PM lays foundation for AIIMS at Bathinda, aims to open it in 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, pledging that the institute will be made functional by 2020. “We will come again to inaugurate this project in 2020 in our (next) tenure,” the PM said, adding, “foundation stones are target-oriented in my regime”.
The AIIMS, which will come up on 170 acres on the outskirts of Bathinda at a cost of `950 crore, will also have 100 seats for MBBS, besides a nursing college.
Modi said infrastructure in the social sector was essential for the country’s overall development and this project was another milestone in that direction.
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, his son and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, and daughter-in-law Harsimrat Badal, who is a minister in the Union cabinet, were all praise for the Modi's demonetisation move.
"This will curb the parallel economy of black money in the country," the Punjab CM said, adding that the there will enough cash in banks and ATMs in another 10 days. "Modi sahib, we are always with you," Badal said .
As Modi laid the foundation stone for the AIIMS with the wish to inaugurate the project in 2020, Sukhbir said he wanted to see Modi as the PM for the next 25 years. "AAP will not get a single seat," the deputy chief minister said. He said country was lucky to have a prime minister like Modi. “The country actually never had a prime minister before Modi,” Sukhbir said.
Earlier, Harsimrat said Akali-BJP regime will rule for at least 25 years in Punjab. The event virtually turned into an election rally, as the SAD leadership listed their achievements.
Union health minister JP Nadda, Punjab BJP president Vijay kumar Sampla and Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani were also present on the dais.
Nadda announced seven new specialty wings each at the government medical colleges in Amritsar and Patiala.
Ethanol plant for stubble management
Harsimrat announced that the state will soon have an ethanol plant near Bathinda that will use paddy stubble to generate gas.
The Prime Minister acknowledged the move, appealing to the farmers not to burn the paddy stubble and look for options to put it to best of use as fuel for power or ethanol plants.
The chief minister urged the PM to facilitate the farmers in selling the stubble .
Himachal Pradesh cabinet has given the nod for setting up 76 model health wellness centres. The state cabinet met on Saturday evening wherein it decided to open patwar circle Spilo in Pooh tehsil of Kinnaur district to facilitate the people of the area. It also decided to create patwar circle Shikroha under Sadar Bilaspur tehsil. It gave its approval to create Kanungo circle Kelodhar under Chachiot tehsil of Mandi district.
Sanyukt Kisan Manch, an umbrella organisation of different farmers' unions, have rejected the prices announced by Adani Agri Fresh – a company that imports fruit. Sourced from farmers in Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir. The fruit supply chains in Himachal have announced a marginal increase in the opening price for A-grade premium apples for Rs 76 per kilogram against Rs 72 it offered last year.
A gunfight erupted between militants and security forces in Kandra Hill area of Rajouri, officials said on Sunday. Defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said, “Today, around 7.30pm, an operational contact was established by troops of Indian Army, Rashtriya Rifles and SOG with terrorists at Kandra Hill in Rajouri.” A senior police officer said that a team of police and army launched a cordon and search operation in Kandra Hill on a specific input.
Come September and film aficionados in Kashmir will be able to watch the latest movies on the big screen as the Valley's first multiplex is set to open in the Sonawar area here. The multiplex, being developed in collaboration with leading theatre chain INOX, will have three movie halls with a total capacity of 520 seats, its owner Vijay Dhar told PTI. It will house several food courts, where Dhar plans to promote local cuisine.
A walkathon was organised on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar on Sunday in which Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, along with many senior civil, security officials and hundreds of security personnel, besides people marched holding Tricolour in hands. The walkathon, a part of the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign, was organised by the Border Security Force from the Lalit Ghat to the Botanical Garden.