· Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, in a written reply to a question on One Nation-One Language, said that there is no proposal for one nation-one language and added that the Constitution accords equal importance to all the languages of the country.
· The Minister also said that language matters are in the Concurrent List of the Constitution of India and are within the executive spheres of the Central Government and the respective State Governments.
· The Minister noted that as per the information received from Ministry of Human Resource Development, grant are not released language wise by Ministry of Human Resource Development. The grants allocated during the last three years for the promotion and development of various languages are as under:
CHD: Central Hindi Directorate, New Delhi
CIIL: Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore
CSTT: Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology, New Delhi
GPIL: Grants for Promotion of Indian Languages which includes Sindhi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Hindi, Classical Tamil
· Minister of State for PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh allayed fears of the members on the Spent Fuel Storage facility in the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.He said that the spent fuels of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant will be stored in a place far from the reactor. He assured that the radiation levels in these fuels are very low and they are being stored to be used at a later stage.
· Replying to a question raised by the DMK member S. Gnanathiraviam of Tirunelveli constituency in Tamil Nadu, during the question hour today in Lok Sabha, Minister also said that storing of the spent fuel in-house was as per the two agreements signed in 1988 and 1998. Minister also said that the in-house facility to store spent fuels located in the Kudankulam Nuclear reactor will reach its capacity by the year 2022.
· Hence the need arose for constructing ‘Away From Reactor’ ,AFR spent fuel storage facility for Kudankulam units 1 and 2. The Minister said that the AFR facility has been completed, and currently it is in the process of obtaining environmental clearance.
· He also requested the members to create a mass awareness on the safety of the plants.
· Minister also clarified that the recent cyber attack in Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant was only in the administrative block of the plant.
· The Minister assured that the computers placed to control the reactors were free from any attack, and they are protected with new mechanism and hardened sites.
|Number of Authorizations issued||Number of Authorizations issued||Number of Authorizations issued|
|Advance Authorization Scheme||22853||21505||23042|
|Duty Free Import Authorization Scheme||581||815||1321|
|1||Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC)||Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra|
|2||Amritsar Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC)||Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal|
|3||Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC)||Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala|
|4||East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC) with Vizag Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) as Phase-1||West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu|
|5||Bengaluru Mumbai Industrial Corridor (BMIC)||Karnataka, Maharashtra|
|Name of Prioritized Node||Total Land
|S. No.||Name of the node||Area required for phase-1 (in acres)||Status of land acquisition
|1||Tumakuru Industrial Area||1736.20||Entire land in possession of State Govt.|
|2||Krishnapatnam Industrial Area||2500.4||Approx. 2300 acres in possession of State Govt.|
|3||Ponneri Industrial Area||1366.11||Project development activities are yet to be initiated and details of land acquisition will accordingly be confirmed with State Govt.|
Status of Industrial Corridors
Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) for all identified nodes/cities have been incorporated, trunk infrastructure works are nearing completion, land disposal policies have been finalized and the process of land allotment to investors has been initiated at the following locations:
A total of 67 plots have been allotted covering an area of 478.9 acres.
Perspective plan for the overall AKIC Corridor has been completed and one Integrated Manufacturing Cluster (IMC) site in following States has been finalized for further development:
The detailed master planning and Preliminary Engineering activities are underway for IMC site at West Bengal (Raghunathpur).
Perspective plan for the overall corridor has been completed and following three nodes have been identified for further development:
A SPV for execution of the project at Krishnapatnam node in Andhra Pradesh has been incorporated. Detailed master planning and Preliminary Engineering activities for the Activation Area (2500 acres) have been finalized and NICDIT in its meeting held on 30th August, 2019 considered the project proposal and recommended the same for seeking final approval from Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
A SPV for execution of the project at Tumakuru node in Karnataka has been incorporated. Detailed master planning and Preliminary Engineering activities for the Activation Area (1736 acres) have been finalized and NICDIT in its meeting held on 30th August, 2019 considered the project proposal and recommended the same for seeking final approval from CCEA.
For Ponneri node in Tamil Nadu, NICDIT in its meeting held on 30th August, 2019 has accorded its approval on Shareholder’s Agreement (SHA) and State Support Agreement (SSA).
Further, NICDIT in its meeting held on 30th August, 2019 has accorded its approval for extension of Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC) to Kochi and Coimbatore and inclusion of IMC sites identified in the State of Kerala & Tamil Nadu.
Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) is implementing the VCIC project with ADB loan of US$ 631 million. Asian Development Bank (ADB) has carried out the initial project development activities for VCIC. ADB has identified four nodes namely, Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, Donakonda and Machilipatnam for development. Amongst these, Visakhapatnam and Chittoor have been prioritized by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Following seven civil works contracts which are to be met out of ADB financing, have been awarded and works are in progress:
NICDIT in its meeting held on 30th August, 2019 has accorded its approval for development of Vishakhapatnam and Chittoor as priority nodes in phase-1 of VCIC.
Perspective plan has been completed for the overall BMEC Project and Dharwad node in Karnataka has been identified as the priority node for further implementation.
NICDIT in its meeting held on 23rd August, 2017 directed that project development works may not be undertaken for the time-being as it does not have any back-bone in terms of a Dedicated Freight Corridor and is quite distant from the coast. Besides, Government of Maharashtra has not been able to finalize the nodes due to problems of land and water.
(B) The amount sanctioned, approved, released and utilized so far on each of the Industrial Corridor, corridor-wise:
(Rs. in crore)
|A.||Project Development Fund (PDF)|
|Amount sanctioned by Government of India||1000.00||1500.00|
(through budgetary allocation)
|Amount released & utilized||579.50||10.80||4.15||0.29||Nil|
|B.||Project Implementation Fund (PIF)|
|Amount sanctioned by Government of India||17500.00|
(through budgetary allocation)
|Amount released & utilized||5126.36||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil|
|*This is being funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) at present.|
· Shri Om Birla, Speaker Lok Sabha along with Dr. Harsh Vardhan Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MOS (HFW) and Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of State for Finance inaugurated a Health Awareness and Check-up Camp at Parliament House that shall provide health awareness and diagnostic services to the Parliamentarians and their family members.
· The health camp is being organized from 20th November to 4th December 2019 excluding Sundays by CGHS in co-ordination with the Lok Sabha Secretariat, while specialists from AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital, Dr RML Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College and Sucheta Kriplani Hospital are providing specialist health services. Diagnostic facilities for relevant important investigations in Radiology and Bio-chemistry are being provided at these health camps in addition to facilities for consultation along with health education in Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Unani, Sidha, Naturopathy and Yoga. An exhibition is also organised as part of the Health Camp for enhancing awareness around various diseases.
· Also present at the event were Dr. Arun Panda, i/c Secretary (Health), Shri Alok Saxena, JS and senior officers and doctors from the Health Ministry.
· China’s foreign ministry today summoned a top US diplomat over the Senate’s passing of a Hong Kong rights bill, warning of strong countermeasures against the United States should the legislation be signed into law.
· China’s Foreign Ministry in a statement said that Vice foreign minister Ma Zhaoxu called in acting charge d’affaires William Klein to lodge a strong protest.
· The US Senate, on Tuesday, has unanimously passed The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 that would also require the Secretary of State to certify at least once a year that Hong Kong still retains enough autonomy to warrant the special US trading consideration that bolsters its status as a world financial center.
· The US treats semi-autonomous Hong Kong, which has its own legal and political systems, differently from the Chinese mainland when it comes to trade and export controls.
· The bill – if it becomes law – will demand greater scrutiny of the city’s special status.
· The bill, which among other things prohibit the commercial export of certain munitions to the Communist party-controlled Hong Kong Police Force, would provide sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations in Hong Kong.
· The House of Representatives passed similar legislation in October.
· Since June, Hong Kong has seen massive, regular demonstrations, which started in opposition to a proposed bill that would have allowed its citizens to be extradited to the mainland.
· Swedish authorities have discontinued an investigation into a rape allegation against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, after a review of the evidence.
· The deputy chief prosecutor, Eva-Marie Persson, said the complainant’s evidence was deemed credible and reliable, but that after nearly a decade, witnesses’ memories had faded.
· In June, a Swedish court ruled that Assange should not be detained, meaning that while a preliminary investigation in Sweden shouldn’t be abandoned, he wouldn’t be extradited and could be questioned in Britain.
· Two months earlier, Assange was evicted from the Ecuador Embassy in London where he had been holed up since 2012. He was immediately arrested and is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for jumping bail in 2012. He is also fighting extradition to the US, which accuses him of publishing secret documents
12. Sri Lankan President to arrive in India on Nov 29
· Sri Lanka’s new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will embark on his maiden visit to India later this month.
· Gotabaya assumed office as the seventh President of Sri Lanka this morning, after his victory in the election, on Saturday. He will reach New Delhi on 29th November on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
· This was finalised during External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar short visit to Colombo today, during which he called on Mr Rajapaksa.
· The minister said he conveyed Prime Minister Modi’s message of a partnership for shared peace, progress, prosperity and security.
· The visit signifies the importance attached to bilateral relations between the two neighbours.
· Prime Minister Modi was the first foreign leader to telephone the Sri Lankan President on Sunday after his victory.