Prime MinisterNarendra Modi on Thursday rejected the allegations of southern states, including Tamil Nadu, that the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the 15th Finance Commission were biased against "certain states, or a particular region".
Modi was received at the Chennai airport by governor Banwarilal Purohit, defence minister Nirmala Seetharaman, chief minister Edapaddi Palaniwami, deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and senior officials. The protests are being held due to the Centre not having yet constituted the Cauvery Management Board as per the Supreme Court's ruling on the Cauvery water-sharing dispute, reports Scroll.
Veteran film director Bharathiraja and film-maker Ameer were among those who held demonstrations near the airport, raising slogans against Modi on the Cauvery issue over which the state has been witnessing protests for the past many days.
A helipad was specially created for him at IIT-Madras and a compound wall broken so that he could avoid the main road to reach the adjacent Cancer Institute, where he inaugurated the diamond jubilee building.
DMK working president MK Stalin has asked his party's workers to hoist black flags at the party office and homes to register their protest.
The Rs 639-crore project has gone to SMPP Pvt Ltd - a Delhi-based company that has a Research and Development centre in the Okhla Industrial Area.
"In thousands of years of history we have never desired anyone's territory, rather than wining countries through wars, India has believed in winning hearts".
"The Union Government is committed to cooperative federalism, our mantra is 'sabka-sath, sabka-vikas.' Let us work together to build a new India that would make our freedom fighters proud", he said.
Indian actress and model Mahika Sharma lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the increasing number of rape cases and demanded immediate justice for the 8-year-old girl who was gang-raped and killed in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir. It will set up Defence Innovation Hubs throughout the country to provide necessary incubation and infrastructure support to the start-ups in the defence sector.
"You need the government to grant a license to manufacture arms and ammunition".
"India's defence preparedness is guided by these thoughts".
"The defence procurement procedure has been revised with many specific provisions for stimulating growth of domestic defence industry".