THE HEADLINES ::
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches several key development projects worth 6,100 crore rupees in Kerala.
Prime Minister hands over indigenously designed and manufactured Arjun Main Battle Tank to the Army.
All Educational Institutions of higher learning in Uttar Pradesh to start normal operations from today.
India’s vaccine diplomacy garners praise from global media.
In Cricket; India to resume its second innings at the overnight score of 54 for one in Chennai test against England.
As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps —
Wear a face mask.
Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.
Focus on hand and face hygiene.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s first full-fledged international cruise terminal, Sagarika at Cochin Port and Marine Engineering Training Institute of Cochin Shipyard Ltd yesterday. The Prime Minister asserted that the Central government is undertaking all efforts to improve the tourism related infrastructure in Kerala. The Prime Minister noted the rise in local tourism due to pandemic related restrictions on the international travel. He said this is a great opportunity for added livelihood to those in the local tourism industry and deepening of connection between culture and youth. He called upon start-ups to think about innovative tourism related products. The Prime Minister noted the tourism sector in India has been growing well in the last five years. The Prime Minister pointed out that in the World Tourism Index ranking, India moved from the sixty fifth to the thirty fourth position. The Prime Minister hailed the support of the country’s citizens in fight against Covid-19 pandemic. Prime Minister unveiled several key development projects worth 6,100 crore rupees at INS Garuda Naval Air Station at Kochi in Kerala last evening.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said, these projects will energize the growth trajectory of India.
“Today we have gathered here to celebrate development. Development of Kerala and India. The works being inaugurated today cover a wide range of sectors. They will energise the growth trajectory of India.”
The Prime Minister said, India has the ability to rise to the occasion and contribute to the global good.
Amongst the projects inaugurated by the Prime Minister in Kerala yesterday include Propylene Derivative Petrochemical Project of Bharat Petroleum Corporation. Prime Minister said, Propylene Derivatives Petrochemical complex of Kochi Refinery, will help strengthen country’s journey towards being Atmanirbhar as it will save foreign exchange.
“This is one of India’s most modern refineries. Today, once again from Kochi, we dedicate to the nation: The Propylene Derivatives Petrochemicals Complex of the Kochi Refinery. This one project will help strengthen our journey towards being Aatmanirbhar.”
The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation the Ro-Ro Vessels at Willingdon Islands in Kochi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India has undertaken massive effort to become self-reliant in the defence sector. Handing over the indigenously designed and manufactured Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Army in Chennai yesterday he said, a tank made in Tamil Nadu will be used on the northern borders to keep the nation safe. It showcases India’s unity- Bharat’s Ekta Darshan”. The Prime Minister said, that the focus on making India Aatmanirbhar in the defence sector will keep moving at full speed. The tank has been indigenously designed and manufactured by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment of Defence Research and Development Organisation.
” I am proud to dedicate to the country one more warrior to protect our frontiers. I am proud to handover the indigenously designed and manufactured “Main Battle Tank Arjun Mark 1A”. It also uses indigenous, ammunition. Tamil Nadu is already the leading automobile manufacturing hub of India. Now, I see Tamil Nadu evolving as the Tank manufacturing hub of India.”
Prime Minister inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of several developmental projects worth over 8000 crore Rupees at Chennai in Tamil Nadu yesterday. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister asserted, these projects are symbols of Innovation and Indigenous development. Prime Minister said, Thanjavur and Pudukkottai will be specially benefited after the foundation for the extension, renovation and modernization of six hundred and thirty six kilometre long Grand Anicut Canal System was laid yesterday. It will improve irrigation facilities for 2.27 lakh acres of land in the delta districts. The Prime Minister lauded the farmers of Tamil Nadu for record food grain production and good use of water resources. He emphasized the need to remember the mantra of Per Drop More Crop.
“I want to appreciate the farmers of Tamil Nadu for record food grain production and good use of water resources. For thousands of years, this Grand Anicut and its canal systems, have been the life-line of the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu. The Grand Anicut is a living testimony to our glorious past. It is also an inspiration to our Nation’s “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” goals.”
Amongst the projects, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I extension, completed at a cost of 3770 crore rupees, and flagged off the passenger services from Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar. This 9.05 km long extension will link North Chennai with the Airport and Central Railway Station.
“We are inaugurating the nine kilometre stretch of the Chennai Metro Rail Phase One project. This would go from Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar. This project has been completed on schedule, despite the global pandemic. The civil construction activities were done by Indian Contractors. The Rolling stock has been procured locally. This is in line with the boost to Aatmanirbhar Bharat.”
Other projects inaugurated yesterday include, fourth Railway line between Chennai Beach and Attipattu, Railway Electrification of single line section in Villupuram – Cuddalore – Mayiladuthurai – Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai-Thiruvarur. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the Discovery Campus of IIT Madras.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Maharaja Suheldev Memorial and development work of Chittaura Lake in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh at 11 AM tomorrow through video conferencing. The event marks the birth anniversary of Maharaja Suheldev. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion.
The complete project will include installation of an equestrian statue of Maharaja Suheldev and development of various tourist amenities like cafeteria, guest house and a children’s park.
Maharaja Suheldev’s devotion and service to the country is a source of inspiration for all and with the development of this memorial site, the country will be able to get better acquainted with the heroic saga of Maharaja Suheldev. It would also further enhance the tourist potential of this site.
In Uttar Pradesh, all degree colleges, state, private universities and other educational institutions of higher learning will start normal operations from today. In a letter, UP Higher Education Department has asked all Vice-Chancellors and Directors of Higher Education of all the private and state universities to resume normal operations from today. State government had allowed all universities, degree colleges, and other educational institutions of higher learning to reopen with restrictions on November 23 last year.
“According to guidelines issued by higher education department, it will be mandatory for all teachers and students to wear face masks or face cover. social distancing will be followed by students sitting at a distance of six feet. All the institutes have to ensure sanitization, and thermal scanning in their campus.
The students, teachers or employee having symptoms of cough, cold or fever will not be permitted. And a person having symptoms of Covid 19, he will be asked for Covid testing immediately. Meanwhile Schools from class 6th to 8th have been reopened from 10th February and schools from 1st to 5th will reopen from March first. MS Yadav AIR News Lucknow.”
In Chhattisgarh, schools will reopen for the students of classes 9 to 12 from today. Physical classes in colleges will also start from today in the state. All educational institutions have been asked to follow Covid-19 SOPs all the time.
Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education has also released the date sheet for the class 10 and 12 board examinations. According to the date sheet, the class 10 board exam will begin on April 15, and class 12 board exams will begin on May, 3.