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PM thanks US President Barack Obama for writing an article on him in TIME magazine

New Delhi: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has thanked the United States President, Mr Barack Obama, for writing an article on him in TIME magazine.

In a tweet, he described President Obama’s words as touching and inspiring. The full link to the article:


India aiming to be world’s second largest steel producer

Mumbai: Union Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that India was the third largest producerHE2015_PH305 of steel in the world today and with the support of the industry India could be the second largest steel producer by 2020 . Inaugurating India steel 2015 in Mumbai today, the Minister said the Government would extend all cooperation and support to achieve this objective.

In his inaugural address of the event organised by FICCI the minister announced that the Government and industry have agreed to work together in research and development. An initiative called ‘Steel Research Technology Mission for India’ has been launched, through which R&D in the sector will be increased. “We need research and work in areas where we don’t have the technology,” said the minister, calling for a healthy exchange of ideas between the various experts.

Discussing the importance of steel for the mining industry, the minister announced that the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation (MMDR) Act has been passed by Parliament. This will provide a level playing field for all participants. Through this Act, the Government has tried to reduce delays in obtaining mining leases. Approvals can be obtained at the state level when possible, and there is no need to reapply with the Central Government.

Mr Rakesh Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Government of India, delivered the keynote address at the inaugural session. “The steel industry forms the basic pillar for any country’s economic development,” he said, and went on to add that it assumes far greater importance for emerging economies like India. However, he cautioned that globally the steel industry is facing tough times with slow growth and significantly excess capacity. “Over 25 percent of the capacity in Europe is surplus, and China alone is reported to be having over 200 million tonnes of excess capacity.” He expressed happiness that despite this, India’s steel market expanded during the last financial year.

The inaugural session was followed by a panel discussion comprising CEOs of key companies in the steel sector. Some of the challenges that they highlighted included raw material security, difficulty in obtaining funds, and the need for iron ore, coal and power. They called upon the Government to support them in embracing new technology. Lastly, they appealed that the MMDR Bill should have a provision that iron ore mines should be given only to those who have end use plans, and not to anyone who applies.

The panellists included Mr C S Verma, Chairman, Steel Authority of India Ltd; Mr Narendra Kothari, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, National Mineral Development Corporation; Mr T V Narendran, Chief Executive Officer, Tata Steel Ltd; Mr Naveen Jindal, Chairman and Managing Director, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd.

India Steel 2015 is a biannual event that was first held in 2013. This year, the event has drawn participation from 180 companies and 20 countries. A number of countries have sent powerful delegations to participate, reflecting the resurgence in the Indian economy.
[PIB Mumbai]

दहा किल्ल्यांच्या दुरुस्तीबाबतचा कृती आराखडा 3 महिन्यांत तयार करावा – विनोद तावडे

मुंबई : ऐतिहासिकदृष्ट्या महत्त्वपूर्ण अशा दहा किल्ल्यांच्या दुरुस्तीबाबतचा कृती आराखडा प्रायोगिक स्वरुपात 3 महिन्यात तयार करावा, असे निर्देश सांस्कृतिक कार्यमंत्री विनोद तावडे यांनी दिले.

राज्यातील गड व किल्ले यांचे जतन व संवर्धन करण्यासंदर्भात स्थापन करण्यात आलेल्या समितीची पहिली आढावा बैठक श्री. तावडे यांच्या दालनात आयोजित करण्यात आली होती. त्यावेळी या सूचना त्यांनी समितीला केल्या.

श्री.तावडे म्हणाले, राज्यात सुमारे 317 किल्ले आहेत. या किल्ल्यांपैकी 47 किल्ले राष्ट्रीय संरक्षित असून ते केंद्र शासनाच्या पुरातत्व विभागाच्या अखत्यारित आहेत व 49 किल्ले राज्यसंरक्षित असून ते महाराष्ट्र शासनाच्या पुरातत्व व वस्तुसंग्रहालय संचालनालयाच्या अखत्यारित आहेत. या किल्ल्यांचे जतन, दुरुस्ती व संवर्धनाची कामे योग्य रितीने व्हावीत यासाठी ती टप्प्याटप्प्याने करणे आवश्यक आहे. त्यासाठी एक उपसमिती नेमून ऐतिहासिकदृष्ट्या अधिक महत्त्वाच्या किल्ल्यांपासून याची सुरुवात करणे योग्य ठरेल. याबाबत आवश्यक त्या प्रशिक्षण शिबिराचे आयोजन करण्यात येईल. केंद्रीय व राज्य पुरातत्व विभाग या दोन्हीमधील समन्वयासाठी आपण स्वत: प्रयत्न करणार आहे.

यावेळी राज्यातील किल्ल्यांबाबतचे स्वतंत्र गॅझेट काढणे, दुर्गप्रेमींचे संमेलन भरवणे, सोयीनुसार जिल्हानिहाय समित्या नेमणे आदी विषयांवर चर्चा करण्यात आली. ही समिती महाराष्ट्रातील गडकिल्ल्यांचे मूळ स्वरुपात जतन करणे, त्याचे ऐतिहासिक महत्त्व कायम राखणे, या किल्ल्यांची दुरुस्ती, संरक्षण-संवर्धन व देखभाल करण्यासाठी काम करणार आहे.

श्री.तावडे यांच्या अध्यक्षतेखाली नेमण्यात आलेल्या समितीमध्ये प्रमुख मार्गदर्शक म्हणून निनाद बेडेकर व पांडुरंग बलकवडे यांची नियुक्ती करण्यात आली आहे. तसेच समितीमध्ये ऋषिकेश यादव, राजेंद्र टिपरे, राजेंद्र शेळके, प्रमोद पाटील, भगवान चिले, वी.रा.पाटील, प्र.के.घाणेकर, सचिन जोशी, प्रफुल्ल माटेगावकर, संकेत कुलकर्णी यांचा समावेश आहे.


Money Order Service Continues with Addition of Online Money Transfer

New Delhi: The Department of Posts has denied some media reports that its Money Order service has been discontinued. The Money Order service continues to be available to the common man at the same service charge with the same facility of the money being delivered at the door step of the addressee. The Department in a clarification further said that this service had been made more reliable and fast by communicating information about the money to be transferred electronically between the booking and delivery post office. Thus, the money reaches faster to the addressee. The nature of service remains the same and it is also being called an electronic Money Order or eMO.

Department of Posts also has another service offering instant online Money transfer service called as Instant Money Order (iMO), where the receiver can receive payment in cash through Post Office.

Government to develop Mizoram on fast track: Jitendra Singh

Aizawl: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that the Government will develop Mizoram on a fast-track. After an hour-long exclusive meeting with Chief Minister Mizoram, Shri Lalthanhawla at his residence in Aizawl today, Dr Jitendra Singh said, though being one of the smallest and the youngest States of the country, Mizoram has the potential to emerge as a model State of India.

During the meeting the two leaders discussed developmental issues as well as the political situation in the State. The Chief Minister explained to the DoNER Minister as to how after 20 years long period of insurgency, Mizoram had limped back to normalcy following the historic accord in 1986. In response, Dr Jitendra Singh assured Shri Lalthanhawla that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and his government are committed to carry forward the process of growth with peace in this peripheral State and every possible help will be rendered to achieve this objective.

Later, before concluding his two-day visit to Mizoram, Dr Jitendra Singh held a meeting with the State administration, which was followed by a get-together hosted for him by State Cabinet Ministers.

At the meeting with the administration, which was attended among others by the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP), Dr Jitendra Singh said that besides working out the feasibility of a direct air-flight from Delhi to Aizawl, he has also offered a middle-route formula for resolving the issue pertaining to the security management of the Aizawl Airport which had become a matter of debate between the State Police and the Airports Authority of India (AAI). In this regard, he suggested to the State DGP to try to work out a working arrangement between the State Police and the AAI.

Dr Jitendra Singh also announced that as a part of the new initiative of holding Camp Secretariat of DoNER Ministry by monthly rotation in each of the eight States of Northeast, the next Camp Secretariat in the month of May will be held in Mizoram for which communication is being sent to all the concerned in the administration as well as the MLAs and MPs from the State. This will be an opportunity for the administration as well as the representatives of civil society to directly interact with the officials of DoNER Ministry who will be available in the State, he added.

With the literacy rate of nearly 92%, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Mizoram deserves to have a more participatory role intellectually and academically and therefore, in the new Brahmaputra Study Centre in Gauhati University announced by the DoNER Ministry, Mizoram will be accommodated for a suitable slot in exclusive research and higher learning.

Home Expo India 2015 Opens, amidst overwhelming response from buyers

Mumbai: Home Expo India 2015, the 4th edition of the three-in-one exhibition comprising IFFTEX (Indian Furnishings, Floorings and Textiles Show), IFAS (Indian Furniture and Accessories Show) and IHDS (Indian Houseware and Decoratives Show), opened at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noidatoday. There has been an overwhelming response from overseas buyers, with 600 overseas buyers participating.

Organized by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the nodal export promotion body for handicrafts in India, the show addresses the industry demand for sector-specific shows that better cater to the specific requirements of buyers. The show is in line with this international trend and is highly apprecia ted by international visitors. Buyers are able to concentrate on products they need, without getting lost in the multitude of products and services which are part of bigger multi-sector exhibitions. About 500 companies (including permanent mart owners) are exhibiting their collectionsat the India Expo Centre and Mart.

Home Expo India covers sectors with maximum thrust and growth potential for Indian handicraft exporters who present a wide range of colourful handicraft items in home décor, furnishing, furniture, flooring, and textiles.
[PIB Mumbai]

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