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CCEA approves four-laning of Guna-Biaora, Biaora-Dewas sections of NH-3 in MP

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave its approval for four laning of the Guna-Biaora and Biaora-Dewas sections of National Highway (NH)– 3 in Madhya Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs.2815.69 crore. 
 
This work will be implemented under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-IV. The approval is on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis in BOT (Toll) mode, an official press release said.
 
The cost is estimated to be Rs.1081.9 crore for the Guna-Biaora section, including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 93.5 kms. 
 
The total cost for the Biaora-Dewa section will be approximately Rs. 1733.79 crore including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 141.26 kms. 
 
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Rahul Gandhi says Ambedkar's dream incomplete, warns against divisive ideologies

 
Ambedkar's dream remains unfulfilled: Rahul Gandhi
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today said Babasaheb Ambedkar's dream of the "annihilation of caste" was still incomplete and, in a veiled attack against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), cautioned people against ideologies which sought to pit them against each other.
 
Inaugurating the year-long celebrations of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr B. R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution, in his home town of Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, he said, "We see his influence everywhere, but his dream is still incomplete."
 
“Babasaheb Ambedkar belonged to everyone, not just the weak," he said. 
 
Describing Dr Ambedkar as a "great son" of India, Mr Gandhi said he had brought light to the lives of the Dalits and the poor in the country and had fought thousands of years of injustice with his ideas.
 
He said Dr Ambedkar's contributions could not be limited to India or one community. "He worked hard for Dalits, but his efforts were not limited to them. He fought for women's rights, helped frame laws for workers and contributed to the establishment of the Reserve Bank of India," he said.
 
Mr Gandhi said Dr Ambedkar had, along with other great leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, laid the foundations of a strong India.
 
He said that, together with Gandhi and Nehru, he had introduced the concept of "one man, one vote" in the Constitution, which changed India forever. He said that, today, the voice of every section is heard in India's panchayats, legisative assemblies and Parliament.
 
At the same time, there were cases like that of a girl who was punished for having an Ambedkar ringtone in her mobile phone, or of the Muslim youth who was denied a job by a Mumbai company because of his religion. These instances showed that there was no social equality or equal economic opportunity for all yet.
 
Similarly, Mr Gandhi mentioned the recent derecognition of the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras and said this showed that the voices of some sections were still being stifled.
 
He said that, 65 years after the Constitution was adopted, casteism still lived in its politics, its schools and in the minds of the people.
 
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Mr Gandhi said the people must fight to root out the evil of casteism and get everyone their rights. He said he and the Congress would fight for this and alongside all those who faced injustice.
 
He spoke about the various measures taken by the Congress governments in the past to ensure people got their rights, irrespective of their caste, language or religion. He said the fruits of economic development achieved in the past decade must reach all sections of society to take the country forward.
 
He said that while infrastructure, roads, railways and jobs were all necessary, but until all the people got their rights, the country would never be able to realise its full potential.
 
Mr Gandhi urged people, especially the youth, to fight to fulfil Dr Ambedkar's dream and underlined that it would not be an easy task, pointing to the risks the nation faced from divisive ideologies.
 
He said centralisation of power only led to strengthening of casteist forces, while decentralisation would help to weaken them.
 
“Till the time some people are kept away from their rights, the nation cannot change. Babasaheb's life teaches us that change is not easy, it takes time,” he added.
 
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Jaitley to inaugurate new bank note paper line at Hoshangabad

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will inaugurate the new bank note paper line of 6000 tonnes capacity at the Security Paper Mill (SPM) at Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh tomorrow.
 
An official press release said that Mr Jaitley would flag off the first consignment of Rs 1000 bank note paper made indigenously to the Currency Note Press, Nashik.
 
The new paper line capacity is part of the indigenisation of the bank note paper undertaken by the Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL). 
 
SPMCIL has also set up another joint venture company called Bank Note Paper Mill India Pvt. Ltd. at Mysore with 12,000 MT capacity. The plant of this company is targeted to be commissioned by the year-end. 
 
The combined production from the new paper line at SPM, Hoshangabad and the joint venture at Mysore will be about 18,000 MT of bank note paper, which will meet the major requirement of bank note paper indigenously. At present, a major part of this requirement is being imported.
 
The combined savings of foreign exchange from these two projects will be about Rs.1,500 crore in the coming years, the release said.
 
The foundation stone for the new bank note paper line was laid on December 17, 2011 by then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. 
 
The project has been completed at a cost of Rs.495 crores within the budget and within the time schedule. The plant is environment friendly with minimal use of power and water.  No additional water has been taken for this plant from Narmada river. This is a start-of-the-art plant with capability for incorporation of the advanced security features into the bank note paper.  
 
The release said the plant had been incorporated with the latest pulp manufacturing plant, control systems, equipped with automatic sheet cutter and packaging and has online inspection system.  This plant is capable of manufacturing all denominations of bank note paper with capacity to introduce 3-dimensional toned water mark.  
 
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The new plant has state-of-the-art paper testing laboratory with international standards for testing of bank note paper before dispatch to the currency note presses.  The new paper line is environment friendly aiming for zero liquid discharge.  The latest surveillance system SAP-ERP and with state-of-the-art fire and safety system has been installed. The plant has the latest mould cover manufacturing facility for manufacture of bank note paper with latest designs, it said.
 
The annual turnover from this new bank note paper line when it comes into full production will be about Rs. 450 crores. The plant will procure local raw materials like cotton comber, linter and chemicals except for the security features, which are obtained through exclusivity contracts. 
 
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Bye-elections to be held on June 27 to fill six vacancies in five state legislative asemblies

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The Election Commission today said it would hold bye-elections on June 27 to fill six casual vacancies in the legislative assemblies of Meghalaya, Kerala, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
 
The vacant seats are 59-Chokpot (ST) (Meghalaya), 136-Aruvikkara (Kerala), 13-Pratapgarh (SC) and 46-Surma (SC) (Tripura), 227-Garoth (Madhya Pradesh) and 11-Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar (Tamil Nadu).
 
The notifications for the bye-elections will be issued on June 3 and the last date for filing nominations will be June 10. Counting of votes will be taken up on June 30.
 
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10th World Hindi Conference to be held in Bhopal from Sep 10-12

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The 10th World Hindi Conference (WHC) will be held from September 10-12 in Bhopal by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in partnership with the government of Madhya Pradesh.
 
The first WHC was held in Nagpur, Maharashtra in 1975 and the last one in September 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The last time the conference was held in INdia was in 1983 when it was hosted by New Delhi.
 
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is the chaiperson of the Advisory and Programmes Committee of the conference while Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh is the chairman of the Management Committee.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is the Chief Patron. Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita avam Sanchar Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal is the partner organization for the conference, a press release from MEA said.
 
The main theme of the conference is "Hindi Jagat: Vistar avm sambhavnai”. The venue of the Conference is "Lal Parade Ground”, Bhopal.
 
Alongside the conference, special exhibitions will be held on various themses. There will also be a separate area designated for book releases where release of Hindi books and magazines will go on simultaneously.
 
During the conference, there will be cultural programmes in the evenings organized by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Department of Culture, Government. Madhya Pradesh. 
 
A "Kavi Sammelan" will be organized by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi. The cultural programmes and the Kavi Sammelan will be coordinated by the ICCR. The ICCR will bring out a special issue of "Gagananchal” dedicated to the conference.
 
In keeping with the past practice, Hindi scholars from India and other countries would be honoured for their distinguished service in the field of Hindi at the conference.
 
The website of the conference was formally launched by Ms Swaraj here yesterday. The winner of the conference logo design competition Ms. Khyati Gupta from Bangalore, was awarded the prize money of Rs 50,000 by Ms Swaraj on the occasion.
 
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First two upgraded Mirage 2000 aircraft reach Gwalior

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The first two upgraded Mirage 2000 aircraft were flown in from France to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh this afternoon by Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots.
 
The aircraft arrived via Greece, Egypt and Qatar in a journey that took seven days, an official press release said.
 
On arrival at the station, the two aircraft were accorded the traditional water cannon salute whilst taxiing in. The leader of the team, Group Captain M Minocha, was welcomed by the Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Gwalior, Air Commodore HS Basra. 
 
The leader also handed over the aircraft documents to the Air Officer Commanding. The twin-seaters were flown in by Wing Commander Vivek Sharma and Squadron Leader K Suryanarayanan. 
 
The release said the upgrade has enhanced the overall capability of the aircraft with advanced avionics, weapons and self protection suites. The upgrade contract was signed with Thales Aeroportes Systems and Dassault Aviation of France. 
 
The upgrade programme was successfully completed on schedule. The subsequent serried upgrade of the Mirage 2000 fleet is being carried out at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bangalore, the release added.
 
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L&T Construction wins orders for four contiguous road projects in MP

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Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today said its construction arm had won orders worth Rs 3343 crore in March 2015, including four major contiguous road projects in Madhya Pradesh.
 
The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, worth Rs 2650 crore, have been received from the National Highways Authority of India (NHA), a press release from the company said.
 
The road projects are Rewa-Katni-Jabalpur (Package 1, 2 & 4) and Jabalpur-Lakhnadon, it said. They involve construction of 287 km of four lane dual carriage way, primarily with rigid pavement, seven flyovers, four railway over bridges (ROB), five major bridges and 86 minor bridges. 
 
While the Rewa-Katni-Jabalpur packages will be completed in 24 months, the Jabalpur-Lakhnadon project will take about 30 months for completion, the release said.
 
The company said its Power Transmission and Distribution Business had received a Rs 271 crore order from Power Grid Corporation of India Limited for the engineering, procurement and 
construction of 765 kV double circuit transmission line between Wardha and Hyderabad.
 
Additional orders worth Rs 422 crores have also been received from various ongoing jobs of Buildings & Factories, Power Transmission & Distribution and Water & Renewable Energy Businesses.
 
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L&T wins Rs 5580 crore order for Ultra-Supercritical Power Plant from NTPC

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Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today said it had secured a turnkey order from the public sector NTPC Limited for setting up a 2x660 MW greenfield Ultra-Supercritical Thermal Power Plant in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh.
 
Valued at over Rs 5580 crore, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract entails design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of two coal-fired thermal units of 660 MW each with ultra-supercritical parameters, a press release from the company said.
 
This is being done for the first time in the country. The EPC project was won following international competitive bidding, involving several reputed bidders, the release said.
 
This is the first EPC package order awarded to L&T by NTPC for a complete thermal power plant. Earlier, L&T, through its joint venture company L&T-MHPS Boilers Pvt Ltd, had secured an order worth Rs 1885 crore from NTPC in September 2014 for setting up two units of 660 MW each supercritical steam generators for Tanda Thermal Power Plant Stage-2 in Uttar Pradesh. 
 
“While this EPC package order from a central utility like NTPC has brought prestige to L&T, it also comes with the added responsibility of executing the power project under stringent norms and timelines” said Mr. Shailendra Roy, Whole-time Director (Power, Minerals and Metals).
 
“L&T commenced its EPC power project execution for coal-fired 
power plants including manufacture of supercritical boiler-turbine-generator in 2009 and is now capable of delivering energy efficient and environmentally friendly thermal power plants to various clients across the region. Our 2x700 MW Rajpura supercritical thermal power plant in Punjab, executed on turnkey basis in record time, has recently completed one year of operations, thereby contributing towards the nation’s power requirement.” 
 
In the field of supercritical boiler-turbine-generator, L&T has so far manufactured and supplied 10 turbines and 8 boilers of 660/700/800 MW unit sizes to various state utilities and independent power producers like Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd, Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd, Andhra Pradesh Power Development Corporation Ltd, Nabha Power Ltd and Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd. 
 
These boilers-turbines-generators have been produced at its manufacturing complex at Hazira in Gujarat, through joint venture companies with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems.
 
L&T has also set up manufacturing capabilities at Hazira for power plant auxiliaries including high pressure piping, coal pulverisers, fans, air preheaters, feed-water heaters, condensers, EPS and heavy forgings.
 
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MP HC Judge Justice Ajit Singh transferred to Rajasthan HC

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The President has, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, transferred Mr Justice Ajit Singh, a judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, as a judge of Rajasthan High Court.
 
An official press release said he had been directed to assume charge of his office in the Rajasthan High Court on or before 19th March, 2015. 
 
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Modi says amendment of Land Acquisition Act essential for creating infrastructure

 
Modi inaugurates two units of Singaji power plant in Khandwa
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the amendment of the existing Land Acquisition Act was essential for the creation of rural infrastructure, including roads, houses for poor, schools, hospitals and irrigation projects.
 
Speaking after dedicating to the nation Stage 1 (2X600 MW) and laying the foundation stone of Stage 2 (2X600 MW) of the Shree Singaji Thermal Power Project at Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh, he appealed to all sections of the Rajya Sabha to support initiatives of the Union Government that would enable fulfilment of the mandate for development given by the people of the country.
 
Mr Modi also urged farmers not to be misled by those who were trying to project the Government's initiatives for development, as being "anti-farmer." 
 
He said the large gathering of farmers and other people from rural areas, to grace the occasion of the dedication to the nation of a power plant, even on the festival of Holi, showed how committed they were to the cause of development. 
 
Describing energy as the key to development and an integral part of modern life, he reiterated his commitment to deliver power to all. He said power generation had gone up by about 11 per cent in the last 9 to 10 months since the new Government assumed office. 
 
The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of saving energy, and mentioned the Government's programme of LED bulbs for homes and street-lighting. 
 
He said the Government was committed to curbing corruption, and gave the example of successful auctioning of coal blocks, which would also benefit Madhya Pradesh in a big way. 
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Minister for Power Piyush Goyal were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
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CCEA clears four-laning of ten highway stretches at cost of Rs 12,646 crore

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday gave its approval for four-laning of ten stretches of national highways (NHs) at a total cost of Rs 12,646 crore.
 
These highway projects, adding up to a total length of 712 kilometres, are located in West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh and will be implemented under various phases of the National Highways Development Programme (NHDP).
 
The expenditure to be incurred on these projects is to be borne by the Government of India in public interest.  
 
All these projects will convert the existing two-laning highway projects into high quality four-laning highway projects thereby catalyzing the economic development of the regions along the corridors of these highways, an official press release said.
 
The following are the packages:
 
1.  Ghaghra Bridge-Varanasi (Package-II), Uttar Pradesh, NH-233, NHDP-IV, 59.947 km, Rs 1138 crore.
 
2.  Ghaghra Bridge-Varanasi (Package-III), Uttar Pradesh, NH-233, NHDP-IV, 59.07 km, Rs 1157 crore.
 
3.  Rewa-Katni-Jabalpur (Package-I), Madhya Pradesh, NH-7, NHDP-IV, 69.19 km, Rs 1032 crore.
 
4.  Rewa-Katni-Jabalpur (Package-II), Madhya Pradesh, NH-7, NHDP-IV, 69.07 km, Rs 1034 crore.
 
5.  Rewa-Katni-Jabalpur (Package-IV), Madhya Pradesh, NH-7. NHDP-IV, 68.26 km, Rs 1035 crore.
 
6.  Jabalpur-Lakhnadon, Madhya Pradesh, NH-7,NHDP-IV, 80.82 km, Rs 1244 crore.
 
7.  Baharagora-Singhara, Odisha, NH-6, 111.606 km, Rs 1283 crore.
 
8. Parwanoo-Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, NH-22, NHDP-III, 39.139 km, Rs 1247 crore.
 
9.  Ghoshpukur-Salasbari (Package-I), West Bengal, NH-31 D, NHDP-II, 83.785 km, Rs 1755 crore.
 
10. Ghoshpukur-Salasbari (Package-II), West Bengal, NH-31 D, NHDP-II, 71.069 km, Rs 1721 crore
 
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ADB to provide $ 350 m loan to upgrade district roads in Madhya Pradesh

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The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed here recently an agreement for a $ 350 million loan to upgrade district roads in the state of Madhya Pradesh, an official press release said here today.
 
The Madhya Pradesh (MP) District Connectivity Sector project will improve about 1,600 kilometers of major district roads in Madhya Pradesh through lane widening, surface improvements, strengthening of culverts and bridges, it said.
 
Mr Tarun Bajaj, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, who signed the loan agreement on behalf of Government of India said that the project would lead to improved road transport connectivity in Madhya Pradesh through reconstruction and rehabilitation of major district roads to all-weather standards. 
 
The project will have innovative elements like creation of State Highways Fund on PPP model, toll plus annuity on hybrid model of BOT (Toll) & BOT (Annuity), Border Checkposts, also on PPP model to increase the revenue and control overloading and damage to state roads. 
 
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Teresa Kho, Country Director of ADB`s India Resident Mission, who signed the agreement for ADB, said that the loan was the bank's first in the district roads sector in India, and will address a neglected part of ongoing road network upgrades in the country for these secondary roads, which provide a key link between rural roads and state highways. 
 
She further said that this will help to cut travel times, improve traffic flow and road safety, and provide better access to markets and social services for poor and remote communities. 
 
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The project agreement was signed by Mr Vivek Aggarwal, Secretary, Public Works Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh, and Mr Arun Paliwal, General Manager, Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation (MPRDC). 
 
In addition to improving the roads, the project envisages to include five-year performance-based maintenance contracts integrated as an adjunct to the construction contracts, to ensure road assets are constructed to higher standards and well maintained after initial work is completed. The project roads will also be covered under an accident response system being developed by the state, with assistance under ADB’s prior loans. 
 
ADB’s loan will cover 70% of the total project cost of $500 million, with the state government of Madhya Pradesh providing the balance of $150 million. It is expected to be completed by April 2018. Madhya Pradesh has a road network of about 127,000 km, including 4,700 km of national highways, 11,000 km of state highways, and 20,000 km of major district roads. Rural roads make up the balance. 
 
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10 dead, 29 injured as bus falls into gorge in Madhya Pradesh

 
10 dead, 29 injured as bus plunges into gorge in MP
At least ten people died and 29 others suffered injuries when a private bus carrying them veered off the road and plunged about 200 feet into a gorge in the Machaliya Ghat area on the border between Dhar and Jhabua districts of Madhya Pradesh last night.
 
Dhar Superintendent of Police (SP) Rajesh Hingankar told NetIndian over the telephone that those killed included the driver of the bus, six men and three women.
 
He said the mishap occurred around 9 pm yesterday when the bus was on its way from Indore to Galiakot in Rajasthan.
 
Police and other emergency personnel from both Dhar and Jhabhua districts rushed to the spot, about 125 km from Indore, and extricated the victims from the mangled bus and taken them to a nearby hospital, sources said.
 
They said the cause of the mishap could not be immediately ascertained and would be inquired into.
 
Dhar Collector Jaishree Kiyawat told NetIndian that the rescue teams, equipped with searchlights, generators, ropes and other equipment, managed to complete their operations about about 1 am today.
 
She said the injured had been rushed to nearby hospitals, including in Jhabhua, Dhar and Indore.
 
Jhabua Collector B Chandrashekhar and SP Krishnaveni Desavatu were also among those who reached the scene of the mishap to help in the rescue efforts, sources added.
 
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Central Zonal Council to meet in Lucknow tomorrow

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The 20th meeting of the Central Zonal Council, comprising the States of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand, will be held in  Lucknow tomorrow. 
 
The last meeting of the Zonal Council was held in New Delhi in 2010, an official press release said.
 
As a precursor to tomorrow’s meeting, the Standing Committee of the Central Zonal Council was held in New Delhi on October 31, 2014 to finalize the agenda items proposed to be placed before the Council.
 
The issues flagged by the Standing Committee, consisting of the Chief Secretaries of the States, relate to increasing density and upgradation of existing roads, child welfare programmes, control of left-wing extremism, improvement of airport Infrastructure in the States, release of CAMPA funds and modernization of police forces. 
 
Apart from these, the Chief Ministers are expected to raise other issues related to Centre-State and Inter-State relations.
 
There are five Zonal Councils -- Eastern, Western, Northern, Southern and Central -- which are advisory bodies and discuss any matter in which some or all of the States represented in a Council have a common interest. These Councils advise the Central and State Governments on any matter of common interest in the field of economic and social planning, linguistic minorities, inter-state transport, matters connected with or arising out of the reorganization of states and matters concerning border disputes. 
 
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Ultra Tech to acquire two Japyee cement plants in Madhya Pradesh

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Ultra Tech Cement Limited, a part of the Aditya Birla Group, today said that it would acquire two cement plans of infrastructure major Jaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL) in Madhya Pradesh.
 
A press release from the company said its Board of Directors had, at its meeting today, approved the acquisition.
 
The company will acquire JAL's integrated cement plant with clinker capaity of 2.1 MTPA and cement grinding capacity of 2.6 MTPA at Bela and the integrated cement plant with clinker capacity of 3.1 MTPA and cement grinding capacity of 2.3 MTPA at Sidhi.
 
It will also acquire the 180 MW of power generation capacity, of which 25 MW is situated at Bela and 155 MW at Sidhi.
 
"This acquisition will create significant synergies and the surplus clinker will enable UltraTech to augment its cement capacity by a further 1.8 - 2.5 MTPA in addition to the 4.9 MTPA mentioned above. This acquisition will enable the Company to increase its presence in Satna cluster of MP," the release said.
 
"The Board has approved the memorandum of understanding setting out the broad terms and conditions of the proposed acquisition. The enterprise value of this acquisition has been agreed at Rs. 5,400 crore," it said.
 
The transaction is subject to customary due diligence, definitive agreements, and regulatory approvals as may be required, the release said.
 
With this acquisition, the company’s cement capacity in India will increase from about 60 mtpa to about 65 mtpa and with projects underway, the capacity will stand raised to about 71mtpa by 2016, the release added.
 
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ADB to provide $ 350m loan to upgrade district roads in Madhya Pradesh

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The Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $350 million loan to upgrade district roads in Madhya Pradesh in a project which will tackle an important link in road improvements.
 
“Madhya Pradesh, India’s second largest state, has widely scattered industrial and growth centers and agricultural production areas, so an efficient and safe road network is essential for the economy and well-being of citizens,” said Ravi Peri, Principal Transport Specialist, Transport and Communications Division, South Asia Department of ADB.
 
“The loan, which is ADB’s first in the district roads sector in India, will address a neglected part of ongoing road network upgrades, with these secondary roads providing a key link between rural roads and state highways," he said.
 
A press release from ADB said the project would upgrade about 1,600 kilometers of major district roads in the state through lane widening, surface improvements, and strengthening of culverts and bridges. This will help to cut travel times, improve traffic flow and road safety, and provide better access to markets and social services for poor and remote communities. Five-year performance-based maintenance contracts will be included as an adjunct to the construction contracts, to ensure road assets are constructed to higher standards and well maintained after initial work is completed.
 
The project roads will also be covered under an accident response system being developed in the state, with assistance from ADB’s prior loans. The state is pioneering this initiative to create insurance links that will finance the immediate hospital treatment costs for road accident victims.
 
ADB’s loan will cover 70% of the total project cost of $500 million, with the Madhya Pradesh government providing the balance of $150 million. The project is expected to be completed in April 2018.
 
According to the release, Madhya Pradesh has a road network of about 127,000 kilometers, including 4,700 kilometers of national highways, 11,000 kilometers of state highways, and 20,000 kilometers of major district roads. Rural roads make up the balance. 
 
Vehicle use has soared about 10% per year over the past decade and the Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation estimates that more than $1.2 billion in investment will be needed in the state road sector from 2013-2023.
 
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Eight persons from Maharashtra killed in road mishap in Madhya Pradesh

Eight killed, eight hurt in jeep-truck collision near Khandwa in MP
Eight persons died and another eight were injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling collided with a truck in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh today, official sources said.
 
The mishap occurred around noon near the Roshiya crossing in Chhaigaon Makhan police station area, on the Ichhapur-Indore state highway, about 30 km from the district headquarters, Khandwa Superintendent of Police Manoj Sharma said.
 
Mr Sharma told NetIndian over the telephone that the deceased included three men, three women and two children.
 
The injured -- four men, two women and two children -- were rushed to the Khandwa general hospital, where the condition of two -- a man and a child -- was stated to be serious, he said.
 
Mr Sharma said the victims, who belonged to two families with the same surname, were on their way from Bhusawal in Maharashtra to Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh on a pilgrimage when the misap occurred.
 
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Modi says Centre will work with states to facilitate economic growth, investment

Employment generation is topmost priority in development plan: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Centre would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all states, irrespective of the political affiliation of the state government, to facilitate investment and economic growth.
 
Inaugurating the "Invest Madhya Pradesh - Global Investors Summit 2014" at Indore, he said he wanted the Centre and each state government to work together in the spirit of "one and one - eleven".
 
Mr Modi said that, following his recent summit level interactions with Japan, China and the United States, "investment worth 100 billion dollars had applied for a visa to India".
 
It is now upto the states to grab a share of this investment, he said.
 
Stressing that India's strength lay in its states and that the country could develop only if they progressed, he said he believed in Team India, a team consisting of the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers of all states.
 
"If this team works together, a lot can be accomplished," he said, pointing out that the Centre and states were not competitors or enemies but partners.
 
He praised the Madhya Pradesh government for the rapid strides made by the state in development and said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan deserved full credit in this regard.
 
He said Madhya Pradesh has ample land, good infrastructure, and effective governance; and therefore is an excellent investment destination. He also complimented the state government for quick follow-up action to derive benefit from key policy initiatives of the Centre, such as the "Make in India" vision and defence manufacturing policy.
 
Mr Modi said India is a country of youth and, therefore, employment was the primary aim of all investment initiatives.
 
Ambassadors of 28 countries were present at the summit, which also has nine partner countries.
 
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L&T wins Rs 5100 crore supercritical power plant order from MP state utility

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Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has secured a turnkey order for setting up a 2x660 MW Supercritical Thermal Power Project at Shree Singaji TPP (Stage-II) on a complete engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) basis from the state utility MP Power Generating Company Limited (MPPGCL).
 
Valued at over Rs 5100 crore, the project order covers design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of two coal-fired thermal units of 660 MW each with supercritical parameters.
 
The project is located near village Dongalia in the Khandwa district of Madhya 
Pradesh, a press release from L&T said.
 
The release said the order was won through tough competitive bidding involving several national and international bidders. 
 
The project demands stringent completion schedule of 43/47 months (unit wise), it said.
 
Significantly, this is a repeat order on L&T from the same state utility, which had earlier placed an EPC order for the Balance of Plant Package for two units of 600 MW each of Shree Singaji TPP (Stage-I). 
 
Mr Shailendra Roy, Whole-time Director (Power, Minerals & Metals), L&T, said the first unit of Shree Singaji TPP (Stage-I) had recently gone commercial and was operating satisfactorily.
 
“The awarding of the Stage-II of Shree Singaji Thermal Power Project affirms L&T’s credentials in EPC execution of power plants under critical schedules," he added.
 
The release said L&T was currently executing multiple large EPC/BTG/BOP power projects in India and abroad. It has established joint ventures with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., Japan, a global leader, for manufacture of supercritical boilers and turbines at its complex in Hazira, Gujarat. In the supercritical segment, L&T has also set up manufacturing capabilities in Hazira for power plant auxiliaries including high pressure piping, coal pulverizers, fans, air preheaters, feed-water heaters, condensers, ESPs and heavy forgings.
 
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Bye-election to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh to be held on Sep 22

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The Election Commission today said it would hold a bye-election on September 22 to fill a vacancy in the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh.
 
The vacancy was caused by the resignation of sitting member and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kaptan Singh Solanki on July 27 after his appointment as the Governor of Haryana.
 
The notification will be issued on September 4 and the last date for making nominations is September 11. Counting of votes will be taken up at 5 pm on September 22, an hour after the end of polling.
 
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NHRC notice to MP govt. over autopsies in open room in residential colony

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report which said that, for over three years, autopsies were being done in an open room  of a collapsed building of the government hospital in Garhakota town of Sagar district in Madhya Pradesh.
 
The reports said the residents of Bhagat Singh ward in the town were leading a "hellish life" due to this and repeated complaints to the hospital authorities had failed to evoke any response.
 
The Commission observed that the contents of the newspaper report, if true, raised a serious issue of violation of right to health. 
 
Accordingly, notice has been issued to the Principal Secretary (Health), Government of Madhya Pradesh calling upon him to submit a detailed report within four weeks.
 
The reports said the building, located right in the middle of the residential colony, had collapsed over three years ago and since then seven to ten post-mortem examinations of bodies were being done every month in an open dilapidated room. 
 
The residents do not venture to go on the roof top for the fear of seeing the bodies being cut open and internal organs hanging out, the statement quoted the reports as saying.
 
"The foul smell of rotting flesh hangs in the air. Stray dogs and pigs bring out body parts," the reports added.
 
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Bye-elections to 18 Assembly seats in four states to be held on August 21

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The Election Commission today said it would hold bye-elections to fill up vacancies in 18 seats in the legislative assemblies of four states on August 21.
 
The vacancies include 10 in the Bihar Legislative Assembly, three in Karnataka, three in Madhya Pradesh and two in Punjab, an official press release said.
 
The notification for the bye-elections will be issued on July 26 and the last date for filing nominations will be August 2. Counting of votes will be taken up on August 25.
 
The seats which are lying vacant include Narkatiaganj, Rajnagar (SC), Jale, Chhapra, Hajipur, Mohiuddinnagar, Parbatta, Bhagalpur, Banka and Mohania (SC) in Bihar; Chikkodi-Sadalga, Bellary (ST) and Shikaripura in Karnataka; Vijayraghavgarh, Bahoriband and Agar (SC) in Madhya Pradesh; and Talwandi Sabo and Patiala in Punjab, the release added.
 
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Mukherjee to visit Indore on Saturday

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President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Indore in Madhya Pradesh tomorrow and attend the convocation of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidayalaya being organized in its golden jubilee year. 
 
 He will also address children, their parents, teachers and people’s representatives participating in the ‘School Chale Ham Abhiyan’ on the same day, an official press release added.
 
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Mukherjee to visit Madhya Pradesh on Friday

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a day's visit to Madhya Pradesh tomorrow to attend the Golden Jubilee Convocation of Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya at Jabalpur.
 
He will also attend the 2nd convocation of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal on the same day, an official press release added.
 
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BJP to field I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar for RS from Madhya Pradesh

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to field Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar for a seat in the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh in the bye-elections to be held on June 19.
 
Mr Javadekar's six-year term as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra had ended on April 2 this year.
 
The seat from Madhya Pradesh fell vacant after a BJP member, Mr Faggan Singh Kulaste, resigned following his election to the Lok Sabha in the recent general elections.
 
The BJP has also named Mr Prabhar Kore as its candidate for a seat in the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka. 
 
The party also named its former Karnataka unit president and former Karnataka deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa as its candidate for a seat in the Karnataka State Legislative Council.
 
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