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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to six projects (10 packages)  of a total length of 712 kilometres and a total cost of Rs. 12,646 crore were approved  under various phases of National Highways Development Project.

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The list of packages is as follows:

S. No Name of the project State NH No. Programme Length (km) TCC (Rs. Core) approx Mode
1 Ghaghra Bridge-Varanasi (Package-II) U.P NH-233 NHDP-IV 59.947 1138 EPC
2 Ghaghra Bridge-Varanasi (Package-III) U.P NH-233 NHDP-IV 59.07 1157 EPC
3 Rewa-Katni-Jabalpur (Package-I) M.P 7 NHDP-IV 69.19 1032 EPC
4 Rewa-Katni-Jabalpur (Package-II) M.P 7 NHDP-IV 69.07 1034 EPC
5 Rewa-Katni-Jabalpur (Package-IV) M.P 7 NHDP-IV 68.26 1035 EPC
6 Jabalpur-Lakhnadon M.P 7 NHDP-IV 80.82 1244 EPC
7 Baharagora-Singhara Odisha 6 NHDP-IV 111.606 1283 EPC
8 Parwanoo-Shimla Himachal Pradesh NH-22 NHDP-III 39.139 1247 EPC
9 Ghoshpukur-Salasbari (Package-I) West Bengal NH-31 D NHDP-II 83.785 1755 EPC
10 Ghoshpukur-Salasbari (Package-II) West Bengal NH-31 D NHDP-II 71.069 1721 EPC
Total 711.956 12646

 

 

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A spokesman for Wickremesinghe said he was expected to form a Cabinet in the coming days, with priority given to the 2019 budget

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Sri Lanka's ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe looks on during a parliament session in Colombo, Dec. 12, 2018. On Sunday he was reinstated as prime minister, ending a political crisis.

Sri Lanka’s sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated Sunday, his party said, ending a 51-day crisis that had paralyzed the island nation and pushed it toward debt default.

The 69-year-old leader was sworn in by President Maithripala Sirisena, who sacked him Oct. 26 and triggered a power struggle that brought the country’s government to a standstill.

Wickremesinghe had refused to step aside since being sacked and replaced by former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Power struggle won

Sri Lanka had drifted without a functioning government for nearly two months as the rival factions jostled for power in parliament and the courts.

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Supporters of ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe celebrate outside the supreme court complex in Colombo. VOA

Sirisena had vowed to never reappoint Wickremesinghe, who he publicly castigated in speeches in recent weeks, as prime minister under his watch.

The acrimony between the two was underscored Sunday when Sirisena barred journalists from attending the swearing-in ceremony, leaving it to Wickremesinghe’s legislators to announce the appointment.

“We thank the citizens of the country who fought the illegal seizure of power and ensured that democracy was restored,” his United National Party of Sri Lanka posted on Twitter

President’s appointee failed

Rajapaksa, Sirisena’s appointee, was unable to govern, failing many times to muster a majority in parliament.

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Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa gestures as he arrives for a meeting with his supporting lawmakers at the parliamentary complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 29, 2018. VOA

He was defeated six times on the floor of the legislature before being forced to step down Saturday.

Sirisena suffered a huge setback when the highest court in the country ruled last week that he acted outside the constitution when he sacked parliament in early November.

The court also confirmed Friday that Rajapaksa and his purported Cabinet could not exercise the powers of the office they held.

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A spokesman for Wickremesinghe said he was expected to form a Cabinet in the coming days, with priority given to the 2019 budget, without which foreign debt servicing may not be possible.

Sri Lanka had been braced for a government shutdown as parliament failed to approve spending for 2019, and ratings agencies downgraded the country’s credit rating amid fears of a sovereign debt default. (VOA)