Dr S Jaishankar

Stop ‘Vaccine nationalism’; promote internationalism: Dr S Jaishankar

Dr S Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister:

“Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind” – message of Bhagavad Gita delivered to United Nations Security Council as it discusses COVID vaccines.

Made in India vaccines supplied to 25 nations: 49 countries across the world will be added soon.

Announced gift of 200,000 doses to UN Peacekeepers.

Made 9 suggestions:

i. Persist with the vaccination drive.

ii. Collaborate on genomic surveillance & exchange information.

iii. Effectively address public resistance to vaccines.

iv. Improve public health infrastructure & build capacity.

v. Stop ‘Vaccine nationalism’; promote internationalism.

vi. Strengthen COVAX; ensure equitable distribution.

vii. Urgently resume immunization programs.

viii. Stop disinformation campaigns.

ix. Proactively prepare for the next global pandemic.

Himanta Biswa 4th Book

My 4th book – Eta Xopunor Pom Khedi – gives an insight into my ideals, values and reflections of changing landscape of Assam’s politics: Himanta Biswa

Himanta Biswa Sarma – Minister, Govt of Assam:

Humbled with gracious presence of Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma, Assam Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami & BJP State President Ranjeet kr Dass and thankful to them for releasing my 4th book Eta Xopunor Pom Khedi, compilation of my 25 speeches.

Gratitude to all who joined.

It’s been an incredibly rewarding journey for over 2 decades with politics becoming a meaningful tool of public service for me.

Eta Xopunor Pom Khedi, a compilation of 25 speeches, gives an insight into my ideals, values and reflections of changing landscape of Assam’s politics.

It’s been an incredibly rewarding journey for over 2 decades with politics becoming a meaningful tool of public service for me. Eta Xopunor Pom Khedi, a compilation of 25 speeches, gives an insight into my ideals, values and reflections of changing landscape of Assam’s politics.

People of all age groups are protesting across India against these anti-farmer laws: Capt Amarinder Singh

People of all age groups are protesting across India against these anti-farmer laws.

This evening I joined some citizens at Matka Chowk in Punjab’s capital Chandigarh.

Again appeal to the Centre to not take this protest lightly and to repeal these laws.

capt amarinder singh – chief minister, punjab

New guidelines for International Passengers arriving in India have been announced to reduce the risk of mutant strains of SARS-CoV-2 spreading

Ministry of Civil Aviation:

Attention Passengers!

To reduce the risk of importation of mutant strains of SARS-CoV-2, SOP for International Passengers arriving in India have been updated in supersession of all guidelines on the subject since 2 Aug 20.

The new SOP will be in effect on 23:59 hrs on 22nd Feb, 21

All incoming international travellers coming/transiting through flights originating from United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East should make sure that they follow the new guidelines issued by @MoHFW_India.

All international passengers arriving in India post 23:59 hrs on 22nd February may refer to the algorithm below.

A very proud emotional moment for me: RS Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad – Union Minister:

Today I was honoured and privileged to receive the model of Grand Ram Mandir from Mananeey Champt Rai Ji, General Secretary of Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra.

Koteshwar Sharma Ji Joint General Secretary of VHP was also present.

Not as a Party worker or as a Union Minister but as a lawyer of Ram Lalla and Hindus at the Allahabad High Court it was a very proud emotional moment for me.

Jai Shri Ram

PM Narendra Modi India News

In 2019-20, India imported over 85 percent of oil and 53 per cent of gas to meet the demand. Had we focused on these subjects much earlier, our middle class would not be burdened: PM Narendra Modi

Excerpts of PM’s address at laying of foundation stone of key projects of Oil & Gas sector in Tamil Nadu via Prime Minister’s Office, PIB India:

I want to begin by sharing two facts that would make you think.

In 2019-20, India imported over 85 percent of oil and 53 per cent of gas to meet the demand.

Can a diverse and talented nation like ours be so energy import dependent?

I do not want to criticise anyone but I want to say: Had we focused on these subjects much earlier, our middle class would not be burdene
India is also reducing our energy import dependence. At the same time, we are also diversifying our import sources.

How are we doing this? Through capacity building.

In 2019-20, we were 4th in the world in refining  capacity.

About 65.2 million tonnes of petroleum products have been exported. This number is expected to rise even further.

Our companies have ventured overseas in acquisition of quality oil and gas assets.

Today, Indian Oil and Gas companies are present in 27 countries with investments worth approximately Rupees two lakh seventy thousand crore.

We are developing a gas pipeline network to achieve ‘One Nation One Gas Grid’.

We have planned to spend seven and a half lakh crores in creating oil and gas infrastructure over five years.

A strong emphasis has been laid on the expansion of city gas distribution networks by covering 407 districts.

Our consumer focussed schemes like PAHAL and PM Ujjwala Yojana are helping every Indian household access this gas.

95% of Tamil Nadu’s LPG customers have joined the PAHAL Scheme. Over 90% of the active customers get direct subsidy transfer.

Under the Ujjwala Yojana, over 32 lakh BPL households in Tamil Nadu have been given new connections.

Over 31.6 lakh households benefited from free refills under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana.

Indian Oil’s 143 Km long natural gas pipeline from Ramanathapuram to Tuticorin being launched today will monetise the gas from ONGC gas fields.

This is a part of a larger natural gas pipeline project being developed at a cost of Rs. 4,500 crore.

It will benefit: Ennore, Thiruvallur, Bengaluru, Puducherry, Nagapattinam, Madurai, Tuticorin.

These gas pipeline projects would also enable the development of City Gas projects which are being developed at 10 districts in Tamil Nadu  at an investment of Rs.5,000 Crore.

These projects will make available:
Clean cooking fuel to households, PNG, Alternate transport fuel as CNG to vehicles and local industries.

The gas from ONGC field will now be delivered to Southern Petrochemical Industries Corp. Limited Tuticorin.

This pipeline is going to supply of natural gas as feedstock  at a cheaper cost to SPIC for manufacturing fertiliser.

Feedstock will now be continuously available with no storage requirements. This is expected to result in saving in the range of Rs.70 to Rs.95 Crores in cost of production annually.

This will also bring down the final cost of production of fertiliser. We are eager to increase gas share in our energy basket from 6.3 percent currently to 15 per cent.

Development projects bring with it several benefits. The CPCL’s new refinery at Nagapattinam anticipates about 80% indigenous  sourcing of materials and services.

The refinery is going to boost development of transport facilities, downstream  petrochemical industries, ancillary  and small scale industriesin the region.

This new refinery will produce MS and Diesel meeting BS-VI specifications and Polypropylene  as a value-added product. 

Today, India is increasing the share of energy from renewable sources.

By 2030, 40% of all energy will be generated from green energy sources.

CPCL’s  new Gasoline desulphurisation  Unit at its refinery in Manali inaugurated today is another effort for a greener future.

The refinery will now produce low sulphur  environment friendly fuel of BS VI specification.

We are trying to eliminate the cascading  effect of different taxes on natural gas across different states.

We are committed to bringing natural gas under the GST regime.

Pic Credit: BJP India

I want to tell the world- come, Invest in India’s energy!

Today’s results in MC Elections are the victory of each Punjabi: Capt Amarinder

Today’s results in MC Elections are the victory of each Punjabi.

It is very clear that people of Punjab want development & will not be fooled by politics of hatred & theatrics.

I thank everyone for reposing faith in us & especially our INC India workers who worked day and night.

Capt Amarinder singh – chief minister, punjab
P Chidambaram - India News

The farmers are voters. So are migrant workers, MSMEs, the unemployed and the very poor families.. : P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:

Does the Modi government still believe that the Farm Laws are popular and only a small “section” of farmers of Punjab are protesting against them?

MEA is fast losing credibility by becoming the Ministry of Extraordinary Apologists for the government’s wrong domestic policies

The farmers are voters. So are migrant workers, MSMEs, the unemployed and the very poor families.

When it is their turn, they will vote against the BJP like the Punjab voters

PM Narendra Modi India News

The Government is working to free the tech industry from unnecessary regulations: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister’s Office via PIB India:

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the NASSCOM Technology and Leadership Forum (NTLF) today via video conferencing.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded the IT industry for their resilience during the Corona period.

“When the chips were down, your code kept things running” said the Prime Minister.

He noted 2 percent growth in the sector and addition of 4 billion dollars in revenue amidst the apprehensions of de-growth.

The Prime Minister noted that today’s India is eager for progress and the Government understand this feeling.

He said aspirations of 130 crore Indians inspire us to move forward with rapid speed. He emphasized that expectations related to the new India are there from the private sector also as they are from the government.

He said that the Government is aware that restrictions are not conducive for the development of the future’s leadership.

The Government is working to free the tech industry from unnecessary regulations. 

The Prime Minister listed the steps taken in recent times such as National Communication Policy, policy to make India Global Software Product Hub and Other Service Provider” (OSP) guidelines which were issued during Corona period.

He noted that inclusion of Information services into 12 champion service sectors has started bearing fruit.

Recent liberalization of maps and geo-spatial data will strengthen the tech start up ecosystem and the wider mission of Aatmnirbhar Bharat.

The Prime Minister emphasized that young entrepreneurs should have the freedom to leverage the new opportunities.

The Government has full faith in the start up and innovators, said the Prime Minister. 

Steps like self-certification, use of IT solutions in Governance, data democratization through Digital India have taken the process forward.

Talking about centrality of transparency in Governance, the Prime Minister noted people’s growing trust in the government.

He said that governance has been brought to dashboard from the files for proper monitoring by the citizens. He also mentioned improvement in process and transparency in Government procurement through GeM portal.

The Prime Minister stressed the need for use of technology in governance. He gave examples of geo tagging of infrastructure products, houses of poor and such projects so that they can be completed on time.

He talked of use of drones in mapping village households and reduction in human interface to improve transparency especially in tax related matters.

The Prime Minister called upon the start-up founders not to restrict themselves to just valuations and exit strategies. 

“Think how you can create institutions that will outlast this century. Think how you can create world class products that will set the global benchmark on excellence”, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said that it is the responsibility of the tech industry to give proactive technological solutions for 21st century challenges to India.

He asked them to work for solutions in water and fertilization requirement of agriculture, health and wellness, tele medicine and education and skill development.

He said steps like National Education Policy and Atal Tinkering labs and Atal Incubation Centre are promoting skilling and innovation and need industry support.

He also called for paying attention to the outcomes of their CSR activities and pushed for focusing the activities towards backward areas and digital education.

He also drew attention to the opportunities that are emerging in tier-2 and tier-3 cities for entrepreneurs and innovators.

First Comprehensive Economic Cooperation & Partnership Agreement has been signed with Mauritius: Prakash Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar – Union Minister:

To strengthen India’s trade relations with Mauritius, first Comprehensive Economic Cooperation & Partnership Agreement has been signed with Mauritius under which India will export 310 goods items to Mauritius & 615 items will be imported in India from Mauritius.

Today the Cabinet has approved the PLI scheme for telecom equipment manufacturing in India: RS Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad – Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & IT:

Today the Cabinet has approved the PLI scheme for telecom equipment manufacturing in India.

To encourage Make In India in telecom equipment we will be giving incentive of ₹12,195 Crores under this PLI scheme.

The implementation of PLI scheme in the telecom manufacturing will start from 1st April 2021.

Many of international players are keen to come to India and we will encourage them including domestic manufacturers.

In the coming 5 years we hope to have incremental production of ₹2.4 Lakh Crores, export worth ₹1.95 lakh Crores with 40,000 direct and indirect employment and tax revenue of ₹17,000 crore from telecom equipment manufacturing.

Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, PLI scheme was started with mobile phone manufacturing & today this scheme has been approved for telecom manufacturing.

First PLI scheme was announced in April 2020 & today ₹34,000 crore investment has been done by top mobile companies.

Offered my prayers at Bhorom Baba Temple at Sonai LAC: Sushmita Dev

Sushmita Dev – President, All India Mahila Congress:

Offered my prayers at Bhorom Baba Temple at Sonai LAC, accompanied by Sh KD Purkayastha ji & Fmr Min Ajit Singh ji

This temple is very close to my heart & reminds me of my father. He had an active role in building this temple.

Devotees from all over Assam come & pray here at Silkuri.

Sri Sri at Sunrise

When the path is charming, commitment is effortless and is part of your nature:
Sri Sri

Pic Credit: Sri Sri