Insurance cover under CLND Act 2010



DAE in coordination with Department of Financial Services considering a proposal for developing an appropriate insurance product by GIC for providing insurance cover under CLND Act, 2010

The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in coordination with Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance is considering a proposal for developing an appropriate insurance product by the General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re) to provide an insurance cover for the liability arising out of , and mandated by , the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages (CLND) Act, 2010. Such insurance product is intended for the benefit of the operators of nuclear power plants as well as suppliers (both domestic and foreign).


The General Insurance Corporation of India have conducted an international workshop in New Delhi on 20th March 2015 to take inputs from various stake-holders as well as clarify their doubts in the context of development of an appropriate insurance product to cover the liability under CLND ACT.

This information was given 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 Rajya Sabha today.
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Chandrayaan-2 planned to be launched during 2017-18

The Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to the Moon, has Orbiter, Lander and Rover configuration. It is planned to be launched during 2017- 2018 timeframe by Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

This information was given 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 Rajya Sabha today.

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Union Agriculture Minister Met EU Agriculture Commissioner and Canadian Counterpart on the Sidelines of G-20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting at Istanbul

Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister met Mr Phil Hogan, EU Agriculture Commissioner on the sidelines of G-20 Agriculture Ministers meeting at Istanbul today. They discussed issues of mutual interest. Shri Singh thanked Mr Hogan for lifting the ban on import of Indian mangoes and urged him to quickly resolve the issue of ban on import of other vegetables including Bitter Gourd, Snake Gourd, Okra etc from India.

Shri Singh also met his Canadian counterpart Mr Gerry Ritz on the sidelines of G-20 Agriculture Ministers meeting. Both of them discussed issues of mutual interest. Union Minister sought the expertise of Canadian commercial enterprises in the low cost, energy efficient and ecologically sustainable cold chain technologies in India and invited Canadian investment in this sector. It was also agreed to quickly fix the date for the 4th meeting of the Joint Working Group with a view to take forward the cooperation between the two countries.

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Consultation Paper on “Regulatory Framework for OTT Services”

TRAI had released the consultation paper on “Regulatory framework for OTT services” on 27th March 2015, inviting comments from the stakeholders by 24th April 2015 and counter comments by 08th May 2015.

In response to the consultation paper, TRAI received a large number of e-mails from various stakeholders as comments to the consultation paper. In their response, stakeholders also requested that their responses be published on the TRAI website alongside other comments received, in line with past practice regarding such public consultations. After processing the received emails to filter various spam emails, duplicate e-mails etc and for proper display in the web, these emails were uploaded on TRAI website. Since many of the emails had only email id as the header, for easy identification of the stakeholders comments, the comments were segregated date-wise along with their email ids and uploaded.

A number of stakeholders have voiced their concern that display of their email address may result in spamming. Therefore, all stakeholders are hereby informed that during submission of their counter comments, if anyone desires that his/her email id should not be displayed, it may be specifically stated so in the email. However, a proper name for identification and display in the counter comment must be included. Such respondent should also include “Do not display my id” in the subject of the email.  The counter comments, if any, may be send to advqos@trai.gov.in by 08thMay 2015

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Union Home Minister felicitates NDRF teams for their relief & rescue assistance in Nepal

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated the teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for their exemplary work done in rescue and relief operations in recent earthquake in Nepal, here today.

The Ambassador of Nepal in India, Shri Deep Kumar Upadhyay appreciated the timely arrival and the role of NDRF and other assistance by the Indian authorities. He mentioned that Nepal required need-based supply of relief material from India and other countries. The Ambassador further mentioned that Nepal expects India to help Nepal in her rehabilitation and re-construction efforts. He also thanked the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the people of India who promptly extended assistance to Nepal. He expressed his happiness on Indo-Nepal cooperation.

Shri Rajnath Singh said that the Government of India and the Government of Nepal worked closely in this operation under the direction and supervision of the Prime Minister of India and he himself was monitoring the situation with the Ambassador of Nepal in India, NDMA, NDRF and other agencies involved in this operation.

The Union Home Minister stated that he had seen the important role played by NDRF first during Malegaon-landslide incident and subsequently in other rescue operations. Shri Rajnath Singh praised the role of NDRF teams in different operations and mentioned that out of 16 persons rescued, 11 were rescued by NDRF teams. He further added that Indian relief and rescue teams were the first to reach Nepal immediately to join hands with our friendly neighbor in their hour of need.

Earlier, Director General, NDRF, Shri O.P. Singh briefed about the movement and role of NDRF teams in relief and rescue operations in Nepal during the last 10-12 days by 16 composite NDRF teams moved from different locations in India.

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju, Home Secretary, Shri L.C. Goyal, Defence Secretary, Shri R.K. Mathur, Additional Secretaries of Ministry External Affairs and Ministry Home Affairs, Director General, NDRF, Shri O.P. Singh and senior officers from the Embassy of Nepal in India, NDMA, NDRF, MEA and MHA were present in the function.

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Objective News vital for information dissemination- Arun Jaitley
Minister launches Mobile App for DD News
E-version of India- 2015/ Bharat-2015 and e-book of I&B launched

Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley has said that in view of the multifarious channels of information dissemination, the objective presentation of news should never become a casualty. While the news domain currently was event based, competitive and anchor driven, there still existed space for news based on facts and correct information. The audience for information was extremely keen to have a comprehensive view of issues and events. At the same time the credibility of presenting objective news depended on the ability to update information consistently. Shri Jaitley stated this while delivering his address at the launch of the DD News Mobile Application and other e-initiatives of the I&B Ministry here today.

Elaborating further, Shri Jaitley said that the launch of the application by DD News was an important milestone for Prasar Bharati as it catered to the information needs of the pan-Indian audience. It also provided DD News a platform to instantly communicate the objective news on a 24x7 basis and added a new dimension to its profile in addressing the vast needs of the Indian audience. The App also addressed the changing profile of viewers who today sought information through the app mode. Regarding the e-version of India-2015 and Bharat-2015, Shri Jaitley said the availability of these publications on e-mode would enable the digital medium audience to utilize the wealth of information on India at large. By placing itself on the digital mode, Publications Division was in tune with the contemporary changes taking place in the publications industry. It was imperative to constantly and consistently improve the ongoing efforts to go digital.

On the e-book of the I&B Ministry, Shri Jaitley said that the e-book of the Ministry of I&B captured the achievements and initiatives undertaken in the last one year. The focus of the e-book was to present the content in a multi-media, reader friendly format with pictures and embedded videos.

In its efforts to make the channel available far and wide especially on new ICT platforms, DD News has launched the new mobile app to make live TV, news feed and top videos available on smart phones. The DD News Mobile App has a user friendly interface and is available even in poor network conditions. Both Android and i-Phone versions of the app are available.

The e-version of the India/ Bharat-2015, reference annual was aimed at providing better reading experience to public. These e-books are easily downloadable and supported by major Operating systems like I-OS, Android, Windows etc. The e-India / e-Bharat has a variety of reader-friendly features like search ability, hyperlinks, easy referencing, assured back up and retrieval.

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Share of the nuclear power generation in the total electricity production in the country in 2014-15 was of the order of 3.6% 

There  are  21  nuclear  power  reactors  in  the  country  with  a  total installed capacity of 5780 MW. Of these, one reactor, Rajasthan Atomic Power Station Unit 1 (RAPS – 1) (100 MW) at Rawatbhata, Rajasthan is currently under extended shutdown for techno-economic assessment for continued operation.
The Kudankulam Unit – 2 is presently under commissioning. The unit is expected to be commissioned in 2015-16.
There are five reactors which are presently under various stages of construction with a total capacity of 3300 MW. The details of these reactors are as tabulated below:
Project
Location
Capacity
(MW)
Anticipated
 Completion
Dates
Kakrapar Atomic Power  Project
Units 3&4 (KAPP 3&4)
Kakrapar,
Gujarat
2 X 700
2017-18
 Rajasthan Atomic Power Project
Units 7&8 (RAPP 7&8)
Rawatbhata,
Rajasthan
2 X 700
2018-19
Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor
(PFBR)
Kalpakkam,
Tamil Nadu
500
2015-16









Presently, of the reactors with total capacity of 5680 MW in operation, reactors with a capacity of 3280 MW are fuelled by imported fuel and are operated at rated capacity. The remaining reactors with a capacity of 2400 MW are fuelled by indigenous fuel which are being operated close to the rated capacity, matching the fuel supply.
The share of the nuclear power generation in the total electricity production in the country in the financial year 2014-15 was of the order of 3.6% (including 2242 Million Units power generation from Kudankulam Unit-1 prior to its commercial operation).
This information was given 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 Rajya Sabha today.

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Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor of 500 MWe targeted to produce power in FY 2015-16 
In addition to projects already under construction, financial sanction has been accorded for construction of two indigenous reactors i.e. Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojana Units 1&2 (GHAVP 1&2) (2X700 MW) by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) at            Gorakhpur, Haryana and two reactors at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu          [Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project Units 3&4 (KKNPP –3&4)] to be built in technical co-operation with the Russian Federation. Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited (BHAVINI), another Public Sector Undertaking of the Department of Atomic Energy will be constructing two more Fast Breeder Reactors (FBR 1&2) of 600 MWe capacity each at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu.
The amount allocated in the last three years for the above three projects are given below:
Name of the Project
Amount Allocated (RE) in Rs. crore
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
GHAVP-1&2, Gorakhpur Haryana
530
80
177
KKNPP-3&4, Kudankulam Tamil Nadu
800
450
209
FBR-1&2, Kalpakkam Tamil Nadu
Nil
27.60
Nil

Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor of 500 MWe is presently under advanced     stage of commissioning and is targeted to produce power in FY 2015-16.
This information was given 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 Rajya Sabha today.





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