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PM Modi in Ayodhya, Performs Bhoomi Poojan at Shree Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed the Bhoomi Poojan at the Shree Ram Janmbhoomi temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday. And soon after arriving the Lord Rama’s birthplace, he first visited and offered prayers at the Hanuman Garhi Temple. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, also accompanied the PM.

PM Modi tweeted on his official handle-

“Prayed at the sacred Hanumangarhi and sought Lord Hanuman’s blessings.”

Later, the PM performed Darshan and Bhoomi Pujan at the Shree Ram Janmbhoomi Temple. Then during his address in Ayodhya, PM Modi said the process of building the Ram Temple would unite the nation. He added that the memorable moment shows the resolve of crores of Lord Rama devotees.

PM Modi remarked,

“Due to Coronavirus, the Bhoomi Poojan is taking place while keeping in mind the Maryada. Entire nation too displayed the same Maryada, when the Hon’ble Supreme Court announced the historic verdict. People welcomed it with peace, taking care of everyone’s feelings. Today, we are witnessing a similar Maryada.”

Taking about the cooperation and efforts of people from all sections of society in the construction of a grand Ram Temple, he said that not only is history being created with this temple, but also it is repeating itself.

He further said that Lord Rama is the source of India’s unity in diversity. PM Modi stated,

“There is no aspect of life where Ram does not inspire. Ram is in the faith of India; Ram is in the ideals of India. There is Ram in the divinity of India.”

About the different sacred versions available of Ramayana, he said-

“In the Valmiki Ramayana, Ram guided the ancient India thousands of years ago. During the middle ages, Ram strengthened India through Tulsi, Kabir and Nanak. The same Ram was present in Bapu’s hymns as a power of non-violence and Satyagraha at the time of freedom struggle. Lord Buddha is also associated with Rama and Ayodhya, for centuries, has been a centre of Jainism. This omnipresence of Ram is the life character of unity in India’s diversity!”

The PM said that Lord Rama is omnipresent and belongs to everyone-

“Ram appears in different forms at different instances, but Ram is everywhere. Kamba Ramayana in Tamil, Raghunath and Ranganath Ramayana in Telugu, Ruipad-Katedapadi Ramayana in Odia, the Kumudendu Ramayana in Kannada. When we go to Kashmir, we find the Ramavatar Charit, we find the Ramacharitam in Malayalam. There is Krittivasi Ramayana in Bengali, Guru Gobind Singh has written Gobind Ramayana himself. Therefore, Ram is the source of India’s unity in diversity.”

Mentioning the global influence of Lord Rama and the various nations where he is revered, he said that the Ram Temple would depict the rich heritage of Indian culture to the world. He added,

“The country which has the world’s largest Muslim population is Indonesia. Just as our country there are several versions of Ramayana, like Kakawin Ramayana, Swarnadweep Ramayana, Yogeshwar Ramayana. Ram is still revered there today… You will find traces of Ram in Iran and China as well. In Sri Lanka, the story of Ramayana is narrated as Janakiharan and Nepal has a very special relationship with Ram and Mata Janaki.”

Moreover, he said that Ram Katha is popular in several countries and is organized even today. He hoped that people in these nations would also welcome the building of a grand Ram Temple. He added that this temple would inspire humanity for eternity and said-

“The Ram Circuit is being built to connect the places visited by Bhagwaan Ram.”

Further, PM Modi remembered the sacrifices and persistent efforts of everyone associated with the Ram Mandir movement. Bowing to them, he remarked-

“This day is a symbol of their resolve, their sacrifices and determination. During the Ram Mandir movement, there was dedication, there were challenges but also there was resolution.”

Also, PM Modi said that during India’s freedom struggle, several generations sacrificed their everything, and 15th August symbolized their determined efforts and desire for freedom. He added that similarly, for several centuries, several generations made constant efforts for the Ram Temple. He stated-

“Ram lives in our hearts, He is within us. When we do any work, we take inspiration from Him.”

He further added,

“Efforts were made to eradicate Bhagwaan Ram’s existence, but He is in our hearts, He is the basis of our culture, Shri Ram is the dignity of India, Shri Ram is the Maryada Purushottam.”

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PM Modi also tweeted-

“A blessed day in Ayodhya.

This day will remain etched in the memory of every Indian.

May the blessings of Bhagwan Shree Ram always be upon us. May India scale new heights of progress. May every Indian be healthy and prosperous. @ShriRamTeerth”

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PM Modi Dials President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr. Ashraf Ghani

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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PM Modi & Counterpart Jugnauth Jointly Inaugurate Mauritius SC Building

Prime Minister Narendra Modi & his Mauritian counterpart PM Pravind Jugnauth, jointly inaugurated the SC building in Mauritius via video conferencing. This new Supreme Court building is the first India-aided infrastructure project in Port Louis inaugurated since the Coronavirus pandemic. This landmark project got completed with the grant support of 28.12 million dollars from the Indian government.

Addressing the occasion, PM Modi emphasized the value of the human-centric approach as the underlying philosophy of India’s development cooperation. Also, he praised the role of people-oriented infrastructure projects in furthering the bilateral ties between India and Mauritius.

Also, the PM, on Thursday, said that the new SC building has a contemporary design and state-of-the-art facilities. A symbol of cooperation and shared values of both countries, he said it would be suitable for the Mauritius judiciary. He also mentioned that the project got completed on schedule and below initial estimates.

Moreover, PM Modi said that development cooperation with Mauritius lies at the heart of India’s approach to development partnerships. He added that India’s development cooperation is neither subject to any conditions nor is influenced by any political/commercial considerations. He said that India’s core principle for development cooperation is respect for partners & the central motivation is shared development lessons.

The PM also emphasized that this distinguishes the Indian development cooperation, characterized by the core values of Respect, Diversity, Care for the Future & Sustainable Development. He noted that India takes pride in Mauritians’ achievements & showed confidence that the bilateral partnership would improve in the future.

Further, Mauritian PM Jugnauth recognized India’s support for the project, showing the close bilateral ties of friendship and cooperation. He mentioned that the Supreme Court Building’s construction with India’s support marks a new milestone in the infrastructure modernization in Mauritius and would help make the country’s justice system more efficient, accessible & inclusive.

Aligned with India’s vision of ‘SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region,’ the new Supreme Court building shows India’s role as a reliable partner of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean region and also its constant commitment toward strengthening the future-oriented partnership between both the nations.

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Besides, on Wednesday, the PM held an extensive meeting with banks and NBFCs stakeholders to boost economic growth. Sharing a blog link with details about the same, he tweeted on his official handle-

“Had an extensive interaction with stakeholders from banks and NBFCs to deliberate on the roadmap for economic growth, helping entrepreneurs and a range of other aspects.”

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PM-Chaired Union Cabinet Approves National Education Policy (NEP) 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, chaired the Union Cabinet meeting in which they approved National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. It would pave the way for large scale, transformational reforms in both school and higher education sectors. It is the first education policy of the 21st century and replaced the 34-year-old National Policy on Education (NPE) 1986.

For school education, NEP 2020 stresses on ensuring universal access at all levels, from pre-school to secondary. The NCERT would develop a National Curricular and Pedagogical Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education (NCPFECCE) for children up to the age of 8.

Also, Early Childhood Care & Education (10+2) is replaced with new Curricula and Pedagogical Structure (5+3+3+4). It would now cover the age group of 3-6 under the school curriculum, widely recognized as a vital stage for cerebral development. So the new system would have 12 years’ schooling with three years of Anganwadi/pre-schooling.

Moreover, the NEP 2020 established National Mission on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy, identifying its importance. Also, various reforms in school curricula and pedagogy are introduced for all-round development of learners to equipping them with the key 21st-century skills. In schools, vocational education would begin from the 6th grade and also include internships.

Additionally, the NEP promotes multilingualism and the power of language, emphasizing mother tongue/local language/regional language as the medium of instruction at least till Grade 5, but preferably till Grade 8 and beyond. Various foreign languages would also be offered at the secondary level, and Indian Sign Language (ISL) would be standardized across the nation.

Furthermore, NEP 2020 mentions a change of the assessment method, from summative assessment to regular and formative assessment. A new National Assessment Centre, PARAKH (Performance Assessment, Review, and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development), would be established as a standard-setting body.

Besides, the NEP 2020 encourages Equitable and Inclusive Education, Holistic Multidisciplinary Education, Open and Distance Learning, Financial aid for students, Online and Digital Education, Professional Education, and Financing Education. He also emphasized Robust Teacher Recruitment and Career Path, Standard-setting and Accreditation for School Education, Technology in education, Promotion of Indian languages, and Increase of GER (Gross Enrolment Ratio) to 50% by 2035.

He tweeted on his official handle-

“I wholeheartedly welcome the approval of the National Education Policy 2020! This was a long due and much awaited reform in the education sector, which will transform millions of lives in the times to come! #NewEducationPolicy”

Established on the pillars of Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability & Accountability, it is aligned to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Its goal is to transform India into a vibrant knowledge society and global knowledge superpower by making both school and college education more holistic, flexible & multidisciplinary to suit the 21st century needs & bring out the unique capabilities of every student.

PM Modi Inaugurates Three High-Throughput COVID-19 Testing Facilities

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched three high-throughput facilities for Coronavirus testing through video-conference on Monday. These state-of-the-art facilities are situated at the National Institutes of Indian Council of Medical Research at Kolkata, Mumbai, and Noida.

He said that these hi-tech labs would expand the testing capacity by nearly 10,000 daily tests in each city. The PM added that more tests would help in early detection and treatment, thereby fighting the virus spread. He said that these labs would not only be for COVID-19 testing but also test for Hepatitis B & C, HIV, Dengue & various other diseases in the future.

Moreover, the PM emphasized that because of the government’s timely decisions, we are in a better position than other countries when it comes to COVID-19 deaths. With a higher recovery rate than other countries, he said that the recovered cases would soon reach 10 lac.

Also, he said that India needs to develop Coronavirus-specific health infrastructure at a quick pace. He noted that the Central govt declared a Rs 15,000 crore package at the start of the virus. PM Modi added that India now has over 11,000 COVID facilities and over 11 lac isolation beds.

He also said that India had only one COVID-19 testing center in January, and the number is now nearly 1300. He added that currently, over 5 lakh tests are going on daily, and efforts are being made to increase this capacity to 10 lakh in the next few weeks.

Furthermore, the PM mentioned how India turned the second-largest PPE kit manufacturer. He said that India progressed in the past six months, from not having even a single PPE kit manufacturer to having over 1200 manufacturers producing over 5 lac kits every day.

He also noted that now over 3 lac N-95 masks are produced in the country daily, the annual production capacity of ventilators is 3 lac, and there’s a great increase in the production of medical oxygen cylinders. The PM said that it not only helped save lives but also made India an exporter from an importer.

Regarding efforts to contain the virus spread in rural areas, he said that there’s a need to develop new health infrastructure and boost the current health infrastructure facilities in the villages. He said that besides building the physical infrastructure, India also managed to quickly ramp up human resources playing a major role in controlling the pandemic. He also talked about the importance of working on connecting health professionals with the health system to prevent fatigue from setting.

Further, he asked people to stay cautious during upcoming festive celebrations to contain the virus. He also stressed that PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna’s benefits should reach the poor on time. He added that until a vaccine is developed, we must maintain social distancing, wear masks, and sanitize hands to stay safe.

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PM Modi Addresses 67th Mann Ki Baat Program, Read Highlights Here

PM Modi Addresses 67th Mann Ki Baat Program, Read Highlights Here

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the people of the nation in the 67th episode of Mann Ki Baat on Sunday. During the radio program for the July month, he spoke on a wide range of subjects, such as the current Coronavirus crisis, 21st Kargil Vijay Diwas, Aatmanirbhar Bharat, and more.

During the previous month’s Mann Ki Baat address, he stated that India’s history shows that it always overcomes every challenge. He had also said-

“There could be any number of challenges but our history shows that we have always overcome them. We have emerged stronger after challenges.”

Here are the key highlights of PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat held yesterday-

On 26 July 1999, India achieved victory in the Kargil War. He said that even though our country tried having cordial relations with Pakistan, they backstabbed in reply to our friendship. The PM praised Indian armed forces’ bravery for showing great strength in Kargil. He added that Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s speech from Red Fort is still relevant in which he mentioned Gandhi Ji’s learning-

“Whenever you have doubt on your decision, think if it will help the poorest and helpless person of the nation.”

He said that in today’s time, we fight wars not only on the border but also inside the nation. He added that we need to be together in these battles.

  • On India’s fight against Coronavirus, he showed appreciation & said our recovery rate is much higher than that of other countries. The PM added that our death rate is much less than most of the other countries. He said that the government could save the lives of lakhs of people, but the threat is not over yet. He added we need to remember that Coronavirus continues to be as dangerous as it was at the start.
  • Moreover, reiterating the importance of social distancing and taking precautions, he said people must wear masks to fight the virus. He cited the example of doctors who wear masks for long hours to counter COVID-19.
  • Also, citing examples of India progressing towards a self-reliant nation, he said that Sarpanch Mohammad Iqbal built the sprayer machine in only Rs 50,000 that costs nearly Rs 6,00,000. He also said that several farmers are farming dragon fruit in Kutch, which is surprising for many people. He added that these farmers are making efforts to stop the import of dragon fruit. PM Modi said-

“Yahi to atmanirbharta ki baat hai (this is what is called being self sufficient)”.

  • Sending across advance wishes for Raksha Bandhan, he said that several people are now becoming vocal for local.
  • Besides, he said that India is changing. He added that earlier, sports saw representation from big cities, big families & big institutions, but today, youth from villages are coming up and taking up the challenge despite all odds.
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Besides, on Saturday, PM Modi reviewed the progress of the PM-SVANidhi Scheme. Sharing the blog link with details, he tweeted on his official handle regarding the same-

“Reviewed progress of the PM-SVANidhi Scheme, which will have a transformative impact on the lives of street vendors.”

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PM Modi Virtually Lays Foundation Stone of Manipur Water Supply Project

PM Modi Virtually Lays Foundation Stone of Manipur Water Supply Project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, laid the foundation stone for the Manipur water supply project via video conferencing. The PM said on this occasion that while India is battling COVID-19, the Eastern & North-Eastern parts of the country also faced challenges of heavy rains and floods that cost several lives and made many people homeless.

PM Modi also said that the Manipur government made all-important arrangements amid lockdown and helped the migrants return their homes. He added that nearly 25 lac poor in the state got free food grains under PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. Also, he said that over 1.5 lac women got free gas cylinders under the Ujjwala scheme.

About Water Supply Project worth Rs. 3000 Crore, he said that it would reduce the water problems & help the women. He added that besides Greater Imphal, the project would benefit 25 small towns and 1700 villages in the state. It is designed to help cater to people’s needs for the next two decades.

With this project, he said that millions would access clean drinking water at their homes, and thousands would get employment. He recalled that last year, Jal Jeevan Mission got launched to provide piped water to over 15 crore houses. He added that nearly one lac water connections are being installed regularly in India, with the participation of the people.

Moreover, PM Modi said that Ease of Living is a fundamental necessity for a better life. He said that in the past six years, govt took steps to improve the ease of living, especially for the poor. The PM showed happiness that entire India, including Manipur, is open defecation-free. He said that LPG gas reached the poorest of the poor, good roads connected villages & the homeless got pucca houses.

The PM further said that work is going on to offer safe drinking water to every household. He said that Better Life also has a direct link to connectivity. He added that the connectivity of the North East is essential for Atmanirbhar Bharat. Giving a spur to India’s Act East Policy, it would also provide a gateway to India’s travel and tourism sector.

In the past six years, the govt invested thousands of crores of rupees for the infrastructural development in the North-East. He added that the region represents India’s cultural diversity and strength. Calling it a place with great tourism potential, he said that North-East should become the country’s growth engine.

Further, the PM said that the youth and people of the North-East are choosing development and progress and avoiding violence. He added that Northeast people left the path of violence & Bru Reang refugees are heading towards a better life.

Mentioning the great potential of the bamboo industry of the North East and its capacity to develop organic products, PM Modi said that clusters are being developed for value addition and marketing of local products under AatmaNirbhar Bharat.

Stating that Agro Start-ups & other industries would benefit from these clusters, he said that the North East could help replace India’s bamboo import with local production. PM Modi added that the govt is investing hundreds of crores of rupees under the National Bamboo Mission to help Bamboo farmers, artists associated with handicrafts & other facilities.

Furthermore, he said that several institutes are under construction in the North East for health, education, skill development, start-ups & training. He added that with Sports university & a world-class stadium launch, Manipur would become a major hub for Indian sports talent.

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PM Narendra Modi Virtually Addresses India Ideas Summit by USIBC

PM Narendra Modi Virtually Addresses India Ideas Summit by USIBC

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the keynote address at the India Ideas Summit. Hosted by the US-India Business Council (USIBC), the summit’s theme for this year is ‘Building a Better Future.’

The PM wished USIBC as it marked the 45th anniversary this year. He also thanked the USIBC’s leadership for its commitment towards helping further the economic partnership between India and the US.

Moreover, PM Modi spoke regarding the importance of keeping the poor and vulnerable at the core of the development agenda. He stressed that ‘Ease of Living’ and ‘Ease of Business’ are equally important. He added that the COVID-19 pandemic reminded us how important is the resilience of the global economy against external shocks and can be achieved by better domestic economic capacities. The PM highlighted India’s contribution towards a flourishing and resilient world through the clarion call of an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat.’

Also, PM Modi said that global optimism towards India is a result of its perfect combination of openness, opportunities & options. He mentioned that in the past six years, the government is making efforts to make the economy more open & reform-oriented. He added that reforms ensured competitiveness, better transparency, increased digitization, greater innovation, and more policy stability.

PM Modi further mentioned the latest report, which states that India has more rural internet users than urban internet users. Calling country a land of opportunities, he said it has nearly half a billion active internet users in the country currently. He added that more than half a billion people are being connected. He also mentioned opportunities in the latest technologies of 5G, Big Data analytics, Quantum Computing, Block-chain & the Internet of Things.

Furthermore, he emphasized that India has extensive opportunities to invest in various sectors. He mentioned the important agricultural reforms recently undertaken and said that great opportunities to invest exist in areas like agriculture inputs and machinery, agriculture supply chain, food processing sector, fisheries & organic produce. He noted that India’s healthcare sector is growing faster than 22% each year.

Apart from that, the PM mentioned many other sectors that provide huge opportunities to invest, including energy, infrastructure, civil aviation. He stated that India is increasing the FDI cap for investment in the defense sector to 74%. He said that private and foreign investors are given special incentives. The PM talked about path-breaking reforms taking place in the space sector.

The PM also said that to attract investment in insurance and finance, India increased the FDI cap for investment in insurance to 49%. He added that 100% FDI is allowed for investment in insurance intermediaries. He said that huge untapped opportunities exist to increase insurance cover in health, agriculture, business, and life insurance.

Further, the PM mentioned that India’s Ease of Doing Business ranking is improving every year. He said that India is achieving record highs in FDI, with 74 billion dollars of FDI inflows in India in 2019-20, a 20% increase over the last year. He highlighted that even amid the ongoing pandemic, India attracted foreign investment of over $20 billion during April-July this year.

Conclusively, he said that India has what’s needed to improve the global economic recovery. He noted that it means a rise in trade opportunities with a trusted nation, global integration with increasing openness, competitiveness with access to a market that offers scale, and returns on investment with the availability of skilled human resources. He called the US and India natural partners and said this partnership could be vital in helping recover in the post-pandemic world.

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Besides, the PM interacted with newly elected BJP MPs to Rajya Sabha. He wrote in his tweet-

“Had an excellent interaction with the newly elected @BJP4India Rajya Sabha MPs. It was wonderful to hear their views and passion towards public service. This is a group of MPs who are diverse and will certainly make effective contributions to Parliamentary proceedings.”

He further tweeted-

“Urged MPs to keep themselves updated with latest policy issues. Also emphasised on being effective on the floor of the House as well as in the field, among people.

Reiterated the need for constant people connect and embracing latest technology as well as social media.”

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PM Modi Holds Virtual Interaction with IBM’s CEO Arvind Krishna

PM Modi Holds Virtual Interaction with IBM’s CEO Arvind Krishna

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually interacted with IBM CEO Arvind Krishna on Monday. The PM congratulated him on being appointed as the Global Head of IBM earlier this year. He also talked about the strong connection of IBM with India and a nationwide presence, having more than 1 lakh people in 20 cities.

Regarding the COVID-19 impact on business culture, PM Modi said that since ‘work from home’ is being adopted widely, the government is continually working towards providing infrastructure, connectivity & regulatory environment to ensure a smooth technological shift. He also discussed the associated technologies and challenges involved in the latest decision of IBM to make 75% of its employees to work from home.

Furthermore, the PM praised IBM’s role associated with CBSE towards launching the AI curriculum in 200 schools of the country. He added that the government is working to introduce students to concepts like AI & machine learning at an early stage to facilitate the tech temperament in the country. Krishna said that teaching data & technology should be in the category of basic skills like algebra & be taught with passion.

The PM also emphasized that it’s an opportune time to invest in the country. He added that India is welcoming and supporting investments in the technology sector. He noted that while the world is going through a slowdown, FDI inflow in India is increasing. PM Modi said that India is moving ahead with the vision of a self-reliant India to build a globally competent and disruption-resilient local supply chain. Krishna shared IBM’s huge investment plans in India with the PM. He showed confidence in the Aatmanirbhar Bharat’s vision.

Moreover, PM Modi discussed the government’s efforts in the past six years to encourage wellness, ensuring the best quality healthcare within the people’s reach. He explored the possibilities of building India-specific AI-based tools in the healthcare sector & developing better models for disease prediction & analysis. He stressed that India is moving towards developing an integrated, tech & data-driven healthcare system that’s affordable & hassle-free for the people.

PM Modi also mentioned that IBM could play a vital role in furthering healthcare vision. Krishna applauded the PM’s vision for Ayushmann Bharat and mentioned using technology for diseases’ early identification. They also discussed the data security issue, cyber-attacks, privacy concerns & health benefits of Yoga.

The PM tweeted on his official handle-

“Had an extensive interaction with CEO of @IBM, Mr. @ArvindKrishna. We discussed several subjects relating to technology, data security, emerging trends in healthcare and education.”

He further tweeted-

“Highlighted reasons that make India an attractive investment destination.

Was happy to know more about @IBM’s efforts in furthering AI among students. I also thank @ArvindKrishna for his encouraging words on efforts like Ayushman Bharat & India’s journey to become Aatmanirbhar.”

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PM Modi Delivers Keynote Address at the High-Level Segment of UN ECOSOC

PM Modi Delivers Keynote Address at the High-Level Segment of UN ECOSOC

At the High-Level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke virtually. On Friday, the session took place at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York.

The theme of this year’s ECOSOC is “Multilateralism after COVID19: What kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary.” Marking the UN’s 75th founding year, this theme resonates with India’s priority for its forthcoming UNSC membership.

It was the PM’s first address to the broader UN membership since India became a non-permanent member of the Security Council on 17 June for 2021-22. During his keynote address, he restated India’s call for a ‘reformed-multilateralism’ in the post-Coronavirus era reflecting the present world’s realities.

He also recalled India’s long-term association with the ECOSOC and the UN’s developmental work, including for the Sustainable Development Goals. He remarked that India’s developmental motto of ‘SabkaSaath, SabkaVikaas, SabkaVishwas’ resonates with the core SDG principle of an all-inclusive approach.

Moreover, the PM mentioned India’s success in improving the socio-economic indicators of its population, impacting the global SDG targets significantly. He also talked about India’s commitment toward supporting other developing nations in reaching their SDG targets.

Further, he cited India’s ongoing development efforts like improving sanitation access through the “Swacch Bharat Abhiyan,” empowering women, assuring financial inclusion, and expanding the availability of housing & healthcare through flagship schemes like “Housing for All” program & “Ayushman Bharat.”

Also, PM Modi stressed India’s focus on environmental sustainability & biodiversity conservation and recalled its major role in the establishment of the International Solar Alliance & the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.

Talking about India’s role as a first responder, the PM recalled the Indian government’s support & Indian pharma companies in ensuring medicine supplies to various countries and coordinating a joint response strategy among SAARC nations.

This was the second time when the PM addressed the UN ECOSOC. Earlier, in Jan 2016, he delivered the keynote address at the 70th anniversary of the UN ECOSOC.

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