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Noida becomes choicest biz destination

Investors are flocking to Yamuna Authority in view of the upcoming Jewar Airport. Along with this, Greater Noida Authority and Noida Authority have also attracted several investors…reports Asian Lite News

Noida has emerged as the most favoured investment destination of Uttar Pradesh in the three-day Global Investors Summit, 2023 being held in Lucknow. The investment share of all the three Noida Authorities alone is recorded at 27 per cent.

Investors are flocking to Yamuna Authority in view of the upcoming Jewar Airport. Along with this, Greater Noida Authority and Noida Authority have also attracted several investors.

The Uttar Pradesh government has received an investment proposal of Rs 32,92,000 crore from the Global Investors Summit (GIS), which will provide employment to 92 lakh people.

Agra and Lucknow have been the second and third preferred destinations for investment by the investors.

Siddharthnagar remained the least preferred, with an investment of only Rs 650 crore generated from a total of 128 companies in the district, which measures to 0.2 per cent of the total investment.

During the summit, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that 18,645 MoUs have been signed, in which maximum investment has been done in Western Uttar Pradesh due to cities like Noida and Agra.

He said that 45 per cent of the total investment will be done in the area.

A total of 29 per cent investment has been done in Purvanchal. Paschimanchal and Purvanchal together have 74 per cent.

Investment of 13 per cent each has come in Madhyanchal and Bundelkhand of the state.

Reliance Group will invest Rs 75,000 crore in the state and will set up renewable energy capacity of 10 GW in the state under the Akshay scheme.

Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani in his address at the event said that 5G service will be available in all the cities of the state by the end of 2023.

The investments include Rs 21,622 crore from UAE, Rs 21,922.5 crore from Canada and the US, Rs 10,704 crore from Netherlands & France, Rs 25,456 crore from Japan & South Korea, Rs 1,76,740 crore from Germany, Belgium & Sweden, Rs 1300 crore from Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, Rs 26,120 crore from Australia and Singapore.

Proposals worth Rs 7,85,937 crore came from Gautam Buddha Nagar during the Investors Summit. Out of this, MoUs worth Rs 7,45, 815 crore were signed. In this, the maximum proposal of Rs 1,60,000 crore came for the Yamuna Development Authority.

MoUs worth Rs 1 lakh 116 crore were signed in this. This investment will provide employment to more than one lakh people. As many as90 officers from all the three authorities participated in the event.

This year, the target of the entire state of Uttar Pradesh was raised to Rs 17 lakh crore in the ongoing event while investment proposals have come up to Rs 21 lakh crore.

Gautam Buddha Nagar district alone has an investment of more than Rs 7 lakh crore.

Investments have been made in the fields of IT, ITES, commercial, infrastructure, group housing, dairy, energy, agriculture, education, civil aviation, medical education and forest companies. However, the largest investment has been in the IT/ITES sector.

Proposals worth Rs 88,700 crore have come for Noida Authority. In this, MoUs worth Rs 85,993 crore were signed on the behalf of 361 companies.

The companies include Lulu Mall Management which has invested Rs 2500 crore, Adani group which has invested Rs 5000 crore, M3M India Private Limited with an investment of Rs 7500 crore, Rs 4300 crore by Injika, Rs 4000 crore by Clear Lake Pvt Ltd, Rs 3200 crore by Theme County Private Limited, Rs 2400 crore by Godrej Property Ltd., Rs 2000 crore by Fairfox Infra Pvt Ltd., Rs 2000 crore by Rose Berry State LLP, Rs 2000 crore by Theme County Pvt Ltd, Rs 1800 crore by Mahagun Infratech Pvt Ltd Canciller Consultancy has included companies worth Rs 1200 crore.

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‘UP Key to India’s $5T Economy Goal’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Uttar Pradesh Global Investors Summit 2023 in Lucknow.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday addressed the Global Investors Summit-2023 session on ‘Strengthening of MSMEs and Cooperatives’ in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow.

“Global Investors Summit has been organized with a vision to bring investment in Uttar Pradesh. The development of Uttar Pradesh is very important to fulfil Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s dream of a five trillion dollar economy, taking Uttar Pradesh forward means accelerating India’s development,” Shah said. He said that there are five conditions to bring industry and investment in any state – proper law and order situation, good infrastructure in the state, clear formulation of policies for industry and finance, transparent governance and quick decision-making ability.

“Today, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Government of Uttar Pradesh led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has implemented these five things, and a very favourable environment has been created here for industry and investment,” he added.

He also said that in the coming months, he will tour various parts of the country to strengthen and expand the cooperative sector.

Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Uttar Pradesh Global Investors Summit 2023 in Lucknow.

Highlighting the country’s development strides and investment-friendly environment and, also pointing out that Uttar Pradesh was driving the country’s growth, PM Modi said that India was reforming not out of compulsion but out of conviction.

If India is the bright spot in the world, then Uttar Pradesh is its growth engine, he said.

Addressing the gathering, he said, “Uttar Pradesh’s growth has been noteworthy. People used to say that it was hard to develop UP and the law-and-order situation in the state can never improve. UP was known for scams and no one had any hopes for the state’s revival and reform. But, in just five to six years, UP has created a new identity for itself. Today, Uttar Pradesh is known for good governance, peace, law-and-order, and stability.”

PM Modi said a big change is being seen in the thinking and aspirations of society and the country’s youth today. The aspirations of youth are behind the country’s push for development, he added. (ANI)

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Fintech platform PayMe bets big on UP

Founded in 2016, Noida-based PayMe offers a pool of comprehensive financial services for individuals and corporates….reports Asian Lite News

Fintech platform PayMe on Thursday said it will invest Rs 200 crore in Uttar Pradesh to create 2,000 jobs in the area, focusing on training and developing skilled resources in the fintech space.

The company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government in the presence of Shailendra Bhatia, OSD YEIDA and Nodal officer for UP Investors Summit and Manav Munjal, Director of PayMe and Vishal Ranjan, VP of HR.

“I come from Gorakhpur, a tier II district, where obtaining a quality education and getting job opportunities were scarce. Now that we have the means to give back to society, it is our duty to be a part of the UP Investor Summit initiative,” said Mahesh Shukla, Founder and CEO of PayMe.

The investment will contribute to the growth and development of the fintech sector in Uttar Pradesh, providing new opportunities for the local workforce, said the fintech company.

“PayMe has been growing at a tremendous pace, having expanded six times in terms of employee count in the past year, and we anticipate generating 5,000 employment opportunities in the next 5 years,” said Shukla.

Founded in 2016, Noida-based PayMe offers a pool of comprehensive financial services for individuals and corporates.

With a seed capital of $2 million, the company was rated among the top 30 emerging FinTech start-ups by leading startup news portal Inc42.

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Yogi opens first VFS global joint visa application centre in Lucknow

VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions…reports Asian Lite News

Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh launched a new global gateway for the state with the inauguration of the first VFS Global Joint Visa Application Centre (JVAC) and the VFS Global Academy in Lucknow on 04, February 2023.

VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions.

This spacious and comfortable facility equipped with modern amenities and services will have the capacity of processing approximately 1.2 lakh applications a year and will be of immense benefit to the citizens of Uttar Pradesh, who till now had to travel to other cities like New Delhi to submit their visa applications.

Spread across 24,000 sq.ft, the JVAC would cater to travellers bound to Austria, The Netherlands, The Czech Republic, Switzerland, Estonia, Hungary, Portugal, Germany, Italy and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Located strategically on the 1st floor of the Interstate Bus Terminal, Alambagh (Shalimar Gateway Mall), the centre provides unparalleled accessibility to travellers using the inter-state bus service from the remote parts of Uttar Pradesh. It is also a short drive away from the Lucknow railway station, airport and a walk away from the Alambaug metro station.

With 11 submission counters and three biometric enrollment stations, the JVAC is equipped to manage the travel demand seamlessly. For discerning set of applicants seeking enhanced submission experience services, the facility has premium optional services such as Premium Lounges that enables application submission without having to wait in a queue. Form-filling assistance, Courier Passback, Courier Insurance, Travel Medical Insurance and SMS Notification are some of the other optional services to be available at the centre.

In addition to easing visa accessibility, VFS Global will open an academy in partnership Indian Hotels Company Ltd. (IHCL), to train local youth in world-class hospitality skills and enable employability in line with the UP-government’s skilling programme.

“It is our great honour and pride to have the Honourable Chief Minister of UP, Shri Yogi Adityanath, inaugurate the Lucknow joint visa application centre. This centre is a testament of our commitment to the people of UP. Given the visionary governance demonstrated by Yogiji’s government, the state of UP has great potential to become a global investment hub. We have worked with the Ministry of External Affairs Government of India, for nearly 15 years supporting inbound tourism to India as well as aiding overseas travel for millions from the country. The new Lucknow VAC would augment our commitment by significantly easing visa accessibility, empowering local youth through skilling and job creation and contribute towards making UP shine on the global map,” said Zubin Karkaria, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, VFS Global.

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Owasisi bats for ban on Godse movie

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Owaisi urges Centre to ban movie on Godse…reports Asian Lite News

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has demanded a ban on the upcoming movie on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.

The Hyderabad MP asked the Union government if it will ban the movie on Godse like it banned the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Stating that nobody in India can be greater than Mahatma Gandhi and Dr B R. Ambedkar, Owaisi said this country can never allow portrayal of a terrorist as a hero.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president was addressing a public meeting in the old city of Hyderabad on Sunday night.

He demanded the Centre to ban the movie and ensure that it is not released in any theatre.

Owaisi was apparently referring to the movie ‘Gandhi Godse: Ek Yudh’ of Rajkumar Santoshi, scheduled for release on January 26.

Recalling that in 2013 a film on Bhindranwale was also banned by the government, he asked why a film on Godse can’t be banned.

“Why do you have so much love for Godse. How long will you continue to chant the name of Gandhi but love Godse in your heart?” he asked.

Terming Godse as the biggest terrorist of independent India, Owaisi wanted to know the opinion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the assassin of Gandhiji.

Referring to the ban on BBC documentary in India, he asked if the Prime Minister would also ban the movie on Godse.

The Hyderabad MP also asked the RSS to speak about Godse. He pointed out that Godse and Savarkar had a close relationship. He alleged that the ruling party was trying to portray the murderer of Gandhiji as a hero.

The AIMIM chief also slammed the union government for its attempts to interfere in the judiciary.

Stating that the judiciary is independent under the Indian Constitution, he alleged that the Modi government wants to appoint judges who agree with its ideology.

He said the government recommended a BJP Mahila Morcha leader in Tamil Nadu who had declared herself a ‘chowkidar’ on her Twitter account, for the post of judge.

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‘Run for G-20 Walkathon’ organised in 4 UP cities

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi flagged off G20 walkathon organised in four cities…reports Asian Lite News

India is holding large number of large number of G20 events at different levels across the country during it’s presidency.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday flagged off the ‘Run for G-20 Walkathon’ being organised in four cities of the state to spread mass awareness about the G-20 Summit to be held in February.

The four cities include Lucknow, Agra, Varanasi, and Gautam Buddha Nagar simultaneously.
From sportspersons, NCC cadets, NSS volunteers, civil defence, and sports teachers of Basic Shiksha Parishad, Nehru Yuva Kendra to Prantiya Raksha Dal jawans, NDRF and PAC band members participated in the walkathon, informed the government on Saturday.

CM also laid the foundation stone for the G-20 multi-purpose sports hall at KD Singh Babu Stadium to be built at a cost of Rs 519 lakhs. On this occasion, Deputy CM Brajesh Pathak handed over the flag bearing the G-20 logo to the Chief Minister.

While addressing the occasion, the CM said that Uttar Pradesh has got the opportunity to host the G-20 conference and to promote the state’s image, culture, food, and digital UP globally through this conference.

“With the motto of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and the resolution of “One Earth, One Family, One Future,” the G-20 conference is being organised in India this year and a total of 11 meetings will be held in Uttar Pradesh on different days of the G-20 conference,” Yogi pointed out.

An array of programmes are being organised in the state on a large scale in view of the G-20 conference from today, including among others a walkathon and a mini-marathon.

Emphasising that the programmes are aimed at ensuring public participation in the event, the CM congratulated the participants, including public representatives and administrative officials in the four districts.

He said, “As the country celebrates Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav with enthusiasm, we can see ourselves making great achievements. The world accepts today that in this era of global crisis, India and PM Modi are the only leaders that can rescue and revive the world.”

Stating that Indian sages always talked about considering the whole world as one family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam), the CM said, “Today it is a matter of pride for us that India has got the leadership of this G-20 and UP has got the opportunity to host it.”

“This event will be attended by representatives from 20 major countries around the world, as well as representatives from nine friendly countries. It will be a matter of pleasure for us that, along with hospitality service, we are getting the opportunity to showcase the new heights of development that the country has touched. The event will take place in Lucknow from February 13 to 15. We will get an opportunity to showcase the competence that UP has achieved in the technology field in recent times. We must set an excellent example of Atithi Devo Bhava,” the CM marked.

He further stated that the month of February is very important for Uttar Pradesh as the state is gearing up to host the Global Investors Summit, every big investor and entrepreneur from all over the world and country will come here and try to associate themselves with the prosperity and potential of the state. More than 10,000 entrepreneurs will visit the state to take part in the event.

The CM announced that UP would celebrate its foundation day on January 24. A series of programs will start from the foundation day and continue till February 15. On this occasion, every district will be associated with these programs. All the events of the G-20 conference will continue till August. (ANI)

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G20 guests to get glimpse of UP’s cultural heritage

During the first two days of the foreign visitors’ stay in Agra, cultural events will be held with Lucknow-based artiste Alka Thakur greeting tourists by playing a ‘jugalbandi’ of sarangi and flute…reports Asian Lite News

The state of Uttar Pradesh has started preparations for hosting the G-20 summit meetings. On the instructions of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, special arrangements are being made to introduce the state’s culture and heritage to delegations arriving from different countries.

The Tourism department has developed a program to present the state’s dance forms, classical music, and other traditional entertainment to G-20 guests. According to this, veteran artists of the state would enthral visitors from abroad with their works, said a press release on Saturday. The G-20 visitors will land in the state in February and stay for a combined five days in February and August. They will also visit a number of the cities’ well-known locations during this period, added the statement.

During the first two days of the foreign visitors’ stay in Agra, cultural events will be held with Lucknow-based artiste Alka Thakur greeting tourists by playing a ‘jugalbandi’ of sarangi and flute.

On the second day, Mathura’s Sanjay Sharma will present Braj’s traditional peacock dance, Gitanjali Sharma will present Kathak based on Radha Madhav and Vandana Shri will perform Folk dance and Krishna Radha Raas.

In August, on the first day, a live jugalbandi of flute, tabla, and santoor will be presented by Bhatkhande Sanskrit University. The second day will feature performances of Krishna Raas Leela by Mathura’s Vinay Krishna Goswami and Namami Ramam by Lucknow’s Kathak Kendra.

On the third day, Mumbai-based Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe will perform a live concert while Manoj Kumar Mishra of Lucknow will showcase Taal Vadya, and Mohini of Lalitpur will perform traditional folk dance.

Padmashree Malini Awasthi will present folk songs

During the three-day stay in Lucknow, the city of Nawabs, on the first day, Sheikh Ibrahim of Lucknow will perform a live jugalbandi of the flute, tabla, and santoor, while performers from Kathak Kendra will present a semi-classical dance.

The attendees would be mesmerised by Prayagraj’s Anand Kishore Awadh’s Dandiya dance on the second day. The Awadhi traditional song Holi Khele Raghuveera will be performed by Padmashree Malini Awasthi. The Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy will perform a Kathak performance on Jashn-e-Banaras on the third day.

According to the Cultural Department, Pt. Lalit Kumar will play Vadya Yantra (instrument), Vishal Krishna will perform Shiv Tandav and Acharya Rahul Rohit Mishra will give a classical music performance in Varanasi. Along with this, Rajendra Prasanya will perform a shehnai and flute duet, Amit Srivastava will perform Dharohar Ganga on Maa Ganga and Shobhana Narayan will perform Kathak.

On the other hand, Sheikh Ibrahim of Lucknow will perform a jugalbandi (duet) using the tabla, mridangam, and sarangi, while Gaurav and Saurabh will perform a Kathak dance with a Lord Shri Krishna theme. Bhatkhande Sanskrit University will perform Tabla and Santoor Jugalbandi during Varanasi’s final stay, while Kathak based on Maa Ganga will be performed by Pt. Birju Maharaj Kathak Sansthan. Saraswati Vandana based on Kathak will be presented by Kathak Kendra Lucknow while Anuj Mishra from Lucknow will present Kathak on Sita Swayamvar. (ANI)

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Varanasi named as first-ever SCO tourism & cultural capital

The city of Varanasi has been nominated as the first-ever SCO tourism and cultural capital during 2022-2023 at the 22nd meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of State in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Friday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the SCO summit, which is the first in-person meeting of the regional group in two years owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The nomination of Varanasi as the first ever SCO tourism and cultural capital will promote tourism, cultural and humanitarian exchanges between India and the SCO member countries. It also underlines India’s ancient civilisational links with the member states of SCO, especially the Central Asian republics,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

Under the framework of this major cultural outreach programme, a number of events will be hosted in Varanasi during 2022-23, for which guests will be invited from the SCO member states. These events are expected to attract Indologists, scholars, authors, musicians, artists, photo journalists, travel bloggers apart from the invited guests.

The regulations for nominating SCO tourism and cultural capital were adopted at the Dushanbe SCO Summit in 2021 with an objective to promote cooperation between the SCO member states in the field of culture and tourism.

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UP nears milestone of 33 crore vax doses

So far, over 2,47,91,010 vaccine doses have been administered to children in the age group of 15-17 and over 1,07,57,191 vaccine doses have been administered to children in the age group of 12-14 in the state….reports Asian Lite News

Uttar Pradesh will soon cross the milestone of administering 33 crore total vaccine doses.

This will be another milestone as Uttar Pradesh continues to conduct one of the most successful vaccination campaigns in the country since the rollout of the mass immunisation drive.

According to the government spokesman, Uttar Pradesh has so far given out over 32.91 crore total vaccine doses. Out of these, over 17,45,04,444 are first doses, while over 15,14,32,772 individuals are fully vaccinated.

So far, over 2,47,91,010 vaccine doses have been administered to children in the age group of 15-17 and over 1,07,57,191 vaccine doses have been administered to children in the age group of 12-14 in the state.

In terms of percentage, nearly 93 per cent of the adult population is fully vaccinated and 100 per cent have received one vaccine dose.

In the age category of 15-17, over 98 per cent of the children have received at least one dose of the vaccine. While over 77 per cent in this age category is fully vaccinated.

Uttar Pradesh started administering booster shots (precaution dose) from January 10.

Over 31.96 lakh ‘precaution doses’ have been administered in the state so far.

To speed up the vaccination drive for children in the state, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also asked the concerned officials to ensure adequate availability of vaccine doses in the state and encourage the eligible children to take the vaccine cover.

The government is also paying special attention to the provision of booster shots (precaution dose) to the eligible beneficiaries.

India on Sunday reported 4,270 fresh Covid cases in last 24 hrs, a marginal rise against 3,962 Covid infection reported on previous day, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday morning.

In the same period, 15 Covid deaths were recorded, pushing the nationwide death toll to 5,24,692.

Meanwhile, the active caseload of the country has also risen to 24,052 cases, accounting for 0.06 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 2,619 patients in the same time span took the cumulative tally to 4,26,28,073. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.73 per cent.

Meanwhile, daily positivity rate has risen to 1.03 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate in the country currently stands at 0.84 per cent.

Over 3.44 crore adolescents have been administered with first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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A cabinet of crorepatis in UP

The two organisations analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 45 out of 53 ministers, including the Chief Minister, from the Uttar Pradesh State Assembly 2022….reports Asian Lite News

As many as 87 per cent ministers are crorepatis; as many as 49 per cent have criminal cases against themselves and another 44 per cent have serious criminal cases against them — that is the Uttar Pradesh cabinet for you.

And just five out of 45 ministers (11 per cent) are women, according to an analysis by Uttar Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms released on Saturday.

The two organisations analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 45 out of 53 ministers, including the Chief Minister, from the Uttar Pradesh State Assembly 2022.

Giving out details, the analysis said 22 ministers (49 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves while it was 20 ministers (44 per cent) that had declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

Out of the 45 ministers analysed, 39 (87 per cent) are crorepatis with average assets analysed to be Rs 9 crore.

The minister with the highest declared total assets is Mayankeshwar Sharan Singh from Tiloi constituency with assets worth Rs 58.07 crore while the one with lowest declared total assets is Dharamveer Singh, an MLC Member from Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council with assets worth Rs 42.91 lakh.

A total of 27 ministers have declared liabilities out of which the minister with the highest liabilities is Rakesh Sachan of Bhognipur constituency with Rs 8.17 crore of liabilities.

Nine (20 per cent) ministers have declared their educational qualification to be between class 8 and 12 while 36 (80 per cent) ministers have declared having an educational qualification of graduate or above.

Affidavits of Sanjay Nishad, Jitin Prasada, JPS Rathore, Narendra Kashyap, Dinesh Pratap Singh, Dayashankar Mishra Dayalu, Jaswant Saini and Danish Azad Ansari were not analysed for various reasons.

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