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NITI Aayog Conducts First Samavesh Meeting

NITI Aayog has conducted the first Samavesh meeting of the National Steering Group and other knowledge partners under the co-chairmanship of Amitabh Kant, CEO and Ratan P Watal, Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog. The meeting was also attended by representatives of four States- Kerala, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Salient Highlights

The objective of the meeting was to bring together 32 premier educational and policy research institutions to boost the development process, improve institutional capacity and forge a field level interface with the community in pursuance with the Prime Minister’s call for a New India 2022,

In the meeting, Memorandum of Understands (MoUs) were signed between NITI Aayog and major think tanks across the country with an aim to create an atmosphere of evidence based policy research.

This is the first ever initiative undertaken by the government to bring a huge number of institutions across diverse domain themes to deliberate together to promote inclusive development of the country. This network is expected to promote efficient knowledge sharing and information exchange among all partners in order to achieve a sustainable and more inclusive development in line with the National Development Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals and the 15 year Vision, 7 year strategy and 3 year action plan.

NITI Aayog has been emphasizing upon the role that can be played by the country’s Premier institutes to promote for inclusive development of the country. As a part of Samavesh initiative, NITI Aayog will launch a new link in its website that would serve as a major repository of knowledge based reports and case studies across different sectors of the economy.

NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog or National Institution for Transforming India was established on January 1, 2015 through a government resolution. NITI Aayog is essentially an advisory body that seeks to provide critical directional and strategic inputs across spectrum of key elements of policy to the centre as well as to the states. NITI Ayog was established by the government as a “Think Tank” which has no power to impose policies. NITI Aayog seeks to put an end to the slow and tardy implementation of the policy by fostering inter-ministry, inter-state and centre-state coordination. It has been envisaged to follow the bottom-top development approach whereby, it would develop mechanisms to formulate credible plans to the village level and aggregate these progressively at higher levels of government.

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Tata Group Named Country’s Most Valuable Brand in Brand Finance List

Brand finance in its 2017 report that lists India’s 100 most valuable brands has named Tata Group as the most valuable brand in India at an estimated brand value of $13.1 billion. Brand Finance is a global brand valuation and strategy consultancy firm. Tata Group has managed to top the list despite its brand value declining 4% from $13.7 billion in 2016.

As per the report, the total brand value of India’s top 100 brands have surged 15% in 2017 compared to the global average of 11%. Overall 68 of India’s 100 most valuable brands have registered growth in value this year.

Telecom operator Airtel at an estimated valuation of $7.7 billion has been ranked second in the list followed by Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) with $6.8 billion.

IT firm Infosys and State Bank of India have been ranked fourth and fifth in the list with an estimated value of $6.2 billion and $5.5 billion respectively.

Backed by the addition of 35 new routes and increase in operations in the existing route, Indigo Airlines  jumped from No. 95 in 2016 to No. 62 in 2017 in the Brand Finance list.

Handset maker Micromax’s performance has suffered the most with its brand value dropping by 39% and fell to the 95th position in the list of top 100 brands.

Air carrier Indigo Airlines gained the most. Indigo jumped from No. 95 in 2016 to No. 62 in 2017 in the Brand Finance list.

The report has named ITC as the most powerful brand in the country. As per the report it is the country’s only AAA rated brand with a Brand Strength Index score of 86. 

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Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave Passes Away

Union environment minister Anil Madhav Dave has passed away. He was 60.

Anil Madhav Dave was born in Badnagar of Madhya Pradesh on July 6, 1956. He is a Member of Parliament representing Madhya Pradesh. Dave was first elected to Rajya Sabha in 2009.  Last year, he was sworn in as a minister with independent charge of environment, forest and climate change.  He was very passionate on implementing environmental projects including conservation of the Narmada river. He had also founded an organisation called ‘Narmada Samagra’ for conservation of Narmada.

Dave has also held various posts like Member, Standing Committee on Environment and Forest and Science & Technology; Member, Standing Committee of Water Resources; Member (Board of Governors) of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan etc. He was also a nominated member of Indian Council for Cultural Relations. He was the Chairman of Select Committees on  Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 as well as on Coal Mines (Special Provision) Bill, 2015.

Dave has also penned several books on the subject of environment and climate change. Some of his famous books are: Beyond Copenhagen; Yes I Can, So Can We; Creation to Cremation; rafting through a civilization: a travelogue; Shatabdi ke Paanch Kaale Panne; Sambhal Ke Rehna Apne Ghar Me Chhupe Hue Gaddaron Se; Mahanayak Chandrashekhar Azad; Roti Aur Kamal ki Kahani; Samagra Gram Vikas etc.

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