The Union Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju today inaugurated the new state of the art campus of Indian Aviation Academy (IAA) in New Delhi. With the inauguration of this new world class campus, the IAA academy aims to enhance and augment its training and hostel capabilities to more than double. Speaking on the occasion Shri Raju said that with its enhanced strength the IAA academy would go a long way in meeting the growing demand for skilled manpower in the aviation sector.

The Indian Aviation Academy was constituted under the aegis of NIAMAR (National Institute of Aviation Management and research Society) on 22nd July, 2010 as a joint training academy of Airports Authority of India, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The aim of the academy is to provide training and conduct research and consultancy services in various areas of the aviation sector, like Airports and Aviation Management, Safety Regulations, Security and other related areas. IAA runs training programmes in Airports Operations & Aviation Safety, Airport Engineering & Planning, Air Cargo Management, Environment concerns in Aviation, besides regulatory training through DGCA and Security training through BCAS. AAI also offers internationally recognised aviation accredited programmes to participant across the globe in cooperation with ICAO, IATA and ACI. AAI has also acquired full membership of ICAO Train air Plus programme.

Also speaking on the occasion Secretary Civil Aviation Shri R.N.Choubey said that the Institute Director and faculty should regularly assess the manpower needs of the aviation industry and keep updating the syllabus accordingly to make the courses relevant.

The New IAA campus has been equipped to meet the skilling and training needs of the future as a large number of professionally skilled and trained manpower are required to operate, manage and maintain the future international air transport system.

The new IAA campus is spread over 8 acres and has 12 training halls of different capacities, two computer based training facilities and auditorium of sitting capacity of 200 apart from meeting rooms, library and video conferencing facility. The hostel has a capacity to house 100 trainees and 4 suites for faculty apart from an open air theatre, 2 gymnasium and various other sports and recreational facilities. The new building has been designed with green building compliance and has 200 KW of solar power generation and 5000 litres of solar water heating system apart from using energy efficient and conservation power appliances and devices.

Chairman AAI, Dr Guruprasad Mahapatra and DG BCAS, Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra also spoke on the occasion.

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The official Wholesale Price Index for ‘All Commodities’ (Base: 2011-12=100) for the month of August, 2017 rose by 0.8 percent to 114.8 (provisional) from 113.9 (provisional) for the previous month.

The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, stood at 3.24% (provisional) for the month of August, 2017 (over August,2016) as compared to 1.88% (provisional) for the previous month and 1.09% during the corresponding month of the previous year. Build up inflation rate in the financial year so far was 1.41% compared to a build up rate of 3.25% in the corresponding period of the previous year

Inflation for important commodities / commodity groups is indicated in Annex-1 and Annex-II.

The index for this major group rose by 1.9 percent to 134.9 (provisional) from 132.4 (provisional) for the previous month. The groups and items which showed variations during the month are as follows:-

The index for ‘Food Articles’ group rose by 2.2 percent to 150.8 (provisional) from 147.6 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of betel leaves (9%), fruits & vegetables (8%), ragi (6%), condiments & spices (3%), peas/chawali and fish-marine (2% each) and arhar, beef & buffalo meat, fish-inland, milk and wheat (1% each). However, the price of poultry chicken (10%), urad (5%), coffee and tea (3% each) and jowar, maize, masur, bajra, moong, paddy and egg (1% each) declined.

The index for ‘Non-Food Articles’ group rose by 1.8 percent to 120.6 (provisional) from 118.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of floriculture (25%), copra (coconut) (23%), guar seed (8%), safflower (kardi seed) (4%), castor seed (3%), gingelly seed, rape & mustard seed and raw wool (2% each) and soyabean and skins (raw) (1% each).  However, the price of raw silk (4%), linseed and groundnut seed (3% each), sunflower, raw jute and raw rubber (2% each) and hides (raw), niger seed, mesta, cotton seed and raw cotton (1% each) declined.

The index for ‘Minerals’ group declined by 1.2 percent to 118.2 (provisional) from 119.6 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of sillimanite (18%), chromite (16%), copper concentrate (6%), phosphorite (3%) and iron ore (2%).  However, the price of lead concentrate (22%), limestone (11%), zinc concentrate (10%) and bauxite (6%) moved up.

The index for ‘Crude Petroleum & Natural Gas’ group rose by 0.5 percent to 64.3 (provisional) from 64.0 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of crude petroleum (1%). However, the price of natural gas (1%) declined.

The index for this major group rose by 0.9 percent to 89.2 (provisional) from 88.4 (provisional) for the previous month. The groups and items which showed variations during the month are as follows:-


The index for ‘Mineral Oils’ group rose by 1.7 percent to 76.6 (provisional) from 75.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of naphtha (5%), petrol and kerosene (3% each), HSD and ATF (2% each) and furnace oil (1%). However, the price of LPG (5%) and bitumen and petroleum coke (1% each) declined.

The index for this major group rose by 0.2 percent to 112.9 (provisional) from 112.7 (provisional) for the previous month. The groups and items which showed variations during the month are as follows:-


The index for ‘Manufacture of Food Products’ group rose by 0.3 percent to 127.3 (provisional) from 126.9 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of copra oil (8%), rice bran oil (4%), instant coffee, cotton seed oil, condensed milk, castor oil and rice products (3% each), rice, non-basmati, soyabean oil and salt (2% each) and maida, other meats, (preserved/processed), palm oil, sugar, processed tea, gur, rapeseed oil, ghee and ice cream (1% each).  However, the price of processing & preserving of fish, crustaceans & molluscs & products thereof, manufacture of macaroni, noodles, couscous & similar farinaceous products and groundnut oil (4% each), honey, molasses and spices (including mixed spices) (3% each), powder milk, coffee powder with chicory, manufacture of cocoa, chocolate & sugar confectionery, basmati rice and manufacture of health supplements (2% each) and manufacture of bakery products, manufacture of prepared animal feeds, manufacture of processed ready to eat food, manufacture of starches & starch products, wheat flour (atta), wheat bran, processing & preserving of fruit and vegetables, butter and bagasse (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Beverages’ group rose by 1.4 percent to 119.1 (provisional) from 117.4 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of bottled mineral water (5%), aerated drinks/soft drinks (incl. soft drink concentrates) (4%), rectified spirit (2%) and wine, beer and country liquor (1% each). However, the price of spirits (1%) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Tobacco Products’ group rose by 2.9 percent to 147.7 (provisional) from 143.6 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of other tobacco products (7%) and biri (6%).  However, the price of cigarette (4%) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Textiles’ group declined by 0.6 percent to 112.7 (provisional) from 113.4 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of cotton yarn (2%) and synthetic yarn and manufacture of other textiles (1% each). However, the price of texturised & twisted yarn (1%) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Wearing Apparel’ group rose by 0.4 percent to 136.5 (provisional) from 136 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of manufacture of knitted and crocheted apparel (4%).  However, the price of  manufacture of wearing apparel (woven), except fur apparel (1%) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Leather and Related Products’ group rose by 1.2 percent to 120.9 (provisional) from 119.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of chrome tanned leather (3%), belt & other articles of leather and leather shoe (2% each) and waterproof footwear (1%). However, the price of gloves of leather (8%), travel goods, handbags, office bags, etc. (3%) and harness, saddles & other related items (1%) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Wood and of Products of Wood and Cork ‘ group rose by 0.3 percent to 132.1 (provisional) from 131.7 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of wooden panel (2%) and wooden board (non-electrical), plywood block boards, wooden block-compressed or not, timber/wooden plank, sawn/resawn and wooden splint (1% each).  However, the price of wood cutting, processed/sized and particle boards (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Paper and Paper Products’ group rose by 0.9 percent to 118.5 (provisional) from 117.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of duplex paper (6%), paper carton/box and card board box (4% each), pulp board (2%) and base paper (1%).  However, the price of tissue paper (6%), bristle paper board (4%), paper bag including craft paper bag (3%), corrugated paper board and card board (2% each) and newsprint and laminated paper (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Printing and Reproduction of Recorded Media ‘ group rose by 0.5 percent to 144.3 (provisional) from 143.6 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of printed form & schedule (6%), printed books and newspaper (2% each). However, the price of hologram (3d) (6%) and journal/periodical and sticker plastic (2% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Chemicals and Chemical Products’ group declined by 0.1 percent to 111.2 (provisional) from 111.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of nitric acid (14%), phosphoric acid (9%), sulphuric acid and organic surface active agent (6% each), agro chemical formulation (4%), plasticizer, soda ash/washing soda and ammonium sulphate (3% each), aniline (including pna, ona, ocpna), fatty acid, aromatic chemicals, alkyl benzene, insecticide & pesticide, xlpe compound, poly vinyl chloride (pvc) and hair oil/body oil (2% each) and tooth paste/tooth powder, mixed fertilizer, menthol, ammonium nitrate, acrylic fibre, adhesive excluding gum, printing ink, sodium silicate, polyethylene, polyester fibre fabric, perfume/scent, explosive, adhesive tape (non-medicinal) and nitrogenous fertilizer, others (1% each).   However, the price of mono ethyl glycol (11%), poly propylene (pp) (9%), acetic acid and its derivatives (7%), amine (4%), carbon black (3%), ammonia liquid, catalysts, safety matches (match box) and polyester chips or polyethylene terepthalate (pet) chips (2% each) and liquid air & other gaseous products, face/body powder, other inorganic chemicals, hydrogen peroxide, toilet soap, caustic soda (sodium hydroxide), varnish (all types), gelatine, ethyl acetate, foundry chemical and organic chemicals (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Pharmaceuticals, Medicinal Chemical and Botanical Products’ group rose by 0.8 percent to 120.9 (provisional) from 120 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of antiseptics & disinfectants (5%), antioxidants (4%), antibiotics & preparations thereof (3%), plastic capsules, medical accessories, antipyretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory formulations, anti-retroviral drugs for HIV treatment and anti cancer drugs (2% each) and cotton wool (medicinal), antidiabetic drug excluding insulin (i.e. tolbutam) and api & formulations of vitamins (1% each).  However, the price of steroids & hormonal preparations (including anti-fungal preparations) (10%), simvastatin and vaccine for hepatitis b (4% each), anti-malarial drugs (3%), sulpha drugs (2%) and anti inflammatory preparation, digestive enzymes and antacids, ayurvedic medicaments and anti allergic drugs (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Rubber and Plastics Products’ group declined by 0.6 percent to 107.2 (provisional) from 107.9 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of motor car tyre and plastic tape (7% each), plastic button (6%), tractor tyre (5%), 2/3 wheeler tyre (4%), rubber tread and thermocol (3% each), medium & heavy commercial vehicle tyre and pvc fittings & other accessories (2% each) and motor car tube, solid rubber tyres/wheels, rubber cloth/sheet, v belt, processed rubber and acrylic/plastic sheet (1% each).   However, the price of tooth brush (7%), condoms (6%), rubberized dipped fabric (4%), rubber moulded goods (3%), cycle/cycle rickshaw tyre, plastic bottle, polythene film and polypropylene film (2% each) and rubber crumb, medium & heavy commercial vehicle tube, plastic bag, conveyer belt (fibre based), plastic components, polyester film (non-metalized), 2/3 wheeler rubber tube and plastic furniture (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products’ group declined by 0.8 percent to 111.9 (provisional) from 112.8 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of porcelain sanitary ware (10%), ceramic tiles (vitrified tiles) (7%), clinker (5%), marble slab (2%) and ordinary portland cement, pozzolana cement, granite, toughened glass, plain bricks and stone, chip (1% each).  However, the price of graphite rod (13%), slag cement (6%), ordinary sheet glass (4%), non ceramic tiles (3%) and poles & posts of concrete, porcelain crockery, white cement, asbestos corrugated sheet and glass bottle (2% each) and cement blocks (concrete) (1%) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Basic Metals’ group rose by 0.8 percent to 97.8 (provisional) from 97.0 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of pig iron (6%), stainless steel pencil ingots/billets/slabs (4%), mild steel (ms) blooms, steel cables, lead ingots, bars, blocks, plates, ms pencil ingots and stainless steel tubes (3% each), brass metal/sheet/coils, ms bright bars and aluminium ingot (2% each) and ferromanganese, copper shapes - bars/rods/plates/strips, aluminium powder, galvanized iron pipes, hot rolled (hr) coils & sheets, including narrow strip, cold rolled (cr) coils & sheets, including narrow strip, aluminium shapes - bars/rods/flats and copper metal/copper rings (1% each).  However, the price of stainless steel coils, strips & sheets (9%), other ferro alloys (5%), angles, channels, sections, steel (coated/not) (3%), alloy steel castings, ms castings and aluminium disk and circles (2% each) and gp/gc sheet, aluminium metal, aluminium alloys, ferrochrome, silicomanganese, stainless steel bars & rods, including flats and cast iron, castings (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Fabricated Metal Products, Except Machinery & Equipment’ group declined by 0.3 percent to 107.5 (provisional) from 107.8 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of stainless steel utensils (4%), steel structures (2%) and electrical stamping- laminated or otherwise, iron/steel cap, hose pipes in set or otherwise, forged steel rings and metal cutting tools & accessories (1% each).  However, the price of iron/steel hinges (4%), steel door (3%), bolts, screws, nuts & nails of iron & steel, boilers and pressure cooker (2% each) and aluminium utensils, copper bolts, screws, nuts, steel pipes, tubes & poles, jigs & fixture and lock/padlock (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Computer, Electronic & Optical Products’ group declined by 0.4 percent to 108.9 (provisional) from 109.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of capacitors (2%) and electro-diagnostic apparatus, used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences, air conditioner, computer peripherals and electronic printed circuit board (pcb)/micro circuit (1% each).  However, the price of sunglasses (8%), clock (5%), scientific time keeping device (3%) and telephone sets including mobile hand sets (1%) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Electrical Equipment’ group rose by 0.8 percent to 109.3 (provisional) from 108.4 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of electric switch and electrical resistors (except heating resistors) (9% each), fibre optic cables (7%), domestic gas stove and electric accumulators (6% each), insulating & flexible wire, solenoid valve, geyser and incandescent lamps (3% each), electric heaters, light fitting accessories, electric filament type lamps and generators & alternators (2% each) and aluminium wire, fan, connector/plug/socket/holder-electric, lead acid batteries for vehicles & other uses, washing machines/laundry machines, electric welding machine, meter panel and  flourescent tube (1% each).  However, the price of dry cells such as torch light batteries (9%), amplifier (8%), microwave oven (5%), batteries (4%), electric switch gear control/starter (2%) and rotor/magneto rotor assembly, pvc insulated cable, insulator, electrical relay/conductor, electric wires & cables and refrigerators (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Machinery and Equipment’ group rose by 0.3 percent to 108.4 (provisional) from 108.1 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of pressure vessel and tank for fermentation & other food processing (9%), solar power system (solar panel & attachable equipment), packing machine and roller and ball bearings (4% each), manufacture of bearings, gears, gearing and driving elements (3%), conveyors - non-roller type, roller mill (raymond), air filters and rice mill machinery (2% each) and machinery used in the milling industry, oil pump, drilling machine, machinery for plastic products-extruded, pump sets without motor, gasket kit, agriculture implements and open end spinning machinery (1% each). However, the price of precision machinery equipment/form tools (6%), printing machinery (5%), chillers and separator (4% each), excavator, injection pump and chemical equipment & system (3% each), harvesters and pharmaceutical machinery (2% each) and grinding or polishing machine, lathes and agricultural tractors (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Motor Vehicles, Trailers and Semi-Trailers’ group rose by 0.7 percent to 111.9 (provisional) from 111.1 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of piston ring/piston and compressor (4%), cylinder liners and minibus/bus (3% each), wheels/wheels & parts (2%) and shafts of all kinds, body (for commercial motor vehicles), radiators & coolers and engine (1% each).  However, the price of chassis of different vehicle types (2%) and steering gear control system, release valve and silencer and damper (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of other Transport Equipment’ group declined by 1.4 percent to 109.5 (provisional) from 111 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of motor cycles and scooters (2% each) and wagons (1%). However, the price of auto rickshaw/tempo/matador/three wheelers and bicycles of all types (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Furniture’ group rose by 1.4 percent to 119.5 (provisional) from 117.8 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of steel shutter gate (3%), foam and rubber mattress, iron/steel furniture and wooden furniture (2% each). However, the price of plastic fixtures (3%) declined.

The rate of inflation based on WPI Food Index consisting of ‘Food Articles’ from Primary Articles group and ‘Food Product’ from Manufactured Products group increased from 2.12% in July, 2017 to 4.41% in August, 2017.

For the month of June, 2017, the final Wholesale Price Index for ‘All Commodities’ (Base: 2011-12=100) and annual rate of inflation remained unchanged at its provisional level of 112.7 and 0.90 percent respectively as reported on 14.07.2017.

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06-September-2017 22:25 IST

India-Myanmar Joint Statement issued on the occasion of the State Visit of Prime Minister of India to Myanmar (September 5-7, 2017)

  • At the invitation of H.E. U Htin Kyaw, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, is paying his first bilateral State visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from 5th to 7th September 2017. The visit is part of the continuing high level interaction between the leaders of the two countries and follows successive State visits to India last year by H.E. President U Htin Kyaw and H.E. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Prime Minister Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on 5th September 2017. He paid a courtesy call on the President of Myanmar, who hosted a State Banquet in his honour. On 6th September 2017, the Indian delegation led by Prime Minister Modi held bilateral talks with the Myanmar delegation led by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The talks were held in a warm, cordial and constructive atmosphere as befits the close and friendly relations between the two countries. Thereafter, the State Counsellor and the Indian Prime Minister witnessed the signing and exchange of various documents between Myanmar and India in the areas of health, culture, capacity building, maritime security and collaboration between key institutions and held a Joint Press Conference.
  • Apart from his official engagements in Nay Pyi Taw, Prime Minister Modi will visit places of historical and cultural importance at Bagan and Yangon. In Bagan, he will visit the holy and historic Ananda Temple, where restoration work is being carried out by Indian and Myanmar archaeologists under the expert guidance of the Archaeological Survey of India. In Yangon, he will pay his respects to the memory of General Aung San at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum and also visit the Bogyoke Aung San Museum as well as other prominent sites. He will interact with the Indian origin and expatriate Indian community of Myanmar during his stay in Yangon.
  • During the talks, the two leaders reviewed developments since the very successful State visits of the President and the State Counsellor of Myanmar to India in August and October 2016 respectively. They reviewed ongoing official exchanges, economic, trade and cultural ties, as well as people-to-people exchanges that reflect the harmony between Myanmar’s independent, active and non-aligned foreign policy and India’s pragmatic Act East and Neighbourhood First policies. They pledged to pursue new opportunities to further deepen and broaden bilateral relations for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries. They reaffirmed their common aspirations for peace, collective prosperity and development of the region and beyond.
  • The Prime Minister of India appreciated the measures taken by the Government of Myanmar towards peace and national reconciliation and commended the on-going peace process of the Government of Myanmar. He noted that peace and stability in Myanmar are of the highest priority to India and reiterated India’s continued support to the Government of Myanmar in consolidating democratic institutions in Myanmar and for the emergence of a democratic Federal Republic.
  • The two leaders discussed the security situation prevailing along their borders and expressed concern at various incidents of terrorism and extremist-inspired violence that have taken place in their respective territories. Recognizing that terrorism remains one of the most significant threats to peace and stability in the region, both sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed that the fight against terrorism should target not only terrorists, terror organisations and networks, but also identify, hold accountable and take strong measures against States and entities that encourage, support or finance terrorism, provide sanctuary to terrorists and terror groups, and falsely extol their virtues. Myanmar condemned the recent barbaric terror attacks during the Amarnath Yatra in India as also various acts of terror perpetrated by terrorists from across the borders. India condemned the recent terrorist attacks in northern Rakhine State, wherein several members of the Myanmar security forces lost their lives. Both sides agreed that terrorism violates human rights and there should, therefore, be no glorification of terrorists as martyrs. They called on the international community to end selective and partial approaches to combating terrorism and, in this regard, jointly called for the expeditious finalization and adoption of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism by the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Recognising that maintenance of security and stability along the common border is essential for the socio-economic development of the peoples of the border areas, Myanmar reaffirmed its respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India and steadfastly upheld the policy of not allowing any insurgent group to utilise Myanmar’s soil to undertake hostile acts against the Indian Government. Myanmar also appreciated Government of India for upholding the same principle.
  • Both sides reiterated their mutual respect for the already demarcated boundary between the two countries and emphasised the need to resolve outstanding boundary demarcation issues as fast as possible through existing bilateral mechanisms and consultations.
  • Both sides reviewed the security situation in their immediate neighborhood and agreed upon the special need for enhancing closer bilateral cooperation in maritime security. They also agreed to foster mutually beneficial and deeper defence cooperation between the two countries and, in this context, noted with satisfaction the recent successful visit of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of Myanmar to India. Besides institutionalized cooperation through regular coordinated patrolling initiatives, they agreed to focus on bilateral maritime cooperation in non-traditional security domains, such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, which are critical for safeguarding the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean as global commons.
  • Both sides pledged that Myanmar and India will maintain the already-achieved mutual understanding and growing bilateral relations between the two countries and that they will stand by each other as good and trustworthy neighbours in the years ahead in the interest of both peoples and the region.
  • The two sides noted with satisfaction the continued exchange of high-level visits that has fostered better mutual understanding of outstanding bilateral issues. They appreciated the regular holding of sector specific institutional mechanisms in the areas of security and defence, trade and commerce, power and energy, border management and connectivity etc. for effective follow-up of decisions taken at the highest political levels. They also noted with pleasure the excellent exchanges between Indian and Myanmar Parliamentarians and encouraged them to further enhance such interaction.
  • The Myanmar side expressed its heartfelt appreciation to Government of India for all the assistance rendered to Myanmar in support of its endeavour for socio-economic development. Both sides reviewed on-going cooperation projects being executed with technical and financial assistance from the Government of India, noting that these were directly associated with the benefit of the Myanmar people, and agreed that these should be expedited. Prime Minister Modi reiterated India’s abiding commitment to supporting Myanmar in its efforts to build infrastructure and develop human resources capacity. Alluding to the positive experience of the Industrial Training Centres set up with Indian assistance in Pakokku and Myingyan, the Myanmar side thanked India for the support being extended to develop two more Centres at Monywa and Thaton respectively as well as the assistance for a five year comprehensive maintenance plan for ITC, Myingyan. They also expressed appreciation for the support offered by India to upgrade the Myanmar-India Entrepreneurship Development Centre and the Centre for English Language Training at Yangon. The two sides also agreed to continue discussion towards the establishment of a Planetarium at a suitable location in Myanmar, recognizing that this would be a valuable institution that would nurture a scientific temper amongst the Myanmar youth.
  • The two sides shared the view that the situation in Rakhine State had a developmental as well as a security dimension. In this context, they agreed to bring about overall socio-economic development in the State by undertaking both infrastructure and socio-economic projects, particularly in the spheres of education, health, agriculture and allied activities, agro-processing, community development, construction of small bridges, upgradation of roads, small power projects, livelihood activity, setting up of training centres, promotion of household crafts, conservation of environment and cultural heritage. Myanmar welcomed India's offer of assistance under the Rakhine State Development Programme and the two sides agreed to finalize the implementation modalities within the next few months
  • The two sides noted with satisfaction the cooperation in the field of agricultural research and education, especially through the rapid progress in operationalizing the Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education set up at the Yezin Agricultural University and the Rice Bio Park set up at the Department of Agricultural Research. It also appreciated India’s assistance for facilitating post graduation and doctoral education in agricultural sciences for candidates from Myanmar.
  • The two sides expressed satisfaction at the ongoing capacity building programmes for Myanmar judicial officers, military personnel and police. Myanmar thanked India for the extended period of support to the Myanmar Institute of Information Technology and the India-Myanmar Centre for Enhancement of IT Skills. They agreed that India would extend regular training to Myanmar diplomats at the Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi. Myanmar welcomed India’s offer to enrol two Myanmar diplomats every year for training at the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan while 150 Myanmar civil servants would undergo training in English language at Indian training institutes every year for a period of five years.
  • Recognizing the need to further upgrade the training infrastructure and capacity building of Myanmar Police, the two leaders welcomed the signing of the Memorandum on Upgradation of the Women’s Police Training Center at Yamethin in Myanmar with technical and financial assistance of Government of India. Myanmar welcomed India’s offer to help set up a training centre for police officers in Yangon and it was decided that modalities would be jointly worked out.
  • Myanmar thanked India for supporting various projects in Myanmar that enhance bilateral as well as regional connectivity like the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project and other road and bridge construction projects as fully funded grant-in-aid projects. Myanmar appreciated the substantial progress made on the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project with the completion of works on the Sittwe Port and the Paletwa Inland Water Transport Terminal and the handing over of six cargo barges to the Myanmar Port Authority and Inland Water Transport. The two sides agreed to enter into an MoU on appointing a port operator that may include both sides to be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the port in keeping with the practice that has been adopted at other international ports in Myanmar. This would enable the Port and IWT infrastructure to be used commercially and promote development of the surrounding areas even as the final component of the project, the road from Paletwa to Zorinpui, is under construction. Both sides noted with satisfaction that work on the road was already underway and agreed to facilitate movement of project personnel, construction material and equipment across the border through Zorinpui and Paletwa. They also noted that construction work would shortly begin on reconstruction of bridges on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa Road and on the Kalewa-Yargyi sector of the Trilateral Highway. The two sides have agreed upon the alignment of the Rih-Tedim road and the DPR for its construction. Further steps on construction of the Putao-Myitkyina and Alethankyaw-Ahungmaw roads under available LOC would be taken after DPRs are made available by Myanmar. In response to Myanmar’s request, India agreed to undertake preparation of DPRs for the Rihkhawdar-Zowkhathar bridge and the Bwaynu bridge.
  • The two sides also reviewed projects in the field of health and noted with satisfaction that work on the upgradation of Yangon Childrens' Hospital and Sittwe General Hospital and on construction of Monywa General Hospital had been completed. They agreed to start consultations to establish and operate a state-of-the-art hospital in Nay Pyi Taw in association with one of the leading Indian hospital groups, based on modalities to be mutually decided.
  • Both sides deliberated on the progress made in utilization of US$ 500 million concessional Line of Credit extended by India to Myanmar in 2012. Noting that the projects to be implemented under the Line of Credit would help augment the physical infrastructure in vital areas and enhance capacities in agriculture and transport, they resolved to implement mutually agreed projects expeditiously.
  • Both sides expressed that, in order to derive full value from these infrastructure projects, the institutional arrangements related to connectivity needed to be put in place on priority. In this regard, they noted the importance of concluding a bilateral agreement that would enable motor vehicle traffic, both passenger and cargo, to cross the border.
  • Both sides underlined the need for bringing about greater integration of power and energy supply networks between India and Myanmar. Myanmar welcomed India's participation in its energy sector both in exploration and production and invited Indian companies to participate in tenders for petrochemicals and petroleum products, marketing infrastructure and setting up of LPG terminals. India informed that leading Indian oil and gas companies are in the process of opening their offices in Myanmar. The two sides applauded the agreement reached by Numaligarh Refinery of India and Parami Energy Group of Myanmar on supply of diesel to Myanmar across the land border, noting that this will give the people of north Myanmar cheaper and more reliable access to petroleum products, and also encouraged both sides to collaborate in storage and retail marketing of petroleum products in Myanmar. The first consignment of the high speed diesel reached Myanmar on 4th September 2017.
  • India also expressed its readiness to extend technical as well as project-specific assistance to conventional as well as renewable energy-based power development projects identified by Government of Myanmar. In addition to the earlier offer to conduct a feasibility study for development of solar parks in Myanmar, India offered to conduct a solar radiation resource assessment in Myanmar. The two sides discussed ways to cooperate in the field of energy efficiency between the two countries. Myanmar thanked India for the technology demonstration projects being undertaken through Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. of India to introduce LED-based energy efficient lighting in key townships and buildings identified by Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw, Bago region and Rakhine State. India shared its experiences in power trade and expressed its interest in examining possible cooperation in this area with Myanmar. It was agreed that these and other relevant issues would be taken up at an early meeting of the Joint Steering Committee on Power and other forums. In view of the immense benefits that would accrue to participating countries, Myanmar promised to give careful consideration to India’s suggestion to join the Framework Agreement for the establishment of the International Solar Alliance.
  • The two sides noted the current level of bilateral trade and investment and agreed that, while robust, it has potential for growth. In this regard, they emphasized the need to improve market access by removing all trade barriers with a view to facilitate trade between the two countries. They expressed satisfaction with the conclusions reached at the 6th meeting of Myanmar-India Joint Trade Committee held in New Delhi, India in June, 2017 and agreed to continue holding of meetings on Border Trade Committee and Border Haats Committee.
  • India welcomed Myanmar’s desire to seek cooperation with it to develop Myanmar’s textile sector covering standardization, inspection and quality recommendations, research & development, human resource development and capacity building .
  • The two sides acknowledged the importance of pulses in the bilateral trade basket, and the implications this trade has for the Myanmar farmers and Indian consumers. In this context, the State Counsellor expressed grave concern at the recent notification issued by India imposing quantitative restrictions on various categories of pulses and requested Prime Minister of India to lift all restrictions on imports from Myanmar in view of the bonds of friendship and long term interests of the two peoples and nations. The Indian Prime Minister responded that it was important to work out long term arrangements whereby the interests of both the peoples could be safeguarded in future.
  • The two sides welcomed the successful negotiations and finalization of the agreement on border crossing which will help in regulating and harmonizing movement of people across the common land border and thus promote bilateral trade and tourism and directed their senior officials to expeditiously conclude the formalities for its signature. Leaders of both countries agreed to negotiate and swiftly conclude an agreement on commencing a coordinated bus service between the two countries from Imphal in India to Mandalay in Myanmar.
  • They shared the view that enhanced air connectivity between the two countries will boost people-to-people contacts as well as promote greater tourism, trade and investment flows. The leaders also agreed that a DPR would be prepared by Airports Authority of India through the close cooperation with Department of Civil Aviation(DCA) of Myanmar for development of Pakokku Airport or Kalay Airport with financial and technical assistance from India. They also welcomed Government of India’s offer of customized training and capacity building programmes for Air Traffic Controllers of Myanmar in India. The leaders directed their respective officials to also explore the feasibility of construction of a rail link between Tamu and Mandalay in Myanmar. It was agreed that a team from India would be deputed to study and prepare a DPR for the rail link between Tamu and Mandalay.
  • Both sides recognized the importance of establishing mutually agreed procedures for the rescue and rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking. In this context, they welcomed the finalization of the MoU on Cooperation for Prevention of Human Trafficking and conveyed their intent to conclude it at the earliest.
  • The two leaders emphasized the centrality of culture in further deepening the close bonds between the peoples of India and Myanmar and expressed satisfaction with the signature of the Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) for the period 2017-20. They expressed confidence that the CEP would also promote cultural exchanges between the North Eastern States of India and the bordering areas of Myanmar. India also confirmed that 2 slots would be made available annually for Myanmar archaeologists for advanced studies at the Indian Institute of Archaeology, New Delhi.
  • The Indian side conveyed that the project being undertaken by the Archaeological Survey of India to preserve and conserve stone inscriptions and temples of King Mindon and King Bagyidaw of Myanmar in Bodh Gaya is at an advanced stage and would be completed by December 2017. The Myanmar side welcomed this information noting that these temples constitute an important aspect of India-Myanmar cultural heritage.
  • Myanmar welcomed India’s assistance in the socio-economic development of Bagan while preserving and conserving its heritage. Prime amongst these is the project to restore and conserve 92 ancient pagodas and structures in Bagan through the Archaeological Survey of India. The two sides welcomed the finalization of an MoU in this regard. Other projects proposed to be undertaken as India-Myanmar cooperation projects are those of setting up of "Bagan Haat" as a hub of Myanmar craft, food and cultural activities, LED-based street lighting, rain water harvesting for sustainable water management, training for alternative income generation for the people of Bagan and upgradation of identified schools.
  • Myanmar expressed deep appreciation to India for the decision taken by the Government of India to give Myanmar nationals gratis visa in all categories, except e-visa.
  • The Government of Myanmar thanked India for its decision to grant special pardon to 40 Myanmar nationals who are currently undergoing imprisonment in India for various crimes. This gesture was deeply appreciated by both the Government and the people of Myanmar, especially by the families of those who will be released from Indian jails.
  • Recognising the importance of the role played by the media in fostering and supporting democracy, both sides welcomed the conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the Press Council of India and the Myanmar Press Council. Activities under this framework will encourage exchanges between journalists and promote better understanding of political and economic developments in India and Myanmar.
  • Both sides reaffirmed their shared commitment to deepen regional cooperation to maximize the mutuality of interests and to ensure equitable share of mutual benefits in all areas, including trade, transport and energy. They recognized the importance of various regional/sub-regional collaborative initiatives to improve the lives and livelihoods of all people across the two countries.
  • India and Myanmar reaffirmed their commitment to work closely in the UN and other multilateral organizations. They underscored the importance of coordinating their positions on multilateral issues of common interest. Both sides reiterated the importance of a strong United Nations and emphasized the need for an early reform of the Security Council. They reaffirmed their commitment to support the Inter-Governmental Negotiations for comprehensive reforms of the Security Council. Myanmar reiterated its support for India’s efforts to become permanent member of an expanded and reformed UN Security Council. The two sides also reaffirmed their commitment to work together particularly in the international arena to strengthen the means of implementation as enshrined in the SDGs 2030. The two sides stressed the importance of objectivity and impartiality of the United Nations and its specialized agencies in pursuing their work.
  • Both sides underscored the need for strengthening and reform of multilateral financial institutions and enhancing the voice and participation of developing countries in international economic decision-making.
  • India and Myanmar expressed firm commitment to set an example of good neighbourliness in the region. They emphasized that they must continue to progress together. They therefore agreed to promote shared interests of the peoples of the two countries so as to live together harmoniously and in a mutually beneficial inter-dependent environment.
  • Prime Minister Modi thanked the President of Myanmar for the warm and gracious hospitality extended to him and his delegation during their stay in Myanmar.
  • Prime Minister Modi also invited State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to visit India at a mutually convenient time. The State Counsellor of Myanmar expressed her deep appreciation for the invitation.

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Your Excellencies

President Xi Jinping,

President Jacob Zuma,

President Michel Temer,

President Vladimir Putin,

Let me begin by sincerely thanking President Xi again for his warm reception and the excellent organisation of this Summit. Our interaction during the restricted session was constructive. It enriched our mutual understanding and perspectives. After more than a decade of existence, BRICS has developed a robust framework for cooperation. We contribute stability and growth in a world drifting towards uncertainty. While trade and economy have been the foundation of our cooperation, our endeavours today touch diverse areas of technology, tradition, culture, agriculture, environment, energy, sports, and ICT. The New Development Bank has started disbursing loans in pursuit of its mandate to mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development in BRICS countries. At the same time, our Central Banks have taken steps to make the Contingent Reserve Arrangement fully operational. These are milestones of progress we can build upon. Looking ahead, it is important that our people remain at the centre of our journey. I am happy to note that China has taken forward the people-to-people thrust of our exchanges from last year. Such inter-mingling will consolidate our links and deepen our understanding.

Excellencies,

India’s own far-reaching journey of transformation gives pride of place to our people. We are in mission-mode to eradicate poverty; to ensure health, sanitation, skills, food security, gender equality, energy, education and innovation. National programmes of Clean Ganga, Renewable Energy, Digital India, Smart Cities, Housing for All and Skill India are laying the basis for clean, green and inclusive development. They are also tapping the creative energy of our 800 million youth. Our women’s empowerment programmes are productivity multipliers that mainstream women in nation building. We have also stepped up the fight against black money and corruption. Moving forward, using the springboard of our national experiences, BRICS countries can deepen partnership for win-win results. Some thoughts come to mind for upgrading mutual cooperation. First, last year we discussed pooling our efforts to create a BRICS rating agency. An Expert Group has since been studying the viability of such an agency. I would urge that the roadmap for its creation should be finalized at the earliest. Second, our Central Banks must further strengthen their capabilities and promote co-operation between the Contingent Reserve Arrangement and the IMF. Third, affordable, reliable, and sustainable access to energy is crucial for the development of our nations. Climate resilient development calls upon us to utilise all available resource streams. Renewable energy is particularly important on multiple counts. Recognizing this, India, together with France, launched a major international initiative - the International Solar Alliance (ISA) - in November 2015. It will bring together a coalition of 121 countries for mutual gains through enhanced solar energy utilisation. BRICS countries can work closely with ISA to strengthen the solar energy agenda. Our five countries have complementary skills and strengths to promote use of renewable and solar energy. The NDB can also establish an effective link with ISA to support such cooperation. We would wish to see more clean energy funding, particularly in solar energy, from the NDB. Fourth, we are nations with large youth populations. We need to mainstream our youth in our joint initiatives as far as possible. Scaled up cooperation in skill development and exchange of best practices will be a valuable instrument. Fifth, at the Goa Summit last year we had exchanged thoughts on smart-cities, urbanization, and disaster-management in the context of cooperation between our cities. We need to further accelerate this track. Sixth, Technology and innovation are the foundations of the next generation of global growth and transformation. India has also found that technology and digital resources are powerful tools in fighting poverty and corruption. A strong BRICS partnership on innovation and digital economy can help spur growth, promote transparency and support the Sustainable Development Goals. I would suggest considering a collaborative pilot project under the BRICS framework, including private entrepreneurship. Finally, India would be happy to work towards more focused capacity building engagement between BRICS and African countries in areas of skills, health, infrastructure, manufacturing and connectivity.

Excellencies,

In the last decade, two generations of leader of our countries contributed to the emergence and establishment of BRICS. We acquired credibility, wielded influence and spurred growth. Now, the next decade is crucial. In an environment where we seek stability, sustainable development and prosperity. BRICS leadership will be crucial in driving this transformation. If we as BRICS can set the agenda in these areas, the world will call this its Golden Decade. In our outreach segment with emerging markets tomorrow. I will share some of our ideas in this regard. I am confident that it will help the BRICS in our shared journey to scale new heights of partnership. I thank you.

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Emphasising the need to create an enabling environment through small steps such as planting more trees, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that new and innovative ways must be thought of, to bring more areas under forest and tree cover. Inaugurating a two-day conference on “Sustainable landscapes and forest ecosystems: Theory to Practice” here today, the Environment Minister urged the gathering to deliberate and come out with out-of-the-box ideas and solutions on increasing the forest cover much beyond the stipulated 33 per cent. “Innovation is the need of the hour. Innovation co-efficient now is more important than any other co-efficient”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said.

Reiterating the Government’s commitment to increase the country’s forest cover from 24% to 33% of the geographical area and creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tons of CO2 equivalent in forests, as reflected in Nationally Determined Contribution, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the target is proposed to be achieved through a number of planned afforestation drives and initiatives. The Minister advocated the balancing of environmental and developmental concerns and also urged the gathering of scientists and foresters to devise a solution to the problem of weeds.

Referring to the forests being an integral part of Indian culture and tradition, the Environment Minister said that India has managed to successfully conserve and enhance its forest resources. He reminded the gathering that our ancestors had given us clean air and clean water and we must make efforts to preserve them for the future generations.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched the “Wood is Good” campaign on the occasion. Wood is a climate-friendly material, as it is a renewable resource, having zero carbon footprint.

The Partnership for Land Use Science (Forest-Plus) is a joint programme by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to strengthen capacity for REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) implementation in India. The programme brings together experts from India and the United States to develop technologies, tools and methods of forest management to meet the technical challenges of managing forests for the health of ecosystem, carbon stocks, biodiversity and livelihood. Some of the objectives of the conference include – exploring issues and opportunities for ecosystem approach to land management in India; discussing how the approaches and tools developed under the Forest-PLUS programme can be used to improve forest management in India and to document and disseminate that learning with a wider group.

Director General, Forest and Special Secretary, MoEFCC, Mr. Siddhanta Das, Mission Director, USAID India, Mr. White, USAID Director for Energy & Environment, officers of the MOEF&CC, Inspector General, MoEF&CC, Ms. Rekha Pai, State Forest Departments and representatives of national institutes and Non-Governmental Organisations were among the distinguished ones present in the gathering.

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Shri Raj Kumar Singh took over as new Union Minister of State (IC) in Ministries of Power & New & Renewable Energy here today. Shri Piyush Goyal, New Railways Minister & former Power Minister was present to hand over the charge to Shri Singh .

Speaking to media after assuming his office , Shri Singh there is lot of dynamism in the both Power & Renewable Energy Ministries which will be continued. Shri Singh said, that he would meet all standards of performance set by the his predecessor and new Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal in the Ministries of Power and Renewable energy . The Country is now energy surplus and that the vision of the Ministries has been defined by his predecessor , Shri Singh added . He assured Shri Goyal that the good work started by him will be completed and the Prime Minister's vision will be realised.

On the occasion, Shri Goyal said he has inherited the finest team of officers in the Government of India because everybody in the Ministries and PSUs related to it , is charged and emotional.

Shri Goyal said, the officials in Ministries as well as in its PSUs want to cross limitless boundaries. The PSUs are very committed. Talking about Shri Singh, Shri Goyal said that he has always concerned about providing electricity to all homes and under his leadership now the power & New Renewable Energy Ministries will achieve new benchmarks of performance and targets.

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            The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed the allocation of portfolios among the following members of the Union Council of Ministers:-

Shri Narendra Modi

Prime Minister and also in-charge of:

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions;

Department of Atomic Energy;

Department of Space; and

All important policy issues; and

All other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.

1.

Shri Raj Nath Singh

Minister of Home Affairs.

2.

Smt. Sushma Swaraj

Minister of External Affairs.

3.

Shri Arun Jaitley

Minister of Finance; and

Minister of Corporate Affairs.

4.

Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari

Minister of Road Transport and Highways;

Minister of Shipping; and

Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

5.

Shri Suresh Prabhu

Minister of Commerce and Industry.

6.

Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda

Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

7.

Sushri Uma Bharati

Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

8.

Shri Ramvilas Paswan

Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

9.

Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Minister of Women and Child Development.

10.

Shri Ananthkumar

Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers; and

Minister of

Parliamentary Affairs.

11.

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad

Minister of Law and Justice; and

Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.

12.

Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda

Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

13.

Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati

Minister of Civil Aviation.

14.

Shri Anant Geete

Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

15.

Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Minister of Food Processing Industries.

16.

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar

Minister of Rural Development;

Minister of Panchayati Raj; and

Minister of Mines.

17.

Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh

Minister of Steel.

18.

Shri Jual Oram

Minister of Tribal Affairs.

19.

Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

20.

Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot

Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.

21.

Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani

Minister of Textiles; and

Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

22.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Minister of Science and Technology;

Minister of Earth Sciences; and

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

23.

Shri Prakash Javadekar

Minister of Human Resource Development.

24.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and

Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

25.

Shri Piyush Goyal

Minister of Railways; and

Minister of Coal.

26.

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman

Minister of Defence.

27.

Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Minister of Minority Affairs.

1.

Rao Inderjit Singh

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

2.

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

3.

Shri Shripad Yesso Naik

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).

4.

Dr. Jitendra Singh

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region;

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office;

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions;

Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and

Minister of State in the Department of Space.

5.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

6.

Shri Giriraj Singh

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

7.

Shri Manoj Sinha

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Communications; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.

8.

Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

9.

Shri Raj Kumar Singh

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; and

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

10.

Shri Hardeep Singh Puri

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

11.

Shri Alphons Kannanthanam

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

1.

Shri Vijay Goel

Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

2.

Shri Radhakrishnan P.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping.

3.

Shri S.S. Ahluwalia

Minister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

4.

Shri Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi

Minister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

5.

Shri Ramdas Athawale

Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

6.

Shri Vishnu Deo Sai

Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.

7.

Shri Ram Kripal Yadav

Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.

8.

Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir

Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

9.

Shri Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary

Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal.

10.

Shri Rajen Gohain

Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.

11.

General (Retd.) V. K. Singh

Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.

12.

Shri Parshottam Rupala

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

13.

Shri Krishan Pal

Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

14.

Shri Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor

Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

15.

Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance.

16.

Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey

Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

17.

Shri Sudarshan Bhagat

Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

18.

Shri Upendra Kushwaha

Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

19.

Shri Kiren Rijiju

Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

 20.

Dr. Virendra Kumar

Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

21.

Shri Anantkumar Hegde

Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

22.

Shri M. J. Akbar

Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.

23.

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti

Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

24.

Shri Y. S. Chowdary

Minister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

25.

Shri Jayant Sinha

Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

26.

Shri Babul Supriyo

Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

27.

Shri Vijay Sampla

Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

28.

Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal

Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources,
River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

29.

Shri Ajay Tamta

Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles.

30.

Smt. Krishna Raj

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

31.

Shri Mansukh  L. Mandaviya

Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways;

Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

32.

Smt. Anupriya Patel

Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

33.

Shri C.R. Chaudhary

Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

34.

Shri P.P. Chaudhary

Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

35.

Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre

Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.

36.

Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

37.

Dr. Satya Pal Singh

Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources,
River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

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Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri flagged-off Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini (INSV Tarini) with an all women crew from INS Mandovi boat pool, Goa at 01:00 PM today (10 Sep17). This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew and shall attempt to circumnavigate the globe on Indian Navy’s sailing vessel INSV Tarini. The crew is expected to return to Goa in April 2018, on completion of the voyage. The expedition will be covered in five legs, with stop-overs at 4 ports viz. Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa).

The event was attended by Shri Manohar Parrikar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral AR Karve Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, Controller Personnel Services, IHQ MoD (Navy) besides other senior naval retired and serving officials as well as civilian dignitaries including family members of the crew and sailing enthusiasts.

During the ceremony at Goa, the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri said that, “this is a historic day for the country, which will be marked in the Navigation history of the world, and globally our women are going to stand out for something which most navies of the world would not have even thought of”. She further said that, “For this initiative I appreciate the Indian Navy and the mentors for inspiring, motivating and training these brave and courageous women”. She expressed her absolute pleasure for being present at the momentous occasion and felt honoured to be amongst the crew and wished them a successful voyage.

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba expressed satisfaction at continuation of the legacy of Indian Navy’s Ocean sailing expeditions which commenced in 1988 with expedition ‘Samudra’. This was followed by first solo circumnavigation by Captain Dilip Donde (Retd) and non-stop circumnavigation of the globe by Cdr Abhilash Tomy resulting in India joining a select group of nine nations which have achieved such feats. He said that the present circumnavigation by an all women crew is an extension of the above efforts and reflection of the Government’s efforts at Women Empowerment – “Nari Shakti”.

INSV Tarini is a 55-foot sailing vessel, which has been built indigenously, and was inducted in the Indian Navy earlier this year, thus showcasing the ‘Make in India’ initiative on the World forum. INSV Tarini is being skippered by Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lt. Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.

During the voyage, the crew would monitor and report marine pollution on the high seas, as also interact extensively with local PIOs during various port halts to promote Ocean sailing.

During their voyage, the crew would also collate and update Meteorological/ Ocean/ Wave data on a regular basis for accurate weather forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD) and subsequent analysis by research and development organisations.

The expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, is in consonance with the National policy to empower women to attain their full potential. It also aims to help discard the societal attitudes and mindset towards women in India by raising visibility of their participation in challenging environment.

Sailing encourages the use of environment friendly non-conventional renewable energy resources and this expedition therefore aims at harnessing the renewable energy.

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"Implement 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; Building Broader Partnerships for Development" - Intervention by Prime Minister at the BRICS Emerging Markets and Developing Countries Dialogue, Xiamen (September 05, 2017)

Your Excellency President Xi Jinping, my esteemed BRICS Colleagues, Distinguished Leaders

I am delighted to be here with you all today. Your countries are close and valued partners of India. And I am pleased to exchange perspectives with you on the shared priority of achieving comprehensive sustainable development. I thank President Xi Jinping for bringing us together for this dialogue.

Excellencies,

Two years since the adoption of UN’s 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the imperative of collaborative action to achieve the goals is even stronger. Recently in July, India completed its first voluntary national review of SDGs. The bedrock of our development agenda lies in the notion of "SabkaSaath,SabkaVikaas” - that is: Collective Effort, Inclusive Growth. We have mapped each of the SDGs to our own development programmes and scheme, both at the federal and state level. Our Parliament too has taken the initiative to organize Parliamentary debates on SDGs. Our programmes are geared to accomplish these priority goals in a time-bound manner. To cite just one example, our three-pronged approach of providing a bank account to the unbanked, providing a biometric identity to all, and using innovative mobile governance solutions, has enabled Direct Benefit Transfers to almost 360 million people for the first time.

Excellencies,

We would like to see such domestic efforts buttressed by strong international partnerships. And, for this, we stand ready to do our part. India has a long tradition of partnerships with fellow developing countries, while pursuing our own aspirations for growth. At every step, we have shared our experience and resources across a range of sectors: from strengthening democratic institutions to deploying high-tech solutions for public good. Earlier this year, we launched the South Asia Satellite to benefit willing regional partners in meeting their developmental goals in education, healthcare, communication, and disaster management. For over half a century, India’s flagship initiative – Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation, ITEC - has offered training and skill development to 161 partner countries from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Caribbean and Pacific Island states. From Africa alone, over the last decade, over 25,000 students have trained in India on ITEC scholarships. At the Third India-Africa Forum Summit in 2015, with participation of all 54 African countries, we decided to double the number of ITEC scholarships to 50,000 over a period of only 5 years. The "Solar Mamas” of Africa, trained in India, are lighting up thousands of homes across the African continent. Our growing engagement with Africa has led to the African Development Bank holding its Annual Meeting outside Africa for the first time, in India earlier this year. Our development partnerships projects are providing water, electricity, roads, healthcare, tele-medicine, and basic infrastructure to people in dozens of countries across the world. And, in all of this, our "no strings attached” model of cooperation is driven purely by the requirements and priorities of our partner countries.

Excellencies,

The countries present here together represent almost half of the humanity. Whatever we do, will impact the world substantially. So, it is our solemn duty to make a better world – brick by brick, or, through BRICS. Yesterday, I had spoken about the BRICS driving the global transformation in the next ten years for it to be a Golden Decade. I suggest that this can be brought about with our proactive approach, policies, and action, on the following ten Noble Commitments:

1. Creating a Safer World: by organized and coordinated action on at least three issues: Counter Terrorism, Cyber Security and Disaster Management;
2. Creating a Greener World: by taking concerted action on countering Climate Change, through initiatives such as the International Solar Alliance;
3. Creating an Enabled World: by sharing and deploying suitable technologies to enhance efficiency, economy and effectiveness;
4. Creating an Inclusive World: by economic mainstreaming of our people including in the banking and financial system;
5. Creating a Digital World: by bridging the digital divide within and outside our economies;
6. Creating a Skilled World: by giving future-ready skills to millions of our youth;
7. Creating a Healthier World: by cooperating in research and development to eradicate diseases, and enabling affordable healthcare for all;
8. Creating an Equitable World: by providing equality of opportunity to all, particularly through gender equality;
9. Creating a Connected World: by enabling free flow of goods, persons and services; and,
10. Creating a Harmonious World: by promoting ideologies, practices, and heritage that are centered on peaceful coexistence and living in harmony with nature.

Through these agenda points, and action on them, we will be contributing directly to the welfare of the Global Community in addition to welfare of our own people. And in this, India stands ready as a willing and committed partner to enhance cooperation and support each other’s national efforts; I look forward to our progress together on this path. I commend President Xi for ably steering the BRICS Chairmanship for the year 2017, and for his warm welcome and hospitality in this beautiful city of Xiamen. I also welcome President Zuma and commit India’s full support for Johannesburg Summit next year.

I thank you.

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Swachhta Pakhwada was observed in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) from 1st to 15th August, 2017 with great enthusiasm and active participation of the officers/staff members of MeitY and its offices. Day-wise Action plan was prepared for implementation which consisted of both motivational and physical activities.

Shri P.P. Chaudhary, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice, administered a pledge to all the officers and staff on 01.08.2017 and delivered an inaugural message highlighting the importance of cleanliness in our day to day functioning and urged all to maintain a clean/green environment to realize the Swachh Bharat vision of our Prime Minister. As part of Government of India’s initiative for giving a fillip to renewable energy programme, Shri Chaudhary also inaugurated the 200KW Rooftop Solar Power Plant, recently installed in the Electronics Niketan building of MeitY.

To spread the message of cleanliness and hygiene and to increase the participation of every individual of Ministry in Swachhta Pakhwada, Swachh Bharat Messages/slogans were widely publicized / displayed.

To create awareness about environmental hazards caused due to unorganized disposal of old / discarded electronic devices and the ways and means for its proper disposal, a Lecture was organized on e-Waste management. A training class on e-office was also arranged to give exposure to the officers and staff on the working of the e-office system towards achieving a ‘Paperless office’.

As an initiative towards achieving a greener, safer and eco-friendly environment, a circular was issued by Ministry to minimise/optimize the use of plastic in MeitY and its offices. 40% of the lights of the building were also replaced with energy efficient LED light fittings.

The general cleaning activities were scaled up around the entire office premises. Vermi-Composting pit was also dug for formation of natural manure.

In addition to above, few important activities amongst various the activities, performed by the offices under MeitY, are as follows:

NIC conducted a Workshop on Swachh Bharat Mission activities and also on Institutional Sanitation and Individual responsibilities for Swachh campus. A competition inviting innovative ideas on Swachh Bharat was also conducted and prizes were awarded to the winners. NIELIT/its sub-centres conducted essay/slogan competition and lecture/workshop on e-Waste Management and conveyed messages to their students about cleanliness. The students also participated in the cleaning of their campus/hostel. A Poster/slogan competition on the theme “Mera Bharat Swachh Bharat” was organized on 12.08.2017 by NeGD, in which students from various neighbouring schools participated.

The Pakhwada culminated on 15.08.2017. On closing day, Nukkad Natak on the importance of Swachhta was performed by some employees of MeitY and its offices .Thereafter, Shri Chaudhary, Hon’ble Minister of State awarded certificates to the winners of the poster/slogan competition. Finally, tree plantation was done by him along with officers of MeitY.

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Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh arrived in Srinagar today on a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. He was received at the airport by the state’s Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh, senior minister Shri Abdul Rehman Veeri and Senior Officials of the State Government.

“I am going there with an open mind and I am willing to meet anyone who will help us in finding solutions to problems facing J&K,” said Shri Rajnath Singh in a tweet before leaving for Srinagar.

Soon after his arrival the Union Home Minister had an hour long one-to-one meeting the Chief Minister Ms. Mehbooba Mufti. Shri Rajnath Singh later reviewed the status of implementation of the Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP) for Jammu and Kashmir with the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh, Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba, Chief Secretary of J&K, Shri BB Vyas and Senior Officers of the MHA and State Government.

The Union Home Minister asked the authorities to expedite the implementation of the PMDP in a time bound manner. Shri Rajnath Singh said it will create jobs for the people of J&K.

The PMDP, a Rs.80,068 crore package announced by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on November 7, 2015, covers 63 projects pertaining to 15 Ministries of the Government of India. The Union Government has already sanctioned Rs.63,000 crores for the various projects, which amounts to 78 percent of the total cost of the PMDP package. An amount of nearly Rs.22,000 crore has been released.

Nearly two years after the PMDP-2015 was announced, five of the 63 projects have been completed. These include the prestigious Chenani-Nashri tunnel costing Rs.781 crore, announcement of remuneration to Special Police Officers (SPOs) from Rs.3,000 per month to upto Rs.6,000 per month as well as assistance provided for Pucca and Kuchcha houses damaged during the 2014 flood.

The land acquisition in respect of semi-Ring Roads in Jammu and Srinagar will be completed within two months. The four-laning of Jammu-Udhampur section of National Highway, NH-1A, is nearing completion. Nineteen road connectivity projects costing about Rs.43, 000 crore are under implementation in the State, which are progressing satisfactorily.

An investment of about Rs.5,810 crore under Power Sector is being made to improve the transmission and distribution network in the state. Besides, the Central Government is supporting the State with an investment of Rs.3,790 crore on Pakaldul hydroelectric project.

For the construction of AIIMS at Awantipora and Jammu, Rs.2,000 crore each are being made available and an amount of nearly Rs.91 crore has been released. Besides, IIT, Jammu and IIM, Jammu have already started functioning from temporary campus and the setting up of permanent campus is under progress. Similarly under the Health Sector, Rs.900 crore is available for completion of ongoing health infrastructure. Rs.200 crore has been utilized. The work on the comprehensive management of Jhelum was reviewed and found satisfactory. The DPR for Phase-II is being prepared. The rehabilitation plan for migrants of Jammu, PoK and Kashmiri Pandits was also reviewed. It was noted with satisfaction that the projects are progressing satisfactorily. During the meeting, other developmental projects under Urban Development, Solar Energy, Horticulture, Tourism etc were also reviewed. The Chief Minister assured the State Government’s full support in the implementation of the PMDP and on all other fronts.

Later, as many as 24 delegations of various organizations, including social, trade, travel and business from across Kashmir Valley called on Shri Rajnath Singh. They included Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK) Kashmir Hotels and Restaurants Associations, Kashmir Shikara Association, House Boat Owners Association, and various other Tourism sector organizations, Youth delegation, Kashmir Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS), Sikh delegation, Fruit Growers & Dealers Association, JK Shia Association, All Gujjjar & Bakerwal Conference, Pahari association and Self employed Women Association.

The delegations apprised the Union Home Minister about the varied problems relating to their respective organizations and submitted memorandum and requested for their resolution of issues on priority.

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Shri Piyush Goyal took over as the New Minister of Railways in Rail Bhavan today i.e.04th September, 2017. He is also Minister of Coal. Prior to this, he was Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministries of Power; Coal; New and Renewable Energy & Mines. Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry & former Minister of Railways was specially present to hand over the charge to Shri Piyush Goyal.

On this occasion, Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways & Minister of Communication (I/C) & Shri Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways were specially present to grace the occasion. Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board & other Board Members were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal said, “Huge Investments in Railways have been made in past three years which will definitely lead to the Development in Railways. Indian Railways shall continue on the roadmap of  Development.” He also profusely appreciated the efforts put in by his predecessor, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu.

In his address, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu extended his best wishes to Shri Piyush Goyal. Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the present Government gives lot of importance to the development of Railway Sector as growth of Railways leads to Nation’s progress. He expressed his confidence that Shri Piyush Goyal will continue to work hard to achieve desired objectives.

Later, Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal held the meeting with the Railway Board Members.

During Shri Goyal’s previous tenure, India became Power & Coal surplus for the first time ever. Also transformative growth in Power resulted in net capacity addition of renewable energy which exceeded that of conventional power while also achieving record low tariff in this sector.

Bio Data of Shri Piyush Goyal

Shri Piyush Goyal is currently a Member of Rajya Sabha (he was first elected to RajyaSabha in 2010 & re-elected in 2016) and was earlier the National Treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He headed the BJP's Information Communication Campaign Committee and oversaw the publicity and advertising campaign of the party including the social media outreach for the Indian General Elections 2014.

He has had a brilliant academic record- all-India second rank holder Chartered Accountant and second rank holder in Law in Mumbai University. He was a well-known investment banker and he has advised top corporates on management strategy and growth. He earlier served on the Board of India’s largest commercial bank, the State Bank of India and Bank of Baroda.

He has participated in Leadership Programs at Yale University (2011), Oxford University (2012) and Princeton University (2013) and is currently pursuing the Owner/President Management (OPM) Program at Harvard Business School.

During his 33 year long political career, he has held several important positions at different levels in the BJP and is in the National Executive of the Party. He had the privilege of being mentored by stalwarts such as Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee , former Prime Minister of India. He was also nominated by the Government of India to the prestigious Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers in 2002.

Link of twitter              @PiyushGoyal

Facebook:                     https://www.facebook.com/PiyushGoyalOfficial/?ref=br_rs

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            During the period 1st July 2017 to 31st August 2017, the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance has disposed of six (6) FDI proposals aggregating to Foreign Investment of Rs. 503.40 crore, as per details below.

 

1.                  The following four (04) proposals have been approved:

 

S. No

Name of the applicant

Gist of the proposal

FDI (Rs.  crore)

1

AMP Solar India Pvt Ltd

Investment in Indian investing company which in turns invest in Indian operating companies.

 

500.00

2

Aditya Birla Capital Ltd

Issue and allotment of equity shares of M/s Aditya Birla Capital Ltd, a systemically important CIC-ND-SI registered with the RBI, to foreign equity shareholders and GDR holders in M/s Grasim Industries Limited pursuant to a composite scheme of arrangement.

 

Nil

3

Firstspace Development Management Pvt Ltd

Undertaking the activity of rendering Investment Advisory Services to an overseas fund manager

 

0.085

4

CVC Asia

Setting-up an investment advisory entity exempt from registration with SEBI

3.32

 

            The following one (01) proposal has been withdrawn:

 

S. No

Name of the applicant

Gist of the proposal

1

Indus Way Emerging Markets

To accept contributions from offshore investors, accept minimum capital requirement, permit the fund to distribute the income realized on its investments to offshore investors under the automatic route.

 

 

            The following one (01) proposal does not lie before DEA:

 

S. No.

Name of the applicant

Gist of the proposal

1

Uniquest Infra Ventures Pvt Ltd

Amendment in clauses 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 of approval letter dated 25.3.17

 

 

 

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