The Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launched the National Bal Swachhta Mission in New Delhi today. The Bal Swachhta Mission is a part of the nationwide sanitation initiative of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ launched by the Prime Minister on 2nd October, 2014. Speaking at the launch of Bal Swachhta Mission, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that children can play a very important role in achieving a Swachh Bharat. She said that they can become ambassadors of cleanliness and motivate others to keep their homes, schools, and surroundings clean. Cleanliness habits should be imbibed in the children in informal ways like small games, poems, storytelling, conversation with children among others, she added. The Minister praised the message of cleanliness given by the children on the occasion through their innocent performances. The Minister said that the cleanliness drive has to be a nationwide effort and should include sustained measures taken up on a continuous basis.
The Minister also released a book on Bal Swachtta Mission prepared by NIPCCD. The children entertained the audience and gave their message of cleanliness through a cultural program and fancy dress programme. Smt. Maneka Gandhi visited the model Anganwadi hub centre located at Maidan Garhi.
The nationwide Bal Swachhta Mission will have the following six themes:-
1. Clean Anganwadis
2. Clean Surroundings e.g. Playgrounds
3. Clean Self (Personal Hygiene/Child Health)
4. Clean Food
5. Clean Drinking Water
6. Clean Toilets
During the Bal Swachhta Week from 14th to 19th November, one of the above themes would be covered at each Anganwadi Centre in the states. The Women and Child Development Departments of various states have been asked to implement the Bal Swachhta Mission with the help of Departments of School Education, Urban Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation, and Information and Publicity. The events will be organized at State, District, Block, and Gram Panchayat level.
Over 6 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated in Uttar Pradesh by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), so far, out of a total population of 19.98 crore (as per Census 2011). The State was among the four (4) new States allocated to UIDAI for Aadhaar enrolments earlier this year. Currently more than 2.5 lakh residents are enrolled per day in Uttar Pradesh through 5,781 active enrolment stations deployed in 71 districts of the State. The pace of enrolments will further accelerate with engagement of Enrolment Agencies by the State Registrar.
The UIDAI has, till date, issued over 70.7 crore Aadhaar numbers. Nine States/UTs including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh have crossed 90 percent Aadhaar coverage, while a further seven States/UTs have Aadhaar coverage of between 70 and 90 percent.
The 6 crore Aadhaar number holders of Uttar Pradesh can now avail many services with their Aadhaars such as opening a Bank account, obtaining a SIM card, a PAN card, an LPG connection etc. More services are likely to be available on Aadhaar in the coming days.
Aadhaar facilitates “anytime, anywhere” online authentication of a resident through universal verification of one’s identity based on the demographic and biometric information of an individual, thereby eliminating any chance of duplication or fraud.
Home Minister pays tribute to Pandit Nehru; Calls upon the people to work for nation’s development
The Union Home Minister has called upon the people to imbibe the scientific temperament and work for the nation’s development, which he said would be a real tribute to the first Prime Minister of the country, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Speaking at a function here today to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Pandit Nehru, Shri Rajnath Singh said that Pandit Nehru continues to get love and respect of the people, even after so many years because of his contributions, personality, commitment to the nation, and connect with the people.
Describing Pandit Nehru as ‘Rashtra Purush’, the Home Minister said that Pandit Nehru steered the nation at the crucial juncture, and gave it a new direction. The Union Home Minister lauded Pandit Nehru for his inclusiveness and having an accommodating approach even towards his political opponents. He said that Pandit Nehru had faith in the maturity and capability of Indians, and that is why India has today become the largest democracy, and not confined to elites only.
Shri Rajnath Singh also mentioned about the contribution of Pandit Nehru in the domains of foreign policy, science and technology, planning, and industrial development. Shri Singh said that the first prime minister was a pragmatic person, as indicated by his adoption of Mixed economy.
The Union Home Minister expressed the need to stand together in the national interest. He said that we should not say something which could tarnish the nation’s image or instil sense of fear among the people. The Minister said that sense of confidence among the citizens should be inculcated. He also thanked the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in taking a lead in celebrating Pandit Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary in a befitting manner.
Earlier, the Union Home Minister released two commemorative coins in the memory of Pandit Nehru, brought out by the Finance Ministry. He also launched a portal on the first Prime Minister of India, which contains Pandit Nehru’s photos, audio-video recordings, selected works, and various aspects of his personality.
A sum of Rs. 20 crore has been releasedto the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) this year for launching a Nehru Portal on the lines of Gandhi Heritage Portal, publication of selected works of Jawaharlal Nehru, renovation and modernization of Nehru Museum and other activities of such nature. This was stated by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism, Dr Mahesh Sharma at the inaugural function of the year long commemoration of 125th Birth Anniversary of JawaharLal Nehru in New Delhi today. Elaborating on the contributions of the first Prime Minister to independent India, the Minister said that Nehru’s thrust for science and technology provided India with a respectable identity all over the world. Nehru underlined the necessity to promote a scientific temperament among the people who only recently had the taste of independence, the Minister added. Nehru’s vision of a modern India has been a source of inspiration across the generations, the Minister further added. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest, Shri RajnathSngh, Union Minster for Home Affairs said, that India is an ancient nation and it was Nehru who gave her a modern identity. Nehru envisioned India not only in terms of a developed country but as a country which will lead other nations, the Minister added.
The Union Home Minister also launched the Nehru Portal carrying a rich collection of oral, audio, visual and archival material. The commemorative coins of denominations of Rs. 5.00 andRs. 125 were also released to mark the occasion. An exhibition on ‘Nehru and First Union Cabinet’ was another highlight of the commemoration. The celebrations, including conferences, exhibitions, Bal Swachhta Missions and similar programme in 155 Bal Bhawans, will continue till 14th November next year. NMML has also been sanctioned a corpus grant of Rs 150 cr this year by the Ministry of Culture.
Parliamentary Affairs Ministers Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has said that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel rendered yeomen contribution to the freedom struggle of the Country and for its unification after Independence, but justice was not done to Sardar Patel during his life time and even later. Shri Naidu was speaking after inaugurating a large size bronze statue of Sardar Patel at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh this morning.
Giving an account of SardarPatel’s eminence and his contributions, Shri Naidu said, being an ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi, despite huge following and support in the Congress Party, Sardar Patel agreed to work under the leadership of Pandit Jawaharalal Nehru, as per the wishes of Gandhiji and this was a great sacrifice in the national interest. Shri Naidu said, Patel who was an eminent barrister gave up his practice to join freedom struggle and became Sardar after leading the peasant movement at Bardoli.
‘With the interests of the nation uppermost in his mind, Sardar Patel who emerged as an eminent leader in his own right, worked with Pandit Nehru for over 30 years, under the leadership of Gandhi ji. His contribution as the Home Minister to the unification of the country and putting in place well organized civil services were evidence of his great vision and capacity to act decisively in testing times. However, Sardar Patel was denied justice during his life time and even after his death. Sardar Patel was honoured with Bharat Ratna, 41 years after his death, while it could have been much earlier.’ Said Shri Venkaiah Naidu.
Shri Naidu observed that several great leaders made significant contributions to the freedom struggle and after, and all of them should be regarded equally and their legacies should be promoted without any discrimination.
Minister of Municipal Administration Dr.P.Narayana and Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr.K.Srinivas of the Andhra Pradesh Government also attended the unveiling programme. Mayor of Nellore Shri Abdul Aziz presided over the function.
Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti will inaugurate the national conference on issues for optimal use of water resources called “Jal Manthan”on November 20, 2014 in New Delhi. The three day event has been organized by the Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation take up wide ranging consultations with the state irrigation ministers, Secretaries for Water Resources and a range of other stakeholders. The focus will be on refining policies of the Ministry to make them more people friendly and responsive to the needs of the states.
The first day of the conference will be devoted for deliberations on the three flagship schemes being implemented by the Union Government through Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, viz., Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme, Repair, Renovation and Restoration of Water Bodies and Flood Management Programme. New proposals, such as, Incentivizing States for Water Sector Reforms India Water Resources Information System and Hydrology Project III would also be introduced. The programme will involve participation from concerned Ministers and Principal Secretaries from the State Governments and provide them an opportunity to highlight their concerns and impediments being faced by them in effective implementation of these Schemes.
The second day will be devoted to issues related to inter-linking of rivers in the country. It is proposed to deliberate on various aspects of inter-linking as the programme has evoked strong reactions from civil societies and environmental groups. The Event would provide a platform to address the concerns and clarify issues raised by them. On the third day of Conference, it is proposed to hold deliberations on broader issues of water conservation and management with civil societies, non-governmental organisations and water user communities. The focus will be on water Security Humane Face to Water Projects Farm Water Management and Rejuvenation of Water Bodies.
It may be recalled that the Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharati has emphasized the need to hold wider consultations amongst various stakeholders engaged in water resource development and management to achieve synergy of water resource development with environment, wild-life and various social and cultural practices. About 300 experts are expected to attend the conference.
Sanjay Kumar two shots clear on penultimate day, emerges firm favourite for title
Prabagaran, Mukesh occupy second and third places to stay in the hunt
Shillong, Meghalaya, November 14, 2014: Lucknow golfer Sanjay Kumar’s bogey-free 67 in round three ensured he stayed two shots clear of the rest of the field at the Rs. 40 lakh Chief Minister’s Meghalaya Open Golf 2014. Sanjay’s three-day total stands at 11-under-199 at the richest tournament to be staged in North-East India. Sri Lankan K Prabagaran and Mukesh Kumar of Mhow stayed in the hunt as they occupied second and third places at nine-under-201 and eight-under-202 respectively.
Sanjay Kumar (66-66-67), the overnight leader, continued his surge on day three at the Shillong Golf Course with an error-free three-under-67. The 43-year-old was off to a brilliant start on Friday as he sank a 15-footer to gain a stroke on the first hole. He consolidated his lead with another eight feet birdie conversion on the fifth. The ice cool golfer produced an immaculate approach shot on the 11th that led to a tap-in birdie. Sanjay was steady for the rest of the day and never looked in danger of dropping a shot.
Sanjay, looking for his first win on the PGTI in three years, said, “I feel I’ve adapted well to this course. I’ve planned my round well on the first three days. I just need to continue doing the same on the last day in order to have a shot at the title.
“I had a good start today with long birdie conversions on the first and fifth and set the tone for the rest of the round. I’ve not won on the PGTI for a long time now and so there is a burning desire to get a title under my belt. I think my strength is that I never put too much pressure on myself and always stay calm on the course no matter what the situation is,” added Sanjay.
K Prabagaran (67-67-67), a winner on the PGTI in 2014, shot a third consecutive 67 to keep himself in the hunt. Prabagaran held on to his overnight second position after capping another solid round with five birdies and two bogeys.
Prabagaran said, “My short-game shaped up really well on day three. I played just two poor shots on the back-nine that cost me bogeys. I’ll go into the final round with a lot of self-belief as I have a title against my name this year. Keeping the errors out of the game will be crucial in the final round.”
Mukesh Kumar (64-72-66), who shot an ordinary 72 on day two, made a strong comeback on Friday as he posted an eventful 66 to climb from overnight tied fourth to third position. The experienced Mukesh, who mixed six birdies with two bogeys in round three, will also be a strong contender for the title on the final day. The Mhow golfer landed it within a couple of feet for birdies on the fourth and eighth and sank two long birdie putts on the ninth and 16th.
Kolkata golfers Shankar Das and Mohammad Sanju lie tied fourth at six-under-204 while Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow and Sri Lankan N Thangaraja are a further shot back in joint sixth place.
Delhi’s Manav Jaini shot the day’s best score of five-under-65 to be tied 14th at one-under-209.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi can offer 75% Cut in GHG Emissions by
2030, Technologies are available which are Most Economical too.
India Can Cut 75% GHG, 3 Billion Tones GHG Yearly By 2030
India’s Energy Policy is loaded entirely in favor of Costliest and
Most Polluting Coal based power. Even the latest Super Critical
Thermal Plants are not effective mainly because such units are located
in hot regions, high ambient air and circulating water temperature and
shortage of water adds up to much lower thermal efficiency and in
addition there are substantial Transmission & Distribution losses. Use
of low quality coal releases around 200 million tones of Fly Ash at
power stations, partly in air also.
Business As Usual situation India may consume 2000 million tone of
Coal every year producing over 800 million tones of Fly Ash at power
stations including 160 million tones released in air by 2030.
Thus Indian power is Costliest and Most Polluting due to extensive use
of thermal coal for power generation.
Green Energy Programs to Avoid 3.0 Billion Tones of CO2 by 2030 are: –
1.] India should be developing 200,000 MW of Multipurpose Hydro
Power+, producing 800m Units of Electricity and avoiding 0.8 Billion
Tones of CO2 every year and around 40 tones of Fly Ash emissions in
+ Additionally Prevent or Moderate Floods in 40 million hectares of
flood affected land and supply 500 BCM of addition Clean Blue Water
for Irrigation, Municipal other uses, reduce water pumping for
2.] 100,000 MWe of Nuclear Power shall produce around 750 BU of green
electricity avoiding 750 million tones of CO2.
3.] 200,000 MWp Solar Power with Tracking shall generate 450 BU of
green electricity to be ready by 2020.
4.] Energy Efficiency 500 BU Annually by 2030 avoiding 500 million
tones of CO2 every year.
5.] Wind, Biomass, Tidal, Bio-Fuels together shall produce 200 BU of
electricity or 200m avoid Tones of CO2.
6.] Electric Transport like Railways, Electric Vehicles, Trams etc
shall avoid 300m of CO2 in replacing petroleum. `
All these programs are Commercially Viable and produce Cheaper
Electricity than by polluting Coal Based power require just $2.5
Trillion investments including T&D. India to Lead The World in Saving
Planet Earth From Impact Of GHG/ Climate Change.
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Condemn the brutal attack on active villager from Rajasthan for fighting against illegal mining activities
15th Nov, 2014, New Delhi: On 14th November, Shankarlal Mina, who is active in the struggle against stone quarry mafias and is from village Toda, Neemka thana (Tahsil), Rajasthan, was brutally attacked in village market in broad day light. The attack, in which his hand and leg have been fractured, was by stone quarry mafia and goondas of former MLA Ramesh Khandelwal who lost appeal at NGT. Please note that NGT Bhopal bench in September put stay on all mining activities and illegal stone crushing in Neema ka thana as well as in Sikar district.
Take immediate action!
Send Protest letters to CM, Rajasthan
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Invites you to the inauguration of the exhibition
A documentary exhibition of photographs covering 2004 – 2014, portraying Bulgarian participation in NATO-led missions, collective specifics of the Alliance, training events and negotiating processes.
Monday, 17th November, 2014
48 Hanuman Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi