MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: DRDO Workshop on Fire Safety Technologies and Services

Source: Government of India

Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr Subhash Bhamre inaugurated a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) workshop on ‘Fire Safety Technologies and Services’, here today. Fire Adviser, Ministry of Home Affairs Shri DK Shamialso attended the function. Secretary Department of Defence R&D & Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddywas present on the occasion.

Dr Subhash Bhamrein his inaugural address congratulated DRDO for organizing the workshop and said that the best way to minimize the risk of fire is to understand potential threats and put in place preventive measures. He further said that technologies developed by CFEES can have application for civil sectors also, and needs to be exploited to the fullest.

The workshop was organized by Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES), a lab of DRDO with an aim to sensitize the State Fire Services and Users on the use of risk evaluation, mitigation and elimination of fire related accidents and adopt the technologies developed by DRDO. An exhibition of products and technologies developed by CFEES was also organized on the sidelines of the workshop.

Dr G Satheesh Reddy in his address said that the technologies and products developed by DRDO are finding application not only in defence sector but also have spin-offs for civilian sectors. He further said that we need to look for opportunities and gear up the capacity for indigenous fire safety products and services in India.

Shri DK Shami in his speech highlighted the need for formation of core group for short and long term roadmap for R&D and test facilities in the areas of fire safety, and low cost impact technology for fire safety to be developed by DRDO. He further said that products and technologies developed by DRDO can be introduced into the State Fire Services.

Dr Chitra Rajagopal, Director General (SAM) at DRDO headquarter welcomed the delegates and said that in order to enhance the fire fighting efficiency, the Fire Services has to be well equipped with state-of-art technologies and equipment. She further said DRDO can play an important role by sensitizing on latest fire safety technologies & products developed by CFEES for the Armed Forces.

The inaugural session of the workshop was followed by technical presentations, panel discussions and product demonstrations. A large number of delegates including Directors Generals, Directors of the State Fire Services and Fire Chiefs of many States and Union Territories attended the workshop.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Yoga is India’s greatest legacy and most glorious gift to the world: Vice President

Source: Government of India

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Yoga was India’s greatest legacy, its most glorious gift to the world. He said that the massive participation of people from all over the world on International Yoga Day celebrations was a testament to the fact that the world has accepted Yoga and was celebrating it.

Addressing the gathering after releasing the book ‘Universal Brotherhood through Yoga’ compiled by Bharatiya Sanskrit Pitham, here today, the Vice President said that Yoga has the power to bring in the essential transformation required to change the way people live, think and interact with fellow human beings and Mother Nature.

Saying that Yoga could indeed serve as a force for unity in the world, Shri Naidu said it was a privilege to be practicing, promoting and propagating the great tradition that promotes physical wellbeing and inspires spiritual and intellectual awakening.

The Vice President said that an understanding of the underlying theory and Philosophy of Yoga was essential for any practitioner to appreciate Yoga in its true sense.

Saying that Yoga does not provide universal remedy for all types of diseases, he said that it could prove to be a valid alternative therapy for prevention of various types of illnesses. He said that the book lays great emphasis on all such aspects and delves deep into the infinite possibilities of the practical applications of the knowledge of Yoga. 

Expressing concern over the increase of lifestyle diseases like cardiovascular ailments, diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other respiratory diseases as well as cancers, Shi Naidu said that highly stressful work places combined with the rise in environmental pollution was playing havoc with our health.

Shri Naidu said that the meditation techniques associated with Yoga inspire a sense of deep calmness, contentment and true peace within the practitioner. The group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices ingrained in Yoga allows people to practice self control, exercising dominion over senses and of helps in maintaining balance, he added. 

Quoting the rising economic burden of communicable diseases in terms of lost productivity, expenses incurred for treatment etc borne by Indians, Shri Naidu stressed the need to develop a culture of focusing upon disease prevention measures rather than treating a disease after occurrence with expensive medications and other remedies. Healthy diet, complimented with regular exercise along with practicing Yoga will go a long way in ensuring good health, he added.

Shri Naidu called up on people to shun sedentary lifestyle and adopt any form of regular physical exercise to stay healthy. Calling good health an essential precondition to prosperity, he said that only a healthy nation could become a wealthy nation.

Following is the text of Vice President’s address:

It gives me an immense pleasure to be here at the release ceremony of this enlightening book ‘Universal Brotherhood through Yoga’.

When I perused the table of contents of this ambitious project on Yoga, I was amazed at the variety of topics and perspectives covered in the book.

The book begins with the foundations, i.e., the philosophy behind all Yoga practices: The Yoga of Patanjali, the Yoga-Vashistha, the Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga in the Puranas, and so on.

The incorporation of story of the revival of the philosophy of Yoga by great personalities such as Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and contemporary spiritual leaders like Sri Sri Ravishankar, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Shri Ramdev Baba, and others lend a unique spiritual dimension to this book

An understanding of the underlying theory and Philosophy of Yoga is essential for any practitioner to appreciate Yoga in its true sense.

This book however does not stop at imparting theoretical knowledge but delves deep into the infinite possibilities of the practical applications of this knowledge.

Sisters and brothers,

The society we live in is in need of a transformation.

We need a transformation in the way we live, in the way we think and in the way we interact with our fellow human beings and Mother Nature.

I believe that the most potent power available at our disposal to bring about this overall transformation is Yoga.

India has today become the world capital of non communicable diseases. Lifestyle diseases like cardiovascular ailments, diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other respiratory diseases as well as cancers are on the rise.

According to ICMR’s India State-Level Disease Burden Study report the estimated proportion of all deaths due to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) has increased from around 37 % in 1990 to approximately 61 % in 2016.

Obesity figures in the country are at a staggering 70 million.

Sedentary lifestyle and highly stressful work places combined with the rise in environmental pollution is playing havoc with our health.

Only a healthy nation can be a wealthy nation. Good health is the essential precondition to prosperity.

The economic burden of these communicable diseases in terms of lost productivity, expenses incurred for treatment etc borne by India have been projected to amount to 6.2 Trillion Dollars during the period of 2012-2030 by the Harvard School of Public Health based on WHO data.

This is indeed a staggering amount of money.

Rather than treating a disease after occurrence with expensive medications and other remedies, we need to develop a culture of focussing upon disease prevention measures.

Healthy diet, complimented with regular exercise along with practicing Yoga will go a long way in ensuring good health.

Sisters and brothers,

Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices.

The Bhagavad Gita says that “Yoga is equanimity, skill in action and a separation from contact with suffering”.

Yoga is the practice of self control, of exercising dominion over your senses and of maintaining balance.

It’s various Asanas or poses help in strengthening the body, in improving flexibility, endurance and resilience and in burning excess calories, ensuring fitness and good health.

Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure or heart disease, and people who have suffered from a stroke.

Yoga has also been linked to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and better immune system function.

The meditation techniques associated with Yoga inspire a sense of deep calmness, contentment and true peace within the practitioner.

Yoga places great emphasis on paying attention to breathing. Taking deep breaths and practicing breath control, promote relaxation and help in alleviating stress and pressure.

Yoga helps its practitioners remain focussed, grounded and connected.

It invokes harmony, amity and compassion within the practitioner.

The variety of practical uses of the Yogashastra is indeed mesmerizing.

Yoga is not a universal remedy for all types of diseases, but it can prove to be a valid alternative therapy for prevention of various types of illnesses.

The Yoga Day, instituted by the United Nations has contributed to increasing awareness of the value and worth of Yoga.

The massive participation in the International Yoga day celebrations from all around the world stands testament to the fact that the world has accepted and is celebrating Yoga.

Yoga can indeed serve as a force for unity in the world.

The relationship that the practice of Yoga has with different religions and cultures is reflected in the articles written by the authors renowned in the field, especially those from foreign countries like Romania, Portugal, Jordan, Argentina, Ecuador, Hungary etc in this book.

Yoga is indeed India’s greatest legacy, its most glorious gift to the world.

It is our privilege to be practicing, promoting and propagating this great tradition that promotes physical wellbeing and inspires spiritual and intellectual awakening.

The book ‘Universal Brotherhood through Yoga’ has contemporary relevance.

It seeks to promote and propagate Yoga and take its benefits to all corners of the world.

It is of paramount importance that many more such books on Yoga be published so that we keep documenting our wisdom. It is our solemn duty to pass  on this wealth of knowledge to our posterity.

It is heartening to note that the K J. Somaiya Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham endeavours to cultivate the spirit of peace, harmony and universal brotherhood through value education, interfaith meets and dialogues so as to nurture an integrated view of Indian Heritage.

I am told that it provides opportunities for pursuing scholastic activities and research in Indian Culture, Philosophy, History, Sanskrit language, Yoga and Interreligious dialogue.

I applaud the contributions this institution is making to protect and promote the values and morals that are at the core of India’s diverse civilization.

I congratulate wholeheartedly the devoted Somaiya Vidyavihar and Viveka Samuha for having gifted the this unique publication to the world.

I congratulate Shri Samir Somaiya for publishing this book. The editors of the book have accomplished an uphill task. I congratulate Shri Dilip Karambelkar, Smt. Kala Acharya, Mr. Mariano Iturbe and the authors and wish them all success.

Sisters and brothers,

The present concept of development anywhere in the world measures ‘per capita consumption’, and its corollary, ‘per capita production’.

As human beings derive happiness through consumption, it automatically follows that ‘the more the consumption, the more the happiness’.

Consequently today man has become more sick physically; tense and imbalanced, psychologically.

Yoga tells us to reduce consumption at physical level and needs at psychological level.

This Yogic style of living has potential to sustain and nourish individuals, the societies, the nations psychologically and spiritually.

I am sure that the book ‘Universal Brotherhood through Yoga’ has been written with earnest conviction.

I am certain that it will mark the turning point in beginning a new era of Yogic culture.

It will fill spiritual vacuum in the present society.

I hope that the book and the timeless wisdom that it contains will reach all corners of the world and spread messages of wellness and spirituality everywhere it reaches.

 

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: ECI Firmly Stands by Foolproof Nature of ECI EVMs

Source: Government of India

It has come to the notice of Election Commission of India that an event claiming to demonstrate EVMs used by ECI can be tampered with, has been organised in London.

Whereas, ECI has been wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest, ECI firmly stands by the empirical facts about foolproof nature of ECI EVMs deployed in elections in India.

It needs to be reiterated that these EVMs are manufactured in Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) under very strict supervisory and security conditions and there are rigorous Standard Operating Procedures meticulously observed at all stages under the supervision of a Committee of eminent technical experts constituted way back in 2010.

It is being separately examined as to what legal action can and should be taken in the matter.

 

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Paush Purnima Bathing concludes peacefully today

Source: Government of India

Second bathing festival of Paush Purnima of Prayagraj Kumbh  concluded peacefully today. It was celebrated with religious fervor and enthusiasm. As per Chief Executive Officer of Prayagraj Kumbh Vijay Kiran Anand one crore 7 lakhs devotees took holy dip on this occasion. No untoward incident  was reported from any part of the Mela area. Three devotees including a Italian woman were saved from drowning at Sangam area by NDRF personnel. Lakhs of devotees congregated on the banks of Sangam the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati to take holy dip. Bathing started from midnight and continued till late evening. Elaborate security arrangements were place for bathing.

One month long from Paush Purnima to Maghi Purnima Kalpvas has also begun from today. Devotees spend one month on the banks of Sangam in worshipping  their Lords and taking holy dip in the river Ganga and Sangam during Kalpvas. On second bathing festival Shahi Snan of Akharas does not take place. 

Newly developed Kinnar Akhara also took holy bath on the occasion. About 8 kilometre long Ghat has been developed at Sangam for today’s bathing. Similarly 35 bathing baths are developed on the banks of Ganga. CEO Prayagraj Mela Authority has said that devotees should come to the ghats near to their sectors to avoid huge rush at Sangam. He has said bathing ghats have been developed in several sectors including Arail area. 

DIG Mela KP Singh has said that spotters have been deployed in Mela area to act against anti social elements and criminals.

Next bathing festival of Mauni Amavasya will be celebrated on February 4. It is most important bathing festival of Prayagraj Kumbh. Akharas will also take their second Shahi Snan on the occasion.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Nitin Gadkari to Inaugurate Bridge Over River Raavi in J&K Tomorrow

Source: Government of India

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari will dedicate to the nation a 1210-meter span-bridge over the river Raavi in Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow. This bridge has been constructed at a cost of Rs 158.84 crore to improve inter-state connectivity. This project will benefit over 2,20,000 people living on the two sides – Kathua in Jammu, and Pathankot in Punjab. This will reduce the distance between the two cities from 45 kms to 8.6 kms, which will save on both time and fuel cost.

The NH network in Jammu and Kashmir has seen an increase of 969 kms in the last four years. The total length of NHs in the State was 1695 kms in 2014, which has gone up to 2664 kms in 2018. Number of NHs has also gone up from seven to 14 in the meantime. New NHs of 969 kms were announced during the period. In addition, four State roads of 400 kms have also been approved.

Under the Prime Minister’s special development package (PMDP) for J&K announced on 7th November 2015, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is executing 16 projects worth Rs 45,107 crore through NHAI, NHIDCL, State PWD and BRO. Of these, works worth Rs 30,000 crore have already started. NHAI is executing eight projects worth Rs 14,987 crore, NHIDCL/BRO – six projects costing Rs 24120 crore, and PWD – two projects for Rs 6,000 crore.

Two major road corridors are being built in J&K– Jammu–Srinagar and Srinagar–Leh. The Chenani-Nashri tunnel road under the first is the largest highway tunnel in the country. It has resulted in reducing the travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by two and a half hours, while the distance between the two has come down by 30 kms. The tunnel is benefitting by way of making travel possible throuout the year and saving of upto Rs 27 lakh worth fuel on the route.

The Zojila Tunnel for connecting Srinagar with Leh will be Asia’s longest 14.2 km long two-lane tunnel, which will prove to be a milestone all weather road in the forward region. This strategically important tunnel will drastically reduce the travel time from three and a half hours to just 15 minutes. About 26 per cent work of Rs 6,808 crore Z-turn tunnel and approach road on NH-1 has been completed on Srinagar-Leh Corridor.

A 62-km long 4-lane ring road is being constructed in the Srinagar city at the cost of Rs 1,860 crore. The road begins from Ganderbal on NH-44 and ends at Vayul on NH-1D. It will connect 54 villages in six districts.

About 25 per cent work on the 58.255 km 4-lane Jammu Ring Road has been completed. The total cost of this project is Rs 1,891 crore. The project involves construction of eight major bridges, 22 minor bridges, six flyovers, and two tunnels of 770 meters and 710 meters respectively.

 

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: PM greets people of Tripura on their Statehood Day

Source: Government of India

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people of Tripura on their Statehood Day.

“Statehood Day greetings to the people of Tripura. In less than a year, the state has made remarkable progress. It is realising it’s true potential and people’s aspirations are being fulfilled at a record pace. May this spirit grow further in the coming years”, the Prime Minister said.

 

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: PM greets people of Manipur on their Statehood Day

Source: Government of India

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people of Manipur on their Statehood Day. 

“Manipur is blessed with immense natural beauty and hardworking citizens. I can never forget the affection I have got in the state. On their Statehood Day, I greet my sisters and brothers of Manipur. May the state continue scaling new heights of development”, the Prime Minister said.

 

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu Presents Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards and Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) Awards

Source: Government of India

The Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu presented the 2ndChhatraVishwakarma Awards to students and their mentors and Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) Awards to institutions at an event organized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) today at New Delhi.

“Development of rural areas should not erode their unique identities but must fortify their spirits. The facilities in villages must resemble those of a city but the soul and the values of Indian villages, must be preserved”, the Vice President of India Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu said while addressing the gathering during the event.

Shri. Naidu said that the Awards would challenge young students to come up with novel ideas that have great potential to impact life in villages through technological interventions at the grass root level. Expressing his agreement with Mahatma Gandhi’s statement that ‘the future of India lies in its villages’, the Vice President said that development of villages is an essential precondition to development of the nation.

The Vice President said that educational institutions must re-orient their curricula to ensure that students spend time in rural areas, interacting with people and understanding their problems.

Shri Naidu said that ‘One size fits all’ approach will not ensure development in a vast and diverse country like India. ‘Every village has its own individuality, its own industries & its own developmental needs. Our plans should capture aspirations of the people, leverage their strengths & mitigate their weaknesses’, he reasoned.

The Vice President said that 3 ‘D’s – Demography, Demand and Democracy are making the India of today outshine other countries in the world and added that he had full faith in the vision and capabilities of India’s youth who make up 65% of the country’s population.

He congratulated the All India Council of Technical Education’s endeavour to catalyse rural development in association with the Engineering Council of India (ECI) and the Indian Society for Technical Education(ISTE).

Secretary, Higher Education Shri R. Subrahmanyam and Chairman AICTE Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe also spoke on the occasion and applauded the students for becoming true nation builders

ChhatraVishwakarma Awards –

The ChhatraVishwakarma Awards are inspired by the spirit of engineering and creation patronized by Lord Vishwakarma, the ruling deity of construction practices in India. The Awards are aimed for motivating young individuals, inspiring leaders and institutions/ organizations to recognize and applaud the innovations and achievements of individuals as well as institutions.

This year AICTE in association with Engineering Council of India (ECI) and the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) announced the 2nd AICTE-ECI-ISTE ChhatraVishwakarma Awards 2018 under the theme “Empowerment of Villages through Technologies”. AICTE received 1067 applications from the teams of various institutions under the categories viz. (i) Water & Irrigation; (ii) Sanitation & Solid Liquid Waste Management; (iii) Rural infrastructure; (iv) Tourism; (v) Agriculture & Food; (vi) Education, Skill initiative & Start-ups; (vii) Rural Craft & Livelihood; (viii) Any other Rural Appropriate Technologies. After scrutiny, 118 teams (total 310 students with 191 male and 119 female students) have been called for the National Convention at AICTE Headquarters, New Delhi. The projects presented by the team, were assessed by eminent jury of domain experts and following teams/institutions are awarded 1st position in the following categories:

Category: Any other Rural Appropriate Technologies

            Army Institute of Technology, Maharashtra

Category : Education, Skill Initiative & Startups

Gokaraju Rangaraju Institute of Engineering and Technology, Telangana

 

Category: Rural Craft & Livelihood, Rural Infrastructure, Tourism

Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Andhra Pradesh

Category: Agriculture & Food

     Sri Krishna College of Technology, Tamil Nadu

Category: Water & Irrigation

     Aditya Engineering College, Andhra Pradesh

 

Category: Sanitation & Solid Liquid Waste Management

     Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, Tamil Nadu

 

Sansad Adarsh GramYojana (SAGY) Awards –

Sansad Adarsh GramYojana (SAGY) was launched in October 2014 with the aim to translate the comprehensive vision of Mahatma Gandhi of an ideal Indian village. Under the scheme, Member of Parliament adopted Gram Panchayats for its holistic progress. AICTE has encouraged institutes located in proximity of villages which can be supported under the scheme. These institutes have been working hard to develop the adopted villages. 

AICTE has instituted the SAGY Award with an aim to motivate, recognize and honor the institutions under the theme “Developed Village-Developed Nation” to raise their performance in the specific domains leading to significant contribution for the growth and development of villages and Country as well. Under this Award, 103 nominations were received from AICTE approved institutions across the country. The entries were scrutinized at different stages and judged by a jury of eminent experts in the field. Out of the 24 shortlisted applications, the following institutions were recommended for the Awards:

Sl. No.

Name of the Institution

Award/Rank

1

College of Technology and Engineering

Udaipur, Rajasthan

First

2

Seethi Sahib Memorial Polytechnic College, Tirur, Kerala

Second

3

Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

Third

 

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Nitin Gadkari Inaugurates and Lays Foundation Stone of 39 National Highways Projects in Andhra Pradesh

Source: Government of India

 

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 39 National Highways Projects in Andhra Pradesh today. These include construction of eleven ROBs under Setu Bhartam programme. These projects have a length of 1384 kms, and involve investment of Rs 16,878 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Gadkari said, the length of National Highways in Andhra Pradesh before May 2014 was 4193 Km which has now increased to 7246 Km (including In-principle NHs). Thus, there has been increase of 3053 Km length in NHs. Total likely investment in Andhra Pradesh is Rs 1,00,000 cr for development of National Highways. Under Bharatmala about 2,520 Km of roads amounting to Rs 44,000 crore have been envisaged. Under SethuBhartam, 31 ROBs have been approved with cost of about Rs 2,500 crore. Out of these, 18 ROBs amounting to Rs 1,310 crore have been sanctioned which are at construction/award stage. In addition, 136 CRF works for total length of 1,805 km amounting to Rs 1,769 crore have been sanctioned since May 2014 in Andhra Pradesh. Out of these, 56 works for total length of 835 km amounting to Rs 570 crore have been completed.

He said, a total of 108 projects costing Rs. 1,64,719 crore were identified for the State. Of these, 19 projects worth 2242 crore have been completed till October 2018. He said, 53 focus projects of Rs 33,042 crore are planned for completion during 2018-20. 27 projects are under implementation with investment of Rs 83,713 crore and 38 projects with investment of Rs 74,000 crore are under various stages of development. Further, DPR is under preparation for 23 projects worth Rs 4,151 crore.

The Minister said, a roadmap has been developed for increasing Vizag Port capacity to 211 MMTPA from existing 152 MMTPA by 2025. Eleven port capacity expansion projects costing Rs 2,536 crore have also been identified to add 71 MMTPA capacity.

The Minister further informed that 36 Road Projects are planned for the State under Sagarmala Programme. Of these, 35 are by NHAI/ MoRTH, and one by the Port Trust. He said, three projects have been completed and eight projects are under implementation. 19 Railway Projects worth Rs 10,000 crore are also planned, of which nine are by Indian Railways, six by IPRCL and four by Andhra Pradesh Ports department. He said, six projects have been completed, and another six are under implementation.

Shri Gadkari said, nine industrial clusters are being developed under Sagarmala programme in the State. These include, port-based mega food processing park in Kakinada-Godavari Mega Aqua Food park costing Rs 373 crore which has already been completed. APIIC Mega Food Park worth Rs 375.3 crore, Greenfield Electronics manufacturing Cluster in Renigunta and Yerpdeu Mandal- Chittor District- Tirupati costing Rs 9706.75 crore, Greenfield Electronics manufacturing Cluster in Vikruthamala Village – Yerpadu Mandal – Chittor District – Tirupati costing Rs 5719.8 crore, Greenfield Electronics manufacturing Cluster in Cherivi Village – Satyavedu Mandal – Chittor District – Tirupati costing Rs 1604.41 crore, and 6340 MW Power Cluster – Krishnapatnam worth Rs 37428 crore are under implementation. DPR is to be prepared for Petrochemical cluster worth Rs 4520 crore in Kakinada, Export based apparel cluster in central AP for Rs 3321 crore, and Cement cluster in AP worth Rs 24500 crore.

The Minister said, under the coastal community development programme, Center of Excellence for Maritime & Shipbuilding is being set up in Vizag with total cost of Rs 574 crore. Skill gap study in two coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh (Visakhapatnam and East Godavari) prepared for implementation, especially in Port & Maritime sector. Training of 1000 persons/eachyear for next 3 years in port and maritime sector planned. Multi skill development centre to be set up at the vizag port for bridging skill gap in port and maritime sector. A sum of Rs. 14 lakh has been released for DDU-GYK scheme against sanctioned budget of Rs.28 lakh in Andhra Pradesh.

Shri Gadkari said, DPR has been prepared for five fishing harbor projects worth 1500 crore under Sagarmala. These include, Fishing Harbour in Juvvaladinne in SPSR Nellore District  for 242 crore, Phase 2 development of existing fishing harbour at Machilipatnam in Krishna district – Rs 252 crore, Phase 2 development of existing fishing harbour at Nizampatnam in Guntur district – Rs 341 crore, Development of fishing harbour at Vodarevu in Prakasam district for Rs 409 crore, and Development of fishing harbour at Uppada -V U. Kotapalli -M in East Godavari district – Rs 289 crore.

Under the Coastal Berth Scheme, nine Ro-Ro and tourism jetty projects worth Rs 560 crore have been taken up, in addition to another three projects worth 200 crore.

The Minister said, National Waterway-4 with total length of 1078 km was declared in November 2008. These include, River Godavari (Bhadrachalam to Rajahmundry) – 171 kms, River Krishna (Wazirabad to Vijayawada) – 157 kms, Kakinada Canal (Kakinada to Rajahmundry) –  50 kms, Eluru Canal (Rajahmundry to Vijayawada) – 139 Kms, Commamur Canal (Vijayawada to Pedaganjam) – 113 kms, North Buckingham Canal (Pedaganjam to Chennai) – 316 kms, South Buckingham Canal (Chennai to Merkanam) – 110 kms, and Kaluvelly Tank (Markanam to Puducherry) – 22 kms. He said, NW-4 was extended to a revised length of 2890 kms by NW Act-2016 by including River Krishna from Wazirabad to Galagali (628 Km) and River Godavari from Bhadrachalam to Nasik (1184Km).

He said, development work on some of these stretches has commenced in 2017-18. Ro-Ro services from Ibrahimpatnam to Lingayapalem are ready for commencement. He said, development of this stretch will provide an efficient logistics solution to boost the economic growth of the region and facilitate the development of the capital city Amravati during its early development stage as substantial construction material is expected to be transported on this stretch of NW-4.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Clarification on Investment in Textile Sector in Gujarat

Source: Government of India

It is learnt that a malicious attempt has been embarked upon to spread disinformation regarding investment accrued by State of Gujarat since 2014-15 in the Textile Sector.

It is re-affirmed through the Office of the Textile Commissioner that upon the perusal of project costs submitted by 7182 units in the state of Gujarat, an amount of Rs. 30,934 Cr. as investment into textile sector in Gujarat was brought to the notice of Textile Commissioner office after scrutinizing and confirming each project by Banks for which Unique Identification (UID) has been issued.

The Government of India sanctioned and released Rs. 1855 crs to aid 2109 units through 60 Banks.

This re-affirmation is to ensure that investor confidence and prospects of textile sector in Gujarat do not receive a set-back due to rumour mongering.

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