Daily Archive: March 7, 2019

Union Cabinet today approved Delhi Metro’s Phase -4 project that include Aerocity to Tughlakbad, Janakpuri West to RK Ashram and Mukundpur-Maujpur corridors

Union Cabinet today approved Delhi Metro’s Phase -4 project that include Aerocity to Tughlakbad, Janakpuri West to RK Ashram and Mukundpur-Maujpur corridors

Government intervenes to support sugar sector and sugarcane farmers by means of enhancement and augmentation of ethanol production capacity

Government intervenes to support sugar sector and sugarcane farmers by means of enhancement and augmentation of ethanol production capacity

Cabinet approves additional funds under the Scheme for extending financial assistance to sugar mills for enhancement and augmentation of ethanol production capacity

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for funds amounting to Rs.2790 crore towards interest subvention for extending indicative loan amount of Rs.12900 crore by banks to the sugar mills under “Scheme for extending financial assistance to sugar mills for enhancement and augmentation of ethanol production capacity” for the 268 applications/proposals, in addition to Rs.1332 crore already approved by CCEA in June, 2018.

 

CCEA has also approved Rs.565 crore towards interest subvention for extending indicative loan amount of Rs.2600 crore by banks to the molasses based standalone distilleries to augment capacity through installation of incineration boilers and other methods in the existing distilleries for achieving ZLD and additional equipment for ethanol production as well as for setting up of new standalone distilleries for ethanol production.  A separate scheme for the molasses based standalone distilleries would be formulated accordingly by Department of Food & Public Distribution.

 

In continuation of the earlier scheme approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in June, 2018 and with a view to support sugar sector and in the interest of sugarcane farmers, the CCEA chaired by the Prime Minister today approved the proposal for extending soft loans of about Rs. 15500 crores through banks to sugar mills and molasses based stand alone distilleries under the Scheme for extending financial assistance for enhancement and augmentation of ethanol production capacity for which Government  will bear further interest subvention amounting to Rs. 3355 crore for five years including moratorium period of one year.  As a result of implementation of the scheme being notified after this decision of CCEA and the earlier scheme approved by CCEA in June, 2018, the country will have sufficient capacity to divert surplus sugar during surplus phase for production of ethanol.

 

Government has notified National Policy on Bio-fuels in year 2018 under which diversion of B-heavy molasses and sugarcane juice to produce ethanol has been allowed in surplus seasons. In order to augment ethanol production capacity and thereby also allow diversion of sugar for production of ethanol, in earlier approved scheme, soft loan is being extended through banks to the sugar mills for setting up new distilleries/ expansion of existing distilleries and installation of incineration boilers or installation of any method as approved by Central Pollution Control Board for Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) for which Government had approved interest subvention of Rs. 1332 crore. In principle approval was accorded by Government for extending soft loans of about Rs. 6139 crores to 114 sugar mills under that scheme.

 

However, in order to further enhance and augment the ethanol production capacity in the country, it has now been decided by Government to extend soft loans amounting to Rs 12900 crores to some more sugar mills for setting up new distilleries/ expansion of existing distilleries and installation of incineration boilers or installation of any method as approved by Central Pollution Control Board for Zero Liquid Discharge for which Government will bear interest subvention of Rs. 2790 crore. About 268 sugar mills are likely to be benefitted as a result of this measure.

 

Besides, to further optimize the ethanol production capacity, it has also been decided to extend soft loans amounting to Rs. 2600 crores by banks to the molasses based stand-alone distilleries to augment capacity through installation of incineration boilers and other methods in the existing distilleries for achieving ZLD and additional equipments for ethanol production as well as for setting up of new stand-alone distilleries for ethanol production for which Government  will bear interest subvention of Rs. 565 crore.

 

This decision would further help in achieving blending target for mixing ethanol and in achieving the objectives of National Bio-Fuel Policy, 2018 and to reduce sugar inventories by diversion of B-Heavy molasses and sugarcane juice for ethanol production and thereby sacrificing sugar during surplus phase.  It will also improve liquidity of sugar mills by way of value addition to their revenues from supply of ethanol under Ethanol Blended Petrol Programme (EBP) thereby facilitating them to clear cane price dues of farmers.

 

Benefits:

The approval of interest subvention will help in:

  • improving liquidity of sugar mills by way of value addition to their revenues from supply of ethanol under Ethanol Blended Petrol Programme (EBP);
  • reducing sugar inventories and thereby facilitate timely clearance of cane price dues of farmers and
  • achieving 10% blending target of EBP.

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National Council of Science Museums of Culture Ministry collaborates with Google Arts & Culture for largest interactive online exhibition on inventions and discoveries

National Council of Science Museums of Culture Ministry collaborates with Google Arts & Culture for largest interactive online exhibition on inventions and discoveries

The National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an organization under the Ministry of Culture, Government  of India has collaborated with Google Arts & Culture for ‘Once Upon a Try’: Epic journeys of invention and discovery – the largest online exhibition about inventions and discoveries ever curated, as an attempt to explore humanity’s greatest inventions and discoveries in an interactive online exhibition. The online exhibition was launched yesterday and contains collections, stories and knowledge from over 110 renowned institutions from across 23 countries, highlighting millennia of major breakthroughs and the great minds behind them.

Everybody can now explore more than 400 interactive exhibitions that pay tribute to humanity’s greatest leaps in science and technology, and the visionaries that shaped our world, as well as tales of epic fails and happy accidents.

National Council of Science Museums contributes six interactive stories that share some key insights into the long and glorious Science and Technology Heritage of India. India’s historical contributions to the field are considerable but not well known. The following six sections of the exhibition are key examples:

1.            Historic Beginnings: The Indus Valley Civilization – By the middle of the 3rd millennium BCE, we see a fairly developed urban culture emerged along the Indus and Saraswati rivers in the North West India.  The Indus Valley Civilization has a distinct set of features not seen anywhere else in the ancient world. The section is a tribute to the development of human wisdom of technology in the early part of world history. This interactive exhibit explores various facets of the first Urban Civilization – like Town Planning (including sewerage and drainage), standardization of bricks, food security through granaries, cotton and textiles, metallurgical practices, ceramics, pottery, artistically elegant personal ornaments, agriculture, shipping and navigation.

(Link: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/QQLyzPzKbMlEKg )

 

2.            Ayurveda: Indian Contributions to Medicine – This interactive exhibit explores the science of the body and mind, which in India had its origin in the healing arts of the Vedic times. This knowledge and practice, called Ayurveda, emerged as a holistic medical science par excellence by about the fifth century BC. The two great classics of Ayurveda, the Charaka Samhita (ca. 2nd AD) and Susruta Samhita (ca. 4th AD), present a vivid and cogent account of medical knowledge and surgical practices respectively in vogue about 1800 years ago and continue to be used in Ayurveda today.

(Link: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/dQICeAS1BHX5Jw )

 

3.            Susruta Samhita: Ancient Indian Surgical Knowledge – This interactive exhibit explores the Susruta Samhita, which accords pride of place to surgery. It describes more than 300 hundred different operations, like outstanding feats of ancient Indian surgery related to laparotomy, lithotomy and plastic operations, and 121 surgical instruments (20 sharp kinds and 101 accessories) such as tongs, forceps, scalpels, catheters, syringes, speculums, needles, saws, probes, scissors and the like. The. The Susruta Samhita is regarded as the earliest document to give a detailed account of rhinoplasty (plastic reconstruction of the nose), whereas, it was not before the eighteenth century that plastic surgery made an appearance in Europe.

(Link: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/8wKyx4LRDmyVKA )

 

4.            Rasashala: Ancient Indian Alchemical Lab – The section depicts the ancient Indians’ contributions to the science of alchemy (the older form of chemistry) highlighting the usage of a variety of yantras (instruments) for producing mercury and other chemical compounds.

(Link: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/KwJCaP1RF0y-KQ)

 

5.            Itr: Ancient Indian Knowledge of Perfumery – Ancient Indians achieved great technical understanding and technological progress in perfumery, due to considerable use of cosmetics and perfumery for the purpose of worship, sale and sensual enjoyment. Brahatsamhita (500 AD) of Varahamihira deals with ‘gandhayukti’ (blending of perfumes) in 37 verses. The word ‘sugandhi’, meaning well perfumed, is also used in Rig Veda. Expressions involving the term ‘gandha’ are found in Taitriya Samhita, Maitrayani Samhita, Satapata Brahman and Taitriya Aranyaka. The ancient traditional method of making itr using hydro distillation is still used at Kannauj, which is acclaimed by the world both as perfumes and as medicines.

(Link: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/bgJyuEAUIIOfJw)

 

6.            Musical Instruments from the Indian Subcontinent – From ancient times, Indian musicians have developed and performed with traditional and indigenous musical instruments that suited their style. Indians played on a variety of string instruments, wind instruments and percussion instruments since antiquity. Apart from the understanding of acoustics necessary for the fabrication of these instruments, Indians also excelled in selecting appropriate materials for the main body and preparation of the alloys or processing of membranes to be suitably used in these instruments.

(Link: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/HwIyq8vyFBEtLw)

 

Beyond these narratives, Museum views of the National Science Centre, Delhi and Science City, Kolkata, both units of NCSM, are available for national and global audiences to virtually walk through.

The treasure which was lesser known to the world is now open to all. Explore National Council of Science Museums on Google Arts & Culture at: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-council-of-science-museums

At the launch of the online exhibition,  Shri A.D. Choudhury, Director General, National Council of Science Museums said: “Modern technology has opened avenues for global audiences. Museums are no more limited to the boundaries of four walls. Google Arts & Culture provides a platform to showcase exhibitions through all-new experiences via high resolution images and virtual walkthroughs.  Our collaboration starts with India’s Science and Technology Heritage exhibition, an area lesser-known to the world. I hope people from across the world will be enriched through this initiative, and would be motivated to visit our real-world expositions at our Science Centres throughout the country.”

 

Amit Sood, director of Google Arts & Culture said “We invite everyone to participate in the first phase of an online collection that celebrates innovation and science. Through inspiring, and at times surprising, stories from over 100 partners, you can explore the inventions and discoveries that have shaped our world. Once Upon a Try is all about that first attempt, the idea, the journey of fulfilling a dream, and we hope it’ll give people that extra boost to find their very own eureka moment,”

National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), a premiere institution in the field of science communication, is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.  Primarily engaged in popularizing Science and Technology through a network of science centres, Mobile Science Exhibitions (MSE) units that visit rural schools and plethora of activities for public and students in particular, NCSM has now become a trend setter in the field of science communication both at national and international level. Presently NCSM, with its Headquarters in Kolkata, administers and manages 25 science museums/centres spread across the country and is the world’s largest network of science centres and museums that functions under a single administrative umbrella with an annual reach to about 15 million people. Innovation Hubs set up by NCSM, provide expert guidance and professional lab equipment facilities to young students to nurture creativity, innovation and engagement in science. 33 hubs are functional in science centres across the country reaching about 1,50,000 students annually through each hubs and 18 more are in making. Read more at www.ncsm.gov.in

Explore ‘Once Upon a Try’ on Google Arts & Culture (g.co/onceuponatry) or using the app on iOS or Android. Google Arts & Culture puts the collections of more than 1,800 museums at your fingertips. It’s an immersive way to explore art, history and the wonders of the world, from Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings to the women’s rights movement and the Taj Mahal.  The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available online for iOS and Android.

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Cabinet approves proposal to Constitute Committee to recommend the process for conferring / recognizing ownership or transfer / mortgage right to the residents of Unauthorized Colonies in Delhi

Cabinet approves proposal to Constitute Committee to recommend the process for conferring / recognizing ownership or transfer / mortgage right to the residents of Unauthorized Colonies in Delhi

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for Constitution of a Committee to recommend the process for conferring / recognizing ownership or transfer / mortgage rights to the residents of Unauthorized Colonies (UCs) in Delhi. The Committee will be chaired by the Lt. Governor of Delhi with the following Members:

  1. Vice Chairman, Delhi Development Authority (DDA);
  2. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs(MoHUA), Govt. of India;
  3. Chief Secretary, Govt. of NCT of Delhi;
  4. Commissioners of East, North and South Municipal Corporations of Delhi;
  5. Chairman, Delhi Urban Arts Commission;
  6. Professor, Urban Transport, School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), Delhi
  7. Urban Planner & Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs;
  8. Former Director, Delhi Fire Services; and
  9. Principal Commissioner, DDA as Member Secretary.

The Committee constituted will submit its report in 90 days to the MoHUA. On submission of this report by the Committee, Cabinet Secretariat will be informed and further action taken after considering recommendations of the Committee.

Benefits:

The recommendations of the Committee will provide a way forward for conferring ownership or transfer / mortgage rights to the people living in UCs in Delhi. This is for the first time that the conferment of the above rights to the residents of UCs in Delhi is being considered.
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“Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”– a collection of selected speeches of Prime Minister – to be released by Shri Arun Jaitley tomorrow

“Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”– a collection of selected speeches of Prime Minister – to be released by Shri Arun Jaitley tomorrow

A compilation of selected speeches of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, titled “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” will be released by Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs tomorrow in a function being organized by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting at National Media Centre, New Delhi.Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports will grace the occasion.Spanning five volumes, the books, brought out by Publications Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting,will be released in Hindi as well as English.

Each of these volumes is categorized in five segments, covering Prime Minister’s Ideas on Good Governance; making India competent and efficient; hailing our bravehearts , annadata farmers and brilliant scientists; taking along the people on an inclusive path of growth and hope; and sharing the message of a resurgent India with international community.

The books reflect the vision of the Prime Minister of seeing all citizens of the country as one and taking everyone along on the path of inclusive development.

These books will be available at the Sales Outlets of Publications Division and the Book Gallery at Soochana Bhawan, CGO Complex, New Delhi. They can also be purchased online through the Bharatkosh e-payment gateway.They will also be available as e-books on Amazon and Google Play.

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