Dadra & Nagar Haveli

Total peace in Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370, says Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has stated that total peace prevails in Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 with not a single bullet or tear gas-fired and not one death.
Referring to Kashmir in his speech after inaugurating development projects on Sunday in Silvassa, the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Shah appealed to those opposing the abrogation of Article 370 to rise above politics and stand united with the government in matters of national security and integrity.
Abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A led to complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India. This decision would lead to development in the region and sound the death knell for terrorism, he added.
Dedicating public projects worth more than Rs 290 crore to the people, Shah said  Silvassa saw development only after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in 2014. In the past five years, water, electricity, sanitation and gas had reached every household of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
He praised Akshaya Patra Foundation for their initiative of mid-day meal vans and said it would help improve the health and nutrition levels of children in the UT. He also expressed his appreciation for the Shram Yogi Prasad Scheme, which will provide affordable nutritious meals to labourers near their work areas.
He noted that with the beginning of the academic year in Namo Medical College, more than 150 future doctors will be trained every year, which would cater to the medical needs of the surrounding areas.
Shah hailed the establishment of Jalshakti Mantralay as an unprecedented holistic approach to the water issue. The move would yield great dividends in future.
He noted that Rs 3.5 lakh crore had been allocated in the current year's budget to ensure water supply to 14 crore households. The government was committed to providing piped water to all households by 2022.  This decision of the Prime Minister will massively impact 130 crore people's lives.
Flagging the issue of plastic usage and environmental crisis, he appealed to the women to substitute plastic bags with cloth bags and said that the Prime Minister's vision of Swachh Bharat would get an impetus with this move.
Shah laid the foundation stone of Silvassa Education Hub and Paramedical Building. He launched the new tourism policy of the UT. He also flagged off mid-day meal vans, inaugurated of youth hostel and launched Shram Yogi Prasad Scheme, which would provide affordable meals to labourers near their work areas.
Present on the dais were Praful Patel, administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and other dignitaries.

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Cabinet approves setting up of medical college at Silvassa

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the setting up of a medical college at Silvassa in the Union Territory (UT) of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
The college, with an yearly intake of 150 students, will be set up at a capital cost of Rs 189 crore to be incurred in two years, Rs 114 crore in 2018-19 and Rs 75 crore in the next, an official press release said.
The project will be completed by 2019-20 and the construction and capital expenditure will be incurred as per the norms of Medical Council of India (MCI) and extant guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
The annual recurring expenditure for the Medical College will be managed within the budget provision for the UT.
The creation of 21 regular posts of 14 (JS) level and above (including teaching and non-teaching) out of 357 regular posts which were recommended by the Committee on Establishment Expenditure (CEE) was also approved.
The approval will increase the availability of doctors and address the issue of shortage of doctors. It will enhance medical education opportunities for students. It will also result in the optimal utilization of the existing infrastructure of district hospitals and improve tertiary care facilities for the people of the two UTs and adjoining areas, the release added.

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Cash transfer of food subsidy being implemented in Chandigarh, Puducherry and Dadra & Nagar Haveli: Govt.

Cash transfer of food subsidy scheme into bank accounts of beneficiaries is being implemented in the Union Territories of Chandigarh and Puducherry as well as urban areas of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the Government said in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
The scheme is implemented as per provisions of the Cash Transfer of Food Subsidy Rules, 2015, which inter alia provides that the cash transfer scheme can be taken up in identified areas, subject to fulfillment of certain conditions regarding preparedness to implement the scheme, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution C.R. Chaudhary said in a written reply to a question during Question Hour.
Identified area is defined under the Rules as State or Union Territory (UT) or any specified area within a State or UT, for which there is a written consent of the State Government for implementation of the scheme. It is therefore optional for the States and UTs to implement the cash transfer scheme or continue with distribution of foodgrains as per provisions of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) through fair price shops, he added.
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BHEL commissions 3 MW solar photovoltaic power plant

The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had commissioned a 3 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
The plant was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently during a visit to the Union Territory.
BHEL has executed this project on turnkey basis for Dadra and Nagar Haveli Power Distribution Corporation Limited, at Velugam, a press release from the company said.
According to it, BHEL is presently executing solar PV projects of about 180 MW for various customers. BHEL offers EPC solutions for both off-grid and grid interactive solar PV power plants and has set up solar plants in various locations in India including the Lakshadweep Islands for island electrification.
BHEL manufactures solar cells and modules at its units in Bengaluru. Space grade solar panels using high efficiency cells and space grade battery panels are manufactured at its Electronics System Division, Bengaluru.
BHEL is one of the few companies in India whose solar business is backed by a dedicated R&D team at the company’s Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell Plant (ASSCP) in Gurugram, the release added.

Modi inaugurates various projects in South Gujarat, Dadra & Nagar Haveli

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated several projects in South Gujarat and the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, incuding a multi-specialty hospital and a diamond manufacturing unit in Surat.
Govt. committed to providing healthcare at cheaper rates: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated several projects in South Gujarat and the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, incuding a multi-specialty hospital and a diamond manufacturing unit in Surat.
Speaking after inaugurating the Kiran Multi-Speciality Hospital, Mr. Modi described the project was "commendable" and said the state-of-the-art facility would benefit citizens. He emphasized that the poor must have access to quality and affordable healthcare.
In this context he talked about the Union Government’s initiatives to bring down the prices of medicines, stents, and so on. He said he is committed to providing affordable healthcare for the poor and the middle class. 
Calling for focus on preventive healthcare, the Prime Minister said that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is linked to efforts towards a healthier India. 
The Prime Minister said Surat has made a mark in the diamond industry but there is now need to look at the entire gems and jewellery sector. He said that as far as the gems and jewellery sector is concerned, the aim should not only be ‘Make in India’ but also 'Design in India'. 
Later, Mr. Modi inaugurated the SUMUL cattle feed plant at Bajipura and laid the foundation stone for three lift irrigation schemes. He also inaugurated a drinking water supply scheme for Vyara town and Jesinhpur-Dolvan groups of Tapi district. 
Addressing a large gathering, Mr. Modi recalled having worked in this area for a long time. He said SUMUL -- the Surat District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited -- has empowered several people in the nearby areas. He said the stretch from Umbergaon to Ambaji has been transformed and this has benefited the tribal communities of Gujarat. 
"Here, in SUMUL we see the positive results that can be achieved when Sahkar (Cooperatives) and Sarkar (Government) work together," he said. According to him, SUMUL also illustrates the good that happens when farmers and dairies work closely. 
The Prime Minister said that Tapi district is one of the newer districts of Gujarat, and he is happy to see it achieve remarkable progress. 
The Prime Minister called for value addition in the agriculture sector, and focus on increasing per capita milk production. 
In Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Mr. Modi inaugurated various Government projects at Silvassa, including government buildings, solar PV systems, Jan Aushadhi Kendras and a Passport Seva Kendra.
He also distributed aids and assistive devices to persons with disabilities, and other benefits under existing Government schemes.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that, though it was his first visit to Dadra and Nagar Haveli as Prime Minister, he had been to the Union Territory many times in the past.
He said that after assuming office, he sought details on impact of development schemes in Dadra and Nagar Haveli; and since then the Union Government has worked on areas needing attention.
Speaking on development themes, he said that every Indian must have access to housing facilities. He said that in less than a year, the number of beneficiaries under the Ujjwala scheme for LPG has crossed 2 crore.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the Union Government will never allow the poor and the middle class to be looted. He urged the assembled people to download the BHIM App for cashless transactions.
Later, Mr. Modi dedicated to the nation the Phase-1 (Link 2) of the SAUNI (Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation) Yojana, at Botad. He also laid the foundation stone of Phase 2 (Link 2) of the project.
Earlier, he welcomed Narmada water into the Krishna Sagar Lake by pressing a button and offering flower petals. 
Addressing a public meeting, he described water as a holy offering from nature. He said water is reaching Saurashtra with the blessings of the River Narmada. He said this is the result of a lot of effort, and would benefit the farmers. 
He called for the extensive use of drip irrigation, and said the Union Government is working on ways to help double incomes in the agriculture sector. 

Cabinet okays promulgation of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Value Added Tax (Amendment) Regulation, 2015

The Union Cabinet today approved the promulgation of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Value Added Tax (Amendment) Regulation, 2005 by the President under article 240 of the Constitution. 
This will substitute the clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 4 of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Value Added Tax Regulation, 2005 with the amendment, namely “(b) in respect of goods specified in the Third Schedule, at the rate of five percent.” 
This will help the Union Territory to generate additional gross revenue and net tax generation that is estimated to be Rs.120 crore and Rs. 7 crore per annum, respectively, an official press release said.

Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli to promote tourism by establishing new brand image

The Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli have launched a campaign to promote tourism by establishing a new brand image.
"Both Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli share their rich history with Goa. While Goa is already world-famous as a tourist destination, very few people know that Daman and Diu are also endowed with excellent beaches and rich Portuguese heritage," Union Tourism and Culture Minister Shripad Naik said after launching the campaign here yesterday.
"Dadra & Nagar Haveli, on the other hand, has lovely forests, lakes and gardens which make it an enviable destination to spend time with nature. 
"Unfortunately, people of India are still not aware about the tourist attractions in these UTs," he said, describing the new campaign as a "highly commendable and welcome step".
Mr Naik said he was especially delighted to note the forward looking approach of the UT Administration by conceiving, designing and publishing its vision for Dadra & Nagar Haveli. 
"Though promotional campaigns may be outstanding, they need to be backed by quality infrastructure to make every tourist satisfied with his overall experience. I am, therefore, happy that both Union Territories have invested a lot in connectivity, basic infrastructure and tourism and have drawn a long term strategy before taking the important step of creating and launching their tourism campaign," he said.
Mr Naik said the Ministry of Tourism was promoting India as a brand across the world. 
"Our 'Incredible India' campaign has been highly successful. However, for maximizing our tourism potential, the Government’s effort needs to be supplemented by each State Government and Union Territory Administration. 
"Many States and Union Territories are already well known for their tourism potential, and have also been proactive in promoting their destinations across the nation as well as at international level but there are others that are now trying to make a beginning," he added.

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Reliance's polyester plant at Silvassa starts production

Energy and petrochemicals giant Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today said that it had commissioned its new Polyester Filament Yarn (PFY) facility at Silvassa, the capital of the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
The entire production from this facility has been successfully placed in the domestic and international markets, a press release from the company said. 
With the commissioning of this facility, Reliance’s total PFY capacity, including the Malaysian facilities, is in excess of 1.5 MMTPA, it said.
"This expansion further strengthens RIL’s position as the world’s largest producer of Polyester Fibre and Yarn," it said.
The new PFY plant at Silvassa is the most automated and one of the most environment-friendly plants globally.  It is co-located with RIL’s existing texturizing facility at Silvassa eliminating the packaging and logistics costs, the release said.
This, coupled with integration with PTA, will make the Silvassa facility amongst the lowest cost Polyester Filament Yarn producing sites globally.
"The commissioning of this facility marks the beginning of the mega petrochemical expansion of Reliance Industries Ltd," the release added.

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CBI registers case against BJP MP Natubai Patel in disproportionate assets case


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had registered a case against Natubhai Gomanbhai Patel, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of the Lok Sabha from the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli for alleged possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The first-time MP is alleged to have amassed disproportionate assets to the tune of about Rs 2.18 crore during the period between 2001 and 2009 when he was functioning as member of Silvassa Group Gram Panchayat, member of Interim Council of Silvassa Municipal Area and member of Silvassa Municipal Council on different occasions, a press release from the CBI said.
It said searches at the official and residential premises of the public servant were being conducted in New Delhi and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
"Incriminating documents relating to possession of movable and immovable assets recovered during searches are being scrutinized. Further investigation is continuing," the release added.

Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


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