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IRB Infra wins contract for four-laning of Kaithal-Rajasthan border highway in Haryana

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Road builder IRB Infrastucture Developer has said that its wholly owned subsidiary Kaithal Tollway Private Limited has executed a concession agreement with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for the four-laning of a section of the Kaithal-Rajasthan border section of National Highway (NH) 152/65 in Haryana.
 
The project will be implemented under Phase IV of the National Highway Development Programme (NHDP), a press release from the company said.
 
It said the project is to be executed on DBFOT pattern with a concession period of 27 years. The estimated project cost is approximately Rs. 2300 crores and the construction is to be completed within 910 days.
 
With this project, IRB’s construction order book will increase from Rs. 8,600 crores to approximately Rs.10,600 crores, to be executed in the next three to four years, which will boost the company’s construction order book, the release added.
 
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Two Additional Judges appointed in Punjab & Haryana High Court

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The President has appointed Ms Rekha Mittal and Mr Inderjit Singh to be Additional Judges of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana.
 
An official press release said the appointments were for a period of two years with effect from 15th June, 2014. 
 
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IRB Infra bags Rs. 2,300 crore contract for 4-laning of Kaithal-Rajasthan border highway in Haryana

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Road developers IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd today said it had bagged a Rs 2,300 crore contract for four-laning of the Kaithal-Rajasthan border section of national highway (NH) 152/65 in Haryana.
 
A press release from the company said it had emerged as the selected bidder and received letter of award from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for the 166 km project to be executed on BOT (Toll) basis on DBFOT pattern under National Highway Development Programme (NHDP) Phase-IV.
 
The project has a construction period of 910 days and the concession period for it is 27 years, the release said.
 
With this, IRB’s construction order book will increase from Rs. 8,600 crore to approximately Rs.10,600 crore, to be executed in the next three to four years.  
 
"This will boost the company’s construction order book visibility for next three to four years," it added.
 
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Additional Judges appointed to Punjab & Haryana, Patna High Courts

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The President has appointed Ms Lisa Gill as an Additional Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
 
An official press release said here today that the President had also appointed Mr Chakradhari Sharan Singh to be an Additional Judge of the Patna High Court.
 
The appointment will be for a period of two years with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office in the case of Ms Gill and for two years with effect from April 5 in the case of Mr Singh, the release added.
 
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Swaraj opposes return of Sriramulu to BJP, Sharma as BJP-HJC candidate

File photo of Sushma Swaraj
File photo of Sushma Swaraj
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj today voiced her strong opposition to the proposed return of Badava Shramika Raitha (BSR)Congress MLA B S Sriramulu's return to the party fold in Karnataka.
 
"I am opposed to the BSR alliance or merger with BJP in Karnataka," Ms Swaraj said in a post on micro-blogging site Twitter today.
 
She said she had conveyed to BJP President Rajnath Singh in writing that the party must not permit this.
 
Ms Swaraj's reaction came after media reports that the BJP's Karnataka unit was trying to convince her to agree to Mr Sriramulu's return to the party.
 
The reports said the state unit of the party had decided in favour of re-admitting Mr Sriramulu in the party. The reports also suggested that the BJP might field Mr Sriramulu for the Bellary seat in Karnataka for the coming Lok Sabha elections.
 
Mr Sriramulu, 42, was the Minister for Tourism, Textiles, Civil Aviation and Infrastructure in the BJP government in Karnataka, but resigned in September 2011 in protest against the alleged humiliation of his mentor and jailed former Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy by the BJP leadership. He later won the election to the state assembly from the Bellary Rural constituency and floated the BSR Congress.
 
The BSR Congress is said to have the blessings of the Reddy brothers, who were arrested in the mining scam in the state. It had won four seats in the 2013 Assembly elections.
 
The Bellary Lok Sabha seat is currently held by Mr Sriramulu's younger sister J Shantha of the BJP.
 
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Ms Swaraj has also expressed her opposition to the move to field former Congress leader Venod Sharma as the joint candidate of the BJP and the Kuldeep Bishnoi-led Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) from the Karnal Lok Sabha constituency in Haryana.
 
"I am strongly opposed to this. I have conveyed my views to Shri Kuldeep Bishnoi," she said on Twitter. 
 
Mr Sharma has quit the Congress and, according to media reports, is set to join the HJC. He is the sitting MLA from Ambala and is a former member of the Rajya Sabha. His resignation comes close on the heels of the exit of Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh from the Congress. He has since joined the BJP. 
 
Mr Sharma's son Manu Sharma has been convicted in the Jessica Lall murder case in Delhi.
 
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ASI discovers Pratihara period mint in Rohtak district of Haryana

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Excavation by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have revealed the remains of a mint that belonged to the Pratihara period at Bohar Majra in Rohtak district of Haryana, the first such find ever in the country.
 
The ancient mounds at village Bohar Majra in Rohtak are gradually disappearing in the wake of construction of new colonies.
 
The mounds located near Sri Baba Mastnath University have never been protected by either the ASI or the State government, an official press release said.
 
In the middle of January this year, Prof. Manmohan Kumar, a retired professor of MD University, Rohtak informed Dr. B R Mani, Additional Director General, ASI to do something to understand the site as it has yielded some terracotta moulds for making coins. The site was under constant levelling, he said. 
 
ASI decided to immediately do some salvage operation through exploration followed by excavation, if required. 
 
Dr. Mani visited the site on February 2 and, in a brief exploratory survey, could collect 31 pieces of terracotta coin moulds for casting coins of King Mihira Bhoja, the mighty ruler of the Pratihara dynasty of Kannauj who ruled between 836 and 885 AD and whose empire covered almost entire northern and central India. 
 
Regular salvage excavation at the site started on February 15 under the direction of Dr. Mani, assisted by Mr V.C. Sharma and staff of the Chandigarh Circle of ASI. 
 
So far, seven trenches of 3 squares of 10 x 10 m have been excavated, revealing remains of a rectangular structure considered to be the mint, of almost 20 x 10 m which seems to have belonged to about 8th century AD and probably continued to exist till about the 11th century. The bricks used are around 30 x 20 x 5 cm in measurement.
 
"The ceramic assemblage and other evidences of material culture suggest that it is a single culture site, though there are three structural places connected with the habitational deposit which is at the maximum around 3.25 m in thickness. The site has yielded hundreds of terracotta coin moulds and crucibles from the last phase of the site and an interesting fact is that some potsherds are having glazed surfaces of primitive type over red ware pottery. Knife edge bowls are the features of all the three phases of the site,"  Dr Mani said.
 
The mint site is spread over an area of about 100 m in east-west and 50 m in north-south direction amidst a comparatively very large spread of an early medieval city site at village Majra which seems to have been occupied after the destruction of the earlier city site of Rohtak which is located at Khokra-Kot, a few kilometers towards north-west from the locality of Majra. 
 
"The discovery of the mint belonging to the Pratihara period is the first of its kind ever found in the country," the release added.
 
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CCEA okays 6-laning of Eastern Peripheral Expressway of NH NE-II in Haryana, UP

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday gave its approval for six-laning of Eastern Peripheral Expressway of National Highway (NH) NE-II in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
 
The cost is estimated to be Rs. 6284.20 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately135 km. 
 
An official press release said the project would expedite improvement of infrastructure in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. 
 
"Development of this stretch will also help in uplifting the socio-economic condition of this region of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The project is covered in the districts of Sonepat, Faridabad and Palwal in Haryana and Baghpat, Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. It will also increase employment potential for local labourers for project activities. Implementation of this project will free the roads of Delhi from huge volume of trucks and buses that enter the capital everyday on their way to other destination. This will also reduce pollution levels in the city," the release added.
 
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Mukherjee to attend first convocation of Central University of Haryana on Saturday

 
President Pranab Mukherjee will attend the first covocation of the Central University of Haryana at Jant-Pali in Mahendergarh district of Haryana tomorrow.
 
He will also inaugurate the permanent campus of the University and an Innovation Exhibition on the occasion, an official press release added.
 
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Kejriwal makes foray on national stage, hits out at BJP, Congress

 
Kejriwal takes on Modi and Rahul
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal today made his first appearance on the national stage with a rally at Rohtak in Haryana in which he launched broadsides at BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and even the media.
 
Mr Kejriwal told the huge crowd that had turned up to hear him that both Mr Modi and the Congress were backed by industrialists such as Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani who, he alleged, also wielded considerable influence on the media.
 
He also hit out at Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, describing him as a "property dealer" who took land from farmers in Haryana and gave them to industrialists such as Mr Ambani, Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and others for their projects.
 
Mr Kejriwal, who had a 49-day stint as Chief Minister of Delhi after the December 4 elections, hails from Haryana and spoke with a Haryanvi accent to win over the local people as he defended the performance of his short-lived government.
 
He said no other government had delivered so much in such a short time and said that his ministers, including Santosh Bharti, Rakhi Birla and Manish Sisodia, had spent long hours every day trying to address the problems of the people.
 
He said he had quit office on principle after the Jan Lokpal Bill -- a key election promise of his party -- failed to get through the Assembly.
 
He said he was grilled by the media about the size of his government accommodation and such matters but no one had the guts to ask Mr Modi or Mr Gandhi where they got the funds for their election campains.
 
He read out two numbers, saying they were of the Swiss bank accounts of Mr Mukesh Ambani and his brother Anil Ambani, and challenged Mr Modi to bring back to India the money allegedly stashed abroad by them and others.
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Accusing Mr Mukesh Ambani of virtually running the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and of financing Mr Modi's election campaign, he said he was the only one who had the guts to file a first information report (FIR) against the industrialist on the gas price issue.
 
Mr Kejriwal said he was criticised for his decision to provide a subsidy to power consumers in Delhi, he said there was no criticism when the Government gave concessions worth lakhs of crores to the big industries.
 
He said several media houses went out of their way to boost Mr Modi's image and, at the same time, show him and his AAP in a poor light, he urged the people to call up the offices of the television channels and newspapers concerned whenever they carried wrong or biased reports and voice their protest.
 
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Three judges appointed to High Court of Punjab and Haryana

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The President has appointed Justices Rajiv Narain Raina, Tejinder Singh Dhindsa, and Gurmeet Singh Sandhawalia, additional judges of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, as judges of the same High Court.
 
An official press release said here today that the appointments, in that order of seniority, would be with effect from the date they assume charge of their office. 
 
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NCRPB okays inclusion of Jind, Karnal districts in National Capital Region

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The National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) has approved the inclusion of the districts of Jind and Karnal of Haryana in the National Capital Region (NCR).
 
Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath told the 34th meeting of the NCRPB here yesterday that this was based on requests from the Government of Haryana.
 
Mr Nath also said that work on three new districts added to the NCR in the last meeting had begun.
 
He told the meeting that the NCRPB was a unique example of inter-state and inter-agency coordination spread over four federal states and 168 cities and towns. 

Additional Judge appointed to High Court of Punjab & Haryana

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The President has appointed Mr Kuldip Singh as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Punjab & Haryana.
 
An official press release said here today that the appointment was for a period of two years with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.
 
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Asaram's son Narayan Sai arrested near Delhi-Haryana border in rape case

Asaram Bapus son Narayan Sai arrested on charges of rape
A joint team of the Delhi and the Gujarat Police today arrested Narayan Sai, the absconding son of self-styled godman Asaram who is in judicial custody in case of alleged sexual assault on a 16-year-old schoolgirl, from Pipli on the Delhi-Haryana border in a case of alleged rape filed by a girl in Surat.
 
The arrest of the 41-year-old Narayan came after a 58-day search for him by the police of Gujarat, Delhi and other states.
 
Police officials in Surat and Delhi said Narayan, who was found disguised as a Sikh man at the time of his arrest, had been brought to Delhi and would be produced in the Rohini court here this afternoon.
 
The Surat Police will seek a transit remand for him before taking him to Surat for further investigations in the case.
 
Delhi Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said that one of Narayan's aides, identified as Hanuman, had also been arrested.
 
Two sisters in Surat had filed separate complaints of rape against Asaram and his son Narayan.
 
The younger of the two girls had, in her complaint of October 6, accused Narayan of repeatedly sexually assaulting her between 2002 and 2005, when she was staying at Asaram's ashram in Surat.
 
The elder sister had alleged in her complaint that Asaram had repeatedly sexually assaulted her betwen 1997 and 2006 when she was living at his ashram in Ahmedabad.
 
In Surat, Commissioner of Police Rakesh Asthana said that Narayan was intercepted by the police near Pipli. "He tried to escape, but the policemen chased him and finally captured him," he said.
 
Asaram, 72, who has been arrested after a 16-year-old girl accused him of sexually assaulting her, was arrested on August 31 by the Jodhpur police and is currently in judicial custody there.
 
The girl had lodged a complaint on August 20 accusing Asaram of sexually assaulting her at his ashram in Jodhpur on the pretext of exorcism. The complaint was initially filed at a police station in Delhi and then transferred to Jodhpur police.
 
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India's first styrene butadiene rubber plant at Panipat dedicated to nation

Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas M. Veerappa Moily speaking at the dedication of India’s first Styrene Butadiene Rubber Plant to the mation, at Panipat, Haryana on November 29, 2013.
Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas M. Veerappa Moily speaking at the dedication of India’s first Styrene Butadiene Rubber Plant to the mation, at Panipat, Haryana on November 29, 2013.
Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister M Veerappa Moily dedicated to the nation India's first styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) plant at Panipat in Haryana yesterday.
 
Speaking on the occasion, he said this was a milestone achievement by Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), which will provide the country with a product that it is importing from other countries at present and, thus, help save considerable amounts in foreign exchange.
 
He congratulated and thanked Marubeni of Japan and  TSRC of Taiwan for coming to India and  joining hands with IndianOil  in setting up of this state-of-the-art plant at Panipat.
 
SBR is used to produce various products like  tyres, conveyor belts, hose, shoe soles, industrial goods, and so on with superior processing properties like flexing resistance, tear and cracking resistance and improved abrasive resistance.
 
The  project is considered as a path breaking venture of national importance as there is no operating capacity in the country  and the entire domestic demand is met through imports.
 
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IOC, TSRC and Marubeni are partners in the joint venture called Indian Synthetic Rubber Ltd (ISRL). It is based on butadiene availabe from IOC's naphtha cracker complex at Panipat.
 
Built at a cost of Rs. 958 crore, the project is designed to produce 120 KTA of high quality SBR.
 
The tyre sector is the largest end-use sector for synthetic rubber in India. SBR, which accounts for 40% of the total synthetic rubber demand, is consumed mostly in the tyre sector.
 
As the tyre production in India is increasing at a fast pace, the synthetic rubber consumption has also simultaneously increased. 
 
Mr Moily noted that, with the delicensing of the refining sector, the country's refining capacity had grown from a modest 62 MMTPA in 1998 to about 215 MMTPA at present, comprising 22 refineries - 17 in the public sector, two in the joint sector and three in the private sector.
 
With grass-root refineries at Paradip (15 MMTPA) and NOCL (6.0) and expansion of some of the existing refineries, the total refining capacity is expected to touch around 271.2 MMTPA  by the end of the 12th plan. It is expected to go up to 332.9 MMTPA at the end of 13th Plan.
 
He said India had exported 63.4 MMT of petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL) products in 2012-13, registering a growth of 5 per cent over 2011-12.
 
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CCEA nod for 4-laning of Sangrur-Punjab/ Haryana border section of NH-71

 
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved four-laning of the Sangrur-Punjab/Haryana border section of National Highway-71 in Punjab.
 
The project will be taken up under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase IV on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT-Annuity) in Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) pattern. 
 
The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 612.28 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities, an official press release said.
 
The total length of the road will be approximately 57 km with paved shoulders, it said.
 
The project will expedite improvement of infrastructure in Punjab and also reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying on the section.
 
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19.76 lakh tonnes of rice procured by Govt agencies during 1013-14 Kharif marketing season

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A total of 19,76,806 tonnes of rice have been procured by Government agencies during Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2013-14 till October 15, an official statement said here today.
 
The statement by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said the highest procurement was made in Haryana at 10,83,426 tonnes, followed by Punjab with 8,74,761 tonnes and Tamil Nadu with 14,934 tonnes.
 
Chandigarh also made significant procurement by procuring 3,685 tonnes, it added, quoting data received from different states.
 
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Tenure of three additional judges of Punjab & Haryana High Court extended

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The tenure of three additional judges of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana has been extended by one year, an official press release said here today.
 
It said that, as per a notification issued today, the President had appointed Mr  Rajiv Narain Raina, Mr Tejinder Singh Dhindsa, and Mr Gurmeet Singh Sandhawalia, as additional judges of the High Court for a period of one year with effect from 30th September, 2013. 
 
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First UK India Business Centre opens in Gurgaon

First UK India Business Centre opens in Gurgaon
 
The first United Kingdom India Business Centre was opened at Gurgaon in Haryana, near here, yesterday by UK Minister for Trade & Investment, Lord Stephen Green.
 
Lord Green is currently on a visit to India with a delegation of 11 British tade associations.
 
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and UK India Business Council Chair Patricia Hewitt participated in a lamp lighting ceremony which was attended by leading UK and Indian businessmen and policy makers.
 
The UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the British Business Groups (BBGs) support this initiative which is aimed at helping British companies, especially small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs), experience a low-risk, low-cost entry into India.
 
This is the first such centre to open in a major emerging market since British Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement in November that the UK would go ahead with an initiative designed by Lord Green to transform the support given to the UK business overseas.
 
"This is an initiative which is very close to my heart. The centre will help UK small and medium sized businesses work closer with more established British businesses in India and provide them with the support needed to capitalise on the huge potential of the Indian market," Lord Green said on the occasion.
 
He said the network of centres across India will also drive a step change in the number of UK companies doing business in India contributing to prosperity in both countries.
 
The centre will act as the "hub" within North-Central India. It will also have a "spoke" in the Connaught Place area of central Delhi.
 
In a message on the occasion, Mr Cameron said he wanted Britain to be India's partner of choice in all those areas at which Britain excelled - from infrastructure to healthcare and education.
 
"Last February, I went to India with the biggest trade delegation ever to leave Britain’s shores. I chose India not just because of our shared culture, history and values, but also because of the fantastic opportunities India’s massive and vibrant economy offers to British businesses," he said.
 
He said the Gurgaon facility was the first of a network of centres across India run by the UK India Business Council and involving local British business groups, which will transform the quantity and quality of support available to British business in India.
 
He said the centre would offer British businesses a vital launch pad – providing the office space, training facilities and practical support businesses, especially small and medium enterprises, need to gain a strong foothold and quickly expand in this crucial market.
 
"The development of these centres reflects the ever growing trade relationship between India and Britain. In the first half of this year alone we have already seen an 18% increase in bilateral trade – a rate that will see us hit our target of doubling trade by 2015. As India continues on its path I am confident that the opportunities for UK business will continue to grow and I urge you all to take advantage of these services to capitalise on what will no doubt be one of the major growth stories of the 21st century," he added.
 
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Modi calls for war against poverty, illiteracy; says can't be selective in fight against terror

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Two days after being named as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said today that the world could not afford to be selective in its fight against terrorism and called for a war against poverty, illiteracy and blind faith.
 
Speaking at a rally of ex-servicemen at Rewari in Haryana, his first public meeting after his elevation, Mr Modi urged Pakistan to embrace the path of peace and give up the "path of bombs" which had not done any good for its people, especially the youth and poor".
 
He said cross-border terrorism would not help India, Pakistan or Bangladesh and told the two neighbours that they could not develop with an anti-India policy.
 
"From the land of Mahatma Gandhi, let us give a message of peace to the world," he said.
 
Paying tributes to Indian soldiers, said they were always ready to make sacrifices for the nation, which was proud of them.
 
"One cannot imagine their courage, the courage that is there in this land," he said. He spoke of how he had wanted to join the Army but could not appear for the examination due to financial constraints. He also spoke about how he had volunteered to serve tea and snacks to soldiers during the 1965 India-Pakistan war.
 
Years later, he recalled, the BJP gave him the responsibility of north Indian states like Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, when he got to visit cantonments and meet officers.
 
“The level of toughness with which our armed forces deal with enemy nations is same as the level of compassion and kindness with which they save lives during times of natural calamities," he said, lauding the role of the armed forces in the aftermath of the 2001 earthquake in Kutch and other parts of Gujarat and after the recent flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand.
 
Mr Modi said the armed forces epitomized the true nature of secularism at a time when votebank politics had divided society.
 
"I want to tell those who divide the nation in the name of secularism- to see real secularism, see the army. We can learn the true essence of secularism from our armed forces and I salute our armed forces for upholding the ‘Aan’, ‘Baan’ and ‘Shaan’ of secularism," he said.
 
Mr Modi expressed concern about the reducing interest amongst the youth to join the army. He felt educated youngsters must be encouraged to join the forcs because the nature of war is changing and aspects like technology were assuming greater importance.
A view of the rally of ex-servicemen at Rewari in Haryana, which was addressed by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on September 15, 2013.
A view of the rally of ex-servicemen at Rewari in Haryana, which was addressed by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on September 15, 2013.
 
He called for a white paper on the "One Rank-One Pension" issue and said that if the Atal Bihari Vajpayee had won another term in 2004 it would have found a way of solving the issue.
 
He also underlined the need for welfare measures for disabled servicemen and for creating opportunities for retired servicemen so that the nation could gain from their skills and other qualities like discipline. He cited various steps he had taken to use their services in Gujarat.
 
Mr Modi spoke about the need for India to become self-sufficient in defence production and wondered why a technologically-advanced nation like it had to still import defence equipment.
 
“Delhi is not interested in Army welfare, they are more bothered about the next tender,” he remarked.
 
He said India should be exporting arms to the world and pointed out that becoming self-sufficient in defence production would help it to formulate an independent foreign policy.
 
Accusing the Centre and members of the political class of having an ambivalent attitude towards issues affecting the armed forces, he said, “When we were praising the work of our soldiers in Uttarakhand, Pakistan was killing our soldiers. And see the misfortune, the defence minister said people dressed in Pakistan army uniform came. Imagine how our soldiers would feel. Delhi remained unbothered. For them, such events keep happening. Then a Minister said people join the army to die…what can be worse? If one cannot cry for the soldiers and is stone-hearted let it be, but do not insult our soldiers please."
 
Mr Modi said that he always tried to celebrate Diwali with soldiers on the India-Pakistan border in Gujarat. He also mentioned about how his government had built a pipeline to carry drinking water for soldiers in Kutch. He said his government had built a war memorial and put it on the tourist map as well.
 
He said India now faced dangers from proxy wars in the form of terrorism and Left-wing extremism and called for a strong voice against such evils.
 
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Mr Modi urged the youngsters to take up voter registration in a big way and requested farmers to contribute their agricutural implements for the building of the proposed Statue of Unity in Gujarat.
 
Former Chief of Army Staff Gen V K Singh also addressed the rally and said that a nation which did not respect its soldiers could not make progress.
 
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CCEA okays 4-laning of Kaithal-Rajasthan Border section of NH 152/65 in Haryana

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday gave its approval for four-laning of the Kaithal-Rajasthan border section of National Highway (NH)152/65 in Haryana.
 
The project will be taken up under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase IV, on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BOT/DBFOT) basis in Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) (Toll) mode of delivery, an official press release said.
 
The cost is estimated to be Rs.2029.49 crore including Rs. 636.49 crore towards the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 166 kms, it said.
 
According to the release, the project will expedite improvement of infrastructure in Haryana and also reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Kaithal and the Rajasthan border. 
 
This road stretch connects Ambala with important towns such as Kaithal, Barwala and Hisar upto the Rajasthan border. The project road is part of NH-65 from Kaithal-Rajasthan border. It also provides connectivity to NH-10. 
 
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Sharad Kumar appointed Director General of National Investigation Agency

 
Mr Sharad Kumar has been appointed as Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). 
 
Mr Kumar is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1979 batch (Haryana cadre) and is presently working in the cadre, an official press release added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Jhajjar area of Haryana

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Jhajjar area of Haryana this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 28.7°N and longitude 76.6°E, occurred at 1825 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Cabinet to consider Regional Rapid Rail System in NCR shortly: Kamal Nath

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The Union Cabinet will take up for consideration shortly a proposal for setting up the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) for implementation of a Regional Rapid Rail System (RRTS) in the National Capital Region (NCR).
 
Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath told a meeting of the NCR Planning Board (NCRPB) here today that the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) had recommended setting up of the NCRTC.
 
In the first phase, the RRTS will connect Delhi-Panipat (111 km), Delhi-Alwar (180 km) and Delhi-Meerut (90 km). 
 
The work on the three corridors would start soon and would be completed by 2016. NCRPB would contribute Rs. 200 crore to begin the work on one of the lines, Mr Nath said.

CBI arrests two Northern Railway officers in separate bribery cases

 
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested an Inspector of Works (IOW) (Construction) and an Assistant Divisional Mechanical Engineer, both of Northern Railway, Ambala Cantonment, in separate cases of bribery.
 
A press release from the agency said a case had been registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act alleging that the IOW, working in the office of the Executive Engineer, Northern Railway, Ambala Cantt., had demanded a bribe of Rs 16,000, later reduced to Rs 15,000, for releasing the bank guarantee, securities and earnest money of a businessman.
 
On the basis of the complaint from the businessman, the CBI laid a trap and allegedly caught the official red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs 15,000 from him.
 
A search of the official's premises yielded a recovery of Rs 1.75 lakh in cash and some "incriminating documents", the release said. He was produced before the designated court and remanded in judicial custody.
 
In the second case, the agency arrested an Assistant Divisional Mechanical Engineer(ADME), Northern Railway, Ambala Cantt., for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs.2,000 from a local contractor.
 
The contractor said in his complaint to the agency that the official had demanded the bribe for passing monthly bills pertaining to works awarded to him. The complaint said the official asked for a bribe on a monthly basis, failing which his payments would be stopped.
 
The CBI registered a case against the engineer and laid a trap in which he was allegedly caught red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs 2000. Searches are being conducted at the office and residential premises of accused, the release said.
 
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Massive rescue, relief efforts continue in rain-hit Uttarakhand, Himachal

Massive rescue and relief operations continued on Tuesday in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh where torrential rains in the past three days have wrought havoc in several areas, claiming at least 44 lives, and caused large-scale devastation of public and private properies.

60 dead due to flash floods in many states
 
Massive rescue and relief operations continued today in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh where torrential rains in the past three days have wrought havoc in several areas, claiming at least 44 lives, and caused large-scale devastation of public and private properies.
 
In Uttarakhand, which has borne the brunt of the monsoon's fury, at least 34 people have died and several more have been reported missing as rescue teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Armed Forces, paramilitary forces and state government agencies made their way into remote parts.
 
Unofficial reports put the death toll in Uttarakhand at more than 50.
 
In Himachal Pradesh, at least ten persons were killed in landslides in the tribal district of Kinnaur in  Himachal Pradesh two days ago.
 
Thousands of tourists and pilgrims were stranded at various places in the two states.
 
According to reports reaching here, the weather had improved today and the water level in the Ganga and its tributaries had receded.
 
An idea of the devastation caused by the rains could be had from television pictures of multi-storeyed buildings, houses and bridges crashing, after the earth below them caved in, and being washed away by the swirling waters.
 
A tall statue of Lord Shiva in Rishikesh was covered upto the neck by the flooded river yesterday.
 
A press release from the Ministry of Home Affairs here said that the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was asked to swing into action on June 15 and start providing assistance in conjunction with the district administrations to help the stranded travellers.
 
The Inspector General of ITBP in Uttarakhand was asked to get in touch with the state Chief Secretary and provide whatever assistance was required by the state government.  
 
It said two teams of the NDRF were already available in Uttarakhand and 12 additional teams were dispatched. The Ministry of Defence also made available helicopters at the request of the state government.
 
Due to bad weather, the helicopters could start operating only this morning. As many as 50 pilgrims have been rescued from Kedarnath and brought to Gupt Kashi. Further sorties are in progress to evacuate the stranded travellers.
 
Union Home Secretary R K Singh held a meeting with representatives of the state government, the Border Roads Organization (BRO), ITBP, the NDRF, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Ministry of Defence here yesterday to review the steps being taken and plan for the operations.
 
The BRO has mobilized its personnel to try and facilitate restoration of road communication across the different routes. 
 
Two teams of NDRF reached Kedarnath today and have started relief and rescue operations. As many as 72 persons were rescued by this afternoon.
 
An advance party has reached Gaurikund to assess the requirements and intensify the relief efforts.
 
The Home Secretary has been in continuous touch with the Chief Secretary, Uttarakhand. Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has had a telephonic conversation with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and assured the state of all possible support from the Centre.
 
About 1000 tourists were stranded in Rekong-Peo and 500 in Sangla Valley. Helicopters were dispatched to Sangla Valley this morning for rescuing the stranded. 
 
The BRO has been asked to assist the state public works department (PWD) in restoring the communication links to both Rekong Peo and Sangla Valley. 
 
One team of NDRF has reached Sangla and the other team is on way to Po to assist the district administration in relief work, the release said.
 
A spokesman for the Army said more than 5000 of its personnel were deployed in various parts of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to render aid to the distraught people.
 
In Govindghat, Uttarakhand, an Army column on Hemkund Sahib route evacuated more than 4000 pilgrims across the broken bridge and constructed a foot track for their safe passage. About 1800 pilgrims have further been moved from Govindghat to Joshimath. 
 
In addition, medical facilities, refreshments and lodging facilities have been extended to over 1300 persons at Joshimath. Over 200 sets of blankets, sleeping bags, combat jackets and balaclavas have been provided to the evacuated pilgrims.
 
Another Army column has been employed for clearing a major landslide near Patal Ganga, in order to restore connectivity.
 
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With the road from Rudraprayag to Badasu blocked because of landslides at  Silchatti and Kund Chatti and the bridge at Rudraprayag being flooded, Badasu has been virtually cut off. One Army column has been inducted to Badasu by helicopter this morning and is presently undertaking relief and rescue work.
 
The Narendranagar – Dharasu road is blocked at 10 locations due to landslides and washing away of bridges and culverts. An Army column has been deployed along the road for rescue and relief work.
 
An Army column constructed a log bridge near Harsil and evacuated 600 pilgrims. In addition, the column opened a medical relief camp at Harsil for stranded civilians and is providing food, water and shelter. A foot track has been constructed and help provided for evacuation of 100 pilgrims stranded on Harsil-Gangotri axis.
 
An Army column has been deployed at Raigarhi village on the Moradabad-Haridwar road to evacuate stranded civilians.
 
An Army column is currently assisting civilians stranded between Badrinath and Mana, and providing them with medical aid, food and refreshments.
 
In Yamunanagar, Haryana, two Army columns have been working around the clock and have so far rescued 103 persons including 37 children from villages Lapra, Udhri, Kalanaur, Jathlana and Gumthala.
 
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One Army column undertook relief work and evacuation of civilians from affected areas around Saharanpur city in Uttar Pradesh. The column is now moving to Shamli for evacuating a marooned family.
 
One Army column has been deployed at Rawali village near Bijnor in UP, to evacuate 150 stranded civilians. Efforts to reach the stranded persons are in progress, the spokesman added.
 
A press release from the IAF said it had undertaken relief operations in Yamunanagar, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Rudraprayag, Kurcham and Puh.
 
Air Force station Sarsawa was made the hub of the operations with helicopters converging from Bhatinda and Hindon. A number of medium-lift helicopters including the newly inducted MI -17 V5 were positioned yesterday  at Jollygrant helipad at Dehradun despite inclement weather.
 
A total of 17 people were evacuated from the Karnal area in Haryana by helicopters yesterday.
 
Another 21 people, including 15 children, were rescued from Nakud by an advanced light helicopter (ALH) operating from Sarsawa.
 
Today, two more MI -17 V5 helicopters were put into service along with the NDRF teams in the general area of Rampur- Rekongpeo in Himachal Pradesh. 
 
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