Wednesday, October 24, 2012

PM's Meeting with CMDs of major Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)

            The Prime Minister met the CMDs of twenty five major Maharatna and Navaratna CPSEs. These enterprises account for a large proportion of the India's market capitalization, organized sector employment and are a major contributor to India’s economic growth.

After hearing the views of the CMDs, the Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, The Finance Minister and the Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, the Prime Minister spoke about the importance of the Central Public Sector Enterprises to the processes of nation building. The Prime Minister noted that the Public Sector Enterprises were instruments for bringing India back into reckoning as one of the great economies of the world. The Prime Minister said:" We cannot be satisfied with the status quo. Our growth should be maintained at the level of 8 to 8.5 percent regardless of what happens in the world economy. We must learn to swim and swim fast enough whatever be the circumstances."

The PM spoke of the contributions of the CPSEs to our economy today. They contribute over 6% of our GDP and their profits are at a record levels of almost Rs 1,00,000 crore. They have helped in transforming hitherto backward regions into modern hubs of industry and prosperity. The Prime Minister told the gathering: "Even if the international demand is not there, domestic demand should drive the investment and our endeavours".

The need of the times, the PM emphasized, is to be ready for the challenges of the future. Today, CPSEs face competition from not just domestic private enterprise but also from global corporations. As one of the biggest emerging global economies, India is an important destination for all Multi-National Corporations and competition will intensify in future. The PM therefore strongly urged them to focus on increasing the efficiency of operations, aim for achieving world-class competencies. He spoke of the need to commit to innovations in technology, human resources and create a culture of optimism.   

Drawing attention to the large cash surpluses of CPSEs, the PM asked the CPSEs to use that surplus for their own benefit and the benefit of the economy. They should use it for driving investment, growth and jobs. Investing such cash surplus would help in re-igniting the growth impulses that are present in the economy. The Prime Minister noted that the investment rate in the country had declined due to recent slowdown, which should be increased to 36% to 37% to achieve 8 percent growth.

The Prime Minister said that he had noted the need for improving coordination in expediting project clearances and for generating an appropriate long term vision. He asked the Minister of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises and the Department of Public Enterprises to work with the Finance Ministry, Planning Commission and the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council towards addressing these issues. “We are a government determined to overcome difficulties in the spirit of national enterprise", the Prime Minister concluded.

Akshay Sharma is the first round leader in Jaipur

Jaipur, October 23, 2012: Akshay Sharma of Chandigarh shot a six-under-64 to take the first round lead in the fifth and final PGTI Feeder Tour event of the 2012 season being played at the Rambagh Golf Club in Jaipur. Vipul Darediya of Vadodara is in second place with a score of four-under-66.

Akshay Sharma’s round of 64 included seven birdies and a bogey. He had a terrific start to the tournament as he birdied the first three holes and then followed that up with another on the eighth to make the turn at four-under. The 22-year-old’s lone bogey of the day came on the 12th against the run of play. Sharma continued the good work thereafter as he collected birdies on the 14th, 17th and 18th.

Akshay said, “The magnificent start set up the round for me. I began with a 15-feet conversion on the first and then missed a hole-in-one by a whisker on the second. I hit it extremely close through the day. One of my best birdies came on the 17th where I landed my chip within a few inches of the pin. I had a good finish at the last PGTI event in Delhi in a very tough field. I have drawn a lot of confidence from that performance.”

Vipul Darediya with an eagle on the par-4 15th hole, six birdies and four bogeys was placed second at four-under-66.

Sanjeev Kumar of Lucknow and Wilson Raj D’Mello of Mumbai are in tied third place at three-under-67.

       
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In a meeting held with trade leaders of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) held at her residence today while accepting the suggestion of CAIT, the Delhi Chief Minister Smt. Shiela Dikshit announced to constitute a joint Committee of VAT Commissioner and other officials and representative of trade which will deliberate upon various problems of the traders on VAT and will also discuss ways and means to ensure smooth flow of trade in Delhi and increase in revenue of the Government. Union Minister Shri Kapil Sibbal was especially present at the meeting. Trade Leaders of more than 100 Trade Associations of different parts of Delhi attended the meeting.
CAIT National Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal explained in detail the problems of the traders. On the occasion he also presented CAIT publications on FDI in Retail to both Smt. Dikshit and Shri Sibal. Responding to FDI in Retail, Mr. Sibbal said that before divulging the views to public by way of books, the traders should have apprised the Government about their perception and views and also understand the take of the Government.However, he offered to hold talks with Traders on the issue of FDI in Retail. CAIT Secretary General Mr. Khandelwal apprised that CAIT has made all efforts to hold discussion with Government including Union Commerce Minister but so far the Government has not made any efforts to hold talks with stakeholders including the traders. However, Mr. Khandelwal accepted the invitation of Shri Sibal to hold conclusive talks on FDI in Retail.
Delhi Chief Minister Smt. Shiela Dikshit while addressing the traders lauded the contribution of trading community in development of Delhi. She said that traders are the major source of revenue of the Government and therefore  the traders should not face any undue harassment. While accepting the demand of the traders she declares to extend the last date of filing online information about goods imported from other States before its entry to Delhi from 25th October,2012  to 31st December,2012.She also assured the traders that their other problems pertaining to VAT about extension of C Form date and levy of Form 32 and 33 will be sort out shortly.
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For more information please contact CAIT, Secretary General, Mr. Praveen Khandelwal@9891015165, 93101099771.

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मंदिर समिति के साथ विहिप भी उतरी मैदान में 
नई दिल्ली अक्तूबर 23, 2012। दक्षिणी दिल्ली के वसंत विहार में पंच मुखी हनूमान मंदिर में चल रहे पंच दिवसीय अखंड हनुमान चालीसा पाठ के समापन पर आज भक्तो ने जहां भंडारा कर पाठ सम्पूर्ण किया वहीँ परिसर में ही बनाए जा रहे भवन को अचानक दिल्ली नगर निगम व दिल्ली पुलिस द्वारा सील करने पर रोष व्यक्त करते हुए जोर दार प्रदर्शन भी किया। बाद में वरिष्ठ पुलिस अधिकारियों के हस्तक्षेप के बाद भवन को बंद करने बाली दीवार को गिरा कर मामला शांत हुआ। प्राचीन पंच मुखी हनुमान मंदिर समिति के अध्यक्ष श्री रूबी सिंह सहरावत व विश्व हिन्दू परिषद दिल्ली के उपाध्यक्ष श्री दीपक कुमार ने राम नवमी के दिन भक्तो के पूजा अर्चन में बाधा डालने तथा मंदिर के भवन पर अनाधिकृत कार्यवाही कर हिन्दू जन भावानाओ को आहत किए जाने की कड़ी निंदा की है।
विस्तृत जानकारी देते हुए विहिप दिल्ली के मीडिया प्रमुख श्री विनोद बंसल ने बताया गत कुछ दिनों से मंदिर परिसर में कुछ कमरों का निर्माण कार्य जारी था जो लगभग समाप्ति की ओर था। 1946 में बने इस प्राचीन पंच मुखी हनुमान मंदिर में मंदिर समिति द्वारा गत सप्ताह से चल रहे अखंड हनुमान चालीसा पाठ का समापन भी आज ही था। इस अवसर पर आज वहां विशाल भंडारे का आयोजन किया गया। सुबह से ही भक्तों की लम्बी कतार लगी थी कि अचानक पुलिस व एम सी डी के अधिकारियों ने नव निर्मित भवन के मुख्य द्वार जहां दरबाजे लगाने थे, जबर्दस्ती दीवार चुनवा  कर भवन को सील करा दिया। फिर क्या था? भक्त आग बबूला हो गए और मंदिर समिती ने अपनी बाहें चढ़ा लीं। एक तरफ लोग तो दूसरी और पुलिस बढ़ती गई। पूरे दिन चले ड्रामे के बाद शाम होते होते भवन के आधे हिस्से की दीबार को तो प्रशासन ने हटा लिया किन्तु भक्तों का रोष जारी रहा।
विहिप दिल्ली ने इस पुरे प्रकरण में प्रशासनिक कार्यवाही की तीव्र निंदा करते हुए कहा है की आखिर हिन्दू मंदिरों पर हथोडा चलाने के लिए दिल्ली पुलिस के पास फ़ोर्स कहाँ से आ जाती है जबकि दिल्ली उच्च न्यायालय के आदेश के बाबजूद सुभाष पार्क में बने अबैध ढाँचे को तोड़ने के लिए वह अगल बगल झाँक रही है। विहिप ने इस विबाद को अविलम्ब सुलझाने की अपील की है जिससे भक्तों की धार्मिक भावनाओं पर कोई कुठाराघात न हो।
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