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Union Urban Development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced the list of 98 cities nominated for the Smart City Mission, saying a population of 13 crore across these cities will be covered under the initiative.

“There are 13 cities from Uttar Pradesh, 12 from Tamil Nadu, 10 from Maharashtra, seven from Madhya Pradesh, three each from Bihar and Andhra Pradesh included in the list,” Naidu told media persons at an interaction here.

“Smart cities need smart people. We need people’s co-operation to move forward in our mission,” he added.
The central government proposes to give financial support to the extent of Rs.48,000 crore to these cities over the next five years, Naidu said.

“Around 13 crore population across 98 cities will be covered under the Smart City Mission. Making them smart will make them engines of economic growth besides giving decent life to the citizens,” he said.

Nine capital cities that were not nominated for the mission include Itanagar, Patna, Shimla, Bengaluru and Kolkata.
The minister said the prime motive of the initiative was to enhance urban life. “The mission is very practical and realistic,” he added.

(IANS)

 

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Don’t forget 1971 Bangladesh War: M. Venkaiah Naidu warns Pakistan for “Aiding and Abetting Terror”

According to Naidu, "Our neighbour should understand that aiding and abetting terror will not help them, they should recall what happened in 1971... Terrorism is the enemy of humanity, it has no religion."

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NDA's Vice Presidential candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday reminded Pakistan not to forget what happened in 1971. Wikimedia
  • NDA’s Vice Presidential candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday reminded Pakistan not to forget what happened in 1971 in a reference to the Bangladesh War
  • Naidu also criticized Pakistan for “mixing terrorism with religion” as its state policy
  • The former Union Minister asserted that Kashmir is an integral part of India and “not an inch” of it will be ceded

New Delhi, July 23, 2017:  Hitting out at Pakistan for “aiding and abetting terror”, NDA’s Vice Presidential candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday reminded it not to forget what happened in 1971 in a reference to the Bangladesh War in which it faced a humiliating defeat.

Naidu was addressing the annual Kargil Parakram Parade here, held in remembrance of soldiers killed in a war with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kargil sector in 1999.

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“Our neighbour should understand that aiding and abetting terror will not help them, they should recall what happened in 1971… Terrorism is the enemy of humanity, it has no religion,” he said.

Criticising Pakistan for “mixing terrorism with religion” as its state policy, the former Union Minister asserted that Kashmir is an integral part of India and “not an inch” of it will be ceded.

He also urged Pakistan to shun the path of confrontation.

“We are a peace loving people. We never attacked any country. We don’t want war, we don’t want confrontation. We want to have peace and good relations with our neighbours, but they should also reciprocate,” Naidu said. (IANS)

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Union Budget Session to commence on February 29

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New Delhi: The capital will witness the onset of Budget Session of the Parliament on February 23. The joint session will be addressed by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The railway budget will be presented on February 25 while the Union Budget will be presented on February 29.

The meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) saw the decision being taken in this regard. The Union home minister Rajnath Singh headed the meeting.

The first session will end on March 16. The second session will start from April 25 and end on May 13.

The session will see the government pushing its legislative agenda this time as well, just they did in the last two sessions.

The Opposition will be seen raising a number of issues in this budget session, including the ongoing crisis in J&K. Moreover, the PhD scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide case and the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh will also be seen getting discussed.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president held a meeting to chalk out the party’s strategy to be adopted in the Budget session. The party’s core committee members on parliamentary affairs attended the meeting.

The government blames the Opposition of turning out to be a hindrance in the House proceedings and significant legislations.

M Venkaiah Naidu, desiring to seek advice on the Budget Session, invited several political parties for an informal meeting later in the day. M Venkaiah Naidu is the Union parliamentary affairs minister. (Inputs from Agencies)

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Venkaiah Naidu blames Congress for finding reasons to disrupt parliament

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Hyderabad: Reiterating that the Narendra Modi government has nothing to do with the National Herald case, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said the Congress party was inventing reasons to disrupt parliament.

He told reporters here that it has become a habit of the Congress to stall parliament on some issue or the other.

“They don’t know what they are doing and for what they are striking. They are inventing reasons for disrupting parliament,” he said.

Claiming that the country is making progress under Modi’s leadership, Naidu said the opposition party was unable to digest this and hence was stalling key bills in parliament.

Naidu advised the Congress not to bring court matters on the roads. He said the political parties should guide people and provide leadership but taking out processions over court summons and burning effigies of the Prime Minister amounts to insulting courts. He described it an indirect pressure on the judiciary.

He also wondered how the bail granted on Saturday by a Delhi court to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case could be celebrated as a victory.

The central minister said Modi had nothing to do with the case as it was filed in 2012 when Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister.

Naidu recalled that when Modi as Chief Minister of Gujarat received a summon by Special Investigation Team, he appeared before SIT without any procession and disruption in either parliament or in Gujarat assembly.

“The Congress party says that the government is targeting opponents, but people know who targeted opponents, murdered democracy, sent lakhs of people to jails and muzzled the voice of press,” he said, adding that Congress has no right to criticize the government.

Naidu also flayed the Aam Admi Party (AAP) for making baseless allegations against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to divert people’s attention from the charges they are facing.

“Arun Jaitley is the most popular, dynamic, honest and capable minister with most impeccable character,” he said.(IANS)