Coronavirus: PM Modi holds meeting with chief ministers
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a meeting with chief ministers of different states over Covid-19 situation in the country, through video conferencing. Tuesday's meeting is in line with earlier meetings chaired by the PM in the past six months over the pandemic. Chief ministers of Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra attended the meeting.
During his address in the foundation stone laying ceremony of Ahmedabad and Surat metro rail projects, PM Modi said that the best example to see the work difference between previous governments and current government is the expansion of metro rail network across country. He further said that there was a time when there was no modern thinking regarding metro network and no metro policy. "Best example to see difference between approaches of previous governments' work and work of current government is the expansion of metro rail network across country. Before 2014, only 225 kms of metro line became operational in 10-12 yrs. In last 6 yrs, over 450 kms of metro network became operational. Work is underway on over 1000 kms of metro network in 27 cities across the nation, as of now. There was a time when there was no modern thinking in nation, regarding metro network. There was no metro policy. As a result, there were different kinds of metro in different cities."
Schools in Rajasthan' Jaipur reopened for the students of classes 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th on January 18. The schools followed COVID-19 guidelines such as social distancing and masks. Students and teachers at Mahatma Gandhi Government School were allowed entry only after a thermal screening. All educational institutions were forced to shut down due to coronavirus pandemic.
Several passengers were injured after a bus overturned in Alwar due to poor visibility amid dense fog. Volvo bus lost balance and the incident occurred at the Delhi-Jaipur Highway on January 17. Police arrived at the spot of the accident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of two metro-rail projects on January 18. These two metro rail projects include Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II and Surat Metro Rail Project. Bhoomi Poojan was held via video conferencing. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri were also present on this occasion. The completion cost of both Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II and Surat Metro Rail Project is Rs 5,384 crores and Rs 12,020 crores respectively.
A diamond merchant from Gujarat's Surat has made a contribution of Rs 11 crore for the construction of the Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya. The diamond trader, Govind Dholakiya, belongs to the family of farmers. He studied till 7th standard and later started working in the diamond Industry. After working for a few years, Dholakiya decided to open up his own diamond company along with his friends.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel accused BJP of maligning any sort of protests. Baghel said that BJP called them Pakistani, Khalistani and even alleged them of being middleman's broker, but they won't be successful in their attempts in suppressing farmers. CM Bhupesh Baghel said, "Whenever there's a protest, BJP tries to malign it. As for protesting farmers, sometimes they (BJP) called them Pakistani or Khalistani. They even alleged that farmers are middleman's broker. NIA's notice has also been sent to the houses of the protesting farmers. Regardless of their attempts to suppress, farmers won't be scared."
10,500 birds culled and buried in Chhattisgarh's Baloda on January 16 due to bird flu scare. Poultry farm owners will be given adequate compensation, said KK Dhruv, Additional Director, Veterinary Services, Chhattisgarh. Authorities are undertaking awareness campaigns in bid to inform general public.
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwathnarayan condemned Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray 's reported comment regarding incorporating into the state the areas of Karnataka, where Marathi-speaking people are in majority. "These kinds of statements will create a lot of tension among people. He shouldn't make such statements, said CN Ashwathnarayan. He further added, "Congress, which is supporting Shiv Sena, should probably withdraw its support. This kind of party and the Chief Minister should not be supported. They should be shown their place."
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has lashed out at his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray over his comments on the border issue. The Karnataka CM said that these statements are only meant to create unnecessary problems and added that they would not give even an inch of land to Maharashtra. Former CM and Congress leader Siddaramaiah also slammed Uddhav Thackarey and said that Belagavi is an integral part of Karnataka and added that the Maharashtra CM should not try to instigate them by bringing up an issue that has already been resolved. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Not going to give even an inch of land, said Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that his government is committed incorporating into the state, the areas of Karnataka where Marathi-speaking people are in majority. "It's unfortunate, I condemn the statement. We are not going to give even an inch of land from this side," said CM Yediyurappa.
Stones were pelted during a rally attended by Union Minister Debasree Chaudhuri, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and Suvendu Adhikari in Kolkata on January 18. West Bengal is scheduled to go for assembly polls in mid 2021.
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on January 18 announced his party's support to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the upcoming assembly elections to defeat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He said, "We will support Mamata Banerjee in the West Bengal Assembly elections to defeat BJP which wants to win by spreading hatred. In 2017 as well, they won in Uttar Pradesh by propagating hate."
The India-Luxembourg virtual summit was focused on constructive engagement on our bilateral relation, informed Sandeep Chakravorty, Joint Secretary, Europe West, MEA while addressing press conference..