Prime Minister Narendra Modi made significant inaugurations during September 23 & 24 2023.
i.Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurated Kashi Sansad Sanskritik Mahotsav 2023 at Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
ii.Prime Minister Flagged off Nine Vande Bharat Express Trains on September 24, 2023, via Video Conferencing to Enhance Connectivity and Passenger Experience.
iii.Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of an international cricket stadium in Varanasi.
iv.On September 23, 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates International Lawyers’ Conference 2023 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
PM Inaugurated 16 Atal Awasiya Vidyalayas
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurated Kashi Sansad Sanskritik Mahotsav 2023 at Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
i.Inauguration of 16 Atal Awasiya Vidyalayas: The Prime Minister inaugurated 16 Atal Awasiya Vidyalayas(Residential Schools), built at a cost of approximately Rs 1115 crores, across Uttar Pradesh.
- These schools aim to provide quality education to children of laborers, construction workers, and orphans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to children from weaker sections of society.
- Each school boasts modern facilities, classrooms, sports grounds, recreational areas, auditoriums, hostels, and residential staff flats, with a capacity for up to 1,000 students in each school.
- Rolled out by the Uttar Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (UPBOCW), Department of Labour.
ii.Launch of Kashi Sansad Khel Pratiyogita Portal: Shri Modi launched the portal for the registration of Kashi Sansad Khel Pratiyogita, promoting sports and competitions in the region.
iii.He proposed strengthening the system of quality tourist guides in Kashi to promote the city, including organizing a Kashi Sansad Tourist Guide competition.
Background of Kashi Sansad Sanskritik Mahotsav:
The event aimed to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of Kashi, featuring participation from over 37,000 individuals across 17 disciplines, showcasing their talents in various cultural and artistic fields.
About Uttar Pradesh:
- Capital: Lucknow
- CM: Yogi Adityanath (Constituency: Gorakhpur, UP)
- Governor: Anandiben Patel
Note: Cultural Capital of India: Kashi, Varanasi, UP.
PM Modi flags off nine Vande Bharat Express trains
Prime Minister flagged Off Nine Vande Bharat Express Trains,connecting 11 states on September 24, 2023, via Video Conferencing to enhance connectivity and Passenger Experience.
Nine New Vande Bharat Trains
i.Udaipur – Jaipur Vande Bharat Express (30 min faster)
ii.Tirunelveli-Madurai- Chennai Vande Bharat Express (2 hrs faster)
iii.Hyderabad – Bengaluru Vande Bharat Express (2.5 hrs faster)
iv.Vijayawada – Chennai (via Renigunta) Vande Bharat Express
v.Patna – Howrah Vande Bharat Express (1 hr faster)
vi.Kasaragod – Thiruvananthapuram Vande Bharat Express (3 hrs faster)
vii.Rourkela – Bhubaneswar – Puri Vande Bharat Express (3 hrs faster)
viii.Ranchi – Howrah Vande Bharat Express (1 hr faster)
ix.Jamnagar-Ahmedabad Vande Bharat Express (1 hr faster)
Connectivity Across Eleven States
Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala, Odisha, Jharkhand, and Gujarat
Rourkela- Bhubaneswar – Puri Vande Bharat Express and Tirunelveli-Madurai- Chennai Vande Bharat Express connect important religious towns of Puri and Madurai.
Vijayawada – Chennai Vande Bharat Express via Renigunta route provides connectivity to Tirupati Pilgrimage center.
Key Points from PM’s Address:
i.Infrastructure and Policy Initiatives
- PM Gatishakti Masterplan for infrastructure development coordination.
- New Logistics policy to reduce transportation and export-related charges.
- 8-fold increase in this year’s railway budget compared to 2014.
- Redevelopment of over 500 major stations, referred to as Amrit Bharat Stations.
ii.Celebration of Railway Stations: Railways celebrating ‘Sthapna Diwas’ (establishment day) of railway stations on includes celebrations at Coimbatore, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and Mumbai. Coimbatore Railway station completing 150 years
iii.Vision for a Developed India
- Emphasis on the vision of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat for national development
- Aim to achieve a developed India by 2047
iv.Vande Bharat trains equipped with world-class amenities and advanced safety features Includes Kavach technology.
About Vande Bharat Express (previously known as Train 18):
i.On 15 February 2019, the first Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi and Varanasi was flagged off at the New Delhi railway station by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
ii.There are currently 25 Vande Bharat trains in operation, and an additional 9 have been introduced, bringing the total to 34.
About Ministry of Railways:
Union Minister: Ashwini Vaishanw (Rajya Sabha Constituency- Odisha)
Minister of State: Raosaheb Danve and Darshana Jardos
Kerala gets first Orange Vande Bharat Express on Kasaragod -Thiruvananthapuram route
The newly introduced Orange Vande Bharat Express in Kerala, inspired by the saffron color of the national flag, will operate on the Kasaragod-Thiruvananthapuram route via Alappuzha. The total count of Vande Bharat services will reach 68, featuring smaller 8-coach versions with 25 improvements over their predecessors.
Orange Vande Bharat: Vande Bharat Express trains have been given a new look with a combination of orange, grey, and white color in the front instead of the previous white-blue color scheme.
PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of international cricket stadium
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of an international cricket stadium in Varanasi.
i.The international cricket stadium in Varanasi will have a capacity of 30,000 spectators.
ii.It is being developed in Ganjari, Rajatalab, Varanasi, at a cost of about Rs 450 crores (The Uttar Pradesh government spent ₹121 crores to acquire the land for the stadium, while the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] will spend ₹330 crores on its construction.).
iii.The thematic architecture draws inspiration from Lord Shiva.
iv.The stadium will be equipped with crescent-shaped roof covers, trident-shaped lights, ghat steps-based seating, and Bilvipatra-shaped metallic sheets on the facade.
v.It is expected to be ready by December 2025.
vi.The spectators’ gallery will resemble the steps of the ghats of Varanasi.
vii.This will be Uttar Pradesh’s third international cricket stadium.
- Former India cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar and Ravi Shastri
- BCCI President Roger Binny
- BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla
- BCCI Secretary Jay Shah
- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
Key Points from Prime Minister’s Address:
i. The stadium’s strategic location at the crossroads leading to Mata Vindhyavasini and its proximity to Motikot village, the birthplace of Raj Narain ji.
ii.Efforts are being made to provide world-class sports facilities to the youth of Kashi, including spending on Sigra Stadium and its facilities.
iii. Mention of the National Education Policy’s recognition of sports as a subject and the establishment of the National Sports University in Manipur.
International Stadium in UP: i.Green Park Stadium, Kanpur. ii.Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow.
PM inaugurates ‘International Lawyers’ Conference 2023’ in New Delhi
On September 23, 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates International Lawyers’ Conference 2023 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. First time such an initiative has been undertaken in the country.
Organized by: Bar Council of India (BCI).
Theme: Emerging Challenges in Justice Delivery System.
Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR):
i.ADR gains importance due to the complexity of commercial transactions.
ii.India has enacted a mediation Act to systematize informal dispute resolution.
iii.Lok Adalats (People’s Courts) in Bharat has been a significant means of resolving disputes. Lok Adalats have successfully resolved around 7 lakh cases in the last 6 years.
Simplifying Language and Law:
Contemplating presenting the law in two ways: one in the language familiar to legal professionals and another in a language that an ordinary person from India can understand.
- 50th Chief Justice of India, Dr. D. Y. Chandrachud (as chief guest)
- Union Minister of Law and Justice, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal
- Chairman, Bar Council of India, Shri Manan Kumar Mishra
Recent Achievements and Developments: i.Passage of Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, providing 33% reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha.
About Bar council of India:
Headquarters: New Delhi
Chairman: Manan Kumar Mishra