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English Release 27-November 2014
Date Month Year
  • President's Secretariat
  • President of India attends Birth Centenary Celebrations of Chaudhary Ranbir Singh
  • President of India to visit West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha from November 28 TO 30
  • Department of Atomic Energy
  • New Atomic Power Plants
  • Administrative Arrangement Agreement with USA
  • Power Generation Through Atomic Energy
  • Thorium Reserves in Country
  • Deposits of Rare Earths
  • Election Commission
  • FACTS AT A GLANCE- JHARKHAND
  • Min for Develop. of North-East Region
  • Role of North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation
  • Min of Agriculture
  • Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has expresses happiness over establishment of Mahatma Gandhi Central University in Motihari
  • Min of Civil Aviation
  • Tourist Visa on Arrival Enabled with ETA Scheme Launched
  • Min of Coal
  • Production of Coal
  • Quantum & Value of Coal Reserves
  • Setting up of Independent Regulator for Coal Sector
  • Auction of Coal Blocks
  • Sampling of Coal
  • Min of Defence
  • Indian Air Force and Russian Federation Air Force Joint Exercise “Avia Indra I” at AF Stn Halwara Concluded
  • GRSE, Kolkata pays Dividend to the Government of India
  • DGDE Contributes 48.9 lakhs to Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund
  • Min of Earth Science
  • Monitoring of Variability of Weather Phenomena
  • Proposal to Conversion of Sea Water Into Potable Water
  • Mapping of Multi-Hazard Coastal Vulnerability
  • NASA Aircraft for Prediction of Cyclones
  • Ministry of Finance
  • FM Revises the Target of Opening of Bank Accounts under PMJDY to 10 Crore by 26th January, 2015
  • Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley Reiterates The Government’s Vision and Commitment for Working Towards Expanding and Deepening Engagements and Relations Between India and China Based on Mutual Complementarities and Common Interests;
  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • Health Minister Shri J P Nadda speaks to CM, Kerala on Avian Flu Cases
  • Min of Heavy Ind. & Public Enterprises
  • Protection of Capital Goods Industry
  • Formation of SC/ST Employees’ Welfare Organisation in CPSU
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • MoS (Home) ShriKirenRijiju says the Government is formulating a National Action Plan on Birth and Death Registration
  • Union Home Minister & Tourism Minister launch landmark Tourist Visa on Arrival Enabled with Electronic Travel Authorization Scheme
  • Min of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
  • 16,600 homeless in Delhi; more night shelters to be built
  • Min of Information & Broadcasting
  • Govind Nihalani pays a glowing tribute to the iconic V K Murth
  • Kannada film industry in urgent need of Government financial support and subsidies: P. Sheshadri, Director of Kannada film December –
  • Directors of the Chinese Film ‘Genuine Love’ hope to make films with Indian directors by next year
  • Othello: An Assamese Film Portraying Life as a Perennial River
  • North 24 Kaadham: A Film Full of Optimism
  • The mission of mothers is to see the happiness of their children but we destroy their mission by making war says director Elchin Musaoglu
  • Music Recording comes out of the Shadows
  • Lokmanya Tilak Continues to Inspire Youth at IFFI 2014
  • Min of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Strengthening of Khadi and Village Industries Commission
  • Review of financial architecture of MSMEs
  • Special employment through Khadi and Village Industries (KVI) Commission
  • Protection of MSME Sector
  • Entrepreneurship Development Programme in the Country
  • Min of Minority Affairs
  • Multi-Sectoral Development Programme
  • Min of New and Renewable Energy
  • Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission
  • Setting Up of 25 Solar Parks
  • Investment in Renewable Energy Sector
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • Showcasing of commendable work done during Service
  • Complaint against the CSAT Examination Pattern
  • Disposal of Appeals by CIC
  • Establishment of Jan Lokpal
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 76.00 per bbl on 26.11.2014
  • Min of Power
  • Power Pavilion Bags Gold Medal at IITF -2014
  • Steps to Overcome the Shortcomings in Supply of Power
  • Round the Clock Supply of Power
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana
  • Ministry of Railways
  • Sreedharan Submits One-Man Committee’s Interim Report to Railway Minister
  • Railways’ Solar Power and Wind Mill Plant
  • Committee on Restructuring of Railways
  • Upgradation of Railways’ E-Ticketing System
  • Railways Launches Automatic Freight Rebate Scheme for Traffic Booked in Empty Flow Directions as a Pilot Project
  • Ongoing Railway Projects in North Eastern Region
  • Provision of Medical First Aid in Trains
  • Min of Road Transport & Highways
  • Current Year Targets 8500 km of National Highways
  • Min of Rural Development
  • There will be no dilution of MGNREGA, Says Birender Singh
  • Safe Drinking Water to all Rural Habitations by 2022-Birender Singh.
  • Min of Science & Technology
  • GDP in Science Research
  • Min of Shipping
  • Government Takes Steps to Increase Coastal Movement of Cargo
  • Government to Expand Capacity of Ports
  • Cochin Shipyard Delivers Nine FPVs to Coast Guard
  • Min of Social Justice & Empowerment
  • Self employment training programme for differently abled persons.
  • Reservation for disabled
  • Granting allocation to NGOs made more transparent
  • Min of Textiles
  • Textiles Minister Inaugurates ‘International Conference on Innovative Ideas, Technologies and Services
  • Online Marketing Platform to Handloom Weavers
  • Memorandum from All India Kisan Sabha
  • Promotion of Handloom Industry
  • Handloom and Powerloom Sectors
  • Min of Urban Development
  • Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu discusses major Delhi developmental issues With LG Shri Najib Jung
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Cleaning of Yamuna River
  • Cleaning Of Ganga
  • Groundwater in Rural Areas

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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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