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‘Finding opportunities in a pandemic’, Hardik Agarwal, Director of Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon on they ensured the well being of their on-site workers during the Covid crisis

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Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon Pvt Ltd is one of India’s leading Infrastructure Development groups in the country. Hardik Agrawal, who is the Director of the company, caught up for an exclusive conversation with NewsX.

Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon is into development of infrastructures such as highways, bridges, water supply, and waste management networks, smart cities, railways, airports, and metros. It is active in over 20 states in the country at this moment. The USP of the company is the quality of its projects, even in the limited schedule of the government. The Government of India has recognized them on various levels for completing projects ahead of schedules.

Talking about the current projects, Hardik Agrawal said that they are developing projects ranging from Greenfield airports in Northeast to metro rails in urban areas, upcoming smart cities such as Dholera smart city. They are also developing over 2000 km of highways at the moment ranging from Rajasthan to down south in Tamil Nadu, far east in Tripura ranging upwards till Punjab. “So across all the geographies and dialects of the country, we have spread our wings.”

Infrastructure has been a key asset in booming the country’s economy, said Hardik. He also added that even post the Covid pandemic, the country relied on the infrastructure projects to boost not just the labor forces but also its economy for various industrial assets. Hardik also talked about the impact Covid had on the industry. He said that the impact was primarily because of safety regulations the government imposed, which were necessary. All work and activities were at hold because of these restrictions.

The major challenge the industry faced was the labor shortage. But they mitigated the challenges by adopting a unique approach. “We really took care of our labor. He thinks this is where the industry failed. The industry forgot to take care of the people who do the hard work. What the labor required was some attention, basic facilities and every industrialist knows what is the input of labor versus its total capital in a project in India.“

The Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon ensured decent workable condition and facilities for the labor even in the middle of the pandemic. They ensured that their labour is comfortable staying at the project sites, the company gave them meals 4 times a day. Having these facilities at a remote project location not just boosted the morale of the labor but also ensured them they are being looked after. On the 28th of April, when projects were allowed to resume by the government of India, at 8 am, all 5000 of their labor, at their various project sites were ready to get back in action, Hardik Agrawal told NewsX.

His message to the industry is that it’s high time that everyone gets back into action, as the government has fairly relaxed all the norms for any industry or business to operate. Labour is also willing to work again. Now is the time to not think about basic cost or increasing prices but just get the work done. That is the cheapest and the fastest way to work in this pandemic era.

The Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon has able to meet all the expected deadlines except for some areas which are densely populated, there it has been a little difficult to get activities restarted in time. They are giving extra care to labor’s health and safety. They are providing them with proper protective equipment such as masks, sanitizers, PPE kit wherever necessary. Even during this time, they have completed projects ahead of deadlines.

Sharing his vision for the company, the young entrepreneur Hardik Agrawal said, ” The vision stems from the vision set forth by our company’s leader, by founding members of our company. They started this company with a set vision and we are embracing that as the next generation. They allowed us to be on a platform that is performing nationally. For us, the reach is an international outreach. I strongly believe that the Indian industry has grown up to such sort of technological advancements that we can take any project, geography, economy across the world. Today, we are not at any technological backseat from any company compared to anywhere in the world. We are still adapting, learning, and growing.”

He further said that the idea is to go global and they are exploring how in 15 years from now technology will lead the construction projects, be it by road printing robots or self-construction buildings. Finally, speaking on how he is amalgamating his vision with what the government expects, Hardik said that the government is very keen on boosting infrastructure in various sectors, not just for transport. Transport is the key driver of the infrastructure sector. “Our honourable Minister, Mr. Nitin Gadkari, has been a remarkable and very bold influence in giving us the motivation to proceed further and perform better every day.”

He also said that apart from highway infrastructure, great advancements have been done in water infrastructure which is the need of the hour. A good water network is significant to ensure the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle of waste and water in our country. This will not just generate a significant economic boom, but it’s incredibly important from an environmental perspective.

Director of Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon said, “There should be efforts to ensure that there is no water shortage, maybe from 10 years now, that should be the goal of our infrastructure industry.” He also said aviation and railways are developing their efficiency of the system itself. The current vision of the government to go further in the infrastructure is a very right decision.”

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In a money laundering case brought by the Enforcement Directorate, the Bombay high court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Anil Deshmukh.

The bail was granted on a surety amount of Rs 1 lakh. The ED has asked for a two-week delay in the order’s implementation.

Deshmukh was arrested in November of last year and moved the high court after his bail request was rejected earlier this year by a special PMLA court.

Deshmukh has been given bail in the ED case, but he will continue to be held in relation to the CBI case that was brought against him in April of last year.

The Supreme Court had earlier ordered the High Court to quickly hear and resolve the NCP leader’s case because it had been pending for six months.

Deshmukh’s lawyers, Vikram Chaudhari and Aniket Nikam, argued that the senior NCP politician ought to be given bail in light of his age (72), good health, and lack of prior convictions.

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In a horrifying incident, a 15-year-old boy from the Karnataka town of Koppal was forced to execute the forbidden ceremony known as “Bettalu Seve,” in which a naked worship is offered to the god, reported The New Indian Express.

After his father’s failure to pay back the debt he obtained to build the house, the victim was made to undergo the ceremony. Even though the incident occurred in June, it only recently came to light as a result of the teen’s viral video. On Sunday, a FIR was also filed against the accused.

The report claims that the accused loaned some money to the victim’s father and was given a deadline by which to repay the amount. The 15-year-old boy relocated to Hubbali in Karnataka and started working as a daily wage labourer to assist his father in repaying the loan when his father was unable to make payments. However, the boy was allegedly persuaded by the accused to perform Bettalu Seve and was led to believe that it would resolve all of his father’s issues. According to reports, after transporting the boy to a hidden area, the accused forced him to strip and carry out the superstitious rite. Later, the boy relocated to Mangalore and kept working at a commercial building site.

Three months later, the victim’s parents learned about the incident from a viral video and reported it to the Koppal (rural) police station. A specialised police unit was formed to look into the matter.

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Mobile data services in the districts of Jammu and Rajouri have been temporarily shut down by the Jammu & Kashmir government. Amit Shah, the union minister, is visiting the area for two days.

Meanwhile, there is considerable unrest in the area following the murder of Hemant K. Lohia, the director general of prisons, at his residence.

In a statement, the administration said the services were being suspended over the possibility of the same being “misused by anti-national elements that may cause deterioration in public order”. The suspension order will remain effective till Tuesday 7pm.

Earlier, ADGP Mukesh Singh said some uncorroborated stories are being spread regarding the murder of Lohia. “All are advised to please stick to the official version which is based in investigation,” he said.

DGP Dilbagh Singh has just arrived at Lohia’s home, where he was found dead last night. Earlier, DGP Dilbagh Singh called the death “extremely unfortunate.”

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Kolkata : Case files against Hindu group for installing Mahatma Gandhi’s idol as asura in Durga puja

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The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha has been charged by the Kolkata Police for installing a Mahatma Gandhi idol at the feet of the Durga idol during a community puja instead of the asura (demon). Hindu texts claim that Durga killed Mahishasura to preserve the earth.

On Sunday, when Gandhi’s birth anniversary was being honoured, police took Gandhi’s idol from the puja location after its photographs appeared on social media and sparked protests.

“A case has been registered on the basis of a specific complaint,” said a Kolkata Police officer late on Monday.

Chandrachur Goswami, the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha’s state working president, earlier said he was unaware of any case. “Nobody has contacted us and no member of our party has been arrested,” said Goswami. He said the purpose of the exercise was to depict Gandhi as evil. “By the time the police came and replaced Gandhi’s idol with that of the asura, our mission was complete.”

One of those who filed a complaint against the Hindu group was Congress leader Koustav Bagchi, who also sent a copy of the complaint by mail to chief minister Mamata Banerjee. As far as I’m aware, no official case was filed until Monday afternoon, according to Bagchi.

Shyama Prasad Mookerjee led the West Bengal Provincial Hindu Mahasabha, a group that asserted it is unrelated to the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha. The Bharatiya Jana Sangh, which became the Bharatiya Janata Party, was founded by Mookerjee in 1951. (BJP).

Like every year, our Durga puja has been organised at Girish Park in north Kolkata. Anirban Ganguly, BJP leader and director of the Delhi-based Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, inaugurated our puja on Friday.”

Goswami said, “We want Gandhi-mukt India. We don’t consider him the father of the nation. He did immense harm to the country.”

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The new family portrait of Britain’s Royal Family has been unveiled. Buckingham Palace has shared the new photo of King Charles III with Queen Consort Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
According to Page Six, the photo was clicked the night before the Queen’s funeral. The photo was posted on social media through the royal family’s official account and was clicked by photographer Chris Jackson.
In the photo, Kate Middleton is seen wearing a long-sleeved black dress along with black tights and pumps. Prince William, on the other hand, opted for a classic suit.
Camilla Parker Bowles wore a black embroidered dress, while King Charles III also wore a classic suit like his son.
According to Page Six, the photo was taken at the pre-funeral reception that Buckingham Palace hosted a day prior to the funeral of the Queen, where many world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, were also present.
Many people noticed the absence of Harry and Meghan from the family portrait on social media.
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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was lowered into the Royal Vault at Windsor Castle in London after the committal service.

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Vivek Lall, an Indian-origin General Atomics Global Corporation chief executive, is honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by US President Joe Biden with a citation of ‘With Grateful Recognition’.
The citation was given to Lall, who has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas, by AmeriCorps and the Office of the President. It was also personally signed by the President of the United States, as per the official statement.
AmeriCorps is a part of the US government. The organisation aims to foster activities that bring Americans closer together to “serve communities.”
Lall, an industry leader and scientific community titan, works as Chief Executive at General Atomics. The company is a global leader in the specialised fields of nuclear technology and has developed state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) like the Predator, Reaper and Guardian drones.
Lall, the son of an Indian diplomat, was one of the handful of individuals with Indian origins to have been invited to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this past year during his Washington visit.
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He is serving as a US Technical Team Member for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Science and Technology (STO) with the Pentagon.
He was appointed in a critical advisory role to the US Cabinet Secretary, heading the Department of Transportation, encompassing entities like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in 2018. 

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