Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for creation of Asia-Africa growth corridor for development of Africa; Praises African nations for their response to solar alliance initiative.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for creation of an Asia-Africa growth corridor for the development of Africa. Mr Modi said this while inaugurating the 52nd Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank at Gandhinagar in Gujarat today. He said, India is working with the United Nations and Japan to support development in Africa.
“I gladly recall my detailed conversation with Prime Minister Abe during my visit to Tokyo. In our joint declaration, we mentioned an Asia Africa Growth Corridor and proposed further conversations with our brothers and sisters from Africa. Indian and Japanese research institutions have come up with a Vision Document.”
The Prime Minister also praised African countries for their response to the solar alliance initiative that was taken during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.
“India is the fifth largest country investing in the continent, with investments over the past twenty years amounting to fifty-four billion dollars, creating jobs for Africans. We are encouraged by the response of African countries to the International Solar Alliance initiative, which was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in November 2015.”
Mr Modi said, India must be an engine of growth and an example of climate friendly development in the years to come. The Prime Minister said that after assuming office in 2014, he made Africa a top priority for India’s foreign and economic policy.
The meeting of the African Development Bank is a five-day event that will witness about 3,000 delegates from 81 member countries.
Government says, Indian IT sector employment prospects in near and long-term are positive and encouraging.
The Government has said, Indian IT sector employment prospects in near and long-term are positive and encouraging. In a release today, the Ministry of Electronics and IT said, Indian IT companies currently serve two-thirds of the fortune 500 companies and have created 40 lakh direct jobs in India. The Ministry apart from its own feedback, has taken note of projections by NASSCOM. The principal industry body has confirmed that the industry continues to be a net hirer and 2.5 to 3 million new jobs will be created by 2025. The IT industry added six lakh jobs in last three years and boasts of a total employee base of 3.9 million today.
India become the second largest producer of stainless steel in the world.
Steel Minister Birender Singh said India has registered a 102 percent growth in steel exports in 2016-2017. Addressing a press conference on the 3-year achievements of his ministry in New Delhi today, Mr Singh said, the country has become net exporter of steel, with 8.2 million tonnes of exports in 2016-2017.
“We have become the second largest producer of stainless steel in the world, leaving behind Japan. Besides, we have gained third spot in steel production, leaving behind America. We are moving fast to reach the 2nd position.”
The Minister said, the government led by Prime Minster Narendra Modi gave its approval for National Steel Policy this month, after a gap of 12 years. Mr Singh said, GST will give a big boost to steel industry.
Welfare measures for tribals.
The Government has taken several measures for the welfare of tribals in the country.
Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram said, around 55 lakh hectares of land have been alloted to tribals under the Forest Rights Act. He said, the Ministry has also taken steps like vocational training and skill development schemes to check the migration of tribals. Mr. Oram said his ministry is also creating awareness against naxalism and people are getting disillusioned from it in the affected areas.
NHA on Bharat mala Pariyojana.
In Odisha, the National Highway Authority of India, NHAI has taken up an ambitious project of a coastal highway under the Bharat mala Pariyojana. This will be a road running parallel to the Bay of Bengal at a distance of two to five kilo meter. It will include places such as Gopalpur, Chilka, Satapada, Puri, Konark, Paradip, Dhamra and Chandipur.
In the last three years, the National Highway Authority of India has executed seven projects at a cost of 6667 crore in Odisha. Most important among them is the coastal highway under the Bharat Mala Pariyojana. The Chief manager of NHAI Odisha Circle Dharmendra Sarangi says:
This national highway when materialised, will be big a boon for Odisha as it will connect the entire coastal region. These are the major projects NHAI has proposed to take up in Odisha which will change the infrastructure of the State.
There is a total 4847 Kilometers length of National Highway in Odisha. Out of which 1912 kilometer length of national highway is entrusted with the NHAI.
Delhi High Court directs CBSE to continue with its grace marks policy to class 12 students for difficult questions.
In a major relief to students who have just taken Class 12 examinations, the Delhi High Court directed the CBSE to follow its ‘moderation policy’ of giving grace marks to students for difficult questions. The court, yesterday, asked the Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE, to continue with the policy which was in place when the examination forms were submitted last year. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Pratibha M Singh passed the interim order on a PIL filed by a parent and a lawyer. They contended that the policy should not be done away with this year, as decided by some states, since it would affect the students of Class 12, particularly those who have applied for admissions abroad. The petition had said that the policy was changed by way of a notification by the CBSE after the exams for the year were held and hence would have a drastic impact on the students. The Court also asked the Board why it cannot implement the change in policy from next year as the results of the 2016-17 exams are expected to be announced in a few days.
Courtesy of – All India Radio