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Daily PIB Summary : 26- 27 August 2018


Press Information Bureau India

Ministry of Corporate Affairs calls for entries for first National CSR Awards
  • Ministry of Corporate Affairs invites entries for nominations for the first National CSR Awards only from Ministries/ Departments of Govt of India, State & Union Territories (UT) Governments, Professional institutions: ICSI, ICAI, ICMAI and National Level Trade and Industry Chambers only.
  •   There are a total 20 number of prizes for National CSR Awards. The companies will be contesting in the award process having 3 categories are as :
  1. Corporate Awards for Excellence in CSR:
    • Recognition to a company based on total eligible CSR Spend (four):
    • Companies having eligible CSR Spend equal and above Rs 100 crores
    • Companies having eligible CSR Spend between Rs10 crores and Rs99.99 crores
    • Companies having eligible CSR Spend between Rs1 crore and Rs9.99 crores
    • Companies having eligible CSR Spend below Rs1 crore
    2. Corporate Awards in CSR in Challenging Circumstances:
    Recognition to a company based on its CSR efforts in challenging circumstances, aspirational districts, difficult terrains/ disturbed areas, etc. (up to five awards):
    • North
    • North East
    • East
    • West
    • South
    One Award is earmarked for MSME only in this category. CSR intervention in alignment with Category Objective carried out by Small & Medium Enterprise with in section 135 of Companies Act 2013 & rules there in, shall be considered for National CSR Awards in this Category. 
    3. Upto 11 Awardees to be chosen based on contribution to National Priority Schemes so as to motivate corporates to spend in these areas. National Priority Areas, as reflected through important schemes of Government of India.
    Two Awards are earmarked for MSME only. CSR intervention in alignment with Category Objective carried out by Small & Medium Enterprise with in section 135 of Companies Act 2013 & rules there in, shall be considered for National CSR Awards in this Category.

  •  Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Government of India has instituted National CSR Awards 2018 to recognize corporate initiatives in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to achieve inclusive growth along with inclusive and sustainable development. 
  • Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) is rendering technical and logistics support to the Ministry in conduct of the Awards.
Dr G. Satheesh Reddy appointed Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, Distinguished Scientist and Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister (SA to RM) to the post of Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D) and Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • Dr Satheesh Reddy is well known for his significant contributions towards indigenous design, development, deployment of diversified Missiles & Strategic Systems, Guided Weapons, Avionics technologies and for sustained efforts in advancement of Aerospace technologies & Industries in India.
Shri Piyush Goyal flags off new train service Naini-Doon Janshatabdi Express between Kathgodam- Dehradun
  • Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways & Coal, flagged off 12091/12092 Kathgodam-Dehradun Naini-Doon Janshatabdi Express (5 Days A Week) today through video conferencing from Rail Bhavan.
  • This new train will provide additional service between Kathgodam and Dehradun. 
  • Speaking on this occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal said, “The new train will connect two important destinations for tourism i.e. Dehradun (Mussorie) & Kathgodam (Nainital). This new train will also bring development to the region as it will connect important business cities like Rudrapur & Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.” 
G20 member nations to promote policies that bridges all forms of digital divide
  • At the G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting in Salta, in the north-west of Argentina, G20 ministers and senior officials issued a declaration that reflects the G20’s commitment towards promoting “policies and actions that catalyze digital transformations. 
  • The Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting, held on 23-24 August, was attended by 33 heads of delegation- Ministers, senior officials and representatives from invited countries and international organizations, like EU, UNCTAD, ITU etc. 
  • India was represented by Union Minister for Electronics and IT & Law and Justice,Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad.
  • Building on the contributions of the G20 Digital Economy Task Force, delegates deliberated upon efforts to create conditions that help governments, the private sector and civil society maximize the benefits and confront the challenges posed by technological progress. 
  • The other focus area of the meeting was digital inclusion, in particular the gender divide. Other related issued such as Digital government, digital infrastructure and measuring the digital economy were also deliberated.
  • The G20 member nations agreed to promote policies that will contribute to bridging all forms of digital divide, with special attention to the digital gender divide. The countries agreed to promote digital government and digital infrastructure, strengthen the digital skills of the workforce, deepen the analysis towards digital economy measurement, and to share experiences and lesson learned”.
  • The G20 Ministerial meeting allowed India to showcase the inclusive use of digital technology by the Government to empower the people. It also allowed India to articulate it's views on global issues relating to cyber security, data protection and innovation for growth.

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