Modern Coach Factory as a shining example of “Make in India”
Foundation Stone of MCF, Raebareli was laid in February 2007. But construction began only in May 2010. The factory was slated to produce 1,000 coaches. However, between 2011-14, it only did minor work on some coaches brought from Kapurthala. Only 375 coaches were thus refurbished between 2011 to 2014 when it should have been manufacturing coaches completely.
Since, 2014 the unit has been a priority area. In July 2014, MCF was declared a Production Unit of Indian Railways. Within a month it started production of fully formed coaches. On 16th December, 2018, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri NarendraModi flagged off the 900th coach produced this year, and a Humsafar Rake, which was also produced in MCF. MCF will become 1st Rail factory to meet Zero-Energy Mega Factory standards by 2020-21.
Afghanistan lodges strong complaint with UNSC against Pakistan for its engagement with Taliban
Afghanistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Nazifullah Salarzai said, Pakistan’s invitation to the Taliban amounted to a violation of Afghanistan’s national sovereignty. The letter said, as there is no co-ordination with the Afghan government, it poses a serious threat to the country’s security.
In a tweet, Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Sibghatullah Ahmadi said, Pakistan’s move not only undermines the ongoing peace efforts but also falls in violation of UNSC Resolution 1988. India’s official policy on the Afghan peace process has been that it should be Afghan-owned, Afghan-led and Afghan-controlled.
CRPF to add more security features to its convoy movement in J&K to make its passage safer
The CRPF has decided to add new security features to its convoy movement in Jammu and Kashmir making its passage more safe and secured. Talking to reporters in New Delhi, CRPF Director General RR Bhatnagar said, the new features in the Standard Operative Procedure for the movement of the Force will soon be added.
Mr Bhatnagar said, the movement of civilian vehicles during the movement of the force has been totally stopped in the state. The decision follows a terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama on Thursday that claimed the lives of 40 personnel.
A drainage-cleaning robot has been introduced in Chennai
In Chennai, a drainage-cleaning robot has been introduced for the first time at the city corporation as part of efforts to rid of manual searching. According to officials, the robot named Bandicoot has been introduced at a cost of 18 lakh ruppes. Tamil Nadu Minister Kadambur Raju inaugurated the operation of the robot.
Drainage cleaning could be detected by viewing the blockages on the screen. The robot could be taken to any place in the corporation area.
India raises customs duty to 200 pc on all goods imported from Pakistan
India has raised the basic customs duty to 200 per cent on all goods imported from Pakistan with immediate effect following withdrawal the Most Favoured Nation, MFN status in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said this in a tweet. The important things which Pakistan exports to India include fruits,cement,petroleum products,bulk minerals and ores and finished leather.