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Sh. Hardeep Puri to inaugurate the‘First Apex Conference for the CEOs of Smart Cities’ in Bhopal

Shri Hardeep Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairswill inaugurate the ‘First Apex Conference for the CEOs of Smart Cities ‘in Bhopal tomorrow i.e 8th May 2018. Since its launch on 25 June 2015, the Smart Cities Mission (SCM), has been one of the most transformational urban missions. Key projects such as digitally integrated smart city centers, street re-design, installation of solar rooftop on buildings, etc., have thus initiated the process of urban transformation, enhancing the liveability of cities.  Through their leadership role in driving the implementation of smart city projects, the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the Smart City Special Purpose Vehicle (SPVs) have been instrumental in achieving transformational outcomes envisaged under the Mission.

 

India and Sri Lanka Agree On Information Exchange For Drug Control

India and Sri Lanka agreed on cooperation on exchange of information and other aspects to tackle smuggling of drugs in both countries. A decision to this effect was taken at the third bilateral meeting between delegations from India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Sri Lanka’s Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) on narcotics, drugs and psychotropic substances and related matters in New Delhi.

 

Skill India Organized ‘Ajeevika And Kaushal Vikas Mela’ In Bhubaneswar

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), together joined hands to amplify the “Gram Swaraj Abhiyaan” of the current incumbent government which is promoting social harmony and awareness around the pro-poor initiatives of the government. MSDE organized a Kaushal and Rojgar Mela at New Women’s College in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, where more than 5000 people from different walks of life participated.   More than 29 states of art multi-skill ‘Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras’ was also launched digitally across the country by Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan.

 

India’s 7% Projected Growth Rate For The Current Fiscal: ADB

Asian Development Bank Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada stated India’s projected GDP growth of over 7 percent for the current fiscal (2018-19) is amazingly fast and if this momentum is maintained the size of the economy can double within a decade.  According to ADB, India should not worry about not achieving 8 percent growth but focus on increasing domestic demand by reducing the income inequality.

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