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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PM offers floral tributes to Bal Gangadhar Tilak

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today offered floral tributes to Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, on his birth anniversary, in Central Hall of Parliament. 

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The Speaker, Lok Sabha – Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, the Union Minister for External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs – Smt. Sushma Swaraj, the Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs – Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs – Shri Prakash Javadekar, Shri L.K. Advani, and other dignitaries were also present.

“On Bal Gangadhar Tilak`s birth anniversary, we salute the great freedom fighter who ignited the spark of patriotism with a call for `Swaraj`,” the Prime Minister said.

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PM releases Biography of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Braille

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today released a biography of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Braille. l2014072355320 _ 684This has been prepared by Dr. A Saibaba Goud, for the benefit of the visually challenged. Dr Goud also runs the Devnar School for the Blind, in Hyderabad. Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Member of Parliament, was present on the occasion.

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World Bank President Jim Yong Kim meets PM

The President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today.

Later, the Prime Minister described the meeting as “very fruitful.” “We discussed several ways of working together in the times to come,” he said.

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On Twitter, the Prime Minister also said:

“We talked about the importance of scale and the need to work on a scale that inspires people and positively transforms their lives. We live in a world where speed matters. Quick execution is essential. Speeding up World Bank projects will surely increase the impact. 

Rather than dollars, we are more interested in knowledge and expertise of World Bank. Dr. Kim agreed and said World Bank can be our information bank. We want ideas from the World Bank not only on mass production but also on production by masses, which will benefit our workforce.

Today the world focuses on trade in goods but in future the core issue will be how to get skilled people. We need to work in this direction. 

I also suggested to Dr. Jim Yong Kim that the cleaning of the Ganga would be a very inspiring project for the World Bank.”

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Shri Tarun Vijay presents book to PM

l2014072255300 _ 684Shri Tarun Vijay, Member of Parliament, today presented a book on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, published in Chinese language, to the Prime Minister. The book was presented in the Central Hall of Parliament, on 22 July 2014, in the presence of Union Ministers Shri Venkaiah Naidu and Shri Arun Jaitley, and other senior leaders.

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PM visits Bhabha Atomic Research Centre

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, paid his first visit to Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in Mumbai today. He was briefed by Dr. R.K. Sinha, Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and other top officials and scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre on India’s atomic energy programme; DAE’s extensive research and development and education programmes; and DAE’s contributions in other areas such as healthcare, especially cancer treatment, food security, solid waste management and water purification. 


Referring to the Diamond Jubilee of DAE, which falls on August 3, the Prime Minister asked Department of Atomic Energy to draw up a programme of year-long celebrations, with special focus on the various human and developmental dimensions of atomic science, with special outreach to the youth in schools and colleges throughout the country. The Prime Minister exhorted DAE to present the human face of India’s capabilities in nuclear science throughout the world.

Prime Minister was apprised of the safety and security measures adopted by the DAE and India’s excellent record in this regard. During the visit, which lasted four hours, Prime Minister was also shown some of DAE’s most advanced facilities at BARC, including the Dhruva Research Reactor.

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Prime Minister expressed his strong appreciation for the extraordinary achievements of Indian scientific community in one of the most complex and challenging fields of science and technology. He said their success was especially creditable because it took place in the face of decades of international technology denial regime; India’s self-reliance in the nuclear fuel cycle and the commercial success of the indigenous reactors demonstrated that with vision, resolve and hard work, India could be a front ranking country in the most challenging fields. 

Prime Minister reiterated his belief that energy security, which was increasingly based on clean and reliable sources of energy, was the critical driver of India’s rapid and sustained long term development. He saw an essential role for nuclear energy in India’s energy strategy, given the scale of demand in India. 

Prime Minister assured the DAE of his full support in the implementation of DAE’s ambitious expansion programme and expressed hope that DAE would meet the target of increasing the capacity by three times from the present level of 5780 MW by 2023-24 within the projected cost. He underlined the importance of ensuring that nuclear energy remained commercially viable and competitive with other sources of clean energy in the long run. He also asked DAE to continually upgrade technology, both with regard to our long term plans and international trends. DAE, he said, must also plan for ensuring adequate availability of skilled human resources in the country.

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Prime Minister told DAE that nuclear safety and security were of the highest priority for him and asked DAE to ensure that India’s standards and practices were the most advanced in the world. He also asked DAE to pay special attention to the local communities in planning and implementing nuclear power projects. 

He hoped that role of industry in providing equipment and systems for the nuclear programme would continue to grow and recognized that adequate incentive structure should be exist to facilitate that. He noted that we would need to tap additional sources of investments for our ambitious expansion programme. He welcomed India’s growing international partnership in the nuclear energy and hoped for timely implementation of the ongoing projects in a manner that they met the requirements of techno-economic viability and safety standards. Technology transfer to India, he observed, was a vital element of his vision for international partnership in India. 

Prime Minister lauded the contribution of DAE scientists in the critical area of cancer research and treatment through the Tata Memorial Hospital. He hoped that DAE would soon implement the planned projects in Chandigarh and Vishakapatnam and would take one of the most advanced standards of cancer treatment in Asia to other parts of India. 

He also directed DAE to make special efforts to expand its research and extension on a national scale applications of atomic science in areas like healthcare, waste management, water treatment, agriculture and food preservation. 

Prime Minister congratulated DAE on the important milestone of Diamond Jubilee and wished the DAE community continued success in the future. 

The National Security Advisor, Shri Ajit Doval, the Director, BARC and the Secretary AERC, Joint Secretary in the PMO, Shri Javed Ashraf, and Private Secretaries to the PM, Shri Vikram Misri and Shri Sanjiv Singla were also present. 

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