No Shortage of Fertilizers in the Country



No Shortage of Fertilizers in the Country

There is no shortage of fertilizers particularly of urea in the country. During the Rabi season, of 2014-15, the sales upto January 2015 have been higher than the last year. In the peak consumption month of December 2014, the urea sold was 35.88 lakh MT which is the highest ever in any month. In the month of January 2015, 32.36 lakh MT of urea was made available against the requirement of 29.41 lakh MT for the same month.


During the current year, from April 2014 to January 2015, 73.07 lakh MT of imported urea has arrived as against 67.87 lakh MT of imported urea during the corresponding period of the last year. In the months of February and March 2015, another 12 lakh MT of imported urea is expected to arrive which will result in highest ever import of about 85 lakh MT urea. At present, the availability of urea is comfortable all over the country.

In the month of February 2015 against the requirement of 16.71 lakh MT of urea, the supply plan has been made for 29.6 lakh MT out of which 14.71 lakh MT has already been made available till 15th February, 2015.

To ensure adequate availability of urea, during the ensuing Kharif season of 2015, Department of Fertilizers has planned in advance to procure 10.5 lakh MT of urea in February and March 2015 in the tender floated through MMTC in January 2015.


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Government estimates 300.59 lakh tonnes wheat procurement during 2015-16

The Government has fixed procurement target for Ravi Marketing Season (RMS) 2015-16 as 300.59 lakh tonnes against the actual wheat procurement of 280.23 lakh tonnes during RMS 2014-15. The target was fixed in the meeting of State Food Secretaries held to discuss procurement arrangements here today. The meeting was chaired by Shri Sudhir Kumar, Union Secretary of Food and Public Distribution.

The Government has also fixed target for overall rice procurement for Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2014-15, as 351.09 lakh tonnes which include 300.50 lakh tonnes for kharif crop and 50.59 lakh tonnes for Rabi crop. The actual procurement of rice during KMS 2013-14 and KMS 2014-15 so far has been reported as 318.39 lakh tonnes and 207.44 lakh tonnes respectively.

Procurement estimates of main wheat growing states as reported by them are Punjab- 120 Lakh tonnes, Haryana- 70 Lakh tonnes, Madhya Pradesh- 60 Lakh tonnes, Uttar Pradesh- 30 Lakh tonnes and Rajasthan- 18 Lakh tonnes.

Rice procurement for Rabi crop during KMS 2014-15 of main rice growing states during the season are Odisha- 6.70 Lakh tonnes, West Bengal- 9.15 Lakh tonnes, Telangana- 14.74 Lakh tonnes, Tamil Nadu- 10 Lakh tonnes and Andhra Pradesh- 10 Lakh tonnes.

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Archives of Asia Africa Conference (Bandung, 1955) nominated jointly by India & Indonesia for incorporation in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register

The National Archives of India has signed a Letter of Intent with National Archives of the Republic of Indonesia (ANRI) for joint nomination of the Archives of Asia Africa Conference (ACC) held in Bandung in 1955 for incorporation in the UNESCO’s Memory of the World (MoW) Register.

The Letter of Intent was signed on 13th February 2015 at the National Archives of India, New Delhi by Smt. Sreya Guha, Director General of Archives, National Archives of India on behalf of the Government of the Republic of India and Mr. Rizali Wilmar Indrakesuma, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in New Delhi on behalf of the National Archives of Indonesia, Government of the Republic of Indonesia.

UNESCO`s Memory of the World Programme is an international initiative launched to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and willful and deliberate destruction. It calls for the preservation of valuable archival holdings, library collections and private individual compendia all over the world for posterity, the reconstitution of dispersed or displaced documentary heritage, and the increased accessibility to and dissemination of these items

The Asia Africa Conference of 1955 was a unique event in the history of post-war diplomacy and international relations. Its world significance was that the newly independent Asian and African countries found their voice for the first time in their post independent history. Their initiative, started in Bandung with the four initial sponsoring countries (Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Burma), gave birth six years (1961) later to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) .


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Commander – in – Chief of the Russian Land Forces visits India

Seeking to enhance bilateral military ties between India and Russia the Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of Russian Land Forces, Col Gen Salukov Oleg Leonidovich is visiting India from 16-19 February 2015 on an official visit. The Russian Chief interacted with Gen Dalbir Singh, The COAS on 16 February 2015 in New Delhi. He also paid homage at the Amar Jawan Jyoti and reviewed the Guard of Honour.

The Col Gen shall visit the Indian Army’s South Western Command Headquarters, the Parachute Training School & Independent Parachute Brigade at Agra.

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A week Long Wet Spell Over Western Himalayan Region

Continuous fairly widespread to widespread precipitation over Western Himalayan region without any significant break and isolated to scattered rain/thunderstorms are predicted to occur over plains of northwest India, commencing from tomorrow (17 February) for about a week with a possible break of one to two days in between.

Currently a western disturbance as a trough in mid-level westerlies lies along Longitude 65.0 o East and north of 25.0o North. Its induced low pressure area lies over central Pakistan & adjoining west Rajasthan with associated upper air cyclonic circulation extending upto 1.5 km above mean sea level.

Analysis of Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), Satellite data and conventional & automatic observations suggests that there are two other western disturbances also which would affect Western Himalayan Region in quick succession, one from 19-21 and another from 22-24 February 2015.

These systems are likely to cause such precipitation.

Heavy rainfall/snowfall is also predicted to occur mainly on 19, 22, 23 & 24 February 2015 over Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh

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Archives of Asia Africa Conference (Bandung, 1955) nominated jointly by India & Indonesia for incorporation in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register

The National Archives of India has signed a Letter of Intent with National Archives of the Republic of Indonesia (ANRI) for joint nomination of the Archives of Asia Africa Conference (ACC) held in Bandung in 1955 for incorporation in the UNESCO’s Memory of the World (MoW) Register.

The Letter of Intent was signed on 13th February 2015 at the National Archives of India, New Delhi by Smt. Sreya Guha, Director General of Archives, National Archives of India on behalf of the Government of the Republic of India and Mr. Rizali Wilmar Indrakesuma, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in New Delhi on behalf of the National Archives of Indonesia, Government of the Republic of Indonesia.

UNESCO`s Memory of the World Programme is an international initiative launched to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and willful and deliberate destruction. It calls for the preservation of valuable archival holdings, library collections and private individual compendia all over the world for posterity, the reconstitution of dispersed or displaced documentary heritage, and the increased accessibility to and dissemination of these items

The Asia Africa Conference of 1955 was a unique event in the history of post-war diplomacy and international relations. Its world significance was that the newly independent Asian and African countries found their voice for the first time in their post independent history. Their initiative, started in Bandung with the four initial sponsoring countries (Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Burma), gave birth six years (1961) later to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) .


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Health Ministers of India and Sri Lanka Discuss Enhanced Cooperation in Health

The Union Health & Family Welfare Minister Shri J. P. Nadda today met Mr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Government of Sri Lanka and discussed issues related to increasing cooperation between the two countries in health sector.

Shri Nadda noted that the relations between India and Sri Lanka are unique and based upon shared historical, cultural, ethnic and civilizational ties and extensive people-to-people interaction.

Shri Nadda extended an invitation to Mr. Rajitha Senaratne to attend the next SAARC Health Ministers’ Meeting at New Delhi which India has offered to host in the near future.

Shri Nadda shared with his Sri Lankan counterpart that India has taken a series of steps to prevent and contain the threat from Ebola virus and underlined the need for cooperation between the two countries to guard against infectious disease threats. He also underscored the need for expanding bilateral cooperation in the area of health, including traditional medicines, through formal MoUs on health cooperation and hoped that these could be finalised and signed at the earliest.

Both sides agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in health and to resolve the issues, if any, amicably through mutual consultations since India and Sri Lanka have close and friendly relations.

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Involve Public Representatives to Enhance Effectiveness of NHM: Shri J P Nadda


Involvement of the public representatives at all levels whether they be pradhans, ward members, MLAs and MPs will enhance the outreach and effectiveness of the National Health Mission (NHM). The Union Health Minister Shri J P Nadda stated this at the 8th Common Review Mission of the National Health Mission, here today. The people’s representatives will not only bring their experience and knowledge from the ground level to the programmes, but will also ensure in creating effective accountability structures, he added.

Addressing the health officials from 15 states along with representatives from donor partners, health experts and NGOs who were present for the CRM, the Health Minister pointed out that it was important for the officers to personally go on field visits to gather first-hand information on the implementation of the programmes under the NHM. This has the potential to surpass the effectiveness of several printed reports and can make substantial difference, he added. The Health Minister also mentioned that fund utilization by the states should be outcome oriented. This will help in optimum utilization of the allocated funds.  The outcomes at the mirco-level need to be correlated to the funds utilised, he stated.

Shri Nadda pointed out that in keeping with the Prime Minister’s vision of Swachch Bharat, hospitals should also ensure that cleanliness is part of their core activities. He stressed on the importance of active involvement of the people visiting the hospitals, NGOs and people’s representatives in sensitising the people towards this aim.

The Health Minister stated that the NHM has resulted in decentralisation of power, planning, procurement and implementation of result oriented health programmes that have strengthened the health care systems and infrastructure at the state level.

The Minister stated that the annual Common Review Mission is an important monitoring and learning mechanism of NHM. These annual Missions provide an opportunity to review the progress made under the NHM against set goals and objectives and assess its impact on accessibility, equity, affordability and quality of health care services. The CRMs are oriented to assess the progress, identify the gaps and ascertain its reasons and propose appropriate solutions. Seven Common Review Missions (CRMs) undertaken so far have provided valuable understanding of the strategies which were successful and have led to several significant mid-course policy adjustments, he stated.

The CRM teams (each consisting of about 15-16 members) visited 15 states/UTs including nine high burden states between Nov 7-14, 2014. Total of 259 health professionals including officers from the Health Ministry, representatives from donor partners, NGOs and health experts have conducted intensive consultations with the states during the visits. The terms of reference include service delivery; quality assurance; RMNCH+A; human resources; community processes; information and knowledge; healthcare financing; procurement of drugs, diagnostics and supply chain management; NUHM; and governance and management. The CRM report spans all aspects of health system reform and uses a mix of methods- including secondary data review, rapid assessment of facilities, and implementer and beneficiary perspectives.

The states/UTs present at the CRM included Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Kerala, MP, Mizoram, Odisha, Telangana, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.
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