President of India congratulates President of Togo on his re-election

President of India congratulates President of Togo on his re-election

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated H.E. Mr. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe on his re-election as President of the Republic of Togo.

In his message to H.E. Mr. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, the President of Republic of Togo, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, I wish to convey our hearty congratulations on your re-election as the President of the Republic of Togo.

Your victory is a testimony to the trust that the people of Togo have reposed in your able and sagacious leadership. I wish you success in your continued efforts to lead your country into a new phase of progress and development.

India and Togo share a long history of friendship and cooperation. I look forward to working with you closely in further strengthening our bilateral engagement”.


PM’s gift to President Park Geun-Hye

The Prime Minister today presented President Park Geun-Hye two finely woven pashmina stoles on which a poem that Rabindranath Tagore had written specially for Korea is hand embroidered in English and Korean. The text of Tagore’s poem that was published in 1929 in the Korean daily Dong-A Ilbo is as below:

In the golden age of Asia
Korea was one of its lamp bearers
And that lamp is waiting
To be lighted once again
For the illumination of the East


India Meteorological Department and Power System Operation Corporation Ltd. (POSOCO) Signed MoU to Increase the Efficiency of Power Sector & to Make them Weather Proof

Earth System Science Organization, India Meteorological Department (ESSO-IMD), of the Ministry of Earth Sciences and Power System Operation Corporation Ltd. (POSOCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding for optimum use of weather information / forecast in the power sector.

Salient features of the MoU signed in the presence of senior officers from the Ministry of Power and the Ministry of Earth Sciences today, include:

·         All weather information provided by ESSO-IMD shall be used by the Power System Operators across the India for better management of Indian Power System and for the purpose of analysis.

·         ESSO-IMD shall make available current weather information for the identified stations; and forecasts at different time scales (nowcasts to medium range scales) of temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall and other meteorological parameters of the identified stations/sectors.

·         ESSO-IMD shall provide weather warnings about likely occurrences of thunderstorm, heat wave, cold wave, rainfall, fog etc. over various states up to next 72 hours.

·         ESSO-IMD shall provide state / region wise Monthly /Seasonal outlooks of weather conditions.

·         Both the parties agreed to provide expert opinion and knowledge support in areas of Weather information and its affect on power distribution system.

·         Data & Inputs shall be exchanged to encourage further study and research work.

·         POSOCO shall endeavor for economic assessment of impact of weather & climate information. Regular feed mechanism shall be put in place for continued up-gradation of the services.

The MoU is necessitated by the fact that energy sector is one of many spheres of human activity which are highly dependent on weather conditions. To increase the efficiency of power sector & to make them weather proof, it is not sufficient to act after they have taken place. Proactive steps are required to minimise the possible adverse impacts.

Weather information on different time scales is essential both in day-to-day energy management and for the definition of production and distribution infrastructures. Day to day weather variations have an impact on load demand and energy production, transport and distribution management, as well as energy prices. Extreme events such as heat waves or cold waves, wind storms or floods can of course have dramatic consequences on the production means or the electrical grid of a country including physical damage to the infrastructure. In addition to short & medium-term management processes the long-term production & supply planning require climate data and future climate scenarios. In order to manage the risks associated with weather and climate conditions on all time scales from a few minutes to a century, reliable weather forecasts and climate information — past, present and future are therefore crucial to reduce the uncertainty in supply and demand forecasts, as well as market dynamics.


Developed Nations Should Present Pre-2020 Targets before Paris: Javadekar

Minister Attends Sixth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Germany

            The Minister for State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar has said that developed countries should present their ambitious targets for pre-2020 action and roadmaps for the same well before Paris.  Addressing the Sixth Petersberg Climate Dialogue at Berlin today, the Minister also said that the Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage should be operationalised by 2016.  Shri Javadekar added that India would like to see a Paris agreement that is based on trust and is balanced and realistic.

            Following is the text of the Minister’s speech on the occasion:

“India has emphasised that developed countries should present their ambitious targets for pre-2020 action and roadmaps for the same, well before Paris. We have suggested that the negotiators at Bonn ADP session should be directed to come up with the Draft decision text on pre-2020 actions. It will be ironical that we formulate post-2020 architecture without finalizing pre-2020 action plan.

The historical context of the constitution of the ADP (Ad-Hoc Durban Platform for Enhanced Action) in 2012 was the urgent need to enhance action on all aspects of the climate change agenda.  We must appreciate this while we move towards the culmination of the ADP process in Paris.

Paris Conference will have delivered, if all countries demonstrate their will to tackle the problem of climate change frontally.  It is not about sharing of blame or finger-pointing, but acting with wisdom, understanding and cooperation.

Ambitious pre-2020 actions of developed countries will create the carbon space required for the developing world, as every poor person has the right to equitable access to the atmospheric resources.

In this regard, the pre-2020 actions would be an important signal to the world about our commitment on climate change issues.  I say this with confidence, as India has launched an ambitious action, targeting 175 GW of renewable energy, and it has received a tremendous response from investors in the form of LOIs worth more than 200GW of energy.
Ø  India has increased cess on coal to Rs 200 per tonne, and the fund generated is being used for Clean Technologies.

Ø  We have recently launched a scheme of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles in India with an aim of reducing dependency on fossil fuels.

Ø  We have incentivized afforestation (provided $ 9 billion or $125 per hectare) through the 14th Finance Commission, and we have already presented a bill for devolution of more than $6 billion for specific projects of afforestation to create more carbon sinks.

Ø  We have enhanced public and private investment in Railways and have plans for investing billions of dollars in Railways.

Ø  India has created architecture for 100 smart cities which will be essentially clean and green cities.

Ø  India has asked 3, 200 severely polluting industries to install 24X7 pollution monitoring devices for eflluents as well as emissions.

Ø  India is preparing ambitious plan of roooftop solar energy program and solar powered agriculture pumps. We are also planning to use irrigation canal tops and banks for generating solar energy.

Ø  Through a series of reform measures, LPG will be provided to millions of poor families thereby reducing carbon emissions.

These actions of India, that are voluntary, arise out of our commitment. This must be seen against the backdrop that these actions are from a country which is not mandated under the UNFCCC, and therefore developed world must take ambitious pre-2020 action.

India also demands that the Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage should be operationalised by 2016. This mechanism should provide for specific commitments from developed country parties and Annex II parties to provide support for the financing and operationalization of this mechanism.

We would like to see a Paris Agreement that is based on Trust, that is balanced and realistic. Let us not create a document full of pious statements. Let us also not complicate it further and bring in newer elements and ideas at this stage. If Paris is to succeed, let us welcome a new beginning where all countries take actions on their own!

The Paris agreement should be rooted in the principles of CBDR-RC, Equity, and means of implementation, which enables the realisation of fair and ambitious goals of development, poverty eradication, as well as climate change.”


Harsimrat Kaur Badal Emphasises on Consistent, Quicker and Efficient Supply Chains for Supply of Farm Produce for Food Processing

Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, said that India is the third largest food producer in the world and about 2.2% of our fruits and vegetables are processed.

Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal informed that sanction has been accorded to 30 new cold chain proposals for implementation. Smt. Badal also informed that to enhance the creation of Infrastructure for Food Processing, the Ministry has in the last one year, inaugurated two Mega Food Parks one in Karnataka and another in Fazilka in Punjab. She said that three more Mega Food Parks are to be inaugurated shortly in West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Assam.

Addressing a press conference to highlight the one year achievements of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that to address the challenges of insufficient infrastructure leading to huge wastage, the Government’s focus is on compressing supply chains and to make them consistent, quicker and efficient for supply of farm produce for food processing.

Smt. Badal said that the Ministry is working with the industry for imparting industry relevant skill training including development of course content in identified sectors of food processing. She said that the investor-friendly Investor’s Portal has all the required information available online.

Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal expressed confidence that these steps of the Government will create modern infrastructure for arresting post-harvest losses of horti and non-horti produces and provide impetus to the growth of this sector. She said that the timely completion of these Integrated Cold Chain and Mega Food Park projects will not only provide a big enhancement to the growth of food processing infrastructure in the concerned states but also help in providing better price to famers, reduce wastage of perishables, add value to the agricultural produce and create employment opportunities. She said that these will lead to the stabilizing of food products prices and contain inflation in the country.


Shri J P Nadda assumes Presidency at the 68th World Health Assembly

Stresses on importance of Yoga

Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare assumed as President of the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva today. Addressing the plenary session of the Health Assembly as President of the World Health Assembly, he said that the Assembly is an opportunity for the member states to take stock of the health challenges faced by humanity, while at the same time, prioritize and strategize our combined efforts.

The Health Minister said that health requires a holistic view of being one with nature, adopting healthy lifestyles and avoiding excesses. He further said the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, gave a call in the United Nations General Assembly in September last year to recognize Yoga as a provider of holistic approach to health and well-being. We are happy to note that the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution, with co-sponsorship from 177 countries, to observe 21st June as the International day of Yoga, he said.

The Health Minister said, we need to redouble our efforts to surmount ever increasing public health challenges, which include, among others, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, anti-microbial resistance, impact of climate change on health, universal health coverage, reducing health inequities among countries and within each country, providing sufficient human resources for health, ensuring access to affordable medicines and diagnostics, and preventing disease by promoting healthy lifestyles, he said.

He said, we need a multi-sectoral approach in a sustainable institutional framework to promote ‘health-in-all’ policies. The recognition of inter-dependence and the need for collaboration of different sectors is necessary nationally and internationally. The Minister further said, inter-sectoral cooperation will not be meaningful unless we are also able to leverage the strengths of the civil society and the non-government sectors. In fact, the inter-dependence internationally is somewhat captured in the International Health Regulations, he added.


Launching of Khadi Summer Collection Series

The Prime Minister in his Radio address " Mann ki Baat” had made an appeal to the Nation to promote Khadi. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission under the Minister of MSME has taken a number of initiatives to promote khadi. In this endeavour, Khadi Utsavas and Exhibitions were organized at various colleges of Delhi University to promote khadi amongst the youth.

Considering the unique characteristics of Khadi - a cool comfortable and environment friendly fabric – the Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan launched the Khadi Summer Collection Series.

The summer collection range comprises readymade kurtis, cotton shirts, ladies salwar kameez, kurta-payjama, cotton sarees, jackets, designers wears etc. Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan is also providing attractive discounts on selected items.


Dr. Jitendra Singh reviews working of State GAD departments

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh reviewed the functioning of State General Administration Departments (GAD) in a meeting with Principal Secretaries of GAD of all States and Union Territories as well as senior officers of Department of Personnel Training (DoPT), UPSC, CBI and Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, here today. Dr. Jitendra Singh said the truth is that the Department of GAD/Personnel/DOPT is in fact virtually an R&D (Research & Development) wing of the government and serves as jugular vein of the administrative machinery. The responsibility of GAD/DOPT is to ensure optimum utilisation of the potential and talent of each officer at right time and right place, and at the same time, provide a work-friendly environment in which an officer can give his best without any intimidation or subjugation, he added.

Taking a review of a wide range of issues related to the Ministry, Dr Jitendra Singh said, cadre review of IAS is complete in respect of most of the States barring Jammu & Kashmir, but the state government has assured that they will submit all the requisite documents within next two weeks so that the cadre review for J&K could also be completed at the earliest.

Referring to Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s commitment to give “maximum governance with minimum government”, Dr Jitendra Singh referred to some of the revolutionary decisions taken by the DOPT during the one year of the present government which included introduction of self-attested single affidavit/certificate provision, introduction of pension portal based on biometric Aadhaar card to eliminate the need of producing life certificate by elder citizens, raising of cut-off age for state-level officers’ induction into IAS from 54 to 56 years, revision in the pattern and syllabus of IAS exam and successful allocation of IAS and other services officers between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

A significant proposal taken up at today’s meeting was to reduce the duration of induction training from 8 weeks to 6 weeks for state level Civil Service officers who get inducted into IAS. The meeting also discussed the progress made by State Government and Union Territory administrations to constitute Civil Services Boards in respective states and progress made in setting up of special CBI courts in different States including Jammu & Kashmir, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

The issue of faculty for the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie also came up and Dr. Jitendra Singh called upon such officers who had an aptitude for teaching and academics to voluntarily offer themselves for a stint as faculty teacher at the LBSNAA, which will not only be of use to the IAS trainees in the Academy but will also give them a satisfaction of having served the alma matter which trained them for a coveted career.

The Secretary, DOPT, Shri Sanjay Kothari, Additional Secretary, DoPT, Shri T. Jackob and Establishment Officer, Shri Rajiv Kumar also addressed the participants.


Dr. P.K. Mishra calls for Innovative and Citizen Centric attitude among new recruits

The Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr. P.K. Mishra has called for innovative and citizen centric attitude among the new recruits. He was addressing the inaugural session of the Foundation Training Programme for direct recruit Assistants in the Central Government held today at the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM), New Delhi.

Dr. P.K. Mishra has expressed his satisfaction to the fact that ISTM is organising a series of training programmes of approximately 1200 new recruits to the Government, within a short span of five months. Dr. Mishra called for new ideas from the young candidates, majority of whom are coming from technology background to foster Good Governance in the country. Dr. Mishra has also mentioned that ISTM has done a commendable job of conducting training of about 20% of the total strength of Assistants in the Central Secretariat. He expressed happiness that about 33% of total candidates are women, which would help in bringing a fresh perspective and sensitivity to a host of new emerging areas.

While addressing, the Secretary (Personnel), Shri Sanjay Kothari mentioned that ISTM is the oldest Training Institute in the country and have the legacy of capacity building of Central Government servants. Shri Kothari has also mentioned that the training programme has been designed in such a way that the trainee will be exposed to the life in the villages. The trainee will stay in the villages and will have hands on experience on Government schemes. They will also be given training of making office work simple through use of Information and Communication Technologies tools. He also hoped that on completion of training programme, the new recruits will have more insight about the government procedure and will be able to contribute in a meaningful way towards decision making process.

In ISTM, 295 candidates have reported for training out of 300 nominated candidates in Phase-I. ISTM has made elaborate plans to conduct this training in collaboration with Administrative Training Institutes (ATIs) of State Governments.


Suresh Prabhu Chairs the First Meeting of Newly Constituted Advisory Board of Railway Finances

Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Railways, chaired the first meeting of the newly constituted Advisory Board on financial matters at the Railway Ministry here today. The Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha was specially presented on the occasion. Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A.K.Mital and Members of the Railway Board, other senior officers of the Ministry and Managing Director, IRFC attended the meeting. The member of the Advisory Committee presented on the occasion were; Shri K.V Kamath, Chairman, ICICI Bank Ltd., Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson, SBI, Dr. Rajiv Lall, Executive Chairman, IDFC, and Shri Raghav Bahl, Founder, The Quintillion Media Pvt. Ltd.

It may be recalled that Minister of Railways, in his reply to the discussion on the Railway Budget in Parliament had announced the setting up of the Advisory Board. The Board consisting of top names of the financial world is expected to guide and advise on matters of sourcing investments into Railway infrastructure development.

In his first ever Budget, Shri Prabhu had announced an investment of Rs. 8.5 lakh crore in Railways in the next 5 years. Immediately thereafter, the Ministry signed a MOU with LIC of India for a funding assistance of Rs.1,50,000 crore to be drawn over the next 5 years. The Annual Plan size for 2015-16 was also doubled to cross Rs. 1 lakh figure in 2015-16.

Leading the discussion, Minister for Railways drew attention to the huge investment requirement in Railways and the various sources and structures under consideration to mobilize the required resources. A Financial Services Cell has been created in the Ministry to focus on this aspect. He drew attention to the complex task of matching projects with varying levels returns to various sources of finances, all available at various costs. In the ensuing discussion, several suggestions were made by members of the Advisory Board for attracting domestic and international funds, steps required to give comfort to investors/ lenders and to ensure sustainability of the funding models.


Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Designates Oriental Insurance as its Insurance Partner under TOP Scheme

The Oriental Insurance Company Limited has been designated as the Insurance Partner of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) under its Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme. The said step of designating Insurance partner has been taken for the first time by the Department of Sports and is a part of its plan in seeking support from companies both in Private and Public sector under their CSR initiatives for sports.

Chairman and Managing Director of Oriental Insurance, Dr. A.K. Saxena here today gave a cheque of Rs. 5.8 lakhs to Secretary, Sports Shri Ajit M Sharan as their initial contribution to NSDF as CSR as reimbursement of Insurance premium of athletes. As and when more athletes formally sign up for TOP scheme, the MYAS will take their insurance policy and Oriental Insurance will reimburse the premium amount to NSDF as CSR.

MYAS had sought bids from public sector insurance companies for providing insurance cover to athletes under the TOP scheme for indoor medical treatment upto 10 lakhs and insurance of Rs. 50 lakhs in case of death or permanent disability due to accident till Olympics 2016. The best offer was of Oriental Insurance who have decided to contribute to NSDF as CSR the amount of premium which NSDF pays to Oriental insurance for the said insurance covers. As such the said insurance cover will be at no cost to the Government.

After IIFCL now Oriental Insurance Company Limited has come forward to support the TOP Scheme of the Government. The IIFCL had earlier signed an MoU with the Ministry to contribute Rs. 30 Crores (Rs. 10 crore each year for 3 years).

MYAS has established the National Sports Development Fund (the “NSDF”) with the objective of promotion of sports in general and specific sports disciplines and individual sports persons in particular for achieving excellence at the National and International level. Ministry has initiated the ‘Target Olympic Podium Scheme’ (“TOP Scheme”) under the NSDF. The scheme envisages identification of athletes who are potential medal winners in Olympics and providing support to them for preparation for Olympics.


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