Highlights of the Union Budget 2014-15

Here are the highlights of the Budget 2014-15 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Full Union Budget 2014-15 Highlights

Fiscal deficit
● Accepts fiscal deficit target of 4.1 percent of GDP for 2014/15
● Fiscal deficit seen at 3.6 percent of GDP in 2015/16
● Finance Minister says: “We cannot spend beyond our means”
● Tax-to-GDP ratio must be raised

Growth
● Aims for sustained growth of 7-8 percent in the next 3-4 years
● Finance minister says he is bound to usher in policies for higher growth, lower inflation

Taxation
● Aims to approve goods and services tax by end of this year
● Will not change rules on retrospective taxation
● All pending cases of retrospective tax for indirect transfers to be examined by a high-level committee before action is taken
● Proposes changes in transfer pricing mechanism
● Extends 5 percent withholding tax on corporate bonds until June 30 2017
● Income tax exemption limit raised by Rs 50,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh and for senior citizens to Rs 3 lakh
● Government expects Rs 9.77 lakh crore revenue crore from taxes
● Long term capital gain tax for mutual funds doubled to 20 per cent; lock-in period increased to three years
● Excise duty on footwear reduced from 12 per cent to 6 per cent
● Net effect of direct tax proposals is revenue loss of Rs 22,200 crore
● Tax proposals on indirect tax front would yield Rs. 7,525 crore

Full Union Budget 2014-15 Highlights

Current Cabinet Ministers of India 2014



Cabinet Ministers

Full List of Cabinet Ministers of India 2014

● Narendra Modi – Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space, All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister
● Rajnath Singh
– Home Affairs
● Sushma Swaraj – External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
● Arun Jaitley – Finance, Corporate Affairs, additional charge of Defence
● M Venkaiah Naidu – Urban Development, Housing, Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs
● Nitin Gadkari – Road Transport and Highways, Shipping
● DV Sadananda Gowda – Railways
● Uma Bharati – Water resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
● Dr Najma Heptulla – Minority Affairs
● Gopinath Munde – Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation
● Ramvilas Paswan – Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
● Kalraj Mishra – Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
● Maneka Gandhi – Women and Child Development
● Ananthkumar – Chemicals and Fertilizers
● Ravi Shankar Prasad – Communications & Information Technology Law and Justice
● Ashok Gajapathi Raju – Civil Aviation
● Anant Geete – Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
● Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Food Processing Industries
● Narendra Singh Tomar – Mines, Steel, Labour and Employment
● Jual Oram – Tribal Affairs
● Radha Mohan Singh – Agriculture
● Thaawar Chand Gehlot – Social Justice and Empowerment
● Smriti Irani – Human Resource Development
● Dr Harsh Vardhan – Health and Family Welfare

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)
● General VK Singh – Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
● Inderjit Singh Rao – Planning (Independent Charge), Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), Defence
● Santosh Gangwar – Textiles (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
● Shripad Naik – Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge)
● Dharmendra Pradhan – Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)
● Sarbananda Sonowal – Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
● Prakash Javadekar – Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs
● Piyush Goyal – Power (Independent Charge), Coal (Independent Charge), New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)
● Dr Jitendra Singh – Science and Technology (Independent Charge), Earth Sciences (Independent Charge), Prime Minister Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space
● Nirmala Sitharaman – Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge), Finance, Corporate Affairs

Ministers of State
● GM Siddeshwara – Civil Aviation
● Manoj Sinha – Railways
● Nihalchand – Chemicals and Fertilizers
● Upendra Kushwaha – Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation
● Pon Radhakrishnan – Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
● Kiren Rijiju – Home Affairs
● Krishan Pal – Road Transport and Highways, Shipping
● Dr. Sanjeev Balyan – Agriculture, Food Processing Industries
● Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava – Tribal Affairs
● Raosaheb Danve – Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
● Vishnu Deo Sai – Mines, Steel, Labour and Employment
● Sudarshan Bhagat – Social Justice and Empowerment
Full List of Cabinet Ministers of India 2014

केदारनाथ सिंह को 49वां ज्ञानपीठ पुरस्कार

हिंदी की आधुनिक पीढ़ी के रचनाकार केदारनाथ सिंह को वर्ष 2013 के लिए देश का सर्वोच्च साहित्य सम्मान ज्ञानपीठ पुरस्कार प्रदान किया जाएगा. वह यह पुरस्कार पाने वाले हिंदी के 10वें लेखक हैं.

सीताकांत महापात्रा की अध्यक्षता में शुक्रवार को हुई चयन समिति की बैठक में हिंदी के जाने-माने कवि केदारनाथ सिंह को वर्ष 2013 का 49वां ज्ञानपीठ पुरस्कार दिये जाने का निर्णय किया गया. केदारनाथ सिंह इस पुरस्कार को हासिल करने वाले हिंदी के 10वें रचनाकार है.

इससे पहले हिंदी साहित्य के जाने माने हस्ताक्षर सुमित्रनंदन पंत, रामधारी सिंह दिनकर, सच्चिदानंद हीरानंद वात्सयायन अज्ञेय, महादेवी वर्मा, नरेश मेहता, निर्मल वर्मा, कुंवर नारायण, श्रीलाल शुक्ल और अमरकांत को यह पुरस्कार मिल चुका है. पहला ज्ञानपीठ पुरस्कार मलयालम के लेखक जी शंकर कुरूप (1965) को प्रदान किया गया था.

केदार सिंह का जन्म उत्तरप्रदेश के बलिया जिले के ग्राम चकिया में वर्ष 1934 में हुआ था. उनकी प्रमुख कृतियों में ‘अभी बिल्कुल अभी’, ‘जमीन पक रही है’, ‘यहां से देखो’, ‘अकाल में सारस’, ‘बाघ’, ‘सृष्टि पर पहरा’, ‘मेरे समय के शब्द’, ‘कल्पना और छायावाद’ और ‘तालस्ताय और साइकिल’ आदि शामिल हैं.

उन्‍हें इससे पहले मैथिलीशरण गुप्त सम्मान, कुमारन आशान पुरस्कार, जीवन भारती सम्मान, दिनकर पुरस्कार, साहित्य, अकादमी पुरस्कार, व्यास सम्मान मिल पुका है. केदारनाथ सिंह की कविताओं के अनुवाद लगभग सभी प्रमुख भारतीय भाषाओं के अलावा अंग्रेजी, स्पेनिश, रूसी, जर्मन और हंगेरियन आदि विदेशी भाषाओं में भी हुए हैं. इन्‍होंने कविता पाठ के लिए दुनिया के अनेक देशों की यात्राएं की हैं.

पुरस्कार के रूप में केदारनाथ सिंह को 11 लाख रुपये, प्रशस्ति पत्र और वाग्देवी की प्रतिमा प्रदान की जाएगी.

तेलंगाना देश का 29वां राज्य व के. चंद्रशेखर राव पहले मुख्यमंत्री बने

तेलंगाना राष्ट्र समिति के अध्यक्ष के. चंद्रशेखर राव 2 जून, 2014 को 29वॉं नया राज्य तेलंगाना के पहले मुख्यमंत्री बन गए हैं। आंध्र प्रदेश के राज्यपाल ईएसएल नरसिम्हन ने 11 मंत्रियों के साथ उन्हें पद और गोपनीयता की शपथ दिलाई।

1 जून को जैसे ही घड़ी में रात के बारह बजे देश के 29वें राज्य के तौर पर जन्म हुआ तेलंगाना का और इस ऐतिहासिक लम्हे के साथ ही हैदराबाद और समेत तेलंगाना के दूसरे शहरों में जश्न शुरू हो गया।

तेलंगाना के गठन के साथ ही आंध्र प्रदेश कानूनी तौर पर दो हिस्सों में बंट गया। तेलंगाना राज्य में हैदराबाद समेत 10 जिले होंगे। जबकि आंध्र प्रदेश में 13 जिले होंगे। दोनों राज्यों की राजधानी अगले 10 साल तक हैदराबाद ही रहेगी।

आंध्र प्रदेश के राज्यपाल ईएसएल नरसिम्हन तेलंगाना के पहले राज्यपाल बन गए। वहीं चंद्रशेखर राव ने सूबे के पहले मुख्यमंत्री के तौर पर शपथ ली। 119 सदस्यों वाली तेलंगाना विधानसभा में राव की पार्टी टीआरएस को बहुमत है।

गौरतलब है कि संसद में इसी साल फरवरी में आंध्र प्रदेश पुनर्गठन विधेयक पारित हुआ था, जिसके बाद अलग तेलंगाना के गठन का रास्ता साफ हुआ था। इस बंटवारे का जमकर विरोध भी हुआ। लेकिन आखिर में तेलंगाना देश का 29वां राज्य बनने में सफल रहा।

Highlights of Railway Interim Budget 2014-15

No increase in rail fare and freight has been proposed in the Interim Rail Budget for 2014-15. Presenting the Budget in Parliament on Wednesday, Minister of Railways Mallikarjun Kharge announced 72 new trains, extension of three trains and increase in frequency of three trains.

Here is the highlights of Interim Rail Budget 2014.
Read More : Highlight of Railway Budget-2014

Achievements / Initiatives

  • Major landmark achievement in National Project of Kashmir
  • State of Meghalaya and capital of Arunachal Pradesh to be on Railway Map by this fiscal.
  • Gauge Conversion of strategically important 510 km Rangiya – Murkongselek line in Assam to be completed by this fiscal.
  • XIth Five Year Plan Targets exceeded in New Lines (2,207 km) , Doubling (2,758 km) and Electrification (4,556 km), Production of Diesel (1,288) & Electrical (1,218) Locos and Acquisition of Wagons (64,875)
  • Dedicated Freight Corridors on the Eastern and Western Routes – leading to strategically critical capacity augmentation.
  • Railways met from its own means the total additional impact of Rs one lakh crore due to implementation of 6th Pay Commission
  • In 2013-14, 1532 km of New Lines, Doubling and Gauge Conversion commissioned.
  • Production commenced at the new factories – Rail Wheel Plant, Chhapra ; Rail Coach Factory, Rae Bareli ; and Diesel Component Factory, Dankuni.
  • Specially designed coaches for adverse weather condition for rail travel in Kashmir.
  • Successful development of Corrosion resistant, lighter wagons with higher pay-load and speed potential upt 100kmph.
  • Railways sportspersons dominate national events by winning titles in 23 disciplines and runners up in 9 disciplines. In various international championships a total of 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals won.
  • Unigauge Policy started in 1992 has converted 19,214 km to Broad Gauge, benefitting several States including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Tamil Nadu.
  • Read More : Highlight of Railway Budget-2014

Railway Budget 2014: List of New Trains

Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge has introduced 72 new trains in the Rail Budget 2014. These include 17 Premium trains, 38 Express trains, 10 Passenger trains, 4 MEMU and 3 DEMU. Three trains will be extended and frequency of same number of trains will be increased. Following is the list of new trains introduced:


Read More : List of New Trains

Premium Trains:
i Howrah – Pune AC Express (Bi-weekly) via Nagpur, Manmad
ii. Kamakhya – New Delhi AC Express (Weekly) via Chhapra, Varanasi
iii. Kamakhya – Chennai AC Express (Weekly) via Malda, Howrah
iv. Mumbai – Howrah AC Express (Bi-weekly) via Nagpur, Raipur
v. Mumbai – Patna AC Express (Bi-weekly) via Khandwa, Itarsi, Manikpur
vi. Nizamuddin – Madgaon AC Express (Bi-weekly) via Kota, Vasai Road
vii. Sealdah -Jodhpur AC Express (Bi-weekly) via Mughalsarai
viii. Yesvantpur – Jaipur AC Express (Weekly) via Gulbarga, Pune, Vasai Road
ix. Ahmedabad – Delhi Sarai Rohilla Express (Tri-weekly) via Palanpur, Ajmer, Rewari
x. Bandra – Amritsar Express (Weekly) Via Kota, New Delhi, Ambala
xi. Bandra (T) – Katra Express (Weekly) via Kota, New Delhi, Ambala
xii. Gorakhpur – New Delhi Express (Bi-weekly) via Lucknow, Moradabad
xiii. Katra – Howrah Express (Weekly) Express via Mughalsarai, Varanasi, Saharanpur
xiv. Mumbai – Gorakhpur Express ( Bi-weekly) via Khandwa, Jhansi, Kanpur
xv. Patna- Bangalore Express (Weekly) via Mughalsarai, Chheoki, Manikpur, Nagpur
xvi. Yesvantpur – Katra Express (Weekly) via Gulbarga, Kacheguda, Nagpur, New Delhi
xvii. Thiruvananthpuram – Bangalore (Yesvantpur) Express (Bi- weekly) via Erode, Tirupattur

Express Trains:
i. Ahmedabad – Katra Express (Weekly) via Palanpur, Jaipur, Rewari, Hisar, Bathinda, Amritsar
ii. Ahmedabad – Lucknow Jn Express (Weekly) via Palanpur, Jaipur, Bandikui, Mathura, Kasganj
iii. Ahmedabad – Allahabad Express (Weekly) via Jalgaon, Khandwa, Itarsi, Satna, Manikpur
iv. Amritsar – Gorakhpur Express (Weekly) via Saharanpur, Moradabad, Sitapur Cantt.
v. Aurangabad – Renigunta Express (Weekly) via Parbhani, Bidar, Vikarabad
vi. Bangalore – Chennai Express (Daily) via Bangarpet, Jolarpettai
vii. Bandra (T) – Lucknow Jn Express (Weekly) via Kota, Mathura, Kasganj
viii. Bareilly – Bhopal Express (Weekly) via Chandausi, Aligarh, Tundla, Agra
ix. Bhavnagar – Bandra Express (Weekly) via Ahmedabad
x. Bhavnagar- Delhi Sarai Rohilla Link Express (Weekly)
xi. Gandhidham – Puri Express (Weekly)

Read More : List of New Trains

Nelson Mandela Dead: Former South African President Dies at 95

Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary of South Africa died on 5 November 2013. He was of 95 years old. He died in his house at Johannesburg following a long illness. He was also known as Madiba in South Africa. He was receiving intensive medical care at home for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital.

His death was announced by the South African President, Jacob Zuma. He announced that Mandela will receive a full state funeral and the flags would be flown at half-mast until the state funeral. Nelson Mandela was one of the world’s most revered statesman for preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years.
Nelson Mandela

He was the first black South African to hold the office of President from 1994 to 1999, and the first elected in a fully representative multiracial election.

नेल्‍सन मंडेला

About Nelson Mandela
• He was born on 1918 in Eastern Cape
• He joined the African National Congress in 1943
• In 1962, he was arrested and was convicted of incitement and leaving country without a passport. He was sentenced to five years in prison
• In 1964, he was charged with sabotage, sentenced to life
• He was freed from the prison in 1990
• In 1999, he stepped down as leader
• In 2001, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer

Awards received by Nelson Mandela
Mandela has received more than two hundred and fifty awards over four decades, some of the awards are:
• He was the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993
• He was the recipient of Bharat Ratna and Mahatma Gandhi peace award
• The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 18 July, Mandela’s birthday, as Mandela Day, for his contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle
• In 1973 a nuclear particle discovered by scientists at the University of Leeds was named Mandela nelson
• In 1979 he became the recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations New Delhi, India
• In 1981, a panel of International Judges, Vienna, Austria, chose him for the Bruno Kreisky Award for merit in the field of human rights

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