LOGO for Internal Day of Yoga launched



LOGO for Internal Day of Yoga launched

Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister for External Affairs and Shri Shripad Naik, MoS(IC) M/o AYUSH launched the logo for International Day of Yoga here today. The logo was selected by the Committee of Yoga experts constituted by Ministry of AYUSH and has been approved by Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi.


Speaking on the occasion, MoS(IC) said that India will celebrate its 1st International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2015 and various activities will be carried out all over the world to mark the occasion.

International Day of Yoga has got co-sponsorship of 177 countries and will be celebrated in 193 countries all over the world at the same point of time announced the Union Minister for External Affairs.

Senior officials of Ministry of AYUSH and External Affairs were also present on the occasion.

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Extension of time by two years upto 31.03.2017 for completion of projects sanctioned till March 2012 under the Sub-Mission on Basic Service to the Urban Poor and Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme components of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for extension of time by two years that is beyond 31.03.2015 up to 31.03.2017 for completion of projects sanctioned till March, 2012 under the Sub-Mission on Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) and Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP). These are components of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

This extension in time period is expected to benefit more than three lakh urban poor in getting their pucca houses. An amount of Rs.350 crore would be required to be released to various States by the Central Government after adjustment of excess release of funds. The extension of time would help in completing the 3.6 lakh dwelling units, which are at various stages of completion, resulting in benefits made available to the urban poor including slum-dwellers.

Background:

The JNNURM comprises four components of which two namely the Sub-Mission for Urban Infrastructure and Governance (UIG) and the Sub-Mission for Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) are being implemented in 65 cities.

Initially duration of the Mission was seven years beginning from 2005-06 till 2011-12. Due to various factors such as non-availability of litigation-free land, finalization of beneficiaries, delay in financial closure and cost escalation some projects were delayed with consequent time and cost overruns. The Mission was extended earlier upto 31.03.2015 for completion of projects that had been approved till 31.03.2012.

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Policy on Testing Requirements for discoveries in NELP blocks

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today approved a clear policy on testing requirements for discoveries made under New Exploration and Licensing Policy (NELP) Blocks. The policy will settle the long pending issue with regards to 12 discoveries in five blocks pertaining to ONGC (six discoveries) and Reliance Industries (six discoveries) but will also establish a clear policy for the future. The policy will also help in bringing out transparency and uniformity in decision making as against case by case approach in the past.

The approval given by CCEA would provide a way forward for development of these 12 discoveries with associated gas reserves of around 90 Billion Cubic Meter (BCM) which would be valued at over Rs.one lakh crore at the current gas price of US $ 4.66 / Million British Thermal Unit (mmbtu) on Gross Calorific Value (GCV).

The policy approved by CCEA allows the contractors to choose one of the following three options with regards to discoveries which are stuck on account of testing requirement:

Relinquish the blocks

Develop the discoveries after conducting Drill Stem Test (DST) with 50 percent cost of DST being disallowed as penalty for not conducting the test on time. The cost recovery for carrying out DST would be capped at US $ 15 million.

Develop the discoveries without conducting DST in a ring fenced manner.

If the contractor does not opt for any one of these options suggested above within 60 days of the CCEA approval then the area encompassing these discoveries shall automatically be relinquished.

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MSP operations for cotton for the cotton year 2014-15

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today took notice on the present cotton scenario in the country and gave its ex-post facto approval for engaging the Maharashtra State Co-operative Cotton Growers Marketing Federation Ltd. (MSCCGMFL) to undertake Minimum Support Price (MSP) operations as a Sub-agent of the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) during the cotton season 2014-15.

The CCEA further approved additional fiscal allocation under Non-Plan Grant to meet anticipated losses in disposal of cotton for reimbursing the losses to CCI and MSCCGMFL on sale of cotton procured under the MSP operations during the cotton season 2014-15.

This decision will help in price support operations of 110 lakh bales (100 lakh bales by CCI and 10 lakh bales by MSCCGMFL) during the current cotton season 2014-15 to help stabilize cotton prices and alleviate farmer distress. This operation is primarily aimed at safeguarding the interest of the farmers and avoiding any distress sale. MSP for cotton was fixed at Rs. 3750/- for medium staple and Rs. 4050/- for long staple for the year 2014-15.

MSCCGMFL will procure cotton from farmers in the State of Maharashtra, in addition to CCI, on the same lines as CCI is doing. In the past MSCCGMFL has procured cotton under MSP as the agent of National Agricultural Federation (NAFED) in the State of Maharashtra on the basis of agreement between NAFED and MSCCGMFL.

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DAE sets target of reaching an installed generation capacity of 63000 MW by the year 2031-32


In July 2014, a target of tripling the then existing capacity of 4780 MW in the         next ten years (by 2024) was set. However, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has set for itself an ambitious target of reaching an installed generation capacity of 63000 MW by the year 2031-32.

A capacity of 1000 MW has already been added to the grid in December 2014 by start of commercial operation of Kudankulam Unit-1 taking the capacity to 5780 MW. The target of tripling of the capacity of 4780 MW  by 2024 is expected to be met, largely on progressive completion of projects under            construction and the projects accorded financial sanction.

     The Government had also accorded ‘in principle’ approval of the following        sites for locating nuclear power projects in future, based on both indigenous technologies and with foreign co-operation:

Site
State
Capacity (MW)
In cooperation with
Indigenous Reactors
Gorakhpur,
Haryana
4 X 700
Indigenous
Chutka
Madhya Pradesh
2 X 700
Bhimpur
4 X 700
Kaiga
Karnataka
2 X 700
Mahi Banswara
Rajasthan
4 X 700
With Foreign Cooperation
Kudankulam
Tamil Nadu
 4 X 1000
Russian Federation
Jaitapur
Maharashtra
 6 X 1650
France
Chhaya Mithi Virdi
Gujarat
  6 X 1000*
USA
Kovvada
Andhra Pradesh
  6 X 1000*
USA
Haripur
West Bengal
 6 X 1000
Russian Federation

 Pre-project activities have been taken up at these sites
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Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited (BHAVINI), a Public Sector  Undertaking of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) is presently constructing a Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) of 500 MWe capacity at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu.  In addition, two Fast Breeder Reactors of 600 MW are also proposed to be constructed at Kalpakkam.

A 300 MWe Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) using Thorium based fuel has been designed and developed. This reactor will serve as a technology demonstrator for the Thorium fuel cycle technologies. A project for initiation of activities towards start of construction of AHWR has been included in the XII Plan.

The installed nuclear generation capacity by 2031-32 would depend on actual start of projects and their completion, which in turn would be contingent to completion of pre-project activities like land acquisition and obtaining statutory clearances and conclusion of techno-commercial discussion in respect of reactors to be set up with foreign co-operation.


           This information was provided by MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Proposed budgetary allocation during the financial year 2015-2016 for nuclear research facilities is Rs. 6018.95 crore

The nuclear research facilities in the country under the Department of Atomic Energy are the following:

(i)                  Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC), Mumbai
(ii)                Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research(IGCAR), Kalpakkam
(iii)               Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore
(iv)              Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata
(v)                Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar
(vi)              Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Kolkata
(vii)             Institute of Physics (IoP), Bhubaneswar
(viii)           Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai




 The proposed budgetary allocation during the financial year 2015-2016 for

 these facilities is Rs. 6018.95 crore.



        Under the XII Plan project, the Government proposes to set up new nuclear research facilities in the country under the Department of Atomic Energy, at the following places:

                     (i)            BARC new campus at Visakhapatnam
(ii)           Global   Centre  for  Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) at
                            Bahadurgarh, Haryana
                     (iii)          India based Neutrino Observatory (INO) at Madurai, Tamil Nadu
                     (iv)          TIFR new campus at Hyderabad

               Necessary detailed project reports have been prepared, land acquisition process has been completed and initial phase of construction work has started with respect to (i) and (ii) of part (b) and (c) above.  The project at (iii) of part (b) and (c) above has been approved and sanctioned.

           This information was provided by MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Department of Space provides budgetary support of Rs 112 crore in FY 2014-15 to the universities/institutes functioning under it


The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, a deemed university located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, and (ii) Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) located in Dehradun, Uttarakhand -under the Department of Space.

The Department of Space has provided the budgetary support to these Institutes during the last three years as under:

S. No
Financial Year
Budgetary support  (Rupees in crores)


IIST, Thiruvananthapuram
IIRS, Dehradun
1.
2012-13
64.83
22.43
2.
2013-14
75.00
25.69
3.
2014-15
80.00
32.07

 The Department of Space and California Insitute of Technology (Caltech), USA have established an endowed fellowship in the memory of Dr. Satish Dhawan a distinguished alumnus of Caltech and former Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, DOS. This fund provides an opportunity to one meritorious student every year from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), to pursue Post Graduate programme in Aerospace Engineering.

              This information was provided by MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, Minister of State for Agriculture Presents NCDC Cooperative Excellence Awards 2014

Shri Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, Minister of State for Agriculture conferred National Cooperative Development Corporation Award for Cooperative Excellence – 2014 to the best performing primary cooperatives for their excellent performance in a function organised in D.S. Kothari Hall, DRDO Bhawan on 29th April, 2014. Ms. Vasudha Mishra, Managing Director, NCDC, Shri Raj Singh, Joint Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture were also present among other officials on the occasion.

National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) is a statutory Corporation set up under an act of Parliament in March 1963 for developing rural economic activities through cooperatives. The NCDC Award for Cooperative Excellence is an initiative to encourage and give due recognition to those cooperatives who despite all odds, are able to sustain and work for development and prosperity of agrarian society. The Award is for inculcating a sense of achievement and spirit of cooperation and thus set an example for others to follow.

Shri Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture while congratulating the best performing societies selected from their respective States for NCDC Biennial Awards for Cooperative Excellence observed that these awards would inspire other cooperative societies in the country to perform better in the days ahead.

He emphasised the role of NCDC for promoting and financing programmes for co-operatives for more than 50 years. NCDC schemes are helping cooperatives to build infrastructure for storage, cold storage, agro based processing units in the rural areas, distribution of agricultural inputs and marketing of agricultural produce to give better price to farmers.

The Minister offered his good wishes to NCDC and the prize winning cooperatives. He hoped that NCDC will take cooperatives to new heights.


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