DIPP Constitutes IPR Think Tank to Draft National Intellectual Property Rights Policy

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has constituted a IPR Think Tank to draft the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy and to advice the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion on IPR issues.

2.         The composition of the IPR Think Tank will be as follows:-
i.                      Justice Prabha Sridevan, Chairperson, IPR Think Tank;
ii.                   Ms. Pratibha Singh, Advocate, Singh & Singh Associates, Member;
iii.                  Ms. Punita Bhargava, Advocate, Inventure IP, Member;
iv.                 Dr. Unnat Pandit, Cadila Pharmaceuticals Limited, Member;
v.                   Shri Rajeev Srinivasan, Director, Asian School of Business, Thiruvananthapuram, Member; and
vi.                 Shri Narendra K. Sabarwal, Retired DDG, WIPO, Member and Convener.
3.         The terms of reference of the IPR Think Tank will be as follows;-
         i.            To draft National Intellectual Property Rights Policy.
       ii.            To identify areas in the IPRs where study needs to be conducted and to furnish recommendations in this regard to the Ministry.
      iii.            To provide views on the possible implications of demands placed by the negotiating partners. 
     iv.            To keep the Government regularly informed about the developments taking place in IPR cases which have an impact upon India's IPR Policy.
       v.            To advise the Government on best practices to be followed in Trademark Offices, Patent Offices and other Government Offices dealing with IPR in order to create an efficient and transparent system of functioning in the said offices.
     vi.            To prepare periodic reports on best practice followed in foreign countries.
    vii.            To highlight anomalies in the present IPR legislations and to advice possible solutions to the Ministry. 
  viii.            To give suggestions on the steps that may be taken for improving infrastructure in IP offices and Tribunals. 
     ix.            To examine the current issues raised by industry associations and those that may have appeared in media and to give suggestions to the Ministry on such issues.

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Electronic Toll Collection System to be Inaugurated on October 31, 2014


The launching of the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system has been rescheduled. The Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari will now inaugurate the system on October 31, 2014 instead of October 27. ETC has already been installed at 55 Toll Plazas and their integration with Central Clearing House (CCH) operators has almost been completed on the Delhi-Mumbai route via Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. A pilot project for Interoperable ETC system of 10 toll plazas between Mumbai (Charoti) and Ahmadabad has already been tested and seamless ETC on this section is successfully in operation.

The Central Government has issued orders to incorporate ETC lanes as a mandatory clause in the contracts awarded for all the Highways projects in future. Action will be taken to include ETC system by means of supplementary agreement in those projects which have not yet been started. For implementing ETC across the country, a new company under Company`s Act 1956, with equity participation from NHAI (25%), Concessionaires (50%) and Financial Institutions (25%) has already been constituted. The name of the new company is“Indian Highways Management Company Limited”.

The objectives of the proposed new company are collection of toll through ETC and to manage the project strategically, administratively, legally, technically and commercially providing services of central ETC system which includes toll transaction clearing house operations, helpdesk support and setting up of call centres for incident management and intelligent transport systems among others. Necessary amendments have already been made in the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 for fitment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)tag on vehicles for ETC.

Apart from Rs 2.48 crore released in 2012-13, an amount of Rs 17.288 crore has been released during the Financial Year 2013-14 for implementing ETC on 51 public funded projects operated by NHAI. Service Provider Agreement for CCH Services for Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) between Indian Highways Management Company Ltd (IHMCL) and ICICI Bank along with Axis Bank has been signed. The Government of India has embarked on an ambitious plan for building India’s highway network through various phases of the national highways development project (NHDP) which are being financed largely through user fees collected from the users of the improved highways. The existing National Highways need regular maintenance and up gradation for which fund mobilisation is an important factor. This underlines the need for large scale tolling of the highways.

The common method of toll collection is by having a vehicle passed through a toll plaza where it pays the toll. The user fee (toll) for the National Highways is levied as per the National Highway Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008 and its amendments. For projects completed for which agreements/contracts signed before 5th December 2008, the earlier set of National Highways (Rate of Fee) Rules, 1997 apply. The user fee is collected at the toll plazas as per the notifications issued under Section 7 of the National Highways Act, 1956.

At present there are some problems in collecting tolls. These are by way of not having auniform rate throughout various sections of National Highways in India. Secondly, BOT (Toll), BOT (Annuity) and Public Funded Projects have different toll collecting agencies, which is an impediment for a uniform acceptable standard of service to the commuters. There are many complaints of overcharging and undercharging. There are many complaints on non-reporting/under-reporting of the toll fee collected by the agents who are entrusted for the collection. There is congestion and crowding of vehicles at toll booths leading to wastage of time and fuel etc.

In order to remove the bottlenecks and ensure seamless movement of traffic and collection of toll as per the notified rates, Government had constituted a committee on Electronic Toll Collection technology for use on National Highways under the chairmanship of Shri Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India. This Committee`s mandate was to examine all technologies available for ETC and recommend the most suitable technology for local conditions. Considering user convenience, rate of acceptance and ease of implementation, passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based on EPC, Gen-2, ISO 18000-6C Standards for ETC technology was adopted by the Government.

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Observance of the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on 31st October

The Government has decided to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) on 31st October every year. This occasion will provide an opportunity to re-affirm the inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand the actual and potential threats to the unity, integrity and security of our country. 

All the Government Offices, Public Sector Undertakings and other Public Institutions will arrange a pledge taking ceremony to observe the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has been requested to issue suitable instructions that the students of Schools and Colleges may be administered the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge to motivate them to strive to maintain the unity and integrity of the country. 

All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and all the State Governments/Administrators of all the Union Territories have been requested to organize appropriate programmes on the occasion in a befitting manner, including the ‘Pledge-taking Ceremony’, ‘Run for Unity’ involving people from all sections of society, March-Past in the evening by the Police, the Central Armed Police Forces and other organizations like the National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS), Scouts and Guides, Home Guards etc. 

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Dr Harsh Vardhan offers cooperation to Pakistan to end polio

On World Polio Day asks all stakeholders to fight without complacency
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister, has offered the Government of Pakistan full cooperation in helping eradicate polio from that country. Pakistan today accounts for 85 percent of the world’s polio cases today, a cause for concern for India, her immediate neighbour to the east.

On the occasion of the World Polio Day, Dr Harsh Vardhan welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister, Mr Nawaz Sharif’s recent declaration of adoption of a “National Emergency Action Plan-2014”. The programme will be fully State funded till 2018.

“I have been through the plan and find that the script is perfect. Pakistan has resolved to set up monitoring cells at the grassroots level. They are also talking of involving social groups, a strategy which worked wonderfully in India,” the Minister said.

India’s social mobilisation network for the fight against polio, which was originally conceived in Delhi in 1994 when Dr Harsh Vardhan was Health Minister of the state, has been lauded by all international organisations including World Health Organisation, UNICEF, Rotary International and United States Centre for Disease Control.

Dr Harsh Vardhan noted, “This particular model would stand Pakistan in good stead in her own anti-Polio drive. Unless all stakeholders in society, most importantly in Pakistan’s context her religious clergy, are involved, it would be impossible to achieve total polio eradication.”

Recalling the Joint Statement issued at the end of the Foreign Minister-level talks in September 2012, Dr Harsh Vardhan pointed out that the two countries had already talked of institutionalising cooperation on polio eradication through the mechanism of a Joint Working Group. There is also a technical level working group in the area of Health cooperation.

However, there was no significant progress on this front. India achieved full freedom from polio in January 2014 due to the fact that not a single new case had been detected since January 2011.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “This year’s World Polio Day is an emotional experience for me because it is the first to be observed since we became a polio free nation. When I launched the first Pulse Polio drive in Delhi in 1994 this seemed an impossible dream.”

Dr Harsh Vardhan, who has received awards from WHO, Rotary Foundation, Lions International, Indian Medical Association and many other national and international institutions for his pioneering work in polio eradication, remarked: “World Polio Day is for acknowledging that disease does not respect national borders. Globally, since 1998, more than 40 countries that had been polio-free, have suffered from one or more importations of wild poliovirus.”

In the context of Pakistan and Afghanistan, polio is just a bus ride away. Dr Harsh Vardhan said that special measures have been put in place at border crossings. These include vaccination facilities for travellers travelling both ways to Pakistan and having emergency response plans in place along with teams to execute them.

The Ministry of Health is taking steps to introduce the injectable polio virus in the Universal Immunisation Programme from 2015. This is in line with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s action plan to replace oral vaccines with the injectable variety.

Dr Harsh Vardhan stressed, “We should not lose sight of the most fundamentally important measure—maintaining the old tempo of our immunisation campaign.”

Dr NataMenabde, WHO’s Representative in India, said on the occasion, “We are using the lessons learnt from polio eradication to strengthen routine immunisation in India. The polio infrastructure is now also being used for other health interventions, especially to protect our children from vaccine-preventable and other diseases.”

Mr Deepak Kapur, Rotary International’s India PolioPlus chair, echoed Dr Harsh Vardhan’s sentiments on Pakistan. He said that the fight against polio should be a global mission because no child in India is free till the disease is eradicated everywhere.

“India’s experience of eradicating polio proves that the obstacles which stand in the way of our ambitious goals for children can be overcome. UNICEF remains a committed partner in the polio eradication effort and our social mobilization network will continue to be active and harness this great momentum and leverage it for broader health initiatives for improving the lives of children,” said Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India Representative.

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Observance of the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on 31st October

The Government has decided to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) on 31st October every year. This occasion will provide an opportunity to re-affirm the inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand the actual and potential threats to the unity, integrity and security of our country. 

All the Government Offices, Public Sector Undertakings and other Public Institutions will arrange a pledge taking ceremony to observe the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has been requested to issue suitable instructions that the students of Schools and Colleges may be administered the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge to motivate them to strive to maintain the unity and integrity of the country. 

All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and all the State Governments/Administrators of all the Union Territories have been requested to organize appropriate programmes on the occasion in a befitting manner, including the ‘Pledge-taking Ceremony’, ‘Run for Unity’ involving people from all sections of society, March-Past in the evening by the Police, the Central Armed Police Forces and other organizations like the National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS), Scouts and Guides, Home Guards etc. 

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Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu adopts Hudhud cyclone ravaged village of Andhra Pradesh for rehabilitation

Suggests a special body for developing Visakhapatnam as Smart City
Shri Naidu reviews rehabilitation measures; seeks rescheduling of bank loans
Visakhapatnam Steel Plants contributes Rs.5.00 cr for rehabilitation
Urban Development Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has adopted ‘ChepalaUppada’ village of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh for rehabilitation and development in the aftermath of recent cyclone ‘Hudhud’ that ravaged north coastal districts of the state. This fishermen village and the surrounding hamlets were severely affected by the cyclone. Shri Naidu has decided to donate his one month salary besides a contribution of Rs.25.00 lakhs from MPLADS funds for rebuilding of ‘ChepalaUppada’ village and adjoining hamlets. Resources will also be mobilized from other sources like Trusts and NGOs in this regard. Nellore based ‘SwarnaBharati Trust’ offered Rs.10.00 lakhs for rehabilitation of this village.

Over the last two days, Shri Venkaiah Naidu has extensively toured the cyclone affected areas of north coastal Andhra Pradesh for an assessment of the ongoing rehabilitation efforts. He convened a meeting of representatives of over 20 central government departments and agencies at Visakhapatnam and reviewed the measures being taken for restoration of different kinds of services to the public. He also reviewed the progress on the rehabilitation front with Collectors of Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts. Shri Naidu also discussed the situation with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Shri N.Chandrababu Naidu.

Visakhapatnam Steel Plant(VSP) management handed over a Cheque of Rs.5.00 cr to Shri Venkaiah Naidu for rehabilitation of Hudhud affected areas.

During his discussions with AP Chief Minister, Shri Venkaiah Naidu suggested that a separate entity may be created for integrated development of Visakhapatnam with representation from the central government for promoting ‘Smart City’ features.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu spoke to Finance Minister Shri ArunJaitely over phone and urged him to direct the concerned for speedy settlement of insurance claims and rescheduling of bank loans of all the cyclone affected. Shri Jaitely assured Shri Naidu that needful would be done.

Expressing concern over soil erosion of beaches of Visakhapatnam, Shri Venkaiah Naidu said, this issue will be taken up with the union environment ministry for taking long term measures. He directed the municipal authority to take necessary awareness generation measures for preventing littering of beaches as part of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission.’ He also participated in the cleaning of beaches along with local people.

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India’s Performance at 2nd Asian Para Games 2014 on 22nd and 23rd October, 2014

India won 6 medals (1Gold, 1Silver & 4 Bronze) on 22 October, 2014 and 11 medals (5 Silver & 6 Bronze) on 23 October, 2014 at 2nd Asian Para Games 2014. The names of the medal winners are as follows:-


22 October, 2014
Sl. No.
Name of Athlete(s)
Event
Medal
1
Parmar Parul Dalsukhbhai
Badminton – Women’s Singles (SL 3)
Gold
2
Deepa Mailk
Athletics – Javelin Throw (F53/ F54)
Silver
3
Karamjyoti
Athletics – Shot-put (F55/ F56)
Bronze
4
Pramod Bhagat
Badminton – Men’s Singles (SL 3)
Bronze
5
Prashant Karmakar
Aquatics – 100 M Breast Stroke (SB9)
Bronze
6
Sharath Gayakwad
Aquatics – 100 M Back Stroke (SB8)
Bronze

23 October, 2014
Sl. No.
Name of Athlete(s)
Event
Medal
1
Ankur Dharma
Athletics – 800 Mts (T 11)
Silver
2
Manoj Shankar
Badminton – Singles (SL3)
Silver
3
Tarun
Badminton – Singles (SL4)
Silver
4
Raj Kumar; Rakesh Pandey
Badminton – Men’s Doubles (SL 3, 4 / SU 5)
Silver
5
Raj Kumar;  Parmar Parul Dalsukhbhai
Badminton – Mixed Doubles (SL 3, 4 / SU 5)
Silver
6
Mohammed Ali
Athletics – 800 Mts (T 11)
Bronze
7
Jaydeepkumar Singh;Ramesh Kumar; Manoharan Janakiraman; Karmpal
Judo – Men’s Team (B2 / B3)
Bronze
8
Priyanka Annasaheb; Pappath Chinnaswamy ; Monish Sundaramoorthy ; Vijayashanthi Ravi
Judo – Women’s Team (B2 / B3)
Bronze
9
Sharath Gayakwad
Aquatics - 50m Free Style (S8)
Bronze
10
Mahesh Shashank; Swapnil Sanjay; Prashant Karmakar; Niranjan Mukundan
Aquatics - 4 X 400 Relay Freestyle (49 P)
Bronze
11
Mahesh Shashank; Swapnil Sanjay; Prashant Karmakar; Niranjan Mukundan
Aquatics - 4 X 400 Relay Freestyle (49 P)
Bronze

Minister for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has congratulated all the medal winners. 

At the end of the day 6 India’s medal tally was 33 medals (3 Gold, 12 Silver and 18 Bronze).

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