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Centre, state govt working for development of Assam, says PM Modi

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Dhemaji (Assam) [India], February 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the Centre and Assamese government are working collaboratively for the development and balanced growth of the state, adding that the previous governments have been giving neglecting the region.
“Centre and Assam government working collaboratively to develop State infrastructure and provide balanced growth which is one of the major factors of this development was Assamese infrastructure. Despite the State having great potential, former governments gave it ‘sautela’ (step-motherly)treatment by overlooking development in various sectors, PM Modi said as he inaugurated various projects in the Silapathar and Dhemaji in poll-bound Assam.”
Accusing the governments that ruled India for decades since Independence for neglecting Assam and North-East, he said, “Despite having sufficient power in the North Bank, previous governments have had a step-motherly behaviour with this area. Be it connectivity, hospitals, educational institutes, development, these were not visible in the priorities of the previous governments. Sabka saath, sabka vishwas, sabka vikas. Our government has been working on this mantra. Sarbananda’s govt has eradicated this discrimination.”
“This is my honour that I have had the opportunity to visit Dhemaji and meet all you people for the third time. Every time, the belongingness and the blessings of these people drives me to work harder for Assam and North-east and do something new,” the Prime Minister said as he assured that he will visit Assam and other poll-bound states as many times as possible before elections are announced.
Recalling his trip to the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, he said: “I had said then that the North -East will become the new engine of India’s growth. Today, we are witnessing this vision in front of our eyes.”
The work on the Bogibeel bridge, which has been waiting for a long time, has been swiftly completed by our government. The Broad Gage railway line in the North Bank was also delivered after our government came in power.
The Prime Minister also informed that the second Kaliabhomora Bridge on the Brahmaputra will increase connectivity here (Assam) and work related to this is going on at a quick pace and the work on four lanes of national highways is also being done quickly.
“Assam has everything that is enough for every Assamese. We just need to ensure that the double-engine of development that is already in place is strengthened. I assure the people of Assam that the speed of development will be increased,” he said as he addressed a massive gathering after dedicating to people, inaugurating and laying the foundation of a slew of projects worth over Rs 3,300 crore.
He further informed that energy and education infrastructure worth Rs 3,000 crores has been gifted to Assam, adding that projects such as engineering colleges, refineries, tank farms and gas compression stations will strengthen the state’s identity in terms of education and energy.
“Assam’s tea, tourism, handloom and handicraft will strengthen the State’s self-reliance,” he remarked.
The Prime Minister dedicated INDMAX Unit at Indian Oil’s Bongaigaon Refinery, Oil India Limited’s Secondary Tank Farm at Madhuban, Dibrugarh and a Gas Compressor Station at Hebeda Village to the nation. He also inaugurated the Dhemaji Engineering College and laid the foundation stone for Sualkuchi Engineering College.
Later, he will inaugurate several railway projects in Hooghly, West Bengal.(ANI)

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Former ‘Dinamalar’ editor R Krishnamurthy passes away, Javadekar expresses grief

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New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI): Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Thursday condoled the demise of R Krishnamurthy, former editor of Tamil daily ‘Dinamalar’.
“Saddened to hear the demise of R Krishnamurthy ji. His contribution was instrumental in making Dinamalar, one of the most popular Tamil Dailies. Deep condolences, may God give strength to his family to bear the loss. Om Shanti,” Javadekar said in a tweet.
Krishnamurthy, a renowned epigraphist, passed away at the age of 88 on Thursday morning. He had played a pivotal role in simplifying the Tamil script. He is survived by his wife K Rajalakshmi, two sons and two daughters.
Dinamalar was founded in 1951 by TV Ramasubba Iyer and Krishnamurthy had joined it in 1956.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary and former Karnataka minister CT Ravi also expressed his condolences on Krishnamurthy’s death.
“Pained to learn about the sad demise of Thiru R Krishnamurthy, the former editor of popular Tamil daily Dinamalar. Fondly known as RK, Thiru Krishnamurthy published many papers and books on Tamil script, epigraphy and numismatics. I pray for the Sadgati of His Soul. Om Shanti.” he tweeted. (ANI)

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Immediately release, implement socio-economic survey report, Siddaramaiah tells Karnataka CM

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 4 (ANI): Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday demanded that the State Government should immediately release and implement the recommendations of the Karnataka Permanent Backward Classes Commission’s socio-economic survey report.
“Karnataka Chief Minister’s (CM) decision to constitute a high-level 3 member committee, to study the reservation demands is nothing but an attempt to buy time and mislead people for political gains.”
“If CM had an honest intention to permanently resolve the issues surrounding reservation demands, he should immediately release the social and economic census report and implement it,” he added.
He also asked the Karnataka State Government to demand from the Central Government that it extend the cap for total reservation.
“The demand to change the reservation category for various castes can be permanently resolved only by increasing the total reservation limit. CM of Karnataka should place this demand immediately in front of the Central Government.”
“The ongoing reservation issue is the result of Karnataka BJP and RSS’s cruel political game. The people of Karnataka will teach BJP a lesson,” he added. (ANI)

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Three Bengal celebrities, one BJP leader join TMC

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 4 (ANI): Three Bengali celebrities on Thursday joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) ahead of the forthcoming Assembly polls.
Singer Aditi Munshi, who is also the wife of North 24 Parganas Trinamool Youth Congress president Debraj Chakraborty, joined TMC at the party headquarters in Kolkata in the presence of the veteran leader and MP Sougata Roy.
Earlier today, actor and film director Dheeraj Pandit and actor Subhadra Mukherjee joined the TMC here.
Also, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Usha Chowdhury changed camp and joined TMC along with the actors.
Elections for the 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal will begin on March 27. The state is set to witness eight-phase Assembly polls this year. (ANI)

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SNC-Lavalin case: ED summons scribe who filed complaint against Vijayan

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Kochi (Kerala) [India], March 4 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday served a notice to journalist TP Nandakumar and summoned him to its Kochi office in connection with the SNC-Lavalin corruption case in Kerala.
ED has asked Nandakumar to reach its office at 11 am on Friday with evidence related to the SNC-Lavalin corruption case in which Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was one of the accused.
In 2006, Nandakumar had filed a complaint with the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) against Vijayan, current Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Issac, and Communist Party of India (Marxist) polit bureau member MA Baby.
Vijayan was accused of allegedly hatching a criminal conspiracy while he was serving as the Electricity Minister of Kerala from May 1996 to October 1998.
Vijayan and other senior executives of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) — former Power Department secretary K Mohanachandran and former joint secretary A Francis — were accused of allegedly awarding the contract for renovation and modernisation of few hydroelectric projects to a Canada-based company SNC-Lavalin at exorbitant rates.
However, the CBI court acquitted Vijayan and Kerala High Court withheld the decision due to lack of evidence against him. A plea against his acquittal by CBI is still pending in the Supreme Court. (ANI)

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Kanwarias start yatra from Lucknow to Lodheshwar Mahadev Temple in Barabanki

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 4 (ANI): In view of the Maha Shivaratri on March 11, devotees of Lord Shiva in Lucknow have started the Kanwar Yatra to the Lodheshwar Mahadev Mandir in Barabanki district where they will pay obeisance and offer Ganga water.
Lodheshwar Mahadev Mandir, an age-old temple of Lord Shiva, is located in Mahadeva village in tehsil Ram Nagar on the banks of river Ghaghra.
Speaking to ANI, Manoj, a Kanwariya said that many changes have taken place in the Yatra since Yogi Adityanath came to power in the state.
“At first, we were not allowed to have DJs with us during the yatra but now we have been given the permission to do so,” he said.
This is the first time the route of the yatra is via Hazratganj, Lucknow where the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha is located.

Totu Mahant, another Kanwariya said, “With Yogi Adityanath becoming the Chief Minister, the Kanwar yatra has become hassle-free as he is himself a mahant and understands the significance of the yatra.”
Maha Shivaratri, which translates to the greatest night of Shiva, is one of the most celebrated festivals across the country.
It celebrates the marriage of the lord of destruction Shiva — with the goddess of fertility, love, and beauty — Parvati, who is also known as Shakti. (ANI)

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Delhi HC directs IB Ministry to act against non-NBSA channels for reports on actor Rakul Preet in drug case

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New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI): Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to take action against media channels that are not members of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) if and were found to have violated Cable TV Networks Act in broadcasting content relating to actor Rakul Preet Singh.
A single-judge bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh has sought the status report and listed the matter for further hearing on May 20.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has filed an affidavit through advocate Ajay Digpaul whereby it informed that NBSA has passed 10 orders in respect of the complaint filed by actor Rakul Preet.
These orders relate to action taken by NBSA news reports/programmes telecast by 13 TV channels.
The ministry also informed the Court that they are examining the representation of the petitioner.
The court was hearing actor Rakul Preet’s petition seeking an interim direction to the respondents to ensure that the media does not broadcast any programme or publish, print or circulate any article or write-ups relating to her in the drugs case.
The actor has alleged that the media has continued their slander campaign by not only re-broadcasting and reporting the earlier falsehoods but attributing statements to her during the investigation which she never made.
The petition was filed by advocates Aman Hingorani, Shweta Hingorani and Himanshu Yadav.
Rakul Preet’s name surfaced in a drug-case related to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. (ANI)

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