‘Hera Panchami’ ritual associated with Ratha Jatra is being observed today

Shree Jagannatha Temple, Puri:

‘Hera Panchami’ ritual associated with Ratha Jatra is being observed today on the fifth day after the arrival of deities at ‘Gundicha Ghara’.

On the night of ‘Hera Panchami’, servitors carry the idol of Goddess Lakshmi from ‘Badadeula’ to ‘Gundicha Ghara’ in a palanquin.

As Shree Jagannatha does not accompany, Goddess Lakshmi feels let down and on Her notional instruction, one of Her sebayatas breaks a small portion of Nandighosha Ratha notionally damaging it and also as symbolic expression of Her anger; which is known as the ‘Ratha Bhanga niti’.

After the completion of these rituals, the Goddess is carried back to the ‘Badadeula’.

Terming the vaccine as a strategic tool for high infection areas PM Narendra Modi stressed the effective use of vaccination, in his meeting with CMs

Prime Minister’s Office:

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi interacted with CMs of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra and Kerala to discuss Covid related situation.

Union Home Minister, Health Minister were also present in the meeting.

The Chief Ministers thanked the Prime Minister for lending all possible help and support in tackling Covid.

They briefed the Prime Minister about the progress of vaccination and steps that are being taken to contain the spread of the virus in their states. They also provided feedback about the vaccination strategy.

The Chief Ministers talked about the steps taken to boost medical infrastructure and gave suggestions on dealing with any possible rise of cases in future. They also discussed post-Covid issues being faced by patients and steps being taken to provide assistance in such cases. They gave assurance that they are doing their best to control the surge of infection.

Union Home Minister mentioned that these six states account for more than eighty percent of the total cases during the month of July , while some of these states have very high test positivity rate as well.

Union Health Secretary discussed the Covid cases in the country, and talked about the need to reinforce Covid appropriate behaviour and containment measures in the districts with high case load. He also suggested that opening up of these districts should be done in a graded and calibrated manner.

In his closing remarks the Prime Minister lauded the state governments for their mutual cooperation and learning in their fight against the pandemic.

The Prime Minister said that all of us are at a point where apprehensions of the third wave are continuously expressed.

Despite experts giving positive signals due to the downward trends increasing number of cases in few states is still worrisome.

The Prime Minister pointed out that during the last week 80 per cent cases as well as 84 per cent unfortunate deaths came from the states present in the meeting.

Initially experts believed that states where the second wave originated will see the normalization first. However, increasing numbers in Kerala and Maharashtra are cause of grave worry, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister cautioned that similar trends were seen in January-February before the second wave. That’s why, the Prime Minister insisted, that in the states where cases are rising, we have to take proactive measures to prevent the possibility of the third wave.

The Prime Minister underlined the expert’s view that if the cases keep on rising for long time, chances of mutation of the Corona virus will also increase and dangers of new variants will also rise.

Therefore, said the Prime Minister, we need to continue with the strategy of Test, Track, Treat and Teeka (vaccination) while putting special focus on Micro-containment zones.

Districts with large numbers should be focussed on. Shri Modi stressed increased testing in entire states. Terming vaccine as a strategic tool for high infection areas, the Prime Minister stressed the effective use of vaccination.

The Prime Minister praised the states who are using this time to improve their RT-PCR testing capacity. The Prime Minister talked of the financial help that is being provided for enhancing medial infrastructure like ICU beds and testing capacity.

Referring to the recently approved Rs 23000 emergency Covid response package, the Prime Minister asked the states to use the funds to strengthen medical infrastructure.

The Prime Minister exhorted the states to fill the infrastructural gaps, specially in the rural areas. He also asked to strengthen IT systems, control rooms and call centres so that citizens get access to resources and data in a transparent manner and patients are spared the hassle.

Shri Modi said that out of 332 PSA plants allocated to the states present in the meeting, 53 plants have been commissioned. He asked the Chief Ministers to expedite the completion of the plants. The Prime Minister made special mention of the need to protect children from being infected and make all possible arrangement in this regard.

The Prime Minister reiterated that Corona is not over and expressed deep concern over the pictures that are coming post lockdown. He emphasized need to follow protocol and avoid crowding as many states in the meeting have metropolitan cities with dense population. He also called upon political parties, social organizations, and NGOs to spread awareness among people.

Eight new routes launched to boost regional air connectivity from Madhya Pradesh to Maharashtra & Gujarat

Ministry of Civil Aviation:

Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Minister of Civil Aviation along with Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh and Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare today virtually flagged off 8 new routes bolstering the aerial connectivity from Madhya Pradesh to Maharashtra & Gujarat.

Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia said “I would like to congratulate the people of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat on the commencement of the new flight operations.

Besides, additional flights between the Delhi-Jabalpur route will also commence from July 18 onwards, and Khajuraho-Delhi-Khajuraho flights from October 2021 onwards.

We are committed to bolster regional air connectivity and take the Prime Minister’s vision of Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) to greater heights!”

The airlines M/S SpiceJet will commence operations on these 8 new routes:
Gwalior-Mumbai-Gwalior,
Gwalior-Pune-Gwalior,
Jabalpur-Surat-Jabalpur, and
Ahmedabad-Gwalior-Ahmedabad route.

Gwalior is one of the first airports of Madhya Pradesh to be connected with the UDAN route and further enhancements in the air traffic led to the advent of additional regional routes.

Gwalior is now well connected with Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, & Jammu as UDAN routes and Mumbai, Pune, & Ahmedabad as non-UDAN routes.

The city is famous for its historical buildings like- Gwalior Fort, SaasBahu Temple, Tomb of Mohammad Ghaus, PhoolBagh, Gujari Mahal Museum, TeliKaMandir, Gwalior Zoo, Moti Mahal & Jai Vilas Palace.

The new routes will boost the aerial connectivity of Gwalior, the tourism city of Madhya Pradesh with the trade hubs of India, Maharashtra & Gujarat, and further improve economic activity. 

The commencement of these routes fulfils the objectives of the Ministry of Civil Aviation to enhance the regional connectivity of the Tier-2 & Tier-3 cities with the metro cities of the country.

With the flag-off, Jabalpur airport (Madhya Pradesh) is now connected with Bangalore, Hyderabad, & Pune as non-UDAN routes & with Bilaspur as UDAN route.

Earlier this month, under the UDAN scheme, M/S Indigo airlines started another flight to connect Kolkata, West Bengal & Imphal, Manipur with Dibrugarh, Assam.

To date, 359 routes and 59 airports including 5 heliports and 2 Water Aerodromes have been operationalized under the UDAN scheme.

The Ministry of Road Transport has formalised the registration process of Vintage Motor Vehicles in India: Nitin Gadkari

With an aim to preserve and promote the heritage of vintage vehicles, the MoRTH has formalised the registration process of Vintage Motor Vehicles in India.

With no existing rules for regulating the process of registration across different states, the new rules shall provide a hassle-free process along with salient features such as retention of old number for already registered vehicles and a “VA” series (Unique Registration Mark) for fresh registrations.

Nitin Gadkari – Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways

Assam Budget will pave way for filling up vacant posts in 48 departments and creating 10 new police battalions in the State: Himanta Biswa

Himanta Biswa Sarma – Chief Minister, Assam:

The Assam Budget 2021 is an embodiment of our promise to fulfill the aspirations of every Assamese.

I commend my colleague Smt Ajanta Neog for her unwavering commitment to uplift every section of our society through this budget and boost the double-engine of development.

This pro-poor Assam Budget 2021 will greatly strengthen the COVID19-ravaged economy of Assam.

Many path breaking initiatives in the budget will also drive economic revival post-pandemic & help realise Adarniya PM Shri Narendra Modi ji’s dream of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

We firmly believe in delivering on our poll promises and will remain steadfast in providing 1 lakh Govt jobs to the youth of Assam.

This Assam Budget will pave way for filling up vacant posts in 48 departments and creating 10 new police battalions in the State.

Haryana Govt releases 16,000 cusecs of water: AAP

Good News

The struggle of Delhiites has finally paid off.

After Kejriwal Govt approached the Supreme Court,

BJP’s Haryana Govt released 16,000 cusecs of water in Yamuna which has now reached Delhi.

AAM Aadmi Party

I warmly welcome Democratic Party of India’s announcement to extend unconditional support to Akali Dal BSP alliance: Sukhbir Singh Badal

Sukhbir Singh Badal – President, Akali Dal:

I warmly welcome Democratic Party of India’s announcement to extend unconditional support to Akali Dal BSP alliance.

Their support will further strengthen the alliance in Punjab.

I assure the DPI leadership that we will take everyone along in the path to progress & prosperity.

Reviewed the status of ongoing construction works of Central Vista Avenue Project: Hardeep Puri

Hardeep Singh Puri – Union Minister:

  • Reviewed the status of ongoing construction works of Central Vista Avenue Project with Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, officials of ministry & CPWD, contractor & architect Sh Bimal Patel.

  • The progress so far is satisfactory & on schedule.

  • Citizens will get an avenue they will be proud of.