There are 10 water management projects under implementation in the country with the assistance of World Bank, namely, Rajasthan Water Sector Restructuring, Maharashtra Water Sector Improvement, Hydrology Project II, Orissa Community Tank Management, Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture and Water Resource Management, Andhra Pradesh Community Tank Management, Madhya Pradesh Water Sector Restructuring, Andhra Pradesh Water Sector Improvement, West Bengal Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation and Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement.
Government has identified wide range of sectors including energy, water management, farm production, medical research, waste disposal, health care, computing and communications, e-infrastructure, cyber security that require breakthrough innovations and significant Science and Technology inputs. In order to play a productive and appropriate role to service these national needs with direction, the Government has recently enunciated Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2013 (STIP).
Government has adopted new technological skills and programmes for seismology and earthquake prediction related research. Under it Preparatory studies have been initiated to carry out scientific investigations and select the suitable site for deep borehole drilling in the Koyna-Warna region. The investigations include, Seismological, Geophysical (seismic, gravity, magnetic), LIDAR, geomorphology and structural geological studies, apart from a few shallow (~ 1 km) exploratory boreholes.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, called for increasing exports for mitigating a worrisome current account deficit situation which stood at 5.4 per cent of GDP during the period April to December, 2012. Inaugurating the Golden Jubilee Celebrations function of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), here today, the President expressed hope for a strong revival of the global economy in 2014. “At a time when the global demand is yet to firm up, there is a need to strengthen our export industry,” said Shri Mukherjee.
With the objective of attracting best talents in science, in the year 2008, the Government had formulated and initiated a programme entitled ‘Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research’ (INSPIRE). This programme is continuing in the 12th plan period. Apart from this, the ‘Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana’ (KVPY) scheme, of the Department of Science and Technology, being implemented by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore also aims to attract talents for science.
NTPC has been selected as one of India’s Best Companies for Rewards & Recognition in 2013 in a study conducted by Great Place To Work ® Institute India, in partnership with Edenred.
Over 100 companies with remarkable rewards and recognition practices participated in this study and only 15 who excelled made it to the Best Companies List.
01 May 2013
The Cabinet today accorded approval to the proposals of the Department of Fertilizers for fixation of NBS rates for the year 2013-14. These rates will be applicable from 1st April 2013.
The Department of Fertilizers is implementing Nutrient Based Subsidy Policy for the P&K fertilizers w.e.f. 1.4.2010. As per this Policy, the Government of India announce NBS rates for various nutrients namely Nitrogen (N), Phosphate (P), Potash (K) and Sulphur (S) for P&K fertilizers covered under the policy every year.
The Union Cabinet today approved the decisions of Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM)’s meeting held on 6.3.2013 regarding amendments in the Policy Guidelines for expansion of FM Radio broadcasting services through private agencies (Phase-III), which are as follows :-
i. The proposed specific departures from the Requests for Proposals (RFP) followed in DoT for auction of 3G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) Spectrum circulated as annexure to the agenda note were approved with some amendments.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a new advisory on 11th December, 2012 relating to sale of new or existing proprietary food products.
The Department has taken several steps to make people aware about efficacy, efficiency and strengths of AYUSH systems of medicines, so as to encourage them to use these medicines as per details below:
Ayurvedic, Unani and Homoeopathic medicines are regulated in the country under the provisions of Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 and the Rules thereunder. For this purpose, the Licensing Authorities are appointed by the State Government to grant license for manufacturing of Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathic medicines and enforce the legal provisions for their sale or marketing and quality standards. In this regard, the Central Government is empowered to make or amend the law & rules.
Minister of State for Coal, Shri Pratik Prakash Bapu Patil informed the Lok Sabha today that with a view to developing Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) potential in our country for energy production, Govt. has notified UCG as one of the end uses under captive coal mining policy. Five lignite blocks and two coal blocks of estimated reserves 950.5 Million Tonnes had been identified for offer to various companies for taking up UCG projects as per the amended provisions of Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) Act and the Rules there under.
In accordance with the Presidential orders dated 15 November 1983, constituting the AERB, the functions of AERB include, as per clause 2(i), development of safety policies in both radiation and industrial safety areas, and further, as per clause 2(vi), evolving major safety policies based on safety criteria, recommended by IAEA and other international bodies, adopted to suit Indian conditions.
A Technical Committee on Services I Facilities to Exporters has been constituted under the chairmanship of Shri G Padmanabhan, Executive Director Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The Committee has representation from the EXIM Bank, Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (ECGC), Federation of Indian Export Organization (FIEO), Indian Banks` Association (IBA), Foreign Exchange Dealers Association of India (FEDAI), etc. The mandate of the Committee is to evaluate the entire gamut of services / facilities provided by banks / financial Institutions to the exporters.
The details of cases of import of sub-standard products from China detected by the Customs Department for the last four years is as under:
Number of Cases
Value of goods involved (Rs.in Crores)
Duty involved (Rs. In Crores)