Daily Archive: November 5, 2018

India’s country pavilion at CIIE in Shanghai showcases India’s strength

On the invitation of China’s Ministry of Commerce, India has set up a Country Pavilion in the 1st China International Import Expo (CIIE) which was inaugurated today at the National Exhibition & Convention Centre, Shanghai, China. During the Joint Economic Group Meeting held in Delhi in March 2018, China’s Commerce Minister Mr Zhong Shan had extended an invitation to participate in this event.

The Ministry of Commerce, in consultation with the Embassy of India in Beijing decided to showcase areas where India has proven strength with significant global presence, and there are good prospects for further more market access in China. In this background, India’s country pavilion has focussed on key sectors such as food and agro products, pharmaceuticals, IT & ITES, tourism and services sector. These four areas represent very minuscule Indian presence in China contrary to India’s strength and overall global presence. Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) is the lead agency for the India Country Pavilion in CIIE, Shanghai along with other stakeholders like Ministry of Tourism, APEDA, NAFED, MPEDA, Pharmexcil, Electronics and Software Export Promotion Council to showcase India’s strength in these diverse areas. The Consulate General of India in Shanghai has extended all local support.

China is India’s largest trading partner with a total trade expecting to reach $ 100 billion mark in near future. Both countries have expressed a resolve to address India’s concern regarding large trade deficit with China.

Government of India is consistently making sincere efforts to promote its exports to China. This has been achieved through various bilateral meetings at the government level and continuous engagement of Indian businessmen with China. Recently the Embassy of India in Beijing and Consulates in Shanghai and Guangzhou had organised a series of business promotion and buyer seller meets covering products like sugar, tea, rice, oil meals and pharmaceuticals which received encouraging participation from Chinese importers.

Commerce Secretary,Dr.AnupWadhawan visited and inaugurated India pavilion today. He will hold a bilateral meeting with China’s Vice Minister for Commerceon 6th November. Dr.Wadhawan will also hold meetings with major sugar importers.



Ministry of Food Processing Industries issues guidelines for OPERATION GREENS

Ministry of Food Processing Industries(MoFPI) under Union Minister Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal has approved the operationalisation strategy for Operation Greens today. Operation Greens was announced in the Budget speech of 2018-19 with an outlay of Rs 500 crores to stabilize the supply of Tomato, Onion and Potato(TOP) crops and to ensure availability of TOP crops throughout the country round the year without price volatility.

Approving the measures, the Minister said “Price volatility of TOP crops wreaks havoc in the households of this country. This is a revolutionary scheme which has evolved after sustained dialogue with all stakeholders and we have decided the strategy to stabilize prices of TOP crops and to make sure that TOP crops reach all households in the country around the year.” Smt Badal added “Our government has laid down special measures and grants-in-aid under the scheme to ensure enhanced production of TOP crops and to augment value chain”.

The strategy will comprise of a series of measures as decided by the Ministry which include:

(I)        Short term Price Stabilisation Measures

NAFED will be the Nodal Agency to implement price stabilisation measures. MoFPI will provide 50% of the subsidy on the following two components:

  1. Transportation of Tomato Onion Potato(TOP) Crops from production to storage;
  2. Hiring of appropriate storage facilities for TOP Crops;

(II)       Long Term Integrated value chain development projects

  1. Capacity Building of FPOs & their consortium
  2. Quality production
  3. Post-harvest processing facilities
  4. Agri-Logistics
  5. Marketing / Consumption Points
  6. Creation and Management of e-platform for demand and supply management of TOP Crops.

The pattern of assistance will comprise of grants-in-aid at the rate of 50% of the eligible project cost in all areas, subject to maximum Rs. 50 crores per project. However, in case where PIA is/are FPO(s), the grant-in-aid will be at the rate of 70% of the eligible project cost in all areas, subject to maximum Rs. 50 crores per project.

Eligible Organisation would include State Agriculture and other Marketing Federations, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO), cooperatives, companies, Self-help groups, food processors, logistic operators, service providers, supply chain operators, retail and wholesale chains and central and state governments and their entities/organizations will be eligible to participate in the programme and to avail financial assistance.

The applicant fulfilling the eligibility criteria under the scheme is required to submit the online application on SAMPADA portal of the ministry (https://sampada.gov.in/) attaching therewith complete documents.

The list of selected clusters is provided at Annexure-I

Background of Operation Greens

In the budget speech of 2018-19, a new Scheme “Operation Greens” was announced on the line of “Operation Flood”, with an outlay of Rs.500 crore to promote Farmer Producers Organizations, agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management.

Major objectives of “Operation Greens” are as under:

  1.  Enhancing value realisation of TOP farmers by targeted interventions to strengthen TOP production clusters and their FPOs, and linking/connecting them with the market.
  2.  Price stabilisation for producers and consumers by proper production planning in the TOP clusters and introduction of dual use varieties.
  3.  Reduction in post-harvest losses by creation of farm gate infrastructure, development of suitable agro-logistics, creation of appropriate storage capacity linking consumption centres.
  4.  Increase in food processing capacities and value addition in TOP value chain with firm linkages with production clusters.
  5.  Setting up of a market intelligence network to collect and collate real time data on demand and supply and price of TOP crops.



List of selected clusters

  1. Production cluster of Tomato:

S.No State Production Cluster Area
1. Andhra Pradesh Chittoor and Anantpur (Kharif & Rabi crops)
2. Karnataka Kolar & Chikkaballapur (Kharif crop)
3. Odisha Mayurbhanj & Keonjhar (Rabi crop)
4 Gujarat Sabarkantha

  1. Production cluster of Onion:

S.No State Production Cluster Area
1. Maharashtra Nasik (Rabi crop)
2. Karnataka Gadag &Dharwad (Kharif crop)
3. Gujarat Bhavnagar & Amreli
4. Bihar Nalanda

  1. Production cluster of Potato

S. No State Production Cluster Area
1. Uttar Pradesh (a)Agra, Firozabad, Hathras and Aligarh

(b) Farrukhabad and Kannauj

2. West Bengal Hooghly and Purba Bardhaman
3. Bihar Nalanda
4. Gujarat Banaskantha and Sabarkantha

Note:  The list will be subject to revision by the Ministry based on the inputs received from the State Governments and experience gained during implementation of the project.

This list will be modified after the expiry of Model Code of Conduct by the Election Commission in the upcoming assembly elections in 5 States to held in Nov-Dec’2018.



IndiGo flight 6E 7123 operating on Rajahmundry-Chennai route developed a technical problem during the final approach while landing at Chennai airport.

IndiGo flight 6E 7123 operating on Rajahmundry-Chennai route developed a technical problem during the final approach while landing at Chennai airport. A full emergency was declared at Chennai airport as the aircraft did a go around and finally landed. All passengers safe.

ReT Forum seeks release of salary as per 7th Pay Commission before Diwali

ReT Teachers’ Forum today urged the Government to release the salary of all ReT teachers as per 7th Pay Commission (PC) before Diwali.

While chairing the monthly meeting of the Forum that was held under the leadership of district president, Lekh Raj Parihar and was attended by the delegates of the Forum from all the eleven zones of the district, State president, Vinod Sharma, said that 41000 teachers and masters of the State have been waiting anxiously for the salary as per 7th Pay Commission as assured/announced by the Governor’s administration during the meeting with the TJAC (Teachers Joint Action Committee) leadership at Srinagar on September 26.

“Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, himself visited the venue of hunger strike at Srinagar and made announcement on behalf of the Governor, but more than month’s period has expired and only salary for July has been released by the department which is unfortunate as they were expecting salary of September with 7th Pay Commission as per the commitment of the Government”, he said.

He appealed the Governor’s administration to fulfill their commitment and release the pending salary for last 3 months as per 7th PC before Diwali for the welfare of 41000 teachers and masters of the State who are living in mental trauma as they are unable to provide basic necessities of life to their family members.

Sharma hoped that the committee constituted for the resolution of delinking of SSA salary from MHRD to State budget will submit positive report on 10th of November and permanent solution will be found and teachers would not be forced to again resort to extreme steps.

Plane crashes after mid-air collision in Canada

Ottawa: Two aircrafts collided mid-air over Ottawa’s west end on Sunday, which led to one of them crashing in a nearby field, the police said.

Police said one of the aircraft crashed into a field near McGee Side Road just east of the 417 in Carp in rural west Ottawa. The other aircraft was redirected to Ottawa International Airport and safely landed there, sustaining only minor damage, Canada’s CBC news reported.

Paramedics are on the scene and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating.

Police say it is not yet known how many people were aboard each plane or whether any injuries have been reported.

It’s not clear what type of aircraft were involved and how the collision occurred.

The crash is the second in the Carp area in less than a month.

In mid-October, an ultra-light plane crashed on a road, narrowly missing a house and leaving the pilot seriously injured. (IANS)

Teenage pilgrim dies enroute Mata Vaishnodevi cave shrine in Jammu

A 14-year-old pilgrim, on his way to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, died Monday after falling unconscious, a senior police officer said.

Prashant Singh, from Uttar Pradesh, suddenly fell down at Himkote enroute cave shrine in Trikuta hills and became unconscious while he was going along with his family, the officer said.

He was immediately shifted to a dispensary at Himkoti, where doctors declared him brought dead, he said. (agencies)