Jharkhand Global Investors: 210 MoUs worth Rs 3.10 lakh crore signed says Das

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NEW DELHI (INDIA): Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said the Jharkhand Global Investors’ summit was a success as 210 MoUs worth over Rs 3-10 lakh crore were signed during the two-day event.

Addressing the Valedictory Session of the Summit, Das said 210 MoUs worth more than 3.10 lakh crore were signed which would give employment to around three lakh people.
He said for 172 MoUs, work would begin within one year and completed within two years.

The Chief Minister said these 172 MoUs would generate employment for 1.5 lakh people.

He said that the summit was very different as there was almost no discussion over mines and minerals.

Maximum investments were in agriculture, food processing, textiles and tourism, he said and added priority was given to medium and small industries.

Adani Group, led by Gautam Adani, is examining possibility to invest Rs 50,000 crore in coal to polymer complex and exploring 5 locations for this for which it is looking for coal linkage.

Some of the other large investment commitments include Rs 5,000 crore each from Aditya Birla Group and Vedanta Resources, while Jindal Steel and Power and Adani Group proposed investment of Rs 20,000 crore each.

Das said Mother Dairy booths would soon open in Jharkhand and its plant would be set up between Ranchi and Jamshedpur.

Das said a delegation from China had meet him and proposed Rs 1,200 crore investment.

In the summit MoU has also been inked in making footwear, he said.

The significant part was along with investments, provision for training people was also there, he said.

Das said work would begin in the textile sector within 2-3 months and people from Lohardaga, who are working outside the state, could return home.

GST Council clears law to compensate states for revenue loss

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By Joyeeta Dey

UDAIPUR (INDIA): Inching towards rolling out of GST, the GST Council today approved a law to compensate states for any loss of revenue from the implementation of the new national sales tax but deferred approval for enabling laws to next meeting.

The all-powerful GST Council will meet again on March 4 and 5 to approve the legally vetted draft of the supporting legislations for Central GST (C-GST) and Integrated GST (I- GST), days before the start of the second leg of the Budget Session where the Centre is hoping to get them approved.

It will also approve the State GST (S-GST) law, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after the day-long meeting.

After laws are approved, the Council will get down to fixing rates of taxes for different goods and services by fitting them into the four approved slabs of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent, he said.

GST, which will replace a plethora of central and state taxes, is a consumption based tax levied on sale, manufacture and consumption on goods and services at a national level.

Under it, C-GST will be levied by the Centre, SGST by states and I-GST on inter-state supply of goods and services.

Different indirect taxes of central excise duty, central sales tax CST and service tax are to be merged with C-GST while S-GST will subsume state sales tax, VAT, luxury tax and entertainment tax.

There was expectation that the GST Council will approve the C-GST, S-GST and I-GST laws to enable the new indirect tax regime to roll out from July 1 but while there was a broad agreement, legal language of some clauses held up the approval, he said.

Officials said while an array of 53 clauses have been approved, only seven items.

Jaitley said the GST Council approved the Compensation Law that will legally provide for the Centre making up for any loss of revenue to states in first five years of rollout of Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime.

This law will go to Parliament for approval in the second half of the Budget session beginning March 9, Jaitley said, hoping the other supporting legislations of C-GST and I-GST too can be taken up in the month-long session.

S-GST will have to be approved by each of the state legislative assemblies.

The GST Council, headed by Jaitley and comprising of representatives of all states, held its first of the 10 meetings so far outside the national capital.

He said the critical anti-profiteering clause in the draft law to ensure that the benefit of lower taxes gets shared with consumers was not discussed in today’s meeting.

Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said most of the time of the Council was spent over administration of powers over assessees between Centre and the state as the central bureaucracy was feeling left out and wanted a greater share.

Officials said only minor legal vetting of the draft laws is left which after getting the language legally right will be circulated to states by March 1.

Also, a separate UT-GST law, on lines of S-GST, needs to be enacted for Union Territories.

Source: Press Trust of India

22 militants killed in 50 days in Jammu and Kashmir

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SRINAGAR (INDIA): The army has lost 26 soldiers in the line of duty in Jammu and Kashmir in the first two months of 2017, while the security forces have stepped up the heat against militants, killing 22 ultras in 50 days — the highest since 2010.

While 20 army personnel including an officer lost their lives in avalanches in the valley, six soldiers were killed during counter-insurgency operations across the state that led to the killing of 22 militants as well, security officials said here.

Among the security force personnel killed was an officer of the rank of Major who laid down his life while battling militants in Handwara area of Kupwara district on February 14.

Three militants were killed in the operation, the officials said.

Earlier that day, three soldiers were killed in a gunbattle with militants in Hajin area of Bandipora district while one ultra was also killed, they said.

The valley had witnessed a bloody day two days earlier on February 12 when four militants were gunned down in an encounter in Kulgam district of Kashmir, while two soldiers also laid down their lives.

One civilian was killed in the exchange of firing between the militants and security forces while another civilian died in security forces firing on protesters who were pelting stones after the operation ended.

Intelligence reports suggest that many youths — approximately 100 — have joined militancy after the killing of Hibzul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani last year, prompting security forces to launch proactive operations in recent times.

Out of the nearly 50 operations conducted in Kashmir since January 1 this year, 16 operations have resulted in either killing (22) or arrest (three) of militants, the officials said.

The security forces have also been able to bust the module of overground workers of militants, especially in north Kashmir.

More than 40 overground workers (OGWs) have been arrested since the start of this year, they said.

“These OGWs do the ground running for militants, acting as their eyes and ears — identifying soft targets, carrying out recce before striking and organising logistics like food and hideouts.

“These workers might not be high on the priority list of security agencies but their arrest means crippling of the militants, particularly the foreigners,” a senior police official from north Kashmir said.

Source: Press Trust of India

Two Indians die every minute due to air pollution: Study

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By Pallava Bagla

NEW DELHI (INDIA):The air Indians breathe is turning more toxic by the day and an average of two deaths take place daily due to air pollution, says a new study.

According to medical journal The Lancet, over a million Indians die every year due to air pollution and some of the worst polluted cities of the world are in India.

The study released this week but based on 2010 data estimates that globally 2.7-3.4 million preterm births may be associated with PM2.5 exposure and South Asia is the worst hit accounting for 1.6 million pre-term births.

The study says causes of air pollution and climate change are intricately linked and needed to be tackled together.

The Lancet concludes that climate change posed both a “potentially catastrophic risk to human health”, while conversely being “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century” if the right steps are taken.

The smog over northern India is extracting a heavy toll, every minute two lives are lost in India due to ambient air pollution, the study published in The Lancet says.

Further, according an estimate by the World Bank, this would amount to a whopping USD 38 billion loss in income towards labour in India.

Air pollution has also emerged as the deadliest form of pollution and the fourth leading risk factor for premature deaths worldwide, it says.

Recently, 48 leading scientists released the study and they find that Patna and New Delhi the worst polluted cities of the world for PM 2.5 levels or the fine particulate matter that hurts the heart most.

The study notes that a broader evidence base on interrelated health and climate change trends will notably help demonstrate clear co-benefits of action.

An estimated 18,000 people die every day due to air pollution exposure, making it the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

The World Bank in turn estimates it costs the global economy USD 225 billion a year in related lost labour income.

Contradicting some of the Indian reports, The Lancet says coal fired power plants contribute to 50 per cent of the ambient air pollution.

Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Anil Madhav Dave recently admitted in Parliament that the country spends a mere Rs 7 crore annually on monitoring air pollution for a vast country of India’s size with a 1.3 billion population.

He had also said no credible study to quantify number of people who have developed lung and allied diseases or number of deaths directly as a result of air pollution is available.

Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan, a trained physician himself, says, “Pollution when it starts affecting lungs especially in little children can be a killer, it is like a slow poison and there is no reason for me not to be worried, a lot has been done, but still a lot that needs to be done.” .

Source: Press Trust of India

Pakistan lists Hafiz Saeed under anti-terrorism act

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By Sajjad Hussain

ISLAMABAD: Mumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, who is under house arrest, has now been listed under Pakistan’s anti-terrorism act, a tacit acknowledgement of his links to militancy.

Dawn News reported that the Punjab government has included names of Saeed and one of his close aides, Qazi Kashif, in the fourth schedule of the Anti-terrorism Act (ATA).

Three other men were also added to the list — Abdullah Obaid from Faisalabad, and Zafar Iqbal and Abdur Rehman Abid from the Markaz-i-Taiba, Muridke.

Saeed and the four men added to the fourth schedule of the ATA were also placed under house arrest on January 30 in Lahore amid an angry uproar from his party and political allies.

The five men were identified by the Interior Ministry as “active members of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i- Insaniyat (FIF),” the report said.

The ministry directed the Counter Terrorism Department to “move and take necessary action” against them.

The names of Saeed and 37 other JuD and FIF leaders had earlier also been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL), barring them from leaving the country.

The Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 empowers the government to mark a person as “proscribed” and to place that person on the fourth schedule on an ex-parte basis.

The mere listing of a person in the fourth schedule of the ATA shows that he is linked with militancy in some way, the report said.

Those listed face a barrage of legal consequences like travel bans and scrutiny of assets etc.

Any violation of provision of the fourth schedule may result in imprisonment of up to three years and fine or both.

The action against Saeed was taken after the country was hit by at least eight terror attacks which killed more than 100 people.

“Detention of Saeed shows that army supported the step by the civilian government, and it was viewed by many as a sign of changing security priorities,” the daily said.

Saeed was also put under house arrest after Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008 but he was freed by court in 2009.

Saeed also carries a reward of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities.

FIR lodged against senior Uttar Pradesh minister Prajapati, 6 others

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LUCKNOW (INDIA): With the Supreme Court breathing down its neck, Uttar Pradesh Police today filed an FIR against tainted senior minister Gayatri Prajapati in connection with cases of alleged gangrape and attempt to rape a woman and her minor daughter.

The apex court had yesterday directed the police to book the minister, who is a senior leader of the ruling Samajwadi Party.

Circle Officer of Hazratganj, Avanish Kumar Mishra, said the FIR was lodged against the cabinet minister and six of his accomplices under various sections of the IPC and POCSO Act.

He said the FIR was lodged in Gautampalli Police Station here.

The apex court’s direction came on a PIL filed by a woman who alleged repeated gangrape by Prajapati and others and sought the court’s direction for lodging of an FIR.

The alleged incident had first taken place in October 2014 and continued till July 2016 and when the accused tried to molest the minor daughter of the petitioner, she decided to lodge a complaint after her written request to the DGP in October 2016 went unheeded. Since no FIR was lodged, she moved the apex court seeking justice.

Prajapati was sacked by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav from his cabinet in 2016 during the family feud with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Yadav but was later reinstated in the council of ministers.

Source: Press Trust of India

Syed Basharat Bukhari resigns from Jammu and Kashmir’s government

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JAMMU (INDIA): Syed Basharat Bukhari today resigned from the Cabinet of Mehbooba Mufti soon after he was shifted from high profile Revenue, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Ministry to Horticulture department.

Close on heels of Bukhari’s resignation, rumors are thick that Sports Minister Imran Raza Ansari has also resigned.

“I have resigned from the council of Ministers today. I have forwarded the letter of resignation to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tonight,” Bukhari told PTI from Srinagar.

He said he has given all the reasons for his resignation in a letter to the Chief Minister.

Ansari, as per unconfirmed reports, has also resigned.

PTI tried to reach him for confirmation but both his phones were switched off and SMSes were not responded to by Ansari.

Hamid Karra, who was founder leader of PDP, had already resigned as Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar ans also from PDP itself last year.

In a minor change in portfolios after induction of Syed Altaf Bukhari in the cabinet as Education Minister, Mehbooba assigned the charge of various departments to the Ministers, by shifting Syed Basharat Bukhari from Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation and Disaster Management ministry to Horticulture department.

Syed Altaf Bukhari was given charge of Education Ministry and incumbet Naeem Akhtar was given the high-profile Public Works Department (PWD).

Abdul Rehman Veeri, who was PWD minister, has been assigned the charge of Ministry of Revenue, Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation & Reconstruction and Parliamentary Affairs, official spokesman said.

Dr Haseeb A Drabu will hold charge of Finance Labour & Employment divesting him from portfolio of Culture.

The charge of the Department of Culture shall remain with the Chief Minister, the spokesman said.


Source: Press Trust of India

Media ‘enemy of the American people’:Donald Trump

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By Lalit K Jha

WASHINGTON: The media is an “enemy of the American people”, US President Donald Trump has said, stepping up his attack on newspapers and channels that have been critical of his presidency.

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Trump tweeted.

His scathing attack on the media came a day after he asserted that his administration is “running like a fine-tuned machine” and there is “no chaos” inside the White House as being reported by the “dishonest” media.

The 70-year-old Trump had said he resented picking up newspapers and turning on the television to hear reports that his White House was in chaos.

Trump, who has prolifically used the medium of Twitter and Facebook to convey his views and react to news stories, had said that a lot of people are happy about his administration and its performance since his inauguration on January 20.

However, his political opponents and the media is not that happy, he said at his fourth news conference in a week during which he displayed a sense of anger and grievance rarely vented by a President in public.

Trump’s latest tweet criticising the media went viral as within a few hours it was retweeted more than 28,000 times, forwarded 53,000 times and liked by 85,000 people.

In reference to the news conference, Trump in another tweet said, “Thank you for all of the nice statements on the Press Conference yesterday. Rush Limbaugh said one of greatest ever. Fake media not happy!” .

“‘One of the most effective press conferences I’ve ever seen!’ says Rush Limbaugh. Many agree. Yet FAKE MEDIA calls it differently! Dishonest,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fox News in an opinion poll said voters, albeit by a slim margin of 45 to 42 per cent, find the White House more truthful than the media.


Source: Press Trust of India

Pakistan Senate passes landmark Hindu marriage bill

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By Sajjad Hussain

ISLAMABAD: The much-awaited landmark bill to regulate marriages of minority Hindus in Pakistan is set to become a law with the Senate unanimously passing it.

The Hindu Marriage Bill 2017, which is the first elaborate Hindu community’s personal law, was adopted by the Senate yesterday.

The bill had already been approved by the lower house or the National Assembly on September 26, 2015, and it now just needs signature of the President, a mere formality, to become a law.

Dawn News reported that the bill is widely acceptable to Hindus living in Pakistan because it relates to marriage, registration of marriage, separation and remarriage, with the minimum age of marriage set at 18 years for both boys and girls.

The bill will help Hindu women get documentary proof of their marriage.

It will be the first personal law for Pakistani Hindus, applicable in Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. The Sindh province has already formulated its own Hindu Marriage Law.

The bill presented in the Senate by Law Minister Zahid Hamid faced no opposition or objection. It was mainly due to the sympathetic views expressed by the lawmakers of all political parties in the relevant standing committees.

The bill was approved by the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights on January 2 with an overwhelming majority.

However, Senator Mufti Abdul Sattar of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl had opposed the bill, claiming that the Constitution was vast enough to cater to such needs.

While approving the bill, committee chairperson Senator Nasreen Jalil of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement had announced, “This was unfair — not only against the principles of Islam but also a human rights violation — that we have not been able to formulate a personal family law for the Hindus of Pakistan.”

Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a leading Hindu lawmaker from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, had been working relentlessly for three years to have a Hindu marriage law in the country.

“Such laws will help discourage forced conversions and streamline the Hindu community after the marriage of individuals,” he said, expressing gratitude to the parliamentarians.

Vankwani also said it was difficult for married Hindu women to prove that they were married, which was one of the key tools for miscreants involved in forced conversion.

The law paves the way for a document ‘Shadi Parath’ — similar to the ‘Nikahnama’ for Muslims — to be signed by a pundit and registered with the relevant government department.

Source: Press Trust of India

Science express should reach out to more than six lakh villages of India

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NEW DELHI (INDIA): Three Ministers jointly flagged off the 9th phase of Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS) from Safderjung Railway Station here today. While Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Anil Madhav Dave and Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan were present at the railway station, Union Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu, joined the flagging off event through videoconferencing.

Addressing the gathering, Dave said that in future, the Science Express should reach out to 6.5 lakh villages of the country.

He emphasised that till the train is transformed into a peoples’ movement and a vehicle to motivate people to take individual actions and initiatives to fight climate change, it will not succeed in its endeavours on the ground and will only be reduced to becoming a point of discussions in seminars.

“What should each individual do, what should the governments do, what should the society do, everyone’s role has to be determined”, Dave pointed out.

The Minister highlighted that transparency in work and every pie of taxpayer’s money must be utilized in the right measure and past efforts have to be continued to ensure that the money reaches the people.

Minister of Railways, Prabhu said that Climate Change is a big threat for the mankind and we can tackle this through collaborative efforts. Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, India played a key role in initiating Climate Action Plan during Paris meet. He also said that Science Express will not just convey the message about climate change, but also generate dialogue and discussion on this burning issue. Science Express will embark on its journey of over 19000 km to cover 68 locations across India till September 8, 2017 and is expected to attract 30 lakh visitors. Climate Action Special will spread awareness on this key issue and augment our efforts to ensure a better future.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that four more such trains must be run in the coming years to develop the train into an even bigger movement. The Minister also said that the importance of Climate Change can be gauged from the fact that it is the only theme that has been chosen for two consecutive years for Science Express. Recalling his visit to San Fransisco to represent India at two meetings on Mission Innovation and Clean Energy

Ministerial last year, the Minister said that 21 big nations of the world acknowledged that led by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, India has taken unparalleled initiatives in the field of Clean Energy, Mission Innovation, or Climate Change and that India has the ability and the strength to lead the world.

He added that the role of school students is most critical in making the Science Express a peoples’ movement. Recounting the statistics, the Minister said over 1.5 crore visitors and students from 33, 801 schools have visited the Science Express till now.

The Minister also lauded the role and contribution of all departments and agencies at the Centre and States, as also the educators aboard the train in the running of Science Express.

Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change,Ajay Narayan Jha, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Ashutosh Sharma, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Amita Prasad, Member, Railway Board, Ravindra Gupta were among those present on the occasion. Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ajay Narayan Jha gave the welcome address and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Amita Prasad delivered the vote of thanks.

After today’s flagging off, the SECAS will be open for public viewing at Delhi Cantonment Railway Station on February 18-19, following which it will embark upon its journey across the country. SECAS II will run from February 17 to September 8, 2017 (See Schedule), over 19, 000 km during which it will be exhibited at 68 stations across India. The exhibition will convey a message about Climate Change and will also be a good opportunity to generate dialogue and discussion.

At each halt of SECAS, activities are planned to engage visitors across different age groups to reinforce its message. An exciting and much sought-after Outreach Programme is also conducted in local schools/institutions, along with activities on the railway platforms. In addition, informative take-away material has been made available for wider distribution amongst schools and visitors.

DST has entrusted Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC), Ahmedabad with the task of managing the SECAS across India. VASCSC’s team of qualified, trained and highly motivated Science Communicators travelling with the train explain and interpret the exhibition, answers queries, facilitate the visitors and conduct complementary activities.
The exhibition is open to all, but primarily targets students and teachers. More information is available on the website www.sciencexpress.in. For visit to the exhibition, an email can be sent to sciencexpress@gmail.com, or the team aboard the train can be contacted on 09428405407. School students can participate in the JOS Lab in small batches of up to 20 students, by prior registration.

There is no entry fee for visiting the exhibition. Items such as mobiles, cameras, bags, match-boxes, cigarettes, beedis, tobacco, water bottles, any liquid, and any sharp/ pointed objects. During its run across the country, the Railway station of the respective city will be the venue for visiting the train. The timing for visiting the train is from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Science Express is an innovative mobile science exhibition mounted on a 16-coach AC train which has been custom-built for Department of Science & Technology (DST) by Indian Railways. This unique mobile exhibition was first launched in October 2007 by DST. Since then, it has made eight tours of the country, travelling about 1, 42, 000 km and exhibiting at 455 locations. Over its 1602 exhibition days, Science Express received an overwhelming response and 1.56 crore visitors. SECAS has become the largest, the longest running and the most visited mobile science exhibition.

Climate Change is an important environmental issue, with many short-term and long term impacts. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are not just global in scope and unprecedented in scale but they also more severely affect the poor and marginalized people. However, there is very little understanding about climate change and its impacts. The state-of-the-art exhibition on board the SECAS aims to create awareness among various sections of society as to how climate change can be combated through mitigation and adaptation.

Science Express, redesigned as SECAS, intends to contribute towards increasing understanding of the science of climate change, the observed and anticipated impacts, and different possible responses. The previous 3 phases of Science Express were rolled out as a joint initiative of DST and MoEFCC as ‘Biodiversity Special’ and showcased the myriad biodiversity of India. Thus it was rational to shift the focus to the theme of climate change, as it will affect the biodiversity of not just India but the entire globe as well.

Of the 16 coaches of SECAS, exhibitions in 8 coaches developed by MoEFCC. These exhibitions have been exclusively devoted to information, case studies and material related to various aspect of climate change, the underlying science, impacts, adaptation activities, mitigation solutions and policy approaches in a manner that is easy to understand and interesting for not just school students, but also the masses. Exhibits and activities have been put up by DST and DBT in other coaches.

Science Express Phase I to IV showcased cutting-edge research in Science and Technology being carried out worldwide. Phase V to VII was based on the theme of biodiversity and as ‘Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS)’, it showcased the rich biodiversity of India and its conservation measures. Phase VIII as ‘Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS)’ highlighted the global challenge of climate change.

SECAS II is a unique collaborative initiative of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Railways and Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC). MoEFCC has asked Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to make a contribution to the initiative.
The Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016. The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change and to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. The first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA-1) took place in Marrakech in November 2016. The Conference successfully demonstrated to the world that the implementation of the Paris Agreement is underway and the constructive spirit of multilateral cooperation on climate change continues.

The broad themes covered in each exhibition of the coaches are:

· Coach 1: Understanding Climate Change – Insights in the climate as a system, the greenhouse gas effect and the underlying reasons for climate change with key message that the current change in the climate is due to human activities.

· Coach 2: Impact of Climate Change -How temperature rise, monsoon variations, sea level rise are predicted to affect vital sectors like water, agriculture, forests and biodiversity, and human health and ways to reduce these.

· Coach 3 & 4: Adaptation -Concepts of adaptation and examples from day to day life, adaptation strategies and stories from field. Adaptation options in urban and rural contexts and the adaptation actions India is taking.

· Coach 5 & 6: Mitigation -Concept and definition with examples, emphasis on restoring balance, enhancing sinks and reducing emission through Renewable Energy (RE) technologies.Various programmes implemented by India and low carbon strategies andambitious goal to increase RE footprint.

· Coach 7: International Negotiations for Climate Change -Introduction to UNFCCC, IPCC and internationally agreed action &targets. Explaining concept of equity and common but differential responsibility, Kyoto protocol & other key outcomes of major COP, Paris Agreement, etc.

· Coach 8: Positive Actions -What can one do at school, on roads, at home and in offices and focus on concept of lifestyle choices with the key message ‘Increase your Handprint. Decrease your Footprint’.

· Coach 9&10: Exhibition put up by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India, covering themes like Biotechnology for bio-resources and nature conservationwith emphasis on Tiger Conservation and Chemical Ecology and India’s research and development initiatives in field of Biotechnology.

· Coach 11: Exhibition put up by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) showcasing select innovations, demonstrating the ingenuity of common people and an innovative project which uses augmented reality techniques. Exhibition on themes like Innovations in S&T, Science Education, DST Scholarships & Schemes, Technologies for rural development, etc.

· Coach 12: A Kids Zone has been set up for children from Std. 4and below to participate in fun-filled activities, games and puzzles in science, mathematics and environment.

· Coach 13: The Joy of Science (JOS) Hands-on Lab in this coach is a space where students from Std. 5-10 can perform experiments and activities to understand concepts in environment, science and mathematics in an interesting manner. A training facility is also set up for orientation of teachers here.

· Solar panels have been installed on the rooftop of Science Express coaches 11-13, as a collaborative effort of DST and CEL, for harnessing solar energy.

Schedule of Science Express Climate Action Special

February 17 – September 8, 2017


Sr. No.StationExhibition DatesSr. No.StationExhibition Dates
1Delhi Safdarjung(Flag off)17 Feb 201735Kottavalasa20 – 23 May 2017
2Delhi Cantt18 – 19 Feb 201736Gudivada24 – 26 May 2017
3Hisar20 – 23 Feb 201737Mirylaguda27 – 30 May 2017
4Dhuri24 – 26 Feb 201738Gulberga31 May – 02 Jun 2017
5TaranTaran27 – 28 Feb 201739Kalluru03 – 05 Jun 2017
6Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra01 – 02 Mar 201740Whitefield06 – 08 Jun 2017
7Udhampur03 – 04 Mar 201741Kengeri09 – 11 Jun 2017
8Nangal Dam06 – 07 Mar 201742Koduru12 – 14 Jun 2017
9Sirhind08 – 10 Mar 201743Puducherry15 – 16 Jun 2017
10Chandigarh12 & 14 Mar 201744Attur17 – 19 Jun 2017
11Rampur15 – 17 Mar 201745Karur20 – 22 Jun 2017
12Kasganj City18 – 20 Mar 201746Kodaikanal Road24 Jun 2017
13Khalilabad22 – 25 Mar 201747Virudhunagar25 – 27 Jun 2017
14Mau26 – 29 Mar 201748Arumuganeri28 – 30 Jun 2017
15Gaya30 – 31 Mar 201749Kayankulam01 – 04 Jul 2017
16Patna01 – 02 Apr 201750Guruvayur05 – 07 Jul 2017
17Kiul03 – 04 Apr 201751Kannur08 – 10 Jul 2017
18Sitamarhi05 Apr 201752Vasco Da Gama11 – 13 Jul 2017
19Samastipur06 Apr 201753Ratnagiri14 – 17 Jul 2017
20Salmari07 – 08 Apr 201754Mumbai CST19 – 22 Jul 2017
21Fakiragram09 – 10 Apr 201755Nasik Road24 – 26 Jul 2017
22Lumding11 – 12 Apr 201756Murtajapur27 – 29 Jul 2017
23Agartala13 Apr 201757Nagpur30 Jul – 02 Aug 2017
24Badarpur15 – 17 Apr 201758Amla03 – 06 Aug 2017
25North Lakhimpur19 – 21 Apr 201759Habibganj07 – 09 Aug 2017
26Rangpara North22 – 24 Apr 201760Bina10 – 12 Aug 2017
27Bagdogra25 – 26 Apr 201761Khajuraho13 – 14 Aug 2017
28Dhanbad27 – 30 Apr 201762Marwar17 – 18 Aug 2017
29Barrackpore01 – 02 May 201763Balotra19 – 21 Aug 2017
30Kalyani03 – 05 May 201764Deesa22 – 24 Aug 2017
31Chandil06 – 08 May 201765Bhuj25 – 27 Aug 2017
32Bhadrak09, 11 & 12 May 201766Bhaktinagar28 – 31 Aug 2017
33Puri13 – 16 May 201767Gondal01 – 04 Sep 2017
34Chatarpur17 – 19 May 201768Gandhinagar Capital05 – 08 Sep 2017