Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Oct 2017 12:05:19

WITH the launching of a ferry service between Bhavnagar and Bharuch in Gujarat by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, a new chapter has been written in the development of Gujarat and the nation. The people will be benefitted immensely with this project as it will reduce travel time between the two destinations by seven hours and cut the distance from 310 km to 30 km! The ferry service will also take off load of heavy vehicles on the roads, leading to saving of fuel. It is unfortunate that the project of such vital importance was stalled by the previous UPA Government because of obvious political reasons. The NDA Government has rightly realised the potential of ports in boosting the economy. It has undertaken port upgradation projects under the Sagarmala programme. Movement of goods through waterways is much cheaper compared to roads and railways. However, this aspect was never given a thought earlier. The Modi Government has shown a vision which was lacking badly in the previous regime.


INDIAN Hockey team has done a great job by winning the prestigious Asia Cup after a gap of 10 years, beating Malaysia 2-1 in a tightly played final at Dhaka. This win will certainly boost India’s confidence which was often dwindling in recent times because the team could not score any major victory to write home about. The Indian team remained unbeaten in this tournament and scored a deserving win over Malaysia. Captain Manpreet Singh led the team with confidence and made swift changes in approach during the match. His decisions confused the Malaysians who could not fathom what was to come next. Right from the word go, the Indians adopted an assertive style of play and cornered the opposition in a definitive manner, paving the way to success in the final match. This Asia Cup tournament, thus, proved to be a great example of how a good team builds its confidence in a brick-by-brick manner. Indian hockey needed this morale-booster at this particular juncture. With other major tournaments in the pipeline, this booster will help.