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  • A highlight of PM Modi’s addressing Indian- Americans in Virginia

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    On the first day of his two-day US visit, Prime Minister Modi interacted with the Indian Diaspora in Washington DC's suburb of Virginia on Sunday. 

    In his 45 minutes Speech he put up many points like terrorism, Development, corruption and also applauded external affair ministry.

    Terrorism

    While talking about terrorism PM said that he had already warned the world against the growing power of terrorism 20 years back but not everyone understood it and named it as a “law and order problem” as for now terrorist have explained terrorism to them so we don’t have to. Ongoing on this topic he talked about the surgical strike as a bold step taken by his government against terrorism. He elaborated it saying that the world experienced our power and realized that India practices restrains but can show power when needed and can defend itself.

    Development

    He said that Every Indian irrespective of them living in their native country or abroad wants to contribute towards India’s development. India is a fastest Developing country he promised Indian Diaspora that the India of their dream will be a reality during their lifetime. He also said that his notion of developed India is Healthy India particularly the good health of the women and children of our nation. He proposed Indian community in USA to come back to India as this is the best time to do so 

    Corruption

    He blames Corruption and Cheating for the repeated failure in India’s Development. People in India do not support corruption. He praised his government saying that there has not been a single stain of corruption on his government in last 3 years. He assured that his government can fight corruption with technology which will usher us towards transparency. He added that the results are there for all to see.

    Applauding Ministry of External Affairs

    Modi complimented MEA and Minister Sushma Swaraj giving diplomacy a human face through social media- driven good governance. MEA is one ministry of government which has put into use, the power of social media and is helping poorest of the Indians cross the world. He was poised about that if the Indian Americans need any help from Indian Embassy in future they can find them standing by their side for sure.

  • Budget Session- PM asks to support triple talaq’ bill

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    On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked all the political parties to help in passing the Triple talaq bill in the budget session at Parliament.


    The budget session 2018 that started today is all geared to have a direct confrontation between the government and the opposition that includes criminalising Muslim practice of immediate talaq.


    While speaking to the reporters, PM said despite all the possible ways that his government applied, the triple talaq bill could not be passed in the last session.


    Continuing that he hoped for no politics on the issue as it relates to the rights of Muslim women, the Bill could not be passed.
    The all-party meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar, besides leaders of opposition and other parties.


    Lok Sabha, speaker Sumitra Mahajan had a dinner meeting with party leaders and said the leaders had assured her of their cooperation for the smooth functioning of the budget.


    Addressing the floor leaders of the various parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Modi said the government accords importance to issues rose by the parties and urged their leaders to create a "constructive atmosphere for the national good".


    Parliamentary Affair Minister Kumar termed the meeting “productive”, mentioned that the PM urged the party leaders to make the session successful.


    "We are very hopeful that the bill which is going to negate 'talaq-e-Biddat' and pave the way for empowering Muslim women will be passed in the Rajya Sabha, too," he said.

    With Agency Inputs

  • Cabinet’s in-principle nod for Air India disinvestment

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    The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for divesting stakes in national carrier Air India.

    “The Cabinet gave its in-principle approval for Air India disinvestment,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a press briefing.

    A group under Mr. Jaitley has been framed to choose the modalities of Air India’s stake sale. “It will now take a decision on the quantum of stake sale and take a call on Air India’s assets, debts and its hotel subsidiary,” Mr. Jaitley said.

  • Cong attacked PM for PNB scam

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    Congress leveled up with another salvo on Centre over the PNB fraud allegedly involving designer jeweller Nirav Modi, saying the country's "biggest bank loot scam" is pegged far bigger at Rs 21,306 crore with fresh revelations.

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi fired yet pointed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Nirav Modi fleeing the country. Taking to Twitter, he posted, "The scamster's escape formula: La(Mo) + Ni(Mo) ---(with) Na(Mo)---> Bha(Go)", while using the hashtag "#ModiRobsIndia".

    The opposition party hit out at the PM for his "silence" on the issue, alleging that he did not act on the scam even after his office was informed about it by one Vaibhav Khuraniya on May 7, 2015.

    Releasing letters purportedly written to various agencies in this regard, Congress communications incharge Randeep Surjewala asked why the BJP and government were silent on the issue and how accused Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi were "allowed" to escape.

    "India's biggest 'bank loot scam' has got bigger over the last 24 hours to Rs 21,306 crore as layers of the conspiracy got unearthed by the hour," he told reporters.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Don’t teach us ‘democracy’: PM slammed Cong

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    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday slammed the oppositions in Lok Sabha by accusing them for dividing the country.

    The PM was reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha.

    Amid chants from the opposition, ‘stop giving false hopes, stop giving false speech’, PM also said, addressing Congress and the glorification of the Gandhi parivar “Despite you have divided Bharat Mata, we stood by you. You have ruled when you had almost no one as opposition to fight with.

    Adding further to it, he also said that “You spent your entire time to glorify one family. You spent your entire energy to make the country remember just Gandhi family. If your intentions were pure and right, this country would have been much ahead of where it is now." 

    “Democracy was never Congress or Nehru's charity. Rather it's in our blood, our culture," PM stated.

    He also said “Look who is talking about democracy? Your PM Rajiv Gandhi had humiliated a Dali CM of your own party. Please don't teach us lessons on democracy."

    In a direct attack to Congress party, PM also raised his voice and said that had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been our first Prime Minister, ‘entire Kashmir would have been ours.’

    The BJP has issued a whip asking its members to be present in the House today and tomorrow, as the government may introduce some important bill on Thursday in the Lok Sabha where the ruling NDA has a big majority. 

    The debate on the motion of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session began Tuesday. It was initiated by the BJP's chief whip Rakesh Singh.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Government to make 20 universities world class: PM Modi

    20 World Class Universities

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government plans to invest one thousand crore rupees to transform 20 universities into world class educational institutions. In his Independence Day address at the Red Fort, Modi said the Centre has taken an important step to grant the universities freedom from restrictions to make them world class universities. 

    He said that the government will not interfere in their functioning. The Prime Minister said he is confident that the education institutions of the country will certainly come forward and make it a success. Modi added that the government had set up six IITs, seven new IIMs and eight new IIITs over the last three years.

  • Govt okays new criteria for classifying MSMEs

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    The Prime Minister Narendre Modi led-government on Wednesday gave green signal to the amendments to a law to change the criteria for classifying MSMEs from investment in plant and machinery to annual turnover.

    The proposed changes to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006 were given thumbs up by the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official statement said.

    These changes will be considered and implemented in a new bill and the earlier bill pending in the Lok Sabha will be taken back.

    As per the proposed classifications, enterprises having annual turnover less than Rs 5 crore will fall under the 'micro' category.

    Units having turnover between Rs 5 crore to Rs 75 crore will be classified as small enterprises, whereas those having turnover between Rs 75 crore and Rs 250 crore will be classified as enterprises, the release said.

    "The move will encourage ease of doing business, make the norms of classification growth-oriented and align classification norms to the new tax regime revolving around GST," the government said.

    Taking turnover as a criterion can be pegged with reliable figures available in GST Network and other methods of ascertaining which will help in having a non discretionary, transparent and objective criteria and will eliminate the need for inspections, it added.

    "In addition the amendment will provide flexibility to the government to fine-tune the classification of MSMEs in response to changing economic scenario without resorting to the amendment of MSMED (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development) Act," the release said.

    Under the earlier definition, manufacturers with Rs25 lakh investment in plant and machinery were termed micro enterprises and those with investments between Rs25 lakh and Rs5 crore were regarded as small enterprises. Firms with investments of up to Rs10 crore are classified as medium.

  • Iran prez to make first visit to India for 3-days

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    The External Affairs Ministry on Wednesday announced that Iran President Hassan Rouhani will come on a three-day visit to India starting from Thursday at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and both heavyweights will hold a bilateral meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, during the course of which both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, according to a ministry statement.
     
    Rouhani will also call on India President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday.
     
    According to Iran news reports, Rouhani will first arrive in Hyderabad on Thursday where he will meet the city's Muslim Ulemas. He will also meet Iranian nationals, including students, residing in India.
     
    Citing the Iran president's deputy chief of staff for communications and information Parviz Esmaeili, Irna said following the delegation-level talks on Saturday, both sides will sign a number of agreements.
     
    Business leaders of both sectors are also scheduled to hold a joint meeting to review cooperation opportunities and capacities, according to Esmaeili.
     
    This will be Rouhani's first visit to India after he assumed office in 2013.
     
    It comes after Modi's visit to Tehran in 2016 during which a trilateral agreement on transit and transport was signed between India, Iran and Afghanistan.
     
    India committed $85 million in investment for the development of the Shahid Beheshti Port in Iran's southeastern city of Chabahar.
     
    The first phase of the port was inaugurated by President Rouhani in December last year, a little over a month after the first consignment of wheat from India to Afghanistan was sent via this facility.
     
    The port opens a new strategic transit route between Iran, India, Afghanistan and other Central Asian nations bypassing Pakistan.
     
    India-Iran bilateral trade stood at $12.89 billion in 2016-17, according to figures provided by the External Affairs Ministry.
     
    (With agency inputs)
     
     
     
     
  • Nitish kumar has a message for Yogi Adityanath prior his visit to bihar

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    Bihar:Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday suggested yogi adityanath that he should not come empty handed to visit bihar instead he should  implement the liquor ban and 50 per cent reservation for women in local bodies in U.P as he did in bihar. “He must be coming empty handed whereas I am here to launch various development schemes.” said Bihar Chief Minister he also had a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his failure of various promises he made to Bihar during the 2014 general elections and assembly polls in the state the next year saying “We implement whatever works we promise, but others forget about it.” Kumar told this in a public meeting in Darbhanga after laying foundations of development projects worth Rs 300 Crore.

  • Parents force daughters for household duties: NCPCR

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    Many from the adolescent girls are not sent to educational institution due to their parents are in favor of keeping them at home for household duties, says a report by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights' (NCPCR).

    A question has been raised over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambition of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, why due to gender discrimination the state of girl's education in the country remains bleak?

    The report also said that around 40 percent o adolescent girls between the 15-18 age group are not going to any educational institute from which mostly are stuck in household activities, dependent and engaged in many other bad things. While referring to the study, very less percent of the out-of-school boys are non-workers, said News18.

    According to this India Today report, around 2.5 crore children, especially adolescent girls, are not involved in any of the schemes run by the government.

    The Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls is the only scheme, at present that provisions vocational as well as skill development of out-of-school adolescent girls, added the report.

    Our Prime Minister’s objective of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ initiative was to prevent of gender-biased sex-selective elimination, ensuring survival and protection of the girl child and ensuring education and participation of the girl child.

    However, it has not done much in favor of girls in terms of increasing enrollment rate of adolescent girls in the country.

  • PM attacks Cong for India’s bad image

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi last night said that due to list of scams in the previous regime, India had a bad image for which his government has worked hard to remove “misgovernance”.

    On a two-day-visit at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Oman's capital, while addressing the Indian diaspora, he also mentioned that his "minimum government, maximum governance" strategy has made the life of the citizen easier.

    “There will be zero progress in 21st century and India had a bad image due to a long list of scams in the previous regime for which we have worked hard to bring out the country from the bad phase of misgovernance," he said.

    Modi said his government has scraped 1400-1450 outdated laws, made procedures simple, pays attention to people's problems with sincerity and take action on them as part of efforts to change the culture of governance in new India.

    "All of us are working towards a 'new India' where the poorest of the poor can strive to achieve their dream," Modi told a cheering crowd during his hour-long speech.

    "The people have already started to feel a change," he said, amid chants of 'Modi Modi'.

    The Prime Minister said that his government is developing next generation infrastructure in the country keeping in mind the needs of 21st century.

    "We are working towards making transportation sector co- dependent. Highway, airway, railway and waterway are being integrated together according to each other needs," he said.

    Modi said in new India, there are no scams and decisions are no longer avoided. He said challenges are accepted and targets are achieved. "This is the example of a changing work culture in new India," the prime minister said.

    "When decisions are made with pure intent and clear policy, the nation saves money. When the existing resources are best utilised, the country saves money," he said, citing examples of how his government has saved one lakh and 40 thousand crore rupees through increased efficiency.

    "We renegotiated the oil deals (signed by the previous regimes) with Qatar and Australia and now we have to pay Rs 12,000 crores less that what we would have paid," he said.

    "With the help of technology, our government used direct benefit transfer scheme and saved over Rs 57,000 crore of money which could have gone into wrong hands," he added.

    He said in this year's annual budget, his government had introduced insurance for 10 crore poor families which can avail benefit of five lakh rupees annually.

    "Even out detractors are not opposing the scheme but asking how will it be possible? I just say India is country which once decides, completes the task," he said.

    Modi told the members of the Indian community that they are partners in realising the vision of new India.

    "The eight lakh Indians in Oman are good-will ambassadors who have contributed to the development of the country. I get a feeling of home in Oman. This is possible only because of the people and the leadership of Oman," he said.

    The Prime Minister said that the fact that he delivered the inaugural address at the World Government Summit in Dubai shows that India's stature is growing.

    "For the last three years, we have been improving India's relationship with the Gulf countries," he said, adding that with India's increasing progress and credibility, the Gulf countries have increased their interest in the country.

    Modi said the ties of India and Oman have always remained strong despite the ups and downs in the political environment in both the countries.

    He also said that Indian diaspora has played an essential role in strengthening these ties.

    (With Agency Inputs)

  • PM Modi flags off Kerala's first Metro in Kochi

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Kochi Metro today. Mr Modi took a ride in the Metro from Palarivattom station from to Pathadippalam station. Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and E Sreedharan popularly known as Metro man also travelled with Mr Modi. 

  • PM Modi to meet CMs of BJP ruled states in New Delhi this evening

    Narendra Modi To Cm Of States

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP Chief Amit Shah will meet Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of all BJP ruled states in New Delhi today to take stock of development and social welfare work being done. 

    Sources said, besides Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers, a few Cabinet Ministers are also likely to attend the meeting. The discussions in the meeting are expected to revolve around implementation of the Centre's flagship schemes in the states and development works being done there. 

  • PM Modi's agenda for the G-20 Summit, Learn Full Program

    G20 Summit 2017

    With the discussions on terrorism, climate change and global trade, the G20 summit will start in Hamburg, Germany on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Hamburg to attend the conference.

    Given the tension between India and China on the border in Sikkim, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will not be meeting there. Foreign Ministry spokesman Gopal Bagale said that Prime Minister Modi will take part in the meeting of BRICS countries. It is decided that Prime Minister Modi and the President of China will be on a table in a closed room between the five leaders of the five countries.

  • PM says, soft economic policy decisions taken with eye on electoral gain will not benefit the nation

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, soft economic policy decision taken with an eye on electoral gain, will not benefit the country and 125 crore people know it very well. 

    In a meeting with BJP MPs from Rajasthan, the Prime Minister said people want honest government and they have full faith in government's intention. 

  • PM to address rallies in poll bound state today

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two rallies simultaneously in Tripura today, right before February ’18 Assembly elections in the state.

    One in Sipahijala district and the other in Unakoti district along with, a tight arrangement of security for the PM has made in the state.

    Addressing poll rallies in Kumarghat and Kailasahar, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar had said that in the regime of present central government, the rate of unemployment was increasing and that the Centre was not filling up vacancies remained in the government departments.

    The Assembly Elections in Tripura are slated to be held on February 18 and the counting will take place onMarch 3.

    (With agency inputs)

  • PM to speak on Kovind’s ‘motion of thanks’ debate

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    A source of BJP on Tuesday said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

    The action was initiated on Monday and the motion in expected to be accepted by the House, yet the rulling NDA has a big main part, on Wednesday, following the PM’s reply.

    The BJP has issued a whip asking its members to be present in the House on Wednesday and the day after. The government may introduce some important bill on Thursday, sources said.

    In his reply, Modi is expected to respond to the opposition attack on his government over a host of issues, including alleged tardy employment generation, the state of economy, agriculture and foreign affairs, among others, and will list its achievements.

    BJP members in their speech have hailed the government for its work in curbing black money, strengthening economy and boosting agriculture, claims refuted by opposition lawmakers in their address.

    The debate on the motion of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session began on Tuesday. It was initiated by the BJP's chief whip Rakesh Singh.

    (With agency inputs)

  • PM’s ‘Start Up India’ Scheme forces Delhi Entrepreneur to cancel StartupIndia.in

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    NewsMantra: The government is asking a Delhi based entrepreneur to cancel his domain name Startupindia.in which was registered in February 2014, in lieu of PM Modi’s Start-UP India initiative.

  • Prime Minister to inaugurate National Highway projects in Rajasthan today

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate various National Highway projects in Rajasthan today. The projects include six Lane Cable Stayed Bridge across River Chambal at Kota, four laning of Gomati Chauraha - Udaipur section and four laning of Rajsamand - Bhilwara section. 

     Modi will also lay the foundation stone of various projects including the Jaipur Ring Road. The total outlay on these projects is estimated to be over 15,000 crore rupees. During the day-long visit, the Prime Minister will also visit the Pratap Gaurav Kendra to pay his respects to Maharana Pratap. The Kendra provides information through various exhibits, about the life, valour and achievements of Maharana Pratap. Modi will also address a public meeting.

  • UltraTech Cement partners with Bengaluru and Kochi Metro

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    • UltraTech Cement supplies the entire cement and concrete requirement for Bengaluru’s Namma Metro Rail totalling to over 7 lakh MT and around 95,000 cum concrete
    • Supplied 1 lakh MT cement and over 40,000 cum concrete to the new Kochi Metro Rail