- Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, his
government is working sincerely to bring a solution to Naga political problem
and is open to consultations with all stakeholders.
- Mr Modi accuses Congress
government in Meghalaya of spending only 50 per cent of the Pradhan Mantri Gram
Sadak Yojana funds.
- Allahabad High Court
dismisses petition challenging state government's denial of permission to
prosecute UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur riots case.
- CBI arrests Rotomac Pens owner Vikram
Kothari, and his son for allegedly cheating a consortium of banks.
- Punjab National Bank
reiterates it has enough assets to meet any liability in the wake of Nirav Modi
- First sale of Electoral Bonds to commence from 1st March.
- Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asks Indian
Industries to enhance trade and investment ties for the benefit of both
- In Sports: Mary Kom advances to the
semifinals of the Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament.
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi has said, Nagaland needs a stable Government to bring in development and
peace. Addressing an election rally for BJP-NDPP alliance in Tuensang district
today, Mr Modi said his government is working sincerely to bring a solution to
the vexed Naga political problem, and is open to consultations with all
"अगले कुछ महीनों में नगालैंड के लोगों के लिए सम्मानजनक और उनके राजनीतिक अधिकारों का आदर करने वाला समाधान हम प्राप्त कर सकेंगे। हमारी सरकार नगालैंड की भलाई के लिए उठ रही हर आवाज का सम्मान करती है।
Mr Modi said, his
Government aims to bring infrastructure and transformation in the state by
transportation. He said the priority areas for development will include
infrastructure, water, electricity, connectivity and tourism. The Prime
Minister said special focus will be
given to Eastern Nagaland in terms of infrastructure development and welfare
Speaking on connectivity in the State, Mr Modi
said during the last three years, work on 500 kilometers of National Highways
has been completed and around 1000 more kilometers will be covered in 3-4
years, at a cost of over 10,000 crore rupees.
On the Centre's plan to
connect all State Capitals by Rail, Mr Modi said 3,000 crore rupees have been
sanctioned for Dimapur-Kohima rail connectivity. The Prime Minister also
assured to give Dimapur-Shillong flight connectivity in the near future.
Emphasizing the need to
provide electricity to every household, he said, the Centre has spent 800 crore
rupees, covering one lakh family in Nagaland, which is about 60 percent.
On the Centre’s Project on
Housing for all, he said the Centre will spend about 1,600 crore rupees on
housing for Nagaland. On health sector, especially for women, the Prime
Minister said, during the last three years the Centre has sanctioned 400 crore
rupees through the National Health Mission.
Mr Modi said the Centre is
giving priority to make agriculture products in the Northeast region hundred
Later, addressing a poll
rally at Phulbari in West Garo Hills district this afternoon, the Prime
Minister accused the Congress government of Meghalaya of wasting 50 years of
the people of the state, he said, under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, the
Centre had provided around 470 crore rupees for construction of 1100 KM of roads
in the state. However, he said, Meghalaya government spent only 50 per cent of
Appealing to people of
Meghalaya to give BJP a chance to serve them, Mr. Modi assured of good
governance by the BJP in the state guided by the principle of Sabka Saath Sabka
Expressing interest to
further strengthen the Act East Policy, Mr. Modi hoped this will open up
opportunities for people in the state as well as in the entire Northeast.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister
and senior Congress leader Mukul Sangma and Assam state Congress President
Ripun Bora also addressed poll rallies today.
The Congress has alleged
that BJP and National Peoples Party, NPP, are two sides of the same coin.
Addressing a press conference in Shillong today, Congress leader Randeep Singh
Surjewala claimed that NPP is funded by the BJP.
Water Resources Ministry
today approved projects worth four thousand crore rupees in its 9th executive
committee meeting of National Mission for Clean Ganga. The projects include a
20 Million Litres Per Day Common Effluent Treatment Plant at an estimated cost
of 629 crore rupees for tannery cluster at Jajmau in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
In an official release,
the Ministry said, this is a major step forward in arresting the pollution in
Ganga emanating from the crucial industrial town of Kanpur. Another project in
Kanpur was approved at an estimated cost of over 967 crore rupees for
rehabilitation and integration of sewage treatment infrastructure in Jajmau,
Bingawan, Sajari zones.
In Allahabad, a project
worth 904 crore rupees for rehabilitation and integration of sewage treatment
infrastructure was approved. The Ministry said, one project of bio-remediation
treatment of drains going into river Ganga has also been given approval at an
estimated cost of 410 crore rupees.
President Ramnath Kovind
today said, the UP government is ensuring industrial security and taking steps
for ease of doing business in the state. In his address at the valedictory
function of the two-day UP Investors’ Summit in Lucknow, Mr Kovind said, UP has
enough potential to lead the country and termed the Summit as an important step
towards the development of the state.
"उत्तर प्रदेश के विकास से ही भारत के विकास को पूर्णता मिलेगी। निवेशकों ने उत्तर प्रदेश में पूंजी लगाने के लिए जो उत्साह दिखाया है, उसके काफी स्पष्ट कारण है। देश की सबसे बड़ी श्रम शक्ति और उपभोक्ताओं की संख्या वाले इस प्रदेश में देश की सबसे बड़ी राज्य अर्थव्यवस्था बनने की पूरी क्षमता है।"
Our correspondent reports that Chief Minister
Yogi Adityanath said that it is a beginning of a new era in the history of
Minister Arun Jaitly said in his address that in the era of globalisation
states need to project themselves as a centre for investment and UP government
is doing the same. More than a dozen Union Ministers attended two day summit
which state government is terming a big success in which More than 9 thousand
registrations made and MOUs worth around 4.5 lakh crores were signed. Defence
Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said that defence corridor hub worth rupees
20 thousand crores will attract investment of more than one lakh crores through
PPP model. Union IT Minister Ravishankar Prasad announced to develop NOIDA and
GREATER NOIDA as hub of IT Sector. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, Air News,
The Allahabad High Court
today dismissed a writ petition challenging the order of the UP government,
whereby it had refused to grant sanction to prosecute Chief Minister, Yogi
Adityanath in connection with Gorakhpur riot case of 2007.
Dismissing the petition, a
division bench comprising Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Akhilesh Chandra
Sharma observed that the court did not find any procedural irregularity in the
order of refusal to grant sanction to prosecute the accused in the case. The
court also said that no error is found in the investigation.
The Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI, today arrested owner
of Rotomac Pens, Vikram Kothari, and his son Rahul Kothari in an ongoing
investigation of a case on allegations of cheating a consortium of seven banks.
The case was registered by CBI on a complaint filed by Bank of Baroda.
CBI had questioned both of
them at the agency's headquarters in New Delhi yesterday. Vikram Kothari was
also questioned in Kanpur, where his company and residence are located. It is
alleged that they diverted the loan amount towards purposes other than what
they were meant for.
The ED had slapped
criminal charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against
the company and its promoters based on the CBI FIR.
The Income Tax department
had also attached 14 bank accounts of the pen manufacturer as part of its tax
evasion probe against it.
Punjab National Bank today
reiterated that it has enough assets/capital to meet any liability. In a
regulatory filing, PNB added that it has followed all lawful avenues to recover
its dues from Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.
This filing comes days
after media reports quoted Nirav Modi saying that by going public, the bank had
closed all options to recover money. PNB had disclosed about the fraud on 14th
February, also through a regulatory filing.
Affairs Ministry today said that the matter regarding the whereabouts of Nirav
Modi should be addressed to the law enforcement agencies. A foreign office
spokesperson said, there are certain investigations and legal procedures which
need to be completed before MEA comes into the picture.
On a query whether Nirav
Modi has received the notice on his passport revocation process, the
spokesperson said the request had been received to send notice to a particular
email id and accordingly, the notice was sent to the email id. He said, the
notice has been acknowledged by Nirav Modi.
The first sale of Electoral Bonds will commence from the
1st of next month for a period of ten days. The Ministry of Finance said, State
Bank of India has been authorized to issue and encash Electoral Bonds initially
at its four authorised branches.
Electoral Bond will be valid for 15 days from the date of
issue and no payment shall be made to any payee Political Party if the Bond is
deposited after expiry of the validity period. The Bond deposited by any
eligible political party to its account shall be credited on the same day.
The Centre had notified the Electoral Bond Scheme 2018
through a Gazette Notification on the 2nd of last month. As per provisions of
the Scheme, Electoral Bonds may be purchased by a person, who is a citizen of
India or incorporated or established in India.
Only Political Parties registered under Representation of
People Act, which secured not less than one per cent of the votes polled in the
last General Election to the House of People or Legislative Assembly of the
State shall be eligible to receive Electoral Bonds.
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has asked Indian
Industries for enhancing trade and investment ties for the benefit of both
countries. Addressing India-Canada Business Session in New Delhi this evening,
Mr Trudeau said, India and Canada have to deepen and broaden the historical
relationship. He said, India and Canada must champion diversity as it leads to
better decision making and spurs Innovation. He said, this week’s trip has
resulted in over one billion Dollar investment between Canada and India. Mr
Trudeau said, both countries are committed to pursuing and upholding democracy.
"I say all the
time that Canada is strong not inspite of our differences but because of them
and my friends, the same is said of India. Diversity of religion, gender, lived
experience-these things enrich us and make our communities stronger and more
Speaking at the session, Union Minister for Food
Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal said, Canada and India have immense
scope to collaborate in various spheres including cold chain and refrigeration.
India says it is
ascertaining details as to how convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal got
a visa to enter India. A controversy had erupted after Canadian High
Commissioner Nadir Patel invited Atwal for a dinner which he was hosting for
the visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his delegation tonight.
Replying to a media query in New Delhi this evening, External Affairs Ministry
spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the invitation for the reception to Atwal
tonight has already been withdrawn by the Canadian side.
something which should be addressed to the Canadian side. I believe they have already clarified, they
have said that it was an oversight and that is the reason why the invitation
for the reception tonight, I believe, has been withdrawn"
Five-time world champion M
C Mary Kom in 48kg category today assured herself of a third successive
international medal by advancing to the semifinals of the 69th Strandja
Memorial Boxing Tournament for men and women in Sofia (Bulgaria) today. She defeated
old nemesis Steluta Duta of Romania in her quarterfinal contest.