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Indian Navy Ship Pralaya reaches Abu Dhabi to participate in NAVDEX 21, IDEX 21

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New Delhi [India], February 20 (ANI): Indian Naval Ship Pralaya reached Abu Dhabi on Friday to participate in NAVDEX 21 and IDEX 21 scheduled from February 20 to 25.
INS Pralaya, the second ship of the indigenously built Prabal Class Missile Vessels, was commissioned in the Indian Navy on December 18, 2002.
The 56-m long ship, displacing about 560 T, is capable of speeds in excess of 35 knots and is fitted with an impressive array of weapons and sensors. These include a 76.2 mm medium range gun, 30 mm close-range guns, chaff launchers and long-range surface to surface missiles. The ship, built indigenously at Goa Shipyard Limited, bears testimony to the capabilities of the Indian shipbuilding industry and is a versatile platform capable of performing a wide variety of surface warfare missions.
An official release said that participation of INS Pralaya in NAVDEX 21 (Naval Defence Exhibition) and IDEX 21, (International Defence Exhibition), one of the leading international naval and defence exhibitions of the region, is aimed at showcasing the strengths of India’s indigenous shipbuilding, in line with Prime Minister’s vision of ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat’.
Participation of an Indian Navy Ship in NAVDEX 21 and IDEX 21 also highlights close relations between India and UAE.
Defence relations between India and UAE have been steadily growing since the upgradation of bilateral relations to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ during the visit of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in January 2017 as Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations.
The inaugural edition of Indian Navy – UAE Navy bilateral exercise GULF STAR – 1 was conducted in March 2018 to enhance interactions between the two navies,.
The next edition of the exercise is likely to be conducted in 2021.
In addition, Indian Navy ships have been making regular port calls at UAE for promoting maritime cooperation.
Deployment of Indian Navy ships to Abu Dhabi underscores deep-rooted friendly ties and multi-faceted cooperation between India and UAE, and will further strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries, the release said. (ANI)

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Gujarat budget: Rs 32,719 cr allocated to education, Rs 11,323 cr to health

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Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India], March 3 (ANI): In Gujarat’s largest budget so far of Rs 2.27 lakh crore, Rs 32,719 crore has been allocated for education and Rs 11,323 crore to the health and family welfare department.
Finance Minister Nitinbhai Patel allotted Rs 13,493 to urban development, Rs 5,494 crore for water resources, Rs 3,974 crore for water supply, Rs 7,232 crore for the Krishi Khedut Kalyan Yojana, Rs 4,353 for social justice and empowerment, and Rs 1,502 crore for labour welfare and employment.
A provision of Rs 1,224 crore has been proposed for food and civil supplies, Rs 1,814 crore for forest, environment, Rs 563 crore for Science and Technology, Rs 1,032 crore for the destitute and old age pension and the revenue department has been provided Rs 4,548 crore.
Rs 1,500 crore for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train, Rs 50 crore to buy new police vehicles, Rs 100 crore for crop credit in Co-operative Department, Rs 11,185 crore for Roads and Buildings Department, Rs 1,478 crore for Ports and Transport Department, Rs 13,034 crore for energy and petrochemical sector and Rs 910 crore for Climate Change Department have been allocated in the budget.
The Industry and Mines Department, Forest and Environment Department, and Home department have been allocated Rs 6,599 crore, Rs 1,814 crore, and Rs 7,960 crore respectively. (ANI)

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Haryana govt only ‘pretending’ to give 75 pc reservation to locals in private jobs: Congress

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Chandigarh [India], March 3 (ANI): Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee President Kumari Selja on Wednesday said the BJP-JJP government of Haryana is only “pretending” to give 75 per cent reservation to local youth in new jobs in the private sector in order to hide its failures.
She said that the ground reality is that there are no jobs in the private sector in the state.
“On the other hand, government recruitment are being halted and cancelled by this government under a conspiracy. Today, the youth of Haryana is frustrated and disappointed with the policies of this government. Due to the inefficiency of this government, the youth of the state is finding its future bleak,” Selja said in a statement.
Selja said that due to the failures of this government, many businesses in the state have been ruined and unemployment is increasing continuously.
“According to CMIE data, the unemployment rate of Haryana is highest in the entire country. There are no new jobs in the private sector, so how will the youth get employment. Today, the situation has become such that the jobs of those working for years are being snatched. 75 per cent reservation in private sector jobs is being pretended by the government,” she added.
Haryana Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya has approved a bill that would provide 75 per cent reservation in the private sector jobs for the people of the state, said Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Tuesday.
The Haryana State Employment Of Local Candidates Bill, 2020, which was passed by the state assembly last year, will provide a quota for local people in private sector jobs that offer a monthly salary of less than Rs 50,000. (ANI)

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Kerala court grants bail to 3 CPM leaders in 2009 case of protest against Air India

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Kozhikode (Kerala) [India], March 3 (ANI): Three Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leaders were on Wednesday granted bail by a court in Kozhikode in connection with a protest march to Air India office in 2009 against the cancellation of flights and increase in airfares.
The bail was granted on the bond of two persons and on the condition that they will appear before the court for trial without interruption.
Kerala Chief Minister’s son-in-law P A Muhammad Riyas, T.V. Rajesh and K.K. Dinesh were remanded for 14 days by the Kozhikode court on Tuesday in connection with the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) protest march to the Air India office in Kozhikode in 2009.
The leaders had earlier obtained bail in the case and after the expiry of the bail period, they approached the court again.
Notably, at the time of protest, Rajesh was the state secretary of the DYFI and Riyas was the organisation’s state joint secretary at the time. Rajesh had organised the protest in March 2009. (ANI)

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Man killed friend over dispute in Mumbai

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 3 (ANI): A person was killed while one suffered critical injuries after a man attacked two of his friends over a dispute in the Dahisar area of Mumbai, police said on Wednesday.
“There was a dispute among three friends over food on March 1, in an under-construction building, where they were working. Later, the dispute escalated and a friend attacked his two friends while they were sleeping,” the police said.
According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Kalia.
A case under section 307 (attempt to murder) and 302 (murder) of the IPC was registered against the accused, Vinod, at Dahisar police station. (ANI)

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Himachal Pradesh: Suspended Congress MLAs continue protest outside state Assembly

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Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], March 3 (ANI): Five suspended Congress MLAs stage a protest on Wednesday for the third consecutive day outside Himachal Pradesh Assembly demanding revocation of their suspension.
An FIR was lodged against five MLAs after several opposition leaders on Friday protested outside Himachal Pradesh Governor’s Bandaru Dattatraya office.
Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Friday morning suspended 5 MLAs – LoP Mukesh Agnihotri, Harshwardhan Chauhan, Satpal Raizada, Sunder Singh Thakur and Vinay Kumar till March 20 after Opposition leaders protested and tried to stop the Governor outside Assembly.
In a bid to remain politically alive, the Congress leaders are desperately trying to find issues against the Himachal Pradesh government, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. (ANI)

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Uttarakhand CM gives nod to rename Kotdwar to ‘Kanva Nagri Kotdwar’

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Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India].March 3 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Wednesday gave its nod to change the name of Municipal Corporation Kotdwar of Pauri Garhwal district to Kanva Nagri Kotdwar after Hindu sage Kanva Rishi.
“Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has given the approval to change the name of Municipal Corporation Kotdwar to Kanva Nagri Kotdwar in the name of Kanva Rishi. Now Municipal Corporation Kotdwar will be known as Kanva Nagri Kotdwar,” said the Information Department of the Uttarakhand government. (ANI)

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