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Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passes away

Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passed away in Canada yesterday at the age of 81. His son Sarfaraz confirmed the sad demise. Kader Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s “Daag” and has featured in over 300 films. He wrote dialogues for over 250 movies.
Before becoming an actor he had written dialogues for Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan’s “Jawani Diwani”. As a screenwriter, Khan frequently collaborated with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra. His films include “Dharam Veer”, “Ganga Jamuna Saraswati”, “Coolie”, “Desh Premee”, “Parvarish”, “Amar Akbar Anthony” and “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar”.

25th High Court in the country

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will have separate high courts from today following the issuance of notification to this effect. The Two Telugu States have had a common high court in Hyderabad ever since Telangana state was carved out of Andhra Pradesh.

The High Court for Telangana will be the 25th High Court in the country and will function from the current High Court building in Hyderabad while the High Court for Andhra Pradesh will start functioning from a temporary building at Amaravati till it gets a permanent structure.

As per the Notification, 16 judges have been allocated to Andhra Pradesh High Court while ten have been allocated to Telangana High Court. Arrangements have been made at the Raj Bhavan for the swearing-in ceremony of the Telangana High Court Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan this morning

Lok Sabha passes Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill

The Lok Sabha passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill yesterday. It amends the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and replaces the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018. The Bill is aimed at revamping medical education regulatory system in the country. The 1956 Act provides for supersession of the MCI and its reconstitution within a period of three years. The Bill amends this provision to provide for the supersession of the MCI for a period of one year.

Sheikh Hasina Wins Bangladesh Elections

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed won a third term in office after the December 30 elections. The ruling coalition led by the Awami League (AL) party won a massive 288 out of the 300 seats that went to polls. 50 seats are reserved for ladies in the 350 Bangladesh National Assembly or ‘Jatiyo Songsod’. There, however, have been strong reactions to the one sided verdict. The Bangladesh opposition, especially the ‘Oikyo Front’ (joint opposition front) led by the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) have denounced the election results.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who has headed the AL since 1981, went into the polls on the back of a decade of impressive GDP growth and booming garment exports. Bangladesh is the world’s second-largest exporter of garments after China. The 71-year-old leader is set for a record fourth term in office in the South Asian Muslim-majority nation of 160 million.

GST Revenue collection for December 2018

The total gross GST revenue collected in the month of December, 2018 is Rs. 94,726 crore of which CGST is Rs. 16,442 crore, SGST is Rs. 22,459 crore, IGST is Rs. 47,936 crore (including Rs. 23,635 crore collected on imports) and Cess is Rs. 7,888 crore (including Rs. 838 crore collected on imports). The total number of GSTR 3B Returns filed for the month of November up to 31st December, 2018 is 72.44 lakh.
The government has settled Rs. 18,409 crore to CGST and Rs. 14,793 crore to SGST from IGST as regular settlement. Further, Rs 18,000 crore has been settled from the balance IGST available with the Centre on provisional basis in the ratio of 50:50 between Centre and States. The total revenue earned by Central Government and the State Governments after regular settlement in the month of December, 2018 is Rs. 43,851 crore for CGST and Rs. 46,252 crore for the SGST.

All Level Crossings on National Highways to be replaced by Overbridges and Underbridges  

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has envisaged a plan for replacement of all the level crossing on National Highways by Road Over Bridges (ROBs) or Road Under Bridges (RUBs) and replacement/widening/strengthening of weak and narrow bridges under a scheme Setu Bharatam to ensure safe and smooth flow of traffic and to reduced road fatalities by 50% by 2020. Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya has said that in this direction, Ministry of Road Transport Highways and Ministry of Railways have signed an MOU on 10th November, 2014 to replace all level crossings on National Highways corridors by ROBs/RUBs which are planned to be completed at a total cost of Rs 50,800 crore. The Minister said, a total of 174 ROBs/RUBs are identified under Setu Bharatam scheme, and out of these 93 ROBs have already sanctioned for Rs 7,121 crore. Works of 57 ROBs have already been awarded. He said, the NHAI is also implementing most of the National Highway Development projects in the country. The ROBs/RUBs are generally constructed as a part of major highways development project. Number of ROBs/RUBs by NHAI is 515.

Railway Board Chairman New chairman

General Manager of South Central Railway, Vinod Kumar Yadav, has been appointed as Chairman of Railway Board and ex-officio Principal Secretary to Government of India. Commencing his career on Indian Railways as Assistant Electrical Engineer in February 1982, he held several important executive and managerial positions in Indian Railways.
Extending his gratitude to the government for his appointment, Vinod Kumar Yadav said that the Railways under his guidance is looking forward to revise the amenities and utilities in the Railways for serving the travellers better.
CM’s important decision to simplify Ease of Doing Business
Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani took an important decision for the units registered under Shop and Establishment act (Ghumasta Dhara) in the state to simplify Ease of Doing Business. After exempting the petrol pump holders from license renewal, this is one more important decision taken by him.
From now.as per the decision made by Mr. Rupani, the units registered under the shop and establishment act in the state will be exempted from the license permission renewal and it will be easy to continue the permission by paying just one-time fee.

Cabinet approves first-ever three way merger in Indian Banking with amalgamation of Vijaya, Dena and Bank of Baroda

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the scheme of amalgamation for amalgamating Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, with Bank of Baroda as the transferee bank and Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank as transferor banks.
The amalgamation will be the first-ever three-way consolidation of banks in India, with the amalgamated bank being India's second largest Public Sector Bank.
The amalgamation will help create a strong globally competitive bank with economies of scale and enable realisation of wide-ranging synergies. Leveraging of networks, low-cost deposits and subsidiaries of the three banks has the potential of yielding significant synergies for positioning the consolidated entity for substantial rise in customer base, market reach, operational efficiency, wider bouquet of products and services, and improved access for customers.

Key points of the Scheme of amalgamation:
(a)        Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank are transferor banks and BoB is transferee bank.
(b)        The scheme shall come into force on 1.4.2019.
(c)        Upon commencement of the scheme, the undertakings of the transferor banks as a going concern shall be transferred to and shall vest in the transferee bank, including, inter alia, all business, assets, rights, titles, claims, licenses, approvals and other privileges and all property, all bor­rowings, liabilities and obligations.
(d)       Every permanent and regular officer or employee of the transferor banks shall become an officer or employee and shall hold his office or service therein in the transferee bank such that the pay and allowance offered to the employees/officers of transferor banks shall not be less favourable as compared to what they would have drawn in the respective transferor bank.
(e)        The Board of the transferee bank shall ensure that the interests of all transferring employees and officers of the transferor bank are protected.
(f)        The transferee bank shall issue shares to the shareholders of transferor banks as per share exchange ratio. Shareholders of the transferee bank and transferor banks shall be entitled to raise their grievances, if any, in relation to the share exchange ratio, through an expert committee.

Some of the strengths of the envisaged amalgamated entity are-
  • The amalgamated bank will be better equipped in the changing environment to meet the credit needs of a growing economy, absorb shocks and capacity to raise resources. Economies of scale and wider scope would position it for improved profitability, wider product offerings, and adoption of technology and best practices across amalgamating entities for cost efficiency and improved risk management, and financial inclusion through wider reach.
  • It would also enable creation of a bank with scale comparable to global banks and capable of competing effectively in India and globally.
  • Strengths of individual banks - such as Dena Bank's relatively higher access to low-cost CASA deposits, Vijaya Bank's profitability and availability of capital for growth, and the extensive and global network and offerings of BoB will translate into advantages in terms of market reach, operational efficiencies and the ability to support a wider offering of product and services.
  • The amalgamated banks will have access to a wider talent pool, and a large database that may be leveraged through analytics for competitive advantage in a rapidly digitalising banking context. Benefits would also flow as a result of wider reach and distribution network and reduction in distribution costs for the products and services through subsidiaries.
  • Public at large shall benefit in terms of enhanced access to banking services through a stronger network, the ability to support a wider offering of product and services, and easy access to credit.

Cabinet approves restructuring of National Health Agency as the National Health Authority


Union Cabinet has approved the restructuring of National Health Agency as the National Health Authority for better implementation of Pradhan Mantri - Jan Arogya Yojana. Briefing reporters in New Delhi yesterday, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Said, National Health Authority will be chaired by Union Health Minister to enable the decision making at a faster pace, required for smooth implementation of the scheme. He said, the National Health Authority will have full accountability, authority and mandate to implement the Pradhan Mantri - Jan Arogya Yojana through an efficient, effective and transparent decision-making process.

Brazil's Bolsonaro takes oath as President

Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil's President on Tuesday in a ceremony at Brazil's National Congress Building.
Addressing a joint session of Congress minutes after taking the oath of office, Bolsonaro, a former Army captain and admirer of the country's 1964-1985 military dictatorship, vowed to adhere to democratic norms.
He said his government would be guided by the promises he made to Brazilian voters fed up with graft, high levels of violent crime and a still-sputtering economy.
Bolsonaro, 63, was a seven-term fringe congressman who rode a wave of anti-establishment anger to became Brazil's first far-right president since a military dictatorship gave way to civilian rule three decades ago.
Bolsonaro plans to realign Brazil internationally, moving away from developing nation allies and closer to the policies of Western leaders, particularly U.S. President Donald Trump, who sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to his inauguration.
As a clear sign of that diplomatic shift, Bolsonaro plans to move the Brazilian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, breaking with Brazil's traditional support for a two-state solution to the Palestinian issue.
Crowds of supporters, many with the Brazilian flag draped around their shoulders and with faces painted yellow and green, the national colors, gathered before the Planalto palace, where later Tuesday the presidential sash will be draped on Bolsonaro.
Backed massively by conservative sectors of Brazil, including Christian evangelical churches, Bolsonaro would block moves to legalize abortion beyond even the current limited exceptions and remove sex education from public schools, opposing what he calls "cultural Marxism" introduced by recent leftist governments.
CM marks his presence at the valedictory ceremony of Khel Mahakumbh-2018
Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani marked his presence at the Valedictory ceremony of Khel Mahakumbh-2018 held at Bhavnagar. The CM also dedicated a New Sports Complex built and a Multipurpose Hall built at the cost of Rs.25.50 crores during the same.
Mr. Rupani said that Khel Mahakumbh has been effective in creating an ambient sports environment across the length and breadth of the state thereby uplifting the enthusiasm of the people in this direction. The CM appreciated the contributions of the renowned players of Bhavnagar Mr. Kiritbhai Oza, Mr. Ashok Patel, Mr. Pathik Mehta, and Mr. Harpalsinh Vaghela.
This Mega Event, which was the brainchild of the current Prime Minister of India and the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr. Narendra Modi in the year 2010, has been instrumental in creating International players such as Sarita Gaekwad, Harmit Desai and Ankita Raina.
The CM launched a Special Edition titled ‘Khel Darpan Gujarat’ during the event and distributed cheques and letter of appreciation to various outstanding players at the state level and the beneficiaries of Shaktidoot players. The book was made by Sports Authority of Gujarat. He also added that the slogan ‘Ramshe Gujarat Jeetshe Gujarat’ has been effective in igniting a sportsman spirit in the players.
Chairman of Senior Basketball National Championship Mr. Jitubhai Vaghani said,
‘As many as 630 players from 30 different states have taken part in the basketball championship.’
Minister of State for Sports Mr. Ishwarsinh Patel expressed immense pride in stating that the state received as many as 35 lakh participants in over 952 sports events in the year 2018. Cash prizes worth Rs. 40 crores was handed over to the winners in the events. The state government made special provisions for ‘divyang players’ too.  Gujarat has ensured the best facilities to its players in order to enable them to participate in various tournaments at the National and International level.
Minister of State for Education Mrs. Vibhavariben Dave said that Khel Mahakumbh has become a leading identity for players to express their skills and talents in various games. The event has provided a platform to a number of players across the length and breadth of the state.
Secretary of Ministry of Sports of the Central Government Mr. Rahul Bhatnagar said that Khel Mahakumbh has enabled the development of working together in proper synchronisation not just in the field of sports but across various sectors and levels of work.
CM lays foundation stone of a museum worth Rs.84.96 crores at Bhuj
Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani laid the foundation stone of Regional Science Museum at Bhuj today. The museum is going to be built at a cost of Rs.84.96 crores on a 10 acre land. The museum will be spread in an area of 6100 sq.mtrs.
    The museum will have a theme based science gallery, energy education gallery, marine navigation gallery, nano-technology gallery and field medal gallery along with various other attractions.
    Minister of State Mr. Vasanbhai Ahir, Principal Secretary of Revenue Department Mr. Pankaj Kumar, Secretary of Department of Science and Technology Mr. Dhananjay Dwivedi, and various government officials along with officials of science city were present on the occasion.
Secretary of Sports Department for Government of Gujarat Mr. P.P Patel said ,’ As many as 42 lakh players registered for Khel Mahakumbh-2018 and 38 lakh players participated in the event.’
Chief Secretary Dr. J.N Singh, Collector Mr. Harshad Patel, Commissioner Mr. M.A Gandhi, and a large number of people were present on the occasion.

 

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Gujarat’s Sprint to 2022, a First-of-Its-Kind Exclusive Event to Showcase Hon’ble Chief Minister’s Vision and Gujarat’s Transformation by 2022 & Beyond

As part of the 9th Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019, the Government of Gujarat is organizing Gujarat’s Sprint to 2022, a first-of-its-kind, exclusive event aimed at showcasing Hon’ble Chief Minister’s vision for advancing Gujarat’s position beyond the premier investment destination it is known to be. The objective of this event is to showcase the potential of the state as the perfect destination for an ideal life with its well developed physical and social infrastructure, political stability, holistic educational, medical facilities, opportunities for employment and robust connectivity.

Besides showcasing Gujarat’s transformation through futuristic physical and social infrastructure by the year 2022, the event will highlight Gujarat’s caliber at providing a higher quality of life to its citizens and to those who have migrated into it for work or higher education. The state has progressed tremendously in terms of establishing world class infrastructure, taking a well-rounded approach in instituting essential amenities and is now progressing rapidly towards attaining energy prowess through its initiatives in the renewable energy sector, which reiterates its superiority in providing quality life to its citizens.

The event will be organized on 19th January, 2019 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat (India). It will provide a sneak peek into the investment opportunities opening up in Gujarat and provide an opportunity to delegates to meet global corporate leaders and strategy makers for jointly investing in Gujarat.

The 2-hour event will kick off with an inaugural session on Discovering Gujarat, which will be conducted by the Chief Secretary of Gujarat - Dr. JN Singh. The session will focus on rediscovering Gujarat’s history, industrial transformation & landmark achievements. The following session will showcase mega infrastructure and urban projects and their status by 2022. Some of the key projects that will be included in the seminar are:

·        Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor
·        Dedicated Freight Corridor
·        Dholera SIR and the world’s largest Solar Park (5 GW) is now being developed at Dholera SIR
·        Mandal Becharaji Special Investment Region (MBSIR)
·        Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR)
·        Gujarat International Financial Tech City (GIFT)
·        Statue of Unity
·        Bullet Train
·        Dream City

The third session of the event will focus on ‘Strong Foundations’ that Gujarat is built on and will essentially showcase the state of social infrastructure that are expected to be completed by 2022. The session will also include talks by young entrepreneurs from across the country on their ventures in different sectors including health, education, urban development etc.
The event will culminate with a keynote address by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijay Rupani. Shri Rupani will present the blueprint of Sprint 2022 by underscoring the key aspects of Gujarat - its world class infrastructure, the peaceful quality of life, its mission to strive for inclusive growth and a drive towards future innovations. Major announcements and launch of flagship schemes are expected to be made at the event.

Besides Hon’ble Chief Minister Sh. Vijay Rupani and Dr. J.N. Singh, Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat; Sh. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Sh. Manoj Kumar Das, Principal Secretary to CM; Sh. Keshav Varma, SRFDCL and Sh. Kulin Lalbhai, Executive Director, Arvind Limited have confirmed their presence at the event.

The State Government has formulated a team to oversee preparations for the event and will comprise Sh. T Natarajan, Managing Director (GSPC) and Sh. Ashwini Kumar, Secretary to CM.

PM releases commemorative coin in honour of Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today released a commemorative coin in honour of former Prime Minister, Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Speaking on the occasion, he said that our minds are not ready to believe that Shri Vajpayee is no longer with us. He was a stalwart loved and respected across all sections of society, he added. 
He said that over decades, Shri Vajpayee's voice remained the voice of the people. As a speaker, he was unparalleled. He is among the best orators our nation has produced, the Prime Minister added. 
Shri Narendra Modi said that a long part of Shri Vajpayee's career was spent in the opposition benches, but he always spoke about national interest. The Prime Minister said that Shri Vajpayee wanted democracy to be supreme. He expressed confidence that Shri Vajpayee will continue to be an inspiration for all of us. 
India's longest rail-cum-road Bogibeel Bridge
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate India's longest rail-cum-road Bogibeel Bridge on the Brahmaputra in Assam today. He will also flag off the first passenger train over the bridge. The 4.9 kilometre-long bridge has a two-line railway track on the lower deck and a three-lane road on the top deck.
The Bridge is situated 17 km downstream of Dibrugarh city. It is constructed at an estimated cost of around 5,900 crore rupees and has a serviceable period of around 120 years. Our correspondent reports that the rail link connects two existing railway networks running at the south and north banks of the river.
 
"Bogibeel bridge, Asia's second largest rail-cum-road bridge will be opened to traffic today. This bridge will be the lifeline of the north eastern part of the country and will facilitate connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It will save a lot of time both in terms of road and rail travel. It will also reduce Delhi to Dibrugarh train-travel time by about three hours to 34 hours as against  the present 37 hours. The bridge will enhance the national security of the eastern region by facilitating swift movement of defence forces and their equipment. Talking to AIR, Chief Engineer of the project, Mohinder Singh said, the bridge is India's only fully welded bridge and 80 thousand tonnes of steel plates have been used.

Good Governance Day
The birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be celebrated as Good Governance Day today. His Samadhi, Sadaiv Atall will be also be dedicated to the Nation today.

Emphasizing Unity in Diversity, stones from various parts of country have been used in the construction of Samadhi near Rajghat in New Delhi. Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said in a release, the central Samadhi platform comprises of nine square blocks, capped with a Diya in the center.

The number nine holds significance and represents the navarasas, navaratras and navagrahas. The placement of the nine square Samadhi is in a circular lotus shaped pattern. Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday released a commemorative coin in honour of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi.
Gujarat CMVijay Rupani to distribute 10,000 contract letters in Surat, three Ministers inother districts, on December 27

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will distribute nearly 10,000 contract letters under MukhyaMantriAprrentice Yojna and under other schemes under Labour & Employment Department at a function in Surat on December 27, 2018.

Three Ministers will distribute such letters in as manydistricts the same day, like Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma will be in Panchmahals, Energy Minister Saurabhbhai Patel in Patan, and Forest & Tribal Welfare Minister Ganpatbhai Vasava in Anand.

Nearly 10,000 job opportunities have been created in these four districts under various employment schemes.
GujaratChief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurates Kankaria Carnival, with added attractions like AC toy train, floating restaurant, etc. for poor

Ahmedabad, Tuesday:Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupanitoday inaugurated Kankaria Carnival on the bank of Kankaria Lake here with added attractions like AC coaches in toy train, battery operated cars, jet sking, sports bike, riders, floating restaurant and e-swachch dust bins. He also flagged off tourists’ hop-on-hop-off bus.

It coincided with Mr. Rupani’s completion one year of good governance as Chief Minister, as well as the former later Prime Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary, being celebrated as National Good Governance Day.

Speaking on the occasion, he expressed happiness at Kankaria Carnival emerging as a tourist attraction, with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation providing entertainment to the poor, after fulfilling its duty of providing street light, water and gutter.

He said that Gujarat is on the forefront of development – be it infrastructure in agriculture or education, health or entertainment. It began with Chief Minister Narendra Modi initiating good governance.

Ahmedabad Mayor Bijalben Patel listed Ahmedabad city’s latest initiative in traffic movements, etc. its selection as India’s only world heritage city.

Those present on the occasion included Revenue Minister Kaushik Patel, BJP leader I.K. Jadeja, Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra, Chairmen of various Municipal Committees and Corporators.

Rafi Award conferred to late music composer Laxmikant and singer Usha Timothy

The Mohammed Rafi Award has been bestowed upon late music composer Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and playback singer Usha Timothy. The award was instituted by an NGO headed by Mumbai BJP Chief Ashish Shelar.

Kudalkar, of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo, was given the Mohammed Rafi Lifetime Achievement Award consisting of 1 lakh rupees and a trophy. The award was received by his daughter.

Timothy was honoured with the award and 51,000 rupees at a programme held in suburban Bandra.


Government reviews guidelines for FDI in E- commerce

Government has reviewed guidelines for Foreign Direct Investment in E- commerce companies to protect the interests of domestic players. It has taken host of steps and barred e-commerce companies from selling products of the companies in which they have stake. In a statement, the Commerce and Industry Ministry said, it has also prohibited e-commerce companies from entering into an agreement for exclusive sale of products.

Cash back provided to buyers by group companies of marketplace entity shall be fair and non-discriminatory. The Ministry said, E-commerce entities providing marketplace will not directly or indirectly influence the sale price of goods or services and shall maintain level playing field. These decision will come into effect from 1st of February, 2019.

The decision comes in the backdrop of several complaints being flagged by domestic traders on heavy discounts being given by e-commerce players to consumers. Traders have welcomed the government's move to tighten norms for sale of products by e-commerce firms. 

Bhutan PM Dr. Lotay Tshering to arrive in New Delhi

Prime Minister of Bhutan Dr. Lotay Tshering will arrive in New Delhi today on a three day official visit to India. The visit takes place during the Golden jubilee year of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries. Foreign Secretary Vijay K Gokhale will call on the visiting dignitary today. Dr Tshering will be accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow.

He will also pay homage to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister of Bhutan will call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu and Power Minister R K Singh are scheduled to call on the visiting dignitary.

NITI Aayog to release Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme today

NITI Aayog will today release the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme. CEO, Amitabh Kant will release the ranking which will measure the incremental progress made by districts between 1st June and 31st October this year.

The districts have been ranked in a transparent basis on parameters across various performance indicators like Health and Nutrition, Education, Skill Development and Basic Infrastructure among others.

The rankings are based on the data that is publicly available through the Champions of Change Dashboard, which includes data entered on a real-time basis at the district level. For the first time, the rankings will also factor in inputs from household survey conducted by NITI Aayog’s knowledge partners, namely, TATA Trusts and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Aspirational District Programme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January this year with the aim to rapidly transform the districts that have shown relatively lesser progress in key social areas. The first Delta ranking for the Aspirational Districts was released in June this year.