Pod Taxis Will Provide Last Mile Connectivity To Jewar Airport

The Uttar Pradesh government will start “pod taxi” service to connect Greater Noida to the Noida International Airport in Jewar. The Yamuna Expressway and Eastern Peripheral Expressway has been asked to rope in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the project.

What is a “pod taxi”?

Popular in many western countries, a “pod taxi” is a driverless car that can accommodate up to six people comfortably and improve connectivity to remote areas. In 2016, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launched pilot project for pod taxis at the cost of Rs 800 crore. The taxis would run from Delhi to Gurugram.

Jewar BJP MLA Dhirendra Singh said metro connectivity was available till Greater Noida but Jewar airport was about 25 kilometers from Greater Noida city. Pod taxis were considered to bridge the gap. The MLA further said that pod taxis were a revolutionary mode of transport widely used in western countries. The pod taxi service will be started under PRT – Personal Rapid Transit system.

Who will develop the airport?

Recently the greenfield airport at Jewar was named Noida International Airport. The Yamuna International Airport Private Limited will build and operate the airport. The contract for building and operating the airport for 40 years has been awarded to Zurich Airport International AG (ZAIA). The construction of the airport will complete in four years in the first phase.

The contract was awarded in November 2019 and the Union ministry of home affairs provided security clearance to start work on the airport in May 2020. A new film city is also proposed in Jewar.

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PM Modi Takes The Home-Grown Covaxin Jab At AIIMS

In a bid to boost vaccination drive against COVID-19 and to send a message to states going to elections in March-April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a jab of the home-grown Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

What did PM Modi say after taking the vaccine?

PM Modi praised the doctors and scientists by saying that they had done a remarkable job by strengthening the global fight against COVID-19 in a short time. He urged people over 60 and over 45 with illnesses to take vaccine jabs. His message was “Together, let us make India COVID-19 free,”. He even tweeted his picture of taking the jab.

What was the message to electorates?

PM Modi was wearing a gamcha from Assam and the nurses – Rosamma Anil and P Niveda – who administered the jab were from Kerala and Puducherry respectively. The officials said that the gamcha was symbolic of blessings from the women of Assam.

PM Modi visited AIIMS with no route diversion

Earlier in the day, PM Modi was taken to AIIMS for vaccination but no route diversion was planned for the PM to avoid inconvenience to public. The country started the vaccination drive on January 16 and hopes to vaccinate 30 crore people by August in the second phase that starts on March 1, 2021.

India is the second hardest hit country after the US and it is witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Punjab.

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Rohit Sharma Is Next Best To Virat Kohli In ICC Test Batting Rankings

The opening batsman Rohit Sharma became No. 8 on the ICC Test Batting Rankings. He moved 6 spots after winning the third test against England at Ahmedabad. In India, Rohit Sharma is the second best batsman after captain Virat Kohli who stands on 5th position on ICC Test Batting Rankings. But the senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara slipped two spots to No. 10.

How Rohit Sharma improved his test batting rankings?

He started out as an opening batsman for test matches in 2019 and proved his worth in all conditions and situations. And this Mumbai Indians captain was instrumental in winning three tests against the ongoing four test match series against England. He ended his dry spell of Australia tour on the home pitch.

How Rohit Sharma performed on home pitch?

He showed the magic of batting in the second test in Chennai where he scored 161 runs and defended the match. His big century helped India make a comeback in the series by leveling the series with 1-1. It is to be noted that India lost the first test to England in Chennai.

Rohit Sharma successfully passed the pink ball test in the third test Ahmedabad when he scored the match-winning 61 runs. The match ended within two days. Rohit amassed 298 runs in three tests against England.

R Ashwin enters the top 3 club

Off-spinner R Ashwin becomes the only spinner in the top 10 of the Test Bowling Rankings. He moved 4 spots to become No. 3 on the rankings. Ashwin picked 13 wickets in three tests in Australia but he has so far taken 24 wickets in three tests against England. Ashwin … Read the rest

Liverpool End Their Dry Season By Defeating Sheffield United With 2-0

Liverpool defeated the last-placed Sheffield United with 2-0 on Sunday. But there is little to triumph for The Reds already had a miserable run of four defeats in February. Also, the defending barely managed the Sunday match that includes an own-goal by Sheffield’s Kean Bryan.

What are the chances of defending champions in Premier League 2021?

The Reds have almost lost their chances to the championship this season. The Sunday win with 2-0 could do little for the defending champions that need more time to come out from the shock of losing crucial matches to Everton, Manchester City and Leicester. But manager Jürgen Klopp looked hopeful about Liverpool’s prospects.

What did Jürgen Klopp say about Liverpool’s win?

Liverpool beat Sheffield United 2-0

A jubilant Jürgen Klopp said that Liverpool should have scored three times before they scored two goals. He further said that the finishing was good and that he knew that the team needed improvement for the upcoming fixtures.

Was Jürgen Klopp right in his assessment of his team’s ability to score three times?

Liverpool missed many opportunities in the first half but it was Sheffield goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale that kept The Reds at bay in the entire first half. And it was only in the second half that Liverpool could score their first goal.

The 20-year-old Curtis Jones that has just came out of the academy brought the breakthrough for Liverpool in 48th minute when shot a deflected cross by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The second goal came in 64th minute when Roberto Firmino charged towards the Sheffield’s goalpost and fired a missed shot that was turned into an own-goal by Kean Bryan.

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