Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Mr Ahluwalia launches C-DAC Information Media Server (CIMS)

Shri S.S. Ahluwalia, Hon’ble Minister of State for Electronics and IT launches C-DAC Information Media Server (CIMS) for enhancing Good Governance. 

C-DAC Information Media Server is a dedicated computer appliance having specialized application software to provide audio and video on demand. This low-cost affordable system is built with single board computer having powerful and energy efficient multi-core processor. It does not require any special purpose internet service provider or data connectivity. The common feature includes displaying text, images for viewing, video streaming, e-brochure; for viewing or downloading for offline reference . 

Shri Ahluwalia said “Our Government is focussed towards providing Good Governance to every citizen of our country and has a dream of making them full aware with the various governmental schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY), Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Atal pension Yojana (APY), Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), Make in India, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Soil Health Card Scheme, Digital India, Skill India Program, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), One Rank One Pension Scheme through this system that will be available on all types of electronic and mobile platform. 

Dr Hemant Darbari, Director General, C-DAC mentioned, “CIMS is very easy to setup and configure for deployments at locations such as Parliament (Today in Rajya Sabha, Members details), Education Institutes (eBooks, Timetable, news of the day, notices), Railways (Train running information, station layout maps), Hospitals (Doctors on duty, patient records). A user can connect via any smart device with WiFi capability and freely access the available information. Web pages are retrieved and delivers it across the Internet. In the simplest case, the video file is embedded in a web page and stored on the same host as the other components of the page.

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DAC Approves Procurement of Equipment Worth Rs 9,100 Crores

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Raksha Mantri
Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, met here today and accorded approval for the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over Rs 9,100 crores.

Pursuing the goal of indigenisation and self-reliance, the DAC approved procurement of two Regiments of Akash Missile Systems under 'Buy (Indian)' category from M/s BDL. The Missile to be procured is an upgraded version of the previously inducted Akash missiles and will include seeker technology, possess 360 degree coverage and will be of compact configuration with reduced signature. The upgraded Akash Weapon System is operationally critical equipment which will provide protection to vital assets.

The DAC also accorded approval for progressing Design and Development of Individual Under Water Breathing Apparatus (IUWBA) for T 90 Tanks. Developed by DRDO Lab DEBEL, the IUWBA is used by the crew of Tanks as a safety gear and is required by the Tank crew for emergency escape when negotiating water obstacles while deep fording. The DAC also accorded approval for Design and Development of Test Equipment for Guided Weapons System of T 90 Tank. The equipment is being developed by DRDO and will give an indigenous solution to the Test Equipment used for checking the Guided Weapon System of Tank T 90. The equipment earlier procured from foreign OEMs, has been developed indigenously and is in pursuit of the Government’s 'Make in India' initiative.

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Suresh Prabhu Urges G-20 Members to Focus on Services for Enhancing Global Trade

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu led the Indian delegation for the G-20 Trade Ministers Meeting (TMM) held at Mar del Plata, Argentina on 14 September 2018. The G-20 TMM was represented by Ministers/Vice Ministers of G20 countries, 8 guest countries and 7 Heads/Deputy Heads of International Organisations such as WTO, ITC, OECD, World Bank, IMF, CAF and IADB. As Argentina is the President of G-20 this year, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, Mr. Jorge Faurie and Minister for Production and Labour, Mr. Dante Sica jointly chaired the Sessions. The overall objective of the Argentine Presidency of G-20 is ‘Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development’.

The programme of the G-20 TMM included a breakfast meeting to facilitate free exchange of views on the current global trade developments and three plenary sessions on specific topics of the agenda on current international trade developments, trade and investment aspects of Agro Food Global Value Chains (GVCs) and trade and investment aspects of the New Industrial Revolution (NIR).

Suresh Prabhu participated in all the sessions including the breakfast meeting. The Ministers held a shared view that the global trade and economic situation was at a critical stage due to the ongoing trade tensions, driven largely by protectionist and unilateral measures by some countries and resolved to collectively work towards enhancing confidence in international trade through dialogue and collaborations. Indian Commerce and Industry Minister underlined that as developing countries and LDCs suffer consequential collateral damage due to trade conflicts, resolution of differences through dialogue between the parties should be promoted. He urged G-20 to change the narrative on trade by focusing on the potential of Services for enhancing the global trade, keeping in view that Services contribute more than 50% to the World GDP. Endorsing India's commitment to the rule-based multilateral trading system, Suresh Prabhu called for collective action for revitalising WTO without undermining its core principles of special and differential treatment, consensus building, inclusiveness and transparency. Most members recalled the successful WTO Mini Ministerial meeting held in New Delhi in March 2018 as India’s significant contribution to the revitalisation of WTO.

The Ministers recognised the importance of Agro Food GVCs for enhancing global food security. Suresh Prabhu underlined the relevance of keeping in focus realisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 targets relating to removal of hunger, alleviation of poverty, empowerment of women, employment generation, without losing sight of the plight of millions of small and marginal farmers in developing countries and LDCs. He further drew attention to the need for tackling non-tariff barriers in the form of SPS measures that are more trade distorting than tariffs. He urged G-20 to support transfer of technology, research, promote agri services and responsible investment in agri businesses with an aim to encouraging greater value addition for MSMEs.

On the New Industrial Revolution, Ministers acknowledged the central role of digital technologies. Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu drew attention to the need for minimising technology disruptions and promoting distributive gains for the collective good of all countries and, in this regard, he urged G-20 to work towards closing gaps in the digital divide within and across nations through capacity building measures, technology adaptation and meaningful investments to give primacy to protection and promotion of domestic entrepreneurs with an aim to job creation for millions of youth. He underlined the need for a holistic approach to the NIR, one that is inclusive and development oriented.

Suresh Prabhu held 24 bilateral meetings with his counterpart Ministers and Heads of delegation on the sidelines of the G-20 TMM with whom he exchanged views on ways to reform WTO and strengthen bilateral relations.

The G-20 TMM deliberations will feed into the G-20 Leaders Declaration which will be adopted at the G-20 Summit on 30 November – 1 December 2018 in Buenos Aires in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to participate.

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Union Science & Technology minister inaugurates two unique projects including Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse project, in Delhi

Plant has capacity to convert 10 lakh litres of sewage to 3 tonne of bio-fuel per day: Dr. Vardhan

Union Science & Technology minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today inaugurated a novel holistic Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR) project at Sun Dial Park in New Delhi that produces clean water which is reused for various purposes, while simultaneously recovering nutrients and energy from the urban waste water, thus converting the Barapullah drain into profitable mines.

Along with that, Dr.Vardhan also inaugurated two bio toilets supported by DBT-BIRAC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation installed at the Sun Dial Park. This is an attempt to meet the goals set by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and contribution of the Department of Biotechnology, the Ministry of Science and Technology to “Swachhta Hi Seva” movement launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently.

Speaking at the inauguration, Union Minister congratulated the researchers and scientist involved with the pilot project and said this plant is a unique example of how waste can be made into a profitable mine. Dr. Vardhan said that this plant, which can convert 10 lakh litre of sewage into clean water and generate 3 tonnes of biofuel ,will be scaled up and will become a model for example for the whole world.

In another unique initiative at the site Department of Biotechnology has undertaken afforestation of marshy flood plains, degraded and unusable land and planted 2281 plant and tree species. These are from 44 indigenous species. This not only cleans the area, mitigates mosquito breeding but also purifies the air and soil. The species and the spacing of the planted material is carefully planned using a technology which allows these trees to grow rapidly and within a short span of two-three years recover a unique ecosystem of birds, insects and animals.

The Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR) project inaugurated today is a joint initiative of Indian and Dutch scientists. Around a year back DBT in consultation with DDA identified the Barapullah drain, Sarai Kale Khan, in the state of Delhi for setting up on-site experimental testing lab and for the establishment of a pilot plant. DDA leased to DBT, a land measuring 200 Sq meters for a period of 5 years adjacent to the Sun Dial Park for this purpose. The project at the site today demonstrates how science and technology can be leveraged to effectively turn urban waste into profitable mines.

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Rashtriya Poshan Maah celebrated at CCRAS

Ministry of AYUSH and Central Council of Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), all 25 Clinical Research Institutes of CCRAS are conducting various health care activities during the Rashtriya Poshan Maah being observed in the month of September, 2018. Three institutes of CCRAS namely, Central Ayurveda Research Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases (CARICD), Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi, Regional Ayurveda Research Institute for Nutritional Disorders (RARIND), Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) and Regional Ayurveda Research Institute for Mother and Child Health Care (RARIMCH), Nagpur (Maharashtra) have conducted the Nutrition Awareness Camp for Patients and General Public on 15th September, 2018. 

During the camp, some medicinal plants of daily use (home remedies) have been displayed for the knowledge of patients, importance of nutrition from an Ayurvedic perspective was shared with the participants, visitors and patients, the female patients at IPD were counselled accordingly along with other OPD patients. Pregnant and lactating mothers were also sensitized towards the significance of nutrition and the banners, charts and brochures have been prepared, displayed and distributed for creating awareness.

The Ministry of AYUSH, with an objective to improve nutritional outcomes for children, adolescents, pregnant women and lactating mothers by leveraging technology, a targeted approach and convergence, issued directives to its Research Councils and Institutes for conducting activities for the welfare of general public.

The Camp was conceptualized and organized by the institutes, along with doctors of the institute, where they informed the patients about the efforts of the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, in executing Poshan Abhiyan Jan Andolan. Further, guidelines related to importance of proper nourishment to the children, supremacy of breast feeding and importance of complementary feeding (annaprashan) were also shared so as to avoid malnourishment among children.


President of India graces event to felicitate Indian Scholars of 11th World Hindi Conference

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced a function organised to felicitate Indian scholars who were acknowledged at the 11th World Hindi Conference – held recently in Mauritius – in New Delhi today (September 17, 2018).

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Hindi has a strong presence on the world map. Outside India, more than one crore people speak Hindi and it is being taught in universities of major countries. The 11th World Hindi Conference saw the participation of more than 2,000 representatives from 45 countries.

The President said that to enhance its presence, Hindi has to adapt to science and technology – both in content and dissemination. We live in the age of technology, the President said. Smart-phones are eroding distances between languages and technology could similarly be used in the propagation of Hindi. The President also praised the role played by Hindi cinema in popularising the language in India and abroad.


Dr. Mahesh Sharma releases National Museum Research Bulletin, published after a gap of 16 years

The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma released two important publications of the National Museum (M/o Culture), Sindhu Ghati Sabhyata:Ek Parichay (Hindi) and the National Museum Research Bulletin Number 10: Special issue (In House Publication), in New Delhi today (18/9/2018). The National Museum Research Bulletin has been revived after a long gap of 16 years.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sharma congratulated the efforts of National Museum to revive the research bulletin which he said will help to generate awareness about the activities of National Museum. Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that although India is a country of diversity, it is bound together by its strong cultural heritage. New discoveries are continuously taking place about our past and new additions are being made to history which must be brought before the people, especially the youth, the Minister explained. He further added that the publications like those brought out by the National Museum have a big role to play in this direction.

The Director General, National Museum, Dr. B. R. Mani in his message said that the research bulletin will now renew the interest of the people and inspire them to have engaging conversations about the National Museums pivotal role in public sphere.

The National Museum Research Bulletin No.10: Special issue has a number of research paper that highlight the collection, display and education aspect that the National Museum engages with. The research bulletin is also illustrated by colored photographs, some of which belong to the Reserve collection of the National Museum, hence making the bulletin appealing to a wider audience. This research bulletin has been revived this time after a long gap of 16 years under the guidance of the Director General, Dr B.R. Mani, who is also the Editorial -In-Chief of the Bulletin.

Sindhu Ghati Sabhyata : Ek Parichay is a Hindi version of An Introduction To Indus Valley Civilization which among the bestsellers at the National Museum. Co-authored by Dr. Sanjib Kumar Singh (Head Publication Department, National Museum) and Dr, Gunjan Srivastava(Deputy Superintending Archeologist, ASI) and Shri Rajesh Kumar( Hindi Translator, National Museum), this book throws light on the splendor of the Indus Valley Civilization. The book is an important contribution to the field as most works on the subject are restricted to the English Language and this version will particularly help the vernacular readers.

Both the publications will be available for sale at the National Museum Reception Counter and will benefit students, scholars, artists, historians, museum professionals and art lovers among other readers

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Mr Ahluwalia launches C-DAC Information Media Server (CIMS)

Shri S.S. Ahluwalia, Hon’ble Minister of State for Electronics and IT launches C-DAC Information Media Server (CIMS) for enhancing Good Go...