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Govt to promote Biotech sector: Dr Jitendra
Mazumdar Shaw, one of India's top
CEOs and President of the
Association of Biotechnology Led
Enterprises (ABLE), who is also the
Chairman and Managing Director
growth rate of 15% could be
enhanced to to 30%.
Kiran Shaw, who had flown to the
union capital from Bengaluru to
attend the CEOs meet with US
President, Barack Obama, also handed over a copy of the memorandum
Union MoS, Dr Jitendra Singh interacting with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, President
ABLE in New Delhi on Tuesday.
(CMD) of Biocon Limited, today
called on Union Minister of State
(Independent Charge) of the
Ministry of Development of North
Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS
PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh and presented him a roadmap for growing Indian
biotechnology sector from the current 5?7 billion USD to 100 billion
USD by 2025 so that the current
to Dr Jitendra Singh, containing
budgetary recommendations submitted to the government.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that the
Government is keen to promote all
kinds of upward activities in Biotech
sector and said that the suggestions
offered by the ABLE would be given
due consideration and dealt with a
positive approach.
Dr Jitendra Singh agreed that the
key States of India where the
biotechnology is likely to grow in
Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and
Gujarat but suggested that a focused
planning is required to spread it to
other States as well because this will
not only add to the current growth
rate but will also help create new
avenues of employment particularly
skilled jobs.
The memorandum submitted by
ABLE made several recommendations to support the biotechnology
industry. These include deduction of
current tax incentives of 200% to be
increased to 300% with a validity of
three years and extension of 10 years
of tax holiday for biotech/farming
establishments by another 2 years.
Invoking the "Make in India"
agenda of the present government,
the memorandum also pleads for the
indigenously made products to be
given 15% to 25% weighted advantage over imported products in all
government tenders.
Dr Singh assured Shaw that he
will take up all the suggestions with
concerned Departments to work out
their feasibility and applicability.
Biotechnology is the science of
future and industry's participation in
future biotech ventures will also help
in expanding the range of its utility
as a means of social transformation,
he added.
Students attired in tri-colour dress presenting a dance performance during Republic Day celebrations at Polo Ground, Leh
LAHDC CEC, Rigzin Spalbar taking the Guard of Honour
during Republic Day celebrations in Leh on Monday.
GoI awarded Ladakh with the
'Best Responsible Tourism'
Award in 2014", he maintained. Talking about the initiatives taken by LAHDC of starting pre-primary classes in
Government schools, CEC
said that it has increased the
enrolment considerably.
CEC also informed that Hill
Council has already distributed
land measuring about 20,121
kanal during the last 4 years.
He further said that a major
plan is in pipeline to facilitate
accommodation to the natives
coming from far-flung areas of
CEC appealed to every
person present on the occasion to take a pledge for not
giving or taking bribe in any
form, to eradicate the menace
from the society.
While underscoring the
need for religious harmony,
CEC appealed to the gathering
to work together for making
India a developed and prosperous Nation.
On the occasion, a number
of people from different sec-
tions of society were awarded
for the outstanding contributions in their respective fields
which included Tsewang Dorje
(Lecturer Physics), Tsering
Angdus (Senior Teacher),
Liyaqat Ali Mir (Flock
Supervisor), SI Aman-ul-allah
Constable, Sonam Norboo for
outstanding performances in
their respective fields. Two
Govt Schools, namely Middle
School, Kanji and Primary
School, Skara Yokma were
declared as the best schools in
the district.
Later, CEC distributed
prizes to the winners of different competitions.
In March Pass, Mahabodhi
Choglamsar, bagged the first
position followed by Imamia
Mission School, Chuchot while
Islamia Public School, Leh and
Druk Padma Karpo School,
Shey collectively bagged 3rd
position respectively.
In the cultural programme
category, Govt. Girl Higher
CEC complements construction of Buddhist Vihara
LEH, JAN 27: The Chief Executive
Councilor/ Chairman LAHDC, Rigzin
Spalbar yesterday extended his good
wishes for the newly constructed
building of Ladakh Buddhist Vihara
Bodhgaya, which was inaugurated by
XVII Gyalwang Karmapa Urgyen
Enthusiasm, patriotic zeal mark Republic Day Celebrations
LEH, JAN 27: Braving chilly
weather conditions, a large
number of spectators gathered
at Historical Polo ground to
celebrate the 66th Indian
Republic Day with great zeal
and enthusiasm.
Autonomous Hill Development
Council (LAHDC), Chief
Executive Councillor (CEC),
Rigzin Spalbar unfurled the tricolor in presence of a huge
gathering to mark the occasion. Congratulating the people of Ladakh on the occasion,
CEC urged every citizen to
take individual level responsibility for the growth of the
country and region.
Underlining the achievements of present Hill Council,
CEC made a mention about
the achievements and initiatives of all the Departments
Document 2025 and Ladakh
Prospective Plan to lead Leh
towards sustainable development. Emphasizing for the
need of sustainable development through land based
economy, CEC asked youth to
become self reliant by exploring the natural resources available in the region and taking
benefits of the Government
sponsored schemes.
CEC urged the youth to
participate in farming activities
by using scientific know-how.
"It is only due to the efforts and
initiatives taken by LAHDC
towards saving fragile eco-system and using responsible
methods of eco-tourism, the
Secondary School, Leh
bagged the 1st position,
Ladakh Public School, Leh
and Govt. Middle School, Leh
bagged 2nd and 3rd positions
Republic Day was also celebrated at all Sub-Divisional,
Tehsil, Block and Naibat Head
quarters of Leh where despite
severe cold; a large number of
people attended the function.
Earlier in the morning,
LAHDC CEC, Rigzin Spalbar
unfurled the tricolor at Council
Secretariat, Leh in presence of
a large number of Councilors.
Similarly all political parties
unfurled the tri-colour in their
respective offices to mark the
Trinley Dorjey on January 26, 2015 at
Congratulating the whole Buddhist
population of Himalaya in general and
the LBA, Leh in particular besides
management of Ladakh Buddhist
Vihara Bodhgaya for completion of
the Vihara, CEC further mentioned
that the project highlighted the vision
of LBA, Leh.
Expressing regret over his absence
from the inauguration ceremony,
Spalbar hoped for the continuation of
blessings and guidance of Gyalwang
Karmapa Urgyen Trinley Dorjey with
such noble endeavours in future.