UN Secretary General calls on President


The UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon calling on the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on January 13, 2015


UN Secretary General calls on President 

His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations called on President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (January 13, 2015). 


Welcoming the UN Secretary General to India, the President said the UN is in urgent need of reform for its own credibility and legitimacy of its decisions. The UN should play an effective role in all situations. A reformed and effective UN will be able to respond to the crises afflicting the world in a more decisive manner. The United Nations needs to represent the geo-political realities of today. 

The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), Shri Prakash Javadekar and the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon planting a sapling, in New Delhi on January 13, 2015.


The President said it was true there are divergences on the reforms. But the UN has been created to iron out these divergences and find solutions acceptable to the large section of the international community. Reforms of the United Nations should be advanced at least in the 70th year of the UN. India hopes and counts upon the UN Secretary General’s leadership and persuasive skills to steer the discussions for urgent reform of the UN. 
The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), Shri Prakash Javadekar meeting the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, in New Delhi on January 13, 2015.

Drawing attention to the recent terrorist incidents in Peshawar and Paris, the President said terrorism was no longer a debating issue. Terrorists engage in wanton destruction and show no respect for borders or values. The international community must assert itself and tackle the problem of terrorism. The UN Secretary General should take the initiative in this regard. 

The President expressed his happiness that the international community is working to finalise a set of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and a comprehensive post-2015 development agenda. He said tackling the issue of global warming or climate change requires both serious national action and genuine international collaboration. Despite huge development challenges, India is undertaking ambitious climate actions including through lowering of the energy intensity of its economic growth, increasing energy efficiency across sectors and making greater use of renewable energy. Pointing out that India became a member of the UN in 1945 even before we attained independence, the President said Indian Armed Forces participate in 10 out of the 16 UN peacekeeping mission with 8000 plus troops and police personnel. India is firm in its commitment to the UN Charter and support of the UN system. 

Responding to the President, the UN Secretary General said India is a critically important global power. He has therefore visited the country regularly in order to forge a stronger partnership between the UN and India. He agreed that the international community should take firm action on the matter of terrorism. There was huge solidarity expressed by the world after the incident in Paris but committed action is even more important. 

The UN Secretary General expressed appreciation for the contributions of India to peace keeping operations and the promotion of global democracy. He pointed out that India was the second largest donor to the Democracy Fund, next only to the United States. He also congratulated India for the measures being taken for gender empowerment and appreciated the fact that 25% of the Cabinet were women. He said he was aware of the aspirations of many countries including India for reforms of the UN and their desire to play a leadership role in the UN Security Council. The UN Security Council must become effective, representative, democratic and transparent. 

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Vice President Greets Citizens on Makar Sankranti and Pongal 

            The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has conveyed his warm greetings to the citizens of our country on the joyous occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal. In his message, he has said that the festivals, associated with the harvest season, and celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm all across the country, symbolize the unity in diversity of our country.

Following is the text of Vice President’s message :

“I convey my warm greetings to the citizens of our country on the joyous occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal.

The festivals, associated with the harvest season, and celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm all across the country, symbolize the unity in diversity of our country.

May the festivals bring prosperity, happiness and harmony in everyone’s life.”

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PM: Festival of Sankranti is about nature, energy of the sun, and progress of mankind

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today described Sankranti as a festival which has a relationship to nature and the energy of the sun. He said though the festival is celebrated in different forms across the country, it inspires all of mankind towards progress and achievement. 

The Prime Minister was speaking at a Sankranti Milan organized by Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Urban Development, in the capital today.

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PM greets the people on Lohri

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted the people on the occasion of Lohri.

"Lohri greetings to everyone! May this festival brighten your lives with abundant happiness, prosperity and good health.

लोहड़ी भरपूर फसल एवं समृद्धि के साथ-साथ आपके जीवन में ढेर सारी खुशियाँ, उल्लास एवं शांति लाए। लोहड़ी के शुभ अवसर पर आपको हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं!" the Prime Minister said.

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Idukki in Kerala Becomes the First District of India with Complete Rural Broadband Coverage 

The Minister for Communications and IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated the launch of the high speed broadband for the entire Idukki district of Kerala.

With the commissioning of the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN), the Idukki district of Kerala has become the first in India to be connected with the high speed broadband for all the areas of the district. Currently the District has a total of eight (8) Block Offices & 53 Gram Panchayats of which 8 Block Offices & 52 Gram Panchayats have been connected on Optical Fibre and one Gram Panchayat, namely Edamalakudy, is connected through VSAT. Edamalakudy, is a Tribal Gram Panchayat consisting of 26 Tribal villages with around 2200 people. It is remotely located around 18 Kms from Pettimudi which is last point one can go in a vehicle. BSNL has made exceptional efforts in connecting this Gram Panchayat and now Broadband Internet as well as Mobile services are also available here. For the first time all villages under this Panchayat would be connected through Mobile phones and internet.

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The establishment of NOFN would open up new avenues for Access service providers such as Telecom Service Providers, Internet Service Providers, and Cable TV operators, Content Providers etc. to launch next generation services and spur creation of local employment opportunities in a big way.

The Kerala Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy, the Minister for Industry and IT, Govt. of Kerala Shri P. K. Kunhalikutty and Secretary Telecom Shri Rakesh Garg were present on this occasion.

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Idukki in Kerala Becomes the First District of India with Complete Rural Broadband Coverage 

The Minister for Communications and IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated the launch of the high speed broadband for the entire Idukki district of Kerala. 

With the commissioning of the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN), the Idukki district of Kerala has become the first in India to be connected with the high speed broadband for all the areas of the district. Currently the District has a total of eight (8) Block Offices & 53 Gram Panchayats of which 8 Block Offices & 52 Gram Panchayats have been connected on Optical Fibre and one Gram Panchayat, namely Edamalakudy, is connected through VSAT. Edamalakudy, is a Tribal Gram Panchayat consisting of 26 Tribal villages with around 2200 people. It is remotely located around 18 Kms from Pettimudi which is last point one can go in a vehicle. BSNL has made exceptional efforts in connecting this Gram Panchayat and now Broadband Internet as well as Mobile services are also available here. For the first time all villages under this Panchayat would be connected through Mobile phones and internet. 

The establishment of NOFN would open up new avenues for Access service providers such as Telecom Service Providers, Internet Service Providers, and Cable TV operators, Content Providers etc. to launch next generation services and spur creation of local employment opportunities in a big way. 

The Kerala Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy, the Minister for Industry and IT, Govt. of Kerala Shri P. K. Kunhalikutty and Secretary Telecom Shri Rakesh Garg were present on this occasion. 

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Air marshal Anil Khosla takes over as Director General Air Operations 

Air Marshal Anil Khosla took over as Director General Air Operations at Air Headquarters today. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he was commissioned in the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force in December 1979. He has over 4000 hours of flying experience having flown the Jaguar and MiG 21. He is equally experienced on both Ground attack and Air Defence roles with specialization on maritime role. 

He is a post graduate from Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) and holds two M Phil degrees in military studies. He is an ‘A2’ category flying instructor and a fighter strike leader. He is also an alumnus of National Defence College. 

The Air Officer has vast instructional experience and has been Directing Staff at prestigious institutions like Tactics and Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and Flying Instructor School (FIS). He has commanded a Jaguar squadron with maritime role and two frontline bases of the IAF at Jaisalmer & Ambala. He has held various staff appointments at Air HQ. These include Principal Director at Directorate of Information and Electronic Warfare, Director in Personnel branch and Joint Director at Directorate of Concept Studies. In the rank of Air Vice Marshal, he has held the appointment of Air Officer Commanding HQ Maritime Air Operations and Air Officer Commanding J&K Area. His last appointment was as Senior Air Staff Officer, Central Air Command. 

He is decorated with Presidential award – Vayusena Medal (VM). 

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Green building of the Environment Ministry showcased to the UN Secretary General 
Shri Prakash Javadekar meets UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon 


            The Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar today met the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon at the New Paryavarn Bhavan Building.  Shri Javadekar showcased to the Secretary General salient features of the Green Building and highlighted that the design philosophy of the New Paryavaran Bhavan  focused  on increasing the efficiency of resource usage i.e. energy, water and materials while minimizing the impact of the building on Human Habitat and the Environment. 

            Shri Javadekar further said that this had been achieved through careful site planning, most appropriate building form and very low effluent disposal and energy production on-site.  The objective was to have a ‘Green Building’ with a state of art modern amenities and comfort with Intelligent Building Management System which optimizes the energy consumption.

The basic design concept of the project was to have a  NET ZERO ENERGY consuming green building.  It was expected to be the flag bearer for ‘Green Buildings’. The building has the highest green building rating of ‘5star’ of GRIHA of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy and also ‘Platinum’ rating of LEED India of Indian Green Building Council.

            The architectural design of the building is primarily based on following concepts.
·     Preservation of maximum possible number of trees standing over the site
·     Solar Passive Architecture with proper orientation and shading of Fenestrations
·     Appropriate building envelope design with envelope insulation to reduce heat intake.
·     Use of permanent, durable and local materials such as sand stone on exterior face, low heat transmission glass, reflective roofing, etc.
·     Priority for pedestrians in the front, with vehicular access on the sides of the building
·     Reduction of conventional lighting load by ensuring 75% day-light use
·     Natural ventilation due to stack effect
·     The building is designed in such a way that there is free ventilation across the entire building.
Energy Conservation Measures
o       Many energy conservation measures have been adopted to optimize the overall design load.
o       Utilization of High Efficiency Solar Panels to achieve Net Zero criteria. Energy efficient T-5 and LED fixtures
o       Innovative chilled beam system for cooling
o       Pre-cooling of fresh air from exhaust using heat recovery wheel in order to reduce load on chiller plant
o       Water cooled chillers
o       Double skin air handling units with variable frequency drives
o       Geo thermal heat exchange technology used for heat rejection from Air-conditioning system.
o       Innovative energy saving regenerative lifts which have been installed for the first time in government institutional building.

Mr Ban Ki-moon also planted a sapling at the premises jointly with Shri Prakash Javadekar to mark the occasion.

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