Mar 8, 2014

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भारत के राष्‍ट्रपति ने वार्षिक नवोन्‍मेष प्रदर्शनी का उद्घाटन किया

भारत के राष्‍ट्रपति श्री प्रणब मुखर्जी ने आज (7 मार्च 2014) राष्‍ट्रपति भवन के स्‍पोर्टस् ग्राऊन्‍ड में वार्षिक नवोन्‍मेष प्रदर्शनी का उद्घाटन किया।

प्रदर्शनी का आयोजन नेश्‍नल इनोवेशन फाउंडेशन-भारत ने किया। आम लोगों के लिए यह प्रदर्शनी 7 मार्च से 13 मार्च 2014 तक खुली रहेगी। इस प्रदर्शनी को देखने के लिए नार्थ एवेन्‍यू के पास राष्‍ट्रपति भवन के गेट न. 35 से अन्‍दर जाना होगा। सुबह 10 बजे से 4 बजे तक प्रदर्शनी देखी जा सकेगी और मुगल गार्डन के दर्शक भी इस प्रदर्शनी को देख पायेंगे।

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त्रिपुरा पर तथ्‍य पत्रक

सोलहवीं लोक सभा के लिए त्रिपुरा के दो संसदीय क्षेत्रों से चुनाव के लिए दो दिनों यानी अप्रैल 7 तथा 12 को मतदान होगा। यह मतदान 3,095 मतदान केन्द्रों पर होगा जो पूरे राज्य में 2,283 स्थानों पर स्थित होंगे। राज्य में 7 फरवरी 2014 की स्थिति के अनुसार, कुल 23,79541 मतदाता हैं। इनमें 17.9 प्रतिशत 18-25 वर्ष के उम्र समूह के हैं और महिला मतदाताओं की संख्‍या 49.04 प्रतिशत है। सभी चुनाव क्षेत्रों में चुनाव खर्च की सीमा बढ़ाकर 70 लाख रुपए कर दी गई है।
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विदेशी पर्यटकों के आगमन में फरवरी 2013 की तुलना में फरवरी 2014 में 7.2 प्रतिशत की वृद्धि

फरवरी, 2014 में 7.38 लाख वि‍देशी पर्यटकों का आगमन हुआ जबकि‍ फरवरी 2013 में यह संख्‍या 6.88 लाख थी, जो 7.2 प्रति‍शत वृद्धि‍ दर्शाता है। रूपए के रूप में पर्यटन से अर्जि‍त वि‍देशी मुद्रा फरवरी 2014 में 11,355 करोड़ रूपए था, जबकि फरवरी 2013 में यह धनराशि‍ 10,252 करोड़ रूपए थी। ‍ 

एफटीए के बारे में फरवरी 2014 में महत्‍वपूर्ण वि‍वरण इस प्रकार हैं – 

विदेशी पर्यटकों का आगमन (एफटीए): 

• फरवरी 2014 में 7.38 लाख विदेशी पर्यटकों का आगमन हुआ, जबकि फरवरी 2013 में यह संख्‍या 6.88 लाख और फरवरी 2012 में 6.81 लाख थी। 

• फरवरी 2013 के मुकाबले फरवरी 2014 में 7.2 प्रतिशत की वृद्धि हुई। फरवरी 2013 में फरवरी 2012 के मुकाबले 1.0 प्रतिशत की वृद्धि दर्ज की गई थी। 

• जनवरी से फरवरी 2014 के बीच 14.58 लाख विदेशी पर्यटक आए और 5.1 प्रतिशत की वृद्धि दर्ज की गई। जनवरी से फरवरी 2013 में 13.87 लाख पर्यटक भारत आए और वि‍गत वर्ष की समान अवधि‍ में 1.8 प्रतिशत वृद्धि रही। 

पर्यटन से विदेशी मुद्रा आय (एफईई): 

• फरवरी 2014 में विदेशी मुद्रा की आय (एफईई) 11,355 करोड़ रुपए हुई, जबकि 2013 में 10,252 करोड़ रूपए और फरवरी, 2012 में 8,502 करोड़ रुपए थी। 

• फरवरी 2014 से फरवरी 2013 में एफईई में वृद्धि 10.8 प्रतिशत और फरवरी 2013 में फरवरी 2012 के मुकाबले 20.6 प्रतिशत थी। 

• रूपए की दृष्टि से जनवरी से फरवरी 2014 एफईई 22,552 करोड़ और वृद्धि दर 8.9 प्रतिशत रही, जबकि 2013 की इसी अवधि में 2012 की तुलना में एफईई 20,717 करोड़ रूपए और वृद्धि दर 21.0 प्रतिशत रही। 

• अमरीकी डॉलर की दृष्टि से जनवरी-फरवरी 2014 में एफईई 3.629 बिलियन डॉलर हुई। इसकी तुलना में फरवरी 2013 में 3.830 बिलियन अमरीकी डॉलर और जनवरी-फरवरी 2012 में 1.668 बिलियन अमरीकी डॉलर थी। इस प्रकार अमरीकी डॉलर की दृष्टि से वृद्धि दर -5.2 प्रतिशत थी, जबकि जनवरी-फरवरी 2013 में जनवरी-फरवरी 2012 की तुलना में 12.3 प्रतिशत की रही। 

पर्यटन मंत्रालय प्रमुख हवाई अड्डों से प्राप्‍त आंकड़ों के आधार पर पर्यटन से विदेशी पर्यटकों के आगमन और विदेशी मुद्रा की कमाई का मासिक अनुमान तैयार करता है।
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देश के प्रमुख जलाशयों में भंडारण (27 फरवरी 2014 के अनुसार)

केंद्रीय जल आयोग देश भर में फैले 85 प्रमुख जलाशयों के भंडारण की स्‍थि‍ति‍ की नि‍गरानी करता है, जि‍समें से 37 जलाशयों से प्रत्‍येक 60 मेगावाट से अधि‍क स्‍थापि‍त क्षमताओं के साथ पनबि‍जली का महत्‍वपूर्ण लाभ प्राप्‍त होता है। मानसून की शुरूआत में यानि‍ पहली जून 2013 को इन 84 जलाशयों में संयुक्‍त भंडारण अपनी नि‍र्धारि‍त क्षमता का 21 प्रति‍शत था और यह 27 फरवरी 2014 को नि‍र्धारि‍त क्षमता के 50 प्रति‍शत पर कायम रहा। मौजूदा भंडारण गत वर्ष के भंडारण की तुलना में 122 प्रति‍शत और समान अवधि‍ के दौरान पि‍छले 10 वर्षों के औसत भंडारण की तुलना में 130 प्रति‍शत है। इन 84 जलाशयों में से फि‍लहाल 19 जलाशय ऐसे हैं जहां भंडारण इस वर्ष पि‍छले 10 वर्षों के औसत भंडारण की तुलना में 80 प्रति‍शत अथवा उससे कम है। शेष 66 जलाशयों में पि‍छले 10 वर्षों के औसत भंडारण की तुलना में 80 प्रति‍शत से अधि‍क जल भंडार मौजूद है। 

उपलब्‍ध जल से अधि‍कतम लाभ प्राप्‍त करने के क्रम में केंद्रीय जल आयोग कृषि‍ और सहकारि‍ता वि‍भाग के नि‍रंतर संपर्क में है और समुचि‍त फसल रणनीति‍ तैयार करने और जल संसाधन आयोजना के काम में शामि‍ल वि‍भि‍न्‍न वि‍भागों और मंत्रालयों को स्‍थि‍ति‍ से अवगत कराने के लि‍ए फसल मौसम नि‍गरानी समूह को भंडार की साप्‍ताहि‍क भंडारण स्‍थि‍ति‍ के बारे में जानकारी देता है।
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President Confers Stree Shakti Puruskar on International Women’s Day



President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee was the chief guest at the celebrations to mark the InternationalWomen’s Day where he conferred Stree Shakti Puruskar to six illustrious women in recognition of their achievements, here today.

The awardees for the Stree Shakti Puruskar are nominated by state governments, MPs, VIPs and on suo-motobasis, and selected by a national level Screening Committee. There are six awards instituted in the name of women icons of India. Each award carries a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakh and citation. The following are the recipients of the six awards:

1. Smt. Manasi Pradhan from Odisha has been honoured with Rani Lakshmibai Award for the year 2013 for her work in the field of women’s empowerment.

2. Dr. M. Venkaiah from Andhra Pradesh has been honoured with Rani Rudramma Devi Award for the year 2013 for his contribution in the field of women’s health.

3. Mrs. Bina Sheth Lashkari from Maharashtra has been honoured with Mata Jijabai Award for the year 2013 for her achievement in the field of education and training.

4. Mrs. T. Radha K. Prashanti from Andhra Pradesh has been honoured with Kannagi Award for the year 2013 for her achievement in the field of providing support to orphans, visually impaired, handicapped and destitute women.

5. Dr. Vartika Nanda from Delhi has been honoured with Rani Gaidinliu Zeliang Award for the year 2013 for her creating awareness on women’s issues through media.

6. Dr. Seema Sakhare form Maharashtra has been honoured with Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Award for the year 2013 for her contribution in the field of women’s rights, gender issues, legal counselling and institutional support to women and girls.

Speaking at the occasion, the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee said that as housewives, mothers, teachers of India’s future generations, businesswomen at the grassroots and executives in the top echelons of the corporate world, women have, through their individual efforts, made contributions, big and small to build the India of today. As respected professionals in all walks of life, women have, in no less measure, made their mark in the frontiers of science, space exploration and research alike. He made a special mention of the women in agricultural sector. He stated that women in this sector are the mainstay of India’s food security – and also the scores of women workers who toil shoulder to shoulder with men in building, brick by brick, the mighty physical infrastructure of our country.

The President said that new legislations, no matter how well conceived, must be supported by efficient enforcement mechanisms. Legislation, alone, cannot emancipate our women. There is a need for a fundamental re-setting of our mental and moral make-up, our civic sense and our social conduct. We must do all that we can to revive our tradition of according due honour and respect to our mothers and sisters; by doing so we will honourourselves. 

Also present at the occasion were Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Krishna Tirath, Smt SyedaHammed, member Planning Commission, Mrs. Mohini Giri, and other senior officials of the Ministry.
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Rail, and the ‘real’ rates

The HinduConnectivity is the key to development of any area in a city.

What are the real estate prospects for the areas surrounding the Namma Metro stations in North Bangalore?

The Namma Metro project launched in 2011 is for a 6.5 km stretch from M.G. Road to Byappanhalli. The recently inaugurated line covers the stretch between Sampige Road and Peenya Industrial area. It navigates across 10 km and will have 10 stations when completely operational. Of course, one of the sectors that will see direct impact is that of real estate albeit in a gradual manner.

Regarding Reach 1, from M.G. Road to Byappanahalli, in terms of infrastructure, it worked to decongest M.G. Road, Ulsoor and Indiranagar. Consequently real estate prices along the stretch began to soar. Areas on Old Madras Road saw an appreciation of 25 to 30 per cent in residential pricing. Commercial real estate received a huge impetus in the region. In addition, FAR was increased to 4 from 3.2, providing a boost to further development and opening up avenues for revenue and investment.

A little known development was the change in resale value of homes in the vicinity of Reach 1. The resale value of homes in the Indiranagar region reached the Rs. 12,000 per sq. ft mark.

Connectivity is the key to development of any area in a city. The Sampige Road-Peenya stretch of the Metro will decongest the traffic and provide low cost, fast moving travel options.

Areas in and around the Metro stations are already witnessing transformation. This stretch (Reach 3 and 3A) are part of the “green line” of the Metro stretching across a 10.3 km track line. It will connect the north-western suburb of Peenya to Sampige Road in Malleswaram. Currently only four of the 10 stations are open for business.

These stations are designed keeping in mind the growth in the number of users over a 30-year period. Existing infrastructure therefore is sufficient to handle present-day commuters. A stretch of 2.5 km from Peenya to Nagasandra as well as 4 km of underground tunneling from Sampige Road to National College are slated for completion by October this year. One station after Sampige Road is where the green and purple lines of the Metro are going to connect.

Huge fillip

Once the green and purple lines of the Metro intersect at the station after Sampige Road, rest assured that real estate along the entire stretch will receive a huge fillip. An increasing number of people will invest in homes close to the Metro line. No longer will it be necessary to live close to your place of work. With the Metro gaining pace, areas around popular residential spaces will also gain prominence, thereby easing the difference in pricing brackets within a region.

We hear of people working in the CBD buying their homes now close to the vicinity of Namma Metro lines as travel time will reduce. With the FAR around Metro stations is now up to 4, it will provide an impetus to commercial development as well.

There is a lot more that needs to go into completing the operational requirements of the Sampige Road-Peenya stretch, but its impact on realty has already begun. The Metro is an infrastructural addition to the city’s landscape and this may only be viewed from a positive perspective.

From the real estate point of view, in the long run there will be changes in pricing and benefits to reap as well. The actual benefit of the Metro for real estate will be seen when all main reaches are connected.

C.N. Govindaraju, President, CREDAI, Bangalore Chapter

Canadian rail groups face fines over grain backlogs

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Canada’s two big rail companies are heading for confrontation with the federal government after the transport minister said she would impose fines if they failed to reach set levels of grain movement that one operator doubts are possible.

Lisa Raitt made the move – which she said could result in fines of C$100,000 for each day Canadian National or Canadian Pacific fell short of the required shipment levels – because of the long delays in moving last year’s bumper Canadian grain harvest.


However, both railways insisted they had moved as much grain as they could during the exceptionally cold winter.Both railways would have to move 500,000 tonnes, or 5,500 carloads, per week under an “order in council” – an executive order by a minister – introduced on Friday.

Farmers and grain shippers have both complained about the rail companies’ performance and claimed that railways have shifted resources from grain shipments to meet growing demand to shift crude oil by rail.

“Canadian Pacific is disappointed with this unfortunate order in council,” CP said. “CP’s position remains that moving grain from the farm to the port is a complex pipeline involving many parties and requires all participants of the Canadian grain handling and transportation system to work together.”

Claude Mongeau, chief executive of Canadian National, said that an “upper limit” of 5,500 cars per week – the minimum the minister demanded – might be achievable if all parts of the supply chain worked together. However, tighter regulation of railways would be “counterproductive”, Mr Mongeau added.

“More regulation would lead to adversarial relationships within the supply chain, at a time when collaboration is essential,” Mr Mongeau said.

Ms Raitt announced imposition of the orders during a press conference in Winnipeg, in the heart of Canada’s grain-growing areas. They would take effect immediately, Ms Raitt said, but the companies would have four weeks to ramp up to the required levels of shipments.
South of the border in the US, BNSF, the US’s second-biggest railroad network, has suffered similar problems handling its bumper harvest

CN said last year’s harvest had been the biggest ever, producing a grain crop 50 per cent bigger than normal and requiring it to ship 10m more tonnes of grain than normal.

Both CN and CP have consistently said that this year’s winter – which CN said was the coldest for 50 years in western Canada – had severely affected their efforts to move the crop.

Ms Raitt’s Conservative Party draws much of its support from the grain-producing plains states of western Canada. She said the orders were necessary to maintain Canada’s reputation as a reliable supplier of grain.

South of the border in the US, BNSF, the US’s second-biggest railroad network, has suffered similar problems handling its bumper harvest, as well as surging oil and other traffic. It has said it will make $5bn capital investments this year to boost its performance.

Anthony Hatch, an independent rail analyst, said there had always been struggles between farmers who wanted to move grain at the time they chose and rail companies that wanted to control their costs. Rail companies tended to maintain their systems at the capacity they needed for ordinary business, not to cope with unusual events like exceptional harvests.

CN’s shares fell 0.51 per cent in New York to $56.09, while CP’s fell 1.56 per cent to $156.10.

 

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