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indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II Missile.

The President said that when the SMARTGRAM Initiative was started on 2nd July 2016, he was sure that the work
which has been done to make Presidents Estate a Smart Township can be replicated in villages as well. With the
help of Haryana Government, Rashtrapati Bhavan selected five villages and many initiatives were taken for their
development. Keeping in view the success achieved in the five villages, the program has now been extended to 100
villages. Success in SMARTGRAM initiative is possible only when the Government, private sector, academic
institutions, NGOs and people in the villages come together for the development of villages.

St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

The theme of the Plenary was - "Achieving a New Balance on the Global Stage."

India is a "guest country" at the SPIEF this year, and Prime Minister Modi is the "Guest of Honour."

The Prime Minister mentioned the Government's initiatives in financial inclusion - and the Jandhan, Aadhaar,
Mobile (JAM) trinity. He mentioned the scrapping of over 1200 laws by the Union Government.

The Prime Minister said India has made 7000 reforms targeting "Ease of Doing Business" - just at the Union
Government level.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today presented over 100 volumes of Urga Kanjur to Jampa Donor, Buda
Balzheivich Badmayev, Head Priest, Datsan Gunzechoinei Buddhist Temple, St Petersburg.

The Urga edition of the Tibetan Kanjur was unknown till 1955 when Prof. Raghu Vira brought to India its complete
set of 104 volumes with a volume containing the catalogue. It was presented to him by the Prime Minister of the
Mongolian Peoples Republic, as a unique bibliographic rarity.

This Kanjur was revised, edited and xylographed from 1908 to 1920 under the patronage of the last Jibcundampa
of Mongolia. It was collated with the Derge and two Chinese editions (Rgya-par-mag Uis). It retains the order of the
Tshal-pa Kanjur, which is based on the old catalogue Hphan-than-ma. Its size (35x25cm) is smaller than that of the
known xylographed editions.

Soil Health Card, a revolutionary scheme, was initiated for farmers and it has made a huge difference to farming
and farm produce

Soil Health Card provides information to farmers on nutrient status of their soil along
with recommendations on appropriate dosage of nutrients for improving soil health and its
fertility. This also gives farmers information about the nature of the soil. And post
recommendations, the farmers use fertilisers and other chemicals accordingly.

This reduces cost and increases production. In the first two-year (2015-17) of the Soil Health
Card scheme, 2.53 million samples were collected and so far 93 percent samples have been
tested. About 14 crore Soil Health Cards are being created by the State Governments and till
May 31 it has been distributed among 8 crore farmers. In the next three months, the rest of the
farmers will receive their Soil Health Cards. So far, the country has yielded positive results from
Soil Health Card.
The response from farmers of 136 districts of 16 states is as follows:
1. Consumption of nitrogen fertilisers has decreased and the consumption of phosphorus potash and micronutrients
has increased.
2. There has been 16 to 25 percent reduction in the cost of paddy farming and 10 to 15 percent reduction in pulses and
oilseeds farming.
3. There has been 10 to 25 percent increase in the production of paddy, 10 to 15 percent in the production of coarse
cereals, 10 to 30 percent in pulses, and 35 to 66 percent in the production of oilseeds.

2016-17. The tea production has reached highest ever in Indian Tea Industry.

APEDA is organizing a Buyer Seller Meet (BSM) on 5th -6th June, 2017 at Mumbai. The programme will facilitate
the interaction of Buyers of mangoes from China, Japan, Australia, Iran, Mauritius, South Korea and Dubai with the
concerned Government officials of mango exporting states and the mango exporters. About 30 leading importers
from their countries are exported to participate in the event.

Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister of Haryana, along with an official
delegation met Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for
Culture and Tourism here today to discuss the proposed Science City to be
developed in Haryana by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM)
under Ministry of Culture.

Shri Manohar Lal Khattar suggested two sites for the project- either in Sonepat or
in Gurugram. Both the places have enough land for the development of proposed
Science City in the State.

The proposed Science City in Haryana is expected to be bigger and more fabulous than the Science
City in Kolkata.

10th Common Review Mission (CRM) report of the National Health Mission

Speaking at the function, Shri Nadda emphasised on the need for developing necessary sturdy healthcare systems
for eliminating diseases like leprosy, malaria, kala-azar, etc. Strong healthcare systems are required to be put in
place and time-bound and structured disease elimination plans need to be developed, Shri Nadda said. The
Health Minister added that healthcare service delivery has improved in terms of quality and content of care, as
evidenced by increased footfalls, for not just institutional delivery but also for outpatients and inpatients.

Prasar Bharati

The CCEC meeting also discussed other key issues of the mining sector like Minor Mineral Rules, Status of project
implementation under Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) and the creation of District Mineral
Foundation (DMF) after the MMDR Amendment Act with effect from 12 Jan 2015 to address the development
goals of the people affected by mining. The meeting also reviewed the progress in Mining Tenement System (MTS)
implementation, Mining Surveillance System (MSS), Star rating of mines, and the action plan for auctioning the
mining leases expiring in March 2020.
more than 65% of Indias population is under 40 years of age

Make in India Mittelstand (MIIM), Shri Goyal met a few German companies engaged in or exploring Make in
India. During the meetings held in Berlin and Munich, the Minister highlighted how innovative companies from
Germany can leverage scale and low manufacturing cost in India to Make in India and Make for the World. These
companies included innovative firms in areas like Bio fuels (resolving pollution related issues from rice husk
burning), building material from Sulphur capture at power plants (significant potential to reduce imports and fund
pollution control equipment), battery storage, affordable off shore wind power and increasing flexibility in thermal
plants to support rapid demand fluctuation and renewable energy addition.

In order to facilitate better interaction between German and Indian companies, Shri Goyal recommended that
International Solar Alliance (ISA) Secretariat start holding monthly matchmaking meetings in collaboration with
Industry Associations like CII, FICCI etc. These meetings would include German and Indian companies including
financing firms. Gradually, ISA can take such a model to all its member countries.

In a detailed meeting with Dr. Barbara Hendricks, German Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation,
Building & Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

Making of Developed India Festival - MODI Fest at Malleswaram in Bengaluru today. The objective of the
programme was to communicate, on the occasion of completion of three years in office by the Central
Government, to the people about the Union Governments achievements over the last 3 years and to convey them
about the various Government schemes and initiatives.