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Delhi confidential: Coconut Offer
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Delhi confidential: Coconut Offer

AN INFORMAL chat between Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ahead of the official discussions at the former’s office on Wednesday triggered curiosity among officials from the state as well as Ministry of Transport and Highways. As Vijayan and his team arrived, Gadkari asked the officials from both sides to leave him, the CM and CPM Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas alone in his room. The chat went on for a long time. Sources said Gadkari and Vijayan exchanged health tips on Covid. Gadkari said a herbal medicine expert from Nagpur has advised Covid patients to drink a mix of orange juice and tender coconut water for speedy recovery. When he said he too has started having tender coconut water twice a day, the Kerala leaders offered to have fresh...
Length of four-lane highways or above doubled in 10 years | India News – Times of India
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Length of four-lane highways or above doubled in 10 years | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The total length of 4-lane or above NH stretches has more than doubled in the past 10 years and maximum growth has been recorded between 2018 and 2021 when 9,000 km of NH was expanded to this category, official data shows. The share of NH stretches that are less than two-lane has fallen, indicating that sharper focus on building wider highways is yielding results. As per official data, the total length of single-lane highway as on May 31 was 29,693 km, which was 21% of the entire 1.39 lakh km NH network compared to 29% in 2018. It also shows that there has been a significant increase in the length of twolane or two-and-a-half lane NHs in recent years. But the most significant increase has been in the segment of four-lanes and above. Data also show that while the annual averag...
Mumbai Confidential: Rane Sets The Pace
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Mumbai Confidential: Rane Sets The Pace

Narayan Rane has been cracking the whip immediately after taking charge of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). He has told his staff that no one can take leave without seeking his permission. He also asked bureaucrats to submit a status report on MSMEs within 48 hours. Even as the chief minister of the Sena-BJP government in Maharashtra in the 1990s, and later as minister of revenue and industry in the Congress-NCP government, he had the reputation of a tough taskmaster. Gadkari Minus One With the cabinet expansion, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari now has just the one portfolio of roads, transport and highways. The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, which was his additional responsibility until last week, has now gone to Narayan Rane, the ...
PM Modi’s Core Team: Old Guards Rajnath, Sitharaman, Gadkari Hold Portfolios
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PM Modi’s Core Team: Old Guards Rajnath, Sitharaman, Gadkari Hold Portfolios

Modi Cabinet Reshuffle: Even as Modi government 2.0, in its first-ever cabinet expansion, inducted 43 new ministers on Wednesday, there are some old guards who have retained their portfolios in the massive overhaul. Soon after Union Ministers and Ministers of State (MoS) took oath at Delhi's Darbar Hall, Centre announced portfolios of the leaders with some significant reshuffle.The day witnessed resignations of as many as seven cabinet heavyweights in one fell swoop. The hotbed rejigs in the Narendra Modi cabinet led to the axing of several veteran ministers holding key portfolios.ALSO READ | Portfolios Announced: Mansukh Mandaviya Gets Health, Scindia Bags Civil AviationMeanwhile, what was noteworthy was the fact that some stalwart Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leade...
Govt brings retail, wholesale trade under MSME – Times of India
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Govt brings retail, wholesale trade under MSME – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Four years after excluding it from the micro, small and medium enterprises segment, the government on Friday reinstated retail and wholesale trade in the category, making entities eligible for priority sector funding and special liquidity scheme from banks. The move, which MSME minister Nitin Gadkari said would benefit 2.5 crore enterprises, came after months of inter-ministerial wrangling, which saw several wings of the government pass the buck on one another, and even the Reserve Bank of India refused to play ball until the government reworked its rules. In fact, at one point in time, agencies within the government had argued that retail and wholesale trade were not “services”, although they were categorised within that bracket globally as well as in India. This was despite...
‘Need Different System To Specialize In Plantation’: Gadkari Regrets Lack Of Green Near Highways
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‘Need Different System To Specialize In Plantation’: Gadkari Regrets Lack Of Green Near Highways

New Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has expressed his displeasure at NHAI for not being able to make national highways greener on Wednesday. He said not even a single highway road is perfect as far as green plantation is concerned. While addressing a virtual event organised by IIT Tirupati, the minister also wondered how can an expert on road construction also be an expert on tree plantation.ALSO READ: Twitter 'Concerned For Safety Of Staff In India', Seeks 3 Months Extension To Comply With New IT Rules"Mr Pandey is there, I am seeing all national highway roads. He cannot show me a single road where good plantation is there; where good species are there. Totally negligent," Gadkari was quoted as saying by PTI. Nitin Gadkari had launched a mobile app 'Harit Path' ...
Nitin Gadkari: More firms should get licences for vaccines
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Nitin Gadkari: More firms should get licences for vaccines

With the Government facing criticism over a crippling shortage of Covid vaccines, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said Tuesday that more domestic companies should be given the licence to manufacture these vaccines and life-saving drugs to tackle the pandemic. He also sought “better arrangements” for cremations and expressed dismay over the loss of lives due to lack of oxygen in hospitals. “If the demand for the vaccine is more than supply then it creates a problem. So, instead of one company, let 10 more companies be given the license to manufacture the vaccine. First let them supply in the country and later if there is surplus, they may export,” Gadkari said in a virtual address to vice chancellors of universities. “There are two-three laboratories in every state. Let them ma...