President of India receives first copies of the books ‘Thoughts and Reflections’, ‘Winged Wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan’ & ‘Indradhanush’

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received first copies of the books (a) ‘Thoughts and Reflections’-a compilation of Quotes of the President (b) ‘Winged Wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan’ on the birds of the President’s Estate and (c) ‘Indradhanush’ on the cultural events organized in Rashtrapati Bhavan at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (July 25, 2014). 

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The book ‘Thoughts and Reflections’ was released by the Vice President of India, Shri Hamid Ansari. The other two books, ‘Winged Wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan’ and ‘Indradhanush’, were released by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. 

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‘‘Thoughts and Reflections’ is a compilation of quotes of the President. It is an attempt to capture the essence of the President’s thinking and present before the readers a spectrum of his ideas and views on India-its culture and values, democracy and its institutions, inclusive development, youth, education, research and innovation.
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‘Winged Wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan’ written by Dr. Thomas Mathew, Additional Secretary to the President, took over twelve months of time in capturing on camera and documenting one hundred and eleven species of birds that inhabit or visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan Estate. The book adds to the existing literature on the subject, particularly with regard to the President’s Estate. For each of the species recorded, the book provides the location, date and time of the sighting. It also carries forward an earlier study done in 2002-03 on ninety-one species of birds in Rashtrapati Bhavan by the Bombay Natural History Society. The entire exercise of surveying, spotting and photographing the birds started under the directions of the President who is himself a nature and bird lover. The Rashtrapati Bhavan has excellent open spaces, forest cover and thousands of fruit bearing plants and trees that act as a magnet for birds. 

‘Indradhanush’ is a compendium of music, dance and cinematic events organized at Rashtrapati Bhavan since August 2012 which embodies the concept of cultural heritage presented before the President of India. This book is first in the series of a multi-volume documentation project on various aspects of Rashtrapati Bhavan in collaboration with IGNCA. 

The books ‘Winged Wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan’ and ‘Indradhanush’ have been published by Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India. 

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PM hosts farewell dinner in honour of Gen. Bikram Singh

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today hosted a farewell dinner at his residence in honour of the Outgoing Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Bikram Singh and Smt. Bubble Singh.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjeet Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and senior Government officers were present on the occasion.

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PM pays homage to martyrs on Kargil Vijay Diwas

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has paid homage to martyrs on Kargil Vijay Diwas. 

“We remember the indomitable courage and sacrifice of our Armed Forces. The nation salutes these brave martyrs,” the Prime Minister said.

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Prime Minister launches MyGov: A platform for Citizen Engagement towards Surajya

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today launched MyGov, a platform that empowers the citizens of India to contribute towards Surajya. Speaking on the occasion, which also marked the completion of sixty days of the new Government, the Prime Minister said the success of democracy is impossible without participation of the people.

Stating that in the past, there used to be a big gap between the people and the processes of governance, the Prime Minister said that in the past sixty days, the experience of his Government was that there were many people who wanted to contribute towards nation-building, and devote their time and energy. The only thing they required was an opportunity to shine and showcase their contribution. The Prime Minister said the MyGov platform is a technology-driven medium that would provide this opportunity to contribute towards good governance. 

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the people would welcome this initiative. He also invited suggestions to strengthen and improve the platform. He hoped that everyone would join hands through this platform to take the country forward, and to meet the aspirations of the poorest of the poor. He said he was confident of success in this mission, because he recognized the strength and capability of 125 crore Indians. 

The Prime Minister said he looked forward to receiving the suggestions, views and ideas of the people. 

The platform – MyGov – presents an opportunity to the citizens to both ‘Discuss’ and ‘Do.’ There are multiple theme-based discussions on MyGov where a wide range of people would share their thoughts and ideas. Further, any idea shared by a contributor will also be discussed on these discussion forums, allowing constructive feedback and interaction. 

For those who wish to go beyond discussions and wish to contribute on the ground, MyGov offers several avenues to do so. Citizens can volunteer for various tasks and submit their entries. These tasks would then be reviewed by other members and experts. Once approved, these tasks can be shared by those who complete the task and by other members on MyGov. Every approved task would earn credit points for completing the task. 

National Informatics Centre (NIC), Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) would implement and manage the platform “MyGov” which would facilitate Citizen Engagement in Good Governance. 

Groups and corners are an important part of MyGov. The platform has been divided into various groups namely Clean Ganga, Girl Child Education, Clean India, Skilled India, Digital India, Job Creation. Each group consists of online and onground tasks that can be taken up by the contributors. The objective of each group is to bring about a qualitative change in that sphere through people’s participation. 

The Minister for Communication and IT, Law and Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, and senior officers of the Government of India were present at the launch of the platform. 

Road Ahead 

The inauguration of MyGov is a small step towards the larger mission of becoming a one stop centre for citizen engagement towards good governance. Over time the number of groups, tasks and discussions will increase. MyGov would also be used as a comprehensive knowledge repository, giving insights from the sharpest and brightest minds across India. 

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President of India dedicates Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum to the Nation

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee dedicated the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum to the Nation in a ceremony presided over by Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi today (July 25, 2014). 

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Speaking on the occasion, the President said “I hereby dedicate the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum to the nation. I am sure this Museum will enable the people of our nation obtain an inside view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, its art, architecture and vibrant community as well as educate them on the lives of various Presidents”. 

Other dignitaries who attended the function were Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India; Shri Raj Nath Singh, Union Minister for Home Affairs; Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs; Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister for Human Resource Development; Shri Najeeb Jung, Lt. Governor of Delhi; Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha; Dr. Karan Singh, Chairman, ICCR and senior officials of the Government. The President, Prime Minister and other dignitaries toured the Museum after the ceremony. 

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The President also inaugurated a Knowledge Hub in the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya within Rashtrapati Bhavan and Sixteen Serviced Apartments which will enable an expansion of Rashtrapati Bhavan’s In-Residence programme for innovators, artists and writers. 

The Knowledge Hub is a space for innovative teaching/learning practices that engages students actively in their own learning and construction of knowledge. It will nurture and fuel the imagination and creativity of students at a young age. The use of collaborative, interactive pedagogical practices will help teachers connect to the world outside their classroom, engage with real-world issues and foster 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and communication that students need to thrive in a knowledge economy. Going beyond the classroom, the Knowledge Hub will also work with the local community in the President’s Estate and empower them with the skills of digital literacy and basic entrepreneurship, enabling them to drive their personal growth and enhance their livelihoods. 

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Later in the day, the President also launched a mobile application for Rashtrapati Bhavan, a new design for the President of India website and a video film on the important events of the second year of the Presidency. Speaking on the occasion, the President said the newly designed website with enhanced features of easy accessibility, mobile-friendliness and additional online services will be helpful to the citizens. 

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Delegation from Aga Khan Foundation meets PM

A five-member delegation led by the Vice-Chairman, Aga Khan Foundation, Mr. Gulam Rahimtoola, called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today.

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The delegation members briefed the Prime Minister on various development activities being undertaken by the Foundation in India.

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PM wishes Indian athletes ahead of CWG 2014

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has wished the Indian contingent participating in the 20th Commonwealth Games beginning at Glasgow tomorrow, saying he is “sure they will do our nation very proud.” 

“Apart from providing a wonderful opportunity for sportspersons to shine, events like CWG bring a spirit of unity and brotherhood among nations. We will certainly witness a celebration of both sports and sportsmanship in the coming days during the Commonwealth Games 2014,” the Prime Minister said.

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PM’s telephonic conversation with Korean President

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on the telephone to H.E. Mme. Park Geun-Hye, President of the Republic of Korea this afternoon. The call was initiated by the Korean side. 

President Park congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his victory in the general elections. She recalled with appreciation Prime Minister’s association with Korea as Chief Minister of Gujarat and expressed confidence that the Strategic Partnership between our two countries will expand in all areas under his leadership. 

President Park thanked India for its gift of a sapling of the sacred Bodhi tree and for the Visa-on-Arrival facility extended by India to Korean nationals following her visit to India in January 2014. She expressed support and appreciation for India’s role and standing in world affairs and in the international community. 

Prime Minister Modi thanked President Park for her warm felicitations. He hoped to work together with President Park and her government for common interest and benefit of the two countries and the mankind. Prime Minister welcomed greater economic engagement between the two countries and hoped to achieve more substantive and all-round progress in our partnership in the years to come. 

President Park invited Prime Minister Modi to pay an early visit to Korea. Prime Minister Modi accepted the invitation with pleasure. 

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