India Considers the People of Africa Brothers in A Journey to a Common Destination, says President Mukherjee



The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Mr. Jakaya Kikwete calling on the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on June 19, 2015.
India Considers the People of Africa Brothers in A Journey to a Common Destination, says President Mukherjee
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee yesterday (June 19, 2015) received His Excellency Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Mrs. Salma Kikwete at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also hosted a banquet in their honour. 

In his banquet speech, President Mukherjee said the people of India know Tanzania as a land of magnificent lakes, rich wildlife reserves and the mighty, snow-capped Kilimanjaro. India appreciates Tanzania as a nation of gracious and hard working people, living in peace and harmony. Tanzania evokes in India fond memories of its iconic founder-leader, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and his close friendship with India’s founding fathers. In particular, India remembers him for his contribution to South-South Co-operation.

The President said India and Tanzania have a shared commitment to international peace and stability. Both countries desire to see that the fruits of globalisation are enjoyed more equitably. India values the close co-operation it has with Tanzania in multilateral fora. It is India’s firm belief that nations such as India and Tanzania should make common cause to ensure that institutions of global governance address our concerns and meet the aspirations of developing countries. India has taken the initiative, along with other developing countries, to pursue reforms in the United Nations and its key organisations, particularly the Security Council.India is grateful for Tanzania’s support to India’s claim for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.

The President reiterated India’s commitment to its partnership with Africa. He said India considers the people of Africa as brothers in a journey to a common destination. Since its inception, India-Africa Forum Summit has symbolised the shared interests of roughly one-fourth of the world’s geographical area and one-third of humanity. India will have the privilege of hosting the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi in October this year. He was confident that the Summit will result in new initiatives and innovative ideas for the development, growth and advancement of all our peoples. 

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Prime Minister to share his vision for emerging Urban India with Mayors, Municipal Chairpersons from across the country

First of its kind interaction at the launch of three major new urban development and housing missions on June 25

Two day intensive interaction with elected and executive heads of 500 municipal bodies on execution of new Missions
In a first of its kind in the annuls of urban development in the country, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will address elected Mayors and Chairpersons of 500 Corporations and Municipalities from across the country next week, outlining his vision for emerging Urban India and the challenges to be overcome to enable an effective urban transformation. This unique event takes place on the occasion of the launch of three major new initiatives viz., Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and the Housing for All initiative, now named as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana by the Prime Minister on June 25, 2015 in New Delhi.

Ministers of Urban Development, Municipal Affairs and Housing from all the States and Union Territories besides elected heads of 500 municipal bodies, Principal Secretaries dealing with urban matters, Commissioners of municipal bodies, other senior officials, representatives of research and academic institutions, technical and handholding agencies, bilateral and multilateral organizations, urban planners and experts will attend the launch and the following two day intensive interaction on new urban initiatives.

Ambassadors and High Commissioners of 15 countries who have shown keen interest to be associated with the Smart Cities Mission and other urban development efforts of the Government have also been invited for the launch of the three Missions.

Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu will preside the meeting and address the participants outlining the paradigm changes made in the designing and execution of new urban missions and the importance of urban reforms to be implemented to improve urban governance and delivery of services. Union Ministers Shri Anant Kumar who is also former Urban Development Minister and Shri Piyush Goyal will also address the participants during the consultation sessions on Waste to Compost and Waste to Energy proposals.

Keeping in view the important role to be played by the States and Urban Local Bodies in the effective execution of new urban missions, the Ministry of Urban Development has organized two days of consultations on June 25 and 26, 2015 on various aspects of their implementation. These include four Sessions on Smart City development, AMRUT, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Swachh Bharat Mission.

In addition, there will be extensive presentations and discussions on 15 themes and issues including: PPP Model, Smart Solutions and City Challenge Competition and Role of Special Purpose Vehicle for Smart Cities development, City and State Level Planning for AMRUT, Devolution of resources to States and Urban Local Bodies by 14th Finance Commission, case studies relating to Local Area Planning in Ahmedabad, Redevelopment of Bhendi Bazar in Mumbai, Innovative Citizen Driven Solutions and Property Tax Collection Enhancement by Hyderabad, Development of New Town of Kolkata, Action Plan for Open Defecation Free cities of Chattisgarh, Promotion of Public Toilets in Tamil Nadu and Community Toilets in Pune, Water Supply scheme of Nagpur, Conversion of Waste to Compost in Karnataka, Waste to Energy and Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Plants of Delhi, Waste to Wealth conversion experiences of the US, Europe and China etc.

The two consultations are aimed at sensitizing the elected and executive heads of Corporations and Municipalities towards the challenges of management of urban transformation in the country and the roles they would be required to play.

Union Cabinet has cleared Smart Cities Mission with a Central Outlay of Rs.48,000 cr for the next five years and AMRUT with an outlay of Rs.50,000 cr. The urban component of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana targeting construction of 2 crore houses for Economically Weaker Sections and Low Income Groups has been approved with a substantially increased interest subvention of 6.50% for affordable housing loans. Central help under this scheme will range from Rs.one lakh to Rs.2.30 lakh per each house to be built over the next 7 years.

500 cities and towns, with a population of one lakh and above each accounts for 73% of urban population of the country and are also the main focus of the Government under AMRUT to ensure basic infrastructure and for housing in the initial years of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

June 25, 2015 marks a Red Letter Day in the history of urban development in the country with the simultaneous launch of AMRUT, PMAY and Smart Cities Mission. This reflects the integrated and convergence based approach of the Government towards inclusive urban development. While AMRUT seeks to ensure basic infrastructure, PMAY enables the urban poor to own decent and affordable houses. These two components enable the present cities emerge as smart cities in due course. Under Smart Cities Mission, quality of life will be enhanced in 100 identified cities and towns by ensuring quality infrastructure, improving services through application of smart solutions and enabling a clean and sustainable environment. 

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Graduation Ceremony of 32nd Diploma Course conducted by the Eastern Centre of Sports Authority of India, Kolkata
Sports Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal today was the Chief Guest at the Graduation Ceremony of 32nd Diploma Course conducted by the Eastern Centre of Sports Authority of India, Kolkata for Sports Coaching.

Here is the full Text of Minister’s Speech at the Ceremony.

“It is a matter of great pleasure for me to be present at this Graduation Ceremony of the Diploma Course in Sports Coaching, when a group of young sportspersons would be joining the ranks of sports coaches. The Diploma Course being the basic qualification for becoming a full-fledged coach, it is the main-stay of the coach education programme of SAI; and also the main-stay of our sports coaching programmes, because coaches are the backbone of sports programmes.

I have been told that through this 32nd Diploma Course conducted by the Eastern Centre of SAI, the academic sub-centre of Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, 69 sportspersons have qualified as coaches, in five sports disciplines. For those who are passing out to-day, it is a great day. You are to-day entering into a very respected profession. A coach is a sports teacher; and teaching has occupied a place of esteem in every era of civilization, in which cultural advances have been made. Teaching and coaching has been recognised as one of the traditional field of service to humanity.

The academic system of any field of life, be it engineering, medicine or even sports, is the backbone of that field. The strengths and weaknesses of this field are the direct result of the strength and weakness of the contents and structure of its academic system. So, the academic wing of SAI has a great responsibility; and being the sub-centre of this wing, the SAI Eastern Centre, Kolkata, also shares this responsibility.

Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, the academic wing of SAI has been performing its tasks with great zeal for the last half-a-century; and whatever we have achieved in the field of sports, to this day, bears the stamp of the academic wing of SAI. Since its inauguration in 1983, the Kolkata Centre has also made considerable contribution in the field of sports, in this part of the Country Through the coaching and training of elite sportspersons, NIS Patiala and Eastern Centre, Kolkata have made significant contribution to the Indian medal tally at the international sports competitions.

However, the wheel of sports, in the international arena, is moving very fast; and the scientific and technological inputs have turned sports into a very specialised field.

The development of sports has now been made an integral programme of the new education policy and Sports Authority of India has a big role to play in the promotion of sports in the Country.

I have been told that the curriculum and syllabus of this education programme are of international standard and every care is being taken to keep it up-to-date. I am pleased to learn the collaboration of the leading international sports institutions is being secured in order to keep pace with the global advances, in sports education.

I have also been told that NIS has introduced a Skill Development Programme for sportspersons, coaches and scientists and some such short duration training programmes have already been conducted. The Kolkata Centre has already conducted these Skill Development Courses. I wish them success in this venture.

I also take this opportunity to congratulate the management of the Centre and its teaching Faculty for the successful completion of this education programme; and I also congratulate the students, who have become Coaches to-day. This Diploma in your hands puts a great responsibility on your shoulders. You have to undertake the challenging task of uplifting the standard of sports in the Country. Let coaching be not just a profession for you but a mission for keeping the Nation’s Flag flying high, in the international sports arena. I wish success in your life.” 

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NSDF Assistance
Ministry of Youth Affairs &Sports has established the National Sports Development Fund (the “NSDF”), inter-alia, 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 and to construct and maintain infrastructure as may be required for promotion of excellence in sports. The objectives of the fund also include taking up research projects and development studies and promotion of international cooperation in sports. 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.

During the current financial year (2015-16) NSDF from 1.4.2015 to 17.06.2015) has released assistance of Rs. 6.1 crore for the training of 31 athletes and to 8 organizations for conduct of tournaments, participation in tournaments abroad, infrastructure development and prize money, etc. Out of the said 31 athletes ,24 have been given assistance under the Target Olympic Podium scheme.

Athletes benefitted are during the period are Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Heena Sidhu, Abhinav Bindra, Ankur Mittal, Anisa Sayyed, Kynan Chenai and Mohd. Asab (All Shooters), Mandeep Jangra ( Boxer ) Dipika Pallikal, Harinder Pal Singh and Kush Kumar (All Squash), Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das, Jayanta Talukdar, Mangal Champia, Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi, Rimil Buriuly, Laxmi Rani Majhi, Sanjay Boro, Atul Verma, Ranjit Naik, Dola Banerjee, Madhu Vedwan, Viswash, Snehal and Binod Swansi (All Archers-Mental Training Programme), Aishwarya and Varsha Gautham (Sailors) and Vikas Gowda (Athletics), Nischay Luthra (Ice skating) . 
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