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Lucknow:  During his visit to Varanasi parliamentary constituency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would meet a large number of rickshaw and cart pullers, officials said.

The prime minister is slated to attend an event at a multi-purpose ground, where he would also distribute 501 cycle-rickshaws and 101 e-rickshaws under the Jan Dhan scheme.

Modi would also distribute about 1,000 solar-powered lanterns to the poor and needy in the temple town, officials were  quoted as saying.

As per the district administration, the prime minister would land at Varanasi airport in a special Indian Air Force plane at 10.50 a.m.

Modi would meet BJP leaders and workers from the city at the DLW guesthouse in the holy city. He would also inaugurate a trauma centre at the Banaras Hindu University through a remote control from the DLW grounds, where he would address a public rally.
The prime minister would lay the foundation stones of Integrated Power Distribution System, Varanasi Ring Road Phase I and development of NH-58 from Babatpur airport to Varanasi city square.

The prime minister’s visit would extend over around nine hours, a home department official said. Modi would fly back to New Delhi at 7.40 p.m.

With inputs from IANS

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Build Bridge between Artificial Intelligence, Human Intentions: PM Modi Urges Technocrats

Observing that there is a conspiracy to present technology as a challenge for India's demographic dividen

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He said the emphasis should be on ways to upgrade skills as per the demand. "Let AI be just another aid, which is little more sophisticated," he said. Pixabay

Stressing integration and right balance between human and artificial intelligence (AI), Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Sunday said the debate on AI should focus on bridging the gap between human intentions and AI, and not its likely negative impact.

Speaking at the launch of book ‘Bridgital Nation’, written by N. Chandrasekaran and Roopa Purushottam, Modi said, “The debate should not be on what are the dangers from AI, but how to bridge the gap between artificial intelligence and human intentions.”

He said the emphasis should be on ways to upgrade skills as per the demand. “Let AI be just another aid, which is little more sophisticated,” he said.

Observing that there is a conspiracy to present technology as a challenge for India’s demographic dividend, he said, “Human intentions and right intentions” were important for AI’s operations. Technology and talent were force multipliers, rather than a threat, he said. Technology was a bridge between aspirations and achievements, he added.

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Speaking at the launch of book ‘Bridgital Nation’, written by N. Chandrasekaran and Roopa Purushottam, Modi said, “The debate should not be on what are the dangers from AI, but how to bridge the gap between artificial intelligence and human intentions.” Pixabay

The Prime Minister narrated how technology had been a key component of government schemes to reform, transform and perform. He mentioned about the use of data intelligence, digital mapping and real time monitoring in Ujjwala Yojana, which has transformed the lives of millions of women. He also talked about how technology had helped in empowering people through schemes, like Jan Dhan Yojana and Ayushman Bharat.

Modi said his government had used technology to remove silos among departments and build a bridge between supply and demand through innovative ideas, like the Government e-market Place (GeM). He explained how technology was used to create a robust startup system in the country, especially in tier 2 and 3 cities, which helped in development of a new ecosystem of startups.

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On the need to convert challenges posed by technology into opportunities, Modi cited the example of creation of India Post Payment Bank. The disruption caused by technology to the entire postal organisation had converted it into a tech-intensive banking system, benefiting millions through postal bank, he added. (IANS)