Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases


Ministry of I&B issues Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for e-auction of 266 Private FM Radio Channels in 92 Cities in Second Batch of FM Phase III

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India today issued the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for e-auction of 266 FM Radio channels in 92 cities in the second batch of Private FM Phase III. The second batch consists of 227 channels in 69 new cities besides 39 channels in 23 existing cities. Out of 69 new cities taken up for auction in the second batch, 20 cities with 80 channels are having population of 3-10 lakh , 38 cities with 114 channels are having population of 1-3 lakh whereas 11 cities in border areas of Jammu & Kashmir and North Eastern states with popu… more »

Celebrations of International Yoga Day,2016 At Mumbai Port Trust – “Awaken Your Heart at Gateway of India”

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
The 2 1st June has been declared as The International Yoga Day by the Hon’b1e Prime Minister of India in the year 2015. Ever since, then, the entire world has joined hands in celebrating this day as “The International Yoga Day”. In keeping with the theme, Mumbai Port Trust has arranged a slew of programmes from 19 to 2 lst June 2016. The events are being arranged on this occasion at various locations viz., Gateway of India, Conference Hall at Vijay Deep, Ballard Estate, Welfare Centre at Nadkarni Park, Wadala for the benefit of port employees, port users as also general public who wo… more »

Salient Activities of Ministry of HRD Regarding Yoga Education and Celebration of International Day of Yoga

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
First Yoga Olympiad at National level was held (18-19th June, 2016) in which 21 States/UTs participated, Hon’ble Human Resource Development Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani gave away prizes to winners on June 20th, 2016 in the presence of Union Minister of AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik. State/UT teams were divided into four categories viz., Upper Primary Girls, Upper Primary Boys, Secondary Girls and Secondary Boys. A total of 321 students along with their 79 teachers from 21 states/UTs participated in the Yoga Olympiad Performance. The Central Government has for the first time giv… more »

Major impetus to job creation and infrastructure: Radical changes in FDI policy regime; Most sectors on automatic route for FDI

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
The Union Government has radically liberalized the FDI regime today, with the objective of providing major impetus to employment and job creation in India. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. This is the second major reform after the last radical changes announced in November 2015. Now most of the sectors would be under automatic approval route, except a small negative list. *With these changes, India is now the most open economy in the world for FDI.* In last two years, Government has brought major FDI policy ref… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to inaugurate 2nd International Yoga Day celebrations in Rashtrapati Bhavan at 0630 hrs tomorrow

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 21 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will kick off tomorrow (June 21, 2016) a mass Yoga demonstration involving around 1000 persons at Rashtrapati Bhavan to mark the 2ndInternational Yoga Day. The participants will include officers and staff of President’s Secretariat, their family members, members of Delhi Police, ITBP and President’s Bodyguard, etc. as well as other residents of the President’s Estate. Participants of the In-Residence Programme for scholars from IITs, IISERs and IISc-Bangalore currently underway at Rashtrapati Bhavan will also participate in the event. T… more »

Over 1 lakh Yoga programmes and 10 mega events planned across the country

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 22 hours ago
On the occasion of the “International Yoga Day” on 21st June, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) will, in collaboration with over a dozen noted social organizations, hold 1,00,260 Yoga programmes at different centres across the country, out of which 10 regional level mega events will be hosted by major cities of Varanasi, Imphal, Jammu,Vadodara, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Vijayawada, Bhubaneshwar, Shimla and Hoshiarpur. The main programme will, however, be held at Chandigarh which will be attended by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Announcing this at a press conference here today, Uni… more »

No Fee for MSME Registration

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 22 hours ago
Ministry of MSME has clarified today, that Udyog Aadhar Memorandum is the only form of registration for MSMEs in India and there is no fee for the registration. This has been clarified in view of some complaints received by the ministry, regarding fee charged by certain agencies for facilitating the registration. It may be pointed out that filling of Udyog Aadhar Memorandum can be done only on the portalhttp://www.udyogaadharmemorandum.gov.in created by the Ministry. There is no fee charged for this purpose. The filling process is simple and the entrepreneurs can register without se… more »

International Day of Yoga to be celebrated in a big way in Delhi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) are all set to organize the 2nd International Yoga Day on June 21, 2016 at Connaught Place, New Delhi and its six radials and inner circles, roads along with the three gardens Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park and Talkatora Garden. As many as about 10,000 participants will be performing the common protocol Yoga. Programme will start at 6.00 a.m. and common Protocol Yoga by all participants will start at 7:00 a.m. and go up to 7:45 a.m. The diplomats will participate in Yoga programme at Nehru Park. Union… more »

Six Central Universities to have Yoga Departments

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Smriti Irani asks UGC to consider Yogic Sciences for NET Six Central Universities will have full fledged Yoga departments from academic session 2016-17 and the number would be raised to 20 within one year. These six universities are Hemwati Nandan Bahugana Garhwal University, Uttrakhand (North), Viswa Bharti, West Bengal (East), Central University of Rajasthan (West), Central University of Kerala (South), Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak, Madya Pradesh,(Central) and Manipur University (North East). This was stated by Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Human… more »

Workshop on Ways to Promote Water Transportation

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Ministry of Shipping is organizing a workshop with various stakeholders and industry representatives on 20th June 2016 between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi to discuss ways and means to promote water transportation and make it competitive to roads and railways transportation. The waterways mode of transportation is fuel-efficient, environment – friendly, and capable of easing traffic congestion on roads and railways thus preventing loss of human lives due to accidents. The Government of India is committed to promote coastal shipping and inland wate… more »

Prime Minister to lead the world in celebrating the Second International Day of Yoga on June 21st

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will lead the Second International Day of Yoga celebrations in the country and across the globe by participating in a mass Yoga demonstration of Common Yoga Protocol at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh on the morning of 21st of June. The function will begin at 6.30 am and will include 45 minutes of Yoga protocol demonstration. Over 35 thousand people are expected to participate in the event at Capitol Complex, Chandigarh while ten thousand more will perform at 100 different venues in the city of Chandigarh. The emphasis this year will be on partic… more »

Bihar to step up Sanitation efforts as part of Swachh Bharat

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
State holds one day workshop of DCs on sanitation The Government of Bihar, as part of a focused strategy to step up Sanitation efforts in the State under the Swachh Bharat Mission, held a workshop on Sanitation for all District Collectors of the State today. The Secretary, Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Parameswaran Iyer, was present at the workshop to offer guidance from the Government of India. Addressing the workshop, the Secretary expressed his happiness that the State had organized this workshop, and appreciated the fact tha… more »

Fifteen nursing students commissioned into MNS

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Commissioning ceremony of the 57th batch of probationer nurses, College of Nursing, Army Hospital (R&R) was held here today. Addressing the function as the Chief Guest, Lt Gen SD Duhan, Commandant of the hospital congratulated the newly commissioned Nursing Officers and their proud parents. He urged the newly commissioned Nursing Officers to nurture the ethics of Military Nursing Service (MNS) and to uplift its tradition. Lt Gen Duhan advised the new Lieutenants to keep abreast with the latest developments in the field of medicine and nursing in order to provide care with compassion…more »

International Day of Yoga to be celebrated in a big way in Delhi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) are all set to organize the 2nd International Yoga Day on June 21, 2016 at Connaught Place, New Delhi and its six radials and inner circles, roads along with the three gardens Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park and Talkatora Garden. As many as about 10,000 participants will be performing the common protocol Yoga. Programme will start at 6.00 a.m. and common Protocol Yoga by all participants will start at 7:00 a.m. and go up to 7:45 a.m. The diplomats will participate in Yoga programme at Nehru Park. Union… more »

Launch of Korea Plus Strengthening India – Korea Relations

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Commerce & Industry Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman and Mr. Joo Hyunghwan, the Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy, Government of the Republic of Korea, today, launched Korea Plus, a special initiative to promote and facilitate Korean Investments in India. An MOU for establishing Korea Plus was earlier signed between the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Govt. of the Republic of Korea and Invest India, the National Investment Promotion & Facilitation Agency of India in January 2016. This MOU came as an outcome of the visit of the Indian Prime Minister to South Korea in … more »

President of India condoles the passing away of mother of President of Ghana

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of Madam Hajia Abiba Nnaba, mother of the President of Ghana. In a condolence message to His Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama, the President of Republic of Ghana, the President has said, “I am saddened to learn that your beloved mother, Madam Hajia Abiba Nnaba, has passed away. I write to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May you have the strength to bear this irreparable personal loss. She left this world with great dignity and pride as the mother of an illustrious son… more »

Rajswa Gyansangam- Annual Conference of Tax Administrators-2016”concludes; Major Take Aways from two day “Annual Conference of Tax Administrators-2016” include further improvement in Tax Payers Services by use of technology and increased human touch; widening of tax base and faster dispute resolution among others

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The two day “Rajswa Gyansangam- Annual Conference of Tax Administrators-2016” concluded here yesterday. “Rajswa Gyansangam” was held in national capital on 16th& 17th June,2016.It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in the morning on 16th June,2016 and marked a new height in the generation of innovative ideas and opened new frontiers for the tax administrators. The Prime Minister Shri Modi stressed that facilitation should be the core of the tax ecosystem and the fear of the law rather than the law enforcer should be the maxim on which tax administrators should … more »

Media Statement by The President of India upon the conclusion of his state visit to Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire And Namibia en route from Windhoek To New Delhi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
Following is the full text of the statement to media by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee upon the conclusion of his State visit to Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Namibia (June 12 to 18, 2016). The statement was made on board the aircraft during the President’s return to New Delhi from Windhoek yesterday (June 17, 2016): “I have concluded successful State visits to Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Namibia from June 12-18, 2016. My delegation included Shri Jitendra Singh, Minister of State and two Members of Parliament, Shri SS Ahluwalia and Shri Mansukh Lal Mandaviya. Senior official… more »

NRIs hard working and law abiding, says President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended a reception for the Indian Community hosted by the Indian High Commissioner, Shri Kumar Tuhin inWindhoek, Namibia yesterday (June 17, 2016). Addressing the Indian community, the President complimented NRIs for being hard working and law abiding citizens in the country of their adoption. He urged them to do their utmost for India as well as the country where they live. The President said his visit to Africa was the result of a conscious decision of the Government of India to deepen the relationship between India and Africa. Th… more »

PM’s remarks at the dedication of the renovated Durraiappah Stadium in Jaffna to the People of Sri Lanka through Video Link

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
Subah Udesanak Veva, Ayubowan Last year, in March, I was in Jaffna. The warmth and affection that I received from the people of Jaffna is still fresh in my mind. It was a historic day because it was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Jaffna. Today is another landmark day. When, once again, we celebrate our partnership with the people of Sri Lanka and with residents of Jaffna. Today, along with President Sirisena, we dedicate the renovated Durraiappah Stadium to the people of Sri Lanka. And, we are not alone. The modern tools of communication have enabled 1.25… more »
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Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases


Bihar to step up Sanitation efforts as part of Swachh Bharat

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
State holds one day workshop of DCs on sanitation The Government of Bihar, as part of a focused strategy to step up Sanitation efforts in the State under the Swachh Bharat Mission, held a workshop on Sanitation for all District Collectors of the State today. The Secretary, Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Parameswaran Iyer, was present at the workshop to offer guidance from the Government of India. Addressing the workshop, the Secretary expressed his happiness that the State had organized this workshop, and appreciated the fact tha… more »

Fifteen nursing students commissioned into MNS

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
Commissioning ceremony of the 57th batch of probationer nurses, College of Nursing, Army Hospital (R&R) was held here today. Addressing the function as the Chief Guest, Lt Gen SD Duhan, Commandant of the hospital congratulated the newly commissioned Nursing Officers and their proud parents. He urged the newly commissioned Nursing Officers to nurture the ethics of Military Nursing Service (MNS) and to uplift its tradition. Lt Gen Duhan advised the new Lieutenants to keep abreast with the latest developments in the field of medicine and nursing in order to provide care with compassion…more »

International Day of Yoga to be celebrated in a big way in Delhi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) are all set to organize the 2nd International Yoga Day on June 21, 2016 at Connaught Place, New Delhi and its six radials and inner circles, roads along with the three gardens Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park and Talkatora Garden. As many as about 10,000 participants will be performing the common protocol Yoga. Programme will start at 6.00 a.m. and common Protocol Yoga by all participants will start at 7:00 a.m. and go up to 7:45 a.m. The diplomats will participate in Yoga programme at Nehru Park. Union… more »

Launch of Korea Plus Strengthening India – Korea Relations

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Commerce & Industry Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman and Mr. Joo Hyunghwan, the Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy, Government of the Republic of Korea, today, launched Korea Plus, a special initiative to promote and facilitate Korean Investments in India. An MOU for establishing Korea Plus was earlier signed between the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Govt. of the Republic of Korea and Invest India, the National Investment Promotion & Facilitation Agency of India in January 2016. This MOU came as an outcome of the visit of the Indian Prime Minister to South Korea in … more »

President of India condoles the passing away of mother of President of Ghana

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of Madam Hajia Abiba Nnaba, mother of the President of Ghana. In a condolence message to His Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama, the President of Republic of Ghana, the President has said, “I am saddened to learn that your beloved mother, Madam Hajia Abiba Nnaba, has passed away. I write to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May you have the strength to bear this irreparable personal loss. She left this world with great dignity and pride as the mother of an illustrious son… more »

Rajswa Gyansangam- Annual Conference of Tax Administrators-2016”concludes; Major Take Aways from two day “Annual Conference of Tax Administrators-2016” include further improvement in Tax Payers Services by use of technology and increased human touch; widening of tax base and faster dispute resolution among others

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The two day “Rajswa Gyansangam- Annual Conference of Tax Administrators-2016” concluded here yesterday. “Rajswa Gyansangam” was held in national capital on 16th& 17th June,2016.It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in the morning on 16th June,2016 and marked a new height in the generation of innovative ideas and opened new frontiers for the tax administrators. The Prime Minister Shri Modi stressed that facilitation should be the core of the tax ecosystem and the fear of the law rather than the law enforcer should be the maxim on which tax administrators should … more »

Media Statement by The President of India upon the conclusion of his state visit to Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire And Namibia en route from Windhoek To New Delhi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Following is the full text of the statement to media by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee upon the conclusion of his State visit to Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Namibia (June 12 to 18, 2016). The statement was made on board the aircraft during the President’s return to New Delhi from Windhoek yesterday (June 17, 2016): “I have concluded successful State visits to Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Namibia from June 12-18, 2016. My delegation included Shri Jitendra Singh, Minister of State and two Members of Parliament, Shri SS Ahluwalia and Shri Mansukh Lal Mandaviya. Senior official… more »

NRIs hard working and law abiding, says President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended a reception for the Indian Community hosted by the Indian High Commissioner, Shri Kumar Tuhin inWindhoek, Namibia yesterday (June 17, 2016). Addressing the Indian community, the President complimented NRIs for being hard working and law abiding citizens in the country of their adoption. He urged them to do their utmost for India as well as the country where they live. The President said his visit to Africa was the result of a conscious decision of the Government of India to deepen the relationship between India and Africa. Th… more »

PM’s remarks at the dedication of the renovated Durraiappah Stadium in Jaffna to the People of Sri Lanka through Video Link

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Subah Udesanak Veva, Ayubowan Last year, in March, I was in Jaffna. The warmth and affection that I received from the people of Jaffna is still fresh in my mind. It was a historic day because it was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Jaffna. Today is another landmark day. When, once again, we celebrate our partnership with the people of Sri Lanka and with residents of Jaffna. Today, along with President Sirisena, we dedicate the renovated Durraiappah Stadium to the people of Sri Lanka. And, we are not alone. The modern tools of communication have enabled 1.25… more »

Yog Geet Released by Ayush Minister Shri Shripad Yesso Naik

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
In connection with the celebration of International Day of Yoga – 2016 a Yog Geet (Song) was released by the Minister of State (IC) for AYUSH Sh. Shripad Naik at New Delhi. This song is of 3 minutes and 15 seconds in Hindi language. The song is written and produced by Deeraj Saraswat and Sh. Gandhar T.D. Jadhav and Ms. Gatha Jadhav were given their voice. The Music of the song is composed by Sh. Sumanto Ray. As part of celebration of 2nd International Day of Yoga a National level competition for selection of a Yog Geet was organised by the Ministry of AYUSH. About one thousand entr… more »

Press statement by Prime Minister during the visit of Prime Minister of Thailand to India (June 17, 2016)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
You Excellency Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha Ladies and Gentlemen It is a great pleasure to welcome you to India. Your visit is a high point in our top-level political exchanges. You come from a land that is very familiar to us. From the Legend of Rama to the Wisdom of Buddha our ties are founded on a shared cultural heritage. Our historical people-to-people ties provide a strong basis to our partnership. Thailand is a trusted and valued friend, and one of our closest partners in Southeast Asia. Friends, Today, Prime Minister and I reviewed the full range of our… more »

Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India being organized in Hungary from 17th to 19th June, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
“Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India” in Hungary will be inaugurated by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (I/C) and Civil Aviation on 17 June 2016 at Vigado Theatre in Budapest, Hungary. Dr Sharma will also inaugurate International day of Yoga followed by Yoga workshop on 18th June. The Festival will showcase Indian culture, i.e. dance, music, yoga, film and exhibitions. Indian martial art experts and puppet artists are also performing. Hungarian artists, proficient in Indian art forms will also participate in the programme. During the period of the … more »

In the echo chamber – India, Trump and the Brexiteers

noreply@blogger.com (Swapan Dasgupta) at Usual Suspects – 2 days ago
By Swapan Dasgupta One of the rigid and unwritten codes of social behaviour in the England I inhabit in my frequent trips there is to never embarrass your host/hostess. I try to adhere to this rule by being anodyne in my comments on politics and pretending that I don’t do God in my public life. Last month, I tripped and almost caused a near silence to descend on a small gathering. The subject seemed pretty innocuous: the Brexit referendum scheduled for June 23. Having silently heard various comments proffered by professors, MPs and other beautiful people who make up a convivial din… more »

Africa and India centers of gravity in today’s globalized world, says President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
His Excellency Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia hosted a banquet in honour of the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in Windhoek yesterday (June 16, 2016). In his banquet speech, President Mukherjee said Africa and India are centers of gravity in today’s globalised world. They have a responsibility to work together for peace, security, and sustainable development in our two continents. We share the view that reform of the United Nations and its principle organs – created in the wake of the Second World War – is an imperative. We agree that they need … more »

Regular Review Meetings being held to monitor payment and settlement crisis in National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL);Key decisions taken in this regard.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The matter relating to violations of law, criminal offences and default in payments to investors on the platform of National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) is engaging the serious attention of the Government. Investigations and other enforcement measures are being taken by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police, Enforcement Directorate (ED), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Financial Intelligence Unit – India (FIU-IND) and Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA). The progress of these activities is being monitored in the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA),Minist…more »

Rashtrapati Bhavan to host scholars from IITs, IISERs and IISc Bangalore under its ‘In-Residence’ programme from tomorrow

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
Eighteen scholars from IITs, IISERs and IISc-Bangalore will stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan for a period of seven days from June 18 to 24, 2016 as part of an ‘In Residence’ programme. Similar programmes exist forwriters, artists, grass root innovators, NIT students and inspired teachers. During their stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan, these scholars will participate in various activities of Rashtrapati Bhavan apart from visiting IBM, Cisco, IIT Delhi, CSIR, TERI etc. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Address by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee to the Parliament of the republic of Namibia on June 16, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
1. I am delighted to visit Namibia, a nation blessed by Nature, endowed with abundant resources, caressed by the ocean, and inhabited by the brave. I feel truly honoured to have this opportunity to address this august House of the leaders and representatives of the people of Namibia. 2. I am accompanied by Minister of State in the Indian Prime Minister’s Office, H’ble Dr. Jitendra Singh, H’ble Shri Surjit Singh Ahluwalia, Member of the Lok Sabha, the House of the People and H’ble Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Member of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. We bring t… more »

3.7% Growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals in May 2016 Over the Same Period in 2015

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
Bangladesh Accounts for Highest Share of Tourist Arrivals followed by USA and UK in May 2016 Rs. 10, 285 Crore Foreign Exchange Earned Through Tourism in May 2016 3.7% growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in May 2016 over the same period in 2015. Bangladesh accounts for highest share of tourist arrivals followed by USA and UK in April 2016. Rs.10, 285 crores Foreign Exchange earned through tourism in May 2016. Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BO… more »

Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Zubin Irani launches a new initiative ‘Vidyanjali’ to involve volunteers into co-scholastic activities of schools

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
Inspired from Honourable Prime Minister’s vision to inculcate reading habits among children and create a reading culture at school and community level, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani dedicated ‘*Vidyanjali*’- a school volunteer programme to the nation at New Delhi, today. In her inaugural address Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani said that Vidyanjali is a step forward in creating an ecosystem, wherein education will be attached with imbibing knowledge and improving learning output. The Union Minister added that there is an ingrained sense of participatio… more »

MHRD concurs with UGC recommendations to remove subjectivity and bring in more transparency

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
Following recommendations received from the University Grants Commission for amendments to the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2010, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has concurred with the recommendations for notification. The amended regulations are intended to remove subjectivity and bring in more transparency in the processes for establishment and functioning of such institutions. They seek to maintain the quality of education, to provide in more autonomy, and a framework for Government and UGC interface with the institutions. There have bee… more »

Term of the Day money order



Term of the Day

money order

Financial instrument, issued by a bank or other institution, allowing the individual named on the order to receive a specified amount of cash on demand. Often used by people who do not have checking accounts. One of the main benefits of a money order is that it is more trusted than a personalcheck, because it is prepaid. Money orders can be obtained at many locations, including a post 

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Certain people who do not have a stable income or checking account will utilize a money order to pay for large purchases because a money order is a trustworthy form of payment.

TERM OF THE DAY JUNE 16, 2016 model


TERM OF THE DAY JUNE 16, 2016

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Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases – Important


National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016 : Salient Features

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
The Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju released the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 in New Delhi today. This is the first time since independence that an integrated Civil Aviation Policy has been brought out by the Ministry. Speaking on the occasion Shri Raju said that the centre-piece of the policy is to make regional air connectivity a reality. He said that the policy aims to take flying to the masses by making it affordable and convenient, establish an integrated eco-system which will lead to significant growth of the civil aviation sector to promo… more »

Cabinet approves Civil Aviation Policy

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for the Civil Aviation Policy. This is the first time since Independence that an integrated Civil Aviation Policy has been brought out by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. *Highlights* *The Policy aims at:* • India to become 3rd largest civil aviation market by 2022 from 9th • Domestic ticketing to grow from 8 crore in 2015 to 30 crore by 2022 • Airports having scheduled commercial flights to increase from 77 in 2016 to 127 by 2019 • Cargo volumes to increase by 4 times to 10 mi… more »

Drinking Water Ministry organizes national-level Water Conservation workshop

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, recently met the Chief Ministers of 11 drought-affected states and highlighted the importance of water conservation and optimum water utilization. At the meetings, the Prime Minister stressed that water conservation should be a continuous activity and measures should be taken in the short term, medium term and long term to conserve our limited water resources. To take this idea forward and intensify efforts, the Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation organized a ‘National Workshop on Pre-Monsoon Water Conservation Measures’ in the capital… more »

Cabinet approves disinvestment of 10% paid up equity of Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd. (HUDCO)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for disinvestment of 10% paid up equity of Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd. (HUDCO) out of Government of India’s shareholding of 100% through Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the domestic market as per the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Rules and Regulation. The paid up equity capital of HUDCO is Rs.2001.90 crore and Government of India owns 100% 0f the equity at present. Net worth of the Company is approximately Rs. 7,800 Cr. HUDCO was i… more »

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Saudi Arabia on Labour Co-operation for General Category Workers’ Recruitment

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for the Agreement on Labour Co-operation between India and Saudi Arabia. The Agreement was signed in Riyadh on 2-3 April, 2016 during the visit of the Prime Minister to Saudi Arabia. The Agreement would benefit the Indian emigrant workers, especially in the unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled categories of workers who are working in Saudi Arabia without consideration of caste, creed, religion or gender. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Cabinet appraisal of MoU between ISRO and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) on cooperation in the field of outer space

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding between Department of Space / Indian Space Research Organization (DOS/ISRO) and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) on cooperation in the field of outer space. The MoU was signed in Ottawa, Canada on 15th April 2015. The MoU would lead to establishment of joint team, drawing members from ISRO and CSA, which will further work out the plan of action including examination and defining cooperative projects and the time-frame. This will also provide opportunities fo…more »

Cabinet approves enhancement of age of superannuation of Non-Teaching, Public Health Specialists and General Duty Medical Officers sub-cadre of Central Health Service to 65 years

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for enhancement of the age of superannuation of (i) Non-Teaching and Public Health Specialists of Central Health Service from 62 years to 65 years and (ii) Doctors of General Duty Medical Officers (GDMOs) sub-cadre of Central Health Service (CHS) to 65 years. The target group would be officers of Non-Teaching, Public Health and GDMO sub-cadres of CHS. The decision would help in better patient care, proper academic activities in Medical colleges as also in effective implementation of National H… more »

Cabinet approves signing of Air Services Agreement between India and Taiwan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of Air Services Agreement between India-Taipei Association in Taipei (India’s representative office in Taiwan) and Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India (Taiwan’s representative office in India). Presently there is no formal Air Services Agreement between India and Taiwan and the Air Services are governed by an MoU exchanged between Air India Charters Limited (AIRL) and Taipei Airlines Associations (TAA). The Air Services Agreement signifies an important landmark in the ci… more »

Cabinet approves signing of contract for Exploration of Poly metallic Sulphides between India and International Seabed Authority

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of 15 years contract by the Ministry of Earth Sciences with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for undertaking exploration and other developmental activities related to Polymetallic Sulphides in the allotted area of 10,000 sq km. It will be done in parts of Central and South – West Indian Ridges (SWIR), located in the Indian Ocean. By signing the 15 year contract, India’s exclusive rights for exploration of Polymetallic Sulphides in the allotted Area in the Central Indian Ri… more »

Cabinet approves of 4/6 laning of Kharar-Ludhiana Section of NH-95 (New NH-05) in Punjab

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the development of 4/6 laning of Kharar-Ludhiana Section of NH-95 (New NH-05) in Punjab. The cost is estimated to be Rs.2069.70 crore including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road to be developed is approximately 76 kms. This work will be done under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-V in Hybrid Annuity Mode. The project will help in expediting the improvement of inf…more »

Cabinet approves India’s Membership of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for Indian membership of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) consortium by signing an MoU with the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for geosciences. This is a government-funded, Public Law Foundation of the State of Brandenburg, Germany. By signing the MoU on the membership for a period of five years with ICDP, India would enable engaging internationally renowned experts with profound expertise in different aspects of scientific drilling in order… more »

Ministry of Tourism celebrates International Yoga Day

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, which aims to transform both body and mind; and on 11th Dec. 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. 175 nations, including USA, Canada and China co-sponsored the resolution and it had the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature. Ministry of Tourism is undertaking following activities for publicity and promotion and to market Yoga and its benefits worldwide : Publicity Division: · Creatives of posters… more »

India continues to be Polio-Free

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Special Immunization Drive to be taken up in Hyderabad and Rangareddy Districts India continues to be polio free as the country has eradicated wild polio virus and the last case was seen on 13th January, 2011, and it is more than 5 years that no wild polio virus has been detected. There have been some media reports that polio virus (P2 strain) has resurfaced in India for the first time in 5 years. However, it is not true as detected polio virus strain is vaccine derived poliovirus (VDPV) in a sewage sample collected near the Secunderabad railway station. However, no children have be… more »

Full text of interview of President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to “Fraternite Matin” of Cote d’Ivoire

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 16 hours ago
*1. What is the state of bilateral relations between India and the Ivory Coast?* At the outset, let me say that I bring warm greetings from the people of India to the people of Cote d’Ivoire. I am greatly looking forward to visiting Cote d’Ivoire at the invitation of President Alassane Ouattara on the first ever Presidential visit to from India. This is also personally the first time I am travelling to your beautiful country. India values its friendship and longstanding cooperation with Cote d’Ivoire. Our bilateral relations have steadily grown and rest today on the founda… more »

Speech by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in response to welcome speech by President of Cote D’ivoire on june 14, 2016 in Abidjan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 16 hours ago
It is indeed a singular honour for me to be the first Head of State of India to pay a visit to your beautiful country. I am deeply touched by the warm welcome accorded to me – and to my delegation – and the unstinting hospitality extended to us since our arrival. 2. I feel greatly honoured, Excellency, by your gesture of conferring on me the National Order of the Republic of Ivory Coast. I consider it to be emblematic of the long standing mutual friendship between the peoples of our two countries. 3. It is rightly believed that the mutual goodwill between India and Ivory Coast … more »

Government Launches Scheme for setting up 1000 MW CTU- connected Wind Power Project

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 16 hours ago
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched Scheme for setting up of 1000 MW Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU) with an objective to facilitate supply of wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered through transparent bidding process. Ministry has designated Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) as nodal agency for implementation of the scheme. The Scheme will encourage competitiveness through scaling up of project sizes and introduction of efficient and transparent e-bidding and e-auctioning pro… more »

India will remain a steadfast partner in assisting cote D’ivoire in its economic development and growth, says President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 16 hours ago
His Excellency Mr. Alassane Ouattara, the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire hosted a Banquet in honour of the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in Abidjan yesterday (June 14, 2016). In his banquet speech, President Mukherjee said India will remain a steadfast partner in assisting Cote d’Ivoire in its economic development and growth. Over years of working together closely for the benefit of our peoples, our two Governments have developed a successful framework for our bilateral co-operation. We have, over the decades, created unique bonds of trust and mutual underst…more »

Address by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the India-Ghana Kofi Annan Centre for excellence in Accra on June 14, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
1. It is a great pleasure for me to visit the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT. I am accompanied by Minister of State in the Indian Prime Minister’s Office, H’ble Dr. Jitendra Singh, H’ble Shri Surendrajeet Singh Ahluwalia, Member of the Lok Sabha, the House of the People and H’ble Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Member of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. We bring with us warm greetings and good wishes of the Government and people of India. 2. I am particularly delighted to interact with the students and trainees here. I see in each one of you great promise … more »

Ministry of Railways Signs JV Agreement with Government of Odisha

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Ministry of Railways signed a Joint Venture Agreement with Govt. of Odisha today i.e. 14.06.2016. Shri A K Mittal, Member Engineering, Railway Board presided over the signing function. The agreement was signed by Shri V. P Dudeja, ED/Works on behalf of Ministry of Railways and Shri Sanjay Rastogi, Pr. Secretary/ Transport, Govt. of Odisha. This is a very important step for formation of Joint Venture Company for development of Railway Infrastructure in the State. The company shall identify projects to be developed and find avenues for financing of the same. Ministry of Railways and… more »

Smt. Mercy kutty Amma, Fisheries Minister of Kerala called on Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Smt. Mercy Kutty Amma, the Fisheries Minister of Kerala called on Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare here today. During the meeting, a number of important issues related to the fisheries sector in Kerala were discussed. The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare informed that the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry has restructured the fisheries development schemes with focused development of Marine and Inland Fishery Sectors. Some of the important issues submitted by the Fisheries Minister of Kerala included empowerment of trad…more »

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