All India Radio News Facebook Page clocks 2 million Likes

All India Radio News Facebook Page clocks 2 million Likes

The Facebook followers have given thumbs up to the credible, authentic, and reliable news by continuously following All India radio News Facebook Page and have made it one the most favoured news organizations among its peers. In a landmark achievement, All India Radio News Facebook Page has crossed Two Million Likes which is a record.

The Facebook insight data shows that AIR’s News Service Division (NSD) is reaching almost 10 million people in terms of posts on an average per day across the length and breadth of the country including the overseas diaspora. Noticeable fact is that News Service Division of All India Radio has not resorted to any additional or paid source for promoting its social media platforms. The entire growth of All India Radio News Facebook Page has been organic in nature.

AIR News Likes are not only from India but a huge chunk of followers are from countries like Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, USA, UK and Singapore etc. Among the Indian cities, not only the urban, metro users but people from Srinagar, Bhopal, Jaipur, Patna, Indore, Kanpur, Surat, Coimbatore, Dehradun, etc are also following AIR News.

AIR News live tweeting of events like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna and Mann Ki Baat have received appreciation from its Social Media followers worldwide. This has helped in creating its unique brand recognition in the global media and embraces a chance to adopt makeover from contemporary forum of medium to digitized.

AIR also recognizes itself as the pioneer in commencing the new form of Social Media trends which in a broad sense is termed as Social Media Live Reporting as well. This onset of Live Social Media Reporting has brought us closer to audiences of all age groups

Due to heterogeneous followership of 5,07,800 members on Twitter alone, AIR can stand testimony to itself as the catalyst in setting new standards in the Social Media world. Due to this reason exclusively, AIR News has been followed by high-ranking officers, Government Organizations, big Media magnets, politicians and celebrities. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, Editors of various Media Groups, and many prominent personalities from diverse area are regular followers of AIR News Twitter.


Country Statement made by Rajnath Singh in the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Following is the text of the Country Statement made by the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh in the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan on March 14, 2015:

“It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of the Indian delegation for the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. On behalf of the Government and the people of India, I wish to congratulate the United Nations and the host, the Government of Japan, for organizing this event.

The Hyogo Framework for Action has provided a blue print for disaster risk reduction 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.

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 disaster risk reduction. The unplanned development of cities and lack of proper infrastructure are the major challenges of the future. While communities, particularly women and children, exposed to these events are trying to adapt to these regular occurrences, the economic and social costs continue to mount year after year.

In India, our ancestors gave us the concept of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, which means that the whole planet -- with all its human beings, plants, animal, birds and natural resources -- is one family. This ancient realisation of our inter-connectedness is even more relevant and urgent today. I would like to call upon this august gathering to embrace this notion and enhance international cooperation through sharing of technology, expertise and necessary resources. Here I would also like to reiterate the commitment made by our Prime Minister in SAARC Summit last year by ensuring India’s help and expertise to the neighbouring countries.

India hosts the SAARC Disaster Management Centre which is working towards putting in place a framework to reduce disaster risks and promoting knowledge sharing among the SAARC countries. The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services operates the Tsunami Early Warning System. This is a State-of-the-Art warning system which benefits not only India but also the littoral countries of Indian Ocean. Our National Disaster Response Force which has the expertise in addressing national disasters also attends to disasters in the region and beyond. The National Institute of Disaster Management organizes trainings on various thematic domains of disaster risk management. 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. Apart from the role of specialised agencies, I would also like to note the importance of indigenous technical knowledge and community based methodologies to deal with natural disasters.

I would like to share that the Government of India has mainstreamed disaster risk reduction in its development policies at all levels. By taking adequate measures for preparedness to handle disasters at all the levels, we were able to limit the loss of human lives to 44 in the State of Odisha due to Cyclone Phailin. This is in contrast with the death of over 8900 persons in the Super Cyclone that struck the State in 1999. This substantive reduction could be brought around through regular investments in improving our forecasting systems, apart from capacity building measures involving the communities. More number of multi-purpose cyclone shelters were constructed during this period. More than a million people were evacuated and brought to safe places, before the cyclone Phailin made the land fall.

Our Finance Commission, a constitutional body that recommends distribution of tax proceeds between the federal government and the states, in its recent report has called for hazard, risk and vulnerability assessment in all our states. This will be an important step in ensuring that over time, notions of risk reduction are embedded in every penny we spend on development. We are promoting cooperative federalism and devolving more power and resources closer to the ground of action.

Before concluding, we pledge our support to the post-2015 Framework, its goals and priorities. We commit ourselves to work with countries in the region and beyond in building resilient nations and communities, against disasters. We would also like to call upon all entities, public and private, to strengthen the international support mechanisms for disaster risk reduction by sharing of reliable and affordable modern technology for capacity-building and enabling institutional and policy environment at all levels.”


Home Secretary and Health & Family Welfare Secretary review the treatment of acid attack victims

The Union Home Secretary, Shri L.C. Goyal and the Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Shri B.P. Sharma jointly convened a meeting here today with the Chief Secretaries/Health Secretaries/Home Secretaries of States and UTs to work out the details with regard to treatment of acid attack victims. They review the current status of the efforts made by the States/UTs related to notification of victim compensation scheme and treatment of such victims, in pursuance of the directions issued by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in W.P. (Crl.) No. 129/2006 Laxmi Vs. UOI. It was noted that almost all the States/UTs have notified the victim compensation scheme for payment of compensation to victims covered under Section 357A of the Cr.P.C.

The Home Secretary emphasized upon the need for speedy disbursal of compensation amount as well as timely treatment of acid attack victims in accordance with the provisions of Section 357C of the Cr.P.C. The Secretary, Health & Family Welfare advised the States to make use of the Clinical Establishments Act to provide first aid or medical treatment with special focus on acid attack victims. In addition, he also offered for capacity building of State Government Doctors in Plastic Surgery at specialized institutions identified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

There was a consensus in the meeting to handle such cases with full sensitivity and streamline the current process for speedy and timely disbursal of compensation money including first-aid as well as medical treatment of the acid attack victims/patients.


Women have made everyone proud of their achievements: Col Rajyavardhan Rathore

MoS Information & Broadcasting addresses the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Awareness Programme of DFP at Dhankya, Jaipur

Union Minister of State Shri Rajyavardhan Rathore has said that women have excelled in all fields and have made everyone proud of their achievements. Speaking at the Special Outreach Programme on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao organized by Directorate of Field Publicity, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Dhankya in Jaipur, Minister of State Information and Broadcasting Shri Rathore said that he could win the Olympic Medal because of the immense support provided by the two women in his life- his mother and wife. Speaking on the occasion he said that the Central Government has brought out welfare schemes for all sections of the society.

Shri Rajyavardhan Rathore also inaugurated the three day exhibition ‘Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat’ organized by DAVP and released a special cover on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao brought out by the Department of Posts Rajasthan Circle. Shri Rajpal Singh Shekhawat Minister of Urban Development and Housing Government of Rajasthan and Principal Director General, Directorate of Field Publicity Smt. Neelam Kapoor was also present on the occasion.


General Budget and three Ordinance Replacement Bills top the agenda for next week of Budget session

Rajya Sabha to sit upto and beyond 7 pm to take up Government and other business

During the fourth week of the current Budget session of Parliament beginning Monday i.e March 16, 2015, Rajya Sabha will sit beyond 7.00 pm to take up the Governments’s legislative and other business. A decision in this regard was taken in the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the House Thursday this week. The upper house is still to take up for consideration and returning the Appropriation Bills relating to the Demands for Grants on Account (Railways) for 2015-16 and Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2014-15. Discussion on Railway Budget has almost been concluded. Rajya Sabha will also take up discussion on General Budget for 2015-16 and related Appropriation Bills after they are passed by Lok Sabha next week.

Another important business the Rajya Sabha is to take up next week will be consideration and passsing of the Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015and the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015 as passed by Lok Sabha and to be reported by the respective Select Committees. The two Select Committees are to submit their reports on the respective Ordinance Replacement Bills by March 18, 2015. The two Ordinances will lapse on April 5, 2015 and need to be replaced by the Bills before the said date. As per the schedule announced, the Parliament is to be adjourned on March 20, 2015. The third Ordinance replacement Bill related to Land Acquisition is still to be introduced in the Rajya Sabha.

The Business Advisory Committee of Rajya Sabha has alloted one hour for further discussion on the Mines Bill, two hours for the Coal Mines Bill next week and ten hours for General Budget.

Of the six Ordinances to be replaced by Bills, Rajya Sabha has so far passed three Bills relating to Amendment of Citizenship Act, The Motor Vehicles Act and the Insurance Laws. Lok Sabha has passed all the six Ordinance Replacement Bills.

The Government has also proposed consideration and passing of The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and The Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2015 in Rajya Sabha next week.

For the next week in the Lok Sabha, the Government has proposed discussion on General Budget for 2015-16 and introduction, consideration and passing of Appropriation Bills relating to the Demands for Grants on Account for 2015-16, Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2014-15 and Excess Demands for Grants for 2012-13. For this, twelve hours time has been alloted.

In addition, the Government has also proposed consideration and passing of The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2015 as passed by Rajya Sabha this session, The Warehousing Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2015, The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2014, next week.

During the first three weeks of the Budget Session, a total of ten Bills have been passed. These include six Ordinance replacement Bills by the Lok Sabha while Rajya Sabha has passed three of them relating to citizenship, motor vehicles and insurance sector besides the Constitution (Schedules Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2015. Lok Sabha has passed the Railway Budget.

A novel feature of the current Budget Session has been that for the first time, new legislative proposals have been introduced in one house (Lok Sabha) while related Bills were pending in the other house (Rajya Sabha). Ordinances replacement Bills relating to allocation of coal mines, introduction of e-rikshaws and hiking FDI in insurance sector were introduced in Lok Sabha even as related Bills were pending in the upper house. When this issue was raised in Rajya Sabha, the Deputy Chairman has ruled that there was no restriction in doing so.


High level committee to develop an action plan for integrated promotion of Culture and Tourism in Varanasi: Dr Mahesh Sharma

Action plan to be submitted by the 15th of next month

The Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma has said that the government is setting up a coordination committee for the integrated promotion of tourism and culture in Varanasi. He was speaking to reporters after the seminar on Pilgrimage & Spiritual Tourism “Opportunity abounds along the Ganges” in Varanasi today.

The Minister said that the committee will comprise of the Secretaries of the Union Ministries of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, representatives of local administration, experts and a media person. The Committee will submit its action plan report by 15th of April, 2015 and the action plan will be ready for implementation within the next three months. Dr Mahesh Sharma said that an atmosphere of safety and cleanliness as well as hospitality will be created at all the religious and cultural places for which Rs 18 cr has been released. The educational institutions of Varanasi will be used to develop art and culture with the help of Lalit Kala Academy, he added.

Earlier, addressing the hoteliers and tour operators at the Seminar, Dr Mahesh Sharma urged them to fully utilize the opportunity of spiritual and religious tourism along the holy river Ganga. He requested the hoteliers to adopt the ghats for cleaning them as well as take care of their maintenance.

The Minister paid a surprise visit to the Varanasi Railway station and checked the tourist facilities there. He also visited the Ghats and inspected the progress of cleaning up of the ghats.

An interpretation centre of ASI was also inaugurated by Dr Mahesh Sharma at Varanasi. The minister also held meeting with officers of ASI and Ministry of Tourism and discussed in detail possibilities of further promoting tourism and culture in Varanasi and providing cleanliness as well as safety to the tourists.
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