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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a webinar on roadmap for effective implementation of Union Budget 2021-22 in the infrastructure sector today.

Government makes FASTag mandatory on all National Highways.

Gujarat government extends night curfew in four cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot till the end of this month.

All Degree Colleges across Kashmir division reopen after eleven months; Huge attendance recorded.

Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja being celebrated in different parts of country today.

In Cricket, England need 429 more runs to win the second test against India with only 7 wickets in hand.

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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.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a webinar today on roadmap for effective implementation of Union Budget 2021-22 in the infrastructure sector. The webinar will witness a participation of more than 200 panelists including representatives of major financial institutions and funds, concessionaires and contractors, consultants and subject matter experts. The panelists will share their ideas on improving pace and quality of infrastructure development, with focus on advanced technology, and attracting more investments in the sector.

This will be followed by two parallel breakout sessions involving discussions between senior officials of groups of ministries and cross-sectional experts to compile a list of implementable projects to fast-track implementation of the budget vision and draft an implementation roadmap. Ongoing consultations have also been planned with stakeholders on implementation of the finalized strategy.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Maharaja Suheldev Memorial and development work of Chittaura Lake in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh at 11 AM today through video conferencing. The event marks the birth anniversary of Maharaja Suheldev. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will 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.

“The state government has decided to organise Maharaja Suheldev Jayanti samaroh across the state on the ocassion of Basant Panchami today. Principal secretary culture and tourism Mukesh Kumar Meshram told that all Divisional Commissioners and district magistrates have been instructed that Jayanti samaroh be organised on the Shaheed Smaraks and places of martyred of freedom movement. Functions will be organised in the presence of public representatives NSS, NCC, civil defence volunteers, scout and guides and eminent persons. In the evening lighting will be done on Shahid Memorials along with playing of Rashtra Dhun by police band. The Education Department has organised exhibition of books based on the life story of freedom fighters and Maharaja Suheldev at various Shaheed Smarak. Cultural and literary events commemorating Maharaja Suhel dev will also be organised on this occasion at universities, degree colleges and other educational Institutions. MS Yadav AIR News Lucknow .”

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation and lay the foundation of key projects of the oil and gas sector in Tamil Nadu tomorrow via video conferencing. He will dedicate to the nation the Ramanathapuram – Thoothukudi natural gas pipeline and Gasoline Desulphurisation Unit at, Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited, Manali. He will also lay the foundation stone of Cauvery Basin Refinery at Nagapattinam.

These projects will result in substantial socio-economic benefits and will boost the country’s march towards Urja Atmanirbharta. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan will also be present on the occasion.

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Government has made FASTag mandatory on the National Highways. All lanes in the fee plazas on National Highways were declared as FASTag lane midnight last night.

As per NH Fee Rules 2008, any vehicle not fitted with FASTag or vehicle without valid, functional FASTag, entering into the FASTag lane of the fee plaza will have to pay a fee equivalent to two times of the fee applicable to that category.

Speaking to AIR News, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Giridhar Aramane said, FASTags will prove to be benefical both to the passengers as well as to the toll management authorities.

“FASTag technology will change the way the country moves on its highways. Not only will it increase speed by significant reduction in wait time at toll plazas, but will also facilitate swift payment mechanism. The technology will help save significant amount of revenue loss to the toll management authorities by introducing a digital tab into the movement of vehicles at toll gates. This will also help in alleviating chances of human error and will ensure seamless movement to both passenger and freight vehicles. The Road Transport Ministry has also said that it will help the commuters save money by reducing fuel consumption wasted at the toll plazas. It said, this will also reduce significant amount of emission of air polluting gases from these vehicles during the wait time. A helpline number 1033 for grievance redressal of consumers has been put in place. Toll free customer care numbers of issuer banks have also been put in place. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi.”