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Modi lays foundation stone for Andhra capital Amaravati

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Vijayawada: History was made in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying the foundation stone for new state capital Amaravati near here.

Amid chanting of Vedic hymns by priests, Modi along with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu performed ‘puja’ and the associated rituals to formally lay the foundation stone of what is being promised a ‘world-class’ and ‘people’s capital’.

Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah, Assam and Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Acharya, central ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Ashok Gajapathi Raju Nirmala Sitaraman, Y S Chowdary and Bandaru Dattatreya also participated in the rituals.

Japan’s State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Yosuke Takagi and Singapore’s Second Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran also participated in the ceremony watched by thousands of people.

The prime minister unveiled a pylon. He flew intoin Guntur district in a helicopter from Gannavarm Airport in Vijayawada, where he arrived by a special aircraft from New Delhi.

Naidu and central ministers received Modi at the airport. Modi was greeted by Naidu’s wife Bhuvaneswari, son N Lokesh and daughter-in-law Brahmani when he reached the venue.

The prime minister went around Amaravati Pavilion, a special exhibition arranged to highlight the glorious dynasty of Amaravati and the plans to develop the world-class capital.

(IANS)

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Andhra Government to Give Free Smartphones to 1.4 Crore Women

1.4 crore women in Andhra to get free smartphones

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The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to give free smartphones to all members of women’s self-help groups in the state to enable them to avail various government services on digital platform.

The state has around 1.4 crore members in Development of Women and Children in Rural Area (DWCRA) groups, popularly known as the women’s self-help groups.

The phones will have Android operating system and will come with a sim card with required speed, unlimited calls, daily 50 SMSes and 1 GB data.

K. Vijayanand, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, on Wednesday said Andhra Pradesh Technology Service will be the nodal agency for procurement of the phones.

A procurement committee will announce guidelines for the same.

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Smartphone by OnePlus. Flickr

A technical committee will be framing guidelines to distribute the phones.

The Internet is expected to increase the reach of citizen services being provided by the government. He said the move would help bridging the digital divide.

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The government is providing citizen services under various platforms like E-Pragati, Mee Seva, Yuva Nestam and Real Time Governance. There is also a toll-free number 1100 to lodge complaints.

There are already 900 web-based and 100 mobile applications available to provide various services to the people. (IANS)