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  • The Religious Affairs Ministry of Bangladesh issued a circular on Wednesday asking the Imams of all mosques to deliver anti-terrorist and anti-militancy speeches before the Friday prayers.  The circular says that these statements against terrorism and militancy based on the sayings of religious scriptures should be given regular publicity to disseminate the correct interpretation of the scriptures. The circular also orders district and local administrative officials and Islamic Foundation department to organise meetings at district and Upzila levels to ensure participation of all sections of society including heads of religious institutions to increase social awareness against militant and terrorist activities.  Calling terrorism and militancy a global challenge, the circular said such activities hurt the image of all religious people. It said to control and eradicate terrorist and militant activities, increasing involvement of people from all walks of life is required. By Rajesh Jha  

  • The state of the art mobile testing lab has the capacity of conducting 3000 COVID-19 tests per day. The result of the test will be known within six hours. The first such mobile testing van will be deployed in Aazadpur Mandi of the national capital. On the occasion, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan was also present.

  • She said, PM Modi also undertook those kinds of reforms which have not seen the light of the day over the decades.The Finance Minister said, several more active reforms related steps are being taken up to ensure that the reform momentum continues even during the pandemic. She said, the financial sector is being professionalised and the government will continue with disinvestment.  On reforms in taxation system, the Finance Minister said the use of technology, such as faceless assessment, has eased the tax filing process. On corporate tax, Ms Sithraman said that the reduction in corporate tax clearly shows that our intent is to show immediate benefits for the MNCs and any large companies or small companies

  • He stressed that the people should welcome change emerging in the education sector through digital technology and draw benefit from it. Apart from Director General of IIMC Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi and Additional Director General Shri K. Satish Nambudiripad, all faculty members of IIMC from all regional centres and students joined the Orientation virtually. Javadekar said journalism is a responsibility, not a tool to mislead people. “There is no need for any drama or sensation if your story is based on facts. There are plenty of constructive stories in society, but sadly nobody in the media has time to publish them,” he said. Elaborating constructive journalism, the Union Minister said black marketing of fertilizers is no news since the Neem coating has begun. Routine accidents on unmanned Railway gates have effectively been curbed by either deploying people there or constructing underpasses. On the cleanliness front also there is a huge change in the railways. About 500 railway stations now have Wi-Fi facilities and about 100 airports are operational benefiting scores of people across the country. Is it all not news, he asked? The Union Minister mentioned that fiber connectivity in about two lakh villages has transformed the lives of millions of people in rural areas. One can now watch 104 Channels and 50 educational channels free of cost through the Doordarshan free dish. Three hundred community radio stations offer new opportunities to local artists and a change is clearly visible in those areas. About 2.5 crore people have received houses under Pradhanmantri Grameen Aawas Yojana. About 12 crore people have received toilets. Equally, eight crore gas connections have been provided under Ujjawala Yojana. Forty crore people have bank accounts now and about 50 crore people have the facility of free treatment up to Rs five lakh. Is this all not news? The goal of water to every house through the tap is going to be a reality after 70 years of Independence. Every village now has an electricity connection. The beneficiaries of about 500 schemes now get the subsidy and other benefits through DBT. It has curbed the drainage of Rs 1.70 lakh crore. It is not news? I say, other happenings are also news, but these too are news. Meaning contribution to the growth of society is the duty of journalism, the Union I&B Minister added. Javadekar said the first lesson of journalism is that everything impacting the lives of people is news and it should find adequate space in the media. The freedom of the press has value in democracy and it has to be preserved at any cost. But we should keep in mind that freedom comes with responsibility. Therefore, every one of us has to be responsible. As a journalist, you understand both the aspects of the story, but your reporting should lead society in the right direction. TRP-centric journalism is not good. The meters installed in 50,000 houses cannot measure the opinion of 22 crores. We would expand its circumference so that we know what the people watch and what they wish to watch, he added. In the beginning, the Director General of IIMC, Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi, welcomed the Minister at the Orientation Programme. Later interacting with the students he said nothing is dear to a teacher than his/her students. Only the success of students is the success of teachers, institute, and managers. “All our efforts in IIMC aim at ensuring high-quality education and training to our students,” he said. He said we want our students to interact with and emulate global achievers. “Our objective is not merely to produce journalists; we want to produce global leaders who lead the world of journalism and mass communication in the coming decade,” he added. On the first day of the Orientation, Additional Director General Shri K. Satish Nambudiripad introduced IIMC to the students. It was followed by the faculty introduction. Founder of ‘exchange4media’ and ‘Business World’ Dr. Anurag Batra shared tips of healthy journalism with the students. The proceedings were conducted by Prof. Surbhi Dahiya. Tomorrow, on Tuesday, eminent filmmaker Shri Subhash Ghai, editor of ‘Hindustan Times’ Shri Sukumar Ranganathan, editor of ‘Organiser Weekly’ Shri Prafulla Ketkar, Vice Chancellor of Gautam Buddha University Prof. Bhagwati Prakash Sharma and director of Centre for Policy Studies, Chennai, Dr. J.K. Bajaj will interact with the students on different topics.    

  • With recovery of more than 85 lakh people so far, the national recovery rate has improved to 93.68 per cent. With overall recovery of nearly 85.62 lakh patients, the recovered cases in the country stand at nearly 20 times the number of active cases. Over 41 thousand patients recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases reported in the same time span stood at nearly 44 thousand. The active caseload of the country has also fallen below 5 per cent. The total active cases in the country ton Monday stand at 4,43,486 which comprise merely 4.85 per cent of the total reported cases. The Health Ministry has informed that 26 States and Union Territory in the country have reported less than even 20 thousand active cases. It said that enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the Centre’s Standard Treatment Protocol by the States and Union Territories and total dedication and commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries in the country. The Health Ministry has said that this has also led to a commensurate dip in the fatality rate which stands at 1.46 per cent. It informed that 511 case fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours.

  • These flats are located at Dr B D Marg in New Delhi. Eight old bungalows, which were more than 80 years old, have been redeveloped to construct 76 flats. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said Green Building norms have been incorporated in this Multi Storeyed flats for the Members of Parliament. He hoped that these new flats will keep all the residents and the MPs safe and sound. He said accommodation for the Members of Parliament has been a long standing problem but it is now solved. He said decades old problems don’t end by avoiding them, but by finding solutions. He listed many such projects in Delhi which were incomplete for many years were taken up by this government and finished before the scheduled time. He said during the time of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the discussion of Ambedkar National Memorial started, it was built by this government after a long wait of 23 years. He said, the new building of the Central Information Commission, the War Memorial near India Gate and the National Police Memorial were built by this government which were pending for a long time. The Prime Minister remarked that all the MPs have taken care of both the products and the process in the productivity of Parliament and have attained a new height in this direction. He praised the Lok Sabha Speaker for his stewardship of the house in a productive and procedurally sound way. He expressed happiness that Parliament proceedings continued even during the pandemic, with new regulations and several precautionary measures. He added that both houses worked even on weekends for ensuring smooth proceedings in the Monsoon Session. He said as the age of 16-18 years is very important for the youth, we have completed the term of the 16th Lok Sabha with the 2019 election and this period has been historically significant for the progress and development of the country. He added that the term of the 17th Lok Sabha has started in 2019 and the decisions taken during this period in this Lok Sabha already, the Lok Sabha has undertaken some historic decisions. He expressed confidence that the next (18th) Lok Sabha will also play a very important role in taking the country forward into the new decade.

  • "There is a will to learn from the pandemic and to make the economy more sustainable," Merkel told journalists on Sunday following the G20 summit. Merkel announced her support for an EU proposal for a global pandemic contract but warned against forgetting about developing countries as the globe's wealthier nations jostle to get access to COVID-19 vaccines. Merkel said Germany was in contact with GAVI, the vaccine alliance, but expressed her concern that negotiations for vaccines for poorer countries hadn't begun yet. The German chancellor dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump's objection to the Paris Agreement and said the differences of opinion between the EU and the U.S. on climate protection were 'nothing new.' Merkel said she was looking forward to working with President-elect Joe Biden, particularly on climate protection.  

  • All newly elected MLAs are being tested for Covid-19 in view of the pandemic. Assembly Secretary RK Singh said, all staff of the assembly and legislative council secretariats have also been tested for Covid-19. The entire Assembly premise has been sanitized and wearing mask has been made mandatory for all. On the first two days, all 243 newly elected members of assembly will be administered oath by the pro-tem speaker Jitan Ram Manjhi. New assembly speaker will be elected on November 25. On next day, Governor Phagu Chauhan will address the joint session of State legislature. In the new assembly, NDA has 125 seats. An independent MLA has also extended its support to the ruling alliance. Pro- tem Speaker Jitan Ram Manjhi will administer oath to newly elected members today and tomorrow. Out of 243 member of house 105 are new who will take oath for the first time. New assembly speaker will be elected on November 25. On next day, Governor Phagu Chauhan will address the joint session of State legislature. On the last day of session vote of thanks and government reply will be given. In view of Corona pandemic Covid -19 tests is being done on all newly elected legislators. Corona tests on the staff of the assembly and legislative council secretariats have already been done as precautionary measures. The pro- tem speaker has instructed to maintain social distancing during session. Assembly campus has been sanitized and wearing mask is mandatory for all.

  • Thiem looked on course to become the first Austrian to win the title, following on from his recent U.S. Open triumph, but 24-year-old Medvedev turned the tide in superb fashion. There was no celebration as he fired an unreturnable first serve on match point to end the contest and bring the curtain down on 12 memorable years for the tournament at London's O2 Arena before it relocates to Turin next year. Fittingly Medvedev became the first Russian to win the title since Nikolay Davydenko, who won London's first edition in 2009. It was no more than Medvedev deserved after a sensational week in which he became only the fourth player in ATP history to beat the world's top three at the same tournament. He outplayed world number one Novak Djokovic in the group phase in which he went 100%, then outlasted second-ranked Rafa Nadal in Saturday's semi-final before stopping Thiem who finishes as runner-up for the second year in succession. After an incredible run of form, including claiming this month's Paris Masters, the Moscovite was perhaps due a dip and it happened in the first set as he threw away a 40-0 lead on serve at 2-2, gifting Thiem a break with a double-fault. It proved enough for the Austrian to pocket the first set and he went for the quick kill in the second as Medvedev's usually rock-solid serve and forehand wavered. The Russian hung in though, saving break points at 2-2 and 3-3, and the second moved into a tiebreak. Thiem led 2-0 but Medvedev then reeled off seven points in a row to ensure London's farewell would go the distance. Thiem, who had also beaten Nadal and Djokovic this week, had spent two more hours on court than Medvedev to reach the final and he began to fray in the third set. Medvedev stalked him with his relentless power and accuracy and the Russian secured the break of serve he had threatened at 2-2 when he stroked away a volley. Thiem dug in desperately but world number four Medvedev remained calm to become the fifth successive first-time winner of the title.

  • The agenda of the second day of the G-20 summit focused a session on building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future and a side event on safeguarding the planet.  The Prime Minister in his speech underscored that for inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery in a Post COVID world, effective global governance is required and reformed multilateralism through improvement in character, governance and processes of multilateral institutions is the need of the hour. The Prime Minister further underscored the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ‘leaving no one behind’. He said that India is following the same principle in the ‘Reform-Perform-Transform’ strategy to move forward and inclusive development efforts that are participative. With the changing situation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said that India has adopted a ‘Self Reliant India’ initiative. Following this vision, based on its competence and dependability, India will become an important and reliable pillar of World Economy and Global Supply Chains. At a global level, India also took the initiative of establishing institutions such as the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. In a recorded message at a side event on ‘Safeguarding the planet’ the Prime Minister spoke about the need to fight Climate Change in an integrated, comprehensive and holistic manner. He said that India is not only meeting Paris Agreement targets, but will be exceeding them. He emphasized that India has been inspired by its traditional ethos of living in harmony with the environment and has adopted a low carbon and climate resilient development approach. He said, for humanity to prosper, every single individual must prosper and that we should not merely see labour as a factor of production. Instead, we should focus on human dignity of every worker. Such as approach, he stated, would be the best guarantee for safeguarding our planet. The Prime Minister thanked Saudi Arabia for hosting a successful Riyadh Summit and welcomed Italy as it takes over the G20 presidency in 2021. It was decided that the G20 Presidency will be held by Indonesia in 2022, India in 2023 and Brazil in 2024. At the end of the Summit, a G20 Leaders’ Declaration was issued which called for coordinated global action, solidarity, and multilateral cooperation to overcome the current challenges and realize opportunities of the 21st century for all by empowering people, safeguarding the planet, and shaping new frontiers.

  • The SIMBEX series of exercises between Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy, being conducted annually since 1994, are aimed at enhancing mutual inter-operability and imbibing best practices from each other. The scope and complexity of these exercises has increased steadily over the past two decades to include advanced naval drills covering a wide spectrum of maritime operations. The 2020 edition of SIMBEX will witness participation by Indian Navy ships including destroyer Rana with integral Chetak helicopter and indigenously built corvettes Kamorta and Karmuk. In addition, Indian Navy submarine Sindhuraj and P8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft will also participate in the exercise. Republic of Singapore Navy will be represented by the ‘Formidable’ Class frigates ‘Intrepid’ and ‘Steadfast’ with integral S70B helicopter and ‘Endurance’ Class Landing Ship Tank ‘Endeavour’ in the exercise. The exercise, being conducted as a ‘non-contact, at sea only’ exercise in view of COVID-19 pandemic, highlights the high degree of mutual trust and confidence, synergy and cooperation in the maritime domain between the two friendly navies and maritime neighbours. SIMBEX-20 will witness the two friendly navies participate in advanced surface, anti-air warfare and anti-submarine warfare exercises including weapon firings, over three days of intensive joint operations at sea. SIMBEX series of exercises exemplify the high level of coordination and convergence of views between India and Singapore, particularly in the maritime domain, towards enhancing the overall maritime security in the region and highlight their commitment to a rules-based international order.

  • Roshan Baig is suspended from Congress 2019. He was seven time MLA.  Five times elected from Congress. Baig, a disqualified MLA of the Congress, was summoned to the CBI office on Sunday morning and "based on material evidence, he has been arrested," they said. The former Shivaji Nagar MLA was produced before a court which remanded him to 14-day judicial custody, the sources added. The multi-crore ponzi scheme run by Karnataka-based IMA and its group entities allegedly duped lakhs of people promising higher returns using Islamic ways of investment.

  • The incident took place at his home in Kyaukume in Shan state of Myanmar. Two unidentified motorcycle borne gunmen attacked the newly elected parliamentarian Htike Zaw and fled. NLD spokesperson Myo Nunt told Reuters that the party has asked the authorities to investigate the incident as soon as possible. The party also denounced the post poll violence in Myanmar calling it bad for the future. The ruling NLD won an emphatic victory in the recently held elections winning 920 seats out of 1,117 contested seats in the Union, state and regional legislatures. It improved upon its earlier massive tally of 2015 defeating its closest rival Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) which is considered to enjoy the support of the military. The USDP secured 71 seats or 6.4 percent of the total. The USDP has filed more than 800 complaints to the results announced by the Union Elections Commission disputing the results. Earlier, USDP had alleged irregularities and mismanagement in the conduct of the elections which have been denied by the UEC.   Report by: Rajesh Jha

  • The Prime Minister also interacted with Village Water and Sanitation Committee/ Paani Samiti Members during the event. Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Governor Uttar Pradesh, Smt Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath were present on the occasion. The projects, for which the foundation stones were laid by the Prime Minister today will provide household tap water connections in all rural households of 2,995 villages and will benefit about 42 lakh population of these districts. Village Water and Sanitation Committees/ Paani Samiti have been constituted in all these villages, who will shoulder the responsibility of operation and maintenance. The total estimated cost of the projects is Rs 5,555.38 Crore. The projects are planned to be completed in 24 months. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said during the last one and half years from the start of Jal Jeevan Mission more than 2 crore 60 lakh families have been provided piped drinking water connection to their homes including lakhs of families in Uttar Pradesh as well. He added under the Jal Jeevan Mission, the life of our mothers and sisters is getting easier due to easy water access at the comfort of their homes. He said a major benefit of this has also been reduction of many diseases like cholera, typhoid, encephalitis caused by dirty water of the poor families. The Prime Minister lamented that despite having a lot of resources, Vindhyachal or Bundelkhand regions became regions of deficiencies. He added, in spite of having several rivers, these regions were known as the most thirsty & drought-affected regions and forced many people to migrate from here. He said now water scarcity and irrigation issues will be resolved by these projects and it signifies rapid development. The Prime Minister remarked when piped water reaches thousands of villages in Vindhyanchal the health of children of this region would be improved and their physical and mental development will be better. He said when one gets freedom to take decisions and work on those decisions for the development of your village, it increases the confidence of everyone in the village. He added that self-reliant India gets strength from self-reliant villages. The Prime Minister complimented the Uttar Pradesh Government for providing a responsive governance during the time of pandemic and keeping the pace of reforms going. Modi outlined the development works in the region. He pointed to provision of LPG cylinder, electricity supply, Solar plant at Mirzapur, completion of irrigation projects and solar projects on uncultivable land to provide steady extra income to the farmers. Referring to the Swamitva Scheme, the Prime Minister informed that verified ownership deeds for residential and land properties are being delivered to the owners leading to stability and certainty of titles. This is leading to an assurance against unlawful encroachment of the property of the poor segment of society and improving the possibility of using the property as collateral for credit. Speaking about the efforts for the upliftment of the tribal population of the region, Shri Modi said that schemes are reaching the tribal regions under special projects. Hundreds of Eklavya Model schools are operating in such regions, including in Uttar Pradesh. The aim is to provide this facility to every tribal majority block. Projects based on forest-based products are also being implemented.  The District Mineral Fund has been established so that there is no dearth of funds for tribal regions and thinking behind such a scheme is that a part of resources generated from such areas are invested locally. In Uttar Pradesh, Rs. 800 crore have been collected under the fund and more than 6000 projects have been sanctioned. The Prime Minister urged the people to remain alert against Corona as the danger still lingers and asked the people to maintain basic precautions with great sincerity.

  • Under the amended sections of the law, the accused may face up to three years in jail, a fine of ₹ 10,000 or both. Kerala Chief Minister says the ordinance protects women and children amid an increase in cyber bullying and hates speech, pointing out that those crimes attack the dignity of individuals. The amended law allows police to take suo moto action in such cases. However, the opposition has expressed concern over the amendment which they say gives draconian power to police and potentially curtails the freedom of the press. State BJP president and Congress president have come out against the amendment accusing the Government trying to silence its critics especially at a time when Government is cornered by different allegations. The amendment was brought by the State as existing provision of IT Act were found insufficient to act against fake news and derogatory remarks being spread on social media especially against women.

  • These States have been either reporting a rise in the number of active cases i.e. those who are hospitalized or are in home isolation under medical supervision, or demonstrating a rise in the daily new cases.  These three-member teams will visit the districts reporting high number of COVID cases and support the State efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the positive cases. The Central teams shall also guide in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up. Earlier the Union Government has sent the high level teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Manipur, and Chhattisgarh. India’s present active caseload (4,40,962) has further declined to 4.85% of the total Positive Cases, and has been sustained below the 5% mark. The Recovery Rate has improved to 93.69% today as the country registered 43,493 new recoveries in the last 24 hours taking the total recovered cases to 85,21,617.   The gap between Recovered cases and Active cases is steadily increasing and presently stands at 80,80,655. 26 States/UTs have less than 20,000 active cases, as on date. 7 States/UTs have active cases between 20,000 and 50,000 whereas Maharashtra and Kerala are reporting more than 50,000 caseload. 77.68% of the new recovered cases is contributed by ten States/UTs. Delhi saw 6,963 persons recovering from COVID. Kerala and Maharashtra reported 6,719 and 4,088 new recoveries respectively. Ten States/UTs have contributed 76.81%of the new cases. In the last 24 hours, 45,209 persons were found to be infected with COVID. Delhi reported 5,879 cases in the last 24 hours. Kerala recorded 5,772 new cases while Maharashtra reported 5,760 daily cases yesterday. 13 States and UTs are reporting higher than the national average of fatality rate (1.46%). Whereas, 21 States and UTs are reporting lower than the national average of deaths per million (96). 14 States and UTs have more deaths per million population than the national average (96).

  • The Summit, which saw participation of respective Heads of State/ Government of 19 member countries, EU, other invited countries and international organizations, was conducted in virtual format in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi congratulated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its leadership for its successful Presidency of the G20 this year and for organizing the second G20 Summit in 2020 through a virtual format despite the challenges and obstacles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Summit under Saudi Presidency centered on the theme "Realizing Opportunities of 21st Century for All” which has assumed greater importance in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The agenda of the Summit is spread out over two days with two sessions focused on overcoming the pandemic, economic recovery and restoring jobs, and building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future. There are also side events planned on the two days on pandemic preparedness and on safeguarding the planet. Prime Minister Modi termed the COVID-19 pandemic as an important turning point in history of humanity and the biggest challenge the world is facing since the World War II. He called for decisive action by G20, not limited to economic recovery, jobs and trade, but to focus on preserving Planet Earth noting that all of us are trustees of humanity’s future. Prime Minister called for a new Global Index for the Post-Corona World that comprises four key elements – creation of a vast Talent Pool; ensuring that Technology reaches all segments of the society; Transparency in systems of governance; and dealing with Mother Earth with a spirit of Trusteeship. Based on this, the G20 can lay the foundation of a new world. PM underscored that in the past few decades, while there has been an emphasis on Capital and Finance, the time has come to focus on Multi-Skilling and Re-skilling to create a vast Human Talent Pool. This would not only enhance dignity of citizens but would make our citizens more resilient to face crises. He also said that any assessment of new technology should be based on its impact on Ease of Living and Quality of Life. He called for greater Transparency in governance systems which will inspire our citizens to deal with shared challenges and enhance their confidence. He also said that dealing with environment and nature as trustees rather than owners will inspire us towards a Holistic and Healthy Life Style, a principle whose benchmark could be a Per Capita Carbon Footprint. Noting that ‘Work from Anywhere’ is a new normal in the post-COVID world, PM also suggested creation of a G20 Virtual Secretariat as a follow up and documentation repository. The 15th G20 Leaders’ Summit would continue on 22 November 2020 culminating in the adoption of the Leaders’ Declaration and with Saudi Arabia passing on the Presidency to Italy.

  • World number four Medvedev's first career victory over the 20-times Grand Slam champion sent him through to a Sunday showdown against Dominic Thiem who earlier beat Novak Djokovic in another titanic clash. The 24-year-old Medvedev reached the semi-finals as the only player to post a 100% record in his group, including a superb defeat of Djokovic. He was the better player in the opening set against Nadal but one lapse on serve was all the Spaniard required to snatch it. Medvedev blew a big lead in the second set when Nadal was one point away from going down 5-1, but Rafa swung the match his way and served for a place in the final at 5-4, only for Medvedev to break to love. A forehand winner helped Medvedev move 5-3 ahead in the tiebreaker and he took full advantage to set up a decider. Nadal appeared to be feeling the pace in a tense final set and some sensational winners allowed Medvedev to grab the crucial break of serve in the seventh game. Two games later Nadal dumped a backhand in the net to hand Medvedev a landmark victory.

  • Expressing his concern over the increasing scourge of terrorism, the Vice President appealed to the United Nations to complete the deliberations and adopt India's long-pending proposal of the 'Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. He said, there is also a need to reform the UN and create a more inclusive and equitable world order. The Vice President was virtually  addressing the gathering at an event organised to present Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence 2020 to Sudha Murty, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation for her philanthropic work by the Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management. Mr  Naidu stressed on the need for all the nations, particularly those in South Asia, to come together to promote peace, eradicate poverty, improve socio-economic conditions of the masses and wipe out the menace of terrorism.

  • Addressing a function to launch development projects in Tamil Nadu worth 67000 crore rupees in Chennai this evening, he said the schemes were not meant to just help Tamil Nadu but were its due which the Modi government had ensured. He said his government was ready for a debate on whether the state got more help during the UPA's 10 year rule or during the tenure of the NDA government. Referring to the Covid-19 pandemic, he said India under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi had faced the challenge more successfully than many developed countries. He complimented the Tamil Nadu Government for its exemplary performance in this regard. Earlier, the Home Minister laid the foundation stone for the 61800 crore second phase of the Chennai metro rail project and dedicated Chennai's fifth reservoir  at Thervoy Kandigai to the people of the city. He also laid the foundation stone for an elevated expressway on the Coimbatore- Avanashi road, a new barrage across the Cauvery river in Karur district, the Chennai Trade Centre expansion project and 3 IOC projects - a terminal at Vallur, a new lube plant at Amullavoiyal and a captive terminal at Kamarajar port. He also paid floral tributes to the portraits of former Chief Ministers MG Ramachandran and Jayalalitha at the event. In another development, both Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam  - coordinators of the AIADMK- said  the party's alliance with the BJP would continue for the 2021 Assembly elections.  Earlier,Union Home Minister Amit Shah received a rousing welcome from hundreds of BJP and AIADMK cadres in Chennai when he arrived on a two-day visit to the city. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and Cabinet Ministers received him at the airport. Welcome arches decorated with flowers and fruits were erected at the airport premises. Cadres from the BJP and AIADMK gathered on the roadsides, waving party flags and beating drums as his convoy travelled by road to a hotel in the city. Surprised by the unusual reception, the Minister stopped his car and got down from the vehicle. He conducted a brief road show, waving his hand to an enthusiastic crowd of party workers.

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