President of India calls upon authorities to make available infrastructure for internet and ICT-enabled services across country

President of India calls upon authorities to make available infrastructure for internet and ICT-enabled services across country

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated 24 Hot Spots with 30 Wi-Fi access points in the President’s Estate today (May 22, 2015) by which the Estate became 100 % Wi-Fi.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said India is at the 89thposition in Network Readiness Index. Countries like Singapore, Finland and Sweden are leaders in this index. He called upon concerned authorities to ensure availability of infrastructure for Internet and ICT-enabled services across the country and use it in a systematic manner. He said Wi-Fi services could be rolled out in public places across the country, both in urban and rural India.

The President said India, with 244 million, ranks third after China and USA in terms of number of internet users. However, the penetration of internet use as a percentage of the population is only twenty, indicating not only a huge gap but significant potential for future growth as well. With 960 million mobile phones today, India stands second in the world behind China and soon it is expected to become one billion mobile phones. We have more than 77 mobile phone connections per 100 citizens, which is commendable in terms of the penetration achieved by us in mobile telephony.

The President said the government has launched many programmes for the benefit of the common man. Substantial investment in terms of money and effort go into making policies, schemes and programmes aimed at eradication of poverty and other socio-economic ills. Yet, in the absence or poor presence of an effective communication strategy, a large segment of the intended beneficiary population remains unaware of the various benefits they are entitled to. Many a times, it becomes difficult to ensure that the government policies and programmes reach the general population in various parts of the country. In this context, the idea of bringing information to the doorsteps of citizens through network is a revolutionary step to transform India to a Digital India.

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Shri R S Sharma, Secretary, D/o Electronics & IT, Smt. Shefali Sushil Dash, DDG, NIC, officers, staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan and their family members were present on the occasion.

President of India congratulates David Arthur granger on his assumption of office as the executive President of Guyana

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated H.E. Brig. (Retd) David Arthur Granger on his assumption of office as the Executive President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.

In his message to H.E. Brig. (Retd) David Arthur Granger, the President has said, “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on your assumption of office as the Executive President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. I take this opportunity to wish you all success in your endeavours.

Traditionally, India and Guyana enjoy warm and friendly relations. I am confident that the friendly ties between our two countries will further strengthen in the years to come”.

TRAI Releases Clarifications / Reconsideration of Recommendations on ‘Working Guidelines for Spectrum Trading’ and ‘Guidelines on Spectrum Sharing’

The Authority had sent its recommendations on ‘Working Guidelines for Spectrum Trading’ on 28th January 2014 and ‘Guidelines on Spectrum Sharing’ on 21st July 2014 to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). On 27th April 2015, the DoT sought clarifications/ reconsideration on some issues on both the recommendations.

After considering the comments given by the DoT, the Authority has furnished its response to the Government. The response to the Government has been placed on TRAI’s website

For any clarification/ information Shri Sanjeev Banzal, Advisor (Networks Spectrum and Licensing), TRAI may be contacted at Tel. No. +91-11-23210481 or email

Kharif Crop Sown in 56.22 Lakh Hectare so far

           The total sown area as on 22nd May, as per reports received from States, stands at 56.22 lakh hectare as compared to 49.04 lakh hectare at this time last year. Sown area coverage of crops is higher in comparison to the previous kharif season.
               It is reported that rice has been sown/transplanted in 2.68 lakh ha, sugarcane in 40.70 lakh hectare and cotton in 6.12 lakh ha.
             The details of the area covered so far and that covered during this time last year are given below:

                                                                      Lakh hectare
Crop   Area sown in 2015-16 Area sown in 2014-15
Rice 2.68 2.28
Sugarcane 40.70 40.58
Jute & Mesta 6.72 6.18
Cotton 6.12 0.00
Total 56.22 49.04

False Alarm on Social Net Working Sites Regarding Cyclone Ashobaa over Arabian Sea

There is no cyclone at present over the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal neither, is there any probability of development of cyclone over this region during next one week.  The IMD has issued this bulletin as there were certain false alarms about an impending cyclone on some social networking sites.

IMD is the nodal agency to monitor and issue warnings in association with cyclonic disturbances over the north Indian Ocean including the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.  As and when situation will arise, appropriate bulletins/messages will be issued by IMD to concerned agencies and details will also be provided to media agencies as well as uploaded on IMD’s official website for cyclone alerts (

Draft Scheme of the Proposed Rules for Computation of Arm Length Price (ALP) of an International Transaction or Specified Domestic Transaction Uploaded on Finance Ministry’s Website for Comments and Suggestions by 31st May, 2015

            The Finance (No. 2) Act, 2014 had amended the provision of Income-tax Act relating to transfer pricing regime.  The purpose of amendment of section 92C (2) of the Act was to facilitate introduction of “range” concept for determination of Arm’s Length Price of an international transaction or a specified domestic transaction.  Further, use of multiple year data for comparability analysis for the purpose of transfer pricing was also to be incorporated.

            The use of multiple year data and “range” concept in transfer pricing regime is proposed to be incorporated through amendments to be made to Income-tax Rules, 1962.

            In this regard draft outlines of the new regime to be incorporated in the rules has been formulated and has been uploaded on the Finance Ministry website ( and website of the Income-tax Department ( for comments from stakeholders and general public.

            The comments and suggestions on the draft regime may be submitted by 31st May, 2015 at the email address ( or by post at the following address with “Comments on draft transfer pricing rules“ written on the envelope:


Union Home Minister addresses 13th BSF Investiture Ceremony

HM gets emotional in meeting with the family members of soldiers who lost their lives during their duty

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has said that he gets emotional when he meet the family members of soldiers who lost their lives while delivering their duties in Paramilitary Forces. He was addressing the 13th Border Security Force (BSF) Investiture Ceremony, here today. On this occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh has decorated 05 BSF Men with Police Medals for Gallantry, and 25 BSF Officers and Men with Police Medals for Meritorious Service. The BSF Investiture Ceremony is celebrated on 22nd May every year in remembrance of its founding father Khusro Faramurz Rustamji (K F Rustamji) who was born on this day in the year 1916.

While addressing, the Union Home Minister has said that a person is recognized not by his position but with the work he has done. BSF is not only a first line of defence, but also a first ‘wall’ of defence, he added. Shri Rajnath Singh said that forces get the sense of sacrifice when they have sense of National pride. BSF is one such force where the soldiers feel the Border Outpost is a home away from home.

Shri Rajnath Singh has said that there is a need to improve the infrastructure facilities at the Borders and the Government is putting efforts in this regard. The Government is considering taking up improving facilities like Fencing, Floodlighting in the border areas, he added.

The Director General, BSF, Shri D.K. Pathak, Directors General of other Paramilitary Forces, Senior Officials and retired officials have attended the programme.

Shri Piyush Goyal addresses U.S. India Business Council (USIBC) Investment Round-Table

Outlines Government’s Initiatives to accelerate Growth, Revive Investment Cycle and create better Business Environment in the Country

Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (I/c) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy chaired U.S. India Business Council (USIBC) investment round-table conference yesterday in Washington DC. During the conference Shri Goyal met prominent members of the U.S. administration, namely, US Energy Secretary Dr Ernest Moniz and the US Commerce Secretary, Ms Penny Pritzker. He also had a telephonic conversation with the US Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Mr. Michael Froman. Shri Goyal chaired the conference after attending the United Nations Sustainable Energy for all (SE4ALL) conference in New York.

In his business and official interactions, Shri Goyal talked about the significant steps taken by one year old Union government for accelerating growth, reviving the investment cycle, creating better business environment and empowering the citizens of the country through financial inclusion. Speaking on the energy sector scenario in India, Shri Goyal briefed about various initiatives taken by his Ministries like enhancing the target for production from renewable sources fivefold to 175 GW over the next seven years, doubling the total electricity production over the next seven years, creating a framework for private sector participation in coal mining and production, enabling investments worth US $ 250 billion in the power sector – among the world’s largest investment opportunities in any country - and moving towards the ultimate target of 24x7 electricity for all by the year 2019. He urged the U.S. businesses to invest in India which is a large and dynamic market of 1.25 billion aspirational upwardly mobile people and to enable transfer of technology within arrangements that are mutually beneficial.

The business interactions elicited positive reviews from entities with investments in India, who acknowledge tangible improvement in the business environment in the country. The senior administration officials also recognized a major positive shift in the trajectory of US-India relations and committed to explore new opportunities for co-operation. Shri Arun Singh, Ambassador of India to the US and other members of the delegation, comprising of senior officials of the Ministries of Power and New & Renewable Energy accompanied the Minister on meetings.

Promotion of E-governance by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in communicating with NSFs and IOA

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has decided to discontinue with the practice of sending letters/ circulars / guidelines in hard copy form to National Sports Federations (NSFs) /IOA. The Ministry has decided that hence forth, communications required to be sent to all NSFs / a group of NSFs with copy to IOA (letter to a specific NSF not included) would be uploaded on MYAS website in a specific database for the purpose. An email will also be sent to one nodal email ID of each NSF. NSFs are required to visit the said database regularly and also check the said email account so as to download the communication and take necessary action on the same within the stipulated time frame. Letters will not be sent physically to NSFs for such communications in future.

The Ministry has said that failure to take necessary action by NSFs/IOA for want of downloading communications from the database on MYAS website would be construed as non compliance of Sports Code and action taken accordingly.

However, it may be noted that matter pertaining to any particular NSF will be sent as per the current practice and will be communicated to the respective NSF directly.

The Ministry has asked each of the NSFs and IOA to intimate their nodal email ID within a week to the MYAS for compliance of the instructions.

The decision has been taken in order to save time, efforts and promote E-governance. Further, it was also noticed that the communication sent in hard copy form was received back undelivered from some NSFs due to wrong addresses etc. it was also felt that under the new system, a database would be maintained which can serve as a repository of all such communications so as to easily retrieve the same as and when required.


Sports Ministry urges International Paralympic Committee to allow Indian para-athletes to participate into competitions under the National Flag of India

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has urged the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to allow Indian athletes to participate into competitions under the National Flag of India.

In response to a letter written by the CEO, International Paralympic Committee, Shri Xavier Gonzalez, the Ministry has also urged the IPC that those who are not included under the Sport Data Management System (SDMS) may be permitted to participate in these competitions.

The letter sent today to Shri Gonzalez has deeply appreciated IPC’s support for Para-athletes and Para-sports in India. It said that Para-sports in India is at a nascent stage and needs to be encouraged in every possible manner. The letter said, Govt. of India has been providing all possible support to Para-athletes and para-sports and if any restriction is imposed on participation of Indian athletes and if they are not allowed to compete under the National Flag of India, they will feel demotivated and this will be a huge set-back to the efforts being made by the Government for promotion of Para- sports in the country.

Earlier, Shri Xavier Gonzalez in his letter to Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports dated 18th May, 2015, had mentioned that in order not to penalise Indian athletes, IPC has decided to enable athletes who are already licensed in SDMS system to participate into competitions. It also said that these athletes will not represent their country but will be competing under the IPC flag for the moment.

The MYAS letter further said, till the time the IPC decides on the constitution of an ad hoc body to administer para-sports in India, the entries of the athletes may be allowed to be routed through the Sports Authority of India (SAI). It said that SAI has the knowledge and expertise in handling matters relating to participation of athletes in international events including conduct of coaching camps for such athletes.

The Ministry also said that its suggestions on formation of the ad-hoc committee to administer para-sports in India would be sent shortly to IPC.

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