T H E H E A R T B E A T O F T H E I N D I A N C O M M U N I T Y
MCI (P) 043/09/2017
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Women go on camel safari
expedition to raise awareness
A FEMALE safari contingent
comprising personnel from the
Indian Border Security Force and
Indian Air Force were on a mission
(right) to raise awareness on gender
discrimination and the Beti Bachao
Beti Padhao abhiyan (a campaign
that aims to improve the efficiency
of welfare services intended for
girls in India).
The 1,400km-expedition started
from Barmer, Rajasthan, on Aug 15
and ended at the Wagah border on
The women squad travelled to
villages and hamlets on 20 camels,
spreading the message of female
They also inspired people to
send their daughters to uniformed
Delhi’s monkeys may be
sterilised, get IDs
DELHI may witness its first scien-
tific sterilisation programme for
monkeys to tackle their growing
population along with the issu-
ance of unique identifications, said
animal welfare organisation Wildlife
It is awaiting a nod from the
Delhi High Court when it hears the
matter on Nov 7.
Once it receives the go ahead,
Wildlife SOS will launch a survey to
identify troops of monkeys across
the national capital and tag them
to give each one a unique identity
number to avoid overlapping of
vaccination or sterilisation.
It will also establish a dedicated
monkey hotline to understand and
document which areas have major
President launches Adopt a
INDIAN President Ram Nath Kov-
ind has launched the Adopt a Heri-
tage initiative, under which heritage
sites will be entrusted to public and
private enterprises and individuals
The initiative, launched along
with the Incredible India 2.0 cam-
paign, is an attempt to boost tour-
ism with a “greater focus on digital
presence and social media”.
Under the Adopt a Heritage
project, those entrusted with the
development of tourist amenities at
the adopted sites will be known as
Get your marriage certificate
online now in Bengaluru
COUPLES no longer need to make
a trip to the sub-registrar’s office to
get their marriage registered.
They can now apply and print
their marriage certificate online in
the comfort of their homes.
The Karnataka’s stamps and reg-
istration department has launched a
dedicated portal for this purpose.
It will introduce the new system
in Bengaluru first before rolling it
out to the rest of the state by the
end of the year.
Kochi Metro’s first phase
becomes fully operational
THE first phase of Kochi Metro has
became fully operational with the
inauguration of the second stretch
of the 18km route by Urban De-
velopment Minister Hardeep Singh
Puri and Kerala Chief Minister
The first 13km stretch was inau-
gurated in June by Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi.
Kochi Metro authorities expects
the daily traffic to double and see
around 60,000 passengers with the
new stretch getting operational.
encourages night life
MANIPUR Chief Minister N. Biren
Singh has inaugurated a night
plaza, known as Imphal Evening, in
the heart of Imphal city, encourag-
ing people to “relish tasty food,
enjoy cultural shows and colourful
It will be open on Saturdays and
Sundays until 10pm.
Mr Singh said it will be a smoke-
free zone and there will be strict
prohibition of alcohol.
With the establishment of the
plaza, he said the government is
trying to give everyone a chance
to spend the weekend in a relaxing
manner after days of hard work.
New proposed rules to check
on tipsy air crew
INDIA’S Directorate General of
Civil Aviation has proposed to
introduce pre-flight breath analyser
tests for pilots and cabin crew at
transit points if they leave the
plane to go to the terminal building
before coming back for the next leg
of the flight.
The strict rules also include
grounding the crew as soon as they
land if they worked on the flight
but skipped the breath analyser
If a pilot or crew member fails the
test, his licence may be suspended
for four years under the proposed
Yamuna river becomes polluted
from idol immersion
THE Yamuna river is filled with dirt
as devotees immersed idols, made
from non-biodegradable material,
after the 10-day celebration of
Durga Puja and Dussehra (below).
This raises an alarm as the
National Green Tribunal had
banned the immersion procession
two years ago.
The river was already covered in
half-melted pieces of Ganesh idols
after September’s procession of
Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
The National Green Tribunal has
asked the Delhi government to
submit a report on the state of the
river after the immersion of Ganesh
and Durga idols.
Doing business in Maharashtra
Engaging session...Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis (left) and Ambassador
Gopinath Pillai at the ISAS lecture.
State’s chief minister says new acquisition model has helped smooth land deals for key projects
minister Devendra Fadna-
vis is keen to keep his state
ahead of the curve when it comes
to doing business.
He said a “war room” approach
of assembling relevant authorities
at timely intervals for speedy and
efficient decision-making is criti-
cal to the success of infrastructure
He cited the Mumbai Metro,
Trans Harbour Link and a super
expressway as projects that had
benefited from this administrative
streamlining by his office.
Mr Fadnavis, who was in Singa-
pore on a two-day visit, said this
while addressing an audience of
200 at the ISAS-CII Lecture on
Infrastructure-led Growth: Maha-
rashtra – India’s Engine of Devel-
opment, on Sept 28.
He was here as the 57th Lee
Kuan Yew Exchange Fellow.
In his address he focused on
three key areas, namely agricul-
ture, ease of doing business and
Mr Fadnavis explained that the
adoption of a “consent land ac-
quisition” model has helped in
obtaining land in a smooth manner
MAHARASHTRA chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told the
media in Singapore that his government will collaborate with
Changi aiport to build a new airport in Pune.
He said there is demand for air connectivity to Pune from
Singapore and with the city becoming an IT hub the current
defence airport is not sufficient to meet the needs of airlines.
Mr Fadnavis, who was in Singapore for a two-day visit from
Sept 28, said he has also asked Changi to be a partner in the
upgrade of the Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in
He said he saw great potential in Nagpur as it is located in
the centre of India and with a uniform GST kicking in, the
city could grow into a large logistics hub.
The Maharashtra Airport Development Company Ltd and
Changi Airports International Pte Ltd will explore the setting
up of special purpose vehicles and further investments in
During his visit, Mr Fadnavis met Prime Minister Lee Hsien
Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
He and his delegation also held discussions with a number
of Singapore business groups, including Surbana Jurong.
New airport for Pune
of India to
for key projects.
Under this model, the Maha-
rashtra government offers farm-
ers remuneration worth several
times the value of their land.
Mr Fadnavis’ address was fol-
lowed by an active discussion
with the audience.
The issues raised ranged from
tackling waste and frequent
flooding, slum redevelopment
and conservation of heritage
sites to aviation opportunities,
port development and adminis-
Chairing the session, Ambas-
sador-at-Large Gopinath Pil-
lai, chairman of the Institute of
South Asian Studies (ISAS) at
the National University of Sin-
gapore, shared his 30-year expe-
rience of doing business in India.
“States like Maharashtra, in
particular, are taking the lead
in reforming business conditions
and reducing costs for investors.
If Maharashtra can hasten its ef-
forts in this regard, and if other
states in India can learn from
these examples, then the invest-
ment conditions in India would
vastly improve,” said Ambassa-
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