Press Information Bureau (PIB)- 08th January to 14th January, 2017

Press Information Bureau (PIB)- 08th Jan to 14th Jan, 2017 (PIB Weekly Compilation)




Source: PIB

  • It is a citizen centric app that will facilitate access to various transport related services.
  • The app provides for virtual driving license and registration certificate through back end connection to Transport National Register.
  • If a vehicle number is entered into the app, it will give full details of the car and the owner including his DL and RC. This will provide a way to check genuineness of a vehicle and driver, help in passenger safety when hiring a driver or when buying a second hand vehicle.
  • The app will also facilitate good Samaritans through technology. They can report accidents by clicking pictures and reporting to traffic authorities in states and to RTOs, with the option of hiding their identity if they so wish.
  • They can also report traffic violations. States will be asked to provide linkages to the 108 service for better response.

World’s Largest Street Light Replacement Programme to the Nation

{Development and Employment}

Source: PIB

24×7 Affordable, Quality Power to all Citizens of the country

Union Minister of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, dedicated the LED based Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP), currently running in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) area, to the Nation.

It is the World’s Largest Street Light Replacement Programme, which is being implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture under the Ministry of Power, Government of India.

Key facts:

  • The SLNP programme is presently running in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
    • A total of 15.59 lakh street lights have already been replaced in the country with LED bulbs, which is resulting in energy savings of 20.66 crore kWh, avoiding capacity of 51.47 MW and reducing 1.71 lakh tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per annum.

The programme aims to install LED bulbs street-lighting across different cities in the country. The LED lights will replace inefficient lamps. The initiative is part of the Government’s efforts to spread the message of energy efficiency in the country. It will result in energy savings and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

Government believes in empowering the people and the power infrastructure in the country so as to make available 24×7 Affordable, Quality Power to all Citizens of the country.

UJALA Scheme

The fundamental achievement of one of government’s first energy efficiency pan-India programme is reflected by UJALA or the LED bulb programme.

Objectives of National LED Programme

  • Promote the use of the most efficient lighting technology at affordable rates to consumers
  • Reduce energy consumption in lighting which helps DISCOMs to manage peak demand
  • Enhance the awareness of consumers about the efficacy of using energy efficient appliances
  • Increase the demand of LED lights by aggregating requirements across the country and reduce costs; in fact cost have already reduced over 80% in last 2 years
  • Encourage and support domestic manufacturing of LED bulbs by sustaining demand and making it consistent with the ‘Make in India’ policy of the Government
  • Create robust arrangements for monitoring and verification of energy savings in a simple and transparent manner.

Revamped IDF gets more donations


{Indian diaspora}

Source: PIB

The India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF) is set to transform the Indian landscape where people from the Indian diaspora can contribute for building infrastructure in the country.

  • At the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, it received more donations than last year.
  • The IDF platform existed earlier too but contributions were never significant as there were many legal hurdles and lack of transparency. Taking these matters into account, the Centre has now made it a more dependable and transparent platform that can help build infrastructure anywhere in the country.

Indian Development Foundation:

Indian Development Foundation (IDF) has taken its enlarged and new responsibilities spanning health, education and development areas. These are priority health areas of the Govt. and IDF is focusing its efforts in these areas.

To be a Knowledge/ Execution Partner of Schools, NGOs, Corporates, and Government agencies for development programmes across India.

India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI)

  • Is a not-for-profit Trust set-up by the Government of India to facilitate philanthropic contributions by Overseas Indians to social and development projects in India. IDF-OI is chaired by External Affairs Minister.
  • Presently, IDF-OI is promoting flagship programmes of Government of India- Swachh Bharat Mission and National Mission for Clean Ganga; and projects identified by the State Govts, for funding by Overseas Indians.
  • Working with State Governments in areas such as sanitation; education; drinking water; women’s empowerment etc. Working with State Governments in areas such as sanitation; education; drinking water; women’s empowerment etc.

Environment Ministry Invites Comments on Draft Notification for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and Marketing) Rules, 2016


Source: PIB

To Prevent Infliction of Unnecessary Pain or Suffering on Animals

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has invited comments on the draft notification of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules), 2016.   The Ministry will be notifying the proposed draft Rules in the Gazette of India for public information.

Objective of the Rules:

  • The objective of the Rules is to make dog breeders and their marketers accountable and to prevent infliction of any cruelty in this process.
  • There were also no specific rules, or guidelines for mandatory registration of breeders and establishments and requirements to be met by such breeders.
  • Dog breeding and their marketing trade also mushroomed all around. At times, some cruelty has been caused in breeding and marketing of dogs, with little or no accountability.

The proposed Rules provide as under

  • It will be mandatory for all dog breeders and the dog breeding establishments to register themselves with the State Animal Welfare Board of the respective State Governments.
  • It defines the breeding requirements/conditions for sale.
  • It defines the requirements to be met by the breeders and the establishments used for breeding, or housing dogs, such as health-related requirements, housing facilities, manner of housing dogs, conditions for sale, breeding, micro-chipping, vaccination etc.
  • An inspector authorised by the State Board can inspect the establishment.
  • It is mandatory for dog breeders to maintain proper records of both male and female dogs, their breed, micro-chip number, number of litters, sale, purchase, death, rehabilitation etc.
  • Every dog breeder is required to submit yearly report to the State Board regarding animals sold, traded, bartered, brokered, given away, boarded or exhibited during previous year or any other information asked for by the State Board.

Violation of Rules:  Non-compliance of the proposed Rules will lead to cancellation of the registration of the dog breeder.

The Ministry has implemented Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960 to prevent infliction of unnecessary pain, or suffering on animals.

{Art & Culture}

Source: PIB

Project Mausam

‘Mausam’, a Ministry of Culture project. which is to be implemented by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as the nodal agency with research support of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and National Museum as associate bodies.

  • One of the main deliverables of this project is nomination of maritime cultural landscapes across the Indian Ocean as a trans-national property on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
  • This project aims to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean ‘world’– collating archaeological and historical research in order to document the diversity of cultural, commercial and religious interactions in the Indian Ocean – extending from East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka to the Southeast Asian archipelago.
  • It also aims to promote research on themes related to the study of Maritime Routes through international scientific seminars and meetings and by adopting a multidisciplinary approach.
  • It aims to encourage the production of specialized works, as well as publications for the general public with an attempt at promoting a broader understanding of the concept of a common heritage and multiple identities.
  • Project ‘Mausam’ is not aimed to counter China’s Silk Route strategy. Instead it focuses on monsoon patterns, cultural context, maritime trade routes and coastal landscapes and examines key processes and phenomena that link different countries along the Indian Ocean littoral as well as those that connect the coastal centers to their hinterlands.

Two-day Digidhan Mela inaugurated in Guwahati

{Economic Development}

Source: PIB

The two-day Digidhan Mela is being organised with an aim to enable citizens and merchants to familiarize and adopt real time digital transactions.The Digidhan Mela will help motivate the common man towards cashless transactions.

On this occasion, “Toka Paisa” e-wallet was launched for initiative towards cashless economy. The Mela is being organized by the Government of Assam in collaboration with IT Department and NITI Aayog.

More than a hundred stalls have been set-up by various Government departments,
banks, mobile wallet operators and other vendors. The stalls have been set up to educate people about the cashless transactions and to help them undertake digital transactions.



Source: PIB

A Curtain Raiser Ceremony for DEFCOM 2017 was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi wherein a Brochure on the theme, ‘Infrastructure and Skilled Human Resource for Digital Army’.

DEFCOM 2017, an annual seminar organised jointly by the Corps of Signals of Indian Army and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is scheduled to be held on 23 and 24 March 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.  DEFCOM is the most seminal forum for interaction between the officers of the Armed Forces, Indian Industry, Academia and R&D organisations on matters related to operational communication systems for the Army.

Submarine ‘Khanderi’ Launched


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  • Khanderi, the second of Indian Navy’s Scorpene’ class stealth submarine, was ‘launched’ paving the way for her sea trials.
  • She has been christened after her illustrious predecessor, an erstwhile ‘Foxtrot’ class submarine decommissioned in 1989, which is as per the traditions of Indian Navy.
  • The construction of six Scorpene submarines is presently being progressed at Mazagon Dock Shipyard Limited (MDL), under Project 75 with Transfer of Technology from M/s DCNS, France as the Collaborator.
  • The first of the class submarine, Kalvari is presently undergoing sea trials and likely to be commissioned into Navy by Mid 2017. These submarines, post induction, would form the core of Navy’s conventional Submarine Arm.
  • The launching of Khanderi also marks a critical milestone event for the Shipyard which earlier has delivered two Shishumar class submarines in the 90’s and has now strengthened its position as a submarine building yard for Indian Navy.

Mazagon Dock Shipyard Limited (MDL):

  • Started as a small dry dock facility for East India Company
  • ‘Mazagon Dock Limited’ was registered as a public company in 1934.
  • The shipyard was nationalised in 1960 and is now a Public Sector Undertaking of the Government of India.
  • It manufactures warships and submarines for the Indian Navy and offshore platforms and associated support vessels for offshore oil drilling. It also builds tankers, cargo bulk carriers, passenger ships and ferries.
  • MDL today has established itself as a forefront Defence Public Sector Undertaking, with indigenous construction of several ships and submarines for Navy such as P 15 B Destroyers and P 17 A class stealth Frigates being the latest.

National Youth Festival

{Art & Culture}

Source : PIB

21st National Youth Festival with the theme “Youth for Digital India” begins in Rohtak, Haryana .

This year the theme ‘Youth for Digital India’ reflects the most critical and crucial importance of the thrust accorded to the area of Digitalisation and Skill Development by Government of Indiaand realise the proclaimed national goal for the PM’s vision of ‘Youth Led Development’.

Background :

  • National Youth Festival (India) is an annual gathering of young people associated with National Youth Day. It includes cultural activities of both a competitive and non-competitive nature.
  • National Youth Dayis celebrated in India on 12 January on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda.
  • In 1984 the Government of India declared the day as the National Youth Day and since 1985 the event is celebrated in Indiaevery year.
  • To quote from the Government of India’s communication, ‘it was felt that the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth.’

CBDT inks Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreement

{Economic Development}

Source: PIB

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has entered into a Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreement (BAPA) on the with Indian subsidiary of a Japanese trading company.

  • Earlier, CBDT also had modified an existing Bilateral APA with another Indian subsidiary of a Japanese company to include rollback provisions.
  • Thus, total three BAPAs have been signed by CBDT with Indian subsidiaries of Japanese companies all including rollbacks.
  • With this total number of BAPAs entered into by CBDT is now eight.

What is Advance Pricing Agreement (APA)?

The APA Scheme was introduced in the Income Tax (IT) Act, 1961 in 2012 and the provisions related to rollback were introduced in 2014.

It strengthens Government’s mission of fostering a non-adversarial tax regime.

It endeavours to provide certainty to taxpayers in the domain of transfer pricing by specifying the methods of pricing and setting the prices of international transactions in advance.

About BAPA:

Under BAPA, certainty in tax treatment is provided for the next 5 years while rollback provides dispute redressal for a maximum of four past years preceding APA years.

A  BAPA may be preferred by multinational companies since finalisation of the same involves reaching an understanding between the tax administrations of the two countries and for the transfer pricing adjustment done in the hands of the Indian entity, corresponding adjustment is available in the hands of related foreign entity, thereby relieving economic double taxation.


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