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BENGALURU: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today visited the Institute for Stem Cell Research at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, in Bengaluru. He visited the Stem Cell Laboratory where scientists explained the research being conducted there. Later, the Prime Minister interacted with young scientists for over half an hour. The subjects discussed included research on traditional Indian medicine, progress being made towards finding a cure for sickle cell anaemia using gene therapy, wildlife conservation through gene banks, and the 'Make in India' initiative. The Prime Minister urged the scientists to interact with schoolchildren and motivate them to build careers in this field.  Union Ministers DV Sadananda Gowda and Shri Ananth Kumar were present on the occasion.

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  • Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu releases new urban and regional development planning guidelines
  • Seeks attention to investment planning, local and area development planning
  • States asked to create exclusive funds for city infrastructure development
  • States also asked to enable building approvals in 30 days to promote ease of doing business

 

NEW DELHI: Seeking a paradigm shift in urban development planning, the central government has urged the states and urban local bodies to identify urban development needs and priorities through ‘citizen  participation’ in decision making. This was the thrust of the new ‘Urban and Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation Guidelines’ released today by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu here today. These Guidelines were finalized and released after six months of consultations with states and other stakeholders by the Ministry of Urban Development and its Town and Country Planning Organisation.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Naidu invited the attention of the states to the Prime Minister’s assertion on promoting citizen participation in taking forward new urban initiatives like building Smart Cities, New Mission for 500 Cities, Housing for All etc.  Shri Venkaiah Naidu stressed that ‘top-down’ approach so far adopted for urban development schemes have not yielded desired results and hence, his Ministry has undertaken extensive stakeholder consultations with states, urban local bodies and others to promote a ‘bottom-up’ approach through their involvement in designing of urban development schemes right from conceptualization onwards.

 

The new urban planning guidelines seek to promote local and area level planning, investment planning, special purpose planning like in the case of city sanitation and mobility plans. Referring to the guidelines, Shri Naidu has urged the states to set up City Infrastructure Funds exclusively for promotion of infrastructure. Expressing concern over very low ranking of India regarding ‘ease of doing construction  business  in urban areas’ Shri Naidu has urged the states to enable approvals for construction projects in a maximum period of 30 days. Stating that at present it takes 90 to 600 days for obtaining such approvals, Shri Naidu said that it has been agreed in an Inter-ministerial meeting held recently, to simplify and rationalize the number of clearences required to sanction approvals in a maximum period of 30 days.

 

Shri Venkaiah Naidu urged the states to modify Building Bye-Laws to enable effective use of diminishing land resource, promote ease of doing business, encourage green construction practices, use of solar power, rainwater harvesting, zero waste discharge and enable cities to mitigate and effectively face natural disasters. Shri Venkaiah Naidu announced that simplified Delhi Building Bye-Laws will soon be notified which will address the obstacles being faced in the context of rapid urbanization.  The Minister while underscoring the importance of GIS and Remote Sensing based Master Plans urged the states to ensure such Plans for all urban areas within one year.  Town Planners, Experts, Academicians and Professionals from the States and Union Territories and other stakeholder organisations will deliberate today on Model Building Bye-Laws.

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BENGALURU: The 10th biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition – Aero India 2015 – got off to a spectacular start at Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru today.  Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi formally inaugurated the event that has ‘Make in India’ as its theme. A formation of three Mi-8 helicopters timed with the Prime Minister’s arrival, trooping the National tricolour, Indian Air Force (IAF) and Aero India flags set off the aviation-related event.

Also present were Karnataka Governor Shri Vajubhai Vala, Union Ministers for Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar; Civil Aviation, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju; Law and Justice, Shri DV Sadananda Gowda; Chemicals and Fertilisers, Shri Ananth Kumar, Karnataka Chief Minister, Shri Siddaramiah and Minister of State (Defence), Shri Rao Inderjit Singh among others.

The three Service Chiefs, Secretaries of Defence, and Defence Production, delegations from several foreign countries, senior serving officers from the three Services, veterans, and senior executives from defence industries were also present.  “Given the security scenario of our country, it is very important that India becomes self-sufficient in defence and defence production,” Defence Minister Parrikar said in his welcome address. He also said that the Department of Defence Production has taken upon itself to make Prime Minister’s clarion call of ‘Make in India’ in defence production a success.

Organised by the Department of Defence Production, 635 aerospace companies and nearly 300 CEOs from India and abroad including delegates from 42 countries are participating in the five-day aerospace exhibition.  The aerial display that followed the inauguration began with an IAF vintage Tiger Moth reminding of our modest origins in the then emerging era of warplanes.

Transcending into the present era, and aptly in keeping with the ‘Make in India’ theme, two indigenous creations - Light Combat Aircraft and a Light Combat Helicopter – dotted the horizon in quick succession showcasing India’s technological leap in aircraft production.  A Sukhoi-30 MKI then left the gathering spellbound with its versatility and agility. This was followed with impressive displays by an F-16 and a French Rafale jet fighter.

After the deafening roars of the jets subsided, aerial stunts were performed by few foreign aerobatic teams.  The show-stopping moment was provided by ‘Sarang’, the IAF’s helicopter display team in their sprightly coloured, peacock-themed, Advanced Light Helicopters.  By the time Aero India 2015 ends on Sunday, thousands would have witnessed the aerial spectacle even as serious business deals get negotiated propelling self-reliance in defence production in keeping with the credo - Make in India.