New Import policy for Marble and Travertine Blocks

Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India has notified the new import policy for Marble & Travertine Blocks, and Marble and Granite Slabs, to come into effect from 1st October 2016.
Marble and Travertine Blocks: The Quantitative Restriction on the import of Marble & Travertine Blocks, and the associated administratively cumbersome and restrictive import licensing system has been brought to an end under the new policy coming into effect from 1st October 2016. The Minimum Import Price (MIP) for import of Marble Blocks has been reduced to US Dollars 200 per Metric Ton to address the distortions associated with an MIP. To address the interest of domestic producers, the Basic Customs Duty on import of Marble & Travertine Blocks will go up four times from the present 10% to 40% w.e.f. 1st October 2016.
Marble Slabs: With effect from 1st October 2016, the MIP on the import of marble slabs is being reduced to US Dollars 40 per Sq. Metre to address the distortion associated with an MIP. In order to address the interest of domestic producers the basic customs duty on import of marble slabs is being doubled from 10% to 20% w.e.f. 1st October 2016
Granite Slabs: With effect from 1st October 2016, the MIP on the import of granite slabs is being reduced to US Dollars 50 per Sq. Metre to address the distortion associated with MIP. In order to address the interest of domestic producers the basic customs duty on import of granite slabs is being doubled from 10% to 20% w.e.f. 1st October 2016.
The new policy balances the interests of domestic consumers, producers and processors, and ends the cumbersome licensing system for import of Marble & Travertine blocks.

Devendra Jhajharia wins gold at Paralympics

Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics after he broke his own world record to clinch the top honours at the Rio Games. Devendra, who won his previous gold in the 2004 Athens Games, bettered his own world record to finish on top in the men’s F46 event. Devendra, whose previous best was 62.15 metres (achieved in the 2004 Games), improved the mark with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao). India now have two gold, one silver and one bronze in the ongoing edition of the Games.
The 35-year-old who is now employed by the Sports Authority of India as coach hails from a remote village in Churu district of Rajasthan. Now 2-time gold medallist lost his left arm when he was nine in an electric shock. He was awarded the Arjuna award in 2004 and the Padma Shri in 2012, becoming the first Paralympian to receive the honour. He last participated in the Paralympics 12 years ago. The F46 event did not feature in the 2008 and the 2012 editions. 
Congratulation Mr. Devendra Jhajharia for making Nation Proud.

Assistant Engineers (AEN) 284 Jobs in Rajasthan

Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd issued Recruitment Notification 2016 for Assistant Engineers in State Power Companies of Rajasthan as per Advertisement No.RVUN/P&A/Rectt./01/2016 for RVUN, RVPN, JVVN, AVVN and JdVVN. Online applications are invited for appointment as Assistant Engineer (Electrical/ Mechanical / Civil / C&I / Fire and Safety):
Assistant Engineers (AEN) = 284 Post
1. Assistant Engineer (Electrical) = 216 Post
2. Assistant Engineer (Mechanical) = 41 Post
3. Assistant Engineer (Civil) = 21 Post
4. Assistant Engineer (Control and Instrumentation) = 5 Post
5. Assistant Engineer (Fire and Safety) = 1 Post
Pay Scale: Rs. 15600-39100 + Grade Pay Rs. 5400
Age: 21-38 years as on 1.1.2017
How to Apply: Candidates should go through detail notification and required to apply online on any of the Rajasthan power compamy website from 15th September to 5th October 2016
Last date: 5th October 2016
For Details visit: www.energy.rajasthan.gov.in

शहीद रमेश चौधरी को अंतिम विदाई

भारत माता के वीर सपूत शहीद रमेश चौधरी को अंतिम विदाई देने उनके पैतृक गाँव नागाणी में उमड़ा जनसैलाब। हमें गर्व है शहीद रमेश चौधरी की बहादुरी एवं उनके बलिदान पर। जय हिन्द। 
Pics Courtesy: Ashok Khoja

Indian Air Force's MiG-21 crashes in Barmer

A MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Rajasthan on Saturday. Both the pilots in the trainer variant have ejected safely. “A MiG-21 T-69 trainer aircraft which was airborne from Utterlai Airbase near Barmer in Rajasthan crashed around 12:15 hrs. There is no reported damage to civil or service property,” IAF officials said. 
The aircraft was on a routine training mission and crashed about 75 km east of the air base. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to determine the cause.

Rajasthan Assembly ratifies GST Bill

Rajasthan became the 17th State to ratify the Constitution Amendment Bill for the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), with the Assembly unanimously passing a resolution on 2nd September 2016. Speaking on the resolution, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said that the GST will have a very positive impact and states including Rajasthan will get advantages. After the discussion the bill was unanimously ratified by the assembly on the second day of the session which began yesterday. Opposition members kept raising slogans against the cow deaths in Hingaunia gaushala during the debate on the GST.
Several members of the ruling BJP spoke on the provisions of the Bill even as the MLAs of the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party kept raising slogans. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said the GST would further the interests of the nation and all States. She said the new tax code would bring uniformity in the rates of indirect taxes nationwide, making it easier for traders to open new businesses.

Army Chief, Vasundhara inaugurate war museum in Jaipur

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday night inaugurated a "Walk Through War Museum" at Amar Jawan Jyoti, the entrance gate of SMS stadium. Built by the Jaipur Development Authority at a cost of Rs 12 crore, the museum glorifies the stories of soldiers, who fought battles and won them for the country. The museum also displays ammunition and artillery soldiers used during different wars.
Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, who had especially arrived for the inauguration ceremony, himself praised JDA and the government for this museum depicting the 3 important wars fought by Indian soldiers, including the much talked about Kargil War and the wars of 1965 and 1971 against Pakistan. Rajasthan, historically associated with valour, has produced soldiers who fought important battles, including Kargil and wars of 1965 and 1971 against Pakistan.

‘Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet 2016’ Rajasthan CM interacts with envoys of Netherlands, Australia and Israel

In the context of ‘Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet 2016’ (GRAM) scheduled to be held in Jaipur from 9 to 11 November Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday met envoys of 3 countries at Bikaner House in New Delhi.  She had one-to-one meetings with the Ambassador of Netherlands, Mr. Alphonsus Stoelinga; High Commissioner of Australia, Ms. Harinder Sidhu and Ambassador of Israel, Mr. Daniel Carmon.   During the meeting she informed the envoys that the prime objective of ‘GRAM’ is to expose farming communities to the technological advancements and global best-practices in farming and allied activities while showcasing investment opportunities in the State to agri-business communities across the world. The Chief Minister further informed that State is actively working towards doubling farm income by the year 2022. Necessary interventions relating to policy, technology and infrastructure have been made to achieve sustainable enhancement in the agriculture sector, she said. Agriculture in Israel is a highly developed industry as it’s a major exporter of fresh produce and a world-leader in agriculture technologies despite the fact that the geography of Israel is not naturally conducive to agriculture like Rajasthan. Netherlands in total has 2 million hectares of agriculture land out of which 50 percent is used for crop production. It’s the world’s largest exporter of agricultural products. The agri-food sector is one of the main drivers of the Dutch economy. Australia has succeeded in farming the world’s driest inhabited continent, through technology innovation and ability to adapt production systems. Australia’s plant, animal and agricultural scientists rank among the best in the world.  All the three countries are strong performers in agriculture, horticulture, dairy, and other allied sectors. 
The Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet will be held from 9 to 11 November at the Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Center (JECC) at Sitapura in Jaipur. Jointly organized by the Government of Rajasthan and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the event will be attended by over 50,000 farmers. Deputy Chairman of CM Advisory Council Shri CS Rajan, Chief Secretary Shri OP Meena, Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Smt. Neelkamal Darbari, Secretary, Animal Husbandry Shri Kunji Lal Meena, FICCI Secretary General, Shri A Didar Singh and KPMG Partner and Head Consumer Retail and Agri Sector Shri Rajat Wahi were present in the meeting.