Transfer of 0.5 acre of land belonging to the Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack to set-up a police station





Transfer of 0.5 acre of land belonging to the Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack to set-up a police station

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the proposal of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to transfer 0.5 acre of land belonging to the Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack to the Police Department, Government of Odisha on lease basis for a period of 33 years for establishment of a police station at Cuttack.


Background:

A police outpost has been functioning inside the campus of the CRRI, Cuttack since 1982. The Government of Odisha has notified upgradation of this police outpost to that of a police station. The proposed land, after transfer, will be used for construction, establishment and operation of the police station. The new police station will be accessible from the Cuttack-Paradeep road. Establishment of this station at Cuttack, adjacent to the CRRI, would strengthen the security of the Institute and its employees; and would also be beneficial to the people living in the area.

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Memorandum of Cooperation for bilateral cooperation in the field of Industrial Property for capacity building, human resource development and awareness generation between India and Japan

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan. The purpose of MoC is to establish a framework for bilateral cooperation in the field of Industrial Property (IP), with emphasis on capacity building, human resource development and awareness generation. The Offices will implement a biennial Action Plan comprising cooperation projects and activities principally, but not exclusively in the following areas:

Information sharing on IP Protection Systems and Practices.

Cooperation in the area of examination, including utilization of the examiner-exchange program.

Cooperation in the scheme of the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

Assistance in developing IP infrastructure.

Capacity building in the use of IT infrastructure.

Information provision and awareness building for the general public.

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Renewal of Long Term Agreements for Supply of iron ore to Japan and South Korea through MMTC Limited

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to renew Long Term Agreement with Japanese and South Korean Steel Mills for supply of high grade Indian iron ore, during the three year period from April, 2015 to March, 2018. The quantities covered under the agreement will be in the range of 3.8 million tonnes to 5.5 million tonnes per year, and will be supplied primarily from the mines of the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC). The contract will be executed by the Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India Limited (MMTC) under the Department of Commerce.

Background:

Iron ore of higher grade have been supplied by India to Japan and South Korea under Long Term Agreements during the last four to five decades. These agreements will help continue this relationship and strengthen Indo-Japanese collaboration in several areas of mutual interest, including technology transfer, joint venture, investment, etc. The agreement will also help utilize surplus production of iron ore currently available in India.

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Setting up of a National Memorial at the birth place of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan in Bihar

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval to the proposal of the Ministry of Culture for setting up of a National Memorial at Lala Ka Tola, Sitab, Diara, District Chhapra (Saran) in Bihar - the birth place of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan. The Memorial will also house a virtual museum and an institute to undertake study and research on (a) democracy, (b) enhancing the role of Panchayats in nation building, (c) Gandhian thoughts, and (d) centre for Khadi and constructive work keeping in view the thoughts of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan, along with Lok Nayak Khadi Gaurav Samvardhan Kendra at the same place for making national flags by women cluster(s).

Bharat Ratna Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan’s contribution as an exemplary leader of Indian independence movement, a freedom fighter, social reformer and a visionary political leader will be commemorated through these decisions. As sentinel of Indian democracy, his contribution to redeem democracy will be remembered for long. After proclamation of National Emergency, on the mid-night of 25th June, 1975, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan was arrested and kept as a detenu at Chandigarh.

Jai Prakash Narayan’s call for a Sampoorna Kranti (Total Revolution) for upholding and defending civil liberties at a very critical juncture in the post-independence history of India, ushered a new democratic movement for India and contributed to strengthen the roots of democracy.

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NFCH to hold a special music and dance concert titled
“Roohdari- Mystic Notes & Dancing Toes” in Delhi tomorrow

The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) is organising a special music and dance concert titled “Roohdari- Mystic Notes & Dancing Toes” here tomorrow. Acclaimed Sufi singer Rashmi Agarwal and renowned Kathak dancer Vidha Lal will perform during the concert.

The Roohdari concert is about celebrating the mystic poetry of the Sufi and Bhakti poets of medieval and modern times, who propagate One Religion, One Faith and Love to spread the message of communal harmony and national integration. Rashmi Agarwal’s soulful renditions of the immortal verses of Amir Khusro, Meerabai, Bulleh Shah, Kabir and others will be translated into mesmerizing dances by Kathak exponent Vidha Lal.

NFCH Secretary Shri Ashok Sajjanhar said the concert is aimed to promote communal harmony and national integration. NFCH, an autonomous organization with the Ministry of Home Affairs, seeks to promote Communal Harmony and National Integration. Among others, its activities include granting financial support for rehabilitation of child victims of communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence.

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Nominations for Padma Awards 2016 invited by September 15, 2015


Nominations for the Padma Awards, 2016 is presently open and the last date for receipt of the nominations for the Padma Awards 2016 is September 15, 2015.

Recommendations / nominations may be sent at the address mentioned below in the prescribed proforma along with a brief narrative citation (maximum 800 words):

The Home Minister/ the Home Secretary
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
North Block
New Delhi-110001


Nominations received without the prescribed proforma and citation will not be considered.

For further details click ‘Awards and Medals’ on the Union Home Ministry’s website: www.mha.nic.in

The notification is available on the Union Home Ministry’s website with the link:

http://mha.nic.in/sites/upload_files/mha/files/PadmaAwards2016_010515_0.pdf

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Establishment of six new Indian Institutes of Management

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for setting up of six new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in the country.

These new IIMs will be located at Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Sambalpur (Odisha) and Amritsar (Punjab). These IIMs will begin functioning from assigned temporary campuses and shift to their permanent sites after construction of their campuses. It is intended that these six new IIMs will commence their first academic session from 2015-16. Each Institute will start with an intake of 140 students in the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) courses. It is expected that the annual intake will increase to reach a level of 560 students each year by the end of seven years.

The PGP in Management would be the flagship programme of these institutions. Admission to the PGP will be through the open and competitive Common Admission Test (CAT) being conducted by the IIMs.

The Institutes would train young graduates to undertake management responsibilities and carry out research and consultancy in the field of management and allied areas. Their programmes will provide the country, potential leaders in diverse fields of endeavour and enterprise.

Background

A commitment was made by the Government of India in the Budget speech of the Finance Minister in July 2014 to establish five new IIMs in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Punjab. In addition, the reorganization of the State of Andhra Pradesh into the two States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has necessitated the setting up of an IIM in Andhra Pradesh, consequent to and in pursuance of the Andhra Pradesh Re-organization Act, 2014.

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Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee Appointed as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court

In exercise of the powers conferred by article 223 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee, senior-most Judge of the Karnataka High Court, to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of that High Court with effect from the date Shri Justice Dhirendra Hiralal Waghela relinquishes charge of the office of the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court consequent upon his transfer as the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court vide Notification No.K-11017/06/2015-US.II dated 11th April, 2015.

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Conversion of Solar Energy Corporation of India from Section 8 company to Section 3 company under the Companies Act, 2013 and renaming it as Renewable Energy Corporation of India


The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval to the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to apply to the Registrar of Companies for (i) converting it into a Section 3 company under the Companies Act, 2013 (No,18 of 2013); and (ii) renaming it as the Renewable Energy Corporation of India (RECI).

The major impact of the decision will be:-

(1)          SECI will become a self-sustaining and self-generating organization.
(2)          SECI will engage itself in owning solar power plants generating and selling power and in other segments of solar sector activities, including manufacturing of solar products and materials,
(3)          SECI will become RECI after change of its name and then will take up development of all segments of renewable energy namely, geo-thermal, off-shore wind, tidal etc. apart from solar energy.

Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 [earlier Section 25 of the Companies, Act 1956] provides for formation of companies with charitable, objects. Under this provision, the commercial aspect of a business entity and its growth is completely prohibited. In comparison for a Section 3 company the object is not limited, and is mainly for commercial activities which will facilitate growth of the company.  It therefore, means that a Section 8 company can only engage in activities of promotion of commerce, art, science, sports, education, research, social welfare, religion, charity etc., but not commercial activity leading to trade, buying and selling etc. resulting in profit and distribution of dividend.

The Government has also decided to enlarge the scope of the activities of SECI to cover all renewable energy sources, with a view to provide a comprehensive and optimized solution for generation of renewable energy integrating various renewable energy sources. The generation profile of solar, wind and small hydro have complementarity and generating power from these sources are likely to be more uniform. This will also reduce stress on transmission and distribution networks, resulting in better grid management. Considering this aspect, the Government has allowed the change of name from "Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)" to "Renewable Energy Corporation of India (RECI)".

Background

After approval of the Government, the SECI was registered as a Section 25 Company under the Companies Act, 1956 (now under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013) on 20.09.2011. SECI has initiated various activities for setting up of solar power plants as also for the promotion and commercialization of solar energy technologies, with long term perspective of assuming the role of a solar power developer.

For the first time, SECI made a profit of about 12 crore during the last financial year and has become a networth positive PSU.  It is also expected to make a profit of around 300 crore this year.

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