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Frozen Semen Station being set up in Maranga,Purnea under the RashtriyaGokul Mission with 100% contribution from the Central Government

Laying the foundation stone of the frozen semen station in Maranga, Purnea Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that the frozen semen station is being set up at a costof Rs 64 crore under the RashtriyaGokul Mission with 100% contribution from the Central Government. Out of this, Rs 20 crore has already been released. He said the artificial insemination techniques can increase milk production and productivity. Currently, the artificial insemination is being done by CMOFED (Sudha) in Bihar. For artificial insemination, semen from high genetic merit bulls is needed.

Customs and Postal Department hold First ever Joint Conference to deliberate on streamlining imports and exports by post

Indian Customs and Department of India Posts held a First ever Joint Conference at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi yesterday to deliberate on streamlining of​ imports and exports by post. Commissioners of Customs from all the States having Foreign Post Offices (FPOs) were present along with their counterpart Post Master Generals.

Shri J P Nadda holds high level review meeting on Vector Borne diseases in Delhi

Subsequent to the high level review of the status of vector borne diseases with 20 endemic States in the country, Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare chaired a meeting to review the preparedness of various agencies to prevent and manage vector borne diseases in the National Capital, here today. Shri Bipin Bihari Singh, Mayor, East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), Smt Preeti Sudan, Secretary (Health), Smt Promila Gupta, DGHS, Commissioners of various Municipal Corporations, representatives and senior officers from Delhi Government and Municipal Corporations of Delhi were also present during the meeting.

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to establish a dedicated web portal for promotion of Audio Visual Services in India

The Film Facilitation Office is in the process of establishing a dedicated web portal that will disseminate information on filming locations and the facilities available in India for production/post production.  Accordingly, the portal will help potential production companies looking to shoot in India to obtain permissions, explore potential benefits (tangible and non-tangible) and obtain an overview of various locations in India that could benefit the storyline of the film under consideration.

SEBI mandates secretarial audits for listed companies

The Securities and Exchange Board of India has mandated secretarial audits for all listed companies and “material unlisted” subsidiaries of such companies.

This has been done under its Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements (LODR) regulations with an objective of strengthening group oversight and improving compliance at the group level, as recommended by the Uday Kotak committee on corporate governance.

Hyundai renews export pact with Chennai port

Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) on Friday renewed its agreement with Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) for the next 10 years on similar lines as the previous agreement signed in 2006.

Under the new agreement, HMIL will export a minimum of 50,000 cars (same as last time) annually through the port. ChPT will provide 20 days of free storage of cars at the port, priority berthing of vessels and exemption from double berthing charges.

Nabard institute in Mangaluru to get captive solar plant

The campus of Bankers’ Institute of Rural Development (BIRD) in Mangaluru will meet most of its energy requirements from solar energy in the coming months. BIRD is a training institute of Nabard.

K Lakshminarayanan, Joint Director of BIRD-Mangaluru, told media persons here the institute has decided to go solar this fiscal to meet its energy requirements. A 90 kw solar power plant will be established in the campus in four-five months, he added. The proposed plant will help meet around 75 per cent of the net energy demand of the campus, which currently pays around Rs. 1.5 lakh a month as power bill.

Jammu and Kashmir Government abolishes stamp duty on sale of properties in women’s name

CM Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashmir government waived off stamp duty on the sale of properties registered in the name of women. Notably, the decision is seen as a step to empower women in the state which may help them to own more immovable assets. The state cabinet of Jammu and Kashmir sanctioned reduction of stamp duty by 5 percent in the rural areas if a property is registered in the name of a male member of the family. However, the state cabinet has also abolished stamp duty in case the property is registered in the name of a female member of the family in both urban and rural areas.

North Eastern State Capitals to be connected by railway network by 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to develop India’s north-east region is taking shape. A couple of days ago he declared that Sikkim will have air connectivity before it gets a railway line. And that happened. Now he is planning to join the capital cities of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Sikkim, and Nagaland by railway route. The geography of the northeast region makes it more difficult to lay railway tracks or build roads and bridges. But the Modi government has decided to overcome this hurdle and go ahead with their plans to improve connectivity by land and air and also by water routes. As per the target fixed, by 2020 all the capital cities of the northeastern states will be connected with each other by railway network.

Oscar-Winning Film Editor Anne V. Coates Passes Away

British film editor Anne V. Coates, who won an Oscar for David Lean’s epic film Lawrence of Arabia passed away. She was 92. Coates received five Best Film Editing Oscar nominations over the course of her career for Becket (1963), The Elephant Man (1980), In the Line of Fire (1993) and Out of Sight (1998) in addition to her nom and win for Lawrence of Arabia (1962). She also received an Academy Honorary Award, known as a Lifetime Achievement Oscar, in November 2016 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Madhya Pradesh to be declared ODF by October this year

The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that the State will be declared as open defecation free (ODF) by Gandhi Jayanti this year. This will mean that the State will become ODF one year before the national timeline of October 2nd, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Shri Gadkari to Inaugurate Two National Highways and Lay Foundation Stone of a Highway Project in Punjab

Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways, Shipping, Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate the upgraded 4-lane NH-15 from Amritsar to Bhatinda and NH-64 from Zirakpur to Bhatinda, and will lay the foundation stone of 2-laning with paved shoulders of the Munak-Jhakhal-Budhlana section of NH-144B in Punjab tomorrow

Centre sets up 12-member panel to advise on valuation standards

The Centre has set up a 12-member Committee to make recommendations on the formulations and laying down of valuation standards and policies for compliance by companies and registered valuers. This committee will be headed by R Narayanaswamy, Professor-Finance & Accounting, Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru.

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