Central Silk Board opens High Capacity Silkworm Egg Cold Storage Plant at Mysore



Central Silk Board opens High Capacity Silkworm Egg Cold Storage Plant at Mysore

The Union Textiles Minister Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar inaugurated the newly built, state-of-the-art, high capacity silkworm egg cold storage plant at Mysore today.


The new plant has been necessitated by the increasing seed production targets of National Silkworm Seed Organization (NSSO) and the leading role southern India has to assume in the coming years in this area.

Up to 1.0 crore disease free layings (dfls) can be comfortably preserved in this plant. In effect, with this plant, the total storage capacity of the Mysore facility would go up to 1.5 crore dfls.

The size of the cold rooms has been specially designed to suit the requirements of sericulture industry and to utilize the space effectively for preserving hibernated bivoltine silkworm seed under different schedules, ranging from 4 to 10 months.

The new Cold Storage Plant runs on a DX system, is constructed with pre-fabricated double skinned insulated panel, and is highly energy efficient. The plant is equipped with PLC based data logger system for automatic monitoring of temperature and humidity inside the cold rooms with alarms. All control panel boards are microprocessor-based, connected with the data logger. This is slated as one of the prestigious milestones that enables NSSO to gallop to the next level of silkworm seed production and distribution in the country. The above cold storage unit will give boost to the production of import substitute bivoltine raw silk in India.

Background

Cold Storage Plants are indispensable in silkworm egg production system, principally to enable uninterrupted and continuous supply of basic and commercial silkworm seed. The silkworm eggs are preserved in these cold storage plants for short term or long term (up to 10 months) to regulate seed supply, matching the demand. The plants also oversee systematic incubation of silkworm eggs prior to its dispatch to farmers. National Silkworm Seed Organization (NSSO), the mulberry silkworm seed production and management arm of Central Silk Board, operates the cold storage plants set up at Mysore, Hosur and Dehradun to manage its seed production and distribution across the country.

A maximum of one crore disease free layings (dfls) can be stored if all the above three existing Cold Storage facilities are utilized to their full capacity. Going forward, the capacity will fall short because the seed production target of NSSO during the first year (2012-13) of the XII plan itself is 1.35 crore dfls with a steep increase to reach 2.44 crore dfls in the terminal year of 2016-17. This projection and the leading role southern India has to assume in the coming years necessitated the establishment of the new facility at Mysore.

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Uma Bharti to Chair the7th High Powered Review B&B Board Meeting at Shillong

Union Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Ms. Uma Bharti will be chairing a the 7th High Powered Review B&B (Bramhaputra & Barak) Board Meeting at Shillong, Meghalaya on the coming wed ness day (11th February, 2015) . The Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sharma will also be present on the occasion. The meeting will be attended by the Water Resources Ministers and Senior officers from the seven North-Eastern States, Sikkim & West Bengal. The Union Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Minister has already written a letter to all concerned States in this regard.

The meeting will discuss the restructuring and reshaping of Bramhputra- Barak Management Board, cutting of embankments by rivers in the north eastern region, importance of anti-erosion and flood management along the course of Brahmaputra , river linking and speedy implementation of all the Water Resources Ministry in the North-East. The demand to declare Majuli near Jorhat as “Water Heritage Island” and develop it in an integrated manner will also be deliberated upon.

Ms. Uma Bharti is currently on a tour to North Eastern States. She has already met Sikkim Chief Minister Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. Today she met Arunachal Chief Minister Shri Nabam Tuki and MoWR Officials in Itanagar. Tomorrow the Minister will again be in Guwahati and meet Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi and Secretary MoWR, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation there.

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India looking forward to embarking upon a larger role in Asia-Pacific, says President

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee yesterday (February 9, 2015) received His Excellency Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of Republic of Singapore and Mrs. Mary Tan at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also hosted a banquet in their honour.

Welcoming Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, the President said his visit comes at a historic moment in bilateral relations when India and Singapore are celebrating the 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations. India and Singapore enjoy excellent relations which are multifaceted and cover every aspect of life. Singapore is a valued friend of India. It is a major pillar of India’s ‘Act East’ Policy. India appreciates Singapore’s contribution to its engagement with ASEAN. India is looking forward to embark upon a larger role in the Asia-Pacific.

The President said India and Singapore share historic links since the times of the Cholas. An important chapter of India’s freedom struggle was enacted in Singapore. The large community of overseas Indians in Singapore is a bridge between the two countries.

The President said Singapore accounts for one of the largest sources of FDI inflows into India as well as FDI from India. India invites Singapore companies to join in connectivity and infrastructure projects and participate in ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’ and ‘Clean India’. India would like to work with Singapore to set up Smart Cities and in urban rejuvenation. Singapore’s experience in skill development can also be invaluable for India.

Responding to President Mukherjee, Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam said India was one of the first countries to recognize Singapore when it became independent. India-Singapore relations are trouble free and extend over many areas. Economic relations have grown strongly but there is lot of potential for further growth. The strength of the relations goes beyond economic or diplomatic. It reflects a deep understanding between the people and governments of the two countries. Building on the foundation of last fifty years, there is much more that can be done.

In his banquet speech, the President Pranab Mukherjee said India sees Singapore as its gateway to ASEAN. India shares a vision for a partnership based on shared beliefs in democracy, multicultural societies, rule of law, free enterprise, regional role and common links through growing people-to-people contacts. We are partners across the seas and an integral part of the regional architecture in the Asia-Pacific region. Today, both the countries are at an interesting cusp in history, witnessing major transformations. It shall be endeavour of India and Singapore to work together towards maintaining peace and stability in the region and bringing development to the peoples of two countries.

The President said he was delighted to learn that the Singapore Government will be installing a statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in the India Heritage Centre at Singapore. Exchanges between the two countries during the commemorative year will help further intensify co-operation for the benefit of peoples of both countries and peace and prosperity in the region.

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President of India’s message on the eve of the 36th anniversary of the Islamic revolution of Iran

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the eve of the 36th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran (February 11, 2015).

In his message to His Excellency Dr. Hassan Rouhani, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend to Your Excellency and to the friendly people of Iran warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of the 36th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.

Our bilateral relations are strengthened by the age-old historical and civilizational bonds between our people.

Over the past several decades, they have flourished and evolved into a multi-faceted engagement in various spheres. We value this relationship greatly and look forward to engaging with Iran on the full range of jointly identified priorities to our mutual benefit. We firmly believe that a strengthened relationship between India and Iran will contribute to regional peace, stability and prosperity.

Please accept, Excellency, our sincere wishes for your good health and well being as well as for the progress and prosperity of the people of Iran”.

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Increasing the Authorised Share Capital of the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation and restructuring of its Business Model

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for increasing the Authorised Share Capital of the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC), a Central Sector Public Enterprise (CPSE) under Government of India in the Ministry of Minority Affairs from Rs. 1500 crore to Rs. 3000 crore.

Approval was also given to revise the shareholding pattern from 65:26:9 to 73:26:1 among the Centre, States/Union Territories and Individuals/Institutions respectively. Further, approval was also given for restructuring of the NMFDC’s business model.

The decision will enlarge the quantum of funds available for economic activities, better coverage and enhanced outreach. Enhancement of share capital would expand its ambit of coverage and increase disbursement of funds to larger sections of the economically deprived minority population. The target of NMDFC for the year 2014-15 is to cover 97000 beneficiaries.

NMDFC implements its schemes through 37 State Channelizing Agencies in 29 States/UTs, NMDFC will tie up with the Nodal Bank wherever required to enhance its outreach.

Background

NMDFC was constituted on 30th September 1994 as a non-profit making company under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956. The NMDFC provides loans at concessional interest rates for self-employment and economic development activities to backward sections of minority communities namely, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis having family income upto Rs. 1,03,000/- in urban areas and Rs. 81,000/- in rural areas. "Jains" have also been notified as a minority community recently in 2014, and become eligible to be covered under the schemes of NMDFC. Central Government has exhausted its contribution of (65 percent) by paying share of Rs.975 crore. Hence it is essential that the Authorized Share Capital of the Corporation is enhanced so that the earmarked Central contribution could be released to NMDFC for implementing its schemes for the development of minorities at the lowest rungs of poverty pyramid.

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Biennial-elections & Bye-elections to the Legislative Council of Jammu & Kashmir.



Seats of 8 (eight) members of the Legislative Council of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, elected by the members of the Legislative Assembly of the State, are due to fall vacant on the retirement of those members on the expiration of their term of office,  as under:-



2.         The above eight regular vacancies will be filled by Biennial elections as per the following programme :



                                             

                                    SCHEDULE FOR ELECTIONS


1.         Date of Issue of Notification             :           12-2-2015 (Thursday)        

2.         Last date for making                                    :           18-2-2015 (Wednesday)                    Nominations                                    

3.         Date for Scrutiny of Nominations   :           19-2-2015 (Thursday)        
                                                                                             
4.         Last date for the withdrawal                       :           21-2-2015 (Saturday)            
 of candidatures                                          
                     
5.         Date of Poll                                        :           2-3-2015 (Monday)  
         
6.         Date for Counting of votes               :           2-3-2015 (5.00 PM)

7.         Date before which the                       :           7-3-2015 (Saturday)
            election shall be completed.


3.         Further, 3 other casual vacancies are also required to be filled up for the reasons shown below:-




1.                  Bye-elections to fill these three causal vacancies will  also be held as per the above programme given in para 2 above


Election Commission of India
New Delhi 10th February 2015

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Launching of National Voter Service Portal (NVSP) – Reg.

The National Voter Service Portal (NVSP) has been launched on 25th January 2015 on the occasion of National Voters’ Day Hon’ble Former President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam. With the aim to provide single window services to electors, NVSP has been made available from ECI website www.eci.nic.in. Users can visit the website and click on to NVSP link to avail the services.

 Various services being offered through NVSP are

1.      Search the name in Electoral List.

2.      Apply on line in English/ Hindi Language for new registration.

3.      Apply online for corrections, if any.

4.      User can view details of his Polling booth, Assembly Constituency and Parliamentary constituency.

5.      User can get the contact details of Booth Level officer, Electoral Registration Officer and other Election officer.

6.      Users can feed Aadhaar Number for attaching it with Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) data

7.      Users can get link to CEO offices websites

8.      Users can view audio visual short films to get educated about election processes.

9.      Audio Visual scripts are also available for getting to know about the polling processes.

10.       Users can watch a short educational film on Electronic Voting Machine(EVM)

            Year 2015 has been marked for “ easy registration and easy correction ” During this year, ECI will endeavour to  put in efforts in providing all possible support services to electors with the help of IT tools. NVSP is one of them.

  Election Commission of India

New Delhi : 10 February,2015

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Northeast People Enriched Delhi in Several Ways: Dr. Jitendra Singh

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, here today, that a sizeable population of Northeast living in Delhi has, in fact, enriched the union capital in more ways than one. The Minister was addressing a congregation of senior Delhi based Northeast officers working in different government departments in the union capital. While they are assets to whichever department they are posted, on the other hand, they also add unique healthy dimension to the multi-ethnic character of the country’s capital city of Delhi, he added.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Ministry of DoNER has taken upon itself the dual responsibility of implementing the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s vision for development of Northeast and at the same time, to act as a bridge of hearts and minds between Northeast and the rest of the country.

Referring to some of the important decisions taken in a brief period of about eight weeks as in-charge of the Ministry, Dr. Jitendra Singh particularly mentioned the initiative to have a DoNER camp secretariat office by rotation in each of the eight States of the Northeast region. In this regard, he informed that first such camp secretariat was held in the State of Manipur in January and the second one in Arunachal Pradesh last week. The camp secretariat will have in attendance Secretary DoNER and other senior officers from the Union DoNER Ministry who will travel to the state and hold interaction with various sections of society and elected representatives, besides making an on-the-spot assessment of the ongoing development works, he added. This, he said, will also help sending out a positive message that the people of Northeast do not have to travel to Delhi each time for redressal of their grievances but it is New Delhi which will reach out to them in their native State.

Considering the immense youth potential of the Northeastern region, Dr. Jitendra Singh referred to the decision to set up a Sports university, new agricultural colleges and other educational institutions there so that the youth exodus from the region could be curtailed. At the same time, for the students living in Delhi, hostels have been planned in the campuses of Jawaharlal Nehru University and Ramanujan College, he added.

Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that an inter-ministerial meeting was held two weeks back with the Union Ministry of Tourism and a Standing Committee of the two Ministries has been constituted to work out various means of attracting tourists, film makers and holiday seekers to Northeastern region, which will generate immense opportunities for job and revenue generation. On the similar lines, he said, an inter-ministerial meeting is being contemplated with the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation to address the most widely felt problem of poor air connectivity in the region particularly in the backdrop of rail network and road highways.

Dr. Jitendra Singh called upon to officers of Northeastern origin living in Delhi to act as resource persons for the DoNER Ministry to help the government to discharge its obligations towards the region in a more effective manner and at the same time also help spreading finer features of Northeastern culture among their circle of colleagues and friends in whichever office or department they work.

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HADR Exercise by Indian Navy

                A large scale Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise involving more than 20 ships from the Western and Eastern Fleet and various aircraft of the Indian Navy was conducted yesterday (09 Feb 15) in the Lakshadweep Islands (Karavati, Aggatti, Kalpeni and Androth).

            The Exercise simulated a major cyclone striking the Lakshdweep Islands and disrupting essential services, causing widespread destruction of property, loss of life and dislocation of personnel, and was designed to validate the Indian Navy’s capability to provide immediate succor and relief to the affected populace. The Exercise involved setting up medical camps, provision of food, shelter from the elements, restoration of basic facilities and limited restoration work till the situation stabilised.
         
            The Indian Navy has the inherent capacity and capability to reach outlying islands and coastal areas, with relief and rehabilitation material and continuously prepares for this task.

In the recent past, it may be recalled that, in the wake of the ”fresh water crisis” at Male in Dec 14, the Indian Navy had deployed two warships, which supplied more than 2000 tones of fresh water to the city of Male over a period of 10 days.

The Indian Navy was also at the forefront of relief operations in the wake of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, evacuation operations from Lebanon in 2006 and Libya in 2011, assistance to Bangladesh during Cyclone Sidr in 2007 and Myanmar during Cyclone Nargis in 2008. The Indian Navy had also participated in the search efforts for search of Malaysian airliner MH 370.

This Exercise will further underscore the nation’s capabilities in being the ‘first responder’ in the region during times of humanitarian crises.

Supplementary Information

          The following relief activities were exercised simultaneously on four islands, viz. Agatti, Kavaratti, Androth and Kalpeni:-

(a)         Setting up of medical relief camps.
(b)         Provision of food, water and clothing to affected populace.
(c)         Activation of airfields and setting up of helicopter landing sites.
(d)         Setting up emergency power supply for hospitals, airport and communication centres.
(e)         Setting up temporary structures and shelters.
(f)           Evacuation of critically ill/ injured personnel.
(g)         Assistance towards rehabilitation.

Units Participating.  A total of 20 Indian Naval ships and various aircraft participated in the Exercise, which encompassed an area spanning approximately 8000 square miles in the Indian Ocean. The ships were grouped into four forces, each having a Humanitarian Assistance and Security component, as follows:-

Task grow up
Island
Humanitarian Assistance Ships
Security Ships
I
Agatti
Shakti  Sahyadri Sumedha
Tarkash Karmuk
II
Kavaratti
Jalashwa Trishul Gomati Ranvir Subhadra
Trikand Kora
III
Androth
Viraat Delhi Rajput
Mumbai Talwar Kulish
IV
Kalpeni
Deepak  Betwa Kamorta
Godavari Kirpan
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