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SAIL supplies two-third of the steel used in Atal tunnel

New Delhi, 2nd October 2020: Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), the largest steel-producing company in India, has supplied the majority portion of steel in the construction of the Atal Rohtang Tunnel, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

SAIL has supplied more than 9000 Tonnes of its quality steel, out of the 15000 tonnes of steel used in the entire project. The tunnel is set to become the world’s longest road tunnel at an altitude of above 3,000 meters. The Company has once again partnered in building a vital infrastructure for the Nation and making India stronger.

Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan complimented SAIL and said, “This tunnel will be of great significance to the locals as well as for strategic movements. It will boost the connectivity of the Spiti Valley. This is an achievement considering the very challenging conditions of the construction site and weather. SAIL has supplied a large quantity of steel for this project. It has always come forward and supplied steel for the national requirement and in future also will continue to do so”.

An all-weather tunnel, Atal Tunnel will connect Manali to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh throughout the year. The 9000 tonnes of steel supplied by SAIL consisted of around 6500 tonnes of TMT, 1500 tonnes of structurals and 1000 tonnes of plates for fabricating beams and small quantity of SAIL GP/GC sheets for constructing stations and control rooms.

Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Chairman, SAIL commented, “SAIL has always committed itself and will continue to be in the service of the Nation. It is a proud moment for the Company to have partnered in such an important project for strengthening India. The new facilities at SAIL are also adding to our capacities and expertise in fulfilling every domestic requirement. As India moves forward in becoming Atmanirbhar, SAIL will participate in producing the strong steel needed to fuel every infrastructural need of the Nation”. 

02 Oct 2020
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Some cabinet berths likely from the organization?

Once the organizational restructuring of the Bharatiya Janata Party is complete under its new president Jagat Prakash Nadda, there are chances of expansion in the Cabinet any time soon with some of the dropout leaders from the organization likely to get a ministerial berth in the Modi government. There are chances of former general secretaries -- Anil Jain and Saroj Pandey -- getting inducted into the ministry.

Another former general secretary Ram Madhav, who was expected to be made Vice President of the party, may be inducted into ministry as he did not get any place in the party. However, party insiders say that chances of his induction into the ministry are very bleak. In the case of Ram Madhav missing the bus of Cabinet, he may be asked to work for the party in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana where the party has very ambitious plans.

Former general secretary Murali Dhar Rao will have to work in Andhra Pradesh to work for the better prospects of the party in the state. Though Tamil Nadu did not get any representation in the organization but otherwise the entire focus of the party is on southern states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The reason for Tamil Nadu being overlooked for organization is obvious that there are two important Cabinet positions to Tamilians – Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

29 Sep 2020
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SAIL supplies two-third of the steel used in Atal tunnel

By IndianMandarins 02 Oct 2020

New Delhi, 2nd October 2020: Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), the largest steel-producing company in India, has supplied the majority portion of steel in the construction of the Atal Rohtang Tunnel, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

SAIL has supplied more than 9000 Tonnes of its quality steel, out of the 15000 tonnes of steel used in the entire project. The tunnel is set to become the world’s longest road tunnel at an altitude of above 3,000 meters. The Company has once again partnered in building a vital infrastructure for the Nation and making India stronger.

Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan complimented SAIL and said, “This tunnel will be of great significance to the locals as well as for strategic movements. It will boost the connectivity of the Spiti Valley. This is an achievement considering the very challenging conditions of the construction site and weather. SAIL has supplied a large quantity of steel for this project. It has always come forward and supplied steel for the national requirement and in future also will continue to do so”.

An all-weather tunnel, Atal Tunnel will connect Manali to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh throughout the year. The 9000 tonnes of steel supplied by SAIL consisted of around 6500 tonnes of TMT, 1500 tonnes of structurals and 1000 tonnes of plates for fabricating beams and small quantity of SAIL GP/GC sheets for constructing stations and control rooms.

Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Chairman, SAIL commented, “SAIL has always committed itself and will continue to be in the service of the Nation. It is a proud moment for the Company to have partnered in such an important project for strengthening India. The new facilities at SAIL are also adding to our capacities and expertise in fulfilling every domestic requirement. As India moves forward in becoming Atmanirbhar, SAIL will participate in producing the strong steel needed to fuel every infrastructural need of the Nation”. 

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Some cabinet berths likely from the organization?

By Rakesh Ranjan 29 Sep 2020

Once the organizational restructuring of the Bharatiya Janata Party is complete under its new president Jagat Prakash Nadda, there are chances of expansion in the Cabinet any time soon with some of the dropout leaders from the organization likely to get a ministerial berth in the Modi government. There are chances of former general secretaries -- Anil Jain and Saroj Pandey -- getting inducted into the ministry.

Another former general secretary Ram Madhav, who was expected to be made Vice President of the party, may be inducted into ministry as he did not get any place in the party. However, party insiders say that chances of his induction into the ministry are very bleak. In the case of Ram Madhav missing the bus of Cabinet, he may be asked to work for the party in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana where the party has very ambitious plans.

Former general secretary Murali Dhar Rao will have to work in Andhra Pradesh to work for the better prospects of the party in the state. Though Tamil Nadu did not get any representation in the organization but otherwise the entire focus of the party is on southern states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The reason for Tamil Nadu being overlooked for organization is obvious that there are two important Cabinet positions to Tamilians – Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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PM inaugurates six mega projects under Namami Gange in Uttarakhand

By IndianMandarins 29 Sep 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated six mega projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission, today, September 29, 2020, through video conference. 

The projects included the construction of two Sewerage Treatment Plants and up-gradation of another in the Haridwar-Rishikesh zone, which contributes about 80 percent waste-water load into the River Ganga. The new STPS are of 68 MLD capacity in Jagjeetpur and of 18 MLD capacity at Sarai in Haridwar, while the upgraded 27 MLD STP is at Jagjeetpur. The inauguration of 68 MLD Jagjeetpur project also marks the completion of the first sewerage project taken up on hybrid annuity mode of PPP.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated another 26 MLD STP at Lakkadghat in Rishikesh, a 5 MLD STP at Chorpani, and two STPs with capacities of 1 MLD and 0.01 MLD at Badrinath.

In Muni ki Reti town, the 7.5 MLD STP in Chandreshwar Nagar will be the first 4 storied Sewage Treatment Plant in the country, constructed in less than 900 SQM area which is about 30% of the usual area requirement for STPs of such capacity.

In all 30 projects (100%) are now complete in Uttarakhand for taking care of pollution from 17 Ganga towns near river Ganga. Besides, the PM also inaugurated “Ganga Avalokan”, the first museum on Ganga located in Haridwar and dedicated to showcase the culture, biodiversity and rejuvenation activities done in the Ganga river.  

A book, ‘Rowing down the Ganges’, co-published by National Mission for Clean Ganga & Wildlife Institute of India was launched at the event. This colorful book is an attempt to merge the biodiversity and culture of the Ganga River. It conceptualizes the story of the Ganga as what one would see when one rows down from Gaumukh, its origin, to Ganga Sagar, the last point before entering the sea.

Modi also unveiled the logo of Jal Jeevan Mission and ‘Margdarshika for Gram Panchayats and Paani Samitis under Jal Jeevan Mission’.

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Embarrassed RS Secretariat issues revised office order, Rao’s service-term expired and not terminated

By IndianMandarins 06 Sep 2020

Deteriorating English language skill of central government officials show no signs of improvement. Consequently, a case of ghastly and shocking error, that casts a shadow on the service/professional record of a senior Indian Information Service officer, has come to light recently.

AA Rao has been serving on a year's contract as Additional Secretary in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat since August 2019 and his contract naturally expired on 31.08.2020. Reportedly, Rao was offered an extension for another year (beyond 31.08.2020) as OSD in the status of Additional Secretary which he did not accept for personal reasons and chose to demit the office on 31 August 2020.

However, the order issued earlier in this regard mentioned that Rao’s services were 'terminated' instead of mentioning the word ‘expiration’. Clearly, the issuing authority just signed on the order that caused avoidable and unacceptable damage to Rao's reputation.

Later, on 05 September 2020 (Saturday; a non-working day), the Rajya Sabha Secretariat issued a revised order that reads; “In supersession of Notification No. RS/20/2020/95-Perl dated 01.09.2020, on completion of tenure of engagement of Shri A. A. Rao as Additional Secretary in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat on contract basis w.e.f 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020, he has relinquished the charge of the office of the Additional Secretary in the afternoon of 31 August 2020”

This reflects poorly on the institution. Several senior officials in Govt of India raised questions saying what about the damage done to the senior officer who was in several media reports branded as a non-performer, deadwood etc.

Rao, a retired Indian Information Service officer once led DD News as director. It may be underlined that Rao had coined the acronym of MODI as ‘Making of Developed India’ and ‘Mission of Developing India’ that appeared on Government ads under caption and was widely used by Venkaiah Naidu during NaMo’ first tenure as PM.

He is seen as a close confidant of Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and handled the latter's media publicity for several years. As such, and because of his long years of service, he deserved some courtesy in the announcement of his contract expiry.

Using language unmindful of its meaning and implication, by an exalted institution like RS Secretariat, for whom every word matters, is disturbing. It’s a classic case that requires to be part of the unforgettable institutional memory.

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PM to address 2018 IPS probationers’ passing out parade

By IndianMandarins 04 Sep 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at 11 am on 04 September, would be addressing the ‘Dikshant Parade’ of 2018 batch IPS probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy via video conferencing. Reportedly, as the chief guest at the passing out parade PM will interact with the young police officers.

As many as 131 IPS probationers including 28 lady probationers would be in passing out parade and graduating from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad on 04 September.

`Dikshant Parade' marks the culmination of eleven months training of IPS Probationers in the Academy. The chief guest takes the salute from the parade consisting of the IPS probationers and the best probationers of the batch perform important roles such as parade commander and platoon commander.

Presently, Atul Karwal (IPS:1988:GJ) is heading the SVPNPA as its Director whereas probationer DV Kiran Shruthi, allocated to Tamil Nadu Cadre, has been selected as the best probationer for the batch.

 

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NRA Explained: The game-changer decision would streamline recruitment process

By IndianMandarins 20 Aug 2020

The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday decided to set up a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) that will conduct a common preliminary examination for recruitments to various Group B & C (non -technical) posts in the central government. The NRA will conduct a common preliminary examination for various recruitments in the central government. 

The incumbent DoPT Secretary C Chandramouli says that approx. 03 Crs candidates appear for about 1.24 lakh vacancies in the central government every year.

As of now, candidates/aspirants require to take different exams conducted by various agencies for central government jobs which are expensive, time-consuming, painful, full of uncertainties due to inordinate delays.  

The NRA, once set up, would turn out to be a boon for the employable youths. It will conduct a common eligibility test (CET) in multiple languages (12 languages) and based on the CET score a candidate can apply for a vacancy with the respective agency.

The CET score of a candidate shall be valid for a period of three years from the date of declaration of the result. While there will be no restriction on the number of attempts to be taken by a candidate to appear in the CET, it will be subject to the upper age limit. However, the relaxation in the upper age limit shall be given to candidates of SC/ST/OBC and other categories as per the reservation policy.

Initially, NRA will organize a CET to shortlist candidates for the Group B & C (non -technical) posts, which are now being conducted by the Railways Recruitment Board (RRB), Staff Selection Commission (SSC), and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). Later on, more exams may be brought under NRA umbrella.

NRA will have representatives from RRB, SSC, IBPS and the test will be conducted for three levels: graduate, higher secondary (12th pass) and the matriculate (10th pass) candidates.

However, the present recruitment agencies will remain in place. Based on the screening done at the CET score level, final selection for recruitment shall be made through separate specialized Tiers (II, III, etc.) of examination which shall be conducted by the respective recruitment agencies. The curriculum for CET would be common. 

To make it easier, cheaper, and accessible for candidates, examination centres would be set up in every district of the country. The Govt aims at creating examination infrastructure in the 117 ‘Aspirational Districts’.

Initially, the Union Cabinet has approved an amount of Rs 1517.57 crore, for a period of three years, for setting up of NRA, and examination centres in ‘aspirational districts’.

The single eligibility test would “significantly reduce” the recruitment cycle. Even some of the ministries and departments have indicated their intention to do away with any second-level test and go ahead with the recruitment on the basis of CET scores, Physical Tests and Medical examination, say sources.

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PM Modi pledges $15 million to GAVI

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2020

While addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $15 million to the international vaccine alliance -- GAVI. Business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State, and country leaders of over 50 nations participated in it.

PM said that India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, mankind faces a clear common enemy. Referring to GAVI, he said, “It is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder of that by helping others we can also help ourselves.”

India with a vast population and limited health facilities understands the importance of immunization. One of the first programs launched by his government was Mission Indra Dhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the country. 

India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme. India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain. India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children.

The PM said that India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support. Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost $400 million for GAVI over the past five years.

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PM to perform Bhumi Poojan of Ram Temple virtually

By IndianMandarins 17 Jun 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was keeping away from Ram Janmabhoomi issue after taking over as the PM due to the matter being in the Supreme Court, is likely to be part of Bhumi Poojan ceremony in Ayodhya virtually. UP CM Yogi Adityanath will be present in Ayodhya in person to perform necessary rituals. It is likely to happen in the first week of July.

Last week senior VHP leader and the person involved with Ram Janmabhoomi movement Champat Rai met with the PM requesting him to join the Bhumi Poojan, the PM apparently accepted the proposal but due to distancing norms in place, he is likely to perform it from Delhi itself. Centuries-old dispute over Ram Temple was settled by the SC ruling the disputed site in favour of Ram Lalla (child deity) Virajman.

The committee responsible for the construction of Ram Temple wants Bhumi Poojan do be done before July 15 as after that days are not good to start any auspicious work as per Hindu belief. Leveling of the ground and other activities are going on in full swing in Ayodhya with the CM giving full assistance to the construction work.

The PM might not be present in Ayodhya but he will mentally and virtually be present during the entire Bhumi Poojan ceremony and he will address people on the occasion as well. 

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