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PM Modi in Lumbini: India, Nepal to sign five agreements

Kathmandu [Nepal]: India and Nepal will be signing five Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lumbini on Monday.

” In presence of prime ministers of the two nations, 5 MoU’s will be signed which will deepen the century-old traditional as well as cultural ties,” according to a source inside Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Kathmandu University and also the Indian Institute of Technology Madras will also sign two MoUs, the resource stated. The Prime Minister is set up to arrive in Lumbini at 10:40 am (NST) on an Indian Air force helicopter on Monday.

He will reach Lumbini on the occasion of celebration of Buddha Jayanti to hold bilateral talks with Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

Sher Bahadur Deuba, his partner Arzu Rana Deuba, Council of Ministers will receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport built near the Lumbini International Buddhist Reflection Center and Assembly Hall.

Upon arrival, he will certainly pray at Mayadevi temple at 11 am as well as take part in Bhumi Pooja at 11:30. After that, he will meet with PM Deuba as well as Foreign Minister Dr. Narayan Khadka from 12:20 to 12:40 pm. He will also engage with various delegations afterwards.

At 1:30, Deuba will host lunch for Prime Minister Modi. The lunch will certainly be followed by PM Modi’s conference with eminent people of Nepal.

PM Modi will participate in Buddha Jayanti events from 3:30 pm onwards and is scheduled to fly back to Delhi at around 5 pm.

His entourage will consist of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, couple of joint-secretaries and also others officials.

Previously in 2014, Prime Minister Modi visited Nepal two times on different occasions  and also two times in 2018.

During the last check out to Nepal in May of 2018, PM Modi had visited Janakpur as well as Muktinath, one of the revered religious as well as social sites of Nepal.

Amit Shah says one should take holistic view to understand PM Modi

New Delhi [India]: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be seen from a holistic view and not from an isolated view to understand his political life.

Addressing the book launch of ‘Modi@20: Dreams Meet Delivery’, the Home Minister said, “Narendra Modi has worked all along as considering society as a family. He is the first such leader in the politics of the country, whose family no one has even heard of. Such a leader will not be found even after searching through binoculars.”
Shah said that PM Modi Modi is the most popular leader of every region and section of society.

He pointed out that PM Modi didn’t even have experience of running panchayat when he was made CM of Gujarat and despite that, he won continuously and ran the state quite efficiently.

“Those who are in front of me today have known Narendra Modi for the last 20 years. You have seen his successful 20 years. You have seen the difference in his leadership in India and Gujarat,” said Shah.

He stated: “But as a student of Political Science, I would say that it is necessary to know the journey of 30 years before this. If you have to understand the journey of rising from the courtyard of poverty to becoming the Prime Minister of the country, from being a small worker to becoming the most popular leader in the world and the journey of becoming the PM of India, despite never being a member of the Panchayat you need to know about the first 30 years.”

Shah also asserted that “to understand the political life of Modi ji, he has to be seen not from an isolated view but from a holistic view”.

He further said that as a worker of the organization, he has seen PM Modi eating food in the house of the poorest of the poor in a small village.

“While making a policy, whether it is a policy for the smallest person, the policy is for all-inclusive, and for the all-round development, where does it come from? The answer to this is the time of Prime Minister Modi ji in the work of the organization for the last 30 years,” he said.

The Home Minister said that Narendra Modi thinks about the result and this thinking has brought a big change in the country. “They are sensitive, they think about the smallest person,” he added.

He further said that the Modi-led BJP government does make policies which are good for the people of the country.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji’s government does not take such decisions which are liked by the people, but the Modi government takes such decisions which are good for the people. He doesn’t do politics for votes. His speciality is immense love and immeasurable sensitivity for the downtrodden, tribal, poor and backward,” added the Home Minister.

Shah said the primary education system implemented by PM Modi in Gujarat is a role model for the entire country.

“I have worked with Modi for years. He thinks most about the nation. For this reason, the people of the country have faith that when we celebrate the centenary of independence, India will reach new heights,” he said.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today released the book ‘Modi @20: Dreams Meeting Delivery’, in presence of Home Minister and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

The book ‘Modi @20: Dreams Meeting Delivery’, is an anthology about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)

PM Modi condoles demise of Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday offered condolences to eminent Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma’s family after his demise saying, his music will continue to enthral the coming generations. Sharma, a musical legend, passed away in Mumbai at the age of 84.

“Our cultural world is poorer with the demise of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji. He popularised the Santoor at a global level. His music will continue to enthral the coming generations. I fondly remember my interactions with him. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also extended condolences to the family of Pandit Shiv Kumar, saying his demise “impoverishes our cultural world”

“Sad to know about the demise of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, eminent Santoor player and internationally celebrated Indian music composer. His departure impoverishes our cultural world. My deepest condolences,” Banerjee tweeted.

Maharashtra Governor of Bhagat Singh Koshyari expressed condolences on the demise of renowned Santoor maestro Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.

“The news of the demise of Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma is shocking. Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma was instrumental in taking Santoor and Indian classical music to the global stage. Pt Sharma was a great artist, Guru, researcher, thinker and above all a kind-hearted human being. Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma mentored many disciples and enriched the world of music with his multifarious contributions. I pay my respectful homage to Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma and convey my deepest condolences to Pt Rahul Sharma and to other members of the bereaved family,” said Koshyari.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh express grief over the demise of the greatest maestros and said, “The world of music has lost one of its greatest maestros. Pt #ShivKumarSharma not only introduced Santoor at global level but also enriched film music with his melody. I am particularly bereaved since I shared a personal repport with Pandit ji who hailed from Jammu.”

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was an Indian composer and santoor player from Jammu.

He received the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001. (ANI)

PM Modi holds talks with French President Macron, discusses defence cooperation

Paris [France]:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (local time) held talks with the newly re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, discussing a range of bilateral issues including defence, space, civil nuclear cooperation and people-to-people linkages, as well as regional and global issues.

The two leaders held talks at Elysee Palace, the official residence of the President of France, in Paris.
Addressing a press briefing, shortly before the departure of PM Modi back to India, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said that the two leaders who are also good friends held “extensive discussions on a range of issues of bilateral, regional and global importance.”

“The two leaders held wide-ranging discussions on all the key areas of bilateral engagement, including in defence, space, civil nuclear cooperation and people-to-people linkages. They also discussed regional and global issues, including developments in Europe and the Indo-pacific,” the Foreign Secretary informed.

Kwatra also informed that this was the first visit of PM Modi to France since August 2019.

“The two leaders have stayed in regular touch through calls and letters. They also met on the sidelines of the G20 summits last year. India and France are strong strategic partners. The two leaders are also good friends,” Kwatra said.

Talking about the re-election of the French President, Kwatra said that the renewed mandate of President Macron will allow the two countries to build on the existing strength and success of the strategic partnership.

“President Macron’s renewed mandate and the conversations between Prime Minister Modi and the President today allow us to build on existing strength and success of India-France strategic partnership and also chart out the blueprint for its next phase,” Kwatra said.

The Foreign Secretary also emphasised that “India and France see each other as key partners in the Indo-pacific.”

On the sidelines, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also met his French counterpart, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during PM Modi’s visit.

Following the talks, the French President also hosted a dinner for the Indian Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in France on Wednesday on the final leg of his three-day Europe visit and was warmly welcomed by members of the Indian diaspora in Paris.

Members of the Indian community were present outside the hotel where PM Modi reached after his arrival in Paris. Children were present in sizeable numbers and many of them sought autographs from the Prime Minister. People reciprocated the greetings of the people.

PM Modi said in a tweet after his arrival in Paris that France was one of India’s strongest partners.

“Landed in Paris. France is one of India’s strongest partners, with our nations cooperating in diverse areas,” he said.

PM Modi reached Paris on the final day of his three-day Europe visit, after his engagements in Germany and Denmark. (ANI)

PM Modi invites Nordic companies to invest in Sagarmala project

Copenhagen [Denmark]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday invited Nordic companies to invest in the Blue Economy sector, including the Sagarmala project and asked the sovereign wealth funds of the Nordic countries to invest in India.

As a part of Sagarmala Programme, more than 800 projects at an estimated cost of around Rs 5.48 lakh crore have been identified for implementation.
Sagarmala projects include projects from various categories such as modernisation of existing ports and terminals, new ports, terminals, inland waterways, lighthouse tourism and skill development, etc.

PM Modi made this pitch at the 2nd India-Nordic Summit. This summit saw the participation of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of Denmark, Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir of Iceland, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store of Norway, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden and Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland.

PM Modi and his counterparts from Nordic countries agreed to work together to fight and address climate change and protect the natural environment in accordance with the Paris Agreement.

The Summit provided an opportunity to review the progress of the India-Nordic relations since the 1st India-Nordic Summit, which was held in 2018 in Stockholm.

“Discussions were held on multilateral cooperation in post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, sustainable development, innovation, digitalization, and green and clean growth. Discussions were also held on cooperation in maritime sector with a focus on sustainable ocean management. Prime Minister invited Nordic companies for investing in the Blue Economy sector, especially in India’s Sagarmala project,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press release.

The Prime Ministers agreed to work together to fight and address climate change and to protect the natural environment in accordance with the Paris Agreement, according to a joint statement.

The Summit noted that the acceleration of the global green transition to combat climate change is one of the greatest and most imminent global challenges.

“At the same time, successful transition to sustainable economy offers huge opportunities including new jobs. The need for setting ambitious goals for reducing emissions and concrete implementation plans was underlined, which will facilitate business actors’ contribution to accelerating the transition,” the JOINT statement read.

The Prime Ministers welcomed the international agreement at COP26 on the need for accelerated climate action for holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degree above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degree above pre-industrial level.

According to the statement, India and the Nordic countries are committed to ambitious cooperation on renewable energy, energy diversification, smart grids and energy efficiency.

The leaders furthermore discussed collaboration on environmental sustainability including clean water, clean air and circular economy, which is critically important, not only to maintain and support biodiversity, water and wildlife, but also as a basis for food security, human health and prosperity.

The statement said that India and Nordic countries are also committed to adopting the ambitious Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework in the upcoming 2nd Part of COP15 of Convention on Biological Diversity to be held at Kunming, China and work together in its implementation.

The Prime Ministers agreed that the blue economy can deliver economic growth, new jobs, improved nutrition, and increased food security, if managed sustainably.

“As leading ocean nations, India and the Nordic countries agreed on the benefits of partnering on transforming the shipping industry towards a low carbon future through exchange of good practices and technology transfers,” the statement read. (ANI)

PM Modi meets Danish PM Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen

Copenhagen [Denmark]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a private tour of the residence of his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen after he reached the Danish capital for a one-day visit that will include several engagements including talks with leaders from Nordic countries.

“Walking the talk PM @narendramodi and @Statsmin PM Mette Frederiksen at Marienborg. The bonhomie between the two leaders mirrors the close ties between India and Denmark,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a tweet.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Danish PM during the tour. “Conversations in Copenhagen aimed at boosting India-Denmark friendship. PM Frederiksen welcomed PM @narendramodi at Marienborg,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted.

This visit started to Denmark shortly after concluding his Berlin visit on Tuesday.

During his one-day Germany visit, PM Modi met with German chancellor Olaf Scholz. This was their first engagement since Chancellor Scholz assumed office in December 2021.

The one-on-one meeting between the two leaders was followed by the Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC), the plenary session of which was co-chaired by PM Modi and German chancellor Scholz.

Addressing a press briefing, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said that the economy, ecology, trade, investment linkages, and green partnership between India and Germany were the central pillars on which the discussions focussed.

In a joint statement, Germany made an advance commitment to provide 10 billion euros of new and additional developmental assistance in India until 2030 under the Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) on Green and Sustainable Development Partnership signed between the two countries. (ANI)

PM Modi, German Chancellor sign green and sustainable energy partnership

Berlin [Germany]- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday signed the green and sustainable energy partnership at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin.

This was signed after the sixth Inter-Governmental Consultations, a unique biennial format which India conducts only with Germany.
IGC is a unique mechanism which brings together several ministers and officials from both sides to engage in bilateral discussions culminating in a plenary session which is chaired by the two leaders.

It reviews cooperation between the two countries across a range of areas as also to identify fresh areas of partnership. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the IGA will encompass a broad spectrum of areas of mutual interest.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said the Inter-Governmental Consultation between India and Germany illustrates the special nature of this friendship. “Prime Minister @narendramodi, Chancellor Scholz and top Ministers from India and Germany meet in Berlin,” PMO said in a tweet.

Earlier today, PM Modi held a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Scholz. This was their first engagement since Chancellor Scholz assumed office in December 2021.

Discussions covered key areas of bilateral cooperation under the overall strategic partnership, as well as regional and global developments.

The Prime Minister was accorded a ceremonial guard of honour on his arrival in Germany. He arrived in Germany on the first leg of his three-day Europe visit and got a rousing welcome from the Indian diaspora in Berlin.

PM Modi is also scheduled to visit Denmark on Tuesday to hold talks with leaders from Nordic countries. He will also make a stopover in Paris on Wednesday and meet the newly re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron. (ANI)

PM Modi in Germany for 1st in-person talks with Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Berlin [Germany]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day visit to Europe, is set to arrive in Germany on Monday and will hold his first in-person meeting with the newly appointed Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

PM Modi and Olaf Scholz will co-chair the 6th India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC). India has the IGC only with Germany, which is held every two years. The 6th IGC will be followed by a high-level roundtable where PM and Chancellor Scholz will interact with the top CEOs of both countries. PM Modi will also interact and address the Indian diaspora in Germany.
In his departure statement ahead of the three-nation visit, the Prime Minister said his visit to Berlin will be an opportunity to hold detailed bilateral discussions with Chancellor Scholz.

“I see this IGC as an early engagement with the new government in Germany, within six months of its formation, which will be helpful to identify our priorities for the medium and long term,” he said.

India and Germany have had a ‘Strategic Partnership’ since 2001, which has been further strengthened with three rounds of Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC). The last IGC was co-chaired by PM Modi and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel who visited India. The fifth round of IGC was held from October 31-November 1, 2019. The consultations were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Noting the long-standing commercial ties between India and Germany, the Prime Minister informed that he will also jointly address a business roundtable with the goal of energising industry to industry cooperation, which will help strengthen the post-Covid economic recovery in both the countries.

PM Modi’s three-nation visit will have a substantial and comprehensive agenda during his bilateral and multilateral meetings.

PM Modi is also scheduled to visit Denmark on Tuesday to hold talks with leaders from Nordic countries, along with other high-level interactions, the visit will conclude with a stopover in Paris on Wednesday where the Prime Minister will meet the newly re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron. (ANI)

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat calls for ensuring peace in society

Amravati (Maharashtra) [India]: Advocating peace in the society, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said violence does not benefit anybody and stressed the need to bring together all communities to preserve humanity.

He said this in the backdrop of recent clashes between different groups in several parts of the country.
Addressing an event on Thursday evening in Amravati, Bhagwat said, “Violence does not benefit anybody. The society to which violence is dear is now counting its last days. We should forever be non-violent and peace-loving. For this, it is essential to bring together all communities and preserve humanity.”

Bhagwat further said, “We all should follow the path of Ahimsa to safeguard humanity. This path should be given the topmost priority.”

He also underlined the need for establishing a Sindhi university in the country to ensure the survival of the Sindhi language and culture. The RSS chief said India is a multi-lingual country and each language has its own importance.

Bhagwat was speaking as a Chief Guest at the ‘Gaddinashini’ programme (ceremony to assume religious seat) of Sai Rajeshlal Mordiya, the great grandson of Sant Kanwarram, at Kanwarram Dham on Bhankheda Road near here in Maharashtra. (ANI)

 

Semiconductors consumption in India projected to cross $80 billion: PM Modi

New Delhi [India]: Hailing India for being an attractive investment destination for semiconductor technologies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the country’s own consumption of semiconductors is expected to cross $80 billion by 2026 and may touch $110 billion by 2030.

PM Modi said that the country is building a digital infrastructure to connect over 1.3 billion citizens.
“We are using digital technology to transform lives in all sectors of governance from health and welfare to inclusion and empowerment,” PM Modi said while virtually inaugurating the three-day Semicon India Conference-2022 in Bengaluru.

The Prime Minister said that with steps like connecting six hundred thousand villages with broadband investment in developing capabilities in 5G, IoT, and clean energy technologies, India is paving the way to lead the next technology revolution.

India is headed for robust economic growth with the world’s fastest-growing startup ecosystem and has undertaken wide-ranging reforms for improving the ease of doing business in the country, PM Modi said.

He noted the various reform measures taken by the government like the abolition of more than 25,000 compliances, a push towards auto-renewal of licenses, transparency and speed in regulatory framework via digitisation, and one of the most favorable taxation structures in the world.

The Prime Minister asserted, “We have an exceptional semiconductor design talent pool which makes up to 20 per cent of the world’s semiconductor design engineers. Almost all of the top 25 semiconductor design companies have their design or Research and Development centers in our country.”

He also said that India has undertaken several measures toward transforming the Indian manufacturing sector. “At a time when humanity was fighting a once in a century pandemic, India was not only improving the health of our people but also the health of our economy”, he said.

The Prime Minister also talked about ”Production Linked Incentives” schemes that offer incentives of over $26 billion in 14 key sectors.

“Over the next 5 years, the electronics manufacturing sector is expected to see record growth,” he informed.

He also said that the recently announced Semicon India’s programme with a total outlay of over $10 billion aims to provide financial support to companies investing in semiconductors, display manufacturing, and design ecosystems.

PM Modi acknowledged the need for government support and assured the industry leaders of the best efforts of the government to provide a conducive environment for business. “While the industry works hard, the government must work even harder,” he added.

Noting the formation of the new world order, the Prime Minister asked to seize the opportunity that is emerging.

“We have worked hard over the last few years to create an environment that encourages growth. India has an appetite for tech and risk-taking. We have put the odds in your favor as far as possible through a supportive policy environment. We have shown that India means business,” the Prime Minister concluded.

Union Ministers, semiconductor industry business leaders, investors, academics and diplomats were among those present on the occasion. (ANI)

PM Modi to inaugurate Global Patidar Business Summit

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate the Global Patidar Business Summit (GPBS), organized by Sardardham today.

Prime Minister will inaugurate the summit at 12 noon. The summit is being held at Surat.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said that the summit is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship and value creation among the youth.

According to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Sardardham is organizing GPBS under ‘Mission 2026’ to provide an impetus to the socio-economic development of the Patidar community.

The Summit is organized every two years. The first two Summits were held in Gandhinagar in 2018 and 2020, and the current Summit is now being held in Surat.

The main theme of GPBS 2022 is “Aatmanirbhar Community to Aatmanirbhar Gujarat and India”.

As per the PMO, the Summit aims to bring together small, medium and large enterprises within the community; nurture and support new entrepreneurs and provide training and employment assistance to the educated youth.

The three-day Summit, being organized from April 29 to May 1, covers various aspects of government industrial policy, MSMEs, start-ups, and innovation among others. (ANI)

PM Modi, Ratan Tata inaugurate 7 ultra-modern cancer hospitals in Assam

Dibrugarh (Assam) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with industrialist Ratan Tata on Thursday inaugurated seven state-of-the-art cancer hospitals and laid the foundation stone for seven new cancer hospitals.

“Today, 7 new cancer hospitals have been inaugurated in Assam. There was a time, even one hospital getting opened up in 7 years was a thing to celebrate. Times have changed now. I have been told 3 more cancer hospitals will be ready for your service in a few months,” PM Modi said.
Speaking at the event in Dibrugarh, the Prime Minister said that his government has also focussed on preventive healthcare with yoga, fitness and cleanliness.

“Hospitals are at your service but I will be happy if these new hospitals remain empty; I pray for your health… our govt has also focussed on preventive healthcare with yoga, fitness, ‘swachhata’. New testing centers are being opened up in the country,” he said.

Ratan Tata, who was also present at the event, said, “I dedicate my last years to health. Make Assam a state that recognizes and is recognized by all.”

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed his gratitude to Ratan Tata and the Government of India for their contribution saying that the largest cancer care treatment will benefit Assam as well as South East Asia.

“Largest cancer care treatment to benefit Assam as well as South East Asia… This is a huge achievement for us. I am grateful to Ratan Tata, GoI for their contribution,” he said.

Assam Cancer Care Foundation, a joint venture of the Government of Assam and Tata Trusts, is executing a project to build South Asia’s largest affordable cancer care network with 17 Cancer care hospitals spread across the state.

Under Phase 1 of the project, out of 10 hospitals, the construction of seven hospitals have been completed while three hospitals are at various level of construction. Phase 2 of the project will witness the construction of seven new cancer hospitals.

The Prime Minister, today at Dibrugarh, dedicated to the nation, seven cancer hospitals completed under phase 1 of the project. These cancer hospitals are built at Dibrugarh, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Darrang, Tezpur, Lakhimpur, and Jorhat.

The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of seven new cancer hospitals at Dhubri, Nalbari, Goalpara, Nagaon, Sivasagar, Tinsukia and Golaghat to be constructed under phase 2 of the project. (ANI)

India’s fresh COVID-19 cases breach 3000 mark

New Delhi [India]: India on Thursday witnessed an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases, with 3,303 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, the union health ministry reported. There were 39 fatalities over the same period.

On Wednesday 2,927 COVID-19 cases were reported from the country.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today informed that this single-day rise of these fresh cases pushed India’s coronavirus tally to 4,30,68,799. Moreover, the death toll from the virus rose to 5,23,693 in the country.

Of the fresh COVID-19 cases recorded today, Delhi accounted for 1367 cases which is 58.61 percent of the total cases, followed by Maharashtra with 186 cases and the rest of the cases were reported in other states.

India’s active caseload currently stands at 16,980 which accounts for 0.04 per cent of the total cases.

As the country reels under the pandemic, the ministry data mentioned that as many as 2,563 recoveries were logged in the last 24 hours from this virus thereby taking the total recoveries to 4,25,28,126.

The daily positivity rate has been recorded at 0.66 per cent with 4,97,669 COVID-19 tests being conducted in the last 24 hours. The weekly positivity rate was also reported at 0.61 per cent.

On the COVID-19 vaccination front, 188.40 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. (ANI)

PM Modi is visiting Assam to announce several projects

New Delhi [India], April 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Assam today where he will lay the foundation stone for several projects.

The Prime Minister will address the ‘Peace, Unity and Development Rally’ at Diphu in Karbi Anglong District at around 11 am.
According to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), during the programme, PM Modi will also lay the foundation stone of various projects in the education sector.

The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of Veterinary College (Diphu), Degree College (West Karbi Anglong) and Agricultural College (Kolonga, West Karbi Anglong). These projects, worth more than Rs 500 crore, will bring new opportunities for skilling and employment in the region.

During the programme, the Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for more than 2,950 Amrit Sarovar projects. The state will develop these Amrit Sarovars at a cumulative cost of around Rs 1,150 crore.

“Prime Minister’s unwavering commitment towards peace and development of the region was exemplified with the recent signing of Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) by Government of India and Government of Assam with six Karbi militant outfits. The MoS has ushered in a new era of peace in the region. Prime Minister’s address at ‘Peace, Unity and Development Rally’ will provide a major boost to the peace initiatives in the entire region,” said PMO in a statement.

At around 01:45 pm, the Prime Minister will reach Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh and dedicate Dibrugarh Cancer Hospital to the nation.

Later, at around 3 pm, he will attend a public function at Khanikar ground in Dibrugarh, where he will dedicate six more cancer hospitals to the nation and lay the foundation stone for seven new cancer hospitals,

At Dibrugarh, Assam Cancer Care Foundation, a joint venture of the Government of Assam and Tata Trusts, is executing a project to build South Asia’s largest affordable cancer care network with 17 Cancer care hospitals spread across the state.

“Under Phase 1 of the project, out of 10 hospitals, the construction of seven hospitals have been completed while three hospitals are at various level of construction. Phase 2 of the project will witness the construction of seven new cancer hospitals,” it said.

The Prime Minister will inaugurate seven cancer hospitals completed under phase 1 of the project. These cancer Hospitals are built at Dibrugarh, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Darrang, Tezpur, Lakhimpur, and Jorhat.

He will also lay the foundation stone of seven new cancer hospitals at Dhubri, Nalbari, Goalpara, Nagaon, Sivasagar, Tinsukia and Golaghat to be constructed under phase 2 of the project.

Notably, the Assam government has declared a state holiday in both districts for April 28. (ANI)

PM Modi stresses on ‘test, track and treat’ with same efficacy to tackle COVID surge

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday stressed on the implementation of ‘test, track and treat’ with the same efficacy as it was done during the earlier COVID waves in the country.

Chairing a meeting with the Chief Ministers to review the COVID-19 situation amid the surge in the COVID cases, PM Modi said, “During the third wave, India witnessed up to 3 lakh cases per day and all states handled the situation and also allowed the social and economic activity to continue. This balance should inform our strategy in future also. The situation is being constantly monitored by the scientists and experts and we have to work pro-actively on their suggestions.”
“Preventing infections at the very beginning was our priority and should remain so even now. We have to implement our strategy of ‘test, track and treat’ with the same efficacy,” the Prime Minister added.

He emphasized cent per cent testing of serious influenza cases and genome sequencing of the positive cases, Covid appropriate behaviour in the public places and avoiding panic. He also emphasized the continued upgradation of health infrastructure and medical manpower.

Talking about the increase in the COVID cases in the country in recent days, PM Modi cautioned the states to stay alert on the matter.

“This is clear that the COVID challenge is not fully over. Omicron and its subvariants can create problems as evident in the case of many countries of Europe. The subvariants are causing many surges in many countries. India has been able to deal with the situation better than many countries. Still, in the last two weeks, increasing cases in some of the states show that we need to stay alert,” PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister credited the “massive vaccination drive” for the situation remaining under control during the third wave in the country and said that it is the “biggest safeguard against COVID”.

“In the third wave, none of the states saw the situation going out of control. This should be seen in the context of the massive vaccination drive. The vaccine reached each and every person and it is a matter of pride that 96 per cent adult population is vaccinated with at least one dose and about 84 per cent of people above 15 years of age have received both doses. Vaccine, as per experts is the biggest safeguard against corona,” he said.

The Prime Minister also mentioned the Emergency Use Authorization given to Covaxine for the vaccination of 6 to 12 years age group children and said that the priority should be to vaccinate eligible children at the earliest.

“In March, the campaign to vaccinate 12-14 years of age was started and only yesterday, permission has been granted for Covaxine vaccine for 6-12-year-old children. Our priority is to vaccinate all eligible children at the earliest. For this, as before, special campaigns will also be needed in schools. Teachers and parents should be aware about this,” PM Modi said.

“Precautionary dose is available for all adults in the country to strengthen the vaccine protective shield. Teachers, parents, and other eligible people can take the precautionary dose,” he added.

The Prime Minister also pointed out that with increasing temperature, fire incidents in forests and buildings are increasing. He specially asked for the fire safety audits of the hospitals. PM Modi said that the “arrangements for meeting this challenge should be comprehensive and our response time should be the minimum”. (ANI)

PM Modi receives first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award in Mumbai on Sunday.

The award has been instituted in memory and honour of the legendary singer who passed away at the age of 92 years in Mumbai earlier this year.

PM Modi received the award in presence of Usha Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Maharashtra Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, among others.

PM while receiving the award said, “Lata didi was like my elder sister. She was an embodiment of Ma Saraswati. Music teaches Rashtra bhakti. Her voice inspired patriotism-Ae mere Watan Ke logo.”

The Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan Charitable Trust had said in a statement that the award will be given every year to an individual “who has made path-breaking, spectacular and exemplary contributions to our nation, its people and our society.” (ANI)

Jammu-Kashmir : PM Modi inaugurates projects worth Rs 20,000 cr.

Samba (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his first major visit to Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 on Sunday inaugurated and laid the foundation of multiple development initiatives worth Rs 20,000 crore in the Union Territory.

“Projects worth Rs 20,000 crore related to connectivity and electricity have been inaugurated here today. In a bid to bid speed up the development in Jammu and Kashmir, many development initiatives are being taken up in the Union Territory,” said PM Modi in Palli Panchayat of Samba district.
PM Modi further said that these initiatives will provide huge employment opportunities to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.

Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of Ratle and Kwar Hydroelectric projects. The 850 MW Ratle Hydroelectric Project will be constructed on Chenab river in Kishtwar District at a cost of around Rs 5300 crore. The 540 MW Kwar Hydroelectric Project will also be built on the Chenab river in Kishtwar District at a cost of over Rs 4500 crore. Both the projects will help meet the power requirements of the region.

“With the inauguration of a 500 KW solar power plant at Palli in Samba District, it is moving towards becoming the country’s first panchayat to become carbon neutral…The people of Palli have demonstrated what ‘Sabka prayas’ can do,” said PM Modi.

Prime Minister inaugurated the Banihal Qazigund Road Tunnel, built at a cost of over Rs 3100 crore. The 8.45 Km long tunnel would reduce the road distance between Banihal and Qazigund by 16 km, and reduce journey time by around one and a half hour.

It is a twin-tube tunnel – one for each direction of travel – with the twin tubes being interconnected by a cross passage every 500m, for maintenance and emergency evacuation. The tunnel would help establish an all-weather connection between Jammu and Kashmir and bring the two regions closer.

Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of three road packages of Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, being built at a cost of over Rs. 7500 crore. They are for the construction of 4/6 lane access controlled Delhi-Katra-Amritsar Expressway from: Balsua on NH-44 to Gurha Baildaran, Hiranagar; Gurha Baildaran, Hiranagar to Jakh, Vijaypur; and Jakh, Vijaypur to Kunjwani, Jammu with spur connectivity to Jammu Airport.

In order to further expand the network of Jan Aushadi Kendras in Jammu and Kashmir and to make good quality generic medicines at affordable prices available, 100 Kendras made functional were also dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister.

These Kendras are located in the remote corners of the UT. He will also inaugurate a 500 KW solar power plant at Palli, which will make it the country’s first panchayat to become carbon neutral.

Prime Minister also visited the INTACH photo gallery which depicts the rural heritage of the region, and Nokia Smartpur, a rural entrepreneurship-based model designed to create ideal smart villages in India.

PM Modi is addressing a gathering of more than 30,000 Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) members of Jammu and Kashmir, while PRIs from across the country are connected virtually for the Prime Minister’s address. (ANI)

We don’t tolerate extremist groups in UK : PM Boris Johnson

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that the UK does not tolerate “extremist groups” and informed that an anti-extremist task force has been set up by India and the UK to address the issue.

The British PM was speaking at a press conference on Friday evening after his engagements with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
“Both these things were raised with us and we have a very strong view on the UK that we don’t tolerate extremist groups setting up in the UK with a view to threatening other countries, threatening India,” Johnson said while responding to a question on India’s concerns about the issue of Khalistani extremists and actions taken against them.

He further elaborated on the steps being taken in order to address extremism including the setting up of an anti-extremist task force.

“What we have done in particular as a result of this visit is set up an anti-extremist task force to see what more we can do to help India in that particular respect,” Johnson said.

Earlier today, in a special press briefing on the British PM’s visit, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla also said that the issue of Khalistani elements was discussed and the British PM assured that there was “zero-tolerance for such people.”

“This point (Khalistani elements) was raised quite clearly, and Prime Minister Johnson took careful note of that. He said that he was very sensitive to our concerns in this regard and that he would have a close look at that. As far as he was concerned, there was zero tolerance for such people who create issues that could impact the relationship between two countries,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla informed.

Boris Johnson arrived in New Delhi late on Thursday and earlier today paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at his Samadhi at Raj Ghat. (ANI)

UK Prime Minister visits Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India]- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is on a two-day India tour, visited Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar.

Johnson landed in Gujarat earlier today for his two-day India visit. He was accorded a grand welcome at the airport in Ahmedabad.

The British PM was accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel, High Commissioner of UK to India, HE Alex Ellis.

Earlier in the day, Johnson visited Sabarmati Ashram, where he expressed his amazement at the simple principles of truth and non-violence advocated by Mahatma Gandhi that changed the world for the better.

He then met with Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani.

“Honoured to host @BorisJohnson, the first UK PM to visit Gujarat, at Adani HQ. Delighted to support climate & sustainability agenda with a focus on renewables, green H2 & new energy. Will also work with UK companies to co-create defence & aerospace technologies,” Adani tweeted.

He, later on, visited the new JCB factory at Halol GIDC Panchmahal where he expressed his views on the defence and security partnership with India.

Johnson’s two-day visit to India will focus on stepping up cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, giving momentum to negotiations on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries as well as enhancing defence ties.

Johnson started his visit from Ahmedabad where he is scheduled to meet with leading business group leaders and discuss the UK and India’s thriving commercial, trade, and people’s links.

This is the first time a UK Prime Minister is in Gujarat, India’s fifth-largest state and the ancestral home of around half of the British-Indian population in the UK.

Johnson will announce a slew of commercial agreements and hold bilateral discussions with a focus on the UK and India’s trade, investment and technology partnership.

The British High Commission (BHC), in a statement, said Johnson will use his visit to India to boost “our collaboration with one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, slashing trade barriers for UK businesses and driving jobs and growth at home”.

The UK and Indian businesses will confirm more than £1 billion in new investments and export deals today in areas from software engineering to health, creating almost 11,000 jobs across the UK, added the BHC in the statement. (ANI)

 

PM Modi at 400th Parkash Purab celebrations of Guru Tegh Bahadur

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the celebrations of the 400th Parkash Purab of Guru Tegh Bahadur at Red Fort in New Delhi on Thursday .

He will address the gathering and also release a commemorative coin and postage stamp on the occasion.
A PMO release said that the programme is being organised by the Centre in collaboration with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

Ragis and children from different parts of the country will participate in ‘Shabad Kirtan’ on April 20 and 21.

There will also be a grand light and sound show depicting the life of Guru Tegh Bahadur. Apart from this, the traditional martial art of Sikhs ‘Gatka’ will also be organized.

The programme is focused on highlighting the teachings of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru, who sacrificed his life to protect religion and human values, ideals and principles in world history.

He was executed for supporting the religious freedom of Kashmiri Pandits on the orders of Mughal ruler Aurangzeb.

His death anniversary is commemorated as Shaheedi Divas every year on November 24. Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib and Gurdwara Rakab Ganj in Delhi are associated with his sacred sacrifice.

The release said his legacy serves as a great unifying force for the nation. (ANI)

PM Modi to address 400th Parkash Purab celebrations of Guru Tegh Bahadur at Red Fort

New Delhi [India], April 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the celebrations of the 400th Parkash Purab of Guru Tegh Bahadur at Red Fort in New Delhi on Thursday at around 9.15 pm.

He will address the gathering and also release a commemorative coin and postage stamp on the occasion.
A PMO release said that the programme is being organised by the Centre in collaboration with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

Ragis and children from different parts of the country will participate in ‘Shabad Kirtan’ on April 20 and 21.

There will also be a grand light and sound show depicting the life of Guru Tegh Bahadur. Apart from this, the traditional martial art of Sikhs ‘Gatka’ will also be organized.

The programme is focused on highlighting the teachings of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru, who sacrificed his life to protect religion and human values, ideals and principles in world history.

He was executed for supporting the religious freedom of Kashmiri Pandits on the orders of Mughal ruler Aurangzeb.

His death anniversary is commemorated as Shaheedi Divas every year on November 24. Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib and Gurdwara Rakab Ganj in Delhi are associated with his sacred sacrifice.

The release said his legacy serves as a great unifying force for the nation. (ANI)

Only 8 days of Coal stock left with states, BJP talks big, does nothing : Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: A day after the Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting on the coal and power crisis in the country, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that only eight days of coal stocks are left in the country.

Rahul said, “Eight years of big talk has resulted in India having only eight days of coal stocks.”
He asked the “Centre to switch off the bulldozers of hate and focus on the power plants in order to prevent the loss of small scale industries leading to more job losses”.

“Modi Ji, stagflation is looming. Power cuts will crush small industries, leading to more job losses. Switch off the bulldozers of hate and switch on the power plants!” tweeted Gandhi.

The Congress leader also shared a picture quoting PM Modi’s announcement on June 18, 2020, to auction 41 coal mines for commercial mining in order to make India self-reliant in energy by reducing imports. He compared it with the current coal crisis situation in the country.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday held a meeting with Power Minister RK Singh, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav amid reports of ongoing coal and power situation across the country.

The meeting was held in the wake of several states warning of a possible power crisis due to the shortage of coal supply to power plants, officials said.

There are reports of depleting coal inventory of domestic thermal power plants in 12 states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Jharkhand and Haryana which are facing power cuts ranging from 3 to 8.7 per cent.

In the first fortnight of April 2022, domestic power demand reportedly hit a 38-year high for the month.

While there was a 1.1 per cent power shortage in October 2021, this shot up to 1.4 per cent in April 2022.

Union Power Minister R. K. Singh has blamed the steep rise in the prices of imported coal on the Russia-Ukraine war. This is because of the inadequate availability of railway wagons to transport coal. (ANI)

PM Modi lays foundation stone of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine

Jamnagar (Gujarat) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar.

He laid the foundation stone in the presence of the Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO).
Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) will be the first and only global outpost centre for traditional medicine across the world. It will emerge as an international hub of global wellness.

PM Modi is on a three-day visit to Gujarat. Earlier in the day, he dedicated to the nation a new dairy complex and potato processing plant at Diyodar, Banaskantha district, built at a cost of over Rs. 600 crores. (ANI)

UK PM Boris Johnson to visit India next week, hold talks with PM Modi

London [UK]-  UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit India next week and will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to bolster close partnership and security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

“The visit will begin from Ahmedabad on Thursday (21st April) to meet with leading businesses and discuss the UK and India’s thriving commercial, trade and people links. This will be the first time a UK Prime Minister will visit Gujarat, India’s fifth-largest state and the ancestral home of around half of the British-Indian population in the UK,” Downing Street said in a statement.
In Gujarat, Johnson is expected to announce new science, health and technology projects, as well as major investments in key industries in the United Kingdom and India.

“The Prime Minister will then travel to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (22nd April). The leaders will hold in-depth talks on the UK and India’s strategic defense, diplomatic and economic partnership, aimed at bolstering our close partnership and stepping up security co-operation in the Indo-Pacific,” the release added.

According to the British government, Johnson will use the upcoming visit to India to drive progress in the negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement, which is expected to boost bilateral trade by up to 28 billion pounds (USD 36.5 billion) annually by 2035.

“My visit to India will deliver on the things that really matter to the people of both our nations – from job creation and economic growth, to energy security and defence,” Johnson said as quoted in the Sunday government statement.

Notably, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month and agreed to build a strong relationship between the two countries on trade, security and business in the coming days.

“Today @narendramodi and I spoke about the grave situation in Ukraine and agreed its sovereignty must be respected. The UK-India relationship continues to go from strength to strength, and we’ll build on our trade, security and business ties in the coming weeks and months,” Johnson had tweeted post the conversation.

During the conversation, PM Modi and Johnson had discussed issues of bilateral interests and agreed on the potential of further deepening cooperation in various areas including trade, technology, investments, defence and security besides people-to-people relations.

Last year, the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi agreed on a UK-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, announcing more than £530m in investment into the UK and committing to a deeper bilateral relationship across trade, health, climate, defence and security, and connecting our people.

India was identified as a priority relationship for the UK in the 2021 Integrated Review and was invited by the UK as a guest to last year’s G7 in Carbis Bay.

The UK is leveraging post-Brexit trade opportunities with India’s growing economy to drive down prices in key commodities for consumers, open opportunities for UK businesses in areas like green tech and services, and create high-wage, high-skill jobs.

Investment from Indian companies already supports 95,000 jobs across the UK, which is expected to be boosted by upcoming announcements and a future free trade deal. (ANI)

PM Modi to unveil 108 ft Lord Hanuman statue in Gujarat’s Morbi

New Delhi [India]: On the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a 108 ft statue of Lord Hanuman in Gujarat’s Morbi on Saturday via video conferencing.

As per the Prime Minister’s Office, “this statue is the second of the four statues being set up in the four directions across the country, as part of the #Hanumanji4dham project.”
It has been set up in the west, at the Ashram of Param Pujya Bapu Keshvanand Ji in Morbi.

The first statue of the series was set up in the north in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla in 2010.

The work on the third statue, in the south at Rameswaram has started, the PMO informed. (ANI)

Jesus Christ’s ideals of service, brotherhood are guiding light for people : PM Modi

New Delhi [India]: Remembering the courage and sacrifices of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Jesus Christ’s ideals of service and brotherhood are the guiding light for people.

“We remember the courage and sacrifices of Jesus Christ today on Good Friday. His ideals of service and brotherhood are the guiding light for several people,” PM Modi said in a tweet as Christians all over the world commemorate the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday.
A special mass service is held across the churches on Good Friday including the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in the national capital.

Good Friday, also known as Holy Friday or Black Friday, marks the day when Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. Each year, scores of people gather in churches across the country to offer prayers to Jesus Christ. (ANI)

 

President Kovind, PM Modi greet citizens on Baisakhi, Bihu, Puthandu, Odia New Year

New Delhi [India]: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday extended their greetings to the citizens on the occasion of Baisakhi, Bihu, Puthandu and Odia New Year.

“Greetings to all the countrymen on Baisakhi, Vishu, Rongali Bihu, Nab Barsha, Vaishakhadi and Puthandu Pirappu. Celebrated in different ways in different regions of the country, these festivals show our diversity and plurality. I wish that this festival brings happiness to everyone’s life”, the Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted quoting President tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished people on Baisakhi and wished success and prosperity in everyone’s lives. “Baisakhi Greetings to everyone. I pray this festival furthers the spirit of joy and well-being in our lives. May everyone be blessed with success and prosperity.”

“Puthandu Greetings to everyone, especially my Tamil sisters and brothers. May this year be marked with success and happiness. May all your aspirations be fulfilled. May everyone be happy and healthy,” tweeted the PM.

Puthandu, according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, is the first day of the traditional Tamil New Year. It is also known as Varsha Pirappu. This year, it falls on April 14.

PM Modi also wished people on Odia New Year. “May this new year be filled with abundance of happiness. May the spirit of brotherhood in our society be furthered and may everyone be in best health.”

PM extended greetings to Assamese on Rongali Bihu. He tweeted, “This special festival showcases the vibrant Assamese culture. May this Bihu bring with happiness and good health in everyone’s life.”

Meanwhile, in Amritsar, devotees on Thursday, on the occasion of Baisakhi took a holy dip and offered prayers at the Golden Temple. Baisakhi marks the beginning of the new year for the Sikh community.

Baishakhi is one of the important festivals celebrated in North India. This day marks the arrival of the harvest season. (ANI)

Tribute to Jallianwala Bagh massacre victims: Their courage, sacrifice will motivate generations, says PM Modi

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and said that their unparalleled courage and sacrifice will keep motivating the coming generations.

Sharing the speech at the inauguration of the renovated complex of Jallianwala Bagh Smarak last year, PM Modi tweeted, “Tributes to those martyred in Jallianwala Bagh on this day in 1919. Their unparalleled courage and sacrifice will keep motivating the coming generations.”
PM Modi unveiled the renovated Jallianwala Bagh memorial through video conferencing on August 28, last year, and stated that those 10 minutes of April 13, 1919, became the immortal story of our freedom struggle, due to which we are able to celebrate the Amrit Mahotsav of freedom today. Jallianwala Bagh is the place that inspired countless revolutionaries and fighters like Sardar Udham Singh, and Sardar Bhagat Singh to die for the freedom of India.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tributes to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and tweeted, “I bow to the courage and valour of the immortal martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which a symbol of the ruthlessness and brutal atrocities of foreign rule.”

Shah added, “Your sacrifice, dedication, and sacrifice for the freedom of Mother India will continue to inspire the coming generations to sacrifice for the unity and integrity of the country.”

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place on April 13, 1919, when troops of the British Indian Army, under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer, fired machine guns into a crowd of unarmed protesters and pilgrims who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh in Punjab’s Amritsar on the occasion of Baisakhi.

The crowd had assembled peacefully at the venue to condemn the arrest of two national leaders — Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew — when they were fired at indiscriminately by General Dyer and his men.

According to British government records, 379 people including men, women, and children were killed while 1,200 were wounded in the firing. Other sources place the number of dead at well over 1,000. (ANI)

 

PM Modi meets Sonia Gandhi and Farooq Abdullah in the Parliament

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and other opposition leaders in the chamber of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla after the conclusion of Parliaments’ Budget Session on Thursday.

Speaker Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi were also present during the meeting.

“After the Lok Sabha was adjourned, we urged the leaders of all the parties that collective efforts are needed to enhance the dignity of the House and to raise the level of discussion and dialogue. Hope all the parties will actively cooperate,” tweeted Om Birla.

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned sine die a day before the schedule, marking the culmination of the Budget Session 2022 during which the two Houses passed key legislations, including the Bill to unify the municipal corporations in the national capital.

The second part of the Budget Session began on March 14 while the sittings were to conclude on April 8.

Key Bills were passed in the Parliament during the second part of the session, including the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022, Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 among others.

On the last day of the session, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla acknowledged the participation of every member of the House and said that the ongoing session was “going well with everyone’s support”.

“In this session, productivity has been 129 per cent, with everybody’s participation…Productivity till the 8th session has been 106 per cent. Compared to the previous experiences, the ongoing session went well with everyone’s support,” Birla said.

Hoping that all Vidhan Mandal (legislature-related) proceedings will be brought on one platform by 2023, Birla said that the information would be available on the basis of meta-data.

“By 2023, we are hoping that all Vidhan Mandal (legislature-related) proceedings will be brought on one platform. Information will be available on the basis of meta-data… work underway for the same,” he said.

Meanwhile, missing the 100 per cent productivity landmark by only 10 minutes, the Rajya Sabha clocked 99.80 per cent business during the Budget session that concluded on Thursday, setting a record for the third-best performing session during the last 14 sessions since the Monsoon Session (243rd Session) of 2017.

The Upper House spent 37.50 per cent of the functional time on debates, 23 per cent on Bills, while passing 11 of them, besides the introduction of one, an official statement from the Rajya Sabha stated.

“As against the scheduled sitting time of 127 hours 54 minutes, the House functioned for 127 hours 44 minutes. The productivity of the House would have been 100 per cent but for the loss of these 10 minutes. While the functional time of 9 hours 26 minutes was lost due to disruptions and forced adjournments, the House gained 9 hours 16 minutes with Members sitting beyond the scheduled hours,” said the statement. (ANI)

World Health Day: PM Modi says focus on affordable healthcare ensured ‘significant’ savings

New Delhi [India]: In a message on the occasion of World Health Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the government’s focus on affordable healthcare has ensured significant savings for the poor and middle class while Ayush network is being strengthened to further boost overall wellness of the people.

The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the healthcare workers for keeping the “planet protected” while extending greetings on the occasion of World Health Day.
The Prime Minister also stated that the government is working tirelessly to improve and extend the health infrastructure in the country.

PM Modi in a tweet message said: “Greetings on World Health Day. May everyone be blessed with good health and wellness. Today is also a day to express gratitude to all those associated with the health sector. It is their hard work that has kept our planet protected.”

Lauding the Centre’s ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme, PM Modi said that the government is focusing on quality and affordable healthcare.

“The Government of India is working tirelessly to augment India’s health infrastructure. The focus is on ensuring good quality and affordable healthcare for our citizens. It makes every Indian proud that our nation is home to the world’s largest healthcare scheme, Ayushman Bharat,” he said in another tweet.

Further, the Prime Minister said that he feels “very happy” when interacting with the beneficiaries of schemes such as ‘PM Jan Aushadhi’.

“Our focus on affordable healthcare has ensured significant savings for the poor and middle class. At the same time we are strengthening our Ayush network to further boost overall wellness,” he added.

He also mentioned the Centre’s initiative of allowing to study medicine in local languages and the infrastructure change in the medical education sector over the last eight years.

“In the last eight years, the medical education sector has undergone rapid transformations. Several new medical colleges have come up. Our Government’s efforts to enable the study of medicine in local languages will give wings to the aspirations of countless youngsters,” PM Modi said in another tweet. (ANI)

PM Modi says India stands firm when world divided into rival factions

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that India stays firm with its interest while being viewed as a nation that can firmly speak about humanity at a time when the entire world is divided into two rival factions.

The Prime Minister was speaking on the occasion of the 42nd foundation day of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“Today, India stands firm before the world with its interests without any fear or pressure. When the entire world is divided into two rival factions, India is being viewed as a nation that can firmly speak about humanity,” said PM Modi in his remarks in the address through video conference.

Noting that the 42nd foundation day of the BJP is important, the Prime Minister stated that the occasion is coinciding with the celebrations of 75 years of Independence, ‘Azadi Ka Amarit Mohatsav’.

“This is a big occasion for taking inspiration. Also, the world scenario is fast-changing with consequences for the global order. Owing to this, many new opportunities are coming up for India,” added PM Modi.

The Prime Minister also lauded the BJP workers for the poll victory in the recently held Assembly elections.

“The BJP has returned to power with a ‘double-engine’ government in four states a few weeks ago. After three decades, the numbers of any party in the Rajya Sabha has touched the 100 mark,” stated PM Modi.

The Prime Minister also stated that there was a time when people were in despair. “The people had accepted that be it the government of any party, nothing will be done for the country. But today, every citizen of the country is proudly saying that the nation is changing and going ahead swiftly,” said PM Modi.

PM Modi also stated that each and every worker of the party is a representative of the country’s dreams.

He also stressed that whether we look from the world point of view or from the national viewpoint, the responsibilities of each member of the BJP are constantly growing. “Each and every worker of the BJP is a representative of the country’s dreams,” added PM Modi.

The Prime Minister also stated that from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, and Kutch to Kohima, the BJP is strengthening the pledge of ‘Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’.

The BJP is celebrating its 42nd foundation day today. The BJP’s earlier avatar was the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) which was founded by Syama Prasad Mookherjee in 1951. Later the BJS was merged with several parties in 1977 to form the Janata Party. In 1980, the National Executive Council of the Janata Party banned its members from the ‘dual membership’ of the party and the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS). Consequently, the former Jana Sangh members left the party and floated the BJP on April 6, 1980. (ANI)

Grammys 2022 Winner Ricky Kej Is Speechless After PM Modi Congratulates Him

Las Vegas (Nevada) [US], April 5 (ANI): Grammy-winning musician Ricky Kej has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for showering him with best wishes over his win at the 64th Grammy Awards.

“Wow.. speechless! To receive praise from the Hon’ble Prime Minister himself! Thank you @narendramodiji, I hope I made you proud,” Kej, who along with Stewart Copeland, won Grammy Award for Best New Age Album for ‘Divine Tides’ on Sunday, tweeted.

In his tweet, he also stated that it was Modi who set him on the path of ‘environmental consciousness’.

“You set me on the path of Environmental Consciousness 7 years ago when I won my 1st GRAMMY Award, and here I am today. Thanks for your blessings,” Kej added.

Kej’s thank you tweet for Modi comes a day after the Prime Minister congratulated him.

“Congratulations for this remarkable feat and best wishes for your future endeavours,” Modi had tweeted.

Kej, an active environmentalist, is also a recipient of the United Nations Global Humanitarian Artist award.

PM Modi is providing financial package to Sri Lanka to help stabilise its economy

New Delhi [India]: As Sri Lanka has been going through a severe economic crisis, India is providing a financial package to Colombo so that it can meet some of the more immediate needs and help stabilise its domestic economy.

Emergency rule has been declared in the island nation of Sri Lanka after anti-government protests turned violent. Sri Lanka has been going through a severe economic crisis caused in some measure by a shortage of foreign exchange resulting in lengthy power cuts, price spirals and a shortage of essential items.
The Sri Lankan rupee is fast depreciating against the dollar and foreign debt is mounting. The Sri Lankan government’s income has also taken a big hit due to a drop in tourism that has given rise to gas and fuel shortages, leading to massive power cuts.

As New Delhi is providing financial assistance to Colombo, India has announced another USD 1 billion as a credit to Sri Lanka to help shore up the sinking economy of the island nation. The USD 1 billion line of credit to Colombo will help in keeping their food prices and fuel costs under check.

Last month Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and briefed him on “initiatives being taken by both countries to increase bilateral economic cooperation, and conveyed his thanks for the support extended by India for the Sri Lankan economy.”

PM Modi has conveyed to Sri Lankan Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who has visited India twice in recent months, that the latter would always stand with the island nation as it occupies a central role in New Delhi’s “neighbourhood first policy.”

“Had a good meeting with Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister @RealBRajapaksa. Glad to see our economic partnership strengthen and investments from India grow,” PM Modi tweeted.

In February, New Delhi provided a short-term loan of USD 500 million to Colombo for the purchase of petroleum products through the Ministry of Energy and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka.

Three months before that, in November 2021, India gave 100 tonnes of nano nitrogen liquid fertilisers to Sri Lanka as their government stopped the import of chemical fertilisers.

The total fuel delivered to the people of Sri Lanka, over the last 50 days, amounts to nearly 200,000 MT including a consignment of 40,000 MT, by Indian Oil Corporation, outside the line of credit facility, in February 2022. Energy Minister Gamini Lokuge thanked the Government of India for the fuel consignments.

The first consignment of rice from India is expected to arrive in SL shortly under this credit facility. The rice shipments could help Colombo bring down rice prices, which have doubled in a year, adding fuel to the unrest. “Rice loading has started in southern ports,” said BV Krishna Rao, managing director of Pattabhi Agro Foods, which is supplying rice to Sri Lanka State Trading (General) Corp under the Indian Credit Facility Agreement.

These facilities, negotiated and concluded within a matter of weeks, have proved to be the lifeline for the people of Sri Lanka. Besides, RBI has extended a currency swap of US dollars 400 million and deferred payments owed by Central Bank of Sri Lanka owed to RBI under the Asian Clearance Union worth several hundred million dollars. India’s prompt assistance to the people of Sri Lanka at this hour has been appreciated by all sections of the Sri Lankan society.

Several state hospitals issued letters stating that surgeries and lab tests would be suspended due to the prevailing drug shortage. The Peradeniya Hospital for instance announced its suspension of surgeries, but following Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr S Jaishankar’s intervention, the hospital resumed surgeries.

Addressing the Asia Economic Dialogue 2022, Health Minister of Sri Lanka, Keheliya Rambukwella said, “We extend our gratitude to India, particularly for the donation of the first 500,000 vaccines.”

Elaborating on the economic handling during the COVID-19 pandemic, the minister said, “We are getting assistance from many areas and our neighbour India is always at hand and has been helping us throughout.”

Rambukwella further said, Sri Lanka has been borrowing recklessly from China over the last few years to fund its infrastructure projects. Before the pandemic, Sri Lanka owed China about USD 5 billion amounting to 10% of the country’s external debt that is dominated by sovereign bonds. Faced with the economic crisis now, President Rajapaksa had asked China to restructure its debt to the country. But according to a report in the Hong Kong Post a few days ago, Beijing actually turned its back on Colombo.

“Publicly, China has only said that the two sides are negotiating the matter and hasn’t given any specific details. In recent days, soon after New Delhi extended help to Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka sought a new loan and buyer’s credit from China for USD 2.5 billion. It’s interesting to note here that President Rajapaksa has been seen as pro-China. But over the last year or so, the mood within Sri Lanka has turned more wary of Beijing.”

“A lot of the debt burden on Sri Lanka is a result of China’s Belt and Road Initiative projects like the Hambantota Port and Colombo Port City, for which the Chinese agency lent large amounts to Sri Lanka under stiff terms of repayment. Locals have been protesting against some of these projects which they say will affect their livelihoods,” Rambukwella said.

“One of these projects is an industrial park attached to the Hambantota International Port, which has incited violent protests by locals because they fear that the area will turn into a Chinese colony. As a result of all of this, Sri Lanka may be reassessing the extent to which it can bank on China. At the end of the day, India has turned out to be a more dependable neighbour. In view of the urgent nature of Sri Lanka’s requirement, India worked overtime to expeditiously finalise and start implementing both lines of credit, within weeks.”

The Government of India also continues to encourage efforts towards medium to long-term capacity creation through enhanced Indian investment in Sri Lanka in key sectors that include ports, renewable energy, manufacturing, etc.

India and Sri Lanka recently concluded a long-pending agreement to jointly develop oil tank facilities in Trincomalee, and have planned a number of infrastructure projects involving the private sector.

A flurry of agreements announced in recent weeks has allowed the neighbours to move on from the problems of the “immediate past.”

“India has pressed the Sri Lankan government to fully implement the 13th amendment to the Constitution to devolve greater powers to the Tamil minority. However, the Sri Lankan side has indicated that a new Constitution is expected to address the issues of the Tamils.”

On his first visit to India since he was appointed last year, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris said that India’s support has made a “world of difference” to Sri Lanka’s economic situation. “There’s no doubt whatsoever that Indian support at this critical juncture has made a world of difference. It has helped us to tide over the immediate difficulties which were obviously acute, Rambukwella added. (ANI)

 

Pariksha Pe Charcha: ‘Stay away from panic’, PM Modi advises students

New Delhi [India]:  Interacting with board exam students at the fifth edition of ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday advised them to stay away from panic and appear for their tests in a festive mood.

“You are not giving exams for the first time. In a way, you are exam-proof. Thus, do not be stressed. Remember, you have overcome such exams before,” said PM Modi at the event held at the Talkatora Stadium here today.
He further said, “There is no one sitting here who is appearing for exams for the first time. We have become exam proof by repeatedly sitting for exams after equal intervals of time. Exams are a stepping stone in our life.”

Urging students to stay away from an environment of panic, the Prime Minister advised students to appear for examinations with full self-confidence.

“I want students to stay away from a panic environment during exams. No need to copy friends, just keep doing whatever you do with full confidence and I believe all of you will be able to give your exam in a festive mood, without any stress,” said PM Modi.

Referring to the widespread usage of online mode of education since the onset of the COVID pandemic, the Prime Minister said, “Students should introspect themselves while studying online, whether they actually study or spend time watching reels on social media.”

“Whatever happens offline, same takes place online. This means the medium is not the problem. Irrespective of the medium, if our mind is delved into the subject, then it won’t make a difference is grasping things,” he added.

The Prime Minister also assured the students that the queries of students that will remain unanswered during the programme due to time crunch will be answered by him on the Namo App.

“All the queries of the students that might not be discussed here due to time crunch will be answered by me in the Namo App via videos, audio messages and written texts,” said PM Modi.

“Today’s program is particularly special to me as I meet you all after a long gap,” added PM Modi.

Meanwhile, students who arrived at the Talkatora stadium to participate in the interaction with the Prime Minister shared their experiences before the commencement of the programme.

A class 12 student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kapurthala, Chhavni said, “I am very excited to interact with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and feel very fortunate on getting this opportunity. It is very common for students to experience stress before appearing for examinations. But when the Prime Minister himself interacts with students face-to-face, it acts as a motivating force and it feels really nice to listen to him, it takes away a lot of stress of the students and helps a lot in managing that anxiety.”

Another student from JNV, Kanpur Nagar, Uttar Pradesh said, “I am excited and nervous at the same time. I feel extremely fortunate to get a golden chance to interact with the Prime Minister.”

“I have never met the Prime Minister in person, never had an opportunity to interact with him in person, so I am really excited to participate in this interaction,” said another student of class 10 from Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya, Faridabad.

Pariksha Pe Charcha is an annual event in which the Prime Minister responds to questions related to examination stress and related areas posed by students in his uniquely engaging style in a live programme. (ANI)

PM Modi to address 5th edition of ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the students and their parents on Friday in the fifth edition of the ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ event.

In the annual event, PM Modi will interact with the students, parents and teachers across the nation and overseas. In the event, the Prime Minister talks about examination stress and related questions.
Amid the anticipation ahead of the event, Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday said that he is “looking forward to the programme”.

“The enthusiasm towards this year’s Pariksha Pe Charcha has been phenomenal. Lakhs of people have shared their valuable insights and experiences. I thank all those students, parents and teachers who have contributed. Looking forward to the programme on 1st April,” tweeted PM Modi.

PM Modi also shared snippets of a series of videos on his YouTube channel from his previous interaction during Pariksha Pe Charcha. These videos cover a wide gamut of issues pertaining to student life especially related to exams.

The fifth edition of the annual event will be held in New Delhi in a town-hall interactive format from Talkatora Stadium at 11 am. Crores of students, teachers and parents from India and abroad will be participating, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had said earlier.

“Pariksha Pe Charcha is a much-awaited annual event in which the Prime Minister responds to questions related to examination stress and related areas posed by students in his uniquely engaging style in a live programme,” Dharmendra Pradhan had said.

Terming Pariksha pe Charcha, a public movement, the Minister outlined the importance of this year’s Pariksha Pe Charcha (PPC) in wake of the country coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and exams shifting back to offline mode. Underlining the importance of initiatives like PPC in building the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century, he said that PPC is becoming a formal institution through which Prime Minister interacts directly with the students.

He informed that select students across the country will also visit Raj Bhawans to watch the event in the presence of the state Governors.

He also expressed confidence that state governments across the country will also encourage the participation of students, teachers and parents.

The Minister mentioned that PPC will be streamed, not only across India but also in other countries reaching out to the Indian diaspora. He also called for support from the media in making this program a mass movement and ensuring stress-free exams for the students. (ANI)

PM Modi urges people of Bengal to never forgive perpetrators of Birbhum violence

New Delhi [India]: Expressing his condolences to the families of victims of the Birbhum violence in West Bengal in which eight people were charred to death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged people of West Bengal to not forgive the perpetrators of such incidents and those who encourage such criminals.

Addressing virtually at an event on Shaheed Diwas in Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial, Prime Minister said, “I am pained by the violent incident in Birbhum, West Bengal. I express my condolences. I hope that the state government will definitely punish those who commit such heinous sins in Bengal.”
The PM also assured the state government that whatever help it wants will be provided to take strict action against the culprits.

“I would also urge the people of Bengal to never forgive the perpetrators of such incidents and those who encourage such criminals. On behalf of the central government, I assure the state that whatever help it wants will be provided so that the criminals are punished at the earliest,” he added.

As many as eight people were burnt to death in the Rampurhat area of Birbhum in the state on Tuesday after a mob allegedly set houses on fire following the killing of Trinamool Congress leader Bhadu Sheikh.

Director-General of Police (DGP) West Bengal, Manoj Malviya informed that 11 arrests have been made in the case so far. He further informed that Bhadu Shaikh’s murder was reported last night, an hour after which 7-8 houses nearby had caught fire.

A special investigation team has been formed to probe the matter.

Meanwhile, the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday took cognizance of the Birbhum incident. (ANI)

PM Modi condoles death of 11 workers killed in Hyderabad fire, announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the death of 11 labourers killed in a fire at a scrap shop in Hyderabad’s Bhoiguda area and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), in a tweet, said, “Pained by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire in Bhoiguda, Hyderabad. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of the deceased.”
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao has also announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the victims.

As per Gandhi Nagar Station House Officer (SHO) Mohan Rao, out of the 12 people present at the warehouse, one person survived.

Rao further informed that although the reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained, “a short circuit could be the reason for the fire.”

Apprising of the incident, Hyderabad District Collector L Sharman told ANI, “The fire incident took place in the morning around 4 am. A team of firefighters arrived immediately and doused the fire. 11 people have died and one had escaped safely from the premises.”

Further, the District Collector said that details of the incident would be provided after investigation. (ANI)

PM Narendra Modi, British PM Borish Johnson discuss Ukraine over Phone

London [UK] and New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with his British counterpart Boris Johnson over phone on Tuesday and the two leaders had a detailed discussion on the situation in Ukraine.

Prime Minister Modi reiterated India’s consistent appeal for cessation of hostilities and a return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy. He emphasized India’s belief in respect for international law and the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states, as the basis of the contemporary world order.
Russia began its military operations in Ukraine on February 24.

PM Modi and Boris Johnson discussed issues of bilateral interests and agreed on the potential of further deepening cooperation in various areas including trade, technology, investments, defence and security besides people-to-people relations.

According to a PMO statement, PM Modi expressed satisfaction at the positive momentum in the ongoing negotiations on the bilateral Free Trade Agreement.

He also appreciated the progress in implementing the ‘India-UK Roadmap 2030’ adopted during the virtual summit between both leaders last year.

The Prime Minister conveyed his desire to welcome PM Johnson in India at an early date, as per mutual convenience. (ANI)

Save water, water conservation is necessary: PM Modi on World Water Day

New Delhi [India]: On World Water Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the nation is undertaking numerous measures to ensure water conservation and access to clean drinking water for citizens.

The PM tweeted, “On World Water Day, let’s reaffirm our pledge to save every drop of water. Our nation is undertaking numerous measures like Jal Jeevan Mission to ensure water conservation and access to clean drinking water for our citizens.”
He further said, “Over the last few years, it is heartening to see water conservation become a mass movement, with innovative efforts taking place in all parts of the nation. I would like to appreciate all those individuals and organisations who are working towards saving water.”

Water Day looks at the global issues surrounding access to clean, safe drinking water and sanitation.

This year, the focus is on preserving groundwater levels. (ANI)

PM Modi and Australian PM Morrison review ties, Share vision to Advance Relations

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on Monday held a constructive virtual summit where they reviewed the bilateral ties and shared their respective visions to advance this partnership, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Monday.

During a special briefing following the conclusion of the India-Australia virtual summit between PM Modi and Morrison, Foreign Secretary said the Summit was very fruitful with a constructive, and warm exchange of views.
“The virtual summit reflects the close ties that exist between India and Australia, as also the shared vision of both Prime Ministers to advance this bilateral partnership,” Shringla said.

“PM Modi and PM Scott Morrison stressed on the high priority they attach to our bilateral relationship and the keen focus to enhance the comprehensive strategic partnership further between our two countries,” he added.

Shringla said that the summit today gave an opportunity to review the progress made since the last meeting which took place in 2020.

“In reiteration to commitment to a progressive Indo pacific region, both leaders discussed calibrating and cooperating with each other on support to pacific island countries for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” Foreign Secretary said.

“A significant outcome of the virtual summit was a decision to hold annual summits at the level of the Heads of Government, under the comprehensive strategic partnership. Australia would be the third country with which India will have an institutionalized annual summit,” he added.

Further, Shringla informed that the leaders exchanged their perspectives about regional and multilateral matters and global issues of mutual interest, including shared concerns such as terrorism. (ANI)

BJP in 4 States : PM Modi hold talks with senior Leaders, discuss govt formation

New Delhi [India]: Amid resounding victory in four states after the recently held Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party top leaders at his residence in New Delhi on Sunday to discuss government formation in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP national president JP Nadda were present in the meeting.
According to sources, BJP top leadership briefed PM Modi on the discussions that they held with state BJP leaders over government formation in four states.

The State BJP legislature party meeting in Imphal on Sunday unanimously elected Manipur caretaker CM N Biren Singh to be the chief minister again.

Meanwhile, the newly-elected BJP MLAs will take the oath of office at a ceremony scheduled to take place at the Uttarakhand Assembly in Dehradun on Monday.

Post the oath ceremony, the name for Uttarakhand Chief Minister will be announced at the Legislative Party meeting scheduled to take place on Monday evening.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi will travel to Dehradun as BJP’s central observer to look after the government formation in Uttarakhand.

Regarding Goa, BJP legislative party will meet on Monday to announce the name of the next Chief Minister of the state. Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and L. Murugan will also be present in the meeting to look after the government formation.

Meanwhile, BJP legislative party meeting in Uttar Pradesh scheduled on March 24 is likely to announce caretaker Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as CM once again.

However, according to sources, the issue of appointing Keshav Prasad Maurya again as the Deputy Chief Minister has not been resolved yet.

Keshav Prasad Maurya lost the Sirathu assembly constituency in Kaushambi district to Samajwadi Party candidate Pallavi Patel by a margin of over 7,000 votes. (ANI)

Japan PM Fumio Kishida begins 2-day India visit

New Delhi [India]: In his first visit to India after assuming office and also amid the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during his two-day stay in New Delhi will take part in the 14th India-Japan Annual Summit, besides holding bilateral talks with PM Narendra Modi.

The India-Japan Annual Summit had last taken place in Tokyo in October 2018.
Kishida’s visit to India gains significance amid the western countries slapping sanctions against Russia for its military operation in Ukraine while the major oil-consuming countries are keeping a close watch on the impact of the Ukrainian crisis on oil prices.

India and Japan have multi-faceted cooperation as partners within the ambit of their “Special Strategic and Global Partnership”.

The Summit will provide an opportunity for both sides to review and strengthen the bilateral cooperation in diverse areas as well as exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest so as to advance their partnership for peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

Earlier PM Modi had spoken to PM Kishida on phone in October 2021 soon after the Japanese Prime Minister had assumed office. Both sides had expressed a desire to further strengthen “Special Strategic and Global Partnership”.

Since PM Modi’s visit to Japan in 2014, tremendous progress has been made with the implementation of several important decisions taken by both countries. Shinzo Abe was then the Japanese PM.

Japan had announced an investment of Yen 3.5 trillion for India, which included public and private participation in various projects.

At present, there are 1455 Japanese companies in India. Eleven Japan Industrial Townships (JIT) have been established, including Neemrana in Rajasthan and Sri City in Andhra Pradesh hosting the most number of Japanese companies. Japan is also India’s 5th largest source of FDI, besides being the largest development partner.

However, several infrastructure projects are currently underway with the help of Japanese assistance, including Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail corridor, Dedicated Freight Corridor, Metro projects, and Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project.

India and Japan had signed a “Digital Partnership” in October 2018. At present, Indian startups have raised more than USD 10 billion from Japanese Venture Capitalists. India and Japan have also launched a private sector driven fund-of-funds to invest in technology startups in India which has raised USD 100 million so far.

Both sides also have Cooperation in the field of ICT, in areas such as 5G, under-sea cables, telecom and network security.

Progress has also been made in skill development. The total number of Japan-India Institutes of Manufacturing (JIM) now is 19 (it was 8 in 2018). These institutes are established by Japanese companies based in India for training skilled workers.

Japanese companies have also set up seven Japanese Endowed Courses (JEC) at various colleges while 220 Indian youth have been placed in Japan as interns under “Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP)”.

Last year, India had also signed a “Specified Skilled Workers Agreement”. The Japanese side has since January this year started holding examinations for nursing care under this programme.

The “Agreement on Reciprocal Provision of Supplies and Services between the Self-Defence Forces of Japan and the Indian Armed Forces (or ACSA)”, which was signed on 9 September 2020, came into force on July 11 2021.

Both the countries signed a convergence on free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. They signed a Reciprocal Provision of “Supplies and Services Agreement (RPSS)”. Meanwhile, the inaugural 2+2 ministerial meeting was held in November 2019.

A decision was also taken in the 2017 Summit to establish the “India-Japan Act East Forum”. The objective is to coordinate developmental projects in Northeastern parts of India in areas of connectivity, forest management, disaster risk reduction and capacity building.

Several projects, including the up-gradation of highways in Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram are underway. (ANI)

New post-pandemic world order shaping up, India needs to grow fast: PM Modi

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India needs to develop at a faster pace to find its role while the new world order shapes up in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister said that the whole world is looking at India. “In the circumstances created by COVID-19, new world order is emerging. In this new order, India has to develop itself at a faster pace,” he added.
The Prime Minister was addressing a valedictory function of the 96th Common Foundation Course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie via video conferencing.

He said that the current batch of civil servants will play a big role in the development of the country in the next 25 years.

“Over the years, I have spoken to and spent a long time with various batches of Civil Servants. But this batch is very special. You are starting your work in the 75th year of India’s Independence. In this Amrit Kaal, you will play a big role in the development of the country in the next 25 years,” said PM Modi.

He further urged the civil servants to keep the goals of building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat and laying the foundation of ‘New, Modern India’ at the top of their priorities.

“You always have to keep the goals of 21st century India in mind. The goal of building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, the goal of laying the foundation of New, Modern India,” said PM Modi.

The Prime Minister also stated that the inauguration of the new sports complex and revamped Happy Valley Complex will give a new direction to the Academy.

“During training, you were enlightened with the vision of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Service and duty have been a vital part of your training. The importance of service and sense of duty has been an integral part of your training,” he added.

The Prime Minister inaugurated the new sports complex and dedicated the revamped ‘Happy Valley Complex’ to the nation.

Based on the principle of ‘Mission Karmyogi’, with new pedagogy and design, the 96th Foundation Course at LBSNAA comprises 488 (Officer-trainees) OTs from 16 services and three Royal Bhutan Services (Administrative, Police, and Forest).

The new pedagogy based on the principles of ‘Mission Karmayogi’ was designed to harness the adventurous and innovative spirit of the youthful batch, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in an official statement.

As per the PMO, the 96th Foundation Course is the first Common Foundation Course at LBSNAA based on the principle of ‘Mission Karmyogi’, with new pedagogy and design. Emphasis was put on transforming the Officer Trainee from a student/civilian into a public servant through initiatives like interaction with the Padma Awardees in the spirit of ‘Sabka Prayas’. All 488 Officer Trainees were given first-level training in Krav Maga and various other sports. (ANI)

Chinese foreign minister plans to visit India soon

New Delhi [India]: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi may visit India soon, a first high profile visit from China since border stand-off in Galwan Valley in Ladakh.

However, it is learnt that Wang’s visit to India is being worked out.
Meanwhile, neither the Chinese embassy in Delhi nor the Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed the proposed visit formally.

This will be the first high profile and physical meeting between the leaders of both countries after Galwan clash and the beginning of the border stand-off that started in May 2020.

The key objective of Wang’s visit is to restart physical engagement and also invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for BRICS meet to be hosted by Beijing later this year.

It is pertinent to mention that India-China stand-off at border is still continuing as multiple rounds of military and diplomatic discussions did not reap results. India has called for complete disengagement in eastern Ladakh at all friction points.

Earlier, the 15th round of Corps Commander level talks between India and China was held at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Indian side on March 11, 2022.

India and China agreed to maintain the security and stability along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector during the 15th round China-India Corps Commander Level talks, said the Indian Army Spokesperson.

The two countries carried forward their discussions from the previous round held on January 12, 2022, for the resolution of the relevant issues along the LAC in the Western Sector.

India and China have been holding talks on the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Ladakh area to resolve the standoff.

The talks held till now have resulted in the resolution of the North and South Bank of Pangong Tso, Galwan and Gogra Hot Spring areas.

According to the sources, both sides will now focus to achieve a resolution of balance at friction areas.

Recent statements by both sides to find a mutually acceptable solution have been encouraging and positive in nature.

India also highlighted that India-China relationship are going through a very difficult phase and made it clear to Beijing that peace and tranquillity at border are the basis for good bilateral relations. (ANI)

‘The Kashmir Files’ team meets PM Modi, receives appreciation

New Delhi [India]: ‘The Kashmir Files’ team, including producer Abhishek Agarwal, director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri and actor Pallavi Joshi, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday and said they received appreciation for their film.

The film revolves around the genocide of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990 and stars Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumar, and Pallavi Joshi in pivotal roles.
Abhishek Agarwal shared pictures of their meeting with the Prime Minister on his Twitter handle and wrote, “It was a pleasure to meet our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi Ji. What makes it more special is his appreciation and noble words about #TheKashmirFiles. We’ve never been prouder to produce a film. Thank you Modi Ji.”

Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri retweeted this and added, “I am so glad for you @AbhishekOfficl you have shown the courage to produce the most challenging truth of Bharat. #TheKashmirFiles screenings in USA proved the changing mood of the world in the leadership of @Narendra Modi.”

The film, which was released in theatres on March 11, earned Rs. 3.55 crores on its opening day. (ANI)

 

PM Modi calls for tech-savvy security apparatus

Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India]- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for harnessing technology in the security apparatus, saying that the latest tools should be utilised to nab the tech-savvy criminals.

The Prime Minister in his convocation address to Rashtriya Raksha University underlined the importance of technology for security measures and policing. He called for harnessing technology to nab the tech-savvy criminals.
“The earlier scenario was very different as the security forces had more time to prepare. Now technology, transportation and communication have improved. Today’s policing requires skills like negotiating and other soft skills needed to function in a democratic scenario,” PM Modi said.

He said that the Gandhinagar area has National Law University, Raksha University and Forensic Science University and emphasized the need for synergy among the institutions through regularly combined symposiums to create a holistic education in these related fields.

“Never make the mistake of treating this as a Police University. This is a Raksha University that takes care of the security of the country in its entirety,” he added.

“The movement under the leadership of Gandhiji against the injustice made the British government realize the collective power of Indians,” the Prime Minister while speaking about the Dandi March.

The Prime Minister said that the earlier notion of internal security during the colonial time was based on instilling fear among the masses.

He stressed the need to change the image of police and security personnel. PM Modi noted the humane work by the police personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Post-independence, there was a need for reforms in the country’s security apparatus. A perception was developed that we have to be careful of the uniformed personnel. But it has transformed now. When people see uniformed personnel now, they get the assurance of help,” the Prime Minister stated.

PM Modi also stressed on stress management for the security personnel. He noted the shrinking support system for police personnel in dealing with the stress of the job and emphasized the need for experts to help in relaxation through initiatives, including Yoga.

“Stress-free training activities is the need of the hour for strengthening the country’s security apparatus,” he added.

The Prime Minister also urged the students that they should always keep the values of humanity integral to their uniform and there should never be a dearth of service spirit.

“We are seeing greater participation of women in the defence sector; be it science, Shiksha (education) or Suraksha (security), women are leading from the front,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of the 92nd anniversary of Dandi March, saying that the historical event made the British government realize the collective power of Indians.

PM Modi dedicated a building of Rashtriya Raksha University to the nation and delivered its first convocation address in Gandhinagar. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Governor of Gujarat Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel also attended the convocation address by the Prime Minister. (ANI)

PM Modi deputes four Ministers to Ukraine’s neighbouring countries to coordinate evacuations

               

New Delhi [India]: Government Sources on Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be sending four Union Ministers to neighbouring countries of Ukraine to coordinate evacuations of stranded Indians amid ongoing Russian military operations in Ukraine.

“Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju and Gen (Retd) VK Singh will travel to neighbouring countries of Ukraine to coordinate the evacuation mission and help students,” Government sources said.
These Ministers will be going as special envoys of India.

A second high-level meeting in the last 24 hours over the prevailing situation in Ukraine, especially with the evacuation of Indian citizens, is being chaired by PM Modi.

Upon his return from Uttar Pradesh on Sunday evening, the Prime Minister held a two-hour long meeting with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and a host of senior bureaucrats over the prevailing situation in Ukraine.

PM Modi in the meeting once again reiterated that ensuring the safety of Indian students and evacuating them is the nation’s top priority.

It was also discussed to further enhance cooperation with neighbouring countries of Ukraine to expedite the evacuation of the stranded Indians.

The union government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched operation Ganga to bring back stranded students and Indian citizens from the conflict-torn Ukraine.

Special flights are being operated by Air India under “Operation Ganga”.

Meanwhile, a fifth flight carrying 249 Indian nationals who were stranded in Ukraine landed in New Delhi today morning. (ANI)

PM Modi remembers Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his birth anniversary

               

New Delhi [India], (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday remembered Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his birth anniversary and said that his emphasis on social welfare has been inspiring people for generations.

“I bow to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his Jayanti. His outstanding leadership and emphasis on social welfare have been inspiring people for generations. He was uncompromising when it came to standing up for the values of truth and justice. We are committed to fulfilling his vision,” PM Modi tweeted.
Chhatrapati Shivaji was born on February 19, 1630, at Shivneri Fort in Pune. (ANI)(instagram)

PM Modi didn’t give compensation to farmers who died in protest, says Rahul Gandhi

             

Hoshiarpur (Punjab) [India](ANI): Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not give compensation to farmers who died in the farmers’ protest while Rajasthan and Punjab governments have paid the compensation.

“Punjab farmers for a year stood hungry in winters as PM Modi tried to give their hard work to a few billionaires. He couldn’t give two minutes of silence in Parliament to farmers who died during the protest. He didn’t give compensation either, which was given by the Rajasthan and Punjab governments,” Gandhi said while addressing ‘Navi Soch Nava Punjab’ rally, in Hoshiarpur, Punjab.
“Whatever you grow in the food park, be it potato chips or tomato ketchup, can be manufactured by directly transferring your produce from farms to the food processing unit,” he added.

The Congress leader also raised the issue of unemployment in his speech. “PM Modi said in every speech that he’ll deposit Rs 15 lakh in bank accounts, and will give employment to two crore youth. Did anyone get it? Why does he not speak on corruption or employment? He carried out demonetization and imposed GST. Who got benefitted?” he further stated.

Assembly polls for electing 117 assembly seats in Punjab will be held on February 20. In the 2017 Assembly polls in the state, the Congress had won an absolute majority by winning 77 seats, ousting the SAD-BJP government, which had been in power for 10 years. (ANI)

Australia to provide over USD 11 million under ‘Maitri Scholars Program’ for Indian students: FM Marise Payne

               

Melbourne [Australia] (ANI): Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Saturday announced ‘Maitri’ Scholars Program under which it will provide over USD 11 million for four years to support Indian students to study in Australia’s world-leading universities.

During the joint presser, the Australian Foreign Minister also announced a series of new initiatives to boost the education and cultural ties between Australia and India.
“I’m also proud with a number of my Australian ministerial colleagues to announce today a series of new initiatives to boost the education and cultural ties between Australia and India.

The initiatives are appropriately called the ‘Maitri’, meaning friendship initiatives,” she said.

Australian Foreign Minister continued saying that under the Maitri Scholars Program, the Australian government will provide over USD 11 million over four years to support Indian students to study at Australia’s world-leading universities.

“The Maitri Fellowships Program will provide USD 3.5 million over four years to build links between future leaders, will support mid-career Australian and Indian professionals to collaborate on strategic research initiatives,” Payne said.

She explained that Australia will also provide over USD 6 million over four years for the Maitri cultural partnerships to support cultural exchanges and boost the role of the creative industries in our two countries.

Speaking at a press conference along with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Payne said the relationship between Australia and India has deep connections in trade and investment as well.

“And as we stand here in Melbourne, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan is returning from India after a round of negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA).”

On the CECA, Payne said this is an agreement that both sides are confident, will unlock new trade and investment opportunities, particularly as both economies recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Payne said that the Maitri program is a strong positive for the education sector in Australia, recovering from the economic impact of COVID 19.

Australian Foreign Minister highlighted the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between both the countries on Friday in New Delhi.

“(Australian Commerce) Minister Dan Tehan was able to sign a memorandum of understanding on tourism, with his ministerial counterpart yesterday in New Delhi. Under the MOU Australia and India will work together to promote travel between the two markets, and advance cooperation on tourism policy data sharing training and industry engagement,” she said.

Payne also announced the establishment of the Australia-India infrastructure forum which will match Australian finance with the enormous infrastructure opportunities in India. Through this initiative, she said the nation will host workshops and generate analysis to drive results for businesses. (ANI)(Instagram)

Top Army leadership carrying out operational review of China, Pakistan border situation

               

New Delhi [India](ANI): Amid the ongoing military standoff with the Chinese military, the top brass of the Indian Army, led by Army Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane, is carrying out an operational review of the situation along the borders with China and Pakistan on Wednesday in view of the recent changes in the leadership in Northern and Eastern Commands.

“This would be Lt Gen Manoj Pande’s first meeting as the Vice Chief of Army Staff while Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi is the new Northern Army Commander. Lt Gen RP Kalita also took over as the Eastern Army Commander on February 1”, Army officials told ANI.
The meeting comes soon after the leadership changes came into effect on February 1.

India and China have been engaged in a military standoff for almost two years now and efforts are being made to resolve the issue amicably.

However, the forces are ready for any eventuality and recently the Army Chief had stated clearly that in case of a war, India will emerge victorious. The top Army brass would also look into issues related to the Military Secretary’s branch in the meeting today. (ANI-ImageInstagram)

‘Pegasus spin’ Budget has zero for common people crushed by unemployment, inflation: Mamata Banerjee

              

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Criticizing the Union Budget 2022-23, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday termed the Budget as ‘Pegasus spin Budget’ and stated that the budget has ‘zero’ for common people.

Taking to Twitter the West Bengal CM wrote, “Budget has zero for common people, who are crushed by unemployment & inflation. Govt is lost in big words signifying nothing-a Pegasus spin Budget.”
According to Mamata, the Central Government is only about big talks without any significant work.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday tabled Union Budget 2022 in the Lok Sabha and later in Rajya Sabha.

While presenting the Budget in the Lower House, the Finance Minister said that India’s economic growth in the current year is estimated to be 9.2 per cent, the highest among all large economies. She also said that Union Budget 2022-23 seeks to lay the foundation and give a blueprint of the economy over the next 25 years.

The budget session of Parliament began on Monday with the address by President Ram Nath Kovind to both Houses in the Central Hall.

The first part of the Union Budget Session of Parliament will be held from January 31 to February 11 and the second part of the Budget Session will take place from March 14 to April 8. (image – instagram)

PM Modi announces Rs 2 lakh to next of kin of deceased in Maharashtra car mishap

              

New Delhi [India]- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that Rs 2 lakh will be given from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of each of the seven medical students who died in an accident near Selsura in Maharashtra and Rs 50,000 will be given for those injured in the mishap.

Seven medical students, including BJP MLA Vijay Rahangdale’s son Avishkar Rahangdale died after died the car in which they were travelling fell off a bridge near Selsura on Monday night.
As per the police, the students were on their way to Wardha from Deoli when their vehicle fell.

“PM Narendra Modi announced that Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives in the accident near Selsura. Those who are injured would be given Rs 50,000,” Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.

The Prime Minister condoled the loss of lives in the road accident and also prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured.

“Pained by the loss of lives due to an accident near Selsura in Maharashtra. In this hour of sadness, my thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones. I pray that those injured are able to recover soon,” PMO tweeted quoting PM Modi.

According to Prashant Holkar, Superintendent of Police Wardha the mishap took place around 11.30 pm last night.

The deceased have been identified as students of Sawangi Medical College in Wardha. While Neeraj Chauhan, Vivek Nandan, Pratyush Singh and Shubham Jaiswal were final year MBBS students, Avishkar Rahangdale and Pawan Shakti were first year MBBS students and Nitesh Singh a medical intern (ANI/Image -DD)

PM Modi pays floral tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary

               

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid floral tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary in the Central Hall of Parliament here.

Earlier paying tributes to Netaji the Prime Minister had said that every Indian is proud of his monumental contribution to the nation.
“Wishing all the countrymen a very Happy Parakram Diwas. My respectful tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary. I bow to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his Jayanti. Every Indian is proud of his monumental contribution to our nation,” tweeted PM Modi today.

Notably, last year, the Government had declared 23rd January as Parakram Diwas to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Born on January 23, 1897, Netaji played a crucial role in India’s freedom movement.

Subhas Chandra Bose had also established the Azad Hind Fauj.

In a first, India will begin Republic Day celebrations from January 23 instead of January 24, to include the birth anniversary of late freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It will end on January 30, the day Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.

To commence the celebrations of Republic Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the occasion of Netaji’s 125th birth anniversary, will unveil the hologram statue of the freedom fighter at India Gate in Delhi on Sunday at around 6 pm.

On January 21, the Prime Minister informed that a grand granite statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be installed at India Gate soon.

The Prime Minister has said that till the time the work for the “grand statue” of Netaji, made of granite, is completed, a hologram statue would be installed at the same place.

Official sources have informed that the dimensions of Netaji’s statue would be 28 feet in height and 6 feet in breadth.

Also, the flame at the India Gate will be extinguished after 50 years and will be merged with the flame at the adjoining National War Memorial (NWM) in the run-up for Republic Day. (ANI/Image -Instagram)

PM Modi inaugurates launch of ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav se Swarnim Bharat Ki Ore’

              

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the launch of ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav se Swarnim Bharat Ki Ore’.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is delivering the keynote address at the national launch ceremony of ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav se Swarnim Bharat Ke Ore’ today via video conferencing. The program unveiled yearlong initiatives dedicated to Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav by the Brahma Kumaris, which include more than 30 campaigns and over 15000 programs and events.
During the event, Prime Minister flagged off seven initiatives of Brahma Kumaris. These include My India Healthy India, Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Self Reliant Farmers, Women: Flag Bearers of India, Power of Peace Bus Campaign, Andekha Bharat Cycle Rally, United India Motor Bike Campaign and green initiatives under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal. Founded in India in 1937, Brahma Kumaris has spread to over 130 countries. The event is being held on the occasion of the 53rd Ascension Anniversary of Pitashree Prajapita Brahma, Founding Father of Brahma Kumaris. (ANI/Image -Instagram)

PM Modi to chair meet with chief ministers on COVID-19 situation today

              

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Amid surging COVID-19 cases following the emergence of Omicron variant, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the Chief Ministers of all states on Thursday at 4:30 pm via video conferencing on the COVID situation.

This is the first meeting of the Prime Minister with the Chief Ministers of all states this year. PM Modi has held several meetings with chief ministers last year.
Earlier on Wednesday, Dr VK Paul, a NITI Aayog member, has also cautioned that the infection caused by the Omicron variant of coronavirus should not be considered common cold and people should not take it lightly.

“Omicron is replacing Delta variant of COVID-19 as it is highly transmissible. It should be considered as the common cold. Normally, the transmission or expansion of the pandemic would take longer but this time it has been very rapid because of the high transmissibility,” he said at the Health Ministry media briefing.

Mentioning a steep surge in coronavirus cases across India, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry said, “A sharp surge in COVID cases in India with the active cases 9,55,319 today. Emerging states of concern (reporting surge in COVID cases) are Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, and Gujarat.”

“Emerging states of concerns reporting high positive rates- Maharashtra with a rate positivity rate of 22.39 per cent, West Bengal 32.18 per cent, Delhi 23.1 per cent and Uttar Pradesh 4.47 per cent,” he added.

The Prime Minister had also chaired a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the country on January 9, through a video conference. During that review meeting, PM Modi had stressed the need to ensure adequate health infrastructure at the district level. He had asked officials to maintain coordination regarding this with the states.

India has witnessed a surge in COVID-19 cases in the recent past.

According to the Union Health Ministry, India on Wednesday reported 1,94,720 new COVID-19 cases and 442 fatalities. The daily positivity rate due to this virus in the country is 11.05 per cent. Active cases account for 2.65 per cent of the total cases. (Image – Instagram)

December 26 to be observed as ‘Veer Baal Diwas’ as tribute to Guru Gobind Singh’s sons: PM Modi

               

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that starting this year, December 26 will be marked as ‘Veer Baal Diwas’ as a tribute to the courage of Sahibzades (Guru Gobind Singh’s sons) and their quest for justice.

“Today, on the auspicious occasion of the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, I am honoured to share that starting this year, 26th December shall be marked as ‘Veer Baal Diwas.’ This is a fitting tribute to the courage of the Sahibzades and their quest for justice,” PM Modi tweeted.
“Veer Baal Diwas will be on the same day Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji attained martyrdom after being sealed alive in a wall. These two greats preferred death instead of deviating from the noble principles of Dharma,” he tweeted.

“The bravery and ideals of Mata Gujri, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, and the 4 Sahibzades give strength to millions of people. They never bowed to injustice. They envisioned a world that is inclusive and harmonious. It is the need of the hour for more people to know about them,” read another tweet.

Earlier today, extended his greetings on the occasion of Guru Gobind Singh’s Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru, and said that the Guru’s life message gives strength to millions of people.

The Prakash Parv of Guru Gobind Singh is being celebrated on January 9 this year.

Born Gobind Rai at Patna Sahib in Bihar, Guru Gobind Singh was the 10th and last of Sikh gurus in human form. He was enthroned at the ‘Guru Gaddi’ at the age of nine, following the martyrdom of his father, the ninth Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji.

Meanwhile, in view of Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti, the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has given relaxation to the devotees during the weekend curfew in Delhi, allowing them to offer prayers at Gurudwaras on Sunday. (ANI)

PMs security breach : NIA constitutes IG-level team

                

New Delhi [India], (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has constituted an Inspector General (IG) level team to assist the Registrar General of Punjab and Haryana High Court to secure and seize the records related to Prime Minister’s security breach during his visit to Punjab on January 5.

As per a senior NIA official, the anti-terror agency has “nominated Inspector General of Police Santosh Rastogi to assist the Registrar General of Punjab and Haryana High Court to secure and seize the records related to the visit of Prime Minister to Punjab on January 5, 2022, from State and Central Agencies”.
“Director-General NIA issued an order in this regard on Friday,” the officer said, clarifying “there is no probe”.

Sources also said that the team comprises seven other officers, including three Deputy Inspector General level officers.

The move comes after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asked the NIA DG Kuldiep Singh to constitute the team. The DG then issued a written order on Friday to form a team.

The officers who will assist Rastogi in the investigation include DIGs Vidhi Kumar Bidhi, Kaliraj Mahesh Kumar and Amit Kumar, Superintendents of Police Amit Singh, Tejinder Singh and Shankar B Raimedhi.

The development comes hours after the MHA constituted three-member committee summoned Punjab Police Director General Siddharth Chattopadhyaya, Punjab ADGP, Patiala IGP and Ferozpur DIG along with over a dozen top Punjab Police officers who were responsible for the Prime Minister’s security during his visit to Punjab’s Ferozpur on January 5.

The MHA on Thursday constituted a three-member committee led by Sudhir Kumar Saxena, Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat; Balbir Singh, Joint Director (IB); and S. Suresh, IG, Special Protection Group.

The Centre is considering action under the Special Protection Group (SPG) Act against Punjab Police officers following the breach in the security of Prime Minister Modi during his visit to Punjab on January 5.

Section 14 of the SPG Act makes the state government responsible for providing all assistance to the SPG during the PM’s movement.

The provision, titled ‘Assistance to Group’, states: “It shall be the duty of every Ministry and Department of the Central Government or the State Government or the Union Territory Administration, every Indian Mission, every local or other authority or every civil or military authority to act in aid of the Director or any member of the Group whenever called upon to do so in furtherance of the duties and responsibilities assigned to such Director or member.”

The MHA’s three-member team started its probe on Friday from its visit at the flyover where Prime Minister’s convoy was stuck for over 15-20 minutes due to a road blockade by protesters during his visit.

The MHA on Thursday constituted the three-member committee to enquire into the serious lapses in the security arrangements during PM’s visit to Punjab’s Ferozepur on Wednesday, which led to the exposure of the VVIP to grave security risk.

Home Ministry Spokesperson in a Tweet on Thursday had informed about the formation of the three-member committee which is advised to submit the report at the earliest.

The move comes after the Home Ministry on Wednesday also sought a detailed report from the Punjab government over the security lapse and asked it “to fix responsibility for this lapse and take strict action”.

The Home Ministry in a statement had then informed that it has asked the state government to “fix responsibility for this lapse and take strict action”.

The action was taken after the Prime Minister’s convoy during its visit to National Martyrs Memorial in Punjab reached a flyover where the road was blocked by some protestors.

The Prime Minister was stuck on the flyover for 15-20 minutes. This was a major lapse in the security of the Prime Minister.

The Punjab government has also constituted a high-level committee to probe the incident.

Prime Minister Modi landed at Bathinda on January 5 morning from where he was to go to the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala by helicopter.

Due to rain and poor visibility, the Prime Minister waited for about 20 minutes for the weather to clear out, said a Home Ministry statement issued then.

“When the weather did not improve, it was decided that he would visit the National Martyrs Memorial via road, which would take more than two hours,” the statement said.

PM then proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of necessary security arrangements by the DGP Punjab Police, mentions the statement.

“Around 30 km away from the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, when the Prime Minister’s convoy reached a flyover, it was found that the road was blocked by some protestors.

“The Prime Minister was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes. This was a major lapse in the security of the Prime Minister,” reads the statement.

The Home Ministry then said that the Prime Minister’s schedule and travel plan was communicated well in advance to the Punjab government.

As per procedure, the Home Ministry said, they have to make necessary arrangements for logistics, security as well as keep a contingency plan ready.

“Also in view of the contingency plan, the Punjab Government has to deploy additional security to secure any movement by road, which were clearly not deployed. After this security lapse, it was decided to head back to Bathinda Airport.”

PM to inaugurate second campus of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute in Kolkata

               

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the second campus of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) in West Bengal’s Kolkata on January 7 at 1 PM through video conferencing.

“The second campus of CNCI has been built in line with the Prime Minister’s vision to expand and upgrade the health facilities in all parts of the country. CNCI was facing a heavy load of cancer patients and a need for expansion was being felt for some time. This need will be fulfilled through the second campus,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said.
“At 1 PM tomorrow, 7th January, I will join the programme to inaugurate the second campus of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute in Kolkata. This Institute will augment healthcare capacities in Eastern India and in the Northeast,” PM Modi tweeted.

The second campus of CNCI has been built at a cost of over Rs 530 crore, out of which around Rs 400 crores have been provided by the Union government and the rest by the West Bengal government, in the ratio of 75:25. The campus is a 460 bedded comprehensive cancer center unit with cutting-edge infrastructure for cancer diagnosis, staging, treatment, and care. The campus is equipped with modern facilities like Nuclear Medicine (PET), 3.0 Tesla MRI, 128 slice CT scanner, Radionuclide therapy unit, endoscopy suite, modern brachytherapy units, etc. The campus will also work as an advanced cancer research facility and will provide comprehensive care to cancer patients especially those from Eastern and North-Eastern parts of the country. (ANI)

‘Apne CM ko thanks kehna, ki mein Bhatinda airport tak zinda laut paaya’, PM Modi told officials after security breach during Punjab visit

          

Bhatinda (Punjab) [India]:Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had to return to Bathinda airport on Wednesdy due to security breach during his visit to Punjab, is learnt to have told state government officials at the airport, “Apne CM ko thanks kehna, ki mein Bhatinda airport tak zinda laut paaya”.

Officials at Bhatinda Airport told ANI that PM Modi on his return to Bhatinda airport told officials there,”Apne CM ko thanks kehna, ki mein Bhatinda airport tak zinda laut paaya.” (Say thanks to your CM that I was able to return to Bhatinda airport alive).
The Home Ministry has taken cognisance of the “serious security lapse” and has sought a detailed report from the state government. The State Government has also been asked to fix responsibility for this lapse and take strict action.

The Home Ministry said in a statement that PM Modi landed at Bathinda on Wednesday morning from where he was to go to the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala by helicopter.

Due to rain and poor visibility, the Prime Minister waited for about 20 minutes for the weather to clear out.

The statement said that when the weather did not improve, it was decided that he would visit the National Marytrs Memorial via road, which would take more than two hours. The Prime Minister proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of necessary security arrangements by the DGP Punjab Police.

Around 30 kms away from the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, when the Prime Minister’s convoy reached a flyover, it was found that the road was blocked by some protestors.

The Prime Minister was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes.

“This was a major lapse in the security of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister’s schedule and travel plan was communicated well in advance to the Punjab Government. As per procedure, they have to make necessary arrangements for logistics, security as well as keep a contingency plan ready,” the statement said.

“Also in view of the contingency plan the Punjab Government has to deploy additional security to secure any movement by road , which were clearly not deployed. After this security lapse, it was decided to head back to Bathinda Airport,” it added.

BJP leaders slammed the Punjab government for the “security breach”.

Party chief JP Nadda said it is sad that the PM’s visit to launch development projects worth thousands of crores for Punjab was disrupted.

“But we will not let such cheap mentality hinder progress of Punjab and will continue the effort for the development of Punjab,” he said in a tweet.

“The state police was instructed to prevent people from attending the rally. Large number of buses were stranded because of the high-handedness of the police & connivance with protestors,” he added.

Nadda also slammed Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and said he “refused to get on the phone”.

“To make matters worse, CM Channi refused to get on the phone to either address the matter or solve it. The tactics used by the Congress government in Punjab would pain any one who believes in democratic principles,” Nadda said. (ANI)

PM cares for Varanasi : 870 crores for development projects

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for 22 development projects worth Rs 870 crores in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Thursday.

Before the inauguration, the Prime Minister reviewed the development projects along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of ‘Banas Dairy Sankul’ at UP State Industrial Development Authority Food Park, Karkhiyaon, Varanasi. Spread across 30 acres of land, the dairy will be built at a cost of about Rs 475 crores and will have a facility for processing 5 lakh litres of milk per day.

PM Modi digitally transferred about Rs 35 crore bonus to the bank accounts of more than 1.7 lakh milk producers associated with Banas Dairy.

He also laid the foundation stone for the Biogas based Electricity generation plant for the Milk Producers Cooperative Union Plant, Ramnagar, Varanasi.

PM Modi also launched a portal and logo dedicated to the Conformity Assessment Scheme of milk products, developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) with the help of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).

According to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the unified logo, featuring logos of both BIS and NDDB quality mark will simplify the certification process for the dairy sector and will reassure the public about dairy product quality.

Prime Minister virtually distributed the rural residential rights record ‘Gharauni’ under the Swamitva scheme of Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, to over 20 Lakh residents of Uttar Pradesh.

He also inaugurated multiple urban development projects in Varanasi. These include six projects of the redevelopment of Old Kashi wards, a parking and surface park at Beniabag, beautification of two ponds, one sewage treatment plant at village Ramna and provisioning of advanced surveillance cameras at 720 locations under Smart City Mission.

PM Modi inaugurated a 50-bed Integrated Ayush Hospital at Bhadrasi. He also laid the foundation of Rs 49 crore Government Homeopathic Medical College in tehsil Pindra under the Ayush Mission.

Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of two ‘4 to 6 lane’ road widening projects for the Prayagraj and Bhadohi roads. The projects are believed to improve the connectivity of Varanasi and will be a step towards resolving the problem of the city’s traffic congestion.

Other projects inaugurated by the Prime Minister include a Speed Breeding Facility at International Rice Research Institute, South Asia Regional Centre Varanasi, a Regional Reference Standards Laboratory at village Payakpur and an Advocate building at Tehsil Pindra.

Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh are slated for early next year. (ANI)

PM Modi to visit Goa on Sunday, to participate in Goa Liberation Day celebrations

               

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Goa on Sunday to attend Goa Liberation Day celebrations at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Goa’s Taleigao at around 3 pm, informed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

As per the PMO, the Prime Minister will felicitate the freedom fighters and veterans of ‘Operation Vijay’ at the function.
Goa Liberation Day is celebrated on December 19 every year to mark the success of ‘Operation Vijay’ undertaken by the Indian Armed Forces that liberated Goa from Portuguese rule.

Prime Minister will inaugurate multiple development projects including the renovated Fort Aguada Jail Museum, Super Speciality Block at Goa Medical College, New South Goa District Hospital, Aviation Skill Development Center at Mopa Airport and the Gas-insulated Substation at Dabolim-Navelim, Margao.

He will also lay the foundation stone for the India International University of Legal Education and Research of Bar Council of India Trust at Goa.

It has been the constant endeavour of the Prime Minister to improve medical infrastructure and provide top-class medical facilities across the country. In line with this vision, the Super Speciality Block at Goa Medical College and Hospital has been constructed at a cost of over Rs. 380 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana scheme.

It is the only state-of-the-art super specialty hospital in the entire state of Goa, providing high-end super specialty services. It will provide specialized services like angioplasty, bypass surgery, liver transplant, kidney transplant, dialysis etc. The Super Speciality Block will also house a 1000 LPM PSA plant installed under PM-CARES.

The New South Goa District Hospital, built at a cost of around Rs.220 crores, is equipped with modern medical infrastructure including OPD services in 33 specialities, the latest diagnostic and laboratory facilities and services like Physiotherapy, Audiometry etc. The hospital has 500 oxygenated beds, 5500 litre LMO tank and 2 PSA plants of 600 litres per minute (lpm).

The re-development of Aguada Fort Jail Museum as a Heritage Tourism destination under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, has been done at a cost of over Rs. 28 crore. Before Goa’s liberation, Aguada Fort was used to incarcerate and torture the freedom fighters.

The Museum will highlight the contributions and sacrifices made by the prominent freedom fighters who fought for the liberation of Goa and will be a befitting tribute to them.

The Aviation Skill Development Center at the upcoming Mopa Airport, built at a cost of around Rs. 8.5 crore, is aimed at providing training in 16 different job profiles. The trainees will be able to get job opportunities in the Mopa Airport project as it becomes operational, as well as at other Airports in India and abroad.

Gas Insulated Substation at Davorlim-Navelim, Margao has been constructed at a cost of around Rs.16 crores under the Integrated Power Development Scheme of the Ministry of Power, Government of India. It will provide stable power supply to the villages of Davorlim, Nessai, Navelim, Aquem-Baixo and Telaulim.

The India International University of Legal Education and Research of Bar Council of India Trust will be established in line with the focus of the government to transform Goa into a hub of higher and technical education.

Prime Minister will also release a Special Cover and Special Cancellation to mark the commemoration of the Indian Armed Forces freeing Goa from Portuguese rule.

This special episode of history is shown on the special cover, whereas the special cancellation depicts the war memorial at Indian Naval Ship Gomantak, constructed in memory of seven young gallant sailors and other personnel who laid down their lives in “Operation Vijay”.

The Prime Minister will also release ‘My Stamp’ depicting the Hutatma Smarak at Patradevi, which salutes the great sacrifices made by the martyrs of the Goa Liberation Movement. A ‘Meghdoot Post Card’ depicting a collage of pictures of different events during the Goa Liberation Struggle will also be presented to the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister will also distribute awards to the best Panchayat/Municipality, Swayampurna Mitras and beneficiaries of Swayampurna Goa Programme.

During his visit, at around 2:15 pm, the Prime Minister will also pay floral tributes at Martyr’s Memorial, Azad Maidan, Panaji. At around 2:30 pm, he will attend the Sail Parade and flypast at Miramar, Panaji. (ANI)

PM Modi to offer prayers at Kaal Bhiarav temple, Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday will offer prayers at Kaal Bhiarav temple and Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi during his two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency.

PM Modi will visit the Kaal Bhiarav temple at around 12 noon whereas he will offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple at around 1 pm.

He will inaugurate Kashi Vishwanath Dham at around 1:20 pm.

The Prime Minister will also witness the Ganga aarti while on-board a Ro-Ro Vessel at around 6 pm.

Meanwhile, the city is decked up for the visit of the Prime Minister.

During the two-day visit, Prime Minister will also participate in a conclave of Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, along with Deputy Chief Ministers from Bihar and Nagaland.

The conclave will provide an opportunity to share governance-related best practices and is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of furthering team India’s spirit. (ANI)

PM Modi holds meeting with top ministers in Parliament

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a meeting with the senior ministers in the Parliament.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman were among the attendees. The winter session of Parliament began on November 29 and will continue till December 23. Both houses of Parliament have witnessed repeated adjournments over the Opposition’s demand for revocation of suspension of 12 MPs from the Rajya Sabha. The MPs were suspended over alleged unruly conduct towards the end of the monsoon session in August.
Earlier today, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi expressed solidarity with the suspended 12 members of Parliament and said that the move by the Rajya Sabha Chairman is “unprecedented and unacceptable.”
The suspended members comprise six from the Congress, two each from Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena, and one each from CPI and CPM: Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, Ripun Bora, Rajamani Patel, Syed Nasir Hussain and Akhilesh Prasad Singh of Congress; Dola Sen, Shanta Chhetri of Trinamool Congress; Priyanka Chaturvedi, Anil Desai of Shiv Sena; Elamaram Kareem of CPM; and, Binoy Viswam of CPI.
Since their suspension, all the 12 MPs regularly visit the Parliament and keep sitting outside Mahatma Gandhi Statue in Parliament premises.
The members were suspended for alleged unruly conduct towards the end of the monsoon session in August when marshals were called after Opposition members stormed the Well of the House during the passage of the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021.

West Bengal BJP leaders to meet PM Modi demanding CAA implementation

New Delhi [India] : A delegation of West Bengal BJP leaders will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday demanding the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in the state.
The delegation will also discuss several issues of West Bengal with the Prime Minister. The delegation will include West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar, party vice president Dilip Ghosh, BJP MP Saumitra Khan and others.
Speaking to ANI, Dilip Ghosh said, “Today we are going to meet the Prime Minister. The budget that was announced for the development of West Bengal is still pending. Rs 25,000 crore was announced for the North-south corridor and the development of tea gardens. The budget should be implemented. We will raise this matter before the Prime Minister. We also want that the CAA to be implemented in West Bengal soon. Those who are our citizens should get citizenship.”
Ghosh said the West Bengal BJP delegation will also discuss the violence in the state. He said despite the commencement of CBI inquiry in post-poll violence, such incidents have not stopped in West Bengal.
BJP MP and West Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar said, “West Bengal BJP MPs will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today regarding the situation in West Bengal. We will discuss the development of the state and on the matter of implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rules.”
BJP MP Saumitra Khan said, “We will make the demand that CAA should be implemented soon. We will also apprise the Prime Minister about the issues of West Bengal.”
The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) allows persecuted minorities belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi, and Christian communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to avail of Indian citizenship.
The Opposition parties and several groups have protested against the implementation of CAA. There was widespread protest across the country leading to the deaths of many people in violence after the CAA was passed by Parliament.

Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi, Unfortunate that farm laws repealed without discussion

New Delhi [India]: After the bill to repeal the three farm laws was passed in both the Houses of the Parliament, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that it is unfortunate that the laws were repealed without a discussion.

Addressing a press conference here, the Wayanad MP said that the upcoming State elections must have also played on the Centre’s mind while taking the decision to withdraw these laws.
“Earlier, we had said that the government will have to withdraw the farm laws, and today these laws were repealed. It is unfortunate that the farm laws were repealed without discussion. This government is scared of holding a discussion,” said the Congress MP.

The Congress leader said that the fact is that the Central government could not face the strength of the Indian people represented by farmers in this case.

“The upcoming State elections must have also played on their mind,” he added.

The Wayanad MP had left the Parliament after the Lok Sabha was adjourned till 12 noon following sloganeering by the Opposition members.

After the resumption of Lok Sabha, the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 was passed. The bill was also passed in the Upper House today.

In an address to the nation on November 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws on the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti. The bill was cleared by the Union Cabinet last week.

The winter session of Parliament is scheduled to conclude on December 23. (ANI)

PM Modi to address the nation in 83rd edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ today

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation in the 83rd episode of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Sunday.
This will be the second last edition of the year. “Mann ki Baat” is the Prime Minister’s monthly radio address, which is broadcast on the last Sunday of every month. The programme will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and also on AIR News and mobile app.
“Tune in at 11 am tomorrow. #MannKiBaat,” the Prime Minister tweeted on Saturday.
The first episode of the programme was broadcast on October 3, 2014.
In his last episode of Mann Ki Baat, which was broadcast on October 24, the Prime Minister had emphasised on the implementation of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan.
The PM had also highlighted that India is one of the first countries in the world, which is preparing digital records of land in its villages with the help of drones.

Govt fully committed to boosting tourism potential of Meghalaya

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the Government of India is fully committed to boosting the tourism potential of Meghalaya.
His comments came on a special tune composed by the villagers of Kongthong, which was recommended by the Ministry of Tourism for the UNWTO Best Tourism Village entry from India. “Grateful to the people of Kongthong for this kind gesture. The Government of India is fully committed to boosting the tourism potential of Meghalaya. And yes, have also been seen great pictures of the recent Cherry Blossom Festival in the state. Looks beautiful,” PM Modi tweeted.
The video of the special tune was posted on Twitter by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.
“Hon’ble PM [?][?][?]@narendramodi[?] Ji, please accept this special tune composed by the villagers of Kongthong in your honour & in appreciation of GoI’s efforts in promoting the village as a prime tourism destination,” Sangma tweeted.

People in Delhi, UP to be benefitted from Noida Jewar International Airport, says PM Modi

Gautam Buddha Nagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that people in Delhi-NCR and western Uttar Pradesh will be benefitted from the Noida International Airport.

Speaking on the occasion of the foundation laying stone ceremony of Noida International Airport, PM Modi said,
“Many congratulations to all of you, all the people of the country, brothers and sisters of Uttar Pradesh on Noida International Airport. It will benefit crores of people of Delhi-NCR and Western Uttar Pradesh.”

The Prime Minister further said that be it poor or middle-class farmer or trader, labourer or entrepreneur, everyone gets a lot of benefits from it.

He said that the airport will become a model of connectivity as every mode of transportation will be available here.

PM Modi today laid the foundation stone for Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. He was accompanied by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia at the project site.

The airport is being developed by Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of the project’s Swiss concessionaire Zurich International Airport AG.

Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd (YIAPL) is developing Noida International Airport under the PPP model in close partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of India.

According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the International Airport near Jewar will be developed as an Aviation Hub which is conceived to provide all the modern, efficient and hi-tech facilities. The airport area when fully operational is expected to have Aero and Non-Aero activities along with MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) facilities.

The present project envisages an area of land requirement measuring 3500 acres. In the first phase of development, only 1327 hectares of land would be developed.

Noida International Airport is strategically located, which is at a road distance of about 72 km from IGI Airport, 40 km from Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad respectively, 28 km from Greater Noida, 65 km from Gurugram and 130 km from Agra.

The projected cost of the proposed project is estimated at around Rs 15000- 20000 crore and the development of the first phase of the airport is being done at a cost of around Rs 10,050 crore.

The work at the airport is scheduled to be completed by 2024. (ANI)

PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of Noida Jewar International Airport

Noida (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.
The PM was accompanied by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia at the project site. “Noida International Airport will be a multi-modal connectivity hub. It will create employment opportunities for more than 1 lakh people. Soon we will see 17 airports including an international airport at Ayodhya in the state,” Scindia said.
The airport is being developed by Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of the project’s Swiss concessionaire Zurich International Airport AG.
Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd (YIAPL) is developing Noida International Airport under the PPP model in close partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of India.
With the construction of the airport, it is being expressed that the job opportunities will open in the state.
According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the International Airport near Jewar will be developed as an Aviation Hub which is conceived to provide all the modern, efficient and hi-tech facilities. The airport area when fully operational is expected to have Aero and Non-Aero activities along with MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) facilities.
The present project envisages an area of land requirement measuring 3500 acres. In the first phase of development, only 1327 hectares of land would be developed.
Noida International Airport is strategically located, which is at a road distance of about 72 km from IGI Airport, 40 km from Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad respectively, 28 km from Greater Noida, 65 km from Gurugram and 130 km from Agra.
“Noida and Delhi will be connected to the airport through hassle-free metro service. All major nearby roads and highways like the Yamuna Expressway, Western Peripheral Expressway, Eastern Peripheral Expressway, Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and others will be connected to the airport,” the ministry said.
The airport will also be linked to the planned Delhi-Varanasi High-Speed Rail, enabling the journey between Delhi and the airport in only 21 minutes
The airport will be the logistics gateway for North India. Owing to its scale and capacity, the Noida International Airport will prove to be a game-changer for the state.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the airport is strategically located and will serve the people of cities including Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Agra, Faridabad and neighbouring areas.
The projected cost of the proposed project is estimated at around Rs 15000- 20000 crore and the development of the first phase of the airport is being done at a cost of around Rs 10,050 crore.
The ministry further said that the airport will house two passenger terminals while adding that Terminal 1 will have a capacity of 30 million 10 passengers per year and Terminal 2 will have a capacity of 40 million passengers per year.
“Terminal 1 will be built in two stages – the first for 12 million passengers per year and the second with an additional capacity for 18 million passengers per year. This phase is scheduled to be completed by the year 2024. Terminal 2 will also be built in two stages – with a first stage capacity of 12 million passengers per year and second stage capacity of 18 million passengers per year,” it said.
This is one of the largest financings in an Indian greenfield airport. The financial close marks another crucial milestone for the project, bringing it closer to the start of construction works. The project is being funded on a debt-to-equity ratio of 65:35.
The work at the airport is scheduled to be completed by 2024.

PM Modi to perform bhoomi pujan of UP’s Noida International Airport

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform the bhoomi pujan of the Noida International Airport (NIA) at Jewar in the NCR region on November 25.
The airport is being developed by Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of the project’s Swiss concessionaire Zurich International Airport AG. Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd (YIAPL) is developing Noida International Airport under the PPP model in close partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of India. With the construction of the airport, it is being expressed that the job opportunities will open in the state.
“YIAPL is committed to building a world-class airport in India which will play the role of a catalyst for the economic growth of India & Uttar Pradesh. The investment in Noida International Airport (NIA) will fuel the economy in NCR, Greater Noida, and the state of Uttar Pradesh, thereby also generating substantial direct and indirect job opportunities in the region,” the airport authority said in a statement.
The airport will be the logistics gateway for North India. Owing to its scale and capacity, the Noida International Airport will prove to be a game-changer for the state.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the airport is strategically located and will serve the people of cities including Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Agra, Faridabad and neighbouring areas.
“Once fully constructed, the Noida International Airport will be a thriving international airport serving the National Capital Region of Delhi and the fast-developing Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development area between Delhi and Agra. UP government’s continued support towards the project has been vital in the process so far,” the airport authority said.
Recently, YIAPL signed the financing agreements with the State Bank of India (SBI) and Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL), the Government of Uttar Pradesh’s nodal agency for the project, to achieve financial close of the NIA project. YIAPL has raised Rs 3,725 crore in debt from SBI to be repaid over a period of 20 years with one-year moratorium post completion of the project. This is one of the largest financings in an Indian greenfield airport. The financial close marks another crucial milestone for the project, bringing it closer to the start of construction works. The project is being funded on a debt-to-equity ratio of 65:35.
“Airport will be a confluence of air travel, high-speed rail, metro, and road transport. Though the master plan is prepared to accommodate the demand throughout the 40-year concession period with two runways, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has larger aspirations over the broader time horizon to ultimately have 5 runways. The airport master plan provides the platform for this aspiration growth,” the Noida Airport statement read.
The airport will develop a Ground Transportation Centre that will feature a multimodal transit hub, housing metro and high-speed rail stations, taxi, bus services and private parking.
This will enable seamless connectivity of the airport with the road, rail, and metro. Noida and Delhi will be connected to the airport through hassle-free metro service. All major nearby roads and highways like the Yamuna Expressway, Western Peripheral Expressway, Eastern Peripheral Expressway, Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and others will be connected to the airport.
The airport is spread over more than 1300 hectares of land, the completed first phase of the airport will have a capacity to serve around 1.2 crore passengers a year and work on it is scheduled to be completed by 2024.

Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi, discuss BSF, development issues

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to discuss issues pertaining to the Border Security Force (BSF) and development of the state during her visit to Delhi.
Briefing the media in Kolkata today, Banerjee said, “I am going to Delhi today as I have an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the day after tomorrow, regarding the BSF issue and other development issues of Bengal.” The chief minister said that all the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs who are sitting since morning at the party office in Delhi over the alleged police brutality in Tripura have not been given an appointment with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
“I am going to express my solidarity with them,” Banerjee said.
Earlier today, a total of 16 TMC MPs including Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Santanu Sen and Mala Roy arrived at the party office in Delhi and have sought an appointment with Shah over the alleged police brutality in Tripura.
On Sunday, Trinamool Youth Congress president Sayonni Ghosh was arrested by Tripura Police for allegedly creating a ruckus during a public meeting of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb.
Tensions in Tripura increased after violent incidents in the run-up to the elections to the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and 12 other municipal bodies slated for November 25. It earlier also alleged that several people sustained injuries after an attack on the residence of Trinamool Congress Tripura unit’s Steering Committee chief Subal Bhowmik in Bhagaban Thakur Chowmuni area of Agartala on Sunday.
“They want to capture power and bulldoze the federal structure in the name of cooperative federalism. Tripura issue will be raised in Delhi, Mumbai, and everywhere else,” Banerjee said.
“Where’s the National Human Rights Commission or the HM or (Article) 355? How many notices have been sent by the Government of India to Tripura? They don’t care about the constitution. Their only obligation is to cheat people. They will be defeated ultimately,” she added.
The West Bengal Chief Minister further said that the party respects every verdict of the Supreme Court but this government is not listening to even the Supreme Court’s guidelines.
“We respect every verdict of the Supreme Court but this government is not listening to even the Supreme Court’s guidelines. This is contempt of court. The administration, BJP and CM himself is defying the Supreme Court verdict,” Banerjee said.
Mamata Banerjee is visiting Delhi today and will stay in the national capital till November 25.
Banerjee’s visit to the capital is taking place days ahead of the winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to begin on November 29.

Yogi Adityanath shares picture with PM Modi

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Sharing a photograph of himself with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said “committed to building a new India”.
“We have embarked on a journey. We have dedicated our everything and pledged to build a new India which will touch the heights beyond the sky with new light,” tweeted Yogi Adityanath (roughly translated from Hindi).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Lucknow to attend the 56th DGP-IGP conference.
He reached Raj Bhawan on November 19 and will leave for New Delhi on the evening of November 21.

Elections for the 403-seats Uttar Pradesh Assembly are slated for early next year.
In the run-up to the assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2022 in five states, Uttar Pradesh being the most important one for the Bharatiya Janata Party, the party has already started putting in efforts to address the people of the state.

Varun Gandhi urges PM Modi to take ‘immediate decision’ on farmers’ demand

New Delhi [India] : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi on Saturday welcomed the Centre’s decision to repeal the three farm laws and has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to “immediately” take a decision on the farmers’ demand for a law on minimum support price (MSP) and their other demands.
“I welcome the announcement of withdrawing three agricultural laws,” said the BJP leader in a Tweet today. He further said, “It is my humble request that now the demand for making a law on MSP and other issues should also be decided immediately so that the farmer brothers should return home respectfully after ending the agitation,” he added.
“I have sent a letter to the respected Prime Minister in this regard,” he added.
The BJP leader’s remarks came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.
Farmers have been protesting the Centre’s three farm laws since they were passed in 2020.
The three farm laws are — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to do contract farming and market their produces freely.
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act is an amendment to the existing Essential Commodities Act.

PM Modi urges farmers to return home

New Delhi [India] : Apologising to the countrymen for the three farm laws over which the government “failed to convince” the farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged the protesting farmers to return to their homes.
In the address to the nation, PM Modi said, “We have decided to repeal all three farm laws, will begin the procedure at the Parliament session that begins this month. I urge farmers to return home to their families and let’s start afresh.” He further said that the laws will be repealed in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament.
The Prime Minister also apologized to the countrymen and said, “Today, while apologising to the countrymen, I want to say with a sincere and pure heart that perhaps there must have been some deficiency in our efforts, due to which we could not explain the truth like the light of the lamp to some farmers.”
PM Modi said that is the holy festival of light of Guru Nanak Dev and it is not the time to blame anyone.
“Whatever I did, I did for farmers. What I am doing, is for the country. With your blessings, I never left out anything in my hard work. Today I assure you that I will now work even harder, so that your dreams, nation’s dreams can be realised.”
He also announced the formation of a committee to promote zero budgeting based agriculture, to change crop patterns as per the changing needs of the country and to make MSP more effective and transparent.
“The Committee will have representatives of the central government, state governments, farmers, agricultural scientists, and agricultural economists,” he said.
The Prime Minister further argued that the government these laws for the welfare of farmers, especially small farmers, in the interest of the agriculture sector, for a bright future of ‘gaanv-gareeb’ (village-poor), with full integrity, clear conscience and dedication towards farmers.
“A sacred thing, absolutely pure, a matter of farmers’ interest, we could not explain to some farmers despite our efforts. Agricultural economists, scientists, progressive farmers also tried their best to make them understand the importance of agricultural laws,” he added.
The Prime Minister pointed out that many initiatives have been taken for the farmers to get the right price for their produce in return for their hard work. The country has strengthened its rural market infrastructure.
“I have seen the challenges of the farmers very closely in my five decades of public life, that is why, when he was given the opportunity to serve the country as Prime Minister in 2014, he gave the highest priority to agriculture development and farmer welfare,” he said.
Farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws since they were passed by the Centre in 2020.
The three farm laws are– The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to do contract farming and market their produces freely.
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act is an amendment to the existing Essential Commodities Act.

Three farm laws to be rolled back, declares PM Modi

New Delhi [India] : In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.
In his address to the nation, PM Modi said, “Today I want to tell everyone that we have decided to repeal all three farm laws.” Farmers have been protesting the government’s three farm laws since had passed the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.
The three farm laws are– The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any license-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to do contract farming and market their produces freely.
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act is an amendment to the existing Essential Commodities Act.

PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Rs 400 cr UP Defence Industrial Corridor project in Jhansi tomorrow

Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be laying the foundation stone of the Rs 400 crore Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor project in Jhansi on Friday, a Central government move aimed at achieving strategic Independence.

The Prime Minister will kick start the beginning of the significant project on the concluding three-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ event being organised by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) along with the government of Uttar Pradesh.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the event on Wednesday.

The Centre has decided to set up two Defence Industrial Corridors in the country– one in Tamil Nadu and the other in Uttar Pradesh.

The Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor has nodes at Agra, Aligarh, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Lucknow and Kanpur.

For the Jhansi Node of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor, the state government has made nearly 1,034 hectares of land available.

Bharat Dynamics Ltd, a Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU), is setting up a plant for the propulsion system for Anti-Tank Guided Missiles in the Jhansi Node. It will be spread over 183 acres of land in Jhansi. The facility will involve an investment of Rs 400 crore.

“The project is expected to provide direct employment to 150 people and indirect employment to nearly 500 people,” mentions a Defence Ministry statement.

“The foundation stone of the project will be laid by the Prime Minister on November 19,” it further said.

Besides, the Prime Minister will dedicate and launch several new initiatives of MoD to the Nation in a grand ceremony being organised in the precincts of Jhansi Fort on Friday, which also is the birthday of Rani Lakshmi Bai, the epitome of bravery and courage and a great National icon of Rashtra Raksha and India’s Independence struggle.

The Ministry of Defence has taken several steps to promote ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in defence in the last two years.

These include the issue of positive indigenisation lists, earmarking of 64 per cent of capital procurement budget for the domestic industry, promotion of startups under Innovations For Defence Excellence (iDEX) initiative, speeding up of capital acquisition process and setting up of Defence Industrial Corridors among others.

As a demonstration of the thrust on ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat, the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are adopting indigenously designed and developed platforms for their use.

Three platforms will be formally handed over by the Prime Minister to respective Service Chiefs on Friday. These platforms depict maturing of the Indian defence industry ecosystem with contributions from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), DPSUs and Defence industry and startups.

The Prime Minister will hand over Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) designed and developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) to the Chief of the Air Staff Vivek Ram Chaudhari. LCH is a new addition to HAL’s Helicopter Division.

This twin-engine helicopter is a dedicated combat helicopter of 5-8 tonne class. The LCH incorporates advanced technologies and stealth features for effective combat roles and is designed to carry out roles such as destruction of enemy air defence, counter insurgency, search and rescue, anti-tank, Counter Surface Force Operations etc. The LCH is the only attack helicopter in the world which can land and take-off at an altitude of 5,000 m (16,400 ft) with a considerable load of weapons and fuel.

The Prime Minister will also hand over drones and UAVs designed and developed by Indian startups to the Chief of the Army Staff.

Indian Army has decided to procure these drones from Indian industry and startups after detailed testing and trials. The deployment of Indian UAVs by the Indian Armed Forces is also proof of the growing maturity of the Indian drone industry ecosystem.

The Prime Minister will hand over DRDO designed and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) manufactured Advanced EW suite for naval ships including that for Indian Aircraft Carrier Vikrant. The Advanced EW suite will be used in different naval ships including destroyers, frigates etc. and marks a big step towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.

The ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ programme on Friday will see the participation from Defence Minister, Raksha Rajya Mantri Ajay Bhatt, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other dignitaries.

MoD is formally dedicating a number of schemes to the nation in the celebration titled ‘Rashtra Raksha Samparpan Parv’. These events are part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahaotsav’ celebrations. (ANI)

PM Modi to launch multiple development projects in UP

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the districts of Uttar Pradesh and will launch multiple development projects worth over Rs 6250 crore on November 19.
As per Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), at around 2:45 pm, Prime Minister will inaugurate multiple projects in Mahoba in a significant initiative to alleviate water distress. These projects will help alleviate the issue of water shortage in the region and bring much-needed relief to the farmers.
These projects include Arjun Sahayak Project, Ratauli Weir Project, Bhaoni Dam Project and Majhgaon-Chilli Sprinkler Project.
“The cumulative cost of these projects is more than Rs 3250 Crore and their operationalisation will help in the irrigation of around 65000 hectares of land in the districts of Mahoba, Hamirpur, Banda and Lalitpur, benefitting lakhs of farmers of the region. These projects will also provide potable drinking water to the region,” the PMO said in a statement.
At around 5:15 pm, the Prime Minister will participate in a programme during which he will lay the foundation stone of 600 MW Ultramega Solar Power Park at Garautha in Jhansi.
It is being constructed at a cost of over Rs 3000 crore, and will help provide the dual benefits of cheaper electricity and grid stability.
The Prime Minister will also inaugurate Atal Ekta Park in Jhansi. Named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the park has been built at a cost of over Rs 11 crore, and is spread across an area of about 40,000 square metres.
It will also house a library, as well as a statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The statue has been built by the renowned sculptor Shri Ram Sutar, the man behind the Statue of Unity.

Boris Johnson commends PM Modi’s climate ambitions at COP26

London [UK] : UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s climate ambition and initiatives at COP26.
“India came up with some really impressive stuff on decarbonizing their power sector, decarbonizing their economy by 2030. The actual commitments, the solid commitments that India made are real,” Johnson said at COP26. “Narendra Modi is actually producing on his One Sun One Grid One World,” he added.
The conference concluded on Saturday after a one-day extension.
Around 200 participating countries adopted the Glasgow Climate Pact at the end of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Xinhua News Agency reported.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, or COP26, is not enough.
“The approved texts are a compromise. They reflect the interests, the conditions, the contradictions and the state of political will in the world today. They take important steps. But unfortunately, the collective political will was not enough to overcome some deep contradictions,” he said in a statement at the conclusion of COP26.

PM Modi to transfer over Rs 700 crore to housing scheme beneficiaries in Tripura

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will transfer the first instalment of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) to more than 1.47 lakh beneficiaries of Tripura on Sunday via video conferencing.

The Prime Minister’s Office said that over Rs 700 crore will be credited directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries on the occasion.

Following Modi’s intervention, taking into account the unique geo-climatic condition of Tripura, the definition of ‘kuccha’ house has been changed specifically for the state, which has enabled such a large number of beneficiaries living in ‘kuccha’ houses to get assistance to construct a ‘pucca’ house, it added.

PM Modi meets US delegation

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met with the US Congress delegation here and had a “frank” discussion on regional issues of mutual interest, including those related to South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region.
According to an official statement by the Prime Minister office (PMO), PM Modi met with US Congressional delegation led by Senator John Cornyn which included Senator Michael Crapo, Senator Thomas Tuberville, Senator Michael Lee, Congressman Tony Gonzales and Congressman John Kevin Elizey Sr. Senator John Cornyn is the co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on India and Indian Americans.
“The Congressional delegation noted the excellent management of COVID-19 situation in India in-spite of the challenges of large and diverse population. Prime Minister noted that people’s participation based on democratic ethos of the country played a key role in managing the worst pandemic of the last one century,” read the statement.
It informed that PM Modi appreciated the consistent support and constructive role of the US Congress in deepening the India-US comprehensive global strategic partnership which is anchored in shared democratic values.
“There was a warm and frank discussion on regional issues of mutual interest, including those related to South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region,” said the statement.
It further stated that PM Modi and the visiting delegation noted the increasing convergence of strategic interests between the two strategic partners and expressed a desire to further enhance cooperation with an aim to promote global peace and stability.
PM Modi also exchanged views on the potential for enhancing the bilateral relationship and strengthening cooperation on contemporary global issues such as terrorism, climate change and reliable supply chains for critical technologies, the statement added.

Assembly polls 2022: BJP to reach out to women voters in Punjab, Manipur, Goa

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party has chalked out a strategy to reach out to women voters for poll-bound states of Punjab, Manipur and Goa by creating awareness regarding various Central government schemes and welfare measures.

In Punjab, the party will target women involved in the agriculture sector. “They understand the value of Rs 6000 per year. Even when cultivation takes place normally, women pledge their gold. Now women don’t have to do that. We would like to connect with them,” stated Vanathi Srinivasan, President of BJP Mahila Morcha.
In Goa, where most women are involved in the service sector, there will be an attempt to empower them through government schemes like Start up India and Skill India. “Focus will be to ensure these measures reach out to self-help groups and start ups,” she said.

In Uttarakhand, self-help groups that are involved in procuring forest produce through the Van Dhan Yojana.

In Manipur, the party will highlight the development in North East with the region having its own Council. Infrastructure is a big plank alongwith better accessibility through road development.

“Tourism has improved, agriculture produce from Northeast gets GI tags as well,” added another senior leader.

These states are scheduled to go for Assembly polls in early 2022.

Bharatiya Janata Party is also drawing an ambitious plan to woo women voters’ in Uttar Pradesh through the plank of women’s safety, women’s empowerment and improved law and order situation in the state during the tenure of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The BJP will organize women sammelans to discuss and debate the situation of women’s safety during the Yogi Adityanath government’s tenure. Named “Kamal Shakti Samvad”, the party has shortlisted “nau sthan” (nine places), taking a cue from nine “shakti roops” of Goddess Durga. (ANI)

PM Modi greets nation on occasion of Chhath puja

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended his greetings to people on the occasion of Chhath puja.

“Many best wishes to all of you on Chhath, the festival of sun worship. May Chhath Goddess bless everyone with good health and happiness,” read PM Modi’s tweet roughly translated from Hindi.
Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind also greeted the nation on the occasion of Chhath Puja and wished the festival would strengthen people’s efforts to protect the environment.

“Greetings to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja. This festival is an occasion to acknowledge our dependence on nature, especially the sun and water. I wish that along with making our cultural heritage strong, this festival should also strengthen our efforts to protect the environment,” tweeted Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Chhath Puja is celebrated widely across north India, especially in Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh. This year the festival starts with Nahay Khay on November 8, 2021, and concludes with Usha Arghya on November 11, 2021.

From worshipping the sun to making satwik food including kheer with gud, thekua and arwa chawal, and hopping from one stall to another in melas, people celebrate Chhath puja in their own special ways. (ANI)

Nadda hails PM Modi

New Delhi [India] : Bharatiya Janata Party chief JP Nadda on Sunday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the “bold decision” of lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic and tackling the ensuing economic challenges.
Addressing the inaugural address of the first national executive committee after the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, Nadda said, “Decision to impose the lockdown was a taken by PM Modi and within three months after the lockdown, all essential facilities were made available to people across the country. The methodology applied to fight Covid has three Ts- Track, Test and Treat.” Praising PM Modi, the BJP chief pointed out that the PM led from the front to take on the COVID-19 pandemic.
“WHO applauded PM Modi for the leadership provided in the process by not only addressing the Covid challenges but also in showing the world how best to tackle the economic challenges that arose,” stated Nadda.


The BJP chief also praised the party for having increased the vote share in the recent polls.
“From general to the panchayats polls, the vote share of the BJP has increased. In fact, in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP has and is performing exceedingly well,” Nadda pointed out.
The BJP chief also stated that PM Modi is the only leader who has ensured the prosperity of farmers in the country by introducing progressive policies and laws for the upliftment of the farmers in India.
He also listed policies implemented by the Centre in the health and agriculture sectors.
“Neither the world nor the country imagined that India will come out with its own vaccine for COVID-19,” added the party chief.
He also mentioned that India in a very short time made the Covid vaccines and also have managed to get 100 crores vaccination done.
He also called on the party workers to ensure that people receive their second COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Nadda hailed various central government policy initiatives from the abrogation of Article 370 and various peace agreements in Assam and Tripura.

BJP will write new story in West Bengal: Nadda assures leaders, voters

New Delhi [India] : West Bengal politics resonated in the Bharatiya Janata Party national executive meeting being held in the national capital Sunday as party chief JP Nadda assured the leaders and people that “the BJP will chart a new story in the state”. With many leaders who played a crucial part in the recently concluded Assembly polls in West Bengal, Swapan Das Gupta, Anupam Hazra, Kailash Vijayvargiya present in the audience, the BJP President assured that the BJP will write a new story in West Bengal.
“I want to assure the people of West Bengal that we will be with you and we will chart a new story in the state,” said Nadda.
The political situation in West Bengal is witnessing a lot of churn with many dissatisfied elected BJP leaders leaving the party to join ruling Trinamool Congress.
The party had to face embarrassment after one of its newly-nominated national executive committee member Rajib Banerjee left the party and joined TMC again.
Nadda also gave targets to be completed on the ground to the party leaders. The party chief said that booth level committee formation must be completed before December 25.
“Every booth has been mobilised to listen in to the Maan Ki Baat at the booth level,” stated Nadda.
While mentioning that BJP’s vote share has increased in every poll, Nadda said that from general to the panchayats polls, the vote share of the BJP has increased. In fact, in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP has and is performing exceedingly well,” stated the party chief.
He listed policies started by the Centre for health and agriculture.
Nadda has addressed the national executive committee meeting in national capital with PM Narendra Modi, and several Cabinet Ministers and Chief Ministers in presence. Many other senior leaders including, LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, have joined the meeting virtually from their respective states.

Congress’ Revanth Reddy slams KCR govt for giving notification for opening wine shops in Telangana

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Chief Revanth Reddy slammed Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao government for giving notification to open wine shops in the sate.
“The government is not focusing on employment instead they have given a notification for opening wine shops,” TPCC chief said. Reddy further accused the KCR government for the deaths of farmers in the state.
“According to the National Crime Rate Statistics around 7409 farmers died in Telangana and as per unofficial data, it has been estimated that around 40,000 farmers have lost their lives,” he added.
Congress leader Dasoju Sravan also said, “BJP during the 2014 elections led by Narendra Modi has made eloquent promises including that if they come to power every year two crores of jobs will be provided which means by now 16 crores of jobs would have been created.”
“Both PM Modi and KCR have cheated unemployed youth of Telangana,” he said.
Speaking further, Sravan said, the demonetisation and lockdown have also created havoc on individuals’ life and many people lost their livelihood.
As per the unconfirmed information, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the state on November 12. Commenting on this, Congress leader Sravan said when PM will land here, the party will massively protest in front of him and raise the issue of unemployment.
“We will make Prime Minister listen to the pain of the youth,” he added.

PM Modi in Party Meeting

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday morning arrived for Bharatiya Janata Party’s National Executive meeting to be held at the NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi in a hybrid form.
PM Modi was received by party President JP Nadda at the venue. Later in the day, the Prime Minister is expected to address the party leaders present at the meeting. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal also arrived earlier today at the NDMC Convention Centre in the national capital to take part in the meeting.
The meeting is expected to deliberate on recent by-poll results and decide on the strategy for upcoming Assembly elections.
The meeting is expected to start soon and the opening speech will be delivered by JP Nadda and culminate with the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The meeting will be attended by 124 party members of which some leaders will attend through video conferencing.
The seven states slated to go for Assembly elections in the year 2022 are Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.

Deve Gowda praises PM Modi for unveiling Adi Shankaracharya’s statue at Kedarnath

Bengaluru[India]: Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Saturday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “dedication” to transform the holy site of Kedarnath following the unveiling of Adi Shankaracharya’s statue.

Gowda also said he was proud of the fact that there was a Karnataka connection to the endeavour as the statue was sculpted by Mysuru-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj and the black schist was extracted from H D Kote in the Mysuru district.
“I am deeply moved to see the very impressive black schist statue of the great saint Sri Adi Shankaracharya being unveiled by you in Kedarnath on November 5,” Gowda said in a letter to PM Modi.

“I congratulate you for the dedication you have shown to the transformation of the holy site,” he added.

The JD(S) supremo said he is an ardent follower of the Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham in Chikkamagaluru district in Karnataka, which is one of the four cardinal centres established by Adi Shankaracharya.

Recalling the ‘inclusiveness’ of the Sringeri Math, the former Prime Minister said Sringeri has been a spiritual counselor across the centuries to many rulers and kingdoms.

“The glorious tradition of the Math’s guidance has continued to the present day. The Sringeri Math, personally for me, has been a refined symbol of inter-faith harmony,” Gowda noted.

The 12 feet tall statue, weighing 28 tons, has been installed on a rebuilt samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya at Kedarnath, an important Hindu pilgrimage centre in the Himalayas.

The statue of Adi Shankaracharya, which was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday at the premises of the Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, took nine months of continuous work from Arun Yogiraj, the artist behind the 3D sculpture.

The 12-feet statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya was made from chlorite schist stone, which is known to withstand rain, sunshine and harsh climate.

The Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya has been reconstructed after its destruction in the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.

Adi Shankaracharya was born in Kerala. He was an eighth-century Indian mystic and philosopher who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta and made a significant contribution in unifying Hinduism by setting up four “mathas” across India.

Uttarakhand holds much significance with respect to Adi Shankaracharya’s life as he established one of the four mathas- Jyotir Math here in Chamoli district and also established the idol at Badrinath. He also took samadhi at Kedarnath. (ANI)

PM Modi greets nation on Bhai Dooj

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of Bhai Dooj.”Best wishes to everyone on the auspicious occasion of Bhai Dooj,” the Prime Minister tweeted. Bhai Dooj, the festival symbolising the love of brother-sister, is being celebrated all over the country today.
On this day, sisters pray for their brothers to have long and happy lives by performing the Tika ceremony and brothers offer gifts to their sisters.
Bhaiya Dooj is also known as Bhau Beej and Bhathru Dwithiya. As per Hindu traditions, it is believed that Goddess Yamuna fed her brother Yamraj on Kartik Dwitiya at her own home. Since then this day is known as Yama Dwitiya.

‘PM Modi’s development vehicle in reverse gear’

New Delhi [India] : Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed the Centre over rising prices of LPG cylinders saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “development vehicle is in reverse gear”.
“Far away from the words of development, Millions of families were forced to light the wooden stove. Modi Ji’s development vehicle is in reverse gear and brakes also fail,” tweeted Gandhi. The petroleum companies hiked the price of domestic Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders by Rs 15 on October 6.
Also, the petroleum companies hiked the price of commercial LPG cylinders by Rs 266 on November 1.
Following the hike, the price of a non-subsidised 14.2 kg domestic cylinder in Delhi costs Rs 899.50, while the price of a 5 kg domestic cylinder stands at Rs 502. The 19 kg commercial cylinders in the national capital are priced at Rs 2,000.50.

PM Modi marketed BJP at Kedarnath: Harish Rawat

Haridwar (Uttarakhand) [India] : Congress leader Harish Rawat on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kedarnath visit, ahead of the assembly elections, was for marketing BJP and making a political speech.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi offered prayers at the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand and unveiled an Adi Shankaracharya statue. He also inaugurated several redevelopment projects worth Rs 130 crore. The Congress leader, after offering prayers at the Tilbhandeshwar temple in Haridwar, said, “The PM has come here for giving a political speech. He has come for his party’s marketing. We see Jyotirling in our Shiva temples. We see God Kedar in our Shiva temples. We are going to pour water at Shiva temples. In the entire state, Congress workers are pouring water in Shiva temples. They are doing so in the 12 Jyotirlinga temples. We are praying for maintaining peace and communal harmony in the country and that democracy should be safeguarded.”
The Congress leader further said, “If the inflation increases a little more the people will be unable to control their anger.”
The Uttarakhand Assembly elections are due early next year.
In the 2017 elections, BJP won 57 assembly seats, Congress won 11 and the rest of the seats were won by others.

Uttarakhand : PM Modi inaugurates re-development projects worth Rs 130 cr

Rudraprayag (Uttarakhand) [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated various re-development projects worth Rs 130 crores in Kedarnath.
These projects include Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and Ghats, Mandakini Retaining Wall Aasthapath, Tirth Purohit Houses and Garud Chatti bridge on river Mandakini. Earlier today, he unveiled the statue of Adi Shankaracharya at the premises of the Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district.
The Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya has been reconstructed after its destruction in the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.
Before the inauguration, the Prime Minister offered prayers and performed ‘aarti’ at the ancient temple. He paid obeisance to Lord Shiva and undertook circumambulation of the Kedarnath shrine after offering prayers.


Located on the bank of the Mandakini river, Kedarnath Temple is the of the four ancient pilgrimage sites referred to as ‘Char Dham’ which also include Yamunotri, Gangotri and Badrinath. Built in the 8th century A.D. by Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya, Kedarnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to address a public rally during his visit to the shrine. His visit comes ahead of the 2022 Assembly polls in the state.

Regularly reviewed redevelopment works at Kedarnath, says PM Modi

Rudraprayag (Uttarakhand) [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that he has been regularly reviewing redevelopment works at Kedarnath.
While addressing people at Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, the Prime Minister said, “I have regularly reviewed redevelopment works at Kedarnath from Delhi. I reviewed the progress of different works being carried out here through drone footage. I want to thank all ‘Rawals’ here for their guidance for these works.” Lauding the efforts of the people in the state, the Prime Minister said that even amid snowfall, the development works were carried out here.
“Despite extreme weather conditions in Kedarnath, these development projects have come to fruition due to the labourers working tirelessly to help me achieve this mission of restoring strength to this region,” said the Prime Minister.


“I thank the Uttarakhand government, the Chief Minister and all those who have taken responsibility for these works and development,” the PM said.
The Prime Minister today offered prayers at Kedarnath Temple. This is Prime Ministers’ second visit to the temple during his term; the last time he visited the Kedarnath temple was in 2019.
He unveiled the 12-feet statue of Adi Shankaracharya at the premises of the Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district and inaugurated various re-development projects worth Rs 130 crores.
These projects include Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and Ghats, Mandakini Retaining Wall Aasthapath, Tirth Purohit Houses and Garud Chatti bridge on river Mandakini.
“The new development projects will enhance the journey of devotees with improved amenities and safety measures to ensure that we are prepared for future calamities,” said the Prime Minister.
Located on the bank of the Mandakini river, Kedarnath Temple is the of the four ancient pilgrimage sites referred to as ‘Char Dham’ which also include Yamunotri, Gangotri and Badrinath. Built in the 8th century A.D. by Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya, Kedarnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Principles of Adi Shankaracharya still applicable: PM Modi

Rudraprayag (Uttarakhand) [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the principles of Adi Shankaracharya are still applicable today. He pointed out that Indian philosophy talks about human welfare, sees life in a holistic manner and Adi Shankaracharya worked to make society aware of this truth.
“There was a time when spirituality and religion were believed to be associated only with stereotypes. But, Indian philosophy talks about human welfare, sees life in a holistic manner. Adi Shankaracharya worked to make the society aware of this truth,” said PM Modi at Kedarnath. The Prime Minister was speaking after he unveiled the statue of Adi Shankaracharya at the premises of the Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.
The Prime Minister credited Baba Kedar for reconstruction work carried out in Kedarpuri in sub-zero temperatures after the devastating floods of 2013.
“No words to describe the experience of sitting before Adi Guru Shankaracharya”s statue at his rebuilt samadhi,” said PM Modi after unveiling the statue.
PM Modi said, “You all are witness to the inauguration of Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi here today. His devotees are present here in spirit. All maths and ‘jyotirlingas’ in the country are connected with us today.”
He also recalled the destruction caused by the floods in 2013 and said, “People used to think whether Kedarnath could be redeveloped after the floods. But a voice within me always told me that it will be redeveloped again and it will be more majestic than before.”
The Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya has been reconstructed after its destruction in the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.
Before the inauguration, the Prime Minister offered prayers and performed ‘aarti’ at the ancient temple. He paid obeisance to Lord Shiva and undertook circumambulation of the Kedarnath shrine after offering prayers.
Located on the bank of the Mandakini river, Kedarnath Temple is the of the four ancient pilgrimage sites referred to as ‘Char Dham Yatra’ which also include Yamunotri, Gangotri and Badrinath. Built in the 8th century A.D. by Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya, Kedarnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Uttarakhand will receive more tourists in next 10 years than last 100 years: PM Modi

Rudraprayag (Uttarakhand) [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that several infrastructure projects have been planned for Uttarakhand which will boost tourism in the state.
“A number of infrastructure works are planned for Uttarakhand including road connectivity to Char Dhams and ropeway near Hemkund Sahib to facilitate devotees. This decade belongs to Uttarakhand. In the next 10 years, the state will receive more tourists than it did in the last 100 years,” the Prime Minister said while addressing people at Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. “Work has also started on a cable car, so that more devotees can visit Kedarnath,” the Prime Minister added.
Lauding the efforts of the state government, he said, “Uttarakhand government is working proactively connecting Char Dham with well-constructed roads and highways which will help in boosting tourism initiatives and employment in the state.”
The Prime Minister today offered prayers at Kedarnath Temple. He also inaugurated various re-development projects worth Rs 130 crores including Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and Ghats, Mandakini Retaining Wall Aasthapath, Tirth Purohit Houses and Garud Chatti bridge on river Mandakini.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said, “It is an auspicious day to lay the foundation of not only new projects but opening a gateway of development for this ‘Dev Bhoomi’ to maximise the safety measures for devotees.”
The Prime Minister also unveiled the 12-feet statue of Adi Shankaracharya at the premises of the Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district. This is Prime Ministers’ second visit to the temple during his term; the last time he visited the Kedarnath temple was in 2019.
Located on the bank of the Mandakini river, Kedarnath Temple is the of the four ancient pilgrimage sites referred to as ‘Char Dham’ which also include Yamunotri, Gangotri and Badrinath. Built in the 8th century A.D. by Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya, Kedarnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva

PM Modi’s Visit: Preparations are in full swing at Kedarnath

Rudraprayag (Uttarakhand) [India] : Preparations are in full swing in Kedarnath ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on November 5. The Prime Minister will offer prayers at the Kedarnath Temple and thereafter inaugurate Shri Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi and also unveil the statue of Shri Adi Shankaracharya here. A devotee, who came to visit the Kedarnath temple, said, “After 2013, PM Modi has done a lot of developments in this place. I want some hotels to come up in Kedarnath.”
Another devotee said, “I am coming here every year from 2011. After 2013, a number of development works have been done. People are also getting employment.”
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), PM Modi will also lay the foundation stone for multiple projects worth over Rs 180 crore, including the Redevelopment of Sangam Ghat, First Aid and Tourist Facilitation Centre, Admin Office and Hospital, two Guest Houses, Police Station, Command and Control Centre, Mandakini Aasthapath Queue Management and Rainshelter and Saraswati Civic Amenity Building.
The Prime Minister will review and inspect the executed and ongoing works along the Saraswati Aasthapath. He will inaugurate key infrastructure projects which have been completed, including Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and Ghats, Mandakini Retaining Wall Aasthapath, Tirth Purohit Houses and Garud Chatti bridge on river Mandakini.

PM Modi to unveil Adi Shankaracharya statue in Kedarnath on Nov 5

ANI | Updated: Nov 03, 2021 17:01 IST

New Delhi [India], November 3 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand on Friday where he will unveil the statue, and inaugurate the Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya which has been reconstructed after its destruction in the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.
As per a release by the Ministry of Culture, PM Modi will also inaugurate key infrastructure projects worth Rs 130 crores, including Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and Ghats, Mandakini Retaining Wall Aasthapath, Tirth Purohit Houses and Garud Chatti bridge on river Mandakini. He is also scheduled to address a public rally during his visit. The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for multiple projects worth over Rs 180 crore, including the Redevelopment of Sangam Ghat, First Aid and Tourist Facilitation Centre, Admin Office and Hospital, two Guest Houses, Police Station, Command & Control Centre, Mandakini Aasthapath Queue Management and Rainshelter and Saraswati Civic Amenity Building, said the press release.
“After the natural disaster in Kedarnath in 2013, its reconstruction was started in 2014. The entire reconstruction work at Kedarnath has been undertaken under the personal guidance of the Prime Minister, who has constantly reviewed and monitored the progress of the project and given his vision for the re-development works there” reads the official statement.

PM Modi to unveil Adi Shankaracharya statue in Kedarnath on Nov 5

New Delhi [India] … Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand on Friday where he will unveil the statue, and inaugurate the Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya which has been reconstructed after its destruction in the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.
As per a release by the Ministry of Culture, PM Modi will also inaugurate key infrastructure projects worth Rs 130 crores, including Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and Ghats, Mandakini Retaining Wall Aasthapath, Tirth Purohit Houses and Garud Chatti bridge on river Mandakini. He is also scheduled to address a public rally during his visit. The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for multiple projects worth over Rs 180 crore, including the Redevelopment of Sangam Ghat, First Aid and Tourist Facilitation Centre, Admin Office and Hospital, two Guest Houses, Police Station, Command & Control Centre, Mandakini Aasthapath Queue Management and Rainshelter and Saraswati Civic Amenity Building, said the press release.
“After the natural disaster in Kedarnath in 2013, its reconstruction was started in 2014. The entire reconstruction work at Kedarnath has been undertaken under the personal guidance of the Prime Minister, who has constantly reviewed and monitored the progress of the project and given his vision for the re-development works there” reads the official statement.

PM Modi exhorts officials to widen COVID-19 vaccination coverage by year-end

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday exhorted officials to ensure that the country widens its COVID-19 vaccination coverage by the end of the year and enters the new year with renewed self-belief and confidence.
Immediately after returning from his visit to Italy and Glasgow, the Prime Minister held a review meeting with districts having low vaccination coverage. The meeting included districts with less than 50 per cent coverage of the first dose and low coverage of the second dose of the Covid vaccine. The Prime Minister interacted with District Magistrates of over 40 districts in Jharkhand, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, and other states with districts having low vaccination coverage. As per a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, during the interaction, the Prime Minister discussed the issue of vaccine hesitancy and the local factors behind it in detail. He discussed a wide array of ideas that can be implemented for ensuring 100 per cent vaccination coverage in these districts. The Prime Minister also spoke about maximising community engagement through religious and community leaders.


The District Magistrates gave an account of the issues and challenges being faced in their districts, which has resulted in low vaccination coverage. They highlighted issues like rumours resulting in vaccine hesitancy, difficult terrain, challenges created due to prevailing weather conditions in recent months. They also presented an account of the steps that have been taken by them till now to overcome these challenges. The District Magistrates also shared good practises adopted by them which has led to increase in coverage.
The Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan gave an overview of the vaccination coverage in the country. He gave an account of balance vaccine dose availability in the States, and also talked about special vaccination campaigns being run in the States to further improve vaccination coverage.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister thanked the present Chief Ministers and said that their attention will encourage the district to work with more determination.
The Prime Minster said that in this biggest pandemic of the century, the country faced many challenges. He said “One special thing in the country’s fight against Corona was that we found new solutions and tried innovative methods”.
He urged the administrators to work more on new innovative ways to increase vaccination in their districts. He conveyed that even the better performing districts had similar challenges but they were met with determination and innovation.
The Prime Minister asked the officials to develop micro strategies, keeping in mind the experience so far to go for saturation of vaccination by addressing the gaps at local level. He also asked the district officials to make different strategies for each village, each town in the districts, if need be.
In order to increase the vaccination coverage, he suggested this can be done by forming a team of 20-25 people depending on the region. He also suggested trying to have a healthy competition in the teams that you have formed. Exhorting the officials to prepare region-wise timetables for local goals, the Prime Minister said, “You will have to do your best to take your districts nearer the national average.”
The Prime Minister touched upon the issue of rumours and misunderstanding about vaccination. He suggested awareness is the only solution for this and asked the state officials to take help from the religious leaders. The Prime Minister noted that religious leaders are very enthusiastic about the vaccination campaign. PM Modi recalled his meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, a few days ago. He urged for a special emphasis on taking the message of religious leaders on vaccines to the public.
The Prime Minister asked the officials to change gears from arrangements made for taking people to the vaccination center and for safe vaccination to administering vaccines from door to door. He urged the health workers to reach every house with passion ‘har ghar tika, ghar ghar tika’ – Vaccine at every doorstep. He also asked to go in the spirit of ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ knocking on every doorstep to ensure full vaccination. “Now we are preparing to take the vaccination campaign to each household. With the mantra of ‘Har Ghar Dastak’, knock on every door, every household lacking the security net of a double dose of vaccine will be approached” he said.
The Prime Minister cautioned that while knocking on every house, equal attention needed to be paid to the second dose as well as the first dose. Because whenever the cases of infection start decreasing, sometimes the feeling of urgency decreases. The urgency in administering the vaccines comes down among the people. “You will have to contact those people who have not taken the second dose despite the stipulated time on a priority basis…ignoring this has created problems for many countries in the world” he alerted.
The Prime Minister emphasised that under the ‘free vaccine for all campaign’, India created a record of administering about 2.5 crore vaccine doses in a day, this feat bears testimony to India’s capabilities, he said. He asked the district officials to learn from good practices of their colleagues in better-performing districts and emphasised approaches suitable for the local needs and the environment should be adopted.

ANI | Updated: Nov 03, 2021 15:16 IST

New Delhi [India], November 3 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday exhorted officials to ensure that the country widens its COVID-19 vaccination coverage by the end of the year and enters the new year with renewed self-belief and confidence.
Immediately after returning from his visit to Italy and Glasgow, the Prime Minister held a review meeting with districts having low vaccination coverage. The meeting included districts with less than 50 per cent coverage of the first dose and low coverage of the second dose of the Covid vaccine. The Prime Minister interacted with District Magistrates of over 40 districts in Jharkhand, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, and other states with districts having low vaccination coverage. As per a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, during the interaction, the Prime Minister discussed the issue of vaccine hesitancy and the local factors behind it in detail. He discussed a wide array of ideas that can be implemented for ensuring 100 per cent vaccination coverage in these districts. The Prime Minister also spoke about maximising community engagement through religious and community leaders.
The District Magistrates gave an account of the issues and challenges being faced in their districts, which has resulted in low vaccination coverage. They highlighted issues like rumours resulting in vaccine hesitancy, difficult terrain, challenges created due to prevailing weather conditions in recent months. They also presented an account of the steps that have been taken by them till now to overcome these challenges. The District Magistrates also shared good practises adopted by them which has led to increase in coverage.
The Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan gave an overview of the vaccination coverage in the country. He gave an account of balance vaccine dose availability in the States, and also talked about special vaccination campaigns being run in the States to further improve vaccination coverage.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister thanked the present Chief Ministers and said that their attention will encourage the district to work with more determination.
The Prime Minster said that in this biggest pandemic of the century, the country faced many challenges. He said “One special thing in the country’s fight against Corona was that we found new solutions and tried innovative methods”.
He urged the administrators to work more on new innovative ways to increase vaccination in their districts. He conveyed that even the better performing districts had similar challenges but they were met with determination and innovation.
The Prime Minister asked the officials to develop micro strategies, keeping in mind the experience so far to go for saturation of vaccination by addressing the gaps at local level. He also asked the district officials to make different strategies for each village, each town in the districts, if need be.
In order to increase the vaccination coverage, he suggested this can be done by forming a team of 20-25 people depending on the region. He also suggested trying to have a healthy competition in the teams that you have formed. Exhorting the officials to prepare region-wise timetables for local goals, the Prime Minister said, “You will have to do your best to take your districts nearer the national average.”
The Prime Minister touched upon the issue of rumours and misunderstanding about vaccination. He suggested awareness is the only solution for this and asked the state officials to take help from the religious leaders. The Prime Minister noted that religious leaders are very enthusiastic about the vaccination campaign. PM Modi recalled his meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, a few days ago. He urged for a special emphasis on taking the message of religious leaders on vaccines to the public.
The Prime Minister asked the officials to change gears from arrangements made for taking people to the vaccination center and for safe vaccination to administering vaccines from door to door. He urged the health workers to reach every house with passion ‘har ghar tika, ghar ghar tika’ – Vaccine at every doorstep. He also asked to go in the spirit of ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ knocking on every doorstep to ensure full vaccination. “Now we are preparing to take the vaccination campaign to each household. With the mantra of ‘Har Ghar Dastak’, knock on every door, every household lacking the security net of a double dose of vaccine will be approached” he said.
The Prime Minister cautioned that while knocking on every house, equal attention needed to be paid to the second dose as well as the first dose. Because whenever the cases of infection start decreasing, sometimes the feeling of urgency decreases. The urgency in administering the vaccines comes down among the people. “You will have to contact those people who have not taken the second dose despite the stipulated time on a priority basis…ignoring this has created problems for many countries in the world” he alerted.
The Prime Minister emphasised that under the ‘free vaccine for all campaign’, India created a record of administering about 2.5 crore vaccine doses in a day, this feat bears testimony to India’s capabilities, he said. He asked the district officials to learn from good practices of their colleagues in better-performing districts and emphasised approaches suitable for the local needs and the environment should be adopted.

There should be no laxity in ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday emphasised on the need to maintain a good pace of COVID-19 vaccine administration and said that there should be no laxity in the ongoing vaccination drive.
The Prime Minister today held a review meeting to discuss the progress of COVID vaccination. “Progress made so far is due to your hard work. Every member of the administration, ASHA workers worked a lot, walked for miles and took vaccination to remote locations. But if we become lax after 1 Billion, a new crisis can come,” the Prime Minister said.
“They say one must never underestimate disease and enemies. They have to be fought against till the very end. So, I would want that there should be no laxity in the ongoing vaccination drive,” he added.
The meeting was held virtually with districts having low COVID-19 vaccination coverage. The meeting included districts with less than 50 per cent coverage of the first dose and low coverage of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines.
The Prime Minister interacted with District Magistrates of over 40 districts in Jharkhand, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, and other States with districts having low vaccination coverage.

PM Modi reaches Delhi

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached New Delhi after concluding his five-day foreign visit to Italy and the UK on Wednesday where he enhanced India’s self-declared renewable energy commitments at COP26 in Glasgow and outlined India’s position on global issues at G20 Summit.
At the Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, PM Modi delivered a “seminal” statement at the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) and highlighted the range and depth of climate actions taken by India along with future goals that the country has set for itself. During his COP26 address on Monday, Prime Minister Modi announced five “amrit tatva” including the target to attain net-zero emissions by 2070. He declared that India will increase its capacity of non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW and meet 50 per cent of its energy requirements through renewable energy by 2030.
Highlighting India’s efforts to combat climate change, PM Modi stated that India is the only major economy that has worked and delivered on the Paris commitments both in letter and spirit.
He also participated in the Build Back Better for the World (B3W) event and laid stress on four aspects in infrastructure creation including sustainable and transparent finance that respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries.
Later on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi and British Prime Minister Johnson launched the Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States (IRIS) initiative in Glasgow. The launch was part of the India-UK Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
PM Modi also attended the launch event of Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States and announced that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will build a special data window for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) for timely information about cyclones, coral-reef monitoring, coast-line monitoring through satellite.
The 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) is the first major summit that was held physically, where more than 120 countries participated after the COVID-19 pandemic.
PM Modi also held various bilateral meetings with several heads of the state on the sidelines of the G20. He met German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Pope Francis, President of the European Council, Charles Michel, President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
In Rome, Prime Minister also met Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong. The Prime Minister also met French President Emmanuel Macron. Emmanuel Macron and the two leaders expressed satisfaction at the state of the wide-ranging India-France Strategic Partnership.
“Departing from Glasgow after two days of intense discussions about the future of our planet. India has not only exceeded the Paris commitments but has now also set an ambitious agenda for the next 50 years,” tweeted PM Modi.

Nepal PM thanked PM Modi for providing COVID-19 vaccines in a timely manner: Shringla

Glasgow [UK] : Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing the Covid-19 vaccines in a timely manner to Nepal, during their first meeting on the sidelines of the COP26, said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday.
While addressing a special briefing on Prime Minister Modi’s Glasgow visit, Shringla informed that the Nepali PM also thanked PM Modi for assistance that India had provided Nepal in post-earthquake relief for the construction houses, schools and several cultural sites. “The Prime Minister of Nepal started by thanking PM for the assistance that India had provided Nepal in post-earthquake relief — the construction of 50,000 houses in the Gorkha district. A number of schools and hospitals and a number of cultural sites were restored, which were badly affected by the earthquake. He also spoke about the cross border oil pipeline which connects part of India and Nepal and the utility of the pipeline,” Foreign Secretary said during the briefing.
“He also thanked the Prime Minister for providing vaccine in a timely manner to Nepal including the one million does that has just been supplied. He also invited PM Modi to visit Nepal at his earliest convenience,” he added.
Earlier today, PM Modi and his Nepalese counterpart noted the excellent cooperation between two countries during the pandemic, particularly through the supply of vaccines, and medical equipment from India to Nepal.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in a statement, said that this was the first meeting of Prime Minister Modi with Prime Minister Deuba after the telephone conversation between them in July this year when Deuba assumed office as the Prime Minister of Nepal.
“The two leaders noted the excellent cooperation between India and Nepal during the pandemic particularly through the supply of vaccines, medicines and medical equipment from India to Nepal as well as by ensuring the free flow of goods across the borders,” the MEA said.
Both leaders discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral cooperation including in the context of ongoing efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that the leaders discussed the issue of climate change and COVID-19. “PM @narendramodi met PM of Nepal @SherBDeuba today. In their first engagement since PM Deuba assumed office, the two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen our close bilateral ties. Also discussed climate, COVID-19 & resolved to work together toward post-pandemic recovery,” Bagchi said in a tweet.

PM Modi holds meeting with his Nepalese counterpart Deuba in Glasgow, discusses climate, COVID-19

Glasgow [UK] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba here on Tuesday and resolved to work together towards post-pandemic recovery.
The two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen the close bilateral ties. It was the first meeting between PM Modi and Deuba since the latter assumed the prime minister’s office. Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs said that the leaders discussed climate and COVID-19.
“PM @narendramodi met PM of Nepal @SherBDeuba today. In their first engagement since PM Deuba assumed office, the two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen our close bilateral ties. Also discussed climate, COVID-19 & resolved to work together toward post-pandemic recovery,” Bagchi said in a tweet.


Earlier in the day, PM Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson launched the initiative Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States (IRIS).
PM Modi reached Glasgow on Sunday to participate in the COP26 summit.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister is expected to hold several bilateral meetings.
Further, PM Modi is scheduled to attend an event on “Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Development”. He is expected to emplane for New Delhi by tonight.
On Monday, PM Modi met Boris Johnson on the sidelines of COP26. The Prime Minister had said that Johnson accepted his invitation to visit India.
He also met members of the Indian community in Glasgow to strengthen people-to-people bonds between the two countries ahead of his participation in COP26. The summit is taking place under the Presidency of the UK partnering with Italy in Glasgow.

COP26: PM Modi holds talks with Israeli counterpart Naftali Bennett

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a bilateral meeting with Israeli counterpart Naftali Bennett on the sidelines of the COP26 meet in Glasgow.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi met Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Prime Minister Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson today launched the initiative Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States (IRIS).
PM Modi reached Glasgow on Sunday to participate in the COP26 summit.
Today, the Prime Minister is expected to hold bilateral meetings with leaders of Switzerland, Finland, Malawi, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
He is also likely to attend the side event by the United States of America – Build Back Better World. Further, PM Modi is scheduled to attend an event on “Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Development”.
The Prime Minister will emplane for Delhi by tonight.


On Monday, PM Modi met Boris Johnson on the sidelines of COP26. He stated that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted PM Modi’s invitation to visit India saying that he would plan his visit as soon as the circumstances allow.
He also met members of the Indian community in Glasgow to strengthen people-to-people bonds between the two countries ahead of his participation in the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26).
At COP26, the world leaders are expected to work to achieve the completion of Paris Agreement implementation guidelines, mobilisation of climate finance, actions to strengthen climate adaptation, technology development and transfer and keeping in reach the goals of limiting the rise in global temperatures.
The COP26 is taking place under the Presidency of the UK partnering with Italy. The high-level segment of COP-26 is titled the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS) and the Summit has participation by heads of State/Government of over 120 countries. The Prime Minister is on a two-day visit to participate in the event.

PM Modi at COP26: ISRO to build special data window for Small Island Developing States

Glasgow [UK] : India’s space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), will build a special data window for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to get timely information about cyclones, coral-reef monitoring, coast-line monitoring through satellite, said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday.
Speaking at the launch event of the IRIS initiative at the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26), PM Modi said: “India’s space agency ISRO will build a special data window for SIDS (Small Island Developing States). With this, SIDS will continue to get timely information about cyclones, coral-reef monitoring and coast-line monitoring through satellite.” “Guessing the threat of climate change on Small Island Developing States, India made special arrangements for cooperation with Pacific Islands and CARICOM countries. We trained their citizens in solar technologies, made continuous contributions for development,” the Prime Minister said.
PM Modi reached Glasgow on Sunday to participate in the COP26 summit.
Speaking further during the event, he said that the past few decades have proven that nobody remains untouched by effects of climate change. Be it developed nations or nations that are rich in natural resources, climate change has a huge threat.
“Small Island Developing States are most threatened with climate change. For them, it is a matter of life and death, a challenge to their existence. Calamities due to climate change can become devastating for them. It is not only a challenge for their lives but also for their economy,” he added.
The Infrastructure for the Resilient Island State (IRIS) is an initiative to boost the infrastructure in small island countries.
Later today, the Prime Minister is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with leaders of Ukraine, Nepal, Israel, Switzerland, Finland, Malawi in Glasgow, Scotland and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
He is also likely to attend the side event by the United States of America – Build Back Better World. Further, PM Modi is scheduled to attend an event on “Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Development”.

IRIS initiative gives us hope, does something for most vulnerable nations: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the launch of Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States fills us with new hope and beliefs and gives us satisfaction to do something for the most vulnerable nations.
Launching the IRIS initiative at the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26), along with his British counterpart Boris Johnson, PM Modi said, “The launch of Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States fills us with new hope and beliefs. This gives us the satisfaction to do something for the most vulnerable nations.” Speaking about the impact of climate change on the world, PM Modi said, “The past few decades have proven that nobody remains untouched by effects of climate change. Be it developed nations or nations that are rich in natural resources. It’s a huge threat.”
“Small Island Developing States are most threatened with climate change. For them, it is a matter of life and death, a challenge to their existence. Calamities due to climate change can become devastating for them. It is not only a challenge for their lives but also for their economy,” he added.
The Infrastructure for the Resilient Island State (IRIS) is an initiative to boost the infrastructure in small island countries.
PM Modi reached Glasgow on Sunday to participate in the COP26 summit.
Today, the Prime Minister is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with leaders of Ukraine, Nepal, Israel, Switzerland, Finland, Malawi in Glasgow, Scotland and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
He is also likely to attend the side event by the United States of America – Build Back Better World. Further, PM Modi scheduled to attend an event on “Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Development”.

COP26: PM Modi, Boris Johnson launch Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States initiative

Glasgow [UK] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Tuesday launched the initiative Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States (IRIS) at the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.
PM Modi reached Glasgow on Sunday to participate in the COP26 summit. Today, the Prime Minister is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with leaders of Ukraine, Nepal, Israel, Switzerland, Finland, Malawi in Glasgow, Scotland and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. He is also likely to attend the side event by the United States of America – Build Back Better World. Further, PM Modi scheduled to attend an event on “Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Development”.


On Monday, PM Modi met Boris Johnson on the sidelines of COP26. He stated that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted PM Modi’s invitation to visit India saying that he would plan his visit as soon as the circumstances allow.
He also met members of the Indian community in Glasgow to strengthen people-to-people bonds between the two countries ahead of his participation in the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26).
The COP26 is taking place under the Presidency of the UK partnering with Italy. The high-level segment of COP-26 is titled the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS) and the Summit has participation by heads of State/Government of over 120 countries. The Prime Minister is on a two-day visit to participate in the event.

PM Modi extends greetings to people on Dhanteras

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended his greetings to the people on the occasion of Dhanteras.
“Greetings to everyone on the special occasion of Dhanteras,” tweeted the Prime Minister. Dhanteras, which marks the beginning of the five-day festival of lights is considered a propitious day to buy and bring in new things, especially metals like gold and silver.
The first day of Diwali commenced on Tuesday with Dhanteras marking the beginning of festivities.
The day is observed on the 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the Vikram Sambat Hindu calendar month of Aaswayuja in the Amaavasyanta Luni-Solar Calendar.
Literally, Dhanteras means ‘dhan’ or wealth, while ‘teras’ is the 13th day of the moon cycle wherein people offer prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. (ANI)

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