Hong Kong – SIE Fund invites proposals for provision of intermediary services to design and administer innovative programmes

SIE Fund invites proposals for provision of intermediary services to design and administer innovative programmes

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     The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) Task Force announced today (June 2) the invitation of proposals from interested parties to serve as the new batch of intermediaries to design and administer innovative programmes under the Fund.



     The SIE Fund has engaged intermediaries as strategic partners to design and deliver funding and incubation programmes to meet the needs of the social innovation space. Services of the batch of intermediaries engaged by the Fund in 2020 are due to expire and the Fund is planning to engage a new batch of intermediaries to further take forward the Fund’s work. Interested parties are invited to submit proposals for innovative programmes by 6pm on August 4. Multiple intermediaries will be engaged to nurture and incubate social innovators or ventures of different forms and at different stages of development with innovation, diversity and impact.



     An invitation brief setting out the scope of services, the eligibility and submission requirements, the assessment process and selection criteria, as well as key engagement terms are available for download at the SIE Fund website (www.sie.gov.hk/en/intermediaries/invitation2022.page). For further information and inquiries, please visit the SIE Fund website or contact the SIE Fund Task Force Secretariat at 2165 7261.



     The SIE Fund was inaugurated in 2013 and is overseen by the SIE Fund Task Force under the Commission on Poverty. By facilitating social innovation and cultivating social entrepreneurship, the SIE Fund aims to make an impact in alleviating poverty and social exclusion, promote social integration as well as enhance the well-being and cohesion of society. Two batches of intermediaries were engaged in 2015 and 2020 to design and deliver innovative programmes.

NTPC invites EOI to produce torrefied biomass pellets from Startups


NTPC Ltd has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) to produce torrefied biomass pellets from Indian startups.


Through its R&D wing, NETRA, NTPC intends to provide a platform to Indian startups to enable them to develop advanced technology for producing torrefied biomass pellets that are well-suited for decentralized small-scale users. The last date of submission of the proposals titled, “Torrefied Pellet Manufacturing Plant for Agri-Waste” is 19th May 2022.


India produces an estimated 230 MMTA of biomass that is either wasted or burnt. Biomass co-firing in power plants has proven to be a major solution to cater to this menace thereby reducing carbon footprint in the environment. NTPC has been the pioneer in co-firing Biomass in its coal-fired power plants. Since the adoption of co-firing, NTPC has been continuously engaged in strengthening the entire Biomass sector value chain in various dimensions. Many of the NTPC plants have already started the requisite co-firing of biomass pellets with coal. Long-term procurement action has also been initiated for many plants.


Till now, the focus has been centred mainly on non-torrefied biomass pellets. However, for bulk utilization of biomass,  torrefied biomass pellet production needs to be given importance, as torrefied biomass pellet has more energy density, and its characteristics are closer to coal. Further, torrefied biomass pellets will reduce average transportation costs.  Currently, the technology for torrefied pellets is still in the nascent stage of development.


The Union Ministry of Power has set up the National Mission for the use of Biomass in thermal power plants (Mission SAMARTH) and has mandated 5-10 percent co-firing of Biomass in all coal-fired thermal power plants in the country. Biomass co-firing in power plants has also been included in the Union Budget speech-2022 as an important tool for carbon reduction and income generation for the farmers.


The move by NTPC is expected to reinforce NTPC’s commitment towards developing the biomass ecosystem in the country and will provide a unique platform for the Indian startups to fulfill the Prime Minister’s vision of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat and also contribute towards the ambitious Make in India movement.


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PM invites citizens for ideas for Mann ki Baat on 27th February, 2022


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has invited citizens for ideas and suggestions for Mann ki Baat on 27th February, 2022.


In a tweet, the Prime Minister said;


“This month’s #MannKiBaat programme will take place on the 27th. Like always, I am eager to get your suggestions for the same. Write them on MyGov, the NaMo App or dial 1800-11-7800 and record your message.”


This month’s #MannKiBaat programme will take place on the 27th. Like always, I am eager to get your suggestions for the same. Write them on MyGov, the NaMo App or dial 1800-11-7800 and record your message. https://t.co/pdlnKJZtwm

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 13, 2022

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PM invites citizens to share their ideas and suggestions for Mann Ki Baat on 30th January, 2022


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has invited citizens to share their ideas and suggestions for Mann Ki Baat which will take place on Sunday, 30th January, 2022. 


In a tweet, the Prime Minister said;


“On the 30th on this month, the first #MannKiBaat of 2022 will take place. I am sure you have lots to share in terms of inspiring life stories and topics. Share them on @mygovindia or the NaMo App. Record your message by dialling 1800-11-7800.”


On the 30th on this month, the first #MannKiBaat of 2022 will take place. I am sure you have lots to share in terms of inspiring life stories and topics. Share them on @mygovindia or the NaMo App. Record your message by dialling 1800-11-7800.https://t.co/Y5caxDl3Q4

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 19, 2022



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PM invites participation for ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2022′


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has tweeted about  ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2022’ and has asked for the registration.  He said that it gives him an opportunity to connect with our dynamic youth, understand their challenges and aspirations better. 


The Prime Minister tweeted :


“Exams are approaching and so is ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2022.’ Let’s talk stress-free exams and once again support our brave #ExamWarriors, their parents and teachers. I urge you all to register for this year’s #PPC2022.


Personally, ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ is a fantastic learning experience. I get the opportunity to connect with our dynamic youth, understand their challenges and aspirations better. It also gives the opportunity to discover the emerging trends in the world of education. #PPC2022″



Exams are approaching and so is ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2022.’ Let’s talk stress-free exams and once again support our brave #ExamWarriors, their parents and teachers. I urge you all to register for this year’s #PPC2022. https://t.co/uv1S6zmxsD

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 15, 2022

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