NCERT to observe 56th Foundation Day celebrations tomorrow

National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT) will showcase what it has achieved in the past and what it proposes to do in the near future in implementation of the programmes and policies of the Government at the Centre on the occasion of the 56th Foundation Day celebrations at its Campus, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi tomorrow. 

Union Human Resource Development Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar will be the Chief Guest at the celebrations. Minister of State for HRD, Shri Upendra Kushwaha will be the guest of honour. Union Secretary, Government of India, Department of School Education & Literacy, Dr. Subhash Chandra Khuntia, will also grace the function. 

The various constituents of the Council at Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Mysuru and Shillong are putting on display highlights of their activities. 

Students of the Regional Institutes of Education will present cultural programmes on the occasion. 

NCERT Director Prof. Hrushikesh Senapaty and Joint Director Prof. B. K. Tripathi will dwell on the various programmes launched, projects undertaken and new initiatives in hand towards improvement of the quality of school education under the directions of the Union Minister of HRD. 


International conference on Technology for Ultra High Speed rolling stock

A first ever International conference in India on Technology for Ultra High speed rolling stock for operation at maximum speeds of 500 kmph and above is being held under the aegis of Institute of Rolling Stock Engineers (IRSE) and Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers Association supported by Indian Railways , Railway PSUs RITES and Konkan Railway Corporation Limited. This one day conference shall be held in New Delhi on the 2nd September 2016. Minister for Railways , Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu will be the Chief Guest. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications and Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain will also grace the occasion. Niti Aayog Members , Dr. Bibek Debroy, Senior Government officials including Railway Board Chairman and Members, Secretary level officers from related Ministries, Chairman ISRO, leaders of Industrial federations and leaders from the Industry shall also be present on this momentous occasion. 

Briefing the media about this Conference, Member Rolling Stock, Railway Board Shri Hemant Kumar, that Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu envisioned that Indian Railways should enter the futuristic field of Ultra high Speed Railways now and work towards building an Indian Technology which is economical and at par with the best. His vision is to make rolling stock the driver for this major shift from India being a technology importer and manufacturer to becoming a developer and designer for futuristic rolling stock technologies. The conference has been organized with the purpose of bring focus on development ultra high speed railway systems in India. This will create a confluence of minds and ideas from across the globe and become a catalyst for a major transformation of Indian Railways to an ultra modern Railway system, at par with the best. 

The conference has evoked interest from all majors in the field of Ultra High Speed. Leaders like HyperLoop Transport Technology, USA, Quadralev USA, Talgo, Spain, RTRI Japan, Siemens Germany, Knorr Bremse, Germany , Prose Switzerland shall be participating. Delegates numbering about 500 from Railways, Indian Industry, Diplomatic Community , international Industry, Federations of Unions in Railways etc. 

This conference comes immediately before opening of an Expression of Interest tender for developing, constructing and running a Ultra High Speed Railway system in India on PPP basis. It is expected that the EOI will give a full view of emerging technologies available in the world in this frontier area of railway technology and enable Indian Railway to move to the next step of sanctioning a project. 


Government agencies directed to ensure procurement of coming crop of pulses directly from farmers

The Government agencies – NAFED and FCI have been directed to submit state wise road map of procurement of new crop of pulses directly from farmers. They have been asked to start procurement of Moong in Karnataka immediately at MSP and bonus as new crop has started to arrive. Chairing the inter-ministerial committee meeting on prices here today, Secretary Department of Consumer Affairs, Shri Hem Pande also asked the government agencies to ensure direct payment to the farmers for procurement. 

Shri Hem Pande said that procurement centres including mobile centres should be arranged near to farm gates. Wide publicity should be given to the procurement price i.e MSP plus bonus, procurement schedule and to the locations of the centres so that farmers get benefit of the initiative. 

The meeting was attended by senior officials of Ministry/Department of Agriculture, Food, Commerce, Revenue, MMTC, NAFED etc. 


Shri Venkaiah Naidu to inaugurate Regional Editors Conference

Regional Editors’ Conference for Southern States commences at Chennai tomorrow
A two-day Regional Editors’ Conference for Southern States organized by Press Information Bureau will be inaugurated by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at Chennai tomorrow. The two day conference will disucss the policies and initiatives of key Ministries such as Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Information and Broadcasting, Road Transport and Shipping, Commerce and Trade, Information and Communication Technology and Home Affairs. The participants will be apprised of the key programs and roadmap for the future pertaining to flagship schemes.

Around 80 senior media persons from Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Union Terretories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry will be participating in the Conference organaised by the Press Information Bureau.

Following the inaugural session by the Urban Development Minister, the conference will be addressed by the Union Minister for Law and Justice and Information & Communication Technology Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad. The focus of deliberations during this session will be on the Information Technology Hub connecting Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi. The Editors will be informed of the ambitious project of the Union government to spread the IT network to rural areas and its plans to link it to citizen services of Union and State Governments.

The afternoon session will be dedicated to discussions on Disaster Management. The efforts of the Disaster Management apparatus of the government since Chennai Flood in December 2015 and other climate change related calamities that have taken place in the region will be the highlight of the session.

The session on Urban Development will be addressed by Shri. Venkaiah Naidu who will apprise the Editors on the initiatives of the Ministry with specific reference to Smart Cities project across the country, issues related to the urbanization challenges in specific cities such as Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kochi and the Metro Rail development plans in Kochi and Hyderabad.

Shri. Rajive Kumar, Secretary Shipping and Shri. Raghav Chandra, Chairman National Highways Authority of India will brief the Conference on the infrastructure projects in the Southern states. These five states have ambitious programmes of improving the road network which when fully implemented would speed up the overall development of the region giving fillip to the economy. Further this region forms part of the Sagar Mala plan of the Union Government with its vast coast line and numerous ports catering to the industries in the vast hinterland of the peninsulas.

The afternoon session on the second day will be addressed by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce and Industry, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, who will speak on new iniatives that seeks to push Make In India project. The Mnister will highlight governemnt’s efforts to give a filip to automobiles, textiles, spice products and services – the sectors which are performing well in the southern states, constitute major exports from the region and provide employment to a large sections of the population.

Press Information Bureau had successfully hosted a Social Editors’ Conference in Jaipur earlier this year. 


Annual Joint HADR exercises by services-2016

Acting upon the directive of the Prime Minister to conduct Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercises, the Armed Forces in collaboration with Central Armed Police Forces and civil administration have started conducting Joint HADR exercises in different places of the country. While the first Joint Exercise ‘JALRAHAT’ on flooding in Urban Areas was conducted by the Army at Narangi Cantt, Guwahati, Assam from 28th to 30th June with other stakeholders like NCC, Civil Administration, municipal corporations and communities, the second exercise ‘PRAKAMPANA’ by Indian Navy is now under progress. 

The exercise ‘PRAKAMPANA’ which started yesterday at Eastern Naval Command Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh is primarily based on super cyclone in the coastal region and will conclude tomorrow. During this exercise different stakeholders actively conducted mock drills and demonstrations on rescue and relief which pointed out the nuances and important lessions of HADR operations. 

The third such HADR exercise ‘SAHAYATA’ will be conducted by Indian Air Force from 14 to 16 September 2016 at Air Force Station Bhuj, Gujrat. This exercise is primarily aimed at preparing the Forces to undertake rescue and relief operations during major earthquakes of Western region.

Ms. Leocadia I. Zak, Director, USTDA calls on Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu

Process of Smart City challenge has become a role model for other schemes, says Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu
A US delegation led by Ms. Leocadia I. Zak, Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) called on Union Minister for Urban Development Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu here today. The discussion was centred on the three Smart Cities, i.e., Visakhapatnam, Ajmer and Allahabad with which MoUs has been signed between the respective State Governments and USTDA.

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu informed that the Reverse Trade Mission (strategically planned visits of foreign decision-makers to the United States to observe the design, manufacture and operation of U.S. products and services that can help them achieve their development goals) for Ajmer and Allahabad and the training of Mayors and CEOs of Smart Cities in the USA has to be finalised. The Minister said that the Government has adopted a proactive approach to move forward on the Smart Cities Mission. He said that the process of Smart City challenge is very scientific, transparent and participative and has become a role model for other schemes.

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said that resources must not be a constraint for the Smart Cities Mission, but emphasised upon the participation of people in the development of the Smart Cities. He said that, in Indore, approximately 6.5 lakh people have given suggestions for the improvement of the city. 


E Carts and E Rickshaws freed from permit requirements

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a Gazette Notification today that serves to free e rickshaws and e carts from permit requirements. According to the notification, the provisions of the sub-section (1) of section 66 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 will not apply to e-carts and e-rickshaws (as defined in section 2A of the said Act,) that are used for carrying goods or passengers with personal luggage. This means that vehicles that are registered as e carts or e – rickshaws will not require any permits. State Governments can however impose restrictions under appropriate traffic laws on plying of these vehicles in specific areas or specific roads.