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Demand Side Management of Power in India

PIB Feature, with Inputs from the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India

New Delhi, Feb 21, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) A unit of energy saved is greater than the energy produced as it saves not only on energy production but also on transmission and distribution losses. In other words, a “Negawatt” (a negative Megawatt) produced by reducing energy needs, saves more than a Megawatt generated. This is the idea behind the Demand Side Management (DSM) or the management of rapidly growing demand of electricity at the end user side. In India the installed generation capacity in the utility sector has increased to about 1,85,500 MW. But the demand is also constantly increasing in domestic, agricultural, industrial and commercial sectors. During April-November, 2011 there was a peak shortage of 13,491 MW and energy shortage of 44,788 MU.

White House 2013 Budget & AAPIs

President Obama sent his budget for the 2013 fiscal year to Congress earlier today. Below are details about how his budget creates security for Asian American and Pacific Islander families. This year’s budget reflects the President’s firm belief that our country has always done best when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules. It’s a document built around the recognition that this is a make or break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach it. What’s at stake is the very survival of the basic American promise that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, own a home and put a little away for retirement. This budget continues the Obama Administration’s commitment to keeping that promise alive by creating an economy that’s built to last – with good jobs that pay well and security for the middle class.

Steel Authority of India Limited's Initiative in Social Responsbility

Hands of Steel

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By Naginder Singh Kishor
Media & Communication Officer, PIB

New Delhi, Feb 10, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) is the largest steel maker of India and amongst the top public sector enterprises in terms of turnover with the prestigious status of ‘Maharatna’. With this comes the responsibility of being a catalyst for positive change. Apart from the business of manufacturing steel, the objective of the company is to conduct business in ways that produce social, environmental and economic benefits to the communities in which it operates. SAIL’s socio-economic objectives are echoed in its Credo that includes a commitment to uphold the highest ethical standards in conduct of business, and of valuing the opportunity and responsibility “to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives”. One of SAIL’s Core Values – Concern for People – also reflects the company’s commitment towards society at large, which it endeavours to fulfill through wide-ranging and diversified initiatives and activities under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Electricity Through Cogeneration: A Promising Development for India

By Dr. J. R. Meshram, Scientist ‘F’, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, New Dehi, and Gargi Malik, Assistant Director, Press Information Bureau, New Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Think of a sugar mill, not only producing sugar but also generating power as a by-product. Bagasse, a residue of crushed sugarcane used in sugar mills is the principal fuel used to raise steam in sugar mills. With the technological innovations, the high pressure steam generated in boilers can in turn be used to rotate the turbo generator blades to produce electric current. The process employed here to generate power is called cogeneration which essentially implies the production of two forms of energy, electricity and heat. The power thus generated can be used for meeting the requirements of the sugar mill and the surplus can be fed into the grid.

Bringing back the Lost Glory of Coconut Learning the Art of Coconut Plucking in India

English: A view of coconut tree having tender ...

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By Sudha S. Namboothiry
The author is a Media & Communications Officer, PIB, Cochin

Cochin, India, Jan 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Kerala known as “God’s Own Country” in the Global Tourism Map is also known as the Land of the Coconut Trees. But in recent times many coconut farmers have shifted to cultivation of other more profitable crops. Among other reasons, the worst is dearth of coconut tree climbers. Till some time ago coconut climbing was restricted to certain strata of the society but today’s youngster’s goal for better white collar, less dangerous and better rewarding jobs, has resulted in making the coconut climbers almost an extinct species in Kerala. You cannot trace them and if you can catch hold of one they will charge exorbitantly, will pluck down even the tender coconut in most unscientific  ways and whats more they will even get away with the best coconuts from your own farm as self realized favour! But not anymore, thanks to the initiatives of the Coconut Development Board(CDB), scores of youth, middle aged people and even women are acquiring coconut–tree climbing skills and their contact details are available on the Board’s website.

Shortage of labour is a general  phenomenon in agriculture sector but it is all the more severe in coconut which requires skilled labour for crown cleaning, plant protection application and harvesting informed Chairman, Coconut Development Board.  Understanding this fundamental problem  in  the sector, the Board chipped in with its “Friends of Coconut Trees” a novel concept. The Kerala Agriculture University, the Krishi Vigyan Kendras(KVKs) in the State  and a few NGOs came forward to take  up this challenge and to help the Board. After detailed discussions and planning the training for the “FoCT” is on track. The Board embarked on this training programme in the state  of Kerala on August 17,2011 covering 11 districts in the first phase. Today there are 2651 trained FoCTs out of which  118 are women, who are adorned in their uniforms and functioning in the field . Apart from the free six day residential  all round training  which include yoga, safety, financial security, communication skills, coconut farming and remedies for the disease which afflict coconut trees, the Board also gives them a daily allowance, coconut climbing machine and two sets of uniforms free . The Board has even standardized the rates for FoCTs. A charge of Rs. 10 for a normal tree(40 ft high) Rs. 15 for taller as well as those trees in the city limits. A hard working trainee can earn Rs.3 lakhs per annum.

Trade Facilitation in Indian Customs

By Shamima Siddiqui
Director (M&C), PIB, with inputs from the Ministry of Finance

New Delhi, Dec 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Trade facilitation results in reduction in dwell time, transaction costs, procedural requirements and documentation associated with Customs procedures at international borders including sea ports, airports.  Inland Container Depots/Container Freight Stations, Land Customs Stations and warehousing locations.  Customs is uniquely placed to facilitate trade as it is the primary agency dealing with import and export of goods, persons, and conveyances at international borders.  In this direction Customs functions in tandem with stakeholders – port authorities, carriers, clearing agents, DGFT, Banks and other Government departments like environment, health authorities etc. – to achieve meaningful and effective trade facilitation that reduces transaction costs.

Kailash Rana Manger from Sikkim Recognized as "Rice Innovator"

By Suman Gazmer
PIB Features

New Delhi, Dec 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Kailash Rana Manger, a progressive farmer from Sikkim, has been recognized as ‘Rice Innovator’ by the Directorate of Rice Research, Rajendra Nagar in Hyderabad. He received this appreciation for innovations in rice cultivation during the ‘Innovative Rice Farmers Meet 2011’ held in August at Hyderabad which was attended by 26 progessive farmers of different States of the country.

Innovation: Changing the Indian MSME Landscape

The following article is based on the Speech of the Minister of MSME,Shri Virbhadra Singh at the Global Summit on MSMEs 2011
PIB Feature

New Delhi, Nov 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Innovation is the key factor, given the current global scenario, the only way that Indian MSMEs can remain competitive is by adopting innovation as a key business strategy.The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has taken several initiatives to encourage MSMEs to continuously innovate in terms of creation of new products, new processes and new services.

The ‘National Innovation Council’ was constituted by the Prime Minister to encourage and promote innovation in every sector of the economy.  MSME sector got special emphasis under this Innovation Council and a Sectoral Council was constituted under the Chairmanship of Secretary (MSME) to evolve an enabling framework that would help transform novel innovative ideas to successful business ventures.

National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme

MTS West Bengal to Shower Cars, LCD TVs, Smartphones on Customers for Diwali

By Srijita Chatterjee

MTS West Bengal rolls out special Diwali offer for customers, to shower existing and new customers with high-value prizes such as Car, LCD TV, Smartphones, Data Cards and much more!

Calcutta, Oct 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) MTS has rolled out special offers for all its existing and new subscribers in Kolkata and West Bengal, on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. Customers will stand a chance to win a mega prize of a Car and an array of high-value prizes like Smartphones, LCD TV, Data Cards, free talk time etc. on a daily basis!

Shemaroo "Corporate Chanakya AudioBook" by Radhakrishnan Pillai, read by Tom Alter

By Ekta Kumari

Corporate Chanakya
The age old ‘formula of success’ for leaders unveiled! Shemaroo Entertainment launches ‘Corporate Chanakya AudioBook’ authored by Radhakrishnan Pillai and read by Mr. Tom Alter.

Mumbai, Oct 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shemaroo Entertainment launches ‘Corporate Chanakya AudioBook’, which unveils the age old formula of ‘success for leaders’ adapted for the corporate world. The veteran actor, Tom Alter who has lent his voice to the Audiobook, unveiled ‘Corporate Chanakya AudioBook’ at the Crossword Book Store, Kemps Corner on 18th October 2011. The occasion was also graced by the Author Radhakrishnan Pillai, Mr. Atul Maru, Director Shemaroo and Mr. Akash Shah from Jaico Books among others.

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