Jan 12, 2017

Urban Development Minister Shri Venkaiah Naidu says Urban Renaissance is on in India, Even as the Country is on a move Towards Unprecedented Development

Says Modi Government wants a shift from Populism to Peoplism 

The Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting Shri Venkaiah Naidu says urban renaissance is taking place in India now as the country is on move now towards unprecedented development. He was addressing a conference on Smart and Livable Cities at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat today.

56.6% Growth in Foreign Tourists Arrival on E-Tourist Visa in December 2016 over the same period in 2015

UK continues to occupy Top Slot followed by USA and Russian Fed amongst Countries availing E-Tourist Visa facility during December 2016
A total of  1,62,250 foreign tourists arrived in December  2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1,03,617 during the month of December 2015 registering a growth of 56.6%. UK (22.4%) continues to occupy top slot followed by USA (16.4%) and Russian Fed (7.7%) amongst countries availing e-tourist visa facility During December 2016.

The facility of e-Visa has been made available by the Government of India to the citizens of 161 countries, arriving at 16 International Airports in India. The number of e-Tourist Visa availed by foreign tourists visiting India during the month of December, 2016 has registered a substantial growth rate over the corresponding month of 2015. The salient highlights of e-Tourist Visa for and upto the month of December, 2016 are as follows:-

(i)                 During the month of December 2016 a total of 1,62,250 foreign tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1,03,617 during the month of December, 2015 registering a growth of 56.6%.

Meeting of Consultative Committee of Parliament of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment held

The Meeting of Consultative Committee of Parliament of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) on the scheme of “Accessible India Campaign” held here today under the chairmanship of the Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot. The Minister of State Shri Ramdas Athawale and Shri Krishan Pal Gujjar were also present.

Shri Gadkari Exhorts NGOs and the Public to participate in making Indian Roads Safe

The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that his Ministry would give a grant of upto Rs 2 lakh to NGOs to take up road safety activities. Addressing the national meet of NGOs working on road safety issues in New Delhi today, Shri Gadkari said that citizen participation is most essential for making roads safe. He exhorted NGOs to create awareness about traffic rules and other road safety issues among the general public . He also called upon them to help the local MPs in identifying accident black spots in their constituencies and take steps to rectify them.

Minister of Railways Invites Non Railways StakeHolders to the Roundtable Discussion on Environment and Housekeeping Issues of Indian Railways

Ministry of Railways organized a Roundtable discussion today i.e. 11.01.17 (Wednesday) inviting various non-railway stakeholders on Environmental and Housekeeping Issues. Minister for Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu was the Chief Guest and Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain was the Guest of Honour. Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A. K. Mital, Member Rolling Stock, Railway Board Shri Ravindra Gupta,

Global Crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 53.22 per bbl on 10.01.2017

The international crude oil price of Indian Basket as computed/published today by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was US$ 53.22 per barrel (bbl) on 10.01.2017. This was lower than the price of US$ 54.64 per bbl on previous publishing day of 09.01.2017.
In rupee terms, the price of Indian Basket decreased to Rs. 3622.66 per bbl on 10.01.2017 as compared to Rs. 3725.39 per bbl on 09.01.2017. Rupee closed stronger at Rs. 68.06 per US$ on 10.01.2017 as compared to Rs. 68.19 per US$ on 09.01.2017. The table below gives details in this

Regional conference of Labour Minister of Southern States held at Chennai

Regional Conference of State Labour Ministers and Principal Secretaries/Secretaries, Department of Labour of Southern States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telngana, Lashadweep and Puducherry was held under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment, Government of India, Shri Bandaru Dattatreyaji today at Chennai.

Shri Dattatreya said that Central Government is committed to inclusive growth where everyone, be it youth, women, rural poor, or minority backward class, should be made a stake holder and partner.

India-CERT Signs an MoU with US-CERT

India and USA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT- In) under the Ministry of Electronics nd Information technology of the Government of India and the Department of Homeland Security, Government of the United States of America on cooperation in the field of cyber Security. The MoU was signed by Smt. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Mr. Richard Verma, US Ambassador to India today.

Curtain Raiser : DEFCOM – 2017

A Curtain Raiser Ceremony for DEFCOM 2017 was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi today wherein a Brochure on the theme, ‘Infrastructure and Skilled Human Resource for Digital Army’, was released by Lieutenant General Ashish Ranjan Prasad, Signal Officer-in-Chief and Senior Colonel Commandant, Corps of Signals. 

The occasion was also graced by senior representatives of Indian Industry who are closely involved in shaping a strong, indigenous Defence Industrial Base for the Nation. Addressing the esteemed gathering, Lieutenant General Ashish Ranjan Prasad brought out that the collaborative vision and spirit of DEFCOM 2017 should result in tangible outcomes in the form of a concerted National endeavor to equip the Network Centric ‘Digital Army’ capable of ‘Translating Information Superiority into Combat Power’ in times to come.

Ministery of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare taken Steps to Promote Cashless Transactions

Awards to be given to the Institutes/ KVKs/ Universities for Cashless Transactions under specific time limits 

Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has taken several decisions to promote cashless transactions in the entire country. It was decided in the meeting of higher officers of DARE/ ICAR in Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare that awards will be given to the Institutes/ KVKs/ Universities for cashless transactions under specific time limits.

India and Israel committed to strengthen bilateral relations in the field of Agriculture

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh today met Israeli delegation led by the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister of Israel, Shri Uri Ariel to discuss issues relating to bilateral cooperation in agriculture between India and Israel. Both sides expressed satisfaction over the progress made in cooperation in the agriculture and allied sectors between the two countries.

Two-day Digidhan Mela inaugurated in Guwahati

The Assam Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Digidhan Mela organized in Guwahati today. The two-day Digidhan Mela is being organised with an aim to enable citizens and merchants to familiarize and adopt real time digital transactions.

General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand & Uttar Pradesh 2017-Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State Political Parties -regarding.

A copy of the Order No.437/TA-LA/2017/Communication, dated 11th January, 2017 issued by the Commission regarding allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State political parties in the General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand & Uttar Pradesh 2017 is enclosed for the information of the general public.

Election Commission of India
New Delhi, 11 January, 2017



Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001

No. 437/TA-LA/2017/Communication                                             Dated: 11th January, 2017

            At the time of General Elections to the Lok Sabha in 1998, a new initiative for State funding of recognized political parties through free use of the State owned Television and Radio was introduced under directions of the Commission vide its Order, dated 16th January, 1998. The said scheme was subsequently extended in all the General Elections to the State Assemblies held after 1998 and General Elections to the Lok Sabha in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014.

Text of PM's statement to media, during the joint media briefing with President of Kenya

Your Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta, 
Distinguished delegates, 
Members of the Media, 

Exactly six months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Kenya. President Kenyatta and the people of Kenya received me with great warmth and genuine affection. And, today I am delighted to welcome President Kenyatta and his delegation in India. The close association between our two countries is, of course, much older. India and Kenya fought together against colonialism. Just last month, President Kenyatta recognized the contribution of Makhan Singh,





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