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19 new Post Office Passport Seva Kendras announced

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Department of Posts (DoP) on Thursday decided to open another 19 Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) in four states, an official said. Out of the 19 POPSKs of the third batch, Goa will get one, Punjab and Uttarakhand will have three each and the rest 12 will go to Uttar Pradesh. Ten POPSKs in Asanso...

9 months ago
13 cities win fast-track Smart City competition

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) The Urban Development Ministry on Tuesday announced 13 winners of the fast-track Smart City competition, with Lucknow topping the list. These cities can now compete to be a Smart City in the next cycle of India Smart Cities Challenge. Announcing the list, Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said Lucknow, which could not make it to the first list of...

10 months ago
New naval detachment launched at Lakshadweep's Androth Island

Lakshadweep, April 26 (IANS) A new naval detachment was on Tuesday inaugurated at the Androth Island of Lakshadweep that will help India have better surveillance and reach in the Arabian Sea. The naval detachment was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command. The setting up of a naval detachment will extend India's n...

1 year ago
Indigenous anti-submarine corvette Kadmatt delivered to Navy

Kolkata, Nov 26 (IANS) Kadmatt, the second of the four indigenously-built stealth anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvettes being built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), was formally handed over to the Indian Navy here on Thursday. Designed by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND), Kadmatt is nearly 90 percent indigenously-sourced and is capable of operating in nuclear,...

1 year ago
98 makes it to 'Smart Cities' list, to get Rs.500 crore

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) In a move aimed at enhancing the quality of urban life, the government on Thursday unveiled a list of 98 cities in the country for the Smart City Mission. The central government proposes to give financial support to the extent of Rs.48,000 crore to these cities over the next five years, Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said here. Naidu said a ...

1 year ago
98 urban centres to be developed as smart cities

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) The central government on Thursday announced a list of 98 cities which would be developed into smart cities having core infrastructure needed to enhance urban living. The list of cities was announced by union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu who said a population of 13 crore across these cities will be covered under the initiative. There are 1...

1 year ago
These cities made the cut

List of 98 cities and towns selected under the Smart Cities mission (population in brackets): Andaman & Nicobar Islands: Port Blair (140,572) Andhra Pradesh: Vishakhapatnam (18,78,980), Tirupati (374,260), Kakinada (350,986) Arunachal Pradesh: Pasighat (24,656) Assam: Guwahati (962,334) Bihar: Muzaffarpur (393,724), Bhagalpur (410,210), Biharsharif (29...

1 year ago
How India lags China in submarine race

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) A recent visit by an advanced Chinese Yuan-class submarine to Karachi after traversing the Arabian Sea worried Indian authorities concerned about China's growing undersea-warfare capabilities — more than four times as large as India's.   The submarine, with 65 crew, spent a week in Karachi, refuelling and restocking, before sailing back to China. Yuan...

1 year ago
Anti-submarine warfare ship launched in Kolkata

Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) The fourth and last anti-submarine warfare ship being made for the Indian Navy was launched here on Tuesday, adding a feather to the cap of domestic manufacturing for the naval forces. Kavaratti, the corvette which is 90 percent indigenous, was launched at a glittering ceremony here. Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh...

1 year ago
Anti-submarine ship to be launched in Kolkata

New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) The last of four anti-submarine warfare (ASW) ships being made by the Indian Navy will be launched in Kolkata on May 19, navy officials said on Sunday. Kavaratti, which is 90 percent indigenous, is the last of four ASW class stealth corvettes being built for the Indian Navy under Project 28. The other three ships of the same class are INS Kamrota, Kadmatt...

1 year ago
'Operation Rahat' ends, Indian ships return home from Yemen

Mumbai/Kochi, April 18 (IANS) INS Tarkash that participated in Operation Rahat, returned to a hero's welcome at Mumbai harbor here on Saturday, while two passenger ships with the last batch of Indians evacuated from Yemen reached Kochi, an official said. It was preceded by the return of another ship, INS Mumbai, which returned here last Friday, with the two ships helping evacuate 1,783 I...

1 year ago
Two Indian ships with 484 evacuees arrive from Yemen

Kochi, April 18 (IANS) Two Indian ships - MV Corals and MV Kavaratti - arrived here from strife-torn Yemen on Saturday with 484 evacuees, including 73 Indians, 336 Bangladeshis and 75 Yemenis of Indian origin. Kerala Minister for Diaspora K.C.Joseph received the ships with district officials. Joseph is overseeing arrangements with officials from Bangladesh. The Banglades...

1 year ago
Two Indian ships with 484 Yemen evacuees arriving in Kochi

New Delhi/Kochi, April 17 (IANS) Two Indian ships - MV Corals and MV Karavatti - are to berth in Kochi on Saturday with 484 evacuees, including 73 Indians and 336 Bangladeshis, in the last lot of people brought out from strife-torn Yemen. MV Corals is carrying a total of 318 evacuees, which includes 46 Indians and 272 Bangladeshis, while on board MV Kavaratti are 166 evacuees, which incl...

1 year ago
475 Yemen evacuees to arrive in Kochi on Saturday

Kochi, April 17 (IANS) A total of 475 people, including 73 Indians and 337 Bangladeshis, evacuated from strife-torn Yemen will arrive here on Saturday aboard two Indian ships, an official said on Friday. Besides, 65 Yemenis are aboard MV Coral and MV Kavaratti. A team of Bangladesh officials has already arrived to take care of their nationals. We do not have any details of the Y...

1 year ago
806 Indians flying home as Yemen evacuation goes on war-footing

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) India on Sunday continued evacuating its citizens from Yemen on war-footing, with 806 of its nationals headed for home onboard three flights. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured that all Indians would be evacuated from the strife-torn Gulf country irrespective of whether they had travel documents. A flurry of tweets on the handle of the external affa...

1 year ago
India evacuates nearly 670 nationals, plus foreigners, from Yemen

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) India on Sunday continued evacuating its citizens from Yemen on a war-footing, pulling out 182 of its nationals and 21 foreigners from Al Muqalla port by sea, while 488 Indians were flown out aboard three Air India flights out of Yemeni capital Sana'a. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said all Indian nationals will be evacuated from Yemen. We shal...

1 year ago
306 Indians leave Yemen as evacuation continues

New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Another batch of 306 Indian nationals left the shores of strife-torn Yemen for Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, from where they would be brought to India. Separately, a batch of 35 Indians made it to Djibouti on their own on a cargo vessel, the government said on Thursday. In the wee hours of the morning, 358 Indians arrived from the Gulf country in two airplane...

1 year ago
306 more Indians evacuated from Yemen

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Another batch of 306 Indians were evacuated on Thursday from war-torn Yemen, officials said. Indian Navy sources said 251 men, 38 women and 17 children boarded the INS Sumitra which departed Al Hodeidah port. Defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted: INS Sumitra leaves Al Hodeidah with 306 Indians on board. He also posted a photograph o...

1 year ago
Nearly 350 Indians evacuated from Yemen

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Nearly 350 Indians were evacuated from Yemen's southern port city of Aden late on Tuesday, sources said. Those evacuated included, 220 men, 101 women and 28 children. They were taken to the Indian Navy ship INS Sumitra. Defence ministry sources said that the ship left Yemen late on Tuesday night. The evacuated people will now be taken to Djibout...

1 year ago
Navy assisting evacuation from Yemen, warships enroute

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The operation for evacuating Indians stranded in Yemen intensified on Tuesday, with the navy also despatching two warships to Djibouti to escort the passenger liners in view of the threats from the pirates, officials said. Giving details of the operation named Raahat, navy sources said two warships - destroyer INS Mumbai and stealth frigate INS Tarkash - which ...

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