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Major News and Events of 17 August 2017

What Happened on 17 August 2017


"Sajha Virasat Bachao Sammelan" to be held today in Delhi to protect 'composite culture'

In order to protect and preserve 'composite culture' which is the soul of the constitution, Janata Dal United [JD(U)] leader, Sharad Yadav is set to coordinate “Sajha Virasat Bachao Sammelan.” He referred to the constitution as a holy book which was given to the nation by the members who framed it in such a manner that our people should live together without any differences on the basis of caste and creed. He further said that there is fear among the citizens of the country which is quite paradoxical to what the Constitution of India promises. Talking about the sammelan Sharad Yadav said, “The 'sajha virasat bachao sammelan' is not against anybody but in the interest of 125-crore people of the country.” In order to elucidate that contemporary times are tough for the citizens of India, Sharad Yadav cited the instances of the suicides of farmers across the country, disappearance of Jawaharlal Nehru University's student Najeeb Ahmed and the suicide of Rohith Vemula. According to media reports, the gathering (sammelan) will be attended by leaders of the opposition parties, intellectuals, farmers, Dalits and tribals from across the country.

Public-Private Partnership essential in order to seek central assistance as per the new Metro Rail Policy, 2017

The Union Cabinet approved new Metro Rail Policy which seeks to initiate Public-Private Partnership policy. This Public-Private Partnership would be obligatory to seek central aid. The new policy comprises system approach and no adhoc sanction. It also ensures provision of last mile connectivity and prevents escalation in the cost of the project. According to Durga Shanker Mishra, an Urban Development Ministry Secretary, the new Urban mass transit projects should be seen as urban transformation projects. In order to promote compact and dense urban development along the corridors of metro, Transit Oriented Development (TOD) has been made compulsory by the new policy. Pertaining to the new Metro Rail Policy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “the Metro Rail was witnessing a rapid expansion with 370km of metro rail operation in seven cities, 537 km under construction in 12 cities & another 600km in 13cities under consideration of the government.”




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