The Auction of Spectrum in 2015

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

24 Rounds of Bidding Completed at the End of Day 4

            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 7 rounds of bidding were completed. Till now, 24 rounds of bidding has taken place.

            The bidding has taken place in all bands. At present, a value of approximately Rs.86,000 crores has been committed by bidders in respect of provisionally won spectrum. There is still spectrum, which is yet to be sold. Bidding would recommence on Monday i.e. 09-03-2015 at 9AM.


President of India condoles the passing away of Shri G. Karthikeyan

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of Shri G. Karthikeyan, Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly.

In a condolence message to his wife, Dr. (Smt.) M.T. Sulekha, the President has said, “I am saddened to learn about the passing away of Shri G. Karthikeyan.

Shri Karthikeyan made immense contribution to the State of Kerala as a senior Congress leader, six term MLA, Minister and Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly. I fondly remember the meticulous care and attention with which he organised my address to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in October, 2012 on the occasion of its 125th anniversary.

In his death, the nation has lost a tall leader whose selfless service to the people of Kerala will be always remembered.

I pray to the Almighty to give your family and you the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey the same to all members of your family”.


IAS officers discuss issues related to service conditions with Dr. Jitendra Singh

A delegation of IAS officers representing “Indian Civil and Administrative Service (Central) Association” called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and discussed with him various issues related to "working conditions" in the Civil Services. They also submitted a written memorandum to the Minister.

Shri Sanjay Bhoosreddy, Honorary Secretary of the Association, placed before Dr. Jitendra Singh a number of suggestions aimed at improving the working conditions in the services and brought to his notice certain impediments which sometimes make it increasingly difficult to find IAS Officers ready to work at the Centre at the level of Deputy Secretary or Director. They also suggested that the service period required to be put in before going on deputation to the Centre may be reduced to 7 years from the present 9 years.

The memorandum submitted to Dr. Jitendra Singh pointed out the fact that, while in the State, the IAS Officers are provided with certain facilities which are not available when they are deputed to the Centre. In this context, it was suggested that vehicles may be provided to all the Deputy Secretaries and Directors irrespective of their seniority when they are on deputation to the Central Secretariat.

The officers also demanded that when they are on deputation to the Centre, their children should be automatically given admission in the Sanskriti School, otherwise they feel discouraged to come to Delhi because of the possible disruption in the education of children.

The officers also requested for parity in pay scales and hoped that 7th Pay Commission will take due consideration of the existing anomalies.

Dr. Jitendra Singh gave a patient hearing and said, the Shri Narendra Modi Government is strongly in favour of providing a friendly work environment to the officers without any intimidation or harassment. He assured that he will direct the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) to carefully evaluate each and every suggestion made by the senior IAS Officers and prepare a note based on it.

Text of PM's Message on International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, I salute the indomitable courage and stellar achievements of women.

Today, we renew our pledge to make women an equal and integral part of our development journey. My Government has initiated several measures aimed at bringing about a positive change in the lives of women. That is central to our vision of India`s progress and a life of dignity and opportunity for all our citizens.

The ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ Yojana seeks to usher in a paradigm shift in attitudes towards the girl child and places emphasis on educating the girl child. The Sukanya Samruddhi Yojana will provide support for marriage and education of young women. MUDRA Bank will help thousands of women achieve financial independence.

The Union Budget which has been presented recently, unveils broadbased social security schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Bima Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana. These will benefit women in a big way.

Our heads hang in shame when we hear of instances of crime against women. We must walk shoulder-to-shoulder to end all forms of discrimination or injustice against women. The Government is setting up One-Stop-Centres that will provide assistance, legal advice and psychological counselling to women who face violence or abuse. The Government is also commencing a mobile helpline to enable women to dial 181 for access to counselling and referral services.

I seek the support of one and all, in transforming our vision into reality.


Exports key to the success of Make In India initiative – Nirmala Sitharaman

Government to set up an Advisory Committee to suggest key measures to boost export performance.

Union Minister for Commerce & Industry Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman said in Mumbai, that exports play a key role in ensuring success of the Make In India initiative. Speaking at the ECGC Dun & Bradstreet Export Performance Award ceremony in the city on Saturday night, the Minister said “ manufacturing in India can be much more than what it is today, from the point of view of what it contributes towards the GDP. When I say manufacturing in India, both in volume and value, I include our exporters, who even in difficult times have kept their nose above water.”

Ms Sitharaman reiterated government’s commitment to ‘ease of doing business’ and assured the gathering that similar measures will be extended to the export sector as well. For this purpose, the Minister said, she is planning to constitute of Committee, that can suggest thrust areas and key measures which can yield quick results as well as help formulate a long term export strategy. “This is a government that is fully willing to hear, fully willing to listen and fully willing to act. “ she added.

The Minister asserted while a lot is being said, a lot is being done also at the government level. She said the e-biz portal launched recently by the Finance Minister was a great boon for the manufacturers and exporters. Another portal helps exporters gather information about which product is in demand where.

Ms. Sitharaman said the profile of the Indian exporters has changed over the last two decades and our products are no longer considered of inferior quality. “ It is no longer the story that we would hear 20-30 years ago, that Indian products need quality enhancement, they need to be trustworthy, there are no arguments of this kind anymore. Many of the products like pharmaceuticals, automobile components, textiles, are reaching certain standards which make the nation proud “ Sitharaman added. She further said access to markets abroad is restricted not because Indian exporters are found lacking in quality or product diversification, but because of the protectionist measures of countries which want to keep Indian exporters at a distance, in order to help their own exporters or protect their smaller and upcoming industries.

The Minister later presented ECGC D&B Indian Exporters’ Excellence Awards 2015 to 33 companies from various fields like overall export performance, innovation, risk management practices, SEZ exports, women entrepreneurs etc. Companies with minimum 10% revenue from exports during FY 2013-14 were eligible for nominations.

Indian software major TCS bagged the Best Overall Exporter award in the large companies category, while Pune based Serum Institute of India was won the Best Manufacturer Exporter award. On the eve of the International Women’s Day, Nirmala Sitharaman expressed special appreciation for the Bengaluru (Bangalore) based Himatsingka Seide in which women constitute 90% of the employees.

MD & CEO of Bank of Baroda, Ranjan Dhawan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry Arvind Mehta, Geeta Muralidhar, CMD of ECGC, key personnel of financial institutions, export houses, industry bodies and corporate attended the event.

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