Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship of India and the United Arab Emirates


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Letter of Intent and Memorandum of Understanding signed with Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship of India and the United Arab Emirates for cooperation in skill development and recognition of qualifications
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post-facto approval to the Letter of Intent signed on 10.2.2016 between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India and the National Qualifications Authority of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E). 

The Letter of Intent will strengthen relations between the two countries and pave the way for bilateral cooperation between the two countries on skill development and recognition of qualifications.

Following this, the Cabinet has also given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India and the National Qualifications Authority of the U.A.E. for cooperation in skill development and recognition of qualifications.

The MoU will pave the way for bilateral cooperation between the two countries on skill development and recognition of qualifications. Also the MoU will facilitate workforce mobility, skill development and placement of youth in overseas jobs in UAE. 

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Extension of tenure of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis beyond 31.3.2016 for three years
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for extending the tenure of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) beyond 31.3.2016 for three years.

The major beneficiaries of the proposal would be the Safai Karamcharis and persons engaged in manual scavenging in the country since the NCSK will work for their welfare and upliftment.

The total expenditure for the extension of three years would be approximately Rs. 13.08 crores.

Background:

The NCSK was established in 1993 as per the provisions of the NCSK Act 1993 initially for the period upto 31.3.1997. Later the validity of the Act was initially extended upto 31.3.2002 and thereafter upto 29.2.2004. The NCSK Act ceased to have effect from 29.2.2004. After that the tenure of the NCSK has been extended as a non-statutory body from time to time. The tenure of the present Commission is upto 31.3.2016.

The NCSK has been giving its recommendations to the Government regarding specific programmes for welfare of safai karamcharis, study and evaluate the existing welfare programmes for safai karamcharis, investigate cases of specific grievances etc. Also as per the provisions of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, the NCSK has been assigned the work to monitor the implementation of the Act, tender advice for its effective implementation to the Centre and State Governments and enquire into complaints regarding contravention/non-implementation of the provisions of the Act. Though the Government has taken many steps for the upliftment of the Safai Karamcharis, the deprivation suffered by them in socio-economic and educational terms is still far from being eliminated. Further the practice of manual scavenging is still prevalent in the country and its eradication continues to be an area of the highest priority for the Government. Hence, the Government feels that there is a continued need to monitor the various interventions and initiatives of the Government for welfare of Safai Karamcharis and to achieve the goal of complete eradication of the practice of manual scavenging in the country. 

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More than 17900 Calls Received on 24x7 Toll Free Tourist Info/Helpline Since its Launch Last Month
Ministry of Tourism’s 24x7 Toll Free Tourist Info/Helpline- 1800111363 or a short code 1363 has received a total of 17911 calls from Tourists as on 20th March, 2016. Since its launch on 8th February, 2016 by Minister of Tourism & Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma, it’s popularity is fast growing among Tourists. This Infoline service provides information relating to Travel & Tourism in India to the domestic and International tourists/visitors and to assist the callers with advice on action to be taken during times of distress while travelling in India and if need be alert the concerned authorities.

This project is being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India through M/s. TATA BSS who have been associated with the work after open bidding process. The languages handled by the contact centers include ten International languages besides English and Hindi, namely, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Tourists travelling in or planning to travel to India can seek help and information for a hassle free experience. The calls made by tourists (both international and domestic) while in India will be free of charge. The international tourists in India and also international callers who speak the aforesaid languages will be directed to the call agents proficient in the respective language.

The focus of the Tourist Infoline is on IEC i.e. Information, Education and Communication for the Tourists followed by a Helpdesk. This service primarily serves those who know very little about India or about travel within India, and those who do not understand Indian systems and often not even English.

Need for such Tourist Info/Helpline was felt due to reports regarding incidents involving crime against tourists especially the women tourists, there had been a concern expressed by the foreign tour operators and prospective visitors to India regarding the safety and security of tourists. There was also a serious concern about the tout menace and cheating of tourists. 

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Hosting of Under-17 World Cup 2017 in India
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for the following decisions with regard to holding of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Under-17 World Cup to be held in India in 2017:-

(a) The venues are as under:

1 JLN Stadium, New Delhi

2 D.Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

3 JLN Stadium, Kochi

4 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

5 JLN Stadium, Fatorda Goa

6 I.G. Stadium Guwahati

(b) A Committee comprising of Secretary, Department of Sports, DG, SAI and Financial Adviser, Deptt. of Sports has been authorized to make necessary adjustments for any changes in venues to remove difficulties in consultation with All India Football Federation (AIFF) /FIFA.

(c) Expenditure towards overlays and equipment including display boards, etc. may be incurred. The total cost, however, will be within Rs.95 crore as approved earlier.

(d) In the eventuality of any additional requirement of funds, Department of Sports will take up the matter with the Department of Expenditure.

(e) The Sports Ministry has been authorized to constitute Organizing Committee, for conduct of the event. 

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National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (I) 2016
                                                                                 

The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) 2016 at different venues located at 41 Centres throughout the country on Sunday the 17th April, 2016 (Sunday).  The e-Admit cards for the candidates have been uploaded on the Commission’s web-site http://www.upsc.gov.in, which may be down loaded.  Letters of rejection to the candidates stating reason (s) for rejection have already been sent through e-mail provided by the candidates.  If any applicant is not able to down load his e-Admit card, he may contact UPSC Facilitation Counter on Telephone Nos. 011-23381125,           011-23385271 and 011-23098543 between 10:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M on all working days. The candidate may also send fax message on Fax No. 011-23387310.   The candidate may note that no paper admit card will be issued. 
In case the photograph is not printed or is not visible on the e- Admit Card, candidates are advised to carry two (2) identical photographs (one photograph for each session) along with proof of identity such as Identity Card (Students I card used by school/college), Voter I Card, Aadhaar Card, Driving License, Passport etc. and printout of e-Admit Card to the venue of the Examination to secure admission in the Examination.
Candidates are advised to check their e-mail in case they have sent any representation. The candidates are also advised to take a printout of
(i)               e-admit card and
(ii)              important instructions to the candidates (which must be read carefully well in advance). In the past cases have been noticed where some candidates have faced difficulty in accessing the server at the last minute on account of server overload. To avoid the last minute such candidates are advised to download their e-Admit Card early.

MOBILE PHONES BANNED
      THE CANDIDATES BRINGING MOBILE PHONE WITH THEM WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ENTRY in THE EXAMINATION PREMISES WITH MOBILE PHONES.

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