Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the Sarhad Vikasotsav in Dhordo, near the Pakistan border, on Thursday. On the occasion, he spoke about the development and security of Kutch and other villages in remote border areas of the country.
Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to hold festivals for marginal development wherever there are borders in the country. “Kutch and Bhuj had developed during Modiji’s tenure. The development has also made the border of Kutch more secure. It is a good thing to get a posting in Bhuj today, which was earlier considered a punishment. I am glad to see the development of Kutch. The awareness of border security is also needed among border sarpanches,” said the Home Minister, addressing the sarpanch of the three border districts of Gujarat: Kutch, Patan and Banaskantha.
Shah continued by saying, “Maa Ashapura has been blessing the border. The Diwali festival begins in Gujarat from today. Let’s move forward in the new year on the path towards development. I have come to Kutch after years. We remember the terrible earthquake. I had arrived just the day after the quake, which was a horrible sight at the time. Everything was shattered, nowhere intact. It was said that Bhuj would never recover. But seeing the new look of Kutch is satisfying. Once again, people have made their homes luxurious.”
Speaking about the development of border villages and how it can make the areas secure, Shah said, “Today, the Rann Utsav has become a centre of attraction. Such a program will be held on all the borders of the country. The purpose of such marginal development festivals is to provide for citizens living in border villages, to make facilities like the kind Delhi and Mumbai do available here. There will be several events in the coming days. Until each person living on the border is awakened, our borders will not be secured. You people here are the watchdogs of the border. You carry out responsibilities like the BSF and ITBP.”
Shah further said that national security is a priority and BSF personnel are able to respond to even the world›s biggest force with open eyes and chests. The union minister also addressed earlier attacks on the border, saying that, at present, the country›s response to the enemies of the country is jaw-dropping.
Home Minister Shah’s visit is a part of the Border Area Development Program (BADP) in Gujarat.
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Kerala HC stays Vijayan govt’s order regularising temporary staff in public sector companies
Kochi (Kerala) [India], March 4 (ANI): Kerala High Court on Thursday stayed the state government’s order regularising the services of temporary staff in self-governing institutions.
The court considered six petitions including that of the Public Service Commission (PSC) rank holders against the government order.
Earlier, the state government had issued an order to regularise the temporary staff who have 10 years of experience in various institutions. The high court stayed the actions initiated on the order which are yet to be completed.
However, the court stated that its stay order is not applicable if the government has completed the procedures related to regularisation.
The court stated the matter for a detailed hearing on all six petitions on March 12. The high court made it clear that no further actions should be taken on this matter until further hearing in the case.
The petitioners had alleged that the government is giving placement to people of their choice in public sector companies, corporations, and boards while many PSC rank holders are waiting for appointments. (ANI)
Sadananda Gowda inspects HURL plant in Gorakhpur, UP CM expresses gratitude
Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 4 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday expressed gratitude to Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Sadanand Gowda for investing Rs 8,000 crores in the Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Limited (HURL) plant.
“It is a matter of pride for all of us that Union Minister Sadananda Gowda has come to inspect the Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Limited (HURL) plant. We thank him for investing Rs 8,000 crores in the project,” said Adityanath via videoconference.
Gowda inspected the under-construction HURL plant where he was accompanied by Adityanath. After his visit, the Union Minister said that there was a plan to start the fertilizer factory in July this year.
Gowda said that right now India is importing 80-90 lakh mega tonne of fertilizer. “India’s total consumption is 320-330 lakh metric tons. The Prime Minister’s vision is that imports should be minimised. Therefore, in 2016 the cabinet allowed five fertilizer units to be restarted. It also included HURL.”
“Today, when I landed in Gorakhpur, I was surprised. The development that has taken place is extraordinary. I congratulate the CM for doing this in a short span. What could not be achieved in the last 70 years, has been done in 4-5 years,” said Gowda.
While addressing the joint videoconference, the chief minister further said: “In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone so that the farmers of the country can get fertilizer in the country itself. For one year, the country has been struggling with COVID-19, but despite that the progress of its construction work is satisfactory.”
“Railway Ministry and Fertilizers Ministry has fully supported this. Sadanand Gowda also took full care of the goals that are being given for the benefit of the farmers due to the Prime Minister, “he added. (ANI)
Delhi man cooks up story to mislead cops after accidentally shooting himself
New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI): A man accidentally shot himself in the knee and then cooked up a story of being shot allegedly by two bike-borne men in Delhi on Wednesday.
The man, identified as Sujeet Kumar, aged 30 years, and a resident of Indira Enclave, lives with his wife and a 10-year-old son and works as a driver in Saket.
A PCR call was received on March 3 at 10.50 am at Police Station Neb Sarai regarding a firing incident at the Indira enclave. “The accused complained that when he was smoking a cigarette at the corner of a park near his house when two boys came on a bike and on a petty issue followed by an argument shot him in his left knee and flee from the scene,” said Atul Thakur, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South Delhi.
The victim is being treated at the trauma centre and is out of danger, he added.
Speaking to ANI, DCP said, “During the investigation, it was noticed that the victim was not answering the questions straight and was diverting the issue. The eye-witness at the mentioned spot did not notice any firing incident or sound. Also, no blood could be discovered at the alleged spot.”
The victim was examined again at AIIMS Trauma Centre where he disclosed that he allegedly had a fight with the neighbouring boys namely, Sumit, Arjun and Vicky 15 days back.
“On sustained interrogation and examination the boys disclosed that the victim was carrying a pistol which he had showed to them in the morning. After he took the pistol inside the room, he and his wife came out with a bullet injury on his knee. When they offered help, the victim refused,” Thakur said.
The victim’s wife was finally traced from a relative’s house.
“She disclosed that her husband had accidentally fired himself from the pistol that he had acquired from a friend or relative. She did all this at the instance of her husband to save her husband,” DCP added.
The pistol was recovered from the scooter of her relative where she was herself hiding too.
Sujeet (victim) has been previously involved in two cases of murder and another under the Arms Act case of 2016 in Ghaziabad district. He had also remained in custody in Dasna jail.
FIR has been lodged against him under the Arms Act and further investigation is underway. (ANI)
BNS Prottoy Commander meets Western Naval Command Chief in Mumbai
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 4 (ANI): Commanding Officer (CO) of Bangladesh Navy Ship BNS Prottoy Captain Ahamed Amin Abdullah met Vice Admiral RB Pandit, Chief of Staff of the Western Naval Command on Thursday as part of the Bangladesh Navy ship Prottoy’s visit to Mumbai from March 2 to March 4.
The CO of Bangladesh Navy ship also laid a wreath at Sea Monument “Gaurav Stambh” within the Naval Dockyard premises in Mumbai.
“Captain Ahamed Amin Abdullah Commanding Officer (CO) of Bangladesh Navy Ship BNS Prottoy accompanied by Assistant Defence Advisor, High Commission of Bangladesh called on Vice Admiral RB Pandit, Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command Headquarters,” tweeted the Indian Navy.
“BNS Prottoy on return passage to Bangladesh from Abu Dhabi, UAE is currently visiting Mumbai from March 2 to March 4. The CO also laid a wreath at the ‘Gaurav Stambh’ – a monument to commemorate Victory at Sea, at Naval Dockyard Mumbai,” further read the tweet. (ANI)
Indian Army along with NGO inaugurates bakery to provide employment to women in J-K’s Rajouri
Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], March 4 (ANI): The Indian Army in collaboration with a non-governmental organization (NGO) has inaugurated a bakery to provide employment to women in Kalakote village in Rajouri district.
The bakery was inaugurated on Wednesday in collaboration with the NGO Aseem Foundation.
The 63 Rashtriya Rifles came up with the project to help create employment for women of the under-developed and remote area and help them become self-reliant and improve their standard of life.
The women were trained for 21 days starting from February 8 to February 28 and during this period they were provided with practical knowledge about the bakery operation and baking techniques of several items like cakes and cookies.
“We were provided training for 21 days, in which we learned to bake cakes and cookies of several types. We really thank the NGO and Indian Army for helping and guiding us during the process,” said Saroj Bala, a baker.
Speaking to ANI, Mehak Khurshid, a teacher at Aseem Foundation said, “It is a great experience in teaching other women such tasks through which they can stand up on their feet and be financially independent. We really thank Indian Army for supporting us through the way.”
“During the training period, we taught them to bake a banana cake, walnut cake, dry cake, bread, a famous Maharashtra’s sweet named “Naan Khathai”, and coconut cookies,” Khurshid added.
Expressing gratitude towards the Indian Army, another baker, Khalida Parveen said, “It is a great opportunity provided by the Indian Army. They stood behind us like a backbone and we will be always thankful for the effort they have put in for us.”
The initiative is a small part of the overall effort of the Indian Army towards women empowerment in order to enable them to seek better job opportunities and to make them capable of initiating their own ventures and become self-reliable.
The Municipal Committee Chairman and the general public of the village conveyed their gratitude for this enterprising initiative for the positive engagement of the unemployed women to pursue a line of a profession with better opportunities. (ANI)
Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel inoculated in 2nd phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive
New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI): As second phase of vaccination of COVID-19 is underway in India, Union Tourism and Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel on Thursday took the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
“I trust the visionary leadership, scientist, indigenous vaccines, doctors and healthcare workers of this nation. I received my first dose of vaccine at AIIMS Delhi today,” Patel tweeted.
Several other union ministers and politicians have also received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the second phase of the world’s largest vaccination drive.
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi and appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated.
Following the PM, several Union Ministers, including Amit Shah, S Jaishakar, Jitendra Singh, also received their first vaccine jabs.
India commenced its second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive to inoculate people above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities against the coronavirus from March 1. (ANI)
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