The Prime Minister, ShriNarendraModi, today launched a
historic support and outreach programme for the Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises (MSME) sector. As part of this programme, the Prime Minister
unveiled12 key initiatives which will help the growth, expansion and
facilitation of MSMEs across the country.
The Prime Minister said that the 12 decisions that he is
announcing today, will mark a new chapter for the MSME sector. Noting that MSMEs
are one of the principal employment generators in India, the Prime Minister
recalled the glorious Indian traditions of small scale industry, including
Ludhiana’s hosiery, and Varanasi’s sarees.
The Prime Minister said that the success of economic
reforms launched by the Union Government, can be gauged from the rise in India's
“Ease of Doing Business Rankings,” from 142 to 77 in four years.
The Prime Minister said that there are five key aspects
for facilitating the MSME sector. These include access to credit, access to
market, technology upgradation, ease of doing business, and a sense of security
ShriSantosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (I/C) for
Labour & Employment praised the efforts of Employees’ Provident Fund
Organisation (EPFO) to digitalize the services to accelerate the claims
settlement of EPFO beneficiaries in, Provident Fund, Pension & Insurance,
while inaugurating 66th foundation day celebrations of EPFO.
He said that government is sincerely working to bring
unorganized sector workers within the social security net. On this occasion, the
Minister also inaugurated the online facility of “Claim Receipt Entry” at 117
District Offices of EPFO by integrating them digitally. It will help members to
cut down upon long distance travels for claim submission.
He further said that PradhanMantriRojgarProtsahanYojana (PMRPY)
is yielding good results. Approximately 85 lakh new employees have benefitted
from this scheme and government has contributed Rs. 2405 crore in the scheme.
He further said that he has asked officials to implement
Grievance Redressal mechanism effectively and complete all the complaints and
enquiry cases regarding employees in a time bound manner.
Digital Connectivity of district offices and facility of
online returns of International Workers launched today promises further
conveniences. He added that facility of online claim is widely welcomed by the
employees and within one year the submission of online claim has increased from
less than 5% to more than 50% and soon it will reach almost 100 percent.
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu
has said that Indians living abroad can contribute to the exciting growth
story unfolding in India today. He was addressing the Indian Community
Reception organized by the High Commissioner of India to Botswana, Dr.
Rajesh Ranjan, at Baisago Convocation Centre in Gaborone, Botswana today.
The Vice President said that Indian Diaspora in Botswana
has not only well-integrated into its pluralistic, free and democratic society,
but, also have immensely contributed to the economy of Botswana. We Indians take
pride in being enterprising, inclusive and law abiding community, he said. In
whichever part of the world they live, Indians have excelled, he added.
The Vice President said that Government of India attaches
great importance to its fellow countrymen who are living abroad. He expressed
happiness that Indians in Botswana have contributed hugely to the successful
story of Botswana’s economic growth. You are India’s cultural ambassadors and
the world sees you as the representatives of Indian values and way of life, he
He also welcomed the President of Botswana's decision to
join International Solar Alliance. He was calling on the President of Botswana,
Dr.Mokgweetsi Eric KeabetsweMasisi, in Gaborone, Botswana today.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan has arrived in
Beijing to rework “all-weather” ties with China, after reinforcing
Islamabad’s bonds with Saudi Arabia, and keeping the door open for the
re-entry of West-backed International Monetary Fund (IMF) into his country.
He was received at the airport in the early hours on
Friday by Chinese Minister for Transport Li Xiaopeng, Chinese Ambassador to
Pakistan Yao Jing and Ambassador of Pakistan to China Masood Khalid. In the
afternoon, Mr. Khan was welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great
Hall of the People.
President Xi responded by stating that China-Pakistan “all
weather” friendship should enter a “new era”. “I attach great importance to
China-Pakistan relations and am willing to work together with the Prime Minister
to strengthen the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership and build a
new era of China-Pakistan destiny,” Mr. Xi said.
Talks between the two leaders commenced when Pakistan’s
foreign exchange reserves have reached an alarming low of around $8 billion —
barely sufficient to finance about two months of imports. Current account
deficit in the financial year that ended in June was around $18 billion.
Pakistani media reports quoted Information Minister
FawadChaudhry as saying that the Xi-Khan meeting was “very productive”, and
signalled that Pakistan would secure a major economic package from China. Geo
TV, quoting sources, reported that Pakistan is expected to receive $6 billion
economic package from China during Mr. Khan’s visit.
NASA’s pioneering Dawn spacecraft — which orbited the
two largest objects in the asteroid belt — has run out of fuel, ending a
11-year mission that unravelled many mysteries of our solar system, the U.S
space agency said on Friday.
The $467 million Dawn mission, launched in 2007 to study
the protoplanetVesta and the dwarf planet Ceres, missed scheduled communications
sessions with NASA’s Deep Space Network on October 31 and November 1, NASA said
in a statement.
After the flight team eliminated other possible causes for
the missed communications, mission managers concluded that the spacecraft
finally ran out of hydrazine, the fuel that enables the spacecraft to control
“Today, we celebrate the end of our Dawn mission — its
incredible technical achievements, the vital science it gave us, and the entire
team who enabled the spacecraft to make these discoveries,” said Thomas
Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate here.