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Delhi: To ease the traffic between Delhi and Meerut (NH-58), NHAI proposed Delhi-Meerut Expressway which starts from National Highway-2 at Ring Road in Delhi and ends at Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) granted permission to NHAI to build a bridge and approach roads over the Yamuna river for the project. The Delhi-Meerut Expressway will be built through public- private-partnership mode and slated to be operational by March 2018.
The green panel cleared the decks for the project after taking into account the recommendation of Principal Committee, constituted by the NGT for Yamuna Revitalisation which said that “project may be allowed” subject to fulfilling of certain conditions including increasing the cost of monitoring during construction phase of bridge by nearly Rs 2.5 crore. NGT granted permission to carrying out necessary construction for expansion of existing Nizamuddin bridge, Ring road in terms of the proposed project.
News Source: NGT clears decks for Delhi-Meerut Expressway | financialexpress.com
The much awaited Agra-Lucknow Expressway is all set to open to the public on December 23, 2016. It has been built in a record time and inaugurated last week amidst much fanfare. The 302 km six-lane expressway passes through 4 National Highways, 2 state highways and has an 8-lane bridge across the river Ganga. It connects Agra and Lucknow and expected to reduce the commuting time between Delhi and Lucknow to anywhere between 5 to 6 hours.
The expressway is designed to support speeds up to 120Km per hour. But, the maximum speed allowed is 100 km per hour. The expressway will have automatic traffic management systems and ambulances would be stationed on the expressway. This expressway will connect Kanpur-Unnao, Yamuna Expressway via Agra Ring Road and 236 villages. The expressway is spread across 3500 hectares of land.
News Source: Agra-Lucknow Expressway: Now, drive from Agra to Lucknow in just 3.5 hours from December 23 | Financial Express
On November 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation policy to invalidate Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. The move was to eliminate the rising incidence of fake notes and black money. This will also curb financing of terrorism. According to the news source, old 500 and 1000 rupees notes can be exchanged at any offices of the Reserve Bank of India or at any bank branches or at any Post Office. The move comes soon after the Income Declaration Scheme of the government ended.
According to experts, most of the black money is held in big currency notes. The New Series bank notes of Rs.500/- and Rs.2,000/- denominations will be introduced for circulation from this November 2016.
News source: Full text of govt’s statement on banning Rs 500 & Rs 1,000 notes | Moneycontrol.com
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Amavasya or no moon day in August also known as Aadi Amavasi in Tamil Nadu, Karkidaka Vavu Bali in Kerala and Bheemana Amavasi in Karnataka. As per tradition, in some part of India it is observed as Shravan Amavasya and some part as Ashada Amavasya.
This day is considered both auspicious and inauspicious. As per tradition, people offer tharpanam a ritual for offering the tribute to their ancestors like their deceased father, mother or family members. They pray to their ancestors to remove the curse on their family and bless the family for good and happy life.
It is recommended that brahmins or those who wear the sacred thread from left shoulder to right shoulder to change it vise-versa before beginning of the ritual. You can seek a pujari help to do Tharpanam on this day. Tharpanam should always to be done to elder family members who are deceased and not for younger family members or to people who are still alive. The ritual can be performed in house, beaches or banks of sacred rivers, temples or sacred spots designated for tharpan or Pitra Tharpanam.
Amavasya or no moon day in 2016 falls on August 2, 2016 and begins at 3:14 AM and ends at 2:14 AM on August 3.