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Gartner Says Customer Relationship Management Software Market Grew 12.3 Percent
May 26,2016

Worldwide customer relationship management (CRM) software totaled $26.3 billion in 2015, up 12.3 percent from $23.4 billion in 2014, according to Gartner, Inc.

The merger and acquisition activity that began flowing through the market in 2009 continued in 2015, with more than 30 notable acquisitions, Julian Poulter, research director at Gartner. This has resulted in increased competition at the top end of the CRM market, with the continued focus of global vendors sales forces driving good growth worldwide in all CRM sub-segments but only for cloud or software as a service (SaaS) applications.

Overall, the top five CRM software vendors accounted for more than 45 percent of the total market in 2015 (Table 1). The top five vendors had very little change in ranking compared with 2014, although Adobe jumped into the fifth position, displacing IBM, as it continues to lead the CRM marketing segment with a focus on marketing agencies and the chief marketing officer (CMO).

CRM Software Spending by Vendor, Total Software Revenue Worldwide, 2015 (Millions of Dollars)

Company2015

Revenue

2015 Market

Share (%)

2014

Revenue

2014 Market

Share (%)

Salesforce5,170.919.74,268.518.2SAP2,684.410.22,669.013.0Oracle2,046.57.82,119.09.1Microsoft1,141.54.3951.14.1Adobe936.83.6738.13.2Others14,307.754.412,658.355.4Total26,287.8100.023,404.0100.0

Source: Gartner (May 2016)

CRM growth is driven by cloud service revenue, which, in the application space, uses SaaS as the major delivery model, said Mr. Poulter. SaaS revenue grew 27 percent year over year, which is more than double overall CRM market growth in 2015. On-premises new license revenue declined 1 percent for the same period.

Salesforce continued to dominate the CRM market in 2015, with 19.7 percent of the market. Salesforce leads in revenue in the sales and customer service and support (CSS) segments of CRM, and it is now third in revenue in the marketing segment, where it is the fastest-growing segment among the top five.

Spending in North America continued in double digits as this market continued to generate the bulk of revenue (55.7 percent) in the overall CRM market. However, U.S. dollar figures were significantly impacted by currency swings in 2015, especially for those vendors with significant revenue from non-North American markets. Currency impacts typically show that overall EMEA results were down for companies with substantial EMEA revenue when reported in U.S. dollars. Companies that report in euros, such as SAP, show lower CRM growth at 0.6 percent in current U.S. dollars, but in constant currency, they show 12.8 percent growth.

Once again, emerging Asia/Pacific grew the fastest, with growth of 21.9 percent in 2015, closely followed by greater China with 18.4 percent growth. Middle East and North Africa and mature Asia/Pacific both achieved double-digit growth at 10.7 and 10.2 percent, respectively.

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Gartner Mobile App Survey Reveals 24 Percent More Spending on In-App Transactions Than on Upfront App Payments
May 26,2016

Mobile app users spend 24 percent more on in-app transactions than on upfront app payments, according to an online consumer survey* by Gartner, Inc. Consumer preference for in-app transactions indicates that the flexibility they offer is delivering a better customer experience than paid-for downloads.

Overall, the survey results showed that mobile app users are spending $7.40 on paid-for apps every three months and $9.20 on in-app transactions, resulting in a quarter more spending on in-app transactions, said Stephanie Baghdassarian, research director at Gartner. This confirms that once users are confident that an app delivers the expected value without having to pay upfront, they then find it easier to spend on in-app transactions.

Ms. Baghdassarian added that not all users will activate in-app transactions, especially those who cannot see the value of the app. However, those who see the value are more likely to spend higher amounts, with one user in three spending, on average, more than $5 a month.

The survey found that younger people are more confident with in-app transactions than their elders. Although in-app transactions typically drive higher mean spending across all age bands (except for the 35-44 band, where in-app transactions equal upfront payments), the gap between the two models is wider among the younger users n++ the 18-24 and 25-34 segments. Younger users are more confident in spending within an app than older users, who are more comfortable with the classic model of buying to own and use. For mobile app providers, going forward, younger generations are unlikely to lose confidence and expectations about in-app transactions.

The survey also found that more than 65 percent of respondents said their spending remained the same across paid-for downloads and in-app transactions. However, among users who have changed spending levels on mobile apps in the last year, 62 percent have increased their in-app transactions, versus 55 percent for paid-for downloads. There is appetite for in-app transactions, as they allow users to try before they buy and validate the offering before committing further, said Ms. Baghdassarian.

A great customer experience leads to users advocating a product or service; it also keeps the user a loyal and returning consumer of the service, said Ms. Baghdassarian. Mobile app providers should consider recurring in-app transaction options, as well as an all-encompassing one-off upgrade to a premium version of the app. A good approach is to sprinkle in extra features that drive in-app transactions along the life cycle of the app, so the user has the choice of what to pay for n++ la carte, while still offering the option to purchase the full package if desired.

Providers wishing to focus on offering the best customer experience should be wary of in-app advertising, which, according to the survey, has yet to prove that it delivers value to the user. Only 20 percent of survey respondents indicated that they often click on advertisements contained within mobile apps. More importantly, almost two-thirds said they do not click on ads within mobile apps.

Whatever the nature of the app n++ be it for a game, productivity, fitness or entertainment n++ there are opportunities to deliver extra value through in-app transactions. Delivering extra value will drive users engagement and, eventually, satisfaction, said Ms. Baghdassarian.

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India among 5th largest producer of e-waste in world: ASSOCHAM-KPMG study
May 26,2016

India has surely emerged as the second largest mobile market with 1.03 billion subscribers, but also the fifth largest producer of e-waste in the world, discarding roughly 18.5 lakh metric tonnes of electronic waste each year with telecom equipment alone accounting for 12 per cent of the e-waste, according to an ASSOCHAM-KPMG joint study. With more than 100 crore mobile phones in circulation, nearly 25 per cent end up in e-waste annually, said the study.

It is suggested that e-waste collection targets are implemented in a phased manner with lower and practically achievable target limits. The detailed implementation of procedures for collection of e-waste from the market needs to be followed. The phased manner for implementation of e-waste collection targets needs to be introduced. The steps should be taken to rationalize the various audits being conducted by various authorities, to ensure that same areas are not audited on a repeated basis.

The guidelines should be issued by DoT with respect to locations of tower and clearance requirements should be adopted across states to smoothen tower set up process. While releasing the study, Mr P.Balaji, Chairman, ASSOCHAM National council on Telecommunications & Director-Regulatory, External Affairs & CSR, Vodafone India said, the telecommunication Industry is committed to realize the Government Vision of Digital India. In the last 15 months alone operators have invested over 30% of the cumulative investment made in 20 years prior. Over 100 million handsets have been manufactured last year. A quick resolution on issues that will facilitate ease of doing business will accelerate achieving the Digital India Vision. We are confident that the Government which has set a fast pace of policy formulation and execution will support this endeavor, added Mr. Balaji. The unorganised sector in India is estimated to handle around 95 per cent of the e-waste produced in the country. Given the huge user base and vast reach of telecom in India, it is practically difficult and expensive for the handset manufacturers to achieve the targets prescribed in the rules from first year. It is suggested that e-waste collection targets are implemented in a phased manner with lower and practically achievable target limits. Also, the detailed implementation of procedures for collection of e-waste from the market needs to be followed.

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Ind-Ra: Reverse E-Auction May Lower Bilateral Power Prices
May 26,2016

The price discovery for power through the recent e-auction mechanism has been lower than the bilateral power trade prices, thus pushing down reference prices for short-term power tariffs, says India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra). Bilateral markets are a playing ground for large power traders and they provided a reference price for majority of the short to medium term price assumptions. Ind-Ra believes that in the event the e-auction platform emerges as the most efficient mechanism for price discovery, bilateral trade prices may track the e-auction prices. Ind-Ra believes the decline in bilateral power prices can impact the credit profiles of independent power producers (IPPs) with untied capacities which were trading through the bilateral route earlier.

The other critical aspect of the e-auction tariff is that it is quoted by the IPPs at the delivery point of the respective state periphery of the procurer and hence includes the costs that the IPP will have to bear including intra-state open access charges, transmission charges, point of connection injection charges and losses. Therefore, the net realisation to the IPP will be lower, which highlights the fact that the power market continues to be a procurers market and low net realisation for the IPPs can impact their cash flows. In fact leveraged IPPs may need to look for refinancing of debt.

The price discovery for power through the reverse e-auction has been quite favorable for the procurers, which may lead to higher demand in the reverse e-auctions in the future. Ind-Ra believes this will also impact the volumes of power which are sold through the power exchanges.

Ind-Ra notes currently the reverse e-auction is applicable on short-term power purchases (period of more than one day but less than one year) but consequently, due to the success of this method of bidding, the government may introduce the e-auction mechanism even for the purchase of medium to long term power.

Ind-Ra notes that the power tariffs in the e-auction compares quite favorably with the all India average price of INR2.91/kwh in April 2016 on the Indian Energy Exchange, with the bilateral all India weighted average price of INR3.90/kwh in March 2016 and with the average power purchase cost for the distribution utilities (discoms) in the respective states.

Till date four utilities have procured power through the reverse e-auction route, namely Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEBL), Torrent Power (TPL), Uttarakhand Power Corporation (UPCL) and Bihar State Power Holding Company (BSPHCL) at an average tariff of 3.23/kwh, INR3.02/kwh, INR2.80/kwh and INR3.30/kwh respectively. TPL emerged as the largest bidder in terms of quantity since it procured power over the longest time period, between May to October 2016. The below table provides a comparative analysis of the average prices along with the area specific prices on the exchanges.

In the current round of auctions, the procurers had the option of either requisitioning round the clock power (RTC) or power under different time slots. Most of the states needed different quantities under different time slots, while UPCL had two bids for supply of RTC power at tariffs of INR2.69/kwh in August 2016 and INR2.66/kwh in September 2016 which again compares quite favorably with the weighted average RTC price of INR3.97/kwh during March 2016. Additionally, under the short term bidding guidelines for the reverse e-auction, the tariff quoted is a single part tariff unlike a two part tariff consisting of fixed and variable costs. Ind-Ra has been highlighting that given the large fixed charges that distribution companies end up paying on the basis of availability and their weak financial health, they had been wary of singing a two part tariffs and were keen to sign a single part tariff.

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Maneka Sanjay Gandhi releases Draft Model Rules under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015
May 26,2016

The Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi released the Draft Model Rules under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 in New Delhi today. The draft rules have been released for stakeholder comments and suggestions. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 has come into force from 15th January, 2016 repealing the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.

The Act is a comprehensive law with strengthened provisions for children in conflict with law and those in need of care and protection. Some of the key features include: special provisions for children who commit heinous offences in the age group of 16-18 years; inclusion of new offences committed against children, which were so far not adequately covered under any other law, such as giving intoxicating liquor or narcotic drug or tobacco products to children, sale and procurement of children for any purpose, corporal punishment in child care institutions, etc.; mandatory registration of all Child Care Institutions with punishment in case of non-compliance; and giving statutory status to the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) to enable it to perform its function more effectively.

The Draft Model Rules, 2016 that repeal the Model Rules, 2007, are based on the philosophy that children need to be reformed and reintegrated into society. The Rules are appreciative of the development needs of children and therefore best interest of the child along with child friendly procedures is incorporated across the provisions and is the primary consideration.

One of the key features of the JJ Act, 2015 is special treatment of children in the age group of 16-18 years who commit heinous offences. The Draft rules prescribe detailed child friendly procedures for police, Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and Childrens Court. The Board and the Childrens Court are to adhere to the principle of best interest of the child and the objective of rehabilitation and reintegration of the child in the society. Every state Government is required to set up at least one n++place of safetyn++ in a State for the rehabilitation of such children. The Rules prescribe for extensive services to be provided to such children through regular monitoring.

A principle of JJ Act, 2015 is that keeping children in institutional care should be a measure of last resort. The Act therefore provides for various de-institutionalization measures for children such as adoption, foster care and sponsorship. The Draft rules prescribe detailed procedures to give effect to these provisions. Various models of Group foster care were reviewed and studied before drafting the relevant provisions in the Rules. In addition to these, roles and responsibilities of various functionaries responsible to provide care and protection to children have been re-defined to bring clarity.

To facilitate quick and smooth adoption of children, the entire adoption process has been made online and transparent. Simplified procedures have been laid down for adoption by relatives. Child care institutions are required to develop linkages with Specialized Adoption Agencies so that the pool of adoptable children can be increased and these children can be brought into the adoption process. Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), which was earlier a society has been given the status of a statutory body to enable it to function better. The Draft Rules prescribe for a comprehensive list of function of CARA, to facilitate its smooth functioning.

The JJ Act, 2015 includes a separate chapter on offences against child and several of the offences listed in this chapter were so far not adequately covered under any other law. These include sale and procurement of children for any purpose including illegal adoption, corporal punishment in child care institutions, giving children intoxicating liquor or narcotic drug or psychotropic substance or tobacco products, use of child by militant or adult groups, offences against disabled children and, kidnapping and abduction of children. For the effective implementation of these provisions, the Draft Rules provides for child friendly procedures for reporting, recording and trial. It is proposed that every police station will have child friendly infrastructure, similarly special Childrens Room will be designated in every Court complex.

In addition to the Draft Rules, extensive Forms have also been drafted to standardize and simplify prescribed procedures. A total of 49 Forms have been drafted which is more than double the Forms in Model Rules, 2007. Separate individual care forms for children in need of care and protection and those in conflict with law have been created, form for social background report by the police, which was lacking earlier has been developed to assist the police in recording information about children. Form for period review of children in the age group of 16-18 years who are placed in n++place of safetyn++, will assist in proper review of the progress of the child and also ensure children are provided with adequate services for their rehabilitation. Several other forms related to periodic report by probation officer, case monitoring sheet, Comprehensive psycho-social report, Rehabilitation card, etc. will go a long way in better understanding and implementation of the Act and Rules framed thereunder.

The Ministry constituted a multi-disciplinary Committee to draft the model rules. The committee comprised of a Senior Judge and advocates, members of Juvenile Justice Board and Child Welfare Committee, representatives of State Governments, representatives of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, mental health expert, and civil society organizations, all working in the field of child protection. After a comprehensive review of the Draft Rules by the Ministry, these are being released. Thereafter, Adoption Regulations and Model Foster Care Guidelines under the JJ Act, 2015 will also be placed in public domain shortly.

The Draft Rules are also being placed on the website of the Ministry www.wcd.nic.in for inviting suggestions /comments from the Civil Society Organisations, Non-Government Organizations, Individuals, State Governments/UT administrations and Ministries concerned. Comments are to be sent to the Ministry at email id jjrules2016@gmail.com within 15 days starting from 25 May 2016.

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Govt to offer incentives to young Start-ups: Dr Jitendra Singh
May 26,2016

On the completion of two years of completion of the NDA Government, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here that Government will offer incentives to young Start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Addressing a meeting of the Department of Youth Affairs, Dr Jitendra Singh said that, since by coincidence he simultaneously holds the charge of both Northeast as well as Youth Affairs, he will try to coordinate between the two Ministries to supplement each others efforts for encouraging youth from all over the country to set up entrepreneurship in Northeast. Since Northeast has huge unexplored potential for organic products, he said, on behalf of the DoNER Ministry, it has been decided to create a n++Venture Capital Fundn++ for any youth who decides to initiate an enterprise in that region.

Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that during the launch of Start-up India initiative on 16th January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced some of the most incredible incentives including the provision of exit period of 3 months during which a youngster will have the option to decide whether to go ahead or to switch over to other alternative option. In addition, Start-up India programme also provides for a tax holiday for initial period, he said and suggested that the Youth Affairs Ministry should hold country-wide awareness camps and workshops to make the youngsters aware of all these provisions.

While the Ministry of DoNER will provide n++Venture Capital Fundn++ for Startups venturing in Northeast, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Department of Youth Affairs will provide added support through its establishments like Nehru Yuva Kendra and other youth centres.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Department of Youth Affairs has assumed special significance in todays 2016 India because more than 60% of countrys population is below the age of 35 years. The Start-up India Mission will be led by the youth of the country who will finally usher India into a world power in the next few years.

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Fitch: US Forecasts Cut but Near-term Emerging Market Growth Pressure Eases
May 26,2016

Weakness in emerging markets (EM) and adjustments to energy sector spending continue to weigh on global growth, Fitch Ratings says in its latest Global Economic Outlook (GEO).

The agency has sharply cut its forecast for US private investment growth and sees US 2016 GDP growing 1.8%, the first sub-2% growth since 2013. However, growth expectations for China have been revised up to 6.3% in 2016 and 2017, from 6.2% and 6% previously, as earlier policy stimulus gains traction and the authorities commitment to stabilising near-term growth has strengthened.

The near-term threat to emerging market growth has eased, due to a more assertive stimulus policy in China and the stabilisation of commodity prices, said Brian Coulton, Chief Economist at Fitch.

A decline in energy sector capital spending around the globe, Chinas investment slowdown and steep falls in domestic demand in Russia and Brazil have neutralised the benefits of lower oil prices on global growth over the last two years. Against this backdrop, worse-than-expected US 1Q16 GDP growth provided further evidence of the significant impact of external shocks on the economy, with exports declining for a second consecutive quarter, oil-related investment falling by a third and further declines in industrial production.

Its unlikely that US consumer spending will be immune to the slowdown in the industrial sector. Nevertheless we dont see evidence of domestic private sector imbalances in the US that would push the economy into a deeper adjustment, said Mr. Coulton.

An intensification of external shocks would be a bigger threat to the economy, but the near-term EM growth picture is looking a little bit better. Most importantly, Chinese housebuilding has staged a recovery, which will have knock-on effects on the rest of the economy. Recent data from Russia have also surprised positively.

We dont see any major reversal in accommodative policies in China soon, even if this contributes to further increases in leverage and slow progress on capacity reduction, added Mr. Coulton.

The weakening in the US dollar since late 2015 has also helped ease pressure on EM borrowers and currencies. Fitch cautions, however, that the dollar may strengthen later in 2016 as the Fed looks to resume interest rate increases in the second half of the year as near-term global risks diminish. With both the BOJ and ECB continuing to expand balance sheets aggressively and adopting negative policy rates, the divergence in global monetary policy cycles remains stark. Nevertheless, concerns about unintended consequences will limit the extent of further moves into negative interest rate territory.

The eurozones ongoing gradual recovery is on track with household spending supported by labour market improvements, low headline inflation and bank credit continuing to grow. Our forecast for the eurozone for 2016 has been revised up by 0.1% to 1.6%. Forecasts for the UK, however, have been revised down by 0.2% to 1.9% in 2016, reflecting the impact of uncertainty ahead of the Brexit referendum.

Global growth (based on an aggregate of 20 large developed and emerging economies (the Fitch 20)) is forecast at 2.5% in 2016, unchanged from 2015 and the same as forecast in the March GEO. Global growth should pick up to around 3% in 2017 as GDP stabilises in Russia and Brazil and the drag from energy adjustments starts to fade.

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Maneka Sanjay Gandhi inaugurates the e-Archive website and the e-Learning portal of WCD Ministry
May 26,2016

Under the Digital India Programme, the Honble Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launched two websites www.nipccd-earchive.wcd.nic.in and www.nipccd-elearning.wcd.nic.in of the WCD Ministry.

These websites are developed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD), an autonomous body of the Ministry, an apex Institute for training of the ICDS/ICPS/NGOs Functionaries.

The e-Archive website will serve as a full-fledged electronic library that will help in compiling and integrating publications and resource materials from all departments of the Ministry with regards to their national policies, plan of actions, programmes, national and state level achievements, schemes, goals, circulars, books, presentations, periodicals, research publications, government orders, circulars, compendium of research articles, document pdfs, audio and video spots etc.

NIPCCD in its continuous endeavor to upgrade the knowledge and skill of functionaries and trainers, has developed a series of e-courses that are user friendly and promote learning in an interactive manner. In this direction, the Institute has developed the e-learning portal as a self-study platform. The first e-course starting today is the Job Training Course for Child Development Project Officers of ICDS and will gradually bring in new training programmes. The purpose of developing e-learning portal is to provide an opportunity and access to technical concepts, knowledge and communicate to a much wider audience at a faster pace to develop and increase their skill.

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi lauded the efforts of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and NIPCCD in developing e-Archive and e-Learning portal which would go a long way to create a knowledge repository in the area of Maternal Health and Child Care. She further congratulated NIPCCD in developing the e-learning portal which is in consonance with Prime Ministers vision of skill development and digital literacy programme for ground level functionaries currently being implementing in various social development programmes.

V. Somasundaran, Secretary, WCD said this is the time when we envisage the digitalization of our knowledge resources in order to use them efficiently at minimum cost. He also appreciated the efforts put in by NIPCCD in developing both the websites.

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Moodys: Indias new bankruptcy code to boost significantly bargaining power of creditors as against large debtors
May 26,2016

Moodys: Indias new bankruptcy code could significantly boost bargaining power of creditors against large debtors.

Moodys Investors Service says that Indias new bankruptcy code will significantly boost the bargaining power of creditors against large debtors for the resolution of distressed assets.

The current weak legal framework for asset resolution has been a key structural credit weakness for Indian banks, says Srikanth Vadlamani, a The proposed new rules address several key inefficiencies in the current resolution regime, adds Vadlamani.

Moodys report explains that the proposed bankruptcy law would:

1) Introduce a unified framework to replace the current collection of separate laws drafted in piecemeal fashion across overlapping jurisdictions

2) Reduce threshold for creditors to invoke the insolvency resolution process (IRP)

3) Introduce third-party insolvency professionals (IP) as intermediaries to oversee the IRP, replacing the debtors existing management and operate the company as a going concern upon initiation of an IRP

4) Give creditors overriding authority to approve terms of any restructuring package

5) Limit duration of IRP to maximum of 270 days, after which a company will be automatically liquidated

These features are positive for Indian banks because they will act as an incentive for corporate borrowers to avoid loan default and improve the recovery of assets. In addition to increasing banks influence over the restructuring process, the mandated replacement of the existing management during the process should act as a key disincentive for debtors to default in the first place.

Moreover, the limited timeframe strengthens the banks bargaining power over delinquent borrowers.

However, Moodys report also points out that significant infrastructure constraints need to be overcome before the framework can become fully operational, including:

1) Development of the required infrastructure required support new restructuring procedure, particularly legal resources and information utilities

2) Time required for various stakeholders to accumulate the requisite legal experience and precedents for the new system to be fully up and running

3) Limited impact that the new law may have on the liquidation process

Moodys report concludes that the new law may only a have a limited benefit in addressing the current asset quality issues facing Indian banks. In particular, the banks will still have limited avenues available to dispose of distressed assets, and will in general remain reluctant to make appropriate haircuts to reflect their current weak operating conditions.

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EESL Distributes LED Bulbs Under UJALA in the Range of Rs. 75-95 across 16 States
May 26,2016

The LED bulbs under Government of India s UnnatJyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA)scheme  are being distributed across 16 States in the country in the price range of Rs 75- 95.  The project, executed by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, procures high quality LED bulbs from leading manufacturers through a transparent bidding process. In the latest round of procurement, which ended on March 31, 2016, the lowest procurement cost was Rs. 54.90 (exclusive of taxes and administrative costs).

The government, through aggregation and transparent procurement has achieved a rapid decline in LED prices. In the first round of procurement held in January 2014, EESL achieved the lowest bid at Rs. 310. The prices for the subsequent procurements for other states, during September 2014 to February 2015, ranged between Rs. 204 to Rs. 104.

EESL has pooled the prices of all the previous procurements since 2014 and the passed on the direct benefit to the consumers across states. Various state-specific taxes and other administrative costs like distribution, awareness, etc are added to the pooled procurement price. Therefore, the cost of the LED bulb has been brought down to a price range of Rs. 75 - Rs. 95, after addition of administrative costs, distribution and awareness cost. Therefore, the variation in the final cost of the bulbs is owing to the difference in taxes across states.

The Government has ensured transparency and encouraged competition by using e-procurement of goods and services. This has resulted in significant reduction in transaction cost and time and enhanced process efficiency. This in turn has led to a much larger participation of bidders thereby increasing competition and reducing the procurement cost of LED bulbs.

The UJALA scheme is being monitored in a transparent manner through a national dashboard (www.ujala.gov.in). As on date, EESL has distributed over 10.77 crore LED bulbs across India and the programme have led to significant savings to the state and consumers who are using these bulbs. As of date, the savings achieved are -

Estimated daily energy savings3.83 crores kWhEstimated reduction of peak Demand2,800 MWEstimated daily cost reduction of bills of consumersINR 15.32 crores Estimated daily greenhouse gas emission reductions31,000 tonnes of CO2

The target of the programme is to replace all the 77 crore incandescent bulbs sold in India by LEDs. This will result in reduction of 20,000 MW load, energy savings of 100 billion kWh and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions savings of 80 million tons every year. The annual saving in electricity bills of consumers will be Rs. 40,000 crore, considering average tariff of Rs. 4 per kWh

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Union HRD Minister Launches Bharatavani Portal
May 26,2016

The Union HRD Minister, Smt Smriti Zubin Iani launched the multilingual knowledge portal www.bharatvani.in at Lucknow. While launching the app the Minister said that under the Prime Minister Shri Modis Digital India Mission, Bharatavani App will perform the task of bringing about digital revolution in the county. The Governments mission is to showcase the Indian culture and heritage to the world through the medium of technology.

This project is in line with the HRD Ministrys efforts to not only ensure universalization of education but also towards creation of a knowledge society in the digital age. The Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysuru is implementing this ambitious project of MHRD.

One Point language resource : Bharatavani is the first knowledge portal of its kind in India which focuses on becoming a single point source for multiple language learning, content and technology.

Given Indias diversity, Bharatavani is an attempt to bring the people of India under one portal, its goal being to bridge the Digital and language divide, with the idea to publish as well as involve people in the Open Knowledge movement.

Window to language diversity: Government of India with the launch of this multilingual portal reiterates its commitment to the protection, preservation and inclusion of all Indian languages through technological development without discrimination. Indias diversity includes a treasure trove of knowledge and indigenous culture and the Government will take all measures required to develop the spread of Indian languages across communities and cultures.

Fostering National Integration: By its very nature, Bharatavani aims to foster national integration by emphasizing on multilingual and cross-lingual learning tools and technologies. Many cross-lingual grammar books, learning courses, will not only enable learning of languages but their transliteration will enable us to learn another language instantly. This can be experienced by way of the Bharatavani App, which has been so designed to enable users to read any language in any script through any language interface.

Catalyst to Language Technology Development Technology Development for Indian Languages will be made much easier with Bharatavani turnout to be Indias largest language Corpus. Digitization of hundreds of multilingual, multi-topic dictionaries, will provide Bharatavani a massive data set of linguistic terminologies, thereby leveraging research and development. Bharatavani aims to establish itself as a single point online window to knowledge in and about Indian Languages, dictionaries, language IT tools and textbooks.

Bharatavani Multi-lingual App: Unique multiple source of worlds

Alongwith the Bharatavani portal, MHRD has also launched the Bharatavani Multi-lingual App called Bharatavani. This App will enable users to search for one language text in another language as well as get meanings in different languages. Currently the App has 35 multilingual Dictionaries and MHRD aims to extend it to 250 dictionaries in a years time. This App, on the day of its launch becomes Indias first and largest multilingual dictionary. Our endeavour is to make it the worlds biggest online multilingual dictionary source.

Salient features : Bharatavani makes available knowledge already published by Government and publicly funded institutions all over the country and puts its across for free and fair public usage, by deploying a robust, interactive, user friendly web tools. Its content is protected by fair usage clauses under the Indian Copyright Act.

The Bharatavani Portal would publish the content in the following main sections:

1. Paa Thyapustaka Kosha : Textbooks by various authorities

2. Jnana Kosha : Encyclopedic Knowledge base in all languages

3. Shabda Kosha: Dictionaries, Glossaries, Terminologies,

4. Bhasha Kosha: Language learning books

5. Suchanaa Praudyogikii Kosha : It tools ( right now linked to TDIL)

6. Bahumaadhyama Kosha: Multimedia content

Significantly, more than 130 Dictionaries, Glossaries and Terminology books have been posted on the web portal. These dictionaries are available in text and PDF formats.

Many institutions both at National and State level have declared their support to this initiative and have already signed MOUs with Bharatavani. All content in print and other formats will be completely digitized and put onto the portal in the form of searchable text. The portal has been launched in 22 scheduled languages, which eventually will be extended to 100 more languages

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For the Year 2016-17, Target of Food Grains Production is 270.10 Million Tonnes
May 26,2016

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that the country will have record production of food grains during 2016-17. The Minister added that a good monsoon is expected in coming months and target of food grains production is set as 270.10 million tonnes for the year 2016-17. Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minster observed that this is an ambitious target for the food grains production.The Minister has given his approval for the target production of different corps for the year 2016-17.

Shri Singh said that a target of 108.50 million tonnes rice production has been fixed for the year 2016-17. Whereas, it is 96.50 million tonnes for the crop of wheat. For all kinds of pulses, the target has been fixed 20.75 million tonnes whereas it is 35 million tonnes for oilseed. A target of 355 million tonnes production of sugarcane has been earmarked.

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister said that despite two consecutive droughts, production of food grains went up in comparison to last year. It is estimated at 252.23 million tonnes of food grains in 2015-16.

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Small Wind Solar Hybrid System to provide electricty to unelectrified areas
May 25,2016

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing a programme to promote the installation of Small Wind Energy and Hybrid Systems (SWES) with the objective to provide electricity in unelectrified areas or areas with intermittent electric supply. The first- such Pilot-cum- demonstration project of 25 KW capacity will be installed at the wind turbine test station of National Institute of Wind Energy at Kayathar, Tootikudi District, Tamil Nadu.

Under the programme, MNRE provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to community users for installation of such systems. The total installed capacity as on 31st March 2016 is 2.69 MW. There are 6 small wind turbine manufacturers and 9 models empanelled under this programme.

The SWES projects have been highly successful in USA and European countries. Initially, 10 such demonstration projects will be supported for grid integration. The tentative cost for each of the roject will be in the range of Rs 2-3 lakh per KW, depending upon the configuration and location of the projects. The Ministry will support upto 50% of the project cost.

The installation of such projects and its success would lead towards launching of National Programme on Grid connected small wind and solar hybrid system in future.

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New website of Ministry of AYUSH and web portal for IDY launched by Shri Shripad Yesso Naik
May 25,2016

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik launched the new website of the Ministry of AYUSH and web portal for International Day of Yoga (IDY).

The website http://ayush.gov.in has been developed as part of digital India programme, using content management framework (CMF) approach.

The website is compliant to Government of India guidelines for Websites (GIGW) and it is developed on open source platform by NIC. This website is mobile friendly and CMF approach would adapt to all screen sizes across all platforms viz. Android, IOS and Windows.

The new portal for IDY has a provision for news to provide all the updated and relevant information relating to International Day of Yoga-2016. It has a social wall where all the social media interactive platform shall be available for the visitors to keep track on the discussions and participate in them. The portal will also have linkages of all the important web pages of the Government of India such as Swachh Bharat, Make in India etc.

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Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval to the Amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs)
May 25,2016

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for introduction of two Bills in the Parliament for certain amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 so as to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes in respect of five States, namely, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and identification of new communities in the Union Territory of Puducherry. 

The following communities as per approved modalities were found to be eligible for their inclusion in, exclusion from and other modifications in the list of Scheduled Tribes: 

Sl.No.

State / Union Territory

Inclusion / Exclusion / Rectification / Identification

Community

1.

Assam

Inclusion

i) Boro, Boro Kachari, 
   Bodo, Bodo Kachari
ii) Karbi (Mikir)

2.

Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh

Inclusion
Rectification of Hindi Version of the Notification

 

iii) Bhuinya, Bhuiyan, Bhuyan
iv) Dhanuhar / Dhanuwar
v) Kisan
vi) Saunra, Saonra
vii) Dhangad

3.

Jharkhand

Inclusion

viii) Bhogta, Deshwari, Ganjhu, Dautalbandi (Dwalbandi), Patbandi, Raut, Maajhia, Khairi (Kheri)
ix)  Puran

4.

Tamil Nadu

Inclusion

 x) Malayali Gounder
xi) Narikoravan, 
     Kurivikkaran

5.

Tripura

Inclusion

xii) Darlong

6.

Puducherry

Identification (First Order)

xiii) Irular (including Villi and Vettaikaran)

After the Bill becomes as Act, members of the communities included in the list of Scheduled Tribes will be able to derive benefits meant for Scheduled Tribes under the existing schemes.  Some of the major schemes of this kind include Post Matric Scholarship, National Overseas Scholarship, National Fellowship, Top Class Education, Concessional Loans from National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation, Hostels for ST boys and girls etc.  In addition to above, they will also be entitled to benefits of reservation in services and admission to educational institutions. 

Consequently, existing entries in list of Scheduled Castes (SCs) in case of Jharkhand and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) / Most Backward Classes (MBCs) of Central / State lists would be modified.

Background: 

The Constitution of India provides certain privileges / concessions to the members of Scheduled Tribes which are notified under the provisions of Article 342 of the Constitution of India.  First list of Scheduled Tribes in relation to a State or Union Territory is to be issued by a notified Order of the President after having consultation with the State Government concerned.  Any subsequent inclusion in or exclusion from the list of Scheduled Tribes can be effected through an Act of Parliament as envisaged under clause (2) of Article 342. 

The Government approved Modalities in June, 1999 as amended in June 2002, for considering proposals in regard to modifications in the lists of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes.  According to the approved Modalities, amending legislation to the concerned Constitution Order is proposed only in respect of such proposals of the concerned State Government / Union Territory Administration, which have been agreed to both by the Registrar General of India (RGI) as well as the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST).

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