DoNER Ministry alongwith Tezpur University to encourage entrepreneurship in Northeast

Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), jointly with the Department of Business Administration, Tezpur University and North Eastern Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi), is coming up with a Business Idea Challenge to encourage entrepreneurship in the North-East Region (NER). The annual industry-academia interface event “Sampark”, which will see the DoNER Ministry’s involvement for the first time, brings the spirit of entrepreneurship in the region. 

The event will take place on March 3, 2017 and will be the 17th edition in the series. To encourage the students towards entrepreneurship, a Pioneering Business Idea Challenge 2017 is being organized as a part of the event. The contest is open to any student of North Eastern Region, having a business idea. The winners will not only receive prizes but also get a chance to present the ideas before the funding agencies for probable financing. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive Rs.20,000, Rs.15,000 and Rs.10,000 respectively. The contest is open till 26th February, 2017 and the details are available at Tezpur University website and at dare2compete.com. 

Addressing a curtain raiser press conference at the University campus recently, Professor Subhrangshu Sekhar Sarkar, faculty coordinator, Sampark 2017 appreciated the efforts of DoNER Ministry, Government of India and said that the Ministry is very serious about promoting entrepreneurship in the NER and the event is expected to create a platform towards awareness and initiation for entrepreneurship development based on natural resources of this region. 

Sampark 2017 will have different sessions to motivate the students to be addressed by established entrepreneurs, prominent start-ups. A session on Act East Policy (One of India’s foreign policy effort to cultivate extensive economic and strategic relations with the nations of Southeast Asia) will also feature in the event. There will be an exclusive interaction where the funding agencies represented by respective heads of the NER will clarify various queries of the prospective entrepreneurs and start-ups. 

Shri Naveen Verma, Secretary, DoNER, Government of India, will be the Chief Guest. Shri S.N. Pradhan, Joint Secretary, DoNER and Shri B. Paul Muktieh, Chairman and Managing Director, North East Development Finance Corporation Ltd. will be the other prominent dignitaries to grace the event. Prof. Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri, Vice Chancellor, Tezpur University will preside over the Inaugural Session. 

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Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) launches a Mobile Application for Goods and Services Tax (GST) to inform the taxpayers of the latest updates on GST among others.

In step with the Government’s Digital India initiative, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has launched a mobile application for Goods and Services Tax.

Taxpayers can readily access a host of GST information such as:

· Migration to GST-Approach and guidelines for migration

· Draft Law-Model GST Law, IGST Law and GST Compensation Law

· Draft Rules-Rules related to Registration, Returns, Payment, Refund and Invoice

· Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on GST

· Various resources on GST such a videos, articles etc.

· Related Website Links

· Helpdesk/Email Contact

The Mobile Application enables taxpayers to be well informed of the latest updates on GST. Taxpayers can also provide feedback and contact CBEC’s 24x7 helpdesk “CBEC Mitra” through a toll-free number or email, at the touch of a button.

The mobile application can be downloaded free of cost on Android platforms. The iOS version will be made available shortly.

With its elegant and easy-to-use interface, the GST Mobile Application is a yet another initiative by CBEC towards improving ease of doing business and providing outstanding taxpayer services.



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The Union Finance Minister will leave tomorrow for London, UK on a five-day official visit: FM to hold business interaction with UK-India Business Council, meet his UK counterpart and the Chancellor of Exchequer ,To deliver talk at London School of Economics on ‘Transforming India: Vision for the Next Decade” among others.

The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Aurn Jaitley will leave early morning tomorrow on a five day official visit to London U.K. from 24th to 28th February, 2017. On Saturday, 25th February, 2017, the Finance Minister will deliver a talk at London School of Economics on ‘Transforming India: Vision for the Next Decade”. 

On Sunday, 26th February, 2017, the Finance Minister Shri Jaitley will attend a reception being organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), British Council and Indian High Commission at UK. 

On Monday, 27th February, 2017, the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley will perform Market Opening Ceremony at London Stock Exchange followed by a Roundtable Meeting with prospective issuers and leading investors and fintech leaders among others. Later in the day, the Finance Minister Shri Jaitley will have Business interaction with over 100 senior business leaders from the UK-India Business Council (UKIBC). Later, the Finance Minster will call on The Rt. Hon Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary of UK. 

The Finance Minister will also attend a reception being hosted by Her Majesty, the Queen at Buckingham Palace in the evening on that day. 

On Tuesday, 28th February, 2017 the Finance Minister Shri Jaitley will also meet with his UK counterpart and the Chancellor of Exchequer. Thereafter, the Finance Minister will meet with CEOs at a meeting being organized by the Confederation of British Industry before leaving back for home in the evening on the same. The Finance Minister will arrive in the national capital early morning on 1st March, 2017 after completing his five day official visit to the U.K. 




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DoNER Ministry alongwith Tezpur University to encourage entrepreneurship in Northeast

Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), jointly with the Department of Business Administration, Tezpur University and North Eastern Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi), is coming up with a Business Idea Challenge to encourage entrepreneurship in the North-East Region (NER). The annual industry-academia interface event “Sampark”, which will see the DoNER Ministry’s involvement for the first time, brings the spirit of entrepreneurship in the region. 

The event will take place on March 3, 2017 and will be the 17th edition in the series. To encourage the students towards entrepreneurship, a Pioneering Business Idea Challenge 2017 is being organized as a part of the event. The contest is open to any student of North Eastern Region, having a business idea. The winners will not only receive prizes but also get a chance to present the ideas before the funding agencies for probable financing. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive Rs.20,000, Rs.15,000 and Rs.10,000 respectively. The contest is open till 26th February, 2017 and the details are available at Tezpur University website and at dare2compete.com. 

Addressing a curtain raiser press conference at the University campus recently, Professor Subhrangshu Sekhar Sarkar, faculty coordinator, Sampark 2017 appreciated the efforts of DoNER Ministry, Government of India and said that the Ministry is very serious about promoting entrepreneurship in the NER and the event is expected to create a platform towards awareness and initiation for entrepreneurship development based on natural resources of this region. 

Sampark 2017 will have different sessions to motivate the students to be addressed by established entrepreneurs, prominent start-ups. A session on Act East Policy (One of India’s foreign policy effort to cultivate extensive economic and strategic relations with the nations of Southeast Asia) will also feature in the event. There will be an exclusive interaction where the funding agencies represented by respective heads of the NER will clarify various queries of the prospective entrepreneurs and start-ups. 

Shri Naveen Verma, Secretary, DoNER, Government of India, will be the Chief Guest. Shri S.N. Pradhan, Joint Secretary, DoNER and Shri B. Paul Muktieh, Chairman and Managing Director, North East Development Finance Corporation Ltd. will be the other prominent dignitaries to grace the event. Prof. Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri, Vice Chancellor, Tezpur University will preside over the Inaugural Session. 



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6 km long Bet Dwarka Darshan Circuit in Gujarat to be developed at a cost of Rs.16.27 cr under HRIDAY

Ministry of Urban Development today approved development of 6 km long Bet Dwarka Darshan Circuit in Gujarat at a cost of Rs.16.27 cr under the Central Scheme ‘Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY)’.
HRIDAY National Empowered Committee chaired by Shri Rajiv Gauba, Secretary (UD) has approved the circuit connecting the famous Dwarkadish Haveli and Hanuman Dandi, the only temple housing Hanumanji and his son Makardhwaj, in Dwarka district of Gujarat. There are two important water bodies along the circuit viz., Ranchod Talav and Shankhudhar Lake.
Darshan Circuit works to be taken up include development of streets and pedestrian pathways, laying of cycle tracks along beach side, plantation, provision of benches, resting spaces, changing rooms, drinking water and toilet facilities, craft and food bazar, signages, LED lighting, plazas for vending spaces etc.
Under HRIDAY launched on January 21, 2015, heritage related infrastructure development is being taken up in 12 identified cities including Dwarka-Bet Dwarka at a total cost of Rs.500 cr. so far, projects with an investment of Rs.420 cr have been approved for all 12 mission cities.


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Indian Law Institute discusses Media and Human Rights

The Indian Law Institute Delhi and National Human Rights commission successfully organized One Day Programme for Media Personnel and Government Public Relation Officers on ‘Media and Human Rights: Issues and Challenges’. Around 50 Government Public Relation Officers, Media Personnel’s, Advocates, Academicians and Students actively participated in the programme.
Dr. Ranjit Singh, Joint Secretary (P&A), NHRC discussed on the subject while tracing the historical antecedents of the role of media on the protection and promotion of human rights. He shared his opinion that media is the voice of the people, media is the right and entitlement and it is undoubtedly a very important instrument in channelizing the youth while reaching to the unreached.
Prof. (Dr.) Manoj Kumar Sinha, the Director of the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi and a renowned expert of International Law and Human Rights elucidated the impact of media on the protection and promotion of human rights while discussing the international and national perspective of the subject.
The One day programme ended with the interactive sessions actively initiated by the participants and the experts.
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INS Betwa on Even Keel: to be Fully Operational by Apr 2018

INS Betwa, a P-16A Class frigate has been made upright by the unstinted efforts put in by the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai and the salvage firm M/s Resolve Marine, specially contracted for the operation. It may be recalled that, the ship which was undergoing major repairs, had keeled on to her side during her undocking on 05 Dec 2016. 

The salvage operations were progressed on a war footing and the initial stabilisation of the ship was achieved by 29 Dec 2016. The complete salvage operation involving complex hydrodynamic calculations and rigging up of intricate measuring and monitoring systems was completed in less than two months. 

As the ship was undergoing major refit and mid-life up-gradation since Apr 2016, majority of the equipment/ machinery had already been removed for routine servicing/ replacement with upgraded equipment. 

Indian Navy is confident that with in-house expertise and sustained efforts, the ship will be made fully operational by her scheduled date of refit completion i.e by Apr 2018. 

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