ACC Appointment


Dr. S. Christopher appointed as the new Director General, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on May 28, 2015.

ACC Appointment

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Dr. S. Christopher, Distinguished Scientist & Programme Director (AEW&C) and Director, Centre for Air-Borne Systems, DRDO as Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development-cum-Director General, Defence Research & Development Organization for a period of two years from the date of taking over charge.

Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy appointed as the Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, on May 28, 2015.
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RPF Personnel Rescue a Female Child

On 25.05.2015 while making round of Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Shri A.K.Singh, Sub Inspector of RPF along with other Staff rescued a female child, namely Rashmi Nayak, aged 10 yrs. D/o Shri Ramesh Nayak, P/S-Jatni, Dist-Khurda, Odisha who was found loitering on Platform No. 3. She was brought to RPF/POST and on enquiry, it was learned that she had run away from her house.

The matter was brought to the notice of Society for children, an NGO. After due verification, the rescued girl was handed over to Shri Pankaj Ghadei, a team member of the said NGO. It is informed that child is in the Government shelter home, Bhubaneswar under child line from where she will be handed over to her parents.

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IT Vision for Indian Railways to be Prepared

The Ministry of Railways has decided to prepare Information Technology (IT) Vision for Indian Railways. For this purpose, the Ministry of Railways has constituted an advisory Council under the Chairmanship of Shri Som Mittal, Former President NASSCOM and Member, Expert Committee on HR Policy for e-Governance set up by NeGD, to assist in the drafting of the IT Vision for the Indian Railways. The other Members of the Advisory Council will be as under:-
1.             Shri Narendra Karmakar – Ex. Professor, TIFR and expert in Super Computing
2.             Shri M.P. Jaiswal, Dean and Professor, Information Management, MDI, Gurgaon
3.             Shri Rajesh Mathur, Vice-President, Association of Geospatial Industries
4.             Additional Mamber (C&IS), Railway Board
5.             Managing Director/CRIS, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
6.             CMD, RailTel Corporation of India Ltd.
7.             Director (Operations)/CRIS, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
8.             Shri A.K, Valani, Sr. Director (e-Gov), Deity
9.             Dr. P.G.Diwakar, DDG, National Remote Sensing Centre(NRSC)
10.         Chief Engineer(TMS), Northern Railway, New Delhi
11.         Executive Director/Telecom(Dev), Railway Board, New Delhi
(Executive Director (C&IS), Railway Board, New Delhi will act as Member Secretary to the Council)

The Terms of reference of the Council will be as under:-
·               To assist in developing a comprehensive ICT Vision for Indian Railways which is in line with the overall vision and objectives outlined for Railways;
·               The ICT Vision to cover Information Technology, Communication and Telecom as well as Geospatial. The current ICT implementation to be reviewed & Integrated into the new vision.
·               To specifically integrate and cover passenger service, freight services, asset management and train operations, safety and security as well as operations/enterprise management of Railway;
·               To recommend on implementation strategy and structure to ensure timely complete execution of the vision;
·               To recommend plan for effective capacity building, change management and IT Governance; and
·               To suggest the road map to set up a technology portal which would invite innovative technological solutions for Rail Specific issues;

The Headquarter of the Council will be at New Delhi.

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‘Technology Mission’ for Indian Railways to be set up

The Ministry of Railways has decided to set up the ‘Technology Mission for Indian Railways’(TMIR) as a consortium of Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Industries on an investment sharing model for taking up identified railway projects for applied research and use on Indian Railways.

The ‘Technology Mission for Indian Railways’ (TMIR) will function through the ‘Mission Implementation and coordination committee’ (MICC), consisting of the following:-

(a) Prof. N.S.Vyas, former Head/Mechanical Engineering, IIT-Kanpur and presently Vice Chancellor/Rajasthan Technical University—Mission Chairman

(b) Shri Alok Kumar, Exe. Director/CE(G), Railway Board—Co-Chairman

(C) Nominees of Ministry of Railways, RDSO, Railway Research Centres, Ministry of HRD, Ministry of Science & Technology and Ministry of Industries – Members

The ‘Mission Implementation and Coordination Committee’ (MICC) will formulate the ‘Mission Management Manual’ (MMM) for functioning of ‘TMIR’ and the domain specific Sub-Committees for various fields of railway working and also for monitoring the progress of research and technology projects.

TMIR’ will also monitor progress of research projects of the existing Railway Research Centre (RRC)/Kharagpur and other 4 upcoming Railway Research Centres sanctioned in Budget 2015-16. Thus, Railways’ investment in applied research activities will be fruitfully converted to technology development for actual use in railway working. Execution of various projects under ‘TMIR’ will be dealt in terms of procedures, to be defined in its ‘Mission Management Manual (MMM)’.

The Nodal Directorate for functioning o the ‘Technology Mission for Indian Railways’ (TMIR) and its ‘Mission Implementation and coordination Committee’ (MICC) will be Efficiency & Research Directorate of Railway Board.

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‘Malaviya Chair’ for Railway Technology to be set up at IIT (BHU), Varanasi


The Ministry of Railways has decided to set up the “Malaviya Chair” for Railway Technology at IIT (BHU) to help in development of new materials to b e used in all assets of Railways. The project formulation and implementation in the fields of development of new materials for use in various assets of Railways will form part of the functioning of ‘Malaviya Chair’. The Ministry of Railways will provide endowment fund of Rs 5 crore for this purpose.

The “Malviya Chair” will function through the ‘Chair Core Committee (CCC) consisting of the following :-

        a) Shri R.K. Verma , Adviser /Railway Board, presently Adviser(PG).  -Chairman

    to the Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways.

b) Executive Director (Research) RDSO, Lucknow.                                     -Member

c)Executive Director (Finance), RDSO, Lucknow.                                        -Member

d) Two nominees of Director/IIT (BHU) , Varanasi.                                     -Members

(The Chair Core Committee may also co-opt any additional Member, if considered appropriate.)

        The projects identified & their execution in consultation with other academic and research institutions through this Chair will be carried out as per the existing procedures of IIT(BHU).

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Storage Status of 91 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on May 28, 2015


             The Water storage available in 91 important reservoirs of the country as on May 28, 2015 was 43.14 BCM which is 27% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This storage is 97% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 136% 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 these reservoirs 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 157.799 BCM which is about 62% 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 7.63 BCM which is 42% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 38% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 28% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also 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 6.31 BCM which is 34% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 37% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 19% 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 27 reservoirs in this region having total live storage capacity of 27.07 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 6.32 BCM which is 23% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 30% 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 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 14.14 BCM which is 33% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 37% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 17% 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, Telangana, (two combined project in both states) Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 8.74 BCM which is 17% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 14% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 18% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year but is 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, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

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