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Major News and Events of 14 January 2017

What Happened on 14 January 2017


Madhya Pradesh: Ken-Betwa river link project gets green panel's nod

One of the most ambitious projects of the NDA government in Madhya Pradesh, the Rs 9,393 crore Ken-Betwa river interlinking project has received clearance from the green panel and Tribal Affairs ministry. The project will irrigate 6.35 lakh hectares and mitigate drinking water woes of Bundelkhand region.

In words of Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti, her office was working with NITI Aayog to finalise the investments for this project.

Having said that, the final clearance for this project is still awaited from the Union Minister of Environment and Forest, which takes into account the green panel EAC's recommendation.

In a meeting held on December 30, 2016, the environmental appraisal committee (EAC) had "duly considered" and "agreed" for the first phase of the project.

The project includes construction of a dam across river Ken in Chhatarpur district of MP. It aims to irrigate 6.35 lakh hectares of land, and serve portable water in region of Bundelkhand alongside generating 78 MW hydropower.

Of this, 3.69 lakh hectares will be covered in Chattarpur, Tikamgarh and Panna districts and the remaining 2.65 lakh hectares of area falls in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh's Mahoba, Banda and Jhansi districts.

The project, first mooted in the early 1980s, comprises two powerhouses of 2x30 MW and 3x6 MW each, two tunnels of 1.9 km long upper level, 1.1 km long tunnel lower level and a 221 km long Ken-Betwa link canal, proposed on the left bank of the river.

PV Sindhu beats Saina in Badminton League semifinal at Delhi

In a nail biting competition, PV Sindhu has overpowered Saina Nehwal as Chennai Smashers beat Awadhe Warriors at the second semifinal of Premier Badminton League in New Delhi on Friday. The semifinal held at the Siri Fort Auditorium, witnessed its most spectatcular match in form of the Sindhu-Nehwal trump match.

The Olympic silver medallist made a great start gaining a lead of two-point lead, but Nehwal, in no mood to let things go off easily, made a neck-to-neck race, before Sindhu scored four consecutive points to claim the first game.

Nehwal maintained her stance in the match given her body smashes that made her stay on Sindhu’s heels at 6-5.

In the second game, Saina tried her best to pave her way in by playing deep. But seems as if Sindhu was aware of what was coming up and held her nerve to win crucial points. At 6-5 in favour of Sindhu, the best point of the game was played. Both relentlessly tested each other in every aspect of their opponent’s game.

What seemed like a never-ending one, the 48-shot rally was finally put to an end with a cross court shot by Sindhu. The last time when both faced each other was at the Syed Modi International Grand Prix (2013) when Saina had an Olympic bronze and Sindhu was a rookie who could be easily intimidated.

Chennai finally got hold of the semi-final when Sindhu beat Nehwal by 11-7, 11-8. The finals will be held between Chennai Smashers and Mumbai Rockets. In the second semi-final Mumbai Rockets beat Hyderabad Hunters by 3-1. 

Maruti launches compact premium Ignis in New Delhi

Expanding its compact car portfolio, Maruti Suzuki drove in the Ignis premium hatchback in New Delhi. Being the second small car from Nexa, after the Baleno, the car is comes at ex-showroom price of Rs 4.6 lakh for the petrol variant and Rs 6.4 lakh for the diesel version(both in Delhi).

The Ignis has joined the league of compact cars in the company's line-up that includes Alto at the entry-level, and goes up to the Baleno including other models as WagonR, Celerio, Ritz and old warhorse Swift. Seventh one among compact cars, this model has been launched at a time when the company is already working to substantially upgrades some of its key models like Alto, Swift and WagonR.

In words of Maruti, the new car was developed with an investment of around Rs 950 crore. Also, the model is targeted at the ‘millennial youth’ or those less than 28 years of age. Asked whether this car will create cannibalisation within the company's existing portfolio, the Sales and marketing Director RS Kalsi shrugged off the possibilities by saying, Ignis is a unique car.

However, the market believes that Maruti is aiming to take on competition from some of the new models through this car in its critically-important compact segment.




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