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Puducherry [India], February 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on February 25. He will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development initiatives in Puducherry and lay the foundation stone of multiple infrastructure projects worth over Rs 12400 crores in Coimbatore.
A PMO release said Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation the Neyveli New Thermal Power Project.
It is a lignite based power plant designed for a power generation capacity of 1000 MW and has two units of 500 MW capacity each.
Built at a cost of about Rs 8000 crore, the pit head power plant will utilise lignite as fuel from the existing mines of Neyveli, which have sufficient lignite reserves for meeting the lifetime requirement of the project.
The plant has been designed for 100 per cent ash utilization. The power generated would benefit Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Puducherry, with Tamil Nadu having a major share of about 65 per cent.
Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation 709 MW Solar Power Project of NLCIL, established over an area of about 2670 acres of land across the districts of Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Ramanathapuram and Virudhunagar. The project has been set up at a cost of over Rs 3000 crore.
He will lay the foundation stone of the extension, renovation and modernisation of the Lower Bhavani Project System. The Bhavanisagar Dam and the canal systems were completed in 1955. The Lower Bhavani System comprises Lower Bhavani Project Canal System, Arakankottai and Thadapalli Channels, and Kalingarayan Channel. It irrigates over 2 lakh acres of land in Erode, Tiruppur and Karur districts.
The release said that extension, renovation and modernisation of the Lower Bhavani System has been taken up at a cost of Rs 934 crore under NABARD Infrastructure Development Assistance.
The main objective is to rehabilitate the existing irrigation structures in the system and increase the efficiency of the canals.
Apart from the lining of the canals, repair and reconstruction of 824 sluices, 176 drainages and 32 bridges will also be taken up.
Prime Minister will inaugurate the 8-laning of Korampallam Bridge and Rail Over Bridge (ROB) at V.O.Chidambaranar Port. It is one of the Major Ports in India.
He will lay the foundation stone for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 5MW grid-connected ground-based solar power plant at V.O.Chidambaranar Port.
The release said that Prime Minister will inaugurate the tenements constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) scheme.
He will also lay foundation stone for development of Integrated Command and Control Centers (ICCC) in nine Smart Cities including Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Thanjavur, Vellore, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi.
These ICCCs would be developed at a cost of about Rs 107 crore, and would act as a 24×7 support system, providing real-time smart solutions for quicker services, with the aim of integrating essential government services and enabling data-based decision making.
In Puducherry, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for four-laning of 56 km Sattanathapuram – Nagapattinam package of Villupuram to Nagapattinam project covering Karaikal District.
The capital cost to be incurred in this project is about Rs. 2426 crore. He will also lay the foundation stone of the Medical College Building at Karaikal New Campus- Phase I, Karaikal District (JIPMER). The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 491 crore.
Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for the development of Minor Port at Puducherry under Sagarmala Scheme. Estimated to be built at Rs 44 crore, it will provide connectivity to Chennai and facilitate cargo movement for industries in Puducherry.
He will also lay the foundation stone of Synthetic Athletic Track, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, Puducherry. The existing 400 ms cinder track surface is old and outdated running surface. The project will cost around Rs. 7 crore.
Prime Minister will inaugurate the Blood Centre at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, which will function as a research laboratory and a training centre for the short- term and continuous blood bank personnel training in all aspects of transfusion. It has been set up at a cost of Rs 28 crore.
Prime Minister will inaugurate a 100-bed girls’ hostel at Lawspet, Puducherry. It has been constructed for female athletes at a cost of about Rs 12 crore, under the aegis of Sports Authority of India.
He will also inaugurate the reconstructed Heritage Marie Building.
A landmark of the history of Puducherry, Marie Building was built by the French and it has now been rebuilt with the same building architecture, at a cost of about Rs. 15 crore, the release said.
Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are likely to take place in April-May this year. (ANI)

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PM Modi will soon rename India after his name: Mamata Banerjee

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 8 (ANI): As the poll fever intensified ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections and Trinamool Congress leaders joining the ranks of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday targetted the Central leadership and said that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon rename the country after his name.”
“He got his picture on the vaccine (certificates). It is not a COVID vaccine, it is a Modi vaccine. He has colleges in his name. stadiums in his name. And, now vaccine in his name. It is just a matter of time, he will soon rename India after his name,” Banerjee said while addressing the people of the state after completing her padyatra.
She further alleged that the top leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) give false statements during poll campaigns in West Bengal.
“Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi are two syndicate ministers who come to Bengal and speak canards and lies. I respect the chair of a Prime Minister but it is surprising to see a Prime Minister speaking lies,” stated Banerjee.
“They (BJP leaders) will come to Bengal only during elections. He is lecturing us on women’s safety. What is the situation of women in BJP-ruled states? What is the situation in Modi’s Gujarat?” she said.
The chief minister expressed greetings on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
“I wish happy International Women’s Day to every woman. This is the land of Matangini Hazra and Mother Teresa. Women are our pride. We celebrate this day as Naari Mukti Divas. We cannot tolerate atrocities on women,” added Banerjee.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Mamata Banerjee held a 4.5-km long march that started at College Square and concluded at Dharmatala in Kolkata.
Trinamool Congress and BJP are in loggerheads ahead of the Assembly polls in West Bengal. West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2. (ANI)

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Uttarakhand CM meets BJP Chief Nadda in Delhi over political crisis

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): Amid speculations about the leadership change in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat met Bharatiya Janata Party chief JP Nadda on Monday.
There are speculations about the leadership change in Uttarakhand as several ministers and around twenty MLAs are against the working style of Rawat, sources said.
However, Rawat declined to speak when asked about the political crisis in Uttarakhand.
According to sources, several MLAs and some ministers complained about the Chief Minister to the party leadership. Later, the BJP central high command sent Raman Singh as party observer for the emergency core group meeting, which was attended by Dushyant Gautam, general secretary in-charge of Uttarakhand BJP.
After the core group meeting of the party, Raman Singh and Dushyant Gautam submitted their report to the party high command. Consequently, Trivendra Singh Rawat was called to Delhi.
Interacting with the mediapersons here, Rawat said, “I congratulate all the women on International women’s day. Our women should empower themselves and should be socially active. We have passed the law in which women can now claim their right in their husband’s property and will be able to apply for the loan based on that in case they want to start their own business.”
He further applauded the service of Anganwadi and AASHA workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Anganwadi and AASHA workers have worked selflessly in COVID-19 pandemic, so my government will provide them with Rs 10,000 each. We will provide Rs 15,000 to mahila samuh and mahila mangal dal (women welfare group). We have also launched a Ghasyari Kalyan Yojana to benefit the kins of women who die for unnatural reasons,” added Rawat.
(ANI)

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Tamil Nadu reports 556 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 8 (ANI): Tamil Nadu reported 556 new COVID-19 cases, 532 recoveries and three deaths in the last 24 hours.
The total count of cases in the state has risen to 8,55,677 including 4,018 active cases and 8,39,138 recoveries.
The death toll has gone up to 12,521
India has reported a total of 1,12,29,398 cases, including 1,88,747 active cases and 1,08,82,798 recoveries.
With 99,205 active cases, Maharashtra continues to remain the most-affected state followed by Kerala with 41,162 active cases. (ANI)

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Fire breaks out multi-storey building in Kolkata

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 8 (ANI): A massive fire broke out in a multi-storey building near strand road in Kolkata on Monday.
The blaze broke out on the third floor of the building.
Eight fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the blaze.
More details awaited. (ANI)

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BJP ropes in leaders to make Covid-19 vaccination drive successful

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By Kumar Gaurav
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): BJP has directed its MPs, MLAs, and other public representatives to look after and support the vaccination drive against COVID-19.
On the direction of Bharatiya Janata Party National President J P Nadda, BJP National General Secretary and headquarter in-charge Arun Singh has sent an internal circular to all state units chief, all state general secretaries and all-state in charges with some of the direction to make India’s vaccination drive against Corona a grand success.
BJP has also appointed a national coordinator for this programme. BJP Rajya Sabha MP Dr Anil Jain will coordinate with all the state units of BJP for the vaccination drive.
According to the circular, the biggest COVID-19 vaccination drive is in process. More than two crore people have been vaccinated till now justifying the spirit of Vasudev Kutumbakam. We have exported vaccine to 47 countries for which the entire nation is all praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
BJP president accordingly wants our party karyakartas to undertake the tasks to make COVID-19 vaccination drive a grand success.
The party has asked its leaders and cadres to hold door to door contact campaign for sensitising people for the vaccine.
Party cadets should help people in registration on Cowin portal and Aarogya Setu app with the required document.
The party should also set up helpdesk at public places, various community centres and vaccination centres at mandal level for awareness campaigns and necessary help to public at large.
BJP workers should also arrange transport for elderly and sick people to the vaccination sites and hospitals and drop them back. Arrangements should be done for safe drinking water at the vaccination sites.
Awareness campaign should also be held in society to sensitise the people about vaccination drive through various media and social media and other modes of communication.
Public representative and office bearers should visit various vaccination centres and provide necessary help to the extent possible on the humanitarian ground.
BJP also asked its leaders and cadres to ensure effective planning and monitoring of the campaign and for this some office bearers will be given responsibility at state district and mandal levels.
Party president had asked BJP medical cell of the party to actively participate in this campaign and help people to get vaccinated.
All MPs MLAs and other public representatives to ensure their active role in this vaccination drive. At last BJP has appealed to all its workers to work selflessly and make this vaccination drive great success in a planned way. (ANI)

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Maharashtra proposes zero pc interest on farm loans up to Rs 3 lakh

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 8 (ANI): Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday presented the state budget for 2021-22 in the state assembly and said the government has decided to provide zero per cent interest loans to farmers who take crop loans up to a limit of Rs 3 lakh and make timely repayment.
Pawar said the amount of interest on crop loan will be paid by the government on behalf of farmers. The required funds will be provided by the government, he said.
“Keeping in view the objective to free the farmers from interest burden and prevent them from turning defaulters, the government has decided to provide zero per cent interest loans to farmers who take crop loans up to a limit of Rs 3 lakh and make timely repayment,” he said.
Pawar said that the government has also planned to invest Rs 2,000 crore to strengthen the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC).
An outlay of Rs 7,350 crore has been proposed for the Rural Development Department.
Maharashtra assembly budget session started on March 1 and will be last till March 10. The session was curtailed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. (ANI)

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