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Centre’s policies will ensure India becomes hub for seafood exports: PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the Central government’s policies will help India in becoming a hub for seafood exports. He also mentioned that the Centre is encouraging the use of the latest technology that will help the fishermen to navigate waters.

While addressing an event of key development project launches in Kerala via video-conferencing, the PM said, “Today we are celebrating Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s birthday today. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had a special relationship with the coasts of India. On one hand, he built a strong navy, on the other, he worked hard on coastal development and the welfare of fishermen. We are continuing this vision.”

“India is investing in the blue economy. We value the efforts of our fishermen. Our efforts for the fishermen community are based on more credits, increased technology, top-quality infrastructure and supportive government policies. Fishermen now have access to Kisan Credit Cards,” he added.

The Prime Minister also said that a fish harbor has been announced in Kochi in Union Budget 2021-22. “We are encouraging the use of the latest technology that will help them navigate the waters. Work is underway to modernize the ports they use. The government policies will ensure India becomes a hub for seafood exports,” he said.

PM Modi also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of key projects of power and the urban sector in Kerala via video conferencing. He inaugurated Pugalur-Thrissur Power Transmission Project, Kasaragod Solar Power Project and Water Treatment Plant at Aruvikkara and laid the foundation stone of Integrated Command and Control Centre at Thiruvananthapuram and Smart Roads Project.

The PM said that Indian cities are engines of growth and powerhouses of innovation. “Our cities are seeing three encouraging trends — Technological development, favourable demographic dividend, increasing domestic demand. To further our growth, we have the ‘Smart City Mission’. The integrated command and control centres are helping cities in better urban planning and management,” he said.

“Kochi smart city has already established its command centre. Thiruvananthpuram is getting ready for its own control centre. Under the mission, the two Kerala smart cities—Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram have made significant progress. Till date, the two smart cities in Kerala have 27 projects worth Rs 773 crore that have been completed. Works on 68 projects worth almost Rs 2,000 crore are in the pipeline,” he added.

Development and good governance do not know caste, creed, race, gender, religion or language, PM Modi said. “Development is for everyone. This is the essence of ‘Sabaka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’. Development is our aim, development is our religion. I seek the support of the people of Kerala so that we can move forward to realise the shared vision of togetherness and development,” he added.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri were present on the occasion.

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An NGT bench headed by its chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed Central Monitoring Committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and the Chief Wildlife Warden, Madhya Pradesh to look into the grievance in the present application and take remedial action in accordance with the law.
The tribunal was hearing an application moved by one PG Najpande seeking for fixing accountability for the death of an elephant by electrocution and to protect the lives of 40 elephants in Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh.
The applicants have stated that on November 28, 2020, one elephant lost its life by electrocution in the forest area of Bargi, village Mohas, District Jabalpur on account of a high voltage trap with high voltage over-loaded power lines.
Apart from the death of one elephant, there is a danger to the lives of 40 wild animals in the forest of Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh.
The tribunal noted that a Central Monitoring Committee has been constituted by the MoEF&CC to coordinate with the elephant-bearing States on the issue of the safety of elephants in elephant protection zones. (ANI)

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Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) [India], February 27 (ANI): Vice Admiral Atul Kumar JainFlag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Eastern Naval Command(ENC), before relinquishing his command, called on Biswabhusan Harichandan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Chief Minister of the state YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Vice Admiral met Chief Minister at CM Camp Office at Vijayawada on Friday.
The FOC-in-C briefed the Governor and Chief Minister on the forthcoming activities of the Navy i.e. the President’s Fleet Review and MILAN 2022 a multinational exercise, both major naval events being hosted in the City of Destiny.
Jain also apprised them of the various security challenges and impetus to various infrastructure projects of ENC. (ANI)

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“So far, 72 bodies and 30 human body parts have been recovered from different places in the avalanche hit areas out of which 40 bodies and one human body part have been identified,” said Chamoli district police.
DNA samples of bodies which have not been identified are being preserved.
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DNA samples of 110 family members of missing people, 58 bodies and 28 human body parts have been sent to Forensic Science Laboratory in Dehradun for matching, it said.
Meanwhile, the rescue and search operation for missing people is underway. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel along with National Disaster Response Force and other sister agencies have been conducting search and rescue operations in Chamoli district.
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New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): A 17-year-old boy was admitted to AIIMS Trauma Centre on Friday after being beaten up and stabbed by three boys in the Kalkaji area when he objected to them following his sister and passing indecent remarks.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several union ministers also extended birthday greetings to Yediyurappa, wishing him a long and healthy life.
“Greetings to Karnataka CM @BSYBJP Ji on his birthday. Yediyurappa Ji is one of our most experienced leaders, who has devoted his life towards the welfare of farmers and empowering the poor. Praying for his long and healthy life,” PM Modi tweeted.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal lauded the Chief Minister’s efforts to transform the lives of farmers in the state.
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Born on February 27, 1943, BS Yediyurappa, now 78, was first elected to the lower house of the Karnataka Legislature in 1983 and has since represented the Shikaripur constituency seven times.
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He is the first person from the Bharatiya Janata Party to become the Chief Minister of a south Indian state and the first Chief Minister to present a separate agricultural budget. (ANI)

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Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], February 27 (ANI): Union Minister Piyush Goyal has assured Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel of reimbursing pending food subsidies worth Rs 4,832 crores
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He also requested the Union minister to reimburse pending food subsidies for the year 2019-20 and 2020-21 of Rs 5214.97 crore.
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Chhattisgarh Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey and Food Minister Amarjeet Bhagat also accompanied the chief minister during the meeting. (ANI)

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