36th International Geological Congress in the year 2020 and promoting geoscience in Indian subcontinent



Setting up of a Society, "36thInternational Geological Congress", for organizing 36th International Geological Congress in the year 2020 and promoting geoscience in Indian subcontinent

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to set up of a Society, "36th International Geological Congress", under the Indian Society Registration Act, 1860 for organizing 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in year 2020 and promoting geoscience in Indian subcontinent. The event will be held in NCR, Delhi during March 2-6, 2020. A budgetary outlay worth Rs. 52 crore has been already approved by Cabinet to carry out preparatory activities upto 2018-19 and additional funds will be sought on revising the estimate a year before the main event.

The 36th IGC will be hosted jointly by the Ministry of Mines (MoM) and Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) with active support from the science academies of India and co-host neighboring countries. It is expected to attract 7000+ geoscientists from all over the world. The event is to be organized under the aegis of International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and as per the statutes of IUGS-IGC Council. On being registered, the Society, 36IGC will start preparing for the event by taking up activities including constitution of a Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and participation in the 35th IGC which is scheduled to be held during 27 August-4 September, 2016 at Cape Town, South Africa.The Society will be wound-up after the completion of the event.

The event will benefit the entire geoscientific community and all geoscience-related domains including mineral exploration, mining, environmental management, climate change studies, management of natural hazards, etc. It is also expected to give a boost to geo-tourism in the country.An exhibition 'GEOEXPO-2020", scheduled to be held alongside the conference, is expected to attract major mining and mineral exploration companies.The GEOEXPO exhibition will attract global companies involved in mining, mineral exploration and infrastructure development. Showcasing of India's mineral potential can create an opportunity for foreign investment in India in these areas.

The 36th IGC has the theme “Geoscience-the Basic Science for Sustainable Future”. Hosting the event in India will provide an opportunity to upgrade geosciences and geoscientific research in the country to meet the challenges of global changes and ever increasing quest for natural resources. The Indian subcontinent has more than 10000 geoscientists engaged in mineral exploration, geotechnical investigations, geoscientific mapping, and research and development in fundamental geoscientific activities in various national organizations and institutions/ universities, industry and private sector enterprises. The applied fields are diverse ranging from oil and gas to groundwater, mining to environment, climate changes to natural hazards etc. The Indian Geoscientists will get a big opportunity to interact with the best of subject experts from world over to further improve their knowledge and skills to meet the emerging challenges.

Background:

India made a bid to host the 36th IGC in India along with its co-host neighboring countries, namely, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka during the 34th international Geological Congress held at Brisbane, Australia in August 2012, and won it with an overwhelming support of global geoscientific community.

The IGC is a prestigious geoscience conference organized at an interval of 4 years under the aegis of International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) an affiliate of International Council of Science (ICSU). The IGC, since its inception in 1878, has attracted 6000 + delegates to each of its last five sessions held in different parts of the world. India had earlier hosted the 22nd session of IGC, which was the first IGC in Asia, in year1964 in Delhi.

The event will showcase India as a scientific destination for human resource development and training, and this will help improve Indian position in the South Asian and African regions on a long term basis. It will also contribute towards increasing tourism revenue by opening new avenues for geo-tourism.
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Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg meets Union Steel & Mines Minister

Luxembourg companies to partner in Make in India by building facilities for equipment services and coke over battery technology
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economy of Luxembourg Mr. Etienne Schneider held a meeting with the Union Steel & Mines Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar at Udyog Bhawan in New Delhi today. Both sides were also represented by senior representatives from the government and industry.

While welcoming the delegates, Shri Tomar highlighted the initiatives taken by government of India for ease of doing business in India and invited the Luxembourg industry to be a partner in the growth journey of India. He pointed specific areas like Special Purpose Vehicles for integrated steel plants, mineral exploration & mining, steel-making technology and green technologies, where they can invest. Shri Tomar shared details of expenditure proposed in infrastructure sector in the recent budget and elaborated how this would boost the Indian economy and demand for steel. He assured the visiting delegation of all possible support from government of India and urged them to share their expertise and experience in advanced technologies with Indian companies.

Mr. Etienne Schneider appreciated the visible progress made by India after the formation of new government as a result of various strategic initiatives. He explained how steel industry had played a key role in the formative years of their country and that some companies from Luxembourg are leading players the modern steel and green technology space. In last one decade, the country has diversified into sectors like financial, information-communication-technology, space, satellite and logistics, he added. Mr. Schneider sought details of India’s experience in facing the challenges of steel sector so that their country could emulate India.

Secretary Steel, Smt. Aruna Sundrarajan stated that Luxembourg is a valued and strategic partner for India. She pointed out areas of possible cooperation between the two countries including value addition, productivity enhancement and Research and Development.

The delegation expressed keen interest in progress of SAIL-Arcelor Mittal Joint Venture, offered to partner for coke-oven making technologies and highlighted how companies from Luxembourg are supporting ‘Make in India’ initiative by building facilities for equipment services and coke over battery technology.

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Mineral Production during December 2015 (Provisional)

            The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector for the month of December (new Series 2004-05=100) 2015 at 137.5, was 2.9% higher as compared to December 2014. The cumulative growth for the period April- December 2015-16 over the corresponding period of previous year stands at (+) 2.3%.

The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic & minor minerals) in the country during December 2015 was Rs. 20096 crore. The contribution of Coal was the highest at Rs. 9132 crore (43%). Next in the order of importance were: Petroleum (crude) Rs. 5598 crore, Natural gas (utilized) Rs. 2187 crore, Iron ore Rs. 1604 crore, Limestone Rs. 479 crore and Lignite Rs.356 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 96% of the total value of mineral production in December 2015.
           
Production level of important minerals in December 2015 were: Coal 623 lakh tonnes, Lignite 29 lakh tonnes, Natural gas (utilized) 2644  million cu. m., Petroleum (crude) 31 lakh tonnes, Bauxite 1758 thousand tonnes, Chromite 277 thousand tonnes, Copper conc. 13 thousand tonnes, Gold 117 kg., Iron ore 127 lakh tonnes, Lead conc. 21 thousand tonnes, Manganese ore 180 thousand tonnes, Zinc conc. 123  thousand tonnes, Apatite & Phosphorite 117 thousand tonnes, Limestone 231 lakh tonnes, Magnesite 23 thousand  tonnes  and Diamond  3336 carat.                                                                                                                                                                                                             
             
 The production of important minerals showing  positive growth during December 2015 over December 2014 include ‘Copper conc.’ (71.8%), ‘Apatite & Phosphorite’ (59.1%), ‘Chromite’ (30.7%), ‘Lead conc. (24.8%), ‘Diamond’ (16.1%), ‘Magnesite’ (14.7%), ‘Coal’ (11.6%), and ‘Iron ore’ (9.8%). The production of other important minerals showing negative growth are: ‘Lignite’ [(-) 29.8%], ‘Bauxite’ [(-) 29.4%], ‘Gold’ [(-) 18.2%], ‘Manganese ore’ [(-) 16%], ‘Zinc conc.’ [(-) 13.8%], Natural gas (utilized)’ [(-) 5.8%], ‘Petroleum (crude)’ [(-) 4.1%] and ‘Limestone’ [(-) 3.9%].


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