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Plan to revive 50 un-served and under-served airports approved

The project is estimated to cost Rs 4,500 crore.

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New Delhi, March 6 : The central government on Monday approved a plan to revive 50 un-served and under-served airports in three financial years starting from 2017-18.

According to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), the approved proposal envisages to revive 50 un-served and under-served airports or airstrips of the state governments, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and civil enclaves.

The project is estimated to cost Rs 4,500 crore.

“Fifteen airports, airstrips each would be revived during 2017-18 and 2018-19 each, while 20 airports, airstrips would be revived during 2019-20,” the CCEA was quoted as saying in a statement.

“As an outcome of the approval, small cities, towns shall be connected on commencement of operation of flights to under-served, un-served airports.”

“It will further boost the economic development in these areas as well as surrounding areas in terms of job creation and related infrastructure development.”

The CCEA pointed out that revival of airstrips, airports will be ‘demand driven’, depending upon firm commitment from airline operators as well as from the state governments for providing various concessions as airports will be developed ‘without insisting’ on financial viability.

Last year, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha had informed Parliament that the ministry had sought Rs 4,650 crore from the central coffers to revive 50 un-served and under-served airports.

That time Sinha had said that the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP), 2016, has provision for promotion of regional connectivity by way of revival of un-served and under-served airports.

“In order to implement the scheme, a proposal has been submitted to Ministry of Finance for making a budgetary provision of Rs 4,650 crores (approx.) to revive a total of 50 such airports, airstrips,” the minister informed Parliament on July 19, 2016.

Currently, the country has about 75 operational airports. However, there are 17 under-served airports and 407 un-served airstrips in the country.

An under-served airport is defined as an airport which has no more than seven scheduled commercial flight departures per week, whereas an un-served airport or airstrip is the one which has not even received a single scheduled commercial service during the last two flight schedules.

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Delhi HC to hear plea seeking SIT probe on violence in North-East Delhi

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New Delhi, Feb 26: Delhi High Court on Wednesday set to hear three matters including setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) to inquire into the incident of violence in North-East Delhi and compensation for those killed and injured in the violence.

Third matter is action against several political leaders for allegedly inciting violence through their hate speeches.
In second matter court to hear a plea of School and students regarding the change the centre of board exams from violence-hit Chandu Nagar (Karawal Nagar) to another.

This petition most likely to get disposed of or get infructious as CBSE has already late evening of Tuesday has postpone the board exam date of more than 80 schools related to violence hit areas of north east delhi.
Thirdly court to hear an another plea also seeking safe passage of injured victims of violence in New Delhi to medical institutions with adequate facilities. Midnight hearing also took place before Justices S. Muralidhar and Anup J. Bhambhani of the Delhi High Court regarding this.

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Death certificate wishes ‘bright future’ to deceased

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Unnao (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 26 Ever heard of someone wishing a ‘bright future’ for the dead? In a bizarre incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, a village head issued a death certificate with the wish for an elderly man who had died last month.

The incident took place in the Sirwariya village in Asoha block where an elderly person Laxmi Shankar died after a prolonged illness on January 22.

His son went to the village head Babulal and requested him to issue a death certificate that he needed for some financial transactions.

Babulal not only issued the death certificate, but also ‘wished’ ‘a bright future for the deceased’ on the document.

The village head wrote in the death certificate — “Main inke ujjwal bhavishya ki kaamna karta hoon (I wish him a bright future).”

The letter went viral on the social media on Monday after which the village head apologised for the error and issued a new death certificate.

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CWC meeting held on Delhi violence , statement to be issued soon

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New Delhi, Feb 26 The crucial Congress Working Committee meeting was held at AICC headquarters in the national capital to discuss the social and political implications of the ongoing violence in North-East Delhi and to pay homage to the memory of those killed in rioting .

The CWC is likely to issue a comprehensive statement on the Delhi violence.

The meeting is chaired by interim chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi is abroad but the speculationa rae rife that he will be heading the party soon with full active role.

Party leaders observed silence for two minutes as they remembered all those who lost their lives in violent clashes in Delhi since February 23 over the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Randeep Surjewala tweeted: “CWC observes silence in memory of those who have lost their precious lives in #DelhiRiots!”

The party will take out a ‘Sadhbhawna March’ highlighting communal harmony. It will go up to the 30 January Marg where Mahatma Gandhi was martyred.

The Congress on Tuesday appealed for peace and said that every Congress worker will help to maintain peace here, even as the riots toll rose to 17 in four days.

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