India-Finland have identified several key areas of collaboration in sustainable development for mutual benefits in the oil & gas sector. This includes specific projects in Solar Energy applications for Oil & Gas Projects, Biofuels & Algae based biofuels research and water and waste water management.
The Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and the Protocol between the Republic of India and Malta for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income is in force since 8th February, 1995. Both India and Malta have renegotiated the Agreement to bring in line with international standards, change in domestic laws and changed economic scenario.
The Minister of Defence and National Security of the Republic of Maldives, Mr. Mohamed Nazim had a one hour long meeting with the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony at South Block on Monday, 15 April, 2013, followed by a meeting with the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and CAS and the Vice Chiefs of Army and Navy and DG, Coast Guard. The Maldivian Minister is on a 4 day official visit to India during which he would be visiting military establishments in various parts of the country.
Shri Sachin Pilot, Minister for Corporate Affairs, during his three –day official visit to Sweden last week had a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Sweden, Shri Carl Bildt and Swedish Minister for Financial Markets, Shri Peter Norman.
The official Wholesale Price Index for ‘All Commodities’ (Base: 2004-05 = 100) for the month March, 2013 rose by 0.2 percent to 170.6 (provisional) from 170.2 (provisional) for the previous month.
The Quick Estimates of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) with base 2004-05 for the month of February 2013 have been released by the Central Statistics Office of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. IIP is compiled using data received from 16 source agencies viz.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation releases Consumer Price Indices (CPI) on base 2010=100 for all-India and States/UTs separately for rural, urban and combined every month with effect from January, 2011.
Provisional indices for the month of March 2013 and also final indices for February 2013 are being released with this note for all-India and for States/UTs.
The National Food Security Mission (NFSM), a mega scheme of the Ministry of Agriculture, has been able to encourage farmers to adopt scientific knowhow and modern practices, leading to perceptible rise in production of food grains.
The area-focused scheme Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) also has resulted in increase in rice area, higher adoption of technology, and greater participation of small and marginal farmers.
India and Mauritius have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in New Delhi, for cooperation in the field of election management and administration.
The MoU was signed by the Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri V.S. Sampath and the Electoral Commissioner of Mauritius, Mr. Mohammad Irfan Abdool Rahman. Election Commissioners of India, Shri H. S. Brahma and Dr. Nasim Zaidi; diplomats and senior officials of the Election Commission of India and Government of India were present at the signing ceremony.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the 26th Convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) today (April 12, 2013).
Union Water Resources Minister Shri Harish Rawat has stressed upon working towards sound land and water resources management for survival of 1.6 billion of the South Asia population through “Integrated Water Resources Management” (IWRM)”. Shri Rawat was chairing a seminar on “Different Capacities, Different Roles – Empowering South Asian Women for Climate Change Adaptation” organised during the current course of 2nd India Water Week here in New Delhi today. He said for this empowerment and support to women in the water sector is of paramount importance.
The Secretary General of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Mr. Taleb Rifai accompanied by Union Tourism Minister Shri K.Chiranjeevi handed over an “Open Letter” to Vice President Shri M.Hamid Ansari here today. The letter jointly signed by Mr. Rifai and Mr. David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) urges world leaders to join hands with the leaders from the other countries as well as with UNWTO and WTTC to position travel and tourism higher on the global agenda.
The Government of India and Government of Russian Federation have signed on April 10, 2013 in Moscow a Regulation defining the structure, functions and procedure of the Joint Commission which has been established by an Agreement signed on December 21, 2010 in New Delhi in the field of Emergency Management.
Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, Union Minister of Home Affairs and Mr.Vladimir Puchkov, Minister of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters have singed this agreement.
Indian Railways have carried 1009.73 million tonnes of revenue earning freight traffic during the financial year 2012-13. The freight carried shows an increase of 39.95 million tonnes over the freight traffic of 969.78 million tonnes actually carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 4.12 per cent.
The Minister of State (IC) for Power, Government of India Sh. Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia has said that a refocus on the investment in power sector is the need of the hour as India’s investment is linked to this sector. While inaugurating a Conference on “Restructuring Debts of DISCOMS’ for Sustainable Power Growth” here today the minister said that reforms need to be undertaken on war footing by the power distribution companies (Discoms) that provide electricity to our houses and offices.