President of India Launches Pulse Polio Immunization Programme

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee administering the Polio Drops to a child at the launch of the Pulse Polio Programme, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on January 17, 2015.
President of India Launches Pulse Polio Immunization Programme 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee launched the Pulse Polio Immunization Programme by administering polio drops to children at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (January 17, 2015). 

The National Immunization Day is scheduled to be held on 18th January, 2015. Children of less than 5 years age will be given polio drops as part of the Government of India’s drive to sustain polio eradication from the region. 

India has been implementing the Pulse Polio Programme since 1995. In India, the last case of wild polio was reported on January 13, 2011. The South-East Asia region of WHO has been certified on March 27, 2014 as ‘polio free’, meaning that transmission of wild poliovirus has been interrupted in this block of 11 countries including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste for the last three years. 

India is mindful of the risks that persist, both on account of indigenous transmission and importation. The risk of importation of wild polio virus from these countries with persistent ongoing transmission still persists and therefore high level of immunity in the population needs to be maintained. The Government of India, therefore, continues to vaccinate children with polio vaccine on the occasion of National Immunization Day (NID) and Sub-NID. 


PM’s telephonic conversation with HRH Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today had a telephonic conversation with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Salman, of Saudi Arabia. The Prime Minister enquired about the health of His Majesty, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes for the speedy and complete recovery of King Abdullah. 

He also conveyed his best wishes to Crown Prince Salman for the discharge of his current duties and national responsibilities. 


18 new FM channels for Northeast, 15 for J&K 

The government has approved 18 new FM Radio Channels in the eight North-Eastern States and 15 new FM Radio Channels in J&K. Announcing this here today, 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 hailed it as a New Year gift for the border States of Jammu & Kashmir and North-East. 

Out of the 15 new FM channels to be launched in J & K, 3 each will be in Kathua and Bhaderwah. Of the remaining 9 channels, 3 each will be in Kargil, Leh and Poonch. 

In North-East, 3 channels each will be launched in the six towns of Haflong and Dhubri in Assam, Jowai in Meghalaya, Lung-lei in Mizoram, Mokukchung in Nagaland and Belonia in Tripura. This is in addition to the existing 12 FM channels which are already functional in the North-East. 

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the new channels are being launched with the special objective of extending the reach and impact of radio to the border areas, where other means of telecast or broadcast are not available. Radio is still the most easily available and convenient medium of broadcast even in such peripheral areas where television telecast is not accessible and the added advantage is that radio broadcast can be tuned even without electricity, he observed. 

The government has a special consideration for these States, said Dr. Jitendra Singh and added that this is evident from the fact that the cutoff population required for introducing an FM channel has been drastically reduced in case of these border areas. Elaborating further, he said that while in Phase-II, the cutoff population was minimum 3 lakh, in Phase-III it is proposed to be one lakh. In case of the 33 channels to be launched in border towns or cities of J & K and North-Eastern States, however, the population cutoff could be further reduced. 

Hailing this decision as an outcome of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s special emphasis and concern for these regions, Dr. Jitendra Singh thanked Union Finance Minister and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Arun Jaitley for having taken a liberal view of the proposal and helped in the process of Phase-III FM Channels. 

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, as Minister for DoNER as well as an MP from Jammu & Kashmir, he has also urged upon the concerned Ministries to install these proposed channels with a higher frequency compared to the already existing channels so that they can better broadcast services in the border areas. These channels may however, not be permitted to put out their own news broadcasts and in case the news has to be broadcast, it will be taken from the All India Radio (Akashvani), he added. 


U.S.-India Information and Communications Technology Working Group Meeting 

The meeting of the United States- India Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Working Group, which promotes development in the ICT sector for mutual benefit was held in Washington, D.C., on January 14-15, 2015. The Participants noted that the ICT Working Group aims to strengthen collaboration between the governments and private sector of the two countries in the field of Information and Communications Technology. 

The Participants agreed to continue to explore the opportunities for collaboration on implementing India’s ambitious Digital India initiative, with the goal of enhancing digital infrastructure, deploying e-governance and e-services, and expanding the diffusion and use of ICT as a tool to expand economic opportunity, boost productivity, create jobs, and empower citizens. 

During the two-day working group meeting, U.S. and Indian government representatives held extensive discussions on ICT and telecommunication policy issues, focusing on accelerating broadband deployment, aligning spectrum policy for the mobile era and exchanging views on internet governance and best practices in ICT and telecommunications regulatory policy. They also discussed issues relating to the international mobility of Indian skilled professionals. The Joint government-and-industry discussions included panels on promoting manufacturing and investment; IT and telecom policy developments; Internet governance; mobility of skilled professionals and other issues related to trade, investment, and the ease of doing business. A panel of non-government experts also shared insights on strategies that may help India achieve the goals outlined in the `Make in India` and `Digital India` initiatives. 

Broad agreement was reached on the importance of policies that promote innovation in the ICT sector, facilitate the flow of data across borders, and foster the global and open nature of the Internet as a platform for economic growth. 

Participants agreed to continue discussion of policies that stimulate rapid diffusion and use of ICT products and services and facilitate cross border trade that reduces costs to consumers and businesses. In this context, the U.S. side noted the Indian concerns with regard to mobility of skilled Indian professionals, and agreed that the U.S. government will continue to engage on visa issues for skilled professionals. In addition, the Indian side noted the U.S. concerns relating to equipment testing and certification, and agreed to engage on issues relating to equipment testing. 

Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy at the U.S. Department of State and Mr. R.S. Sharma, Secretary of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, led the U.S. and Indian delegations, respectively. 

The United States-India ICT Working Group was hosted by the U.S. Department of State and included representatives from the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Indian delegation included officials from the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), the Department of Telecom, and the Embassy of India to the United States. 

The United States and India plan to hold the next U.S.-India ICT Working Group in India later this year. 

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis calling on the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, , in New Delhi on January 17, 2015. The Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Raosaheb Dadarao Danve is also seen.

The Government is sensitive to the issues of sugarcane farmers and sugar sector-Ram Vilas Paswan 

Maharashtra CM calls on Shri Ram Vilas Paswan 

Shri Ram Vilas Paswan , Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has said that ` we have to take care of interests of sugarcane farmers and there is a need to instill confidence in them and support them. But sentiments of sugar industry are also to be kept in mind so that industry can sustain over a period of time." Discussing issues concerning sugar sector with a delegation led by Chief Minister Of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis here today , Shri Paswan said the Government is sensitive about these issues and would take all possible steps for the welfare of sugarcane farmers and to make the sugar industry economically viable.

On the occasion Chief Minister of Maharashtra said in order to expedite crushing of sugarcane and to make sugar sector economically viable, the Center should allow further export of 25 LMT raw sugar and provide subsidy for this purpose. Interest free loan to sugar factories in lieu of excise duty paid by them should be considered to facilitate payment of FRP of 2014-15 crushing season. The CM also suggested increase of import duty on sugar from 25% to 40%, creation of buffer stock of 50 LMT in Maharashtra at factory level,restructuring of term loans by financial institutions and more assistance to sugar factories from the Sugarcane Development Fund. 

Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Shiri Rao Sahib Patil Danve was also present during the discussions . 

The Delegation included Sh Dhananjay Mundey, Leader of Opposition, Maharashtra, Sh Chandrakant Patil , Minister of Cooperative Maharashtra, Shri Vijaysinh Mohite Patil, MP, Shri Sanjay kaka Patil, MP and Shri Raju Shetty MP. 


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