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English Release 30-July 2014
Date Month Year
  • President's Secretariat
  • President of India condoles the loss of lives in landslides in Pune
  • President congratulates medal winners in Commonwealth Games
  • The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum will open for public viewing from August 1, 2014
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • PM condoles loss of lives in landslide in Pune district
  • Sikkim Governor calls on PM
  • Full text of PM's address at 86th ICAR Foundation Day
  • Min for Develop. of North-East Region
  • Developing Ecosystem in North Eastern Region
  • Assistance to North Eastern Region under Special Accelerated Development Programme
  • Min of Commerce & Industry
  • Subsidy Given to Agri Exporters
  • Grant of Infrastructure Status to Hotel Industry
  • No Increase in Import Duty on Apple
  • Relaxation of Conditions for FDI in Different Sectors
  • Effect of Fall in Prices of Natural Rubber
  • Jobs Created Through Manufacturing Units
  • Production of Fine Quality Tea in Uttarakhand
  • US Opposition to Section 3(D) of the Indian Patent Act
  • Min of Culture
  • Funds for World Heritage Sites
  • Restoration and Maintenance of Monuments
  • Min of Defence
  • Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Takes Over as New COSC
  • Min of Earth Science
  • Doppler Weather Radars
  • Impact of Abnormal Weather Condition
  • COMAPS
  • Min of Environment and Forests
  • Joint Working Group – Important Platform for addressing concerns of Environment and Sustainable Development: Shri Prakash Javadekar US Special Envoy for Climate Change meets Shri Prakash Javadekar
  • Min of External Affairs
  • Supply of Uranium for peaceful uses of Nuclear Energy
  • Step Taken by Government to Reduce Delay in Passport Issuance
  • States of Indo-Us civil nuclear deal
  • Ruling on Maritime boundary between India and Bangladesh
  • Land corridor to religious places in Pakistan
  • Indo-UK Ties
  • Hindi as official language in UN
  • Haj Pilgrimage
  • Expulsion of Indian journalists by Pakistan
  • Diplomats in Indian Missions Abroad
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Union Finance Minister to Hold Meeting with the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Public Sector Banks and Financial Institutions on Comprehensive Financial Inclusion Plan and Other Issues Tomorrow
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • Review of Security Cover to VIPs
  • Claims for Freedom Fighter Pension
  • ILLICIT Drug Cultivation
  • Proposal to Restructure NDMA
  • Refugees and Illegal Migrants
  • Bharat Ratna for Major Dhyan Chand
  • Min of Human Resource Development
  • Institutions of Higher Education in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana
  • Uniform Regulatory Framework for Universities
  • Increase is Expenditure on School Education
  • Changes in Education System
  • Joint Executive MBA Programme of IIT Bombay & WUSIL
  • National Madarsa Modernization Programme
  • Reforms in Higher Education
  • Reason for Reverting to 3 Years Undergraduate Degree in Delhi University
  • Government to Formulate New Education Policy
  • Decrease in out of School Children
  • Minority Youths in Higher Education
  • Min of Labour & Employment
  • Steps Taken by the Government for Construction Workers
  • Amalgamation of Schemes
  • Revision of EPF Pension
  • Amendment to Archaic Factories Act, 1948
  • Labour Plantation Act, 1951
  • Safety at Workplaces
  • Welfare of Industrial Workers
  • Interest Rate on EPF
  • Min of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Funding to MSME
  • Virtual Network for MSME
  • De-Reservation of Items from Small Scale Sector
  • Production in MSME
  • Growth in MSME Sector
  • Impetus to Young Entrepreneurs in MSME
  • Production/Export of Khadi
  • Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship
  • Min of Mines
  • Geological Survey of India
  • Development of Mining Areas
  • Mining of Iron Ore in Maharashtra
  • Min of Overseas Indian Affairs
  • Non- Resident Indians Investment Facilitation through Overseas Indian Facilitation Centres
  • Non- Resident Indians Investment Facilitation through Overseas Indian Facilitation Centres
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • Officials with Doubtful Integrity
  • Grievances of Pensioners
  • Performance Related Incentives
  • Eradication of Corruption
  • CBI Investigation
  • ACC Appointments
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Press Release
  • Roadmap for Exploitation of Methane
  • Measures to Increase Exploration of Gas and Oil
  • Steps to Make Cities Kerosene Free
  • Fiscal Subsidy on Domestic LPG
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket increased to US$ 106.34 per bbl on 29.07.2014
  • Ministry of Railways
  • Ministry of Railways Clarifies that There is No Plan Whatsoever to Replace All Second Sleeper Coaches with AC Coaches in Mail and Express Trains
  • Min of Statistics & Programme Implementation
  • Provisional Results of Sixth Economic Census
  • Min of Steel
  • Iron-Ore Supplied by NMDC
  • Review of Safety and Security of Steel Plants
  • Min of Textiles
  • Santosh Gangwar Launches MIS for Skill Scheme
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • Steps taken to attract Foreign Tourists
  • Countering Negative Publicity of India in International Media
  • Foreign Tourists
  • National Mission to encourage Pilgrimage Tourism
  • Promotion of Cyclopean Walls in Rajgir, Bihar as Tourist Destination
  • India and Australian State of Victoria discuss further strengthening of bilateral cooperation in Tourism Sector
  • Min of Urban Development
  • 16 Former Ministers Served Eviction Notices For Unauthorized Stay; Owe Damage Charges of Rs.21 Lakhs Per Month
  • 16 Former Ministers Served Eviction Notices for Unauthorized Stay; Owe Damage Charges of Rs.21 Lakhs Per Month
  • Min of Youth Affairs & Sports
  • India won 10 medals on day 6 of CWG 2014

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Election Commission22-May, 2013 12:11 IST
Enviornment Ministry Celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity

Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity . The theme for 2013 is ‘Water and Biodiversity’, both of which represent essential building blocks of life on Earth. The theme reflects the reality that water sustains all life on earth, and that ecosystems of our world, particularly forests and wetlands, ensure that clean water is available to us. However, despite being two sides of the same coin, they are rarely seen in unison when it comes to their conservation, use and management.

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Celebrating International Day for Biological Diversity every year affirms our resolve and responsibility to safeguard the precious heritage of bio-resources for the future generations.

Having hosted the Eleventh Conference of Parties (CoP-11) to the CBD in Hyderabad in October 2012, India is presently the President of CoP.

As part of the celebrations, Dr V. Rajagopalan , Secretary , Ministry of Environment & Forests inaugurated a function organised by the Ministry of Environment & Forests in collaboration with Wetlands International – South Asia and WWF-India here today . On the occasion , the Ministry released a “Water is Life” poster, designed by Centre for Environment Education, Ahmadabad, a Centre of Excellence of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, depicting how all life forms including human beings are interconnected by, and through, water. The poster can be utilized for a wide range of activities by students and teachers, for education and awareness purposes. The poster is presented in 16 major official languages of the country and will be distributed countrywide. A soft copy of the poster will also be available on a weblink soon, for download and local printing. CEE is working out a scheme where the best entries/activities done by children around this poster can be evaluated and awarded.

During the event the following book, newsletter and DVDs were also released:

• A book entitled ‘Mangroves of India – Their Biology and Uses’ - This book is published by Zoological Survey of India containing 56 papers representing the state of the art science and management information on mangroves of the India.

• A DVD by the Botanical Survey of India, digitizing all its publications under the Bulletin of the Botanical Survey of India, to date. All results of exploratory and scientific activities of BSI and information relating to floristic and utilitarian aspects of Indian botany are now readily accessible in this digital archive.

• Digital Edition of Checklist on Blue Green Algae of the India: The BSI has been engaged on research on Cyanoprokaryotes, commonly known as blue-green algae which are primitive but important group of micro-organisms. The BSI has prepared a checklist of 1,232 taxa including 939 species, 207 varieties and 86 forms. This is being released in the form of CD.

• A DVD: Digital Archives: Zoological Survey of India containing Zoological Survey of India’s past research spanning 98 years, including 111 volumes of records, 31 memoirs and 335 occasional papers into a searchable digital database, accessible on a CD. This is also being placed on the website of the Zoological Survey of India and Ministry of Environment and Forests.

• Sarovar Newsletter: Wetlands International-South Asia has devoted its second issue of Newsletter “Sarovar” on the theme water and wetland management, presenting important perspectives on the way managers of water and wetland resources can benefit by cooperative action.

During the day long event , an Expert Consultation Meeting on Water and Biodiversity, between policy-makers, decision-makers, research institutions, NGOs etc. related to water and biodiversity conservation and management sectors will also be organised. The Consultation aims to encourage a participatory approach, by involving not only various governmental agencies but also the users and other stakeholders, in an effective and decisive manner, in various aspects of planning, design, development and management of the water resources schemes. One of the components of the Consultation will be to discuss the necessary legal and institutional changes that are required to be made at various levels supporting mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation within water resources planning and decision making.

As CoP Presidency India had launched the Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS) train, which received over 2.3 million visitors on its journey covering over 50 stations across India, and played a key role in creating awareness about biodiversity in the country. After the resounding success of SEBS in 2012, the iconic train has been flagged off for its 2013 run on 9th April 2013. It is scheduled to cover 62 locations during its journey till 28th October 2013. The International Day for Biological Diversity was also celebrated aboard the SEBS train which is presently stationed at Bhagalpur in the eastern part of the country. The state-of-the-art exhibition aboard SEBS is making significant contributions towards achieving Aichi target 1 during the UN Decade on Biodiversity by creating widespread awareness on biodiversity.

RM/RJ
(Release ID :96128)

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