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PM Inaugurates Projects Worth Over Rs 33,000 Crore in Patna, Bihar

PM Inaugurates Projects Worth Over Rs 33,000 Crore in Patna, Bihar

After visiting UP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed towards East India state Bihar. There he laid the foundation stone of projects worth over Rs 33,000 crore which also includes the long-awaited Patna Metro Rail Project.

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While inaugurating the metro project through a remote function at Barauni in Begusarai district, PM Modi addressed the huge crowd. There he said,

“I congratulate the people of Patna because Pataliputra (the ancient name of Patna) is now connected to the metro rail.”

In the context of the same, Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar who second time shared the dais with PM after he embraced the NDA by dumping the grand alliance in July 2017. He said,

“The Centre and the state each will bear 20 percent cost of the Rs13,365-crore Patna Metro project and the rest amount will be funded through a loan. The 31.39-km Metro project will be completed in the next 3-5 years.”

Addressing the crowd, PM Modi also paid tributes to two jawans of Bihar who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack. Referring to the crowd, he stated that the fire raging within you is in my heart as well.

His words were,

“I salute and pay my tributes to Sanjay Kumar Sinha and Ratan Kumar Thakur (two of the martyred jawans who hailed from the state). I condole the bereaved families. To the people who have gathered here, I would like to say the fire that is raging in your bosoms, is in my heart too.”

Later in the speech, PM Modi stated that the metro project worth Rs. 13,000 crore is being developed in keeping with the future needs of the people.

These schemes will give new speed to Patna city. Along with Patna rail, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Patna City Gas Distribution project and the first phase of River Front Development at Patna.

Furthermore, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for medical colleges at Purnea and Chhapra and also for the upgradation of the government medical colleges at Gaya and Bhagalpur.

Moreover, he said that his government is planning for establishing another All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the state besides the existing one in Patna.

Several Projects for which foundation stone was laid

i. Patna Metro project
ii. Barauni refinery expansion project
iii. 22 projects under AMRUT scheme
iv. Medical colleges at Chhapra
v. Expansion of Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur gas line

Some of the projects for which upgradation work was unveiled

i. Patna city gas distribution
ii. Ranchi-Patna weekly AC train
iii. Phase 1 of the Patna riverfront project
iv. Jagdishpur-Haldia-Dhamra pipeline
v. Electrification of rail lines

Also, ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi is seen launching the election campaign of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar.

PM Modi Inaugurates Schemes Worth Rs 20,000 Crore in UP

PM Modi Inaugurates Schemes Worth Rs 20,000 Crore in UP

After inaugurating development projects in Kurukshetra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a visit in Uttar Pradesh state on Friday. In Jhansi, he inaugurated several schemes worth more than Rs 20,000 crore and stated that the region of Bundelkhand would soon be developed on the lines of Kutch in Gujarat.

After laying the foundation stone for schemes including the defense corridor and piped drinking water line, PM Modi addressed a public meeting. There he said,

“These projects will give a new dimension to the development of Bundelkhand region which would be done on the lines of Kutch in Gujarat.”

Meanwhile, in the speech, PM Modi recalled his earlier visits to the place, the ones before 2014 general elections and said that this time, he had come to return the favor with full interest in the form of development for the votes his party received.

He mentioned that his government has been working with complete sincerity and commitment for development since the past four years and will work further. Moreover, he stated the government of Yogi Adityanath in the state has also been working with the motto of jobs for youths, education for children, irrigation for the farmers and medicines for the old.

He said,

“With the defense corridor from Jhansi to Agra, employment opportunities will come up for the youth and the Bundelkhand region will be turned into a corridor of development.”

Later in the speech, he stated that the investments are coming from industrialists from across the world and contracts worth Rs 4,000 crores have already come through.

He added,

“Once any big industry comes over, it helps the growth of small and medium businesses in its surrounding.”

Talking about the issues of drinkable water in the area, PM said that the water supply scheme worth Rs 9,000-crore would assure drinking water is supplied to Chitrakoot and Jhansi Dham divisions.

He said the Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna and Amrit Yojna, set up at the cost of Rs 600 crore for Jhansi district and its surrounding villages would benefit almost 95 percent farmers in the state.

Further, PM announced that the purpose behind the people to open bank accounts in the past four years was only to ensure that the amount of subsidy given by government could be directly be put in the bank accounts of them.

He continued,

“Rs 1 lakh crore is being saved because of the money going directly in the bank accounts which was going in the pockets of some people. Modi is standing like a wall between you and those who are looting you.”

Also, Modi credited the people of Uttar Pradesh for ensuring a strong, full majority government that came to power at the center in 2014 even after a gap of 30 years and believed that he would continue to have the people’s blessings here to develop India.

Pulwama Attack PM Says, “All Behind The Attack Will Pay A Heavy Price”

Pulwama Attack: PM Says, “All Behind The Attack Will Pay A Heavy Price”

On Thursday, as disapproval in the terror attack on a CRPF convoy poured in from all quarters, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi promised that the “sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain.” Likewise, Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister of India who named Pakistan, said that a “strong reply” will surely be given.

An SUV carrying 350 kg of explosives had rammed a suicide bomber into a bus carrying the CRPF soldiers in the bloodiest attack in decades on security forces in Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir.

He tweeted,

The attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Jammu & Kashmir has left almost 40 dead. In the same regard, Prime Minister who spoke to Union Home Minister and Ajit Doval(National Security Advisor) chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on security at 9.15 am today. Along with the PM, the meeting was witnessed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Therein the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said,

“Those behind the terrorist attack in Pulwama will have to pay a heavy price. The terrorists…they have made a big mistake. You will have to pay a very heavy price…I assure everyone that the forces behind the attack…we will bring them to justice.

There is much anger among people due to this terror attack. People’s blood is boiling. I understand this. The nation has some expectations at this moment. Emotion is running high to do something, which is natural. The security forces have been given free hand and we have full faith in the bravery of our soldiers.”

He added,

“I want to tell the terror outfits and their supporters that they have committed a grave mistake. I want to assure the nation that those who are behind this terror attack, those have committed this crime, will be definitely punished.”

Further, without taking the name of Pakistan, PM said,

“If our neighbor, which has been isolated in the world, thinks that by carrying out such attacks, hatching such conspiracies, it would be successful in bringing instability in India, it is a big mistake on its part.”

Later in the meeting, Union Minister Arun Jaitley stated that the government would take all possible diplomatic steps to assure Pakistan’s “complete isolation” and had withdrawn the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status to the country.

In the same context, the Ministry of External Affairs said,

“The Government of India is firmly and resolutely committed to take all necessary measures to safeguard national security. We are equally resolved to fight against the menace of terrorism. We demand that Pakistan stop supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from their territory and dismantle the infrastructure operated by terrorist outfits to launch attacks in other countries.”

General DS Hooda, Former Northern Army Commander who also led the surgical strike in 2016 stated that Thursday’s terror attack is much bigger than the Uri Brigade headquarters attack. He continued saying,

“No terror organization claimed responsibility for the Uri attack. Now, however, a Pakistan based terror organization – the Jaish-eMohammed (JeM) – has taken responsibility for this attack. Pakistan will be under pressure, but my hunch is that New Delhi will have to act and retaliate. What will be the form and shape of the retaliation will be the prerogative of the government.”

Also, one National Investigation Agency or NIA team of 12-members will reach today to support the Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the spot.

Moreover, after the meeting, Mr. Rajnath Singh will be visiting Srinagar to hold the review meetings with senior security and police officials and also to understand the situation to review besides operational actions.

The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) took full responsibility for the attack.

PM Modi Addresses CREDAI’s YouthCon Event 2019 in New Delhi

PM Modi Addresses CREDAI’s YouthCon Event 2019 in New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed a real estate conference organized by the real estate body CREDAI in the national capital. This event of CREDAI YouthCon-19 was held at Talkatora Stadium.

This event is the annual Youth Conclave of CREDAI, arranged to make the future of the real estate Industry in India. A Credai statement stated that the CYW (CREDAI Youth Wing) was begun to bring the next generation of real estate builders and developers together and nurture them to become better professionals.

It is two decades to the establishment of CREDAI which has over 10,000 members under its organization.

While addressing the crowd PM, said that his government has attempted to make the real estate sector more transparent and responsible, and for that, he has taken various steps in the last four year. Also, said that the industry should now work towards gaining the trust of aspirational customers.

Speaking at the event, PM stated that steps like demonetization proclaimed in this year’s budget are endeavored at improving the sector. The real estate and construction sector creates employment in various sectors like cement, steel, and other related jobs, therefore, it is one center of job creation. Further, he stated that the sector is so vital; still, the builders and the industry did not get the due respect that they deserve. He asked the reason behind while urging them to choose honest and transparent ways of business affairs.

He said,

“… Yaani aap rozgaar ki ek ecosystem ko aap catalysation ka kaam karte hain … aap log batayiye jitni izzat honi chahiye, utni hai kya? kyun chup ho gaye? kyun aisa hua? kaun zimmevaar hai? main aaj bhi maanta hun aur aapki bhaagidari aise logon se hai ki koi aap par haath daalta nahi hai, aapko sudharne ke liye kehta nahi hai, aur isi logon ne aapko barabaad kiya hai, (You act as a catalyst for job creation. Do you get the kind of respect that you should get? Why did it happen, who is responsible? Nobody asked you to get your act together and these people spoiled you).”

Further PM Modi stated that the government is encouraging the industry in every way but requires it to run its activities transparently as well as honestly, giving timely delivery of flats to aspirants.

Several acts like the Benami Act, Enactment of The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, and demonetization are all likely to bring transparency and relaxation in the real estate sector.

He added,

“Notebandi ka jo faisla tha uska bahut bada laabh real estate ko yeh hua ki jo galat paise se, brashtachaar ki kamayi se yahaan phalne fulne ka soch rahe the unke liye raste band ho gaye, ab wahi log is sector mein aage badh payenge jo munafe (se imaan) ko upar rakhte hain (Demonetisation has been highly beneficial to real estate industry. Only honest players will be able to survive now).”

He again reminded about the proposals in the interim budget and said those would surely help the industry tremendously. It will leave more incomes in people’s hands and will inspire them to buy the second house.

Further, in the speech, he announced that as compared to previous governments, the flats being built under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana are of much better quality and also being built with greater speed and scale.

He continued saying,

“Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana aur pehle ki yojanaon mein sabse bada antar toh niyat ka hai. Yeh yojana aisi hai jisme kisi ke naam ko amar karne ki koshish nahi hai, sikka maarne ki koshish nahi hai, jo bhi pradhan mantri banega, chalta rahega…kisi naamdaar ki publicity ke liye yeh yojana nahi hai. Jab aap kisi yojana se naam ka ya swarth ka bhaav nikaal dete hain, toh aapki niti spasht ho jati hai aur isliye isme corruption ka, apne paraye ka, mera tera ka, yeh saara bhaav khatam ho jata hai.”

Not only PM but Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, and Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri are also listed to address the two-day event.

Watch PM Modi Addressing the #CREDAIYouthCon2019

PM Inaugurates Five Development Projects in Kurukshetra, Haryana

PM Inaugurates Five Development Projects in Kurukshetra, Haryana

Recently on Tuesday during Haryana visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid foundation stones of several development projects in Kurukshetra. Ahead of the Lok Sabha general polls due in a few months, PM Modi inaugurated five projects which include three of the Health and Ayush ministries like National Cancer Institute, Jhajjar and Shri Krishna Ayush University.

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While traveling to Haryana, PM Modi took to social media and wrote,

“On the way to Kurukshetra, captured a picture of the sacred Brahma Sarovar.

Next time you are traveling to Haryana, do make it a point to see this iconic place and the other tourist places in the state. #IncredibleIndia”

He visited Kurukshetra to participate in an event called ‘Swachh Shakti 2019‘ to appreciate the leadership role played by rural women who achieved a clean and open defecation free country in Swachh Bharat Mission by October 2 this year.

All the woman sarpanches and women associated with the ‘Swachhta‘ campaign from across the country attended the event. Further, in the event, PM Modi distributed the ‘Swachh Shakti 2019‘ award as an appreciation.

Moreover, on this occasion, Prime Minister Modi addressed the gathering and said that the projects which were launched yesterday would improve the lives of people living in the state and surely provide employment to the local youth. Meanwhile, in speech, he stated that Kurukshetra is a land of spirituality and learnings.

Meanwhile, he stated that thousands of years ago, Lord Krishna began a sanitation campaign to clean up immorality in the same land of Kurukshetra and now people are fighting the battle of cleanliness in everyday life again. Also, he appreciated the Haryana government for its achievements in cleanliness.

He also wrote about it,

“You’ve heard of many competitions but we’ve been having a unique one called the Swachh Sundar Shauchalaya, where toilets are to be painted. This fusion of art with cleanliness is commendable. In January, almost 1.3 crore toilets were painted. Well done to all those who took part!”

He continued and wrote in another tweet saying,

“In Kurukshetra today, I had the opportunity to see glimpses of some of the toilets that have been painted.

I was impressed, both by the dexterity of the artists and the passion towards cleanliness.

Such awareness and efforts add valuable strength to the Swachh Bharat Mission.”

Further, in his speech, he attacked Congress on promoting history that revolves around only one family and also said that those who are not connected to the roots would not write history.

PM laid the foundation stone of the National Cancer Institute worth 2,035-crore rupees, in Jhajjar district through video conferencing. This hospital comprises around 700-bed plus has facilities such as Radiation Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Anesthesia, Nuclear Medicine, Palliative Care, and Medical Oncology.

Then he inaugurated the first ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Faridabad, North India which has 510 beds.

Also, he inaugurated a national-level institute for Ayurveda treatment, education, and research, National Institute of Ayurveda in Panchkula.

Along with foundation stone of ‘Battles of Panipat Museum which will honor the heroes of the battles of Panipat, he laid the foundation stone of Sri Krishna Ayush University, Kurukshetra. Afterward, he inaugurated Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya University of Health Sciences in Karnal city.

The event was also witnessed by some Nigerian guests who are on a study tour to determine how Swachh Bharat Mission had such a dramatic success such soon and learned the ways to replicate the same in Nigeria.

And, while delivering the speech, PM greeted those Nigerian guests and stated that other countries in the world are imitating the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which was achievable only because of people’s willpower and dedication and willpower.

In the interim, PM highlighted that Ayushman Bharat benefited over 11 lakh people and announced that his government is constantly making efforts to shape the lives of farmer, poor and middle class well-to-do.

PM Modi at Petrotech 2019, Says India’s Role Significant in Energy Justice

PM Modi at Petrotech 2019, Says India’s Role Significant in Energy Justice

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the 13th International Oil and Gas Conference “Petrotech 2019” in Greater Noida. The 3-day biennial event kickstarted at India Expo Mart.

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PM emphasized that it’s crucial to move towards transparent and flexible markets and require responsible pricing of oil and gas for balancing the interests of both the producer and the consumer.

PM Modi said during his inaugural speech at the Petrotech 2019 conference-

“India’s contribution at the onset of an era based on energy justice is significant. Energy justice is a key objective for me and a top priority for India. Towards this end, we have developed and implemented many policies. The results of these efforts are now evident.”

He said,

“We need to move to responsible pricing, which balances the interests of both the producer and consumer. We also need to move towards transparent and flexible markets for both oil and gas. Only then can we serve the energy needs of humanity in an optimal manner.”

He further said,

“Suitably priced, stable and sustainable energy supply, is essential for rapid growth of the economy. It also helps the poor and deprived sections of society to partake of economic benefits.”

PM Modi said that oil and gas are not only a trade commodity but also a necessity. Be it for a common man’s kitchen or an aircraft, energy is essential.

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He said India is the world’s fastest-growing large economy. According to the latest report, it has been estimated that it could be the 2nd largest world economy by 2030.

Currently, India is the world’s 6th largest economy and the 3rd largest energy consumer with demand at over 5% growth rate annually.

He said,

“India remains an attractive market for energy companies with energy demand expected to more than double by 2040.”

Asserting that the energy sector is a key growth enabler, PM said that the energy supply, sources and consumption patterns are going through a transformational phase. He stated,

“Perhaps, this could be a historic transition.”

He further added,

“There is a shift in energy consumption from west to east. The United States has become the world’s largest oil and gas producer after the shale revolution. Solar energy and other renewable sources of energy have become more competitive. They are emerging as sustainable substitutes for traditional energy forms. Natural Gas is fast becoming one of the largest fuels in the global energy mix.

There are signs of convergence, between cheaper renewable energy, technologies, and digital applications. This may expedite the achievement of many sustainable development goals.”

As the world is advancing into an era of higher energy availability, over a billion people worldwide still don’t have access to electricity, and many don’t have clean cooking fuel. He said that it is important to serve the citizens’ need for clean, affordable and assured energy optimally and universally.

He said-

“People must have universal access to clean, affordable, sustainable and equitable supply of energy.”

Mentioning the achievements of the government in the energy sector, he said that the electricity made a reach to all the rural areas and the aim of 100% electrification of households would be attained this year.

While the electricity generation has increased, the effort is being made to reduce transmission and distribution losses. India’s rank has gone up from 111 in 2014 to 29 in 2018 in World Bank Ease of Getting Electricity Ranking.

He added-

“LED bulbs distributed across the country under the UJALA scheme, have resulted in an annual saving of Rs 17,000 crore.”

Moreover, he added that over 6.4 crores of free LPG connections are provided to the poor, extending the coverage of cooking gas from 55% to more than 90% of the population over the past five years.

The upstream oil and gas exploration and production policies and regulations have revamped, gas pricing reforms have been introduced, and incentives are being provided for improved oil recovery techniques to achieved increased domestic output.

In the downstream sector, petrol and diesel prices have been cleared from government control and the deregulated refining sector has made India world’s 4th largest refining capacity.

PM said-

“This will further grow by about 200 million metric tonnes by 2030.”

Furthermore, the central government is promoting the use of biofuels through 12 second-generation bio-refineries that are in the process of launching in 11 states.

He went on to add that gas infrastructure is being doubled to introduce a gas-based economy, stating-

“Our government has encouraged private participation across the entire oil and gas value chain. India is becoming an attractive FDI destination. Companies like Saudi Aramco, ADNOC, TOTAL, Exxon-Mobil, BP and Shell are looking to increase their investments across the value chain.”

PM Modi Unveils Multiple Development Projects in Karnataka

PM Modi Unveils Multiple Development Projects in Karnataka

Karnataka: After reaching Hubbali airport from Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu via a special IAF aircraft, Revenue Minister RV Deshpande, officials as well as state Bharatiya Janata Party unit leaders received Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Later, PM dedicated many development projects to the twin cities Dharwad and Hubbali in Karnataka.

When KLE Institutions arrived the city’s suburbs, PM Modi first went on to lay the foundation of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Dharwad) campus and the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT).

Soon after that, he flagged off the city distribution project at Dharwad and 1.5 million tonnes Mangaluru and the 2.5 million tonnes Padur strategic petroleum reserve facility (SPR) facility of the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd (ISPRL).

PM also committed the doubling of Chikjajur-Mayakonda section railway line spanning 18 km for passenger and freight services and ushered in the electrification work of the Hospeta-Hubballi-Vasco da Gama line of 346 km length in this area.

The doubling would result in increased capacity of this important route connecting Bengaluru to Mumbai via Goa, Hubballi, Belagavi, and Pune. Moreover, the electrification of the broad gauge would help in reducing traveling time and emission of greenhouse gases due to lowered diesel consumption.

PM Modi was also present at the e-griha pravesh (house-warming) of 2,384 houses that have been constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana at Dharwad.

Apart from Deshpande, Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, BJP’s state unit leaders Jagdish Shettar, BS Yeddyurappa, Prahlad Joshi, and Muralidhar Rai were also in attendance at the public function.

The Chairperson of Infosys Foundation Sudha Murthy who also hails from Hubbali was also present at the event.

Watch here the overwhelming response PM received at Hubbali during his speech at the rally.

He further tweeted,

“The people of India trust BJP.

Our track record shows we can eliminate corruption and end the culture of middlemen roaming the corridors of power.”

Also, PM shared many pictures from the rally showing the crowd’s enthusiasm.

PM Laid the Foundation of National Highways Project in West Bengal

PM Laid the Foundation of National Highways Project in West Bengal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to West Bengal yesterday, addressed a rally in Jalpaiguri district and later went on to lay the foundation stone for the new National Highway project for significant infrastructural development in the state.

Here’s a glimpse from PM’s Jalpaiguri rally.

The four laning of the Falakata-Salsalabari section of NH 31 D has been planned in the northern part of the state. The Nation Highway section spanning 41.7 km is in Jalpaiguri. As per a press release by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the highway project’s construction would be worth nearly Rs 1,938 crore. This highway project would lead to several benefits such as reduce traveling time and generate employment opportunities.

The ministry states that this highway project development would cut down the distance from Salsalabari and Alipurduar to Siliguri by approximately 50 km. And this would prove to be a crucial step for the state as better connectivity to Siliguri city implies better access to Indian Railways and airports.

Moreover, the project would aid even better movement of tea and other agricultural items from the region to the markets. Apart from these benefits, the highway would offer enhanced connectivity, leading to boosted tourism in the area. Due to all the facilities, the Ministry Road Transport and Highways maintains that the project would provide a vital boost to the socio-economic activity in West Bengal, generating employment opportunities for the local people.

Supporting the road users, the National Highway would include all the essential safety features. The ministry in the press release said that this 41.7 km long section of the National Highway would have three railway over bridges, three vehicular underpasses, eight major bridges, 17 minor bridges, and two flyovers.

Also, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation for 5 National Highways projects in Ayodhya. These highway projects are estimated to be around Rs 7195 crore cost, spanning a total length of 632 km.

PM Modi Reaffirms India’s Commitment to Work With Bangladesh

PM Modi Reaffirms India’s Commitment to Work With Bangladesh

On February 7, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh A K Abdul Momen called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi who reaffirmed his country’s commitment to work with Bangladesh and build on the momentum of the existing bilateral relations during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s fresh term in office.

Further, PM Modi also assured India’s cooperation with Bangladesh on the issue of Rohingya repatriation.

These remarks were made by PM Modi while visiting Bangladesh FM at his official residence on Lok Kalyan Marg.

The Bangladesh High Commission in India said in a statement that during the meeting which began at 10:00 am, the Indian prime minister mentioned that the partnership between Bangladesh and India “is flourishing under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”

As per one of the statements reported,

“While thanking Prime Minister Modi for India’s humanitarian assistance to Rohingyas, the Bangladesh foreign minister requested India’s support for early repatriation of the Rohingyas to the Rakhine State of Myanmar. Prime Minister Modi reiterated that India is always with Bangladesh and assured of India’s cooperation in this regard.”

Moreover, the statement reported that PM Modi confirmed India’s sincere commitment to Bangladesh’s prosperity and development and observed that India-Bangladesh relations “is a model between two neighboring countries which needs to be showcased for the wider audience around the world.”

According to a statement issued by Modi’s office, the Indian PM also praised A K Abdul on his appointment as the foreign minister and also acknowledged his gesture of selecting India as the destination for his first visit.

Also, the statement added that Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister summarized the recent developments in the bilateral relationship to the Indian PM.

A K Abdul Momen, the Foreign Minister who is in India on his maiden official tour abroad, is now in New Delhi to attend the 5th meeting of India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission (JCC).

The JCC meeting to be co-chaired by Momen and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations.

Both the sides are expected to sign five MoUs after the JCC meeting.

After the meeting with the PM Modi, Abdul Momen is also scheduled to meet senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha. Further, he is scheduled to attend a lunch to be hosted by former Permanent Representative to the United Nations and India’s Urban Development & Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

Foreign Minister of Bangladesh is expected to return Dhaka on Saturday.

PM Modi Assures Goa Mining Impasse to be Resolved as Per Law

PM Modi Assures Goa Mining Impasse to be Resolved as Per Law

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured a delegation of Goa MPs, representatives of the Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) and legislators ruling party that the Central government would attempt to find the solution to the mining impasse within the “four corners of the law.”

From March 15 last year, after the Supreme Court quashed second renewal of 88 mining leases, mining was banned in the state.

Therefore, striving to restart mining activities in the state, the mining dependents are demanding amendments in the existing mining laws.

Prime Minister Modi met several delegations including South Goa BJP MP Narendra Sawaikar, state BJP President and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar, President of the Goa Mining People’s Front Puti Gaonkar, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik, among others.

In an interview with ‘The Hindu’ after a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office, South Goa BJP MP Narendra Sawaikar who was part of the delegation stated that no time-frame for the solution has arrived. He said,

“The PM heard the delegation patiently and expressed concern over the situation which has arisen in Goa after the Supreme Court stopped mining.”

And, he continued saying,

“He, however, said a solution will be found within the four corners of the law, since the situation has arisen out of the apex court’s judgement.”

Apart from two representatives of GMPF, the delegation also included Goa Assembly Speaker, Pramod Sawant, the State’s Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, and some ruling coalition legislators from the mining belt.

Later in the interview when Mr. Sawaikar asked if the GMPF representatives were satisfied with the discussion, he said,

“The leaders of GMFP must have come with an expectation of a sure promise of restarting mining. But the Prime Minister told them the issue has to be resolved by remaining within four corners of the law and within the framework of the apex court judgement.”

Meanwhile, Shripad Naik, Union Ayush Minister said the delegation also requested the Prime Minister to amend the MMDR (Mines and Minerals Development Regulation) Act to help restart mining in the State.

GMPF or Goa Mining People’s Front is a union of mining dependents who have been demanding to amend the existing mining-related laws to give a new lease of life to the industry that employs two lakh people.

Since the Supreme Court banned extraction and transportation of iron ore from 88 mining leases from February last year for legal infirmities in the second renewal of leases, there are a large number of mining dependants who directly or indirectly lost their livelihoods due to mining ban. And, considering all, the Supreme Court asked the state government to re-issue mining leases using appropriate procedures.