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Sthapana Diwas Udyaan has been inaugurated by Dr. N. Saibaba, Former Chief Executive, NFC on 08.06.2020. The programme was organized with limited invitees due to COVID-19 in which Group Heads of NFC and few representatives of NUFCOA, NFCSAA, NUFCOSSA and NFCIWU and officials from Administration have participated. During the entire programme social distancing was followed. Dr. Saibaba appreciated the achievements of NFC and he appreciated the excellent medical facilities available for the DAE employees in Hyderabad. Dr. Saibaba gave away the ‘Work of Excellence’ awards to the production and QA Groups for their remarkable contributions in plant management, especially in automation & mechanization and consistency in performance in production and recovery in Fuels, improvement in recovery and quality of fuel tubes and special tubes in Fuel Tubes Plant and improvement in QA activity management and drive for indigenous management of the systems in QA Group. On this occasion, plantation have been done by Dr. Saibaba and Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, CE, NFC and other Sr. Officials.

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Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chief Executive, NFC has participated in a societal development program organized by NFC Schedule Cast Rights Protection Society (NFCSCRPS) at Government Upper Primary School, Muktha Anatharam, Ghatkesar, Hyderabad wherein a number of NFC employees, Gram Sarpanch, ward members actively participated.

While speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive complimented the Headmaster and the Teachers for maintaining the school premises neat and clean and their efforts in academic excellence like encouraging students to participate in various science fairs, Mathematics and Swachhta Activities. He also lauded the various achievements of the school both in academic as well as extra–curricular activities. He exhorted the need of the hour is connecting with the villages and students of rural areas. He congratulated NFCSCRPS for taking up the initiative of educating the children by donating books / sports kits etc. Further, Chief Executive advised the gathering to emulate similar initiatives to cover more schools in such rural areas.

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Brief Description of Event: Nuclear Fuel Complex, a unit of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, as part of Swachhata Pakhwada during February 16-29, 2020, has organized 4 km Walkathon on and Swachhata Abhiyan at residential colony of Department of Atomic Energy.

On 28.02.2020 about 900 employees of NFC participated in 4 km Walkathon inside the NFC premises and took oath to keep the surroundings clean at office, residence and the colony and encourage others to practice Swachhata.

On 29.02.2020, Swachhata Abhiyan was carried out at residential colony of Department of Atomic Energy, Atomic Energy Central School-I&II and Colony Health Centre in which around 600 employees and 50 personnel of Central Industrial Security Force participated. Around 300 Children from Atomic Energy Central School has taken March with placards and slogans in the colony and took oath to keep their school, home and surroundings clean.

Huge waste of plastic and wild grass has been removed from the Colony premises and was handed over the Municipal Authorities for disposal.

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NFC is setting up Advanced Tube Manufacturing Facility (ATMF). The foundation stone was laid by Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC for commencement of civil works along with Bhoomi Pujan followed by tree plantation drive at ATMF site.

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The Automated Vision Based Inspection Facility for Appendages for Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor Fuel Bundles was inaugurated by Chief Executive, NFC on 27.02.2020.

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Nuclear Fuel Complex, a unit of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India has taken up Swachhata Abhiyan at Sri Ramalingeswhwara Devasthanam, Keesaragutta, Keesara, Hyderabad on 22.02.2020 as part of Swachhata Pakhwada during February 16-29, 2020. Officers, Supervisors and Workmen from NFC under the leadership of Shri D. Pramanik, Dy. Chief Executive (Fuels), NFC have participated in the Swachhata activity at the Keesara Temple premises and cleaned up the surroundings where large number of devotees have visited for Darshan during Maha Shivarathri on 21.02.2020. Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chief Executive, NFC visited the venue and motivated the employees to take up more such activities and adopt a village for improvement of the surroundings. Huge waste of plastic material and food discards have been collected from the premises by NFC Team and was handed over the Municipal Authorities for disposal. The event was reported by many Telugu, Hindi and English news papers.

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A consignment of tubes of Alloy 617 for Advance Ultra Super Critical (AUSC) power plant is flagged off by Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC on 28/01/2020. These tubes are developed and manufactured first time in India by NFC.

Alloy 617 is a very difficult material to work with due to higher strength, extremely high work hardening rate and sensitivity to heat treatment. NFC has successfully developed the thermo-mechanical processing and manufactured tubes with desired Mechanical, Metallurgical and Corrosion properties.

AUSC technology is an advanced coal based power generation system that operates at higher temperature 700 0C and pressure 300 kg/cm2 which will be most efficient coal-fired power plant in the world and will reduce CO2 emission by 20%. This is one of the giant steps by India towards fulfilling reduction of carbon foot print as a part of the Paris agreement - 2015 for climate change.

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71st Republic Day jointly celebrated by NFC, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Atomic Energy Central Schools (AECS) on 26.01.2020. Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC was the Chief Guest. He hoisted the National flag and addressed the gathering. Children of AECS presented speeches in English and Hindi and cultural programmes on this occasion. CISF and NFC Fire Service personnel demonstrated their skills on this occasion. Officers of NFC, representatives of various Unions and Associations of staff of NFC have participated in the Republic Day celebrations. A large number of employees, Colony Residents, students of AECS and CISF personnel also attended the programme.

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NFC & Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) has jointly celebrated the Birth Centenary of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, 2nd Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, on 07.01.2020. Shri M.B. Verma, Former Director, Atomic Minerals Directorate (AMD) was the Chief Guest of the celebrations. Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC, Rear Admiral Sanjay Chaubey (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, ECIL, Shri A.K. Bhatt, Additional Director, AMD and Shri D. Pramanik, Dy. Chief Eexcutive (Fuels), NFC shared the dais with the Chief Guest.

380 Students of Class XIII to X from 19 schools in the surrounding areas of NFC and ECIL participated in the competitions in Elocution, Drawing and Essay writing. The winners were presented with Certificates and Mementoes by the Chief Guest.

The Chief Guest and other dignitaries spoke about the invaluable contributions of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai in the Space and Atomic Energy and encouraged the students to take lessons from the life of Dr. Sarabhai.

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Shri K. Ramulu, Hon’ble Member, NCSC, New Delhi visited NFC on 30.12.2019 along with Dr. Sunil Kumar Babu, Director, NCSC and Shri K. Sairam, Co-ordinator, NCSC. Shri K. Ramulu was welcomed by Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, CE, NFC. Hon’ble Member had meeting with the NFC SC Rights Protection Society (NFCSCRPS) and later with NFC ST Employees Welfare Association (NFCSTEWA) along with Shri P. Raju, NFC SC/ST Liaison Officer and Shri C. Chinna Sailoo, NFC SC/ST Cell Officer and heard their grievances. Hon’ble Member had a meeting with NFC Management. He requested management to look into the grievances of the SC/ST Employees sympathetically and especially those representations of the family members of the deceased employees for compassionate appointment. Hon'ble Member also expressed satisfaction with NFC for various positive steps taken by the Management to protect interests of SC, ST employees in NFC. CE, NFC has stated that the cases brought in the discussions will be looked into within the framework of relevant rules on the subject and necessary steps will be taken soon to address those cases. Shri K. Ramulu and Dr. Sunil Kumar Babu were felicitated by various Associations and also by the Management. They also planted trees and garlanded the busts of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar near the NFC Main Gate.

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An open house meeting was conducted on 28.12.2019 with majority of the effluent vendors associated with NFC, Hyderabad for interactions and discussions on various aspects related to the effective disposal of effluents from NFC. The meeting was also attended by all the NFC officers associated with the topic.

At the start of the event, NFC officials made a brief presentation to the invitees, through which they were introduced to the various process activities being carried out in NFC, the effluents being generated, their specific generation rate, composition and the respective disposal methodologies. Effective measures for smooth disposal of effluents were discussed with special emphasis on adherence to the norms and safety practices laid down by Pollution Control Board. The vendors explained about the changing market trends, its impact on the disposal of the products made by them using the effluents of NFC, need for further controls on the quality of the effluents and also gave feedback on the bill settlement procedures.

NFC officials stressed on the need for adhering to continuity in the lifting of the effluents in order to sustain NFC’s targeted monthly and annual production, etc. The effluent lifters were also apprised of NFC’s future expansion plans and requested to explore possibilities of expanding their facilities also.

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Shri K.N. Vyas, Chairman, AEC & Secretary, DAE visited NFC on 16.12.2019. A Guard of Honour was presented to him by CISF at Sarathi Building. He paid floral tributes to the bust of Dr. N. Kondal Rao, unveiled the bust of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai and inaugurated New Conference Hall named after Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. He has interacted with the Sr. Officers of NFC. He has inaugurated the Fuel Tube Inspection system developed in-house and also the inaugurated the New Vacuum Arc Remelting Furnace. He visited production plants and clean room for Pressure Tubes. He also inaugurated the Sarabhai Vatika and interacted with the representatives of various Unions / Associations.

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Nuclear Fuel Complex organized 35th DAE Basketball tournament from 14th to 19th December, 2019 at Hyderabad. Eight DAE Teams participated in the tournament. They are Rameshwaram, Pushkar, Nagarjuna, Golconda, Ajanta, Ellora, Dwaraka and Konark. The matches were conducted by Telangana Basketball Association (TBBA). External observer was Shri Sanjay Singh from BARC-Vizag. The matches were played on League cum Knock out basis in two groups, then semi-finals and final.

New “Dr Vikram Sarabhai Basketball Court” was inaugurated by Dr. Dinesh Srivastava on 14-12-2019. Tournament opening ceremony was held on 15-12-2019. Chief Guest Dr. Dinesh Srivastava (Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC) declared the XXXV DAE Basketball meet open. The dignitaries present were Guest of Honour Shri Norman Isaac (Secretary - TBBA), Smt. Meena Ravindran (Chairperson - Organising Committee), Shri G.N.Ganesha (Chairman - Works Committee). Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. J. Vijay Rao (Chairman - Tournament Committee).

After the march past, oath taking ceremony was conducted. 1st inaugural match was played between Golconda (home team) Vs Rameshwaram (previous winners). Semi finals were played between Rameshwaram Vs Konark and Ajanta Vs Nagarjuna. Final was played between Rameshwaram Vs Ajanta. Rameshwaram Team won the final match by 41-35 in the neck to neck fight.

Valedictory function was organized immediately after final match. The chief Guest was Dr. Dinesh Srivastava (Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC) and Guest of Honour was Shri Hari Krishna Prasad (former National Basketball captain). Other dignitaries were Shri Anil Bali (Senior Commandant – Central Industrial Security Force), Smt. Meena Ravindran (Chairperson - Organising Committee), Shri G N Ganesha (Chairman - Works Committee), Shri D. Sreedhar (Chairman - Reception, Accommodation and Transport Committee) and Shri N Vijayaraghan (Dy Chief Executive (A & A), NFC), Dr. J. Vijay Rao (Chairman - Tournament Committee). Fair play award was given to Konark Team. Man of the Meet award presented to Shri Sankar from Rameshmaram team. Vote of thanks proposed by Shri Jagdish Ram Jat (Chairman, Sports Sub-Committee). Chief Guest declared the XXXV DAE Basketball Tournament closed. Retreat of the Tournament flag was handed over to Chief Guest. He handed over the Tournament flag to Ajanta Team manager. Basketball Tournament concluded with National Anthem.

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नाभिकीय ईंधन सम्मिश्र, परमाणु ऊर्जा विभाग, भारत सरकार में दिनांक 26 नवंबर, 2019 को सीएसआईआर-एनजीआरआई के तत्वावधान में नगर राजभाषा कार्यान्वयन समिति (नराकास), हैदराबाद (3) की छमाही बैठक का आयोजन किया गया।

मुख्य अतिथि नाभिकीय ईंधन सम्मिश्र, हैदराबाद के अध्यक्ष एवं मुख्य कार्यपालक डॉ. दिनेश श्रीवास्तव ने कहा है कि संविधान के अनुच्छेद 351 के तहत केंद्रीय कार्यालयों में राजभाषा के प्रचार एवं प्रसार का दायित्व केंद्र सरकार को सौंपा गया है। उन्होंने कहा कि केंद्र सरकार के कार्यालयों के पदाधिकारी होने के नाते राजभाषा अधिनियम, राजभाषा नियमों एवं राजभाषा विभाग द्वारा जारी वार्षिक कार्यक्रमों में निर्धारित लक्ष्यों को प्राप्त करने के लिए कार्यालय प्रमुख को आगे आना चाहिए और अपने कार्यालयों में हिंदी में नोटिंग एवं पत्राचार को बढ़ावा देते हुए अन्य पदाधिकारियों के लिए प्रेरणा स्रोत बनना चाहिए। कंप्यूटरों के प्रचलन में आने से हिंदी में काम करना अधिक सरल हो गया है। इसके अतिरिक्त संसदीय राजभाषा समिति की निरीक्षण प्रश्नावली पर भी विशेष कार्यशालाएँ आयोजित कर पदाधिकारियों जागरूक किया जा रहा है।

इस अवसर पर नराकास के अध्यक्ष एनजीआरआई के निदेशक डॉ.वी.एम.तिवारी ने नराकास (3) कार्यालय, हैदराबाद के प्रमुखों से अनुरोध किया है कि छ: माह में एक बार आयोजित की जाने वाली बैठक में अवश्य भाग लें ताकि राजभाषा के प्रयोग में हो रही क्रमिक प्रगति का ठोस जायजा लिया जा सके और भावी योजनाएँ तैयार की जा सकें। उन्होंने कहा कि सदस्यगण कार्यालय राजभाषा अधिनियमों एंव नियमों का प्रभावी कार्यान्वयन सुनिश्चित करें।

इस अवसर पर, श्री जयशंकर प्रसाद तिवारी, सहायक निदेशक, हिंदी शिक्षण योजना, हैदराबाद ने हिंदी के प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रमों और राजभाषा विभाग द्वारा जारी वार्षिक कार्यक्रम पर प्रकाश डाला और अनुरोध किया है कि अप्रशिक्षित पदाधिकारियों को उपयुक्त प्रशिक्षण दिलवाने हेतु सदस्य कार्यालय उपाय करें।

तत्पश्चात, सदस्य-सचिव, नराकास एवं वरिष्ठ हिंदी अधिकारी, एनजीआरआई श्री चि.वे.सुब्बाराव ने सदस्य कार्यालयों की छमाही प्रगति रिपोर्ट की विस्तार से समीक्षा की और राजभाषा के क्षेत्र में हुई प्रगति की प्रशंसा और कमियों को दूर करने का आग्रह किया। खास बात यह रही कि उन्होंने व्यक्ति से व्यक्ति की अभिव्यक्ति कर, हर कार्यालय के रिपोर्ट की विस्तृत चर्चा की।

इस बैठक में सदस्य कार्यालयों के प्रमुखों, राजभाषा पदाधिकारियों, नाभिकीय ईंधन सम्मिश्र, हैदराबाद के राजभाषा कार्यान्वयन समिति के वरिष्ठ सदस्यों, श्री एन. विजयराघवन, उप मुख्य कार्यपालक (प्रशासन एवं लेखा), श्री श्रीराम एस., मुख्य प्रशासनिक अधिकारी ने भाग लिया।

प्रारंभ में श्री एच.सी.तिवारी, उप निदेशक (राजभाषा), ना ईं स ने सभी का स्वागत किया और श्री सैयद इरफान अली, सहायक निदेशक (राजभाषा), ना ईं स ने सभी के प्रति धन्यवाद ज्ञापित किया।

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November 2019 was observed as Quality Month at NFC during which several lectures by eminent speakers were organized. As part of Quality month celebrations, competitions like quiz and slogan writing were conducted to create Quality Awareness among the employees. A customer meet was also organized on 22nd of November, 2019 wherein representatives from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) participated. Technical talks from speakers of NFC and NPCIL were organized.

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CISF Unit, NFC has organized a Workshop on 'Cyber Security and Social Media Awareness' in NFC on 18.11.2019. Shri S. Harinath, Additional Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda, Telangana delivered lecture on the importance of Cyber Security and Awareness on the usage of Social Media. He has given several practical examples of Cyber attackers and their modus operandi and also precautions to be taken on the usage of social media. Employees and CISF personnel attended the Workshop in larger numbers.

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Dr. Ajit Kumar Mohanty, Director, BARC visited NFC. Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC welcomed him and presented him the Guard of Honour by CISF. After briefing Dr. Mohanty about the activities of NFC including the Kota Project, he was taken to various plants for showing production processes and facilities as well as the latest developments carried out. A newly installed, state-of-the-art, automated, fuel bundle inspection facility was inaugurated by him. Later, he also inaugurated another new garden named ‘Shaktipunj Udyaan’ in which about 400 officer and staff planted tree-saplings along with him and CE, NFC. This is a part of the ongoing efforts of NFC, as an ISO organization, to replace the trees being removed from the NFC premises due to need for maintaining cleanable surroundings in the plant areas.

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Vigilance Awareness Week 2019 was celebrated in NFC from 28/10/2019 to 02/11/2019. The theme was "Integrity – A way of life". On this occasion pledge was taken by all the staff of NFC on 28/10/2019. To create more awareness, various competitions like Essay Writing Competition (Integrity-A way of life), Quiz, Extempore Speech, Cartoon/Poster drawing and Slogans were conducted. These competitions were held in Telugu, Hindi and English languages. Prizes were distributed to the winners during valedictory function on 07/11/2019. Dr.Upender Vennam, IPS, Chief Vigilance Officer, Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited & Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad was the Chief Guest for the Valedictory Function and delivered key note address on the topic of "Understanding Integrity and Vigilance".

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"Cancer Screening and Awareness Programme" for women employees was organized in NFC in association with KIMS Hospitals on 29-10-2019 to commemorate "International Breast Cancer Awareness month".

The programme was inaugurated by Smt. Meena Ravindran, Dy. Chief Executive (FT, M-ZFG, EPC, ISO & HR), Shri G. Prasad Rao, Executive Advisor to CE, NFC and Smt. K.S. Lakshmi DGM (MI & MT) and President Womens forum. 50 women employees had attended the programme and undergone screening tests.

Smt Meena Ravindran while addressing the gathering, she told that the similar programmes organized by NFC in the past helped NFC employees in taking care of their health when need arise. Shri G. Prasad Rao inaugurated the Mamography examination van. He advised all the participants to utilize the opportunity to clarify the long pending doubts about good health. Smt. K.S. Lakshmi inaugurated Pap smear examinations. Dr. J. Vijay Rao, Chief Medical Superintendent (OHC, ZC & Kota) welcomed the guests and briefed about the programme details.

Dr. Vasundhar, Consultant Obs & Gynaecologist, spoke on the subject. She mentioned the probable causes, types, signs and symptoms of the cancer. She also informed diagnosing methods and treatments.

After the talk, employees had Interactive session with speaker and it was very much encouraging. Vote of thanks proposed by Dr.Suresh Kumar, Senior Medical Officer, NFC. All the women employees who have attended the programme were subjected for BP checkup, GRBS, Pap smear and Mammography.

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On the occasion of Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and also part of Swachhata Hi Seva (SHS) a programme was held at NFC on 02.10.2019. The theme of this year's SHS 2019 is "Plastic Waste Management". The focus point of the campaign is massive shramdaan for plastic waste collection and effective recycle and / or disposal of collected waste.

Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Distinguished Scientist, Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC garlanded the bust of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and spoke about the importance of Swacchata and encouraged the employees to keep their working premises neat and clean and avoid single usage plastic. He has also mentioned that the single usage of plastic has to be avoided even at home.

On this occasion, Dr. Dinesh Srivastava participated in the cleaning campaign and destroying of single use plastics along with the employees. The programme was attended by Shri N. Vijayaragavan-DCE (A), Smt. Meena Ravindran-DCE, Shri D. Sreedhar, Dy. Chief Engineer, Shri M.R.S. Prasad, GM, Shri Sriram S, CAO and employees of NFC. The busts of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar were garlanded by the dignitaries and also Employees.

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दिनांक 17/09/2019 को नाभिकीय ईंधन सम्मिश्र, हैदराबाद में 'हिंदी दिवस समारोह' का आयोजन किया गया। अतिथि वक्ता के रूप में डॉ.एस.एन.चतुर्वेदी, प्रमुख, पीएमएसजी, परमाणु खनिज अन्वेषण एवं अनुसंधान निदेशालय, हैदराबाद को आमंत्रित किया गया। श्री चतुर्वेदी ने “नाभिकीय ईंधन चक्र में पखनि की भूमिका” विषय पर अपना सारगर्भित व्याख्यान दिया। इस अवसर पर एनएफसी के विभिन्न संयंत्रों/अनुभागों से भारी संख्या में अधिकारी एवं कर्मचारीगण उपस्थित थे। कार्यक्रम में भारत सरकार के माननीय गृहमंत्री श्री अमित शाह और परमाणु ऊर्जा विभाग के सचिव श्री के.एन. व्यास के संदेशों का पठन किया गया। कार्यक्रम की अध्यक्षता डॉ. दिनेश श्रीवास्तव, मुख्य कार्यपालक, नाईंस द्वारा की गई। कुल मिलाकर हिंदी दिवस समारोह हर्षोल्लास के साथ सफलतापूर्वक संपन्न हुआ।

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Nuclear Fuel Complex organised the 36th DAE Safety and Occupational Health Professionals Meet during August 21-23, 2019 at Homi J Bhabha Convention Centre, NFC, Hyderabad in coordination with Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).

The Theme of the Meet was "Effective Management of Operational Experience towards Enhanced Industrial Safety & Effective Management of Medical Emergencies at Work Place". Unit Heads and Group Heads of various units of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and more than 400 Delegates from various DAE units spread across India participated in the Meet.

Shri G. Nageswara Rao, Chairman, AERB was the chief Guest for the Meet. During the inaugural session, he has emphasised on the importance of learning from incidents for zero incidents. Shri D.K. Shukla, Executive Director, AERB, briefed about the themes of the Meet and its relevance to the industry.

The message from Shri K.N. Vyas, Chairman (AEC) and Secretary (DAE) was read out by CE, NFC. Shri Vyas, in his message, stressed upon importance of learning from accidents and utilization of this experience for enhancement of safety and wished that DAE will become role model for other industries to emulate good safety and health practices.

Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC explained about the importance given to safety and health as well as several measures undertaken during the last two years that helped in achieving zero accident status in different units of NFC. He also elaborated the measures taken for disposal of different kinds of wastes accumulated over several years to improve safety in the work areas.

AERB Industrial Safety Awards - 2018 under different categories were presented to the winning units by Chairman, AERB. NFC - Zirconium Complex received the award for fourth time since its inception. Monographs on the themes and poster on construction safety, fire safety and safety posters were released during the programme. Smt Sheela, Deputy Chief Executive (Safety), NFC proposed the vote of thanks.

Over 40 technical papers (including poster presentations) on safety and health were presented during the three day programme. All the authors / speakers were honoured with mementos & certificates. All the Speakers of technical presentations were facilitated with memento and certificates. Chairperson and Co-Chairperson were also facilitated with memento.

Shri T.E.C. Vidyasagar, former Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories, A.P and Expert Member, State Chemical Emergencies Crisis Group, Govt of Telangana delivered the prestigious Dr S.S. Ramaswamy Memorial Endowment Lecture on "Effective Management of Occupational Experience Towards Enhanced Industrial Safety".

A parallel session on occupational health was conducted separately wherein 13 papers were presented on medical emergencies at workplace due to various issues faced at different workplaces in different work environment. It was attended by over 30 Medical Officers & Certifying Surgeons from various Institutions of DAE.

Various vendors put up Safety exhibition stalls for displaying their products and were well viewed by delegates.

Various competitions such as Meet Logo, safety Poster and safety slogans were conducted on this occasion. Students of Atomic Energy Central School of Hyderabad and staff of various DAE units participated in these competitions. Prizes to the winners of these competitions were given away by Dr. Dinesh Srivastava.

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Special Tubes Inspection Facility is an exclusive area with Clean Room conditions for carrying out the various QC operations of special tubes of different types of nuclear reactors available in India. Shri G Nageswar Rao, Chairman (AERB) had inaugurated the New Special Tubes Inspection Facility in presence of Shri D K Shukla (Executive Director, AERB) and Dr. Dinesh Srivastava (CE & Chairman-NFC). Special Tubes QC operations include various activities such as Eddy Current Testing, OD & ID Visual Inspections and Dimensional Inspection of Various Critical Tube Products such as PHWR Pressure Tubes & Calandria Tubes, PFBR & FBTR Hexcans and BWR Square Channels.

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A safety Training cum exhibition hall has been made by Safety Engineering Division (SED) with the help of Civil Engineering Division (CED), near the main gate. Various personal protective appliances, such as helmet, variety of safety shoes, gloves, goggles full body harness etc. along with safe practices especially for works at height and civil works are displayed in it.

A safety Training Kiosk has been provided at the hall to assess the understanding of safety aspects of visitors / workmen before issuing safety pass for carrying out the work through a question answer session.

A 55” LED screen with computer has been provided to educate the visitors about safety, with pictorial displays on the wall and with mannequins wearing various safety gadgets.

The hall was inaugurated on 22.08.2019 by Shri G. Nageswara Rao, Chairman, AERB in the presence of Dr Dinesh Srivastava, Chairman and Chief Executive, NFC, Shri Dinesh Shukla, Executive Director, AERB and Smt. Sheela, Dy Chief Executive (Safety). Shri I. Kiran Kumar, GM (Safety) briefed about the facilities. The program was well attended by group heads of NFC.

The hall will be used for displaying various personal protective equipment and also for training / briefing to visitors, apprentices, employees, outsourced personnel etc. on safety.

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In line with Swachhata Abhiyan initiative of Government of India, NFC has taken up different initiatives for the same. Continuing the trend, a new garden “Swatantrata Udyan” was inaugurated by Shri G. Nageswara Rao, Chairman (AERB) along with tree plantation during his visit to NFC.

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As a part of contribution to the government’s initiative to utilize solar power and to reduce the consumption of conventional power, NFC have installed a Roof Top Solar Power Unit of 8 Kilo Watt Peak (kWp) Capacity to cater to the lighting loads. The solar power plant was inaugurated on 19.08.2019 by Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chairman and Chief Executive, NFC in the presence of Smt. Sheela, Dy. Chief Executive (Safety). The program was well attended by all group heads and staff.

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73rd Independence Day jointly celebrated by NFC, CISF and AEC Schools on 15.08.2019. Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC was the Chief Guest and hoisted the National flag. Children of AECS-1&2 presented speeches and cultural programmes. Joint Demonstration was held by CISF and NFC Fire Service & Medical personnel. Sr. Officers, representatives of various associations of NFC viz. NUFCOSSA, NFCSAA & NUFCOA have participated in the Independence Day celebration. A large number of employees, Colony Residents, students of AECS 1&2 and CISF personnel attended the Independence Day programme.

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The Graduation function of the 18th batch of BARC Training School NFC, Hyderabad OCES: 2018-19 was held on 02-08-2019 at the conference hall of Gurukul. Smt. Meena Ravindran, DCE, NFC gave the welcome address. Shri M.B. Verma, Director (Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration & Research) addressed the august gathering as Chief Guest and presented the Homi Bhabha Prizes to the toppers of individual Engineering Disciplines. Shri Srijon Guha (Chemical Engg.), Shri Meher Manoj Ausali (Electrical Engg.), Shri Shantanu Vaswani (Mechanical Engg) and Shri Adarsh Patel (QA Engg) received the award. Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chariman NFC Board and Chief Executive, NFC spoke during the occasion and distributed the certificates to the passing out Training School Officers (TSO). Shri Jagadish Nageshri, GM (Heavy Water Board) advised the TSOs about their future career prospects in DAE during his address and also welcomed the fresh batch of TSOs. Shri H.R.Ravindra, GM(HR) & Head BARCTS, NFC presented the annual report about the activities of the Training School during the past year. In all 19 TSOs graduated from the 18th Batch and 24 TSOs joined the incoming 19th batch for OCES: 2019-20.

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Health Education Programme was organized by Medical Services section of NFC in association with HRD section on 19-07-2019 to commemorate “Occupational Health Day” which is celebrated on 9th July every year.

165 employees attended the programme in 2 batches. The programme was inaugurated by Shri G.Prasada Rao , Executive Advisor to CE, NFC and graced by Smt. Sheela, DCE (Safety) and Jawed Rasheed, SM (HRD).

Shri G.Prasada Rao in his address explained and emphasized the importance of Health Education Progamme. Smt Sheela while addressing the gathering, she told that the Health Educations Programmes organized by medical Services in the past helped NFC employees in taking care of their health when need arises and also praised about the CHSS scheme which is implemented at Hyderabad. She applauded the achievement made by OHC i.e. achieving 100% medical checkup attendance with the cooperation of all the employees. Sri Jawed Rasheed, SM (HRD) informed that this time HRD received overwhelming response for registrations to attend Health Education Programme which is highest response in the history of HRD. Dr. J. Vijay Rao, CMS (OHC, ZC & Kota) briefed about the programme details.

Dr. Arun Kumar Lingutla, Consultant Medical Oncologist, spoke on Cancer Awareness, preventive aspects and latest treatment modalities available. Dr. K. Ratnakar Rao, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon gave a talk on Prevention of Backache and Update in Orthopedics and latest surgical procedures. Dr.Uday Kumar, Director NIN, spoke on Good Nutrition for Good Health and importance of life style management. Dr.J.Vijay Rao spoke on importance & prevention of occupational health diseases. Interactive session with speakers was very encouraging and all the participants were actively involved in it.

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A bust of Dr. N. Kondal Rao, First Chief Executive, NFC, is installed at lawns opposite to “Saarathi” building in NFC. On the eve of 95th Birth Anniversary of Dr. N. Kondal Rao, the bust is unveiled by Shri K. Balaramamoorthy, former Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC in the presence of Dr. Anil Kakodkar, [Member(Atomic Energy Commission) & Former Chairman(Atomic Energy Commission) & Secretary (Dept of Atomic Energy)] and Dr. Dinesh Srivastava [Chief Executive, NFC]. The programme is attended by Smt. N. Mahalakshmi, wife of Dr. N. Kondal Rao along with her two sons & grandson and offered floral tributes. The programme is also attended by Shri R.N. Jayaraj [Former Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC], former Dy. Chief Executives and representatives of various Associations, viz. NFCIWU, NUFCOSSA, NFCSAA and NUFCOA in addition to large number of employees.

The event has also given press coverage by Telugu daily news papers (Eenadu, Andhra Jyothi, Namaste Telangana and Sakshi) and English daily news papers (The Hindu and The Hans).

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121 IPS probationers undergoing training at Sardar Vallabbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad have visited NFC on June 25 & 26, 2019 for familiarization of activities of NFC. The team also includes probationers from Nepal and Bhutan. Shri C. Phani Babu, DCE (NFC-K) briefed the IPS probationers about the activities of NFC on 25.06.2019 and Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, CE, NFC addressed the IPS probationers on 26.06.2019. Shri P.P. Kelkar, SO/G, BARC, Mumbai has made a presentation on the activities of BARC and Shri Shashikant, AIG(CISF) has briefed on the security architecture of DAE Installations. The IPS probationers were also briefed about the security arrangements. After the briefing, a short film on the activities of NFC was screened for the participants followed by visit to different plants of NFC, STF / Rakshak Building, CISF Control Room and NFC North Gate. Shri Anil Bali, Sr. Commandant(CISF- NFC) coordinated and compeered the visit of the IPS probationers.

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NFC conducted two programs on International Yoga Day 2019.
1) Yoga practice session from 06:30 to 08:00 hrs.
2) Half day Seminar on “Yoga Technology for Fitness” by Dr A L V Kumar Reddy.

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NFC has celebrated World Environment Day (WED) 2019. As a part of it, NFC conducted a half day seminar on 04.06.19. The seminar was preceded by organizing various competitions viz., Quiz, essay writing and poster painting, etc., which were conducted for raising the environmental awareness of the employees. Banners were displayed at key locations for wider reach and badges highlighting the WED theme "Beat the air pollution" were distributed to all the employees. The program was presided by Chairman and Chief Executive, NFC and Commissioner, GHMC as the Chief Guest. The seminar also included invited talk by four eminent speakers specialist in the field of Environment pollution control.

In his key note address, Commissioner, GHMC Sri Dana Kishore, IAS delivered an inspiring and engaging speech on citizen's engagement in reducing the pressure on environment. He emphasized how an individual can serve the community in their locality by participating as a volunteer for bringing social & behavioural change towards reducing pollution and appropriate waste disposal.

Smt Kalpana Ramesh, Environmental activist gave a presentation on importance of the ground water reservoirs & route map for revival of lakes in and around Hyderabad. Smt Medha Naniwadekar, Environmental activist of Team 'Fenko Matt' gave a presentation focusing upon reduction of litter which is thrown away casually by people. She emphasise on efforts towards bringing a behavioural change by educating the people on how to properly dispose waste and asking them to stop throwing litter in public places. Dr Lakshni Narayana Raju, CEO, Khar Energy Optimiser delivered talk on role of water hyacinth towards reduction in carbon footprint.

Dr T. Srinivas, Vice President (Tech), M/s Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited highlighted the measures taken up by M/s Ramky in tackling the various aspects of pollution. Prizes were distributed to the winners of the competitions. The program ended with tree plantation inside NFC near the BBTP Canteen premises.

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NFC Day 2019 was celebrated on 01.06.2019 to commemorate the manufacture of first PHWR fuel assembly in NFC on 08.06.1971. Dr. A.K. Bhaduri, Director, IGCAR was the Chief Guest and Shri C.K. Asnani, CMD, UCIL & Dr. Mervin Alexander, Joint Secretary (I&M), DAE Mumbai were the Guests of Honour on this occasion. A short film depicting the various developmental activities carried out at NFC and the Swatchata Abhiyan in the year 2018-19 was screened before the august gathering. Former Chief Executives Shri K. Balaramamoorthy and Shri G. Kalyanakrishnan along with many retired Dy. Chief Executives participated in the celebrations and were felicitated on this occasion. Representatives of various Associations viz. NFCIWU, NUFCOSSA, NFCSAA and NUFCOA participated in the celebrations along with large number of employees.

Dr. A.K. Bhaduri has appreciated the key role being played by NFC in the Department of Atomic Energy and informed the gathering the number of collaborations between NFC and IGCAR. Dr. Mervin Alexander has expressed his pleasure in participating in NFC Day celebrations and explained in detail about the Happiness. Shri C.K. Asnani appreciated the remarkable achievements of NFC and stressed upon the important link between UCIL and NFC.

Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, CE, NFC in his speech informed the gathering about the achievements of NFC and also the future activities to be taken up by NFC for expansion and increase in the production and productivity.

Work of Excellence Awards for the contributions made by various groups of NFC were given away by the Chief Guest and Guests of Honour.

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A fully automated high-speed Pilger-mill EPCPM-50-C-8 supplied by M/s Danieli & C Officine Meccaniche SpA, Italy is installed & commissioned successfully at Stainless Steel Tube Plant of NFC. This mill has several advanced features like Planetary gear design for reciprocating motion for better balancing at higher speeds, Servo drives for shell feeding & turning for infinitesimally adjustable feed & turning angle, Motion control based real time electronic synchronization of eight mechanisms with main roll-stand position, State of the art computerized Human Machine Interface (HMI) with extensive information for operation & maintenance, etc., Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC inaugurated the Pilger-mill on 23.05.2019 in the presence of representatives of M/s Danieli, several senior officials of NFC & staff of SSTP. The event marks an important milestone in augmenting the plant capacity for production of Steam Generator tubes of upcoming 700MWe PHWRs.

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The technical lecture was delivered by Shri P. Puthiyavinayagam, Director, RDG & ESG, IGCAR. The topic was "FBR Energy Systems: Experience, Challenges & Path Ahead". The lecture outlined the Indian FBR programme by giving a glimpse of experiences in operating the Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR), challenges faced in developing the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) and path envisaged for the future Fast Breeder Reactors (FBR).

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NFC Works Committee has organized cultural programme on 17.04.2019 from 1800 hrs to 2100 hrs at Dr. Homi J. Bhabha Convention Centre, near ECIL X Road. All employees have been invited to attend the programme along with their family members.

Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC was the Chief Guest and Shri G. Prasada Rao, DCE (A), NFC was the Guest of Honour.

Bharata Natyam ballet has been performed by the disciples of Smt. Geeta Ganeshan of UC Performing Arts. Orchestra team from Sangeet Sagar have entertained the audience with old melodies and latest songs as per the requests.

The programme was well attended by Sr. Officers of NFC, representatives of various Associations, viz. NUFCOA, NFCSAA, NUFCOSSA and NFCIWU and large number of employees along with their family members attended the cultural programme. All the Guests were provided with snacks and dinner.

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NFC has observed the National Fire Service Week. During the week Banners & Posters were displayed at various locations. Fire Tender with crew made a round in all the plants and DAE colony for awareness to the public.

Various awareness competitions were conducted. The fire safety quiz, poster, slogan (Hindi, Telugu, English) and Essay (Hindi, Telugu, English) competitions were conducted for employees. Rescue cum pump drill & Breathing Apparatus set wearing drill competitions were conducted for fire service employees. Hose laying drill competition was conducted for CISF employees. The fire safety quiz, poster, slogan (Hindi, English) and Essay (Hindi, English) competition was conducted for students of Atomic Energy Central School.

Valedictory function was held on 15th April. Dr. Sunil Tonpe, GM(WS,FS&AS) welcomed & deliver speech about significance of fire service week to the gathering. Shri Sudhir Kumar Sharma, DCFO has given brief report on Fire Service activities during the year 2019. Shri S. Kiran kumar President, NFCSSA, gave attractive speech on fire safety. Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC gave key note address and distributed the prizes for the winners of various competitions. Shri G.B. Devikar, SO/D was felicitated and Shri Raju Tawne, SO/B1 proposed vote of thanks.

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128th Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. B.R. Ambedkar has been celebrated by NFC. Dr. J.B. Raju, Indian Information Service (Retired) & State president for SC Sena and Managing Director, Ambedkar Satellite TV was the Chief Guest, Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chairman & Chief Executive, NFC was the Guest of Honour. Dr. J.B. Raju, the Chief Guest, spoke extensively on the life and contributions of Bharat Ratna Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and reiterated that Dr. Ambedkar should be treated as National Leader and not a Dalit Leader.

Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, CE, NFC spoke about the contributions of Dr. Ambedkar and informed the Association Members to educate the students from the villages and encourage them for higher studies and get equal opportunity for employment. Representatives of various Associations Viz. NFCIWU, NUFCOSSA, NFCSAA, NUFCOA and NFC ST Rights Protection Society spoke about the contributions of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. Employees in large numbers have participated in the Celebrations

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National safety day was celebrated with much fanfare in Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad on 12.03.2019, 1430 hr at the auditorium in Sarathi building. The theme identified by National Safety Council for the year 2019 is "Cultivate and Sustain Safety Culture for Building Nation".

On the eve of the celebrations, various safety competitions like slogan and essay writing in Telugu, Hindi and English; drawing of poster, safety quiz and spot the hazard contests were organized by Safety Engineering Division for the persons working in NFC. More than 400 persons participated in these competitions.

About 225 employees and senior officials and group heads attended the safety day function. Representatives of employees, viz., S/Shri K.Raja Reddy, President, NFCIWU; P.V.Divakar, President, NUFCOSSA; Tejavath Peekla, President, NFCSAA; M.R.S.Prasad, Vice President, NUFCOA; Smt Sheela, DCE(Safety) addressed the gathering about the safety culture, and benefits of ensuring safety in the work place. While speaking, the employees of NFC were congratulated for working without reportable accident during the year 2018 which was a first since inception of NFC, the speakers also cautioned the employees against complacency and the need for doing the works safely even in the absence of supervision. Chairman and Chief Executive Dr Dinesh Srivastava delivered key note address and stressed about the pain to persons and their families due to accidents, need for efforts by line management for identification and elimination of hazards, training, supervision and work towards "Vision Zero Incidents at the Work Place". Prizes were distributed to the winners of various safety competitions. The programme was concluded with the rendering of national anthem by all participants.

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World over International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th. On this day, Nuclear Fuel Complex appreciates the act of courage, determination exhibited by Women and who have contributed in bringing about a change.

A talk by Dr. Vasundara Cheepurupalli, KIMS Hospital was organized on 8th March, 2019.

Dr. Vasundara Cheepurupalli, DGO, DNB, MRCOG (UK) is a Consultant Gynecologist & Obstetrician, Fellow in Minimal Access Surgery, Certified Menopause Practitioner, Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeon (Youngest Robotic Surgeon in India).

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Press coverage of Handing over of One Millionth PHWR Fuel Bundle on 25/02/2019.

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Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), Hyderabad, in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has been organizing an International Conference every three years on “Characterization and Quality Control of Nuclear Fuels (CQCNF)” since 2002. The 6th edition of the Conference was held during December 5-7, 2018 at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad. The Theme of the Conference was “Characterization of Nuclear Fuel for enriched Quality, Performance and Safety”. The Conference provided an excellent platform across global nuclear arena to discuss the present practices, recent developments and future trends in the areas of nuclear fuels for water cooled reactors. In addition to the huge participation from various DAE units, there was an overwhelming response from the internationally and nationally acclaimed organizations like Cameco, Canada; JSC NAC, Kazatomprom, Republic of Kazakhstan, IAEA, Vienna, M/s. CREMER Thermoprozessanlagen GmbH, Germany, M/s. GEA Courtoy, Belgium & M/s. Mechelonic Engineers, Mumbai, M/s. Plansee India High Performance Materials Pvt.Ltd., Bangalore, M/s. Therelek Engineers Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore etc. The conference was graced by Dr. Srikumar Banerjee, Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission as the Chief Guest, Shri. M. B. Verma, Director, Atomic Minerals Directorate as the Guest of Honour and Former Chairman and Chief Executives of NFC like Dr.Chaitanyamoy Ganguly, Shri. R. N. Jayaraj and Dr. N. Saibaba. There were 13 Plenary Talks given by experts in the field of Nuclear Fuel Fabrication, 15 Invited Talks, 32 Oral Presentations and 26 Posters.

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Electron Beam Melting (EBM) is utilized in purification of refractory and reactive metals for various applications of national importance. NFC is having very old low power EBM furnaces. Now, BARC and NFC together designed a high power (300 kW) Electron Beam Melting Furnace (EBMF). Total system was built indigenously with state of the art technology. It is installed and commissioned at NFC. The EBMF was inaugurated by Honorable President of India, Sri Ram Nath Kovind on 15th May 2018. The furnace has been tested for melting of Zirconium alloys and Niobium metal up to 280 mm diameter and one meter length. With this facility India has become the fourth country in the world to possess high power electron beam melting technology. This is excellent example of Make in India and self-reliance.

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Dr Dinesh Srivastava, Distinguished Scientist has assumed charge of Chief Executive of Nuclear Fuel Complex with effect from 01/02/2018. In this capacity he will also be Chairman of NFC Board.

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