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Date: 05 March 2019

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs

  • PM launches One Nation, One Card in Ahmedabad for Mobility Single Card for seamless travel through different metros and other transport systems. National Common Mobility Card, NCMC- India's first indigenously developed payment platform Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched today One Nation, One Card for transport mobility at a function in Ahmedabad today. The Indigenous Automatic Fare Collection System based on One Nation One Card Model i.e. National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) is the first of its kind in India.
  • India’s First Indigenously Developed Payment Eco-system for transport consisting of NCMC Card, SWEEKAR (Swachalit Kiraya: Automatic Fare Collection System) and SWAGAT (Swachalit Gate) is based on NCMC Standards. These are bank issued cards on Debit/Credit/Prepaid card product platform.
  • The customer may use this single card for payments across all segments including metro, bus, suburban railways, toll, parking, smart city and retail. The stored value on card supports offline transaction across all travel needs with minimal financial risk to involved stakeholders. The service area feature of this card supports operator specific applications e.g. monthly passes, season tickets etc.
  • Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs brought to the fore the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) to enable seamless travel by different metros and other transport systems across the country besides retail shopping and purchases. Prime Minister's Office PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) Yojana The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today, launched the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) Yojana at Vastral in Gujarat.
  • He also distributed the PM-SYM pension cards to select beneficiaries. Over two crore workers at three lakh Common Service Centers across the country witnessed the launch event through video conference Terming it as a historic day, the Prime Minister dedicated PM-SYM Yojana to the forty two crore strong unorganized sector workers in the country.
  • He said that the scheme will assure a monthly pension of Rs.3000 for the enrolled unorganized sector workers during their old age. It is for the first time since independence that such a scheme is envisaged for the crores of workers engaged in the informal sector, PM added. The Prime Minister explained in detail about the benefits of PM-SYM. A contribution of equal amount as that of the beneficiary will be made by the Union Government, PM said.
  • He appealed to the informal sector workers earning less than Rs.15000 per month to enroll as beneficiaries in the nearby Common Service Centre. Assuring that there would not be any hassles with the enrollment process, Modi told the gathering that only a form needs to be filled with Aadhar number and bank details. The cost incurred by the Common Service Centre for enrolling a beneficiary will be borne by the Union Government. “This is the miracle of Digital India”, PM said.

Ministry of Commerce & Industry .

  • INDIA-US Trade Issues United States of America today has given a 60-day withdrawal notice to India on the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits extended by US. Since the review initiated by the US in April 2018 on India's GSP benefits, India and US have been discussing various trade issues of bilateral interest for a suitable resolution on mutually acceptable terms. GSP benefits are envisaged to be non-reciprocal and non-discriminatory benefits extended by developed countries to developing countries
  • In India's case the GSP concessions extended by the US amounted to duty reduction of only USD 190 million per annum. The US had initiated the review on the basis of representations by the US medical devices and dairy industries, but subsequently included numerous other issues on a self-initiated basis.
  • These included issues related to market access for various agriculture and animal husbandry products, relaxation / easing of procedures related to issues like telecom testing / conformity assessment and tariff reduction on ICT products. The Department of Commerce engaged with various Government of India departments concerned with these issues, and India was able to offer a very meaningful way forward on almost all the US requests.
  • In a few instances, specific US requests were not found reasonable and doable at this time by the departments concerned, in light of public welfare concerns reflective of India's developing country status and its national interest.

Ministry of Defence

  • CURTAIN RAISER: AL NAGAH 2019 Exercise Al Nagah III, third in the series of bilateral joint exercise between India and Oman is scheduled to be held from 12 to 25 March 2019 at Jabel Al Akhdar Mountains in Oman. The exercise will see both the armies exchanging expertise and experience in tactics, weapon handling and firing
  • , with an aim to enhance interoperability in counterterrorist operations in semi urban mountainous terrain. India-Oman bilateral security ties have continued to develop since the beginning of India-Oman Joint Military Cooperation meetings in 2006. Exercise Al Nagah III follows the first two joint exercises that were held in Oman in January 2015 and India in March 2017 respectively
  • . Similar exercises are also in vogue between the navies and air forces of both the nations thus underscoring the growing bilateral military and strategic partnership between the two important nations of Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The Indian Army contingent is going to be represented by 04 Officers, 09 Junior Commissioned Officers and 47 other ranks of 10th Battalion of the Garhwal Rifles. Similar strength is also to be fielded by Jabel Regiment of Royal Army of Oman (RAO).
  • Observer delegation comprising senior officers of both the armies will witness the validation exercise to be held on 25 March 2019. The exercise will go a long way in enchaining understanding of capabilities and strengthening camaraderie between both the Armies.

Ministry of Culture

  • Dr. Mahesh Sharma Inaugurates ‘Azaadi Ke Diwane’ Museum at Red Fort Complex in Delhi Museum, Created by ASI Pays Homage to Unsung Heroes of Freedom Struggle of the Nation Created by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI),
  • the museum within the Red Fort complex pays homage to all the unsung heroes of freedom struggle of the nation, who would have otherwise been merged away in forgetfulness. The museum is fifth in the series of recently inaugurated museums in the Red Fort Complex - others being, Subhash Chandra Bose and INA museum, Yaad-e-Jallian museum, Museum on 1857 - India’s first war of Independence and Drishyakala - Museum on Indian Art.
  • The ‘AzaadikeDiwane’ museum talks about the sacrifices of great freedom fighters. It pays tribute to the selfless sacrifices of the revolutionaries, brave female freedom fighters and valiant children. • Speaking on the occasion the minister said “Under the leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi this new museum ‘AzaadikeDiwane’ is started in the series of KrantiMandir to inspire the younger generation and letting them know the cost of freedom that the great fighters achieve by sacrificing their life.” He congratulated the team of ASI for coming up with this digitized and interactive Museum.
  • The museum is a modern state-of-the-art, informative and educational exhibition, involving multi-sensory technologies to engage the visitors. It is so designed that as one moves from one section of the gallery to the other, a sense of awakening and spiritual awareness overwhelms an individual, a feeling of patriotism sweeps through, inspiring the visitors to relive the struggle of the Indian Freedom fighters and value the freedom that we so cherish today.
  • Earlier, on 23rd January 2019, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Subhash Chandra Bose and Indian National Army (INA) museum at Red Fort, Delhi. The museum not only provides a detailed account of Netaji’s life and the history of Indian National Army (INA) but also showcases various valuable artefacts related to both. The Prime Minister on his visit to Red Fort Complex on 23rd January 2019, visited all these museums and gave his tribute to the memory of brave freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the nation.
  • The Red Fort Complex also houses other museums – the Yaad-e-Jallian museum, the Museum on 1857- India’s first war of Independence and the Drishyakala- Museumon Indian Art. The Yaad-e-Jallian museum provides an authentic account of JallianwalaBagh massacre that happened on April 13th, 1919. The museum also showcases heroism, valour and sacrifices made by Indian soldiers during World War-I.
  • The Museum on 1857- India’s first war of Independence portrays the historical narrative of 1857 war of independence, showcasing the valour and sacrifices made by Indians during the period while the Drishyakala- Museum on Indian Art showcases Indian art works from 16th century till India’s independence

Ministry of Textiles

  • Union Textiles Minister, Smriti Zubin Irani, inaugurated the renovated Handloom Haat in New Delhi today. She also launched three projects of NIFT - VisionNXT – Trend Forecasting Initiative, Indian Textiles and Craft Repository and Design Innovation and Incubation.
  • The Haat at Janpath in New Delhi has been set up by Ministry of Textiles to provide marketing opportunities to authentic handloom products from various States, PSUs and cooperative societies. Its main objective is to provide infrastructure support to handloom agencies to augment their sales of handloom products and to showcase the exquisite variety of handloom products produced all over the countrTextiles Minister also released a booklet - World Handmade Textile Biennales on this occasion.
  • She said the NIFT will accomplish their job through artificial intelligence. The Textiles Minister further said that the virtual museum will not only help industry and research scholars but also carry forward the knowledge to the next generation. MoS Textiles, Ajay Tamta, also spoke on this occasion. Project related to trend innovation lab ‘VisionNxt’ initiative being set up by NIFT in the building will create an indigenous fashion forecasting service that endeavours to design seasonal directions for our country.
  • The trend forecasting service would be aligned to our national and subnational socio-cultural constructs and market requirements. The proposed service is based on the premise that fashion is a dynamic industry, depending on seasonal trends and forecast to predict its future direction. It will help handloom sector in production of handloom products as per market requirement in terms of trends, design and colour forecaste would not be any hassles with the enrollment process, Modi told the gathering that only a form needs to be filled with Aadhar number and bank details.
  • The cost incurred by the Common Service Centre for enrolling a beneficiary will be borne by the Union Government. “This is the miracle of Digital India”, PM said.