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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is new Director General of WHO

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Geneva: Yesterday the Member States of WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on July 1, 2017.

Prior to his election as WHO’s next Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia from 2012–2016 and as Minister of Health, Ethiopia from 2005–2012. He has also served as chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; as chair of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board; and as co-chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

As Minister of Health, Ethiopia, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus led a comprehensive reform effort of the country’s health system, including the expansion of the country’s health infrastructure, creating 3500 health centres and 16 000 health posts; expanded the health workforce by 38 000 health extension workers; and initiated financing mechanisms to expand health insurance coverage. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, he led the effort to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

As Chair of the Global Fund and of RBM, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus secured record funding for the two organizations and created the Global Malaria Action Plan, which expanded RBM’s reach beyond Africa to Asia and Latin America.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since January 1, 2007.

जिलाधिकारी बुलंदशहर ने गुलावठी विकास खण्ड का निरीक्षण किया

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बुलंदशहर: जिलाधिकारी डॉ. रोशन जैकब ने खण्ड विकास अधिकारी कार्यालय गुलावठी का निरीक्षण किया। उन्होंने खण्ड विकास अधिकारी के जनता दर्शन, शिकायत पंजिका, उपस्थिति पंजिका, हेण्डपंप शिकायत पंजिका सहित समस्त पंजिकाओं का गहनता से निरीक्षण किया। जिलाधिकारी ने पूछा कि अनावश्यक मदों का पैसा डम्प तो नहीं हुआ है तथा वित्तीय वर्ष 2016-17 में कराये गये विकास कार्यो की पत्रावलियों का गहनता से निरीक्षण किया। हेण्डपंपों की स्थिति के बारे में जिलाधिकारी को अवगत कराया गया कि 20 या 25 हेण्डपंप ही खराब तथा अधिक से अधिक हेण्डपंप चालू हालत में है।
उसके बाद जिलाधिकारी ने शिकायत पंजिका का निरीक्षण करते हुए शिकायत बाबू से शिकायतों के निस्तारण के बारे में विस्तृत जानकारी हासिल करते हुए पूछा की जनपद स्तरीय शिकायतें व मुख्यमंत्री प्रकरण व जनता की शिकायतों का निस्तारण किस प्रकार से किया जाता है तो उन्होंने शिकायतों के बारे में बताया कि आने वाली शिकायतों को रजिस्ट्रर में दर्ज के संबंधित बाबू के पास निस्तारण के लिए पहुंचाया जाता है। पेंशन के बारे में विस्तृत जानकारी लेते हुए सारी पत्रावली तलब करते हुए पत्रावलियों के रख रखाव व उनके कार्यो से प्रसन्न होकर सहायक विकास अधिकारी समाज कल्याण को उत्तम चरित्र प्रवृष्टि प्रदान की।
उसके बाद में जिलाधिकारी डॉ. रोशन जैकब ने प्राथमिक विद्यालय देवली, विकास खण्ड गुलावठी में राष्ट्रीय खाद्य सुरक्षा के अर्न्तत राशन कार्डो के घर-घर जाकर किये जा रहे सत्यापन का मौके पर पहुंचकर निरीक्षण किया।
निरीक्षण करते हुए उन्होंने सत्यापन कार्य में लगे कर्मचारियों को निर्देशित करते हुए कहा कि किसी भी पात्र लाभार्थी का नाम न छूटने पाये तथा अपात्र को कोई स्थान न मिले तथा उन्होंने राशन कार्ड सत्यापन कार्य में प्राप्त होने वाली आपत्तियों का निराकरण भी त्वरित एवं गुणवत्ता के साथ किया जाना सुनिश्चित करें।
जिलाधिकारी ने गांव के अन्दर कराये गये विभिन्न विकास कार्यो का मौके पर पहुंचकर सत्यापन किया तथा गांव के अन्दर शमशान की ओर जाने वाले खडंजे की चौड़ाई कम होने पर असंतोष व्यक्त किया। किन्तु जिलाधिकारी को यह भी अवगत कराया कि किसानों ने जमीन उपलब्ध न कराये जाने के कारण खडंजे की चौड़ाई कम रह गई है।
उन्होंने गांव के अन्दर साफ-सफाई को दुरूस्त करने के निर्देश दिए तथा गांव वासियों ने तालाब पर अतिक्रमण तथा रजबाहों की सफाई न होने की शिकायत की। जिलाधिकारी ने इस पर संज्ञान लेते हुए संबंधित अधिकारियों को शिकायतों का निस्तारण करने के आदेश दिए। इस अवसर पर जिला विकास अधिकारी, परियोजना निदेशक डीआरडीए, जिला पूर्ति अधिकारी सहित संबंधित अधिकारी उपस्थित रहे।

एंटी भू- माफिया कार्यक्रम की समीक्षा

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गौतमबुद्धनगर: जिलाधिकारी बी.एन. सिंह ने जनपद के समस्त विभागीय अधिकारियों को निर्देश देते हुये कहा है कि समस्त विभाग के अधिकारी गण सरकार एवं शासन की मंशा के अनुरूप जनपद में चलाये जा रहे एंटी भू-माफिया कार्यक्रम के तहत सभी विभागीय अधिकारी अपने अपने विभाग के सम्बन्ध में प्रत्येक दशा में 25 मई तक यह सूचित करें कि उनकी किस भूमि पर अवैध रूप से कब्जा किया गया है और उसकी वर्तमान क्या स्थिति है तथा उसके सम्बन्ध में क्या-क्या प्रयास उनके द्वारा किये गये है। उन्होंनें कहा कि प्राय यह संज्ञान में आ रहा है कि कतिपय सरकारी स्कूलों में अध्यापकों के द्वारा स्कूली बच्चों से झाडू आदि सफाई का कार्य कराया जाता है और यह भी संज्ञान में आया है कि उनके माध्यम से खाने के बरतन साफ कराये जाते है। इस सम्बन्ध में उन्होनें शिक्षा विभाग के अधिकारियों को कड़े निर्देश दिये और कहा कि कही पर भी ऐसी घटनायें संज्ञान में आने पर तत्काल प्रभाव से सम्बन्धित अध्यापक के विरूद्ध कठोर नियमानुसार कार्यवाही प्रस्तावित की जाये।
एंटी भू- माफिया कार्यक्रम की समीक्षा में उन्होनें कहा कि तत्काल प्रभाव से सभी अधिकारियों द्वारा अपनी भूमि की जॉच करते हुये अवैध कब्जों की सूचना 25 मई तक प्रमाण पत्र सहित प्रस्तुत की जाये ताकि सम्बन्धित प्रकरणों में अग्रिम कार्यवाही सरकार की मंशा के अनुसार प्रस्तावित की जा सकें। उन्होनें इस सम्बन्ध में यह भी कहा कि जिन विभागों को भूमि की आवश्यकता हो उसकी भी जानकारी दी जाये ताकि उसकी उपलब्धता के सम्बन्ध में अग्रिम कार्यवाही की जा सकेे।
डीएम ने यह भी निर्देश दिये कि जिन विभागों को वन विभाग के माध्यम से वृक्षारोपण का लक्ष्य दिया गया है उसके अनुरूप वृक्षारोपण कराने के सम्बन्ध में स्थानों का चयन एवं गढढों के खुदान की कार्यवाही समय रहते पूर्ण की जाये ताकि वर्षा आरम्भ होने पर सही समय पर वृक्षारोपण सम्भव हो सकें।
सिंह ने सभी अधिकारियों का यह भी आहवान किया कि उनके द्वारा कार्यालयों में अधिकारियों एवं कर्मचारियों की उपस्थिति समय पर हो और जनता के सभी कार्य समय पर पूर्ण होकर उन्हें डिलीवरी मिलें इसके लिये उनके द्वारा गोपनीय निरीक्षण करते हुये संज्ञान में आ रहा है कि अभी भी कुछेक कार्यालयों में सरकार की मंशा के अनुसार पत्रावलियों का निस्तारण समय पर नहीं किया जा रहा है।
उन्होनें सभी अधिकारियों को निर्देश देते हुये सचेत किया है कि उनके द्वारा कभी भी किसी कार्यालय का आकस्मिक निरीक्षण करते हुये कार्यालयों की पत्रावलियों की जॉच की जा सकती है। यदि कोई पत्रावली एक सप्ताह से अधिक समय से लम्बित पायी जाती है तो उसे बहुत ही गम्भीरता से लिया जायेगा और दोषी अधिकारी एवं कर्मचारी के विरूद्ध कठोर अनुशासनात्मक कार्यवाही प्रस्तावित की जायेगी। जिसकी सम्पूर्ण जिम्मेदारी विभागीय अधिकारी की होगी।
उन्होनें कहा कि वर्तमान सरकार जनता के प्रति जबाबदेही के सम्बन्ध में बहुत ही गम्भीर है सभी अधिकारी सरकार के इस संदेश को गम्भीरता से समझे तथा जनता की समस्याओं के सम्बन्ध में आई जी आर एस या अन्य किसी भी माध्यम से उन्हें कोई शिकायत प्राप्त होने पर उसमें तत्काल प्रभावी कार्यवाही करते हुये उसका निस्तारण कर रिर्पोट प्रस्तुत की जाये और इस कार्य में बहुत ही गुणवत्ता बरती जाये।
इस अवसर पर अधिकारियों के कार्यो में आईटी के माध्यम से तीब्रता लाने के उद्देश्य से जिलाधिकारी के निर्देश तथा उनके द्वारा उपलब्ध कराये गये सॉफ्टवेयर के सम्बन्ध में सहायक सूचना विज्ञान अधिकारी अंकुर वाछुका द्वारा मेल मर्जिंग के सम्बन्ध में विस्तार परक रूप से अधिकारियों को प्रशिक्षण दिया गया। ज्ञातव्य हो कि इस सिस्टम से हजारों की संख्या में कोई भी विभागीय अधिकारी नोटिस या अन्य जानकारी निकाल सकेगें और सम्बन्धित को एक साथ भेज सकेंगें।

PM announces ex-gratia relief for the victims of Uttarkashi accident

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PM Narendra Modi, has expressed pain over the loss of lives in the bus accident at Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand.

“My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate bus accident in Uttarkashi. May the injured recover soon.”, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs from PMNRF for the next of kin of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured in the bus accident.

 

Member of Indian Archery Team that won Gold felicitated

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India clinched the compound team gold medal to conclude their Archery World Cup Stage 1 campaign in Shanghai on May 21, 2017.  Abhishek Verma, Income Tax Inspector at New Delhi, was a member of the Indian Team that won the Gold defeating Colombia. The Indian team defeated Vietnam, Iran and USA to reach the final. The Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Sushil Chandra felicitated Abhishek on behalf of the entire department and conveyed best wishes for an illustrious sports career.

Currently ranked 5th in the World and 2nd in Asia, 27-year old Abhishek, is Number 1 in India. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Arjun Award in the field of Archery in 2014 and the Rajiv Gandhi State Award for outstanding excellence in Sports in 2007. He has won laurels for the country at many International events in archery including Gold at the 12th South Asian Games (SAF Games), 2016 held in India and the 19th Asian Archery Championships, 2015 held in Thailand. He is the first Indian Archer to shoot 150 /150 twice in a day at the 1st Asian Grand Prix Tournament, 2014 and holds the Asia Record scoring 708/ 720 points.

IT growth robust; more jobs coming in cyber security: Govt. & Industry estimate

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According to a Government claim the prospects for the Indian IT sector with regards to employment, both in the near and long-term are expected to be broadly positive and encouraging for the future. India IT companies currently serve two thirds of the fortune 500 companies and have created 40 lakhs direct jobs in India. This is in contradiction to recent media claims of IT sector being in doldrums.

The Ministry apart from its own feedback, has taken note of projections by NASSCOM, the principal industry body, as well as of other well-known independent organizations and consultants working in this field.

NASSCOM has confirmed that the industry continues to be a net hirer and reports that:   2.5-3 million new jobs will be created by 2025; in FY 2017, the industry added 1,70,000 new jobs. NASSCOM has already publicly contradicted reports of large scale layoff; and, IT industry added 6,00,000 in last three years and today, boasts of a total employee base of 3.9 million.

TeamLease analysis for 2017-18 reports that IT sector hiring sentiments is positive and is up by 4% in October 2016 to March 2017, compared to the previous six-month period.

The TeamLease analyses also indicates that e-commerce and technology startup sector hiring sentiments has increased by 2%, with projected 14.94% job growth. (This is despite recent challenges in these sectors.)

Recruitment and staffing firm Randstad projects (in December 2016), a cumulative growth rate of 9% in the IT / ITeS job market.

The Indian technology startup sector will offer strong and growing employment prospects to Indian IT professionals. According to NASSCOM, in 2016, Indian technology startups employed 95,000 to 100,000 IT professionals, across more than 4,750 startups (including ecommerce and hyperlocals).

India’s domestic IT market offers strong prospects for industry growth (consequently employment), even if global markets were to face challenges.

some more findings indicate that: India’s total software product market grew at 9.5% in FY2017 to reach USD 7 billion. (Exports grew 7.8% to reach USD 2.3 billion.) In comparison, the domestic market grew much faster, at 10.4%, reaching USD 4.8 billion; India’s overall domestic IT/BPM sector is expected to grow at 8.5% from USD 35 billion in 2016 to an anticipated USD 37 billion in 2017.

CSC has generated 10lakhs local level employment by way of village level entrepreneurs; and the total employment in IT/ITES Industry employees is 4 millions as direct employment and 1.3 Crores as indirect employment.
State-owned Software Technology Park of India (STPI) has generated 50% of the employment generated by the Indian IT/ITES industry. It is to be noted that out of 56 STPI centres, 48 are located in tier-2 and tier-3 location, benefitting the qualified youth of such locations.
To further promote the job creation, MeitY has come up with India BPO promotion scheme with an aim to provide employment to 1.45 lakh persons, mostly in the small towns. More than 48 thousand BPO seats in 2017-18 year. It is a matter of assurance that BPO through tendering has been finalized and is in its process of being set up in towns like Imphal, Guwahati, Siliguri, Patna, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Gazipur, Unnao, Amravati etc
To encourage Northeastern part of India, MeitY has a separate Northeast BPO promotion scheme with 5000 seats and having employment potential of 15000 persons. This would go a long way to help the employment scene in northeast region of India. In mobile phone manufacturing, 72 new mobile manufacturing units started only in last 30 months. It has created 1 lakh direct and 3 lakh indirect jobs in India. All major brands like Apple, Samsung etc. in the ICT sector are manufacturing or ready to manufacture in India.

The emerging and promising digital economy in the country is going create a very powerful potential for job creations.

The Govt is encouraging greater stress on cyber security and this will lead to greater focus on innovation, research and thus significant potential for job creation.

 

Union Minister J.P. Nadda says, India will achieve SDG 3 targets in health sector

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Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J.P. Nadda participated at Plenary Meeting of the 70th World Health Assembly, at Geneva yesterday, where he spoke on the theme – ‘Advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: building better systems for health.’

Nadda stressed on the importance of building a strong, resilient health system that mitigates any country’s vulnerability to health crises. He said that the achievement of health related goals and targets, in Indian context, is a daunting task, considering India’s geographical size, regional and socio-cultural diversity. “India remains committed to ensuring quality and affordable healthcare for all. We have made strategic investments under the National Health Mission and the national disease control programmes. We are committed to further strengthening the health systems,” Shri Nadda added

Nadda informed the participants that the National Health Policy, 2017 lays down the roadmap for various milestones and targets. “To translate the Policy into affirmative action, we are working with the States, Union Territories, academicians and development partners. A National SDG-3 Task Force has been set up with representation of key ministries, agencies and experts,” he said.

Reiterating the commitment of the government, the Health Minister said that India is committed to achieving universal health coverage (UHC). He further added that health systems strengthening and universal comprehensive primary health care through Health and Wellness Centres has been identified as non-negotiable strategies towards UHC. “We plan to achieve more than 90% immunization coverage by 2020. We are rolling out universal population-based screening for common NCDs. There is more stress on quality improvement in public health service delivery. We plan to provide essential Drugs & Diagnostics-free of cost in public health facilities,” Nadda stated.

In a first- coal app to empower consumers

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The Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines (Independent Charge), Shri Piyush Goyal addressing at the launch of the Mobile App “Saral Eindhan Vitaran App (SEVA)”, in New Delhi on May 23, 2017. The Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Shri Susheel Kumar and other dignitaries are also seen.

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal launched the Saral Eindhan Vitaran Application (SEVA), developed in-house by Coal India Limited (CIL) for power sector consumers, here today. SEVA is a part of ‘Digital India’initiative, which is aimed at increasing the Consumer Connect as well as the Transparency and Accountability in coal dispatch.

Goyal said that this app, along with other such apps of various Ministries of Government of India, are in line with PM’s vision of “Easy, Effective, Economical and Transparent Governance.” Goyal further informed that for the benefit of all the citizens, the links for all mobile apps regarding Ministries of Power, Coal, NRE and Mines would be sent to the respective mobile number from which a missed call on the designated toll free number 1800 200 300 4 is given.

The Minister added that this Government believes in suo motu dissemination of information of larger public interest and ‘m-governance’ would be the key to achieve this goal. These people-centric mobile apps would make the citizen empowered and hold the Government accountable for its decisions through increased transparency.

Talking about the SEVA app, the Minister said that there is a general perception that an app related to coal dispatch would not be of importance for the common man. Contrary to this view, Goyal said, by using this app the common man would be able to hold the Government accountable for the coal linkage allocations and would be able to check any pilferage or inefficiencies in coal consumption for power generation. This would, in turn, lead to rationalization of coal linkages and finally reduction in the power prices in the country. In near future , non-power sector mines would also be added in this App, the Minister added.

Earlier in the event, it was informed that the SEVA Dashboard provides summary of quantity of coal dispatched along with grades for the given day, month, and the latest yearly updates as well. It also provides information on rake movement including latest status of indents of rake, allotment and loading. This would help consumers making advance logistics planning. Further, the app has a dedicated backend team to monitor the status of specific grievances from consumers and take action on the feedback received on the app. While much of the information on the SEVA Dashboard is available in open access, consumer specific data would be password protected.

The consumer friendly mobile app helps in tracking of coal dispatch to 118 Power Plants through Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) of around 500 MT besides, dispatch through Special Forward E-Auction and Bridge Linkage from more than 200 dispatch points spread over eight states of the country. Daily quantity involved is to the tune of 1.25 Million Tonnes involving the daily movement of around 195 coal trains besides dispatch through other captive modes of transport like MGR, road, belt, ropeways etc.

 

 

PM calls for greater cooperation between India and African nations

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The Prime Minister declared the Five Day African development bank’s annual meeting open at an impressive ceremony in Gandhinagar, Gujarat today. He gave a clarion call for further strengthening of the cooperation between India and African countries.

The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jailtey in his opening remarks said that that this event would build on the success of the third summit of the India Africa Forum held in 2015, and will further cement the relationship between India and the countries of African continent.

The Finance Minister said that as per IMF’s assessment in January 2017, India is expected to grow at 7.2 per cent and 7.7 per cent in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Arun Jailtey said that Africa has also been doing well recently, on the economic frontier. He said that he has a conviction that the 21st Century will not be Asia’s century alone; but will belong equally to both Asia and Africa. The African continent is transforming rapidly.  Amidst tough global scenario, African economies had grown by 2.2 percent in 2016 and are expected to grow by 3.4 percent in the current year, he said.

Earlier the President  of the African Development Bankri Akinwumi Adesina in his keynote address shared the Bank’s new transformation agenda encapsulated in the High 5s and underscored the need to support the Bank with the resources required to enable it accomplish its ambition programs for the good of the African continent.

The Presidents of Benin and Senegal, the Vice President of Cote D’Ivoire, the Secretary-General of the African Union, the Commissioner of the African Union Commission and the Chief Minister of Gujarat were among the dignitaries who graced the glittering ceremony.

Delhi Police nabs notorious gangsters involved in several cases of murder & car jacking

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New Delhi: A team of police officials of Special Staff of South West District arrested accused Anshul (Khhali) and Shri Bhagwan (Monti, Monu), who are active members of dreaded Neetu Dabodia and Pradeep Dahiya Gang and wanted in several cases of murder, attempt to murder and car robberies.

A team of dedicated officers was formed to establish  the identity of culprits involved, and to apprehend them. The team deployed secret informers and started tracking the movements of the accused. The team received information that gangsters operating in South West and Outer Districts are carrying out car robberies  for running their gang activities. On May 21, information was received that dreaded gangsters of Neetu Dabodia gang would come to Sector-3, Dwarka, Delhi to commit another incident of car robbery. On this information, the team immediately swung into action and without wasting any time, laid a trap At about 8:15 pm on this day, a suspicious dark grey Volkswagen Polo car was seen that tried to speed away but the cops managed to stop the car and arrested Shri Bhagwan  along with his associate Anshul. One Pistol of .32 bore and one countrymade pistol with 4 live cartridges was recovered from them.