Seminar on “Innovation and Indigenisation – Sailing Towards Self Reliance “

Seminar on “Innovation and Indigenisation – Sailing Towards Self Reliance “ Gets Underway at New Delhi 

In pursuance of the Govt of India’s ‘Make in India’ thrust and achieving the Indian Navy’s goal of self-reliance through indigenous development, a two day seminar on “Innovation and Indigenisation – Sailing towards Self Reliance” was inaugurated today by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan at DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi. The seminar is being conducted by Indian Navy in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). 

Vice Admiral AV Subhedar, Chief of Materiel delivered the opening address and stated that the seminar is a step in the direction of realizing the dream of “Make in India”. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan in his inaugural address brought out the need to harness cutting edge of technologies to increase the indigenisation content in future ships, submarines and aircraft. 

Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, Shri Manohar Parrikar in his keynote address called upon the industry to play a significant role in accomplishment of national security as well as the nation’s quest for self reliance. The minister appreciated the role of DRDO in supporting the efforts of the Navy in achieving their goals towards indigenization and lauded the efforts put in by the Indian Navy and CII for their efforts in supporting the nation’s thrust on “Make in India”. Hon’ble Raksha Mantri also released the document titled “Indian Naval Indigenisation Plan (INIP) and released the compendium of technical papers of seminar”. 

The gathering was also addressed by Shri Sukaran Singh and Shri Anil Ambani who gave the industry perspective of Innovation and Indigenisation. Ms Shubhra Singh JS, DIPP also addressed the gathering during the inaugural session. 

The seminar is spread over two days and is being attended by senior Government Officials, leaders from Ship Building Industry, Captains of Indian Industry and members of Academia besides officers from all the armed forces. More than 300 hundred dignitaries from over 120 industries are participating in the seminar. Four Sessions for presentation of technical papers have been scheduled in the programme over two days. Papers on ‘Synergy amongst stakeholders in Indigenisation’, ‘Innovation for Self Reliance’ ‘Challenges in induction of Indigenous Systems’ etc would be presented by speakers from IN, DPSUs, industry and academia. 


Remote Controlled Scaled Aircraft Crashes at Air Force Station Jaisalmer 

A remote controlled scaled aircraft model of the Indian Air Force crashed just outside the boundary of Air Force Station Jaisalmer on the afternoon of 16 July 2015 due to engine failure. There was no damage to life or property and no injury on ground. 

Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its ex-post facto approval for Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015, which was introduced in Lok Sabha on 13th May, 2015 for repealing 187 Acts. The Cabinet also approved introduction of a new Bill, namely, the Repealing and Amending (Fourth) Bill, 2015 in the Lok Sabha for the repeal of 295 Acts, identified for repeal by the concerned Ministries/Departments and the Legislative Department. 

The Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015 was introduced in Lok Sabha on 13th May, 2015 containing the proposal for repeal of 187 obsolete Acts. As an ongoing process, the Repealing and Amending Bill is one of the periodical measures by which enactments which have ceased to be in force or have become obsolete or the retention whereof as separate Acts become unnecessary are repealed, or by which the formal defects detected in enactments are corrected. 

Approval for Phase II of eCourts Mission Mode Project 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the second phase of eCourts Mission Mode Project at an estimated cost of Rs.1670 crore. It envisages enhanced ICT enablement of courts through universal computerisation, use of cloud computing, digitization of case records and enhanced availability of e-services through e-filing, e-payment gateways and mobile applications etc. 


The eCourts project of the Government is aimed at providing necessary hardware and software applications to enable courts to deliver e-services to citizens, and to enable the judiciary to better monitor and manage the functioning of courts. In Phase I of the project more than 13000 District and Subordinate courts have been computerised and case information linked to the respective District court websites. These courts are now providing online eServices such as cause lists, case status and judgments, to litigants and public through the eCourts portal ( also. Case status information in respect of over 5 crore pending and decided cases and more than one crore orders/ judgments are available online. Litigants and lawyers are also provided services through Judicial Service Centre at the court complexes. More than 24 crore transactions have already been recorded regarding online access of court information. 

The Phase II of the eCourts project would also help in the automation of workflow management in courts thereby contributing to better court and case management. Touch screen based Kiosks and Video Conferencing facility will be installed at all Court Complexes and corresponding jails. Hand held process service devices will be provided to process servers to ensure transparent and time bound delivery of court notices and summons. Also, the use of solar energy has been proposed at 5 percent of the court complexes on a pilot basis. 

In line with the Digital India Programme of the Government of India which emphasises on Citizen centric services, this project would also focus on Digital Infrastructure as a core utility to every citizen providing Governance and Services on demand eventually making the citizens digitally empowered. 

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Mines & Steel Minister Hands Over Detailed Exploration Reports of 10 Regions to Jharkhand Chief Minister 

The Union Minister of Steel & Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar today handed over the detailed exploration reports of 10 blocks of Jharkhand to Chief Minister Shri Raghubar Das in New Delhi. The reports, prepared as part of Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL)’s promotional exploration, include reports for 7 copper blocks and 3 gold blocks. Speaking at the occasion Shri Tomar said, “The MMDR Act was amended in January 2015 to harness the immense mining potential of mineral rich states like Jharkhand. It is now incumbent on us to expedite the process and realise its benefits.” Shri Tomar urged the Chief Minister and senior officials of the state and ministry, to focus on implementation and create visible change in the status of mining and the welfare of peripheral and tribal population. Shri Raghubar Das assured the Union Minister that the District Mineral Foundation will be constituted within a month’s time, and work for auctioning of mining leases will begin within the same time. Secretary Mines, Shri Balvinder Kumar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Jharkhand Shri Sanjay Kumar, and other senior officials of Ministry of Mines, Jharkhand government & related PSUs also attended the meeting. 

Prior to this, in January this year, Shri Tomar had provided Shri Radhubar Das with 14 regional exploration reports, comprising 12 for bauxite and 2 for gold, and 2 detailed exploration reports for limestone. Currently equipped with detailed exploration reports (of G1-G2 level) for 12 blocks, Jharkhand is in a position to start auctioning Mining Leases for these blocks. As for the regional exploration reports of 14 blocks, the state has an option to either go in for auctioning of leases for carrying out PL-cum-ML, or to go in for detailed exploration. CMD of MECL Dr Gopal Dhawan highlighted Jharkhand’s hidden potential in gold, and suggested that the state could begin auctioning of PL-cum-ML of the mineral since it is a non-notified one. 

Shri Tomar offered the help of parastatal exploration agencies such as Geological Survey of India (GSI) and MECL in assisting the state in exploration work. Referring to the successful auctioning of coal blocks in recent past, Shri Tomar said that the state could utilise the expertise of MSTC Limited, a PSU under the Ministry of Steel, which had provided the digital platform to carry out the auctioning of coal blocks. CMD, MSTC Shri SK Tripathi expressed his willingness to visit the state at the earliest to prepare them for the process. 

On June 28, Jharkhand govt signed a MoU with NMDC Limited for setting up a 6 million tonne per annum (MTPA) Integrated Steel Plant, through the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) route, in presence of the Prime Minister. While discussing about the requirements of the SPV, Shri Tomar intimated Shri Das that the steel plant will require 3,000 acres of land and an assured reserve of 200 MT of iron ore, preferably on allotment basis. Shri Das reaffirmed his commitment to set up the steel plant, so that the mineral wealth of the state leads to employment generation within the state itself. The ministers also asked PSUs working in Jharkhand to align their CSR intervention in accordance with the needs of the region. 

The meeting further deliberated over issues concerning the renewal and extension of mining leases for Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). CM Jharkhand was apprised of the 50 MTPA expansion plan of SAIL, in line with which, the capacity of Bokaro Steel Plant in Jharkhand will be raised from the present level of 4.3 MTPA to 14.1 MTPA by 2025-26. The capacity expansion will require augmented supply of iron ore, and hence, urgent renewal/ extension of Gua and Chiria mines. Shri Tomar also discussed on the possibility of allowing sale of inferior grades of iron ore from SAIL mines in Jharkhand to small manufacturers, which would be mutually beneficial for both sides. Shri Raghubar Das welcomed all the suggestions and ensured prompt action from his office on all fronts. 

Mineral Production during May 2015 (Provisional) 

The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector for the month of May (new Series 2004-05=100) 2015 at 128.8, was 2.8% higher as compared to May 2014.The cumulative growth for the period April- May 2015-16 over the corresponding period of previous year stands at (+) 1.5%. 

The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic & minor minerals) in the country during May 2015 was Rs. 19716 crore. The contribution of: coal was the highest at Rs. 7244 crore (37%). Next in the order of importance were: petroleum (crude) Rs. 5787 crore, iron ore Rs. 2329 crore, natural gas (utilized) Rs. 2277 crore, lignite Rs. 461 crore and limestone Rs. 493 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 94% of the total value of mineral production in May 2015. 

Production level of important minerals in May 2015 were: coal 491 lakh tonnes, lignite 36 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilized) 2753 million cu. m., petroleum (crude) 32 lakh tonnes, bauxite 4438 thousand tonnes, chromite 263 thousand tonnes, copper conc. 10 thousand tonnes, gold 101 kg., iron ore 130 lakh tonnes, lead conc. 20 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 189 thousand tonnes, zinc conc. 125 thousand tonnes, apatite & phosphorite 269 thousand tonnes, limestone 265 lakh tonnes, magnesite 15 thousand tonnes and diamond 3182 carat. 

The production of important minerals showing positive growth during May 2015 over May 2014 include ‘lead conc.’ (54.1%), ‘bauxite’ (46.2%), ‘zinc conc.’ (39.9%), ‘apatite & phosphorite’ (28.8%), ‘copper conc.’ (20.3%), ‘coal’ (7.8%), ‘iron ore’ and ‘limestone’ (3.7%) each and ‘petroleum (crude)’ (0.8%). The production of other important minerals showing negative growth are: ‘chromite’ [(-) 0.8%], ‘natural gas (utilized)’ [(-) 4.0%], ‘gold’ [(-) 15.1%], ‘manganese ore’ [(-) 16.2%], ‘lignite’ [(-) 24.5%], ‘diamond’ [(-) 34.1%] and ‘magnesite’ [(-) 35.5%]. 

Railway PSU – “RailTel” Bags 12th National Awards for Excellence in Cost Management 2014 

A PSU of Ministry of Railways, namely, RailTel Corporation of India Ltd. has added yet another jewel in its crown by bagging the 12th National Awards for Excellence in Cost management 2014. 

Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.), AVSM, Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting presented the award to RailTel in a function held here on 15th July 2015. 

This award is organized by The Institute of Cost Accounts of India. RailTel has won the award in the category of Public- Service Sector (Medium). 

A jury of eminent personalities led by Hon’ble Justice V.N. Khare conferred RailTel the first place in the Public- Service Sector (Medium).National Awards for Excellence in Cost management is an initiative to promote practice of Cost management and recognizing outstanding contributions of Finance fraternity 

About RailTel 

RailTel Corporation a "Mini Ratna (Category-I)" PSU is one of the largest neutral telecom services providers in the country owning a Pan-India optic fiber network covering all important towns & cities of the country and several rural areas covering 70% of India’s population. RailTel is in the forefront in providing nationwide Broadband Telecom & Multimedia Network in all parts of the country in addition to modernization of Train operations and administration network systems for Indian Railways. With its Pan India high capacity network, RailTel is working towards creating a knowledge society at various fronts and has been selected for implementation of various mission-mode Govt. of India projects in the telecom field 


Redevelopment of railway stations on the basis of proposals obtained through open invitation from interested parties 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for redevelopment of railway stations on 'as is where is' basis, through open invitation from interested parties with their designs and business ideas including permitting commercial development of real estate by the Zonal Railways. 

‘A-1’ and ‘A’ category stations (about 400) shall be offered for redevelopment by inviting open bids from interested parties. These stations are to be developed by leveraging real estate development of land and air space in and around the stations. 

This approval will enable the Ministry of Railways to accelerate the redevelopment of ‘A-1’ and ‘A’ category stations. These category of stations are generally located in metros, major cities, pilgrimage centres and important tourist destinations across the country. It will also encourage innovative ideas from interested parties at no cost to the Railways. 


Redevelopment of identified stations is undertaken through the Indian Stations Development Corporation Ltd. (IRSDC). As the IRSDC is able to undertake redevelopment of only a few stations, and there is a need to redevelop a large number of stations, it has been proposed to redevelop stations through invitation of open bids from interested parties. 

India Foils Colgate-Palmolive Bid to Patent Nutmeg Mouthwash 

India had foiled an attempt by consumer goods giant Colgate-Palmolive to patent a mouthwash formula containing herb extract by citing ancient texts that show it was traditionally used in ancient medicinal practices. Traditional Knowledge Digital Library of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR-TKDL) had submitted proof in the form of references from ancient books, which said the herb and its extracts of Myristica Fragrans were used for oral diseases in Indian systems of medicine. In addition, other third party observations also made submissions against the claims. 

Meanwhile, various institutions of CSIR filed applications for 14 patents were in India and for 22 abroad. One (1) patents were granted in India and 14 abroad. 

Targets for Skill Development 

‘Skill India’ launched on 15th July, 2015 would aim to provide skill training to a very large number of people at a much faster pace than before. During 2015-16 itself, there is a target to provide skill training to about 120 lakh youth in the Country by the Central Government. While, 60% of the skill training would be done through the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, the balance would be done through 20 other Ministries/Department of the Government of India. This target includes 24 lakh youth to be trained/certified under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) that was launched yesterday. 

Government has recently approved ‘Common norms’ for skill training, where skill training course has been defined to be of minimum duration of 200 hours for fresh training and at least 80 hours for skill upgradation. Common norms for skill training have been introduced with a view to ensure basic minimum standards for skill training. With this, the target for skill training would be revisited and fresh targets for different Ministries/Department for the year 2015-16 would be notified shortly. 

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is committed to fulfill the vision of the Prime Minister to undertake skill development at an enhanced scale with a view to make India ‘Human Resources Capital’ of the world. 


Centre to extend all possible help to develop tourism around the historical heritage associated with freedom fighter Rani Laxmibai : Dr Mahesh Sharma 

The Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma held a meeting with the Minister of Women & Child Development of Madhya Pradesh, Smt. Maya Singh in New Delhi today. Highlighting the potential of tourism in the historical city of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Smt. Maya Singh said that the state government wishes to develop tourism in Gwalior by setting up an historical Museum of Rani Laxmibai which along with the Statue of the great freedom fighter can become a tourist attraction. 

SmtMaya Singh demanded that Centre should help the state to promote tourism prospects with the help ofhistorical heritage associated with thestatue of the great freedom fighter. She also requested the Centre to develop a convention centre in the name of Rani Laxmibai. 

Dr. Mahesh Sharma assured Smt Maya Singh that the Centre will explore all possibilities to meet the demands of the state. 

Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi inaugurates the first One Stop Centre at Raipur in Chhattisgarh 

One Stop Centre to provide all types of assistance including medical, police, legal help, psychosocial counseling, temporary support services to women affected by violence. 

The first ‘One Stop Centre (OSC) for Women’ of the Ministry of Women & Child Development was inaugurated today at Raipur by the Union Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in the presence of Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh. WCD Minister of Chhatisgarh, Smt Ramshila Sahu was also present on the occasion. 

The One Stop Centre at Raipur is located in the premises District Hospital, Raipur. It will provide access to integrated range of services under one roof including medical aid, police assistance, legal aid/case management, psychosocial counseling, temporary support services to women affected by violence. 

Later, addressing the Mahila Sammelan at Budpara, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that it is a matter of pride that the first One Stop Centre for Women has opened in Raipur, the credit for which goes to the dynamism of the Chief Minister of Chhatisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh. Having the first One Stop Centre, however, also entails responsibility and this One Stop Centre will be keenly watched now , she added. The Minister said that an OSC will be set up in each state/UT during the current year and if they work well, it will be possible to make an OSC in each district. The One Stop Centres will be integrated with 181 and other existing helplines to make them fully effective, she explained. 

Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi also highlighted the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme of the Ministry launched in January this year to reverse the declining Child Sex Ratio in the currently. She praised the state of Chhatisgarh for being a progressive state in terms of child sex ratio, which is much above the national average. The Minister brought out the importance of skill development schemes like STEP to empower women. She also appealed to the Chief Minister to give 33% reservation to women in the police force to help address the problem of crimes against women. 

The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has approved the Scheme of One Stop Centre for women affected with violence which is being implemented by States/ UTs from 1st April, 2015.In the current year, the Ministry of Women & Child Development proposes to set up 36 centres across the country with an outlay of Rs 14 cr . In the first phase there will be one Cente per State/UT. 

Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi also launched two schemes of the state government ie. Tejaswini for adolescent girls and Navaajatan for malnourished newborns. Earlier in the day, she visited the camp organized for malnourished children, the model anganwadi centre and Ready to Eat food production unit run by self-help group at Nawagaon. 

She also called on the Governor of Chhatisgarh , ShBalramji Das Tandon
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