27 November 2014
Home Minister to roll out E-visa facility for 43 countries
Visitors from over 40 countries including Israel, Palestine, Germany and the US, will be able to avail of the much-awaited electronic visa facility. Russia, Brazil, Thailand, UAE, Ukraine, Jordan, Norway and Mauritius, among others, would be getting the e-visa facility in the first phase. All the 12 countries currently enjoying the visa-on-arrival facility, including South Korea, Japan, Finland, Singapore, New Zealand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos will also come under the E-visa facility. However, the facility will not be available to people from countries like Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Somalia. An official said, it would be a historic occasion for the tourism sector and launching of e-visa system for so many countries would boost the industry. In order to get an e-visa, one would need to apply on the designated website along with the required fees.
More than 15-year-old vehicles not permitted to ply in Delhi
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has held that all vehicles which are more than 15 years old would not be permitted to ply on Delhi roads. A bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, passed the order saying that it is unquestionable that air pollution of the National Capital Territory is getting worse with each passing day, and it only projects the very dismayed state of affairs with clear indication that worst is likely to follow. The bench directed the concerned authorities to take appropriate steps in accordance with law, including seizure of the vehicles, wherever such vehicles of this age are noticed.
WB to procure agricultural machines for farmers
The West Bengal government has launched a scheme for procuring big agricultural machines and tools for small and marginal farmers. Under the scheme the Government will give maximum 24 lakh rupees financial grants as subside to the Self Help Group, farmer organizations and Co-operative Societies for purchasing big agricultural equipments. These include Harvesters, Tractors, Transplanters, Seed drills and others. As these costly equipments are not affordable to purchase for the small and marginal farmers, as per scheme Self Help Groups, Co-operative Societies and farmers organizations will give those agriculture equipments on rental basis. The aim of the scheme is to reach modern farming facilities to small and marginal farmers to increase productivity.