PM to review site work progress of National Maritime Heritage Complex at Lothal on 18th October

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will review the site work progress of the National Maritime Heritage Complex at Lothal, Gujarat on 18th October 2022 at around 5 PM via video conferencing. This will be followed by his address on the occasion.

Lothal was one of the prominent cities of the Harappan civilization and is known for the discovery of the oldest man-made dockyard. A maritime heritage complex in Lothal is fitting tribute to the city’s historical legacy and heritage.

National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) at Lothal is being developed as a one of its kind project to not only display India’s rich and diverse maritime heritage and also help Lothal to emerge as a world class international tourist destination. The boost to the tourism potential through this project will also augment the economic development of the region. 

The complex, work on which started in March 2022, is being developed at a cost of around Rs 3500 crore. It will have several innovative and unique features such as Lothal mini recreation to recreate Harappan architecture and lifestyle; four theme parks – Memorial theme park, Maritime and Navy theme park, Climate theme park and Adventure and Amusement theme park; world’s tallest lighthouse museum; fourteen galleries highlighting India’s maritime heritage starting from the Harappan  times till now; Coastal states pavilion displaying diverse maritime heritage of states and UTs; among others.



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CAQM reviews the progress of commissioning of gas infrastructure/ PNG/ CNG connectivity in the NCR

The Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR & Adjoining Areas (CAQM) held a review meeting today with the eleven (11) City Gas Distributers (CGDs) of NCR and Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG) to take stock of the status of commissioning of gas infrastructure/ PNG/ CNG connectivity in the Districts of the National Capital Region (NCR).  Considering the compelling necessity to fight air pollution arising out of industrial activities and vehicles, CAQM has directed expeditious commissioning of gas infrastructure in the entire NCR well before the next winter season.

As per information available, the entire NCR has been divided into 24 GAs and same has been divided among 11 CGDs. The 11 CGDs are responsible for providing gas connectivity to the GAs allotted to them. These 11 CGDs are as follows:


Name of the Entity

Authorized Geographical Areas (GAs)


Indraprastha                    Gas Limited (7)

  1. NCT of Delhi
  2. Gautam Buddh Nagar,
  3. Ghaziabad & Hapur,
  4. Meerut (EAAA), Muzaffarnagar & Shamli
  5. Gurugram
  6. Karnal
  7. Rewari


Adani Total Gas Limited (4)

  1. Khurja
  2. Faridabad
  3. Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri &Mahendragarh
  4. Nuh & Palwal


GAIL Gas Limited (3)

  1. Meerut
  2. Taj Trapezium Zone
  3. Sonipat


Indian     Oil     Adani     Gas Private Limited (3)

  1. Panipat
  2. Bulandshahr (part) Dist
  3. Bulandshahr (EAAA), Aligarh & Hathras


HPCL (1)

i.       Sonipat (EAAA) and Jind


BPCL (1)

i.       Rohtak


Baghpat Green        Energy Pvt Limited (1)

i.       Baghpat


Torrent Gas Pvt Ltd (1)

i.       Alwar (Other than Bhiwadi) & Jaipur


Haryana City Gas (KCE) Pvt Ltd (1)

i.       Jhajjar


Haryana           City         Gas Distribution Limited (1)

i.       Gurugram


Haryana City Gas Distribution (Bhiwadi) Limited (1)

i.       Bhiwadi (in Alwar Dist)

The NCR has a total 240 Industrial Areas out of which gas connectivity and infrastructure has been achieved in 74.5% industrial areas (179 Industrial Areas). In NCR there are 963 CNG Stations; 22,24,055 domestic PNG connections; 5,185 commercial PNG connections; and 5,361 Industrial Connections.

Switching over of industries in NCR to the “approved” clean fuels including PNG is a priority for the CAQM. The Commission has already directed the NCR State Governments to phase out coal from NCR and completely avoid use of coal w.e.f. 01.01.2023 (except Thermal Power Plants). In effect, the approved fuel list shall be completely in force in the entire NCR w.e.f. 01.01.2023.



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Japan – NEC Announces Progress on Environmental, Social and governance initiatives to support sustainable growth for the company and society

NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) is promoting initiatives to support sustainability in accordance with policies that aim to “Contribute to Solving Social Issues through Our Business Activities,” “Strengthen Risk Management and Enforce Compliance,” and “Promote Communication with Stakeholders.” Under the Mid-term Management Plan 2025(1), NEC is committed to reinforcing non-financial measurement methodologies to underpin sustainable growth for the company and society.

The progress made thus far is outlined in the NEC Sustainability Report 2022 posted on the NEC Global website.

1. Started correlation analysis using financial and non-financial data to practice integrated thinking

In order to identify non-financial initiatives that will lead to greater corporate value, NEC has initiated measures to visualize how non-financial efforts affect financial performance in cooperation with ABeam Consulting Ltd. According to this analysis, NEC has confirmed that there is a strong correlation between Price-to-Book Ratio (P/B) and non-financial indicators, such as “the number of women serving as department heads or higher” and “training days per employee.”

2. Strengthened commitment to climate change and launched scenario analysis on a business-by-business basis in line with TCFD recommendations

In 2021, NEC announced its aim for net zero greenhouse gas emissions, not only from its direct business operations, but also throughout its supply chain, aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050. In line with this enhanced target, NEC was validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and has joined RE100, which strives to significantly expand the adoption of renewable energy(2). Furthermore, NEC has launched a new project to conduct “climate scenario analysis” to anticipate risks and opportunities for each business due to climate change in light of visions of society for 2030 and 2050.

3. Continue to strengthen materiality initiatives in the social sector

NEC’s business is highly public so that information security and cyber security are material issues for the company in the social field. In order to be properly evaluated, NEC discloses the status of security measures to its customers, investors and other stakeholders through the “Information Security Report 2022.”

NEC is accelerating diversity and reforming work styles in order to achieve a 50% employee engagement score under the Mid-term Management Plan 2025. In 2021, town hall meetings, in which NEC’s CEO spoke directly to approximately 170 thousand employees in total and engaged in two-way dialogues, were held 10 times in Japan and 26 times in other areas. As a result of such activities, the employee engagement score improved by 10 points from the previous year to 35% in 2021.

4. Strengthen corporate governance

In an era of increasing uncertainty and rapid change, NEC believes that a system that regularly incorporates external opinions is essential for confirming the company’s direction and improving its initiatives. Therefore, NEC established the Sustainability Advisory Committee, whose members include the CFO, the officer in charge of promoting sustainability.

The “NEC Group Human Rights Policy”(3) was revised in accordance with the “UN Guiding Principles” (UNGP) to provide precise guidelines for maintaining “Respect for Human Rights” as set forth by the NEC Way’s Principles to realize a sustainable society that enables each individual to achieve their full potential.

In recognition of NEC’s ESG initiatives, the company has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World Index (DJSI World) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Asia Pacific Index(4) for the second year in a row. Furthermore, NEC has been continuously included in the FTSE4Good Index Series(5) and the MSCI ESG Leaders Indexes(6).

In the environmental field, NEC has been recognized for leadership in corporate sustainability by global environmental non-profit CDP, securing a place on its prestigious “A List” three years in a row for tackling climate change, as well as acting to protect water security(7). NEC has also been listed as a “Supplier Engagement Leader” within the Supplier Engagement Rating on climate issues for two consecutive years. In 2020 and 2021, NEC was awarded with a “Platinum” sustainability ranking as part of the top 1% of companies worldwide from EcoVadis(8), which assesses suppliers.

NEC aims to create the social values of safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. Moreover, NEC contributes to all 17 SDGs by actively engaging with various stakeholders and leveraging the power of ICT to address social challenges.

(1) Mid-term Management Plan 2025
(2) NEC upgrades its greenhouse gas reduction target to SBT1.5℃ and joins RE100, a global renewable energy initiative
(3) NEC Group Human Rights Policy
(4) NEC Listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI)
(5) An ESG index created by FTSE Russell (UK), a wholly owned subsidiary of London Stock Exchange Group. NEC has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since September 2002.
(6) An ESG index created by MSCI (US). NEC has been included in the MSCI ESG Leaders Indexes since 2015.
(7) NEC named to the CDP “A List” for advanced Climate Change and Water Security initiatives three years in a row
(8) EcoVadis assesses suppliers with a methodology built on international sustainability standards, covering 190 spend categories and 160+ countries.

Its Sustainability Scorecard illustrates performance across 21 indicators in four themes: Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement.

From 2012 NEC was awarded with the “Gold” sustainability ranking in the top 5% of companies, and in 2020 and 2021 NEC was awarded the “Platinum” ranking.

NEC Sustainability Report 2022

Information Security Report 2022

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation has established itself as a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies while promoting the brand statement of “Orchestrating a brighter world.” NEC enables businesses and communities to adapt to rapid changes taking place in both society and the market as it provides for the social values of safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. For more information, visit NEC at

Sectors: Cloud & Enterprise

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Progress in Doubling Farmers Income

Government had constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee in April, 2016 to examine issues relating to “Doubling of Farmers Income (DFI)” and recommend strategies to achieve the same.  The Committee submitted its final report to the Government in September, 2018 containing the strategy for doubling of farmers’ income through various policies, reforms & programmes. The DFI strategy recommends recognition of agriculture as a value-led enterprise, identifying 7 major sources of income growth viz.,

(i) improvement in crop productivity;

(ii) improvement in livestock productivity;

(iii) resource use efficiency or savings in the cost of production;

(iv) increase in the cropping intensity;

(v) diversification towards high value crops;

(vi) improvement in real prices received by farmers; and

(vii) shift of surplus manpower from farm to non-farm occupations.

Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation [National Statistical Office (NSO)] conducted a Situation Assessment Survey (SAS) of Agricultural Households during NSS 70th round (January 2013- December 2013) with reference to the agricultural year July 2012- June 2013 and during NSS 77th round (January 2019- December 2019) with reference to the agricultural year July 2018- June 2019 in the rural areas of the country. From these surveys, estimated average monthly income per agricultural household as obtained from NSS 70th round (2012-13) and NSS 77th round (2018-19) were calculated as Rs.6426/- and Rs.10,218/- respectively.

Government has adopted several developmental programmes, schemes, reforms and policies for achieving higher incomes for the farmers. There have been several reforms to tap the potential for income enhancement which have been able to augment of income of farmers directly or indirectly. These include:

(i) Formation and promotion of 10,000 FPOs along with necessary financial support under AtmaNirbhar Package (Agriculture),

(ii) Special attention for creation of infrastructure through Agri Infrastructure Fund (AIF) with a size of Rs. 100,000 crore,

(iii) Supplementary income transfers under PM-KISAN,

(iv) Crop insurance under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna  (PMFBY), 

(v) Better access to irrigation under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY),

(vi) Increase in Minimum Support Price (MSPs) for all Kharif& Rabi crops ensuring a minimum of 50 percent of profit margin on the cost of production,

(vii) New procurement policy under PM-AASHA in addition to FCI operations,

(viii) Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) offering production loan to even dairy & fishery farmers besides agricultural crops,

(ix) National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), which aims to evolve and implement strategies to make Indian agriculture more resilient to the changing climate.

(x) Focus on application of digital technology at all stages of agricultural value chain.

(xi) Adoption of drone technologies in agriculture which has a potential to revolutionize the Indian agriculture. 

(xii) Benefits accruing under Bee-Keeping, Rashtriya Gokul Mission, Blue Revolution, Interest Subvention Scheme, agro-forestry, restructured bamboo mission, implementation of new generation watershed guidelines, etc.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.



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Paths in Progress Podcast Gets “Broadway” Spotlight

 The podcast, Paths in Progress, hosted by Carrie Young, is now on the streaming site, Broadway on Demand, which launched its podcasts offerings in May.

Paths in Progress was selected as one of BOD’s featured podcasts because of its focus on education and a spotlight with some guests in the performing arts. Young, who started the podcast in 2021, is no stranger to the arts herself. She spent a decade on stage with the Houston Grand Opera Chorus while working as an academic advisor and is ecstatic to have a new audience.

“I’m so thrilled that Paths in Progress will have a new platform for professionals to have their stories heard,” said Young. “Your degree doesn’t always define your career path and I want those listening to know that their strengths and education can take them in directions they’ve never imagined.”

Paths in Progress can be downloaded in the Apple Store, Spotify, Google Podcasts with select episodes now on Broadway on Demand.

All media inquiries can be sent to

Carrie Young started the podcast, Paths in Progress in late 2021. In just six months, the podcast has 30 episodes – all of them individuals sharing stories about their journey from college to the directions their professional lives have taken them. It is geared towards college students, educators and the professionals who work with them.

Paths in Progress

Carrie Young