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The President of India has been pleased to appoint Shri Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, Governor of Nagaland, to discharge the functions of the Governor of Assam, in addition to his own duties, until regular arrangements for the office of the Governor of Assam is made vice Shri J.B. Patnaik, who completes his tenure on 10 December, 2014.

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 PM's tribute on Mahaparinirvana Diwas of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has paid tribute to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on his Mahaparinirvana Diwas.

"On his Mahaparinirvana Diwas, I bow to the venerable Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. His contribution to the Nation is eternal and invaluable.
Dr. Ambedkar was a man ahead of his time. We remember his efforts to eradicate social evils and the importance he gave to education.
Babasaheb became a voice for the oppressed and downtrodden. His ideals and thoughts continue to guide us in our quest for an equal society", said the Prime Minister.
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INS Deepak with 800 Tons Fresh Water to Reach Male on 07 Dec 2014

INS Sukanya reached Male Friday evening (05 Dec 2014) and transferred around 25 Tons of fresh water to water tankers and sintex tanks positioned on the jetty by the Maldivian authorities. Thereafter the ship moved to anchorage and produced another 15 tons of fresh water during the day i.e. today 06 Dec 14. This fresh water would be transferred ashore by water barges arranged by Maldivian authorities and subsequently to water tankers etc on the jetty.

INS Sukanya, an offshore patrol vessel, on a routine patrol off Kochi was diverted to reach Male at the earliest to render necessary assistance and all the possible help to Maldivian authorities. The ship has has two Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants onboard which have a capacity of producing 20 tonnes of fresh water per day.

Another Indian Naval tanker INS Deepak, which was sailed from Mumbai on 05 Dec 2014 with 800 Tons of fresh water is scheduled to reach Male by noon tomorrow (07 Dec 14). She would also transfer the fresh water on to the water barges at anchorage. The ship is capable of producing 100 Tons of fresh water by the Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants fitted on board.

It may be recalled that a major fire broke out at the Male Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC) generator control panel on 04 Dec 14, causing extensive damage to the cabling of the generator to the Distillation plants and disconnection of water supply.  
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Chairman and Vice-Chairman of SIT Reviewed the Progress of Investigations being Conducted by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) with Respect to Shri Yadav Singh, Former Engineer-in-Chief, Noida Authority, with Chairperson, CBDT ; Directed her to Monitor the Search, Seizure and Further Appropriate Proceedings against Shri Yadav Singh and Other Connected Persons  
Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Special Investigating Team (SIT) reviewed here today the progress of investigations being conducted by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) with respect to Shri Yadav Singh, former Engineer-in-Chief, Noida Authority, with Chairperson, CBDT, Ms.Anita Kapur. As the search is being conducted by Director General (DG), Lucknow, it was directed that Chairperson, CBDT, would monitor the search, seizure and further appropriate proceedings against Shri Yadav Singh and other connected persons. DG, Search Officer shall convey the information to the Director of the Enforcement Directorate to take appropriate action and to investigate the matter further from the angle of money laundering. Thereafter, SIT would further monitor the investigations. 
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  Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani Inaugurates Two-Day Workshop on Skills in Higher Education

Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani Emphasises Priority for Skills in Higher Education

The Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt Smriti Irani emphasized the need to develop skills in Higher Education while inaugurating the Workshop on Skills in Higher Education organized by the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry in New Delhi today. She exhorted the States and the Union Territories to adopt the Credit Framework for skills and Education and the Choice Based Credit System in Universities. This would give choices to students and also provide respectability to skill programmes.

The Minister added that there would be teachers who would want to bring about change in the society and there will always be students talking about transparency and Know Your College Portal created by the Ministry of HRD to strive towards the same. The portal will help the students make informed choices, she said. Not only that, Union HRD Minister informed that some 200000 hours of lectures have been uploaded for students for various courses and disciplines.

The Minister of State for HRD Shri Upendra Kushwaha that the purpose of the Workshop on Skills in Higher Education is to link today’s youth with employability.

The Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Shri Satya N. Mohanty that Knowledge, Education and Light do not accept fragmentation, they require expansion and that Skill Development and Higher Education should be seen in broader perspective.

The Workshop was attended by the Additional Secretary Shri Amarjeet Sinha as well as Special Secretary Ms. Vrinda Sarup. The Special Secretary spoke of the necessity of vocational training in schools and that of stream lining vocational courses in the context of education.

The first day of the two-day National Consultation on Skills in Higher Education witnessed participation from Education Secretaries, Vice Chancellors, Principals and Directors of Colleges and Polytechnics and other experts. The best of Colleges offering the Bachelor of Vocational Studies and Community College programmes show cased the work they are doing.

The Chairman UGC Shri Ved Prakash and the AICTE Chairman Shri S.S. Mantha shared the key features of the credit framework and the Choice based Credit System. The objective of the two-day National Consultation is to develop a complete architecture for skills in Higher Education.

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Coal Mines and Textiles Ordinance Bills, Anti-hijacking Bill, Supplementary Demands for Grants top agenda for third week of winter session of Parliament

Lok Sabha passes nine Bills and Rajya Sabha six during the first two weeks of winter session


      Government’s Legislative proposals for the third week of winter session of Parliament beginning Monday next week in the Lok Sabha include - The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014 to replace an Ordinance, Payments and Settlements Systems (Amendment) Bill, 2014, Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill, 2014, Supplementary Demands for Grants and the related Appropriation Bills besides the Anti-hijacking Bill, 2010.

      In the  Rajya, Bills scheduled to be taken up during the second week but could not be done so due to disruptions include: The Textiles Undertakings (Nationalisation) Laws (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2014 to replace an Ordinance, The Constitution Scheduled Castes Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014, The Central Universities Bill, 2014  and The School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014 that have already been passed by the Lok Sabha during this session..

      During the second week of winter session of the Parliament last week, Lok Sabha passed four bills besides taking up another which remained inconclusive. In all, Lok Sabha passed nine Bills during the first two weeks while Rajya Sabha could clear six Bills.

      Details of Bills passed by both the Houses during the first two weeks are as below:

S.No
Bill
Lok Sabbha/Week
Rajya Sabha/Week
1.
The Labour Laws(Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by certain Establishments) Amendment Bill, 2014

Passed (1st week)

Passed (1st week)
2.
The Apprentices Amendment Bill, 2014
Passed during last session
Passed (1st week)
3.
The Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Passed (1st week)
Passed (1st week)
4.
The Central Universities Bill, 2014
Passed (1st week)
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5.
The Constitution Scheduled Castes Order (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Passed (1st week)
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6.
The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Bill, 2014
Passed (1st week)
Passed (2nd week)
7.
The Textile Undertakings (Nationalisation) Laws (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2014
Passed (2nd week)
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8.
The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Passed (2nd week)
Passed (2nd week)
9.
The Merchant Shipping Amendment (Second) Bill, 2014
Passed (2nd week)
Passed (2nd week)
10.
The School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014
Passed (2nd week)
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11.
The Repealing and Amending (second) Bill, 2014
Consideration in progress
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During the second week of winter session last week, Lok Sabha took up the issue of floods and drought in different parts of the country for discussion and the same is still in progress. Rajya Sabha could not take up for discussion the discussion on the Prevailing Agrarian Crisis and on the Statement of the Government on WTO talks besides Calling Attention Motion on the issue of naming of Shamshabad Airport due to disruptions.


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