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PM Modi to launch ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’, lay foundation stone of two bridges in Assam today

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New Delhi [India], February 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ and lay the foundation stone of Dhubri Phulbari Bridge today via video conferencing.
He will also perform bhumi pujan for the construction of the Majuli Bridge at 12 noon.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the launch of Mahabahu-Brahmaputra will be marked by the inauguration of the Ro-Pax vessel operations between Neamati-Majuli Island, North Guwahati-South Guwahati and Dhubri-Hatsingimari; Shilanyas of Inland Water Transport (IWT) Terminal at Jogighopa and various tourist jetties on River Brahmaputra and launch of digital solutions for Ease-of-Doing-Business.

The program is aimed at providing seamless connectivity to the Eastern parts of India and includes various development activities for the people living around River Brahmaputra and River Barak.

The proposed Dhubri Phulbari Bridge will be located on NH-127B, originating from Srirampur on NH-27 (East-West Corridor), and terminating at Nongstoin on NH-106 in Meghalaya. It will connect Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari, Tura, Rongram and Rongjeng in Meghalaya.

The bridge, to be built with a total cost of approximately Rs 4,997 crores, will meet the long-standing demand of the people from Assam and Meghalaya who were depending on ferry services to travel between the two banks of the river. It will reduce the distance of 205 km to be travelled by road to 19 km, which is the total length of the bridge. (ANI)

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CM Yogi directs officials to invoke NSA against accused in Hathras murder case

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 2 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday directed officials to invoke the National Security Act (NSA) against all the four accused involved in the murder of Amrish Sharma, a resident of Hathras.
Amrish Sharma was shot dead by the main accused, Gaurav Sharma and his friends. The deceased had filed a case against Gaurav Sharma in July 2018 for allegedly molesting his daughter at a village in the Sasni police station area on Monday, Uttar Pradesh police said.
“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directs officials to take strict action in the matter. He has also given directions to invoke the National Security Act against all the accused involved in the case,” the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a statement.
NSA is an act that empowers the government to detain a person if the authorities are satisfied that he/she is a threat to national security or to prevent him/her from disrupting public order.
According to the police, an FIR has been registered against four accused, two of whom have been arrested.
Vineet Jaiswal, Superintendent of Police (SP) Hathras said that Amrish Sharma was shot dead in his Nojalpur village by the main accused Gaurav Sharma along with his friends on Monday at around 4 pm.
The SP said that the police reached the incident spot and an investigation was carried out on Monday.
“During the investigation, it came to light that in July 2018, Amrish Sharma had filed a case of molestation against Gaurav Sharma, who was sent to jail but he came out on bail after one month. Both the families were having a dispute since then,” Jaiswal added.
Speaking about the incident, the police official said, “The wife and the aunt of the main accused Gaurav Sharma and both daughters of deceased had gone to temple in the village. They had an argument there over the old case. The accused and the Amrish Sharma came there later where they argued and the accused shot the latter, who died while being taken to hospital.”
The SP said that teams have been formed to nab the remaining accused and further investigation is underway. (ANI)

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India reports 12,286 new COVID-19 cases, 91 deaths in last 24 hrs

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New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): As many as 12,286 new COVID-19 cases and 91 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Tuesday.
With 12,464 fresh recoveries, the cumulative discharges reached 1,07,98,921.
The total coronavirus caseload in the country has gone up to 1,11,24,527, including 1,68,358 active cases and 1,57,248 deaths.
As per the Health Ministry, a total of 1,48,54,136 people in the country have been vaccinated against COVID-19
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) informed that a total of 21,76,18,057 samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far including 7,59,283 samples which were tested yesterday. (ANI)

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Naidu did theatrics at airport despite permission being denied for event: Andhra Minister

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Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 2 (ANI): Calling former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu’s actions at the Renigunta airport on Monday as theatrics, Andhra Pradesh Cabinet Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy and added that it was a mere PR stunt to gain relevance post the dismal performance of TDP in the recently concluded panchayat elections.
“He knew that permission was not given due to Covid-19 restrictions, the dharna caused inconvenience to the citizens and as the Model Code of Conduct is in place due to the municipal polls. Despite that, he decided to travel. This is only to run propaganda against the government using certain media outlets controlled by him. Why would he travel, knowing that the permission wasn’t given? This shows that it was merely a PR stunt,” Reddy said.
Earlier in the day, Superintendent of Police for Chittoor S. Senthil Kumar addressed the media and said, “The district police denied permission due to the following circumstances.”
“The party was planning to gather 5,000 supporters, this firstly violates all Covid regulations. Secondly, these many people gathering in the city would cause a lot of inconvenience to the citizens. Therefore, TDP was asked to look for another protest site outside the city which they refused to do. Thirdly, the Model Code of Conduct is in place due to the municipal elections and a protest of this nature violates the same. The police have no objection if the party obtains permission from the State Election Commission. Despite laying out the following reasons, the TDP chief and his party intentionally did what they did. Hence, the detention,” Kumar said.
Tirupati Urban SP Venkata Appalanaidu said that the TDP leaders asked for police permission for holding protest, after 11 pm on Sunday night.
“In that letter, it was not mentioned that whether they have taken permission of Election Commission or not. The place where TDP wanted to hold protest is a crucial area in Tirupati,” the police official said.
TDP leader and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu was on Monday detained by the police at the Renigunta airport while he was going to attend an election campaign in the Chittoor district. (ANI)

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1 injured in road mishap in Delhi

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New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): A man was injured after he lost control of the car and went on to hit a tree on a divider near Saket on Monday night, the police said.
According to the police, the accident took place at around 10 pm after the driver, Tushar lost control of the car hit a tree on the divider while trying to save another vehicle.
Tushar has suffered injuries on his cheek and is underdoing treatment at Max hospital, the police said. (ANI)

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Molestation accused kill girl’s father in UP’s Hathras, two held

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Hathras (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 2 (ANI): Amrish Sharma, a resident of Hathras, was shot dead by another man against whom he had filed a case in July 2018 for allegedly molesting his daughter, at a village in Sasni police station area on Monday, Uttar Pradesh police said.
According to the police, an FIR has been registered against four accused, two of whom have been arrested.
“On March 1, at around 4 pm, information was received at Sasni police station that in Nojalpur village, a man named Amrish Sharma had been shot by Gaurav Sharma and his friends. Amrish died on his way to the hospital,” said Vineet Jaiswal, Superintendent of Police (SP) Hathras.
The SP said that the police reached the incident spot and an investigation was carried out on Monday.
“During the investigation, it came to light that in July 2018, Amrish Sharma had filed a case of molestation against Gaurav Sharma, who was sent to jail but he came out on bail after one month. Both the families were having a dispute since then,” Jaiswal added.
Speaking about the incident, the police official said, “The wife and the aunt of the main accused Gaurav Sharma and both daughters of deceased had gone to temple in the village. They had an argument there over the old case. The accused and the Amrish Sharma came there later where they argued and the accused shot the latter, who died while being taken to hospital.”
The SP said that teams have been formed to nab the remaining accused and further investigation is underway. (ANI)

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Karnataka taxi, auto drivers’ bodies demand increase in fare amid spiralling fuel prices

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Bengaluru (Karnataka), March 2 (ANI): Taxi and autorickshaw unions in Karnataka have demanded an increase in fare, citing the spiralling fuel prices.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP), Special Commissioner J Manjunath on Monday said, “Taxi and autorickshaw drivers’ associations gave a proposal requesting an increase in fare.”
The official committee meeting has been called after 3 weeks to look into the matter, he added.
On February 25, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that she won’t be able to answer when the prices of petrol and diesel will be reduced.
“I won’t be able to say ‘when’. It is a ‘dharam sankat’ (dilemma),” she said at an event in Ahmedabad after being asked when would the Central Government reduce fuel prices, which have increased sharply in the past few days in the country.
Over a period of time, the prices of petrol and diesel have increased sharply.
Opposition parties have held protests in different parts of the country over fuel price rise. (ANI)

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