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Nepal to Invite PM Modi for Celebration of ‘Bibaha Panchami’

Nepal on Thursday said that it has decided to invite PM Narendra Modi on the occasion of ‘Bibaha Panchami’ in which Lord Rama’s wedding procession from Ayodhya in India to Janakpur in Nepal is carried out. It falls on December 12.

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ANI cited what Nepal PM Office sources reported, “We have decided to write to Indian PM Modi inviting him for a state visit to Nepal on December 12 on occasion of ‘Bibaha Panchami’. PM KP Oli’s chief adviser Bishnu Rimal had earlier confirmed. A detailed report will be released as soon as the festive season is over.”

This is going to be PM Modi’s fifth visit to Nepal. As per Kathmandu Post, Modi will be bringing the ‘baraat’ from Lord Rama’s birthplace Ayodhya to Sita’s birthplace Janakpur. It further quoted as was said by Prime Minister Oli’s Press Adviser Kundan Aryal, “Discussions and preparations are going on about the visit of PM Modi to Janakpur, but his visit is yet to be confirmed.”

At the time of 4th BIMSTC Summit organized in August in Nepal, both the Prime Ministers had discussions over the plan of Modi marking his presence in the Bibaha Panchami and later on inaugurating the Janakpur-Jayanagar railway track, according to the daily. The report states that both Modi and Oli will together inaugurate the Janakpur-Jayanagar railway line that has almost finished its test phase.

In May, Modi had visited Janakpur where he went on to inaugurate a bus service between Ayodhya and Jankpur and declared to provide Rs 100 crore aid to the Province No 2.

PM Modi to Launch App #Self4Society for Interested Volunteers

PM Modi to Launch App #Self4Society for Interested Volunteers

The professionals who are interested in volunteering in their free time will be given a platform by the Government of India through an app named #Self4Society. PM Modi will be launching the application at a town hall-style event on October 24.

The sources who helped in developing the app reported that it is being created as a result of the discussion between PM Modi and many corporate leaders who said that their employees wished to do volunteer work but lack guidance.

According to a source, “A lot of companies run volunteering initiatives. This platform will help to create better synergies among so many initiatives and lead to a much better outcome of the efforts of professionals. Companies have observed that a spirit of service and volunteering improves employee satisfaction and reduces employee attrition. This app comes after discussions with companies from the information technology sector on these lines.”

The app will have incentives, gamification and intra– and inter-company competitions, and social networking. At first, this will be aimed at IT companies, with more joining in when it takes off,” a source said.

The volunteer time for the government’s flagship programmes such as Swachh Bharat is anticipated to increase.

The townhall-style inauguration will witness the presence of over 2,000 people in the city, and thousands of more people will join from other cities via a video link.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi before their meeting in the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw

PM Modi Meets Global Indian Oil & Gas Companies’ CEOs

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday emphasized the partnership between the oil producing and consuming countries to cut down the energy costs. During his interaction with the heads of oil and gas companies and organizations in New Delhi, he said this. The meeting witnessed the presence of around 40 heads of top oil companies and organizations.

The oil company leaders gathered to talk about the current energy scenario, the effects of US sanctions on Iran and fluctuating oil prices affecting the country’s economic growth.

While having an interaction with the global leaders of the energy sector, PM Modi said that there should be a partnership between the oil producers and consumers similar to other sectoral markets.

Modi mentioned that the oil market is producer-driven by quantity as well as price. He said that a partnership between the oil producers and consumers would help in stabilizing the global economy.

PM Modi further stressed that India holds a vital position in the oil and gas market. India is the world’s third largest consumer of oil.

Here are the key highlights:

  • PM Modi indicated that the oil consuming countries like India experience economic challenges and resource crisis because of the rise in crude oil prices. He said that the support of oil producing companies would be crucial to bridging the gap.
  • Modi sought more participation of private companies in the gas sector distribution.
  • PM Modi said that there should be higher cooperation when it comes to technology sharing among the countries for the viable commercial use of natural gas.
  • He asked for a review of the terms of payment between the oil producers and India to provide short-term relief to the rupee.

The union ministers Arun Jaitley and Dharmendra Pradhan and NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar attended the meeting. Apart from them, Senior Director at World Bank Riccardo Puliti was also present at the meeting.

The heads of the International Gas Union, Gazprom, Vedanta, Reliance Industries, Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum, Petronet LNG, and American Gas Association attended the meeting.

The soaring crude oil prices have resulted in a frequent rise in fuel prices domestically and affected the value of rupee against dollar. The rupee has touched record low levels many times and lost over 15% of its value against the dollar this year.

PM Modi Congratulates NHRC on 25 Years' Completion in Nation’s Service

PM Modi Congratulates NHRC on 25 Years’ Completion in Nation’s Service

To mark the 25th anniversary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), PM Modi on Friday addressed an event at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. He said that the life, dignity, and rights of an individual have always been a pivotal part of India’s culture and traditions.

PM Modi said, “For the last 25 years, the NHRC has been the voice for the common man of the country. It has led the way for the building of the nation by being the voice for the oppressed, poor. Your work towards justice has been recognized by international human rights institutions as well. As proud a matter as it is for India, protection of human rights has always been a part of our culture and traditions.”

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Moreover, PM Modi said that human rights were at the focal point of the freedom movement in our country, and the commitment towards human rights helped in coming out of a crisis in the 1970s.

He added, “In that dark period of emergency, even the right to life was stripped; what can you say about rights? But Indians again achieved human rights through their own efforts.”

PM Modi emphasized the efforts of the current government to ensure and protect human rights and to improve the dignity of poor, deprived, exploited and oppressed people in the society.

He referred to some of the initiatives as government’s commitment towards human rights including Prime Minister’s Housing Scheme, Swacchh Bharat Mission, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, and the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill.

PM Modi stated, “Our govt has worked towards eliminating problems faced by women while working in the night shifts & has provided them adequate security during it. There were questions over a daughters’ right to life. A section of the society with narrow-minded people considered daughters unwanted and killed them in the womb. Today, I can proudly say that with ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, several states have seen a rise in the number of daughters.”

He concluded, “The NHRC’s role is important in what the government is trying to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. To improve the lives of the people of the country, the government is committed to ensuring their rights.”

Japan PM Shinzo Abe offers Govt Support to Swachh Bharat Mission

Japan PM Shinzo Abe offers Govt Support to Swachh Bharat Mission

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation on Thursday said that Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has extended government support to the Swachh Bharat Mission.

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According to the Ministry, “In a written message, Prime Minister Abe said that Japan will cooperate with India, which promotes the Clean India initiative under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership.

Furthermore, he emphasized Japan’s commitment to achieving healthy societies in Asia and wished India on the success of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC).

Securing clean water and improving sanitary conditions is a common challenge in the world. We hope for the further progress of each country’s efforts to address the challenge through active discussions at this convention (MGISC),” said PM Abe in the message.

MGISC was a 4-day international conference in which Sanitation Ministers and other leaders in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) gathered from across the world.

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the event. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu then addressed the convention, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave the concluding session.

PM Modi on Gujarat Violence No Division Should Happen in Society

PM Modi on Gujarat Violence: No Division Should Happen in Society

NEW DELHI: While making his first public address after the violence against migrant workers in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that “happiness prospers with sharing”. It is a veiled message for the “affluent” states for sharing their prosperity with the needful.

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Modi’s message to the citizens of states like Gujarat to be considerate towards job-seekers was accompanied with his strong words against Congress alleging that it’s following the policy of “divide and rule”.

During his interaction with BJP booth workers from five Lok Sabha seats-Raipur, Mysore, Damoh, Karauli-Dholpur and Agra-through the NaMo App, “No division should happen in society. Congress has been a long time follower of divide and rule policy. They divide society just for the interest of one single family but BJP believes in the welfare of all and unites society.”

While BJP accused the Congress leader Alpesh Thakore of stirring up violence against migrant workers in Gujarat, Modi said “We don’t spread hatred and divide the society. Our mantra is ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, but they (Congress) want to make themselves happy by dividing the society and spreading hatred.”

In reference to a 1960 picture of first PM Jawahar Lal Nehru with US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, “You must have seen pictures of a Prime Minister with foreign guests watching snake-charmers’ show. We have to showcase the country’s positives to the world and change that perception.”

Modi said that he welcomes foreign dignitaries by taking them to “Ganga Arti” in Varanasi, a metro ride or solar park in Mirzapur, unlike Congress leaders who feel embarrassed about showcasing the Indian culture. He also took to mention that the artistes from 150 nations sang Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite bhajan “Vaishno Jan to tene kahiye” as part of his 150th birth anniversary celebrations.

Addressing the opposition’s efforts for a ‘Mahagathbandhan,’ the Prime Minister lashed out at the parties for they intend to compromise the country’s interests for political power.

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PM Modi Meets Andrew Scheer, Stresses Strong Indo-Canadian Relations

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday emphasized the importance of strengthening bilateral relations between the Republic of India and Canada in different spheres. He made these statements when Andrew Scheer, the Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition of Canada, met him on his visit to India.

Modi tweeted,

Happy to meet Hon. @AndrewScheer, Canada’s Leader of the Opposition. Stressed the significance of strong India-Canada relations and wished him a pleasant stay in India.”

As per an official statement, the PM said that the relationship between the two countries furthered to the strategic partnership at the time of his Canada visit in 2015. PM Modi also wished Scheer a pleasant stay in India.

Scheer shared his perspective on developing cordial relations between the two countries. Scheer will be in India for about a week from 7 to 13 October. Several critical matters were discussed such as improvement of trade between the two countries, opportunities for greater economic partnerships, and regional security.

Here are some moments from their meeting.

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PM Modi Meets Andrew Scheer, Stresses Strong Indo-Canadian Relations

IMF Acknowledges India’s Economic Reforms, Calls It Fastest Growing

IMF Acknowledges India’s Economic Reforms, Calls It Fastest Growing

On Tuesday, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) recognized the significant economic reforms brought in by PM Narendra Modi and projected India as the world’s fastest growing major economy for this year and the following year.

According to the World Economic Outlook (WEO) that released ahead of the IMF annual meeting in Bali, “In India, important reforms have been implemented in recent years, including the Goods and Services Tax, the inflation-targeting framework, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, and steps to liberalize foreign investment and make it easier to do business.”

However, referring to the external factors “the recent increase in oil prices and the tightening of global financial conditions”, India’s growth projection made in July for next year saw a cut by 0.1% to 7.4%. And this is still the world’s fastest growth rate for major economies with the 7.3% growth projection for this year made in July.

When it is compared to the projections made in April, the recent one for 2018 is lower by 0.1 percent and for 2019 by 0.4 percent.

An increase from the growth rate of 6.7% in 2016, WEO said that India’s growth rate projections for this year and the next are a reflection of “a rebound from transitory shocks” of demonetization and the “implementation of the national Goods and Services Tax” and “strengthening investment and robust private consumption.”

After 2019, the IMF predicts an improvement in India’s growth rate “owing to structural reforms and a still-favorable demographic dividend.”

India’s medium-term growth prospects remain strong at 7.75 percent, benefiting from ongoing structural reform,” it further added.

The IMF’s recommendations for India: “reform priorities include reviving bank credit and enhancing the efficiency of credit provision by accelerating the cleanup of bank and corporate balance sheets and improving the governance of public sector banks”.

It further added, “A high-interest burden and risks from rising yields also require continued focus on debt reduction to establish policy credibility and build buffers. These efforts should be supported by further reductions in subsidies and enhanced compliance with the Goods and Services Tax.”

India Ideal Destination For Investment, Says PM Modi

India Ideal Destination For Investment, Says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Uttarakhand Investors Summit in Dehradun on Sunday, 7th October 2018. He addressed top business leaders and industrial houses at “Destination Uttarakhand: Investor Summit 2018.” He said that India will be the engine of growth in the coming years as a result of unprecedented socio-economic changes in the current scenario. He expressed confidence in the present status of the country’s social and economic condition.

PM Modi described the present scenario the best for the purpose of investment. He said, “Fiscal deficit has come down, the rate of inflation has come down. The middle class is growing and the country is full of demographic dividend.”

He further added, “In the past four years, the state and central governments together have taken over 10,000 measures, which have helped the country improve its position in the ease of doing business rankings by 42 points.”

PM Modi took the opportunity to highlight the work of the central government from GST being the biggest reform under the taxation system to the growth in the infrastructure of the nation with the construction of highways up to 10,000 km. Also, the growth that took place in the aviation sector where 100 new airports and helipads are planned to be constructed along with the air connectivity in type II and type III cities.

He said that the country is on the transformation mode with the high-speed rail projects and metro lines that underline the government’s policy of housing for all, power for all, fuel for all and banking for all. This makes the current scenario ideal for investment.

My message to investors is ‘make in India’ but not just for Indians but for the whole world,” he said.

He also discussed the importance of Ayushman Bharat Scheme as how it will be a boon for a large population of the country and will attract a large number of investors in the health sector.

Ten-Day Yajna To Be Performed For Modi’s Second Term As Prime Minister

Ten-Day Yajna To Be Performed For Modi’s Second Term As Prime Minister

A ten-day yajna is to be performed for Narendra Modi’s second term as a Prime Minister in the upcoming 2019 elections next year. The objective of performing this is to invoke the heavenly forces to shower their divine blessings on Prime Minister Modi in the Lok Sabha elections.

The yajna is organized by Modi Charitable Trust based in Mathura which will be inaugurated on October 10, 2018. The Chairman of the trust, Pawan Pandey said, that “Satchandi Mahayajna” is being organized that derives energy from lighting lakhs of earthen lamps and chanting mantras.

This Yajna will be one of its kinds as along with saints and seers from all over the country. Around half a dozen chief ministers of different states, senior bureaucrats, cabinet ministers and administrative officers will be attending the Yajna,” said Pawan Pandey.

Pandey said that Guru Sharnanand Ji Maharaj Maha Mandaleshwar will inaugurate the ten-day yajna in the divine presence of Swami Nischalanand Ji Shankaracharya of Puri Peeth. The yajna will be inaugurated in Mathura on the banks of Yamuna river.

Pawan Pandey also claims that the yajna will be attended and participated by top CMs of BJP ruled states along with bureaucrats and other dignitaries.