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English rendering of PM’s statement to media at the start of the Winter Session of Parliament

Namaskar friends,

You all are welcome to the Winter Session. This session is important. I hope that we all strive towards accomplishing the maximum possible tasks that are of public importance and significant to the country for the welfare of the people and the country. I believe that all the members of the House will move ahead with this spirit. We have been relentlessly striving to have discussions on different issues. The discussion could be an open one and a heated one but it must take place. There might be debates, discussions and conversations but I would like to request the House to work even beyond the stipulated time and all the important subjects of discussion must reach to a conclusion. Efforts should be towards making the discussion more meaningful and robust. And I believe that all the political parties who will be facing the test in the month of May will make the most out of this session keeping in mind the welfare of the public and not for the interests of their respective parties. With this belief, my best wishes to you all.

 

Thank you!

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President Kovind in Nay Pyi Taw, holds meetings with President and State Counsellor of Myanmar


India hands over first batch of 50 houses in Rakhine development project; two bilateral agreements signed

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, commenced his three-day state visit to Myanmar today (December 11, 2018) by paying a visit to the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw. He was accorded a ceremonial welcome and formally received by President U. Win Myint of Myanmar.

Subsequently, the President led delegation-level talks between the two sides. The President said that India attaches special priority to its relations with Myanmar. Myanmar is a key partner for India’s “Act East” and “Neighbourhood First” policies. President Kovind also described Myanmar as a “natural bridge” from India to Southeast Asia and ASEAN.

The President said India takes pride in its development cooperation partnership with Myanmar and is committed to completing all connectivity projects. The port and inland waterway components of the Kaladan project have been built. India seeks Myanmar’s support to expedite completion of the remaining projects. It is privileged to contribute to capacity development in Myanmar.

The President also met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar, at the Presidential Palace. The two leaders discussed various bilateral and multilateral issues. The President said that India deeply appreciates the reforms underway in Myanmar. We understand that this is a particularly challenging time for Myanmar. India is in full support of the objectives of the National Peace Process.

The President said that residents of India’s Northeast region have particularly welcomed and are beginning to reap the benefits of the Land-border Crossing Agreement concluded recently. They look forward to the early conclusion of the Motor Vehicles Agreement. Connectivity initiatives are bringing progress and prosperity to people on both sides of the border.

 

On the occasion of President Kovind’s visit, India and Myanmar signed two agreements today:

 

  • An agreement between the National Judicial Academy of India and the Office of the Union Chief Justice of Myanmar for training and capacity building of judges and judicial officers in Myanmar

 

  • An agreement for Cooperation in Science and Technology between the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, India, and the Department of Research and Innovation, Ministry of Education, Myanmar

India is building 250 houses in Myanmar’s Rakhine province as part of a developmental project. The first batch of 50 houses was formally handed over to the Myanmar authorities today.

Coinciding with President Kovind’s visit, and to further people-to-people relations, Myanmar has also announced a visa-on-arrival facility for Indian tourists entering the country through the international airports of Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay.

Later this evening, President Kovind will attend a banquet hosted in his honour by President U. Win Myint. His state visit will continue tomorrow (December 12, 2018).

 

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To connect with Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), an online portal “ENSURE” has been launched


The portal will provide a very simple, useful and transparent system to the beneficiary

 

 

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh launched a portal ENSURE- National Livestock Mission-EDEG developed by NABARD and operated under the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries today. On this occasion, he informed that the National Livestock Mission has been conceived by Modi government for the sustainable development of the livestock sector. Under the Mission’s component called Entrepreneurship Development and Employment Generation (EDEG), subsidy payment for activities related to poultry, small ruminants, pigs etc. through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) goes directly to the beneficiary’s account. In order to make it better, simpler and transparent, the NABARD has developed an online portal “ENSURE” (https://ensure.nabard.org) so that the information related to beneficiary and processing of application can be made readily available.

Shri Singh added that under the new process, controlling officer/branch manager of the bank, after scrutinizing & sanctioning of proposal, uploads the subsidy claims in the portal. The subsidy will be approved within 30 days from the date of sanction of loan. Earlier, even after the loan approval, subsidy took a long time to reach the beneficiary’s account. Through this process, the flow of information/funds will also be quicker and more accountable. The burden of extra interest due to delay in the disbursal of the subsidy would now be reduced after the launch of the portal. Access from the portal will also be on real-time basis and list of beneficiaries can be easily prepared.

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A Well marked low pressure area over central parts of south Bay of Bengal

 A well marked low pressure area lay over central parts of south Bay of Bengal and adjoining equatorial Indian Oceans at 0830 hours IST of today, the 11th December 2018. It is likely to concentrate into a depression during next 24 hours and intensify further into a deep depression during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move towards south Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamil Nadu coasts during next 72 hours.

Warnings:

  1. Heavy rainfall warning for south coastal Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu: Rainfall at many places with heavy falls (64.5-115.5 mm/day) at isolated places is likely on 15th Dec 2018. The increased rainfall activity is likely on 16th December over these areas.

  1. Wind warning, Sea condition and Fishermen Warning
 

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The Government of India and ADB sign a $31 Million Loan Agreement to develop Tourism and boost Jobs in Tamil Nadu

The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed in New Delhi a Loan Agreement for $31 million to build-up the State Tourism Industry and boost visitor arrivals.

The signatories to the tranche 4 loan for Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism (IDIPT) were Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary (Fund Bank and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, who signed for the Government of India, and Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director for ADB in India, who signed for ADB.

After signing the agreement, Mr Khare said that the Project is expected to improve the tourism infrastructure in Tamil Nadu and also help the State in preserving the natural and cultural heritage. The activities under the project would also boost economic opportunities for the local people, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Yokoyama said that the increased tourism traffic generated by this Project will generate extra jobs in Tamil Nadu, especially through skills training and community-based activities targeting the poor and women.

Approved in September 2010, the $250 million IDIPT aims to build opportunities for local communities and boost local economy by enhancing tourism in three other states – Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand- besides Tamil Nadu. This will be achieved through developing and preserving sites of natural and cultural heritage, and building connectivity, capacity, and infrastructure around State tourist sites.

The Government of India’s recent Three-Year Action Agenda (2017–2018 to 2019–2020) envisages the hospitality, travel, and tourism sector as a major driver of growth and employment. The Agenda recognizes India’s significant potential to increase: (a) the number of arrivals, (b) global presence by leveraging its cultural industries, and (c) capacity to create large-scale jobs among the poorest segments of the population. It identifies key areas for action, including infrastructure, marketing, and skill development, all of which are aligned with the MFF Road Map.

The Project will support the conservation and restoration of eight heritage monuments, one museum, three temples, and a pond. It will build various facilities at the sites, including information centers, rest centers, and toilet blocks, with facilities served by solar-powered lighting and energy efficient lighting. The total cost of the Project is $44.04 million, of which the Government will provide $13.04 million. The estimated completion date is June 2020.

 

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Shri Dharmendra Pradhan says the Government’s focus is to bring about transformational changes in the energy landscape of India to fulfil the twin objectives of energy justice and climate justice

Gas trading hub to be set up soon to allow easy and ready access to gas suppliers

The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan has said that Energy is a key driver of economic growth and thus, our Government’s focus has been to bring about transformational changes in the energy landscape of India to fulfil the twin objectives of energy justice and climate justice. Speaking at a Programme here today, he said that the Indian energy sector is at the herald of a new beginning; with the energy vision laid down by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The four energy pillars viz. Energy Access, Energy Efficiency, Energy Sustainability and Energy Security; has to be seen in tandem for a stable energy future. The Petroleum Ministry has endeavored to “Reform, Perform and Transform’ the sector.In a span of four years, the government has taken several reforms and accomplished major task with far-reaching impacts. India’s per capita energy consumption is around 1/3rd of the World’s average and we must change this while being energy efficient.

 

 

Shri Pradhan said that Prime Minister Modi’s goal of transforming life’s of our people by providing them an equitable access to clean and affordable energy will continue to remain basis for building New India. He said that Energy is a key enabler in supporting India’s economic growth and seeing to fruition the aspirations of the growing middle class. Currently, we are the third largest energy consumer in the world after US and China. Our energy demand would grow three-fold by 2040.

Shri Pradhan said that Under COP21, our government has made voluntary commitments to reduce the emission intensity of GDP by 33% by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels. Moving towards gas based economy is a critical step towards achieving COP21 targets. Largest ever roll-out of city gas distribution networks across India has been undertaken to enable inclusive growth. Work is underway on 2600 km long Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra pipeline project also known as Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project. In order to connect north eastern states with gas grid, Indradhanush Gas Grid Ltd has been formed to lay 1500 km pipeline with an investment of Rs 6000 cr.The work on the new LNG terminals of Ennore in Tamil Nadu and Dhamra in Odisha at a cost of Rs.10 thousand crores are under progress in speedy manner and soon these would become the hub for supplying imported gas to the eastern and southern states of the country. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana has transformed the life of over 6 crore poor women. Additional 12.5 crore LPG connections have been given in last 4 years taking our LPG coverage today to 90% from 55% in 2014. Ujjwala Yojana has brought about multiple positive benefits in the form of health, economic empowerment and environmental benefits.Government has launched a scheme to produce Bio CNG by setting up 5000 Bio-CNG plants in next five years. These plants will not only help tackle the problem of agricultural waste burning but also bring monetary benefits to farmers. He said that the government has made significant increase in ethanol procurement price for blending program to support sugarcane farmers. Work is also underway to establish 12 modern bio-refineries at a cost of Rs. 10,000 crore to produce 2nd generation ethanol. A bold decision has been taken to directly leapfrog to BS-VI by 2020 from BS-IV. In fact BS VI quality fuel has already been introduced in national capital Delhi from April 2018 itself.

On the achievements in the upstream sector, Shri Pradhan said that we have given the impetus to acquisition and development of overseas equity oil and gas assets. Our recent efforts to jointly develop oil and gas projects in Russia’s Arctic shelf and Pechora and Okhotsk Seas during Russian President Vladimir Putin’ visit is a testimony to this. He admitted that our dwindling domestic oil and gas production is a concern and the Government has made major changes to address it. The most transformative reform in the exploration and production sector is moving to a revenue sharing model and opening the entire sedimentary basin to investors through open acreage licensing. Various relaxations have been provided under the existing PSCs to provided adequate flexibility to operators to enable early development of discoveries. A centralized National Data Repository (NDR) with visualization facilities, for all the E&P data pertaining to the entire sedimentary basinal area, has been set up. Fiscal incentives have been provided to operators for adopting advanced techniques for enhanced recovery of oil and gas. Complete marketing and pricing freedom has been given to gas producers under HELP, DSF and CBM regime and higher price ceiling for production from HP-HT, Deepwater and Ultra Deepwater fields

 

Shri Pradhan said that as a next step, we would soon be setting up a gas trading hub that will allow easy and ready access to gas suppliers and buyers to freely trade natural gas and in turn help India to develop its own hub based pricing. The global investor industry is today keenly looking at Indian energy sector as an attractive investment destination. About 300 billion dollars would be invested in coming decade. Asia’s biggest green oil refinery cum-petrochemical complex is being set up in the state of Maharashtra at a cost of about $ 40 billion dollars by OMCs along with Saudi Aramco and ADNOC.

जामिया मिलिया के पूर्व कुलपति का निधन

जानेमाने शिक्षाविद और जामिया मिलिया इस्लामिया के पूर्व कुलपति मुशीरुल हसन का देहांत हो गया। तड़के चार बजे उन्होंने अंतिम सांस ली। उनके निधन की खबर से मेवात के लोग सन्न रह गए। दिल्ली से मेवात जाते हुए एक सड़क हादसे में वो करीब चार वर्ष पूर्व घायल हो गए थे। उनके सिर में चोट लगी थी, जिसके बाद उनका दिल्ली के अस्पताल में ऑपरेशन भी कराया गया था।

नवंबर 2014 को सुबह करीब 11.30 बजे यह हादसा हुआ। 69 वर्षीय हसन के साथ कार में दो और लोग सवार थे। मेवात में गुरुग्राम-अलवर राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग 248 ए पर मांडीखेड़ा गांव के समीप यह हादसा हुआ था। पूर्व वाइस चांसलर मुशीरुल हसन हादसे में लगी चोटों की वजह से उसी समय से अस्वस्थ चल रहे थे। सोमवार दोपहर बाद उन्हें जामिया मिलिया इस्लामिया विश्वविद्यालय प्रांगण में अंतिम विदाई देने जन सैलाब उमड़ पड़ा।