President of India’s message on the eve of 239th Independence Day of USA



President of India’s message on the eve of 239th Independence Day of USA 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the United States of America on the eve of their 239th Independence Day (July 04, 2015). 


In his message to His Excellency Mr. Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend warm greetings and felicitations to you and, through you to the Government and people of the United States of America on the occasion of your 239th Independence Day.

Shared values of democracy, pluralism and rule of law underwrite the India-U.S. Strategic Partnership. Your presence as the Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day in January this year reflected the strength of our friendship and mutual commitment. Our comprehensive engagement for cooperation across the entire spectrum of human endeavour, contributes to economic growth and development in both our countries and also serves global peace and prosperity. 

Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your good health and success and for the continued peace and prosperity of the people of the United States.” 


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President of India’s message on the eve of National Day of Rwanda 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of Rwanda on the eve of their National Day (July 04, 2015). 

In his message to His Excellency Mr. Paul Kagame, the President of the Republic of Rwanda, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me immense pleasure to convey to you and to the Government and people of the Republic of Rwanda, my warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of your National Day. 

As Rwanda commemorates the 21st Year of the genocide, India stands with the people and the Government of Rwanda in their efforts to build a harmonious society based on democracy, peace and justice for all its people. 

India and Rwanda enjoy warm and friendly relations which are reflected in our close bilateral relationship and co-operation in regional and international fora. I am confident that the close partnership between our two countries will further strengthen in the years ahead to our mutual benefit. 

Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your personal well-being as well as for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people of the Republic of Rwanda.” 

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Competition Commission of India (CCI) Amends its Combination Regulations; The Proposed Amendments Provide Flexibility to Parties Regarding Signing of the Notice; Form-I Required to be Filed for Notifying Combination Revised 

As part of its ongoing and regular efforts to make M&A filing requirements simpler and readily acceptable to various stakeholders, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has revised its Combination Regulations, making them more forward looking, in keeping with some of the best practices in other jurisdictions. The CCI, at the time of publishing the draft amendments on its website in March, 2015, invited comments from all stakeholders as a part of its consultative process. While giving inputs and suggestions on the amendments, the stakeholders welcomed the same, as the amendments now provide greater clarity and transparency and help in avoiding undue delays. 

A key change brought about by the present amendments is in relation to the definition of the term “other document”. To bring in more certainty, scope of the term “other document” has now been limited to a communication conveying the intention to make an acquisition to a Statutory Authority. 

Further, the proposed amendments provide flexibility to parties regarding signing of the notice. Under the present amendments, any person duly authorised by the board of directors may sign the notice. Further, the number of copies of notice to be filed with the Commission has also been reduced. 

In keeping with the requests received from stakeholders, CCI has also revised Form I required to be filed for notifying combination. In addition to the same, notes to the forms would be published to provide guidance to the notifying parties regarding the information that is required to be filed in a notice. 

Further, to bring in greater transparency regarding the review process, the amendments provide that a summary of every combination under review will be published on the website of CCI. Such publication will provide stakeholders an opportunity to submit their comments to CCI regarding the proposed combination. 

CCI has also modified the timelines for Phase-I review from thirty calendar days to thirty working days and has also given itself a clock stop of fifteen working days during Phase I to seek comments from third parties. 

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IXth Indo – Mauritius Joint Committee Meeting on Hydrography Held at Port Louis, Mauritius 

The IXth Hydrographic Committee meeting was held at Mauritius recently (29 Jun to 01 Jul 2015). The Indian delegation was headed by Vice Admiral SK Jha, Chief Hydrographer to the Government of India. In addition, to reviewing various ongoing hydrographic projects, the Admiral also interacted with the senior Government functionaries including the Honourable President, Prime Minister, Cabinet rank Ministers and the Commissioner of Police, Mauritius Police Force to appraise them of the strong bilateral cooperation and also to share their views on developing Mauritius as a ocean based economy. The Government of Mauritius was particularly appreciative of the stellar work being undertaken by the Indian Naval Hydrographic team based at Mauritius since 2013 and the extensive survey being undertaken by Indian Naval hydrography ships. A significant outcome of this bilateral meeting was the renewal of the existing Memorandum of Understanding on hydrographic cooperation for the next five years. The MoU would pave way for continued cooperation between the two countries and assist Mauritius in further consolidating its hydrographic organisation. 

India and Mauritius have shared strong maritime bonds over the years with myriad areas of mutual cooperation. Hydrography has emerged as one of the strongest pillars of this bilateral engagement and has been a significant source of capacity and capability building for Mauritius. Whilst, the Indian Navy has been rendering hydrographic assistance to Mauritius since the 1990s, it is through a landmark MoU inked in 2005 that the two countries formalized the mechanism of hydrographic cooperation which included periodic survey by Indian Naval ships to chart the vast Mauritian EEZ and various capacity building measures including setting up of a Mauritian hydrographic unit and skill development of Mauritian hydrographers. 

Since 2005, the two countries have periodically reviewed the progress and charted a future course of action through conduct of a Joint Indo – Mauritian committee meeting on hydrography, hosted alternately by the two Governments. 

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Storage Status of 91 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on July 02, 2015 

The Water storage available in 91 important reservoirs of the country as on July 02 2015 was 48.07 BCM which is 31% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This storage is 129% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 145% of storage of average of last ten years. The present storage position during current year is better than the storage position of last year and is also better than the storage of average of last ten years. 

Central Water Commission monitors live storage status of these reservoirs on weekly basis. These reservoirs include 37 reservoirs having hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW. The total storage capacity of these reservoirs is 157.799 BCM which is about 62% of the storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country. 

REGION WISE STORAGE STATUS: 

NORTHERN REGION

The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are 6 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 7.92 BCM which is 44% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 41% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 31% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period. 

EASTERN REGION 

The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 5.58 BCM which is 30% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 24% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 17% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period. 

WESTERN REGION 

The Western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs in this region having total live storage capacity of 27.07 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 7.07 BCM which is 26% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 22% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 23% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the storage of last year and is better than the average storage of last ten years. 

CENTRAL REGION 

The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 42.30BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 12.85 BCM which is 30% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 31% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 15% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year but better than the average storage of last ten years. 

SOUTHERN REGION 

The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, (Two combined project in both states) Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs in this region having total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 15.09 BCM which is 29% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 13% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 23% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period. 

States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Odisha, Tripura, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Rajasthan, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, (Two combined project in both states). 

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