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‘Modi-Obama’ kites a hit in Guj’s Makar Sankranti

The markets in Vadodara, Surat, Bharuch, Rajkot, Ahmedabad and other places in the state are flooded with kites featuring ‘Modi-Obama’ images on them for the Makar Sankranti festival on January 14, Mehmod Khubhanbhai Patangwala, Secretary of Vadodara kite sellers and owners association, told PTI here on Monday.

“This year, markets have lots of different types of kites. However, the demand for ‘Modi-Obama’ kites has gone up after the US President greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarati during the latter’s US visit last year,” he said.

Also, John Kerry’s warm hug to Modi during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit has further boosted the sale of ‘Modi-Obama’ kites in Vadodara and other parts of the state, the 50-year-old association secretary claimed. Kashyap Upendrabhai Vaidya (around 45 years of age), an avid kite-flyer hailing from Vadodara who is now a Canadian citizen, said that he has specially flown to the city to celebrate the kite festival on Makar Sankranti.

Adani to invest Rs 20,000cr in Gujarat ports in next 5 years

Gandhinagar: Billionaire Gautam Adani-led Adani Group on Monday announced a Rs 20,000-crore investment for expanding the capacity of its Gujarat ports to 100 million tons per annum by 2020. The investment is on the top of Rs 25,000-crore spending the Group had announced on the first day of Vibrant Gujarat Summit here. “We are going to continue our investments in port sector. We will invest another Rs 20,000 crore over the next 5 years to add another 100 million tons capacity in Gujarat,” he said at the Summit on Monday. Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) - a part of the Adani Group - is India’s largest multi-port operator. It operates six ports in the country including four in Gujarat - Kandla, Mundra, Hazira and Dahej.

Naidu pushes PPP model to construct smart cities
Gandhinagar: Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said here on Monday that the union government is not in a position to make all investments for smart cities and hence the public-private partnership (PPP) route would be necessary.

“It will take lakhs of crores of rupees to invest in smart cities. You cannot expect the government to make all that investment. We will invite private players to come forward and build smart cities.

“The government will provide viability gap funding and will also facilitate whatever is necessary, but it has to be built through the PPP model only,” Naidu said at a session on building smart cities during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar here on Monday. He said that the government is in the process of coming out with documents on smart cities by the end of the month, adding that the decision would be taken after consultations with all state governments.
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