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New Delhi [India], February 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of key projects of power and 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.
In his remarks, the Prime Minister said the development works are spread across all parts of Kerala and cover a wide range of sectors.
“They will power and empower this beautiful state, whose people are making rich contributions to India’s progress,” he said.
The Prime Minister said India is giving great importance to solar energy. “Our gains in solar energy will ensure a stronger fight against climate change and give a boost to our entrepreneurs. Work is also underway to connect our hardworking farmers with the solar sector to make our ‘Annadatas’ also ‘Urjadatas’,” he added.
The 320 KV Pugalur (Tamil Nadu) – Thrissur (Kerala) power transmission project is a Voltage Source Convertor (VSC) based High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) project. It has India’s first HVDC link featuring state-of-the-art VSC technology.
Built at a cost of Rs 5,070 crores, it will facilitate transfer of 2000 MW power from the western region.
PM Modi dedicated to the nation the 50 MW Kasaragod Solar Power Project, which has been developed under the National Solar Energy Mission. Set up over 250 acres of land spread across Paivalike, Meenja and Chippar villages of Kasaragod district, the project has been built with Centre’s investment of around Rs 280 crores.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the 75 MLD (million litres per day) Water Treatment Plant at Aruvikkara, built under the AMRUT Mission. It will boost supply of drinking water to people of Thiruvananthapuram and help avoid disruption of drinking water supply to the city in the event of maintenance work in the existing treatment plants in Aruvikkara
The Integrated Command and Control Centre is being set up to host Smart Solutions for Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation, and will act as a common point of action during emergency situations to facilitate coordinated action. It is projected to be built at a cost of Rs 94 crore.,
Smart Roads Project, to be undertaken at an estimated cost of Rs 427 crores, envisages converting 37 km of existing roads in Thiruvananthapuram to world-class smart roads by bringing all overhead utilities underneath and undertaking road and junction improvements.
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. (ANI)

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Vaccination drive will be conducted at 10 locations in Indore today

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Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], March 1 (ANI): Vaccination drive will be conducted at 10 locations in the Indore district of Madhya Pradesh on Monday, out of which three are government hospitals or colleges, Dr Amit Malakar, COVID-19 Nodal Officer told ANI on Sunday.
“COVID vaccination drive will begin on March 1 for people above 60 years and people above 45 years with comorbidities. They need to present a certificate of their comorbid condition signed by a registered doctor of Medical Council,” the doctor added.
Meanwhile, the central government is extending the vaccination drive to all citizens above 60 years and those within the age bracket of 45 to 59 years with specified co-morbidities from March 1. It also upgraded its digital platform Co-WIN.2.0 so that the beneficiaries can now self-register themselves.
The government has supplied two COVID-19 vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, free of cost to the States/UTs to vaccinate Health Care Workers (HCWs) and Front Line Workers (FLWs) and will also be able to cover the next priority group i.e. 60 years plus age group and the age group of 45 to 59 years suffering from Pre-Specified Co-Morbidities.
The States have been requested to operationalise the linkages between the COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) (both government and private empanelled facilities) with the nearest cold chain points for ensuring smooth vaccine delivery to COVID vaccination centres (CVCs). (ANI)

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MP Police held two persons for thrashing man, making video

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Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], March 1 (ANI): Two persons arrested in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh after a video of them thrashing a man allegedly for asking their borrowed money back went viral.
“We have arrested two of the five accused as per the video. They demanded money from the victim’s friend and father by sharing the video,” said police on Sunday.
Detailing it further, the police said: “The victim had borrowed some money from the three accused. When he failed to return the amount, all the three accused along with their two fellows had beaten him on February 23 and made a video. After that they have forward it to their friends and father.”
A case has been registered and further investigation is underway. (ANI)

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Man arrested for sexual assault of actress in Mumbai

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 1 (ANI): One person arrested for allegedly saxually harassing an actress in Maharashtra’s Mumbai, police said on Sunday.
According to the police, “A person has been arrested on allegations of sexual exploitation with the actress. A case has registered under relevant Sections of Indian Panel Court at the Goregaon police station.”
Further investigation is underway.
Earlier on February 27, three persons have been arrested on the basis of a complaint by a few girls who had approached police alleging that the accused touched them inappropriately at public places while shooting videos.
The girls said the accused pranked them to shoot the videos, which they later uploaded on Facebook and YouTube.
“Mumbai police arrested the three after cyber cell received a complaint that they made videos of girls while touching them inappropriately at public places and uploaded them on social media. Indecent language has been used in the videos. They earned around Rs 2 crore from these videos,” Mumbai Police said earlier. (ANI)

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Minister Arjun Munda felicitates Indian para archery team for performing at Fazza tournament in Dubai

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New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Union Minister and President of Archery Association of India, Arjun Munda on Sunday felicitated the Indian Para archery team for their performance at the seventh Fazza World Ranking Tournament which was held in Dubai.
“I am glad to see the performance of our archers in Dubai. They have inspired us with their performance in Olympics and showed their will-power,” said the Union Minister while talking to ANI.
Munda further said: “When a player achieves something it is a matter of pride for the nation. Their achievement will motivate other players to take part in games.”

Harvinder Singh, a para archer hailing from Haryana said: “It was a very challenging experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic because we were not able to practice in that period. Fazza tournament was our first championship after the pandemic. Earlier in October 2019, We played the Asian championship in Thailand.”
While Rakesh Kumar another para archer who met with an accident in 2009 and became wheelchair-ridden won a gold medal in the individual category in the tournament said: “I met with an accident in 2009 and from there, my life changed. It was very tough for me to live a normal life. I was on bed for at least six months but after three or four years, when I recovered I realised that now I can’t move on my legs. So, I had to do something and my family’s financial condition was also not good,” Rakesh said. (ANI)

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India has multiple cultures, language; PM must respect all: Rahul Gandhi

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Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 1 (ANI): Refuting Prime Minister Narendra Mondi’s claim that India has one culture, history and language, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the country has multiple cultures, history, and languages and urged Prime Minister to respect all of it.
“Prime Minister says India has one culture, one history and one language. Is Tamil history not Indian history or Tamil culture not Indian culture? India has multiple cultures, history and languages. Prime Minister must respect every language and culture,” Rahul said while addressing a rally in Tirunelveli.
Gandhi is touring poll-bound Tamil Nadu for the second day as part of his campaign for the April 6 assembly elections.
He also took to Twitter to slam the Central government. “GOI has turned noble professions like farming, education and healthcare into financial commodities for the benefit of a few cronies. We are fighting this without any anger, hatred or violence. And non-violence always wins,” he tweeted.
This comes ahead of the 234-member Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will take place on May 2.
The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is contesting the polls in a pre-poll alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). MK Stalin’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has joined hands with the Congress party.
Actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan’s party Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) is also in the fray this time. (ANI

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Darjeeling MP asks justice for West Bengal BJP worker’s mother

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Darjeeling (West Bengal) [India], March 1 (ANI): Raju Bista, Member of Parliament from Darjeeling wrote to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee requesting her for immediate intervention to ensure justice for BJP worker Gopal Majumdar’s mother.
“Those who have perpetrated such barbarity need to be dealt with in the most strictest of terms,” he wrote.
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker in the state has alleged that workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) attacked his mother in North 24 Paraganas on February 27, in what appears to be another case of political violence in the poll-bound state.
BJP worker Gopal Majumdar said that three TMC workers entered his house and attacked his mother in Nimta.
Talking about the assault, Majumdar’s mother said: “They hit me on my head and neck and punched me. They hit me on my face too. I am scared, they asked me not to tell anyone about it. My whole body is in pain.”
An FIR has been registered in the case.
Political violence has been regularly making headlines in poll-bound West Bengal. The elections for the 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal will begin on March 27. The state is going to witness eight-phase Assembly polls this year. (ANI)

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