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By NewsGram Staff Writer

San Jose: As a part of the ‘Digital India’ campaign, executives of top global tech firms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced significant plans for India as Narendra Modi met with Apple chief executive Tim Cook, MicroSoft’s Satya Nadella, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs, Cisco’s John Chambers, Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen and TiE’s Venk Shuklathese companies.

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“I see technology as a means to empower and as a tool that bridges the distance between hope and opportunity,” Modi said at the ‘Digital India’ dinner engagement to conclude a packed day here.

“Social media is reducing social barriers. It connects people on the strength of human values, not identities,” said the Prime Minister, an avid user of the medium himself, which includes his penchant for selfies with his hosts and guests.

“Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the new neighbourhoods of our new world,” he said.

“Since my government came to office, we attacked poverty by using the power of network and mobile phones to launch new era of empowerment,” Modi said, adding: “In this digital age, we have an opportunity to transform the lives of people in ways that were hard to imagine a couple of decades ago.”

Earlier, a host of tech leaders said they were upbeat on engaging with India better. “India under the Prime Minister’s leadership is moving in the right direction with ‘Digital India’,” Jacobs said, announcing an immediate investment of $1.5 million for innovation labs in the country to support product designing.

“Now it is time for us to collectively empower people from all over the world,” Nadella said, adding that Microsoft intended to partner individual states and tech companies in this regard.

Nadella gave the example of Surat where Microsoft was working with municipalities on data analytic systems.

Pichai, had a take on another of Modi’s initiatives – that to foster, nurse and promote entrepreneurship. “India is the fastest growing ‘start-up nation’ in the world,” the Google chief executive said.

Some of Prime Minister Modi’s other remarks at “Digital India” dinner:

– From large corporates to young professionals in this great centre of innovation, each can be part of ‘Digital India’

– We recognize that ‘Digital India’ cannot not be built without bridging the digital divide.

– Status now is not whether you are awake or asleep. It is whether you are online or offline.

– After MyGov.in, we launched Narendra Modi Mobile App, which is helping me stay in close touch with people.

– We will use information technology to set up Smart Cities in India.

– Like airports, we will have Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations in India with Google as partner

– We will connect all schools and colleges with broadband.

– We will expand our public Wi-Fi hotspots.

(With inputs from IANS)

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PM Modi Wonders ‘If India Could Become A Hub Of Solar Power Battery’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wondered whether India could become a hub of solar power battery manufacturing

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Amid his thrust on renewable energy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wondered whether India could become a hub of solar power battery manufacturing, which can play a major role in the march towards clean energy.

He stated this while giving example of mobile phones, saying their popularity increased manifold as the size of their batteries decreased.

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Rachel Kyte, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy and head of Sustainable Energy for All, and Luis Alfonso de Alba, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit, made this request in a video conference with journalists from Indonesia. Pixabay

Modi was responding when asked for his comments on the global challenge of climate change after he addressed the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) here in presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed and Mongolian President Kjhaltmaagin Battulga.

He said India, as part of its aspiration to generate 175 GW of clean energy by 2022, is focusing on solar power in a big way.

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Expressing confidence that India will achieve the target of 175 GW of renewable energy, the Prime Minister wondered whether India could become a hub of solar power battery manufacturing.

He said he has invited companies dealing in it to discuss the matter.

He said if solar power was used for cooking in the country, there was scope for 250 million batteries, which in turn could benefit the electric vehicle market through cross-subsidy. (IANS)