Vizhinjam port master plan

India Event Diary – 3rd July 2012, Tuesday

Cruise terminal being planned at Vighingam

Hitherto conceived only as a container transhipment facility, the proposed port at Vighingam can also have a cruise terminal for luxury liners. It can give boost to the tourism industry in Kovalam which is Kerala’s premier tourism centre It will be first of its kind cruise terminal in India, when implemented.
Also the geophysical survey report provided an unexpected finding that the construction of the transhipment terminal at the proposed site does not require any underwater rock blasting.

Service tax relief for Railways

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his capacity as Finance Minister has finally acceded to the request of Railway Minister Mukul Roy. As the Railways did not operate with a profit motive, therefore considering the inflationary pressure the high end passenger fares and cargo flight both have been exempted from the purview of service tax till September 30, 2012.

Now, Pawar quits the telecom GOM

Mr. Sharad Pawar Who was recently given charge of Empowered group of Ministers(EGOM) on Telecom, recused himself from high power body on Monday to stay out of controversy.

Earlier the EGOM was being headed by the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, but he stepped down as he became the UPA’s Presidential candidate. The spectrum allocation still continues to be a hot issue.

Textbook panel demands deletion of politically sensitive cartoons

The six-member panel which was constituted to review the cartoons being used in social sciences textbooks of the National Council for Educational Research & Training (NCERT) has ordered deletion of certain cartoons and words which according to the panel are either “ambiguous”, negative or show politicians and bureaucrats in an ‘incorrect way.
For example:
an R.K. Laxman cartoon showing a beggar holding a bowl out to a garlanded Indira Gandhi (“may be deleted — being politically sensitive)
a Shankar cartoon called ‘Kicking upstairs’ showing Nehru using his foot to propel a politician up into a building labelled ‘Governorship’ (“may be deleted as it conveys a sense of ambiguity”)
The panel whose terms of referecence were to identify educationally educationally inappropriate materials and provide alternative suggestions for the six textbooks in Political Science, submitted a 40-page report to the government on June 27. Its terms of reference were to identify.

Central Government keen to improve pulses production

With the unexpected delay in monsoon this year, the Centre is now keen to step up the production of pulses.Since, sowing of most kharif crops is lagging behind, a special programme to achieve more than 19 million tonnes pulses production this season has been launched as Pulses are suitable for rain-fed areas and require little irrigation.
Through this programme the centre aims to increase pulses crop area by promoting inter-cropping and dry land agriculture techniques like in situ moisture conservation. Three crops have been selected for this programme — pigeon pea ( arhar ), green gram ( moong ) and black gram ( urad ).

The programme will promote planting of pigeon pea with groundnut, soyabean or cotton. Similarly, for moong / uradwith maize, jowar or bajra with use of sprinkler and drip irrigation.

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