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English Release 22-July 2014
Date Month Year
  • President's Secretariat
  • President participates in ‘DUA’ on the occasion of Khatam Shareef at the President’s Estate Masjid
  • President of India completes two years in office on July 25, 2014
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • PM wishes Indian athletes ahead of CWG 2014
  • HH Sri Vishvesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt calls on PM
  • PM's telephonic conversation with Korean President
  • Gujarat Governor calls on PM
  • Shri Tarun Vijay presents book to PM
  • Min of Agriculture
  • Cotton Development Programme as a Sub Scheme Under NFSM
  • Target for Foodgrain Production during 2014-15
  • Schemes to Enhancing Production and Productivity of Agricultural Production
  • Promoting Modern Method of Paddy Cultivation
  • Promoting Conversion of Crop Residues into Biochar
  • Min of Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • Availability of Drugs and Their Prices
  • Min of Civil Aviation
  • Upgradation of Airports to International Standard
  • Government Plans to Upgrade Jaipur and Jodhpur Airports
  • Eighteen Tourist Destinations Under Air Services Agreement with Sri Lanka
  • Specific Provisions Fixed for Tendering by Delhi and Mumbai Airports
  • Three Low Cost Airports for Bihar
  • AAI holds 26% Equity in DIAL and MIAL
  • Government Undertakes Development of 35 Non-metro Airports
  • Government Takes Measures to Revive Aviation Industry
  • Pre-feasibility Study for Jagdalpur Airport Conducted
  • AI’s Merger with Indian Airlines Almost Complete
  • Min of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
  • Measures to Clear Pendency of Cases at Consumer Fora
  • Foodgrains Storage Capacity of 203.76 lakh MT to be Constructed in 19 States
  • States Requested to Ensure Implementation of Food Security Act within Next Three Months
  • Min of Corporate Affairs
  • Changes in Companies Act
  • Provision Regarding Contribution to Political Parties by the Companies
  • Utilisation of CSR Funds for Welfare of SCS/STS
  • Min of Culture
  • Media reports on delay in key appointments to Cultural Bodies are factually incorrect: Ministry of Culture
  • Preservation of Heritage Sites
  • Monuments of National Importance
  • Local Languages
  • Development of Tribal Culture and Museums
  • Contribution of Great Personalities
  • Min of Defence
  • General Body meeting of Veteran Sailors’ Forum
  • Shortage of Officers and Personnel in Army
  • Implementation of OROP
  • Purchase of Used and Old Warships
  • Inquiry Into Accidents Involving IAF Aircrafts
  • FDI in the Defence Sector
  • Rafale Jet Contract
  • Suicides and Premature Retirement in the Armed Forces
  • Special Recruitment Drive for Tribals in Armed Forces
  • Accidents of IAF Aircrafts
  • Investigation into VVIP Helicopter Deal
  • Amendment to the Works of Defence Act, 1903
  • New Defence Production Policy
  • Induction of INS Kamorta
  • Strengthening of Security Near the Andamans
  • M777 Howitzer Deal with BAE Systems
  • Steps to Prevent Border Infiltration
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley Stresses on Capital Increase and the Need for Voice Reforms in the World Bank ; World Bank President Assures Support of the World Bank Group to Partner India’s Development Strategies and Aspirations Through Delivery of a Diversified Programme of Financing, Knowledge Exchange and Capacity Building
  • Tax Structure Needs to be Simplified to Help the Taxpayers Becoming Tax Compliant Rather than Tax Evaders: Ms Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance
  • Auction for Sale (Re-Issue) of Government Stocks
  • Min of Food Processing Industries
  • Mega Food Parks
  • Preservation of Perishable Fruits and Vegetables
  • Vision Document – 2015
  • Storage Facilities
  • Organic Food Processing Zones
  • Incentives to Food Processing Units
  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • Statement by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare in both the Houses of Parliament on 22nd July 2014 regarding Doctor -- Pathological laboratory/ Diagnostic centres collusion defrauding the patient/consumer as revealed through sting operation titled “Operation Jonk” aired by News Nation TV channel on July 21, 2014
  • Lack of Cancer Specialists in the country
  • Improvement in the Health-Caresector for Children
  • Measures for Checking Vector-Borne Diseases
  • Government Working Towards Eradication of Measles by 2020
  • Medical Institutions Upgraded under PMSSY
  • Rural Health Infrastructure
  • Trauma Centres on National Highways
  • Treatment of Poor at AIIMS, New Delhi
  • Upgradation of Mental Healthcare Facilities
  • Victims of Contagious Diseases
  • Action Plan for National Urban Health Mission(NUHM)

  • Prosecutions Under COTPA, 2003
  • Quality Assessment of Ayush Facilities
  • Revision of National Health Policy
  • Approval for Additional MBBS Seats
  • Rise in Smoking Among Women
  • AIIMS-Like Institutes in the States
  • Disposal of Bio-Medical Waste
  • New Diagnostic Test for TB in Children
  • Opening of Metro Blood Banks
  • Production of Vaccines
  • Contract Workers Employed in NRHM
  • Promotion of AYUSH System of Medicines
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • NIA Investigations Adhere to Procedure Laid Down in Law
  • Indo-Australian Meeting on Illegal Migration
  • Disclosure of Foreign Funds/Donations
  • Quitting of Jobs by CRPF Personnel
  • Strength of Police Personnel
  • Overcrowding in Jails
  • Report of Interlocutors on J&K
  • Min of Human Resource Development
  • Strengthening Educational Ties Between India and Norway
  • Min of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Lack of Exposure to Khadi and Village Industries
  • Khadi Industry
  • Contribution Of MSMEs To GDP, Exports and Employment
  • Role of Cottage and Small Industries
  • MSME Refinance Fund
  • Min of Minority Affairs
  • Allocation of Fund for Development of Minorities
  • Multi-Sectoral Development Programme for Minorities
  • Multi-Sectoral Development Programme
  • Equal Opportunity Commission
  • Health Scheme for Minorities
  • Minority Status to Seng Khasi Tribes
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • Joint Indo-French Science Council proposed
  • Inauguration of DoPT’s Basic Leadership Skills Module and Learning Resource Centre
  • Revised Rules for Declaration of Assets by Public Servants Under Provisions of the Lokpal Act
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket decreased to US$ 104.83. per bbl on 21.07.2014
  • Min of Social Justice & Empowerment
  • Empowerment of Transgender Community
  • Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers
  • Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana
  • Review of National Policy for Senior Citizens
  • Abuse of Elderly Persons
  • Inclusion of Castes in SC Category
  • Vayoshreshtha Samman
  • Inter-Caste Marriages
  • Budget Expenditure on SC/OBC
  • Census of Persons with Disabilities
  • Allotment of Land to Physically Handicapped
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • Tourism Development in Telangana
  • Revenue Generation in Tourism Sector
  • Assistance for Development of Tourism
  • Tourism Promotion
  • Promoting Tourism
  • Multilingual Helpline for Tourists
  • Medical Tourism
  • Development of Kodaikanal
  • Min of Women and Child Development
  • Adoption guidelines being simplified to minimize delay in adoption process says Union Minister of Women and Child Development
  • Rs. 17,978 cr Spent on Schemes of Ministry of Women & Child Development in 2013-14

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Ministry of Commerce & Industry14-October, 2010 18:20 IST
India-Kenya to Enhance Bilateral Trade to $ 2.5 Billion by 2012-13
India and Kenya have decided to enhance the level of cooperation between the two countries in the spirit of South-South cooperation. This was decided in a meeting between Mr. Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and Mr. Raila Amolo Odinga, Prime Minister of the Government of Kenya, held at Nairobi, Kenya on 14th October, 2010. Mr. Sharma recalled the historical relationship between the two countries and the support provided by India to Kenya in its freedom struggle.

It was pointed out by Mr. Sharma that following the Delhi Declaration of 2008, which had set the roadmap of cooperation, there had been a deepening and strengthening of ties between India and the African continent. In recent years, Indian companies from the private and public sector had shown a growing interest in Kenya. The level of Indian investment in Kenya had reached a figure of US $ 1.5 billion. Mr. Sharma reiterated that India was focusing on human capital development, and Kenya was a partner in this as a large number of students from the country were studying in India.

The implementation of the Pan Africa e-network project was also discussed. Mr. Sharma pointed out that the project was already making a significant contribution in fields of tele-education and tele-medicine in many African countries. 47 African countries have signed the Agreement for implementing this project. It was acknowledged that this project had bridged the digital divide. Kenya had signed the Agreement with TCIL, India in July, 2010 and very soon the system will be operationalized. Mr. Sharma, Commerce and Industry Minister of India informed the Kenyan Prime Minister that as part of its commitment to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya, India had recently extended a Line of Credit (LoC) of US $ 61.6 million for executing a Power Transmission project.

Mr. Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya recalled the historical contribution of Mr. Appa Pant, India’s first High Commissioner to Kenya, in laying a strong foundation of India-Kenya relations. Mr. Odinga further pointed out that his father had visited India in the early 1950s to observe the functioning of democracy in the newly independent nation. The Kenyan Prime Minister acknowledged the significant role that India had played in enriching the Human Resource Development of Kenya. Mr. Odinga informed Mr. Sharma that he planned to visit India in mid-November, 2010 to participate in the World Economic Forum’s ‘India Economic Summit’.

Mr. Sharma highlighted the contribution of the Indian pharmaceutical industry in making available life saving medicines at affordable prices, especially through generic medicines. He conveyed India’s concerns on the attempts being made outside the WTO and WIPO Forums to confuse Indian generic medicines with counterfeits. With respect to the global standards and benchmarks, Indian pharmaceutical companies are the best. The largest USA FDA approvals for non-US companies are of Indian companies. He requested that Kenya may keep this in view while implementing the Kenya Anti-Counterfeit Act and the proposal to have a similar legislation at the East African Community (EAC) level.

Mr. Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and Mr. Raila Amolo Odinga, Prime Minister of the Government of Kenya agreed that there was a great potential for increasing the scope of cooperation between the two countries in the areas of Information Technology; agriculture including agro-processing ; infrastructure development sectors like road, rail, and energy including generation, transmission and distribution of power; oil & gas; manufacturing; and healthcare. Following the 6th India-Kenya Joint Trade Committee Meeting (JTC) held on 13th October, 2010, these sectors would get focused attention.

Mr. Anand Sharma inaugurated on 14th October, 2010, the ‘Namaskar Africa’ event being organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in association with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India during 14 to 15th October, 2010 at Nairobi. The event comprises of an ‘India Exhibition’ and the ‘India-East Africa Business Forum’ with participation of business delegations from 12 East African countries. The Forum had the largest ever business delegation from India. The Forum will consider in its deliberations issues pertaining to increasing agricultural productivity and local value additions through advance technologies; multilateral funding mechanisms; India’s Duty Free Tariff Preference (DFTP) Scheme for Least Developed countries (LDCs) and specific sectors of power, health and ICT. ‘Namaskar Africa’ is an exclusive networking forum of African and Indian enterprises offering trade, investments and joint venture opportunities across the sectors of mutual interest to both the sides. ‘India- East Africa Business Forum’ has brought together the policy makers, businessmen, financial institutions, multilateral funding agencies, procurement agencies, investment bodies, regional bodies and sectoral nodal institutions from India and the 12 countries of East Africa for a business dialogue, to share their experience and learnings for mutual growth and discuss the project specific opportunities in identified sectors for mutual collaboration.

While inaugurating the ‘Namaskar Africa’ event, Mr. Sharma stressed the fact that India’s relationship with the African continent was a unique and distinct partnership based on trust, friendship and respect for each other’s cultures. He emphasized that we need to find ways to further deepen and strengthen our engagement with the African continent.

Earlier on 13th October, 2010, Mr. Anand Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Government of India co-chaired the 6th India-Kenya Joint Trade Committee Meeting (JTC) with Mr. Chirau Ali Mwakwere, Hon’ble Minister of Trade of the Government of Kenya, at Nairobi, Kenya. The Indian and Kenyan delegations discussed a host of bilateral economic and trade issues and many important decisions were arrived at.

Mr. Sharma informed that during the 6th India-Kenya JTC Meeting, the two sides had set a target of bilateral trade of US $ 2.5 bn in the next three years, i.e. by Financial Year 2012-13, and also identified the steps to be taken towards this objective. Current level of bilateral trade is US $ 1.5 bn (in F.Y. 2009-10).

The JTC reviewed the implementation of the Pan Africa e-network in Kenya and Kenya has agreed to identify the site locations by the end of October, 2010. The network enables sharing of India’s expertise in the field of healthcare and education with all the members of the African Union. 47 countries in Africa have already signed the Agreement with TCIL and 119 sites/centers have been commissioned / integrated with the e-network.

Mr. Sharma highlighted that India offered to collaborate in the Kenyan efforts for revival of its textiles sector, which accounts for 30 % of Kenya’s industrial workforce, by providing technical assistance in skill building for the entire value chain, transfer of technology in ginning and processing, collaboration with Indian Textiles Research Association and exploratory visits for businessmen and Buyer-Seller Meets.

JTC took note of the offer of a Line of Credit (LoC) of US $ 61.6 million made by India to Kenya for ‘Power Transmission Lines’, which would help in augmenting Kenya’s infrastructure.

During the JTC meeting, the Kenyan side appreciated India’s concerns on the Kenyan Anti-Counterfeit Act and stated that the legitimate Indian trade concerns in this regard would be addressed.

Mr. Sharma said that India and Kenya had agreed towards greater engagement between the ‘Kenya Investment Authority’ and ‘InvestIndia’, which would help in trade and investment flows between the two countries. Decision was taken to fast-track the finalization of a Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) and a revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between the two countries. Functioning of MoU in the Medium and Small Scale Industries sector was reviewed. The two sides also agreed to take steps towards early signing of Agreements/MoUs in the field of Tourism and Civil Aviation and finalization of MoUs in the areas of Human Resource Development, Standards and Scientific/Industrial Research.

According to Mr. Sharma, the key sectors identified for bilateral cooperation were agriculture including agro-processing; drugs and pharmaceuticals; infrastructure development sectors like road, rail, and energy including generation, transmission and distribution of power, airport; Information and Communication Technology (ICT); oil & gas; manufacturing; and healthcare.

Mr. Sharma hoped that the JTC and the ‘Namskar Africa’ event at Nairobi, Kenya would provide further stimulus to the growing relationship between India and Kenya.

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