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Money Order Service of ‘India Post’ Made more Efficient 

The Department of Posts has denied some media reports that its Money Order service has been discontinued. The Money Order service continues to be available to the common man at the same service charge with the same facility of the money being delivered at the door step of the addressee. The Department in a clarification further said that this service had been made more reliable and fast by communicating information about the money to be transferred electronically between the booking and delivery post office. Thus, the money reaches faster to the addressee. The nature of service remains the same and it is also being called an electronic Money Order or eMO. 


Department of Posts also has another service offering instant online Money transfer service called as Instant Money Order (iMO), where the receiver can receive payment in cash through Post Offices. 

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Australian Delegation headed by Foreign Affairs Minister, Ms. Julie Bishop meets with Dr. Mahesh Sharma 

National Museum to hold an exhibition of miniature paintings on Rama-Katha in National Gallery of Australia next month

An Australian Delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Ms. Julie Bishop met the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi today. Senior officials of the Ministry of Culture were also present in the meeting. Both sides discussed measures and steps to be taken to promote furtherthe relations especially cultural relations between the two countries. 

Highlighting the importance of relations between India and Australia, Ms. Bishop said that an agreement on promotion of Arts and Culture were signed between the two countries during the visit of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi to Australia last year. It was also decided to hold a Festival of India in Australia in 2015, which is a significant step and needs to be taken forward, she added. 

Appreciating the interest taken by Australia in the Festival of India, Dr. Mahesh Sharma informed that discussions between the officials of two countries are at an advanced stage and the dates of the festival are expected to be finalized soon. It was also requested that Australia may provide venues for the Festival free of cost, which the Australian side agreed to take up favourably. 

Ms. Bishop also appreciated the contemporary art of India and requested that it be given a prominent place in the Festival of India. She also said that Air India enjoys a very good reputation in Australia and requested for direct Air India flights to cities like Melbourne and Sidney. 

Dr. Mahesh Sharma informed that soft launch of the Festival of India in Australia will take place next month in Canberra with the opening of an exhibition of National Museum at the National Gallery of Australia in May 2010. The National Museum of Ministry of Culture is lending 101 miniature paintings depictingRama –Katha or the stories of Rama for anexhibition. The exhibition is acclaimed to be one of the most rich exhibitions on the theme of Ramayana depicted through miniature paintings, belonging to the period 17th to 19th centuries. 

Dr. Mahesh Sharma also promised that India will share its contemporary art with Australia and the strong cricket ties between the two countries also need to be highlighted. He also agreed to look into the request for direct Air India flights to cities of Australia favourably. 

A sample copy of the miniature paintings on Rama-Katha was presented to Ms Bishop by Dr. Mahesh Sharma.

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‘Operation Meghdoot’ Commemorated 

On 13 Apr 1984, ‘OPERATION MEGHDOOT’ was launched with an aim to wrest control of the strategic heights on the Saltoro Ridge, overlooking the Nubra Valley.

On completion of 31 years of success of the operation, the Siachen Brigade celebrated the event with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Siachen Base Camp War Memorial. Lt Gen Sanjay Kulkarni, Director General of Infantry was the Chief Guest of the Ceremony as he was the first to reach ‘Bilafond La’ Pass on 13 Apr 1984. 

After the Wreath Laying, Ex-Servicemen Rally was conducted where Ex-Servicemen, Veer Naris and Next of Kin (NOKs) of Late Soldiers were felicitated, followed by cultural programme by local troupe and youth of the area. Soldiers of Glacier battalions also participated enthusiastically in the celebrations. 

Lt Gen Sanjay Kulkarni addressed the soldiers and shared his experiences. 

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Three-Month Action Plan Formulated to Combat Pollution; Javadekar Convenes Meeting of Ministers of National Capital Region 

A three-month action plan has been formulated to combat pollution for the National Capital Region. Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Independent Charge, Shri Prakash Javadekar stated this after convening a meeting of Ministers and officials of National Capital Region at Paryavaran Bhawan, Jor Bagh, here today. Today’s meeting was attended by Ministers of Delhi and Haryana and officers from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh state governments. All the municipal agencies and Delhi Police were also present at the meeting. The next such meeting is scheduled to be held in July. 

Shri Javadekar said that National Thermal Power Corporation, NTPC, has decided to convert Units IV and V of Badarpur Plant with retro-fitting, which will reduce emission load from two-thirds to one-thirds. NTPC has also decided to phase out Units I, II and III in a time-bound manner. He also added that the Centre is forming rules for handling construction and demolition waste. 

The Minister said that Rajasthan is taking effective steps to manage construction and demolition waste and will inspect the fuel quality being used in industrial units in Bhiwadi. Similarly, in the NCR region, Haryana government will ensure that only BS IV norms are registered, Shri Javadekar stated. Shri Javadekar also said that directions for non-burning of biomass have been issued. He also announced that New Delhi Municipal Corporation, NDMC, is coming out with the first plant for plasma gasification in Asia. This facility will treat polluting material and convert it into gas. 

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CBCI delegation calls on Union Home Minister 

A three member delegation led by Shri Albert D’Souza, Archbishop of Agra and Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) called on Shri Rajnath Singh, the Union Home Minister, here today. 

The visiting delegation thanked the Union Home Minister for providing adequate security for religious places of different minorities. They mentioned that the personal interest and assurance on these issues by the Home Minister has given confidence to the minorities. 

Shri Rajnath Singh assured full security and protection to them and mentioned that strictest possible action will be taken by the Centre against the persons who indulge in such acts. He also hoped that the State governments will extend their full cooperation in maintaining law and order and communal harmony in the country. 


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Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2015 from 2nd July to 29th August 


The process of registration of pilgrims for Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2015 has started.  Please visit Board’s website: www.shriamarnathjishrine.com to know how to register through Group Registration Facility.

Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board chaired by the Governor, Jammu and Kashmir has issued following Dos and Don’ts for the Yatris:

Dos for the Yatris

1)                  Do carry sufficient woolen clothing as the temperature can sometimes abruptly fall to below 5 degree Celsius.
2)                  Do carry umbrella, wind shetter, raincoat, and waterproof shoes as the weather in the Yatra area is unpredictable.
3)                  Do keep your clothes and eatables in a suitable water proof bag to avoid your belongings getting wet.
4)                  Do keep in your pocket a note containing the name / address, mobile telephone number of any Yatri proceeding for Darshan on the same date as you are doing, for emergency purposes.
5)                  Do carry your identity card / driving license and Yatra Permit with you.
6)                  Do travel in a group along with porters / horses / ponies carrying your luggage.
7)                  Do ensure that all those comprising the group remain in your sight, lest you are separated from your group.
8)                  On your journey home, you must leave the Base Camps along with all other members of your group.
9)                  Do seek immediate assistance of the Police in case any member of your group is missing. Also have an announcement made on the Public Address System at the Yatra Camp.
10)              Do help your fellow Yatris travelling with you and perform Yatra with a pious mind.
11)              Do strictly follow the instructions issued by the Yatra Administration from time to time.
12)              Earth, water, air, fire and sky are integral parts of Lord Shiva.  Therefore do respect the environment and do nothing whatsoever to pollute the Yatra area.


Don’ts for the Yatris

1)                  Ladies must not wear saree while trekking during the Yatra.  Salwar kameez, pant-shirt or a track suit will be more comfortable for them.
2)                  Ladies who are more than 6 weeks pregnant shall not be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage.
3)                  Children below 13 years in age and elderly persons above the age of 75 years shall not be permitted to undertake the pilgrimage.
4)                  Don’t stop at places which are marked by warning notices.
5)                  Don’t use slippers because there are steep rises and falls on the route to the Holy Cave.  Only wear trekking shoes with laces.
6)                  Don’t attempt any short cuts on the route as doing so would be dangerous.
7)                  Don’t commence journey on an empty stomach (fasting).  If you do so, you would be prone to attracting serious medical problems.
8)                  Don’t do anything during the entire Yatra which could cause pollution.
9)                  Don’t use polythene as its use is banned in J&K and is punishable under law.

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Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) scheme to solve the problems of un-employed youth in the country. 

PMEGP scheme has been launched to solve the problems of un-employed youths in the country, said Shri Kalraj Mishar, Union Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises in the function to celebrate 60 years of Khadi Gramodyog Bhawan, KVIC, here today. 

He was addressing the students from various colleges of Delhi University, Indraprastha University etc who had gathered to join the celebration of Khadi Gramodyog Bhawan. The Hon’ble Union Minister while having interaction with the youths laid emphasis on making Khadi designer friendly and appealing to the youths and in line with the call given by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to adopt Khadi in their day to day life, he urged youth to join hands to promote Khadi and also adopt Khadi products in their day to day use. The Hon’ble Minister also stated that Mahatma Gandhi is the greatest Brand Ambassador for Khadi. 

It was also highlighted during the event that Khadi Gramodyog Bhawan which had modest sale of `16.95 lacs during 1955-56 has reached a turnover of `72 crores during 2014-15. The Khadi Bhawan also made a record achievement of achieving an increase of 100% net profit over the previous year i.e. `55 lacs profit from the previous year of `27 lacs. 

Present on the occasion Shri MadhavLal, Secretary, Ministry of MSME, and Commissioner, KVIC.

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Railways Dedicates its 60th National Level Railway Week Award Function-2015 to the North Eastern Region and its People 

Suresh Prabhu Inaugurates the National Programme at Guwahati on 13th April 2015 

The 60th National Level Railway Week Award Function-2015 was inaugurated by the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu at Guwahati in Assam today i.e  13th April 2015. The Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha was specially present on the occasion. Also present on the occasion among others were  Chairman, Railway Board Shri A.K.Mital, Railway Board Members, Secretary, Railway Board, General Manager, Northeast Frontier Railway, General managers of the other Zonal railways and the Production units and other senior railway officials.

In view of Prime Minister’s special emphasis and focus on the development of the North Eastern region, the significance accorded to the development of Railway infrastructure in this region by Indian Railways and the nation’s commitment towards the welfare of north eastern people, the Ministry of Railways  celebrated its most momentous National level Award Function marking 60th Railway Week this year at Guwahati which is the nerve centre of entire North East. This year’s Railways National Programme is dedicated to the North Easern Region and its people.

Development of North Eastern Region has been an article of faith for the Central Government. The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has always been emphasizing on the development of North Eastern States. Railway connectivity is obviously is an important factor in the development process. Indian Railways is earnestly committed to create adequate Railway infrastructure ( new lines, gauge conversions, station developments, new trains, passenger facility and amenities etc.) in North Eastern States. In view of the importance of this region, as many as 11 railway projects have been declared National Projects which receive uninterrupted funding from the Central Government. In 2014-15, more than Rs 5200 crore was provided for network expansion in NE Region. Again in 2015-16, an all time high outlay of over Rs 5300 crore has been provided for this purpose.

Recently, the Prime Minister Shri Modi took time off from his busy schedule and went all the way to Guwahati to flag off first train on the new railway line from Dudhnai in Assam to Mendipathar in Meghalaya thereby bringing Meghalaya on country’s railway map. The Prime minister also laid the foundation stone for new railway line from Bhairabi to Sairang which will provide railway connectivity to the Aizawal  , the capital of Mizoram state. Considering the importance of this region, the Prime Minister visited this region again in February, 2015 and inaugurated a direct train connecting Itanagar in  Arunachal Pradesh with the National Capital. The Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu recently flagged off first Broad Gauge goods train on completion of  Lumding-Silchar broad gauge (BG) line providing seamless BG rail  connectivity to Assam’s Barak valley with the rest of the country. The passenger trains on this section will be started soon after the necessary clearance from Commissioner of Railway Safety. The entire North Bank of Brahmaputra has been brought on Broad Gauge with completion of Rangiya – Murkongselek Gauge Conversion project.

Indian Railways is committed to provide connectivity to all capitals of North Eastern states by 2020. The Railways have made spectacular achievements and created engineering marvels despite challenging geological conditions, difficult terrain and adverse law and order situation.. The field units in North Eastern region have also been empowered for faster decision making to expedite execution.

A total number 151 officers/staff from all Zonal railways including Ministry of Railways were presented the National Railway Awards for their outstanding performance. In addition, four officers/staff (each in Hindi and English) were the winners for Essay Competition. Six officers/staff were the winners of Scrap Disposal of Performance Prize-2015

Winners of the shields were; the prestigious Govind Vallabh Pant shield for the best overall performance amongst the best zonal railways and the production units was bagged by West Central Railway ,Comprehensive Health Care Shield  jointly for Eastern ,Southern and Northern Railways, Civil Engineering Shield jointly for West Central and South Central Railways, Mechanical Engineering Shield for North Central railway, Electrical Engineering Traction Shield for South Eastern  Railway, Electric Coaching & General Service Shield Western Railway. Signal & Telecommunication Shield jointly was awarded to the West Central railway and Central Railway, Personnel Management Shield jointly for East Coast railway and West Central Railways, Stores Shield doer South Central Railway, Security Shield for Northern Railway, Traffic Transportation Shield for East Coast Railway, Accounts & Finance Management Shield South East Central Railway, Commercial Shield for Central Railway, Civil Engineering Construction Shield Northeast Frontier Railway (Construction), Sales Management Shield for South Central Railway, Running Room Shield of Vijayawada Division of South Central railway, Level Crossing & Road Over/Under Bridge Safety Works Shield for Northern Railway, Passenger Security Shield for Northeast Frontier Railway, Safety Shield jointly  for Southern and West Central  Railways, Best Production Unit Shield for Integral Coach Factory, Best Railway Workshop (Rolling Stock) Shield KOTA Workshop of West Central Railway .Comprehensive Health Care Cup for New Zones -East Coast Railway, Station Cleanliness Shield for Southern railway and Train Cleanliness Shield for Western railway

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MOIL presents dividend of Rs 60.12 crore to Steel & Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar 

MOIL Limited [Formerly known as Manganese Ore (India) Limited], a Miniratna Schedule-A PSU under the Ministry of Steel, Government of India, has declared 50% (i.e., Rs. 5 per share) Interim Dividend for the year 2014-15. 

The Interim Dividend cheque of Rs 60.12 crore was presented to Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Steel and Mines Minister at New Delhi today by Shri G.P Kundargi, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of MOIL Limited in the presence of Smt. Bharathi S. Sihag Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor to the Govt. of India, Ministry of Steel, Smt. Urvilla Khati, Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India, Ministry of Steel, Shri M.P Chaudhari, Director (Finance), Shri A.K Jha, Director (Production & Planning) and Shri T.K. Pattnaik, Director (Commercial) of MOIL Limited and other senior officials of the company were also present. 

During nine months financial of F.Y. 2014-15 ended on 31.12.2014, the production of Manganese Ore was 8.22 lakh tonnes. The company has achieved a total income of Rs. 879.88 crore during the period. It has earned Profit before Tax (PBT) of Rs 493.18 crore and Profit after Tax (PAT) of Rs. 325.54 crore during the said period. MOIL’s shares are also listed on National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange Limited (BSE), Mumbai. 

At present, MOIL’s paid-up capital is Rs. 168.00 crore out of which 71.57% is held by Government of India, 4.62% by Government of Maharashtra, 3.81% by Government of Madhya Pradesh and the rest (20%) by public. 

MOIL Limited is the largest producer of Manganese ore in the country. It operates ten mines in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh and has also diversified into manufacturing of electrolytic manganese dioxide and ferro alloys as well as generation of electricity through wind turbine generators. Hon’ble Steel Minister assured full support of the Ministry of Steel to MOIL Limited for better performance and further development of the Company. 


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Australia Extends Support to Ganga Rejuvenation Plan 

Australia has promised its full support to Ganga Rejuvenation plan. This was communicated by Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Ms. Julie Bishop when she called on Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti here today. Ms. Bishop said her country will be too happy to extend all technological support to India for its mission to clean Ganga. She said her country has developed a “Score card” to measure and control effluent discharge into the rivers which will be very useful for India in its efforts to clean Ganga. Welcoming the offer, Sushri Bharti said this will be very helpful for us to formulate proper guidelines for polluting industries. 

Both the leaders also discussed the possibilities of bilateral co-operation in sectors like water flow forecasting, recharging of ground water, mapping of ground water storage and inter-linking of rivers. The visiting dignitary also extended an invitation to Sushri Bharti to visit Australia. 


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Storage Status of 85 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on April 09, 2015 


               The Water Storage available in 85 important reservoirs of the country as on April 09, 2015 was 50.895 BCM which is 33% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This storage is 86%of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 111% of storage of average of last ten years.  The present storage position during current year is less than the storage position of last year but is better than the storage of average of last ten years.
 Central Water Commission monitors live storage status of 85 important reservoirs of the country on weekly basis. These reservoirs include 37 reservoirs having hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW. The total storage capacity of these reservoirs is 155.046 BCM which is about 61% of the storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country.

REGION WISE STORAGE STATUS:
NORTHERN REGION
The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are 6 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 6.32 BCM which is 35% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 35% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 30% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is equal to the corresponding period of last year but is better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

EASTERN REGION
The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 8.90 BCM which is 47% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 59% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 37% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year but is better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

WESTERN REGION
The Western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 22 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 24.54 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 8.70 BCM which is 35% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 47% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 40% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year and also less than the average storage of last ten years.

CENTRAL REGION
The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 42.30BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 17.06 BCM which is 40% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 48% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 25% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year but better than the average storage of last ten years.


SOUTHERN REGION
The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 30 reservoirs in this region having total live storage capacity of 51.37 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 9.92 BCM which is 19% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 20% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 26% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

             States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh.


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