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South Asia's first 'Ro-Ro' ferry service begins in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the ₹615 crore ‘roll-on-roll-off’ (Ro-Ro) ferry service between Ghogha in Saurashtra and Dahej in south Gujarat. He launched the first phase at a rally in Ghogha in the presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. “This is the first of its kind project not only in India but also in South-East Asia,” Mr. Modi said at the rally which comes ahead of the Assembly polls in the State. “This is also a unique project as the State government has used the latest technology to make this ferry service possible,” he said.

‘Dream project’

The Prime Minister had earlier termed this his “dream project.” While speaking at a public meeting in Bhavnagar after the inauguration, Mr. Modi said, “I am happy to be in Gujarat to personally convey New Year greetings. This programme may be for a ferry between Ghogha and Dahej, but this programme is of vital importance for the entire nation.” The Prime Minister said, “The history of human civilisation illustrates the vitality of rivers and maritime trade. Gujarat is the land of Lothal. How can we forget these aspects of our history. This programme is to bring back to life our glorious past, connect Saurashtra and South Gujarat.” “Imagine how much time and petrol this ferry service will save. This ferry service connects Saurashtra and South Gujarat... people from these regions frequently travel to and fro,” Mr. Modi said. “When I was serving as Chief Minister, I faced hostility from the then Central government. Efforts were made to stall industries and the State's growth. Over the last three years we have changed that and given importance to the development of Gujarat. “Gujarat is blessed with a long coastline and we should harness opportunities arising due to this. We took steps in developing coastal infrastructure,” said Mr. Modi. He further reiterated "This ferry service will not be restricted to this one route. We are planning to link other places also through ferries. "Sadly, our transport sector was not integrated enough. We have changed that in the last three years. The goal is to make our transport sector integrated and state of the art."

 

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Prelims Question of the Day

With reference to 'Natural Rate of Unemployment', consider the following statements.

1. It is the level of unemployment in an economy that is just consistent with a stable rate of Inflation.

2. It is the unemployment that prevails when all markets in the economy are in equilibrium.

 

(a)1 and 2

(b)2 only

(c)1 only

(d)None of the above

Mains Question of the Day

1.GS-No party in power can afford to ignore Directive Principles of State Policy. Comment.(200 Words)

2.Political Science - Explain the role of non state actors, like IMF, World Bank, European Union and MNCs, in modulating and transforming the broad dynamics of international relations. (250 Words).

3.SOCIOLOGY - What is the impact of Globalization on the structure and mobilization of the working class in India? (250 Words).

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