Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Paramparagat Krishi Vikash Yojana to promote organic farming: Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Organic farming Revolution in India on the lines of the Green Revolution
Indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers in Agriculture is a cause for concern and has drawn the attention of the government because of its implications on environment, socio-economic and production fronts. This was stated by the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh while addressing ASSOCHAM’s National Conference on Organic farming in New Delhi, today.
He said India is traditionally the world's largest organic farming country. Organic farming is already being doneon the basis of traditional knowledgein several parts of India. The government is committed to take India on the path of modernity in agriculture and wants to introduce new techniques. For a sustainable increase in production, the government has been promoting organic farming on priority.
He said it is the mission of Hon’ble Prime Minister to ensure a successful “Organic Farming Revolution” in India on the lines of “Green Revolution” so that the farming community benefits from it. Through government’s various schemes, approximately 23 lakh hectares of land has been made suitable for organic farming. In order to promote organic farming, the government has started the ParamparagatKrishiVikasYojana (PKVY), under which 2 lakh hectareshas been made suitable for organic farming thereby benefitting 5 lakh farmers.
The Minister said the main objective of National Centre of Organic Farming is to promote organic farming in the country. Other government institutions like APEDA and Ministry of Commerce, while playing a leading role in improvement and control of certification system, are promoting the export of organic products. The government has initiated the Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern region. The aim of the Ministry is to promote organic farming in hilly and tribal areas as the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in these areas is very low.
The Minister said the government’s target is to cover 50,000 hectares under organic farming in the North Eastern states, out of which 45,918 hectares have been made suitable for organic farming and 2429 Farmers Interest Groups have been formed, thereby connecting 48949 farmers with the scheme. He said that in line with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s dream, India should move towards becoming a chemical free organic country.

Government decides to remove customs duty on export of sugar from its current level of 20% to zero percent

During the current Sugar Season 2017-18, the sugar production in the country is estimated to be substantially higher than the estimated domestic consumption. Sufficient surplus stock of sugar may be available for export. In order to promote exports with the objective of evacuating surplus stocks from the country, the Government has decided to remove customs duty on export of sugar from its current level of 20% to zero percent. This will also help in maintaining demand and supply balance and thereby stabilising the domestic sugar prices in the country.

MoC geared up for 36 Hour Smart India Hackathon 2018: Grand Finale to be held in Panipat

Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communications today announced that the much awaited Smart India Hackathon 2018 – Software edition Grand Finale is scheduled to be held on Mar 30 & 31, 2018 simultaneously at 28 different nodal centers across India. Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communications is a ‘Premier Partner’ in this initiative. Launched on Oct 16, 2017 in Pune, Smart India Hackathon 2018 harnesses creativity & expertise of students, builds funnel for ‘Startup India, Standup India’ campaign, crowdsources solutions for improving governance and quality of life, and provides opportunity to citizens to provide innovative solutions to India’s daunting problems.
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No. of Youngsters competing in Grand FinaleNodal Center for Grand Finale
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Smt. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT had said that “technology has the potential to profoundly transform the socio-economic landscape of the country. The concept of Smart India Hackathon provides the youth of our country a unique opportunity to harness knowledge & skills to find innovative solutions to challenges faced and thereby facilitating the progress of Digital India.”

About Smart India Hackathon 2018
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and in collaboration with i4c, MyGov, Persistent Systems, and Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini is organizing Smart India Hackathon 2018. With 27 union ministries and departments and 17 state governments having joined this grand initiative, SIH2018 is much bigger than its previous edition. It includes 2 sub-editions – Software edition, which is a 36-hr software product development competition and scheduled to be held on Mar 30 & 31, 2018. The Hardware edition, involving building of hardware solutions will be held later this year.

During the software edition grand finale, teams of thousands of technology students will build innovative digital solutions for problems posed by different central govt. ministries/ departments. Smart India Hackathon 2018 would be the second massive scale hackathon initiative in India following Smart India Hackathon 2017. Winners stand to get cash prizes and a chance to be part of the NASSCOM’s 10,000 Startups program.

PM Shri Narendra Modi extends his greetings on Navroz

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has extended his greetings on the occasion of Navroz.
PM said, " Navroz Mubarak to the Parsi community! May the coming year further the spirit of happiness and harmony. I pray that everyone’s dreams and aspirations are fulfilled."

President of India presents Padma Awards

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri Awards today (March 20, 2018) at a Civil Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were the Vice President of India, Prime Minister, Speaker Lok Sabha and Union Ministers.

Click here to see list of Awardees.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) becomes the World’s First Trusted Digital Repository

National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) project of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, implemented by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has been certified as the world’s first Trusted Digital Repository as per ISO 16363:2012 standard, granted by Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body Ltd. (PTAB), United Kingdom. Leveraging this historic achievement, the plan for the next phase is to integrate about three lakh hours of audiovisuals materials, a corpus estimated based on a scoping survey conducted in 25 cities across the country, on this platform over the next five years.

The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said, “I congratulate IGNCA for this remarkable achievement. The Digital India initiative of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, launched on 1 July 2015, aimed at connecting rural India with high-speed internet networks and improving digital literacy. This will boost the accessibility of the NCAA up to the remotest corner of the country and help preserve India’s rich culture throughout its length and breadth.”

The primary objective of the NCAA is to identify and preserve the cultural heritage of India available in audiovisual form through a process of digitization and making it accessible to the people. By March 2018, a corpus of 30,000 hours of unpublished, non-commercial audio & video recordings will be made online at, out of which approximately 15,000 hours are already hosted online along with contextual metadata, representing the cultural diversity of India in the broadest sense. Over 23,000 hours of unpublished audiovisual recordings have already been digitized. NCAA pilot digital repository was developed in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation by C-DAC, Pune. NCAA digital repository is established with and powered by DIGITĀLAYA (डिजिटालय) which is developed by C-DAC Pune in compliance with Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model ISO 14721:2012.

At present, NCAA has a total of twenty-one (21) Partnering Institutions from across the country, covering 11 governmental and 10 non-governmental cultural organisations. The digitization and metadata standards followed by the Project are in parity with international standards within the overall framework of the OAIS model. The digitization standards are in concordance with those prescribed by the International Association of Sound & Audiovisual Archives (IASA) and the metadata schema is extended Dublin Core, followed by galleries, libraries, archives and museums worldwide

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts has been set up by the Government of India, as a premier research institute dedicated to holistic understanding and expression of Indian arts in their inter and multi-disciplinary nature. One of the principal aims of the centre is to serve as a major national resource centre for the arts. The IGNCA has been designated by the Government of India as the nodal agency for a data bank on art, humanities and cultural heritage. The Centre has also been identified by UNESCO as nodal agency for the development of regional databases for South and South East Asian countries on art, cultural heritage and life-styles through the application of state-of-the-art technologies for standardization, exchange and dissemination of data.

52 Countries begin deliberation at Informal World Trade Organisation Ministerial Meeting in New Delhi Today

 Minister of Commerce & Industry, Suresh Prabhu welcoming delegates to the Informal WTO Ministerial Meeting today
The largest Informal WTO Ministerial Meeting began today in New Delhi. Delegations from 52 countries including D.G. WTO, Mr. Roberto Azevedo are participating in the discussions. Ministers and Vice Ministers from 27 countries are part of the delegations. Commerce and Industry Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu, welcomed the participants and hoped that this meeting will provide the opportunity to the participating countries to engage in free and frank discussions. All heads of delegations appreciated the Commerce & Industry Minister’s initiative in calling this meeting and providing political guidance for the work in the WTO.
Informal discussions will continue through out the day and the delegates will explore in detail the option for reinvigorating the WTO. The meeting will conclude with a Chair’s Summary to be delivered on his own responsibility by the Commerce & Industry Minister of India.

Paramparagat Krishi Vikash Yojana to promote organic farming: Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Organic farming Revolution in India on the lines of the Green Revolution Indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers in Agriculture is a ...