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News of the day: PM inaugurates phase one of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, Maharashtra gets new Guv and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 12.02.23, 05:36 PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 246-km section of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway in Dausa on Sunday. The Delhi-Dausa-Lalsot stretch is set to reduce the travel time between the national capital and Jaipur considerably.

Modi said when the government invests in highway projects, ports, railways, optical fibre, and opens medical colleges, it gives strength to traders, small shopkeepers and industries. "Investment on infrastructure attracts more investment." Developed at a cost of more than Rs 12,150 crore, this first completed section of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will provide a major boost to the economic development of the entire region.

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The government on Sunday appointed six new faces as governors, including retired Supreme Court judge S Abdul Nazeer, who was part of the historic 2019 Ayodhya verdict, and four BJP leaders, besides carrying out a rejig of the gubernatorial posts in seven states.

According to a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson, President Droupadi Murmu has accepted the resignations of Bhagat Singh Koshyari and R K Mathur as the governor of Maharashtra and the lieutenant governor of Ladakh respectively.

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The Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday protested outside the BJP headquarters here, demanding a probe into the allegations of fraud against the Adani group in the Hindenburg research report.

The party's Delhi convener Gopal Rai said a joint parliamentary committee comprising members from various parties should probe the matter.

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A US F-22 fighter jet shot down an unidentified cylindrical object over Canada on Saturday, the second such shootdown in as many days, as North America appeared on heightened alert following a week-long Chinese spying balloon saga that drew the global spotlight.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first announced the shootdown over the Yukon territory in the country's north and said Canadian forces would recover and analyze the wreckage.

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Rescuers in Turkey have pulled more people from the rubble of Monday's earthquakes, but hopes were fading in Turkey and Syria that many more survivors would be found.

UN relief chief Martin Griffiths has said he expects the death toll to at least double, after he arrived in southern Turkey on Saturday to assess the quake's damage.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said Tripura is faced with the "triple trouble" of the Congress, CPI(M) and Tipra Motha in the ensuing assembly elections, and only a double-engine BJP government can protect the state from it.

Shah also said that the Left, which betrayed tribals for long in Tripura, is now projecting a tribal leader as the chief ministerial face to "dupe" people.

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Some women protesters were detained on Sunday after they allegedly threw red chilli powder on police personnel deployed during an anti-encroachment drive here, officials said.

Nearly 1,200 square metres of government land was reclaimed during the anti-encroachment drive in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park area on Friday, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) said in a statement on Saturday.

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Authorities in New Zealand on Sunday warned residents to hunker down and prepare an evacuation plan as Cyclone Gabrielle nears.

Winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour) are expected to hit the North Island on Sunday evening. The cyclone is also expected to dump around 250 millimeters (10 inches) of rain.

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A fire broke out in a three-storeyed old heritage building situated about 200 metres from the chief minister's official residence here in the early hours on Sunday.

The fire broke out at around 4:30 am after which fire tenders were rushed from Mall Road, Chhota Shimla, and Boileauganj fire stations. The fire was under control but not fully extinguished and was still smouldering, officials said.

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The Brit Awards wrapped up in London on Saturday night, with singer Harry Styles taking out four of the top accolades.

The former One Direction member won artist of the year. He also won album of the year with "Harry's House," song of the year with "As It Was," and best pop/R&B act.

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