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NSE: IVRCL Limited - Extension of Financial Year

Company announcement on National Stock Exchange

NSE: IFB Industries Limited - Outcome of Board Meeting

Company announcement on National Stock Exchange

NSE: Maharashtra Seamless Limited - Press Release

Company announcement on National Stock Exchange

NSE: Heritage Foods (India) Limited - Outcome of Board Meeting

Company announcement on National Stock Exchange

State Ministers Meet on Implementation Strategies of National Optical Fibre Network

Speaking on the occasion Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology said that the Network will be a weapon to fight against all challenges of 21st Century. He asked the representatives of the States/UTs to sign a tri-partite MoU between Central Govt (Dept of Telecom), respective State Govt /UT & NOFN-SPV . Mr Sibal asked State Govts to issue directions to their concerned authorities for grant of RoW (Right of Way) for implementation, operation and maintenance of NOFN by all state government agencies like PWD/ RES/ Forest/ Municipality/ Panchayat authorities/ Electricity Boards/ Irrigation/ Private Electricity Distribution Agency etc. as applicable.. He said no RoW charges including reinstatement charges be levied by any State Government, their local bodies, companies or agencies as the information highway proposed to be created through NOFN for broadband connectivity to Panchayats is primarily for the benefit of the local communities to Panchayats and State Governments. This support will be considered as contribution of the State Government towards this project as a larger good for ensuring the time bound implementation of the programme and to avoid any delays in grant of RoW permission.

Shri Dinsha J. Patel launches On-Line Reporting System of Mineral Taransaction

In the present system of mineral administration, the onus of the mineral is with the State Governments. The Ministry has a limited authority except the administration of Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 1988 (MCDR) through Indian Bureau of Mines. Over a period of times, it has come to the knowledge of the Ministry that malpractices in mining sector have increased due to poor governance at State level leading to number of cases of illegal mining. The mineral thus produced, came into mineral market by trading, stocking, procurement by end-users or exporting. This situation has necessitated the Government to take stringent measures for monitoring the mining and mineral transaction in order to control malpractices in this sector.

Publication of 3 More Acts in the Gazzette of India

1. The Appropriation (Railways) Bill, 2012 as Act No. 14 of 2012 ;

Fishermen Arrested by Foreign Countries

Upon receipt of information relating to the apprehension of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan authorities, Government has, through diplomatic channels, immediately taken up the matter with the Government of Sri Lanka seeking the early release and repatriation of Indian fishermen along with their boats. In almost all cases, the Government of Sri Lanka has responded favourably and released the apprehended fishermen and their boats at the earliest.

Private Sector in Passport Work

As per the Passport Act 1967, the powers to issue passport vests with the Central Government. Under the Project, only non-sensitive functions like checking the entries in the application form, scanning and uploading of supporting documents, taking the applicants photograph and biometrics and accepting the application fees, are performed by the Service Provider. The sovereign and fiduciary functions of verification, granting, printing and dispatch of passports are performed by Government officials. In order to ensure security of the system, the Government has appointed the Standards, Testing & Quality Certification, Department of Information Technology to act as the Third Party Audit Agency. Strategic assets like Data Centre, Application Software, System Software, Disaster Recovery Centre and Central Passport Printing Facility are owned by the Government to have the strategic control over the Passport Seva System.

Tripura Plan for 2012-13 Finalized

In his comments on the performance of the state, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mr. Ahluwalia said that has been adopting policy of seeking funds and resources for investing in basic infrastructure. This has brought consistent progress in quality of life and income of people cutting across all sections of society. He said the process needs to be taken forward for improving socio-economic conditions of the people.

Statement by Minister of State Smt. Preneet Kaur in response to the calling attention motion in Lok Sabha on the subject of the incident of separation of two children from their parents in Norway

Two young Indian children, three year old Abhigyan Bhattacharya and one year old Aishwarya Bhattacharya were taken away from their parents Shri Anurup Bhattacharya and Smt. Sagarika Chakraborty, an NRI couple residing in Stavanger in Norway by the Norwegian Child Welfare Service (CWS) of the Stavanger Municipality and placed in emergency foster care in May 2011.

Evaluation of Shale Resources

He added that total of 6 basins namely Cambay, Krishna Godavari, Cauvery, Assam-Arakan, Indo- Gangetic & Gondwana have been identified under Phase-I for Shale Gas resource assessment based on Geological, Geophysical and Geochemical data gathered during exploration of conventional oil/gas over the years.

OMCs Contract 41.89 Crore Litre For Ethanol Supply For 2011-12

He added that the contract for Ethanol supplies for the year 2010-11 for Ethanol Blended Petrol Programme expired on 30.09.2011.

Employment in Tourism Sector

As per the Tourism Satellite Account for India (2002-03), the contribution of Tourism in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment of the Country, in 2007-08, has been estimated to be 5.92% and 9.24% respectively.

India to support Vietnam for training of English Teachers

University of Delhi and JNU have agreed to cooperate with Vietnam Academies and two National universities. This cooperation would include the offering of Indian studies in Vietnam and Vietnam studies in India. While observing the keen interest Vietnam has shown in the social sciences, two fellowships for the duration for 2-3 months at the IIAS, Shimla will be instituted for the Vietnamese. Shri Kapil Sibal also directed that a Joint Working Group under the existing Education Exchange Programme with Vietnam may be formed. The JWG will meet in the next 4 weeks and chalk out a programme of cooperation between both the countries in the next 3 months.

Online Fertilizer Monitoring System

The various stake holders in the FMS, viz. the Department of Fertilizers, State Agriculture Department and Companies are using the system extensively. The availability of fertilizers at the district level can be seen by the general public at the URL www.urvarak.co.in.

Difference in Prices of Similar Drugs

In respect of drugs not covered under the DPCO, 95 i.e. non-scheduled drugs, manufacturers fix the prices themselves without seeking the approval of Government/ NPPA. This may lead to price variation in the prices of similar medicines sold under different brands in respect of non-scheduled formulations.

Farmers Access to Capital

This information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Shri Srikant Kumar Jena in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

CPSEs to invest Rs. 176398 crore in 2012-13

As per extant guidelines, profit making CPSEs are required to declare a minimum dividend on equity of 20% or a minimum dividend pay-out of 20% of post tax profits, whichever is higher. The minimum dividend pay-out in respect of Oil, Petroleum, Chemical and Infrastructure Sector should be 30% of the post tax profits. Dividend received by the Government from CPSEs forms part of non-tax revenue receipts of the Government and thus contributes towards reducing the fiscal deficit.

8 Miniratna CPSEs have not made Profits

The concerned Ministries/Departments have already been requested to, inter-alia, ensure that the Miniratna CPSEs under their respective administrative control continue to fulfil the laid down criteria for grant of Miniratna status on the basis of their performance during last three years and to issue orders for divestment of Miniratna status of such CPSEs which do not fulfil the laid down criteria. The Government has delegated enhanced financial and operational powers to the Boards of Miniratna CPSEs to facilitate improvement in their performance.

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