Shri Rajnath Singh asks SSB to take the lead role in checking circulation of fake currency




Shri Rajnath Singh asks SSB to take the lead role in checking circulation of fake currency

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has asked the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to take the lead role in curtailing the menace of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN). Addressing the `Passing Out Parade` of Assistant Commandants of SSB at Srinagar in Uttarakhand today, he said the SSB is at the vanguard of porous International Borders through which most of the FICN is now being smuggled into the country.


Shri Rajnath Singh also asked the SSB to remain vigilant on the presence of fundamentalist and anti-India forces in the areas in vicinity of the borders. He noted that the SSB is actively guarding India-Nepal and India-Bhutan borders and despite being `open borders` there has been peace on both the fronts. The Union Home Minister also lauded the role of SSB in anti-insurgency operations against the NDFB in Assam. He said that the SSB has almost destroyed the backbone of the NDFB.

Shri Rajnath Singh said the SSB should also think of operating FM radio channels in the border areas so that the Prime Minister`s `Man Ki Baat` programme could also be heard in the remote locations. “If necessity arises I can also find time to address our jawans posted in border areas through these SSB-operated FM channels,” he said. The Union Home Minister also suggested that the SSB can open India Cultural Centres in border districts to spread the message of nationalism in areas close to the borders.

Shri Rajnath Singh said the SSB was founded in 1963 to spread the message of nationalism in areas close to the borders and that the force has been successful in its mission. Exhorting the SSB personnel, the Union Home Minister said that the uniform which they are wearing is not merely a piece of plain cloth. “Garv Karo Is Vardi Par,” he said. Referring to the freedom struggle, the Home Minister said that it was the feeling of `Rashtriya Swabhiman` which made the country free. The youth of this country sacrificed their lives for freedom. He narrated the story of Ashfaq Ullah Khan who sacrificed his life for the country.

Earlier after reaching the SSB Centre in Srinagar, the Union Home Minister inspected the `Guard of Honour`. He later inspected the devices and instruments used by the SSB in its operations. Shri Rajnath Singh was accompanied by Director General, SSB, Shri BD Sharma.
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MHA to launch MySecurity web portal shortly




The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to launch  MySecurity web portal ‘MySecurity.gov.in’ which will enable the general public to get access to a large number of security related applications.  The MySecurity platform is being created for individuals, companies, students, NGOs etc to develop and deploy security applications which may be   useful to people.

The details of the “MySecurity Platform-Deployment of Security applications” scheme are available on the website of the Ministry www.mha.nic.in

The application developers interested in deploying their application on this platform may  send their applications to the e-mail id uspr-mha@mha.gov.in with all necessary details.

After the launch of MySecurity web portal, these applications would be accessible to the public. 
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Press Communiqué Related to Transfer of Shri Justice Bawa Singh Walia, an Additional Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to Jammu and Kashmir High Court

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 222 of the Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, is pleased to transfer Shri Justice Bawa Singh Walia as An Additional Judge Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to Jammu and Kashmir High Court and to direct him to assume charge of his office in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on or before 17th February, 2015.

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Railways Conclude First Bilateral Power Purchase Agreement

Indian Railways concluded its first bilateral power procurement agreement on 5th February, 2015 between Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and North Central Railway. Under the agreement, Railways will buy 50 MW of power from DVC at Auraiya Grid Sub-station facilitated by Railways Energy Management Company Limited, a Joint Venture (JV) of Indian railway and RITES, a PSU of Ministry of Railways.

This is the beginning of energy cost reduction measure being taken up by Railways. Railways are the biggest consumer of the electricity, consuming about 18 billion units per year with peak requirement of about 4000 MW. In order to enable Railways to buy power directly from suppliers, Railways have been notified as ‘Deemed Licensee’ by Ministry of Power.

Railway is working to go for more such contracts at key load centers in the coming days which will enable Railways to generate significant savings in its traction electricity bills.
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Four SAARC Countries Move to Finalize Motor Vehicles Agreement

Senior officials from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal met on 2-3 February at Raichak near Kolkata to finalize a Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) for a seamless transit of passenger and cargo vehicles between their countries and draw up plans for its speedy implementation. The agreement will allow passenger, personal and cargo vehicles to travel along designated key routes in the four SAARC countries without the need for trans-shipment of goods and passengers at the border crossings. It is expected to be signed at a meeting of Transport Ministers of the four countries to be held soon this year.

The arrangements for implementing the agreement will be spelt out through protocols that the four neighboring countries will negotiate separately under the framework of this agreement. They agreed to set up individual national committees and a sub-regional joint committee for overall facilitation of land transport and to coordinate and monitor the agreement’s implementation. It was noted that the sub-regional agreement would be a parallel initiative to the proposed SAARC transport agreement for which ongoing efforts to find early resolution would continue. Further, the membership of this sub-regional agreement would be open to all other neighbouring countries, should they so desire.

Upon implementation, the agreement will reduce costly and time-consuming unloading and loading of people and goods at the border crossing points making cross-border trade more efficient. It would help transform transport corridors linking the four countries into economic corridors and enhance people to people contact. Building on the progress made in negotiating and finalizing the SAARC Motor Vehicles Agreement, this agreement would facilitate the transit of all types of vehicles between the contracting parties as is prevalent in other common markets like the European Union.

The delegates of the four-country meeting, which was chaired by India’s Road Transport and Highways Secretary Shri Vijay Chhibber, recognized the urgent need to ease the movement of passenger and goods across their borders to stimulate trade and commerce. Md. Faruque Jalil, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges of Bangladesh, Shri Kinley Dorji, Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communications of Bhutan, Shri Sanjay Bandyopadhyay, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of India and Shri Devendra Karki, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport of Nepal headed the delegation of their countries.
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Telangana CM calls on Mines & Steel Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar

Shri Tomar proposes constituting a Task Force to explore mining and steel avenues in the state

Union Minister of Steel & Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar was today visited by Chief Minister of Telangana, Shri K Chandrashekar Rao, and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, in his office at Udyog Bhawan. The meeting revolved around exploring investment and industry potential in and around the Bayyaram mines, located in Khammam district of Telangana. Assuring the political leaders of his total support in this regard, Shri Tomar said, “Whatever can be done, will be done for the people and state of Telangana.” The meeting was attended by the Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Shri Rakesh Singh, Chief Secretary of Telangana Shri Rajiv Sharma, senior politicians and bureaucrats of Telangana and officials from Ministry of Steel and associated PSUs.

Hinting at insurgency in said parts of Telangana, Shri K Chandrashekar Rao solicited support of the central government in establishing a steel industry in affected regions. Shri Rakesh Singh apprised the meeting of a feasibility study already conducted by Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) on the given subject. Different mechanisms and permutations were discussed to evolve a plan wherein a major industry, whether in mining, steel-making, pellet-making, or a combination of all, could be operationalised efficiently. “State and Central governments must step in with sops to guarantee commercial viability of the project,” added Shri Singh. He averred that the target of achieving 300 million tonne steel production by 2025 gives enough elbowroom to set up green-field capacities. He also suggested that a Special Purpose Vehicle could be initiated for this project, on the lines of those already established in the states of Jharkhand, Karnataka, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

Shri Rao expressed eagerness to facilitate such an investment by providing captive mines, discounted land and connectivity with ports. Other matters, such as return on investment, technology of production, basis for shareholding etc. were also deliberated in detail. It was decided a Task Force comprising central, state and PSU representatives, will conduct an in-depth study of existing alternatives in a time-bound manner, based on which a decision will be taken.

Emphasising on the need to revive mining sector, Shri Tomar urged Telangana Chief Minister to identify mines for auction at the earliest possible time. “We’re framing rules and procedure with regard to auction, and preparing necessary documents to kick-start auctioning of mines,” informed Shri Tomar. “States are exhorted to involve PSUs involved in mining work, to help build a robust mineral inventory database,” he added.

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