The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has notified
the modified land policy. The policy would be applicable in the urbanizable
areas of urban extensions in 95 villages of Delhi. The policy replaces the
earlier policy notified in the year 2013.
It aims at developing smart and sustainable
neighborhoods, sectors and zones, planned and executed as per the
availability of water, power and other infrastructure.
The core of the policy is active role of private
sector and farmers also involved in assembling land and developing physical
and social infrastructure. Owners or group of owners can pool land parcels
for development as per prescribed norms.
Land Parcels of any size can participate under the
policy. However, the minimum land to be pooled is 2 hectares to ensure
adequate return of land for development and form a Developer Entity
For smooth planning and development of infrastructure,
integrated Sector-based planning approach shall be followed. A minimum of
70% contiguous land of the developable area within a sector, free of
encumbrances is required to be pooled to make the sectors eligible for
development under the Policy.
The New Industrial Policy framed by the Ministry of
Commerce in consultation with all Ministries of Government of India, State
Governments, Industry and all stakeholders embodies the Government’s
intention to align India with the emerging technologies of drones,
artificial intelligence and block chain.
This was stated by the Union Minister of Commerce &
Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, at the launch of the Centre for
the Fourth Industrial Revolution, India, by the Geneva-based World Economic
Forum (WEF) yesterday in New Delhi.
The Minister further said that the policy is in sync
with the challenges and opportunities for India with the fourth industrial
revolution technologies and will place the country firmly in the global
supply and value chains
Suresh Prabhu went on to state that the fourth
Industrial revolution is driven by digital technology and India is on track
to adopt digital technology in every aspect of governance.
This will help the country to leap frog into the
global supply chain. Minister gave the example of the recently launched
Digiyatra by the Ministry of Civil Aviation as an example of India’s vision
to transform the country into a digitally empowered society.
Terrorism is an overwhelming threat to the
international order and countries should cooperate with each other in
dealing with this threat, External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj said in her
statement at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) ministerial meeting
Dwelling on the Indian point of view on regional affairs,
the Minister said India would like to host the next round of SCO-Afghanistan
“Terrorism remains the most overwhelming threat to our
common goals of development and prosperity. As the footprint of terrorism
expands, governments must assume their national responsibility and cooperate
with each other,” Ms.Swaraj said in Dushanbe on Friday.
India-Azerbaijan sign protocol on trade economic ,science&
The 5th meeting of India-Azerbaijan Inter-Governmental
Commission on Trade and Economic, Science and Technology Cooperation (IA-IGC)
was held on 11-12 October, 2018 in New Delhi.
The two sides exchanged views on current economic
situation and reviewed the current status of bilateral trade, investment and
their cooperation in the fields of trade, economy, science and technology.
They emphasised to further strengthen and expand their
cooperation in trade and investment, transportation, energy and hydro-carbons,
SMEs, agriculture, food safety and environmental protection, tourism, culture,
health and pharmaceuticals, space technology, education and scientific research,
chemicals and petrochemicals and mining.
Trade turnover between India and Azerbaijan in
January-August 2018 was USD 657.9 million. Both sides felt that bilateral trade
was far below the potential and there was a need to step up the cooperation to
enlarge the trade basket and increase bilateral trade and investment. Both sides
agreed to take measures to enhance trade relations and expand business relations
between the two countries.
India is planning a major mission to sequence the
genes of a “large” group of Indians — akin to projects in the U.K., China,
Japan and Australia — and use this to improve health and buck a global trend
of designing “personalised medicine”.
This was among the key decisions taken by the Prime
Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (STIAC) at its
first meeting on Tuesday.
Ever since the Council of Scientific and Industrial
Research in 2009 announced that it had sequenced the genome of an Indian, then
making India one of six countries to achieve such a feat, several research labs
have analysed genes from Indians for disease susceptibility. However, no
compendium of genes that differentiate Indian populations from, say, Caucasian
or African genomes exist.
A group of Indian scientists and companies are involved
with a 100k GenomeAsia project, led by the National Technological University (NTU),
Singapore, to sequence the whole genomes of 100,000 Asians, including 50,000
Sequencing genomes and linking to human health and disease
as a research initiative, and doing this on a much larger scale, so it has a
direct impact on public health. As the first level starts, the second will be
put in place, speedily.”