President of India’s message on the eve of Freedom Day of South Africa

President of India’s message on the eve of Freedom Day of South Africa

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa on the eve of the Freedom Day of South Africa (April 27, 2015).

In his message to His Excellency Mr. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, the President of the Republic of South Africa, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend to the friendly people of South Africa warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of the Freedom Day of South Africa.

The relationship between India and South Africa is deeply rooted in history, and over the years, has evolved into a strategic partnership, characterized by multi-faceted engagement covering a range of activities in the political, economic and cultural fields. Our co-operation under the IBSA and the BRICS forum adds even greater value and substance to our engagement. I am confident that in the coming years, we will further reinforce our bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of our two peoples.

Please accept, Excellency, my warm wishes for your personal health and well-being, as well as for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people of South Africa”.

President of India’s message on the eve of King’s Day of Netherlands

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the King, Government and people of the Netherlands on the eve of the King’s Day of the Netherlands (April 27, 2015).

In his message to His Majesty Willem-Alexander, the King of the Netherlands, the President has said, “on behalf of the Government and the people of India, I would like to extend my warm felicitations to you, the Government and the people of the Netherlands on the occasion of “King’s Day”.

India and the Netherlands have a long history of friendship and cooperation that has developed over more than 400 years. We have, today a successful economic and commercial partnership in many areas of shared interest. I am confident that in the coming years the excellent relations between our two countries will be further strengthened.

Please accept, Your Majesty, my best wishes for your good health and personal well-being and for the continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of the Netherlands”.


President of India speaks to President of Nepal

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee spoke on telephone yesterday (25.04.2015) evening to His Excellency Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. He expressed deep shock over the damage and destruction caused by the massive earthquake and enquired about the latest situation and assessment of persons killed in the earthquake. President Mukherjee informed the President of Nepal about rescue and relief assistance being provided by India and assured him of the fullest cooperation and all possible assistance. The President conveyed that the people of India are with the people of Nepal in this hour of crisis and offered his condolences to those killed in the earthquake.


Union Government announces compensation to families of earthquake victims across India

The Government of India has announced compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each, to families of those who lost their lives in yesterday's earthquake across parts of India.


Rains Predicted Over Nepal and Eastern Parts of India even as another Earth Quake of 6.8 Magnitude Occured today with its Epicenter 65 Kms East of Kathmandu

Another Earth quake occurred today of 6.8 magnitude around 12.39 pm IST (Indian Standard Time) at a depth of 10 Km with its Epicentral Region located in Nepal about 65 Km east of Kathmandu. Its Latitude and Longitude are 27.71 N and 85.91 E respectively.

Effects of this earthquake were also severely felt in all northern and central parts of India including in the capital city of New Delhi.

Within ten minutes of occurrence of the quake the Indian Tsunami Early Warning Center (ITEWC) of INCOIS- Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services gave details of the epicenter and the magnitude of the quake.

Meanwhile the Weather Forecasting Center of the Indian Meteorological Department has predicted fairly widespread rain/ thundershower activity over Nepal during next 24 hours. The activity is most likely to become widespread on 27 and 28 April with possibility of isolated heavy thunderstorm activity, particularly over eastern part of Nepal. Similar weather is also predicted for Kathmandu. It has been suggested that precaution be taken against the above weather and also due to possibility of landslides at vulnerable sites.

Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim would also experience fairly widespread to widespread rain/thundershower activity during next 3 days with possibility of isolated heavy thunderstorm. Scattered thunderstorm activity over Bihar and isolated over East Uttar Pradesh would also occur during next 2-3 days.


Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh vardhan Laid a Foundation Stone for the Ocean Research Facility of ESSO- NIOT Near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh

The Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr.  Harsh Vardhan laid the foundation stone for the ocean research facility of ESSO- NIOT near ocean front at Thupilipallam village in Vakadu Mandal near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh last evening. This new research facility for NIOT, to be established at a cost of over Rs. 250 crores will allow testing of various equipment and operations to be undertaken in actual sea conditions and would enable demonstration of its various technologies. Speaking on the occasion he said that setting of this facility in this new State of Andhra Pradesh is expected to definitely  and greatly contribute to its progress.

The foundation laying ceremony took place in the august presence Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri Nara Chandra Babu Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development; Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation & Parliamentary Affairs Shri  M. Venkaiah Naidu,  Union Minister of State for Ministry of Science & Technology & Earth Sciences Shri. Y. S. Chowdary, people’s representatives  of the region, various Ministers of the State Government and senior officials.

This Earth System Science Organization - National Institute of Ocean Technology facility at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh is expected to be the future hub of Ocean technology in India.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh through the district administration of Nellore has transferred 211 acres of land in two different places - one located at near Thupilipallam village in Vakadu Mandal abetting the sea and another one at Chittedu for Computational and Training facility.

The training facility near the Chittedu village is for software development for ocean data analysis and to provide training to the students in the ocean related R&D areas.  A data centre is also proposed for analysis, data computation and interpretation of ocean data.

The research facility itself would have several laboratories for carrying out prototype tests in a test pond to qualify the method and procedures of deep sea mining concept where a crawler based mining machine collects, crushes and pumps nodules to the mother ship using a positive displacement pump through a flexible riser system. Minerals like copper, cobalt, nickel and manganese can be extracted from such deep sea mining. This facility also caters the sustained development of technology towards harnessing the energy from Gas Hydrates in deep seas.

This facility spread across over 150 acres is proposed to cater the needs of the nation in the design and installation activities considering growing needs of offshore applications. This facility will comprise of physical wave basin for scaled model experimental studies, deep water installations, visualization, dynamic simulator, high performance computing etc.

It will have a Testing facility for Marine Biotechnology wherein there will be facilities for Marine finfish hatchery cum nursery complex, Algal culture process lab, Fish feed formulation and testing facility, intake facilities for sea water and brackish water for laboratory testing to study the natural marine resources etc,.

Among several other research facilities there are testing facilities for Marine Sensor System, for Ocean Electronics, Ocean Acoustics and also Modeling Laboratories. A berthing facility with control room located at this center is also proposed to manage the running, operation and maintenance of the fleet of  for various Ministry of Earth Sciences research Vessels.


Rajnath Singh reviews ongoing rescue & relief operations

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has reviewed the ongoing rescue & relief operations in earthquake affected areas of India, here today. The meeting was attended by the Union Home Secretary, Shri L.C. Goyal, the Secretary, Border Management, Smt. Sneh Lata Kumar, the Secretary NDMA, Shri R.K. Jain, the Director General, Shastra Seema Bal (SSB), Shri B.D. Sharma and other senior officials of Ministry of Home Affairs.

Shri Rajnath Singh spoke to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Akhilesh Yadav and the Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Nitish Kumar and asked them to mobilise a fleet of buses and ambulances to rescue people stranded in Nepal due to yesterday’s earthquake.

The Union Home Minister also instructed the SSB to set up camps along the border to provide medical help to tourists crossing India Nepal border. As of now, ten teams of National Disaster Response Force are pressed into action and six more teams will be dispatched to earthquake affected areas in Nepal.

Shri Rajnath Singh has instructed the Bureau of Immigration to give ‘gratis visas’ to all tourists stranded in Nepal who are coming to India.


GST Bill, Financial business in the packed agenda for second week of second part of Budget session

Reports of Standing Committees of 9 Ministries including Urban Development, Agricultrue, Energy to be submitted to Parliament

After the eventful first week of the second part of the ongoing Budget session of Parliament, financial business will continue to be the main agenda of both the Houses during the second week beginning on Monday i.e April 27, 2015. The second week of only four working days has a packed agenda. There will be no sittings of Parliament on Friday i. e May 1, 2015 on account of Labour Day.

Reports of Parliamentary Standing Committees pertaining to Demands for Grants for 2015-16 in respect of the Ministries of Agriculture, Defence, Energy, Environment and Forests & Climate Change, Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Industry, Science and Technology, Water Resources and Urban Development will be submitted in both the Houses of Parliament on Monday.

During the next week, Lok Sabha is scheduled to discuss Demands for Grants of Ministries of Human Resouce Development (part discussed), Home Affairs, Environment and Forests & Climate Change and Health & Family Welfare. Disussion in this regard in respect of Ministries of Chemicals & Fertilizers and Drinking Water & Sanitation was concluded during the first week.

The GST Bill (The Constitution 122nd Amendment Bill,2014) has been listed for further consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely moved this Bill in the House last week explaining the objectives of the Bill and the benefits that flow from it by way of economic integration of the country. The Lower House is to conclude the financial business with the passage of Finance Bill during the second week.

Rajya Sabha will resume the second week taking forward the discussion on Agrarian crisis and suicided by farmers in different parts of the country on Monday. During the next week, the upper house is to discuss the working of Ministries of External Affairs, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Law & Justice, Social Justice and Empowerment and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises besides consideration and retrun of Raiways Appropriation Bill as passed by Lok Sabha during the first week of the session.

The Business Advisory Committee of Rajya Sabha has assigned time for discussing three Bills viz., The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013, pending before the upper house, with official amendments. The other Bills being –The Warehousing Corporations (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and The Payment and Settlement Systems(Amendment) Bill, 2014, both as passed by the Lok Sabha. All these three Bills have been listed in the Business of the House for Monday.

During the first week of second part of the Budget session of Lok Sabha that began on April 20, 2015, Lok Sabha has passed the Raiways Appropriation Bill, the lone Bill to have been passed by either of the Houses. The lower house completed discussion on Demands for Grants of Ministries of Chemicals and Fertilizers and Drinking Water and Sanitation. External Affairs Minister Smt.Sushma Swaraj made a statement on the Crisis in Yemen and Resuce Efforts of the Government for Evacuation of Indians from that country. The Government has moved the GST Bill for consideration and passing during the first week.

Rajya Sabha, whose 235th Session began on April 23, 2015 made history by passing the Private Member’s Bill on the rights of transgender persons moved by Shri Tiruchi Shiva of DMK. A Private Member’s Bill was last passed in Parliament 45 years ago. Procedurally, Shri Shiva has to now authorise a Member of Lok Sabha to move the said Bill in the lower house and in case he does so, this Bill will come before the Lok Sabha during the Private Members Bills day on May 8, 2015. DMK has no member in Lok Sabha.

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