Daily Archive: November 2, 2018

Online survey says majority prefer Modi as PM for 2nd term

More than 63 per cent respondents in an online survey expressed their “trust” in Narendra Modi and over 50 per cent said a second term for him will provide them a better future.
The survey, carried out by the news portal ‘Dailyhunt’, and Nielsen India, a data analytics company, was based on opinion of over 54 lakh respondents taken online from within the country and abroad, claimed a statement by them.
“Sixty-three per cent of the respondents expressed more or similar levels of trust in Narendra Modi as compared to 2014 (when he came into power), representing satisfaction in his leadership capabilities for the last four years,” according to the survey. The Congress, however, rubbished the findings and termed the survey as “wasteful” and “fake”.
“A desperate Modi government has lost the faith of people and is facing imminent decimation in five poll-bound states. It is now only using its ill-gotten financial resources to latch onto fake surveys to find legitimacy. Such wasteful surveys will never prop up a government that has already been rejected by the government,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
The survey also said that more than 50 per cent of the respondents believed that a second term for Modi “will provide them a better future”.
When it comes to the five poll-bound states, the survey claimed the people in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are “currently keeping the faith in Modi”.
“Telangana is the only state bucking this trend,” it said without talking about the trend in Mizoram.
The survey claimed 60 per cent of the respondents seem to trust Modi the most in order to uproot the longstanding issue of corruption.
“Interestingly, AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal got higher precedence over Congress President Rahul Gandhi in this category,” it said, referring to the analysis of survey results of “trust and belief” factors.
“Sixty-two per cent of the respondents are confident that Narendra Modi is the best fit to lead the nation during a national crisis, followed by Rahul Gandhi, (17 per cent), Arvind Kejriwal, (8 per cent), Akhilesh Yadav, (3 per cent) and Mayawati, (2 per cent) respectively,” the survey said.
The statement by ‘Dailyhunt’ and Nielsen India clarified that the survey is motivated not by politics and that it was carried out to reflect the voice the people of the country.
Prasun Basu, President, Nielsen (South Asia) said, “We used scientific methodology to help design the study and analyse data received from Dailyhunt platforms to arrive at the findings.”
The survey was hosted on Dailyhunt’s platforms and administered in 10 languages including English and Hindi.
The respondents in 35+ years category showed greater support for Modi as compared to other age groups, added Bedi.

Zero Trailer Released On SRK Birthday

Zero Trailer Released On SRK Birthday: The makers of Hindi film Zero featuring Bollywood badshah Shah Rukh Khan released the trailer of the film on the occasion of King Khan’s birthday.

The film features Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ansuhka Sharma, Sridevi and Abhay Deol in key roles. Zero is directed by Anand L Rai. The film is being made with a budget of Rs 200 crores. Anand L. Rai, Gauri Khan, Karuna Badwal have produced the movie.

Zero trailer has received an overwhelming response from celebrities who have given their thumbs up to the video. The Ajay-Atul duo has directed the music for Zero.

 

Four new Supreme Court judges take oath

New Delhi: Justice Hemant Gupta, Justice R. Subhash Reddy, Justice Mukesh Kumar Rasikbhai Shah and Justice Ajay Rastogi were on Friday sworn in as judges of the Supreme Court.

They were administered the oath by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

With this, the strength of the top court judges has gone up to 28 — only three short of the sanctioned strength of 31.

Justice Gupta, Justice Reddy, Justice Shah and Justice Rastogi were the Chief Justices of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Patna and Tripura High Courts, respectively before their elevation.

The Supreme Court collegium had recommended their elevation on October 29 and it was officially made public on October 30.

The government cleared the recommendation for their elevation to top court within two days.

I don’t know Pallavi’s reasons for telling this lie, but a lie it is: MJ Akbar’s wife Mallika to ANI on journalist Pallavi Gogoi’s allegations in the Washington Post against MJ Akbar

I don’t know Pallavi’s reasons for telling this lie, but a lie it is: MJ Akbar’s wife Mallika to ANI on journalist Pallavi Gogoi’s allegations in the Washington Post against MJ Akbar

Water Storage level of 91 major reservoirs of the country goes down by three percent

The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on  November 01, 2018 was 109.247 BCM which is 67% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 70% for the week ending on October 25, 2018. The level of water storage in the week ending on November 01, 2018 was 99% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 97% of storage of average of last ten years.

The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.993 BCM which is about 63% of the total storage capacity of 257.812 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country. 37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.

REGION WISE STORAGE STATUS:-

NORTHERN REGION

The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are six reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 15.67 BCM which is 87% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 74% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 76% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

EASTERN REGION

The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 13.50 BCM which is 72% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 79% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 75% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

WESTERN REGION

The Western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 31.26 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 16.65 BCM which is 53% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 71% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 66% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

CENTRAL REGION

The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 42.30 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 30.92 BCM which is 73% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 62% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 71% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the storage of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

SOUTHERN REGION

The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states), Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 32.50 BCM which is 63% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 66% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 66% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat and Maharashtra, AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states), Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

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Centre sincerely working to provide social security to unorganized sector workers: Santosh Gangwar

Minister inaugurates Digital “Claims Receipt Entry” facility at 117 district offices of EPFO

66th Foundation Day of EPFO celebrated

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (I/C) for Labour & Employment praised the efforts of Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to digitalize the services to accelerate the claims settlement of EPFO beneficiaries in, Provident Fund, Pension & Insurance, while inaugurating 66th foundation day celebrations of EPFO yesterday at New Delhi. He said that government is sincerely working to bring unorganized sector workers within the social security net. On this occasion, the Minister also inaugurated the online facility of “Claim Receipt Entry” at 117 District Offices of EPFO by integrating them digitally. It will help members to cut down upon long distance travels for claim submission. It will further help in checking the progress online.

He further said that Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) is yielding good results. Approximately 85 lakh new employees have benefitted from this scheme and government has contributed Rs. 2405 crore in the scheme. PMRPY has been launched to motivate employers for giving new employment. Government is giving 12 percent employer’s contribution (8.33% EPS+3.67% EPF) for three years on new employees. More than one crore members have been added in the fold of EPFO & ESIC in last two years. He further said that he has asked officials to implement Grievance Redressal mechanism effectively and complete all the complaints and enquiry cases regarding employees in a time bound manner.

Shri Heeralal Samariya, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment informed that now employees are getting all the claims online. Employers are paying their contributions online and pensioners are getting life certificates digitally. He said that EPFO has also contributed in improving country’s ranking in ‘Ease of Doing Business’. He further said that EPFO has taken a long jump since its inception in 1952 and achieved various milestones in last 66 years.

Shri Sunil Barthwal, Central Provident Fund Commissioner highlighted the initiatives and achievements of EPFO during the last one year. He said that EPFO is committed to work towards extending the reach and quality of Social Security. Digital Connectivity of district offices and facility of online returns of International Workers launched today promises further conveniences. He added that facility of online claim is widely welcomed by the employees and within one year the submission of online claim has increased from less than 5% to more than 50% and soon it will reach almost 100 percent.

The function was also marked by distribution of awards to best performing EPFO offices in 17 categories which included best performing Zonal Office, Regional Offices and District Offices.

This year, the number of awards has been increased from 9 to 17 by including 3 awards for innovative and best practices and one award each for best performance in KYC seeding, PMRPY enrolment and online claim settlement.  A special award was also given to the best performing office in North Eastern Regional this year.  To encourage the sports persons of outstanding ability with international recognition, an award to one of the employee for excellence in International Sports was also given.

The best performing offices which were awarded are Noida, Tambaram, Patna, Bharuch, Zonal Office (Chennai & Puducherry), District Office Tirupur, Haldwani, Gurugram, Durgapur, Udupi, Agartala.

The best performing IT team, Portfolio Manager, Exempted trust namely ADC-MIS Team Secunderabad, UTI AMC Ltd and M/s Maihar Cement Employees’ Provident Fund Trust respectively were also awarded.

Central Board of Trustees of EPFO and senior officials of the Ministry were also present on the occasion.

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Easy to Explain Benefits drive Atal Pension Yojana (APY) backed by Government of India’s Guarantee;

Easy to Explain Benefits drive Atal Pension Yojana (APY) backed by Government of India’s Guarantee;The Subscriber base under APY has crossed 1.24 crore mark; More than 27 lacs new subscribers have joined the Scheme during the Current Financial Year 2018-19

The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) is the guaranteed Pension Scheme of Government of India administered by PFRDA.

The Subscriber base under APY has crossed 1.24 crore mark. The Govt of India guarantees the pension benefits. The Scheme is very easy to understand and it is very transparent. More than 27 lacs new subscribers have joined the Scheme during the current financial year, i.e. 2018-19. States like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka are the top contributors in APY enrollment. The Scheme allows any Indian Citizen between the age group of 18-40 years to join through the bank or post office branches where one has the savings bank account. The table below shows State wise enrollment, gender wise distribution and coverage along with the latest population in those States.

The State wise potential, that is eligible population that can be covered under APY, and gender wise distribution of population as on 27th Oct 2018 is given below:

 

S.No STATE POPULATION BETWEEN AGE GROUP 18 TO 40 Number of APY Subscribers as on 27.10.2016 Percentage of Population Covered under APY Total Female Subscribers Percentage of Female Subscribers Total Male Subscibers Percentage of Male Subscribers Total Transgender Subscribers Percentage of Transgender Subscribers Total
1 ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS 168,753 1,856 1 715 39 1,141 61 0 0 1,856
2 ANDHRA PRADESH & TELANGANA 34,832,527 1,128,032 3 565,804 50 561,843 50 385 0 1,128,032
3 ARUNACHAL PRADESH 542,212 4,507 1 1,936 43 2,571 57 0 0 4,507
4 ASSAM 12,291,862 250,783 2 109,481 44 141,259 56 43 0 250,783
5 BIHAR 35,484,731 1,116,119 3 559,297 50 556,707 50 115 0 1,116,119
6 CHANDIGARH 473,489 19,408 4 6,383 33 13,023 67 2 0 19,408
7 CHHATTISGARH 9,675,449 194,442 2 77,620 40 116,810 60 12 0 194,442
8 DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI 161,941 6,689 4 1,350 20 5,337 80 2 0 6,689
9 DAMAN & DIU 134,502 4,697 3 735 16 3,962 84 0 0 4,697
10 DELHI 7,266,256 205,759 3 67,330 33 138,376 67 53 0 205,759
11 GOA 595,087 28,951 5 10,480 36 18,468 64 3 0 28,951
12 GUJARAT 23,827,045 591,045 2 179,603 30 411,318 70 124 0 591,045
13 HARYANA 10,104,539 278,199 3 75,688 27 202,460 73 51 0 278,199
14 HIMACHAL PRADESH 2,685,526 79,964 3 27,241 34 52,711 66 12 0 79,964
15 JAMMU & KASHMIR 4,775,045 47,614 1 12,025 25 35,551 75 38 0 47,614
16 JHARKHAND 11,967,910 258,688 2 128,426 50 130,239 50 23 0 258,688
17 KARNATAKA 25,359,036 915,260 4 389,509 43 525,564 57 187 0 915,260
18 KERALA 11,943,218 276,115 2 151,103 55 124,961 45 51 0 276,115
19 LAKSHADWEEP 25,877 295 1 80 27 215 73 0 0 295
20 MADHYA PRADESH 27,234,721 662,515 2 226,775 34 435,630 66 110 0 662,515
21 MAHARASHTRA 45,274,703 1,000,604 2 354,301 35 646,088 65 215 0 1,000,604
22 MANIPUR 1,140,447 8,031 1 3,833 48 4,198 52 0 0 8,031
23 MEGHALAYA 1,068,987 9,049 1 3,705 41 5,344 59 0 0 9,049
24 MIZORAM 432,946 5,798 1 3,089 53 2,709 47 0 0 5,798
25 NAGALAND 783,664 7,214 1 2,986 41 4,228 59 0 0 7,214
26 ODISHA 16,118,865 398,416 2 161,799 41 236,501 59 116 0 398,416
27 PUDUCHERRY 512,040 23,991 5 12,601 53 11,381 47 9 0 23,991
28 PUNJAB 11,134,889 381,405 3 120,374 32 261,003 68 28 0 381,405
29 RAJASTHAN 25,277,598 569,052 2 173,965 31 394,957 69 130 0 569,052
30 SIKKIM 264,461 6,828 3 2,606 38 4,221 62 1 0 6,828
31 TAMIL NADU 29,069,600 968,372 3 529,395 55 438,679 45 298 0 968,372
32 TRIPURA 1,503,503 28,786 2 12,544 44 16,240 56 2 0 28,786
33 UTTAR PRADESH 71,289,176 1,790,481 3 594,235 33 1,195,808 67 438 0 1,790,481
34 UTTARAKHAND 3,810,712 122,871 3 40,855 33 81,997 67 19 0 122,871
35 WEST BENGAL 36,688,732 709,869 2 324,163 46 385,522 54 184 0 709,869
  TOTAL 463,920,049 12,101,705 3 4,932,032 41 7,167,022 59 2,651 0 12,101,705

 

                                                                                 

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