Daily Archive: March 22, 2019

AAP International felicitates ACP Govind Sharma of Kalkaji and SHO Anant Kumar of Amar Colony

In a world where ageism is a growing threat, AAP International, an organisation committed to empowering senior citizens, recently organised a felicitation programme to honour the services of ACP of Kalkaji Thana, Govind Sharma and SHO of Thana Amar Colony, Anant Kumar Gunjan on 19th March 2019. They were cordially invited and felicitated by Mahesh Chand Sharma, Chairman, AAP International for their significant contribution towards creating a safe and caring community for the elderly.

From youths in their early 20s to baby boomers in their late 90s, people from Greater Kailash, Sant Nagar, Kailash Colony, Moolchand, and Lajpat Nagar came together in this event and expressed their gratitude to Shri Govind Sharma and Shri Anant Kumar Gunjan who are always kind and supportive to elderly people of their areas. Amongst the attendees, approximately a hundred of senior citizens and super senior citizens were present on the occasion.

Always known for its grassroots initiatives towards making society more respectful towards senior citizens and children, AAP International once again took the opportunity to urge people that their collaborative efforts can build a better place for older people to live with dignity and honour. The event also witnessed an exchange of ideas and the sharing of unique and individual perspectives on issues such as ageism, abuse against the elderly, and their abandonment that needs to be tackled at the earliest. In wake of this, ACP Govind Sharma and SHO Anant Kumar Gunjan guided the senior citizens on how they can protect themselves from any kind of crime and abuse.

On this moment of getting appreciation from elderly people, ACP of Kalkaji Thana, Govind Sharma, said, “For government servants like me, the real award is the love and respect of people to whom we are appointed and responsible.”

“For any immediate help, you call me directly at any time and without any hesitation. To protect and support you is not just my duty but moral responsibility, too,” while sharing his personal contact number with elderly people sitting there, Shri Govind Sharma further commented.

Marginalization of senior citizens is one of the biggest challenges that society is facing today. Being compassionate towards the elderly and acknowledging their wisdom with kindness can make a big difference in the lives of hundreds of thousand senior citizens.

Showing respect to elders and addressing the attendees, Mahesh Chand Sharma, Chairman, AAP International said, “Each and every person present here is an indispensable part of our society, I would like to express my heartiest thanks to all of you. Your gracious presence is evidence of how much care and respect our elders deserve. They had dedicated their lives to the betterment of our society and the future of their posterity. This is the time that we should dedicate a part of us to their social inclusion and well-being. I hope this small initiative by AAP International stirs in you the warmth of love and respect towards the elderly. Together, we can make them live the rest of their lives with utmost dignity and kindness. I would also like to pay tribute to the senior citizens who made us who we are today. Your values will always remain with us and your culture will always breathe alive in us. Thank you.”

Mahesh Sharma, paying respect to super senior citizens, obliged them with shawls and wished them good fortune. He also shared that AAP International is planning to organise various camps free of cost for senior citizens, including dental checkup, overall health checkup, as well as yoga and laughter camp. AAP International will also be providing pick and drop facilities for senior citizens making it convenient and comfortable to visit the camps and get their checkup done.

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

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

The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on March 20, 2019 was 54.002 BCM, which is 33% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 35% for the week ending on March 14, 2019. The level of water storage in the week ending on March 20, 2019 was 109% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 98% 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 8.87 BCM which is 49% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 24% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 29% 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 8.79 BCM which is 47% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 51% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 48% 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 7.08 BCM which is 23% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 34% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 36% 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 16.11 BCM which is 38% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 32% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 37% 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 13.15 BCM which is 25% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 22% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 27% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year but is 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, Uttrakhand, Madhya Pradesh, AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states), Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. State having equal storage than last year for corresponding period is Chhattisgarh. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala.

 

 

Rate of Exchange of conversion of the Foreign Currencies notified

Rate of Exchange of conversion of the Foreign Currencies notified

In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), and in supersession of the notification of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) No.21/2019-CUSTOMS (N.T.), dated 7th March, 2019 except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and  Customs (CBIC) hereby determines that the Rate of Exchange of conversion of each of the foreign currencies specified in column (2) of each of Schedule I and Schedule II annexed hereto, into Indian currency or vice versa, shall, with effect from 21st March, 2019be the rate mentioned against it in the corresponding entry in column (3) thereof, for the purpose of the said Section, relating to imported and export goods.

SCHEDULEI                            

Sl.No. Foreign Currency Rate of exchange of one unit of foreign currency equivalent to Indian rupees
(1) (2) (3)
                   (a)                 (b)
    (For Imported Goods) (For Exported Goods)
1. Australian Dollar 50.05 47.85
2. Bahraini Dinar 189.50 177.70
3. Canadian Dollar 52.85 50.90
4. Chinese Yuan 10.45 10.15
5. Danish Kroner 10.70 10.30
6. EURO 80.00 77.05
7. Hong Kong Dollar 9.00 8.65
8. Kuwaiti Dinar 235.65 220.50
9. New Zealand Dollar 48.50 46.30
10. Norwegian Kroner 8.25 7.95
11. Pound Sterling 93.30 90.00
12. Qatari Riyal 19.65 18.40
13. Saudi Arabian Riyal 19.05 17.85
14. Singapore Dollar 52.05 50.25
15. South African Rand 4. 95 4.60
16. Swedish Kroner 7.65 7.35
17. Swiss Franc 70.55 67.80
18. Turkish Lira 13.00 12.25
19. UAE Dirham 19.45 18.25
20. US Dollar 70.00 68.35

 

 SCHEDULEII

 

Sl.No. Foreign Currency Rate of exchange of 100 units of foreign currency equivalent to Indian rupees
(1) (2) (3)
    (a) (b)
    (For Imported Goods)   (For Exported Goods)
1. Japanese Yen 63.15 60.80
2. Korean Won 6.30 5.95

 

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Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) presents its Report on Sample Size of VVPAT Counting to Election Commission of India

Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) presents its Report on Sample Size of VVPAT Counting to Election Commission of India

Indian Statistical Institute(ISI) today presented its Report on the sample size of  Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slip counting to the Chief Election Commissioner Shri  Sunil Arora  and Election Commissioners Shri Ashok Lavasa and Shri Sushil Chandra.  The Report was presented by Prof. Abhay G. Bhatt, Head ISI, Delhi Centre.  It may be recalled that in view of the varying demands for enhanced percentage of VVPAT Slip count during elections in the country, the Commission had engaged the Indian Statistical Institute to systematically analyse and scientifically examine the issue of VVPAT Slip verification with electronic count of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

ISI is one of the most prominent and reputed national institution devoted to research, teaching and application of statistics and sampling methodology in the country. Keeping in view their domain expertise and subject specialization, the Commission decided to engage the Institute in arriving at mathematically sound, statistically robust and practically cogent solutions to the issue of a number/percentage of VVPAT slip counts to done during the elections.

Apart from Prof Abhay G. Bhatt, Head ISI, Delhi Centre, the Expert Committee also consisted of Prof Rajeeva L. Karandikar, Director, Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) and Shri Onkar Prosad Ghosh, Dy. Director General (Social Statistics Division), Central Statistics Office, MOSPI, who was nominated by Director General, National Sample Survey Office (NSSO). Before finalizing its report, the Expert Committee had wide ranging consultations with other experts in the field of statistics and examined suggestions received from other groups. This Expert Committee has submitted its Report titled ‘Random Sampling For Testing of EVMs via VVPAT Slip Verification’ to the Commission today i.e. 22nd March 2019.

The Report submitted by the Expert Committee shall now be examined by  the Commission and necessary action initiated.