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Noida Airport To Bring Rs 35,000 Crore Investment, 1 Lakh Jobs: Yogi Adityanath – dot newz



Yogi Adityanath reviewed preparation works for the foundation laying ceremony of the Noida Airport (File)


Noida International Airport will bring in investment up to Rs 35,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh and the greenfield project will have one lakh job opportunities, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Tuesday.

Mr Adityanath said this as he personally reviewed preparation works for the foundation laying ceremony of the airport in Jewar, Gautam Buddh Nagar to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.

He said the Noida International Airport (NIA) will immensely benefit the state particularly its western parts and those which fall in the national capital region like Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Aligarh and Hapur.

“In the first phase, an investment of over Rs 10,000 crore is expected in this area initially. The whole airport will eventually attract investment worth around Rs 34,000 crore to Rs 35,000 crore and more than one lakh people will get jobs here,” Mr Adityanath said.

Along with this, there will be several opportunities like MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) for aircraft at the airport, he said.

“This airport’s construction will be completed and it will go functional in 2024, becoming the fifth international airport of Uttar Pradesh. We already have international airports in Lucknow and Varanasi,” the chief minister said.

“Prime Minister Modi had recently inaugurated an international airport at Kushinagar while we have already been working on another international airport in Ayodhya,” he said.

Mr Adityanath said the Noida International greenfield airport will be the “first airport in India” which will be free of any kind of pollution and it will not only be India’s but Asia’s biggest airport.

The chief minister also took a dig at previous non-BJP governments in Uttar Pradesh.

“There has been a demand for the airport for last 30-35 years or a similar project in the area but a political will power which was required to realise this demand had been lacking,” he said.

“We are grateful to PM Modi and the Centre who guided us in establishing the biggest airport of Asia in Jewar area of Uttar Pradesh since our government came to power in the state in 2017,” he added.

Mr Adityanath said a comprehensive plan is underway to integrate development and work opportunities in the region with this airport.

“A film city is also being developed near the airport. The work on its planning is in the final stages and the film city is likely to attract major investments,” he said.

“Likewise, an important node of the defence manufacturing corridor lies in Aligarh which will also be close to the airport in Jewar,” he noted.

The chief minister said a medical device park and several other infrastructure projects of the state government are underway in the region.

He said only two airports were functional in Uttar Pradesh till 2017 but now, with the Centre’s regional connectivity scheme also coming into play, there are nine functional airports in the state.

“Till 2017, our airports had connectivity only on 25 routes. Today, we have already linked the state with more than 80 destinations,” he said.

Mr Adityanath said the new airports are being planned in areas where no one could have imagined building one, like in the Vindhya region near Sonbhadra, Chitrakoot, Lalitpur, and in Azamgarh and Shravasti in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Airport planning works are in final stages in places like Aligarh, Saharanpur, Moradabad and Meerut, he added.

“All those places where previously people could not imagine air connectivity are now being connected with flights. This has happened in the last four to five years and in an expeditious, transparent manner,” he said.

Taking a jibe at opposition parties, Mr Adityanath said the grand foundation laying ceremony was also required to “highlight the timeline of development projects” in the state to “some people who claim they had also planned to build projects but could not do it”.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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China Poses Significant Challenge To India’s Strategic Goals: Air Chief – dot newz




Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said the Indian Air Force needs to be rapidly modernized. (File)

New Delhi:

Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said that China poses a significant long term challenge to India’s strategic goals. He said it should be made clear to the world that today’s India has the capability and will to respond at a level that the nation deems appropriate.

“China poses a significant and long-term challenge to India’s strategic goals. Both People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have enhanced their military capabilities in equipment and infrastructure. The Indian Air Force (IAF) needs to be rapidly modernized, expand its fleet and improve indigenous manufacturing capabilities,” the IAF chief said at a seminar conducted by the Centre for Air Power Studies.

The IAF needs to be rapidly modernized, expand its fleet and improve indigenous manufacturing capabilities, he urged.

The IAF chief said that China’s hegemonic and entrapping policies can provide opportunities for India to leverage in trade and military domains.

He also asserted that India has demonstrated its capabilities during a standoff on the northern border while simultaneously handling the national COVID-19 response.

“In the future, we could be attacked from all fronts, starting from economic strangulation to diplomatic isolation and military stand-offs to information blackouts, in the form of attack by a distributed denial of services. We will need to prepare for the full spectrum,” the Air Force chief cautioned.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Gen Rawat Was On “Very Safe” Mi-17V-5, Crash Confounds Experts – dot newz




India owns a fairly large fleet of Mi-17V-5 helicopters that are often used to ferry VIPs.

New Delhi:

The Mi-17V-5 helicopters are extremely reliable and are the workhorses of the Air Force, several former army officers told NDTV after one of these choppers crashed in Tamil Nadu, with Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and several members of his family on board. The crash perplexed the experts, who said the flight from Sulur to Wellington did not involve complications.

Four people are dead and another four who survived, have been taken to a hospital. It is believed that there were 14 people on board, including the chopper’s crew and passengers.

The Indian Air Force has already ordered an inquiry into the crash.

The Mi-17V-5 is the latest twin-engine iteration of the Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopter and is used regularly for high-altitude operations. One of the most advanced military transports that can be used in any topography and weather, it is one of the most powerful choppers used by Indian defence forces.

India owns a fairly large fleet of these helicopters that were purchased and inducted between 2013 and 2018.

Most experts NDTV spoke to described it as a “very reliable, safe, stable, and large” helicopter that is also used to ferry VIPs, including the President and the Prime Minister.

According to information available on the website of Rosoboronexport — the Russian arms supplier — the chopper is designed to “carry personnel, cargo and equipment inside the cargo cabin or on an external sling, drop tactical air assault forces and reconnaissance and sabotage groups, destroy ground targets and carry the wounded”.

“Its armament system includes unguided rockets (up to 80 S-8 80mm unguided aerial rockets), cannons (suspended pods with 23mm cannons and 250 rounds each) and small arms,” the website says.

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‘Smartphones, Scootys, Security’: Congress’ “Women’s Manifesto” Before UP Polls – dot newz




UP will vote for a new government in 2022, with the Congress challenging the BJP


Girls studying in Classes 10 to 12 in Uttar Pradesh schools will get smartphones and female graduate students will get scooters, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said Wednesday as part of a six-point “woman’s manifesto” ahead of an Assembly election in the state in a few months.

Ms Gandhi Vadra – who is leading her party’s campaign in the poll-bound state – read out a number of measures and schemes the Congress plans to implement should it win next year’s election, and demanded that all parties understand “the fact women have to bear with exploitation”.

Promises made by Ms Gandhi Vadra today include the offer of three free LPG cylinders for women – a significant offer given the skyrocketing prices of gas cylinders in the country, something for which the BJP (in power in UP and at the centre) has been severely criticised.

“I hope this women’s manifesto will put pressure on other political parties to also speak about similar issues. We want to release a women-specific manifesto so women have freedom of choice… I have seen that women ka bahut shoshan hota hai but they are fighting for their rights,” she said.

Ms Gandhi Vadra also highlighted the Congress’ promise to reserve 40 per cent of its election tickets for women; “this is not only on paper,” she said, giving late Indira Gandhi – India’s first woman prime minister – as an example of the Congress’ contribution to women in politics.

“Our attempt is to bring real women’s empowerment… at the grassroots level. Women’s empowerment is usually spoken about before elections and then mostly restricted to being on paper. We want to actually empower women on ground,” the Congress leader said.

“Parliament and legislative assemblies have an average of 14 per cent participation by women representatives. That needs to increase… we want that 40 per cent of all seats should be represented by women. This will increase their participation in policy-making,” she stressed.

Apart from smartphones, scooters and free gas cylinders, Ms Gandhi Vadra said women senior citizens and widows would get a monthly pension of Rs 1,000, and every new-born girl will get a fixed deposit in her name. All households with women will get a free internet connection.

Ms Gandhi Vadra also flagged the issue of women’s security – a serious subject given the worrying number of violent crimes against women reported from Uttar Pradesh.

“We want 25 per cent of the police to consist of women. All chowkis to have at least one woman officer and constable,” she said, reminding reporters that many crimes were unreported as the police is reluctant to file a case. “More women in the force will help the cause of women,” she said.

The Congress also promised Rs 10 lakh medical cover for women “for any kind of illness or disease”.

UP votes for a new government in a few months time.

The Assembly election here – for 403 seats – is widely seen as an indicator of how the ruling BJP might fare in the 2024 general election, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party will seek a third consecutive term in power.

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