Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to inaugurate CSIR Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Dr. Harsh vardhan launches CSIR’S Integrated skill initiative program
Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences and Vice President, CSIR, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, at a press conference organized here today, made an announcement that the CSIR Platinum Jubilee Celebrations would be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India and President CSIR, Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi on 26th September, 2016. The Minister also launched CSIR’s Integrated Skill Initiative Program during the press conference.

Further, Dr. Harsh Vardhan informed that on this occasion, the Prime Minister would release seven new plant varieties developed at CSIR laboratories to the farmers located at five different locations from across the Nation, in an interactive mode through video conferencing. The Prime Minister would also witness an exclusive CSIR Showcase on major technological contributions of CSIR, organized on the sidelines of the event, he added.

On this occasion, the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes would be given to eminent scientists. The CSIR Diamond Jubilee Technology Award, CSIR Award for Science & Technology Innovations for Rural Development, CSIR Technology awards, G.N Ramachandran Gold Medal for the year 2016, CSIR Young Scientist Award, CSIR Innovation Award for School Children are the other CSIR awards that would be presented on this occasion.    

After the formal launch of a major program on ‘CSIR Integrated Skill Initiative’, Dr. Harsh Vardhan also elaborated on the range of special activities built around the CSIR Platinum Jubilee Celebrations during the ensuing year, including organization of unique CSIR showcases and holding of lecture series of eminent scientists and industry captains, in several cities across the country.

The Minister added that CSIR proposes to launch 30 integrated skill initiatives in diverse areas with varying duration that would be further expanded to 75, within next one year.  All these training programs are interconnected and linked to industry requirements and thus would invariably contribute to the subsequent employment generation, including small-scale entrepreneurship, he emphasized.

3 Guinness World Records Created in Samajik Adhikarita Shivir, Navsari, Gujarat

Three (3) Guinness World Records were created at Samajik Adhikarita Shivir and Scheme of Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fittings of Aids/Appliances (ADIP) Camp in Navsari, Gujarat on 17th September, 2016. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Expressing his pleasure PM Shri Modi tweeted, “Navsari has set three records has made a mark for itself on the map of the world. Congratulations,” on the micro-blogging website.
1.   The first record - “Highest number of Oil lamps lit simultaneously at single location” was set on the eve (16th September, 2016) of the Mega camp.  An incredible 989 Divyangs (Person with Disabilities) came together to set an all-new record- almost doubling the minimum of 500 participants they needed in order to achieve the title. The challenge was for each person to light the lamp exactly at the same time after a given signal within 30 seconds.
2.   The second record ‘Biggest Wheelchair Logo’ was also broken on 17th September, 2016 in Navsari, Gujarat. The 1,000 participants in wheelchairs depicted a message saying ‘Happy Birthday PM’ in Tri-colour. It bettered the previous record of 346 participants that was achieved by Hope Inc. in Moorhead, Minnesota, USA.
3.   The third world record ‘Most people fitted with Hearing Aid in 8 hours – Single location (600 Hearing Aid) was also set on the same day. Free assistive devices kits were handed out to thousands of Divyangs throughout the weekend, in addition to the hearing aids distributed during the record attempt
Three world records were the part of ADIP camp conducted by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities [Divyangjan], Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and organised by Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO). It is important to mention here, in the 159th Mega ADIP Camp, which is so far the biggest, 11330 Divyangjan beneficiaries were benefitted. The camp which is held under the ADIP Scheme of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, is in force since 1981. This has been revised and further adopted from April, 01, 2014.

Health Ministry to launch “Mission Parivar Vikas” in 145 High Focus districts for improved family planning services

Focus on 7 States with highest Total Fertility Rate (TFR)
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will soon launch “Mission Parivar Vikas” in 145 high focus districts having the highest total fertility rates in the country. These 145 districts are in the seven high focus, high TFR states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Assam that constitute 44% of the country’s population. The main objective of ‘Mission Parivas Vikas’ will be to accelerate access to high quality family planning choices based on information, reliable services and supplies within a rights-based framework.
These 145 districts have been identified based on total fertility rate and service delivery (PPIUCD and Sterilization performance) for immediate, special and accelerated efforts to reach the replacement level fertility goals of 2.1 by 2025. Recent data suggests that these 145 districts have TFR of more than/equal to 3.0 (56% of the 261 districts in the 7 HFS) and are home to 28% of India’s population (about 33 Crores). However, only 22% of India’s protected couples and 40% of India’s couples with unmet need reside in these districts. These districts also have a substantial impact on maternal and child health indicators as about 25-30% of maternal deaths and 50% of infant deaths occur in these districts Moreover, 115 of these districts (79%) have high percentage of adolescent mothers.
The key strategic focus of this initiative will be on improving access to contraceptives through delivering assured services, dovetailing with new promotional schemes, ensuring commodity security, building capacity (service providers), creating an enabling environment along with close monitoring and implementation.
The Mission will be implemented in all the 145 districts at one go.

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s message on the eve of Independence Day of Guinea-Bissau

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and the people of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau on the eve of their Independence Day (September 24, 2016).
In a message to His Excellency Mr. José Mário Vaz, the President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to convey warm greetings and felicitations to you, to the Government and the people of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau on the occasion of your Independence Day.
I am confident that warm and friendly bilateral relations between our two countries will be further strengthened in the years ahead to the mutual benefit of the peoples of our countries.

Please accept, Excellency, my good wishes for your personal health and well-being, as well as for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau”.

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s message on the eve of National Day of Trinidad and Tobago

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government andpeople of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on the eve of their National Day (September 24, 2016).
In a message to His Excellency Mr. Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, SC, ORTT, the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the President has said, “On behalf of Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I convey to you and to the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of your National Day.
The relations between India and Trinidad and Tobago have traditionally been warm and friendly. We greatly value our mutually beneficial bilateral ties and are confident that with our strong commitment and endeavours, these will be strengthened and enhanced in the years to come.
I take this opportunity to convey to Your Excellency, my best wishes for your personal well-being and for the continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Trinidad and Tobago”.

President of India releases book ‘Citizen and Society’ written by Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee released the book ‘Citizen and Society’ written by Vice President Shri Mohd Hamid Ansari today (September 23, 2016) at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Speaking on the occasion, the President complimented Shri Mohd Hamid Ansari for bringing out the volume, which is a collection of Shri Ansari’s lectures on diverse themes. He said that he normally receives books but made an exception in this case because he has known Shri Ansari for many years not just as Vice President but as a scholar, diplomat and conscientious citizen of this great country.
The President said when Shri Ansari took oath as the Vice President of the Republic for his first term, the media had asked whether he was ‘apolitical’. His response was that “No citizen is apolitical; as a citizen, by definition, has to take interest in public affairs”. The President said this was the theme of the book. The book reminds us of our responsibilities as citizens. Democracies tend to be noisy and India is noisier than others but engagement with issues pays rich dividends for the citizens. Shri Ansari has, with great clarity and élan, drawn attention to this fact. The President said the marvel that is Indian democracy needs to be constantly nurtured by its citizens.
Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi spoke on the occasion and complimented the Vice President on the release of his book. He said the world is changing and technology has transformed citizens into netizens. In the present context, we must preserve our traditions and family values which are our greatest strength.
Speaking about his book, Vice President Hamid Ansari said his volume was a collection of lectures on diverse themes such as polity, security and empowerment. He said he has made an effort to probe the diversity of challenges that confront India.
Other dignitaries present on the occasion included former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Textiles, Shri Vijay Goel, MoS (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs and Sports and Members of Parliament.

Government decides to shift the issue date of the Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17 Series-II from September 23, 2016 to September 30, 2016 in view of large number of applications being received by banks and post offices

The Government of India in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India(RBI), had notified the issuance of Sovereign Gold Bonds, 2016-17 Series II vide Notification F.No.4(7)-W&M/2016 dated August 29, 2016. The tranche was open for subscription from September 01, 2016 to September 09, 2016. The bonds were to be issued on September 23, 2016.
Large number of applications have been received by banks and post offices. To enable smooth uploading of applications into RBI’s E- Kuber system, particularly by the post offices, it has since been decided to shift the issue date of the Sovereign Gold Bonds from 23rd September,2016 to 30th September, 2016.
All other terms and conditions of the above Notification remain unchanged.