Award of Raksha Mantri’s Trophy -2014 for Best Service Hospitals

Award of Raksha Mantri’s Trophy -2014 for Best Service Hospitals

The Raksha Mantri`s Trophy and citation for the Best Service Hospital and 2nd Best Service Hospital in the Armed Forces Medical Services were presented by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar here today. The awards were received by Maj Gen T K Saha, Commandant, Command Hospital (SC) Pune for Best and Maj Gen A K Das, Commandant of Command Hospital (CC) Lucknow for the 2nd Best Service Hospital at a ceremony in the Defence Ministry, which was attended by the Chief of Army Staff, Defence Secretary and other important service and civilian dignitaries.

The Defence Minister praised the yeoman service being rendered by the Armed Forces Medical Services over the years both in war and peace. He complemented all members of Command Hospital (SC), Pune and Command Hospital (CC), Lucknow and the entire Armed Forces Medical Services for excellent work in provision of contemporary and comprehensive healthcare. DG AFMS Lt Gen BK Chopra, while speaking on the occasion highlighted the modernisation programme of the Medical Services and reassured that the Armed Forces Medical Services is fully prepared to meet any challenge.

The Raksha Mantri`s Trophy was instituted in 1989 to create a healthy competition among the Command Hospitals of the Army and its equivalent Hospitals in the Navy and Air Force. The Best and Second Best hospital are adjudged on the basis of a number of objective criteria by a Committee headed by DCIDS (Med). The Joint Secretary (O/N), Min of Defence is also a member of the Committee.


Protection of Coastal Areas from Rising Sea Level

Recently released Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests that global mean sea level has risen by 190 mm over the period 1901-2010. The satellite based linear trend during 1993-2011 is estimated to be 3.2±0.5mm/year that is about 60% higher than the best estimate of 2.0mm/year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2007 assessment report. However, the estimated sea level rise by the tide gauge records (of over 200) for the period 1993-2009 is found to be about 2.8±0.8mm/year.

Government has carried out mapping and demarcating of multi-hazard coastal vulnerability for the entire coast of India. Based on the recommendations of the expert committee report of the Prof M. S. Swaminathan, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is making efforts to implement an Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Plan for India instead of uniform Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) framework. Accordingly, the Central Government has issued CRZ-2011 notification with a view to ensure livelihood security to the fisher communities and other local communities living in the coastal areas.

The MoEF had launched an Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project by establishing a Society of Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM). Under the project, SICOM would be implementing the four components, namely, (i) National Coastal Management Programme; (ii) ICZM-West Bengal; (iii) ICZM-Orissa; (iv) ICZM-Gujarat. National component includes (a) Demarcation of hazard line for mapping the entire coastline of the mainland of the country; (b) A National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) has been established within the campus of Anna University, Chennai with its regional centres in each of the coastal States/Union territories to promote research and development in the area of coastal management including addressing issues of coastal communities. In general, it is expected that east coast of India will be more vulnerable than the west coast because of its low lying nature and hence the tendency of coastal flooding will rise if the sea level rises significantly. Multi-hazard approach that fully accounts for holistic coastal vulnerability arising from the Earthquake, Cyclones, Flood, Storm Surge and Tsunami etc. is considered for developing hazard resistant design criteria for construction of on-shore infrastructure viz. houses, buildings, special economic zones (SEZs), ports, construction of bridges for evacuation of habitants in low lying zones like Sundarbans, Bay Islands etc., Industrial and Infrastructure Corridors. Future projections of sea level involve uncertainties which make it difficult to predict impacts with sufficient level of confidence. India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) outlines a strategy that aims to enable the country adapt to climate change and enhances the ecological sustainability of our development path.

This information was given by Minister of Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Rajya Sabha today.


Minister of Environment Shri Prakash Javadekar calls the Railway Budget 2015-16 technology and people-oriented

Hon’ble Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar today said that the Railway Budget 2015-16 was a revolutionary and people-centric budget. He said that steps initiated in this budget would not only improve safety, security and facilities for passengers but also enhance speed of travel on Indian Railways.

Shri Javadekar said that the budget will also address the problem of resource- crunch. Entrusting faith in the initiatives mentioned in the rail budget he said that technology-oriented services would ensure transparency as well as user-friendliness.

The minister said that Railway Budget-2015-16 addresses the Environmental concerns in a much focussed manner. It is for the first time that greater emphasis has been laid on environmental protection by the Railways. Creation of an Environment Directorate and initiatives like Bio-toilets, energy audit, water and energy recycling and sensitivity towards wildlife are highly praiseworthy.


Appointments Committee of Cabinet Approves Criterion and Method of Selection of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officers in five Public Sector Banks; Guidelines Envisage both Governmental and Non-Governmental Candidates can Apply Who Have at Least 15 Years of Mainstream Banking Experience

Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved the criterion and method of selection of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officers in Five Public Sector Banks viz. Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank, Bank of India, Canara Bank and IDBI Bank.

The guidelines envisage that both Governmental and Non-Governmental candidates can apply. The candidate should have at least 15 years of mainstream banking experience, of which three years should at least be at the Board level. The candidate should be in the age group of 45 to 55 years and will have a fixed tenure of three years, subject to normal age of superannuation of 60 years.

The details in this regard are available on the web site


Performance of Central Public Sector Enterprises (Cpses) Shows Improvement in 2013-14

The Public Enterprises Survey (2013-14), brought out by the Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry  of   Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India on the performance of Central Public Sector Enterprises was placed in both the Houses of  Parliament today. There were 290 CPSEs in 2013-14, out of   which 234 were in operation. Rest (56)  of  the CPSEs were under construction. The major highlight of the performance of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE), during 2013-14 is mentioned below:

·         Total paid  up capital in 290 CPSEs as on 31.3.2014 stood at Rs.1,98,722 crore compared to 31.03.2014 compared to 1,81,889 crores  as on 31.03.2013 (277 CPSEs), recording a growth of 9.25 %.

·         Total investment (equity plus long tern loans) in all CPSEs stood at Rs,9,92,971 crore as on 31.03.2014 compared to Rs. 8,45,334 crore as on 31.03.2013, recording a growth of 17.46%.

·         Capital Employed (paid up capital plus reserve & surplus and long term loans) in all CPSEs stood at Rs.17,44,321 crore on 31.03.2014 compared to Rs.15,29,811 crore as on 31.03.2013 showing a growth of  14.02%.

·         Total turnover/gross revenue from operation of all CPSEs during 2013-14 stood at Rs.20,61,866 crore compared to Rs.19,45,814 crore in the previous year showing an increase of 5.96%.

·         Total income of all CPSEs during 2013-14 stood at Rs.20,52,349 crore compared to Rs.19,31,186 crore in 2012-13,showing an increase of  6.27%.

·         Profit of  profit making CPSEs stood at Rs.1,49,164 crore during 2013-14 compared to Rs.1,43,543 crore in 2012-13 showing a growth of  3.92%.

·         Loss of  loss incurring CPSEs  stood at Rs.20,055 crore in 2013-14 compared to Rs.28,562 crore in 2012-13 showing a decline in loss by 29.78%.

·         Overall net profit of all 234 CPSEs during 2013-14 stood at Rs.1,29,109 crore compared to Rs.1,14,981 crore during 2012-13 showing an increase of 12.29%.

·         Reserves & Surplus of all CPSEs went up from Rs.6,84,477 crore in 2012-13 to Rs.7,51,350 crores in 2013-14 showing an increase by 9.77%.

·         Net worth of all CPSEs went up from Rs.8,66,366 crore in 2012-13 t0 Rs.9,50,072 crore in 2013-14 registering a growth of  9.66%.

·         Contribution of CPSEs to Central Exchequer by way of excise duty, customs duty, corporate tax, interest on Central Government loans, divided and other duties and taxes increased from Rs.1,63,212 crore in 2012-13 to Rs.2,20,166 crore in 2013-14 showing an increase of  34.90%.

·         Foreign exchange earnings through exports of goods and services decreased from Rs.1,39,228 crore in 2012-13 to RS.1,22,719 crore in 2013-14, showing a reduction of  11.86%.

·         Foreign Exchange outgo on imports and royalty, know-how, consultancy, interest and other expenditure decreased from 6,47,222 crore in 2012-13 to 6,46,238 crore in 2013-14 showing a reduction of 0.15%.

·         CPSEs employed 13.51 lakh people (excluding contractual workers) in 2013-14.

·         Salary and wages went up in all CPSEs from Rs.1,16,363 crore in 2012-13 to Rs.1,21,038 crore in 2013-14 showing an increase of 4.02%.

·         Total market capitalization : 46 CPSEs traded on stock exchanges of  India as on 31.03.2014 based on stock prices on Mumbai Stock Exchange, as on 31.03.2014, the market capitalization of 46 CPSEs stood at Rs.11,08,307.05 crore as against Rs.11,16,889.23 crore stood as on 31.03.2013. Thus, there was decrease in market capitalization of  CPSEs  by (-) 0.77% (Rs.8,582.18 crore) as on 31.03.2014 over market capitalization as on 31.03.2013.

·         M_Cap of  CPSEs as percent of  BSE M_Cap decreased from 17.64% as on 31.03.2013 to 14.95% as on 31.03.2014.


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