President of India to preside over two-day Conference of Governors on February 11 & 12

President of India to preside over two-day Conference of Governors on February 11 & 12

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will preside over a two day Conference of Governors on February 11 and 12, 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. This is the 46th such Conference to be held in Rashtrapati Bhavan and the third Conference to be presided over by Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

Twenty-one Governors and two Lt. Governors of the States and Union Territories will attend the Conference. The Prime Minister; Union Ministers of Home Affairs, External Affairs, Finance, Urban Development, Defence, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Tribal Affairs; Minister of State (I/C) of Ministry of Labour and Employment, Minister of State (I/C) of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Minister of State (I/C) of Development of North Eastern Region; Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog and National Security Advisor will also participate.

The Conference will deliberate on the following agenda items:

1. Security- internal and external with special focus on border security in States sharing international frontiers;

2. Financial inclusion;

3. Employment generation and employability- making skill development programmes effective;

4. Sanitation – achieving the goal of Swachh Bharat by 2019 on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary; and

5. Issues relating to Fifth and Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India and development related issues of North Eastern Areas.


PM chairs high-level meeting on infrastructure sectors

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today said the NITI Aayog should focus on quick resolution of inter-departmental and Centre-State issues to speed up the pace of implementation of infrastructure projects. He was chairing a high-level meeting on infrastructure. The NITI Aayog made a presentation on various infrastructure sectors including power, coal, renewable energy, ports and coastal development, roads, and railways.

The Prime Minister directed concerned Ministries to work in a Mission mode towards achieving electrification of the remaining 20,000 unelectrified villages, in a clearly defined time-frame. He said innovative solutions should be explored for ensuring total rural electrification, including solar energy, power connectivity through nearby railway infrastructure, and off-grid solutions.

The Prime Minister was informed that issues regarding coal supply to existing power plants have been resolved and not even one power plant today faces a shortage of coal. He reviewed the plans for augmenting solar power generation capacity in the country. As an illustration, the Prime Minister suggested that BCCI could be involved in an effort to convert power consumption of all major cricket stadiums across the country from conventional energy to solar energy.

Reviewing progress in coastal development, the Prime Minister reiterated his call for a Blue Revolution, integrating coastal shipping, tourism, and regional development, through the Sagarmala Project.

The Prime Minister called for a fundamental change in the approach towards redevelopment of Railway Stations, and development of areas contiguous to railway corridors that run through major cities in the country.

Summing up his observations, the Prime Minister referred to his meeting with top international investors during the recent BlackRock India Investor Summit, and emphasized that funds are no longer a constraint for the infrastructure sector. He directed all concerned departments of the Government to work towards creating a holistic framework and environment that will be conducive for investment.

Top Government officers from all related infrastructure Ministries, the PMO, and the NITI Aayog were present at the meeting.


State Visit of the President of the Republic of Singapore to India

The President of Republic of Singapore H.E. Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, accompanied by Mrs. Mary Tan, paid a State Visit to India from 8-11 February, 2015, at the invitation of the President Shri Pranab Mukherjee. His delegation included the Minister in Prime Minister`s Office, Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Ms. Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information Mr. Lawrence Wong, Parliamentarians and senior officials. His visit highlighted the celebrations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Singapore.

India-Singapore relationship, based on convergence of views and values and Singapore`s role as our gateway to ASEAN, is robust and expanding. It encompasses strong political understanding, close defence and security cooperation, growing complementaries in economic engagement, civilisational and cultural linkages and shared interests in bilateral and multilateral fora.

H. E. President Tan was accorded a Ceremonial Welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan following which he laid a wreath at Raj Ghat.

H.E. President Tan met Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj. They had wide-ranging discussions on enhancement of bilateral relations and strengthening of cooperation on regional and international issues to raise our partnership to a higher level. The discussions covered new focus areas that will directly feed into our development process. These included specific initiatives to develop Smart cities and urban rejuvenation, promote Skill development, measures to Speed up connectivity and coastal and port development, strengthening linkages with the North East of India, projects to Scale up investments in the new development initiatives launched in India and enhancing exchanges with the State of India. They agreed on sharing of experiences in science & technology, space and other areas to enhance productivity and efficiency as well as broadening cooperation in fighting terrorism. The discussions reflected the spirit of mutual trust, understanding and cooperation that characterise the unique and special relations between the two countries.

H. E. President Tan will inagurate the Singapore Festival in India tomorrow, launch the commemorative book titled "Singapore and India: Towards A Shared Future”, open the Peranakan Exhibition at National Museum and host a Food Festival themed "Flavours Of Singapore”. The year long Festival of India in Singapore is currently underway, since August 2014, to showcase our culture, innovation, youth and States.

The State Visit of the President of Singapore reinforced our traditional close exchanges and further enhanced the excellent bilateral relations between our two countries.


PM writes to the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga; congratulates him on his election as Prime Minister

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has written to the Mr. Akilisi Pohiva, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga, congratulating him on his election as Prime Minister.

"Please accept my warm congratulations and best wishes on your election as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga. India deeply values the close relationship with Tonga, which has grown in intensity over the years," the Prime Minister wrote.

"I have great appreciation for our ties with the Pacific Region, which is why India recently hosted the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation in Suva, Fiji. We are planning to host the next edition of the Forum in India later this year, which I hope you will be able to attend," the Prime Minister added.

"I wish to convey my good wishes for your personal health and well-being, and for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Tonga," the Prime Minister said.


Dissemination of Trends & Results Through Website

            Election Commission of India will display the trends and results of counting of votes in respect of General Elections to Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi on 10th February, 2015 starting from 8.00 AM through the website with URL

            Trends and results can be viewed for candidates and party wise trends. It will also show the number of votes secured by the candidate assembly wise and number of votes secured by runner up candidates. Once the result is finalized and declared by competent authority name and party affiliation of the winner will be seen on the website.

            For scenario at a glance can also be seen in the form of pie chart as a graphical representation.

            ECI has arranged to display the trends and results both in English and Hindi languages on the website.

Election Commission of India

New Delhi : 09 February,2015


JNU to have hostel for Northeast students: Dr. Jitendra Singh

The 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 has said here today, that Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will soon have a hostel for Northeast students. The Minster has visited the JNU campus to inspect the site proposed for the purpose. He was accompanied by Vice Chancellor of JNU, Prof. S.K. Sopory, Deputy Registrar, Shri Antony Sille and Secretary, North Eastern Council (NEC), Shri Ameising Lukham and other senior officials.

The hostel estimated to be built at a cost of Rs 32.44 crore will be a four storied R.C.C structure with total constructed area of 12444.96 sqm. The hostel will have an accommodation of 210 living rooms catering to almost double the number of students, in addition to a dining hall for approximately 270 students, four Warden Flats and two common rooms. There will also be provision for balcony with living room, pantry, and open space between the rooms, pantry and a parking lot.

Dr. Jitendra Singh was also given a brief technical presentation on the plan and outlay by the Engineers and architects of RITES following which he said that with the construction of this hostel, the DoNER Ministry would have fulfilled one of its major commitments of providing hostel facility for students from North-East with provision for all amenities and security concern. This will go a long way in enabling the bright youngsters from the region to come closer to the mainstream life of the country. One more site for a similar hostel has also been identified in the premises of Ramanujan Collegel, Kalkaji he added.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said the number of students from the 8 States of North-East region is constantly on the rise and the Ministry of DoNER has taken upon itself the responsibility to encourage and promote their growth in the union capital as well as in other parts of the country. In this regard, he also referred to the DoNER Ministry’s plans to bring up similar hostels in other parts of the country and said , once this initiative in Delhi is successfully accomplished, similar projects will be taken up in other major cities also beginning from Bengaluru, Pune, Ahmedabad, etc.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said he had issued instructions to the officials in the Ministry to set up a website where all the grievances of the people from North‑East could be received and appropriately responded to. Similarly, he said, he has also directed the officers in DoNER Ministry to hold regular interactions with the youth and student representatives living in the union capital. A nodal officer in the DoNER Ministry is proposed to be designated for receiving the calls and inputs from the North-East origin people living in Delhi.


Opening of Applications for Allotment of Schedule I Coal Mines to Government Companies

The Allotment Process for 36 coal mines to Government Companies started on January 22, 2015 with the release of Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) in newspapers. As a part of the allotment process, online applications and offline supporting documents were opened today i.e. 09.02.2015 from 3:00 PM onwards here today in the presence of Applicants.

As a part of the Allotment Process, applicants submitted their online applications on MSTC portal created for the purpose. Applicants were also required to submit separately a sealed envelope containing power of attorney and the affidavit. Maximum number of applications (9) have been received for Gare Palma Sector II coal mine whereas no application has been received in respect of Barjora (North) coal mine. A table containing mine wise number of applications received is given below.

The online applications were decrypted and opened electronically in the presence of representatives of applicants. Entire process was displayed on the screen to applicants. Subsequently, sealed envelopes containing power of attorney and the affidavit were also opened in the presence of applicants. These applications will now be evaluated by a Technical Evaluation Committee.

Annexure: Number of Applications

Coal Mine
Number of Applications
Parsa East, Kanta Basan
Pachhwara Central
Pachhwara North
Baranj I, Baranj II, Baranj III, Baranj IV, Manora Deep, Kiloni
Barjora (North)
Kagra Joydev
Tara (East), Tara (West)
Gangaramchak,  Gangaramchak -Bhadulia
Gare Palma Sector III
Chatti Bariatu,  Chatti Bariatu South
Manoharpur,  Dipside Manoharpur
Gare Palma Sector II
Mahanadi, Machchhakata
Utkal D, Utkal E
Chendipada,  Chendipada II

* Mines are combined for the purpose of these allotment

Note: the list is indicative. Physical verification of supporting documents against each application is still being carried out. The final List of mine-wise Applicants will be published on MSTC’s website.


Culture Minister of Singapore Mr Lawrence Wong meets his Indian counterpart Dr Mahesh Sharma

Cultural Exchange Agreement between the two countries to be renewed soon : Dr Mahesh Sharma

A delegation led by the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth of Singapore , Mr. Lawrence Wong met the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi today. Secretary (Culture), Mr. Ravindra Singh and other senior officials of the Union Ministry of Culture were also present at the meeting.

Highlighting the importance of Indian culture in Singapore, Mr. Wong said that India and Singapore enjoy close cultural ties and there is a good number of Indian community there. Mr. Lawrence Wong said that with so much diversity, India is practically a continent and that Singapore tourists definitely want to see more of it. The people of Singapore respond very well to exhibitions on Indian themeand a Buddhist exhibition will travel to Singapore this year while a Chola Exhibition is proposed to be held next year, he added. He disclosed that a new Indian Heritage Centre has been built in Singapore to hold such exhibitions. A new National Gallery will also open in Singapore in November in which his country would like to show case Indian art, he added.

Mr. Wong expressed hope that the cultural cooperation will also find an important place in the agreement on strategic partnership expected to be signed during the visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi to Singapore this year.

The Culture and Tourism Minister, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that the Cultural Exchange Agreement with Singapore which expired in December last year will be renewed soon and the officials on both sides are working on it. Dr. Sharma expressed happiness that Buddhist Centres are coming up in different parts of the world. The Minister added that India is upgrading its tourist infrastructure and has undertaken a Clean India Campaign and E-Ticketing of Museums to facilitate and promote tourism in the country. Dr. Sharma said that the Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi’s emphasis on Culture and Tourism will be taken forward through exchanges between the two countries. The Minister agreed to further extend the loan by ASI of 9 artifacts to the Asian Civilization Museum in Singapore beyond the 10 years period. He also assured to lend support for the proposed Chola exhibition in the form of exhibits and artefacts. Dr Sharma also assured the support for Singapore for their bid at UNESCO to declare the Singapore BotanicGardens as the World Heritage Site.

Secretary (Culture), Mr. Ravindra Singh said that a 40 member troupe from Manipur will visit Singapore soon to give cultural performances.


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