New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday inaugurated the Jagran Forum 2021, organised by Jagran Prakashan, in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi to highlight the development works carried out for the welfare of the state. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also virtually attended the event that had a theme of 'Ganga, Environment and Indian Culture'. Jagran Forum 2021 was held in five different sessions with nearly 100 Chief Guests attending the event.

Here are the key highlights from Jagran Forum 2021:

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15:08 pm: Fifth session begins, Kashi Vishwanath Corridor to be discussed

Chief Guests: Deepak Aggarwal, Commissioner, Banaras

14:33 pm: Fourth session with topic of Indian customs begins.

Chief Guests: Rajeshwar Acharya (President of Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi); Aruna Sinha (Professor of History at Banaras Hindu University); Amitabh Bhattacharya (Artist)

14:05 pm: Third session with topic of New Map of Connectivity begins

Chief Guests: Vijay Vishwas Pant, Commissioner (Azamgarh Division); Manoj Gupta, Chief Engineer of UPEDA; Ajit Mishra, General Manager, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation (Eastern Division)

13:29 pm: Second session with a topic of role of science in the agricultural sector begins.

Chief Guests: Dr Jagdish Singh, Director, National Vegetable Research Center; Dr AK Saxena, Director, National Bureau of Agricultural; Chandrashekhar; Chandrabhan Bind

12:39 pm: First session begins. It has a topic of Role of One District One Product (ODOP) in the development of Uttar Pradesh.

Chief Guests: Navneet Sehgal, Additional Chief Secretary (MSME); Dr Rajinikanth, Global Indication (GI) Specialist and General Secretary of Human Welfare Association; RK Chaudhary, National Vice President of Indian Industries Association; Godavari Singh; Navneet Sehgal

12:28 pm: President Kovind's address concludes.

12:18 pm: President Kovind lauds PM Modi for his efforts to clean river Ganga

12:13 pm: River Ganga is the identity of Indian culture: President Kovind

12:09 pm: I thank Jagran Prakashan for organising this event in Varanasi: President Kovind

12:05 pm: River Ganga and our culture are dependent on each other: President Kovind

12:01 pm: Learnt a lot from Mahendra Mohan Gupta ji and his family: President Kovind

12:00 pm: Need to take all precautions against COVID-19: President Kovind

11:56 am: This event got delayed by 1 year due to COVID-19: President Kovind

11:55 am: President Kovind begins his address.

11:54 am: Dainik Jagran CEO Sanjay Gupta presents souvenirs to President Kovind

11:50 am: Jagran Prakashan Chairman Mahendra Mohan Gupta welcomes President Kovind

11:46 am: President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at Taj Hotel. 

11:41 am: UP Governor Anandiben Patel has arrived at the Taj Hotel.

11:26 am: UP Governor Anandiben Patel to arrive at Taj Hotel shortly.

11:13 am: The main aim of the event is to highlight the development works carried out in the state for the welfare of people.

11:02 am: President Ram Nath Kovind to arrive shortly at the Taj Hotel.

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10:15 am: Jagran Forum 2021 will be held in five different sessions with nearly 100 Chief Guests attending the event.

10:00 am: The event this year has a theme of 'Ganga, Environment and Indian Culture'.

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9:23 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also virtually attend the event from state capital Lucknow today.

9:05 am: The event will be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind this year in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi.

9:00 am: Jagran Prakashan, one of India's biggest media houses, will organise the Jagran Forum 2021 today.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma