A seminar on ‘Make in India for Indian Air Force’ was held at New Delhi on 19th April, 2016. Representatives of Ministry of Defence, Defence Public Sector Units (DPSUs), Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO), the three Services and delegates from Indian industry & some foreign companies attended the seminar wherein issues pertaining to indigenous development and manufacture of aviation equipment for IAF, were discussed. Main suggestions received during the seminar are as follows: • Nurture aerospace Research & Development (R&D) in India through full funding and encourag…more »
The Government published “Good Clinical Practice Guidelines for Clinical Trials in Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani Medicine (GCP-ASU)” in the year 2013. These guidelines encompass the design, conduct, termination, audit, analysis, reporting and documentation of the systematic studies involving human subjects for determining the safety and efficacy of Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani (ASU) drugs. This document aims to ensure that the studies are scientifically and ethically sound and the clinical properties of the ASU medicines under investigation are properly documented. The guidelines seek t…more »
Production of fertilizers in the country is not sufficient to meet the local demand. There is gap between domestic production and demand. The gap is met through imports. The details of production of major fertilizers in the country during last two years are given below:- (Figure in ‘LMT’) S.No. Year Urea DAP Complex Fertilizers 1. 2014-15 225.85 34.44 78.32 2. 2015-16 244.75 37.87 83.01 Urea is the only fertilizer under statutory price control and its import is restricted and permitted through State Trading Enterprises ( STEs), namely Metals and Minera…more »
The Union Cabinet has approved proposals for the revival of closed fertilizer units at Talcher, Ramagundam, Barauni, Gorakhpur and Sindri. Details about Cabinet approvals and present status of revival at these locations are as under: *Talcher and Ramagundam:* The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in its meeting held on 4.11.2011 approved the revival of these units on “nomination route” through PSUs. Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited, Gail (India) Ltd, Coal India Limited and Fertilizer Corporation India Limited (FCIL) have been nominated to revive the Talcher uni…more »
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh today made a statement in both Houses of the Parliament on his participation in the 7th SAARC Meeting of Interior/Home Ministers in Pakistan on August 4, 2016. Following is the English rendition of the statement: “I had participated in the 7th Meeting of Home Ministers held on 04.08.16. The prominent items on the Agenda were terrorism, smuggling of narcotic drugs, cyber crime and human trafficking. Most of the participating nations strongly condemned terrorism in all its manifestations. On India’s behalf, I laid special emphasis on the …more »
A Committee had been constituted, with the approval of the Finance Minister, to suggest the framework for computation of book profit for the purposes of levy of MAT under section 115JB of the Income-tax Act, 1961 for Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) compliant companies in the year of adoption and thereafter. The Committee submitted its report dated 18th March, 2016 regarding the said framework. The above report of the Committee was placed on public domain for inviting comments from general public and stakeholders. Subsequently, the comments received from the stakeholders were f…more »
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has sent his good wishes to the Indian contingent in the Rio Olympic Games 2016 on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games. In a message to Shri Rakesh Gupta, Chef-de-Mission, Indian Contingent for the Rio Olympic Games 2016, the President has said, “I convey my greetings and good wishes to the Indian contingent on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics 2016. I am sure the Games will be an opportunity for our sportspersons to display their talents and test their limits in various sporting disciplines. Thes…more »
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) constituent Laboratory, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR-CFTRI) Mysuru, in association with M/s Oleome Biosolutions, Bengaluru and M/s Dairy Classic Ice Creams Pvt. Ltd., has developed ‘Nutrice’. Nutrice cream is an Omega-3 and Vitamin-E enriched frozen nutritional dessert from vegetarian source. Dietary supplementation of Omega-3 (ω-3) fats, which are the Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA), have been reported to have beneficial health functions including brain development in children and good health …more »
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has identified sewage and industrial effluents as source of pollution which enters into river Yamuna through 18 identified drains in Delhi stretch of Yamuna and through another four drains discharging waste water into Agra and Gurgaon canal. CPCB monitors the water quality of river Yamuna at various locations from Yamunotri to Allahabad. Cleaning of Rivers is an ongoing process and the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is supplementing the efforts of the Government of NCT of Delhi for pollution abatement of…more »
Shri Y.S. Chowdary, Minister of State for the Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, in a written reply to a Question in Rajya Sabha today, informed the House that there is steady growth in proposals from the women scientists under Knowledge Involvement in Research Advancement through Nurturing(KIRAN) scheme of the Department of Science & Technology (DST). DST received 689 proposals in 2013-14, 882 proposals in 2014-15 and 1012 proposals in 2015-16 under KIRAN from women scientists. The number of proposals received and recommended under the scheme during last three yea…more »
Shri Y.S. Chowdary, Minister of State for the Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, in a written reply to a Question in Rajya Sabha today, informed the House that the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun has established an earthquake monitoring network and a Multi-Parametric Geophysical Observatory in the region. Further, the Minister informed that a pilot project on Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) system is on implementation for northern India, in Uttarakhand, by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee. The system is under testing by IIT Roorkee. S…more »
Shri Y.S. Chowdary, Minister of State for the Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, in a written reply to a Question in Rajya Sabha today, informed the House that as per Elsevier Report 2016 based on SCOPUS database, India’s research performance in Science and Technology has improved significantly over the past years. Further, the Minister, in his reply, stated that the scholarly output in the field of science and technology has grown at a rate of 13.9% as against the world average growth rate of 4.1% during 2009-13. India’s global citation impact in scientific resea…more »
Shri Y.S. Chowdary, Minister of State for the Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, in a written reply to a Question in Rajya Sabha today, informed the House that the Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa(GKMS) of India Meteorological Department (IMD) is successful in providing the crop specific advisories to the farmers through different print/visual/Radio/ IT based media including short message service (SMS) and Interactive Voice Response Service (IVRS) facilitating for appropriate field level actions. Efforts are continuously being made to expand the participation and outreach …more »
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the loss of lives in a bridge collapse on the Mumbai-Goa Highway in Konkan region of Maharashtra. In a message to Shri Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, the Governor of Maharashtra, the President has said “I am sad to learn about the accident in which some people were washed away when a bridge on the Mumbai-Goa Highway in Konkan region of Maharashtra collapsed due to heavy rains today. I understand that few bodies have been recovered and further search and rescue operations are currently underway. I am sure the State Governmen…more »
One Stop Centers and Women Helpline (181) are being set up to facilitate women to access justice. Swadhar Greh and Ujjawala Schemes are being administered by Ministry of Women and Child Development for relief and rehabilitation of women in difficult circumstances, including the victims of rape. Ministry of Finance, Government of India had set up a dedicated fund called Nirbhaya Fund for implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety and security for women in the country. Set up in 2013, the corpus transferred to the Public Account for the Nirbhaya fund till 2015-16 is …more »
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh addressed at the 7th Meeting of SAARC Ministers of Interior/Home, in Islamabad, Pakistan today. Following is the text of Home Minister’s statement: “At the outset, I congratulate H.E. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saheb for his election as the Chairperson of this Meeting. I also take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Government of Pakistan for excellent arrangements made for hosting this Meeting, and for the outstanding hospitality extended to me and my delegation. Right from the formation of our government more than two years ago, India…more »
The Government of India has accepted the recommendation of the Seventh Pay Commission with regard to Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) scheme and withholding of annual increments as under:- (i) Benchmarking for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradation under MACPS to be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’. (ii) Withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees, who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular Promotion within the first 20 years of service. This was stated by the Union Minister of State (Independent Cha…more »
Vide DoPT’s O.M. No. 31011/3/2014-Estt.(A-IV) dated 26.09.2014, Government employees have been allowed to convert their Home Town LTC to visit Jammu & Kashmir, North-East Region and Andaman & Nicobar Islands under the present scheme upto 25.09.2016. Government servants entitled to travel by air can avail this LTC from their Headquarters to the destination. While, the Government servants not entitled to travel by air may travel by air in Economy class in the following sectors: (a) Between Kolkata/Guwahati and any place in NER (b) Between Kolkata/Chennai/Bhubaneswar and Port Blair…more »
The key labour reforms undertaken by the Government in the textile and apparel sector are as under: (i) Government to bear 3.67% of employer’s Employee Provident Fund (EPF) contribution for new workmen in addition to existing 8.33% employer contribution under Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) for 3 years. (ii) EPF is made optional for employees earning less than Rs. 15,000 per month. (iii) Increase in overtime limit for workers in apparel industry from 50 hours to 100 hours per quarter. (iv) Introduction of Fixed Term Employment Besides, other steps taken by Gov…more »
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