Kanimozhi – MP, DMK leader:
The plan that Adani Ports submitted to develop Kattupalli port contains major issues that the Govt needs to carefully assess.
TN Pollution Board has decided to hold a public hearing on 22 Jan.
Tamil Nadu needs to invest into industrial development but it cannot come at the cost to our ecology and environment.
The Govt shouldn’t take lightly threats to livelihood, flooding & ecological damage.
Kamal Haasan – President, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) :
Union Health Ministry:
States/UTs were advised to plan COVID vaccination sessions 4 days in a week to minimize disruption of Routine Health Services
Today being Sunday, only 06 States conducted vaccination sessions. In these 553 sessions a total of 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated (provisional). Total 2,24,301 beneficiaries vaccinated so far
Majority of the Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) are minor in nature: pain, mild swelling at injection site, mild fever, body ache, nausea, giddiness and mild allergic reactions like rashes, etc
A total of 447 AEFIs have been reported on 16th & 17th out of which only 3 required hospitalization.
Two have been discharged from the hospital & the other is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh and is fine
To build a sports culture in the country, it is important that our sportspersons get the honour that they deserve, because only then will the younger generations be enthused to take up sport as a career.kiren rijiju – union sports minister
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports via PIB India:
In an effort to honour sporting heroes of the country, the Sports Ministry has taken a decision to name all upcoming and upgraded sporting facilities of the Sports Authority of India, after renowned athletes, who have contributed to sports in India.
In the first leg, the newly built air-conditioned wrestling hall and the learners swimming pool in the National Centre of Excellence (NCOE) in Lucknow,
The 100-bedded hostel in NCOE Bhopal,
The multipurpose hall and Girls’ hostel in NCOE Sonepat, as well as
The new STC In Guwahati which has a hostel, multipurpose hall and staff quarters, will be named after local star sportspersons.
Speaking about the decision, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju said, “To build a sports culture in the country, it is important that our sportspersons get the honour that they deserve, because only then will the younger generations be enthused to take up sport as a career.
The government is already providing all support to present and even past athletes to ensure that they have a life of comfort and dignity.
Acknowledging their contribution to sports by naming sporting facilities after them is yet another endeavour of the Government to strengthen its commitment to sportspersons.”
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways via PIB India:
The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has created a record by constructing 534 km of National Highways in the last week commencing 8 January.
The Ministry has constructed 8,169 km of National Highways (NHs) from April 2020 to 15 January 2021 in the current financial year 2020-21, i.e. with a speed of about 28.16 km per day.
During the same period in the last fiscal, 7,573 km roads were constructed, with a speed of 26.11 km per day.
The Ministry is hopeful that with such pace it should be able to cross construction target of 11,000 km by 31 March.
The Ministry also awarded NH projects of 7,597 km during this period (April 2020 to 15 January 2021).
In 2019-20, projects of 3,474 km were awarded during the same period. Thus, the pace of award has also more than doubled this fiscal.
In total, projects of 8,948 km of roads were awarded in 2019-20 while 10,237 km of roads were constructed.
The achievement assumes significance given the fact that the first two months of the current fiscal were lost due to nationwide lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry has taken several initiatives to increase the pace of construction. The pace of construction is expected to increase further in the remaining months of the current financial year, which are conducive for construction activities.
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has underlined change in approach in railways infrastructure development in recent times.
This change has led to unprecedented progress in modernization in Indian Railways.
Shri Modi was speaking after flagging off eight trains connecting different regions of the country to Kevadiya in Gujarat and inaugurating several railways related projects in the state, via video conferencing.
The Prime Minister said that earlier focus was limited to keeping the existing infrastructure running and there was little attention on new thinking or new technology.
It was imperative to change this approach. In the recent years, work was done on comprehensive transformation of entire railway system and it wasn’t limited to tinkering with budget and new train announcements.
The transformation took place on many fronts. He gave example of the present project of connecting Kevadiya where multi-pronged focus led to completion of the task in record time.
The Prime Minister also presented Dedicated Freight Corridor as an example of change in approach from earlier times.
The Prime Minister dedicated the Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors recently.
This project was under progress and between 2006-2014 work was done only on papers with not even a single kilometre track laid.
Now a total of 1100 Kilometre are about to be completed in next few months.
Pic Credit: BJP India
Manish Sisodia – Dy CM, Delhi:
Had a review meeting with senior Education Dept officials.
Everyone is excited and little nervous at having Class 10 & 12 students back in schools from tomorrow for practical/counselling.
All preparations -sanitizers, masks, social distancing measures- are in place.
Good luck to all!
Milind Deora, Former Minister, Communications & Shipping :
In 1974, George Harrison helped organise a world tour for Indian classical musicians led by Pandit Ravi Shankar, featuring Ustad Alla Rakha, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma & others.
45 years before India’s first Rafale aircraft got its ‘ Om’ , there was this…
P Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister :
NITI Aayog’s Committee of CMs on Agriculture concluded its deliberations in September 2019 and gave its report After 16 months, the report has not yet been “presented” to NITI Aayog’s governing council! Why, nobody knows and nobody will answer!
Citing this as the reason, the RTI request of Ms Anjali Bhardwaj for a copy of the report has been rejected! Alice would have said “curiouser and curiouser”.
I salute Ms Anjali Bhardwaj for her tenacity and single-minded pursuit of information
PM Modi flags off 8 trains connecting Statue of Unity :
Today is a historic day for us, the beauty of Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat is being highlighted.
In the history of Indian Railways, for the first time 8 trains from across the nation have been connected with a single destination.
Today is the amalgamation of Indian Railways Mission and Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s Vision.
It is for the first time in the history of railways when so many trains were flagged for the same place from different corners of the country.
There is no place like Kevadia, it is identified by the Statue of Unity and Sardar Sarovar Dam. It is becoming the new tourist destination of our country. It is estimated that in the coming years 1 lakh people will daily visit Kevadiya.
Kevadia is fast emerging as a prime tourist destination in India. Tourists from various countries are visiting Kevadia. Statue of Unity has more tourists than Statue of Liberty..
Today, one of the trains leaving for Kevadia is coming from Purchachi Talavar Dr. MG Ramachandran Central Railway Station. It is a happy coincidence that today is the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratan MG Ramachandran. He ruled the hearts of people from the film screen to the political screen. His life and entire political journey was devoted to the poor.He had worked relentlessly for the dignified life of the poor
The biggest benefit of this rail connectivity will not only be available to the tourists visiting the Statue of Unity, but it will also change the lives of Kevadia tribals.
Many facilities have been brought to Kevadia. Employment is generated in nearby Adivasi villages. More than 200 rooms in Adivasi villages have been turned into homestays.
Modernisation of Railways is underway. We are focussing on newer technology in Railways. Advanced technology trains connected to Kevadia