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PM sees $20 billion annual investment in green energy sector

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced that there are huge renewable energy deployment plans for India for the next decade that are likely to generate business prospects of around $20 billion per year.

In his address after inaugurating the 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-Invest 2020), through video conferencing, PM Modi invited investors, developers and businesses to join India’s renewable energy journey.

“Demand for energy in India will keep growing. There are huge renewable energy deployment plans for the next decade,” PM Modi said, reminding how India’s green energy capacity, which encompasses solar, wind, bio-power, and small and large hydropower, is expected to increase from 136 GW to 220 GW by 2022.

“These are likely to generate business prospects of the order of $20 billion a year,” he said, adding that the country’s green energy sector has attracted investments of $64 billion over the last six years.

PM Modi also emphasised that India was among the few countries on track to meet a goal of the 2015 Paris agreement of capping the rise in average temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius before the end of the century.

The virtual conference was also attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and senior government officials from Britain and Denmark.

Stressing that ensuring “ease of doing business” is their utmost priority and dedicated Project Development Cells have been established to facilitate investors, he said that in the last 6 years, India has travelled on an “unparalleled journey”.

The PM noted that India’s renewable power capacity is the fourth largest in the world and is growing at the fastest speed among all major countries. The renewable energy capacity in India is currently 136 Giga Watts, which is about 36 per cent of its total capacity.

The PM said that India’s annual renewable energy capacity addition has been exceeding that of coal based thermal power since 2017, and that in the last six years, India has increased installed renewable energy capacity by two and half times.

PM Modi also said India was set to launch a ‘National Hydrogen Energy Mission’. “We want to make India a global manufacturing hub in the renewable energy sector.

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Sanquelim (Goa) [India], March 3 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday took the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine at a Primary Health Center (PHC) in Sanquelim.
He further appealed to all eligible people to come forward and get themselves vaccinated.
“Received the first dose for #COVID19 vaccine today at PHC Sankhali. I once again appeal to all those eligible to come forward and get vaccinated. Let us together eradicate #COVID19 from Goa,” Goa CM tweeted.
India on March 1 commenced its second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive to inoculate people above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities against the coronavirus.
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi.
Several Union Ministers, including Amit Shah, S Jaishankar, Jitendra Singh, Dr Harsh Vardhan have also received their first COVID-19 vaccine jabs.
As per the Health Ministry, a total of 1,56,20,749 people in the country have been vaccinated against COVID-19 till now. (ANI)

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Sonia Gandhi should rename her party as ‘Godsewaadi Congress’, demands Hindu Mahasabha

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Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) [India], March 3 (ANI): The Gwalior unit of Hindu Mahasabha will take out a ‘Godse yatra’ from the city to the national capital and will demand Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi to rename her party as “Godsewaadi Congress”, said Jaiveer Bhardwaj, National Vice-President, Hindu Mahasabha said.
This comes after “Godse supporter” Babulal Chaurasia joined the Congress in Madhya Pradesh last month.
“Godse yatra will commence from March 14. By breaking away one of our leader (Babulal Chaurasia), Congress has proved that they welcome the ‘Godsewaadi’ ideology and want to make ‘Godsewaadi Congress’. To disseminate this message, we will take out the yatra. We will request Sonia Gandhi to rename the party,” Bhardwaj told ANI on Tuesday.
“We had written a written to Sonia Gandhi and Kamal Nath and asked them to rename Congress as ‘Godsewaadi Congress’. Godse killed Mahatma Gandhi in retaliation for the partition in which 10 lakh Hindus were killed and around 2 crore Hindus were displaced.
Jaiveer Bhardwaj also alleged that Congress has bought Chaurasia as it is on the verge of falling apart. Congress has been a vocal critic of the Hindu Mahasabha for projecting Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as a ‘nationalist’ and ‘patriotic’ figure.
Bhardwaj said that Hindu Mahasabha had issued a show-cause notice to Chaurasia and later expelled him.
Babulal Chaurasia, who attended an event for the installation of an idol of Nathuram Godse in Gwalior in 2017, joined Congress in presence of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on February 24. (ANI)

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60-year-old mentally unstable man kills wife, 2 daughters with hammer in UP

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Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 3 (ANI): A 60-year-old mentally unstable man in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district killed his wife and two of his three daughters with a hammer on Tuesday night.
According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Santosh Kumar Singh, the man’s wife and two of his daughters died on the spot while one daughter is in critical condition and has been admitted to the hospital. The bodies have been sent for postmortem.
The accused, identified as Saeed, fled the scene after the incident and the police has launched a probe to locate his whereabouts.
Reportedly, he used to doubt the character of his family members, possibly due to his mental condition. (ANI)

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India reports 14,989 fresh COVID-19 cases

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New Delhi [India], March 3 (ANI): As many as 14,989 new COVID-19 cases and 98 deaths were reported from India in the last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Wednesday.
With 13,123 fresh recoveries, the cumulative discharges reached 1,08,12,044.
The total coronavirus caseload in the country has gone up to 1,11,39,516, including 1,70,126 active cases and 1,57,346 deaths.
As per the Health Ministry, a total of 1,56,20,749 people in the country have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The second round of the nation-wide vaccination drive is currently underway, and several national leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 21,84,03,277 samples have been tested for the coronavirus as of Tuesday, including 7,85,220 in the last 24 hours. (ANI)

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Kerala CM’s son-in-law among three remanded to judicial custody for 14 days

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Kozhikode (Kerala) [India], March 3 (ANI): The Communist Party of India -Marxist (CPM) leaders PA Mohamed Riyas, TV Rajesh and KK Dinesh were remanded for 14 days by a Kozhikode court in connection with a case for protesting against Air India for cancellation of flights and increase in airfares.
Riyas is the son-in-law of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He is the national president of the party’s youth wing — the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI).
Rajesh is a two-time legislator from Kannur district. He had launched the protest against Air India in 2009.
KK Dinesh is a DYFI leader.
The case was registered against the CPM leaders in 2009 for protesting against Air India in Kozhikode.
The leaders had obtained bail in the case and after the expiry of the bail period, they approached the court again for bail. However, the court remanded them.
Notably, at the time of protest TV Rajesh was the state secretary of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and Muhammad Riyas was the organisation’s state joint secretary. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], March 3 (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the investigation of the case of Hidayatullah Malik, chief of Lashkar-e-Mustafa terror organisation, who was planning a major attack in Jammu city.
He was arrested on February 6.
The NIA on Tuesday registered a case relating to the conspiracy by frontal running terror organization Lashkar-e-Mustafa working at the behest of proscribed terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed to carry out terrorist activities in the Jammu area with the aim of threatening the sovereignty, integrity and security of India.
The case was initially registered at Gangyal Police station, District Jammu on February 6 under sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). NIA has re-registered the case and has taken over the investigation.
During searches conducted, one hand grenade, 3 magazines and 28 rounds with other incriminating material were recovered from the possession of Hidayatullah Malik, NIA said in a statement.
“Malik had done reconnaissance of many security installations in Jammu and Delhi in 2018 and 2019 for carrying out terror attacks. He has been associated with other terror groups in past and has furthered subversive and terror activities in Kashmir valley. The terror group had also committed a daylight bank robbery in which Rs 60 lakh were looted from JK Bank, Main Branch Shopian in November 2020,” NIA said.
Further investigation is underway, NIA said. (ANI)

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