The unprecedented scale of environmental degradation and its drastic consequences, the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu called upon all nations to collaborate and cooperate in an equally unparalleled manner to ensure sustainable development.

The Vice President said that every individual must contribute to sustainable development, whether by turning the ignition off at long traffic stops or by recycling and composting or by cycling to work in congested cities. He said that India was on the course to achieving 175 GW renewable energy target and 40% of India’s electricity generation is set to be from non fossil fuels, by 2022.

  •    PM to launch Swachh Shakti 2019 from Kurukshetra

The PM Shri Narendra Modi will visit Kurukshetra in Haryana on February 12, 2019. He will participate in Swachh Shakti 2019, a convention of Women Sarpanches and distribute the Swachh Shakti-2019 awards. PM will visit the Swachh Sundar Shauchalay exhibition at Kurukshetra and address a public gathering. PM will also  foundation stone for various development projects in Haryana.

Swachh Shakti-2019 is a national event which aims to bring in to focus the leadership role played by rural women in Swachh Bharat Mission. Around 15,000 women are expected to participate in this year’s Swachh Shakti event aimed at empowering the women.

  •     Impact of Cheap Imports on Industrial Production

Directorate General of Trade Remedies starts hostile to dumping examinations based on a properly substantiated application documented by the household maker with a by all appearances proof of dumping of products into the nation making damage the residential business.

Such applications are processed as per the procedure and within the time limits specified under the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 and the rules made there under. The proceedings of DGTR are of quasi-judicial nature and adequate opportunity is given to all the interested parties participating in the investigation for making their submissions.

  • Cultural Heritage Youth Leadership Programme

The scheme for CHYLP  envisaged enriching awareness of Indian culture and heritage amongst the youth in order to promote, understand and develop fondness for India’s rich cultural heritage, with a view to develop appropriate leadership qualities amongst youth.

The focus of the programme was to be on less privileged children residing in backward areas by interacting with them in vernacular languages for their better understanding. Museum Division of this Ministry arranged visits of children of unprivileged section of society to museums so that these children may get an opportunity to gain the knowledge relating to the Indian History and Culture and Science.

  •  Defence Innovation Hubs

The Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) framework of the Government envisages setting up and managing independent Defence Innovation Hubs (DIHs). hese DIHs will serve as platforms where innovators can get information about needs and feedback from the Services directly and create solutions for India’s major defence platforms

The Defence Innovation Organisation set up under iDEX has announced setting up of two DIHs in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra . The Framework to Fund Defence Innovation Hubs under iDEX, approved by the Board of Defence Innovation Organisation prescribes.

  • Light House Projects challenge

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has established a test for States/UTs to choose six destinations the nation over for developing the Lighthouse projects under GHTC-India.The winning six States/ UTs that score the highest marks across the prescribed criteria will be awarded lighthouse projects.

The selected sites for lighthouse projects will be used as an ‘open laboratory’ for live demonstration and will receive due attention from academia (Civil Engineering, Planning, Architecture), practitioners (Public/ Private), policy makers (Central/ State) and media apart from felicitation/ recognition in Grand Expo-cum-Conference.

MSME Ministry’s initiatives for promotion of Khadi

Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterpriseshas taken various initiatives to promote Khadi through Khadi and Village Industries Commission(KVIC). KVIC engaged a fashion designer of national and international repute for designing Khadi products to make them more competitive and appealing in domestic as well as overseas markets.

Special efforts to attract youth by introducing attractive T-shirts, Khadi jeans, jackets, kurtis as well as launching a range of casual wear called ‘vicharvastra’ specially designed by RituBeri. Tie up arrangements for bringing out innovative export quality product designs with NIFT.

  • Government envisages to develop the National Gas Grid

The Government has imagined to build up the National Gas Grid. At present around 16,788 Km petroleum gas pipeline is operational and around 14,239 Km gas pipelines are being created to expand the accessibility of flammable gas the nation over. These pipelines have been approved by Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) and are at different phases of execution viz.

Petroleum Oil and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) is the specialist to give approval to the elements for the advancement of City Gas Distribution (CGD) organize in Geographical Areas (GAs) according to PNGRB Act, 2006. PNGRB recognizes GAs for approving the advancement of CGD network in synchronization with the development of natural gas pipeline connectivity/ natural gas availability.

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