TU-142M receives a formal welcome at INS Dega

TU-142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft of the Indian Navy landed at INS Dega. The TU is likely to be dismantled and transported by road on trailers and re-assembled on the Beach Road near Kursura Submarine Museum. TU-142M aircraft which have been nothing short of a ‘Flying Destroyer’, was given an impressive welcome as it landed for the last time at Visakhapatnam. TU-142M has rendered yeoman service to the nation and has taken part in all major exercises and operations including Operation Cactus in Maldives, Op Vijay in Continue reading →

India’s share in the global economy

According to the World Bank Group, India’s GDP (in current US$, 2015) is US$ 2.095 trillion vis-a-vis the World GDP (in current US$, 2015) of US$ 74 trillion. Thus India’s share in the global economy is about 2.83%. For the above calculation, the World Bank Group has used the GDP at purchaser”s prices, which is the sum of gross value added by all resident producers in the economy plus any product taxes and minus any subsidies not included in the value of the products. It Continue reading →

Merger of Bharatiya Mahila Bank with State Bank of India

The Cabinet in its meeting on 15th March, 2017 has approved the proposal of acquisition of Bharatiya Mahila Bank with State Bank of India. It has come into effect on 1st April, 2017. The merger is aimed at economies of scale and operational efficiency leading to improved supervision process, compliance and productivity in addition to better risk management. There were 103 branches of Bharatiya Mahila Bank functioning in the county as on 31.03.2017. Bharatiya Mahila Bank had extended loans of Rs.191.09 crore to women entrepreneurs Continue reading →

Water Management Index

NITI Aayog has developed a Composite Water Management Index as a useful tool to assess and further improve the performance in efficient management of water resources. The index would provide useful information for the States and also for the concerned Central Ministries/Departments enabling them to formulate and implement suitable strategies for better management of water resources. The Index has 28 key Performance Indicators (KPIs) covering irrigation status, drinking water and other water-related sectors. It is targeted to prepare the index for States/Union Territories from the Continue reading →

DAY-NRLM

The Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana–National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) is making a difference to the lives and livelihoods of over 3.6 crore households from where women have joined Self Help Groups (SHGs). The collectives of women under SHGs, Village Organisations (VOs) and Cluster Level Federations (CLFs) has evolved transformational social capital that is changing gender relations, access to services and participation in Gram Sabhas and Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).  Under the DAY-NRLM, over 30 lakh women farmers have been supported under Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana Continue reading →

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. 

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 →