The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today called for increasing food-grain productivity from 2 tons per hectare to 3 tons per hectare. Addressi
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- Lt General (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma sworn-in as 17th governor of Mizoram
- Lt. General Nirbhay Sharma (retd.) has been sworn in as the 17th governor of Mizoram at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan.
- Justice T Vaiphei, judge of the Gauhati high court, administered the oath of office to general Sharma.
- He is the eighth governor of Mizoram after the then state governor Vakkom Purushothaman resigned on July 12 last year in protest against being transferred to Nagaland.
- The Congress-ruled Mizoram has earned the dubious distinction of having eight governors in the past ten months.Proior to this Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma was governor of Arunachal Pradesh.
- He has been transferred to Mizoram by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 12 .West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was holding the additional charge of Mizoram till now.
About Lt. General Nirbhay Sharma (retd.) :-
- Lt. General Nirbhay Sharma is a product of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1966. General Sharma is one of the most distinguished and decorated Field Commanders of the Indian Army.
- Most of his assignments have dealt with Jammu & Kashmir and the North Eastern States; the last assignment being a Corps Commander and Security Advisor to the Government of J&K. During the period, his landmark contribution in fighting the ongoing proxy war in Kashmir, including the successful conduct of Parliamentary and Assembly Elections are well known
- As a young Captain, he fought in the 1971 War and was part of the Airborne Assault Group, the first Indian Army Unit to enter Dacca. Apart from commanding a battalion on the China border, he was part of the Sino-Indian Working Group and coordinated counter-insurgency operations in the North East with civil agencies and inter-ministerial delegations.
- Hyderabad-based startup MartMobi acquired by Snapdeal
- Snapdeal has acquired Hyderabad-based technology startup MartMobi for an undisclosed amount this acquisition will strengthen its mobility platform for merchants.MartMobi creates mobile sites and apps for ecommerce stores, small and medium-sized businesses.
- The company that was formed in 2008 by Pramod Nair and Satya Krishna Ganni, also provides real-time analytics to improve conversions and user engagement
- Snapdeal is focussing on mobile platform as about 75% of orders are coming from mobile-based devices. On the merchant side too similar trend is visible
- Currently, MartMobi has a 15-member team
- Currently, Snapdeal has over 40 Million registered users and over 150,000 business sellers offering around 11 Million products under 500+ categories on its platform, delivering to over 5,000 cities and towns in India.
- India and Vietnam Sign a Joint Vision Statement on Defence Cooperation
- India and Vietnam signed a Joint Vision Statement on Defence Cooperation for the period 2015-2020
- The Statement was signed by the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar and the Vietnamese Minister for National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh at the end of the delegation level talks in New Delhi
- An MoU on cooperation between the Coast Guards of the two countries was also signed in the presence of the two Defence Ministers.
- The Vietnamese Defence Minister is on a 3-day official visit to the country at the invitation of Shri Parrikar.
- At the delegation level talks, the two sides discussed wide ranging issues concerning defence cooperation, including cooperation in the area of maritime security.
- Both sides reiterated their commitment to further enhancing the ongoing defence engagements between the two sides for mutual benefit.
- Committee headed by Vijay Kelkar constituted to revisit and revitalise public private partnership (PPP) mode of infrastructure development.
- The Centre has constituted a 10-member panel under former finance secretary Vijay Kelkar to revisit and revitalise public private partnership (PPP) mode of infrastructure development.
- It was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech for 2015-16 .
- The Committee will comprise of 10 members including its chairman Kelkar, who is presently the Chairman of Institute of Public Finance & Policy
Among the members of the committee are :-
- C S Rajan, Chief Secretary, Rajasthan Government;
- S B Nayar, CMD, IIFCL;
- Shekhar Shah, Director General, NCAER;
- Pradeep Kumar, MD, CBG, SBI;
- Vikram Limaye, MD, IDFC;
- P S Behuria, former IRS
- Sudipto Sarkar, Barrister-at-law, Kolkata
Functionality of the committee
- This committee has been asked to submit its report in three months
- The committee will propose design modifications to contractual arrangements of PPP, international best practices as well as institutional context.
- Thefocus areas of the Committee will include measures to improve capacity building in government for effective implementation of PPP projects, review of experience of PPP policy, analysis of risks involved in such projects in different sectors
- The Committee may consult various stake holders in private sector, government sector, legal experts, banking/financial institutions and academia