Odisha Assembly passed a resolution for establishing Legislative Council
The Odisha Assembly passed a resolution for establishing Legislative Council. The resolution was passed as it got support of 104 of the 147 members of the Assembly. The resolution now will be sent to Central Government (Union cabinet) for approval, following which it will be tabled in both houses of the Parliament. Thereafter, presidential assent is required to make it Act. The council will function as a permanent house and its two-third members will retire on every two years.
India and France signed implementation agreement on “Mobilise Your City”
India and France have signed an implementation agreement on “Mobilise Your City” (MYC) in the presence of Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Hardeep Singh Puri and Alexander Ziegler, Ambassador of France in India. MYC is part of an international initiative which is supported by the French and German Governments and was launched at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) meeting in December, 2015. Based on a proposal made by AFD in 2015, the European Union has agreed to provide funds of Euro 3.5 million through the AFD to contribute to specific investments and technical assistance components within the Mobilise Your City (MYC) programme in India. The MYC will support three pilot cities — Nagpur, Kochi and Ahmedabad — in their efforts to reduce their Green House Gas (GHG) emissions related to urban transport by implementing urban mobility plans at the local level and to help India at a national level to improve their sustainable transport policy. These three pilot cities will get technical assistance for planning and implementation of sustainable urban transport projects, strengthening institutional capacity for regulating, steering and planning urban mobility, and learn and exchange formats with other cities across India for exchanges on best practices.
ONGC finds oil, gas reserves in MP, WB
State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has made oil and gas discoveries in Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal that may potentially open up two new sedimentary basins in the country. ONGC had previously opened six out of India’s seven producing basins for commercial production. It is in the process of adding the eighth by putting Kutch offshore on the oil and gas map of India. ONGC had made a significant natural gas discovery in the Gulf of Kutch off the west coast a few months back.