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Fourth India International Science Festival to be held in Lucknow

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The fourth edition of the India International Science Festival (IISF) will be held in Lucknow on dates to be announced later.
 
This was decided at the first preparatory meeting for the event chaired by the Union Minister for Science & Technology, Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan here today.
 
Officials of Ministries of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Director General, CSIR and representatives of Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA), the partner organisation for the festival, were among those who attended the meeting, an official press release said.
 
The 1st IISF was held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi in December, 2015. The mega S&T expo attracted more than 3 lakh people. India had also set a Guinness Book of World Records, when 2000 school students performed two experiments at the festival.
 
The second festival at CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi in December 2016 showcased Indian achievements in various fields of science and technology. 
 
The third in the series was held in October 2017 in Chennai, the release added.
 
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11 dead, three injured in road mishap in Ferozabad district of UP

 
11 dead, 3 injured as truck overturns on car, autorickshaw
At least 11 people, including a woman and two children, died and three others suffered injuries in a major road accident in Ferozabad district of Uttar Pradesh today.
 
Police sources told NetIndian that the mishap occurred around 1605 hours when a heavily laden truck overturned suddenly on to a car and a three-wheeler  autorickshaw, killing nine of their occupants as well as two passers-by at the Southra roundabout, about 35 km from Ferozabad on the highway to Etawah.
 
The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital, the sources added.
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath condoled the loss of lives in the mishap and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh for the next-of-kin of those who died.
 
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Become job creators rather than job seekers, Kovind tells students

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President Ram Nath Kovind today exhorted students to become job creators rather than job seekers by unleashing their entrepreneurial spirit.  
 
Addressing the 7th Convocation of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University here, Mr Kovind advised them to follow ethics and principles to attain true success in whichever walk of life they chose. He said there could be no ambiguity or scope for argument on ethics, he added.
 
While the country is making rapid progress, more needed to be done on specific social and economic challenges as well as in the areas of science and technology. When the country moves forward, he said, every citizen benefits and gets opportunities for personal development.
 
The President noted that the University has taken various steps to highlight social concerns and provide access to the disadvantaged. It has provided for reservations for single girl children as well as students with serious ailments.
 
It has also adopted villages near the University and worked with the local community on education and development – and connected local people to the University’s Innovators' Club.
 
He appreciated such efforts, calling them an example of the students’ sensitivity and sense of responsibility. The President also inaugurated Ambedkar Bhawan on the University campus.
 
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IndiGo to launch flights to Sharjah from Hyderabad, Lucknow

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Continuing its focus on connecting destinations in the Gulf to more Indian cities, low-cost carrier IndiGo will launch new daily non-stop flights to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and Hyderabad in Telangana from December 29.
 
IndiGo will also connect Sharjah to Kolkata, Kochi, Goa, Tirupati, Rajahmundry, Patna, Mangalore, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Raipur and Bhubaneswar through connecting flights, a press release from the airline said.
 
Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Chief Commercial Officer IndiGo said, “We are the first Indian carrier operating Sharjah flight from Hyderabad and also starting first and only Lucknow-Sharjah connection. Expanding operations to Sharjah on the 6E network is in response to the growing demand on the sector. These new flights will also open up immense connectivity to and fro for other cities on our network, supported by our 147 Airbus-320 strong fleet.”
 
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Kovind to pay two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh on December 15-16

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Lucknow and Allahabad during a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh on December 15-16.
 
Tomorrow, Mr. Kovind will commence his engagements by paying tributes at the mortal remains of Boudh Bikshu Bhadant Pragyanandji in Lucknow. Later in the day, the President will grace the 7th convocation of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University and inaugurate Ambedkar Bhawan in Lucknow.
 
On the same day, the President will reach Allahabad and pay tributes at the statue of freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad at Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, Allahabad. He will also attend the 14th convocation of Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad.
 
On December 16, the President will lay the foundation stone of the ‘Nyaya-Gram’ project of the High Court of Allahabad, before returning to Delhi, an official press release added.
 
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Police arrest eight youth for allegedly beating, molesting tourists in Mirzapur

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Police in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh have arrested eight youths for allegedly beating and molesting a group of tourists, consisting of 11 French nationals and their Indian friends, in the Ahraura area yesterday.
 
The group, which had travelled to Mirzapur from Varanasi, had visited the Lakhania Dari waterfall, a tourist spot, and were returning when they were accosted by some youths, who tried to take photographs with the French tourists.
 
When the Indians in the group resisted these attempts, the youths came back with larger numbers and attacked them with sticks and molested some of the women among them, sources said.
 
Some members of the group suffered minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital, it said.
 
Out of the 13 youth allegedly involved in the incident, the police had arrested eight and were on the lookout for the others, police sources said.
 
The police registered a first information report on the basis of a complaint by a member of the group and are investigating the matter, they added.
 
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Death toll in boiler blast at NTPC's Unchahar power plant rises to 32

The death toll in Wednesday's horrific blast in a boiler that was under trial in a 500 MW unit of public sector NTPC's thermal power station at Unchahar in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh has risen to 32, official sources said here today.
 
The sources said as many as 48 workers who had suffered injuries were undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Rae Bareli and Lucknow.
 
They said 12 of the critically injured persons had been airlifted to the Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi yesterday, using Indian Air Force aircraft and air ambulances. More people are being shifted today, they said.
 
Official sources said the explosion occurred around 3.30 pm on Wednesday, apparently because of the accumulation of ash in the furnace below the boiler, leading to a build up of pressure and the explosion. Scores of workers were in the vicinity of the boiler and  more than 100 people suffered injuries in the incident, they said.
 
The sources said several people, who had escaped with minor injuries, were discharged from the hospitals on Wednesday after being given first aid.
 
About 80 ambulances from government and private hospitals in Rae Bareli and neighbouring had been deployed to carry the injured to hospitals.
 
Union Minister of State for Power R. K. Singh visited the scene of the tragedy yesterday and took stock of the situation. He was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Energy Minister Shrikant Sharma.
 
Mr. Singh announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs. 10 lakh for those seriously injured and Rs. 2 lakh to those who had minor injuries, over and above the statutory compensation.
 
Mr. Singh met NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Gurdeep Singh and other senior officials at the site and visited the injured persons in hospital.
 
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NTPC said that the affected Unit No. 6, of 500 MW, had been shut down after the accident. The other units at the station are operating normally.
 
The sources said the boiler had been installed only a few weeks ago and was under testing. The 500 MW unit, the sixth at the power station, was commissioned about six months ago.
 
An official press release had said on Wednesday that there was a "sudden abnormal sound at 20 metres elevation, and there was opening in corner no. 2 from which hot flue gases and steam escaped, affecting the people working around the area."
 
"An enquiry has been set up by NTPC Management to investigate the reasons for the accident.  All possible measures are being taken to provide immediate relief to the families of affected people in close coordination with the district administration," the release had said.
 
Mr. Gurdeep Singh said NTPC would ensure the best possible medical treatment for those who suffered injuries. He said NTPC employees had been posted at hospitals to ensure prompt help to the patients and their relatives.
 
He said the cause of the blast could be established only after the completion of the inquiry. He said the inquiry committee, headed by NTPC Executive Director S. K. Roy, would submit its report within a month.
 
Senior engineers from the public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), which had supplied the boiler, had also reached the scene of the blast to help in the inquiry, Mr. Gurdeep Singh added.
 
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Death toll in boiler blast at NTPC's Unchahar power plant rises to 29

The death toll in Wednesday's powerful blast in a boiler that was under trial in a 500 MW unit of public sector NTPC's thermal power station at Unchahar in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh has risen to 29, official sources said.

 
Boiler blast at NPTC's Unchahar plant leaves 20 dead
The death toll in yesterday's powerful blast in a boiler that was under trial in a 500 MW unit of public sector NTPC's thermal power station at Unchahar in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh has risen to 29, official sources said here today.
 
A press release from NTPC said this evening that as many as 85 injured workers were admitted to hospitals in Rai Bareli and Lucknow.
 
Official sources said the explosion occurred around 3.30 pm yesterday, apparently because of the accumulation of ash in the furnace below the boiler, leading to a build up of pressure and the explosion. Scores of workers were in the vicinity of the boiler and  more than 100 people suffered injuries in the incident, they said.
 
The sources said several people, who had escaped with minor injuries, were discharged from the hospitals yesterday after being given first aid.
 
About 80 ambulances from government and private hospitals had been deployed to carry the injured to hospitals.
 
Union Minister of State for Power R. K. Singh visited the scene of the tragedy today and took stock of the situation. He was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Energy Minister Shrikant Sharma.
 
Mr. Singh announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs. 10 lakh for those seriously injured and Rs. 2 lakh to those who had minor injuries, over and above the statutory compensation.
 
The release said Mr. Singh met NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Gurdeep Singh and other senior officials at the site and visited the injured persons in hospital.
 
NTPC said that the affected Unit No. 6, of 500 MW, had been shut down after the accident. The other units at the station are operating normally.
 
"NTPC is a system based organization with following best O& M practices. NTPC family expresses deep grief, support and condolence for the deceased workers who contributed towards providing 24X7 power to all," the release added.
 
The sources said the boiler had been installed only a few days ago and was under testing. The 500 MW unit, the sixth at the power station, was commissioned about six months ago.
 
An official press release had said yesterday that there was a "sudden abnormal sound at 20 metres elevation, and there was opening in corner no. 2 from which hot flue gases and steam escaped, affecting the people working around the area."
 
"An enquiry has been set up by NTPC Management to investigate the reasons for the accident.  All possible measures are being taken to provide immediate relief to the families of affected people in close coordination with the district administration," the release had said.
 
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President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident.
 
"Anguished by loss of lives in power plant mishap in Raebareli. Condolences to bereaved families. Govt is helping injured," Mr. Kovind said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
Mr. Modi, who was campaigning today in Himachal Pradesh and later travelled to Gujarat -- states where assembly elections will be held in the coming weeks, said, "Deeply pained by the accident at the NTPC plant in Raebareli. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. The situation is being closely monitored and officials are ensuring normalcy is restored."
 
The Prime Minister approved an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh for the next-of-kin of thse who lost their lives in the incident and Rs. 50,000 for each of those injured.
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was on a visit to Mauritius, condoled the loss of lives in the incident and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh to the next-of-kin of the deceased. He directed the state and district officials to ensure the best possible medical treatment for the injured.
 
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the Lok Sabha member from Rae Bareli, expressed shock and horror at the tragedy. Conveying her condolences to the families of the deceased, she urged the authorities to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured. She also asked Congress workers to provide help in relief operations and provide all possible assistance to the affected families.
 
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi also extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and urged the district administration to extend  the best possible medical treatment for the injured workers.
 
Mr. Gandhi, who was on a three-day election tour in Gujarat, flew in from Surat this morning and visited the hospital where victims of the blast were undergoing treatment. He also met doctors treating the injured as well as families of the victims.
 
Later, Mr. Gandhi said called for adequate compensation and jobs for relatives of the victims and every possible assistance for them.
 
He said the workers wanted a judicial inquiry into the cause of the blast and stringent punishment for those found guilty of negligence.
 
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26 dead, about 100 injured in boiler blast at NTPC's Unchahar power plant

At least 26 workers died and about 100 others suffered injuries in a blast in a boiler that was under trial in a 500 MW unit of NTPC's thermal power plant at Unchahar in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

 
Boiler blast at NPTC's Unchahar plant leaves 26 dead
At least 26 workers died and about 100 others suffered injuries in a blast in a boiler that was under trial in a 500 MW unit of NTPC's thermal power plant at Unchahar in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh yesterday.
 
Official sources said the explosion occurred around 3.30 pm yesterday, apparently because of the accumulation of ash in the furnace below the boiler, leading to a build up of pressure and the explosion.
 
Scores of workers were in the vicinity of the boiler and suffered injuries in the incident, they said.
 
The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals, from where those in a serious condition were referred to hospitals in Lucknow and Allahabad. About 80 ambulances from government and private hospitals had been deployed to carry the injured to hospitals.
 
The sources said 22 victims with severe burn injuries had been referred to the government hospital in Lucknow. Another 15 victims are in Rae Bareli hospital, while some were referred to a hospital in Allahabad.
 
A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached the power plant, the sources said.
 
The sources said the boiler had been installed only a few days ago and was under testing. The 500 MW unit, the sixth at the power station, was commissioned about six months ago.
 
An official press release in Delhi said that there was a "sudden abnormal sound at 20 metres elevation, and there was opening in corner no. 2 from which hot flue gases and steam escaped, affecting the people working around the area."
 
The release said around 80 people were rushed to NTPC hospital and most of them were discharged after being given first aid.  
 
"An enquiry has been set up by NTPC Management to investigate the reasons for the accident.  All possible measures are being taken to provide immediate relief to the families of affected people in close coordination with the district administration," the release said.
 
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath condoled the loss of lives in the incident and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh to the next-of-kin of the deceased. He directed the state and district officials to ensure the best possible medical treatment for the injured.
 
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the Lok Sabha member from Rae Bareli, expressed shock and horror at the tragedy.
 
Conveying her condolences to the families of the deceased, she urged the authorities to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured. She also asked Congress workers to provide help in relief operations and provide all possible assistance to the affected families.
 
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi also extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and urged the district administration to extend  the best possible medical treatment for the injured workers.
 
Mr. Gandhi, who was on a three-day election tour in Gujarat, flew in from Surat this morning and visited the hospital where victims of the blast were undergoing treatment. He also met doctors treating the injured as well as families of the victims.
 
NTPC has said that the affected 500 MW unit number 6 at the power station, known formally as Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Station, had been shut down after the accident. The other five units of the station are functioning normally, it added.
 
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20 dead, about 100 injured in boiler blast at NTPC's Unchahar power plant

At least 20 workers died and about 100 others suffered injuries in a blast in the boiler that was under trial in a 500 MW unit of NTPC's thermal power plant at Unchahar in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

 
Boiler blast at NPTC's Unchahar plant leaves 20 dead
At least 20 workers died and about 100 others suffered injuries in a blast in the boiler that was under trial in a 500 MW unit of NTPC's thermal power plant at Unchahar in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh yesterday.
 
Official sources said the explosion occurred around 3.30 pm yesterday, apparently because of the accumulation of ash in the furnace below the boiler, leading to a build up of pressure and the explosion.
 
Scores of workers were in the vicinity of the boiler and suffered injuries in the incident, they said.
 
The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals, from where those in a serious condition were referred to hospitals in Lucknow and Allahabad. About 80 ambulances from government and private hospitals had been deployed to carry the injured to hospitals.
 
The sources said 22 victims with severe burn injuries had been referred to the government hospital in Lucknow. Another 15 victims are in Rae Bareli hospital, while some were referred to a hospital in Allahabad.
 
A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached the power plant, the sources said.
 
The sources said the boiler had been installed only a few days ago and was under testing. The 500 MW unit, the sixth at the power station, was commissioned about six months ago.
 
An official press release in Delhi said that there was a "sudden abnormal sound at 20 metres elevation, and there was opening in corner no. 2 from which hot flue gases and steam escaped, affecting the people working around the area."
 
The release said around 80 people were rushed to NTPC hospital and most of them were discharged after being given first aid.  
 
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"An enquiry has been set up by NTPC Management to investigate the reasons for the accident.  All possible measures are being taken to provide immediate relief to the families of affected people in close coordination with the district administration," the release said.
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath condoled the loss of lives in the incident and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh to the next-of-kin of the deceased. He directed the state and district officials to ensure the best possible medical treatment for the injured.
 
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the Lok Sabha member from Rae Bareli, expressed shock and horror at the tragedy.
 
Conveying her condolences to the families of the deceased, she urged the authorities to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured. She also asked Congress workers to provide help in relief operations and provide all possible assistance to the affected families.
 
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi also extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and urged the district administration to extend  the best possible medical treatment for the injured workers.
 
Late last night, Mr. Gandhi, who was on a three-day election tour in Gujarat, said on Twitter that he would visit Rae Bareli tomorrow to meet the victims of the tragedy.
 
"Due to the unfortunate  NTPC accident, I will visit Rae Bareli tomorrow morning. Will join Gujarat Navsarjan Yatra in the afternoon," he said.
 
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18 dead, about 100 injured in boiler blast at NTPC's Unchahar power plant

At least 18 workers died and about 100 others suffered injuries in a blast in the boiler that was under trial in a 500 MW unit of NTPC's thermal power plant at Unchahar in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

 
At least 18 workers died and about 100 others suffered injuries in a blast in the boiler that was under trial in a 500 MW unit of NTPC's thermal power plant at Unchahar in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh.
 
Official sources said the explosion occurred around 3.30 pm, apparently because of the accumulation of ash in the furnace below the boiler, leading to a build up of pressure and the explosion.
 
Scores of workers were in the vicinity of the boiler and suffered injuries in the incident, they said.
 
The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals, from where those in a serious condition were referred to hospitals in Lucknow and Allahabad. About 80 ambulances from government and private hospitals had been deployed to carry the injured to hospitals.
 
The sources said 22 victims with severe burn injuries had been referred to the government hospital in Lucknow. Another 15 victims are in Rae Bareli hospital, while some were referred to a hospital in Allahabad.
 
"The total number of casualties could go up once the blades of the boiler are cut," they said.
 
A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached the power plant, the sources said.
 
 
18 dead, 100 injured in blast at NTPC's Unchahar power plant
The sources said the boiler had been installed only a few days ago and was under testing. The 500 MW unit, the sixth at the power station, was commissioned about six months ago.
 
An official press release in Delhi said that there was a "sudden abnormal sound at 20 metres elevation, and there was opening in corner no. 2 from which hot flue gases and steam escaped, affecting the people working around the area."
 
The release said around 80 people were rushed to NTPC hospital and most of them were discharged after being given first aid.  
 
"An enquiry has been set up by NTPC Management to investigate the reasons for the accident.  All possible measures are being taken to provide immediate relief to the families of affected people in close coordination with the district administration," the release said.
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath condoled the loss of lives in the incident and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh to the next-of-kin of the deceased. He directed the state and district officials to ensure the best possible medical treatment for the injured.
 
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the Lok Sabha member from Rae Bareli, expressed shock and horror at the tragedy.
 
Conveying her condolences to the families of the deceased, she urged the authorities to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured. She also asked Congress workers to provide help in relief operations and provide all possible assistance to the affected families.
 
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi also extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and urged the district administration to extend  the best possible medical treatment for the injured workers.
 
Late tonight, Mr. Gandhi, who was a three-day election tour in Gujarat, said on Twitter that he would visit Rae Bareli tomorrow to meet the victims of the tragedy.
 
"Due to the unfortunate  NTPC accident, I will visit Rae Bareli tomorrow morning. Will join Gujarat Navsarjan Yatra in the afternoon," he said.
 
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16 dead, about 100 injured in boiler blast at NTPC's Unchahar power plant

At least 16 workers died and about 100 others suffered injuries in a blast in the boiler that was under trial in a 500 MW unit of NTPC's thermal power plant at Unchahar in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

At least 16 workers died and about 100 others suffered injuries in a blast in the boiler that was under trial in a 500 MW unit of NTPC's thermal power plant at Unchahar in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh today.
 
Official sources said the explosion occurred around 3.30 pm, apparently because of the accumulation of ash in the furnace below the boiler, leading to a build up of pressure and the explosion.
 
Scores of workers were in the vicinity of the boiler and suffered injuries in the incident, they said.
 
The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals, from where those in a serious condition were referred to hospitals in Lucknow and Allahabad. About 80 ambulances from government and private hospitals had been deployed to carry the injured to hospitals.
 
A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had been rushed to the power plant, the sources said.
 
The sources said the boiler had been installed only a few days ago and was under testing. The 500 MW unit, the sixth at the power station, was commissioned about six months ago.
 
 
16 dead, 100 injured in blast at NTPC's Unchahar power plant
An official press release in Delhi said that there was a "sudden abnormal sound at 20 metres elevation, and there was opening in corner no. 2 from which hot flue gases and steam escaped, affecting the people working around the area."
 
The release said around 80 people were rushed to NTPC hospital and most of them were discharged after being given first aid.  
 
"An enquiry has been set up by NTPC Management to investigate the reasons for the accident.  All possible measures are being taken to provide immediate relief to the families of affected people in close coordination with the district administration," the release said.
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath condoled the loss of lives in the incident and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh to the next-of-kin of the deceased. He directed the state and district officials to ensure the best possible medical treatment for the injured.
 
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi also extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and urged the district administration to extend  the best possible medical treatment for the injured workers.
 
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10 dead, about 70 injured in boiler blast at NTPC's Unchahar power plant

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At least 10 persons died died and about 70 others suffered injuries in a blast in the boiler of a 500 MW unit that was under trial at the NTPC's power plant at Unchahar in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh today.
 
Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Anand Kumar told reporters that at least ten workers had died in the incident.
 
He said between 60 and 70 others had suffered injuries and had been rushed to nearby hospitals. He said about 70 ambulances from government and private hospitals had been pressed into service to carry the injured to hospital.
 
An official press release said in Delhi that rescue operations were underway in close coordination with the district administration. 
 
"NTPC's senior management is rushing to the site to coordinate the efforts," the release added.
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath condoled the loss of lives in the incident and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh to the next-of-kin of the deceased. He directed the state and district officials to ensure the best possible medical treatment for the injured.
 
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi also extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and urged the district administration to extend  the best possible medical treatment for the injured workers.
 
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16 IAF aircraft land on Agra-Lucknow Expressway in major highway landing exercise

As many as 16 aircraft of the Indian Air Force, including fighter jets, carried out major landing operations on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway on Tuesday as part of exercises aimed at increase its flexibility in the use of air power.

 
Indian Air Force aircraft land on Lucknow-Agra Expressway
As many as 16 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF), including fighter jets, carried out major landing operations on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway today as part of exercises aimed at increasing its flexibility in the use of air power.
 
The series of landings took place close to Bangarmau in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, about 60 km west of Lucknow, the state capital, where a three km stretch of the expressway was specially prepared for such operations.
 
The landing operations commenced at around 1015 hrs and continued till about 1200 hrs. 
 
The aircraft which participated in the operation comprised IAF’s frontline air superiority fighters including the Sukhoi-30, Mirage-2000 and Jaguar fighter aircraft. These aircraft took off from Bareilly, Gwalior and Gorakhpur, respectively. 
 
In addition, the IAF carried out drills in which Garud commandos were inserted and extricated for ground operations, by the C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft which took off from Hindon airbase.
 
A team of senior IAF officials headed by Senior Air Staff Officer HQ CAC, IAF Allahabad Air Marshal AS Butola were present to oversee the operations. 
 
While the operation was conducted under the aegis of HQ CAC, Bamrauli Allahabad, Air Force Station Bakshi Ka Talab Station Commander, Gp Capt J Suares and his team, were responsible for the overall control and coordination of the exercise.
 
On site arrangements were made for a Mobile Air Traffic Control, Radar Control, Meteorological Facility, Aerospace Safety and Security Control. In addition, to deal with any situation, crash, firefighting, rescue and medical teams were positioned. IAF sought assistance from State Government authorities for temporary closure of the expressway and other matters like crowd control, and so on.
 
A large number of police personnel were stationed along the stretch to ensure smooth conduct of operations.
 
The exercise commenced with an impressive short landing by the C-130 which on its landing roll itself started offloading the Garud commandos and their vehicle in a manoeuvre called Combat ERO (Engine Running Offload). Immediately on disembarking from the  C-130, the commandos took up position on either side of the airstrip to cordon it off for the fighter operations. 
 
This was followed by two sets of 3-3 Mirages, five SU30s and three Jaguars.   All 14 fighter aircraft carried out a roller/touch and go manoeuvre on the expressway. The C-130 then returned for another short landing to extricate the Garud commandos.
 
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A press release from the Ministry of Defence said that, over the past few years, IAF has been increasing its efforts to utilise certain straight stretches of National Highways for emergency landings. Such highway stretches are planned to be used in emergencies, if an active airport is not available for some reason. These operations increase the flexibility in the use of air power, it said.
 
In addition, use of transport aircraft for quick insertion of forces for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations into civil areas and Special Forces in case of contingencies has been validated, the release said.
 
IAF had carried out landings by fighter aircraft for the first time on the Yamuna expressway on 21 May 2015. The stretch of Agra – Lucknow expressway was earlier activated for the first time for IAF operations in November 2016 in which six fighter aircraft of the IAF landed on the expressway.
 
However, in today's exercise, IAF included the Jaguar fighter aircraft for the first time. Also for the first time, IAF’s C-130J transport aircraft participated in highway landing operations for insertion and extrication of Garud Special Forces. 
 
While today's operations required the closure of a portion of the expressway for road traffic, through the excellent support of the UP State Government and UPEIDA, once the planned works are completed, such road traffic closure will not be required henceforth. Two diversion roads on either side of the airstrip are near completion. In addition, wire fencing on both sides is also being undertaken to keep the airstrip clear of stray animals. Two parking areas for aircraft at both ends of the airstrip are also nearing completion.
 
Several countries like Germany, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, Finland, Switzerland, Poland, Singapore, Czechoslovakia and Pakistan have dedicated stretches on their highways and expressways for aircraft to land and take off in emergencies or war like events.
 
"This operation has majorly boosted IAF’s capability to undertake unhindered operations even during non-availability of standard runways. It has demonstrated the expert flying skills of its fighter and transport aircrew, and the capability of its ground crew in activating such expressway airstrips on short notice. Such activations of highway stretches all across India are planned to be practised regularly by the IAF in future," the release added.
 
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Ginger Hotels launches its first hotel in Lucknow

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Ginger Hotels, the budget hotel chain from the Tata Group, has opened Ginger Hotel Lucknow, its first hotel in the capital of Uttar Pradesh.
 
A press release from Roots Corporation (RCL), which operates the Ginger chain of hotels, said the hotel is located in Gomti Nagar, the commercial hub of the city, a a short drive from the airport and the railway station.
 
The release said the hotel offers easy access to the business districts of Vibhuti Khand and Virat Khand and is located in close proximity to important government offices.
 
The hotel offers 72 rooms, free wi-fi, a multi-cuisine restaurant and a fitness centre, among other facilities.
 
Mr. Rahul Pandit, MD & CEO, Ginger Hotels, said, “We are proud to expand our presence in the cultural capital of north India. Ginger is the pioneer and the largest chain of branded budget hotels in India, with a resilient promise of safety, cleanliness, relaxing sleep experience, refreshing shower experience, a hearty breakfast and seamless wi-fi. We assure travellers of a consistently pleasant experience with us.”
 
Roots Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Indian Hotels Corporation (IHCL), was established in 2003.
 
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Cabinet okays transfer of AAI land to Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation at Lucknow Airport

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The Union Cabinet yesterday gave its approval for the permanent transfer of land measuring 1899 sq.m. by Airports Authority of India (AAI) to Lucknow Metro Rail Corportion (LMRC) at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow.
 
The land is required by LMRC for the construction of Entry/Exit structure for Transport Nagar Metro Station which is an operational requirement of LMRC, an official press release said.
 
"This is a Public Utility Project of mass transportation to be used by the public at large, and will provide better connectivity and convenience to general public," the release added.
 
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AAI to develop new airport at Rajkot, add facilities at Lucknow, Deogarh, Allahabad airports

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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will take up the work of development of a greenfield airport at Hirasar, Rajkot in Gujarat on build, operate and maintain basis.
 
The Government of Gujarat has provided land free of cost and proposed construction of the greenfield airport to meet the traffic potential of the Saurashtra region, as indicated by its high level of economic growth, an official press release said here today.
 
The release said the AAI would undertake new development works at Lucknow, Deogarh and Allahabad airports to improve infrastructure and meet growing traffic demands.
 
AAI plans to construct a new integrated passenger terminal building at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow at an estimated cost of Rs. 1230 crore. Passenger traffic at this airport has grown steadily during the last five years. The new terminal will be able to handle 4000 passengers during peak hour and 6.35 million passengers per annum, it said.
 
At Deoghar in Jharkhand, AAI will develop the airport to facilitate joint use for civil operation up to Airbus-320 and DRDO operation up to C-130 type of aircraft, the release said.
 
The work will be carried out at an estimated cost of Rs. 401.34 crore on fixed cost basis and Rs. 427.43 crore on completion cost basis. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Government of Jharkhand, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and AAI in March, 2017. As per the MoU, there will be financial input to the tune of Rs. 50 crore by Government of Jharkhand, Rs. 200 crore by DRDO and balance cost by AAI. 
 
To meet the demand of increasing air travel in Allahabad, a new civil enclave at will be developed by AAI at an estimated cost of Rs. 125.76 crore. The new terminal is to be made operational before the ‘Ardh Kumbh Mela’ to be held in January 2019. 
 
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Kovind to visit Uttar Pradesh on September 14-15

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President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh from tomorrow, an official press release said here today.
 
Tomorrow, the President will attend a civic reception in Lucknow. On September 15, he will launch the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ Programme at Ishwariganj village in Kanpur, the release added.
 
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43 injured as 12 coaches of Kaifiyat Express derail in Auraiya district of UP

 
43 injured as Kaifiyat Express derails in UP
At least 43 passengers suffered injuries when 12 coaches and the engine of the 12225 Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after a dumper collided with the train at an unauthorised crossing in the early hours of today.
 
The dumper was attempting to cross the tracks at a place where crossings are not allowed when it stalled and was hit by the engine of the train, resulting in the derailment, between Pata and Achalda stations on the Kanpur-Tundla section of Allahabad Division of North Central Railway, official sources said.
 
Today's accident has occurred just four days after 21 passengers died and 97 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, last Saturday evening.
 
North Central Railway spokesman Gaurav Krishna Bansal told NetIndian over the telephone that 43 passengers had suffered injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals. Of them, four had serious injuries while 39 had received "simple injuries", he said.
 
Railway officials from nearby stations, including Allahabad, Kanpur and Etawah, have rushed to the scene of the mishap to oversee relief operations.
 
Among others, the General Manager of North Central Railway and the Divisional Railway Manager, Allahabad have left for the scene, the sources said.
 
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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is monitoring the rescue and relief efforts and has directed senior officers to reach the site immediately, they said.
 
Mr. Bansal said work on restoration of normal rail traffic on the affected section was in progress and was expected to be completed soon.
 
Apart from railway officials and staff, district administration officials, police and other emergency services personnel rushed to the scene. A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also sent to the spot.
 
Following the accident, the Railways have cancelled or diverted some trains, the sources said.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for the benefit of passengers and their relatives:
 
New Delhi: 011-23342954, 23341074
Delhi: 011-23962389, 23967332
Nizamuddin: 011-24359748
Anand Vihar 09717648382
Ghaziabad 09412715210
Allahabad: 0532-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
Etawah-05688-1072, 266382, 266383
Lucknow-0522-2237677, 9794830975
Faizabad-05278-222603
Kanpur-0512-1072, 2323015, 2323016, 2323018
Aligarh-0571-1072, 2403458, 2403055
Tundla-05612-1072, 220337, 220338, 220339
Shahganj-9794839010
Allahabad-0532-1072, 2408149, 2408128, 2407353
Fatehpur-05180-1072, 222025, 222026, 222436
Hathras: 05722-107200, 242741, 242742, 242803
Khurja: 05738-1072, 253084, 253085, 253308
Chuna: 05443-1072, 222487, 222137, 290049
Mirzapur: 05442-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
 
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21 injured as 12 coaches of Kaifiyat Express derail in Auraiya district of UP

At least 21 passengers suffered minor injuries when 12 coaches and the engine of the 12225 Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after a dumper collided with the train at an unauthorised crossing in the early hours of today.
 
The dumper was attempting to cross the tracks at a place where crossings are not allowed when it stalled and was hit by the engine of the train, resulting in the derailment, between Pata and Achalda stations on the Kanpur-Tundla section of Allahabad Division of North Central Railway, official sources said.
 
Today's accident has occurred just four days after 21 passengers died and 97 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, last Saturday evening.
 
North Central Railway spokesman Gaurav Krishna Bansal told NetIndian over the telephone that 21 passengers had suffered "simple injuries" in today's accident and had been taken to nearby hospitals.
 
Railway officials from nearby stations, including Allahabad, Kanpur and Etawah, have rushed to the scene of the mishap to oversee relief operations.
 
Among others, the General Manager of North Central Railway and the Divisional Railway Manager, Allahabad have left for the scene, the sources said.
 
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is monitoring the rescue and relief efforts and has directed senior officers to reach the site immediately, they said.
 
Mr. Bansal said work on restoration of normal rail traffic on the affected section was in progress and was expected to be completed soon.
 
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Apart from railway officials and staff, district administration officials, police and other emergency services personnel rushed to the scene. A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also sent to the spot.
 
Following the accident, the Railways have cancelled or diverted some trains, the sources said.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for the benefit of passengers and their relatives:
 
New Delhi: 011-23342954, 23341074
Delhi: 011-23962389, 23967332
Nizamuddin: 011-24359748
Anand Vihar 09717648382
Ghaziabad 09412715210
Allahabad: 0532-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
Etawah-05688-1072, 266382, 266383
Lucknow-0522-2237677, 9794830975
Faizabad-05278-222603
Kanpur-0512-1072, 2323015, 2323016, 2323018
Aligarh-0571-1072, 2403458, 2403055
Tundla-05612-1072, 220337, 220338, 220339
Shahganj-9794839010
Allahabad-0532-1072, 2408149, 2408128, 2407353
Fatehpur-05180-1072, 222025, 222026, 222436
Hathras: 05722-107200, 242741, 242742, 242803
Khurja: 05738-1072, 253084, 253085, 253308
Chuna: 05443-1072, 222487, 222137, 290049
Mirzapur: 05442-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
 
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Indian scientists find how arsenic reduces immunity

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A group of Indian scientists has figured out how exposure to arsenic reduces immunity.
 
Arsenic’s role in disrupting body’s immune response by hindering development of thymus – a gland that helps develop immunity-providing T lymphocytes or T cells – is known. A new study done by scientists from the Lucknow-based Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) has now explained the mechanism behind this.
 
This may help explain why people exposed to arsenic become susceptible to infections like tuberculosis.
 
Researchers investigated the effect of arsenic exposure on the process by which T cells transform into specialized cells (CD4+ and CD8+) and the role of regulatory T- cells. CD4+ cells are found on helper T cells and direct the body to fight viral infections, while CD8 are found on fighter T cells that protect the body by killing infected cells.
 
The study exposed mice in the laboratory to arsenic. It was noticed that arsenic exposure enhanced transformation of T lymphocytes in the thymus into CD4+ cells without affecting the CD8 population. The cells then moved to the spleen and got transformed into regulatory T cells that decreased functional activity of other immune cells and further reduced immunity following arsenic exposure. CD4+ cells got converted into another form and not what they were meant to do. At the same time, secretion of cytokines that help in fighting an infection also decreased.
 
Researchers also found that treatment with wortmannin -- a drug used for cancer treatment -- can significantly bring down arsenic-induced increase in regulatory T cell population. It resulted in reversing the effects of reduced immunity by hindering conversion of CD4+ cells to regulatory T cells within the body.
 
“Our study is significant as it has shown that regulatory T cells can be a potential target to intervene in arsenic-induced immune suppression. This could help in prevention of prevalent infectious diseases in arsenic-affected areas,” pointed out Dr Debabrata Ghosh, who led the research team. 
 
Low cost inhibitors can be designed that potentially interfere with regulatory T cells and can be used to reverse effects of reduced immunity in arsenic-affected regions in the country. The study has been published in the journal Scientific Reports.
 
The research team included Ruchi Gera, Vikas Singh, Sumonto Mitra, Anuj Kumar Sharma, Alok Singh, Arunava Dasgupta, Dhirendra Singh, Mahadeo Kumar, Pankaj Jagdale, Satyam Patnaik and Debabrata Ghosh. 
 
(India Science Wire)
 
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Adityanath: Won't spare those responsible for children's deaths in Gorakhpur hospital

Amidst mounting criticism of his government's handling of the crisis in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, where more than 60 children have died in the past week due to encephalitis and other reasons, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday declared that the strictest action would be taken againt those found guilty of negligence.

 
Yogi Adityanath visits Gorakhpur hospital
Amidst mounting criticism of his government's handling of the crisis in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, where more than 60 children have died in the past week due to encephalitis and other reasons, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today declared that the strictest action would be taken againt those found guilty of negligence.
 
Speaking to newspersons in Gorakhpur after visiting the hospital for the second time in four days, he insisted that the deaths had not been caused by the disruption in supply of oxygen on the night of August 10 and said that an inquiry by the Chief Secretary, ordered by him, would establish the causes of the tragedy.
 
"I can assure that we will not spare anyone found guilty. We will act against them very strictly so that it also acts as a deterrence for others," he said.
 
He said the committee headed by the Chief Secretary would look into all apsects of the crisis, including the disruption in supply of oxygen and if it had caused any of the deaths.
 
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda, who visited the hospital today. Union Minister of Health Anupriya Patel and the Health Secretary were in Gorakhpur yesterday and a team of top doctors from Delhi are in the town to conduct an in-depth study of the situation as well as the protocols of medical treatment followed for handling cases of Japanese encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrom (AES) in the hospital.
 
Yogi Adityanath said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was extremely concerned over the situation and had assured the state government of all help from the Centre in handling the crisis.
 
The crisis has sparked political and public outrage after reports that as many as 30 children had died in the space of 48 hours on August 9 and 10, with as many as 23 children dying on August 10. The fact that there was a disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen to the hospital on August 10, because of a default in payment by the hospital to the supplier, led to allegations of negligence against the hospital authorities as well as the state government.
 
Yesterday, the state government suspended the Principal of the Medical College amidst a growing clamour for heads to roll after fixation of responsibility for the tragedy.
 
According to official sources, as many as nine children died on August 7; 12  on August 8; nine on August 9; 23 on August 10 and seven on August 11. Since then, there have been more deaths over the past two days.
 
The tragedy has come as a major embarrassment for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, because Gorakhpur is his home town and was his Parliamentary constituency for long years. 
 
Further, he  had paid a visit to the hospital on August 9 and also gone to the paediatric ward, but officials now claim that he was not aware of the huge number of deaths that had occurred in the previous days.
 
State Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh and Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon visited the hospital yesterday. 
 
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At his press conference today, Yogi Adityanath said he had been campaigning for measures to fight encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh, where it has claimed thousands of lives over the past three decades, for many years. He said the government had now introduced the Japanese encephalitis vaccine as part of the Universal Immunisation Programme. He said 90 lakh children in 38 districts had been covered under the programme.
 
He said the issue has remained a matter of high priority with him after becoming Chief Minister and he has already visited the hospital four times since assuming office on March 19.
 
"I have been involved in this fight since the early 1990s. I have seen children die...," he said, breaking briefly into tears. He said he had taken up the matter at all levels, and raised it several times in Parliament when he represented Gorakhpur in the Lok Sabha. "Nobody understands this problem better than me," he said.
 
He said that, along with encephalitis, there was need to fight other diseases such as swine flu, kala azar, dengue and chikungunia.
 
The Chief Minister urged the media to visit the wards in the hospital and see for themselves the treatment being provided to the patients instead of reporting from outside. He said he  had instructed the hospital to arrange for the media to visit the wards in small groups in such a way that the patients and doctors were not disturbed.
 
He also urged the media to wait for the report of the inquiry committee before coming to any conclusions about the tragedy. "We are waiting for the report of the committee constituted by our Government. I would urge everyone to wait for that report. Not just in Gorakhpur but across the state, if any death is caused by the negligence of hospital authorities, the government will take strong action those responsible," he said.
 
He also said there was an urgent need for a full-fledged Viral Research Centre at Gorakhpur. He said work on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Gorakhpur had already begun.
 
Mr. Nadda said the Centre would provide all possible assistance to the state government in coping with the crisis. He said the Union Government had decided to establish a full-fledged Regional Medical Research Centre at Gorakhpur at a cost of Rs. 85 crore.
 
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Tata Projects completes first part of tunneling for Lucknow Metro Rail

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Infrastructure company Tata Projects Limited and Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) today said they had completed the underground tunnel boring project between Lucknow Secretariat and Hazratganj in a seamless and disruption free manner and in the fastest time period.
 
LMRC and Tata Projects achieved the completion of the tunnel of 812 meters within five months (excluding one and a half months of waiting period to confirm breakthrough dates) of its commencement under the EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) project, a press release from the company said.
 
The 75 meter long TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) - Gomti saw the light at the end of tunnel and came out in the open (breakthrough) near Sahu Cinema at Hazratganj, it said.
 
According to the release, the state-of-the-art onboard tunnel guidance system has been provided in the TBM to ensure that the tunneling is done as per the designed alignment to the highest level of accuracy. Extensive instrumentation had been done throughout the underground stretch and continuous online and real time monitoring was done by a team of dedicated experts to ensure safety during TBM operation, it said.
 
The TBM - ‘Gomti’, successfully constructed this tunnel below the dense city centre areas of Sachivalaya (the Secretariat area) and Hazratganj (Heritage Building area) without any disturbance to the buildings, public utilities and traffic on the land above, it said.
 
"LMRC and Tata Projects have accomplished the difficult mission of not affecting the working of commercial establishments even for a day while tunneling beneath them. Tata Projects will now install Gomti to construct another tunnel between the Sachivalaya and Hussainganj Metro Station as the next part of the construction plan," it said.
 
Mr. Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation said, “This unique achievement was only possible due to the hardwork and commitment of Lucknow Metro Project team. The tunneling in this stretch posed an enormous technical challenge as the route passes beneath highly congested areas and basements of commercial establishments to lay the tracks at the depth of 12 to 15 meters below ground level. With this ‘breakthrough’, LMRC achieved one of the biggest milestones in form of completion of first TBM drive in the construction of underground metro in the state of Uttar Pradesh.”
 
Mr. Vinayak Deshpande, Managing Director, Tata Projects Limited said, “Due to many heritage structures the stretch was highly challenging. With excellent guidance from LMRC team, state of the art TBMs and dedicated, passionate project team, the daunting task was completed in a world class manner with outstanding quality and before time completion. We all at Tata projects feel very proud of this accomplishment and thank LMRC, people of Lucknow for the cooperation extended."
 
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Tata Projects is executing the designing and construction project of overall underground track of 3.67 km from Charbagh Metro Station to KD Singh Babu Stadium Metro Station. Under the project estimated at Rs. 1,190 crores, Tata Projects will also construct three underground metro stations at Hussain Ganj, Sachivalaya and Hazratganj, which included Architectural Finishes, Electrical and Mechanical System (E&M), Tunnel Ventilation System (TVS) and Environment Control System (ECS) on the North-South Corridor of Lucknow MRTS, Phase 1 A Project. 
 
The company is implementing Top-Down Construction Methodology for station construction wherein the permanent structure is built from top to bottom of the basement along with the excavation.
 
“Today’s feat is a milestone achievement, during the last five months this very complex project was executed in one the busiest of the areas and there was no disruption to the common man. We are sure that Lucknow Metro will prove to be a model Metro Rail project of the country and will be showcased as one of the best Metro Rail projects in the country,” added Mr. Vivek Singhal, Chief Operating Officer, Tata Projects Urban Infra.
 
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PM inaugurates development initiatives in Lucknow, to attend Yoga Day event on Wednesday

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the building of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, dedicated the 400KV Lucknow-Kanpur D/C transmission line and distributed sanction letters to the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), the Government's flagship housing scheme, in Lucknow today.
 
Speaking at the event, Mr. Modi spoke at length about connecting India’s youth to latest technology. “Our youth can think about start ups and innovation in the health sector, particularly in healthcare equipment," he said.
 
The Prime Minister congratulated the Uttar Pradesh government for ensuring electricity in all districts. He added, “Power and energy matter immensely in the development journey of a nation. Today solar energy is gaining popularity in India.” 
 
The Prime Minister also spoke at length about the implementation of Goods and Service Tax (GST) from July 1 and said that it demonstrated the strength of democracy.  “Credit for implementation of GST goes to 125 crore people of India," he said.
 
Constructed as a part of “Northern Region Strengthening Scheme-XXXII”, the Lucknow-Kanpur transmission line will provide high-quality transmission infrastructure for ensuring reliable and quality power supply in Uttar Pradesh especially in areas like Lucknow, Panki, Unnao and Kanpur.
 
The transmission line will also facilitate import of additional power to Uttar Pradesh from power surplus Eastern Region/ North Eastern Region.
 
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were present at the ceremony along with senior officials.
 
Mr. Modi, who arrived here earlier in the day, will join the event organised on the occasion of International Day of Yoga at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan here.
 
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Modi to visit Lucknow, will take part in Yoga Day programme on Wednesday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel today to Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh where he will take part in various programmes, including the Yoga Day programme tomorrow.
 
This evening, the Prime Minister will visit CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CSIR-CDRI), an official press release said.
 
Mr. Modi will inaugurate a building of the Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Technical University. He will also dedicate to the nation the 400 KV Lucknow-Kanpur D/C transmission line. 
 
The Prime Minister will also distribute sanction letters to beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, it said.
 
Tomorrow morning, on the 3rd International Day of Yoga, Mr. Modi will join the event organized on the occasion at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow. 
 
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