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India

Government Targets 1,000 Routes Under UDAN Scheme: Union Minister

The centre has set a target to operationalise 100 unserved and underserved airports (File)New Delhi: Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday said his ministry has set a target of operationalising 100 unserved and underserved airports and starting at least 1,000 air routes under the UDAN scheme.He also said that privatisation is required in the field of aviation as it is not the government's specialisation to run airports.Addressing a press conference at the BJP's state office Kushabhau Thakre Parisar here over the Union Budget 2021-22, Mr Puri also said that domestic flight services from Bilaspur town in Chhattisgarh will begin from March 1 under the regional connectivity scheme."My ministry has set a target to operationalise 100 unserved and underserved airports and ...
Career and Education

Joe Biden opens major push for LGBTIQ rights abroad – Times of India

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has quickly launched a campaign to support LGBTIQ people abroad, putting their rights higher on the US foreign policy agenda than ever before. Elevating a 2011 initiative launched by his former boss Barack Obama -- and reversing a turnaround under Donald Trump -- Biden is expanding the scope of US efforts on LGBTIQ rights while also adjusting based on lessons learned over the past decade. In his first foreign policy speech, Biden announced Thursday he was ordering all US government agencies active abroad to promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people and to come up with plans within 180 days. "All human beings should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear no matter who they ar...
India

Centre Keen To Make West Bengal Business Hub: PM Modi

The expansion of pipeline network will also reduce the cost of natural gas, PM said (File)Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the Centre is making efforts to make West Bengal a premier trading and business hub through port-led development.Dedicating four projects, including the ambitious 348-km Dobhi-Durgapur natural gas pipeline built by government-owned GAIL, to the nation, PM Modi said these will make Haldia a major centre for import and export."Our efforts will be directed towards making the state a premier one in trading and business activity in the country. For this, port-led development is feasible and Haldia will play an important role in it," he said."Haldia will help the East to become self-reliant in the energy sector. This will in turn help in the aim of a s...
India

Sonia Gandhi Urges Party Workers To Help People Hit By Uttarakhand Floods

Congress stands with the people of Uttarakhand in this hour of tragedy, Sonia Gandhi said. (File)New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday urged all party workers and volunteers to help the people hit by a massive glacier break-off in Uttarakhand's Joshimath in the relief and rescue efforts.In a statement, the Congress chief expressed concern over the news of glacier breaking off in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, triggering an avalanche and a deluge in the Alaknanda river system that washed away hydroelectric stations, leaving at least seven people dead and 125 missing, who are feared dead."I pray for the safety of all and request Congress workers and volunteers to help people and authorities in their relief and rescue efforts. The Indian National Congress stands with the pe...
Career and Education

UP NHM Admit Card for Phase II, Feb 14 exam released; download here – Times of India

NEW DELHI: National Health Mission, Uttar Pradesh has released the Admit Card for the Phase II examination for Medical Officer, Accountant, Manager, Administrative Assistant and other posts. Candidates, who have applied for the examiantion, can now download their e-admit card on the official website - https://upnhm.samshrm.com/ - through candidate login using APPLICATION ID/ ROLL NO. and DATE OF BIRTH (DD-MM-YYYY). The UP NHM Admit Card is released for the Phase II Examination which will be conducted on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The written test for Phase II examination will be conducted in two Sessions - I & II from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and 20:00 pm to 04:00 pm. The NHM UP had released a notification for the recuritment of 1400 + 2700 (Backlog and New) Contractual Vacancies...
Sports

ISL: Hyderabad FC, NorthEast United FC Share Spoils In Goalless Stalemate | Football News

Hyderabad FC and NorthEast United FC failed to break away from the pack chasing the final two playoff spots, as they cancelled each other out in a goalless draw in the Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Sunday. While Hyderabad FC moved to third on goal difference, NEUFC climbed above FC Goa to fourth. The Gaurs, however, have a game in hand and will face leaders Mumbai City FC on Monday. No one was able to find the breakthrough in the first half, with defences of both sides standing tall. Despite hogging possession, Hyderabad FC registered just one shot on target against NEUFC in the first half -- their lowest against any ...
India

Uttarakhand Flood: 5 Bridges Destroyed, Food Via Air For Cut Off Villages

A glacier broke off in Uttarakhand's Chamoli, leading to flash flood that hit several key infrastructuresDehradun: Access to at least 13 villages in Uttarakhand's Tapovan that was hit by flood after a glacier broke off in the upper reaches of the hill state remains cut off. The glacial disaster washed away five bridges of the Border Roads Organisation in the area.These bridges - one big and four small - connected narrow roads in the hills with the 13 villages. Officials said arrangements are being made to airdrop food packets to the villages.Visuals of a key tunnel at Tapovan show the structure covered in mud and debris. Two power projects - NTPC''s Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project and Rishi Ganga hydel project - were extensively damaged when water from the glacier that broke off hit the...
India

Maharashtra Promises Action On Speech By Ex-Aligarh University Student

Sharjeel Usmani should have been stopped by ex-Magistrate who was present at the event, Ajit Pawar saidNagpur (Maharashtra): Days after a case was registered against former Aligarh Muslim University student Sharjeel Usmani in Maharashtra for allegedly delivering a controversial speech at the Elgar Parishad event in Pune, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Sunday said that the state government will consider barring such people from speaking at events."Sharjeel should have been stopped by former Magistrate who was present there (Elgar Parishad). Strict action will be taken based on FIR by the government. The government will consider barring such people from speaking at events while granting permission for any programme," Ajit Pawar said during a press conference.A case was registered aga...
India

Was Against Power Projects On Ganga, Main Tributaries: Uma Bharti

Uma Bharti said she was in Uttarkashi on Saturday and is now in Haridwar (File)New Delhi: BJP leader Uma Bharti Sunday said the Uttarakhand flood tragedy triggered by a glacier burst is a matter of concern as well as a warning, and added that as a minister she had spoken against having any power project on the Ganga and its major tributaries.Ms Bharti was the minister of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation during the first term of the Modi government.In a series of tweets in Hindi, she said the glacier breaking off had damaged a power project, triggering the massive crisis.This tragedy that has happened in Rishi Ganga in the Himalayas is a matter of concerns as well as a warning, she said."When I was a minister, my ministry in its affidavit about the dams in Uttara...
India

Government’s Conspiracy Against Us Strengthened Protest: Farmer Leader Rakesh Tikait

Centre used the National Flag issue to demotivate farmers, alleged Rakesh TikaitCharkhi Dadri (Haryana): Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said the central government's conspiracy against farmers has strengthened their protest against the three new farm laws.Farmer unions held a mahapanchayat in Charkhi Dadri on Sunday where thousands of farmers gathered. Farmer leaders, including Rakesh Tikait, Balbir Singh Rajewal and Darshan Pal Singh were present at the mahapanchayat.Addressing the gathering, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said, "They (central government) do not mind if the country is broken. Using the National Flag issue, they tried to demotivate us. To weaken the protest, they conspired against us. But we emerged stronger after two days. Our demand is to repeal ...