Bernhard Gerwert, CEO, Airbus Defence and Space, calls on PM

Mr. Bernhard Gerwert, CEO, Airbus Defence and Space, called on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today. 

They discussed various projects in India, in the aerospace, defence and civil aviation sectors. Mr. Gerwert recalled the Prime Minister's visit to the Airbus manufacturing facility in Toulouse, in April, and the positive atmosphere and interest generated as a result of it. He expressed Airbus's keen interest in becoming a partner in the "Make in India" initiative, through a cluster approach with regional partners. The Prime Minister welcomed the interest shown by Airbus, in India.


PM writes to the Prime Minister of Finland

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has written to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland, H.E. Mr. Juha Sipila, congratulating him, on his electoral victory and appointment as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland. 

The Text of the Prime Minister’s letter as follows,” Please accept my warm congratulations on your electoral victory and appointment as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland. 

Our two countries have enjoyed warm and cordial relations based on shared values of democracy and freedom. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen our bilateral relationship. 

I wish to convey my best wishes for your personal good health and well-being, and for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Finland. I would also like to wish you success in all your endeavours as you embark on your journey to lead Finland.”

President of India’s message on the Occasion of the Ninth Statistics Day

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has issued a message to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) on the occasion of the 9th Statistics Day which falls on June 29, 2015. The Statistics Day commemorates the birth anniversary of late Prof. P. C. Mahalanobis. The message reads: 

“I am happy to learn that the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) is celebrating the 9th Statistics Day on June 29, 2015 commemorating the birth anniversary of Late Prof. P. C. Mahalanobis. 

An informed decision making system based on robust statistics on social sectors like health, education, poverty, employment, social backwardness, housing and environment, will pave the way for holistic development of India. The theme “Social Development” chosen for this year’s Statistics Day is appropriate in the current scenario. Let us on this day, draw inspiration from the life and career of Prof. Mahalanobis whose excellence has influenced many to adopt statistical techniques in various subjects. 

I congratulate the statistical fraternity of India and wish the Statistics Day every success.” 


The Theme of Social Development Chosen for the National Statistics Day is Relevant and is Related to the Themes of Development of the Prime Minister - Says General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh

The Union Minister of State for Statistics & Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), Minister of State for External Affairs & Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh, has said that theme of social development chosen for the Statistics day is relevant and is related to various themes of development set by the Prime Minister. Addressing the main function relating to the 9th National Statistics Day in New Delhi today, he called upon Statisticians to use technology to analyze the data to make it relevant for interventions to be made in specific areas for the development of the society. He said the Government is looking for a focused interventions the areas like education, health, sanitation etc. He said the proposed ‘Time Use’ survey of people both in paid and unpaid work by his Ministry should contribute for understanding and taking decisions for improving the productivity of the nation. 

The Chairman of the National Statistical Commission Dr. Pronab Sen has said that most of the larger problems have been addressed as a part of the development agenda and now the data collection and analysis needs to be different to address specific problems in identified and focused areas. The Secretary of the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation Dr. T.C. A. Anant said that it is now time to review the social development in the country as a part of review of the millennium development goals in 2015. He said statistical tools should be improved to be able to measure various social developmental parameters of the society. 

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has been celebrating the Statistics Day every year since 2007 to create public awareness, especially among the younger generation for drawing inspiration from Late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis about the role and importance of statistics in socio-economic planning, policy formulation and good governance. 

In recognition of the notable contributions made by him in the fields of statistics and economic planning, Government of India has designated 29th June every year as the “Statistics Day” in the category of Special Days for celebration at the national level to mark his birth anniversary. 

On this occasion, National Awards in Statistics, constituted in the Honour of Prof. C.R. Rao were conferred by General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh to Dr. Hukum Chandra, Scientist, IASRI and Dr. Pulak Ghosh, Professor IIM, Bangalore. 

The theme selected for 9th Statistics Day was ‘Social Development’ in view of the contribution and importance of this sector to Indian economy. The main theme paper on “Social Development Statistics: Current Status, Issues and Challenges” was presented by Central Statistics Office. 

The 9th Statistics Day 2015 was also celebrated all over India by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, State Governments, Offices of NSSO spread throughout the country, Indian Statistical Institute, Universities/Departments, etc. by organizing Seminars, Conferences, Debates, Quiz Programmes, Lecture Series, Essay Competitions, etc. 


President of India’s message on the eve of National Day of Congo

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the eve of their National Day (June 30, 2015). 

In his message to His Excellency Mr. Joseph Kabila Kabange, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, I have the pleasure to convey warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the friendly people of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the occasion of your National Day. 

I am confident that the warm and friendly relations between our two countries will be further strengthened in the years to come to the mutual benefit of our people. 

Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your personal health and well-being and for the progress and prosperity of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo”.

Prime Minister’s Varanasi visit Cancelled due to Heavy Rains Programme Postponed in view of Inconvenience to Public - Piyush Goyal

The Prime Minister’s visit of Varanasi has been cancelled due to heavy rains since morning. He was to inaugurate Trauma centre in BHU and launch the prestigious ‘Integrated Power Development Scheme’ (IPDS) of Power Ministry in Varanasi today. Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) of Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy told in a Press Conference at Varanasi today afternoon that the programme has been postponed in view of the inconveinence to the public due to continuous rains since morning. He told that the new date for the launch of IPDS will be decided shortly in consultation with the meteorological department. 

He further added that the ‘IPDS’ is an initiative of the Ministry of Power, Government of India for urban areas in all States and Union Territories for strengthening of power sub-transmission and distribution network, 100% metering at feeders/distribution transformer/consumers and for IT enablement of distribution sector.The Government of India is extending a total budgetary support of Rs.45, 800 crore for implementation of this scheme. 

Projects worth Rs 3,268 crore, covering 247 towns have been sanctioned so far under IPDS of which projects worth Rs.1067 crore for 23 circles covering 91 towns have been sanctioned for UP. This includes Rs. 432 crores for Kashi Area (8 km x 2 km) & Rs. 140 crore for balance Varanasi Town. Shri Goyal said that in this project the share of the Centre will be 60% and of the States 10% where as loan by PSU’s of the ministry 30%. If the States comply with certain norms fixed by the Govt of India then the Centre shares will rise to 75%. In case of J&K and NE States the Centre share will be 90% and States 5% and loan by PSU’s 5%. 


Prime Minister Calls upon Farmers to Raise the Level of Pulses Production in the Country

Government to Pay Special Attention to the Dairy Sector in Jharkhand: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

IARI- Jharkhand will Help in Meeting the Challenges in the Field of Agriculture in Eastern Part of the Country: Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh
The Prime Minister called upon farmers to raise the level of pulses production in the country, to help make India self-sufficient in pulses. Invoking former Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri’s call “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,” Shri Narendra Modi asked every farmer to try and grow pulses on a part of his land. He also mentioned steps being taken by the Union Government for the pulses sector. He said pulses were an important part of the diet of the common man. The Prime Minister was speaking after laying the Foundation Stone of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute today at Barhi in Jharkhand.

Shri Modi also said that the need of the hour was a second green revolution, without any delay, in eastern India. He said that the Union Government was therefore committed to the development of this region. The Prime Minister further said that animal husbandry and fisheries were equally important for the agriculture sector. He further added that the Government has decided to pay special attention to the dairy sector in Jharkhand.

The Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh while welcoming the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at the foundation laying ceremony of the IARI in Jharkhand, said that it was the need of hour to set up a second IARI in Jharkhand on the lines of IARI, Pusa, New Delhi. The Union Minister said that the Institute at Jharkhand will help in meeting the challenges in the field of agriculture in the State in a scientific manner.

The Institute would help in developing this Economic Zone in a scientific manner. The Minister added that the announcement of setting up of a second IARI in the country was made in the General Budget of the year 2014-2015 and he thanked the Prime Minister that the setting up of such an Institute was made possible under his leadership and guidance.

Soon after this announcement in the Budge-2014-2015, the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Government of Jharkhand went into action to identify the land for the second IARI and this activity was completed within a year’s time. And that is how, the Minister added that this laying of Foundation Stone for IARI was possible.