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Statue of Unity - A rare first

Two elevators take visitors up to the Viewing Gallery housed in the chest of the statue between the 2nd and 3rd buttons of the jacket.
Gujarat, India- October 30, 2018: A view of the memorial to the ‘Iron Man of India’ Sardar Vallabhai Patel which was commissioned in 2018, five years after work began(HT File Photo)
Gujarat, India- October 30, 2018: A view of the memorial to the ‘Iron Man of India’ Sardar Vallabhai Patel which was commissioned in 2018, five years after work began(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 18, 2020 09:36 AM IST
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Sardar Sarovar Dam’s sudden water release flooded parts of Gujarat, suggests analysis

An analysis by the South Asia Network of Rivers, Dams and People said no water was released by the barrage until August 29, despite warnings from the IMD that there has been exceptionally heavy rainfall in the Narmada basin’s upstream since August 25
The analysis said the SSD authorities might have ignored both CWC warnings and IMD’s rainfall forecast.(PTI)
The analysis said the SSD authorities might have ignored both CWC warnings and IMD’s rainfall forecast.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 29, 2020 11:40 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Floods in 3 Gujarat districts, over 9,000 shifted

The intensity of showers decreased during the day, but in the last three days, rain-related accidents claimed 12 lives in the state, said Commissioner of Relief Harshad Patel.
As per an official release, 10.70 lakh cusec (cubic foot per second) water is being discharged into the river by opening 23 of SSD’s 30 radial gates.(PTI)
As per an official release, 10.70 lakh cusec (cubic foot per second) water is being discharged into the river by opening 23 of SSD’s 30 radial gates.(PTI)
Published on Sep 02, 2020 08:18 AM IST
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Ahmedabad | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

CWC flood advisory for several states; cloudburst, flashfloods likely in hilly districts in north

“There is likelihood of flashfloods in some of the hill districts in these states in association with cloudburst,” the Central Water Commission has said.
People residing near the bank of Kirshna rivers , vacating the area and going to safer place due to flood situation of river Krishna during heavy rain in catchment area of Koyana dam in Sangli on Monday.(Uday Deolekar/HT Photo)
People residing near the bank of Kirshna rivers , vacating the area and going to safer place due to flood situation of river Krishna during heavy rain in catchment area of Koyana dam in Sangli on Monday.(Uday Deolekar/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 06:39 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

PM Modi 69th Birthday: Have a look, tweets PM Modi from Gujarat’s Kevadiya with a 90-second video

PM Modi tweeted a short 90-second video, sharing an aerial view of the statute that is billed as the world’s tallest.
PM Modi tweeted a short 90-second video, sharing an aerial view of the Statue of Unity that is billed as the world’s tallest.(Screengrab)
PM Modi tweeted a short 90-second video, sharing an aerial view of the Statue of Unity that is billed as the world’s tallest.(Screengrab)
Updated on Sep 17, 2019 02:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

PM Narendra Modi turns 69 today: Modi visits Sardar Sarovar dam in Gujarat, will meet mother soon

PM Modi 69th birthday: Prime Minister shared a video of the Statue of Unity in Kevadia of Narmada district. Modi had inaugurated the statue, billed as the tallest in the world, on the birth anniversary of India’ first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s on October 31 last year.
On 69th birthday, PM Narendra Modi visits Sardar Sarovar dam.(ANI Photo)
On 69th birthday, PM Narendra Modi visits Sardar Sarovar dam.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2019 10:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

PM Modi 69th Birthday: S Jaishankar wishes PM, says inspired by Modi’s leadership in building New India

Considered as PM Modi’s one of the favourite diplomats of PM Modi, Jaishankar was given charge of Ministry of External Affairs in PM Modi’s cabinet in May this year after BJP’s triumphant return to power.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar extended his birthday wishes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday morning and prayed for his long and healthy life.(Photo: DrSJaishankar/ Twitter)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar extended his birthday wishes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday morning and prayed for his long and healthy life.(Photo: DrSJaishankar/ Twitter)
Updated on Sep 17, 2019 07:55 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

With 700-feet-long cake, Surat Baker plans grand celebration for PM Narendra Modi’s birthday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Ahmedabad late Monday night. He will visit Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada district to witness the water level reach its highest capacity at 138.68 metres, first time ever since it was raised two years ago. The entire dam is illuminated to honour prime minister on his birthday.
With 700-feet-long Cake, Surat Baker plans grand celebration for PM(Twitter: @BlogDady)
With 700-feet-long Cake, Surat Baker plans grand celebration for PM(Twitter: @BlogDady)
Updated on Sep 17, 2019 07:12 AM IST
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Voted to power in 2014, PM Modi’s birthday celebrations over last 5 years

Over the years, since he became prime minister for the first time in 2014, PM Modi has celebrated his birthday in different ways. This year, the Bharatiya Janata Party has declared September 14 to 20 as ‘Seva Saptah’ as part of PM Narendra Modi’s birthday celebrations.
Before travelling to Varanasi, the prime minister is likely to begin his day by seeking blessings from his mother, Heeraba, 95, who lives in Ahmedabad.(Photo: AP)
Before travelling to Varanasi, the prime minister is likely to begin his day by seeking blessings from his mother, Heeraba, 95, who lives in Ahmedabad.(Photo: AP)
Updated on Sep 17, 2019 06:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

PM Modi to visit Sardar Sarovar Dam on 69th birthday

Modi will visit the project site at Kevadiya village in Narmada district to celebrate the dam reaching its full reservoir level (FRL) of 138.68 metres for the first time..
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be offering prayers at the Sardar Sarovar Dam site in Gujarat on Tuesday, which also happens to be his 69th birthday.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be offering prayers at the Sardar Sarovar Dam site in Gujarat on Tuesday, which also happens to be his 69th birthday.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 17, 2019 07:03 AM IST
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India lists Statue of Unity as a ‘wonder’

The 597-feet tall statue of former deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was nominated as India’s choice for ‘Eight Wonders of the SCO’ after the Prime Minister’s office’s approval, the people added.
Six of the remaining countries nominated ancient and historical sites while one chose the natural beauty of a lake for the campaign.(HT image)
Six of the remaining countries nominated ancient and historical sites while one chose the natural beauty of a lake for the campaign.(HT image)
Updated on Sep 12, 2019 04:23 AM IST
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Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

Medha Patkar ends indefinite fast after assurances by state govt

Besides Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar, six other persons, including four women, also ended their fast after the talks, a senior official of the state’s public relations department said.
Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar Monday night ended her nine-day-long hunger strike after discussions with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s emissary.(PTI File Photo)
Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar Monday night ended her nine-day-long hunger strike after discussions with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s emissary.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Sep 03, 2019 09:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhopal | ByHT Correspondent

Medha Patkar, on hunger strike, refuses doctors to examine her

However, district authorities said they could not confirm health status of sexagenarian Patkar while claiming that she was not allowing doctors at the site to examine her.
The health of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar, on a hunger protest for the past eight days seeking rehabilitation of those displaced by the Sardar Sarovar Dam project, has deteriorated(PTI)
The health of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar, on a hunger protest for the past eight days seeking rehabilitation of those displaced by the Sardar Sarovar Dam project, has deteriorated(PTI)
Updated on Sep 02, 2019 07:03 AM IST
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Barwani/Bhopal | ByPress Trust of India

Over 16,000 evacuated in 22 days as Narmada backwaters rise in MP

On Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the water level of the SSD, located in his home state of Gujarat, has touched a “historic” 134 metres.
A view of a waterlogged area in Indore. Thousands of trees, large chunk of agriculture land and human settlements are being submerged in Madhya Pradesh reportedly due to rising backwaters of Sardar Sarovar Dam, built on Narmada in Gujarat.(PTI)
A view of a waterlogged area in Indore. Thousands of trees, large chunk of agriculture land and human settlements are being submerged in Madhya Pradesh reportedly due to rising backwaters of Sardar Sarovar Dam, built on Narmada in Gujarat.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 29, 2019 07:47 AM IST
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Indore | ByPress Trust of India

Most Gujarat dams dry but people will get drinking water, says CM

When asked about the status of the long-pending Water Policy, JP Gupta, Principal Secretary, Narmada, Water Resources and Water Supply department, said it will be announced soon.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that the people will not face any difficulty in getting drinking water till July end, when monsoon sets in.(PTI)
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that the people will not face any difficulty in getting drinking water till July end, when monsoon sets in.(PTI)
Published on Apr 30, 2019 11:36 PM IST
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Gandhinagar | ByPress Trust of India

Why an act can’t be passed for Ram temple while Patel statue can be built, questions RSS

Addressing a public rally in Mumbai, senior Sangh leader Dattatreya Hosabale said though a separate bench has been formed by the supreme court, which is hearing the Ayodhya title suits, no decision has been taken yet on the pending issue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated an imposing 182-metre statue of the country’s first Home Minister, touted as the world’s tallest.(HT File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated an imposing 182-metre statue of the country’s first Home Minister, touted as the world’s tallest.(HT File Photo)
Published on Dec 03, 2018 09:19 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByPress Trust of India

Statue of Unity visited by over 1 lakh people since Nov 1

The statue of Sardar Patel, situated on an islet near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Kevadiya in the state’s Narmada district, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31.
The 182-metre tall Statue of Unity has seen over 1 lakh visitors since it was opened to the public on November 1.(REUTERS)
The 182-metre tall Statue of Unity has seen over 1 lakh visitors since it was opened to the public on November 1.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 11, 2018 09:06 PM IST
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Vadodara | ByPress Trust of India

In 73 tribal villages, families go without food in protest as PM unveils Statue of Unity

The reason they gave was that many people displaced for development of the Sardar Sarovar Dam had allegedly not been given a proper rehabilitation package.
Some burnt tyres, others released black balloons and many protesting tribal families from 73 villages near Kevadiya in Gujarat did not cook on Wednesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the Statue of Unity.(AP)
Some burnt tyres, others released black balloons and many protesting tribal families from 73 villages near Kevadiya in Gujarat did not cook on Wednesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the Statue of Unity.(AP)
Updated on Nov 01, 2018 12:08 AM IST
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As PM Narendra Modi unveils Statue of Unity, Rahul Gandhi seeks to claim the ‘true Congressman

In another tweet, Rahul Gandhi said Patel was a patriot, who fought for an independent, united and secular India.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP-led government of “systematic destruction” of institutions that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had helped build.(PTI)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP-led government of “systematic destruction” of institutions that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had helped build.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 31, 2018 08:24 PM IST
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‘Why not a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi ?’: Shashi Tharoor asks BJP

The Congress leader said there was no such gigantic statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the country.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Wednesday wanted to know why BJP had not built a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi while they erected a 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, his disciple.(AFP)
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Wednesday wanted to know why BJP had not built a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi while they erected a 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, his disciple.(AFP)
Updated on Oct 31, 2018 05:56 PM IST
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Thiruvananthapuram | ByPress Trust of India

Statue of Unity inauguration Highlights: PM Narendra Modi unveils Wall of Unity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Narmada district. The 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is touted to be the world’s tallest. Built on Sadhu Bet, an islet near the Sardar Sarovar Dam, the statue will dwarf the current tallest statue, the Spring Temple Buddha in China (128m), and is almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York.The PM arrived in Ahmedabad on Tuesday night ahead of the unveiling of the statue on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and headed to Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar for night stay. Here are the updates:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi looking at the State of Unity at the distance on October 31 in Gujarat.(PMO India)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi looking at the State of Unity at the distance on October 31 in Gujarat.(PMO India)
Updated on Oct 31, 2018 02:33 PM IST
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PM Modi’s ambitious project: The story behind the making of Statue of Unity

The foundation-laying ceremony, on October 31, 2013, kick-started then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s 2014 Lok Sabha campaign. And its completion and inauguration, exactly 5 years later on October 31, is being seen as the beginning of Modi’s campaign for a second term in next year’s general election.
Final touches being given to the Statue of Unity at Kevadia, about 200 kilometers from Ahmadabad, Thursday, October 18, 2018. The 182-meter tall tribute to Indian freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, will be inaugurated on Oct. 31 and is slated to be the world's tallest statue. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Final touches being given to the Statue of Unity at Kevadia, about 200 kilometers from Ahmadabad, Thursday, October 18, 2018. The 182-meter tall tribute to Indian freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, will be inaugurated on Oct. 31 and is slated to be the world's tallest statue. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Updated on Oct 31, 2018 12:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gandhinagar/Narmada | ByHiral Dave

Statue of Unity: Gujarat villagers pen open letter to protest PM Narendra Modi’s visit

The Statue of Unity, a memorial to Sardar Patel, is situated on an islet in Gujarat’s Kevadiya and, at 182 metres, is touted as the world’s tallest statue.
The Statue of Unity, a memorial to Sardar Patel, is scheduled to be inaugurated on October 31.(AP photo)
The Statue of Unity, a memorial to Sardar Patel, is scheduled to be inaugurated on October 31.(AP photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2018 03:08 PM IST
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Kevadiya (Gujarat) | ByPress Trust of India

Behind the making of Statue of Unity

The foundation-laying ceremony, on October 31, 2013, kick-started Modi’s 2014 Lok Sabha campaign. And its completion and inauguration, exactly 5 years later on October 31, is being seen as the beginning of Modi’s campaign for a second term in next year’s general election.
The Statue of Unity near Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadiya Colony in Gujarat(HT Photo)
The Statue of Unity near Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadiya Colony in Gujarat(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2018 07:21 AM IST
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Gujarat BJP to hold Sardar Patel yatras in 10,000 villages

“The way Sardar Patel united the country, the yatra aims to promote “Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat (One India, Best India),” Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said.
Policemen walk past the under construction ‘Statue of Unity’ portraying Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of India, during a media tour in Kevadiya in Gujarat.(Reuters Photo)
Policemen walk past the under construction ‘Statue of Unity’ portraying Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of India, during a media tour in Kevadiya in Gujarat.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Sep 23, 2018 04:26 PM IST
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Gandhinagar | ByPress Trust of India

Dying Narmada will rob fishermen of their livelihoods

Fishermen fear the Bhadbuth Weir­cum­Causeway will rob them of their livelihood. It will cut off a unique ecosystem and after that, Narmada’s hilsa is expected to die out in three years
Members of the Samast Bharuch Machimar Samiti are a worried lot these days. The fishermen waved black flags at PM Narendra Modi on his visit last year.(Gayatri Jayaraman/HT)
Members of the Samast Bharuch Machimar Samiti are a worried lot these days. The fishermen waved black flags at PM Narendra Modi on his visit last year.(Gayatri Jayaraman/HT)
Updated on Apr 26, 2018 09:32 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByGayatri Jayaraman
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