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राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग उत्कृष्टता पुरस्कार : विश्व स्तरीय सड़क बुनियादी ढांचा को बेहतरीन करने की दिशा में बड़ा कदम

देश की प्रगति में अच्छी सड़कों का महत्वपूर्ण योगदान होता है। ऐसे में बेहतर और सुदृढ़ सड़कों का जाल देश की अर्थव्यवस्था के साथ-साथ परिचालन क्षमता को भी मजबूत करता है। इसलिए विकास के रास्ते पर अग्रसर भारत में तेजी से बन रहे सड़कों की क्वालिटी और उनके रखरखाव का समुचित ध्यान रखना भी एक अहम मुद्दा है। इसी बात को ध्यान में रखते हुए सड़क परिवहन और राजमार्ग मंत्रालय सड़कों की क्वालिटी को लेकर और अधिक ध्यान देने के लिए राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर सड़क निर्माण में बेहतर काम करने वाली कंपनियों को सम्मानित कर रहा है। मंत्रालय द्वारा विशेष रूप से इसके लिए राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग उत्कृष्टता पुरस्कार की शुरुआत की गई है।

कब हुई शुरुआत?

देश में सड़क बुनियादी ढांचे को मजबूत बनाने और उसमें विस्तार करने के उद्देश्य से सड़क परिवहन और राजमार्ग मंत्रालय हमेशा नए-नए कदम उठाता रहता है। मंत्रालय ने राजमार्ग निर्माण और रखरखाव प्रक्रिया को प्रोत्साहित करने और उनमें रखरखाव के प्रति स्वास्थ्य कॉम्पिटिशन के लिए वर्ष 2018 में ‘राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग उत्कृष्टता पुरस्कार’ (NHEA) की शुरुआत की थी। इसका उद्देश्य देश में सबसे अच्छा प्रदर्शन करने वाली सड़क एसेट्स और टोल प्लाजाओं के लिए कंपनियों की पहचान करना और उन्हें पुरस्कार देना है। इस पहल से मंत्रालय इनोवेटिव निर्माण प्रक्रियाओं को अपनाए हुए प्रतिदिन विश्व स्तरीय सड़क बुनियादी ढांचा, राजमार्गों, टोल प्लाजा, एक्सप्रेस-वे, पुलों, सुरंगों के निर्माण में और तेजी लाने के लिए प्रयासरत है।

अलग-अलग श्रेणियों में पुरस्कार

ये पुरस्कार कई श्रेणियों में डिजाइन किए गए हैं। यह उन दिग्गजों की पहचान करते हैं जिन्होंने अपने कार्यों में निर्माण और परिचालन दिशा-निर्देशों का उचित पालन किया है और गुणवत्ता, सुरक्षा मानकों का सही तरीके से ध्यान रखते हैं। इसमें इनोवेशन और स्थाई प्रक्रियाओं को भी शामिल किया गया है। मंत्रालय द्वारा इस उद्देश्य को पूरा करने के लिए विस्तृत इवैल्यूएशन प्रक्रिया विकसित की गई हैं। अलग-अलग श्रेणियों में दिए जा रहे पुरस्कारों का उद्देश्य सड़क निर्माण, रखरखाव, इनोवेशन, हरियाली, राजमार्ग विकास के टोलिंग स्टेप्स के साथ-साथ सड़क सुरक्षा के क्षेत्र में बेहतरीन प्रदर्शन करने वाली और अच्‍छी गुणवत्ता प्रदान करने वाली कंपनियों को मान्यता देना है।

2021 के लिए दो नई श्रेणियां

चौथे पुरस्कार के लिए दो नई श्रेणियों- पुल निर्माण और सुरंग निर्माण की भी शुरुआत की गई है जिसमें पूरे देश में सबसे अच्छा प्रदर्शन करने वाली सड़क संपत्तियों और टोल प्लाजाओं के लिए कंपनियों/हितधारकों को केंद्रीय मंत्री नितिन गडकरी की उपस्थिति में पुरस्कार प्रदान किए जाएंगे। वर्ष 2021 पुरस्कार के लिए विभिन्न श्रेणियां इस प्रकार हैं:

परियोजना प्रबंधन: इसमें परियोजना के समय पर उपलब्धि, संतुलित बजट और गुणवत्ता मानकों से कोई समझौता न करते हुए सभी लक्ष्यों के पूरा करने पर ध्यान दिया जाता है।

राजमार्ग सुरक्षा: इसमें परियोजना के समय सड़क दुर्घटनाओं को कम करने और आपातकालीन सेवाओं उपलब्धता के लिए किए गए प्रयासों पर ध्यान केंद्रित किया जाता है।

परिचालन और रखरखाव: इसमें मरम्मत कार्यों का तेजी से और सुचारू रूप से निपटारा और रास्ते के फुटपाथ के सही तरीके से निर्माण को मान्यता दी जाती है।

टोल प्रबंधन: टोल पर यातायात और सेवाओं के कुशल प्रबंधन पर ध्यान दिया जाता है।

इनोवेशन: इसमें नई निर्माण तकनीक और डिजाइन को तैयार करने में महत्वपूर्ण उपलब्धि पर ध्यान दिया जाता है।

हरित राजमार्ग: इसमें प्राकृतिक पर्यावरण की रक्षा के लिए अपनाए गए प्रयासों पर ध्यान दिया जाता है।

चुनौतीपूर्ण स्थिति में उत्कृष्ट कार्य: इसमें चुनौतीपूर्ण माहौल में काम करने वाले छूटग्राही/ठेकेदार के प्रयासों को मान्यता दी जाती है।

पुल निर्माण: इसमें इस बात को महत्व दिया जाता है कि क्या गुणवत्ता, सुरक्षा वृद्धि, कम लागत और समय पर काम के लिए किसी प्रकार के विशेष उपाय किए गए हैं।

सुरंग निर्माण: इसमें उन परियोजनाओं पर ध्यान केंद्रित किया जाता है जिनके निर्माण में ऐसी विशिष्ट तकनीकी अपनाई गई है जिससे परियोजना की गुणवत्ता और सुरक्षा में वृद्धि हुई हो।

कंपनियां पुरस्कार श्रेणी के लिए विशिष्ट परियोजना जानकारी और दस्तावेज अपलोड करके एक ऑनलाइन पोर्टल https://bhoomirashi.gov.in/awards पर स्‍वयं को नामांकित करती हैं। नामांकन से प्राप्त आवेदनों के परियोजनाओं की समीक्षा और विस्तृत विचार-विमर्श के बाद विजेताओं का चयन किया जाता है।
Performance Grading Index for Districts Released! Rajasthan tops the list followed by Punjab


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development of any nation depends on how the education system of that country is evolving! With the view to assess the performance of school education systems at the District level, the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSE&L), the Ministry of Education has created an index for comprehensive analysis. Recently, the ministry has released the Performance Grading Index for Districts (PGI-D) for the year 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Findings:

The PGI-D report graded 725 districts in 2018-19 edition and 733 districts in 2-19-20. The report showed that 33 States and UTs have improved their PGI score in 2019-20 compared to the previous year with Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Punjab and Arunachal Pradesh have improved their score by more than 20%. Rajasthan leads the way in performance in school education. Three districts namely Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Jaipur from Rajasthan achieved the second grade, while the number of districts in the third Uttam grade rose from 49 to 86 during 2018-29 and 2019-20. The only two states, namely Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have scored less than 2018-19. The top 5 achievers in PGI 2019-20 includes Punjab, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Kerala.

As per the report, none of the districts attained highest grade ‘Daksh’ in both 2019-20 and 2018-19 indicating that there is scope for the districts to further improve their performance in future years.

Understanding the need for the Performing Grading Index

The Education System in India is touted as one of the largest in the world with about 15 lakh schools, 97 lakh teachers, and nearly 26 crore students from varied socio-economic backgrounds. The Performance Grading Index (PGI) report was released for the reference years 2017-18 to 2019-20. Based on the success of State PGI, 83-indicator-based PGI for District (PGI-D) has been designed to grade the performance of all districts in school education. This grading system is expected to help the state education departments to understand and identify the gaps at the district level and further, improve their performance in a decentralized manner. The index is also responsible for indicating the areas (score-wise) where a district needs to improve.

What is the PGI-D Structure & how does grading work?

The PGI-D structure comprises of tidal weightage of 600 points across 83 indicators, which are grouped under 6 categories:
– Outcomes

– Effective Classroom Transaction

– Infrastructure Facilities & Student’s Entitlements

– School Safety

– Child Protection

– Digital Learning & Governance Process

These categories are further divided into 12 domains – Learning Outcomes and Quality (LO), Access Outcomes (AO), Teacher Availability and Professional Development Outcomes (TAPDO), Learning Management (LM), Learning Enrichment Activities (LEA), Infrastructure, Facilities, Student Entitlements (IF&SE), School Safety and Child Protection (SS&CP), Digital Learning (DL), Funds convergence and utilization (FCV), Enhancing CRCs Performance (CRCP), Attendance Monitoring Systems (AMS) and School Leadership Development (SLD).

PGI-D grades the districts into ten grades – Daksh is the Highest achievable Grade, which is for Districts scoring more than 90% of the total points in that category or overall. The lowest grade in PGI-D is called Akanshi-3 which is for scores upto10% of the total points.Ultimate objective of PGI-D is to help the districts to prioritize areas for intervention in school education and thus improve to reach the highest grade.
G7 में दिखी पीएम मोदी की अपने सहयोगियों के साथ रिश्तों की नई केमेस्ट्री

जर्मनी में आयोजित ‘G7 शिखर सम्मेलन’ से पहले पीएम मोदी की विश्व के चोटी के नेताओं के साथ संबंधों की एक अलग केमेस्ट्री देखने को मिली। जी हां, एक ग्रुप फोटो में अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति जो बाइडेन और कनाडा के प्रधानमंत्री जस्टिन ट्रूडो के साथ संबंधों की गर्मजोशी सामने आई है। वहीं फ्रांस के राष्ट्रपति इमैनुएल मैक्रों के साथ बहुत देर तक गुफ्तगू भी हुई।

भव्य स्वागत से हुई शुरुआत

गौरतलब है जहां एक ओर जी 7 सम्मेलन में पीएम मोदी के रिश्तों की नई केमेस्ट्री दिखाई दी तो वहीं सम्मेलन की शुरुआत में पीएम मोदी के भव्य स्वागत को लेकर भी खबरें सामने आईं। एयरपोर्ट पर पीएम मोदी के स्वागत में बैंड द्वारा प्रस्तुती के साथ जोरदार स्वागत की विशेष व्यवस्था की गई।

ये नजारे बने नई केमेस्ट्री के गवाह

जी7 शिखर सम्मेलन में कुछ इस तरह के नजारे भी देखने को मिले जिसमें दुनिया के सात सबसे अमीर देशों के राष्ट्रअध्यक्ष पीएम मोदी से मिलने के लिए आतुर थे। ये नजारे ही पीएम मोदी की रिश्तों की नई केमेस्ट्री को बयां करते हैं।
दरअसल, हुआ यूं कि एक ग्रुप फोटो के दौरान पीएम मोदी कनाडा के प्रधानमंत्री जस्टिन ट्रूडो से बात कर रहे थे, इसी बीच अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति जो बाइडेन का खुद चलकर पीएम मोदी के पास आना और पीएम मोदी के कंधे पर हाथ रखकर उनसे हाथ मिलाना उनकी केमेस्ट्री का बड़ा सबूत पेश करता है। इसका वीडियो भी सोशल मीडिया पर खूब वायरल हो रहा है। बता दें, जापान में क्वाड शिखर सम्मेलन में मुलाकात के बाद पीएम मोदी और बाइडेन के बीच यह पहली मुलाकात थी।

विश्व में बढ़ी भारत की चमक-दमक

केवल इतना ही नहीं विश्व के कई अन्य नेता जो इस सम्मेलन में शामिल हुए और फ्रांस के राष्ट्रपति इमैनुएल मैक्रों के साथ भी उनकी यही केमेस्ट्री नजर आई। ये सिर्फ तस्वीरें ही नहीं बल्कि इस बात का भी प्रतीक है कि पीएम मोदी के नेतृत्व में भारत की चमक और दमक बढ़ी है। ऐसे में संदेश इस बात का भी मिला है कि भारत की सक्रिय भागीदारी से ही मौजूदा समस्याओं का समाधान निकाला जा सकता है।

जी7 मंच पर भारत को लगातार आमंत्रित करना दर्शाता है देश का बढ़ता कद

दुनिया के सबसे महत्वपूर्ण मंच के रूप में जी7 की गिनती होती है। ऐसे में जी7 के मंच पर भारत को लगातार आमंत्रित करना भारत के बढ़ते हुए कद को दर्शाता है। जी7 समूह दुनिया के सात सबसे अमीर देशों का समूह है। इस समूह में ब्रिटेन, कनाडा, फ्रांस, जर्मनी, इटली, जापान और अमेरिका शामिल है। बता दें कि भारत के अलावा जी7 शिखर सम्मेलन के मेजबान जर्मनी ने इस बार अर्जेंटीना, इंडोनेशिया, सेनेगल और दक्षिण अफ्रीका को अतिथि के रूप में आमंत्रित किया था।

ज्ञात हो, पीएम मोदी ने तीसरी बार जी7 शिखर सम्मेलन में भारत का प्रतिनिधित्व किया जो बेहद सफल साबित हुआ है। इससे पहले पीएम मोदी साल 2019 और साल 2021 में जी7 में आमंत्रित सदस्य के रूप में शिरकत कर चुके हैं। वहीं 2020 के सम्मेलन में भी भारत को जी7 में आमंत्रित किया गया था लेकिन कोविड महामारी के चलते 2020 में वह सम्मेलन नहीं हो पाया था।

पीएम मोदी ने जी7 नेताओं को दिए विशेष उपहार

पीएम मोदी ने जी7 के नेताओं को विशेष उपहार भी दिए। इनमें जापान के पीएम फुमियो किशिदा को निजामाबाद, यूपी से काले मिट्टी के बर्तन उपहार में दिए। बता दें, मिट्टी के बर्तन काले रंगों को बाहर निकालने के लिए एक विशेष तकनीक का उपयोग करते हैं- जबकि मिट्टी के बर्तन अंदर से ओवन होते हैं, यह सुनिश्चित किया जाता है कि ओवन में ऑक्सीजन के प्रवेश की कोई गुंजाइश न हो और गर्मी का स्तर उच्च बना रहे।

वहीं पीएम मोदी ने अर्जेंटीना के राष्ट्रपति अल्बर्टो फर्नांडीज को नंदी थीम वाली डोकरा कला भेंट की। इसके अलावा उन्होंने दक्षिण अफ्रीका के राष्ट्रपति सिरिल रामाफोसा को रामायण थीम के साथ डोकरा कला उपहार में दी।

पीएम मोदी ने अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति जो बाइडेन को गुलाबी मीनाकारी ब्रोच और कफलिंक सेट उपहार में दिया। वहीं फ्रांस के राष्ट्रपति इमैनुएल मैक्रों को जरदोजी बॉक्स में इत्र की बोतलें गिफ्ट कीं।
जर्मनी का दौरा खत्म कर अपनी यात्रा के अगले पड़ाव पर पीएम मोदी

बताना चाहेंगे कि पीएम मोदी 26-27 जून तक जर्मन प्रेसीडेंसी के तहत G7 शिखर सम्मेलन में भाग लेने के लिए जर्मनी के दौरे पर थे। उनका जर्मनी का सफल दौरा पूरा हो गया है जिसके पश्चात मंगलवार 28 जून को वे अपनी यात्रा के अगले पड़ाव संयुक्त अरब अमीरात (यूएई) के लिए रवाना हुए। पीएम मोदी संयुक्त अरब अमीरात के शासक शेख खलीफा बिन जायद अल नाहयान के निधन पर व्यक्तिगत संवेदना व्यक्त करेंगे। पीएम मोदी शेख मोहम्मद बिन जायद अल नाहयान को यूएई के नए राष्ट्रपति और अबू धाबी के नए राष्ट्रपति चुने जाने पर बधाई भी देंगे। इसके पश्चात पीएम मोदी इसी रात यानि 28 जून को यूएई से स्वदेश के लिए रवाना होंगे।
Union Agriculture Minister NS Tomar inaugurates Honey Testing Lab in Nagaland

In a significant step towards strengthening the Northeast, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated a Honey Testing Lab in Nagaland.

“The Northeast Region cannot be overlooked when it comes to all-round development. Therefore, through the schemes-programmes, funding and institutions of the government, it is our constant endeavour that the northeastern region should not depend on anyone, but should stand on its own feet and be able to contribute its fullest to the country’s development,” the Minister stated.

The Honey Testing Lab in Nagaland will help beekeepers and processors for testing the honey produced.

Sweet Revolutions reaches Northeast

The Honey Mission programme was launched by Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC), under the Ministry of MSME, during 2017-18 and is being implemented to promote Bee Keeping activities and provide self-sustaining employment opportunities among farmers, Adivasis and unemployed youth in rural India, especially in economically backward and remote areas.

The mission was announced as part of the AtmaNirbhar Bharat scheme. NBHM aims for the overall promotion & development of scientific beekeeping in the country to achieve the goal of ‘Sweet Revolution’ which is being implemented through the National Bee Board (NBB).

Last year, on the occasion of World Bee Day the Agriculture minister stated that the production of honey is increasing in the country and its export is also going up therefore efforts are also being made for good quality honey.

Organic honey produced in India has attracted the global market which can prove to be beneficial in the creation of employment and increasing the income of farmers. The northeast region with its abundant floral resources has been deemed an ideal geographic area for the promotion of the apiculture market.

India’s Organic Honey has major demand abroad

India exported about 60,000 MT of natural honey worth Rs Rs. 716 crore (US $ 96.77 million) during 2020-21 with the United States, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Bangladesh and Qatar being the major export destinations. Moreover, India ranks 8th and 9th in the world in honey producing and exporting countries respectively.

As per a piece published by Niti Ayog, The apiculture market is estimated to register a CAGR of 4.3% during the period 2020–25, with Asia–Pacific as the dominant producer. As per a report by IMARC, the Indian apiculture market size is expected to reach a value of Rs 33,128 million by 2024, expanding at a CAGR of nearly 12% by 2024. India is the sixth major natural honey exporting country.

With such possibility of rising demand abroad, Indian states, especially the north-eastern regions, can become significant players to benefit from the furthering of the Sweet Revolution for income & employment generation for farm and non-farm households.
National Statistics Day 2022: Data for Sustainable Development

‘Statistics’, derived from the Latin word “status” means “political state” or “government.” Centuries ago, the word statistics was used to refer to kings needing information about the land, agriculture, population, and their military. Statistics play a significant role in analysis and decision-making. Today, statistics is not just limited to the economy but is used in all other spheres of life including health, hospitality, sports, weather, population, and more.

National Statistics Day, 2022

The major objective behind celebrating Statistics Day is the creation of public awareness, especially among the younger generation, on the role and importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation for the development of the country. Moreover, the Day celebrates the birth anniversary of late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, in recognition of his valuable contribution to the field of Economic Planning and Statistics.

In recognition of Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis’s notable contributions in the fields of statistics, statistical systems, and economic planning, the Government of India in 2007, designated June 29 as the “Statistics Day” in the category of Special Days to be celebrated every year at the National level. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Data for Sustainable Development’. This year, Statistics Day is also being celebrated as a part of a week-long celebration in the Ministry, from June 27 to July 3, in commemoration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM), an initiative of the Government.

Data for Sustainable Development

Data is the basis of decision-making. In present times, analysis of data is of utmost importance to conclude at a point. However, in current times, there is also a need for sustainable development to maintain a balance between all the factors of life. This requires data analysis to predict and make proper decisions. New sources of data – such as satellite data -, new technologies, and new analytical approaches, if applied responsibly, can enable more agile, efficient, and evidence-based decision-making and can better measure progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a way that is both inclusive and fair.

Further, these would also assist in gaining real-time insights into people’s well-being and targeting aid interventions to vulnerable groups. The theme for the celebration would follow intensive and focused discussions towards filling the data gaps and improvement in data collection, processing, and dissemination.

About Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, who was called ‘PCM’ by his colleagues, was a noted Indian scientist and applied statistician. He introduced the Mahalanobis distance, a statistical measure, and random sampling. He was also one of the members of the first Planning Commission of India and played a key role in shaping the first 5-year plan.

Prof. Mahalanobis was instrumental in designing the way surveys are conducted today. He introduced the concept of pilot surveys and advocated the importance of sampling methods. Prof. Mahalanobis also introduced a method for the estimation of crop yields using statistical sampling. The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) at Kolkata, set up by Prof. Mahalanobis in 1931, and was declared an autonomous “Institute of National Importance” through an act of Parliament in 1959, also celebrates June 29 as the “Worker Day”.
India-Malaysia’s cementing defence ties

Bilateral, regional and defence industrial cooperation were the main focus of the meeting held between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with Senior Defence Minister of Malaysia, YB Dato ‘Seri HishammuddinTun Hussein via video conferencing.

The Defence Ministers of both the nations discussed widening of existing defence cooperation activities and framework. They further deliberated ways to enhance the existing Malaysia India Defence Cooperation Meeting (MIDCOM) framework.

It is noteworthy that the next MIDCOM is scheduled to be held in July 2022, which will pave the way for a deeper engagement in the defence domain between both the countries.

“Defence Minister Rajnath congratulated Dato ‘Seri HishammuddinTun Hussein for assuming the office of the Senior Defence Minister in August, 2021. Further, both ministers expressed the intent to further boost the already strong India-Malaysia Defence cooperation,” the official statement from the Ministry of Defence mentioned.

During the meeting, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh highlighted the domains in which Indian Defence industries could assist Malaysia. The Defence Minister suggested a visit of senior officers from Malaysia to India to get first-hand experience of the facilities and products of the Indian Defence ecosystem.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also extended an invitation to Hussein to visit India to discuss closer and strategic defence ties at an early convenient date. “A wide range of issues concerning bilateral, regional and defence industrial cooperation were discussed during the meeting,” the Indian Defence Ministry Spokesperson said.

Further, the Malaysian Senior Defence Minister also expressed the need for inducting women personnel in peacekeeping missions. Additionally, both nations agreed to engage each other on this issue. It was also agreed to upgrade capability for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.

The Genesis of India-Malaysia Defence Cooperation

India and Malaysia share an upstanding defence relations, which has gained momentum in the last few years. In 1993, India & Malaysia signed an MoU on Defence Cooperation, which is the cornerstone of defence relations between the two countries.

The Malaysian Defence Minister visited India in June 2006 and in April 2017. The Indian Defence Minister visited Malaysia in January 2008 and again in November 2015 (multilateral).

The consistent staff level talks between the services at the apex level of both nations have been extremely successful and have made meaningful contributions in enhancing defence cooperation.

The 11th Malaysia-India Defence Cooperation Meeting (MIDCOM) chaired by the Secretaries of the two Defence Ministries, was held in Kuala Lumpur on 21th November 2018.

Previously, the 6th Army to Army Staff Talks were held in May 2017 in Kuala Lumpur. The 8th Air Force to Air Force Staff Talks were held in Kuala Lumpur on 14-16 February 2018.

Further, the 7th Navy to Navy Staff Talks were held in July 2018 between both the nations. Enhancing the air reconnaissance capacity, the Indian Air Force Pilots trained Malaysian counterparts on Su–30 MKM aircrafts in 2008-2010, of which the initial phase of the training was conducted in India and final phase in Malaysia.

Both nations also share a strong bond in helping each other at the time of exigency. Following the disappearance of Malaysian airlines flight MH-370 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014, India extended all necessary assistance to the Malaysian authorities and deployed six ships and five aircraft to undertake the search operations in the Bay of Bengal region.

Subsequently, India also deployed C130J and P8I Search and Rescue (SAR) aircraft to assist in search of the Malaysian aircraft.
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Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated & laid foundation stone of 9 NH(National Highways) projects of 243 km length worth Rs 1357 Crore in Rajasthan.
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Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh interacted with Malaysia’s Senior Defence Minister, 'Seri HishammuddinTun Hussein, via video conference.

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India’s civilisational Diplomacy: An Indelible Mark

External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar, while Interacting with the students at the Howard University in the US in April, 2022, called India a civilisational state. The same has been described by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, in a keynote address delivered recently.

The NSA said -“A nation is built by the collective consciousness of the people who identify themselves as a unique entity—they take pride in their past and dream of a future together.”

This civilisational-cultural nation has not only added to India’s soft power, but has also become a meaningful tool to Indian diplomacy.

The Narendra Modi government, right from day one has been carefully picking gifts for world dignitaries, which are often reflective of the relationship between India and the receiving country, besides signifying the nation’s rich cultural heritage.

PM Modi has been presenting the Bhagavad Gita to foreign heads of states. Moreover, whenever he goes to any foreign land, he ensures that the lost Indian heritage which has been either stolen or forcibly taken away is brought back to India. It includes many artefacts, sculptures of deities and other manifestations of art and culture.

This civilisational-cultural diplomacy has helped in reviving the ancient cultural roots with Nepal, Japan and other South-East Asian countries. Wherever and whenever PM Modi is on a foreign tour, he always revives the common cultural values with that foreign land. Similarly, cultural centres of India are shown to the visiting foreign dignitaries with pride and confidence.

During the G7 summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the attending world leaders with beautiful gifts displaying India’s rich art and crafts. These include Meenakari brooch, Black Pottery pieces and similar other gifts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted United States president Joe Biden with a beautiful Gulabi Meenakari brooch and cufflink. Gulabi Meenakari is an art-form of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. While the cufflink is for the US president, the brooch is meant for US first lady Jill Biden.

Similarly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted a nickel-coated, hand-engraved brass vessel, a masterpiece from Moradabad, to Chancellor Olaf Scholz. After casting, the design of this pot is engraved. That is first sketched on paper. An outline of the whole design is done with a fine engraving tool hammered with a wooden block. This particular type of engraving is called Marodi, owing to the curved lines used to fill up negative space in this design.

To United Kingdom’s PM Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a Platinum painted hand-painted tea set. This is a creation of Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district. The base form is hand painted and fired at 1200 degrees Celsius. The embossed outlines are laid on manually with mehndi cone work and requires an extremely confident and trained hand. The crockery has been outlined with platinum metal paint in honour of the Queen’s platinum jubilee being celebrated this year.

For France’s president Emmanuel Macron, prime minister has brought Itr bottles in a zardozi box from Lucknow, UP. The Zari Zardozi box has been hand embroidered on khadi silk and satin tissue in colours of the French National Flag. The motifs are traditional Indo-Persian, lotus flowers hand embroidered with metal wire in blue and a pendant used in Kashmiri carpets and motifs from Awadhi architecture. The box contains Attar Mitti, jasmine oil, Attar Shamama, Attar Gulab, Exotic Musk and Garam Masala.
For prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Narendra Modi had a hand-knotted silk carpet as a gift. This art form is famous all over the world for their softness and craftsmanship. The Kashmiri silk carpets are made predominantly in Srinagar. These exquisite creations are hand-knotted on the warp threads, one at a time, in accordance to a strict code of colours in the order of their appearance in the pattern. The knotted product is clipped with shears to smoothness, and then treated with several brightening processes.

Italian prime minister Mario Draghi was given a Marble Inlay table top by PM Modi. This marble table top with inlay work has its origin in Agra. Made of semi-precious stones with gradients in their colour, this table top is very akin to Italian marble inlay work.

For Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida, PM Modi had taken Black Pottery pieces made in Nizamabad to Germany. A unique technique is used to bring out black colours – by ensuring that there is no scope for oxygen to enter the oven and the heat level remains high when the pottery is inside the oven.

Lacquerware Ram Durbar is a GI-tagged lacquerware art-form, and the same was gifted to Indonesia’s Joko Widodo by PM Narendra Modi. This is made in Varanasi. It contains wooden statues of gods, goddesses and sacred animals that serves as coveted souvenirs taken back by pilgrims. The principal characters in the artwork are Shri Ram, Goddess Sita, Lord Hanuman and Jatayu.

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa got Dokra Art with the Ramayana theme. This non–ferrous metal casting art has been used in India for over 4,000 years. This art-piece from Chhattisgarh is based on the Ramayana theme. The principal characters in the artwork are Lord Shri Ram riding an Elephant along with Lakshman, Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman.

Argentina’s Alberto Fernández was gifted Nandi-themed Dokra art. These pieces are in great demand in domestic and foreign markets because of primitive simplicity, enchanting folk motifs and forceful form. This particular art-piece from Chattisgarh is a figure of ‘Nandi – The Meditative Bull’. According to Hindu mythology, Nandi is considered as the vehicle (mount) of Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction.

PM Modi gifted Moonj baskets and cotton durries from Sitapur, UP to Senegal president Macky Sall. In Senegal, the tradition of hand weaving is passed down from mother to daughter, adding to its importance as a vehicle for cultural expression and family livelihood, driven by strong women. Like Senegalese baskets, Moonj craft also utilises bright, jewel tone colours. This particular piece is by a master craftswoman from Prayagraj. The blades of the sarpat grass used here are much thinner, making them more difficult to weave.

PM Modi has emerged as the brand ambassador of Indian culture and civilisation. This not only helps in reviving the cultural links, but also avows the concept of India being a civilisational-cultural nation.
Sensex ends on flat note, Nifty ends at 15,850; Oil-Gas, Metal Stocks in the lead

Indian equity indices closed marginally on the green side of the market on Tuesday. M&M was the top gainer among blue-chip stocks, surged 2.78 per cent. Axis Bank, Dr Reddys Labs, Tech Mahindra and Tata Steel were among the other top gainers in the Sensex. While Titan Company, Asian Paints, Bajaj Finserv and Kotak Mahindra were laggards.

Earlier in Asian Indices, South Korea’s Kospi rose by 0.84 per cent, Japan’s Nikkei 225 surged by 0.66 per cent and China’s Shanghai Composite index increased by 0.89 per cent.

Market Overview

The BSE Sensex and Nifty50 increased by 0.03 and 0.11 per cent, respectively. The Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange closed at 53,150 level while the Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange settled at the 15,850 mark. The Sensex gained 16 points to trade at 53,177 and the Nifty50 rose by 18 points to trade at 15,850.

Nifty50 Index

In Nifty50 index shares, ONGC was the biggest gainer, increased by 5.55 per cent. Hindalco, M&M, Coal India, HDFC Life and Reliance were among the other gainers. On the other hand, Titan Company was the worst performer in the pack, down by 3.54 per cent.

Small-cap and Mid-cap Indices

The Nifty Midcap-100 index surged 0.29 per cent and the Nifty Smallcap-100 index fell 0.34 per cent. In Nifty Midcap 100, Oil India gained 6.92 per cent, Dhani Services rose 4.98 per cent, Adani Total Gas, Jindal Steel and CESC also surged, while V-Guard Industries, RBL Bank and Zee Entertainment declined. In the Nifty Smallcap-100, TV18 Broadcast gained 4.62 per cent. On the other hand, Welspun India fell 6.31 per cent. IEX, Wockhardt and Future Retail also declined.

Sectoral Indices

In NSE sectoral indices, 14 out of 21 sectors surged. Nifty OilGas was the top performer as it gained 2.27 per cent, Nifty Metal rose 1.67 per cent, followed by Nifty Auto increased by 1.25 per cent.
Indian Coast Guard augments maritime security with advanced coppers

Aimed at strengthening coastal security and surveillance, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Director General VS Pathania today commissioned the made-in-India Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv Mark III Squadron (CG)-835 at Porbandar, Gujarat.

Notably, these choppers will boost the maritime surveillance capabilities of the force along the border with Pakistan as per ICG officials.

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DG Indian Coast Guard VS Pathania presided over the commissioning ceremony which witnessed the participation of various military & civil dignitaries based at Porbandar and Gujarat area.

Addressing the ceremony, ICG DG VS Pathania said,“ These indigenously designed and manufactured maritime coppers are the symbol of prowess, and professionalism of our own Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which has been strengthening make-in-India and Aatmanirbhar initiatives of the country.”

Deciphering HAL’s ALH MK III

The 835 Squadron (CG) is an indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) MK III squadron, which has been indigenously manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) - the largest DPSU under the Department of Defence Production of Ministry of Defence.

The advanced light helicopter is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including advanced Radar, Electro optical sensors, Shakti engines, full glass cockpit, high-intensity searchlight, advanced communication systems, automatic identification system along with SAR homer.

The amalgamation of these advanced features enable the helicopter to undertake maritime reconnaissance as well as carry out Search and Rescue (SAR) coordination at extended ranges even while operating from ships during both day and night.

Notably, the aircraft has the ability to switch roles from an offensive platform with heavy machine gun to that of a benign one carrying a Medical Intensive Care Unit to facilitate transfer of critically ill patients.

The induction of these coppers in ICG has marked a tremendous leap towards self-reliance in the field of Search and Rescue (SAR) and maritime surveillance.

So far, 13 ALH MK-III aircrafts have been inducted in the Indian Coast Guard in a phased manner and four of these aircraft are positioned at Porbandar. Since the induction, the squadron has flown over 1,200 hours and conducted numerous operational missions, including the maiden night SAR mission off Diu coast.

ALH Dhruv Mark III is “type –Certified” for Military operations by the Centre for Military Airworthiness Certification (CEMILAC) and civil operations by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Certification of the utility military variant was completed in 2002 and that of the civil variant was completed in 2004. The deliveries of production series helicopters commenced from 2001-02 onwards. A total of 228 Helicopters have been produced by March 2017 including 216 for the Indian Armed Forces.
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