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ALLIANCE AIR COMMENCES BHUBANESHWAR VARANASI FLIGHT OPERATIONS WITH DAILY DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM TODAY, 31st JANUARY 2020

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Alliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India is launched daily direct flight operations from Bhubaneshwar to Varanasi & back from 31st January 2020. This is an RCS route under the UDAN scheme of Government of India. The airline has deployed its 70 seater ATR 72 600 aircraft on this sector.

Flight 9I 747 departs from Bhubaneshwar at 1215hrs and arrives in Varanasi at 1405hrs. Flight 9I 748 departs from Varanasi at 1430hrs and arrives in Bhubaneshwar at 1620hrs.

Varanasi being a major religious hub in India, gets a lot of religious tourism all year long. Domestic tourists most commonly visit for religious purposes while foreign tourist visit for ghats along River Ganges and Sarnath. Most domestic tourists are from Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, and other parts of Uttar Pradesh, while the majority of foreign tourists are from Sri Lanka and Japan. Varanasi is famous for its muslin and silk fabrics, perfumes, ivory works, and sculpture and is the site of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), which is one of the largest residential universities in Asia with over 20,000 students. This flight will cater to the need of swift connectivity for tourists, students, business community and traders. The option of daily direct flights between the two destinations will reduce the travel time making it convenient for passengers.

All inclusive one way fares Bhubaneshwar Varanasi & vice versa starting at INR 3470/- only.
It is the constant endeavor of Alliance Air to bolster its network and soar higher connecting India & beyond. To book tickets and know more about our various promotional offers log on to www.airindia.in or contact any of our travel agents.

GoAir suspends certain flights due to non-availability of aircrafts

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Pune, January 24, 2020: GoAir currently operates 325+ daily flights and the airline has carried 80 million passengers since its inception in 2005. GoAir flies to 36 destinations that include 27 domestic destinations.

In a press release, GoAir stated, “In the last four weeks, we have gone through unplanned grounding of aircraft, which were supporting our current operation of fleet. And now, we have been informed by our business partners Airbus and Pratt & Whitney of their inability to deliver previously promised aircraft and engines through 9th March 2020 that are required to support our current growth. As a result, we have been forced to temporarily suspend certain flights that are part of our network, schedule and open for sale. We have undertaken these suspensions as far ahead of time as possible in order to minimize the inconvenience to our customers, who are our paramount concern. Despite our best efforts, we realize that our flight suspensions may inconvenience our customers, which we regret and profusely apologize. We expect – with the support of Airbus and Pratt & Whitney – to reinstate these flights and operate at the earliest opportunity.”

The company further informed, “We would like to assure our customers and partners that our currently published schedule incorporates a conservative view of aircraft and engine deliveries as provided by Airbus and Pratt & Whitney to minimize, or eliminate, the need for flight cancelations in the future. GoAir remains on track to receive 12-15 aircraft each year through the end of 2025 in support of our planned growth. We also reaffirm our focus and commitment to punctuality, reliability and the highest level of customer experience that have put us on the top of the Indian aviation industry for the last 15 continuous months.”

GoAir is part of the 283-year-old Wadia Group that comprises leading brands including 101-year-old Britannia Ltd., 140-year-old Bombay Dyeing, 156-year-old Bombay Burmah, 65-year-old National Peroxide Limited, a decade old Bombay Realty and many others.

GoAir operates from Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Kannur, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Ranchi, Srinagar, Varanasi and 9 international destinations namely Phuket, Male, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuwait, and Dammam.

“With the immense support and faith that customers have bestowed upon GoAir, the airline has grown by a robust 30% per annum for each of the last three years. During this period, GoAir has also been recognized as India’s most reliable airline with least number of cancellations through November 2019 and the best on-time-performance for 15 months in a row, showcasing our commitment to exceptional customer service throughout this exciting phase of growth. On the back of a firm order for 144 Airbus A320neo aircraft, GoAir’s business plan articulates a continued double-digit growth through 2025. And just like we have done for the last 15 continuous months, our commitment and focus on the customer experience remains strong throughout our planned phase of growth”, the company said.

Kashmiri Pandits demonstrate at Jantar Mantar Delhi to mark three decades of Exile

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New Delhi, January 19, 2020: Year 2020, marks 3 decades of Exile and homelessness of peaceful Kashmiri Pandit community forced violently by the support of majority Muslims in Kashmir.

January 19, 1990 was a night of horror and helplessness for the whole Kashmiri Pandit community, over five lakh Kashmiri Pandits were forced overnight to leave the valley through a barbaric campaign emanating from the mosques from all over Kashmir unleashed by the terrorists supported by locals. The circumstances that led to forceful eviction of the entire minority of Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus from their homeland is no less than genocide.

To commemorate the Day, India4Kashmir, a people’s movement started with a firm belief and agenda to take 5 Non Kashmiri Indians along with 1 Kashmiri Pandit back to Kashmir and in true sense integrate Kashmir with rest of India, organised a demonstration where many like-minded Indians from various organisations supported India 4 Kashmir and its cause.

After 30 years of forced exile finally, the Government of India has shown spine and defanged article 370 and 35 A, much awaited and necessary political move, India 4 Kashmir hails this bold move of the current dispensation and assure the GOI of fullest support to the honourable Prime Minister in his future endeavours.

Jyoti Kaul of the I4K said , “January 19, 1990, a black date will remain etched in the hearts and minds of not only those who suffered the holocaust but also remain a date to remember in history for the future generations so that no other community in the world has to ever face this kind of barbaric religious persecution.

India 4 Kashmir, Delhi-NCR team thanked one and all who supported us by their presence physically at Jantar Mantar and on Social Media to spread awareness about the genocide faced by KP community. Sakshi Mattoo the spokesperson of I4K Delhi chapter categorically mentioned the ideology of I4K that for every one Kashmiri returning to Kashmir we will ensure that 5 Non Kashmiris also settle in Kashmir. She reiterated our stand that after abrogation of article 370 there is hope of Home coming and survival of the otherwise miniscule community.

“While we applaud the actions taken by the Government in J&K till date we also urge the central government to take measures so that our long awaited justice is now delivered and the community is provided with opportunities for its safe and dignified return to the Valley along with other Indians.”

Take strictest action against Mafia

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Bhpoal : The Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath told the Collectors to take strictest action against Mafia and take action according to the normal procedure in case of violation of Municipal Corporation and Municipality’s rules by the general public. He further mentioned that only those individuals, who are involved in extortion and commit crimes in organized manner come under the category of mafia. He directed the Collectors that they should relieve officers and employees, who have been transferred within 3 days, whether their relievers have joined or not. Shri Kamal Nath issued directives to the General Administration department to monitor this system. Shri Kamal Nath gave these directives to the Collectors and Commissioners during a video conferencing of ‘Jan Adhikar’ programme held at Mantralaya today.

Ensure people get quality food grains from ration shops

The Chief Minister said that complaints have been received that food grains less than the average quality are being distributed from the fair price shops. Ensure people should get quality food grains from these shops. He asked the collectors to make arrangements for procurement in time. Shri Kamal Nath said that a list of cases of encroachment done on government land for farming or any other use should be prepared and presented within a month. Pay attention to prevent black marketing of fertilizer at any cost.

Prepare a list of farmers, who have not filled loan waiver forms in time

The Chief Minister asked to prepare a list of all those eligible farmers, who have not able fill loan waivers forms in time. Shri Kamal Nath told to pay attention also on the purity of medicines while continuing the ‘Shuddh ke liye Yuddh’ campaign.

Sringent action against erring housing committees

The Chief Minister has given instructions to be strict in cases of cheating of members in cooperative housing societies. He said that not a formality of filing an FIR against the erring committees should be done only but they should be punished. Shri Nath directed the Chief Secretary to hold a meeting on all the erring housing societies and strict action should be taken against them. If necessary, the government should take action to acquire such societies under the Cooperative Act and appoint an administrator. The Chief Minister gave these instructions in connection to the case of Shri Girish Chandra Dubey of Bhopal regarding sale of plot number 80 allocated by Gaurav Griha Nirman Cooperative Society to someone else.

Conduct campaign to give possession of land given on pattas

The Chief Minister expressed displeasure in the cases of non-possession even after getting the pattas. Shri Nath said that a campaign should be launched in the entire state to ensure that those who got the pattas also have possession of that land. The Chief Minister gave this instruction in cases of complaints of not getting possession even after getting the pattas by Shri Giani ji of Bhaisravan village of Shivpuri district and Shri Dallu of Patadiataj village of Dewas district.

Follow up of “Aapki Sarkar-Aapke Dwar” programme must

Expressing displeasure over the non-follow-up of complaints in the Aapki Sarkar-Aapke Dwar programme, the Chief Minister said that the purpose of this programme is not served due to on the spot non-disposal of complaints. Shri Nath said that all the collectors must ensure that the complaints received are resolved on the spot and the complainant should be satisfied.

Five districts top in state in redressal of complaints

Five districts including Ujjain, Tikamgarh, Ratlam, Singrauli and Mandla topped in resolving complaints this month in the CM Helpline. Khargone, Shajapur, Anuppur, Satna and Burhanpur were ranked low. Among the departments with the least complaints were the Narmada Valley Development, Public Relations, Legal Legislative Affairs, Scheduled Tribe Welfare and Mineral Resources Department.

Legitimate problems should be resolved immediately

The Chief Minister gave instructions to the collectors to develop such a work culture to solve the legitimate problems and grievances of the general public immediately. He said that Collector should make such arrangements so as to ensure that people need not to lodge complain in CM Helpline in their districts.

Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath directed to investigate why Shri Vinod Kumar Singh, resident of village Teekat Khurd in Sidhi district did not get subsidy for six years after taking loan to open dairy. He said that strict action should be taken against whosoever is guilty in this case. Instructions have been given to stop the increment of Inspector Upendra Jhari station in-charge Nemawar for not registering the report of beating up of the daughter of Salma Bi in Harda district by her in-laws. The Chief Minister has instructed to take action against Joint Director Health for not providing benefit of Janani Suraksha Yojana to Shahdol resident Smt. Parvati Soni after delivery.

On the complaint of Shri Anil Singh Jat, a farmer of Dopal Kheda village of Neemuch district, the Chief Minister directed to close down the crusher near his agriculture field. Farmer Shri Jat informed that his crops were being damaged due to the dust and blast caused by the crusher

One year imprisonment to Israel Qureshi in Power Theft case

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Bhopal : The District Court has pronounced a verdict of One year imprisonment and a fine of Rs. One lakh 9 thousand 405 in case of power theft by Israel Qureshi, a resident of Labour Colony, Indrapuri, Nizamuddin Road under the Bhopal City Circle, Anand Nagar Zone of Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company. It is to be mentioned that the case was registered by the inspection team of the power distribution company against Israel Qureshi for stealing electricity by connecting direct wires from the LT line for his Ayan A-One chicken shop on June 14, 2016. The case was presented by the company before the Special Judge (Electricity) in the District Court of Bhopal.

Vice President advises media to curb any unhealthy trend that affects credibility

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The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today called upon the media fraternity to do a serious introspection and curb any unhealthy trend that affects its credibility.

Speaking at the 50th anniversary celebrations of Thuglak, a Tamil magazine, founded by the late Cho Ramaswamy, Shri Naidu expressed his concern over the unhealthy trend of mixing news and views. He said that slanting stories and providing disproportionate coverage to certain issues in line with the management’s thinking has become the norm these days.unhealthy trend of mixing news and views. He said that slanting stories and providing disproportionate coverage to certain issues in line with the management’s thinking has become the norm these days.unhealthy trend of mixing news and views. He said that slanting stories and providing disproportionate coverage to certain issues in line with the management’s thinking has become the norm these days.

The Vice President said that instead of giving complete information in an unadulterated manner, a section of the media was deciding what the viewer should watch or the reader should read. “Such a trend is not good for the fourth estate and Indian democracy in the longer run”, he cautioned.

Shri Naidu observed that journalism in the past was treated as a mission and many eminent journalists like the late Cho wielded the pen without any fear or favour. He said that they never succumbed to any kind of pressure or allurement, nor had they compromised on their integrity and values. They always remained wedded to the core principles of journalism and maintained high standards of accuracy and objectivity.

Describing Cho Ramaswamy as a multi-faceted genius, the Vice President said that he had left an indelible imprint on the world of journalism, cinema, drama, politics, law and literature.

The Vice President said that Thuglak’s rise tofame was due to Cho’s fiery and fearless journalism that put nation’s interest before anything else. Recalling the resistance put up by him during the Emergency, he said that Cho always believed in journalistic freedom and never missed an opportunity to oppose any move to curtail journalistic freedom.

Shri Naidu observed that Cho’s style of journalism not only took everybody by surprise but also shook many because of his bold, courageous, sharp, satirical and witty writings and reviews.

Stating that Cho’s sharp wit, spontaneous humour and stage presence not only made him a successful drama artist but also a popular comedy actor, he said that his tryst with cinema transcended generations just as his Thuglak magazine did. “His fans belonged to all ages, loving clean and spontaneous humour”, he added.

The Vice President appealed to the people to elect their representatives based on the four ‘C’- Character, Calibre, Capacity and Conduct of the candidates. This is very important to strengthen the democracy, he said.

A special edition of ‘Thuglak’ brought out to mark the 50th Anniversary was released by the Vice President and the first copy of this edition was presented to popular film actor, ShriRajnikanth.

The Editor in Chief of Thuglak, Shri S. Gurumurthy, popular actor, ShriRajinikanth, members of the family of late Shri Cho Ramaswamy and others were present on the occasion.

Following is the full text of the speech –

“AnaivarukkumIniyaPongalVazhthukkal”

Editor of ThuglakS.GurumurthyGaru and his entire team of Thuglak journalists and employees, beloved readers of Thuglak, members from the family of Cho Ramaswamy, Rajinikanthgaru, sisters and brothers,

At the outset, I pay my reverential homage to late Cho Ramaswamy and compliment the entire team at Tughlak for carrying forward his legacy.

It is indeed a momentous occasion. The completion of 50 years is an important milestone for any organization and it assumes greater significance in the case of Tughlak as it has been the torchbearer of ethical journalism.

Such an achievement is not easy and it was made by possible only due to the strong foundation laid by the intellectual genius Cho. It was enriched by his dedicated team in Thuglak and strengthened by the thinking readers of Thuglak.

I was happy to know that before my arrival a unique cross-examination session took place in which the readers posed a series of questions to the Editor, who answered them patiently. Such an initiative is truly laudable as it strengthens bonds between Tughlak and its readers.

I am told that organizing such a session has become a tradition at Thuglak and is being held every year on January 14. This is a unique hallmark of Thuglak.

Cho Ramaswamy was a multi-faceted genius, who left an indelibleimprint on the world of journalism, cinema, drama, politics, law, literature and without question in the field of Sanathana Dharma. His belief in the civilizational assets of Bharat and the religious tenets of Hinduism has always guided his vision. As we celebrate the completion of 50 years of Thuglak, it should be remembered that the magazine became synonymous with Cho Ramaswamy.

Thuglak’s rise to fame was due to Cho’s fiery and fearless journalism that put nation’s interest before anything else. The resistance put up by him during the Emergency and the creative way in which he blackened the front page and carried a review of the old movie ‘Sarvadhikari’ (Dictator) will always remain etched in our memories.The resistance put up by him during the Emergency and the creative way in which he blackened the front page and carried a review of the old movie ‘Sarvadhikari’ (Dictator) will always remain etched in our memories.

Cho always believed in journalistic freedom and never missed an opportunity to oppose any move to curtail journalistic freedom.

On a personal note, I recall the friendly conversations I used to have with Shri Cho Ramaswamy when both of us were members of the RajyaSabha. I had always marvelled at the ease with which he used to inject humour into every discussion.

As a literary expert, Cho’s works on SrimadRamayanam, Mahabharatham, facets of Hinduism and other similar works, are eternal symbols of his unshakeable belief in Hindu philosophy, the Vedas, Itihasas and other traditions. His other works include famous novels like Muhammad Bin Thuglak which was later made into a drama and movie, Unmaye Un VilaiEnna, tele-serial EngeBrahmanan, etc. all of them espousing a cause, belief or way of life. His novels were known for their humour and satire.

He was deeply influenced by MahakaviSubramaniyaBharati. I am told that during the Emergency the literary section of Thuglak quoted Bharathiyar’sPanchaliSabhatham, in which Arjuna consoled Bhima saying “Kattundom, Poruthiruppom, KalamMaarum” (We are bound now, but we will wait! For the times to change!!)Bharathiyar’sPanchaliSabhatham, in which Arjuna consoled Bhima saying “Kattundom, Poruthiruppom, KalamMaarum” (We are bound now, but we will wait! For the times to change!!)

Cho’s masterly direction and narration in theatre, I am told, has given his scripts an immortal life. Dramas like EndruThaniyumIndhaSudhandhiraDhagam, Muhammad Bin Thuglak, stay relevant in contemporary politics. I am told that his dramas were the most sought after during his times and the audience used to thoroughly enjoy them.

Cho’s sharp wit, spontaneous humour and stage presence not only made him a successful drama artist but also a popular comedy actor. His tryst with cinema transcended generations just as his Thuglak magazine did. His fans belonged to all ages, loving clean and spontaneous humour.

Cho’s contribution to journalism through Thuglak is the jewel in the crowning glory of Cho’s public life. Cho’s style of journalism not only took everybody by surprise but also shook many because of his bold, courageous, sharp, satirical and witty writings and reviews. The Thuglakmagazine started in 1970 was inspired by his satirical political drama ‘Muhammad bin Thuglak’ and hence the name Thuglak.

I have seen Cho’s brand of journalism from close quarters. At a time when media had to depend on advertisement revenues, Cho ensured that Thuglak survived on readers’ subscription revenue. I understand that even today, every issue of Thuglak carries 48 pages only. Not more or not less. Indeed, the readers of Tughlak deserve applause.

Cho’s satire and journalistic standards brought him closer to many political personalities. Despite having friendship with leaders and public intellectuals from varied background, Cho remained an intellectual centrist and spared nobody whenever due.

Thuglak is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, an important milestone that any organisation shall always cherish. Continuing his legacy in the field of journalism is the best tribute one could pay to him. Continuing his legacy in the field of journalism is the best tribute one could pay to him.

I wish Thuglak endured success and I am confident that the entire team of Thuglak under the editorial leadership of Gurumurthygaru shall continue to hold the beacon of journalistic ethics.

Dear sisters and brothers, the press had played a pioneering role in India’s freedom struggle and in strengthening the foundations of democracy in post-Independent India. Over the past many years, the media landscape has transformed profoundly with the advent of electronic media and the social media more recently.

In the past, journalism was treated as a mission and many eminent journalists like the late Cho used to wield the pen without any fear or favour. They never succumbed to any kind of pressure or allurement, nor had they compromised on their integrity and values. They always remained wedded to the core principles of journalism and maintained high standards of accuracy and objectivity.

What we see today is a far cry from all that. The media is no longer neutral. These days, one can hardly get an objective picture of the current happenings or any development by reading one newspaper or watching a single news channel.

The unhealthy trend of mixing news and views, slanting stories and providing disproportionate coverage to certain issues in line with the management’s thinking has become the norm these days. Instead of giving complete information in an unadulterated manner, a section of the media is deciding what the viewer should watch or the reader should read. Such a trend is not good for the fourth estate and Indian democracy in the longer run.

I feel the time has come for the entire media fraternity to do a serious introspection and curb any unhealthy trend that affects its credibility.

I understand that Cho’s commentary on SubramaniaBharati’s Bhagavad Gita is played every year before the Thuglak Anniversary meet. Bharati was an embodiment of both Bhakti and Nationalism and it is no surprise that Cho drew inspiration from the great poet from Ettayapuram.

I would like to conclude with a quote from SubramaniaBharati’s “Enn Thai” stressing on the united spirit of Bharat Mata:

“MuppathuKodiMugamudayalUyir, MoimpuraOnrudayalIval

SeppuMozhiPadhinettuUdayal, Enir, SindhanaiOnrudayal”

This is a beautiful poem that brings out the essential unity in diversity which has been the foundational spirit of our great country Bharat.

Thank you and Jai Hind!

India Russia relations will reach newer heights in times to come, says Shri Dharmendra Pradhan during interaction with Russian media delegation

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Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today interacted with a delegation from Russian media. Speaking to the delegation, Shri Pradhan said, “2019 was a landmark year which boosted the bilateral relations between India and Russia to hitherto unscaled heights. The special and privileged strategic partnership between our two countries was strengthened significantly. Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has described Russia as a reliable partner and a special friend and President Putin in turn has talked of taking India-Russia relations to new heights of cooperation. It is uncommon to find two major powers that have developed a partnership such as ours.”

On bilateral co-operation in steel sector, Shri Pradhan said, “We remember fondly the contribution of then Soviet Union in development of our steel industry. We recognise the immense potential of Russia in supplying coking or metallurgical coal, which is largely imported by India, to support the Indian steel industry. During my visit to Moscow and a follow up visit to Vladivostok, we were able to identify the strong potential for expanding cooperation between India and the Russian Far East for import of coking coal. Further, I had requested Russian authorities to invest in developing the inland and port logistic of the Far East, improve connectivity of these ports with mining locations and improvements in evacuation infrastructure. In a short span of less than six months, Indian steel makers significantly increased off-peak of coking coal from the Far East Russia. I see great prospects in this sector in the coming years.”

Speaking about co-operation in oil and gas sector, Minister Pradhan said, “With the guidance of our strong leaders, we have strengthened our engagement in hydrocarbon sector. There is an ‘Energy Bridge’ between our two countries. With Russia being one of the largest producers of oil and natural gas and India being the world’s third largest energy consumer, Russia has the potential to become an important source to fulfill India’s oil and gas requirements. The Joint Statement on cooperation in oil and gas during Hon’ble Prime Minister’s visit to Russia in September provides a roadmap to deepen cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector. We invite investments by Russian companies in Indian oil and gas sector, particularly in gas business, gas infrastructure and petrochemicals.”

On the gas based economy, he said, “India has also embarked on the path of becoming a gas based economy. India is investing over $60 billion in developing natural gas supply and distribution infrastructure. LNG imports from Russia at competitive rates will help us in meeting the objectives of price stability and energy security.”

Speaking about connectivity, Shri Pradhan said, “We are keen to explore the new sea route to source crude oil and LNG through Russia’s Arctic. The route has the potential to cut the cost and time for transporting LNG from Russia to India. A sea line between Far-East Russia and the East coast of India will also facilitate sourcing of coking coal from the region.”

On crude oil sourcing, Shri Pradhan said, “We are working on the strategy to diversify our crude oil supply sources and we are now exploring ways to import crude from Russia as well.”

Indian Railways to provide Content on Demand Service (CoD) on Trains and Stations

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Content on Demand (CoD) will soon be available in all Premium/Express/Mail trains and Suburban trains of Indian Railways. With an aim to generate more non fare revenue, Railway Board had entrusted RailTel, a miniratna PSU under Ministry of Railways, with providing the Content on Demand service to passengers in trains. On its part, RailTel has selected M/s Margo Network, a subsidiary of Zee Entertainment as the Digital Entertainment Service Provider (DESP) for providing Content on Demand (CoD) Service on trains and railway stations. The project will be implemented in two years and the provision of content such as movies, shows, educational programs etc. will be made available both in paid and unpaid formats for a contract period of 10 years which includes first two years of implementation.

In this project, RailTel will provide various preloaded multilingual content (Movies, Music Videos, General Entertainment, Lifestyle etc) in moving trains through media servers installed in trains. CoD platform will also provide e-commerce/m-commerce services in various domains e.g. travel bookings (cab, bus, train) and provide various innovative solutions in digital marketing domain. With CoD, passengers will be able to enjoy uninterrupted free/ Subscription based entertainment service and high Quality buffer free streaming across personal devices during their train journey. The content will be periodically refreshed.

Talking about the project, Shri Puneet Chawla, CMD/RailTel, said that the full roll out will be completed by 2022. The Content on Demand service will not only improve overall passenger experience but at the same time will increase the non-fare revenue through multiple monetization models. The scope covers all 17 Zones of Indian Railways.The earning from the project will be majorly through three streams e.g. Advertisement based monetization, Subscription based monetization and E-Commerce/Partnership Services.

A total of approximately 8731 trains which includes 3003 trains (Premium/Mail/Express- to and fro) pan India and 2864 pairs of Suburban Trains (total 5728 trains) have been kept in the scope of the service rollout. Also CoD will be available at all Wi-Fi enabled Railway Stations which has crossed 5563 Railway stations as on date.

ECI organizes briefing meeting of General, Police and Expenditure Observers for the Assembly Elections in the NCT of Delhi

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The Election Commission of India today organized a Briefing Meeting for Observers to be deployed for the forthcoming NCT of Delhi Legislative Assembly Elections, for which schedule was announced on 6th January, 2020. Poll date for the single phased election for Delhi’s 70 constituencies is February 8, 2020 and Counting will be held on February 11, 2020. More than 150 officers drawn from IAS, IPS as also from Indian Revenue Service and other Central Services were called for the General, Police and Expenditure Observers briefing today. Adequate number of officers would be deployed on actual duty.Poll date for the single phased election for Delhi’s 70 constituencies is February 8, 2020 and Counting will be held on February 11, 2020. More than 150 officers drawn from IAS, IPS as also from Indian Revenue Service and other Central Services were called for the General, Police and Expenditure Observers briefing today. Adequate number of officers would be deployed on actual duty.

Addressing the Observers, Chief Election Commissioner Sh. Sunil Arora advised them to maintain close coordination with officers teams deputed in the field and to remain accessible at all times. Shri Arora particularly asked them to follow ECI’s guidelines with full sincerity and devotion and adhere to code of ethics with no laxity at all in performing assigned tasks. He asked the Observers to ensure due Assured Minimum Facilities at all the Polling booths. Despite the fact that infrastructure in national capital is better than many places in the hinterland, he asked the Observers to visit the Polling Booths to check due facilitation to senior citizens, Persons with Disabilities and women voters to ensure Commission’s commitment to principle of Inclusive Elections. He reiterated that ECI shall not tolerate any wilful lapses.advised them to maintain close coordination with officers teams deputed in the field and to remain accessible at all times. Shri Arora particularly asked them to follow ECI’s guidelines with full sincerity and devotion and adhere to code of ethics with no laxity at all in performing assigned tasks. He asked the Observers to ensure due Assured Minimum Facilities at all the Polling booths. Despite the fact that infrastructure in national capital is better than many places in the hinterland, he asked the Observers to visit the Polling Booths to check due facilitation to senior citizens, Persons with Disabilities and women voters to ensure Commission’s commitment to principle of Inclusive Elections. He reiterated that ECI shall not tolerate any wilful lapses.

Election Commissioner Shri Ashok Lavasa emphasized the significance of role of Observers. Wherever critical interventions are required to ensure that no lapses, even of the smallest nature, cause disruption in the Electoral Process, Sh Lavasa said the officers should attend to it promptly. Familiarisation with laid down instructions and attention to specific details of additional facilities being initiated in Delhi Elections, such as Absentee Voter Facilitation to essential services categories, 80+ aged voters as also marked PwDs; QR code reader on Photo Voter Slips, would aid efficacy of Observers assigned the duty. He advised officers to be proactive to redress complaints and ensure impartiality while discharging their duties.

Speaking to the group, Election Commissioner Sh Sushil Chandra drew the attention of the Officers that as Observers they have a statutory duty to perform on behalf of Election Commission of India. He said the Officers so deputed, need to be neutral and impartial in discharge of their duties and be the actual face of ECI on the ground. He stated that the Observers should ensure strict compliance of ECI’s rules and Standard Operating Procedures like amenities at the polling booths, vulnerability mapping or compliance of Non-Bailable Warrants, deposition of licensed arms and strict compliance of expenditure management norms.

The half-day long briefing sessions held today had comprehensive briefing by the Secretary General ECI Shri Umesh Sinha on Election Planning, Security Management & SVEEP aspects; by the Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Shri Sandeep Saxena, who is also Delhi State in-charge at ECI, on Electoral Roll issues and IT applications; session on EVM VVPAT Management System by Deputy Election Commissioner Shri Sudeep Jain and on legal issues by Deputy Election Commissioner Shri Chandra Bhushan Kumar. Director Expenditure Sh Vikram Batra gave an overview of Expenditure Management issues and DG Communications Shri Dhirendra Ojha briefed the Officers on aspects of Paid News, Media Certification and Monitoring Committees as also Social Media.

It was particularly pointed out to the Observers that while in recent Jharkhand elections, Postal Ballot Facilitation for the Octogenarians and PwD voters was introduced on pilot basis, the optional facility of being able to cast vote from home would be extended across all 70 ACs of Delhi to voters above age of 80 years; marked PwDs as also to persons employed in essential services like Delhi Metro on-duty staff on polling day, Northern Railways Transportation s (Passenger and Freight ) services as also media persons for whom authority letters have been issued for covering poll-day activities in NCT of Delhi. IT applications like the Enabling Communication in Real-time Environment (ENCORE), an integrated portal to be used by Election Officers for overall management of aspects such as Candidate nominations, uploading of affidavits, Assigning symbol, Scrutiny of candidates nominations, Scrutiny of Candidate Permissions, Counting of Votes and Results dissemination etc. will be utilised for efficient and faster functioning. Other Apps to facilitate QR Code reading of Photo Voter Slips etc. would also be put in use in at least 11 ACs to ensure free, fair, peaceful, inclusive, accessible, ethical and participative election.Postal Ballot Facilitation for the Octogenarians and PwD voters was introduced on pilot basis, the optional facility of being able to cast vote from home would be extended across all 70 ACs of Delhi to voters above age of 80 years; marked PwDs as also to persons employed in essential services like Delhi Metro on-duty staff on polling day, Northern Railways Transportation s (Passenger and Freight ) services as also media persons for whom authority letters have been issued for covering poll-day activities in NCT of Delhi. IT applications like the Enabling Communication in Real-time Environment (ENCORE), an integrated portal to be used by Election Officers for overall management of aspects such as Candidate nominations, uploading of affidavits, Assigning symbol, Scrutiny of candidates nominations, Scrutiny of Candidate Permissions, Counting of Votes and Results dissemination etc. will be utilised for efficient and faster functioning. Other Apps to facilitate QR Code reading of Photo Voter Slips etc. would also be put in use in at least 11 ACs to ensure free, fair, peaceful, inclusive, accessible, ethical and participative election.marked PwDs as also to persons employed in essential services like Delhi Metro on-duty staff on polling day, Northern Railways Transportation s (Passenger and Freight ) services as also media persons for whom authority letters have been issued for covering poll-day activities in NCT of Delhi. IT applications like the Enabling Communication in Real-time Environment (ENCORE), an integrated portal to be used by Election Officers for overall management of aspects such as Candidate nominations, uploading of affidavits, Assigning symbol, Scrutiny of candidates nominations, Scrutiny of Candidate Permissions, Counting of Votes and Results dissemination etc. will be utilised for efficient and faster functioning. Other Apps to facilitate QR Code reading of Photo Voter Slips etc. would also be put in use in at least 11 ACs to ensure free, fair, peaceful, inclusive, accessible, ethical and participative election.

Prime Minister Participates in the 50th Anniversary of Thuglak Magazine through Video Conference

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today participated in the 50th Anniversary function of Tamil Magazine Thuglak at Chennai through Video Conference.

Addressing the gathering Prime Minister praised the illustrious progress made by the magazine in the last 50 years. He however regretted the passing away of its founder Cho Ramaswamy.

Prime Minister said that the magazine was based on Facts, Intelligent Arguments and Satire.

Dynamism of Tamil Nadu

Referring to the dynamism of Tamil Nadu, the Prime Minster said the state had been guiding light for the nation for centuries.

“The dynamism of Tamil Nadu and the Tamil people amazes me. Tamil Nadu has been a guiding light for our nation for centuries. Here, economic success mixes beautifully with social reform. This land is home to the world’s oldest language. In September last year, I had the honour of saying a few lines in Tamil during my United Nations address.” he said

Defence Corridor for Tamil Nadu

Referring to the development of the state, the Prime Minister said that the Union Government is taking several steps like establishment of one of the two defence corridors in Tamil Nadu.

“Over the last few years, unprecedented efforts have been put in for Tamil Nadu’s progress. When we took the ambitious decision of setting up two defence corridors, Tamil Nadu was a certain choice for one of them. This corridor will bring more industry to the state and boost employment opportunities for Tamil youth. “

Textiles and Fisheries Sector boost

Prime Minister said that special efforts are being made for modernizing the textile sector in the State.

“The textile sector plays a vital role in Tamil Nadu’s progress. The Central Government is modernising the sector to help citizens. Financial assistance has been provided under the National Handloom Development programme. Two Mega handloom Clusters are to be set up. Resources have been allocated for machinery modernisation as well.”

Shri Narendra Modi said that the Government is also taking special steps for boosting the fisheries sector.

Fisheries is one of the most upcoming sectors today. We to make the fisheries sector more vibrant.

“Our focus is on technology, financial assistance and human resource development. Just a few days back, deep sea fishing boats and transponders were handed over to fishermen from Tamil Nadu. Our fishermen have been linked with Kisan Credit Cards. New fishing harbours have been built for fishermen. Help is being given for boat modernisation too.”

Boost to Tourism

Prime Minister urged everyone to visit 15 places in India in the next two years. He said the Government is focusing on Tourism sector and that India is given the 34th ranking in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index of World Economic Forum. He said it was 65th Rank 5 years ago, when the NDA Government took over in 2014.

“I am happy to share that over the last five years, foreign tourist arrivals to India have gone up significantly. So has the foreign exchange earned from tourism” he said.

“You would be glad to know that Tamil Nadu is greatly benefitting due to the Union Government’s Swadesh Darshan and Prashad schemes. The coastal circuit from Chennai to Kankyakumari, Kanchipuram and Vellankali are going to be made more tourist friendly. “

New India – New Decade

Prime Minister said, “Now, as India enters a new decade, it is the very people of India, who will guide India’s growth trajectory and take it to new heights. I have always believed: There are two essential reasons that our great civilisation has prospered. The first is India’s celebration of harmony, diversity and brotherhood. The second reason is the will and zeal of India’s people. Whenever the people of India decided to do something, no force has been able to stop them.”

He urged the media to respect this spirit and keep pace with it

“As Governments or media houses, we will have to respect this spirit and keep pace with it. Here, I would also like to appreciate the role of the media. They have taken forward every possible noble mission of nation building be it cleanliness, reducing single use plastic and protecting the environment. I hope this same spirit gets reinforced in the times to come” he said.