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Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: Light to moderate rains or thundershowers occurred at a few places over eastern Uttar Pradesh, while heavy rains occurred at isolated places in the past 24 hours in the state.  Balrampur and Iglas recorded 9 cm of rain, Bahraich 7 cm, Maharajganj 5 cm, Kakrahi, Bansi and Gorakhur 4 cm each, Fatehgarh, Regoli, Sidhauli, … Continue reading Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh

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Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

New Delhi: His name adds credibility to the films he does and the actor has A-listers vying to work with him but Nawazuddin Siddiqui does not want to think about stardom as he fears it will corrupt his performances. Film after film, there has been a growth in Nawazuddin’s fan following so much so that … Continue reading Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: Light to moderate rains or thundershowers occurred at a few places over eastern Uttar Pradesh, while heavy rains occurred at isolated places in the past 24 hours in the state.  Balrampur and Iglas recorded 9 cm of rain, Bahraich 7 cm, Maharajganj 5 cm, Kakrahi, Bansi and Gorakhur 4 cm each, Fatehgarh, Regoli, Sidhauli, … Continue reading Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh


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Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar has launched a new website – www.justclimateaction.org. Launching the website in Pune today, Shri Prakash Javadekar said that the website has been created especially for the purpose of putting up India’s stands and efforts till Paris Summit. “The website includes our Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), the appreciation received from the world over and comments on our INDCs”, he added. Shri Javadekar also said that India has taken firm steps under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.

The website focuses on bringing transparency to the entire effort. As each stakeholder brings his activity to the fore to take a billion-strong people into confidence, the website and associated social media infrastructure ensures that each citizen in the country becomes a votary for a better future.

The website brings most of its content in the form of videos that can be shared on personal social media channels. Built on a ‘break away and play’ architecture, each page, story or section can be posted/shared by viewers anywhere in the world.

There is need to focus on strengthening of e-Governance, an important pillar of the Government of India’s “Digital India” campaign so as to digitally empower the administrative and Governance process for providing Citizen Centric Services. This was stated by Shri Devendra Chaudhury, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) while inaugurating a Workshop on ‘UN e-Government Development Index’. He highlighted the importance of process change which can be effectively enabled by IT tools and consequential changes in approach to e-Governance as a business model similar to e-Commerce.

Commending the Indian government on its ambitious plan to transform governance and provide Citizen Centric Services, Mr Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator & Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, said “e-Governance is like building a house. Build a strong foundation and everything works”. In his view, the key challenge for the country was to deliver services to the last mile population, removing the digital divide, towards improving the quality of their lives.

Acknowledging India’s progress, Mr. Richard Kerby, Inter-Regional Adviser on e-Government with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said that e-Government has to be a part of the national development strategy and sustainable development. Mr. Kerby said that while open data is a key to empowering people, it should support a bottom-up approach, with citizens contributing to the data collection process equally with governments.

While speaking at the Workshop, Shri Tapan Ray, Additional Secretary (Department of Electronics and IT), stressed on the need to “integrate efforts across government to achieve the vision of a digitally empowered India.”

A key focus of the workshop was to understand the United Nations e-Government Survey, which assesses e-Government development across all 193 member states of the UN launched in 2003. The global Survey has three components – Telecom Infrastructure Index, Human Capital Index and an Online Services Index. The Workshop threw up a number of innovative and transformative ideas of which the States have undertaken to serve the Citizens.

The workshop featured presentations by four States, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh on innovative e-Governance initiatives launched by them to improve service delivery to citizens. The presentation by Karnataka focused on Citizen Centric Services being provided through a mobile one platform, Andhra Pradesh presented on a public grievance redressal system known as Meekosam, Uttar Pradesh shared its experience on IT and e-Governance initiatives aimed at creating a conducive environment for e-Governance including fiscal incentives and “Citizen First” programme and Himachal Pradesh on an online application system to register complaints.

New Delhi, (PTI) National carrier Air India may request aviation regulator DGCA to reconsider its order removing A S Soman from the post of its flight safety chief after discussing the issue tomorrow.
Soman, who was appointed to the post in January, was removed on Friday on the charge that he had failed to preserve the Digital Flight Data Recording (DFDR) for the mandated period.
“The airline received the DGCA order only on Friday. The management will discuss the issue (of flight safety chief’s removal) on Monday and then take a call accordingly,” a senior Air India official said, adding, the aviation regulator may be requested to review its order.
According to regulatory norms, a scheduled airline has to monitor data for every flight and this should be kept in the records for six months.
DGCA’s approval is mandatory for the appointment of an airline’s safety head. The post of safety chief in the government-owned airline is of the level of a director.
Arvind Kathpalia, who heads the training wing, and A K Govil, who supervises the operations, are the two other directors of Air India.

The DGCA had sought data for all AI flights to Leh between May 23 and June 25 and its Bengaluru-Hyderabad flight (AI 513) of June 28. A passenger had complained about AI 513 having had a hard touch down in Hyderabad after which it took off again.
Soman, however, reportedly failed to provide the data, contending that the engineering department, which downloads it, had not sent it to the safety department. The aviation regulator found the reply unsatisfactory and removed Soman from the post.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today urged both greater awareness, and greater pride, in India’s heritage. He was speaking after releasing a book “Early Hindu Temples of Gujarat,” by Varun Maira, in New Delhi. He said efforts such as this book would help us rediscover this heritage. The Prime Minister said heritage and history go together, and heritage buildings are not just stone, but “living history.” 
The Union MoS(I/C) for culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, was present on the occasion.