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PM Modi Interacts With Indian Contingent Bound For CWG

PM Modi Interacts With Indian Contingent Bound For CWG

As a part of his continuous endeavour to uplift the morale of Indian athletes, PM Modi, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, interacted with the Indian contingent bound for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 via video conferencing. During his interaction, he guided the athletes to put extra effort into their performance. He cited: “Main bas yahi kahunga ki jee bhar ke kheliyega, jam kar kheliyega, puri taqat se kheliyega aur bina kisi tension ke kheliyega”.

In his address, the PM also aspired to see the hosted national flag with the national song playing in the background. PM Modi’s interaction with the Indian athletes is a part of his continuous endeavour to motivate athletes ahead of their participation in major sporting events.

The Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 is scheduled to be held in Birmingham from July 28 till August 8. This year a total of 215 athletes will participate in 141 events across 19 sporting disciplines in the CWG 2022.

Sri Lankan Leaders Appeals To PM Modi To Keep Supporting The Island Nation

Just ahead of Presidential Elections in Sri Lanka, Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa has requested India to keep supporting the island nation in its critical times. In a tweet from his official Twitter handle, Mr Premdasa, the leader of Sri Lanka’s Opposition party Samagi Jana Balawegya, stated: “Irrespective of who becomes the President of Sri Lanka tomorrow it is my humble and earnest request to Hon. PM Shri @narendramodi, to all the political parties of India and to the people of India to keep helping mother Lanka and it’s people to come out of this disaster,”

 Sri Lanka is facing one of the worst economic crisis of its history, with its 22 million people experiencing trouble due to severe shortages of food and fuel, among other essentials.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 20,557 New Cases, Recovery Rate At 98.47%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 20,557  new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 1,45,654. Meanwhile, the nation has registered 18,517 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 4,31,32,140. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 4.13% and 4.64%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 87.06 crore Covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 200.61 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive, out of which 92.71 crore and 6.11 crore are second doses and precautionary doses, respectively.

EIA Rules Amendment: Projects Near LAC Won’t Require Green Nod

Recently, the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) have notified amendments to the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Rules. As per the amendments, the highway projects of strategic and defence importance, which are 100 km from the Line of Control, and Line of Actual Control, among other locations, will not require environmental clearance before construction.

For the unversed, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process of evaluating the likely environmental impacts of proposed infrastructural projects. This assessment also considers other factors, including human health and socioeconomic impact on the community living in the proposed site.

The amendment to the rules was necessary because the Indian side has poor road connectivity with its borders on all of its sides. Due to the inadequate road infrastructure, the Indian forces face difficulty in reaching strategic positions in times of conflict. The recent standoff between the two sides was one of the outcomes of poor road infrastructure in bordering states.

In contrast to the Indian side, the Chinese side has not only established villages near the LAC but also established good connectivity channels with the mainland. Following this pattern, the Chinese side has constructed roads to connect the newly established village in Doklam, the 2017 site of the Sino-India border standoff, with the mainland.

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