Monday, 18 June 2018

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh to participate in Yoga Day activities in Lucknow

CAPFs and Delhi Police to organise various activities to observe Yoga Day

On the occasion of 4th International Yoga Day, 2000 CAPFs personnel will participate in the function which will be held at Forest Research Institute (FRI) Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will also participate in this event. In Lucknow, 2,000 CAPFs personnel (SSB/CRPF/ITBP) will participate in Yoga Demonstration in which the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will participate.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has been designated as the Nodal Force for coordination among CAPFs for Mass Yoga Demonstration at Dehradun. The ITBP troops will also participate in Yoga sessions at various locations across the country. Border Out Posts (BOPs) of the Force across the Himalayan border will also observe the day with active participation of Himveers at high altitude areas. Apart from this, ITBP jawans will take part in Yogabhyas being organised in different cities of J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. 

In Delhi, Yoga demonstration is being organised by NDMC at Rajpath and CISF being the Nodal force for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) of said function will coordinate with concerned authorities of NDMC for participation of 1,000 CAPF personnel. About 2,000 CAPF’s women personnel (700 CRPF, 600 CISF, 300 BSF, 200 ITBP, 150 SSB and 50 Assam Rifles) will do Yoga at Red Fort on 21st June 2018. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been designated as Nodal Force to conduct Yoga demonstrations in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. Also, in-situ Yoga will be performed at all CISF Units, Reserve Battalions, Training Institutions & Office establishments by following the Common Yoga Protocol. The Mobile App. Named ‘Yoga Locator’, launched by Ministry of AYUSH, which provides ongoing details of Yoga activities in surrounding areas, is being downloaded by all CISF Units/field formations for availing the facility.

The SSB will be organizing a Mass Yoga Demonstration as Nodal Force in State Capitals/Prominent cities in which 1,000 personnel of CAPFs will participate i.e. Shimla, Patna, Guwahati and Gangtok. In addition, SSB personnel will participate in the Yoga in all other state capitals in collaboration with nominated Nodal Force of concerned state where SSB is deployed. All 6 Frontiers, 18 Sectors, Training Centres and 73 Battalions of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) will be celebrating the 4th International Yoga Day on 21st June 2018 at their establishments. All the senior officers and official of Force Hqrs SSB will participate in Yoga event in the premises of 25th Bn SSB Ghitorni, New Delhi. SSB is also planning to organize Yoga Fests, Seminars, Workshops, Cultural programme on Yoga at field formations deployed on Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan Borders.

The Delhi Police is also organising various activities on Yoga Day. A dedicated Yoga Cell has been created in Delhi Police, which is relentlessly educating personnel about importance of Yoga in working atmosphere. The Cell has organized 967 Yoga related programmes with participation of more than 55,000 personnel. Delhi Police has been holding a centralized event, besides other events at District/Units level to celebrate International Yoga Day for the last two years. Last year, Delhi Police had held the event at Ramlila Ground with participation of 2,000 personnel, including C.P./Delhi and senior officers. Further, Welfare unit as well as other District/Units have been organizing Yoga Camps for police personnel on regular intervals. This year, total 216 Yoga Camps have been organized in different Units/Districts with participation of around 10,000 personnel. It is planned to hold an event at Thyagraj Sports Complex, Laxmi Bai Nagar. Around 2,000 personnel from various Units will take part in the event in presence of C.P/Delhi and other senior officers. Common Yoga Protocol and Yoga CDs have been distributed amongst the participants, in coordination with Ayush Ministry and agencies.


Vice President visits Shri Vajpayee at AIIMS

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, along with his family members, visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), here today, and enquired about the health condition of former Prime Minister, Shri A.B. Vajpayee, who is undergoing treatment there.

The Vice President spoke to the family members of Shri Vajpayee at the hospital. He was also briefed by the doctors on the condition of the former Prime Minister.

The doctors informed the Vice President that Shri Vajpayee’s condition was stable and that he was improving. He was admitted to AIIMS on June 11 with urinary tract infection.


GST leads to Formalization of Economy and Widening of Tax Base

Historic tax reform, the Goods and Service Tax (GST), has resulted in formalization of economy and consequently information flow would eventually augment not only the Indirect Tax collections but also Direct Tax collections. In the past, the Centre had little data on small manufacturers and consumption because the excise was imposed only at the manufacturing stage while the States had little data on the activities of local firms outside their borders. Under the GST, there will be now seamless flow of availability of common set of data to both the Centre and the States making Direct and Indirect Tax collections more effective.

There are early signs of tax base expansion. Between June and July 2017, 6.6 lakh new agents, previously outside the tax net, sought GST registration. This is expected to rise consistently as the incentives for formalization increase. Entire Textile chain is now brought under tax net. Further, a segment of land and real estate transactions has also been brought into tax net “works contracts”, referring to housing that is being built. This in turn would allow for greater transparency and formalization of cement, steel and other sales which earlier tended to be outside the tax net. The formalization will occur because builder will need documentation of these input purchases to claim tax credit.

The introduction of GST, a common Indirect Tax for both the States as well as the Central Government with its end to end digitization of all processes, is the biggest reform measure which is already creating more jobs in formal sector and eliminating transactions which are not recorded earlier in the books of accounts and thus, were outside the tax net so far. GST is designed to bring about better tax compliance and transparency in tax system. It is putting a premium on honesty. It would make increasingly difficult for those (who are liable to pay tax) to remain outside the tax net.

A number of procedural changes have also been made since the roll-out of GST on 1st July, 2017 in order to simplify the processes. An extensive exercise was undertaken for tax payers education and facilitation by way of knowledge sharing, dissemination of information and replies to FAQs among others. Further, steps are also being undertaken for further simplification in order to facilitate the tax payers and to extend benefit to the customers.


Commerce Minister releases study report on Indian pharma exports to China

For India to make a strong pitch for pharma exports to China, the Department of Commerce in coordination with Embassy of India at Beijing commissioned a study on “Enhancing Indian Exports of Pharmaceutical products to China” under the Market Access Initiative Scheme (MAI) to have a proper understanding of Chinese market and to help the Indian pharma industry to evolve appropriate and focused strategy for entry of the Indian generic drugs.

The study examines the health care market, pharmaceutical market the distribution system, procurement and bidding process and the regulatory landscape in China. The study also gives recommendations on how to access the Chinese market.

China’ s health-care sector continues togrowrapidly with spending projected to grow from $ 357 billion in 2011 to $ 1 trillion in 2020. From pharmaceuticals to medical products to consumer health, China remains among the world’s most attractive markets, and by far the fastest-growing of all the large emerging ones.

The study has been done by IMS Health team which worked with PHARMEXCIL and Industry stakeholders.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Activities being planned by CAPFs to observe International Day of Yoga

The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) – Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and National Security Guard (NSG) have lined up Yoga competitions and training camps on the occasion of 4th International Day of Yoga (IDY) being observed on 21stJune, 2018.

The BSF has planned to celebrate IDY at 25 Bn BSF, Chhawla Camp New Delhi. The Programme will be organized by conducting a Yoga session in which BSF troops including Officers with their wives, SOs & ORs serving in Delhi will participate. In addition to all field formations, BSF will also organize Yoga demonstrations in 04 State Capital/Prominent City i.e Kolkata, Agartala, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru in which maximum personnel of CAPFs deployed in nearby locations will participate. Similarly, all field formations are planning to celebrate the day with full zest & dedication at respective locations by utilizing services of Master Yoga trainers trained from Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) and Yoga trainers trained from Patanjali Yogpeeth and Isha Foundation to lead Mass Yoga Demonstrations. The BSF will encourage Local population residing near the campuses and bordering areas for participation in the programme and to create awareness about the Yoga’s importance in our life.

The CRPF will celebrate IDY at SDG ground, Old JNU Campus, New Delhi. Approximately 200 officers/personnel will participate in Yoga programme. Apart from this, programmes will also be organized at all Offices/Institutions/Bns. The Yoga fests, Seminars, Workshop, Musical & cultural programmed based on the yoga will also be organized and best performer awarded. In-Situ Yoga will be performed at all locations for CRPF personnel and their families following the common Yoga protocol. Competitions will be held to inspire employees especially the younger generation. Renowned personalities from the field of Yoga education will also be called to generate interest about Yoga among all personnel and family members of jawans.

The National Security Guard (NSG) will organise a Yoga session at NSG Stadium, Manesar, Gurugram.


Tourism Minister to attend Incredible India road shows in the United States

Incredible India road shows in major cities including New York & Chicago from 18th to 22nd June 2018

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, Shri K. J. Alphons will attend a series of ‘Incredible India road shows’ in the United States of America, from 18th to 22nd June 2018. The road shows will be held in several major cities of US including New York, Chicago & Houston.

The Incredible India road shows will hold B2B interactions, presentations & press briefings by the Indian delegation. The key note addresses will be delivered by the Tourism Minister and Incredible India presentation will be made by Joint Secretary Ministry of Tourism Shri. Suman Billa, with an aim to project India as a ‘must visit’ tourist destination. The road shows will include Cultural performances also. The USA is one among the top three source countries in the percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India. During April 2018, the USA was the second highest source country with 11.21% share of total FTAs.

In addition, the Minister will also be attending the Federation of Malayalee Associations of Americas (FOMAA) Convention 2018 in Chicago on 22nd June 2018.


Prime Minister to chair the 4th meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog on June 17, 2018

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will chair the fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Sunday, the 17th June. The day-long meeting will be attended by Union Ministers, Chief Ministers from the States, Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories and senior officials from the Government of India.

The Governing Council of NITI Aayog is the premier body tasked with evolving a shared vision of national development priorities, sectors and strategies with the active involvement of States in shaping the development narrative.

The Governing Council reviews the work done during the previous year and deliberates upon the future developmental priorities.

The Council is expected to discuss important subjects including measures taken to double farmers’ income; progress of flagship schemes such as Ayushman Bharat, National Nutrition Mission and Mission Indradhanush; development of aspirational districts; and celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.


Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh to participate in Yoga Day activities in Lucknow

CAPFs and Delhi Police to organise various activities to observe Yoga Day On the occasion of 4th International Yoga Day, 2000 CAPFs pe...