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Union Government releases Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for North-East

Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas (MoPNG) has released the Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for north-east India.

The Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 outlines steps to leverage the hydrocarbon sector for social and economic development of the north-east region.

The states covered under it are Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Mizoram and Tripura.

Key features of the Hydrocarbon Vision 2030

  • Objective: To leverage the north-east region’s hydrocarbon potential, improve availability of petroleum products, enhance access to clean fuels, facilitate economic development and link common people to the economic activities in this sector.
  • It lays out a detailed roadmap for the entire hydrocarbons value chain, covering all aspects of upstream, midstream and downstream segments of this sector.
  • The Vision rests on five pillars of 5Ps People, Policy, Partnership, Projects and Production.
  • People: Foresees accessibility of clean fuel to households in this region and also foster skill development and local community involvement.
  • Policy: Focus on development of areas including moderation of specific terrain and weather conditions of the region along with fund planning for new projects.
  • Partnership: Give stress on greater involvement of state governments from this region in planning and implementation and also boosting trade with neighbouring nations.
  • Projects: Focus on pipeline connectivity for carrying natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), petroleum products, oil and lubricants (POL).
  • It will also include building refineries and import links and development of compressed natural gas (CNG) highways and city gas distribution network.
  • Production: Give emphases for technology deployment, production enhancement contracts and fast-track clearance and also development of service provider hubs.
  • The vision also focuses on other areas including exploring hydrocarbon linkages and trade opportunities with neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan.
  • It also aims at doubling Oil and Gas production by 2030, fast tracking projects, generating employment opportunities and promoting cooperation with neighbouring countries.

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US President unveils Cyber Security National action plan

United States President Barack Obama has unveiled a cyber-security national action plan to boost security awareness amid of growing risks from new technologies.

Under this action plan, President Obama in his budget request has asked for 19 billion US dollars for cyber-security efforts. This budgetary request is 35 per cent up from current levels which have 3 billion dollars allocation.

This plan has been earmarked to help modernise the patchwork of computer systems used in government agencies. The budgetary funds will be used for replacing overhaul of aging government networks and establishing a high-level commission to boost security awareness.

The Obama cyber initiative responds to an epidemic of data breaches and cyber-attacks on both government and private networks in recent years. Earlier in 2015, a cyber-security bill was also passed which aims to facilitate better cyber threat sharing. The US intelligence agencies has named China, Russia, Iran and North Korea as leading threat actors which pose risks for US cyber security.

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UP Panchayati Raj Minister Kailash Yadav passes away       

Uttar Pradesh Panchayati Raj Minister Kailash Yadav passed away in Gurgaon after reportedly suffering a brain stroke. He was 65.

He was a senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and a cabinet Minister in the present Akhilesh Yadav government and was considered close to the SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

About Kailash Yadav

  • Yadav was born in 1951 in a village in East Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district.
  • He had started his political career from a rural background i.e. from holding the post of a Gram Pradhan.
  • Later he was elected as a member of the UP Legislative Assembly on three occasions. Currently, he was MLA from the Jangipur constituency in Ghazipur district.
  • He was a Minister of State (MoS) for Revenue and Industrial Development in the Mulayam Singh government from 2003 to 2007.

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