Gramin Khel Mahostav 2017

The Delhi Gramin Khel Mahotsav 2017 is being organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in association with Delhi Government from 25th to 31st March 2017, to invite the talent from rural areas of NCT of Delhi to come and participate in a multi-sport championship to promote the culture of sport in Delhi. Announcing this here today Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel said, a need has been felt to deepen the sports culture among the rural youth. The festival will help involve rural youth in large number to participate in popular sports and will encourage them to achieve excellence and adopt healthy life style. He said these Games are intended to act as a catalyst to promote sports in rural areas of the entire country and are going to be replicated in other States and UTs as well.
 Structure of the competitions will be as under:-
(i)                 Block Level
(ii)               Inter Block Competitions
(iii)             Final
He said, the games will be held in respect of following sports disciplines:-
S. No.
Sports Disciplines
Events
1.
Athletics
Race 100 mtrs, 400 mtrs & long jump
2.
Kabaddi
Team Championship
3.
Kho-Kho
Team Championship
4.
Volley Ball
Team Championship
5.
Wrestling
Weight Categories:-

57,61,65,70,74,86,97,125                (Men)
48,53,55,58,60,63,69 & 75         (Women)

The above events will be open to all participants of the age of 18 years as on 31 December, 2016

S. No.
Sports Disciplines
Events
1.
Tug of war
Team Championship for both men & women
2.
Matka Race (100 mtrs)
For women only

The events will be open to veteran participants of the age of 50 years and above as on 31 December, 2016

S. No.
Sports Disciplines
Events
1.
Race with headgear
200 mtrs

The above event will be open to male participants of the age of 65 years and above as on 31 December 2016.
Shri Goel said, five blocks namely, Alipur, Nangloi, Najafgarh, Mehrauli and Shadara will participate in the games. The qualifying matches will be organized in the respective blocks. The Inter-block competitions will be held in Bawana and Finals will be conducted in Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi. Before start of semi-finals and finals, an opening ceremony will be held on 28th March, 2017 and the conclusion of the game will be followed by a closing ceremony on 31st March, 2017 at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi. Participant and Winners in the Games will be incentivized both in cash and in kind.
He said, in order to capture the popular imagination and encourage the youth of Delhi to take keen interest in sports, renowned wrestlers, Ms. Geeta Phogat, Mr. Yogeshwar Dutt & Mr. Sushil Kumar are being invited to participate in Demonstration matches to be held on 28th March, 2017. These Wrestlers will be declared as Brand Ambassadors and suitable token money will be given to them.
The Minister said, these Games will be organized with a lot of fanfare and publicity and are being packaged to make them very attractive. It expected that the Games will garner great participation in terms of athletes as well as viewers. Efforts are being made to involve as many athletes from rural villages of Delhi as possible.


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The Minister of State for Finance Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar to be the Chief Guest at “Annual Central Excise Day 2017” tomorrow;

32 Officers of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) and its formations from all over India to receive “Commendation Certificate” on the occasion.
The Minister of State for Finance, Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar will be the Chief Guest at the “Annual Central Excise Day 2017” function tomorrow, 23rd February, 2017, to be held at 3 PM in the “Auditorium, National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi”. Thirty two (32) officers of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) and its field formations from all over India will receive the “Commendation Certificate” on the occasion.

The Central Excise Day is being celebrated every year to commemorate the enactment of the Central Excise and Salt Act, 1944. The Central Excise officers all over the country celebrate this day by organizing seminars, workshops, trade interactions and cultural events etc. 


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Commerce Minister emphasizes the need to focus on Research, Standards and Aggregation to enhance Farmers income

Commerce and Industry Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman has emphasized the need to focus on Research, Standards and Aggregation to enhance farmers income. Interacting with the members of the ICFA(Indian Council of Food and Agriculture) on the issue of Doubling of Farmers Income through Agro and Food Trade she said Inter –Ministerial discussions are necessary for coordination. The Minister said the government is willing to hear suggestions and respond to all issues pertaining to exports and domestic trade. 

Smt. Sitharaman said agricultural research is of paramount importance ,citing example of Tobacco she said till date there has been no research done to find alternative crop for tobacco farmers. Further she highlighted the issue of Onion production where again research is needed to prevent the shortage and glut of production . 

The Minister said the issues pertaining to international standards will be taken up appropriately. She said preserving the interests of the farmers has to be the core of all discussions in which both the central and state governments have to come together. 



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President of India’s message on the eve of Republic Day of Guyana

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on the eve of their Republic Day (February 23, 2017).

In a message to His Excellency Brig. (Retd) David Arthur Granger, the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to felicitate you on the occasion of the Republic Day of Guyana.

Relations between Indian and Guyana are based on the solid foundations of shared values and convergence of views. The recent visits of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo to India and the meeting between the Hon’ble Foreign Minister of Guyana with Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs of India on the sidelines of UNGA in New York in September, 2016 have added further impetus to our bilateral ties. I am confident that our cooperation will be further enhanced in the years to come.

I take this opportunity to convey to Your Excellency my best wishes for your well being and for the continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Guyana”. 



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President of India’s message on the eve of National Day of Brunei Darussalam

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Sultan and people of Brunei Darussalam on the eve of their National Day (February 23, 2017).

In a message to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me immense pleasure to extend warm greetings to Your Majesty and the people of Brunei Darussalam on the auspicious occasion of your National Day.

India and Brunei Darussalam have traditionally enjoyed close ties of friendship and cooperation. I am confident that bilateral relations between our two friendly countries will continue to be strengthened and further deepened for the benefit of our two peoples in the years to come.

Please accept, Your Majesty, my best wishes for you continued good health and personal well-being and for the continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Brunei Darussalam”. 


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Cabinet approves enhancement of capacity from 20,000 MW to 40,000 MW of the Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today approved the enhancement of capacity from 20,000 MW to 40,000 MW of the Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects. The enhanced capacity would ensure setting up of at least 50 solar parks each with a capacity of 500 MW and above in various parts of the country. Smaller parks in Himalayan and other hilly States where contiguous land may be difficult to acquire in view of the difficult terrain, will also be considered under the scheme. The capacity of the solar park scheme has been enhanced after considering the demand for additional solar parks from the States. 

The Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects will be set up by 2019-20 with Central Government financial support of Rs.8100 crore. The total capacity when operational will generate 64 billion units of electricity per year which will lead to abatement of around 55 million tonnes of CO2 per year over its life cycle. 

It would also contribute to long term energy security of the country and promote ecologically sustainable growth by reduction in carbon emissions and carbon footprint, as well as generate large direct & indirect employment opportunities in solar and allied industries like glass, metals, heavy industrial equipment etc. The solar parks will also provide productive use of abundant uncultivable lands which in turn facilitate development of the surrounding areas.

All the States and UTs are eligible for benefits under the scheme. The State Government will first nominate the Solar Power Park Developer (SPPD) and also identify the land for the proposed solar park. It will then send a proposal to MNRE for approval along with the name of the SPPD. The SPPD will then be sanctioned a grant of upto Rs.25 Lakh for preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Solar Park. Thereafter, Central Financial Assistance (CFA) of up to Rs. 20 lakhs/MW or 30 percent of the project cost including Grid-connectivity cost, whichever is lower, will be released as per the milestones prescribed in the scheme. Solar Energy Corporation India (SECI) will administer the scheme under the direction of MNRE. The approved grant will be released by SECI.

The solar parks will be developed in collaboration with State Governments/UTs. The State Governments/UTs are required to select the SPPD for developing and maintaining the solar parks.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is already implementing a scheme for development of at least 25 solar parks with an aggregate capacity of 20,000 MW, which was launched in December 2014. As on date, 34 solar parks of aggregate capacity 20,000 MW have been approved which are at various stages of development.



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AYUSH Minister to inaugurate the World Integrated Medicine Forum on Regulation of Homeopathic Medicine

MoU to be signed between Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States and CCRH in the field of Homoeopathic Medicine
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik will inaugurate the World Integrated Medicine  Forum on Regulation of Homeopathic Medicinal Products: National and Global strategies in New Delhi  tomorrow. This is the first-of-its-kind forum considering the increased perception of the international world towards India as a key player in the progress of the homoeopathy drug industry,. Drug lawmakers, regulators, manufacturers and pharmacopeial experts from various regulatory authorities, eminent scientific organisations and pharmaceutical industries  from 25 countries, are participating in the two days forum to strategize the  actionable aspects in the homoeopathic drug industry, which, in turn, will promote global harmonisation in the sector.
The event is organised by Ministry of AYUSH and  Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH) and supported by Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIMH) & Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).

 Major points of discussion will include current regulatory status in different countries; practices and possible trade opportunities in key countries worldwide; possible solutions to regulatory challenges; building knowledge and network to deal more efficiently with challenges at national and global level and a strategic perspective on the possibilities and limitations of what can be achieved at a national level via further international collaboration and harmonization. One of the highlights of the forum will be exchange of Memorandum of Understanding among Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States (HPCUS) and Indian bodies – Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) and Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) on cooperation in the field of Homoeopathic Medicine. It is hoped that this agreement will be a benchmark for many more agreements to follow with the aim to develop and harmonise homoeopathic pharmacopoeias and to strengthen regulatory provisions for homoeopathy in the whole world.
 In India, homoeopathic medicines are regulated by Drugs & Cosmetics Act & Rules. All pharmaceutical industries are legally bound to comply with these rules, which, in turn, assures safety and quality of homoeopathic medicines. Further, these industries adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) that further assure accredited production, packaging and distribution. In that sense, India has a relatively well-established regulatory framework for Homoeopathy. However, the implementation of these Acts and Rules are sometimes challenging at the end of the pharmaceutical industries, and despite their best efforts to comply, some practical challenges remain that come in their way.
On the other hand, the international scenario of regulations of homoeopathic medicinal products is also varied and in many countries, the regulatory provisions are either non-existent or minimalist, thereby advocating reforms in policies for wider accessibility of quality homoeopathic products.
Homoeopathy is one of the most followed medical systems in India and its strength lies in the fact that its medicines are gentle, safe as well as cost-effective. In the era of growing adverse drug reactions and auto-immune and lifestyle-related illnesses, Homeopathy has a crucial role to play in the well-being of mankind. The use of homoeopathy is steadily growing in India and as per an analysis by Ministry of AYUSH, this sector exhibited an annual growth rate of 26.3% in the past year, the highest among the other AYUSH modalities.


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