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Crossings’ connectivity will be put on superfast track from now on-AOA Federation Gzb


March 18, 2017, Supertech Livington Club, Crossings Republic, Vijay Nagar, Ghaziabad: Today in a general body meeting of AOA Federation Ghaziabad, it was unanimously decided to put the issue of providing connectivity to the Crossings republic on a superfast track on an almost daily basis. Setting the course of action the President of the AOA Federation Gzb Col. Tejandra Pal Tyagi brought out that 25,000 families of Crossings Republic are suffering on a daily basis because of 1,200 square yards land owned by Shri Shyam Lal,Shri Ram Niwas and Shri Narendra Kumar. A few individuals have taken the entire administration and the largest town ship to a great ransom. The Promoters have failed miserably in tackling this issue and so is the Ghaziabad Development Authority. We as residents can not wait till the next five year plan. The AOA Federation took the initiative and met Shri Shyam Lal who has agreed to resolve the issue to a great extent. To tackle the adamant Shri Ram Niwas, a Panchayat is being called very shortly to address the issue. Simultaneously, a delegation of the Federation is going to meet the GDA Officials on 20 Mar 2017 in this regard. Can we sit down indefinitely without any action whatsoever, simply because the case is pending in Court ; Why can’t we put pressure on the concerned people to come to a compromise on reasonable terms in larger public interest,” said Col Tyagi”.

The President of the Supertech Livington AOA Shri Kuldeep Dubey said that if the issue of connectivity to Crossing Republic is not resolved by the Powers that may be, ostracization call may given to the errant people. Is there any problem which is bigger than MAN ? If one odd farmer does not agree on any reasonable or more than reasonable term, why can’t the GDA deposit three times compensation in the court and take forcible possession of the small tract of land in gross public interest ?

Shri M.K. Machama-Cochairman of the Federation, Shri Jose Leon from Indrapuram, Shrui Rishi Bansal from Vasundhara, Shri Atul Tyagi from Kavi Nagar Zione , Shri R.K. Sharma from City Zone and Shri Saurabh and Santosh Tyagi from Vijay Nagar Zone led the GBM to announce unanimously that if the owner of the land which is becoming hurdle in throwing open the Road from the Crossing Republic to Noida, the citizens of Ghaziabad will do social expulsion and  bycott of the concerned individual, just as one step to start with. Democracy does not mean that you become liberty drunk. Sometimes the interest of a few has to be relegated to the back seat in the interest of the Majority.

-Press Release

BHEL’s first 800 MW supercritical thermal power plant starts commercial operation

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New Delhi, March 15: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commenced commercial operation of its first 800 MW unit – highest-rating coal-based supercritical thermal power plant. The milestone was achieved for the first unit of the 2×800 MW Yeramarus thermal power station of Raichur Power Corporation Limited (RPCL), in Raichur district of Karnataka. Significantly, the commercial operation of this unit also marks BHEL’s foray as a developer into the field of power generation. Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. (KPCL) and BHEL are the main equity partners of RPCL, the owner and operator of this power plant. BHEL did complete design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of this state-of-the-art supercritical project on turnkey basis. It has supplied all the critical equipment like Boiler, Turbine & Generators, Electricals, key packages of Balance of Plant, and has also carried out the associated civil works. The major equipment for the project has been manufactured by BHEL at its Haridwar, Trichy, Bhopal, Ranipet, Hyderabad, Jhansi, Thirumayam and Bengaluru plants, while the construction of the plant was undertaken by the company’s Power Sector- Southern Region. BHEL has supplied and executed 4,010 MW of coal based sets for KPCL and its joint ventures, which account for 95% of the utility’s coal-based installed capacity. BHEL is also presently executing KPCL’s first gas-based combined cycle power project of 370 MW capacity involving a fuel-efficient advanced-class gas turbine at Yelahanka, Bengaluru. BHEL is the market leader in both the subcritical as well as the supercritical segments in the country. The company has secured orders for 48 supercritical Steam Generators (SG) and 41 supercritical Steam Turbine Generators (STG) – the highest in the country by any power equipment manufacturer. Of these, 12 SG and 10 STG have already achieved capacity addition. BHEL’s contribution of nearly 60% of the total power generated in the country bears testimony to the superlative performance of BHEL’s equipment.

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Manoj Sinha trending as the CM pick in UP


Leader of State Legislature Party would be elected today by BJP MLAs in Lucknow who will be meeting today evening. The meeting would decide who will become the next CM of UP. As speculation becomes ripe about Manoj Sinha being the likely CM candidate, the Party can spring up a surprise by naming a not-so-well known face from its rank and file. Besides Sinha, names of Yogi Adityanath, Rajnath Singh and Shrikant Sharma are also doing the rounds as probable CM candidates. The saffron party has apparently been in no hurry to name its CM candidate as it carefully works-to-find out the most suitable candidate for the job that will require lots of coordination within the party and government; and also a person who will lead the BJP’s march for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

National Family Health Survey-4 indicates a reduction in malnourished children in the country


Ministry of Health and Family Welfare periodically conducts National Family Health Surveys, which inter alia measures the nutritional indicators in the country in order to assess the prevalence of malnutrition. As per the recent report of National Family Health Survey (NFHS) – 4 conducted by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in 2015-16, there is a clearcut decline in malnutrition levels in the country. In NFHS-4, 35.7% children under 5 years of age are underweight and 38.4% are stunted indicating a reduction from the previous NFHS – 3 conducted in 2005-06, which reported 42.5% children under 5 years of age as underweight and 48% stunted.

To measure nutritional status of children, WHO growth charts are used at the Anganwadi Centers, using weight-to-age (underweight) as an indicator under Integrated Child Development Services Scheme (ICDS) of Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Data on prevalence of malnutrition in the country is captured under the National Family Health Surveys (NFHS) periodically conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Under NFHS, data is collected from a nationally representative sample of population and the results are then statistically analysed. The latest round of NFHS was conducted in 2015-16.


Under AMRUT UP bags Rs. 11,421cr worth investments


Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), a total expenditure  of Rs.11,421 cr will be incurred in Uttar Pradesh on improving basic urban infrastructure in 61 cities and towns with a population of above one lakh each by 2019-20. To this effect, the Ministry of Urban Development has approved AMRUT Action Plans of Uttar Pradesh for the next three years i.e 2017-20 in one go involving an expenditure of Rs.4,239 cr. Annual Action Plans for 2015-16 and 2016-17 were earlier approved by the Ministry. Uttar Pradesh has got the highest investment in the country under Atal Mission.

Under AMRUT, launched on June 25, 2015 by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, providing water taps to all urban households and augmenting water supply to the level of 135 litres per capita per day is given first priority followed by sewerage and drainage networks, non-motorised urban transport and development of green and open spaces in 500 mission cities during the mission period of 2015-20.

For Uttar Pradesh, the Ministry has approved an investment of Rs.4,239cr during 2017-20 in the mission cities. This includes; Rs.1,996 cr in water supply projects in 46 cities and towns, Rs.2,149 cr in sewerage projects in 47 cities and Rs.94 cr for development of parks and open cities in 61 mission cities and towns. An expenditure of Rs.3,287cr for 2015-16 and Rs.3,895 cr for 2016-17 was earlier approved.With this, investments for the entire mission period stands approved for Uttar Pradesh under AMRUT.
A total central assistance of Rs.4,922cr has been approved for Uttar Pradesh for the five year mission period. For Tamil Nadu, an investment of Rs.4,154cr for 2017-20 has been approved taking the total mission investments in 33 cities to Rs.11,237 cr. During the next three years, an expenditure of Rs.734 cr will be made in water supply projects, Rs.3,330cr in sewerage projects and Rs.90 cr on development of open spaces.

Expenditure of Rs.3,249 cr for 2015-16 and Rs.3,834 cr for 2016-17 was earlier approved for Tamil Nadu which will get a total central assistance of Rs.4,756 cr for the five year period.     In Maharashtra, a total investment of Rs.6,759 cr will be made for improvement of basic urban infrastructure in 44 mission cities and towns during 2015-20. An investment of Rs.3,280 cr has been approved for 2017-20 including Rs.579 cr in water supply projects, Rs.2,529 cr in sewerage networks, Rs.92 cr for storm water drains and Rs.80 cr for development of open spaces.

Investments of Rs.1,989cr for 2015-16 and Rs.2,490 for 2016-17 were earlier approved for Maharashtra. The State will get a total central assistance of Rs.3,534cr over the five year mission period.     Haryana  will spend a total of Rs.2,544 cr in improving basic urban infrastructure in 20 mission cities and towns including Rs.1,582 cr during 2017-20. This includes Rs.188 cr in water supply projects, Rs.950 cr in sewerage networks, Rs.311 cr drainage networks, Rs.62 cr in non-motorised transport and Rs.72 cr on development of parks.
Haryana has proposed to provide more resources form its own sources for investments during 2017-20 and accordingly proposed higher expenditure when compared to the first two years. Investments of Rs.438 cr for 2015-16 and Rs.524 cr for 2016-17 were earlier approved and the State will get a total central assistance of Rs.764 cr under Atal Mission.

In Chattisgarh, a total investment of Rs.2,192 cr will be made during 2015-20 in basic urban infrastructure projects in 9 mission cities and towns including Rs.879 cr during 2017-20. The investments to be made during the next three years include; Rs.866 cr in water supply projects, Rs.4.00 cr in sewerage projects and Rs.9.00 cr for development of open spaces. Chattisgarh was earlier approved investment of Rs.573 cr for 2015-16 and Rs.740 cr for 2016-17. The State gets a total central assistance of Rs.1,009 cr during the five year mission period. Manipur will invest a total of Rs.180 cr in improving basic urban infrastructure in the lone mission city of Imphal including Rs.69 cr over the next three years. The State has been approved expenditure of Rs.51 cr for 2015-16 and Rs. 60 cr for 2016-17. The State gets a total central assistance of Rs.162 cr during 2015-20.

Under AMRUT, Sikkim will invest Rs.39 cr in basic urban infrastructure projects in the lone mission city of Gangtok during 2015-20 including Rs.13 cr over the next three years. A total central assistance of Rs. 36 cr has been approved for Sikkim for the mission period.

Under AMRUT, Ministry of Urban Development bears 50% of project costs for cities with a population of below 10 lakhs each and one third of project cost for those with a population of above 10 lakhs each. Central assistance is of the order of 90% for North-East and hilly States and 100% in case of Union Territories. As per Mission Guidelines, central assistance is allocated to States/UTs based on urban population and number of statutory Urban Local Bodies leaving no scope for any discretion. States and UTs and Urban Local Bodies have to contribute the rest of project costs. Ministry of Urban Development has made a provision of Rs.50,000 cr as central assistance towards project costs, administrative and other expenses and towards reform incentive for the five year mission period.


Media conference on ‘India Steel-2017 3rd International Exhibition-Cum-Conference on 19-21 April 2017 in Mumbai’

The Union Minister for Steel, Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh addressing the press conference on the upcoming 3rd India Steel Expo 2017 International Exhibition and Conference to be held in Mumbai from 19th - 21st April 2017, in Delhi on March 17, 2017. The Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Dr. Aruna Sharma is also seen.

The Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh addressed a Curtain Raiser media conference on ‘India Steel-2017 3rd International Exhibition-cum-Conference to be held on 19-21 April, 2017, in Mumbai’ on the theme “Indian Steel Industry: looking up to 2030- Raw material, production, demand and logistics”, in New Delhi today.

In his opening remarks, Chaudhary Birender Singh said that the past 3 years have been quite challenging for the steel industry. Government of India intervened strategically to provide policy and regulatory support from time to time, which has given desired results like improvement in capacity utilization to over 78%, reduction in imports by 39% and significant increase in exports by 78% in the 11 months of current financial year.

He said, at present, the steel industry in India is on a path of growth and soon will become the 2nd largest steel producer in the world. Steel Ministry is ready with a National Steel Policy 2017, which is in the final stages. The two regional conferences for increasing steel consumption in India were held recently in Gangtok and in Ludhiana and another three such regional conferences will be held in other parts of the country in coming months. A national conference of secondary steel producers is also on the anvil on 5th April 2017 in New Delhi. Talks are going on with other user ministries to recommend use of steel in infrastructure, housing and related sectors. Inter-ministerial consultation is going on for maximising use of Indian made steel in key projects, the Minister said.

On raw material front also lot of new developments have taken place. Railways have accorded permission for laying of slurry pipelines along railway tracks, coal washeries are being planned to increase usage of domestic coking coal, diversion of coking coal to thermal power plants is being reviewed and iron ore availability has improved. The ‘India Steel 2017’ will be highlighting India’s strength in steel sector to the world. All stakeholders from the steel industry will come together on this occasion including raw material suppliers, technology providers, steel producers, logistics partners and buyers.

Unique features of ‘India Steel 2017’ this time include a Reverse Buyer Seller Meet, exclusively for the steel sector, that is, instead of going out to buyers of steel in other countries, the international organisations are coming to India to view our product offerings and have buyer-seller meetings. Around 200 international buyers of steel products are being invited from more than 75 countries to forge business alliances with Indian steel producers.

Delegates are mainly from the developing nations like Middle East, CIS, SAARC, Africa and CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam). Another first is a dedicated session for women as women can be perfect brand ambassadors for steel, as also influencers and opinion makers. FICCI Ladies Organization will conduct one session exclusively dedicated to the women in their different roles.

The Minister urged the Media to play an important role in disseminating the advantages of steel to different stakeholders and the end consumer of steel through human-interest stories on how steel can help them in various walks of life.

Dr. Aruna Sharma, Secretary Steel, Shri S. Abbasi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Steel and Shri Manab Majumdar, Assistant Secretary General, FICCI were present on the occasion and interacted with the media.





















































































Plastic notes to undergo field trial in the country


It has been decided to conduct a field trial with plastic banknotes at five locations of the country. Approval for procurement of plastic substrate and printing of bank notes of Rs.10 denomination on plastic banknote substrates has been conveyed to RBI.

Plastic banknotes are expected to last longer than cotton substrate based banknotes. Over the years, central banks across the world have been exploring different solutions for extending the lifecycle of banknotes. These include introduction of plastic banknotes and other developments in banknote substrates for enhancing durability including use of natural fibre blends, varnish of banknotes etc.

The following actions have been taken by RBI to focus on the need to discourage people from inscription, scrawling or scribbling on any part of the notes:

  1. Vide its Directive dated November 07, 2001 under Section 35 ( A) of B. R. Act, 1935 advised all banks not to write anything on watermark window of banknotes.
  2. RBI has also issued a Press Release on December 31, 2013 on “RBI’s clarification on scribbling on Banknotes”.

3.  RBI has advised all the bank branches to display at their branch premises at prominent place, a board indicating the availability of notes exchange facility for information of general public.

4. RBI from time to time issues instructions to banks to organize exchange melas to mop up soiled and mutilated banknotes from circulation.

5. RBI periodically issues Press Releases appealing to the members of public not to inscribe anything on banknotes as it damages the notes and poses difficulty in identifying the features of genuine banknotes.

An inter-disciplinary Standing Committee on Cyber Security has been constituted to review the threats inherent in the existing/ emerging technology and suggest appropriate policy interventions to strengthen cyber security and resilience.

This was stated by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


More public authorities brought in sync with online RTI

The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh briefing the media on the RTI Online portal, organised by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), in New Delhi on March 17, 2017. The Secretary (DoPT). Shri B.P. Sharma is also seen.

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh briefed the media on RTI Online Portal here today.

Dr Jitendra Singh expressed happiness that 1,840 public authorities are aligned with the RTI Online Portal till date. He said that this portal is in line with the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India. The emphasis of the Government has always been on transparency and good governance, he added. He said that the government is persuading the states to implement the RTI Online portal. He said that it is really appreciable to persuade large number of departments to adopt this portal.  The Minister also said that RTI online portal will curb delays in responding to the RTIs.

On the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh presented Certificates of Excellence for RTI Request & Appeals Management Information System on the above occasion. The awards were presented in various categories including implementation in a Ministry/Department/Public Authority, Digitising the physically received RTI requests, average time taken for final reply to RTI requests and quality of disposal based on extent of online first appeals received. The PAs who were aligned by 31.03.2016 were eligible for the awards and the performance assessment during 01.04.2016-31.12.2016 were considered for the awards. Under the Extent of Implementation category, Ministry of External Affairs, Department of Posts and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research were given certificates. Under Digitising Physically Received RTI Requests, Delhi Police, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) were awarded. Under Average Time Taken for Final Reply, Cabinet Secretariat (10.73 Days), Staff Selection Commission – HQ (11.52 Days) and Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (11.81 Days) were presented certificates. Under Quality of Disposal category, Department of Revenue, Staff Selection Commission (Northern Region) and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation were presented certificates.

The Secretary, DoPT Shri B. P. Sharma said that RTI Online Portal (https://rtionline.gov.in) was launched in August, 2013, making it convenient for citizens to file RTI requests and First Appeals through online. The portal is now bilingual (Hindi & English) and can be operated through online payment of RTI fee and additional payments through SBI gateway. He informed that out of the five Action Points selected by Niti Aayog, all the public authorities registered with the Central Information Commission (CIC) will have to be aligned by 30.06.2017. Shri B.P. Sharma said that from only 477 public authorities (PAs) aligned as on 01.04.2016, 1363 more PAs have been aligned with the portal as on 17.03.2017, taking the total to 1840. Moreover, 198 Public Authorities under Delhi Government have adopted DoPT’s RTI web portal. This way the total PAs aligned with RTI portal becomes 2038. The remaining PAs including those from UTs of Puducherry and Chandigarh will be aligned with DoPT’s RTI online Portal by 30.04.2017. Majority of the aligned Public Authorities are under the D/o of Heavy Industry, Financial Services, Ministries of Railways, Power, Steel and Health & Family Welfare etc.

During 2015-16, 175 High Commissions and Consulate General of India (CGI) abroad were also aligned with the RTI Portal. For taking forward this initiative, CIC’s on-line web portal launched in November, 2016 has been integrated with DoPT’s RTI on-line portal in order to provide a single window to citizens for filing RTI Request, First Appeal and Second Appeal. Moreover, the RTI Online Portal with minor customization has been implemented in Maharashtra while work is under process in some other States/UTs. As close to 90% internet usage is through mobile, Mobile App for RTI is planned to be rolled out in near future. For awareness creation, a new audio spot along with the existing spot are being aired on All India Radio w.e.f. 1st March, 2017 in Hindi & 10 regional languages. New building of CIC is under construction and provision of providing Video Conferencing facility for disposal of 2nd appeals/complaints is there so that personal appearances may be dispensed with in most cases.


Inauguration of 3 Day International Buddhist Conference at Rajgir


The three-day “International Buddhist Conference” organized by Ministry of Culture and Nava Nalanda Mahaviahra, Deemed University was inaugurated by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Dr. Mahesh Sharma,Minister of Culture and Tourism today at Rajgir International Buddhist Conference, Bihar. Shri N.K. Sinha,Secretary M/o Culture and Shri M.L. Shrivastava, Vice-Chancellor, Nava Nalanda Mahaviahra Deemed University were present on the occasion. It was followed by the chanting of Mangala Path (Holy Sutra) by the Monks.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his inaugural address said that all religious traditions should sit in harmony to know the truth which is always unchanged. That will help the country as well as the World in attaining peace through love and compassion which form the core of Buddhism. He said that we should not only read about the Buddha and his teachings but we should also experience and experiment it in our lives. He said that like violence, compassion is the basic makeup of human being. He emphasized on the refinement of our emotions. The negative emotions that generate within us keep us plagued and diseased. Therefore, we must purify our mind especially through Vipasssana Meditation which is of explanatory kind. He lauded India’s rich religious and philosophical traditions.  He reminded us of the Heart Sutra that Buddha had delivered at Rajgir.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma in his speech said that he was overjoyed to come to Nalanda, the holy land of wisdom. He said that the most of the holy places related to Buddha’s like are there either in U.P or Bihar. He welcomed the delegates coming from all parts of the world and hoped the conference will prove seminal in the sense that it will pass on to posterity some message.

Shri N.K. Sinha, Secretary, M/o Culture welcomed His Holiness and the Minister and all the delegates coming from 35 countries of the World. He said it was proudest moment for him to extend welcome to His Holiness, a living legend of Buddhism in the World. He mentioned the efforts of Ministry of Culture in getting the World heritage site status to the Ancient University of Nalanda. Vice-chancellor Shri M.L. Srivastava, who is also the Joint Secretary in the Ministry, presented a brief history of Nava Nalanda Mahaviahara, Nalanda and also explained the context of the Conference. He expressed hope that the Mahavihara would try hard to carry the heavy weight legacy of the Ancient University of Nalanda.

There were two highlights of the inaugural session. One is the release of the reprint of the Pali Tripitaka in Devanagri script by His Holiness the Dalai lama. The second highlight was the announcement of the opening of the department of the Buddhist science for the first time in Asia. His Holiness expressed happiness for the opening of the new department because it will hopefully study Buddhism in comparison with science.



Govt. purchases pulses to build buffer stock


The pulses procured and imported by the designated agencies are stored in their own godowns as well as godowns hired from CWC/SWC/Private parties. The storage capacity available with FCI, CWC, SWC and other state agencies along with private warehouses available in the country are adequate for storing the buffer stock of pulses.

As on 14.03.2017, Government has created a buffer of around 15.33 lakh tonnes of pulses including 4.01 lakh tonnes contracted for imports.  The variety-wise, State-wise stock available is given below in table.

  1. A)Pulses Procured Domestically


Stock of Buffer Available-State-wise and Variety-wise of Domestic Pulses As on 14.03.2017 in MTs
 S.No. State Tur Moong Urad Chana Masur
1 Madhya Pradesh 60090.94 28809.73 9233.53 374.61 7941.51
2 Maharashtra 270800.85 15446.92 7275.36 1126.31 0.00
3 Andhra Pradesh 582.95 702.30 3665.60 156.10 0.00
4 Telangana 175087.24 72.70 3381.41 0.00 0.00
5 Karnataka 163220.17 2105.75 5050.65 0.85 0.00
6 Gujarat 67273.00 1422.45 77.44 0.00 0.00
7 Rajasthan 0.00 19254.22 189428.97 10101.45 254.49
8 Uttar Pradesh 0.00 22729.92 0.00 0.00 382.29
9 Tamil Nadu 0.00 118.54 0.00 0.00 0.00
10 Haryana 0.00 0.00 1069.35 0.00 0.00
11 Bihar 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 16.20
  Total 737055.15 90662.53 219182.31 11759.32 8594.49


  1. B)Imported pulses


Stock of Imported Pulses of MMTC and STC  As on 16.03.2017 in MTs
State Tur Urad Desi Chick peas (Chana) Red Lentils (Masur)
Tamil Nadu 28453 22353
Maharashtra 26615 16922 2838 42472
Andhra Pradesh 45374 16900 38000
Gujarat 45378 31484 40301
West Bengal 9888
Total 145820 39275 51222 130661


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