Export of Potato is Free without any Quantitative Restrictions




Export of Potato is Free without any Quantitative Restrictions

At present, export of potato is free without any quantitative restrictions. Earlier Minimum Export Prices (MEP) of US$ 450/MT on Potato was imposed on 26th June, 2014 to augment domestic supplies in view of rising retail and wholesale prices in domestic markets. However, in recent times, keeping in view the surplus supply of potato in the domestic markets and consequent rapid fall in price (In domestic and retail), MEP on export of Potato was removed by Department of Commerce vide Notification No. 112 (RE-2013)/2009-14 dated 20th Feb, 2015.


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Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Visits United States of America

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha PVSM AVSM VM ADC, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Air Staff returned after a five day visit to the United States of America.

During his visit, the Air Chief Marshal Raha held meetings with the Indian Ambassador to the US, Shri Arun Kumar Singh and General Mark Anthony Welsh III, Chief of Staff, US Air Force. He also had discussions with Ms Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affair.

As part of his programme, the Air Chief visited the USAF Headquarters at Pentagon and Hurlburt AF Base in Floirda. While at Nellis AF Base Nevada, he held discussions pertaining to the Red Flag Exercise at the US Air Force Warfare Centre. On the final leg of his tour he interacted with PACOM Commanders and also visited the memorial of the Pearl Harbour attack of World War II fame where USS Arizona was sunk.

The visit was aimed at fostering goodwill and enhancing bilateral relations between the two Air Forces.

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India and Vietnam Sign a Joint Vision Statement on Defence Cooperation

India and Vietnam signed a Joint Vision Statement on Defence Cooperation for the period 2015-2020 here last night. The Statement was signed by the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar and the Vietnamese Minister for National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh at the end of the delegation level talks in New Delhi. An MoU on cooperation between the Coast Guards of the two countries was also signed in the presence of the two Defence Ministers. The Vietnamese Defence Minister is on a 3-day official visit to the country at the invitation of Shri Parrikar. At the delegation level talks, the two sides discussed wide ranging issues concerning defence cooperation, including cooperation in the area of maritime security.

Both sides reiterated their commitment to further enhancing the ongoing defence engagements between the two sides for mutual benefit.

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Parrikar Asks Shipyards to Compress Delivery Schedules of Warships

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar has asked shipyards, both public and private, to compress delivery schedules of warships and other platforms for the Navy and Coast Guard. Addressing the Naval Commanders’ Conference here today, Shri Parrikar said in the last one year the modernisation plan of the Navy has gained significant momentum with induction of several new platforms.

The Minister expressed satisfaction with the impetus being imparted towards indigenous development of naval capabilities. He said each commissioning of a ship or launch of a submarine built in India is a proud moment for everyone and the nation as a whole. Shri Parrikar said all 48 ships and submarines presently on order for the navy are being constructed in Indian shipyards, which is in keeping with the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ vision.

The Defence Minister complimented the naval personnel for continuing to perform their duties tirelessly and selflessly to protect and promote the maritime interests of the nation. He expressed appreciation on the stellar role played by the navy in evacuating citizens of nearly 35 countries in the extremely dangerous and war like conditions during ‘Operation Rahat’ in strife –torn Yemen. He said the Navy’s evacuation efforts were appreciated and acknowledged both by the nation as well as the international community. Shri Parrikar also acknowledged the Navy’s prompt response during ‘Operation Neer’, where Indian Naval ships provided potable water to Maldives in December last year and demonstrated the nation’s commitment and engagement with its maritime neighbours.

Speaking on the Human Resources issues, the Minister expressed his special concern for the men in uniform and said that improvements in service conditions, welfare and quality of life are his top priority. He complimented the Navy’s sustained efforts in enhancing manpower induction and improving the quality of life and service conditions of sailors and officers.

The Minister highlighted the proactive engagement of Navy with the DRDO, DPSUs and other private and public sector partners which have resulted in a high degree of indigenisation and transfer-of-technology. He complimented the Navy for bringing out a comprehensive 20-year Science and Technology roadmap to guide and assist the DRDO in developing niche technologies for the future.

The four day Naval Commanders’ Conference will conclude on May 28, 2015.

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Heat Wave Conditions in Different Parts of the Country

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in its Weather Warning Bulletin issued this afternoon had forecast severe heat wave conditions at a few places in Vidharba. Such heat wave conditions are also forecast at many places in Odisha for today and over next two days. Heat wave conditions are also expected in few places in Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. People in these areas have been asked to vigilant of such conditions.

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana which experienced severe heat wave conditions over the last few days will continue to have heat wave conditions over today and tomorrow also. Heat wave conditions are also to prevail in parts of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh over next two days.

Fall in day temperatures by about 2°C over Andhra Pradesh,Telangana and Vidarbha from 28th May onwards leading to abetment of heat wave conditions is predicted.

On the other hand In the North-Eastern States of the country, heavy rainfall is predicted at isolated places for tomorrow and over next three days


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MoS (Home) Haribhai P. Chaudhary inaugurates developmental projects in Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary inaugurated several developmental projects in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli today worth over Rupees 70 crores. He also laid the foundation stone for the school buildings at Kilvani and Rakholi with a total cost of Rs. 7.12 crore.

The projects inaugurated under the aegis of “Saal Ek, Shuruat Anek”, marking the completion of one year of the Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, included the Water Treatment Plant of Silvasa Municipal Corporation worth Rs.29.82 crores, Kolak Bridge and Checkdam worth Rs.7.87 crores, Rakholi Bridge worth Rs.13.77 crores, Dudhani Water Supply Scheme worth Rs.10.00 crores and Floating Musical Dancing Fountain, Dadra Park worth Rs.9.89 crores.

Shri Haribhai P. Chaudhary also held a camp, namely “Prashashan Aapke Dwar” at Panchayat Ghar, Dapada to seek views of local people for further development and redressal of grievances. He also addressed a Press Conference to highlight the initiatives of Central Government at the National level and the initiatives taken for the development of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and other Union Territories.

Shri Haribhai P. Chaudhary later addressed a Public Meeting at the Kilvani Naka where he listed out the achievements of the Government of India during the last one year. Shri Natubhai G. Patel, Member of Parliament from Dadra and Nagar Haveli, local public representatives and Administrator, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and the senior officials of the administration were present.

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