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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches several development projects in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka; Says attaining self-sufficiency in defence production and ensuring all possible support to the forces is his government's dream.

  • CBI questions Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar for the second day today.

  • Five terrorists killed in an encounter in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Around 2 crore devotees take holy dip in Sangam at Prayagraj during third and last shahi snan on the occasion of Basant Panchmi.

  • West Asian country Abu Dhabi includes Hindi as third official court language alongwith Arabic and English.

  • In Cricket, Indian Men's and Women's team end their tour to New Zealand with defeat in T-20 Internationals finals of three-match series at Hamilton.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched several development projects in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on a day-long visit to the three states today.

At Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, the Prime Minister dedicated to the nation the 1.33 million metric ton capacity Visakhapatnam Strategic Petroleum Reserve facility. He also inaugurated Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited's Vashishta and S1 development project located in the Krishna-Godavari Offshore Basin. Foundation stone was also laid for setting up of a new terminal of BPCL at Krishnapatnam.

Addressing a gathering in Guntur, Mr Modi said the project is not only important for Andhra Pradesh but for the entire nation to meet its energy needs. 

"सारे प्रोजेक्ट से यहां के युवाओं को सीधा रोजगार तो मिलेगा ही, साथ ही गैस पर आधारित उद्योगों का भी विकास होगा। साथियों भारत को गैस और क्लीन फ्यूल बेस इकोनॉमिक बनाने के लिए हम तेज गति से काम कर रहे हैं। चाहे रसोई में एलपीजी और पीएनजी के कनेक्शन हों, गाड़ियों में सीएनजी हों या फिर गैस से फर्टिलाइजर बनाने वाले कारखानें, पूरे देश में व्यापक काम हो रहा है।

Slamming the Opposition, the Prime Minister said, parties which left the people to live in smoke, are now spreading smoke of lies. He also criticised Chief Minister and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu, saying he has made a U-turn on promises of development by not using central funds in an appropriate way.

At Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu, Mr Modi commissioned the 10-km stretch of the Chennai Metro rail through video-conferencing. The stretch connects DMS and Washermanpet and also completes the 45-km long Metro rail first phase in the state capital. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for a 100-bedded ESIC hospital, besides inaugurating a 470-bedded modern ESIC hospital in Chennai. He also launched the modernisation and expansion works of Chennai and Trichy airport terminals. The new crude oil pipeline from Chennai Port to its refinery at Manali in north Chennai were also commissioned by the Prime Minister.

Addressing a BJP rally at Tiruppur, Mr Modi termed creation of two defence corridors, one of which is in Tamil Nadu, as a path breaking step. He said, the corridor in the state will bring industry and investment opportunities for the youth. The Prime Minister made a scathing attack against Congress, saying the previous Government led by the party was not serious about the modernisation of the Defence Forces.

"Those who got the opportunity to rule the nation for years, did not bother about India's defence sector, for them this sector was only about brokering deals and helping their own set of friends. In the process, the party did not allow the modernisation of the defence forces."

Mr Modi said, his government has been focusing on Defence modernisation and self-reliance.

"We dream of an India that is self sufficient in defence production and where our forces have all the possible support they require in keeping our nation safe. It is our government that took the pathbreaking step of creating two defence corridors, one of it is in Tamil Nadu. Such a corridor will bring industry and investment, options and opportunities for Tamil Nadu's youth."

At Hubli in Karnataka, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of Indian Institute of Technology - Dharwad and Indian Institute of Information Technology - Dharwad. City Gas Distribution Project at Dharwad was also unveiled. Mr Modi also dedicated to the nation SPR facilities in Mangalore and Padur. The work for doubling of the Chikjajur-Mayakonda railway line was also inaugurated by the Prime Minister.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Modi said, projects worth 5,000 crore rupees have been inaugurated which will give an impetus to the government's vision of development for all.


Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and former TMC MP Kunal Ghosh are being questioned at the CBI office in Shillong today in connection with Chitfund Scam Case. Questioning of the Kolkata Police Commissioner resumed this morning for the second day, while another accused of the scam Kunal Ghosh also appeared for the questioning at the CBI office. Our correspondent has the details:-

" The questioning of the police chief comes in the wake of the Saradha chit-fund scam. The police chief was accused of evidence tampering when he headed the special investigation team of the scam way back in 2013. A 22 page questionnaire was prepared by the CBI for questioning and carried out in a phase manner. The questioning which began from yesterday is being video recorded by the CBI for evidence. It is expected that the investigation will continue tomorrow as well. Moirangthem Rustum Singh  for AIR News, Shillong."


In Jammu and Kashmir, five terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces at Kellam Devsar area in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district today. The gunfight erupted in the area in wee hours after a joint team of security forces launched cordon and search operation on the basis of specific information about presence of terrorists in the area. As the forces zeroed in on the suspected place, the hiding terrorists fired upon forces indiscriminately.


In Rajasthan, at least 20 trains were cancelled and seven diverted as the Gurjar community agitation demanding five per cent quota in jobs and education continued for the third day today. Officials said, train services were affected as the protesters continued their sit-in on railway tracks in Sawai Madhopur district. Highways connecting major cities were also blocked. Police said, in Dholpur, protesters set afire three police vehicles, and also pelted stones, injuring four personnel. Police had to use tear gas to disperse the crowd. As a precautionary measure, authorities have imposed prohibitory orders under CrPc section 144 in Dholpur and neighbouring Karauli.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has called the stone pelting and the torching of vehicles as unjustified.


The festival of Basant Panchmi is being celebrated today. It is celebrated as Saraswati Puja on Panchmi of Shukla Paksh in the month of Magh.

On the occasion, around two crore devotees took a holy dip during the third and final Shahi Snan at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Mela authorities said, the devotees were still at Sangam, the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Our correspondent reports that elaborate security arrangements were made for the Shahi Snan.

"The Shahi Snaan was initiated by saints and seers of different Akharas early this morning. Seers of Atal and Mahanirvani Akharas were the first to take Royal bath that continued till afternoon by other Akharas. Display and Dance of saints and seers of different Akharas were centre of attraction. Forty snan ghats have been prepared along 8 kilometer length  to  manage crowds of the pilgrims. Railways have arranged over 130 special trains while Uttar Pradesh Transport department has pressed 4 thousand buses in service for the mega event. Sanjeev  Sharma, AIR news, Kumbh Nagri , Prayagraj."

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have greeted the people on Basant Panchami.

In West Bengal, Saraswati Puja is being celebrating with traditional fervour. The idol of Saraswati, the goddess of learning, is worshipped in every household, particularly educational institutions.


In Uttar Pradesh, police and excise officials launched a massive crackdown against bootlegging across the state today following the recent hooch tragedy in Saharanpur and Kushinagar districts. More than 3,000 people have been arrested in these operations. The operations were launched late Friday night on the orders of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Over 2,800 cases have been registered and police have recovered more than one lakh thirty thousand litres of illicit liquor till now.

In Kushinagar, Deputy SP of Tankuhi Raj area has been removed and 47 police personnel were sent to police lines.

A joint operation against illicit liquor is also on in Uttarakhand. Two people have, so far, been arrested.

The death toll in both the states due to the tragedy has risen to 76. In UP, forty five people have lost their lives, while 31 have died in Uttarakhand.


West Asian country Abu Dhabi has decided to include Hindi as the third official court language alongwith Arabic and English, as part of a move designed to improve access to justice. The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) said, it has extended the adoption of interactive forms of statement of claims filed before courts by including Hindi. A report from our West Asia correspondent:-

"The move will help the Hindi speakers to learn about litigation procedures, their rights and duties without a language barrier. India forms the largest expat community residing in UAE and a number of its people are blue collared workers. In a tweet, Ambassador Navdeep Suri welcomed the move and said that“this is an excellent step by Abu Dhabi that will certainly improve access to justice for India's blue collar workers. This is yet another indication of the strengthening relations between India and UAE. Kanchan Prasad Mandlaus, AIR News, Dubai."


In Cricket, both the Indian Men's and Women's teams ended their tour to New Zealand with a defeat in the final Twenty-20 Internationals of the three-match series at Hamilton today. The Men in Blue lost the series, 1-2. Put in to bat, the Kiwis had posted a mammoth 212 for 4. In reply, Team India managed to make 208 for 6 in the alloted 20 overs.

The Indian eves failed to bag a consolation win as they lost the final T-20 by 2 runs. Opting to bat, the hosts put 161 for 7 on the board. In reply, India felt short by just 2 runs, making 159 for 4 wickets. New Zealand swept the series, 3-nil.


The 13th International Oil and Gas Conference - PETROTECH - 2019 got underway at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida today. Over 95 Energy Ministers from partner countries are expected to participate in the three day Conference. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate the event tomorrow. The theme of the conference is Collaborating For Sustainable and Secure Energy Access for All.


The MeT department has predicted another spell of rain in plains and snowfall in higher reaches of Kashmir, Jammu and parts of Ladakh between Wednesday to Friday next week. Talking to AIR, MeT Director in Jammu and Kashmir, Sonam Lotus said, the spell will be of lower intensity than the previous one.

In Himachal Pradesh, intense cold is prevailing in most parts of the State owing to recent heavy snowfall and rain. According to met department state may witness more snowfall and rain next week.


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