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IFFI Goa to showcase strength of bilateral cooperation in films – Prakash Javadekar

Shri Javadekar meets Mr Cai Fuchao, Chinese Minister

First Meeting of the Joint Working Group on Films to meet on the sidelines of IFFI 2014

 India and China have agreed that the Joint Working Group established to promote facilitation in the film sector would meet on the sidelines of IFFI 2014 at Goa. The proposed meeting would involve the stakeholders from both the countries in an attempt to concretise cooperation in the film sector with specific proposals and projects. This decision was taken at the meeting between I&B Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar  and Mr Cai Fuchao, Minister for State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), here today. Both the Ministers also agreed that the proposed meeting would be an important step towards identifying key deliverables and a common roadmap to strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas related to films and audio-visual production.  Both the key principals agreed to work within an institutional time frame in the light of the audio visual co-production agreement signed today as part of  Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping’s visit to India.

            During the discussions, Shri Javadekar emphasized that steps needed to be taken to include television as a component of the co-production agreement.  For this purpose, a separate proposal could be moved to facilitate the matter.  On IFFI, 2014, the Minister mentioned that as China was the focus country, the participation of known stars from China along with the choice of Chinese films would go a long way in strengthening the exchange and cooperation in the domain of films.  Shri Javadekar mentioned that the Media Units of the Film Wing, namely NFDC, Films Division and CFSI could consider an institutional mechanism of cooperation to be facilitated by an appropriate body in China. The strategy to promote the  increased presence of Indian films in China was also discussed during the meeting, both sides agreeing to identify inputs that related to business models, identification of key films/ modus of exchange and institutional arrangements. The issues related to specific proposals concerning the agenda for the proposed working group meeting were also discussed. Both sides also agreed to identify the strategies / inputs to promote the market potential related to the film industry in both countries. It was also agreed that all impetus would be provided to promote the industry B2B contact between the stakeholders of both countries.

In his remarks, Mr Cai Fuchao, the Chinese Minister mentioned that the enthusiasm generated by the co-production agreement would be fully supported and taken forward. The agreement provided a platform to enhance cooperation in critical and contemporary themes related to cinema. The Minister reassured that all possible cooperation to enhance the visibility and presence of China at IFFI 2014 would be undertaken.

Participating in the discussions, Secretary (I&B) Shri Bimal Julka stated that the structured agenda for proposed cooperation could include the following: formalizing the student exchange between FTII/SRFTI and premier film institutes of China, Public Private Partnership in Animation sector; and Import of Indian films into China. The possibility of cooperation with regard to the National Centre for Excellence in Animation and Gaming proposed to be set up was also discussed as a future possibility. Both sides discussed the ambit of the co-production agreement signed today. This included co-production in the domain of feature films, documentary, cine films and animation films.  Both reiterated the fact that the co-production platform was an important step as a co-production film would be fully entitled to all benefits which are accorded to national films in both countries. Both sides agreed that the Chinese Films Co-production Commission would interact more closely with the Ministry of I&B for consideration of proposals under the co-production agreement. The meeting  also witnessed the participation of senior officials from both the countries.

List of Documents signed during the State Visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India

Name of Agreement/MoU
Indian Signatory
Chinese Signatory
Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People`s Republic of China on Opening a New Route for Indian Pilgrimage (Kailash Mansarovar Yatra) to the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People`s Republic of China
External Affairs Minister
Smt Sushma Swaraj
Foreign Minister
Mr. Wang Yi
The MoU provides for conducting the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra through Nathula Pass in Sikkim addition to the existing Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand. The route through Nathula will augment the capacity and reduce the hardship and journey time enabling many more pilgrims in particular aged pilgrims to undertake the Yatra.
Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Railways of the Government of Republic of India and the Government of People’s Republic of China on strengthening cooperation in Railways
Chairman, Railway Board
Shri Arunendra Kumar
Administrator, National Railway Administration
Mr. Lu Dongfu
Under the MoU, both sides have agreed to enhance cooperation in the Railway sector in following areas: (i)speed-raising, (ii)studying feasibility of cooperation in High-Speed Railways, (iii)Heavy-Haul transportation training of Indian Railway personnel, (iv)Redevelopment of Railway stations, (v)setting up of a Railway University in India, etc.
Action Plan between Ministry of Railways of the Government of Republic of India and the National Railway Administration of the Government of People’s Republic of China on strengthening cooperation in Railways
Chairman, Railway Board
Shri Arunendra Kumar
Administrator, National Railway Administration
Mr. Lu Dongfu
It provides specific projects for cooperation in railway sector.
Five year Trade and Economic Development Plan between Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Government of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Commerce of the Government of the People’s Republic of China
Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce and Industry
Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
Minister of Commerce
Mr. Gao Hucheng
It lays down a medium term roadmap for promoting balanced and sustainable development of economic and trade relations between China and India, on the principle of equality and mutual benefit. The main objectives of the plan are : (i) reduction of bilateral trade imbalance; (ii) strengthen investment cooperation to realize US$ 20 billion investment from China in 5 years; (iii) a transparent, stable and investor friendly business environment; and (iv) enhanced cooperation between Chambers of Commerce and financial sectors.
Agreed Minutes of the Tenth Session of India-China Joint Economic Group
Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce and Industry
Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
Minister of Commerce
Mr. Gao Hucheng
The tenth Session of the India-China Joint Group on Economic Relations, Trade, Science and Technology (JEG) was held in Beijing on 2nd September 2014. Both sides held detailed discussions on issues to promote broad and deep bilateral trade and economic cooperation between India and China and agreed to undertake measures to achieve sustainable and balanced trade. Specific measures to enhance market access to Indian products such as agricultural, pharmaceutical and export of services will be expedited.
Agreement on Audio-Visual Co-production between The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Republic of India and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of The People`s Republic of China
Minister of State (I/C) for Information and Broadcasting
Shri Prakash Javadekar
Minister, State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television
Mr. Cai Fuchao
The Agreement would enable the producers from both countries to get an opportunity to pool their creative, artistic, technical, financial and marketing resources to co-produce films. It would held Indian audio-visual products to gain greater market access.
Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on mutual administrative assistance and co-operation in Customs matters
Chairperson,Central Board of Excise and Customs,
Smt J.M.Shanti Sundharam
Ambassador of China to India,
Mr.Le Yucheng
The Agreement will help in enhancing cooperation to fight trans-border economic crimes and custom offences through sharing of information. It would also facilitate trade through enhanced customs cooperation.
Memorandum of Understanding between Indian Space Research Organisation and China National Space Administration on Cooperation in the Peaceful use of Space
Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation,
Dr. K. Radhakrishnan
Vice Administrator, China National Space Administration,
Ms. Zhang Jianhua
The MoU enables both sides to encourage exchange and cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, including Research and development of scientific experiment satellites, remote sensing satellites and communications satellites.
Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China on Strengthening the Exchange and Cooperation between Cultural Institutions
Secretary, Ministry of Culture,
Shri Ravindra Singh
Ambassador of China to India,
Mr. Le Yucheng
This MOU is intended to foster long-term collaboration between various cultural institutions of the two countries. These cultural institutions include museums, archaeological organizations and performing art centers.
Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between National Book Trust of the Republic of India and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of The People`s Republic of China
Director, National Book Trust
Dr. M. A. Sikandar
Minister, State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television
Mr. Cai Fuchao
Both sides have agreed that China will participate in the New Delhi World Book Fair 2016 as the Guest of Honour Country. The Agreement will help provide greater access to their nationals of publications of the other side.
Work Plan on Drug Administration and Cooperation
Between China Food and Drug Administration of the People’s Republic of China
And Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Republic of India
Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Shri Lov Verma
Ambassador of China to India
Mr. Le Yucheng
Under the work plan, the two sides will carry out cooperation in fields of drug standards, traditional medicine and drug testing, etc. Both sides will exchange delegations to enhance cooperation in this area.
Agreement on establishing Sister City relationship between Mumbai and Shanghai
Mayor of Mumbai
Smt. Snehal Ambekar
Executive Vice Mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Tu Guangshao
Establishes Sister-City relations between Mumbai and Shanghai. It will enhance people-to-people exchanges fostering greater mutual understanding.
Agreement on establishing Sister City relationship between Ahmedabad and Guangzhou
(Signed in Gujarat)
Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra
Mayor of Guangzhou, Mr. Chen Jianhua
Establishes Sister-City relations between Ahmedabad and Guangzhou. It will enhance people-to-people exchanges fostering greater mutual understanding.
Agreement on establishing Sister Province/State relationship between Gujarat and Guangdong
(Signed in Gujarat)
Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat
Dr. Varesh Sinha
Executive Vice Governer of Guangdong Province, Mr. Xu Shaohua
Establishes Sister-Province/State relations between Gujarat and Guangdong. It will enhance people-to-people exchanges fostering greater mutual understanding.
Memorandum of Understanding between Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation and Beiqi Foton Motor Co.Ltd. on supporting the setting up of industrial parks in Maharashtra
Chief Executive Officer, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation
Shri Bhushan A. Gagrani
Chief Executive Officer, Beiqi Futon Motor Co.Ltd. Mr.Wang Jinyu
The MoU would lead to setting up of a 1250 acre Industrial Park near Pune, Maharashtra, providing cluster-type development and generation of employment for a large number of people.
Memorandum of Understanding between China Development Bank Corporation and iNDEXTb on supporting the setting up of industrial parks in Gujarat
(Signed in Gujarat)
Chairman, Industrial Extension Bureau, Gujarat Smt. Mamta Verma
Vice President, China Development Bank, Mr. Zhao Xiaoyu
The MoU would lead to setting up of Industrial Parks in Gujarat with the support of Chinese enterprises and provide a platform for cluster development and generate employment for a large number of people.


Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment calls for efficient funds disbursement system for artisans

Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment addressed the participating Managing Directors of State Channelising Agencies (SCAs) of NBCFDC during Annual Conference – cum – Review Meeting here today (18.09.2014). In his address The Minister, highlighted the need of efficient and effective delivery system for speedy disbursement of funds to the ultimate beneficiaries. He reiterated the need of identifying problems in delivery mechanism so that the beneficiaries may get loans without any hassle or delay and also repay in time. 

Highlighting the important role of skill development, the Union Minister of SJ&E emphasized that the artisans and handicraft persons should be exposed to latest techniques in the areas of manufacturing and production. Better designs should be introduced keeping in view the market trend. He also stated that the State Channelising Agencies have greater responsibilities to improve the socio-economic condition of weaker sections. There is a need of counseling of prospective beneficiaries in availing credit facility so that they can utilize their funds properly. With regard to quality of Raw Material, Production and Marketing of Products, Minister suggested that the SCAs should guide them, in view of the backward and forward linkages. 

During the meeting, the Minister emphasized the importance of the meeting and advised that this type of qualitative review meeting should be organized from time to time. Feed back should be obtained from beneficiaries also through letter, forms etc. 

The Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat in his address informed that more than 18 lakh Backward Classes families are assisted by disbursing loans over Rs.2667 Crore under NBCFDC Schemes. He emphasized that women empowerment should be on the top of the agenda while implementing schemes of the Corporation at all levels. The Minister said that all efforts should be made for publicizing the loans in view of low rate of interests 4% for boys and 3.5% for girls so that maximum target group can avail the Education Loan. New Swarnima and Mahila Samridhi Yojana have been there to extend loans to women of the target group. He suggested that the SCAs are still to work hard for enhancing the coverage of women beneficiaries under these schemes. 

In his address, Shri Sudhir Bhargava, Secretary (SJ&E), Government of India advised the State Channelising Agencies (SCAs) that marketing of products through E-commerce is a better option to reach a large number of potential buyer in the country. He asked the SCAs to take benefit of online marketing and e-commerce portals of Flipkart etc. 

On the occasion, Union Minister (SJ&E) and Union Minister of State (SJ&E) released NBCFDC "Newsletter". They also gave away awards to State Channelising Agencies of Kerala, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh for better performance in their respective States. 

Officers from NABARD, FLIPKART, GAIL, ATDC, NSDA also deliberated and presentations were made during the Meeting. 

The Managing Director, NBCFDC, Shri A. A. Naqvi, welcomed the Ministers, Secretary and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, and briefed about the achievement of NBCFDC w.r.t. Loan disbursement and recovery from beneficiaries.


Union Water Resources Minister inaugurates International Conference on Natural Treatment System for Safe and Sustainable Water Supply

Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Sushri Uma Bharti has said that she will personally visit Arsenic affected districts of West Bengal, Assam, Bihar and UP to assess the reason for it and to find out suitable ways to tackle this problem. Inaugurating an International Conference on Natural Treatment System for safe and Sustainable Water Supply in India: results from Saaf Pani here today (18.09.2014), she said 86 district of the country are worst affected by arsenic and another 282 district by fluoride. 

The Minister said diminishing ground water level all over the world is matter of concern. She expressed the hope that experts from all over the world who are attending the conference will come out with a useful and suitable strategy to overcome this problem. 

The Water Resources Minister said that water conservation is a matter of concern all over the world. She said we have to reinvent the old and traditional systems of water conservation because these systems have proved their usefulness over the period. The Minister said “We have to integrate the traditional systems with the new scientific techniques to fulfill our water conservation needs.” Referring to the successful water conservation methods adopted in Gujrat Sushri Bharti suggested that these methods can be adopted elsewhere in the country. 

The Minister expressed concern over increasing pollution in higher Himalayas and said that shrinking of glaciers is a matter of grave concern which has to be addressed appropriately. She also referred to the traditional water conservation techniques of Chal & Khal practiced in hilly areas of the country and suggested that such traditional techniques are still useful. Sushri Bharti also suggested large scale plantation of Kaans vegetation along the river banks to keep the river clean and pollution free. 

The two day conference is being attended by experts from several countries including Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria etc. 


Health Minister wants child death reduction targets achieved before schedule

Bill Gates praises India’s polio conquest; Melinda by side commits help on UIP
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister, has said that the government is confident of reducing the newborn (birth to 28 days) mortality rate to single digit long before the 2030 target date. The present death rate is 29 per 1,000 live births. For this are required simple, cost-effective interventions before and immediately after delivery.

Inaugurating the Indian Newborn Action Plan (INAP) here today (18.09.2014), the Minister said that of the 2.8 million newborns who die at birth worldwide, India contributes 700,000. “These are preventable deaths and now we have an action plan for preventing them. I don’t believe in long-range targets. We must achieve our goal within a short time.”

INAP has been prepared with the help of expertise drawn from distinguished members of a Technical Resource Group. They have set out a vision of a world in which there are no preventable deaths of newborns or still births, where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is celebrated and every woman, baby and child thrive to reach to reach their full potential.

The Minister said that INAP will be implemented under the existing Reproductive, Maternal, Child Health and Adolescents Plus (RMNCHA+) framework. Six evidence-based, effective strategies impacting still births and newborn health will be used. These include preconception and antenatal care, care during labour and child birth, immediate newborn care, care of healthy newborns, care of small and sick newborns and care beyond newborn survival.

Under the sixth pillar of care –beyond newborn survival – India has taken the vital decision to improve the quality of life for those with birth defects, neuro-developmental delay and disabilities. Effective implementation of the strategic plan will be ensured through a systematic plan for monitoring and evaluation of dashboard indicators and milestones.

Recalling the involvement of all stakeholders in the fight against polio, Dr Harsh Vardhan wanted a replication while saving the lives of newborns. In this struggle the role of the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) will be crucial. It is also essential to identify and close all the gaps in the system, he stated.

Praising Mr Bill Gates and Mrs Melinda Gates for their valuable support to India’s health programmes and particularly Mother and Child Care, Dr Harsh Vardhan said the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is doing valuable work in the rural areas of the country.

“Just as he revolutionised the basic human thought process through the personal computer revolution, Bill Gates has saved millions of lives by donating billions of dollars for transforming conditions of human existence. At a time when the anti-polio campaign was threatened for want of adequate funds, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation stepped in with help. They are invaluable partners in our fight against disease and death,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

The Minister also thanked the Indian Academy of Pediatricians for the work done by its members in helping infants survive the most vulnerable years. “We have a deadline to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals which is only a year away. I hope to get every doctor’s contribution in achieving this target,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bill Gates, Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, wholesomely praised the Minister for his pioneering work in polio eradication. “There are lessons to be learnt from India’s fight against polio which may be applied against other diseases also,” he pointed out.

Mr Gates lauded the government for expanding the list of diseases under the Universal Immunisation Programme. He highlighted the importance of including the Rotavirus vaccine in the package.

Mrs Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Foundation, said that by launching INAP, India has shown leadership in addressing newborn and maternal mortality. She too commended the ASHA and auxiliary nurse midwives for their roles in Mother and Child care in the rural areas. “Healthy mothers and healthy children are crucial for India to realise the demographic dividend,” she added.


Power Ministry Takes Several Measures to Restore Transmission Lines & Distribution System in Flood Hit J&K

Power Demand Up To 704 Mv Restored In The Valley
The Ministry of Power has taken a slew of measures to restore the heavily damaged power transmission lines & distribution system in flood hit areas of Jammu & Kashmir .

In the Jammu region out of damaged seventeen 33/11KV Sub Stations , Fourteen have been restored which are feeding important area like Beli Gulaba, Malhouri, Mandi , MES and Rajouri . Efforts are on to restore the remaining 3 lines soon.

While in Srinagar area, 132 KV Sub Station at Bemina , which is very vital for power supply to the valley , was restored on the 16th of this month. Out of thirty six 33/11 KV Sub Stations which were damaged due to the floods , many have been restored. These distribution sub stations feed areas like Peerbagh, Silk Factory, Badami Bagh and Karan Nagar. In the valley, power demand up to 704 MV has been restored which is almost 88 percent of the normal load.

In order to augment the efforts for faster restoration of power , states like Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka,and many private agencies responded to the call by the Secretary (Power) and offered their help in the form power distribution materials .

Disruption of electricity was severe in most of the areas of J&K, which witnessed disastrous floods in its history of last six decades. There was huge damage of high tension, low tension lines, transformers and Sub Stations which were either submerged or washed away. The Union Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal instructed the senior officers of Power sector CPSUs to rush to J&K immediately and assess the situation. For immediate restoration of power, the Ministry of Power authorized POWERGRID, as its nodal agency to assist J&K Power Department (JKPDD) in restoration of transmission lines and distribution system. Emergency Restoration System (ERS) was immediately deployed by POWERGRID for four 132 kV lines in Jammu region and for one 132 kV line in Srinagar region. For distribution lines and substations, team of POWERGRID along with JKPDD started working simultaneously. Control rooms were opened at Ministry of Power, Delhi and sub-control rooms at POWERGRID offices at Gurgaon, Jammu & Wagoora. Subsequently teams were mobilized to identify the power disrupted areas with priorities for faster restoration of damaged power lines. The Minister also gave directions to dispatch 10,000 solar lamps with chargers immediately for distribution in flood affected areas.

Coal India Limited was also asked to dispatch heavy duty dewatering pumps to the affected areas.