VOL. 3 | NO. 339 | SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.35°C. Min.21°C. Humidity: 21% Sunrise: 06:15 Sunset: 06:03 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H India successfully test fires N-capable Shaurya missile Balasore (Odisha): India on Saturday successfully test fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable hypersonic missile 'Shaurya' with a strike range of around 1,000 km from a test range in Odisha, defence sources said. 'Shaurya', which is the land variant of Indias K-15 missile, has a strike range of 700 km to 1000 km and is capable of carrying payloads of 200 kg to 1,000 kg, the sources said. Midhani to set up aluminium plant in AP PM Narendra Modi with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur and others during the inauguration of Atal Tunnel in Manali on Saturday PM opens Atal Tunnel A NEW STRENGTH TO INDIA’S BORDER INFRA New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated Atal Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh’s Rohtang, which connects Solang Valley near Manali to Sissu in Lahaul and Spiti district. Atal Tunnel is the longest highway tunnel in the world (9.02-km), built at an altitude of 3,000 meters. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane. The tunnel cuts through a mountain west of the Rohtang La and will now SALIENT FEATURES S 9.02-km Atal Tunnel passes thru Rohtang pass S It is the longest highway tunnel in the World S It connects Manali with Lahaul-Spiti valley S It is horseshoe-shaped, single tube double lane tunnel S The tunnel is built at an altitude of 10,171 feet S It has emergency route under the main tunnel S Telephone facility available at every 150 meters shorten the distance between the two points by around 46 km. What was a nearly 4-hour journey will now take around 15 minutes. The double-lane tunnel can handle around 3,000 cars and 1,500 trucks per day, with a maximum speed of 80 km per hour. Launching the tunnel, Modi said, “Atal Tunnel will give new strength to India’s border infrastructure. It is an example of world-class border connectivity. There have been demands to improve border infrastructure but for a long time, such projects either couldn’t get out of the plan- ning stage or got stuck midway. Connectivity has a direct connection with development. Connectivity in border areas is directly related to security issues.” The Prime Minister said that such border connectivity projects will also aid the security forces in ensuring regular supplies to them and in their patrolling. “Atal Ji laid the foundation stone of approach road of this tunnel in 2002. Till 2013-2014, progress was made only on 1,300 meters of this tunnel. After 2014, the project progressed with an unprecedented pace. Continued on Page 4 Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat at the Papanasanam dam on Saturday Jal Shakti Minister promises support to Balaji Sagar tank Union Minister G S Shekhawat offers prayer at Tirumala HANS NEWS SERVICE Tirumala: Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat assured the Tirumala-Tirupati Devastanams (TTD) that the Centre would examine the request for ﬁnancial support for Balaji Sagar reservoir to supply drinking water to Tirumala hill shrine if they send a de- tailed project report. It may be noted that there are four reservoirs like Papavinasanam, Gogarbham, Akasaganga and Kumaradhara- Pasupudhara to supply water for drinking and domestic purposes. Though there are four reservoirs, the TTD has not been able to cater to the requirements of the large number of devotees visiting Tirumala. TTD has been facing problems to supply enough water to the hill shrine particularly during summer months. The TTD engineering wing lifts additional water reserves from Tirupati Kalyanidam through Srivari Mettu Pipeline which is used for drinking purposes. Continued on Page 4 Trump on Remdesivir therapy in military hospital Washington: President Trump was ﬂown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday less than 24 hours after announcing he and ﬁrst lady Melania Trump tested positive for Covid-19. It's the most serious health crisis a President has faced since President Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981. The White House physician said on Friday that the President is "doing well" and has not required supplemental oxygen. He said Trump started treatment with Remdesivir, a drug that has shortened the recovery time for some patients with the virus. Trump tweeted an update from the hospital, where the White House says he will spend the next few days. "Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!" he wrote late on Friday. White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany said earlier that Trump had "mild symptoms" and was being transferred to Walter Reed "out of an abundance of caution and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts." Continued on Page 4 District Administration clears 110-acre land for the project PV PRASAD Nellore: The District Administration has ﬁnally cleared the land issues for setting up the proposed defence unit, Midhani, at Bodduvaripalem in Kodavalur mandal by transferring land to Utkarsha Aluminium Dhatu Nigam Limited, the joint venture of Midhani and Nalco. The company is getting ready to start its unit as the officials registered 110 acres of land with the initiation of the District Collector. In fact, the defence public sector unit Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited planned a greenﬁeld aluminium alloys production plant at Bodduvaripalem and the land-related issues obstructed the Rs 2,000-cr project. The foundation laying ceremony was planned in August last year and has been postponed due to the death of the former Union Minister Arun Jaitley.Cont’d on Page 4 Gandhis in Hathras to meet victim’s family S Cops permit only S S 5-member team to visit Hathras Media allowed after SIT completed its investigation Top officials meet kin of the deceased in the village New Delhi: Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi have reached the Hathras village to meet the family of the Dalit teenager who died after she was brutally assaulted and allegedly gangraped by four upper caste men. According to the Noida police, only ﬁve members were permitted to go to Hathras via Noida considering the restrictions imposed under CrPC Section 144. Among Congress leaders who are headed to Hathras besides Rahul and Priyanka are KC Venugopal, Randeep Singh Surjewala, and Adhir Ranjan Choudhury. A huge contingent of police was deployed at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Noida before Gandhis arrived. On Thursday, Rahul got into a scuffle with the police and was arrested along with Priyanka while they tried to visit the kin of the deceased. Continued on Page 4 Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi at Delhi-Noida border as she attempts to move towards Hathras to meet family members of the 19-year-old woman who died after she was allegedly gang-raped, in Noida on Saturday CONG MULLS ‘SATYAGRAHA’ AGAINST YOGI GOVT TOMORROW New Delhi: The Congress will hold a 'satyagraha' across the country on October 5 to protest the alleged high-handedness shown by Uttar Pradesh's Yogi Adityanath government towards top Congress leaders Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi as they were proceeding on Thursday to Hathras to meet the family of the gang-rape and murder vic- tim. Party general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal, in a circular to all state and district units, asked them to protest against the UP government, and all senior leaders of a particular district including MP, MLAs and ex-public representatives have been asked to lead the satyagraha. Continued on Page 4
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