India and Bangladesh Constitute Joint Group to Suggest Measures to Ease Travel by Maitree Express

The Empowered Joint Group held its first meeting in Rail Bhawan, New Delhi today on 9.5.2012. The Indian side of the delegation was led by Shri D.P. Pande, Additional Member (Traffic), Railway Board while the Bangladesh delegation was led by Md. Shahjahan, Additional Director General (Operations), Bangladesh Railways.

India Germany to Surpass Trade Target of EURO 20 Billion Anand Sharma Meets German Economics & Technology Minister

India asked for better collaboration between India and Germany in the field of generics. After the meeting Shri Sharma said generics constitutes just about one-fifth of German pharmaceutical industry, but the recent moves of German Government to promote the use of generics affords enormous opportunities of collaboration with Indian Pharma companies, which have acquired global repute in developing affordable generic medicines. Both Ministers reviewed the economic and commercial relations between India and Germany. They discussed issues relating to bilateral trade and investments and suggested ways of expanding these linkages. Following the bilateral meeting, Minister Shri Anand Sharma and Minister Dr. Philipp Roessler joined the meeting of German and Indian CEOs. The Minister congratulated the German Minister on the successful organization of the on-going German Year in India. The year of Germany in India, titled Germany and India: Infinite Opportunities 2011-2012 was launched in September 2011, will end in November 2012. The two Minister will be inaugurating Days of India in Germany at the Hamburg Port Festival on May 11, 2012. The Days will begin in May 2012 and will end in March 2013. This is indeed a splendid way of commemorating the 60th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Germany said Shri Sharma.

Budget Allocations to CIC

Staff Inspection Unit of Department of Expenditure in 2010 assessed the requirement of posts in Central Information Commission as 154 which was later enhanced to 160 to cater 11 registries and the secretariat of the Central Information Commission.

Assistance to deserted NRI Women

This information was given by the Minister of Overseas Indian Affair, Shri Vayalar Ravi in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

E-Migrate Project for Smooth Emigration Process

The primary objectives of the Project are:

Over 10.5 Lakh OCI Cards Issued

As on 30th April, 2012, a total number of 10, 77,298 persons of Indian origin have been registered as Overseas Citizens of India. Details and Salient Features of the OCI Scheme are as follows:

Permission for Installation of Communication Towers

The Minister of State for Communications and IT Sh Milind Deora, said this in Lok Sabha today .

Self-Certification Norms for Mobile Towers

Representations were received from Cellular Operator Association of India (COAI) expressing concerns on lowering of EMF radiation norms. During round table conference also on EMF radiation held on 27.03.2012 with Minister of Communications & IT ,telecom service providers raised concerns regarding the increase in the exclusion zone due to lowering of emission norms and impact on the area coverage of the BTS. Accordingly, for examination of the impact on area coverage and exclusion zone, the effective date of these directions, which was initially 1st April 2012, has been extended to 1.09.2012

Quality of Service of BSNL & MTNL

The steps taken by BSNL to improve the QoS for landline/broadband services are as follows:

Cancellation of Telecom Licenses

He informed the House that 8 Cellular Mobile Telephone Services (CMTS) licenses for 4 metro service areas were awarded through open tender process in 1994.

Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today she said, the draft cabinet note has been circulated to all concerned Central Government Departments/Ministries and draft Bill has also been forwarded to State Governments for comments. Recently, a meeting with the State Ministers dealing with the subject has been held. Based on all inputs so gathered, the bill would undergo modifications before it could be sent for approval of the Cabinet. After completing the process, the Government shall introduce the Bill in the Parliament.

Effect of Non-Receipt of Utilisation Certificates on Time

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Kumari Selja said, as regards other Schemes for which budget is released by the Ministry of HUPA, there has been no obstacle for release of funds due to non-receipt of Utilisation Certificates.

Allocation Under JNNURM

The Mission has been able to show significant achievement in upgradation and creation of Urban Infrastructure and Services in areas of water supply, solid waste management, sewerage and transport etc. Out of total allocation of Rs.31,500.00 crores under UIG of JnNURM, 559 projects have been sanctioned during the mission period with approved cost of Rs. 62550.97 crores and Additional Central Assistance (ACA) commitment of Rs.28882.54 crores. An amount of Rs.17240.45 crores has been released so far as ACA to various States and Union Territories (UTs) for the projects approved. More than 91% of UIG allocation (Rs.31,500 crore) has been committed for the projects of the various Mission cities. 128 projects have been reported physically complete and the remaining projects are in various stages of implementation. In addition, under the second stimulus package announced by the Government of India in January, 2009, a total of 15,260 buses to 31 States/ Union Territories (UTs) have been approved under JnNURM with ACA commitment of Rs.2088.80 crore. Taking the amount committed for purchase of buses into account, the ACA committed under UIG is more than 98%.

Removal of Protectionist Trade Barriers by SAFTA Nations

This information was given by Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia , Minister of State for Commerce & Industry in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Limited Imports through Wagah Land Route by Pakistan

This information was given by Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia , Minister of State for Commerce & Industry in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Rain Water Harvesting Project for Zoological Park, Mysore

This information was given by the Minister of State for Urban Development Shri Saugata Roy in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Discrimination against Indian Software Companies by US

The Indian firms including TCS, Infosys, Wipro and Mahindra Satyam who fall in the 50/50 rule appear liable to pay higher visa fees. No comments can be made on the exact impact on the US firms of the above US law at this stage.

Implementation of Urban Development Schemes in U.P.

(i) Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), a reform driven scheme was launched on 3rd December, 2005 with the objective of fast track development of cities across the country, focusing on bringing about efficiency in urban infrastructure service delivery mechanisms, community participation and accountability of Urban Local Bodies and Parastatal agencies towards citizens and to ensure sustainable development of cities during the Mission period 2005-12. Under UIG one of the sub-components of JNNURM, no year-wise and State-wise allocation was made by the Planning Commission. A sum of Rs. 2769.41 crore has been allocated for the State of Uttar Pradesh, for the complete 7 years Mission Period ( 2005-2012).

Conditions on the Export of Cotton

: No quota has been prescribed by the Government for export of cotton.

NRLM to target 7 crore rural poor households-Pradeep Jain

Addressing the meeting, Secretary Rural Development S.Vijay Kumar said 10 lakh families will be benefitted by Aajeevika in the 12th Five Year Plan and added that greater reliance will be put on Community best practitioners and Community Professionals. He, however, admitted that poor families face difficulties in getting loans from the banks except in Southern States, where the poor self help groups of women had presented successful enterprises.

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