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‘Udyog Manthan’ organised to deliberate on ways to enhance productivity, quality in major sectors of Indian industry

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New Delhi [India], February 12 (ANI): The 8-week long ‘Udyog Manthan’ organised by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is deliberating on ways to enhance productivity and quality in major sectors of Indian industry, said an official on Thursday.
“Under Udyog Manthan, we are discussing issues of productivity and quality in major sectors of Indian industry. We have come half-way and hope to have a good set of recommendations to improve productivity and quality in Indian industry,” Vandana Kumar, Joint Secretary, DPIIT told ANI.
She said it is the first of its kind industrial brainstorming exercise.
“DPIIT under Ministry of Commerce and Industry is organising 8-week long ‘Udyog Manthan’, the first of its kind industrial brainstorming exercise under which a series of webinars are being conducted covering 45 diverse sectors. We have industry experts in these conversations. We have international best practices being discussed. There will be immense learning from these webinars,” she said.
Kumar said that to become “self-reliant India”, “we have to increase the competitiveness among our Indian industries. We need to focus on productivity and quality.”
Dr Ravi Prakash Singh, secretary-general of Quality Council of India (QCI) said, “The conclave is going on and we are discussing with industries player about how to improve productivity and quality in major sectors of Indian industry. We are discussing ways to promote vocal for local and self-reliant India.”
DPIIT in association with QCI, National Productivity Council (NPC), Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Industry Chambers is organising Udyog Manthan – a marathon of webinars covering 45 sectors focused on quality and productivity in all major sectors of manufacturing and services.
It started on January 4, 2021 and will conclude on March 2, 2021.
During last four weeks, 18 webinars on various manufacturing and service sectors including Toys, Leather, Furniture, Chemicals, Tourism, Drone, Financial Services have been organized where 175 speakers, 1800 participants on WebEx and 7000+ over other social media platforms participated, said Ministry of Commerce and Industry in a release date February 3.
During the next few weeks, Udyog Manthan will cover various sectors including pharma, medical devices, closed-circuit camera, Electronics System Design and manufacturing, new and renewable energy, robotics, aerospace and defence, quality in government processes which will shine a guiding light towards realizing the vision of AatmaNirbhar Bharat, it said. (ANI)

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DRDO successfully proves land-based prototype of AIP system, Rajnath congratulates

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New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) after it successfully proved the land-based prototype of the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system.
“Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, Indian Navy and the Industry for this significant achievement,” tweeted the official handle of Raksha Mantri.
“DRDO successfully proved the land-based prototype of the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system on March 8. The plant was operated in endurance mode and max power mode as per the user requirements. AIP system is being developed by Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) DRDO,” tweeted DRDO.
“AIP has a force multiplier effect on the lethality of a diesel-electric submarine as it enhances the submerged endurance of the boat, several folds. Fuel cell-based AIP has merits in performance compared to other technologies,” informed DRDO. (ANI)

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Fadnavis demands arrest of police officer involved in Antilla bomb scare probe

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 9 (ANI): Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday demanded the arrest of Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze for his alleged involvement in the death of Mansukh Hiren, the man who owned the vehicle that triggered a scare outside Reliance group chairman Mukesh Ambani’s residence.
Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze is currently serving in the Crime Intelligence Unit and was the Investigative Officer in the Antilia bomb case at the beginning of the probe, before he was replaced by an ACP-level officer.
While speaking in the Maharashtra Assembly, Fadnavis asked, “Why he is not being arrested yet? if not under 302 (murder) why not under Section 201 of IPC (destroying evidence) at least for now? Who is defending him?”
He also read out the statement of Hiren’s wife in the House – “I suspect Police officer Sachin Vaze has killed my husband,” and made several allegations against Vaze while reading out the statement.
“The Scorpio car of Mansukh Hiren was with Sachin Vaze for four months from November last year to February 2, 2021. Sachin Vaze took statements from Mansukh from February 26 to 28. Mansukh told his wife on March 3 that Sachin Vaze has asked him to get arrested, and Vaze assured bail in two to three days, but Hiren refused the suggestion,” he said while reading out the wife’s statements.
He further alleged that Mansukh had written a complaint to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and against the police and media for harassment, and the complaint had been prepared by Vaze, alleges Fadnavis quoting Hiren’s wife.
Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze is currently serving in the Crime Intelligence Unit and was the Investigative Officer in the Antilia bomb case at the beginning of the probe.
A car carrying unassembled explosive materials was found abandoned at Carmichael Road in South Mumbai on February 25, near the house of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani.
The owner of the vehicle, Mansukh Hiren, was found dead in a creek in the Thane district on Friday. Now, ATS Maharashtra is investigating this case as a murder case.
Soon after, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) received orders from the Ministry of Home Affairs to probe the case.
The Leader of Opposition also demanded a reply from Home Minister. There were at least 3 adjournments due to uproar in the House since Mansukh Hiren’s death issue. (ANI)

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Delhi budget: We aim for ‘Singapore-level’ per capita income by 2047, says Sisodia

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New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday presented a budget worth Rs 69,000 crore for the financial year 2021-22 and said that the Aam Aadmi Party-led government aims to increase the per capita income of the national capital to Singapore’s level by 2047.
“We are aiming towards making Delhi’s per capita income equivalent to Singapore’s per capita income by 2047. A growth of 16% in the income would be required to successfully achieve this goal. It will be difficult but we will work towards making it a success,” said Sisodia during his budget address.
The Delhi government has allocated Rs 50 crores in this year’s budget to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to the people of the national capital.
“COVID-19 vaccines will be available free of cost for people of Delhi in government hospitals in the union territory. We have allotted Rs 50 crores in the budget for the same,” said Sisodia.
He also said that the number of COVID-19 vaccinations will soon be increased from 45,000 to 60,000 per day.
The Deputy Chief Minister also announced that Delhi will have its first Sainik School alongside Delhi Armed Forces Preparatory Academy where students will be acquainted with the NDA coaching besides regular studies.
“Today I present this ‘Deshbhakti Budget’ in view of the Centre’s celebrations of India’s 75 years of independence. This budget will focus on India’s 75 as well as 100 years of independence,” said Sisodia while presenting the budget.
The budget session of the Delhi assembly is scheduled to continue till March 16.
The nationwide vaccination drive was rolled out in the country on January 16 and vaccination of the frontline workers started on February 2. The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination started on March 1 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions. (ANI)

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Centre releases 19th instalment of Rs 2,104 crore to states to meet GST compensation shortfall

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New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): The Department of Expenditure under the Ministry of Finance has released the 19th weekly instalment of Rs 2,104 crore to the states on Tuesday to meet the Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation shortfall.
“Till now, 96 per cent of the total estimated GST compensation shortfall has been released to the states and Union Territories (UTs) with Legislative Assembly. Out of this, an amount of Rs 97,242.03 crore has been released to the states and an amount of Rs 8,861.97 crore has been released to the three UTs with the Legislative Assembly,” read the press release by the Ministry of Finance.
The government had set up a special borrowing window in October 2020 to meet the estimated shortfall of Rs 1.10 lakh crore in revenue arising on account of implementation of GST. The borrowings are being done through this window by the Government of India on behalf of the states and UTs. 19 rounds of borrowings have been completed so far starting from October 23, 2020.
The amount released this week was the 19th instalment of such funds provided to the states. The amount has been borrowed this week at an interest rate of 5.8594 per cent. So far, an amount of Rs 1,06,104 crore has been borrowed by the central government through the special borrowing window at a weighted average interest rate of 4.8842 per cent.
In addition to providing funds through the special borrowing window to meet the shortfall in revenue on account of GST implementation, the Government of India has also granted additional borrowing permission equivalent to 0.50 per cent of Gross States Domestic Product (GSDP) to the states choosing Option-I to meet GST compensation shortfall to help them in mobilising additional financial resources.
All the states have given their preference for Option-I. Permission for borrowing the entire additional amount of Rs 1,06,830 crore (0.50 per cent of GSDP) has been granted to 28 states under this provision. (ANI)

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ACB raids offices, residences of nine officials across Karnataka in DA case

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Mysore (Karnataka) [India], March 9 (ANI): The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials on Tuesday raided residences and offices of nine officials in connection with a disproportionate assets case at 28 places in 11 districts across Karnataka.
“A team of 52 officers and 172 staff of Anti-Corruption Bureau today conducted raids and search related to disproportionate assets against nine officers at 28 places in 11 districts,” informed the Karnataka unit of the ACB.
According to ACB, cash, jewellery, expensive watches and gold utensils were recovered during the raid at CESCom Superintendent Engineer KM Munigopal Raju’s house in Mysore. (ANI)

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COVID-19: Odisha govt restrict congregation, melas on occasion of Maha Shivaratri

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], March 9 (ANI): Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Odisha government on Tuesday restricted any kind of congregation on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri on March 11.
In a letter to Collectors and Municipal Commissioners, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has directed them to restrict congregations, gatherings to such number as may be felt appropriate in view of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation considering local situations, circulation space availing within temples and its premises to enter strictly adhering to the Covid-19 safety protocols.
“Mela and congregations outside or within the temple premises may also be reasonably restricted so as to avoid mass gatherings and crowding,” the guideline stated.
The guideline further stated that the social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural and religious functions and other gatherings shall be allowed with a ceiling of 500 persons subject to strict adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocols.
Moreover, the State government has also directed Collectors and Municipal Commissioners to take stringent action against persons under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and other relevant laws. (ANI)

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