Prime Minister told scientists to- “Link Technology with Common Man’s Life”- while inaugurating the CSIR Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

“CSIR is a reflection of India in its diversity and heterogeneity and has left its indelible mark in every sphere of activities of the nation while playing a pivotal role in the development of Modern India by its all-round approach to Research & Development”, said the Prime Minister of India and the President of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). Shri Narendra Modi was addressing a distinguished gathering on the occasion of Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of CSIR, Ministry of Science & Technology here today.
The Prime Minister said that he looks forward to CSIR making an important contribution to the current Government’s mandate of doubling the income of the farmers’ income by 2022, the year the country celebrates 75 years of its Independence. In his message to the science fraternity across the country, Shri Modi stressed upon the urgent need to find technological solutions to address major problems being faced by the farmers, not only in terms of increasing the yield of the produce but also in growing crops in the wasteland areas through initiatives like ‘Per Drop More Crop’. He said we should have another objective which should be “an inch of land, and a bunch of crops.”
Shri Modi said that considering the contributions of CSIR over the last 75 years, the nation has large expectations from CSIR in delivering for the nation in the time-bound manner. This could be possible only by synergizing its activities and outcomes with all important functionaries in the entire value chain of taking the technology to masses, including all the important stakeholders, the government, industry, society and the ultimate users. Shri Modi gave a call to the scientific community to personally mentor science students to give shape to their ideas & energy and give India ‘Research Entrepreneurs’ of tomorrow.
The Prime Minister noted that CSIR has contributed significantly in Health sector. However, today when the nation faces the challenge of diseases like TB, Chikungunya, Dengue, etc, CSIR should also focus on development of affordable diagnostics that would help in the prevention of epidemics. He added that development of technologies enabling affordable products is the key to today’s world’s economy scenario that would not only cater to the domestic requirements but also help improve the country’s exports.
Earlier, Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan while thanking the Prime Minister for his valuable support and guidance, assured him that CSIR, which stands among top 100 R&D institutions in the world, would definitely deliver to the nation in a time-bound manner. CSIR, with the best minds and infrastructure is striving towards transforming the Brain Drain towards Brain Gain for India, he added.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister released seven new plant varieties developed by CSIR laboratories to the farmers located at five different locations. These varieties included: Citronella, Rose-scented Geranium, Lemongrass, Calla-Lily, new turmeric, Vetiver & Gerbera. The Prime Minister also interacted with the farmers at these places on prospects of farming these. He candidly urged farmers via video-conferencing to strive for taking a quantum jump in agriculture with the help of science & technology. He encouraged them to increase the use of modern technology and participation of youth in agriculture, concentrate on value addition based agriculture and explore different markets for their produce. Government stands firmly behind each citizen in his endeavors, he added. These new plant varieties, developed by CSIR labs in partnership with the state agriculture departments and universities over a span of five years, are expected to benefit the farmers in terms of additional income as a result of substantial increase in the agriculture yield.
The PM earlier witnessed an exclusive exhibition of major technological contributions of CSIR, including the ones that are in pipeline and have great potential of delivery to remove the drudgery of common masses, largely in the areas of healthcare, water conservation, solid waste management, waste-to-wealth, Communication & IT, housing, industrial competitiveness, and contributions to the strategic sector.
Later, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards, 2012-15, country’s highest award in science and other CSIR Awards were presented by Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S. Chowdary and Dr. Girish Sahni, Director General, CSIR.
Speaking on the occasion the Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S. Chowdary he envisioned a quantum jump in the field of Science & Technology Research and gave a call to the scientific fraternity to work dedicatedly for the ‘Target Nobel Prize’. The Ministry stands firmly behind all the efforts made in this direction, he added.
The distinguished gathering consisted of Senior scientists, Directors of National Science Institutions, awardees and 150 Sciences students.

Shri J P Nadda inaugurates 20th session of WHO/FAO Coordinating Committee of Asia

India committed to adhering to international food safety standards: J P Nadda
“India is committed to adhering to international food safety standards.” This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare at the inauguration of the 20th Session of the WHO/FAO Coordinating Committee of Asia (CCASIA), here today. He further added that there is a need for CCASIA to focus on standardization of foods/cuisines of Asian origin and popularize them internationally and facilitate their global trade.
Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare also graced the occasion.
Speaking at the event, Shri Nadda stated that CCAsia should work on the communication strategy and standardisation of processes, which shall be the contribution to Codex. There is an urgent need for enhancing awareness about the work of Codex in different countries and amongst key stakeholders, he noted. “The benefits of the work done by Codex Alimentarius could be further spread among all countries, especially in the developing countries that comprise almost 70% of the world population,” the Health Minister added.
Shri Nadda also highlighted the need for capacity building among the Asian countries. “There is a felt need for more coordinated action in the region on food standard related areas,” said Shri Nadda while underscoring the need for the Codex member countries to pool their resources and provide support to least developed countries in the region.
The Health Minister further mentioned that Codex has developed important standards and guidelines for different categories of food, national standards need to be harmonised with those of Codex to achieve an appropriate level of human health protection and fair practices in international trade. “We, in India, have already embarked on this harmonization process,” The Health Minister elaborated.
Shri Nadda again urged the Codex member countries to make Codex standard setting inclusive and continue to work collectively in this endeavor.
Addressing the participants, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare said that it is imperative to lay down standards for food so that the food safety is ensured and the difficulties in trade of safe food are eliminated. Appreciating the work done by Codex Shri Faggan Singh further stated that the standards developed by Codex are accepted worldwide as these are science based and developed in an inclusive and transparent manner. “In essence, the Codex Alimentarius has reached every continent, and its contribution to the protection of public health and fair trade practices is immeasurable,” Shri Faggan Singh added.
Also present at the function were members of the food sector fraternity including the science community, industry and industry associations, consumer and citizen organizations, international organizations and foreign missions, experts and government officials from Central ministries and States and other key stakeholders.
Shri Shyam Khadka, Representative of the FAO in India, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director, Shri Ashish Bahuguna, Chairperson, FSSAI, Shri Sanjay Dave, Chairperson Coordinating Committee of Asia (CCASIA) and Ms. Anamaria Bruno, Senior Food Standards Officer, Codex Secretariat were also present at the inaugural ceremony.

Exercise Yudh Abhyas 16 : Validation Exercise Completed

Over the duration of past two weeks, Armies of India and USA have participated in Exercise Yudh Abhyas at Chaubattia. The exercise aimed at building positive military relations between the two countries and allowed the two armies to understand each other’s tactical and operational methodologies.The training culminated in a 48 hours consolidation and validation exercise in which troops carried out a daring rescue and destroy mission in the general area of Pilkholi near Chaubattia. 

The exercise was conducted with focus on counter Insurgency and counter terrorism operations under UN Mandate. During final validation, troops were inducted by helicopters into a notional hostile area in the heavily forested areas of Chaubattia, at heights ranging from 6000 feet to 7800 feet. It involved the complete spectrum of operations to include planning, preparation and execution of tactical drills to neutralize terrorists. 

The exercise began with a march of approx 6 kilometers with complete battle loads of almost 30 kilograms on each soldier; where in the physical fitness of the soldiers of both nations is put to acid test. The tactical picture painted required both the contingents to carry out various tactical operations to include Raid and Cordon & Search operations. Emphasis is also laid on use of state of the art equipment for surveillance, tracking and identification of terrorists, use of specialist weapons for close quarter battles, sensing & neutralizing IEDs and establishing effective communication. 

The validation exercise was reviewed by Major General RK Raina, General Officer Commanding of a Division of the Indian Army and Major General Thomas James, Commanding General, 7 Infantry Division of the US Army. A host of dignitaries and number of Senior Officers of both the armies observedthe validation exercise. 

The exercise was concluded with de-briefing by the contingent commanders and valuable suggestions by the senior reviewing officers of both sides, which would be recorded for implementation in the training by both armies. 

Closing ceremony of exercise Yudh Abhyas 2016 is scheduled on 27 Sep

PM Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates CSIR’s Platinum Jubilee Function on the occasion of its 75th Foundation Day

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today inaugurated CSIR’s Platinum Jubilee Function on the occasion of its 75th Foundation Day. 

The Prime Minister visited an exhibition showcasing several initiatives of CSIR. He also dedicated some medicinal and aromatic plant varieties to the nation, interacted with farmers from five different locations across the country: Hyderabad, Cuddalore, Jammu, Jorhat and Palampur. 

Speaking on the occasion, he said that starting with the indelible ink which is the hallmark of our democratic fabric, CSIR has left an indelible mark on every sphere of life. He urged CSIR to create an 'Ease of doing Technology Business' platform to bring in right stakeholders so technologies reach beneficiaries. 

The Prime Minister said history bears witness to the fact that no nation can develop, unless it has the benefit of science and technology. He said that a successful technology is one, which provides benefit to the common man. Complimenting CSIR for it contributions to the nation over the last 75 years, the Prime Minister said he expected a lot more from the organization in the future. He said it is important to connect science with citizens in this century, which is technology driven. 

The Prime Minister said an attempt should be made to give maximum opportunity to students to perform research at CSIR Laboratories. He added that CSIR has a key role to play in the emergence of new entrepreneurs in the country. Talking about agriculture productivity, he said that while he has always stressed on “per drop, more crop,” another objective should be “an inch of land, and a bunch of crops.” 

The Prime Minister later came down from the dais, to interact with schoolchildren who were present in the audience at Vigyan Bhawan.

BRICS Football Tournament Logo to be unveiled today

The First BRICS Under-17 Football Tournament, a Government of India initiative, is being held in Goa in October 2016. This Tournament will be played amongst the five BRICS countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The dates of the Tournament have been coordinated to culminate with the Eighth Annual BRICS Summit, also being held at Goa.
An Organising Committee for BRICS Football Tournament has been constitutedas the apex committee for management and organisation of the Tournament. The Tournament promises to be a legacy event, setting very high standards in technical proficiency and impeccable standards of service to be provided to players, officials and spectators.
Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs (Independent Charge), Shri Vijay Goel will unveil the BRICS U-17 Football Logo at a ceremony to be held at the Bambolim Stadium later today.

The Tournament is set to commence on October 5 and the Bambolim Stadium will witness two matches every alternate day. The Final of the Tournament is scheduled to be held at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Fatorda on October 15.

BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Meeting Tomorrow

Curtain Raiser

            BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Meeting begins tomorrow( being held on September, 27th- 28th, 2016)  in  New Delhi.  Ministers will deliberate to adopt the BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Declaration.  The Two day Meeting will have dedicated sessions on key thematic areas, i) Employment Generation,    ii) Social Security, iii) Inclusive Development Including Formalization.  International Organizations viz. ILO, ISSA and Academia’s are also participating and providing their research inputs to the deliberation.  Following the tripartite model of dialogue, the national social partners of BRICS countries are also participating in the deliberations.  At Valedictory Session, there would be Adoption of BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ Declaration.
The 1st Meeting of BRICS Employment Working Group (BEWG) was held on 27th – 28th July, 2016 at Hyderabad.   During this Meeting broad consensus were achieved on ‘Employment Generation for Inclusive Growth’, ‘Possible Social Security Agreement among BRICS nations’ and ‘Networking of Labour Institutes of BRICS nations’ to include in the BRICS Ministerial declaration for their subsequent discussion.

India has assumed the Presidency of BRICS in February,2016 and hosting the 8th BRICS Summit 2016 under India’s Chairmanship scheduled to be held on 15th-16th October, 2016 at Goa.  The theme of India’s BRICS Chairmanship is “Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions”.
In the prelude to the final meeting of BRICS, a series of Meetings from participating Ministries are being held at various places in India. Following the recommendation of BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Meeting in Ufa, Russia under Russia Presidency.  The BRICS Employment Working Group has been constituted to deliberate on common issues and challenges facing the world of work in BRICS nations and to formulate appropriate & coordinated policy reforms.

Appointment of DG CISF, NSG and NDRF

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved the following:

(i)                 Shri O.P. Singh, IPS (UP:83)  presently working as DG, NDRF (ADG level) to the post of Director General, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in the HAG+ pay scale (pre-revised) from the date of joining the post and up to the date of his superannuation i.e. up to 31.01.2020 or until further orders, whichever is earlier;
(ii)               Shri Sudhir Pratap Singh, IPS (RJ:83) presently working as ADG, CRPF to the to the post of Director General, National Security Guard (NSG) in HAG+ pay scale (pre revised) from the date of joining the post and up to the date of this superannuation i.e. up to 31.01.2018 or until further orders, whichever is earlier;
(iii)             Shri R. K. Pachnanda, IPS (WB:83) presently working as ADG, CISF to the post of DG, NDRF in the HAG+ pay scale (pre revised) from the date of joining the post and up to the date of his superannuation i.e. up to 31.01.2018 or until further orders whichever is earlier.
(iv)             Cancellation of appointment order of Shri P.C. Thakur, IPS (GJ:79) as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards.