Daily Archive: April 1, 2019

If Rahul was ‘truthful’, he should have changed ten CMs in MP by now : Shivraj

New Delhi , Stating that Congress president has developed a habit of telling falsehood and that also with ‘confidence’, senior BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said if Rahul Gandhi was truthful leader by now he should have had at least changed ten Congress Chief Ministers since December last. ‘ Before elections he promised in Madhya Pradesh that within ten days all the farmers loan would be waived and if not rahul Gandhi said , Congress will change the Chief Ministers. Now we have completed 104 days since the party came to power and I can tell you with all authority that no loan has been waived-off,’ Mr Chouhan told reporters at the party headquarters. He said the fact that the Congress government in the state did not waive off loans soon after coming to power was proved after the Chief Minister Kamal Nath announced that the waiver policy could not be implemented as the Model Code of Conduct was enforced in view of the announcement of the general elections.ns.

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AAP files complaint against ‘Namo TV’ to ECI

AAP files complaint against ‘Namo TV’ to ECI

New Delhi,The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday filed a complaint against ‘Namo TV’ to Election Commission of India (ECI), and questioned that can permission be granted to a party to have their own TV channel even after Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is enforced. In a complaint to EC, the AAP said,’Supreme Court in it’s various judgements held that there has to be a ‘level playing field’ for all the political parties and the Commission is entrusted with the duty to maintain the same among all the parties.The intention behind these judicial precedents is to have equal oppurtunities to political parties irrespective of money amd muscle power so that all political parties can reach out to voters.’ ‘But defying this very cardinal principle BJP has launched a 24 hrs channel ‘Namo TV’,’ the AAP said. ‘It is agreed that they have money and can have own channel but the question arises who will monitor the contents of the telecast? Did BJP approach the media certification committee established to certify the contents of the telecast and cost of the telecast? If not why show cause not issued for the violation of MCC?’ the party said. The AAP also asked if no permission is sought by ECI then what action has been taken in this regard. ‘We expect the commission to address the issues as early as possible,’ the party added.

Create an ecosystem for rural entrepreneurship to thrive: Vice President

Create an ecosystem for rural entrepreneurship to thrive: Vice President

Bridging the urban rural divide essential for overall development;

Reinvent and re-imagine ‘Brand India’ and revive dying industries through spirited young entrepreneurs;

Women empowerment should not only be a national goal but a global agenda;

Addresses Summit on “Empowering Young Grampreneurs to Create Jobs”

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for creating an ecosystem for entrepreneurship to thrive and encourage youth to become job creators instead of job seekers.

 

Addressing the Summit on “Empowering Young Grampreneurs to Create Jobs” organized by the Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), in Bhubaneswar, Odisha today, he said that unemployment was an area of major concern not only for India but for all the nations. The possible way to address unemployment was to ‘create the right ecosystem for youngsters to become entrepreneurs and set up their own businesses’, he added.

 

The Vice President said that India with its huge demographic advantage must reap benefits by harnessing the youth’s potential. He said there was a need to create the relevant infrastructure and impart the right skill sets for them to successfully overcome the challenges posed by the technology-dependent world.

 

“How efficiently and effectively we reap the demographic dividend depends greatly on how effectively we are able to create jobs and train the working population to do these jobs,” Shri Naidu added.

 

Expressing concern over the rising urban rural divide, the Vice President stressed the need for making agriculture sustainable and profitable, creating market for rural artisans, empowering woman entrepreneurs to sell their crafts by way of online platforms and ensuring access to affordable education and healthcare.

 

The Vice President also advised young entrepreneurs to start businesses that promote India’s unique, traditional arts and crafts. He wanted the nation to monetize these unique capabilities and find new markets for these exceptional products through trade fairs and international exhibitions.

Opining that the rich craftsmanship was a key aspect of vibrant heritage of India, Shri Naidu said that there was a need to reinvent and re-imagine ‘brand India’ and revive our dying industries.

Saying that Small and Medium enterprises play an important role in economic development, the Vice President said that creating an ecosystem conducive to the functioning of SMEs and cottage industries were as important as facilitating large scale industries in giving a fillip to entrepreneurship.

 

“MSMEs contribute 6.11 per cent of manufacturing GDP and 24.6 per cent of services GDP. These industries which are often located in rural areas play a vital role in preserving India’s traditional skills and products such as handicrafts and handlooms”, he said.

 

Saying that entrepreneurship was valuable only if it had a multiplier effect on the prosperity of our local communities, especially in rural areas, the Vice President urged young businessmen to find the hidden strengths and advantages in rural India leverage them to provide livelihoods and raise standard of living of those living in remote areas.

 

Observing that Empowerment of women was central to achieving the objective of inclusive, equitable and sustainable development, the Vice President said that ‘women empowerment should not only be a national goal but a global agenda’.

 

Pointing out that women constitute only 14% of the total entrepreneurship i.e. 8.05 million out of the total 58.5 million entrepreneurs, Vice President said there was an urgent need to encourage more women to embark on the path of entrepreneurship.

 

The Vice President presented awards for achievers in rural entrepreneurship and launched BYST Entrepreneur Online Learning in Odia.

 

The Governor of Odisha, Shri Ganeshi Lal, the Members of Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), Founding and Managing Trustee, BYST Ms. Lakshmi, Shri V. Venkatesan, other stake holders from industry including the Director of JK Paper Ltd. Shri A.S. Mehta, President, the Chief of CSR, Tata Steel Ltd, Shri Shri Sourav Roy and more than 600 entrepreneurs from different parts of Odisha were present at the event.

 

Following is the text of Vice President’s address:

 

“Officials from the Government, Representatives from Media, BYST Grampreneurs & Mentors, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am delighted to join you for the Summit on “Empowering Young Grampreneurs to Create Jobs” in the presence of all the major stakeholders of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Odisha.

It is indeed heartening to see brilliant, budding entrepreneurs from the grassroots level, particularly those from underserved communities sharing experiences and exchanging valuable lessons with business experts.

I would like to extend my warm wishes to Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST) on having completed over 26 years in the service of under-privileged youth who are in search of better livelihood opportunities.

I had the pleasure of addressing BYST’s Silver Jubilee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in April 2017 and unveiling its flagship programme– “Mentoring India.

I am glad that BYST continues to play a pioneering role in the development of young entrepreneurship through effective mentoring.

It is also heartening to learn that BYST has helped over 7,500 disadvantaged Indian youth to develop their business ideas into viable enterprises, since the organisation’s inception in 1992.

I am particularly happy to be here in the beautiful state of Odisha. The state is rich in minerals, metals and natural resources and has been successful in attracting investors and businesses from all over the world to its shores.

In the last few years, the state has been on a path of rapid infrastructure development, constructing highways linking the far-off mineral rich districts to the ports and to the twin-cities of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar which had air and rail connectivity.

It is truly noteworthy that the Government of Odisha has taken important initiatives in the last couple of years to create conducive ecosystem for Startups in the State.

As a result, it has achieved the status of ‘Top Performer’ in the State Startup ranking exercise conducted by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India.

I see a very exciting future for Odisha; the opportunities before the state are truly endless.

My dear sisters and brothers,

India stands poised at the brink of one of the most advantageous demographic profiles in history. We are one of the youngest nations of the world with 62.5% of the population in the age group of 15-59 years.

This incredible window of demographic dividend in India is available for five decades from 2005-06 to 2055-56, longer than any other country in the world.

How efficiently and effectively we reap the demographic dividend depends greatly on how effectively we are able to create jobs and train the working population to do these jobs.

Although, the digital revolution we are witnessing today may enable the creation of new products and more productive jobs, it may also end up substituting some of the existing jobs. One of the challenges would be to re-skill and retrain the existing workforce for taking up newer jobs.

No doubt, unemployment is an area of major concern not only for India but for all the nations, both emerging and developed. While addressing the problem of unemployment, we also need to look into the question of underemployment or underutilization of the human resources.

A possible way to address unemployment is to create the right ecosystem for youngsters to become entrepreneurs and set up their own businesses. In other words, we need to ensure that they become job creators instead of job-seekers.

It is generally accepted that entrepreneurs create jobs, boost innovation, enhance competition and are responsive and adaptable to changing economic opportunities and trends.

Encouraging entrepreneurship in young people is an important way of harnessing their enthusiasm, energy, spirit and ambition to contribute to economic development.

Many entrepreneurs do more than provide important goods and services– their businesses help sustain the vitality of the neighbourhoods in which they live and work.

Creating an ecosystem conducive to the functioning of Small and Medium enterprises and cottage industries is as important as facilitating large scale industries in giving a fillip to entrepreneurship.

MSMEs contribute 6.11 per cent of manufacturing GDP and 24.6 per cent of services GDP. These industries which are often located in rural areas play a vital role in preserving India’s traditional skills and products such as handicrafts and handlooms.

India is home to highly skilled craftsmen. We must not let this rich aspect of our vibrant heritage be lost. We must encourage more young entrepreneurs to start businesses that promote India’s unique, traditional arts and crafts.

We must monetize these unique capabilities and find new markets for these exceptional products.

As important as enabling these industries to manufacture is developing their capabilities to brand their products and market them effectively, both in domestic and international markets through trade fairs and international exhibitions.

The growth of 37.1 %, witnessed by ‘Khadi India’ in the last four years presents an important lesson to us on the importance of leveraging our inherent strengths and competitive advantages.

We need to reinvent and re-imagine ‘brand India’ and revive our dying industries through our spirited young entrepreneurs.

As the world is becoming more globalized, let me advice you to be more ‘local’. I urge the budding young entrepreneurs present here to source your raw materials locally and to recruit talent from your neighbourhood.

Entrepreneurship is valuable only if it has a multiplier effect on the prosperity of our local communities, especially in rural areas.

I encourage you to find those hidden strengths and advantages in your villages and communities and find creative ways to leverage and harness those strengths to provide livelihoods and raise standard of living of your entire community.

My dear sisters and brothers,

Historically speaking, India has been perceived as the land of entrepreneurial opportunity to generations of foreign mercantilists.

Our business community has been able to draw attention of the world over centuries for its remarkable capability to perceive economic opportunities; for its resilience to pursue them, and for delivering world-class products and services to different industries and geographies.

When I hear that BYST entrepreneurs have been winning national and international awards, I can see that they have inherited the great legacy of enterprise and resourcefulness that India is has always been famous for.

Although we have much to celebrate, we must remember that 9 out of 10 jobs in India are still being created in the informal sector which affords little room for innovation and growth.

In India, we have a large eco-system of start-ups – the third largest in the world.

Policies like Start-up India and Atal Innovation Mission are geared to support the start-up environment.

A dynamic and robust entrepreneurial eco-system is an asset to every economy; specifically, innovation-led entrepreneurship has significant potential to stimulate industrial growth. Entrepreneurs are the key drivers of industry.

The challenge for India’s policy-makers is to address constraints like access to credit and inadequate marketing support faced by entrepreneurs. I am sure that the authorities will come up with appropriate policy interventions wherever necessary.

There is also a need to encourage more women to embark on the path of entrepreneurship. Currently, women constitute around 14% of the total entrepreneurship i.e. 8.05 million out of the total 58.5 million entrepreneurs.

A recent World Bank report has revealed that women employers tend to hire mostly women. But many of such women-owned firms are micro-household enterprises employing 1 to 2 persons.

Empowerment of women is central to achieving the objective of inclusive, equitable and sustainable development and it should not only be a national goal but a global agenda.

My dear Sisters and brothers,

Corporate Social Responsibility is playing very important role in supporting the various development initiatives. Tata Steel and J K Paper, who are supporting the BYST programmes for entrepreneur development in Odisha, are shining examples of Corporate Social Responsibility.

There is also a big scope for private sector investment in mentoring and fostering small enterprises in the informal sector through appropriate linkages.

NGOs, cooperatives and self help groups can provide these linkages.

This summit, with its primary focus on grassroots entrepreneurship and mentoring is both timely and relevant.

I want each and every one of you to be part of the glorious mentoring movement of BYST – Mentoring India.

Mentoring has a special place is creating a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem. It is particularly relevant in rural India where there are lea avenues for self learning.

I congratulate BYST once again for this eventful Summit. Let us together strengthen the spirit of mentoring and entrepreneurship through our determination, positive attitude and hard work.

This will be in consonance with the true spirit of service to this great nation.

Thank you

Jai Hind!

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NMDC surpasses 30 million tonnes production and sales for 3rd year

NMDC surpasses 30 million tonnes production and sales for 3rd year

National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), the largest producer of iron ore in the country, has once again surpassed the 30 million tonnes figure of production and sales for the year 2018-19 for the 3rd year consecutively.

In spite of suspension of Donimalai Mine operations for 5 months, no exports upto August 2018, highest rainfall in Bailadila Sector and poor off take in Karnataka in Q1, NMDC has produced 32.44 MT and sales of 32.38 MT iron ore during FY-19.

During the year, NMDC’s iron ore projects have clocked their best in a single day, monthly and annual production and sales figures.

· Highest ever monthly dispatches – 37.95 lakh tonne in March 2019 against previous best of 37.20 LT (January 2017)

· Highest ever single day production of 1.91 lakh tonne (31.03.2019) against previous best of 1.63 LT (28.03.2019)

· Highest ever single day dispatches of 1.42 lakh tonne (16.03.2019) against previous best of 1.40 LT (04.03.2018)

· Highest ever exploratory drilling of 16071 metres in 2018-19 against previous best of
15065 metres in 2017-18

· Second highest production of diamonds (38033 carats) after reopening of mines in 2009-10.

N. Baijendra Kumar, CMD, NMDC, congratulated all the employees for their dedicated hard work and excellent team work and thanked Ministry of Steel, Government of India and Chhattisgarh State Government and all the stakeholders for their support and guidance.

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Visit of Chief of the Army Staff to USA  

General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff is scheduled to visit United States of America from 02 April to 05 April 2019 on an official visit. During the visit, General Bipin Rawat led delegation will interact with senior military hierarchy of the US Armed Forces with an aim to take forward the military to military cooperation. The Army Chief will also visit the US Military Academy at West Point and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

General Bipin Rawat shall interact with General Joseph F Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and General Mark A Milley, Chief of Staff of the US Army to discuss military cooperation issues of mutual interest. General Bipin Rawat is also an alumnus of Command and Staff College, Fort Leavenworth. The visit to US aims to give impetus to the military ties and enhance strategic engagements. The functional experience gained during the visit shall further enhance Indo-US relationship.

 

 

PSLV-C45 successfully launches EMISAT and 28 customer satellites

PSLV-C45 successfully launches EMISAT and 28 customer satellites

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C45) today successfully launched EMISAT and 28 international customer satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota. This flight marked the first mission of PSLV-QL, a new variant of PSLV with four strap-on motors.

PSLV-C45 lifted off at 9:27 Hrs (IST) from the Second Launch Pad and injected India’s EMISAT into a 748 km sun-synchronous polar orbit, 17 minutes and 12 seconds after liftoff. After separation, the two solar arrays of EMISAT were deployed automatically and the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru assumed control of the satellite. In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration.

Following the separation of EMISAT, the vehicle’s fourth stage engines were restarted twice to place the 28 international customer satellites precisely into a sun-synchronous orbit of 504 km height. The last customer satellite was placed into its designated orbit 1 hour and 55 minutes after lift-off.

About 3 hours after lift-off, the fourth stage (PS4) of the vehicle was moved to a lower circular orbit of 485 km after two restarts to establish it as an orbital platform for carrying out experiments with its three payloads.

EMISAT is a satellite built around ISRO’s Mini Satellite-2 bus weighing about 436 kg. The satellite is intended for electromagnetic spectrum measurement.

The 28 international customer satellites, together weighing about 220 kg, are from four countries, namely, Lithuania (2), Spain (1), Switzerland (1) and USA (24). These foreign satellites were launched as part of commercial arrangements.

The payloads carried by PS4 are Automatic Identification System from ISRO, Automatic Packet Repeating System from AMSAT, India and Advanced Retarding Potential Analyzer for ionospheric studies from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology.

ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan congratulated the launch vehicle and satellite teams involved in the mission.

“Today’s PSLV mission was unique in several ways. It was a four strap-on new variant, the vehicle achieved three different orbits and for the first the PS4 stage is powered by solar panels,” Dr Sivan said. He added that a new PSLV team executed today’s mission.

Dr Sivan also placed on record the significant involvement of the industry in this mission.

So far, PSLV has launched 46 national satellites, 10 satellites built by students from Indian Universities and 297 international customer satellites, including the satellites launched today.

In its next mission, PSLV-C46 will launch RISAT-2B in May 2019.

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Education must lay the foundation for developing a society that is strongly grounded in ethics and moral values: Vice President

Education must lay the foundation for developing a society that is strongly grounded in ethics and moral values: Vice President

Discard rote method of learning and promote innovative and creative thinking: VP tells Schools

Inculcate a sense of volunteerism among young students;

Become responsible, caring and empathetic citizens: VP tells students

Align education with the best pedagogies, teaching methods and techniques to regain India’s position as Vishwa Guru;

Delivers 10th Foundation Lecture at SAI International School

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that education must lay the foundation for developing a society that is strongly grounded in ethics and moral values to ensure peace and contentment in life.

Expressing his concern over the all-round degeneration of morals and ethics in the society, Shri Naidu said that the undesirable trend had to be stopped completely and schools were best placed for bringing about such a transformation.

Delivering the 10th Foundation Lecture at SAI International School in Bhubaneswar today, the Vice President said that education must inculcate social, moral, ethical and spiritual values apart from seeking to empower the future citizens with knowledge and wisdom.

‘What is important is your attitude towards fellow citizens, other living creatures, protecting the environment and your commitment towards the larger good of the society’, he said.

Shri Naidu also stressed upon the need to inculcate a sense of volunteerism among young students. He advised the students to join organisations like NCC, NSS, Scouts & Guides to learn life skills and volunteerism.

Referring to the seven deadly social sins mentioned by Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi ji, the Vice President said that education which does not build character was one of such sin.

Saying that schools play the most crucial and foundational role in shaping the destinies of a nation, the Vice President said that schooling must lay emphasis on the overall development of the child without focusing solely on academic achievements. He opined that it was extremely crucial for youngsters to become responsible, caring and empathetic citizens of the country.

The Vice President stressed that aligning the education with the best education pedagogies, teaching methods and techniques in the world, without losing our ethical moorings was necessary to regain India’s position as Vishwa Guru.

He advised schools to keep abreast with the latest methods of pedagogy and acquaint the students about the importance of the ancient civilization, culture, traditions, heritage and history of the country. “The understanding of the history should be complete and comprehensive without any scope for bias,” he said.

Shri Naidu advised schools to discard rote method of learning and promote innovative and creative thinking. He said that students must be encouraged to develop an inquisitive and questioning mind ever eager to learn new things and come out with bright ideas.

Shri Naidu wanted schools to keep themselves abreast with the rapid developments in technology and align the skill sets of the students in accordance with 21st century job market. He also advised the schools to promote entrepreneurial spirit among the students.

 

Following is the text of Vice President’s address:

 

“It gives me immense pleasure to interact with students, teachers and parents of this institution and share my thoughts. Whenever I visit a school or a college, it fills me with intense optimism about the future of the country.

I have always held that schools are not just temples of learning but are important institutions that play a foundational role in shaping the destinies of a nation. They are the springboards for producing future teachers, scientists, doctors, engineers, chartered acountants, politicians and scholars in various disciplines.

Hence, good schooling which lays emphasis on overall development of the child without focusing solely on academic achievements is extremely crucial for youngsters to become responsible, caring and empathetic citizens of the country.

Dear students, you all have completed your exams and will soon be joining new academic session in the next class. I wish you every success in your academic career and a rewarding future.

 

Dear Friends,

 

In a school, we celebrate the colourful innovative ideas, innocent idealism, inculcate moral and ethical values and chase dreams with hope and optimism.

As our former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam used to ask students to dream – “Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action.” Your dreams, ideals and ideas will shape the future of this great country.

Education is not only for employment.  It is meant for empwerment of an individual through knowledge and wisdom. While imparting knowledge and keeping abreast with the latest methods of pedagogy, schools must acquaint the students about the importance of our ancient civilization, culture, traditions, heritage and history.

The understanding of the history should be complete and comprehensive without any scope for bias.

Of the seven deadly social sins enunciated by Gandhi ji, Education which does not build character , was one of such sin. Apart from seeking to empower the future citizens with knowledge and wisdom, education must inculcate social, moral, ethical and spiritual values.What is important isyour attitude towards fellow citizens, other living creatures, protecting the environment and your commitment towards the larger good of the society.The Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi had put it most profoundly when he said : “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.

True education emancipates you from the bondage of ignorance. It must remove obscurantist  beliefs and superstitions. In Indian Tradition it is said – “Ya Vidya Sa Vimuktaye” – What emanicipates is the Knowledge. It is an essential part of all human life which makes an individual civilized, refined, cultured and educated.

For ages India was the Vishwa Guru. We excelled in abstract sciences and applied technologies. Those were not the days of claiming Intellectual Property rights. Rather, we believed that the knowledge only grows if it is spread and shared with others. True to our ideal, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” we shared our knowledge and excellence with global community. Our famous universities of Taxila, Nalanda threw open their doors for the students and scholars of other regions.

We have shared our knowledge and fortunes with every one as we believed in the sublime ideal of “ Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah, sarve santu nira maya” i.e. may everyone be satisfied, may everyone be free of disease and sickness. Sharing and Caring has not only been an ideal but an article of faith in our long distinguished traditions.

These eternal virtues have been at the core of our education system that has inculcated strong value systems from generation to generation. True education lays the foundation for developing a society that is strongly grounded in ethics and moral values leading to peace and contentment in life.

Unfortunately, over the years, we have been witnessing an all-round degeneration of morals and ethics in the society. This undesirable trend has to be stopped completely and schools are best placed for bringing about the transformation.

In Indian tradition, it is said: “Knowledge brings humility, humility makes you worthy, with that you acquire wealth and with wealth your conduct becomes righteous that eventually leads to ultimate blissful pleasure.” Education and knowledge are the basis of a civilised living. Thirukkural says “The wealth of learning is alone imperishable; nothing else is true wealth”.

 

Dear youngsters,

Today, I expect you to redeem our past stature.

As we aspire to become Vishwa Guru once again, we shall have to align our education with the best education pedagogies, teaching methods and techniques in the world, without losing our ethical moorings.

You are living in very promising times when the technology has opened up new opportunities and avenues for acquiring knowledge. Today On-line courses and study materials are available even on your Smart Phones. You can access almost every information anywhere in the world through internet.

The world has truly become a global village and barriers to knowledge are coming down at a faster pace than before. In this knowledge-driven digital era, schools must discard rote method of learning and promote innovative and creative thinking. They must encourage students to develop an inquisitive and questioning mind ever eager to learn new things and come out with bright ideas.

Schools must also keep themselves abreast with the rapid developments in technology and align the skill sets of the students in accordance with the requirements.They must also promote entreprenuerial spirit among the students.

In addition to making our education socially relevant and grounded in our cultural values, we need to inculcate a sense of volunteerism among young students. Students should join organisations like NCC, Scouts & Guides, to learn life skills and volunteerism.

The schools should become resource centers for the neighbourhood community service. There should be greater interaction between schools and neighbouring communities.

Students should take up community assignments and voluntary work in neighbourhood communities and adjoining villages, interact with local administration about the local issues and provide innovative solutions for community and rural development.

A large part of India lives in village. Socially- conscious students must stay in villages for a better understanding and proper perpesective on the travails of a village life.

 

Dear youngsters,

It is also essential for you as students to acquire vocational skills, incuding those related to agro-economy. It will help in encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship among young students.

True knowledge is garnered through observation, reading, discussions, reflection, analysis and internalisation and this can only be possible if every school introduces experiential learning embedded with field visits.The curriculum should be oriented to make students think rationally, independently and express cogently.Focus of school education should be on instilling inquisitiveness and curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, communication.

I strongly believe that school education must aim to help students become compassionate and caring human beings, with a sense of empathy.We also need to infuse the spirit of nationalism and patriotism in each child.

Dear students, you must own up the glorious heritage of rich cultural diversity ofthis country. You are also the inheritors of the rich and living linguistic heritage of India. You must enrich this tradition. We must respect and take pride in our mother land and in our mother tongue. Use your Mother Tongue to express yourself creatively and enrich its literature.

I am happy that today Sports provide a promising career opportunity to our youth. It not only trains your mind and body but also inculcates the spirit of teamwork and leadership. Along with your studies, you must also pursue and excel in sports.

 

Young Friends,

May all of you realize your dreams and achieve success in every endeavor you undertake. I would also like to compliment and congratulate the teachers and parents for the achievements of the students.

 

JAI Hind!”

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NMDC surpasses 30 million tonnes production and sales for 3rd year

NMDC surpasses 30 million tonnes production and sales for 3rd year

 National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), the largest producer of iron ore in the country, has once again surpassed the 30 million tonnes figure of production and sales for the year 2018-19 for the 3rd year consecutively.

In spite of suspension of Donimalai Mine operations for 5 months, no exports upto August 2018, highest rainfall in Bailadila Sector and poor off take in Karnataka in Q1, NMDC has produced 32.44 MT and sales of 32.38 MT iron ore during FY-19.

During the year, NMDC’s iron ore projects have clocked their best in a single day, monthly and annual production and sales figures.

· Highest ever monthly dispatches – 37.95 lakh tonne in March 2019 against previous best of 37.20 LT (January 2017)

· Highest ever single day production of 1.91 lakh tonne (31.03.2019) against previous best of 1.63 LT (28.03.2019)

· Highest ever single day dispatches of 1.42 lakh tonne (16.03.2019) against previous best of 1.40 LT (04.03.2018)

· Highest ever exploratory drilling of 16071 metres in 2018-19 against previous best of
15065 metres in 2017-18

· Second highest production of diamonds (38033 carats) after reopening of mines in 2009-10.

N. Baijendra Kumar, CMD, NMDC, congratulated all the employees for their dedicated hard work and excellent team work and thanked Ministry of Steel, Government of India and Chhattisgarh State Government and all the stakeholders for their support and guidance.

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The combined Index of Eight Core Industries stood at 125.8 in February, 2019, which was 2.1 per cent higher as compared to the index of February, 2018. Its cumulative growth during April to February, 2018-19 was 4.3 per cent.

The combined Index of Eight Core Industries stood at 125.8 in February, 2019, which was 2.1 per cent higher as compared to the index of February, 2018. Its cumulative growth during April to February, 2018-19 was 4.3 per cent.