The Odisha government has alerted administration of 16 of the 30 districts following a possible cyclone that may hit the state’s coast by Saturday. All government officials have been asked to rejoin their duty after the Durga Puja vacation and leaves have been canceled from tomorrow.
Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Nayagarh, Gajapati, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Ganajm, Puri, Malkangiri and KIoraput district administration have been put on alert to meet any exigencies due to a possible cyclone.
The Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and fire services have also been asked to be prepared and move out when required.
According to Bhubaneswar Met office, the low pressure area formed over Tenasserim Coast and adjoining Andaman Sea has concentrated into a depression and now lay centred over North Andaman Sea and neighborhood, about 1380 Km Southeast of Gopalpur of Odisha coast.
It is likely to move in a West-Northwesterly direction and intensify into a deep depression within next 24 hours and further intensify into a Cyclonic storm.
Distant Cautionary signal Number One has been hoisted at Paradip and Gopalpur Ports or Odisha. However, there is still no clarity over the exact route the storm would take when it heads towards the Odisha coast.
Science and Technology Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today launched the Broad Spectrum Confocal Microscope in New Delhi.
It is the first of its kind, developed under public-private partnership mode by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Scientist wants to understand the spectroscopic behaviour of materials and this can be achieved only using Broad Spectrum Con focal Microscope.
Launching the microscope, Dr Singh said, it is a big achievement and Indian scientists can develop such product using indigenous scientific infrastructure. Confocal Microscope is used to obtain three dimensional feature at microscopic level and play a vital role in scientific understanding of nano material and biological object. It can also do resonant scanning up to 1024×1024 pixels.
The Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar will launch the Pashmina Promotion Programme (P-3) and lay the foundation stone of Pashmina Dehairing Plant at Pashmina Dehairing Plant Complex, Skalzangling, Leh tomorrow.
Under P-3, major provision has been made for establishment of latest technology imported Pashmina Dehairing Plant at Leh with total grant of Rs.19.35 crore including other machineries like Scouring, Drying, and boiler along with construction of building for installation of these machineries at Leh. The existing Deharing Plant has obsolete Chinese dehairing machine and is not sufficient to de-hair 45 ton of Pashmina wool produced here and with present capacity it can only de-hair up to five ton pashmina, leaving 40 ton sold into the market as raw which renders loss of value addition of Pashmina. The capacity of the proposed new imported plant would be 10 kilogram pashmina per hour with approximate cost of Rs.11 crore.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to Leh on 12th August,2014, announced Pashmina Promotion Programme (P-3) with additional financial assistance of Rs. 30 crore for improving quality and quantity of pashmina wool as well as living standard of poor nomads (wool growers) of Ladakh region.
Under this new Programme, financial assistance would be provided under different components like Creation of Common Pashmina Facilitation Centre for Wool testing, Disease Surveillance Centre, Geographic Information System (GIS) Lab, Shelter for Nomads, Portable Electric Units for Handloom Spinning/Weaving, Solarised Community Centres, Open Fodder enclosures, establishment of Pashmina Dehairing Plant, Distribution for Foundation Stock to farmers and construction of Shelter for Housing of Pashmina Stock.
The Ministry of Textiles is implementing Pashmina Wool Development Scheme with the help of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh from 10th Five Year Plan for development of this Sector in Ladakh region. In the 12th Plan, this programme has been expanded with enhanced financial assistance of Rs. 41.21 crore.
Ladakh region produces the finest Pashmina wool (specialty fiber) in the world, which has high demand globally. Ladakh region grow about 45 ton of Pashmina wool every year from the population of about 2.50 lakh Pashmina goats.
The year-long birth centenary celebrations of noted classical singer Begum Akhtar began today. In an impressive function held here today Union Culture Minister Shri Shripad Naik released a set of commemorative coins of Rs.100 and Rs.5. Noted singers Dr. Rita Ganguly (Dadra), Shri Shashank Shekhar (Thumri) and Smt. Prabhati Mukherjee (Ghazal) gave an impressive performance on the occasion.
Akhtar Bai Faizabadi, popularly called Begum Akhtar (October 07, 1914 –October 30,1974) was a famous Indian singer of Ghazal, Dadra and Thumri. She received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for vocal music and was awarded Padam Shri and Padam Bhushan (Posthumously) by Government of India. She was given the title of Mallika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazals). On completion of 100 years of this versatile genius, the Government of India has decided to commemorate the occasion. With this end in view, a National Implementation Committee (NIC) under the Chairmanship of Union Culture Minister was constituted to chalk out programmes and activities that may be taken up during the commemoration year.
Some of the programmes which will be taken up during the commemoration period are organizing Centenary festivals in Delhi, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Bhopal and Kolkata, Web Portal and digitization/ documentation etc., of the legacy of Begum Akhtar, exhibitions and workshops, publications, seminars and a scholarship to young artists.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, made a number of announcements on consular and visa issues during his address at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on September 28th, 2014. The Union Government has moved swiftly to implement these announcements.
According to a Gazette notification issued on September 30th, 2014, all PIO cards are now valid for the lifetime of the cardholder, instead of 15 years. This effectively fulfils the Prime Minister`s announcement that PIO cardholders would enjoy a lifelong visa to India.
Further, following the Prime Minister`s announcement that PIO cardholders would be exempt from police reporting, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued instructions through the same Gazette notification dated September 30th, that PIO cardholders would not be required to report to a police station even if their visit to India exceeds 180 days.
Fulfilling yet another announcement made by the Prime Minister, instructions have been issued to Embassies and Consulates that unless there are exceptional circumstances, visas to US nationals should normally be given for 10 years.
Systems are in place to introduce visa on arrival for US tourists in October itself.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is working on a new scheme that will merge the PIO and OCI schemes.
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