The city of Kochi is gearing up to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will arrive at Naval Base in a special air force flight at around 10.15 AM and he will travel to Palarivattom station at 10.35 AM to board the Kochi Metro. Local news reports suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will board the Kochi Metro, along with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan but this has not been confirmed yet by any official sources. At 11 AM, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the Metro Railway to the nation at Kalur Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Following the official inauguration of the Kochi aMetro, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will proceed to inaugurate the nation-wide P.N.Panicker Memorial’s Reading Day celebrations at St.Teresa’s College at around 12.15 PM, as per a report by Kaumudi.
For those who may not be aware, P.N.Panicker was a renowned educationist in Kerala, who is also known as the ‘Father of the Library’ movement in the state. He is revered as one of the architects of modern Kerala as his contribution to the state’s literacy level and library movement is part of the state’s cultural history. The government of Kerala observes June 19th every year as Reading Day in his honor, followed by a whole week of activities at schools and public institutions to promote the culture of reading.
The focus of this year’s celebration would be to empower digital reading, the Panicker Foundation’s press release stated.
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After the inauguration at St Teresa’s College, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will return to Naval Base and hold a short meeting with the Chief Minister and Ministers in the board room. From there, he will return to Delhi at 1.25 PM.
Security arrangements have been tightened across Kochi tomorrow. On the dais where the Kochi Metro inauguration is scheduled to take place, only 3500 invitees are permitted and they have to show their ID cards and invitations to be able to enter. The same strict guidelines apply at St Teresa’s College.