The Ministry of Surface Transport has set up a Computerised Information and Facilitation Counter in the Parivahan Bhawan Complex to facilitate dissemination of information on various schemes/procedures. Forms and applications can also be obtained from the counter, which will remain open on all working days. The phone no. available at the counter is 3719955.

    Besides, the Ministry has set up its website (www.nic.in/most) in which information on the policies and projects are available.

    National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has revised prices of Oxytetracycline Hcl to Rs. 1100/- per Kg. and Oxytetracycline Amphoteric to Rs. 1560 per Kg. and has fixed the price of Carbamezapine at Rs. 3800 per Kg. These price revision/fixation have been carried out by conducting fresh cost price studies based on the data of the major manufacturers in each case.

    Oxytetracycline is a broad based spectrum antibiotic drug while Carbamezapine is used in the treatment of epilepsy. The revised notified price shall be effective within fifteen days from the date of the notification in the Official Gazette.

    The 18th National Nutrition Week is being celebrated from 1st to 7th September, 1999 on the theme "Preventing Malnutrition Among Children Under Two Years". The objective of selecting this theme for the National Nutrition Week celebration this year is to sensitize people on various factors leading towards child malnutrition and also to empower them to take care of their child’s nutritional needs by adopting proper child caring practices and also to deal with child malnutrition.

    Studies have shown that the most critical period of childhood is the first two years when malnutrition is found to be the maximum. This is the time of rapid growth and development, including brain development, among children. Therefore, malnutrition during this period has serious long lasting consequences like high child mortality, impaired brain growth, low I.Q. and sometimes life long disabilities, low productivity etc. Nearly 50% of pre-school children are malnourished, 60-70% of them suffer from nutritional anaemia and nearly 30% of children are born with low birth weight. Further, a good percentage of women suffer from chronic energy deficiency and also malnutrition and anaemia during pregnancy.

    As infants feeding practices are one of the important determinants of child malnutrition, awareness generation on the nutrition care of the children is very important. The mothers and other family members need to be made aware about the following important issues in child care :a) Breast Feeding : Early initiation of breast feeding within one hour of birth is important as this ensures better lactation as well as colostrum availability to the infants which is considered to be the first immunization of the child. Colostrum is rich in anti-bodies which safeguard the child from infections. Colostrum also contains high quality proteins and is very rich in Vitamin’A’ which is required for the child’s growth during the first few days of life, b) Exclusive Breast Feeding : Exclusive breast feeding for the first 5 months fulfills all the nutritional requirements of the child for his growth and development and c) Complementary Feeding : All children need complementary foods after 5 months as the breast milk alone cannot meet the nutritional requirements of the fast growing child. These complementary foods can be prepared at home with cereals like wheat, ragi, bajra and rice after roasting and powdering.

    The National Nutrition Week is being celebrated since 1982 by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Department of Women and Child Development, every year from 1st to 7th September, enlisting cooperation of the concerned sectors of the Centre and State Governments and other organisation. Awareness about various aspects of food, nutrition, health, hygiene and sanitation, the magnitude of various forms of malnutrition and their consequences along with the ways and means of preventing the same is one of the prime requirement of improving the nutrition of the people. During National Nutrition Week the efforts for creating Nutritional awareness among the people are intensified by all concerned. Thus, teaching the mother and other members of the family and making them understand that the child requires adequate food and care for proper growth and development and how this could be done in simple methods without additional burden on the budgets of the family or their time is the objective of the National Nutrition Week celebrations.

    As against 5145 companies under liquidation during 1997-98, more than 52 companies were taken into liquidation and 160 companies wound up finally leaving 5037 companies under liquidation at the end of 1998-99.

    Of these, 1565 companies were under Member’s Voluntary winding up, 606 under Creditors’ Voluntary winding up, 2853 under winding up by courts and 13 companies under winding up subject to supervision of courts.

    The Chief Commissioner Disabilities, has initiated yet more steps to ensure that the mandatory provisions relating to reservation for persons affected with disabilities, is implemented in letter and spirit. Necessary instructions stipulating all departments/autonomous institutions/local bodies of Government of Delhi to furnish a certificate while filling the requisition for recruitment through Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB), have been issued. The UPSC and several State Staff Selection Commissions have also been suggested to work out similar arrangements to ensure the compliance of the provisions.

    The need to initiate these steps arose as in recently advertised 3000 posts of teachers, the Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) Delhi, had not earmarked 3 per cent mandatory reservation for the physically handicapped and the Chief Commissioner Disabilities had to intervene to seek the necessary rectification.

    The All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 1982=100 for the month of July, 1999 has increased by 4 point to stand at 424 (four hundred and twenty four).

    The All India Consumer Price Index Number for July, 1998 had increased by 12 points.

    The Rise/Fall in the index varies from centre to centre. In 51 centres the increase in index was noticed between 1 to 21 points, in 9 centres it remained constant and in 10 centres it recorded a decrease of 1 to 4 points when compared to previous month.

    The point to point rate of inflation, based upon the CPI-IW has decreased from 5.3 per cent in June, 1999 to 3.2 percent in July 1999. In July 1998 it was 14.8 per cent.

    The index in respect of six main centres for July, 1999 stood at the following level:-

1. Ahmedabad 425
2. Bangalore 405
3. Calcutta 433
4. Chennai 445
5. Delhi 479
6. Mumbai 470

    In Bihar, 5 lakh and 5 thousand hectares of land has been affected by floods and heavy rains during this year (upto August, 1999), of which one lakh 91 thousand hectares are cultivable land. Damage to crops is estimated at about Rs.20 crore. About 14 thousand 500 houses have also been damaged. Total number of houses damaged is estimated to cost Rs.9 crore. In addition to this, damage to public utilities is estimated to the tune of Rs.11crore and 12 lakhs in the State.

    In all, total damages to crops, houses and public utilities caused by the floods and heavy rains in Bihar, so far, this year are estimated over Rs.40 crore.

    Shri K.R. Narayanan, the President of India, presented the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 1998-99, the Arjuna Awards 1998, the Dronacharya Awards 1998 and the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy, 1997-98 here today. Sushree Uma Bharti, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports & Women and Child Development was present on the occasion.

    The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award this year has been awarded to the Athlete, Ms. Jyotirmoyee Sikdar. The Award carries a cash amount of rupees 3,00,000/- besides a scroll of honour and a medal. The Award instituted in 1991-92 is given for the most spectacular and outstanding performance by a sports person in a year.

    The Dronacharya Awards have gone to Shri G.S. Sandhu, the boxing coach and to Shri Hargobind Singh Sandhu and Shri Bahadur Singh, both athletics coaches. The Award carries a cash prize of Rs. 2,50,000/-, a statuette of Dronacharya and scroll of honour.

    Dronacharya Award was instituted in 1985 to honour eminent coaches who have successfully trained sports persons or teams and enabled them to achieve extraordinary results in international events during the three years preceding the awards. This award is also given to those coaches who have made a life time contribution towards the sports

    The Arjuna Awardees this year are: Ms. Neelam J. Singh (athletics); Ms. Rachita Mistry (athletics); Capt. Siri Chand Ram, VSM (athletics); Shri S.D. Eshan (athletics); Shri Paramjit Singh (athletics); Shri T.V. Pauly (body building); Shri N.G. Dingko Singh (boxing); Shri Rahul Dravid (cricket); Shri Nayan R. Mongia (cricket); Shri Baichung Bhutia (football); Ms. Pritam Rani (hockey, women); Smt. S. Omana Kumari (hockey, women); Late Sh. S. Surjit Singh (hockey),the prize was received by Shrimati Chanchal Surjeet Singh, his wife; Shri Baljit Singh Dhillon (hockey); Shri Mohd. Riaz (hockey); Shri Baldev Singh (hockey); Shri M.K. Kaushik (hockey); Shri Narender Singh (judo); Shri Ashan Kumar (kabaddi); Shri Biswajit Palit (kabaddi); Ms. Shoba Narayan (Kho-kho); Ms. Roopa Unnikrishnan (shooting); Shri Manavjit Singh (shooting); Shri Bhanu Sachdeva (swimming); Shri S. Raman (table tennis); Shri Satisha Rai (weightlifting); Shri Kaka Pawar (wrestling); Shri Rohtas Singh Dahiya (wrestling).

    In the physically handicapped category the Arjuna Award winners are Ms. Anju Dua (Gymnastics) and Ms. Rajini Ramanujam (Athletics).

    The Arjuna Award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1,50,000/-, a bronze statuette of Arjuna and a scroll of honour. The Arjuna Award was instituted in 1961 to honour outstanding sportspersons. The Awards are given every year for consistently excellent performance at the national and international levels..

    The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy for the year 1997-98 has gone to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. This University had won this trophy last year also and received it for the 14th times since its inception. Apart from the main trophy, the University has also been given a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000 and a Replica of the Trophy. The cash prize is for the purchase of sports equipment by the university.

    The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy, instituted as a Running Trophy in 1956-57, is awarded annually to the University which has given best all-round performance in various sports competitions during the year.


    The Department of Bio-technology (DBT) released here today the first newsletter on Bio-technology to mark the Golden Jubilee of Hindia as Rajbhasha. The biannual newsletter being published in Hindi and English will be the first such magazine on Bio-technology to disseminate the advances being made in this area of genetic science. It will be widely circulated to research and academic institutions, bio-tech industry, NGOs, State Science and Technology Departments and socio-economic ministries

    At a function organised by the DBT on the occasion of Hindi fortnight, the importance of popularising science particularly bio-technology for the benefit of the common man was stressed. The Secretary, DBT, Dr. (Smt.) Manju Sharma underscored the need to bring to the notice of the society, the achievements and applications of bio-technology. Others who spoke on the occasion included distinguished scientists : Prof. P.N. Tandon, Prof. Asis Datta, Prof. Akhilesh Tyagi, Prof. Sipra Guha Mukherjee, Dr. Pradeep Seth.

    In their messages on the occasion of the release of the newsletter, the Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, underlined the importance of bio-technology in the fields of industry, agriculture, health and environment.

    The Government have conveyed its willingness to hold talks with the Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) within the framework of the Constitution of India following the announcement made by the BLT to suspend violent activities in view of the prevailing situation in the country.

    In a Statement issued by the BLT on 14 July 1999 through Tulunga Ramchaiary (Incharge, Publicity Wing, BLT) it was mentioned that the country was facing national and political crisis, which had been aggravated by the involvement of ISI and other anti-national organisations working against India’s sovereignty. A request was made in the statement to the Central Government to start a dialogue with the BLT to solve the Bodo problem. The Government of India welcomes the announcement made by the BLT.

    The Government have already made an open invitation to all groups in the North-East, including militant organisations, to come forward for talks to resolve the outstanding issues.