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Udan scheme round-II: Government receives 141 proposals for air routes

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New Delhi, Nov 14: The government on Tuesday said it has received 141 proposals from airlines and chopper companies to operate flight services under the second round of air regional connectivity — Udan scheme — that aims to connect unserved and under-served airports.

According to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju, 17 applicants, including airline and chopper companies, have sent their proposals for a total of 502 routes in the second phase of the scheme.

The government is expected to award the air routes by the latter part of December 2017.

In the first phase, contracts to five companies were awarded to operate flight services on 128 routes to 70 airports.

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In Kashmir, Hundreds Queue Up To Join the Army

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Baramulla, Feb 19 : Huge turnout was seen at an Army recruitment drive in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla against 111 vacancies on Tuesday.

Around 2500 Kashmiri youth participated in the recruitment rally of Indian Army following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.

While speaking to ANI, one of the Army aspirants said: “By joining Army, we can serve the nation and also protect our families and take care of them as we hardly have any employment opportunities in the Valley.”We cannot go outside Kashmir. This is a great opportunity for us. We wish that more vacancies are offered to us. If Kashmiri personnel will be deployed in the sensitive areas then they can talk to the people and deal with the ongoing crisis,” another applicant said.

Recently, there have been reports of harassment of students from the Valley in various states of India after the Pulwama terrorist attack.

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Stalin criticises PMK for alliance with AIADMK

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Stalin criticises PMK for alliance with AIADMK

Chennai, Feb 19 DMK President M.K. Stalin on Tuesday criticised the PMK for signing an electoral alliance with Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK for the Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing election booth agents of the party at Ambur in Vellore district, Stalin recalled that PMK founder S. Ramadoss had come out with a book on the “corrupt activities” of AIADMK leaders including late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and now his party has joined hands with the same AIADMK.

He wondered whether the PMK founder is not ashamed to enter into an electoral alliance with the AIADMK after dubbing it as corrupt.

On Tuesday, the AIADMK and PMK announced their electoral pact under which PMK will contest seven Lok Sabha constituencies and also get a Rajya Sabha seat in 2019.

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Indian armed forces ready for counter attack, says Sitharaman

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Nirmala Sitharaman

Bengaluru, Feb 19 The Indian armed forces were ready to counter-attack as their morale was high despite the terror blast in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, said Defence Minister Niramala Sitharaman on Tuesday.

“The response of all Indians to the terror attack in Pulwama has made our armed forces assert they were ready to retaliate against the enemy squarely,” Sitharaman told IANS here.

Clarifying that the terror attack on the Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) troops, in which 40 of them died had not affected the armed forces in any way, the Minister said they (jawans) were ready to do their job.

“The terror attack has not affected their morale at all. It is our duty to make their morale remain high. We are here to stand by them,” said Sitharaman at a press meet ahead of the biennial Aero India air show in this aerospace hub from Wednesday.

Noting that she would respond to the Pulwama attack after getting more information on it, the Minister said though India sent evidence to Pakistan on terror attacks in the country since terrorists from its side came to Mumbai on November 26, 2008, its government did not take any action against them.

“Since the Mumbai attack on November 26 2008, the previous (UPA) government had sent evidence to Pakistan, which did not take any action. Even our (NDA) government sent evidence of involvement of non-state actors but no action has been taken so far,” Sitharaman said.

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