Monthly Archive: November 2017

1,12,083 Affordable Houses sanctioned for urban poor under PMAY(Urban)

Rs.8,105 Cr Investment approved with central assistance of Rs.1,681 Cr

Madhya Pradesh gets 34,680 houses, Haryana-24,221, Maharashtra-11,523

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of 1,12,083 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) with an investment of Rs. 8,105 cr with central assistance of Rs. 1,681 cr. The approval was given in the 28th meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee in its meeting held here yesterday.

Madhya Pradesh has been sanctioned 34,680 houses in 25 cities and towns with an investment of Rs.3,080 cr with central assistance of Rs.520 cr. Haryana got 24,221 houses in 28 cities and towns with an investment of Rs.1,721 cr and central assistance of Rs.363 cr. Maharashtra has been sanctioned 11,523 affordable houses with an investment of Rs.860 cr and central assistance of Rs.173 cr. Jharkhand has been sanctioned 28,477 houses in 5 cities and towns with an investment of Rs. 2,080 cr with central assistance of Rs.427 cr. Kerala has been sanctioned 9836 houses in 49 cities and towns with an investment of Rs.295 cr with central assistance of Rs.147 cr. Mizoram has been sanctioned 3,270 houses in 7 cities and towns with an investment of Rs.65 cr with central assistance of Rs.49 cr.

The approval accorded today was for construction of 44,692 new houses under the Beneficiary Led Construction (BLC) component of PMAY (Urban), enhancement of 1,857 houses in Haryana under BLC and building 28,477 new houses in Jharkhand, 13,946 in Haryana, 6,392 in Maharashtra -under Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP) component.

In Madhya Pradesh, another 16,104 new houses, in Kerala-9,836 houses, in Maharashtra- 5,131, in Mizoram- 3,270 will be built under BLC component under which an eligible beneficiary is assisted to build a house on the land owned by him/her.

With the above proposed houses, cumulative houses under PMAY(U) would become 30,52,828 after final approval from CSMC. Further after subsuming projects of RAY scheme the total number of houses being funded under PMAY(Urban) would be 31,94,676 houses.

Delhi Police begin investigation in case where three people on a motorcycle thrashed two Muslim clerics and hurled communal abuses towards them after argument over crossing the road

Delhi Police begin investigation in case where three people on a motorcycle thrashed two Muslim clerics and hurled communal abuses towards them after argument over crossing the road

नोटबंदी-जीएसटी का जिक्र कर बोले मोदी- ‘राजनीतिक कीमत भी चुकाने को तैयार’

नई दिल्ली. प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने कहा कि बेहतर भारत के लिए उठाए गए कदमों की राजनीतिक कीमत चुकाने के लिए वह तैयार हैं. साथ ही, उन्होंने जोर देकर कहा कि कोई भी उन्हें इससे डिगा नहीं सकता है. लोगों को संबोधित करते हुए मोदी ने कहा कि उनकी सरकार के लिए भ्रष्टाचार मुक्त, नागरिक-केंद्रित और विकास हितैषी पारिस्थितिकी सबसे बड़ी प्राथमिकता है. नीतियों पर आधारित, तकनीक पर आधारित, पारदर्शिता पर आधारित एक ऐसी पारिस्थितिकी जिसमें गड़बड़ी होने की, लीकेज की, गुंजाइश कम से कम हो.

उन्होंने कहा कि नोटबंदी के बाद देश में व्यवहार में बदलाव आया है. स्वतंत्रता के बाद पहली बार ऐसा हुआ है, जब भ्रष्टाचारियों को कालेधन का लेन-देन करने से पहले डर लग रहा है. उनमें पकड़े जाने का भय है. जो कालाधन पहले समानांतर अर्थव्यवस्था का आधार था, वो मुख्यधारा की अर्थव्यवस्था में आया है. हिंदुस्तान टाइम्स लीडरशिप सम्मिट का उद्घाटन करते हुए प्रधानमंत्री ने कहा कि नोटबंदी के बाद एकत्र आंकड़ों की मदद से भ्रष्टाचार में लिप्त लोगों का पता लगाने में भी सरकार को मदद मिल रही है.

लोगों तक सेवाओं और सुविधाओं का लाभ पहुंचाने में आधार की भूमिका की प्रशंसा करते हुए मोदी ने कहा कि आधार नंबर से एक अपरिवर्तनीय बदलाव को मदद मिल रही है. आधार एक ऐसी शक्ति है जिससे ये सरकार गरीबों के अधिकार को सुनिश्चित कराना चाहती है. सस्ता राशन, स्कॉलरशिप, दवाई का खर्च, पेंशन, सरकार की तरफ से मिलने वाली सब्सिडी, गरीबों तक पहुंचाने में आधार की बड़ी भूमिका है. उन्होंने कहा कि आधार के साथ मोबाइल और जनधन की ताकत जुड़ जाने से एक ऐसी व्यवस्था का निर्माण हुआ है, जिसके बारे में कुछ साल पहले तक सोचा भी नहीं जा सकता था. पिछले तीन वर्षों में आधार की मदद से करोड़ों फर्जी नाम सिस्टम से हटाए गए हैं। अब बेनामी संपत्ति के खिलाफ भी यह एक बड़ा हथियार बनने जा रहा है.

प्रधानमंत्री ने कहा कि जिस दिन देश में ज्यादातर खरीद-फरोख्त, पैसे के लेन-देन का एक तकनीकी और डिजिटल पता चलने लगेगा, उस दिन से संगठित भ्रष्टाचार काफी हद तक थम जाएगा. मुझे पता है, इसकी मुझे राजनीतिक तौर पर कितनी बड़ी कीमत चुकानी पड़ेगी, लेकिन उसके लिए भी मैं तैयार हूं. मोदी ने कहा कि जब योजनाओं में गति होती है, तभी देश में प्रगति आती है. कुछ तो परिवर्तन आया होगा जिसकी वजह से सरकार की तमाम योजनाओं की गति बढ़ गई है. साधन वही हैं, संसाधन वही हैं, लेकिन सिस्टम में रफ्तार आ गई है. ऐसा हुआ है क्योंकि सरकार नौकरशाही में एक नई कार्यसंस्कृति विकसित कर रही है.

Mirabai Chanu Clinches Gold Medal at World Weightlifting Championships

Mumbai, Nov 30: In a historic win, India’s Mirabai Chanu clinched the gold medal at the 2017 World Championship in the US. Mirabai Chanu is the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship. She lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194 kg in the women’s 48kg, in the process setting a new national record. Thailand’s Sukcharoen Thunya won the silver medal with a total lift of 193, while Segura Ana Iris bagged the bronze with 182kg.

Chanu, who is employed with the Indian Railways, began with a total of 85kg and then followed up with 109kg to deliver India its second gold medal since Karnam Malleswari did the country proud in 1995 in China. Malleshwari had won the top prize in worlds twice—in 1994 and 1995.

UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) announces hike in power tariffs.Metered rural domestic tariff hiked to Rs 3 per unit for for first 100 units and Rs 4.50 per unit above that

UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) announces hike in power tariffs.Metered rural domestic tariff hiked to Rs 3 per unit for for first 100 units and Rs 4.50 per unit above that

#BSNL Revises Its Rs 187 Plan to Counter Reliance Jio

New Delhi, November 30: State-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has revised its affordable Rs 187 recharge plan to counter Reliance Jio’s disruptive offers. Under the revised Rs 187 plan, subscribers will now be eligible to get unlimited local and STD voice calls along with 1GB data. The plan also offers free caller tune for 28 days. BSNL’s Rs 187 plan is a direct competition to Rs 199 plan from Airtel and Rs 197 plan from Idea Cellular. It is advisable for users to check before recharging as the plan could vary in different circles.

Before its revision, the same plan offered unlimited voice calling in a subscriber’s home circle. Moreover, users were charged as per their base plan when placing calls to Delhi and Mumbai region as BSNL doesn’t have operations in these two metro cities. But with the revised plan, subscribers won’t be charged for the voice calls they make to other circles. This means users can enjoy unlimited voice calling to any circle where BSNL has its operations.

According to a report by TelecomtalkBSNL introduced this plan on October 21, 2017, citing it as a promotional plan for 90 days. The report further adds that BSNL is offering this plan at Rs 186 in Tamil Nadu and is valid from October 21, 2017, to January 18, 2018 in the southern state.

6thInternational Tourism Mart being organized in Guwahati, Assam from 5-7 December 2017

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the North Eastern States is organising the “International Tourism Mart” (ITM) in Guwahati, Assam from 5-7 December, 2017. The event will be held in Taj Vivanta, and will be inaugurated on 5th December by His Excellency, Shri Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam in the presence of Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister Assam and Shri K.J Alphons MoS (IC), Ministry of Tourism & MoS, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Union Secretary Smt. Rashmi Verma and other dignitaries from Central Ministries and North Eastern States.

The 6th International Tourism Mart, will put the spotlight on India’s “Act East Policy”, blossoming ties with ASEAN and the larger East Asia region, home to the world’s rapidly growing economies and India’s emerging tourism markets. Besides deliberations on promotion of tourism in the North East Region in general, keeping the objectives of the ”Act East Policy” in view, the panel discussions will also focus on promoting cultural ties, people-to-people contact with countries in the ASEAN region providing enhanced connectivity to the States of North Eastern Region with other countries in our neighbourhood, thereby developing inter-regional tourism between the ASEAN and North East Region of India. The ITM 2017 will also see an active participation by the Ministry of DONER to synergize the process of development of tourism of the North East Region.

This is the 6th International Tourism Mart and an annual event organised in the North Eastern region with the objective of highlighting the tourism potential of the region in the domestic and international markets. It brings together the tourism business fraternity and entrepreneurs from the eight North Eastern States. The event has been planned and scheduled to facilitate interaction between buyers, sellers, media, Government agencies and other stakeholders. The North East Region of India comprising the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, is endowed with diverse tourist attractions and products. The varied topography of the region, its flora and fauna, the ethnic communities with their rich heritage of ancient traditions and lifestyles, its festivals, arts and crafts, make it a holiday destination waiting to be explored.

Buyer and Media delegates from around the world and from different regions of the country are participating in the Mart and will engage in one-to-one meetings with sellers from the North East Region. This will enable the tourism product suppliers from the region to reach out to international and domestic buyers, with the objective of promoting tourism to the region, a total of 76 foreign Buyer delegates from over 29 countries namely Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, Canada, China, Combodia, Cyprus, Fiji, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, USA, UK, Vietnam, Turkey, South Korea.

Besides the foreign delegates, 50 domestic stakeholders in Tourism sector from other parts of the country and 86 sellers from the North Eastern States are participating in the Mart. Representatives of State Tourism Departments of these North East States will also be present to showcase their tourism destinations and to interact with the delegates.

International buyers and media delegates from countries around the world and from different regions of the country are participating in the Mart. They will be engaging in business-to-business meetings with sellers from the North Eastern Region. In addition to these the three-day event also includes presentations by state governments on their tourism potential, cultural evenings, sightseeing visits to local attractions in and around Guwahati and a press meeting on 6th December 2017.

An exhibition by State Tourism Departments from the North Eastern States including display of beautiful handicrafts and handlooms is also being organised to show case the tourism products of respective participating States.

Overwhelming response has been received for taking post-mart familiarisation tours to the North Eastern states by foreign buyer delegates. This will create awareness about the rich and varied tourism products of the North Eastern region and to give them a first-hand experience of the destination.

The International Tourism Marts are organised in the North Eastern States on rotation basis. The earlier editions of this mart have been held in Guwahati, Tawang, Shillong, Gangtok and Imphal.

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राहुल की ताजपोशी पर कांग्रेस में बगावत, पूनावाला ने कहा- यह सिलेक्शन है, इलेक्शन नहीं!

नई दिल्ली. राहुल की ताजपोशी पर कांग्रेस में विरोध के सुर दिखाई दे रहे हैं. पहली बार किसी चर्चित नेता ने राहुल गांधी को अध्यक्ष बनाए जाने पर बगावती तेवर इख्तियार किए हैं. टीवी चैनलों पर कांग्रेस का मजबूत चेहरा शहजाद पूनावाला ने पार्टी लाइन से अलग राय रखते हुए कहा है कि आगामी कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष पद का चुनाव, एक चुनाव नहीं बल्कि चयन है. उन्होंने कहा कि ये इलेक्शन नहीं सिलेक्शन है.

शहजाद पूनावाला लंबे वक्त या यूं कहे कि 2014 चुनाव के वक्त से ही टीवी चैनलों पर कांग्रेस का पक्ष मजबूती से रखते रहे हैं. उनकी राय से कांग्रेस पार्टी के भीतर और भी सुर फूट सकते हैं. पूनावाला ने कहा, ‘मेरे हिसाब से एक परिवार को एक ही टिकट दिया जाना चाहिए. चाहे वह राहुल गांधी हों या शहजाद पूनावाला.’ पूनावाला ने कहा कि यह एक बनावटी चुनावी प्रक्रिया है. बता दें कि वह महाराष्ट्र कांग्रेस के सचिव भी हैं.