PIB News Analysis - 15 January 2013

Lakhipur-Bhanga stretch
The Union Cabinet approved the introduction of a Bill in the Parliament for declaring Lakhipur-Bhanga stretch (121 kms.) of the Barak River as a National Waterway. The Government of India has so far declared five waterways as National Waterways. These are:- 
1.  Allahabad-Haldia stretch of the Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly river system (1620 km); 
2.  Dhubri-Sadiya stretch of Brahmaputra River (891 km); 
3. Kottapuram-Kollam stretch of West Coast Canal along with Udyogmandal and Champakara Canals (205 km); 
4. Kakinada-Puducherry stretch of the canal along with designated stretches of Godavari and Krishna Rivers (1078 km);
5. Designated stretches of East Coast Canal, Brahmani River and Mahanadi Delta (588 km). 
6. The Lakhipur-Bhanga stretch of the Barak River would be the sixth National Waterway.

Red Ribbon Express
The Red Ribbon Express is one of the global best practices, innovative and effective in reaching out to a large segment of population with awareness messages on HIV/AIDS and related services. It is the world’s largest mass mobilization campaign on HIV/AIDS. It is a special exhibition train which travels across the country disseminating the messages on HIV/AIDS and general health in rural and remote areas of the country. Covered in three phases - started from 2007. Third phase was concluded on January 12th

Green Haat 2013
Green Haat is an initiative of Ministry of Environment & Forest to raise awareness on the rich forest and bio diverse heritage of the country among the growing urban population often living far off from the forests.The initiative is to showcase various value added forest based products developed by Rural Artisans, Community Self Help Groups, NGOs, and State Federations and thus provide support to biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods.

The first Green Haat was organized on the eve of World Environment Day 2011 where India played as a Global Host

National Investment Fund
The NIF was constituted by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs in 2005.

The NIF will be used for the following purposes:

1. Subscribing to the shares being issued by the Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) including Public Sector Banks (PSBs) and Public Sector Insurance Companies, on rights basis so as to ensure that 51 percent ownership of the Government is not diluted.

2. Preferential allotment of shares of the CPSE to promoters as per Securities and Exchange Board of India SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009 so that Government shareholding does not go down below 51 percent, in all cases where the CPSE is going to raise fresh equity to meet its capex programme.

3. Recapitaliztion of PSBs and Public Sector Insurance Companies

Index of Eight Core Industries
The   Eight core industries(base 2004-05) have a combined weight of 37.90 per cent in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP). 
  1. Electricity: weight: 10.32%
  2. Steel:weight: 6.68%
  3. Petroleum Refinery Products:weight: 5.94%
  4. Crude Oil: weight: 5.22%
  5. Coal: weight: 4.38%
  6. Cement: weight: 2.41%
  7. Natural Gas: weight: 1.71%
  8. Fertilizers: weight: 1.25%