Indonesian Parliamentarians Visit

Indonesian Parliamentarians Visit

Election Commission of India

Indonesia Evinces Keen Interest in Indian Electronic Voting Machine

A high-level Parliamentary delegation from the Republic of Indonesia led by H.E. Mr. Fadli Zon, Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives, called upon the Election Commission of India today. The delegation included two Members of Parliament, as well as senior officials from Parliament and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ambassador of Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Rizali Wilmar Indrakesuma and senior Embassy officials accompanied the delegation.  The delegation met the Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. Nasim Zaidi and Election Commissioner, Mr. A. K. Joti.

Election Commissioner, Mr. Joti,   in his welcome remarks, talked about the close relations between India and Indonesia, and briefed the visiting delegation about the innovations and initiatives introduced by the Election Commission of India in managing the Indian Elections.  He stated that the Commission, as part of its sustained pursuit of excellence, had gradually introduced technological innovations, including the use of Electronic Voting Machines.  These machines had been successfully used during the last three general elections and their reliability, authenticity and stability had been proven beyond doubt.

Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr. Nasim Zaidi, in his welcome address, referred to the age-old and strong relationship between India and Indonesia, particularly in the political, cultural and commercial fields.  He also spoke about the close cooperation between the Election Commissions of India and Indonesia, particularly in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2011 and their collaboration in the Association of Asian Election Authorities, currently chaired by India.  He expressed ECI’s desire for further strengthening of the cooperation with the General Election Commission of Indonesia through further exchange of experiences and skills.
              A power-point presentation was made to the Indonesian Delegation about the structure, role and work of ECI in managing the largest election exercise in the world.  This was followed by screening of a short film on conduct of  the General Election of 2014.  The visiting delegates were also given a hands-on demonstration of the Electronic Voting Machine and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail equipment.  The delegates evinced particular interest in the Electronic Voting Machine and were impressed by the use of voting and counting technology used by ECI.
Election Commission of India
New Delhi 12th June,2015

Kharif Crop Sown in 75.10 Lakh Hectare so far

           The total sown area as on 12th June, as per reports received from States, stands at 75.10 lakh hectare as compared to 82.87 lakh hectare at this time last year.
            It is reported that rice has been sown/transplanted in 4.71 lakh ha, sugarcane in 41.58 lakh hectare and cotton in 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 4.71 4.52
Pulses 2.46 2.75
Coarse Cereals 3.82 6.09
Oilseeds 1.21 0.94
Sugarcane 41.58 43.52
Jute & Mesta 7.02 7.11
Cotton 14.30 17.34
Total 75.10 82.27


Centre to take all steps to help Assam state government expedite the proposal of World Heritage site for Majuli Island Dr Mahesh Sharma

The Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), & Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma has assured that the Centre will take all possible steps to expedite the proposal of World Heritage site status for Majuli island located in the Brahmaputra river in Assam. Dr Mahesh Sharma held a meeting withthe Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation,Sushri Uma Bharti and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports , Shri SarbanandaSonowalin this regard in New Delhi today. Dr Mahesh Sharma said that the Ministry of Culture is already working closely with the state of Assam to assist them in finalising the proposal. The state government will be assisted to overcome all roadblocks, he assured.

Sushri Uma Bharti explained the need to conserve the culturally and historically rich island as it is dramatically shrinking in size due to erosion. ASI must carry out a survey of the ancient artefacts at the island to facilitate the proposal for World Heritage site, she added.

Shri Sonowal , who is the MP from the area, explained that the Majuli island is the largest river island in the world and has a population of about two lakh, both tribal as well as non-tribal. He requested Dr Mahesh Sharma to provide tourism infrastructure at Majuli islands like a Guest house, an auditorium and a Museum.

Dr Mahesh Sharma said that the Tourism Ministry is committed to develop Majuli island as a tourist destination , especially with the help of Cruise tourism and the Culture Ministry will extend all help to the proposal for World Heritage site.

Secretary Tourism, DrLalitPanwar and senior officers of the Culture Ministry were present at the meeting.


Centre will launch media campaign to promote Nabakalebar as an international festival : Dr Mahesh Sharma

The Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), & Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma met the Minister of State for Tourism & Culture(Independent Charge) , Government of Odisha , Sh. Ashok Chandra Panda in New Delhi today.Placing the pending issues before Dr Mahesh Sharma, Mr Ashok Panda requested him to expedite the reimbursement of funds for which the Utilisation Certificates have already been submitted. He further requested for branding of Nabakalebar as an International Festival and sanctioning funds for the proposed Light and Sound shows.

Dr Mahesh Sharma assured Mr Panda that the Tourism Ministry will make all efforts to provide funds at the earliest for the three Light and Sound shows proposed to be held at Dhauli, Udayagire /khandagire Caves and at Konark. Dr Sharma assured that a special media campaign will be mounted to popularize Nabakalebar as an international festival. The campaign will be released in the electronic, print and cyber media, he added.

The Odisha Tourism Minister urged Dr Mahesh Sharma to start an international flight from Bhubaneshwar International Airport to help promote tourism in the state. Dr Sharma said that he is very much seized of the matter and assured an early response in this regard.

Secretary , Tourism, Dr Lalit Panwar and senior officers of the Ministry of Tourism attended the meeting.


Search for Missing Coast Guard Dornier enters Third Day

The search for missing CG aircraft continues uninterrupted by Coast Guard and Naval ships and aircraft for the third consecutive day. INS Sandhayak, a hydrographic survey vessel of the Navy, arrived in the area on the night of 11/12 Jun 15 and has commenced the search. The vessel is using its underwater detection equipment to detect any transmission from the Sonar Locater Beacon of the aircraft. Aerial search by Paramotors through Coastal Security Group of Tamil Nadu was undertaken 30 kms south of Cuddalore from 1330 - 1500 hrs of 11 Jun 15, along the coast over marshy mangroves, which is not approachable by sea. INS Sindhudhvaj, a submarine of the Indian Navy is expected to join the search by 13 June afternoon.

Assistance of the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) has also been sought for analysis of the Satellite imagery of the area, for possible location of the aircraft. The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad has been requested to undertake SAR model programming for the missing aircraft and to identify the Most Probable Area (MPA). National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai has been approached for oceanographic analyses of the area around the datum and feasibility of deploying their Research Vessel 'Sagar Nidhi' for augmenting the subsurface search. A team from M/s Omcar Foundation, Thanjavur has been embarked onboard 'ICGS Sarang' for undertaking underwater photography and acoustic survey. Unrelenting efforts by Coast Guard and Naval ships /aircrafts to locate the missing Dornier and crew continues.

Constant interaction is being maintained with the family members of the air crew, and are being appraised on the progress of the search operation.


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