PM Modi Inaugurates 1st PIO Parliamentary Conference in Delhi
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday has announced that India has been comes in one of the sustain changes from the last three-four years and that the focus on the country has grown in an unprecedented manner while the economy has undergone a paradigm shift.
- “You must have felt a major transformation in India in the last three-four years. The outlook towards India has changed. The focus on us has increased; perception of the world towards us is also changing. India has come far ahead of that era when the thinking was nothing will change in India,” Modi said while addressing the first PIO-Parliamentarian Conference here.
- “Whenever I’m on an official tour of a foreign country, I try to meet with the Indians residing there because I believe the Indian diaspora is the permanent ambassador for bilateral relations with countries all over the world,” he added.
- He also said, “His government has taken some far-reaching policy reforms for the growth of Indian the economy due to which the country is witnessing “irreversible change” in the socio-economic set up of the country.”
- He said, “It is due to these reforms that the foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into the country reached $60 billion in 2016-17 and India’s ranking in the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ index has improved to 42. Today, institutions like the World Bank, IMF and Moody’s are looking at India in a very positive way,”
India’s 1st Multi-Petaflop Supercomputer ‘Pratyush’ Dedicated to Nation
- There will be in the forecast of the monsoon season; India may get it by the better and accurate, while the number of farmers who receive weather information from IMD may increase by about 80% in next two years thanks to Pratyush, India’s first multi-petaflops supercomputer set up at a cost of Rs 450 crore.
- “The number of farmers who receive weather information through text messages is expected to increase from 24 million at present to 45 million by 2019,” said Harsh Vardhan.
- MoES has been trying to scale down the weather forecast, which is presently given at district level, to block level. “With the help of Pratyush, blolck level forecast will be possible in another one year. The forecast of next monsoon will also get better,” said Harsh Vardhan.
- “Christened “Pratyush”, meaning the sun, the High Performance Computing (HPC) facility has been established at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, and will be a national facility for improving weather and climate forecasts,” an IITM release said.
In a First, Delhi Government Launches Common Card for Bus & Metro Rides
- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday has introduced the common card for rides on public buses and the metro, by putting the big step in the city’s transport sector.
- Delhi has become the first city in the country to have a common mobility card, which can at present be used on 200 DTC and 50 cluster buses plying on different routes, apart from metro trains.
- “It’s a big step in the transport sector that will facilitate the seamless travel of people in Delhi,” Mr Kejriwal told reporters after a short ride on a DTC bus on the occasion.
- The card, which will function like a debit card, will be operational in all DTC and cluster buses from April 1. The city has around 3,900 DTC and over 1,600 cluster buses. Transport minister Kailash Gahlot was also present for the launch of the pilot project.
World’s Largest Ice Festival Held in China
- There, in the chine the 47-year-old bears the early winter chill of China’s northeast to help create the world’s largest ice city.
- “First, the workers cut the ice out of the river, and then others deliver it around town, and then sculptors like me use water to glue all the ice bricks together. They go up like constructing buildings, but there’s no frame inside,” he said.
- “The temperate isn’t a problem for us. In winter the south is cold and damp. At least here it’s a dry cold,” said tourist Dong Cheng, who travelled from southern Zhejiang province.
- “It’s not much good to be worried about the temperature. And if you carve ice for long enough you’ll start breaking a sweat, so the cold’s the least of your problems,” sculptor Sun Jian said.
India’s Haj Quota Increased for the second consecutive year
- The Modi-led government has get the success in the India’s Haj quota that has get more in the second year, a PIB statement issued here said on Tuesday, adding that for the first time since 1947, a record number of 1,75,025 pilgrims from India will go for Haj 2018.
- “Three years ago, India’s Haj quota was about 1,36,020, which has been increased during the last two years, to a record of 1 lakh 75 thousand and 25,” Naqvi said on Tuesday. “This has happened because of the growing popularity of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and due to India’s cordial and strengthened relations with Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations under the leadership of Modi.”
- “Besides this, Saudi Arabia has also given the green signal for India’s decision to revive the option of sending Haj pilgrims through sea route also and officials from both the countries will discuss all the necessary formalities and technicalities so that Haj pilgrimage through sea route can be started in the coming years,” Naqvi said.
- “For the first time, Muslim women from India will go to Haj without ‘Mehram’ (male companion). More than 1, 300 women have applied to go for Haj without male ‘Mehram’ and all of these women will be exempted from lottery system and allowed to proceed to Haj.”
- “Women above 45 years of age, who wish to go for Haj but do not have a male companion, are allowed to travel for Haj in groups of 4 or more women, according to the new Indian Haj policy,” the minority affairs minister said.
BANKING AND FINANCE
1st PIO-Parliamentarian Conference held in New Delhi
- India on Tuesday has get in the lawmakers of Indian origin spread across the world seeking support for its emerging status as a global power.
- “This conference will be a mix of two dimensions on your present situation and past struggle, and what you can do to promote the emerging India in the global scene,” she said.
- “141 lawmakers confirmed their attendance and 134 leaders have made to this event today despite massive weather disturbance,” Ms. Swaraj said.
- “The PIO Parliamentarian forum was planned last year during a conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to connect the lawmakers of Indian origin with their ancestral land,” the Minister said.
- “Your ancestors had to leave India under various circumstances and that is why when you return to an Indian airport, you are reminded of your ties with this country. You have a desire to return to India and I understand your feelings very well. On the one hand, you have preserved Indian culture. On the other hand your people have excelled in sports, arts, cinema in the global platforms and have contributed to your adopted country’s welfare,” Mr. Modi said in Hindi.
- “For enhancing our pride and dignity, you all deserve our appreciation,” he said noting that India was experiencing aspirational and societal changes. He noted that there was an “irreversible change” sweeping India, and urged the leaders to come forward to join hands.
- “Gandhiji inspired people in Mauritius to get education and increase political awareness and that is why after a few generations, they have achieved political leadership,” she said congratulating the “girmitiyas” living abroad for their success.
Direct Tax Collections for FY 2017-18 Show Growth of 18.2% up to December, 2017
- There is the amount of Rs 3.18 lakh crore has been given as the Advance Tax up to December 2017 reflecting a growth of 12.7% over the Advance Tax payments of the corresponding period of last year, said the Finance Ministry statement.
- According to the Finance Ministry statement, “The provisional figures of Direct Tax collections up to December 2017 show that net collections are at Rs 6.56 lakh crore which is 18.2% higher than the net collections for the corresponding period of last year.”
- “The net Direct Tax collections represent 67% of the total Budget Estimates of Direct Taxes for Financial Year 2017-18 (Rs 9.8 lakh crore). Gross collections (before adjusting for refunds) have increased by 12.6% to Rs 7.68 lakh crore during April to December 2017. Refunds amounting to Rs 1.12 lakh crore have been issued during April to December, 2017,” said the statement.
- “The net direct tax collections represent 67% of the total Budget Estimates of direct taxes for FY2017-18 (₹9.8 lakh crore),” the statement said.
Gujarat Tops Logistics Performance Index Chart: Report
- Gujarat has announced that it has stop the perception-based index of mobility of goods and efficiency of logistics chain, closely followed by Punjab and Andhra Pradesh.
- The state has given the highest rank in the index, which is based on indicators such as infrastructure, services, safety of cargo, timeliness, track and trace, as per the new Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) index developed by the commerce and industry ministry along with Deloitte.
- “The commerce ministry is looking at logistics as a separate subject. We need to identify the cost of logistics. This includes turnaround time at ports, cost of power and the time that it takes for goods to reach their destination,” the minister said.
Science and Technology
Indian Railways launches transparent and efficient “New Online Vendor Registration System” in its research arm RDSO
- Indian Railways has announce it has launched one of the very easy and usable website “New Online Vendor Registration System” in its research arm RDSO.
- There has one of the best time has come for us that is the apportunity for isnstall of the SMEs thus aiding job creation. The new system that is launched is very efficient and easy to use. No need for vendors to visit RDSO office for any activity related to his case for registration. The fixed date schedule system has been done away with & the vendors can register for the listed items throughout 365 days of the year.
- Parallel verification processes to help reduce cycle timelines. Registration process to be completed within defined timelines. All information & data pertaining to vendor registration now made available on RDSO Website.
- In-line with the philosophy of the Government to make systems and procedures digital and transparent, Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO), (headquartered at Lucknow), the research arm of Ministry of Railways, has launched “New Online Vender Registration System”. This system was evolved after Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal undertook comprehensive review of the functioning of the RDSO.
Raiders owner: Hiring Jon Gruden ‘a big effing deal’
- Raider’s owner Mark Davis has announced that he has been going to Gruden for six years, hoping the former head coach would return to the Bay Area and finish a job he started 20 years ago.
- “My frequent-flyer miles (soared), because I had to fly from San Francisco to Dallas to Tampa,” said Davis, with a laugh. “I did that maybe 15 times.”
- The Raiders’ owner had a favorite restaurant in Tampa and a preferred hotel to stay at on his frequent visits to the Sunshine State “I even have a laundromat, where I do all my laundry,” he joked.
- “He was ready. He was ready to do it,” Davis said. “That’s why we gave him everything he needs to be successful. That’s my only goal.”
- It’s a pretty huge gamble, financially, but Davis didn’t seem to flinch at the big dollars: “To me, the money doesn’t come into play at all. It really wasn’t the No. 1, overriding issue.”
- “I used to get phone calls from (former owner) Al Davis at 3 a.m. Now I get them from Mark Davis at 3 a.m.,” Gruden told a packed house at the Raiders’ training facility. He then turned to Davis and said, “I want to thank you for this opportunity, from the bottom of my heart.”
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Anchal Thakur Bags Bronze India’s 1st International Medal in Skiing
- In the term of the boost up of the India before the start of Winter Olympics in South Korea from February 21-year old Aanchal Thakur created history on Tuesday by becoming the first Indian to win an international medal in skiing.
- Speaking to Times of India in an interview, Thakur said her hard work has finally paid off. “Months of training have finally borne fruit. I started well and managed to take a good lead, which helped later in getting the third-place finish,” she said. Her father, Roshan Thakur, who works as the secretary general of the Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI), also spoke to the newspaper and described her achievement as a “breakthrough for the sport in India”.
- “Aanchal called me on WhatsApp and showed me the medal. I thought it was some kind of a souvenir given at the end of every FIS event! But she told me that show won a bronze. This is a breakthrough for the sport in India and the entire skiing fraternity is proud of her achievement,” her father told in the report.
- “I hope Aanchal’s medal helps our cause (in getting financial support from the Centre). I want to see my daughter and son represent the country in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Centre only funds travel and logistics from one Olympic to another. Rest of the time, you have to fend for yourself,” he said.
- “Well done @alleaanchal for winning an international medal in skiing! The entire nation is ecstatic on your historic accomplishment at the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. Wishing you the very best for your future endeavours,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter.
Peter Sutherland, 1st WTO Director-General, Passes Away
- Former World Trade Organization director General Peter Sutherland, who as one of the long term operates of the oil giant BP and the overseas arm of Goldman Sachs, died on Sunday aged 71 years.
- “Peter Sutherland was a statesman in every sense of the word; an Irishman, a committed European and a proud internationalist,” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said in a statement.
- “He had a passion for public affairs and made a significant contribution to Ireland, Europe and the world over a number of decades.”
- “He leaves an important legacy through his work as Secretary-General, having brought the importance of migration to the forefront of public thought and policy,” Irish President Michael D. Higgins said in a statement.