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Daily PIB Summary - 04 August 2018

Press Information Bureau India

PIB Summary

Government has launched e-Pashu Haat portal
  • Government has launched e-Pashu Haat portal ( for connecting breeders and farmers of indigenous breeds. 
  • Through the portal farmers can obtain information on location of quality indigenous germplasm in the form live animals, semen doses and embryoss. 
Government permits e-commerce shipment via Foreign Post Offices
  • The Customs Department plans to permit e-commerce shipment via foreign post offices. 
  • Exports by Post Regulations, 2018, prescribing the Postal Bill of Export-I for E-commerce shipments and Postal Bill of Export-II for non-E-commerce shipments, have been issued.
  •  Exports by e-commerce are allowed through notified foreign post offices. 
  • However, as per the extant notification of 26th July, 2018 issued by Department of Commerce benefits of Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS) in respect of e-commerce exports is restricted to notified goods of FOB value up to Rs 5 lakh per consignment.
Vidyalakshmi Portal for Education Loan
  • Vidya Lakshmi Portal was launched by the Government on August 15, 2015 to ensure that students can avail loans easily through single window system of banks for education loans. 
  • Banks follow Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) guidelines in this regard which stipulates that education loan applications have to be disposed off, in the normal course, within a period of 15 to 30 days.
Confirmation Prediction Tool for Wait-Listed Rail Tickets
  • A tool has been developed to predict the probability of waitlisted ticket getting confirmed at the time of booking as well as during Passenger Name Record (PNR) enquiry of waitlisted ticket. 
  • The salient features of the scheme are as under:-
(i) It predicts the probability of waitlist status for General Quota.
(ii) The tool considers the high waitlist scenario of Holiday rush.
                         (iii)It displays the trend of last waitlist ticket got confirmed for the same journey during previous year.
(iv)Prediction of dynamic probability is based on current status.
  • Currently this feature is integrated with Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website only.

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