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  • Reviews implementation of GST, GeM, HRIDAY, Accessible India Campaign

SRINAGAR:  Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today chaired his 22nd interaction through PRAGATI with Union Secretaries of various Ministries and Chief Secretaries of the States. Chief Secretary, J&K, B B Vyas also participated in the video conference. The Prime Minister reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to the banking sector and progress of nine infrastructure projects in the railway, road, power, coal and gas pipeline sectors, spread over several states.

 

The Prime Minister also reviewed the progress of the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), and the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan (Accessible India Campaign) for the differently-abled. Prime Minister urged all Chief Secretaries to remain sensitive to the needs of the differently-abled and ensure that Airports, Railway Stations, Bus terminals, Government buildings and other establishments and means oftransport are made 'fully accessible' to them. 

The Prime Minister said that while many Union Government departments are now using the Government e-Marketplace (GeM), only ten States have so far shown keenness in using it. He said that GeM increases the pace of procurement, and boosts transparency, besides supporting enterprise at the local level. He urged all Chief Secretaries to explore its use to the extent possible, to minimize leakages and delays.  

On GST, the Prime Minister said that while traders across the country are positive and are accepting this new taxation arrangement, they need handholding so that their problems can be resolved. He urged the Chief Secretaries to use the district administration in this regard, so that small traders are facilitated to access and adopt the new system. He reiterated that small businesses must register with the GST network, to take advantage of business opportunities. He said that the common man and the trader must benefit from this path breaking decision. The Prime Minister also called for sustained efforts to boost digital payments and work towards a less cash society.

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NEW DELHI: Press Council of India (PCI) Thursday issued a notice to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Jammu and Kashmir police, and other state officials over the arrest of freelance Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yousuf.  PCI has taken a suo-motu cognizance regarding the arrest of the photo journalist and has given two weeks time to the respondents to reply to the notice.

 

The letter addressed to the National Investigation Agency officials, officials of Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Police said that the matter is prima facie concerned with the freedom of press in the country. The Press Council of India has “viewed the incident with concern and taken the suo-motu cognizance of the matter under Regulation 13 of Press Council (procedure for inquiry) Regulation, 1979."

 

“It has been brought to the notice of the Council that Jammu and Kashmir police arrested Pulwama-based freelance photojournalist Shri Kamran Yousuf and handed over to the National Investigation Agency,” the letter said. "Now therefore, a reply statement to this notice may please be filed within two weeks from the date of receipt of this letter to enable the further processing of the matter," the letter added.  Yousuf was detained by the Jammu and Kashmir Police on September 4. He was handed over to the NIA the next day. 

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JAMMU: In collaboration with Gujarat State Lalit Kala  Academy, Cartoon Selfie Exhibition  has been  inaugurated at Nehru Center,  High Commissioner of India, London on by Deputy Director, Vibha  Mehdiretta and opened the cartoon selfie exhibition of Shri Ashok Adepal. On this occassion special Guest Shri C.B. Patel, of ABPS Media was present along with many well known persons of Indian Origin.

On this Occasion, Deputy Director Vibha  Mehdiretta, addressed the gathering and conveyed her feelings stating that Shri Adepal has come from India with his wonderful cartoons and we feel proud and happy to see the cartoons. When we recieved the application of Shri Adepal, immediately we felt that this exhibition must be held in London. We have never done such an unique cartoon selfie exhibition and we wish best luck to Shri Ashokji. Shri C.B. Patel in his speech said that Shri Adepal has come a long way from the deserts of Kutch to London and that too as a political cartoonist is an achievement.

At the end of the opening ceremony, Shri Adepal said that coming to London all the way from India is a Dream Come True for me. I thank all my friends and family members who have supported me for this exhibition. In the field of cartoon, Cartoon Selfie Exhibition is a unique concept. The reason for this concept is that now adays, people are not tolerant but at the same time it is necessary to satire and therefore this unique concept of Cartoon Selfie Exhibition. Therefore, I made cartoons selfies and expressed my feeling without targeting any special character/body/individual. 

Initially in July, 2017, cartoon selfie exhibition was held at Hathisingh Art Center, Ahmedabad, and after four months it was held at Vadodara and this is the fourth exhibition in London. This exhibition will be dispalyed at Nehru Center, London from 11.09.2017 to 15.09.2017 from 10 to 6:15.