Daily Archive: March 8, 2019

Ministry of Science & Technology Aligning ‘Nari Shakti’ to the frontiers of Science and Technology

Ministry of Science & Technology
Aligning ‘Nari Shakti’ to the frontiers of Science and Technology

Contributions of women are now well recognised by the society globally in all kinds of endeavours. It has now been proved beyond doubt that women have no less potential than their male counterparts given the equal opportunity and encouragement in any field of activity whether it is academics or sports or business etc… The current Government has made concerted efforts to empower women in all walks of life. Ministry of Science and Technology has also initiated several schemes to enrol and encourage women to take up science and technology as their career choice.

In a message Union Science & Technology Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that it is heartening to note on this International Women’s Day that our efforts during the last four and half years have yielded impressive results. “In 2014, the Department of Science and Technology took a giant step forward and brought all the women-centric schemes and programs under one ambit named KIRAN (Knowledge Involvement in Research Advancement through Nurturing).” said Dr. Vardhan.

Outlining some of the key initiatives Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that we have supported eight women-only Universities under the umbrella of CURIE (Consolidation of University Research for Innovation and Excellence in Women Universities) a programme towards development of research facilities and infrastructure. “To enhance skills and promote self-employment among women, we have trained around 10,000 women for skill development in various areas such as quality control, industrial microbiology, cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants, mushrooms, bamboo, fruit processing, value added agriculture, etc.”, further mentioned the Science Minister.

Expressing pleasure Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that our work for women empowerment has also been appreciated and recognised. “The President of India Conferred Rani Lakshmibai Award (Nari Shakti Puraskar 2015) to Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), which is an autonomous institution of my ministry, for its work for women empowerment in R&D through Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) training and today more than 10% of active patent professionals in the country are from this programme.”

In his concluding remarks Dr Harsh Vardhan expressed hope and confidence that the initiatives undertaken in the recent past in the long run would result in producing future women leaders in Science and Technology.

As per the official statistics, around 14% are women out of total 2.82 lakhs R&D personnel directly engaged in R&D activities. In order to narrow down the gender gap and improve the under-representation of women in the field of Science & Technology, several programmes have been initiated in the recent past. Today an exclusive session viz. Women Science Congress is organised and is an integral part of the Indian Science Congress every year where women scientists deliberate on various issues related to women and women scientists.To recognise outstanding women scientists, awards such as Janki Ammal Women Bio-scientist Award and SERB Women Excellence Award, etc. are conferred and today women scientists are facilitated to visit prestigious foreign institutions for undertaking research and training.

For some of the women centric schemes, initiatives etc. of the ministries click here.



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Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Compilation of Selected Speeches of Prime Minister titled “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” released by Shri Arun Jaitley

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
Compilation of Selected Speeches of Prime Minister titled “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” released by Shri Arun Jaitley

The speeches of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi have left a lasting impact all over the world: Shri Arun Jaitley

The simplicity with which Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi shares his thoughts further deepens his connect with the masses: Col. Rathore
Posted On: 08 MAR 2019 3:49PM by PIB Delhi
“Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”, a compilation of selected speeches of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, was released by Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs today in a function 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 graced the occasion.

Shri Arun Jaitley highlighted that the Prime Minister has a good grip over a wide bandwidth of subjects including political history, economy, foreign policy, strategic issues, among others. He appreciated the innate ability of the Prime Minister of being a quick learner coupled with clarity of thinking, which together ensure delivery of flawless speeches by him.

Shri Jaitley added that the speeches of the Prime Minister have left a lasting impact not only on the country, but all over the world. He also recalled a few great orators from India’s recent history including Mahatma Gandhi, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Shri Jagjivan Ram and Shri Indrajit Gupta, whose speeches are etched in the memory and consciousness of the country.

Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore said that the speeches of the Prime Minister are a repository of practical solutions which are inspired by his simple, down to earth and connected to roots lifestyle. He added the simple language with which the Prime Minister shares his thoughts with people further deepens the connect he has with masses. Covering a broad range of topics, his speeches reflect the policies of the Government and the dedication to reach out to people in all corners of the country. He termed these five volumes as encyclopedia for young students, researchers, academicians and journalists alike.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Col. Rathore saluted the role played by women, adding that the women have a unique capacity to be both innately gentle and simultaneously fiercely strong.

Shri Amit Khare highlighted the role played by Shri Kanchan Gupta in editing the five volumes. He added that the speeches of Prime Minister contained in these volumes carry the message of positivity and hope for a brighter future for the country. He also appreciated the efforts put in by Dr. Sadhana Rout, Director General, Publications Division, Ms. Vasudha Gupta, Addl. Director General, Publications Division and their team in Publications Division for their tireless effort in bringing out these five volumes.

Several Secretaries of Government of India, senior officials of Ministry of I&B and Media Units under the Ministry were also present on the occasion.

About the books

Spanning five volumes, the books, brought out by Publications Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, have been 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 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 Soochna 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.


No Ban on use of Diesel Agriculture Pumps

It has come to notice that some unscrupulous elements have been spreading the message among farmers in the NCR that use of diesel agriculture pumps have been banned by the Hon’ble National Green Tribunal (NGT). They are apparently harassing the farmers and forcing them to buy new pumps. There has been no such order so far by Hon’ble NGT and it is clarified that Hon’ble NGT vide its order dated April 07, 2015 in OA No. 95 / 2014 had directed that all diesel vehicles (heavy or light) which are more than 10 years old, will not be permitted on the roads of National Capital Region(NCR), Delhi.

Therefore, it is made abundantly clear that aforesaid order relates to diesel vehicles and not to agriculture pumps using diesel.

This is also for the information of all State Governments and the enforcement agencies to make sure that such misinformation campaign should not be allowed to continue and to ensure that farmers are not harassed.


Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers MRP of 390 Anti-Cancer Non-Scheduled Medicines reduced up to 87%

Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
MRP of 390 Anti-Cancer Non-Scheduled Medicines reduced up to 87%

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), under Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, today put out list of 390 anti-cancer non-scheduled medicines with MRP reduction up to 87%. The revised prices would come into effect from 8th March, 2019.

On27th February, 2019, NPPA had put 42 anti-cancer drugs under 30% Trade Margin cap. Manufacturers and Hospitals were directed to convey revised MRP, to be effective from 8th March, 2019, based on the Trade Margin (TM) formula. 390 brands i.e. 91% of the 426 brands reported by manufacturers, showed downward price movement.

The average out of pocket expenditure for cancer patients is 2.5 times that for other diseases.This move is expected to benefit 22 lakh cancer patients in the countryand would result in annual savings of approx. Rs. 800 crores to the consumers.

The Trade Margin rationalisation for 42 anti cancer drugs was rolled out as Proof of Concept, stressing on the new paradigm of self-regulation by the Industry. The manufacturers of these 42 drugs have been directed not to reduce production volumes of brands under regulation.

The range of reduction is as below: –


No. of Brands

75% & above


50% to <75%


25% to <50%


Below 25%




The full list of brands with revised MRP is available at nppaindia.nic.in. Prices of more brands are expected to show downward reduction in near future, as data is received from other manufacturers.


PM Modi visits Kanpur; launches various development projects

PM Modi visits Kanpur; launches various development projects
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today, visited Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The Prime Minister inaugurated the Lucknow Metro Rail project and laid the foundation stone of Agra Metro Rail project. He laid the foundation stone of Panki Thermal Power plant and unveiled plaques to mark the launch of various development projects at Niralanagar in Kanpur.

Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister said that Kanpur is the birth place of many brave leaders who have contributed immensely for the country. He said the projects launched on the day, will transform the lives of people in Kanpur and Uttar Pradesh.

The Prime Minister said that the State Government and Union Government has worked hard to improve the availability of electricity in Kanpur. In this context, he mentioned about the Panki Thermal power plant and how it will transform the power deficit situation in Kanpur and Uttar Pradesh. He added that under Saubhagya scheme, more than seventy six lakh free electricity connections have been provided in Uttar Pradesh.

The Prime Minister mentioned about the initiatives taken by the Union Government to clean the River Ganga. He said that it was earlier thought to be impossible to clean the River Ganga, but now his government is making the impossible possible. Several actions were taken for the treatment of sewage water and stop drains from reaching the river, PM said.

The Prime Minister said that the Defence Corridor coming up in Uttar Pradesh will greatly benefit the people of Kanpur. He said major infrastructure is being built in roadways, airways and railways, including the various metro projects started in the State. These projects will transform Uttar Pradesh, PM said.

The Prime Minister reiterated that by 2022, every single family in the country will have a house. He added that under PM Awas Yojana, around 1.5 crore houses have been built in the country so far.

The Prime Minister paid respects to the brave soldiers from Kanpur who lost their lives in Pulwama attack and Budgam crash. He said that the Union Government is taking strong action against terrorism.

The Prime Minister said that it is important to maintain an atmosphere of unity in the country. He appreciated the quick action taken by the Uttar Pradesh Government against those who had attacked Kashmiris recently. He urged all the State Governments to take stern action against anyone who perpetrates such acts.



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PM to unveil several development projects in Greater Noida tomorrow

Noida City Centre–Noida Electronic City Section of Metro to be inaugurated

Foundation Stone of Khurja and Buxar Power Plants to be laid through video link by PM

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will visit Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow on 9th March 2019. He will launch various development projects at Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology in Greater Noida.

The Prime Minister will unveil plaque to mark the inauguration of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology. He will unveil the statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya at the campus. Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology is under Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and is located at Knowledge Park-II, Greater Noida.

PM will inaugurate Noida City Centre – Noida Electronic City Section of the Metro. The new section will provide a convenient and faster mode of transport for the residents of Noida. It will also decongest the roads and provide an environment friendly mode of transport. The 6.6km long section is an extension of Delhi Metro’s Blue Line.

The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of two thermal Power Plants. One of them is 1320 MW Super Thermal Power Project at Khurja, in District Bulandshahar of Uttar Pradesh. The Khurja Super Thermal Power Project will be based on Supercritical Technology with two units of capacity 660 MW each, equipped with latest emission control technology to protect the environment; has high efficiency and uses less fuel to generate power. The Khurja plant will transform the power deficit situation of Northern Region, particularly Uttar Pradesh and will benefit states like Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. The project is expected to generate substantial direct and indirect employment and overall development of District Bulandshahr and nearby districts of Western Uttar Pradesh.

The second one is the 1320 MW Thermal Power Plant at Buxar in Bihar. The Buxar thermal Power plant will be launched through video link. The Buxar Thermal Power Plant will be based on Supercritical Technology with two units of 660 MW each, equipped with latest emission control technology to protect the environment and has high efficiency. The Buxar plant will transform the power deficit situation in Bihar and the Eastern region.

The Prime Minister will later address a gathering.