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Jaswant Singh passes away at 82

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Former Union minister Jaswant Singh died on Sunday morning in Delhi. He was 82. A key member of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance government, Singh had been hospitalised in late June this year at the Army Research and Referral Hospital. He had been ill since falling at his home in 2014.

Jaswant Singh had served as finance minister, external affairs minister and defence minister. An Army officer, Singh, who hailed from Rajasthan, resigned from the force to follow a political career. He was a key member of the BJP when the party re-formed after the collapse of the Janata Party and the government in the late 1970s.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the passing of Singh. He said Singh had given his best years to the country both in politics and as a soldier.

The hospital issued a statement saying, “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Honourable Major Jaswant Singh (Retired), former Cabinet Minister of government of India at 0655 hours on 27 September 2020. He was admitted on 25 June 2020 and being treated for Sepsis with Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome and effects of Severe Head Injury old (Optd) had a Cardiac arrest this morning.”

 Several union ministers condoled the death, including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister Smriti Irani. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also expressed his grief at the passing of the suave, urbane leader.

In his rocky late political career, Jaswant Singh had been expelled from the BJP in 2009 for his book on Muhammad Ali Jinnah which praised the founder of Pakistan. Though he rejoined the party the next year, he was again expelled in 2014 for contesting against the official BJP candidate from Barmer as an independent. His son, Manvendra Singh, is now in the Congress and was Lok Sabha MP from Barmer.

Singh’s veteran colleagues LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will be back in the limelight this Wednesday when the order in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case will be announced. The special judge has summoned the leaders, and Uma Bharati, to be present.

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Asian Games 2023: Indian Men’s Hockey team thrash Uzbekistan 16-0 in opener

The Indian team completely trashed their opponent Uzbekistan. Mandeep Singh snatched the limelight with a hat-trick while Lalit Upadhyay and Varun Kumar scored 4 goals each in the Asian Games.

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In the Asian Games 2023, the Indian Men’s Hockey team won the match against Uzbekistan with 16-0 in their opener on Sunday.

The Indian team completely trashed their opponent Uzbekistan. Mandeep Singh snatched the limelight with a hat-trick while Lalit Upadhyay and Varun Kumar scored 4 goals each in the Asian Games.

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Vande Bharat: PM Modi to inaugurate 9 new trains in 11 states today

Ashwini Vaishnaw, the minister of the railways, will also attend the inaugural ceremony. The 11 states will have faster connectivity thanks to these trains.

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Vande Bharat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today, nine Vande Bharat trains that connect tourist and religious sites in 11 states. There will be elections in three of the following states: Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala, Odisha, Jharkhand, and Gujarat.

The trains will be signalled off by the prime minister via video conference. Ashwini Vaishnaw, the minister of the railways, will also attend the inaugural ceremony. The 11 states will have faster connectivity thanks to these trains.

These trains are a step towards achieving the prime minister’s aim of enhancing connectivity throughout the nation and offering top-notch amenities to rail passengers, according to a statement from the government.

The Vande Bharat trains will be the fastest train along the routes of their operation, it continued, and will help save the passengers significant time.

Compared to the fastest train as of now on the routes, Vande Bharat trains will cut travel time between destinations by three hours in the Rourkela-Bhubaneswar-Puri and Kasaragod-Thiruvananthapuram routes; more than two and a half hours for Hyderabad-Bengaluru; more than two hours for Tirunelveli-Madurai-Chennai; about one hour for Ranchi-Howrah, Patna-Howrah and Jamnagar-Ahmedabad; about half an hour for between Udaipur and Jaipur.

The important religious towns of Puri and Madurai would be connected by the trains Rourkela-Bhubaneswar-Puri and Tirunelveli-Madurai-Chennai.

The Renigunta route will be used by the Vijayawada-Chennai Vande Bharat train, which would offer connectivity to Tirupati.

As the festival season approaches, it is anticipated that the new trains will offer a comfortable travel experience.

Before this fiscal year concludes the following year, Indian Railways also intends to introduce a sleeper version of the Vande Bharat and Vande Metro. According to railway authorities, the non-air conditioned push-pull variant of the semi-high speed train series, which will be introduced in October 2024, would feature 22 coaches and a locomotive.

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Video: PM Modi, CM Yogi attend cultural event at Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attended a cultural event at Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday evening attended a cultural event at Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre in Varanasi.

After laying the foundation stone of the International Cricket Stadium in Varanasi’s Ganjari, PM Modi and CM Yogi attended the cultural event where the artists were performing to celebrate the evening.

At the occasion of the International Cricket Stadium, the cricket fraternities were also witnessed including big names like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Madan Lal, Gundappa Viswanath, and Gopal Sharma.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath also interacted with school students after inaugurating the 16 Atal Awasiya Vidyalaya in Varanasi.

To provide the best quality education, 16 Atal Awasiya Vidyalaya, which is basically built for the children of labourers, construction workers and those orphaned due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was also inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The project has been developed at the cost of Rs 1,100 crore with an aim to make quality education accessible for these children and support their holistic development.

Every school under this scheme has been constructed in an area of 10-15 acres with a classroom, recreational area, sports grounds, mess, a mini auditorium, hotel complex, and residential flats for the staff members. Such facilities will help children get quality education.  

Addressing the event in Varanasi, PM Modi said that the portal of ‘Kashi Sansad Khel Pratiyogita’ was also launched. This is the beginning of new legacies in Kashi, he added.

PM Modi further added by saying even today, people from across the world come to Kashi to learn Sanskrit. Keeping that in mind, we inaugurated ‘Atal Awasiya Vidyalayas’ today, built at a cost of about Rs 1,100 crore, the Prime Minister said.

He also interacted with the people who helped in making the G20 Summit successful. PM Modi was listening to the concerns of people who served to achieve the successful completion of the G20 Summit.  

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