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Water Technology Seminar Held at Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019
Under the umbrella of Vibrant Summit 2019, Water technology Seminar was organized by Water Supply Dept., Govt. of Gujarat jointly with Govt. of Denmark through Royal Danish Embassy, New Delhi. Minister of Denmark along with Delegates of embassy of Denmark were remained present in the seminar. Letter of Intent was signed by Water Supply Dept. Govt. of Gujarat and Govt. of Denmark in the presence of Hon.Minister, Water Supply Shri Kunvarjibhai Bavaliya , Hon. Minister State, Water Supply & irrigation , Shri Parbatbhai Patel. Principal Secretary , WS, Shri J.P.Gupta, CEO, Wasmo, Member Secretary, GWSSB and senior Govt. officials as well as private sector representatives have attended the seminar on a larger scale.
Ideas, views and expertise in water sector between the countries were shared. The seminar mainly covered areas of Water Supply, Water distribution, reuse of treated water and sustainable water resources management. This collaboration will benefit both the countries in terms of technology in water and waste water sector. Hon. Minister Denmark also visited Water Treatment Plant at Kudasan Headwork, Gandhinagar of GWSSB.
Next 5 years will be the Golden Era for Renewable Energy in Gujarat, Government of Gujarat will release 2000 MW of solar tenders in the coming months: Saurabhbhai Patel
As part of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019, focusing on the theme of Shaping New India, the Department of Energy and Petrochemicals, Government of Gujarat organized a session on “Renewable Energy- Opportunities in Gujarat and India” at Mahatma Mandir on the 20th of January 2019 . The seminar provided a platform to discuss and deliberate on the future of Renewable Energy and the role it is set to play in -‘Shaping of a New India’. The Hon’ble Minister for Energy Government of Gujarat, Shri Saurabh Patel chaired the event.
Speaking of Gujarat’s plans with regards to investments in renewable energy, the minister said, “ The next 5 years are going be the golden years for Renewable Energy (RE) in Gujarat. The Government is in the eprocess of developing hybrid parks of 30 MW in Kutch and will export the this energy to other states. Gujarat has already announced to set-up a unique 5000MW Ultramega Solar Park in Dholera. An expression of Interest has already been carried out and GUVNL will issue Request for Price Proposal for first 1000 MW Capacity at Dholera SIR.”
Talking of an integrated policy for small-scale production of solar power, ShriSaurabh Patel said, “Under this scheme, individuals, farmers and cooperatives can generate and supply solar power to the government grid. They will also be able sign a separate PPA with the government for smaller quantum of electricity generated.”
Investments of at least Rs. 1 lakh crores will flow in for the production and distribution of renewable energy through private sector players such Suzlon, Torrent Power, Adani Green Energy Ltd. among others.
Mr. Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Government of India made  an address on the New Opportunities in Renewable Energy and offered a national perspective on the issues. He said, “In line with the Paris Climate Agreement, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India announced the renewable energy target of installing 175 GW capacities by 2022. The share of RE in the total energy production in India, was at 2% in 2010 and it has now increased to 20% in 2018. We expect that by 2020, it will be around 22% or even more than that.Further, in order to realize the commitment to cut carbon emissions by 35%, renewable energy sources are expected to generate at least 40% of power needs by 2030. India has also taken the lead in forming the International Solar Alliance (ISA) with 121 countries. “
ShriRaj Gopal, Additional Chief Secretary, Energy & Petrochemicals Department, Government of Gujarat said, “India has ranked 2nd in the Renewable Energy Attractiveness Index 2017 and is set to become the 3rd largest renewable energy producer in the world by 2022. Gujarat has performed admirably and contributes approximately 12% to India’s Renewable Energy basket. Already, Gujarat is the 2nd largest producer of Wind power in India and accounts for 8% of India’s total installed solar power. The state has immense potential for generation of RE, with an estimated figure of over 100 GW.”
Industry and Government Come Together to Brainstorm on Sustainable Technology Driven Agriculture for India
With the objective of boosting agricultural output of Gujarat, the Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare organised a seminar titled ‘Sustainable Technology Driven Agriculture for New India’ onJanuary 20, 2019, the final day of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019.
The seminar wasbased on the theme “Sustainable Technology Driven Agriculture for New India”and focused on multiple agendas of global socio-economic development, promoting bilateral trade and investment, and showcased partnership opportunities offered by the state and country to the world.
Speaking at the inaugural session, Shri Purshottam Rupala, Union Minister of State, Agriculture, Farmers’ Welfare and Panchayati Raj, Government of India said, “The Government of India has been implementing Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Micro Irrigation with the objective to enhance water use efficiency in the agriculture sector by promoting appropriate technological interventions like drip & sprinkler irrigation technologies and encourage the farmers to use water saving and conservation technologies.”
Skilled Manpower is Gujarat’s Most Valuable Resource
In a bid to undertake a skill gap analysis of the growing workforce in the country, enhance the quality of the talent pool and showcase the potential of this workforce to the global business community, the Department of Labour and Employment organised a seminar on ‘Repositioning Indian Talent pool on a Global Frontier’ on the concluding day of  the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019, at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.
The seminar witnessed participation from leading executives of companies from various sectors, professors, research students and office bearers of leading institutions; start-ups and incubation centres, mentors and professional services firms.  The session, which lasted for over three hours aimed to facilitate discussions around strength of emerging ecosystems and gaps in promoting excellence across the sectors and identifying ways to integrate our ecosystem with international ecosystems by addressing the skill gap.
In his address to the audience, Shri Dilip Kumar Thakore, Minister of Labour and Employment, Govt of Gujarat said, “The state government is primarily focussed on skill development in order to train the youth in the competitive world. More than 3 lakh people have been employed through employment exchange programs in 2018 and more than 16 lakh people have been employed in the last five years through the same. There are more than 120 agreementshave been signed for skill development duringthis Vibrant Gujarat.”
Stressing on the need to change the mindsets of the people, Mr. SanjeevSanyal, Principal Economic Advisor to Govt of India said,“We need to believe that we are capable of challenging our limits to achieve the best and we ought to deserve the best.  We need cutting edge technology and world class infrastructure in order to realise the same. However, we must not forget that this change will occur when the education system is reformed. Education institutes should not be isolated places for teaching. Universities should be directly connected to the world of industry and innovation in order to enable the youth to explore opportunities and enable them to develop a thinking process which will be based on real time experiences. Once this is served along with cutting edge technology and world class infrastructure, the Indian talent will not venture abroad and stay within the country to utilise their talent for the development of india.”
Shri. Vipul Mitra, Additional Chief Secretary,  Labour & Employment Department, GoGemphasised on the need for ensuring job satisfaction to the youth. He said, ‘Gujarat has a robust ecosystem for investment. However, thebest resources that the state has is that of manpower. The state has more than one ITI per taulka for skill development and the employers need to take care of providing jobs that meet the aspirations of the youth. Maruti Suzuki in Mehsana plans to produce around 7 to 7.5 lakh cars per year in the next 3 years, the current rate is 2 to 2.5 lakh cars per year.”
Gujarat to Reclaim its Manchester of India’s Title in the Textile Sector: CM Rupani
The concluding day of the 3-day Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 witnessed a special session dedicated to the Textile sector and was marked by the presence of some of the most influential names in the industry.
Speaking at the inaugural session, Chief Minister Shri Vijay Rupani said, “Textile is a necessity for all, right from the turban-wearing farmers to our urban population. From 1861, when the first textile mill was established in Ahmedabad to this day, we have kept up with the times and technology to produce world class textile. Right from farmers to fashion designers, textile is an inevitable essential and the Government of Gujarat has developed policies to support the sector.
What is worth mentioning is that there is a large population of women working in garment and apparel manufacturing and this is leading the way in empowering women. Our objective is to make the sector more conducive and encourage more participation of women.  The government is fully committed to the progress of women and will do everything to make the sector more profitable for women. Under the new textile policy, women employees will be entitled to a payment of Rs 4000.
Furthermore, in a bid to provide relief to powerlooms, the government has announced a subsidy of Rs 3 for weaving and Rs 2 for other processes. ”
Addressing the gathering, Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles, Government of India, Smt Smriti Irani said, “The journey of the textile industry of Gujarat is remarkable and inspiring. A journey that began with spinning on the Charkhahas now established itself as an industry that is recognised all across the globe. The growth that the textile industry has shown over these years is due to the policy friendly approach that the government has taken. No hikes have been made in the new Textile policy to ensure that the growth of the sector is uninterrupted.
In 2014, there were 9 textile parks in the state. PM Modi sanctioned the establishment of 14 more textile parks, out of which 6 are already operational. This shows the commitment of the government towards of the growth of the textile sector.”
Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Government of Gujarat, Smt Vibhavariben Dave said she hoped that Gujarat as a state would establish itself as the textile hub of the country and stressed on the need for enhancing women participation in the sector.
During this conclave, 5 MoUs were signed by Govt. of Gujarat with Welspun, Chiripal Group, Jindal Group, Natural Texan and GM Textile Park.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kasper Nossent, Deputy COO, Textile Systme B.V. Netherlands said, “I am inspired by how everyone here wants to grow the industry, not just textile but all and that too with sustainability in mind”.
 Once the land of culture, India has now become land of opportunities”: Vice- President
Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 ended on a high as the Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu graced the valedictory function of this biennial summit. This much lauded summit which was started to reclaim the Gujarat’s throne as an Investment Destination has now become a global platform where countries from across the globe not only come together for business ventures but social, environmental and humanitarian issues are discussed with the same zeal.
Speaking on the occasion, the Vice President said “From textile to Diamonds Gujaratis have made a mark in almost every commercial enterprise because of their hard work and business sense. India once called the land of culture has now become the land of opportunities”.  He also released a souvenir of Gujarat’s Investor Paradise, a showcase of successful projects to mark the 9th edition of this global summit.
Chief Minister Shri. Vijay Rupani in his address said “Gujarat has not only done the branding but also bonding with the world. We have proved ourselves and now Gujarat has become a gateway to the world. Taking the inspiration from Gujarat now, several states have started organizing such summits. National initiatives such as Make in India, Industry 4.0 and Startup India will help the country and Gujarat to become a global market.” He further said, “In this summit, we specially celebrated Africa Day and that has strengthened the relations with African continent. We are confident that this special relationship will continue to flourish. I have also been informed that in this summit approximately 28,360 MoUs have been signed.
A tableau on Gandhiji prepared by the Government of Gujarat to be presented in the Republic Day parade
A tableau titled ‘Historical Dandi March’ which is prepared by the Government of Gujarat will be presented at the Republic Day parade at New Delhi in the presence of the President of South Africa Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa.
It is to be noted here that the nation is celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. The Ministry of Defense along with each and every state government followed Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s instructions to pay a historical tribute to Gandhiji. As a part of this, a collection of the works done by Revered Bapu will be presented during the parade of Republic Day at New Delhi. The tableau will be presented on each and every road of the national capital. Following this, each and every state government will present its respective tableaus on the occasion.
The Dandi March started by Revered Bapu was instrumental in the Indian Freedom Struggle. When the British imposed a tax on salt, Gandhiji raised a voice against them by starting the Dandi March from Sabarmati Ashram to reach Dandi only to lift a pinch of salt thereby breaking the Salt Law. This was one of the leading factors that compelled the British to leave India.
The tableau prepared by the Government of Gujarat will feature a rare statue of Gandhiji’s childhood and his birth place Kirti Mandir situated at Porbandar in the first part.
The second part of the tableau will feature Gandhiji breaking the Salt Law by lifting a handful of salt at Dandi. Gandhiji discussed and deliberated with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel before starting the Dandi March. The tableau also features a portion wherein it portrays the prison term of Gandhiji after breaking the salt law.
The tableau has had contributions from Additional Director of Information Mr. Arvind Patel, Deputy Director of Information Mr. Pankaj Modi and Mr. Mukund Patel under the guidance of the Secretary and Director of Information. The fabrication of the tableau has been done by Mr. Sidhdheshwar Kanunga of Smart Graph Art Advertising Private Limited and the art work has been done by Mr. Mayur Vakani and his team.

PSLV-C44 to launch Kalamsat, Microsat satellite

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch a students' satellite Kalamsat and an imaging satellite Microsat-R from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The national space agency's workhorse rocket, PSLV C44, carrying the satellites, is scheduled for liftoff at 11:27 pm. The countdown for the launch began at 7:37 last evening and is progressing smoothly.
Kalamsat is a payload developed by students and Chennai based Space Kidz India for the first time. The Microsat-R satellite is meant for the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) purposes.
"ISRO will be using the aluminium tank for the first time in the fourth stage of the launch of PSLV C 44. This is to reduce the weight and increase the mass in the four-stage engine expendable rocket with alternating solid and liquid fuel.
About 14 minutes into the flight the rocket would eject Microsat R at an altitude of about 277 km. This would begin to function at an altitude of 450 km in an hour and 40 minutes. The Kalam sat is a 10 cm cube nanosatellite weighing about 1.2 kg and has a life span of about two months.    

Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba to commission new Naval Air Base ‘INS Kohassa’ at Diglipur

Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will commission the new Naval Air Base ‘INS Kohassa’ at Diglipur in Andaman and Nicobar Islands today. Our correspondent reports that once commissioned, the airbase will be used to handle operations of helicopters and small aircraft like the Dornier.

The new airbase in the northernmost part of the Andaman Nicobar Islands will be used for both Defence and civil aircraft. Earlier, Naval Air Station at Shibpur was manned by utilizing the manpower from INS Utkrosh.

Now, the airbase will function as an independent unit. With the inauguration of INS Kohassa, Andaman and Nicobar Command will further strengthen its defence capabilities in the region.

Kamala Harris raises over 1 Million USD within 24 hrs of her presidential bid announcement

In the United States, Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin Senator, has raised a whopping more than 1 million US Dollar funds within 24 hours after announcing her Presidential bid for 2020.

According to local media reports, 38,000 donors gave 1.5 million dollars to Ms Harris for her campaign. She also raised more than 110,000 dollars from merchandise.

On Monday, 54-year old Harris officially launched her campaign to take on President Donald Trump on Monday, saying she was honoured to announce her bid on a day when Americans celebrated Martin Luther King Jr who sought inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to visit India on 25-26 January

President of South Africa  Cyril Ramaphosa will visit India on 25-26 this month as a State Guest of Honour for Republic Day 2019. President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by the First Lady Dr. Tshepo Motsepe, and a high level delegation including nine Ministers, senior officials of his Government and a 50-member business delegation. In a release, the External Affairs Ministry said, this is the first visit to India by President Ramaphosa as Head of State. He is the second President of South Africa after President Nelson Mandela to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day. President Ramaphosa will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan on the 25th.

President Ram Nath Kovind will host a State Banquet in honour of the visiting President the same evening. President Ramaphosa along with Prime Minister Modi will address the India-South Africa Business Forum on the 25 January with the objective to grow business ties between the two countries. He will also deliver the Gandhi-Mandela Freedom Lecture organized by Indian Council of World Affairs under IBSA framework as a part of the celebrations of the 15th Anniversary of IBSA.

The visit is expected to further strengthen and enhance the close relationship between India and South Africa. 

Gujarat giving benefit of 10 percent reservations to economically  weaker
Gujarat cabinet has decided to follow only criteria of income for giving benefit of 10 percent reservations to economically  weaker sections in General category. Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel announced this in Gadhinagar yesterday.  He said that other criteria such as size of plot, house, farm land will not be effective in Gujarat so far as state government jobs and state educational institutes are concerned.
Railways fresh recruitment of two lakh 30 thousand job

The Railways will initiate fresh recruitment of two lakh 30 thousand more employees in the next two years. The vacancies are proposed to be filled in two phases. The first phase of one lakh 31 thousand 328 posts will be initiated in February to March this year, while the second phase of recruitment of 99 thousand personnel against the vacancies arising out of retirements will be initiated after the first phase recruitment is completed.  Recruitment for one lakh, 51 thousand and 548 posts is already going on. Briefing reporters in New Delhi yesterday, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said, 10 per cent of the vacancies will be filled in from Economically Weaker Sections. He said, the current reservation to SC/ST, OBC and the Differently abled will continue in the Railway as usual.

National Girl Child Day

National Girl Child Day is being observed today. The theme this year is 'Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow'. The Women and Child Development Ministry has organised an event in Delhi to observe the anniversary of 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' scheme. Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi will felicitate Principal Secretaries and Commissioners of five states for their contribution. Our correspondent reports that District Magistrates and Deputy Commissioners of 25 districts covering 21 states and Union Territories will also be felicitated for their exemplary works.

"Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22nd of January  2015 at Panipat in Haryana. Seeing the good progress and improving trend of sex ratio at birth in 161 implementing districts, Mr Modi launched the all India expansion of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao covering all 640 districts last year. The scheme is a central sector scheme with 100 percent financial assistance for district level component and the funds are directly released to the DC and DM's account. It is a comprehensive programme to address the declining child sex ratio and related issues of empowerment of women. With DiwakEr, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi  inaugurated the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh today. Speaking on the occasion Prime Minister Narendra Modi  said that the NRIs can play a great role in start up, stand up, and defence manufacturing sector while working for the development of India.   He said the government has taken a new step in Passport seva service recently and is planning to provide E Visa also. He also said the Government is going to start Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojna. He said that government will help NRIs in every possible manner.
Earlier, addressing the gathering, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that India’s image as a powerful country improved leaps and bounds due to the  leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mrs  Swaraj remembered former Prime Minister  Atal Bihari Vajpayee  for starting  Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
The chief guest at the convention, Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth started his speech in Hindi. He said that the convention is the most precious gathering of India diaspora.
Minister of State for  External Affairs, Dr. V K Singh, Uttar Pradesh  Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Chief Ministers  of Uttarakhand  and Haryana are also present.