Current Affairs April 2015

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CCEA gives nod to three highway projects in three states

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved three highway projects in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra with a total cost of 5,150 crore rupees.

All the three projects will be implemented on Build–operate–transfer BOT (toll) model. The private sector will invest in it to meet the capital cost of projects which will be recovered by collection of toll during the concession period.

These projects include

  • Eight-laning of Mukarba Chowk to Panipat section of National Highway (NH)- 1 in Delhi and Haryana. The total length of the project will be around 70 kilometer and will cost of over 2204 crore rupees.
  • Six laning of Agra-Etawah section of NH- 2 in Uttar Pradesh. The total length of the road will be over 124 kilometer at an estimated cost of over 1787 crore rupees.
  • Four laning of the Solapur-Bijapur section of NH- 13 in Maharashtra and Karnataka. It will cost around 1538 crore rupees.

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Union Cabinet approves agreement between India and Jordan on maritime transport

Union Cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 April 2015 gave its approval for signing of a shipping agreement between India and Jordan.

The agreement aims at strengthening cooperation between both nations in the area of shipping and to provide sustained mutual assistance and advice on merchant shipping and other related maritime matters.

The agreement will help both countries to

  • Facilitate and encourage development of their maritime relationship.
  • Cooperation in the task to enhance and stimulate steady growth of maritime traffic.
  • Training and exchange of staff and students from various maritime establishments.
  • Accelerate and facilitate flow of commercial goods at sea and at ports by exchange of necessary information.
  • Establishment of joint ventures (JV) in maritime transportation, shipbuilding and repairs, maritime training, information technology, including development of simulators, port facilities and related activities.

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Information and Broadcasting Ministry receives ISO 9001:2008 certification

Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) on 22 April 2015 received an ISO 9001:2008 certification from the British Standards Institute (BSI).

The ISO certification was granted to Ministry in respect of various permissions and licences issued by it for the broadcasting and print media and films.

These licences or permissions include for satellite Television channels, multi-system operators, teleports, community radio stations and DTH services.

It also includes publication of Indian editions of technical and scientific and foreign magazines of news and current affairs, facsimile editions of foreign newspapers and permission for foreign film producers.

The Ministry has undertaken this initiative in order to bring in more transparency and efficiency in the processes related in granting of various permissions and licenses to the eligible applicants.

In this regard, the Ministry has put in place a well-defined procedure and measures in order to ensure quality of services offered to the customers on the basis of ISO 9001:2008. It will also ensure delivery of services by the Ministry in a qualitative manner.

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