On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi & President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Ashraf Ghani, spoke over the phone. The two leaders exchanged greetings on the special occasion of Eid–ul–Adha.
Moreover, Afghanistan President Ghani thanked PM Modi for the timely supply of food and medical aid to meet Afghan requirements. The PM reiterated India’s commitment to the Afghanistan people for a peaceful, prosperous, and inclusive Afghanistan. They also shared views on the growing security situation in the area and other subjects of mutual bilateral interest.
The national capital of India, New Delhi, which pledged over 3 billion dollars in aid for reconstruction since 2001 when the US-led coalition uprooted the Taliban from Kabul, is keen to see an India-friendly administration in Afghanistan that remains crucial to its interests.
Besides, PM Modi addressed the grand finale of Smart India Hackathon 2020 on Saturday. AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education) conducted the fourth edition of this nationwide competition. During the same, he said that the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 would help transform job seekers into job creators. He added that it is not only a policy but also the aspirations of all Indians.
Further, PM Modi held a virtual interaction with students and asked them about their projects, which ranged from women’s hygiene products to crime detection technologies to water harvesting. This year, more than 4.5 lakh entries were received.
The PM also gave a mantra to students and said,
“Never stop three things in life – learning, questioning and solving.”
The Smart India Hackathon started early at 9 AM, and the Human and Resources Department Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal inaugurated the event. The winning teams across various themes won a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. In this hackathon, the participant teams/candidates created and presented solutions for real-world problems. This year’s competition took place virtually.
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