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PM represents ‘aspirational’ India: Dr Jitendra Singh

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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 addressing at the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship, at Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on March 19, 2017.

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 has said that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi represents “aspirational” India and the youth of the country have reposed overwhelming faith in the Prime Minister because they see in him the realization of their aspirations in “New India”.

Speaking after flagging-off the “T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship” in Greater Noida yesterday, Dr Jitendra Singh said, dignity of labour and building of inspirational values is what the India of 2017 looks forward to. He said, an event like this serves not only as an occasion for excitement of adventure sports, but also as a platform to showcase one’s potentials through one’s inherent aptitude.

India today comprises more than 65% of population below the age of 40 years, said Dr Jitendra Singh, and added that the present government under Prime Minister

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 addressing at the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship, at Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on March 19, 2017.

is seriously committed to follow the agenda of youth aspiration, envisaging employability with dignity and well-being. He said, in the contemporary global world, where youth are connected to each other, the Central Government will seek to provide opportunities for the Indian youth to become a resource pool of potential and profession for the rest of the world.

 

National Dental and Oral Health Information IVR Portal, toll free number launched

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The Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste launched the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material along with the National Dental and Oral Health Information IVR portal, on the occasion of World Oral Health Day, in New Delhi on March 20, 2017. The Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), Shri C.K. Mishra and other dignitaries are also seen.

“Oral health is integral to overall health of a person and will contribute to the all-round development of the nation.” This was stated by Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare. He was speaking at a function to mark the ‘World Oral Health Day’, here today. C.K. Mishra, Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) and Dr Jagdish Prasad, Director General of Health Services and other senior officers of the Ministry were also present at the event.
Faggan Singh Kulaste also launched the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material along with the National Dental and Oral Health Information IVR portal including a toll free number (1XXX-XX-2032) for addressing oral health queries.
Speaking at the function, Faggan Singh stated that India has taken huge strides in the healthcare sector by initiating new programmes to improve the health outcome of the country and it is now amongst those nations that have dedicated programme on oral health. Shri Faggan Singh further added that raising awareness about dental health is a need of the hour and these information initiatives will go a long way in encouraging people to adopt positive and healthy habits, Faggan Singh said.
Speaking on the occasion, C.K. Mishra , Secretary (H&FW) stated that oral diseases are becoming the leading health problems and attributed mainly to rapidly changing lifestyles, wide-spread use of tobacco and increased consumption of alcohol. Due to prevalence and incidence, oral diseases pose a major threat to public health. The Secretary (Health) said that the Ministry is integrating the oral health programme with other programmes so that adequate steps can be taken to mitigate and minimise the conditions arising from poor health. C.K. Mishra stressed on the need for raising awareness about oral health. “We need to combine preventive measures with emphasis on education to create oral health awareness among the various segment of the population,” Mishra said.
Also present at the function were

The Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Faggan Singh Kulaste launched the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material along with the National Dental and Oral Health Information IVR portal, on the occasion of World Oral Health Day, in New Delhi on March 20, 2017. The Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), C.K. Mishra and other dignitaries are also seen.

Manoj Jhalani, Joint Secretary, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and senior officers of the Ministry and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi.

 

Cabinet approves four GST Bills; to be tabled before Parliament soon

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The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved four GST related bills: The Central Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The CGST Bill); The Integrated Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The IGST Bill); The Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The UTGST Bill); and, The Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to the States) Bill 2017 (The Compensation Bill).

The above four Bills have been earlier approved by the GST Council after thorough, clause by clause, discussion over 12 meetings of the Council held in the last six months. The CGST Bill makes provisions for levy and collection of tax on intra-state supply of goods or services for both by the Central Government. On the other hand, IGST Bill makes provisions for levy and collection of tax on inter-state supply of goods or services or both by the Central Government.

The UTGST Bill makes provisions for levy on collection of tax on intra-UT supply of goods and services in the Union Territories without legislature. Union Territory GST is akin to States Goods and Services Tax (SGST) which shall be levied and collected by the States/Union Territories on intra-state supply of goods or services or both. The Compensation Bill provides for compensation to the states for loss of revenue arising on account of implementation of the goods and services tax for a period of five years as per section 18 of the Constitution (One Hundred and First Amendment) Act, 2016.

According to the Govt. Statement, “The Government is committed to early introduction of GST, one of the biggest reforms, in the country as early as possible. “ GST Council has decided 1st July as the date of commencement of GST.  The Finance Minister in his Budget Speech has mentioned that country-wide outreach efforts will be made to explain the provisions of GST to Trade and Industry.

 

 

Honda Cars India launches All-New Sporty Lifestyle Vehicle ‘Honda WR-V’ in India

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New Delhi, March 16, 2017: Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), leading manufacturer of passenger cars in India, today introduced its much-anticipated new model, Honda WR-V. The WR-V is an all-new Sporty Lifestyle Vehicle based on Honda’s globally successful Jazz platform. It features a Sporty and Sophisticated exterior design, high quality spacious interiors with advanced equipment, top of the class fuel efficiency, powerful performance and full range of safety features. WR-V is the first model developed by Honda R&D India along with Honda R&D, Japan, to match the needs and aspirations of young Indian customers who are looking for status, comfort and have an active lifestyle. The R&D in India has specifically worked on design & engineering concept suitable for right-hand drive and India-exclusive powertrains. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Noriaki Abe, Chief Operating Officer, Regional Operations (Asia & Oceania), Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said, “The WR-V is an all-new premium model in the Honda family and features the brand’s global DNA. Based on Honda’s most successful platform world-wide, WR-V has the best of Honda technology and design. India is the first country to manufacture and launch the Honda WR-V in the world which is testimony to Honda Motor Company’s commitment to the Indian market.” Speaking at the launch, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, President and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd. said, “The fast-evolving Indian market has shown strong demand for compact vehicles that are stylish, comfortable and have premium features. With the launch of the Honda WR-V, we would like to provide joy for recreational usage and comfortable driving for daily use in the city for customers in India. We are confident that WR-V will help us to fortify our premium image in all segments. We are extremely thankful to our customers in India for their faith in the brand,” he added. The WR-V has been developed under the concept of “Refresh for Urban India” which is built around 3 core concepts of Urban Active Lifestyle that is high seating stance & ground clearance, Smart Compact Exterior with Spacious Interior along with Versatility & Utility, Pleasurable high quality interior & class leading fuel efficiency.

Second green revolution will have to come from eastern India: Minister

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The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh, while inaugurating the new Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs), West Tripura said that the second green revolution will have to come from the eastern region of the country and to realise it, the north-eastern states will have to be brought under the national mainstream for the equitable agricultural development in this region. He further said that the Government is committed to developing the agriculture sector of the region.

On this occasion, the minister said that the Government has sanctioned 7 KVKs for the state of Tripura of which 5 are already functional and with this inauguration today 6 KVKs will become operational in the state and one more will also be operational soon. In addition, the site selection committee is also visiting the state for the selection of site for the 8th KVK.  With this, all the districts in the state shall have a KVK each. Radha Mohan Singh said that he is confident that the KVKs will equip the farmers of the state with the desired skills and build their capacities through on farm testing and demonstration of the new technologies developed by Agricultural Scientists. He said that the Government is committed to provide at least 1 KVK in each of the districts of the Country. The total number of KVKs in the country has now gone up to 668, from 637 about 2.5 year ago, of which 78 KVKs are functional in the north-eastern states.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the health of the soil affects the health and the productivity of crops and the animals and in view of this the Government has established mini soil testing labs in KVKs. For strengthening the KVKs, the staff strength of the KVKs has also been increased from 16 to 22.

He said that the KVKs are playing a pioneering role in the area of front line extension in extending various agricultural technologies amongst farming community and the state line departments. During the past one year, the KVKs have organized a total of 48,983 training programmes through which 13.21 lakh farmers and extension personnel have benefitted.

The Minister further said that Government is committed towards doubling the farmers’ income in next 5 years’ period. To achieve this goal, the union budget this year has laid major focus towards integrated agricultural development. Key focus areas of the Government are; making available agricultural credit at easier terms to the farmers, ensuring availability of the quality seeds and other essential inputs, creating irrigation infrastructure, improving soil health through distribution of soil health cards, creating market network through National Agricultural Market (E-NAM) and ensuring remunerative price for the farmer’s produce.

The Minister said that owing to the favourable monsoon and implementation of several policy initiatives and reforms by the Government of India, the country has  achieved highest ever food grain production this year (271.89 Million tonnes) this year which is 6.94 million tonnes higher than the previous best of 265.04 million tonnes achieved during 2013-14. On this occasion, the Minister urged the State Government to fast track the implementation of the flagship schemes of the Government. For example, he said that the distribution of soil health cards under the Soil Health Card Scheme of the Government was below par, and the farmers have not been able to benefit from the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna (PMKSY) to the extent that they should have. The progress of the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana is also very slow. He also mentioned that no proposal has been received by the Government of India from the Government of Tripura to link with the E-NAM so far and urged the Government of Tripura to take urgent corrective action in this regard.

 

President addresses closing ceremony of International Conference on Buddhism in The 21st Century

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The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee being felicitated at the closing ceremony of an International Conference on “Buddhism in the 21st Century - perspectives and responses to Global Challenges and Crises”, at Rajgir, Nalanda, in Bihar on March 19, 2017. The Governor of Bihar, Shri Ram Nath Kovind is also seen.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed the closing ceremony of an International Conference on “Buddhism in the 21st Century – perspectives and responses to Global Challenges and Crises” at Rajgir, Nalanda, Bihar today (March 19, 2017).

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that no part of the world today is free from the scourge of violence.  This crisis is all pervasive.  The basic question being raised today is how to stop this wanton destruction and come back to sanity.  He said that the philosophy of Buddhism is as relevant today as ever – especially as the world grapples with complex problems that seem intractable. Buddhism has had a deep influence on human civilization.  The mighty emperor Ashoka who had the ambition of extending his empire as far as he could was converted into a missionary.  Dhamma Ashoka is remembered in history rather than warrior Ashoka.

The President said that Nalanda reflects our ancient educational system which attracted mighty minds in the form of students and teachers in ancient India.  He said that education means the development of mind and requires an atmosphere which is conducive to free exchange of ideas.  He quoted Gandhiji who had said of the Buddha “he was saturated with the best which was in Hinduism and he gave life to some of the teachings that were in the Vedas but which had been overgrown with weeds. His great Hindu spirit cuts its way through the forest of meaningless words which had overlaid the golden truth which was in the Vedas.”

Addressing the delegates present there, the President said as they return to their respective areas of activity and influence, he requested them all to redouble their efforts to promote the simple Truths and the Path of the Buddha that show we can be better citizens and contribute to making our land a better place to live in.

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee being felicitated at the closing ceremony of an International Conference on “Buddhism in the 21st Century – perspectives and responses to Global Challenges and Crises”, at Rajgir, Nalanda, in Bihar on March 19, 2017. The Governor of Bihar, Shri Ram Nath Kovind is also seen.

The President expressed happiness that the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara has published the entire Pali Tripitaka (texts or words of the Buddha) in 41 volumes in the Devanagari script. He congratulated the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara University for this grand achievement and for opening the first ever Department of Buddhist Sciences in the world. He said that he would encourage the texts to be further dispersed – like seeds by migrating birds – far beyond the institutions of Buddhist studies and our region – to Universities in all parts of the world – regardless of their academic specialization. He stated that these initiatives will go a long way in popularizing the tenets of Buddhism. They will help the coming generations to easily connect with the supreme ideals of humanity, forbearance, discipline and compassion. Once these values are adopted by more and more scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and leaders in letter and spirit, he had no doubt that they will work to gear up to address the skepticism and cynicism that ails modern societies.

 

Yogi Adityanath’s elevation brings elation to people from hills

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the swearing-in ceremony of the new government of Uttar Pradesh, at Lucknow on March 19, 2017. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath is also seen.

 

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the swearing-in ceremony of the new government of Uttar Pradesh, at Lucknow on March 19, 2017.
The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath is also seen.

The elevation of Yogi Adityanath as CM of Uttar Pradesh might not have gone down well with many so called secularists but for many Uttarakhandis living in National Capital Region, this is a moment of joy and pride. The people of Uttarakhand, fighting for a separate hill state, have not forgotten the atrocities that they had to face—under the Samajwadi regime of Mulayam Singh Yadav—at the hands of the police in October 1994 when they were fired upon by the cops. The firing led to several of them getting killed while womenfolk were allegedly molested and tortured by the state police. Now many of them feel that governance in the state had come a full circle with the CM originally coming from Uttarakhand.

“For us Yogi Adityanath becoming CM is a matter of pride and we hope that as the CM he would not only work for betterment of UP; but also there would be a better coordination between the governments of both UP and Uttarakhand,” said Dhirendra Semwal, a resident of Noida. This he said would be due to the fact that both states now had a BJP government, besides the UP CM would be better predisposed towards Uttarakhand.

A resident of Vaishali in Ghaziabad, Sangeeta Joshi said: “People from the hills are hardworking and we are optimistic that the new CM will soon leave his mark on governance in the state.” Another resident of Lohia Nagar in Ghaziabad, Deepak Negi said: “With his no-nonsense approach Yogi Adityanath will bring much needed discipline in the functioning of the UP government, which till now was at the mercy of babus and a much politicized bureaucracy.”

Poonam Pant of Vasundhara, Ghaziabad remarked, “Whatever his detractors say, it is good to see a person from Uttarakhand as CM. It was important to have a firm and honest person as the CM of UP. We hope that he will work towards improving the deteriorating law & order situation in the state, as well as protecting the dignity of women.”

Although lakhs of people from Uttarakhand have been living in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi since long, they do not have much of a voice politically. Pointed out Narendra Bisht of Modinagar, “Hill folks are mostly working class people who keep to themselves and are not that vocal about their rights and needs, like other communities are. They are also a scattered lot. However, they could be quite significant politically and now the time has come for them, when they too should raise their voice and ask the government to look into issues and problems faced by them.” He added, “With the new CM being an Uttarakhandi is good news for every pahadi in the state.”

Another resident Bhavna Rawat said: “It is not just Yogi ji. We are also happy to see Rita Bahuguna Joshi—another Uttarakhandi— having secured a Cabinet berth for herself.” Many also believed that elevation of Yogi Adityanath would bring transparency in the functioning of the government which they said was missing till now.

– Prasoon Pant

Consumer awareness to be a priority for govt.

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The Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan addressing at the National Consultation on Legal Metrology with Secretaries and Controllers of Legal Metrology of States/UTs, in New Delhi on March 18, 2017. The Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri C.R. Chaudhary and the Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Hem Kumar Pande are also seen.

Ram Vilas Paswan, the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said that right measurement is a powerful instrument for a sustainable growth of the industry and trade, and it also contributes towards the social progress of the country. Paswan that the wrong or imprecise measurement builds mistrust, and is often a source of safety hazard. Paswan stated it in his inaugural address on the occasion of National Consultation meeting of the State Secretaries and Controllers of Legal Metrology. National Consultation meeting was convened by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi today.

Paswan further stated that common consumer is still finding that accuracy of some of the critical instruments used in daily lives suffer from inaccuracies. There are doubts expressed sometimes regarding the accuracy of the petrol pumps, and weigh bridges used in agricultural mandis. Some manufacturers still disregard the provisions of package commodities rules. While appreciating the efforts of the states, Paswan advised the Department of consumer Affairs and States in coordination to enhance their efforts to improve consumer confidence in the system and create deterrence in the minds of the manufactures who indulge in unfair practices or pushing sub-standard products into the market. Paswan also mentioned some of the significant steps taken by the Ministry In the last two years in a proactive manner to strengthen legal metrology. Some of the recent initiatives focused on action against charging more than MRP, declaring dual MRP and we are also contemplating changes to our packaged commodities rules.

C.R. Chaudhary, the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution also graced the occasion and addressed the participants. C.R. Chaudhary said that the subject of weights and measures is important for a common man and the need for this meeting was to find out problems faced by States and to find solutions. The Department of Consumers Affairs has taken number of good decisions today the Minister of State said. Chaudhary emphasized that there is need to create trust between the consumer and the trader as well as the system. Trust in both in quality and quantity need to be generated and trust in quantity which has to be generated by the legal metrology division. This need sincere work to address the complaints of consumers as quickly as possible and devote more time in field. Chaudhary said the Central Government is there to help States.

Welcoming the participants, Hem Pande, Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs mentioned this is the first time the department is holding a national level consultation of this magnitude and this could not have come on a more appropriate time, when center and states are working in close coordination to take strong action against the unfair practices and violations of law. Pande mentioned that for realizing the objectives of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 Act and rules States have to play a critical role. The Secretary mentioned about many States are taking proactive steps and suggested that the efforts however, require constant review and revision given the rapidly changing trade and commerce scenario.

Issues of legal, administrative, operational challenges were discussed at length in the meeting and strategy for a more coordinated and focused approach for the future was agreed upon.

The following important decisions were taken in the meeting to further strengthen the legal metrology enforcement in the States for better consumer protection.

  1. Museum depicting Legal metrology standards of various parameters will be setup in all the 7 RRSLs and IILM Ranchi. The RRSL at Faridabad will also have the National level Museum on legal metrology.
  2. Technology will be used for preventing unfair trade practices in weights and measurements.
  3. All chief Ministers in States /UTs will be requested to setup standard weighing and measuring instruments in Gram Panchayats so that consumers can approach Gram Panchayat facilities for checking the weights and measurements of goods purchased by them in case of doubt.
  4. States can submit consolidated proposals for mobile vans and labs with proper justifications for funding from Central government.
  5. National Consumer Day every year will give awards to the three States for the best Legal Metrology administration.
  6. Publicity funds available will have component earmarked for creating consumer awareness programme on legal metrology.
  7. Jago Grahak Jago programme will also focus on popularizing consumer awareness on legal metrology in rural areas and for popularizing mobile lab facilities.

 

 

The Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan addressing the National Consultation on Legal Metrology with Secretaries and Controllers of Legal Metrology of States/UTs, in New Delhi on March 18, 2017. The Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, C.R. Chaudhary and the Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Hem Kumar Pande are also seen.

PM congratulates Trivendra Singh Rawat on taking oath as Uttarakhand CM

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi attends the oath taking ceremony of Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat as Uttarakhand Chief Minster, in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on March 18, 2017. The Governor of Uttarakhand, Dr. Krishan Kant Paul is also seen.

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat on taking oath as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.
“Congratulations to Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat & the entire team sworn in today. Am sure they will work hard & fulfil people’s aspirations. The new Uttarakhand government will return the tremendous affection shown by the people of the state with record development,” the Prime Minister said.

Sharda Hospital gets Assocham Health and Wellness Awards 2017

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Gaurav Pande from Sharda Hospital, Gr. Noida receives the award

Sharda Hospital, Greater Noida is the recipient of  Assocham Health and Wellness Award 2017. The award was given today at Ranchi by Minister of Health of Jharkhand, Shri Ramchandra Chandrabanshi.

Gaurav Pande from Sharda Hospital, Gr. Noida receives the award

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