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India to set up Cultural Centre in Israel to Enhance people-to-people Connection between 2 Nations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first Indian premier visiting Israel, post his landing in Tel Aviv on Tuesday

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  • Wide-ranging talks were held with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday
  • Modi commended the contribution of the Jewish community in India. He also applauded the Jews of Indian origin in Israel for their attempts of bringing the two societies closer

Jerusalem, July 06, 2017: An Indian Cultural Centre is going to be set up in Israel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced on Wednesday. This attempt goes as to enhance people-to-people connection between the two nations, Press Trust of India has reported.

According to the reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first Indian premier visiting Israel, post his landing in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Wide-ranging talks were held with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

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Modi commended the contribution of the Jewish community in India. He also applauded the Jews of Indian origin in Israel for their attempts of bringing the two societies closer, announcing the pans of opening of an Indian Cultural Centre in Israel; reported from a joint statement issued post the conversation between the leaders of the two nations.

According to the reports, the statement briefed, “This was warmly welcomed by Prime Minister Netanyahu who expressed his deep respect for Indian culture and recalled Israel’s strong support and sponsorship of PM Modi’s initiative to promote the practice of Yoga by designating June 21 as International Yoga Day,” PTI has reported.

According to PTI reports, the founder-President of the Central Organization of Indian Jews in Israel, Noah Massil, had stated that such an announcement would “fulfill a long time dream of the Indian community here (in Israel)”, just couple of days before the landmark visit of Modi. He further said, “We have been trying hard to establish an Indian Cultural Centre in Israel like the one in Cairo (Egypt).”

Massil was quoted as saying, “There are about 47 synagogues of the Indian Jewish community and they all can also pitch in with financial support if such a proposal comes up and the government allocates land for an Indian Cultural Centre,” PTI reported.

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PM Narendra Modi: Government bringing Stringent Consumer Protection Law

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New Delhi, October 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government was in the process of enacting stringent legislation aimed at protecting consumers along with setting up a Consumer Protection Authority (CPA).

“Consumers’ protection is this government’s priority. We are in the process to bring a new law on consumer protection keeping in mind the need of the country and business practices here,” Modi said at an International Conference on Consumer Protection for East, South and South-East Asian Countries.

“We are in the process of forming a Consumer Protection Authority, which will have executive powers, for immediate redressal.”

The rules were being streamlined to solve consumer problems in less time and at less cost, he added.

“The stress is being given on consumer empowerment. Strict provisions are being contemplated against misleading advertisements,” Modi said.

He said India was among the few countries which had enacted a law a year after the UN adopted guidelines on consumer protection in 1986.

The Prime Minister also said the prices of commodities were set to go down and consumer protection for their interest effects due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Due to the GST, the competition among companies was going to increase. So prices will go down. It will help consumers from lower middle class and poor sections,” Modi said.

“Earlier, transportation by trucks would take five days but it has come down to just three three days now as checkposts on borders have vanished after the GST. It means transportation cost has gone down. This is going to be transferred to consumers,”

Taking a dig at those opposed to the GST, he said: “Some people may be taking advantage of the lack of awareness. However, the benefits will be transferred (to consumers) in days to come.”

Talking about the conference, Modi said: “It shows how seriously we take the needs of our citizens and how we strive hard to solve their problems”.

“It is the first conference in the region, where everyone is trying in their own ways to save the interest of consumers. However, we have to keep in mind that the world is going towards a single market,” Modi said.(IANS)

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