India News – 15 February 2020

Headlines

  • Kashi Mahakal Express – the third corporate passenger train of the Railways to be launched by PM Modi tomorrow

  • Shaheen Bagh protestors to go in a rally tomorrow to meet HM Amit Shah

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed the Central Board of Directors of Reserve Bank of India today

  • K Surendran appointed as Kerala BJP President

  • We are launching Integrated Voice Response System soon, to know your experience with police services, towards service enhancement: DGP Telangana Police

  • Sports Authority of India officials contact Srinivasa Gowda, a Karnataka youth, who impressed with his 142.4 meters dash in a Buffalo race event

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Kashi Mahakal Express – the third corporate passenger train of the Railways to be launched by PM Modi tomorrow

@PIB_India:

  • The Kashi Mahakal Express will connect three Jyotirlinga – Omkareshwar (Near Indore), Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain) and Kashi Vishwanath (Varanasi)
  • Kashi Mahakal Express will be inaugurated on 16th February, 2020 followed by routine commercial run from 20th February 2020 onwards.
  • The inaugural run of the train will be flagged off from Varanasi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video link.
  • The train will cover a total distance of 1131 km between Varanasi and Indore via Lucknow and a distance of 1102 km between Varanasi and Indore via Prayagraj (Allahabad) in approximately 19 hours.
  • Kashi Mahakal Express will be the first passenger train of its own kind which promises to be a full service overnight journey train with high levels of on-board services complemented with exclusive optional tour packages for the passengers covering the religious, business as well as tourism sites of the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
  • The train is available for booking exclusively on IRCTC website www.irctc.co.in and its mobile app “IRCTC Rail Connect”.
  • There will be no booking at railway reservation counters.
  • The trains will have advance reservation period of 120 days. While there will be no concession tickets in the train, children below 5 years of age have been exempted from fare and will be booked with their parents.

‘There are new frontiers of science that we have to be well acquainted with’

Narendra Modi, @narendramodi – Prime Minister of India:

  • Chaired a meeting of @CSIR_IND during which we had extensive discussions on the rich work done by them as well as on a roadmap for the times ahead.
  • Emphasised on the role of CSIR in taking the lead towards harnessing science to improve people’s lives.
  • Organisations like @CSIR_IND have the brightest minds associated with them.
  • In addition to India’s aspirations and needs, it would be great if CSIR worked on important social issues ranging from water conservation, prosperity of farmers to combating malnutrition.
  • There are new frontiers of science that we have to be well acquainted with. This includes 5G, AI and affordable and long lasting batteries for renewable energy storage.
  • I am sure @CSIR_IND will excel in traditional as well as modern, futuristic aspects of science.

Prime Minister chairs meeting of CSIR Society

Pic Credit: @narendramodi

“Best wishes to all young Exam Warriors’

Narendra Modi, @narendramodi – Prime Minister of India:

“As the CBSE Class X and XII exams commence today, best wishes to all young Exam Warriors, their parents and teachers. I urge my young friends to appear for the exams in a happy and stress-free manner. Months of hardwork and preparation will surely lead to great things!”

Shaheen Bagh protestors to go in a rally tomorrow to meet HM Amit Shah

Shaheen Bagh Official, @Shaheenbaghoff1:
  • Tomorrow, 16 Feb, at 2 pm, all the protesters will march on foot from Shaheen Bagh to meet Home Minister Amit Shah at his home.
  • All those who want to talk to him will join the march.
  • We have given in writing to the police about our march

‘Hosted my Delhi Cabinet designate colleagues for dinner’

Arvind Kejriwal, @ArvindKejriwal:
  • Hosted my Delhi Cabinet designate colleagues for dinner at my residence.
  • Congratulated them on their victory in the election and wished them success for their terms as Ministers in the Delhi govt.

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Pic Credit: @ArvindKejriwal

The RBI Board recommends aligning the financial year of RBI, currently July-June, with the Government’s fiscal year

Reserve Bank of India, @RBI:

  • The 582nd meeting of the Central Board of Directors of Reserve Bank of India was held at New Delhi today.
  • Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed the Directors of the Central Board.
  • The Finance Minister in her address outlined the thinking behind the Union Budget 2020-21 and the focus areas of the Government.
  • The Finance Minister indicated increased complementarity in policy between the RBI and the Government to address growth concerns.
  • Complimenting the Finance Minister on the Budget, the Board members made various suggestions for consideration of the Government.
  • The Union Finance Minister was accompanied by Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Secretary (Investment and Public Asset Management), Dr. T. V. Somanathan, Secretary (Expenditure) and Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor.
  • The Board in its meeting reviewed the current economic situation, global and domestic challenges and various areas of operations of the Reserve Bank.
  • The Board recommended aligning the financial year of RBI, currently July-June, with the Government’s fiscal year (April-March) from the year 2020-21 and approved forwarding a proposal to the Government for its consideration.
  • Shri Shaktikanta Das, Governor chaired the meeting of the Central Board.

Coffee break on the lawns of No: 1, Janpath, with Hon’ble CM of AP on 15th feb, 2020: Vijayasai Reddy, YSRCP Parliamentary Party Leader

Pic Credit: @VSReddy_MP


‘Best birthday wishes’

“Best birthday wishes to Hardeep S Puri, good friend and great colleague. Admire your energy and focus on so many key accounts. May you fly even higher: Dr. S. Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister”

Such a pleasure to catch up with @SpeakerPelosi. Her consistent support to India-US ties has always been a great source of strength: Dr. S. Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister 

ImagePic Credit: @DrSJaishankar

BJP National President JP Nadda appoints K Surendran as the party’s Kerala State Unit President

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‘Travelled by green bus..’

Devendra Fadnavis, @Dev_Fadnavis – Former Maharashtra CM:
  • Travelled by green bus to Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
  • Public Transport is a very important part in development of cities.
  • Electric buses are contributing a lot in reducing pollution.

 

‘We will do everything to identity sporting talents!’

Kiren Rijiju, @KirenRijiju – Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports:
  • Yes MuralidharRao ji.
  • Officials from SAI have contacted him.
  • His rail ticket is done and he will reach SAI centre on Monday.
  • I will ensure top national coaches to conduct his trials properly.
  • We are team Narendra Modi ji and will do everything to identity sporting talents!
Tweet by P Muralidhar Rao, @PMuralidharRao – National General Secretary, BJP, where he had marked Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju:
  • India will rise and shine the Indic way!
  • 100 meters in just 9.55 sec is an amazing feat.
  • Proper training to Srinivas Gowda will definitely help him to make name for the country.
  • My best wishes.

Srinivasa Gowda, from Karnataka, participating in ‘Kambala’ – Buffalo race in a slushy paddy field – covered 142.4 meters in 13.62 seconds, which is faster than Usain Bolt’s 9.58 seconds for 100 meters

‘What a dream run !!’

Supriya Sahu IAS, @supriyasahuias – Principal Secy & MD Tamil Nadu Tea Fed:
  • What a dream run !!
  • Absolutely thrilling feat by Srinivas Gowda from Karnataka who ran like the wind with his buffaloes in the local buffalo race‘ Kambala’.
  • He is being compared to the Olympic gold medallist sprinter Usain Bolt.

‘On the first day testing of snow skiing facilities at Auli..’

Kiren Rijiju, @KirenRijiju – Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports:

  • Reached Auli in Uttarakhand to evaluate and support ITBP’s Mountaineering and Skiing Institute for the promotion of winter sports in India.
  • We want to encourage more winter and adventure sports which will further promote tourism industry in India.
  • On the first day testing of snow skiing facilities at Auli with ITBP personnel, I tried snow scooter ride.
  • The Uttarakhand Govt has taken good care of the winter sports facilities at Auli which will require some improvements for international events to be organized here.

‘First Ever 100m Tall Pier Bridge on..’

N.Biren Singh, @NBirenSingh – Chief Minister, Manipur:
  • With blessings of Narendra Modi ji and Piyush Goyal ji, the last Open Web Girder on the First Ever 100m Tall Pier Bridge on Jiribam-Imphal Rail Project has been launched successfully on 14th February 2020.
  • Hopeful of the line reaching Imphal by 2022.
Pic Credit: @NBirenSingh

 

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