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Wednesday July 30th 2014

President, Vice President & PM of India greets people on Eid-ul-Fitr

New Delhi : The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has greeted fellow citizens on the occasion of Idu’l Fitr, which is being celebrated tomorrow.

The President has said, “On the auspicious occasion of Idu’l Fitr, I extend warm greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens, particularly to my Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad.

As we celebrate this day which marks the end of the holy month of Ramzan, I hope that the festival with it’s tradition of giving and sharing enriches our lives with a spirit of brotherhood and empathy for the deprived.

May Idu’l Fitr reinforce the nation’s commitment to mutual harmony and radiate the message of India’s composite culture to the whole world”.

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has sent his warm greetings and best wishes to the citizens of our country on the joyous occasion of Id-ul-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramzan. In his message he has said that this festival celebrates the essential unity of mankind and highlights the human values of peaceful coexistence, love and compassion.
The Vice President said ,“I convey my warm greetings and best wishes to the citizens of our country on the joyous occasion of Id-ul-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramzan.

This festival celebrates the essential unity of mankind and highlights the human values of peaceful coexistence, love and compassion.

May this auspicious occasion bless us with peace, prosperity and harmony in our lives.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted the people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

“Greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. May this auspicious day strengthen the bond of peace, unity & brotherhood across our Nation,” the Prime Minister said.

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Environment Minister dedicates Science Express to the Nation

New Delhi : Environment minister Prakash Javadekar along with Railway Minister Mr. D V Sadananda Gowda today SceinceExpressflagged off Science Express Biodiversity Special train — an innovative exhibition on wheels —showcasing the exceptional biodiversity of India. The train will cover 57 locations across the country over the next six and a half months.  It is a flagship venture of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Ministry of Science and Technology and Indian Railways.

After flagging off the train here at Safdarjung Railway station, Javadekar said an advertising campaign (comprising exact dates and locations) would be launched so as to sensitize and educate the masses on the nuances of the rich biodiversity of the country. “It is a journey of learning, spreading the message of biodiversity conservation and telling people that even in these modern times, we still have to depend on biodiversity. The train covering a span of 194 days at 57 locations would benefit 30 lakh students,” he said.

The idea of this unique train is to create awareness among masses in general and youth in particular about the rich biodiversity of the country that is home to 8% of the world’s biodiversity. Of the 16 coaches of the Science Express- Biodiversity Special, 8 are solely dedicated to showcasing the myriad biodiversity spread across all the bio-geographical zones of India through a variety of interactive exhibits, short films & videos that are shown on Plasma & LED TV screens, large format displays, kiosks and back lit panels. The remaining coaches have interesting & informative exhibits on Climate Changes, Energy and Water conservation and other topical issues.

The train will culminate at Gandhinagar on February 4, 2015. In Maharashtra the train will have scheduled halts at Amravati  (15-18 October, 2014), Karad (13-16, December, 2014), Pune (17-20 December 2014 at Khadki) and Nashik Road (21-24 December 2014) .  Since its launch in 2012, the Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS) train has covered 114 stations and travelled across more than 37,000km in the first two phases. Phase-I of the SEBS was launched on World Environment Day (June 5) in 2012 from the Safdarjung Railway Station, New Delhi. Phase-II was launched on April 9 last year from the same station.

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Prime Minister launches MyGov: A platform for Citizen Engagement towards Surajya

New Delhi : Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today launched MyGov, a platform that empowers the citizens ofmyGov India to contribute towards Surajya. Speaking on the occasion, which also marked the completion of sixty days of the new Government, the Prime Minister said the success of democracy is impossible without participation of the people.

Stating that in the past, there used to be a big gap between the people and the processes of governance, the Prime Minister said that in the past sixty days, the experience of his Government was that there were many people who wanted to contribute towards nation-building, and devote their time and energy. The only thing they required was an opportunity to shine and showcase their contribution. The Prime Minister said the MyGov platform is a technology-driven medium that would provide this opportunity to contribute towards good governance.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the people would welcome this initiative. He also invited suggestions to strengthen and improve the platform. He hoped that everyone would join hands through this platform to take the country forward, and to meet the aspirations of the poorest of the poor. He said he was confident of success in this mission, because he recognized the strength and capability of 125 crore Indians.

The Prime Minister said he looked forward to receiving the suggestions, views and ideas of the people.

The platform – MyGov – presents an opportunity to the citizens to both ‘Discuss’ and ‘Do.’ There are multiple theme-based discussions on MyGov where a wide range of people would share their thoughts and ideas. Further, any idea shared by a contributor will also be discussed on these discussion forums, allowing constructive feedback and interaction.

For those who wish to go beyond discussions and wish to contribute on the ground, MyGov offers several avenues to do so. Citizens can volunteer for various tasks and submit their entries. These tasks would then be reviewed by other members and experts. Once approved, these tasks can be shared by those who complete the task and by other members on MyGov. Every approved task would earn credit points for completing the task.

National Informatics Centre (NIC), Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) would implement and manage the platform “MyGov” which would facilitate Citizen Engagement in Good Governance.

Groups and corners are an important part of MyGov. The platform has been divided into various groups namely Clean Ganga, Girl Child Education, Clean India, Skilled India, Digital India, Job Creation. Each group consists of online and onground tasks that can be taken up by the contributors. The objective of each group is to bring about a qualitative change in that sphere through people’s participation.

The Minister for Communication and IT, Law and Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, and senior officers of the Government of India were present at the launch of the platform.

Road Ahead

The inauguration of MyGov is a small step towards the larger mission of becoming a one stop centre for citizen engagement towards good governance. Over time the number of groups, tasks and discussions will increase. MyGov would also be used as a comprehensive knowledge repository, giving insights from the sharpest and brightest minds across India.

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President of India dedicates Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum to the Nation

New Delhi : The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee dedicated the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum to the Nation in a ceremony presided over by Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi today (July 25, 2014).

Speaking on the occasion, the President said “I hereby dedicate the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum to the nation. I am sure this Museum will enable the people of our nation obtain an inside view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, its art, architecture and vibrant community as well as educate them on the lives of various Presidents”.

Other dignitaries who attended the function were Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India; Shri Raj Nath Singh, Union Minister for Home Affairs; Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs; Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister for Human Resource Development; Shri Najeeb Jung, Lt. Governor of Delhi; Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha; Dr. Karan Singh, Chairman, ICCR and senior officials of the Government. The President, Prime Minister and other dignitaries toured the Museum after the ceremony.

The President also inaugurated a Knowledge Hub in the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya within Rashtrapati Bhavan and Sixteen Serviced Apartments which will enable an expansion of Rashtrapati Bhavan’s In-Residence programme for innovators, artists and writers.

The Knowledge Hub is a space for innovative teaching/learning practices that engages students actively in their own learning and construction of knowledge. It will nurture and fuel the imagination and creativity of students at a young age. The use of collaborative, interactive pedagogical practices will help teachers connect to the world outside their classroom, engage with real-world issues and foster 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and communication that students need to thrive in a knowledge economy. Going beyond the classroom, the Knowledge Hub will also work with the local community in the President’s Estate and empower them with the skills of digital literacy and basic entrepreneurship, enabling them to drive their personal growth and enhance their livelihoods.

Later in the day, the President also launched a mobile application for Rashtrapati Bhavan, a new design for the President of India website and a video film on the important events of the second year of the Presidency. Speaking on the occasion, the President said the newly designed website with enhanced features of easy accessibility, mobile-friendliness and additional online services will be helpful to the citizens.

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President & PM of India condoles the loss of lives of school children in a bus accident in Telangana

New Delhi : The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the loss of lives in accident in which a passenger train hit a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana.

President has said “I am extremely saddened to learn about the accident in which some school children lost their lives and many others are critically injured after a passenger train hit a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana. I understand relief operations are underway.

I am sure that the State Government and other agencies are taking necessary steps to provide urgent medical assistance to the injured and all possible aid to the bereaved families.

Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons”.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the accident in Medak district.

The Prime Minister prays for the speedy recovery of those injured in the accident.

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Logo design competition launches for ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ Campaign

New Delhi : The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development today launched a Logo Design Competition for the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ Campaign. The President of India in his address to the Parliament this year had announced that such a campaign will be launched across the country for saving the girl child and enabling her education. The Union Finance Minister has announced an initial corpus of Rs. 100 crore for the campaign in the budget for the year 2014-15. The Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Gandhi has said that education and safety of the girl child is top priority of the Government.

The logo for the campaign ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ is to be developed through crowd sourcing with the purpose of including the logo in all advertisements issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and also for mass campaign through conventional and social media.

The Global Logo Design Competition shall have the following objectives:-

• Creation of a Logo for a campaign aimed at improving child sex ratio and promote value of the girl child

• Highlight the absolute importance of education in empowering girls

• Ensuring engagement with the youth of the country on this issue as they are the future parents

• Ensuring ownership of the issue by the masses as stakeholders and generating awareness through the competition.

The ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign will be a major inter-ministerial initiative of Government of India bringing together Ministries/Institutions/Civil societies in a rational effort to reverse the declining sex ratio. The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development will be nodal ministry and will be assisted by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in this endeavour.

The last date for receiving entries is 3rd August, 2014. The winning entry will receive a cash award of Rs. 50,000/- and national recognition. Entries can be emailed to betibachaobetipadhao@gmail.com

The details of the logo competition for ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ can be obtained from www.wcd.nic.in

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