GARV App

Grameen Vidyutikaran (GARV) App has been upgraded for monitoring the villages and households electrification in the country. GARV-II includes monitoring of electrification of habitations as well as households. It also provides an interactive platform for feedback and would help in expediting electrification works. Regarding Rural Electrification Programme the Minister stated that Government of India has launched Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) with total investment of Rs.43,033 crore in the country in December, 2014 with the objectives of, inter-alia, (i) Village Electrification; (ii) Providing access to Continue reading →

Air Services Agreement

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of the Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Georgia. The Agreement between the two countries is based on latest International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) template keeping in view of developments in Civil Aviation sector and with an objective to improve the air connectivity between the two countries. Presently there is no Air Services Agreement between these two countries. ASA is the basic legal framework for any air operation between the Continue reading →

Satellite for Disaster Management

At present, India has 13 earth observation, 3 meteorological, 13 communication and      7 navigational satellites in operation. The data from earth observation and meteorological satellites in conjunction with ground based information, and services derived from communication & navigation satellites are being used towards Disaster Management Support. The data obtained from meteorological satellites is used for cyclone track, intensity & landfall predictions and forecasting of extreme weather events. The data from earth observation satellites is used for monitoring disaster events and assessing the damages. The communication Continue reading →

Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved closure of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) which was set up in 2012 to address the social security-related issues of the Emigration Check Required (ECR)-category workers going abroad for employment to ECR countries. The subscription under the MGPSY was very low and no new subscription was received for more than a year. Closure of the scheme will, therefore, obviate the avoidable recurring administrative and record-keeping expenditure.  Like this:Like Loading...

MoU between India and Australia

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the MoU between India and Australia on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine. The main areas of cooperation include the following: 1. Communicable diseases such as Malaria and TB; 2. Mental Health and Non-Communicable Diseases; 3. Anti-Microbial Resistance and responding to public health emergencies; 4. Regulation of Pharmaceuticals,vaccines and medical devices; 5. Digital Health; 6. Tobacco Control; and 7. Any other area of cooperation decided mutually between the two countries. The MoU will involve cooperation through joint initiatives in the Health Continue reading →

Prof. David R. Syiemlieh takes Oath as Chairman, UPSC

Prof. David R. Syiemlieh took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission, under clause (1) of Article 316 of the Constitution of India, today. The oath was administered by Shri Vinay Mittal, the senior most Member of the Commission, at a function at the UPSC office. Prof. Syiemlieh joined the Commission as Member on June 25, 2012 and was later on appointed to perform the duties of the post of Chairman, UPSC under Article 316 (1A) of the Constitution of India Continue reading →

Mizoram becomes 27th State to join UDAY

The Government of India and the State of Mizoram signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the scheme Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) today for operational improvement of the State’s Power Distribution Department. With the signing of MoU by Mizoram, the total States/ Union territories covered under UDAY will be 27. The MoU paves way for improving operational efficiency of the Power Distribution department of the State. Through compulsory Distribution Transformer metering, consumer indexing & GIS mapping of losses, upgrade/change transformers, meters etc., smart metering Continue reading →

PowerTex India

The Government has launched PowerTex India, a comprehensive scheme for powerloom sector development, simultaneously at over 45 locations in the country. The comprehensive scheme has the following components: In-situ Upgradation of Plain Powerlooms Group Workshed Scheme (GWS) Yarn Bank Scheme Common Facility Centre (CFC) Pradhan Mantri Credit Scheme for Powerloom Weavers Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms Facilitation, IT, Awareness, Market Development and Publicity for Powerloom Schemes Tex Venture Capital Fund Grant-in-Aid and Modernisation & Upgradation of Powerloom Service Centres (PSCs) Like this:Like Loading...

South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC)

South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program of Asian Development Bank (ADB) is expanding towards the East with Myanmar formally becoming the 7th member of SASEC in 2017. Myanmar is key to realizing greater connectivity and stronger trade and economic relations between the SASEC sub-region and the countries of East and Southeast Asia and that Myanmar’s membership in SASEC can offer a host of opportunities for realizing synergies from economic cooperation in the sub-region. SASEC member countries recognize that most of SASEC’s multimodal connectivity initiatives include Continue reading →

Renewable energy

Ques. “India has great potential for solar rooftop projects which has not been exploited fully at present. Policy & regulatory interventions are required for India so as to lead the league of pioneer countries of the world in the field of renewable energy”, while considering the given statement describe the initiatives adopted by the government to promote renewable energy sector of the country. Highlights the challenges and measures required. Why recently in news? Union Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and New and Renewable Continue reading →