Admiral Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Royal Navy on A 3 - Day Visit to India


The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan exchanging memento with the First Sea Lord and CNS, Royal Navy, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, in New Delhi on March 16, 2015.

Admiral Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Royal Navy on A 3 - Day Visit to India 

Admiral Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Royal Navy is visiting India from 16 to 19 Mar 15. 


The Admiral was received at South Block lawns today by Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy and was accorded a ceremonial guard of honour. During the day, the dignitary is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with the Defence Minister and the three Service Chiefs as well as various senior MoD and other government officials at New Delhi. 

The Admiral will be visiting some of Indian Navy’s training establishments at Kochi, and interact with the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, the Flag Officer Sea Training and the Flag Officer Naval Aviation at Goa. While in Kochi, the Admiral will be shown the first Aircraft Carrier, being built indigenously at the Cochin Shipyard Limited. 

The Indian Navy and the Royal Navy cooperate with each other in technical training, anti-piracy patrols and Navy to Navy Staff Talks. The two navies have been exercising together at sea in the bilateral EX KONKAN since 2004. Warships from both navies call at each other’s ports, which provide excellent opportunity for professional interaction and building bridges of friendship. Issues that are likely to be discussed during the First Sea Lord’s visit include enhancement of training exchanges, improving maritime domain awareness by sharing of white shipping information and participation of the Royal Navy in the prestigious International Fleet Review being organised by the Indian Navy off Visakhapatnam in Feb 2016. 

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Tourism and Culture Minister condoles the death of the Gandhian Narayan Bhai Desai 

The Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma has condoled the demise of Narayan Bhai Desai. Narayan Bhai Desai was the son of Mahadev Desai, Mahatma Gandhi’s personal secretary. 

In his message, the Minister has said that Narayan Bhai was a scholarly personality and was among the few Gandhians who had the experience of living closely with Bapu. In his demise, the nation has lost a great Gandhian, he recited `Gandhi-Katha`(narratives on the life of Mahatma Gandhi) across the world starting in 2004, the Minister said. Narayan Bhai Desai was given the Sahitya Akademi Award for Gujarati in 1993 for the biography of his father Mahadev Desai which he wrote as part of the centenary celebrations of Gandhi`s close aide. 

Narayan Bhai Desai took forward Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence, promotion ofinter-religious tolerance and harmony for which he won international accolades, Dr Mahesh Sharma said. He also received Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak, the highest award of Gujarati literature, in 2001. The demise of the eminent Gandhian is indeed a great loss for the human cause of peace, tolerance and harmony. 

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TRAI issues a Draft Tariff Order Prescribing Framework for Commercial Interoperability of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) in DTH Services 

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a draft Tariff Order (TO) prescribing framework for commercial interoperability of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) in DTH services for consultation with stakeholders inviting comments/views of the stakeholders by 13th March, 2015. 

On request of the stakeholders, the last date for receipt of written comments has been extended up to 19.03.2015. It has also been decided that no request for further extension of time for submission of comments shall be entertained. 

The comments may be sent, preferably in the electronic form to Mr. Wasi Ahmad, Advisor (B&CS), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Mahanagar Doorsanchar Bhawan, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, New Delhi – 110002, (Tel No. - 011-23237922, Fax No. - 011-23220442) on thee e-mail address advbcs@trai.gov.in Comments received will be posted on the website of TRAI. 

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The Auction of Spectrum in 2015 in 2100 MHz, 1800 MHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz Bands Continues 

67 Rounds of Bidding Completed at the End of Day 11 

            The Auction of Spectrum in 2100 MHz, 1800 MHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz Bands re- commenced today at 09.00 A.M. and today 6 rounds of bidding were completed. Till now, 67 rounds of bidding has taken place.

            The bidding is taking place in all bands. Brisk bidding was seen on 11th day of bidding, with activity requirement set at 100%. There is robust bidding going on in 1800 MHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz bands. At the end of 67th round, more than 87% of the spectrum has been provisionally allocated to bidders. The provisional amount committed by bidders at the end of 67th round is Rs.103046 Crore. Majority of service areas are going at a premium over reserve price. The competitive bidding is expected to continue. There is still spectrum, which is yet to be sold. Bidding would recommence tomorrow i.e. 17-03-2015 at 9AM.
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FM: Indian Economy is Fundamentally Strong and Forward Looking; MS Christine Lagarde,MD, IMF: Growth in India has picked up, even as the World Economy is Faced with Subdued Demand Conditions, Particularly in Europe and Japan, and Recent Slowdown in China;India and IMF to Jointly Host a High Level Conference on “Advancing Asia: Investing for the Future” in March, 2016 in India 

The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that the Indian economy is fundamentally strong and forward looking. He elaborated the reforms under way and the commitment of the Government to accelerate growth while adhering to the path of fiscal discipline. The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley was speaking during his meeting with Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) here today. During the meeting, issues relating to the Indian and the global economy, key priorities of Government of India as well as issues relating to the IMF quota and governance reforms were discussed. 

The Finance Minister Shri Jaitley further said that IMF has a crucial role to play in calming economic agents and financial markets to minimize the volatility in international financial markets. He called for early implementations of the 2010 IMF Quota and Governance Reforms. 

The Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley and Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to jointly host a high level conference on “Advancing Asia: Investing for the Future” in March, 2016 in India. The conference would showcase that the Asia-Pacific region has rebounded quickly from the global financial crisis of 2008 and India, and several other countries in the region, have grown rapidly. This would be for the First time that such a Conference is being held in India. 

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF said that India is among the few major economies with a strong growth outlook. She said that growth in India has picked up, even as the world economy is faced with subdued demand conditions, particularly in Europe and Japan, and recent slowdown in China. IMF estimates that GDP growth in India this fiscal will be 7.2 to 7.4 per cent. 

Ms. Lagarde is on a visit to India from March 14-18, 2015. This is her second visit to India as Managing Director, International Monetary Fund(IMF). Earlier during the day, Ms. Lagarde made a courtesy call on the President of India and had a meeting with the Prime Minister. 

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Visit of Union Home Minister to Japan 

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh is currently on a tour to Japan to attend the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction being held in Sendai, Japan from March 14-18, 2015. 

Shri Rajnath Singh, presenting the Country Statement on March 14, 2015, said that the Hyogo Framework for Action has provided a blue print for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities including promotion of culture of prevention, mitigation, preparedness and resilience at all levels. Since then, considerable progress has been made by investing resources and enhancing capacities in dealing with the disasters. However, much needs to be done in the future. 

Shri Rajnath Singh mentioned that the recent events in India such as the landslides and floods of 2013 in the Himalayan State of Uttarakhand, cyclone ‘Phailin’ in Odisha in 2013, the floods and landslides in Jammu & Kashmir and cyclone ‘Hudhud’ in Andhra Pradesh in 2014 have once again brought into focus the need for multiplying our efforts towards DRR. 

The Home Minister called upon the participants to enhance international cooperation through sharing of technology, expertise and necessary resources. We are keen to share our expertise and help other countries in disaster response and capacity building. We envisage a bigger role in capacity building in the Asia Pacific region and look forward to build sustained regional and international partnerships under the post-2015 Framework. We commit ourselves to work with countries in the region and beyond in building resilient nations and communities, against disasters. 

On March 15, 2015, Shri Rajnath Singh chaired the Ministerial Round Table on `International Cooperation in support of post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.` The Ministerial Round table was one of the most important round tables focusing on the issue of global cooperation for DRR in post-2015 framework. There was participation from over 35 countries from Asia-Pacific, Africa, America, Europe, etc as well as 8 international organisations. 

The objective of the deliberations was on generating ideas to bring about better international cooperation in support of post-2015 Framework for DRR. The issues of strengthening of existing mechanisms, targets as specified in the framework, international cooperation and partnerships, for Least Developed and Developing Countries to build and strengthen their capacities were deliberated upon. The Union Home Minister urged all countries to reaffirm their commitment to pursue effective DRR through international cooperation and global partnership to build communities self-reliant in mitigating the impacts of disasters. 

On the sidelines of the Conference, Shri Rajnath Singh held bilateral meetings with Ministers of Japan and Russia on the same day. He congratulated the Japanese Minister for Disaster Management Ms. Eriko Yamatani for assumption of the Presidency for this Conference, and assured her of India’s support in achieving a forward looking substantive outcomes from the Conference. The Japanese Minister Ms. Yamatani acknowledged contribution of the 46-member Indian National Disaster Response Force, which was one of the foreign teams to arrive in Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011. The Union Home Minister also visited the town of Onagawa, where India’s NDRF team assisted the Japanese authorities in their search and rescue mission from 26th March to 7th April, 2011. 

Shri Rajnath Singh also met the Russian Minister for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, Mr. Puchkov Vladimir Andreyevich. The two ministers exchanged views on enhancing the ongoing cooperation in dealing with emergency situations, natural disasters as well as encouraging greater institutional linkages between research and training institutes in the area of disaster management. The two ministers also discussed possible use for space-based technologies for averting natural disasters and their management. 

Shri Rajnath Singh today opened the Exhibition of Indian Museum Kolkata on Indian Buddhist Art at the prestigious National Museum of Tokyo. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh said that this exhibition is one of the most important events of the yearlong Festival of India in Japan 2014-15 organised by Government of India, as a means to foster closer people to people relations between India and Japan. 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh said that the friendship between India and Japan has a long history rooted in spiritual affinity and strong cultural and religious ties. Shri Rajnath Singh said that he was certain that this exhibition would help in reaffirming the civilizational ties between our two friendly countries which have endured into modern times with a legacy free of dispute, bound by converging values and interests. 

During the visit Shri Rajnath Singh also met Indian students and members of the Indian community in Japan. The Home Minister is returning tomorrow after visiting Sendai and Tokyo. 


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Shri Rajnath Singh opens Exhibition of Indian Buddhist Art in Tokyo 

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, on a visit to Japan, opened the Exhibition of Indian Museum Kolkata on Indian Buddhist Art at the prestigious National Museum of Tokyo today. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh said that this exhibition is one of the most important events of the yearlong Festival of India in Japan 2014-15 organised by Government of India, as a means to foster closer people to people relations between India and Japan. 

Shri Rajnath Singh said that for this exhibition we have chosen with care to bring to the people of Japan, remarkable national treasures of India pertaining to the themes of the life of Lord Buddha, some of which date back to more than two thousand years. India is blessed to be the country touched by the holy feet of Lord Buddha from his enlightenment to attainment of nirvana. 

The Union Home Minister said that he was fortunate to belong to the State of Uttar Pradesh in India where two of the four most important holy sites of Buddhism, ‘Sarnath’ and ‘Kushinagar’ are located. It was in Sarnath that Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment; and Kushinagar is the place where the Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana. He remarked that two sculptures from Sarnath from the 5th Century AD, - that of a standing Buddha and another depicting scenes from his life, - have been included as part of this exhibition. 

Shri Rajnath Singh said that the friendship between India and Japan has a long history rooted in spiritual affinity and strong cultural and religious ties. Buddhism has been one of the most important links between our two countries since its arrival in Japan in the sixth century AD. He said that this exhibition provides a unique opportunity for friends in Japan to see and enjoy India’s ancient Buddhist heritage. Shri Rajnath Singh said that he was certain that this exhibition would help in reaffirming the civilizational ties between our two friendly countries which have endured into modern times with a legacy free of dispute, bound by converging values and interests. 




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