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Puducherry [India], February 21 (ANI): Streets were waterlogged in parts of Puducherry on Sunday due to continuous rainfall in the Union Territory since Saturday.
According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), rain and thunderstorm were observed from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday at few places in Tamilnadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal.
“Isolated thunderstorm and lightning very likely over Puducherry during next 24 hours,” said IMD in its daily weather bulletin today.
The department also predicted light to moderate rainfall at isolated or scattered places in Puducherry during the next two days. (ANI)

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Smriti Irani, Giriraj Singh slam Rahul on repeat gaffe over Fisheries Ministry

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New Delhi [India], February 24 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s repeat “gaffe” about the need for the creation of Fisheries Ministry drew sharp criticism from union ministers including Smriti Irani and Giriraj, Singh who accused him of peddling lies.
During an interaction with the fishing community in Kollam in Kerala on Wednesday, Gandhi made a veiled attack at the Central government saying no one speaks for fishermen in Delhi.
“Just like our farmers farm the land, you farm the sea. Farmers have a Ministry in Delhi, you don’t. No one speaks for you in Delhi. The first thing I would do is to have a ministry dedicated to the fishermen of India so that your issues can be defended and protected,” he said.
Gandhi had made a gaffe earlier this month at a meeting in Puducherry and demanded the setting up of a separate ministry for fisheries. The BJP leaders had then slammed his remarks.
While BJP leaders slammed Gandhi over his latest remarks, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge defended him.
Union Minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development Smriti Irani said that Wayanad MP’s “spiteful, vile politics is based on lies”.
“The fact that Rahul Gandhi sustains on a lie was evident when he again promised the people in Kerala, a ministry for fisheries. The fact that he insults the people of Kerala by speaking a lie time and again is something that the citizens need to take note of,” Irani said.
Giriraj Singh, who is Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, accused Gandhi of “misleading the people of the country”.
“He (Rahul Gandhi) should know that there is a Fisheries Department for which an investment of Rs 20,050 crore has been made by the Centre. In 70 years, work that couldn’t be done by your ‘nanaji’ and others, has been done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.
“I believe that it’s a planned strategy. The brother is putting a rift between north and south and the sister is misleading the farmers. Rahul Gandhi’s strategy is to mislead the fishermen. He is either conspiring to mislead the country or he does not have sufficient knowledge,” he added.
Union Power Minister RK Singh said the senior leaders from the Congress should inform Gandhi that a separate ministry already exists under the leadership of Giriraj Singh.
“It seems that no one has given information on Fisheries Ministry to him and he does not know about it. It is important that senior leaders of Congress should make him understand so that he doesn’t make such statements. They should correct him that the Government of India already has a Fisheries Ministry and Giriraj Singh is Cabinet Minister and Ministry is doing a lot of work,” Singh said.
“He (Rahul Gandhi) had said the same thing in the past in Puducherry,” he added.
Kharge said that attention was not being paid to the Fisheries Department.
“Fisheries Department comes under Agriculture but nobody gives attention. I appreciate what Rahul Gandhi said. They need full support from the government. Fisheries Ministry should be created. In some places, there are Fishery Ministries but at the Centre, they haven’t taken the interest.” (ANI)

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Announcements made against me from mosque: Sanjeev Balyan on clashes in Muzaffarnagar

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Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India], February 24 (ANI): Following the clash between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) workers in Soram village of Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh, Union Minister and BJP leader Sanjeev Balyan alleged that clash was instigated by an announcement made through a mosque.
At least four people were injured reportedly on Monday during the clash at Soram village where Balyan had gone to pay homage to a deceased local and an argument ensued between the two sides.
“Ten to twelve family members of a Samajwadi Party candidate misbehaved with me in Bhaisnwal village. Five to six Lok Dal workers did the same when I was in Soram village to attend a function. After I left, a clash erupted. Announcements were made from mosque to unite against me,” the Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry and Muzaffarnagar MP told mediapersons here on Tuesday.
Western Uttar Pradesh has been witnessing a number of farmers’ “mahapanchayats” amid the protest against the Centre’s three farm laws.
The central government had offered to put the farm laws “on hold” for 12-18 months, an offer rejected by the farmers’ unions protesting against the laws. Several rounds of talks have been held with farmers over their demand for the repeal of three new laws against which farmers have been protesting at Delhi borders for nearly three months. (ANI)

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Mangaluru identified as prominent emerging IT cluster: Karnataka Deputy CM

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Mangaluru (Karnataka) [India], February 24 (ANI): The Karnataka government has identified Mangaluru as a prominent technology cluster in its effort to expand the information technology industry as per ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ policy, said Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwathnarayan on Wednesday.
Ashwathnarayan during his inaugural speech at Mangaluru Innovation Conclave said, “Mangaluru has been identified as the emerging technology cluster which includes the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, and Kodagu and this process will be accelerated with appropriate measures.”
“Mangaluru will also emerge as the startup hub apart from becoming an IT hub and the government is taking required measures towards that end. Mangaluru has also been considered as a prominent cluster with regard to ESDM (electronic system and design management) and this is a prominent zone in the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ region,” he said.
To promote the growth of innovation and technology in areas ‘Beyond Bengaluru’, the Karnataka government has constituted the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) to promote digital industry growth, attract investments and promote the technology industry across our state.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that the body would work alongside the state government and would help in increasing the contribution of the digital economy in the state to 30 percent of state’s GSDP and generate additional employment of around 30 lakhs in the next 5 years. “We are also targeting revenue of USD150 billion in IT exports in Karnataka in the next five years.” (ANI)

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Have Rahul, Sonia ever praised Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue?: Ravi Shankar Prasad hits out at Cong criticism over Motera Stadium renaming

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New Delhi [India], February 24 (ANI): Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday hit out at the Congress party whose leaders had expressed disapproval over the naming of the Motera Cricket Stadium after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and asking if Sonia or Rahul Gandhi had ever praised the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue in Kevadia.
“Has Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi ever praised world’s tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Kevadia? Have they visited it? What more can be said?” the Union Minister said at a press conference here.
Earlier today, President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 1,32,000-seater stadium, the largest cricket in the world.
Speaking at the inauguration of the stadium President Kovind noted that the stadium also provides world-class facilities for various sporting activities.
“It is a matter of pride for us that the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium has become the world’s largest cricket stadium with a capacity of 1.32 lakh spectators. The stadium is not only the largest in the world but also provides world-class facilities for various sporting activities,” he said.
Following the President’s announcement, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had tweeted, “Maybe they just realised the stadium was named for a Home Minister who had banned their parent organisation! Or maybe this is advance booking to ensure the next visiting Head of State is hosted here, like Trump? Or is this the beginning of a legacy-creation-thru-labelling spree?”
The BJP has also hit back stating that significant sports infrastructure, awards, and trophies in the country have been named after members of the Nehru-Gandhi family. (ANI)

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Naming of world’s largest stadium after PM Modi a ‘humble attempt’ to honour his vision, says JP Nadda

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New Delhi [India], February 24 (ANI): Bharatiya Janta Party national president Jagat Prakash Nadda on Wednesday said that the naming of the world’s largest stadium after Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a “humble attempt” to honour his vision.
“With the untiring efforts and policies of the Prime Minister, India will secure the top position in sports as well. The naming of the world’s largest stadium after PM Narendra Modi is a humble attempt to honour his vision,” Nadda tweeted.
Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the newly-built Motera Stadium which was renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium ahead of the pink-ball Test between India and England.
The stadium is the biggest cricket stadium in the world as it has a total capacity of 1,32,000 and all the facilities have been taken care of. (ANI)

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Parts of north India to witness heavy downpour, snowfall

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New Delhi [India], February 24 (ANI): Heavy rain lash and snowfall are expected in parts of north India this week starting from Wednesday.
In view of the harsh conditions on the horizon, multiple orange alerts have been issued over the western Himalayan region particularly in Jammu-Kashmir and Uttarakhand.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a western disturbance will begin influencing the weather across the northernmost parts of India from Wednesday onwards.
The MeT department forecast isolated hailstorm very likely over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan and Muzaffarabad on February 25 and over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
“Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall/snowfall over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan and Muzaffarabad from Wednesday to Sunday, and isolated to scattered rain/snow over Uttarakhand over the next five days. As for Himachal Pradesh, isolated to scattered rain/snow conditions are on the alert for the next two days, followed by fairly widespread rain/snow for the subsequent three days,” the IMD said.
Apart from the precipitation, isolated thunderstorms and lightning are also in the forecast over all the locations for the rest of the week. Moreover, isolated hailstorms may hit Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan and Muzaffarabad on Wednesday and Thursday, Himachal Pradesh from Thursday to Saturday, and Uttarakhand between Tuesday and Saturday.
This sign is expected to bring some balance to the precipitation figures across the Western Himalayan region, which has experienced below-average rain and snow since the beginning of 2021. However, given the predictions, the IMD, New Delhi has issued an advisory instructing residents to ‘be prepared’ for rough weather. (ANI)

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