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FDI policy further liberalized in key sectors

Cabinet approves amendments in FDI policy

100% FDI under automatic route for Single Brand Retail Trading

    100% FDI under automatic route in Construction Development
Foreign airlines allowed to invest up to 49% under approval route in Air India
FIIs/FPIs allowed to invest in Power Exchanges through primary market
Definition of ‘medical devices’ amended in the FDI Policy

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to a number of amendments in the FDI Policy. These are intended to liberalise and simplify the FDI policy so as to provide ease of doing business in the country. In turn, it will lead to larger FDI inflows contributing to growth of investment, income and employment.

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a major driver of economic growth and a source of non-debt finance for the economic development of the country. Government has put in place an investor friendly policy on FDI, under which FDI up to 100%, is permitted on the automatic route in most sectors/ activities. In the recent past, the Government has brought FDI policy reforms in a number of sectors viz. Defence, Construction Development, Insurance, Pension, Other Financial Services, Asset reconstruction Companies, Broadcasting, Civil Aviation, Pharmaceuticals, Trading etc.

Measures undertaken by the Government have resulted in increased FDI inflows in to the country. During the year 2014-15, total FDI inflows received were US $ 45.15 billion as against US $ 36.05 billion in 2013-14. During 2015-16, country received total FDI of US $ 55.46 billion. In the financial year 2016-17, total FDI of US $ 60.08 billion has been received, which is an all-time high.

It has been felt that the country has potential to attract far more foreign investment which can be achieved by further liberalizing and simplifying the FDI regime. Accordingly, the Government has decided to introduce a number of amendments in the FDI Policy.

Details:

Government approval no longer required for FDI in Single Brand Retail Trading (SBRT)

Extant FDI policy on SBRT allows 49% FDI under automatic route, and FDI beyond 49% and up to 100% through Government approval route. It has now been decided to permit 100% FDI under automatic route for SBRT.

It has been decided to permit single brand retail trading entity to set off its incremental sourcing of goods from India for global operations during initial 5 years, beginning 1st April of the year of the opening of first store against the mandatory sourcing requirement of 30% of purchases from India. For this purpose, incremental sourcing will mean the increase in terms of value of such global sourcing from India for that single brand (in INR terms) in a particular financial year over the preceding financial year, by the non-resident entities undertaking single brand retail trading entity, either directly or through their group companies. After completion of this 5 year period, the SBRT entity shall be required to meet the 30% sourcing norms directly towards its India’s operation, on an annual basis.

A non-resident entity or entities, whether owner of the brand or otherwise, is permitted to undertake ‘single brand’ product retail trading in the country for the specific brand, either directly by the brand owner or through a legally tenable agreement executed between the Indian entity undertaking single brand retail trading and the brand owner.

Civil Aviation

As per the extant policy, foreign airlines are allowed to invest under Government approval route in the capital of Indian companies operating scheduled and non-scheduled air transport services, up to the limit of 49% of their paid-up capital. However, this provision was presently not applicable to Air India, thereby implying that foreign airlines could not invest in Air India. It has now been decided to do away with this restriction and allow foreign airlines to invest up to 49% under approval route in Air India subject to the conditions that:

Foreign investment(s) in Air India including that of foreign Airline(s) shall not exceed 49% either directly or indirectly

Substantial ownership and effective control of Air India shall continue to be vested in Indian National.

Construction Development: Townships, Housing, Built-up Infrastructure and Real Estate Broking Services

It has been decided to clarify that real-estate broking service does not amount to real estate business and is therefore, eligible for 100% FDI under automatic route.

Power Exchanges

Extant policy provides for 49% FDI under automatic route in Power Exchanges registered under the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Power Market) Regulations, 2010. However, FII/FPI purchases were restricted to secondary market only. It has now been decided to do away with this provision, thereby allowing FIIs/FPIs to invest in Power Exchanges through primary market as well.

Other Approval Requirements under FDI Policy:

As per the extant FDI policy, issue of equity shares against non-cash considerations like pre-incorporation expenses, import of machinery etc. is permitted under Government approval route. It has now been decided that issue of shares against non-cash considerations like pre-incorporation expenses, import of machinery etc. shall be permitted under automatic route in case of sectors under automatic route.

Foreign investment into an Indian company, engaged only in the activity of investing in the capital of other Indian company/ies/ LLP and in the Core Investing Companies is presently allowed upto 100% with prior Government approval. It has now been decided to align FDI policy on these sectors with FDI policy provisions on Other Financial Services. Thus, if the above activities are regulated by any financial sector regulator, then foreign investment upto 100% under automatic route shall be allowed; and, if they are not regulated by any Financial Sector Regulator or where only part is regulated or where there is doubt regarding the regulatory oversight, foreign investment up to 100% will be allowed under Government approval route, subject to conditions including minimum capitalization requirement, as may be decided by the Government.

Competent Authority for examining FDI proposals from countries of concern

As per the existing procedures, FDI applications involving investments from Countries of Concern, requiring security clearance as per the extant FEMA 20, FDI Policy and security guidelines, amended from time to time, are to be processed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for investments falling under automatic route sectors/activities, while cases pertaining to government approval route sectors/activities requiring security clearance are to be processed by the respective Administrative Ministries/Departments, as the case may be. It has now been decided that for investments in automatic route sectors, requiring approval only on the matter of investment being from country of concern, FDI applications would be processed by Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) for Government approval. Cases under the government approval route, also requiring security clearance with respect to countries of concern, will continue to be processed by concerned Administrative Department/Ministry.

Pharmaceuticals:

FDI policy on Pharmaceuticals sector inter-alia provides that definition of medical device as contained in the FDI Policy would be subject to amendment in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. As the definition as contained in the policy is complete in itself, it has been decided to drop the reference to Drugs and Cosmetics Act from FDI policy. Further, it has also been decided to amend the definition of ‘medical devices’ as contained in the FDI Policy.

Prohibition of restrictive conditions regarding audit firms:

The extant FDI policy does not have any provisions in respect of specification of auditors that can be appointed by the Indian investee companies receiving foreign investments. It has been decided to provide in the FDI policy that wherever the foreign investor wishes to specify a particular auditor/audit firm having international network for the Indian investee company, then audit of such investee companies should be carried out as joint audit wherein one of the auditors should not be part of the same network.

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PM greets nation on Christmas

PM greets nation on Christmas

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has conveyed his greetings to the nation on Christmas.

“Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. We remember the noble teachings of Lord Christ.

May this festive season enhance the spirit of happiness and harmony in our society”, the Prime Minister said.

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Join work within 24-hours or face termination: Govt to Nurses

Join work within 24-hours or face termination: Govt to Nurses

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today asked the agitating contractual nurses to join work within 24 hours or face termination.

The ultimatum was served by Mission Director of National Health Mission (NHM), Odisha, Shalini Pandit.

“I request and direct the agitating contractual nurses to join duty in 24 hours or we will be compelled to terminate them,” Pandit told reporters.

Stating that the Health Minister has already assured the agitating nurses to redress their grievances soon, Pandit said “However, some staff nurses refused to call off their stir affecting the health services in the state. Hence, we asked them to join duty within 24 hours.”

Healthcare in all government hospitals across the state was severely affected as over thousands of nurses staged cease work protest from December 18.

The agitating nurses recruited under NRHM are demanding regularisation of their jobs, up gradation of pay structure and equal pay for equal work with their counterparts working at the state government.

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Doctors in Government Hospitals

Doctors in Government Hospitals

Health being a State subject, the responsibility for improving the functioning of the State Government hospitals is under the jurisdiction of respective State Governments. The information in respect of State Government hospitals is not maintained centrally.

So far as Central Government hospitals under the administrative control of this Ministry is concerned, based on the requisitions received from various Government Hospitals/Institutes/Units, posts are encadred as per norms in Central Health Service (CHS) thereby increasing the number of sanctioned posts of doctors.

Insofar as the three Central Government Hospitals in Delhi viz. Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. RML Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College & Associated Hospitals are concerned, performance of these hospitals regarding patient health care services is regularly monitored by the Hospitals/Government. The day to day activities in these hospitals, like sanitation, patient flow, hospital infection control practices, attendance of staff, etc. are supervised by the Medical Superintendents/Additional Medical Superintendents as well as by the Supervisory staff to maintain hygiene and sanitation.

Status of functional and non-functional equipments is regularly monitored. In order to provide state-of-the-art facilities and basic amenities to the patients, latest high-end Test machines/equipments are procured by these hospitals as per the need arising from time to time.

Besides the above, several steps have been taken by the Government to improve the overall satisfaction of the doctors working in Government Hospitals:

(i) Enhancement of retirement age in all four sub-cadres of Central Health Service (CHS) to 65 years w.e.f 31.05.2016 to retain the talent.

(ii) Introduction of time-bound promotions for doctors under Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP) Scheme, upto Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level.

(iii) The duration of study leave to pursue higher studies/research work has been increased to 36 months for CHS officers instead of 24 months in other cases.

(iv) The benefit of Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU) has been granted to CHS doctors.

(v) The Ministry has started Foundation Training Programme (FTP) for newly recruited CHS Officers.

(vi) Electronic submission of Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) on Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window (SPARROW) software has been introduced for CHS.

(vii) Counseling pattern has been introduced for recruitment in GDMO sub-cadre.

(viii) Annual Preventive Health Check-Up introduced for doctors over 40 Years of age.

The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Sh Jagat Prakash Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

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Disabled Children in Regular Schools

Ministry of Human Resource Development

Department of School Education & Literacy is implementing the centrally sponsored schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) at elementary level and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shikha Abhiyan (RMSA) at secondary level, whereby provision is made for inclusive education of children with special needs (CWSN), besides other components.

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is the main programme for universalising elementary education for all children from 6-14 years of age. Its overall goals include universal access and retention, bridging of gender and social category gaps in education and enhancement of learning levels of children. SSA focuses on providing inclusive education to CWSN, wherein children with and without disabilities participate and learn together in the same class. Under SSA, an amount of Rs. 3000/- per child per annum is allocated for the interventions related to education of CWSN. The major interventions for the education of CWSN are identification, functional and formal assessment, appropriate educational placement, preparation of Individualized Education Plan, provision of free aids and appliances, transport and/or escort support, teacher training, appointment of resource teachers, therapeutical support and barrier free access. As per the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) 2015-16, 22.86 lakh CWSN are enrolled at elementary level of schooling.

Under SSA, during the year 2017-18, 3762 assessment camps have been conducted, 65596 CWSN provided assistive devices, 16731 visually impaired children provided Braille Books and 37741 low vision children have been provided large print books, till 30.09.2017. Further, transport and escort support has been provided to 92539 and 75889 CWSN respectively. Therapeutical support has been provided to 137507 CWSN and 222602 teachers have been given training on curricular adaptations.

At the secondary level, the Ministry is implementing the scheme of Inclusive Education for Disabled at Secondary Stage (IEDSS) as part of RMSA with an objective to provide all students with disabilities an opportunity to complete four years of secondary schooling (Class IX to XII) in an inclusive and enabling environment. Under IEDSS component, central assistance is provided for student oriented assistance @ Rs. 3000/- per child per annum, besides support for engagement of special teachers, equipping resource room, making school barrier free, orientation of parents, administrators, educationists etc. As per UDISE 2015-16, 2.79 lakh CWSN are enrolled at secondary and higher secondary level of schooling. An amount of Rs. 6689.40 lakh has been approved for student oriented activities under IEDSS in 2017-18.

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Shri Upendra Kushwaha today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.

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Cabinet approves conferment of Central Group ‘A’ Service and Cadre Review of Group ‘A’ Executive Officers of Sashastra Seema Bal

Cabinet approves conferment of Central Group ‘A’ Service and Cadre Review of Group ‘A’ Executive Officers of Sashastra Seema Bal
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved conferment of Central Group ‘A’ Service and Cadre. Review of Group ‘A’ Executive Officers of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) with net creation of 19 posts of various ranks from Assistant Commandant to Inspector General ranks to enhance the operational and administrative capabilities of SSB.

Increase of existing structure of Group ‘A’ posts from 1253 to 1272 posts are as follows:

  1. Increase of 2 posts of Inspector General (SAG level).
  2. Net increase of 11 posts of DIG /Commandant (JAG level)
  3. Increase of 2 posts of DC (STS level).
  4. Increase of 4 posts of AC (JTS level).

Background:

The SSB was set up in 1963 to inculcate a sense of security, promoting national awareness and security consciousness in the border population. After transfer to MHA in 2001, it has been entrusted to guard Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan Borders. SSB also deployed in LWE affected areas and Counter Intelligence/Operations duties in Jammu & Kashmir and Assam. The present sanctioned strength of the Force is 96,093 having 73 Bns (including 2 NDRF Battalions). Earlier augmentation-cum-structuring exercises were taken in 2005, 2010 and 2011.

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Selection of Post in the application treated as final – No Option to Change during Document Verification

Selection of Post in the application treated as final – No Option to Change during Document Verification

No.19/3/2016-C-1/1

STAFF SELECTION COMMISSION

CORRIGENDUM

Junior Engineers (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Quantity Surveying and Contract) Examination, 2016 – Calling of Candidates for Document Verification- reg.

The Result of Junior Engineer Examination, 2016 for appearing in Document Verification was declared by the Commission on 15.12.2017 and the same was uploaded on the website of the Commission on the same day.

2. In the Write up of the Result of the said Examination it was inadvertently mentioned the following in Para 2 (i): “Revised options may be submitted by the candidates during the document verification, if they desire as per the qualifications possessed by them and specific requirements of the different posts, which will be final. If options are not revised, the option submitted in the applications will be accepted as final.”

3. The same may be replaced with the following: “No changes/additions will be allowed for revised option for the Departments at the time of Document Verification against the posts already opted by the Candidates in their original online applications. The option submitted in the applications will be treated as final.”

Under Secretary (C-1/1)

18.12.2017

Authority: http://ssc.nic.in

SSC, SSC CHSLE(10+2) 2016, SSC Document Verification, SSC Notification

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Assistance for Higher Education

Assistance for Higher Education

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has been implementing a number of schemes like (i) National Fellowship for Other Backward Classes (OBC) Candidates (ii)  National Fellowship for Higher Education of Schedule Tribe (ST) Students (iii) Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC Candidates (iv) Post-Doctoral Fellowship for SC/ST Candidates (v) PG Scholarship for Professional Courses for SC/ST Candidates (vi) Fellowships for Women Candidates for the welfare of women, people from weaker sections, differently abled and financially weaker sections for pursuing Higher Education.

The Women Candidates and Persons with Disability (PWD) (more than 40% disability) are allowed a relaxation of one year for M.Phil and two years for Ph.D in maximum duration of these courses; allowing transfer of research data in case of relocation of an M.Phil/Ph.D woman scholar due to marriage or otherwise; and allowing women candidates maternity leave/child-care leave once in the entire duration of M.Phil./Ph.D for up to 240 days. Further, the UGC is implementing post-doctoral fellowship for women candidates (un-employed); Swami Vivekananda single girl child scholarship for research in social sciences  and PG Indira Gandhi Scholarship for single girl child for postgraduate courses to promote the enrolment of women at post- doctoral, doctoral and its feeder levels.

Further, the UGC is providing funds for Remedial Coaching for SC/ST/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) and Minority Community Students with a view to (i) improve academic skills and linguistic proficiency of the students in various subjects (ii) raise their level of comprehension of basic subjects to provide a stronger foundation for further academic work; and (iii) strengthen their knowledge, skills and attitudes in such subjects, where quantitative and qualitative techniques and laboratory activities are involved so that proper guidance and training provided under the programme may enable the students to come up to the level necessary for pursuing higher studies efficiently.

It has also been informed that these are ongoing schemes in which the institution ensures proper implementation of the scheme and all payments are made by using Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) into the bank accounts of beneficiaries. These payments are routed through Public Financial Management Scheme (PFMS), a robust system for ensuring transparency in the system.

Further, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has been operating a Central Sector Interest Subsidy Scheme, 2009 which provides full Interest Subsidy for the period of moratorium (course period + 1 year) on educational loans taken by students from economically weaker sections with annual parental income up to Rs.4.5 lakh, from scheduled banks under the Educational Loan Scheme of the Indian Banks’ Association to pursue Technical/Professional courses in India.

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh today in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.

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Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017-18 Issue Price

Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017-18 Issue Price

Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, had floated Series III of Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18, for a period from October 09, 2017 to December 27, 2017 (with subscription period Monday to Wednesday every week). The Bonds will be issued on the succeeding Monday after each subscription period.

For the next subscription period i.e. December 18-20, 2017, the issue price shall be Rs.2,866 (Rupees Two Thousand Eight Hundred Sixty Six only) – per gram with Settlement on December 26, 2017, as also published by RBI in their Press Release dated December 15, 2017.

Government of India in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, has decided to allow discount of Rs.50 (Rupees Fifty) per gram from the issue price to those investors who apply online and the payment is made through digital mode.

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Achievements and Initiatives of the Department of Sports during 2017

Achievements and Initiatives of the Department of Sports during 2017

The major achievements of Department of Sports (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports) During 2017 are given below:

1. Training Center for Para Athletes: Sports Minister laid the Foundation Stone at Gandhinagar, Gujarat for the first ever training center dedicated for Para Athletes on 5th February, 2017. The center is proposed at an estimated cost of over Rs. 50 crores. It will have the World Class facilities where Para athletes will be trained for various International Competitions including Asian Games, Common Wealth Games and Olympic Games. The center will have the following facilities for Para athletes:

(i) Indoor Hall (64m x 42m) fully AC

(ii) Elite Hostel (100 bedded) fully AC

(iii) VIP Accommodation for Foreign Guest (20 nos) AC.

(iv) Open land for warmup.

2. International Boxing Academy: A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) involving International Boxing Association (AIBA), Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) was signed on 1st March 2017 in New Delhi to set up boxing academy at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi and Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex, Rohtak.

3. High level committee to resolve the grievances and complaints of women sports persons: The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports organized a conference on ‘Women and Sports in India’ in New Delhi on the occasion of International Women Day on 8th March, 2017 to deliberate upon various issues for encouraging more and more women to take up sports. A committee under the chairmanship of AS & FA with representatives from athletes, an advocate and a senior officer of MYAS and a sports journalist (all women) has been constituted for this purpose.

4. Successful conduct of 22nd Asian Athletic Championship, 2017: India conducted successfully 22nd Asian Athletic Championship, 2017from 06 – 09 July, 2017 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. India topped in the medal tally by winning 29 medals (12 Gold, 5 Silver, 12 Bronze).

5. Grameen Marathon: Ministry organized the first Grameen Marathon on 6th August for the youth of rural area in Delhi (Nizampur village) with around 15,000 participants. It involved boys and girls from rural areas of Delhi and helped spread the message of sports and physical activity as way of life. Objective of such sporting events is also to provide a platform to talented youngsters from rural and tribal regions and to help them grow and provide us a chance to train them further so that they can represent India at world stage.

6. Rural Games: The first edition of Rural Games or Grameen Khel Mahotsavwas organized between 28th August to 3rd September, 2017 in Nizampur village in Delhi. The Rural Games aimed at popularising the indigenous games like wrestling, athletics etc. and also had fun games like Matka Race, Tug of War for senior citizens to add the fun element in the games to convey the message that every age category needs to take up and practice sports.

7. Launch of Sports Talent Search Portal: Sports Talent Search Portal was launched to spot the best talent from among the young population of the country, by the Vice President of India Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu at a function at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi on 28th August, 2017 in the presence of the MoS(I/C) YAS, Arjuna awardees and thousands of school children. The portal will provide a transparent platform for talented youth to upload their achievements. Shortlisted applicants will undergo selection trials and those who pass the trials will be offered admission to SAI schemes.

8. India Australia Sports Partnership: During Australian Prime Minister’s visit to India, Mr. Malcolm Turnbull, five Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) between Government of India and Government of Australia were signed on 10th April, 2017 at New Delhi for developing the relation in the field of sports between both countries.

Further, India and Australia on 12thApril, 2017 launched sports partnership in Mumbai aimed at increasing cooperation in sports. The partnership will advance India-Australia cooperation in four areas- Athlete/Coach training and Development, Sports Science, Sports Governance & Integrity and Grass-root participation.

9. Empowered Steering Committee (ESC): The Ministry has approved the constitution of an Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) based on the recommendations of the Olympic Task Force, which was constituted in January 2017for preparation of a comprehensive action plan, including short-term and medium to long-term measures for effective participation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020 (Tokyo), 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (Los Angeles).

10. Financial assistance to Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust: The Ministry has sanctioned Rs. 5 crore to AbhinavBindra Foundation Trust (ABFT) to set up a state-of-the-art high-performance facility for rehabilitation, fitness-training and sports science (“Facility”) at the Centre at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence, Bengaluru. The Facility will be named as the “Sports Authority of India (SAI)-AbhinavBindra Targeting Performance Centre”.

11. Stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to the elite athletes: On the recommendation of the Olympic Task Force, theMinistry has on 15.9.2017 decided to give stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to all the athletes selected under Target Olympic Podium Scheme to meet pocket expenses during their preparation for participation in international sports events.

12. Revamped Khelo India Programme: The Union Cabinet has approved the revamped Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs.1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. This marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, as the Programme aims at mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development. The revamped Khelo India Programme would impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.

13. National workshop on “Sports for All”: A national workshop on “Sports for All” was organized on 26.9.2017 at New Delhi with the participation of about 80 representatives from State Governments, National Sports Federations, Indian Olympic Association, Department of Sports, Sports Authority of India, National Observers, etc. One of the key objectives of the workshop was to bring about convergence among all the stakeholders and create a shared vision in order to harness the multiple benefits that sports offer. Experts from Sport England made presentation on community sports and gender equality. The Head of Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) of the UK made a presentation on talent identification and development system. Presentations on community sports were made by Magic Bus and Isha Foundation (NGOs)

14. Successful conclusion of FIFA U-17 World Cup

The 17th edition of the FIFA Under -17 World Cup was successfully held from 6th to 28 October 2017. First time in history, India hosted such a big international football competition. The Venues of the competition were JLN Stadium- New Delhi, PJN Stadium, Fatorda- Goa, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium- Kochi , Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium- Guwahati, VivekanandYuva Bharti Krirangan, Salt Lake- Kolkata, DY Patil Stadium- Navi Mumbai. Twenty Four Teams from across the world participated in the tournament. The Final Match was played between England and Spain before a packed YubabharatiKrirangan Stadium, Salt Lake at Kolkata on 28th October, 2017 in which England were declared FIFA U-17 World Cup Champions.

15. Mission XI Million

Mission XI Million is a joint programme, of this Ministry, All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) to popularise football across the country. The programme targets to reach 11 Million boys and girls across the country for promotion of football by 30th September 2017. Government of India has allocated around Rs. 12.55 crores towards the said programme and an equal amount will be spent by AIFF/ FIFA. Around 11 Million children have already been covered under the said programme. The programe covered 11 Million students, parents, and coaches as part of Mission XI Million Programme played an important role to popularize football in the country.

16. National Sports University in Manipur:

The proposal for setting up of National Sports University in Manipur was formally announced by the Finance Minister in his Budget Speech (2014-15) on 10 July 2014. NITI Ayog has conveyed in- principle approval for the project. This new Central Sector Scheme would be implemented in five years. Tentative cost of the project will be more than Rs.500 crores. The training programe of the proposed Sports University would be organized under Four Schools: School of Sports Science and Sports Medicine, School of Sports Management and Technology, School of Sports Education and School of Interdisciplinary Studies. The Four Schools would have Thirteen Departments under them.

The Government of Manipur has provided the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports with land measuring 325.90 acres West Imphal District of Manipur, for the proposed University on 29.12.2016. Hindustan Steelworks Construction Limited (HSCL), the Project Management Consultant for setting up the proposed University.

To ensure that the proposed University conforms to the best international standards and practices, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the Universities of Canberra and Victoria have been signed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in April 2017. Pending finalization of NSU Bill, National Sports University Society established under the Manipur Societies Registration Act, 1989, will function as the university till such time the bill is passed. BPES and B.Sc. (Sports Coaching) courses will start from the KhumanLampak Sports Complex which will be the Head Quarters of the National Sports University Society. The plan is to take initially 60 Students each for the two courses. It is proposed to appoint one Officer on Special Duty (OSD) and one Finance Officer for the same apart from 16 Faculty Members to run the courses.

17. Olympic Task Force (OTF)

An Olympic Task Force (OTF) was set up in January, 2017 to prepare a comprehensive Action Plan for effective preparation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo, 2024 & 2028. The Task Force was entrusted with the preparation of an overall strategy for sports facility, training selection procedure and other related matters. The OTF has submitted its report in August, 2017.

Members of the ESC will be Hony. Chairperson (Selection by the Government through search committee process); IOA representative (President, IOA as Member and Secretary General, IOA as an alternate Member); 03 eminent athlete representatives who have retired from active sports, preferably from 3 sports disciplines having strong medal prospects at Olympic level, to be selected by the Government from amongst National Observers; One elite coach from a High Priority sport to be selected by the Government from amongst the existing Chief Coaches or High Performance Director on rotational basis; 1 Sports Scientist and 1 Sports Medicine Director (selection by the Government through search committee process); One representative from Government and one from the Sports Authority of India; One High Performance Director (to be appointed by Government following search committee process); One Chief Executive Officer (to be appointed by Government following search committee process); The ESC can co-opt upto two experts at a time on need basis.

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Highlights of the Monthly Account of the Government of India upto October 2017

Highlights of the Monthly Account of the Government of India upto October 2017

The Monthly Account of the Government of India upto October 2017 has been consolidated and reports published. Highlights of the same are given below:

The Government of India has received Rs.7,67327 crore (47.9% of corresponding BE 17-18 of Total Receipts) upto October 2017 comprising Rs. 6,33,617 crore Tax Revenues (Net to Centre), Rs. 95,151 crore of Non-Tax Revenues and Rs.38,559 crore of Non-Debt Capital Receipts. Non-Debt Capital Receipts consists of Recovery of Loans (Rs. 8,394 crore) and Disinvestment of PSUs (Rs. 30,165 crore).

Rs.3,37,280 crore has been transferred to the State Governments as Devolution of Share of Taxes by Government of India in this period.

Total Expenditure incurred by Government of India is Rs.12,92,648 crore (60.2% of corresponding BE 17-18), out of which Rs.11,29,853 crore is on Revenue Account and Rs.1,62,795 crore is on Capital Account. Out of the total Revenue Expenditure, Rs.2,57,909 crore is on account of Interest Payments and Rs.1,91,336 crore is on account of Major Subsidies.

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No Proposal Under Consideration to Withdraw Bank Chequebook Facility

No Proposal Under Consideration to Withdraw Bank Chequebook Facility

In a section of the media, it has appeared that there is a possibility that the Central Government may withdraw bank cheque book facility in the near future, with an intent to encourage digital transactions. It is denied that there is any proposal under consideration of the Government to withdraw bank cheque book facility.

In this regard, it is emphasized that while the Government is committed to transform India into a less cash economy and promote digital and electronic transactions through multi-pronged initiatives, cheques are an integral part of the payments landscape, and form the backbone of trade and commerce, by being negotiable instruments, which often serve as the security for underlying trade transactions.

In fact, the Union Finance Minister, in the Budget Speech 2017-18, had announced, “As we move faster on the path of digital transactions and cheque payments, we need to ensure that the payees of dishonoured cheques are able to realise the payments. Government is therefore considering the option of amending the Negotiable Instruments Act suitably.”

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Change in Limitation Period of cases pertaining to correction in Name (C/N, M/N, F/N) / Date of Birth from one to five year

Change in Limitation Period of cases pertaining to correction in Name (C/N, M/N, F/N) / Date of Birth from one to five year.

central-board-secondary-education

 

No. CBSE/Coord/AS(C)/112576

Dated: 10.11.2017

CIRCULAR

Subject: Change in Limitation Period of cases pertaining to correction in Name (C/N, M/N, F/N) / Date of Birth from one to five year.

This is in partial modification of No. CBSE/COORD/EC-31-03/2015 Dated 25.06.2015 wherein it was mentioned that correction in date of birth and correction in candidate, mother and father name shall be entertained by the Board only within one year of the date of declaration of result.

Limitation of cases of correction in Candidate, Mother and Father Name/ correction in date of birth has been revised. Revised time limit will be 5 years from date of declaration of result and it will be applicable to all cases after Class X/XII 2015 examination onwards.

Revised limitation period shall also be applicable to current ongoing cases already received in ROs/HQ, pending in various courts as well as received now onwards.

(K.K. CHOUDHURY)

CONTROLLER OF EXAMINATIONS

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Aadhaar Data is Never Breached or Leaked: UIDAI

Aadhaar Data is Never Breached or Leaked: UIDAI

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) responding to a news report, appeared in certain section of media on “210 Government sites made Aadhaar info public” as if Aadhaar data is leaked or breached, has said that such report is a skewed presentation of the facts and poses as if the Aadhaar data is breached or leaked which is not the true presentation. UIDAI said in a statement here that the Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure and there has been no data leak or breach at UIDAI.

UIDAI said that this said data on these websites was placed in public domain as a measure of proactive disclosure under RTI Act by these government and institutional websites which included beneficiaries’ name, address, bank account, and other details including Aadhaar number and was collected from the third party/users for various welfare schemes. It was this collected info which had been displayed in the public domain under RTI Act. There was no breach or leakage of Aadhaar data from UIDAI database or server as has been aired by the said report.

UIDAI said that acting promptly on this, UIDAI and Ministry of Electronics & IT had directed the concerned Government departments/ministries to immediately remove it from their websites and ensure that such violation do not occur in future. Certain other measures were also taken at various levels to ensure that such incidents of display of Aadhaar numbers do not take place. Following UIDAI’s action such data were removed from these websites immediately. However, the news presented the facts in a skewed manner and misleads readers as if Aadhaar data has been leaked or breached at 210 websites posing Aadhaar security is vulnerable.

UIDAI reiterated that Aadhaar security systems are best of the international standards and Aadhaar data is fully secure. There has been no breach or leakage of Aadhaar data at UIDAI. Also, the Aadhaar numbers which were made public on the said websites do not pose any real threat to the people as biometric information is never shared and is fully secure with highest encryption at UIDAI and mere display of demographic information cannot be misused without biometrics.

UIDAI clarified that Aadhaar number is not a secret number. It is to be shared with authorized agencies when an Aadhaarholder wishes to avail a certain service or benefit of government welfare scheme/s or other services. But that does not mean that the proper use of Aadhaar number poses a security or financial threat. Also, mere availability of Aadhaar number will not be a security threat or will not lead to financial/other fraud, as for a successful authentication fingerprint or iris of individual is also required. Further all authentications happen in presence of personnel of respective service provider which further add to the security of the system.

Furthermore, UIDAI security system has people’s participatory security system like Biometric Lock facility available at UIDAI portal which any Aadhaarholder can use to put his/her own lock on one’s biometric by visiting UIDAI’s official website www.uidai.gov.in.

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Bank Wage Revision – Discussions with IBA on 14.11.2017

DISCUSSIONS WITH IBA ON 14.11.2017

ALL INDIA BANK EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION – AIBEA
NATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF BANK EMPLOYEES – NCBE
BANK EMPLOYEES FEDERATION OF INDIA – BEFI
INDIAN NATIONAL BANK EMPLOYEES FEDERATION – INBEF
NATIONAL ORGANISATION OF BANK WORKERS – NOBW

CIRCULAR TO UNITS

15.11.2017

Dear Comrades,

DISCUSSIONS WITH IBA ON 14.11.2017

One more round of discussions took place between IBA and our Workmen Unions yesterday i.e.14.11.2017 in IBA Office ain Mumbai.

IBA’s Sub-Committee was represented by Mr. Rakesh Sharma (MD, Canara Bank and Chairman of the Sub-Committee), Mr. V.G. Kannan(Chief Executive, IBA), Mr. B. Raj Kumar(Dy. Chief Executive, IBA), Mr. M.K Gupta(GM, Bank of India), Mr. Punit Jain(GM, PNB), Mr. T.S Seshadri(GM, Indian Bank), Mr. S.K Kakkar(Sr. Advisor, HR&IR, IBA) and Mr. K.S Chauhan(Advisor, IBA).

Our team was represented by Com. C.H. Venkatachalam and Com. B.S. Rambabu(AIBEA), Com. S.K Bandlish and Com. Vinil Saxena(NCBE), Com. Pradip Biswas(BEFI), Com. Subhash Sawant(INBEF) and Com. Upendrakumar(NOBW),

During the meeting, the following issues discussed in the meeting held on 3.11.2017 in the Sub-Group on demands relating to Disciplinary Action and Procedure were informed and further discussion took place.

i. For claiming travelling expenses for defending an employee in the departmental action, existing restrictions of ‘within the state’ be removed.

ii. Subsistence Allowance to be improved upon.

iii. Indiscriminate usage of Clause 5(j) to be stopped through proper guidelines / definition.

iv. Clarification with regard to provision of Clause 6(e) i.e. bringing down by two stages in the scale of pay and applicability of the same to employees who have already reached maximum in the scale of pay.

v. Clarification to be given that minor misconducts clearly enumerated under Clause 7 of BPS dated 10.04.2002 should not be brought as major misconducted under Clause 5.

vi. Multiple charges for one incident should not be made out.

vii. Punishment order by the Disciplinary Authority not to be implemented till the final disposal of Appeal by the Appellate Authority.

viii. Issuance of charge sheet under Pension Regulation to Award Staff after retirement to be stopped since it is not provided in Bipartite Settlement.

ix. Awarding the punishment of stoppage of increments should be without affecting superannuation benefits, as in the case of Officers.

x. Provision for appeal against suspension.

xi. In case of punishment of dismissals, a provision for Review Authority after Appellate Authority.

xii. Deletion of Fine as a punishment.

It was decided that the conclusions on the discussion on these issues would be finalised in the next meeting.

Thereafter, the following issues were taken up for discussions:

– Simplified formula for calculation of overtime wages. Unions submitted their views and the issue would be discussed further.

– On the issue of introduction of Leave Bank providing for voluntary contribution of leave by the employees to a common pool and utilisation of the same for sanctioning leave to those employees who suffer from major diseases and prolonged illness and have not leave to their credit, Unions submitted their Note containing their views and explained their proposal. It was decided to discuss the issue further.

– On our demands like Child Care Leave for women employees, Sabbatical Leave, Study Leave, etc., it was agreed that Unions would submit a Note for further discussion.

We pointed out that considerable time has elapsed since commencement of the discussions in May, 2017 on our Charter of Demands, but so far IBA has not come forward with their offer on wage increase and hence demanded that the next meeting of the Full Negotiating Committee should be fixed up at the very earliest for this purpose.

With greetings,

Sd…

C.H. Venkatachalam/AIBEA

Sd…

S.K. Bandlish /NCBE

Sd…

Pradip Biswas/BEFI

Sd…

Subhash S.Sawant/INBEF

Sd…

Upendrakumar/NOBW

Source: www.befi.in

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Government considering report on age limit for civil service exams

Government considering report on age limit for civil service exams

Nearly eight months after its submission, the report of Baswan committee that suggested changes in civil service exam pattern and age limit is under examination, the government has said.

The committee had submitted its report to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 9 August 2016.

“The Baswan Committee’s report along with UPSC’s recommendations on it has been received on 20 March 2017 and the same is under examination,” the department of personnel and training (DoPT) said in response to an RTI query filed by a PTI correspondent.

Thousands of aspirants appear in the civil service exam conducted annually by the UPSC in three stages – preliminary, mains and interview – to select officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

The UPSC had constituted the expert committee under the chairmanship of former human resource development secretary and retired IAS officer B S Baswan to review the scheme of civil service examination in August 2015.

The committee is understood to have recommended reduction in upper age limit of 32 years to appear in the civil service exam, officials said.

“The recommendations made by the committee including on pattern of civil service examination and age limit are presently under consideration of the UPSC,” minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh had told Rajya Sabha in a written reply in November last year.

In a related development, the UPSC has fixed a seven-day time frame for candidates to report mistakes or discrepancies in questions asked in the various examinations conducted by it.

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Army organised a mega event Youth Fest : 2017 on 13 Nov 2017 at the historic Chowgan ground of Kishtwar

Army organised a mega event Youth Fest : 2017 on 13 Nov 2017 at the historic Chowgan ground of Kishtwar

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Government of India
Ministry of Defence

13-November-2017 18:26 IST

Army Organised Youth Fest at Kishtwar

Army organised a mega event Youth Fest : 2017 on 13 Nov 2017 at the historic Chowgan ground of Kishtwar.

The Fest was an amalgamation of varied programmes highlighting the rich culture of different regions of India and stalls of food, entertainment and games for people of all the age groups to rejoice & cherish. The event also encompassed display of various ethnic specialities from across the country.

Students from various schools of Kishtwar district & professional artists from other parts of the country participated in the event to showcase their talent and performed folk dances of Rajasthani, Punjabi & Kashmiri culture. Kalbeliya, Gatka, Bhangra and an electrifying performance by the rock band were the highlights of the day. Stalls manifesting the talent of ITI and paintings, clay models were praiseworthy and the preponderant performance of the local youth of Kishtwar was highly commendable. Over 8000 people from all sections of society witnessed the event.

The event was graced by officials of Army, civil administration, Police, CAPF and other civil dignitaries. The youth & spectators quoted that the fest was an enlightening & enriching experience that has surely changed their perspective towards contributing to a peaceful & harmonious tomorrow.

Speaking on the occasion, the GOC, Delta Force expressed his gratitude to civil administration & local populace for their whole hearted support and enthusiastic participation in making the event a grand success. He emphasized that close coordination between civil administration and Army will take Chenab Valley towards meaningful progressive growth. The overwhelming response of youth in such events will send the message of peace & unity in the region, he added.

Col Aman Anand
PRO (Army)

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Mandatory installation of LED based lighting in all Government buildings

Mandatory installation of LED based lighting in all Government buildings

Most Immediate

No.25(24)/E.Coord/2017
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th October, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Economy Measures- Mandatory installation of LED based lightings in Government Buildings- reg.

Reference is invited to this Department’s OM of even number dated 04.08.2017 on the subject mentioned above and to inform that the implementation progress was reviewed recently by Group of officers vide meeting in Cabinet Secretariat on 29.09.2017.

2. As per decision taken during the deliberation, all Ministries/Departments
are requested to ensure that replacement work of old bulbs with new LED based
lightnings is completed by 31.10.2017 in your offices including Attached/Subordinate Offices, CPSUs, Autonomous Bodies and field offices.

3. It is requested that Ministries/Departments should apprised Department of
Expenditure with the action taken in this regard by 10.11.2017 positively as per the format attached.

4. Further, each Ministry/Department should nominate a Nodal Officer at the
level of Joint Secretary for monitoring the progress and certifying completion of installation of LED based lightings and energy efficiency measures on behalf of the Ministry/Department. The names of the nominated officers should be provided by 03.11.2017.

(H. Atheli)
Director

To,
All Secretaries of Ministries/Departments

Source: DoE

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Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017-18 Issue Price for the next subscription period i.e. October 23-25, 2017 would be Rs. 2,971 per gram with Settlement on October 30, 2017

Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017-18 Issue Price for the next subscription period i.e. October 23-25, 2017 would be Rs. 2,971 per gram with Settlement on October 30, 2017

The Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), had floated Series III of Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18, for the period from October 09, 2017 to December 27, 2017 (with subscription period Monday to Wednesday every week). The Bonds will be issued on the succeeding Monday after each subscription period.

For the next subscription period i.e. October 23-25, 2017, the issue price shall be Rs. 2,971/ (Rupees Two thousand Nine hundred Seventy One only) – per gram with Settlement on October 30, 2017, as also published by RBI in their Press Release dated Oct.20, 2017.

The Government of India in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, has decided to allow discount of Rs.50 (Rupees Fifty) per gram from the issue price to those investors who apply online and the payment is made through digital mode.

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following appointments

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following appointments:

(i) Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, IAS (MN 82), Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change as Officer on Special Duty in the Department of Expenditure with immediate effect. The officer will assume charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Expenditure on superannuation of Shri Ashok Lavasa, IAS (HY 80)

(ii) Shri C.K. Mishra, IAS (BH 83), Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare as Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change in the vacancy caused due to appointment of Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, IAS (MN 82) as OSD, Department of Expenditure.

(iii) Shri Injeti Srinivas, IAS (OR 83), Secretary, Department of Sports & DG, SAI as Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

(iv) Shri Gopal Krishna, IAS (WB 83), presently in the cadre as Secretary, Ministry of Shipping in the vacancy caused due to appointment of Shri Ravi Kant, IAS (BH 84) as Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution.

(v) Shri Rabul Prasad Bhatnagar, IAS (UP 83), presently in the cadre as Secretary, Department of Sports & DG, SAI in the vacancy caused due to appointment of Shri Injeti Srinivas, IAS (OR 83) as Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

(vi) Smt Preeti Sudan, IAS (AP 83), Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution as Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in the vacancy caused due to appointment of Shri C.K. Mishra, IAS (BH 83) as Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.

(vii) Shri Ravi Kant, IAS (BH 84), Secretary, Ministry of Shipping as Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution in the vacancy caused due to appointment of Smt Preeti Sudan, IAS (AP 83) as Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

(viii) Shri Alok Shrivastava, IAS (MP 84), Special Secretary, Ministry of Shipping as Secretary, Department of Justice.

(ix) Shri K.V. Eapen, IAS (AM 84), presently in the cadre as Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances and Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare.

(x) Smt Shakuntala Gamlin, IAS (AGMUT 84), presently in the cadre as Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DIVYANGJAN).

(xi) Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Special Secretary, AYUSH as Secretary, Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) on contract basis for the remainder period of 03 years, reckoned from the date of his assumption of charge i.e. 29.06.2017 as Special Secretary, AYUSH.

(xii) Smt Amita Prasad, IAS (KN 85), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation. The earlier order appointing Shri V.K. Yadav, IRSEE (80) against this post stands cancelled and the officer is debarred for appointment to any post in the Central Staffing Scheme.

(xiii) Shri Ram Mohan Mishra, IAS (AM 87), presently in the cadre as Additional Secretary & Development Commissioner, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

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