Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter


×



By Newsgram Staff Writer

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government is planning to introduce a bill that will strengthen the waterways in the country. “A bill for declaration of 101 waterways as National Waterways would be introduced in the current Session of the Parliament,” Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

Speaking at the meeting of Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Shipping here today, Gadkari said that development of waterways found feasible for navigation would commence from 2016-17.

He added that multimodal hubs, as proposed at Varanasi and Sahibganj, would give boost to industry, employment generation and GDP growth.

“There is a proposal to establish a multimodal grid with road and, wherever possible, rail and port connectivity with river terminals on the existing National Waterways and Barak river. Government has already approved the Jal Marg Vikas (NW-I) which is a component of this grid,” the Shipping Minister said.

Presenting the profile of Vision 2020 for coastal shipping in India, the Minister said that development of cruise and coastal tourism would be brought into focus. The other features of the vision include coastal shipping as part of end-to-end logistics chain, integration of inland waterways with coastal roads and development of regional centers of coastal cargo, he added.


Popular

wikimedia commons

Tenali Raman, courtier to Krishnadevaraya (A portrait)


Tenali Ramakrishna, or Tenali Raman as he is more popularly known is Birbal's equivalent in South India. A court jester and a scholar exuding great wisdom, Tenali Raman was known as one of the greatest courtiers in King Krishnadevaraya's court.

Keep Reading Show less
Photo by Pixabay

Battle at Lanka as mentioned in the Ramayana

It must be noted that different religions and societies in Southeast Asia have alternative narratives of Ramayana, one of the greatest epic.

Here are some of the versions of Ramayana!

Keep Reading Show less
Virendra Singh Gosain, Hindustan Times

Hijras are a community of people who include eunuchs, intersex, and transgender people

When a baby is born in an Indian household-they invite hijra to shower the newborn with their blessings for their blessings confer fertility, prosperity, and long life on the child. But when that child grows up we teach them to avert their eyes when a group of hijras passes by, we pass on the behaviour of treating hijras as lesser humans to our children. Whenever a child raises a question related to gender identity or sexuality they are shushed down. We're taught to believe that anything "deviant" and outside of traditional cis-heteronormativity is something to be ashamed of. This mentality raises anxious, scared queer adults who're ashamed of their own identity, and adults who bully people for "queer behaviour".

Hijras are a community of people who include eunuchs, intersex, and transgender people. They worship the Hindu goddess of chastity and fertility, Bahuchara Mata. Most hijras, but not all, choose to undergo a castration ceremony known as "nirvana" in which they remove their male genitalia as an offering to their goddess. The whole community is vibrant with hundreds of people with hundreds of ways of expression, the true identity of a hijra is complex and unique to each individual. In India, hijras prefer to refer to themselves as Kinner/Kinnar as it means the mythological beings who excel at singing and dancing.

Keep reading... Show less