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English Release 27-March 2015
Date Month Year
  • President's Secretariat
  • President of India Confers Bharat Ratna on Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • President’s Ram Navami greetings
  • Vice President's Secretariat
  • Vice President Greets Citizens on Ram Navami
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • PM expresses grief at the passing away of Brigadier T Sailo
  • PM expresses grief at the passing away of former Union Minister Shri PR Kyndiah
  • The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency calls on PM
  • Text of PM’s statement to the media after the Bharat Ratna award was conferred to Former PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Text of PM’s address at inauguration ceremony of “Urja Sangam-2015”
  • Historic Day for India, says PM
  • Team of First All India Services Expedition to Mt. Everest calls on PM
  • PM at Urja Sangam 2015
  • Department of Space
  • ISRO gets Gandhi Peace Prize for 2014
  • Min for Develop. of North-East Region
  • Dr. Jitendra Singh announces 'DoNER at doorstep' concept
  • Min of Agriculture
  • Radha Mohan Singh Emphasises on the Importance of Soil Health Management, Irrigation and Organic Farming
  • Sowing Area under Rabi Rice and Summer Crops
  • Price Stabilisation Fund
  • State-Wise Revised Affected Area under Rabi Crops During end of February to till date 26.03.2015
  • Min of Comm. & Information Technology
  • Commemorative Postage Stamp release on Engineers India Limited (EIL)
  • Government to Invest 10 Billion US $ in the Chip Manufacturing Facilities Coming up in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh
  • Min of Culture
  • ISRO gets Gandhi Peace Prize for 2014
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Field Offices Under Chief Commissioners of Customs/Central Excise/Service Tax to Remain open tomorrow, 28th March, 2015 to Facilitate filing of Returns/Payment of Taxes
  • FM Stresses the need for use of more Accounted Money and Discourage of use of Unaccounted Money: Focuses on use of Plastic Money such as Credit Card, Rupay Card and Cheques in lieu of Hard Currency

  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • Need to enhance awareness among people to encourage organ donation: Health Secretary
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • Government declared National Mourning on March 29, 2015
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Prime Minister inaugurates Urja Sangam 2015 - India’s Global Hydrocarbon Summit
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 57.03 per bbl on 26.03.2015
  • Ministry of Railways
  • Report of Committee on Traffic Optimization Presented to Railway Minister within Stipulated Time
  • Suresh Prabhu Inaugurates Landmark Lumding-Silchar (Assam) Broad Gauge Railway Line Project by Flagging off A Goods Train - Bringing This Region on the National Broad Guage Railway Map
  • Min of Rural Development
  • Centre releases additional fund to Drought affected States
  • Min of Science & Technology
  • Dr Harsh Vardhan Dedicates the “Apex Metrology Laboratory” at the National Physical Laboratory in New Delhi Today
  • Min of Textiles
  • Textiles Minister inaugurates 29th India Carpet Expo
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Storage Status of 85 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on March 26, 2015
  • Min of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • Government plans to launch - Ek Saal Desh Ke Naam
  • NITI Aayog
  • First meeting of sub-group on rationalisation of centrally sponsored schemes held by NITI Aayog

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Ministry of Commerce & Industry14-January, 2013 16:40 IST
India, South Africa agree for Early Finalisation of India-SACU PTA Negotiations
Sharma Flags India’s Concerns on Market Access to Bovine Meat

The Union Minister for Commerce, Industry & Textiles Shri Anand Sharma and Mr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, Republic of South Africa, today reviewed the India- Southern African Custom Union (SACU) Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) negotiations in Johannesburg. Both the Ministers agreed for the need for early finalisation of the India and SACU PTA. Shri Sharma requested Mr. Davies to take up the issue of India-SACU PTA negotiations and requested him to use his good offices to expedite SACU’s response to India’s proposal of average Margin of Preference (MOP) in the PTA so that the two sides can accordingly finalise and exchange their respective responses to the tariff request lists and thereby take the negotiations forward. Both sides have instructed the officials to meet and thrash out the differences. Earlier, Shri Sharma had written to Mr. Davies on the same issue.

Both the Ministers also decided to meet before the next BRICS Trade Ministers’ Summit and also agreed to coordinate stances on World Trade Organisation (WTO) issues.

Shri Sharma also expressed India’s concerns at the temporary suspension placed by the South African authorities on frozen boneless buffalo meat imports from India. It is to be noted that after recently granting market access to deboned and deglaned frozen boneless buffalo meat from India by approving one abattoir cum meat processing unit in Maharashtra in January, 2011, same has been temporarily suspended in the month of May 2011. Shri Sharma has requested that the matter may be looked into as the Indian meat conforms to the highest international norms and standards.

Shri Sharma also mentioned that India and South Africa should be able to reach the bilateral trade target of USD 15 billion for 2014, set by us January, 2011, well before 2014. While the total trade between India and South Africa stood at USD 10.53 billion for 2010, it rose to USD 13.65 billion for 2011.

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