The Department of Posts has issued a commemorative postage stamp on P.S.Kumaraswamy Raja. The stamp is in the denomination of Rs.3/-.

    P.S.Kumaraswamy Raja was born at Rajapalayam in Tamil Nadu. The lives and writings of Annie Besant and Satyamurthy had great influence on his mind and character in his formative years. It was in 1919 that he met Gandhiji for the first time and started following with great interest the events in Gandhiji's life. Gandhiji's epic struggle in South Africa, the founding of the Ashram in Ahmedabad and the Champaran struggle made a profound impression on him and the utter simplicity of Mahatma's life also evoked his unbounded admiration.

    Raja's life was one of noble activity, dedication and selfless service for the people of the country. He was a staunch proponent of the concept of "Seperation of the Judiciary from the Executive". Prohibition, promotion of Khadi and Temple Entry Legislation were his other notable achievements. He donated his house for starting an institution of culture called 'Gandhi Kala Mandiram', Rajapalayam. Rajapalayam became a great industrial centre mainly due to his drive and interest.

    The First Day Cover alongwith the information sheet is available on sale at all Philatelic Bureaux/Counters and at selected Post Offices.

    Under the Companies (Amendment) Act, 1999, which received President’s assent on April 1, 1999, a provision for issue of Sweat Equity has been made for the growth of computer software industry. This is intended to benefit promoters, directors and employees of computer software industry in lieu of know-how and expertise they have provided in building up the company.

    The incorporation of provision for issue of Sweat Equity follows a recommendation of the Department of Electronics that it would promote the growth of computer software industry.

    The salient features of Sweat Equity are : (a) the issue of Sweat Equity shares is required to be authorized by a special resolution passed by the company in the general meeting ; (b) the said resolution should specify the number of shares, current market price, consideration, if any, and the class or classes of directors or employees to whom such equity shares are to be issued; and a company can issue Sweat Equity shares only if no less than one year has, at the date of the issue elapsed since the date on which the company was entitled to commence business.

    Union Minister of State for Coal Shri Dilip Ray expressed deep shock and grief on the sad demise of five persons and injuries sustained by sixteen persons in a major mine accident at the porascole west colliery of Eastern Coalfields Ltd. The Minister conveyed his condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved and desolate families.

    Shri Ray has directed CMD of ECL Mr. R.C Goyal to personally ensure proper investigation in the cause of accident and to pay compensation to the next of kin of those dead as per rules.

    The accident occurred at about 10.45 A.M on July 6, when the roof of 231 panel collapsed causing airblast at the mine. On getting the information CMD, ECL, senior officials of ECL and DGMS rushed to the mine site. Necessary instructions have been given for providing proper medical care to all those admitted in the hospital.

    An enquiry by the safety department of the coal company and the Directorate General of Mine Safety has been started to find out the cause of the accident.


    Shri Kashiram Rana, Union Minister of Textiles, has emphasised the urgent need to preserve the glorious traditions of Indian handicrafts and handlooms especially in the times when increasing globalisation and spread of information technology are fast changing our traditional beliefs and practices. Shri Rana said this while welcoming the Members of the Advisory Committee of the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum (Crafts Museum) on the occasion of the second meeting of the Committee. Besides the Members of the Committee, Shri Shyamal Ghosh, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles; Shri Arun Gupta, Development Commissioner, Handlooms; Shri R. K. Mathur, Development Commissioner, Handicrafts; Shri Jyotindra Jain, Senior Director of the Museum and other senior officials of the Ministry of Textiles attended the meeting.

    Giving details of the live Crafts Demonstration Programme being organised by the Museum, in which fifty craftspersons participate every month to demonstrate their skills and sell their goods, the Minister labeled the Programme as "a fine exercise in marketing without middlemen". Often craftsmen get direct orders from traders and exporters at the crafts museum which enables these craftspersons to get remunerative prices for the goods, said Shri Rana.

    The Minister said the Museum, which was not only a collection of fine cultural traditions of India but has also become a meeting point for craftsmen, weavers, designers, scholars, traders and exporters, was one of the finest show windows of traditional Indian handicrafts and textiles anywhere in the world. He also said if our millions of craftspersons, who possess rare technical skills, are to be benefited by the country’s march of progress, the Crafts Museum has to play the vital role of bringing together the traditional and contemporary craftsmanship on one plane of time and space.

    Shri Rana called upon the Members of the Advisory Committee, who he said come from different regions of the country and have the knowledge and perception of location cultural traditions and customs, to guide and shape the destiny of the Museum and contribute towards its progress. The Committee should also suggest introduction of new schemes which will further the cause of the Museum which is to create awareness about crafts among the public and in the craft trade, the Minister said.

    Speaking on the occasion, Shri Shyamal Ghosh, emphasised upon the issue of increasing the visibility of the Museum and urge the Members to give suggestions regarding popularisation of the Museum and increasing its outreach. The Ministry also proposes to bring the Museum on the tourist map of the city in a major way and would be coordinating with the Tourism Ministry in this regard, he informed the Members. He also solicited the suggestions of the Members on other issues such as how to increase the number of exhibits at the Museum, improvement of storage facilities and ways of transforming the Museum into a place of learning with greater involvement of researchers and school children. Later the Members also gave their valuable suggestions.


    The Minister for Science and Technology and Human Resource Development, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi handed over cheques of approximately Rs.14.5 lakh (Rs.14,37,929) to the Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee here today on behalf of the Department of Bio Technology and its autonomous institutions and Central Electronics Ltd for the National Defence Fund. He was accompanied by Secretary, Department of Bio-Technology Dr. Manju Sharma and some of the Heads of Institutions whose officers and staff contributed to the National Defence Fund.

    Responding to the call by the Prime Minister to help the families of the brave and patriotic soldiers fighting for the security and honour and dignity of the country at Kargil, the officers and staff of these institutions have voluntarily contributed one day salary towards the National Defence Fund. The contribution of Departments of Bio Technology and National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi are Rs.1.25 lakh each, that of National Centre for Cell Sciences, Pune is approx. Rs.1.04 lakh, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad and Bharat Immunological and Biological Corporations Ltd., Bulandshahr (UP) and Biotech Consortium India Ltd., Delhi are Rs. 1.00 lakh each and Indian Vaccines Corporation Ltd., New Delhi is Rs.51,000/-. The Central Electronics Limited, a public sector undertaking under the Department of Industrial and Scientific Research contributed approx. Rs.2.33 lakh for the National Defence Fund.

    Dr. Joshi also handed over a cheque of Rs.5 lakh on behalf of M/s Bharat Pumps & Compressors Ltd., a firm in Allahabad.


    The Government has declared 14 new National Highways aggregating to a length of 2,411 kms. of roads in 11 states. With the announcement, the total length of the National Highways in the country has gone up to 51,996 kms. The additional National Highways will provide a better connectivity to ports, coastal areas, strategically important routes and various tourist centres besides opening up backward and rural areas.

    Of the 2,411 kms. of NHs, 415 kms are in Bihar, 100 kms. in Bihar/West Bengal, 360 kms. in Uttar Pradesh/Madhya Pradesh, 83 kms. in Uttar Pradesh, 115 in Himachal Pradesh, 300 kms. in Rajasthan, 40 kms. in Assam, 250 kms. in Kerala/Karnataka, 130 kms. in Kerala, 270 kms. in Andhra Pradesh and 348 kms. in Orissa.

    The total length of National Highways network in the country till 1997-98 was 34,298 kms., to which 4,219 kms. were added during 1997-98 and 11,068 kms. in January 1999. After a critical review by the Ministry, it was found that the requirements of the economy can not be sufficiently met through this network and a number of backward areas, coastal areas and strategically important routes need to be connected by National Highways. Following this review, the Government decided to declare the new National Highways.

    National Highways run through the length and breadth of the country and are the main arterial routes. Recognising its importance, Government has embarked on four/six laning of the National Highways connecting Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai and Mumbai. Apart from this, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has announced the construction of a South-North corridor, connecting Kashmir with Kanyakumari and East-West corridor, connecting Silchar with Saurashtra region of the country.

List of new National Highways declared

Sl. No.
New NH No.
Length (in Km)
1 81 100 Bihar/West Bengal The Highway starting from its junction with National Highway number 31 near Kora in Bihar and connecting Katihar and terminating at its junction with National Highway number 34 near Maldah in West Bengal.
2 82 130 Bihar The highway starting from its junction near Gaya on National Highway No. 83 and connecting Rajgiri, Bihar Sharif and terminating at its junction with National Highway number 31 near Mokama in Bihar.
3 83 130 Bihar The highway starting from its junction with National Highway number 30 near Patna and connecting Punpun, Gaya, Bodh Gaya and terminating at its junction with National Highway number 2 near Dobhi in Bihar.
4 84 60 Bihar The highway starting from its junction with National Highway number 30 near Arrah and connecting Bhojpur, and terminating on National Highway No. 19 near Buxar in Bihar.
5 85 95 Bihar The highway starting from its junction with National Highway number 19 near Chhapra and connecting Siwan and terminating at its junction with National Highway no. 28 near Gopalganj in Bihar.
6 86 360 Uttar Pradesh/ Madhya Pradesh The highway starting from its junction with National Highway number 2 near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and connecting Chhatarpur and terminating at its junction with National Highway no. 26 near Sagar in Madhya Pradesh.
7 87 83 Uttar Pradesh The highway starting from its junction with National Highway number 24 near Rampur and connecting Bilaspur, Pantnagar, Haldwani and terminating at Nainital in Uttar Pradesh.
8 88 115 Himachal Pradesh The highway starting from its junction with National Highway number 22 near Simla and connecting Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Nadaun, Ranital, Kangra and terminating near Bhawan on National Highway No. 20 in Himachal Pradesh.
9 89 300 Rajasthan The highway starting from its junction with National Highway number 8 near Ajmer and connecting Nagaur and terminating at its junction with National Highway number 11 near Bikaner in Rajasthan.
10 152 40 Assam The highway starting from its junction near Patacharkuchi on National Highway number 31C connecting Heisna and terminating at Indo-Bhutan border.
11 212 250 Kerala/Karnataka The highway starting from its junction with National Highway number 17 near Kozhikode in Kerala connecting Mysore and terminating at its junction with National Highway number 209 near Kollegal in Karnataka.
12 213 130 Kerala The highway starting from its junction with National Highway number 47 near Palghat and terminating at its junction with National Highway number 17 near Kozhikode in Kerala.
13 214 270 Andhra Pradesh The highway starting from its junction with National Highway number 5 near Kathipudi and connecting Kakinada and terminating at its junction with National Highway number 9 near Pamarru in Andhra Pradesh.
14 215 348 Orissa The highway starting from its junction with National Highway number 5 near Panikoli and connecting Keonjhar and terminating at its junction with National Highway number 23 near Rajamunda in Orissa.
Length 2411    


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    Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Hon’ble Union Minister of Human Resource Development today inaugurated an exhibition on Bharat Ratna Shri Gulzari Lal Nanda in the premises of the National Archives of India. This exhibition is a part of the yearlong birth centenary of Nandaji which concluded on 4 July, 1999.

    Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Joshi said that compared to many of his contemporary national leaders, Nandaji preferred leading a simple and austere life, shorn of publicity or propaganda. The high offices he held were too small and insignificant for him as compared to his commitment to high values in public life. . The material for this exhibition have been culled out from a variety of sources and would include original public records, contemporary press-clippings and photographs, private papers and published works by and on Nandaji. Some of the important exhibits on display include Constitution of Hindustan Mazdoor Sangh, Nandaji’s call for workers’ unity for national integration, his fight against social evils such as corruption and adulteration, etc.

    Nandaji completed his Post Graduation in Economics and Law at an early age. After a short stint as a Professor in a Bombay College, he donned the cap of a labour leader on the advice of Mahatma Gandhi. He went to Ahmedabad and along with Anusuya Sarabhai was associated with Majdoor Mahajan Sangh, which was a Trade Union of textile labourers, originally founded by Gandhiji himself. The exhibition dwells at length various aspects on the functioning of the Sangh and the aim and the functioning of the labour organisation

    Shri Nanda was the Secretary, National Textile Labour Association, Ahmedabad for a very long time. It was here that the humanist and leadership qualities of Gulzari Lal Nanda which was to make him a mass-leader in his later years, bloomed forth. On display in the exhibition are a chart depicting the administration of this Association, its structure, formation, etc. Facsimile copies of Majoor Sandesh, a Gujarati Newspaper, founded and edited by Shri Nanda are also on display, which deal on different topics.

    A note on the Darshana Salt Satyagraha by Nanda in Majoor Sandesh is on display. For his participation in Quit India Movement, he courted arrest in 1942. After his tenure in Bombay Government, Nandaji shot into national scene when in 1951 Prime Minister Nehru decided to avail his services in the Union Government as the first Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission, later as the Union Minister of Planning. The exhibition has excerpts from the reports of the Planning Commission, besides several photographs.

    Besides Planning, Shri Gulzari Lal Nanda also held some important portfolios in the Union Government such as Home, Labour and Railways. His deep commitment to the cause of his countrymen and dedication to their uplift and well being are reflected by a photograph in which he, as the Union Home Minister is dressed up as a common soldier visiting the far flung North East Border to ensure his solidarity with the brave soldiers fighting for their country. That high office had not diminished his resolve for austerity is revealed from a news-item in which he is reported to have decided to draw a monthly salary of Rs.75/- as against the admissible salary of rs.500/- earmarked for a Minister in the Government of Bombay. A press statement that he would resign if his efforts to eradicate corruption in public life did not succeed, his eleven-point work programme for Railway workers, his fight against price-rise and adulteration, etc. which are on display portray Nandaji’s commitment to a clean social life, besides being an efficient administrator.

    Hindustan Mazdoor Sewak Sangh, Sadachar Sabha, Kurukshetra Development Board, etc. were the other areas wherein Nandaji’s sincerity and dedication to national issues are abundantly revealed. Some of his messages, especially an article on Lal Bahadur Shastri, show him as a prolific writer. Also on display are exhibits on Indian Trade Congress, which was initially organised by Nandaji.

    The story of this patriot-philanthropist, who was honoured with Bharat Ratna a few months before his death is recounted by an extensive use of original public records and private papers, contemporary press-clippings from various newspapers from different parts of the country and photographs, published works by and on Nandaji, etc. This exhibition is among the many in the series which the National Archives regularly organise aiming to promote archival awareness among the visiting public and to bring archives closer to the common people.

    The exhibition would remain open to the public from 10 am to 5.30 pm on all working day till 30 July, 1999.

    The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has directed all Departments and Organisations under its purview not to take any action on anonymous or pseudonymous complaints. This decision has been taken to check the blackmailers who psychologically pressurise and demoralise the honest public servants who are mostly on the verge of their promotions.

    The CVC has instructed that anonymous/pseudonymous complaints must be filed. On the other hand it has made adequate measures to safeguard the complainants. It is to ensure that those who are afraid to reveal their identity because of fear of consequences of the powerful elements and other important sources, who were resorting to anonymous/pseudonymous complaint route, are provided a channel of communication against the corrupt public servants. These measures are:

    With the above measures in hand, there is very little possibility that genuine cases of corruption will not be brought to the notice of the appropriate authorities.