Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Ministry of Home Affairs renames Visa on Arrival scheme to e-Tourist visa
Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has renamed Tourist Visa on Arrival-Electronic Travel Authorization scheme (TVoA-ETA) to e-Tourist Visa with effect from 15 April 2015. With this ambiguities faced by foreign tourists especially by scheme’s nomenclature VoA, presuming that they would be granted visa on arrival upon landing will be removed. MHA move comes after some of Indian embassies had requested to change the nomenclature of the scheme. A committee of officers from the External Affairs Ministry, MHA and Bureau of Immigration also had suggested renaming the scheme. Foreign tourists were confused with Visa on Arrival (VoA) scheme as other countries allowed tourist to land and then get visa.

FM transmission of Vividh Bharati launched
The popular ‘Vividh Bharati’ services of All India Radio (AIR) will now be available to listeners in and around Delhi on mobile handsets with the launch of FM transmission of the channel. Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley, who launched the FM transmission, also delivered a message to the listeners of the channel, saying Vividh Bharati services would reach people within a range of 60-65 km with much clarity at all times in all weather conditions. Vividh Bharati offers a mix of film music, skits, short plays and interactive programmes. It is known to have the largest collection of film and non-film songs in the country. Mobile applications of all channels that are livestreamed by AIR like Vividh Bharati, FM Gold, FM Rainbow, Urdu service and several regional channels, will also be made available.

Retail inflation drops to 3-month low of 5.17% in March
Easing of food prices, mainly milk and vegetables, pulled down the March retail inflation to 3-month low of 5.17 per cent. The retail inflation as measured by Consumer Price Index was 5.37 per cent in February, and 5.19 per cent in January. It was 8.25 per cent in March last year. To calculate the CPI, price data are collected from selected towns by the field operations division of NSSO and from selected villages by the Department of Posts.

BSF launches nationwide tele-medicine programme for troops

Border Security Force (BSF) launched nationwide satellite-based tele-medicine programme for its troops. The programme will address medical and health-related problems of its troops deployed in far-flung frontier areas and difficult regions in the hinterland in case of an emergency or illness. It will be operated and hosted from the BSF’s Kadamtala-based composite hospital in Siliguri, West Bengal. The full-time team of doctors at hospital will be connected with BSF posts along the Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangla frontiers. The hospital has been equipped with required technology including satellite phones and the VSAT platform to host the programme. BSF’s anti-Naxal operations units in Chhattisgarh and Odisha will also be linked with the same facility.