22nd February, 2018
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, his government is working to find a
respectable solution to the Naga issue within a few months; To address election
rally at Phulbari in Meghalaya this afternoon.
- Government to adopt new technologies for
housing projects to provide a further boost to the housing sector.
- Enforcement Directorate freezes mutual
funds and shares worth about 94.5 crore rupees of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi
Group in connection with PNB Scam.
- Pakistani troops violate ceasefire along
LoC in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
- Maldives Prosecutor General says,
extension of emergency is
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has exuded confidence that within the next
few months a respectable solution to the Naga political problem will be arrived
at. Addressing an election rally for BJP-NDPP alliance at Tuensang in eastern
Nagaland, Mr Modi said his government is working sincerely to bring a solution
to the Naga political problem.
Modi called upon the people to vote for a stable government in Nagaland, which
would be fully dedicated to the development of the state. He said, only a
stable government can work for the development of the state. Mr Modi said, a
BJP government in Nagaland will ensure that the money sent by the Centre
reaches the people of the state.
"ये भी बहुत जरूरी है कि केन्द्र सरकार नागालैंड के लिए, विकास के लिए इतना पैसा देती है उसकी पाई-पाई आपके विकास के लिए खर्च होनी चाहिए। हमारे देश में एक बार एक प्रधानमंत्री ने कहा था कि दिल्ली से एक रूपया निकलता है तो गांव जाते-जाते 15 पैसा हो जाता है। ये स्थिति बदलने का हमने संकल्प लेकर हम काम कर रहे है।"
about the connectivity problem in the state, the Prime Minister said his vision
for the North East is 'Transformation by Transportation'. He said, the
government has added 500 km of National Highways. Mr Modi said, the talented
people of Nagaland have always enhanced the value of the country.
"अब जब देश न्यू इंडिया के संकल्प को पूरा करने के संकल्प के साथ आगे बढ़ रहा है, तो हम नागालैंड के लोगों का विकास, यहां के लोगों का संकल्प, न्यू इंडिया के सपने को पूरा करने में बहुत महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाएगा। आप सभी के योगदान से ही राष्ट्र का निर्माण का यह कार्य तेज गति से आगे बढ़ेगा। न्यू इंडिया का सपना, न्यू नागालैंड का सपना भी साकार होगा।"
Our correspondent has filed this report:
Minister Narendra Modi talked about road development and said during the last
three years work on five hundred kilometers of National Highways in the state
have been completed. He also disclosed that the Centre has Plans to connect all
State Capitals by Railways. Emphasising on the need to provide electricity to
every household, Mr Modi said Centre has spend 800 crore rupees covering one
lakh families in Nagaland, which is about 60 percent of the total population.
He said, the remaining 40 percent will also be covered very shortly. For Kohima
Smart City project, the Prime Minister informed that Centre has already
sanctioned 1,800 crore rupees. ANENLA JAMIR, AIR NEWS, KOHIMA."
The BJP is contesting 20 seats in the February 27 elections for the
60-member assembly and NDPP is contesting on remaining 40. Neiphiu Rio, who has
been declared elected 'uncontested', is the chief ministerial candidate of the
The Prime Minister will address an election rally at Phulbari in Garo Hills in Meghalaya today. Our correspondent reports that elaborate
arrangement has been made in and around the venue ahead of Prime Minister's
visit. All the political parties have intensified their efforts to woo the
voters. Meanwhile, Election Commission is also taking
necessary measures to ensure smooth polling. Our correspondent has filed this
"The Election Commission will hold a discussion via video conferencing
with the senior officials of Assam and Meghalaya tomorrow. Chief Electoral
Officer of Meghalaya FR Kharkangor said, the meeting will discuss better border
co-ordination, law and order situation, among other issues. There are 177
polling stations bordering Assam. Chief Secretaries, DGPs and Chief Electoral
Officers of both the states will attend the video conference. Security has been
beefed up in Meghalaya ahead of the polls slated to be held on 27th of this
month. MANAS PRATIM SARMA, AIR NEWS, GUWAHATI."
Housing and Urban affairs Minister
Hardeep Singh Puri today said that government will adopt new technologies for
their housing projects to provide a further boost to the housing sector. Addressing
the National Seminar on Emerging Building Materials and Construction
Technologies in New Delhi, Mr Puri said, to construct new building, green
technology is the only option. He said, the construction sector has witnessed
significant advancements in technology, materials and construction practices.
Mr Puri said, this advancement of technology has further led to improved
efficiency, safety, and quality of construction projects. He said, with the
extension of interest subsidy for the Middle Income Group category, the Housing
for all mission has got a big boost. The Minister also said, there is need to
revamp scientifically solid waste management system.
The Enforcement Directorate today froze
mutual funds and shares worth about 94.5 crore rupees of Nirav Modi and Mehul
Choksi Group in connection with alleged fraud at Punjab National Bank. Our
correspondent has details:
"According to the Enforcement Directorate officials, the frozen mutual
funds and shares, worth 86.72 crore rupees, belong to Choksi and his group, and
the rest are owned by the Modi group. The agency also seized nine costly cars
of Nirav Modi. The CBI team raided Nirav Modi's farmhouse in Alibag in Mumbai.
Yesterday, a special court remanded Vipul Ambani, the president of finance of
Nirav Modi's FireStar Diamond, and five others in CBI custody till March 5th. Chetan Risbud, AIR News, Mumbai."
In Jammu and Kashmir, a fresh cease fire
violation by Pakistan Army has been reported in Uri sector of North Kashmir's
Baramulla district today. Security sources told AIR that Pakistan Army resorted
to unprovoked firing in Churanda area at Tika post in Uri Sector this morning.
They said the fire was retaliated by
Indian Army in a befitting manner. There was no report of any loss of life or
damage to any property on this side of LoC. BSF IG Sonali Mishra said that the
ceasefire violation by Pakistan is part of their design to disturb peace in the
"पाकिस्तान की तरफ से लगातार इस तरह का दुस्साहस किया जाता है। वे नहीं चाहते है कि भारत में अमन, चैन, शांति रहे, जिसके लिए वह विभिन्न तरीके अपनाते हैं। उसमें सीज़फायर वायलेशन, नाइटपेन, बैट एक्शन, इन्फिलिट्रेशन करके इंटरलैंड में भी जो है अमन, शांति को बरकरार नहीं रखना, ये उनके मंसूबे रहते है। उसी के तहत ये कार्रवाई जारी है।"
In Uttar Pradesh, several Union
Ministers are attending the sessions related to investment today on the second
day of UP Investors summit going on in Lucknow. Speaking in one of the
sessions, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said that defence corridor
hub is a sign of synergy between centre and state bureaucracy and it was
finalised in a span of just 18 days. She further added that defence corridor
hub will generate lakhs of employment and will develop the Bundelkhand area of
the state. More from our correspondent:
on the opportunities in Defence and Aerospace sector, Defence Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman said, the ministry along with defence experts will go to the
businessmen and entrepreneurs of the state for procurement and purchase
regading defence production. Union IT Minister Ravishankar Prasad announced to
develop Noida and Greater Noida as hub of IT Sector and said that government is
now taking BPO sector to tier 2 and tier 3 cities so the youth from these small
cites can get employment. 22 MOUs worth 48,000 crores were also signed in the
presence of the IT Minister. President Ram Nath Kovind will be the Chief Guest
at the valedictory function this afternoon. Sushil
Chandra Tiwari, Air News, Lucknow."
In Tamil Nadu, all political parties
have appealed to the Centre in unison to form the Cauvery water management
committee within six weeks time as specified by the Supreme Court. More than fifty
political parties participated in the meeting held at the State Secretariat
today. More from our correspondent:
standing Cauvery issue brought in all the parties to the table for a detailed
discussion today. Cutting across party lines,all the leaders put forth the
creation of Cauvery water management committee within the specified period of
six months. The appeal also included the reconsideration of increasing the
water demand up to 192 tmc by
Karnataka as specified by the Cauvery water tribunal. The parties plan to meet
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to emphasise their demand and seek his
intervention on the issue. Joy, AIR
Communication Minister Manoj Sinha today
released a strategic plan in New Delhi to bring synergy among the Public sector
undertaking of department of Telecommunication. The strategic plan to synergize
PSUs aims at rationalizing human resources, pooling of training capacity,
optimum utilization of land and buildings and settlement of legal issues to
promote Make in India. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sinha said, the synergy
will enhance the strength of Public sector undertakings. He said, the synergy
will also address various business opportunities arising in the country for
better future. He said, eynergy will leverage individual strengths to create a
multiplier effect on the collective capability of the PSUs of department of
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was today discharged from the
Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, where he was undergoing treatment for a pancreatic
ailment. Deputy Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly Michael Lobo said that
Mr Parrikar has reached Goa after the discharge. He was being treated in Mumbai
since the 15th of February.
Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange declined
57 points to 33,788 in afternoon trade. Similarly, The Nifty 50 fell 24 points
The rupee slid beyond 65 against the
dollar for the first time since mid-November. In afternoon trade it was at
65.04, down 28 paise.
Globally, all other major Asian markets
and major European stocks were also down when reports last came in.
In Maldives, Prosecutor General has
reportedly termed the extension of emergency as unconstitutional, even as the
country’s Supreme Court ruled to temporarily maintain the State of Emergency.
Opposition MP Ahmed Mahloof said the Prosecutor General has said that she
believed the vote was unconstitutional and as a result, the state of emergency
is also unconstitutional. More from our correspondent:
"Opposition MPs and some local media have claimed that Prosecutor
General and some officials in Attorney General's office have opposed the
extension of emergency saying the procedure was void. The Prosecutor General
was not present during the President’s address to Parliament last night, thus
fueling speculations of her differences with government. However, the Supreme
Court has ruled for continuation of emergency till it rules on the validity of
vote for extending emergency. In another development, the Maldives government
has refused mediation by UN to carry out all party dialogue for resolving the
crisis. Earlier, President Yameen called for all party talks but opposition
parties had requested for UN mediation to participate. SANTOSH KUMAR, FOR AIR
NEWS, FROM COLOMBO."
Canadian High Commission has canceled
dinner invitation to Jaspal Atwal, a convicted Khalistani terrorist. The High
Commission said in New Delhi today that it has rescinded Atwal's invitation for
tonight's dinner being hosted by the High Commissioner for the visiting
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and his delegation. The cancellation
comes at a time when Trudeau's pro-Khalistan approach is being criticised by
many including Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who raised the issue with
the Canadian Prime minister during a meeting.
Atwal was convicted for trying to kill
the then Punjab Minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in Vancouver in 1986.