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Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday reviewed the pending railway projects in Andhra Pradesh through a video conference with Chief Secretary I.Y.R. Krishna Rao. The interaction took place under the PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation), the PM’s ambitious interactive platform which is aimed at monitoring and reviewing important program and projects.

The chief secretary briefed the prime minister of the proposed railway line between Nadikudi and Srikalahasthi, said a state government statement here. He informed Modi that the Andhra Pradesh government is proactively pursing with the railways to complete the project on time and willing to handover the acquired land. He also informed that compensatory forest land has also identified and joint inspection already been done by the state government and railway authorities.

Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mittal also briefed Modi about the project. He said total estimates were being prepared and tenders were to be finalized. He said all steps were being made to complete the project at the earliest within two years. In the railway budget for the current financial year, Rs.110 crore was sanctioned for Nadikudi-Srikalahasti line, spanning 308 km. The project is estimated to cost Rs. 2,452 crore. Appreciating the efforts made by the government of Andhra Pradesh, the prime minister suggested to the state to adopt the modern technology to complete the railway project within the estimated period.

(IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)

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