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UP Has Transitioned From Red-Tapism To Red-Carpet Culture: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the BJP government has laid emphasis on both ease of living and ease of doing business in Uttar Pradesh and has worked towards saturation of welfare schemes which is “true justice and true secularism”.

Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony for investment proposals received during the UP Global Investors Summit 2023 (UPGIS 2023) held in February last year, the Prime Minister said the state has transitioned from red-tapism to red-carpet culture in the past seven years of double-engine government.

He said the state is taking rapid strides in development and has seen a significant drop in crime.

“In the past seven years since Uttar Pradesh got the ‘double-engine government’, the state has transitioned from red-tapism to ‘red-carpet’ culture. During this period, Uttar Pradesh has not only experienced a significant decrease in crime rates but also a substantial increase in trading and business opportunities,” he said.

“We have given equal importance to ease of living and ease of doing business in Uttar Pradesh. The purpose of double engine government is that no beneficiary is not left out of any government scheme,” he added.

The Prime Minister referred to the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra and said the vehicle with “Modi’s guarantee” reached various parts of Uttar Pradesh so that there is a saturation of government welfare schemes.

“This is true justice, this is true secularism,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that Uttar Pradesh is receiving investment across sectors.

“We are gathered here with the resolve to build ‘Viksit Uttar Pradesh’ for ‘Viksit Bharat’. I have been told that through technology, lakhs of people from more than 400 Vidhan Sabha seats of UP are connected to this event…7-8 years back, we couldn’t even think that there could be such an atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh regarding investment and employment,” he said.

“There used to be news of crime, riots and snatching. At that time, if someone said that UP would be developed, perhaps nobody would have been ready to even hear that…Today, lakhs and crores of rupees of investment are coming into Uttar Pradesh,” he added.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath also addressed the gathering. (ANI)

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Rahul’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra Resumes From Pratapgarh

As the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra enters the 37th day, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday resumed the Yatra from Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh.

Ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s scheduled visit to Pratapgarh, Congress MP Imran Pratapgarhi said, “Amethi is the home of Rahul Gandhi. He has been a member of parliament from here. He is the son of Amethi. Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra is going to have a huge impact on Uttar Pradesh and the country…”

Meanwhile, Congress General Secretary in-charge Communications, Jairam Ramesh on Monday said that Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi will address a public rally in Babuganj.

“Today is the 37th day of Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi will address a public rally in Babuganj. We will stay in Amethi tonight and reach Raebareli tomorrow morning. We will stay in Lucknow tomorrow and in Kanpur the day after. Then, we will take 2 days’ rest on 22nd and 23rd February…” said Congress leader, Jairam Ramesh.

When asked about Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh joining Bharat Jodo Naya Yatra, Jairam Ramesh said, “I expect that he will join the Yatra tomorrow. Earlier, Apna Dal leader Pallavi Patel also joined the yatra.”

Earlier the Samajwadi Party Chief had accepted the invitation from Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge to join the Yatra saying that he would participate in the Yatra in Amethi or Rae Bareli. However, with no headway being made in the seat-sharing talks between the two parties there have been reports that the SP Chief will stay away from the Yatra as it makes its way through Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday called upon the youth of the country to rise and stand up for their rights.

He asserted that the youth should have the primary claim over the country’s wealth and resources, rather than “people like Adani and Ambani”.

Addressing a large gathering of people, which consisted predominantly of youth, on the thirty-sixth day of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in this holy city of ‘Sangam’, Rahul Gandhi agreed with and shared the concerns of, the youth, particularly about their future, career and employment opportunities which were shrinking.

Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi fired a fresh salvo at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Centre over the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ event of Shri Ram Lalla at Ayodhya’s Ram Temple, claiming that the OBCs, Dalits, and Backward Class people, who represent 73per cent of the total population of the country, were nowhere seen during the mega event.

Gandhi was addressing a public gathering during the ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress’s ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’, succeeded by the party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, aims to cover 6,700 km through 15 states, with Lok Sabha polls around the corner. (ANI)

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Loans Worth Rs 2,317 Cr Provided To 17L Street Vendors: Yogi

Highlighting Uttar Pradesh’s progress in the field of urban development and healthcare in the House on Wednesday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath mentioned the formation of new municipal corporations in Ayodhya, Mathura-Vrindavan, and Shahjahanpur, along with the creation of 113 new municipal bodies, in addition to work done on 08 safe cities and 17 smart cities.

The Chief Minister said, “Under PM SVANidhi Yojana, loans worth about Rs 2317 crore have been distributed to 17.34 lakh street vendors in the state, which is the highest in the country. All districts have been declared open-defecation-free in the first phase of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural), and the construction of community toilets in all 58,856-gram panchayats of the state is complete. 100 per cent of villages have been declared ODF Plus.”

On medical health, CM Yogi said that in comparison to the year 2017, by the year 2023, the deaths of AES patients have decreased by 98 per cent and JE patients by 96 per cent. The number of AES patients has decreased by 76 per cent and JE patients by 85 per cent.

He stated that progress is being made towards fulfilling the commitment of one medical college per district, adding that several districts are set to receive medical colleges soon. The Ayushman Bharat Yojana and Mukhyamnatri Jan Arogya Abhiyan have benefitted 1.8 crore families, he informed, pointing out that over 4.86 crore Ayushman cards have been issued, and by January 19, 2024, 31 lakh 88 beneficiaries have availed free treatment worth Rs 4,677 crore.

“A total of more than 12.48 crore patients have benefited from the 131 Mukhyamantri Arogya Swasthya Melas organized till January 14, 2024. The maternal mortality rate was 285 per lakh in 2014, which has reduced to 167 per lakh in the year 2022. The infant mortality rate was 48 per thousand in 2014, which has come down to 38 per thousand in 2020”, he added.

CM Yogi elaborated on the strides made in healthcare, announcing the provision of free dialysis facilities across all 75 districts. He further underscored the recent inclusion of Anganwadi and ASHA sisters in the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, a move set to benefit thousands of women in the state.

Turning to education, CM Yogi illuminated the transformative initiatives undertaken. He highlighted the widespread implementation of the ‘School Chalo Abhiyaan,’ resulting in a remarkable increase in child enrollment to 1.92 crore, a surge of over 40 lakh within six years. Notable advancements include the distribution of two tablets in every basic education school and the establishment of smart classes in 18,381 schools. Under Operation Kayakalp, 93.20 per cent of the state’s 1,32,594 primary schools have been equipped with 19 essential infrastructure facilities.

Moreover, CM Yogi detailed various educational projects, including the approval of 57 Chief Minister Model Composite Schools and the ongoing development of 75 previously run composite schools into Chief Minister Abhyudaya Composite Schools.

He highlighted the allocation of Rs 500 crores for construction in government schools under the Project Alankar scheme, with Rs 357 crores already transferred for 1,349 schools in 59 districts. Additionally, Atal Residential Schools are being established across all district headquarters for the children of registered labourers.

CM Yogi also emphasized the expansion of higher education, mentioning the establishment of new universities such as Maa Shakumbhari University in Saharanpur, Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University in Aligarh, and Maharaja Suhail Dev State University in Azamgarh, with plans for further universities across various districts.

In terms of employment opportunities, CM Yogi highlighted the transparent provision of over 6 lakh government jobs and projected 1.10 crore job opportunities through the GIS. Government incentives and job fairs have facilitated employment for millions of youth, with significant demand for skilled workers from Uttar Pradesh in foreign countries, exemplified by 5000 youth heading to Israel. (ANI)

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MEA Staffer Held For Spying

MEA Staffer Held On Spying Charges, Investigation On

The Ministry of External Affairs is aware of the arrest of embassy staffer, Satendra Siwal, who was arrested in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh on spying charges, sources said on Sunday.

“MEA continues to work with the investigative authorities in the matter,” sources added.

Satendra Siwal was posted as the IBSA (India-Based Security Assistant) at the Indian Embassy in Moscow and was arrested for allegedly providing ‘confidential’ information to Pakistani intelligence agency ISI.

Satendra Siwal, a resident of the Hapur district in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested by the ATS for his alleged involvement in “anti-India activities,” according to an official statement by UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) issued on Sunday.

Siwal provided ISI with important confidential information, especially with regard to strategic activities of the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian military establishment, in lieu of money.

He had been working in the Ministry of External Affairs and was posted as the IBSA (India-Based Security Assistant) in the Indian Embassy in Moscow, Russia, since 2021, the statement added.

As per the statement, Siwal was called to the ATS field unit in Meerut and confessed to his crime in the face of questioning.

An FIR was registered in the matter under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Further investigation is underway in the case. (ANI)

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UP Tableau Symbolising Lord Ram's Pran Pratishtha Takes Part In R-Day Parade

UP Tableau Symbolising Lord Ram’s Pran Pratishtha Takes Part In R-Day Parade

The Republic Day 2024 tableau of Uttar Pradesh took part in the 75th Republic Day parade at Kartavya Path in Delhi. The theme of the tablueau was Ayodhya-Vikshit Bharat-Samradh Virasat.

Ayodhya, a city steeped in historical and religious significance, is the birthplace of Lord Shri Ram. The Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Lord Ram Lalla was held in Ayodhya on January 2022. The front of the tableau symbolised this event, showcasing the childhood image of Ram Lalla.

The Pran Pratishtha of Ram Lalla at Ram Temple in Ayodhya was held on Monday this week. The Ram Lalla idol was unveiled at the Pran Pratishtha ceremony after the hour-long rituals in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who led the ceremony.

The event saw the participation of about 8,000 invitees, including 1,500-1,600 eminent guests.The ‘Ram Nagri’ Ayodhya also grabbed global eyeballs, with earthen lamps or diyas lit up on a massive scale and crackers going up and dazzling the night sky in different parts of the city.

The state’s Republic Day 2024 trailer reflected Uttar Pradesh’s path and pace of progress propelled by cultural heritage. The trailer featured two sadhus with the Kalash symbol, emblematic of the upcoming Magh Mela in Prayagraj and the Mahakumbh to be held in 2025.

The frill surrounding the tableau portrays ‘Deepotsav’ the festival of lights initiated by the state government to commemorate Bhagwan Shri Ram’s arrival in Ayodhya.

LED screen showsdynarnic image of the fast- paced construction work of the world’s fourth largest international airport Jewar Airport. Alongside, is the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturing factory operating from Noida and extensive expressway network of the state. Uttar Pradesh boasts of six operational and seven under construction expressway.

Uttar Pradesh’s commitment to the Make in India initiative and development of India is depicted by the BrahMos missile, likened to a swift thunderbolt in its impact on the enemy and the first ever operational high-speed rail service (RRTS) in the country, connecting Ghaziabad to Duhai.

A group of six women artists accompanying the tableau performed traditional dances Charkula and Wadhwa popular in the Braj region. It illustrated how the folk festival inspired by the Leelas of Bhagwan Shri Krishna was an integral aspect of the cultural heritage. (ANI)

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Modi Showers Flower Petals On Workers In Ayodhya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday showered flower petals on the workers who were a part of the construction team at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.

The Prime Minister also sprinkled flowers on the idol of Jatayu at the Ram Temple premises and also offered prayers to Lord Shiva in Ayodhya Dham.

Prime Minister Modi, while addressing the dignitaries invited for the Pran Pratishtha ceremony at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya said that the moment of unveiling of the Ram Lalla idol is an occasion not merely of triumph but humility too.

“This is a moment of celebration as well as the moment of a reflection of Indian society’s maturity. It is an occasion of not merely triumph but humility too. The history of the world is itself proof that many countries get strangled in their own history and such countries faced difficulties when they tried to solve their problems…but the way, our country untied the knots of history, is proof that our future is going to be more beautiful than our past,” he said.

The PM said that the construction of the temple which was supposed to ‘set off a firestorm’ is a symbol of peace, patience, harmony and integration of the country.

“There was also a time when some people used to say ‘Ram Mandir bana toh aag lag jaegi’ (the construction of the temple will set off a firestorm). Such people could not understand the purity of India’s social spirit. The construction of this temple of Ram Lalla is also a symbol of peace, patience, mutual harmony and coordination of the Indian society. We are seeing that this construction is not giving birth to any fire, but to energy,” he added.

The PM also said that Ayodhya’s temple is a temple of national consciousness in the form of Ram.

The Ram Lalla idol was unveiled at the Pran Pratishtha ceremony after the hour-long rituals in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who led the ceremony.

The Prime Minister walked inside the temple premises with a silver ‘chattar’ (umbrella) placed on a red folded dupatta.

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were also present inside the sanctorum during the rituals.

Devotees and guests chanted ‘Jai Sri Ram’ as the ceremony was held. (ANI)

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Yogi Participates In BJP’s ‘Ek Baar Phir Se Modi Sarkar’ Wall Writing Campaign

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday painted the BJP’s lotus symbol during the launch of the ‘Wall Writing’ programme for Lok Sabha elections at Gorakhpur.

Exuding confidence in BJP’s victory in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Yogi Adityanath in a post on X wrote, “Ek baar fir modi sarkaar, aur is baar Chaar sau paar” (Modi government will win once again, this time it will cross 400) this is the resolution of all of us.”

Meanwhile, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday also initiated the ‘Wall Writing’ programme for the Lok Sabha elections in Kandhal village, situated in Odisha’s Deogarh district.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that the campaign for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections has begun.

“Our wall writing programme is starting across the country from today. The programme will start with the slogan of ‘Ek Baar Phir Se Modi Sarkar’ (once again Modi government) on all the booths across the country. And it is our attempt to involve every BJP worker in this programme and make it a success. This slogan is a humble appeal to the citizens of the nation that Modi government is formed in 2024 once again, and a steady development takes place within the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched its campaign to adorn walls with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s portrait and the slogan, “Once Again Modi.”

The campaign was spearheaded by BJP State President B Y Vijayendra in Karnataka, marking the party’s early stride in the electoral battleground.

Earlier, BJP National President JP Nadda, on Monday, launched the party’s wall writing programme with the motive of raising the appeal ‘Ek Baar Phir Se Modi Sarkar’ among the Indian masses.

Nadda initiated the writing programme by outlining the party’s symbol (lotus) on a wall along with the slogan ‘Ek Baar Phir Se Modi Sarkar’ (ANI)

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Lucknow Hosts 76th Army Day Celebrations With Parade Of Six Marching Contingents

The 76th Army Day was celebrated with grandeur on Monday in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow with a parade of six marching contingents.

The celebrations were organised at the parade ground of the 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre in Lucknow under the command of Major General Salil Seth.

Army Chief General Manoj Pande reviewed the parade and presented gallantry awards to the selected officers and jawans.

Six marching contingents from the army’s different regiments, a military band comprising five regimental brass bands and three pipe bands participated in the parade.

The 50th (Independent) Parachute Brigade, Sikh Light Infantry, Jat Regiment, Garhwal Rifles, Bengal Engineer Group and the Army Air Defence were among the six marching contingents at the parade.

The five regimental brass/military bands included the Punjab Regiment Centre, Grenadier Regimental Centre, Bihar Regiment Centre, Sikh Light Regiment Centre, Kumaon Regimental Centre and SIKH Regimental Centre.

The five regimental pipe bands that participated in the parade were the SIKH Regiment Centre, SIKH LI Regiment Centre, JAT Regiment Centre, KUMAON Regimental Centre and 1 Signal Training Centre.

In his address to the toops, Army Chief General Manoj Pande said that the Army is fully prepared and capable to deal with any challenge and have taken many concrete steps to develop our capabilities on the northern borders.

“In the past, the Indian Army has faced all security challenges with determination and commitment. I am proud that each of our soldiers has fulfilled his responsibility, be it security of borders, deployment in difficult areas and challenging weather. Our army is fully prepared and capable to deal with any challenge. Our army has foiled the infiltration attempts with full vigilance. As a result of continuous efforts by the security forces in the areas of Jammu and Kashmir, there has been a significant reduction in violence. We, together with all the stakeholders, are working determinedly to root out terrorism from the country,” he said.

General Manoj Pande asserted that today our country stands on the brink of a new era, adding, “We all have set a vision of a ‘Viksit Bharat’ as our country completes 100 years of independence for which a secure environment is essential and Indian Army plays a vital role in achieving it.

“There have been advances in automation, digitization and networking to make our systems and functions more efficient. In this, we have got more benefits in areas like operational situational awareness, decision support system, management information system and human resource management. Agnipath scheme is an important step in the field of human resource management. Our efforts are continuing in nation building work especially in the border areas. We are taking our efforts forward by linking them with the projects of the state and central governments” he said.

The parade was followed by a skydiving display and daredevil jumps by the Paratroopers, a daredevil motorcycle display by the Corps of Signals Daredevil team and a fly-past by helicopters of the Army Aviation Corps consisting of the ALH Dhruv and the ALH Rudra Helicopters. (ANI)

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Boeing Opens Its First India-Focused Distribution Center In UP

Global aerospace major Boeing has opened its first distribution center in India — in Khurja, Uttar Pradesh. The 36,000-square-foot parts warehouse will support regional aviation customers in maximising fleet utilisation.

The aerospace company, in a release issued on Monday, asserted that the new site is part of its continued commitment to expanding its presence in the country and delivering an efficient, cost-effective, and local solution.

“The Boeing India Distribution Center illustrates Boeing’s commitment to supporting the growth of this market, aligned with the government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat vision. This center will support the emergent needs of spare parts for Boeing aircraft in India, reducing lead times, improving availability, and supporting the MRO industry here,” said Salil Gupte, president, of Boeing India.

The new India location is one of eight distribution centers around the world.

“The India Distribution Center represents another significant step forward in Boeing’s strategy to provide parts and services when and where customers need them,” said William Ampofo, vice president, Parts and Distribution Services and Supply Chain, Boeing Global Services.

“It also represents our commitment to delivering efficient, cost-effective solutions for Boeing’s commercial airplane customers in the region.”

The aerospace company announced its investment in the distribution center less than a year ago during Aero India 2023, and the first parts were shipped to customers in December 2023.

The India distribution center is positioned strategically along India’s Eastern Freight Corridor, with proximity to both Delhi and the upcoming Jewar airport. The warehouse, which prioritizes innovation, safety, and sustainability, is operated in collaboration with third-party logistics provider DB Schenker.

These initiatives encompass a partnership with GMR Aero Technic to establish a Boeing Converted Freighter line in Hyderabad and the establishment of a Global Support Center in Gurgaon.

Additionally, Boeing has committed a USD 100 million investment in infrastructure and pilot training programs to support India’s growing demand for pilots in the coming two decades. (ANI)

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Munawwar Rana Passes Away

Urdu Poet Munawwar Rana Passes Away

Renowned Urdu poet Munawwar Rana on Sunday breathed his last at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow following a cardiac arrest.

He was 71 and had been battling with a prolonged illness for the past several months.

Rana was undergoing treatment at the PGI hospital in Lucknow.

Born on November 26, 1952, in Uttar Pradesh’s Raebareli, Munawwar Rana is known for his significant contributions to Urdu literature, especially for his ghazals.

In 2014, he was honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Award for his poem, ‘Shahdaba’. However, he had returned the award, alleging ‘intolerance’ in the country.

He also received other awards, including the Ameer Khusro Award, the Mir Taqi Mir Award, the Ghalib Award, the Dr Zakir Hussain Award, and the Saraswati Samaj Award, throughout his career.

Rana, a renowned figure in Urdu poetry, is admired by people across the globe. His ability to capture the essence of life was apparent in his work. (ANI)

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