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Press Information Bureau
Government of India
President's Secretariat
16-August-2015 14:03 IST

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of Indonesia on the eve of their Independence Day (August 17, 2015).

In his message to His Excellency Mr. Joko Widodo, the President of the Republic of Indonesia, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend warm greetings and congratulations to the Government and the people of Indonesia on the occasion of your Independence Day.

Our two countries share warm and friendly relations based on our historical and cultural linkages. As the world's two largest democracies and dynamic economies with strong complementarities and common challenges, we have been natural partners in building an enduring friendship for our mutual benefit. Over the years, we have worked together closely in a spirit of trust and confidence. I am happy that our cooperation has expanded in many areas. India is committed to consolidating our partnership.

During the last few years, our two countries have established a close understanding on several key areas of cooperation, including through several important instruments of cooperation. It is matter of satisfaction that we have adopted a five pronged initiative for strengthening our strategic partnership – which includes robust strategic engagement, defence and security cooperation, comprehensive economic partnership, cultural and people-to-people links and cooperation in responding to common challenges.

I take this opportunity to convey to Your Excellency my best wishes for the continued progress and prosperity of the people of Indonesia. In particular, I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the close and friendly relations between our two countries.”




Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
15-August-2015 20:28 IST

A Desert Safari (Gypsy Rally) is being undertaken by Mathura based Strike 1 on behalf of the Sapta Shakti Command from 16 to 28 August 2015 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of 1965 Indo-Pak War. The Desert Safari will commence from Varanasi on 16 Aug 2015. Varanasi is the location where Strike 1 was raised initially. The Desert Safari will cover total distance of 3500 Km while traversing through UP, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana before terminating at New Delhi.

This year marks the Golden Jubilee of Indo-Pak War of 1965 in which most of the action was witnessed along the Western borders. The aim of the Desert Safari is to honour and memorialise the heroes of the Nation who had made supreme sacrifice during the Indo-Pak War of 1965 and also to foster spirit of adventure, team work and camaraderie. The Desert Safari Team will pay homage and respect to the Martyrs of 1965 War at various War Memorials in the respective formations. The Desert Safari Team will also interact with the students and local youth at schools/colleges enroute to make them aware of the achievements of the Indian Army during the 1965 War.

Col Rohan Anand, SM
PRO (Army)

'Make in India' Programme



The ‘Make in India’ programme aims at promoting India as an important investment destination and a global hub for manufacturing, design and innovation. The ‘Make in India’ initiative does not target manufacturing sector alone, but also aims at promoting entrepreneurship in the country. The initiative is further aimed at creating a conducive environment for investment, modern and efficient infrastructure, opening up new sectors for foreign investment and forging a partnership between government and industry through positive mindset. The following  25 sectors have been identified under the ‘Make in India’ initiative :

1.      Auto Components

2.      Automobiles

3.      Aviation

4.      Biotechnology

5.      Chemicals

6.      Construction

7.      Defence Manufacturing

8.      Electrical Machinery

9.      Electronic System Design and Manufacturing

10.  Food  Processing

11.  IT and BPM

12.  Leather

13.  Media and Entertainment

14.  Mining

15.  Oil and Gas

16.  Pharmaceuticals

17.  Ports

18.  Railways

19.  Roads and Highways

20.  Renewable Energy

21.  Space

22.  Textiles

23.  Thermal Power

24.  Tourism and Hospitality

25.  Wellness



After the launch of ‘Make in India’ initiative in September 2014 there is 48 percent increase in FDI equity inflows during October 2014 to April 2015 over the corresponding period last year. A positive response has been received from within the country and globally for the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The Investor Facilitation cell in Invest India has received more than 12000 queries on its portal since the campaign began. Several countries such as Japan, China, France and South Korea have announced their intention to make huge investments in India in various industrial and infrastructure projects. 

            An Expert Committee has been constituted to examine the possibility of replacing multiple prior permissions and pre-existing regulatory mechanism and to prepare a draft legislation.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.



Independence Day Bonhomie Between Indian and Chinese Border Troops in Eastern Ladakh on 15 August 2015


          On the occasion of the 69th Independence Day, the Indian Army hosted the Chinese PLA to a special Border Personnel Meeting at Chushul in Eastern Ladakh. Addressing both delegations during the function, the Indian side extolled the virtues of maintaining peace and stability on the Line of Actual Control. The Chinese delegation was led by Senior Colonel Liu Geping. The celebration showcased the Indian culture and traditions wherein apart from traditional dances and songs, an old form of martial art called ‘Gatka’ was performed by the troops and the ‘Dare Devils’ of the Indian Army Signal Regiment performed acrobatics on their motorcycle. The world record holder team, popularly called “THE DARE DEVILS” for their death defying stunts, comprised of one officer, two Junior Commissioned Officers and 38 other ranks. The stunts were carried out at an altitude of over 14000 feet.  This was the first performance of the team to a joint audience of India and China. A Volley ball match was also organised fielding mixed team of both Indian and Chinese troops. The Chinese delegation participated in all the events with equal zeal and enthusiasm.

          The day also marked a momentous occasion in India-China relations as the new Border Personal Meeting Point on the Indian Side was also operationalised in line with the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement signed between the two countries in October 2013 and would go a long way in ensuring peace and stability along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.  This will be the Northern-most meeting point between armies of both countries on the Line of Actual Control near Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) on the Indian side. In the inaugural Border Personnel Meeting at DBO on the occasion of Indian Independence Day, a PLA delegation took part in the celebrations hosted by the Indian side.          

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Col Rohan  Anand, SM

PRO (Army)



Chief of Naval Staff to Visit Singapore and Thailand

Admiral RK Dhowan, the Chief of Naval Staff shall be proceeding on a five day visit to Singapore (20 -22 Jul) and Thailand (23 – 25 Jul). These visits are aimed at further consolidating the Navy to Navy cooperation and explore future avenues in further strengthening the relationship in accordance with India’s ‘Act East policy’.


Singapore Visit.      During the Singapore visit the CNS is scheduled to meet various dignitaries, notably the Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Forces and the Chief of Navy. Admiral Dhowan will also visit the prestigious Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute (SAFTI MI) for interaction with the faculty as well as young and middle level officers.  An overview of the operational facilities at Changi Naval base is also planned besides briefings on International Data Fusion Centre (IFC), Maritime Crisis Centre, Regional Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) Coordination Centre (RHCC) and Maritime Security Task Force looking after coastal security of Singapore. 


India Singapore relations date back to Cholas who are credited with naming the Island and establishing a permanent settlement. In modern times, India was amongst the first countries to set up diplomatic relations after the independence of Singapore in 1965. The present engagements between the two countries span regular high level interactions including comprehensive defence cooperation.


Navy to Navy cooperation between the two countries covers almost the entire spectrum of naval operations. Bilateral exercise between the two navies started way back in 1994 and has matured into an all encompassing SIMBEX (Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise). SIMBEX 15 was recently held in South China Sea in May 15 wherein ships and maritime patrol aircraft from both navies participated.


Thailand Visit.         The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan shall also visit Thailand from 23 to 25 Jul 15 with an aim of reviewing and furthering the existing maritime cooperation at the highest level.


            During his visit, the CNS is scheduled to interact with the Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Forces, Commander-in-Chief of Royal Thai Navy. Major areas being considered for furthering cooperation between the navies include hydrography, developing comprehensive Maritime Domain Awareness through exchange of White Shipping information, increasing scope of coordinated patrolling among other such areas.


India and Thailand located in each other’s extended neighborhood, share a maritime boundary in the Andaman Sea. India’s bilateral relations with Thailand are rooted in age old social and cultural interactions and extensive people to people contact. The shared links of Buddhism is reflected in regular pilgrimage to places of interest in India by a large number of Thai people. Thai language has substantial Pali and Sanskrit influence.

Over the past two decades, with regular political exchanges, growing trade and investment, India’s relationship with Thailand has now evolved into a comprehensive partnership. India’s ‘Act East' policy has been complemented by Thailand’s ‘Look West’ policy and has assisted in bringing the two countries together.

The Navy to Navy cooperation is the leading component of the defence cooperation between the two countries. Indian Navy regularly interacts with Royal Thailand Navy through Navy to Navy Staff Talks. Both Navies also interact in multilateral fora such as Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), MILAN held biennially at Port Blair. Indian Navy and Thai Navy conduct Coordinated Patrolling (CORPAT) across International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) twice a year. Exchange of best practices and experiences and cooperation in Meteorology / Tsunami warning is another area wherein both navies cooperate.


   DKS/AK                                                                                                                         48/15





Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
15-August-2015 20:26 IST

The India-US Combined Military Training Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2015, will commence from 09 to 23 Sep 2015 at Joint Base Lewis McChord, USA.

The exercise will bring together troops of an Infantry sub unit and a Formation Headquarter of Indian Army and similar participation from the US Army for the joint training. This will be the eleventh exercise in the Yudh Abhyas series, which started in 2004 under US Army Pacific partnership program. This exercise will strengthen and broaden interoperability and cooperation between both the Armies and complement a number of other exchanges between the two forces. Over the years, the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the combined training. Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2015 will witness a Formation Headquarter based Command Post Exercise, an Infantry sub unit carrying out Field Training Exercise, Expert Academic Discussions on strategic issues of mutual concern by experts of both countries and Combined Training between detachments of Infantry of both armies. The exercise will provide an ideal platform for the personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on Military Operations in Urban Terrain, under the UN mandate.

Commanders and Staff Officers of both sides will work in close coordination to receive and collate intelligence and to issue suitable operational orders to the combined field training components, who in turn will execute these orders on ground. The exercise curriculum has been planned progressively where the participants will initially be made to get familiar with each others organizational structure, weapons, equipment, and tactical drills. Subsequently, under Joint Tactical Exercises battle drills of both the armies will be rehearsed.

As the concluding part of the exercise a Consolidation and Validation exercise will be witnessed by senior officers and observers of both Armies, in which troops of both nations will carry out sub unit level operations in Urban Insurgency and Military Operations in Urban Terrain.

Col Rohan Anand, SM
PRO (Army)

CBI carries out Surprise Check of Records at Naval Hospital Mumbai

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
17-July-2015 14:35 IST

CBI carries out Surprise Check of Records at Naval Hospital Mumbai
Two teams of CBI are carrying out surprise checks of records of procurement of medicines and medical equipment at INHS Asvini, Colaba, and Armed Forces Medical Store Depot, Kandivali, Mumbai since morning.

The local naval authorities at Headquarters Western Naval Command are providing full support to the CBI Team.


Know Your Army Mela-2015 at Delhi Cantt on 14 Aug

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
13-August-2015 18:38 IST

Know Your Army Mela-2015 at Delhi Cantt on 14 Aug
As part of Independence Day Celebrations, the Army will be showcasing a wide array of Fire Power Equipment under the “KNOW YOUR ARMY MELA” based the theme “INDIAN ARMY : NATION ABOVE ALL”

The function will be held on 14 August 2015 at CVD, Delhi Cantt from 10 am to 5 pm. It is open to general public to witness the plethora of military equipment and to understand the achievements through motivational audio – video movies. In addition, various motivation and awareness stalls are being established, wherein information about joining the Indian Army will be provided. Army bands will play patriotic music and other cultural events such as Khukri dance and Bhangra would be part of the display.

Col Rohan Anand, SM
PRO (Army)

Remote Controlled Scaled Aircraft Crashes at Air Force Station Jaisalmer

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
16-July-2015 16:38 IST

Remote Controlled Scaled Aircraft Crashes at Air Force Station Jaisalmer
A remote controlled scaled aircraft model of the Indian Air Force crashed just outside the boundary of Air Force Station Jaisalmer on the afternoon of 16 July 2015 due to engine failure. There was no damage to life or property and no injury on ground.


National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2015 Declaration of Written Result

On the basis of the result of the written  part of the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) 2015 held by the Union Public Service Commission on April 19, 2015, candidates with the under mentioned  Roll Nos. have qualified for Interview by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for Admission to  Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of the National Defence Academy for the 135th Course and for the 97th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from January 02, 2016.

The candidature of all the candidates, whose Roll Nos. are shown in the list, is provisional. In accordance with the conditions of their admission to the examination, “candidates are required to submit original certificates of Age and Educational Qualification to respective Service Selection Boards (SSBs) during the SSB interview.” The candidates must not send the Original Certificates to the Union Public Service Commission. For any further information, the candidates may contact Facilitation Counter near Gate C of the Commission, either in person or on telephone numbers 011-23385271/011-23381125 / 011-23098543 between 10:00 hrs and 17:00 hours on any working day.  The result is also available at Union Public Service Commission Website

The mark-sheets of the candidates, will be put on the Commission’s website within fifteen (15) days from the date of publication of the final result (after concluding SSB Interviews) and will remain available on the website for a period of sixty (60) days.




Seminar on “Innovation and Indigenisation – Sailing Towards Self Reliance “ Gets Underway at New Delhi

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
16-July-2015 19:02 IST

Seminar on “Innovation and Indigenisation – Sailing Towards Self Reliance “ Gets Underway at New Delhi
In pursuance of the Govt of India’s ‘Make in India’ thrust and achieving the Indian Navy’s goal of self-reliance through indigenous development, a two day seminar on “Innovation and Indigenisation – Sailing towards Self Reliance” was inaugurated today by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan at DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi. The seminar is being conducted by Indian Navy in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Vice Admiral AV Subhedar, Chief of Materiel delivered the opening address and stated that the seminar is a step in the direction of realizing the dream of “Make in India”. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan in his inaugural address brought out the need to harness cutting edge of technologies to increase the indigenisation content in future ships, submarines and aircraft.

Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, Shri Manohar Parrikar in his keynote address called upon the industry to play a significant role in accomplishment of national security as well as the nation’s quest for self reliance. The minister appreciated the role of DRDO in supporting the efforts of the Navy in achieving their goals towards indigenization and lauded the efforts put in by the Indian Navy and CII for their efforts in supporting the nation’s thrust on “Make in India”. Hon’ble Raksha Mantri also released the document titled “Indian Naval Indigenisation Plan (INIP) and released the compendium of technical papers of seminar”.

The gathering was also addressed by Shri Sukaran Singh and Shri Anil Ambani who gave the industry perspective of Innovation and Indigenisation. Ms Shubhra Singh JS, DIPP also addressed the gathering during the inaugural session.

The seminar is spread over two days and is being attended by senior Government Officials, leaders from Ship Building Industry, Captains of Indian Industry and members of Academia besides officers from all the armed forces. More than 300 hundred dignitaries from over 120 industries are participating in the seminar. Four Sessions for presentation of technical papers have been scheduled in the programme over two days. Papers on ‘Synergy amongst stakeholders in Indigenisation’, ‘Innovation for Self Reliance’ ‘Challenges in induction of Indigenous Systems’ etc would be presented by speakers from IN, DPSUs, industry and academia.


Participation of IAF in Indo-UK

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
10-August-2015 19:59 IST

Participation of IAF in Indo-UK

Bilateral Air Exercise-Indradhanush IV – July 2015

1. The fourth edition of the Indo-UK bilateral air exercise named Indradhanush was held in the UK from 21-31 July 2015. The 190-strong contingent of the IAF left India on 15 July 2015 for the overseas deployment and returned on 04 August 2015.

2. The air elements that took part in the air exercise this time were the Su-30 MKI, IL-78 tankers, C-17 and C-130J transport aircraft from the IAF and the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Voyager tanker, C-17 and C-130J from the RAF. In addition to the aircraft, the Indian Garud commandos participated alongside their British counterparts, the RAF Regiment of the Special Forces.

3. Such exercises are conducted under controlled conditions with mutually agreed weapons performance parameters, with the basic aim of learning from each other’s best practices. Additional advantages that accrue are greater understanding of each other’s general operational philosophy and exposure to a different operating environment. In combat exercises, definite objectives are laid down for each component participating. After the exercise, during debrief, a detailed analysis is carried out to assess the extent of achievement of laid down objectives. There are no classic wins and losses as no weapons are fired as per their actual capability.

4. Mutual exchange of ideas as regards operational philosophy for tactical and strategic missions has provided invaluable learning for both sides. The exercise provided opportunity for the exchange of ideas relating to concept of operations in a dynamic warfare environment. The bonhomie amongst personnel on both sides has been exceptional and in the true spirit of a bilateral exercise. The aircrew of both the Air Forces have performed exceptionally well, demonstrating their high standards of training, operational preparedness, flexibility and adaptability. The RAF had been very forthcoming in meeting all operational, maintenance and administrative requirements of the IAF contingent. Needless to say, the learning value from this interaction has been immense. The IAF looks forward to continue the engagement with RAF in the future as well.


Command Hospital, Chandimandir Carries Out Successful Liver Transplant

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
15-July-2015 18:30 IST

Command Hospital, Chandimandir Carries Out Successful Liver Transplant
A seven-member team led by Col (Dr.) AK Sharma of the Liver Transplant Retrieval Team of Command Hospital, Chandimandir has done a wonderful job by facilitating the liver transplant to a needy patient. The hospital was contacted by the Department of Hepatology, PGIMER, Chandigarh for a possible Deceased Donor Liver Retrieval. In a midnight endeavour, the liver of a brain dead person was airlifted to Army Hospital (R&R), New Delhi after a complicated and marathon surgical effort. Disclosing this information today Col Sharma told that the donor, a 42 year old male patient was admitted at PGIMER, Chandigarh after sustaining a road accident and declared brain dead. After obtaining consent from the next of the kin, the authorities of PGIMER Chandigarh approached the Liver Transplant Retrieval Team at Command Hospital for retrieval of liver as necessary facilities are not available with the Institute presently.

On receipt of the news of availability of the organ, the Liver Harvest Team at Command Hospital reached PGIMER, Chandigarh and secured the vital organ with great professional dexterity. Meanwhile, the Command Hospital Adminstration, coordinated with the Air Force for transportation of the organ to Delhi. The receipient beneficiary is the father of a serving army officer, he said adding that his condition is stable now. This was one of the rare cases of Inter-Hospital coordination between the Army and Civil Hospital for organ transplant, with the patient’s liver being flown to Delhi in the shortest possible time.

It may be recalled that Command Hospital, Western Command, Chandimandir is the only Command Hospital except Army Hospital (R&R), Delhi, which was given the recognition to conduct liver retrieval by the Govt of Haryana in September last year. Since then, the Liver Retrieval Team at the hospital has conducted six liver retrievals and transported them to Army Hospital (R&R) successfully where the life of patients with end stage liver disease have been saved.


Suresh Prabhu inaugurates newly converted North Lakhimpur – Murkongselek and Balipara – Bhalukpong sections into broad-gauge by flagging off new Train Services

A Programme was held in Rail Bhawan today wherein Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated new train services after the completion of North Lakhimpur – Murkongselek and Balipara – Bhalukpong sections into broad-gauge. The programme was organized through video-conferencing between Rail Bhawan (New Delhi) and Murkongselek (Assam) and also between Rail Bhawan (New Delhi) and Bhalukpong (Arunachal Pradesh). At New Delhi side, besides the Railway Minister, Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways, Shri Bhubaneswar KalitaMember of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Chairman Railway Board Shri A. K. Mital, Member Engineering, Railway Board Shri V. K. Gupta and other Railway Board Member were among those present on the occasion.

          At Murkongselek side, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and at Bhalukpong side, Shri Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State Ministry of Home Affairs were among those present on the occasion.

          Following trains were flagged off on the occasion: -

1.      15613/15614 Guwahati-Murkongselek Intercity Express (Daily)


2.      55719/55720 Dekargaon-Bhalukpong Passenger (on newly gauge-converted Ballipara-Bhalukpong section)


3.      Extension of 55429/55430 Rangiya-Rangapara North Passenger upto Dekargaon with New Nos. 55721/55722.


4.      Extension of 55613/55614 of Dekargaon-Harmuti Passenger upto Murkongselek with new No. 55813/55814


5.      Increase in frequency of 15903/15904 Dibrugarh-Chandigarh Express from Weekly to Bi-weekly announced in Railway Budget 2012-13.


Speaking on the occasion, the Railway Minister said that it is a “Golden Day” in the history of the State of Arunachal Pradesh, as it is getting second Broad Gauge connectivity with the commissioning of Balipara – Bhalukpong gauge conversion today. Earlier this year, the State Capital Itanagar was provided connectivity with the National Capital through a direct train. I am sure this rail connectivity will bring prosperity in the lives of people of this State.

Shri Suresh Prabhu further said that alongwith this, commissioning of newly converted North Lakhimpur – Murkongselek section marks the completion of Rangiya – Murkongselek Gauge Conversion project running all along the North Bank of Brahmaputra. This will start a new era of development for the people of this region. This will also serve the defence needs of our country. This 510 Km Gauge Conversion project costing about Rs 3600 crores was sanctioned in 2002-03.  The project suffered delay mainly due to funds constraint in the past. But in 2014-15, an outlay of Rs 713 crores was provided for this line and the balance Rs 300 crores has been provided in 2015-16. The results are visible as we are today opening the entire project.

Shri Suresh Prabhu said that to augment, Railway network in N.E. region, 13 new lines, 3 Gauge Conversion and 4 Doubling projects with balance fund requirement of Rs.37000 crore have been taken up. These projects on completion will augment network by 1915 km.  He pointed out that rail connectivity to North-Eastern States has been made a mission item by the new government, as we provided an all time high budget allotment of Rs 5200 crores to the projects in this region in 2014-15, which is over 50% more than 2013-14. This tempo has been maintained in 2015-16 also by providing Rs 5300 crores.

Shri Suresh Prabhu said that hon’ble Prime Minister has always been emphasizing on developing infrastructure in all the 8 North-Eastern Sisters which include Sikkim.  We will continue to have best ever relationship with all the 8 Sister States.

Shri Suresh Prabhu said presently, only the capitals of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are on Broad Gauge network, and Capital of Tripura is connected with Meter Gauge. While Agartala, the Capital of Tripura is all set to be on Broad Gauge network by March, 2016, it will be our endeavour to connect the state capitals of Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Meghalaya by rail with the rest of the country in next 5-7 years.  For this, all of us have to work together.

Shri Suresh Prabhu said that Railways have been commissioning about 133 Km Broad Gauge track every year in the North Eastern region in last 4-5 years. In 2014-15, a record was made when about 450 Km of lines were commissioned. This year again, we are all set to achieve a new record of commissioning of about 550 kilometres of Broad Gauge lines in this region. The Railway Minister also informed that Bogibeel Bridge over river Brahmaputra is also progressing well and its completion in June, 2017 will change the landscape of this area.

Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the Railways has been playing a major role in serving the infrastructural needs of the Northeast and will continue to contribute to the socio – economical development of this region.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railway Shri Manoj Sinha said that it has been the important priority of the Government to develop best possible infrastructure in the north-eastern States. Indian Railways is also committed to provide better railway connectivity in the region. Indian Railways has really completed these significant gauge conversion projects which have made possible flagging off of new trains today in this area.  Shri Sinha appreciated the Engineers of Indian Railways who have been accomplishing Engineering marvel in developing railway connectivity in the region.

In his message, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A. K. Mital said that the entire Metre Gauge in NE Region will get replaced with Broad Gauge by March, 2016 and all the States of NE Region, except Sikkim will have Broad Gauge connectivity in this financial year. Agartala, the capital of Tripura will come on Broad Gauge network by March, 2016, fulfilling the long cherished dream of the people of this State.

In his message, Member Engineering, Railway Board, Shri V. K. Gupta said that it is a momentous occasion when newly converted North Lakhimpur – Murkongselek and Balipara – Bhalukpong sections are being inaugurated by the Minister for Railways.  Shri Gupta mentioned that with completion of North Lakhimpur – Murkongselek section, the entire 510 Km long Rangiya – Murkongselek route along the North Bank of Brahmaputra has come on Broad Gauge. This is a significant event for a large population residing along the North Bank of Brahmaputra and the people of Arunachal Pradesh, as it will usher a new era of development in the region. He further pointed out that with the conversion of Balipara – Bhalukpong Metre Gauge line into Broad Gauge, Arunachal Pradesh has got its second Broad Gauge connectivity, apart from Naharlagun (Itanagar). Both these lines are also important from strategic point of view as they will facilitate seamless movement of troupes to safeguard our frontiers.


Aks/dk                                            ********

Joint Statement between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of India

The Prime Minister of the Republic of India, His Excellency Mr. Narendra Modi paid a State visit to the Republic of Tajikistan from 12 to 13 July 2015 at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, His Excellency Mr. Emomali Rahmon.


1.                  The President and the Prime Minister held wide-ranging talks on bilateral, regional and international issues. The discussions between the Leaders were warm and cordial and the outcomes of the visit reflected the mutual trust that exists between the two countries.

2.      President and Prime Minister expressed satisfaction at the excellent relations between India and Tajikistan. They noted that ties between their countries are based on shared history and cultural affinities between their people. The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to take all necessary steps to transform bilateral relations into a multi-faceted strategic partnership for the mutual benefit of the people of both their countries.

3.      The two leaders welcomed continuing exchanges at Ministerial and senior official levels, which serve to cement bilateral ties. They noted the existing broad legal framework for development of cooperation between the two countries and called for an enhanced focus on implementation of outcomes envisaged under bilateral agreements/MoUs in various areas.

4.      The two leaders noted the rising trend of extremism and terrorism in many parts of the world and in their immediate neighbourhood, posing a threat to India and Tajikistan as well as the region. Both sides further emphasized the need for adoption of the "Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism" by the UN General Assembly. 

The leaders underlined the importance of a stable and secure environment for economic development and prosperity of their countries. They agreed to continue their active engagement and cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism, and reaffirmed their determination to act resolutely against organizations and agencies that support terrorism. 

Prime Minister Modi expressed appreciation at Tajikistan’s efforts at curbing extremism and radicalism and to ensure secular governance, which is a common ideal of both the countries.

5.      The Leaders decided to reinvigorate official-level interactions in the framework of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Counter Terrorism for strengthening cooperation in the fight against terrorism and instructed that the JWG meet at an early date. They emphasized the need for continued cooperation between their security agencies including information sharing mechanisms to counter the growing menace of extremism and terrorism.

6.      The Leaders expressed satisfaction at ongoing defence cooperation, which remains one of the main pillars of partnership between the two countries. The Prime Minister reiterated India’s commitment to supporting the development of Tajikistan’s defence capacities to enhance stability and security. The President of Tajikistan welcomed India's assistance in capacity building of the Tajik defence forces.

7.      Despite being close neighboring countries, the Leaders noted that that trade and economic linkages between India and Tajikistan are not in keeping with their potential. They highlighted the importance of trade and investments in developing a balanced and sustainable bilateral relationship and committed to work together to overcome structural and functional issues hampering economic relations between the two countries. The Leaders mandated the 8th session of the India-Tajikistan Joint Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation (JCM), to meet in Dushanbe this year and draw up a concise strategy to deepen trade and investment relations and identify specific steps to facilitate exchanges between the business communities.

8.      The Leaders underscored the importance of improving connectivity in the region to realize the full potential of trade and commerce. The two leaders discussed ways and means to explore possibilities of developing an alternate surface route in cooperation with other countries of the region. Tajikistan reiterated its support to the International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) which will considerably reduce transit time and cost for transportation of goods between India and Central Asia and beyond and welcomed recent measures to speed up its implementation.

9.      Both Leaders recognized that the proposed Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan Trilateral Transit Trade Agreement (PATTTTA) would facilitate trade between Tajikistan and the countries of the South Asian region. They decided that further consultations would be held on the inclusion of India to this arrangement.

10.  The Leaders stressed the importance of enhanced air connectivity between the two countries to facilitate trade and economic linkages as well as tourism and greater people-to-people interactions. They called upon relevant authorities in both countries to find constructive ways and means to increase the frequency of flights on the Delhi-Dushanbe sector, including the provision of Fifth Freedom rights for carriers.

11.  Underling the importance of agriculture in the economies of both the countries and given India’s expertise in the agricultural sector, including research, development and processing of agricultural products, the Leaders agreed to deepen cooperation in agriculture. Tajikistan expressed its intention to facilitate agricultural cooperation with India, and in particular welcomed greater involvement of Indian companies in the agricultural sector in Tajikistan. The Leaders noted that a Workshop on Agriculture was being held in connection with the visit involving officials, experts from research institutions and organisations, private enterprises and business leaders of both the countries. They called for early implementation of the outcomes and agreements reached at the Workshop.

12.  The Leaders noted the centrality of energy security for rapid economic development. Tajikistan thanked India for successful up gradation and modernisation of the Varzob-1 Hydro Power Station through the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) as well as various training programmes organised for experts from Tajikistan in the field of hydropower. Highlighting the vast untapped hydropower potential, the President of Tajikistan sought greater Indian engagement in the field of hydropower generation in Tajikistan.

13.  The Leaders noted that health sector is an important area of bilateral cooperation. Acknowledging the growing number of people from Tajikistan visiting India for medical treatment, they agreed to expand cooperation in the field of health for the benefit of the people of the two countries. Tajikistan welcomed India’s proposal to implement a tele-medicine project in Tajikistan by connecting reputed multi-speciality hospitals in India with hospitals in Dushanbe and other regions of Tajikistan for offering medical consultation and education.

14.  The Leaders stressed the importance of education and human resource development in nation building and agreed to enhance cooperation in the education sector through greater exchanges between educational institutions of the two countries. The Leaders also highlighted the importance of better utilization of scholarships offered under the Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for capacity building in Tajikistan.

15.  The Leaders identified cooperation in food processing, mining, pharmaceuticals, textiles, skill development, science & technology, Information Technology, culture and tourism as promising areas for further cooperation. The leaders underlined the importance of closer interactions between the business bodies and investment promotion agencies of the two countries for enhancement of economic engagements.

16.  The Leaders emphasized the centrality of cultural interactions in further deepening the close bonds between the peoples of India and Tajikistan. They called for active implementation of the Programme of Cooperation between India and Tajikistan on Art and Culture for the period 2016-18 and agreed that relevant organisations hold "Days of Culture" in each other's country.

17.  Prime Minister Modi thanked Tajikistan for its support in declaring June 21 as International Day of Yoga in the United Nations and for successful organisation of events to mark the occasion on 21 June, 2015 in Dushanbe and various regions of Tajikistan. The Leaders noted the role of Yoga and its health benefits and agreed to cooperate further in promotion of Yoga in Tajikistan. They welcomed the proposed AYUSH information cell at the Embassy of India, Dushanbe for sharing information about Yoga and other traditional Indian medical practices in Tajikistan.

18.  Prime Minister Modi thanked Tajikistan for installation of a bust of renowned Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore in Dushanbe. The Leaders acknowledged the contemporary relevance of Tagore’s writings and agreed that the symbolic presence of Tagore in Tajikistan will promote harmony between cultures.

19.  Considering the huge popularity of Indian cinema in Tajikistan, the Leaders agreed thatcooperation in the field of television and radio-broadcasting would further enhance people to people contacts and cultural understanding.

20.  Underlining the importance of greater cooperation and more people-to-people interaction, the Leaders instructed their officials to hold Consular Consultations at an early date to discuss liberalization of the existing visa regime.

21.  The Leaders noted that Afghanistan occupies a central position in Asia and reaffirmed their support for peace and security in Afghanistan through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process.

22.  The Leaders expressed satisfaction at the excellent cooperation between the two countries on multilateral issues and mutual support for their initiatives in the United Nations and other international forums. The Leaders underscored the need to deepen such interaction on issues of interest to both countries and for developing countries as a whole. Tajikistanreiterated its support for India’s candidature for permanent membership of an expanded UN Security Council.

23.  Prime Minister Modi thanked Tajikistan for support to India’s membership to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The Leaders agreed to work together within the framework of SCO for economic development, security and stability of the region.

24.  The Leaders emphasised that the outcomes and understandings reached during the visit undoubtedly mark a milestone in the development of a long-term strategic partnership between the two countries. The two leaders applauded the deep trust and confidence between the countries and underlined that the strategic partnership between India and Tajikistan is of mutual benefit to their two countries as well as for greater regional stability.

25.  Prime Minister Modi expressed deep gratitude to President Rahmon for the warm welcome and the gracious hospitality extended during his visit to Tajikistan. Prime Minister extended an invitation to the President of the Republic of Tajikistan to visit India at an early date. The invitation was accepted with pleasure.



Cabinet Secretary reviews search operations of missing chopper in Arunachal Pradesh

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Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
08-August-2015 18:46 IST

Cabinet Secretary reviews search operations of missing chopper in Arunachal Pradesh
The Cabinet Secretary, Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha has reviewed the ongoing search operations of the missing Officers and the Pawan Hans Helicopter in Arunachal Pradesh, here today. The helicopter went missing on August 04, 2015 with two crew members, Captain M S Brar and Captain Rajiv Hoskote, and the Deputy Commissioner of Tirap, Shri Kamlesh Joshi on board. The Cabinet Secretary has directed that all available technical (including satellite imagery) and human inputs must be deployed by both the State and Central Government to locate the missing Officers and the helicopter.

Earlier today, the Union Home Secretary, Shri L.C. Goyal also reviewed the search operations in a high level review meeting of the State and Central Government agencies involved with the search of the missing Officers and the Pawan Hans Helicopter in Arunachal Pradesh.

The meeting was also attended by the Defence Secretary, Secretary (Telecom) and heads /senior officers of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and Ministry of External Affairs and Union Armed Forces and Central Intelligence and Security Agencies.



Missing Dornier Aircraft Located

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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
13-July-2015 18:10 IST

Missing Dornier Aircraft Located
The recovery of Coast Guard Dornier 791 aircraft wreckage from the seabed off Tamil Nadu coast on 10 July 2015 was the result of ‘never say die’ spirit and the unrelenting efforts of Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy and other agencies. It involved almost 700 hours of surface effort and nearly 200 hours of air effort by the Coast Guard, Navy, other specialized agencies of the centre and Reliance Industries Limited.

The ill-fated ICG Dornier CG-791 while on its routine night surveillance on 08 June 2015 suddenly disappeared from the radar located at Trichy when it was 32 miles north-east of Karaikal. At 2124 hours, the International Maritime Satellite (INMARSAT) terminal on board also suddenly powered off. Promptly the Regional HQs (East) launched a massive search and rescue (SAR) operational codenamed ‘Op Talash’ to locate the aircraft.

Simultaneously, four ships and a long range maritime surveillance aircraft, P-8I, of the Indian Navy (IN) were also deployed for the operation. The Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau was also requested to activate the community information mechanism to sensitize local populace and fishermen were also apprised about the incident so that they could report sighting of any debris at sea. Initially, the Surface Search was undertaken based on information shared by Trichy radar. Subsequently, the initial position of the search was revised upto 70 nm seawards and the air search area was extended upto 180 nm based on inputs from Chennai ATC Radar and powering off of the INMARSAT.

A ray of hope emerged on 12 June 2015, with the sighting of a thin oil sheen which proved to be short lived as the sample was found to be devoid of any oil derivatives. Thereafter a request was forwarded on 12 June 2015 to the IN and National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), for underwater search. A Black Box detector from NIOT was fitted onboard Coast Guard Ship Vigraha.

The major challenge in the conduct of the underwater search was that the seabed in the search area had a steep gradient. Though the IN ship reported receipt of 06 pings (sub-surface transmission) on 37.5 KHz frequency, however as no subsequent transmission were received, firm position could not be localized. Thereafter on 13 June 2015, IN submarine Sindhudhwaj commenced search in the area of 15x15 Sq NM. The submarine reported sporadic sub-surface reception but as the signal was weak, the position could not be established once again.

NIOT Research Vessel (RV) Sagar Nidhi was also engaged for the seabed profiling but no aircraft debris was located. With no definite lead, assistance was sought from M/s Reliance India Limited for services of Multi Support Vessel (MSV) Olympic Canyon equipped with Remotely Operated Underwater Vessel (ROV) High Precision Acoustic Positioning Equipment (HIPAP) for undertaking sub-surface search, extended the support ‘on GRATIS basis.’ The vessel commenced the search in an area identified by ICG, spanning over 500 x 500 m area, utilizing underwater camera fitted on ROV.

INS Sindhudwaj, redeployed by the Indian Navy on 06 July 2015, picked up a barrage of transmissions at a depth of 990 metres from the (SLB) Sonar Locator Beacon of the missing aircraft. This proved to be the precise thread to approach the elusive source. The Reliance, upon request redeployed the MSV on 10 July 2015 commenced the search in positions identified by the submarine. The breakthrough was made by MSV Olympic Canyon on the morning of 10 July 2015.

33 days after the ICG aircraft went missing, wreckage of the aircraft was found at depths of 990 meters in position 17 NM S/E of Cuddolore which included the flight data recorder, Two Engines, Propellers, Tail and tail cone, air frame parts, Maevest, the Single Line Replacement unit, parts of the fuselage, part of the landing gear and the Cockpit Voice Recorder by the Reliance Vessel Olympic canyon. The debris have been recovered from the sea bed by the vessel.

The operation mounted for the missing CG 791 with participation of large number of national agencies is unprecedented in the maritime SAR history of India. Apart from ICG, the IN, IAF, NIOT, INCOIS, NRSA, Naval Physical Oceanographical Laboratory, Naval Operations Data Processing & Analysis Center, the Airport Authority Of India Limited, Coastal Security Group Tamil Nadu, Reliance Industries Limited & Omkar foundation have contributed to the undersea SAR mission. However, the role played by the IN submarine in locating the wreckage and more importantly by MSV Olympic Canyon in undertaking the mammoth task of salvage in rough sea conditions is very noteworthy.


Indian Air Force sends Relief Material to Myanmar

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Ministry of Defence
07-August-2015 19:22 IST

Indian Air Force sends Relief Material to Myanmar
The Indian Air Force on 06 August 2015 pressed into service its strategic airlift platforms, the C-17 Globemaster-III and the C-130 J Super Hercules, to send about 100 tonnes of food and medicines to India’s Eastern neighbour, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, which is reeling under floods and landslides due to unprecedented rains. Yesterday, one C-17 aircraft delivered 48 tonnes of rice, noodles and medicines to Mandalay directly, while another airlifted about 45 tonnes to Guwahati. One C-130 airlifted 10 tonnes of relief supplies from Delhi and landed in Kalay at about 1300 hrs on 06 August 2015. The C-130J thereafter returned to Guwahati and delivered all the load brought in by the C-17 to Kalay in three sorties today.

The C-130 aircraft became an important element in this mission as the runway length at Kalay is just about adequate for operations by this aircraft and the formation of an air-bridge between the two bases was critical for efficient air delivery of load to Myanmar.

The immediate extension of assistance to Myanmar is indicative of the strong ties of friendship between the two countries.


MoD and MSDE Sign MoU to Increase Employability of Ex-Servicemen by the Industry

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Ministry of Defence
13-July-2015 18:00 IST

MoD and MSDE Sign MoU to Increase Employability of Ex-Servicemen by the Industry
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) was signed here today to facilitate strategic partnership on skill development and entrepreneurship for supporting skill development initiative to contribute towards Nation Building and ‘Make-in-India’ initiative.

The MoU was signed between the Defence Secretary Shri G Mohan Kumar and his counterpart from MSDE Shri Sunil Arora in presence of the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar and Minister of State for MSDE (Independent Charge) Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

Speaking on the occasion, the Defence Minister said that the MoU will provide impetus to using the skills of servicemen for the country when they retire from the Armed Forces. The servicemen will also take to civilian life some rare skills which they acquire during their service life. The Minister of State for MSDE also said that there are differences in nomenclature of jobs in certain cases that the servicemen do in the Armed Forces and in the civilian field and these need to be aligned. He expressed confidence that the MoU will be a harbinger of skill development in the country.

The MoU will boost employability and acceptability of Ex-servicemen (ESM) by the industry for those service personnel who are on the verge of retirement or already retired. Moreover, to enhance their employability, these training facilities initiated by the Director General Resettlement (DGR) will be aligned with the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) developed by the Sector Skill Councils (SSCs).

The signed MoU, will provide an opportunity for the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factories (OFs) to participate in skill development initiatives. As per Ministry of Human Resources Development Scheme in schools which are run by the Ministry of Defence (excluding Sainik Schools), it will also introduce vocational education at 9 – 12 class in a phased manner.

The MoU signed will train and provide gainful employment to approximately 3 lakh ESM/their family members in five years starting from this financial year. It will also make available skilled youth to DPSUs and OFs by using their infrastructure, CSR funds, establishment of Centre(s) of Excellence and Development of Model ITIs etc.

At the apex level, a steering committee chaired by the Defence Minister and Co-Chaired by the Minister of State for Skill Development will provide necessary policy direction for the implementation of this ambitious scheme. The Executive Committee for this scheme to be chaired by the Defence Secretary and Co-Chaired by the Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will oversee the smooth roll out of the clauses of the MoU. For the successful execution of the scheme, three separate implementation teams have been formed. While the DGR will head the ESM resettlement team, the DPSUs related components will be looked after by the Joint Secretary (ES), Department of Defence Production and respective education boards of Army, Navy and Air Force will lead their respective education component. The Programme Management Unit (PMU) will assist the Steering Committee and the Executive Committee.


Challenging Rescue of Twenty One British and a French National by Siachen Pioneers

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Ministry of Defence
07-August-2015 20:22 IST

Challenging Rescue of Twenty One British and a French National by Siachen Pioneers
Braving adverse weather, IAF Helicopters from Leh rescued 21 British Nationals and 01 French national on 6th and 7th August in a challenging Casualty Evacuation from high altitude. After five days of continuous downpour, all major rivers like Indus, Nubra, Shyok and their tributaries in Ladakh region were flowing beyond their danger mark. The road & telephone communication was cut-off along most major roads. Like always, ‘Siachen Pioneers’, the premier IAF helicopter unit at Leh was pressed into service.

On 06 Aug 15 at 1600h, AF Stn Leh received a SOS message to rescue a group of British citizens who were stranded in the Markha Valley with some members suffering from asthma. Information on exact location and injuries sustained by the trekkers was ambiguous. Even the coordinates and the place given by civil agency were off the actual one by 50 Nautical Miles. Marginal weather and time of the day necessitated a search and rescue to be launched immediately. Two aircraft were launched, led by Commanding Officer Wg Cdr BS Sehrawat VM with Flt Lt Cirag as formation leader and Wg Cdr KS Negi with Sqn Ldr V Chauhan as his number two. Sortie planning was in progress when the crew realised that available window for successful SAR was narrowing owing to deteriorating weather and the approaching sunset.

The mission was airborne at 1645h and keeping in mind the general knowhow of the Markha valley and previous knowledge of the terrain, the formation reached the probable SAR area and commenced intense search in the narrow valley which by now was under cover of hill shadows. After 10 minutes of search, the pilots located the trekkers close to Thinlespa village on the bank of the river. Thankfully, the trekkers had made a temporary “SOS” sign near the rivulet; this distress signal on ground was instrumental in correctly identifying the location. However, the treacherous terrain and vertical slope of more than 70° made landing of the helicopter near the camp of trekkers impossible. The marginal weather and the approaching sunset added to the difficulty and criticality of the mission. At this point No 1 identified a small clear area near the camp on the river bank at 12000 feet around 200 feet North West of the location of the camp, just enough for the skid of the helicopter to be accommodated. For a landing, light contact with ground and holding on the partial power was essential. The weather was deteriorating with turbulence, winds and the sun shadow engulfing the landing site in the narrow valley making the situation near critical.

The approach to the selected landing point itself was restricted and with limited power margin and manoeuvring space, there was no margin for error. The landing area was undulating and rocky and with steep gradient leaving a restricted space for landing take-off and for a go- around. The crew realised that for any chance of rescue they would not get a hold time of more than 1 min on the landing spot because of turbulent winds in the narrow valley and apprehension of helicopter going into a ground-resonance. After landing at the site the leader instructed his No 2 to carry out a landing at the same spot. Thereafter, No 2 carried out an approach and hovered next to the selected landing site. The formation carried out one more shuttle and successfully evacuated a total of 10 British nationals.

By the time the helicopters completed their task, it was nearing sunset. In best tradition of the IAF, Siachen Pioneers once again beat the odds; fighting against time and weather/ environmental elements to rise to the occasion.

Once again on 07th Aug, two sets of two Cheetal helicopters each, took-off at sunrise. In a matter of a few hours the balance 11 Britishers were rescued. Meanwhile, another request for causality evacuation of one French lady, who was badly injured, was received. Even though she had severe spinal injury and broken ribs, she was evacuated to Leh airfield and promptly moved to the hospital. “For a unit engaged in military operations for more than 30 years continuously, beating the odds is an essential character ingrained in every crew”, remarked the Commanding Officer, on completion of the mission.


Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Visits South Africa

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Ministry of Defence
12-July-2015 11:06 IST

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Visits South Africa
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Air Staff has proceeded on a four day visit to South Africa. The IAF Chief is visiting South Africa on the invitation of Lieutenant General FZ Msimang, Chief of Air Force, South African Air Force.

During the visit, Air Chief Marshal Raha is scheduled to hold talks with senior military leadership and discuss a wide range of bilateral issues on enhancing defence cooperation between the two countries. While at Johannesburg, the Air Chief will also meet the High Commissioner of India Ms Ruchi Ghanashyam.

The itinerary also includes a visit to Armscor, the Armament Corporation of South Africa and conducted tour of airbases as the ‘Fighter Centre of Excellence’ at Makhado and the South African Flight Test facilities at Overberg.

In recent years, there have been close and frequent contacts at political and military levels between the two countries which are members of the tri-lateral initiative IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa). Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha’s visit to South Africa would further boost bilateral relations between the two Air Forces and provide impetus to the ‘Make in India’ initiative.


Study of Changes Occurring in Himalayan Region

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Government of India
Ministry of Environment and Forests
06-August-2015 16:29 IST

Study of Changes Occurring in Himalayan Region
There is no study reported so far, which supports the fact that many type of instances similar to natural calamities are occurring in the Himalayan region due to global warming. However, for monitoring and prediction of extreme weather events over the Himalayan region, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has established State Meteorological Centres at Srinagar, Shimla, Dehradun, Gangtok, Guwahati and Agartala for forecast of natural calamities like very heavy rainfall, snowfall, thunderstorm, etc. in the Himalayan region. Earth System Science Organization (ESSO-IMD) has established network of various observatories in the region for monitoring the weather and its forecast. IMD has also established a developed 24X7 weather monitoring and forecasting system in the country for providing weather facilities to Defence Personnel by establishing specialized observatories in the border areas of Jammu & Kashmir.

However, the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change in 2009 has launched the Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment (INCCA), which has been conceptualized as a network-based scientific programme designed to assess the drivers and implications of climate change through scientific research, prepare climate change assessments once every two years, develop decision support systems and build capacity towards management of climate change related risks and opportunities.

This information was given by Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, in Rajya Sabha today.



List of agreements signed during Prime Minister's visit to the Kyrgyz Republic


Agreement/ MoU

Details/ Status

Signatory from the Indian Side


Agreement on Defence Cooperation

To deepen cooperation between India and Kyrgyzstan in matters relating to defence, security, military education and training, conduct of joint military exercises, exchange of experience and information, exchange of military instructors and observers etc.

Mr. Navtej Sarna, Secretary (West),MEA


Memorandum of Mutual Understanding and Cooperation in the field of Elections

To deepen cooperation in matters relating to legislation on elections and referendums, modern systems and technologies, rights of elections process stakeholders as well as other issues of election administration. Signing of this MoU would build technical assistance and capacity support for the election commissions in electoral management and administration leading to a further strengthening of bilateral ties between India and Kyrgyzstan.

Mr V. Zutshi, Deputy Election Commissioner


MoU between Ministry of Economy of Kyrgyzstan and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) on cooperation in the sphere of Standards.

The purpose of this MoU is to strengthen and enhance technical cooperation in the fields of standardization, conformity assessment and sharing of expertise on mutual trade with the aim of exchanging necessary information and expertise between the two parties, which would be mutually beneficial and also lead to a strengthening of bilateral ties between India and Kyrgyz Republic.

Mr. Jayant Khobragade, India’s Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan


Agreement on Cooperation in Culture

To deepen cultural cooperation between India and Kyrgyzstan in areas such as preservation of cultural heritage, organisation of folk arts, theatre, youth festivals and cooperation in of publishing and translation of literature, sports and physical culture, exchange of archival materials, history, geography etc.

Mr. Navtej Sarna, Secretary (West),MEA

Airmen Selection Goes Online

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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
29-July-2015 18:14 IST

Airmen Selection Goes Online
In tune with the national policy “DIGITAL INDIA’, Indian Air Force (IAF) today launched a dedicated website for selection into the airman cadre. The website “” was launched by Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel (AOP), Air Marshal S Neelakantan and dedicated to the nation today.

The receipt of applications and registration of candidature for the selection used to be a manual process till date. Now aspiring candidates for airmen selection would be able to apply online for all recruitment tests. The website is user friendly with drop down menus to browse information. The site would be available to candidates for filling up application online through a notification specific to a selection cycle.

This small step has paved the way for automation of the entire selection process which is to follow subsequently.


Text of PM’s Statement to media in the Joint Press Briefing with President of Kyrgyzstan at Bishkek

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Prime Minister's Office
12-July-2015 13:03 IST

Text of PM’s Statement to media in the Joint Press Briefing with President of Kyrgyzstan at Bishkek

President Almazbek Atambaev
Members of the media,

It is a great pleasure to visit this beautiful country. I am deeply touched by the warmth and the hospitality.

Close ties over centuries creates a special kind of closeness and goodwill that adds a lot of charm and interest to the visit. Kyrgystan and India are also united by the bonds of shared democratic values.

We see an important place for Central Asia in India's future. We can reinforce each other's economic progress. Sustainable development is important for both. We can contribute to cooperation and integration across the different regions of Asia. We both seek a peaceful and secure neigbourhood at a time of challenges in our region. And, we have shared interest in combating extremism and terrorism that has become a threat without borders.

My visit to all five countries in the region demonstrates the importance that we attach to a new level of relationship with Central Asia. Kyrgystan is a key part of that vision.

I was pleased to meet President Atambaev. His contribution to democracy and development is admirable.

I am delighted that our Election Commissions have signed an agreement on cooperation. We also look forward to the visit of a Kyrgyz Parliamentary delegation to India after the parliamentary elections in the Kyrgyz Republic.

I had very enriching discussion with President Atambaev. I deeply appreciate his commitment to the relationship. We spoke at length about strengthening our relations in trade, investment, tourism, culture and human resource development. I welcome the agreements on Standards and on Culture today. Collective initiative between India and Central Asia will boost our economic ties.

I look forward to the launch of the tele-medicine link with India. It is the first in the region. And, it tells us about the possibilities of the digital world. We will also initiate the second Phase of the Kyrgyz-India Mountain Bio-Medical Research Center.

We will enhance our engagement in capacity building and increase the training offers for Kyrgystan to 100 this year. I am pleased that we have established a India-Kyrgyz Centre for Information Technology in the Kyrgyz State University in Bishkek.

Information technology is critical for success today and for creating opportunities for the youth. We will be pleased to set up similar Centres in other major cities in Kyrgystan.

Agriculture is an important sector in both India and the Kyrgyz Republic. We will shortly hold a round table in Bishkek to explore possible avenues for cooperation and identify concrete projects in the agriculture sector.

Later today, I will have the privilege of unveiling the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the street that bears his name. I thank the people of Kyrgystan for this honour. His life and message are universal and timeless. This statue will also remind the residents of our shared values.

Kyrgystan's commitment to the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions is truly laudable. And, it is a great pleasure for India to support this effort on the strength of its long experience in this area. I will have the pleasure of handing over a small contribution of field medical equipment to Kyrgyz Armed Forces.

Our defence ties are strong. We have just completed a joint exercise Khanjar 2015. We have decided to hold joint military exercises on an annual basis.

The IT Centre in the Kyrgyz Military Academy is an example of innovative cooperation that is important to both countries.

Our new agreement on defence cooperation would provide a framework to broaden our engagement. This will include the defence technology.

I congratulated President Atambaev on Kyrgyzstan joining the Eurasian Economic Union. We agreed that a Free Trade Agreement between India and EEU will substantially increase our cooperation .He expressed support for an early completion of the Joint Study Group’s Feasibility Report. We agree that this will make Kyrgyzstan a base for India’s economic engagement in the region.

We also looked forward to our engagement in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

I am grateful for Kyrgystan’s strong support to India’s candidature for permanent membership of an expanded United Nations Security Council. I sought his support for early completion of the reforms of the United Nations and its Security Council.

Finally, I thank President Atambaev and Kyrgystan for the support in the International Day of Yoga on June 21 a huge global success.

I look forward to my meetings with Speaker Jeenbekov and Prime Minister Sariyev later today.

I am confident that the visit will take our bilateral cooperation to new heights. I look forward to an early opportunity to receive President Atembaev in India.

Thank you very much.



Reminiscences of President Mukherjee on Former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam As conveyed to media on board his aircraft Enroute to Delhi from Bangalore on July 28, 2015

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29-July-2015 16:37 IST

Reminiscences of President Mukherjee on Former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam As conveyed to media on board his aircraft Enroute to Delhi from Bangalore on July 28, 2015
I am deeply saddened by Dr. Kalam’s unexpected demise. He would have completed 84 years in October this year. There is only a four year difference between us. He was born in October 1931 and I was born in December 1935.

My first interaction with Dr. Kalam was when he was Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri. After the Pokhran blasts, Prime Minister Vajpayee invited leaders of the Congress Party for a briefing. I, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and a couple of others were present. The technical aspects of the tests at Pokhran II was explained by Dr. Kalam through an impressive presentation. Vajpayeeji, Ministers and other political leaders analysed it from the political angle.

I congratulated him when he received Bharat Ratna in November 1997 and when his name came up for Presidency. But, we had formal interaction only after 2004. I was Defence Minister in the UPA-I Government when he was President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. He asked me to support the Brahmos missile project. His direct encouragement resulted in the Brahmos being used by all the three services. Initially, it was a surface-to-surface missile. But now we have adapted it and there are surface-to-air, air-to-air, and naval versions. Dr. Kalam and his colleagues developed this indigenous cruise missile of India. Dr. Kalam’s contributions enhanced our defence capabilities.

Dr. Kalam used to often write poetry. Sometimes, while paying respects to departed soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti, he would compose a poem and quietly pass it on to me. I received two/three poems like this.

Our friendship developed because we had a common passion –books. He loved books and lived amongst them. His world revolved around books. Many years ago, I read in college a poem ‘My days among the dead are passed’. Dead here means authors who are no more. I am always surrounded by books. He too was always surrounded by books. Moreover, he was a prolific writer. This passion brought us together. When we met and the few times he came to see me, we would discuss books. What each one was reading or what he was writing. He chided me why do you not write? You read but your production is poor compared to your reading. Why don’t you write?

After my becoming President, he visited me several times and we discussed many things. On his last visit, he presented me his book ‘Beyond 2020’.

I was shocked when I heard the unexpected news of his demise. A sense of tremendous loss overwhelmed me. Dr. Kalam was always jovial but carried his years lightly. His mind was ever agile. He was humble but had a mighty mind. He was the people’s President during his tenure as President and will continue to remain so in the hearts of people after his demise.

No President was ever loved so much. Jawaharlal Nehru received a great deal of love and affection from children and the people. After that, it has been Dr. Kalam. Watching Dr. Kalam enjoy the company of children and students, it seemed as if he was Nehru in another form.



Joint Statement between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of India


At the invitation of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic H.E. Mr. Almazbek Atambaev, Prime Minister of India, H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, paid an Official Visit to the Kyrgyz Republic on 11- 12 July 2015.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Almazbek Atambaev held profound exchange of views on strengthening bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest, in warm and friendly atmosphere. 

Kyrgyz Republic and Republic of India (further named as "The Sides”) highly appreciated significant achievements in different areas of cooperation over the past 24 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Sides expressed satisfaction at the steady development of political, trade-economic relations, cultural-humanitarian cooperation, and agreed to elevate the bilateral partnership to a higher trajectory in the days ahead.

Guided by the common aspiration to improve the level of Kyrgyz-Indian relations and further increase of their multi-faceted cooperation and confirming that Kyrgyzstan and India are partners, sharing common fundamental values, such as freedom, democracy, human rights, and rule of law, 

The Sides declared the following:

1. Political cooperation

The Sides noted that the relations between India and the Kyrgyz Republic are based on historical ties spanning several centuries. 

The Indian side recognizes the achievements of the Kyrgyz Republic in providing political freedom for its citizens.

The Sides decided to enhance contacts at different levels, including regular high-level visits and official exchanges to facilitate closer consultations on bilateral, international and regional issues of mutual interest. 

India expressed deep appreciation at the continued institutionalization of parliamentary democracy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Both Sides would foster regular Parliamentary exchanges. Kyrgyz side expressed interest in studying the Indian experience of parliamentary system. In this regard, the Sides agreed that Kyrgyz parliamentarians would utilize courses conducted by Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training of India. 

The Sides welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of elections between Central Commission on Elections and Conducting Referendum in Kyrgyz Republic and the Election Commission of India. 

2. Cooperation at regional and global level

Noting common positions on many current international issues, the Sides stressed the importance of deepening interaction between the two countries in the international arena including in the framework of United Nations Organization and reaffirmed the need to strengthen the role of UN. The Sides called for UN reforms, with a view to maintain its leading role in adequately dealing with contemporary challenges and the threats to global peace and stability. 

Noting the contribution of India in maintaining peace in the world, the Kyrgyz side reaffirmed its support to the rightful claim of India for permanent membership in an expanded UN Security Council. 

The Indian side reaffirmed support of the candidacy of the Kyrgyz Republic for the UN Human Rights Council for 2016-2018.

The Sides expressed satisfaction at their cooperation on regional issues, including in the framework of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Kyrgyz Side welcomed the commencement of the process of accession of India as a full member of the SCO, as decided by the Council of Heads of State-members of the SCO on 10 July 2015 in Ufa, Russia. The Kyrgyz side noted that full membership of India in SCO will be a significant step in increasing the political prestige of SCO and its role in international and regional affairs.

The Sides expressed grave concern at the rising trend of extremism, radicalism and terrorism in the region and whole world. The Indian side highly appreciated the steps taken by the Kyrgyz Government in counteracting terrorism and in retaining the secular character of Kyrgyz society. 

The Sides agreed to expeditiously consider signing an agreement on "combating international terrorism and other crimes”.

3. Defence cooperation 

The Sides expressed satisfaction at development of defence ties, which reflect a high level of mutual trust between them. The Sides welcomed exchange of visits at Defence Minister level and the major initiatives that have been taken as well as their ongoing programme of cooperation. Both Sides appreciated the signing of an Agreement between the Government of the Kyrygz Republic and the government of the Republic of India on Cooperation in the Defence Sector. 

The Sides expressed satisfaction on the second round of joint exercises "Khanjar 2015” between the Special Forces of the Armed Forces of two countries held in Kyrgyzstan in March 2015, which reflected continuity in exercises held in India in 2011. It was decided to hold joint exercises on an annual basis.

The Indian side welcomed the endeavor of Kyrgyzstan to participate in UN peacekeeping operations and expressed full support of India in this regard. The Kyrgyz side expressed its appreciation to the Government of India for training Kyrgyz military officers for conducting various UN Peacekeeping Courses, including by Centre for UN Peacekeeping in New Delhi, as well as for exchange of experience with Kyrgyz Armed Forces on the Level II UN Field Hospital of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The Kyrgyz side expressed its gratitude to the Government of India for providing medical equipment for their Level II Field Hospital and for support of India in establishing an Information Technology Centre at the Military Academy of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic named after Lieutenant General K. Usenbekov. 

Both Sides appreciated the joint expedition between the Armed Forces of two countries, including Indian-Kyrgyz expedition in September 2011 to scale mount Stock Kangri in Ladakh, India and expedition in August 2013 to Lenin Peak in Kyrgyzstan, and called for continuation of such exchanges.

4. Economic cooperation

Noting that the current level of economic, trade and investment linkages between India and Kyrgyzstan are below potential, the Sides underlined the need for concerted efforts to enhance the economic content of the bilateral partnership. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated President Almazbek Atambaev on Kyrgyzstan's joining the Eurasia Economic Union. The Sides exchanged opinions on integration process in the Eurasian space. Both Sides agreed to work together for early conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement between the Member States of Eurasia Economic Union and the Republic of India.

Attaching great importance to further enhancing economic cooperation, the Kyrgyz side invited Indian business to invest actively in the Kyrgyz economy and expressed its willingness to render assistance to the Indian investors in their investment activities in the Kyrgyz Republic. The Kyrgyz side welcomed the interest of Indian companies to invest in mining and pharmaceutical sectors in Kyrgyzstan. 

The Sides noted the importance of implementation of their bilateral agreements, including the Protocol of the VII session of the Bilateral Inter-governmental Joint Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific-Technical Cooperation in New Delhi on 16-17 March 2015, as well as the MoUs on cooperation in the fields of Textiles and Energy. 

The Sides expressed satisfaction with cooperation in the Joint Business Council between Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Kyrgyz Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), which held its meeting in New Delhi on 2 December 2014. The Sides agreed to take necessary actions for implementation of the mutually agreed outcomes. 

The Sides welcomed the commencement of direct flights between Bishkek and Delhi and agreed to encourage greater connectivity in order to enhance trade and tourism between the two countries.

The Sides called to facilitate the establishment of direct business contacts, and positively noted events in the field of pharmaceutical, agriculture, trade and investment, including a specialized pharmaceuticals exhibition by PHARMEXCIL of India with participation of more than 40 Indian companies in Bishkek in March 2015 as well as the participation of representatives of Agrarian Platform from Kyrgyzstan in Aahar 2015 trade fair in New Delhi in March 2015.

Underlining the fact that more than sixty percent of the population in India and the Kyrgyz Republic works in the agriculture sector, the Sides reaffirmed the importance of meaningful collaboration in the agriculture sector. The Indian side offered to share experience in agro-processing, greenhouse technology, water conservation, and agricultural research in order to enhance productivity and add value to agricultural produce. The Sides welcomed the round table to be held shortly in Bishkek on strengthening cooperation in the Agriculture sector to identify avenues and concrete projects for cooperation in this sector.

The Kyrgyz Side expressed its appreciation to the Indian side for its willingness to consider financing important socio-economic projects of the Kyrgyz Republic on mutually beneficial and acceptable terms. The Sides agreed to determine the conditions of financing in accordance with the National Sustainable Development Strategy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the period of 2013-2017 and the Mid-term Management Strategy of the State debt of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2015-2017 as well as relevant Indian regulations.

5. Scientific and Technical Cooperation

Reiterating that, as fellow democracies, both their countries place people at the heart of all developmental activity, the Sides expressed satisfaction over their developing cooperation in sectors such as education and health. 

The Sides noted that Kyrgyzstan remains one of the popular destinations for the Indian medical students. Students from Kyrgyzstan study in India as well and over 1000 working professionals from a cross section of the Kyrgyz society have utilized the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme. The Kyrgyz side welcomed the decision of the Government of India to increase the number of ITEC slots for Kyrgyz nationals from 85 to 100 this year.

The Sides expressed satisfaction at the successful functioning of the India-Kyrgyz Centre for IT established in the Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture named after N. Isanov in Bishkek (KSUCTA), agreed to work towards upgrading the Centre and consider setting up of similar Centres in other major cities in Kyrgyzstan under Indian grant assistance.

The Sides expressed satisfaction over growing links in the health sector, including regular visits by doctors from super-specialty hospitals in India to Kyrgyzstan, visits of patients from Kyrgyzstan to India for medical treatment and complex surgery at affordable cost and international standards, and the gifting of a Computed Tomography Machine to the National Center for Cardiology and Internal Medicine (NCCIM) by the Government of India in September 2014. 

The Sides welcomed the launch of project to establish Tele-medicine links, with the support of Government of India, between highly specialized hospitals of India and six Medical Establishments of Kyrgyzstan: (National Centre of Maternity and Childhood Care; National Center of Cardiology and Internal Medicine (NCCIM); National Centre of Surgery; Osh Inter-Regional Clinical Hospital; Talas Regional Hospital; and Issyk-Kul Regional Hospital), which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the National Center for Cardiology and Internal Medicine in Bishkek during his visit. 

Indian side highly appreciated the support extended by the Kyrgyz Republic to the Kyrgyz-India Mountain Bio-medical Research Center. The Sides agreed to continue the research activity and welcomed commencement of the second phase during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Indian side thanked the Kyrgyz side for co-sponsoring the resolution in the UN General Assembly about celebration of 21st June as International Yoga Day, which was suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the UN General Assembly. Kyrgyzstan welcomed the offer of the Indian side to establish an AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) Center in Kyrgyz Republic to share India's knowledge in traditional medicine. 

6. Cultural and humanitarian cooperation 

The Sides intend to enhance cultural and humanitarian cooperation, including exchange of students. The Sides also intend to strengthen scientific-technical cooperation between researchers and students in Universities, research and analytical centers and private sector.

The Sides welcomed the signing of Agreement on Cultural Cooperation during the visit and stressed the need to enhance cooperation between the peoples of the two countries in different forms of art, music, dance, theatre, cinema and other cultural manifestations. 

The Sides expressed satisfaction over continuing cultural exchanges between the two countries. The Sides stressed importance of organizing further mutual cultural events in Kyrgyzstan and India and expressed interest in joint study of common historical and cultural heritage. 

Keeping in view the geographical proximity of the two countries and the potential of increasing tourism, the Sides expressed satisfaction at activities on tourism promotion organized by the Indian Ministry of Tourism in Bishkek in 2014 and the road show organized by the Kyrgyz Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism in New Delhi in 2015. The Sides called for similar events in future.

The Sides instructed relevant departments to put in place a liberal visa regime for a few categories of citizens to promote business and tourism between the two countries. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated the decision of the Kyrgyz side to install a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Bishkek city, which was ceremoniously unveiled by the Prime Minister during his visit.

Looking Ahead 

Keeping in view the shared cultural and historical linkages as well as the deep trust and mutual confidence between India and the Kyrgyz Republic, the Sides felt that the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi marks a new beginning towards qualitatively enhancing the relationship between India and the Kyrgyz Republic and to strengthen friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. 

The Sides expressed confidence that the decisions reached during the visit will give an additional impetus for further progressive development across the entire spectrum of their cooperation.

At the conclusion of his visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his deep gratitude to President Almazbek Atambaev, the Government and the people of the Kyrgyz Republic for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality extended during his visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited President Almazbek Atambaev to visit India. The invitation was accepted with gratitude. 





President Pranab Mukherjee expresses condolences over the sad demise of former President Abdul Kalam

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
President's Secretariat
27-July-2015 23:07 IST

President Pranab Mukherjee expresses condolences over the sad demise of former President Abdul Kalam

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has expressed heartfelt condolences over the sad demise of former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

In a statement, the President said;

“The passing away of former President of India, Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is a deep personal loss for me. I will always cherish my long association with him.

As President of India, Dr. Kalam was immensely popular and greatly admired. His warmth, humility and simple ways endeared him to one and all. He had a special love for children and sought to constantly inspire the youth of our country through motivational speeches and personal interaction.

Dr. Kalam will be long remembered for his passion for science and innovation and his contributions as an eminent scientist, administrator, educationist and writer.

Dr. Kalam’s achievements as leader of India’s defence research establishment vastly enhanced the safety and security of our nation. For his tireless services to the nation, he was honored with numerous prestigious awards.

In his passing away, we have lost a great son of India who dedicated his entire life for the welfare of the motherland and its people. Dr. Kalam was a people’s President during his lifetime and will remain so even after his death.”



List of Agreements/ MOUs signed during the Visit of Prime Minister to Turkmenistan

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Prime Minister's Office
11-July-2015 16:15 IST

List of Agreements/ MOUs signed during the Visit of Prime Minister to Turkmenistan

1. Memorandum of Understanding on Supply of Chemical Products between the Indian Public Sector Undertaking ‘Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited’ and the Turkmen State concern ‘Turkmenhimiya’

2. Memorandum Of Understanding between the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan

3. Agreement Between The Ministry Of Youth Affairs And Sports Of The Republic Of India And The State Committee For Sport Of Turkmenistan On Cooperation In The Field Of Sports

4. Programme Of Cooperation In Science And Technology Between The Government Of The Republic Of India And The Government Of Turkmenistan For The Period Of 2015-2017

5. Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of Turkmenistan on Cooperation in Yoga and Traditional Medicine

6. Memorandum Of Understanding Between The Government Of The Republic Of India And The Government Of Turkmenistan On Cooperation In The Field Of Tourism

7. Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of Turkmenistan on Cooperation in the field of Defence

8. Indo-Turkmen Joint Statements



Foreign Direct Investment

Year-wise details of the proposals for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) received during the last three years and the current year are as under:



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The details of the proposals approved/ rejected during the last year and the current year are as under:



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Top 10 country-wise FDI equity inflows and top 10 sector-wise FDI equity inflows from April 2012 to May 2015 are as below:


(Amount in US$ million)


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From APRIL 2012 TO MAY 2015

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CONSTRUCTION DEVELOPMENT: Townships, housing, built-up infrastructure and construction-development projects








E-Filing of FDI proposal is a continuous process and proposal are placed before the FIPB only after completion of all the paper works.


 In the light of the importance of foreign direct investments for economic growth and development, the government announced key FDI reforms in the defence and railways sectors. The entire range of rail infrastructure was opened to 100% FDI under the automatic route, and in defence, sectoral cap was raised to 49%. To boost infrastructure creation and to bring pragmatism in the policy, the Government reviewed the FDI policy in the construction development sector also by creating easy exit norms, rationalizing area restrictions and providing due emphasis to affordable housing.


          To give impetus to the medical devices sector, a carve out was created in FDI policy on the pharmaceutical sector and now 100% FDI under automatic route is permitted. The Government, in order to expand insurance cover to its large population and to provide required capital to insurance companies, raised the FDI limit in the sector to 49%. Pension sector has also been opened to foreign direct investment up to the same limit. The FDI policy provisions pertaining to NRI investment have also been clarified by providing that for the purposes of FDI policy, investment by NRIs on non-repatriation basis under Schedule 4 of FEMA (Transfer or Issue of Security by Persons Resident Outside India) Regulations will be deemed to be domestic investment at par with the investment made by residents. 


          These measures are expected to increase FDI, which complements and supplements domestic investment. Domestic companies are benefited through FDI, by way of enhanced access to supplementary capital and state-of-art-technologies; exposure to global managerial practices and opportunities of integration into global markets resulting into increased production, export and employment generation of the country. Further, as FDI is largely a matter of private business decisions, global investors normally take time to assess a new policy and its implications in the context of a particular market before making investment.


          Review of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy is an ongoing process. Significant changes are made in the FDI policy regime from time to time to ensure that India remains increasingly attractive and investor-friendly.


This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.




Text of PM’s Media Statement in Turkmenistan

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Prime Minister's Office
11-July-2015 15:13 IST

Text of PM’s Media Statement in Turkmenistan

His Excellency Mr President,

Members of the media,

It is a great pleasure to visit Turkmenistan. I am also delighted to see Ashgabat. It stands on a once thriving trade route since ancient times. It is now a beautiful 'Ak Shaharim' or the White City. It reflects your great vision and the nation's prosperity.

Mr. President, I am very grateful to you and the people of Turkmenistan for a very warm welcome and generous hospitality.

Our long standing and deep-rooted civilisational and cultural ties are well known. It has created a sense of familiarity and goodwill between our people. It is a strong foundation of close relations between our two countries.

India attaches great importance to this relationship. There is enormous potential for cooperation between India, a nation of 1.25 billion people with a large and rapidly growing economy, and Turkmenistan, a nation rich in resources.

As India deepens its relations with Central Asia, Turkmenistan will play a crucial role in it.

We have shared interests in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and Central Asia. We also have common purpose in combating terrorism and extremism in our region.

Connecting South and Central Asia will open up new economic opportunities in our region and beyond.

I thank Mr. President for sharing this vision and for his strong support to the relationship.

The most significant initiative in our relationship is the TAPI Gas Pipeline. This could transform regional economic cooperation and bring prosperity along the route. We welcomed the agreements between the four countries for the pipeline. We underlined the need to implement the project quickly.

I also proposed to President that we should explore multiple options, including the additional possibility of land-sea route through Iran.

I conveyed our interest in long term investment in the energy sector in Turkmenistan. We welcome the decision by ONGC Videsh Limited to open an office in Ashgabat.

We had a very positive discussion on India's interest in investment in downstream industries, including petrochemicals and fertilizer. The Memorandum of Understanding in the fertilizer sector will enable long term arrangements for supply of fertilizers from here to India.

Connectivity is an area of priority for both countries. If we use the Iran route, Ashgabat is the first capital we would reach in Central Asia.

We are grateful for Turkmenistan’s support to India joining the Ashgabat Agreement on trade and transit. I have also proposed that Turkmenistan becomes a member of the International North South Transport Corridor.

Together with the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran rail link, and India's proposed investment in Chahbahar Port in Iran, these initiatives will strengthen connectivity between our countries.

Training and human resource development is an important area of cooperation. India will enhance its training scholarship programme. I welcome the upgrading of the Turkmen India Industrial Training Institute in Ashgabat.

The agreements on sports and tourism will deepen the contacts between our people.

Later today, I will have the pleasure of unveiling the bust of Mahatma Gandhi. It will be a reminder of our shared commitment to the cause of a peaceful, inclusive and a just world.

I am looking forward to the inauguration of the Centre of Yoga and Traditional Medicines. It is a tribute to our cultural links. It also gives us opportunities to revive our very old tradition of fruitful cooperation in traditional medicines. I also proposed to him that Ashgabat could be developed as an International Centre for Holistic Healthcare. I offered full support for it.

The defence agreement is a reflection of our shared interest in closer security cooperation, including in combating terrorism.

I am grateful to President and the people of Turkmenistan for the support in making the International Day of Yoga on June 21 a huge global success.

I congratulated the President on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of Permanent Neutrality by Turkmenistan. India acknowledges the contributions of this policy to peace and stability in Turkmenistan and the wider region.

Again, Mr. President, this has been a short but very productive visit. I am confident that our relationship will grow in strength in the coming years.

I look forward to receiving you in India, Mr. President, in the near future.

Thank you.