Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs organizes Yoga Workshop As part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahostava & 8th International Yoga Day

On the occasion of Azadi ka Amrit Mahostava and 8th International Yoga Day, a Yoga Workshop was organized by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs under the guidance of Yoga Guru Dr. Surakshit Goswami on 15th June, 2022 at Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi. Dr. Satya Prakash, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs inaugurated the workshop and introducing Dr. Surakshit Goswami, highlighted the importance of Yoga in our daily lives.

Dr. Surakshit Goswami guided all the officers and employees of the ministry to practice yoga and pranayama and imparted information about increasing work efficiency by reducing stress through yoga activity during office hours. 

Dr.Satya Prakash, Additional Secretary, Smt. Suman Bara, Director and all other officers/staff of the Ministry participated in the workshop.



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Jal Shakti Ministry to Organize National Workshop on Dam Safety Act, 2021 Tomorrow

Central Water Commission under the aegis of the Department of Water Resources, RD&GR, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India is organizing a one-day National Workshop on Dam Safety Act, 2021 for Dam Safety Governance in India on 16th June, 2022 at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, 15 Janpath, New Delhi. The workshop is aimed at sensitizing all stakeholders about the provisions of the Dam Safety Act, 2021 and to brainstorm on dam safety governance in India.

In India, there are 5334 existing large dams while the other 411 large dams are under various stages of construction. Maharashtra leads with 2394 dams while Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are at the second and third spots in terms of the number of dams. India’s dams annually store about 300 billion cubic meters of water. These dams are ageing over the years with about 80% of dams exceeding 25 years of age, and over 227 dams exceeding 100 years. The ageing of dams and deferred maintenance of the dam have made dam safety a matter of concern.

The Dam Safety Act, 2021 was enacted by the Parliament and came into force with effect from 30th December 2021. The Act is aimed at ensuring surveillance, inspection, operation and maintenance of the specified dam for prevention of dam failure-related disasters and to provide for an institutional mechanism to ensure their safe functioning.

As per the provisions of the Act, the Central Government has already notified the constitution of the National Committee on Dam Safety (NCDS) under the Chairmanship of the Chairman, Central Water Commission (CWC) to help evolve uniform dam safety policies, protocols and procedures. Further, the National Dam Safety Authority (NDSA) has also been established to function as a regulating body for ensuring the nationwide implementation of dam safety policies and standards.

The Act comprehensively addresses the critical dam safety concerns under prevailing as well as new issues such as climate change, etc. Its key provisions include regular inspection of dams; hazard classification of dams; emergency action plan; comprehensive dam safety review by an independent panel; funds for timely repair and maintenance; operations and maintenance manual; record of incidents and failure; risk assessment study; dam instrumentation including hydro-meteorological and seismological network; accreditation of agencies; emergency flood warning system; and offences and penalty.

The Workshop will be attended by the Ministers/Policymakers and Senior functionaries, Technocrats of MoJS, Central / State / UT Governments, CWC, Academicians, PSUs, private sector and dam owners, all associated with the issue of dams, dam safety governance.



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UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure selects Siemens tech to power nation’s electric vehicle charging corridor

-Siemens to supply ultra-fast charging units on highways connecting the seven emirates

-The Ministry and Siemens signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in October 2021 to work together on sustainability and digitalization initiatives in the energy and infrastructure sectors

-The EV Charging Corridor is the first project to be delivered under the MOU framework


The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure selected Siemens technology for a nationwide network of ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers which will help reduce carbon emissions, boost adoption of EVs by addressing so-called range anxiety, and lay the groundwork for a more connected and sustainable transportation system.

Ten Siemens Sicharge D 160 kW ultra-fast chargers will be installed on the highways in Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah. To meet the changing market demands, the chargers have a scalable power up to 300 kW and can be expanded with additional external dispensers for up to two additional charging cables. All are cloud-connected devices which allows operators to monitor and manage the chargers remotely.

“The UAE is committed and working with confidence to reduce the nationwide carbon footprint, by working on the demand side, supply-side and working on our different energies and future technologies to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Sharif Salim Al Olama, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Industry. “Electric vehicles are integral to this effort, and providing this fast, efficient and convenient EV corridor is a crucial step in the energy transition.”

Siemens will provide the charging infrastructure equipment, control and monitoring software, as well as training and commissioning support for the new network. The command-and-control system allows full monitoring and control of all units and provides the foundation for the next phase of the project, which is to build an app for drivers to access and book chargers.

“We are proud to support the sustainability program in the United Arab Emirates with our EV charging solution,” said Birgit Dargel, Vice President Sales eMobility at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “This project in the UAE continues the success story of our public fast charger Sicharge D. With a peak efficiency of 96 percent, it is one of the most efficient high-power DC chargers currently available. Its communication ability with the cloud provides operators with real-time information and flexibility to manage their charging network. Its intuitive, height adjustable 24” touch screen display as well as its elegant appearance guarantees a great user experience.”

The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and Siemens signed a memorandum of understanding in October 2021 to establish a long-term partnership that will aid the ministry’s sustainability and digitalization targets. In addition to transportation, the discussions include smart building technologies, microgrid and industrial energy management and intelligent substations on the grid edge. The national EV Charging Corridor is the first project that will be delivered under the MOU framework.

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Ministry of Women and Child Development organizes countdown programme of International Yoga Day 2022

The Ministry of Women and Child Development organized the countdown  programme of  the 8th International Day of Yoga, here today. The objective of celebrating this day is to bring more citizens into the fold of the activities of International Day of Yoga, 2022 thereby spreading rewards of Yoga in terms of physical and emotional well-being.

The Minister of State, MWCD, Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai graced the occasion with his presence and active participation. Secretary, MWCD and other officers / officials of Ministry of Women and Child Development actively took part in the program which was organized at the campus of National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD), Delhi.

According to the common protocol issued by the Ministry of Ayush, the officers were introduced to Yogasanas, Kapalbhati, Pranayama, Dhyna, Sankalpa and Meditation. The program was an endeavour to reinforce the message of “Yoga for Wellness” and contribute to convey the importance of Yoga that has grown multifold in the conscience of the public for its role in promotion of Holistic Health. This intensive drive “Yoga for Wellness” was successfully initiated as a part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Campaign’.



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Power Ministry asks CEA to determine the eligible quantity of domestic coal for power plants using coal under Shakti B(viii)(a)

Power Ministry has directed CEA to determine the eligible quantity of domestic coal for the power plants using coal under Shakti B(viii) (a) taking into account 10% imported coal for blending which is equivalent to about 15% of domestic coal in energy terms. Shakti B (viii) (a) is the window for power plants having untied capacity to bid for coal, to generate power using this coal and sell it in the exchange under Day Ahead Market (DAM) or the DEEP portal for short term PPA.

For such plants, Ministry has directed CEA to compute the quantity of coal consumed (procured under SHAKTI B (viii) (a) window) on the basis of mandatory blending of 10% by weight for generation during the period starting from 15th June 2022 upto 31st March 2023. This will give a window of about 3 weeks for these plants to procure imported coal.

Considering the increased demand of electricity, and coal supplies from domestic coal companies not matching with the consumption of coal, Power Ministry advised all Gencos including IPPs on 28.04.2022 to blend 10% of imported coal for power generation. This was done to supplement domestic coal supply.



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