In last 4 Years, Nagpur has witnessed transformation in urban transport sdctor. Nagpur’s metro is innovative model, which drives 60% power from solar energy. The e-taxi project, methanol bus are other initiative which were started for the first time in country form Nagpur. Such mass rapid transit system based on electricity is need of hour, opined Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur. Gadkari was speaking on the occasion of inaugural session of 11th edition of Urban India Mobility Conference organized by Minister of Housing & Urban affairs, Institute of Urban Transpor & Maha Metro . Union Housing, Urban Affairs (I/C) Hardeep S Puri, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, Guardian minister C. Bawankule, Ambassador of France to India Alexander Ziegler, Ambassador of Germany, Dr.Martin Ney, Chief Managing Director, Maha Metro, Nagpur, Dr. Brijesh Dixit, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, D. S. Mishra, were prominently present on this occasion. The conference is being held from 2 to 4 November in Chitnavis Centre, Civil Lines, Nagpur.
K.A.Viswanathan The doyen of carnatic music late Dr. M.S.Subbulakshmi ‘s 102nd birth anniversary celebrations was held at the Sri Shanmukhananda Chandrasekharendra Saraswati auditorium , King’s Circle. On this occasion 50 young and promising musicians from all over the country were given the fellowship in Music award which carries a cash prize of Rs. One lakh each for three years. The Sabha had already given the fellowships to 103 young artists till date from 18 cities in 13 disciplines of Indian music, said Dr. V.Shankar, president of the Sabha. The disciplines include Carnatic vocal, Violin, Flute, Nadaswaram , Mrudangam , Sarod, Veena and Hindustani vocal music. The list of awardees who received this year include Anirbhan Roy who is 8 years old from Kolkata (Flute), 11-year-old Rahul Vellal ( vocal) from Bengaluru and for the first time, Hindustani Violin has been included and Yadnesh Milind Raikar who is just 18 years old and Danish Khan Altaf on Hindustani Vocal who is 15 yrs old were honoured. This fellowship award was set up by the Sabha in the year 2013 in memory of Late Dr. M.S.Subbulakshmi. From this year the award will be known as Shri Shanmukhananda Vijaya Bank Dr M.S. Subbalakshmi Fellowship Awards since the bank has donated a sum of Rs. 1.5 crores for three years for this award. The programme commenced with Vedic chanting by the young students of the SIES Vedapatashala, Nerul. In his address the vice -president of India Mr. M.Venkaiah Naidu who was the chief guest said “India is indeed blessed with two distinct systems of classical music, Carnatic and Hindustani which have always enjoyed the status of being highly cultivated art forms”. Thanks to the pioneers like the late Bharat Ratnas Dr. M.SSubbulakshmi, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Indian music has become popular throughout the world, he said. More and more scholars from both India and the west have studied and mastered these arts and many universities and institutions like Shanmukhananda have kept this alive and added further richness to the grand tradition , the vice president said. The award ceremony was followed by a thematic dance presentation by the Tharanginee School of Bharatanatyam , Chennai on “ Maithreem Bhajatha” on Universal Harmony. Maithreem Bhajata is a benediction composed in Sanskrit by Jagadguru Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, renowned as the Paramacharya of Kanchi Peetam .It was rendered at the United Nations on Oct. 23, 1966 on the occasion of the UN day, by Bharat Ratna M. S. Subbulakshmi and her daughter Radha Viswanathan.
The doyen of Carnatic Music, Late Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi’s 102nd birth anniversary will be celebrated at the Shanmukhananda Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Auditorium on Friday, September 28. The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will be the Chief Guest and the Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao will preside over the function, being organized by Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis will be the Principal Guest of Honour. On this occasion, 50 young and promising musicians from all over the country will be given the Fellowship in Music Award which will carry a cash prize of Rs. One lakh each for three years. The Sabha has already given the fellowship to 103 young artists from 18 cities in 13 disciplines of Indian music. The disciplines include Carnatic vocal, Violin, Flute, Nadaswaram, Mrudangam, Sarod, Veena and Hindustani vocal music. The awardees who will be receiving the award this year include 8-year-old Anirbhan Roy from Kolkata (Flute) and 11-year-old Rahul Vellal (vocal) from Bengaluru. For the first time, Hindustani Violin has been included for which 18-year-old Yadnesh Milind Raikar is being given the award. This fellowship award was set up by the Sabha in the year 2013 in memory of Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi. The programme will begin with Vedic chanting by the young students of the SIES Vedapatashala, Nerul. It will be followed by a thematic dance presentation by the Tharanhinee School of Dance, Chennai on “Maithreem Bhajatha” on Universal Harmony.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the Foundation Stone for several important development projects, at a public gathering in Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Among the projects inaugurated are the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for Puraani Kashi; and an Atal Incubation Centre at BHU. Among the projects for which the Foundation Stone was laid, is the Regional Ophthalmology Centre at BHU. The cumulative value of all projects which were inaugurated, or for which foundation stone was laid today, is over Rs. 550 crore. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the efforts to bring about change in Varanasi, are also attempting to preserve the city’s rich heritage. He said the city is being modernized, while protecting its ancient identity. He said the change that has been brought about through four years of resolve of the people of Kashi, is now visible. Narendra Modi referred to the various projects in the power, road and other infrastructure sectors, which have progressed significantly, and brought about an improvement in the lives of the people in the city of Varanasi, and nearby areas. The Prime Minister said he feels very happy when he sees citizens post pictures of Varanasi Cantt Station online. He mentioned the work being done towards modernization of transport infrastructure. He also spoke of the work being done towards cleanliness and enhancing the visual appeal of the city. He said this move, which will transform tourism is a continuing effort. In this context, he also mentioned the work being done in Sarnath. The Prime Minister said that basic facilities such as roads, electricity and water, are being extended to the rural areas surrounding Varanasi as well. He said Kashi is now emerging as a health hub. Mentioning the Atal Incubation Centre that was inaugurated today, he said that startups are already beginning to get connected with this. He said Varanasi is among the select cities in the country where Piped Cooking Gas is being made available. The Prime Minister called upon the people of Varanasi to dedicate themselves towards fulfilment of this common resolve for the transformation of the city.
Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee paid a visit to the King’s Circle GSB Seva Mandal Ganesha on Thursday to take the Lord’s blessings. He came in a traditional attire wearing light yellow kurta and white pyjama with a smile on his face and thilak on his forehead. This is the Mandal’s 64th Ganeshotsav celebrations. On the five day festival , on an average last year more than 66000 pujas were performed including around 8000 tulabharas. This pujas are done after fulfillment of one’s prayers as Ganesha is known to fulfill devotees wishes.
A familiarization flight from Mumbai to Sindhudurg landed today at Parule Chipi Greenfield airport in Sindhudurg district of the Konkan region of Maharashtra. With this successful test flight access to the Konkan coast of Maharashtra will become easier and some of Maharashtra’s top tourist attractions will become accessible to visitors from all over India. Commercial flights will become operational from December this year. The airport is located between Malvan and Vengurla, the Tarkarli beach and Sindhudurg fort are 20 kms away. The commissioning of this airport also improves accessibility to North Goa. The beaches of Tiracol, Arambol and Mandrem are equidistant from Goa’s Dabolim airport. The 2,500 meters runway will be able to handle aircrafts like the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. The terminal building has the capacity to handle 400 passengers at its peak. Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu, has asked the airport management company and Maharashtra State Government to resolve the pending issues related to ILS installation and VOR installation so that regular operations may begin on schedule. The co-pilot of the flight was a local girl from Devgad in Sindhudurg district.
A controversial legislator in Kerala has said that he should not have made derogatory remarks about the nun who has accused a senior Roman Catholic priest of raping her, reports NDTV. Independent legislator PC George had abused the nun last week, called her a "prostitute". "Is there any doubt that the nun is a prostitute? 12 times it was pleasure, 13th time it became a rape? Where was she when it happened 12 times? Whom is she telling this to? Why did she not complain on the first time it happened? Let the three sisters be examined. Let us see if they are holy," said the lawmaker from Poonjar, while speaking on the charges against Bishop Mulakkal, NDTV reported. "I shouldn't have called any woman a prostitute. That wasn't the right thing to do," PC George told NDTV on phone. However, the lawmaker said he will not apologise to anyone for his comments. Many outraged social media users started the #VaayaMoodalCampaign ("mouth shut" campaign) and couriered duct-tapes to silence the politician.
India and France have signed an implementation agreement on “MOBILISE YOUR CITY” (MYC) in the presence of Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Hardeep Singh Puri and Alexander Ziegler, Ambassador of France in India. The agreement was signed by Mukund Kumar Sinha, OSD & Ex-Officio Joint Secretary, M/o Housing and Urban Affairs for India while Regional Director, Agence Française de Développement (AfD), Nicolas Fornage, signed the agreement on behalf of AfD. Mobilise Your City (MYC) is part of an international initiative which is supported by the French and the German Governments and was launched at 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) meeting in December, 2015. Based on a proposal made by AFD in 2015, the European Union has agreed to provide funds of Euro 3.5 million through the AFD to contribute to specific investments and technical assistance components within the Mobilise Your City (MYC) programme in India. The MYC aims at supporting three pilot cities viz. Nagpur, Kochi and Ahmedabad in their efforts to reduce their Green House Gas (GHG) emissions related to urban transport by implementing urban mobility plans at local level and to help India at national level to improve their sustainable transport policy. The three pilot cities selected under the programme as well as MoHUA will benefit from the Technical Assistance activities. The main components of the proposed assistance are: (1) to support planning and implementation of sustainable urban transport projects, (2) support to strengthening institutional capacity for regulating, steering and planning urban mobility, and (3) learning and exchange formats with other cities across India for exchanges on best practices. The details of the project activities will be worked out by AFD in consultation with MoHUA and the three partner cities including institutions such as the respective Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) for Smart Cities, the Municipal Corporations and any transport authority or transport related SPV.
Fishermen have created history in Kerala, leading the largest flood rescue operation in the state’s history. Now, it seems, the media too don’t want to be left behind in doing their bit. In the aftermath of a devastating flood and landslides that claimed hundreds of lives and displaced over a million people in the southern peninsular state, help flowed in from several quarters. The central government, states across the country and corporates have all come out to help the flood-ravaged state rebuild its lost infrastructure. Malayalees from every corner of the world are also using this opportunity to emphasize their brotherhood by helping their home state in its hour of need as well. Such expressions of solidarity does go a long way in infusing confidence among those affected by this disaster. Among such efforts, this one stood out. Mumbai-based Media Eye News channel and Malanadu Television have come together to organise relief camps in Kerala, which is a kind of rarity by itself in the dog-fight-dog world of media. But these two organisations, run by Malayalees, have also co-opted other organisations, such as the Yashoda Charitable Trust Mumbai and the Business Network International (BNI) Trissur chapter, to add heft and reach to their relief efforts. Sasi Nair, founder and managing trustee of Yasoda Charitable Trust , sees nothing unusual in this. Rather he thinks distress-reporters should also play the role of distress-relievers. “They need to go beyond their usual role of reporting,” Mr Nair said in an event organised by the cluster of organisations last week in Annamada in Trissur district. “In fact, they are the people who have first-hand information about any such disasters and the consequent distress of the people. They know the depth of it. So it becomes their responsibility more than anyone else’s to come to the fore and participate in the relief works.” “Like other institutions that come forward to help in such situations, media houses too should come forward,” Mr Nair added. The event, which was attended by Malanadu TV managing director R Jayesh, Elite Group chairman TR Vijayakumar, and BNI representatives, was inaugurated by Jyotish Kumar IRS. Dr. Bijoy Kutty, Director of Platinum Hospital Group in Mumbai offered more help in kind as medicine and money for such events in the coming weeks.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued all necessary severe weather warnings through its office in Thiruvananthapuram. As per the regular practice, warnings are uploaded in the local website (www.imdtvm.gov.in) every day. District wise rainfall forecast along with warnings are also uploaded and updated thrice daily in the website. Nowcasts for next 3 hours are also issued through SMS to SDMA, SEOC, District collectors using Doppler Weather Radar Data. Weather Forecasts for 5 days and outlook for subsequent two days, which also include heavy rainfall warning and wind warning, are sent through e-mail to Chief Secretary, Addl. Chief Secretary (Revenue & Disaster Management), SDMA, Navy, Special Marine enforcement, Print and electronic media. High level officials of Kerala Government were briefed in a meeting convened by Chief Minister on 9th August about the strong monsoon conditions with heavy rainfall activity. Also the Addl. Chief Secretary (Revenue & Disaster Management) was briefed orally over phone on all occasions. Member Secretary, SDMA was briefed on 10th August. District Collectors of Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram were briefed on 14th August. Briefings were sent to media also during this period. Extended range forecasts (issued 2 weeks in advance) issued from Delhi In a press release issued on 2nd August 2018, it was indicated that the rainfall over ‘extreme south peninsula’ shall be above normal during 9th – 15th August 2018. In the subsequent press release issued on 9th August also, the same statement was repeated, along with a date-wise indication of likely widespread rainfall with isolated heavy rainfall over Kerala re-starting from 13th August. The above press releases had been communicated to the Chief Secretaries of all the States via E-Mail and also posted on the IMD website. Short & medium range forecasts (5 days in advance) issued from IMD Thiruvanthapuram Orange alerts (prepare for action) were issued w.e.f 6th applicable for 8th August onwards and Red alert (for action) were issued w.e.f 9th August. Further, for showing the severity of rainfall intensity expected, heavy (7-11 cm in 24 hrs) to very heavy (12-20 cm in 24 hrs) rainfall warning for Kerala state was issued w.e.f 10th August for 14th August with Orange Alert to Idukki and Alappuzha, Red alert to Wayanad district. On 11th heavy to very heavy rainfall warning extended for 15th August also with orange alert to Idukki and Wayanad districts. On 12th August Red alert was issued for Idukki effective from 14th August. On 14th August, again heavy to very heavy rainfall warning was issued for 14th and 15th with red alert and orange alerts for most of the districts. On 15th, extremely heavy (>20 cm in 24 hrs) rainfall warning was issued for Kerala state with red alert to all districts for 16th August and red for 7 districts and orange for the remaining 7 districts for 17th August. It may be noted that the Red alert is the highest alert for issuing heavy rainfall warning and no other alerting criteria than this is adopted by IMD. The weather Bulletins issued from Delhi office also carried warnings for Kerala in ‘Orange’ and ‘Red’ colours about 2-3 days in advance of the event, advising the Disaster managers to be alert and initiate action respectively.