Category: Progressive Cities

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Alternative means to be explored to reach SDGs: Finance Minister

The Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley participated in the meeting of G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Peru. He also participated in the G-24 Finance Ministers’ meeting. In his interventions the Finance Minister, inter alia, welcomed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. He alluded to the uncertainty surrounding recovery […]

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PM Modi introduces three gold related schemes

PM Modi described the launch of the India Gold Coins, bearing the Ashok Chakra, as a matter of pride for the nation. He said people would no longer have to depend on foreign minted gold bullion or coins. He also launched a website on these schemes http://finmin.nic.in/swarnabharat, and distributed Certificates of Investment to six initial […]

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Digital Literacy Mission a key part of Digital India: IT Minister

Union Minister for Communication & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad articulated the Digital India initiative of the government to transform India into a digitally empowered society. Speaking at the Future Unleashed Technology Conference organised by Microsoft to commemorate its 25 years of operations in India, Prasad said that the government was working towards connecting all […]

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UD Ministry clears first batch of AMRUT projects for 89 cities

This is for the first time that the Urban Development Ministry approved state level plans unlike the past practice of appraising and approving individual projects. The approved Action Plans have a total of 143 projects in 89 AMRUT cities in these 3 states. These include 47 schemes relating to ensuring water supply connections and augmenting […]

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Reforms can make India the growth engine for global economy

World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati, on concluding her three-day visit to India has said that the slowdown of the global economy will not stop India from becoming an economic powerhouse as long as reforms are sustained to ensure the most vulnerable and poor share in prosperity. Indrawati praised Indias strong economic fundamentals and […]

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NBC releases new chapter on sustainability

Keeping in line with the vision of India surging into a new era of orderly, safe and sustainable development, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has made concerted efforts to bring out Amendment No 1 to the National Building Code of India 2005 (NBC 2005), thereby introducing a new Part 11 Approach to Sustainability in the […]

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Construction projects to secure approval by the end of this year

The Ministry of Culture has informed the signing of an MoU with ISRO for survey and mapping of all 3686 protected monuments for uploading and enabling onine approvals. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs will release National Building Code-2015 to ensure the ease of doing business in urban areas.

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L&T wins Rs 1,500 crore water supply project from Rajasthan

Larsen & Toubro informed that it has won a turnkey order for Rs 1,489 crore water supply projects from Public Health Engineering Department, Ajmer. The company said, The Water & Effluent Treatment Strategic Business Group of L&T Construction has won turnkey orders worth Rs 1,489 crore in August 2015 in three packages, from Public Health […]

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ADB, India sign loans to improve urban services in Rajasthan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India have signed two loans worth USD 500 million to help the Government of Rajasthan better manage essential urban services and finance water supply and wastewater upgrades. The signing of Rajasthan Urban Sector Development programme marks the first occasion for ADB to couple a policy loan […]

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