The 'bhoomi poojan' ceremony of the Central Vista Avenue was performed by Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs here at India Gate on Thursday. With this ceremony, the work has started for the development and redevelopment of Central Vista Avenue. The Central Vista Avenue starting from North and South Block to India Gate, which includes the Rajpath, its adjoining lawns and canals, rows of tree, Vijay Chowk and the India Gate plaza, is a 3 km long stretch. The government has decided to refurbish and improve the avenue, as part of the comprehensive transformation of Central Vista. The government approved a proposal for the development of Central Vista Avenue with an estimated cost of Rs 608 crores. Moreover, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has been entrusted to carry out this important work. The components of development work under Phase-I include refurbishing of Landscaping and lawns. Green cover being increased from 3,50,000 sqm to about 3,90,000 sqm, proper public amenities with toilets, drinking water facilities and vending area are being provided at 10 locations for visitors and tourists, among others.
In the first edition of The Interview, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri speaks to Kumkum Chadha on a host of issues, ranging from the Covid-19 pandemic, to the Central Vista project. Puri, who holds the Housing & Urban Affairs, and Civil Aviation portfolios, rejected the controversy surrounding privatisation of airports and Adani Group's bids. He also defended the government's decision to export Covid-19 vaccines. Watch the full interview for more.
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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.
As the vaccination drive has already been kicked off in the Himalayan nation, the inoculation drive for elderly and most vulnerable age groups will commence from next month. Nepal has received the first batch of one million COVISHIELD Vaccine developed by Serum Institute of India on Sunday via Air India flight. The vaccines would be used to inoculate people above 60 years of age, which is 8.73 per cent of Nepal's population, in the vaccination drive that will begin on March 7. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, there are 2,652,258 elderly people above 60 years in the country. On January 21st 2021, Nepal had received a total of One Million COVISHIELD Vaccine from India under grant assistance.
An Air India Express flight hit an electric pole while landing at Vijayawada International Airport in Gannavaram. According to the airport administration, all 64 passengers on board the flight and the crew are safe.
What does flying over the North Pole entail? Is it a wow moment or is one on an edge? What is it being in a profession where Death is at an arm’s distance? Why the hype over an all-women crew? Or a woman commander for that matter? How does one take an exam when a parent is struggling in the ICU? In a free wheeling conversation Captain Zoya Agarwal, Air India’s woman commander talks about her life as a pilot, mother, daughter and the challenges faced by women in a man’s world.
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Mumbai's Karachi Bakery shut shop months after being attacked by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) over its name. MNS leader Haji Saif Shaikh had sent a legal notice in Nov 2020 to owner of the Bakery. Shaikh had asked him to remove ‘Karachi’ from the name. MNS leaders also protested in front of the shop in Bandra in November. “Patriots will never buy anything when they see the name ‘Karachi’. We made it clear that we only had problem with the name not the bakery,” said Shaikh. A Twitter handle, MNCDF Bombay, refuted the MNS Haji Saif Shaikh’s claim. The handle said that Karachi bakery shut its store due to lack of business. Karachi Bakery, a Hyderabad-based chain, is run by a Sindhi Hindu migrant family. They family moved to India after experiencing violence by pro-Pakistan elements. The bakery has shops across several cities including Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru etc. Watch the full video for more.
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Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru where fire started in the day on March 04 was brought under control on March 05. The fire personnel and lake marshals carried out the fire extinguishing operation and brought the fire under control. No injuries were reported in the incident.
The northern hill town, Shimla was ranked as the most liveable city in the country among cities having less than a million population. Meanwhile, Bengaluru emerged as the top performer under million plus cities. Shimla jumped to number one in 'Ease of Living Index 2020' from rank 92 in 2018. EoL index ranked cities on the basis of 49 development indicators under quality of life, economic-ability, sustainability and citizens' perception of basic services. A total of 111 cities participated in the assessment exercise held in 2020.
A 139-year-old Victorian house got a brand-new address thanks to a team of engineers and construction workers in San Francisco, California.Residents lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the home being moved six blocks away. The cost of moving the six-bedroom house is roughly around £283,000 according to local media reports.
As protests rage in India against the Modi government’s farm laws, non-resident Indians of the San Francisco Bay Area organised a car rally to show support to the laws. Several NRIs joined the car rally and were seen holding placards in backing the three new laws. Farmers have been protesting in India against the three laws alleging that they will benefit corporate and harm their interests. Several rounds of talks with the government have failed to break the deadlock. Earlier, several global icons including Rihanna had also tweeted to draw attention to the plight of the farmers. Watch the full video for all the details.
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A stunning air show was held on the third day & final day of the Aero India event 2021 in Bengaluru. Various helicopters and aircraft took part in a majestic show to delight the spectators present at..
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