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Saturday October 25th 2014

October 31st to be observed as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

New Delhi: The Government has decided to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) on 31st October every year. This occasion will provide an opportunity to re-affirm the inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand the actual and potential threats to the unity, integrity and security of our country.

All the Government Offices, Public Sector Undertakings and other Public Institutions will arrange a pledge taking ceremony to observe the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has been requested to issue suitable instructions that the students of Schools and Colleges may be administered the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge to motivate them to strive to maintain the unity and integrity of the country.

All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and all the State Governments/Administrators of all the Union Territories have been requested to organize appropriate programmes on the occasion in a befitting manner, including the ‘Pledge-taking Ceremony’, ‘Run for Unity’ involving people from all sections of society, March-Past in the evening by the Police, the Central Armed Police Forces and other organizations like the National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS), Scouts and Guides, Home Guards etc.

DIPP Constitutes IPR Think Tank to Draft National Intellectual Property Rights Policy

New Delhi: Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has constituted a IPR Think Tank to draft the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy and to advice the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion on IPR issues.

2.  The composition of the IPR Think Tank will be as follows:-
i.  Justice Prabha Sridevan, Chairperson, IPR Think Tank;
ii. Ms. Pratibha Singh, Advocate, Singh & Singh Associates, Member;
iii. Ms. Punita Bhargava, Advocate, Inventure IP, Member;
iv. Dr. Unnat Pandit, Cadila Pharmaceuticals Limited, Member;
v.  Rajeev Srinivasan, Director, Asian School of Business, Thiruvananthapuram, Member; and
vi. Mr.Narendra K. Sabarwal, Retired DDG, WIPO, Member and Convener.

3. The terms of reference of the IPR Think Tank will be as follows;-
i. To draft National Intellectual Property Rights Policy.
ii. To identify areas in the IPRs where study needs to be conducted and to furnish recommendations in this regard to the Ministry.
iii. To provide views on the possible implications of demands placed by the negotiating partners.
iv. To keep the Government regularly informed about the developments taking place in IPR cases which have an impact upon India`s IPR Policy.
v. To advise the Government on best practices to be followed in Trademark Offices, Patent Offices and other Government Offices dealing with IPR in order to create an efficient and transparent system of functioning in the said offices.
vi. To prepare periodic reports on best practice followed in foreign countries.
vii. To highlight anomalies in the present IPR legislations and to advice possible solutions to the Ministry.
viii. To give suggestions on the steps that may be taken for improving infrastructure in IP offices and Tribunals.
ix. To examine the current issues raised by industry associations and those that may have appeared in media and to give suggestions to the Ministry on such issues.

President & PM Greets People on Diwali

New Delhi: The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended greetings to all Indians on the occasion of Diwali.
In his message, the President has said, “On the joyous occasion of Diwali, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad.
Diwali is a harbinger of joy and happiness. It celebrates the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness. It is also an occasion for strengthening bonds of friendship and goodwill between people of all communities and religions.
May this year’s celebrations dispel the darkness of ignorance and bring the light of happiness for those who are less privileged.
Let us celebrate this festival by reaffirming faith in all that is good, noble and virtuous and instilling in ourselves pride in the composite culture of India. Let us do everything possible to make this year’s Diwali celebrations pollution free and environmentally safe”.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has shared the link of his page for Diwali wishes, on his Twitter Handle.
“Many friends are sending Diwali wishes. My thanks to them. Do visit this specially created page” ,the Prime Minister tweeted.

Government to commemorate Sardar Patel’s birthday on October 31 as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’

Mumbai : Government of India has decided to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31, as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’ or the National Integration Day.  Briefing media persons, after attending an official meeting called by the Governor of Maharashtra  in Mumbai today, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar said, government wants to create awareness about the contribution of Sardar Patel during India’s Independence Movement and towards ensuring national integration in India. He said Sardar Patel, who is also known as the iron-man of India was instrumental in merger of princely states, to create a modern India, just after independence. “Celebrating his birth anniversary as national integration day is very appropriate” added the Minister. Union Energy Minister Piyush Goyal, who also attended today’s meeting, said that awareness about Sardar Patel’s contribution is very low, which is very unfortunate. He said, recently he came to know that in the history book of Class X, there is mention of Sardar Patel only once.

The government has decided to make ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’  a popular mass movement, inviting participation from all sections of the society. The participation will be voluntary. Giving details of the action plan for the day, Mr. Javadekar said, ‘run for unity’ will be organized at various places, including towns and villages all over the country, on the morning of October 31.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will himself participate in the event and also broadcast a short radio address on the occasion.  Mr. Javadekar informed that in the evening, Police and other organizations like NCC, NSS, Scouts and Guides, Home Guards etc would perform a march-past on the streets in all the district headquarters.  He said, necessary instructions have been issued to concerned departments.  The Minister also informed that details about how people can register for the run, will be communicated through website and advertisements in a day or two.

Vallabhbhai Patel was born on October 31, 1875 at Karamsand in Gujarat.  A barrister with a successful law practice, Vallabhbhai Patel joined the Indian National Movement under Mahatma Gandhi and grew up to become one of its tallest leaders. He played key leadership roles in organizing peasants’ movements in Kheda, Borsad and Bardoli in Gujarat and promoting the Quit India Movement against the British Raj..  The credit for the integration of over 500 independent princely states in 1947-49 by their merger from what was then a divided India to make it what it is today is due solely to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
[PIB Mumbai]

Ravi Shankar Prasad calls for Democratisation of Global Affairs of Telecommunications and Internet Governance

Busan, South Korea: India wants democratisation and broad-basing of the global affairs of telecommunications and internet governance. This was the main message taken forward by the Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad while he led the Indian delegation at the inaugural of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Conference at Busan in South Korea. The Conference was inaugurated by the President of South Korea. India’s point is that ITU should take leadership and partner with UN and other International/Regional organizations in executing the Information and Communication Technology projects and programs in developing countries. India also wants the ITU to be the supervisory authority of Space Assets. India expressed its desire that ITU should play a more active role in the global Internet governance as envisaged during the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).

The Indian delegation has been participating in The Plenipotentiary Conference, which is the top policy-making body of the 193 member strong International Telecommunications Union. It meets once in every four years. India has also been pitching for a re-election into the ITU Council.

During the visit, the Minister also met the President and the CEO of Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. Mr. Sang Jin Park in Seoul. The Minister shared the ideas of ‘Digital India’ and the initiative of ‘Make In India’, of the present Indian government with the CEO. The CEO was curious about the changed business environment in India and he informed the Minister about his proposed visit to India next month. The minister also met various other business leaders in the fields of electronics, communication and Information technology.

India needs to step up medical research to keep pace with a changing world – PM

s2014102058085New Delhi : The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, delivering the Convocation Address at the 42nd Convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, in New Delhi today, said “This is not the end of your learning – rather you are now going from a closed and protected classroom, to an open classroom.” Therefore, he added, they should keep the student mindset in them alive, so that they could scale great heights in their profession. He urged the graduating students to follow the examples set by the doyens of the medical fraternity who were being given lifetime achievement awards today. He said the student mindset keeps one energetic throughout life.

Highlighting the importance of the “convocation” (deekshant) in a student`s life, the Prime Minister said the first reference to a convocation was found in the “Taittiriya Upanishad” Shri Narendra Modi said a small action of a doctor, or a small interaction with a patient can provide life to that individual – since doctors are trusted a lot by society. He urged them to keep this in mind in their daily conduct. He said some doctors become popular because they bond with the patient, thereby giving the patient the confidence and strength to fight the disease.

Explaining to the graduating students through several illustrations, that many people and sections of society, had done something, or made sacrifices, so that they could become doctors, the Prime Minister urged them to keep this in mind in their profession. He exhorted them to work with patients with the spirit that the patients have a `right` over them. He expressed hope that society would gain from their work, and the dream of a healthy India would be achieved.

The Prime Minister said that while Indian doctors have made a name for themselves across the world, India needs to step up medical research, to keep pace with a fast-changing world. Therefore, he urged the young doctors to record case-histories in specific areas as they go about their profession. He also urged them to work towards achieving a higher number of publications in scientific journals.

He urged the graduating students to keep a cheerful attitude towards life, even as they fulfilled their responsibilities as doctors and medical professionals, in all seriousness. The Prime Minister suggested that students from poor backgrounds, from nearby schools, could be invited as “special guests” to such convocation programmes. Such events could serve as unique inspirational moments for them, he said.

The Prime Minister also presented lifetime achievement awards to eminent professionals in the field of medical science, and medals and prizes to meritorious students.
[PIB Mumbai]

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