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Astana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged Kazakhstan to participate in India’s “Make in India” initiative, Smart Cities and urban infrastructure programme to create a win-win partnership.

Addressing CEOs of both countries at a business meet, Modi also praised Kazakhstan’s development and progress.

He said Kazakhstan, despite being landlocked, has moved forward in development, which needs to be admired and praised.

Citing the Satpayev oil block, in which India’s OVL is participating, Modi said the oil block began exploratory drilling on Tuesday.

He proposed that Indian oil firms could invest with new technologies in Kazakhstan’s vast energy sector.

Modi also proposed cooperation in agriculture and milk production.

He said the “Make in India” initiative meshes perfectly well with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s “Nurly Zhol” programme.

“I invite you to Make in India. You have the raw materials and we have the youth who can contribute. We can cooperate in this sector,” Modi said.

He also invited Kazakhstan to participate in modernisation of the Indian Railways in which 100 percent FDI is allowed.

“Smart cities, modernising towns, urban infrastructure are all sectors in which Kazakhstan can participate,” he said.

“The more our cooperation increases, the more it will be beneficial for our nations,” the Indian prime minister said.

“Space, cyber security, health, infrastructure… these are sectors in which we can work together. We have taken up a mission of smart cities. This will interest those working on urban areas and infrastructure,” he said.

 

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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)