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  • PM Narendra Modi today commissioned India’s largest indigenously built warship, INS Kolkata, at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Defence minister Arun Jaitley along with chief of naval staff Admiral RK Dhowan were present during the ceremony. The ship is constructed by the Mazagon Dockyards Limited and has been designed by Navy's design bureau. The ship, weighing 6,800 tonne, is a technology demonstrator and will project a giant leap in shipbuilding technology. While addressing the sailors, Modi said, “INS Kolkata is entirely built in India and it is a symbol of self-reliance. No country will dare to challenge India after commissioning of INS Kolkata. It will boost the confidence of the armed forces and inspire youth at the same time”.
  • BJP President Amit Shah today announced his new team. Some of the promoinent names include Ram Madhav, J.P. Nadda and B.S. Yeddyurappa. While J. P. Nadda was made the general secretary from Himachal Pradesh, former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa is assigned the post of one of the vice-presidents. Ram Madhav and Rajeev Pratap Rudy have been made general secretary for Andhra Pradesh and Bihar respectively. Similarly, women's wing leader Saroj Pandey is the general secretary from Chhattisgarh. However, Varun Gandhi was dropped from the team.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee today greeted the people and the government of Indonesia on the occasion of their national day. In his message addressing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, he said, “On behalf of the government and the people of India and on my own behalf, I have the pleasure to extend warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the government and friendly people of Indonesia on your national day. I take this opportunity to share my satisfaction at the growing strategic partnership between our two countries and our close cooperation on strategic, defence and security, economic, cultural and people-to-people exchanges and regional issues”.
  • The left parties criticised PM’s maiden Independence Day speech. CPI(M) questioned the announcement of abolishing the Planning Commission. CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said, “There is a lot of gap between the walk and the talk. Always these yojnas (schemes) are implemented by the Planning Commission. Now you (Modi) said you will dismantle it. So who is going to do it (implement schemes) and who is going to monitor it”. CPI general secretary D. Raja said, “The Prime Minister, while attacking poverty, did not talk about empowering people in the proper sense... about the responsibility of the government in fighting inflation, unearthing black money”.
  • India’s foreign exchange reserves declined by $643.3 million because of a sharp fall in the currency assets for the week closed August 8. The foreign currency assets had plunged by $1.09 billion for the previous week. The RBI said that foreign currency assets include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US currencies held in reserve.
  • PM Narendra Modi today announced an ambitious ‘Sagarmala’ project for the maritime states. This project is expected to become “gateway to India’s prosperity”. He said, “The development of India's ports is directly linked to creation of job opportunities, boosting industrial development, increasing exports, and resulting in the overall improvement in the economy”. The PM was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Rs. 6000 crore special economic zone (SEZ) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).
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Last Updated on August 16, 2014, 5:41 pm