E-Auction of First Batch of Private FM Radio Phase III Channels Continues

24 Rounds of Bidding Completed at the End of Day 6
E-Auction of the First Batch of Private FM Radio Phase III Channels re-commenced today on 03rd August 2015 at 09.30 A.M. and during the day, four rounds of bidding took place. Till now, 24 rounds of bidding are over.
At the close of the sixth day of bidding, 82 channels in 56 cities became provisionally winning channels with cumulative provisional winning price of around Rs 779 Crore against their aggregate reserve price of about Rs 395 Crore. Thus the summation of provisional winning prices exceeded the total reserve price of the first batch by about Rs 228.68 Crore or 41.56 %.  Rs 550.18 Crore is the total reserve price of the first batch.
The Auction for the first batch comprising 135 FM Channels in 69 existing cities of Phase II began on 27th July 2015.
        The Auction Activity Requirement of 80% set at the beginning of the auction continued to remain the same on the sixth day. Daily auction report for day 6 has been put on MIB website,www.mib.nic.in. Bidding will re-commence on 4th August, 2015 at 09.30 AM.
The following Table summarizes first six days of bidding:

Sl No
Date of Bidding
Status at the end of Round No
No of Provisionally Won Channels
No of Cities
Cumulative Reserve Price of Provisionally Won Channels (In Crore Rs)

Cumulative Provisional Winning Price (In Crore Rs)

1
27.07.2015
4
78
54
357
395
2
28.07.2015
8
79
55
377
479
3
29.07.2015
12
80
55
377
549
4
30.07.2015
16
80
55
391
643
5
31.07.2015
20
80
55
391
714
6
03.08.2015
24
82
56
395
779


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Revenue secretary Shaktikanta Das and CBDT Chairperson Ms. Anita Kapur to Participate in Talkathon on the New Black Money Law Tomorrow (04-08-2015)



The Revenue Secretary, Shri Shaktikanta Das and Chairperson CBDT, Ms. Anita Kapur would participate in a Talkathon tomorrow i.e. Tuesday, 4th August, 2015 from 7 pm onwards on the theme of New Black Money Law. Talkathon is being organized by the Ministry of Information And Broadcasting. The entire show would be broadcasted LIVE through the YouTube channel of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting i.e. www.youtube.com/user/INBMINISTRY. It will also be telecast Live by DD News Channel.


Talkathon is a unique initiative by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, where virtual space merges with the real world. Talkathon provides a platform for twitter users/ twitterati to ask questions directly to guest/s on twitter using a specific hashtag: #ASKGOVTONBLACKMONEYLAW .


The previous editions of Talkathon were well appreciated both in the real and virtual space. This year’s Union Budget 2015-16 became a watershed moment, as the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley answered various questions asked by public directly on twitter using hashtag #AskYourFM. The one hour interaction was hosted by celebrity author Shri Chetan Bhagat and telecasted Live on Doordarshan and I&B Ministry’s YouTube channel. Talkathon on the completion of one year of the present NDA Government with the three Union Ministers, Smt Smriti Irani, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman and Shri Piyush Goyal was also a great success.


The Logo of the Talkathon scheduled for tomorrow is as follows:





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Environmental Clearances to Mining PSU

Mining leases are granted by the State Governments. Environmental Clearances are given by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change or the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority. Therefore, the details of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) which have been closed/ are on the verge of closure due to want of environmental clearance in various states are not maintained centrally. However, no PSU of the Ministry of Mines has been closed/ is on verge of closure for want of environmental clearance. 

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has notified the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 which deals with the process to grant Environmental Clearances. The projects of mining with mining lease area equal to or greater than 50 ha are handled at the level of MoEFCC for grant of EC. The projects with mining lease area less than 50 ha are handled by the respective State Environment Impact Assessment Authority. 

Time lines have been prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006, according to which terms of Reference (TOR) shall be conveyed by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) within thirty days of the receipt of Form-I to the Project Proponent. Thereafter, as per the TORs issued, the project proponents are required to comply with the conditions mentioned in the TORs which inter-alia include collection of base-line data, approved mine plan, conducting public consultations, and submission of final EIA/ Environment Management Plan (EMP) Reports to the Ministry of Environment and Forests along with all the relevant documents. 

On receipt of final EIA/EMP report after the public consultation, the project is appraised by the EAC in a transparent manner in a proceeding to which the Proponent is invited for furnishing necessary clarification in person or through an authorized representative. Thereafter, the EAC makes appropriate recommendations of the proposal and the Ministry takes the final decision with regard to Environmental Clearance as per the EIA Notification, 2006. This decision is conveyed to the Proponent within forty five days of the receipt of the recommendations of EAC. In other words, the decision is to be conveyed within one hundred five days from the receipt of the final EIA/EMP report/requisite documents from the Project Proponent. 

This information was provided by The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Shri Vishnu Deo Sai in Reply to a question in Lok Sabha today(03-08-2015).


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President Mukherjee receives condolence messages from world leaders on the sad demise of Dr. Kalam

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has received a number of condolence messages from world leaders on the sad demise of former President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. 

Leaders who sent messages to the President include the Presidents of Singapore, Slovak Republic, Russia, Nepal and Afghanistan; the Fourth King of Bhutan, Sultans of Oman and Brunei and former President of Afghanistan, Dr. Hamid Karzai as well as former President of Singapore, Mr. S.R. Nathan. 

The President of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin said, “Dr. Kalam rightly enjoyed high international authority as an outstanding scientist and a wise statesman. It is difficult to overestimate his personal contribution to social, economic, scientific and technical progress of India and in ensuring its national security.” 

The President of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam said “Dr. Kalam was deeply respected in India and internationally as a great scientist, an eminent statesman and visionary leader. As the people’s President, he worked tirelessly to better the lives of all Indians. Even after stepping down, he continued to inspire India with his sense of patriotism and single-minded dedication to promoting social and educational advancement.” 

The President of Nepal, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav said “Dr. Kalam was a rare blend of ‘gyana’ and ‘karma’. He selflessly pursued knowledge and indefatigably disseminated it among the wider public. In his demise, Nepal has lost a true friend and India a great scientist, a leader and an established scholar.” 

The Fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck said “Dr. Kalam was an extraordinary human being, a great scientist and a visionary thinker who touched and inspired the people of India and all those who knew him.” 

The President of Slovak Republic, Mr. Andrej Kiska said “Dr. Kalam will be remembered in history as an internationally respected statesman and an extraordinary personality who has significantly contributed to the scientific and social progress of contemporary India.” 

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Schemes for Welfare of SCs/STs/OBCs and OMCs

 The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply today(3-08-2015) that Oil companies take up schemes and programmes for the welfare of people residing in neighbourhood of projects includes SC, ST, OBC & Minorities communities out of their CSR funds.  The thrust areas under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are on issues like child care and education, scholarship scheme for SC/ST, health care, drinking water, skill  development, infrastructure development, swachh vidyalaya abhiyan, construction of school toilets, vocational training, community development, women empowerment, promotion of arts, sports, literature and culture etc. These schemes/projects also address the welfare/development of deprived, under privileged, neglected and weaker section of the society.
The expenditure incurred by various oil PSUs in the welfare and development of SC/ST/OBC & Minorities communities residing in neighbourhood of projects in across the country for the year 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-2015  and 2015-16 are as following:
                                                                                             (Rs. In Crore)
S.No.
Name of oil PSUs
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16

1
IOCL
6.75
8.44
9.23*
13.00**
2
ONGC
5.23
4.74
6.00*
6.00**
3
HPCL
9.38
11.80
15.44
6.04**
4
NRL
1.10
1.13
1.16
0.26                 (upto June 2015)
5
BPCL
0.95
2.26
4.00
2.50**
6
Balmer
Lawrie Ltd.
3.03
1.87
3.06
2.17
7
MRPL
0.07
0.00
0.07
NIL
8
CPCL
1.59
0.81
0.92
0.10                    (till June, 2015)

Note: (1)  * - Provisional,  (2) ** - Allocation for FY 2015-16,

In ONGC, with regard to fund under the Component Plan for SC/ST, a case No.5/6/12 was registered by CBI in the year 2012 under IPC & PC Act against some employees of ONGC for abusing their official position and misappropriating funds allocated for welfare of SC/ST communities.  After investigation, CBI recommended initiation of major penalty proceeding against one employee and minor penalty proceedings against three employees of ONGC. ONGC suspended the employee and has given prosecution sanction for court proceeding against him.  In addition major penalty disciplinary proceeding has also been initiated against the concerned employee.
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Allocation of Funds for Namami Gange Mission

Primary focus of Namami Gange Programme is on pollution abatement. The program envisages 100% central government funding for the entire life cycle cost of the treatment assets created which includes O & M cost as well. An amount of Rs. 2750 crore has been allotted for FY 2015-2016 which includes Rs. 100 crore for Ghat Works. 

The State Project Management Group (SPMG) of the concerned state would monitor the work and report the progress to National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) which releases the grants at different stages of implementation of the project. A three-tier coordination and monitoring framework with a high level task force at central level, state level coordination committee and a district level project monitoring group oversees the implementation of these programmes. 

The preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for all 118 priority towns is expected to be completed by 2016 and most of the pollution abatement measures are expected to be operational by 2019. Ministry of Defence has informed that they are currently working out the initial logistics to raise one battalion of Ganga Eco Task Force. 

This information was given by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. 


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Recognition of Dhangar Community as ST

The ‘Dhangar’ community has been notified in the list of Scheduled Tribes of the States of Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha, as under :-

Name of State
Entry in the list of Scheduled Tribes
Bihar
26. Oraon, Dhangar (Oraon)
Jharkhand
25. Oraon, Dhangar (Oraon)
Odisha
53. Oraon, Dhangar, Uran

                This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Lok Sabha today(03-08-2015).

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