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5 things Prime Minister Narendra Modi will do during his Sri Lanka visit

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By Ishan Kukreti

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is already in Seychelles and will reach Sri Lanka tomorrow. This will be Modi’s first visit to the island nation after 1987.

His visit to island nation comes after Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had justified his country’s navy shooting intruding Indian fishermen.

Modi`s visit to Sri Lanka is the most important in terms of Indian`s relations with its Indian ocean neighbors. Here are some major anticipated developments –

  1. Modi will address the Sri Lankan Parliament and try to explore ways to boost economic partnership to make the free trade agreement between the countries more effective.
  2. PM Modi is also expected to offer a credit line to Sri Lanka to ensure funds for infrastructure and development projects and expanded support for military training.
  3. The stalled Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement could also be taken up by the two nations as the Lankans are interested in Indian investments in automobile parts, pharmaceutical, textile and engineering products.
  4. He will also travel to Jaffna, the northern Sri Lankan Tamil majority region. ‘I will be visiting Mahabodhi Society in Colombo & travel to Anuradhapura, Talaimannar & Jaffna & interact with cross-section of society: PMO twitted after PM`s departure.
  5. He will also push for the final approval for a 500 MW power plant to be built by India’s state-run National Thermal Power Corporation under a 2012 agreement in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.

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PM Modi Advises Scientists To Use Science to Improve Lives

PM Narendra Modi tells Scientists to use science to improve the lives of citizens

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.

Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.

“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi highlights the importance of ‘Science for Society’. Wikimedia Commons

Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.

“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?

“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.

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Modi also urged scientists to ponder over whether they can invent something which would cut down healthcare cost, and benefit peasants by increasing their income.

“We have to think how use of science can help in easing the lives of the people,” he said. (IANS)