Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the Ro-pax ferry services between Surat and Saurashtra region in Gujarat, and also announced that the Shipping Ministry will be named Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways.
“With this service, you will save on time and expenses. Apart from this, traffic will be reduced by road, which will help reduce pollution. In a year, about 80,000 vehicles and about 30,000 trucks will be able to take advantage of this new service. This will also save petrol and diesel,” PM Modi said while inaugurating the service through videoconference.
PM Modi said that the country’s coastline will be enriched by the drive to realise the dimensions of a new self-reliant India, with the Ro-Pax service as an excellent example of maritime development. Addressing the gathering at the inauguration, PM Modi said that Gujarat is becoming famous as a sea gateway in India. With the Ro-Pax service, the 10-hour journey between Surat and Saurashtra will take only 4 hours. The Adani group has also built a 200-passenger terminal for the service at a cost of Rs 30 crore, which includes ticket booking, security, canteen and other facilities.
PM Modi said that the advantage is for both “diamonds in Surat and the plough in Saurashtra”. With the launch of the new terminal at Hazira, the route between Ghogha and Hazira, which is 370 km, will be shortened to 90 km in the sea.
The PM added that there are vast opportunities for trade with neighbouring nations by sea. With India experiencing unprecedented growth in the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean too, the government has decided to speed up the pace of development along with saving the environment, the Prime Minister said. He stressed that the capacity of ports on the maritime borders of the country was also in the process of increasing. New ports are getting built at a rapid pace in an effort to maximise the use of India’s 21,000-km long waterways.
The PM also claimed that maritime business-related infrastructure and capacity building in Gujarat is in full swing. He cited the examples of Gujarat Maritime Cluster, Gujarat Maritime University, CNG Terminal at Bhavnagar and many such facilities coming up in Gujarat.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Minister Mansukh Mandvia were present at Hazira in Surat for the occasion. Expressing gratitude to the Centre and the Prime Minister, CM Rupani agreed that the launch of the Ro-Pax service would add to Gujarat’s coastline becoming a gateway to India. The Chief Minister also said that the service would protect the environment due to its short distance, which would use less fuel. He said that it will also make various new projects possible in Gujarat now.
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Asian Games gold medalist Hima Das inducted to Assam Police
Guwahati (Assam) [India], February 27 (ANI): Sprinter Hima Das who had won a gold medal in Asian Games in 2018 has officially been inducted into Assam Police on Friday. She will be posted in Guwahati.
On the occasion, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal honoured her with a badge.
Briefly speaking to ANI, Das said, “This has come as a part of government’s policy. I will focus on sports for now. I will join the service after retiring from sports.”
“I feel honoured to be a part of Assam Police. I thank Union Minister Kiren Rijiju for showering his support on me,” Das said.
However, the decision that she will be inducted in Assam Police was decided two weeks ago.
Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on February 11 said that sprinter Hima Das will continue running for the country even after the Assam government decided to appoint her as a Deputy Superintendent of Police in the state.
The 21-year-old is currently preparing for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics qualification at Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala. (ANI)
Police rescued businessman within 3 hours after kidnap in Hyderabad
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], February 26 (ANI): The Hyderabad police have rescued a businessman within three hours after he was kidnapped by unidentified assailants. The police also arrested four accused who were indulged in the incident.
The police informed about the incident on Friday according to which the victim, Amaranath Reddy was taken away by the assailants from his residence in Banjara Hills on Thursday and later the family alerted the police about his disappearance. The police swung into action and launched a search operation by forming teams.
Speaking to the media, Anjani Kumar, Hyderabad City Police Commissioner said, “The Hyderabad City Police on Thursday were able to arrest four kidnappers alongside rescuing the victim. The police were able to arrest the four accused — V Kumara Guru, Paluru Lokesh Kumar, S Jagadish and PK Ganesh Kumar.”
Two accused — Pradeep Natarajan and Keerthana are currently absconding, Kumar said.
Giving details of the incident, Commissioner said, “As per the complaint filed by the K Kalapana Reddy wife of K Amaranath Reddy, the kidnappers have demanded Rs 4 lakh for Amaranath Reddy to be released. The Kidnappers continuously called her and said that her husband has to give four lakhs rupees and demanded to immediately send to the bank account which they have given before 5 PM or else they will take her husband along with the car to Chennai and will kill him.”
During the course of the investigation, a police special team has been formed to trace out the victim K Amaranath Reddy and as well as the apprehension of the accused persons, he said.
“Due to non-availability of money, Police were able to arrange the Cash and sent the photos from the complainant cell phone to the kidnappers. On that kidnappers instructed the complainant to come to Srinagar Colony, Banjara Hills along with cash, at about 06:30 PM,” he said.
“The complainant along with the police special team proceeded to Srinagar Colony wherein police laid a trap where two kidnappers Pradeep Natarajan and Paluru Lokesh Kumar came to Srinagar Colony along with the victim car. While handing over the money, police apprehend Paluru Lokesh Kumar and interrogated him leading to the location of the rest of the gang members. The police have arrested three other accused while two others have absconded,” he added. (ANI)
Odisha: Elephant tusks seized from Mayurbhanj, 2 held
Mayurbhanj (Odisha) [India], February 27 (ANI): Two persons were arrested in Mayurbhanj for possessing elephant tusks, according to the police official on Friday.
“We have recovered 8 pieces of elephant tusk weighing 44.9 kgs from the possession of two persons. We have seized their bike,” said Santosh Joshi, District Forest Officer.
“Further investigations are underway,” he said. (ANI)
Temperatures in parts of northwest India soar by 6-7 degrees Celsius above normal
New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): Temperatures in various parts of northwest India have increased by 6-7 degrees Celsius above normal, according to the World Meteorological Organization on Saturday.
“Parts of northwest India have seen daytime temperatures 6-7 degrees Celsius above normal over Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi,” informed WMO.
Odisha also witnessed a rise in temperature. The state broke the record of last 10 years.
“Bhubaneswar in the eastern Indian state of Odisha recorded temp of 40.4 degree Celsius today, second-highest temperature for February in the past 10 years,” stated WMO.
Similarly, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday tweeted, “The temperatures are above normal by 4-6 degrees Celsius over most parts of Northwest India and adjoining parts of Central and East India. It is likely to continue during the next 3 days and then fall by 2-4 degrees subsequently.” (ANI)
Metro services on Bengaluru’s purple line to be curtailed on Feb 28
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], February 27 (ANI): Metro services on Bengaluru’s purple line will be curtailed on February 28, according to the official on Friday.
“There will be curtailment of metro services on Bengaluru’s purple line on Feb 28 due to civil maintenance work,” informed the Chief Public Relation Officer of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited.
“The services will be effected between Baiyappanahalli and MG Road metro stations from 7 am to 9 am,” the statement added.
Trains on Bengaluru’s Namma Metro resumed operations from September 7, 2020, between 8-11 am and 4:30-7:30 pm with a frequency of five minutes.
According to a release by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited, while trains on the purple line resumed from September 7, those on the green line ran from September 9 onwards. (ANI)
Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma takes over as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ship Repair Yard in Kochi
Kochi (Kerala) [India], February 27 (ANI): Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma took over as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ship Repair Yard (Kochi) from Rear Admiral Deepak Bansal, VSM on Friday.
“Before assuming charge, Rear Admiral Sharma paid floral tributes at the memorial of ‘The Unknown Worker’,” read the press release by the Ministry of Defence.
Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma was commissioned in the Indian Navy on August 1, 1986. Prior to this appointment, the flag Officer has held various important appointments at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence, Advanced Technology Vessel Program and Headquarters Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam.
The incumbent Rear Admiral Deepak Bansal, who spent fourteen months at the helm of Naval Ship Repair Yard (Kochi), would assume charge as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air Materiel) at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy). (ANI)
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