Union Home Minister instructs Delhi Police to beef security of churches and other places of worship

Union Home Minister instructs Delhi Police to beef security of churches and other places of worship

A group of leaders from the Christian community in Delhi called on the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh here today. The group gave a memorandum to Shri Rajnath Singh demanding security for Christians and their places of worship.

The Union Home Minister instructed the Delhi Police Commissioner to make proper arrangements for the security of churches and all other places of worship. Shri Rajnath Singh also instructed the authorities to conduct impartial inquiry into the recent reports of attacks on churches in Delhi. The Home Minister assured the visiting group of their full security and said that the government would not tolerate any discrimination on the basis of caste, colour or religion.

L.C. Goyal takes over as Home Secretary

Shri L.C. Goyal, IAS (KL:79) has taken over as Union Home Secretary today.

After assuming the office, Shri Goyal said “I feel humbled by this huge responsibility. I will fulfill this responsibility with utmost sincerity, commitment, diligence and with a profound sense of accountability. To be able to do so, I solicit active support and cooperation of all stake-holders.

The Ministry of Home Affairs’ mandate is essentially to ensure effective maintenance of internal security in the country. To achieve this, necessary mechanisms, policies, and measures are in place. Wherever required and appropriate, improvements will be made within the given time-lines. This will be so done in close association and coordination with the State Governments and Union Territories”.

Press Communiqué Related to Transfer of Shri Justice Huluvadi Gangadharappa Ramesh as A Judge of the Allahabad High Court

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 222 of the Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, is pleased to transfer Shri Justice Huluvadi Gangadharappa Ramesh, Judge of the Karnataka High Court, as a Judge of the Allahabad High Court and to direct him to assume charge of his office in the Allahabad High Court on or before 18th February, 2015.

Press Communiqué Related to Transfer of Shri Justice Vineet Saran as A Judge of the Karnataka High Court

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 222 of the Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, is pleased to transfer Shri Justice Vineet Saran, Judge of the Allahabad High Court, as a Judge of the Karnataka High Court and to direct him to assume charge of his office in the Karnataka High Court on or before 18th February, 2015.

States to get more power; 31 major minerals to be notified as minor minerals: Steel & Mines Minister Shri NS Tomar

GSI to do G1 & G2 level exploration; Government to rope in additional agencies to carry out prospecting work

Speaking on the sidelines of the 54th meeting of Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) at Vigyan Bhawan today, Union Minister of Steel and Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar announced that the Ministry of Mines has taken a decision to notify 31 additional minerals, presently under the list of major minerals, as minor minerals. The notification will be issued soon. “This is being done with the intention to devolve more power to the States, and consequently, expedite the process of mineral development in the country,” Shri Tomar said. The Minister also announced that in order to strengthen the mineral inventory database of India, the government is planning to notify PSUs to carry out prospecting work. He further added that the Geological Survey of India (GSI), which was hitherto involved in G3 and G4 level of prospecting, has plans to scale up prospecting operations to G1 and G2 levels.

As opposed to major minerals, the regulatory and administrative jurisdiction of minor minerals falls under the purview of State governments. These include the powers to frame rules, prescribe rates of royalty, contribution to District Mineral Foundation, the procedure for grant of mineral concessions etc. These 31 minerals account for over 55% of the total number of leases and nearly 60% of total leased area. Considering the extensive local outreach of States, this decision empowers States to customise regulatory framework to suit local conditions. This move is considered an important step in the fulfilment of ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’ motto of the current government. 

While addressing the 54th  Central Geological Programming Board Meeting (CGPB), Shri Tomar urged geologists and state representatives to decide time-frames for completion of each activity. Underscoring the employment potential of mining sector, Shri Tomar said, “After agriculture, mining is the second largest employer in the country. Since India is the largest youth nation across the globe, endowed with immense mineral potential, we must use our strengths to take India ahead on the competitiveness graph.” The CGPB is a platform of the GSI in which its annual programme is finalised. It includes representatives from central and state governments, exploration agencies and PSUs, among others. The Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Dr. Anup K Pujari, also present on the occasion, commended GSI for utilising 99% of the budget allocated to them for the last two years.

List of 31 minerals to be notified as minor minerals
(i)                    Agate;
(ii)                  Ball Clay;
(iii)                Barytes;
(iv)                Calcareous Sand;
(v)                  Calcite;
(vi)                Chalk;
(vii)              China Clay;
(viii)            Clay (Others);
(ix)                Corundum;
(x)                  Diaspore;
(xi)                Dolomite;
(xii)              Dunite/pyroxenite;
(xiii)            Felsite;
(xiv)            Felspar;
(xv)              Fireclay;
(xvi)            Fuschite Quartzite;
(xvii)          Gypsum;
(xviii)        Jasper;
(xix)            Kaolin;
(xx)              Laterite;
(xxi)            Limekankar;
(xxii)          Mica;
(xxiii)        Ochre;
(xxiv)        Pyrophyllite;
(xxv)          Quartz;
(xxvi)        Quartzite;
(xxvii)      Sand (Others);
(xxviii)    Shale;
(xxix)        Silica Sand;
(xxx)          Slate;
(xxxi)        Steatite/Talc/Soapstone.

The Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) is an important platform of the Geological Survey of India (GSI), Ministry of Mines wherein the Annual Program of GSI is finalized. The members of CGPB and other stake holders like State Governments, Central/State Government Exploration Agencies, PSUs etc. present their proposals for collaborative work with GSI. Based on the priorities set by government and the importance and urgency of proposals presented by the members and stakeholders, the Annual Program of GSI for survey, exploration and training during the next financial year is finalized.
The 54th Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) meeting is finalizing the Field Season Program of GSI for 2015-16. Last year, 688 Field Season items were approved for GSI out of which 679 were carried out exclusively by GSI and 9, in collaboration with State or national agencies.
ACC appointment

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the assignment of additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Rural Development to Ms. Vandana Kumari Jena, IAS (OR:79), Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development for a period of three months with immediate effect or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
Rs 50 Lakh donated for J&K flood relief

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 received a donation of Rupees 50 Lakh from IRCON International Limited, a Government of India undertaking, for victims of flood affected Jammu and Kashmir.

A delegation of IRCON officials led by General Manager Shri Veer Narayan formally handed over the cheque to Dr Jitendra Singh here today.

While acknowledging the gesture, Dr Jitendra Singh appreciated the initiative of IRCON officials and said that even though the Central Government headed by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been very liberal and prompt in providing every kind of support to rescue, relief and rehabilitation work in the aftermath of unprecedented floods in the State, the voluntary agencies and philanthropists from across the country and abroad have also made a laudable contribution for this noble cause.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, even though the city of Srinagar was submerged in water, the loss of life and casualty was higher in the Jammu region particularly in Udhampur district.

Pertinent to mention here that village Saddal - Panjar in District Udhampur was totally washed out by flash floods after which it was adopted by Dr Jitendra Singh and is now going to be the first ever “smart village” in the country to be developed on the ruins of a totally devastated village within a stipulated timeline of 18 months.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, while rehabilitation work is being carried out on a war footing, a perspective planning will also have to be undertaken in order to avoid the occurrence of such a catastrophe in future.

ACC Appointment

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the assignment of additional charge of the post of Chairperson, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to Shri Bhanu Pratap Sharma, IAS (BH:81), Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare for a period of two months with immediate effect or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
L.C. Goyal appointed as Home Secretary

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri L.C. Goyal, IAS (KL:79) Secretary, Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Development as Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs for a period of two years from the date of taking over charge as Home Secretary vice Shri Anil Goswami, IAS (JK:78).

The ACC has also approved the acceptance of the request of Shri Anil Goswami, Home Secretary for voluntarily retiring from service with immediate effect by waiving the notice period. The term of Shri Goswami as Home Secretary stands curtailed with immediate effect.

Prime Minister expresses joy as 10 crore LPG consumers join PaHaL

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed great joy on the momentous accomplishment that over 10 crore citizens have joined the PaHaL Yojana. He said that PaHaL will bring an end to black-marketing & subsidy will reach people more effectively and that its role in nation-building is important. The Prime Minister highlighted that PaHaL is amongst the largest cash transfer schemes in the world and congratulated the beneficiaries & officials on this occasion.

Out of 15 crore active LPG consumers, over 10 crore LPG consumers have already joined the PaHaL scheme which was introduced in 54 Districts of the country on 15th November 2014 and in rest of the country on 1st January 2015. So far, an amount of Rs.4299 crore has been transferred after 15th November, 2014 via 11.33 crore transactions.

The success of the scheme is a result of an intensive Information Education Campaign comprising of advertising through various means and directly reaching out to consumers. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has undertaken several innovative measures such as guardian officers for each district, deployment of technology by use of SMS, and a single window portal www.mylpg.in to enable consumers to join the scheme. This portal is an important step in ushering in transparency and in increasing consumer convenience. The progress of the scheme implementation is being monitored at the level of Minister of State (Independent Charge) Petroleum and Natural Gas Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan. PaHaL will save subsidy by reducing the incentive to divert subsidized cylinders and also provides an easy exit route for those who do not want to avail subsidy on domestic gas cylinders.
Road Transport and Safety Bill not to Encroach Upon States Rights, Assures Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari assured that the Road Transport and Safety Bill 2014/15 does not intend to encroach upon the rights of the states. He was speaking at the meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Members of Parliament attached to his Ministry here today. The Minister said the vision of the Bill is to provide a framework for safer, faster, cost-effective and inclusive movement of passengers and freight in the country. The Minister said the Bill aims to ensure effective, timely and sustainable prevention of those road practices which are detrimental to public health and road safety. As road crashes cause a loss of 3 percent to GDP annually, the issue demanded an immediate solution and the Bill is a firm step towards this, the Minister further added.

Underscoring the salient features of the Road Transport & Safety Bill 2014/15, Shri Nitin Gadkari said it makes significant departures from the 1988 Motor Vehicle Act as the new Bill includes safety in construction, design, maintenance and use of motor vehicles and roads as a major component. The Bill provides for more stringent penalties to offenders. A graded penalty point system would now act as a deterrent and improve traffic condition whereas electronic detection and centralized information of offences would facilitate to identify repeat-offenders, the Minister added.

He said the draft proposes to introduce an independent agency called the National Road Safety Authority of India, which will be an independent, legally empowered and accountable expert lead agency. It shall be accountable to the Parliament and Central Government. The new Bill also provides for the establishment of State Safety Authorities which shall act in accordance with the directions issued by the National Authority. Shri Gadkari informed that the Bill seeks to establish a unified driver licensing system in India which is transparent. Such a system shall facilitate any time anywhere licence application mechanism in the country and mitigate duplication of licences from various regional transport offices.

The Minister said that there will be a unified vehicle registration system to enable electronic and online submission of applications for registration at any registering authority leading to real time interchange of data relating to such an activity.On the safety issues, Shri Gadkari said the Bill envisages for enforcement of modern safety technologies. It also contains the provision for creation of a motor vehicle accident fund for immediate relief to the accident victim. It gives special emphasis on safety of school children and security of women.

The Members of the Parliament, present in the meeting, welcomed the Bill in its spirit while making suggestions to make it more effective. Some of the measures the members of the Committee suggested included retrofitting of cameras in public transport vehicles by the manufacturers, establishment of single level portal for seamless payment across the states, construction of sufficient number of underpasses, arrangement for proper electrification around accident prone areas, setting up trauma centres at designated places and taking height and not the age of a child into consideration for the front –seat limitation.

The Members of Parliament who attended the meeting included Shri Narendra Keshav Sawaikar, Shri Bheemrao Baswanthrao Patil, Shri Birendra Kumar Choudhary, Shri C.R. Chaudhary, Shri Dilip Patel, Dr. Kulamani Samal, Shri K. Prabhakar Reddy, Shri Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, Shri Mohammad Salim, Shri Natubhai Gomanbhai Patel, Smt. Neelam Sonkar, Shri Parvatagouda Chandanagouda Gaddigoudar, Shri Prathap Simha, Shri S. P. Muddahanumegowda, Shri Sisir Kumar Adhikari, Dr. Chandan Mitra and Shri P.Bhattacharya. 
Dr.M.O. Garg assumes charge as Director general of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

            Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP), Dehradun, Dr. M.O. Garg, has assumed charge as the Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). Dr. Garg, an outstanding chemical engineer, has contributed significantly in bringing together CSIR and the petroleum industry with a focus on indigenization of core technologies in this area of strategic importance to the country. His recent success in spearheading commercialization of technology for recovery of pure benzene from FCC gasoline in a large private refinery in India against all odds including severe international competition is seen as an example for others to follow.


Born on 17th September, 1954, Dr Garg is gold medalist of Nagpur University in B.Tech (Chemical Engineering). He is M.Tech from IIT Kanpur. He completed his Ph.D. from University of Melbourne, Australia, in the area of solvent extraction. On returning to India, he joined Engineers India Limited where he used his expertise to develop and commercialize large number of technologies related to solvent extraction in the refining and petrochemical industry.
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