President of India congratulated ISRO on the successful launch of GSAT-16





President of India congratulated ISRO on the successful launch of GSAT-16


The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on the successful launch of Communication Satellite GSAT-16.

In his message to Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman of ISRO, the President said, “Please accept my heartiest congratulations to your team and you at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the successful launch of India’s Communication Satellite GSAT-16. The nation is proud of this achievement, which is a significant milestone in the progress of our space capabilities.

Kindly convey my greetings to the members of your team of scientists, engineers, technologists and all others associated with this great mission. Our nation is grateful for their hard work and proud of their accomplishments”.
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President of India to be the Chief Guest at the Launch of Mobile Governance tomorrow


The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will visit Karnataka (Bangalore) on December 8, 2014 where he will be the Chief Guest at the Launch of ‘Mobile One’ a Mobile Governance application of Govt. of Karnataka.

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Prime Minister's appeal on Armed Forces Flag Day


The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has praised Indian Armed Forces on Armed Forces Flag Day and has appealed for generous donation by all for the welfare of the forces.

"On Armed Forces Flag Day, I appeal to all of you to generously donate towards welfare of our Armed Forces, who serve our Nation day and night.

Our Armed Forces have always risen to the occasion and performed every duty with a patriotic spirit. Their selfless dedication is outstanding," said the Prime Minister.
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PM's opening remarks at the consultation meeting with CMs on replacing the Planning Commission
PM: There is need for a new set-up which will help India take "a big leap forward" in the spirit of cooperative federalism

PM: Need for relook at Planning Commission has been raised since 1992


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave a new thrust to the quest for an effective replacement to the Planning Commission, describing "Team India" as a combination of three teams – the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers; the Union Council of Ministers; and the bureaucracy in the Centre and States. He was delivering the opening remarks at a consultation meeting with Chief Ministers on the subject of replacement of the Planning Commission.

Invoking the spirit of "cooperative federalism", the Prime Minister said that the current global scenario offered a chance for India to take a big leap forward. The Prime Minister called for abandoning the incremental approach. He stressed on the need for a suitable body to replace the Planning Commission, so that the strengths of the country can be suitably harnessed.

The Prime Minister said the question of role, relevance and restructuring of the Planning Commission had been repeatedly questioned for more than two decades. The first introspection was done after the launch of economic reforms, in 1992, when it was felt that in light of changing Government policy, a different approach was required. In 2012, the Parliamentary Consultative Committee stressed the need for a serious look at the Planning Commission and the need for a new body to replace it. The former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, had stressed the need for a relook at the Planning Commission towards the end of his term, Shri Narendra Modi added.

Further, the Prime Minister said that when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat, he had attended meetings of the Planning Commission, and had felt the need for a better platform to articulate the view of states. The Prime Minister said that development is now a priority for all, and the time has come to develop a new mechanism to deliver growth and development.

Shri Narendra Modi said it is impossible for the nation to develop unless states develop. He said the process of policy planning also has to change from "top to bottom" to "bottom to top." The Prime Minister also noted that in countries such as the USA, thinktanks that function independently of the Government have a major role in policy-making. He said that in India too, there is a great deal of economic activity that happens outside the Government setup, and there is a need to design policies for them as well. He said that states should have a key role in the new body to replace the Planning Commission. He added that states sometimes feel there is no platform to express their views. He also said there should be an effective mechanism to address inter-state disputes.

"Can we develop a new mechanism, that plans according to India's strengths, empowers states, and brings on board all economic activity, including that which happens outside the Government," the Prime Minister asked, as he set the tone for the discussion in today's consultation meeting. He said the views that states express in today's meeting would prove valuable in shaping the new body to replace the Planning Commission.

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PM Lauds Scientists for Success of GSAT-16

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has praised the scientists for the success of GSAT-16.

"Kudos to our scientists for the successful launch of GSAT-16. The communication satellite will become a major asset for our space programme," said the Prime Minister.

Earlier, ISRO had announced that after the successful launch,GSAT-16 is in good health. ISRO`s Master Control Facility at Hassan has taken over the control of the satellite.

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Indian Air Force Joins Hand Towards Humanitarian Assistance to Maldives

In a swift response to the ‘National Crisis’ faced by the Maldives, following the shutting down the desalination plants in a fire incident in capital in Male’, the Indian Air Force has pressed fixed wing aircraft into service to meet the immediate requirement of the people in Male’.

Five aircraft including Two C-17 Globemaster-III and Three IL-76 with 153 tones on 05 September 2014 and Three aircraft including Two C-17 and one IL-76 with 130 tones on 06 September 2014 were pressed into service. One C-17 aircraft with 40 tones leaves for male in the morning and another aircraft with 40 tones approx is scheduled in the evening.

Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, has no natural water source and consumes only treated sea water.
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Romaninan Parliamentary Delegation in India on a six day visit

A ten member all Party Parliamentary Delegation from Romania is currently on a six day visit to India. The delegation arrived in New Delhi on December 6, 2014 on the invitation of the Parliament of India.

Led by Shri Valeriu Stefan Zgonea, President of the Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of Romania, the delegation will meet Vice-President Shri Hamid Ansari, Speaker of Lok Sabha Smt.Sumitra Mahajan, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu and other ministers.

The Romanian delegation besides watching proceedings of the Parliament will visit Taj Mahal and some historical places in the national capital.
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India's Communication Satellite GSAT-16 Launched Successfully

India`s communication satellite, GSAT-16, was successfully launched at 0210 hrs IST today (December 7, 2014) by the Ariane-5 launch vehicle VA221 of Arianespace from Kourou, French Guiana. Ariane-5 precisely placed GSAT-16 into the intended Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), after a flight of 32 minutes and 20.4 Seconds duration.

ISRO`s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka started acquiring the signal from the satellite at 0241 hrs IST and the commanding of the satellite was initiated. Initial checks have indicated normal of the satellite.

The present orbit of the satellite will be raised to Geostationary Orbit of about 36,000 km altitude through three orbit raising manoeuvres by the firing of GSAT-16`s Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) Engine. Preparations are underway for the first firing, planned in the early hours of December 8, 2014. The satellite will be placed in the Geostationary Orbit by December 12, 2014 and subsequently the satellite`s communication transponders will be switched on for in-orbit testing.
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