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Andhra Pradesh Plan for 2012-13 Finalized

Mr Ahluwalia complemented the State Government for efforts to make development truly inclusive and also for the efforts aimed at promoting public private partnership in the development of both social and physical infrastructure. He said better involvement of private sector would be needed during 12th plan period as State funds would not be enough to meet the needs of infrastructure development. He said the State Governments should come forward with the suggestions that can improve efficiency of flagship schemes and commission would consider them while finalizing plan document.

Allowing ECB for Capital Expenditure on the Maintenance and Operations of Toll Systems for Roads and Highways

In order to provide a fillip to this sector as well as to further encourage public private partnerships in Road construction projects, Union Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in his Budget Speech 2012-13 had announced allowing ECBs for capital expenditure on the maintenance and operations of toll systems in the Roads and Highways sector provided these are a part of the original project.

Liberalization in External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) Policy Relating to Refinancing of Rupee Debt for Power Sector

In view of the increasing capital requirement of the power sector, Union Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee had, in his Budget Speech 2012-13, announced further liberalization of the ECBs for refinancing of the Rupee debt for the power sector.

TRAI Releases Recommendations on Exit Policy for Various Telecom Licences

In response to Department of Telecommunications (DoT) request to TRAI in October and December last year for recommendations on exit policy for all types of telecom licences, TRAI had issued a pre-consultation paper on Exit Policy for various telecom licences on 6th January 2012.

Secretary Level Appointments Approved by ACC on in-Situ Basis

1. Shri Gokul Chandra Pati, IAS(OR.78), as Special Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture;

Order against Explosive Manufacturers/Suppliers imposing a penalty of about Rs.58.83 crore

The Commission has also directed these suppliers to cease and desist from engaging in practice of manipulating process of bidding in any manner.

HAL Pays RS.699.50 Crore interim Dividend

Total Interim Dividend paid so far in 2011-12 worked out to Rs.747.70 crore, excluding dividend tax of Rs.121.30 crore, which is 620 % on the Paid Up Capital of the Company. With this payment of Interim Dividend, HAL has joined the group of top dividend paying Navratna/Maharatna PSUs.

Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Meets CMDS of Maharatna & Navratna CPSEs

The Minister was briefed by the Maharatna & Navratna CPSE representatives on a number of issues which would help the CPSEs to perform better and give them more operational flexibility.

Mineral Production during February 2012 (Provisional)

was lower by 2.03% compared to that of the preceding month. The mineral sector has

Chinese Delegation Calls on PROF. K.V. Thomas

The delegation discussed among other things about the exchange and cooperation programs and modes in the grain distribution area between two countries including study of latest situation and development of grain production, consumption, storage, quality inspection, processing and trade. Prof. Thomas said the India is working on various schemes to modernize food grain storage and it would like to take advantage of Chinese expertise and experience of managing huge food grain management specially temperature control of food godowns and quality handling of food stocks.

BIS to Develope International Standard for BPO Services

Bureau of Indian Standards (bis) has taken initiative for developing an international standard related to IT enabled business process outsourcing. This will ensure that we continue to retain the place of prominence that we have reached in the BPO sector through quality service to international clientele without compromise. This was stated by Prof. K.V. Thomas minister of consumer affairs, food & public distribution at the function to present Rajiv Gandhi national quality awards 2010 on here today. He said that a highly competitive market has no place for an industrial establishment or a service provider that does not assure quality.It is not just an issue of customer satisfaction. When we look at the larger picture, we know that the survival of Indian economy depends on how strong our business establishments are in terms of the quality of their products and services. Quality must be our national priority, prof. k.v. Thomas said. His full address is as follows-

P. Chidambaram Laid Foundation Stone of NSGs Counter Hijacking Unit

MHA has accorded sanction of Rs. 47.42 crore for the Composite Structure as a part of modernization and development project of NSG. The Composite Structure will have an area of 15502 Sqm and will have a four storey structure. The Composite Structure will have provisions for living accommodation for 540 Commandos, and Administrative Block, Training Hall, Class Rooms & other Operational and Training infrastructure. The construction work is scheduled to be completed within 18 months from the date of start.

Proposed Disclosure Framework for the Annual Business Responsibility Report Presented to DR. M. Veerappa Moily

The Disclosure Framework is an electronic Report compatible with the MCA-21 and comprises five sections in which the last section seeks information on the nine (9) principles enshrined in the National Voluntary Guidelines. This document is meant for reporting on the National Voluntary Guidelines on the Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of the Business

Fishing Tackle Shop to Lead The Way In Customer Rewards

The new reward card called ‘Bait Up’ will allow customer to earn points every time they spend either in store, on-line or over the phone.

HostGator 25% Discount Coupon Levels The Playing Field of Internet Marketing

HostGator currently offers Dedicated hosting, VPS hosting, Reseller hosting and shared hosting so people will definitely be able to choose a suitable hosting plan for their personal or business use.

Statement of Srikant Kumar Jena

Shri Jena said that the provisional annual inflation rate based on all India general CPI (Combined) for March 2012 on point to point basis (March 2012 over March 2011) is 9.47%.The corresponding inflation rates for rural and urban areas are 8.79% and 10.30%. Provisional annual inflation rates of March 2012 for rural, urban and combined in respect of food and beverages are 7.72, 9.15 and 8.22 respectively.

Global Search Engine Marketing book signing at Gulltaggen Norway next week

According to a recent review on searchenginewatch.com by Marshall Sponder, the book lays the foundation for a broad understanding of how online marketing operates in all the major regions of the world, as well as the special considerations one needs to take in each place.

British Inventor Designs the Ultimate Child’s Car Seat

The Carkoon’s main feature is a small airbag that remains inflated in order to provide protection against the force of a crash. Once the air bag is in use it gives the child 20 minutes of air so it is able to stay alive until help arrives.

State Department Processing Visas at Record Pace: More Visitors from China and Brazil Mean More American Jobs

Earlier this year, President Obama called for a national strategy to make the United States the world’s top travel and tourism destination, generating jobs and revitalizing our economy. The Department of State is well on the way to meeting the President’s goals of increasing visitor visa processing capacity in China and Brazil by 40 percent in 2012.

U.S. Department of State Connects Global Youth Leaders for the World Summit of Nobel Laureates

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) Youth Programs Division is working with organizers of the 12th World Summit of Nobel Laureates in Chicago to empower the next generation of young activists for peace. ECA’s Youth Leadership Peace Program is bringing a global youth voice to the summit, both in person and virtually.

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