.73% in the same period last year.

The Self-Assessment Tax shows a growth of 22.20% as against 11.86% in the same period last year. The growth in Regular Tax is 33.03% as against 15.60% in the same period last year

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Grant of Presidential Awards to the Officers of the Customs & Central Excise and Directorate of Enforcement on the eve of Republic Day, 2015

Every year, the officers of the Customs & Central Excise Department are considered for grant of Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificate for ‘exceptionally meritorious service rendered  at the risk of life’ and for Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificate for ‘specially distinguished record of service’ on their achieving and maintaining excellence in  the  discharge of their  duties. These awards are announced on the eve of Republic Day.



            This year, 40 officers have been selected for grant of Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificate for ‘Specially distinguished record of service’.



These officers have been selected on the basis of their exemplary and flawless performance in their respective field of services over the years. The awardees selected this year include the officers working as Commissioners/Directors/Additional Commissioners/Additional Directors, Deputy Directors, Superintendents/Slos, Assistant, Chief Accounts Officer, Sr. Private Secretary, Inspector, Driver who have been consistently committed to the department in various fields.



The aforesaid officer’s performance in various fields includes the prevention of smuggling of contrabands and Narcotics Drugs, detection of tax evasion and trade based money laundering, detection of foreign exchange violations by booking/arresting the offenders and seizing the smuggled goods, upgradation of anti-smuggling equipments and streamlining enforcement procedures etc in the department. Besides, many awardees have shown their brilliance and given commendable performance in other fields as varied as revenue mobilization, development of software for automation at Customs, Central Excise and Service tax formations, reducing litigations, international Conventions and Protocol relating to Trade Facilitation and enforcement, dispute resolution, effective defence of cases in the Tribunals and High Courts, preparing informative web sites for revenue officers as well as deft handling of administrative work.



            The list of officers, along with their designation and their present place of posting, who have been selected for grant of the Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificate for ‘Specially distinguished record of service’, on the occasion of Republic Day, 2015 is given below:


COMMISSIONERS



1.          Dr. Awdhesh Kumar Singh, Commissioner, Large Tax Payers Unit, Chennai.

2.           Shri Alok Chopra, Commissioner, Central Excise, Thane-II.



DIRECTORS/ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONERS/ADDITIONAL DIRECTORS/DEPUTY DIRECTORS



3.           Shri Rajesh Nandan Srivastava, Director, Narcotics  Control, Department of Revenue,

Ministry of Finance, North Block, New Delhi.

4.             Shri Dheeraj Rastogi, Additional Commissioner, Service Tax Audit, Commissionerate, Delhi.

5.             Shri Shafat Ahmad Usmani, Additional Director, DRI Hyderabad Zonal Unit, Hyderabad.

6.             Shri Chalamalla Venkat Reddy, Additional Director of Systems, Directorate General of Systems, Chennai.

7.            Smt. Sudha Koka, Additional Commissioner, Service Tax, Audit, Commissionerate, Bangalore.

8.            Shri Shailesh Kumar, Additional Director, DRI (Hqrs), New Delhi.

9.            Shri Pankaj Kumar Singh, Additional Commissioner, First Secretary (Economic), Embassy of India, Kathmandu, Nepal.

10.       Shri Giridhar Gopalkrishna Pai, Director, Tax Research Unit, CBEC, North Block, New Delhi.

11.        Shri V. Nagendra Rao, Joint Commissioner, Commissionerate of Customs  (Chennai-11),

Chennai.

12.       Shri Ravindra Singh Bhati, Deputy Director, DRI, Mumbai Zonal Unit, Nhava Sheva
Regional Unit, Mumbai.

13.       Dr. Sudesh Kumar Sheoran, Deputy Director, DGCE1 (Hqrs), New Delhi.

14.        Shri Jitendra Pal Singh, Assistant Director, Directorate of Enforcement (Hqrs), New Delhi.

15.       Shri Leo John Ilango, Assistant Commissioner, Directorate General of Vigilance,   SZU, Chennai.

16.       Shri Rajendrakumar Shantilal Raithatha, Assistant Commissioner, Commissionerate  of

Cennal Excise and Customs, Rajkot, Ahmedabad Zone.

17.       Shri Manoj Kumar, Assistant Director, Directorate of Enforcement, Eastern Region, Kolkata.



SUPERINTENDENTS/SENIOR INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS



18.        Shri Dipankar Baneijee, Superintendent, CenDal Bureau of Narcotics, Kolkata.

19.        Shri Shrikant Patankar, Senior fntelligence Officer, DGCEI, Regional Unit, Indore.

20.        Shri A. Jagannadha Prasad, Superintendent, Central Excise & Customs (Anti-Evasion), Tirupati Commissionerate,Tirupati.

21.        Shri Rajesh Sharma, Superintendent, Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Delhi.

22.        Shri Rajendra Singh L Pathak, Superintendent, Commissionerate of Central Excise  & Customs (Ahmadabad-I),  Ahmedabad.

23.        Shri R. Ravichandran, Senior Intelligence Officer, DGCEI (Hqrs), New Delhi.

24.        Shri Prcm Chand Jain, Senior Intelligence Officer, DGCEI, Zonal Unit, Ahmedabad.

25.         Shri Suman Kumar Gangopadhyay, Senior Intelligence Officer, DRI, Kolkata Zonal  Unit, Kolkata.
26.        Shri Krishnakumar B. Menon, Senior Intelligence Officer, DRI, Mumbai Zonal Unit, Mumbai.

27.        Shri Gavin Jude D’Mello, Superintendent, Division-Ill, Commissionerate of Service  Tax, (Mumbai-I), Mumbai.

28.        Shri Mahesh Chowdhary, Senior Intelligence Officer, DGCEI, Zonal Unit, Ahmedabad.

29.        Shri Vitobh Shetty, Senior Intelligence Officer, DGCEI, Regional Unit, Goa.

30.         Shri Sunil Joshi, Senior Intelligence Officer, DGCEI (Hqrs), New Delhi.

31.        Shri B. Shridhar, Senior Intelligence Officer, DRI, Bangalore Zonal Unit, Bangalore.

32.         Shri Nagendra Kumar Jha, Superintendent (Anti-Evasion), Service Tax  Commissionerate, Delhi-11.

33.        Shri N.S. Dev, Superintendent, Commissionerate of Customs, Cochin.

34.         Shri Sunil Shankar Yadav, Superintendent, Service Tax Cell, Satara Division, Kolhapur Commissionerate, Kolhapur.

35.        Shri Sandeep Thapliyal, Superintendent, Commissionerate of Central Excise & Customs, Meerut.

36.                  Shri Shailendra Rammanohar Singh, Senior Intelligence Officer, DRI, Mumbai Zonal Unit, Mumbai.

INSPECTOR

37.        Shri Rideep Hazarika, Inspector, Tax Recovery Cell, Customs Division, Customs (Prey.) Commissionerate, Guwahati.

ASSISTANT CHIEF ACCOUNT OFFICER/SR. PRIVATE SECRETARY

38.        Shri Kotekar Sheik Abdul Kareem, Assistant Chief Accounts Officer, Commissionerate of Customs, Mangalore.

39.                  Smt. K. Savithri, Senior Private Secretary to Chief Commissioner of Central Excise, Chennai Zone.



DRIVER



40.        Shri Jagbir Singh Pundir, Driver GR-I, DRI (Hqrs.), New Delhi.
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