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English Release 25-July 2014
Date Month Year
  • President's Secretariat
  • President of India dedicates Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum to the Nation
  • President congratulates medal winners in Commonwealth Games
  • President of India’s message on the Occasion of Independence Day of Maldives
  • President of India to attend the Golden Jubilee Convocation of PT. Ravishankar Shukla University tomorrow
  • Min of Agriculture
  • Kharif Sowing Area Crosses 533 Lakh Hectare
  • Min of Commerce & Industry
  • Delhi- Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project
  • Agri Export Zones
  • Import of Solar Cells
  • Export of Processed/Value Added Agricultural Products
  • Validity Period of Industrial Licences
  • Export/Import of Fruits
  • Promotion of Agro-Processing SEZs
  • Export Target for Textile Products
  • Min of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
  • Amendments Proposed to Make Hoarding Non-Bailable Offence
  • States Asked to Ensure Timely Payment of Sugarcane Dues to the Farmers
  • States Advised to Allow Free Movement of Fruits and Vegetables to Check Prices
  • Min of Corporate Affairs
  • Corporate Frauds
  • Cartelisation
  • Min of Defence
  • Stress Levels of Defence Personnel
  • Deployment of Troops by China in PoK
  • Firing Range at Tosamaidan Meadows
  • Shortage of Fighter Aircraft
  • Warship Construction Projects
  • Main Battle Tanks
  • Missile Launcher Projects
  • Attack on Fishermen
  • Depiction of Indian Territory in Map of China
  • Naval Ships and Submarines Accidents
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  • Settlement in Border Areas
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  • Indigenous Civilian Aircraft
  • RIC at IIT, Chennai
  • Death of Soldiers in Siachen
  • Combat Exercises
  • Modernisation of Navy
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  • 5th India-US Strategic Dialogue
  • New Contact Details of MEA Control Room in view of the precarious security situation in Iraq
  • External Affairs Minister’s response to the points raised on Calling Attention Motion on ‘Situation arising out of Indians stranded in Iraq and steps taken by the Government in this regard’ in Lok Sabha
  • External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj’s Visit to Nepal from 25th to 27th of July
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  • Cost Based Study on Petroleum Products
  • Withdrawal of Currencies Issued Prior to 2005
  • Share of States in Central Tax Revenues
  • Representation of Bank and Insurance Employees
  • Participation of India in G-20 Summits
  • Fiscal Deficit and Subsidy Payment
  • National Skill Development Agency (NSDA)
  • Growth Rate Achieved by Agriculture, Manufacturing & Service Sector During 2013-14
  • Steps to Check Irregularities in Banking Activities in Rural Areas
  • C&AG of India Takes Over as Member of UN Board of Auditors
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  • Funds Under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
  • Guidelines on Vector-Borne Diseases
  • HIV/AIDS Patients
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  • Hospitals and Bed Patient Ratio
  • International Cooperation on Health
  • Allocation for CGHS Unani
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  • Ban of Endosulfan
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  • Arbitrary Rates for Medical Treatment
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  • Cases of Thalassemia
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  • Cases of Heart Diseases
  • Expenditure on Health Sector
  • Medi-Claim Policy
  • Disposal of Medical Waste
  • Migration of Health Professionals
  • Dental Colleges
  • Corruption in Indian Medical System
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • National Foundation for Communal Harmony to host Music Concert
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2014 – Declaration of Written Result
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • British delegation meets the Petroleum Minister to discuss enhancement of cooperation between the two countries
  • Production Performance of Oil & Natural Gas Sector for the month of June, 2014
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket increased to US$ 105.93 per bbl on 24.07.2014
  • Ministry of Railways
  • 29 Premium Trains Introduced by Indian Railways During April to June 2014-15
  • Bogibeel Rail-Cum-Road Bridge Project Targeted for Completion by March 2017
  • Railways Provide Battery Operated Vehicle at Some of Major Stations for Disabled & Old Aged Passengers
  • 2230 Touts Charge Sheeted by Railways for Ticket Black Marketing During March’13 to April’14
  • Railways Identify Nine Corridors for Running Semi High Speed Trains
  • Min of Road Transport & Highways
  • Shri Nitin Gadkari inspects Delhi Jaipur Highway
  • Min of Statistics & Programme Implementation
  • Monitoring of Central Projects
  • Evaluation of MPLAD Scheme
  • Per Capita Income
  • Min of Textiles
  • Rejuvenation of Silk Industry of Bhagalpur
  • Safeguarding Interests of Muga Silk Farmers of Assam
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Storage Status of 85 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on July 24, 2014
  • Min of Women and Child Development
  • Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Programme Covering Children, Adolescent Girls & Women Launched in 200 Districts
  • NIPCCD to have two new regional centres
  • Min of Youth Affairs & Sports
  • Performance of Indian Athletes at Commonwealth Games, Glasgow - 2014 on 24th July, 2014
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Prime Minister's Office11-January, 2010 11:50 IST
PM launches Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission – Solar India
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, launched the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission – Solar India in New Delhi today. Following is the text of the Prime Minister’s inaugural address:

“I am very happy to be here today to launch the highly innovative Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission under the brand name “Solar India”. This National Solar Mission has the pride of place in India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change. Its success has the potential of transforming India’s energy prospects, and contributing also to national as well as global efforts to combat climate change. This Mission is one of the major priorities of the second term of our government and I congratulate Dr. Abdullah and my other colleagues particularly Shri Shyam Saran, for the work they have done in bringing this to fruition.

Increased use of solar energy is a central component of our strategy to bring about a strategic shift from our current reliance on fossil fuels to a pattern of sustainable growth based on renewable and clean sources of energy. I sincerely hope that this solar Mission will also establish India as a global leader in solar energy, not just in terms of solar power generation but also in solar manufacturing and generation of this technology.

The importance of this Mission is not just limited to providing large-scale grid connected power. It has the potential to provide significant multipliers in our efforts for transformation of India’s rural economy. Already, in its decentralized and distributed applications, solar energy is beginning to light the lives of tens of millions of India’s energy-poor citizens. The rapid spread of solar lighting systems, solar water pumps and other solar power-based rural applications can change the face of India’s rural economy. We intend to significantly expand such applications through this Mission. As a result, the movement for decentralized and disbursed industrialization will acquire an added momentum, a momentum which has not been seen before.

The target of 20,000 MW of solar generating capacity by the end of the 13th Five Year Plan is no doubt an ambitious target. But I do sincerely believe that the target is doable and that we should work single-mindedly to achieve it as a priority national endeavour.

The carefully crafted regulatory and incentive framework that has been unveiled today has several innovative features. We expect that it will lead to a rapid scale up of capacity. This will encourage technological innovation and generate economies of scale, thereby leading to a steady lowering of costs. Once parity with conventional power tariff is achieved, there will be no technological or economic constraint to the rapid and large-scale expansion of solar power thereafter.

Clearly, technological innovation will be a key factor in ensuring the success of this Mission. We will need to find ways of reducing the space intensity of current solar applications, including through the use of nano-technology. Cost-effective and convenient storage of solar energy beyond daylight hours will be critical to its emergence as a mainstream source of power. In the meantime, we may need to explore hybrid solutions, combining solar power generation with gas, biomass or even coal-based power.

It was the vision of Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru that enabled India to create world-class scientific and technological capacities in the field of atomic energy and space sectors. It is these strengths in science and technology that eventually have created the Information Technology revolution in India and made it a global power. I am convinced that solar energy can also be the next scientific and technological frontier in India after Atomic Energy, Space and Information Technology.

There exists in our country immense talent and research capabilities already engaged in the solar energy field both in the private and public sectors. It is clear that a large number of Ministries and authorities will have to work in tandem if we are to make a success of this important Mission. The Solar Mission should evolve as a single national platform for coordination among our scientific, industrial and regulatory establishments in a synergetic manner.

I am happy that the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry has been associated with this event. The role of industry in this Mission’s success will be critical. Eventually, if the ambitious roll out of the Mission is to become a living reality, we will have to create many ‘Solar Valleys’ on the lines of the Silicon Valleys that are spurring our IT industry across the four corners of our country. These valleys will become hubs for solar science, solar engineering and solar research, fabrication and manufacturing. I urge Indian industry to see the National Solar Mission as the huge business opportunity that it is going to be.

The Sun has long been recognized as a primal source of all energy on earth. In an ancient civilization like India, the Sun has been worshipped as the God who bestows life and sustains it. The bounty of the Sun is truly inexhaustible, renewable and free. It is to this source of energy that humankind must turn to meet the twin challenge of energy security and climate change.

With these words, I wish the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission every success.”

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